Thursday, April 13, 2017

What Fresh Hell Is This?

Every morning, I get up, start the coffee, turn on the TV to MSNBC or Reuters, check my smartphone for news, and then, after pouring myself a cup while scanning the headlines, I invariably yell out, "That motherfucker! He's fucked something else up!"

I think that from now on, I'll refer to t.Rump as "That Motherfucker!", or "T.M." for short. Saves time.

And today, That Motherfucker has threatened to destroy Obamacare by cutting off the federal subsidies that pay for millions of Americans' health insurance, if Democrats don't "negotiate" with him on the destruction of Obamacare:

Like a two-bit gangster, T.M. is threatening millions of American families, including millions of American fools who voted for him in the mistaken belief that he'd take care of them. Ohh, yeah, he's taking care of them, alright! Wake up, you idiots, or have your MAGA hats fried your brains? That Motherfucker is going to destroy your miserable lives!

And, if *that* wasn't bad enough news, also this morning, the Washington Post reports that T.M.'s administration is moving forward with his deranged plans for a Gestapo, errr...."deportation force":
"An internal Department of Homeland Security assessment obtained by The Washington Post shows the agency has already found 33,000 more detention beds to house undocumented immigrants, opened discussions with dozens of local police forces that could be empowered with enforcement authority and identified where construction of Trump’s border wall could begin.
The agency also is considering ways to speed up the hiring of hundreds of new Customs and Border Patrol officers, including ending polygraph and physical fitness tests in some cases, according to the documents."
Of course, That Motherfucker's new Black Shirts (or "SS" in the original German) won't be much smarter or better skilled than the guy in the drive-up window who asks you if you want fries with your shake. Why do they need know Spanish, anyway? And who really cares if they have criminal records? They're only guarding the border, and tossing people out of America - the only country that some of them have ever known - by the millions. Hell, they won't even need to be in shape! (Attention, Wal-Mart shoppers, here's an employment opportunity that's just right for you.) The New York Times reports:
Homeland Security’s plan to greatly expand its Border Patrol has been known for some time and includes adding about 5,000 agents, in part by allowing some applicants to skip the polygraph test that is required for all prospective hires.
The memo, which was first reported by The Washington Post, outlined several other ways in which the administration is considering relaxing hiring standards and stepping up recruitment.
Beyond removing the polygraph hurdle, the memo discusses eliminating a part of the entrance exam that tests the Spanish language skills of prospective hires, explaining that 'few applicants fail the entrance exam solely because of these tests.' New agents will still have to obtain 'the appropriate level of proficiency in Spanish' to graduate from the academy, the memo says.

All applicants must now pass two physical fitness tests, but the memo suggests that only one of the tests will count toward deciding whether to hire a Customs and Border Protection officer or a Border Patrol agent. Those who do not meet physical fitness standards at the academy, the document says, will 'receive additional training.'”
No Spanish proficiency required, no rigorous physical fitness necessary, felons please apply! Sounds tailor-made for the people of Wal-Mart, to me. And didn't That Motherfucker promise them that he'd bring the jobs back? Here they are! And you get to lord it over brown people, too!

With the trailer parks and rural shacks emptying out because of these new opportunities, the economy will be boosted by all the new Wal-Mart shoppers, prison guards and secret police, and fast food buyers & friers. We'll then be able to concentrate on the next important task: filling a critical position in government that I suspect will soon be opening, POTUS.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What Country Is This, Anyway?

I had to share this:

In case Comedy Central kills the link(again), it's:

Friday, November 11, 2016

Sometimes, You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up

Drumpf's lawyers think he'll be "less busy" after the Coronation, errr...Inauguration!

From NYMagazine:
Here’s some more fodder for the theory that Donald Trump doesn’t plan to do a lot of the heavy lifting during his presidency. During a hearing on Thursday in the Trump University fraud lawsuit, which is set to begin on November 28, the president-elect’s lawyers asked that the trial be moved to February or March, when he’ll have less on his plate.

Trump attorney Daniel Petrocelli explained to reporters after the hearing that the transition period will be too intense for the president-elect to participate in the case, according to the Washington Post. Petrocelli called it a “very difficult circumstance for a sitting president — more so, I would say, for a president-elect, because he’s turning, right now as we speak, to a mountain of challenges in front of him, to get himself up to speed.”

