Day: January 26, 2017

Pipeline Made of Words

One of the executive orders President Trump signed yesterday re-authorized the Keystone XL pipeline. Which that company (TransCanada) is no longer sure it could build, since the stakeholders have moved on to other projects. In fact, TransCanada are in the midst of suing the US for $15 billion for having blocked the pipeline, and this executive order could be interpreted as us agreeing we need to pay them 15 billion dollars.

However, being a Canadian company, they’re suing us under NAFTA, which Trump has said he’s going to renegotiate.

However, the president of Mexico, one of the NAFTA treaty countries, is rethinking whether he wants to talk about negotiating any of this, or anything at all, since Trump’s building a wall (at an estimated minimum cost of $20 billion).

What’s going to happen? I don’t know. But I do know, from lots of experience, that writing something down doesn’t automatically cause it to occur, even after it’s published nationally. Otherwise I would have a genie buddy, an android research assistant, and a haunted card deck.


Trumpian Ideology

Prooty tired of hearing variations on “Trump is not ideological.” He’s extremely ideological. He is rabidly and dogmatically in favor of policies that are racist, greedy, authoritarian, and anti-science. Tell me again how that’s not an ideology.

“Loyal,” I think is the word people are looking for. He’s not loyal.


You want to say an election you won was illegitimate? Cool, I’m in. I demand a re-vote. Now.

Here’s what the Secretary of State of Massachusetts has to say. He is 100% on board for a nationwide revote.

New Hampshire’s attorney general says Trump’s accusation is totally bogus “unless you consider a gentleman from Massachusetts being an illegal immigrant. In the previous election cycle, we learned of a Massachusetts man who thought it would be more interesting to vote in New Hampshire. We investigated and prosecuted that individual, but that’s the closest thing I can tell you of an illegal immigrant voting in our state.”

What do your state’s secretary of state and attorney general say? Do they agree they totally fucked up their jobs and registered millions of illegal voters? Or are they ready to defend themselves and call the bluff of a serial liar?

Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos says “We have multiple layers of safeguards in place to prevent illegal voting and remain constantly vigilant to guarantee that the voices of Texans at the ballot box are not muted by those who attempt to engage in abuse or fraud within our election system,” and AG Paxton says he’s only been involved in two voter fraud cases (both from a previous election). Looks like the fraud claims came from tweets by Gregg Phillips, a former Health and Human Services Commission executive, who knows all about votes because ?

Gregg Phillips runs a healthcare analytics firm in Austin, and it looks like he’s lunatic zero on this whole thing. Tweeted some nonsense which was picked up by Alex JonesInfowars which got it in front of Trump people.

To his credit: “When did a tweet become news?” Phillips told the American-Statesman. “I’m just like a guy. I’m an ordinary guy. There are billions of tweets every single day and because somebody picked it up, made something of something I wrote, all of a sudden the president-elect is talking about me? Seriously, is a tweet really news? Isn’t everything on Twitter fake?”

Permit By Permit

In Mr. Trump’s opinion, he’s perfectly free to continue to profit mightily from businesses he now regulates. In my considered legal estimation, only if we permit him. As in: planning permits, construction permits. Our body politic has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

Trump Hotels is probably eyeing Dallas, Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco for its next expansion, maybe under the brand name “Scion.” If they, or any Trump business, start nosing around your town, head to your local planning office and raise hell. America isn’t ANYONE’s private piggy bank, least of all a President’s.

Trump Hotels, Amid Calls to Divest, Instead Plans U.S. Expansion,” Bloomberg

I’m writing from Pescara, Italy, where a large mass of snowflakes which had been to the mountaintop just took out a hotel. If I were the Trumps, I’d take that as an omen.