Wednesday, June 6, 2018

It's Come To This: The UN Says Trump's Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy Is Illegal

Good Day World!

Growing up, one of the first things I was taught in school was that the United States was the "good guy wearing a white hat" in world affairs.

Remember that? The world respected us.

Looking back I can see that the US has not always been a good world neighbor, and has done a lot of questionable things internationally.

But...and this is important...we always held the high ground when it came to equal rights for humanity. Our presidents have always led the moral charge against countries that treated their citizens badly.

If there was one thing we stood for it was freedom. Freedom from oppression. Freedom of expression. Freedom of religion. Freedom from fear of being ruled by a tyrant.

Yesterday, the United Nations called upon Trump to halt the practice of separating immigrant children from their families at the southern border.

According to a UN report released today:

America leads the developed world in youth poverty, infant mortality, incarceration, and obesity.

How embarrassing. 

Whatever international high ground we had going into the Trump era is now gone with the wind. It's been replaced by protectionism and an assault against immigrants fleeing violent countries in South America.

Trump blames what's happening to immigrants on the Democrats, claiming its their fault, when in fact he gave Session the marching orders to take it to this draconian point. Obviously it wasn't happening until Trump got his fat ass in the Oval Office.

William Spindler of the UN refugee agency said, "The right to claim asylum is a fundamental human right, and it is also part of the law in the United States." 

After canceling the United States partnership in the Paris Climate Accords, and backing out of the international treaty with Iran, Trump has managed to put us on an island alone, no longer a world leader...or even a player.

He's busy alienating our allies with ridiculous tariffs that experts warn will hurt the American economy and millions of Americans.

In the span of just over 500 days, Trump has managed to outrage and disappoint our allies throughout the world.

Being reduced to a human rights offender...is the last indignity for once proud Americans whom the world once looked to for leadership. 

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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Reflections on a Major Milestone: Graduating From High School


                                                Good Day World!

It's been fifty years this month since I graduated from Azusa High School, in Azusa, California.

I remember feeling free as a bird. I already considered myself an adult and that little ceremony ending with a diploma confirmed it.

Teenage boys faced a daunting choice upon graduation in 1968. The draft was on and the chance of ending up in that dirty little war in Vietnam was all too real.

Many teenage boys went to Canada seeking asylum, or they went to college immediately out of high school to get a draft deferment. If they could afford to. Most inner city youth, especially minorities, ended up in combat positions in Vietnam.

The country was torn apart between conservative patriotism and liberal outrage against the illegal war in southeast Asia.

Today, I look at these young men and women graduating from high school in a divided country, much like it was in 1968.

I think about the students at Parkland and how they organized after their school was terrorized by a crazed shooter.

In the best tradition of the 1960s, students across the country organized to change gun laws. They've taken on the lobbying arm of the NRA, and the congressman taking bribes from them.

Once again, the youth in this nation have taken up the moral banner for the betterment of our society. Their voices are strong and strident on internet social platforms and in public.

Leading the resistance against Trump's corruption and absolute disregard for the rule of law, are these brash youths who cannot tolerate the "good old boy system" in congress.

The whole country is also fighting a culture war launched by our racist president who has given the green-light to the alt-right.

Like it or not, graduating from high school is a major milestone in everyone's life, in one way or another. 

What we choose to do in those heady days of newfound independence can set the course for the rest of our lives.

My oldest grandson will be graduating from high school in two weeks. I see him as picking up the torch from my generation and breaking new ground. His peers nationwide are engaging in political activism, like signing up to vote for the midterms.

They hold the future in their hands, much like I did fifty years ago.

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










Monday, June 4, 2018

Going 'Viral' On The Internet Is Not That Hard To Do


                                            Good Day World!

People will watch anything. Especially if its short, controversial, sensational, or idiotic.

Having said that, I watched a clip of a video showing a crayfish lop off it's own claw to escape a pot of boiling soup the other day.

The footage showed a crustacean making a bid for freedom at a restaurant in China. It was posted on China's version of Facebook...Weibo. The guy who posted it adopted the crayfish as a pet.

