Saturday, April 29, 2017

100 Days In A Pressure Cooker

We've reached a milestone in the history of Donald Trump. He's been president for 100 days. It seems more like a 100 years - a hundred years in Purgatory.

Upon reflection, Donny said, "My fellow Americans, I truly believe that the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country's history, our country is going up, and it's going up fast"

Yes, Donny has succeeded in being the least popular president in our country's history. He has told more lies than all our previous presidents combined. He has brought more Russia spies into our government than anybody ever. He has played more golf and spent less time in the White House than any previous president.

Donny's security detail has broken all records in terms of cost to the American tax payer. He has alienated and insulted more of our allies and embraced more ruthless dictators than any previous president. He has refused to show us his tax returns while profiteering from his position.

Yes, Donny has taken nepotism to new levels. He has embraced the alt right movement and brought neo fascists into his administration. He rose to popularity on a campaign of hate and bigotry and he has never tired of scapegoating Muslims, Mexicans and immigrants in general. He is waging a new war on women.

Donny has shown us that he is not our president. He has destroyed whole agencies. What he has done to the EPA, Education, and HUD has never been done before. The State Department is on its knees. His cabinet is filled with incompetents. Wall Street is literally running the Treasury Department and Exxon is running State.

When it comes to failed legislative initiatives, Donny is unrivaled. He has tried to decimate our health care system twice. He is hoping to take more resources away from the poor and middle class and give them to the rich.

He has signed a lot of executive orders and so far, two have been ruled unconstitutional by the courts. Speaking of which, he has trashed more judges and federal circuit courts than any of his predecessors.

If this seems like a lot, it is and I have not even scratched the surface. I, like a lot of us, have been preoccupied scratching the boils that have appeared on my body since the election and inauguration.

Donny is a malevolent agent. He may be the anti-Christ and this may be the end of days the tele-evangelists have been predicting. After successfully bombing dirt in Syria and Afghanistan, Donny seems determined to start an actual war with North Korea. A war that could lead us into World War III.

Who knew? Who had any inkling of Donny's true potential? Donny the Destroyer is here. He is coming to your community soon. He is dead set on bigly screwing each and every one of us.

Yes, "our country is going up, and its going up fast". We are going up in flames.

Holy Moly!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Russian Phoenix Rising

The facts are slowly coming out about what happened during the election and the degree to which Russia has interfered with our government.

Will we get the equivalent of a Watergate style investigation? Will people be charged with serious crimes? Beats me. I hope so, because this might be the most serious threat we've ever had to our country from a foreign government.

So many people involved with Trump have been involved with Russia. The Trump family has been doing business with Russians. The Russians have been interfering with elections in democracies around the world. They want to destabilize those democracies and they want to get rid of NATO.

The FBI and the CIA knew about this before the election, but nothing was done about it. Instead, Russian propaganda and information illegally obtained by Russia was continually released in an effort to hurt Clinton and get Trump elected.

The fact that Russia was working with Assange, Manning and Snowden did not stop Trump from asking Russia to hack information on Clinton. The fact that Manning and Snowden were engaged in espionage did not matter one bit to Trump. Sadly, it did not appear to matter to either Mitch McConnell or Paul Ryan.

Here's my theory based upon what facts have come out so far. McConnell stopped the FBI from releasing information about the investigation of the Trump campaign's activities with Russia before the election.

I also see Russia as playing a much bigger role on the international stage than we may be aware of. I believe Russia has been looking to destabilize the entire West and has been responsible for some of the so called "Islamic" terrorism throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

Russia couldn't defeat us during the Cold War. It could not keep up the arms race and any direct military conflict was sure to result in catastrophic loss for Russia.

Terrorism has resulted in a rebirth of nationalism here and in Europe. England has voted to withdraw from the European Union. The upcoming election in France could result in the same. The EU could falter.

Trump's America First policy threatens our relationships with our long time allies and serves to legitimize similar things in Europe that hurt both Europe and NATO.

Putin has been a busy boy. I believe what he has done here is simply part of a larger plan to wrest control from the West. In the meantime, China has kept us occupied with Korea in the East.

We are being squeezed and we are not alone. We are also being infiltrated. Our Congress better rise to the occasion before it's too late.

Where is Teddy Roosevelt when you need him.

