Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Onward Donnie's Soldiers, Marching As To War! . . .

This is just the beginning:

The Latest: Israel says Iranians in Syria fired missiles

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest on tensions between Israel and Syria (all times local):

1:30 a.m.

Israel’s military says Iranian forces based in neighboring Syria fired about 20 projectiles at Israeli positions in the Golan Heights.

It says Israeli defense systems intercepted “some” of the incoming rockets and damage on the Israeli side was minimal. There were no Israeli casualties.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus says Israel views the incident “with severity” and has responded.

Israel has been on heightened alert in recent days, anticipating a possible Iranian retaliation. Iran has vowed revenge after blaming Israel for a series of deadly airstrikes on Iranian positions in Syria.

Pro-Syrian government media and activists reported earlier that missiles had been fired toward Israel from southern Syria late Wednesday targeting Israeli positions in the occupied Golan heights.


https://apnews.com/5ec23074ec414753844640e73a4a27f3/The-Latest:-Israel-says-Iranians-in-Syria-fired-missiles?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP

Should all out war break loose in the middle east, fueled by Drumpf's ratfuckery on the multilateral Iran deal, The Gadfly fully, and rightfully expects every single Trump supporter to offer up their very own military-age children to be in the first wave of invasion troops that will most certainly be necessary when the inevitable U.S. involvement and ground war in to Iran begins.

Think about it Trumpies - how much more passionately could you possibly demonstrate your patriotic duty to Trump Nation, and your worship of and loyalty to dear leader, than by bequeathing the lives of your own offspring as sacrificial cannon fodder in tribute to the glory of the Trumpian cause? . . . . .




Onward Donnie's soldiers!
  Marching as to war,
With the cross of Russia
  Going on before.
Vlad, the royal Master,
  Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
  See, His suckers go!
!




----TFG



Friday, May 4, 2018

We (Meaning We Sane Americans) Need To Talk About This...




This is just the tip of the iceberg:

This story was co-published with Frontline PBS.

The 18-year-old, excited by his handiwork at the bloody rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer, quickly went online to boast. He used the handle VasillistheGreek.

“Today cracked 3 skulls open with virtually no damage to myself,” the young man wrote on Aug. 12, 2017.

Vasillios Pistolis had come to the now infamous Unite the Right rally eager for such violence. He belonged to a white supremacist group known as Atomwaffen Division, a secretive neo-Nazi organization whose members say they are preparing for a coming race war in the U.S. In online chats leading up to the rally, Pistolis had been encouraged to be vicious with any counterprotestors, maybe even sodomize someone with a knife. He’d responded by saying he was prepared to kill someone “if shit goes down.”

One of Pistolis’ victims that weekend was Emily Gorcenski, a data scientist and trans woman from Charlottesville who had shown up to confront the rally’s hundreds of white supremacists. In an online post, Pistolis delighted in how he had “drop kicked” that “tranny” during a violent nighttime march on the campus of the University of Virginia. He also wrote about a blood-soaked flag he’d kept as a memento.

“Not my blood,” he took care to note.

At the end of the weekend that shocked much of the country, Pistolis returned to his everyday life: serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Of the many white supremacist organizations that have sprung up in the past few years, Atomwaffen is among the more extreme, espousing the overthrow of the U.S. government through acts of political violence and guerrilla warfare.


https://www.propublica.org/article/atomwaffen-division-hate-group-active-duty-military?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1525384578

https://twitter.com/ProPublica/status/992166009892196353


If this story is accurate, and this guy is still an active duty U.S. Marine - he's a fucking vile disgrace to that service.  With his actions, he has shit upon the dedicated men and women of all different kinds of religious, racial, political, and social backgrounds who make up the active, reserve and guard ranks.  America's military is a better, stronger Corp. for it's diversity.

We have a problem here folks, because The Gadfly can tell you that this guy is not an anomaly among the military rank and file, especially the combat forces.  There are hundreds, more likely thousands of these hateful sons of bitches who are going in to the military solely to get combat and weapons experience so they can then get out and take that tax payer paid for knowledge back to their knuckle-dragging little enclaves and klans.

And The Gadfly can guarantee you that over the past 2 years this infiltration has intensified - and you all sure as fuck know why that is and don't pretend you fucking don't know.

If there were any real men, of true leadership quality, in Donald Trump's abject dumpster fire of an administration, or anywhere in his US military infrastructure for that matter, that individual, or individuals, would be stepping forth to get out in front of this story and be leading the charge to get to the bottom of this insidious virus that has snaked it's way in to the general ranks of their commands.  And they absolutely must confront this disease, head-on, and with due haste.

The USMC, along with all the other branches of the United States Armed Forces, needs to make a lesson-teaching example out of this hateful little shithead of a loser and his "AtomWaffen" Nazi playmates.

They do that by summarily court martialing, and then dishonorably discharging the little Hitler fetishist pecker-snot from the USMC.

But before they get to that point, they need to issue a public pledge to all Americans that the military isn't going to stand for these sick, fascist, twisted little pricks joining their ranks just to get weapons training to take back to their Nazi butt buddies in the civilian world any longer.

The U.S. military leadership needs to make a unified, public proclamation that they are going to root out every last one of these anti-American bastards from the ranks - one by one - and, implement more rigorous candidate screening procedures to prevent the slimy little worms from getting in to the service to begin with.

That is what should, and what needs to happen to properly fix a deadly problem of this magnitude.

And every U.S. Marine, or Airman, or Sailor, or Army grunt who understands the gravity of precisely what it is about this country that motivates them to volunteer and put their lives on the line for it as a fighting member of the world's greatest military, and abiding by the oath and the code, knows goddamn fucking well what The Gadfly is talking about here.

Fix.  This.  Problem.  Now.

Thank you.




