Saturday, November 18, 2017

Trump Gives Dimwit Sons An Early Christmas Present

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Daddy Trump gave his two stupid sons an early Christmas present this week
 After world gets after Trump, he reverses decision, temporarily restoring ban
by making it legal to hunt endangered animals, and to bring back their body parts for souvenirs.

Once again Trump found an Obama policy to senselessly reverse.

Under President Obama's policy it was illegal to hunt endangered animals, and to bring home elephant tusks.

But Trump minions in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service met with a pro-trophy hunting lobbying group in Tanzania, and with Trump's blessings, tossed out any protection for the animals until 2018.

What happens then, I don't know. Maybe they figure there won't be any elephants or big cats left to hunt.

What really fries my grits is the argument the trophy-hunting trolls make to justify what they're doing.

They contend that it can help preserve wildlife by generating income for poor countries that can promote conservation and improve the lives of impoverished people.

Let's see now, by killing the elephants off the locals will get money to eat and buy supplies as long as the majestic creatures last? What happens then?

Yeah. That would be a new problem.

China, Singapore and the United States, have banned the trade in ivory for years in an effort to protect the dwindling herds.

Trump changed that, at least for a while, so his dumb offspring can bring back more than an elephant tail this time.

One more fact to consider, the money that comes into  Zimbabwe and Zambia won't necessarily make it to those who need it.

Both are unstable governments. As a matter of fact Zimbabwe is in the process of a coup as I write this. 

The army in Zimbabwe has seized control of state TV, saying it's taking action to target what it calls criminals surrounding President Robert Mugabe.

What do you think will happen to any money coming in from trophy-hunters?

That whole thin argument collapses under the reality of the situation.

Trump mindlessly overturned another Obama policy for sheer spite, and for his two mentally-challenged children who shouldn't be running around with guns anyway!

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

Friday, November 17, 2017

Loser: Trump Fails To Sell One F-18, and Further Alienates Asian Allies

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Based upon facts, let's be clear about Trump's recent Asia tour; it didn't produce anything near a treaty, or sell one F-18, during the trip.

Trump was so desperate, it was reported, that he begged the Vietnamese government to buy American military equipment because he needed "a win."

Now that we have that out of the way, let's take a look at what Donny thought about his latest great adventure. 

Upon returning to the United States he contacted the media and said he had a major announcement to make. An eager press corps assembled and then listened to him babble for 25 minutes.

No real news. Instead, Trump talked about how nice all the dictators were, and how they all threw him lavish receptions. And, how they loved and respected him.

He bragged about how countries were following his lead on sanctions for North Korea, including China.

However, China made a statement the next day refuting Trump's assertion about changing their sanction policy to go along with him.

A Chinese state department release firmly stated, "We are staying with our current policy."

Trump was really on a military sales junket which he tried to disguise as a diplomatic tour. None of the dictators were impressed with his infamous art-of-the-deal approach.

Instead of strengthening foreign ties, as he claimed in his major announcement speech, Donny made it clear that he wasn't interested in signing any long-term strategy with our allies in the region.

He was on a sales mission for American defense contractors, and didn't secure one major order. 


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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Just What I Suspected: Sessions Has Dementia or...

                                     Good Day World!

Watching Sessions stumble through his most recent testimony under oath, was a perfect example of what dementia does to a person.

He couldn't remember a damn thing!

When prodded and confronted with evidence, Jeffy's memory improved long enough to remember some things. 

Not everything, mind you, but enough to say he turned Papadopoulos's attempt to hook Putin up with The Donald down.

Just enough recall to cover his lying ass.

Jeffy was forced to admit (because new evidence showed up) a former aide to Trump's presidential campaign informed him during the 2016 election about ties to Russian officials.

That, of course is in direct contradiction to his own testimony to members of Congress during his confirmation hearing to become attorney general earlier this year.

When not being forced to tell the truth, Jeffy stonewalled the rest of the questions with word salads. And a bad memory.

I believe a memory as bad as Jeffy's qualifies for early - to middle - signs of dementia. I've known people with dementia and Jeffy either has it...or

He's a bigger liar than Trump! How mind numbing is that?

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The 2008 Presidential Election Was A Stepping Stone To Power For Trump

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To understand how someone as corrupt as Trump made it to the presidency we need to turn the clock back a bit.


“I've got this scary feeling, for the first time in my life, that dimwittedness is not just on the march in the U.S., but it might actually prevail!”  - New York Time columnist, Bob Herbert

No, this is not referring to The Donald.

It's referring to the 2008 presidential campaign where Sen. McCain joined forces with Sarah Palin.

I wrote an opinion piece for Nolan Chart that year (Lies on the Campaign Trail 2008: McCain/Palin set new low standards)

I said this in summary:

Forget real issues. As long as they can get away with twisting the truth like taffy it'll be in Republican campaign manuals for future elections.

