Saturday, September 8, 2018

It Was Great To Hear a Sane President Speak - Hopefully Trump Was Listening

Good Day World!

It's sad what 19 months of chaos will do to your memory. I almost forgot what it was like to hear a real statesman speak.

But, after listening to former president Barack Obama deliver a speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign yesterday, my memory was properly refreshed.

Here's a link to his speech.

It was uplifting to hear an American president defend democracy and government institutions like our Department of Justice and the FBI, which have been under attack since Trump slunk into office.

It was good to hear a president who gave a speech without insulting or attacking his critics. Listening to Obama's measured speech, and the determined passion he showed for all Americans - rich and poor, was a textbook example of what a real president should be espousing.

Obama exposed the fear tactics of Trump and minions and turned it into a call for equality and justice. And hope. As he carefully articulated words with more than four-letters, I was reminded of Trump's speech last night where he couldn't even pronounce the word, anonymous. Trump's lexicon seldom goes over four letters per word, and maybe forty words total in his stunted vocabulary.

I heard sincerity in his words when Obama urged the younger generation to get out and to vote. Obama's words unite. Trump's words insult and divide. 

Where we once had a president who paid strong attention to daily briefings, we now have a clown with an attention span of three minutes. If there's no photos or images for him to look at, that attention span becomes shorter. 

Not a very secure feeling.

Once, a mere two years ago, America was a beacon of freedom to the world. Under Trump we've torn up international agreements and treaties, and are economically attacking our allies with extreme tariffs.

The central message that Obama wanted to deliver was straight forward; take your country back by VOTING in the midterms.

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










Friday, September 7, 2018

Trump Keeps on Winning...in His Mind

Good Day World!

You may think that Trump is really getting into some deep shit (he calls it Deep State) lately and things looks bad for him. 

Just because a mystery senior member of the White House wrote an Op-Ed that the New York Times plastered all over it's front page describing Trump as unhinged, you might think he would be in retreat. Bad optics, and all.

But no.

In Trump's mind he's winning. With reality closing in on his troubled presidency he's lashing out like any twisted sociopathic-narcissist would.

In other words, he's attacking everyone. In the recent flood of revelations about Trump in the White House we see an emerging pattern. The bastard is crazy!

From Day One, when Trump instructed mealy-mouthed Sean Spicer to lie about his inaugural crowd Americans have been subjected to the worst presidency of modern times...awwww hell with it, in history!

Apparently people in Trump's administration have known all along what an amoral piece-of-shit he is, but have held their noses to further their careers. 

That is until tidbits of Trump's antics in the West House began leaking out within months of his administration. Now, like rats fleeing a sinking ship, we'll see more Trump staffers resign as his corruption turns into a constitutional crisis.
Trump is reported to have once said - in a book ghost-written by Tony Schwartz - that all publicity is good, and there is no bad publicity. The book's publisher however, Howard Kaminsky, said that Trump played no role in the actual writing of the book. You may have heard of it...The Art Of The Deal.

The point is, as long as Trump can dominate the news cycle it doesn't matter to him how he gets there.

I wonder if his views are changing with the specters of impeachment, and Amendment 25, lurking around the corners? 

Probably not. The egotist is his dominate side. As long as he has a core base to play to he'll continue to walk down Fifth Avenue naked...sure that no one can see that the emperor has no clothes on.

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

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Welcome to 'Crazytown' USA

Good Day World!

I hope you're ready for a tour of Crazytown, formerly called the White House. 

You should probably start with Bob Woodward's new book "FEAR."

"Woodward vividly quotes Priebus on the chaos of the White House’s decision making. “When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody. That’s what happens.” Dwight Garner, NY Times

And,

"John F. Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff, is quoted as saying about the president, in a meeting, “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in crazytown.” 

After a stroll through Crazytown with Woodward, it's time to turn back the clock to August when Omarosa Manigault Newman, a white house advisor and only person of color in the West Wing, was fired.

Her response? Here's another tour of the White House for you, titled:

"Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House"

The first tour that started it all was Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" that came out in January.

"The president, while proposing the most radical departure from governing and policy norms in several generations," Wolff writes, "had few specific ideas about how to turn his themes and vitriol into policy, nor a team that could reasonably unite behind him."

After that quick tour let's take a step outside to the links on one of Trump's golf courses. 

Next May, a new book on Trump, titled "Commander In Cheat," written by famed sport writer Rick Reilly, is going to give readers another inside look at The Donald's lack of ethics that even extend to his golf game.

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

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Apocalypse Now: Republicans Set Fire To Rules To Confirm Kavanaugh


                                            Good Day World!

I watched with disgust as the Republicans trotted out a Trump Supreme Court appointee and went through the motions of a confirmation...unlike any other in our judicial history.

The Republican chairman (I won't even say the bastard's name) did his best dog-and-pony-show pretending like Kavanaugh's confirmation was going through a normal process - like Kavanaugh's predecessor's did (with the exception of Gorsuch, another Trump appointee).

The Republicans in the room claimed that the Democrats didn't need to see more than 90% of Kavanaugh's records. They expected the Dems to be happy with 7% of his track record in politics.

The Dems tried to shame Kavanaugh into suspending the hearing until they could read all the files on his past. They asked him to think how it would look in history if he came down on the wrong side. They asked him to reveal his records of he didn't have anything to hide.

