Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Legal Battle Brewing: Let Them Eat Donuts

Good Day World!

Another day, another lawsuit against the Trump Administration.

This lawsuit is being fought between Office of Management and Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, and Leandra English.

(Photo thanks to Katie Rogers)

Trump appointed one of his favorite cabinet flunkies Mulvaney, to take over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). 

But there was a problem.

The day before, long-time CFPB director Richard Cordray stepped down and named Leandra English his chief of staff, as acting director.

That set the stage for a battle with Democrats and the Trump Administration. It doesn't take much nowadays for the two party's to fight like honey badgers.

What cracked me up was Mulvaney's weak attempt to get the CFPB staff to like him when he appeared with a big bag of Dunkin' Donuts.

Yeah...that's the trick...give em' donuts and they'll love you Mulvaney!

Meanwhile, English was going about her duties as acting director while Mulvaney was trying to bribe the staff with donuts.

An interesting dynamic if I ever saw one.

Trump wants to make sure the CFPB quits going after his corporate buddies like Wells Fargo (who had to pay out $100 million in fines last year to the consumers they cheated).

Actually, it's not just Trump and his puppets that want to see the agency neutered, it's Republicans in general. They hate it when the common man has a recourse to their corrupt dealings.

Don't be surprised if Trump just shuts the agency down. After all, it was another Obama creation started after the great financial collapse of 2008.

This latest skirmish centers on language in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act and whether it usurps the 1998 Federal Vacancies Act.

Trump and his allies say the 1998 law gives him the authority to make the appointment, not Cordray, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to head the independent agency.

Democrats point out the language contained in Dodd-Frank was written with the Federal Vacancies Act in mind and explicitly calls for Cordray to name an acting director, not the president.

It's hard to predict what the courts will decide. Some pundits say that Trump has the upper hand in this squabble.

Let's hope that isn't true, or Americans will be without recourse against the corporations and banks that rip them off with impunity.

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

Embarrassing Moment #285: Trump and the Navajos Code Talkers

                                      Good Day World!

Have you ever had one of those mornings when you wake up feeling like you have a hangover, and you didn't even have a single drink the night before?

It's been happening to me a lot in the last 11 months. When I see Trump's name in the headlines - and they're always there - I realize it isn't a hangover. It's a living nightmare.

What else could you call our racist (and a long string of other expletives) president as he stood beneath a portrait of Andrew Jackson, and addressed the famous Navajos Code Talkers in a White House ceremony recently?  

Did you happen to see it?

Trump acknowledged that Native-Americans were in America long before Europeans arrived (Chief of Staff Kelly made him say that).  

Wasn't the part where Chump called Sen. Warren "Pocahontas" in a childish jab, a solemn moment? You could hear a pin drop as Donnie chuckled at his own joke.

When Trump finally turned to the veterans, he announced, "I like you!" like it was a benediction from the Pope. 

I really like the part where they just stared back at him with no expression after his "heartfelt" declaration. I can only imagine what they thought of the clown in charge. 

It was embarrassing watching a man who isn't even good enough to lick a veteran's boot be in the same room with those heroes and mock them.

Hell...it's embarrassing having to admit that an old lunatic is in charge of the country!

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

I Want to Hear the Whole News Story and Will Trump Win and Americans Lose On Proposed Tax Bill?

Good Day World!

We all have our little quirks.

One of mine is being left with questions after reading a news story.

What happened to the who, what, where, when, why, that I was taught in journalism school?


A woman was shot and killed while out walking her dogs by a neighbor who thought she looked like a deer!
By the way, he shot her with a pistol. Who the hell hunts deer with pistols?

The capper, to me is it sounded like the guy was going to get away with killing her because it happened at dusk.

As any hunter knows, you're not supposed to be hunting at dusk. That's in the Hunter's Manuel.

What do you want to bet there's more to this story?

Now, I'm going to shift gears on you with the following observation:

If the Republicans pass a Tax Reform bill this week Americans are fucked!

Trump and his billionaire boys club (sometimes referred to as his cabinet) are going for the gold with this attempt at increasing their wealth.

Trump's family stands to make over a billion a year by just repealing the estate tax. It doesn't end there however. 

The shell being passed off as a complete bill around Congress, eliminates most itemized deductions, including the state and local tax deduction.

But there's one more thing that concerns me.

If Trump gets a major legislation like this passed...we'll never hear the end of it. Three-fourths of the country will suffer while the wealthy will enter a new Gilded Age.

Trump's minions will have something to point to that he actually did. Any senators thinking about defying Trump will go out and buy knee pads to prove their loyalty after that.

The country's only hope is there's enough Republican senators with a conscience that listen to those who voted for them, and not follow the Trump party line for victory.

This is a crucial week as the senate tries to set the stage for a partisan win when they vote on the legislation.

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

Sunday, November 26, 2017

I Don't Need To Join a Church To Believe in a Supreme Being

Good Day World!

Decades ago, I discovered that belonging to a certain faith and attending church is not the stairway to Heaven.

