Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Hatch Act (and other violations) Don't Apply To Trump Minions

                                         Good Day World!

“...and woe betide anyone foolish enough to question my caffeine intake.” -Kieron Gillen
Just to be clear this morning, there's a double standard in Washington where everyone but Trump's minions have to follow the rules.

The latest example:

The US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) found that Kellyanne Conway has violated the Hatch Act "numerous times," and recommended she be fired.

"Never has (the office) had to issue multiple reports to the president concerning Hatch Act violations by the same individual," said Special Counsel Henry Kerner in a letter to Trump.

The agency is only a watchdog however, and cannot pursue violations. Only the president can. As expected, Trump laughed and shredded that request.

It was just another peep from the underlings in government who aren't personal followers of the orange anus.

Trump's Refusal To Fire Conway is 'Dangerous and She Should Resign: Ethics Experts

Another example:

Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife, Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao, directed an aide in the US Department of Transportation to prioritize her husband's Kentucky projects. He's up for re-election in 2020 and is using whatever devious means he can to stay in power.

In any other administration either of these two cases would have been a major scandal. In the Trump era they're just beeps on the radar.

I could easily add to this list, but it's unnecessary for the purpose of getting my point across. You've got the idea.

Americans are going to have to tolerate this kind of shit until Trump and his minions are purged from The White House.

Time for me to walk on down the road..

Trump 'Doesn't Know The Difference Between Right or Wrong' Nor Does He Care

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"It's when I sip coffee that I know that I can handle anything that life can throw at me." - Anthony T. Hincks

For the first time in the orange ape's administration there's been some clarity on how he really feels about something.

When it comes to collecting dirt on opponents the sky is the limit.

Trump recently told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he'd be open to listening to information from foreign governments that would damage his opponents in the next election.

It was a rare moment of truth, and proved how willing he was to get Russia's help in 2016. 

Our liar in chief's explanation that it's okay to listen to foreign powers to hurt American politicians was a frank admission that he doesn't play by the rules. Any rules.

What amazes me is he's doing it right out in the open. I've never seen an American president brazenly welcome foreign inference into our elections before. That's because it's never happened.

The Mueller report made it clear that Russia attacked our 2016 election to support Trump. He, and his minions welcomed that help.

It's glaringly apparent Trump intends to go the same treasonous route again if any foreign governments can help him get re-elected.

The question now is, should an impeachment inquiry be opened soon? Trump's open defiance against Congress and the rules of laws are damaging our democracy every day he's in office.

If Trump is still in office next year there's a very good chance he'll reach out to his dictator buddies for dirt against his democratic opponent.

The day after the interview Nancy Pelosi summed up Trump's comments succinctly, "What the president said last night shows clearly once again...that he does not know the difference between right or wrong." 

I would suggest Trump just doesn't give a damn about such niceties. 

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

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Oh Shit! Here We Go Again - Another Love Letter From Kim To Trump

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“I need COFFEE to help me change the things I can... and WINE to help me accept the things I can't!” -Tanya Masse 

The Trump/Kim love affair is a shit story that doesn't bode well for America.

In case you didn't notice, amidst all of the other crazy shit Trump has been pulling, he claims he has another love letter from one of his favorite murdering despots, North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

Trump told reporters that he got a, “...very beautiful and warm and it was very personal, very warm, and a very nice letter" and that everything is going smoothly with the bloodthirsty little bastard who has captured his heart.

While still unconfirmed, it appears that last meeting between the two jerks ended worse than expected, because Kim had his negotiating crew executed.

I really have a hard time watching an American president lick a foreign dictator's ass in order to claim some foreign policy victory that he hopes will help him get re-elected.

Just between you and me...

Kim, who recently was caught flagrantly flirting with Russia's sweetheart Putin, is playing Trump like a piccolo. By the time Trump figures that out (if ever) he's going to be "sweetmeat" for at least six more dictators.

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Stewart Spanks Congress: Stands Up For 911 Responders

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People like to cry over spilled milk, but I cry every time I spill my coffee.” Anthony Liccione 
We live in an era of shame brought about by politicians with no ethics or morals. 

