Peter Cavanaugh

A prominent journalist appears to have been killed. Trump’s worried about losing money

Peter Cavanaugh
Peter Cavanaugh

Following the apparent killing of a Washington Post journalist in what many suspect to be an inexplicable act of government-sanctioned barbarism at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, President Donald Trump’s first reaction was an expression of horror at possibly losing profits from the perpetrators.

“I don’t like stopping massive amounts of money coming into our country,” grunted our Grifter-in-Chief – not mentioning the tens of millions of Saudi dollars that have flowed into Trump’s personal treasury.

The president added: “I don’t like stopping an investment of $110 billion in the United States.”

He was talking about military sales to the Saudi Kingdom, estimated by most experts to be more like $14.5 billion – most of it arranged under the Obama administration.

It wasn’t long before “Donny the Kid” (Junior), always reliable for stupid statements, tweeted a suggestion that Khashoggi was a terrorist sympathizer. Break out the bone saws.

Khashoggi’s suspected murder was allegedly ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the nation’s de facto ruler, now portrayed as a true psychopath. He gained final power by imprisoning fellow princes, torturing a few, and demanding billions in allegiance payments from others — pretty impressive for a 33-year-old. Mohammed is a pal of presidential son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

The Intercept, a project of First Look Media, alleges Jared ratted out the names of Saudis “disloyal to the prince during several late night meetings. Mohammed, in turn, made hundreds of millions available for Kushner family investment. The Prince later proclaimed, I have Kushner in my pocket.” It seems Jared could be in lots of pockets and has plenty of company.

The New Yorker magazine just published “Enigma Machines,” a complex article dealing with exotic computer links within the Domain Name System (DNS) involving Alfa Bank, one of the largest banks in Russia, and certain other curious entities. Between May and September of 2016, Alfa Bank communicated with a server belonging to the Trump organization over two thousand times – content and purpose still unknown.

One other outfit was singled out reaching that Trump domain during the same time period — Spectrum Health of Grand Rapids, Michigan, closely connected with the DeVos family. That clan would include our current Secretary of Education, Billionaire Betsy DeVos, and Betsy’s brother, Eric Prince. Prince met with a Russian official in Seychelles in the summer of 2016, reportedly to discuss setting up a back channel between Trump and Russian President, Vladimir Putin. We’ll find out more on this when Bob Mueller finishes his investigation.

Psychologists agree that the average number of items a human mind can recall at once is three things at a time. This is called “working memory” and can vary by individual. That’s why one often hears such things as “deaths occur in threes.” They don’t, but often seem to.

There are now so many horrifying truths about Donald Trump that most of these insults to public propriety immediately disappear from common consciousness in a daily torrent of treachery. It’s exhausting.

The lies. The stumbles. The insecurities. The insanity. The insatiable need for adulating attention. The ego soothing rallies before ever diminishing crowds of screaming syncopates. And the hair. Always – the hair.

How anyone can simultaneously profess true faith in God and faith in Donald J. Trump is beyond my comprehension. I just don’t get it.

Nov. 6 is not simply an election. It is a selection.

Jiminy Cricket got it right.

“Let your conscience be your guide.”