We don’t need Alaska

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In 1867, United States Secretary of State William H. Seward negotiated the purchase of Alaska from the Russians for $7.2 million. Next week Trump will be meeting with his idol, his mentor, his BFF, the man who bankrolled his election, the dictator, the killer who has the dirt on Trump and the tapes to prove it, Vladimir Putin and they will be meeting with just translators, no staff. No one with an official capacity will be in the room with them. Just The Donald, The Puppet Master and two low-level translators.

Here is what I think Donald The Art of the Deal” Trump is willing to do for the man he owes so much of his recent success to, give Alaska back to the Russians. That’s right, remember that you heard it here first. Donald J. Trump will give Alaska back to Russia next week. Shit it is the least he can do for the BILLIONS of loans and MILLIONS of condo sales Putin has arranged for Trump International. Think of it as the down payment Trump pays to keep us from having to watch the Pee Tape on 60 Minutes. I don’t know about you but that is one cinematic debut I could go the rest of my life without seeing.

Sure Alaska voted for Trump. Hell he won 51% of the state. But they only have 3 electoral votes. He still would have won without them. And besides, who lives there? Are there any white people up there other than Sarah Palin? And do they even have a golf course? It’s so close to Canada and Trump hates Canada, well no, Trump hates Prime minister Justin Trudeau’s hair but he thinks Trudeau’s wife is hot. A little old for him, but he would still move “on her like a bitch”. Anyway, all you Alaskans start brushing up on your Russian (let me hear you say Трамп сосетbecause that is what “your” President is going to do next week. I mean come on, it’s just snow, moose, mosquitoes and shit. It’s not like its Hawaii or anything.  

“I discovered, for the first time but not the last, that politicians don’t care too much what things cost. It’s not their money.”  – Donald J. Trump, Trump: The Art of the Deal

 

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Burning down the house

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“Hold tight, Wait till the party’s over, Hold tight, We’re in for nasty weather, There has got to be a way, Burning down the house” – Talking Heads

So Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, believes that a President should not be subject to civil litigation or criminal investigation while in office. Isn’t that a convenient stanch for Trump? It is also being reported that retiring Justice Kennedy was negotiating with the Trump team for months about his replacement. Once he received assurances that it would be his former law clerk, Kavanaugh, Kennedy agreed to retire.

In other news, Trump issued pardons this morning for two American terrorist and arsonists Dwight and Steven Hammond. Yes, I categorize these two men as terrorist. And who do these pardons appeal too? I will let the righteous reverend Franklin Graham answer that question; “Thank you @POTUS for carrying out justice and pardoning Oregon ranchers Dwight & Steven Hammond. Many ranchers in the West have suffered under the heavy hand of the federal government. These men are great patriots. Thank you for doing what was right.”

Also this morning Trump proclaimed that a “New Poll says Trump, at over 90%, is the most popular Republican in history of the Party. Wow!” What he was referring to is a Gallup presidential approval tracker which indicted that nine-tenths of Republicans approve of him. Now where he got “the most popular Republican in history of the Party” part is anyone’s guess. Well, not really, he made that part up because that is the kind of shit he does. Trump feels the need to embellish, offer alternative facts, because in his mind he is the king. He figures Franklin Graham and his Deplorable base are thinking it why not just say it? Trump certainly believes he is the greatest of all time and he wants to make sure you and I know it too.

I know it feels like the world is crumbling down around us. I get it. Granting pardons to terrorist and picking a judge that is more than willing to turn a blind eye away from the crimes Trump and his family have committed certainly feels and smells bad. But I have concluded that what America is doing right now is making an adjustment, a realignment if you will.

President Obama brought this country back from the brink of financial ruin. In order to do that he had to step on some toes, some powerful white men toes. Toes like Donald J. Trumps and these white men didn’t much like having a “negro” in charge.

Trump and his kind like to remind us that white men built this great country. White men like Washington, Jefferson, Ford, Edison, Reagan and now Trump (I know, don’t laugh). Yes, great white minds built America on the backs of black men and women and that is the way it is done. That is the way it has always be done and that is the way, in their racist minds, we need to get back too. People of color, poor people work. Rich white people think, make decisions, lead and play golf.