Holy Moly!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sounds Like An Act Of War To Me

Remember when George W. Bush took us into Iraq? Remember the "Bush Doctrine"? Remember the argument for preemptive action in order to prevent a war?

Preemptive action is an act of war. If you strike first and a war ensues, it's on you.

People who argue for preemptive action often refer to Neville Chamberlain and his appeasement of Adolf Hitler prior to World War II. What they always fail to mention is that Hitler had already committed acts of war before Chamberlain made his famous "peace for our time" speech in 1938.

We have had a sustained peace in Korea since 1953. Ever since that time, we have had a large fighting force stationed on the border between North and South Korea. Ever since that time, we have heard a lot of sabre rattling from the leaders of North Korea.

Kim Jong-un is the ruthless dictator of North Korea. From where I sit, he appears insane. He is pursuing a nuclear weapons program for his country. He is also pursuing a long range missile program. He has not started any wars.

North Korea has been testing missiles and is expected to do another atomic bomb test very soon. The whole world would rather it didn't.

Donald Trump launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at Syria last week. He ordered the launch while he was eating what he described as the "most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen". He was in the dining room at his Mar A Lago resort dining with the President of China.

Trump's act of war toward Syria has left everybody baffled. It is unclear what our strategy in Syria is. Aside from costing us some $90,000,000 dollars, the strike did little damage. Before the strike, we alerted Russia to it.

The Syria foray actually got Mr. Trump some good publicity. Mr. Trump does not often get good publicity.

Now Trump is threatening preemptive action against North Korea over the proposed atomic bomb test. North Korea is not Syria. Kim Jong-un is  not Bashar al-Assad.

I don't care how good any dessert might be, if we attack North Korea to stop it from testing an atomic bomb or if we attack it after it tests an atomic bomb, North Korea will attack someone. If it does, tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people are sure to die, including a good number of the thousands of armed forces we have there.

If North Korea lashes out it will surely attack South Korea and possibly Japan and, less likely, us.

We should not attack another country unless that country first attacks us. That's worked for us over the centuries. It's still working for us.

Holy Moly!

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Tower Of Trump

I was resolved to update this blog on a daily basis. I was inspired to do so by the Spirit. I was overwhelmed by the enormity of the bulls**t related to Donald Trump and his administration.

Trump Tower has supplanted The Tower of  Babel as the mother of all confusion. It's radiating cognitive dissonance, confusion and disorientation. Anyone trying to make sense of Trump and his minions is immediately sent raving into the night.

Trump's lies and distortions are world renowned. The inconsistencies he alone generates are monumental. When you add to that the inconsistencies and distortions and misinformation coming from his appointees, you raise the level of confusion to a truly galactic level - a galactic cacophony.

Last week proved to be my undoing. Information related to the Russian connections was coming in fast and furious. It was like tide coming in at the Bay of Fundi. Congressman Nunes alone sent things into orbit.

When I sat down to chronicle the Russian fiasco, news of Neil Gorsuch's confirmation process started flooding the airwaves. As I turned to focus on that, the bombing of the Syrian airbase swept everything away and left us all trying to make sense of the contradictory and ridiculous things Trump, Tillerson and Haley were asserting.

Good luck following any of that. China and North Korea photo-bombed the photo ops.

Today, newscasters were talking about the "Trump Doctrine". Trump Doctrine? Please! Did you see Trump's announcement in regard to bombing Syria? Luca Brasi did better articulating his gift to Don Corleone's daughter in the Godfather than Trump did explaining Syria.

Before this is over, we may need Trump Busters to contain this mess.

Holy Moly!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Cognitive Dissonance

When Obama asked Congress to support action against Syria, it declined. After declining, Obama was continually criticized by Congress for not taking the action that Congress, itself, refused to authorize.


Trump approves an unauthorized raid on a Syrian air base that was used by Syria to launch an attack on it's own people. Syria used chemical weapons in that attack.

We deployed 59 Tomahawk missiles that did not damage the actual runway at the Syrian air base. In fact, the air base was back in use the next day. The Tomahawk missiles cost us approximately $94,000,000.

We actually informed the Russians before the raid.

Now we are told there are no other actions to follow. This was a unique response to the use of chemical weapons by Syria. It is not part of a larger offensive. It is not part of a defined strategy. It is not a tactic. It is an act of war.