And now the crayfish is a online hero in a Communist country that eats the little buggers in a savory spice sauce. Odd? Not in today's world of social media.

The easiest ways to shoot viral videos is to capture a crime in progress; record police brutality; record a white supremacist speaking at a college; record road rage; record neighbors fighting; post photos of teenage girls pouting in silly selfies; and animals doing just about anything!

I've just given you The Handbook for Dummy's Who Want Their Post To Go Viral, free of charge. No need to thank me. Just performing a public service.

There's no need to be left behind those popular posts when you go on the internet. Just remember: there's no rules. Only your own imagination holds you back.

I admit, there's one thing I'd like to see go viral...common sense!

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

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Trumpies That Drink Coors Just Got Screwed


                                             Good Day World!

From what I've seen since Trump slithered into the White House, he can do just about anything and get away with it. 

Up to a point.

The courts have prevented him from a number of attempts at thwarting the Constitution. But at the rate Trump is appointing a new generation of conservative judges beholden to him, that may end soon.

He's always concerned about his "base." He spends his waking hours throwing them red meat. But he just screwed them bigly with the his new 25 percent tariff on steel and aluminum coming into the country.

Quick question:

What does a Trump supporter drink?

A) Wine
B) Coors
C) Sake

If you picked B...you're right. 

The Brewer's Association, based in Colorado, is warning that the price of beer will be going up. Especially for products like Coors who use aluminum cans.

In other words, Trump is screwing his own supporters with these silly-assed tariffs, but he's too stupid to realize it. Even after the Brewer's Associations stopped by Washington to have a chat with him before he raised the tariffs, it didn't make a difference.

A chain effect will now happen to small breweries and big companies, hurting the business inside and out. The majority of Republicans - including turtle-look-alike Mitch McConnell, tried to get him to back off. 

Market experts warned Trump there would be a trade war if he pulled the twenty-five percent tariff bullshit on our allies. Now - big surprise - Mexico, Canada, and the European Union are all retaliating...as in a (you guessed it) a TRADE WAR.

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

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Trump's Idea of Having Fun is Disgusting


                                              Good Day World!

Yesterday, our Slimeball-In-Charge offered another insight into what he considers fun.

After waiting for two weeks, Trump decided to go see the families and victims of the Santa Fe school shooting in Texas.

While boarding the plane he told reporters;

"We're going to have a little fun today. Thank you very much."

A little fun?

The pig bastard wasn't going to Disneyland for cripes sake! He was supposedly going to comfort families; something he didn't do in the Parkland, Florida shootings.

So why did he go to Santa Fe and ignore Parkland?

Simple. He was afraid to deal with the pro-active Parkland students.  The fear that none of his minions would be there to cheer him, like in his ridiculous rallies, played a part too.

What happened in Florida garnered national attention for the backlash against the NRA and the Republican Party that the surviving students fueled.

What happened in Santa Fe barely made a blip on the national political scene. The reasons why are complicated.

But the main reason Trump went to Texas was because there was no protesting students for him to face.

Even so, he still kept it at the down-low and snuck into a local hospital to visit some hand-picked survivors and their families.

I can't help wondering what part of this visit was fun? 

Did he get to meet and greet with NRA members in Texas? Was it fun to listen to the parents and the victims stories? I'm really at a loss to see how this PR visit could have been fun.

Trump's idea of having fun - from his first memories of pulling wings off of files - to teasing people with physical disabilities, is disgusting.

Time for me to walk on down the road..



















Friday, June 1, 2018

Restocking The Swamp: Trump Appoints Another Islamophobic Nut To His Team

Good Day World!

It's not easy keeping the swamp full in Washington DC these days. 

Between Trump's mercurial moods - your fired! - and ethics violations catching up to some of his swamp creatures, it's been a challenge for our Liar-In-Chief.

The latest addition to the swamp comes fully vetted by Trump himself. By placing Fred Fleitz as Chief of Staff of the National Security Council, he's assured his base that Muslims will be treated badly in America, and elsewhere in the world.

