Saturday, March 18, 2023

Regardless of Trump's Threats There Will Be Accountability

Huddled in a corner in a faux Oval Office in Mar-a-Largo a desperate criminal is crying out.

Coup Coup Trump is sending out the call to his minions that it's time for a "regime change" today after posting on his ironically named Truth Social that he will be arrested next Tuesday.

He knows he's going to be criminally indicted for his handling of a hush-money payment during his 2016 presidential campaign.

What prompted Trump's prediction of a Tuesday indictment is questionable. 

Was there a leak from the Manhattan Attorney's office? 

Were Trump's lawyers informed that Tuesday would be Donny's Big Adventure and they told their client?

Or is this just Trump's preemptive attempt to rally his minions and make sure their frothing properly by next week?

One thing is for sure. Trump is ready to attack America, democracy, and the rule of law. Right now.

Local authorities are preparing for the worst when Trump has to come to a federal building to get fingerprinted and his mug shot taken for posterity. I hear there's already bids going out to get the first copy of that photo session.

The response from McCarthy's merry band of morons in the House has been predictable. "The justice system is politically motivated," the MAGA lawmakers whined to their mindless base.

One of the most hypocritical cowards among Republicans (he's right there with McCarthy), Mike Pence told the extreme right media outlet Breitbart that, "It (the upcoming indictment) reeks of the kind of political prosecution that we endured back in the day of the Russian hoax and the whole impeachment over a phone call."

But as we all know now it wasn't a hoax. Mueller's investigation was strangled by Trump's corrupt AG Bill Barr.

No one put the current situation better than Rep. Eric Swalwell when he tweeted (in response to McCarthy promising to investigate Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg), "The guy who created a committee to look into 'weaponization of government' is using his powers in government to stop an independent prosecution of his boss."

With those seditionist lawmakers and the mindless minions of his cult Trump is declaring war on democracy and the rule of law in a desperate attempt to avoid justice and accountability.

Anyone with an IQ over 100 knows that. 

When the dam bursts with this first criminal indictment of the former president others will be following in the months ahead. 

As it stands, somehow in all of the chaos caused by the most corrupt president in US history there will be accountability. Regardless of Trump's threats.

Friday, March 17, 2023

The Time Fox News Was 'Out Foxed' By a Veteran Group

Fox News has been polluting military bases for years with lies and hard-right propaganda. 

The rise of military personnel going MAGA is alarming. There were even active-duty military veterans storming the Capitol on Jan.6.

Now a group of military veterans are doing something about the poison being spread by Fox hosts to the country's military personnel and their families.

At first the group, VoteVets, tried to run an ad on Fox but were roundly rejected. That didn't deter them however as they went around Fox and talked directly to the military about running the ad.

VoteVets went to the military's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation department which is responsible for providing services and activities to support the well-being of military personnel and their families.

Many military bases have their own cable TV systems, typically run by the military. The ad is going to run on those bases. It calls for Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham to be removed from military installation TVs. The ad will run during those three hosts broadcasts.

In other words, Fox was out foxed by a group of veterans.

According to VoteVets, "Fox host's lies and disinformation splits the ranks, hurts cohesion, and weakens American's national defense. They must be removed from all TVs on military installations NOW."

Kudos to my fellow veterans!

As it stands, it's great to see pushback against the Republican propaganda machine. It takes these kinds of efforts to combat the enemy within and protect democracy.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Here's a Novel Idea: States Banning Political Parties

In another episode of Romper Room politics from Florida a GOP legislator wants to ban the Democratic Party from the state.


Right-wing state Sen. Blaise Ingoglia filed a bill to cancel the Democratic party recently. This comes after proposing fining bloggers for speaking bad about DeSantis and his minions.

Both of the bills are nothing more than a publicity stunt. Ingoglia admitted the bill was designed to get back at Democrats and "leftist activists" who he claimed have been trying to cancel people and companies for things they said or did in the past.

Fittingly the bill - SB 1248 - is called The Ultimate Cancel Act.

If passed the bill would require Florida officials to notify all registered voters who are Democrats that their party no longer exists in the state. 

Any sane person knows that disenfranchising five million voters is lunacy and unconstitutional. But it's red meat (pun intended) for MAGA maggots across the country.

Don't be surprised if you see other states with a Republican majority legislature introduce the same ridiculous attempt to own the libs.

Remember... it's all about theatrics in the hard right-wing cult that claims to be the Republican party.

As it stands, Florida has turned into a training ground for fascists under DeSantis.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Take Your Pick: 'Patriots Row' or 'Seditionist Square?'

          There goes the neighborhood.

According to US House member Jaime Raskin, ...there's a massive real-estate coming-out party for the extreme right going on in Washington DC."

