Steam Whistle News Feed – August 12, 2022

Such hypocrisy in the world today. *smh* No no—by me. Sure, I’ll be the first to admit it. Everyone does it, everyone engages in it, but I‘ll be the first to admit it: Yes, I do that thing that everyone else does that we all publicly say shouldn’t be done by anyone. I’m a hypocrite. That jar of cookies that I shouldn’t pilfer? Yeah, I pilfered one. Three. That hole looking into the locker room of the sex to which I’m attracted, next to my locker room? Yeah, I looked. You better believe I looked. Do I know it’s wrong? Sure. Did I abandon all discretion and tell people to get in single file line so I could charge them for a peak? No. Not yet, anyway. Did I start a massive media conglomerate which devotes I don’t know how many resources to saying people who stare into that sex’s locker rooms have a fundamental right to do it, and if they get caught then it’s someone else’s fault—the liberal media, the Democrats, homosexuals, trans people, the groomers, enablers and social justice warriors of society—and that we—the past, present and soon-to-be locker-room-lookers—should blame everyone but ourselves, including that victimized opposite sex (or cookies) for looking so sultry and dressing so scantily, and virtually begging us to do what we did?

And if anyone does it to us, we have every right to sue them for millions in damages because they violated our civil rights, and we have every right to be victorious, otherwise that massive media conglomerate will go and tell everyone our civil rights were violated and that the world is unfair to our kind and our kind alone?

I mean, no. 

However, we’re all scumbags.  We’re all thieves.  We’re all imperfect, and we all do it to some degree.  Every one of us.

I’m just scumbag enough to admit it.

So, what the hell am I actually talking about? Not talking about Donald Trump anymore, that’s what I’m talking about.

I keep saying to ignore him and he will disappear. Because that is, truly, the extent of his value to the political sphere in America. Such is the way of the cipher. I know it doesn’t happen overnight, and it’ll likely be past the start of 2025 before he really begins to fade from the public eye, but the more it’s practiced the quicker it will go.

So, why am I bringing this up?  Because I’m going to talk about Trump this week.

I know, I know.  Such hypocrisy.

But it’s that thing everyone’s talking about: the FBI raiding Trump’s home and seizing whatever documents were deemed relevant because they actually still belong to the U.S. government. I’m not going to talk about it at length, because, whether Merrick Garland had ulterior motives or not, it was well known Trump was breaking the law by hoarding away boxes of classified documents in his Florida mega-mansion. There’s nothing else to say about it, per se.

Except the right wing media, conservative politicians and the Facebook loonies and Dark Triad types—Trump being one—are all screaming, ‘Unjust! UNFAIR! Bloody murder at my fundamental rights to be a cookie-stealing, shower-peeping a–hole! It’s the government’s fault, not the pervert or thief who broke the law! THAT COULD’VE BEEN ME!

‘Hypothetically.  I mean *ahem* I never would have done a thing like that in real life.  But if I had…’

Some are even going to so far as to arm up and single-handedly try to storm their local FBI office and… I don’t know.  Get arrested or killed in the process?  Which is pretty much the only guaranteed outcome from a decision like that.

And while this was going on, Trump himself went and testified at a deposition on Wednesday as part of the New York Attorney General’s civil investigation into Trump Organization shady business practices. After reading a statement where he shifted to blame to the AG herself (surprised?), he proceeded to take the Fifth for the over 400 questions posed to him, likely at the advice of his lawyers, likely because they knew when the man opens his mouth even to pick his teeth, something idiotic, hypocritical or possibly incriminating (or bits of cheeseburger he had the night before) is likely to come out. It’s yet to be determined if the investigation will eventually lead to a civil suit, but if it does, anything he said at the deposition can and will be yadda yadda yadda, and future yadda yadda yaddas. Because the mouth breather that is Donald Trump can’t even mouth breathe without yadda yadda yadda. You know what I’m saying?

And speaking of future yadda yadda yaddas, more legal troubles are currently being piled on top of the man, like he were the caramel-coated, vanilla ice cream in some giant, Trump fudge sundae whose mere existence has been deemed a violation of federal business regulation somewhere in America. The DA of New York County currently has an ongoing investigation into basically the same Trump crimes as the Attorney General is looking into, and the Organization’s longtime CFO Allen Weisselberg has already been indicted as a result. The trial against him and the Organization itself has just this week been set to begin in October, after a judge rejected requests to throw the case out of court.

And all the while, they cry ‘UNFAIR’! 

‘They’ being the same people who literally cried this week (literally): “[The] Democrats’ new army of 87,000 IRS agents will be coming for you,” and, “[The Democrats’ new legislation] is going to hire 87,000 new IRS agents and it’s going to arm — as in guns, you know, Democrats are always upset about guns — 70,000 of these IRS agents.” That’s the honest Kevin McCarthy and the honorable Marjorie Taylor Greene, respectively, both of whom, along with a murder of other GOP politicians, are lying on Twitter and in the media about the inevitable passing of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Lying because they’re not actually telling the truth.

Hey, if they don’t like it, why don’t they just, I don’t know, move to Canada? Or try and change the Constitution? Oh, wait: turns out intervention in Republican primaries has been the already decade-long strategy of a conservative network called The Convention of States Action, which is continually throwing money (often from undisclosed sources) into several state elections, looking to oust any GOP candidate who doesn’t support changing the Constitution to make it exclusively favor those who lean to the right in America. They’re trying to get 38 states on board so they can bypass Congress entirely, and start amending in their own favor. And while similar efforts have been made in vain over the almost 250 years since its signing, each sputtering movement to change the Constitution has had a specific, clearly spelled-out agenda. But not this one. Presently, they seek, quite vaguely, to “propose amendments to the Constitution…that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.”

Which is kind of creeping the rest of America out—including candidates they’ve helped so far to succeed—for how vague and propagandist the whole thing comes across. Which, of course, is quite intentional.

Meanwhile, half a world away in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Europe’s largest nuclear plant has been percolating for weeks now under fire from…well, it depends on who you ask. Russia says Ukraine continues to shell the plant, exclusively, and Ukraine says Russia has planted mines all around in anticipation of a Ukrainian counter-offensive, while simultaneously using it as a base of military operations and randomly setting off munitions there and blaming it on Ukraine. Regardless of who’s telling lies and who’s telling the truth, the fact that Russia continues to even maintain a strong, wartime presence in and around a f—ing nuclear plant will be the one and only reason the situation ever goes…well…nuclear, and boils over into another catastrophic, regional meltdown like the one at Chernobyl, which is now full of Russian soldier turds, just on the other side of the country.