Job Review

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Trump is having his job review today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. I assume Lavrov will ask The Donald important questions like;

What do you think went well this year besides your golf game?

What do you think you should do differently next year besides more tweeting?

What can you do to be more helpful to the people on team Putin?

What are President Putin’s most important goals for you to accomplish next year?

How can you make President Putin’s job easier?

I don’t know if any of you remember but once upon a time in the Republican Party, Putin and Russia were enemy number one. As much as the Republicans hated Barack Obama the one point they all agreed on for eight years was that Russia was no friend of the United States. But that was yesterday. And now with Comrade Donald in office, the death of John McCain and the flip of Lindsey Graham, the Russians, in the Republicans view, aren’t as bad as they use to be.

Now keep in mind the Russians haven’t change. They are still invading countries like Ukraine. They are still killing innocent people in the Middle East and Europe. They are still supporting murderous dictators like Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. And they are still trying to infiltrate and disrupt our elections. What has changed is this, important American men, Presidents, Senators and Congressmen have been comprised, and influenced by the Russians. By what who knows but my guess would be money, pictures, tapes, and other fun stuff. I think we will find out in due time. I am sure The Washington Post has a whole army of reporters working on it right now.

The irony in Trump’s job review today is that the primary charge in his impeachment was that he withheld aid from Ukraine, a country at war with Russia. Let that sink in for just a minute, at war with Russia. A war that has killed 13,000 Ukrainians a quarter of them civilians. And remember who Trump is meeting with, the adversary of Ukraine. A man he has meet twice in three years at the White House and has yet to invite the new Ukraine President for a visit. The other point to keep in mind is that this aid was overwhelming approved by Congress, something they all agreed on which in this day and age is rarity.

Trump and the White House have offered a number of excuses of why the aid was withheld but in my mind the true underling reason was because his boss, his handler, his daddy Vladimir Putin told him to do it. What the Republicans have hung their hat on is that the aid was released so no harm no foul. This analogy would be like a bank robber who doesn’t walk-out out of the bank with any cash. If he stick a gun in a tellers face but changes his mind is he still a bank robber?

But the timeline the Republicans conveniently forget to mention is that Trump’s personal lawyer, our own Attorney General Bill Barr, told him about the existence of the whistleblower report and the next thing we know, wham bam thankyou ma’am, the funds are magically released. Trump also learned a new phrase from Bill Barr, quid pro quo, though at first he thought it was a sushi dish. Do honestly think Trump came-up with the term “no quid pro quo” all by myself? I mean come on, the guy has the vocabulary of a second grader.

I have got to believe that Trump will get high marks during his job review today. Putin wants nothing more than to keep America divided which weakens us and keeps us distracted. Trump has accomplished that in spades. Putin is the master manipulator and with Trump, Barr and Lindsey in his back pocket there is very little that we can do to stop him from exploiting our vulnerabilities.

Putin is creating a coalition of murderous dictators whose single objective is to line their pockets with gold, and silver at the expense of everyone else including their own citizens. Trump would love to be included in this boys club and thinks he is tough enough, and smart enough to play with them. But what Putin sees is the insecure fat rich kid that thinks he is cool but really isn’t. When Putin fires someone he does it with a bullet. Trump does it with a tweet hiding behind a closed doors. Putin has blood on his hands. Trump has KFC chicken grease on his. That, ladies and gentlemen, is our President. He is what he says he likes to grab.

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Stupid stupor

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“Read the Transcripts!” – Trump tweet 12-9-19

Update: “Read the Transcripts! “us” is a reference to USA, not me!” – Trump tweet 12-10-19

Look, as I have written before we all know that the transcript that Trump released of the “perfect call” to the Ukrainian President was, at best, just the pieces, parts they chose to make available. Hell the transcript says as much on the document under the heading CAUTION. We have even heard testimony from a decorated war hero who was on the call that confirmed and notified his higher ups that the released transcript was far from complete or even truthful. And still Trump, Sean Hannity and the Republican Party tell the world, as their only defense, “Read the Transcript!”

