Saturday, August 11, 2018

Alt-Right Struggling To Take Their Hate into Mainstream America

Good Day World!

As you sit here reading this, alt-right groups are gathering in Virginia, trying once again to infuse their hatred into our national dialogue.

The governor of Virginia has declared the upcoming gathering of slime balls a state emergency, and called out the national guard to help contain the chaos.

White Nationalist groups plan to demonstrate in front of the White House at Lafayette Square Sunday. Organizers admit there will probably be less of a turnout this time around. I heard one estimate bandied around that 400 people are expected to attend. I also heard that over twice that many counter-protesters will be there.

That may have something to do with the national backlash from their last gathering at Charlottesville when a counter protester was run over and killed by a self-avowed NAZI and Hitler-lover.

For the first time since Trump slithered into office part of his alt-right base went too far with last year's hate parade that he wouldn't condemn.

The same voters who didn't call Trump out for his race-baiting, and actually encouraged it, or just let their real feelings bubble to the top of already simmering prejudices, saw Trump as the gatekeeper who would legitimize their warped views.

Here's the bottom line:

Mainstream America has not accepted the white supremacists rhetoric and those racists who thought it was safe to crawl out from beneath their rocks when Donny was elected. 

The backlash against that outpouring of hate and bias has been steady, and unrelenting. Take a look at what's happening with one of the most hateful conspiracy nuts in the nation, Alex Jones. 

He's being sued by parents that lost children in Sandy Hook because he's made life hell for them claiming their children never died and the massacre was all a hoax. Social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify have banned him for violating their rules of decency.

Fox News still promotes racism with commentators like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham. When Ingraham told her listeners the other night that the "America we know and love doesn't exist anymore," she displayed her racist credentials for all to hear.

"Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don't like," she ranted.

Whose "us," you ask? I'll give you a hint...racists.

Her rant was called out by the mainstream press and on the internet. Americans are not standing by and letting these attacks against our very democracy go unchallenged.

The haters are not winning. I don't care what Trump tells that minority of Americans who follow him like lemmings, the majority are resisting him and his legions of racists. Just look at Trumps national popularity polls.

The only thing tomorrows hate parade is going to accomplish is to reinforce the resistance against them, and cost unfortunate Virginia taxpayers millions in security.

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

Friday, August 10, 2018

Swampy Days in DC: Bluster, Bullsh*T, and Corruption Cases

Good Day World!

I got a good laugh the other day when a TV commentator said that Trump has built a hotel in the "swamp."

As we all recall, Trump promised to clear the swamp out in Washington DC during his frenzied rallies in 2016. It was a great sound bite, and Republicans got on board and quickly passed the myth on to their conservative constituency and anyone else who would listen. 

Even if you haven't been paying much attention to the revolving door in the West Wing, you're probably aware that quite a few Trump appointees have turned out to be thieving  lying bastards!

Rather than go over the entire roll call of corrupt cronies who crept into government with the help of Trump, let's just go with the present examples.

When New York Republican Congressman (and big Trump supporter) Chris Collins got hauled away for securities fraud, wire fraud, and lying to investigators by special agents of the FBI Wednesday, it marked a continuing trend of serious criminal allegations against Trump's political allies and government appointees.

Collins was one of Trump's earliest congressional supporters. Now he's in big trouble. 

And speaking of troubleTrump's appointee to Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, could be "among the biggest grifters in American history," according to Forbes magazine, amid new allegations that he may have wrongly siphoned off more than $120 million from business associates.

What we know:

1) Trump stocked the swamp in Washington DC from Day One.

2) Our liar-in-chief even went so far as to build a hotel in the middle of the swamp (see current emolument case against Trump going through the courts based on his hotel in DC.)

3) The atmosphere in the White House is getting so toxic (swamp gases and bullshit) that few can stay there for very long. The one's that have stayed obviously discovered gas masks.

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

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Trump's Human Rights Record is a Disgrace: Look at Saudi Arabia vs Canada

                                            Good Day World!

Under the new world order of chaos, ushered in by Trump and his ass-puppets, human rights is so low on the agenda that it keeps dropping off the list entirely.

To make that clear, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the United Nations Human Rights Commission in June. That was just a warm up.

