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Trump’s Destructive Kremlin Mission- Being Himself

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If there ever was a man so dumb and vain he could be an unwitting traitor its Donald Trump. At the same time no more dishonest a person than Trump has ever walked this earth. Throw in that the president is socially awkward on his best day and outright inappropriate the rest of the time and you’ve got a Nutty Wanna-Be Dictator who can’t stop venting destroying America from the top down.

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Be it tossing paper towels to dazed hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico or lying right to the Parkland survivors; it’s a triumph for Putin and Russia every time the Flag-Hugger-In-Chief does something disgraceful.

Trashing a dead American War Hero isn’t any kind of new trick for Trump, who lied to stay out of the military. The target is new though. The only reason it took this long is that John McCain didn’t die til about 6 months ago.

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This assertion has something going for it, that is – If the Kremlin could pick the United States president they would want someone just like Donald Trump. Belligerent, bloviating, thin-skinned, brittle and endlessly venting about imaginary grievances. He’s never graceful and frequently highly inappropriate.  If you wanted to destroy the United States putting a fat, stupid version of Richard Nixon in charge would be a great way to start.

From a Hitler-like speech that traumatized thousands of Boy Scouts, to simply blowing off a World War One Centennial Ceremony attended by the leaders of all other participants, including the losing Germans, because of a little rain in Paris, its like he’s looking for ways to be a disgrace. He’s good at it.  He simply follows his own lazy self centered inclinations and Mission Accomplished as far as the Kremlin is concerned.

The disgraceful Kavanaugh hearing and investigation, where things were clearly worse than we were allowed to know, is a great example of needlessly disgracing America.

There was surely another Rubber-Stamp Trumpist out there who hadn’t been such a creep. In defiance of all common sense and goodwill the investigation of Caveman Kavanaugh was so narrow and stilted it made everyone sick. Kavanaugh got the gig, but is so damaged its up in the air if he stays on the bench if a Democratic president is elected. He may get fired and replaced.                             trumpidiot

Too Many Coincidences

It’s not an unbroken series of coincidences. Trump is a disgraceful man. Putin type-cast him as a douchebag and, I think, had a hand in whatever manufactured Trump’s analysis-defying election victory.

We’ve seen how Trump coordinates with Putin when they were together unsupervised in Helsinki. Trump joined the Russians in bashing America all around and sounding like a brain-dead sucka.

Trump absolutely watches Russia TV. Why else is he always saying what they say? He follows all the wrong people on Twitter. His actual reading and comprehension abilities have justifiably been questioned. He seems not to comprehend simple things. Anything scientific results in a blazing display of ignorance, like scolding California for not raking out its vast Federally Administered forests in the midst of destructive wildfires. His aides have said he’s easily deceived and can’t remember more than a few out of context falsehoods on any given topic. He’s a tailor-made pawn for Putin (or really anyone).

He finds enough opportunities to meet, sans translator and accountability free, with Putin to stay well-instructed.  It’s helpful, but it’s not vital. Trump’s perfect for the role of Destructively Incompetent President right out of the box.

A Very Public Life Lived Horribly for Decades

Go back over Page 6 of the Trump-lovin’ New York Post and you’ll see he’s shown up for every who’s who in New York History with some poor woman literally in tow for decades. It was later revealed he never made any charitable donations at any of the charity events he made sure to show up at.

Look at the Justice Department and you see a man who openly discriminated against all minorities as a landlord, got caught and paid for it over and over while making up the difference by cheating all the other tenants with artificially inflated rents.

Look in the New York Times and you’ll see his paid ‘Op-Ed’ ad from the mid eighties where he patronizes law enforcement and calls for the execution of some innocent black teenagers (who he still slanders from time to time). It’s not a mixed bag, it’s a bag of really disgusting personal garbage shoved into public view by a guy too dumb to be ashamed of himself.

The pattern has gone on unbroken since the 1970s. Acquiring, trashing and then throwing away wives, development deals, casinos, buildings and hundreds of millions of dollars. Trump’s self destructed over and over and yet somehow he’s never gone broke. Isn’t this the kind of thing that should raise serious questions in a world where it’s really hard to make even 50 thousand bucks a year?

How can a man we see revealed as a complete idiot NOT have self sabotaged himself into the poorhouse, if not prison? The easiest guess is the Russians and maybe earlier the old school Italian Mafia helped him out in exchange for some money laundering.

With ‘John Miller’ and ‘John Baron’ calling the city’s papers to seed favorable stories since the 1980s, and the National Enquirer to bolster false claims of wealth Trump had as many inexplicable angel investors who love to take a beating as he’s had fraud related scandals where he just conned people (Trump University)

The bankruptcies piled up. He became radioactive to everyone but Deutsche Bank. Somehow he still failed his way up. And along the way he never missed a chance to commit a petty or grandiose crime.

He craved the spotlight and sometimes commanded it. This is not because people found him fascinating, quite the opposite. He was a freak show. Howard Stern knew it. You can just watch any appearance Trump made on David Letterman’s show over the years and you see him mercilessly bashed as the butt of endless jokes without even realizing it. Then he was banished from the show for racist statements anyway along with an apology to the shows fans from Letterman himself where America’s favorite late night commentator called Trump a bigot and a jerk.

Trump had just simply wasted all his money on bad deals. Three times.  The only investments that paid off were personal connections like David Pecker over at the Enquirer lying about the Trump being brilliant.  This  probably was what got him the Apprentice and remade his destroyed reputation (outside New York and US Banking circles where people knew better).

If you think about it when “The Apprentice” starts he’s thrice broke old news with only this carefully created but still shoddy facade of “Great Deal Maker’ propping him up.  The idea he survived so many bad deals and so much bad judgement without criminal help and criminal actions seems hard to fathom. I don’t think he pulled this off honestly.

Here’s a man who pays cash for sex (and so do his friends). Most of us are able to get this for free. So he’s obviously worse at cutting even that deal than average people.

He talks just like Hitler far too often and gets off at hate fests as well. Who can forget his praise of an Anti-Semitic, anti-Black Confederate torchlight parade? When he said the anti-Nazis were just as bad and claimed the chanting torchbearers included “Very fine people”? His Charlottesville reactions were a good indicator Trump is looking to divide Americans against each other. Putin, of course, LOVES this.

Armed with zero foreknowledge and zero preparation when engaging on any topic, the president’s a quote machine of America-hating, divisive comments. Making the White House a factory of Filthy Lies is damage that won’t just ‘buff right out.’

This is in fact his mission. To damage the office of president and the credibility of the United States above all other things all the time, and he was Born to Do It.

Trump has the perfect combination of traits. Like being exceedingly wealthy while still needing like a year-long payment plan on the 300 thousand dollars in bribes to try to silence his former paid sex partners. This move was so predictably dangerous it just makes no sense. In the end it had Michael Cohen throwing himself to the wolves to cover his bosses bad action by committing Bank Fraud, Wire Fraud as well as a Federal Elections Campaign Law violations, all at once.All this over like one pillowcase full of hundreds that Trump just claims to have.

Chances to minimize the risk and reduce the sum total of criminality were overlooked despite their obvious nature. It’s inexplicably stupid. Why parlay one criminal act into a half-dozen? I don’t think they taught that at short-lived University of Pennsylvania School Of Real Estate at the Wharton Campus where Trump falsely claims to have gone to the School of Business. As a brief aside; I can’t find evidence of a completed degree for Trump anywhere, not Baruch, not U Penn.

Think about the amazing stupidity. If he had just simply handed semi-untraceable cash over to Stormy Daniels and others he’d have about half as many problems right now. It’s that scandal alone that has ex Trump “Fixer” and criminal collaborator Michael Cohen staring down a three-year prison bid. And of course that’s just one scandal among dozens.

