Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Here's The Key To Negotations That Could Solve The Shutdown

Trump's Puppet Masters Hold the Key

                                          Good Day World!

The answer to this partial government showdown has been hiding in obvious sight. It's been in the front of our faces  all this time but we haven't recognized it.

Until now.

The only way to solve this result of Trump's temper tantrum is to quit trying to negotiation with him. That's right. It's a waste of time. Democrats need to deal with the people who've made him a puppet...

They need to go to the sources like Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, and Sean Hannity, to break the deadlock.

As historians will point out one day, there was a bipartisan agreement to open the government with both sides assured that Trump would sign it.

But at the last moment, Ann Coulter attacked Trump and told him he was a sell-out to his base. When Rush Limbaugh chimed in Trump got panicky and called him to reassure him he wouldn't sign the already agreed upon bill.

The rest is history. On day 31 of Trump's shutdown it's apparent Democrats need to change their strategy and deal with who is really running the White House.

A group of far-right activists whose goal is to turn America back to the 1950s when there was no challenge to the wealthy ruling white class who created an alternate America, until the rise of social justice and people like Martin Luther King.

It's a good example of how pathetic the position of president has become. We have a racist troll whose allegiance to himself comes first, and then to his hardcore base. 

Setting that aside, it's now a matter of negotiating with talk show hosts to see what it'll take to put 800,000 Americans back to work.

If that doesn't work - and I'm pretty sure it won't (nothing ventured, nothing gained) - then it's up to the Democrats to rally enough senators in Congress to stop this stupid shutdown.

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

Monday, January 21, 2019

Resistance Against Trump: The Patriotic Backlash

Good Day World!

If there's one word that stands out in the Trump era it's "Resistance.

The day after the orange-hued con man was sworn in as the new POTUS, there was a massive show of resistance from millions of women who marched through the streets of America to let the "pussy grabber" president know they were prepared to resist his immorality and constant stream of lies.

Which brings us to the current government shutdown that Trump proudly takes credit for. Or, at least he did at first. It's been a revolving list of accusations and explanations since.

I took a look at this current impasse between Trump and the Democrats and turned to science to see if there was a way around the resistance against making this deal that would re-open our government.

I came across an interesting article by blogger Matt Banna titled "The Science Behind the Resistance to Change" (go here for webinar and article).

Quoting Banna:


"To move forward and accomplish ideal change, you need to address issues and find out what works, but you also need to make sure that it is a workable change. 
Without a workable change, people will not accept it. They need to believe that the change will be more successful than what they’re currently doing, or else they will reject this change.
If they don’t believe the change will be successful for them, then why shouldn’t they resist?
Resistance is the judgment made by the brain that the proposal for change makes less sense than what they’re currently doing. This judgment is only partly based on reason, but it can also be based on missing data."
Some good points were made. But, we also know all the rules have been thrown out by Trump and the puppets who slavishly follow him.
Trump's toxic tactic of taking hundreds of thousands of federal workers hostage, and making them pawns in his political pissing game goes on for much longer, something has to give.
And it probably won't be a compromise with Trump that'll end this insanity. No. Unless, of course, a miracle occurs. (Please don't hold your breath waiting)
GOP senators will have to grow temporary spines and show that the Senate is an equal part of our government (it can use veto proof majority to resist Trump), and not just a bunch of handmaidens for a president who thinks laws don't apply to him.
That might be the miracle I referred to.
If that doesn't happen, then Putin's investment in Trump was worth it...he's successfully destroyed our current form of democracy and installed a dictatorship.

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

Sunday, January 20, 2019

On This Sunday I Come To You, Not to Praise...

Good Day World!

I come to you today, not to praise the orange-hued anus in the Oval Office, but to expose him...

to reveal his daily lies
to hold up examples of his corruption, before and after Russia put him in the White House
to uncover his outrageous claims about the southern border

Yea! ... though Americans walk in the Valley of Trump today
they should fear no evil...

Mueller's near
He shall guide us into impeachment
this very year

His evidence will lead to a jail cell
for Trump and many minions
Once again we'll hear the Freedom Bell

and will rest again in our Democracy 
From sea-to-shining sea

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

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Memo To Trump: It's Easy To Go Over and Under a Wall

Good Day World!

