Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Let's Get Ready to RRRummmmmmmble . . . . !

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly as early as next week before the Senate to confirm accusations that Donald Trump attempted to obstruct his agency’s probe into alleged connections between top Trump campaign associates and Russia.
No official date has been set for Comey’s testimony, but CNN reports that the final details are being worked out for Comey to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
A source “close to the issue” told CNN that Comey has already spoken privately with Special Counsel Robert Mueller III to make sure there are no legal entanglements as a result of his public testimony, and he likely sit down with Mueller for a formal interview after his public testimony.

Comey will be testifying under oath and with the penalty for perjury hanging over his head.  He has no earthly motivation to lie.

Drumpf is in deep shit dear readers - and there isn't enough fucking popcorn in the world to assuage The Gadfly's hunger for seeing that shit hit the proverbial fan next week.

Bring it on.


You'd Think They Would Be a Bit More Discreet With Their Public Liaisons....

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When Drumpf, upon return from his European Vacation, directed his capos to ready a "war room" to counter the tsunami of "fake news" about his and his lackey's Russian skullduggery, who knew they would go so far as to actually coordinate media messaging with their overseer Putin.

Observe -- early yesterday morning Drumpf tweeted this @ 4:04 AM EDT:

Later in the same day Putin gives an interview to a French newspaper and surprise, surprise ....

2:20 p.m.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says the allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election are “fiction” invented by the Democrats in order to explain their loss.
In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Putin reaffirmed his strong denial of Russian involvement in the hacking of Democratic emails. The interview was recorded during Putin’s Monday trip to Paris and released Tuesday.
He said the claims of Russian meddling are driven by the “desire of those who lost the U.S. elections to improve their standing by accusing Russia of interfering.”
Putin added that the “people who lost the vote hate to acknowledge that they indeed lost because the person who won was closer to the people and had a better understanding of what people wanted.”

Apparently they already have comrade Jared's super-secret, encrypted, back-channel line of communication directly to the Kremlin operational.

The Gadfly supposes that it is quite possible that this is just another one of those uncanny coincidences masquerading as yet another glaring chunk of evidence that the Drumpf/Russian relationship is more than just virginal neighborliness.  And if you believe that then The Gadfly also supposes that you would believe that the planet is flat and that a wizardly, companionless, bearded old hermit floating around in cosmic space created it in 6 days around 6000 years ago.

The Gadfly can only offer up conjecture as to how this whole repugnant episode with Drumpf and the Russians is going to conclude, but if The Gadfly's guess is right, that conclusion will automatically necessitate the shining of a bright, white hot spotlight on Drumpf's enablers and supporters, and for their sake there had better be some believably sincere fucking groveling and demonstrations of remorse forthcoming.


Monday, May 29, 2017

It's Come To This ... And The Eventual Outcome Will Change Life As We Americans Know It . . .

Some of you are going to think that The Gadfly is a bit off of his nut for voicing the following view, but if you just stand back, and if you focus with clarity on everything that has transpired up to this point in Donald Drumpf's ascent to the presidency, you cannot deny that there is sufficient evidence to warrant, at bare minimum, reasonable suspicion.

And considering what is at stake here for all of us, this matter must not be ignored or normalized.

Allow The Gadfly to lay out the foundation for the charge that he is about to state:

It is a fact that Russia is still a communist nation.

It is a fact that Russia is still considered an enemy state to America.

It is a fact that Russia is ruled by a corrupt thug who oppresses free thought, free speech, a free press, freedom of political association - and who would be tickled red to add the crown jewel of America to his collection of conquered satellite states.

It is a fact that Drumpf has extensive financial entanglements in communist Russia with Russian oligarchs and Russian controlled banks.  His own son is on the record as stating that Drumpf's business is deeply involved with Russian investment money.  There are numerous videos and on the record quotes of Drumpf praising Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.  No such evidence exists of Drumpf denouncing Putin.