But Trump’s latest read the transcript configuration or as I like to call it “let me throw this handful of shit on the wall and see if it sticks” I find hilarious and it has to do with two letters, u and s.

In the transcript of the “perfect call” Trump states; “I would like you to do us a favor though”. Apparently what Trump meant by us and what was obviously lost in the translation but has just recently and conveniently been discovered is that us really meant US. That would be the United States. So let’s look at that request again under this new context, “I would like you to do US a favor though”. Oh yea, much better, I mean that makes perfect sense. Trump and the Republicans are right, this whole impeachment thing by the do nothing Democrats is a hoax. Shit, I wonder why Trump waited two months to clear this up. Us means US, case closed!

So I am sure you are asking yourself how stupid do they think we are? Well the answer to that question is another us, not the 60% us but the 40% us. That us that believes every theory the Fox News brain trust invents. That us is that is easily distracted by all the shiny objects that Trump thrust in front of them with names like Obama, Hillary, Deep State, and Fake News. That us that is too proud and vain to admit that voting for this fuck-up was a mistake. That is the stupid us Trump is counting on. The stupid us that the Graham brothers, Lindsey and Franklin, are staking both their political and moral life on.

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” – Mark Twain

As I listen to the Republican side of the impeachment argument I keep thinking to myself “how stupid do they think we are?” The answer is very simple, “they think us be very stupid”. And just so we know where we stand, remember how the President feels about us or maybe US; “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.”

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Do you hate the president?

Maybe you caught this yesterday, James Rosen from the ultra-conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group, the same James Rosen who left Fox News last year as their top D. C. reporter over harassment claims, asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “Do you hate the president, Ms. Speaker?”

Pelosi responded “I don’t hate anybody. We don’t hate anybody. Not anybody in the world. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that!”

As you can imagine the baby-in-chief wasted no time adding his two cents on Twitter; “Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit. She hates that we will soon have 182 great new judges and sooo much more. Stock Market and employment records. She says she ‘prays for the President.’ I don’t believe her, not even close.” Yup, the man has the love of Jesus oozing out of pores.

Over the last four years I have written several post about the divisions that exist in America. Too many of us attempt to blame Donald J. Trump for this but the reality is Trump wasn’t the cause of our illness but simply a vocal symptom. If we want to blame him for something it should be for not healing the wound and infecting it more.

Trump was elected because we are divided and Trump, Inc., Fox News and the Russians know that the only way he will be reelected is if we remain divided. The propaganda being manufactured by these three entities has two missions, feed the base with fake outrage, and break the will of those that oppose him. Trump wants us to hate him. It plays right into his hands. If we hate Trump we hate America. If we hate Trump we hate a strong economy. If we hate Trump we hate God.

There are three defilements derived from the Buddha’s Four Noble Truth’s; greed, hate and delusion. These three actions, for lack of a better word, comprise the source of most human, self-inflected suffering. My Buddhist view of hate is as a weakness, a hole in my soul that I can’t protect. A place where other toxins can enter and pollute my being.

As difficult as it is, I try to view Trump as a human being worthy of love. Certainly it would be helpful if he would do a few things from time to time that reinforced the fact that he was actually a human being like demonstrating he was capable of showing compassion, care and empathy. But he can’t, he simply can’t. So the question becomes, do we hate Trump for who he is? Or do we accept that he is a reflection of a disease that has infected our country?

I understand that if I hate Trump then I also have to hate my three uncles. What would be the difference? If I listed all the reasons why I should hate Trump that same list would apply to my three blood relatives, men I have known all my life. And the hard part, there is really no way to soften the edges of hate. You could say I “strongly dislike” something to seemingly cushion the blow but unfortunately that is literally the definition of hate.

I describe Trump, and his base as a disease, not quite a plague, yet, but something I view as curable or at the very least diminishable with time, energy and focus. The hate that many feel for Trump and what he stands for is the same hate his base feels for us and what we stand for and I have experienced their hate first hand. That hate will weaken them just as it will weaken us if we don’t control it, harness it and use it for the greater good for not only our country but for our children and grandchildren.

