Sunday, December 16, 2018

Americans Were Warned Of Biggest Threat To Democracy 269-Years Ago

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Let's take a look at the man that became the Nostradamus of Politics, Denis Diderot, whose political predictions were eerily accurate.

Diderot authored some of the century's most influential political writing, much of it now strikingly prescient in the Age of Trump.

It was Diderot's contention that the real threat to American democracy would not come from foreign powers: it would stem from within, from unbridled luxury, class tensions, political corruption and, in the worst case scenario, from the rise of a cynical autocrat who would turn his back on the founding values of the Republic.

Diderot's life had been devoted trying to get Kings and Queens of countries to treat their subjects better. To his dismay after years of scholarly papers and speeches nothing changed.

He admired the fledgling new country of America, and the ideals and values it stood for. Before he died in 1784, he wrote an article warning Americans to be vigilant of their newfound freedoms. 

The following quote holds particular relevance to Americans today. See what you think:

"People of North America, may the example of all those nations that have preceded you, and especially that of your motherland, instruct you. Beware of the affluence of gold that brings with it the corruption of morals and the scorn of laws: beware of an unbalanced distribution of wealth that will give rise to a small number of opulent citizens and a hoard of citizens in poverty, a situation that will engender the insolence of some and the deprivation of others."

If France's monarchy would have listened to his advise the French Revolution may never have happened. Who knows?

The message for us today is to pay heed to Diderot's warning and to hold Trump and his minions accountable now.

That won't solve all the problems in our society. We'll still have to contend with corporations that continue to exploit people, but cleaning out the trash in the White House will be a good first step.

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

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Holiday Mystery and Miracles

This Couple saved Christmas (more below) CNN Photo

                                          Good Day World!

Let's start this Saturday off with a feel good story that caught my eye yesterday:

A Thief Stole Gifts Meant For Thousands of Kids. Then This Couple Raised $45,000 To Save Christmas

It's these kind of stories that give us all hope for mankind. A tiny miracle, if you will.

We all know that 2018 has been a rough year. With so much negative news every day most Americans are becoming shell-shocked. 

That's why we all need a positive infusion of news. Here's a collection of the 20 Best Feel-Good Stories For 2018

Now for the mystery part.

Something strange happened at a DC federal courthouse yesterday.

An entire floor was shut down with no explanation for an hour.

Security officers, offering no explanation, cleared the appeals courtroom, allowing only about a dozen law clerks working for federal judges to stay behind.

They also cleared the the vestibule to the courtroom and checked the coat closet where attorneys coming to listen to arguments stash their belongings. 

They locked the door leading to the attorneys' lounge on that floor and shooed the more than 20 reporters prowling the hall away from the elevator bank and told them to vacate the nearby stairwells.

At one point, even an elevator wouldn't open its doors on the fifth floor.

When I first heard this, my reaction was..."did El Chapo's trial suddenly get moved?" 

But no.

It was something even bigger than El Chapo. Turned out Mueller's team was there holding a secret and mysterious argument about a grand jury subpoena challenge.

Now who do you suppose is challenging a subpoena and why all the heavy-handed secrecy?

I'll just call it a holiday mystery for now. One which will hopefully be revealed to us all someday.

Just a wild thought...I'll bet it's Trump!

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

Friday, December 14, 2018

GOP Has Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Derangement Syndrome

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Surly House Trumplicans, still smarting over their election spanking they got, have turned their anger towards the newly elected youngest person in Congress - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

She scares the hell out of them

Since being elected they've been taking rude shots at everything from her "cheap clothes" to not being prepared to move to Washington DC after being elected (for financial reasons).

White House trolls like Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway have been leading the way.

The creator of "alternate realities" Conway, piled on Cortez a couple of days ago and said,"... she was a 29-year old Congresswoman who doesn't seem to know anything."

However, Conway made the same mistake as the rest of the Trumplicans who have been trolling Cortez...she was outsmarted and humiliated for her efforts.

Cortez replied with a scathing tweet of her own, 

"Leveraging those who belittle my capacity is exactly how I defeated a multi-generation, multi-million $ political machine. GOP is even weaker because their bias has no self-control."

Cortez also pointed out that Conway has been at War On Facts since Inauguration Day.

This apparent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez derangement syndrome is just the latest low for a party that once proudly stood for democracy, but has since abandoned all ethics and truth to follow an authoritarian cult leader.

Why have Trumplicans selected Cortez to revile and attack? 

The answer is really out there for everyone to see - she represents a powerful emerging group of 2020 voters that will be actively going after Trump's transgressions, in-and-out of office.

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

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Trump's Tweets Are A 'Smocking' Gun

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When Trump starting tweeting from the White House he laid the ground for his own convictions some day.

As state Attorney Generals from New York, Washington DC, and Virginia, process violation charges against Trump and his crooked family, the incoming Democratic majority in the House also have a litany of charges to investigate.

Then there's the Mueller investigation. There's one thing in common to all of the investigations; prosecutors are using Trump's own tweets to incriminate him.