"Heavy lifting?" More likely he'll be breaking Shrub's record for most presidential vacations in the first year in office! Good, let Pence get himself into trouble with Congress, the Courts, and the people. He's the one we need to get rid of first, anyway.

"Too busy," my ass!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Why Things Went Wrong Last Night, and What To Do Next

I'll tell you why the polls were wrong: the ignorant, uneducated fools who voted for Drumpf thought it would be funny to lie to the man or woman in the suit asking impertinent (to them) questions.

I've seen this behavior up close. It gives them a feeling of superiority to bamboozle the educated person with their country nonsense, pulling the wool over the eyes of the arrogant, college-educated person questioning their beliefs.

Well, guess what? We know their beliefs and motivations now! They're out in the open for all to see their ugliness, backwardness, and bigotry. They feel that Hollywood has shown them as jokes and fools? Well, they are, and it's going to be even more obvious in the months and years to come, as their trust in an arrogant, egotistical, racist, misogynistic, bigoted, selfish, lying rich white man betrays them all. They feel disrespected by the elites? What have they done to deserve respect, besides always being the dead weight that the rest of us have tried (forcibly, at times) to carry into the future? They want their concerns heard and addressed? Well, now they've got one of their own (they think) in the top job, let's see how well he listens. Early guess: he won't.

They want to drag us back into the past, and they've taken a big step towards that. We have to stop them first, then beat them. Time will help. Trump's minions are all older, they won't be around much longer, and the spirits might help us give them early retirement. But we have to do our part, and it's a job that you can't quit, and now, can never stop. We have to fight ignorance and bigotry, and stop being polite when we hear or see it, especially online where these thoughts fester and grow. The "regular people" hate PC speech? Well, wait till they get a load of what I have to say! I'm not honor-bound to respect foolishness, divisiveness, bigotry, and hatred, and I will continue to speak up in opposition whenever and wherever I hear it. I'm just going to be LOUDER from now on!

We have to prepare to defend our values, our beliefs, our standards and principles, and give our support to politicians who stand beside us in defense of those values. No more of this "well, they could be better on Issue X, so I can't support them" bullshit! When the opposition is literally composed of demons from Hell, you support anyone who's willing to stand with you, and hash out the details later. Progressives are facing a repetition of 1932, this time with nuclear weapons, resurgent racism, sexism, and bigotry, and a degrading global climate. We have to take whatever allies we find; time enough later to tend to offended interests later.

Tonight is the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the beginning of the end for German Jews in the Thirties:
"On November 9 to November 10, 1938, in an incident known as “Kristallnacht”, Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews. In the aftermath of Kristallnacht, also called the “Night of Broken Glass,” some 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps. German Jews had been subjected to repressive policies since 1933, when Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) became chancellor of Germany. However, prior to Kristallnacht, these Nazi policies had been primarily nonviolent. After Kristallnacht, conditions for German Jews grew increasingly worse."
Let us not forget that Hitler was democratically elected, with a majority of the German voting population supporting him. We should also remember that Hitler and his Nazi Party began with, espoused, and ran on a platform of extreme nationalism and anti-Semitism. "Through the 1920s, Hitler gave speech after speech in which he stated that unemployment, rampant inflation, hunger and economic stagnation in postwar Germany would continue until there was a total revolution in German life. Most problems could be solved, he explained, if communists and Jews were driven from the nation. His fiery speeches swelled the ranks of the Nazi Party, especially among young, economically disadvantaged Germans."

Beginning to sound familiar?

History cannot be allowed to repeat itself, this time. We cannot allow a fascist demagogue to command the most powerful military in human history, nor extinguish the brightest light of democracy that the world has ever seen. He may have won this battle, this election, but Trump and his regressive forces have yet to win the war.

Thomas Jefferson said "for I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

So do I also swear, to fight tyranny, injustice, and oppression with every weapon at my disposal. Are you with me?

“O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath —
America will be!”

— Langston Hughes, “Let America Be America Again”

America WILL be.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Minnesota Republican Forget To Put Trump On The Ballot, Hilarity Ensues

You just can't make this stuff up.

