I was figuring it would be him. But this might just be a sad attempt to escape without saying anything substantive. To be continued.
The Conservative Treehouse has a pretty thorough treatment of what President Trump’s order to investigate political motivations in the DOJ’s Trump campaign spying effort means. I have to say I thought Trump and Mueller were playing chicken with each other. Maybe we’ve moved past that. Maybe this now has to be resolved by someone going to prison. Or several somebodies. Unless Mueller has a smoking gun (which seems very unlikely) it looks like McCabe, Comey and company are about to be charged with criminal charges. The thing that occurs to me is that at some point somebody is going to sing to save his own neck. None of these guys wants to go to prison. My guess is McCabe but I am only looking in from the dark outside. Maybe it’ll be Comey or Bruce Ohr or Peter Strzok. But whoever sings first will get the best deal. We live in interesting times. Let’s hope they don’t get much more interesting than they already are.
07MAY2018 – American Greatness Post of the Day – Judge’s Warning in Manafort Case Could Spell Doom for Mueller By Julie Kelly
Federal Justice T S Ellis III is throwing serious sand into the gears of Mueller’s Manafort prosecution. According to him Mueller is basically abusing his authority in a transparent ploy to leverage Trump’s associates as witnesses against him for basically any criminal activity regardless of relevancy to the Russian Collusion investigation. Julie Kelly discusses how this could be the beginning of the end for Mueller’s “trumped up investigation.” No pun intended?
Over the course of the last year, the whole Mueller thing has been such a mystery to me that I confess (much to my shame as a pundit) that I have no clue how this whole thing ends. I would appreciate anyone’s honest opinion on this crucial topic. Pick as many as seem appropriate and if I’ve left out your favorite feel free to write it in. The voice of the people is the voice of God. Have your say.
Dramatis Personae: President Trump – (PT); Vice President Pence – (VPP); Robert Mueller – (RM); Chuck Schumer – (CS), Melania Trump – (MT)
Scene 1 – White House Oval Office 8am Monday, President Trump is standing at the doorway shouting in his typical way.
PT – Mike. Mike, Mike! Pence, where the hell are you?
VPP – Right here Mr. President! Now, how can I be of assistance?
PT – Mike, have you seen my popularity numbers? They’re through the roof.
VPP – Well, Rasmussen says you are up 5 points to 50%.
PT – Exactly. Don’t you see what this means? They loved the porn star thing. I’ve got to do something to capitalize on this.
VPP – Sir, didn’t that working over the First Lady gave your face and other areas suffice to deter you from any further extra-marital activities?
PT – Relax, Holy Roller, I’m not talking about the skirts. I mean real fun. Don’t you see? This 5% must be men all over America who never have a bit of fun. They’re living vicariously through me. Whenever I do something that they wish they could do but can’t, they get a kick out of it and like me even better. So all I have to do is have a little fun and my poll numbers will be stratospheric.
VPP – And you don’t see how this can go wrong?
PT – Exactly.
VPP – Very well, I’ll call the legal team in today and have them start working up the cover stories.
PT – That’s the spirit little guy. Well, I’m off to give Chuck Schumer a hot foot.
VPP – God speed Mr. President, God speed.
Scene 2 – Same week; Up flash a series of whirling headlines on fake newspaper front pages; “Trump puts whoopee cushion under Pope,” “Trump teepees Jerry Brown’s Earth Day Observance,” Trump gives Shia LeBeof an atomic wedgey,” “Trump suspected of giving Robert DeNiro double noogies and a severe Indian Burn.”
Scene 3 – Inside Chuck Schumer’s Senate Minority Leader’s Office – Schumer behind his desk and Robert Mueller standing above him looking tall, grave and thin.
CS – I tell you Mueller you’ve got to put a stop to this reign of terror that Trump is inflicting on us. Nancy Pelosi would be inconsolable if she weren’t already completely incoherent.
RM – Mr. Senate Minority Leader Schumer, what can I do? None of these offenses in and of itself rises to the level of treason. Only the House can bring impeachment charges up and the republicans, as gutless as they are, won’t do it because they’re more afraid of getting a swirlee from Trump than even of getting voted out.
CS – Well, I simply can’t take this anymore (beginning to tear up and sniffle), it’s too much.
RM – Please Mr. Senate Minority Leader Schumer, pull yourself together. I’ll do what I can.
