Thursday, May 6, 2021

Ex-Cheater-In-Charge Tries To Fool Twitter After Facebook Ban Extended

Trump didn't get the message when Facebook extended his ban another six months.

We know this because he immediately tried to launch a workaround with Twitter (who also banned him).

Trump has a website that's essentially a blog for him to perpetuate The Big Lie. Followers can "like" and circulate the posts on social media, but that's as far as it went.

His new Twitter website (an extension of his blog) -  was launched on Tuesday and shut down on Wednesday. In bold headlines Twitter suspended Trump's - @ DJTDesk account - which violated Twitter rules.

Perhaps if Trump and his minions were able to read something other than Dr. Seuss, they would have noticed Twitter's rules and policies page, which leads to their policy forbidding people from circumventing permanent suspensions.

Trump was de-platformed back in January, after his supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn his 2020 election defeat.

There's little doubt that Trump will continue to try to utilize social media in any way possible. He's already tried to get around Twitter by having his supplicants rebroadcast his blog rants.

Those attempts have been plucked from the Twitterverse and suspended. But new ones keep popping up. 

It'll always be a challenge as long as Trump continues to use every resource to circumvent his social media bans. 

As an authoritarian populist, and someone who doesn't believe in Democracy, Trump's legacy will be toxic for years to come.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

GOP Threatens Facebook After Upholding It's Ban on Trump

After finding out that Facebook was not going to let Trump back on their platform today, Mark Meadows and other Republicans lost their shit!

Moments after the company made the announcement threats poured in, as enraged Trumpies sought revenge for outlawing their idol.

Meadows suggested that retribution will come from Republicans in Congress who'll draw a target on the company by seeking some legislation to hamper it.

Hardline Trump pols and assorted minions in the media want to keep the Big Lie alive and fresh for the 2022 mid term elections.

The Republican strategy of bullying private businesses is a new tactic born of desperation.

McConnell has come out and told corporations that censor the Republican effort to change reality and claim Trump won the election, that he may look for a way to hurt them by using some corrupt legislation.

The new litmus test among the GOP has become "Who won the 2022 election?"

Supplicants have been lining up to claim Trump did. Any member of the GOP that dares to acknowledge reality and Biden's presidency has become an outcast.

The number three Republican, Liz Cheney is a perfect example. She's a real Republican with conservative values and has been calling out Trump's lies. Now she's become an outcast and her seat  is in jeopardy.

For. Telling. The. Truth.

The outside board that recommended Trump not be restored right now, decided to punt the situation back to Zuckerberg.

The board suggested he come up with a decision in six months as to whether to ban Trump for life.

That leaves the issue in limbo. But the possibility that Facebook may change it's mind by then is remote.

This was just another small victory against the worst president this country has ever had. There'll be more coming in the courts.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Facebook To Announce Whether Trump Can Return To Their Platform

Tomorrow may be a big day for Trump.

Facebook is going to share it's decision on allowing Trump back into the fold. 

It wasn't Trump's favorite attack platform however. That honor was reserved for Twitter (who banned him for life).

Still, it'll open another avenue of attack against our democracy should Facebook decide to let Trump back with his constant lies.

Facebook's own version of the supreme court will deliver its decision on Trump's fate tomorrow morning.

Trump was banned indefinitely from Facebook and Instagram on Jan.7, one day after his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol in an effort to thwart certification of Joe Biden's electoral victory.

Right now the last thing we need is Trump doubling down on lies on any platform. Before his Facebook account was shuttered he had 35 million followers.

It's interesting to see a private company even considering reaping the whirlwind by allowing the biggest troll on the internet access to their domain.

Unlike Republicans supplicants, Facebook doesn't have to worry about being re-elected and there's no good reason to enable a world class liar.

I'm reasonably sure that Facebook will continue on if it maintains it ban on Don the Con. 

The Oversight Board is faced with a decision based on either getting more revenue from Trump minions, or to protect our democracy from the most corrupt president in American history.

Let's hope it's a no-brainer.

Monday, May 3, 2021

After 5 Years a Mystery Illness Is Still Affecting American Diplomats and Spies


It's a mystery to me why American spies and diplomats have been sickened abroad for years now. And, apparently to Congress.

The mystery attacks became known as the Havana syndrome and first appeared in 2016.

Speculation has centered around radiofrequency energy, a type of radiation that includes microwaves, as the culprit.

A committee of 19 experts in medicine and other fields cited "directed, pulsed energy" as the most likely reason to explain the illness.

The state department first discovered the illness that struck dozens of C.I.A. officers, first at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, and then China followed by other countries.

Complaints by victims:

Many of the officers suffered from dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and loss of hearing, memory and balance, forcing some into retirement.

The committee found the immediate symptoms that patients reported - including strange sensations of pain, pressure and sound that often appeared to come from a particular direction, or occurred in a specific spot in a room - were more consistent with a directed "attack" of radiofrequency energy.

