Wednesday, July 19, 2017

THE ARROGANCE OF IGNORANCE

While we all know of arrogant doctors who despite their learning, which should have taught them how little they know when compared to what they do not know, act as if they are infallible.  

We sometimes forget that at the other end of the spectrum, there are others, who know even less, who wear their ignorance as a badge of honor.  These modern day "Know nothings"  will blithely deny climate change or evolution or steadfastly subscribe to the flat earth theory.  Regretfully, the "Know Nothings" are more likely to vote as a bloc and may be more of a danger to society than arrogant physicians.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

RAKs THE NEW PEJORATIVE

For many years now, Conservatives have enjoyed using the phrase "Tree huggers", as a pejorative to describe Liberals.  It is not till now that, courtesy of Donald Trump, Liberals can return the favor by calling conservatives, RAKs: "Russian Ash Kissers" 

COLLUSION AND CRIME

To those who may be confused by those saying that collusion is not a crime: Two or more dieters colluding to sneak out to the ice cream parlor does not constitute a crime; two or more yeggs colluding to crack some safes are.

Collusion is a synonym for conspiracy, which most people think is illegal but which, like collusion, requires a criminal act to describe, before becoming a felony.  It has to be a conspiracy to commit a crime before it is actionable.  

So when Trump tells you there was no collusion, he is wrong, as usual.  There is no doubt that there was collusion; what remains to be determined is whether it was also a crime.    

Friday, July 14, 2017

IMPECCABLE LOGIC

When the Trump Family is criticized for coming up with different stories, almost daily, to explain a set of particular facts, surrogates rightfully place the blame on the critics, themselves.  "If people would just accept the first story, we wouldn't have to be changing them so frequently!"  The logic is impeccable but critics still try to imply that somehow it is the Trump Family that is trying to hide something.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

SPECIAL COUNSELS AND THE RENEWAL OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

Much as American politicians try, through their venality and greed, to bring down the status of our nation, the existence of our peculiar office of a Special or Independent Counsel will renew our standing, among nations.  More than our nuclear bombs and supersonic aircraft; more than our missile submarines and our rapid deployment capabilities, it is our ability to, somehow, repair our institutions that make our country an island of stability in an unstable world.

I think that there is hope that one day, when we are cleansed of today's aberrations, we will regain our standing among nations.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DIVING FROM THE FRYING PAN DIRECTLY INTO THE FIRE

I believe that Donald Trump will forever rue the day that he fired James Comey, who was charged with finding any collusion with Russians in the election, which lead to the appointment of a Special Counsel, who is authorized to investigate anything and everything.

When one considers the target rich environment of Trump's life, with thousands of lawsuits, many settled with sealed agreements, others still pending; tax returns which Trump does not want exposed; possible illegal business dealings; it may have been most imprudent to fire the FBI Director even if we remove the possible   "obstruction of justice" charge from consideration.

Personally, I think that the really serious charges, that will make Donald, Jr.'s meeting,  with a Russian lawyer, pale by comparison, are yet to come. 

  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

APPROVAL FIRST, THEN NOMINATION

Trump has unloaded on the Democrats, for not having approved people for Government positions, despite the fact that he has not nominated anyone for them.  Apparently, he wants to have pre-approval, so as not to waste his time with objections from Congress.

Monday, July 10, 2017

NARCISSISM AS VIEWED BY A CHILD

I divided my mother's siblings into two groups, the angelic souls who were generous to a fault, and those who I called "shrivelled souls".  I later learned that the "shrivelled souls" suffered from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Things that I learned early about the "shrivelled souls" is that sometimes they would recall a slight that had occurred more than a decade before and would work themselves into a frenzy over it as if it had occurred the day before.  They never forgot the slight.  Another of the things was the futility of holding a meaningful discussion as to the merits of an argument.  Any disagreement with a given point was viewed as a personal attack and responded to with an ad hominem attack.

"Shrivelled souls" lacked generosity and had a need for a proscribed environment where they did not have to confront new things; they would withdraw from the unfamiliar. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

IS OBAMA OUR LAST ELECTED PRESIDENT?

Since there are doubts, as to the legitimacy of the 2016 election, that have only deepened by the recent meeting between Trump and Putin, will future events turn out to confirm the possibility that the Obama election of 2012 was the last in which the President was not appointed by a foreign power?

THE SLIPPERY SLOPE FOR AN EX-HEGEMON

China, once the hyperpower of the globe suffered indignities and abuse, including loss of sovereignty over its own territory when it lost hegemony of the world.  It has been a centuries-long process to even regain a fraction of their standing in the world.

Now that Donald Trump has ceded leadership to other countries, how far down the pike is it to lose the status of the U.S Dollar as a reserve currency thereby making our deficits unsustainable, and causing us to be unable to sustain our military because other countries will no longer finance our armed forces?  What indignities will the U.S. have in its future?

WHO BETTER TO CONSULT?

Of course, we should work with Putin on cyber security as Trump wants.  Who better to consult with, on keeping the fox out of the henhouse, than a coyote?

Saturday, July 8, 2017

RUBLES OR DOLLARS?

Negotiations between Putin and Trump, for the return of Alaska, appear to be going quite well.  Putin is optimistic that Trump will accept rubles if Putin provides the name of his personal money launderer.

