Thursday, June 22, 2017

We Won! We Won! And Now For Some Really Big News

Republican candidates won all 5 of the special elections recently. The most publicized was the one for Georgia's 6th Congressional District. Karen Handel won that one and Jon Ossoff lost it. Handel won by a margin of 3.8 percent. Not good in that district.

I didn't find any of this newsworthy. I didn't understand all the hoopla around these elections. What would have been newsworthy would have been one of the Republican candidates losing.

When you have a district that is almost totally Republican and, in some cases, has been Gerrymandered to preclude real competition, and you are a Republican and you win, it is about as significant as Putin winning an election in Russia.

Trump spoke about all this in Iowa. He bragged, "We're 5 and 0". Okay.

What I don't understand is why anybody, especially any Democrat, made a big deal about these elections in the first place. All they accomplished was giving people false hope only to see it dashed after the elections.

Meanwhile, there is some really bigly news to report. The Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, and National Security Agency Director, Admiral Mike Rogers, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and said Trump suggested they publicly deny any collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia.

If you don't understand the significance of this, look up "obstruction of justice" and remember what you find out. It will help you interpret what is about to happen and what will dominate the news for months to come.

While you're at it, look up "money laundering", "racketeering", "RICO Law" and "treason". Hey, add "emoluments" to that list too.

Holy Moly!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Trump Is The Symptom

Donald Trump is not competent to be president of anything, much less the United States. He is an aberration, not a statesman. His ignorance is mind numbing. His presentations are a monumental embarrassment.

I could go on, but I think you get what I am saying.

With Trump in the presidency, our country is at risk. Our national security and our domestic well being are in jeopardy.

So, Trump is not the problem. Trump is a symptom of a much more dangerous problem. If Trump is removed, the problem will not go away.

The problem we face is threefold. First, the GOP is no longer a real political party. I'm not sure what it is, but I know what it isn't. It isn't a political party as much as it is a marketing organization.

Second, fake news organizations have gone mainstream. Somehow, demented commentators have become legitimized and normalized.

Last, but by no means least, is the fact that at least 35% of our voting citizenry has gone "bat shit crazy". Yep, 35% of the voters are out of their f**king minds. I'm not talking neurotics, I'm talking full blown, DayGlo lunatics.

Whether this lunacy is a plague or the unfortunate results of an educational system gone awry, is up for debate. It could also be the result of foreign subversion over the course of decades or religious indoctrination over the course of a lifetime.

Whatever the cause, the problem is insanity.

You know why zombie entertainment is so popular? I venture to say it's because it represents what our true problem is. Zombies eat brains. They are mindless beasts that eat at the source of intelligence and thought.

We are the zombies folks - not all of us - not even a majority of us. Just 35% of our active voters. Is that number continuing to grow?

Holy Moly!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Shame Of Ownership

We are rapidly approaching a great reconciliation. A true come to Jesus moment.

The Christians have a name for this. They call it "Judgement Day". Accountants have a date for it. That would be "April 15th". In the criminal justice system, they refer to it as a "verdict".

Whatever you call it, it is the time when you have to openly face the consequences for what you have done. You have to reconcile your actions with your professed conduct.

Some people say, "Money talks, bullshit walks."

Well, the Justice Department has been traveling a zigzag line since Trump's election. There have been obstacles. There have been firings: Preet Bharara; Sally Yates; and James Comey. There are dark clouds rising on Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller.

That line is turning into The Green Mile and Trump and associates are looking more and more like dead men walking.

Keeping track of all this is very complex. We have a smorgasbord of crimes to choose from. First there is the issue of Russian interference in our elections through an assortment of IT crimes and propaganda campaigns. We have false news and alternative realities. Cyberspace is filled with debris.

Then we move on to issues of collusion, collaboration and, dare I say it, treason.

Behind all this is money laundering and racketeering.

Robert Mueller is moving at break neck speed and the intelligence community is cooperating fully. Even foreign intelligence agencies are cooperating.

We are looking at a bigly giant "Twinkie" in Egon speak.

Perhaps Ghostbusters is the perfect metaphor for what is going on. What we are looking at dwarfs Watergate. What we are looking at requires a Special Counsel.

Trump could have a hissy fit and fire everybody he has to in order to fire Mueller, but I don't think that will go well. Remember when they shut down the grid in Ghostbusters?

The national disgrace that is Donald Trump is too big to stop or contain. The truth is galloping out. It's as if there were a million Paul Reveres riding out to warn the American people.

The Russians have come and they are here. They have infiltrated our Executive Branch and the infiltration extends into the Legislative Branch as well.

I guess Trump could eventually try declaring Martial Law. He could fully embrace his mentor's (Vladimir Putin) tactics and start assassinating reporters and politicians and investigators and others, but I don't think it will get to that.

Even if it does, I think he will not succeed in avoiding accountability. I think it is over and you don't have to be able to read tea leaves to know it.

When it does finally end and when everybody involved is held accountable, the final reconciliation will take place. All those who voted for this abomination will have to accept ownership for what their votes did.

Shame will be the operative word.

Holy Moly!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Poor Donny One Note

If you substitute Donny for Johnny, you'll get the picture. It's how Trump uses Twitter.


Holy Moly!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Not Exactly Andrew Jackson

Trump likes to compare himself to Andrew Jackson. He really does.

I doubt Jackson would agree. Jackson was no mama's boy. He was a soldier and a statesman. He had a reputation for fighting his own battles.

Much has been said about Andrew and it wasn't always good, but Andrew wasn't a whiner. He was a hero.