No Action Taken

The Trump administration pretended the attacks weren't happening and dead-ended reports from the state department. 

That's right. We've known for years these attacks have threatened American lives - with the latest just outside of the White House with a security official experiencing the known symptoms.

A report by the National Academies contains a stark warning about the possibility of future episodes, and the U.S. government's ability to detect them, or to mount a response.

Trump officials were pressed by lawmakers who were upset with their secrecy and their inaction. But nothing happened.

Enter Joe Biden whose taking steps to discover how to combat it, and who is responsible.

Biden's state department is currently working on the threat. 

Now there's a chance we'll solve the mystery that's been so shamelessly covered up by the past administration.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

'Mirror Mirror On The Wall Whose The Most Trumpiest Of Them All?'


Lately Republican's have been holding competitions among themselves as to who is most like their beloved leader Trump.

Suspending reality and "owning the libs" seems to be the only thing that counts as Republicans prepare for the 2022 mid-term elections.

One Republican strategist, David Kochel, summed the situation up in a recent interview; "It's a contest about who can trigger the media and Democrats the most."

Trump-style pugilism is currently popular among some conservative voters. In order to win seats in Congress the GOP is openly espousing racism, conspiracy theories, and the Big Lie.

But what does the majority of conservative voters really want?

The current strategy to do battle with the left, preferably in viral-video snippets, is more compelling to activists than amassing a record of achievement or painstakingly building coalitions.

At the end of the day we're talking about a vocal - yet powerful cabal - of conservatives willing to be cult followers.

There wasn't enough supplicants to re-elect Trump in 2020, and despite increasing polarization, there's not enough die-hards to sweep the 2022 mid-terms.

Those same die-hards turned out in droves when Trump held rallies last year, but their enthusiasm wasn't enough.

For Trump followers however those massive rallies proved Trump must have won, and he was cheated at the polls.

Which led to the Stop the Steal propaganda and eventually a coup attempt by orange Kool aid drinkers steeped in the Trump Universe.

Alternate reality GOP lawmakers are back with a vengeance, using the same loser playbook. Lie. Whine. Lie.

Will history repeat itself for Democrats allowing them to hold onto the majority in Congress? 

If they do, it'll probably be thanks to the cranks among the reality-denying Republicans.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Shameless Pence Pursues Presidential Possibility

Pence has no pride.

Despite Trump's relentless attacks against him, Pence is still pledging total fealty in a bid to run for the presidency in 2024.

He doesn't talk about when Trump's supporters marauded through the Capitol on Jan.6, threatening to hang him. Or, that they even built a scaffold outside in anticipation of lynching him.

He didn't blink an eye when Trump scolded him for not blocking Congress's recognition of Biden's victory. 

He pretends to ignore Trump supporters who are still mad it him for not lying and subverting the electoral process.

Since the election Pence has holed up in North Virginia, sealing a book deal and writing an occasional op-ed for the Daily Signal, a publication run by the extremist Heritage Foundation.

Last week Pence carefully orchestrated a reemergence onto the public stage - meeting with evangelic pastors and top donors to lay the groundwork for a potential 2024 bid.

The challenge for Pence is those loyal Trump supporters who are livid with him for recognizing Biden's win despite Trump's urging not to.

Thus far all of Pence's speaking engagements have banned the mainstream media from attending.

But he can't ignore the reality of his total sell-out to Trump, the most unpopular president the nation has ever had.

As time goes on tough questions will dog Pence and he'll find himself trying to defend his pride and manhood.

The fact is there's no good reason for selling one's soul.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Florida Joins Other States Suppressing Voters, Passes New Restrictions

               If it isn't broke why fix it?

According to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis the 2020 election went flawlessly in Florida. No cases of fraud.

Yet, DeSantis is preparing to sign a new voter suppression law imposing restrictions on ballot boxes and mail-in voting.

Despite the push from activists, corporate leaders, and Democrats, voter restriction laws are popping up in Republican controlled states like toxic mushrooms.

This unprecedented effort among states to enact legislation with new hurdles to casting a ballot is the result of Trump supporters who can't accept reality, and that Joe Biden is our president.

According to the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice, nearly every state has introduced bills like this and at least five have already been enacted.

Republicans admit the last election was successful. but they argued the changes will keep Florida's elections accessible while establishing "guardrails" to prevent potential fraud in the future.

Guardrails for who?

Republicans restricting Democratic voters to ensure a chokehold on the state's politics?

Particularly irksome is the claim Republicans are trying to preserve the sanctity of our elections, when in fact they're busy assaulting our electoral system.

Lawsuits are being filed against states who adopt voter suppression laws. Hopefully they'll be successful in protecting voter's rights.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

US Intel Report Says Giuliani Was Lead Facilitator for Russian Effort To Smear Candidate Joe Biden

Trump's fellow traitor Rudy Giuliani got a rude surprise yesterday when the feds raided his Manhattan apartment and seized his cell phone, computer, and other materials.

