Saturday, October 28, 2017

White House Has Taken On A New Meaning

                                    Good Day World!

Guess what happens every time a person of color dares to speak up against Trump's tyranny?

First, the Liar-In-Chief doubles down on his lie, and then he has his minions repeat it, calling the truth "fake news." It's the formula for a dictatorship.

Rep. Frederica Wilson, an African-America, has had to stay home since a barrage of ongoing threats against her for daring to criticize Trump's handling of a conversation with the family of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed during an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger.

One racist threat against Wilson that surfaced on Facebook by a Chicago-area man is being investigated by police.

"Need ten good men to help carry out a lynching," the post read. "Must have own horse and saddle. Rope will be provided. This congresswomen (sic) is a disgusting pig. Someone should take their boot to her face."

This is the kind of reaction Trump followers have whenever anyone dares to question their supreme leader's judgement, or actions.

Meanwhile, the one supposed adult in the West Wing, chief of staff John Kelly, spent 20 minutes criticizing Wilson without using her name and incorrectly recounting a 2015 FBI dedication ceremony speech that Wilson gave in Miramar, Fla.

Despite being caught lying, his accusations were refuted by a video of the Congresswoman's speech, Kelly won't apologize - a trick he learned from Trump.

The title, White House, has taken on a whole new meaning under the Trump Administration.

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

Friday, October 27, 2017

Trump Waging War Against Middle Class Americans

Good Day World!

Just because Donny Little-Hands says his tax plan will be good for middle class Americans, don't believe it.

Just look at his record these last nine months.

He's lied about every aspect of the tax bill just like he did with Obamacare. He thinks his rhetoric is working.

This may come as a surprise to Stump, but the majority of Americans don't trust him. They know he lies. His track record reveals he's a racist (think Muslim ban and the Wall).

His so-called accomplishments have been nothing more than a steady vendetta against President Obama.

The most recent attack is a bill that keeps consumers from suing corporations with class-action suits.

The Republican-led Senate narrowly voted Tuesday to repeal a banking rule that would let consumers band together to sue their banks or credit card companies to resolve financial disputes.

Trump puppet, Mike Pence, cast the final vote to break a 50-50 tie. That's the second time he's been the tie-breaker for legislation that hurts middle class Americans.

Trump tweeted that there would be "NO change" to American’s 401 (k) benefits in tax reform, but a top House negotiator on taxes said Wednesday that tweaks to retirement savings may still be on the table.

Once again, a slap at middle class America.
After nine months in office, the middle class, and poor, have been attacked in every way possible. Rules and regulations that make our country safe are being jettisoned overboard.

From Health and Human Services, to the EPA, there has been a purge of Obama era directors. Their replacements are loyal Trump minions ready to please their master.

The majority of us be damned!

There's a reason why Wall Street is getting the softball treatment from the Trump Administration. We're facing a deadly triad of billionaires, bankers, and corporations.

When I hear people talk about how well the stock market is doing as proof of Chump's genius, I want to vomit. In the first place, more than half of Americans don't even have anything to do with Wall Street.

The market gains have meant nothing to middle class America. By now, anyone capable of independent thought, can see everything Trump's done so far has benefitted the wealthy.

I defy any Trump minions to show a piece of passed legislation where the majority of Americans actually benefit. Not going to happen.

That should be your first clue. What he's done, not what he tells people on twitter, clearly shows attacks against middle class America.

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

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Is Trey Gowdy Going To Pursue The Deadly Niger Mission Like He Did With Benghazi?

Good Day World!

Got a question for Trump surrogate, Trey Gowdy;

"I know how much fun you had in pursuing the Benghazi attack for several years.

Are you going to be as committed in finding out why four servicemen were killed in a deadly ambush in Niger?

Now, a question for the reader:

"What do you think the odds are that the Trump Administration will tell the whole story?"

Here's what we know so far:

* On October 4th, there was a deadly ambush of a Special Force team in Africa.

* Four American's were killed.

* The Pentagon deployed elite commandos in response to the deadly ambush, fearing that one soldier who was missing at the time was alive and might fall into enemy hands.

* The remains of the missing soldier, Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson, were recovered two days after the ambush by local Nigeriens, who turned it over to Nigerien authorities working with U.S. troops.

