Thursday, July 5, 2018

Justice Catches Up To Jordan: GOP Firebrand Involved in Scandal

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U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan and Joe Paterno have something in common; they both ignored the sexual abuse of male athletes while coaching college sports.

News reports of an investigation of sexual misconduct at Ohio State surfaced a few days ago. The time period when the abuse happened was while Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach. The team doctor then was Richard Strauss, who also held the title for 13 other sports.

Strauss was molesting male athletes for years. It was common knowledge among all the male athletes. They were afraid of speaking up, and losing their scholarships.


The investigation has been going on for more than a year after two ex-wrestlers, Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha Yetts filed formal claims (included the fact Jordan was aware of what was going on).

Ohio State University has not released any details about the claims but said more than 150 former students and witnesses have been interviewed thus far. They expect more to come forward.

Jordan's office claims it never received a request for an interview, but would be glad to arrange one with the investigative team. No date has been given as of this writing.

GOP members of Congress were stunned to hear their hero was involved in such nasty business. Right now you could gather most of the Republicans in Congress and ask them what they think about the allegations...and you'd hear a pin drop!

GOP Speaker Paul Ryan's spokesman, Doug Andres, said the university has "rightly initiated a full investigation into the matter" and the speaker "will await the findings of the inquiry." 

That's Republican code for, "Oh shit! Now what?"

The founder of the conservative Freedom Caucus and potential contender for speaker when Ryan retires, is up to his ass in a growing scandal that will only get worse.

There's already witnesses that say Jordan knew what was going on in during the eight years he served as assistant coach. Strauss was a sick joke shared by all the jocks who feared to challenge his authority during Jordan's time at the college.

I'm amused by the irony that this conservative so-called firebrand, and man who loves conspiracies (his own and others) is now being exposed as an enabler to a sex pervert.

Let's see you wrestle, and lie your way out of this one Jim-bo!

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

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Chinese Tourists Going to America Get Grim Warnings

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I'm use to hearing about travel warnings to Mexico and other countries known for violence and unstable governments.

But, I have to admit I was shocked to read that another country put us on a tourist watch list! Chinese citizens are being told that there are "frequent" occurrences of robbery, theft, and gun violence in the USA, and to be wary.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington is also warning it's citizens that medical treatment in the U.S. is expensive, and to guard against the powers wielded by Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents.

It sounds like they're talking about a third world nation. A Banana Republic. Not America. But, it has got to this point, as relations with China continue to sour under the Trump regime's tariff policies.

I've quit saying "What's next with Donny?" because I know the answer is elusive when dealing with our demagogue in the Oval Office. Each low, is a new low. No one knows how far he'll go.

Certainly not the Chinese, who are taking advantage of Trump's isolationist policies, and assuming the mantle of the world's leader. The number one superpower with global influence. A spot America once held prior to the Trump apocalypse. 

Now the world is aligning against the U.S. which is in a declining influence stage thanks to Trump's treatment of other world leaders, and the international treaties he's backed the U.S. out of.

The fact that China is issuing warnings about going to the land of the free, is proof we're in trouble and have lost all our moral authority.

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





Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Trump's FART Act and the Smell of Corruption

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In the Trump Hopper: 
the FART Act!

The cloying smell of corruption at the White House is overpowering. 

A quick look at Donny's days in office is like touring a blue cheese factory! That stench sticks with you for a while.

Trump's rotten minions have drafted legislation that would empower Trump to ignore international trade rules set by the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The idea stinks as bad as the legislation's name - and I'm not making this up - the FART Act. (It stands for United States Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act.)

Experts say its a waste of time because congress has to approve any move to change our current contract with the WTO. That doesn't bother Donny whose sure he's going to be declared Dictator for Life by his loyal base.

Trump's cabinet is a collection of skunks that violate every ethic rule thrown their way. The big stinker is Scott Pruitt, and possibly the most corrupt of that group. Lawmakers are losing track of the ethic violations he's made in one short year.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross fits in well with this foul-smelling group. For starters he shares business interests with Vladimir Putin's family.

Congress was under the impression old Wilbur had divested all of his holdings in Navigator (his Russian connection). He didn't. and made monkeys out of the confirmation crew that let him slide by.

Then there's Ben Carson who Trump picked to head up the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

The man who said the pyramids were for storing grain (news to historians worldwide), is being sued for suspending an Obama-era rule requiring communities to examine and address barriers to racial integration. 

He also has some bad spending habits like a $34,000 table for his office. The man has no shame.

Then we have "Mad Dog" Mike Mulvaney (Director of the Office of Management and Budget) who is temporarily heading up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Not long ago Mulvaney attacked the bureau. Now, he's turned it into a sick joke on consumers.

That's enough foulness for now. There's more examples, but I don't enough time, or space here.

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

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Celebrating My Dad's 90th Birthday This Weekend

My Dad, Richard, and I, looking at some of his life memories.

                                        Good Day World!

My family, and I, are celebrating my dad's 90th birthday this weekend. His name is Richard Wayne Stancliff, and he's a WWII veteran who served with the Marines.

