Smithers I’m beginning to think…

…The Leader was not the brilliant tactician I thought he was.

Trump: Napolitano ‘a very talented legal mind’

President Trump on Friday praised Andrew Napolitano in a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, days after the Fox News commentator claimed a British intelligence agency had spied on the president at former President Barack Obama’s behest.

“We said nothing,” Trump said when asked about the former judge’s claims regarding the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). “I didn’t make an opinion on it. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television,” Trump said.

‘I didn’t say anything. I was just talking, y’know?’ Amazing the stuff Il Douche can get away with. Not like the rest of us:

Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off the air indefinitely amid the controversy over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower at the behest of former President Obama.

Fox News did not respond to inquiries about Napolitano’s status Monday. Napolitano was conspicuously missing from the network’s coverage of the confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch — an event in which he typically would have played a significant role. He has not been on the air since Thursday.

When Fox News can’t put you on air any more because ‘lying’, you know it’s bad. Not bad enough for the President to give a rat’s ass, but still.

Trumpcare sucks! You’re welcome!

Trumpcare is headed for a Thursday vote in the House. I’m pretty sure the eminent Burkeans who oppose it on principled grounds will fold like napkins in the shadow of Donald’s Twitter account. The specter of him calling them LOSERS at 3 a.m. will turn their bowels to oatmeal. And the cursed thing will pass.

And we will so be fucked. The American Health Care Act will be a devastating blow to the health and welfare of millions of Americans. No one, least of all the people who are about to make it law, denies this.

Rep. Mike Burgess (R-Texas), a doctor who sits on a House health subcommittee, told the conservative crowd that a reduction in the number of people with health insurance coverage shouldn’t be viewed as a negative. “If the numbers drop, I would say that’s a good thing,” Burgess said, “because we’ve restored personal liberty in this country, and I’m always for that.”

Ah, yes. The Freedom of Nothing. I’m surprised more Republicans aren’t shot into deep space for the “personal liberty” of it all. [Pro Tip: Don’t ever choke a Republican. You will not be pleased with what happens ‘down there’…] Speaking of which, it’s once again time to fight for the ‘little guy’.

Burgess seemed to imply that there are people who hate the idea of having health insurance but were forced to buy it because otherwise IRS agents would be “chasing [them] down” under the current law.

Burgess put ’em up for a put-upon American so small he doesn’t even exist. If the fightin’ Texan would only take on the scourge of, say, diabetes instead. ‘If your pancreas is so damn lazy, maybe y’all shouldn’t keep eating?’ [I assume this is Burgess argument.] Try cutting back a couple days a week, takers.

Like the used death car salesmen they are, Republicans keep coming up with new ways to fuck you over. No one else can keep a straight face while telling you a hearse is really a Cadillac.

“You said that part of that is that this is what freedom looks like,” Wallace recalled. “But is the major decrease in the number of people — according to the CBO — who will have health insurance, is it freedom or is it that some people will no longer be able to afford health insurance under your plan?”

Wallace noted a CBO estimate which said that a 64 year old making less than $27,000 a year will pay $14,600 a year for health insurance instead of the $1,700 they pay now under President Barack Obama’s law.

You would expect a normal human to spit out their New Coke at the revelation. Paul Ryan is gouging the elderly out of healthcare! My God can you believe it?! But then Paul is not exactly normal. Or human.

“We’re not going to make people buy something that’s so expensive that they can’t afford, that the market is not going to offer,” the Speaker insisted.

Paul is actually proud of himself. He’s not going to force anyone to buy insurance that “they can’t afford” […?]. Furthermore, nobody will ever have to worry about the healthcare plans “the market is not going to offer” [¯\_(ツ)_/¯]. Okay, thanks pal. Behind Ryan’s sophisticated sophistry the facts of the matter remain. Obamacare gives Americans money to buy insurance. Trumpcare gives people no-money, allowing them to not-buy it. What a guy Paul is! And what a bargain! What more could you want from a healthcare bill?

“What they’re saying is that this isn’t freedom, this isn’t people voluntarily deciding not to have health insurance,” Wallace remarked. “It’s that your plan makes it unaffordable for people.”

