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."]

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Another White Supremacist in the White House

Sebastian Gorka, A Nazi Sympathizer By Any Other Name....

The Trump administration is full of hate. Pick your ethnic group, any one and you'll find there's a Trump official that either once belonged to an organization that condemned them or still does. From nationalists to alt-righters, from the KKK to Breitbart, they all have two common characteristics: they are all white supremacists and they all…

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Open Thread - Trump [Redacted]

The clever folks at The Slot/Jezebel took Trump's "I'm the President and you're not" interview with Time Magazine... ...and redacted statements that could not be verified as true. Here you go. Check out the rest of it. Open thread below...…

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Trump and Treason

The following statement by Michael Moore appeared today on
the Huffington Post.  I couldn't have said it any better 
and Mr. Moore is right on.  

We are, indeed, in the midst of a national emergency with a 
person who appears to be a felonious traitor in the White House!

The Democratic Party needs to declare a National Emergency. For the first time in our history, the President of the United States and his staff are under investigation for espionage. This announcement, by the head of the Trump-friendly FBI, is a shock to our democracy. The Democratic leadership in the House and Senate needs to bring a halt to all business being done in the name of this potential felony suspect, Donald J. Trump. No bill he supports, no Supreme Court nominee he has named, can be decided while he is under a criminal investigation. His presidency has no legitimacy until the FBI - and an independent investigative committee -- discovers the truth. Fellow citizens, demand the Democrats cease all business. "The American people have a right to know if their President is a crook." -- Richard Nixon

Addendum:  It appears that contrary to his own words and the words of Trump, Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, was indeed working directly with Putin and the Russians to extend Russia's influence in the U.S.  One way to do that, of course, was to get Trump elected.

Friday, March 17, 2017

And the best part of our "health insurance plan" ...

...we're going to screw 24 million Americans out of health care!  

[Image from Reuters]

The War Mongers are Back

Trump warned us, but most people weren't listening.  Like Bush II, he wants to be a "war" president.  This often happens to people who have never put on a uniform or have found a method, while in uniform, to remove themselves from danger.

Trump's tiny little fingers have waggled their way into setting us up for another war or multiple wars.  He's proposing a budget which will give a 50 billion plus addition to an already bloated military budget!  (At the expense of hundreds of programs which benefit our country and its people.)  Notice also how we are suddenly being warned about countries dangerous to our health.

Iran is on the list, but Iran's been there for a long time.  Iraq is back.  Unfinished business is what it's being called.  We're still in Afghanistan and it doesn't look like we'll pull of out of that country anytime soon as the Taliban is surging once again.

Now we've got boots on the ground in Syria with the promise of more direct intervention in the near future.  Our war mongers never learn a thing.  And the war mongering Trumpites chant in unison, "We must defeat ISIS!"

Rex Tillerson, the slimey former CEO of Exxon and currently our Secretary of State, is threatening a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.  Does he not know that the man leading North Korean is an genuine psychopath who will send missiles into American cities?

Tillerson must be crazy himself.

Or a war monger!

And why is it that Saudi Arabia always gets a pass even though it is one of the most undemocratic societies in the world and it was mostly Saudis that were responsible for 9/11?  The answer is oil, but you knew that.

And notice how friendly our leadership is with Russia and Putin.  What's that all about?  Are we going to fight Russia's wars?  Putin headed up the deadly KGB for Christ's sake and is one of the most frightening humans on earth!

One thing you can be sure of:  the ones crying for war are NOT the ones who will be fighting.  It will be mostly the minorities, the poor, and those who have nobody looking out for their interests.

The really fearsome thing is that el prezidente does not seem to comprehend nuclear war.  As he builds up our arsenals (after years of difficult negotiations to reduce nuclear weapons) he waggles his tiny little fingers as he flirts with the notion that there is such as thing as a "small" nuclear conflict and/or we can survive a nuclear war.  He is an idiot.  Nuclear war means total destruction for everything on the planet.

Will our representatives do their job and remove this moron from office before it's too late?

The Greediest Americans? Our Politicians!

The following was sent to me by a friend and is so good and so on target I felt it my responsibility to pass it on.  If only it would be read and understood by the millions of Americans living in middle America whose views of life and love have been warped beyond help by FAUX News, Rush Limburger, and other nogoodniks.