A conservative nonprofit led by Mark (Spineless) Meadows - The Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI) - has been quietly going on a shopping spree that added up to 41 million for four commercial properties along a single Pennsylvania Avenue block.

CPI said the goal is to be a "platform" for the "conservative movement." 

A quick note about CPI; the organization has promoted MAGA stars like Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert. It's stocked with election deniers and seditionists.

True to form CPI remained unknown to most of the sellers. I suspect they knew if they were associated with the radical nonprofit front, they might have a hard time acquiring the properties.

So, they did what most corrupt organizations (think Trump Crime Family) do, they set up shell companies with names like Clear Plains Holding, Brunswick Partners, Houston Group, Newpoint and Pennsylvania Avenue Holdings.

Do you love irony? I do.

Here's a dose for you.

This troll driven organization's transformation of prime real estate into a campus is being called Patriots' Row.

I like Rep. Raskin's suggestion of Seditionist Square. It certainly seems more fitting.

Just look at one of the numerous grants CPI has doled out. It went to former Trump advisor and Nazi, Stephen Miller, who leads America First Legal which got $1.3 million from CPI in 2021.

Ready for some more irony?

America First Legal bills itself as a check on "lawless" executive actions and the "Radical Left." 

Election denier attorney Cleta Mitchell runs the organization's "Election Integrity Network," which has cast doubt on the validity of President Biden's 2020 victory.

One more ironic thing and I'll stop.

For decades Republicans have referred to Washington DC as the "swamp" and a liberal stronghold for snowflakes.

Yet here we are, watching the extreme hard-right MAGA morons set up camp in the middle of the swamp

As it stands, I like Rep. Raskins suggestion, "Maybe Marjorie Taylor Greene can be their advisory neighborhood commissioner!"

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

A Look at Real World Reality Shows

      Since reality shows became popular

50 years ago, their format has had few changes. The interesting part of this form of TV entertainment is that it operates on the fake premise of real unscripted dialogue and scenes.

The fact of the matter is all reality shows are scripted, regardless of what the producers would have us believe. 

What happens is viewers suspend their disbelief and pour themselves into other people's dramatic lives because it's more fun than reality. Viewers become personally involved with the cast's challenges.

In the Real World

We have a political party that stages reality shows daily. MAGA supporters thrive on the lies and misinformation coming from hard right GOP forums put on by insurrectionist lawmakers and activists.

The leading clown for these real-world shows is our former twice impeached president and traitor Donald Trump.

He just put on a performance in Iowa where he sliced and diced what was really happening in the world and served up blatant lies and racist tropes to his eager audience.

It helps to understand that the far-right followers who enjoy these real-world shows aren't interesting in facts... they're just looking to be titillated and infuriated by performers.

Unlike the reality shows on TV where viewers step away after each episode and go on with their lives, the MAGA community lives in a perpetual state of foul fantasies. The show never ends for them.

If I were to use three words describing our society today, they would be Denial of Reality.

Americans are still shell-shocked by the pandemic and years of Trump's corrupt regime where fake news was a mantra for domestic terrorists and MAGA morons. It still is.

It's understandable that millions of people want to escape the reality around them, it's pretty grim at times.

The difference between the reality shows on TV and the MAGA shows in everyday life is you can turn off the TV if you don't like an episode, but there's no way you can turn off the daily performances by right-wingers attacking democracy.

As it stands, it's okay to watch a TV show and suspend reality for the sake of entertainment, but when you suspend reality in the real-world bad things can happen.

Monday, March 13, 2023

Banks Collapse: Trump's Garden of Poison Seeds Showing Results

Malicious farmer Don the Con has been planting seditious seeds in America's garden since he slithered into office in 2017.

One of those seeds recently bore fruit when two banks collapsed last week. During a span of 48 hours the Silicon Vally Bank foundations crumbled sending shock waves through the United States and Europe.

The reason was clear. When Trump tore up the regulations for the banking industry, he opened pandora's box unleashing financial chaos in the country.

It was the largest failure of a US bank since Washington Mutual in 2008.

Once again President Biden is forced to deal with one of Trump's poison legacies. From mishandling COVID 19 to widespread government corruption, his administration has been putting out fires since day one.

One of the deadliest seeds was the Big Lie that continues to have violent consequences in our country today.   

Trump has cultivated the crazies that have sprung up in his garden since he first claimed an election was rigged (prior to the election) if he didn't win.

As the poison seeds sprout into grown plants the results are all challenges against democracy and our republic.

The Biden administration is doing its best to deal with the contents of Trump's MAGA garden, but it looks like there's a long road to hoe.

As it stands, even as Trump faces several criminal indictments, he's busy planting more poisons seeds that he hopes will sprout up before the 2024 presidential election.

