Saturday’s Snarky Snippets

When I wake on Saturday morning to no less than 12 “breaking news” updates on my phone, you know I’m going to be in snarky-mode.  So, here goes …

Another hat in the ring …

Elizabeth-WarrenElizabeth Warren announced her entry into the 2020 presidential campaign this morning.  While I respect Ms. Warren’s political views, believe she is as well-qualified as any, and while a year ago I would have considered her as my choice, I have to wonder at her decision today.  Given the very public controversy that she stirred over her Native American heritage, or lack thereof, she doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the democratic nomination, much less the presidency.  Frankly, I don’t relish the thought of listening to Trump and his faithful followers shrieking “Pocahontas” for the next 21 months! The more candidates who throw their hats into the ring, the more it dilutes the party unity, and that unity is going to be essential to winning an election next year.  I wish Ms. Warren had put country before ego.


He’s baaaaaaack …

roger-stoneLong time ago, July 2016, to be exact, I awarded Trump’s buddy Roger Stone (and his wife) my coveted Idiot of the Week award, and to this day he is still proving worthy of the title.  Stone, who has undoubtedly committed as many crimes as most any man alive, was arrested on January 25th, and indicted by Robert Mueller’s team on seven counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, witness tampering, and making false statements.  You might think that would take some of the wind out of his sails, that he might ‘sit down and shut up’, right?  But no, this is Roger Stone who, like his buddy Trump, thinks he can do as he pleases and will never suffer the consequences.

Instead of silence, Stone went on a media blitz in a series of television interviews and Instagram posts, decrying the unfairness of his arrest, etc., etc., etc.  Judge Amy Berman Jackson, along with Robert Mueller, is considering placing a gag order on Stone, stopping him from publicly discussing his case.  In the Judge’s words …

“The upshot of treating the pretrial proceedings in this case like a book tour could be that we end up with a much larger percent of the jury pool that’s been tainted by pretrial publicity than we have now, and that’s what it’s my job to balance here.”

Stone’s attorneys argue against it.  On what grounds, you ask?  Because a) Stone doesn’t even have a Twitter account (he was kicked off Twitter more than a year ago for a series of expletive-laden posts aimed at CNN anchors), and b) Kim Kardashian has more followers than Stone.  Is there logic here?  I’m failing to see it.


More bad news …

Dr. Sean Conley, Trump’s physician …

“While the reports and recommendations are being finalized, I am happy to announce the President of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his Presidency, and beyond.”


Will any be left standing?

A week or so ago, I read a column by George Will in The Washington Post that posited the most viable candidate in the large field of democrats seeking to unseat Donald Trump was Amy Klobuchar.

Amy-KlobucharHis points made sense, as Will’s points most always do, and I had added her to my list of potentials.  Then today comes the news that Ms. Klobuchar has a history of mistreating her staff.  It is even said it caused such concerns that in 2015, then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid spoke to her privately and told her to change her behavior, though Reid neither confirms nor denies.  Sigh.  Another one bites the dust.  It becomes apparent to me that there will be early and multiple attempts to discredit any and every democrat who plans to run in 2020.  Somebody, republicans and/or Russians, has already begun a concerted campaign to sling as much mud, to dig up as much dirt as possible on every candidate who appears to present a challenge to Trump.  It is gonna be ugly, folks.  I have to wonder if there will be any whose past won’t come back to haunt them over the next 21 months.  Shoot me now.


And on that note, I leave you to enjoy the rest of your weekend.Weekend

More Snarky Snippets

The headline catches my eye …

Fox News: The Arrest Of Roger Stone Was Worse Than Benghazi

I ponder … dig through my dusty memory bank.  As I recall, there were a number of fatalities during the attack on the American diplomatic compound and the CIA annex, four of them U.S. citizens. And I seem to remember 11 non-fatal injuries, again four of them U.S. citizens, the rest Libyan.  So … were people killed when FBI agents pounded on Mr. Stone’s door, yelling, “Open up … FBI!”?  Who died?  I hadn’t heard that there were deaths and injuries, had you? fox-stone-raid

I read the article …thearticleI really liked both of the comments. Look, Fox people, Roger Stone is far from an innocent citizen peacefully minding his own business.  He is into the Trump-Russia scandal so deep that I’m surprised he can still breathe.  Stone has been a piece of trash for decades.  For once, he got a taste of what he deserves.  Enough said. Grow up and knock off with the Benghazi comparison, for there simply isn’t one.