Alan Simpson, the former senator from Wyoming, said that senior citizens are "the Greediest Generation," and compared Social Security to a milk cow with 310 million teats.

Patty Myers, who lives in Montana, took umbrage at this typical Republican monster, and decided to help Simpson sequester the truth from his addled Republican brain.

She begins thusly:  Hey Alan, let's get a few things straight!!!!!!

1.  As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit) for FIFTY YEARS,

2.  I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 years (since I was 15 years old.  I am now 63.)

3.  My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud.

4.  Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and "your ilk" pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goal posts for full retirement from age 65 to age, 67.  NOW, you and your "shill commission" are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN!

5.  I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One and now "you morons" propose to change the rules of the game.  Why? Because "you idiots" mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money from Medicare to pay the bills.

6.  I, and millions of other Americans have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again.  Why?  Because you "incompetent bastards" spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after your ran out of money.  Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.  To add insult to injury, you label us "greedy" for calling "bullshit" to your incompetence.  Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU.

1.  How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?

2.  At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?

3.  How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?

4.  What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the "greedy" ones.  It is you and your fellow nutcase thieves who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.

And for what?  Votes and your job and retirement security at our expense, you lunk-headed leech.  That's right, sir.  You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic political careers.  You know it, and we know it, and you know that we know it.

And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.  No, I did not stutter!

P.S.  And stop calling Social Security benefits "entitlements."  "WHAT AN INSULT!!  I have been paying in to the SS system for 52 years!  It's my money - give it back to me the way the system was originally designed and stop patting yourself on the the back like you are being generous by doling out these monthly checks!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Kellyanne Conway Zapped Again

Kellyanne says espionage can be conducted many ways utilizing many devices, including cameras in microwaves and that may have been one way Obama didn't "tapp" da Trumpf's tower!

If she keeps this up da Trumpf will make her head of the CIA instead of just the CYA!

Thanks to MudNHoney (on Twitter) for this.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Nailing Jesus to a Cross

The question which consumes me these days and for which I cannot find a suitable answer is why anyone in their right mind would vote for any Republican for any office anywhere in the world?

Okay, that's a bit hyperbolic and I'll admit there might be one or two good Republicans.  Nah.  If a person has any ethical standards, any morality, any goodness in his or her heart, that person just cannot be a Republican.

Recent days have also made clear to the world that Christian "evangelicals" or "fundamentalists" are not to be taken seriously when they speak of their religion or their religious beliefs because Christianity never did take the Jesus of the Gospels seriously and that still holds true today.

To be a Christian today means 1) that you believe something - like the trinitarian nonsense, or 2) you have been baptized (that's the Roman Catholic nonsense), or 3) you belong to some "Christian" organization.

What it also means these days, in most cases, is that you don't give a damn about following Jesus' teachings.  It may be that you don't know what Jesus taught even though you're big on how important the Bible is.  It may be that you know a few things that Jesus taught, but they don't interfere with your life and you can justify your perfidy so your conscience lets you off the hook, but you do NOT follow Jesus.

Donald Trump, his admirers, and most Christians are the antithesis of everything that Jesus taught.

Let's go back about 2,000 years.  The Christian church began before the Gospels were written. It had it's beginnings in a number of "Christ" ("Christ" meaning "savior" or "messiah") movements around the Mediterranean in the early years of the first millennium.  The Apostle Paul came on the scene after receiving a "vision" of the Christ who lived in the first of Paul's seven heavens.  [Most Christians today don't know that Paul believed in seven heavens.]   Paul began preaching about his Christ, visiting the aforementioned Christ communities, and identified his Christ with the Jewish tradition [Paul being a Jew].

Paul was relatively successful, especially after his big fight with Peter over the need for a Christian to be circumcised.  Paul said "No," and Peter more or less disappeared.

But, Paul needed more than just his word that his Christ was Jewish, so several writers compiled slightly different versions of a story about a Jewish man named Jeshua (Jesus).  Because the authors came at the story from different backgrounds, Jesus (as he became known) was presented alternatively as a teacher, or a healer, or a rabbi, or a guru, magician, or a messiah of sorts.  In some versions, Jesus was considered a inclusive character.  In others, not so much.  In fact, in one Gospel Jesus declares explicitly that his message and ministry was strictly for the "people of Israel" and not for gentiles.