Here's a quick review of the scumbag:

He belongs to a group that propagates conspiracy theories like radical Muslims are infiltrating our government. By appointing him, the White House continues to be the nation's central organizing body for white supremacists.

No doubt Trump thinks he's got the right man because he's a fellow conspiracist; promoting hate through his books and through his leadership in fringe groups. 

In other words, he fits all the requirements to keep Trump's swamp fully stocked.

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









Thursday, May 31, 2018

Trump Longs For Days When He Was a Star On The Apprentice

Good Day World!

What we know today:

Roseanne Bar got fired from ABC on Monday for calling a black woman a combination of an ape and a Muslim.

 It wasn't the first time she called a black woman an ape either.

At first she tried to defend her nasty remark by saying Ambien, a sleeping aid, made her do it. That defense quickly crumbled when the manufacturer of Ambien, Sanofi, fired back that "racism is not a known side effect" of it's product. 

By Tuesday reporters asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders if Trump had anything to say about his pal Roseanne's comment, and her subsequent firing from her show.

Sanders said "That's not what the president is looking at. That's not what he's spending his time on. And I do think we have a lot bigger things going on in the country right now, certainly the president is spending his time when it comes to policy."   

On Wednesday Trump threw Sanders under the bus (again) and went after Bob Iger and ABC for using a "double standard" by firing Barr, his good buddy. 

So much for Sanders claim that Trump wasn't following the controversy. Once again she's been made to look like an idiot.

With all those things that Trump has to deal with according to Sanders, it's odd that he finds time to not only tweet about Hollywood gossip about Barr, he even invited Kim Kardashian to the White House yesterday.

Why you ask? Because she wanted him to grant her great-grandmother a pardon for her drug conviction - selling cocaine.

Trump is never far from his reality-TV pals, and has maintained a relationship with many of them. He misses being on his old reality show and being able to fire someone with no repercussions.

With all the weighty matters confronting Trump, it's apparent he still wants to live in the alternate universe of The Apprentice.

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

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Gall is Good, Facts are Bad, Lies Lead the Way in Society Today

Good Day World!

In Trump America gall is good. Facts are considered frivolous and lies are alternate realities.

It's not just in Washington that we see this trio of untruths flourish. Televangelists - who always seem to be on the edge of being cult leaders - manage to make millions of dollars from brain-washed congregations.

Example: 

One Louisiana-based televangelist, Jesse Duplantis, is asking his followers to donate money for a $54 million jet that can "go anywhere in the world in one stop."

Mind you, his loyal followers have already bought him three jets. But apparently they aren't up to his standards because they had to stop and fuel up more often.

Damn! The worries of a working cult leader. Duplantis wants this new jet because it goes further than the other three. He claims that if Jesus were here today he'd ride his jet instead of a donkey!

The reason Duplantis needs a private jet in the first place? He doesn't want to ride with the demons in commercial airlines.

Say what? Demons? You gotta be kidding me. But it's true. This sack of sanctimonious shit has his followers in the palm of his greedy hand.

He's not the only one. These days, televangelists seem to NEED jets to spread their false words. It takes pure gall, but there's no lack of it in your typical televangelist.

Then there's the right-wing evangelicals who are embracing Trump like the next messiah. They gladly set aside the facts about what Trump's doing, and has done, to divide this country.

Trump has set the standard for the rejection of truth in our society today. His supporters spread his lies like a virus in America.

At what point are the majority of Americans going to stand up for truth and reject the lies of a demagogue?

The answer lies in the midterms.

In order to stop Trump, Democrats need to retake the House of Representatives this November. That's the first step. The next one is impeaching the slimy bastard who has caused so much chaos in our country.

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







Tuesday, May 29, 2018

There's No Coincidences In Trump's Orbit

Good Day World!

The Set-Up: Trump vows to help a major Chinese telecommunications company from going bust. 

Forget about everything Trump once agreed to about the company being a bad player and threatening national security.

Despite a history of violating American limits on doing business - and spying on us with cell phones - Trump suddenly wants to reverse the sanctions he put on the Chinese company - ZTE - when Congress forced him to take action.

