Mueller Closes In

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'If anyone wanted ter find out some stuff, all they’d have ter do would be ter follow the spiders. That’d lead ‘em right! That’s all I’m sayin’" ~ J.K. Rowling

Donald Trump is, in the view of his own lawyers, so incapable of telling the truth, that they regard any attempt to question him under oath as a "perjury trap". But with or without Trump's testimony, it appears Mueller's report is almost finished, and the world will presumably at last know the truth, though no doubt some remaining questions will never be fully answered.

Robert Mueller has been largely silent in recent weeks, but with the mid-term elections behind us (for the most part) and a House of Representatives eager for answers, now the game gets serious. Increasingly erratic tweets from Donald Trump and insider accounts of his growing mood swings seem to indicate that Mueller's investigation is closing in. And though it seems like the investigation into Russia election meddling and Trump campaign involvement has been going on forever, in fact it's moved along fairly swiftly and has been much more fruitful compared to, say, the Benghazi investigation, which dragged on for 2 1/2 years, resulting in zero indictments.

Already 32 have been indicted and 8 have plead guilty as a result of the investigation, so talk of a "witch hunt" is just another lie. But of course, what everyone wants to know is whether the final report will implicate Trump and/or his immediate family. If the conclusions are damning enough and involve Junior or Trump himself, will it finally be enough to turn his rabid base against him? Will we see mass bonfires fueled by red hats and MAGA merch? Or more likely, will his faithful followers grow ever more defensive and ramp up attacks on his perceived enemies?

Stay tuned and grab some popcorn. The show is about to begin.

North Korea's Burger Diplomacy

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The on again/off again plans for a June 12th nuclear weapons summit between North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump may be on again as of this writing, though it’s still unclear what, if any, common ground exists between the two leaders.

Trump is insisting on total North Korean denuclearization as an ultimate goal, though today, in an uncharacteristic nod to reality, he admitted that may require more than one meeting.

So hat is North Korea’s counter offer to complete denuclearization? According to a spokesman for KimJong Un, they might be persuaded to allow a western fast food burger joint to open within their borders. Since we all know that the way to Trump’s artery-clogged heart is through flattery and Quarter Pounders, there may be hope yet for a deal.

Trump and Russia: Idiocracy Now

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"I never expected Idiocracy? to become a documentary." -Etan Cohen (Idiocracy screenwriter)

"The horror......the HORROR." -Marlon Brando as Capt. Kurtz (Apacolypse Now)

Comedy or drama? Hard to tell sometimes.

For someone whose campaign was largely based on "draining the swamp", Donald Trump has managed to fill his Cabinet with a slimy crew of misfits, many with suspicious or outright illegal dealings with the Kremlin. Are we still really to believe that Trump was unaware of all the double-dealing done on his behalf to grease his way into the White House? Oddly enough, many still do. As candidate Trump said just prior to the election in a rare moment of honesty, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters".

Still, there are signs that the swamp may soon take Trump under. Special Councel Robert Mueller and his investigators won't be so easily misled.

Send in the Clowns: Juggalos vs. the Nazis and KKK

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"I say f**k your rebel flag Out here pretending like you ain't offendin' I say f**k your rebel flag You redneck judges with racist grudges I say f**k your rebel flag If you gotta tattoo, I'm aimin' at you I say f**k your rebel flag You get punched in your faces reppin' the racists"

Confederate FlagInsane Clown Posse

It's been nearly three weeks since the tragic events of Charlottesville, in which hate group members clashed with counter-protesters, one of whom, Heather Heyer, was run down and killled by a neo-nazi. Since then, another white nationalist "Free Speech" rally in Boston was met with overwhelming peaceful resistance, and a rally scheduled for San Francisco was cancelled by organizers thanks to community and social media activism.

So while the tide seems to be turning when it comes to fringe hate groups showing their faces in public with impunity, they're still planning to hold the "Mother of All Rallies" on September 16th in Washington D.C.

And as fate would have it, followers of the band Insane Clown Posse, a.k.a. Juggalos, are also planning a march at the same date and location. Creators of the website promoting the event call themselves "the outsiders, the misfits, the weirdos, and the underdogs of the mainstream world", but are hoping it will be a chance to show the world that they're law-abiding, hard-working, taxpaying citizens, not "gang members" as they've been categorized by the FBI. Whether one or the other group will blink or be forced to reschedule remains to be seen. So far, it looks like both are moving ahead full steam.

It's an open question as to what a meeting between alt-right rally goers and juggalos would look like. Insane Clown Posse members Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, despite their music's violent and explicit lyrics, profess to be staunch believers in God and country. And juggalos, aside from their beef with the FBI, seem to be more-or-less apolitical. While they may share some anti-establishment views with their alt-right counterparts, and their demographic definitely skews caucasian, bigotry and racism don't seem to be a part of their worldview. In fact, as the Insane Clown Posse lyrics to "Confederate Flag" make clear, quite the opposite. If the events DO occur simultaneously, expect to see a strong police presence.

I welcome civilized discussion and comments from Insane Clown Posse fans, especially those juggalos planning on attending the Sept. 16th march.

From neo-nazis and KKK members, not so much.

Dreams of Old Dogs

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"The memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime." "Free Four" - Pink Floyd (Roger Waters)

Nearly two months ago, we lost our dear girl, Sadie. By dog years, she lived to ripe old age of around 16. Still, it seems she was taken way too soon. Fortunately, she retained her relatively good health until the end, with only arthritis gradually hindering her mobility. In her later months, she slept more and more and I'd love to occasionally see her feet twitching as she dreamed...of what I can only guess. But given her lifelong hobby of chasing squirrels and rabbits, even when her spirit was far more willing than her body, I'm pretty sure she was imagining herself being on the hunt.