It should be noted here that there were many Christ groups who had their own gospels which presented a different picture of Jesus than the gospels with which we are familiar.  But that's another whole article.

The point of this is to stress that from the very beginning of the Christian church the emphasis was never on Jesus or his teachings, but on a variety of theological notions, culminating eventually, in traditions such as the Mass, a worship service in which Christ is crucified again and his real body and blood are served to true believers (i.e. members of the Roman or Orthodox or Anglican church).

After several hundred years, "orthodoxy" had hardened and had gained control and church councils took the authority to determine what it meant to be a Christian.  In all cases, what it meant was to believe specific doctrines, a most important one being the trinitarian doctrine which stated that God is one but in three "persons" - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Bishops and others who disbelieved that publicly were quite often put to death and their writings were burned.

So much for following Jesus.

Pope Francis has tried to make some changes in the Roman Catholic tradition which would put slightly more emphasis on what Jesus taught but he has not been all that successful and faces a growing movement infused with hostility for these rather mild changes.

Today, we are reaping the benefits of this horrendous historical tradition.  Thus, Trump and millions of his minions, claiming the name of Christian, stand for and execute programs designed, not to help their fellow human beings, but to institutionalize and normalize laws and practices which will make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

A democracy, as Republicans like to point out, is a system in which the majority rule.  Thus, having the majority in Congress, they can do whatever the hell they want.  Unfortunately, they've forgotten or simply don't care about a core component of democracy.  A democracy cannot succeed unless the rights of the minorities are recognized and dealt with.

That is not happening today.  But then we no longer have a democracy.  We have a plutocracy where those with the most money win and dictate the policies and programs of the country by buying enough representatives in Congress to gain control.

But I've gotten a bit off track.  If you were to take a poll of members of Congress and other leaders of our government, I would guess that at least 75% or more would claim to be Christians. If you polled just Republicans, I'd guess that number would exceed 90%.

Trump and his minions may be Christians, but that is utterly meaningless, because they don't even pretend to follow Jesus.

Jesus said to love your enemies, to turn the other cheek if one strikes you, to pray for those who hate you, to feed the hungry, to clothe those in need, to care about people in prison, to take care of the homeless and beggars, to heal the sick.

He said that rich people have a big problem, because they're going to hell unless they give up their riches and follow him.

He said it's good to be meek, to be understanding, to work with others for the common good.

He said not to pray out in public where people can see or hear you but pray in your closet where only God can see or hear you.  He hated all public displays of religion.  He hated all dishonesty.

Jesus did not demand belief in religious doctrines, but actions on behalf of other people.

There are millions of misinformed and misguided Christians today who think that the US is special in God's eyes and that we must, therefore, become a Christian nation which they are quick to explain means that the United States must make Christian religious doctrine the basis for the laws of the land.

I'm sorry, but such nonsense would make Jesus puke!

It is incredible that all these Christians (a large and vocal majority in this country) do not give a damn about following Jesus!  They want power, they want to rule, they want to force their beliefs upon everyone!

But in fact, the Republicans currently running things are mostly Christian.  And sure enough, none of them follow Jesus.  It's just the opposite.  Everything they do, every piece of legislation, every law they propose, is set up to to make the rich richer and the poor poorer; to make the country suffer in favor of making the plutocrats more wealthy.

Health care:  Republicans don't care if the sick are cared for.  Their healthcare program is a boon to the rich and a bomb to the rest of us.  They are working to destroy Medicare and Medicaid.

They want to defund Planned Parenthood which is an organization dedicated to helping women in distress and saving their lives.  It's NOT an abortion factory in spite of Republican lies to that effect.  To hell with Jesus and his teachings is what they are saying.

Rules and regulations:  Republicans like to feign concern for the country by claiming all the rules and regulations are strangling businesses and endangering job growth.  That's bullshit.  But they use that argument in order to relax rules that make our food safe to eat, our drugs safe to take, our roads and bridges safe to drive, our water safe to drink, our air safe to breathe, etc.

And all of that, of course, is directly opposed to what Jesus taught.

Caring for the poor and elderly:  Republicans want to destroy Social Security which is the main source of income for millions of Americans today.

