Mike Malak

Mike Malak

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Canada’s Justin Trudeau is an earnest young altruist who believes human nature is essentially good, and public service a noble calling with the end of elevating everyone. That makes him an outlier, a weakling in a world where spoils accrue, more often than not, to the strong, in places where the last shall never be first, and consensus building is a fault.

The prime minister wouldn’t last long in an America transformed, seemingly overnight, into duchies of self-interest that vie with each other for superiority. Even the good guys, whoever they may be at any given moment, recite the mantra that politics is a dirty business; and so it is, by way of self-fulfilling prophecy.

 

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The president says he doesn’t want the Mueller investigation to affect the midterms so, naturally, he’s doing everything in his power to make sure it does with eight states holding primaries on Tuesday. Unable to restrain himself, Donald Trump tweeted on Monday, that he has unfettered power to pardon himself for non-existent crimes. His attorney, Rudy Giuliani, went further and claimed the president can’t be indicted, even if he murdered former FBI director, James Comey, and, by extension, if he did, he could pardon himself for that, too.

trump scandal tv 2Rudy Giuliani touted his award as “FBI Man of the Year” and claimed that if the bureau had questions about any Russian collusion with Donald Trump, and/or his campaign, it should’ve spoken to him before opening an investigation. As a neutral, disinterested, third-party with appropriate clearances to receive counter-intelligence information, it’s a shame they didn’t because, Rudy says, there’d have been no need to waste taxpayers’ money on an investigation into a made-up Russia witch hunt now being conducted by Robert Mueller. 

trump balco It’s a common refrain by Republicans that the Russia investigation, headed by Robert Mueller, should be wrapped-up as soon as possible. Trump surrogate, Rudy Giuliani, has appeared, lately, on television more often than Stormy Daniels’ lawyer and Trump antagonist, Michael Avenatti, to make this point. Both are highly entertaining but each has failed to reveal more substance than form.

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The sky won’t fall if Democrats get elected in droves in November, or Republican resist a wave. The world won’t end if Donald Trump is sent packing, either, but you wouldn’t know it from the president’s fund-raising pleas and Republican hand-wringing. Demographics are more likely than anything else to change the country. It doesn’t matter that James Comey is skewering the president, or whomsoever may sit in seats currently occupied by Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell. It’s pretty clear that young people, already, hate Trump and his bellicose politics by a large margin.

trump target 6Thank God we don’t have to talk about Stormy Daniels this week, and how her lawyer bushwhacked the president’s posse. There’s something new for a change. It’s called semantics, as in the difference between “subject” and “target.” Donald Trump, the special counsel informs, is the subject of an investigation, but not its target. It’s a wonderful revelation because it has something for everyone.

trump walk22In 2014, Gallup found that Baby Boomers, (born between 1946 and 1964), were skewed slightly Democratic by 2%. The Millennials, (born between 1980 and 1996), however, favor the Democratic Party by a 20-point margin. According to CNN, the boomer population peaked in 1999, with 78.8 million members. Pew Research put it in context; Millennials are expected to overtake Boomers in population in 2019 as their numbers swell to 73 million and Boomers decline to 72 million.

GOP HOUSE INTEL NUNES TRUMPThe Republican Majority who control the House Intelligence Committee has rendered a judgment and The New York Times reported it as follows: “‘The bottom line [is] the Russians did commit active measures against our election in ’16, and we think they will do that in the future,’ Mr. Conaway, said. But, he added, ‘We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump.’” Perish the thought!

floodgates smallWaiting for Paul Manafort to flip is like waiting for Godot. He’s never going to show up to plead, no matter how many eye-witnesses there are to his alleged financial shenanigans, frauds, and international hanky-panky. If Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants the inside story on the purported criminality of the ex-chair of the Trump campaign he ought to call Russian metals oligarch Oleg Deripaska who’d have a better story to tell, anyway.

nraThe DDM4V7, from gun manufacturer Daniels Defense, “is not considered a short-barreled rifle so it does not require ATF approval or a tax stamp,” according to Military.com. In lay terms, the gun is a machine pistol that retails for $1,679. It’s a wonderful 10” barrel development that will greatly serve the army and other services. In the hands of civilians, however, it has the potential to be a killing machine that’s relatively easy to conceal and a boon for taking innocent lives.

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