Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Hatch Act (and other violations) Don't Apply To Trump Minions

                                         Good Day World!

“...and woe betide anyone foolish enough to question my caffeine intake.” -Kieron Gillen
Just to be clear this morning, there's a double standard in Washington where everyone but Trump's minions have to follow the rules.

The latest example:

The US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) found that Kellyanne Conway has violated the Hatch Act "numerous times," and recommended she be fired.

"Never has (the office) had to issue multiple reports to the president concerning Hatch Act violations by the same individual," said Special Counsel Henry Kerner in a letter to Trump.

The agency is only a watchdog however, and cannot pursue violations. Only the president can. As expected, Trump laughed and shredded that request.

It was just another peep from the underlings in government who aren't personal followers of the orange anus.

Trump's Refusal To Fire Conway is 'Dangerous and She Should Resign: Ethics Experts

Another example:

Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife, Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao, directed an aide in the US Department of Transportation to prioritize her husband's Kentucky projects. He's up for re-election in 2020 and is using whatever devious means he can to stay in power.

In any other administration either of these two cases would have been a major scandal. In the Trump era they're just beeps on the radar.

I could easily add to this list, but it's unnecessary for the purpose of getting my point across. You've got the idea.

Americans are going to have to tolerate this kind of shit until Trump and his minions are purged from The White House.

Time for me to walk on down the road..

Trump 'Doesn't Know The Difference Between Right or Wrong' Nor Does He Care

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"It's when I sip coffee that I know that I can handle anything that life can throw at me." - Anthony T. Hincks

For the first time in the orange ape's administration there's been some clarity on how he really feels about something.

When it comes to collecting dirt on opponents the sky is the limit.

Trump recently told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he'd be open to listening to information from foreign governments that would damage his opponents in the next election.

It was a rare moment of truth, and proved how willing he was to get Russia's help in 2016. 

Our liar in chief's explanation that it's okay to listen to foreign powers to hurt American politicians was a frank admission that he doesn't play by the rules. Any rules.

What amazes me is he's doing it right out in the open. I've never seen an American president brazenly welcome foreign inference into our elections before. That's because it's never happened.

The Mueller report made it clear that Russia attacked our 2016 election to support Trump. He, and his minions welcomed that help.

It's glaringly apparent Trump intends to go the same treasonous route again if any foreign governments can help him get re-elected.

The question now is, should an impeachment inquiry be opened soon? Trump's open defiance against Congress and the rules of laws are damaging our democracy every day he's in office.

If Trump is still in office next year there's a very good chance he'll reach out to his dictator buddies for dirt against his democratic opponent.

The day after the interview Nancy Pelosi summed up Trump's comments succinctly, "What the president said last night shows clearly once again...that he does not know the difference between right or wrong." 

I would suggest Trump just doesn't give a damn about such niceties. 

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

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Oh Shit! Here We Go Again - Another Love Letter From Kim To Trump

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“I need COFFEE to help me change the things I can... and WINE to help me accept the things I can't!” -Tanya Masse 

The Trump/Kim love affair is a shit story that doesn't bode well for America.

In case you didn't notice, amidst all of the other crazy shit Trump has been pulling, he claims he has another love letter from one of his favorite murdering despots, North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

Trump told reporters that he got a, “...very beautiful and warm and it was very personal, very warm, and a very nice letter" and that everything is going smoothly with the bloodthirsty little bastard who has captured his heart.

While still unconfirmed, it appears that last meeting between the two jerks ended worse than expected, because Kim had his negotiating crew executed.

I really have a hard time watching an American president lick a foreign dictator's ass in order to claim some foreign policy victory that he hopes will help him get re-elected.

Just between you and me...

Kim, who recently was caught flagrantly flirting with Russia's sweetheart Putin, is playing Trump like a piccolo. By the time Trump figures that out (if ever) he's going to be "sweetmeat" for at least six more dictators.

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Stewart Spanks Congress: Stands Up For 911 Responders

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People like to cry over spilled milk, but I cry every time I spill my coffee.” Anthony Liccione 
We live in an era of shame brought about by politicians with no ethics or morals. 

(Update below)

It's no longer about doing the right thing. Everything is a binary choice. Win, or lose. 

When my friend Larry sent me a link to Jon Stewart addressing Congress yesterday, I almost shed tears. 

"Accountability doesn't appear to be something that occurs in this chamber," Stewart said, "and, I'm sorry if I sound angry and undiplomatic, but I am angry and you should be too."

I know I was angry hearing about the difficulties the 911 Victim Compensation Fund has gone through with Congress's lackadaisical responses, coming up short of what's needed, and dragging their feet on releasing funds.

To me, this is another metaphor for when old men send young men to war. When they come home no one cares about their needs. 

Those 911 responders put everything on the line without hesitation. But their deeds are already receding into history along with their needs. 

When most of the members of Congress didn't show up to hear from those first responders in the hearing, it was a show of disrespect.

Stewart made sure they knew it too. His passionate speech -
calling out the "callous indifference and rank hypocrisy" of Congress members who once tweeted, "Never Forget 9/11" are robbing the responders of their 'most valuable commodity': Time, the one thing they're running out of."

The hearing was on a bill that would ensure funding for health benefits for responders for the next 70 years.

It was the first time I ever saw a speaker in the chamber receive a standing ovation. Those members of the House that did show up looked on from their seats sheepishly, fully aware they weren't doing their job.

UPDATE: House panel passes 9/11 Bill After Stewart testimony

Thank you, Jon Stewart!

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Coming Soon: Political Olympic Games Previewed

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"Life is like coffee. The darker it gets, the more it energizes." -  Ankita Singhal

Feel like having some fun today? Try this on.

News flash:  2020 presidential election kicks off with new Political Olympics featuring America's politicians displaying their many skills.

Teams: Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

Times and Locations: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - Capitol Hill and state legislatures will formerly kick off next years presidential elections by performing feats of rhetoric and not passing any legislation until after January, 2021.

Events: Full Contact Subpoena Ball; Caucus Weight Lifting, Liar's Dice; the mile long Filibuster run; the 50-yard Corruption Sprints; and the Flip Flop Gym events designed to feature verbal contortions that will leave audiences gasping. 
 Under Aquatic - the 10 meter Presidential Backstroke; the 200 meter Committee Crawl; and the 100 meter Freestyle Forum. 

Also, Lobbyist Diving, and one event that is sure to pull an audience, Shark vs Shark, where the politician has to swim to one side of the pool before the Great White waiting in the water gets him!

Meanwhile, we can all just Dream On with Aerosmith!

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

GOP Governors Unite in Fight to Stop Unions in their States

Six Republican Governors have gathered to warn their residents against the evils of unionization which they claim would threaten their jobs...