Fixing the Unfixable

A cartoon metaphor for what seems to be our trumpian future. Instead of impeaching the president, our institutions are being impeached.

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35 thoughts on “Fixing the Unfixable”

  1. considering the mess that they’ve made so far, a more accurate title for the thread would be “unfixing the fixable”

  2. with regard to the proposed deficit and ultimate national bankruptcy before us, very telling advice from the twit

    excerpt from wapo’s “The Trump accuser who refuses to go away “
    In her complaint, Zervos says she asked to meet with Trump that month at Trump Tower in New York, seeing him as a “potential employer.” Zervos claims Trump dubbed her his “OC angel” — referring to her California home county, Orange County — and invited her to meet him for dinner in Los Angeles. The suit details phone calls from Trump to make arrangements.
    The complaint says Trump’s security guard escorted Zervos to a hotel bungalow, where Trump showed little interest in dining out: Instead, the complaint alleges, he kissed and groped her, suggested they watch “telly-telly,” and led her to the bedroom, where “he began to press his genitals against her.”
    When Zervos rejected Trump, he became “all business,” she alleges. She said he ordered a club sandwich from room service, then doled out financial advice. He suggested that Zervos let her mortgage “go into default,” the complaint says: “He said that it was a mini version of what he does.”

  3. KGC…  Lol!

    Craig…  after Trump mocked that disabled person at a rally and yet still got “elected”…  why am I not surprised…   putzes!

  4. Andrea Mitchell tried to rehab Trey with Bill Daley and he smacked her down -and said in so many words the only thing Gowdy was doing is carrying a can of whitewash
    After all the concensus is Trey is trying to get Trump to appoint him to something so why would he actually investigate anything?

  5. Pat, I went back and looked at Gowdy’s career. He’s one of those people who was driven in achieving the responsibilities of public service as he viewed those responsibilities. In the Upstate area of South Carolina that he served, many people share his beliefs and actively support him. As it stands now, he is burned out and will leave the House and the public sector at the end of this term.

    I think he will be tenacious in sorting out the WH employability/security fiasco– because such an effort is clearly in the national interest.

  6. Fix the unfixable…it is infrastructure week!  Oh susana. our lame duck gov sits next to trump in infrastructure rollout meeting to recruit New Mexicans for the rural ponzi infrastructure scheme.  Feds invest 20% in rural infrastructure while local, rural governments pay the remaining 80%.    The wall gets full funding and the Mexico payment thing?  Another trump lie as the trump slump continues.  I noticed trump continues to ‘hug himself’ at many of these group meetings.   He is going down…Mueller is getting closer.  junior will be the first to be indicted given his antics.

  7. oh yes the infrastructure scam  only income producing projects — toll roads and bridges

  8. The current guiding principle of the SFB admin is no government except the military and the if you pay more in taxes your ideas and opinions are worth more.  If you can’t pull your own weight too bad.

  9. Where’s mel?  She is not meeting the storm straight-on as she did with her very effective locker-room speech condemning the egging-on billy bush.   She has not sued anyone in weeks!    How does she feel about trump lawyer cohen paying $100K to Stormy ($30K to stormy’s attorney).   How does Barron feel?   mel was so concerned about kathy griffin with her beheading routine having a negative effect on him and now this.

  10. Paradoxically, the fish scaler on my Swiss Army Knife is much more effective in cleaning the grooves of the tongs I use to lift pop-tarts from our toaster.

  11. wonder if and when nunes will be or has been invited for tea and sympathy (and pretty “plea”s spill your guts) with the muellers.   remember almost a year ago some of the reporting like this from politico:
    Nunes, himself a Trump transition member, said a “source” had shown him evidence that members of the Trump transition team had been unmasked — and that their identities had been revealed in U.S. intelligence reports. ……
    “I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored,” the California Republican told reporters. “It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing.” He said the information he had seen was not related to the FBI’s Russia investigation.

    he was on that transition team (as was beauregard and the veep don’t forget) and must have heard something worthy of Mueller’s various inquiries.


  12. la times:
    Senators say they are close to a bipartisan immigration plan
    As the White House pushed a 500-page immigration bill as the only option in Congress to help Dreamers, a bipartisan coalition of senators appeared close Wednesday to agreeing on an alternative proposal that may draw broader support.


    Top Republicans back the administration approach from Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. That measure protects 1.8 million Dreamers from deportation in exchange for massive long-term cuts in legal immigration of family members of immigrants. It also includes $25 billion for President Trump’s border wall and a ramp-up of border enforcement that would also increase the pace of deportations.