This discovery came after years of attending, and getting involved in, Nazarene and Methodist churches. I was even the church treasurer for a little community church in 29 Palms, California.

When the pastor approached me to get church funds to take his kids to Disneyland one day without clearing it with the Church board, I decided that was enough.

After nearly a year of battling the pastor's misuse of funds I called a board meeting. I resigned my position and left the church after telling them what I'd been dealing with.

It was the final straw.

It wasn't the only straw however. The gossips in the church were down-right vicious. What I saw, year in, and year out, was hypocrisy in the highest form.

Did I lose my faith in a supreme being when I left the church?

The answer is no. I allowed myself to work on a personal relationship with that supreme being, who does not need to be called God.

The higher power that I answer to, provides me with a conscience, and has no interest in silly societal games like going to a church to show devotion.

Historically, churches grew up out of the need for the few to control the many. I won't waste words here with history lessons to prove my point. If you're really interested examples are at your fingertips on Google.

When I see those so-called men and women of God supporting Trump, a poster boy for evil and all that's wrong with mankind, I shake my head in disgust, because it just proves my point.

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

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Trump Has Misused Presidential Powers to Pursue Protesters Against Him

Good Day World!

The day Trump was inaugurated into office marks the beginning of a crackdown on public protests and freedom of speech.

That day, police trapped and arrested more than 230 people. Some were anti-Trump demonstrators; some were not. The next day, federal prosecutors charged them all with “felony rioting”, a nonexistent crime in Washington DC.

More than 200 Americans are facing 60 years in jail for daring to demonstrate the day Trump officially took over our government.  

Government prosecutors obtained warrants focused on the anti-Trump organizers.

One sought a list of all visitors to a website that organizers used to promote Inauguration Day protests.

A second sought information on all Facebook friends and related communications of two organizers, the host of a coalition Facebook page, and those who simply “liked” that page.

In other words, the Trump administration is conducting a purge against Trump dissenters. Not only are the charges unprecedented, they appear to be made up out of thin air.

 I could site a dozen examples of protesters causing more damage than the inauguration protesters, and not one of them resulted in locking people up for 60 years. 

This is exactly the type of action new policies and statutes enacted in DC were meant to avoid, following a 2002 mass arrest that caused the District to pay over $10 million in settlements.

As we celebrate the holidays these protesters are fighting for their freedom in courts that fear Trump.

Don't forget them.

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

Friday, November 24, 2017

The 'New Holiday' - Black Friday

Good Day World!

The gods of capitalism are legion, and they're celebrating today.

Black Friday is the new holiday.

Worshippers line up for hours for a chance to save money, and to buy things they normally wouldn't. Fights break out in lines where people try to cut in front of each other. 

Coupons are blessings arriving in mail boxes and emails.

Thrifty shoppers get into brawls over dwindling sales items. A spirit of intense competition infuses shoppers and retailers alike.

Only the strong survive in the chaos, as they clutch their purchases like rabid squirrels scurrying out into packed parking lots.  

The gods become glutted with profits as people pour into stores like lemmings running towards a cliff.

Black Friday heralds a plethora of sales events where money worshippers can continue to spend funds on things they can't afford, up to the new year. 

The gods of greed, envy, lust, and capitalism dress up in holiday finery for the new holiday. 

Wall Street crooks, drinking 40-year old scotch, cover the walls in their offices with 100-dollar bills for the festive occasion. 

Manufacturers march down the streets of every city in a celebratory parade. CEO's are seen riding golden floats and tossing out one-dollar bills to the bystanders.

It's time to acknowledge that this new holiday - Black Friday - is what America's really all about.

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

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Above All, Don't Talk Politics!

Good Day World!

Good morning! I hope your day goes well, and that you didn't have to go to work.

To my foreign readers, I know this isn't a holiday for you, but I still wish you happiness and hope.

Today, in America, holidays and merchandising go hand-in-hand. Black Friday sales automatically come to mind when you start thinking about Turkey Day.

Somewhere in Washington, fat white turkey's are being feted. In addition, two birds will be spared from being some one's Thanksgiving dinner. 

Many families will make the mistake of talking politics over dinner. Don't do it!

Not only is this a good way to get an upset stomach, but it also drives a wedge between the conservative and liberal family members, especially in the Age of Trumpism.

The good news is you don't have to have turkey today. There's no turkey police patrolling homes. At least, not yet.

I know that some people don't like turkey.

Vegetarians for example.

So, if you want to have chow mein and waffles with strawberries on top, you can without fear of not being patriotic.

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

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

10 Things I'm Thankful That Trump Hasn't Done Yet

                                    Good Day World!

With Thanksgiving just a day away, I thought I'd get in the spirit of the holiday with a list of things I'm thankful Donny-Little-Hands hasn't done yet.

