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A week inside Donald Trump’s White House

Keeping track of all the stupid things that Donald Trump does is, quite literally, a full-time job. Remember when complete news cycles were devoted to former President Barack Obama wearing a tan suit, and Michelle Obama wearing sleeveless blouses?

Well, here is what has happened this week in the White House and Donald Trump’s administration. For perspective, keep in mind that a week is approximately two 72-hour news cycles:

The Coward-In-Chief told us on Twitter about how he could pardon himself and his family (six months into his presidency!), and he STILL thinks that disclosure of publicly available information constitutes a “leak”:

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He appeared at the commissioning ceremony for USS Gerald Ford, where he gave a speech where he bragged about himself and whined about the media, just like he does during all of his speeches to the military.

Trump fired his long-suffering press secretary Sean Spicer, who had become notorious for banning videocameras from press briefings, his ridiculous statements, and his many fashion “faux pas”…

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…and replaced him with longtime friend Anthony Scaramucci, who promptly called chief of staff Reince Priebus a “fucking paranoid schizophrenic”, and said that the chief strategist Steve Bannon “sucks his own cock”. To reiterate, the White House Director of Communications called the New Yorker to tell a reporter this in an on-the-record interview.

What wasn’t as newsworthy, however, is the fact that Scaramucci may make a massive profit for his ownership stake in SkyBridge because of a White House loophole letting him avoid a capital gains tax. The disclosure of his publicly available financial forms regarding this made Scaramucci so mad that he went on Twitter and threatened the “leaker” with prosecution. Apparently, he must have read a U.S. Government Civics high school textbook immediately afterwards, because he then deleted the tweet.

Not surprisingly, Chief of Staff Reince Preibus (whom Trump derisively called “Reincey”) was fired the next day. His replacement is John Kelly, who was formerly Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security, and who used to be in charge of the notorious Guantanamo Bay military detention center.

Speaking of press briefings: press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took propaganda to an entirely new level when she read a letter from a “9 year old” named “Dylan”, with the nickname of “Pickle”, during a press conference:

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I don’t know about you, but this seems ridiculous and implausible. Most nine year old children have much higher writing skills than this. The purported letter, which was “mailed”, never even had any creases on it. Donald Trump also has a long history of creating false aliases to spread his fake news, which have a Wikipedia page dedicated to them. And, let’s not forget that Vice President Mike Pence has a cat named “Pickle”.

Donald Trump gave a speech at the Boy Scout Jamboree, which drew parallels to Adolf Hitler and the Hitler Youth for its political rhetoric. Trump, who was never a Boy Scout, encouraged the crowd to boo Barack Obama, who actually was a Boy Scout. Not only that, Trump mentioned sex, swore, bragged about himself, lied about others, and actually told the crowd of kids that he thanked them for the support during the election, and asked them to support repealing Obamacare.

Of course, the current president of BSA is Randall Stevenson, who is also the CEO of AT&T, which stands to profit immensely if the Trump administration approves their merger with Time Warner. To be fair, it is a longtime tradition for current presidents to speak at the BSA Jamborees, but there is nothing traditional about how the Trump administration have conducted themselves.

The GOP-created Trumpcare was defeated THREE times in Congress this past week: full repeal, modified repeal, and “skinny repeal”. It is off the table for now, but Republican health care legislation is like a zombie: eventually it’ll come back to life to try and scare us all…

Trump repeatedly bragged about the rising economy, despite only being in office for 2 financial quarters, and despite not passing any legislation that would directly or indirectly affect the economy. He also bragged about the Chinese company Foxconn promising to build a factory in Wisconsin. Of course, Foxconn has made these promises for years, but ultimately reneged.

Foxconn is probably most notorious for being such a tough place to work, that they had to install suicide nets at their Chinese headquarters to help deter demoralized and overworked employees from killing themselves.

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At this rate, the overworked and demoralized White House is going to need suicide nets of its own…

Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was summoned to the Senate Judiciary Committee to provide testimony regarding Russian collusion. Since he wasn’t sworn under oath, Kushner was able to lie repeatedly. However, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. and former campaign manager Paul Manafort are also due to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committe.

