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Timeline to dismissal; updates with ongoing Russian contratemps*, Flynn revelations that tie in, and other still-unfolding events


Disclaimer: I began this timeline on May 11th and keep it updated so I can process what's going on, which is why it's not formally constructed and lacks obvious chronological dates (but as far as I'm aware, it is in chronological order of when each event actually occurred). For more of what you might be looking for in timelines (though I can't guarantee they are or will ever be kept up-to-date) you can try this one by NPR or this Google search.


Yes, French, as also seen in the title. But things are getting so dire even French can't do this ongoing mess any justice.

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Updated 5-12-17

What strikes me most about this week's news is that the Head Cheeto is nothing if not a series of easy-to-spot patterns. In this post I discuss two of them.

The first pattern is clear: being his ally/friend/insider/toady/admirer/boot polisher/vote fixer - as much as he insists upon being emotionally and politically worshiped to inflate his oversized and incredibly thirsty ego - will not help: witness the political corpses of Manafort, Page, Flynn, Comey, McMasters (whom Trump is said to be routinely enraged at - the phrase "was heard screaming at him" is used a lot, so we're counting McMasters down, yo).

Turning back in time, let's look at his multi-decade friendship with the Clintons: he turned on Bill during his own presidential run to drag Bill's alleged "abuse" of women out into the open again - 20 years after the original accusations were levied, a time in which Trump and the Clintons remained close friends - and even had a few of the women speak out at press conferences and sit in on speeches to prove his point (which was something incoherent like, "See, I'm not the only one who does it ha ha").

Throughout his run for office he held his personal friend Hillary out for public skewering at rallies, speeches and on his Twitter - "lock her up", "hang the bitch" and a huge run on official campaign hate memorabilia being just a handful of the still-shocking, though inevitable results.

Zooming in to shortly after the election, the Head Cheese Puff highly praised Obama (after about 6 years of trying to convince us he was a jungle bushman - no big deal, right? That Obama even deigned to meet with this libelous orangutan is beyond my can even) only to turn on him recently to announce - adorned in the most perfectly paranoid mental regalia the world's ever seen - that Obama personally had him spied upon and wiretapped while he still resided at Chump Hour - a laughable allegation if ever there was one.

Have I missed any bodies in the political body count? I don't feel like Googling to jog my memory or complete this post, so if someone (or something) has turned up missing, feel free to dive in. ETA2: I missed Corey Lewandowski. And maybe a few others, but I still don't feel like Googling.

The second pattern is one of showmanship. I don't mean how he gave one "good" speech (though I'm not one to agree with the message - no matter how adroitly it's been phrased) out of an endless series of clunkers or being able to recite - if not actually speak in - complete sentences (good for him, because maybe he's not as demented as some people think - is he in good enough shape to stand trial? Based on his performance that night yeah, he's doing just fine... *wink wink*).

I'm talking about the art of distraction and his total mastery of it: there's nothing he won't do to get people to talk about anything but the Russian investigation, and there's nothing he won't do to keep it from happening.

These factors - paranoia and distraction - are keys to destroying his new career.

He's on his endgame. He knows it, we, the American people know it, and the world is catching on. Everyone's talking.

Obviously it would be in his - and our country's - best interests if he resigns, because he's been too busy since the election trying to make us look away from the Russians to get anything else done. It won't work; he's just needlessly wearing himself out juggling too many balls that have nothing to do with what's best for our country: there's no time or mental focus left for that. Which is doing a huuuuuuge disservice to the American people and the world at large. And it needs to stop.

To be clear: lobbing missiles at North Korea? Won't work. Turning American government into a malevolent dictatorship? Won't change a damn thing; if anything, it turns more of us against him. Firing everyone and their uncle? Won't cut it (though this is key to getting the right people to turn on him, so it's fairly important that he keeps on firing pretty much indiscriminately).

As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said, "town coming coming down" come hell or high water, so it's time he pulls his head out of his lower regions and starts coming up with more reasons to work on his golf game or admire the shrubs gracing the main lobby at the NYC Trump Tower.

Because he probably won't resign (he doesn't want the job and never expected to have it, but has some too-strong desire to serve his out-of-control base* to walk away now; still, never say never) the endgame's pretty simple: dig for what you can, find and push it out into the open, and never stop working his paranoia. Rumors are essential. Various players gain his trust and expound upon his fears. Onto his (and other) Twitter(s) these rumors no doubt go, pushing him even further into conspiracy-theory basket case territory than he's ever been before.

Make him believe his time's up and one of two things could happen: a) he might yet choose to resign or b) he might break and admit what he shouldn't (highly unlikely, so focus more on a)), which will pretty much force impeachment hearings, should the Rs agree to it (and given enough damning evidence from any source, it might get to the point where refusing to hold hearings exposes their own complicity - I think we're at that point now, but the Rs clearly hold party above country, so it's going to take a lot more).

ETA1: he's gone with choice b) - witness the Head Cheese Puff's paranoia in action (and see this post for a condensed Comey timeline). So color me wrong about which part of my prediction to focus on, as it goes without saying at this point: FOCUS MORE ON b).