Now, remember I cautioned you yesterday that while we are watching that giant Trump-a-ganza of a circus complete with clowns and elephants, there are things going on that we should be aware of?  Well, here is one of those things …

Trump plan to reclassify nuclear waste alarms environmental groups

The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier. The proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy would lower the status of some high-level radioactive waste in several places around the nation, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state — the most contaminated nuclear site in the country. Reclassifying the material to low-level could save the agency billions of dollars and decades of work by essentially leaving the material in the ground, critics say. – Associated Press, 10 December 2018

hanfordsiteFacilities which would be affected include the country’s most highly contaminated: the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, which takes up an area half the size of Rhode Island. Opened in 1943, the site produced the plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan in 1945, according to its website. The production of nuclear materials carried on until 1987, leaving behind waste that threatened the local environment, prompting the state and federal authorities — including the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — to pledge in 1987 to clean up the site, without success.

Other facilities mentioned in the plans are the Savannah River Plant, South Carolina and the Idaho National Laboratory, according to the Associated Press.  Oh … and speaking of the Savannah River site …

US secretly shipped plutonium from South Carolina to Nevada

WTF???  According to the AP report …

The U.S. Department of Energy revealed on Wednesday that it secretly shipped weapons-grade plutonium from South Carolina to a nuclear security site in Nevada months ago despite the state’s protests.

The Justice Department notified a federal judge in Reno that the government trucked in the radioactive material to store at the site 70 miles (113 kilometers) north of Las Vegas before Nevada first asked a court to block the move in November.

Department lawyers said in a nine-page filing that the previously classified information about the shipment from South Carolina can be disclosed now because enough time has passed to protect national security. They didn’t specify when the one-half metric ton of plutonium was transferred.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said he’s “beyond outraged by this completely unacceptable deception.” He announced at a hastily called news conference in Carson City late Wednesday the state is now seeking another court order to block any more shipments of plutonium as it pursues “any and all legal remedies,” including contempt of court orders against the federal government.

Secretary of Energy … Rick Perry … the same Rick Perry who, back in 2017, said that increased use of fossil fuels will lead to a reduction in sexual assaults.  Save a buck at the potential cost of ours and future generations lives.  What could possibly go wrong?


Here we go again …

Last week, the Trump administration announced it will allow a ministry in South Carolina that only works with heterosexual Christian families to participate in a federally funded foster care program.

That means Miracle Hill Ministries can receive federal funding to participate in the program while discriminating against non-Christians, as well as the LGBT community.

WTF???  When did it become okay for a religious organization to receive federal funds?  And when did it become okay to discriminate???

The organization was in violation of a regulation issued by the Obama administration that states organizations receiving funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can’t discriminate on the basis of religion or sexual orientation.

But Trump’s HHS, under Secretary Alex Azar, issued an exemption for the ministry to participate in the program, writing that to force it out would be a violation of its religious freedom.  No, no it would not be a violation at all of its religious freedom, but it is a violation of the concept of separation of church and state to allow this bigoted religious organization to collect federal funding.  Period.  What is so damn hard to understand about that concept?


From the ‘You’ve Got To Be Kidding?’ Annals …

You remember Sebastian Gorka, right?  He served briefly as an ‘advisor’ to Trump in 2017, until his connections to an anti-Semitic group in Hungary became known.  He’s never quite gone away though, and is now a contributor to Fox News.  His latest …gorka-rbg

First of all, Gorky, Ruth Bader Ginsburg does NOT ‘have to’ attend the State of the Union address.  If you will look back to last year, she did not attend the State of the Union address then, for she was in Rhode Island for a late-morning “fireside chat” at Roger Williams University’s law school before speaking at a temple in Providence later that evening.  There is no ‘requirement’ that anybody attend!  And second of all, YOU cannot even spell her name right!

But there’s even more.  Remember that fringe group, Q-Anon?  They have put forth the conspiracy theory that RBG is hiding a secret illness, or she is dead.  FOR PETE’S SAKE — do these fools have nothing better to do than sit around and think up fairy tales???  Couldn’t they, perhaps, do something useful to contribute to this world?


Well, now that I’ve got all that out of my system, I’m going to bed.  G’day, my friends!

It Finally Happened. President’s Buddy Roger Stone Has Been Arrested By FBI On 1/25/19

Yet another thread in the tangled web of Trump/Russia connections that served to put an unqualified person in the White House, has been exposed. Roger Stone has … well, just read Gronda’s ‘good news’ post. Trump’s web of lies is unraveling. Thank you, Gronda, for starting the weekend out with some good news!

