I so need a “puppygate”

On December 9, 2016 a BBC article offered this question about Park Geundye’s impeachment, “Did a puppy bring down South Korea’s president?”

The impeachment of President Park is said to have been set in motion when a South Korean pop star, Ko Young-tae, faced the fury of Ms Choi’s (a long-time personal friend of Ms Park) condemnation for abandoning her daughter’s puppy at his home when he went to play a round of golf.

It seems that their relationship altered from that point on as he began to feel like Ms. Choi was treating him as if he was her personal slave. So, with more anger and resentment than a sense of patriotic duty, he  proceeded to collect evidence of Ms Choi’s interactions within the Park administration and eventually opened the door to the relationship dynamics between Ms Choi and Ms Park to the press.

In summary, it wasn’t economic scandals, broken campaign promises, emotional detachment, or the Sewol ferry tragedy in 2014 that ended her presidency…it was a puppy.

A puppy story anyone…just asking since this excerpt of stories from What the Fuck Just Happened Today that open the door on the integrity of the Trump administration doesn’t seem to be much of a concern for Paul Ryan.

Business is booming for a private prison company after it contributed to Trump’s campaign and moved its company meetings, dinner receptions, and golf outings to Trump National Doral. GEO Group, through a company subsidiary, gave $225,000 to a pro-Trump super PAC and an additional $250,000 to Trump’s inaugural committee. It also hired two former aides to Jeff Sessions as outside lobbyists. In exchange, Sessions reversed an Obama-era directive to stop using private prisons, which allowed the company to secure a deal with the government in April worth tens of millions a year. GEO’s stock price has tripled since last year. (Washington Post)

Foreign steel imports are up 24% since Trump’s “Buy American” pledge. In particular, a Russian steel company has won several pipeline contracts, including the Keystone XL. The biggest shareholder in Evraz North America is an oligarch and Trump family friend. (Bloomberg)

The head of Cambridge Analytica tried to work with Wikileaks to find Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails. Alexander Nix, whose firm worked for Trump’s campaign, wrote an email to Julian Assange asking if the two could work together to find and release Clinton’s emails. Assange replied that he didn’t want Nix’s help. (The Daily Beast)

A two-person Montana utility company linked to the Trump administration won a $300 million contract to repair Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure. The private-equity firm that finances Whitefish Energy was founded by Joe Colonnetta, who contributed $20,000 to the Trump Victory PAC during the general election, $2,700 to Trump’s primary election campaign, $2,700 to Trump’s general election campaign, and a total of $30,700 to the Republican National Committee in 2016. Whitefish Energy is also located in the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is friends with the Whitefish CEO Andy Techmanski. (Washington Post / The Daily Beast)

Senators didn’t know there were 1,000 troops in Niger. Lindsey Graham, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said “I didn’t know there was a thousand troops in Niger” when asked about whether Congress needed to vote on an Authorization of Use of Military Force for the mission that left four Green Berets dead. He added: “The military determines who the threats are, they come up with the engagement policy and if we don’t like what the military does, we can defund the operation.” Chuck Schumer also admitted that he didn’t know about the number of troops in Niger. (The Daily Beast)

The EPA blocked three agency scientists from discussing climate change at a conference. The scientists contributed substantial material to a 400-page report about how climate change is affecting air and water temperatures, precipitation, sea level and fish in and around the Narragansett Bay estuary. The EPA helped fund the report. (New York Times)

Trump’s voter fraud commission has left Democratic members in the dark about what it’s doing. Two of the commission’s four Democrats have written letters to its executive director, asking for basic information such as when the panel might meet again, what kind of research is being conducted, and when it might send a report to Trump. (Washington Post)

And the list goes on and on and on.

Oh, by the way, Mr. Ryan I do care about the questionable fitness and integrity of Donald Trump and his administration.  And, I wonder if you have a hidden puppy story that may bring about an end this daily twittering insanity.



  1. GEO Group used to run one the prisons I volunteered at a few years ago. This was strange to read, Brenda, because everyone of their staff was just like Trump–no one dared ever smile. Ever. My inmates were great but the GEO staff made life miserable for everyone–me included. I guess birds of a feather…..

    1. This move toward privatization of prisons, schools, and military…it is all a bit perplexing and seems to have a tint of corporate welfare in that organizations receive taxed money to provide serves historically managed by state, counties, state, and federal offices. Is there a move to undermine the current government structure and replace it with a corporate structure? Just trying to make sense of this uncertain time that looks like and sounds like adults regressing into playground antics.

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