Friday, March 24, 2017

A Georgie Porgie Kind Of Day - The Political Trifecta - A Triple Play - Step Aside Molière

Donny Dimwit is a modern day Georgie Porgie. Donny Dimwit groped the girls and made them cry.

Dimwit and company sure know how to put on a show. Nothing less than a total farce. It's not everybody that can humiliate themselves this badly in the course of a single day. It takes a rare, exceptional talent.

Remember when Dimwit said that only he could save the country and that he knew politics better than anyone? Remember when he said he was going to replace the Affordable Care Act with a plan that would cover everyone, cost less and provide more benefits?

The Republicans have the House, the Senate and the Presidency. They have the majority of the State Governorships. They even have the freakin Judiciary. They have all the marbles.

So, please someone explain to me why they pulled their own healthcare legislation at the last moment and then had the unmitigated gall to blame it on the Democrats?

Actually, the Republicans ran away from two big things today and the Dimwit balked on the mound. They pulled the Georgie Porgie equivalent of a triple play.



First the House Intelligence Committee chairman, Devin Nunes cancelled next weeks scheduled hearing. He cancelled the hearing after admitting that he was wrong about what he said on Wednesday about collateral information gathered during wiretaps of Trump Towers. He cancelled the hearing after first saying he wanted to bar the public from it. He cancelled the hearing covering an attack on our political/election system by a foreign power - a foreign power that is our number one enemy.

Yep, Devin ran away from his responsibilities the minute the "boys came out to play".

Not to be outdone by Devin, Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, the top Congressional Republican, and the poster child for repealing Obamacare pulled his party's legislation hours before the vote was due.

Yep, Paul ran away from his responsibilities the minute the "boys came out to play".

You would think Donny Dimwit would at least step up to the plate and say I failed. Nope, he said the reason he pulled his pitch was because of the Democrats. The same Democrats who weren't even in the game. The same Democrats who were neither suited up, nor in the stadium.

The game was being played between the House's Freedom Caucus and its moderate Republicans. Dimwit was both the home plate umpire and the pitcher. Dimwit plays many roles. He is, afterall, a master deal maker. He is the savior of our country.

He is so full of bullshit, he's leaving a leaky trail wherever he goes.

Paul Ryan was the Commissioner of Baseball. The coaches on the field included Mike Pence, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, and Mike Mulvaney.

Here's how the game went. Dimwit set the stage. Dimwit told the House he wanted a repeal and replace bill. Good f**king luck! According to John Boehner, the former Republican Speaker of the House, the Republicans had not been able to unite over healthcare legislation during his entire 25 years in the Congress.

Regardless of that Dimwit told Ryan repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a bill that covers everyone, costs less and provides more benefits all at the same time. Dimwit might as well have told Ryan to fly and lay a golden egg upon landing. Ryan should have told the Dimwit to pound sand, but he didn't.

Mind you, the Republicans have had seven years to replace the Affordable Care Act. When Obama was President they voted to repeal it at least 50 times. Yes, I said 50. Yes I said they have been waiting for this day for 7 years.

Ryan hobbled together a bill and they wanted to vote on it yesterday, the seventh anniversary of Obama's signing the Affordable Care Act into law. In preparation for this, Dimwit touted the bill and praised what it would do. Dimwit, the Art of the Deal maestro, sprinkled his magic pixie dust and told us the day of deliverance was at hand.

The problem is that the Freedom Caucus told Ryan it was a no go. It should be mentioned that the Koch brothers have been beating the bushes to get this bill defeated. The Freedom Caucus started referring to it as "Obamacare Lite" or "Obamacare 2.0". Things didn't look good.

Dimwit invited Republican Congressmen over to the White House for bowling and pizza. He met with the Freedom Caucus. He called congressmen on the phone. He eventually threatened to politically annihilate anyone who voted against it. He sent Pence, Bannon, Priebus and Mulvaney over to meet with the entire Republican House Delegation. He may have even sent Kellyanne Conway over there.