Caring for the unwanted:  Republicans work night and day to keep certain minorities from voting because these minorities know the Republican Party is their enemy.  Republicans want to build walls and use bans to stop people from coming to our country even though we are a nation of immigrants and Jesus specifically said that his followers will care for such people.

Caring for the earth:  In spite of incontrovertible evidence that global warming is a huge and massive and immediate threat to the United States and the world, Republicans are fighting all attempts to deal with it or mitigate these negative effects.

War and peace:  Over the past several decades, presidents from both parties have worked to reduce our nuclear arsenal, to reduce our weapons inventory and to entice other countries to do the same.  Republicans, led by Trump, want to increase our already bloated military budget and strut about threatening war to any any country that gets in the way of our "exceptional" righteousness.

Jesus said that's the way wars get started and all hell breaks loose.

Everything the Republicans/Christians are doing or proposing is directly opposed to what Jesus taught.

It's rather like nailing him to a cross!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Pwesidential Warriors

G. W. Bushki lied the country into war with Iraq.  Being a consummate politico and skilled fabricator, he convinced several people that Saddam Hussein was hiding WMDs.  That lie led to over 4,000 American deaths, many more thousand American casualties, hundreds of thousands Iraqi dead, the brutal destruction of the country, an American economic collapse, and the rise of ISIS among other things.

Bushki wore the gear of a combat pilot and didn't he look good, all decked out like a real warrior? In fact, he was a pilot with the Texas National Guard back in his younger days.  The problem he faced then, though, was the ongoing war in Vietnam.  Bushki didn't like the idea of having to actually put his military training to use for the good of the country; he might get hurt or even killed and he was a "Bush" so that wouldn't be a good thing and also being a coward of sorts he went to his daddy and daddy arranged for him to hide out in the service of a Republican politician and avoid Vietnam.

I'll give him credit for getting through flight training.  It was tough because he was spending a lot of time at night diving for young women in the local bars. But he got his wings and that says something.

Da Trumpf, on the other hand, did everything he could to avoid military service. He wanted to make money and if the country needed his help, well screw the country.  So, he never put on any uniform ... except for those he wore on certain nightly trysts in his tower of Trump.

Now that he somehow became president, he doth love the military.  He loves it so much he wants to make it bigger...with more people to send to die in the sands of the Middle East or the icy roads of Siberia...more planes to bomb Islamists into little sandy bits...more ships to frighten China, North Korea, Iran and other countries who might be recalcitrant to do his bidding.

So, he makes announcements on aircraft carriers, those yuuge war machines who would take up half of Lake Michigan if they could be berthed in Chicago. And he dresses hisself in the cap and jacket of a Navy admiral, thereby insulting every single person who wore a real uniform and served in a real capacity.

See, the thing is, Trump is a coward with little girly hands.  But he's also a bully. You remember those guys from the school yard.  They'd beat up on the smaller kids, and threaten others who protested but on occasion when someone stood up to them they turned and ran.

That's Trump.  And now that he's Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces (that's got to be the scariest thought ever to enter your mind) he thinks he can bully any country into doing his bidding; especially if he pours billions of bucks into a military build-up.

And he's going to be especially impressive wearing his admiral's jacket and cap while piling up the nuclear weapons.

And the peoples of the world laugh so hard they cry.  "Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha."

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Nothing's Changed! Trump is NOT normal!

In the U.S. we are blessed with a corporate media.  That is to say, our news outlets are by and large owned by corporations and their main concern is their profit line.

Back in the first part of G.W. Bushki's reign, it was discovered that he had failed to fulfill his military obligations and was able to avoid going to Vietnam by having his father pull strings allowing him to land a cushy political job while his buddies were being shot down in the jungles of southeast Asia.

The man who reported this worked for one of the corporate media, CBS.  Instead of giving this man praise and a raise, they fired him.  Dan Rather had a resume full of dynamic and fearless reporting from all over the world.  But when he told the truth about G.W., CBS booted him out the corporate door.

Today some of our comedians and less-than-corporate media are noting, rightfully, that the corporate media is falling all over itself to explain to the world that because Trump didn't come off as a insane lunatic in his speech before Congress, everything is changed.  "My god," they said in unison, "he's become 'presidential'"!  Whatever the hell that means.