CS – (sniff, sniff) Thanks Bob.
Scene 4 – White House Oval Office 8am Thursday, President Trump is leaning on his desk smiling and talking to the Vice President.
PT – Yeah Mike, my poll numbers are hovering in the low nineties. Even the Democrats are loving this stuff. Look (holding up some underwear) Maureen Dowd even sent me her laudary.
VPP – Oh, Mr. President, now really!
PT – Relax, Aunt Amelia, I had them steam cleaned and checked for polonium.
VPP – But where will this all end, sir?
PT – Who cares? I’m thinking of having the CIA kidnap Kim Jong-un, shave his head and paint it blue and tie him up naked inside the girl’s locker room. And next week me and Putin are gonna steal Trudeau’s lunch money and tell him to stop hitting himself.
(just then the phone rings, President Trump puts it on speaker)
PT – Trump here, go!
MT – (her voice coming over the speaker) Schmoopey, what have you been up to this week?
PT – Nothing Schmoopey, I swear! That Dowd skank sent that laundry over to set me up, I swear!
MT – No Schmoopey, I don’t mean the Dowd panties. Those are not your fault. I mean why have you been mean to the other children? Crying Chuck’s Mom was over and she was very sad. She said you were mean to her little boy and she wants you to stop. And all the other moms called up and said the same thing.
PT – Schmoopey, you don’t understand. The world is a vicious horrible place where only the strong survive. It’s kill or be killed.
MT – Well if you’re not going to play nice with the other kids then you’re not getting a story tonight.
PT – Oh, sure they tell on me and I get in trouble. You don’t think Cryin’ Chuck does bad stuff? And what about Crooked Hillary and Dirty Bill? Why don’t they get in trouble?
MT – Because they’re not my Schmoopey and they don’t get the best stories in the world.
PT – Fine I’ll stop. But ya know, now I probably will fall into the fifties in the polls again. And the democrats will win the mid-terms.
MT – No they won’t. You are the best President Schmoopey. You know you will win anyway. Just play nice.
PT – Okay fine. Now that you’ve embarrassed me in front of Mike can I go?
MT – Oh, hi Michael Pence I did not know that you were there.
VPP – That’s okay Mrs. Trump, always a pleasure.
MT – Goodbye Mike, goodbye Schmoopey. (hangs up).
PT – Alright Mike. I guess back to the drawing board. How about we just abolish the IRS?
Dramatis Personae: President Trump (PT), Vice President Pence (VPP), First Lady Melania Trump (MT), Karen Pence (KP), TV Announcer who sounds like Don Pardo (TVAWSLDP)
Scene 1 – White House Oval Office; Tuesday, 4pm;
PT – Mike. Mike! PENCE!!!! Where the hell are you Mike?
(Mike Pence rushes through door.)
VPP – Mr. President, for Pete’s sake! I was just on the phone with Robert Mueller. Alright, what can I do for you?
PT – Hey, take it down a notch Mike. Remember you work for me.
VPP – Actually Mr. President, like you, I was elected by and work directly for the American people. You can’t fire me.
PT – Hmmm, I’ll look into that. Anyway, I was calling you to find out how that conversation with Mueller went.
VPP – Actually, it went very well. He hasn’t got me on his list of interviewees.
PT – Well, aren’t you special Mike! But don’t get any ideas about succession plans. I’m going to be here and if you want to be part of the second term you’ll keep your nose clean and help me get some work done.
VPP – Naturally Mr. President.
PT – So what did he want? I mean beside buttering you up.
VPP – He was cross-checking some statements that James Comey made against what was reported in the Congressional Committee report last week.
PT – Good. I hope that dope Mueller finally gets off the dime and jails these criminals in the FBI and Justice Department that were spying on me.
VPP – Well, Mr. President, it’s not as easy as you make it sound. Investigator Mueller will need to document criminal behavior and then obtain a Grand Jury indictment before a trial is possible.
PT – Oh wake up. All he has to do is get these losers into that interrogation room. You know the one. The one with the old table and chairs. The one where Sipowicz always roughed them up to get a confession back on NYPD Blue. I always remember how he would close the blinds and take off his gun and badge and then beat them up for a while before they cracked. Boy, that guy knew his stuff.