When all that failed, he told Ryan hold the vote today and force them to vote on the bill. He said anyone who voted against it would bring the wrath of the voters down on them when reelection time came around. Dimwit took a hard stand.

Yep, the Dimwit balked on the mound, he ran away the minute the "boys came out to play".

Holy Moly!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

We've Got Trouble

From where I sit, things look very bad for the United States. I don't have an informed vantage point. I'm not privy to intelligence information. I'm not on any government committee. I'm just a natural born, United States citizen. I'm 71 years old. I run a small business. I check several real news sources everyday.

In the interest of full disclosure, I check the following news networks on a daily basis; CBS; ABC; NBC; CNN; MSNBC; Reuters; Huffington Post; BBC America; and PBS World News. I read articles in the: New York Times; Washington Post; and several magazines, including The New Yorker, The Nation and the Atlantic.

I am also visited from time to time by the Spirit who has inspired me on this mission - the Church of the Holy Moly.

Aside from making me crazy, staying in touch via news media has left me with bitten down fingernails and no confidence in the ability of our country to survive until Winter. To be fair, none of the sources I've mentioned have said that we are doomed. All of the sources, other than the Spirit, have stood on their heads to appear neutral and give Devil Don his due - at least what they think his due is. I, for one, think he is due impeachment and removal from office. Perhaps we should all be throwing our shoes at him too.

The Spirit is a little less vague. The Spirit is more like "Repent while there is still time!" or "Did you see that s**t? Do you understand what that means?"

Today I read that the Koch brothers are offering 7 digit campaign contributions to House Republicans who vote against Trumpcare. Maybe our Congressmen should go public and allow investors to invest in them. At a million a vote, they might be our most promising growth industry.

I also read about Congressman Nunes virtually busting into Devil Don's office to inform him that there may be other investigations going on that involves Devil Don and his minions. Numbskull Nunes did not share this information with his fellow committee members before outing a federal investigation to Devil Don or holding a press conference.

Numbskull Nunes may have also done the very thing that Congressman Trey Gowdy was condemning leakers for a few days ago. The Numbskull was talking about FISA warrants and naming a name or two - Grizzly Gowdy wants people prosecuted and possibly executed for doing this.

I also read about a black man being murdered in New York City by a total stranger who "hates" black people. The hater traveled to New York City to do this from Maryland. The hater wanted to make a statement. The hater was brandishing a sword.

I watched an interview with a Republican House Member who said Devil Don doesn't really know what's in the Trumpcare legislation. He said Devil Don doesn't even care what's in the legislation. Devil Don only wants to win.

I also read that Paul Manafort had been paid $10,000,000 to help further Putin's agenda. This is the same Paul Manafort that was Chairman of Devil Don's campaign. The same Paul Manafort that Devil Don is suggesting was only a vote counter.

I also read that Ivanka Trump was given an office in the White House because Devil Don is impaired and needs help with his cognitive functioning. I was truly surprised by this because I had come to the conclusion that Devil Don had no cognitive functioning. For all I know Devil Don is a hologram.

I also read that Russian criminals had rented space in Trump Towers and were running an illegal on-line gambling operation from there.

I also read that the Supreme Court has voted 8-0 to overturn a decision rendered by Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. They apparently did this while Gorsuch was testifying at his confirmation hearing.

By themselves, these things might not warrant my conclusion that we are about to implode, but these things are just some of today's things. Things like this have been happening everyday for months. Belshazzar had less writing on the wall to go by than we do.

So, are we doomed? Are we being consumed by our own stupidity and partisan politics? Are we about to reap the wages of sin? Do we all need to learn Russian?

Holy Moly!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Holy S**t! What The F**k?

I watched a good deal of the House Intelligence Committee's hearings yesterday. It was not a Holy Moly moment for me. It was a Holy S**t moment. It was a big time Holy S**t moment.

FBI Director Comey and NSA Rogers eliminated any doubt as to whether or not there was any truth to Demented Don's claims that President Obama had ordered wiretapping of Trump Towers during the election. They did this thoroughly and repeatedly. They did this repeatedly because the Demented One found it necessary to publish more Tweets as the hearings progressed. More Tweets - more lies.