Friday, July 7, 2017

WITH A WINK AND A NOD

I can just imagine the man who asked the Russians to intervene in his election campaign "pressuring" Putin on whether he, Putin,  did intervene in the election, without a wink and a nod.

NO COUNTRY FOR POOR PEOPLE

More and more, our wealthy are beginning to chafe under the burden of having to pay 12 to 14% of their income in taxes, and, in particular, are resenting having to pay for services to the poor, sick and elderly. As their discontent grows, pressure is mounting to deport the poorest Americans to allow for continuing tax cuts. even if it requires a Constitutional Amendment.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

FOR U.S. CONSUMPTION ONLY

On being lectured, by Trump, as to the need for action, by other countries, to contain North Korea, some responded that earlier this year, Trump promised that No. Korea would never have an ICBM, on his watch.

Trump immediately set them straight that this was for consumption by the American public only, since they are the only people, in the world, who believes anything he says.  Because the rest of the world knows better, they should pressure China and Russia to fix the problem.

Monday, July 3, 2017

THE IMPORTANCE OF NIELSEN RATINGS

Just as Nielsen Ratings were important to Trump when he was negotiating contract renewals with NBC, popular vote, in elections, is of utmost concern to him as well, and accounts for the reason he is trying, retroactively, to change the results of the 2016 election.

If he is successful in eliminating the 3 million vote margin in Hilary's favor, Trump will have greater leverage in contract renewal negotiations with Putin.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

MONUMENTAL STUPIDITY

At the onset of the Civil War, only less than 1/3 of the inhabitants, of the Confederacy, were slave holders.  Considering that the sons of very large slave holders were exempted from military service, the  percentage, of those fighting and dying for the Confederacy, that had no a dog in the fight, was even greater.

In essence, most of the Rebs were fighting against their own interests, and, it was they that suffered most from the destruction that the war wreaked on the South.  Therefore, in a sense, it was almost fitting that statues, honoring heroes of the Confederacy, losers all, be erected there.

If they had been a reminder of the Great Folly, that was the Civil War, they would have served a purpose.  Their becoming, instead, objects of veneration, by the  descendents of the people who were mislead,  they served only as a reminder of  the infinite capacity for folly, of our kind. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

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Seeing Red

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The "Morning Joe" tweeting is another example of how demeaned the office of President has become. We have spoken, before, about the Trumpeter-in-Chief's eerie attraction/aversion to female bodily functions, particularly those that may involve blood.
This brings to mind the history of the Marquis de Sade, who was attracted to beautiful women, but sought their destruction, when their natural functions destroyed his fantasy. This is the dynamic behind serial rapists.
Non-linearly but also apropos, this also brings to mind Rappaccini's gardens and the poisoned blood of his daughter, remediation of which caused death.
Trump's garden does not contain beautiful flowers, just a lot of stinkweed.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE U.S.A.

 The recent announcement, by the Koch Brothers, that they were going to withhold funding, to the Republicans, unless they passed legislation reforming both health care and taxes, favorable to them, demonstrates the difference between Russia and the U.S.A.

In the U.S.A. the oligarchs determine the make-up of the Government, and in Russia, the Government, embodied in Putin, determines who the oligarchs are.

Either way, it is the public that gets screwed.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

TRUMP EXPERTISE TRUMPS OBAMACARE

Trump has reacted calmly to what should be a debacle, for him, the blocking of the latest Republican health care bill.  If the public doesn't like Trumpcare, they're going to have to lump it as he slowly strangles Obamacare.  All he has to do is delay reimbursements to the insurance companies and they will, one by one, pull out of the market.  And there is nobody in the U.S. who has more expertise in delaying payment, or even non-payment, to suppliers, for work performed, than Donald J. Trump.

Oh, and all you Trump voters, in those states that put him in office, relying on his promise to keep you insured, you'll find the Donald is pretty adept on breaking campaign promises, as well, so just keep voting Republican, and praying that one day you and your family will once again have health care.  Pray to  Him to suffer fools more kindly.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

HOW TO GET REPUGS TO ACT ON RUSSIAN HACKING

Republicans are doing nothing to prevent the Russians from hacking our elections again.  To change their lack of concern, Democrats might send a message, to the Russians, that they have a better chance of lifting sanctions if they rectify their transgressions by helping the Democrats, in the forthcoming elections.  Then you will see action on the part of the Republicans. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

UNFAIRNESS

Trump, once again, is complaining about the unfairness of his potential adversaries.  Just he complained about Judge Curiel being unfair because of his Mexican ancestry, in the Trump U. case, he his complaining of the fact that because the Special Counsel, in the Trump Russian case, was acquainted with James Comey, the former FBI director, was therefore a good friend and prejudiced against Trump.

The whole problem, Trump indicates, can readily be resolved, by just replacing Mueller with a Trump supporter; he is sure that there are many out there with sufficient qualifications to serve.

INCREASED INVESTMENT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR?

Want to get increased investment in the private sector?  Giveaways and tax cuts won't do it; they only lead to 2nd and 3d homes for executives of big corporations.  The way to get more investments in the private sector is the old fashioned way:  increase marginal tax rates to 92% as we did in the 1950s and watch the corporations pour the money into investing in their own companies rather than give it to their government.

CONGRESSIONAL COMMISSIONS

In the first two decades of this century, I have seen massive trillion dollar transfer of wealth from the middle class to the wealthiest Americans.  The transfers ranged from bailouts for gambling debts of  our banking industry, to unnecessary wars which benefitted only our military industrial complex, to giveaways to Big Pharma.

