Day of Infamy

January 20, 2017

Drizzling rain this early Friday on California’s north coast, buffed by a chilled-gusty wind — weather like this forecast until Tuesday, supposedly.

Of course, the entire country was buffeted this morning with the inaugural of the T-Rump — a start line of the beginning in the worst kind of shitsville.
Sad, depressing day, raining in DC, too.
Appropriate for the event as America will most-likely now face some weirdly-not-nice weather at least for a time, and rain heavy with precipitation/anticipation.
Watching on PBS, some talking head saying T-Rump’s acceptance speech was all about Donald J Trump, and that’s the entire horror of what’s approaching for the country. And for a large chunk of the population, nearly-about-totally unaware of the cow-pie heading to their head.

Maximum melancholy…

(Illustration: ‘President Trump,’ by Jonathan Bass, found here).

Not only the least qualified to be president in all of US history, but a terrible human being — a  douchebag of an asshole, a liar, and sexual predator. Nothing heavy.
Along with that piece of personal ugly, T-Rump’s people are way-under investigation for ties to Mother Russia — Vanity Fair this morning:

On the eve of Trump’s inauguration, The New York Times reported that the ongoing investigation has ensnared at least three individuals who served as advisers to Trump during his bid for the White House, confirming earlier reporting by the BBC and McClatchy.
Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair who resigned from his post at the end of the summer, Carter Page, an investment banker and former foreign-policy adviser to the real-estate mogul, and Roger Stone, a longtime Trump ally and well-known political operative, are all named as being targets of the investigation, which is reportedly being led by the F.B.I. but also involves the National Security Agency, the C.I.A., and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit.
The Guardian previously reported that the F.B.I. had applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (FISA) court to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of being in contact with the Russian government.
The agency was reportedly turned down, after being asked to narrow the focus, but, according to one report, granted a warrant in
October, although The Guardian notes that this has not been confirmed.
Trump Tower has denied knowledge of the counterintelligence investigation.
“We have absolutely no knowledge of any investigation or even a basis for such an investigation,” Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks told the Times.

Listening this morning to T-Rump drone about America makes one sick to one’s bowels.
The US has reached a day of internal reckoning.
One of the better observers of reality, Charles P. Pierce at Esquire yesterday, took a glance at President Obama’s last day in office, and a long look at a bipolar country, with the conclusion:

But the one thing he never did — and the fact that his political opposition is so contemptuous of his personal style is proof enough that he was right — was to turn the office into what his successor apparently intends it to be: an endless celebration of nothing.
On his last day, despite all the interviews he’s given about how his faith in the American people has grown stronger, it’s hard to believe he doesn’t look out the windows of the White House now and wonder if he truly understood the country and its people at all.
It is the last day he will be President of the United States, a once-great country that doesn’t understand itself.

And a jab at how unprecedented this era from environmental affairs writer William deBuys at TomDispatch, also yesterday:

Donald Trump was right.
The election was rigged.
What Trump got wrong (and, boy, does he get things wrong) is that the rigging worked in his favor.
The manipulations took three monumental forms: Russian cyber-sabotage; FBI meddling; and systematic Republican efforts, especially in swing states, to prevent minority citizens from casting votes.
The cumulative effect was more than sufficient to shift the outcome in Trump’s favor and put the least qualified major-party candidate in the history of the republic into the White House.

Wait, keep alert, hunker down…

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