----TFG



Monday, April 23, 2018

They Are Coming For Your.....Our Democracy


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They have only just begun folks:

AUSTIN — A Dallas Democrat running for the state Senate discovered Saturday that Russians may have hacked his campaign website.

Candidate Kendall Scudder pulled down the website Saturday afternoon after coding in Russian and references to Russian websites were found embedded in the server. Google Analytics also found several visits on the website from internet users in Russia and Ukraine.

Scudder, who will face incumbent Republican Sen. Bob Hall in November, said in a news release Sunday that his campaign communications director noticed fraudulent activity in late March, when visitors were informed that "attackers" were trying to redirect them to a fake website. His staff fixed the problem, he said.
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2018-elections/2018/04/23/russian-hackers-may-targeted-texas-senate-candidates-campaign-website?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter

"...internet users in Russia and Ukraine," hmmmm...now where has The Gadfly heard mention of "Russia and Ukraine" before? . . .

A certain Very Stable Genius's Vodka-swilling pals - as all of the nation's intelligence agencies have been trying to tell us, is poised to once again ratfuck our next national election.  And it is already unmistakably clear as to who and whom those efforts are intended to benefit.  And Donald Trump has not lifted one fucking finger to take effective, measurable counter-intelligence efforts to protect our elections and by proxy, our democracy.  Why is that?

The shit that is going down right now with all of this Russian/Drumpf intrigue folks -- is not normal.

The people of this country had better wake up and smell the Stolichnaya, before it's too late.

These fucking Russian kleptocrats, led by Vlad the Impaler himself, do not want America to be a healthy, functional democracy - The Gadfly can damn well guarantee you that dear readers.  A truly open, free and strong democracy is a form of citizen's government, that is a formidable obstacle to Vladimir Putin's and the kleptogarch's mission to strengthen and advance their primary interests - which basically can be boiled down to iron-fisted political power and vast wealth.  Oh - and did The Gadfly mention that they have the most unfortunate habit of killing people who get in their way?

But how can you blame the Russkis when their dream just suddenly materialized right in front of them, like a ghost emerging from a fog.... enter one Very Stable Genius.  Drumpf stumblefucks his way in to Putin's spiderweb, and ol' Uncle Vlad, out of the goodness of his own KGB heart, wasted no time in taking the petulant little Fauntleroy under his nurturing wing, and teaching him how it comes to be that a real, manly masculine man, a man with superior masculine genes, attains fabulous manly wealth and uncontested masculine power.  Face it - Drumpf has his head so far up Putin's ass, they're going to need the jaws of life to extract him.

But c'mon!  Trump and many in his circle sure do seem to have an awful lot of Russians and Ukrainians in their orbit dontcha' fucking think folks?  How can people not notice that?  Trump's own "fixer" attorney, Michael Cohen, is deeply in to the Ukrainians - as in married in to it deeply.  And everyone fucking knows that Trump and his "Organization" have long been voraciously slurping the sugar-tits of the Russian oligarchy like starved piglets.

Drumpf's "businesses" are so intertwined with Russian and Ukrainian money, not to mention a shit load of shady international business characters, that it just blows The Gadfly's fucking mind.  Donald Trump's own son publicly stated several years ago that his father's "Organization" was wallowing in Russian money - observe:

A 2008 quote from President Donald Trump's eldest son about his family's assets resurfaced on Sunday in a New York Times op-ed article.

"In terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets," Donald Trump Jr. said at a New York real-estate conference that year. "Say, in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo, and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia."
http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-jr-said-money-pouring-in-from-russia-2018-2

Honestly though -- where and how do you people think Trump has made all of his loot these past few years with his myriad of business failures?  His reality TV show?  Pffft!  That's fucking chump change.  That was more of a vanity project than anything.  So how is it that he came in to all of this wealth over the past 8-10 years?  And especially so since no reputable banks or financial institutions in America would lend him money because of his very, very well documented record of business fuckups and debt defaults.  Anyone care to explain that one?

And precisely because no reputable bank, or anyone who knew of Trump's shady dealings and history of not paying debts, would lend him money, Donald made a carefully considered and calculatingly calculated career and a life choice.  What did Donald do?  He looked eastward - eastward ho! - eastward as in due east of New York City - due far east of Trump tower, straight east to the middle of Red Square in Moscow, mother-fucking Russia, right in to the heart of the Kremlin, and right in to the lightly starched crotch of Vladimir Putin's Hammer and Sickle embossed Speedos.

Can anyone imagine for a fucking minute what would be going on in this country if all of this foreign intrigue, financial skullduggery, and personal sex scandals shit were swirling around Obama, or god forbid that crooked witch Hillary?  God Almighty to The Glorious Heavens!  The right wingers and evangelicals would be braying like the intemperate, dense jackasses that they are.  For Clinton they'd be screeching their bloody stupid "lock her up" chant.  And for Obama?  Shit -- they'd be marching down Pennsylvania fucking Avenue with pitchforks, torches and and plenty of good ol' fashioned nigger hangin' rope.

And yet the die-hard Trump supporters turn a blind eye to the growing mounds of Trump/Russia evidence.  It's almost like a one-off version of that Rowdy Roddy Piper Movie from the late eighties, "They Live," a sci-fi flick about a guy who has special sunglasses that allow him to filter out aliens among the human population.  In this real-life version though, the Trump supporters are all wearing special sunglasses that filter out reality, and truth, and common sense and decency.  They see only what they want to see - everything else is "fake."

To those people The Gadfly says -- you sons of bitches better hope that this doesn't turn out to be about something far, far more serious than Trump's financial crimes, of which no doubt there are.  But let The Gadfly be clear here . . . if there is any provable actions of a treasonous nature that have been perpetrated here . . . well, let's just hope that when the time comes to choose sides, all choose wisely.



----TFG




Monday, April 16, 2018

Citizen Gadfly: Lyricist For Hire . . . .


