when you’re too smart for your own good

I’ll be honest, 2018 has gotten off to a shaky start and I haven’t been keeping up with the news much. It’s been Trump, Trump, Trump for a year and it’s become rather tiring. 

That being said, it’s time to check back in and this week didn’t disappoint. 

We have Melania and her Einstein visa, Hope Hicks and her wife-beating ex-boyfriend, and her resignation. We have Jarvanka getting their security clearances downgraded. Gen. Kelly appears to have gone power mad. Sessions and Trump are like two old pensioners who spend their time arguing with each other. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is still the resident WH Bullshitter. It’s been a long week for Trump.

Oh and Roy Moore has no money. 

Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is pleading for money to pay for his legal bills as he fights a lawsuit against a woman who says he molested her when she was 14.

Moore said on a campaign Facebook page Thursday that his “resources have been depleted.”

Maybe he should auction off his guns? Just a suggestion. 

However, what caught my attention was an ethics story. We have whistleblower drama, extravagant furniture and feigned ignorance.

The worst thing about smart people is that they can easily go rogue and end up with a severely inflated opinion of themselves. Being an expert in their field means that they can do anything. Yet, they struggle with basic tasks like operating a toaster. Maintaining budgets, being able to talk about what they do. Or, not being smart enough to know that they have no business running a governmental department. 

Yes, these musings are in honour of Ben Carson. Ben Carson is one of those frustrating black people who had his black membership revoked a long time ago. He’s an embarrassment as far as I’m concerned. The kind of person that misuses the good fortune they’ve been given. His comments on people on welfare are disgusting. His comments about slavery are even worse. He truly has no shame. 

However, people like him are always the ones that are thrifty with their money while playing fast and loose with other people’s.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is under fire spending $31,000 on a lavish dining set for his office.

Call me crazy, but why does he need a dining set at all? Are we supposed to believe that there are going to be enough working lunches and dinners that’s it’s a requirement? Not only that, it’s custom made. Supposedly the order has been cancelled but somewhere out there there’s someone with half a dining set who’s probably not happy.

I know that government officials think they’re above the rest of us, but what’s wrong with IKEA? Maybe Ben Carson can get a team of people on welfare to assemble it for him, seeing as how poverty is a ‘state of mind’ and all that.

I think the most ludicrous part is that the actual budget for redecorating was $5,000. That’s still a lot of money. However…

Carson’s wife, Candy, said that “$5,000 will not even buy a decent chair”.

Carson’s department also signed a contract last year to spend $165,000 on “lounge furniture” for its Washington headquarters from the retailer OFS Brands of Huntingburg, Indiana, according to federal procurement records.

All of this amidst the fact that they stand to lose at least six billion dollars of funding. Oh, wait. Ben Carson couldn’t care less about housing. That might be because you know, he’s a brain surgeon with absolutely no experience and also someone with no basic human compassion or understanding of how people less fortunate than him live. 

Naturally, Ben Carson is denying all knowledge of this. I guess he just signed off on a bunch of papers that he read but only comprehended after the ink dried (that’s actually plausible). 

To conclude: Ugh.

Meanwhile in the UK….

Theresa May’s Mansion House speech on Britain’s future relationship with EU was dismissed as vague and unworkable

…not much has changed.

The big news this week was the collapse of Maplin and Toys’R’Us.

Two of the UK’s best-known retailers, Toys R Us and the electronics specialist Maplin, have collapsed into administration on the same day, putting 5,500 jobs at risk.

…another sign of how Brexit will be good for the UK, surely?

“The business [Maplin] has worked hard over recent months to mitigate a combination of impacts from sterling devaluation post-Brexit, a weak consumer environment and the withdrawal of credit insurance.”


To conclude: DOUBLE UGH.

Over in Nigeria, the government took a week to admit that yes, 110 girls were kidnapped by a terrorist group they’ve absolutely failed to do anything about. 

Infinity ugh. 


the threat is real, but the hysteria is fake

I’ve grown tired of Trump and writing about it was so utterly depressing that I’ve stopped. However, considering that he managed to drag the UK into his bullshit, I shall comment.

Donald Trump has shared a series of Islamophobic tweets from far-right extremist group Britain First, sparking condemnation for spreading its “deplorable” ideology to a global audience.

The first video, originally shared by deputy leader Jayda Fransen’s account, claimed to show “Muslim migrants beating up a Dutch boy on crutches”.