It is a fact that in the run-up to the election, Drumpf campaign officals and associates were having clandestine, unreported meetings with communist Russian government officials, meetings which after having been exposed, they then lied about and attempted to obfuscate.

It is a fact that after the election, Drumpf approached the heads of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement and "urged" them to drop the investigation in to Michael Flynn's contacts with the Russians and his subsequent lying about it.

It is a fact that Drumpf's son-in-law and his closest inner-circle adviser Jared Kushner reportedly attempted to establish a "back channel" line of communication with the communist Russian government, which in and of itself is suspicious enough based on the aforementioned facts, but Kushner took it a step further in asking the Russians for the use of their own encrypted systems which would in effect shield any communications from review by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

It is a fact that Drumpf recently had Russian officials invited in to the oval office, along with Russian state media.  The U.S. media was not invited to that meeting and were not present.  In that meeting, Drumpf blurted out highly classified Israeli sourced intel related to the war on ISIS (enraging the Israelis) and also bragged to the Russians that he had eased the burden of investigation of his associate's Russian dealings by firing the head of the FBI, James Comey who he called "crazy" and a "nut job."  No doubt the Russians were like kids waking up on Christmas morning - incredulously joyful.

It is a fact that Drumpf has gone out of his way to denigrate America's allies in NATO and has refused to publicly acknowledge the long recognized commitment that an attack on any NATO member is an attack on all members.  Drumpf has repeatedly voice his disdain for NATO as an organization.  You know who else despises NATO and for decades has sought to undermine it's existence?  That's right - communist Russia.

Drumpf went abroad internationally this past week and basically made a bigger ass of himself than he already is by publicly dressing down the leaders of our NATO allies and behaving like the alpha-male lout that he is. Upon his glorious, victorious return to the homeland, our allies could not wait to make sober declarations about the disastrous visit of the Park Avenue Hillbilly President and their disappointment in his failure to commit his loyalty to the future of western European democracy.  It was so bad that for the first time in the 70 year history of the NATO alliance, some of our partner democracies are now questioning America's once treasured trustworthiness as an ally - to the point of even pondering the concept of European countries distancing themselves from the U.S. and forging their own collective way in the world without American influence or support.

And do you dear readers know who it is that would be jizzing-in-his-drawers giddy over the prospect of western Europe disconnecting itself from U.S. influence?

Yeah -- this guy :

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The Gadfly sees a disturbing pattern here folks.  And if you cannot see that pattern, you're not looking hard or diligently enough.  Look again.

The Gadfly is not going to mince words.  This shit is serious and it is becoming clearer by the day with all of the obstructing, the obfuscation and the even outright lying that is taking place, much of it being peddled by people in some very powerful places, that something is gravely amiss.  It paints an unsettling picture of desperation as efforts are escalated daily to impede on-going investigations in to Drumpf's and his associate's activities and motives as it relates to their chumminess with a communist dictatorship's leaders and funders.

As such -- until an unimpeded, impartial, and comprehensive investigation takes place, The Gadfly has to assume that President Donald J. Trump is a suspect Russian turncoat and that most certainly, under such a cloud of suspicion,  it cannot be assumed that he is governing and managing this nation's affairs with the best interests of the American people and the future of our democracy foremost in his mind and intentions.

Being that this is Memorial Day, a day where we are supposed to honor those military heroes who gave their lives for our freedoms, instead of just paying blase' lip service to that honor, The Gadfly thinks that it is only fitting that we expend every feasible effort to get to the bottom of the Drumpf Russian relationship.  This would also be an opportunity for Drumpf supporters to prove The Gadfly wrong -- which quite honestly, would please The Gadfly more than you might imagine.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Out of The Mouths of Babes . . . . Come Tire Marks Across Paul Ryan's Ass...

