Spygate Revisited: Hold On, Pokey, Is Your Cult Calling My Cult A Cult?

The Republicans were a cult long before the libs created their safe space version. Cult of anti-personality? In response to my blogvesary’s last post, here’s a quick historical account: Oliver North zipped it to save President Reagan, Scooter Libby zipped it to save President Cheney and Paul Manfort is now zipping it to save President Ass-clown Hitler. Our president considers Paul Manafort a “brave man” while he mulls a pardon. Trump places this creep on the same white collar pedestal he reserves for himself. And who exactly is protecting the lefties amidst this grand counter-intelligence conspiracy of yours? …a bunch of rightwing spooks? Really? This is your narrative, Charlie Brown? I know when I changed my registration from independent to Dem it was to secretly conspire against progressivism. Iran Contra-diction? Hmmm. Why don’t you ask the real question here, what exactly spooked all the spooks down in Spookville?

In normal times watching this ideological ouroboros unfold (aka Republicans eating their own DOJ’s tail) would be very satisfying, but these are not normal times. Amidst a supermajority, our president is in a prime position to derail the rule of law. Luckily, what may postpone his coronation, hopefully indefinitely, is how the ass-clown part of Trump will ultimately best the Hitler part, or my Bozo the Crown theory*. The slide toward authoritarianism may well continue, but there’s a reasonable chance that, through the distribution of banana peels throughout the White House, we can sidestep disaster.

Fact: Donald Trump’s behavior = The GOP already acquiesced to a mob-boss-mentality (MBM). 

And we reached this level of insanity before our president is even charged with anything. What do you think happens then? Why aren’t you worried about anything that matters, yet again? The level of obliviousness of our supposedly sharpest Republican friends gives even a dystopic liberal blogger like me some serious pause.

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See? Right or wrong there’s an ever-present political capitulation infesting Washington, as discussed in my last article, but what of the free pass for the shady businessman? Herr Trump is now a corrupt president and a business scheister. Who says Republicans can’t multitask? Overlooking a certain level of political wrongdoing from our top politicians is the norm, but what of the perpetual get-out-of-jail-free card for our evil moguls? Today white collar crimes tend to only apply to those of a certain tax bracket. You’re right in one sense, Pokey, why care now? Why wasn’t this criminal brought to justice long before his ascendency to the Oval Office? The FBI knew of the dangers, so why wait until he’s about to become president? The IRS audited me twenty years ago and it cost me about 200 bucks, so why do they keep ignoring these Dr. Evil-level gazillions? Yes, I’m assuming Trump’s tax returns are egregious, but only because Trump’s tax returns are likely egregious.

Let me summarize this 2016 Russian-hacking passion play (paraphrased for your enjoyment):

Barack Obama: Hey, Mitch, guess what? The Russians are trying to tip the election for your boy. The American people deserve to know

Mitch McConnell: Don’t do it. This isn’t about the truth, Barack, this is politics. I’m warning you to keep quiet, or my side will spin the shit out of this and throw the whole election into chaos.

Barack Obama: Did anyone ever tell you, you’re a douchebag?

Mitch McConnell: All the time …and say hello to Merrick for me.

Barack Obama: That didn’t happen yet, Mitch.

Mitch McConnell: Oh, sorry.

James Comey: Golly Geez! It appears the Republican presidential nominee is a monstrous mogul in league with the Ruskies. The politicians are refusing to talk about this publically, hmmm. This is so complicated I wrote a book about the difficult decisions that our braindead electorate placed me in.

Mitch McConnell: Um, Jim, that didn’t happen yet.

See what processing information can do to help decipher complicated issues?  Some day, Pokey, someone is going to ask what the hell were you going on about while our ecosystem died and our republic burned. You let the wolf into the hen house …so at least take up the fiddle or something.

[Nero Wolfe joke removed by the editor]

There are four moving parts to the Russia probe:

1. Only Russian wrongdoing is found and Trump is exonerated (2%)

2. Team Trump colluded with the Russians and he should be removed from office (65%)

3. Obstruction of justice on the table, but only because our president obstructed justice (85%).

4. A slew of direct and/or indirect white collar crimes are found. These are likely to surface, but only because our president built his entire empire on them (95%).

But don’t worry, Giuliani is already trying to have the Mueller report blocked from the public. Then they’ll blow up Mueller’s headquarters, Commissioner Gordon will light the batshit signal, but sadly Batman’s is nowhere to be found because he’s heading back to rehab. Maybe Wonder Woman needs a city wide signal, but it shouldn’t be red. Just sayin’.

Sure, a presidential nominee is never going down for the mishandling of a few emails, but why are the superrich answerable to no one? Why did it take a special counsel? He’s been a grifter, of Trump Tower proportions, his entire life. Whether you understand this point or not, my friend, the rest of us are faced with the challenges of dealing with a Criminal in Chief, and the ramifications of corning such a beast while in office.

