The Scaramucci Putsch

             Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?
                                        – Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” 1975

Anthony Scaramucci (“The Mooch”) was either the most obsequious sycophant since Waylon Smithers, Jr., or a stealth assassin.  While the former is harmless, albeit a bit sad, the latter may be the reason new White House Chief of Staff, Retired General John Kelly, ushered him out the door before the stains of his tenure had dried.

If Donald Trump’s head split open and his id jumped out, it would look and sound like The Mooch. 

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Ghost Voters in the Sky

A delusion is a belief that is clearly false and that indicates an abnormality in the affected person’s content of thought.

 – Chandra Kiran and Suprakash Chaudhury, “Understanding delusions

When a man sees things others don’t see, the most beneficial possibility is that he is a visionary.  Unfortunately, visionaries are as common as icicles in Yuma and it’s more likely the vision is the product of delusion, hallucination, or fabrication.  For example, Donald Trump told a rally he “watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering” when they saw the World Trade Center collapse on 911.  “I saw it,” he told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News.  “It was on television.”  Nobody else saw the thousands of invisible celebrants that Trump saw.  The Washington Post, while awarding Four Pinocchios, generously characterized the claim as “another case of Trump’s overactive imagination.”  That’s a politically correct way of saying “delusion.”

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I’ll Be Your Public Servant Today. How Would You Like Your Sleaze?

Introducing a fictitious politician, Governor of an unidentified state named S. Lee Zbag.  Call him “Governor Lee.”  He has a new acquaintance, a wealthy and ambitious businessman named Richard Guy.  Let’s call him “Rich.”  Governor Lee has expensive tastes and enjoys the good life.  Rich knows what the wealthy and powerful have known for years:  local politicians are easier to buy off than national-level politicians.  In the District, Senators and Representatives demand top dollar and get it.  In the hinterlands, however, there are bargains galore.  And Governor Lee is for sale.

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I’ve Got A Secret

              The liberties of people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
                              – Patrick Henry

Ally Miller, a local County Supervisor with a penchant for sluicing her official email through a personal email account, has a powerful new friend in high places.  Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has declared, in a Legal Opinion, that messages sent or received through a private email account, messenger service, or social network are not public records.  Brnovich did not mention his ongoing investigation into Miller’s emails.  Nonetheless, if the investigation reflects his Legal Opinion, then Miller is largely off the hook – along with every public employee in Arizona who wants to hide his or her official communications.  Brnovich has given every unscrupulous public official a blank check to draw on the Bank of Chicanery and knee-capped Arizona’s Public Records Law.

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