Wednesday, January 8, 2020

War and Impeachment: Trump-Caused Chaos Coming to a Climax Somewhere Near You

Good Day World!

I never watched so-called reality shows on TV.  

People doing idiotic things and infusing drama into every episode was never my cup of tea. 

That's why I resent being caught up in Trump's reality show presidency.

The first three years have been nothing but chaos caused by Trump's corruption. It been like living through the sack of Rome. The barbarians, aka Trumplicans, follow Trump's efforts to destroy a civilization - a great democracy - blindly.

In his fourth year, Trump has shed all pretenses of propriety in a power grab to be our first dictator. Despite being impeached by Congress he's defiantly tying up the courts.

Trump's latest show of power, not even consulting the Gang of Eight  to get authorization for the assassination of the top Iranian general, may drag America into another unwanted war!

As a combat Vietnam veteran, I join my other veteran brothers and sisters who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, in solidarity AGAINST WAR. Now, and forever.

Cadet Bonespurs says he's ready for war. I'm not. The American public is not.

Click here to Say NO to WAR with Iran.

What's unfolding before a stunned American nation is absolute chaos. Suddenly Americans at home and abroad, are on a war footing.

Related: Iran Attacks US Military Bases

Congresses impeachment of Trump will just be a footnote because a rigged senate under Moscow Mitch, is preparing a quick sham trial without witnesses and transcripts.

If Moscow Mitch is allowed to stop the truth from coming out, Americans will face the biggest threat yet... a totally unhinged Trump doing a victory dance on the Constitution and our freedoms (at least until November).

I admit, this is what I feared would happen if Trump got elected. Seeing us on the brink of war because of a lying sociopath is a waking nightmare.

The foundations of our democracy are crumbling under the corruption that continues to this very day. Like it, or not, we're all players in Trump's reality games.

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

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

John Bolton: The Republican Who Trumped Trump?

                                        Good Day World!

Yesterday former secretary of state John Bolton dropped a bombshell.

He announced, via twitter, that he would obey a subpoena if the Senate sends him one in the upcoming trial to decide whether to acquit, or convict Trump.

Why now?

Speculation is rampant on Capitol Hill. Here are 7 conversations being bantered about by pundits regarding the timing of Bolton's surprise announcement:

1. Bolton is getting his revenge for being fired last September and wanted to start the New Year off with a bang.

2. Because of the recent Kupperman court ruling, Bolton now feels it's safe to testify.

3. Bolton is upset with Trump's decision to take out Iranian general because of the ramifications - uniting Iran in a time where the country was experiencing internal dissent over sanctions.

4. Just the opposite - Bolton is happy with Trump for striking Iran so hard and is going to reward him by downplaying the Zelensky extortion scheme.

5. Bolton is drumming up interest in his upcoming book

6. Bolton plans on having it both ways - appear like he's cooperating although he knows he'll never be forced to deliver AND he can save the real juicy information for his book.

7. It's a slimy self-serving calculation; Bolton knows McConnell doesn't want any witnesses (especially him). 

What are the ramifications of Bolton's Announcement?

The first thing that comes to mind is the pressure it puts on Mitch McConnell to call witnesses. Something he doesn't want to happen because more truth will come out about Trump's blatant abuse of power.

Bolton appearing before the court gives the Democrats a first-hand witness to what Trump was doing with the Ukraine. It would also destroy the Republicans argument of no first-hand accounts of quid pro quo.

An interesting aside to this story was Bolton actually contacted McConnell BEFORE making his big announcement... and he didn't contact the White House.

Expect to hear more about this new development in the days and weeks ahead.

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

Monday, January 6, 2020

No Trump - The World is Not Safer After Making an Iranian General a Martyr

Good Day World!

Trump was looking forward to bringing in the New Year with a bang, as his guests and cronies at Mar-A-Lago discovered on New Year's Eve.

He waddled around the resort hinting that he had a big surprise in store for Iran, titillating listeners with hints of something so "yuge" it would be earth-shaking.

Two days before Trump ordered the assassination of Iran's top general, he and Lindsey Graham scooted about on a golf cart talking about his impending action.

There was no attempt to get authorization from Congress because Trump doesn't trust the lawmakers there, and they may have tried to talk him out of the rash move.

As for advisers, he no longer has any with a modicum of guts. The drooling minions he's appointed throughout government live to carry his foul water.

Proving he's a world class con man and liar, Trump announced the world was a safer place after killing Gen. Quassim Suleimani with a drone. His puppet Pompeo echoed the lie.

