Saturday, July 20, 2019

The New America: Normalizing Lies and Racist Policies

"Coffee: a warm delicious alternative to hating everybody every morning. Forever." Unknown 

                                          Good Day World!

You've probably noticed that nothing is out-of-bounds in the era of Trump. 

The truth is trampled on so often no one knows anything for sure anymore. We have a president hurling racist tropes in an effort to further divide us.

Trump's enablers/minions, in and out of government, think nothing of lying and breaking laws with impunity.

Example: FBI documents in the New York "Hush money" case (Stormy Daniels) clearly laid out the numerous contacts that Hope Hicks had with Trump, exposing the lies she told Congress during a closed-door hearing last month.

Hicks has been given a deadline of August 15th to appear before Congress and explain the difference in her testimony and what the FBI revealed.

Related: Trump Campaign and RNC Spend More Than $600,000 On Law Firm Representing Hope Hicks  

Protecting his former trusted adviser is important to Trump. The less things she says about him, and their relationship, the better. Don't be surprised if she gets in trouble, but Trump comes to the rescue and tries to pardon her.

This is the new America.

We're in the thrall of the most corrupt president America has every seen. Pulitzer prize-winning author, Jon Meachum, recently compared Trump's administration to Andrew Jackson's.

He said they were both tied for the worst president in American history. I disagree. Trump now holds that infamous title by himself.

Interesting fact: Andrew Jackson is Trump's favorite president. The next time you see Trump's fat ass in the Oval Office take a look at the wall behind him... there's a large portrait of Andrew Jackson.

While Trump continues to embrace a strategy to divide America, tell outright lies (even with video evidence contrary to his claims), we are faced with the biggest threat to everything we stand for in our lifetime.

Those that come after us (our children and grandchildren), will be left with the results from whatever actions we take to refute Trump's attempt to make America a facist state.

From now, until election day 2020, Americans need to push back against the rising tide of racism, law-breaking, and hatred that Trump and his minions are sowing every single day.

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

Friday, July 19, 2019

Rumors of War: A Look at What Triggered Tensions in the Middle East

There is NO life before coffee. There is life AFTER coffee!! - Anonymous
                                           Good Day World!

Just so we're all on the same page let's start off with the irrefutable fact that the moment Trump slung into office and tore up America's partnership in a world-brokered nuclear treaty with Iran... things have been getting scarier by the week.

Yesterday, a U.S. Ship shot down an Iranian drone that was threatening the ship's saferty. The USS Boxer waited - and warned the Iranians of immediate action if the drone didn't abort it's mission. 

When it got within a thousand yards they destroyed it. The only problem is Iran said they didn't lose a drone and the Americans probably shot down their own drone! Story here.

This was just the latest event in what has become an escalating problem with the Iranian government. 

Thus far, no military action has been taken by the US, other than to warn the Iranians to knock the shit off after shooting their drone down.

Also problematic: It's the USA (Trump) against the world, as he's backed out of every major treaty we had with our longtime allies. 

We're witnessing the effect of that stupid move now, as the whole region is getting armed and military confrontations are becoming more likely by the day.

One month ago the Pentagon announced it was sending 1,000 additional troops to the area. 

Yesterday, the Pentagon announced they are sending 500 more to Prince Sultan Air Base, situated in the desert east of Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia.  

Fact: The Trump Administration is continuing its military buildup in the region, which has so far included fighter jets, B-52 bombers, an aircraft carrier strike force, Navy destroyers and - of course - more troops.

Perhaps the biggest irony in this whole mess is that it didn't have to happen. Trump backed out of the nuclear treaty with Iran to spite Obama, and now he's getting the inevitable real world backlash.

Even more ironic, Trump really doesn't want to go to war. Things have gotten out of hand and are escalating, and he's too vain (and outright stupid) to try a re-set.

It would require a compromise of some sort, something the very undiplomatic orange ape doesn't understand, or respect.

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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Trump Under Fire: Reverts to Jingoistic Tropes to Rally Base

"The only thing I'm sure about today is coffee. Everything else is just speculation." - Nancy Hoffman

Good Day World!