To reinforce the Trump's administration's attitude towards human rights, they stood by Saudi Arabia (a country where human rights are abused daily) against our neighbor, and ally, Canada in a spat between the two countries.

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman got butt-hurt when Canada condemned the arrest of a Saudi Arabian human rights activist, Samar Badawi. She's a noted women's right advocate who was honored as an International Woman of Courage Award by the U.S. State Department in 2012. 

How could our state department turn away a chance to defend this woman after lauding her internationally? The answer is Trump.

He's busy picking apart our allies while making nice with countries like Saudi Arabia, and traditional enemies like Russia, North Korea, and China.

Just in case you didn't know, a Saudi government-linked account tweeted an image of a plane flying toward the Toronto skyline, with the warning, "He who interferes with what doesn't concern him, finds what doesn't please him."

What was our state department's response to that thinly veiled threat against our ally and neighbor?

Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the state department had this to say:

"We are aware of Government of Saudi Arabia's statement recalling the Saudi ambassador to Canada and expelling Canada's ambassador. They are both close partners of the United States. I refer you to the Canadian and Saudi Ministries of Foreign Affairs for further information."

Talk about weak and embarrassing! 

In less than two years, Trump's administration has obliterated any moral standing America has built up since the formation of NATO.

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

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Bedminster Blues: Trump is Not Winning Lately

Good Day World!

The orange ogre currently occupying the president's seat in the Oval Office, has retreated to his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, amidst so many scandals and investigations that he can't keep track of them.

Trump's math skills mirror his famous reading skills, he doesn't do either. That's why he claims he only gets "good people" to take care of everything. 

You know, like Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Scott Pruitt, Wilbur Ross (read the charges against this crook whose still in office), Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions, and a host of other loser Trump minions.

Signs that Trump is not winning:

The Mueller investigation is still ongoing and convictions are piling up with no end in sight.

Paul Manafort is fighting to stay out of prison. Today is the seventh day of his criminal trial for bank and tax fraud. Ex-Trump cohort, and former business partner, Rick Gates, is getting leniency for testifying against Manafort on day five.

The specter of Manafort flipping on Trump looms if he's convicted on all counts.

Trump twitters shade against CNN host Don Lemon and NBA great, Lebron James. Everybody came out against Trump on that stupid tweet...including his wife!

Once again Trump tweets pure bullshit when he claims California wildfires are caused by rivers draining into the ocean! Experts in California and the nation severely rebuked that idiotic statement.

Noticing a pattern here? It sure isn't about winning.

I'm surprised Trump didn't have a heart attack when the news came out about his precious "wall" two days ago when the Government Accountability Office released a report stating the whole process was hurried, ill-planned and would go way over budget estimates. Ouch!

The Department of Homeland Security was criticized in the report for picking sites for Donny's pet project before taking into account how effective a wall would be, and the cost.

Trump is also setting himself up for another loss with his threats to shut down the government if he doesn't get his wall. It's unclear if this report will have any effect on the asshole.

Listen...I could go on, but you get the point. In the real world Trump is not winning lately, and that's why the Bedminster Blues...(aka the tweet storm).

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

California Fires: Does Trump Know What Causes Them? Hell, No!

                                           Good Day World!

Donny's on vacation and catching up on a lot of golf and "executive time" (euphemism about the time he spends tweeting, drinking Cokes and eating cheese burgers) this week.

I guess we know what that means...the mother of all twitter storms! While our Liar-In-Chief hides out at one of his golf courses to avoid the press, his little fingers are getting a work-out.

Instead of being supportive of the victims of California's raging wildfires, this is what the orange twit had to say:

A special tweet from America's leader yesterday:

"California wildfires are being magnified and made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!"

In what has to be one of the most brain-dead reasons ever given for California's deadly fires, Donny claimed that environmental laws were to blame. What laws is he talking about? The fires have nothing to do with river runoff! 

Experts Reject Trump Claim That Water Policies Hurt Firefighting

For Years, California State Governor, Jerry Brown, has been talking about California's "new normal" caused by factors like climate change, and several years of drought, high winds, and vegetation buildup.

In other words, the real reasons why Californians have been faced with increasingly deadly wildfires every year.