VPP – Oh, for the love of Mike! Mr. President, that’s a TV cop show. Investigator Mueller is not going to rough up James Comey to coerce a confession. And even if he did, it’s illegal and the evidence would be thrown out of court and Mueller would be indicted for doing it.
PT – You know Mike, you’re making it very difficult for me to imagine you as President. You don’t seem to want to win.
VPP – Mr. President, focus! We are going to have to coordinate many facets of the Russian investigation and the FBI investigation in a measured way to avoid the type of media coverage that damages our ability to control the message. You can’t expect us to indulge in banana-republic or fictional law enforcement tactics. We must be sober and above reproach.
PT – Fine. Do it your way. But I’m starting to think this whole thing is going nowhere. I mean, why even bother to have a witch hunt if you don’t get to burn some witches?
VPP – But, oh never mind. Mr. President, I’ve got to go.
PT – Whatever.
(Mike Pence leaves the scene. President Trump sits down at the Oval Office desk and starts to type something on his computer. Melania Trump enters the room.)
MT – Schmoopy, what did you say to Mike. He is so sad. I thought he would have cried!
PT – Me Schmoopy? Why I was just discussing the Justice Department business. I thought he was very happy. I didn’t say anything. He must just be nervous or something. You know how nervous people from the mid-west are. Very, very nervous.
MT – I think you yelled at him like you did to that poor Crying Chuck and made him cry. That was very sad. And he told that sad story about the crying statue and it was very sad. You should not make ladies cry not even lady statues. It is too sad.
PT – But wait, no, that wasn’t true. Lyin’ Chuck was crying, I mean Cryin’ Chuck was lying. Statues don’t cry.
MT – Yes, they do. In my village there was a statue of the Virgin Mary that cried many times.
PT – Yes, but that was a miracle. Cryin’ Chuck isn’t a saint. He’s a Democrat which makes him an atheist. You shouldn’t believe him.
MT – Well, okay Schmoopy, but I think you made Mike sad. You must fix this right away. Mike is a good friend and we need him to help you from not going the kooky.
PT – But I don’t go the kooky, I mean go kooky. Schmoopy you have to leave these important government matters to me. I am a very stable genius you know.
MT – Please Schmoopy, say you are sorry to Mike and bring him to Arby’s for some good roast beef. Please, please!
PT – Maybe you’re right Schmoopy, I’ll talk to him. He is a good friend.
Scene 2 The Vice-Presidential Residence. Tuesday 8pm
(VP Pence sitting in his living room watching Wheel of Fortune while eating a tv dinner, his wife Karen is bringing in a can of beer.)
KP – Here’s your PBR dear.
VPP – Thanks hon. You wouldn’t believe what that maniac said today.
KP – Oh Mike, let’s not talk about work tonight. It’ll only upset you.
VPP – Alright, but I tell you, sometimes I feel like telling him what I really think.
(suddenly an announcer, who sounds a lot like the late Don Pardo, breaks into the broadcast)
TVAWSLDP – We interrupt this boring game show to bring you a message from the President of the United States.
PT – My fellow Americans I come to bring you important information. Yes, I know you want continue drugging yourself into imbecility but drop the bong and try to concentrate. Earlier today I was talking to Vice President Pence.
VPP – Oh great Scott.
PT – I told him I wanted to get Jim Comey in one of those interrogation rooms with the old table and chairs. You know the ones I mean. And I wanted to Sipowicz him. That’s modern cop-talk for slappin’ him around. But that was wrong. Comey was a cop himself. He wouldn’t have been fooled into confessing. Vice President Pence knew this and said so. But it ticked me off. And I said some not so nice things to him. The First Lady let me know I was wrong and so I thought about what I should do. What I did was go on Twitter and offer a fifty-million-dollar reward to anyone who could confirm that Jim Comey was lying about all the Russian stuff and blabbing to the newspapers about all that stuff. Well, as luck would have it three different FBI agents provided video tape of Comey committing all kinds of offenses. It was sort of an America’s Funniest Home Videos of Treason. So now Investigator Mueller has agreed to prosecute Comey and then close his investigation before I find something on him. Boy, it’s great to be rich.