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On January 25, 2019, I was watching the MSNBC TV show, “Morning Joe,” when it was announced that the FBI under the auspices of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, heading its Trump-Russia Probe, arrested the republican President Donald Trump’s old friend, Roger Stone on the morning of the 25th of January 2019 based on being charged on 7 counts. The charges include one count of obstruction of justice, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.

As per NYT:  Read the indictment.

Roger Stone had worked in President Trump’s campaign for a short time in an official capacity until August 2015 but then they parted ways. There are different accounts as to why Roger Stone left the campaign but it is important to note that President Trump, his former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Roger Stone have had a relationship, going…

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Four Flew Into My Radar Screen

Tonight, four men just kept popping onto my radar.  With the exception of the first one, they have all been here before, some have made multiple trips onto these pages.  Perhaps if I stopped feeding them donuts and coffee they would leave me alone?  At any rate, I thought I would provide you with a little “See what they’re up to now” type of post and … sigh … hopefully they will go away and find somebody else to harass.


Oliver North

Oliver North — Then (1989) and Now (2018)

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has some very high standards.  They just announced the selection of their new president, since current president Pete Brownell decided he did not wish to serve another term.  And the winner is … {drumroll} … Mr. Oliver North!!!  You remember Ollie, right?  North was one of the key players in the Iran-Contra affair in the 1980s and was ultimately convicted on three felony counts related to the illegal sale of weapons to Iran to benefit the right-wing rebel Contras group in Nicaragua.  The convictions were vacated in 1990, not because North was innocent, but rather due to a technicality involving North’s limited immunity for testifying before Congress.  North’s very name is, as a spokesperson for the Brady Foundation put it, “synonymous with corruption and disgrace”.

To add to his illustrious image, North is currently a host on Fox News, though he plans to resign from Fox immediately to fully devote his time to his work with the NRA.  According to NRA CEO and Vice President Wayne LaPierre …

“This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association.  Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader.  In these times, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our President.”

Oh yes, he is ‘legendary’ alright, and I’m sure his mentality will fit right in with his newfound employers.


Roger Stoneroger-stoneAbout every six weeks this man, who was already awarded Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award in July 2016 , flits back onto my radar.  I think he just likes to annoy me, quite frankly.  Stone is one of Trump’s former lapdogs and is under scrutiny by Robert Mueller’s team in the Russian investigation.  Why?

In August 2016, Stone sent a message to campaign advisor Sam Nunberg, saying that he had dined with WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, the previous night.  Remember that it was WikiLeaks that purloined thousands of documents from the Hillary Clinton campaign and then somehow … quite mysteriously … hackers affiliated with the Kremlin leaked the documents in an effort to sway the election in Trump’s favour.  So, if Stone had dinner with Assange around that time, it is certainly suspect.  Now, however, Stone claims that he never met with Assange and it was his idea of a joke.

A lie by any other name is still a lie.


Scott Pruittpruitt-pollutionI just wrote about Pruitt last week, didn’t I?  And already he is back on the radar.  How can I ever move ahead if I have to keep going backward?  Anyway … the latest is what I would define as obstruction of justice.

Pruitt is under the gun in at least eleven separate investigations as a result of his spending habits, conflicts of interests and management practices, but those investigations may be getting unnecessarily bogged down in the muck these days.  Why?  According to ThinkProgress …

“Political appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are screening public records requests related to administrator Scott Pruitt at an alarming rate, slowing the release of documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  “This does look like the most burdensome review process that I’ve seen documented,” Director of the FOIA Project for George Washington University’s National Security Archive Nate Jones told POLITICO. The report comes as the EPA faces accusations of carrying out Pruitt’s agenda in secret. Employees reportedly have had to leave cell phones behind when they meet with the EPA administrator.”

Can we say ‘transparency’?  Cooperation?  Swamp rats?


Ben Carsoncarson-3In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law, the Fair Housing Act, a part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.  The Act provided for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, religion, or national origin and made it a federal crime to “by force or by threat of force, injure, intimidate, or interfere with anyone … by reason of their race, color, religion, or national origin.”  Despite the law, many communities in the U.S. remained segregated by race and income.