So if not Jackson, then who? Well George. George Armstrong Custer jumps to mind. George was the last in his class at West Point.

General Custer led his men, including 4 family members, to complete oblivion at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

"The flamboyant Custer paid great attention to his appearance. He wore a black velvet uniform with coils of gold lace, spurs on his boots, a red scarf around his neck and a large, broad-brimmed sombrero. Custer took particular pride in his cascading golden locks, which he perfumed with cinnamon oil."

Hmmm. Custer was a world famous loser. He was "flamboyant" and lived a "charmed life".

Yes, I think Custer is the more appropriate avatar for Trump. Custer caught the public's attention. Custer followed his own counsel to ruin. Custer enjoyed self promotion.

When the final chapter is written on Donald Trump, I'm sure he will go down as the country's greatest loser. The man who led his followers into annihilation. The man who thought Tweeting was a substitute for integrity, honor, intelligence and bravery.

Trumpgate is knocking on the White House door Donald. Time to open up and come clean. Time to see yourself for what you truly are, a traitor to American values and basic morality.

Holy Moly!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What Would Trump Have To Do? - Grandpa Puts It In Perspective - Grandpa Is Italian And Knows About Priorities

A friend of mine was out to dinner with his Grandpa and his Grandpa's next door neighbor. The next door neighbor is a bigly Trump supporter.

My friend's grandpa is one of my oldest friends. He was the best man at our civil ceremony when Kathy and I got married the first time. He's Italian in origin, as am I.

Our civil wedding was earlier than we had planned because Kathy did not have health insurance and needed an operation to remove a basal cell carcinoma that was growing on her back shoulder. I had a state job and good insurance.

We needed a witness and I called Frank who was in the middle of pouring concrete. Frank is a mason. He's always been a hard worker. He was also a Special Education teacher at the time.

Frank dropped everything and showed up in work clothes and boots covered in concrete. My "best man" stood there in concrete as a testament to our marriage. Marriage needs a good foundation and Frank brought the concrete to the wedding.

So Nick was eating dinner with Frank and next door neighbor Joe. Joe was going on about Trump and Nick, having recently turned 22 and graduated college and starting law school in September, was challenging Joe and doing a good job on the issues - I said he was going to law school.

Joe was all over the place. When confronted on one absurdity with a pesky fact, he immediately jumped to another absurdity. This went on for a bit and then Frank, who, being Italian, had first finished his dinner, leaned into the table and looked Joe in the eye and asked, "what would Trump have to do for you to say anything negative about him?"

Mind you, all this was taking place in a crowded family restaurant and as Nick and Joe started talking Trump, the restaurant got quieter and quieter. I suspect that being in New York on Long Island in Suffolk County, the restaurant was pretty much evenly divided between Trump supporters and Trump non-supporters.

Nick said when Frank asked his question you could hear a pin drop. Joe started his response by saying something about Hillary Clinton. Frank stopped him and said this has nothing to do with politics. He said his question was simple and he repeated it. "What would Trump have to do for you to say anything negative about him?"

Joe was reduced to stammering and that effectively ended the discussion. I like this story. I like it for several reasons, not the least of which was an old (yes you are old now Frank, yes I know you still practice masonry) educated, hard working, stubborn, Italian man who had evolved through the 60s managed to put it all in perspective by asking a Trump supporter a simple question, for which, apparently, there was no answer.

So next time you are confronted by a Trump supporter who is babbling, ask him/her a simple, non-political question. Ask him/her, "What would Trump have to do for you to say anything negative about him?"

Holy Moly!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Delirium Tremens

The God's who wrote this play enjoy a bit of whimsy. The main character is Donald Trump. DT for short or on Twitter. DT is short for Delirium Tremens.

Delirium Tremens is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal. It involves sudden and severe mental or nervous system changes. Symptoms include nightmares, agitation, global confusion, disorientation, visual and auditory hallucinations, tactile hallucinations.

Trump is the personification of pure alcohol. His supporters are all suffering from "degenerate alcoholism".

We got the DTs baby. We been Donald Trumped.

Holy Moly!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Trump Totally Flips Out And Flips Alaska

Trump just tweeted that he had nothing whatsoever to do with Russia before, during or after the election. He says anyone saying otherwise is a big fat liar.

He also announced that he is signing a new executive order returning Alaska to Russia. When asked about this, Ryan and McConnell said there was nothing unusual about a President giving states to foreign countries. Kelly and McMaster agreed.

Holy Moly!

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Off Broadway Impeachment Roadshow Testing Is Over

Next Thursday the Trump Impeachment opens on Broadway. Act I opens with James Comey testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Act III ends with the impeachment in the House and the conviction in the Senate.

Act II is where all the high drama and special effects take place. Act II has sword fights and giant puppets. The dialog will be stinging - nobody I knew slept during Who's Afraid Of Virginia Wolf or Seven Days In May or the Watergate hearings.

Yes, Act II is the Trumpgate, or if you prefer, Treasongate, hearings. Act II is the steady stream of witnesses and subpoenas and court challenges that marches its way to the floor of the House where the Articles of Impeachment are drawn up.

All Americans will get caught up in this drama. There will be arguments and debates at the water cooler and dinner table. People will be glued to their TVs and tablets and smartphones.

When the final act is inevitable, Americans will be exhausted and we will be looking for leadership while remaining highly skeptical. The relief won't be immediate, because the criminal trials that follow will be far worse than what followed after Nixon.

The only person laughing will be Vladimir Putin. He will view Trump's downfall as his greatest accomplishment. He will sit back in the Kremlin and take pride in the chaos he has caused.

Holy Moly!