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Their Own Language: Republicans Employ Coded Words to Titillate Right-Wing Traitors

I recently read a fascinating article about how chimpanzees have their own language with almost 400 words.


It immediately brought to mind how MAGA minions have their own language, however it consists of less than 400 words.

One of the astonishing things about chimpanzee's vocal repertoire, when compared to other non-human animals, is the extreme flexibility in which they can combine their limited amount of signals/language into meaningful sentences.

The MAGA dictionary is a foul swamp of words that relies on one-word insults and lies. Stringing together sentences beyond four words is nearly impossible for right-wing lunatics. (Lock Her Up is a prime example)

Researchers report that human language evolved from a limited use of words much like the chimpanzees use. It's obvious that MAGA morons aren't able to advance in their discourse because they are living in a toxic bubble.

Right-wingers need to keep things simple.

Less words. Ignore reality. Project. Deny. Lie. Deep State. Wokeism. Rino. Snowflake. Misinformation. Groomers. Rumors. Brandon. Libtards... and a host of other coded words to stir up the sociopaths in our society.

Some may say, "Gee Dave, I don't know if I'm okay with comparing chimpanzees to right-wing Republicans... it's an insult to the monkeys!"

I apologize to those chimpanzees and humans who were offended by the comparison between MAGA minions and monkeys. 

As it stands, the country fast forwarded the clocks today, but right-wingers turned their clocks backwards.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Stop the Stupidity! Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent

One year ago on March 15th, the US Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act which ends the twice-annual changing of the clocks.

So why are we having to turn our clocks one hour forward tonight?

The reason is simple, the House never passed the legislation, and it never made it to President Biden's desk for signing.

I don't understand. Who would be against enabling children to play outdoors later or reducing seasonal depression?

I know of at least one group that opposes the change, The National Association of Convenience stores. There are others that want things to remain as they are. Despite no good reason to keep playing with the clock in the 21st century.

The Sunshine Protection Act which was sponsored by senator Marco Rubio last year was reintroduced by Rubio on March 2nd. The senate passed the bill by unanimous consent, but it stalled in the House last year.

This is a great chance for the House to pass a bipartisan bill that will truly help Americans out.  As Democratic senator Ed Markey, a co-sponsor of the bill, said in a recent press conference, 

"It's past time for Congress to broaden its horizons and finally make Daylight Saving Time permanent. With the Sunshine Protection Act, we can shine a light on the darkest days of the year and deliver more sun, more smiles, and brighter skies."

Background on Daylight Savings

America first adopted daylight savings time in 1918 to save oil and electricity during World War I. But now, it isn't associated with energy savings.

The benefits of a Permanent Daylight Savings Time (DST)

-In a recent meta-study by Rutgers researchers they found that DST would allow more people to commute during daylight hours and decrease the risk of car accidents.

-Also having fewer hours of darkness would help reduce crime. 

-Other studies have shown that more daylight means less energy usage. An extra hour of daylight over winter will keep houses warmer for longer.

-A study by the American Council projected a decrease in carbon emissions by 10.8 million metric tons.

-Losing sleep. Instead of waking up at 8:00 a.m., we're waking up at an hour that our body says is 7:00 a.m. Briefly put, it messes up our circadian clock which is an internal clock that tells us when to go to sleep and when to wake up. The cognitive consequences or lack of sleep, tend to hit students really hard.

With all these benefits it's hard to understand why we haven't made a permanent DST in the USA a long time ago.

As it stands, I suspect the reason is partisan politics and that some businesses don't want to see a permanent change for financial reasons.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Beware the Ides of March - Will Trump Become the First Former President in US History Tried for a Felony?

No one saw this coming.

Trump's hush money payment to Stormy Daniels six years ago may get him his first criminal indictment from the looks of things.

The Manhattan district attorney's office told Trump's legal team that he could face criminal charges yesterday stemming from his role to bribe Daniels from talking about their affair.

Prosecutors issued Trump an invitation to testify and tell his side of the story before the grand jury. I highly doubt Trump's lawyers will let him because he's such a liar he'd perjure himself while spinning his tale.

Some court observers think Trump's lawyers might try to meet with prosecutors in an effort to fend off criminal charges. Good luck with that. It appears the DA's office is locked and loaded for this big game hunt.

I have to admit, when the new DA Alvin Bragg took over the case five years ago it looked like he was going to let Trump off the hook, especially since two prominent lawyers on the case claimed there was enough evidence to charge the former president back then.

It looks like a lot of people underestimated Bragg. Critics even thought Bragg was afraid to take on Trump. Or he was in someone's pocket. Obviously, they were wrong.