A second re-post was captioned “Muslim destroys statue of Virgin Mary”, while a third read “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death”. [link]

Britain First are a bunch of crazy, whackos, however, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have their admirers. I’m sure you’ll find some wayward Christians who agree with them but will never say so out loud. That doesn’t legitimise Britain First in any way. The President of the United States retweeting them might. Getting a cosign from David Duke also isn’t a good thing.

At this point, Trump is making the rest of the world root for North Korea. He can’t get a tax bill together, the federal government might shut down next month, North Korea are trying to blow up the country yet he had time to retweet some anti-Muslim bullshit.

Naturally, his useless minions are out in force to defend him.

“Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “His goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security.”

Whether it’s a real video? That’s like saying a bank robber didn’t commit a crime because there were only counterfeit notes in the vault. Girl, bye. Go and parrot your lies and subterfuge elsewhere.

I’m not talking about the nature of the video,” she said. “…The threat is real, what the President is talking about – the need for national security and military spending – those are very real things, there’s nothing fake about that.”

Yeah…. swap out Muslims for Trump and those words ring true. The threat is already in the country. In the Oval office with his tiny fingers tapping out his next tweet.

Meanwhile, Theresa May had this to say:

The Prime Minister earlier said the billionaire was “wrong” to have retweeted messages by Britain First’s deputy leader that featured misleading, Islamophobic videos.

Her spokesman added: “British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far right which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents – decency, tolerance and respect.”

Weaaaaak. Not surprising, though.

In true buffoon fashion, Trump repsonded via Twitter. To the wrong account. And then deleted it.

He reposted it of course.

I wish that we could delete him.

idiots of the week

1. Mike Pence

Deliberately went to a Colts game so he could stage a walkout in response to players kneeling. 

Grade: F- in PR stunts…

….because it’s not the same when you make it obvious and use taxpayers money to do it. 

Apparently Trump told him to do it.

What is he, a fucking marionette? Please.

2. Kellyanne Conway

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway went into a long rant about CNN spending too much time covering the Russia scandal on Thursday, despite the fact that she was actually asked a question about when it’s the appropriate time to talk about gun violence in the United States.

She’s so fucking stupid that I’m not going to waste time summarising this. Here’s the link to the video. 

3. Salt Lake City County District Attorney


How does a man wind up dead from a traffic stop over a bicycle?


Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has cleared a Salt Lake City police officer who fatally shot 50-year-old Patrick Harmon on Aug. 13, saying the shooting was justified, after authorities say that Harmon pulled a knife and threatened to injure officers who were trying to arrest him, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The decision comes despite the fact that bodycam footage clearly shows Officer Clinton Fox shouting, “I’ll fucking shoot you,” before firing three bullets at Harmon’s back as he tried to run in the opposite direction.

The video was absolutely horrific. The US police need to stop lying and do better. 

Source: The Root

4. Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Already posted about him here, but he gets an honourable mention. 

5. Donald Trump

He’s in the process of de-certifying the Iran Deal, but he took time for get into a feud with Sen. Bob Corker who clapped back with this:

He’s also trying to take credit for the word ‘fake’. 

6. Boris Johnson & Tories

Just, ugh. 

7. Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood

Everyone knew about his creepy behaviour, but they did and said nothing. 

Expect nothing to change. 

Idiot(s) of the week

1.. Donald Trump

I’m not even going to go into it because I am tired of hearing about Trump. Just Google ‘Donald Trump Puerto Rico’ and go from there.

2. Jim Carrey

Yoo, what eff is Jim Carrey on? He’s out there sounding like he binge read fifty self-help and meditation books in a week and now he just speaks in weird sweeping statements that mean nothing at all.

Existential crisis or heightened case of preexisting douchebaggery? You decide.

The stuff about his ex is terrible too. The more he denies it, the more believable it is. Calling her immature and emotionally damaged when she’s dead and can’t defend herself was a low move even if her family are trying to sue him.

3. Boris Johnson

Apparently £140k isn’t enough to live on. Meanwhile, people in the UK are relying on food banks to feed their families. Out of touch doesn’t even cover it.

Add that to the fact that he’s trying to overthrow Theresa May.

Cabinet ministers and senior Tories have warned Boris Johnson that “nobody is unsackable”, demanded he get behind Theresa May and made clear they do not want a leadership contest.

The backlash against Mr Johnson was spelt out in the back rooms at the Conservative conference, at fringe events and from the main stage, where successive big hitters called for unity.

