Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Dazed and Confused: What Should American's Think?

I'd like to quit thinking of the present, like right now, as some minor, insignificant preamble to somethin' else. - Cynthia from the movie, "Dazed and Confused." (1993)

                                               Good Day World!

I don't have to take a poll to know that we're living in extraordinary times in America.

When you have arguably the worst president in our history being considered for a Nobel Peace Prize, it's understandable if you're a little dazed and confused.

Trump, of course, is already taking credit for uniting Korea and disarming their nukes, hence saving the world.

The only problem with that, is no actual official negotiation has taken place. Donny and Rocket Man haven't met face-to-face. There's no confirmation where these negotiations will take place...and when.

When I heard that South Korean president Moon was suggesting Trump should get a Nobel Peace Prize (again ahead of everything), the first thing that struck me was he was stroking Donny's ego.

An easy thing to do, as some other world leaders have already figured out.

Meanwhile, this possible Nobel Prize winner, is getting ready to pick a fight with Iran by backing out of the current nuke agreement on May 12th - in essence, violating the treaty that the rest of the civilized world agreed to.

The last thing anyone needs is another war in the Middle East.

Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 
is trying to push Trump's buttons by claiming Iran has already violated the treaty and is making nukes.

With the Jared Kushner connection to Netanyahu, you can be sure there's been secret talks between Trump and Netanyahu. Collusion, if you will.

Both leaders are under attack in their own countries, and the idea of a war as a diversion, must be appealing. 

Even the idea of selecting Trump for the honor of a peace prize, shatters all norms when you look at all he legal trouble he's in, and his assaults on our Constitution.

From colluding with Russia, to bribing women not to expose his sleaze before the presidential election, he's demonstrated that the only thing he deserves is being locked up behind bars.

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

NRA's Hypocrisy Exposed At Annual Meeting

                                           Good Day World!

One of the NRA's favorite claims is "a good guy with a gun will stop bad guys with a gun."

That fable is part of the foundation of lies and half-truths that the political wing of the NRA has been spreading like cow manure in the fertile fields of fear that their supporters live in for decades.

Every year the NRA holds an annual meeting where members bring guns and praise for concealed weapons.

This year Vice President Pence is the scheduled speaker, although there's rumors Trump may also show up and lavish praise on AR-15s.

Here's the kicker; no guns (or any other weapons) will be allowed in the forum because the secret service doesn't trust hundreds of crazed attendees toting assault rifles.

The may call themselves "good guys," but the secret service isn't going to take a chance one of the "good guys" shooting someone they think is a "bad guy" on stage.

There's going to be an estimated 80,000 people gathering Friday in Dallas, Texas. The testosterone levels will be through the roof. Throw in some alcohol and guns, and by golly you have a party! 

The organizers are bragging about 20-acres of firearm exhibits that will be one of the featured attractions.

Panels of so-called experts will discuss how it's a person's right to carry a gun anywhere in public. Anywhere that is, but the main venue of the NRA gun-love fest.

The NRA thinks it's okay to carry guns in schools. Left to their own devices, the NRA would have allowed it's members to tote firearms to the venue.

However, the gun-worshipping organization wouldn't have been able to feature Pence, and possibly Trump, if the secret service didn't get it's way on disarming the attendees.

Apparently, all the so-called "good guys" can't be trusted with weapons in public. Now imagine that...

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

Monday, April 30, 2018

A 'New Age' Twist On An Ancient Ceremony

                                         Good Day World!

I remember back in the 1970s and 1980s when the expression New Age was birthed.

I wrote it off has some wacky philosophy that was trending in Hollywood and Arizona. Even if I would have read the "New Age Journal" by Mark Satin, I think my opinion would have remained the same.

I do recall trying to get through Marilyn Ferguson's best-selling "Aquarian Conspiracy," and losing interest half-way through it.

Then there was Shirley MacLaine, the spokesperson for the New Age movement. Other celebrities, and the public, looked at her as being slightly "off balance."

So, what has all of this got to do with the present?

As you probably suspected there's still plenty of New Agers out there practicing their philosophy.

Recently, there's been a shift to South America where New Agers, and curious tourists, are going to experience new-age healing retreats.

