Humint Events Online: January 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Trump Thinks a Terrorist Attack Will Save Him from Losing Congress

God, I hope he's wrong about that, like he is about most things.

Faced with the likelihood of a “blue tsunami” in the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump is holding out hope that terrorists will attack the country, reported the Washington Post on Wednesday.
“In private conversations,” said the Post, “Trump has told advisers that he doesn’t think the 2018 election has to be as bad as others are predicting. He has referenced the 2002 midterms, when George W. Bush and Republicans fared better after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, these people said.”
Matthew Yglesias at wrote, “(T)his is a frightening line of thought for an incumbent president and his team to be entertaining.” “(I)f the president and his top staff are not so concerned with democracy but purely political power, that’s a terrifying proposition,” said Yglesias.
If Trump believes that a terror attack will be a boon to his political fortunes, asked Vox, “How hard is he really working to keep the country safe?”

But who knows, maybe we don't even need a Democratic-controlled Congress to get rid of Trump:
History professor predicts Mueller will reveal Trump crimes that will ‘shock the nation’ — and force GOP to impeach.
Historian Allan Lichtman is known for making accurate predictions — and he’s more certain than ever that President Donald Trump will be impeached this spring.
The American University history professor has correctly predicted the winner of every presidential election since 1984, including Trump, and he has recently updated his book, The Case for Impeachment, that was released in April — before the president fired FBI director James Comey and special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed.
“There’s as strong a case of obstruction of justice as there was against Bill Clinton on a vastly more important matter than a blue dress,” Lichtman told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Remember, virtually every Republican voted for an obstruction article against Bill Clinton.” He said the special counsel investigation almost certainly had more damning evidence of illegal cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russia, which he said would soon be revealed.
“It’s a conspiracy,” Lichtman said. “I believe we have the tip of the iceberg of what the special counsel knows about the relationship between Trump and the Trump team and the Russians. There’s a fair chance that the reason they were covering up all of those calls from then to be national security adviser with the Russians was to cover up a possible quid pro quo, the Russians will help us and in turn we’ll ease those sanctions. Why else make those calls and why else lie about them?”
The historian said the public had already seen strong evidence of obstruction, but he said there’s plenty of reason to predict charges on a “host of crimes” — some of them deadly serious — related to a Russian conspiracy.
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Make America Glow Again

Our new insane reality:
HONOLULU, Hawaii ― For a half-hour on Saturday morning, individuals in Hawaii believed the state was under attack. The panic started shortly after 8 a.m. when residents, many who were just starting their days, received a striking alert on their cell phones.
The same alerts were broadcast on TV and radio stations. “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” the statewide emergency alert read. “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
More than 30 minutes later, the state issued a correction. Gov. David Ige claimed that a state employee had “pressed the wrong button” and sent the alert by accident.
But in those minutes, the fear and panic were real.

Retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis slammed Donald Trump on Saturday afternoon for spending his time golfing while the citizens of Hawaii were in a panic over a false missile strike alert. “For 38 minutes American citizens in Hawaii braced for a ballistic missile strike,” Davis wrote in a tweet, “and @realDonaldTrump continued his round of golf in Florida on his 120th taxpayer funded vacation day in less than a year.”
Earlier on Saturday, an emergency alert notification warning of a “ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii” was mistakenly sent out. The alert told residents of Hawaii to “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER” and reiterated, “THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
Hawaii Gov. David Ige told CNN that human error caused the false alarm.
“It was a mistake made during a standard procedure at the change over of a shift, and an employee pushed the wrong button,” he said. Still, it took a full 38 minutes from the initial alert to confirm that it was a false alarm.
During that time, Hawaii was in a “full state of panic,” The Associated Press reported, with people frantically looking for a place to seek shelter. According to CNBC, scores of people could be seen “running for shelter” upon receiving the alert on their phones.
All the while, Trump was playing golf, marking at least the 92nd day spent at a golf club during his presidency and the 119th day spent at a Trump property. This terrifying moment occurred as Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been engaged in an escalating war of words, including one recent exchange in which they compared the size of their “nuclear buttons.” After today, we know what Trump will do if his tweets ever provoke a nuclear crisis — nothing.

I don't buy the simple button pushing mistake explanation at all... something weird happened here.
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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

We're All Going to Die

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
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A Beautiful New Year's Ode to Our President

A wonderful FU New Year's greeting to Dolt45.

Penned by Aldous J. Farthington on Daily Kos:

"Dear Fucking Lunatic,

I read with interest your recent interview with The New York Times. I couldn’t get past the bit about your being the most popular visitor in the history of fucking China — a country that’s only 2,238 years old, give or take.

Do you know how fucking insane you sound, you off-brand butt plug? That's like the geopolitical equivalent of “that stripper really likes me” — only 10,000 times crazier and less self aware.

You are fucking exhausting. Every day is a natural experiment in determining how long 300 million people can resist coring out their own assholes with an ice auger. Every time I hear a snippet of your Queens-tinged banshee larynx farts, I want to crawl up my own ass with a Union Jack and claim my sigmoid colon for HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

We are fucking tired. As bad as we all thought your presidency would be when Putin got you elected, it’s been inestimably worse.

You called a hostile, nuclear-armed head of state “short and fat.” How the fuck does that help?