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An encouraging sign that there is still hope for the salvation of this country's democracy and future:

SOUTH ORANGE, New Jersey (WABC) --
A group of middle school students from New Jersey caused quite a flap, after half of them refused to take a picture with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.
It happened Thursday during a field trip to Washington.
"It's not just a picture," said Matthew Malespina, a student.
Matthew says he couldn't go through with it.
It didn't matter that Paul Ryan is the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, or that he is third in-line to the presidency.
When he and his classmates from South Orange Middle School had the chance to take a picture with the speaker. Matthew watched from the parking lot with 100 of his fellow students.
"It's being associated with a person who puts his party before his country," Matthew said.

"It's being associated with a person who puts his party before his country."  Teen translation:  'Ewww!  Ick!'  Lol.

These prescient middle-school kids get it.  They behold the rotten underbelly which represents everything that the modern-day conservative political movement stands for.  They see and understand that they and their family's economic and mortal well-being are at the very bottom of the heap of Paul Ryan's and the Republican's governing priorities.

These kids, unlike the conservative adults, grasp the reality that Paul Ryan serves almost exclusively at the pleasure of the wealthy oligarchs and the parasitic Wall Street robbers who are slowly and deliberately leeching the lifeblood from this country's soul.

Good for these kids for having the moral courage to take a stand.  They possess much more wisdom and integrity than the whole lot of narrow-minded adults in the conservative movement who are willing accomplices to the Drumpf/Ryan democracy hating governing model.  All of those kids who made a conscious decision to choose not to be used in Paul Ryan's conceited and cynical photo op, each and every one of them, have bright prospects for being productive, compassionate and unselfish future citizens of this great nation.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Is There Not One Adult In His Circle to Step in and Supervise Him? . . .

Look Mommy and Daddy!  Look what I did!  Didn't I do good - huh?  Didn't I??  Didn't I??? :

President Trump on Saturday claimed that money was "beginning to pour in" to NATO, just two days after he gave a speech scolding allies for not paying their fair share at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels.
"Many NATO countries have agreed to step up payments considerably, as they should. Money is beginning to pour in- NATO will be much stronger," Trump tweeted Saturday.

Unbeknown to little President* Fauntleroy, NATO is a not a New York City mafia protection racket with the US being the kneecap bashing, money collecting thugs promising to protect the extorted in exchange for forking over wads of their hard earned ca$h.

There exists no formal NATO fund for money to "pour in" to.  That is a figment of this sad, pathetic, know-nothing President's* vacuous mind.  In the most simplistic sense, NATO is an agreement between member nations for mutual defense.  The core of that agreement stipulates that participating NATO members will spend a minimum of 2% of their GDP (Gross Domestic Product) on building and maintaining their own homeland militaries, thus alleviating the need for the US and the other wealthier nations to pick up the financial slack for that defense.  Some NATO members are meeting that commitment, a couple exceed it and some do fall short.  But just to be clear once again -- there is no established fund of any kind for money to "pour in" to -- period.  Drumpf just pulled that claim right out of his fat, orange-bottomed ass.

All that Drumpf's tweet does is underscore the increasingly nervous perception to the rest of the free world that America is being led by a willfully ignorant, narcissistic man-child who is exceedingly far out of his league as a statesman and a serious, level-headed world leader.  And it goes without saying that most of the leaders of America's allied nations are slowly gelling in to agreement that Mr. Drumpf is a colossal embarrassment to the United States and it's decent people and cannot be trusted to care about America's best interests, much less the interests of it's democratic allies.

He's like a needy, attention and love starved child who has over-compensated for the lack thereof by inventing a fantasy world for himself and populating that world with adoring groupies, conniving enablers and all of it cocooned in a manufactured sense of self grandeur.

He's a sad figure, yet more disturbingly, he's a dangerous figure.  And the more that is revealed about he and his gang's dealings with communist Russian leaders and oligarchs, the more urgent it becomes for the necessity that he be removed from power and his subversive cabal investigated to the fullest extent possible.