It would seem to show a complete lack of vision and a slavish addiction to hoarding cash alone that had Trump shafting his own lawyer and forcing Cohen into committing easy to trace (and easy to prosecute) bank fraud. It would seem like a billionaire would have that kind of money lying around. Again; it doesn’t add up.

Trump is probably taking instruction from the Kremlin, but in many ways he doesn’t need to. His first instincts are always in line with what the serves the Kremlin best. So he starts his days by rage tweeting and then loafing around until the prime time Fox opinion entertainment shows he gets his information from come on, all the while carefully preserving his ignorance in an active way.

 

 

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Worst People in the World – The NFL Owners

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Whether its lying about being a charity or using charity laws to defraud their fans, issuing phony stock for real money or just plain old supporting human trafficking the 32 NFL owners are pretty much a Who’s Who of the Worst People in the World.

For awhile there the league kept up the charade it was a charity and dodged a lot of responsibilities. They try to get as many people as possible to work for free and hold onto money with both fists.

Teams like the Green Bay Packers. who infamously issued ‘novelty’ phony stock to pretend to be fan owned, took it a step further for awhile and essentially enslaved the parents of high school football players at their concession stands. The Faustian Bargain?  Free football equipment for their kids school teams in exchange for labor. In the freezing cold. Without being able to see the game, throughout the season…..and for every potential game if they made the playoffs. In frigid Greenbay where its awful starting in October, or week 4 by NFL count. I’d so be rooting for then to go 3 and 13 no matter how much I loved them after an experience like that! When they worked that frigid January playoff game for unpaid overtime essentially outdoors they must surely have hated the team. Some Vikings fans were created that day. Imagine the joy at the concession stands if theyre eliminated at home with that deal? Show THAT on TV!

The New England Patriots Robert Kraft boasts Six Superbowl Rings, and more notably, One Prostitution Ring, This MAGA-hat wearing scumbag may lead the pack. nn_ksa_robert_kraft_latest_190225_1920x1080.jpg Pictures him as an ugly and irredeemable version of the Hooker loving corporate criminal Richard Gere played in Pretty Woman, but he probably isn’t ever that nice to the hookers. Whats worse than a guy getting sex from a slave paid for with retirement fund money pilfered from the working man? A horrible man.

Right behind him is Krafts fellow MAGA scumbags Johnson & Johnson, owners of the Jets. No more tears? Tell that to ME, one of your fans and I’ll educate you on how unbelievably frustrating watching them fail has been through their regime. Fuck those fan hating jerks!

The Steelers and Giants ownership is mingled through Rooney Mara and Kate Mara. You gotta wonder if they argue over who gets which team. Theyre okay though, its not about them.

The Steelers QB is ‘accidentally’ roughed up how many woman how many times? I couldn’t employ a guy they call Rapistburger.

The Giants are snobs who basically get by simply by not being quite as bad as the Jets. Eli Manning isn’t  bad guy, but time to hang it up! Please! Dont make me watch anymore of that!

The Cowboys owner is saint among them. He’s merely sort of a degenerate alcoholic who loves having 19-year-old girlfriends. You cant truly hate him but its a little weird. Compared to Kraft he’s a white Knight though. So what if he covered up the criminal antics of the team throughout the entire 90s Superbowl run?jones1.jpg

The Ravens only exist because the Colts left town in the middle of the night and so traumatized the fans they were in the CBA for a while before welcoming the Ravens,who were a legally mandated re-named re-location of the then Cleveland Browns that came at the end of a humiliating series of losing law suits by the the Cleveland team and the league against the city of Cleveland and the fans. The poor people of Baltimore may get screwed again but at least they won a couple of Superbowls.

Legendary and dead owner of the Raiders Al Davis was a scumbag who would have been a dark ages warlord in a previous life.

The Chargers ownership are freebooting around from arena to arena like they don’t need a city to have fans.

The Rams have played in then burned every city west of the Mississippi.

It goes on and on

So when you find out they wouldn’t have Donald Trump part of their club, you gotta wonder, “Is it cause they know a rich awful crazy person when they see one?” and that even they wouldn’t permit him to join their ranks?

It explains the National Anthem Controversy well too if you think about it.

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Trump Crime Family – A Crew of Fredo’s

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Well sooner or later it was going to come front and center in media coverage and this week it seems to have happened. Donald Trumps behavior both as a regular citizen and as president is a lot like the that of a Mob Boss in his personal leadership style. In some pretty obvious ways, Trump and his crew seem hung up on the first 2 Godfather movies while enjoying the success and popularity of the third film; which is mostly considered a contemptible mistake that never should have been made or ever be viewed.

First voiced by some when James Comey got canned in a bizarre, unprofessional way, including Comey himself, it’s now undeniable.

It’s as if Fredo were the Don in The Godfather movies. Most of the Fredo_Corleonetime Trump sounds like Fredo Corleone. Be it self-pitying whining or ranting about respect to taking a public beating for what amounts to, as Moe Greene would put it; “banging cocktail waitresses two at a time! No one at the tables could get a drink!”

There’s also no trace of any, shall we say ‘comparatively reassuring’ Michael Corleone-Like Traits.  Trump lacks the capacity for a successful negotiation, or to even just run a crooked casino, without failing hugely.

If anything other than merely Fredo; perhaps Trump is Sonny, Fredo and Connie Corleone all rolled up into one. As dumb as Fredo, as angry as Sonny and as vain as Connie.

Like Fredo he’s incompetent and a spineless traitor who doesn’t understand the implications of his actions.

It’s all too accurate, It’s disturbing that Trump can’t speak like a chief executive, but its terrifying that he keeps talking like a mobster.

Driving all of it home, the president and his associates frequently use analogies from the movies in their personal speech and tweets, like when Roger Stone told someone to “Pull a Frank Pentangeli” as a way of telling him to lie to congress.

Dealing with Michael Cohen, in what might be judged to be Witness Intimidation or the way he went to the mattresses in an unneeded and deeply unpopular Government Shutdown, the truth was right out there staring us in the face.

Live on TV or documented on Twitter he’s called people rats and other mob-like stuff that makes him sound as brutal as he does dumb.

And it’s not as if the rest of them are any smarter. It seems that the internet has deemed that Don Jr is the most Fredo-like of all and he’s meme-king on that one. It’s not like he’s any dumber than Trump himself, but he fits in better I guess if you give Trump the distinction (and dignity) of Vito. I personally can’t. Vito Corleone the character was much smarter than BLOTUS Trump.

In the end it will likely be old-fashioned RICO Laws that will have Former President Trump, whenever that happens, and the rest of his Crime Family doing a stretch in some New York State Pen thanks to the Southern District of New York.

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The WordPress AdWords Monetization Fiasco

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Well I finally took the plunge and monetized my blog and 1 year later I WILL NOT be renewing. Why not? Well for one thing though I blogged my ass off I had perhaps the very worst year of views ever. Powered off an anomalously high day with a couple of thousand views i figured my time was finally here and maybe I could generate enough income to get the premium features to pay for themselves. So I had a modest goal going in

And Then What Happened?

For one thing I found theres some content thieves out there. They repost my blog word for word with pictures and siphon off an unknown amount of views. I found two sites doing this. Seems to me if i could find this out so could WordPress, after all I had bought in, right? It was costing THEM money too.

It didnt matter they never went after them.

Next WordPress Market Re-Aligned itself to be a ‘For Your Small Business’ website and advertised heavily as such.
This was great at driving away curious people. Why go to WordPress for original journalism when thats where you book a haircut or look for a lawn guy?

WordPress could have run TWO campaigns like so many other companies, and pushed the original content enough to keep people engaged. But this didn’t happen. In part WordPress impeded me.

Your ‘Income’ per click is anywhere from 1/3 to 1/65th of a cent depending on factors that seem to change in a very whimsical way. In my highest month of served ads it was just a bad month for getting paid,inexplicably as far as hearing from WordPress went. I made just a few pennies.