From City Pages:
The Republican Party of Minnesota finds itself in a pickle. 
It's their fault. 
Earlier this year at the state Republican convention in Duluth, the party picked its 10 electoral college voters. The state party was also supposed to choose 10 alternate electoral college names. It didn't. 
Therein lies the problem.
What could've been an in-house mess went public yesterday, when blogger and former Republican Party of Minnesota official Michael Brodkorb noticed that something didn't look right about the Secretary of State's sample ballot. Donald Trump wasn't on it.

The dumbasses forgot to pick 10 alternate electoral voters, and now they're "scrambling" to fix their mess! "According to Pioneer Press reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger, the state GOP filed the proper papers Thursday, and the Trump/Mike Pence team should appear on the sample ballot soon." In other words, they're going to jury-rig a ballot, while their presidential candidate screams from the rooftops that this election is "rigged."

They couldn't have fucked this up worse if they had tried. On the other hand, what do you expect? They're Republicans.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Start The Clock!

Prediction: By this time tomorrow night (22:00 CDT), Trump will have revealed some part of his secret intelligence briefing to the public. Also, Paul Manaport will be investigated for acting as an unregistered lobbyist for a foreign power - Russia - within the next week.

You heard it here first!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

America Eats Its Young....and Their Parents, Too (If You're a Trumpster)

With apologies to George Clinton...

This actually happened yesterday:

A crowd of Donald Trump supporters heckled the mother of an active duty military sergeant after she dared to ask his running mate about his continued attacks on Khzir and Ghazala Khan, Gold Star parents who have criticized Trump for his anti-Muslim rhetoric and proposals.

What the hell is going on in our country? The GOP, which usually fetishizes their "love" for all things military- and veteran-related - well, at least until it involves spending money, keeping our troops out of wars, and taking care of our military personnel after they've been injured or have completed their service - actually booed this woman, this mother of a currently serving USAF staff sergeant, for having the gall to question Republican VP candidate Mike Pence about Trump's vile comments and Twitter fight with the Khans? Trump is unquestionable, now? His statements cannot be challenged? Does that sound like America to you?

A growing body of Trump pronouncements, rants, and quotes seem to indicate, as Goldie Taylor surmised, that Trump doesn't believe in America, that he "is abundantly comfortable, it seems, with placing his fragile, outsized ego ahead of our nation’s values...Breathlessly posting insults to social media—using the sort of brutish rhetoric most common among gun-toting, Third World warlords— Trump revealed that he not only does not hold Gold Star families sacrosanct, but that he eschews the very nature of our highest ideals."  But it's one thing for Trump to feel and act this way, and another when his supporters echo his narcissistic, uninformed, self-aggrandizing, and (I can hardly believe I'm saying this) un-American views and attitudes.

I'm a patriot, but I've never been a flag-waver. I believe in American exceptionalism, but I don't think it's right for us to try and lord it over other nations, or to try to pretend that we're "the greatest best country that God has ever given Man on the face of the Earth" (thank you, Stephen Colbert!) without mentioning that things could still be a helluva lot better. That said, I do love my country, but I have always feared mindless devotion and submission to any philosophy, religion, creed, or person. Especially this person, this empty-headed, publicity-craving, orange buffoon masquerading as a Presidential candidate.

When I watch Trump's supporters now, the first thing that comes to my mind is, "when do the massed candlelight marches and Nazi-style salutes begin?" Khirz Khan is already being accused of being a secret member of the Muslim Brotherhood by right-wing commentators, or, to use their terminology, by "useful fools." The father of an slain American hero is accused of being an agent of one of our enemies. The mother of an American serviceman is booed right out of the room, simply because she dared question the words of their "Leader." What next? When will we hear the sound of glass breaking in the middle of the night?

This is wrong. Just wrong. And no matter if Trump wins or loses, these self-deceiving, hypocritical fools who support Trump will still be with us, for at least another election cycle or two. And I thought the Tea Party was bad! We must, MUST defeat Trump and everything he stands for, in a tsunami of condemnation, a landslide Democratic victory that exceeds anything seen since World War II. The stakes are too high for anything less to occur.