Donald Trump tells us that he was moved to take action after seeing what happened to the children victims of Syria's chemical weaponry.

This is the same Donald Trump who has said over and over again that we should not take action in Syria after seeing numerous other videos of chemical weaponry attacks that have killed far more children and adults.

This is the same Donald Trump who wants to ban Syrian refugees from coming to our country.


Whatever Donald Trump is, what he clearly isn't is rational, consistent, law abiding and humanitarian.

Holy Moly!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

How Many Russian Fit On The Head Of A Pin?

What would happen if a full division of fully armed, Russian combat troops were suddenly beamed down onto the White House Grounds? Do you think it would cause some concern? Do you figure we would just ignore them? Do you know how many troops are in a division?

In 2014, Russia sent 1,000 troops into the Ukraine. That's right, 1,000 Russian soldiers took over the Eastern Ukraine and they are still there 3 years later.

Let's put my question into perspective. A division consists of about 15,000 troops. That's 15 times the amount Russia used to successfully invade and continue to occupy the Ukraine for some 3 years.

Okay, so now answer the question. Still no answer? You think this is a trick question? You think this is just plain ridiculous?

Here's the deal. Russia used some 15,000 computer whizzes to hack into our political computers and sow cyber mayhem last year. Yep, they used an entire f**king division. They hacked computers, put out fake news and did all kinds of other dirty tricks to f**k over our elections.

That's why Dick Cheney called this an "act of war" last week. I don't generally agree with Cheney. I don't like the man. I think he did a lot of harm to our country. I've chosen to quote him because no one has ever accused Cheney of being a liberal or a democrat or a socialist or a communist or even a sensitive human being.

Dick is not the only person who thinks we have a serious problem with Russia. John McCain and Lidsey Graham also have gone on record about this. They're not known for having leftist leanings.

According to all our legitimate intelligence agencies, Russia used cyber warfare to disrupt our elections and help Trump while hurting Clinton. New Information is coming out that they did the same kinds of things to help Trump in the Republican primaries.

The Russians not only sought to help Trump, they engaged in a lot of communications with his campaign staff and his transition team. In fact, the Russians have been helping Trump for years with his business dealings.

Trump has also been unwilling to say a discouraging word about Vladimir Putin. In fact he is an avowed fan of the man. Trump has managed to say negative things about our allies and NATO. He has caused problems with friendly heads of state. He has appointed a lot of incompetents to administrative positions. He has even hired people who worked with Russia in the Ukraine and elsewhere.

So, we have been invaded by a fully armed division of Russia cyber warriors. Our administration may be compromised and complicit in this. A lot of Republican members of the House, including Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, are acting like this is no big deal and the Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devon Nunes, has singlehandedly stopped that committee's investigation into all this. Nunes appears to have gone rogue.

The bi-partisan Senate Intelligence Committee seems to be taking this seriously. They have made a good start at investigating all this. They are making some people very nervous. At the top of that list is Donald Trump. Michael Flynn, the man Trump appointed as his National Security Advisor and then fired several weeks later, also seems to be very nervous. Flynn has asked the Senate's Intelligence Committee to grant him immunity in exchange for his testimony.

Do you think it's time for a Special Bipartisan Committee with an Independent Prosecutor to be empowered and get started on this? You know, the kind we had when 5, not 15,000, men broke into the DNC headquarters in 1972? You know that Watergate thing?

Holy Moly!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Yo Mama - Not Just For Kids

No! Yo papa. That's right, our founders were all men. Women were legally disenfranchised when our country was founded. They had no representation. They were not allowed to vote. In many ways they were the property of their parents and when they married, they became the property of their husbands.

Blacks were worse off. They could be bought and sold. They could be raped and tortured. They could be killed with impunity.

Children didn't fare well either.

Yo papas did okay.

There's a lot of misinformation out there about yo papas. Who exactly were they? Well, yo papas were mostly entrepreneurs. Yes, they were businessmen. More importantly, they were businessmen who didn't want to pay taxes. Taxes? Yep. Those boys fought a revolution over taxes. They hated taxes.

What about freedom and liberty? Well yeah. They wanted to decide for themselves when to pay taxes and they wanted to make sure they paid as little as possible. They weren't concerned with universal freedom and liberty. And states' rights? Of course states' rights. They didn't want any government interfering with how they made their money.