This trial is going to be historic in many ways. The United States has never seen a former president indicted for a felony. Trump better beware the Ides of March.

Most political wags have suggested Trump's first criminal indictment would come out of Georgia for his attempt to overturn legitimate votes in the state in his favor.

When the day comes, and the Manhattan DA's office announces Trump's indictment a dam will burst. It seemed like no one wanted to be the first to try Trump. 

When it happens, it'll be the opening overture for the rest of his criminal cases that will follow this year and next year.

It's still hard to believe that accountability is finally coming for Trump and that there's a possibility that if convicted of a felony he'd get up to four years in prison.

As it stands, I can't get too excited about the possibility of Teflon Don being put behind bars because no one in his crooked life has ever held him accountable. Hopefully this will be the first time.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Gun Safety News: Colorado Lawmakers Introduce 'Assault Weapon' Ban

Somewhere in Washington DC Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert is suffering a near breakdown. She heard about a Democratic-Sponsored Bill involving gun safety for the residents of the "her" state.

As MAGA's AR15 poster girl Boebert is one of the most vocal gun advocates in the country. The idea that the bill (HB 23-1230, also known as "Prohibit Assault Weapons in Colorado") may become law in her state is like acid dripping upon her tiny brain.

The bill was introduced by Democratic state Representative Elisabeth Epps of District 6 in Denver and state Senator Rhonda Fields of District 28 in Adams and Arapahoe counties.

The debate surrounding the bill stems from what can be considered an assault weapon. But it goes deeper than that. Citizens of Colorado are sick of mass shootings and murders committed with AR15 style platform rifles.

It safe to say all Americans are tired of mass shootings with assault rifles. As of mid-February, the Gun Violence Archive has counted 100 mass shootings this year as of the first week of March. That's more than the days of the year and this disturbing milestone doesn't show any signs of abating.

It's going to take other states (ideally all 50) passing gun safety laws to begin to slow down the slaughters that our society has tolerated thus far. 

There has been a growing movement across the country to do more about addressing gun violence. However, fierce resistance is still coming from MAGA lawmakers in bed with the NRA and gun manufacturers in the country.

The day the bill was introduced Denver high school students marched to the Colorado Capitol building to protest gun violence after a student was shot dead outside of the city's East High School last month.

If the bill passes Democratic Governor Jared Polis will sign it into effect immediately. Gun traders would have until July 1 to sell or transfer their unsold firearms to non-Colorado residents.

As it stands, it's time some meaningful gun control was passed, especially a ban on assault weapons.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Hard-Right House GOP Preparing to Gut Programs for the Poor

                  It's war on the poor, 

but the Republicans don't care as long as they slash programs and make cuts somewhere in our national budget.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy sold his soul to the minority MAGA Republicans in the House and promised them he'd create a debt ceiling crisis by not compromising with democrats.

One of the many sick things about this push is those MAGA Republicans concede their going to cause political pain and blowback from their colleagues and poor Americans. But they don't care.

"There is going to be a gnashing of teeth. It is not going to be a pretty process. But that's how it should be," said Ralph Norman, an arch-conservative member of the House Budget Committee.

In the MAGA mindset going after food stamps is a lot easier than cutting Social Security or Medicare. Calling the Biden administration, "a woke and weaponized government," Norman wants to see deep spending cuts on social programs and foreign aid. 

But the crap doesn't end there. The MAGA morons want to eliminate the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Pentagon.

On top of that they want to eliminate Obamacare expansions to Medicare.

Claiming it takes courage, Rep. Josh Brecheen on the Budget Committe rationalized the assault on the truly needy Americans by noting he has to go after them because there's no other options.

So far, no plan or agenda has been forthcoming detailing the exact cuts they're going to make.

Democrats are eagerly urging them to share their dark vision, but McCarthy is refusing to until the poison package powered by MAGA clowns gets voted on.

For good reason. McCarthy knows Americans are going to be infuriated at having a slice of federal programs they rely upon slashed, effecting all incomes.

There is no talk of compromise among the MAGA minions who are on a search and destroy mission.

When it comes to voting on the plan it's not a slam dunk because...

1. The GOP has a narrow House majority.

2. Securing 218 votes needed to approve the budget is going to be extremely hard.

3. Some Republicans risking political harm in swing states do not want to be attached to something so vile. 

Every proposed budget has to have someone who can translate the agenda. MAGA morons have Russell T. Vought (a former Trump administration budget director) who now leads the far-right Center for Renewing America.

As it stands, have you ever noticed that when it comes to making cuts Republicans always go after the most vulnerable?

Blog Break Until Presidential Election is Over

I finally hit the wall today. I can't think of what to say about all of the madness going on in this country right now. I'm a writer...