My name is Dave Stancliff. Walk down the road of life with me each day. Share a cup of coffee and see what I have to say. I'm a veteran; an independent thinker; and a retired newspaper editor, columnist, and publisher. All views expressed are mine, unless I note otherwise. I often use satire and parody to get my message across. Read on!
Good Day World! My morning coffee fix is more enjoyable than usual right now because the temperatures outside have plunged here in Medford, Oregon. It's 31 degrees. Cold morning. Good coffee. What more could a person ask for?
Speaking of cold; have you heard some of Trump's most recent remarks (rants)?
He's threatening to quit helping Puerto Rico recover from the devastating hurricane that crippled the island. Why? For one big reason; Puerto Rican's can't vote.
Fact: Residents of Puerto Rico can vote in the primaries, as do the American Samoas, the American Virgin Islands and Guam, but can notvote in the General Elections.
That's the bottom line.
More cold quotes from Donny:
"I've had just about the most legislation passed of any president, in a nine-month period, that's ever served. We had over 50 bills passed. I'm not talking about executive orders only, which are very important. I'm talking about bills."
This is a blatant lie that anyone with a history book can refute.
"Well I've gotten very high marks for the hurricanes," Trump told Forbes. This claim, of course, is a patented lie.
In three tweets, Trump once again blamed Puerto Rico for its financial and infrastructure troubles, saying a “total lack of accountability” from its leaders made way for the Maria devastation.
“Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes,” he wrote.
“Congress to decide how much to spend.......We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” Trump tweeted.
His cold-hearted complaints drew immediate disgust and rebukes from other lawmakers and most Americans.
Good Day World! According to a Pentagon report, Trump wanted to increase our nuclear arsenal the first time he found out we were in the process of decreasing our nuke supply.
Everyone in the room heard him say it. That's called a fact.
But Donny doesn't like facts. I think we all know that by now. So he attacked NBC News for sharing the story with the public.
He said it was fake news. Then he threatened to pull the network's broadcasting license in another example of an assault on the First Amendment. Trump has always attacked facts. To him, they are inconvenient reminders that he's lying about something again. Yesterday's twitter rant about NBC is another reminder that Trump is breaking away from his handlers in the West Wing. According to the Pentagon report, the whole staff was shocked when Trump suggested the U.S. needed to beef up it's nuclear stockpile, not decrease it.
One website chronicles Trump's lies since he took office. The last count was in August when The Washington Post documented 1,057 lies and misleading phrases.
Facts like this are crushing Trump's fake news narrative. It's like hearing someone cry wolf every day. After a while you realize that person lives in their own world. To be sure, Trump has a core of followers who believe he's a working man's deity, and that he can say no wrong. They all happily set aside facts to show their loyalty to the former TV personality.
That leaves a majority of Americans who no longer believe a thing Trump says. The backlash against his lies and ability to lead the country is increasing among members of Congress. Trump's latest attack against Senator Bob Corker has opened up a rift that will only increase with time. At one of Trump's campaign rallies last year he bragged that people would get tired of him "winning" all the time. Thus far all Trump has done is manage to lose every legislative fight he's picked. Obamacare is still the law of the land. The possibility of Trump passing his huge and historic tax bill is pretty thin since he's managed to divide the Republicans in Congress. Thanks to Trump's ego and stupidity, the world is laughing at our flawed leader. That's a loss, not a win situation. The bottom line is Trump can claim anything written about him is fake news until he turns from orange, to blue, but people can see the Emperor has no clothes on. Time for me to walk on down the road...
Good Day World! You weren't fooling anybody Mr. Vice President! Your stunt at the Colts - 49'ers game Sunday was already common knowledge before you even entered the stadium. The press never followed you in because they knew you were going to walk out early in protest when the 49'ers knelt during the National Anthem. I, and anyone else observing your stunt, knew that you were ordered to back-up Trump's racist attack against NFL players by pretending outrage, by Donny himself. How much money did this stunt cause taxpayers? You had secret service securing a stadium for what? For ten minutes? A government jet took you there, again on the taxpayer's dime. What a picture you and Trump must of made, plotting an attack on free speech in the "war room." I have to ask, do you have any morals, or conscience left after kissing Trump's ass daily? You don't say much, but when you do, it's seldom accurate and always following Daddy's orders. Remember, you weren't elected. Trump picked you out as the perfect minion to carry out his agenda. I wonder how you manage to get around without a spine? Here's the thing, when Trump is no longer around after getting booted out of office, or miraculously finishing his full term, you aren't going to replace him.
Americans may make stupid choices at times, but you'll be so toxic from being a Trumpie that no one will back your effort to take over Trump's job. In essence, you hitched your star to the wrong wagon partner. Time for me to walk on down the road...
Irony is Trump launching a crusade against "fake news."
Fake news has been good for Donny since the Russians beefed up his presidential campaign with a pack of lies that went viral on right-wing websites.
Fake news and Trump are old friends. Back in his younger days he used fake news to get something written about himself.
Shoot...he even pretended to be his own PR guy to the amusement of several reporters at the time. It was all about seeing his name in the news.
Nothing has changed since the early 1980s. Trump still wants to see his name, and hopefully, his ugly mug in some publication every morning.
Tweeting from his throne each morning, Donny likes to share what he read, or watched, earlier on fake news sites
that favor fringe dwellers like himself. Now that fake news planted by the Russians on Facebook has been exposed by the senate intelligence committee, Trump is claiming their report is fake news.
I know. It's hard to believe. The man can no longer distinguish between reality and a fantasy world of fake news. What the hell is this maniac still doing in the Oval Office? Time for me to walk on down the road...
Good Day World! As anyone who has been paying attention knows, Trump did not drain the swamp in Washington. He restocked it. For good measure he crawled in and became the SwampThing-in-Charge. Donny's very familiar with swamps. His life before becoming POTUS was a grand tour of swamps around the globe. When it came to slimy, playboy Donnie set the standard in his younger years. Now that he's a doddering old bastard, Trump simply calls anything he doesn't like fake. It's a simple four-letter word he can remember and likes to drop daily. After going through mounds of evidence a Senate intelligence committee concluded that Russia did infer with the 2016 election. No question about it. But Donny ignored the facts, and called their report fake. He quickly downplayed the fact that the committee was still looking into his campaigns possible collusion with the Russians to help him win. What are Americans supposed to think? That our president, a chronic liar, knows more than all the senators who interviewed over 100 people and collected reams of incriminating paperwork and digital data? That's a stretch by any sane persons standards. Yes, I know, not to a core Trumpie. But I did say sane. So the obvious conclusion must be that whenever Trump opens his mouth he's lying. One of the sure signs is that he often ends his rants with, "believe me." There's plenty of other tells. Meanwhile, we're stuck with a SwampThing in office until Congress grows some balls and impeaches him. Time for me to walk on down the road...