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Hillary & Donald

It’s an understatement to state that I’ve never been a fan of Bill or Hillary Clinton. They made it their mission to steer the Democratic Party and the American middle (same thing) to the right, and in this they were quite successful, to the detriment of the party and the country.

In 2017, Hillary founded a PAC called Onward Together, which, according to Wikipedia, raises funds “for progressive political groups including: Swing Left, Indivisible, Color of Change, Emerge America, and Run for Something.” In my 60-some years on the left, I’ve never heard of any of these groups, but if a Clinton is involved, that’s a guarantee that none of them are at all “progressive.”

Someone somewhere in the hierarchy of her PAC’s staff apparently has access to CGI that can approximate a sense of humor, though. Onward Together is now marketing a “But her emails” hat ($32), and that made me smile.

It did not, however, make me want to spend $32 + shipping for a damned hat, and I do not believe that Hillary Clinton has ever worn the hat. There’s a picture of her wearing it, but it’s gotta be Photoshopped.

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As for Hillary’s one-time friend, Donald Trump, his indictment brings no great joy. It’s deeply frustrating that Trump — the man of 10,000 crimes and 1,000 treasons — now faces prosecution for the most trivial of his myriad misdeeds.

“It is hard to overstate the gravity of the criminal indictment issued against Donald Trump,” says the New York Times in a scolding editorial, but it’s overstated unanimously across all mass media. A multi-charge indictment that boils down to the mishandling and misappropriation of classified documents — well, whoop-de-doo.

The federal government classifies huge volumes of documents, claiming “national security” or whatnot — another library’s worth of documents no-one will ever see, every day. Charging Trump over his comical mishandling of classified materials is piffle, like going after Al Capone for failure to file 1040s on his earnings as a crime kingpin.

A government of the people, for the people, by the people, doesn’t need to keep secrets from the people.

There might be a very few exceptional exceptions, but nowhere near enough in all of US history to fill those boxes we’ve seen in the photos — boxes stacked atop boxes stacked atop boxes, in what’s apparently a carpeted bathroom at Mar-a-Lago.

Every trust we give the government is immediately or eventually betrayed, so allowing federal officials to keep huge swaths of secrets from Americans is idiocy. Bearing in mind the USA’s longstanding penchant for lies and cover-ups and crimes against humanity, the world would be a better place if 99.9% of state secrets were published unedited on Reddit.

Until his receives his inevitable “heal-the-nation” pardon, Trump must bear the anguish of headlines and editorials calling him a mishandler of classified documents? Give me a polite synonym for shitfuck.

It would be far more fair to see Trump mocked or prosecuted as the man who installed horrendously evil judges all across America (one is presiding over Trump’s case); who never divested his financial holdings, and during his term in office steered big bucks to his hotels; who ran his entire administration via cronyism, nepotism, and patronage; who abused his Presidential pardon powers to protect his buddies; who politicized the Justice Department and sabotaged the Post Office; who used his Presidency to bully-pulpit bullshit daily for four years; who sat on his ass while the Coronavirus killed its first 400,000 Americans; who tried to strong-arm Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky into producing faked evidence against Joe Biden; who obstructed and interfered in numerous investigations; who had the DHS separate children from their parents at the border; who did his damnedest to subvert the 2020 Presidential election, before and then after Election Day. And I’m probably forgetting lots of his high crimes and misdemeanors, because I wrote this paragraph in in about five minutes, with very little silence between keystrokes.

But no, Trump gets scolded for sneaking a bunch of souvenir “secret” documents to Florida.

(Hey, stop by and tell me I’m full of crap.)


  1. Marshall Newman June 16, 2023

    The documents issue may or may not pale against other Trump misdeeds, but these were not “Souvenir ‘secret’ documents” he took. They were vitally important and sensitive documents that were classified “secret” for a reason, and that Trump had no right to take and no right to keep without declassification. Plus he lied about having them. No one should minimize the serious nature of the documents indictment.

    • William Kimberlin June 16, 2023


    • Doug Holland June 16, 2023

      Well, you think I shouldn’t, but I am here to minimize the serious nature of the documents indictment. We’d have a vastly better government if it had vastly fewer secrets.