Not surprisingly, Trump defended Kushner in what he terms a “witch hunt”. Somewhat surprisingly, he actually used his 11 year old son to make fun of the FBI investigation on Twitter…

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Which is pretty pathetic, considering Donald Trump has spent more time golfing this year than he has spent time with his son Barron his entire life…

In fact, Donald Trump has golfed more times this year than most presidents spend their entire terms. Unlike other presidents, however, Trump owns his own courses, so the U.S. government and taxpayers actually pay him to golf.

In other news: Donald Trump, who has lived his entire life acting as if he is above the law, who is an accused rapist, who currently has open lawsuits filed against him for sexual assault and unpaid wages, who is currently under FBI and New York state attorney general investigation, who has literally worked with Italian and Russian mafia members, who was sued by the Department of Justice for racism, and who has committed financial fraud on a massive scale…

stated his support for law enforcement in their efforts to stop the MS-13 gang.

Of course, his “support” for law enforcement does not extend to his own administration. The most powerful LEO in the U.S., attorney general Jeff Sessions, has been publicly ridiculed and repeatedly demeaned by Donald Trump in hopes that Sessions will resign. Not to mention Trump’s continual libel and slander directed to current and former LEO’s in the U.S. intelligence communities, especially the ones that are currently investigating Trump in the Russiagate investigation, including Robert Mueller.

His counselor Kellyanne Conway said that ethics filings discourage potential government employees (maybe because the Trump administration HAS no ethics?). She also complained about White House leakers, despite the many rumors that she is the main senior staff member gossiping to the media.

Trump went to Youngstown, Ohio, to waste our time and money giving another rally. Why does he still give campaign rallies? To boost his fragile self-esteem? Who knows. He did say that it “broke all records”…but the venue he spoke at only has a 5,900 person capacity, so it sure wasn’t a crowd record he broke. Maybe it set a record for the most amount of lies ever spoken in Youngstown? Who knows…

If all that isn’t enough, the Coward-In-Chief announced on Twitter that he would ban all transgendered people from serving in the military.Untitled

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Take a look at the timestamps on those 2 tweets.

There is a NINE MINUTE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM. The entire U.S., not to mention the U.S. military (who Trump had NOT spoke to, despite his claims), and much of the world, actually thought that the United States was declaring war on another country! But nope…it was just a draft-dodging dingleberry deciding to tell actual servicemembers that they cannot serve in the military.

He didn’t tell them during a press conference. He told them on social media.

Unsurprisingly, the military immediately released a statement contradicting Trump’s orders, which said that transgendered people are allowed to serve until further notice…

In the meantime, the White House itself is being run by overworked junior staffers who are incapable of writing propaganda above a 5th-grade reading level. Here is what the White House reads (literally, this is what they tell us they read):

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So…to summarize, the White House thinks preparatory work is actually newsworthy (the contractors protesting the bidding process, however, WAS newsworthy), they think illegal border crossings are capable of “crashing” instead of falling or decreasing, and they even quote the insufferable Michelle Malkin speaking about Internet “net neutrality”. I’m not quite sure how net neutrality would have U.S. Constitutional challenges, considering the Internet wasn’t even around in 1787. If you ask me, the White House should spend more time reading the U.S. Constitution, instead of ridiculous opinions from irrelevant people.

And, to top all of this off, a Reuters poll released 3 days ago states that Donald Trump only has a 35% approval rate, and a 59% disapproval rate.

Anyway, I’m sure this isn’t even the full list of stupid things that Donald Trump has done this week. But, if you want to see more stupidity for yourself, here’s Donald Trump’s Twitter page.

Just be prepared for ignorance and hypocrisy on an “unpresidented” scale…

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Millionaire asshole golfs again

After Donald Trump’s trip to France to celebrate Bastille Day (surely he recognizes the symbolism?), he skipped returning to the White House, and immediately went to his Trump golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament is there, which lasts throughout this weekend, and the Golfer-In-Chief wasn’t about to skip out on his 2 favorite pastimes: golf, and leering at women.

