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KingCharlemagne's Journal
KingCharlemagne's Journal
July 18, 2017

They had 8 years - 8 fucking years - to come up with a replacement for

the ACA. They did not do it and still cannot do it. They are manifestly unfit to govern.

June 29, 2017

Looking inside the mind of a madman. What do you think

Trump intended to convey by his Mika tweet? Maybe I'm a little slow on the uptake, but how is mentioning that someone "bled" from surgery even "hitting back"? Post-operative bleeding would be fairly normal, I should think. So I'm not sure how Trump thought he was "hitting back." Or was the hitting back the name-calling, with the bleeding taunt being merely a gratuitous detail thrown in?

Why should Mika's bleeding make the slightest difference? What is going on inside Trump's mind?

June 15, 2017

BOOM! Trump allegedly asked Director of National Intelligence Coats

to intervene with Comey to get the FBI to "back off" the investigation into Flynn. That, ladies and gentlemen, is obstruction of justice, almost exactly what Nixon did by ordering the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation.

"Coats told associates that Trump had asked him whether Coats could intervene with Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe, according to officials. Coats later told lawmakers that he never felt pressured to intervene."


HOLY SHIT! Trump asked Coats to obstruct justice.

June 11, 2017

Either Comey or Trump is lying. (A and not-A cannot both be true.) So whom

are people going to trust, a man who has given his life to public service for 3 presidents from both parties or a man who believed and stated that President Obama was born in Kenya?

Tapes would just be icing on the cake, imo. This is not a case of "he-said, she said." This is a case where the two accounts directly contradict one another and both cannot simultaneously be true. So Americans must pick whom they are going to trust.

May 27, 2017

The press and broadcast media should boycott Montana. Mass walkouts from

their local media outlets and no national coverage whatsoever. There should be a 100% media blackout on Montana until Gianforte resigns.

Montana is dead to me now.

May 10, 2017

Grammar Nazi: Two grammar mistakes in one sentence of Trump's

letter to Comey:

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau,”

"you informing me" -- the gerund "informing" is a noun and should take the possessive adjective "your" (not "you&quot .

"to effectively lead" -- classic split infinitive. Not a grammar error per se, but a major stylistic weakness. Would read better to say "not able to lead the Bureau effectively."

The days of William Safire, George Will and William Buckley Jr. are long gone for Republicans.

Have fun, my fellow grammarians and band of brothers!
May 9, 2017

What did Trump know and when did he know it? Who will be this

Senate's Howard Baker and ask the question?

April 10, 2017

Charles Blow, in yesterday's New York Times, laid out a salient point

about intervening in the Syrian civil war:

As righteous as we may feel about punishing Assad, Syria is a hornet’s nest of forces hostile to America: Assad, Russia, and Iran on one flank and ISIS on another. You can’t afflict one faction without assisting the other. In this way, Syria is a nearly unwinnable state.


Picking sides in other countries' civil wars typically never ends well. It did not end well in Vietnam nor, more recently, in Afghanistan and almost certainly cannot end well in Syria either. This explains why President Obama's decision not to retaliate against Assad in 2013 without prior congressional authorization seems even more eminently wise and prudent. If we attack ISIS, we strengthen Assad. If we attack Assad, we give ISIS a boost.

I strongly recommend the entire Blow piece. It is sobering reading indeed.
April 7, 2017

Syria is now fully entitled under international law to attack the U.S.

and its possessions anywhere and anyway it can. Trump was required to go to the U.N. Security Council and did not do so. Syria is now under no obligation to seek U.N. Security Council permission since current international law allows nation states to engage in military action to defend against actual or imminent attacks.

Whether Syria is capable of attacking the U.S. or its assets is another question entirely, but it would be fully within its rights to do so from this point forward. That's what flagrantly violating international law produces.

April 7, 2017

Syria is Russia's ally. How will the Russian Federation respond? They cannot allow

Trump's naked military aggression to stand. Trump did not seek a UN Security Council resolution (just like Bush refused to do with Iraq). Thus, Trump and the U.S. have once again blatantly violated international law. So how will Putin respond? And President Ping of China? Those are the other two guarantors of the existing world order.

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