Happy Friday the 13th

Cartoon by Bob Rogers before he was fired from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for being critical of Donald Trump.

What a day! The Creature makes a complete ass of himself in Britain, and then Bob Mueller indicts 12 Russians for hacking Democrats during the 2016 election campaigns.

Let’s start with the hack. Well, no, let’s start with the House. Politico is reporting that House Republicans are pushing to impeach Rod Rosenstein.

House conservatives are preparing a new push to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to three conservative Capitol Hill sources — putting the finishing touches on an impeachment filing even as Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the 2016 election.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, in fact, had the impeachment document on the floor of the House at the very moment that Rosenstein spoke to reporters and TV cameras Friday. …

… Conservative sources say they could file the impeachment document as soon as Monday, as Meadows and Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) look to build Republican support in the House. One source cautioned, however, that the timing was still fluid.

After the spectacle Jordon et al. made of themselves yesterday you would think they’d all be a bit more humble, especially since somebody who is probably in the House now is in big trouble

A congressional candidate requested and received documents allegedly stolen from Democratic Party entities by Russian intelligence operatives during the 2016 election, a federal indictment filed Friday alleged.

The indictment brought by special counsel Robert Mueller alleges that the unidentified candidate made the electronic request on Aug. 15, 2016, and in return received “stolen documents related to the candidate’s opponent.”

Oh,  my, I wonder who that is? And there’s more.

The indictment also mentions “Guccifer 2.0” sending documents to a “then-registered state lobbyist and online source of political news” and to a reporter in August of 2016.

The lobbyist received 2.5 gigabytes of data stolen from the DCCC, according to the indictment, including “donor records and personal identifying information for more than 2,0000 Democratic donors.”

The details about this interaction align with the account of Aaron Nevins, a Florida-based Republican political operative who admitted to asking “Guccifer 2.0” for any stolen documents relevant to his state. Nevins told the Wall Street Journal that he received details about the Democrats’ get-out-the-vote strategy in Florida and other swing state, and posted it on his blog, HelloFLA.com, under a pseudonym.

“Guccifer 2.0” subsequently flagged the blog post to Trump ally Roger Stone, who said he did not share the stolen data with anyone.

And in a wonderfully juicy concidence, the Russians made their first attempt at hacking Hillary Clinton’s email server on the same day that Trump famously said “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” I guess they were listening.

In Britain (not “England,” Donald) The Creature denied trashing Prime Minister May even after the Sun posted the recording of the interview in which he trashed her. Smooth.

See also Charles Pierce, This Ongoing National Disgrace Is Perfectly Fine with Republicans in Congress. See also Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the Rise of Radical Incompetence.

11 thoughts on “Happy Friday the 13th

  1. “House conservatives are preparing a new push to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein,“ Maybe half the GOP caucus can join Baby Twump in prison for obstruction of justice. I swear Sessions, an ogre with the brain of a walnut, at least understands that recusing himself beats being an accessory/co-conspirator. Did Meadows, Nunez etc. sleep through law school? Anyway, I suspect the resolution won’t come to a vote.

    With tariffs and indictments galore, this November, maybe Idaho will go purple.

  2. Mueller's indictment today mentions a republican congressional candidate requesting dirt from the Russians. Maybe the sexual assault allegations aren't old Gym Jordan's only issue!

  3. uncledad… Word is it's Matt Gaetz from Florida. He's another one of those hard charging assholes who is following the GOP playbook of anything goes in the quest for power. Receiving stolen emails from a foreign entity, no problem!  Party over country!

     What's with Trey Goudy not wanting to go to a barber who won't give him a lollipop after getting his hair cut?

  4. Trump making an ass of himself isn't news anymore, it happens so often.  And typically when he has these ignorant a**hole eruptions there is an obliviousness to it and a sense of "pride" in what he's done, being the bully he is, that makes it all the more embarrassing.  

    And then there's his followers, for whom every poke in the eye, ill-mannered tantrum or figurative mooning he delivers, is all they live for; nothing else matters.  Mueller could unearth a video of Trump passing the nuclear launch codes to Putin as they lay in bed together, but as long as he's "pissing off the libtards" they wouldn't care.

    Trump is an embarrassment, and so are his followers.  The fiction that these are decent people motivated only by "economic distress" has long since been exposed as just a cover for racism and bigotry.  Mainstream media outlets are finally starting to openly admit the fact that the president is a racist.  Even still, they continue to chase the "white working class" into the far corners of Dumbassistan to "understand them."  And its nothing more than an exercise to whitewash these people and their Fuhrer as just a normal result of democracy having done its thing.


    Yes, congratulations, for your UNANIMOUS win  of (the sadly, non-existant) "The Ugliest American EVER Award!!!"

    You have displayed a level of stupidity, ignorance, bigotry, narcissism, rudeness, greed, and a complete lack of any logical train of thought (quite an accomplishment), after millions of American tourist's and politicians made horrible fools of themselves). 

    And thanks, fly-over country, for helping elect a bigot who's also the dumbest MF'er to ever rise above "Ward Leader."

    Btw, you fly-over country Authoritarian's – and bigoted dip's of shite – be prepared for major blow-back from Karma  znd those of us in the reality-based community:

    Pay-back, and Karma, are notorious bitches!!!!!


  6. Trump is pretty good at machinating covert end-arounds (Russian connections, Cambridge Analytica, Kennedy's retirement, repeated mantras for the morons…).  His stupidity is only partial, mostly found in the competency realm.  He learned long ago that in his world actual book-smart competency is for the losers.  It's animal intelligence of the cunning and ruthless kind that wins power games.  And now he has many corrupt R allies.  I'd fully expect many more dirty tricks to come in the 2018 election.  Real Americans better be watching out for this.

    • “Trump is pretty good at machinating covert end-arounds (Russian connections, Cambridge Analytica, Kennedy’s retirement, repeated mantras for the morons…). ” I question whether Trump is the architect behind any of that. It’s more likely being done for him by the people using him.

  7. The Republican Party is changing the letterhead to read, "GOP – A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of the GRU" 


    Trey Gowdy can't help himself.  He's an alien from another world and hasn't learned our customs yet.

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