Is the Saudi Arms Deal Transactional?

Posted by Keeley on May 23, 2017 at 5:19 PM

So this presidency is transactional apparently. All about business and, it goes almost without saying, making deals. That way we can frame the latest arms deal with the Saudi's as a trade-off between jobs created and products sold on the part of America, and promises to fight islamic (or radical, which seems to be the suddenly acceptable term for the White House) terrorism on the part of Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern states.

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Rosenstein Hearings - Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh

Posted by Keeley on May 19, 2017 at 12:39 PM

So, Rod Rosenstein walks into the Senate Bar & Grill this Thursday, where reporters and cameras are barred from the hearings and Senators are set to grill him about the last few weeks and days and the Russia investigation. (Silence) There's no bad-dum because the drummer is wearing a pink hat at some demonstration somewhere in greater DC. (More Silence)

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President Trump Has to Learn to Play Chess - DC Style

Posted by Keeley on May 17, 2017 at 6:24 PM

This is almost like triangulation. A virtual Dealey Plaza, but with the president standing up in his limousine so the shooters (let's assume there's more than one) can get a better shot. That's what it feels like after the latest revelation: Trump made tapes. Comey took notes.

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Blood in the Water - Comey and the Campaign That Won't Ever End

Posted by Keeley on May 12, 2017 at 7:07 PM

This is troubling, not necessarily for the same reasons that Democrat Senators are invoking the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox by Nixon back in 73, which led to resignations from Nixon's administration and indicated that the Watergate scandal was reaching it's final, epic phase. And even if this time around the firing of Comey is giving Democrats and some Republicans an opportunity to increase their cries for a special prosecutor. Not to lament a fired one.

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The AHCa's Still Alive and Kicking

Posted by Keeley on May 5, 2017 at 4:45 PM

Who were the moderate, Tuesday Group GOP House members who voted against the AHCA? Take 'em down in their next primary so we can put a real Republican in their place! Who were the moderate, Tuesday Group GOP House members who voted for the ACHA? Invade their constituency meetings with iPhones blaring out Jimmy Kimmel's viral story! And take 'em down next time they're up for re-election! And put a real Democrat in their place!

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100 Days - Walking Backwards Away From Manufactured Scandal

Posted by Keeley on May 1, 2017 at 7:05 PM

It will be 100 days in a few hours as this gets written. We are flooded with 100-day evaluations of Trump's presidency. Most of them sorted along a deep partisan divide. But here's another way to look at Trump's first one hundred days in office as President of America.

Backwards.

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Schumer Offers GOP a Deal

Posted by Keeley on April 26, 2017 at 7:23 PM

What a deal. Democrats have offered to let Congress spend about $15 billion more on defense in exchange for keeping Obamacare's Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSR's) in place. Thank you Chuck Schumer. How can we not be grateful? The CSR's were placed on the table by the White House as a bargaining chip to force Democrats to agree to a budget deal. So this has worked out well hasn't it?

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What Happens When Deep States Go to War?

Posted by Keeley on April 21, 2017 at 8:23 PM

What happens when the deep states go to war with each other, and don't tell the rest of us? __ Wow. What a blurb on a book jacket! Or in a preview trailer of the film, or a series. Warring Deep States. Lousy title it's true. The Crypto's? Nope. Leave that to the script writers who undoubtedly are working on something of the sort. Unfortunately, the above phrase is a real world quote, from Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer at IBM Resilient. And yes it's about Russia and America. And China and who knows who else? UK? France? Australia? North Korea anyone?

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North Korea: the Aircraft Carrier Strike Crew That Went the Other Way

Posted by Keeley on April 19, 2017 at 2:40 PM

The Hill has an article on how the Doomsday Clock is 2.5 minutes to midnight, in part due to President Trump's comments on how he might deal with any possible North Korean threats. But before the article in The Hill mentions John Wolfsthal - who belongs to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board; the group which manages the Doomsday Clock - they bring up key evidence of how Nuclear Anxiety in big capital letters is coursing through America's veins:

A few SNL skits.

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Will the DOJ Hand Back Political Fugitives to China?

Posted by Keeley on April 13, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Justice Department spokesman Mark Abueg has a tough job on his hands. He has to announce to the media and thus the world at large that American policy towards Chinese fugitives will be different under the Trump administration. Taking into account that the word "fugitive" is at best a relative term in Communist China.

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A History and Chem Lesson for Sean Spicer

Posted by Keeley on April 11, 2017 at 7:32 PM

Did you know that hydrogen cyanide was first used as a pesticide in California in the 1880's? Yes, that's you Sean Spicer. To bring you up to speed on hydrogen cyanide and it's relationship to genocide in the mid-20th century, in places like Auschwitz. Yes, they - the Nazis - used hydrogen cyanide based products. Specifically Zyklon-B, invented in Germany as a pesticide, in the early 1920's when Hitler was in the nascent phases of his mad political journey.

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Was the Cruise Missle Attack on Syria an Act of War?

Posted by Keeley on April 7, 2017 at 12:40 PM

I am crushing your little elegantly shaven head John T. Bennett. Squeezing your cerebrum between my forefinger and thumb. Crushing you Mr. Roll Call! Mr. oh-so-agile journalist!

Sorry.

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Forget the Nunes Circus - FBI Deputy Director McCabe Is More Important

Posted by Keeley on March 31, 2017 at 12:46 PM

It would be nice not to write about Devin Nunes, for at least day or two. Maybe up to a week. It's not as if he's G. Gordon Liddy or Erlichman or John Dean and it's 1973 (yes Watergate happened in 1972 but became daily news much later). By the way, did you know they successfully entered and bugged the DNC in May, but then had to come back in June of 72 to repair the listening devices? Sorry.

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The Fourth Rail of American Politics

Posted by Keeley on March 27, 2017 at 8:14 PM

It's very hard - perhaps impossible as we're all finding out - to take away an entitlement after Congress has brought it into existence. Any large entitlement program is a complex beast by necessity. How else can the government decide winners and losers without having a thick book of rules and regulations to accompany their taxpayer funded largesse? That makes unwinding any large entitlement program all the tougher. Especially if you try to clear up who wins (gets the entitlement) and who loses (pays higher taxes or fees or is shutout from tax breaks etc.).

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Director Comey Keeps Us All in a Fog

Posted by Keeley on March 21, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Ok, we have a troubling cloud, a poisoned fog, enveloping the White House, according to the latest media narrative. And not just the media. GOP Representative Nunes used the cloud analogy, and not even in an "as if there were" sense, but rather directly. And this isn't really about Trump's tweets accusing Obama of wiretapping, which has likely become - to use Charles Krauthammer's phrase - farce.

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