Why Trump Sees War as His Only Hope

May 1, 2017

By Karen

As journalists make the pieces fall into place around Donald Trump on his Russian connection, he’s seeing war as the quickest way to relieve the heat.

First he toyed with Syria after displaying faux outrage over Bashar al-Assad gassing his own people. But Putin was watching and Trump wimped out, inflicting negligible damage on a Syrian airfield.

No sooner had the dust settled there than one of his generals dropped the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan near Tora Bora, presumably with Trump’s blessing, to take out some token number of ISIS fighters.

But these gratuitous attacks didn’t quite do it for Trump. Syria and Afghanistan have been battlegrounds for years, so they feel like old news. Trump needed a fresh conflict, one he could call his own and take credit for instigating.

Enter North Korea, which hasn’t been invaded since the Truman administration. Trump and its leader, Kim Jong Un, are perfectly matched, sharing an utter lack of empathy for human suffering and an insatiable craving for glory. Together, they have the capability to slaughter entire populations.

Trump seems to be drooling for Kim to do something that justifies attacking him. Like a lunatic, Trump baits Kim by alluding to “major, major conflict” just to goad him on.

But why?

For starters, it will make us forget about Trump’s tax returns. If he’s really under perennial audit, as he claims, the IRS must be finding things — probably corrupt business practices and conflicts of interest that now poison his presidency.

The other thing keeping him up nights is Putin. Increasingly, it appears that Putin pegged Trump as someone easily manipulated with either a carrot or a stick. When flattery doesn’t work, Putin can dip into the dirt he collected while Trump was in Moscow to get him impeached. At the very least, Putin can probably sink Trump’s current marriage.

It’s the only reasonable explanation for candidate Trump to suddenly embrace men he’d never met before who we now know are Russian tools — Paul Manafort, Carter Page, and Michael Flynn. Putin placed them close to Trump to steer Trump until, one by one, they got themselves outed.

As proof that the Russian scandal goes deep, Republicans heading the investigations, Jason Chaffetz in the House and Richard Burr in the Senate, have made an art of inaction. Out of the gate, they must be finding facts that freeze them in their tracks, starting with Michael Flynn the double agent.

Chaffetz said he won’t be running for re-election, then lammed it out of Washington indefinitely for impromptu foot surgery, and Burr is just making excuses.

Apparently, no Republican wants to be the one who takes down Trump and the party that enabled him. But the truth will eventually come out. Trump and his cronies intended to weaken our government and feed Vladmir Putin’s dream of world domination for their own personal gain. It amounts to nothing less than treason.

So, as Trump watches his henchmen fall, with each one bringing Trump’s own greedy, irrational motives closer to exposure, what else can a floundering president do but start a war?


Will We Let Trump Start World War III?

April 14, 2017

By Karen

What did I just say about the consequences of praising Donald Trump for dropping bombs on Syria?

While everyone sat around trying to figure out if Trump has any coherent long-term plan to actually help the Syrians, in his typical ADD style, Trump lost interest in Syria within days and dropped a bomb on Afghanistan.

Not just any bomb, but the “mother of all bombs,” a 21,600 lb. monster carrying the equivalent of 11 tons of TNT. They say you could see the mushroom cloud from 20 miles away, which must have given Trump the biggest boner of his life. Too bad Melania was in New York.

How effective was the bomb? So far, no reports of civilian casualties, which is miraculous. But it only took out 36 ISIS fighters. That’s about 610 pounds of TNT per fighter.

And the bomb itself cost about $16 million.

American taxpayers just killed 36 terrorists for $444,444 apiece, and that doesn’t include fuel for the plane. Trump has said he LOVES spending other people’s money, the more the better. Launching indiscriminate attacks anywhere he thinks he sees a squirrel, wasting military resources and millions of dollars for minimal gain, is one of the few campaign promises he’s actually following through on.

So what’s next? Trump’s been talking smack about North Korea, and they’re saying if Trump wants nuclear war, they’ll be happy to oblige him.

Will Congress stand there and let Trump obliterate the planet in his sick obsession with diverting attention from his bromance with Vladmir Putin? That’s all these provocations in the Middle East amount to.

Trump has no convictions and no strategy for resolving any conflict anywhere. He just likes bombing things because he thinks it makes his dick look bigger.

What we’ve got is an egomaniac with no moral compass who won’t hesitate to kill masses of people — innocent or not — just for attention. Even better if anyone praises him for it, especially if it’s Putin.

Another well-armed maniac, Kim Jong Un, is playing “Chicken” with Trump right now, and Trump won’t let North Korea come out ahead. If someone doesn’t find a way to pull the plug on Trump’s new bomb habit, now that he’s proven beyond a doubt that he thinks war is a game and he can’t be trusted with the nuclear codes, we may all be toast.