That's right. Two years of tweets chronicling his lies are going to come to fruition in numerous courts and investigations. Some already have. A prosecutor couldn't ask for more. Using his own words to put Trump behind bars is poetic justice.

It's safe to say that Trump's tweets are a "smocking gun."

So, keep 'em rolling Donny! You have a fan club in justice departments of three states and, of course, your favorite federal prosecutor is your number one fan.

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

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Meeting Memo To Trump: 'You Made An Ass Of Yourself!'

                                         Good Day World!

If you watched Trump, Pelosi, and Schumer on TV yesterday, discussing "the wall," and a possible government shutdown, it was both enlightening and frightening.

Millions of viewers watched Pelosi and Schumer school Trump by fact-checking each of his false assertions. Trump's reaction was a temper tantrum that resulted in speaking over them both as they made their points. 

What I found interesting was Trump's version of a reality show - he set the stage by inviting reporters - was based upon the assumption he was going to make the two Democrats look like jerks with his extraordinary oratory skills.

If you watched this bit of theatre, you know that's not what happened. They made him look like an idiot, as he bounced about in his chair repeating threats and false information.

It's obvious Trump hasn't been able to make the transition from TV reality star to president (to no one's surprise). When he orchestrated his meeting with Pelosi and Schumer it was for the benefit of his base (former Apprentice viewers).

Which is fine. If he's content to play to a minority (think about the last midterms) let him play his games.

Trump's unreal reality show appearance yesterday quickly became the laughingstock of the internet. Trump memes have been popping up like toadstools since his surreal TV performance. 

My favorite part came towards the end when Schumer baited Trump into bragging "I am proud to shut down the government for border security." 

At that moment, viewers knew they were watching two adults dealing with a petulant, unbriefed president who was throwing a tantrum.

Not very inspiring. 

If Trump is going to attempt to stage another news conference to make himself look good, maybe he ought to hook up with the producers of The Apprentice who managed to project that lie pretty well for years.

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

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Posted: White House Is Looking For a Babysitter

                                          Good Day World!

With current White House babysitter,John Kelly, on the way out, Donny needs a new babysitter.

The White House staff is scrambling to find someone who'll take his shit, is loyal to the point of stupidity, and is willing to sacrifice his (or hers) career being associated with Trump.

Most Trumplicans know history isn't going to be kind to the country's first illegitimate president.

Thus far in Trump's administration, staffers have been able to recruit heavily from Fox News - most recently, Heather Nauert, who has been in charge of Homeland Security and is now being considered to replace Nikki Haley as the US ambassador to the United Nations. 

I was reading an article about a new mom looking for a babysitter and was struck by all the requirements she had for the job.

Can you imagine the requirements for being Trump's babysitter?

I don't know why they continue to call that position chief of staff (which indicates some authority) when they're really looking for a special idiot willing to kiss Trump's ring and to try and keep him out of trouble.

An impossible task. No amount of pay would be worth the grief to a sane person. No doubt it'll take some tricky maneuvering to find the right candidate.

Trump's first pick, Nick Ayers said "no thank you" and plans on leaving Pence's staff at the end of the year.

I haven't seen anyone lining up yet. Trump has mentioned some names, but that doesn't mean anything. Those names can change in a day.

It's going to take a miracle to find someone who won't be rattled by Trump's temper tantrums, daily lies, and personal insults.

In the end I suppose, the new person is going to come from the bowels of Fox News, or Breitbart News. That's the only places to really look for someone crazy enough to sign on as the next babysitter/chief of staff.

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

Monday, December 10, 2018

Enjoy! New Versions of Favorite Holiday Melodies

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This season let's turn over some rocks and see what some people are listening to for the holidays.

The hottest seasonal song among Neo Nazis and White Supremacists for Trump, was composed by Irving Berlin;
"White Christmas." None of the lyrics were changed.

Here are some other standards with new twists:

A new version of Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer titled, "Mueller Got Run Over By A Trump Train

A new version of, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus titled, "I Saw Trump and Putin Kissing Under The Money Tree"

A new version of, "What Child Is This?" titled, "What Moron Is This?" reflecting Trump's presidency, has been moving up the charts.

Another song gaining traction is the new version of "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" titled "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Armageddon" 

A favorite among young people who are now eligible to vote is a version of "Frosty The Snowman" titled "Trumpy The Traitor" 

A version of "The First Noel," titled "The First Illegitimate President" is doing well on Amazon tunes for the holidays.

A catchy version of "Go Tell It On The Mountain" titled, "Go Tell It To Mueller" has been very popular in Washington DC and The Capitol.

A timely version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" titled "Hark! The Trump Aides Sing" has been playing a lot in the corridors and elevators of CNN.

Also heard on the radio is the new version of "Mary Did You Know?" titled, "Trump, When Did You Know?"

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

Sunday, December 9, 2018

2018 Christmas Carol: Donny The Orange-Faced Liar

                                           Good Day World!

In the spirit of the holiday, during this Age of Trump, some old carols need revised and updated.

