Thursday, August 17, 2017

Proof That Nobody Has a Monopoly on Stupid . . .

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Oh fer fuck sake:

A Missouri state senator says she has no plans to resign ― despite loud calls from within her own party to do so ― after she said she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated.
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal made the comment on her Facebook page Thursday morning in response to a thread she’d started out of frustration over the white supremacist violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“I hope Trump is assassinated!” she wrote on her page, which is not open to the public. While she deleted the post soon after, a screenshot of it nevertheless quickly gained traction, earning rebukes from across the political spectrum.

It just goes to show you dear readers that there are some real fucking idiots in the Democrats ranks as well.  And yes, this very imbecilic woman Democrat needs to resign her office post haste as she has clearly shown that she is really no better than the alt-right assholes who cheer for the death of their adversaries.  And The Gadfly really does not give a flying fuck what her skin color is or what her ethnic or socio-economic background is.  Publicly calling for a sitting U.S. President's assassination is about as asinine as it gets and her constituents would do well to march on her office and demand she resign immediately and her supporters should abandon her like the plague.

Listen - The Gadfly despises Drumpf with every fiber of his being, but he does not want to see him harmed in any way.  Violent action such as that would not only be immoral, it would be an incredibly destructive event that would put this country in an uncontrollable tailspin toward a failed and self-immolated nation state.

And besides -- Drumpf is doing just fine as it is in digging his own political grave with his Neanderthal behavior and his actions in office without the damaging histrionics of morons like this Missouri political critter.

Just fucking enough already!!!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

In Case They Hadn't Made Their Case Clear Enough . . . .

The Gadfly officially rests his own case on the question of just how cavalierly malevolent a great many of these alt-right guys truly are.  Observe as a couple of them make the case for their side:

“I’m sorta glad that them people got hit and I’m glad that girl died,” Moore told CBS affiliate WBTV on Tuesday.
“They were a bunch of Communists out there protesting against somebody’s freedom of speech,” he added. “So it doesn’t bother me that they got hurt at all.”
Chris Barker, the imperial wizard of the group, agreed with Moore’s sentiment.
“When a couple of them die, it doesn’t bother us,” Barker told WBTV. “They’re always attacking and messing with our rallies.”
Moore said members of his group attended the rally in Charlottesville and claimed the gathering would have been “peaceful” if “the anti-fascist and the communists” hadn’t shown up.
People who call the Loyal White Knights of the KKK headquarters hear a recorded message praising Fields for “running over nine communist anti-fascists,” according to WBTV.
“Nothing makes us more proud at the KKK than we see white patriots such as James Fields Jr, age 20, taking his car and running over nine communist anti-fascist ... James Fields hail victory,” the recording says. “It’s men like you that have made the great white race strong and will be strong again.”

"When a couple of them die, it doesn't bother us."  Let that soak in for a moment.  Then ask yourself if it mattered whether the number was "a couple", or say ..mmmm, dunno, maybe 6 million?

Fucking Hitler could not have orated on his own behalf any better had he clambered out of the pit of hell, reincarnated, and taken a seat on the couch with Fox & Friends, and blurted it out over the national tv airwaves.

That is their mindset -- openly on display -- and there are quite a few of them out there.  As horrifying of a thought that is though, and what with watching them emboldened enough to parade around publicly, bathed in their newfound arrogance to let their NaziKKKwhitespremacist freak flag fly, The Gadfly has got to feel confident that the reality is much more so along these lines:

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That is the god's honest, quintessential poster of Good vs. Evil if ever there was one.

This country of ours has fought a civil war and a world war against these absolutist retreads from political history and their beliefs - and the end result in each event was as it was fordained -- evil was defeated.  Simple as that.  But Evil is never really, and The Gadfly means really, gone - is it?  It's always lurking about out there, in the shadows, on the fringes, just waiting for an opportunity to slink out from it's dank, dark quarters and wreak mayhem against humanity.  As it has been for the hard-core right wingers - Donald Drumpf came along and they found their long awaited, alt-right sugar daddy who lent the legitimacy of the world's most powerful leadership position and whom they have anointed as their savior.  And by all available evidence - to this very moment, as The Gadfly's fingers flit across his keyboard typing this oration, Drumpf is all too content to wear that well-earned crown proudly.

Something's gotta give here.  It just has to.  And if the history of human advancement is is to be a guide in this matter -- the repetitive outcome of Good always conquering over Evil is a favorable guide to go by.

But then again -- this is America and we find ourselves where we presently are as a nation and a society because there are way too many boobs (take that any way you want) like this who turn out to vote:

It's unfortunate that this is what America is all about today, but it is what it is.

But let the alt-rightists be duly advised . . . .

Democracy knows no skin color or ethnic heritage.  It only knows that freedom, equality and justice for ALL men, women and children of our country and the world and are unmistakably the heart of who we are as a nation and a people, and are non-negotiable aspects of it's soul.

That's all.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

When a Nation's Collective Courage Cowers, Evil Breeds With Zeal . . .

In case you didn't notice dear readers, this just happened this past Friday -- prior to the ugly events in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend:

08/14/2017 12:41 pm ET | Updated 14 hours ago
WASHINGTON ― An anti-government extremist was arrested by the FBI on Friday for allegedly trying to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb outside a bank in Oklahoma City.
Jerry Drake Varnell, 23, was charged with malicious attempted destruction of a building. He was arrested in a FBI sting after he allegedly tried to set off what he thought was a bomb in a cargo van that he’d parked by the loading dock of the BancFirst bank, according to federal court filings.
“What happened in Oklahoma city was not an attack on America, it was retaliation,” Varnell allegedly wrote in a message he wanted posted on Facebook after the bombing.