It's highly unusual for prosecutors to execute a search warrant on a lawyer. There are some exceptions however like Michael Cohen's case.

The warrant described an investigation into possible violation of foreign lobbying laws and and sought communications between Giuliani and people including a former columnist for The Hill, John Solomon.

One cannot help but wondering who else may get swept into this apparently far-reaching investigation.

It's obvious that Giuliani's communications with Trump and his campaign staff from November and December 2020, and January 2021, will be included in the investigation.

Giuliani has been under scrutiny by Manhattan federal prosecutors since early 2019.

But he always had Trump's puppet Bill Barr to stall and even squelch investigations into his traitorous attempt to frame Biden, and helping Russia in it's public disinformation attempts like "Stop The Steal."

That's all changed now because there's a new AG in town; Merrick Garland. He revoked Rudy's free pass and freed-up the prosecutors to finally do their job.

Giuliani faces a wide range of federal crimes, including violations of the federal election and lobbying laws, as well as money laundering.

Former Senator Claire McCaskill got it right when she told Brian Williams that Giuliani was a "treasonous traitor" who was working directly with a hostile power - Russia - to undermine our democracy.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Republican Playbook: Performers Not Policy-Makers

When was the last time you heard Trump or any of his minions push actual policies as opposed to rewarding personalities with no brains or ethics?

To be a GOP star includes having an abrasive personality, the ability to glibly lie, and a knack for putting on a circus every time they're near a media source.

I had to laugh when Republicans got together earlier this week to plot the way forward as a party. Words like policy were batted around like badminton birdies.

Afterwards the closest the members could come to was a future plan to continue to demonizing the democrats as socialists.

No actual policy. No surprise.

Republican voters have been spoiled with the biggest circus performer in the land, former president Trump.

The idea of putting on a good show was very attractive, especially to former Apprentice fans of Trump.

Following in his footsteps, actors and con men became popular as politicians. Most with no experience, but all ready to perpetrate the BIG LIE.

This extreme strategy failed in the 2020 elections, but Republicans are loath to giving it up because they fear Trump and his rabid base.

Some Republicans know that personality is not as important as making policies. Third-ranked House GOP leader Liz Cheney has said as much in their recent planning session.

Not that it matters. 

The goal for GOP lawmakers is to raise money through extremist members like Devin Nunes - a political hack and traitor (see Ukraine scandal).

As long as people like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Jim Jordan, and Josh Hawley are pulling in sizable donations they'll continue to be stars for the party.

Republicans abdicated policies when Trump was elected, choosing to be entertained by a clown con man who is a serial liar.

Until Republicans are able to sever their toxic relationship with Trump cult followers, they're going to be held hostage by a sea of lies.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Arizona GOP Still Trying To Overturn 2020 Election With Ballot Audit Stunt

In the never-ending attempt to Steal The Election Arizona Republicans are conducting a THIRD audit of the 2020 election results in Maricopa Country.

Proof you can't fix stupid is being graphically demonstrated by Republican efforts denying the election results in 2020. 

Arizona Republicans hired a company known for working for QAnon nuts and other extremists - Cyber Ninjas - to conduct an audit in a feeble attempt to rig the results.

In the first place, the audit is supposed to be about transparency, but Cyber Ninjas has abandoned any pretense of such and requested a judge to keep their procedures secret from the public and the press.

For the record, taxpayers are being asked to pay for this sorry-ass attempt to subvert democracy.

Putting an agenda-driven company in charge was the first sign the audit was a partisan ploy to stir up Trump's base. Asking a judge to keep their methods secret was the second sign.

Any reasonable person knows the election was fair. It was challenged over 70 times in the courts by fantasy-driven Trump supporters and went nowhere.

The GOPs latest attempt is dead-in-the-waters, but leaves a sticky film of corruption that will be hard to get rid of. 

The real danger behind these futile attempts is the fact a political party is using the Big Lie to assault our electoral system.

Sadly, there seems to be no end to this stupidity, as GOP hacks try to claw their way back to power.

Monday, April 26, 2021

GOP Announces MAGA Awards

So much for the Oscars. 

There's another award ceremony brewing in Republican caves, basements, and in Congress. 

Coming soon - the MAGA Awards.

Senate Candidates Announced:

1.   Perpetuating The Big Lie.

2.   Opposition to everything Democrats do.

3.   Biggest Hypocrite

4.   Most loyal QAnon Supporter

5.   Successful Political Grifter

6.   Flat Earther Best Known for Science Denial

7.   The Flip-Flopper Award

8.   The Putin Enabler Citation

9.   Top Conspiracist 

10.  The Biggest Asshole

11.  Most Consistent Liar

12.  Most Senile

The list of candidates is too long to get them all in this post. Therefore, I picked the most likely winners for the above categories.

Donald Trump - Should sweep every category but you never know.

