Saturday, June 22, 2019

Well, At Least Something Good Is Coming from Trump's Tariffs

From the Washington Post today:

"A ‘Bible tax’: Christian publishers warn that China tariffs could lead to costly Bibles"

These days, you have to be thankful for any good news that comes along.

"Trump’s proposed tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese-made products would affect books and other printed materials, according to Bloomberg. That includes Bibles, which are overwhelmingly printed in China because of the specialized technology and skills they require to produce."

"Specialized technology and skills!"  Only available in China! 

I wonder what Chinese technology and skill was required to produce this bible, about 570 years ago in Germany:

The bible is just about the most printed book in world history.  Who knew that every edition was printed in China?

Funny that the same "Christians" that go on a nationwide screaming fit whenever someone suggests that they don't have the right to deny employment to people because of their religion, are willing to go to China to get the products they sell.  Because "specialized technology," i.e. as we all know damned well, consists of a cheaper workforce, no matter what religion they have.  And these "Christians" don't even care that any sentient human being knows that they are lying, and that this is all about greed. 

Oh well, enough time wasted on this subject.


Friday, June 14, 2019

A Thank You to the Washington Post

For the following headline today:

"U.S. releases video purporting to show Iranians removing mine after tanker explosion"

Purporting to show...

I remember the runup to the Iraq invasion, and the way clearly preposterous "evidence" was bought en masse by the mainstream press.  The press in this country is still pretty terrible, but thank heaven that at least one major national news source isn't ready to take the current Republican administration's claims at face value.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Democrats, You've Been Suckered

The world's most honorable man

Let's face it- in the last two years of endless talk about Robert Mueller, the Democrats, one and all, have absolutely forgotten the single most important fact about him:

THE GUY IS A LIFE LONG REPUBLICAN.

Not just an ordinary Republican either, but one so loyal that he worked his way up to one of the most important positions in the government, as head of the FBI, an organization that has demonstrated constant Republican bias for decades.

And here's another fact which Democrats still haven't learned:

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN HONEST REPUBLICAN.

Oh sure, there are a few suckers out there in the heartland that actually believe the lies that the Republicans have spun for a century, but there isn't a single honest person among the big guys in Washington, and that includes Mueller.

So, let me present my cynical view of what Mueller did:  Mueller pulled off the feat which no other Republican has managed to do, and that is to serve Trump and emerge with his career and reputation apparently intact.  How did he do this?  It was so simple, really.  First, he conducted a thorough and watertight investigation, making himself look like an American hero.  Then, he simply refused to state the inescapable conclusion that Trump is a criminal and a traitor, while standing by and doing nothing while Trump and his corrupt Attorney General spent two weeks convincing the American public that Mueller had totally exonerated Trump.  The evidence is clear that Trump has committed not one or two, not ten or so, but literally hundreds of acts justifying impeachment.  But thanks to Mueller's inaction, the great majority of American voters are oblivious to that fact, and will probably always be so.

Mission accomplished, Mr. Mueller. And Democrats, if you want to save the country, you had better do it yourselves, and not count on lifelong Republicans to do the job for you.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Adhering to the enemy, Giving them aid and comfort...

Donald Trump today:

“I just received a beautiful letter from Kim Jong Un,” Trump said. “I think the relationship is very well, but I appreciated the letter. I saw the information about the CIA with regard to his brother or half brother, and I would tell him that would not happen under my auspices. I wouldn’t let that happen under my auspices. I just received a beautiful letter from Kim Jong Un.”

Let me remind you that the United States and North Korea are still in a state of war with each other.  If this is not adhering to the enemy against our own government, I don't know what the hell would be.  The guy is a brazen traitor, and his entire party along with the complicit mainstream press refuse to acknowledge that fact, so this criminal's approval ratings still hover in the 40% range, as opposed to the 0% range where they belong.

And thanks a lot, Nancy Pelosi, for seeing that the Democrats do not present a unified front for the truth, and are squandering every advantage they have.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Abortion Fight

I am now going to court being attacked for one of the worst specimens of "mansplaiing" in recorded history, but as Green Eagle has never feared to rush in where wise men fear to tread, here goes:

THE FIGHT TO BAN ABORTIONS IS NOT ABOUT WOMEN'S RIGHTS.

