HAMMERNEWS- Michael Hammerschlag

Current Political Commentary by journalist Michael Hammerschlag; Thoughts on foreign policy, Republican outrages, liberal strategies, science by 8 year correspondent in Russia/Ukraine over 22 years and longtime commentator; Website: http://HAMMERNEWS.com

Saturday, October 16, 2021


Nov 4 Washington DC:   The souless automaton Glenn Youngkin made a big push to break the 12 year Dem run of successes in every statewide Virginia race, surprising since I thought the very excellent Terry McAuliffe (father was DNC Chair in Watergate) would walk to victory against the lightweight whitebread Youngkin. But Repub Culture Warriors have been frantically ginning up a fake culture war about the Maggat terrorization of school boards ("Terry M says parents should have no say in schools"), and the stunning conversion of the heart of Confederacy into a Dem stronghold was only due to massive Black participation, McAuliffe lost the white vote by 26% in 2013 when he won! There is still a large body of crackers in VA, which limits Govs to 1 consecutive term.

McAuliffe has been hammering Youngkin's thin ties to Trump, he wouldn't even call in to a Telle-rally Trump did, let alone appear with Agent Orange, with limited success (50 commercials an hour). I thought (too late) he should go after the 25 year Carlyle Group Director for being another filthy rich dilettante who will instantly funnel huge tax breaks to the rich - I was trying to reach him about Biden debate recommendations back when- he's a big bud of JoeB and a tough Dem operative- when the Repub Legislature stymied his mass restoring of 150K felon voting rights, he autosigned them all, 100 at a time. Looking at a picture of his staff as Gov, one is struck by how nice they all look, which I can't ever remember thinking of any big political group.  The Carlyle Group, incidentally, was a sleazy group of top Reagan + GB1 Cabinet members who started a hedge fund right out of office, immediately worth $ many bil with their extensive insider (trading) connections., and who profiteered off the GB2 Wars (ignore the slams of McAuliffe). Ask him what the price of milk is!

They are running neck in neck, one poll has Youngkin ahead, and in a very bad development, it is finally cold  46-50⁰ (69⁰ 2 days ago) and drizzling, which will suppress the Black vote Terry needs. Apparently all one needs to return suburban defector Repubs to the fold, is not have obvious horns. Terry has had JoeB, Kamala, and Obama (in Alexandria, damn it) stump for him. Another negative factor is despicable DeJoy's destruction of the Post Office, utterly undependable now for anything, got a Gov letter from NYC that took 25 days, another from same place just took 1! So many mail-in votes sent in the last week will be too late (Friday, but will they wait for that before declaring victory?). No, CNN and other declared Youngkin the victor with only a 70,000 vote lead, easily overturnable by 3 days of mail-in votes, but they were right in this case. For Leut Gov, voters elected an ex-Marine Black woman gun nut, who is against Red Flag laws (when they take away the guns of dangerous psychos), this in a state that has had 4-5 massive mass shootings! That is quite the jarring pic; a bad guy with a gun. Most soldiers who have seen War know civilians should NOT have easy access to these weapons.  Repubs also flipped the VA House from 55-45 Dem (finally after 25 years in 2018) to 52-48(?); Dems retained the Senate, Thank God, to block Youngkin's trash culture-war bills.

JoeB's huge $3.5 tril Reconciliation Bill (Build Back Better) and the Infrastructure Bill ($1.2 tril) are trembling at the abyss, held hostage by Joe (Big) Mansion and Kyrsten Movietone Cinema, so called moderates desperate to appeal to the large cracker elements of their state's voters, although people in the largely poor WV or parts of AZ would benefit massively. Granted that the level of deficits are now routinely nosebleed, and fiscal prudency is next to Godliness; Repubs hands are bloody- the massive $5.5 tril Bush2/Trump tax cuts for the rich have probably cost America $10-15 trillion over the last didecade (that a thing- 20 years? Yes, vicennial, I like mine more). And the largely Dem Relief Bills kept Americans from dying over the long Covid financial regression. But there is soooooo much good, great, and excellent in these Bills, from ginormous AGW spending to child day care and parental credits to expansion of Medicare to dental, that their failure would be tragic- Dems instinctively know this may be their last big bite of the Apple for some time; maybe forever if the Chump Coupists get their way [Stop the Steal- "put me in prison!!"]

If you don't understand which bill is which, you can be excused - some have mislabeled the $1.2 tril Infrastructure Bill (passed by the Senate) as part of the $3.5 tril Reconciliation Bill - the Press has done a miserable job laying them out. This confusion has been aided by the fact the BUILD BACK BETTER Bill is  NOT the Infrastructure Bill but the big Social Bill, real mixed messaging.  JoeB has finally got serious in his lobbying and the WH is running excellent promo commercials.