Last round my blogvesary accused me of not caring about the FBI’s interference in our election. I would care if there was a coordinated effort to dethrone a duly elected president. Was he duly elected? Is he an agent of a foreign power? These were the questions our intelligence communities were likely wrestling with before the general election. So any FBI conspiracy, if one exists, would be more along that old Blazing Saddles line:

Skully: What are you working on, Mulder? 

Mulder: Never mind that shit. Here comes, Mongo!

But the proof is out there, Zano!

What proof could make any rightwing conspiracy make sense? Wild Trumpey 101? During our long ranging political debates over they years, I always like to remind folks the score, you know, the one between myself and blogvesary. This is why it’s impossible to take anything espoused by the right seriously. Credibility is not their forte.

 

Here’s what Mick Zano has ignored:

Here’s what Pokey McDooris has ignored:

*Benghazi *cough*.

*Three classified emails Hillary Clinton sent or received through her private server.

*An illegally orchestrated effort by the Feds to keep an innocent man from keeping his job in the Oval Office …that will eventually be proven to be bullshit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*A president engaged in a covert proxy war with Iran.

*The lies that led up to the disastrous invasion of Iraq.

*The torturing of American citizens by our own government.

*The dangerous constitutional overreach of the Patriot Act.

*A president likely compromised to the Russians, who always sides with Russian intelligence over the U.S.’s.

*One party implementing widespread gerrymandering and voter suppression.

*The outright unconstitutional hijacking of a SCOTUS pick.

*A White House and a political party shifting quickly to fascism, complete with (for a time) an openly alt-right chief strategist touting a full White Supremacist agenda.

*A president openly banging against our checks and balances and the rule of law. A man who is now poised to create a full-blown constitutional crisis in the middle of his first term.

*A man who pulled out of the Paris Climate Accords and has returned us to the good old days of dumping our toxins in the lot next door.

*A man who pulled out of the Iran Deal, which will again lead to yet another catastrophic war in the Middle East.

*A president who is clearly mentally compromised and is, from a psychological perspective, a narcissistic pathological liar.

(But did I mention I ignored Benghazi?)

 

Keep trying to build that Trumpian wall, my friend, but do yourself a favor and start paying attention to the writing on it.

*Bozo the Crown: That is a fake link, because apparently I coined that phrase :(. 

 

 

 

 

 

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  11 comments for “Spygate Revisited: Hold On, Pokey, Is Your Cult Calling My Cult A Cult?

  1. pokey
    September 5, 2018 at 8:12 PM

    I would be delighted to have an in depth discussion about any or all of the many subjects that you highlighted in your article, though It’s important to stay focused. Sometimes I suspect that you expel so many different subjects as an attempt to distract us from gaining any genuine understanding about anything at all.

    For example, three articles back you challenged me to do what no Republicans have done–that is, to explain, if Comey was working to save Clinton’s presidential bid, why did he announce the reopening of the FBI investigation into Clinton emails only days before the election thus being to blame for her defeat.

    I explained that Comey had earlier on July 5th violated FBI protocol to help Clinton by announcing that the investigation was closed without charges filed against her. This put Comey in a difficult position when new evidence surfaced. In his book Comey describes his motives in announcing the re-opening of the investigation–“It is entirely possible that, because I was making decision in an environment where Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next president, my concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in the polls.”

    There you have–all the facts support my position. Comey’s FBI actions were all motivated for the purpose of HELPING Clinton.
    I have yet to read a response from Zano about my explanation. He simply jumps on to zillion other subjects (which I have supposedly ignored) that distract his mob of readers from my point.

    So, I think to myself, what’s the point? I could bring up how Stefan Halper was paid by the FBI to use his Russian connections to set-up Trump campaign aides Carter Page and Papadopolous, thus giving the DOJ and FBI a mirage of pretext to investigate Trump’s campaign.

    Answer me this, Zano–if Trump was such a stooge for the Russians, what did the Russians gain from infiltrating two low level advisors like Carter Page and Papadopolous? Answer, Halper coordinated and encouraged these aides and the Russians to engage in borderline illegal activity.

    More importantly–who was it that set up Australian Clinton Doner Downer and George Papadopoloous for their happy hour fiesta in England? How exactly did that come about? Downer has in the past contributed millions of dollars to the Clinton foundation, and I’m to believe that he just so happens to be drinking buddies with George Papadopolous?

    Think past the politics Zano.

    • Mick Zano
      September 5, 2018 at 11:36 PM

      Pssst, you …yeah, you …we’re having a constitutional crisis.

      • pokey
        September 7, 2018 at 4:17 PM

        I know. A group of lifelong lawyers and politicians, who consider themselves above the law and beyond public accountability, has coordinated with major media, and un-elected intelligence bureaucrats to invent this giant conspiracy theory in an attempt to overthrow a democratically elected president. I can prove it to you. What do you think we should do about it?