Ryan cocked his head at Wallace, momentarily. Then he began scratching his ears for fleas. Again, the plan’s clear failures to insure millions of Americans are by design. Features not bugs, etc.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday there is only one way to have universal healthcare in the country.

“The only way to get truly universal care is to throw people in jail if they don’t have it,” he said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “And we are not going to do that.”

You can’t buy a Cadillac! Nobody can – they don’t even exist! See?

List of Countries with Universal Healthcare

Thirty-two of the thirty-three developed nations have universal health care, with the United States being the lone exception. The following list, compiled from WHO sources where possible, shows the start date and type of system used to implement universal health care in each developed country.

Before I end this post, with the imaginary list, I’ll pause briefly to comment. You know when a salesman is desperate? When he’s doing his best to shame you. When he’s trying to cut you down, or bully you, he’s surely peddling a bogus product. He knows better than anyone else: it’s a sham…

  1. Norway 1912 Single Payer
  2. New Zealand 1938 Two Tier
  3. Japan 1938 Single Payer
  4. Germany 1941 Insurance Mandate
  5. Belgium 1945 Insurance Mandate
  6. United Kingdom 1948 Single Payer
  7. Kuwait 1950 Single Payer
  8. Sweden 1955 Single Payer
  9. Bahrain 1957 Single Payer
  10. Brunei 1958 Single Payer
  11. Canada 1966 Single Payer
  12. Netherlands 1966 Two-Tier
  13. Austria 1967 Insurance Mandate
  14. U.A.E. 1971 Single Payer
  15. Finland 1972 Single Payer
  16. Slovenia 1972 Single Payer
  17. Denmark 1973 Two-Tier
  18. Luxembourg 1973 Insurance Mandate
  19. France 1974 Two-Tier
  20. Australia 1975 Two Tier
  21. Ireland 1977 Two-Tier
  22. Italy 1978 Single Payer
  23. Portugal 1979 Single Payer
  24. Cyprus 1980 Single Payer
  25. Greece 1983 Insurance Mandate
  26. Spain 1986 Single Payer
  27. South Korea 1988 Insurance Mandate
  28. Iceland 1990 Single Payer
  29. Hong Kong 1993 Two-Tier
  30. Singapore 1993 Two-Tier
  31. Switzerland 1994 Insurance Mandate
  32. Israel 1995 Two-Tier
  33. United States 2014? Insurance Mandate

ADD: These people.

Speaker Paul Ryan announced Sunday he would be willing to make major changes to the Republican health care bill this week, but not push back the scheduled vote Thursday. He’s considering those changes in response to division among party members over the bill in its current form…

But Ryan wants members of Congress to vote on the updated bill before they know what its impact on constituents will be. The House will still vote on Thursday, before the CBO has a chance to make another assessment.

He’s going to change the bill, then force a vote before the CBO can warn anybody about the consequences…for millions of Americans. Paul Ryan is a sociopath.

The Irish Antipodes

They’re all lily white. They’ve all got deep roots going back to the homeland. And they couldn’t be any less Irish.

The day began with a cringe-worthy, mildly offensive Irish cliche in front of a roomful of Irish people, and it all went downhill from there.

“Top of the morning,” said Vice President Pence, as he hosted Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at his residence for breakfast Thursday…

“Literally just shouted ‘NOBODY SAYS THAT’ at the TV,” a journalist in Ireland tweeted. “I’ve literally only ever heard that said by Americans,” another person said.

TOP O’ THE MORNING, cartoons. Look at yourselves, a group of four leaf clovers. Sitting there all drunk n’ charming. Won’t somebody offer the Vice President a tall glass of Fuck You?

At the luncheon, Trump shared a proverb.

“As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of that proverb — and this is a good one, this is one I like, I’ve heard it for many, many years and I love it,” Trump said. “Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you.”

Thank you Albashir Adam Alhassan, Irish bard from Nigeria. Fake presidents are good at this sort of thing, embarrassing you with their fuckwit stupidity.

Two of the leading Republicans involved in Thursday’s cultural gaffes — Pence and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) — identify as Irish American.

