Wednesday, May 10, 2017

He Puts the Pluto in Plutocrat

Donald Fagen and Todd Rundgren nail our latest national nightmare.

And you gotta love that they did this before Trump went Nixon on steroids yesterday.


Billy B said...

Excellent. Love the first line - "He's coming down the escalator with a girl from east of here."

Anonymous said...

Nixon on steroids? Hardly. Everyone's gone nuts.

As I recall, Nixon fired a special prosecutor, not an FBI director who both parties have been complaining about vociferously, particularly Hillary. In Nixon's case, much substantial evidence against him had already been produced. Also, in Nixon's case, his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General both resigned in revulsion.

Here we have an Obama appointed justice department official, who has just recently been confirmed Deputy Attorney General by the Senate in a bi-partisan 94 to 6 vote, writing a letter recommending the firing of Comey in which he cites the opinions of several past Attorneys General from both sides of the aisle. Comey repeatedly overstepped his bounds and then gave self-righteous testimony justifying it before a government panel this week. The guy had to go. I was shocked that Trump let him stay after the inauguration. Had Hillary been elected, I don't think she would have.

And as far as the Russian Collusion bit goes, somebody better put up or shut up pretty soon. Until then, it smacks of Neo-McCarthyism. To these eyes, Trump/Tillerson/Mattis are Putin's worst nightmare after eight years of Obama rolling over. Hell, they scare the hell out of a good portion of Americans.

steve simels said...

Vicki, with all due respect--stop.

Trump is an existential threat to all life on Earth.

cthulhu said...

Steve, with all due respect, if you don't want people to chime in on political posts with potentially-contrary views, you should lock comments in them.

danny1959 said...

Why I stopped reading or believing anything Vicky has to say: she's a right-wing tool.

salhepatica said...

The idea that anybody thinks Trump has anything like a clue about anything that doesn't put money in his bank account is one that can only be held by people who don't know anything about Trump. There's 35 years of public information that proves that, Mr Google is your friend in that regard.

As for "putting up or shutting up" about the Trump/Russia connection, there are three open FBI investigations on differing aspects of that connection, including money laundering. Trump Org is informally known to sell apartments at way, way above market rates to Russian mobsters and corrupt businessmen looking to park their ill-gotten assets. And that's just one of the ways such things can be done; former congressman Randy Cunningham from California was convicted for doing such a deal, letting a defense contractor buy his house from him at way above its value and then dumping it to another buyer at market value; that's a three-cushion bribe shot.

And try looking up the emoluments clause, and then try to figure out how somebody who isn't recused from his business interests wasn't in violation of it at 12:01 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2017.

Anonymous said...

Bullshit is bullshit. The reports insinuating that Trump had fired Comey because the latter requested more resources for the Russian probe, turned out to be false. Comey never requested more resources as per his second in command's testimony before a government panel this week. Likewise, press allegations that Rosenstein threatened to resign over this affair proved to be utterly false.

Trump's firing of Comey did nothing to impede any FBI investigation on any subject or level. Anyone remotely familiar with the way government works knows that the firing of the Director would have no effect on ongoing inquiries. It's disingenuous and politically motivated for anyone to insist otherwise.

Randy Cunningham, a despicable swamp critter if there ever was one, was deservedly convicted of bribery, among other things. His case has nothing to do with the emoluments clause. From what I understand, the emoluments clause only pertains to "appointed" government officials. It does not apply to "elected" officials. Trump is a constitutionally "elected" official.

I'm not a Trump fanatic or right-wing tool. I ain't no politician's or party's cock holster. I detest Republicans, Dem's and Libertarians equally. Well, to be honest, I detest sanctimonious Libertarians a little bit more. I really can't stand hacks of any stripe. These days every species of them are crawling out of the woodwork. New lows are being surpassed every day.

If Trump's in bed with Russian mobsters, then he's out of there. But in the meantime he's entitled to the presumption of innocence. Especially since, to date, there are no crimes even alleged. Indeed, this week Grassley, Feinstein and Clapper indicated that Donald Trump is not even being investigated in the probe.

I find the subject interesting despite my aversion to politics. Let's see how this plays out and which way the fan blows the shit. In the meantime, marinate.


P.S. I find the Fagen/Rundgren song mediocre. A boring shot at an easy target. But what should one expect from a life-long pothead and a wife-beater. The tin foil hat appears to be in the eye of the beholder.

Sorry Steve. We don't agree. Don't hold it against me. I'm just calling balls and strikes.

buzzbabyjesus said...

I agree with VR more often than not, and the above is no exception.