This is the kind of individual that Drumpf is giving aide and comfort to with his coddling of the alt-right cowards.

Was Timothy McVeigh's 1995 Oklahoma City bombing also "retaliation?"  "Retaliation" for fucking what might The Gadfly ask??  "Retaliation" for whatever manufactured grievances these right-wing, militia pricks have coursing through their diseased brains?

Here's this asshole's idea of "retaliation":

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That is a picture of Oklahoma City Fire Department member Chris Fields cradling a mortally injured toddler who was one of Timothy McVeigh's "retaliation" victims of his April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

That little 1 year old baby was one of 19 toddlers and babies along with 150 other Americans whose lives were snuffed out in an instant because some right wing assholes wanted "retaliation" for --- who the fuck knows? --- the grievances these losers have are as malleable on a day-to-day basis as the mush inside their musty cranial cavities.

A lot of these alt-right and militia twats have openly expressed admiration for Timothy McVeigh and his depraved deed.  Take another look - please, do it - at that picture of fireman Chris Fields tenderly carrying that dying child's mangled body and then ask yourself what kind of person would express admiration for the individual(s) who were responsible for that sick inhumanity.

Thank the gods that be that the FBI caught wind of this fuck-stick Jerry Drake Varnell's "retaliation" plans and prevented him from perpetrating yet another right-wing mass murder event.

There is a dark, horrifying sickness that is the lifeblood of this modern-day conservative movement and it is not going to go away quietly - that they have made clear.

Nazis, KKK, white supremacists and just plain old racists have hijacked the Republican party and traditional, honorable conservatism.  The Tea Party was employed as the ramming vehicle that the right wing used to bust down the doors of the mainstream GOP garrison, and once that door was open, they let in every slimy right-wing, bigoted and hate-mongering group that had been hiding in caves and under rocks (where they rightly belong) for many years where they were just waiting for their Aryan savior to come along and lend recognition and legitimacy to their pestilential ideology.

And it is quite clear now that Drumpf is indeed the white-power savior that they have desperately hungered for.  Drumpf's own words are glaring in their intent to show deference to the alt-right cretins - pithy protestations to the contrary.

Dear readers -- you all had better start paying much closer attention to this shit.  These people, like their Muslim Jihadi counterparts on the other side of the world, have shown they are more than willing to murder innocents in the name of their ideology.  If people don't start speaking up and joining together as a force of good to combat this evil in our midst, it really is just a matter of time before another Oklahoma City slaughter happens - and who knows, maybe the next one will be in your city, or perhaps The Gadfly's.

Speak up, speak out -- even if it risks offending friends and family.  To sit back in timorous quietude is the equivalent of being a passive accomplice to these alt-right goons and their toxic, ass backward worldviews.  The values and morals of a decent people and a decent society demand it.

This nation's future, yours, our children's and your grandchildren's future, is in your, our hands.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

No Pictures or Cartoons, No Videos. Just Words That Need to be Said . . .

There's something that's been sticking in The Gadfly's craw all fucking day about the ugly shit that has occurred in Virginia the past couple of days.

There were a lot of Nazi symbols and flags within the ranks of the alt-right foot soldiers last night and today.  Combined with shouted slogans taken directly from Goebbel's propaganda playbook.  They were overtly, almost gleefully, telegraphing their ideology and it was vile and it was infuriating.

What truly enraged The Gadfly weren't so much the physical acts of violence, despicable as they were, but the aftermath of the whole deal.

As some of our national political "leaders" were publicly denouncing the Charlottesville violence, what was being left unsaid, much less talked about, was the most obvious observance of all --- namely that these people who call themselves collectively the alt-right --- are indeed motherfucking Nazis.  They are new-age Nazis, which as far as The Gadfly is concerned, makes them no different one iota from old-school Nazis.  They are one and the same.

There comes a time when people have to speak up.  Speak out against this madness and these disturbed individuals and their even more disturbing movement.  Be forceful and unrepentant in your views - especially so knowing that those views stand for decency and goodness in our society.

Think about it dear readers . . . this country fought a 5 year long World War, half way around the world, to defeat these Nazi sonofabitches and their evil ideology and their evil symbols.  More than 400 thousand Americans gave their lives in that war to kick Adolf Hitler and his Aryan fuckstick bullies to the curb.  More than 50 million humans died in that war.  The sound ass whooping which America dished out to Hitler was deliberately intended to send a loud message to the world that America was at the pinnacle of the moral high ground and more than ready and able to defend herself and her friends who might be threatened by other Hitler wannabes.

And yet, unbelievably, here we are, some 75+ years later, having to fight that same fucking, wearisome enemy again -- the enemy of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers, the enemy of our other brethren democracies, the enemy of our way of life, the enemy of humanity.  The enemy of a peaceful future.  Here we are facing that same insidious threat one more time -- only this time that enemy is us -- or at least a significant number of us and they reside right here in the good ol' homeland -- US of A.