Needless to say, it didn't work. The man has no shame. He's a Trump appointee and has already signed a loyalty oath to Trump. So he sat there like a middle-aged cherub and smiled a lot. Sometimes he even tried to look serious about the farce he was involved in.

Takeaways:

Trump is covering his ass so that when he gets impeached, and it goes to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh will be his Get-Out-Of-Jail card.

A great example of a Republican-sponsored Kangaroo Court in the era of Trump. 

I think we're in a political version of Apocalypse Now, and the rules and norms in Washington DC are being set on fire so Trump can watch democracy burn. 

I'm reminded of the iconic movie and the following scene:

Jet's streaking across the sky spewing napalm into the jungle and on the beach...chaos in the skies...

Kilgore: Smell that? You smell that? 

Lance: What?

Kilgore: Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. 

[kneels

Kilgore: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. 

You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours.

When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of '
em, not one stinkin' dink body.

The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like...

[sniffing, pondering

Kilgore: victory!"


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

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A Day Without Trump

Good Day World!

Imagine, if you can, a day without Trump. 

A day without having to listen to lies spew from his vile little lips like venom.

A day when someone in our nation or abroad, isn't being insulted by Trump.

A day where immigrants are treated like human beings.

A day when our Justice Department and the FBI aren't being attacked by the leader of the land.

A day where Trump's tweets are silenced.

A day where Republican congressman can go without fear of angering Trump if they dare to criticize him or try to compromise with the Democrats.

A day where America isn't embarrassed when Trump attacks our allies and befriends a dictator somewhere on the planet.

A day without attacking the Russian investigation special counsel Robert Mueller.

A day where Trump doesn't get his marching orders from Fox News.

A day when the headline news doesn't have a story about Trump.

A day without springing nasty surprises like not giving Federal employees a raise to save money so he can use it on his WALL (that Mexico will never pay for).

A day without Trump bragging about what a good president he thinks he is.

A day where Trump's name is not even mentioned in coffee shops across the nation.

A day when we can pretend America's values are not under siege by our Liar-In-Chief.

Just imagine...a day without Trump.

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

Monday, September 3, 2018

The Fix is In: Trump Hides Majority of Kavanaugh's Rulings

Good Day World!

Using his executive privilege to subvert a fair confirmation hearing for the next supreme court judge, is par for the course when it comes to Trump's corrupt approach to government.

To make sure that Kavanaugh's confirmed, Trump stopped the release of 100,000 pages of his time as a lawyer during the Bush Administration.

Stepping in at the last moment, just days before the hearings started, Trump elected to hide 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh's records from the American public. Not only is this move unprecedented in the history of presidential norms, it smells like a cover up.   

Enabling Trump's under-handed assault against the confirmation process is a collection of jellyfish that claim to be Republicans in congress. With their help, any chance of the proper scrutiny of Kavanaugh's records sunk into the swamp that Donny's made.

Most of the records withheld "reflect deliberations and candid advice concerning the selection and nomination of judicial candidates, the confidentiality of which us critical to any president's ability to carry out core constitutional executive function," wrote William A. Burck, a lawyer for former President Bush. 

According to senate Democrats this is the first time a sitting president has exerted executive privilege under the Presidential Records Act in order to prevent documents from going to Congress during a Supreme Court confirmation process.

Trump has proven to be a liar, a con man, and a cheat in nineteen short months of fouling the Oval Office. His criminal past is catching up with him. From the courts of New York City to the Federal Special Investigation into Trump's ties to Russian and campaign meddling, he faces a spectacular downfall.

Selecting a supreme court nominee and getting him confirmed at this point in time (when Trump is an un-indicted accomplice to his lawyers felony conviction for campaign fraud and violations), would be a travesty of justice the court may never be able to overcome.

For that reason alone, the confirmation process needs to stop until Trump's been cleared of a felony(s) in the ongoing New York investigation. 

To double down on that thought, everyone needs to see what the result of Mueller's investigation is before letting him stack our Supreme Court with minions beholden to himself.

The fix may be in, but the fat lady hasn't starting singing yet.

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

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Nation Honors McCain's Passing While Trump Played Golf

Good Day World!

When the nation mourned Sen.John McCain's death yesterday at the Washington National Cathedral, Trump was waddling around on his golf course in Loudon County, Virginia, looking for his ball in a bunker.

Between swings, he sulked and tweeted nasty accusations against his own Justice Department. For good measure, he even threatened Canada, assuring no cooperation on his re-do of NAFTA in the near future.

When the nation grieved, our Liar-In-Chief was busy cheating at golf with mulligans at every hole. No matter that he was playing alone. In his warped mind he's winning, regardless of the cost.

While the leading national figures in politics today honored McCain for his honesty, Trump rambled across the links with his little MAGA hat on in a world of his own. A world of feverish lies, and corruption.

While old political foes eulogized McCain, Trump's friends were flipping on him in court cases like fish-out-of-water. 

While past presidents spoke of McCain's patriotism, Trump is under fire for collusion with America's longtime enemy Russia, during the 2016 election.

When congressman from both sides of the aisle spoke about McCain they all agreed he put America before party. Trump has put himself above American values, and norms. His only allegiance is the one he has to himself.

As McCain's family spoke about what a good man he was, Trump's daughter and son-in-law were at his funeral instead of being at Trump's side - or riding along in a golf cart watching him play golf!

Pundits often note that Trump is on an island when it comes to most things he wants to do. 

Instead, I would venture to say he's on a golf course surrounded by his base who are chanting, "Lock her up!" and "Build that wall!"

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