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Those of you who are familiar with me know that I’ve been following Donald Trump (in a journalistic sense) for a long time. I wrote that he was the Great White Hope of the uninformed voter, that he threatens the death of the GOP, that’s he’s Biff Tannen (he is!), that–for Christians–he is a scorpion asking for a ride across the river, and that he’s King Blather.

And all of that before Christmas, 2015!

I stand by every word.

My main thrust of those articles is that Trump should have been taken seriously the moment he descended like Zeus down the escalator at Trump Tower. He wasn’t taken seriously enough by the GOP, and he was shamelessly helped by a complicit media and the Clinton campaign to win the Republican nomination. That was because they believed Trump was the most beatable candidate Hillary could face. They were probably right about that, but she was simply that bad–and far too smug.

Everything about candidate Trump is true of President Trump. But what won candidate Trump the office won’t help President Trump govern. So he’s not really governing. He’s preening, punching, and posing. We have here the most ineffective president to govern since Jimmy Carter. (If you’re under 40, that’s a bad thing.)

Netflix has a show called “Stranger Things,” which if you enjoy being scared out of your wits, you should binge-watch, alone, in the dark. In that show, there’s an anti-universe or parallel dimension called “the upside down.” Politically, and governance-wise, we’re in it.

Trump is endangering his own presidency through his words, tweets, and actions. He probably hasn’t done anything illegal, or close to impeachable. Probably. Yet.

As my friend Erick Erickson wrote, “…I do not believe he obstructed justice,” followed by, “If Robert Mueller finds that the President did obstruct justice based on his review of the situation, I will have to reconsider my position.”

That’s the sum of this game. Trump forced the issue by having Mueller appointed. He went further by accusing the head of the FBI, whom he fired, of lying–essentially perjury. His personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, allegedly (according to the New York Times) advised White House staff to hold off getting their own attorneys (advice that any attorney would tell you is both prejudicial and poor).

So what do we have? As usual, Trump has constructed a thriller, which he believes will result in his complete vindication, the vanquishing of his enemies, and his ultimate triumph. He did this with the primary election. He did this with the general election.

But to do it with the presidency serves what ends? I’d say, in the upside down, it serves Trump’s ends. In the real world, it does not serve America’s ends.

Managing Editor of NOQ Report. Serial entrepreneur. Faith, family, federal republic. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Entertainment and Sports

LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking he’s LaVar Ball. Brent Spiner’s response is hilarious.

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LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking hes LaVar Ball Brent Spiners response is hilarious

LaVar Ball wasn’t impressed with President Trump’s efforts to get his son released from a Chinese prison for shoplifting. His reactions have prompted many Trump supporters to go after him as ungracious, hypocritical, and much worse.

Unfortunately, many of these attacks are being directed towards actor LeVar Burton. The Reading Rainbow host who rose to prominence after Roots and solidified his status as a Hollywood icon while playing Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation has a name similar to Ball’s and is also black. Responses to the attacks from other Twitter users has been brutal, but Burton has remained calm. His lone response:

Former colleague Brent Spiner, who played Data on ST:TNG, offered some advice to his friend.

“If you cared about our President, you’d change your name.”

I don’t normally applaud when leftist Hollywood gets political, but this one was too good to pass.

Source: Twitter

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Guns and Crime

Michael Flynn’s lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

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Michael Flynns lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

The legal team for former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have stopped sharing information about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 election. This could be a blow for the President and some who are close to him if information gleaned from Flynn points to the Trump campaign, his transition team, or his administration itself.

The NY Times is reporting that four anonymous sources have said the agreement between the two legal teams has been ended from Flynn’s side. It is normal for teams with parallel interests to share information, but when there becomes a conflict of interest, any such sharing is halted. This leaves two likely possibilities: either Flynn is negotiating a deal to cooperate with the investigation or they’re cooperating already.

If it’s the former, there’s a chance the information sharing could be renewed if no deal is struck

Flynn is at the heart of the investigation. It was his actions and the White House’s reactions before and after he resigned that prompted the investigation in the first place. Flynn had lied on more than one occasions about financial interactions he’d had with Russian and Turkish interests. This made him vulnerable to blackmail, according to former acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates. After Flynn resigned, the President had a one-on-one meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and allegedly asked him to stop pursuing Flynn. Comey was fired by the President, then leaked a memo detailing the meeting regarding Flynn.

Outcry from many in DC and in the media prompted Mueller’s appointment. Since then, he charged Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos. Charging or cutting a deal with Flynn would likely be the step prior to pursuing people directly associated with the President.

Further Reading

Flynn moving to cooperate with Mueller in Russia probe: report | TheHill

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361687-flynn-moving-to-cooperate-with-mueller-in-russia-probe-reportThe report comes after NBC News on Wednesday reported that Mueller is looking to question Bijan Kian, an associate of Flynn. Previous reports have suggested that the special counsel already has enough evidence to indict Flynn and his son, who also worked for Trump’s campaign.

Trump’s legal team has insisted recently that Mueller’s probe will end in the coming months, though legal experts have said the investigation is likely to drag on.

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After nearly 4 decades of crimes against his people, Robert Mugabe granted immunity, military protection

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After nearly 4 decades of crimes against his people Robert Mugabe granted immunity military protecti

In what may be the best deal ever struck by a dictator forcibly removed by the military and despised by a majority of his people, Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has been granted full immunity, a “generous pension,” and military protection so he can stay in his country without fear that any of the millions of people he persecuted will be able to seek their vengeance.

Zimbabwe grants Robert Mugabe immunity from prosecution

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for 37 years, resigned on Tuesday, hours after parliament launched proceedings to impeach him. He had refused to leave office during eight days of uncertainty that began with a military takeover.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice-president sacked by Mugabe this month, is to be sworn in as president on Friday.

My Take

Despite complaints from the people, this is the smart move. If they allow him to leave, they have no control over him or the influence that he continues to wield at home and abroad. If they jail him, kill him, or otherwise make him face prosecution, he would be at best a distraction and at worst a martyr. This move allows them to move forward the fastest which is what former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his military allies want.

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