Now that the beginning of the third decade of the century is almost on us, the question is "What have you done for me lately?"  

To begin the third decade of the century, there will be a massive transfer of wealth from the poorest to the richest via a large tax cut compensated by a large cut in medical services, but with the added advantage that with tax cuts, that great body of self-made millionaires, the U.S. Congress, get their commissions, in the form of campaign donations.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

PUTIN MAY HAVE ESTABLISHED A NO-RESPONSE ZONE FOR TRUMP

Prior to the election, the British intelligence services commissioned a study of , then Presidential candidate Donald Trump, and his dealings with the Russians.  The study claimed that Trump had been compromised by the Russian government who held damaging material which they could use to manipulate him.

It is hard to discredit that report when one looks at the present situation in Syria.  The Russians have just established a "No-Fly" Zone west of the Euphrates River, in Syria, where our aircraft become targets, if they intrude.  What has been the response of our government?  Nothing.  It's as if Putin has also established a "No-Response" Zone where his asset, Trump, cannot cross without peril of exposure.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2ND AMENDMENT REMEDIES

From time to time, in the recent past, Republicans have referred to "2nd Amendment Remedies", that their supporters, gun lovers, all, might resort to if liberals got too far out of line.

 Now that, it would appear, much of the proposed Republican legislation will adversely affect those same supporters, are those same remedies no longer available to that heavily armed segment of the population? 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

TAKING ON THE BURDEN

Senate Majority Leader McConnell is said to have voiced his unhappiness with the Democratic response to his changing of the tone, in the Senate, for greater civility.  The Democrats are not at all appreciative of the fact that Republicans have spared the Democrats from having to deal with the arduous task of working on or even having to review a health care bill that will come to the floor, of the Senate, at an appropriate time, possibly at 2:00 am on at some future weekend.  

Instead of being appreciative of Republican efforts of collegiality, Democrats just keep bitching, proving yet again that it is impossible to work with Democrats.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

NOT TOO GOOD AT CONNECTING DOTS

It must be a frightening time to be a Republican member of Congress.  At the same time that their diligence has made owning a firearm as common as taking an aspirin tablet for a headache, their party  is working, in secret, to take away health care from millions of Americans.

Fortunately, for those who will become beneficiaries of the large tax cuts which will be provided as the result of elimination of health care, Republican members of Congress aren't too good at connecting dots. 

SCANT CONSOLATION

Investigators, of Donald Trump, have probably encountered the most unusual subject, in all their experience.  Normally, they painstakingly move up a chain of associates before they can corner the main subject.  

With the Donald, however, through his own actions, during the investigation, itself, he has incriminated himself, and investigators will be moving down the chain to mop up.  

Trump associates can take scant consolation, in the fact,  that Donald is quick to throw colleagues under the bus for his personal advantage.

Friday, June 16, 2017

THE INFALLIBLE TRUMP

Trump tweets that he is under investigation, for firing Comey, by the man who told him to fire Comey.  Of course, Trump leaves out a few facts, which is that man, Trump refers to, was never told:


  • Trump would never have even faced obstruction charges if he had never asked Comey to not investigate the Russian matter as it related to Flynn.
  • Trump might never have faced obstruction charges if he did not admit, on television that Comey's firing had was because of the investigation into the "Russian matter"
  • Trump might never have faced obstruction charges if he had never asked at least 2 other officials to also lean on Comey, which tended to corroborate Comey's story.
But, of course, since Trump is infallible, the fault must lie not with him but with an employee who was asked to provide a reason to fire Comey without knowing the other things going on.

FORWARD TO THE PAST

Donald Trump has just announced that he is scrapping a 2 year old program, instituted by Obama, thawing relations with Cuba, because it has not accomplished its goals.  He is substituting it with a 52 year old policy which didn't work either.

DEAR DONALD

After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my "collusion with the Russians," nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!

Dear Donald:

Have patience.  If they show you proof now, it would be a leak which you hate so much, The final report which will include little forensic forays into things like money laundering, tax evasion and other petty crimes,  will, I am sure, please you, no end.

Sincerely,


Thursday, June 15, 2017

A MORE PRUDENT PATH

It would appear to me that it would be wiser, for Republicans, to cease trying to cut expenditures on health care in order to provide a tax cut to the wealthy, and concentrate on providing more funds for mental health, especially considering the availability of firearms and increasing numbers of marginalized citizens.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"KILL THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO SAVE THE SECOND"

When children and Democrats are routinely massacred by crazies, Republican's reject doing anything about access, to weapons, by people who shouldn't have them, saying they are defending the 2nd Amendment.  When the rare case, of a left-wing crazy, shooting a Republican occurs, the blame falls upon the critical language used by Democrats.  Republicans would rather give up freedom of speech than the money they receive from the N.R.A.

TARGETING REPUBLICANS

Donald Trump has ordered his famous Private Detectives back, from  Hawaii, where they have been investigating Obama's birth certificate many years now, to concentrate on proving that the Scalise shooter is of Arab ancestry and from an illegal immigrant family.  Donald is sure that white people of Anglo-Saxon ancestry are too thrilled with the Trump Administration to be targeting Republicans.   