Republicans everywhere rejoiced because he refused to divulge his plans for a nuclear holocaust and prattled on about what a great job he's been doing and will be doing without telling anyone what that means or how he intends to accomplish those few things still left undone after his first 100 days smelling up the Oval Office.

But nothing has changed!  Donald Trump is still a psychopath, a sexual predator, a pathological liar and an ignorant, bumbling fool.  You can dress him up in a suit and have someone who actually knows the English language write a speech for him, but that means nothing.  He's still Donald Trump, a man who should have been indicted, impeached and tossed in jail already for his treasonous actions against our country.

What's wrong with this picture?  While he's grinning goofily for the cameras and pretending to seriously know what he's talking about in front of Congress, we learn that his newly-appointed Attorney General is guilty of perjury and was working with the Russians during the election just like others of Trump's best and brightest.  What other president would still be sitting in the White House after such revelations?

Nothing has changed!  Trump continues his war against anybody he doesn't like, specifically people who follow the Muslim religion, Mexicans, Democrats, poor people, women, kids who want to go to school instead of work in fields, generals who don't ask "How high" when he tells them to jump; anyone who challenges him in any way.

Trump still gets his "news" from talk shows and the far right neo-Nazis.  Trump is still a failed businessman who will bankrupt the country just as he bankrupted most of his companies.

He stood before Congress trying to look authentic as he lied 51 times in less than an hour.  He intends to beat up on Social Security recipients; he intends to get rid of what Republicans love to call "entitlements" - Medicare and Medicaid; he has already lessened regulations on food and drugs which keep our people safe.  He has already changed an Obama action which attempted to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill.  He is going to build that goddamn wall if it kills us!  He is handing the military a huge budget increase even though they don't know what to do with the money they have now and tend to lose trillions of dollars without knowing why.

So, please don't listen to the corporate media, those paid "savants" of non-wisdom who would have you believe that Trump may be "normal" after all.  He's not and he never will be.  And unless you have a death wish you'd better fight him with everything you've got or in a few years you'll look back on the Great Depression with affection and longing.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Thanks to Crooks & Liars for the above.

Republican Cowards Run the House of Representatives

The Republicans are running this so-called democracy into the ground.  We are rapidly becoming a fascist dictatorship!  There's no equivalence here.  It's NOT the Democrats.  It's the Republicans and they are responsible. And if they don't re-write the history books, they will be held in contempt by the American people and the people of the world for ages to come.  And rightly so.

There was an attempt to use a relatively obscure law (the Repugs used this in 2014 relative to Tea Potters) which allows Congress to obtain the tax records of an individual.  The resolution would have given this Congress the right to obtain the tax records of da Trumpf.

Unfortunately, in a party-line vote, the Repugs shot down that resolution and once again, the American people, for the first time in history, will not be able to see the tax returns of their president.

Trump, of course, could not, under any circumstances, allow his tax returns to become public.  His chicanery - cheating, crooked deals, lies, abuse of the system to avoid paying taxes - would see the light of day and the darkness that is his heart would be put on display across the nation and the world.

Just think about this:  We the People, through our representatives, could have legally forced the issue and obtained Trump's tax records.  Our representatives in Congress, who swore fidelity to the Constitution, could have made the right and ethical and moral decision to obtain da Trumpf's tax records.

They did not do so.  They failed to do their job.  They showed their fealty is not to the well-being of this country but to themselves in order to retain their power. They showed that they are essentially traitors. They should be ashamed but more than that, they should be impeached for they have committed in this instance, by omission, a high crime and misdemeanor.

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Meanwhile da Trumpf blames Obama for the fiasco in Yemen.  He blames Obama for the protests against his government by millions of people across the country.  Somehow in his delusory state, believes that Obama, even though on vacation in Hawaii, was able to organize and carry out these multitudes of protests.

Like Hitler, Trump, a fascist, thrives on "rallies."  They are food for his miniature brain.   So he called for his supporters to come out and rally in support of him and his program.  And they did.  I've seen the photos.  Some of these rallies might have had a couple hundred people; some had maybe 10-20.  They were a monumental failure just like everything else he has done in these last 100 days. He has called for additional rallies this coming Saturday.  Prepare to be underwhelmed.