Mike Lee - In the running for three categories; #1, #9 and #10.

Jim Jordan - Top seed for biggest Hypocrite and Most Consistent Liar.

Mitch McConnell - Shoo-in for Most Senile and Biggest Hypocrite.

Ron Johnson - Odds on favorite for The Putin Enabler Citation. Also strong contender for Top Conspiracist and Biggest Asshole.

Rand Paul - Has the chance to win or place 2nd in every category.

Tom Cotton - Brings it on in the most competitive categories - #1, #2, #6, #8, and #11.

House Candidates Announced

Kevin McCarthy - Frontrunner for the coveted Flip-Flopper award. He'll pose a serious challenge to these categories: #1, #10, and #11.

Tommy Tuberville - Most likely to win Perpetrating the Big Lie and Top Conspiracist.

Lauren Boebert - Already infamous for Opposition to everything Democrats do. She's the dark horse winner. 

Marjorie Taylor Green - It's a given she's getting the Most Loyal QAnon Supporter. She's actually competitive in every category.

David Madison Cawthorn - Top choice for Most Successful Political Grifter is also guaranteed to be competitive in #1, #2, #9,#10, and #11.

Marsha Blackburn - Expected to make a good run in categories #2,#3, and #9.

Roy Chip - Another dark horse who could win several categories; #1, #6, #9, #11

Josh Hawley - Contender for several categories including The Biggest Asshole.

Andy Biggs - His strengths lie in #1 and #2.

Matt Gaetz - Should be the favorite for Biggest Asshole, but this is a very competitive category.

Joni Ernst - There should have been one more category for the Most Wildest Eyes. She hangs with the worst of competitors and will make a strong showing in every category.

Devin Nunes - Another candidate who should have been able to enter into The Biggest Cry Baby Award - but alas it didn't happen. Mark him down as competitive in every category.

I'll be sure to announce the dates for these prestigious awards as soon as the Republicans quit fighting about when and where the event will be held.

Options for a location range from Epstein Island to the Kremlin.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Qualifying for the 1st Annual Burnt-Out Olympics

People from around the world qualify for the 1st Annual World Burnt-Out Olympics in Florida, USA.

In order to qualify, contestants are going to have to cite more than the pandemic as a reason why they're burnt-out.

People, like me with PTSD, will have a leg up. However, it's going to take more than that to win.

After consulting some of my friends and family, I've compiled a list of other reasons that may carry you over the top in this highly competitive competition.

Here they are: 

1.   Four stressful years with Trump and minions assaulting democracy.

2.   The Big Lie

3.   Not enough new TV shows and movies during the last year

4.   Loneliness

5.   Homeless

6.   Unemployed 

7.   Politics

8.   Chronic health conditions

9.   Fear of warfare in US and/or abroad.

10. Hunger 

Without a doubt there's countless other reasons for being burnt-out. 

The above suggestions are some of the most obvious.

The rules are simple; every country in the world only gets one winner.

So what does the winner get?

Professional help for all the reasons they're burnt-out. Sounds good to me.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Oregonian Resident Speaks Out About Never-Ending Protests in Portland

I love living in Oregon, but I wouldn't even consider moving to Portland.

Portland in recent years resembles a third world country with nightly protests over everything you can imagine.

My son and his girlfriend moved up to Portland last year. They're leaving the city in another week with no regrets. 

I'm sick of turning on the local and national news and seeing rioters looting and burning in the streets. All I see is anarchy. 

It's not that I don't think Americans should protest inequalities in the treatment of African-Americans.

But there's a big difference in the George Floyd protestors, and anarchists. Portland has become the home of anarchists and extremists on both sides of the political spectrum.

Sadly, the city hasn't been able to get a handle on the nightly attacks. I can't understand why. What other city in the nation has the bad reputation that Portland has for regular nightly riots?

I'm all for protesting against police brutality and human rights. As long as the protests are peaceful. 

Portland officials appear to have no answers to the problem so local residents have to deal with a never-ending series of protests.

Like I said, Oregon is a great state. Portland however is a text-book example of everything that can go wrong in our society.

Friday, April 23, 2021

New Oklahoma Law Makes Protestors Fair Targets For Motorists

In the aftermath of the George Floyd protests nationally, Republicans across the country are making it more difficult for Americans to assemble in protests.

After Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a controversial "anti-riot" bill which increases penalties for protestors two days ago, Oklahoma followed with their own bill to hinder protestors.

Oklahoma Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed (HB) 1674, designed to discourage protestors, yesterday.

The one thing that really stands out is the tacit okay for motorists to plow through crowds of protestors if they feel threatened in order to "protect themselves."

The new law says as long as the driver is exercising "due care" they can plow through a crowd of protestors without worry of being arrested and punished.

I wonder what the bill's definition of "due care" is? The devil lies in the details.

Democratic state officials believe the bills are designed to curb the right to protest, as well as an offset accountability for violence against protestors and people of color.