In a Pyrrhic bit of weight throwing, the "Progressives" in the House may have thrown the half-a-loaf of bread in the dirt by refusing to vote on the Infrastructure Deal without the Reconciliation Bill first. Their relevance will be radically reduced by the Repub Majority they might have helped usher in in 2022- they may have been jealous of the nihilistic hostage-taking of the 2 Moderates... Hey, we can break sht too!!!  This is due to the awesome arrogance of youth, who don't quite grasp that in an evenly divided Congress, statements and brethren blackmail are verboten. Or as Billy Joel put it:
And with the Repub Party coalescing into a neo-fascist entity contemptuous of any Democracy in which they don't always win (more on that later), Dems may not have another chance before the coming Storm (as the Quack-anon freaks say).

Now JoeB is in full retreat- maybe the BBB (Better Business Bureau) will be $1.7 tril, maybe less; due to the intransigence of Coal Baron Joe Mansion (latest is $1.75 tril is still too much, he'd be comfortable with $0)  and cartoon or tie-die ensembled Kyrsten (or is it comics- there is something jarring about a pretty woman dressing down to be hip or funky or youthful). She won't say WHAT SHE WANTS, or would like to see gone... so much that activists followed her into the toilet, hoping to get some emanation, any emanation from her! Even if it is all just crap. Sorry Senator, talking to constituents and Press is part of your job!

Although THE PIG DONALD (TPD) has been blessedly off-the-stage (Coal-Bear won't even say the swine's name), the degenerate Traitor has begun giving Stop-the-Steal booster speeches to his zombiefied acolytes, where his mental infirmity is on grotesque display- Honestly FuksNews, you can't keep hammering JoeB as senile when the alleged Whore-ton grad can't put together one coherent sentence!!! But in a stroke of pure genius that almost makes us hope the Big MacFarction holds off a while, the Biggest Loser is now threatening The Party (soon they will be the only one allowed) that his Trumpores may just have to NOT VOTE FOR REPUBS if they don't grovel and abase themselves endorsing his Big Lie about his 7.22 mil vote LOSS. Yo Mama- MIKEY LIIIIIKES!!  He got this directly from the only book we know he has ever read- Mein Kampf and the Life arc of his hero, who wished the death of zee Faterland Volk because they had failed them. I am convinced the KGB gave him that book when they paid for his 1978 Moscow trip:
Dow-nald, YOU could be Preez-ee-dent... it is all in here... read and study this book. He explains exactly how to do it. First you have to unify people against some hated minority....  The utterly apolitical imbecile returned to America and took out a full page ad in NYT on Foreign Policy... do WHAT!!!???!@$%&*(*^$@@  And in 2016, Trump rode that syphilitic burro of immigrant hatred and demagoguery into the White House

Of course the KGB fete/recruit many such corrupt businessmen and leaders, hoping one might hit the jackpot of high public office where they can destroy America from within- never did they have more fertile ground than a dirtbag who announces, "I like people who give me money."  And of course, TPD made good on his scorched earth threats when he single-handedly threw both Georgia Senate seats and Senate control to the Dems in his Atlanta march from the Sea (+ thank you, Stacy!). So GOOOOOO DONALD, PUNISH THOSE WEAK-KNEED REPUBS who don't recognize you as the one and true King!
And speaking of the Evil Empire, kudos to Dima Muratov for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, for running the most courageous paper on Earth, Novaya Gazeta (New Paper), which has seen 20 odd reporters shot, stabbed, attacked by acid, pipes, bombs; 6 killed inc Politkovskaya- though I thought it was more. But they never stopped! Founded during my first stretch in country, I talked him into running my opus 2006-21 AGW article which predicted many of the oncoming disasters, some as I was writing it!* I interviewed 5 of the top AGW scientists in the world over a 4 month deep dive, inc the now head of Goddard Climate Research Center, Gavin Schmitt. Mother Jones looked at it, hoping to filch something for a lame article they were doing on it. But in a fit of fandom, I said to Muratov:

"You don't even have to pay me, I would be honored to appear in your magazine." 
NEVER NEVER SAY THIS TO ANY EMPLOYER because.. uhh, they will.. or won't. They didn't... in fact, honoring the Russian tradition of carelessness, heedlessness, and casual cruelty, they never told me they ran it- I left Mockba on Nov 20, 2007 for a 9 month tour of Western/Southern Europe and Morocco, and my piece ran a week later (still online without my name)  and in JAN, FEB 2008, broken into installments as I suggested. But it was initially hideously translated and the formatting destroyed when they crushed ALL THE PARAs together in a Cyrillic Soup- I only discovered it in 2010, when I searched for my name in Cyrillic. here is the Eng re-translation 
* With a new San Diego sized coal power plant every week, I realized China would imminently pass USA as the #1 polluter, about 2 weeks later it did... but NOW it is jacking out 2.4x more CO2 than America, more than the whole 1st World + India combined!