That was the month I  wrote the most and even used some SEO tricks by writing about trending topics.  Im not overly proud of “Katy Perry Kills a Nun”, but I did enjoy writing it and it helped me expand my game.

On the positive side I learned a lot, so its Ice Cream Flavored Dog Food and I’m out a hundred bucks. Not the worst thing that happened this year by a long shot. I’m not bitter, it was justifiable as a hundred dollar lesson in professionalism and creative writing that was mostly self taught. So I’m not bitter about it. I still get a thousand views a month, so people hear me.

What I got out of the monetization experience was the perception of a deadline and the hopes of breaking even. I wrote more and now I had become a bit more self critical. I learned how to be something of a better writer. I forensically improved all my old posts and the new ones are of a higher quality.  For that it was worth it.

Was I Throttled?

I’m not so full of myself as to think my message was so powerful or so strong forces wanted me silenced. More likely I had willingly paid for an Indentured Servitude where the more I wrote the more WordPress owns and the more people will simply visit and maybe read a couple of articles. However, theres a possibility they had business reasons to not push me as hard as they had when they kept it all. 2019’s views will show whether or not people still consider blogs in general useful or interesting outside things like an independent movie reviews, which fare better than most topics at getting clicks.

A Roulette Wheel of Information and Payment

People are far more wary of the information they take in these days and that in itself is good. Looking back into the very recent past you can see how and why the internet  returned to be a highly suspect place and blogs got BEATEN to death because Fake News and Outrage sell.

Text blogs were especially vulnerable to subversion or being a kremlin misinformation campaign. Video blogs have sound which betrays things like Russian Accents. In the future I plan on letting you all see me and bringing some of this to youtube.

Suddenly it occurs to you how misinformation happens. If you are living in Russia and have a computer you can launch a right wing hoax story aimed at pure blog hits Because in Russia 100 bucks is about how much the average person earns in a given 2018_woodsideweek.  So you’ll create some fake pictures and tell grandiose lies and it’ll pay off. This is where a lot of the “Dying Hillary” memes and stories came from. It only needed to attract enough hits and stay live long enough to generate income for a 3rd world guy. The fact that they got over so badly on so many American is just an indictment of our education system

Trust is Broken Since 2016

Trolling is just too big these days. People leave their “Punk’d Filters” up more these days and that’s a good thing, but there’s still a lot of people who just will stare at the shiny object. This blog is an older standard of journalism. I’d rather be broke and honest than a rich liar.

Fake News Sells, the world is filled with people who have no morals, love attention and have a blog or a youtube channel. Their goal is to go viral. My goal was simply to develop a core or readers. I could do this by going FULL Breibart/ Infowars and making stuff up. It’s just not me.

In the past people like Alex Jones would simply have gotten a book contract to write (fairly imaginative) sci-fi books and would have been a mediocre version of Philip K Dick. Instead everyone is pulling a Stockholm Syndrome Cult as their internet guise.

I’m no Alex Jones. I’m the opposite. I’m a real skeptic who thinks the worlds round. Im not going to turn the blog into a store and sell vitamins just because I could. I wont hurt average people just to tell a story or make some cash.

This blog sometimes has very few answers. Sometimes I just tru to ask a question.  This blog encourages you to disagree and comment. This blog publishes corrections, this blog leaves up bad predictions. I’m not trying to be perfect or viral, I just want to add some truth and supportable opinions into the conversation. I dont need to be monetized to do this.

Dana Loesch, the Food Babe and a million liars who we can sort of think of as Blogger versions of Alex Jones have rightly made people wary. Blogs don’t enjoy immediate trust anymore.  Rightly so but it kills the honest blogger. All media and journalism is taking a hit and people are likely ONLY reading their official partisan blogs. Or freaking out in real time on Twitter. I do it too. (@therealmcteag)

If you want to try monetizing for awhile forensically murder all blog posts with profanities. The only piece of advice I got was “Family Friendly” stuff was easiest to promote and garnered lots of views. I’m only just so family friendly.

This revelation explains the existence of Jake Paul and his equally annoying brother Logan Paul. That’s what the internet’s selling so far as accumulating a lot of clicks goes. Yes, the song “It’s Every Day, Bro” is as meaningless as it sounds. The lyrics make no sense at all. The chorus is just a bunch of words and the videos really isnt quite soft core porn so much as lots of half-naked young people of both genders. So that’s whats really hot and getting promoted. They dont curse, so its Family Friendly.

So WHY am I Here?  jpm2017

Why Im Still Here, sans Compensation, is because I like to write and my point of view is sort of unique. I’ve seen some of my humour sucked right up in a way thats too close to the blog (and too close in time) for the writers at some of the late night shows not to be pilfering jokes from me. Big Fuckin Deal, but hey, maybe offer me a job as a writer?

The Biggest People Play the Worst. This last year saw Star Trek outright stealing stories and ideas from Gonzo Video Game creators for no other reason than they thought they could. The Star Trek Discovery Writers are real shit bags for that one. Just hire the guy and pay him

So thats where its at. I’ll still be around, holding JJ Abrams feet to the fire and pointing out how insane Trump is, but I guess the dozen dollars I was able milk out of this will forever be WordPress money, because you have to make 100 bucks before they pay out. Ok, while no big deal we’re talking 10 years at a minimum of 100 bucks to get anything back. Maybe this was to fight the proliferation of fake news and the incentive of just 10 bucks to people in anywhere including Somalia (thanks for the views, Somalia! Seriously, this is a shout to whoever keeps reading from there. You can come out in the comments if you want!

So anyway  for me its a 10 to 1 loser. This blogs pretty venerable now, 50,000 views, maybe id have gotten over the hump in less time but I’m not buying.

So when my HUGE view days happen I’ll get my endorphin rush and I’ll feel satisfied, but the rules of Profitability here are too costly to my journalistic integrityAnd my personal ethics. Roger Stone is wrong, it’s better to be sort of a nobody then be infamous.  I have dignity and he never had any.

And damn it, I never tried to play the family friendly game and I never will.

I’m gonna continue to be me. This domain name may end up coming with me somewhere else as Im no longer totally sold on WordPress as my best platform.

In the words of Ozzy Osbourne- You Don’t Need a Ticket to Fly With Me, I’m Free!

3 Reasons To Believe NRA Activist Maria Butina Really IS Just the Worst Spy Ever

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Russian Spy and NRA Activist Maria Butina is definitely lying about not being a Kremlin Asset. The Government’s story isn’t seamless yet, but give them time. Her ‘boyfriend’ is now under Indictment for fraud and surely aware, as we are, that shes been trying to cooperate against him from day one. It just keeps getting weirder.

Heres three very good, very brief reasons to Rightfully Believe she’s a Spy;

1– She’s Got Too Much Money

She had access to too much money to be just some Russian with a student visa. Why’s she running around with around 300 grand? Where’d the money she used to influence the NRA come from?

2- That Preposterous Fake Boyfriend

That 56 year old ‘boyfriend’ is plain old unbelievable. Fraudster Paul Allen Erickson owns only a 23-year-old non classic car. As far as political tricksters go he was even less successful than Roger Stone. He’s broke and always has been. He lied, cheated and stole for money and seems to have never worked. She started dating this con man troll when she was like 23?  About the age of his car now? Sure. Why’d he give her 20 Grand? As I just noted, pimpin’ wasn’t easy for Erickson in the first place! I think that the Operation was always looking to self finance to advance its goals. Im sure she charged up her credit cards through the roof with fraudulent intent too. It’d be the least of her problems too, actually.

3- We’ve Heard this Before (From Putin)

Her story is Putin’s story.  Both have said that if she were a spy she’s ‘the worst spy ever.’ Okay. Granted. I believe you’re the worst spy ever. And you know what, that’s not a denial, either. It’s actually in the running for the name of this article. How is getting caught proof you’re innocent?