But all that is beside the point. The main thing is I was mean to a friend. Mike Pence is a good guy. He isn’t crooked like Hillary or a liar like Ted or a crybaby like Chuck. He’s a good guy who comes to work on time with a clean shirt and combed hair. That hair may be a little short and white but it’s definitely neat. He’s always polite to people and he doesn’t try to stab you in the back. He’s a little too nice for the killer stuff but that’s why I have Mad Dog. So Mike I’m sorry. Now stop sulking like a little girl and come back to work. We can even go to Arby’s tomorrow, my treat. Trump out.
KP – Oh, wasn’t that nice. He said he was sorry. I’ll have to thank Melania for telling him to do that.
VPP – Karen, better put the beer back in the fridge. I’m going to need the Jack Daniels instead, no water.
KP – Yes dear.
Trump vs. The State of the Union – Part 1 Note: this is a link to the first installment of this story.
President Trump (PT)
Sargeant at Arms (SAA)
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (PR)
Toffee Bredwell – An upper class British journalist from the BBC (TB)
Newt Gingrich (NG)
Melania Trump (MT)
Scene 1: US Capitol Building, 8:45 pm, directly before the State of the Union Address
TB – Good evening everyone and welcome to the BBC coverage of the American Presidential State of the Union Address. I’m your reporter Toffee Bredwell and with me here is former Speaker of the American House of Representatives, the Honorable Newton Gingrich. Welcome Mr. Speaker or may I call you Newt?
NG – Certainly Toffee, all my friends call me Newt.
TB – Thanks. Now as a former Speaker of the House you are intimately familiar with the protocol, let’s call it the nuts and bolts of this event. Can you share a little insight with our listeners about how this evening will progress?
NG – Well, normally the members of the administration and the Supreme Court will be announced by the Deputy Sergeant at Arms and when The President arrives at the Chamber door the Sergeant at Arms announces him to the Speaker. This is followed by a long walk filled with cheers and handshaking and embraces and when the President reaches the Rostrum the Speaker announces him to the Congress and after another lengthy round of applause the President begins his address. And during the address depending on the particular subject and the party of each of the attendees there could be applause, stony silence or recently even some booing. In fact, during one of then President Obama’s addresses, a Congressman shouted out “You lie!”
TB – Oh dear, how embarrassing. Do you expect we’ll experience any such breaches of civility tonight?
NG – Well Toffee, unless I miss my guess, I think we might see something a little more exciting tonight. Let’s just hope there won’t be any fisticuffs.
TB – Quite. So, I can see that the Sergeant at Arms is positioning himself so let’s shift over to the floor microphone.
SAA – Mister Speaker, the President of the United States!
TB – Well Mr. Speaker, you weren’t exaggerating. What a terrific up swelling of applause and ovation for this President. These congresspersons certainly love this President.
NG – Oh, far from it, Toffee. Most of these people despise Donald Trump but he’s just initiated a gigantic uptick in economic growth. Something that hasn’t been seen since Ronald Reagan. As long as he’s the stronger horse they’ll applaud. If things turn sour the knives will quickly come out.
TB – Ah, it’s good to see politics are the same everywhere. Well, it looks like Speaker Ryan is about to introduce the President to Congress. Let’s go to the Rostrum microphone and we’ll return after the address to review the high points.
PR – Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the President of the United States.
(Long and loud applause.)
PT – Thank you Mr. Speaker. Thank you, Paul. It feels strange to be thanking you Paul. Up until the tax overhaul bill I was ready to write you off as a total loss. I was going to have you primaried by some kind of radical and who knows maybe you wouldn’t have made it. But now I’m almost fond of you. You’re still a spineless weasel but you’re my spineless weasel, so you’ve got that going for you which is nice. And Mitch McConnell, what can I say? You’re like some kind of petrified fossil that exists outside of the world we live in. It doesn’t seem possible that anything as weird as you could still exist but you do. If we could replace you with an animatronic character like a talking walrus or porcupine I believe it would increase our popularity with the voters but anyway I can’t be too mad at you either because of the tax bill.
Now, you Democrats are a different story. You all are without a doubt the lowest form of pond scum to ever successfully masquerade as human beings. Every time I think you’ve hit the ethical bottom you somehow dig a little deeper and go even lower. Let’s take for instance Dick Durbin. His lying double-crossing behavior at the DACA meeting has convinced me that if I saw Dick Durbin and a Great White Shark in the waters off of Mar a Lago I’d immediately warn … the shark! And don’t get me started on Pelosi and Schumer. The way people are leaving California and New York, pretty soon their own votes will be sufficient to guarantee their re-elections. That’s right Cryin’ Chuck, the Statue of Liberty is crying over your lousy party’s inept governing of both the City and State of New York.