The FULL UPDATED ORIGINAL PIECE DEBUTS HERE- updated to about 2020, the most important thing I have ever written; I mentioned AGW in my second article in 1979, and Al Gore liked a 1998 Maui AGW piece I sent him, but didn't help w this (for about 7 years '98 was the hottest year in history, now ~11 more:

ARE WE COOKED?- Global Warming Worse Than You Think new   LECTURE AUDIO ALT- Mohyla U.
8 Latest Scientific Findings each show warming will be much worse than worst case estimate; 850,000 yr old 4 km Antarctic ice cores prove radical temperature changes 5-10C happened as fast as 3 years; CO2 generation exploding from Chinese (+ Indian) coal power plants; Methane's threat from melting tundra and gigantic ocean bottom methane hydrate deposits (twice all other fossil fuels combined!); High altitude sulfur from commercial jets has cooled the whole earth 1 C- so real global warming is over double what we see; 1/3 of warming from black atmospheric soot from soaring coal burning; Catastrophic ice sheet collapse into deep ocean could make worldwide killer tsunamis; 8 Feedback loops multiply effects many fold, inc. melting Arctic Ice Cap going from 90% reflecting to 80% absorbing; CO2 in oceans released as it gets warmer; increased CO2 in ocean dissolving limestone shells, deforesting a WA state every year; Interviews w 5 top AGW scientists fm Nasa Goddard, UAlaska, USGS, UCLA  - Novaya Gazeta        vertical river into the 6000 ft Greenland Ice Cap

Former Joint Chief and SoS Colin Powell died at 84 of multiple cancers + Covid. I was at the top of Washington Monument (after 50 years), and ranger told us when someone asked why flags were at half-staff. His legacy was forever tarnished by his good-soldier lying to the UN about Saddams non-existent nukes, which he knew well was treasonous BS, he exploded at the Bushies and threw his papers across the hotel room immediately after. A mid-estimate of the strategic and moral monstrousity's effects on the Iraqi's (who have been fighting for 40 years) was 2.4 mil dead over 16 years; US Soldiers- 7000 dead w contractors, 35,000 crippled and wounded, 300K TBI + PTSB.

I questioned him in a huge Business Convention hall in downtown Prov in 2000, but the audio was lost. Even forget what I asked- something about Desert Storm- which he brilliantly planned? Just watched a 2006 Juan Williams interview and he lies so smoothly about his devastating Iraq lies that I lost any sympathy for him- he was always Teflon, he was Lt Wm Calley's direct superior in Vietnam too, and escaped any repercussions for the hideous Mai Lai Massacre. Of course TPD, erupted with a vicious attack on Powell, festering w jealousy at the outpouring of warmth the 4* General received. 

He'd better shut up, a huge Brazil Covid report wants Bolsanaro charged with 300,000 cases of murder, for his Denialism and anti-Vax lies- at 605K deaths, Brazil may be on track to pass USA as #1 Dead Zone, though it has only 2/3 the pop. Easily Trump is guilty of 400,000 cases of mass-murder too of the now staggering 3/4 mil US dead! Agent Orange wanted to send 250,000 Army troops to the border, a plan killed by Def Sec Mark Esper, another reason he was replaced by Insurrection traitor Christopher Miller (pic) after the Election, who refused to authorize Nat Guard for 3 hours Jan 6 as Capitol police fought for their lives- 5 died by his treachery. Previously he had handcuffed the Guard with crippling limitations to control the vicious mob... he testified before Congress, but they let him skate, blaming Chump.

When I heard JoeB blithely opine on how              What, no movie??
Afghanistan wasn't going to be like Saigon, with helicopters fleeing off the roof of the Embassy, I gasped and smacked my head. How could he be sooooo clueless (and have such bad FP advice)- it was clear the Collapse was well underway- the vicious Taliban had already slaughtered over 500 leaders (now 1000?), the entire Civil Society 3 weeks before their breathtaking ascension- in the corrupt deal TPD made, America didn't care, as long as precious Americans weren't being molested. Telegraphing the withdrawal, with the US Military utterly disengaged, the locals realized it was only a matter of time, and 
resistance was futile or suicidal. 

JoeB should have, as a matter of policy, INSTANTLY CANCELED EVERY ACT OF TRUMP- there was nothing that wasn't corrupt, evil, or self-serving- and the Afghan escape was partly designed to box Biden in... but he shared Trump's disgust w the forever War, and also decided to get out, whatever the cost. The Taliban (+ ISIS) are murderous treacherous monsters... I am sorry I never had a chance to kill them, everyone who has even parlayed with them has usually been killed later. Biden should have stayed noncommital, quietly evacuated all our helpers, invited the Taliban to some huge meeting, and butchered them concurrent with a massive 2 week attack on all of them... THAT might have given the AfGhov 6 months of breathing room. In fact something like that should have been done in 2002, after the brilliant CIA decimation of AQ + the Tallies... if the war criminal GB2 had FOUND OBL in Tora Bora and not diverted 80% of their resources to his Daddy-impressing Iraq Invasion. This precipitous selfish withdrawal betrayed our Euro-allies too, still there defending America under the only invocation of NATO common defense.