It occurred to me while sipping my morning cup of coffee that Trump may not be aware that it's possible to go over, or under a wall.

If you happened to see Trump's visit to the border recently you may have noticed a female border patrol officer showing Trump videos of tunnels that had recently been discovered under a nearby border wall.

Trump just sat there, almost in a catatonic state and stared. There was no sign that he even saw what was she was showing him.

It was one of those moments when your realized he was living in an alternate universe and that the border patrol agent was wasting her time.

Since that photo op, two tunnels have been discovered. One of them allowed nearly 400 immigrants to get to the other side - where they patiently waited for border patrol agents to arrive and process them. 

By the way, there were only three agents in that 30-mile stretch. It's obvious we need more agents, not a 13th century wall that didn't stop the Mongols from invading China.

Another very effective way around a wall is the use of catapults. Check this video out and this one.

It's pretty easy to get drugs over a wall. I don't care how high it is. Just the fact that a wall can be rendered useless by two basic methods - over and under - should make any sane person pause when Trump claims we need a wall.

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

Friday, January 18, 2019

Color Me Perplexed: News Events That Leave Everyone Confused

Good Day World!

Puff...puff...chug, chug...Oh, your here!

Sorry about the delay. 

I needed a couple of quick puffs instead of my usual slow-acting cannabis infused coffee so I could really focus on some of the new stories that are about as clear as mud to readers and viewers.

Let's take a shot at trying to clear the waters.

Here's what's happening: Trump has shut our government down and 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed with no pay. 

When GoFundMe pages popped up to help the workers families...the government stepped in and said, "Hell, No!

Yesterday our pathetic excuse for a president spoke to members of the Pentagon. He was supposed (key words) to be there to discuss a new missal defense system we've installed in some areas (like Alaska), and our further commitment to stopping foreign powers from hitting America with nukes.

He did spend a few minutes on the subject but then turned it into a partisan rant about the need for a southern border wall and how bad the Democrats are because they could care less about the America peoples safety.

My confusion comes from the fact that lately, every time Trump trots out and appears somewhere (Farmer Convention in New Orleans last week) he goes off subject and uses the event to stump for his vanity wall.

He dreams about an image of himself standing before a giant wall while his supporters cheer him on endlessly. My question is when is this tactic going to get old?

It sure didn't work during the midterms. Trump has become a one-note tyrant.

As for the Mueller investigation: Trump's allies constantly shifting stories about the 2016 election campaign has left the majority of the country confused, angry, and suspicious.

Most recent example: Rudy Giuliani contradicts 18 months of "No Collusion" claims. So what are American's supposed to think?

With Trump declaring the mainstream press "an enemy of the people" he has infused even more confusion among people trying to really understand what's happening in our country.

When you see Mike Pence declaring ISIS has been defeated and it's time to go home (despite hearing about the death of American servicemen in an attack in Syria that same day), it's apparent there's a real disconnect between reality and the illusions Trump and his minions are spinning.

Time for me to walk down the road...

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Trump's Trickle-Down Effect Goes Beyond Economics

Good Day World!

This morning I'm sharing a few thoughts about trickle-down economics and trickle-down politics.

The idea that giving massive tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy benefiting the rest of America is pure bullshit. Republicans since Ronald Reagan have tried to fool the common American with Voodoo Economics.

With that said, let's move into a more sinister example of trickle-down politics under Trump.

Our liar in chief, whose xenophobia is the real reason he has a hardcore following, has taken the whole idea of a trickle-down effect to new heights of depravity. His views against people of any color have been on display since his first day in office.

His trickle-down racism, distortion of facts, and lack of morals and ethics has spread like an infection in this country - a grim example of Trumpian trickle-down politics challenging every law in the land, and our prized Constitution.

It's important to remember that Trump is not a Republican.

He's a wannabe dictator who has managed to get his hateful messages amplified with the bully pulpit of the presidency, and a propaganda arm that extends from Fox News to Breitbart.

The good news - and yes, there is good news on the horizon - is the majority of Americans have had enough of Trump's trickle-down effects - both politically and economically. 

Stay tuned, as the numerous investigations into Trump's corruption and cooperation with the Russians during the 2016 election, are revealed by the now majority Democratic House.

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

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

"Hi! I'm Dave, and I'm Addicted To The Trump Government Reality Show

Good Day World!

