Monday, May 22, 2017

John Oliver's Magnum Opus: Trump Russia Is 'Stupid Watergate'


I literally watched this episode three times. The first time blew me away with the flood of the recollection of the stunning events. The second time was to reassure myself I'm not going completely nuts, but by the third viewing, I started to relax and realize that this madness has to end. Well worth the time.…

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Bible Verse for Every Situation

Okay, first you have to click on the "Read more..." sentence.  Then the photo will come up.  Click on the photo.  That will bring up the video and you can go from there.

Comedian (and obvious pastor's kid) John Crist has that relative who has a Bible verse for everything that happens... Wait 'til she gets to "Apple Computers." Open thread below...…

Time Magazine's Cover


For once, the MSM gets it right.  Time magazine's latest cover shows the White House morphing into the Kremlin.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

George Will on Trump's "Disability"


Our intellectually-challenged president pretending to drive a truck


I've never cared much for George Will in that he has without fail spouted and defended Republican political theory for years.  But, he has finally written something that makes sense and is important.  The fact that Will would pen this essay indicates the severity of our situation for it is inconceivable he would write anything like this about any other Republican president.

Please read the whole article, which appeared in The Washington Post:

It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence.

In February, acknowledging Black History Month, Trump said that “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.” Because Trump is syntactically challenged, it was possible and tempting to see this not as a historical howler about a man who died 122 years ago, but as just another of Trump’s verbal fender benders, this one involving verb tenses.

Now, however, he has instructed us that Andrew Jackson was angry about the Civil War that began 16 years after Jackson’s death.


In other words, our president is a complete ignoramus!  But please read the entire article HERE.









Friday, May 5, 2017

It was never about healthcare; it was about making the rich richer!


[Photo by Reuters] 


[Photo by Getty Images]

Republicans in Congress were overcome with glee when the non-healthcare bill scraped its way through the House by a meager 4 votes! Republicans in Congress hold to the belief that the government should make them and their friends rich or richer and ignore the needs of the rest of the population (especially the minorities and immigrants) and thus they could not contain their joy at literally killing many thousands of our American citizens which is what the healthcare bill will do!

Look at the photos!  Notice not just the unrestrained joy, but the fact that almost without exception the pictures show white men, the majority of which we know to be millionaires.

These are the people who want to take healthcare away from 24 million of our citizens - our children, parents, siblings, grandparents, great-grandparents, friends, as well as the poor, the mentally challenged, and those stricken with catastrophic sickness. 

The mindset of these Republican nogoodniks was summed up in a comment made by a Congressman just the other day to the effect that people are poor and sick because they do not bother to take care of themselves, ergo they are undeserving of healthcare.


But in the end we find it really hasn't been about healthcare at all.  Republicans don't give a damn about healthcare.  If there was a way to pass a healthcare bill which would provide coverage from birth to death and provide the rich huge tax cuts, they would jump all over it.

What this is all about is making the rich richer at the expense of the least of those among us. Many of these clowns call themselves followers of Jesus.  If their Jesus was indeed a real person and is now in heaven looking down upon them he must be again in tears, begging the "Father" to be merciful for they know not what they do.

But they do know what they do.  And what the healthcare bill does, other than drag many Americans screaming and crying from their homes to funeral homes is give the rich massive tax cuts.  Or, as the New York Times put it, "billions and billions" in tax cuts.

This should be no surprise.  Trump told us he saw the presidency as a means of increasing his fortune and he's doing just that.  But an important side effect was that Republicans everywhere rejoiced for they finally got "permission" to do what they've been doing right along - running the government in such a way that they and the wealthiest among us can expand their portfolios exponentially on the backs of the middle-class and the poor.  Trump, their god and savior, showed them it's okay to be corrupt - to lie, steal and cheat.  He's been doing it for years and lives in houses adorned with gold.  Well, except for the White House but now, I understand, he's taking bids to wrap his desk in gold leaf. 

It's not now and never was about health care.




Another Order From the Tinpot Dictator and His Acolytes


It is being reported today that all monitors in the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) must display FOX News.  Any monitors displaying CNN must be changed immediately.

This is another egregious example our tinpot dictator striving to exercise his power over all aspects of our lives and our government, allowing for no dissent from his yuge and intelligent viewpoints!

It is also, of course, another indicator of our slide down that slippery slope toward becoming a Third-World Banana Republic.

