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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Forget About Resolutions: Here's 7 New Year's Wishes


                                    Good Day World!

I'm going to start the New Year off right by not making resolutions that I'll break before January is over.


Instead, I'm going to share my wishes for what I hope will happen in 2018.

* Trump gets impeached.

* An Obstruction of Justice conviction against Trump that results in getting him booted out of the Oval Office.  

* Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaigns cooperation with Russia comes to a head with multiple convictions, starting with Don Jr. and Jared Kushner.

* The Democrats take control of Congress in the November elections.

* Trump has to go to trial over the defamation lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos. When she reported unwanted sexual contact last year, Trump called her a liar. My wish is for the court to convict Trump.

* I wish the Republican Party in Congress would grow spines and stand up to Trumpolini.

* Awareness would finally come to Trump supporters after they realize he screwed them.

Time for me to walk on down the road for the last time in 2017...Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Goodbye To The Last Saturday of 2017


Good Day World!

We've experienced 51 Saturdays in 2017. Today is number 52.

I'm neither sad, nor glad. Maybe when tomorrow rolls around - the last day of the year - I'll feel something about the last 364 days.

Right now, I'm numb.

I'm 67 years-old, and have never seen a year that brought worse change to America than this one under Trump's regime.

It was like a political Pandora's Box opened and spewed out all of its vile contents; waging war on society.

War on morality. War upon minorities. War on immigrants. War on the LGBT community. War on the poor.

Having an illegitimate president who was aided by the Russians, has demoralized two-thirds of the country. Trump's approval rating is the lowest of any president since such polls were first taken in 1952.

On this last Saturday, I feel more like a survivor than anything else. I've witnessed with disgust, the rise of neo Nazi's and the KKK, and how our Disruptor-In-Charge has encouraged the so-called alt-right in America.

I'm tired of hearing the president of the United States lying every day. I still can't believe Trump's assault on all of our international allies.

Tomorrow, along with you, I'll celebrate the passage of this year, and hold high hopes for the next!

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Friday, December 29, 2017

Trumps 'Records' Are All In His Head

Good Day World!

The most recent case of Trump lying about the supposed "records" he's broken in his first year happened Wednesday, when he visited some Florida firefighters.

 He spent the brief visit bragging about his supposed accomplishments.

The whopper-for-the-day came when he claimed he helped pass and sign more laws than any of his predecessors during their first year in office.

Pause: Trump loves captive audiences.

Fact: Every president since Eisenhower (who signed the most laws) signed more laws than Trump in their first year. He comes in dead last, but he didn't let that bother him yesterday.

As usual, Trump makes up his own realities and expects people to go along with them. I wonder what those hard working men and women thought about his ego-driven visit?

How many of those firefighters knew he was lying but had to stand there and clap?

This revision in history was closely followed by Trump's biggest whopper of the year - his Tax Scam. Or, as financial experts call it, the huge boon to the wealthy and corporations.

He's been outright lying to the public ("This tax reform is not going to be good for me, or my friends") about what provisions the bill really held.

To put the cherry on the cake, Trump claims it's the biggest tax cut in history. 

That's bullshit. It's another record only existing in his tiny brain. For the real record:

Obama passed a larger tax cut - by making most of President George W. Bush's cuts permanent.

President Reagan definitely did.

And, Presidents Kennedy and Johnson did too.

Trump's disconnect with truth and reality is moving us towards a Constitutional crisis. Tweet by tweet. Lie by lie.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Realities Rout Trump's Dream of Being Popular


                                   Good Day World!


"It is the act of a bad man to deceive by falsehood." -Marcus Tullius Cicero  

Trump's fragile ego has taken a beating this year.

The final blow to Donny's ego happened yesterday when he saw the results of the annual Gallup Poll on "Who Is The Most Admired Man in America."

The answer was...Barack Obama (10th year in a row)! I imagine Donny's face went from orange to beet red when he saw that.