The Gadfly has way too much energy for someone of his age and girth.  But it has to be expended some way.  In light of recent events, here's a little ad hoc redo of the song "Shooting Star" by Bad Company, with The Gadfly's "creative" touch:

C'MON, SING ALONG E V E R Y  B O D Y !




SHOOTING STAR by 'VERY BAD COMPANY'

Donny was a schoolboy
When he heard his first Beatles song
'Back in The USSR' I think it was
And from there it didn't take him long

Got himself an inheritance
And it was hookers and coke all night
Now his mob is in the White House
And everything's all right
Don't ya know

Donny told his papa
Hey, papa, I bought me a casino today
I'm gonna hit the big time
Gonna be a big star someday

Papa came to Donny's door
With Mikey Cohen by his side
Donny said "Don't cry Papa,
Me and Mikey gonna let it ride."

Don't you know...

Don't you know
That you are a shooting star, (don't you know, don't you know)
Don't you know that you are
A shooting star
And all the morons will love you
Just as long, as long as you are?

Donny ran for president
Went straight up to number one
Suddenly everyone loved to hear him sling his dung
Watching the world go by
Surprising it goes so fast
Donny looked around him
And said "Vlad, We made the big time at last."

Don't you know
That you are a shooting star, (don't you know, don't you know)
Don't you know that you are
A shooting star
And all the morons will love you
Just as long, as long as you are?
...A shooting star

Don't you know
That you are a shooting star, (don't you know, don't you know)
Don't you know that you are
A shooting star
And all the morons will love you
Just as long, as long as you are?

Donny died one night
Died in his prison bed
Bottle of diet Coke, Big Mac wrapper
By his head

Donny's life passed him
By like a pussygrab one fine day
If you listen to close to the media crow
You can still hear them bray

Don't you know...

Don't you know
That you are a shooting star, (don't you know, don't you know)
Don't you know that you are
A shooting star
And all the morons will love you
Just as long, as long as you are?





----TFG



Sunday, April 15, 2018

Nero Crows While The World Around Him Burns...

What a pathetic, petty little mind that this guy has:




The Gadfly cannot predict how history will judge Barack Obama's contributions to this nation from his public service, but The Gadfly is goddamned mother fucking certain that history is going to treat Donald Trump's legacy not at all unlike the manner in which a dog treats your average fire hydrant.

That's all.



----TFG




Men In Black vs. The Sopranos - The Preview . . .


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Paulie Walnuts and Big Pussy's prospects for escaping the long arm of the law ain't looking so good :

Updated April 13, 2018 07:31 PM

WASHINGTON--

The Justice Department special counsel has evidence that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Confirmation of the trip would lend credence to a retired British spy’s report that Cohen strategized there with a powerful Kremlin figure about Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

It would also be one of the most significant developments thus far in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of whether the Trump campaign and the Kremlin worked together to help Trump win the White House. Undercutting Trump’s repeated pronouncements that “there is no evidence of collusion,” it also could ratchet up the stakes if the president tries, as he has intimated he might for months, to order Mueller’s firing.
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article208870264.html

The Gadfly will let that sink in to your brains for a moment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ok.

Cohen has been under grand jury investigation for many months according to recent credible reports.  And do you know what that implies dear readers?

It means - that President Donald Trump's personal attorney, his go-to "fixer" as Drumpf loyalists fondly and smugly refer to him, has been under investigation, for months, and it is not an exaggeration to contend that he has been under investigation by pretty much the Super Heroes/Justice League of criminal prosecution.

Robert Mueller's team of investigators are the quintessential Men in Black - they are the guys with the impeccably starched white shirts, the standard issue dark suits, and the expertly buffed Florsheims.  These are the guys who do not fuck around and play penny ante legal and mind games with those whom they are investigating.  These guys have been getting down to business every second of every day since their feet hit the floor upon receiving their investigatory mandate from the DOJ.

Michael Cohen is looking at the likelihood of spending a good portion of his remaining life on this earth rotting in a prison cell, and that is the stark reality of this situation.  For you see folks, here's the thing . . . Mueller's investigators struck incriminating evidence gold, when they surprise raided Cohen last week and confiscated all of his computers, phones and files.  In a no-doubt harrowing blink of an eye, Michael Cohen became quite cognizant of the fact that the Men in Black now know everything that he, Michale Cohen himself knows.

And Michael Cohen knows a whole lot about Donald John Trump - as in 10 years of "fixing" and cleaning up the illicit wreckage that his singular, morally rudderless client, Mr. Trump, has embroiled himself in.

The ignominious end of the tainted presidency of Donald John Trump is all but a foregone conclusion at this point dear readers.  All that remains to be see is to what measure of damage befalls the nation should Drumpf be desperate enough to refuse to go quietly in to the asterisked pages of history when his time is up.

Unfortunately, it is probably beyond hope to think Donald Trump might base his his decision on what is best for America and the American people.  Donald Trump cares about nobody but himself and so it is probably best to prepare for the worst case scenario.

The Gadfly is ready if Mr. Trump chooses to act unwisely.  Are you?



----TFG



Saturday, April 14, 2018

Life During MAGA Wartime . . .




Re: Donald Trump's decision to bomb Syria.