Well this is one American who has had enough already of these assholes.  And if there is going to be the "taking back" of any country, the people getting this country's soul and legacy yanked out of it's hands (violently if it has to come to that) are going to be the ones who are left fondling their Swastika flags, their KKK costumes and their confederate flags.  It's going to be that venerable and inevitable story of good conquering evil --- as it should --- as it must --- as it will.

And as for our shit head little new-age Nazi friends -- The Gadfly is not sorry to say -- they're going to get their stupidly evil asses kicked to the curb one more time in world history -- and once again it will be utterly deserved.  And The Gadfly can only dream of securing any direct or indirect opportunity to be a contributing actor in that historical denouement.


Terrorism -- Alt-Right Style . . . . .

And now they have killed in the name of their vindictive, hateful and lifeless ideology.

Almost 20 people were injured and one person has died after a car plowed into a group marching peacefully, after violent clashes at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., according to The Associated Press.
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It took our cowardly *president the better part of the whole day and a half (this shit started yesterday) to put out a statement condemning the violence -- and even when he did, he made it sound like it was a case of both sides are equally guilty -- which of course is pure fucking horse shit and he knows it.

He and his white supremacist pal Steve Bannon and his Nazi sympathizing adviser Sebastian Gorka probably needed time to formulate a statement that wouldn't upset the delicate feelings of their base --- you know --- guys like the one driving that car in the picture above.

During the campaign last year and all the way up to the election, Drumpf was continually exhorting his Neanderthal supporters to visit violence upon protesters.  It's all on fucking video and audio tape and no -- it's not "fake."

Today's events in Charlottesville, Virginia are the predictable end result of Drumpf's behavior and his words and his actions.  The blood on the hands of the driver of the car that plowed in to those peaceful protesters is just as deep red on the small hands of Drumpf himself -- and there's no way he's going to bullshit and smirk his way out of that reality.


Drumpf's Shock Troops Have Shined Up and Put On Their Jack Boots . . .

These are the people who Drumpf has coaxed out from beneath their rocks and out of their caves.

They are the core of Drumpf's support base and they most certainly will represent a major component of his ugly legacy:

Aug 11, 2017 9:30 PM
Chanting "blood and soil,” “white lives matter” and “you will not replace us,” scores of white nationalists holding torches marched across the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Friday night.

"Blood and soil" is a 19th century German expression that was adopted by Hitler and his Nazi party as the rallying cry for their quest of a pure-bred, Aryan race of blonde-haired, blue-eyed super humans.

Now - before The Gadfly says anything else here -- let's be clear about something.  The Gadfly does not want to stifle the right of these deplorable fuckers to march and chant their cute little Nazi slogans.  The Gadfly ascribes to the old saying that is often misattributed to the great French philosopher Voltaire which says, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

Having clarified that then, let it be known that The Gadfly also has rights as well.  One of those rights is the right to observe people's behavior and analyze their words and their intentions toward, and their social interactions with, other humans.  And should it come to pass that The Gadfly arrives at the conclusion that the people whom he is observing are something a great deal less than admirable or decent, then you can be unquestionably fucking sure that The Gadfly will exercise his right to say as much.

Therefore -- The Gadfly's observation is that these fuckers are indeed Nazis of the lowest order.  They are un-American. They are really the most deplorable (HRC was right), sad sack bunch of losers among our citizenry who not only do not deserve the freedoms and opportunities that this great country provides for them by virtue of their birth here, but they also deserve no respect - not in any way shape or form.

Here are some pics of their proud little Nazi rally last evening in Charlottesville, Virginia:

What's that you say?  Nothing in those pics suggests fealty to Hitler and Nazism?

How about this one then from today then where they are at it again, employing threats of and even employing outright violence to spread their message of hate and exclusion and yes - Nazism?

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Yeah - because nothing conveys reasonableness and rationality like a t-shirt with Hitler quotes - amiright?

Notice anything else odd about those first three pictures dear readers?  Not too many women in their ranks huh?

By all realistic appearances, this "protest" looks to be, to The Gadfly's discerning gaze, a gathering principally of thick-necked, even thicker skulled, visibly sexually repressed, angry white males who fancy themselves and their "master" race to be so unfairly oppressed (boo-fucking-hoo) that they broke out the ol' torch parade theme (apparently Home Depot was out of pitchforks) to air their grievances about the filthy hordes of niggers, spics, jews, wetbacks, beaners and towel-heads in their midst - along with defending the lovely heritage of civil war slavery.

And The Gadfly would wager a good portion of his hard-earned paycheck that just about every one of these adolescent, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually and socially challenged ass-clowns is a huge Trump groupie and view Drumpf as their white power savior who is going to Make America Great Again with his stupid fucking border wall, his declarations of drastically scaling back legal immigration and his Mooslim travel ban.

Let's hope all these angry, violence enamored young white boys (nothing in their behavior suggests they are worthy of being referred to as men) are equally as eager to volunteer to be in the first wave of ground troops in one of Drumpf's wars as they are to peddle their hatred and bigotry in the public square.



During a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said the event is in line with President Trump’s “promises.”
“This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back,” Duke said. “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back.”

The Gadfly rests his fucking case.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Drumpf Jong Un

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Doesn't humanity, and by proxy this planet, have enough fucking problems without having these two man-child idiots Drumpf and Kim Jong Un taunting each other like school-yard rivals with mutual nuclear annihilation?

And if that isn't disconcerting enough, now our idiot is threatening to use military force on Venezuela as well:

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation in Washington’s response to Venezuela’s political crisis.