One cabinet minister told The Independent it “needs to stop” after Mr Johnson again publicly demanded changes to Ms May’s Brexit plans at the weekend, while another ex-minister said the Foreign Secretary looked “incredibly disloyal”.

If there’s one thing the United Kingdom is actually united on it’s Boris Johnson. The poor man’s Donald Trump. No one wants him anywhere near Downing Street.

This dude is straight up nuts. In fact, he’s the physical embodiment of the word incompetent. 

I have no sympathy for Theresa May. She gave him the power he lost after the leadership debacle with Michael Gove.

See alsoYay for colonialism!

4. Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who recently said he was against abortion even for pregnancies resulting from rape, has admitted that his investment firm profits from pills used in abortions.

Mr Rees-Mogg, a devout Catholic who has been touted as a possible replacement for Theresa May as leader of the Conservatives, defended his fund, Somerset Capital Management’s £5m investment in an Indonesian company called Kalbe Farma.

Mr Rees-Mogg told the Sunday Mirror: “It would be wrong to pretend that I like it but the world is not always what you want it to be.

Why are politicians always the worst people?

“What a crowd, what a turnout!”

Donald Trump arrived in Texas, gave a briefing at a fire station, and told Texans, “This is a really special place and a special state.”

So far, so relatively normal. Straight afterwards, however, several hundred Trump supporters arrived and the US president proceeded to give them a speech that seemed curiously indifferent to the plight of the tens of thousands of people made homeless by Hurricane Harvey, which has caused record-breaking rain and catastrophic flooding.

“What a crowd, what a turnout.”

Reporters heard no mention of the dead, dying or displaced Texans and no expression of sympathy for them. The message was services are coming and Texans will be OK.
“Texas can handle anything,” POTUS said.


I can’t imagine what possessed Trump to even stage this rally. Oh, wait, it’s his huge ego and desperate need for attention at all times. That he didn’t mention anyone isn’t a surprise. 

Anyway, I am hoping that not too many people are hurt in the coming days and that everyone can make it to safety. It’s sad that people have lost their lives already.

I wonder if Trump mentioned that he signed an executive order that basically got rid of a lot of flood management procedures and protocols – such as not building on land that may be susceptible to flooding and natural disasters – the day before Hurricane Harvey began. 

What a disgrace. 


A Bizarro Universe

The New York Times has this article up and the fact that I can’t understand why this woman supports Trump aside – I thought this was interesting.

“I feel like I am in a bizarro universe where no one but me is thinking logically,” she said. “We have gone so off the rails of what this conversation is about.”

No, sister. The only people not thinking logically are Trump supporters. I would understand if he’d actually done something since he became President, but all he’s done is announce his intent to do things. He couldn’t even keep his Muslim Ban™ going. The media are writing him off because he’s proven himself to be incompetent every single step of the way. 

I’m not even going to comment on the fact that she’s black. I just can’t. 

Meanwhile, Trump seems to be doing his best Harvey Dent impression this weekend. 

First there was this (regarding counter protesters showing up at a ‘Free Speech’ rally for the right):

Followed by this after Gen. Kelly probably twisted his pinky finger until he agreed to not fuck up as epically as he did last week. 

…If you’re wondering how he managed to post those tweets without encountering some kind of difficulty look no further.

Third time lucky, eh? He was probably coming down with chills as he wrote the tweet. I mean, lies and fake sentiments are things that he never dabbles in. He usually leaves that to fake news. 

Oh and I was surprised to see this

As a week dominated by President Trump’s response to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., draws to a close, many Republicans are worried that serious damage has been done to their party.

Specifically, they argue that Trump may have set back years of efforts to make the GOP more appealing to an increasingly diverse American electorate.

There is no mistaking the seriousness with which they view the situation.

So after all of the primaries, the campaign, the election and the shit show that’s occurred since now they’re worried about the damage to their party? I don’t think they’ve been taking it seriously at all. 

Sigh. Anyway, sorry for the second Trump post in three days. I will get back to more pressing matters like the new Sharknado movie soon. I promise. 

He’s not finished, fake news 💩

I think everyone has heard the news about the Unite The Right rally that got out of hand in Charlottesville, Virginia. I was appalled but not surprised. It was only a matter of time. I can’t count the number of people who’ve pointed out that you see an increase incendiary views when someone in the highest position of power enables them. 

Trump ran a campaign that went after minorities, religion, anything not white and he won. 

