You’re all pretty busy living life, paying bills, making dinner, watching the Sox, Yankees, the Patriots, and/or dealing with your kids.
While I can’t talk about exactly how or where it happens, I get paid to read, study, to try and figure out what’s really going on, hopefully to protect. I like to lay low, hide in the weeds, but unfortunately a pissed-off former friend leaked to The Edge that I knew something about something about the Swamp. Which is why they tracked me down while I was up for the weekend checking out the avocadoes at Guido’s and politely asked me to occasionally write to you about what might be happening to our country.
I thought long and hard and reluctantly agreed because like many of you I’m depressed, dispirited and often worried. Because, after all these years of enforced personal and professional silence, I thought what the hell. Of course, I stipulated that I’d only talk about declassified matters, the open-source stuff you could find for yourselves if you had the time or knew where to look. I’ve told myself I might be performing a small public service, albeit I hope and pray a very secret service.
Like many of you, music is always playing in the background of my life. Sometimes I pay attention to the lyrics. Often I don’t really know what they’re singing about. Sometimes I write my own songs.
The song I’ve been singing lately is “It’s Our Country” by The Trumpettes. Because of my divorce and the fact that I still have a kid in college and don’t want to lose my job, I make sure to sing under my breath at work: “It’s Our Country, We Can (Fill in the Blank) If We Want To.” My default word is “steal” but I’ll leave it to you to find the word that fits for you …
Just so you know, before you start writing an angry letter to the editor, I’m an equal opportunity analyst. My Republican friends are convinced I’m a Dem; my Democratic friends are pretty sure I voted for Jeb Bush.
So yes, I know there’s a history of family moving into government. Jack brought Bobby. There was one Bush after the other and who can forget the Bill/Hillary tag team.
But The Trumpettes seem to be everywhere. You can argue that Jared is still a Kushner but a Deep Stater I recently met at a DC party, after more than a few gin and tonics, swore to me that everyone in the White House is convinced there must have been an honest-to-God Jared-Ivanka mind-melt when they met in Manhattan those years ago. With or without shared consciousness, Jared’s definitely playing several positions for Team Trump. Tackling the Opioid Crisis. China. Mid-East Peace. Reinventing or is it Rejuvenating or Resuscitating Government.
Not to mention meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. and Paul Manafort and all those Russians to discuss adoptions. Forgive me but I suffer from an inconvenient tendency to remember. What am I missing? The last many years you could have searched the streets of Washington D.C., looking high and low amongst the Republicans to find a single measly one of them to say anything good about the Rooskies. They have a decades-long history of looking for Communist sympathizers under beds, going after school teachers, anti-war activists, anyone who had ever said anything that smacked of anything vaguely pro-Red or un-American. Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?
So pray tell, how all of a sudden, is it OK for The Trumpettes and the capital TRUMP to encourage, possibly conspire with Russians to meddle in our elections. The RUSSIAN, Vladimir Putin, who invades his neighbors, steals multi-billions from his people, and disappears critics and journalists. How is it now acceptable behavior for so many used-to-be red-blooded super-duper patriotic politicians to sit back silently while our Presidente scrapes and bows and praises a KGB tyrant? Seemingly loving similar thugs in the Philippines and Turkey.
If you watch CNN or MSNBC you might get the notion that this is some sort of mystery to solve. I mean they go on day after day, expert panel after panel in their split-screen boxes talking and talking, trying to figure it out. But what if it’s not Rocket Science. Just maybe a scam is a scam is a scam. A bully is a bully whether he’s wearing red or red, white and blue. The narcissistic power-hungry thicker than water. Surprise, surprise, our POTUS has a lot more in common with Putin than your Michigan auto worker.
Like father, like daughter. Ivanka sells stuff made in China, and pays them crap to make it. The scam is she pretends to care about equal pay for women. According to the Associated Press, Chinese workers are paid a dollar an hour to make Ivanka shoes and forced to lie about working conditions. The polite Washington Post describes Inauguration Day and the gap between image and reality: “As the Trumps stood on stage, a hulking container ship called the OOCL Ho Chi Minh City was pulling into the harbor of Long Beach, Calif., carrying around 500 pounds of foreign-made Ivanka Trump spandex-knit blouses.
“Another 10 ships hauling Ivanka Trump-branded shoes, cardigans and leather handbags bound for the United States were floating in the north Pacific and Atlantic oceans and off the coasts of Malta, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea and Yemen.
“Those global journeys — along with millions of pounds of Ivanka Trump products imported into the United States in more than 2,000 shipments since 2010 — illustrate how her business practices collide with some of the key principles she and her father have championed in the White House.”