Here's how The Gadfly envisions it went down:

Trump (in oval office, on the phone):  Vlad!  Uncle Vlad!  Can you hear me now?  Oh good.  Say Uncle, I'm up to my horse-hair toupee in sex and criminal scandals over here.  Do you mind if I pop off a few missiles over Syria to distract the attention of our lap dog media, and build up my commander in chief credentials with the gullible rubes who voted for me?  Yeah Uncle, that's right, and I promise not to overdo it.  I'll even send you the complete, secret list of our missile targets so you will have plenty of time to get our comrades out of harm's way before the explosions go off, mkay?  ... (slight pause)... Aww, that's just swell of you Uncle Vlad!  Oh and just one more thing Uncle - and I hate to keep bugging you about it, but you are going to keep your promise about keeping my pee-pee tape under wraps right? ... (another slight pause)... Aw gee, thanks a million Uncle - you're the best! (Trump hangs up the phone and kicks his feet confidently up on to the oval office desk).
Trump (with feet still kicked up on to the oval office desk and smiling broadly, yells out):  Kelly!!  John Kelly!!  Get your coffee boy ass in here stat and write me up a short and sweet, smugly somber "My Fellow Americans..." statement on Syria will ya?  Big Daddy Warbucks Don is a war-time President now who's gonna Make America Great Again - one bomb-cratered, abandoned airfield at a time!  And before I forget - where's Kellyanne?  Kellyanne, stop with that damn incessant texting already and get me Mikey The Fixer on the line, I got some more work lined up for him.

No - really -- that is how The Gadfly envisions the whole thing went down.

Sigh . . . . . . . .. .






----TFG



Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Russian Pee-Pee Tape is Real . . . No Doubt About It




How does The Gadfly know this?

C'mon ... really?

That's the best story he could come up with?

The wife's feelings?

Good god he's not even a competent bullshitter, which is something The Gadfly has always believed, obviously undeserved, that Drumpf was actually accomplished at.  But get a load of this - purportedly this is an excerpt from former FBI Director James Comey's memoirs which are being published in book form on Monday:

President Trump wanted James Comey to investigate the infamous “pee tape” allegationsto reassure Melania that he hadn’t actually paid Russian hookers to urinate on a hotel bed, the former FBI chief claims in his upcoming book.

“He brought up what he called the ‘golden showers thing’ … adding that it bothered him if there was ‘even a one percent chance’ his wife, Melania, thought it was true,” Comey writes in “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” a copy of which was obtained by The Post.

He just rolled on, unprompted, explaining why it couldn’t possibly be true, ending by saying he was thinking of asking me to investigate the allegation to prove it was a lie. I said it was up to him.”
https://nypost.com/2018/04/12/comey-trump-asked-me-to-investigate-pee-tape-to-reassure-melania/

Let's review shall wee-wee?...

So, out of the blue, in an oval office setting, Drumpf starts blubbering to Comey about that darn, fake, Russian pee-pee tape dossier rumor thingy that he himself has consistently and publicly claimed never happened, but now that he's the King, it's suddenly bothering him because he just cannot suffer the thought that his poor, poor, dear, innocent Queen, err... wife Melania, might be harboring even a fraction of one percentage point of agonizing, heart-wrenching, soul-crushing doubt as to the devout fidelity of her Special Golden Man -- his fidelity for mercy's sake! -- oh the humanity!! -- and the conversation thus ends with Drumpf telling Comey that he might want him to "investigate" to prove the rumor is a lie - you know - to prove Donald Trump is not a liar . . . .




Jeebus Fuck -- where to began dissecting this pile of weasel-dee-gobble-speak.

First -- FUCKING LOL!!!  Can you believe that smug bastard actually attempted to convince James Comey that he was so distraught over the thought that his beloved, cherished, adored spouse might possess even a 1% chance of suspicion as to her daahhling' husband's choice of sexual fetishes and so to assuage the anguished heart of his beloved betrothed, it just might be necessary that the FBI, for duty and for country, "investigate" the insidious pee-pee rumor and prove to the world that it is a lie and that Donald Trump is a virtuous leader --- well folks, The Gadfly has been on this planet for 56 years and fairly closely observing American politics for about 25 of those years.  Quite frankly --- that is probably the most goddamn, mind-numbing and comically grotesque thing The Gadfly has ever heard of.  It is also, hands down, the most hilarious thing that The Gadfly has yet heard amidst all of the fucking drama and chaos that has plagued our nation from the *election of this banana Republican nitwit of a *pResident.

Un-fucking-believable.

More importantly than poor Melania's synthetic crisis of matrimonial faith though, is just how utterly presumptuous and delusional this arrogant cocksucker Trump truly is - to be of the belief that his mere presence, should he so deem it, commands his underlings to play the role of "fixer" for his fucking personal behavioral "situations".  That is exactly how Drumpf viewed Comey in the context of that conversation.  For all intent and purpose Drumpf was basically telling Comey, "hey dude, you work for me now -- or you don't -- capish? - now go dispose of that dead hooker in the trunk of my limo -- bada-bing, bada boom."

And as would be expected from someone of Comey's reputable character and professional integrity, he proceeded to inform his boss, *pResident Donald John Trump, to, in no uncertain terms, go fuck himself.

And so now we get a another fascinating book to add to the collection of the ever faster growing pile of other fascinating books, all containing the unthinkable, drive-by accounts of life here in the United States of America, circa 2018.

And that dear readers, is how The Gadfly conclusively came to the conclusive conclusion that the Russian produced Drumpf pee-pee tape is undoubtedly the real deal.

Halle-motherfucking-lujah!




----TFg

*(the 'g' in The Gadfly's sign off moniker, as seen above, is to remain lower-case until the day President Very Stable Genius is vanquished - thank you for your understanding)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Consequences of Voting For Ifs, Coulds, hopes, . . . Or Whatevers?




These full of shit sons of bitches:

Retiring Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker (R) said his vote on the GOP tax law could be one of the worst of his career if estimates that it will add $1.9 trillion to deficits over a decade prove correct.

If it ends up costing what has been laid out here, it could well be one of the worst votes I’ve made,” he said at a Senate Budget Committee hearing on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate that produced the figure.

“I hope that is not the case, I hope there’s other data to assist, whether it’s jobs or growth or whatever,” Corker added.


Corker voted against a version of the GOP tax-cut bill in early December, and was the only Republican senator at the time to cast a “no” vote on the bill.

But he voted for the final bill after a House-Senate conference, joining the rest of his Senate GOP colleagues to support the legislation backed by President Trump.
http://thehill.com/policy/finance/382663-corker-tax-cuts-could-be-one-of-worst-votes-ive-made


Full stop!!