President Obama, for all the great things he did for this country, probably went a little to far left of center, over the line of moderation. And Hillary Clinton? She represented one thing and one thing only to conservatives, a dive into the deep end of liberalism without a pair of Swimmies. It’s one thing for factory worker Joe Deplorable to swallow his pride and vote for a, gasp, black democrat but there was no way in hell he was going to vote for a woman who was basically a socialist and Bill Clinton’s wife when he could vote for an old, rich, fat, white guy that likes to grab, well you know what he likes to grab. Joe Deplorable likes to grab that too if someone will hold his beer for him.

I know it seems bad. I know it feels like Trump is burning down the house but here is the thing, this great country has survived worse, much worse than King Trump. He can make all the proclamations he wants about being “the most popular Republican in history of the Party” but it’s just a tweet. Hell you can open a Twitter account too and proclaim anything you want, anyone can. The truth is this, Trump will be a pimple on the ass of American history. Will his stench linger on for a few years? Sure. When you step in dog shit your shoe stinks for a little while even after you have hosed it off. But the true King Trump legacy will be how this republic failed you and I, “We the People” in establishing “Justice”, insuring “domestic Tranquility” and promoting “the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves.” That will be Trumps failed legacy.

 

 

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A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

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“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” – Vladimir Lenin

Trump held one of his white people ego rallies in Great Falls, Montana last night covering his favorite themes namely how great he is and how despicable the Democrats, the Justice Department, the media, Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. John McCain are. He also, once again, praised Russian President Vladimir Putin while making very snide remarks about our own former President George H. W. Bush.

These speeches are filled with boast, half-truths and downright lies but still the white people cheer Trump on. But there is one lie he keeps repeating as he did last night and in Minnesota last month. It’s the lie that North Korea has returned the remains of 200 American soldiers. These were Trumps exact words in June: “We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains, in fact today already 200 have been sent back.” 

Last month Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking to the Senate Appropriations Committee, was asked repeatedly if the remains of U.S. troops killed during the Korean War had been returned. Now if anyone should know the answer to this question it would be Secretary Pompeo. His response when pressed for a definitive answer; “We have not yet physically received them.”

The Washington Post has created a section and devoted staff resources to fact checking Trump. They noted back in May 2018 that Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims since he has been in office, an average of nearly 6.5 claims a day. In my opinion The Washington Post is being to kind saying that they are false or misleading. I say call them what they are, lies.

Think about this for a minute, if the Dumb-ass in Chief is willing to lie about something as sacred as the remains of U.S. War Veterans what makes you think he isn’t willing to lie about Russian collusion or obstruction of justice? The reality is this, Donald J. Trump wouldn’t know the truth if it bit him on his fat white ass. Honestly, I think he is incapable of speaking the truth. Why tell the truth when a lie will do? Why tell the truth when a lie will make the white people stand-up and cheer for you?

Most Psychologist agree that pathological lying isn’t a clinical diagnosis but it can be a symptom of other issues, such as a personality disorder. I think most of us will agree that Trump is the poster child for personality disorders. Trump promotes and says what he wants to be true, what he decides should be true. It is what he has done his entire adult life and we have the books, the television interviews and the tweets to prove it.

There isn’t any doubt in my mind that Trump is not only a pathological lair but also a mentally unstable sub-human. No one with a shred of compassion or decency would speak about a man, dying of brain cancer, like Trumps talks about John McCain if he wasn’t mentally ill.

I recently stumbled upon an article about the 21 typical behaviors of narcissists. Let’s see if they sound like anyone we know;

  1. You are a bad sport.
  2. You constantly feel underappreciated.
  3. If you’re not grandiose, then you’re introverted, hypersensitive, defensive, and anxious.
  4. You think everyone else is stupid.
  5. You really like to swear at people.
  6. You are self-righteous.
  7. You feel justified in being mean to people.
  8. You enjoy leading others and telling them what to do.
  9. You are an entertainer.
  10. You hate having to feel emotions.
  11. You are likely young and male.
  12. You are regarded as attractive and dress better than other people.
  13. Instead of listening, you just wait to speak.
  14. You are a serial romantic.
  15. You cheat in relationships.
  16. People dump you after you’ve been dating for about four months.
  17. You put some people on pedestals.
  18. You like to put other people down.
  19. Your parents ignored and adored you.
  20. You choose your friends to look cool or take advantage of people.
  21. You always have to be in control.

I rest my case your Honor.

