Saturday, November 19, 2016
Da Trampf has settled the lawsuit against his Trump University. You may remember what that was all about - it seems people who paid thousands of dollars to learn something about real estate, etc., from "professors" chosen by da Tramp himself, were defrauded.
Da Trampf did not choose the teachers. In fact, the whole thing was a massive fraud.
Now Da Trampf, being non-elected prezident by white folks, decided it would not look too good for someone of his perspicacity (that means "Acuteness of perception) to be shown to be a fraud in court. He proved that on the campaign trail, but things have changed and he's busy filling his administration with Nazis and racists and over-the-top bigots, and ignorant non-scientists.
Thus, Da Trampf decided to cut his losses and settle for a mere $25 mil. With no admission of guilt.
OK, stop laughing. It is funny, though.
He must have been very afraid because we know Da Trampf doesn't take lightly to people calling him a fraud. He gets up in the middle of the night to twit away on twitter to castigate people who suggest that his hair is made up of squirrel tails. Today he whined that the cast of "Hamilton" harassed his VP choice, the patsy named Pence, by asking Pence to ensure just treatment for all people. Whine, whine, whine. Not very presidential in the least.
But for Da Trampf to give away $25 mil ... well, that settlement is, in itself, an admission of guilt!
I can see him in my mind's eye: He's sitting in his silk PJ's in his bedroom in the Trump Tower in the dark. He's fidgeting and shaking and gets up to pace the floor.
"What am I gonna do?" he asks himself. "They're going to find out that I am, indeed, a fraud and I might get impeached and I haven't even been inaugurated! I've got to settle, but with no admission of guilt. That will fool people so they won't think I'm at fault. I've been fooling them for years so no problem."
Unfortunately, Da Trampf is probably right. The fact that he is, indeed, guilty of fraud will make no difference to his supporters. Hell, they'll probably cheer him just as they cheered him for gaming the system so he had to pay no taxes.
Which brings up a final question/comment: When is Da Trampf gonna show his tax returns?
My guess, never. Those tax returns would prove without doubt he is a Yuge fraud!
Friday, November 18, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
This ought to tear your heart apart. Spotted in downtown Tampa, it's a fitting reminder of what Donald Trump has brought to light. The kind of people behind this have always been around, of course, but like the cockroaches they are, they usually hid from sight because they knew the United States stood for something far different. In fact, pre-Trump, this would probably be considered a hate crime. Though we have a long way to go, we have taken major steps toward becoming an inclusive and just country even as racism has continued to pervade certain areas with its stench.
You might have seen something like this back in the 60s in the south but it would be highly unlikely in recent years.
The damage Trump has done in his campaign is monstrous. He gave the crazies and the haters "permission" to unleash their insanity and hate upon the nation.
It's not going to get any better if the past few days are an indication. The comparison of Trump's presidency with Hitler gets stronger every minute. He has appointed a white supremacist (Nazi) as his senior advisor and among other things he intends to "register" all Muslims in this country. The German Nazis, similarly, in the 30s "registered" all Jews in that country which turned out to be a prelude to the Holocaust.
Hopefully, there are enough decent people left in the U.S. to fight Trump and his minions, to stand for what is true and right, to continue the struggle to ensure all of our citizens equal treatment, equal rights, equal respect, irrespective of their race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, religion or any other "thing" that people use to discriminate.
Note: The photo above is from Stogie's fine blog which you can check out HERE.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
It is true that Donald Trump was elected, in large part, by Christian "evangelicals" who claim they were motivated by their concern that the United States should be a Christian nation.
Evilgelicals (a much more appropriate term) believe that we need their god's blessing as a nation in order to prosper. Thus, they ignore the fact that over the past 8 years, Mr. Obama has brought us back from the brink of another serious depression, has wound down some of our war-mongering, has taken steps to halt the destruction of our environment and global warming, has shrunk our national debt substantially, has helped to ensure that the rights of LBGT persons are respected, has helped to authorize a health-care bill which, while not perfect, has provided insurance for 20 million Americans, and that overall Obama has helped the United States reach a higher level of prosperity.
But the evilgelicals don't care about any of that. There are two issues of importance for them: abortion (which includes contraception), and homosexuality. Obama, they believe, is anti-god because he supports a woman's right to choose as well as the right of all Americans to buy and use contraceptives, and he actually wants to protect the rights of LBGT people.
In a previous article, I argued that no Christian could have voted for Donald Trump. It would be impossible for that to happen because Mr. Trump is diametrically opposed to all of the teachings of Jesus. So, all those people who call themselves Christians and voted for Trump are not Christians at all, but merely hypocrites and will, in the end, face the full wrath of the biblical god!
The evilgelicals, however, ignore that argument. Somehow, because of Trump's current position on abortion and LBGT issues (a position that may change at any moment), he was god's choice for the presidency.
Now, this approach has born another, related, stream of thinking. Rob Boston, in an article at Talk To Action, notes that a number of evilgelical leaders are proposing the notion that god actually got off his heavenly throne and intervened in the election to ensure Trump's success.
They're not too sure how he pulled it off, though...
One group called The American Pastor's Network claimed there is "No Other Explanation - God Worked a Miracle..."
The American Family Association, (designated a hate group by those who know) published an article by Michael Brown, which said, in part, "I believe Trump has been elected president by divine intervention."
We can't forget the Southern Baptist evilgelicals. Richard Land, a high-placed poobah with the SBC, had a slightly different tack. God is really pissed at America, but Trump's election "headed off divine judgment."
Let's consider a couple of theological items. Christians consider their god to be all about truth, justice and mercy, and that he or she (most evilgelicals are adamant that their god is a HE) is omnipotent (all-powerful) and omniscient (all-knowing).
If that is true, then god knew beforehand that Trump would be elected and thus wouldn't have had to intervene. So, it wasn't god's intervention that got Trump elected but god's non-intervention.
(Or, of course, if god is omnipotent, he/she could have simply switched all the votes for Clinton in the ballot boxes with one little zap from a nearby cloud. Not too hard for an all-powerful deity! And what a great ploy!)
But we still are left with the problem of god's concern for truth, justice and mercy. Why wouldn't god intervene to ensure Trump was NOT elected? That would make more sense because Trump is a pathological liar, who has no taste for either justice or mercy. Trump is a narcissistic businessman who cares only about financial profit for himself.
If god was real and truly about truth and all that other stuff, then surely it would behoove him (or her) to intervene and make damn sure Trump got nowhere near the White House (where, it turns out, he doesn't want to live anyhow ... evidently he needs his own bed and comforter ... both of which are located in New York).
But god did not do that and now we're stuck with this damnable demagogue, this fascist, would-be dictator, this goof-ball who doesn't have a clue what to do next so he hires some of the worst actors on the American political scene to help him try to figure things out.
Ergo, there is no god.