Enough of this fucking nonsense.

The old "who could have known?" shtick isn't going to fly here.  There were plenty of credible and obviously smarter economists who predicted that Drumpf's tax cut would be disastrous and explode the deficits.  Yet the conservatives, just like they ignored the advice that they would be sorry if they elected Trump, ignored the more credible and smarter people on subject of taxes as well.

Anyone notice how conservatives have been provably wrong about, well - just about every fucking thing?  How come we keep letting them be wrong about shit that ends up hurting us?

Anyhow, - Bob Corker knew exactly that this was going to be the result of the horrendous Drumpf tax cut, which quite frankly, was nothing more than a pocket picking orgy by the oligarchs at the expense of the victimized middle class and working poor.  That $1.9 trillion over the next decade isn't going to be paid off by Charles and David Koch or Robert and Rebekah Mercer dear readers, that fucking dough is coming out yours and The Gadfly's paychecks, likely for the remaining days of our working lives.

Ifs, Coulds, hopes, . . . Or Whatevers?  Pathetic.

For the esteemed Senator from the state of Tennessee to be now feigning ignorance that he never could have imagined that shovel-loading ever more tonnage of national wealth in to the always gaping maw of the off-shore tax havens of the wealthiest 1% could be a shitty idea -- well that is just plain mother-fucking preposterous. That form of wealth redistribution has always been a shitty idea.  It's been a shitty idea since the shitty day a bunch of shitty wealthy, greedy cocksuckers thunk it up.  And there are a wealth of facts to prove it.  Sure, sure -- they aren't "alternative facts" but, The Gadfly digresses.

But really - is Bob Corker truly indicative of the horrifying caliber of civilian "leadership" that our citizenry is pinning their hopes and dreams on to lead them to a glorious, made great again, future America these days?  Nothing but Ifs, Coulds, hopes, . . . Or Whatevers?  That's what we're settling for?

Face it - that is precisely what Senator Corker is saying there in that statement.  He went and wagered his tax vote bet on a whole lot of Ifs, Coulds, hopes, . . . Or Whatevers? , and in doing so, Mr. Corker used the future economic quality of life of millions of Americans as his gambling bankroll.

Ifs, Coulds, hopes, . . . Or Whatevers?  That's what Bob Corker went all in on with other people's lives.

But hey - what the fuck does a dirty old liberal hippie like The Gadfly know?  Maybe, quite simply, this is the best it's ever gonna get.  Perhaps Bob Corker truly is the pinnacle of where our society is at with being able to wisely choose competent and honest "leaders" to "lead" us.

The tax plan that Bob Corker bet American's futures on was proposed and signed in to law by the out of control, carrot-topped psychopath in The White House, who, when he's not economically ass-raping the American working families in this country, is rage-tweeting that he's going to shoot a few of our shiny, smart new missiles off at Russia just to self-nurture his own pre-pubescent "man"hood.

We also have a sizable portion of one political party, the one which is currently in control of our government, that has spent the better part of the past decade steadily evolving in to a modern-day mob of maliciously obtuse little Mussolinis.

Add to that the fact that, at minimum, at least 25% of the voting public are to democracy what termites are to wood.  And they in turn are being incessantly egged on by a very well-funded, bubble enclosed media that is so cunning and so duplicitous, that their propaganda methodologies have stimulated the decomposed cock on Joseph Goebbels corpse to spring to life at full attention.

Finally, and as evidence of The Gadfly's bipartisanship -- we mustn't forget the Democratic Party -- which coincidentally also happens to be the name of a new flavor of Jell-O.  There are more boneless spines in the Democratic party than in a colony of earth worms.

We The People need to be smarter in picking our leaders folks - much, much smarter.  Tear your fucking faces away from shopping for shiny, useless toys, from social media, hate radio and the cable news bullshit.  Go out and talk and listen to these individuals running for public offices - the ones who so desperately want to "lead" you.  Listen carefully to things they tell you, and things that they promise you.  Then think clearly about it.  Think about it very seriously.  Do that - then go vote.

A great many of the citizenry in 1930's Germany didn't take the time to think very seriously or clearly about the individuals they were selecting to "lead" them.  That didn't turn out so well - and not just for the German people, but for the entire goddamn planet.

Just saying folks --- your children and grandchildren, The Gadfly's children and grandchildren, our children and grandchildren --- are we going to roll the dice on their futures with nothing more than Ifs, Coulds, hopes, . . . Or Whatevers as the kitty?

Let's hope to God not.



----TFG




Sunday, April 8, 2018

America's Yosemite Sam Problem . . .

These fucking guys . . .




Behold and marvel . . . this is how deep in to the intellectual sewer system of abject, undiluted imbecility that the gun goon guys have clambered:

A lawmaker from South Carolina pulled out his loaded pistol during a meeting with his constituents Friday to make a point about gun safety, according to advocacy group members who were present.

Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) placed the gun on a table for “several minutes” while arguing that the presence of the weapon in the room made his constituents safer, according to volunteers for the South Carolina chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

I’m not going to be a Gabby Giffords,” Norman told the Post and Courier afterward, referring to the 2011 shooting of an Arizona congresswoman during a public appearance in the Tucson area. “I don’t mind dying, but whoever shoots me better shoot well, or I’m shooting back.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2018/04/06/lawmaker-pulls-out-loaded-gun-during-meeting-with-constituents/?utm_term=.5b54bd89aee0

Let's make clear one thing right off the bat here.  Yosemite Ralph Norman is 100% correct when he bloviates that he will never "be a Gabby Giffords."  Gabby Giffords has more integrity, more human spirit and soul, more class, more courage, more wisdom, better judgment, and infinitely more intelligence than Yosemite Ralph or any of the gun fondling assholes who emulate his thought processes could ever wet-dream hope of obtaining.