What we are fighting for is to prevent the country from being ruled according to the whims of a pack of religious fanatics. 

Giving in on this issue is agreeing that it is okay for lunatics and con men to run the country.  The loss of women's rights is just one small part of the danger that faces us, in this onslaught against our right to have any say in the way we live.  This is nothing but a step in the direction of a small minority that rule everything, and a huge majority of beaten down, abused workers; i.e. a fascist dictatorship.

I, for one, would like to see public agreement among all decent people about this fact, so that we can all work together for the common good.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

In The News Today

Just a reminder of what a miserable place Republicans have made of our country, here's a quick list of stories in my news feed today- no comment needed:

"Carmakers See $17 Billion Wiped Out by Trump’s Mexico Threat"

"Trump sells Qatar $12 billion of U.S. weapons days after accusing it of funding terrorism"

"Paul Manafort to Be Sent to Rikers, Where He Will Be Held in Isolation"

"Child porn charges for Trump-tied Mueller witness raise questions"

"US bans cruise ships and group tours from visiting Cuba"

"Merkel rebukes Trump politics in Harvard commencement speech: 'Tear down walls of ignorance'

"Alabama Mayor Calls for Killing LGBTQ People in Facebook Post"

"Empty streets greet Trump motorcade as it enters the Mall, central London"

"THE IMF CONFIRMS THAT 'TRICKLE-DOWN' ECONOMICS IS, INDEED, A JOKE"

"White House directs Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson to ignore House subpoenas"

"Trump admin gave green light to nuclear permits for Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi killing"

"Treasury will again borrow $1 trillion to pay for tax cuts, spending"

"Ford Prepares for Mass Layoffs After Losing $1 Billion to Trump's Trade Tariffs, Report Says"

"Oligarch who befriended Paul Manafort makes a cool $1.5 billion while fighting U.S. extradition"

"Donald Trump inserting campaign funds directly into his own pocket through dying Trump Tower"

"Trump Campaign Still Owes $470K To El Paso For February Rally...President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign still hasn’t paid back its debt of more than $470,000 to the city of El Paso for a rally Trump held in February."

"Government argues for a halt to youth climate lawsuit, saying there is no constitutional right to a stable climate"


And I'm sure I missed a bunch.  What a world.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Most Ridiculous Headline of the Year

From the Washington Post today:

"Trump risks credibility as his policy veers between threats and inaction"

Credibility? Trump?  What the hell are they talking about?

And while we are on the subject of Republican credibility, consider Iran:

"On Tuesday, Republican Sen. Tom Cotton declared that the United States could win a war in Iran with just “Two strikes: the first strike and a last strike.” 

And little Marco just had to get his two cents in too:

"There is clear & persistent evidence,supported by observable movements on the ground,that Iran’s proxy forces in Iraq & Yemen plan to attack Americans with the intent of inflicting mass casualties"

Remember when you were taught about how we thought the Civil War would be over in a few weeks?  Or when both sides thought World War I would only last a month?

Remember when we went to war in Afghanistan 17 years ago and are still there?

Well, maybe nobody is told that anymore.  At least, not Republicans, who want nothing more than a war somewhere.  I'll just go out on this musical reminder; Whoopee, we're all going to die:


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

SHALL

From a very nice article at Vox, with comments from a number of law professors about Donald Trump's refusal to honor a legal request for his tax returns:


"The provision Rep. Neal is using is a specific statutory exception from that disclosure prohibition. That exception says that the secretary of the Treasury (or his delegate) “shall furnish” the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee with any tax return or return information requested in writing."

"Shall."  It all comes down to the meaning of this word.

"A reading of the plain language of the tax code indicates that Congress does in fact have the legal authority to request and obtain tax information from any filer, including the president... The statute says the IRS “shall furnish” tax returns to the committee chair upon request and that’s the end of it...