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

KIM JON TRUMP

Borrowing from ancient traditions of Eurasian monarchies, Trump may not be draining the swamp, but he will put his imperial mark on the U.S. Presidency, as evidenced by his first cabinet meeting.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

DIFFERENT GENERATIONS. DIFFERENT ELECTORATE?

In the 1970s, a single recording of the President's Chief of Staff, Haldeman suggesting that the President could order the C.I.A., to order the Justice Department, to halt the Watergate investigations  to which, Nixon said "Uh Huh", was enough for Republicans to tell Nixon to either resign or face impeachment in the House.  Nixon resigned rather than face impeachment. Nixon did not need to specifically say "Yes" to acquiesce.

In the 1990s, a legalism, offered by Bill Clinton in a deposition, as to the legal meaning of sexual relations, in a private matter not involving the office of the Presidency, was not sufficient for a Republican majority to not impeach the President. He was impeached. 

In 2017, the President informed the Director of the F.B.I. that "hoped the Director would let the Flynn investigation go".  Although his intent was clear and has, since, been bolstered by claims that Trump tried to get other agencies of the intelligence service to also bring pressure to bear to stop the investigation, Republicans now are parsing the word "hope" claiming that the Unitary Executive, Trump, would need to to use another word to merit impeachment.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

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Clashing Personality Types

by daedal2207
The Trumpeter(POTUS),has engaged James Comey,the fired former FBI Director in Mano a Mano combat.Considering the difference in status and power he has nothing to gain and a lot to lose.Comey's style (simultaneously strength and weakness)is a grinding obsessive analyzing and rehashing of facts with a reluctance to cut and slash.He could have,as infuriatingly as the original,commanded Lincoln's army of the Potomac.(fired for dilatory over caution).However this attribute serves well " the duty to correct",which " nauseatingly" l helped destroy Hillary.He has turned over the classified portfolio to another Bulldog Drummond type and his notes to a Columbia Law Professor.
Trump burdened by his inability to learn from experience,his inability to display or evoke empathy,and his flashpoint engaging of anyone or anything that does not bend the knee is at constant risk.I dread his attempt to convey empathic understanding of the deaths of three servicemen in Afghanistan.(The death toll is climbing!) His undermining of Tillerson in the Qatar insult is also noteworthy.Trump's era may signal opportunity to friend( frenemies ) and foe alike to exploit and embarass the U.S.A.
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A SERIOUS IMPEDIMENT TO THE TRUMP AGENDA

Donald and I have found one thing on which we can both agree and that is that ongoing investigations are interfering with his agenda. Having a Special Counsel, with broad powers. mucking about, is no time for  anyone to be engaged in illegal activities, which puts up a serious impediment to the Trump agenda.    

Friday, June 9, 2017

BELLING THE CAT

Nothing seems to be so soul-stirringly patriotic as watching members of Congress asking Comey why he didn't do more to confront Trump, when, at that very moment, Congress has remained completely inert as Trump dismantles century old security alliances, and debases our standing in the world.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

SERVICES BLOCKED BY AN IRRATIONAL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

A possible unintended consequence of Trump's withdrawal, from the Paris Accord, is the fact that several of the wealthier States are going to join, on their own, and pursue action against climate change, in spite of action by the Federal Government.

It is not unreasonable to go from such a step, to forming a pool of several of those States, to draw on to set-up a single payer health care system for the citizens of those States.  

If a Federation of States blocks activities, which will benefit the residents of those States, there is no constitutional reason that prevents a group of States, exercising their State's Rights, from forming ad hoc confederations, to protect their citizens  

To prevent the citizens of what we now call the Red States from taking advantage of medical facilities in the more liberal States, a residency period, at least a year could be established.

Who knows what other services can be provided to our citizens by rational pooling of resources blocked by an irrational Federal Government.



  

Friday, June 2, 2017

SHOW US THE BENEIT

The Trump family, after doing its due diligence, was unable to find even one solitary benefit, for its clan over any others, in the Paris Accords,  and because it is hard to renegotiate non-binding agreements, they have pulled the U.S. out of the pact.
It is rumored that the Trump clan can be coaxed to return with the proper inducement, say a Trump Hotel in Paris, or similar award for having saved the planet.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

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Jabberwocke was in iambic pentameter and pleasing to the ears.'coffveve 'or whatever Trump tweeted was just a jumble of an overtaxed mind.That it was made meaningful and mysterious by his press secretary tells us just how rapidly the wheels are coming off.I confess that the whole mess is daunting and tempting to dismiss as a persisting bad dream.The speculation about narcissistic personality disorder vs.antisocial personality could benefit from professional enlightenment sans diagnosing by the simple explanation that personally disorders have a great deal in common and specific expression is related to the social context in which they emerge.The one thing that makes them intolerable is loss of reality testing which often shows up first as inability to learn from experience.Sometimes I wish that DS' big tent or magic carpet or clown car/ power racer,could contain some good things for the nation and the world,but the numbers don't add up,the loss of health care for all of us is real and the loss of world leadership has been replaced by shabby real estate deal making thinking and petty rages against former intimates.I suspect that the Comey testimony( no hero,he)will lead to deal making for pardons and the revolt of the GOP against the bully boy.Unfortunately we may have given up environmental leadership to China as well as having given over Liberal Democracy / Globalism to Germany and France by then.
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UNSOUND AS A DOLLAR

The reason that the U.S. can keep functioning despite being trillions in deficit is that other countries think of our nation as a safe investment.  It is the only global reserve currency which enables us to actually print money without causing runaway inflation.  We enjoy this status not only because of our military strength but because of how the world sees us.  