Won't somebody please give this adolescent man-child *President of ours some toy army men and tanks to play with in the White House sandbox before he gets us all incinerated in WWIII?

Jeebus fucking kripes!

Let's hope the Mueller indictments come swiftly and with deliberate malice aforethought.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

This is Just a Preview --- Get The Popcorn Ready . . . .

Oh dear! . . .

FBI agents raided the home in Alexandria, Va., of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, arriving in the pre-dawn hours late last month and seizing documents and other materials related to the special counsel investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The raid, which occurred without warning on July 26, signaled an aggressive new approach by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team in dealing with a key figure in the Russia inquiry. Manafort has been under increasing pressure as the Mueller team looked into his personal finances and his professional career as a highly paid foreign political consultant.
Using a search warrant, agents appeared the day Manafort was scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and a day after he met voluntarily with Senate Intelligence Committee staff members.
The search warrant requested documents related to tax, banking and other matters. People familiar with the search said agents departed the Manafort residence with a trove of material, including binders prepared ahead of Manafort’s congressional testimony.
Investigators in the Russia inquiry have previously sought documents with subpoenas, which are less intrusive and confrontational than a search warrant. With a warrant, agents can inspect a physical location and seize any useful information. To get a judge to sign off on a search warrant, prosecutors must show that there is probable cause that a crime has been committed.

The search warrant raid of Manafort's residence also serves as a warning shot by Mueller and his investigators to Drumpf and the rest of his Russian boot-licking pals that he is not playing fucking games, which no doubt is causing some restless, sleepless nights for Drumpf while he's on his 17 day golfing vacation.

The heat is on . . . .


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Malcolmsplained . . . .

Malcolm Nance knows a thing or three about Russia, counter-intelligence operations and duty to country.  Here's why:
Malcolm Wrightson Nance (born September 20, 1961) is an American author and media commentator on terrorism, intelligence, insurgency and torture. He is a former United States Navy senior chief petty officer specializing in naval cryptology.
Nance was an interpreter for Russian, and began working in the intelligence field through research into the history of the Soviet Union and its spying agency the KGB.[5] He subsequently devoted years of research to analyzing Middle East terrorism and sovereign nations with ties to the Russian Federation.[5]
Nance is an expert on intelligence and terrorism,[1] and frequently discusses the history, personalities, and organization of jihadi radicalization and al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL); Southwest Asian and African terror groups; as well as counterinsurgency and asymmetric warfare. Fluent in Arabic, he is active in the field of national security policy particularly, in anti- and counter-terrorism intelligence, terrorist strategy and tactics, torture and counter-ideology in combating Islamic extremism.
As former U.S. Navy senior chief petty officer in Naval Cryptology, he was involved in numerous counter-terrorism, intelligence, and combat operations.[6][7][8] He garnered expertise within the fields of intelligence and counterterrorism.[9][10][11] He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, from 1981 to 2001.[12][1] He received military decorations and speaks Arabic. He became an instructor in wartime and peacetime SERE, training Navy and Marine Corps pilots and aircrew how to survive as a prisoner of war.[13][14]
Nance took part in combat operations which occurred after the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings, was involved with the 1986 United States bombing of Libya, served on USS Wainwright during Operation Praying Mantis and participated in the sinking of Iranian missile boat Joshan, served on USS Tripoli during the Gulf War, and assisted during a Banja Luka, Bosnia air strike.[12]

Allow Mr. Nance to endow you die-hard Trump supporters with some reality-based observations about what is actually going on with Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump gang's footsie playing with the Kremlin:

The Gadfly will enthusiastically stack up Malcolm Nance's credibility, professional background and patriotism credentials against Drumpf and whatever spokesperson/apologist/lackey whom he sends out to publicly defend his honor -- any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

So let's be sensible adults and acknowledge what is clear here about Mr. Mueller's investigation.

It is not a fucking exercise in child play.

It is not a fake investigation borne of "fake news."

It is not a politically partisan "witch hunt."

It is not going to go away based on the fact that multiple grand juries have now been empaneled.

You think Drumpf isn't lying in a pool of sweat beneath his silk sheets at night dear readers?  And The Gadfly isn't talking about sweat triggered by the lack of air conditioning in his boudoir.  No -- Drumpf's is the kind of sweat that comes from knowing that a straight shooting, law & order bulldog like Robert Mueller is crawling up in to his anal cavity with a caravan of counter-intelligence and financial crimes lawyers and they are going to overturn every rock they come across, peer into every crevice that's visible and follow every suspicious track they discover until they reveal the true and factual nature and extent of Donald John Trump's business and "other" dealings with a nation and government who since 1917 has been, and still is considered a hostile adversary, if not an outright enemy, of American democracy, the U.S. constitution, and the American people's way of life.

That's all.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Special Message to Those Who Would Prefer to Ignore The Trump/Russia Business....

Pay attention dear readers - goddammit!

Sure - you've all got busy lives.  You're middle-class, somewhat or very, comfortable - long work days  - whos got time?  Or maybe you've just thrown in the towel completely and just do not give a rat's sphincter about this Trump/Russia stuff.  Why should you give a damn about the political clown show in your nation's capital?  Amiright?