Change it in front of us but in order to make change happen we have to remain focused, vigilant, and band together. I still believe the “legacy” of Trump will be a movement that We the People of the United States can’t ever allow a person as ill-prepared, and self-serving to govern this great country again. Trump’s presidency has not only shook us up but woke many of us up as well.

Case in point, the 2018 election which flipped Congress. The 30 plus Republican members of the U.S. House and Senate who have decided that they have had enough and are not running for reelection. My close friend who decided she was tired of seeing the big money developers ruin our city and ran and won a seat on City Council beating the Republican incumbent. And what I am most proud of, my oldest, who recently participated in poll worker training and is now qualified to work the polls at the next election.

So don’t just blame Trump for this shit show. We all have to shoulder a little blame for allowing him to sneak in. But we have the power to change it. The same change that got him in and can get him out.              

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Pound the table and yell like hell

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“For those who missed the GOP outrage today: Barron Trump was ripped from his mother’s grasp and placed into detention in another state and might now be put up for adoption. Oh. Wait. No. That’s thousands of other children.” – Siva Vaidhyanathan

“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.” – Melania Trump

Pamela Karlan says she once crossed the street to avoid a Trump hotel in DC- Fox News

Melania Trump: Lawyer who invoked Barron Trump’s name for laughs at impeachment hearing ‘should be ashamed’- Fox News

Tucker Carlson calls Stanford Professor Pamela Karlan A ‘Moron, ‘Says she needs a “Shrink”- Fox News

White House and GOP decry liberal backgrounds of legal scholars in impeachment hearing- Fox News

Sean Hannity calls impeachment witness Pamela Karlan “that psychotic individual”- Fox News

I spent a lot of time in the car yesterday so I got to listen to most of the impeachment hearing including Ms. Karlan’s very clever use of Barron Trump’s name to make the point that his “Dad” was not, and is not, despite what he believes, King of the United States.

What I learned yesterday is very clear, the Republicans don’t have shit. The simple truth is this, if Trump is truly innocent and his call to Ukraine President was “perfect” as he likes to say then it would make sense for him to allow acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, former national security adviser John Bolton and probably at least a dozen White House and National Security Council staffers to testify.  All of these individuals could clear up, one way or another, the essential question of whether the president was truly interested in corruption in Ukraine, or whether withholding military aid and dangling of a White House meeting was motivated by his personal and political interest.

The Republicans want Fact Witnesses, well there is the list. These guys plus there texts, emails and other corroborating documents would be all of the direct evidence, like Trumps tax returns, the Republicans would need to prove Trumps innocence. But that isn’t going to happen. Why? Because Trump, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and all of these Republican stooges know that he is guilty as hell. So why do they continue to defend this corrupt slime ball? The only reason I can come-up with is that they are afraid Trump will send out a mean tweet about them.

Carl Sandburg said; “If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell”. For the last three years Trump, the White House, the Republican party and Fox News have been pounding the table and yelling like hell because that’s all they got. Russian collusion? Pound the table and yell like hell. Release tax returns? Pound the table and yell like hell. Build the wall? Pound the table and yell like hell. Extort Ukraine? Pound the table and yell like hell.

The fake outrage being created over Barron Trump is just more pounding the table and yelling like hell. It’s funny that Melania all of the sudden found her “twitter voice” when things got a little too close to home for her. But where was her outrage when her “husband” was separating children from their parents and locking them up in cages? Where is her outrage as her “husband” takes away SNAP benefits from hungry children? Where is her outrage when her “husband” bully’s the shit out of everyone and anyone that disagrees with him? Be Best my ass.

Congress will impeach Trump and the Senate, more than likely, won’t convict unless a few Senators grow some hair on their chest and a set of balls. But there will be a trial, a very public trial and Trump hates a trial and he will really hate this one. He loves to boast that he never settles but he does and he has. The two most recent ones are Trump University ($25 million) and the Trump Foundation ($2 million). The only way he can settle this trial is to resign. Short of that we need to prepare ourselves for a real spectacle and a lot of table pounding and yelling like hell.