Trump is bad enough.  But we must also deal with a Congress ruled by Republicans (NOT Democrats) who have no morals or ethics (in fact they just voted to do away with any ethical check on their behavior), who care nothing for the well-being of the people of this country, who are incapable of doing the jobs to which they were elected, and who are so afraid of their stupidity and incompetence they intend to take it out on the women, the vets, and the elderly.

And all of this is why Trump's tax returns are so important.  They will show in detail the magnitude of his malfeasance.  They will confirm, once and for all, just how black is his heart and the result will be impeachment for not even the cowardly Republicans in Congress will be able to dodge that bullet!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Business as Usual by Melissa McEwan

The following excerpt is from a post on Shakesville, an excellent and informative blog by Melissa McEwan.  She tells it like it is with style and grace, but without pulling any punches.

What makes this article so important is that she turns on its head the stupid notion widely believed by so many that there is really no difference between the Republicans and Democrats.  "They both do that same things" is the mantra we often hear in an attempt to draw attention away from the horrible monster that has become the Republican Party.  The two parties are NOT the same and they do NOT do the same things.

Ask what the Republican Party has done for the good of the country over the past 80 years and you will usually get a blank stare or some nonsense about "lowering taxes."  Ask what the Democratic Party has done for the country over that same period of time and you would need a book to write it all down, beginning with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare for the poor as opposed to subsidies for the rich, legislation guaranteeing the right to vote, demolishing programs and laws discriminating against minority groups, national health care, etc.

This is not to say that the Democratic Party is "pure as the driven snow" but it sure as hell beats that beast that would shred our Constitution into bits of useless drivel and destroy what's left of our democratic way of life - the GOP!

And that's what Ms. McEwan is talking about!

"Business as Usual"

Over the weekend, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).  The usual suspects are bitterly complaining about his victory, saying that he represents "business as usual" in the Democratic Party. ...

... Let's take a look back at the 2016 campaign for a moment.

The Democratic primary saw a woman and a Jewish man take turns making history by being the first woman or Jewish person to win primaries/caucuses.

The party eventually nominated the first female major party candidate in history.  She then ran on the most progressive platform the Democrats have ever put forward. ...

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Republican Platform

This is not the "official" Republican platform, but it's close enough.  What it represents fits quite nicely into what we've seen of the Orange Monster's plan for the country.

The following is sort of a baseline of Republican thinking.  But the Republican thugs frequently come up with new "issues" which, because they pretend to love freedom, they intend to force upon the American people.

For example, in one state there is a proposed bill to require doctors to try to bring a dead fetus back to life.  In Texas, a bill requires fetuses be given a funeral and burial.  At least 18 states are attempting to make protesting the government a felony equivalent to terrorism which would allow the police to arrest protestors on almost any pretext.  Concurrent with that, the police would also, according to some of these bills, be able to attach (read "steal") a person's assets - cars, money, homes, etc., even before a trial and conviction!  [This, by the way, is actually the case in some states right now!]

Additionally, in almost every state run by Republicans they are attempting to defund Planned Parenthood, deny Medicaid patients monies from the Federal Government, change history textbooks to eliminate "liberal" biases, which in all cases means to subvert the truth.

Here are the main articles of Republican faith.  You will note that each one serves to further subjugate the working and middle-classes and enrich the wealthy.

* In all political situations, reject wholly and totally, any bipartisanship.

* Take health care away from over 20 million citizens.

* Destroy Medicare and Medicaid.

* Destroy Social Security

* Access public workers retirement accounts and turn them over to Wall Street sharks.

* Defund Planned Parenthood.

* Negate all ethical guidelines or ethical enforcement of elected officials.

* Ignore the threat of global warming.

* Make fundamentalist Christianity the nation's official religion.

* Strive to remove minorities from the voting rolls.

* Ban all Muslims from entering our country.

* Stop Mexicans from entering our country.

* Continue to reduce taxes on the rich.

* Increase an already bloated military budget.

* Ignore our infrastructure needs - broken roads and rotten bridges.

* Declare war if necessary to obtain more oil or other resources from other countries.

* Pretend the U.S. in "exceptional."

* Destroy the Public School System.