But it’s not all bad, I want to congratulate Al Franken for striking out for women’s rights. He harassed enough women to ensure that a woman would replace him. Quite a tribute. And I’d also like to congratulate Maxine Waters for being so crazy that she now makes Rosie O’Donnell seem sane in comparison. When Maxine said she wasn’t a Millennial but used to be I think she meant that she was born in 1000 AD. That would explain her looks and the fact that she mostly speaks gibberish. Back then English really hadn’t been invented yet so everyone sounded like she does. And I know I shouldn’t make fun of a woman’s looks but honestly Maxine is so ugly she makes Pelosi and Hillary look decent by comparison.
And I’d like to thank the press for being so dishonest. By lying at every turn you’ve made my job so much easier. At this point I can almost guarantee that anything I say will be disputed by you folks in such ridiculous terms that even the least intelligent person will be able to tell you’re lying. You’ve become an exaggerated parody of yourselves. Well done and congratulations for ensuring the long tem demise of your own jobs.
And I’d like to thank all those federal judges both at the Circuit and Supreme Court level who keep usurping the constitutional power of elected officials. You only make it easier for me to get the electorate to understand why I need to replace as many of you as I possibly can.
I’m going to take a short break while the Secret Service frog marches the Secret Society of Comey, McCabe, Strozk and Mueller down the center aisle on their way to the hoosegow but before I do I’d just like to give a shout out to one of our guests in the gallery. I’d like to welcome Miss Stormy Daniels coming and for confirming that I have not had sex with her. But if I had she knows it would be the best sex she’s ever had and that my hands are ample and highly capable.
MT – Kurba!
PT – And Melania welcomes you too. Trump out.
(Returning to the BBC broadcast location)
NG – Hello and welcome back BBC listeners. This is former Speaker Newt Gingrich again. Unfortunately, Toffie Bredwell has passed out. Apparently kurba is Slovenian for whore and that was just too much for Toffie. Stay tuned and I’m sure he’ll revive before the President continues on with the substantive portion of his speech. But first a word from our sponsor.
Scene1: White House West Wing, 8am, President Trump (PT) calling for Vice President Pence (VPP)
PT – Mike. Mike. Mike!!! Where the hell are you Pence.
VPP – Right here Mr. President. I was on the phone with Ryan and McConnell. They wanted a copy of your speech to help coordinate the standing ovations.
PT – Tell’em to forget about that bull. I don’t want them cheering. Tell them to keep their seats and keep quiet.
VPP – Oh no. What are you planning Mr. President?
PT – I plan on using the speech to wake some people up and put some rats on notice.
VPP – Sir, the State of the Union speech is intended to report to the people on where we are as a nation.
PT – Well Mike, despite the fact that the economy is starting to come to life do you really think there is any reason for standing ovations? I’m going to tell them the truth. I’m going to talk about the FBI and the Justice Department and how they’re being run like the KGB with crooked operations targeting Americans because of who they are and not what they’ve done. I’m gonna talk about Lisa Page and Peter Strzok. America will love what the FBI is up to on their dime. I’m gonna talk about McCabe and Mueller and Comey and the “Secret Society” they cooked up against me. I’m gonna make their hair curl.
VPP – Oh good grief. Mr. President, I’m asking you to reconsider. You’re going to scare the American people. We have the midterms coming up and we can’t have the electorate thinking of us as the crazy party.
PT – Look Pence, you’re gonna have to man up or I’ll have to say you have the flu and couldn’t come. Besides this is gonna be great. The people are gonna get this 100%. You’ve gotta remember they’re used to seeing bureaucrats shake down citizens. They’ll rally to me when I give them the details of the plot.
VPP – Sorry Mr. President. I’ll do my best to keep on my game face.
PT – That’s the stuff. Besides once Cryin’ Chuck begins weeping you won’t be able to stop laughing. It’s that funny. Anyway, get Sessions down here. I was thinking that it might be fun to have the Secret Society rounded up and perp walked right during the middle of the State of the Union address. I want to see if he can arrange that on queue from me at the podium. Do you think it would be undignified if I had the Marine Corp Band play “Nananana Hey Hey Hey Goodbye” by Steam during their exit?