In 2015, the Obama administration put into effect a new rule, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing provision, that required every community receiving HUD funding to assess local segregation patterns, diagnose the barriers to fair housing and develop a plan to correct them. Most communities were supposed to submit their plans to HUD every five years, beginning in 2016. Communities without HUD-approved plans would no longer receive federal housing dollars.

And along came our old friend Ben … yes, he who lives high on the hog and tried to spend $31,000 of our money on dining room furniture.  Well, Ben decided that federal efforts to desegregate American neighborhoods were “failed socialist experiments” and he suspended the rule in January, allowing local and state governments to continue receiving HUD grants without compliance with the full requirements of the Fair Housing Act.  Remember that the only thing qualifying Ben for this position is that when he was a surgeon, some of his patients lived in subsidized housing.

And shortly after suspending the rule, he proposed raising rents in subsidized housing by as much as 300%.  And now … guess what?  The department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Ben Carson are being sued.  According to the New York Times

“On Tuesday, a coalition of national and Texas-based housing groups are expected to file suit in Federal District Court in Washington to reinstate an Obama-era rule that required localities receiving federal development funding to submit plans detailing their efforts to end segregation based on race, income, ethnicity or physical disability.  The advocates filing the lawsuit argue that Mr. Carson’s actions violated the 1968 Housing Act, a law that was pressed by Martin Luther King Jr. shortly before his assassination. The suit claims that Mr. Carson is leaving HUD without a system to prevent a pattern of discrimination in the allocation of $28 billion in disaster relief funding after a succession of natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey, last year.”

Just another of those surreal moments in the United States government under Donald Trump.  Nothing to see here, folks.


So there are the four who flew onto my radar screen tonight.  Now, I must go get the Windex and some paper towels, for these guys left behind a lot of muck on my screen.

Is Roger Stone Next On FBI’s Special Counsel Mueller’s Dance Card?

Ol’ Roger Stone is back in the headlines. Is it possible that he is about to finally get what he deserves? Please take a minute to read this post by our friend Gronda who has done her homework on this one, as always! Thank you, Gronda!!!

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My guess is that Roger Stone, a long time political strategist and friend to the republican President Donald Trump will be next on the FBI”s Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russian probe to be invited for an interview where his testimony will be given under oath.

The circumstantial case that I have developed from public information leads me to think this. First, Roger Stone and Paul Manafort were business partners for years and their firm had actually previously done lobbying work on behalf of the president during his casino business days. Roger Stone has ties to Russia going way back and so does Paul Manafort.

As per the 8/6/15 Hill report by Mark Hensch, Roger Stone said he (was) resigning from the New York business mogul’s political team after concluding he is not aiding its progress…
“I resigned largely because I thought I was having no impact,” Stone told host Poppy…

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Biggest Spider Web Ever …

Is there one, single person in Trump’s administration, family, or inner circle who is honest?  In a word, the answer would seem to be a resounding NO!  Just in the past 48 hours, there have been new tales of scandal surrounding son-in-law Jared Kushner, long-time confidante Roger Stone, and close advisor and communications director Hope Hicks. That’s just in the past 24 hours!!!  Never … NEVER in the history of the United States has there been a more corrupt, nastier group of people in a single administration than today.  Trump & Co. make Nixon & Co. look like a bunch of bloomin’ angels!  And this was the man who promised he was going to “drain the swamp” in Washington?  Looks to me as if all he did was bring in a whole lot more, uglier and more lethal crocodiles!  Let us, briefly, take a look at each of these most recent abominations …


Jared Kushner

Kushner-4Jared Kushner’s company, Kushner Companies, is in trouble.  Deep trouble to the tune of $1.2 billion.  Yes, that’s billion.  While Kushner officially divested his interest in the family business when he accepted a job in the Trump administration, he did not stop seeking funding to stop the bleeding in the business.  To that end, he was a liability from day #1, for at least four foreign interests, fully aware of Kushner’s company’s financial woes, considered ways to manipulate him, to use his troubles to their advantage.  United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico viewed Kushner as likely to be easily influenced.  And that doesn’t even touch on his meeting with Sergey Gorkov, the head of a state-owned Russian development bank in December 2016.

Kushner’s firm has sought investments from the Chinese insurer Anbang and from the former prime minister of Qatar.  Kushner’s company has also received loans from Apollo Global Management, whose co-founder Joshua Harris has met numerous times with Kushner in the White House, and CitiBank, whose CEO Michael Corbat also met with Kushner in early 2017.  There is obviously no clear line of demarcation between Kushner’s role in the White House and his business interests, despite the fact that he supposedly stepped away from Kushner Companies.