It sounds prophetic now when we look at how Trump slithered into office. He weaponized lies and declared any news about him as "fake news."

There's no doubt that Sen. McCain and Palin helped paved the way for the Great White Dope now in office.

Not only were American's dumbed down by partisan lies, but many decided to join the Trump cult and to pledge their loyalty to him.

Using his base as reality TV show actor, Chump brought those same mindless minions who watched him for years on TV into the voting booth.

Yes, there were other important factors that led to Trump's rise, but at the core it's the GOP's willingness to accept lies.

Now those spineless GOP members in congress have got what they deserved; a maniac sitting in the Oval Office tweeting our freedom away!

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I Get It Now! Chief of Staff John Kelly Is A Comedian

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I have to tell you folks, Kelly really had me going there for awhile.

I thought he was the only adult in the West Wing at one point.

I thought he was an honest man.

And, I was wrong on both counts.

After his brazen lie about what Rep. Wilson supposedly said, it was apparent he was no different than any of the other vermin Trump brought into the White House.

After that he went on silly ass rants about Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy, suggesting the war wasn't about slavery and they're were good men on both sides.

You know, like Trump said when the white supremacists paraded around Charlottesville,Virginia, and someone was murdered by a neo-Nazi?

"There's good people on both sides," he claimed.

Having established Kelly's chops as a true Trumpie with no soul, there's one more area that needs exploring. 

How has he lasted this long without pissing Trump off?

Then it came to me, Kelly is a comedian. He's like one of those straight-faced fellows who can make you pee your pants because you're laughing so hard!

Here's a good recent example:

Reporter: Do you think the president's tweets have been a problem on this tour?"

Kelly: Believe it or not, I don't follow his tweets.

I'll give you a moment for a good belly laugh...

Kelly's little stand-up routine for the traveling press just kept getting funnier.

Reporter: Aren't you concerned that Trump is saying the North Korean leader is short and fat when this trip is about calming down the war talk?"

Kelly: It is, what it is.

Wait! Hold on a moment! Kelly has to be joking....right?

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

Monday, November 13, 2017

Wilber Ross's Corruption Fits In Nicely With Trump's White House

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Wilber Ross was a perfect fit.

That's why Trump nominated him to be Secretary of Commerce.

His job qualifications ranged from being a billionaire, to a chronic liar.

Oh yeah...he had no trouble pledging undying loyalty to Trump. He didn't just kiss Donnie's ring, he kissed his ass...repeatedly.

Why did Wilber take issue with Forbes Magazine dropping him off the Forbes 400 list last year? Because he listed his assets at $2 billion dollars more than could be verified.

Dropping off that list was a blow to Wilbur's ego and future business dealings. But Wilbur wouldn't clarify where the missing 2 billion was.

Because Wilbur was (and is) a loyal Trumpie, his memory seems to be spotty when being asked questions about his past business life.

When the Paradise Papers were released, lo and behold! Wilbur had a lot of money stashed in Bermuda and was still a partner in a company (Navigator) that had direct ties to Putin.

It's that Russia thing. Donny and all of his cronies love their Russian partners. Especially wealthy Russian partners.

Speaking of The Paradise Papers, their revelations come as Trump is vowing to reform the U.S. tax system to benefit the middle class.

But the Republican tax bill proposed last week includes some loopholes such as allowing deferred foreign income to qualify for a tax rate as low as 5 percent.

It's Wilbur's ability to lie - even under oath - that endears him to Donny. Like during his confirmation when Wilbur failed to list 19 key items on his questionnaire.

Here's a fun idea, count how many Trumpies will benefit from the new Tax Reform bill? Remember, don't forget Wilbur.

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Roy 'Fruit Salad' Moore Abused Teen Girls - So What? The Alabama GOP Still Loves Him!

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There was a reason Roy Moore's professor in college called him "Fruit Salad."

Hint; it wasn't because he was gay either.

He was a wacko. 

And now we find out the Alabama Republican Senate candidate also likes young girls. Real young. Like 14 years-old. 

His mentor, Trump, made a brief comment about the allegations saying if they're true he should step down. That's all we going to get from Donnie until Moore's drama plays itself out.

I know one thing for sure, the GOP doesn't want to see the heavily favored Moore drop out of the race. It would mean the Democratic challenger might have a chance to win.

Losing even one seat in the senate right now could be disastrous for the Republicans. Their majority would be whittled down to one vote, instead of the current two, if Moore wins and holds the seat.

Meanwhile the GOP party in Alabama is sticking with their chosen pervert, who by the way is also the founder and president of the Foundation for Moral Law!

Can you say hypocrite? 

If you ask me, Moore will fit in nicely with the constantly growing swamp in the White House if he does get elected and the senators let him in.

He certainly won't feel out of place.

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

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Few Thoughts On Veteran's Day

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Today many Americans will honor veterans for their service.
And, rightly so.