* Require Universities to hire "conservative" professors.  (This is being proposed now!)

* Charge abortion doctors with murder.

* Pretend life begins at conception.

* Forbid the use of contraceptives.

* Continue to pay women less than men for the same work.

* Require welfare recipients to take drug tests (this does not apply to the people who run the companies who live off government welfare, e.g. Boeing).

* Remove all regulations on food production and sales.

* Remove all regulations on pharmaceutical production and sales.

* Remove all regulations on corporations and allow them to pollute our rivers and lakes.

* Protect corporations from lawsuits by people negatively affected by their actions.

* Ensure that everyone in the country can purchase and carry any type of firearm made.

* Continue with laws already in place which allows a person to kill another person with a gun if he or she feels threatened.  This one is big here in Florida!

I'm sure you could add some other tracks to this Republican platform.  They've had years to plan and put this platform into effect.  If Republicans had controlled the government for the past 85 years, there would be no Social Security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no welfare, no safety net of any kind!

The Republican "heaven" is actually very much hell for everyone who isn't white, rich, Christian (in name), and corrupt!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Trump's Police State

It has started!  Trump's police state is in action.  They're looking for Jews ... er, immigrants.  For now.  Soon they'll be coming after socialists, Communists, Democrats, historians, Canadians, Puerto Ricans, truth-tellers of all stripes, and finally, as usual, they'll come for the Jews.

And good Christians everywhere will look surprised and say, "We didn't know!"

[Photo from the Huffington Post].

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Trevor Noah - Bannon is the "real" president

Trevor Noah Breaks It Down: Steve Bannon Is The Real President

Since we all know Donald Trump lacks the temperament and qualifications to be an actual President, who is running the show? Trevor Noah proves it's Steve Bannon. Jon Stewart was a tough act for Trevor Noah to follow, and his ratings may not match the Stewart/Bush years. But you may just love The Daily Show all…

We've Seen This Before

I apologize, but I cannot remember the source of this photo.  Nevertheless, it supports my argument that what is happening in the U.S. today under Hair Trumpf is very similar to what happened in Germany in the 1930s under another wannabe dictator.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Our So-Called Prezident

Our so-called prezident shows off his ignorance once again!  He does not understand the three branches of our government nor does he understand their roles in the overall scheme of things.

So sad!  What a loser!  Once again his cronies must try to explain to him that the prezident doesn't make the laws in our system, Congress does.  His job is to enforce the laws.  This so-called prezidential loser not only wants to make the laws but refuses to obey the third branch of the government, the Judicial Branch, which determines if laws passed and enforced by the other two branches are legal or Constitutional.

Our so-called prezident is a loser and a joke and dangerous as all hell because he think he's directing a reality show.

Not so, loser.  But it really will feel like that when one of these days soon the people of the United States will be saying, with great pleasure, "You're fired!"

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Sinking Ship

Trump Military Vehicles - Welcome to Nazi America!

What Are These 'Trump Flags' About?

On Monday, IndivisibleKY spotted a convoy of military-appearing vehicles driving on the highway with "Trump flags" on them and video-recorded them. TPM reports: Chris Rowzee, a spokeswoman for IndivisibleKY, said she was "disturbed" to see the flag on a military vehicle. "To show a partisan political leaning on a military vehicle is very reminiscent of Nazi…

Monday, January 30, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Hair Trump

He told us what he was going to do.  He said he would be a dictator.  He said he would build a wall (even though more Mexicans are returning to Mexico than are coming here!)  He said he would ban Muslims (because of their religion).  He ran with neo-Nazis and brought them with him into the White House.  It was obvious he did not believe in free speech and in recent days several journalists have been charged with felonies for simply reporting the truth.  His Nazi consort has warned the media to be careful what they say for the Trump administration considers a free press to be the "enemy."

He told us time and again he had no intention of following the Constitution or the values for which this nation stands.

Yet enough people voted for him anyway.  And the so-called evangelical Christians?  Eighty-one percent of those charlatans put a check next to his name.

You may not believe in hell, but you will.  Under Trump, there's going to be hell to pay!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Day of Patriotic Devotion

We knew it was coming and we knew it was coming soon, but we didn't know exactly how it would take place - this move to totalitarianism.