1. Paint the White House gold.

2. Make his bald generals wear bad hair pieces like his.

3. Divorce Melania, and have an affair with Ivanka.

4. Wear shorts when he golfs.

5. Declare Trump Tower is a National Heritage site.

6. Fire nukes at Rocket Man.

7. Give pardons to his son and other campaign cronies ahead of any announcement of wrongdoing.

8. Silenced the press.

9. Pass one major legislation since sneaking into office.

10. Get away with defying America's Constitution (not that he still isn't still trying).

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Why Call The Holiday 'Thanksgiving?' It's Outdated

Good Day World!

Do they still tell that silly-assed story of Pilgrims and Indians partying down after a good harvest in school?

The only lesson learned was that the nice Indians helped out the Pilgrims when they landed.

For that generosity, they were nearly wiped off the face of the earth.

Thanksgiving in the 21st century doesn't bare any resemblance to the way the holiday was celebrated "back in the day."

As far as I can tell, the best thing about Thanksgiving is it's a national day off from work, and sales of beer skyrockets! 

The list goes on:

Football is one of the many modern rituals enacted during the worst day of the year for turkeys.

Eating like starving hogs is a nod to the old ways. Gluttony will always be in style.

New normal: traveling across the country like confused lemmings from the east to west coast, and vice versa.

Airplane delays that can stretch into days, as stranded flyers celebrate the holiday on airport waiting area floors.

A time to discuss politics. It gets worse every year. With the rise of Trumpism, family members no longer are talking to each other.

A time to shop until you drop.

The signal that it's time to buy a Christmas tree. A celebration of capitalism.

All that, and more, is what the day holds in store.

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

Why Is Trump Getting Away With Sexual Harrassment When Everyone Else Is Being Held Accountable?

Good Day World!

It seems like it all started when women started calling out Bill Cosby for sexual harassment last year.

A sudden awareness slowly dawned upon the country as more women stepped forth and told their stories of sexual harassment by other famous people.

During the presidential campaign at least ten women came out and told the world what sexual improprieties Trump got away with them.

The now infamous Access Hollywood tape where Trump bragged about being able to grab pussy's because he was famous, temporarily shocked the nation.

The comments raised a brief stir before dropping off the front pages with the news that WikiLeaks was releasing dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Don't think for a moment the timing was coincidental. Trumpies were working with WikiLeaks (See current Russian investigation by special counsel Mueller), and the Russians, to discredit Hillary in any way possible.

The release effectively buried the sexual harassment claims as the Trump campaign knew it would.

But, the women's claims still stand.

An anonymous “Jane Doe” filed a federal lawsuit against GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump last March, accusing him of raping her in 1994 when she was thirteen years old.

The strange thing is the mainstream media ignored the filing at that time.

Trump has a long history of debasing women he’s worked with, crossing the line on a regular basis. He’s taken lifelong joy in objectifying women, including his proclamation: “Women, you have to treat ‘em like shit.”

So why are people talking about Al Franken's two times of questionable behavior? Simple. Politics.

Franken joined in with his critics and called for an ethics investigation on himself. He immediately owned his error and apologized. Unlike, any of the others. 

I can see why people are talking about that pervert Roy Moore running for the Senate.

So far, eight women have come out with stories of him sexually harassing them in their teens. One was 14-years-old.

Look at Hollywood.

Harvey Weinstein was a serial pervert. He had a hit list of nearly 100 actors, publicists, and producers as part of strategy to silence his sexual assault accusers.

He's currently under investigation by the NYPD, LAPD, Scotland Yard, and the Beverly Hills police.

Kevin Spacey joins the list of harassers and has already paid dearly - he was taken off the House of Cards series and essentially banned from acting in Hollywood.

There's many more cases of women calling out their powerful tormentors. I don't have the space to list them all here.

I want to know, with all of this growing awareness in the country, why isn't Trump being taken to task for his sexual misdeeds?

I'm waiting.

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

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Will The IRS Ever Get Done With Auditing Trump's Tax Returns?

Good Day World!

As soon as Trump slithered into office he made it known that he's not going to release his tax returns like every modern president before him.

His excuse was that his tax returns were being audited, which was just another Donny dodge.

The IRS said there's no problem releasing them now if Donny wants too.

Make no mistake; Donny never plans on sharing those documents because they could incriminate him.

At the very least, the public will know how much he and his family benefit from his proposed tax reforms. 

To show how concerned Trump is about someone seeing his returns, he's instructed the IRS to provide even more security for them than they already had. Now a special safe houses his dark financial secrets.

People keep asking me how Trump can get away with doing things like this?

My answer is two-fold: he's being enabled by career politicians without souls, and financial backing from the Billionaire Boys club of America.

After extensive research on the IRS's methods of auditing, I discovered there is no set time limit.

Factor that in with the pressure Trump is keeping on the IRS  (which needs funding from him) and you have the perfect storm of corruption.

Based upon all of the above, it looks like Donny's audit will never end. 

The only thing that can disrupt his corrupt intentions is if special counsel chairman Robert Mueller subpoena's them.

However, he might not get the chance, as Trump's minions are actively trying to get rid of him before the investigation goes any further.

Another sad reality in Trump's Amerika.

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

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