Well -- allow The Gadfly to refer you to a fellow blogger's devastatingly astute post to explain something to you on that subject . . . here's an excerpt:

Just ignore him.
Just ignore the most powerful man in the world.
Just ignore the guy sitting on a nuclear arsenal large enough to kill every living thing on the planet and render the earth uninhabitable forever.
Just ignore the guy at the head of the largest, most powerful coalition of economic, political, and military power in not only the world, but in the entire history of the human race.
Just ignore the guy who controls nearly all aspects of the world that I’ll be leaving to my son and his new wife. My grandkids. The future. Sure, let’s just ignore that guy.
Trump has direct influence over all aspects of our society, economic, social, education, military, infrastructure, law and order, technology, the environment, labor, business, commerce, poverty, healthcare, growth, war, trade, our basic rights and freedoms, and you want me to just ignore him? 
Just … ignore him?
Because, what? Maybe he’ll go away? Maybe he’ll, I dunno, go away to wherever unicorns go.
The absolutely worst, most useless, advice I ever got as a kid was being told to just ignore the bullies. Ignore them, right? Because that’s what they want, attention. And if you ignore them, they’ll just go away. Puff. Magic.
You know what? That’s wrong. Wrong wrong wrong. No bully has ever just gone away because their victims ignore them.
When the abuser has all the power, you can’t ignore them – especially when they’re smashing your face in.
Ignoring fascism is how you get more fascism.
Ignoring hate is how you get more hate.
Ignoring abuse is how you get abused.
It is time to stop this magical thinking on both sides of the political divide and face reality.
Trump isn’t going to get better.
Trump isn’t going to go away.
Trump isn’t going to just one day wake up and decide to act like a president.
He’s not suddenly going to start acting like a rational adult.
He’s not going to be magically imbued with 70 years of education and knowledge and experience in how to run government.
Your indifferent god isn’t going to reach down and fill Trump’s fluffy head with wisdom and compassion and selflessness.  This isn’t a made for TV movie, Trump isn’t going to have some life-changing moment and realize what an ass he’s been and then devote the rest of his life to making the world a better place. That’s not going to happen.
There are no such things as unicorns.

And . . .

His supporters point to his supposed wealth as evidence of leadership, of vision, of intellect. And that’s nonsense. Trump is, at best, a mediocre businessman. He was born rich and given breaks most people don’t get, those things provide a safety net for mistakes and failures that ruin others less advantaged. Those things gave Trump the ability to take risks others can’t. It wasn’t his smarts or his supposed deal making or some magical unicorn dust, it was privilege. He didn’t create his empire from nothing, he built it on a foundation of wealth and advantage and other people’s money.
Trump’s privilege and wealth are luck of birth, not evidence of superiority.
Trump’s mythical ability to make a deal is exactly that, a myth. Bullshit. Smoke and mirrors. Something he uses to con the rubes. Trump can’t make a deal unless he has everything stacked in his favor and he calls all the shots and nobody else gets to say anything. And while that nonsense might work for you when you’re building a casino in Jersey (or not), it sure as shit doesn’t work out in the real world between nations and any fool could have told you that. And did. Repeatedly.
Bluster and bombast and billions are no substitute for intellect, education, experience, quiet courage, and steady confidence under fire.

Go read the whole thing.  It's right on the money as far as The Gadfly is concerned.


This Is a "Fake" Post, With a "Fake" Observation From a "Fake" Blogger . . .

And it begins.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury as part of his investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in last year’s election, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.

The very first benefit of empaneling a grand jury is the power of subpoena.  And these aren't the "fake" subpoenas that exist only in the delusional minds of assholes like Drumpf and his fanatical supporters.  These are big boy, serious as shit subpoenas.

Obviously everyone is innocent until proven guilty -- but with the grand jury impaneling, it signifies that Robert Mueller has not only some pretty decent evidence in his possession, but also believes he can convincingly persuade a jury of citizens, the media, and that segment of sane society who's paying attention to all of this Russian business shit and care about this country's future.

Also - watch for the conservatives to ramp up (they've already started actually) their slandering of Robert Mueller, never for a moment acknowledging the perverse spectacle of them supporting a lecherous, larcenous, duplicitous, stooge like Drumpf, while trashing the reputation and character of a guy, Mueller, who was a decorated U.S. combat marine, a real man who has served this country and the public pretty fucking admirably for decades.  As his official Wiki biography states -- Mueller has:

earned a reputation as a no-nonsense, straight-laced attorney and investigator, as well as the nickname "Bobby Three Sticks"—a nod to his name's suffix.[2][3][4] Lauded for his non-partisan and non-political approach, he has been credited with transforming the FBI from an agency primarily focused on law enforcement into one of the world's top organizations handling counterespionage and counterterrorism.

He is also a Republican who has primarily served in Republican administrations, which in a sane world would be the instant castration of the talking point that he's a Democratic partisan.  But, by virtue of the fact we have arrived at this point in our nation's history with someone like the cretinous, Napoleon-complex Drumpf with access to the nuclear codes, who knows if we have yet to truly plumb the deepest crevices of the American public's level of gullibility and asininity.

With all that said though -- The Gadfly is ready for this.  Let's get to the bottom of some of this suspicious stuff here, and, if what Mueller and his investigators find makes it necessary to take legal steps to make things right again, then by goddamn -- do it!


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Scary Mooch, Scary Mooch! Will You Do The Fandango? . . .

"Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very fright'ning me . . ."
In the public feud between Anthony Scaramucci and Reince Priebus, what hasn’t been fully explained is why Scaramucci so dislikes the president’s now-former chief of staff — a man he alternates between calling “Reince Penis” and “Rancid Penis,” according to an adviser to the White House.

But what does a truly accomplished thug do when in a street fight? -- why he curb stomps his opponent when he''s already on the ground of course. . . observe:

A friend and would-be publicist for White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci accused former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus of having a "mistress" over the weekend.
Arthur Schwartz, who has described himself to the media as Scaramucci's representative, has recently emerged in the media as a top defender of the communications director.
On Saturday, Huffington Post reporter Christina Wilkie revealed that Priebus accused Scaramucci of selling his business, Skybridge, to the Chinese at an inflated price with the anticipation that they would get access to Trump.
Schwartz fired back at Priebus in a tweet on Sunday in which he threatened to release evidence that the former chief of staff was having an affair.
"Hey @Reince45. Oops; @Reince - you're unemployed now. Keep pushing this crap & I'll start dropping oppo on you. Mistress much, ???," Schwartz wrote.

It's good to see that the "real" and "serious" adults are now running the country.

The Gadfly and many others warned everyone about exactly the kind of people who Trump and his consorts were and you did not listen.  And so here we are now with this bumbling, juvenile Goodfellas administration, led by a preening, narcissistic man-child, that is so preoccupied with their own internecine cock fights and back-stabbing and tweeting like rage toddlers that the actual business of governing the world's (now arguably) greatest democracy is nothing more than an extra-curricular activity.

Please Robert Mueller -- for all that is holy and decent -- save us all from this torturous nightmare that some of our stupider fellow citizens have brought upon us - not unlike the proverbial plague of locusts.  Show us the path back to sanity, and more importantly, to the reclamation of our country and our national pride from these swinish and hideous fucking people.

Please . . . .oh please . . . . .


Thursday, July 27, 2017

241 Years of American Leadership -- Reduced to a 48 Year Old Monty Python Skit . . .

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Gee - who could have predicted it? . . .

The Boyscout leadership published a letter today.  In it they outright apologized for the unsolicited actions of our immature frat boy *President who this past week thought it a smashing idea to turn the perennial presidential address to America's Boy Scouts in to a whiny-bitch political harangue interspersed with some deviant reminiscing about another old frat boy friend's rise to wealth, women, fame and sex yachts.

Drumpf just couldn't wait to regale the tens of thousands of captive audience young boys and teens with a lurid tale of a drunken old fellow real estate developer's escapades after he sold off his fabulously wealth-generating business.  It all culminated with Drumpf, cracking that creepy old pervert grin that he has, fondly recalling the ghastly fate which befell his old pal as a result of him settling in to his wealth.  Drumpf did bluster thusly to the goggle-eyed kids,:

"...he went out and bought a big yacht, and he had a very interesting life. I won't go any more than that, because you're Boy Scouts so I'm not going to tell you what he did.
Should I tell you? Should I tell you?
You're Boy Scouts, but you know life. You know life..."

Wow!  Lol.  And if you watch the video of the speech, when Drumpf gets to the words, " a very interesting life," he does the old bouncing arched eyebrows thing - you know - the old wink, wink, nudge, nudge --- knowing full well that the subject matter on his mind as he was winking and smirking was sexual and degenerate in nature.  Kind of reminded The Gadfly of this old Monty Python skit which first aired in 1969:

The cad character played by Eric Idle in that piece even reminds The Gadfly of what a younger Drumpf might very well have looked like --- and likely more so --- thought and talked like.

But think about this clearly for a moment dear readers -- Drumpf actually believed in his own mind that being in front of tens of thousands of impressionable young boys was the ideal place to let his Animal House freak flag fly.  It speaks -- no-- it bloodcurdlingly (sic) screams volumes about that individual's harrowing deficiency of character, morals and personal judgment capabilities.  And yet Drumpf's supporters love him all the more for it -- meaning -- that as far as The Gadfly is fucking concerned, those aforementioned volumes apply just as equally to them in this case.

What?  Some of you think that that is much too harsh of an assessment that The Gadfly has of some of his fellow Americans dear readers?  Ya' think?

Too fucking bad.

The Gadfly is beyond caring about the Drumpf supporter's feelings anymore.   He is beyond harboring any threads of hope that they will magically one day snap out of their intellectual and spiritual malaise and realize the gravity of their mistake in voting for this horse-hair toupee'd clod whom the Russians have contracted out to be their little red, white and blue attired cabana boy.   The Gadfly is utterly over trying to find any common ground with these gleefully ignorant and mindless assholes who believe that the way in which Drumpf is behaving in his capacity as leader of the free world is worthy of being called "leadership" and "presidential," or the most abominable one of all -- "honorable."

Fuck Drumpf.  Fuck his Russian oligarch sugar daddies.  Fuck his mobster friends.  Fuck his sniveling, whiny bitch sons.  Fuck his Natasha Fatale wife.   Fuck the enabling, toady political hacks that surround him and continually cover his ass - unquestioningly.  Fuck the colossally hypocritical, "family values" spouting religious conservatives who worship him.   And last - but certainly not least - fuck every last one of his cretinous following of knuckle-dragging, hypocritical, spiteful, selfish, uncaring, unthinking, soulless, democracy-hating disciples.

Know what I mean?  Say no more!  Know what I mean? . . . nudge-nudge....


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Things That Make The Gadfly Want to Dunk His Head into a Vat of Boiling Bleach....