Is Russia’s Disgust with Trump Real?

April 12, 2017

By Karen

By attacking Syria, Donald Trump managed to literally drop his biggest boom-boom yet for the world to admire. Some of our own pundits came down with the vapors, swooning that Trump was presidential at last. His approval rating even rose a few points.

Remember, people. Praise is this guy’s crack. If you give him positive reinforcement for bombing things, he’ll have us in World War III by Memorial Day.

I was disgusted by Trump’s scripted outrage over Bashar al-Assad killing babies. Trump has never shown empathy for the suffering of children or anybody else, and you could see none in his eyes as he read from the teleprompter.

If he’s concerned about Syrian children’s welfare, why is he so intent on banning them and their families from finding refuge in this country?

You know Trump’s being cynical whenever he invokes God because Trump thinks he’s superior and more powerful. He’s president, not God. And God never got 306 Electoral College votes.

Trump’s 59 missiles barely put a dent in that Syrian airfield, so it was business as usual there within 24 hours. Senator Lindsey Graham described it as Assad’s “F-U” to Trump.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Russia to choose between Assad and the U.S., which must have given Putin a good laugh. Tillerson’s in Moscow today, getting an earful about the feckless, reckless administration he serves.

But I can’t help wondering if all this isn’t just Putin and Trump wrestling for show, colluding to bury the intensifying investigation into their real relationship.

If so, Putin threw Trump this Syrian bone for nothing. After Trump’s limp tap on Assad’s wrist, Putin must see that Trump will never be an asset. He’s human Jell-O. His every word is a lie or contradiction of himself. Nobody knows what he believes or what chaos he’ll create next. He’ll do anything for empty flattery. He’s profoundly ignorant and dangerously naïve.

In a word, Trump can’t be trusted. By ANYBODY.

If it’s revealed that Putin cultivated Trump and his team to carry out Putin’s nefarious plots against the U.S., it’s egg on Putin’s face bigly. Trump’s pointless attack on Syria proves he’s a fool who’s flailing minute to minute, bragging and bullying like nobody sees what a scared little man he really is. Sad.


Devin Nunes Must Go and Paul Ryan’s on Quicksand

March 28, 2017

By Karen

Paul Ryan probably gave his blessing for Congressman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) to sabotage the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Donald Trump and his Russian connections. The first time Nunes spoke to reporters, he said he spoke with Ryan before skipping off to the White House to meet with Trump about what he learned from an unknown person with as-yet-unknown  information about surveillance of the Trump team.

See Nunes say it at minute 2:30 and repeat it at 8:29…

However, Nunes scrubbed the fact of meeting with Ryan from every statement he subsequently made as his account of his suspicious actions became increasingly murky upon repetition.

For some reason, everyone in the media except, apparently, Lawrence O’Donnell, missed the Ryan connection, and Ryan so far is keeping his skirts clean.

But all signs point to Ryan-Nunes collusion to protect Trump’s ass and scuttle the House investigation.

Nunes’ own committee members, whom he has treated like mushrooms — keeping in the dark and feeding shit — have had enough of it and are calling for Nunes to recuse himself because they can’t trust him.

Nunes served on Trump’s transition team when some of this Russian canoodling was going on, so Ryan never should have let Nunes have the reins in the first place, unless Ryan’s intent was always a sham investigation.

Nunes’ recusal isn’t enough now, nor should we trust any other congressional politician a with partisan axe to grind to uncover the truth. We need an independent investigation.

After all, they hired Ken Starr to investigate Bill Clinton’s icky stain on Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress, even though it was Clinton’s personal shame and had NOTHING to do with his ability to be president.

Yet now they hesitate when we know the president has deliberately surrounded himself with well-documented Russian tools like Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, and they may all have been committing treason during and after the campaign. For all we know, Trump’s STILL profiting from his Russian connections. That’s why he won’t release his taxes.

It’s enough to make your head explode.

Trump tweeted maniacally about his Russian problem last night, trying to shift the spotlight to his favorite scapegoats, the Clintons. By now, all should recognize that he suffers from pathological projection. Whatever he knows himself to be guilty of, he accuses someone else of doing.

Now he’s living in abject terror of his Russian skeletons tumbling out of the closet at any minute while Putin watches, waits, and undoubtedly has a good laugh at Trump’s bumbling ineptitude.


Congress, Face Facts: Trump’s Unhinged

March 22, 2017

By Karen

While FBI Director James Comey gave damning testimony about Donald Trump’s delusion that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, Trump couldn’t sit quietly in the wings. He inserted himself into the proceedings by live-tweeting.