* Myeshia Johnson, Sgt. La David T. Johnson's wife, tried to view the body before the burial, but the casualty officer advised against it.

It isn't much. 

* What really happened to Johnson?

* How did he get separated from his comrades?

* What kind of condition was his body in when it was recovered?

The Trump Administration is fumbling around with excuses for the mission, and why we're even there in the first place. 

Calling, Trey Gowdy!

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Why Bother Having An Election That's Rigged?

                                  Good Day World!

Next year's House races are over before they even start.

Thanks to extreme redistricting by the GOP, the 2018 House elections are pre-determined.

Republicans will win via segregating voters by party, thanks to their illegal remapping of House districts in 2011.

Worse, many voters aren't voting because they know what the outcome will be in their district. Incumbents aren't held to any accountability, because they know their locked in with the system.

In essence, Republicans have found another way to subvert democracy.

There's 435 seats in the House of Representatives. It takes 218 seats to hold a majority. Even if every Democrat is re-elected, the party is still short 25 members to gain control.

A group called FairVote who have a 99.9 percent accuracy rating for correctly picking political races, doesn't give the Democrats a chance in hell.

When an election is deemed over, before it takes place, you know something is wrong. The anti-democratic nature of House elections is eroding people's confidence in the system.

Why vote when the outcome is pre-determined? Gerrymandering is the GOP's ace-in-the-hole.

The only thing that could possible upset this equation is that if Trump-haters turn out in record numbers for the elections.

I repeat, record numbers.

Right now, the GOP is confident that they have a stranglehold on the 2018 elections. And they probably do.

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sorry, There's No Good Choices for President in 2020

                                     Good Day World!

I'll get right to the point this morning, Americans are going to get screwed again when it comes to leadership!

The 2020 presidential election is just going to sink our government even deeper into the swamp. Get this:

Super mouth, Mark Cuban, thinks he'd make a good president. I'll give you a moment to vomit, and ponder that thought.

Using Trump as the bar, anyone could be president long as they're a billionaire using the politics of fear, and hate. Serial lying seems to work too. 

Maybe, I'm being skeptical here.

Someone could probably qualify even if their a millionaire with good computer hackers on their team!

I had to chuckle when Cuban told reporters he's thinking about running as a Republican against Trump. Can you imagine the shit these two will throw at each other?

There's no doubt about it, watching two rich boys fight for the prize will make for good theatre. It would be Romper Room on steroids!

Here comes the part that really shakes me up; the Democrats don't even have a hint of a candidate in the wings for 2020.

I've heard Elizabeth Warren's name tossed about among progressives. But frankly, I don't think this country is ready to crack the glass ceiling and to elect a woman.

Not just because Hillary didn't get elected, but because of the rising tide of misogynistic foul mouthed racists in politics! You have to be blind not to see it.

Oh yeah. Then there's Bernie Sanders. He's announced he's going to run as an Independent. The chances of him winning (assuming you like him) are about as distant as landing the first man on Venus. 

At this time, I don't see any hope of a savior to rescue our country. Two years, and counting...

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

Monday, October 23, 2017

Our Dying Democracy: Not Dead Yet, But on Life Support

Good Day World!

We're watching democracy die a slow and painful death.

Some political pundits go back to Richard Nixon's appointment of Lewis Powell to the Supreme Court, as the beginning of the end of democracy as we once knew it.

Powell, in 1971, authored the infamous Powell Memo to the US Chamber of Commerce, strongly suggesting that corporate leaders needed to get politically involved and, essentially, take over everything from academia to our court system to our political system.

But Powell's crowning achievement came in 1976, in the Buckley vs Valeo case, where he declared that when rich people or corporations donate to politicians, all that money that got transferred to the them wasn't considered bribery.

Instead, incredibly Powell said the donations to politicians were Constitutionally-protected by the First Amendment-defined "Free Speech."

The right-leaning Supreme Court radically expanded that decision in 2010, with the "Citizens United" ruling.

The results of these rulings crippled our democratic process and opened the door for an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery.

That bribery opens the door to nominating a president, or in electing a president. It doesn't stop there, however. Governors and U.S. senators and congressional members also benefit from these horrible rulings.