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Another letter to my Senator

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“…….the country going through an impeachment trial would be traumatic and I think we should avoid that if possible.” – Lindsey Graham

Speaking on behalf of everyone in my family let me assure you that going through an impeachment trial WOULD NOT be traumatic. What has been and continues to be very traumatic is watching you and others within the GOP Brotherhood defend and support a man with absolutely NO REGARD for Democracy, the Constitution, the rule of law, the separation of powers, a free press, the equality and rights of every human being on this planet, science, the environment and the TRUTH.

Impeachment would be a fitting and well-earned asterisk next to Trump’s name. And when historians write about this sad chapter in America you, Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, Jim Jordan, Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, Bill Barr, Mike Pompeo, Rudy Giuliani and so many others won’t be just footnotes but will have entire chapters devoted to the masquerade, hoax and corrupt sham that was the Trump presidency that each of you protected and sustained without any regard for the well-being of this country.

As I have said before and I will say again your “legacy” will exclusively be tied to Trump. All of your eons of service will be condensed and melted down into four short years. And those “Speaking with @seanhannity on Fox News” segments will be your time capsules, constant reminders of where your loyalties truly laid, sound bites that will endure forever.

No Senator Graham I would welcome an impeachment trial. Maybe, just maybe it will provide the vast majority of Americans with the equilibrium and faith we need to heal and move beyond the childish antics of a bully who was and remains ill prepared to be the President of the United States.

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Who are these people?

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I have been looking at this picture all morning, a crowd shot of Trump’s rally last night in Sunrise, Florida. I don’t know much about Sunrise, FL so I did a little digging. Sunrise has a population of 95,458 people. The racial composition is 55.69% white and 35.69% black. The median age is 38.2 years and the median household income is $53,237.

The media reported that the arena the rally was held in can hold more than 20,000 people and it was filled to capacity. For the sake of argument let’s say there were 21,000 people at the rally last night. Based on the racial composition percentages for Sunrise that would mean if Trump was truly the President for all Americans there should have been about 7,500 black people attending. Look at that picture. Do you see any black faces?

Now I know there were a few blacks attending the rally last night. As Trump, Inc. has done in the past a few, more than one less than five, “black faces” are always sprinkled behind the podium for the cameras to pick-up. I certainly don’t want to infer that blacks, as a political demographic, don’t, can’t or won’t support Trump. I am sure there are some that do. That would be like me assuming all Reform Jews don’t support Trump. But back to the picture I have been staring at it all morning, I keep asking myself the same question, what does Trump really mean to these people?

If you are playing along at home I am sure you have read how disjointed, insane, demented and detached from realty Trump was last night. Nothing new there. It appears all the rallies are basically the same, Trump riffing through his greatest hits; how he beat everyone in 2016, Obama, the Clinton’s, Deep State, the impeachment hoax, Fake News, the do nothing Democrats, protecting guns, his “big beautiful wall”, keeping brown people out, etc., etc.

The new one last night was that the radical left wants to change the name of “Thanksgiving”. As you can imagine that fired all of the white people up. Trump didn’t tell us what we want to call it. That really wasn’t the point. Trumps point was that he, the chosen one, was going to save Thanksgiving just like he saved Christmas.

So what can I now safely assume about all those white people that still support Trump?

  1. They have never read the Constitution, and they never will. They don’t give a shit about democracy or our government.
  2. They don’t want to be governed that want to be ruled over by a dictator, a self-proclaimed monarch.
  3. Like there leader, they have no moral authority or compass and are truly  “Christians” in name only.
  4. They are racist, even if they don’t believe it, realize it or are willing to admit it.
  5. They get all of their information, thoughts, and talking points from Fox News and believe everything they hear from Trump no matter how ludicrous it is.
  6. They aren’t patriots they are just part of a tribe.
  7. They don’t love our military or our veterans as much as they claim they do.
  8. They don’t love America or American ideals.