These retreats offer traditional, indigenous healers, known as curanderos. They offer up a psychoactive concoction that rivals LSD for their "patients," called ayahuasca.

It's really not totally traditional, because the curanderos were the ones who originally took it in order to diagnose their patients. In this modern version the patients get to get stoned themselves.

There's ayahuasca retreats springing up everywhere between Canada and Turkey. It's a largely unregulated export market.

However, this new favorite brew for New Agers is already having a supply problem.

The ingredients, found deep in the Amazon forest, are getting harder to obtain.

As a result, some of the necessary ingredients are being substituted with other plants that are similar, but with a nasty side-effect; some tourists have died from ingesting this modified ayahuasca.

I'm thinking that the New Agers probably should move on from this form of healing-therapy, and reconsider their foundation of using healing crystals.

At last count, no one ever died from them.

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

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Wake and Bake Headlines For Sunday April 29th, 2018

Good Day World!

Have you ever tried cannabis infused coffee?

It's good stuff that helps you focus on the foolishness in our world.

Let's start off with these serious stories about fools:

1. Trump Slams Media In Campaign Style in Michigan
     Donny is at it again, bragging about his so-called accomplishments, and threatening to shut Congress down if he doesn't get more money for his wall.

2. Joy Reid Says She Can't Prove Hackers wrote "hateful" Posts
    MSNBC's Joy Reid was a fool for thinking she could cover up her hateful past posts. She showed just how big a fool she is when she tried to suggest hackers wrote those posts! NOT!

3. Lawmakers Demand Answer From Speaker Paul Ryan Over House Chaplain's Ouster
    Why did partisan Paul Ryan kick the chaplain out? In the first place it's not the speaker's prerogative to terminate an officer of the House without a vote of the House. 
   When some Democrats and Republicans called for an answer they were voted down by the Trumpies in the group.    The word is, Ryan fired the chaplain because he thought his prayer during the Omnibus Bill was biased for the poor.
   That coming from a fool who is fortunately retiring.

Need a break from this Serious shit? 

Q - How can you tell if a porno movie was made in the 1970s?

A. Even the guy's penises have sideburns!

All right...moving right along:

A couple of tourists were dining at a fine restaurant in the Napa Valley. After waiting for an hour the husband finally was able to catch the waiter's eye.

"I want a bottle of your best wine," he ordered.

"What year?" asked the waiter.

"Right now!" bellowed the tourist.

Okay... enough for today.

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

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Ignorance is Addicting: Look at Trump Supporters

Good Day World!

Ignorance is a weed in the garden of knowledge.

When people aren't carefully orientated to reality, it results in ignorance.

One of the biggest challenges in the 21st century is deciding what is real and what's fake.

The line between reality and make-believe has dissolved in our politics and general society. While you can argue Trump is leading the way to worshipping ignorance and alternate realities the process actually started decades ago.

The bulwark against ignorance is schooling. Careful orientation to reality is called general education. It's society's way of combating generalized ignorance.

Going to school is society's way of avoiding a general in curiousness about reality. Generalized ignorance is more addictive because it requires very little effort.

When you have a president who tells lies daily, the bar for reality is lowered. Make-believe magical thinking bolsters ignorance. It's very addicting because you can reshape the world anyway you want.

Not being hampered by reality or truth, you have carte blanche to reject anything that doesn't fit in with your world view.

When you look at Trump supporters they all have one thing in common; alternate facts, and so-called truths built on lies. That gives them license to reject science - global warming being one good example.

Dismissing reality is a good way to ignore education and truth.

You are no longer constrained to uncomfortable facts and are free to pursue an alternate path towards ignorance that fits your world view. 

The disillusioned, undereducated, and fearful followers of Trump have found sanctuary in ignorance, partisanship, and alternate realities.

Reality and facts are under siege. The barbarians are at the gate.

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

Friday, April 27, 2018

An Alternate World Sounds Good To Me

                                           Good Day World!

I never considered the idea of living in an alternate world until Putin put Trump in the Oval Office back in '16.

I watched the house Energy and Environment Subcommittee all but eviscerate EPA chief Scott "The Pud" Pruitt yesterday, over a string of ethics controversies.