At about the same time this reversal was taking place, lo and behold...Ivanka Trump was awarded seven new trademarks in China. Isn't that fortuitous? 

But wait! There's more; it's not only Ivanka's business getting a big boost by holding hands with Chinese officials. It turns out, in this extremely short time frame, the Chinese government made a $500 million loan for a theme park in Indonesia to...are you ready? Trump properties. 

Coincidences?

Only if you believe in the tooth fairy, or Bigfoot.

Let's get real here. We're watching corruption unfold like an accordion with Donny's sneaky backdoor deals. Tit for tat. You rub my back, and I'll rub yours. You kiss my ass, and I'll kiss yours.

Democrats are calling for an investigation into ethics violations over this whole China mess, but they might as well be talking to a room full of deaf mutes wearing MAGA caps.

Those are Trump's negotiating tools. His art of the deal is more like the art of the steal, as he rips Americans off at every opportunity.

He's making the rich...richer, with tax breaks that corporations once had wet dreams about getting.

The Setup: Trump's attacked the Russia investigation from day one, doing everything in his power to stop it by getting rid of Mueller and Rosenstein, and other assorted tactics like lying about Obama putting a spy in his campaigns camp.

Coincidence?

Oh hell, no! Those spineless GOP jellyfish in Congress are colluding with the president!

Fun fact: Trump has 100 trademarks in China.

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

Monday, May 28, 2018

How A Sitting US President Normalized Lying


                                               Good Day World!

There's never been a more outright liar in the Oval Office in American history than Donald Trump. That's saying something when you think about it.

Pundits that keep score of his lies say they've increased since his first year in office from 4-5 daily, to up to nine times daily in the last five months!

That's outrageous. But it's the new normal.

How does Trump get away with so many lies? Mainstream polls show an average of 80 percent of Americans believe he tells lies.

Yet, he continues to lie at an alarming rate. His latest "Spy Gate" bullshit, shows how far he'll go...and with impunity. 

After 17 months of Trump lying daily, people are numb. They start to question reality. Just what Trump wants. 

We all know Donny's ego is colossal, but when he admits to seasoned reporter Leslie Stalh that he lies, on camera (60 Minutes), you know he's confident no one will do anything about it. 

Grinning like an albino ape, Trump said that he demeans and discredits the press so know one will believe negative stories about him.

Straight up. 

So why is it that tactic still working for Trump if the whole world knows he's a liar? A respected journalist visits Trump Tower after his victory in 2016 and records his hubris, but no one seemed to care.

Lying is contagious. Those around Trump have to lie their asses off - especially Sarah Huckabee Sanders. His West Wing staff followed his lead like lambs.

Meanwhile the Republicans in Congress continue to enable this blatant liar even after his numerous attacks against the intelligence community. He's openly threating the Department of Justice, and still no one has stopped him.

To my utter disgust, children can now see and hear these lies daily, coming from what was once the most respected office in all the land.

This doesn't bode well for the next generation who are growing up during this terrible time when we have a Liar-In-Chief running the country.

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

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Right Wing Christians Claim Trump's Being Attacked By the Devil's Minions

Good Day World!

Sunday. A day set aside for worship. 

A day of peace. A day of rest.

A day for right-wing evangelicals to support the devil's spawn...Donald Trump.

Paul McGuire, evangelical author and radio show host, is leading the latest attacks against anyone who dares stand up to Trump.

The extent of the extremism we're seeing on the Christian Right is appalling. Their hateful attacks against anyone who is opposed to Trump and his corrupt regime, is hypocrisy times ten.

Here's how crazy it's gotten:

McGuire has accused anyone opposing Trump of literally being demonic! Really. 

I know it's hard to believe in this day and age of enlightenment, but there are people who believe crackpot theories like a globalist Luciferian rulership system out to get Donny.

This religious cult should be called Trumpism instead of evangelism. They claim we're experiencing one of the world's greatest spiritual battles when people resist Trump.

They're partly right about that. It's God versus Trump and his slavish minions.

These right-wingers sing Trump's praise while he systematically dismantles our democracy. All in the name of a God that doesn't fit in with the pantheon of great religions.

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

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