This is not an issue on which there is any possibility of reasonable disagreement. Any well-informed person who disagrees either that the Ways and Means Committee has an obligation to demand Trump’s tax returns as part of fulfilling its oversight duties or that Trump is legally obliged to turn them over is either a partisan hack or contemptuous of the rule of law."

The word "shall" has a very significant meaning in American law.  It means that there is no choice; that the order must be complied with.  Now, the corrupt Trump justice department is claiming that this is not what the word means at all.

Well, here is a suggestion.  In all fairness, I must reveal that this idea came from my son, Max, but it is a great idea.  If this is the new meaning of the word, I think it is time that Democrats take the opportunity to reconsider the phrase "shall not be abridged."

That should be an interesting conversation.

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Avalanche Moves On

The avalanche of dung.

It never ends.  The horrors that are being perpetrated by the Republican administration are so endless that it is almost impossible to keep track of them, particularly with a mainstream press that will willingly be distracted by any infantile antic that Trump gets up to.  Here are a few things that are in the news the last three or four days:

"Trump Calls For Asylum-Seekers To Pay Fees"

Sheer bullying brutality, directed toward some of the most helpless people on earth.  And his "base" loves it, because they are all a inhuman as he is.

"Vice President Mike Pence took a break from railing against socialism Friday morning to accuse Democrats of supporting baby murder."

Trump and most other Republican leaders have jumped on this claim, despite it being one of the most disgusting lies the Republicans have ever told.  And that is a pretty high bar to
pass.
Republican trolls target Pete Buttigieg with false sexual assault claims"

Hardly need to comment on this one, other than to say that this is the treatment that all other Democratic Presidential candidates are going to experience.  This is going to be one hell of an election.

"Trump sues to block Deutsche Bank from turning over information to Congress"

Consciousness of guilt.  It is real legal evidence, and there never was a clearer example of it than the behavior of Donald Trump.

"Pompeo: Trump Admin ‘Fully Supports’ Military Uprising Against Venezuela Prez...CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration backs Venezuelan congressional leader Juan Guaido in his call for a military uprising against President Nicolas Maduro."

The problems in Venezuela were created, in large part, by the deliberate actions of our government.  This is all about seizing the resources of the Western Hemisphere's largest source of oil, and anyone who thinks differently is a lunatic.

"Bolton: Yes, We Agreed to Pay North Korea But We Didn’t"

Oh yeah?  And we should believe John Bolton that the money wasn't paid?


"Republicans block $250 million to beef up election security"

Because why would they want election security?  That would be the end of their time in control.

"Coalition of groups sues over Barr policy seeking to jail some asylum-seekers indefinitely"

Life in prison without having committed a crime.  Do not fool yourself- this behavior, directed toward those who are least available to defend themselves will, if allowed to stand, will soon morph into Trump's right to throw anyone he wants into prison.  And anyone who doesn't think that is where this is leading knows nothing about the history of every dictator that ever lived.


"Trump leaps to new position, claiming that his campaign 'rebuffed' contacts from Russia"

Ha. 


"Trump administration rolls back offshore drilling safety measures following industry pressure"

Open corruption.  It's the new normal.

"Barr decided to clear Trump of obstruction before reading Mueller’s report"

Because of course he did.  He's a Republican.


"E.P.A. Proposes Weaker Standards on Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water"

And why not? Nothing is too vicious and criminal for Republicans.  Who even cares if it benefits the rich sociopaths that keep them in power- the fact that it hurts ordinary people is good enough for his base.


"AG Bill Barr's Senate testimony is so inaccurate, networks are fact-checking his lies in real time"

How long before he gets to 10,000, like Trump?

Oh well, just another few days in today's America.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

How Does He Do It?

The latest voluntary political self-sacrifice

There is an ability that Donald Trump has that continues to astonish me.  That is his skill at getting people to destroy their reputations and their future credibility to provide him with the most temporary of escapes from his self-generated troubles.