Trump has already advertised the tournament on his Twitter page, multiple times…

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At this point, you are probably wondering how the hell a POTUS can get away with advertising for a golf course that he owns and profits from.

To be fair, Donald Trump was awarded the tournament in 2012, back when he had just bowed out of that year’s presidential election, and was still happily cashing NBC checks on “The Apprentice”. Upon being awarded the tournament, Trump had this to say:

“It is my great honor to have Trump National Golf Club Bedminster host the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open,” said Donald J. Trump, chairman and president of The Trump Organization. “We designed this course to appeal to and to challenge the greatest golfers in the world, and having the most prestigious event in women’s golf at this course makes our plans complete. I look forward to a truly memorable championship.”

The USGA, after Trump’s election, wanted to move the tournament to a different course. Apparently, Trump’s attorneys threatened a lawsuit if they moved, so the USGA had no choice but to hold the tournament at Bedminster.

Although, I’m not quite sure why this particular course was chosen in the first place. According to Golf Digest magazine, Trump Bedminster is a mediocre golf course, and is not even a top-10 course in New Jersey. It reportedly has a flooding problem, which helps to explain why Trump’s golf balls always end up in the water when he golfs there (or elsewhere!).

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Eric Trump, son of Donald, is the one nominally in charge of the Trump Golf enterprise, when he’s not busy diverting money from cancer charities and children’s hospitals to buy oil paintings and housewares. The Trump children have had a horrible week, from Ivanka getting exposed by the Washington Post for her hypocritical business practices, to Donald Jr. lying several times about the several Russians he met with during his father’s presidential campaign. As the “Russiagate” investigation rolls on, Donald Trump is busy trying to distract us from his crimes. Whether that is awkwardly yanking on the French first lady’s arm, having bouts of amnesiausing his 2020 re-election fund to pay for his son Donald Jr’s legal fund (now there’s a sad irony), or calling the Russiagate investigation a “hoax” despite the 25+ investigators and attorneys currently working on it, Donald Trump always manages to stay in the news on a daily basis for doing things that are stupid to the point of being newsworthy.

And, of course, despite the fact that he continually called out Barack Obama for his golf trips, and the fact that he promised to not vacation as much when he became president, this is the 36th golf outing that Trump has taken since he was inaugurated 6 months ago. Trump’s vacationing has become so notorious that there are several websites dedicated to keeping track of it:

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Since Trump still fully owns Trump Organization and discreetly oversees it, he profits off of U.S. taxpayers, who get charged every time he travels to a Trump hotel, golf course, or any other associated property. Between the usage of Air Force One and Marine One, the security costs, etc., it adds up very quickly. As you can see on the graphic above, he has already cost taxpayers over $46 million (in my opinion, the actual costs run much higher). And that money gets put right back into his company, which is an apparent violation of the U.S. Constitution emoluments clause. The fact that he still advertises Trump golf events on Twitter just adds insult to injury.

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A plane flies over Trump Bedminster golf course in New Jersey, protesting the appearance and ownership of President Donald Trump.

The “Russiagate” investigation has started to ramp up recently, so using his companies to profit off of his presidency may not seem like a big deal compared to things like espionage, conspiracy, and perjury. I assure you, however, that it will be one of the many things that will contribute to his eventual undoing.

 

MAGA: My Angry Government Article

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Ever since Donald Trump unimaginably became our 45th president, I have refrained from writing articles about him. Mostly because he does something stupid to the point of being newsworthy every day, and I would not have the time to constantly write about it.