Watch and puke . . . .

But, but, but, but . . . Hillary did it too squeals Qusay Drumpf!  And what about Bill and Loretta!  Why you always picking on our daddy and us? . . . waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

The whiny little bitch apple didn't fall far from the whiny bitch apple tree -- did it?

The Gadfly's loathing for that whole fucking, democracy back-stabbing, scumbag family plumbs ever new depths with each passing day.


Monday, July 17, 2017

This Moral Deficiency That Some Absurdly Call "Freedom" . . .

The Gadfly totally understands that the Drumpf/Russia ratfucking of our most recent national election makes for exciting and intriguing if not exasperating reading (for those who really want to get to the truth), but there's another story out there that is equally if not just as important as that sordid bit of business.

The Gadfy refers to the GOP's ongoing efforts to Hulk-smash Obamacare and Medicaid to pieces and basically toss 24 million Americans completely off of the health care rolls and increase costs and limit the availability of affordable care to millions more --- all in the zealous pursuit of handing yet more tax cuts, and by proxy ever more of this nation's wealth, to the people who fucking absolutely need it the very least, if at all.

Please go read this post by Jim Wright of Stonekettle Station blog.  Here's an excerpt:

If you don’t have insurance, they don’t stop treating you.
How many times have you heard this?
You can always go to the emergency room if you have cancer.
They have to treat you, even if you can’t pay. Nobody goes without healthcare in America.
How many times? How many times have you heard that in this debate, in this endless shitfight about healthcare in America?
Yeah, listen, if you could get treated without insurance in this country, well, then we wouldn't be having this conversation in the first place and, actually, they do stop treating you if you run out of money.
Yes, they do.
Some specialized gene-specific cancer drugs are $15,000 PER MONTH. Or more.In cases of aggressive cancers where all other therapies have failed, these drugs are the only options.
These drugs, they're difficult to develop.
They’re difficult to make.
They're difficult to get.
And they cost.
A lot.
Now, we can argue about the ridiculous cost of drugs in this country (and I'm sure you all will in the comments), but that's not actually the point here.
The point is this: if you can't pay, you die.
Hell, you don't even have to get cancer. It doesn’t have to be $15,000. A couple of hundred bucks is the difference between life and death for many Americans.
If you're allergic to bees and you can't afford $300 for an Epipen, well, you'd better hope somebody comes along with a clean pocket knife and some idea of how to perform an emergency tracheotomy when your throat starts swelling closed.
If you can't pay, you die.
This idiotic idea, that everybody has access to healthcare, that you can just go to the emergency room for any kind of condition and be treated free of charge, is one of the most obviously wrong and most deliberately obtuse blind spots of modern conservatism – which not only rejects the idea of universal healthcare out of hand but also thinks your healthcare should involve their religion and your employer and that the insurance you've been paying for (if you're lucky enough to have insurance) should be able to drop coverage if you get sick.

"If you can't pay, you die."  It's the price we pay for our "freedom" the conservatives and the Tea Partiers will mindlessly bleat to you.

The Gadfly would amend that statement though to say -- If you can't pay, you die -- after they've invoiced you in to complete and utter destitution."

Who among you dear readers out there has not had a family member or a friend who has experienced their economic livelihoods threatened by the astronomical costs of a catastrophic illness or injury either to themselves or a family member?  If you haven't - consider yourself extremely fortunate and also consider yourself to be on borrowed time for at some future date the odds are it will eventually happen to yourself.

Hell - The Gadfly is one of these people.  The Gadfly had a near-death experience with a motorcycle crash this past year and even though The Gadfly's injuries were thankfully not life-threatening and The Gadfly was gainfully employed, with an employer-sponsored health care "plan", he still ended up with a $24,000 bill for emergency room services that The Gadfly's health care "plan" and "provider" refused to cover.  The Gadfly is now of course being hounded by bill collectors for this outrageous debt and will very possibly at some point in the next couple of years end up in bankruptcy court to have this debt discharged only because The Gadfly, like most people in this country doesn't have $24,000 in loose change lying around - and actually - by the time these fuckers tack on all of their interest, delinquency and other fees that debt will quite likely balloon to over $30k.

That's just one story.  The Gadfly's mother is currently battling cancer - battling for her life.  And on top of wondering if she is going to beat this terrible, awful disease, she is also deeply worried about the soon to be arriving tsunami of medical bills related to her life extending, possibly life-saving treatments.  She's worried about paying bills --- and living --- what's wrong with that picture??  What's wrong with us?

In a truly decent, humane, and civilized nation - these scenarios would never happen - to any one of us, regardless of one's political or religious affiliation or economic status.  It is a shame that our national behavior during this time in history on this subject will be an avaricious stain on this nation's collective conscience for a very, very long time to come.

But as it is, that's just how America rolls these days - we're a crooked country, run by crooked people, who are doing crooked and callous things to their fellow citizens and very few of us seem to care.  It's sickening, it's inhumane and immoral and it has to end and if we don't end it, the inevitable outcome will not be good for any of us.

And lastly -- if you are one of these delusional fruit loops who believes that the man who is going to magically wave his gold-plated wand and make all of this despicable health care business better for Americans is the Tourette Syndrome afflicted orangutan currently doing Vladimir Putin's and the Russian oligarch's bidding while squatting in the American people's White House -- well then let's just say that you are a genuinely willing accomplice to the aforementioned crookedness and callousness and there isn't enough coal in the deepest bowels of this planet to stoke the flames in all of the brimstone and fire pits of the postmortem venue that your soul is destined for.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Joladadijoladadijoladadijoladadi Joladadijoladadi-jo-o-ooh! . . .