Okay, I can understand how a public nobody like Kirsten Nielsen or Wilbur Ross will, when they have the highest position of their lives dangled in front of them, tell themselves that they are clever enough to escape the fate of all their predecessors in the Trump administration, and give the job a try.  But William Barr was already the Attorney General, however disgracefully he acted in that position, and he emerged pretty much unscathed.  He could go on to an honorary retirement on the basis of that.  What is it about Trump that could have led Barr to voluntarily offer himself up as a self-sacrifice, permanently dishonored within a month of taking office?  Barr must have seen what the result of his mendacious behavior would be, but he did it anyway.  Even Hitler had to have the threat of imprisonment or death to compel many people to follow him. How does Trump do it?  I just can't figure it out.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Count the Atrocities

As readers of my blog may remember, the number one mainstay of my posting for many years was a feature called Wingnut Wrapup, which documented on a regular basis, the monstrous lies that made up the entirety of the right wing internet world.  As I have said, I stopped compiling that information, because with the White House becoming as lunatic and unhinged from reality as anything online, who cared any more what Jim Hoft or Larry Klayman had to say?  The actions of the Trump administration and their Republican enablers are doing immediate and widespread damage to the country in a way far beyond what the financiers of Town Hall, Red State, etc. could have ever hoped for.

Well, I have thought for a while that perhaps it would be useful to document the moral and political outrages committed by the Trump administration on a daily basis, with Green Eagle's patented analysis provided too.  This compilation covers the last three days, and is a sort of test of concept.

WEDS APRIL 3

Things aren't bad enough on the border:

"In what sounded a bit like an Alex Jones fever dream, former Kansas Secretary of State and potential Trump administration appointee Kris Kobach suggested Wednesday that the government create “processing town” detention centers for asylum-seekers along the southern border...And so when someone comes in and falsely claims asylum, we don’t release them for six months onto the streets of the United States, we process them right there in that camp, where they have the three square meals, they’re living in a nice mobile home,” Kobach said. “And then as soon as they’re done, as soon as the claim is rejected, they’re on the next plane back home.”


"Processing towns."  Like this, I'm guessing:

And the best thing to do about real terrorism is ignore it, I guess:

"The Department of Homeland Security has disbanded a group of intelligence analysts who focused on domestic terrorism, The Daily Beast has learned. Numerous current and former DHS officials say they find the development concerning, as the threat of homegrown terrorism—including white supremacist terrorism—is growing.
“It’s especially problematic given the growth in right-wing extremism and domestic terrorism we are seeing in the U.S. and abroad,” one former intelligence official told The Daily Beast.

That should work really well.  And now some cutting edge science, from Donald Trump, which you have probably heard about by now:

"Trump Says Wind Turbine Noise Causes Cancer. (It Does Not.)
A power source that does cause many health problems, including cancer, is coal, an extremely dirty fuel Trump loves and has attempted to bolster, with almost no success. Aside from costing more to produce than other sources of power, and in addition to enormous air pollution side effects, coal also emits greenhouse gases in large amounts. Though this, of course, is another aspect of science Trump rejects."

Accuse your opponents of your own crimes- a tried and true Republican tactic.  Now on to a nice example of the degree to which Trump takes his responsibility to protect the American people seriously:

"After hundreds of crashes, (a) Britax jogging stroller faced recall. Then Trump appointees stepped in.   The crashes were brutal. With no warning, the front wheel on the three-wheeled BOB jogging strollers fell off, causing the carriages to careen and even flip over. Adults shattered bones. They tore ligaments. Children smashed their teeth. They gashed their faces. One child bled from his ear canal.
The untold story of the Britax case shows how changes in the safety agency’s leadership under President Trump influenced the handling of a product that the commission believed had injured consumers... the agency’s Republican chairwoman kept Democratic commissioners in the dark about the stroller investigation and then helped end the case in court.  These events occurred with little notice amid other, higher-profile deregulatory moves by the Trump administration."