Like idiots, the committee immediately read Trump’s ravings and tried to make sense of them. When will they learn that Trump’s tweets represent a petulant baby screaming for attention, and he’ll say anything to get it?

The legislative branch (and the media enabling it) need to be adults and tell Trump he’ll be neither seen nor heard until he’s capable of producing factual, coherent thoughts.

Now that Comey has become more threat than ally, don’t be surprised if Comey gets fired, just like Preet Bharara, the New York City U.S. Attorney Trump wanted to keep at first, but canned when watchdog groups requested investigations into Trump’s conflicts of interest.

Remember when Trump claimed he was so rich he didn’t need/want his $400,000 a year presidential salary? Another lie. He’s getting paid, claiming he’ll donate all to charity at year-end. Wouldn’t it be better to donate every payday so he can tweet about that? Instead, he’s giving himself a year’s float for max profits from investing the salary.

Another drain on taxpayers is Ivanka Trump’s new office in the West Wing. She also gets top security clearance. Why? Because, as an ordinary citizen with no diplomatic experience whatsoever, she must be present whenever Trump meets a head of state.

Can’t we just put a shade on Ivanka’s head and call her a lamp?

Trump, the psychopathic toddler, wreaks havoc every waking moment. He isn’t reforming healthcare, he’s letting Paul Ryan destroy it. Trump’s proposed budget is so spiteful, it’s like he’s personally out to screw every person who voted for him.

And helping Trump sow confusion and chaos is his oil-soaked secretary of state and Putin BFF, Rex Tillerson. Tillerson says he’s fine with a 28% budget cut to his gutted State Department because we’ll have “fewer military conflicts” in future.

Out of the other side of his mouth, Tillerson threatens military action against North Korea.

Trump is obsessed with having more Army men, tanks, and guns to play with, oblivious to the fact that the fortune he blows on pointless military buildup and his stupid border wall, to the exclusion of everything else, will bring down, from the inside out, the country he swore to serve.

You know what other country puts its military first while letting everything else go to hell and its people starve and die? North Korea.

Trump’s approval rating is 37%, yet he can still waste more taxpayer money jetting off to some ignorant pocket of this country where morons will cheer him.

When will they wise up? When black gunk flows from their water taps? When they can’t breathe the brown air? When they get cancer and the only hospital has closed — not that they could afford treatment, because the bulk of their income goes to useless health insurance that covers nothing?

Congress needs to subpoena 10 years of Trump’s tax returns. He’s so terrified of anyone seeing them, they must contain enough conflicts of interest and Russian ties to impeach him a dozen times over.

And once Trump’s ass is good and toasty, Putin can pile on his dirt from Trump’s 2013 Miss Universe Pageant visit to Moscow. It’s the last puzzle piece, and Trump will finally be exposed as even more vile than the bloated, arrogant pussy-grabber we already know he is.

Trump himself is leaving us no choice but to cut short his reign of ignorance and terror. What remains to be seen is how much more damage Congress will let the deranged man-baby inflict on us before it steps in and does the right thing.


Trump Has Already Made Russia Our Greatest Ally

February 21, 2017

By Karen

Just not in the way Trump thinks.

While Trump keeps minions scurrying to mitigate the damage he inflicts daily on himself, Vladmir Putin watches, waits, and compiles a psychological dossier on Trump. When the two men meet face-to-face, we’ll hear Trump being played with such finesse, symphony conductors will melt in puddles of drool.

When Michael Flynn assured Russia’s ambassador that Trump might relax Obama’s sanctions, he actually sabotaged that possibility. If there’s one thing that terrifies congressional Republicans (besides Trump), it’s being perceived as Putin’s puppets.

After firing Flynn, Trump declared Flynn’s call a good idea, and that Trump “would have” ordered it himself (kind of reminds me of OJ Simpson’s book, If I Did It). Trump’s subtext was…

“Never fear, Vladmir, my future BFF. One of your boys had to go because he got caught, but I’ll make this up to you bigly. Trust me.”

Trump then dispatched Mike Pence to Europe, toting the baggage of being misled by Flynn and kept unaware of it by Trump, with orders to spread more lies like manure around the EU to hide Trump’s true intent to screw Western Europe.

Secretly, Pence just keeps smiling, reapplying his lipstick, and waiting in the wings for Mr. DeMille to tell him it’s time for his close-up, as Trump continues hacking an ever-widening path to his impeachment.

