Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Eliminating Ethical Constraints is Mission One for Trump Team

Good Day World!

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has been under assault since Trump won the election with the help of Russian hackers and FBI director Comey.

Two weeks ago the Republican dominated House made a sneak play to eliminate the office, but had to give up the idea after a massive bipartisan response condemning the bill.

Trump knows that he's going to be violating numerous rules and even the Constitution, and that it's imperative he doesn't have a government watchdog snapping at his heels.

So the Trump transition team is taking another tack and is going after the OGE director Walter Shaub Jr., for publicly raising questions about him and the people he's chosen for his Cabinet. 

On the same day of Trump's first press conference, where he addressed his potential business conflicts, Shaub gave a speech at the Brookings Institution explaining that Trump's action was meaningless.

Then Shaub sent a letter to Senate Democrats warning them that all the nominees hadn't completed their ethics review. 
Missing was required financial disclosures. Just like Trump's refusal to release his tax information.

In retaliation, Republicans threatened Shaub and have ordered him to appear before a committee before the end of the month.

The Democrats don't want his hearing to be held in secret and are pushing for a public hearing. The top Democrat on the Committee, Elijah Cummings, said in a recent statement to the press (regarding the investigative committee);

"The Oversight Committee has not held one hearing, conducted one interview, or obtained one document about President-elect Donald Trump's massive global entanglements.

"Yet this committee is now apparently rushing to launch an investigation of the key government official for warning against the risks caused by President-elect Donald Trump's current plans."

There's no doubt Trump's team is on a mission to eliminate any ethical restraints that will cause him problems in the next four years.

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

White House Renovations Raise Eyebrows But Tough Sh*t!

                                           Good Day World!

January 21st - Americans are still in shock.

No one could of imagined that Donald Trump would remodel the entire White House in such a short time.

Dump tweeted about the progress as each new gold fixture was installed in the bathrooms and the main kitchen. Perhaps one of the most controversial changes he made was adding another floor.

When asked by the press why the extra floor, Trump explained that the top floor was for Barron, his spoiled 9-year old who enjoys telling his classmates "Your fired!"

"It's what he grew up with in Trump Tower. He has his own floor there," the new president noted. "When Barron and Melanie move in after his school term in New York, they're both going to feel at home." 

Meanwhile American historians cried when the Oval Office was remodeled and turned into a tiny golf course complete with racks of tiny golf clubs designed to fit Trump's small hands.

No one was particularly surprised when all of the paintings of past presidents came down and were replaced by paintings of Trump in a variety of imperial poses.

Some eyebrows were raised when Trump's daughter Ivanka immediately moved in with Daddy and assumed Melania's position of First Lady. 

It took a lot of threats before the Republican dominated House and Senate agreed to capitulate to his demand of having a gold-plated statue of himself put in the front of the redesigned White House.

Trump's new intelligence directors wasted no time in preparing a secret room for Putin and Trump to have sexual liaisons when the Russian dictator made state visits. 

Really one should be surprised by the changes. For those of you who didn't vote for Trump and don't like them there's not a damn thing you can do.

For those who did vote for Chump, and don't like the changes to the White House Trump House...tough shit!

The Trump House is here to stay...for four years (unless he's impeached, tarred and feathered, and tried for treason).

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

Comrade Trump Goes To Washington Instead of Mr. Smith

Good Day World!

Remember that classic movie "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington?"

It was about a naive political outsider who got appointed to the United States Senate.

The difference between Mr. Smith's trip to Washington and Donald Trump's arrival there is that the two men are complete opposites.

While Mr. Smith fought corruption, Trump brings it with him like a dark cloud.

Mr. Smith was a real patriot. He knew the Russians weren't our friends.

"Comrade" Trump can't wait to get sworn in so he can have a slumber party with Russian dictator Putin. 

Mr. Smith was well-spoken and sincere.Trump talks in jingoistic monosyllables and 140 word tweets (usually with misspellings).

Mr. Smith was out to stop greedy Congressmen who cozied up to corporations. Trump has formed a Billionaire Boys Club for a Cabinet, stocked with the greediest men on the planet.