But, after this weekend, I cannot stay silent. Donald Trump is, without a doubt, the most incompetent person to ever hold office in any capacity, let alone being a leader of the free world. He thoroughly embarrassed the U.S. during the G20 Summit, from letting his unelected daughter Ivanka actually represent the U.S. at the table during a meeting (the G20 is the largest meeting of world leaders, having a child represent you is unusual and has never happened before. He should have, at the very least, suborned his chair to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, NOT his daughter!) to having a secretive meeting with Vladimir Putin that lasted for hours, without any note-taking or witnesses. He actually stated that him and Putin would start a cybersecurity initiative, despite the fact that Putin’s Russia was the country who hacked into our voter logs and nuclear reactors. If that isn’t insane enough, Trump has seemingly taken a page from communist countries like North Korea, and posted a choir singing his own “theme song” celebrating his Make America Great Again catchphrase (this video is from July 4th. he has posted a newer one with a super ridiculous slideshow on his Twitter page):

 

Pretty awful, huh? OK. Let me pour a nice big glass of “covfefe”, and let’s get started…

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Donald Trump is a liar. He will literally say anything to try to get over on you. Don’t believe me? Here, he’ll prove it:

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Didn’t expect him to say that, huh? He still has literally hundreds of contradictory and ridiculous tweets on his page. His former golf caddy and current anti social media director Dan Scavino Jr. hasn’t bothered to delete any of his older tweets, or even to suggest a coherent and consistent platform for Trump to follow on Twitter, so his tweets continue to be outrageous and hypocritical.

How bad is Trump? Well, he has a 34% approval rating in the U.S., and is hated even more outside of the U.S. (he has a 12% approval rating in Germany, where he just left from the G20 Summit in Hamburg). He hasn’t accomplished anything of substance, except to divide the country even more with his ridiculous rhetoric. The only thing he seemingly accomplished was keeping the Carrier air-conditioner jobs in Indiana, and that has proven to be fake, since the jobs are being lost anyway. His executive orders are mostly meaningless, and state and local leaders ignore his orders to report undocumented immigrants and voter logs. The GOP-created “Trumpcare” is being called the most-hated piece of legislation in U.S. history. He has taken more golf trips during his first 6 months than most presidents take their entire term, and he has cost U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars already due to flagrant overuse of Secret Service security and the Air Force One plane. His speeches are filled with lies, and complaints towards media organizations that have treated him far better than he deserves. If that’s not bad enough, whenever he visits a Trump hotel or golf course (oh, you thought he would have to put Trump ownership in a blind trust? Nope, he still discreetly runs the company!), he charges the government for its usage. Donald Trump is, quite literally, using the presidency as a way to profit off of you and me.

His administration is filled with Trump acquaintances and family members, along with K-Street and Capitol Hill rejects. His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who had absolutely no political experience (Trump himself had no political experience either before becoming President), became senior staff members in the White House. Rick Perry, who wanted to get rid of the Department of Energy yet couldn’t even name it in a debate (the moment ended his presidential campaign last year), is…you guessed it, the secretary of the Department of Energy. His Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is a long-time associate of many influential Russians, and Vladimir Putin even awarded him the Russian Order Of Friendship in 2012. Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, with his son, reportedly had Russians attempt to hack into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. The Housing and Urban Development cabinet is run by a man who thinks poverty is “a state of mind” (Ben Carson), and a wedding planner whose only qualification is that she presumably lives in a house (Lynne Patton). If you are Catholic, you should be offended that a woman who had an affair with a married man whose wife was suffering from cancer, has been nominated by Trump to become Ambassador to the Holy See (the Vatican). If you are Muslim, you are certainly offended at his ill-conceived attempts at banning Muslims from entering the country (which have been overturned by U.S. Circuit Courts). If you have average intelligence or higher, you have to be offended at a White House that refuses to allow videotaped press briefings, that treats journalists like troublesome children, and that uses social media just like troublesome children.

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There has been proven collusion with Russia during the election, with Donald Trump’s campaign. U.S. intelligence agencies have proof, and major media outlets like CNN and the Washington Post have proof as well. U.S. intelligence agencies have asked the media to not release this information, but as the investigation moves along, this information will eventually be released to the public. This is why the “Golfer-In-Chief” always talks about “fake news”, he wants to discredit the media before the Russiagate investigation goes to the next level. Robert Mueller, head of the investigation, has dozens of people working on the case, and he even has people focusing on potential money laundering and fraud (trust me, there’s been a lot of that). Needless to say, the Commander-In-Queef wants to control the media narrative before it controls him. This is something he’s done his entire life. Remember when the New York Post infamously ran a cover story bragging about Donald Trump’s sexual prowess? He personally leaked that story. If Marla Maples hadn’t been forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement like everyone else who is associated with Donald Trump, she would surely tell the truth. Of course, rumors abound that First Lady Melania Trump (when not working on her “cyberbullying initiative”) is cheating on Donald with a man who lives in NYC, and this was part of the reason she stayed behind to live in Trump Tower (which we paid for) while Donald moved into the White House.