 

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Another one bites the dust- Scott Pruitt

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“I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this. The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA. I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!” – Trump tweet 7-5-18

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was on the job for ONLY 17 months and in those 17 months 18 federal investigations have been opened about his conduct in office, basically one a month. Now any rational and sane President would have dismissed Pruitt after investigation number two or three, certainly after number five but we aren’t dealing with a rational or sane President. We are dealing with a toddler, an egomaniac who thinks, and has convinced a segment of our population that he is the smartest man in the world when he is in fact a simpleton, a mental midget.

The list of dumb ass shit Pruitt did over last 17 months is honestly to long to detail. From making one of his staff contact the CEO of Chick-fil-A directly attempting to get his wife a franchise to renting a luxury Capitol Hill townhouse from a gas industry lobbying firm for $50 a night. It was almost like the man was begging to get fired but couldn’t.

So how did this very corrupt man who not only abused the power of his office for personal gain but also routinely wasted millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars on private jets and $130 pens survive for 17 months? Ask the man who spends hundreds of thousands of our dollars each weekend on rounds of golf at his country clubs.

What is so funny to me is that redneck Bubba Deplorable sitting on his front porch, sweating his fat ass off over in Crossville, Alabama didn’t care that Pruitt regularly spent $3,000 on first-class flights to Oklahoma. Why? Because he was “ripping up all that tree hugging shit Obama started. They ain’t no such thing as global warming” he tells no one as the PBR oozes out his pores “shit it’s just hot cause that’s the way God wants it. You know, hot. Probably something in the Bible about it and all.”

I have come to realize that there are three kind of Trump supporters;

  1. Bubba Deplorable– doesn’t have a pot to piss-in but at least there is a white man pissing in the White House john again.
  2. Evangelical Deplorable– they know, though they don’t dare say it out loud, that Trump is headed straight to hell but as long as he continues to support their right to be righteous and judgmental and puts conservative pricks on the Supreme Court they will look the other way.
  3. Stock Market Deplorable– Deregulation, tax credits, tax breaks and tax shelters the rest of Trumps shit is just noise for the working stiffs who wear those dumb ass red baseball caps.

Bubba Deplorable will be the first to feel the pain of Trump’s lack of a plan and certainly his supreme lack of intelligence. The problem is Bubba Deplorable isn’t smart enough to know that he is being screwed. Fox News continues to tell him that he is winning and reminds him that a white man is pissing in the White House john again. But as gas, beer and his pack of smokes continue to increase in price and as his hours get cut because of tariffs he might figure out that winning is pretty damn expensive. Or he might just be okay with having a white man taking a piss in the White House john again.

Stock Market Deplorable is next and is already preparing for the instability ahead of him. Trump loves the sound of the term “Trade War” it contains two of his favorite words “Trade” which he thinks he is the King of and “War” which he likes to start. But even though Stock Market Deplorable can make money on the ups and down of the economy when the value of that money shrinks its buying power and worth shrinks as well and that is the direction Trump is pushing this country towards.

And then there is the Evangelical Deplorable. Screw them. They will be standing in the same line to enter hell as Trump will be wondering why all the gay people aren’t joining them. Keep wondering dumb ass, keep wondering.            

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The future’s uncertain and the end is always near – Jim Morrison

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December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971

Ship Of Fools

The human race was dyin’ out
No one left to scream and shout
People walking on the moon
Smog will get you pretty soon

Everyone was hanging out
Hanging up and hanging down
Hanging in and holding fast
Hope our little world will last

Yeah, along came Mr. Goodtrips
Looking for a new a ship
Come on, people better climb on board
Come on, baby, now we’re going home
Ship of fools, ship of fools

The human race was dyin’ out
No one left to scream and shout
People walking on the moon
Smog will get you pretty soon
Ship of fools, ship of fools
Ship of fools, ship of fools
Ship of fools, ship of fools

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Let’s change the conversation

“Many Democrats are deeply concerned about the fact that their “leadership” wants to denounce and abandon the great men and women of ICE, thereby declaring war on Law & Order. These people will be voting for Republicans in November and, in many cases, joining the Republican Party!” – Trump tweet 7-2-18

According to their website the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “enforces federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration to promote homeland security and public safety.” With more than 20,000 employees in over 400 offices in the United States and 46 foreign countries the agency has an annual budget of approximately $6 billion and sadly Trump has turned them into his own personal SS Stormtroopers.