The Government didn’t have every single duck in a row and may have been wrong believing Butina was trading in sex, but in light of her relationship with Erickson? He’s in no way appealing to someone in their mid 20s. He looks terrible even among people his own age. He’s a con man and looks like one.

Butina works for or was spun off by the Kremlin. Shes got some kind of loyalty and connection to Putin. It makes more sense than ‘she’s the greatest sweet talker of all time and was a wheel in the NRA by 27.’

It would be nice if anyone on CNN had noted she was saying the same thing Putin says. They have reported Putin’s comments on this. I guess eventually they’ll put 2 and 2 together and say it, but you heard it here first.

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Elizabeth Warren Official Rollout Review

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Well I didn’t really ever foresee myself being in any way excited by the  E Warren rollout, but I was just a little inspired.

Going in I was prepared to be let down or even annoyed because Elizabeth Warren has a mixed public speaking record in my eyes. So when I say i was sort of impressed it’s saying something.

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Her tone and cadence were actually better than usual. She didn’t degenerate into the screamy-ness we occasionally see when she gets worked up speaking live.  Simply said she doesn’t have the best yelling voice but her calmer speaking tones are fine. In that sense she’s the EXACT opposite of Trump.

Warren has been paying attention to the news and was seemed to be associating herself with some of the views of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in energy policy.  That’s right, some of my representative to Congresses from here in Queens ideas were on display, most notably, a search for a sustainable, cleaner energy for the future.

She also touched on election reform, fairness and equality before the law and generally sounded like a solid and practical Democrat and a little bit like, yes, a president.  She sounded, a couple of times, a whole lot like AOC.

The meat of her rhetoric comprised of fairly viable reliably Democratic ideas and assertions about Labor policy, education, the rigged economic situation in America, the favoritism towards the rich and even hints of election reform, Campaign Financing transparency and killing Citizens United were all in there. I also felt like they were all given the right amount of time by the candidate.

She only mentioned Trump’s name twice but managed to bash the racism and the corruption that are that administration’s hall marks enough. The call that all candidates in 2020 be required to post their tax returns online was surely aimed at wrecking up the Trump Campaign (and would if enacted).

I wanted to personally start a “Let’s Go Yankees” chant listening to the New England accents of her crowd, but that’s just me. Her supporters were definitely worked up for the speech and absolutely liked everything they heard. Whether she’s got their long term support in rapidly broadening field will be the real question.

It was a good launch event. Whether or not it “Un-does” some the self-inflicted damage from the earlier gaffes and people wondering what the deal is with her heritage is still to be seen. A lot of people still want to know what the deal with her native american dna fiasco is.

Most notably, while still not my favorite candidate this was her best public speech that I’ve personally watched.  It’s possible she’s upped her game. I need to see her sustain it before I stop worrying about what I perceive as her negatives; which are sounding elitist and degenerating into sustained shouting at live events. neither of these things reeled their ugly heads.

It’s probably NOT a coincidence this refreshingly good speech had NO MENTION OF HER DNA OR ANCESTRY.

Weirdly but predictably the White House gave the rollout a free boost by reacting to it while it was still underway in the same predictable racist and mean terms.

The biggest issue Warren may have to face is that she’s Trump’s preferred opponent. Its possible that de-motivates people from her camp, but she’s definitely already stomping Tulsi Gabbard and a couple of others.

This week’s polls will tell a lot but I predict that Biden will still have a majority of support in 7 days, next Sunday, February 16.

While I didn’t catch her using the exact phrase Green New Deal” it was immediately spoken by CNN anchor covering it. Pure AOC right there.

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Trump’s Bizarre, Not Good, Self Contradicting State of the Union

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In a long and rambling speech focused mostly on World War 2 Trump spent more time calling American Woman murderers than he did condemning Hitler.  Then something sort of bizarre happened.  Trump spoke of his need for a Wall  and said “Walls always Work, they just work, they work, okay? Walls Work” and left that out there as some kind of immutable truth. This doesn’t really sit well in a speech centered around the D-Day Invasion, which by all accounts was a bad day for Walls.

Just to get it out of the way – the State of the Union was mostly a badly read history lesson on how World War 2 went down in Trumpian terms. In 2019.

He was careful not to bash Hitler in his extended comments about the conflict. I guess he figures that there were very fine people on both sides of the war. He mostly saved his condemnations for American Women.  Immigrants fared no better in his grim speech. Seems Hitler was off-limits though, even talking about the Normandy Invasion.

He rambled on a lot about the need for his racist Southern Border Wall. Xenophobia was front and center. A lot of pure fear. The constant refrain was about the impenetrability of his proposed Wall. Its supposedly goiing to end the opiate scourge. A lot of lies about the pills made on Ohio coming over the border from Mexico just dont add up.

Then in the next snorting breath he was on to D-Day, where we attacked and destroyed Hitler’s Atlantic Wall,  essentially undercutting his own point. And then really dwelling on it.

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Contradictory Statements on whether “Walls Work”

While he managed to talk about D-Day at length on several occasions Trump was demonstratively ignorant of the fact that the Normandy Invasion was a pretty bad day for the idea that Walls, in this case backed up with mines, artillery, machine guns, aircraft and thousands of defenders, actually work at all.

If you’ve seen the first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan you see the ineffectiveness of a wall.  They don’t keep out the Wall-Hating Americans who blow the damn thing apart. In that case the wall was 5 years in the making and lasted for about 5-12  hours.  And again, that’s WITH wanton use of deadly force.

Another ironic moment may be when Trump acknowledged Buzz Aldrin, a man whose journeyed through the “Impenetrable Van Allen Belts” to the moon. I’m not sure why the only conspiracy BLOTUS doesn’t believe is the moon landing, but apparently as far the Moon and World War 2 he was mostly factual, if grandiose (as always).

I wish someone with a bigger platform than me can mention the asinine nature of segueing from “Walls Work” to D-Day in same bad speech. I will not sue you, I’ll just throw shade. This ironic point shouldn’t be totally lost.

In other areas it was just a mash-up of badly read words. He was not snorting as much as usual, but as always his eyes looked like the bleached, prolapsed assholes of spray tanned porn stars. Nixonian body language was on display, but thats always been this presidents style.

All Talk No Policy

While he made a lot of assertions, and even found time to speculate on violent crime without ever crediting the Police for their good work in the murder he cited, a gang beef on a 7 Train Platform solved in less than 24 hours with the prime suspect in custody by his hometown Police Department, our own NYPD. Not one word of hope beyond his wall. Lots of fear about MS-13, not an ounce of context or praise for the great police job the NYPD and its amazin g Detectoves pulled off. Vulgarian Trump can’t speak of the police without urging them to be brutal or oppressive so they get left out of the speech and just don’t get any credit. MS-13 got repeated mentions and may have been levated to the biggest public threat ever with wild rhetoric. I live 4 stops from the murder, I’m not scared any more than I was before it. Mostly because of the great professional police force we have in this town. I think its a great cae for state taxes, theyre so much more qualified than the Orlando Deputies I simply feared rather than respected.

When talking about terrorists we’ve droned Trump said on a couple of occassions “We’ve KILLED them! We KILLED THEM!” I think we all prefered what every other president in history has said about terroists who getthemselves killed “We’ve bought them to Justice”

The meandering screed of misleading lies about the some recent reproductive laws didn’t go well with the half-hearted circus ringleader to the record number of women elected. Of the 190 women elected only 13 are Republicans though, and slamming all women with falsehoods on their right to choose just hung in the  air like a drunkards fart in a still pub.

In many parts he free-styled and lost the thread. When back on the teleprompter he suffered from what sounded like his dentures slipping and some really emotionless outright reading when his mouth got ahead of his brain.