Donald Trump IS fake news. He is the original gangsta, the Triple OG of fake news. How fake? He used to call news organizations under the guise of “John Barron”, who would “leak” news that praised Trump in some capacity.  Any news article or show that makes complaints about Trump (which is basically everything except for Fox News), is called “fake news” by him and the White House, because his feelings got hurt. Donald has a son named Barron, he has fake Time magazine covers posted on his Trump properties along with oil paintings of himself that was paid for with Donald J. Trump charity foundation money, and he is still leaking fake news out to the world, but on a much larger level.

I’ll end this article as simply as possible, with the philosophy of Occams Razor. Occams Razor states that if two explanations exist for one outcome, then the simpler and more logical explanation is usually correct.

Are we to believe a man who has lied his entire life, who has lived by his rules without ever being held accountable for them, who currently has open lawsuits ranging from sexual assault to non-payment of funds (yes, the president can be sued for things that happened before he became president), a man who recently renewed the web domain “TrumpTowerMoscow.com” , a man who is either narcissistic, has dementia, or is an idiot (probably a combination of the three)…or are we to believe our own intuition and facts that are easily accessed on the internet?

The ironic part is that Trump has been committing crimes his entire life. He only ran for president out of spite, to prove to his many detractors that he could actually become president. Well, he accomplished it all right, but now he is subject to the same checks and balances that guide everyone else in government. He has committed fraud on an unprecedented (unpresidented?) scale, and has been flagrant about it. Unfortunately for him, he can’t bribe or extort the U.S. government to drop the investigation, although he has surely tried, like with former FBI director James Comey.

If you are a true patriot (not a fake patriot who waves their made-in-China flag around and uses flag emojis constantly, but is really a hypocrite traitor, like Michael Flynn and his son), then you have to be pissed off at where our country is. I’m pissed off. Trump has alienated our world allies, while reaching out to dictators in Turkey, the Philippines, and Russia. That’s why I took the time to write this article. His entire administration is filled with complicit traitors. Most of the U.S. military, contrary to his propaganda, does not respect him, and Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis is probably the ONLY person in his administration who is not a traitor (incidentally, Mattis is #6 in the presidential line of succession). Donald Trump has always been a fake, a fraud, and a coward. He has never won a fair fight in his life, because he has always rigged the fights in his favor. If you believe in karma, then he is certainly due for his. If you believe in the rule of law, then he will be held accountable for colluding with Russia to win the presidential election, for lying about it, for obstructing justice (most notably, for the firing of former FBI director James Comey), and for violating the U.S. Constitution emoluments clause.

Whether his supporters are in denial, or simply support him out of spite towards everyone else, they will soon find out what most of the world has already learned: that he is an incompetent traitor. The day Donald Trump leaves office is the day that we can truly begin to make America great, again.

 

 

 

 

MUSIC REVIEW: The Acacia Strain, “Gravebloom”

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Good old TAS, the OG’s of nihilistic downtuned modern metal music. Ever since their inception around the turn of the millenium (has it been almost 20 years already?!?), they have been kicking our collective asses. In their first 10 years, they released three legitimate classics: 2006’s “The Dead Walk” (is there anything heavier than the beginning of “4×4”?”); 2008’s “Continent”, which was/is 10/10 perfection from beginning to end; and 2010’s “Wormwood”, which would begin a shift from the mid-tempo malevolence into the slower, doomier sound that they are known for now.

Now it’s 2017, and there are probably hundreds of bands out there operating from The Acacia Strain’s influential musical template. So, what do they do? Why, record and release “Gravebloom”, of course, which certainly ranks among their best albums (released June 30th on Rise Records).