Ponder in amazement dear readers, what it is that the "esteemed" right wing, conservative Congressman from South Carolina is desperately trying to convince all of you of with his snide little loaded gun-waving stunt in front of his constituents.

Let's review then shall we, what became of Gabby Giffords the fateful day that Yosemite Ralph is referring to.

So basically Giffords was outside of a local grocery business in her congressional district one day, doing what responsible elected officials do - namely speaking to and listening to the concerns of the people who voted to send her to Washington to represent their community's interests.  Giffords was standing in front of a table, with about 30 people, including children, crowded around it.  Standing nearly in front of the table, just off to one side was a lunatic who was sporting a concealed, high-capacity (33 rounds) Glock semi-automatic pistol.  Without any warning or indication whatsoever, the lunatic pulls out his killing toy and begins firing.  The lunatic's very first shot blows a hole through Giffords eye socket and and exits out the side of her skull.  Giffords never knew what hit her.  Within the span of about 4-5 seconds the lunatic managed to nearly spend his 33 round magazine before he was tackled and brought down by others in the crowd.  The lunatic's eventual tally, aside from Giffords, was 13 injuries by gunfire and 6 dead - including a 9 year old girl.

Which brings us back to Yosemite Ralph.  This moron actually wants you to believe that something like that could never, would never happen to him.  For you see dear readers Yosemite Ralph is one of the hootenist, tootenist, shootenist, bob-tail wildcats in the good ol' U S of A - BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! . . . and he would have been so phenomenally quick on the draw that he not only would have saved his own life, but the lives of all those around him as well.

Believe The Gadfly when he tells you this dear readers, because he has met his fair share of these blustering yahoos himself in his lifetime -- there are millions of these deeply dumb, hopelessly deluded, morally impoverished, angry, mostly white males in this country who actually fancy themselves to be America's Yosemite Sam saviors.

They actually believe that if they had been in Gabby Giffords place that fateful day, a sunny, beautiful day, out in their community, in a casual venue, having a normal, human conversation with their fellow citizens and neighbors,that they would have been able to anticipate the lunatic, in the space of a split-second, pulling a concealed, rapid-fire weapon out and instantaneously letting the bullets fly.  They truly believe that their own gun would have already been out of it's holster, aimed and firing with such utmost precision that they would have saved themselves and others from harm.

The Gadfly is not going to mince words here - if you believe that shit then you are a fucking dangerously clueless moron and you and those kinds of views represent the principal justification for implementing strict access to firearms in this country.  That level of gratuitous stupidity basically makes you a menace to civilized society and you have no business having implements of death and destruction in your personal possession.  And if you happen to be one of these Yosemite Sam buffoons and these opinions by The Gadfly have managed to injure your delicate feelings - well, The Gadfly has only one response to you . . . . Aaaaaahhhhh Shaddup!



----TFG



Saturday, March 31, 2018

Who Let The Animals In The House? . . .



Jeebus --this administration has got John Belushi's corpse screaming for royalties from these people for earning money off his Bluto impersonation:

An obscure White House office responsible for recruiting and vetting thousands of political appointees has suffered from inexperience and a shortage of staff, hobbling the Trump administration’s efforts to place qualified people in key posts across government, documents and interviews show.

At the same time, two office leaders have spotty records themselves: a college dropout with arrests for drunken driving and bad checks and a Marine Corps reservist with arrests for assault, disorderly conduct, fleeing an officer and underage drinking.

The Presidential Personnel Office (PPO) is little known outside political circles. But it has far-reaching influence as a gateway for the appointed officials who carry out the president’s policies and run federal agencies.

So basically at least two of the "leaders" of an office that is responsible for vetting and placing "qualified" candidates in to key government positions that involve implementing the president's policies and head up federal agencies are of questionable personal character it appears.

But it gets worse dear readers - as you know it must with this President . . . . observe:

Under President Trump, the office was launched with far fewer people than in prior administrations. It has served as a refuge for young campaign workers, a stopover for senior officials on their way to other posts and a source of jobs for friends and family, a Washington Post investigation found. One senior staffer has had four relatives receive appointments through the office.
On the campaign trail, Trump pledged to surround himself “only with the best and most serious people,” but his administration has been buffeted by failed appointments and vacancies in key posts.

From the start, the office struggled to keep pace with its enormous responsibilities, with only about 30 employees on hand, less than a third of the staffing in prior administrations, The Post found. Six senior officials over age 35 went elsewhere in government just months after their arrival, documents and interviews show. Since the inauguration, most of the staffers in the PPO have been in their 20s, some with little professional experience apart from their work on Trump’s campaign, The Post found.

Even as the demands to fill government mounted, the PPO offices on the first floor of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building became something of a social hub, where young staffers from throughout the administration stopped by to hang out on couches and smoke electronic cigarettes, known as vaping, current and former White House officials said.

PPO leaders hosted happy hours last year in their offices that included beer, wine and snacks for dozens of PPO employees and White House liaisons who work in federal agencies, White House officials confirmed. In January, they played a drinking game in the office called “Icing” to celebrate the deputy director’s 30th birthday. Icing involves hiding a bottle of Smirnoff Ice, a flavored malt liquor, and demanding that the person who discovers it, in this case the deputy director, guzzle it.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/behind-the-chaos-office-that-vets-trump-appointees-plagued-by-inexperience/2018/03/30/cde31a1a-28a3-11e8-ab19-06a445a08c94_story.html?utm_term=.4643af50cc87


The Gadfly would like to know in what fucking alternate universe do people reside, who are of the belief that the definition of "the best and most serious people" consists of a bunch of shiftless, unqualified offspring of lobbyists and political donors, and campaign flunkies, who have basically set up a frat house in the White House, and laze around "vaping" and chugging Vodka all day?

What the fuck is going on in this administration?  Who the fuck is in charge?  The Gadfly will answer his own question - obviously nobody.