Some 18,000 translators/fixers worked for America with 53,000 family members seeking visas; if half the former escaped I'd be surprised. Trump had effectively canceled all refugee programs so they were already well into the process of being betrayed. But if we hadn't been in Afghanistan, we would have paid $1 bil/year for a base in that incredibly strategic area- on the borders of China, Iran, the Stans, and near Russia- an argument could be made that the cost was bearable.

In the incredible run of "successes" (hurting anyone is a success in FSB-land) Puta has had: propping up the Assads, crushing Syrian rebels (never before have Russians fought in the ME), creating the destabilizing torrent of refugees overrunning Europe + boosting Eurofascist Parties, engineering the wins of Brexit and his agent Donald Trump, apparently attacking US diplomats and spies all over the world with some devastating energy weapon (these wave attacks were a huge field of SU research), poisoning + jailing Navalny + a dozen others... he hasn't suffered one real failure or punishment, just Sanctions, which he long ago decided were bearable, and absolutely the wrong tack- he considers them a tool of
 the weak. Far better was to make a statement by, say, liquidating the 2 GRU poisoners, who have been running around the World for 15 years, killing Kremlin critics or "enemies". As a murderous potentate, Putin respects such "active measures"... but JoeB met him without one serious punishment for his reign of terror.

In China too, JoeB has blundered around like a bull in a china shop (so to speak), first echoing Trump's racist lunacy about China deliberately creating the Covid Virus in their Wuhan Lab, debunked by multiple researchers and experts, and seemingly designed to enrage Xi w no possible upside (not to mention the hundreds of US Asians attacked and killed because of Chump's China Virus slurs). The upshot of this useless provocation is that an enraged China is invading Taiwan airspace with 50 fighters, a terrifying escalation that could easily spiral out of control. Indeed it is the most likely trigger for a full SinoWar, & Puta has backed Xi in this crazy game of chicken. Maybe it's time to send Blinken back to the drawing room, and get some bare-knuckle real-politic FP advisor... maybe an American Bond.

       I am sick at heart at the rapidly fading American Democracy, under assault by Repub criminals, chiselers, hucksters, conspirators, and cheaters in every State- an insane 87% of Repubs say "they don't believe JoeB was legitimately elected", but that is BS- what they are saying is: WE WILL NEVER LOSE AGAIN, we will game every system, pack every Court and Sec State office, use every criminal extreme dirty trick to stay in power, now matter WHAT the voters decide!! That's what ani-vax terrorization of school boards is supposed to do, drive them out so Maggats can take their place. 30% Repubs approve of "Patriots" using violence "to save our country".

Dems response.... bupkiss, slaps on the wrist for the Insurrectionists (all guilty of capital murder conspiracy), no prosecutions of the slow-mo coup ringleaders trying to re-litigate every vote, no beatings, no punishment. JoeB could have shut down RT and AON as Russian propaganda fronts; and cable TV should be penalized when it comes to murderous lies- a $3 mil fine to FauxNews per transgression might moderate their evil poison. And the big voting rights bill was just filibustered to death by R's- rascists, Russian, reactionaries (not really, just notified they might do that, the way the idiot provision is allowed to function now). 

The underage punk vigilante Rittenhouse (who went to
another state to "protect" businesses with a weapon of war) has raised $1 mil in donations from fellow Maggats who approve of killing librals- in the 52% RW Wisconsin, he might get off- no Blacks in the Jury, and apparently he was chased by the 1st guy he shot. In SC Aubrey jury too, no Blacks!  When push comes to shove, the fascist Repubs will have ripped all power from the hands of legitimate winners... and the Right has almost all of the guns.  I don't think Dems will even go to the mat over it. And the American Experiment will be over.

Ensconced in the gleaming beautiful Capital, the heart of the Beast, and will spend the rest of my life going to the Smithsonian 1-2 days a week. Here are some pics of the modern World's Rome, though that will be Beijing or Dubai soon at the rate Repubs are decimating Amer Democracy.

Washington Monument w 700K Covid victim flags, some with names + City

Mall, Capitol and Smithsonian Museums from top of Washington Monument, to the left and right of Capitol are the Senate + House Office Bldgs, behind it the Supreme Court + Library of Congress

 Thomas Jefferson Memorial w Reagan National Airport + gleaming Potomac- planes roar in low over the city every 5 min at peak periods w a park at the runway's end; a bike trail runs along river down to Alexandria. Speak of the time before vaccines, 4 of 8 of Tom's kids died by 6 yo, standard in those days. Bridges to Arlington Cemetery.

  Lincoln Memorial, the peoples favorite since it's always open, welcoming the huddled masses. Abe never closes

Massive Reagan Office Bldg w  EPA, CBP, AG; and the Federal Triangle of big Gov Bldgs 

The amazing small and nondescript White House + Ellipse, surrounded by massive Federal Bldgs, why the 9-11 Pentagon plane never found it as it circled the City 2-3 times, roaring at a speed that almost tore off the wings (according to a friend).