More Tweets - What The F**k?



So much information on involvement between Russia and Despicable's family, friends and campaign staff came out. There was information about business transactions and banks and Russian crime syndicates and the Russia oligarchs and Russian money laundering and involvement of Despicable's people with Russian Spies. Holy S**t!




There were heroic efforts on the part of the Republican committee members to refocus attention away from Russian interference and possible collusion with the Dimwit's posse and onto intelligence leaks and what crimes leakers may have committed in the process of leaking information about serious threats to our nation's security.

Leading this charge away from focusing on the integrity of our nation's security and the possibility of a Moscow Candidate and Moscow Administration was Representative Trey Gowdy. Trey was all about leakers. He seemed to miss the larger issue - the one about our sinking ship of state.


I can't imagine anyone taking issue with the radio operator on the Titanic signaling for help, but I'm not sure Trey would agree with me on that. What The F**k?

Meanwhile, Rex Tillerson will not be attending this year's NATO meeting. Despicable has managed to insult and alienate the leaders of Mexico, Canada, Australia, England, Ireland, Germany, Iraq and China since taking office. Yet, Duplicitous has only had glowing words for Vladimir Putin. Coincidence?


Apparently the FBI has been investigating Despicable's posse since last July. It make me wonder about Mr. Comey's priorities during the election. Comey never said a work about this. What The Fuck?



Watergate is fading in light of these new revelations. Hell, we could be talking about treason. Names like Haldeman and Ehrlichman are being replaced with names like Flynn, Manafort, Sessions, Stone and Page. There's Bannon and Gorka and Conway and Priebus and Spicer covering things up. We've also seen Sally Yates and Preet Bharara fired. I'm wondering who will be the new John Dean.

Holy Moly!




Thursday, March 16, 2017

Make America Fair Again - No More Class Warfare

Everybody has a tax plan. Err, umm, everybody who makes a lot of money has a tax plan. Err, ummmmmm, actually, everybody who makes a fortune has a tax plan. The rest of us are not so heady.

Nobody likes to pay taxes. People making minimum wage and low salaries are often looking to make more money as opposed to having a tax plan. Poor people are looking for money, they are not looking to pay less money in taxes.

Tax plans are big with the Republicans and Conservatives. Those folks have very simple tax plans. Basically they want to cut the amount of taxes the ultra wealthy pay. They come up with all kinds of schemes, but they all have one thing in common - the rich pay less.

Corporations are people in our country. Yes, they are people. This is something most people don't understand. Most people think they know what being a person means until they talk to the ultra wealthy. Needless to say, the idea that corporations are people has everything to do with avoiding and lowering taxes on the ultra wealthy.

Remember the FairTax? Remember the Flat Tax? Remember the National Sales Tax? Remember Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan? Remember pet rocks?

We have progressive tax rates. We've had them for a long time. People had them back in the days of the Roman Empire. Progressive taxation is nothing new. Progressive taxation makes sense. Progressive taxation is fair.

When you buy insurance for your home, the amount you pay is determined by the value of your home. Your home is an asset. The more valuable your assets, the more you pay to insure them. People seem to understand this.

Taxation is, or should be, like insurance. The more assets you have the more it should cost you to protect them. Government's first responsibility is to protect the people and the integrity of the country. Our government is there to insure our way of life.

Let's face it. A lot of ultra wealthy people are ultra wealthy because they are ultra greedy. If you talk about this, they accuse you of engaging in "class warfare". The "class warfare" accusation is itself a form of "class warfare". It's a ruse thrown up to confound and confuse. It's used to refocus the discussion onto something else when progressive taxation is being discussed.

The argument is both simple and simplistic. "You want to make me pay more because I'm rich." Well yeah. "That's discrimination." Okay. "That's unfair." Well no.

Discrimination has two meanings. Discrimination can be the "recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another".

I recognize that you have more assets at stake than I do. I understand that it costs more to protect your assets than it does to protect mine. I know the fair thing is for you to pay more to protect your assets than I do to protect mine.