It hasn't been a good week for Trump, and he's becoming increasingly desperate to change that.

So he held a campaign rally last night to stroke his ego. He even came up with a new chant... "Send her back!" (Referring to Rep. Iland Omar)

After having a tweet he made against four congresswomen formerly condemned for "being racist" by Congress, Trump pivoted to jingoistic jargon to defend himself by questioning the congresswomen's patriotism and suggesting "...they all go back home."

It's been more than 100 years since Congress issued a formal rebuke of a sitting president. Unfortunately, it was non-binding and there's really no penalty to pay. I doubt if Trump is even embarrassed by the fact.

However, even if it was just symbolic it doesn't mean it was meaningless. Symbols do matter. After the smoke clears this will be a moment in history - one that will merit a line or two, when all the books on Trump have been written.

It sure didn't help Trump's temper when the Supreme Court kicked his, and Ross's corrupt attempt at adding a question to the census, out with the admonition that it was a "contrived."

Yesterday, Congress voted to hold AG Barr and Secretary Ross in Criminal Contempt over the census dispute.

Again, very little will come from this hand slap, even though it is a criminal complaint. The DOJ isn't going to do shit to their boss, or his buddy. Another abnormality in the Trump regime, where justice is perverted at every turn.

History will remember Trump's minions in crime. Enablers from AG Barr, to Mitch McConnell, will be harshly judged with Trump for their attempt to destroy our Democratic Republic and replace it with a dictatorship.

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

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Quit Acting Surprised That Trump's a Racist: His Followers Knew All Along

"A yawn is a silent scream for coffee." -Unknown

Good Day World!

It was an interesting piece of theatre watching the House hearing yesterday where Trump was called out for his racist attack against four congresswomen.

The vote condemning Trump's racist language "Go back to where you came from" directed at four House Democrats, was 240-187.

There were four Republicans, and one Independent, that agreed with the Democrats. Trump is a racist. 

Meanwhile, Trump squatted somewhere in the White House, and watched the whole hearing, even canceling a planned meeting with GOP leadership at the last minute to see who turned against him.

It was a good day for Democrats, because they exposed Trump's racism for all to see. It was a bad day for House Republicans who drank the Kool aid with Trump, backing his racist statements. A vote that may well come back to haunt each of them some day.

The moment Trump came down that elevator white nationalists celebrated. They knew who he was. They also knew they could count on him following a racist agenda after he failed to criticize their hate parade in Charlottesville, Va.

There's been no lack of dog whistles along the way, as Trump constantly stirs his hardcore neo Nazi, and KKK, base up by playing on their fear of dark-skinned and Asian people.

His so-called Immigration policies, and they way he speaks about Hispanics seeking asylum in this country, are exhibit A.

At this point, let me just say that all of the people who voted for Trump in 2016 were not racist right-wing nuts. 

A lot of the votes Trump got were by default; voters who hated Hillary Clinton just a little bit more than the brash con man Trump. There were also lifelong Republicans who honestly thought Trump was a great businessman and it was what the country needed.

That's okay. I understand.

But, when it comes to racists who vote, that's another story. They're un-American xenophobes who wished the South didn't lose the Civil War. 

They saw a kindred spirit in Trump and crawled out of their chat rooms, and basements to support him. Thus far, they believe he will further their hateful agendas. 

For good reason.

As always, go by what Trump does, for evidence of his racism, and his demonstrated love for the wealthy and world dictators.

Those GOP lawmakers who are enabling him by trying to spin everything he says into another story, can't tell us what we see with our own eyes, and what we hear with our own ears.

The emperor has no clothes.

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

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Memo To Speaker Pelosi: Time to Hop Off The Fence and Take a Stand

"Coffee is a language in itself." - Jackie Chan

                                       Good Day World!

"Dear Speaker Pelosi,

I've never been a big fan of yours, but I have to admit you are a canny politician who knows the ropes, and the knots in Congress. I respect that.

Thus far, I have agreed with your tactic of staying on the fence when it comes to impeaching that orange ape in the Oval Office.

Your arguments were sound... up until now.

Now, it's time to hop off that fence, take a stand, and call for an impeachment inquiry.