But, I doubt if anything will come from the revelations of corruption - based upon verifiable facts - because  like all of Trump's puppet's, he can do no wrong as long as he destroys the EPA with the death of a thousand cuts.

This is what it's like to live in Trump World - once called the United States of America.

In Trump's World it's corporate heaven. It's a world where graft and corruption are cultivated like weeds in the South Lawn of the White House.

Truth is assaulted every day when White House slaves staff follow along with the Liar-In-Chief's version of reality. Facts face an uphill climb in this administration of slime.

The fabric of our society is  being subjected to the whims of a racist and misogynist, who dreams of having his ugly mug on Mt. Rushmore someday in the dystopian future.

Here's the thing, it appears like Trump will finish his term without being incarcerated for the numerous felonies he's managed to perpetrate without any convictions...thus far.

It's up to voters in 2020, to stop Trump's rampage against everything good America stands for. 

It's hard to estimate how much more damage Trump will do to this country, and our Constitution, until the next presidential election rolls around. 

But, who wants to wait and see if Donny starts WWIII?

I'm telling you, an alternate world looks increasingly good to me. 

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

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The One Subject Trump No Longer Brags About

Good Day World!

It wasn't that long ago when Trump couldn't go a day without bragging about the stock market, like it was a reflection of his greatness.

When was the last time you heard him mention the current stock market? As in the last few months.

The market has been jumping up and down like an excited kangaroo in 2018. Yesterday, US stocks plunged as investors feared the rising oil prices and costs would slow down growth.

It goes deeper than that however.

Gina Martin Adams, chief equity strategist for Bloomberg Intelligence, recently reported that "The reason we're not seeing a strong recovery for the market is broad economic numbers are suggesting the impact of tax reform was only temporary."

That's not good news for Republicans who want to tout the tax reform bill has a great success in the midterm races. It's also not good news for the American public.

This growing concern over the volatile stock market is heightened by the fact that interest rates have gone up, making it more expensive for companies to borrow money.

As if that's not enough bad news, there's other uncertainties like the possibility of a trade war with the world, and yesterday's announcement that China and Russia have become military allies aligned against the U.S.

The bottom line is Trump no longer believes that the stock market is a worthy reflection of his "yuge" economic success as president.

Which means that he's going to have to depend on fake news from Fox, Breitbart, Infowars, and the ilk, to paint an entirely different picture than what's really happening in America.

Related: 5 Famous Investors Say This Is When The Stock Market Will Crash

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Trump/ Partisanship vs Constitution: Supremes To Decide Fate of Travel Ban

Good Day World!

One of the things that has helped me cope with Trump in the Oval Office has been our court systems.

From the lower courts, to the Supreme Court, Trump's attempt's at violating our Constitution have been turned back consistently.

Breaking News: Judge Orders Reopening of DACA, after 90- day delay - 4/25/18

It does appear that Trump is going to win his travel ban today, as Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy have both signaled support for it.

In order to halt the ban one of those two justices needs to support the challengers. That doesn't look likely.

If it wasn't a conservative court the ban would be stopped. But it appears politics is going to infect this decision.

It's an ongoing battle between Trump and the law.

Despite appointing conservative lower court judges, and district judges, it doesn't mean they're always going to go along with a moron like Trump.

For example, we've witnessed the 9th Circuit Court standing up for the rule of law against Trump's efforts numerous times.

Despite Trump's attempts to circumvent our nation's laws, the judiciary system has proven a worthy opponent. The biggest hurdle appears to be partisan poison.

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cabinet Woes: Confirming Partisan Puppets in the Trump Era

Good Day World!

There's one thing the Trump regime has been consistent about...stocking the cabinet, and government agencies with unqualified partisan puppets.

Take Mike Pompeo.

He'd make any puppeteer proud. Master puppet-maker Trump, appreciates anyone willing to let themselves walk around with their head up his fat ass.

One of the other things Trump looks for in his appointments, beside sworn lifetime fealty, is their lack of qualifications for the job.

Back to Pompeo.

He's currently facing confirmation hearings and was in committee at the time I wrote this. From all reports, he's about as popular as a bee in a nudist colony!