When Trump erodes our hegemony in the world, by ceding leadership to other countries, he erodes acceptance of the U.S. Dollar as a reserve currency.  The day that happens and our currency becomes devalued, we lose any claims of exceptionalism.

JUSTIFIABLY ANGRY

Putin is most displeased with Trump; he expected much more, of him, in the first 100 days of his presidency and here it is, entering into the 5th month, and little to show for it.  At the least, he expects the return of those Russian estates, post haste.  After all, a bargain is a bargain and Putin kept up his part of the deal and now it's time for Trump to pony up.

Trump, who is accustomed to delay payments, is troubled by those anonymous collection letters that Putin sends to the Washington Post.  


Monday, May 29, 2017

MAN OF THE YEAR

When the Person of the Year, for 2017, is considered, regrettably, Putin will be a strong contender.  He will have been successful in having, for the first time in almost 70 years, been able to unpin the U.S.-Europe Axis that we call NATO, acting through his personal surrogate, Donald Trump. 

When Trump declined to confirm the willingness of the U.S. to reconfirm commitment to Clause V of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, he fulfilled the dream of the old Soviet Union and Russia, to one day rid themselves of the constraint that NATO represented to their ambitions. 

All the money and time spent to cultivate Trump as an intelligence asset will have been worth it, to Putin, by that single moment.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

THE LAST CHAPTER

With "bombshell"  leaks coming out of the oval office, about the Trump-Russia scandal, so frequently, it is difficult not to conclude that there is a mole in the White House, at this writing.

Without knowing who that might be, it is hard to know whether any particular actor is a villain or a hero.  Personally, I am going to reserve judgment until the last chapter. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES

Even as Robert Mueller, the recently appointed Special Counsel, is looking into the Trump ties to Russia, the Trumps are preparing a case for the prejudicial nature of the investigation.  
Just as Trump could never catch a break from a judge having Mexican ancestry, because he was building a wall, he feels that an investigator with a German name, like Mueller, will never be fair to a Trump.  He offers as proof:

  • His grandfather, Friedrich Trump, was forced to leave that part of Germany, called Bavaria, by the authorities, in 1905.
  • There are, today, no hotels or buildings, bearing the name Trump, in all of Germany.
  • He doesn't get along with Angela Merkel, the head of the German government.
  • He is highly critical of the fact that German companies have better sales, of their American made cars, than American companies have their German made cars, in Europe, and he, Trump, wants Germany to do something about it.
Under the circumstances, only the immediate resignation, and replacement, of Robert Mueller, would be proper.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

PURSUING GREATNESS

There really should be no doubt as to the fact that the American public has misunderstood Donald Trump.  Although many may feel that he has betrayed them, he has remained steadfast in his desire to make America great again.

The misunderstanding seems to have arisen as to just when it was that America was great.  For Trump, the time of greatness was the last days of the  GeorgeW. Bush administration.  He could discharge all of his debts in bankruptcy and even though it was his creditors who lost their money, Trump could claim the tax deduction.  Real estate prices were plummeting and, with a mountain of Russian cash backing him, Trump could pick up great properties at bargain prices. Ah, those were the great days!  No wonder Trump's personal animus towards Obama for having ruined his particular paradise.  

To Trump, the key to a return to greatness was to revive the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy along with deregulation in hopes of replicating the conditions which could lead to a return to the Great Recession, thus meeting the campaign promise to make America "Great" again.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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The Fingerprints on the Glass…

by daedal2207
California congressman Ted Lieu,no supporter of Trump,said in a recent interview that he hoped that Trump would do us proud on his travels to Saudi Arabia,Israel and Rome(the Vatican)and then come back to face the music.At best we can only hope that there is no egregious stumble.Congressman Lieu is probably unfamiliar with Alfred Adler's quote to the effect that personality is all encompassing and doesn't change as context or environment shifts.Thus,the fingerprints on the glass remain the same over time.If he sticks to carefully prepared script he may not grossly embarrass us.The minute his showman instincts prompt him toward spontaneity...watch out!
It would appear that the business of this trek was preset by Jared Kushner acting as crown prince in this Romanoff recapitulation.No humanitarian insistence on limited use of technology against civilian populations (Yemen).Bargain rates for an autocracy which holds sway over a suppressed population that gives rise to Baathist terror export.The resurrection of Shalom in Israel based on Trumps personality while the crown prince may have already torpedoed a two state solution ? Trump's U.N ambassador talks up moving the U.S. embassy to Bethlehem while his secretary of state hedges all bets." Do Us Proud " ? Ya gotta be kiddin!
daedal2207 | 23 May 20

MAKING GOOD ON CAMPAIGN PROMISES

During the election campaign, Donald Trump made clear that, in order to defeat ISIS, he would "bomb the shit out of them".  ISIS is about to find out that Donald means what he says and ISIS elements, in Manchester, are going to get what's coming to them.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

DESERVED OPPROBRIUM

In a speech, given by Donald Trump, in Saudi Arabia, this date, the President severely castigated Iran,  The severe criticism is surely deserved.  How many Trump hotels are there in Teheran?  When was the last time an Iranian official stayed at the Trump hotel in Washington?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

HAVE PATIENCE, Y'ALL

Democratic congressmen who are talking about impeaching, immediately, basis what they see as a prima facie case of obstruction of justice, are almost Trumpean in their lack of foresight.  Impeachment is a political act.  It is not a court of law with rules of evidence and trial precedents.  An impeachment proceeding brought before a majority Republican House, as it is constituted, today, would almost certainly fail, as would a trial before the Senate, today.  