      • George Dorner June 16, 2023

        By definition, felonies are serious.

        • Doug Holland June 17, 2023

          Legally, sure. Well, unless you’re Donald Trump. All we’re doing with this trial is giving him more publicity he craves and bringing him more campaign donations. He needn’t fear actual punishment; that’s beyond the realm of the possible for someone so rich, connected, and a former President.

    • George Hollister June 17, 2023

      Trump is not being indicted for having the documents, but for obstruction of justice when he lied to the DOJ, and apparently tried to hide some of what he had. Typical mindless Trump behavior, and nothing more than that.

      A good point is being made by Trump supporters, and others, how come HRC wasn’t indicted for the same thing? Also, how come Trump’s indictment came so quickly, when the potential Biden laptop, and Biden bribery charges drag on for 3+ years?

      • Doug Holland June 17, 2023

        OK , understood — you’re not someone to take seriously. Have a swell weekend!

  2. Chuck Dunbar June 16, 2023

    And yet, Doug, in his second to the last paragraph, noting Trump’s numerous and very serious misdeeds over his years in office, makes a valid point. In a fair and just world, the man should end his life in jail, for all his crimes and misdeeds.

    • George Hollister June 17, 2023

      Trump’s primary misdeeds while in office, today, and in his life are shooting his mouth off. The primary person hurt is Trump. Two impeachments, and numerous indictments are a result of that. Trump’s thoughtless outbursts begin when he awakens every morning. Most people won’t vote for someone like that, which makes Trump a loser. He beat Hilary only because she was worse. Democrats and Biden know what a great opponent Trump is. Even Biden can beat him, in Biden’s sleep. Oh that is right, Biden already did that.

  3. Marmon June 17, 2023


    Although the indictment against Donald Trump doesn’t cite the Presidential Records Act, the charges are predicated on the law.

    According to the Presidential Records Act, a president chooses what records to return or keep and the National Archives can’t do anything about it.


    • Chuck Dunbar June 17, 2023

      Sorry, James you are wrong:

      Presidential Records Act (PRA) of 1978
      “The Presidential Records Act (PRA) of 1978, 44 U.S.C. ß2201-2209, governs the official records of Presidents and Vice Presidents that were created or received after January 20, 1981 (i.e., beginning with the Reagan Administration). The PRA changed the legal ownership of the official records of the President from private to public, and established a new statutory structure under which Presidents, and subsequently NARA, must manage the records of their Administrations.  The PRA was amended in 2014, which established several new provisions.

      Specifically, the PRA:
      …Establishes that Presidential records automatically transfer into the legal custody of the Archivist as soon as the President leaves office…”

      Source: United States National Archives website

      • Marmon June 17, 2023

        The Biden Justice Department (and nuts who live in Fort Bragg) keeps pretending these are not presidential records.

        “[T]he Presidential records of a former President shall be available to such former President or the former President’s designated representative.”

        44 U.S.C. § 2205(3).


        • Chuck Dunbar June 17, 2023

          “Available” does not mean in the “legal custody of”–the ex president can have access to and review documents, but does not have custody of documents and cannot keep them. It’s pretty clear, despite what you say., James.

          BTW, I am not a “nut.”

  4. Marmon June 17, 2023

    The Trump indictment looking worse and worse with time. Biden should order DOJ to shut it down.


  5. Marmon June 17, 2023


    Lunatic fringe

    I know you’re out there
    You’re in hiding
    And you hold your meetings

    I can hear you coming
    And we know what you’re after
    We’re wise to you this time
    (We’re wise to you this time)
    We won’t let you kill the laughter

    Lunatic fringe
    In the twilight’s last gleaming
    This is open season
    But you won’t get too far

    ‘Cause you’ve got to blame someone
    For your own confusion
    We’re on guard this time (on guard this time)
    Against your final solution
    Oh no

    We can hear you coming
    (We can hear you coming)
    No, you’re not going to win this time
    (You’re not gonna win)
    We can hear the footsteps

    (We can hear the footsteps)
    Way out along the walkway (along the walkway)

    Lunatic fringe
    We all know you’re out there
    Can you feel the resistance?
    Can you feel the thunder?
    Oh no


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