There were no scandals (despite his enemies attempts to create one) about Mr. Smith's life. Trump's scandals are so numerous that you need to categorize them alphabetically.

Mr. Smith was all about honesty. He refused to tell lies to further his career. 

Trump has never done anything honestly in his life. Try reading his book "The Art of the Deal." He praises any means it takes to get one's way.

Lying is second nature to Trump. As the Leader of The Boy Rangers (same as the Boy Scouts) Mr. Smith stressed that the truth must be told at all times.

Mr. Smith eventually helps "Drain the Swamp" in Washington and there's a happy ending. Democracy won again.

Trump drained the swamp of alligators and replaced them with crocodiles (who are significantly bigger than the the alligators). 

Mr. Smith's story had a happy ending.
Trump's story may be the prelude to Armageddon...

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

Sunday, January 15, 2017

'A Man With Tiny Hands and a Large Twitter Account Shall Lead You'

Good Day World!

In the past year the "religious right" that supported Trump has lost any claim to morality or decency.

I fully expect a new printing/updating of the Bible explaining how "a man with tiny hands and a large Twitter account shall lead you."

Somehow good Christians got lost, and when they saw the Orange One glowing on TV and promising to bring Christmas back they took him as their new Messiah.

How can a religion that prides itself on obeying the 10 Commandments support a known liar, adulterer, and someone who is a billionaire narcissist lusting for wealth?

I'll never figure that one out.

Just for chuckles let's see how Donny Little Hands rates on the list of things Christians say you shouldn't do:

1. You shall have no other gods before me.
Trump is a demagogue whose god is money

2. You shall not make idols.
Trump Tower - aka the Tower of Babylon - is a monument full of idols (Trump photos) and golden statues.

3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your GOD in vain.
As Trump's god is money, it automatically disqualifies him as a God-loving Christian, and someone who cares about swearing.

4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Nothing in Trump's entire history indicates he's ever considered the Sabbath day a time to reflect on God. More like it's been a favorite day to golf.

5. Honor your father and mother.
If following in your father's greedy ways is honoring him then Trump is not guilty of violating this command.

6. You shall not murder.
There's no proof Don the Con ever murdered anyone...yet.

7. You shall not commit adultery.
Chump really rings the bad bell on this one having cheated on his first two wives.

8. You shall not steal.
If cheating can be equated to stealing (and I think it is) Trump has spent a lifetime practicing the foul art of the ripoff.

9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
A quick examination of Trump's shady deals include attacking anyone living near a Trump golf course (think Scotland) who complains. His battery of crooked lawyers regularly lie their asses off for him and attack his neighbors.

10. You shall not covet.
With his finely honed greed guiding him, Trump has repeatedly coveted land and businesses, taking them over by whatever means presented themselves.

That about covers it.

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

Saturday, January 14, 2017

'Who Am I?'

Good Day World!

Feeling playful today? 

Just for fun, try to guess who this poem is about. 

I suspect you'll know who it is after reading the first four lines...


Some say I'm a fruitcake
on the take
A political snake
whose tweets take the cake
when it comes to being fake
My lies will give you a headache
I'm anything but opaque
I take what I can take
and I don't give others a break
I consider myself a sexy rake
responsible for many a heartbreak
and I seldom make a mistake
on the uptake
because I'm always awake
ready to seal a deal with a handshake
and a Twitter outbreak
I don't need intake
I'm too smart to partake
in an ethics earthquake
give me fake
that's all it will take
for a world remake

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

Friday, January 13, 2017

Political Puke Watch: Latest Vomit-Worthy Stories

Good Day World!

Okay's time to grab your barf bag and to pull up a chair while we go on a whirlwind tour of observations that might make you hurl.

The Trump saga continues to sicken ethics experts after they listened to his first press release where he claimed he'd solved all conflicts of interest between his new job as POTUS and his old career of being a billionaire con man.

The headline: Trump's Conflict-of-Interest Plan Won't Prevent Conflicts of Interest

Watching Ben Carson whisper his answers during his confirmation hearing for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development made me wonder why he ever went into politics?

This is the man who said the Pyramids were built to store grain. He's never handled a budget of $48 million dollars and never worked in a managerial position with Federal employees.