Anyone who gives up years of their life to serve our country should be recognized for that selfless act. 

Not everyone in our military went voluntarily. Once there was a draft. The new all volunteer military needs more volunteers, or we may see that draft again.

Regardless of why men and women went into the military over the years, if they served honorably they deserve the benefits they get in civilian life.

This country does love it's veterans.

Sometimes it doesn't seem that way with all of the glitches the Veterans Administration has. Even so, imagine if there weren't any benefits and pensions when veterans left the service?

This country isn't perfect, and I know there's too many homeless veterans wandering around not getting help.

I'm a combat Vietnam veteran with PTSD. I wouldn't be alive right now if not for the help I got from the VA and my wonderful wife.

Life is a challenge for us all. As a veteran, I'm thanking all the people in my life and those strangers who support veterans. We couldn't do it without you!

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

Friday, November 10, 2017

The 'Death' of Obamacare Has been Highly Exaggerated

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Mark Twain once texted a cable from London to America and said, "the reports of my death have been highly exaggerated," after his obituary had been mistakenly published in an American newspaper.

Which leads me to Trump's exaggerated claim that Obamacare is dead.

Despite doing his best to dismantle Obamacare, Trump has failed to repeal or replace it. In one of his blustering mindless tweets he claimed everyone hated it.

I suppose that's why there was a record 600,000 Americans who signed up for Obamacare in the first four days when enrollment opened. 

All the efforts to sabotage the health care system, like cutting back on the enrollment period from 60 to 45 days, are open defiance against the law of the land.

But Trump hasn't seen a law he'll follow if he doesn't like it.

Not funding insurance subsidies was another trick Trump pulled. He's given Congress a timeline that they can't possibly meet, to come up with new legislation to address the deficit he's causing.

Even if they did miraculously pass something, Trump won't sign it. His goal is to erase President Obama's legacy. By now we know he'll go to his little bag of dirty tricks and bullying to achieve it.

Oh yeah! It doesn't matter how many millions - including his own supporters - of people who will lose health care if Trump succeeds in his goal.

It is, after all, all about Trump. He's made that clear with the "I'm the only one who matters speech," recently. 

Here's the good news. People are signing up for Obamacare today in spite of Trump's best efforts.

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Why I Don't Mind 'Eating Crow' This Time

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Generally when I'm wrong about something, I grudgingly admit it.

Grudgingly being the operative word.

Today, I'm happily reporting that my predictions for the two key gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, were wrong. Flat-out wrong.

I wrote a post a couple of days ago (see column on right side of recent posts) bemoaning how fractured the Democratic party is (and I still stand by some of that post). I didn't think they could win an election for dog catcher in Puerto Rico.

My takeaway from Phil Murphy and Ralph Northam's victories is Trump's influence appears to be waning among voters.

By simply fielding the only two sane candidates in the races the Democrats scored strategy wins.

Maybe it's not going to be as hard as I thought in the 2018 elections. By this time next year Trump may not have half of his core (crazed minions) left. 

Trump may have to step down before that happens. Okay, I'm dreaming here. 

If Trump and his spineless supporters in Congress don't pass any major legislation by then, I predict a massive GOP defeat at the polls next November.

That's even with the gerrymandering factor that the GOP brings into play. There was a great Democratic voter turn-out in these two important elections.

That's what it'll take to win further elections. That and going back to the party's grass roots foundation of helping everyone have a shot at the American Dream.

Oh yeah! Having a sane candidate will count for something!

The Dems have a long way to go when it comes to dynamic leadership, but hopefully they'll come up with some in the next year.

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

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Great White Dope: 'I'm The Only One Who Matters'

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Hey! What happened? 

I thought America came first?

Isn't that what America's Great White Dope was preaching throughout his campaign, and now during his presidency?

It sure doesn't sound like that to me. He recently told reporters, "My attitude is the only one that matters," when it comes to dealing with North Korea.

Fox News recently hired a new Trump minion, Laura Ingraham, who recently asked Trump when he planned to fill appointments at the State department?

Here's what he said:

"Let me tell you, the one that matters is me. I'm the only one that matters, because when it comes to it, that's what the policy is going to be."

I think that's pretty clear. Democracy shudders every time Trump speaks, or tweets. 

Trump may actually believe he has the unilateral power to lift any regulation he wants to, and he unquestionably wishes that were true.

If it wasn't for the checks and balances in our government, Trump would have already achieved his dream of being a dictator, and openly hobnobbing around with his hero Putin.

To sum up our Liar-In-Chief, he has no respect for the laws of the land. He's doing his best to insert far right lunatics and cronies into key government positions.

His pretense of representing struggling middle class Americans in the hinterlands, has dropped and now he's busy taking away people's health care, and putting together a Tax bill that will benefit the wealthiest of Americans.

There's only one thing that has been consistent in Trump's life; that's his love for himself.

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...