As I slurped my way through my first cup of coffee this morning it occurred to me that I was watching way too many Trump government reality shows lately.

It's scary. I can't stand the orange anus, but damn! He still puts on a good show, as do his minions daily.

Take the confirmation hearings for Trump appointees.

Who get forget the high anxiety of the Kavanaugh hearings? Talk about all the elements for entertainment. If it got any more salacious the proceedings would have had to be X-Rated and run on cable news.

Talk about X-Rated! How about Trump and the Porn Star and Playmate after hours series? Stormy notes Donny's little hands and... 

How about that drama at the southern border last midterms?

Trump and minions played with our military personnel like pawns in his political game, declaring a crisis approaching - which by the way was a rag tag collection of fleeing immigrants banded together for safety.

There's so many juicy tidbits about Trump and his corrupt staff of puppets that it's running as a miniseries (The House of Trump) on CNN. 

Early viewers got to watch Trump's original cabinet get eviscerated, humiliated, and tossed aside like trash. Those early episodes were great entertainment, but now there's only a half-temporary staff tip-toeing through the White House and taking turns changing Trump's diapers after his temper tantrums.

The daily reality show since his election has featured fans flocking to Fox News for a daily dose of lies and Trump ass-kissing segments.

Even the mainstream news is addicted to Trump's government reality show, eagerly featuring his daily tweets like they were real news. 

Please don't judge me too harshly if I'm addicted to covering Trump's downfall. There's just something about the theatre in Washington DC that defies explanation...

"Hi! I'm Dave, and I'm addicted to coffee and the current long-running reality show in the White House."

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

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Laugh, Laugh, I Thought I'd Never Stop, But...

Good Day World!

It all started in 2015 when I heard that Donald Trump, world-class douche bag was running for president of the United States!

I'll be honest, I thought it was a joke. So I laughed along with millions of other Americans at the mere thought. 

America chuckled at the idea of a reality star who liked firing people as the leader of the free world.

In 2016, I laughed at the idea that the Orange Anus thought he could beat out 19 other Republicans to be the party candidate for the Oval Office. So did many political pundits.

I stopped laughing in January 2017 at about the same time the majority of Americans stopped. A con man for the ages, with the help of the Russian government and other foreign powers, had stolen the election.

A dark pall settled over the majority of Americans whose votes were invalidated by the Electoral College. The popular candidate lost as a result of a fixed election. The nation was stunned.

In 2018, more and more Americans starting seeing through Trump's lies, as news organizations kept a daily count. Everyone knew that special counsel Bob Mueller's investigation into the Trump team and Russia conspiracy was a Pandora's Box that would keep on giving.

There wasn't a lot to laugh about last year. The clown squatting in the White House did everything he could to sully America's international ties, attacking everything from the UN to NATO. His tariffs struck like a knife in the heartland of America and farmers are feeling the results now.

Laughter turned to tears last year as immigrant families were separated from their children at the southern border. In the last month, two children have died in tent cities on the border. With proper care, it wouldn't have happened. 

Baby Boy Trump's temper tantrums have resulted in trying to create a crisis on the border during the midterms (which backfired spectacularly with the Democrats retaking the House) claiming caravans with terrorists, rapists, and all kinds of bad people were on their way to assault our southern border.

Here we are in 2019, and Trump's shut the government down until he gets his vanity wall. He still, incorrectly calls it a crisis on the border. The only crisis there, is as we all know, is Trump's draconian treatment of the immigrants...and now 800,000 federal workers going without pay.

Things are a changing, as a song once suggested. I was able to laugh today when I saw Trump's twitter. You know, the one where he was praising Nashville, Tennessee, when in fact he was going to New Orleans for a convention!

Couldn't help myself. You know what I'm thinking? There's going to be a lot to laugh about as Trump get's taken down - step-by-step this year - until he's finally behind bars.

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

Monday, January 14, 2019

Taking the New Trump Test for Citizenship in America

Good Day World!

Test Instructor: "It's good to see all of you eager would-be American citizens prepared to take your written test. 

You're all one step closer to your goal of being a contributing American.

I hope you all got the memo I sent out explaining the old test is no longer applicable under the Trump regime. Those of you who did get a study guide for the new test may have a few questions before we begin.