Add to that his omissions on his security clearance forms that he has been forced to revise numerous times, his attempt to establish a ‘secret communication channel’ with the Kremlin, and his breaking protocol by not coordinating foreign contacts through the National Security Council, and you have one very smelly situation.


Roger Stone

roger-stoneI can always tell when Roger Stone is back in the news, for the piece I wrote about him and his wife in July 2016  starts getting views, even though that piece is nearly two years old.  This week, it has already received 69 views, so I knew Stone was back on the radar.

On March 17, 2017, WikiLeaks tweeted that it had never communicated with Roger Stone, a longtime confidante and informal adviser to President Donald Trump. In his interview with the House Intelligence Committee last September, Stone, who testified under oath, told lawmakers that he had communicated with WikiLeaks via an “intermediary,” whom he identified only as a “journalist.” And then came evidence of the lie:  Private Twitter messages show that Stone and WikiLeaks communicated directly on October 13, 2016, and that WikiLeaks sought to keep its channel to Stone open after Trump won the election.

While not officially a part of the administration, Roger Stone has been a close friend and confidante of Donald Trump’s for years and served as Trump’s lobbyist for more than a decade.  There is no reason to believe that the two are not still closely allied.  WikiLeaks was, in part, responsible for releasing information that made public the emails of Hillary Clinton and others during the 2016 campaign.


Hope Hicks

hicksWhite House communications director Hope Hicks announced her intention to resign on Wednesday, the day after she refused to answer questions during an appearance before House investigators looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election.  Add to that, the fact that she was the mistress of ousted Staff Secretary Rob Porter, who resigned amid accusations of domestic violence that were known by the administration long before becoming public knowledge.

Setting aside her lack of morals, I prefer to concentrate on her refusal to answer questions under oath.  Being possessed of a naturally suspicious mind, I almost always assume that somebody who refuses to answer questions in this sort of an investigation has something to hide and is protecting either themselves or somebody else.  This situation is no different.  Hicks has been one of the handful of people that have been closest to Trump since the very beginning of his campaign three years ago, so she is certain to know almost everything there is to know. And then to announce her resignation the very next day?  Nope, nothing innocent about this woman, folks.

During her testimony, if one can even call it that, Hicks acknowledged she has had to tell what amounted to ‘white lies’. She pointedly and repeatedly declined to answer questions about the presidential transition or her time in the White House, telling investigators that she had been asked by the White House to discuss only her time on the campaign.

Hicks’ testimony is … or would be if she would give any … relevant, for she has been close to the Trump campaign and administration almost since day #1, plus she was involved with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, as well as that infamous 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Russians and top Trump campaign officials.  I would like to see her subpoenaed, for her refusal to answer, coupled with her admission to telling lies and subsequent resignation are ringing very loud alarm bells.


And there you have it, folks, the latest filaments that are to be found in that huge spider web known as the Trump administration.  And he called Hillary Clinton ‘crooked’?????

Back on the Radar — Roger Stone

You guys remember a little over a year ago, July 21, 2016, to be exact, when I awarded my Idiot of the Week award to Roger Stone and his ex-wife, Ann?  Believe it or not, that simple little piece has been my most wide-read ever and is still garnering views even today, more than a year later!  To date it has had 2,579 views, the majority of which have occurred this year, rather than last.  Why?  Because he keeps doing idiotic things, keeps his name in the news, and when I Googled ‘Roger Stone’ yesterday, mine was the 6th entry after the usual ‘top news’ and ‘Twitter’ entries.  But, I am not here today to talk about the popularity of that single post, but rather to expound on the continual idiocy of the subject of said post.

Knowing full well what an idiot the man is, I typically just ‘walk on by’ when I see his name in the news.  But today, I saw this headline, or variations thereof, no less than three times, so with a decidedly put-upon sigh, I clicked.

Trump adviser Roger Stone warns any politician who votes to impeach him would ‘endanger their own life’

“Try to impeach him. Just try it,” Stone said. “You will have a spasm of violence in this country, an insurrection like you’ve never seen. Both sides are heavily armed, my friend, This is not 1974. People will not stand for impeachment. A politician that votes for it would be endangering their own life.”

You will remember that just before the Republican National Convention last year, when some feared that establishment party officials might seek to steer delegates away from Trump, Stone threatened to reveal where delegates who flipped on Trump were staying during the convention. Just the sort we need in these already troubled times, eh? Never mind that two recent polls show some 40%-43% of Americans are now in favour of impeachment.