It opens with “Worthless”, a self-loathing song set to swirling guitars which has a surprising dynamic shift around the 2:45 mark. Things don’t get any happier: the indictment of society on “Plague Doctor”, exploring how to not be a model citizen on “Model Citizen”, the funereal dirge of “Cold Gloom”, and the Deftones-esque dissonant wall of sound on “Abyssal Depths”.

“Bitter Pill”, “Dark Harvest”, and “Calloused Mouth” pick up the tempo and are more reminiscent of the old-school TAS sound that we all know and love. “Dark Harvest” in particular is musically and lyrically reminiscent of the awesome “Holy Walls Of The Vatican” off of their previous album Coma Witch.

The lyrics of Vincent Bennett alternate between suicidal desperation and hostility towards the corruption of society. When he screams “We exist inside a wasteland / Rolling fields of agony / Bodies hanging lifeless / In a forest of dying trees / The last great disciple of the human race / Slipping through the cracks of time and space” on Bitter Pill, he paints a dystopian picture that is bleak, yet defiantly in acceptance of its fate.

When you get a TAS album, you pretty much know what you’re going to get. Aside from the occasional shift in song dynamics, Gravebloom pretty much sticks to the sound that The Acacia Strain is known for. And let’s be happy they did, because they have released one of the top metal albums of 2017.

 

The 25 Ta Life soap opera just had a plot twist

Anybody who is familiar with the hardcore band 25 Ta Life, knows how much drama surrounds them (check out one of my earlier articles if you are unfamiliar).

In a somewhat unexpected plot twist, however, James “Stikman” Ismean from the New Jersey hardcore band Fury Of Five has signed on to be the vocalist for 25 Ta Life’s upcoming performance at This Is Hardcore 2017.

Considering Stikman recorded a diss track towards Rick Healey (the longtime vocalist for 25 Ta Life) a couple years ago, this is unexpected indeed…

 

Remember when Axl Rose first started performing with AC/DC, and how ridiculous THAT sounded? Well, imagine if Axl had talked shit about Brian Johnson and threatened to kick his ass, and THEN signed on to do performances with AC/DC.

Yeah, it’s like that.

25 Ta Life with Stikman admittedly sounds good, however, especially with the return of OG guitarist Beto…

 

Either way, TIHC 2017 will be awesome, and as a longtime fan of both 25 Ta Life and Fury Of Five, this will be one of the most anticipated performances.

Donald Trump comes to Ypsilanti, MI

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What an unexpected treat! No, I’m not talking about the heavily redacted tax forms that were leaked from the White House…no, I’m talking about our Commander-In-Queef in the orange flesh! In my city! About 5 miles from my house, at the old Willow Run auto plant that has recently been converted to an autonomous car testing facility.

Will he use the word “bigly”? Will he take credit for the economic upturn, despite being a President for less than a financial quarter? Will he accidentally get run over by an autonomous car?

Well, 2 out of 3 isn’t bad.

Here is definitive proof that Donald Trump is a traitor

If this doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.

To clarify: The ONLY thing that our President Of The United States has liked on Twitter so far in 2017, is a Fox News article where Al Franken “thinks (Jeff) Sessions committed perjury”.

It seriously blows my mind that Trump continues to expose himself on Twitter. To this day, you can go on his Twitter page and find dozens of seriously suspect tweets from years ago where he directly contradicts himself or makes himself look like an insecure idiot. 

Now, it can’t be called “fake news” if he writes it himself, can it? Here’s another fun one:

What’s so funny, you might ask? Well, the fact that Donald Trump wrote this in 2012, and the fact that he has now apparently decided to appoint Jon Huntsman as Ambassador to Russia. Trump must not care if Huntsman were to “give our country” to Russia; in fact, it completely goes along with the Russian complicity narrative that his administration has been surrounded in.

For all of the talk about “extreme vetting”, someone needs to vet Trump’s Twitter feed (and Sean Spicer’s Twitter feed too, he is possibly the most incompetent user of social media that I have ever seen). Or not…it is all quite amusing, I suppose…