Trump has shut down the EPA and has shuttered scientific research and has threatened ALL opposition with the power of his office if they disobey his commands.

He's going to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.  He's opening up the CIA's "black sites" so he can make dissenters disappear forever.  His minions, such as the black-hearted Newt Gingrich wants to jail people who dare show the Trump disrespect.

The difference between Trump and other fascist dictators is rapidly dissolving and Congress, the institution officially designated to pass the laws that govern this nation, is inhabited primarily by mealy-mouthed, power-hungry, hateful white men who will crawl on their knees to give obeisance to the new "Great Leader".

The incident which best symbolizes our democracy's leakage into totalitarianism was Trump's "national day of patriotic devotion" which he declared to be celebrated on the memorial of his inauguration.  The Guardian provides some context:

"Donald Trump has echoed North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, after declaring that the day of his inauguration should be a 'national day of patriotic devotion- – a rallying cry that would not be out of place in the secretive state’s propaganda.

"Trump’s proclamation, which was made official on Monday, has been uttered by Kim in speeches to his 1.2 million-strong military and members of the ruling Korean Workers’ party in recent years.

"In an address to a military parade in Pyongyang on 10 October 2015 – the party’s 70th anniversary – Kim thanked the “heroic men and women” of the army and security services who, 'in hearty response to the party’s appeal, have worked with patriotic devotion and created one heroic miracle after another' in their quest to build a 'thriving socialist nation'.

"The phrase also crops up in North Korean propaganda."

North Korea is not the United States and Trump is not Kim Jong-un, but there are similarities or as The Guardian puts it, "echoes" between the two which ought to terrify all those who love our country and wish it well.

Melanie, the terrified wife of Da Trumpf, has told reporters that her husband kept a copy of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf by his bedside as a reference guide.  If true, that should be taken seriously.  It's an omen, and not a good one.

Perhaps the best thing we can do at the moment is mock this idiotic "day of patriotic devotion," and certainly ignore it for coming from this monster who lies about everything, it means nothing.  And it is nothing more than a way he devised to con the people into giving him or as he likes to be called, "The Great One, "patriotic devotion"!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Will The Real Optimists Please Stand Up?

What follows is an essay by Alex Anderson who works for the Black Sheep Agency in Houston, Texas.  It was written for the Black Sheep Agency.  Alex is my grandson, but that's not why I'm publishing his article.  It stands on its own merit, is an excellent piece and as the events of January 20 left me grinding my teeth in the depths of despair, Alex offers a glimmer of hope for the future.

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2017 Doesn't Seem So Bad Anymore:  Motorcycle accidents, keyboard activism and my trip to the White House.

It's not exactly news that some things didn't turn out the way we had planned in 2016.  All of us started the year with an almost joyful spirit, as if for some reason we were confident of the good that would happen in the coming year.  And we were wrong about some things.  And we're still mourning, some of us.

I imagine that you and your friends had some hopes dashed as well, if the collective thoughts of Twitter are any indication.  It remember showing up to work the day after the election--an office full of determined activists suddenly silenced, if only briefly.  We just weren't sure what happened next.  Aleppo's tragic story lingered in the background of every social media trip I've taken this year, blood-soaked children orphaned and claiming the headlines consistently, almost as if they knew America wasn't eager to actually do something.  But eventually our fingers tired from the keyboard's solidarity, and we moved on to the latest Tasty recipe.  Syria is a world away.  What can we do?  We saw our legends die, far-off figures who fantastically seemed as if they lived next door. They had offered up words to remind us that we're not the only ones who are lonely, tired, or dying, and honestly, I'm not sure if we'll ever realize the impact that they made on our lives, or even how much time we spent alone with them. At least not until that moment when we pull their names up on Spotify or Netflix because we desperately need to see them again.

I've always thought myself as an optimist, but in a year that seemingly fought to quell any proactive thoughts I might've had, it's been almost exhausting to pretend as though I was still looking forward to what the future had to offer. Outside of my immediate life-is-good bubble, it was as if the world was determined to prove my optimism unrealistic.

Turns out my cynicism isn't unfounded, considering there's no reason to believe that suddenly humans will treat each other better.  America isn't what it was, nor is it what we hope it to be. ...

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[Note:  This article published with permission of the Black Sheep Agency.]