Who are these people? Nobody new, they have been with us for 200 plus years. They are our brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles. They are people we will pass the mash potatoes too on Thursday. They will change the oil in our car on Friday. They will ring up our groceries on Saturday. And they will sit next to us at church on Sunday.

I am having a hard time giving thanks for them right now so I guess I will pray for this, I hope some of them will wake-up, soon. Their growth as human beings has been stunted by a man and a movement that has nothing to do with Judeo-Christian or American values, values I believe in, values I have raised my children to believe in.

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So much giving

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“The D.C. Wolves and Fake News Media are reading far too much into people being forced by Courts to testify before Congress. I am fighting for future Presidents and the Office of the President. Other than that, I would actually like people to testify. Don McGahn’s respected lawyer has already stated that I did nothing wrong. John Bolton is a patriot and may know that I held back the money from Ukraine because it is considered a corrupt country, & I wanted to know why nearby European countries weren’t putting up money also. Likewise, I would love to have Mike Pompeo, Rick Perry, Mick Mulvaney and many others testify about the phony Impeachment Hoax. It is a Democrat Scam that is going nowhere but, future Presidents should in no way be compromised. What has happened to me should never happen to another President!” – Trump tweet 11-26-19

Its Thanksgiving week and it seems the business world has completely shut down. My phone calls aren’t being returned, and the emails I have sent are going unanswered. But way up in Washington, an orange creature is busy typing out messages spreading the gospel to his demented throng about all the “Giving” he is providing this great country. That the reason he is not releasing his tax returns and preventing his officials from testify is because he is fighting for future Presidents and the Office of the President. With Trump is all about winning and giving, winning and giving. You believe that, right? You should all be dizzy with all the winning and giving this man is giving white, Christians unless of course you aren’t.

So while I wait for my email inbox to fill-up, not likely to happen, I thought I would breakdown Trumps grateful tweet above;

  1. The D.C. Wolves and Fake News Media-It’s always good to start a conversation off by marginalizing and degrading people and institutions. Simply stated it’s what bully’s do. If Trump checked with his wife’s BE BEST initiative website he would know that bully’s blame others for their problems. Don’t accept responsibility for their actions and worry about their reputation or popularity. Combine all that with Trumps fragile and narcissistic ego you get a psychopathic liar without a moral compass in a Day-Glo orange rind.
  1. I would actually like people to testify- It’s why the Department of Justice, on behalf of Trump not future Presidents, is appealing the U.S. District Court’s ruling that orders former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify in the House impeachment probe. It’s why Mike Pompeo, Rick Perry, and Mick Mulvaney have all disregarded Congressional subpoenas. Sure, Trump would actually like people to testify but they can’t. Why? Well he doesn’t really answer that part does is?

Once upon a time Trump proclaimed that “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment”. Well, if you are truly innocent and it is a phony Impeachment Hoax why not release the documents and let your people testify? It’s a rhetorical question.

  1. I held back the money from Ukraine- Bribery, extortion, blackmail, so what, “get over it”. Where Trump and the GOP defense of his actions have landed is here…so what. If you think about it that has been the GOP defense of Trump since day one. Grabbing pussies, so what. Paying off porn stars, so what. Collusion with Russia, so what. Caging brown children, so what. Won’t release his taxes, so what. The Emoluments Clause, so what. Nepotism, so what. Golf, so what. SO WHAT!

Democrats didn’t need to prove their case for impeachment Trump has already done it for them. Hell he did it again today. And all of God’s Evangelical white people proclaimed- SO WHAT.

So as we gather this Thursday to break bread and give thanks keep in mind what Donald Trump wants us all to be thankful for……him. As he noted this time last year “I’ve made a tremendous difference in the country.” Damn, aren’t we lucky?  If you want to have a little fun with your Deplorable family members joining you for Thanksgiving dinner this year change your Wi-Fi password to impeach#45 or trumpsucks or better yet BarackObama#1.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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