*Re: his "too-strong desire to serve his out-of-control base" (ETA3)? Figured that one out, too. It's not that. What he's doing is using them to gut protections for everyone else but the rich - which will also gut any and all protections for his base - before he declares MISSION ACCOMPLISHED AMERICA'S NOW GREAT AGAIN and hands the keys of power over to the people he's already going out of his way to further enrich through his presidency.

What made me think of it is the 2020 census. With the way things are going, there won't be one. But why take one when everyone but rich whites and their families and friends will long be disenfranchised?

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Firefox actually has the weirdest performance in some areas:

  • clearing comment forms on entry pages (the whitespace between entry and form works as it should in _every_other_browser_; in Firefox the form doesn't clear by more than a few pixels unless I about triple the top margin).
  • arranging cell space on comment forms under 360px width on mobile is not going very well (our comment forms are actually tables nested within tables, which doesn't make it any easier)
  • displaying padding in text fields (for example, the search box in the navigation bar above the header is the wrong shape/size in _every_other_browser_ because Firefox)
  • certain CSS properties/values work in Firefox but in no other browser, which led to this thing today where my comment forms looked like someone shook all my pages really hard and let the form fields land where they would. Such fun.

I think I'd need about a thousand hacks for every possible browser/OS/device configuration to work around some of this, or to simply hack Firefox to allow better display in other browsers. And I could hack Firefox, because there are hacks for it.

The other thing is how needless it is to test page display on multiple versions of modern Webkit (only speaking of Windows browsers). If you check a web page in Chromium or Google Chrome, it seems you've checked it in every modern Webkit browser including Safari for Windows - which stopped at v.5 some years ago - except modern (non-Presto) Opera, which has its own ideas about CSS.

I'm not sure if this applies to Chrome on Android, as well, but as far as desktop testing goes, yeah, it does seem that way.

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It is not this, okay?

Update your DW posts (posted yesterday/today/tonight; if you know someone* who's posted incorrect info on this, then please let them know to correct it) to reflect the final version of the EO - otherwise you're spreading misinformation and sowing needless fear into people's hearts, and that's really not okay!

The new version of the Religious Liberty Executive Order does just two things: it lets religious leaders bully you from the pulpit tell you who to vote for, which is technically illegal, as the Johnson amendment still stands. The second part of the EO addresses that - not from a civil law point of view, more from a strictly financial one - by ordering the IRS to give "regulatory relief" to "religious leaders" *snorfle* who might eventually choose to bully you from their pulpits.

Did y'all read that last sentence? Wtf, right? I don't even know what that means! I almost never write anything I can't understand, so this has been really awkward for me.

*cries*

if anyone needs a hint that there's at least one person who has perhaps erroneously done this, I have one on my reading list - not a mutual, just someone whose public posts I sometimes read. No one's corrected them as of this writing, and we had a falling out on my blog a few weeks ago, so I won't be doing that, either.

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And they celebrated it in the Rose Garden. Feel the ice in your veins as they turn it that cold. They're not just murderers but psychopathically incapable of feeling bad, though our blood remains on their hands, regardless.

But still, it's always helpful when the other side shows their true colors; at least then you know who the fuck you're dealing with.

Orangini showed his hand only after the game was over, revealing he prefers Australia's single payer to our incomprehensible patchwork of health care laws, proving he doesn't have the courage of his convictions (nor courage or convictions, for that matter).

He just panders to his rowdy little band of reverse Robin Hoods who steal from the poor and overcharge the old to cut taxes for the rich.

And don't get me started on how when White Guys Do It That's Just Fine (see Romneycare) but black guys can't do anything if enough racist bigots are on hand to stop them so Obama's live show got cancelled, likely costing millions of lives if the Senate passes a bill that even remotely resembles the still-incomplete butcher job the House has done.

Disclaimer: and don't get me started on Rick Scott.

Thanks to him - and though I live in a Democratic county - the entire state got opted out of the ACA's Medicaid option, which is the only way people like me/my household/my neighbors/entire swaths of my county and surrounding areas stretching hundreds of miles in every possible direction could possibly afford health insurance. Which means no, I don't have any, either.


On another note, though I'm sword and pitchforking here, most people reading this will readily note I'm not a Congress critter (for the rest of you: no, I'm not). Given that Congress critters have rules for behavior that limit their responses to unwelcome vote-casting, I think singing, "Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye" was completely appropriate and actually too good for every last one of the healthcare-destroying R's sorry fucking asses.

Stay classy, Ds. Also, they can carry a tune. They ought to form an informal Congressional choir or something. Singing's a great stress reliever, and JFC, are we under some stress, or what?

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Every uterus-possessing person's dream! I had to stop reading when I got to the part where we're "incented" to do so because o rly we're INCENTED? Wtf? As my mind does scores of times per typical reading session - because no one has a fucking copy editor anymore - I mentally shouted the correct term at the screen: "INCENTIVIZED", then looked up both the tragically wrong-sounding usage and its better-sounding cousin. While most of the Internet's resigned itself to "either/or" this comment seems to aver it's about as either/or as someone saying "I might could do that" instead of "I might" or "Maybe I will".

In other words, it's a typo that's somehow jumped the misprint divide into actual known, if not "common", usage.

I just, arrrrgghh...words.