The damage this monster has caused in just 100 days is catastrophic.  We may never be able to recover because "we" have become a nation or ignoramuses and have therefore elected a Congress filled with ignoramuses and cronies of the rich and powerful.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Chris Hedges Characterizes Our Present Situation: We are being ruled by idiots



Chris Hedges, writing for Truthdig, says we're experiencing a "reign of idiots," and the chief idiot is Donald J. Trump.

The article begins thusly:


The idiots take over in the final days of crumbling civilizations. Idiot generals wage endless, unwinnable wars that bankrupt the nation. Idiot economists call for reducing taxes for the rich and cutting social service programs for the poor, and project economic growth on the basis of myth. Idiot industrialists poison the water, the soil and the air, slash jobs and depress wages. Idiot bankers gamble on self-created financial bubbles and impose crippling debt peonage on the citizens. Idiot journalists and public intellectuals pretend despotism is democracy. Idiot intelligence operatives orchestrate the overthrow of foreign governments to create lawless enclaves that give rise to enraged fanatics. Idiot professors, “experts” and “specialists” busy themselves with unintelligible jargon and arcane theory that buttresses the policies of the rulers. Idiot entertainers and producers create lurid spectacles of sex, gore and fantasy.

I couldn't have said it better, but you need to read his entire article to understand all of the complications and implications of the "reign of idiots."

Click HERE.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Which one is the craziest?

Which one of these two crazy people is most likely to start a nuclear war which would, of course, kill everyone on earth and make the earth uninhabitable for hundreds of millions of years?


Would it be this goofball, Kim Jong-un, the president of North Korea?


Or would it be this deranged tool, D. Trumpf, the president of the United States?

Are you sleeping well lately?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Jesus, Alabama, Presbyterians, Cops and Guns

Because It's Aladamnbama, Where They Have Weaponized Jesus


Holy crap. The Alabama Senate has voted to allow a church to form its own police force. Lawmakers on Tuesday voted 24-4 to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham to establish a law enforcement department. The church says it needs its own police officers to keep its school as well as its more than 4,000 person…

Heads Up Trump Supporters!

Open Thread - A Message For Trump Supporters


Funny and informative! I plan to hold this in my Twitter arsenal, too. Open Thread below....…

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Trump's Insanity is Unraveling the World!




The world has never been a peaceful place.  While there were periods of relative peace, overall it's been mostly wars and rumors of wars since time began.

The United States has many serious problems but for the last decade or so it's been difficult to address these problems because our former president, Barack Obama, was forced to deal with an obstructionist Congress, states that were out-of-control, stupid and indifferent governors, state legislatures, mayors, city council, school boards, etc.

The Christian right has in recent years reared its ugly head and the rest of us have paid and are paying a terrible price as they work to decimate scientific knowledge, public schools, common sense, the Constitution, indeed the Commonwealth as we have known it for the past 200 plus years.

However, in spite of all the problems, some of us have felt, perhaps naively, a sense of safety. We had a president who struggled to do the right thing against unbelievable odds, but through it all, we knew him to be an intelligent, decent human being, who would not go off the rails on some whim, no matter how provoked he was.  And he was provoked!


Unfortunately, our new president is insane.  I mean that in a clinical sense.  He's not just sort of nuts, he is certifiable.  I'm not a psychologist but I do have an graduate degree in counseling and he portrays in his person most if not all of the characteristics of an insane person.

What he has done in his first 100 years is turn back the clock 100 years; he has unsettled the world.  We can no longer wake up in the morning knowing that our president is not going to start a nuclear holocaust which will destroy the earth and everything on it. We know he might do such a thing while laying about at Mar-a-Lago because he claims he ordered the Syrian strike while having dinner there with a foreign visitor!


Here are some specifics:

* Many of his appointees come from Wall Street and are the same persons responsible for the great financial melt-down of 2008.  His Treasury Secretary is none other than "Foreclosure King" Steve Mnuchin who is reputed to be without either conscience or feelings and is responsible for foreclosing on more than 36,000 homes.  This does not bode well for people struggling to pay off big mortgages.

* Trump has chopped off all efforts to deal with global warming.  His head of the EPA is Scott Pruitt, who has fought to kill the EPA for years, who denies the fact of global warming or at least that humans are responsible.  It will not be long before our coastal cities will be under water but global warming has many other global effects, damaging farmer's crops and helping to destroy the seas upon which our planet depends for life.

* His Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, known as a "king of bankruptcy," is a fan of increased coal use which will increase global warming and continue to decimate the lives of thousands of people living in southeastern states.