Pelosi will probably win the day tomorrow as Trump will surely meltdown and start hatefully tweeting in minutes or hours and lose any “Win” he got out of what I’m gonna call a generationally bad and poorly delivered SOTU.

The Maroon 5 Superbowl Halftime show at least had some brevity, I clocked Trump at a near even 90 minutes.

Biggest Scare – The Designated Survoivor was Rick Perry.

Heres some some scenes from a movie we should maybe rename – “The Day The Democratic President And The Military Proved Walls Don’t Work at All”

Northam Could Survive by Defecting to GOP

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While its only just so shocking any white person who grew up in the Old Confederacy under age 50 has some shameful racist photos in their past, Northam was supposed to be some kind of nice guy. His welcome completely outstayed; he needs to go. Or at the very least try to join the GOP.

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One curious thing out there I haven’t seen would be the fact “This guys a tailor made Republican”. We know he’s a desperate and unprincipled guy, so what’s the worst case end game?  I think it would be that he changes his party affiliation to survive. It seems a No-Brainer that a baseball-like trade across party lines could quickly make this go away.

In an apology tour worse than Maroon 5 at the Superbowl the condemnation been universal.

I’m really only making a post on this because I think Northam will probably be GONE by tomorrow. The OTHER reason I would be writing this is to get view and engagement destroyer Tulsi Gabbard off my top post as quickly as possible. People are rightly ignoring her ridiculous candidacy. The views of this page are down 300% since her story went live.

I want people to know she’s a Russian Troll, but not at the expense of having any voice at all.

Back to Northam. Is it me or does this guy have  great GOP resume to be as much as a SCOTUS judge or what? The offending yearbook was NOT when he was all that young. Hes a 25 year old future doctor at a medical school from which I will never allow a graduate from to touch me ever again.

Heres the yearbook page. It works for a Young Republican I guess but seems far too grim for a doctor, let alone a pediatrician.

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Don’t Trust Sketchy Tulsi Gabbard

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Having a weird name and coming from Hawaii is not an obstacle to the presidency. Hatespeech, on the other hand? That might be enough. Today Tulsi Gabbard’s needless campaign for president rocked into day 2 by putting all Gabbards flaws on display. Rather than own, explain and apologize Gabbard simply showed how two-faced she is. She regrets what she said but retains the Intolerant beliefs.

Tulsi Gabbard is the kind of person you would call “Sketchy” if you had to work with her. She’s expressed a lot of bad-hearted opinions with one common thread – everything she’s saying she regrets saying (notice I’m not saying ‘regrets believing’) is outright Intolerant.

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Be it who you should love or what to do with lady-parts, Tulsi Gabbard had ideas that are way out in the woods by Democratic standards. You could make a decent case she should probably be kicked out of the party.

She’s Weak on Genocidal Regimes 

Who likes Assad and doesn’t have a weird tie to Putin? Just sayin’….

Don’t feel bad, she’s fooled a lot of people, but the lights getting brighter and people are catching on.

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She’s In This For the Long Run, But Not to Win

Tulsi Gabbard is like a pro-wrestler. It’s in keeping with our president, who is in the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.

One day Tulsi Gabbard might just have trouble explaining just how a conservative republican claiming to be a Democrat generates enough campaign money to fly this Spruce Goose of a political career.  Who wants to give money to a Democrat who  doesn’t support fully a woman’s right to choose and is on the Outs with her states LGBT Community in a Big Way?

I think she’s in it with the Russians. It really makes more sense than “Anti-Abortion Anti-Gay Democrat keeps getting Elected”

It’s more likely people who see her will google something like “Whats up with sketchy Tulsi Gabbard” than will go to donate.

My Theory- She’s a Kremlin Pawn

Shes only in this to bring discourse down. One of the few people I try to actively ignore (and will return to doing so after I finish this post).  She’s often in line with Putin. She might just not be on the side of Uncle Sam, the USA and what’s right.  That’s right folks. That’s what I’m saying. If she’s so poorly spoken she has to excuse a bunch of intolerant down-punching hatespeech things aren’t going to get better….ever.

And she’s in no way a Democrat. Joe Manchin has more left wing integrity. I basically comes down to this- If you had the enthusiasm to go out making stupid statements about who makes wedding cakes for who and why only some people should get married you’re just not a Democrat. You weren’t 12 years ago and you’re not now. I wish I could say “nice try,” but that’s too generous. Just watch her unspool Kremlin propaganda like its true on Russia TV, the only media outlet that really covers her, and you’ll know she should never be president.

Her Kremlin mission is to hijack debates and keep the conversation as stupid and angry as possible.

Tulsi Gabbard’s Strange Take On Apologies

She regrets speaking Hatefully about Gays but makes sure to tell us that her personal views have not changed. That’s a Non Apology and an attempt to have it both ways. And as far as the topic of Abortion? Again her personal feelings remain unchanged, but she regrets speaking hatefully about it.

Todays news brings us news unlikable and hard to figure Tulsi Gabbard continues to strive for ‘Worst Candidate Since Christine O’Donnell” territory by having a presser that could be described as “Trumpian” in its hypocrisy.

Why did Tulsi Gabbard apologize to the LGBTQ (& whatever I missed) community? The answer is “to divide us”

Quite simply because Tulsi’s core beliefs are conservative republican. Born to a conservative GOP wheel shes hated on women and gays but couldn’t strike enough hateful notes to make it in the Republican Party.

An early fan of Trump who never slams him and almost joined the administration (I’m sure the party intervened) Gabbard’s record on how she feels about how you’re born remains somewhat Third Reich-ian.

While she understands you may need that abortion her personal has always been pretty close to ‘Its murder’.

Shes Woefully Short on Qualifications

Because the idea of spending more than a few sentences explaining just how unqualified Tulsi Gabbard is to be president I’m just going to say she’s a mere member of the House of Representatives, not a state governor or US Senator. It would be unheard of to put her in the Oval Office.

How unqualified is Tulsi Gabbard for the presidency? Despite 6 years in office in the House of Reps she’s absolutely less qualified than even the right wings favorite person to hate- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to sit in the Oval Office.  Ocasio-Cortez for her part has more policy nd better ides as well nothing to apologize for. And she’s not trying to do anything but represent her district well. Tulsi Gabbard should do the same.

Tulsi Gabbard is a fake Democrat and bad politician who should 1- cease running for president 2- stay off Russia TV 3- should strongly consider resigning

UPDATE-  Tulsi Gabbard is now endorsed by David Duke, former KKK Grand Wizard.

I again call upon her to quit.

How JJ Abrams Destroyed Star Trek AND Star Wars

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Well things hit a new low for Star Trek fans today as the last rotting vestiges of the Kelvin continuity took what appears to be a fatal hit shedding more creatives and cast members.Is it the end of the big screen part of the franchise? Future movies are very much in doubt at this moment and there’s nothing in production.

On the small screen we’re (sadly) diving into a second ‘for pay’ self-hating season of disappointing Star Trek Discovery. Adding insult to injury we’re going even deeper after the original show, with apparently, a new (as in NOT Zachary Quinto) Spock? Not very promising for a show already reeling from plagiarism charges that are very likely to stick.

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The New Spock….

For fans of Star Wars the news is pretty much the same – The movies are cancelled or on hold for being sub DC bad. Both franchises will now be reduced to mere pay service streaming video shows.

Bravo JJ Abrams, you’ve done what Roddenberry and Lucas couldn’t, made Star Wars and Star Trek unWatchable!

He’s a double murderer of Sci-Fi Franchises. Douglas Addams would likely describe Abrams’ takeover of any franchise as ‘the coming of the great white handkerchief

By the time he took over Star Wars he had practice destroying beloved Sci-Fi franchises and a history of shabby treatment of original characters.