But evidence that claim was bullshit appeared within hours and days:

**Iran ended it's Nuclear Limits agreement and announced it was time to go full-speed ahead for nuke development.

**Iraqi parliament tells 5000 American troops to leave the country because it's no longer safe for them.

**Iran declares all US military bases and personnel are #1 targets for revenge.

**US Homeland Security warns Americans to be on the alert for Iranian retaliation.

**Iranians are united now in their thirst for revenge, and are no longer complaining about living conditions.

**Americans were told to the leave the Middle East immediately for their personal safety.

**All efforts to battle ISIS have stopped, as the coalition fell apart.

**The chances of a new war in the Middle East have spiked as Trump warns of attacking Iranian cultural landmarks (an international war crime) and numerous other locations (52 to be exact).

**America's allies feel they were screwed because they weren't notified of the impending attack, and it destroyed their final efforts to hold Iran to some kind of nuke agreement.

As I write this post it's safe to say more ramifications from Trump's idiotic move are happening. 

There was a reason Israel didn't take Suleimani out; their Mossad could have killed him anytime, but decided the backlash wouldn't be worth it. Our last two presidents came to the same conclusion.

Trump's attempt to divert news away from his impeachment trial in the Senate, and to possibly help get him re-elected, is already backfiring.

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

Sunday, January 5, 2020

About the Church of Trump and the Latter Day Nazis

Good Day World!

The Sermon on Capitol Hill, delivered by Trump and his cult-worshipping religious acolytes, is always the same; 

"God sent Trump to save America to take away women's rights to their bodies by banning abortion in the land."

In return, white Evangelicals and mega churches (think the Church of Prosperity and other fringe domination's) are willing to overlook EVERYTHING else Trump does no matter how abhorrent it may be.

Related: Why Do Evangelicals Support Trump? Blame the Suburbs

Trump is a quasi-religious superstar who can grab pussies with impunity while his flock looks on adoringly. His lies fall upon the faithful like a steady rain in a thunderstorm, but they don't bother with umbrellas.

Related: 'Toxic Christianity:' The Evangelicals Creating Champions for Trump 

This loose coalition of religious hypocrites are offshoots of the Church of Trump and the Latter Day Nazis. White Supremacists and the wealthy are welcome.

It was the latter day Nazi's, along with the white Evangelicals who helped get Trump elevated to the presidency Supreme Leadership.

Related: Evangelical Magazine Calls For Trump's Removal of Office: 'He is Profoundly Immoral' and 'Morally Lost'

That anyone would think that Trump was some kind of messenger from God, shows how far America has gotten away from the traditional religions of the world.

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

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Trumps Sudden Drone Strike: Wag the Dog?

                                       Good Day World!
Without authorization from Congress, Trump suddenly ordered a deadly drone strike on the second most powerful man in Iran - Major General Qasem Soleimani.

Instead of following the lead of past presidents and informing the Gang of Eight (four Democrats and 4 Republicans) before authorizing military action that could lead to war, Trump, aka the Chosen One, chose to make the decision all by himself.

The lone decider is a pattern of governing Trump has been embracing more and more during his corrupt regime. He's turned all the heads of government into puppets dancing to his crazy whims and prejudices.

Why take such a provocative move now? Killing a top Iranian military leader visiting Iraq was a calculated move by Trump. The only person he told about his plan was his asshole buddy, Lindsey-the-hypocrite Graham, while they were golfing at his resort a couple of days ago.

That meeting stinks of a wag-the-dog moment. With the impending impeachment trial in the Senate coming up soon, Trump did what he does best - divert attention to something else.

ompous Mike Pompeo and Trump declared the reason for the sudden strike was because of an imminent threat;

**The reason for the strike was to stop an ongoing threat, according to Mitch McConnell; 

**The drone strike was a deterrent according to the Pentagon;

The story keeps changing. Take your pick. 

This post is not about defending that ruthless murderer Soleimani. Lives will be saved with him gone. What needs to be examined is why now? Let's be real. Soleimani has been a threat to Americans in the region for at least three decades.

It's no coincidence that in the last two weeks more revelations about Trump's Ukraine cover up have become public with additional damaging information on Trump.

It was time to change the narrative.

By now, everyone in America knows Trump will stop at nothing to stay president, and get re-elected. If that means starting a war, he's fully capable of it.

The scary thing is if Senate Republicans acquit Trump he's going to become even more unhinged than he currently is... at the sake of our country's best interests.