It's readily apparent that Republicans are bad losers. They made up a Big Lie about voter fraud when Trump lost the election, and now they're taking measures to curtail protestors rights. 

Republicans have become the "enemy within" with tactics like this. Denying reality and the will of the majority has become the GOP's 21st Century mission. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Back In The Public Eye: Ben Carson Pushes Hydroxychloroquine

The man who once said the Pyramids were built to store grain is back in the limelight with another ridiculous claim: Hydroxychloroquine should be used to treat COVID-19 patients.

Ben Carson's hold on reality has always been tentative but when he took his clown show to Neil Cavuto the other night, his claim was bluntly rebuffed by the Fox News host.

That in itself was amazing. Truth seldom comes from the mouths of Fox hosts. It goes to show just how crazy the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is.

Carson, like his idol Trump, has trouble with telling the truth and believing in science.

His frail argument is the public should be allowed to choose if they want to shoot bleach into their veins. 

Carson doesn't seem to understand the CDC is about saving lives, not taking them.

Denying reality comes far too easy for the former neurosurgeon who caught Trump's attention and was put into a position to wreck havoc with his lies.

The bottom line is that vaccines are working. Period. End of argument. There's no need to committee suicide because of a conspiracy theorist who needs to brush up on his history.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Trump's Walk of Shame Exposed: DHS IG Blocked Probe on Lafayette Sq. Protest

When Trump decided to walk from the White House to stage a photo op at St. John's Episcopal church last June he set the stage for his own electoral defeat in November.

His walk of shame across Lafayette Square, accompanied by top cabinet members, fanned the flames of protestors nationwide.

And now we know Trump blocked an investigation into the role of the Secret Service in clearing Black Lives Matter from the square.

The coward who blocked the investigation, DHS IG Joseph Cuffari, refused to investigate the Secret Service's involvement because he didn't want to anger Trump.

Cuffari also blocked an investigation into whether the Secret Service had violated federal protocols aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus among employees.

House Homeland Security Chairman, Bennie Thompson, called on Cuffari to testify at a Congressional hearing today.

He has a lot to answer for, and not just the two investigations under way. Cuffari's reputation as a Trump enabler has been well documented.

Today's hearing will hopefully bring some accountability to the DHS IG office.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Memo To Republicans: Don't Assume Kissing Trump's Ring Will Get You Elected, or Re-Elected

It's a mystery to me how you Republicans still show fealty to a traitor and enemy of democracy.

Apparently most of you who are running for the first-time, or up for re-election in 2022, feel that by licking Trump's shoes you have a winning campaign strategy. 

I think you're all wrong.

Consider. 

By next year Trump could be behind bars. With serious court cases pending in New York and Georgia, Trump may find himself wearing his favorite color - orange. (It does match his face. Give him that.)

I just can't see your candidates holding virtual rallies from a prison. It defies the imagination. Trust me. It's a bad look.

What if he doesn't go to prison?

In the first place, he's going to be busy trying to stay out of jail well past 2022. It might be 2023-24 before Trump begins his tour of duty in the federal penal system.

In the second place, there's going to be a shit storm and you're going to panic as Trump is drug through the courts like a bad habit. His endorsement will be MORE TOXIC than every before.

Think how the press is going to play up the drama of a sociopath finally facing justice? It might not look good holding his tiny hands. 

What You Republicans need to do is to gather together your warring factions and count how many of your collogues - and other conservatives - have been tossed under the bus by the mercurial Trump in the last four years?

Once you evaluate the facts you might feel foolish enough to continue worshiping his Orangeness, or you may have an epiphany and deny his deity. In which case, you could turn to taking care of your constituents, and not a hate monger.

This gentle warning comes with the hope that there is still some sanity in what use to be the Party of Lincoln. 

Monday, April 19, 2021

Mystery Solved: Republican Book-Buying Scheme Boosts Bestseller Lists

When I read that Ted Cruz's latest book was a on the way to becoming a bestseller, I knew something wasn't right.

How many times have we heard Cruz say anything that makes sense or is noteworthy in his infamous career?

A government watchdog organization, the Campaign Legal Center, filed complaints last week with the Federal Election Commission and the Senate Ethics Committee about the manner in which Cruz's campaign aides went about bulk buying and promoting his book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Can Change History."

The group said Cruz's campaign committee effectively converted campaign contributions to Cruz's personal enrichment, an illegal practice.

It turns out that Republican lawmakers have made a habit of bulk buying their own books as a way to earn outside income. This has been going on for years.

Apparently these lawmakers believe they aren't being paid enough and need to make more money by abusing their positions.

Members of Congress are forbidden from earning more than $29,595 in income beyond their federal salaries.

How are they getting away with this abuse?

Simple. Book advances and royalties are specifically exempted from these limits.

Obviously, this deceitful practice needs to change.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

My Sunday Epiphany Revealed

Today I'm sharing a conclusion I came to after 70-years of rambling around this planet like a junkyard dog seeking deliverance.