Things were rural/colonial back then. Different areas were developed by different businessmen. Each area had its own unique business model. Yo papas didn't want anyone telling them how to run their businesses. Like what? Like slavery. Some of yo papas didn't want no one messin roun with slavery.

Is this real history? You bet. It just ain't herstory. We still workin on herstory and ourstory.

Explain. Well as the country developed people wanted to be free. They wanted to own themselves and make their own decisions about how to live their lives. They also wanted a fair share of the profits from their labor.

This sounds like communism. Oh no, no, no! This is the exact opposite of communism. This is personal freedom. This is true liberty. This is equality. This is about equal rights under the law. This is about equal pay for equal work. This is about equal opportunity under the law. Equal opportunity? Yeah. The right to live where you want and do the work you enjoy and freely practice your religion.

Are you saying we don't have that now? Nope! I'm saying we're getting there. So? So we didn't get there because yo papas had some come to Jesus moment. We got there as a result of people putting their lives on the line for their personal freedom. People died in the effort.

Let's see: we had a Civil War; we had the Women's Suffrage Movement; we had the Labor Movement; we had the Anti War Movement; we had the Civil Rights Movement; and we had the Women's Rights Movement.

So okay, what's the big deal? The bid deal is yo papas fought tooth and nail to stop all those movements. The only movements yo papas wanted to have were their own personal bowel movements, but that wasn't always easy. Why? Well, because those boys were so tight assed.

What did yo papas do to stop the movements? Everything they could. They falsely accused people of all kinds of things. They killed people. They put people in jail. They beat people up. They destroyed people's lives. You name it, they did it.

Wow! The Tea Party is a movement, right? On no! The Tea Party ain't no movement. The Tea Party is just another trick yo papa is runnin - a scam. What do you mean? Well the Tea Party was really secretly funded by very wealthy businessmen who wanted to make it seem like a "grassroots" movement when it was really a propaganda campaign to get people elected - people who would do their bidding - shills.

But the Tea Party is an independent party! Hell no. All those Tea Party candidates have been running as Republicans. The Tea Party has two agendas. The first is to cut taxes for the wealthy. The second is to take our government apart.

Why would they want to take the government apart? Because government agencies have been interfering with them making money. What? Well, there were things like fair labor practices, safe working conditions, equal pay and equal opportunity. There are government agencies set up to protect us in those areas.

Yo papas don't like anybody interfering with how they go about making money. They don't want government agencies stopping them from polluting our air and water and ground. They want to do things in the least expensive way so they can maximize their profits. They don't care if we can't breathe or if the ground water gets contaminated or if the climate changes or if they tear apart the countryside.

Is that it? Nope! Yo papas started the Tea Party after a black man was elected president and started to push for affordable healthcare, immigration reform, pollution control, education reform, women's rights, LGBT rights, infrastructure upgrades and repairs, renewable energy and a whole lot of things that would make our lives better and take care of our planet.

What's wrong with those things? Nothing! It just costs money and wealthy people are afraid their taxes might go up in the process. Huh, don't wealthy people pay taxes? Well yes they do, but they don't exactly pay their fair share of taxes. I don't understand? Well, 1% of the people in our country have almost 50% of the wealth. What? That's right. Yo papas have it all and they want to keep it.

Didn't they work for it? Sure, but nobody is doing enough work to earn a billion dollars or more a year. The wealthy people hire people to do the work for them and then pay them as little as possible and keep the lion's share for themselves. That's not fair! Hey that's profits.

How can the wealthy people get away with this? Well, yo papas have been doing it all along. Nothing new here. They do everything they can to divide us. They talk about things like "class warfare". Class warfare? Yeah, when someone says they need to pay their fair share of the taxes they scream class warfare.

Is that it? No! They prey on our weaknesses and our fears. It ain't no accident that they started the Tea Party after a black man was elected as President of the United States for the first time in our history. The wealthy used everything they could think of. Racism and sexism and bigotry are just tools to them.

The Tea Party got their stooges elected at all levels from school boards to governor's offices to congress. Those people started doing all kinds of things. On school boards they started banning books and questioning scientific study in school. In the state houses, they started restricting voter registration and preventing people from voting.