But it is beautiful up close, esp w decoration.

Who lives there, from a Smithsonian Garden near Hirschhorn Museum

The Trump Hotel, aka Old Post Office, probably soon to have his golden name removed- it is a ghost town, nobody went in or out in 15 min I was there. After, some psycho street Trumpore PoS was screaming curses + attacks against Biden in the dark after I asked him if they'd sandblasted the Pigs name off it yet.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021


Thank God. The Desecrations of the Trump Admin are OVER. JoeB is President! Videos. No nuclear strike (Papa Puta had to be a little worried too- “Take a breath, Dow-nald”), no violence, no protests; as DC was turned into a giant occupied military camp. The tragedy of this is enormous- as they once said- it is letting the terrorists win, but that's what we do... lock the barn door after the horse has bolted. 2/3 could be sent home- the Capitol Police only initially needed 250 more officers to supplement their skeleton staff, not 25,000!  I did a radio talk show comment on what we have lost- they should have had vastly increased security, but KEPT THE MALL OPEN!!! 5x more soldiers than in Iraq AND Afghanistan- NO WAY the Q-wazies would try anything

Lady Gaga's anthem (who's never looked better) brought tears to my eyes; J-Lo was excellent too. Trump's iron grip has been broken with his SM (S+M they way he used it) banishment... without any missives to his slavish acolytes he will slowly fade, like a bad stink that has sunk into the curtains. But if JoeB wants to accomplish anything, he MUST shut down the RW Media Machine, the Mississippi of hateful lying RW sewage flooding the country daily. Reconstitute an empowered FCC, and new Fairness Doctrine with the power to assess million dollar fines, shut down RT + OAN as Russian fronts. Trump was deeply chagrined by the multiple bans, and financial hits to his crumbling empire, he can now see it all slipping away... and by the 3rd Indictment for his life of Crime... the Donald will decamp to Russia, where he can be banned as enemy propaganda.

JoeB's Cabinet is mostly female, and contains a multitude of colors, ethnicities, races... and now PBS is just showing the cleansed WH, under new management, as night falls on this Day of Liberation. 

Finally, I can be proud to be an American again- I have physically hurt every day a Repub ruled the WH and Congress, and the Party of the rich has now mutated into the Party of Russia + Treason. For 4 1/2 years, I've been slammed for being too radical, but Trump has been angling to commit Twiticide in his psychotic attacks on imagined enemies... just his Stalinesque "Enemies of the 

People" attacks on the Press was grounds for immediate Removal. Uncle Joe used that lunacy to justify the murders of 11-12 million (Tim Snyder). I think multiple world Intelligence agencies have proof (AUDIO TAPES) of Trumps Russia treason; they should release it to break his malignant hold over his Trumpanzees. The KGB invited him to Moscow in 1987- a dream candidate for recruitment, he loves anyone who gives him money; which Russia proceeded to do, through cutouts, oligarchs, bank "loans". His legacy will be the greatest mass murder in US history- more Americans killed in one year of Covid than in all WW2... through Denialism, criminal negligence, inaction, irresponsibility.

I could kick myself for never linking up with JoeB on his 14 odd trips to Ukraine, I liked the guy since he was too young to be Senator- brash, confident, witty, funny, warm, accessible, with that 10,000W smile, he showed anything was possible in these United States and I predicted he would be the best pick for VP in 2000 rather than the turncoat Lieberman. But they never really pre-announced his visits, I would find about them after they happened; he only would appear at an Embassy Press Conference, or the magnificent Ukr State Dept Bldg (most impressive building in Ukraine), not the Ukraine Hotel Press Center, where I held Court.

Trump issued a flurry of 143 Pardons and Commutations, including a dozen odd corrupt + criminal cronies and politicians, but NO FAMILY or himself. That is shocking, his Aides were fighting all Tuesday with him on it- his whelp are all guilty of Pump and Dump fraud, vastly inflating his crummy hotel project numbers until they collapsed, which didn't matter cause Trump Inc got paid off the top. His narrowly issued pardons, though, still allow the Justice Dept to prosecute the true villains, like Stone or Manafort.

The Insurgent Rioters almost got their grubby paws on the EC Ballots, which could have delayed the Certification of JoeB as Prez for several days. The 147 treasonous Repubs who spuriously protested to AZ and PA votes, endorsing the Insurgent attackers in their Big Lie, had already delayed the Certification to 3:40am, when by Law, it HAD to be done on Jan 6. 

But although JoeB won a resounding victory by 7.2 million votes, it was just by a hair in the Electoral College… only 106,000 votes in PA, AZ, GA would have made the greatest Liar in human history President again. 
America came that close to Fascism- Trump’s 30,000 lies were entirely preparation for this point- to have the raw power to define his loss as a win, and tragically he persuaded 60-odd million he was cheated out of his victory… how do his Cult members know this… the Donald TOLD THEM SO!! They should be shut down, shunned, fired, banished every time this sickness erupts from their Trump boils, eventually they might heal. But if the RWMM keeps feeding them fresh daily poison, there’s no chance of that, or hope for any national comity. 