One of [Ryan’s] statements caused a fair bit of head-scratching: “Americans, especially American Irish, are always trying to endear ourselves to the Irish. Think about it. We went from a president who plays a lot of golf to a president who owns a lot of golf courses,” Ryan said. “That is about the closest thing you can get to royalty in Ireland.”

Paul Ryan thinks we invented the pastime. Paul Ryan thinks it’s great Donald Trump spends half his presidency loafing about in golf resorts. Paul Ryan thinks we should be impressed with that. Paul Ryan doesn’t know our pathological hatred of rich people and their whores.

There is no God

I got nothing.

At Monday’s White House briefing, Spicer was asked if Trump would provide proof to Congress to back up his claim that accused Obama of “‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election.”

“I think if you look at the president’s tweet, he said very clearly — quote — wiretapping in quotes,” Spicer said…

…..?

“The president was very clear in his tweet that it was wiretapping,” Spicer said, making an air quotes gesture. “That spans a whole host of options.”

A host of options. Like ‘not wiretapping’? I’m lost here.

From the ‘Ooh Nice Try’ department

Irwin Stelzer writes at Bill Kristol’s Wrong! discount carpet and flooring clearinghouse, the Weekly Standard. While the rest of us worry about the future of healthcare, or women’s rights, or mankind’s ability to withstand radiation, Irwin is hunched over and fiddling with free speech in our hamlets and towns. Somehow he connects two dots sitting right beside themselves in separate worlds.

The American Left Discovers Its Inner George Wallace

Who would have imagined that it would come to this? Leftish activists are campaigning to have the Confederate flag removed from statehouses, statutes of southern statesmen removed from campuses and public spaces, and the names of campus buildings changed to remove any they deem racist.

Who would’ve imagined? Folks like me not-wanting to see Southern Civil War ‘heroes’ in everyday life. People like me not-wanting to see any ‘statutes’ of Nathan Bedford Forrest ever again. ‘Leftish activists’ begging their Southern uncles to not-pretend that historical racism is regional charm.

These very same campaigners, or at least their leaders, are finding time to demand that their cities and states interpose their authority between the federal government and the people of their city or state.

The word hypocrisy fails to do their work the dishonor it deserves.

What the fuck is he talking about?

The doctrine of interposition, born in 1798, was the work of none other than James Madison, author of the Virginia Resolution. For obvious reasons, the theory appealed to Southern states eager to preserve…

WHAT THE FUCK IS HE TALKING ABOUT?

…the institution of slavery. The Supreme Court ruled against attempts at interposition in a series of cases…

Point? Please?!

…to breathe life into the slave-owning and segregationist groups’ interposition doctrine. Shades of Little Rock, where President Eisenhower nationalized the entire 10,000-man National Guard…

Just anything?

…of Gov. George Wallace, another Democrat, who planted himself in a schoolhouse door of the University of Alabama in a show of…

Irwin!

…only to have President Kennedy do to him what Eisenhower had done to Faubus, and prove that federal law trumps “states’ rights”…

SOMETHING!

…liberal governors and mayors are in the tradition of their Democratic predecessors in Arkansas and Alabama. They have interposed themselves between the federal government and their sanctuary states and cities, ordering their police to refuse to allow federal agents do fulfill a federal mandate to remove illegal aliens, especially felons, from the country.

FINALLY, whew. But no, if the city council deems as much they haven’t done anything wrong, they’re just doing their jobs. And are you a moron? First it’s wrong for politicians to “interpose…between the federal government and the people…” Next you’re angry that mayors “have interposed themselves between the federal government and their sanctuary states and cities.” Have an argument there, do ya? Have a clue, hmm?

And these people piss you off? Because they’re doing what their cities told them to do. Because you’re a proper rebel, and you only do what Rush Limbaugh tells you. Next you’re going to tell me the slaves imposed on their masters, I suppose. Try this word on for size, smart guy: “Politics.” Or “Democracy.” And you write for the Weekly Standard?!

George Wallace did “interpose…between the federal government and the people.” He denied those kids their legal right to attend the school of their choice. But the “imposition” here in California, et. al., is between Trump’s government and millions of undocumented immigrants. Not between the shitgibbon and some poor “sanctuary states”, you drama queen. And the schools in Arkansas were, in legal fact, the state’s bailiwick whereas matters of immigration are strictly rendered to the federal government. If the Culver City PD don’t want to waste a lot of time and money detaining Donald’s dark ones, who are you to call them Orval Faubus?

