Words are important.

Many people will occasionally speak facetiously.

All too often, Donald Trump speaks fascistiously.

You can quote me on that.  I know, Merriam-Webster may not like my word, but I think it is better than the one they use, and mine works better above.

It seems to me that more often than not, when the White House has to walk back something Trump said and explain it away as a joke, whatever he said was quite the opposite of a joke.

Sessions Mess

When is Melania Trump going to step in and end the cyberbullying of Jeff Sessions by the president?  Isn’t an anti-cyberbullying campaign supposed to be part of her shtick as First Lady?  Of course not, what was I thinking?… that’s just more Trumpian bullshit.

What really bugs me is that Trump will end up turning Sessions, who is an abomination, into a alt-right hero and martyr.

Another aspect of election interference by Russia.

I have been thinking about the 2016 election.  Clearly, the Russians wanted Trump to beat Clinton in 2016, few people besides Trump’s tweets doubt that these days. U.S. intelligence agencies agree that the Russians interfered with the election in multiple ways designed to undermine the Clinton campaign.

However, there is an element to all the talk about Trump/Russia collusion that I have not heard anybody mention.  What about the Republican primary process?  It wasn’t simply that the Russians wanted Clinton to lose, they also wanted their boy, Putin’s would-be sock puppet Trump to win.  So, don’t you wonder how much effort the Russians put in to making sure Trump won the nomination?  It takes no stretch of the imagination at all to see how the same techniques that were applied to undermining Clinton could be used against Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, or Chris Christi.  Did the Russians take active steps to help wreck the candidacies of Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, and Rick Santorum?  Did the Russians manipulate Republican primary voters the way they manipulated the electorate for the general election?

Is it possible that the entire Republican Party on the national scale is just a big Russian puppet show?  That would go a long way to explaining why the Republicans cannot get one damned thing on their agenda accomplished.  Their near total paralysis totally suits the Russian goal of disempowering the U.S. in world affairs.

Just something to think about…

The thought police will be coming for you.

They will want to know what you think about the occupation of Palestine.  Apparently some folks in Congress, lots of folks in Congress, want to make you a felon if you disapprove.  20 years in prison and hundreds of thousands in fines for not agreeing with AIPAC.

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

The value of that Russian meeting.

There is a great Perspective article in The Washington Post explaining the ways in which that now notorious meeting that Trump Jr./Manafort/Kushner had with the Russians in June, 2016 was anything but nothing.  It is written by a former CIA intelligence officer and it clearly and concisely lays out the way the meeting conformed to standard Russian tradecraft and the value that it brought to the Russians.  Very well worth the read.

Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting sure sounds like a Russian intelligence operation