Democrats should remember that when Bill Clinton's impeachment failed, his popularity soared.

Not only would several Articles of Impeachment, rather than just one, have a better chance, but if Democrats can prosper at the polls in 2018, they might have a chance to actually get the job done in 2019.  Have patience, y'all.

BELIEVE ME

President Trump recently said, "Believe me, there was no collusion".  All well and good, but by this time we have all become conditioned to the fact that "Believe me" signifies that a large variance from the truth is forthcoming, when Trump speaks.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

CLASSY GUY WITH INTEGRITY

Anyone thinking Trump lacks both class and integrity needs only to look how he has handled the firing of Gen. Flynn.  Despite Flynn being fired by his former boss and Trump being warned about the grounds for his termination; despite having been informed by Flynn, himself, that he was under investigation by the F.B.I., Trump nevertheless hired Flynn, and kept him on the job, for almost 3 weeks after being told by the Acting Attorney General that he had been compromised by the Russians.

The foregoing notwithstanding, Trump demonstrated his class and integrity by by blaming it all on Obama.

FREE MASSAGE THERAPY

Trump supporters, in a way similar to Trump, have a model, in their heads, of the  universe as it should be, and then try to fit all the facts of reality, into that model.

To those supporters, the fact that Trump asked Comey to "let Flynn go", means that Comey, to protect his integrity, should have immediately, recused himself  from the investigation, therefore, the real scandal is not that Trump asked, but that Comey did not do what was proper.

To a true supporter, if they saw Trump, inappropriately, groping one of their daughters, they would laud Trump for giving free massage therapy to them.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SENSE OF HUMOR NEEDED

Trump says that he asked Comey to go easy on Flynn as a joke. Proof being that he had sent everyone away before talking to Comey, in private, as he was punishing the others, at the time, and they were not allowed any humor, in the White House.

Trump also believes that Nixon only authorized the Watergate break-in,of the DNC headquarters, as a college prank which, unfortunately got out of hand owing to the lack of a sense of humor of Democrats, and it would only be proper to rehabilitate Tricky Dick, at the same time he is absolved of any malicious intent.  


LEARNING ON THE JOB

During the recent Presidential election cycle, Donald Trump's business experience was cited as a reason to vote for him to become President.  Once elected to the office, his business experience is being cited as an excuse for why he is so inept at governance.  We are told that we have to give him time to learn.  Why didn't they at least specify the amount of time he would need before asking us to vote for him?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DON'T MESS WITH SPIES

After mulling over today's Trump scandal involving the divulgence of classified information, I have come to the conclusion that Gen. McMaster was telling the truth when he said that Trump did nothing wrong when he released the information to the Russians, but I don't think Trump knows that and thinks that the General fell on his sword for him.  

The fact that Trump had been compromised, by the Russians, was well known, by the intelligence community, long before the inauguration, and a back channel had been developed during the Obama administration, to by-pass Trump, when it came to certain very sensitive information.  

Not only does Trump think he is indebted to Bibi, but now to McMaster as well, for their coming to his aid.

Friday, May 12, 2017

FAKE NEWS

That Lester Holt interview with Donald Trump?  Another example of Fake News!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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The Chalice From the Palace,One More Time

by daedal2207
The wheels are coming off.The firing of James Comey revealed how tight the Trump inside circle is and the near impossibility of getting alternative" facts" quickly enough assembled to distribute them to all those in contact with a waiting public spearheaded by a vigilant press.Potus' physical posture during the Lesley Holt interview was one of fearful hyper vigilance reinforcing the impression that Potus was less than truthful.
How truthful are the assertions that ACA is falling apart? Republican governed states are certainly not helping with the matter of exchanges as a result of which these states have little or no competition for ACA exchange membership which,particularly in rural areas,pares profitability for participating providers.Social Security,Medicare,Medicaid have been worked on and modified over decades.Veterans Affairs have been neglected and are in disarray.Simply put systems have to evolve.There is no omniscience behind plan development.Worse yet there is evidence of deliberate sabotage to help ACA fail.Once again Pinocchio's nose is growing in spite of attacks on imported Canadian lumber.
We must be particularly on guard against military adventurism on the part of Trump and his key supporters to distract from Russian collusion scrutiny.In short,the wheels coming off of the Trump chariot should not be retoolable into tank treads.
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"THIS BE THE GREATEST TREASON..."

I am an Independent who thought that Comey acted improperly with respect to Hillary Clinton, and deserved to be reprimanded, but I am adamantly and unabashedly against the actions of Donald Trump in firing him.  As the old adage goes "This be the greatest Treason, To do the right Deed for the Wrong Reason"

Anyone, who would try to tell me that he fired Comey because he treated "crooked Hillary" badly, is a man of low degree who does not deserve to be President of this nation.

WHO TO BELIEVE?