It's fitting and a bit surreal.  The Gadfly was driving his car between work-sites today and this tune poppped on the local FM MOR Rock radio station.  The Gadfly had heard this song one time before in his life and since he was only around 13 or 14 at the, all he knew was that it was a "funny" and weird song for sure, but it was the coolest shit his musically immature ears had ever heard - it was absolutely mind-blowing.  And then The Gadfly discovered AC/DC and KISS and the song was all but long forgotten.  Anyhow - this song came out at the height of Nixon's Watergate scandal in the 1970's and so it jibes perfectly with the present time.  It's just not a song that you typically hear anymore on the commercialized corporate FM rock radio stations - it's that bizarre.

Go watch and listen to the whole thing, beginning to end, and then tell The Gadfly that this song isn't the consummate soundtrack to what's currently going on in our insane asylum of a government and our numbskull culture right now.  This tune is all at once manic, it's ridiculous, it's hilarious, it's drawn out, it's exhausting.  It also has a pretty quick ending after the punishing performance portion.

Enjoy, and let's hope the quick ending to this song bodes well for an equally quick ending to our currently ongoing national nightmare and clownish fuckhead-fest.

Back soon with some somewhat more substantive observations.


It'll Be Worth Your Wait . . . . .


The Gadfly's dearth of postings of late is due to personal work projects and family obligations, but fret not dear readers - The Gadfly has been paying quite close attention to the never-ending travails of the Russian satellite government that is currently being managed by the Drumpf Family Circus and their gang of couldn't shoot straight apple polishers in Washington DC.

So stay tuned dear readers -- The Gadfly will be back very soon on the pages of this shitty little blog with some always interesting, occasionally witty, and never fake observations of America's political shit-show known as the Trump presidency.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Open Dumb, Collective Mouths - Insert Dumb Collective Feet . . . .

Hope you all had a happy, safe Independence Day holiday.  Now back to our regular scheduled programming . . . . . . . . . . .

Sigh . . . . .

For about 20 minutes Tuesday, NPR traveled back to 1776.
To echo its 29-year on-air tradition, the public radio network’s main Twitter account tweeted out the Declaration of Independence, line by line.
There — in 113 consecutive posts, in 140-character increments — was the text of the treasured founding document of the United States, from its soaring opening to its searing indictments of King George III’s “absolute tyranny” to its very last signature.
Who could have taken issue with such a patriotic exercise, done in honor of the nation’s birthday?
Quite a few people, it turned out.
The blowback increased when the tweets reached the portion of the Declaration that outlined, in unsparing detail, all the ways Britain’s George III had wronged the then-Colonies.
“He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers,” read one line of the document.
“A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people,” read another.
Some people — presumably still in the dark about NPR’s Fourth of July exercise — assumed those lines were references to President Trump and the current administration.

So to summarize --- NPR, in celebration of America's independence day holiday, tweets out the entire text of the Declaration of Independence -- 113 consecutive tweets to accommodate Twitter's 140 character, per-tweet limit.  And right on cue -- a bunch of right wing yahoos see a few of the excerpted tweets from the hallowed American document, like the ones about a certain leader obstructing justice and behaving like a tyrant, and they go bug-eyed ape shit thinking that NPR is spreading liberal propaganda against their dear leader Drumpf.

This, dear readers, is the unfortunate (mostly for democracy) byproduct of several decades of the conservative dumbing down of society, fueled primarily by their relentless attacks on public education, truth and reality.  They have effectively cocooned their movement in a grotesque, insipid form of paranoid, martyr-complex tribalism, thus creating their very own culture of celebrated ignorance on subject matter both historical and contemporary.  They have positioned themselves as the poster children for the iconic adage, "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it."

It's pretty telling, in an amusing sort of way, that Drumpf's disciples got especially butt hurt about the tweets containing wording describing the 240+ years ago oppression by King George III, fully believing that the wording was NPR hurling ad hoc insults at Trump and his present-day behavior as U.S. president.  It's almost as if they truly know, deep down in their little wing nut hearts, that Drumpf has indeed been behaving like a tawdry, tyrannical little prince, pissing all over the constitution and the concepts of equal justice for all and an autonomous judiciary being a co-equal branch of government -- as such, and in point of fact, making him "unfit to be the ruler of a free people."

But these are the fellow citizens who we are dealing with in this epic struggle to steer the course of America's democratic future.  It's a struggle between those who, when given a choice between having a boorish, shady con-artist oligarch, congenital liar and democracy hating, amoral traitorous coward as their leader -- or a decent, intelligent,  fair-minded, statesmanlike, humane and principled leader who's skin color was a shade darker -- or god forbid even, a strong, smart, take-no-shit woman - they would willfully choose the venal degenerate.

This really is a battle for this country's future dear readers - no two ways of looking at it.  And one thing that is clear is that there are still quite a few fence sitters out there.  The Gadfly has only one thing to say to you people -- you better choose a side pretty quick -- and then pray to whatever god you pray to that you chose the side that will end up writing the truthful, unvarnished accounting of this hideous period in our nation's incredible yet clamorous history.