        • Mick Zano
          September 8, 2018 at 12:13 AM

          Up someone’s Risperdal dosage.

          • pokey
            September 8, 2018 at 9:57 AM

            My gut intuitions about the origin of “the investigation” that I expressed over a year ago are being concretely corroborated as time moves forward and more information is released.

            FBI leadership has repeatedly lied to the American people about the origin of the Trump-Russia investigation. FBI leadership has repeatedly stonewalled our democratically elected officials from gaining the facts.

            We now know for certain that the FBI had paid informants (at least one) contacting Trump campaign officials well before the FBI says the investigation even began.

            That makes this investigation politically motivated, illegitimate, and illegal.

            But we have a RESISTANCE movement that wants to ignore these facts (“irrelevant, nothing to see here, just a distraction, Republican people bad, resist fascist people good, lalalala, I’m not listening to you, take a Risperdal pill to make you stop thinking bad thoughts and saying bad things”) and push the investigation further to find something, ANYTHING (Stormy Daniels, campaign finance violation, lying to investigators, obstruction of justice, shady business deals, tax evasion) to legally (and financially) destroy our democratically elected president.

            That is the constitutional crisis that we now face.

            • Mick Zano
              September 8, 2018 at 3:39 PM

              What an investigation of spygate will conclude is how there was clear and present danger from a compromised candidate that should have been addressed sooner and more thoroughly, but, hey, let’s give our intelligence communities a break.

            • Mick Zano
              September 8, 2018 at 4:39 PM

              Libs don’t vote for fascists, you’re thinking of republicans.

              • pokey
                September 9, 2018 at 12:43 PM

                You misunderstood–I meant resist-fascist (or antifascist) people go.

                However, let me use this moment to educate you on the true nature of fascism. Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin were all three liberal progressive socialists. Fascists love to rewrite history to define their opponents by the crimes they committed.

                Nazi is National Socialism. Mussolini was a Marxist who came to realize that people are more likely to fight for the “nation” than for the abstract “workers of the world,” thus “National Socialism” which is essentially interchangeable with “Fascism.”

                Hitler was part of the German Worker’s Party. He advocated gun control, environmental rights, animal rights, free day care, national health care, birth control, and abortion. He railed against the rich capitalist 1% (or Jews).

                Hitler in hi sown words–“We are socialists, we are enemies of the today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak…”

                Everything that you’ve been taught is a lie, Zano–it’s how the Fascists keep their power. Wake up–the mobs who are shouting, yelling, and threatening ARE the Fascists.

                The Republicans freed the slaves from the Democrats. The KU Klux Klan was the military wing of the Democratic Party. The Republican Party won the vast majority of the black vote until FDR started giving black people free shit with the NEW DEAL in exchange for their vote. Lindon Johnson, a hardened racist, sealed the deal with the Great Society and the majority of the black population has been mentally enslaved to the Democratic Party ever since.

                • Mick Zano
                  September 9, 2018 at 3:02 PM

                  In a just few short paragraphs, you really captured the essence of revisionist history. Well done! You make Karl Rove proud! This marks your best misrepresentation of history to date. It’s not about the name of the organization, it’s about the level of consciousness at work. When there’s evil in the world to fare, look no further than the populists, the republicans, and the clergy. Start there. Fascism can come from port or starboard, but from starboard, aka the Conservative fascists, it’s always about seizing power for power’s sake (see Mussolini and Hitler). Meanwhile, fascism from the port side, attempts at secular/democratic governments, occur when the leader has to resort to authoritarianism to maintain power (see the South American versions, Chavez & Peron). These last two are no Hitler. Not even close. For a true monster you always need a delicate combination of ambition and some fundamental religious flavor. This is the problem with Erdogan, he’s too Islamic to be pragmatic.

                  And, as for the Civil War era, I’ll say it again, the political platforms inexplicably switched. If you really think the republicans of the time created the Underground Railroad, I have a bridge to Selma you in Alabama. Sorry. The truth hurts …and sometimes it groans.

                  • pokey
                    September 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM

                    Whatever you want to call it–fascism, socialism, communism, stateism, tyranny, or totalitarianism–doesn’t matter. (And yes tyranny can arise in any political party). They (and their minions) are always the one’s shouting rather than listening, censoring rather than inquiring, name-calling (demonizing) rather than dialoguing, threatening rather than engaging, and inspiring emotionalism rather than reason.

                    Has anybody on the Left recently been shouted down, demonized, or threatened? If so I stand with you against such tyranny.

                    Has anybody on the Right recently been shouted down, demonized, or threatened?

                    • Mick Zano
                      September 10, 2018 at 9:05 PM

                      I love you, my friend, but I am done with people (other people) lying and destroying my country and my planet. Enough.

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