Headline: Ben Carson Doesn't Rule Out Trump Benefiting From HUD Money  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler of using software that allowed excess diesel emissions in about 104,000 vehicles.

That's corruption coming from the top, but what's really sickening is the people responsible for creating the deceptive software (and for perpetrating the lie) will only get a fine and a pat on the hand.

Headline: Fiat Chrysler Shares Plunge 12 Percent After EPA Accuses of Using Deceptive Software

Rosie O'Donnell, a Trump nemesis, says that she'd support "martial law" in order to delay Trump's inauguration.

A Watchdog organization is going to investigate the department of Justice and the FBI regarding their actions before the election.

That's probably enough for one sitting. Don't forget to take Tums or some other anti-acid for your queasy stomach.

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017

First For-Profit President: 'Oh come on...what did expect?'

Good Day World!

Don't act surprised.

You voted for him. 

When president-elect Trump announced yesterday that he was getting rid of any conflicts of interest between his new job and Trump enterprises, it was a puppet show worthy of the late Jim Henson.

The lead puppet, culled from Chump's army of personal lawyers, did a razzel dazzle presentation for the press (did you see that pile of folders?) designed to ease Americans ethics concerns.

In a show David Copperfield would be proud of, Trump's lawyer, Sheri Dillon, did a little dance and said "Now you see it, now you don't!" 

Watch the bouncing ball...Trump.. is.. no.. longer.. going .. to run.. his.. business. 

Don't lose sight of it now. There it is. 

The ball finally settled and reality set in after the announcement; Trump's boys will run the show with his blessings and will continue to take covert orders from their thin-skinned parent.

It doesn't matter that people like Constitutional law professor, Laurence Tribe, have slammed Trump's tricky plan as a "totally fraudulent workaround." 

The majority of constitutional ethics experts agree with him.

"John Wonderlich, who oversees the pro-transparency Sunlight Foundation, said Trump's approach to "governance and ethics repudiates decades of accepted norms for modern democratic accountability" and said his presidency likely will be "mired in litigation, doubt, scandal, and crisis" as a result." (Via USA Today)

This should not have come as a surprise to you. 

I also don't want to hear you whine about that Wall Trump promised Mexico would pay for. I know. Now you have to pay for it.

It's only going to get worse in the next four years. If you're a religious person perhaps you could do penance for your stupidity for voting Herr Trump into the Oval Office.

Hopefully God will forgive you. There's millions of Americans who probably won't.

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Confirmation Hearings: The Best Reality Show In Town

                                           Good Day World!

Watching the confirmation hearing for Alabama Sen. Session in the staged reality session on TV last night was like taking a walk through the Twilight Zone.

I'm reminded of the 1976 Moody Blues album; "Every Good Boy Deserves a Favor," as another Trump Lap Dog performed for goodies.

One side called Sen. Session out on a number of issues and about the fact that he's a racist and that's why he didn't get a judicial position in 1986. 

The other side smiled, and assured them they "knew" good ol' Sessions for decades and that we (the people) shouldn't worry about him doing a good job at Making America Great Again.

How have these clowns stayed in Congress for decades when most Americans loath Congress? I don't get it.

The song goes on. The people get screwed.

It's apparent to a one-eyed dog that every one of Trump's picks will be approved. Not sure why they even bother with the dog and pony show.

I know. It has to have the elements of a good reality show. Trump loves that kind of crap.

Fact. The Republicans outnumber the Democrats. 
Fact: It will be a partisan vote.
Fact: Trump and minions can install Daffy Duck in charge of Wildlife and Game if they feel like it.

Watching Session's lie and smile (that's his tell when he's fibbing) was like watching a shark swim around in a dough boy-sized pool with minnows.

Like his master Trump, he'll tell you whatever you want to hear. But after he's confirmed it'll be a different story. 

He'll be part of the Trump puppet show that will be performing in Washington soon. 

Stay tuned for the confirmation hearings for more of Trump puppets pretending they care about the American people. 

It's the best reality show in town. Even though we all know it's staged.

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

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hackers Using Ransomware To Rip You Off - What You Can Do

Good Day World!

Every time you log onto your computer there's a chance some form of malware will be waiting for you like a cobra ambushing a mongoose.