But that isn’t all our ol’ idiot has been up to in the past week.

In response to Arizona Senator John McCain’s criticism of Trump for pardoning former Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday, Stone tweeted …

“Karma about to get you, @SenJohnMcCain and you will burn in hell for all eternity”

Out of curiosity, I visited Stone’s website, The Stone Zone, and was somewhat surprised to see that a large number of the headlines on his front page were in favour of legalizing marijuana. Now, I am neither for nor against that issue … I simply don’t care, as I don’t use the stuff and see much more important issues to argue for.  I just thought it was interesting that this seems to be his pet peeve, and he even claims that he believes he almost has Trump talked into it.  Such maturity, yes?  And in the same vein, during a recent interview, he was asked what he thought Trump’s dumbest move since taking office has been … his response?  “Letting Sessions and Kelly and Chris Christie prattle on and on about gearing up a new war on drugs. Stupidest idea I’ve ever heard.”  I begin to wonder if there may be a reason for his idiocy?  Perhaps a bit too much of the wacky weed in his younger days?

And finally, Stone forwarded an email from former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli that called for the ouster of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Now, I am no fan of McConnell and have my own bones to pick with him, but for reasons that are 180° from the reasons Cuccinelli & Stone state:

“Senator Mitch McConnell’s failed leadership is killing President Trump’s conservative agenda and there is no sign this will change. It’s time for Senate Republicans to elect a new leader who will fight to save our country! The president is right to question Mitch McConnell’s leadership because he is responsible for electing all of the liberal Republicans who are how blocking the president’s agenda.” 

Huh??? Liberal Republicans?  Where … where … ???

Stone’s role in Trump’s campaign and potential contacts with Russia have come under scrutiny. The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked Stone to preserve all documents related to any Russian contacts. The Committee Vice Chair, Senator Mark Warner, called on Stone to testify before the committee, saying he “hit the trifecta” of shady dealings with Russia. Paul Manafort and Stone were business partners throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and in a June interview with CNN Money, Stone said that Trump should fire both Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general.

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Paul Manafort & Roger Stone – 1985  

If it were possible, I would award Mr. Roger Stone a 2nd Idiot of the Week award, but it is against the rules. Joking aside, though, the danger in this man’s brazen trash talk is that he is, though not on the White House payroll, a close advisor and confidant of Trump’s.  And he is a public figure with a venue to reach large groups of people who listen to him and to what I consider his calls for violence, his incitement to take up arms against those who would like to see Trump removed from office.

Roger Stone … The Making Of The President … ???

roger-stoneRoger Stone … remember him?  A real piece of work.  He and his ex-wife jointly won Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award back in July 2016.  Well, guess what?  He has written a book … I should say another book, but since until tonight I wasn’t aware he had written previous books, it doesn’t really matter.  The title of his new book?  The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revolution.  It is touted as being “In the tradition of Theodore White’s landmark books, the definitive look at how Donald J. Trump shocked the world to become president.”  Trust me … Stone is no T.H. White!

I have read only the equivalent of about the first 20 pages, having downloaded a sample from Amazon onto my kindle, just to get a feel for the tone of the book, author’s writing style, etc.  A few excerpts:

  • “This [Trump’s electoral win] can only be attributed to the talent, energy, and foresight of Donald Trump himself.” And the Russians, and FBI Director Jim Comey, and the media …
  • “The increasingly vigorous alternative media, whose reporting standards are superior …” This is a joke, right?
  • “Trump’s skillful courting of the conservative media, like The Daily Caller, Breitbart News, WND.com, and InfoWars, made Trump the first presidential candidate to reach these disaffected … “ An apt description of what is wrong in this country
  • “American voters have finally become hip to the fact that the media and the political establishment work hand-in-glove …” Not all of us … in fact, not even most of us.

As you can see, this is not much more than a 408-page propaganda missive, though admittedly there is some interesting historical context.  As my blogger-friend Keith has mentioned before, Trump was groomed in his early years by none other than Roy Cohn, the “legendary mob and celebrity lawyer, who was an attorney and advisor to the young real estate mogul.”  Cohn was also former Senator Joseph McCarthy’s right-hand man during the era of the McCarthy communist witch hunts.

