Lev saves America!

Commentary with a little News with a Twist

After Maddow interview, Parnas to write book, “Miscreants I Have Known

In a stunning interview with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, Rudy Giuliani (and Donald Trump) associate Lev Parnas revealed chapter and verse how Trump and his gang shook down the president of Ukraine in order to have him publicly announce an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden, and fired the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine because she was getting in the way of their schemes.

While this was only Part One of a two-part interview (Part Two airs tonight), Parnas not only implicated Trump and Giuliani in the plot, but also Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr, and House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Ca).

While I made up the bit about Parnas’ book deal (as plausible as it might be), as I watched the interview, I couldn’t help thinking back to an Around the Block I wrote in September 2019 called, “Impeachment Smoking Gun: Tapes, then; Whistleblower complaint now?”

In that column, I re-told the story of the Nixon impeachment hearings, the revealing of the White House tapes by Alexander Butterfield and the “missing” 18-1/2 minutes from those tapes. Here’s how I ended that piece:

We’re taught in school to learn from history, so we don’t repeat history’s mistakes. I fear that lesson is lost on our current president and his gang that can’t shoot straight. (Actually, fear is the wrong word; I’m pleased, in this case at least, that this crowd doesn’t know history because I’m anticipating that they will repeat Nixon’s lurid history, public opinion will turn – but maybe not GOP sycophantism – and we’ll finally have enough support to impeach this latest “cancer on the presidency.”)

So, imagine if you will, the next few days.

Trump and his miscreants (note for the Trump gang: miscreant means, bad hombres, criminals, lowlifes, AKA, “Mexicans”) continue to obfuscate (there I go again), changing their story on a daily (hourly, minutely(?) basis, finally leading to the release of Walter/Wendy Whistleblower’s complaint.

And guess what? There are 18-1/2 sentences redacted from the complaint! After a week or so of dithering while she calculates the political pros and cons of an impeachment hearing, Nancy Pelosi acquiesces, the hearings go forward and the evidence is so compelling that even the GOP senatorial bootlickers have to vote to remove Trump. And stunningly, in the uncovering of the evidence, it is also revealed, unequivocally, that Vice President Pence was also complicit in all the Trumpian high crimes and misdemeanors and is removed as well.


And finally, after 2-1/2 years, we can have a good night’s sleep.

And we all live HAPPILY EVER AFTER!

Except, of course, Donald Trump and Mike Pence, who are in prison. And, Don Jr., Eric, Ivanka and Jared who also are in prison. And, Tiffany, well no one really knows where Tiffany is so she might not have received the news.

But, including Melania, who says, “FINALLY!” And, Barron, who says, “Mommy, you mean I never have to see Daddy again? Hurrah!!” 

Alas, it didn’t happen then. But since September the facts have changed, are even more compelling, and Trump has been impeached. So, because of Lev “Smoking Gun” Parnas, will it happen now?

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

3 thoughts on “Lev saves America!

  1. This is one more shocking piece and of course the republicans will choose to ignore it. I am totally disgusted.

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    1. They will ignore it. And do whatever they can to ban witnesses or at least limit them. Ted Cruz’s statement yesterday, “Well if they want Bolton, we want Hunter Biden,” was pathetic. I’m totally embarrased by my two senators, Rubio and Scott, who based on their comments, sound more like two of the Three Stooges than U.S. Senators. (The third is their sister Stooge, Susan Collins) Maybe, finally, the people will wake up to this moronic behavior and rise up. And if McConnell tries to short-circuit this trial, I predict that there will be retribution…marches, protests and more. This has got to end. The cowardly Republicans need to hear us and pay for their actions. It is ironic that the “party of Patriots” has completely abandoned their patriotism to fall in behind a sick, wannabe King!


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