It is very tough trying to keep from blowing my brains out or leaping from the top of the Washington Monument when Bill takes his annual summer vacation from his "Real Time" HBO show each Friday night.  Sure, I always enjoy his humor at week's end providing, as he does, a platform to poke fun at politicians on the right and the left (but mainly the right) a rarity in our conservative ruled world.  But now that we're living in Trumpland, it's not just that I enjoy his Friday Night Funnies but I've developed a real need for his weekly hour of "How The Fuck Did We Wind Up With This Circus Klown as President?" jokes and barbs.  He serves as a pressure release valve for me just like those jiggling, whistling ones you find on top of your Mom's aluminium pressure cooker.

I mean I'm not lying!  Fridays?  By Friday - every Friday, I might add - there has been such an accumulation of Trump generated batshit crazy Tweets like revamping America's entire legal immigration program into the "Educated Whites Only Trumpland Immigration Program" and totally whacked White House Leaks about which side is winning in the White House - the S.K. Bannon "destroy America" wing or the "more moderate" Reince Priebus wing "promoting Trump/Ryan healthcare and vouchering Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid" pogrom.  Or we've gone through an entire week of uncovering half a dozen lies Trump has told us that weren't anywhere near "the truth" but were, in fact, some weirdly alt.right world truism, what the fuck are you talking about? And then we're forced to ask:  "Is someone keeping his fingers away from the nuclear button?"

Yeah.  This is the kind of week, every week, we've been going through for six months now ricocheting between alt.right world and deconstruct America world.   Bill Maher is like a weekly double dose of Zanax shot directly into my brain or an hour of traumatic psychoanalysis that allows us to chill out, empty our brains of all the scarifying shit we've witnessed for the week, and bring us down from a state of suicidal readiness to a more rational state like "Okay, how much longer do we have to put up with this shit?" mood that allows us to get through the next week despite the fact that President Circus Klown still occupies the White House.


The knives are coming out for H.R. McMaster

By: Natasha Bertrand
Business Insider
August 4, 2017

Allies of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon intensified their battle against national security adviser H.R. McMaster this week as McMaster began asserting more control over the National Security Council and fired officials appointed by his immediate predecessor, Michael Flynn.

The dismissals of Ezra Cohen-Watnick, Rich Higgins, and Derek Harvey have exacerbated friction between McMaster and the White House's more nationalist wing, which is led by Bannon and has President Donald Trump's ear.
"There is a split in the White House between the Bannon camp of ideologues and the McMaster-Mattis-Tillerson camp of more centrist intellectuals," Pete Mansoor, a retired Army colonel who worked closely with McMaster, told Politico. "And this conflict is playing out in real time as the Trump administration tries to flesh out its foreign policy and national security policy."

NOTE:  This is the kind of "at the drop of a hat" emergency campaign that the right wing media is so good at.  When they feel that their agenda is threatened - exactly like the current McMaster's sliming - they circle the wagons and attack.  We liberals and Democrats have nothing like the interlocking web of conservative media outlets and online pundits and web sites who can be called upon at a moment's notice to push a particular agenda item.   What happens is not benign.  It's why conservative policies - right-to-work-laws, Voter ID laws, defunding Planned Parenthood,  criminalizing protests, incarceration of millions of Americas, Muslim Travel Bans, bashing minorities with impunity, - and there are many more - have taken hold in America and have altered every facet of American political economic, and social life.

It's why Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones can say that liberals are preparing to go to armed warfare to get rid of Trump and no one blinks an eye.

Or why Trump can propose an "Educated Whites Only" legal immigration policy.

Or why Attorney General Jeff Sessions can jettison consent decree agreements with local police departments and ........ "crickets."

Have A Good Day!   


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