THURS APRIL 4

The Treason Marches On

"RUSSIA INVESTIGATION"Some on Mueller team say evidence against Trump stronger than Barr disclosed...hey believe the evidence that Trump sought to impede the investigation is stronger than Barr suggested"
"A former federal prosecutor familiar with Barr's thinking said the attorney general believed the obstruction case was complicated by the fact that the questionable actions taken by Trump, such as firing his FBI director, were authorized under the powers of the presidency."
"Trump lawyers have pushed back against some of this reporting.
"They're a bunch of sneaky, unethical leakers," Rudy Giuliani said on Fox News about the Mueller team. "And they are rabid Democrats who hate the president of the United States, and I can't tell you how much false information they leaked during the course of the investigation."

Leaking false information...once again the standard Republican tactic of blaming your opponents for what you do every single day.  And now on to the way Trump is laboring to see that our economy remains stable:

"Trump plans to nominate Herman Cain to Fed board, a move that would escalate White House pressure on the central bank"

A former pizza parlor operator whose only well known national policy involves reducing income tax rates on the rich to 9%.  That should work out well, as should this:

"Kushner ID’d As Person Denied Clearance Due To Foreign Ties In Whistleblower Testimony"

I mean, who better to give access to our nations most vital secrets than someone in debt by hundreds of millions of dollars to hostile foreign countries?  And here's some more action from Republicans to insure that the quality of Trump's appointments remains at exactly the level we've seen the last two years:

"Senate GOPers Ram Through Rules Change To Expedite Trump Picks...The rules change limits debate on most nominees to two hours instead of 30. White House selections for the Cabinet, Supreme Court and appeals courts would be exempted from the new rules. Every Democrat opposed the maneuver, joined by two Republicans: Susan Collins of Maine and Mike Lee of Utah."

Just making sure that nobody knows who is in charge of our lives.  Presumably it will be more people like this Trump pick:

"Ethics experts sound alarm over confirmation process of Trump’s pick to lead NOAA...Barry Lee Myers, President Donald Trump’s controversial nominee to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), moved one step closer to confirmation Wednesday after a Senate committee voted swiftly, with no debate, to advance his nomination.
(Myers' family business) AccuWeather...relies heavily on NOAA’s weather service data for its forecasts. Under Myers’ leadership, the company argued that NOAA should reduce the amount of weather information it releases directly to the public. In essence, AccuWeather sought to restrict public access to data funded by taxpayers and instead make it available exclusively to private companies that would then use the data in products sold to the public."

Just business as usual, nothing to see here.  With the Republican Senate approving people like this, why bother to have hearings at all?  But even this sort of thing pales in comparison to the following classic Trump proposal:

"Trump, airing grievances with immigration system, says U.S. needs to "get rid of judges"...(Trump) railed against the U.S. immigration system and said he wants to "get rid" of immigration judges who hear migrants' cases.
"And to be honest with you, have to get rid of judges," Mr. Trump said in his laundry list of frustrations with the U.S. immigration system."

We have to get rid of judges!  Just let Trump decide everything!  Why didn't we think of that before?  I mean, it worked so well in Germany.  Then we can have this sort of thing in every area of our lives:

"States sue Trump admin over rollbacks on school lunch standards"

Childrens' health?  Who the hell needs that?  Or who could be against this sort of thing from our President?

"Nuclear regulators were unaware of transfer of sensitive technical information to Saudi Arabia...When the Trump administration on seven occasions authorized companies to share sensitive nuclear energy information with Saudi Arabia, it was supposed to consult with several agencies, including the independent Nuclear Regulatory Commission."

I can see a future coming in which school lunches are a totally irrelevant issue, since all the children (and adults) will be dead.  A capitalist paradise!



FRI APRIL 5

Who could have doubted that this would be Trump's behavior after his "attorney general" released his coverup of the Mueller report?

"In the days after Attorney General William Barr released his four-page summary of Robert Mueller’s 300-plus-page report, Donald Trump veered between vindication and vindictiveness. The president told a friend he was going to make an enemies list of the Democrats and media figures who advanced the Russia narrative. “He was saying, ‘We’re going to go after them"..."Trump was feeling really good...Even on the question of obstruction, which Mueller left unresolved, Trump told a Republican that it didn’t matter if the report showed he broke the law."