Progressive taxation is common sense. It is not "class warfare". It is just.

When FDR was President the ultra wealthy paid 94% on all income they had over $200,000. This was in the 1940s. At that time $200,000 was the equivalent of some $3,500,000 of today's dollars.

The top tax rate today is 39.6%. Wow! You've come a long way baby. Someone else is shouldering your tax burden. Who do you figure that is? That's the rest of us. That's real "class warfare".

Dummy Don wants to lower the top rate to 33%. He also wants to increase military spending by about 10%. Yes he wants to spend more money to protect our assets while decreasing the amount the biggest asset holders have to pay.

Why do you figure we have a deficit? Could it be because the ultra rich would rather see us borrow money from them than pay their fair share. Hell, they own everything. They own us. When we are in debt like that we are their virtual "slaves".

Dummy says cutting taxes for the ultra wealthy, the top 1%, will produce jobs. Huh? It will let them keep more money. The rest of us will still be trying to figure out where our next buck is coming from.

Gimme dat old time taxation, it's good enough for me and you and you and everyone. Hallelujah!
Holy Moly!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Some Things Are Just Too Taxing For Our Republican Congress

Years ago I found myself in a massive First Amendment lawsuit over the firing of myself and several other social workers from a large state mental institution. We had reported patient abuse at the facility and we were fired. There's more to all this, but this is the short version.

The thing is we had a Federal District Court judge who did everything he could to impair us and we eventually lost the case. If you doubt my perception, leave a comment and I will spend time on explaining this.

What I slowly became aware of was we were not in a contest with the defendants in the case, we were in a contest with the judge. The merits of the case were irrelevant. What was relevant was the way the judge conducted himself and the rulings he made.

I mention this because the Spirit hit me like a brick the other night when I watched Rachel Maddow. She did a show on Duplicitous Don's 2005 federal tax return. What got me was the reporting she did prior to actually showing the tax return.

The reporting was all about Duplicitous' financial involvement with various Russian actors. There was also mention of strange financial goings on with the Chinese.

Our Congress is trying to investigate allegations Duplicitous made in regard to President Obama wiretapping him at campaign headquarters in New York City. Duplicitous asked for the investigations after he made the allegations and refused to offer any proof to support them.

The investigations into Russia tampering with our elections has not pit us against Russia. Russia is not who we are contending with. We are contending with Duplicitous and a lot of Republican Congress Members who are not exactly eager to find out the truth about what happened.

The resources of our Congress and investigatory agencies are being expended in a rigged environment. Unlike a trial with one judge, we are dealing with hundreds of House and Senate members who have a need to protect Duplicitous at all costs.

If you watched the Watergate hearings, you know right away that there is a night and day difference in the way things are proceeding now. Evidence gathering is not happening.

To truly understand the extent to which Russia has played a hand in our politics, you need to examine the money trail. There are actually documents which make doing this both reasonable and possible. At the top of that list is Duplicitous' income tax returns.

On February 27th, the House voted 229-185 to not request Duplicitous to release his tax returns. 227 Republicans voted against asking Duplicitous to make his returns available.

What Rachel reported on her show was incredible. Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian oligarch, bought a house from Duplicitous for 95 million dollars in 2007. Duplicitous had bought it for 40 million dollars in 2004. When the sale took place in 2007, the housing market was depressed.

This was just one of many things Rachel exposed. For instance Duplicitous nominated Wilbur Ross for Commerce Secretary. Wilbur was one of the owners of the Bank of Cyprus which is known for money laundering in connection with Russian oligarchs.

There are also ties to questionable loans at Deutsche Bank which has been embroiled in scandals and paid out over 20 billion dollars in fines.

How has all this been allowed to continue to this point without meaningful Congressional oversight and investigation? How did Ross get confirmed by the Senate? Why didn't Congress subpoena Duplicitous' tax returns long before now?

Russia and Putin have engaged in criminal interference with our elections in an effort to hurt Clinton and help Duplicitous. This is no longer in dispute. Duplicitous has not been able to say anything even mildly negative about Putin.