JJ Abrams- A Sci Fi Force of Failure

JJ Abrams made one good Trek movie which he then destroyed with a special edition commentary that was too honest and came off fan hating and trope-obsessed. Then Into Darkness was just a bad movie. So bad it destroyed any lingering sentiment for the previous movie and beat us up with a recycled plot that is now the ONLY plot JJ Abrams uses in a movie – The Bad Guy has a Death Star.

Sure, maybe it was originally a Romulan Mining ship or is just a gigantic Federation Starship, but its basically a Death Star and the story was just the same. A glimpse of what we were missing in the Cold Open only made Into Darkness worse. It was the best part of the movie and the ensuing nosedive never ended.

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While Simon Pegg made a really watchable and in fact great Trek Movie in Star Trek Beyond it was too late, goodwill was gone. So little by little the remaining core of cast and creatives that had produced the most entertaining of the movies was allowed to erode.

How Did this Happen?

Ever since he shot Harrison Ford in the head to make predictable tear jerker “Regarding Henry” Abrams has depended on missing or dead parents to add some emotion to his loosely related series of vignettes.

Then we all got a huge dose of FAIL when he decided to simply cease LOST and create perhaps the worst final episode of any show ever. Some people praised him anyway and acted like LOST was Twin Peaks.

In the Star Trek movies he’s a one trick pony killing one each of Kirk and Spock’s parents On Screen in the first 40 minutes of his first Star Trek movie. 20 minutes into Into Darkness he kills Kirk’s surrogate father, Pike. So both characters are now partly motivated like Batman.

Remaking the Final Frontier into The Galaxy Far, Far Away

JJ Abrams only ever wanted to be the Star Wars guy and the stopover at Trek was complicated by his disdain for the franchise, fans and general all around desire to make Star Trek a Star Wars substitute. This extended to having tons of collectibles like never before. Abrams was aware that the merchandising had been the sweetest peach for Lucas and he was trying to do the same thing. Stories of petty obsessions with toy revenue and disputes with the original cast would also surface occasionally, only making Abrams look worse.

In the infamous Star Trek commentary to his first Trek movie Abrams gave away a little too much. Like when he tells us Captain Kirk is now based on Indiana Jones (and Batman), especially when he fights and only wins through luck.  The concept would have been better had he not boasted of it and dispelled the magic of the moment as he explained the point for point similarities to the fight where Kirk and Sulu fight some Romulan goons and the iconic ‘Spinning German Plane Fight’ from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Abrams mostly sounded like he had made the movie off a checklist and this was his “Indy fights the Plane Mechanic from Raiders of the Lost Ark Homage” box that he just needed to check off. He was drunk or high and telling too much of the truth that day but we’re lucky to have it on the record.

More importantly to the “Star Trekky-ness” of the new franchise, Abrams simply threw away the idea that we would just go to a planet and hang around observing and exploring.  It seemed to be a concept that was scrupulously avoided to say risk the ship, struggle with the Prime Directive and possibly encounter a race analogous to the current state of Humanity or any combination of those things.

He never did Star Trek at its best, where it shines a light into a flaw inherent in humanity and aspires towards a future where we’re simply more reasonable. No one expected that lofty theme all the time, but it never got any attention. Its probably the hardest thing to pull off, but episodes of the Next Generation did it all the time and the Original series of course pioneered this. Would it have been that bad to give it a try? Star Trek became mere action and adventure.

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JJ Abrams was largely successful in his endeavors to change and destroy Star Trek.  Then, in a shocking turn of events he got his dream job, to destroy Star Wars. Again he was largely successful.

Destroying Star Wars

The cash grab for toy money was so crass and obvious it forced some ‘Legally Necessary Dialogue’ into the Disney Star Wars movies. Who doesn’t love warm Disney Star Trek moments like when C-3PO pointlessly makes mention of his red arm? It stuck out as bad and it was just so obvious why the line was in the movie. It was unseemly.

In so many words; it was all so that JJ Abrams could get his own ‘red armed C-3PO toy’ out there and keep more toy money! There’s other examples you’ll easily find if you watch with the idea “Abrams is trying to secure a toy revenue stream” in mind. So the quality of the dialogue is secondary to selling stuff. So the movies are, in a sense, long commercials where we pay to be pitched things. Lucas was not the greatest with this either, but his movies and merchandise were just better and so was his ‘in movie product pitch’.

During his time at Star Trek toys were an issue and the toy money obsession lead Star Wars down many awful paths too. We’d seen this before in Star Wars, but Abrams take on weapons and droids just isn’t as cool as what Lucas created. Just think about all the anger over Kylo Ren’s ungainly lightsaber and then think about Darth Maul’s lightsaber. The Lucas created weapon is great. The Abrams weapon is just sort of okay on its best day. Lots of people hated it. Never heard that about any Lucas weapon. Lucas was just better at weapons (and ships, droids and stories).

The Abrams Trap–Good Beginnings that Go Nowhere 

Anyone saying JJ Abrams ‘only writes beginnings” is absolutely RIGHT ON! The last decent movie he made, his first Star Trek, was one long beginning. The next movie, Into Darkness, was a mere rehash.

In the case of both Trek and Star Wars he wrote himself and the franchise semi – excitingly into an ultimately boring corner that pre-compromised the next movie. The Force Awakens was okay until the sequel destroyed it as lots of false cannon and quickly abandoned ideas both good and bad. He’s also about the only writer to have less plot ideas as he goes forward.

On the bright side he got away with a few shortcuts. The launching of the First Order Assault ships was unnoticed by most as a re-hash of his original Star Trek movies credit sequence as shuttles escape the doomed USS Kelvin. I don’t know how he got away with this one, so similar. I think that’s when he really starts thinking everyone’s an idiot but him as the movies have more and more blatant tropes and more big budget moments shoe-horned in to inject some excitement into dull stories.

For Star Trek after he leaves things improve fast. We got a near Abrams free movie and Beyond was enjoyable, refreshing and very much a return to form. Fans were already pre-heated and angry though and the movie underperformed. Sadly this seems to have had a discrediting effect on more relatable plots and Discovery has been abysmal. The lessons of the Abrams era were lost and the mistakes are now being compounded in Star Trek Discovery,, a show that went to one planet for one episode and was mostly a plagiarized soap opera otherwise pilfered from a videogame….badly.

In Star Wars we get The Last Jedi, a movie where both plots start with bad jokes that fall flat.  The problem where Rian Johnson, the writer for the that movie, had just inherited nothing to work with was front and center through the whole awful sham. He also didn’t really distinguish himself with his self-important ‘trick’ ending that fails.

Who didn’t pity poor Mark Hamill, forced to play Skywalker as a guy who toys with murdering children? That trait was supposed to SKIP A GENERATION! The moment he holds his lightsaber on Kylo Ren’s bad for both characters. Luke looks horrible and the bad guy suddenly has real justifications that are badly related. Like Han Solo being a bad dad wasn’t enough?

Handcuffed by the need to have a Death Star but not have an actual Death Star, which has been the plot of five of this franchises movies, Johnson gives us  “Miniaturized Death Star Tech” in the Gun on the Salt Planet.  Then Luke dies but doesn’t die. Then dies, kind of.

As an aside- Why Laura Dern was even in this movie is a “wondering out loud’ blog-post of its own

Where We’re At

Perhaps this is the best way to sum up the “genius” of JJ Abrams- both Star Wars and Star Trek have ALL FUTURE MOVIES ON INDEFINITE HOLD AND ARE ONLY PRODUCING STREAMING PAY TV SHOWS.

Highly flawed Star Trek Discovery, mired in a plagiarism lawsuit that Star Trek writers should have been above, are now going to do what the Abrams dictate demands – Treat original characters with total contempt. A characters parent will die soon! Hell, we killed off a bunch of parents and doubles in the long boring trip through the new ‘improved’ mirror universe.