In typical Trump fashion he is working overtime to divert and deflect attention away from the NAZI like tactics he has used to separate Latino families telling his base that Democrats want to do away with ICE and secure borders allowing criminals and rapist unobstructed access into our country. Basically he is using the same strategy that got him elected, FEAR!

What a few “Democrats” are proposing has nothing to do with letting criminals and rapist enter our country by the busloads but the truth is simply to complicated for Trump to understand and a lie is much easier to fabricate and tweet. What the Democrats are concerned about and I share their concern is that ICE and the mission Trump is forcing them to perform is weakening the efforts of the other Homeland Security agencies. The problem is a big picture issue and unfortunately Trump doesn’t have the mental capacity to focus on big pictures, just single frame cartoons like Ziggy.

“How can the Democrats, who are weak on the Border and weak on Crime, do well in November. The people of our Country want and demand Safety and Security, while the Democrats are more interested in ripping apart and demeaning (and not properly funding) our great Law Enforcement!” – Trump tweet 7-3-18

So instead of coming up with a plan on how to reunite the families Trump and ICE have ripped apart he wants to change the conversation. Trump needs to convince the rest of us, because his base already believes it, that sticking a three-year old from Mexico in a cage increased the Safety and Security of America. Again, the difference between the truth and a tweet.

I feel bad for the ICE officers. I am sure they include mothers and fathers who were heart-broken taking children away from their parents. Imagine yourself as one of the workers babysitting these children in an old Wal-Mart and listening to them cry themselves to sleep every-night. I suspect, if it hasn’t already begun to happen, that we will see a mass exodus of ICE agents and sadly the ones that will leave will be the ones with a compassionate heart. What will we be left with? Trumps own personal, heartless SS Stormtroopers patrolling our borders.

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What did I miss?

I was going through a weeks worth of Trump’s tweets to see what I missed. The answer? Nothing really.

As I noted in my last post, my youngest was in town for a week and her boyfriend flew-in on Thursday. Friday we headed for the mountains, with my oldest daughter in tow without her husband and my grand-dog who got a pass for work, for a weekend long celebration with my family. This year we had one new husband, one new fiancé, two new boyfriends and we were missing a nephew and a soon to be ex-brother-in-law. In short, a house overflowing with family and friends.

We are a loud and very opinionated group. Fortunately our political opinions all flow in the same direction and if one of the new people or husbands has a different view they are usually smart enough to bite their tongue or change rooms. I can promise, you don’t want to feel the icy stare of disgust from my middle sister. Shit it scares me.

The oldest grandchild is 29, the youngest 23. Of the six all but two have advance degrees with one of those two headed in that direction in May. They are smart, successful in their fields of work and study and obviously very good-looking.

All have been raised to be compassionate with other people and passionate about the causes that interest them. Some have marched in Washington, others are focused on sustainability, all understand the word help and the power of reaching down to pull someone else up.

My parents and I were sitting together out on the lawn watching the interaction of everyone else on the crowded porch. My Dad, God love him, likes to recount all the “successes” he has had in life to anyone that will listen. He was waxing poetically about some Bill he authored in the House of Representatives when I interrupted him, I had already heard the story a hundred times. I said “Dad, all those plaques and certificates you have hanging on the wall in the garage don’t mean shit compared to what you and Mom created on that crowed porch.” He said “Yea, yea I know but this Bill….” and I said “That Bill will be long forgotten after you are dead and gone. As a matter of fact I can bet you are the only person on this earth reminiscing about it right now. But on that porch are two generations that owe their existence to you and Mom and in a couple of years there will be a third and after that a fourth and fifth. Maybe that Bill did some good things but those people up there will do a hell of a lot more.”

So what did I miss from the mouth and thumbs of Trump? Nothing. I have come to realize that sure he can screw things up now. Hell, maybe they stayed screwed up for ten years or so. But ten years is a drop in the bucket compared to what is in front of us. As I have said before, when historians write about the Trump presidency it will be just a sad little footnote in the history of this great country. Generations after, my kids and grand-kids, will look back and wonder what the hell were we thinking to elect such a buffoon. The answer to that question is easy, some of us weren’t thinking. I am just glad so many young, fresh minds are paying attention. I celebrated with them this past weekend and I can tell each of you it is going to be okay.    

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