Trending in the malware community is the latest weapon called ransomware. 

What is ransomware? It's a family of malware cobbled together to block access to your PC, server or mobile device. It also encrypts all the data you have stored.

You get the nasty-ass bug via malicious emails or infected third-party websites. Once you're in the hacker's clutches the only way you get back your data (and unfreeze your PC) is to pay a ransom.

The bad guys lurking behind computers throughout the world have figured out that ransomware is the most lucrative way to get money from victims directly.

You either pay a ransom, or never use your PC again. By the way, the hackers usually want paid in bitcoin. This hack is unstoppable. 

Removing the malware doesn't solve the problem. The hacker still has your software key and is in command.

Big businesses, ranging from hospitals to banks, have been victimized. What we have is extortion of the masses on the scale of a massive gold rush.

Digital security experts warn that the problem with ransomware is only going to get worse. It's like watching an impending train wreck and not being able to do anything about it.

Fact: Individual users are the most likely victims because they tend to have less robust security.

That means you should be doing everything you can to protect your computer. 

Anyone hit by ransomware should file a report via the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center. The FBI also has tips for protecting yourself and your organization.

It's dangerous to surf in cyberspace these days. The World Wide Web is not as welcoming as it once was.

Related: What is ransomware and 15 easy steps to keep your system protected (updated)

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

2023: Trump Museum Opens In Moscow

                                          Good Day World!

When Trump was kicked out of the White House for corruption in 2018, he was determined to leave his own version of a presidential legacy by building a museum.

As you can imagine, he had a problem raising funds for the project in the United States. A museum featuring a corrupt president is the last thing Americans wanted after nearly two years of putting up with Don the Con.

The #ForgetTrump hashtag went viral for several years after he was unceremoniously kicked out of Washington DC.

So Trump did the next best thing. He called his bro Vladimir Putin and asked if Moscow would like having a museum dedicated to Russia's favorite American president?

Vlad was ecstatic with the idea and quickly promised forced labor to help keep construction costs down.

Because Trump had established a dozen new businesses in Russia he was able to draw upon them to complete the project.

When the museum opened on January 20th, 2023, it was an immediate success with the Russian people. 

The main exhibit features the 2016 Presidential Election. 

Interactive displays show how Russia successfully influenced the election in Trump's favor.

Profiles of Russian state hackers describe how each contributed to Hillary Clinton's downfall. All were awarded Russia's top honor - Hero of the Russian Federation - and given Gold Star medals.

One of the most popular exhibits was a video of Putin appointing Trump's cabinet while spanking him. 

Now Trump spends his days divided between Trump Tower in New York and Trump Tower in Moscow that has a secret underground tunnel that leads to Vladimir's bedroom in the Kremlin.

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

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Trump Transition Team Tries To Slip Unvetted Nominees Past Office of Government Ethics

                                          Good Day World!

Donald Trump's refusal to release his tax records throughout the presidential campaign set a terrible example that has carried over to his cabinet appointments.

Alarms are ringing at the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) about upcoming confirmation hearings proceeding without the candidates being properly vetted financially.

In a recent NPR article OGE Director Walter Shaub said, "the announced hearing schedule for several nominees who have not completed the ethics review process is of great concern to me" and that the current schedule "has created undue pressure on OGE's staff and agency ethic officials to rush through these important reviews."

For the record, OGE was created 40 years ago and this is the first time there's been a problem with completing the vetting process in time.

As soon as Trump is sworn in (Jan.20th) the following eight appointees will go before the senate for confirmation.

(In order of appearance starting Jan. 24th)
1) Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.
2) Retired Gen. John Kelly for Homeland Security chief.
3) Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.
4 Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary.
5)Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary.
6)Ben Carson for Housing and Urban Development Secretary.
7) Wilbur Ross for Commerce Secretary.
8) Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for Defense Secretary.

Thus far we know there's nominees listed above that have not been vetted because they don't want to reveal their financials.

We know that Trump's transition team has been in collusion with Senate Republicans to jam through these Cabinet nominees before they've been thoroughly vetted.

Trump has set the bar for corruption, and his minions are happily following his example.

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

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