Trump is set to finish 2017 with the lowest approval rating of any modern president at this stage of his first term, according to a recent CNN poll.

Trump's penchant for lying, and doubling down on lies, is no secret to anyone. We've never had a president who publicly lied everyday he was in office before.

Only 37 percent of Americans think he's doing a good job. That's worse than Ronald Reagan's last year in office, and is the lowest since Gallup started polling issues in 1952.

Since Jan. 20, when Trump was inaugurated, his disapproval rating skyrocketed, from 44.2% to 56.3% in the.RealClearPolitics average.

And the big policy win Trump is touting from his first year in office, the GOP tax plan, is extremely unpopular. Just 26% of voters approve of the tax bill, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll, released Dec. 13.

Some more reasons why Donny's ascension to the Oval Office has been a disaster so far:

* Puerto Rico was abandoned by Trump who treated it's residents like second-class Americans.

* Trump tried to get rid of Obamacare and almost succeeded when he added an amendment to his Tax Scam to get rid of the enrollment mandate.

* The rise of hate in our national dialogue and the so-called alt-right (Neo Nazis, KKK, etc.) movement was encouraged by Trump, who invigorated their cause by standing up for them during the Charlottesville, Virginia, hate rally.

* Trump has managed to alienate America from the rest of the world in one short year. It started with dropping out of the Paris Climate Control Accord signed by the rest of the world.

He followed that up by declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel...a move that brought the entire United Nations against America. After being opposed, Trump threatened to keep a list and to retaliate.

There's so many more reasons why Donny is loathed in America that I could share but you got the point. I'm sure you probably could think of some too.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Year-End Review: The Liar-In-Chief's Attacks Against the American Way

2017 Was A Year of Bromance Between Trump and Putin

                                     Good Day World!

All hail the Liar-In-Chief!

This year we were confronted with a president who has the most extensively proven track record of lying in presidential history. 

The White House keeps claiming Trump is not a liar. That's a lie. You wanna know why?

PolitiFact found that only 17% of Trump’s statements are true.

The New Times documented Trump's Lies. 

The Washington Post also cobbled together a list of 1381 lies in 263 days of Trump's presidency.

I could go on, but why bother?

If you ever heard Trump make a speech that wasn't laced with lies, please share it with me. If you've watched TV and saw Trump speaking, you know he lies.

For the White House to stand in front of the country and defend Trump’s honesty, it demonstrates that no one working at the White House has a single shred of credibility.

Trump has done his best to discredit our entire intelligence network, repeatedly asserting the FBI is "in tatters."

Few people were fooled by his reasoning for attacking our intelligence agencies and judicial system. Trump fears his corrupt regime will be exposed and he'll be impeached, or worse.

Trump did manage to inflict a big tax scam upon the middle class before the year ended. He happily toasted his wealthy guests at Mar-A-Lago after signing the bill and said, "I just made you all wealthier!"

For the sake of space I won't go into detail on the rest of his democracy destroying agenda. Just a few dishonorable mentions:

Trump's war on Muslims intensified. 

Trump's war on immigrants to the USA have intensified.

Trump's acceptance of the alt-right has further divided America.

Trump's attitude towards women and sexual harassment is just another scar on a society where women are seeking to be treated equally.

Trump gutted the EPA.

Trump's mistreatment of the truth, introducing his own alternative realities, and calling our free press "Fake News" has further deteriorated the morale of a majority of Americans.

That's pretty scary for just one year. Let's hope that next year we'll see justice prevail and Donny run out of Washington on a rail! 

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Trump Effect: The 'New Deal' is Dead

Good Day World!

Looking back at 2017 is exhausting, and disappointing.

Our democracy has been under assault from a crazed autocrat that slithered into the White House in January.

Trump's war on democracy has effectively destroyed the "New Deal" that  president Franklin Delano Roosevelt rolled out after radical Republicans brought the country to it's knees and caused the stock market to collapse.