Papa wears and sells hats that say “Make America Great Again.” You can buy one for $25. You can buy a “USA” hat made in China for $40. The word is that he has stiffed just about everyone who’s worked for him. Now, in the White House, he humiliates everyone he sends out to lie for him.
Remember Saudi Arabia where women live nineteenth-century lives, the home of 9/11. They’ve got the scam down pat. They put up gigantic portraits of the Trump during his Presidential Visit and paraded him up and down red carpets. According to State Department Case No. F-2017-12406 Doc No. C06398074 Date: 08/17/2017, the Trump Royal Family left town with 83 gifts, including for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays an “orange and gold wool robe lined with cheetah fur,” and for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays a “blue and silver wool robe lined with white tiger fur.” For Sundays, he got a “black rabbit fur and wool robe.” And for alt-right occasions, they gave him a black and orange cotton shirt with leather ammo belt and holster. For hand-to-hand combat with antifascists and priests and nuns, they gave him “a dagger made of pure silver with mother of pearl sheath.”
And during the visit our TRUMP announced a $110 billion arms deal for the Saudis, including $350 billion over the ten years. That’s a lot of dead cheetahs, tigers and rabbits. Lawyer friends insist he can’t keep these gifts, (unless another batch got shipped separately,) but it’s the thought that counts.
Not bad for a kid from Queens who began life as a slumlord. Who must be very proud that Jared Trumpette carries on the tradition.
You probably don’t read “The Baltimore Sun” so here’s something you might have missed:
“The real estate company owned by Jared Kushner, son-in-law and top adviser to President Donald Trump, has been the most aggressive in Maryland in using a controversial debt-collection tactic: getting judges to order the arrest of people who owe his company money.
Since 2013, the first full year in which the Kushner Cos. operated in Maryland, corporate entities affiliated with the firm’s 17 apartment complexes in the state have sought the civil arrest of 105 former tenants for failing to appear in court to face allegations of unpaid debt, The Baltimore Sun has found … critics say it amounts to jailing people for being poor — and can interfere with their livelihoods, making it more difficult to pay the money they allegedly owe. Moreover, at least some tenants who have been targeted say they did not receive proper notice of the court appearances they were accused of missing.”
I’m not sure Donald Trumpette, Junior will ever catch up with Hillary, who was scoring $220k from every corporation in America for an hour’s worth of chitchat, but according to Sarah Sarder of the North Texas Daily, “The Official Student Newspaper of The University of North Texas,” Donald Trump Jr. will be paid $100,000 to speak at UNT’s Kuehne Speaker Series. Why would a public university give $100,000 to Donald Trump Jr. to speak for a half-hour, then answer questions for an additional half-hour, questions he’s been given in advance by UNT for the Q&A session? Not to mention $5,000 for first-class air travel, food and water.
Maybe because, and let’s take a moment to sing along with The Trumpettes, “It’s Our World,” and we can steal if we want to. By the way, according to University of North Texas Spokesperson Kelley Reese, the series has the aim of presenting timely and stimulating perspectives on the world in regards to national security, the economy and topics of interest to the university. Well, we all know how much Don Jr. knows about national security – maybe he can talk about how many Russian babies the students can adopt once we get rid of those pesky Russian sanctions. If they can ever pay off their student loans and find a job.
Except we now know – thanks to Christina Wikle of CNBC who wrangled a copy of Donald Jr.’s statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee – that he didn’t really know squat about Russian adoptions and or The Magnitsky Act or probably sanctions. He attended the meeting as a public service: “To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character, or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believe that should at least hear them out. Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration. I also note that at this time there was not the focus on Russian activities as there is today.”
So maybe the University of North Texas should make it $150,000.
But there’s one thing I’m willing to bet my farm on: Special Counsel Robert Mueller, he of the Grand Juries Investigating Russian Meddling In Our Elections and Possible Conspiracy By The Trump and Trumpettes, this Robert Mueller is not going to give Donald Trump, Junior any questions in advance.
One last thing. My ex-wife just sent me a tweet picture of POTUS and FLOTUS holding hands and reminding us: “We are building our future with American hands, American labor, American iron, aluminum and steel. Happy #Labor Day!” My ex wants you to know Melania is wearing a sleeveless knee-length ‘osmond grid’ print dress costing $2,255 made by Greek-born, London-based Mary Katrantzou.
I guess, considering the British once owned us, this counts as buying American.
As so as we say in The Swamp, later gator.
In case you think The Dook is making this up:
Erika Kinetz, June 28, 2017
Mattea Gold, July 14, 2017
The Washington Post
Doug Donovan, August-16, 2017
The Baltimore Sun
Ken Klippenstein, September 04, 2017
The Daily Beast
August 31, 2017
North Texas Daily