Trumpcare, the sick and the dead

Remember Republican candidate Donald Trump? Remember him back in 2016? That was a man for all seasons. He was putting Coca-Cola in the drinking fountains. He was wishing ISIS into the cornfield. He was cooking a chicken in every pot, in every voter’s kitchen. You may have noticed this was the essential tack of his campaign: ‘I promise to make more promises to every American.’ Over the course of the year Donald was going to be all things to all people – never more so than when it came to Healthcare for Everybody.

“Everybody’s got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say because a lot of times they say, ‘No, no, the lower 25% that can’t afford private.’ But…I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.

[…]

“I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably…the government’s gonna pay for it. But we’re going to save so much money on the other side.

[…]

“But for the most it’s going to be a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition with lots of competitors with great companies and they can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything.”

What candidate Donald promised, as far back as 2015, was Trumpcare. And to look at the details of Trumpcare is to see a far more ambitious plan than Obamacare is, or ever was.

1.) “Everybody’s got to be covered…I am going to take care of everybody.”

Obamacare doesn’t do that. It never came close. It reduced the number of uninsured from about 41 million to 28 million, which is an amazing feat. But it was never designed to “take care of everybody” the way Trumpcare is.

2.) “[T]he government’s gonna pay for it. But we’re going to save so much money on the other side.”

Obamacare offered government subsidies and it actually saved the government a little money. It did this through levying small taxes on the rich. It also did this by reducing the cost of insurance through the individual mandate, which is a personal tax on the 28 million or so who are uncovered and want to remain that way. Trumpcare promises to use the government to insure everybody, repeal old taxes, and still “save so much money on the other side,” somehow. Which is quite remarkable.

3.) “It’s going to be a private plan…they can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything.”

President Obama got burned on this one. This isn’t surprising because the promise can’t be delivered on without serious costs. Still, Trumpcare will rush in where Kenyans fear to tread. Everybody will have a private plan where they can pick their own hospitals, doctors, coverage, etc. Which is impressive. Astonishing really.

Trumpcare essentially boils down to this: Real affordable health insurance for everyone in America. With real savings produced all around. If Donald Trump can only deliver on it Trumpcare will be landmark legislation to be hailed.

Speaking of which isn’t his health care bill here? Isn’t it already available? Haven’t the wonks been poring over it night and day? Yes, yes and yes.

And Paul Krugman has seen it. Here’s his analysis:

A Bill So Bad It’s Awesome

It has long been obvious to anyone following health policy that Republicans would never devise a workable replacement for Obamacare. But the bill unveiled this week is worse than even the cynics expected; its awfulness is almost surreal.

Oh dear.

Trumpcare — the White House insists that we not call it that, which means that we must — preserves some version of all three [Obamacare] elements, but in drastically, probably fatally weakened form…

Affluent young people might end up saving some money as a result of these changes. But the effect on those who are older and less affluent would be devastating. AARP has done the math: a 55-year-old making $25,000 a year would end up paying $3,600 a year more for coverage; that rises to $8,400 for a 64-year-old making $15,000 a year. And that’s before the death spiral.

There’s a death spiral.

For the combination of price hikes and weakened penalties would lead many healthy Americans to forego insurance. This would worsen the risk pool, causing premiums to rise sharply — and remember, subsidies would no longer adjust to offset this rise. The result would be even more people dropping out. Republicans have been claiming that Obamacare is collapsing, which isn’t true. But Trumpcare, if implemented, would collapse in a Mar-a-Lago minute.

Well, this certainly isn’t the Trumpcare I expected. This isn’t at all what the apolitical billionaire businessman promised.

Three: “A private plan…with everything”? It’s the Obamacare plan only with much less. And that includes Medicaid – which is full-blooded government socialism – but for far fewer people. Oh wait, BREAKING: “The White House is privately lining up behind conservative calls to roll back Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion sooner than the health care reform bill currently calls for…” So even the poorest folks with a ‘public plan’ will be uninsured eventually. Excuse me, quickly.