The New Deal responded to the Great Crash and the ensuing Depression by regulating business, providing a basic social safety net and promoting infrastructure in order to maintain a level playing field for all Americans.

By any measure, the New Deal was wildly popular, so conservatives sold their reactionary economic vision by enlisting white racism.

As the federal government promoted civil rights, they warned that an active government redistributed the wealth of hard-working, white taxpayers to African Americans, a “special interest” that wanted better treatment than everyone else.

From the moment our first illegal president stepped into office he followed an authoritarian playbook. He began by rejecting objective reality.

Then he turned over the government to his billionaire buddies. Despite Trump's campaign promises, he kicked the middle class under the bus.

Trump's individualist vision of destroying all the good done by the New Deal has unfolded so fast, people are still gasping in surprise.  

His takeover still isn't complete. He's busy trying to undermine the FBI and American intelligence agencies.

He's also working hard to undermine the authority of special counsel Robert Mueller, whose job it is to determine what Trump's role was with Russia during the 2016 election. 

Even though the New Deal's good work has been overturned by the wealthy it's important to understand that the damage doesn't have to be permanent.

Roosevelt purged our corrupt government in the 1930's after it was held in a stranglehold by the wealthy.

There's no reason to believe that a new president in 2020 can't reverse the damage he's done.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas in America: What's Under Your Tree?

Merry Christmas!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

What did Santa Claus bring you today?

If you're a Trump supporter, don't be surprised if that sock you hung from the mantle is full of coal. After all he did promise to bring coal production back.

Liberals made it clear to Santa Claus that all they wanted for Christmas was to see Trump impeached. As you can imagine, they're very disappointed.  

Santa did leave a gift (the kind that grows); the Russian/Trump collusion/ and Obstruction of Justice packages.

If you're one of the wealthy that benefited from Trump's Tax Scam, you got your gift early so don't bother looking under the tree. 

Speaking of the wealthy, Trump's Treasury toad, Steven Mnuchin, got another (beside the Tax Scam bill) Christmas present early...someone dropped off a package of horseshit in the front of his house!

If you hoped to see Trump locked up for crimes against the people for your Christmas present, I suggest you hang on to that hope - you may get your present in 2018.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Musings: On Peace and Goodwill To All

Good Day World!

My favorite yuletide greeting is, "Peace and Goodwill To All."

I extend it to you now, even though I probably don't know you.

I don't care what race or gender you are. We're all brothers and sisters. Same species.

More than anything, I want to see a world at peace before I die. I want to know it's going to be okay for my children, and their children.

It's hard to imagine worldwide peace right now.

There's way too much hate in the world. But there's always hope. Each of us must keep the hope of better times in our heart year around. Not just for one holiday.

Reminders of how many good people there are in the world keeps me going. I had one a few days ago. A stranger emailed me after reading an article I wrote in 2013.

This stranger, whose name I prefer to keep secret, asked me for help in sending the remains of a North Vietnamese soldier whose leg bone (with carvings on it) was kept as a war souvenir, back to his family and country.

I hope the information I provided will help him accomplish this humanitarian mission. The souvenir wasn't his. It belonged to a friend.

As a Vietnam combat veteran, I found his email to be especially poignant. I saw some terrible things when I was there.

Things that will always haunt me.

This small act, by one man who believes there's too much hate in the world, gives me hope. I never stop looking for hope in this chaotic world.

I hope you don't either.

Merry Christmas! Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All!

Time for me to walk on down the road... 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Holiday Hell and the Meaning of Christmas

Good Day World!

Americans are taking to the air, and the roads today, in a mini-migration movement that happens every year.

Like confused lemmings, people across the nation visit one another briefly, before repeating the mini-migration home. Going to, and coming back, during the holidays is generally a hellish experience.

Let's be honest. The chances of getting stuck in an airport or horrendous traffic jams are pretty high this year.

The Automobile Association of America is warning that there's going to be a record amount of travelers (90 million plus) this weekend.

