Saturday, September 15, 2018

Political Weather Forecast: GOP Shit Storm Ahead

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Republicans running in the midterms are wearing their foul weather gear because Trump is causing daily shit storms on twitter.

Polls show Trump's approval rating at an all-time low, and that the House will probably flip back to the Democrats in November.

As if that wasn't bad enough news for the Republicans, they're having to deal with a lunatic who is slowly becoming unhinged. They have no way to prepare for each new day's depredations that issue from Trump's twitter account.

Instead of encouraging Americans not too worry when a natural disaster hits, Trump manages to insert himself in the conversation and caters to his base.

With Hurricane Florence lashing out at the Carolinas, Trump goes on TV and brags about what a great job he did in Puerto Rico when they were hit by Maria.

He also assaulted the truth when he claimed there wasn't 3000 deaths in Puerto Rico from the storm. He lashed out at the independent study that determined how many people did die from the results of the storm.

As usual, he made it out to be a conspiracy against him perpetrated by the Democrats and everyone else who didn't like him.

Bottom line: Puerto Ricans in Florida aren't likely to vote for Republicans who are holding onto to Trump's bib.

Trump has become more toxic in the last month than at any other time in his presidency. GOP candidates are increasingly feeling the strong undercurrents of a red wave, thanks to Trump's divisive leadership.

The midterms this fall are going to be a turning point in Trump's presidency. With a Democratic majority in the House, there will be numerous investigations into his corrupt regime, and his past.

Without Nunes, Meadows, Jordan, and the rest of that vile "freedom caucus" propping up Trump by holding phony investigations into investigations to divert from what's really happening in the Russian investigation, Trump is going to be the center of his own shit storm come November.

No more midnight runs to the White House with classified materials for Nunes, who may not even be in the House after the elections.

Dark days are ahead for Donny. But, brighter days are ahead for our country. 

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

How Low Can Trump Go? No One Knows

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How low can you go?

Have you ever done the limbo? You know, the game (its more like a challenge).

It's really simple. Two upright bars, and one horizonal bar that can be lowered in stages. The contestant attempts to walk under the bar - bending their back in the process - each time it's lowered. If the contestant knocks the bar off he loses.

So why am I bringing up the limbo game?

It's a great analogy to Trump's approach to life. Every day people wonder how low he'll go. 

This week has been a new low for Trump as he denies the reality of what happened in Puerto Rico after it was hit by Hurricane Maria.

Trump. bragging as usual, touted what a good job he did in helping the people in Puerto Rico, in a tweet. This despite everything that went wrong, including 3000 deaths attributed to Maria.

He shamelessly tweeted that there weren't that many deaths (without evidence) and the Democrats were just trying to make him look bad.

ABC - Trump 'Dead Wrong' On Death Toll 

CBS - Puerto Rico's Governor: Victims of Hurricane Maria Don't Deserve "To Have Their Pain Questioned"

NBC Democrats, Puerto Ricans blast Trump's 'beyond ridiculous' Hurricane Maria death toll claims

Mind you, this pack of lies came while he was supposed to be reassuring the country that the east coast was ready for the monster Hurricane Florence heading their way.

Instead Trump was doing a victory dance over how well he handled the Puerto Rico crisis. His warning that Hurricane Florence is coming fast sounded like something a 5th grader might have said (after learning a new word - tremendous):

"There's a tremendous big storm coming and it's going to be tremendously wet..."

It wasn't exactly comforting to hear our idiot-in-chief babble like a baboon with rudimentary education. The question remains...just how low can Trump go? 

The answer is, no one knows...not even Donny.

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


Thursday, September 13, 2018

North Carolina Will Pay a Price For Ignoring Science

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As Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast today with high winds and massive amounts of rainfall, residents of North Carolina will pay the price for political bias.

When North Carolina got bad news in 2012 about what its coast could look like thanks to climate change, the Republicans in office chose to ignore it.

They even passed a law that banned policies based upon such forecasts. The legislation drew universal ridicule. Comedian Stephen Colbert mocked the legislation at the time saying, "If your science gives you a result you don't like, pass a law saying the result is illegal. Problem solved."

But the problem wasn't solved. Far from it.

While other eastern seaboard states have been looking at the long term effects of climate change, and passing legislation addressing it, North Carolina remained mired in political hogwash. And denial of what could happen.

Fact: North Carolina has a long, low-lying coastline and is considered one the US areas most vulnerable to rising sea levels.

Instead of addressing the dire predictions coastal developers and their political allies argued the rise in sea level wouldn't be anywhere as bad as the models predicted. They claimed such forecasts could unnecessarily hurt property values and drive up insurance costs.

Orrin Pilkey, a retired Duke University coastal geologist said the state has failed to prepare for rising sea levels.

In a recent Op Ed he said, “Instead coastal development flourishes as more beachfront buildings, highways and bridges are built to ease access to our beautiful beaches. 
Currently the unspoken plan is to wait until the situation is catastrophic, and then respond.

That time has arrived.

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

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sessions Pushes Zero Tolerance and No Sympathy

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Sometimes I wonder why Trump gets after Jeff Sessions so much. 

He's carrying out Trump's marching orders like a good zombie AG should.

This week, in another of his hate-inspired speeches, Sessions addressed 44 new immigration judges, and told them there was no place for sympathy or compassion in their job. In Session's warped worldview, sympathy is a form of violence against laws.

But Trump still isn't satisfied with his little Keebler Elf lookalike, because he recused himself from the Russian investigation instead of risking his career and covering for Trump in the upcoming war against the DOJ and the FBI.

Sessions, it seems, is a survivor without shame. He takes Trump's regular tweet attacks against him in stride. A small price to pay for getting to inject his venom into our immigration laws and making families criminals. 