(Update below)

It's no longer about doing the right thing. Everything is a binary choice. Win, or lose. 

When my friend Larry sent me a link to Jon Stewart addressing Congress yesterday, I almost shed tears. 

"Accountability doesn't appear to be something that occurs in this chamber," Stewart said, "and, I'm sorry if I sound angry and undiplomatic, but I am angry and you should be too."

I know I was angry hearing about the difficulties the 911 Victim Compensation Fund has gone through with Congress's lackadaisical responses, coming up short of what's needed, and dragging their feet on releasing funds.

To me, this is another metaphor for when old men send young men to war. When they come home no one cares about their needs. 

Those 911 responders put everything on the line without hesitation. But their deeds are already receding into history along with their needs. 

When most of the members of Congress didn't show up to hear from those first responders in the hearing, it was a show of disrespect.

Stewart made sure they knew it too. His passionate speech -
calling out the "callous indifference and rank hypocrisy" of Congress members who once tweeted, "Never Forget 9/11" are robbing the responders of their 'most valuable commodity': Time, the one thing they're running out of."

The hearing was on a bill that would ensure funding for health benefits for responders for the next 70 years.

It was the first time I ever saw a speaker in the chamber receive a standing ovation. Those members of the House that did show up looked on from their seats sheepishly, fully aware they weren't doing their job.

UPDATE: House panel passes 9/11 Bill After Stewart testimony

Thank you, Jon Stewart!

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Coming Soon: Political Olympic Games Previewed

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"Life is like coffee. The darker it gets, the more it energizes." -  Ankita Singhal

Feel like having some fun today? Try this on.

News flash:  2020 presidential election kicks off with new Political Olympics featuring America's politicians displaying their many skills.

Teams: Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

Times and Locations: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - Capitol Hill and state legislatures will formerly kick off next years presidential elections by performing feats of rhetoric and not passing any legislation until after January, 2021.

Events: Full Contact Subpoena Ball; Caucus Weight Lifting, Liar's Dice; the mile long Filibuster run; the 50-yard Corruption Sprints; and the Flip Flop Gym events designed to feature verbal contortions that will leave audiences gasping. 
 Under Aquatic - the 10 meter Presidential Backstroke; the 200 meter Committee Crawl; and the 100 meter Freestyle Forum. 

Also, Lobbyist Diving, and one event that is sure to pull an audience, Shark vs Shark, where the politician has to swim to one side of the pool before the Great White waiting in the water gets him!

Meanwhile, we can all just Dream On with Aerosmith!

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

Saturday, June 8, 2019

I'm Looking Forward To The New Presidential Twitter Library

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“Many people claim coffee inspires them, but, as everybody knows, coffee only makes boring people even more boring.” Balzac

Have you ever watched the Daily Show with Trevor Noah?

He's one of three late night comedians that I really enjoy watching and listening to.

Okay. What's up with the Trevor Noah thing? Right? Be patient, I'm leading up to that...

In a recent show Trevor sent a special message to Trump. In it he explained that the Daily Show's Traveling Presidential Twitter Library will set up shop in Washington on June 14th, just around the corner from the White House.

"The president can gain new inspiration as visitors bask in his collective wisdom, take a selfie with covfefe, or sit on his golden toilet," Noah explained.

Needlessly to say, I was inspired by Noah's vision of a Presidential Twitter Library, and have a few thoughts about the idea:

On Fundraising: It's a no-brainer that Trump's hard core base will send donations, even if they're beaten down with new higher tariff costs that the moron has imposed.

In addition,the upper 1% of Americans who hold the majority of the nation's wealth, will probably reward Trump for the tax scam that he pulled off last year.

On Preserving the Evidence: Historians, lawmakers, and political science professors, will be able to document scores of lies that Trump told during his regime that led to a war with Congress.

In addition, psychiatrists will be making numerous observations, where they write scholarly papers of the many mental conditions Trump has. The library will be like a walk through a sociopath's mind. 

A Warning To Future Generations: Above all, Donny's tweets will be a warning for future presidents who think about co-opting media platforms to present an alternative reality to their followers. 