I'm very proud of my Dad and the many things he's done for our family. It's great to know he's in good heath...and that he's as ornery as ever!

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


Saturday, June 30, 2018

As The Liar Turns: Latest Episode - North Korea Chumps Trump

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Here's an easy question while you're drinking your coffee this morning:

What results have come from the Trump-Kim Summit on June 12th?

I know. That's easy...nothing. Nada. Not a damn thing.

At a recent rally in Minnesota, Trump bragged, "We got our great fallen heroes, their remains, in fact today already 200 have been sent back."

That was an outright lie.

Here's what happened. The U.S. military moved 100 wooden coffins to the border between North and South Korea in preparation of receiving the remains. 

None have been forthcoming. 

The Senate Appropriations Committed asked Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last Wednesday what was going on? Pompeo grudgingly admitted that "We have not yet physically received them." He went on a little spiel of how it would happen, and how he felt it was coming soon. In other words, bullshit.

Remember that it was the night before that Trump claimed soldiers remains were already here in the U.S. The Senate Appropriations Committee however proved Trump was lying...again.

Talk about bullshit, his claims about a supposed diplomatic breakthrough with Kim stink to high heaven.

Guess what? North Korea has been quietly upgrading a major nuclear research facility according to satellite images from June 21st. That's just two weeks after Donny announced to the world of his diplomatic breakthrough with Pyongyang over it's nuclear weapons program.

Furthermore, a research paper published by a North Korea monitoring group also stated there was increased activity with their - North Korea's - nuclear weapons program.

The Trump Administration is trying to low key what's happening and still believes the North Koreans will come around and cooperate. That's starting to look unlikely.

Trump walked away from the summit claiming victory before the battle even began. Now that's in the early stages a pattern is already evolving...string Trump along until he's no longer useful. History supports this premise. The North Koreans are as big as liars as Trump is.

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










Friday, June 29, 2018

Trump-Putin Bromance 2.0 - Rendezvous in Finland Set

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It's a modern day love story; the dictator and the wannabe dictator are split apart because of politics, but overcome that challenge and rendezvous in Finland for a love tryst.

On July 13th the two-star-crossed bros are supposedly holding a summit to discuss common interests. Kinda like during the 2016 election when the two lovers sought to make history by coordinating their attacks against Hillary Clinton.

Yesterday, our Liar-In-Chief tweeted, "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!"

The United States allies fear it will be an opportunity for Trump to take a less hawkish position with Russia on issues such as the annexation of Crimea and military exercises near the Russian border in eastern Europe.

You can't blame them for being concerned. They know the bromance between Trump-Putin spells trouble for the world.

It's not exactly Romeo and Juliette, or Tristan and Isolde, but for the Trump era this bromance is perfect. Trump has never made any bones about loving dictators. He went into training early on in life, de-winging flies and torturing small mammals.

The only thing I expect to hear about this summit is that the two make it official and get married.

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



Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Payoff Is In From Trump's Tax Scam: Corpotate America Ecstatic

                                           Good Day World!

No surprise. When Trump and his minions pushed through a tax bill that was supposed to raise wages and spur hiring it turned out to have the opposite effect.

There's been a record stock buyback and dividend spree, benefiting investors and company executives over workers. The Trump family also benefited from the scam, raking millions in from the effects of the tax ripoff.

FACT: Buybacks reduce the number of shares on the market, immediately increasing the value of the shares that investors already own.

FACT: Stock repurchases hit $190 billion in the first quarter for the S&P 500, according to results back from S7P Dow Jones Indices. The last time that record was set was just before the Great Recession, when companies bought up almost $172 billion of buybacks.

The American public, that is to say the majority of Americans, got stiffed by Donny's disastrous "tax reform." Corporate America meanwhile has entered into another "Gilded Age" where the wealthy reap the benefits ladled out by Trump's corrupt administration.

The Republicans point to the tax bill and claim it's a victory for Americans. But most Americans aren't seeing it that way. Perhaps because the facts challenge the rhetoric behind the bill.

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Appointing Gorsuch Pays Off For Trump: SCOTUS Makes Shameful Decision


                                             Good Day World!

The thing that concerns me most about what Trump has done thus far in his chaotic presidency, is his appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Without Gorsuch's help, SCOTUS probably would not have given a green light to banning a religion - Islam. That's what it is. Trump's much howled for ban against Muslims has become a grim reality in America today. 

It's not going to end here. The right has taken over the Supreme Court with the addition of Gorsuch, and we can expect more partisan laws to cripple democracy, and reduce it to the cesspool levels currently in the White House.

That means even if Trump is impeached and put in prison, his evil legacy will carry on. 

When the Supremes decided to go against the Constitution (you know, that part about not discriminating against religions in the First Amendment) and sided with Trump, it was a turning point in our justice system. Compassion was shit-canned like yesterday's garbage.

From here on out, justice is no longer blind and serving all equally. The blindfold has been torn off, exposing racist decisions that subvert democracy.

In Trump's world, that's a win. For our Republic, it's a loss.   

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

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tip of the Iceberg: Factory Workers Already Losing Jobs Thanks To Tariffs

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Any economist in the nation will tell you a tariff war is not a good thing. 