(With apologies to Robert Lewis May's, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer)

Donny The Orange-Faced Liar

Donny the Orange-Faced Liar
Had a very strange glow
And when Mueller saw it,
He knew Russia was in the know.

All of the other billionaires
use to laugh and call him names
They never accepted poor little Donny
and let him join their billionaire games.

Then one foggy election night
Donny got elected
With his orange glow so bright.

Then how the billionaires loved him
As they shouted out in glee
"Donny with your orange glow
and Russia's backing
"You'll go down in history!"

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

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Christmas Story: Trump Brings Chaos To The Holiday

Good Day World!

Grab a cup of coffee (or hot chocolate) and join me for a 2018 Christmas story. 

You may want to infuse your drink of choice with a strong cannabis extract.

It was seventeen days before Christmas, and all throughout the land, there was a sense of reckoning coming for our illegitimate president.

Robert Mueller's team of elves were busying in court filing charges against two of his associates; Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. The charges revealed new details about the Russian probe.

More Chaos... 

Trump appointed two new puppets for his corrupt cabinet. He hinted at another shakeup coming in days. Out the door in time for the holidays was AG Jeff Sessions. He was replaced by someone who wouldn't recuse himself from the Russian probe, and past Mueller critic, William Barr.

Quickly following that slimy pick, Trump selected a former Fox and Friends regular, Heather Nauert, to replace Nikki Haley (who was smart enough to get out of Dodge before the subpoenas began coming) as the next UN Ambassador. 

Proving Nauert was the absolute worst pick possible, she recently said D-Day was the height of U.S.-German relations! She is also spectacularly unqualified for the job.

Reactions to Trump's crazy tweets (I'm the Tariff Man) continued to send the stock market into chaos as it sunk another 559 points before the bell mercifully rung ending the session yesterday.

Trump claims he has a "counter report" to the Special Counsel's report where he'll refute whatever charges are made. Perhaps credit for that could go to temporary AG Matthew Whitaker who has been spying on Mueller. It all sounds like bullshit to me. 

More Chaos..

Tweet time extended throughout the day:

After a CNN article on Rex Tillerson (Trump's ex-secretary of state) reported that he had to keep Trump from violating laws Trump retaliated by tweeting "...that Tillerson was as lazy as hell and as dumb as a rock." 

Desperate lame duck House Republicans interviewed James Comey in private, hoping to discredit the FBI, but came away grumbling. It was their last stand attempt at interfering with the Russian investigation.

The airwaves are filled with Christmas songs and reports of Trump's corruption. We know what Santa is going to bring Trump, and it's not coal. He got that last year. This year his stocking is going to stuffed with summons and subpoenas.

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

Friday, December 7, 2018

Trumpublicans Caught 'Ballot Harvesting' in North Carolina

                                          Good Day World!

In normal times a scandal like what's unfolding in North Carolina would be major headline material. "Republicans Caught Fixing an Election."

In the Age of Trump, it's just one more example of hypocrisy on steroids.

Since 2016 when Trump stumped around the country lying about everything from the Democrats cheating in elections to all Mexicans being rapists, serial killers, etc., his favorite theme has been "fake" this...and that. 

After slithering into the White House with Putin's assistance, one of the first things Trump did was appoint a committee to explore voter fraud...headed up by serial liar, Trump devotee, and Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Koback.

The committee was shut down shortly after it's launch after being exposed as a partisan attack going nowhere.

Fast forward to today.

North Carolina Republican, McCrae Dowless, stands accused of orchestrating a sweeping voter-fraud operation in Bladen County—allegedly to benefit a Republican candidate for U.S. House. 

Here's the part that really cracks me up about these Republican hypocrites:

In North Carolina's early polling, when it looked like the race was going to be close, Republican operatives filed claims (without evidence) of voter fraud with county boards of election across the state.

The irony is as thick as a brick. 

At this time there's an investigation with plans for an evidentiary hearing for those cheating Trumpublicans, no later than December 21. 

More than likely, there will be a new election.

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

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Nation Not As Divided As Media Outlets Portray

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I was starting to really believe that America is so polarized that any chance of redemption was impossible.

My thoughts have evolved lately, recognizing that the apparent great divide in this nation is nothing more than two extreme ideologies pursued by partisan operatives.

Both have sounding boards in the media - from Fox News to MSNBC that are in a pitched battle for Americans attention. 

I've talked with numerous people who are tired of the constant "us-versus-them" mentality. I've researched a number of resources that prove all Americans are not divided despite the amount of media time spent trying to convince us otherwise.

I highly recommend reading this research paper: The Hidden Tribes of America. 

This report, with the input of 8,000 Americans, is the largest study ever done on polarization in our nation. You'll probably be surprised when you find out that 3 out of every 4 Americans believe that our differences can be worked out.

The research concluded that we have become a nation of tribes, with different codes, values, and even facts.

But this can change.

A majority of Americans, who the report called the "Exhausted Majority," are fed up by America’s polarization.

That gives me hope. I hope it does for you as well. 

Despite Trumpism and extreme ideologies touted by the corporate owned media in this country, there are millions of Americans who still believe in unity - not division. 

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

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