Two: “[T]he government’s gonna pay for it. But we’re going to save so much money on the other side”? In Trumpcare it’s the people who pay, and they pay more for it. And the folks who do opt-in only to spend more will be getting less than they currently do. This of course leads to a problem: Why would people do that? Why would they buy less product for more money? About that…

One: “Everybody’s got to be covered…I am going to take care of everybody.” Far fewer people will be covered under Trumpcare. [And remember how Obamacare didn’t even cover 28 million Americans? We can’t trouble with them…] With every increase of even $50 a month in premiums younger and healthier people will bail out. The fewer of these buyers the insurance companies have, the worse their profit/loss ratios get. Premiums will have to be raised to make the difference, and wait where’s everybody going?! There’s your death spiral. Well that’s one feature Obamacare doesn’t have.

Sorry to say but Trumpcare is a bust. As much as we hoped it would, Donald’s healthcare plan can’t deliver on a single promise made by the genuine non-politician. Say, did I mention that a lot of people believed him? And then they voted for the guy? Did I mention he’s the president now? SAD.

Hot on a hallucination

While this mentally impaired billionaire collapses before our eyes his supporters, who apparently cannot bear to see him falter, have decided to fling themselves headlong into his sinkhole.

“Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling,” Spicer tweeted.

“Reports” being Trump’s pre-dawn tweets.

Spicer said Trump is requesting that congressional committees determine whether “executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.”

“Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted,” Spicer added.

How very reassuring of you, Sean. Now that the doctors have shot the President full of haldol, you’re not going to comment on the flying monkey invasion. What a sensible deck chair you turned out to be.

This guy:

…could use a jail cell himself.

Muslim-phobe and torture fanatic Andrew McCarthy, author of ‘IMPEACH: HIS NAME’S HUSSEIN FERCHRISSAKES’, does a little disaster journalism:

President Trump’s early Saturday morning tweeting has exploded to the forefront an uncovered scandal I’ve been talking about since early January…

Sure, that’s how explosions work. A bomb goes off, then you’re suddenly at the “forefront” of random obscurities. This is why so many people died at Nagasaki, overcome by Yeti sightings, Easter eggs, pirate’s treasure, not going to the hospital, etc.

In June, the Obama Justice Department submitted an application that apparently “named” Trump in addition to some of his associates… President Trump’s tweets on Saturday claimed that “President Obama . . . tapp[ed] my phones[,]” which makes it more likely that Trump was targeted for surveillance, rather than merely mentioned in the application.

It is a well-known fact that maybe Obama, or perhaps his justice department, could have technically speaking submitted something akin to an application, or some sort of paperwork like that, which quote “named” unquote this Donald Trump (…in addition to some of his associates, it may have happened, who knows…) blah blah.

But let’s get to the point shall we? “President Trump’s tweets…makes [sic] it more likely that Trump was targeted for surveillance.” This is what the right’s big intellects are reduced to: He said it, so I believe it. Because what else can they do? Shout “Give him a sedagive!”?

To be honest Andy is at least reasonably calm. Not like the Leagull Xspertz at LawNewz:

President Trump recently tweeted claiming that former President Obama wiretapped him during his campaign.

C’mon now. Don’t be shy.

One can only imagine how nuts the media would have gone if the roles had been reversed…

That’s better.

President Trump wiretapping either Obama or the Clintons, though his DOJ could have authority to do just that…

…[*cue yakety sax*]…

…given the expansive leaks of intelligence information by Obama and Clinton supporters the last few months.

Of course, wiretap the Clinton campaign flunkees in Peoria because things they said online. Absolutely, deservedly.

Heck, he could wiretap the media at this point, legally and legitimately, as the sources of these unlawful leaks, for which Obama himself set precedent.

Why do the media keep leaking all that confidential stuff Trump tells them? The sources of these rumors and facts need to be legally and legitimately wiretapped, harumph Obama himself, also, ergo precedent.

Do liberals understand what Pandora’s Box Obama opened up by Obama using the powers of the NSA, CIA and FBI to spy on his political opponents? Even Nixon never did that.