Meanwhile, Putin’s been pushing Trump’s buttons one by one — conducting cruise missile tests, buzzing U.S. naval vessels, trolling off our East Coast with his spy ship. He’s exploring what it will take for Trump’s ego to blurt-tweet that his dick is bigger than Vlad’s. So far, Trump has resisted the bait.

Trump naively believes Putin considers him an equally shrewd operator, playboy, and despot. But after a month of watching Trump boast, bully, and bumble, Putin knows the lying orange man-baby will never be a reliable ally, and he’s waiting for America’s disgust to build to a crescendo of cries for Congress to “DO SOMETHING!” about Trump.

But Congress will do nothing. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will wring their hands and make excuses, while John McCain and Lindsey Graham whimper in a corner…

…Until Putin unleashes the damning-beyond-a-doubt dirt he collected on Trump in 2013 when Trump visited Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant.

Russia will force Congress to end Trump’s reign of terror.

You know, after Trump blabbered for years about being president and building Trump Tower Moscow, there’s no way Putin squandered his “golden opportunity” to spy on Trump on Russian soil and gain the upper hand, in case he ever needed it.

Our part in this is to continue mocking and resisting Trump’s idiocy until Putin knows that revealing his hand will bring lasting results.

Don’t cry for Trump. His own behavior makes his downfall inevitable. To have Putin confirm Trump’s probable financial corruption and possible perversity will be the coup de grâce.

The ultimate irony will be when Donald Trump forces Putin to deliver America from evil and, by default, become the most powerful leader on earth.


Watching Trump Play at Being President

December 12, 2016

By Karen

Donald Trump and his enablers are radiating crazy with LED intensity. When he isn’t preening for the stream of supplicants vying to be on his cabinet, he’s jetting off to “thank you” rallies where he babbles lies to fawning admirers. Like the Carrier workers in Indiana he duped by inflating the number of jobs not moving to Mexico, so as to appear a bigger savior. To bask in their grateful applause, he lied to 300 people’s faces that their livelihoods were safe.

He hasn’t even been sworn in yet, but he’s already re-elected himself, telling Fox that he’s blowing off daily intelligence briefings because, “I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.”

And now that the CIA is getting warmer on how Russia tipped the election scales, Trump’s calling their investigation “ridiculous.”

I believe Trump knew what Russia was doing, which was why he kept saying the election was rigged. He was pissed because he didn’t think it was working, until it did. Now he lies that he won “by a landslide” and that those 2.7 million more votes that went to Hillary were “illegal.”

Meanwhile, he may ask the head of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, to be secretary of state. Vladmir Putin once pinned Tillerson with a friendship medal, so who other than Tillerson would more eagerly cover Donald and Vlad’s dirty tracks, whether they lead to ill-gotten votes or corrupt business deals?

Trump’s other cabinet choices look like a lead-footed Dancing with the Stars cast, heavy on Wall Street fat cats he dissed during the campaign, and generals for whom he expressed nothing but contempt. Sprinkled in is cannon fodder — Ben Carson for HUD — who will give Trump his first cue to bellow, “You’re fired!” when Trump needs to distract us from some criminal activity.

Two other light-weights being considered are Sarah Palin for Veterans Affairs (341,000 employees serving nearly 22 MILLION veterans when she couldn’t hack governing 740,000 in Alaska), and Rick Perry for Energy, a department Perry wanted to abolish in 2012.

The emerging pattern is Trump’s intent to head every agency with a person who, if unable to undermine by imposing upon it contradictory ideology, to bring it down through sheer incompetence. Trump must think federal agencies threaten his omnipotence, so they have to be crippled or destroyed.

And conflicts of interest with his businesses and family financial interests already feel ingrained in his every move.

Trump plans to continue as an executive producer of The Apprentice, which compromised all NBC journalists, his co-workers. Kellyanne Conway nonsensically compared Trump’s dabbling in Apprentice to Obama playing golf.

Let’s not forget Trump’s other hobby — cyberbullying private citizens on Twitter.

Carrier union leader Chuck Jones accurately said Trump “lied his ass off” about the number of union jobs he saved, so Trump tweeted that Jones had done a “terrible job” representing workers. That was enough for Trump’s groupies to send Jones death threats.

Consistent with his behavior campaigning, our future president incites violence against private citizens he thinks have crossed him. Does this make him a petty, egomaniacal dictator yet?

The world watches while this ignorant maniac assembles a gaggle of racists, hawks, backward-thinkers and know-nothings destined to sow chaos from the moment he’s inaugurated.

My only consolation is that Melania’s not moving into the White House with him. The longer she stays away, the more I respect her. She knows he’s dragged her in way over her head, and to limit her and her son’s exposure to Trump’s insatiable need to be worshipped can only be a good thing.


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