Dave Stancliff 2017-04-16 blogarama.com

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Truth and Trump: Like Water and Oil The Two Don't Mix


                                          Good Day World!

If you think President Chump has trouble sleeping because he constantly lies about things...you better think again.

Rump is pushing 71-years old, and there's no way to teach this old dog new tricks. Just follow the dots since his daddy gave him a "small stake" of $1 million dollars to get started in business.

Hump has been caught lying so many times over the years in real estate scams (3500 lawsuits) that there is a mountain of evidence to be found in newspaper and magazine articles over the past five decades.

One of his most famous lies - Obama wasn't born in the US - opened the door to his presidency by getting Obama-haters, and alt-right groups to support him.

In an excellent four-piece series the LA Times looks at the four most serious things to worry about when talking about our Liar-In-Chief.

From the article:

Donald Trump's utter lack of regard for truth. 

"Whether it is the easily disprovable boasts about the size of his inauguration crowd or his unsubstantiated assertion that Barack Obama bugged Trump Tower, the new president regularly muddies the waters of fact and fiction. 

It’s difficult to know whether he actually can’t distinguish the real from the unreal — or whether he intentionally conflates the two to befuddle voters, deflect criticism and undermine the very idea of objective truth. 

Whatever the explanation, he is encouraging Americans to reject facts, to disrespect science, documents, nonpartisanship and the mainstream media — and instead to simply take positions on the basis of ideology and preconceived notions.

 This is a recipe for a divided country in which differences grow deeper and rational compromise becomes impossible."

It's pretty bad when you have to fact-check everything the president of the United States says. But, it's our reality as long as Stump sits in the Oval Office.

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

Success! Trump's Long Courtship With China's Economy Pays Off

Good Day World!

Trump has cast covetous eyes on China for  a long time.

He's pursued the Chinese economic market like an illicit lover sneaking around trying to meet with a married woman.

If you followed his harsh rhetoric against China during the presidential campaign you may be surprised at just how cozy Chump has really been with Chinese businessmen.

For starters, Dump still owes China hundreds of millions in debt to one massive, state run Chinese Bank. 

Meanwhile he's leasing a floor of Trump Tower office space in Manhattan to another Chinese bank. That lease ends October 2019.

Dump has repeatedly tried to land big real estate deals in China with state-run Chinese companies as partners. 

He's sought access to China's famously tricky business markets - even for his reality show, The Apprentice

In 2015, Hump had to ditch a deal with China when his Beijing real estate partner was probed for corruption. 

It's no secret that China has been producing Stump products for years, from ties to Chinese steel.

The Golden Doors to China's economy opened wide for Lump after he got elected. After years of battles he was suddenly granted 72 Chinese Trademarks.

On the campaign trail Rump accused China of manipulating currencies and stealing American jobs. Now he says China is NOT manipulating currency and is a good trade partner.

Trump's daughter, in keeping with her father's tactics, was granted Trademarks for her fashion lines the day the Chinese president Xi had dinner with the Trump clan at his private property, Mar-A-Lago.

It appears that Bump's hope for a business relationship with Russia has been dashed (at least temporarily) after his bromance with Putin came to an abrupt end due to the firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles at their Syrian allies airbase.

Make no mistake, Donny Little Hands brand comes first. The American people come in a distant second. 

At what point are Republicans going to hold our Orange Mussolini responsible for his corrupt dealings with other countries?

Perhaps when the investigations about his connections to Russian businesses - and election interference - come to light.

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

New Energy Secretary Perry Facing Felony Abuse of Power Trial

Good Day World!

This is getting monotonous.

Another Trump appointee in trouble. This time it's Trump's new Energy Secretary, Rick Perry for being a bully.

He's accused of two felonies: Coercion and Threatening to veto funding to the state's public integrity unit.

What is it with Chump's appointees? 

Michael Flynn had to be fired and is under senate investigation for colluding with the Russian government while serving as Trump's advisor during the election.

Hump really scrapped the barrel to get this current collection of corrupt baboons. Perry is a prime example of a morally corrupt and politically entitled conservative willing to kiss Rump's ass for any position of power.

You may recall Perry saying that he wanted to get rid of the Department of Energy when he was a presidential candidate.

You may also remember his famous answer when asked to name three governmental agencies he'd get rid of if elected.

"Commerce, Education, and the … what's the third one there? Let's see."

Then he stumbled. 

He couldn’t recall the third

When coaxed by other candidates and the moderator — did he mean the Environmental Protection Agency, maybe? — he drew a blank. “Sorry,” he said as he grinned sheepishly at the cameras. “Oops.”

Yeah. Oops.

In a stunning display of gall and divorce from reality, Perry is planning on running for the presidency a second time.

After being booked for two felony counts yesterday, Perry left the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, smiling with confidence. 

When asked by a reporter if he thought this trial would hurt his presidential ambitions Perry laughed, calling it an "outrageous assault on the rule of law" and a "political attack." 

If convicted, Perry faces a 109-year sentence. Judicial experts are divided over the merits of the case. It could go either way.

You know what's really scary?

Right now we have an energy secretary running around the country on behalf of his corrupt oil buddies, and not the American people.

Now, I'm waiting for Trump to tweet about his minion's plight.

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Science Takes a Stand Against Trump: Saturday March Set To Save Environment And Refute Lies


                                           Good Day World!

When was the last time you saw a mass gathering of scientists marching against a president's anti-environmental agenda?

The answer is never. Hasn't happened. But it's going to happen on Saturday, which also happens to be Earth Day.
   
Washington DC’s national mall will be besieged with a collection of marine biologists, birdwatchers, climate researchers and others enraged by what they see as an assault by Chump’s administration upon evidence-based thinking and scientists themselves.