That shit is like a Duracell battery to white supremacists. It’s validation. It’s proof that their bigoted views matter. 

It’s also bullshit. 

I watched a video on the Washington Post site, wherein the white ‘nationalists’ argued against removing the statue honoring Robert E. Lee because it was about their heritage, white people’s culture was being stripped away and tossed in the garbage, blah, blah, blah. One guy said he was for ‘killing all Jews’. What have Jews ever done to them? What does that have to do with white supremacy – oh, I forgot! They’re all Christians, worried that the world is trying to get rid of them. 

It’s all nonsense. If you ask one of these people about slavery, I’m betting they’ll either applaud it or say they can’t be held responsible for what their ancestors did. Yet, they cling onto these monuments with everything that they have. They wave their Confederate flag with pride. Fuck that. 

Now, before I continue, I think that the counter protestors had the right intentions, but ultimately, violence solves nothing. There’s two sides and both looked pretty damn ugly in the footage. However all of this alt-left vs alt-right talk is silly. You can’t expect people to stand back and listen to such nastiness being spread on the streets and do nothing. The blame is not equal. 

As for the young man that drove his car into people….twenty years old and already filled with so much hate. I was so baffled when his mother was casually giving statements to whoever contacted her (AP, I think). I was particularly curious that she said Trump isn’t a white supremacist. I personally don’t think that he is (yes, he’s racist, bigoted and stupid, but Trump goes where the money and power is, he’s a master human and not merely part of the master race). However, it was 100% inappropriate. One suspects she knows exactly what kind of son she’s raised. 

If anyone I knew did something so appalling, I would be too ashamed to do anything but express condolences to the family of the woman he killed and the people he injured.

That shit is on Trump and all of the people he’s enabled over the past two years. It’s on Bannon. It’s on anyone who’s perpetuated this myth white people are being washed out. 

To see these people say this shit with a straight face is incredible. You’ve got them ranting against Jews who were literally the targets of religion based genocide less than one hundred years ago. Black people, who endured suffering for centuries and are still unfairly targeted today, other religions that are clearly the MINORITY in the country. 

White people haven’t gone anywhere, and I’m not sure why some of them want to be oppressed so badly. It’s not fun, and no one is buying it because we have eyes and brains! Your shit stinks too, you’re no better than anyone else. Wrap yourselves in your flags and shut up. 

This isn’t just ignorance, it’s stupidity, passed down from generation to generation. Something’s being wiped out alright, but it isn’t white people. Maybe something in the gene pool? I don’t know. I don’t really want to know. 

If these white supremacists hate people like me, I don’t care. Let them. You can’t reason with such hatred. There’s not enough time in the world. We can’t fix stupid. 

However, that doesn’t mean that they should lay hands on anyone. Violence is never the answer. Driving a car into a crowd of people is never the answer. 

Trump being Trump, refused to condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis after the incident, only grudgingly reading a pre-written statement some two days after. Online commentary says that it’s ‘too late’, but that’s the point. The point is that it looks like a response to the criticism and not these inflammatory groups. We all know that Trump isn’t about to turn on his most ardent supporters. I would argue that it’s the people who knew that these groups were drawn to Trump and still voted for him that should really be looking at themselves. 

What a mess.

ETA: I just read about his press conference. What the actual fuck is wrong with this man? You know, I take it back. Maybe he really is a white supremacist after all. It does sound like he’s been ‘fed’ these statements (he probably thought Alt-Left was some kind of laxative before this week) or someone has whispered into his ear, but we all know that his ties with these groups predate his ties to politics. He didn’t know David Duke was there? Really. Oh and he wanted to see the facts (since when have facts ever bothered Trump?). Was Fox News not broadcasting that day? Pretty sure all of the swastikas and white supremacist insignia were visible there too. 

When will this nightmare end?

I’m not finished, fake news.

Oh, how we wish you were finished, Trump. 

Oh, how we wish. 

Fast & Furious: Trump vs. North Korea

Since Trump became President, tensions between the US and North Korea have been rising purely because Trump is the only one that hasn’t realised that North Korea are all talk and no action. 

They’re constant missile development is mostly for propaganda purposes. Their missiles are inferior compared to the US, and they aren’t really in a position to do anything to the US (most likely they would target territorial waters and South Korea, but only if they deem there to be a credible threat to them). 


Donald Trump has claimed the threat from North Korea will be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if they continue to expand their nuclear and missile programmes.