He may become the first cabinet-level nominee to not get a good recommendation, since 1945 when Henry Wallace got an unfavorable committee recommendation, but was still later confirmed by the senate.

A lot of people are unhappy with past comments made by Pompeo where he attacked all Muslims, and the LGBT community. His hawkish views are also a concern to many lawmakers.

Still, if I had to bet on it, Pompeo will squeeze through the process with the help of other Trump puppets.

Coming up soon. Two more Trump puppets for cabinet positions:

Ronny (Trump only weighs 239 pounds) Jackson is set to go next. After never supervising a staff larger than 70 people, he's going to take on the job of heading up the Veterans Administration, with over 36,000 employees.

Then it's Gina (waterboard their asses) Haspel. Trump is moving her up to the head of the CIA, taking Pompeo's place. 

One of the things that will be brought up in her confirmation hearing will be her key role in the "extraordinary rendition program," where suspected terrorists were abducted and handed over to foreign governments for torture in secret "black site" prisons by CIA officers and contractors.

However, her chances, with the help of other Trump puppets, also appears to be good enough to get the job.

Some people will point to the fact that she will become the first female CIA director, like that exonerates her entire corrupt past.

Based upon Trump's short turbulent reign, these positions are far from permanent.

One wrong word, or doubt about loyalty (something Trump feels a lot like a mob boss about), and these new cabinet members will become history.

In Trump's world, loyalty only goes one way.

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

Monday, April 23, 2018

Do You feel Lucky?

Good Day World!

Let's get this week rolling with a question, Do you feel lucky?

I know some people don't believe in luck; attributing all of their good fortune to God, Allah, or Buddha.

I don't mean to harsh anybody's religious beliefs, but there are people who believe in luck.

Ask any gambler! 

Seriously though; I believe I'm a lucky person having survived many close calls during my hectic 67 years-in-residence on this planet.

How about you? Is there times in your life when luck lifted you out of a jam? 

Alice Hoffman makes a good point about luck; "Here's the thing about don't know of it's good or bad until you have some perspective."

An interesting example lies in the recent news story about a man who has been bitten by a snake, a bear, and a shark, all in just four years.

He told a reporter that he still wasn't sure if he was lucky, or cursed. I figure he was lucky, because he's here to tell his stories.

A story out of Sandusky, Ohio last week, talked about a real lucky baby boy. Luck can come at any age you know.

A woman was driving by a house when she spotted a 18-month-old baby boy hanging from the roof gutter.

She stopped her car, jumped out and ran up to the house, banged on the door, and then turned around and caught the child as he fell.

In my view, that's lucky.

To be fair, while I don't follow any organized religions, I do believe in a Supreme Being (possibly plural) who isn't burdened with controlling the human race's lucky moments.

You either have good luck, or bad luck. Just don't bet on either one!

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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

What Happened To John Barron, Trump's Imaginary Spokesman?

                                           Good Day World!

John Barron was born in the 1980's, and for a decade he got away with being Trump's spokesman to an unsuspecting press.

History now tells us that John Barron was in fact, Trump himself. 

Barron appears to have been Trump’s go-to alias when he was under scrutiny, in need of a tough front man or otherwise wanting to convey a message without attaching his own name to it.

Listen to the audio of "John Barron" talking with reporter.

Trump might have gotten away with his ruse even longer if not for a lawsuit in which he testified, under oath in 1990, that “I believe on occasion I used that name.

The suit dealt with Trump’s employment of undocumented migrant workers from Poland on his Trump Tower project.
A biographer of Donald Trump says the president's habit of lying can be traced back to his school days

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael D'Antonio, who wrote the 2016 book The Truth About Trump, on Friday told CNN's Anderson Cooper that the president has been fabricating stories since childhood.
Trump "left the New York Military Academy declaring himself the greatest baseball player in New York state and it just went on and on and on," D'Antonio said.
"He was named the ladies man at school that had no young women at it, so you tell me, he has been doing this forever."

I suspect his son's name, Barron, is a nostalgic reminder of the good old days when he got away with fooling the world.
Time for me to walk on down the road...

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