Any day now, I expect to have to decide whether to believe Donald Trump or James Comey's version of events leading up to Comey's abrupt firing.  It'll be a tough choice for me to decide between somebody who, even if I thought was mistaken, did not actually lie, and one who has kept fact checkers busy debunking his statements in the hundreds, for many months. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

MEASURING THE DRAPES

There is no need to be concerned that high Russian dignitaries visited the White House less than 24 hours after FBI Director Comey was fired.  We have been assured that the visit was innocuous and only so the measurement for the new drapes could be taken, 


HOW MADMEN BECOME EMPERORS

Rarely do scholars of history ever get the chance to experience, first hand, the process in which madmen become emperors. Such a time may be upon us.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

NOT THE WAY TO DO IT

When will our Republican friends learn that the American public is quite aware that so-called, Obamacare has flaws that require fixing but that a tax cut for the wealthy is not the way to do it?

TREASON HAS NO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

Donald Trump disparages the first public hearing, of testimony, about an occurrence less than 6 months ago, by Ms. Yates, as "old news". Perhaps, Trump should be reminded that being old is not necessarily exculpatory and that treason is not subject to a statute of limitations.













Monday, May 8, 2017

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO BLAME FOR FLYNN

Since it is inconceivable that Trump could ever be wrong, about anything, let us confirm that the Flynn problems by comparing the actions of both Obama and Trump:

Under the Obama Administration


  • Flynn given security clearance by appropriate agency as White House does not grant security clearances.
  • Flynn fired by White House, in 2014.
  • Flynn's security clearance  automatically revoked on firing.
  • Flynn, somehow, manages to renew his security clearance from an authorizing agency.  Whether White House knew about it has not been established.
  • Trump specifically warned, by Obama,  about Flynn.
Under the Trump Administration:

  • Despite having been warned by Obama, Flynn is hired by the Trump Administration  for the position of National Security Advisor.
  • The Acting Attorney General, under the Trump Administration, Sally Yates, advises Trump of surreptitious contacts with the Russian Ambassador, by Flynn.  President Trump waits almost three (3) weeks before any action taken, by the Trump Administration in the matter thus allowing Flynn to attend meetings and receive sensitive briefings, etc. for that interim.
Since it should be well known that the buck does not stop at President Trump's desk unless it's green, it is obvious that the Trump Administration has no responsibility for actions taken by Flynn but the Obama Administration does.

"IN ORDER TO SAVE THE TOWN, WE HAD TO DESTROY IT"

G.O.P. officials, this past weekend, blithely insist that cutting the funding of the Medicaid program by almost $1 Trillion, will save the program.  In a similar way, during the Vietnam war, we had to destroy Ben Tre, a small town, in order to save it from the Viet Cong, and we need only look at the outcome of that war, to see the wisdom in their position.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

PASSING OVER THE DESERVING.

The lack of appreciation, for all of his accomplishments, has made this a most trying weekend for Donald Trump.  He had to ask the Government of Argentina not to award their equivalent, to our Medal of Freedom, to  Jimmy Carter for his Humanitarian work, because, after all, Trump edged out Carter, in the number of electors each had garnered in their first runs, therefore it would have been more fitting to have had the award bestowed on him.  

This weekend, Barack Obama is to receive the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage award, which, likewise,  should, rightfully, be given to Trump, because had not Obama trucked in illegal voters, he, Trump, would have had not only more Electors, but by having created more private sector jobs, he has demonstrated his courage.


FOUR HUNDRED POUND FRENCH KID

Contributing to Donald J. Trump's joy, at Macron winning the French elections, is the fact that the hacking took place without Putin's intervention.  Trump indicates that the failure of  the hack is proof that it was done by a 400 pound French kid lying on a couch, in Paris, because had it been by Putin, it would have succeeded.

INVALUABLE ASSISTANCE

Trump hopes that the world will recognize the invaluable assistance that he has given M. Macron in winning the French election, by backing his opponent.  He thinks that Macron could not have done it without him, further enhancing his influence in foreign affairs.

Additionally, Trump is particularly proud to have shown Macron how to win by a landslide.

 A victory lap, by the Donald, in the coming days, could be expected. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

SNOWBIRD- IN- CHIEF

By mid-May, all the snowbirds, that reside in the county where I live, year round, are gone to Northern climes.  In recent times, our poor taxpayers enjoy a respite from having to cope with the additional expenses incurred by having to host the, so-called, Winter White House.  

Of course, our gain, in the Summer, is some other county's loss as now a Summer White House has been established.  Federal taxpayers, however, remind us that there is a year round White House, in Washington, D.C. and they have to foot the bill all of the time, and this new White House may set the all time spending record   

Thursday, May 4, 2017

ANOTHER FUTILE ACA REPEAL ATTEMPT

At this writing, there appears to be, underway, another one of those futile attempts to repeal Obamacare, by the House of Representatives, from which folly they expect to be rescued, by the Senate.

Faced with pressure from an apparently unstable President concerned only with his popularity rating, and who has threatened them with being "primaried", the Republicans, in the House have probably opted to face an angry electorate a year and a half from now, than an earlier primary.  They expect that if the repeal fails, again, when the Senate stops the bill, the issue may have been largely forgotten, by then, and give them a fighting chance against the Dems.  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

TRUMP IDENTIFIES WITH JACKSON

What people may not realize is the similarity, with Andrew Jackson, that leads Trump to the conclusion that he would have averted the civil war  had he lived long enough.  After all, just as Jackson was a slave owner who better to address slavery?  Trump is a billionaire who, because he knows everything from the inside, can address the inequity in income between rich and poor.    

