Forget the Pee Tapes


At this point, it doesn’t really matter if Putin has tapes of Donald Trump with Russian sex workers in a ritzy Moscow hotel room playing Golden Showers.

We all heard the Access Hollywood audio. We’ve heard the many allegations of sexual misconduct, the charges of rape, the whispered accusations of pedophilia and incest. We know about his liaisons with the porn star, and his lawyer’s cover-up. And now we know about his dalliance with a Playboy Bunny. We’ve heard it all. Continue reading “Forget the Pee Tapes”


How An Executive Order Could Upend the Mueller Investigation

A little publicized Executive Order signed by Donald Trump almost a year ago may become his weapon of choice in thwarting the Trump-Putin investigation and the work of Special Counsel Bob Mueller.

Signed on 31 March 2016, Executive Order 13787 provides for a line of succession within the Justice Department.

The one-page document looks like an insignificant administrative process. It designates how officers – starting with the Attorney General through an Acting Attorney General – will be replaced, aka the order of succession. However, the section on Exceptions might raise eyebrows. Here, in innocuous detail is the following caveat: Continue reading “How An Executive Order Could Upend the Mueller Investigation”

All Eyes on the House Judiciary

Something’s afoot.

Nearly one-third of the Republicans serving on the House Judiciary committee will depart at the end of their present term.

Now controlled by the majority party, the Judiciary committee fulfills a singularly important role. It is the lever that moves Articles of Impeachment from the committee to the House Floor, beginning a potential Senate trial. Continue reading “All Eyes on the House Judiciary”

The Monsters of Ayn Rand


It’s only a matter of discovering the lever. If you learn how to rule one single man’s soul, you can get the rest of mankind. It’s the soul, Peter, the soul. Not whips or swords or fire or guns.” — Ayn Rand from The Fountainhead

We’re busily deciphering the illogical. Parsing statements and contradictions. Or we’re amazed at the stupidity. Repelled by the loathsome. Shocked by degenerate words. Disappointed in once-sensible people. Disgusted with the supine obedience.

Behind the diorama of all-that-is-Trump lurks a Russian-American woman with a fictional name. Ayn Rand. Dead for years, Rand is buoyed by her devotees into a cult figure as mightily as she is denounced by her critics.

The dark shadow of Rand – the voice of Objectivism and Paul Ryan’s fave philosopher – coils around the sneering and cruel pronouncements. It has locked Republicans into their humiliating master-slave dyad with Donald Trump. And Paul Ryan’s soul is infused with satisfaction. Continue reading “The Monsters of Ayn Rand”

The Muck Thickens

By now, everyone with a functioning sensory apparatus knows about The Book – Michael Wolff’s questionably sourced, West Wing couch potato account of this administration. The author has been featured nonstop on nearly every media outlet for a week – an exceedingly long time for any single piece of news nowadays. We have heard about his fly on the wall revelations describing Donald Trump’s childlike behavior, the diminution of his cognitive functions, his illiteracy, stubbornness, revenge agenda, temper tantrums, that litany of complaint.

The media have orchestrated wave after wave of outraged and terrified analysts, lawyers, ex-officials and armchair psychiatrists who pound the collective American ear with a single message: Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit for the office of the presidency. Continue reading “The Muck Thickens”