Friday, May 26, 2017

None But The Gadfly Dares Call It Treason . . .

Marcus Tullius Cicero

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Holy Benedict Fucking Arnold Batman!

By JOSH MARSHALL Published MAY 26, 2017 8:54 PM
For the last few hours I was writing the post below and then on the phone about something not news related. Then I went online and saw this stunning piece from the Post about Jared Kushner. It has frankly taken me a while to absorb what it means and I’m still trying to.
Put simply, in secret meetings in December, Jared Kushner proposed to Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak setting up a “back channel” so the Trump team could communicate secretly and securely with Moscow. But this use of the phrase “back channel” does a serious disservice to back channels. A back channel is secret and unofficial communication through trust intermediaries that goes around the national security and diplomatic bureaucracy and provides some plausible deniability. Kushner proposed using the Russian government’s own secure communication facilities, presumably housed in Russian diplomatic facilities in Washington and New York, to communicate with Moscow behind the back of the US government, state, intelligence apparatus, military, etc.
Why exactly would you want to do that?

Link to the Washington Post story which broke late today:

TPM's Josh Marshall asks the obvious question -- Why?  "Why exactly" would Drumpf's trusted aide-de-camp Jared Kushner approach the Russians requesting the use of the Russian government's own secure communications network so that Drumpf and his people could interact in secret, with the Kremlin presumably (they're in Moscow) outside the monitoring capabilities of American intelligence agencies?

Remember -- this is right after the election.  And also it's noted in the story that Michael Flynn was in this meeting with Kushner and the Russian Kislyak.  So why Mr. Kushner?  Why the need for the hush-hush secrecy?  Infinitely more importantly - why the need to beg favor from the Russians for the use of their secure communications facilities?

The Gadfly will tell you why dear readers.  It's so that Drumpf and his surrogates could speak freely with Putin and his crack team of election ratfuckers,without fear of American intelligence and law enforcement agencies hearing the details of the treason plotting.  Utilizing the Russian's secure communications network would allow them all to synchronize the cover up of their lies and their treachery.

Also - let's not forget the extraordinary lengths Drumpf and his gang have gone to these past few months to impede the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn and other Drumpf surrogate's pre-election interactions with the Russians - to the extent that Drumpf suddenly and without notice, fired FBI head James Comey from his post and actually bragged to the Russians in an oval office meeting with them that he had eased the investigation pressure while denigrating Comey as a "crazy" "nutjob."

If The Gadfly's conservative friends have another answer for this behavior - please do share it with all of us so that your fellow American's inquiring minds can be put to rest wondering what the fuck these guys were doing playing double-naught spy with an American enemy state.

And while you conservatives are pulling those gobs of steaming bullshit out of your asses to offer up for those explanations, please also tell us how none of you would be the slightest upset, at all, or even mildly suspicious, if instead of Drumpf playing footsie with Putin and the KGB, it were Hillary Clinton and her aides.  Please regale us all of how that scenario, were it to be, would not have perturbed you one tiny, little bit.

The Gadfly's comments section is open for those explanations -- have at it.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Would You Like a Communist Revolutionary Twist With Your Vodka Sir? . . .

How deeply is Drumpf in bed with the Russians?

Check out this promotional video for Trump Vodka from 2007:

DKAM | Trump Vodka - Russia from Overit Studios on Vimeo.

Watch closely, at about the 27-28 second mark a silhouette of Vladimir Lenin appears with arm raised.  Yes -- that Lenin.

The Gadfly cannot even fathom for one second the volume of the ear piercing, screeching screams of venom from the right wing conservatives if Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama were ever to be found to have used the historical image of communism's godfather to promote themselves in any way, shape or form.

And it truly does dovetail perfectly with Drumpf's current Russian problems --- doesn't it dear readers?  Drumpf and his whole fucking corrupt family and inner circle are way too chummy with the dictator Putin and his Russian oligarch friends.  Way too creepily chummy for The Gadfly's comfort.