You accused a woman — a former friend, no less — of showing up at your resort bleeding from the face and begging to get in. You, you, YOU — the guy who looks like a Christmas haggis inexplicably brought to life by Frosty’s magic hat — yes, you of all people said that.

You attempted — with evident fucking glee — to get 24 million people thrown off their health insurance.

You gave billions away to corporations and the already wealthy while simultaneously telling struggling poor people that you were doing exactly the opposite.

You endorsed a pedophile, praised brutal dictators, and defended LITERAL FUCKING NAZIS!

Ninety-nine percent of everything you say is either false, crazy, incoherent, just plain cruel, or a rancid paella of all four.

Oh, by the way, Puerto Rico is still FUBAR. You got yourself and your family billions in tax breaks for Christmas. What do they get? More paper towels?

Enough, enough, enough, enough! For the love of God and all that is holy, good, and pure, would you please, finally and forever, shut your feculent KFC-hole until you have something valuable — or even marginally civil — to say?

You are a fried dick sandwich with a side of schlongs. If chlamydia and gonorrhea had a son, you’d appoint him HHS secretary. You are a disgraceful, pustulant hot stew full of casuistry, godawful ideas, unintelligible non sequiturs, and malignant rage.

You are the perfect circus orangutan diaper from Plato’s World of Forms.

So happy new year, Mr. Pr*sident. And fuck you forever.

Oh, and Pence, you oleaginous house ferret. Fuck you, too.


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North Korea Nuclear Crisis Is a Russian Operation

Trump has gone after China for supposedly propping up the nuclear-armed and crazed North Korea regime, but it turns out Trump's puppet-masters Russia, are the ones actually sending oil to North Korea and keeping the regime going in the face of intense sanctions.

This suggests that Russia is manipulating Trump and US politics and military actions via North Korea and their expanding nuclear arsenal.

It's a manufactured crisis, to create fear and increase chaos in the US, aided by Russia's control over Trump.

What a world.

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Various Gobsmacking and Upsetting Things from 2017 no particular order:

1) Republicans passed a gigantic tax cut that strongly benefits the wealthy, despite the extremely wealthy Trump never releasing his tax returns.

2) Trump referring to a group of white supremacist marchers as containing "very fine people".

3) Trump’s massive delusions/lies about his election (that he would’ve won the popular vote without fraud), inaugural crowd (largest ever when it wasn’t), that he understands tax and healthcare policy better than anyone else (he doesn’t), that he has one of the all-time great memories (he doesn‘t), that he is making America more respected again (he isn’t), he’s signed more bills already than any other president (he hasn’t), and various and sundry items showing that he is mentally ill.

4) Normally pro-law enforcement Republicans (the party of law and order) repeatedly attacking the FBI and CIA.

5) Seeing the Republican base swallow Trump’s lies and nonsense, or at least tolerate it, and furthermore get upset when people criticize him.

6) Trump’s insane tweets (announcing military policy as if it was an order; childishly mocking everyone he doesn’t like including the leader of a nuclear armed enemy; attacking the media; other various and sundry idiotic things that no president should be bothering with).

7) Trump supporting and actively promoting a Republican Senate candidate accused of child molestation (Roy Moore in Alabama).

8) Trump going golfing for almost one-third of his first year in office, particularly after his criticism of Obama for too much golfing (and Obama golfed much less)

9) The blatant, shameless lies from the Trump administration—all of them. Also the ineptness, the greed, the racism and the chaos. The huge turnover of the Trump White House showed all of these traits.

10) the blatant kleptocracy of the Trumps, failing to divest; clear failures of basic government ethics.

11) the clear evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to manipulate the election in return for favors to Russia, and the endless lie that there’s no evidence of collusion.

12) Republicans in power COMPLETELY refusing to hold Trump accountable, falling in line behind Trump’s insanity and protecting him from criticism.

13) the shocking partisanship of the Republicans to shove through as much unpopular legislation and judges as they can, by shutting out the Dems. The endless violation of political norms. Basically Republicans actually doing what they screamed about endlessly and dishonestly when the Dems were in power.

14) the upending of American leadership in the world and the gutting of American diplomacy.

15) Trump acting very much like Putin's puppet and even the former US Director of National Intelligence saying so.

16) Trump withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement for idiotic reasons, when the climate agreement was probably the last best chance to save the planet from catastrophic climate change.

17) Trump's FCC overturned Net Neutrality, thus likely ruining the freedom of the internet 

18) Trump greenlighted the KeystoneXL pipeline, allowing the dirtiest lowest energy tar sands oil to flow freely into the US, probably nailing the coffin of climate change shut if the tar sands are fully utilized.

19) In an interview, Trump acted as if he should have complete control over Justice Dept investigations, letting him cover up crimes, showing corrupt intent and violating a key norm of executive justice.

20) Trump signs executive orders shrinking two national wilderness "monuments" by almost 90%, opening them to oil and gas development.

21) Republicans passed a massive taxcut bill that greatly helped the rich, and will lead to massive deficits, despite years of their complaints about the national deficit and national debt.

22) Republicans repeatedly trying to gut the US healthcare system and taking away healthcare from up to 20 million Americans (and thankfully failed, though barely)
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