No wonder Putin and the Russians are publicly boasting and mocking the U.S., claiming that they could easily annihilate the United States with their supposed brand new missile technology.  The Russians are laughing because they are full of confidence that they will not be receiving any serious push back from Comrade Donny and his fearless brigades of Animal House douche-bags.

Donald Trump is putting this nation's national security at grave risk with his chaotic, vastly and poorly understaffed, undeniably incompetently staffed, and quite possibly compromised hand-crafted government.

The Mueller investigation is looking more and more every day like it is quite possibly going to be - or perhaps has to be - the savior of western democracy and liberty in the world.  And it ought to be a chilling prospect to every American knowing that one man carries that measure of burden on his shoulders.



----TFG



Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Dreariness of Stormy Weather . . . .


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The Gadfly is experiencing some measure of muddled difficulty in trying to determine exactly what was the most disturbing revelation in the Stormy Daniel's, otherwise admittedly, blase' interview on 60 Minutes.

The alleged threat from a strange man to Daniel's physical person while referencing her infant child is vintage Michael Cohen, Trump's private attorney.  Something like that would be expected from Cohen, who was likely just letting his hoary old Roy Cohn freak flag fly.

And once again -- what the fuck is up with Drumpf and the sharks?  He had a beautiful, sexy porn star alone in his hotel room and he made her watch several hours of a documentary about shark attacks before he made the move for sex on her??  The Gadfly truly would like to know what kind of traumatic fishing or deep sea diving event occurred in the young life of Donald Trump which precipitated such a bizarrely mind-numbing obsession with and fear of sharks. 

But as weird as the shark thing is though, by leaps and bounds, the creepiest part of that interview was where Daniels echoed the claim of Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, claiming that Drumpf, in the context of hitting on a potential sexual conquest - meaning Stormy herself - said that she reminded him of his daughter Ivanka.  The Gadfly has to tell you dear readers -- it kind of makes The Gadfly shudder, in a very uncomfortable way, at the mere thought of some very Chinatown, Daddy Dearest shit and some blackmail going on in that family.

The whole sordid story is kind of depressing actually, in a wretched, tawdry soap opera kind of way.

But this bullshit involves the president of The United States of America.  And that makes it newsworthy, and quite possibly historical.  It is something that the American public needs to confront and analyze and then come to a national consensus determination as to whether the quality of the character of someone like Donald Trump is now the new, acceptable normal for this nation's future leaders going forward.

God help us fucking all if it is.



----TFG



The Taunting, Final Throes of a Decaying Mindset....

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The day will come when the end of the NRA's blood-stained, political power grip on Washington, DC ends - and what a glorious day for an American celebration that will be:

As hundreds of thousands of protesters prepared to gather in Washington and other cities across the U.S. on Saturday to demand meaningful gun reform, the National Rifle Association took to social media to mock the “March For Our Lives” event and the young gun violence survivors who spearheaded it.

The group posted a membership-drive video to Facebook with a scathing caption about the looming protest marches on Saturday morning.

“Today’s protests aren’t spontaneous,” the post declared. “Gun-hating billionaires and Hollywood elites are manipulating and exploiting children as part of their plan to DESTROY the Second Amendment and strip us of our right to defend ourselves and our loved ones.”
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nra-march-for-our-lives_us_5ab75f39e4b0decad04ac4d4

In the 1930's America was afflicted by prohibition and depression fueled organized crime, with escalating gun violence in cities around the nation.  Guess who took action to mitigate that bloodshed?:

The 1930s crime spree of the Prohibition era, which still summons images of outlaws outfitted with machine guns, prompted President Franklin Roosevelt to make gun control a feature of the New Deal. The NRA assisted Roosevelt in drafting the 1934 National Firearms Act and the 1938 Gun Control Act, the first federal gun control laws. These laws placed heavy taxes and regulation requirements on firearms that were associated with crime, such as machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and silencers. Gun sellers and owners were required to register with the federal government and felons were banned from owning weapons. Not only was the legislation unanimously upheld by the Supreme Court in 1939, but Karl T. Frederick, the president of the NRA, testified before Congress stating, “I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.”

For the next 30 years, the NRA continued to support gun control.
http://time.com/4431356/nra-gun-control-history/

The NRA that assisted then president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in drafting the 1934 National Firearms Act and the 1938 Gun Control Act, the first federal gun control laws, does not exist any more in any manner or form.

The current, gun manufacturer's molded version of the NRA is a pretty clearly defined amalgam of mostly white, mostly male, mostly right wing, testosterone-amped conspiracy loons who actually deluded themselves in to believing that Barack Obama's 2008 election was going to portend an organized, mass effort by the federal government to raid their homes and confiscate their firearms (which did not happen of course).

That idiocy reached a crescendo during the election campaign of 2012 when one of the NRA's own board members, washed-up rock star Ted Nugent, issued a veiled threat that if Americans re-elected Obama to another 4 year term, he himself would wind up either dead or in jail within a year.  And of course, Obama did not confiscate a single American's gun in his second term either, and Ted Nugent to this day, is still alive, is still a free citizen, and is still flapping his stupid fucking pie-hole about any efforts at curtailing out-of-control firearms proliferation, as well as personally denigrating Americans who have participated in efforts to take actions against out of control gun violence in this country.

This modern-day NRA is also desperately attempting to convince us all that the media and Hollywood is "brain-washing" Americans against private gun ownership.  In the NRA's warped view, Americans who have been affected first-hand by gun violence in their personal lives and in their communities, who then make a conscious decision to get involved with and support efforts to curtail the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of ordinary citizens, are nothing more than phony government paid "crisis actors," publicity seekers and/or stealth communists.

Here is the blunt reality - and The Gadfly knows that this view is going to rattle a few friend's and family member's gun loving cages, but you know what? -- tough fucking shit -- grow up and deal with it like an adult.