Not only is it divisive to Americans, there's security concerns after Trump whips up his fringe base against individuals he's personally targeting.

This mobile Presidential Twitter Library can tour the nation, stopping off at colleges, and high schools across the country.

Anyway, thanks for the inspiration Trevor!

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

Friday, June 7, 2019

Will Trump Turn 4th of July Into a Political Rally?

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"You can tell the number of hours spent on work by counting the number of coffee rings on your desk." - A.D. Posey

Another day, and another assault against American traditions. Today, we're going to look at Trump's latest attempt to foul a national holiday.

A Trumpian 4th of July

House Democratic leaders are protesting Trump's decision to place himself at the center of the national Fourth of July celebration on the Mall, saying his planned speech at the Lincoln Memorial would waste taxpayer dollars and impart a partisan flavor to what has traditionally been an apolitical event. 

It's no secret that every time Trump goes to the podium for any news event, the conversation quickly deteriorates into a campaign rally. Almost without exception.

First and foremost in Trump's pea brain is getting re-elected in 2020. He began that campaign the day after being sworn into office in 2017.

The concern of Trump turning a national event into a sideshow, is widespread. His track record proves that, setting up what's sure to be a national embarrassment.

Don't be surprised if there's protesters at this Fourth of July rally if Trump get's to go through with his plan to co-opt the event.

That's not a sight I wish to see. Americans divided on the biggest patriotic holiday we have.

Let's hope that enough roadblocks are set up by the House to stop this shameful attempt to take over Fourth of July by our wannabe dictator.

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

Thursday, June 6, 2019

'Nobody Looked at Vietnam' According to Cadet Bonespurs

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"I have a strong theory that you can a tell a lot about someone by their coffee order." - Emmie Lee Dean

I have to admit it...nothing pisses me off more than cavalierly writing off the 58,000 men and women who fought and died in Vietnam.

As a combat Vietnam veteran, I was disgusted and appalled with Trump's comments during an interview with Piers Morgan (his old pal) the other day.

Trump, "Nobody heard of Vietnam with so many people dying, people asked what is happening over there? So I was never a fan - like we're fighting Nazi Germany, we're fighting against Hitler."

Trump went on to say he'd like to serve in another conflict, claiming he'd be "honored." He also suggested because he's so generous to the military he feels like that compensates for avoiding the draft.

Memo To Cadet Bonespurs

Bullshit! You orange ape and coward!

Once again you crossed the line between decency and honesty. You're not worth spitting on Stump. I'm not going to let you write off my history, or that of the rest of the men and woman who honorably served during those turbulent years.

As far as being exonerated for your cowardice by procuring funds for the military (something every president before you did)... forget about it!

To suggest that nobody looked at the Vietnam conflict, which played out on national TV, simply displays how stupid and uninformed you are Stump.

You have no right to even talk about Vietnam after five deferments - including one that was a fake bone spur diagnosis from a family friend who was a doctor. 

I'm watching you, and waiting until you get your just deserts for trying to destroy our democracy with the help of foreign powers and your dictator buddies around the globe. 

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

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Trump's Bullshit Didn't Fly - But the Trump Baby Blimp Did!

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"Coffee first. Save the world later." - Caroline George

Trump is trying to sell his alternate reality trick again. 

Despite recorded evidence to the contrary, he claims the English people love him...

Do you think this Baby Trump Blimp is a sign of love and respect?

Hardly. It's to mock the orange ape.

In a press conference yesterday Trump told gathered reporters that all he saw were British people flying American and British flags demonstrating their great love for him.

"I didn't see the protesters until a little while ago, and it was very, very small group of people put in for political reasons, so it was just fake news," Trump told the press.

Meanwhile (in the real world), as Trump was speaking, the British people made their feelings about him crystal clear, as tens of thousands gathered in London's Trafalgar Square.

Trump's avoidance of reality is becoming more of a challenge every day, as it closes in on him and his corrupt regime.