Donald Trump MUST BE PROSECUTED (Exc long Chait piece) or Rule of Law will always be a shabby joke... his crimes range in the thousands, in billions of dollars, in hundreds of thousands of deaths. So should the most egregious criminals in his regime- Guiliani, Miller, Barr, DeVoss; all grotesquely violated Federal Law to politicize EVERTHING. And a special place in Hell should be reserved for the 147 Repubs who rejected Electoral College results AFTER the Rioters trashed the Capitol. 

 WOW!! TREMENDOUS Inauguration
2 Hour TV Musical Variety Inspirational Spectacular
, Celebrating America- incredibly well produced... ending with an awesome firework display over the Mall at 10:14 pm, too bad there weren't 1 mil there to enjoy it. At first I thought it was canned stuff from last night, but no, all Parties were ensconced in the WH. I bet TV critic performer Donald, jealous toddler that he was, is eating his heart out that he couldn't have had such a spectacular send-off, which got 1.5 mil more viewers than his Inauguration.


There are now 3 new variants of CV19, one (South African B,1,351) of which seems resistant to the Vaccines or previous infection antibodies, as does a different Brazilian variant, because the target spike proteins it breaks into cells with.... are changed- a terrifying prospect. The English version (Kent B.1.1.7) is still vulnerable to the vaccines, but all are much more transmissible 40-70%, than the original, so the Kent bug is predominant in England now, and expected to become dominant in America by March!  Although the increased transmissibility isn't accompanied by greater lethality, more people get killed by increased spread. And every moment this thing spreads, there is potential for a 10-30% fatal mutation- that's what happened to the second iteration of the "Spanish Flu" in Sept 1918, the first March- June, was a standard Influenza. JoeB must take over the top 3-5 vaccine manufacturers by the Defense Production Act and make them manufacture MASSIVE quantities, before that Death Lottery comes up snake eyes. Because every one of the 44 million infected are a human petri dish for mutations.

Sunday, January 03, 2021




Trump again moved into pure Treason with his hour long lunatic demand to GA SoS Raffsenburger to "find 11,781 votes" to help him win Georgia, or commit gross ELECTION FRAUD. He is becoming more and more of a criminal and a joke, but now 11 Repub Senators and 115 Repub Reps are going to challenge the Electoral College Report, without ANY grounds but to grovel in front of their Orange demi-God- The Pig Donald. A National Review editorial published Sunday argued that if “the Cruz-led objectors somehow actually got their way, they’d trample federal law and state sovereignty and blow a hole in the hull of American democracy.” (VF) Nancy should expel Gopper Gohmert and a few other of the ringleaders. They (probably) won't succeed this time, but the next time they want to commit Treason, Insurrection, and Subversion; they just might- there is no line the R-vermin won't cross to preserve power. Massive punishment is in order, but the voters passed up their chance to right the capsizing ship of State in both Houses. Finally the DC Mayor has called in the National Guard to handle the planned Trumpore extremists protests Jan 6, and said NO GUNS, let's see how tough these fascists pukes are confronting actual soldiers, although they won't be armed.

Trump MUST BE PROSECUTED, no matter the cost, not doing so establishes a baseline of criminality that the next Il Douche will follow!! WORSE THAN TREASON says Atlantic. The irony of CHUMP trashing his blindly loyal acolytes is supreme- Raffy (+ Kemp) is actually one of the great Vote Suppressing criminals in the US, and it's absolutely rich seeing the craven GA R-Senators do a 180 and wholeheartedly support the BS Trump $2000 Relief payment.

I could have written this piece  https://nymag.com/intellige... , in fact I kind of did in Dec 2016: https://medium.com/@mkham11... It is absolutely 100% not exaggeration, TRUMP IS A TRAITOR, the worst this country has ever seen. The most damning proof related to this hack, which may, as I contended, have been the reason why Dems "lost" the Senate (after all HSA was massively hacked, + has been totally silent about the massive Russian hacking since about April and 100's of polls showed a Dem blowout) is that Chump crippled counter-Intelligence against Russia... and diverted much of the money for the CyberCommand designed to STOP ENEMY HACKERS to his garbage stupid Wall!!! https://www.independent.co.... Quite brilliant really, he can claim he it was just his Moby Dick obsession, not actual Treason to help Papa Putin. Maybe when the truth all comes out with the real tapes of Agent Orange betraying his Country something will be done about him.                       



America's Hell keeps getting hotter: 3756 dead, 1/4 mil new cases a day; a 9-11 EVERY DAY, or one dead American every 23 seconds, 1 mil more cases every 4 daysIt is time to call out the Trumpore protection denier murderers like Noem, DeSantis, or Abbot; who have not only resisted ANY MASK measures but made it illegal for Cities or Counties to mandate them!!! Isn't there any City Rights movement in Confederate States to go with the States Rights gibberish? 