"Yes sir, I wonder why we no longer have to memorize the Pledge of Allegiance?"

"I see you're confused. What's your name?"

"Juan Cardoza, I'm from El Salvador."

"Listen up Juan, I'm only saying this once; it's the same Pledge of Allegiance with just a few changes in it. Like the first line...

It's similar, "I pledge allegiance to Donald Trump, and to the regime he's installed in The Once United States of America, and to the corporations who stand for Fascism, and the wealthy." 

"I have a question senor!"

"Name?"

"Estuardo  Alarcon, I'm from Guatemala. I don't see anything in the guide referring to the US Constitution. It took me a year to memorize all the laws and amendments. Why is this?

"Are you a trouble maker Estuardo?"

"No! No senor!..."

"Things change. Nothing strange about that. I hope you memorized the newly revised Law of the Land under Lord Trump."

"See senor. I haven't slept since you passed it out to applicants yesterday."

"All right people! No more questions as I pass out the test. No talking. If we even think you're cheating, you'll be escorted back to the border by an attack dog and one overworked border patrol officer. Good luck!"

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

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Home Alone: A Nothing Burger in the White House

Good Day World!

When the media accused Trump of causing chaos in the White House yesterday, he vehemently replied,

"Fake media! How could there be chaos when I'm the only one here in the White House?"

Okay. Nothing more needs to be added here.

Just another stellar moment with a reality star whose world is blowing up around him. He's grudgingly starting to realize playing America's leader has consequences.

One's he never thought of as he happily set about destroying our government, our place in the world community, and whatever moral authority we once had.

In his new job as POTUS truth was a requirement - something that he's done his best to avoid since Daddy gave him millions and he began calling himself a builder of walls.

As for his famous Art of the Deal skills, they were just another illusion (like the ghost writer who really wrote Trump's book).

Look no further than how the world currently sees us...sheep being led by a maniac.

The bottom line; America is waiting until Trump's temper tantrums stop long enough to get the government back open, and to stop using 800,000 federal workers as political pawns.

That's why Trump is home alone today. He refuses to compromise with Congress. 

It's also because he doesn't understand the first thing about making a deal where the mafia, Saudi Arabia, or Russia aren't involved.

To his utter surprise, the country does not want a dictator with little hands, and a little brain.

Trump has become a nothing burger that the Democrats plan on grilling in the coming days, weeks, and months. Looks like his crimes are ketchupping up to him!

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

Saturday, January 12, 2019

An Opportunity to Look at The Rest of a Story

Good Day World!

One of my heroes in journalism is Paul Harvey. 

If you ever heard his famous "Rest of the Story" broadcasts you'll understand.

He told us about stories that the mainstream media didn't always bother with.

 You felt like an insider as he carefully laid out the details of a story. 

Note: He was into the truth. Something a lot of so-called journalists today seem to slough off in favor of a hot story.

In his honor, I've selected one current news items Paul would have found worthy of telling.

A group calling itself the National Police Association (NPA) has been getting a lot of headlines lately. That sounds like a good thing right?

Not so fast. The NPA isn't what it's name implies. It is not comprised of any police officers - unlike the very legitimate National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO).

As a matter of fact it's a small non-profit. So forget the national part from the get go. IRS records (online) show it was first incorporated in the State of Delaware in 2017. Then it registered as a foreign corporation in Indiana. The address is simply a mailbox.

There's only three board members. None are ex-cops or have police connections. I know that because their website doesn't have a hint of police experience highlighting members accomplishments - which most associations love to point out.

So what's up with that?

So what is this odd groups mission? Based upon newspaper headlines the last two years it appears to be a platform to attack political figures.

Here's what's important to know; this tiny little group has support from numerous right wing groups including White Supremacists.

Be alert to the fact that there are a lot of scam sites using names similar to legitimate police organizations. I gave one an example above - NPA and NAPO.

It turns out that the NPA is just another arm of the self-benefiting criminal justice lobby that perpetrates fear through deliberate mischaracterizations of crime.

As Paul Harvey always said in conclusion, "And that's the rest of the story."

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

Some Scary Halloween Costumes: What Would Happen If There Wasn't a Dress Code in Congress?

Inspired by Rep. "Gym" Jordan's refusal to wear a suit jacket in the Capitol (or anywhere else), I have a stunning prediction...