For a moment I wondered what Trump's base thought about this obvious contradiction, and then I remembered; they wouldn't have seen videos or pictures of the protests on Fox News, and were spoon fed his comments. 

Like mushrooms, Trump's followers are kept in the dark about what's really happening in the world. As far as the rest of us, his bullshit doesn't fly, but his Trump Baby Blimp sure does! 

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

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

2020 Presidential Election: Will Economy Save Trump?

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“I think much of a #writerslife is figuring out how much coffee is needed to fuel madness & creativity while avoiding having to pee.” - Jennifer Worrell 

As much as the majority of Americans loath Trump, many could conceivably give him a pass and re-elect him if the economy is thriving.

Or, at least that's the conventional view.

I know! It's blasphemy to suggest the orange ape might squat in the White House for another four years. However, you can't count out a healthy economy either. It's a powerful point to run on.

For most candidates. That may not be true for Trump.

His war with Congress is going to take a lot of oxygen out of his re-election campaign, despite what his minions believe. Trump's challenge to impeach him is part of their twisted strategy to get more than his fervent base to rally around him when it comes time to vote.

I would suggest to those mini-stable genius' laboring around that battle plan that they're not looking at the overall picture logically.

Let's start with Nixon. Americans had little desire to impeach him (37% for impeachment), until the impeachment inquiry opened up a can of whoop ass! 

Let's compare:

The latest poll on Trump shows 43% of Americans are ready to impeach him. That's an increase from April, when the number was 37%.

Political analysts are saying that 67% of the country wants to hear Special Counsel Robert Mueller testify before Congress. That results from that interview could be even more disastrous than his report.

Looking at what happened to Nixon is a road map to what we can expect. The more evidence that came out against him during the inquiry, the more the American people lost faith in him and his numbers in the polls tanked. He finally had to step down in disgrace.

Not that I expect Trump to take losing gracefully, or to slip quietly away into history. I suspect he'll have to be frog-marched out of the White House by FBI agents (wouldn't you love being one of those lucky guys?).

Back to the economy. It's been looking good thus far, but ominous signs are surfacing.

Experts Warn of 'High Chance' of a recession by 2020

Which leads me back to how popular Trump will be next year if we're in a recession. Yes, I know, no matter what his cult-followers won't be swayed by anything. 

However, combining Trump's unpopularity with the majority of Americans, the negative results coming from an impeachment inquiry, and a lousy economy should be more than enough for him to lose the election in a landslide.

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

Monday, June 3, 2019

'Stable Genius' Expands Trade War: India is Latest Target

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"Sometimes success is simply being able to drink the entire cup of coffee while it's still hot." - Tanya Masse

The bully boy squatting in the White House has done it again...

by shocking Mexico, and his own minions, with last week's five percent tax on everything from Mexico threat. But that wasn't enough for the orange ape.

On June 5th, India is being terminated from it's designation as a beneficiary developing country. The move is going to cost the country billions of dollars. We can expect retaliation against U.S. goods.

That's just what we need right now, another country forced into a trade war with us, leaving American taxpayers footing the bill.

For those who are paying attention, two things are obvious:

1) Trump is a pyromaniac (along with his other mental conditions), and enjoys setting fires around the globe under the guise of the great deal-maker.

Fun Question: Name one big foreign accomplishment -actual signed deal - that Trump made with any country in the world.

Fun Answer: That's, nada, none.

2) Trump is never happier than when he's causing chaos and getting a lot of attention. 

For example; Trump's in England where the government is doing a high wire act balancing between maintaining good ties with America, and dealing with the majority of the population who loath him.

Fun Fact: The Trump Baby Blimp will greet Donny Tuesday.

So, he's already stirred the shit pot: 

Trump Shatters Diplomatic Etiquette On Eve of Visit

It's perfectly clear that the self-appointed "stable genius" doesn't know the first thing about foreign policy and could care less. 

Instead he goes by his amble gut, stumbling into a bigger quagmire with every stupid undiplomatic move.

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

Blog Break: Stress Has Me on The Ropes

I'm not going to be posting anything for a while. I've had this blog for nearly 20 years, through thick and thin times. But I reall...