Thursday, June 15, 2017

North Koreans Send Mr. Warmbier Home

It's difficult to know exactly what a college student like Otto Warmbier was doing in North Korea a year and a half ago.  I've read that he was on a tour. What tour? And why?  Was college too easy for him he just had to visit this country that is notorious for coughing up fake "crimes" in order to hold Americans in prison?  I mean, really.  If you want to visit a country go to France for Christ's sake!

He "confessed" to the crime of stealing a propaganda poster saying he was put up to it by a member of his church who promised him money to buy a car.  We know that such a confession was probably coerced.

But it does raise the question of the church connection.  There have been, as I recall, several religious groups who have attempted to do "missionary" work in North Korea even though the government bans such activity.  And some of those missionaries went missing, some went to prison.

Of course, fundy Christianists, will do anything for Jesus.  Anything goes if it's for the Lord.

So, what's the deal?

And then, daddy Warmbier immediately praised the Trumpster and put a knock on Obama even though Obama socked North Korea with some pretty hefty sanctions after the son was put in jail.

Ironically, Otto is just the sort of person Trump says he wants to ban from this country: a religious fanatic who does not respect our country's laws. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tragedy in Alexandria

Tragedy in Alexandria
(A guest post by Bob Poris)


What a tragedy!  If one of the baseball team’s members did not have mandatory armed protection from the Capitol Police as a member of Congress,  the shooter would have killed a huge number of spectators, visitors, etc, as no security is usually provided at such events.

The shooter had selected the Republican team only! He was a political junky that hated Republicans! What a sad state of affairs in which we find ourselves. It is worse than the old days when Senator Joe McCarthy claimed without evidence that the government had been infiltrated with Communists.  McCarthy was cheered on by too many representatives on both sides of the aisle.  Suddenly people working as teachers and in government jobs were being required to take loyalty oaths if they wanted to keep their jobs!  Eventually McCarthy was exposed as a phony and a drunk who had no proof to back up his claims. I remember my wife being hassled because she objected to her patriotism being questioned. Fortunately she was not fired, but she was given a rough time by some of the other teachers.

Our current political enmity makes it too easy to fool some of the population with such claims even to this day.  Back then they had not come up with “fake news" and generally political candidates were not referred to as liars or crooks, etc., without with any evidence.  Of course in those days we still had real investigative reporters. Fox News and other pure propaganda outlets did not dominate the media as they do today. Maybe the people were smarter and candidates for office were selected by real pros and not by very rich people with outsized propaganda skills.  Many people do not know who or what “Soros” is or the essence of his politics.  What we've got are "single word scandals" backed up by no facts even after years of hearings with no guilt ever established.  Think "Benghazi"!

We are constantly being made fools of by those with the money to buy up huge segments of the various media outlets.  Once upon a time there were restrictions on the percentage of people or corporations who could get licensed to own more than one outlet in any area so there was never a total monopoly as there is today in our media. The competition worked well and the people had many competing choices to find the "truth."

Did anyone learn anything after listening to all the hours of the recent hearings in Congress? Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, and other witnesses refused to answer questions; even "YES" or "NO" questions without any valid  legal reason.  They refused to answer question because they didn't think they should yet did not bother to ask for executive privilege.  If we did that we'd have been held in Contempt of Congress and would be forced to respond.

What's going on here?  As this rate, we might never learn the truth about the interference in our voting system by the Russians which even Putin jokes about. It doesn’t matter which party was involved.  If laws were broken we need to know what happened and who was responsible!  The winners of the last election seem to think they can do whatever they wish without consequence.  They don't seem to deem it important that a foreign country interfered in our electoral process!

I think we should all want to know what happened so that we can prevent it from happening again in the next election.  We do know that some politicians walked away with lots of money from the Russians under the direction of Putin, who we know controls such things in Russia.

We have never had the protests we see now and the distrust, and confusion, within the Oval Office and our political parties. Apparently we did not learn enough from Watergate and the whole mess with President Nixon. It did happen here and can happen again and maybe is happening now. We must care or it will be too late to correct!  Our system is in deep trouble and few have the ability to act before it is too late.  Our grandchildren did not live through the Nixon years, but many of us did and we know how our survival as a democratic country is at risk.

Our political leaders must understand that if we do not work together it may soon be too late to keep it together, too late to stop the assault on our democracy, too late to halt our descent into becoming just another American "banana republic."


[A word about Bob Poris.  Bob is a veteran of WWII.  He was wounded while serving in the submarine  service.  He is 90 years old and has been actively working for sanity in our political life for most of those 90 years.  Bob has, as it is said, "seen it all."  He loves this country and while he does not put flags on his car or wear his heart on his sleeve, he's more of a patriot than most of the whiners and armchair politicos who voted into office the incompetent fools currently inhabiting the White House and Congress.]

Monday, June 5, 2017

Trump and the Air Traffic Control System




The orange-headed monster now wants to "privatize" the air traffic control system.  You may remember when another president, mentally unstable, did away with the air traffic control union. That sent prices sky-rocketing, service went to pot, airlines merged, and the people have been suffering ever since.  His name was Reagan and he was not a good president so don't believe those Repugnicans who want to sanitize him and endow him with sainthood!


Why is Trump doing this?  First of all it's to take attention away from the Russia scandal which may blow him out of the water.  Secondly, follow the money.  We all know that Trump is probably the most ignorant and stupid man ever to sit in the Oval Office.  We know he knows nothing about the air traffic control system but is being fed a pile of crap from people who will make tons of money if his privatization plan takes effect.

So, who will benefit?  The airlines first of all.  And that's why the airlines are for it with the exception of Delta.  The others to benefit will be those who have an interest in getting the government off their back and letting them operate with less regulation.

What we should be doing is taking control of our own destiny.  The airlines should be run by the government!  And while we're on this topic, why should a few companies make billions/trillions of dollars from our natural resources? It seems to me that the government should own these businesses, which include all the natural oil and gas operations.  They government should rake in those profits, not a handful of private owners.

Trump can totally destroy this country within a few years if Congress allows him to do it.  Next it will be the Post Office.  The Congress has already stacked the deck against the post office by requiring it to put away enough funds to run the operation for many years ahead of time.  No other company or government operation has to do that.  And then Republicans in Congress whine about how the Post Office operates in the red.

Our schools are already in trouble with that evil witch, Devos, heading up the department of education.  She has lived her whole life with but one goal; to turn our education system private so that all of our schools promote fundamentalistic Christianity! That's her plan and she working hard at it as of this writing!  She starts with Charter Schools which are a complete con and are a direct threat to the public school system.  Study after study has shown them to be less effective than our public schools and to be a monumental drain on public school funds!

So, when Trump says let's privatize something, run the other way.  Do whatever you need to do to stop him.  It won't be good for the country in any way but will put more stress on an already ailing system.

Finally, remember that almost everything Donald Trump has done down through the years has led to bankruptcy and hurt thousands of people.  He is a failed businessman.  He has not created anything for a long time; but merely franchises his name, which god willing will be worth nothing in the near future!

And, by the way, although we  hope that Comey will say the right words and the chicken-hearted Repugnicans will be left with no other option but impeachment, remember that Pence is not much better.  He's not as crazy as Trump but his core beliefs are rotten to the core and will benefit the rich and create more problems for the middle-class and the poor.  The environment will continue to be threatened and are economy will go down the toilet.

It's a no-win, no-win situation.  Except for the fact that Trump is actually crazy and it's certain that whatever he does will hurt our country and its people.


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?