* Trump believes in deregulation and in a recent interview with Fox Business News bragged about how he is in process of deregulating everything, which he thinks will help boost the economy.  It won't do that, but it will make our food and water unsafe to eat or drink.  It will make our drugs deadly to take.  It will make our highways and byways dangerous to drive.  It will allow the predator plutocrats who now run the country to take the rest of us for a financial ride which will end for many in death and despair.

* Trump is an "America First" kind of guy who has concluded that it is his right and responsibility to ensure that the rest of the world follows our lead in all things.  We have sent missiles into Syria which seemed to have no impact at all except to kill a bunch of people and make our relationship with Russia, always a shaky one, even more difficult.

Trump has in 100 short days turned most of the world against us and has increased the chance of war with several countries, including one also led by an insane person with nuclear weapons, North Korea.

* Minorities of whatever stripe are scared to death - literally in many cases, as Trump and his henchmen seek out aliens to jail and/or deport.  It matters not to them if families are struck asunder or if little children are stripped from their parents.  These people, led by that swaggering little criminal, Jeff Sessions, (doesn't he remind you of Himmler?) are almost identical to the jack-booted Nazi thugs throwing Jews on the trains all across Europe in the 1940s.

* Public education is on a death watch.  The person in charge, a "born-again" Christian with more money than god, hates public education and has worked all of her life to destroy it and she is now in process of doing just that.  Teachers everywhere wander into their classrooms in the mornings wondering what fresh hell they will face that day from faceless, hostile bureaucrats.

* Those of us who depend on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are all also swirling in fear amidst a variety of rumors that these lifelines will soon be taken from us by nefarious monsters in Trump's White House and with Trump's blessing.  We have learned quickly that in spite of Trump's promises to the contrary those rumors may well come true for Trump does not keep his promises; in fact, part of his insanity is that he doesn't even remember his promises!


If you can't sleep at night, it's a sign that you are a sane and sensible person.  But remember you're not alone.  There are millions of us in the same boat.  And we need to keep bailing to stay afloat which means working to rid ourselves of this insane monster inhabiting the presidential offices.


Sean Spicer Wins Award



Thanks to Professor Chaos for this fine award.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Anti-Semitism in Washington






According to the Huffington Post, Trump did not attend this year's seder in the White House.  He was meeting with his generals, probably planning WWII or a nuclear holocaust because, well, he can.

The fact that he did not attend the seder may not seem like much in and of itself.  He may have had better things to do. That's hard to imagine, however, considering that he spends very little time in the White House doing his job.  In fact, 
Trump would rather travel - mostly between Washington and Mar Lago.  If this continues, by the end of the year, Trump will have spent more on travel than Obama spent in his eight years in office!

But not attending the seder points to a more serious matter.  Trump and his father were known anti-Semites when they were in business together in New York City and at one point had to pay significant fines for not allowing Jews to live in their apartment buildings.

Not much has changed, in spite of the fact his son-in-law in an Orthodox Jew and his daughter, Ivanka, converted to the Orthodox brand of Judaism.

Trump has surrounded himself with white supremacists, people who are out and out anti-Semites, and who have for years  paraded their anti-Semitism openly and proudly.  Trump was and is supported by anti-Semitic groups such as the KKK.  He is considered "their man" in the Oval Office.


Jews in this country should be concerned.  Jews have been persecuted, mainly by Christians, ever since the common era began and the Christian church evolved out of the teachings of St. Paul (notice it did not evolve out of the teachings of Jesus, and in many cases, preached the opposite of what Jesus taught).  It is unlikely that this anti-Semitic streak endemic to Christianity will ever change.  Over two millenia, Christians have murdered Jews by the millions!  

Trump claims to be a Christian which should make Jews very worried.  Trump is not a Christian by any definition of Christian that I can find, thus as with the rest of his life, this claim, also, is fraudulent.  

But wrap that claim around the fact that Trump is a fan of Adolf Hitler and we have a problem.  According to Trump's wife, Melania, the Donald kept a copy of Mein Kampf by his bedside and referred to it often.  We have seen how Trump has copied Hitler by his outright lies and his denial of those lies.  That was a method Hitler applied often.  Trump's need for idolization and adoration is quite like Hitler's similar needs.  The "victory rallies" that Trump set up around the country, months after he had won the election is another example of Trump borrowing from the Hitler playbook.  


Steven Reisner has written an important article for the Huffington Post (4/9/17) titled, "Trump Has Taken A Page Straight From The Hitler Playbook."  What follows is a small piece of that article but I would suggest strongly that you read the entire article.