Enemies list...hmm, I seem to remember one of those from a previous Presidential administration.  But even that guy didn't openly state that it didn't matter if he broke the law.  And yet his base remains firmly behind him.  And speaking of breaking the law, this is not a good sign:

"Trump withdraws ICE director pick to take agency in 'tougher direction'  “We’re going in a little different direction,” Trump said. “Ron’s a good man, but we’re going in a tougher direction. We want to go in a tougher direction.”

A tougher direction that putting children in concentration camps.  It will be really interesting to see what that amounts to.  Meanwhile, our leader is off to celebrate his signature "accomplishment:"

"The popular vote loser and would-be autocrat Donald Trump is off to the border Friday to visit the new commemorative plaque he commissioned for himself, praising himself for building a wall. The plaque hangs on a fence, which is not a wall, and the section it's hanging on is not new and according to Border Patrol is not even part of Trump's wall. But it's a shiny thing with Trump's name on it, so that's what counts."

And here it is, the plaque- the only new thing there at all.    Well, congratulations, President Trump, for your hard work.  Now, if you thought that the school lunch story was abominable, well, we are all in for it, I am afraid:

"Trump Is About to Make the Pork Industry Responsible for Inspecting Itself...USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is currently responsible for overseeing the kill line, making sure that tainted meat doesn’t enter the food supply. The plan would partially privatize federal oversight of pork facilities, cutting the number of federal inspectors by about 40 percent and replacing them with plant employees, Kindy adds. In other words, the task of ensuring the safety of the meat supply will largely shift from people paid by the public to people being paid by the meat industry."

Next: Trump issues regulation for murderers to try themselves.  As long as they are Republicans, of course.

And now the good news, from the Vanity Fair article quoted above:

"sources said Don Jr. is likely to emerge as the campaign’s chief strategist. “Unofficially, Don is the main political adviser,” a Republican close to the campaign said.  If there’s someone to challenge Don Jr.’s primacy at the campaign, it’s Jared Kushner."

Guaranteed to provide a smooth rollout of the Trump 2020 campaign, huh?  And let's just finish with a couple of better stories, to help you forget some of the above.  First, this news:

"Dog owners are much happier than cat owners, survey finds"

The article has this to say:

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty,” as Ernest Hemingway put it. “Human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” 

Neither does Donald Trump.  Anyway, from another article:

‘It’s true companionship’: He’s biking around the world, with a cat on his back"

Companionship?  The guy is riding a bicycle all the way around the world, trying to get away from the cat and it won't let go.  That's sort of like us and Trump too.

Well, there you have it- three days in the world of Trump, and I am sure that I missed half of it.  What a life, huh?

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

There Is Just No Bottom to the Trump Administration's Degradation

Today's example- nothing but another routine action by our President:


"The United States says it was one of three countries to vote against a U.N. resolution condemning the glorification of Nazism..."


And why would that be?


"...due to this resolution's overly narrow scope and politicized nature, and because it calls for unacceptable limits on the fundamental freedom of expression, the United States cannot support it," (Deputy U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council Stefanie) Amadeo said..."This resolution's recommendations to limit freedom of expression, freedom of association, and the right to peaceful assembly contravene the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."


Freedom of expression...human rights.  Right.  Nazi freedom of expression.  Like this:
Or this:

Freedom of expression, from a President who openly threatens violence against his opponents and demands that a comedy show be silenced because it reflected poorly on his barbaric behavior.  Human rights, from an administration that throws children into concentration camps.  That was another example, of course, of Nazis using their "freedom of expression."

The abomination of the Trump administration taking the side of Nazis over and over again is only compounded by the cynical use of liberal values to defend its nauseating behavior.  But of course, news like this is utterly unimportant to the mainstream press, that would rather run another hundred or two stories about "Democrats in disarray," or how the Democratic party is destroying itself if it champions government actions that the overwhelming majority of non-billionaires who live in this country favor.  And that is why this malignant traitor might very well win re-election, as soon as a Democratic candidate is chosen so the press can decide on its Hillary's e-mails obsession for 2020.