The comments come after reports that North Korea had produced a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

In a press conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey property, Mr Trump warned that North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un “best not make any more threats to the US”.

I love the way he says ‘Thank you‘ like he’s just given a presentation that he’s really proud of.

Shuuuuuut uppppp! 

Fire and fury like the world has never seen

This sounds like something from a Games of Thrones episode (not that I’ve seen the show, but whatever). 

This is not how to respond. He sounds like every single crazy James Bond villain that inexplicably wanted to destroy the world. 

The consequences of any US strike against North Korea would potentially be catastrophic for South Koreans, Japanese and US military personnel within range of North Korean retaliatory strikes – let alone the possibility of civilian casualties.

  1. Is is me or is there hypocrisy regarding nuclear weapons? 
  2. Yes, nuclear weapons are not a good thing, but if we want NK to stop producing their weapons, maybe the nuclear powers should work on removing their weapons.
  3. They probably won’t, so there will always be a situation where volatile nations seek to expand of their missile and nuclear programs. 
  4. Provoking and antagonising North Korea isn’t really a sound plan. This is a country where reason doesn’t apply in the simplest scenarios. Let alone a very huge issue like nuclear weapons. 
  5. What kind of world is it where the former host of Celebrity Apprentice USA is now in charge of the USA’s policy towards North Korea? 

This is the part where we all let out a collective sigh. 

[Source: The Independent]

Too Mooch, too soon

Good news everyone!

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been fired after fewer than 10 days in the post.

I’m sorry, but I have to go all Channing Tatum up in here. 


Oh no he diiiiiiiiidn’t

This is too much. 

This man missed the birth of his child to attend that embarrassing Boys Scout event and this is how Trump pays him back? He even got served with divorce papers because his wife was unhappy with his level of ass kissing. Still, that wasn’t enough to save him. 

That’s cold-blooded. I almost feel sorry for him but he’s still a rich, privileged man. He will be fine. 

I’m guessing it all went down like this. 

Trump: Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the craziest and Presidential of them all!

Mirror: You are the craziest no more but Presidential you are!

Trump: What? No longer the craziest Lemme guess, Crooked Hillary has finally shown her true colours?

Mirror: No, sir, the honour has been bestowed on The Mooch! His legend grows and grows and he’s the talk of the talk shows and fake but also real news!

Trump; The who?

Mirror: Anthony Scaramucci, sir. 

Trump: Yeah, I know that guy, but who’s The Mooch?

Mirror decides to speed the process up.

Mirror: The Mooch threatens all that you’ve worked hard for, sir. He’s taking away all of the attention!

Trump: Sad! How dare he? He’s finished in this town. Nobody makes crazy, inane statements but me, and occasionally Sean Spicer and that woman who replaced him – you know, the six point five – but also ME!!!!! 

Mirror: He even threatened Priebus via Twitter, sir. It seems that he wanted to emulate you, sir. 


Mirror: Raise hand slowly, sir and let’s say the magic words together…

Trump stretches out his unnecessarily long tie and raises his hand, his finger curling as they say:

Trump/Mirror: You’re fired!

Of course, Gen. John Kelly was the one who actually fired Scaramucci. You see, when you push out the previous chief of staff who you don’t report to, you really need to make sure that the same applies for his replacement. 

Scaramucci, you are the weakest link. 

Scaramucci Is Doing Too Mooch 

The Mooch has arrived, and the spotlight is on him, honey!

mooch smooch

The fact that this guy is known as ‘The Mooch’ really sums up US politics. Gonna start calling myself ‘The Snark’.
That he refers to himself in third person is… not normal, so I shall refer to him as Scarapoopie because from this point on, I refuse to say The Mooch. It sounds stupid, I feel stupid writing it and reading it just completes the headache.

No, no, that would make me as bad as the GOP nuts wouldn’t it? Scaramucci it is.

Anyway, the way I understand it, Scaramucci was offered a job with Trump back during the transitional period, and also in January. The chief of staff, Reince Priebus (I’ll call him The Bus from now on because his name confuses me) blocked that from happening and Scaramucci beat his chest with his fists and screamed, ‘It isn’t over until the Orange Man tweets!’.

Fast forward to last week and Trump finally hired the guy as White House Communications Director, forcing Sean Spicer to quit because he’s an ally of The Bus. Now, once Scaramucci was in, he was slick. He was cool. He was calm. He was collected. He was the boom ting and as suave as Rick Fox in a tux.

Hahaha, psyche! (more…)