tRump cHumps

Read this and weep, assholes.   Needless to say, this fucks democracy, or what is left of it.   For a quote of the day:
"We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap."
Kurt Vonnegut
Which can be translated into:
"We could have had a democracy but it was too damned cheap."
Single-issue voters? You were targetted, segmented, and turned. Unhappy angry white voters looking for another way? You were offered the worst of the old (conservative/neoliberal) ways, sold as "change", and sold your own souls to maintain (nay increase) the status quo.
If you don't feel like an idiot now, I hope it doesn't take much more 'cos the world can't stand more Straussian bs at this point in time.

Manchurian candidate?

This is disturbing.   " GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added. Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, sources said. The European countries that passed on electronic intelligence – known as sigint – included Germany, Estonia and Poland. Australia, a member of the “Five Eyes” spying alliance, which also includes the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, also relayed material, one source said. Another source suggested the Dutch and the French spy agency, the General Directorate for External Security or DGSE, were contributors. It is understood that GCHQ was at no point carrying out a targeted operation against Trump or his team or proactively seeking information. The alleged conversations were picked up by chance as part of routine surveillance of Russian intelligence assets. Over several months, different agencies targeting the same people began to see a pattern of connections that were flagged to intelligence officials in the US....."

Donald Trump has jumped into a quagmire with his eyes shut

In tRump watch I noted tRumps fickle flippancy which marks him out as being singularly unfit to be considered an adult, much less a potus.   This article kinda puts things in perspective. Some pearls:   "It may be hard to believe, but Donald Trump is even more simplistic than George W Bush in matters of war. George W Bush enjoyed all the certainty of a very simple man: you were either with us or against us, good or evil, marching for democracy or plotting terrorist attacks. Yet Donald Trump contrives to make Bush look like a Baron von Metternich of complexity. He just launched military strikes against a brutal Syrian regime he used to describe as “NOT our problem.” That’s the same Syrian regime propped up by his own Russian friends.""   There are conflicting reports on the number of civilian casualties in "our" tremendously expensive and singularly inefficient strikes on Syria. What is clear is that the manfant will miss the irony of striking in response to an attack (which is by no means clear to have been made by the Syrian regime and may indeed by one of the rebel groups) that killed children, killing children in the process.   I believe that it was Washington who said "he who in a fight interpose often ends with a bloody nose". In this case tRump is, purportedly for the sake of the poor Syrian children, condemning many more Syrian children to more attacks. The only ones who benefit from tRump's intervention is ISIS, and everyone else loses.   The Ruskies aren't going to abandon Assad. In fact they're upgrading Assad's air defence capabilities. The chances of an accidental incident involving US planes and Russian missile units is putting us back on full track towards another Cold War.   And for absolutely nothing more than a gut reaction to an admittedly unfortunate event. Nothing to gain, very much to lose.   The man's not fit to be a bathroom attendant unless supervised.