The nation's fate rests with true patriots recognizing the truth and convicting Trump for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress in the Senate trial. 

The senators have all sworn to protect our republic from day one. This is their chance. Trump has to be stopped as soon as possible.

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

Friday, January 3, 2020

Majority of Americans Want To See a Fair Senate Trial But Will That Happen?

                                       Good Day World!

The U.S. Senate is reconvened today, but don't expect an answer on when the impeachment trial will be held, or what the rules will be.

Despite how divisive the impeachment saga has been, most Americans believe the Senate trial should - and will - be handled fairly.

The Senate Republicans, under Moscow Mitch, have no intention of making it a fair trial if they can help it. But there is pressure on them to make it fair.

Seven in 10 Americans in a new ABC/News/Washington Post poll say Trump should allow his top aides to testify. The last thing Moscow Mitch wants is witnesses because he knows their testimonies would be damning for Trump.

McConnell knows Republicans Senators would feel immense pressure if more information came out about Trump's crimes on live TV. Facts are hard to fight when constituents are paying attention.

To complicate Moscow Mitch's battle to protect Trump is Trump himself. He wants a show trial. He's dreaming of bringing Adam Schiff, Joe Biden, and his son Hunter, onto the senate floor in chains to be tried for treason.

Related: Mitch McConnell Devastated As 50 Percent of Voters Want Impeachment Trial Witnesses 

To Moscow Mitch's credit he knows that's not real world thinking coming from the reality star turned wannabe dictator.

Republicans are going to be the ones in the hot seat because they have to demonstrate it's going to be a fair trial and not a partisan coverup.

If John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, Michael Duffy, and Mark Esper testify, Trump is in deep shit. They'll be more smoking guns uncovered for the public to view. If they don't get called, then accusations of unfairness will follow.

The final consideration lies with those GOP senators who decide to ignore all the evidence, even though it's been a fair trial, and still vote to acquit Trump.

Related: 4 Ways the McConnell-Pelosi Impasse Over a Senate trial Could End

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

Thursday, January 2, 2020

This Year Americans Will Find Out If a President is Above ther Law

                                        Good Day World!

It's been a reoccurring claim since Trump stole the 2016 election with Russia's help...

Trump believes he's above the law.

Any law. He has christened himself the Chosen One. His hardcore followers are ready to walk of cliffs of credibility for him at a mere tweet.

He's bragged on numerous occasions that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue, and get away with it. Trump believes the Constitution is a pain in the ass and is constantly testing the courts to see how far he can go to get his way.

Despite having been impeached, he's confidently defiant. He knows GOP senators fear him and won't convict him for his crimes when his case goes before them.

As of the writing of this post, there's no doubt it will be a show trial. A sham. A kangaroo court with the accused and senate majority working hand-in-hand. Nothing short of a political miracle can change that.

When the senate trial is over, Americans will either know if their president is above the law (if Trump's acquitted), or if the guardrails the founder's came up with for our democracy failed.

There's a very scary possibility our system of checks-and-balances will collapse for the first time in American history.

If that's the case, we'll officially have the nation's first dictator. 

How long Americans are going to tolerate that inconvenient fact will be decided in the November elections.

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

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year! Welcome to the new Roaring 20s!

Good Day World!

It's taken a century. 

The 20s are back in time for a new generation full of craziness.

Don't expect the Charleston to come back and compete with Hip Hop dancing. Or, Jazz to lead the way like back in the day, with current music trends favoring Pop and Rap.

The 1920s in America, often referred to as "The Roaring Twenties," was a time of celebration. A world war had ended. It was a time of prosperity and optimism.

Contrast that with how the teens (2010-2019) were, and our world today. At first glance, prosperity is still a common theme. But dig a little deeper and a troubling comparison also emerges...

The 1920s saw the rise of far right political movements and fascism in Europe. To make matters worse economic problems in Eastern Europe and the Balkans contributed to the emergence of dictators.

What we're seeing today, is the same breakdown of democracies in the face of fascism that the 1920s had to contend with. America, and the rest of the world, is still dealing with dangerous radicals seeking to usurp societies.

Technology in the 1920s saw the large-scale adoption of automobiles, telephones, motion pictures, radio, and electricity. 

Technology has advanced so far in 2020, that tourist trips to planets like Mars will become routine. The Internet continues to evolve, but in many ways it's still a brave new world.