Everyone loses.

But Donny thinks it'll be easy, and the world will capitulate to him, and he'll be a hero to his base.

However, it's not so easy for American companies. Look how it put the biggest nail maker in the nation in a crisis mode.

A factory in Missouri had to lay off dozens of workers due to lost business from cancelled customer orders.
At the MidContinent Steel and Wire plant in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where Magnum Fasteners products are made, 60 employees were laid off this month as certain operations were idled due to lost business from increased steel costs.
"The imposition of these tariffs on our raw materials on June 1st has actually put our operations into a crisis mode," operations general manager Chris Pratt told reporters at KFVS News yesterday.
This is how Trump repays his loyal supporters. His version of making America great again only applies to the wealthy in this country.
Here's the harsh reality of Trump's actions: 
An estimate from the consulting firm Trade Partnership forecast about 400,000 U.S. jobs lost versus 26,000 created as a result of the metal tariffs.
As if this isn't bad enough, the worst is yet to come as China, Canada, Europe, and Mexico retaliate with tariffs on hundreds of products we count on.

Here's what really fries my bacon...

Republicans in Congress whose states will be most affected by Trump's tariffs are busy imitating jellyfish and not putting any roadblocks on Donny's drive to destroy our economy.

I've heard some meek protests to Trump (kinda like kittens mewing for milk) that his tariffs will harm businesses in their states and make them more vulnerable in the midterms. 

It's obvious that Republicans have lost their will to stand up to Trump however, as 90 percent of them continue to enable him.

But, as sure as there's corn in Iowa, soybeans in Illinois, and pork from Virginia, farmers are going to be faced with a crisis of their own - lost business that can't be made up.

I've read that the countries we've alienated are looking at targeting products in states that voted for Trump. In my 67 years, I've never seen, or heard of, anything like this. 

It's getting personal as world leaders reject Trump's isolationist policies, and his tariff war on the world. 

Related: Harley, stung by tariffs, shifts some production overseas


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



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Monday, June 25, 2018

Whose Winning and Whose Losing in America Today?

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Just to be perfectly clear on a Monday morning; we are all aware that the country is as divided as a chess game. 

In stead of black-and-white pieces we have The Right and The Left.

Somewhere in between, are the victims of this polarization. Most recently, the immigration situation separating parents from children. It was the result of partisan politics...with a caveat:

King Trump even ignored the Republican Party's pleas not to institute the inhuman policy against immigrants in April. Since then, he's backtracked a little (signing an executive order stopping the separations after lying to the public and saying he could do nothing about the crisis he caused), but I don't trust him any more than a rabid skunk. 

In the space of 520 days Trump has managed to take over the spineless Republican Party, converting it into the darker side of The Right - The Alt-Right. 

I think it's obvious whose winning (at least in their minds) in terms of destroying everything America stands for - The Alt-Right.

It's also no secret whose losing during the Trump regime; the American people. Just about every ethic violation in the book slides by without recourse for Trump, or his minions in government.  

The Trump regime has constantly challenged the Constitution of the United States, but the courts have been able to hold him back for the most part. At the rate he's appointing judges who must swear fealty to him, that safeguard could disappear in the not too distant future.

American's are losing their prestige abroad, as the industrialized nations realize Trump is running the country like a Banana Republic.

At this point, if the Democrats don't retake The House in the midterms, there'll be a lot more losing for the majority of Americans - and more wins for Trump and his supporters.

Vote in November if you don't want to continue to be a loser.

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



Sunday, June 24, 2018

On Tariffs: The Only Way To Stop Trump is to Get Personal

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Trump's claim of winning with his tariffs on China, Europe, Mexico, and Canada, are bullshit...and everyone knows it!

The backlash from Trump's isolationist policy has already started. Select American products are being hit with increased tariffs. 

I think that the approach these countries need to use should be more personal...like targeting Trump's international businesses. It would be easy enough to do.

Right now these economic measures are hurting millions of Americans, but not Trump personally. So he really doesn't give a rat's ass who suffers from his stupid decisions. It's all about throwing meat to his hard-core base.

The only way to stop Trump is to target his businesses. Like most dictators he can easily weather broad sanctions against the economy. But hit Trump in the pocketbook and you'll see him squeal like a pig. 

In understanding Trump, you have to realize everything's about him. He does what's good for him, not the U.S. economy. His tax scam bill is a perfect example. The Trump family made millions off that con.

If nations targeted Trump's personal businesses, millions of Americans wouldn't have to suffer needlessly for his hubris. And he wouldn't be able to rally the country against the combined tariffs against us. Instead, he'd be the one who suffers the effects of his own moronic moves.

Trump and his family are conducting the biggest grift ever leveled against the Americans public. They've committed so many ethic violations a book could be written on them.

If you want to stop Trump, make it personal. It's the only way to really get his attention.

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

Back In The Public Eye: Ben Carson Pushes Hydroxychloroquine

The man who once said the Pyramids were built to store grain is back in the limelight with another ridiculous  claim: Hydroxychloroquine s...