VPP – No sir, not for you. In fact, now that I’ve heard about it, I guess even I’d be disappointed if you didn’t play it. But to tell you the truth, now that I think about it, what about that Linda Rondstadt song that goes “You’re no good, you’re no good, you’re no good, baby you’re no good, I’m gonna say it again!”
PT – No you’re not gonna say it again. No I prefer Steam. It’s a classic.
VPP – As you wish sir.
PT – Exactly.
There are articles in both the MSM (here and here) and the blogs (here and here) about the various nefarious activities by the FBI and Justice Department now coming to light. Those by the bad guys (e.g., CNN) assure us that this is a tempest in a teacup and Mueller will continue his crusade to rid Washington of Trump and his people. Those by the good guys assure us that Trump and Sessions are merely marshalling the resources needed to perform a clean sweep of the whole swamp at one fell swoop. Well, you know who I’d like to believe. But who do I believe?
I think I believe our guys more. Now, I’m not saying I think they have it all correct, far from it. But I do think the Trump Administration is coordinating efforts to mesh with certain other calendar considerations. And I won’t claim I actually know which of the outside factors are the most important factors. But I can take a guess at which factors are in the running.
- The Midterms
Trump knows it is vital that the Republicans not lose the Congress, especially the Senate, if he is to have a strong hand in reshaping the Government. To that end he probably knows that he must time any move against Mueller and the Deep State so that it does not give the MSM a chance to panic the voting public. Whether that means acting earlier this year or closer to November is a very difficult question to answer. But it seems to me to be a big part of the puzzle.
- The Supreme Court
When the Supreme Court has decided the major cases in June I suspect that Justice Kennedy will announce his retirement. Will this allow a replacement before the mid-terms? If so, maybe this is what is delaying other major actions. Perhaps getting this done before attacking the Deep State is a tactical decision.
- John McCain
Could it be that John McCain’s imminent retirement from the Senate is a factor? If McCain is replaced with a more Trump-friendly vote would it aid in dealing with a paper thin majority in the senate? Possibly.
Could Mueller actually be on our side? I know, this is an incredible longshot. But there are some very strange things going on. Even if he’s not on our side possibly pressure is being brought to bear to force his hand on some of this Clinton stuff.
So, these are some of the things I’ve been wondering about. Because, to be totally honest I’m getting mighty tired of Mueller. I think Trump should fire him tonight and tell the country tomorrow morning why it had to be done. And then he should fire almost the whole Justice Department starting with the senior leadership of the FBI, CIA and NSA. I don’t think it would hurt him at all.
He should probably take some of those military men that the Obama administration forced out and put them in the Justice Department. And then he should fire the whole IRS and declare a one-year moratorium on taxes and send all of our withholdings back to us and really amp up the economy. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Mr. President drain that swamp and make it snappy. I need some more winning.
Now that the Resistance seems to have run out of steam and Trump needs to get the Congress in gear on healthcare and tax cuts, it seems to me the time has come to think about firing the Special Counsel Mueller. The reason for this is the fact that he is assembling a republican killing machine. And once it’s been assembled it’s inevitably going to get to work killing republicans. Now, democrats and timid republicans are going to say you can’t fire a special counsel. But, which is more dangerous and destructive, firing him or keeping him? Unless Mueller is actually secretly a friend of Trump’s I don’t see his present actions (hiring Clinton operatives) as anything but inimical to Trump’s administration. And with respect to timing, getting negative press now is much better than getting bad press in a year. We want the mid-term elections to occur when the biggest news stories will be successful republican initiatives (e.g., tax breaks showing up in refund checks and healthcare reform becoming lowered healthcare premiums). So to my mind, the time to lance this boil is now. After all, firing Comey was actually a non-event after all was said and done. Firing Mueller will be basically the same thing. And the fact that Trump hasn’t done it yet may just mean he’s taking a wait and see attitude. That is to my mind a mistake. If you wait until Mueller starts to leak damaging results to the press means people will be reminded of all the nonsense the press dredged up in the first half of the year. And that will scare the cowardly republican congress and that will delay the agenda. Obviously that’s a self-defeating strategy. Lance the boil now, not when it’s too late.