Thursday, February 6, 2020

Impeach Much?

By now we all know that the liar in chief has been found not guilty but if the man is re-elected is their any double jeopardy clause that would prevent Congress from finally driving a nail in the Vampire who has sucked all the life out of Democracy?

One of the fascinating facts of the trial was the motley crew of Attorneys assembled to defend Trump.  It is like who wore it best and none of it looks good regardless.

There was Alan do it for the good of country Dershowiz who has defended accidental murderer  OJ Simpson, Claus Von Bulow and Mike Tyson, alleged wife murderer and wife beater/rapist  respectively.  But the bestest client ever was his friend of Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficker and overall weirdo.  Was he too busy to handle Harvey Weinstein I wonder?  I would have said tied up but that connotes another image entirely but whatever you are into as long as its consenting adults, right?

Then we have my personal favorite and expert on all things peachy when it comes to adultery and infidelity of Presidents, Ken Starr.

For those who don't recall Mr. Starr let me direct you to his history and his stellar rep as President of Baylor where sex crimes never met a prosecutor or criminal charge ever.  As in when one rape victim came forward she was told to keep it to herself as she would be tainted as having sex outside of marriage.  Ah yes the Christian school that equates rape with pre marital sex.

When I think of Baylor I think of uber Christians Chip and Joanna Gaines and their overhaul of Waco, Texas and having been to Waco when I was very young I can tell you that it was a stop between Dallas and Austin to pee and get gas.  I feel the same about the city today.  I love Christians...oh wait I don't.  I like my hypocrites to be like me Atheists and Bitches.  Self love baby!

I knew it would end like it did with Trump in his orange becoiffed head trumping victory and doing the end zone dance like the fuckwit he is but what is more disturbing is that during the trial a true impeachable offense came to light and that was the engineering behind the Kavenaugh appointment and his pimping of his daughter to get Justice Kennedy to retire.  Charming lot those grifters are.

Book reveals Trump effort to persuade Justice Kennedy to step aside for Kavanaugh 
New book Dark Towers tells of how family coordinated charm offensive to convince ageing supreme court justice to retire
Julian Borger in Washington
Guardian UK
Tue 4 Feb 2020  
The Trump family carried out a “coordinated White House charm offensive” to persuade Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote on the supreme court, to retire and clear the way for Brett Kavanaugh, according to a forthcoming book. 
In Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump and an Epic Trail of Destruction, David Enrich, the finance editor of the New York Times, describes how the German bank became the last major financial institution willing to lend to Donald Trump’s repeatedly defaulting business empire. 
Long before Trump ran for the White House, Justice Kennedy’s son, Justin, worked as an investment banker at Deutsche. Enrich describes how he developed a relationship with Trump, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, helping to finance real-estate deals no other bank would touch because of Trump’s record of failing to pay his debts to lenders, contractors and business partners. 
“Even Trump’s friends would go to considerable lengths to avoid lending him money,” Enrich writes, adding that virtually the only person who would loan money to Trump was his father, Fred, who is widely known to have repeatedly bailed out his son. 
Dark Towers will be published on 18 February. The Guardian obtained a copy.
Justin Kennedy was part of the US branch of Deutsche Bank from 1998 to 2009. Drawn to Trump’s risk-taking and glamour, he became a Trump confidant, sitting with the real estate impresario at the US Open tennis or in Manhattan nightclubs, and chaperoning huge loans to finance Trump’s real estate spending sprees. 
Kennedy, who ran the bank’s commercial real-estate team, continued to lend to Trump even though Deutsche clients had suffered severe losses when Trump’s casino business collapsed and he declared bankruptcy. 
After Kennedy set up his own finance and property firm in Florida, Enrich writes, he continued to help other members of the Trump family – Ivanka, Kushner and Donald Trump Jr – arrange financing for projects in New York. The New York Observer, which was owned by Kushner, put Kennedy on a list of the 100 most powerful people in New York real estate. 
Once Trump was in office, he went out of his way to congratulate Justice Kennedy on his son, calling him a “special guy” and saying how much his own children loved him.
“Trump’s flattery,” Enrich writes, “was part of a coordinated White House charm offensive designed to persuade the ageing justice – for years, the court’s pivotal swing vote – that it was safe to retire, even with an unpredictable man in the Oval Office.”
Dark Towers describes how Ivanka Trump befriended the judge, sitting next to him at an inaugural lunch, regaling him with accounts of her close friendship with his son, then visiting the elder Kennedy at the supreme court, bringing her five year-old daughter to hear a case about arbitration agreements. 
When Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement in June 2018, it gave Trump an opportunity to tip the court right with his nomination of Kavanaugh, in turn solidifying support among conservatives otherwise sceptical about Trump’s character. 
Enrich writes that having helped to stabilise Trump’s business, Deutsche Bank now “indirectly” helped to stabilise his “floundering presidency”. 
Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank was much discussed during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian election interference and links between Trump and Moscow.
Enrich points to the separate relationships Deutsche Bank and Trump had with a Kremlin-linked Russian bank, VTB, suggesting: “Perhaps this was more than a coincidence.”
But he provides no direct evidence to support suspicions that funds supplied by Deutsche Bank to Trump over two decades came from Russian sources, and also notes that Deutsche executives deny any such direct financial relationship.
Rather, Enrich portrays the bank’s investments in Russia and in Trump as both being symptoms of a reckless investment culture and a pursuit of prestige, with insufficient checks from senior management and an outdated and fragmented computer data system.
Trump’s supporters inside the bank have also argued he had a relatively low overall debt burden, and that his real estate purchases were fundamentally sound investments.
Justin Kennedy did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
In a statement, Deutsche Bank said: “While elements of the narrative seem to be exaggerated to fit into a storyline, we have long acknowledged and sought to learn from our historical shortcomings.”
If there is one thing we have learned from this dynasty as frankly the term Presidency seems unfitting is that they will go to any lengths to preserve the family name and in turn destroy whatever or whoever comes into their path to prevent as such.  Generals are idiots, Bureaucrats are swamp trolls, Intellects are Spy's and of course anyone who does not believe Trump is a stable genius is an enemy of the people.  We are in dark times and the realty is as I re-read Fire and Fury and as I begin the Stable Genius book I have found one consistency in this Administration  - embracement of the Conflict Theory which has roots in the mathematical one, Chaos Theory.