I know, it's a big step and there will be some political backlash from the Trumpie GOP minions who may use it to stir up the alt-right swamp.

So what? No matter how you look at it, they ARE NOT a majority in this country and it's time to acknowledge that. It's also time to fight back against Trump's all-out assault on democracy and American values.

After witnessing the president of the United States racist attack against minority members of Congress, who are duly elected officials representing Americans in their districts, that proverbial line has been crossed.

I know you stood up for them and are even planning on a resolution to slap Trump on the hand, but he needs a real kick in the ass. Impeachment.

It's up to you Madam Speaker, to lead the Democratic Congress in the right direction. Our country can't endure more attacks on our whole system of government for the next year-and-a-half.

An Impeachment inquiry will wipe away Trump's ability to tie up the courts that are pending with numerous investigations against him, until the next election.

Let me ask you, do you want to risk more - perhaps even worse - attacks against the laws of the land while you patiently await the courts to listen to Trump's appeals against the vast array of charges against him?

Timing is everything. Waiting until next year after all the court battles have been fought, is a dumb political move. I think you know that. 

If you're serious about protecting America - and not just being someone who talks a good talk, but doesn't walk the walk, then rally your caucus and open an impeachment inquiry.

Time is running out. It's time to say we've had enough of this wannabe dictator."

Related: Rep. Al Green To Force Impeachment Vote Against Trump

Related: Why Trump's Racist Dog Whistle Won't Work This Time

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

Monday, July 15, 2019

Warning: Eating The Young Isn't Going To Solve Anything

"May your coffee be strong and your Monday be short." -Anonymous

Good Day World!

Sad but true, some animals eat their young. It's called filial cannibalism.

That's what's happening with the Democratic Party right now.
The new young progressives in the House are suffering a form of filial cannibalism.

The majority of the Democrats in the House are moderate, as Speak Pelosi points out when criticizing the "squad of four," newcomers; Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Presley.

This sharp division in ideologies is threatening to tear apart a strong democratic front against Trump. I'm not sure Ocasio-Cortez and the others realize how important it is to restore order to this country.

Only a team effort will send Trump into the dark pages of American history. Timing is everything. The last thing Democrats want to do is give Trump and his minions ammunition to use against them.

That's called cutting your nose off to spite your face.

It's not that I think the so-called squad of four are wrong for pursuing agendas their constitutes deemed important enough to elect them. But, there's a time and place for everything.

Politics, when practiced right, is the art of compromise to achieve a greater goal. Getting Trump's ignorant ass out of the White House is job #1. 

When that goal is achieved and a democratic president is installed, the progressives in Congress (if they're still in the majority) can address the group's concerns in a pro-active way.

The important thing to remember is only a unified Democratic Party will prevail against Trump. It's still possible to heal open wounds and to move on. 

Especially if Pelosi backs off a little against the rebellious freshman in the House. She knows the carrot and stick approach works in many situations. 

Time to employ that strategy ASAP!

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

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Indicted Politician Pushes Islamophobic Rhetoric Hoping Voters Will Forget He's a Crook!

"Planning to take over the world today. I just need a cup of coffee first." -Unknown

Good Day World!

The game of politics continues to get stranger every day.

Try as I might, I can't remember the last time someone ran for a congressional seat after being indicted for campaign fraud.

California Rep. Duncan Hunter, whose corruption trial is set for September 12th, is ignoring the charges leveled against him (even though his wife pleaded guilty and agreed to turn state witness on his sorry ass), and is busy attacking his Democratic opponent with racist lies.

No doubt Hunter has gall. I didn't say balls because that would require him to man up, and admit his crimes instead of letting his wife take all the heat. 

Tuning-out reality, Hunter is busy with his Islamophobic mailers trying to assassinate his opponents character. His ability to ignore facts, and laws, is very much like Trump; whom he worships.

Meanwhile, the GOP party in California is going to be in complete chaos when (I didn't say if - the evidence is overwhelming) Hunter is sent to prison. 

A rational person might even conclude those Republicans are casting around for a replacement (behind closed doors of course).

I wouldn't bet on it, however. The key word was "rational."

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...