Here’s the Rub

It’s weird that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a billionaire many times over, would patronize a massage parlor called ‘Orchids of Asia’ for a “rub and tug” on his way to the AFC championship game. Men with Kraft’s wealth usually have trophy wives, can easily hire high end escorts (who aren’t victims of human trafficking), and often have mistresses.

So why go to a cheap strip mall?

Kraft wasn’t the only wealthy john who got caught in the sting that has put him in the headlines. Private equity mogul John Childs and former Citigroup president John Havens were also arrested. There seems to be more to this story of Chinese sex trafficking to come in the near future. With the recent re-evaluation of the extremely disturbing Jeffrey Epstein case from the previous decade, it seems that an illegal sex trade has been thriving in the ultra-rich enclaves of South Florida.

So much for a pizza place in D.C. It seems that, once again, nearly everything that the right accuse Democrats of is projection of some kind.

A woman named Cindy Yang founded the “day spa” where all these wealthy powerful men went to relieve their “stress.” Although Yang no longer owns the specific business where Kraft was videotaped receiving oral sex, it was known for offering the same “services” in her time. Her family still operates several similar enterprises that are also under suspicion for sex trafficking and prostitution.

And wouldn’t you know it, Yang is a big-time Republican who now owns a company that sells access to another wealthy and powerful man with a big presence in South Florida: the president of the United States.

The Miami Herald reported that Yang had attended a Super Bowl gathering at Mar-a-Lago, and produced a selfie of Yang and Donald Trump posing together at the party. The Herald also published pictures of other events showing Yang and both Don Jr. and Eric Trump, along with a trio of prominent Florida Republicans: Former governor and current Senator Rick Scott, current governor Ron DeSantis and Representative Matt Gaetz. There are also pictures with onetime vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin and Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel.

According to the Herald, Yang had shown no interest in politics prior to 2016 but “has now become a fixture at Republican political events up and down the East Coast.” These gatherings all charge big donations to attend, although much of the money collected at Mar-a-Lago goes straight into the Trump Crime Family coffers.

For obvious reasons, national security experts were alarmed by the report. This combination of sex trafficking, prostitution, and politicians presents a perfect opportunity for espionage and blackmail.

Presidents normally divest themselves of their businesses not just to avoid the “appearance” of conflict of interest, but to avoid the possibility of compromise. This president seems to have a peculiar fetish for putting himself in as many compromising positions as possible.

Well, That Happened

With victories in key U.S. Senate races in Iowa, West Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky, the Republicans seized control of the upper chamber of Congress for the first time since 2006.

Joni Ernst won last night. The woman whose campaign ads had her pointing guns at the camera and promising to “unload on Obamacare.” She talked about castrating pigs in her ads. And she’s now one of the 100 supposedly exemplary Americans who can call themselves United States Senators.

Rick Scott was reelected governor of Florida. Rick Scott was found guilty of 14 felonies for running a healthcare company as a criminal enterprise. He had to pay the government back $600 million he bilked from it and he’s now been elected to run Florida, twice.

Mitch McConnell has spent the past four years doing nothing but, well, nothing. He’s basically just sat around with his arms crossed in the hope that it will in some way lead to the President of the United States being punished for his obstinance and incompetence.

And you know what? It worked. For years now the GOP has deliberately sabotaged the government to the point of near collapse (literally, a couple of times), and it was all done with the idea that the crazier they behaved the more the public they’re supposed to serve would be likely to blame it on the guy in the White House.

And god damn if that gambit didn’t pay off in spades. The Republicans have been rewarded by the people of this country for refusing to do their jobs, for turning every little thing into an Impeachment Level Event (and you already know that’s coming now that they have both houses, right?) and for setting out from the very beginning to purposely thwart the perfectly reasonable centrist in the White House at every turn and cast him as an illegitimate Kenyan terrorist anti-Christ.

Joseph de Maistre famously said that every nation gets the government that it deserves and it sure as hell looks like this the government we deserve. If we’re this clueless, this easily swayed by the narrative whiplash of social media meme culture and this easily willing to forgive such corruption and stupidity, then we’ve earned this largely inept, hopelessly gridlocked government.

It feels as if we were taken hostage by the inmates of an asylum and rather than refusing to bargain, we just handed the whole facility over because we were tired of the noise. Believe it or not, that’s the only somewhat understandable excuse I can think of for what happened: people just gave them what they wanted in the hope of ending their insanity.

I wonder if it’ll work.