No matter what all of the great religions claim there is one irrefutable fact - there is no evidence we go to heaven or hell. Or anywhere for that matter after the lights go out permanently.

I know. I know. Every religion claims there is a heaven and hell, but - and this is a big but - you have to have faith and believe. 

Our mortal lifespan is spent seeking heaven and other delights even as we live in hells of our own making. This is it folks.

The here and now is either a miserable life or a glorious one depending upon our environments. 

There are gray areas, but when it comes right down to it there is no proof of life after we exit this one.

It's a one-time ride that all passengers don't always take advantage of. Live, and let live. This tour is too short to waste time hating each other.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

BREAKING NEWS - Crazy Caucus Cancelled By GOP

            Marjorie Taylor Green poses beside alleged Jewish Space Laser


NEWS UPDATE on this story 

The crazies in the House of Representatives are forming a hate caucus under the leadership of Marjorie Taylor Green.

Marjorie Taylor Green's goal was to unite the far-right wing and to promote "common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions."

PLANS FOR NEW CRAZY CAUCUS SCRAPPED AFTER BLOWBACK FROM GOP

Fliers were floating around Washington DC like omens of bad fortune outlining a nativist argument warning that "mass immigration" poses a threat to the "long-term existential future as a unique country with a unique culture and a unique identity."

The motley crew joining the group consists of the far-right fringes of the GOP. Their rhetoric is designed to grab headlines.

The core policy of the proposed caucus is a message of protecting the American identity and "uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions."

That hateful rhetoric ties into a toxic argument with a racist legacy that immigrants are "replacing" Americans who were born in the United States.

The plan to form the hate caucus will be announced soon by one of the goons who will tour far-right media platforms touting it.

Ironically Green is calling it the #AmericaFirst Caucus. In other words, The Trump Re-Do Caucus.

On the bright side, not all Republicans are buying into joining Green's crazy caucus.

(SEE LINK ABOVE)

GOP conference chair Liz Cheney, the No.3 House Republican, responded to the reporting about the new caucus in a tweet.

"Republicans believe in equal opportunity, freedom, and justice for all. We teach our children the values of tolerance, decency and moral courage," she wrote. 

"Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are evil. History teaches we all have an obligation to confront and reject such malicious hate."

Enough said.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Another Mass Shooting: 8 People Murdered - Don't Expect Them to Stop Either

Eight innocent people were murdered by a shooter who killed himself after the slaughter in a FedEx Facility in Indianapolis last night.

Ho hum. Mass shootings are commonplace - 46 in 30-days - since COVID restrictions began lifting. Cries for gun safety laws fall on the deaf ears of Republicans who value weapons more than human lives.

President Biden signed some executive orders for gun safety, but they have no teeth and the next administration could dissolve them in a heartbeat.

Every poll I've seen about the need for gun safety regulations shows massive support among the public - up to 80 per cent wanting changes.

But here we sit. Watching another life drama unfold. Listening to grieving families. Listening to authorities who are helpless to do anything about the senseless mass murders.

We can expect conservatives to call for prayers for the victims, and that's it. Nothing actionable because they're in the thralls of the NRA and the money it gives Republican lawmakers.

I'm sick and tired of listening to people using the 2nd Amendment as an excuse to stop any gun safety laws. It's been misused and abused by gun-toting extremists for decades.

I wish I could say lawmakers will do something about this latest mass slaying, but they won't. They can't. That's not the way our broken system is dealing with this scourge.

So. Ho hum. Another mass murder. Another day in America.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Scathing IG Report on Jan.6 Insurrection Describes Lack of Police Preparation, Response

It's crystal clear that the Capitol Hill police knew a whirlwind was coming at them on Jan. 6th.

Michael Bolton, internal inspector general for the Capitol Police, didn't mince words in his report to Congress, which was released yesterday.

Today there's a Congressional hearing on what went wrong that fateful day when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to disrupt democracy.

Lawmakers were given the scathing 104-page report prior to it's release to prepare their questions.

Bolton boldly stated that the Capitol Police failed to prepare properly even though they had intelligence warnings that Trump supporters who believed his claims about the election being stolen posed a threat.

The report revealed that the Police were told to refrain from using their most aggressive crowd control tools such as stun grenades three days before the riot.

Here's the Heart of the Matter

Who ordered the Capitol Police not to use some of their most powerful tools and techniques against an expected crowd of protestors?

There were a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared, according to the report, which also cited riot shields shattering upon impact (not properly stored), expired weapons that couldn't be used and an intelligence division that had few set standards.

A clue to why the police response was so slow lies with Pentagon officials who were concerned about the optics of sending out the National Guard.

That stunning viewpoint came from Army Staff Secretary Walter Piatt who said "we don't like the optics" when responding to pleas for help."