The reality is this - the NRA leadership's uncompromising arrogance and fuck you attitude toward the majority of the American public that wants to see an end to the wanton slaughter of our citizenry by these military-style weapons of mass-killing capability, will ultimately be the NRA's very own, self-inflicted mortal wound.  And it simply goes without saying that the sooner the demise of this present day version of the NRA occurs, the better and the stronger our American society, and the quality of life, and the futures of our American children will be for it.

That's all.




----TFG





Monday, March 19, 2018

The RatFck'ers Have Had Their Say -- Mr. Mueller, The Floor Is All Yours....

You have to go watch this video. 




That is some a special kind of ratfucking these guys got going on dear readers.  The content of that video fills in a lot of gray area.

Keep in mind, this company has connections to Russia and the Trump campaign was so enamored of the services that they were offering them that they hired them to work for the Trump presidential campaign. 

For months and months, across the broad spectrum of mainstream and social media, Drumpf has had unfettered and unchallenged access to the American people to present his side of this Russia election ratfucking and possible collusion story.

Drumpf has likely issued thousands of public statements and Tweets of his own and his administration spokespeople have probably issued just as many on his behalf.  Trump has probably Tweeted every goddamn day for the past 6 months straight giving us all his side of the story and defending himself.  And that's fine - as it should be.

But Americans have yet to hear Special Counsel Robert Mueller's side of the story.

Nary a peep from the "Magnificent Bastard" himself.

And you know what folks?  Robert Mueller has something Donald Trump doesn't have.  Robert Mueller has about a year's worth of world-class investigative evidence in his possession right now.

The American people need to see that evidence so that they may judge for themselves whether this investigation, which their tax dollars have paid for, truly has something concrete to legally act upon, or, if it truly is a "witch hunt" like Drumpf keeps rage-Tweeting at us day in and day out.

So then - why does Drumpf so vehemently only want his side of the story presented to the entire country?  Why does Donald Trump not trust the judgment of U.S. citizens, taxpayers, and voters to hear Robert Mueller's story and view his evidence and be allowed to make up their own minds on this matter?

What manner of malicious acts is Donald Trump hiding, such that he cannot grant Mr. Mueller, a man who is almost universally acknowledged to be someone of respectable character and integrity, an opportunity to present his story?

This is unprecedented folks.

Drumpf, it appears, seems to be more than willing to inflict a great deal of harm and suffering on this country institutions, it's constitution and it's people in order to deny Mr. Mueller his fair opportunity to inform the American people of his findings and present the evidence of those findings.

That is very disturbing - as it should be to anyone who cares about this nation's future as a functioning democracy.

And you know what else - when you start to factor in all of these Russia connections - it really almost begins to take on the air of a c_ _ _ . . . . nahh -- The Gadfly ain't going there just yet...but as we have already been witness to with this Drumpf bunch, it pays to be wary.





----TFG




Sunday, March 18, 2018

Place Your Bets, Ladies & Gents - Place Your Bets! . . . .

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The way Putin runs elections is the way Drumpf can only wet-dream wish to do likewise here:

By Anton Troianovski March 18 at 7:22 AM Email the author

MOSCOW — From the Arctic to the International Space Station, Russia rolled out an elaborate presidential-election-day spectacle on Sunday designed to show the breadth of Vladimir Putin’s public support as Russians cast ballots in a vote that appears sure to extend their president’s tenure to 2024.

Putin’s opponents on Sunday’s ballot in the Russian presidential election include a nationalist, a Communist, and two liberals. But Putin barely campaigned, opposition activist Alexei Navalny was barred from the ballot, and a landslide victory giving Putin a fourth, six-year presidential term appears certain.

Instead, the biggest question as Russians went to the polls on Sunday was the level of turnout. While independent polls show that most Russians continue to approve of Putin as president, a lack of suspense or popular opposition candidates threatened to keep people home. The Kremlin, analysts say, is looking for high turnout to deliver legitimacy for another Putin term.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russia-scrambles-to-get-voters-to-polls-to-legitimize-election-ahead-of-expected-putin-landslide/2018/03/18/f8d31426-2963-11e8-a227-fd2b009466bc_story.html?utm_term=.225d0c9f504c


The Gadfly is starting a betting pool -- since we know Kremlin-sponsored polls being talked about in state-sponsored Russian media have been being indicative of a 80% approval rating of Putin by Russian voters, you know it would look pretty fishy if he won with 80% of the vote, right?

So what number do you think Pooty-poot will be comfortable with telling the world that he won by?  And when The Gadfly says "comfortable," he means, what winning percentage number has to be enough to appease Putin's Drumpf'-like ego?

The Gadfly is going to say. . . -- they eventually announce that Putin announces wins with at least 55 to 65% of the vote.  You know .. just that right sweet spot number that isn't ridiculously obvious of ratfucking, but just enough to allow for begrudging appeasement of the rubes.

Anything less than that, The Gadfly would have to think that the sonofabitch is just sadistically fucking with world then.

Oh, and one last thing.  Why did not Donald Trump authorize U.S. national security entities to ratfuck Vladimir Putin's sham election, like Putin perpetrated on America?  It has been over a year since the debate was settled that Putin meddled in our electoral process.  And not a fucking thing has been done to address it.  Not one single retaliatory U.S. action.

And don't even mention the stupid sanctions, the ones Congress authorized and which Drumpf refused to implement until Putin's chemical weapons attack on the UK forced him to finally, and begrudgingly, put them in to action.  And Drumpf couldn't even make that official announcement himself, he sent his Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to to issue the public statement and Drumpf's team put out some weak, meek banal presidential statement about being on the U.K.'s side.

The whole world is watching what this deceitful buffoon is doing to this country dear readers, and they're beginning to feel very uneasy about it.  You should be as well.

Anyhow -- feel free to add your bet to the pool.



----TFG