Considering we are 2-4 months from immunizing + protecting most high risk people (when we get a real President), to not have strict controls in place nationwide NOW is CRIMINAL. This is why the Turtle slug McConnell (who made a breathtakingly dishonest slam of Blue cities wanting handouts- see deadbeat moocher KY) is soooo worried about liability, that some of these Covid victims will successfully sue the bastad Repub executioners. 

This is all the result of the Thanksgiving family "parties"; wait till mid Jan when the Christmas travel shindigs will bear fruit- 5000-6000 a day could happen, but hopefully the vaccines will put a dent in those numbers. But rather than the promised 20 mil vaccinations in Dec, this incompetent Grifter Admin has only given ~3-4 mil, though they had 1 year to prepare for distribution. My God, the one thing America KNOWS is distribution!! JoeB will probably call out the National Guard with huge tent vac centers- we should be doing 2 mil a day!! Real death panels now in LA, where some hospitals are full, and new heart attack + stroke victims just must... wait... and die. In 
COVID-19 deaths through early October; Americans had collectively lost about 2.5 million years of life. Three months later, he estimates, the total is probably about 4.5 million!

+353,000 dead, or with the min 33% untested and unreported Covid dead, 470,000- more than American dead in WW2 (~420 K inc civilians-Wikip); Trump has through criminal negligence, Denial, and monstrous incompetence... killed more 'Murkins in one year than the worst War in human history! And now he is just golfing his Term away as Vaccinations are only 10% of what could be done. He hasn't even got the PDB since Sept!!! 
https://edition.cnn.com/202...  Amid rumors of Chump fleeing to Scotland on Jan 19, the Scottish 1st Minister said: "Do not come here". 

The insane lunacies believed by the Trumpanzees is pretty terrifying- it's Tragic Trump wasn't crushed by 10%, and Repubs wiped out by 8 seats in the Senate; what 74 mil morons voting for the Traitor criminal mass-murdering Trump means.. is that America is through leading the World- no one can ever trust us again- it is now the CHINESE CENTURY. The exc Juan Cole writes about that, what I wrote 2-3 weeks ago, that that huge body of deluded facist lovers might vote for a REAL Adolf the next time, not an incompetent TV clown. America has lost any moral position to preach to anyone about their transgressions after Trump/Millers refugee murders; and monstrous CV mismanagement. How incompetent Boob Trump took down America and launched the Chinese Century https://www.juancole.com/20...

America is soooooooo LOST. Trumpores, particularly those violently promoting his Fraud Fantasies are badly in need of some tire iron therapy. If JoeB doesn't find some way to shut down Faux News, OAN, RT, Breitbart- the whole garbage far Wingnut MM, we are heading for a mini Civil War. The FCC can + must simply devise new rules to stop the spread of psychotic hateful lies.


Dems idiotic ultimatum in July didn't work great the last time when the Repubs were at $2.1 trillion and Dems were at $3.1 tril, now we are grovelling for $900 mil Relief Package, with a pissant $600 Relief Check (only $166 bil more to make it $1200)... Thank Jesus.... for 3 weeks! At the previous impasse, I was thinking, is it really wise to hold out for more?? Trump's $2000 seize the limelight demand was pure show biz to embarrass Repubs for not wholeheartedly supporting his Election Coup... it had NO CHANCE of success, but Dems took the bait. Rather, they should have used that leverage to force a reprieve of the $1200 Relief payment, THAT might have worked, w Repubs unwilling to starve Americans longer (than 8 months!). This bill again divides Citizens into Winners and Losers, the Winners who manage to get 11 weeks of $300/week Unemployment Insurance ($3300, often just by being in a Blue State, because Repub scum Govs like DeSantis or Abbot have deliberately sabotaged their UI Depts to "keep their economic numbers good"!). States, who provide half the money, have always had enormous incentive to DENY claims. As well, max benefits vary massively, from $1200 in Mass. to $235 in Miss.


The incomparable Bryan Cranston is back in the story (YOUR HONOR) of a New Orleans judge whose son, in an acute asthma attack, chased by gang-bangers, mows down and kills the motorcyclist son of a vicious Mob boss. This show has the unrelenting bummer pressure of a slow-mo A SIMPLE PLAN, as the Boss activates all his resources and the Plot thickens. It's created by the powerhouse team of Michelle + Robert King, who also do the superb Law drama

THE GOOD FIGHT (best show on TV- 4 seasons, waiting for 5), about the adventures of a cop abuse Black Chicago legal firm w significant TDS plot-lines, and the previous related THE GOOD WIFE (7 seasons), which I just started- Julianna Margulies is much more sympathetic than in ER, but that show is nowhere as slick. The Kings are white, I thought otherwise from the diverse cast of The Good Fight and their name.