A small price to pay for getting to separate families because he's a racist. There's little doubt that Trump's sometime attack dog will continue to lick his ass and ignore his insults.

The trade off is worth it to this racist weasel, who intends to inflict as much damage to laws protecting minorities and immigrants, as he can. With extreme prejudice.

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Kavanugh Poised To Dive Into Swamp

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Trump has given swimming lessons to all of his minions on how to navigate the swamp he's created in Washington DC.

His hand-picked "partisan warrior," for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, is poised to dive into Trump's swamp and pollute the Supreme Court for a generation.

The credit for sneaking a Republican operative, Kavanaugh, into our highest court goes to The Federalist Society, who provided Trump with just the right person to protect him if he's ever impeached.

This is the same group that hosted a phone call entitled "examining the legality of the Mueller Investigation" where one of the featured speakers argued that Mueller's investigation is unconstitutional, in May 2018.

The Federalist Society is dragging the Supreme Court down into it's murky idealist depths while Republicans on the Hill look the other way, or bury their heads in the sand out of shame.

Kavanaugh has lied twice under oath thus far, and refused to answer any pointed questions that betrayed his true feelings on subjects like Roe vs Wade

Journalist David Brock was among a group of young conservatives, along with Kavanaugh, that were groomed by The Federalist Society.

In a recent article, Brock penned an opinion alleging Kavanaugh is 'in his bones a Republican operative' - not an impartial observer. Brock, who is no longer a conservative, has known Kavanaugh for 30 years, and was surprised when he was selected by Trump.

"Brett and I were part of a close circle of cold, cynical and ambitious hard-right operatives being groomed by GOP elders for much bigger roles in politics, government, and media," Brock wrote in his Op Ed.

Will any of this information stop Kavanaugh from being confirmed? Sadly, I doubt it. The fix is in. The final dog-and-pony show will play out in the senate, and baring a miracle, we'll end up having a right-wing court for decades ahead.

Americans will have to live with a judicial system that no longer prides itself on impartiality. The result from toxic partisanship is challenging one of the pillars of our Republic - a fair and unbiased judicial system.

Senate Republicans are the only ones who can stop this shameful confirmation process. It would only take four true believers in defending our Constitution and judicial process among Republicans to stop this sham by voting against Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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

Monday, September 10, 2018

It's Monday: Place Your Bets For the Week

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Welcome to my virtual betting site where no money is exchanged, just bragging rights for who comes the closest in their daily predictions.

1) Trump is going to angrily tweet about Bob Woodward: 
     A) 100% B) 75% C) 25% 

2) Mike Pence was the writer of the explosive NY Times Op       Ed that described what was happening in the White House
    A) 100% B) 50% C) 10%

1) The contents of National Inquirer's secret vault will be              revealed by publisher David Pecker. In it, will be a load of      shit on Trump.
    A) 90% B) 60% C) 10%

2) Trump will go all day without tweeting.
    A) 70% B) 30% C 1%

1) Bob Mueller will announce another indictment related to         the Russian investigation.
    A) 60% B) 40% C) 20%

2) Trump will impose additional tariffs on China
     A) 75% B) 60% C) 35%

1) House Republicans pursue a review on something that's         been reviewed and closed...the FISA process.
    A) 80% B) 65% C) 25%

2) Rudy Giuliani, Trump's buddy and lawyer, will make a             false claim about something.
    A) 100% B) 80% C) 50%

1) Trump will play golf.
     A) 100% B) 75% C) 50%

2) Jeff Sessions will defend himself against Trump's personal      attacks against him.
     A) 50% B) 25% C) 1%

No betting on the weekend. 

You can let me know how you scored in the comment section of this blog, or email me at richarddavestancliff@gmail 
Love to get your input!

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

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Cruising On Sunday: Take a Read

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Inhale...exhale..inhale...are you relaxing yet?

We're going to keep it chilly this Sunday with some light stories and comments from the far side.

Rally Around the Meme!

A young man with a very expressive face stood behind Trump during a recent rally in Montana and became a viral sensation.

How? Here's the video.

The young man, a senior in high school, said he was just reacting to some of Trump's comments. He, and his two friends, got kicked out for not clapping and not being enthusiastic enough. 

You know how game shows prep the audience before the cameras come on? There's signs that tell the audience when to applaud and when to laugh.

At Trump rallies the signs say "Go Ape Shit..." and "Laugh hysterically." Sometimes it's hard holding the vomit in, and people have to be escorted outside for fresh air.

No Shame: 72-year old Busboy

One of the more unusual stories I ran across was the one about the 72-year old busboy at a pancake house. It's the story of a man content to bus tables for 54 years. He owns a house, is married, and intends to keep working as long as he can.

The takeaway: the man is happy with his job. That may be hard for some of us to understand. I know it took me a while to really wrap my mind around it, but I get it now.

Aliens Among Us?

Guess what? NASA is studying an underwater volcano in Hawaii to learn more about alien life. Scientists think conditions are similar to what might exist on Saturn's moon, Enceladus. 

I think that's really a far out concept. My question is, when do we start planning trips to Enceladus? And, what about Mars?

No One Else Thought Of This...

We're all familiar with the famous painting the, "Mona Lisa." One time, or another, we've all seen images of the iconic oil painting.

Now, according to a doctor in Boston, the person in the painting was suffering from an illness, possibly a serious thyroid condition. I'm not sure why no one else in the last few hundred years noticed the woman's condition.

Either this doctor is blowing smoke out of his ass, or this claim made from looking at an oil painting, is a new way to diagnosis patients in the 21st century.

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...