AS IT STANDS
My name is Dave Stancliff. This is my personal blog. I'm a retired newspaper editor/publisher; husband/father & Vietnam vet, Laker fan for 60 years. All opinions are mine unless otherwise noted.
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
Aye! And it's a fine day to be alive!
Did you wear green today on St. Paddy's Day?
I'm not an Irishman, but I wear green to keep from being pinched.
That's right, I learned early in grade school that if you weren't wearing something green, you were fair game to be pinched! I don't think it traumatized me, but I admit I still wear green on March 17th.
By the way, the pinching thing is American/Irish in origin, like a lot of St. Paddy traditions we all grew up with.
One good example, is having corn beef brisket as the main meal of the day. That's not traditional Irish fare. Try pork.
The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration on U.S. soil happened in Boston in 1737. The first parade? That other epicenter of Irish American immigration, New York City, 1762
They say that St. Patrick drove all the snakes from the Emerald Isles, and that's why there's none today in Ireland. Which got me to thinking...
Wouldn't it be nice if St. Patrick showed up on our shores and chased the snakes out of Washington D.C.!!
Good Day World! "I pick good people." - Donald Trump on the campaign trail
Remember how Trump bragged during the presidential campaign about how he'd only appoint the best people to his administration?
Funny what a difference a year makes. That first round of government appointees, including a couple of key cabinet positions, are almost all gone now.
Fading memories of ass-kissers who couldn't cut the mustard. Every one of them left under a dark cloud.
Trump's new generation of puppets is being announced almost daily.
The most recent was Larry Kudlow, a TV personality, has been tapped as an economic advisor by Trump. He's replacing Trump's longtime lawyer and buddy, Gary Cohn.
Like all of Trump's second generation administration, Kudlow is uniquely unqualified for the job.
His biggest recommendation was that he flip-flopped on his dislike of tariffs to fall in with Trump'slonely position on the hot-button topic.
If you thought Rex Tillerson was unqualified for his appointment to Secretary of State, his successor is even worse.
Mike Pompeo, whose made licking Trump's shoes into an art form, was tapped to take Rex's place. As for diplomacy experience, the man doesn't have any. Kissing American politicians asses is different than sucking up to heads of state.
Trump happily touted Pompeo's new position on twitter, noting that they think alike. Now that's scary. It's also how he got the job as CIA chief in the first place.
And look at who Trump appointed to take Pompeo's place...Gina Haspel.
In case you don't know who she is, let's just say she made her mark with the agency by using torture techniques (including waterboarding) in a CIA house in Thailand.
The rest of the story is the White House purge isn't over yet.
I can see Ben Carson, Scott Pruitt, and Betsy DeVos following shortly because of the sandals they're involved in and actually embarrassing the White House (which isn't an easy to do). F.B.I. deputy director, Andrew McCabe, appears to be in Donny's sights. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing a recommendation to fire him just days before he's scheduled to retire on Sunday. Though no decision has been made as of this writing, the scuttlebutt at the Justice Department expects him to be fired before Friday. Why? Because Trump is a vindictive asshole and wants to jeopardize McCabe's pension after serving honorably for 21-years.
The million-dollar question is, where does Trump find these piss-poor people? What rocks does he overturn to locate so many scumbags?
It's likehe's purposely picking the most unqualified candidates possible for each position. Out of spite. After all, he came into Washington as the self-avowed Disrupter-in-Chief.
It's getting harder to find candidates for positions in the Trump administration every day. The fear and loathing that takes place behind those hallowed doors has taken it's toll.
Consider this, Trump is already replacing his great picks after just one year in office. What will the next three years bring to the revolving door in the West Wing?
"Excuse me gentleman! Do you have anything to say about your new book?"
"Yea...read it!" Isikoff said.
Pausing for a moment the two men stopped directly in front of the White House. Then they both gave a single finger salute and slowly walked away. "That's a wrap for the day! "In the upcoming segments we hope to see the rest of Trump's original cabinet - Jeff Sessions David Shulken, H.R.McMaster, Ryan Zinke Scott Pruitt, Ben Carson, John Kelly, and Betsy DeVos, before they're kicked out too.
I hope you tune in next week to see whose coming and going on Pennsylvania Avenue!"
Good Day World! First off, I don't really expect to see Trump and Kim Jong Un in the same room...anywhere. Despite talk of their upcoming meeting tentatively scheduled in May, don't bet on it. But... If the unthinkable happens, and the two world-class egotists do sit across from one another without calling each other a name long enough to negotiate a treaty, it would be Yuuuch! In the miracle department for sure! Current status for this stunning news:
North Korea has the advantage in this proposed get-together. They've already called the first shot in the game by getting Trump to agree to meet.
No American president has ever met with a North Korean dictator for good reason...they didn't want to legitimize the rogue regime by sitting down as equals, and without getting a major concession from them first, before any talks take place.
Trump's sudden decision to meet with Kim sends a bad message to other rogue states in the world that North Korea is so powerful that the world's superpower has agreed to negotiate with them.
Imagine, just for a scary moment, that Trump and Kim did sit down and got to comparing nuclear arsenals - each trying to one-up the other - as tensions rise in the room - and staffers on both sides attempt to cool them down.
The final straw, I suspect, would be when they got to comparing hand sizes! They'd both bruise their chubby knuckles pushing down too hard on their respective nuclear football codes.
Back to reality.
Like I initially suggested, the odds are pretty steep that the two psychopathic leaders will ever meet face-to-face.
After a year of going through baby-sitters, Donny has shed whatever restraints they had over him.
White House staffers are fleeing, like rats fleeing a sinking ship, amidst the chaos.
Chief babysitter, John Kelly, has gone from being a war hero to changing Donny's diapers and ignoring the stench.
The latest news from the Oval Office nursery:
The man baby looks like he's going to get his parade after all, but some brave adults have put their foot down when it comes to tanks and heavy equipment tearing up Pennsylvania Avenue.
The New Norm?
What a scary thought, Donny home alone.
He's increasing his 'executive time," that part of the day when he watches Fox and Friends, tweets crazy announcements, and passes out lies like candy to his base.
Baby Donny has everybody guessing what he's going to do, or say, daily.
From imposing insane tariffs, to announcing he's meeting with the North Korean dictator Kim - something no American president has done (for good reason) yet, he's thriving without supervision.
In Isaiah 11:6-9 of the Bible, there's a sentence referring to children leading the way to peace. Real world. Trump is not the child who will bring peace to the planet.
The only truthful thing baby Donny has ever said was when he promised to bring change to Washington. He brought change alright.
What was once a barely functioning Congress is now a total collection of cowards who can't (or don't want to) shed the corruption he brought to town.
But his days are numbered.
From the Russia investigation to porn star Stormy Daniels, there's an increasing pressure on Donny's fantasy world. His friends, and family are facing increasing scrutiny over their illegal activities.
Meanwhile, Donny is sitting high in his height chair laughing at the adults!