    But even as White House aides framed any rival alternatives as unworkable bills that Trump would not sign into law, a group of senators, the Common Sense Coalition, led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), appeared on the verge of a breakthrough on a different strategy. Their proposal would likely take a more narrow approach favored by Democrats, linking Dreamer protections and the $25 billion in border security. It would steer clear of the more complicated issues of family visas or legal migration limits that have drawn sharp opposition to the White House approach.


  13. usatoday:

    Adam Schiff: There is ‘ample evidence’ of collusion between Trump campaign, Russians
    There is “ample evidence” that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians, but only special counsel Robert Mueller can decide if it’s enough to prove a crime beyond a reasonable doubt, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.
    “There is already, in my view, ample evidence in the public domain on the issue of collusion if you’re willing to see it,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif, told reporters at a newsmaker breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “If you want to blind yourself, then you can look the other way.”

    Schiff said there is evidence — heard by the committee behind closed doors —that he can’t talk about publicly because it remains classified. But he said there is plenty of evidence of collusion that has been reported publicly, including:

    […here is listed that which has been publicly reported…]
    “All of this is evidence of collusion,” said Schiff, a former federal prosecutor. “Now, I’ve never said that there was proof beyond a reasonable doubt. That’s for Bob Mueller to decide. But to say there’s no evidence of collusion, you’d have to ignore all this.”
    Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and possible obstruction of justice by the president.
    “If this were a trial on the issue of did the Trump campaign conspire with the Russians to interfere or violate U.S. election laws by providing help to the Trump campaign, if this were a trial on that conspiracy charge…all of that evidence would come in as evidence of collusion,” Schiff said.
    Even if Mueller determines that he can’t file criminal charges of conspiracy, the committee should inform people of any “unpatriotic” or “immoral” actions, even if they weren’t illegal, Schiff said.
    “It’s not fine to work with a foreign power even if there is no violation of law involved,” he said.

  14. Flatus, LOL about the fish scaler.  I never found a use for that edge of my Swiss Army Knife.

    Oh and the title of the thread, how about “Fixing the Unbroken”?

  15. Get ready to be inundated with “thoughts and prayers”.  Consolation …. It can’t be a terrorist situation because the shooter is a white male and it’s only terrorism for brown people.

    @NRA will stop tweeting and pull all advertising for three days, but will be back shortly with lots on money flowing to GOP Congress Critters.


  16. patd, re: your comment: , that’s so cute.  You think SF’s lawyers care about the ethics rules of whatever bar they are members of?  Not bloody likely.

    Kidding aside, I thought the same thing at first.  Then I started thinking about it.  A threshold question is whether he was acting as SF’s lawyer at the time.  That isn’t necessarily as easy a question as you might think it is.  If so, the next question is whether he was acting with SF’s consent and authority.  If not, could be bad juju, but SF would have to complain.  That ain’t gonna happen.  I’m thinking the most likely violation that occurred is a campaign financing violation.  If the idiot paid a settlement on SF’s behalf that benefited his campaign, and this is an easy argument to make with a straight face, that runs afoul of campaign rules as I understand it.

    One last thing, Cohen was pretty cute – suggesting that the allegations weren’t true but even so would be harmful.  Settlements are seldom admissions of guilt – in fact they avoid such admissions assiduously.  When I was in the employment  defense sector I made a lot of “economic” settlements of claims where the employer didn’t break any laws but defending the claims would be expensive, would put the employer’s business “out there” associated with bad sounding behavior, and unless it was a slam dunk defense case it was not worth the risk or the exposure to the employer so they would enter into a monetary settlement.  Normally the settlements had nondisclosure clauses, the penalty for violation by the claimant being return of the settlement proceeds and paying attorney’s fees of the employer.  I’m not suggesting that’s what hapened here, but it does happen all the time.

    All that said, hell yes SFB did it.

  17. Found a Sarah Vaughn vinyl in my collection. I think it was a present from my late brother decades ago. Mercury SR61122 It’s a Man’s World

  18. One question (to which there may be an obvious answer that I’m not aware of): Why did Michael Cohen put out that statement about Stormy Daniels now? What news is he (and is Trump) trying to get ahead of?

    —-Bill Kristol

  19. Flatus – I love Shirley Vaughn.  You are a lucky man.

    Another mass murder, another day the NRA has blood on its collective hands, another day SFB will send a sorry tweet to putin and nothing to American destruction.

    Spring is starting, the Robins showed up this morning looking for Good Eats © under the leaves covering my “lawn” (weeds).

  20. pogo & BiD, thanks for the title suggestions…all good, but sturge wins the prize with his

    “If it ain’t broke, they’ll fix it.”

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