Toward the conclusion of the article, Reisner says this:

So when Trump stokes ethnic hatred by painting an immigrant ethnic group as criminals, rapists, and drug dealers (in much the same way that Nazi propaganda highlighted Jewish crimes); creates a special Office on Victims of Immigrant Crimes; and calls for a weekly report to "make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens," it does not feel like a leap to harken back to Hitler's creation of a special Office of Racial Policy, and the order from Hitler's Minister of Justice that called on prosecutors to "forward a copy of every [criminal] indictment against a Jew to the ministry's press division."

I play my language game very seriously because, as a Jew, I know that when one group is targeted, we must see all groups as targeted.  As a Jew, I know that when bystanders ignore one outrage and then another and another, they become complicit and less likely to protest as time goes on.  As a Jew, I know better than to confuse my current privilege with safety.  And as a Jew, I know that when they come for the aliens, the Muslims, the Mexicans, when they come for the [fill in the blank], they come for me.



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Operating by the seat of his pants



The hypocrisy of da Trumpf is well-documented, so it should not come as a surprise when he is shown to be an even bigger hypocrite than originally suspected, but damn it, it does.

Da Trumpf has been especially concerned that no Syrian refugees (whether man, woman or sick child) sneak their way into this country.  Terrorists, you know. Thus the infamous "ban."  Photos of destitute, ill, starving mothers and their children made no impression on Trump's miniature heart.

The ban was, of course, up-front hypocritical.  The countries on the damn ban list had not been a threat to this country and had never engaged in a terrorist act on our soil.  Other countries, such as Saudi Arabia, not on the list, have been and continue to be, terrorist threats.  The Saudis financed Osama bin Laden and the majority of those muck-ups involved in the 9/11 disaster were from Saudi Arabia.

[Which reminds me:  I don't think we've ever gotten a decent explanation from George W. Bushki as to why he saw fit to provide the means for Saudis all over the US to exit the country ASAP after the 9/11 attacks.  We can surmise it was because he knew Saudis were involved even though he hadn't bother to read the intelligence reports provided to him just before the attacks, or we can guess that it was because he and daddy and their friends had been sleeping with the Saudis for years and were involved in all sorts of intricate deals which involved what we know as petroleum.]


Back to the ban.   Saudi Arabia was one of seven countries left off the ban list in which Trump and Co. have significant investments!  There is nothing coincidental about that!

Back to Syria.  Why would da Trumpf decide to send missiles into Syria when he had said all along he would never do such a thing?  We know that what Trump says is meaningless because his brain, even smaller than his heart, allows him to utter all sorts of nonsense, none of which he understands and none of which makes sense.  That's why his lies so often catch up with him.  He can't remember, for example, that he was opposed to military action in Syria.

What changed?  Da Trumpf claims it was the pictures in his mind of mothers and children killed or damaged by chemical weapons supposedly used by the Syrians.  Okay, stop laughing.  We know he doesn't give a damn about Syrian mothers and kids, chemically attacked or not!

So, why did he order the missile barrage?  Well, he needed a distraction.  This whole Russia business was liable to upset his presidential apple cart and he couldn't have that.  Plus, his presidency has turned out to be one of the worst jokes ever played on the American people and the world, and he has no clue where to begin to straighten things out because the only "order" he ever had to utter was "You're fired!" on his make-believe reality show.

He needed a big distraction.  The heat was becoming unbearable in that Oval Office and it was a bitch way down in Palm Beach.  What better way to send the media and everyone else into a manufactured frenzy and get their minds off the massive failure of his presidency than to pretend he cares about mothers and kids in Syria and send in missiles to punish those who perpetrated the chemical attacks.

What the hell.  Violence is terrible.  Let's kill those responsible!

And finally, da Trumpf being the child that he is, wants, like Bushki wanted, to be a "war prezident"!  So, the easiest way to do that is to escalate things in the Middle East by sending missiles into Syria.  And his military advisers are all "hawks" who know that if reality ever strikes this country, their massive budget will be shrunk by at least 75% -- ergo, they need wars.

We can only hope the Russians are not as crazy as our despotic wanna-be dictator.  As those in the know have explained, da Trumpf has moved the Doomsday Clock ... down to 2 and 1/2 minutes to midnight.

But's that's science and our presidential bozo operates by the seat of his pants.


[The phrase, "by the seat of your pants," means, according to the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary, to do something "without the necessary experience or ability."]