The youth culture of the 1920s was referred to as the Lost Generation. Our lost generation for the 2020s are called Millennials

Fads like pole-sitting were popular in the 1920s. Things haven't change too much (depending on how you look at it), and pole-dancing is popular today.

The biggest difference in the two eras is that in the 1920s there was a national sigh of relief after an extremely devastating war.

The contrast is dramatic.

As we begin the 2020s the nation is not at peace. Instead of celebrating, we're struggling to survive under the assault of the most corrupt president in history. Our republic is in danger like never before.

Welcome to the new Roaring 20s!

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

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019: A Year Defined By Hate, Fear, and Loathing in America

                                         Good Day World!

I'm glad this is the last day of 2019. I'm not going to sugar-coat it...  

It's been one long reality show starring a criminal president who has plunged Americans into chaos daily with his unhinged tweets.

And, his total disregard of law and abuse of power.

Political parties have gone beyond being traditionally competitive. They now openly hate each other. I mean REALLY HATE with a mindless fury and loathing spurred by Trumpism.

Related: Anti-Gay Hate Crimes on the Rise Says FBI   

Related: Hate Crimes Increased 226 Percent in Places Where Trump Held a Campaign Rally in 2016

Another sign of increased hatred in the country is how frequent Anti-Semitic hate crimes are.

We all know why.

Since the day Trump took the oath of office he's divided the country into warring camps - his core followers who are willing to ignore his numerous crimes and who believe in his conspiracy theories - versus the rest of the nation.

Racists play an important role in Trump's government. None more so than one of his chief advisers, and white supremacist, Stephen Miller.

There has been resistance to Trump's assault on our Republic. Congress impeached him. Nevertheless he's confident that the senate will acquit him because the GOP senators fear him.

Trump knows how to use fear. If there's one thing he's always been consistent at, it's using fear to get his way. Expect that tactic to continue in 2020.

If the senate gives Trump a pass, he's going to interrupt that as a concession to his COMPLETE POWER.

America's last chance of reversing this damage to our democracy would be the election of a Democratic president. Any democrat would be an improvement.

I'm hoping that when it comes time to say goodbye to 2020, it'll be remembered as a Year of Hope - the year the nation shrugged off Trump like a bad habit.

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

Monday, December 30, 2019

Celebrating Good Times

Good Day World!

As the hours slip away toward an exhausted ending for 2019, I have a couple of poems about celebrating good times to share with you:

The Celestial Diner

Satchmo singing”What a wonderful world” in a corner of the 1950’s themed diner that never closes down
a mythical diner that attracts great musicians and singers from all around
Jelly Roll Morton rubbing elbows with Duke Ellington at the red bar
the two legends watching Buddy Holly perform from afar
Little Richie, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Fats Domino
hanging out but looking for somewhere else to go
Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley
looking over at Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee
Diane Ross and Janis Joplin playing Liar’s Dice
while old Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, tries to be nice
so he can stay in this musical paradise
Lighten Your Load
are you carrying a rucksack
of worries?
a load of emotional rocks?
a stack of negative stories?
stuck in a mental box?
then it’s time
to lighten your load
and shine
cast away
your worries
enjoy your day
there’s no guarantee
another will come your way
Time for me to walk on down the road...

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Post Trump: 9 New Rules for Future Presidents

Good Day World!

After Trump leaves the White House (which will need immediate sanitizing) Americans should come up with new rules for future presidents.

No one (outside of Trump's cult followers) wants to watch the office of the president descend to the depraved depths it did under the Trump regime again.

To ensure this doesn't happen, I propose the following 9 new rules (in addition to whatever other requirements there are) in order to become the President of the United States.

1) The candidate CAN NOT have past or present mafia connections. 

2) The candidate MUST have an excellent understanding of the Constitution, and American history.

3) The candidate CAN NOT have a Twitter account!

4) The candidate MUST have a moral compass, and not be a renown liar.

5) The candidate MUST show at least 10 years of personal taxes to the public.

6) The candidate CAN NOT ask a foreign power to help them get elected.

7) The candidate MUST believe in science, not conspiracy theories, by acknowledging there's a global warming crisis and America must do everything possible to stop it from getting worse.

8) The candidate MUST strengthen ties with all of our allies, and always keep America united against dictators, and rogue governments.

9) The candidate MUST respect the power of Congress and the Senate, and not defy/attack the balance of power our founder's built into our government.

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

GOP Is In The Process of Cannibalizing Itself

Did you know that cannibalism is common in the animal kingdom?   It's also common in politics today as the Republican party turns inwar...