While Star Wars seems locked in to a terrible and unwanted Episode 9 that will likely be all house-keeping and a way to set up Non Skywalker future for the franchise, things are even worse for Star Trek.

Discovery is stuck in a badly plagiarized and predictably over the top world of super high stakes. The shows got a lot of flaws but the stakes being way too high is a constant. So’s the lack of humanity the characters show. Casualties among the crew don’t give the commanders pause.

The obvious ‘save’ for Discovery would be to have them always have been from a parallel universe to begin with and an honorable way out. It’s even a little interesting and freeing. It’s also pretty in keeping with the better Star Trek traditions and themes of over half a century. I hope they try it.

Disovery’s Loose End- The Spore Drive Fiasco

Their “Spore World” is just not going to be maintainable.  The fact is the lawsuit and outrage revolves around it. Unrelated to the lawsuit, there’s another group of people annoyed about a perceived thinly veiled rip off of Dune that also swirls around the pilfered Spore Drive idea.

Look for the Spore Drive to get little if any mention. They’re just going to have to find another reason to spin the saucer section on two axises at once. It’s kind of a stupid effect anyway. So much for your experimental Starship idea.

Star Trek has only one course – but it’s a chance for perhaps the greatest Trek movie of all.

Star Trek’s Only Hope

Give Quentin Tarantino complete control of one movie. Deal with the consequences, it’s only the Kelvin Universe. You could kill the whole crew in a stunning jump to the future and a meeting with a re-cast generation if you want. Bringing on Tarantino for as long as he wants seems a no-brainer. It’s hard to imagine Chris Pine and the other defectors wouldn’t return for something like this.

Let’s hope both franchises can recover.

 

Who is the REAL Paul Whelan?

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Any discussion about the imprisoned American has to start with the acknowledgment that he’s about the ONLY thing that Trump and the Kremlin outright disagree about. That alone makes him important and remarkable.

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On the surface Michigander Paul Whelan is a guy who is something of a Russophile. Not a crime. At first described as a ‘retired Marine” and “Missing Wedding Guest” the details that have emerged since would point to more  ‘disgraced Ex-Marine who maybe even thought he was living in a Tom Clancy novel.’

Weeks after the United States arrested Maria Butina the Russians grabbed up Whelan, allegedly in Moscow to attend a wedding. He  disappears in the very last days of December 2018. Then things just got weird fast.

Whelan the Marine

The 30,000 foot view would say that Whelan was a mixed bag as a Marine, but he had never figured on full-time military career when he joined. Maybe he was okay with weekend warrior and a trip to the sandbox once or twice, but Whelan’s original intent was to be a reservist when he joins in 1994.

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Never the less for a few months on two occasions (in 04 and 06) he was sent to Iraq where he apparently continued his Military Operations Speciality- as a paper pushing clerk. It’s nothing to laugh at, the Marines need an office staff too. He was sent to a horrible place and it definitely sucked. But he doesn’t seem to be a particularly dangerous guy even in pictures from before he was kicked out of the Corps. Why his time in Iraq was described as ‘a few months’ is hard to say. It was notably not termed “two tours”.

So while he was okay and made Staff Sergeant, in 2004,  he really was more Staff than Sergeant. Then comes the downfall.

Court Martial

As a white-collar criminal Whelan outright sucks and gets caught, badly. Rather than come to an arrangement with his creditors he just starts lying about what happened and maybe stirs the pot with a few desperate financial moves. Marines aren’t supposed to do that kind of thing. It probably started around 2006 based on when his actions caught up with him.

It seems he was scheming to get a credit card under false identity or had used someone else’s card without permission. It’s hard to tell. Whether or not the fact he was already on the Russian Government controlled version of Facebook figured in to the conviction is unclear. He was stone cold busted on the fraud charges. There may have been no reason to look further.

It may just be possible he misused his access to USMC personnel files to obtain the questionable social security numbers he was playing around trying to get credit with. It begs the question;”What else did he do before he got caught for this scheme?” Like maybe something the Russians were hanging over him?

The Marine Court-Martial regarded his deeds as Larceny, which is just a fancy way to call someone a thief.  It looks like they decided Whelan had made some moral compromises. Most likely he cheated a credit card company out of some money and possibly also ruined someone else’s financial reputation to make his own life easier.

Whatever he was doing demoting him was seen as simply too lenient. So he was tossed out of the Marines despite the fact we were in the middle of 2 wars. Not much of recommendation.

Just weeks into 2008 he gets cashiered out of the USMC, essentially for lying, trying to steal and lacking financial ethics. Sound like anyone we know?

At that moment he joined the ranks of other disgraced Marines like Oliver North.

After the Marines

Too compromised to stay in the service but still saddled with a bunch of debt would make this guy a decent low risk gamble for the Russians, who seem to be skilled at guiding people down an appealing treasonous path. Maybe he unwittingly gets compromised somehow. Not exactly a classic cold war sleeper agent but this is a new Cold War with new rules.

Pure conjecture could be that maybe his debt problems were from gambling and his bookie turned out to be Russian mob? Or could he just be a sex tourist that just doesn’t want to say why they were there?

Whelan was living in his native Michigan and was employed as a security adviser by auto parts giant BorgWarner. Responsibilities might include something like assessing whether anyone was slacking or stealing from the Mega Conglomerate.

Was he already with the BorgWarner Corporation while a Marine? Wouldn’t corporate security seem a bad fit for a confirmed white-collar criminal? Is something up with BorgWarner? Just hiring a guy with a shabby rep for a job that requires some integrity is a head scratcher.

In social media he had a 10 plus year presence on a Russia-specific (so Kremlin controlled) version of a Facebook type service. A strange and naive move for someone who had already gotten in trouble for things involving identity theft. His motives are hard to figure.

Even 13 years ago the idea that you would let the Russians data mine your social media (not that they didn’t get into Facebook itself) is plain old bad judgement and probably bolstered the case against him at his Court-Martial if it came up.

One way or another he ends up an Ex-Marine, unheard of in the culture of the Corps where the motto goes “Once a Marine Always a Marine.” It must’ve been humbling. At this point he’s ripe for the picking in the eyes of the FSB. The Russian Intel service is well known to be an avid recruiter of compromised or desperate people.

While he was no Paul Manafort when it comes to embezzlement his own problems loomed just as large in his life.

An American in Prison

While his family says he went to Russia to attend a wedding the truth is he could also simply have been a sex tourist. It’s not like this doesn’t ever happen, its prevalent enough. We already know Whelan had terrible judgment, so why wouldn’t this be a possibility? While we’re on it; we all know it’s rumored Trump himself supposedly engaged in Sex Tourism when he went to Moscow in 2013. We also know that’s what’s allegedly on the so-called Pee-Tape (if it exists).

For some reason or another the Russians decided it was time to grab Whelan and throw espionage charges that could land him in a Russian Prison for 20 years at him. It could have been for leverage against the US, and his life story won’t help him.

While the Russians have said he’s a spy the administration has denied that. The US position on the case is that Whelan’s a nobody who should be freed.

The Ambassador Himself?!

It’s hard to say whether its simple ineptitude or a sign of true concern by the administration that the Ambassador Huntsman himself was sent to check on this ‘average person’. I’m not sure that sending our most senior person to check on Whelan did anything to minimize his profile or the Kremlin charges.  This would seem to be “deputy ambassador” turf. Whether the actual ambassador is the right move or not is hard to say.

We’ve seen the Trump people mishandle and manhandle protocol over and over. Trump himself is always inappropriate. Remember him shoving the president of Montenegro out of the way like a dick in a photo-op?  Two years into the Trump chaos its sometimes hard to recall how things went when we had a professional president rather than General Bone Spurs.

The Russians operate on a petty but persistent level. Sending Huntsman himself to the jail to see the guy seems a huge win. They orchestrated an out of the ordinary response and will use it t back up their story. It may have been better to play small ball on this one.