Straight up; our current political system is based on paying off major contributors, who want and expect, to get favors for themselves.

Republican politicians and the billionaires who own the corporations are now dropping any pretense at all of caring about the fate and future of our country’s fiscal health, so long as they get their tax cuts Trump promised them.

Our time-honored system of voting is being attacked by foreign powers, and greedy Republicans who are perfectly willing to cheat the system in their quest for more power.

Still, there's hope for America. 

Thus far, the foundations of our democracy are slowing down the attacks from Trump, and his billionaire buddies.

The courts are doing their best to uphold the laws of the land, and the Constitution's guarantee of freedom and justice for all.

It's up to voters next year to reverse this takeover of our democracy. I suspect the majority of Americans don't like what their seeing.

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

Sunday, October 22, 2017

High Stakes: The U.S. Court System vs Trump

Good Day World!

There was one thing I counting on when Trump got elected; it was our court system.

Despite numerous attempts to bypass the Constitution, Trump has been stumped by our court system numerous times.

The federal courts just shut down Trump's latest attempt to keep Muslims from entering the country by striking down his latest version of a travel ban.

The reason the judges keep turning Trump down is his own words on the subject of keeping Muslims out of America during the presidential campaign.

Trump enjoyed the campaign rallies where he was able to whip up racism and say whatever came into his small brain with abandon. With no adults watching his every move.

Reality has harshed Trump's high with repercussions in the real world. He's failed to ban Muslims.

Once again, on Thursday, a Federal judge overturned something Trump tried to get away with. Pardoning Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

US District Judge Susan Bolton said in her ruling that a presidential pardon may have granted Arpaio mercy, but not the power of "judicial record-keeping."

"The pardon undoubtedly spared defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed," Bolton wrote. "It did not, however, 'revise the historical facts' of this case."

Here's the deal; a presidential pardon does not remove a criminal conviction.

In her ruling, Bolton wrote that the purpose of a pardon was not to wipe a defendant's record clean or "blot out guilt," but to prevent further punishment for the crime and restore the his or her civil rights.

Trump ignored the normal protocol by granting Arpaio, who hadn't even been sentenced yet, a pardon.

In the real world you can't just ignore the typical Justice Department process. 

Pardons are suppose to be requested through formal applications submitted to the Office of the Pardon Attorney at least five years after the applicant is sentenced.

There is one thing that concerns me, Trump has been appointing judges to our system. This doesn't bode well for the future of justice for everyone in America.

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

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Day I Realized John Kelly Wasn't The Only Adult In The White House

Good Day World!

That does it!

I thought there was at least one adult in the West Wing.

Looks like I was wrong.

You know I'm not talking about Trump. Everyone on the planet knows he's just a mean man-child by now.

I'm talking about the WH Chief of Staff, John Kelly.

As a Vietnam veteran, I listened to him when he gave that emotional speech about our military dead and he really had me going after hearing that part of him walking through Arlington Cemetery to be with "his friends."

When he made the accusation about Representative Frederica S. Wilson making a speech where she glorified herself and not the two FBI agents the dedication ceremony was about...I hesitated.

Somehow that story, injected between the patriotic platitudes, didn't sound quite right. Why would he even bring it up, I wondered?

 The answer came later that day, and the next. The story was bullshit. Certified grade A cow paddy!

A video emerged of her 9-minute speech and proved he made the story up. But why? 

That's when I realized there were no adults in the West Wing. He lied to cover up for Trump's bumbling phone call. He tried to turn the story into a partisan attack. To deflect the truth.

I have to admit I was disappointed. I wasn't surprised when Sarah Huckabee Sanders continued the farce and even got a cheap jab in herself.

This whole event stems from Trump's stupidity. As usual. The guy can't sound sincere for the life of him. He should of taken Kelly's advise and not even called.

But Trump doesn't like to take advise. So he called and upset the fallen soldier's widow. When confronted about his call he impulsively's second nature to the ex-reality star.

Trump kept up the spat this morning like the spiteful man-child he is. 

As long as everyone around Trump lies to please him we're going to have endless controversies. Like the last nine months.