Do liberals Obama understand precedent Obama Cupid’s Bow? Richard Nixon never use the FBI?!??! To spy on enemys!1!!!?1 Okay okay I admit it, this is fun.

Donald is but King Cuckoo

Because I’ve said, many times, that Donald Trump is a man haunted by Narcissistic Personality Disorder, I could have done an ‘I told you so’ dance here on the blog this morning, after the President…

…accused former president Barack Obama of orchestrating a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap the phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election.

Trump said in a series of five tweets sent Saturday morning that Obama was “wire tapping” his New York offices before the election in a move he compared to McCarthyism. “Bad (or sick) guy!”

But now is not a good time for such things. Because I know that for you normals out there, this is shocking. I know this is bad. I know this is probably the most dangerously insane thing any president has ever said in your lifetime. And now you’re wondering if you’re safe living in the vicinity of a nuked-up nutball.

Okay I understand, but cheer up. It gets worse.

A cursory perusal of reactions to Trump’s letting his fribble-bat fly tells us about half of rightwingers who bloviate online believe Donald is on to something here. They’re quite energized by the revelations, thank you Herr Kook Poirot. No one has to strain to hear the internet halls resounding with barbaric yawps as they’re hot on the heels of Barack Obama, a man who has done dastardly evil things to a good president, not to mention his lovely Tower, etc..

Assrocket, for example, works himself into a sympathetic psychosis.

This is the most explosive political allegation in many years, far more explosive than Watergate. Is it true?

Do tell, John! You’re the one person capable of knowing whether a screwball fantasy is, beyond facts or liberal-biased reality, in fact true. Lay it on us man.

I assume it has some basis in fact, e.g., Trump’s security people may have told him that they detected a tap on one or more of his phone lines.

That’s probably it. It wouldn’t be that Mark Levin ululated some paranoid hooley on his radio program, only to have it re-posted by Breibart.com, which was then in turn read by a salmon fruitcake in the middle of the night. I’m sure it was “Trump’s security people” that pulled a handful of smoking wires from a Tower conduit stamped ‘PROPERTY OF B. HUSSEIN OBAMA’ on its side.

Incidentally there’s an even more logical reaction to Donald’s allegation, known in web-parlance as “WTF?!” But absent any other evidence for “Holy shit, everybody RUN” just go with that first one. It’s quite sensible.

I have no idea how that works, or why it would only be detected now, or how the presence of a wire tap could be connected to the Obama administration. But it seems unlikely that Trump would make such a dynamite allegation without some kind of support.

PRESIDENT: I first became aware of it, John, during the physical act of love. A profound sense of fatigue, a feeling of emptiness that followed.

ASSROCKET: Sir?

PRESIDENT: Luckily I was able to interpret these feelings correctly.

ASSROCKET: …?

PRESIDENT: Loss of Essence.

ASSROCKET: You. Just blew. My mind.

At this point, it is all quite mysterious. But the claim is nuclear, and I can’t believe it is wholly without basis. Stay tuned!

UPDATE: Scott emails:

“Someone in the intelligence/law enforcement bureaucracy had a applied for a FISA warrant to tap the Trump people in June, It was turned down. Renewed and granted in October, I think. The details are out there. That’s what he’s talking about.”

And here we are. This current minute’s incarnation of Watergate times eleventy, brought to you by the makers of thorazine […it’s not just for cabinet-level appointees anymore…], with a provenance looking something like: Levin –> Breitbart –> President Trump –> 4 a.m. on Twitter –> Assrocket in an isolation tank –> security team in a building basement –> Obama in a pair of carpenter pants –> FISA court in a powerball lotto machine –> IT’S ALL OUT THERE. I’m only surprised John and Scott didn’t put this all together yesterday, you know? Seeing as how no-facts-whatsoever were revealed by Trump this morning. Apparently all you need to expose a seamless conspiracy is a batty president and some wide-eyed bloggers.

If the Obama administration abused the FISA process to wiretap a political opponent, it is a scandal of the first order–the worst political scandal of my lifetime, easily. And the press has known about it and covered it up? Unbelievable.