If you thought last year was bad, you better buckle up for this year.

I find it curious that people feel like they have to travel for the holidays. There's an entire year to visit family and friends, so why pick the worst days of the year to go?

Here comes the part that really confuses me; is traveling to visit others the true meaning of Christmas? I guess it depends. Being with family is usually a positive thing, but not always.

The religious aspect of Christmas is simple; it's a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Nothing more, or nothing less.

If you aren't religious, then it stands to reason that you see the holiday as a time to go shopping, and perhaps partying.

That's the case with most Americans today. The religious aspect has been slowly dwindling away in recent decades. I don't think that's bad, or good. It is, what it is.

The majority of people today, according to analysts, see Christmas has a time to travel and exchange gifts. To me, that's where the holiday hell part comes in.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Friday, December 22, 2017

What a Week! Tax Bill For Wealthy Passes, and UN Stands Up To Trump's Bullying Tactics


                                        Good Day World!

I hope you're not struggling with the holiday blues this year.

A lot of people are depressed after watching our democracy slowly get dismantled during Trump's first year in power.

Drilling down...

Fear, Anxiety, and Depression in the Age of Trump

People Are Mourning the US Because Trump Is Our New President

Polls Show Trump With Historically Low Approval Ratings 

After this week's passage of a Tax Reform Bill for the wealthy, the majority of Americans realize they've been sold out to Wall Street, Trump's billionaire buddies and his family.

As if things haven't been bad enough domestically under the Trump regime, America now finds itself isolated against the world by declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

Trump's stupid move has officially taken the US out of any future peace process in the middle east after the United Nations passed a resolution yesterday to condemn Trump's action on the issue and declare it "null and void."

Despite Trump's threats against the entire United Nations assembled there, the world voted against him. The bully didn't win. 

In one swift stroke, Trump has turned the world against America. That's quite an accomplishment for his first year in office.

No wonder most Americans are struggling to enjoy the season this year. This is the winter of our discontent over what's happened to our country, and our world standing.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Trump Threatens World: Countries Put On Notice If They Vote Against Him


                                     Good Day World!

Well...well, it looks like America's first dictator is ready to take on the world after bullying the American people for the last 11 months.

Trump told the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, to "report back on those countries who voted against us," in an upcoming vote against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel.

Here's the kicker:

Haley gave the UN a thinly veiled threat, "As you consider your vote, I want you to know that the President and U.S. take this vote personally." 

What's that supposed to mean?

Are we going to make up a world enemy list based upon countries that don't kowtow to Trump's imperialistic demands?

The Jerusalem resolution to be presented to the General Assembly today is similar, although not identical, to the one presented to the Security Council last week. 


The resolution to be presented today to the General Assembly is brought under a rarely used 1950 resolution called "Uniting for Peace" that has a provision that would give authority to the 193-nation body to act when the Security Council is deadlocked. 
The point of both resolutions, negotiators said, is to show that the U.S. stands alone on the Jerusalem recognition. 
Halley sent out a warning letter to 180 nations that whoever votes against the US will be noted and dealt with accordingly. A not so thinly veiled threat.
Just in time for the holidays. What a touching tribute to this season of Goodwill To All and Peace on Earth.
Time for me to walk on down the road...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Republicans Sing About How Much the New Tax Bill Will Bring

Good Day World!

Tis the season when Trumpies gloat

Over a tax bill that is a wealthy gravy boat...



Hark The Herald Republican's sing
About what wealth the new tax bill will bring
They sing 'Glory be to Trump, our new King.'

Joyful, all ye nations rise, stand up to Trump's lies!
Join the resistance and heed the people's cries
Let the truth be energized and don't be demoralized!

Hark the Herald Republicans sing
About what improvements their wealth bill will bring
They sing 'Glory be to Trump, our new King.'

Gleefully, all ye people celebrate the day
When Trump is arrested and has to go away
Have a happy holiday!

Dave Stancliff - 2017