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

Friday, October 20, 2017

Strange Days: Dubya Dishes on Trump's Presidency

Good Day World!

It's one of those cold mornings where hot coffee seems like a gift from the gods.

I'm feeling reflective this morning.

I've been thinking back to when George W. Bush was president, and how much I loathed him and his war-mongering cronies.

Like cartoonist, and pundits, throughout his two-term debacle, I viewed the man as an idiot. He did little to dissuade me of that opinion during his time in the Oval Office.

But a strange thing happened.

Bush doesn't look that bad in retrospect, especially when compared to the psychopath we now have as president. At least he was able to use words with more than four-letters in them, unlike Trump.

Even stranger. Bush came out of wherever he's been hiding and made a rare speech. And what he said made sense!

“Bigotry seems emboldened,” Bush said in his opening remarks at the Bush Institute’s Spirit of Liberty event in New York City.

“Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication,” the former president told his audience.

But that's not all:

“We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty,” he continued.

“At times, it could seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization.”

Good grief! What's got into Georgie? I had to pinch myself to see if I was awake when I saw the video of him speaking.

Things are so chaotic in our society today that a once reviled former president sounds like Mahatma Gandhi. Imagine, Bush promoting peace and love?

Some pundits may point to this moment and say it's another sign the world is coming to an end.

I'm not sure about that. I can think of a lot of other signs that point to an impending collapse of our country, but not necessarily the world.

When that horrible final day does arrive, I doubt we'll get a warning.

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Addiction To Technology: Just The Way Designers Wanted It

Good Day World!

Here's a disturbing thought this morning; Americans are addicted to social media platforms and smartphones.

Addicted. That's a powerful word, but an accurate description of what's happened in America today.

Most of the tech insiders questioning today's attention economy/tech addiction are part of the last generation that can remember a world in which telephones were plugged into walls.

Nir Eyal, the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, has spent several years consulting for the tech industry, teaching techniques he developed by closely studying how the Silicon Valley giants operate.

"The technologies we use have turned into compulsions, if not full-on addictions," Eyal wrote.

“It’s the impulse to check a message notification. It’s the pull to visit YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter for just a few minutes, only to find yourself still tapping and scrolling an hour later.”

None of this is an accident, he writes. It is all “just as their designers intended.”

What concerns me is there's no apparent way to reverse this dangerous trend.

People are so addicted - and their attention is so distracted - in many cases that they get ran over by cars, fall into manholes, or walk off piers.

Driving a vehicle has taken on a new challenge in the 21st century; avoiding drivers that talk and text on hand-held devices while driving.

I read that many of those youngish designers are coming up with apps to help them stay off social platforms - especially Facebook. It's that bad.

We have turned into a nation of zombies, helplessly addicted to fake news, "Likes" on Facebook, and instant images of ourselves doing stupid things.

It's too late. There's no signs these addictive trends will let up as long as we fail to embrace what's happened in America. 

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trump's House of Lies Will Collapse When The Truth is Out

Good Day World!

I still can't figure out how Trump gets away with lying every day?

It's certainly no secret.

The whole world, not just the American people, knows he lies, and that he's in love with himself. Facts, for him, are like garlic to vampires, not enough to kill if one stays on the move.

Here's the latest roundup of lies from the AP Fact Check website. None of these lies, or the ones that preceded them, bother what Trump calls "his people."

Isn't that what Jim Jones called his followers?

There's never been a president of the United States who was a serial liar. None of Trump's predecessors were caught in blatant lies almost daily, refuting reality when confronted.

This is our 21st century reality; people are confused when confronted with fake news and facts. Many doubt the origin of facts, just to support a partisan worldview.

Trump's White House is a mockery of democracy. A shrine for right-wingers, neo-Nazis, KKK members, and ethically-challenged wack-a-loons.

The White House has transformed into The House of Lies. The Liar-in-Chief's agenda is crippling Americans health care, and numerous other programs designed to help the poor and middle class.

I'm waiting for truth to emerge triumphant over all of Trump's lies since he snuck into office with Russia's help. 

And, I'm waiting for the results of special prosecutor Mueller's investigation on Trump cronies colluding with Russia in the 2016 presidential elections, and Trump's attempts at obstructing justice.

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

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