As defined: A chaotic system, as first identified by Poincaré, a French Mathematician, noted that when you start a system off with very small changes in the initial conditions, you get only very small changes in the output. But this is not the case with the weather. One tiny change (e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in South America) can lead to a giant difference in the weather (like the formation of a new hurricane in the Atlantic). AKA: The butterfly effect.

Chaotic systems are everywhere and, in fact, dominate the universe. Stick a pendulum on the end of another pendulum, and you have a very simple but very chaotic system. The three-body problem puzzled over by PoincarĂ© is a chaotic system. The population of species over time is a chaotic system.   And Chaos is everywhere as we have noted as with weather and the idea of predictions in a system where one decimal is off there is no way to know what the system is doing.

And while Chaos theory is a mathematical theory is used to explain complex systems such as weather it does service the fields of astronomy, politics, and economics. And while many complex systems appear to behave in a random manner, chaos theory shows that, in reality, there is an underlying order that is difficult to see.

And that perfectly describes the Trump Presidency.  With that comes the Conflict Theory a sociological concept that was devised by Karl Marx who theorized that on the causes and consequences of class conflict between the bourgeoisie (the owners of the means of production and the capitalists) and the proletariat (the working class and the poor). Focusing on the economic, social, and political implications of the rise of capitalism in Europe, Marx theorized that this system, premised on the existence of a powerful minority class (the bourgeoisie) and an oppressed majority class (the proletariat), created class conflict because the interests of the two were at odds, and resources were unjustly distributed among them.  With that Marx theorized that the work of producing consensus was done in the "superstructure" of society, which is composed of social institutions, political structures, and culture, and what it produced consensus for was the "base," the economic relations of production.

Marx reasoned that as the socio-economic conditions worsened for the proletariat, they would develop a class consciousness that revealed their exploitation at the hands of the wealthy capitalist class of bourgeoisie, and then they would revolt, demanding changes to smooth the conflict. According to Marx, if the changes made to appease conflict maintained a capitalist system, then the cycle of conflict would repeat. However, if the changes made created a new system, like socialism, then peace and stability would be achieved.

And this explains the race to the office in 2020 as there are two sides to this coin, however, and with that are two divided working classes who see the coin as one sided. Trump appeals to the tail, the end of the animal that from this comes the shit and this is his appeal his ability to find the lowest common denominator and exploit that to his benefit.

From conflict theory  other types of theories resulted  within the social sciences, including feminist theory, critical race theory, postmodern and postcolonial theory, queer theory, post-structural theory, and theories of globalization and world systems. So, while initially conflict theory described class conflicts specifically, it has lent itself over the years to studies of how other kinds of conflicts, like those premised on race, gender, sexuality, religion, culture, and nationality, among others, are a part of contemporary social structures, and how they affect our lives.  And here again is where Trump stepped into the void to fill the holes of those who felt isolated and alienated in the conflict and chaos.

And with this power can be understood as control of material resources and accumulated wealth, control of politics and the institutions that make up society, and one's social status relative to others (determined not just by class but by race, gender, sexuality, culture, and religion, among other things). To say Trump understood the significance and importance of these theories would require among many things a thought process and intellect that he fails to possess.  He does however on some level represent the type/the archetype/prototype of the lost and last white male in America.  He has somehow through his ever expanding Id come to realize and speak for them in ways that few have been able to given their own education and status which only serves to distance them further from those they are trying to reach.  It took a loser whose Daddy bailed him out of his failed ventures, his grandiose aspirations, his ties to Roy Cohn and of course television and the very medium he claims to detest but slavishly and obsessively covets and follows to elevate him to his current position.  There is no way to impeach any President despite the best efforts to do so in the past there is no there there and for whatever fuck happened in the past it is the now that matters.  And nothing matters more than maintaining the power structure no matter how warped and damaged it is.

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