The march is a visceral response to a presidency that has set about the evisceration of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and many of its science-based rules, the dismissal of basic climate change tenets by the president and his appointees and a proposed budget that would remove around $7 billion from science programs, ranging from cancer research to oceanography to Nasa’s monitoring of the Earth.

The organizers know the march won't change Hump's little mind, and he'll undoubtedly send out angry (butt hurt) tweets about it.

The organizers know that by having the march on Earth Day it'll play into conservative and climate skeptic thinking that scientists are just environmentalists.

They don't care. The need to speak up and take a stand is attracting what will likely be the largest protest by scientist advocates in our history.

For the record, the march will dovetail with the People’s Climate March, which will take place a week later.

Science skeptics, and morons like Donny Little Hands, look at how technology has automated some jobs (thus eliminating the need for humans) and the growing mountain of facts that have led to restrictions on polluting industries, with disdain.

What happened is Lump tapped into this simmering distrust and exploited it politically with numerous false narratives. 

The challenge is going to be met by this unique protest march. That will help some people let off steam...but will leave the Trumpazees unfazed.

Facts don't mean squat to them.

The only way scientists are going to change minds is by educating the public on the benefits of their research, instead of listening to political hacks claim the earth is flat.

Academia needs to emerge from the labs and to connect with Americans in a more personal way. Talk shows, social media, and other forms of reaching people need to be targeted.

The only way to change the skeptic narrative is by gaining the trust of concerned Americans by going among them and sharing how they will benefit with sound environmental policies.

It's time to come down from the Ivory Towers of Academia and to engage people at ground level, where they live. Marching is a start.

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tax Day Tribulations: Will Someone Please Level The Playing Field?

Good Day World!

It's that time of year again when we have to appease the God of Taxes.

Remember, by tithing your earnings to the Tax God he will provide you with a lot of basic services.

At least in theory. It really comes down to the minions who are collecting our donations where the money actually goes.

Tax minions have no morals. Let's get that out of the way right now. 

They have a nasty habit of favoring the wealthy and burdening the middle class. Lobbyist parasites bribe the tax minions who take their direction from their masters up the governmental chain.

The wealthy often don't even pay taxes. Like our first illegitimate president Donny Little Hands for example.

We all know the tax code is unfair and far too complicated. There must be a better system where everyone pays their fair share.

Here's two alternatives to consider:

Progressive taxation and a Flat tax

Progressive tax systems have tiered tax rates that charge higher income individuals higher percentages of their income and offer the lowest rates to those with the lowest incomes.
With the Flat tax they generally assign one tax rate to all taxpayers. No one pays more or less than anyone else under a flat tax system.

Both methods have their merits. The current taxation rate we're currently laboring under is not fair to the majority of Americans.

All I'm asking for is a level playing field.

Oh yea! And... I sure would like to see Chump's tax returns.

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

No Donny...You aren't Immune From The Law, No Matter What You Think

Good Day World!

Apparently when Trump got elected he thought that would give him a free pass on all the lawsuits filed against him.

Imagine his shock when he found out he had to defend himself in a new federal lawsuit for inciting violence. Mind you, there are about 75 other lawsuits that he also has to contend with at some point in his [presidency.

This recent lawsuit is about inciting his supporters to hurt protesters. And as we all know, Chump hates protesters. In his tiny mind there is no legitimate protester - they're all paid flunkies of his opposition.

That point was driven home this last weekend when hundreds of thousands of Americans protested Hump's refusal to share his tax returns, in 150 cities.


His response to this nationwide protest was to call for an investigation of the protesters. 

Typical Lump. And of course he had to tweet his displeasure:

"Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!"

The demonstrations came on the date taxpayers traditionally have to file their returns (April 15th) by, and just days before, this year’s filing deadline tomorrow.

I'm beginning to think someone (Bannon?) convinced Don The Con that if he became president the laws of the country wouldn't apply to him. 

There's always the possibility that the idea of total immunity just sprang forth from his warped vision of reality like an evil epiphany.

The harsh reality is, No Donny, you aren't immune from the law, no matter what you think.

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

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Putter-In-Chief Plays Golf As The Nation Calls For His Tax Returns

Good Day World!

Yesterday the Trump motorcade managed to avoid several hundred protesters (demanding to see his tax returns).

The TrumpMobile had to take a snake route back to his Palm Beach estate, Mar-A-Lago, after a leisure day of golfing at his golf course.

The French Queen Maria Antoinette infamously suggested that the starving public could eat cake if they didn't have any bread. 

Trump's response to releasing his tax returns is similar in that he could care less what the public wants. 

Americans in 150 cities marched in protest because Chump won't share his tax returns. He's claimed that he can't because he's under an audit but the IRS says that's bullshit!

He can share his returns at any time, audit or no audit, the IRS countered. 

Then when he got elected he announced that Americans didn't want to see his tax returns. That they weren't interested in them, just their own.

There was one problem with that statement; over two-thirds of the American public would very much like to see his tax returns.

I think a nationwide protest is a big clue.

The Washington, D.C., march began with a rally at the U.S. Capitol, where Sen. Ron Wyden called on Trump to ‘knock off the secrecy.” 

What is Rump hiding? His minions have managed to block most of the efforts - like getting the Ways and Means Committee involved - to force him to show them.

Thus far Lump has managed to change the dialogue everytime it comes up by telling some sensational lie to divert the public.

Yesterday's Tax March won't be a one-off. Too many people are concerned. There will be more protests. It's just a matter of time before Republicans have to grow a pair and allow an investigation to proceed.

When that day comes, Stump will probably be playing golf and entertaining his billionaire buddies on the taxpayer's dime.

Related:
Trump Calls For Investigation Into Tax Day Protesters, Tweets The Election Is Over

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