Nothing to add — I just couldn’t resist posting that headline.
Now that President Trump has met with Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and signed some sort of agreement, the world has been clamoring for my reaction to this momentous event.
- Trump is the world’s worst negotiator. He gave Israel what they wanted when he moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, but he got nothing in return. Now he’s given Kim what he wanted: international legitimacy. And again got nothing in return. And, to sweeten the deal for Kim, Trump agreed to halt the “very provocative” military exercises that the U.S. holds in South Korea.
- It looks to me like Trump is forming a new Axis of Evil, consisting of the U.S., Russia and North Korea.
- Mr Mild points out that Trump’s recent actions are indistinguishable from what he would do if he were being given orders from Moscow. (“Comrade Trump, attack Mexico, piss off Canada, undermine the E.U. and kiss up to North Korea. This will make you one Great Leader.”)
On the other hand, Professor Hell points out that every time I try to see a plan in Trump’s actions, I’m wrong. And so it goes.
Before the WaPo wrote this, the Bitemaster was saying the same thing (you’ll have to trust me). The way I figure it, it was a win-win for the Ruskies. Either they could turn some of Trumps inner circle, or compromise them so they could be blackmailed later.
When Donald Jr. released his emails, he precluded any Russian blackmail attempt. I thought it was a smart move on his part.
Uncle Cecil — the World’s Smartest Man — answers the question you’ve all been asking. Hint: it had to do with the Cold War.
In a memo to employees, Kalanick said he didn’t want his presence to be seen as endorsing the president or his agenda.
The Bitemaster is no fan of Uber, but when they decide to Do the Right Thing, I praise them!
And House staffers had to sign NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) in advance. Just like Trump’s campaign volunteers had to.
Congress recently passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) over President Obama’s veto. Senator Chuck Schumer was the Senate co-sponsor of the bill; Jerry Nadler was the co-sponsor in the House. The bill would allow Americans hurt by the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for damages.
Within a few days, Congress came to its senses and realized that the bill sucked — it would undermine the “sovereign immunity” that protects all governments including ours from being sued for the stupid stuff they do.
But did Congress say, “Whoops, we screwed up big time” ?
No way, Jose! They blamed Obama for not stopping them. Ha ha! The White House over and over warned Congress of the pitfalls of the bill and offered to work with Congress to fix it. But Congress was having none of it. Even after the Obama veto, our congressional geniuses didn’t rethink JASTA. They overwhelmingly overrode the President’s veto: the Senate override was 97 in favor, Harry Reid against, Tim Kaine and Bernie Sanders not voting; the House voted 348-77 to override.
From Abrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary:
OPPOSITION, n. In politics the party that prevents the Government from running amuck by hamstringing it.
The King of Ghargaroo, who had been abroad to study the science of government, appointed one hundred of his fattest subjects as members of a parliament to make laws for the collection of revenue. Forty of these he named the Party of Opposition and had his Prime Minister carefully instruct them in their duty of opposing every royal measure. Nevertheless, the first one that was submitted passed unanimously. Greatly displeased, the King vetoed it, informing the Opposition that if they did that again they would pay for their obstinacy with their heads. The entire forty promptly disemboweled themselves.
“What shall we do now?” the King asked. “Liberal institutions cannot be maintained without a party of Opposition.”
“Splendor of the universe,” replied the Prime Minister, “it is true these dogs of darkness have no longer their credentials, but all is not lost. Leave the matter to this worm of the dust.”
So the Minister had the bodies of his Majesty’s Opposition embalmed and stuffed with straw, put back into the seats of power and nailed there. Forty votes were recorded against every bill and the nation prospered. But one day a bill imposing a tax on warts was defeated–the members of the Government party had not been nailed to their seats! This so enraged the King that the Prime Minister was put to death, the parliament was dissolved with a battery of artillery, and government of the people, by the people, for the people perished from Ghargaroo.
The Bitemaster says it’s time that we embalm and stuff the Democrats in Congress.
Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter five-year-old civil war .
It’s something of an open secret that the Bitemaster is not very knowledgeable about foreign policy, but then neither is the U.S. government.
Sure, why not? Of course Giuliani could be considered the Godfather of al-Qaeda, since their greatest victory was achieved while Giuliani looked on. For that matter, the Bitemaster could be considered a Ponzi schemer since he was in New York City on the day that Bernie Madoff was arrested. And the Easter Bunny could have been responsible for the 1916 Easter Rebellion.
In the past, the Bitemaster was actually overheard saying the occasional nice thing about Giuliani. He is so ashamed.