Rwanda’s Paul Kagame Set for Third Term as Both Despot and Do-Gooder — TIME

Is there a sweet-spot somewhere between democracy and authoritarianism? Consider nations like Singapore and China, where rigid control is mingled with subtle freedoms. But they can get a lot done, unlike in a republic like the United States. We argue constantly, but most of the arguments are about freedoms and the collective. We cannot seem to balance those opposing forces for the good of all Americans. The leadership of China can decide to move forward on renewable energy, and the country will begin on that path. We are still arguing about the benefits of coal.

Nations work well if leadership is benevolent, forward-thinking, and scrupulously honest.

This from Time-

One of the most divisive leaders on the African continent looked set to win another seven years in power on Friday, after millions of registered voters cast their ballot in the Rwanda’s third election since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. After 17 years in power, Paul Kagame has been cast as both a hero and a…

via Rwanda’s Paul Kagame Set for Third Term as Both Despot and Do-Gooder — TIME

13 Trump Scandals You Forgot About – POLITICO Magazine

So many scandals

So many scandals, in so little time! So few accomplishments for the man who was going to make us all great. All that Donald Trump has done in six months is demand loyalty, defend his tarnished reputation, and roll back Obama directives, no matter their worth.

The Swamp is more fetid than ever

He promised to drain the swamp, but Foggy Bottom looks seamier than ever. The faces of goons from Manhattan cover the news. Wall Street runs our finances. Tammany Hall has come to Washington with a vengeance. Steve Bannon is the only person in the administration who is accomplishing anything, and that thing is the destruction of our government. Donald Trump runs from dumpster fire to dumpster fire, blaming everyone but himself.

From Politico-

The first six months of the Trump presidency have been a whirlwind of Russia-related news, with revelations about the Kremlin’s attempt to sway the election and the Trump campaign’s possible role in the effort surfacing nearly every day.

Source: 13 Trump Scandals You Forgot About – POLITICO Magazine

Congress Bend Over Backwards, But Not For Us

Trump Cabal Testifies – Sort Of

They might as well come under cover of darkness. There will be no public hearing, and no one will testify under oath. We are wondering if the Russians stole our election, and we the people are not allowed to find out. The stink of borscht is like a cloud over Washington.

Kushner sealed Manhattan real estate deal with oligarch’s firm cited in money-laundering case -The Guardian

Money corrupts Congress, and other things. Businesses that play fast and loose with anyone willing to play, are bad enough. The same wheeling and dealing in the White House is a danger. That is why we vet people in power. Trouble is, playing fast and loose originates from the top of this administration.

From US News-

Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump, who acts as his senior White House adviser, secured a multimillion-dollar Manhattan real estate deal with a Soviet-born oligarch whose company was cited in a major New York money laundering case now being probed by members of Congress.

Source: Jared Kushner sealed Manhattan real estate deal with oligarch’s firm cited in money-laundering case | US news | The Guardian

Kellyanne Conway tells Brian Stelter: Russia is ‘not a big story’ – Jul. 23, 2017

Seen through our eyes, Kellyanne Conway spent what seemed like hours talking to Brian Stetler without saying anything. It is her strong point. She can babble a stream of nonsense without taking a breath. She ignores any comment by anyone. She talks over any response. We believe that truth has no place in her conversation. She has been banned from interviews on Morning Joe for good reason. Her comments amount to spin, deflection, and diverting an opposing argument to nonsense.

Russia is a big story. It is a travesty of how the American political system should operate. It is an assault on our values, and our democracy. We need to know what happened, and if anyone helped Russia influence the last presidential election.

From Reliable Sources –


“You look at his job through the lens of Russia. I look at his job through the lens of America,” she told Stelter on “Reliable Sources.”

Source: Kellyanne Conway tells Brian Stelter: Russia is ‘not a big story’ – Jul. 23, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci – From A Wall Street Carnival Barker To White House Comms Director.

Big Apple Showmen Take DC

Funny how many of Donald Trump’s picks for his administration have that grifter look about them. Does he really believe that the P.T. Barnum’s of the Big Apple can step in and run this country better? Are we getting great again, or just succumbing to the wiles of infomercial hosts, dangling before us pots that never need scrubbing, and the best cooker you will ever own?

Is this The Music Man Administration?

When you think of it, Donald Trump has been dangling trinkets in front of us for over two years now, without ever selling us anything but Donald Trump. You are going to be great. It’s gonna be beautiful. You healthcare will be cheap and perfect. The military is gonna be great. Are enemies are looking at their last days.

The Mooch

It’s really no different from barking a new building, because that is essentially what Donald Trump is doing. He is standing in front of a Trump Tower America, one that will be affordable, and the most beautiful, wonderful, classy place you will ever live. No wonder that flyover people flock to him. Facing real poverty because we as a country were too busy fighting amongst ourselves to realize the game has changed, they were largely ignored by Democrats and Republicans. We were ready for a populist uprising. And for our sins, the carnival barkers gave us one.

Read this from the Daily Beast –

It’s all up from here! With enough smoke and mirrors pros, Donald Trump thinks he can con us into joining the big parade.

Anthony Scaramucci, the newly appointed White House Communications Director, has the hair and wardrobe of a stock-photo businessman, a nickname too absurd to stick with anyone else (“the Mooch”), and a fortune made from hawking high-cost, low-performance investments to ordinary people who don’t need them.

Source: How Anthony Scaramucci Went From A Wall Street Carnival Barker To White House Comms Director.

John McCain And Glioblastoma. What Is That? — TIME

Senator John McCain, the Republican from Arizona who ran for the presidency against Barack Obama in 2008, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, his office said July 19. The veteran senator, 80, was undergoing surgery to have a blood clot removed from above his left eye on Friday, when doctors discovered a brain tumor called…

via John McCain Has Been Diagnosed With Glioblastoma. What Is That? — TIME

The Trumps and the Truth – WSJ

George Bush ran on being a kinder, gentler conservative, but what got him elected was the emotional drain from eight years of Clinton scandals. Whether contrived or real, Bill Clinton’s scandals wore the voters out. It was one reason wooden Al Gore lost, the other being his wooden-ness.
Donald Trump maintains strong approval numbers from Republicans, despite the near constant controversy. There is no indication that his base is slipping away. Still, no matter how devoted, lies cause voter fatigue.

From WSJ-

Even Donald Trump might agree that a major reason he won the 2016 election is because voters couldn’t abide Hillary Clinton’s legacy of scandal, deception and stonewalling. Yet on the story of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, Mr. Trump and his family are repeating the mistakes that doomed Mrs. Clinton.

Source: The Trumps and the Truth – WSJ