Trump, identifying with Jackson, is certain that Andrew would have known how to placate the abolitionists without sacrificing anything of his class just as he, Donald, can placate the poor while, at the same time, giving up not a whit of privilege from his class.   

Monday, May 1, 2017

RICH MINES AND DEEP POCKETS

Republicans seem to be anxious to loosen libel laws so as to be able to bring lawsuits, more easily, against what they claim to be the lying press.  They envision being able to sue for large sums of money.  They really should be careful of what they wish for.  

If libel and slander rules make it easier to sue, it would be reciprocal and make it easier for private citizens to bring suit, as well, against lying politicians.  Think of the rich mine, and deep pockets, offered by our present President.   All those names he called other candidates such as "crooked Hillary" and allegations such as  "Obama wiretapped me", which he would now have to prove or pay up.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

WHERE IGNORANCE IS BLISS...

Trump supporters appear to be impervious to reality.  Perhaps the phenomenon is similar to another I have seen, where a group of adults are in a heated discussion about yesterday's soap operas rather than their own lives.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

DANGEROUS PRECEDENTS

If Donald Trump is not asked to pay a stiff price for failing to provide his income taxes and/or divesting himself of potential conflicts of interest, a dangerous precedent, possibly the most deleterious thing about his Presidency, at least for our progeny, will be set.  Oh, of course, Republicans will be very upset if, in the future, a Democrat does the same thing, but, once set, the precedent will hold unless changed by law.

TIME WILL TELL

The U.S. budget for the new fiscal year was due in October of 2016, and as required by the Constitution, was  to originate in the House of Representatives.  It is, at this writing, 6 months overdue.

The Republican led House, unable to come up with a budget, have passed a Continuing Resolution (C.R.) to enable the Government not to shut down.  They have extended the time, of the C.R. to allow an additional week before Government shut-down.  If they have not been able to come up with a budget in half a year, it would seem to be the height of optimism to be able to do it in one week, however, it certainly is possible, and, of course, time will tell.  It always does.

INEQUITABLE 100 DAY TEST

In all fairness to Trump, not only is the test of accomplishments of the first 100 days, of his term in office, an arbitrary number, but he has not been credited for the 31 days he has spent golfing.  At the very least, the test period should have been extended to 131 days.  A fairer test, still, would have credited him with travel time to the courses.

WHAT IS THE MAN HIDING??

It should be obvious to even the slowest among us, that the only conceivable reason that Trump refuses to release his tax returns is that to do so would make his situation worse than not to release them.  What is he hiding?  

Friday, April 28, 2017

LEARNING TO LOVE TRUMP

Our 3 largest trading partners are learning to love Donald Trump. China, which for centuries, was used to bribing venal politicians, has learned. along with Canada and Mexico, how easy it is to get along with President Trump despite his insufferable egotism.  All China had to do, to tame the paper tiger, was to pat Donald on the head,  saying "good boy" and give Ivanka a few trinkets, namely some patents, which cost the Chinese treasury nothing and can be revoked at will.  Canada and Mexico can just say a kind word  to the Donald to accomplish the same thing, relying on Republican advisors to remind Donald that a trade war with them would throw the U.S. economy into an immediate recession, from which even ladders, that could be used to scale high walls, could not get us out.

THE IMMACULATE DECEPTION

Of one thing we may all be certain, it is not Donald Trump's fault. It is never the fault of Donald J. Trump.  Even though the possibly criminal behavior of Flynn occurred AFTER  he was fired by Obama, and even though White House officials, themselves, have to go to a Federal agency, not the White House, to get security clearances, Obama was responsible for Flynn having security clearance.

Since Gen. Flynn was involved in U.S. intelligence work during the Bush Administration, he received his first security clearances during that Administration.  Republicans, however, reject any responsibility, by the Bush Administration, for vetting, on the grounds that while security clearance is by authorized agencies, vetting is the responsibility of the Oval Office.  When asked, then, why should Obama be responsible for  Trump not  having vetted Flynn when Trump hired him,  Republicans make a vague referral to Obama's special status.  


Thursday, April 27, 2017

WRONG WAY TRUMP

Just as that aircraft carrier went the wrong way when Trump ordered it to Korea, that wall he wants to build on the Mexican border, appears to be in the wrong place.  Mexicans are leaving to go back to Mexico and a wall could only serve to keep them in. The influx of illegal immigrants is coming from Asia which the Mexican border wall does nothing to address.  

Trump, however, is more business savvy, and knows all that but also knows how a wall will be a challenge for small drug dealers but not for sophisticated and  well financed really big dealers who can afford tunnel engineers.  Keeping out competition is what walls are good for.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

DECONSTRUCTING THE ADMINISTRATIVE STATE

Despite the Republicans' control of the Senate and the Democrats having only 30 hours of debate, available to them to delay the confirmation process, if they wanted to, when asked, on a Sunday talk show, this date, about the number of unfilled vacancies owing to the fact that candidates have not been nominated, Rance Priebus blamed the Democrats.  No matter that a publically stated policy, of the Trump administration, was "deconstruction of the Administrative State", and a simple majority vote is required to confirm, with some of the jobs not requiring even confirmation at all, the Trump Administration must be held blameless.  It's all the Democrats fault.