On the surface at this moment it seems it was a possible escalation and error in protocol to send the actual ambassador. Surely if this whole thing is no big deal, why send our number one guy?

Is Whelan s Spy?

While Whelan might be doing some underhanded things it seems unlikely he’s a US asset. His military career is less remarkable than most and his discharge was for trying to commit fraud. Just discrediting and it probably means no AMERICAN intel agency would hire him, at least not openly. He’s a documented liar.

So whose spy is he? A couple of possibilities come to mind but he was most in bed with the Russians.

Could the FSB have compromised him? Or perhaps convinced him he was a very important guy? It would seem more likely than any of our intel agencies using him. Maybe he’s helping the Russian mob steal automatic transmission clutch plates or other materials associated with auto manufacturing. Or maybe he took money to stop investigating theft from BorgWarner.

Cashed Up Agent of Fortune for someone like Turkey or a compromised and dishonest American who the Russians were able to manipulate seems closer to truth than CIA operative. For one thing we probably would never hire a liar who has shifting financial morality to be much more than a pawn

It’s hard to imagine that “Thrown out of the USMC for lying and stealing” was the ‘cover story’ to create a spy. He had too much baggage to be much more than a clerk and he couldn’t be trusted to be a that, so how could he end up a spy?

Slamming him as a thief and kicking him out of the military for being a criminal hardly sounds like the way they would dress up someone recruited out of the Marines for intel work. Why question his honor? Why not just have his records be murky?  Whelan would probably have been charged with fighting or something that didn’t involve dishonesty if it were a cover story. At the end of the day our operatives can’t be so despicable we ourselves can’t trust them at all ourselves.

The Charges

In light of what the Russians say happened they may have set Whelan up. The arrest documents we got today indicate he was ‘arrested in his hotel room five minutes after accepting a flash drive’, and that flashdrive had some classified Russian stuff on it.

This could mean anything really. There’s a lot of reasons to accept a flashdrive. The Russians may have convinced him the info was valuable and he could do some kind of freelance intel operation.

Looking Ahead

Well this is just going too good for the Russians for them to let him go anytime soon. They’ve dragged our Ambassador to their jail in just days.  They may decide this is fun and hold this guy til Butina is released or for 20 years.

The Real Problem with a Border Wall

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Trump’s huffed and he’s puffed and seemingly blown the house down (and Shut the Government Down) over his incessant ranting about a wall at the Southern Border.

Maybe there’s a case some parts of the Border need to be hardened, but we’re not really talking about that. Trump wants a HUGE and extensive concrete barrier (most of the time) along the entire border. While he’s occasionally made allowances for natural barriers, mostly he wants a huge wall. The whole “Beautiful Steel Slat” thing seems a dicey compromise Trump simply wont be able to abide by. So let’s disregard it for now.

As usual we hear more from Trump’s Hype-Men about the terms he’ll accept to end the Trump Government Shutdown than we get from Trump. It’s become an exercise in Ideology just reading into his Tweet-stream, which is the Diary of a Madman.

He’s not going to get his border wall from sea to shining sea for a bunch of reasons. One reason, however, really jumps out.

No one ever mentions the huge problem that’s staring anyone who looks at a map of the US-Mexico border right in the face.

So what’s my beef with a Border Wall?

The Walls Unfixable Problem

So whats the issue? These visual aids start to get it across

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Mexico is STILL a short Boat ride Away

Even assuming the Wall ends up being what Trump promised – A Giant Solar Panel Encrusted slab of ‘beautiful’ concrete in the middle of the desert extending deep underground to prevent tunneling; it won’t help. Why? Because that still leaves an ocean to sail up north on both coasts.

It’s two big problems, or if you want to think in the simplest terms; the same problem twice.  Specifically it’s thousands of miles of coastline that simply can’t be secured.  What’s the answer to that? Mines?

Just look at all that ocean, on both coasts, much of it being in the somewhat naturally ‘protected’ (from ‘open ocean’ conditions)  Gulf  of Mexico. Quadrupling the size of the Coast Guard would seem the first thing we’d need to do for any kind of control. That sounds expensive because it is!

Boats will be the new main way people will enter. What are we gonna do when that happens? Piracy charges? We’d need to actually catch them first (fat chance). Forget about deploying the army at the border. This would probably require a Carrier Task force off both coasts to have any effect on the influx from the sea! In other words its impractical and very, very expensive.

We have ENORMOUS coastlines on BOTH oceans with Mexico. So the problem with the wall is NOT LADDERS, but  BOATS.  Or even rafts if you will, especially on the Gulf of Mexico where sailing is generally easier.

Boats are Plentiful and Easy to Make

Boats are probably the first ever form of human conveyance. They were first created at least 8,000 years ago. So making one is no big deal. Just look at some of the pictures of the Boat Exodus from Cuba in 1980 to see how loose the definition of “Boat” is.

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Typical 1980 Cuban Mariel Boatlift raft

Most any boat from the lowliest skiff on up can sail the Atlantic or Pacific seaboards ( Or meander in the Gulf for awhile) and dare the Coast Guard to catch them. The Gulf of Mexico will encourage even the leakiest of tubs with enticingly (and often deceptively) easy sailing conditions.

The simplicity of just sailing to a piece of secluded coastline and disgorging people will be obvious. Lots of people will do it. That will mean there will be a whole lot of boats of every kind making this desperate journey at any given moment. The cost of naval interdiction is obviously far beyond that of just catching people on land at the border’s edge. It’s also obviously harder and more dangerous for all involved.

So there’s a pragmatic argument to be made that a Wall is tactically useless. If we build it and people take to the sea it will be an ongoing Human Tragedy of untold proportion. A lot of people will simply go to sea and never return or be heard from again.  Others will die and wash up on the shores of California, Louisiana, Florida, the Carolinas and everywhere else. And the media will be there.

Tragedy will Inevitably Ensue

You won’t be able to get away from the pictures of crowded boats, loaded to an unsafe manner, covered with women and children. Some of these WILL sink and we may not be able to rescue everyone every time. Sooner or later some terrible image, like the iconic pictures of a drowned Syrian child washed up on a Turkish shore, will surface and the whole Wall concept will be exposed as the fraud it is. It’s Strategically Unsound and Tactically Flawed.  Alan_Kurdi_lifeless_body.jpg

So the pictures will be horrific. We’ve seen some of the awful images of the unfortunates fleeing  places like Syria across the (relatively calm) Mediterranean. Drowned children, poorly maintained boats drifting powerless with no country wanting to rescue them.

So the Wall would absolutely raise the cost of Border Enforcement. We will need dozens more fully crewed Coast Guard Cutters on each coast to even make a dent in what will be a conveyor belt of boats.

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Refugees Fleeing Syria via the Mediterranean

A Wall won’t cover the oceans. Even the Atlantic Wall in France’s Normandy, was breached in a single day. Because you can’t really build a Wall at the water’s edge from Mexico to Canada.

Even the goddamned Love Boat stopped in Mexico! It’s an Un-Overcome-able flaw in any plan for a Wall.

Look for a new word along the lines of “Sea-Coyotes” to describe the people who will set these boats loose.

The Southern Border Wall is simply an inherently flawed concept. You can choose from any number of negative analogies to describe it. It’s bad out of the gate. Its doesn’t pass Logical Muster. Its falls apart under any analysis.

The best way it say it is “That stupid idea won’t work and will cause more problems than it solves”

Repercussions with the United Nations?

Whether or not the Wall would be in fact an Apartheid Wall is a topic for a future post. So will the humanitarian crisis at sea that will begin to occur if this Wall madness continues to any kind of fruition.

At some point we could be looking at getting sanctioned for being Inhumane to Refugees. There’s plenty of countries out there (Russia, Iran, China) that would love to hang that on us.

It could happen.