Hopefully, everyone will learn from the mistakes made and we'll find out who was really behind the ;ack of response in the nation's first coup attempt.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

3 Republican Stooges Seeking Revenge Introduce Bill To Penalize MLB

Three of the biggest stooges in the Republican Party - Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Josh Hawley - introduced an anti-trust law against Major League Baseball yesterday.

It was an act of revenge for MLB moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver because the league took a stand against disenfranchising voters recently in Georgia.

New laws were enacted because the Republicans lost the state and two senate seats in 2020. So they embraced the "Big Lie" to demand change in voting laws under the guise of protecting voters.

What's really funny is the three stooges sudden interest in anti-trust laws. Since when do they give a shit about that?

How long has baseball been around? And now suddenly there's a problem?

Corporations and Republicans have been bedfellows for over 100 years. This little spat may go further, or it may just fade away. 

By the way, I doubt they'll get their wish list in Congress where the idea will fall flatter than Hawley's head.

Over 100 CEOs of the country's biggest businesses met last weekend to discuss how to handle the misinformation Republicans have been spreading to disenfranchise Democratic voters in 48 states.

When Mitch McConnell threatened CEOs last week he opened up a door that may lead to financial grief for the RNC. 

I'm talking about the millions of dollars in donations those CEO's have been pouring into Republican coffers for decades. You'd think McConnell knows this...

and now the three stooges have stepped up to fire the opening salvo of a war Republicans can't win.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

'Boring' Biden is Getting Under Republicans Skin

Republicans are perplexed.

The circus only lasted four years before Americans sent Trump and company back to their basements and bunkers.

Every day Trump's toxic tweets entertained loyal followers. Fun times. Guessing what conspiracy would be popular or who Trump was mad it, was a pastime for Trumplicans. 

Now President Biden has taken the fun out of politics. He doesn't tweet every time he has gas, or something to whine about. Or someone to threaten.

It's got to the point where Republicans are starting to panic. How can they go after a guy like Biden whose popularity is clearly reflected in the polls?

Over the weekend Republican Sen. John Cornyn bemoaned Biden's "conventional" tweets, and lack of cable news hits.

Cornyn's got his pants in a wad over the idea that Biden is no clown and isn't going to play Trumpie games with him and other shameless lawmakers who still worship at Trump's altar in Mar-a-Lago.

What Cornyn and his ilk have forgotten is the American public was burned out with Trump's online antics, and they voted him out of office.

Trump, like a ringmaster without a stage, is struggling to be relevant in any way he possibly can. Enablers like Cornyn are doing their best to help him.

Meanwhile Biden's administration has performed flawlessly getting major legislation passed while fighting a pandemic and vaccinating millions of Americans daily.

The only drama in Biden's first 100 days is coming from Trump's supporters in Congress who refuse to believe he lost the election.

If boring means getting things done, I'm all for it.

Monday, April 12, 2021

As America Opens Up Mass Shootings Resume

At some point during the opening process of the pandemic across America, mass shootings have become common again.

Look at last year. Name three mass shootings if you can.

As spring spread across the nation, flowers bloomed and guns flourished. There have been 133 mass shootings in the US so far in 2021.

Break that down and you have more than one shooting a day on average. The total is higher than it was during the same time period in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Fact: firearms have become one of the leading causes of death for Americans of all ages, and the second-leading cause of death for children under 19, according to the Gifford's Law Center, a gun-safety organization.

Why are mass shootings worse this year than others? That's the million dollar question.

Perhaps pent up frustration at being locked down last year plays a part. It's hard to say, but I suspect the pandemic and the toxic politics we're immersed in are a large part of the problem.

President Biden signed some gun safety executive orders, but they have little teeth when it comes to solving the problem.

The Republicans aren't helping by resisting any gun safety laws. The link between gun manufacturers and the GOP has been a boon to mass murderers.

We're seeing that now.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Time for a Blog Break! See Ya Soon

Every now and then it's a good idea to step away from projects - such as writing daily posts for a blog - and to just chill.

Doing nothing has it's virtues. 

Keeping it simple like eating, sleeping, watching Laker games, and taking daily hot tubs is the way to go.

What do I write about?

If you're a newcomer just look to the right of the page and pick a post from the Archives.

If you are into flash fiction and poetry click the link just below the archived posts - THE CREATIVE CHRONICLES of DAVE STANCLIFF.

See ya Monday, April 12th.

Peace.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Now the 'Grim Reaper' Is Attacking Free Speech

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell/aka The Grim Reaper, is at it again.

Now he's threatening corporate America.

In a nation governed by the First Amendment, his threats are meaningless. 

After Major League Baseball changed the location of the All Star game this year from Atlanta to Denver because of new voter restriction laws in Georgia, McConnell lashed out and warned the companies they're going to suffer severe consequences for their actions.

Encouraged by McConnell's threats several Republican lawmakers threatened to retaliate against MLB by stripping it of an exemption from federal anti-trust laws.