Let's get to the bottom of their chumminess shall we?  Let the special counsel Robert Mueller have a completely free hand and unlimited power of subpoena.  Let the Kremlin chips fall where they may.


It's an Easily Solvable Problem For "Leaders" With Integrity, Conviction and Courage . . .


Republicans in Congress fear President Trump could torpedo their majorities if he doesn't save his White House from constant crisis and pivot to the issues voters elected him to deal with.
. . .
A Republican lobbyist who is actively raising money for the party said the complaints have been piling up from donors. They don't think that the problem is media persecution or Democratic obstruction, they think the problem is the president.
. . . 
"People are feeling – it's disgust, it's shame, it's you name it, all of the above," the lobbyist said. Asked for examples of the complaints fielded, the lobbyist added: "When is this going to end? How can we recover? These are clowns."

Golly-gee-willerkins! -- what in the world could the majority party Republicans possibly do to put an end to Drumpf's republic destroying assholery?  If only there were some longstanding, traditional congressional method for dealing with an out of control, incompetent, corrupt, very likely treasonous president . . . . . . . .hmmmmmm . . . . . .

Hey Republicans -- here's something that may help you with your conundrum:

Just saying -- they thought it was good enough of a method to employ against a president who lied about getting a blow job - and The Gadfly is pretty certain that colluding with a communist regime to rig an American presidential election is a tad worse than that crime.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Делиться попкорном . . . .

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Oh dear! . . . . :

President Trump told Russian officials last week that he had fired the "nut job" FBI Director James Comey to ease the pressure of the mounting investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia, according to a report from The New York Times.
"I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job," Trump told the Russian foreign minister and U.S. ambassador on May 10 during an Oval Office meeting, according to a transcript of the meeting read to The Times by a U.S. official. "I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off."

Lol - wow!  He's actually fucking bragging to the Russians --in the White House! -- in the oval office! -- that he, the Great and Powerful Drumpf, has handled that pesky little FBI/Russian collusion investigation problem.

It's almost like he was telling Putin -- "see what I did Daddy?  aren't I a good boy?"

Holy mother of all fucks!

Then - on the heels of that comes this:

Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump last week amid an agency probe into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election, has agreed to testify before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee at a public hearing, the committee said in a statement on Friday.
The hearing will be scheduled after the May 29 Memorial Day holiday, the statement said.

And followed by this:

The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter.
The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would not further identify the official.

That's all just today dear readers.  All of that in one, remarkable, phantasmagorical day!

The Gadfly's head is spinning dizzyingly - either that or the planet has tilted significantly off of it's axis.  Nonetheless - about the only emotion that The Gadfly could muster after reading this flurry of stories this afternoon was this:

Dear readers -- there isn't enough fucking popcorn in the galaxy that is going to be needed to watch this suspenseful, tragicomic thriller play out over the next few months.

And once again -- as if it cannot be stated often enough -- The Gadfly told you dumb ass Drumpf supporters what you were going to be getting with your vote for him.  Did you listen?  No - you did not.  And now your collective MAGA Waterloo looms -- the Muscovite chickens are coming home to roost -- your golden haired, orange skinned goose is about to be cooked -- and last, but certainly not least, your voting dumbassery is on the cusp of delivering to you all a swift kick in your nether regions that will take every one of you a voting lifetime to recover from.  And you all will have absolutely no fucking one to blame but your own goddamn, unthinking, gullible, insolent and hateful selves.  Heckuva job people - heckuva fucking job.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Where There's Flames, There's Fire . . . Unless It's "Fake" Fire Of Course . . .

The Gadfly has been trying desperately for the past week and half to post something, hell - anything!, about the dread pirate Drumpf and his unceasing assholery, but just as The Gadfly gets about halfway through writing any of his posts, fresh reports fly off the news wires that out-mind-boggle the stuff The Gadfly was going to write about!