And there it is! A fitting word! A mélange of letters and syllables arranged in such a manner as to convey meaning. Sitting right there in front of John, mocking him. ‘Tis is a wonder, all the things he can type with his eyes closed.

But if this is a story that has been out there for a while, why does Trump say he “just found out”? Sounds like at a minimum there are new developments. We will see.

No, “we” won’t.

Trump shows his ass

As President Trump is a mentally ill man, and because Narcissistic Personality Disorder is particularly pernicious, I knew at some point he would break down. I knew that the pressures of a real job and the sizable responsibilities that come with it would eventually get the better of him.

I just didn’t know he would crater so soon. After only forty four days.

President Trump on Saturday angrily accused former president Barack Obama of orchestrating a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap the phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election.

Citing no evidence to support his explosive allegation, Trump said in a series of five tweets sent Saturday morning that Obama was “wire tapping” his New York offices before the election in a move he compared to McCarthyism. “Bad (or sick) guy!” he said of his predecessor, adding that the surveillance resulted in “nothing found.”

I know what you’re thinking. ‘How can he say that without any evidence? He’s the president for gods’s sake.’ This is how mental illness works. Being president is getting to him. He’s unraveling.

Trump offered no citations nor did he point to any credible news report to back up his accusation, but he may have been referring to commentary on Breitbart and conservative talk radio suggesting that Obama and his administration used “police state” tactics last fall to monitor the Trump team.

It’s not easy being both the most amazingest person who ever lived and a public servant with the hardest job in the world. Somebody call him a psychiatrist, quick.

Anti-Semitism not a bug, but a feature

Having domesticated the dogs of anti-Semitism and white supremacy the very dignified Leader is now disappointed to find they’re shitting on his carpet.

Scary, alarming, disheartening, unprecedented.

Those are just a few of the adjectives used to describe the recent widespread spate of bomb threats that have targeted Jewish community centers and schools in 33 states in the United States and two provinces in Canada.

JCCs have received over 100 bomb threats since Donald Trump won the November election.

“This is the first time in the 60-plus years of our organization we have had a bomb threat called in. And now we’ve had three bomb threats this year,” said the CEO of a JCC in the Northeast who wished to remain anonymous for fear of copycats targeting his center. “It’s alarming.”

Trump sounded out some boilerplate Tuesday night in Washington, hummina “country that stands united in condemning hate and evil” blah blah. But then he would have to. It wouldn’t be kosher to blame the Jews for their own bomb threats in a State of the Union speech.

President Trump condemned the wave of bomb threats that have been hitting Jewish community centers across the U.S. during his address to Congress Tuesday night — hours after he allegedly suggested it could be coming from within the Jewish community itself…

“He just said, ‘Sometimes it’s the reverse, to make people, or to make others, look bad,’” [Attorney General Josh] Shapiro, a Democrat, said, repeating Trump’s alleged response to questions during the meeting about the large number of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in recent months.

“It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me,” Shapiro said.

Well you know how people like Shapiro are, lying conniving etc. I can’t ever recall, in my life, any president or administration harboring such a strange obsession with The Jews. One minute they’re the bedrock of American life, the next they’re the targets of existential threats and graveyard desecrations, to the sounds of a Trump chorus, the murmuring crickets. It’s quite a bizarre time – perhaps even an ‘exciting’ one for the president’s fans. Members of the Chosen People may want to brace themselves for fascinated nutters reaching out and touching their skin as they walk by, or being asked if it would be okay to pat their hair.

And no I’m not making up this up. Trump’s administration has a Jew problem.

Anthony Scaramucci, founder of Skybridge Capital hedge fund and a former employee at Goldman Sachs, sent out a pair of tweets questioning the possibility that Trump’s anti-Semitic supporters may be behind the threats, reported The Hill.

Scarmucci, a top Trump fundraiser tapped as White House public liaison to government agencies and businesses, linked to a Breitbart News article Tuesday morning on a Project Veritas investigation of “trained provocateurs” at GOP rallies.

Everything we see tells us there’s an alarming rise in anti-Semitism in the country. But Neither Donald nor his administration wants to admit it. Because they don’t want to be pressured into saying that it’s wrong. There are fancier ways of getting to this fact, but let’s cut the bullshit.