Are Republican Congress members protecting Duplicitous? It sure looks that way. Does party come before country? Does collusion come before justice?

What we are witnessing is the equivalent of what it would have been like if the Watergate Commission had refused to subpoena the Nixon tapes.

Holy Moly!







Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This Ain't High School, You Don't Get A Pass

When Dummo Don was elected, I was all for giving him a "chance" to do his job. I thought we owed it to anybody to withhold judgment until after the fact as opposed to before it.

Well it took me no time to conclude that Dummo had failed at his job. Worse, he had disgraced himself in the performance of his job, put our country at risk and humiliated our country before the world.

I keep reading posts by people who continue to say give Dummo a "chance". A chance for what? They are not asking us to give him a "chance", they are asking us to give him a "pass". A chance is not a pass. They are totally different things.

Dummo is the President of the United States. If he can't do the job, he needs to step down. He has no right to damage the country due to his ignorance.

I do not find Dummo's continued lies and misdeeds humorous. I cannot make excuses for him. "Well that's Donald Trump" is not an excuse for the continued chaos he is causing.

The press has been giving Dummo a "pass". It needs to stop. They need to stop sugarcoating what he does. When he lies, they need to call it a lie. When he does things that appear to be criminal, they need to say that too.

Dummo is not our senile grandfather. He is a lying, Narcissistic, psychopath. He may be suffering from delusions or extreme mood swings. Whatever it is, he is unfit for office and needs to go.



Holy Moly!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Alt Justice

We are a nation of laws. We pride ourselves on "Liberty" and "Justice" for "All". We talk about equal protection under the law. Hogwash!

Have you taken a good look at Lady Justice? Her image adorns a lot of our courtrooms. She is blindfolded and carries a set of scales and a sword.

What's the deal with the blindfold? Would you get in a taxi with a cab driver who was blindfolded? What about the scales? Well, justice is meted out depending on who pays the most for it. You have to weigh the gold to know who is paying the most. And the sword? Really, you're asking about the sword. A sword is a lethal weapon. Justice will kill you if you're not careful.

Bill Clinton was impeached because he lied about whether or not he got a blow job. It's worth noting he wasn't found guilty. I'm not making any comment on Bill Clinton here. I'm just saying that in the pursuit of "justice" our Congress prosecuted our president because he lied about getting a blow job.

Let's put this in perspective. When our country was founded, slavery was legal. You want to talk about justice?

Okay, so slavery is no longer legal, but justice is still blind, corrupt and lethal. We went to war with Vietnam based on a series of lies. We did the same thing with Iraq. Nobody was impeached. Millions have died over the years and nobody was held accountable.

Justice has nothing to do with accountability. Accountability is not relevant. Justice is meted out everyday independent of accountability.

We are a nation of laws. We are not a nation of justice. Justice under the law is a circular definition. In the pursuit of justice you will often find yourself running in circles.

Michael Flynn took over half a million dollars from Turkey while working for the Trump campaign. He was appointed National Security Advisor by Trump. He was fired by Trump within a month of Trump taking office for allegedly lying to Mike Pence.

The thing is he never registered as a foreign agent as he was required to under the law. He was a foreign agent and he only recently registered "retroactively" as one after this information became public. Really? Retroactively?

Preet Bharara was the U.S. Attorney in New York. He is famous for rooting our corruption. He was asked to stay on as U.S. Attorney by Trump and then he was fired last week, a few days after some independent watchdog groups asked him to investigate Trump for violations of the Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution.

By the way, the thing about Flynn lying to Pence - turns out Pence was sent a letter about Flynn lying about meeting with the Russian Ambassador way before Pence said Flynn never met with the Russian Ambassador in an interview on TV.

Justice is fleeting. Bullshit! Justice is like the Flash. You can't catch up to Justice, you can't even see Justice as it passes you by.

Justice is just another name for hypocrisy. We may not have a lot of justice but we sure have a lot of hypocrisy. We have liberty and hypocrisy for all. We have so much liberty and hypocrisy, we are blinded by it.

Holy Moly!