QUEENS GAMBIT- This show grabs you from the first appearance of the demanding feral Kentucky orphan Beth Harmon, and gets better. I am normally quite disciplined in watching episodic TV episodically, 2 is my max binge, but I really wanted to see the second episode immediately (hadn't got it yet). The period 50's + 60's sets are lovingly perfectly recreated in Berlin, which the creator saw in Babylon Berlin (the wild stew of 1929 Berlin)- Berlin contains multitudes; and the Chess scenes manage to be dramatic and tense, though I wish they actually showed an inset board w the moves. We once sat in dorm halls playing and forcing everyone to walk over us- I could attack 4-5 moves ahead but was blithely incompetent on defense and promptly lost my Queen. I can't understand how anyone plays speed-chess; my moves would sometimes take 10 min.

This show has exploded to become Netflix's most popular ever (62 mil downloads); the disturbing limpid-eyed addicted souless Beth's journey to becoming a full human being is utterly transfixing 

FARGO - 4 seasons; Incredibly fun stylish series w verve and class from the Cohen Bros, this may be the only TV show better than the classic Movie. Each season is a new story.

- 5 seasons. THE Best Sci-Fi show in the last 10 years; this series has likable empathetic fully-fleshed characters, exc acting + writing, a beautifully detailed spacefaring Solar System on the verge of War, grandiose themes- First Contact and a Space Gate, romance, I even love the unscientific jive effects, like glacial electromagnetic rail guns or the sound of rockets. 


MIKE'S BEST HOLIDAY PODCASTS - With time on your hands and repeats

all over Stock Up on some audio brain food! You can smile and nod when your Trumpore uncle babbles some trash, as you listen to the mysteries of the Universe 

THIS AMERICAN LIFE- https://www.thisamericanlife.org THE show that started the whole NPR podcast storytelling tradition some 24 years ago, still the best.

RADIOLAB  https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab The most captivating, amazing, and mind-blowing show there is- ostensibly about science this show contains multitudes, and might change your life.

ON THE MEDIA https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm The most moral, decent, and wry take on all media issues by sarcastic funny Bob Garfield + Brook Gladstone, which includes the most intractable problems of mankind. Must listen

ANTROPOCENE REVIEWED  https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/anthropocene-reviewed/episodes/anthropocene-reviewed-john-green-plague

Think this Epidemic is bad or unprecedented? It's a cakewalk compared to what people suffered for 6 centuries in the periodic Bubonic Plagues- the Black Death (and the Pneumonic Plague), that may have killed most of Europe... over and over and over. The dry neurotic totally original John Greene brings it all to life... and death with verve and impact. 

FRESH AIR  https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444908/fresh-air - Terry is the Best woman interviewer ever. I love when she giggles and brightly says,"So, that's when you killed your whole family?" and you realize she is bugsht insane.

CONSIDER THIS- https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510355/considerthis formerly the Covid Report, this highly liberal show explores the criminal failures of the Chump Admins with the sympathetic host Kelly McEvers

NPR POLITICS- https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510310/npr-politics-podcast Cowardly when it comes to harsh criticism of Repub crimes, but w valuable info on the latest mudfight

TRUMP INC https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/trumpinc Investigators from ProPublica unearth the details of the Trump Crime family

UNITED STATES OF ANXIETY https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/anxiety  How Chump is driving Americans insane, this show took long hiatuses, but is soothing in knowing YOU ARE NOT ALONE

VOX PODCASTS  https://www.vox.com/pages/podcasts  Today Explained has the top story clearly + cogently explained in 25 min; WORLDLY has excellent analyses from the sharp FP staff; Alot of Internet biz, SM, and fashion pods

NEW YORKER RADIO HOUR  https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/tnyradiohour Elite, effete, and elluminating.

THROUGHLINE https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510333/throughline Fascinating backstory of the history behind stories- hosted by coolest named hosts Randa Fatapatapa and Ramtine Arab Louie

DIANE REHM https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381443514/diane-rehm-on-my-mind Still goin + goin, she still has excellent shows with best guests twice a week 

ARE WE THERE YET https://www.npr.org/podcasts/470937634/are-we-there-yet Interesting Space program from Orlando WMFE and acquaintance Brendon

PLANETARY RADIO https://www.planetary.org/planetary-radio  Bill Nyes Space Org project that has launched the Lightsail spacecraft, and talks to the latest Interplanetary explorers from JPL-Pasedena and wider world.

THE WORLD  https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444246/pri-s-the-world  Real varied news of the World for arrogant 'Murkins. Touring the Cascades for months, I would drive to top of mtns just to listen to this ONLY media I could get, but the fools didn't pop for my reports from Ukraine.

TED RADIO HOUR https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510298/ted-radio-hour  Inspirational Tales of making the impossible happen

BBC SCIENCE HOUR  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p016tmt2/episodes/player Mix of wonder from Momma Beeb