Enemy of the People

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Adam Zyglis)

In other news, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is expected to use an upcoming speech to talk about the Fed's preparations for the next economic downturn. Among other things, the Fed is expected to bring back quantitative easing which we last saw after the previous downturn.

Meanwhile, Trump is hanging out with The Elites in the Hamptons tonight where Nathan's hot dog chairman Howard Lorber is hosting a fundraiser for him.

I guess I won't be eating those anymore.

Finally, the Trump regime has pulled out of the Syrian stabilization fund that's being set up to rebuild the country once the world's powers are done participating in its destruction. If that day ever comes.

It occurs to me that abandoning the fund guarantees a future version of Syria, or the semi-autonomous regions Syria is divided into, will almost certainly be more closely aligned with adversarial countries. We've already abandoned the Kurds who did most of the fighting against ISIS in Syria.

I don't know if it's the stormy weather or what, but I'm exhausted. I couldn't finish typing this without yawning. I'll see you all on Monday. Have a good weekend.

  • Badgerite

    Abandoning American allies is what this POS does. Putin owns him.

  • katanahamon

    Hmm..what was it I said about training the market to find new sources permanently?

    “China says U.S. farmers may never regain market share lost in trade war

  • katanahamon

    Anybody else freaked about the judge in the Manafort trial? I’ve been reading about his conduct, and apparently the Reagan-appointee has tried to screw over the prosecution throughout the trial. I’m convinced Rump hasn’t pardoned Manafort yet because they are hoping to get an acquittal, plus, Rump and his lawyer’s wanted to see the facts and strategy the prosecution had. A pardon will be only after there’s a guilty plea, but given the judge’s interference and the fact he didn’t sequester the jury, who the press apparently had access to, the whole thing might be screwed.

    • muselet

      Freaked? No, not really (not yet, anyway).

      Talking Points Memo has several lawyers among its commenters, and they say TS Ellis is pretty well-regarded by lawyers who argue before him. I don’t think he’s trying to tank the trial.

      The jury in the Paul Manafort case looks to be taking its responsibilities seriously, as well, which is a good thing. There’s always the possibility of one MAGA juror deadlocking the jiury, but it’s ‘way too early even to speculate about that.

      And no judge wants to sequester a jury. Sequestered juries get crabby and are more likely to go off the rails. Better that everyone sleeps in their own bed at the end of each day. Ellis declined the other day to release the jurors’ names to the public, which shows he is trying to protect them.

      Ellis has made some rulings and comments that seem odd, but that sort of stuff doesn’t always have the same impact in the courtroom it has outside.

      I am not a lawyer, but I have been a juror several times, so take my from-the-hip analysis with as many grains of salt as necessary.


  • muselet

    Yes, it’s an … erm … awkward video. The song, though, holds up pretty darned well.

    Enjoy your weekend, all.


    • Aynwrong

      Why did this not occur to me Friday night.

      Most. Obvious. Music. Selection. Ever.

      • muselet

        I didn’t think of it, either. *facepalm*


  • Aynwrong

    I’m guessing many of the “elites” also suspect the kind if economy that Trump’s policies will generate while they pretend that everything is normal. How appropriate that I can here thundering outside my apartment.