Even the Washington Post had to take note of the dizzying pace of Drumpf's everlasting, gobstopping corruption machine . . . .

For any president, one of these headlines would be very bad news. For President Trump, they all came in a span of 12 hours:

  • “Justice Department to appoint special counsel to oversee probe of Russian meddling in 2016 election”
  • “House majority leader told colleagues last year: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump”
  • “Flynn stopped military plan Turkey opposed — after being paid as its agent”
  • “Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before He Came to White House”
  • “Israeli Source Seen as Key to Countering Islamic State Threat”
  • “Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians — sources”

Jeebus Kripes!  Obama in eight years didn't have that many scandalous headlines combined.  And those are just in the past 12 hours! -- and they didn't even mention Drumpf pressuring Comey and the FBI to lay off the Flynn/Russia probe or the snark-slaying story of Drumpf's "Russian law-firm of the year" (you can't make this shit up) putting out a press release claiming Drumpf's finances were clear of Russian influence.

The Gadfly knows --- it's all "fake" news.  All the investigative reporters are fake, their sources are fake, the stories are fake, the just named special counsel Robert Mueller III is a fake -- it's all fake, fake, fake, fake, fake, fake fake ..... FAKE!  At least that is what Drumpf and his idiot supporters would wishfully like everyone to convince themselves in to believing.

All The Gadfly has to say is -- stock up on the popcorn dear readers.  It's gonna be one helluva unpredictable, nail-biting tragicomedy in the coming months -- and at sake of giving away the ending, the mere prospect of seeing Dapper Don and his Russian stooge buddies being frogmarched out of the White House could very well be one of the greatest ever final acts in the short history of American political melodrama.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

When The Sewer of Unbridled Bullshit Overflows . . .

Behold Emperor Shit-For-Brains in all of his shit-for-brains glory . . . :
Hours after scoring a victory in the House to effectively kill Obamacare, US President Donald Trump praised Australia's universal health care system during a press conference with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
"It's going to be fantastic health care," Trump said, referring to his new health care plan. "I shouldn't say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia because you have better health care than we do."

Oops!  Cat's out of the bag!

Talk about a Scooby Doo, WTF moment huh?

Was dear leader ignorantly misinformed and/or uninformed -- yet again?  'Twas it a mere slip of the forked tongue perhaps?  Or maybe, as he is wont to do, was he was just blowing smoke out of his pasty orange ass to the Aussie leader trying to impress him?

The Wow! factor here is simply off the charts dear readers.

Nor more than a couple of hours after Drumpf's toads in the Congress voted to give America's 2% wealthiest a $trillion dollar tax cut, paid for by yanking healthcare benefits from 24 million Americans, all in the name of "fixing" America's broken healthcare system, Drumpf is telling the leader of Australia that his country has "better health care" than the U.S. does.

But you know what dear readers?  Drumpf is fucking right!!  Australia does have a better health care system than America has.  And you want to know why their system is better?  It's because :

Australia has a universal health care system, known as Medicare, which gives citizens free access to doctors and public hospitals paid for by the government.

That's right - Australia has one of those icky, liberal, socialist health care systems, just like every other modern democracy in the world has.  And you know what? - it works!  it really works! . .  and it covers everyone equally, has not bankrupted their country, it doesn't drive people to financial ruin if they've had a catastrophic injury or illness or have a pre-existing medical condition, and an overwhelming majority of the Aussie citizenry are quite happy with their system.

And Drumpf's supporters just snooze ---- as long as Dear Leader is mouthing the brain-dead "freedom" clap-trappery that they want to hear, who cares about the details, or the truth.

The Gadfly is declaring open war on Drumpf's supporters --- because people that fucking stupid should not be allowed anywhere near a voting booth and they certainly don't deserve any respect as they coddle this man-child *president and his quest to anoint himself ... the "greatest" whatever fevered idea is in his nappy head that compels him believe he's a true leader.

Fucking sigh . . . .