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Richard M. Nixon with a much younger Roger Stone

There are numerous comparisons throughout the brief bit of the book I read that compare the Trump campaign to Richard Nixon’s 1972 campaign, which may be quite apt:  Nixon – Watergate; Trump – Russia.  At any rate, turns out that Roger Stone was actually an advisor to Nixon’s campaign. In 1972, he joined Nixon’s “Committee to Re-Elect the President”, and while I find no evidence that he was directly involved in Watergate, he played dirty pool, bragging, “By night, I’m trafficking in the black arts. Nixon’s people were obsessed with intelligence.”

After Nixon won the 1972 presidential election, Stone worked for the administration in the Office of Economic Opportunity. After Nixon resigned, Stone went to work for Bob Dole, but he was fired after columnist Jack Anderson publicly identified Stone as a ‘Nixon dirty trickster’. Here is an interesting article from 1986 about Stone and his shady dealings.

Stone began his political career early … in his junior year of high school, he manipulated the ouster of the class president, then succeeded him.  “I built alliances and put all my serious challengers on my ticket. Then I recruited the most unpopular guy in the school to run against me. You think that’s mean? No, it’s smart.” (This is reminiscent of the day Trump said his manipulations of the IRS code to avoid paying taxes was “smart”.)

At age 12, Stone read Barry Goldwater’s book, Conscience of a Conservative, and volunteered with the Goldwater campaign (1964), deciding that he was “a staunch conservative but with libertarian leanings.” In 2007 Stone, a top adviser at the time to Joseph Bruno (the majority leader of the New York State Senate), was forced to resign by Bruno after allegations that Stone had threatened Bernard Spitzer, the then-83-year-old father of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer. Interestingly, when Trump learned of the incident he said it was “ridiculous and stupid”.  But that was then, and this is now. And in the here and now, Stone advised Trump that he must run his campaign like a dictatorship, that trying to run his campaign as a democracy would only lead to divisiveness and rivalries. Trump listened to Roger.

Roger Stone has not changed since then, either. During the 2016 Republican National Convention, he threatened to send supporters to delegates’ hotel rooms if they switched from Trump to another candidate, a move that then-RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said at the time was “just totally over the line.”

As mentioned in an earlier post, Stone was initially a campaign advisor to Trump, but was soon fired for the same racial, sexual and ethnic slurs that got him banned from CNN & CNBC. But the man continues to make the rounds, as he is a regular on Alex Jones’ radio show, and a frequent guest of Sean Hannity. That should tell you something right there. Though not officially a part of Trump’s White House staff, there is little doubt that Stone is an advisor to Trump in an unofficial capacity.  Just last night, in fact, Stone tweeted the following:

“The buck stops here. Obama responsible for illegal surveillance of @realDonaldTrump – must be charged, convicted and jailed.”  Link to The Week article

In mid-January, Stone claims that he was poisoned with a radioactive agent, Polonium, in order to keep him from “exposing the “Russian Hacking” LIE b4 the Congressional Investigation”.  Comic book stuff?  Spy vs Spy? Interestingly, he claims that his book contains the evidence to dispel the Russian hacking “lie”.  Since his book was released on January 31st, why would somebody try to poison him at that stage of the game?  Methinks this was an ‘alternative fact’, probably a ploy to gain attention a week before the book came out.

As for the book, no, I do not intend to buy or read it.  Just reading the sample in bed last night was enough to cost me some sleep.  Interestingly, it garnered pretty good reviews … 4.5 / 5 stars from 194 reviewers on Amazon.  But then, likely Trump supporters are the only ones who have any interest in reading it.  In the past, T.H. White’s “The Making of the President” accounts of the 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980 presidential elections have been historical documents, well-written and certainly credible.  Stone’s book falls far short, as it is a piece of propaganda, though there is some historical context, but presented from a thoroughly biased viewpoint.

I think we have not seen the last of Roger Stone.  It is interesting to note that the aforementioned Idiot of the Week post from July, featuring Roger and Ann Stone has been viewed 40 times in the past week!  Apparently people are still interested in him.  Like a bad penny, or a nightmare … he just won’t go away!

Idiots of the Week #1 – Roger & Ann Stone

I have no less than five people sitting waiting in the wings to be declared Idiot of the Week!  I told you they just fall into my lap!  For this first one, I have selected a couple … a once married couple … Roger and Ann Stone.  I am betting that most of you reading this never heard of them, am I right?  Neither are particularly important people, not political figures in the traditional sense, yet both have come into the spotlight this week and each has shown himself/herself to be fully qualified for the title of Idiot of the week.