In congress they started preventing legislation that: raised taxes; protected the environment; guaranteed women's rights; and restricted unfair business practices. They hated any kind of regulations that interfered with how they wanted to conduct their businesses.

Wow! How did they get so many people to join the Tea Party? Well, they used false arguments about "religion" and "patriotism". Yo papas knew how to turn people on each other. They said things like we have a "Christian Country" and people who protest are "Anti-American".

Worshiping God in you own way and standing up for what you believe is very American.

Are all wealthy people like the ones you've talked about? Is it all just wealthy businessmen? No on both counts. There have always been some wealthy folks who have worked to improve people's lives and make our country better.

There are also wealthy businesswomen now and wealthy women who have inherited from their wealthy papas. A lot of them want to hold onto their money too.

You sound like you are saying there is a "class" war going on. I thought you said "class warfare" was a ploy used by the wealthy.

Oh yeah! Make no mistake, there is a big time class war going on. It's just not taking place the way the wealthy would have you believe it. The wealthy don't want to pay their fair share of taxes and they say that people who want them to pay their fair share of taxes are engaging in class warfare.

Real class warfare is what happens when the wealthy try to divide us up and work hard to prevent us from getting ahead. They want us ignorant and frightened of each other. They don't want us working together. That's class warfare.

This is very different than what I've been told. What about liberals and conservatives? Labeling someone as a liberal or a conservative has little meaning. People have always disagreed about how to go about things, but it pretty much gets down to taxes. It's just gotten more extreme lately. The class war has gotten meaner. New technologies have made it easier to spread false lies and rumors. Fake news is more common and harder to identify.

Yo papas story is pretty bad. Is that it? Is that the biggest obstacle we have to overcome? It ain't as simple as that. There is a lot more. We don't exist in a vacuum. We are not the only country out there. There are bad people who have sought to conquer and oppress others throughout history. In world War II we fought against dictators that rose up in Italy, Japan and Germany. We stopped them from taking over the world, but there are still totalitarian countries today.

Russia, China and North Korea are very dangerous. There are religious countries that are very dangerous too. There's are a lot of dangerous people who have nuclear weapons and who are willing to engage in terrorism.

Is there anything good you have to say? I want to think happy thoughts.

Well, the world is good. Life is a wonder. We are capable of doing extraordinary things. If someone led you to believe that you can be happy all the time, then they gave you bad information. Perhaps they wanted to make you feel good, but they didn't do you any favors in the long run.

A good life is about work and responsibility and compassion and understanding that it's up to each of us to make our world better. That's just the way it is. It ain't bad, it's reality. It'll get better when we replace history with ourstory.

One more question. Shoot! What about Donald Trump?

Well, Donald Trump is a failed businessman who was involved in real estate. He eventually got into entertainment and became very popular. He exploited his popularity in every way he could.

He is a ruthless opportunist. He is narcissistic in the extreme. He is very dishonest. He mistreats people. He mistreats women. Let's just say he saw an opening in the war between the Democrats and Republicans in congress and exploited it.

Exploited it? Yeah. He has the support of some very wealthy people. He used his celebrity to hoodwink the American people. He made false promises to people who were out of work and hurting. He gave voice to extremists like the KKK. He also seems to have something going on with Vladimir Putin.

Putin? Yeah Putin. Putin is a thug. He is a ruthless dictator who kills his political rivals and people trying to report honest news. He is one of a small number of criminals that have taken over Russia and transformed it from a nation state into a criminal organization.

Putin has been trying to expand his criminal empire and has engaged in sabotage and war to further his control. He interfered with our elections and he continues to interfere with free elections in democracies he wants to weaken. He is very eager to see the end of NATO and a return to national disunity in Europe.

Donald Trump acts weird when it comes to Putin. Putin sought to hurt Trump's opponent during the election and he may have gone further than that. He may have compromised Trump and his campaign and his transition team.

Putin may have managed to coopt the President of the United States. Trump may be his puppet. Trump has damaged our relations with our allies and NATO and said a lot of negative things about world leaders. Trump has not said a single negative thing about Putin. In fact, he often praises him.

Trump hijacked the Republican nomination process and became the Republican nominee. Then he won the election. Trump is really apolitical. He is interested in money and power, not politics. He likes luxury and comfort. He could care less about us.

Holy Moly!