Similarly, after Delta Air Lines spoke out against the same anti-voting law, Georgia's GOP-controlled House voted to strip away a sales tax exception for jet fuel that primarily benefits Delta.

The bill did not pass.

In the first place it's weird hearing McConnell bad mouth corporations when he depends so heavily on their political contributions.

He's spent his career coddling corporations over the rights of average American's.

Here's the thing: the Constitution forbids this sort of behavior by lawmakers. 

To be clear, it is unconstitutional for the government to retaliate against anyone for expressing a political view that members of the government doesn't share.

McConnel, and by extension the Republican Party, are playing with fire when it comes to suppressing free speech in America.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Trump Abuses Donors: They Still Love Him

It's unfathomable how people can get ripped off - know it - but still worship the con man who stiffed them.

That's the case with Trump who fleeced his followers out of millions of dollars they never intended to donate.

The scam was simple. Trump's campaign ran a fundraiser and slipped a poisoned pill into the mix. In print barely legible was a disclaimer that the donations would be ongoing.

No one and done. 

Retired donors on a fixed income were shocked to see what they thought was a one-time donation bloom into a weekly suctioning of their bank accounts.

Caught with his tiny hands in the cookie jar Trump was forced to issue 530,000 refunds worth $64 million to online donors.

The thing that really astounded me was some of the responses from donor victims were:

**"Who cares, he needed the money?"

**"There's nothing that will make me mad at Trump."

**Trump is a gift from God."

And so on.

I've read a lot about cults in America, but having a cult leader for president is a first.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Mirror Mirror On The Wall - Whose The Swampiest Republican Of Them All?

Pretty Boy Rep. Matt Gaetz stopped looking in his mirror lately because the news hasn't been good.

The free-wheeling hypocrite and all-around bad boy is fighting sex charges and trying to conflate them with another investigation on his illegal activities.

Gaetz's reactions to the trouble he's in are desperate attempts at saving his job and ass.

In a Washington Examiner op-ed Gaetz claimed, "The swamp is out to drown me with false charges."

The Swamp Thing 

When Trump cheated his way into office in 2016, one of the reoccurring themes of his rants at rallies was clearing out the swamp.

In reality he created a super swamp stocked with liars and cheats. After four years of foul and toxic political activities the swamp is still so deep it's going to take the Biden administration years to clean it up.

Meanwhile Gaetz blithely moves forward with his false claims hoping someone will be stupid enough to believe him.

A casual observer of the scandal can see that his fellow Republicans are not falling over each other supporting him.

Perhaps the most deafening silence has come from Trump, who hasn't commented on Gaetz's plight. 

After four years of slavish devotion Gaetz is getting thrown under the bus by the man he revered. Interestingly enough, former Trump aides are speaking out now. They feel vindicated in not trusting Gaetz.

One aide told the press, "He's the meanest person in politics," summarizing the overall view of Pretty Boy's career in Washington DC.

Gaetz, who led the way into Trump's swamp, is trying to re-write history in a desperate attempt at saving his job and career. 

It may be time for Gaetz to get another mirror that's not so truthful.

Monday, April 5, 2021

What's the Matter With People? COVID Fears and Follies

I have to admit, I wasn't surprised after reading national polls that state that half of Republican men refuse to obey safety standards (masks, etc.), and get a vaccination.

Apparently Republican women are smarter. 

To be "in" with the fractured GOP means opposing anything the Democrats or scientists have to say about the pandemic.

Being afraid of COVID-19 is not a bad thing.

Getting a vaccine to fight the virus is not a bad thing.

A partisan alternate universe is a bad thing when it comes to controlling a deadly virus that keeps mutating and getting deadlier. 

Examples of overcrowded beaches and restaurants with people ignoring mask mandates are everywhere.

It's almost like living between two worlds.

One recognizes the real danger COVID brings, and the other pretends the virus has gone away and things are normal.

The fact is COVID-19 varieties are springing up in several states, as the virus morphs into deadlier versions.

Unfortunately, many social media platforms are hives of misinformation that allow science-deniers to spread their bullshit with ease.

It's up to people with sense to tell the difference between fact and folly. Let's hope there's enough people out there to overcome this pandemic.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Review: Hemingway -The Man and the Myth

I'm looking forward to a PBS special tomorrow on one of my favorite writers in American literature, Ernest Hemingway.

Critics agree he was one of America's most complicated writers. The three-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick examines one of the greatest and most influential writers America has ever produced.

I remember being transported to exotic places in high school when I read his work. He came across as a courageous adventurer with the ability to tell a story in sharp short sentences

The series features his iconic short stories, and non-fiction. The producers revealed how brilliant, ambitious, charismatic, and complicated Papa Hemingway was.

The viewer is taken on a journey into Hemingway's life. The good, bad, and the ugly.

This documentary offers another generation a look at the myth and the man. I highly recommend everyone to watch the series.

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