If you haven't been following Trump's feud with California since he came into office, suffice to say he's declared war on the state for resisting his attempts at forcing Californians to adopt weak environmental regulations designed to benefit corporations. That's just for starters.

Trump really doesn't like hearing Jerry Brown talk about climate change. As an uneducated conspiracy wonk, Trump is doing everything he can to gut the EPA's prime mission of protecting the environment.

The thought that the president of the United States would spend his free time attacking our environment, our criminal justice system, the legitimate Russian/Trump coordination investigation, and professional athletes like Lebron James and national football league players, is not only repulsive, its un-American.

This is what we get when Trump's handlers/enablers are out of the picture for a few days...unfiltered Trump. The rest of the time they fight a losing battle trying to advise the world's biggest egomaniac not to share all of his paranoid, conspiracy-laced, tweets every day.

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

Monday, August 6, 2018

Why Pedophiles? Trump's New Support Group is a Gathering of Conspiracists

Good Day World!

After my second cup of coffee this morning I got pissed off at the Internet because it launched another fringe right-wing group - QAnon - into the mainstream.

I'm not going to walk down that road, where I'm conflicted over the benefits of the Internet, however. Another day perhaps.

What we now know about QAnon:

 1) QAnon began with “Q,” a persona claiming to be someone within the government, promising to expose how dark forces are working against Trump and his administration.

2) The cult surfaced October 2017 when it finally jumped to the mainstream in the form of shirts and signs that were prominently visible at a Trump campaign rally in Tampa, FL.

3)  “QAnon,” or “The Storm,” looks for validation, especially in the number 17, which coincides with where Q is in the alphabet. Pretty clever huh?

When Trump recently changed his chant of "13 Angry Democrats" working against him to "17 Angry Democrats" the cult was thrilled for what they interrupted as a sign coming from their leader.

Another example; the University of Alabama national champion football team gave Trump a jersey with the number 17 on it when they visited the White House.

4) Some say Trump is Q. The New York Times reported that some cult members just believe it's a symbol.

5) Core beliefs include massive media conspiracies (what else?) and the so-called "deep state" that is trying to take Trump down. 

But the crowd jewel of their conspiracy theories is that famous celebrities, names in business, and liberal politicians are running a worldwide pedophilia ring that dates back to the Reagan era!

It was a cult member who ran into a pizza parlor last year with a semi-automatic rifle and terrified everyone there because he was looking for a concealed cellar where Hillary Clinton and other pedophiles were supposed to be having secret meetings.

The most unsettling part of this growing group of right-wing extremist nuts, is they are appearing in greater numbers at Trump's rallies lately. Just look at the last three in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida.

The Q crowd is feeling empowered. They follow Trump from rally-to-ally, fully expecting to see subtle signs from him that confirms their whacked theories.

You know another thing that's scary about the Q disciples dressed up in outlandish costumes? They barely stand out in a Trump rally!

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

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Trump's Dream of Commanding a Space Force Faces Real Obstacles

Good Day World!

Here's a brief glimpse of Trump's dream about a new military space force for America.

Commander Officer: "Mr. President, we're ready to attack the moon on your order." 

Trump: "Oh goody! Don't leave any survivors."

Commanding Officer: "Excuse me sir, but as far as we know there's no life on the moon."

Trump: "Fake News! We can't let those damn liberals dictate our national security policies!"

Back to the real world...

One of the many ridiculous things Trump has proposed, beside holding a parade designed to make the world's autocrats jealous, is a new branch of military service - a Space Force (Star Wars theme playing in background).

The idea is going over like a lead balloon with the Pentagon.
Trump's own general, Jim Mattis, has made it clear he thinks it would add burdensome bureaucracy and unwanted costs.

Nevertheless, under Trump's orders, the Pentagon did a study expected to call for creating a new military command. The results will be released sometime next week.

The bottom line is it takes congress to okay a new military unit. The chances that any legislative proposal to create this separate service this year, are slim to none. Realistically,if Trump isn't impeached before then, it's not on any one's priority list to do, except Donny's.

Some may call Trump a dreamer... but most call him a demagogue!

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

Blog Break Until Presidential Election is Over

I finally hit the wall today. I can't think of what to say about all of the madness going on in this country right now. I'm a writer...