Roger Stone is a political consultant, lobbyist and strategist, usually for candidates of the Republican Party. He was a principal with Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly.  Does the name Manafort ring any bells?  As in Donnie Trump’s acting campaign manager?  At any rate, Roger Stone was part of the Trump entourage until last August when he was fired amidst a series of controversies.  He has, however, continued as an ally, supporter and advisor to Trump. 

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On Tuesday, it is said that Stone advised Trump that he must run his campaign like a dictatorship, that trying to run his campaign as a democracy would only lead to divisiveness and rivalries.  But no, it is not that which qualifies him for the Idiot of the Week title.  It is that “series of controversies” that got him fired from the Trump Circus Train last year.

Stone was banned from both CNN and MSNBC last year for a number of highly offensive, racist and sexist Twitter posts he made about CNN contributors.  He called Ana Navarro an “entitled diva bitch” and said “black beans and rice didn’t miss her.” He also called Roland Martin a “stupid negro” and a “token buffoon” and instructed him to “eat some more Popeye’s.”  That is what earned him this honour.

Stone also carries the responsibility for having leaked the untrue story to the tabloid National Enquirer back in March, that Trump’s rival Ted Cruz had extramarital affairs with five women.  Earlier this year, as the GOP was yet hoping to be able to find some way around handing Trump the nomination, Stone threatened a massive revolt if that were to happen, and further threatened to publicize the hotel room numbers of every delegate who went against Trump.  Even Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that Stone’s threat to publicize the hotel room numbers of delegates was “just totally over the line.”  Really nice guy, don’t you think?  This is the type of person that Donald Trump surrounds himself with.  This is the type of person he aligns with.  This is the type of person he is.  Oh, and by the way … not that it matters one way or another, but Stone has Richard Nixon’s face tattooed on his back!  Further proof, if you needed it, that he is a nutcase.

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Ann-stoneYes, but why his ex-wife, you might ask.  And I would answer that Mrs. Stone is, in her own way, almost as bad as Mr. Stone.  First of all, she was married to good old Roger for 26 years, from 1974 – 1990.  Anybody who could stay married to someone like him for 26 years has problems.  Remember in a previous post I mentioned the “Women Vote Trump” rally that was held in Cleveland on Monday?  That was the one where only 17 people showed up.  Well, Ann Stone was one of the 17.  Not only was she one of the 17, but she is also the co-founder of Women Vote Trump.  Obviously, those 26 years married to Roger gave her a very low self-image and one could almost feel sorry for her were she not so stupid.  Among her comments at the rally was “He [Trump] has a track record with women that is amazing!”  Seriously?  Well, I guess you could call it amazing, depending on how you wish to define “amazing”.  Let us take a quick look at that “track record”, shall we?

  • “I would never buy Ivana any decent jewels or pictures. Why give her negotiable assets?”
  • “It’s certainly not groundbreaking news that the early victories by the women on ‘The Apprentice’ were, to a very large extent, dependent on their sex appeal.”
  • “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
  • “Women have one of the great acts of all time. The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers. The person who came up with the expression ‘the weaker sex’ was either very naive or had to be kidding. I have seen women manipulate men with just a twitch of their eye — or perhaps another body part.”
  • “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband, what makes her think she can satisfy America?”
  • “My favorite part [of ‘Pulp Fiction’] is when Sam has his gun out in the diner and he tells the guy to tell his girlfriend to shut up. Tell that bitch to be cool. Say: ‘Bitch be cool.’ I love those lines.”
  • “Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred.” Don’t be confused … yes, he actually said this about himself, referring to himself in third person.
  • “All of the women on ‘The Apprentice’ flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”
  • “If I were running ‘The View’, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’”
  • “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
  • “Look at that face. Would anybody vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious? ” Has he looked in a mirror lately … like in the past 20 years?
  • “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her — wherever. ”
  • “A person who is flat-chested is very hard to be a 10.”
  • “Her ass is too fat.”
  • “Well, you never get to the face because the body’s so good.”
  • “You have to treat ’em like shit.”

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While by no means a complete list, I cannot go on!  I am sickened, angered and disgusted just reading these.  Yes, folks, these are what Ann Stone refers to as Trump’s “amazing track record with women.”  Need I further elaborate on why she, along with her ex-husband, share the honour of Idiot of the Week?

Stay tuned … I still have at least four more people waiting in the wings to claim this honour!