Friday, July 13, 2018
Yesterday, FBI agent Peter Strzok endured endless hours of badgering from the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee about his 2016 texts. The waste-of-time show trial was nothing more than an opportunity for Trey Gowdy, Louie Gohmert, Jim Jordan and other Repuglicans to give their best impressions of rude, ball-grabbing circus monkeys. It was a Strzok Fest, and it was digusting.
I've said it before. The FBI has 35,000 employees. Some may love Trump, but you better believe a lot of them hate his orange guts. Their opinions do not impact their ability to do their jobs. To expect all government employees to apolitical, willfully ignorant robots is just absurd. Strzok's texts were totally inconsequential.
Across the pond, the Baby Blimp granted an interview to the Murdoch-owned tabloid The Sun in which he trashed the PM's Brexit proposals, suggested the U.S. may pull out of all trade deals with England, made racist anti-immigrant comments, and insulted the mayor of London, Saddiq Khan. Then at this morning's joint press conference with Theresa May, he took it all back (sort of) and called The Sun fake news.
What a diplomat! What a charming guest!
WHAT. AN. ASSHOLE.
|Tens of thousands protest Trump in London|
Yes, I'm politically biased. Not overly. Just about right, IMHO!
We agree Jordan's a douchebag deluxe. If this white-hot spotlight takes him down a peg or makes him quit, I'm all for it. Politics can be nasty business, it's tough shit and all is fair. Jordan is not immune just because you think it's "not right", i.e. unfair. Little Jimmy's gonna have to buck up.
That some people have vouched for him -- "He's a good guy." -- is not the issue. Jordan was asked if he knew about Dr. Strauss's sexual abuses, and he flatly denied all knowledge of it. The issue is this: Is Jordan's denial the truth or a lie?
We're now up to 8 former wrestlers who say Jordan definitely knew of Strauss's misdeeds. They say they spoke to him about it definitely and directly. They're definitely not all criminals or sports merchandisers with axes to grind. They seem credible to me. Why would they lie about this?
You suggest it's to get money from OSU. Well, yeah. But it's not about merchandising rights now. These guys are asking for compensation for themselves and for others for sexual assault endured at the hands of Dr. Strauss. The first accusers may not get everything they want, when they want it, but eventually they'll get something, because OSU will sooner or later be paying a lot of money to a lot of people to settle this thing.
To their credit, the university (my alma mater) has been investigating this matter since April, and their probe continues. They know what Richard Strauss did, and they know that other coaches and administrators knew about it for a long time. Ultimately, some will admit their knowledge and others, like Jordan, will deny it. Jordan is not the scapegoat for all the sins of the long-dead doctor. He's just the very public face of the cover-up.
For now, I'm done. You may have the last word if you wish. I promise I'll post it. (I've given the the last word to the lovely Mrs. Gammons for over 30 years, a habit which has made me the broke-down piece of man I am today! JK!)
Thursday, July 12, 2018
"I did it! It was all me! I got all these NATO freeloaders to agree to nothing more than the same thing they'd already agreed to back in 2006. What a win for me! Things were very UNFAIR before. But now they're not. I fixed all the problems overnight! Everybody thanked me! Everybody loves me! Did I mention I got 306* electoral college votes? Argle-bargle! Argle-bargle!"
(Not true. It was 304.)
Received the following comment on my Jim Jordan post of 7/10/18:
I commend Mr. or Ms. Anonymous for not liking Jordan and not wanting him to become Speaker of the House, but my "M.O." and I will quibble with rest.
"Too one-sided"? Not every issue is a 50/50 proposition. Sometimes the sides are not equivalent, not equally credible.
I "fail to acknowledge" that other wrestlers and coaches say "Jordan is clean"? There's too much evidence which says otherwise, and I simply don't believe those people. So what if I didn't mention them? They're in standard denial mode, predictably circling the wagons to protect themselves. (See Penn State and Michigan State for examples of the same thing.)
No, he's not "taking all the suspicion." No one has suggested Jordan is the only one to blame. Far from it. Clearly, many others were also aware, including those who bore more direct responsibility than did Jordan. But they're not so well known and they've been mum. Jordan is on the national stage and he's been his usual outspoken, confrontational self, immediately hiring a PR firm and going on national TV to attack and belittle his accusers. He could have chosen a different approach to this problem.
"His involvement in this case isn't clear yet"? I see it differently. Clearly, a lot of people knew about the problems with Dr. Strauss. (How could they not?) Clearly, Jordan knew. And clearly he did nothing about it, even when asked to do so.
I hope he regrets his inaction. A quick and forthright acknowledgment and a contrite apology would have served him better than his snarling pit bull routine.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
PPPPPP is an old acronym for Proper Preparation Prevents Piss-Poor Performance. And clearly, Republicans take this to heart and are properly prepared to take advantage of every opportunity, and they do so without conscience.
Why don't Democrats do the same thing? Why don't we plan and why aren't we as prepared as the R's?
- As the big-tent party, Democrats accept, even encourage, a range of opinions and will tolerate a degree of dissent. Republicans robotically toe the line and stick to their prescribed talking points.
- Democrats find so much of what the Republicans try to get away with to be, well, undemocratic, and hence unpalatable. Republicans have no such dietary restrictions.
- But the biggest reason why the D's don't do the same long-term planning is, quite simply, we've never really tried.
(Inspired by a faithful reader and driveway conversationalist.)
America First. America Alone. Trump Alone.
A couple weeks ago, a friend, neighbor and regular reader emailed to ask me, "What do you bet Trump trashes NATO before he goes off to play kissy-face with Putin?" I replied that even though I thought that would be extremely likely, I was still willing to risk $5 on the slim chance the fake prez would behave like an adult rather than a childish provocateur.
|"No, Mr. Trump. You may not have all the bacon."|
Oh my. Until 2017, America was the shining star at NATO meetings, a founder, the belle of the ball. Now we're just the rude bumpkin who makes a big stink and refuses to play nice with others.
Up next, more NATO antagonism followed by a trip to Helsinki to give blow-jobs to a grateful Vladimir Putin. Tom-O, your $5 is ready!