Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Payoff

It is clear to all of us, at this point, that Donald Trump is both too stupid and too deranged to formulate and carry out any long term policy to destroy the country.  But the orders are coming from somewhere.

Virtually no one yet- not even the left wing blogs I read- has been willing to state openly what is going on here, so I'll take the fall.  Call me deranged; call me a lunatic conspiracy theorist if you want; I've been called that off and on for decades as I have chronicled the Republican efforts to plunder our country, and I have been proven right every time.  I know I am right this time too, even if some people are going to have to wait a couple of decades to see it.

Whoever is giving the Trump administration its orders is carrying out a two pronged strategy.  First, they are systematically destroying any support our government has internally, by wrecking every single thing that the government does that benefits the American people, and depriving the government of the funds to even think of enacting popular legislation.  Secondly, they are also systematically eroding any thought on the part of our allies that the government will act rationally, or even respect agreements we have already made.

Every act that Trump makes furthers one or the other of these goals; and the obvious beneficiary of this behavior is Vladimir Putin.  The truth is, Putin doesn't give a damn about our country or what happens to it; he is not after our land or our wealth, which is rapidly disappearing anyway.  All he desires is the freedom to do what he wants in his half of the world, without a fear that the United States could act, or put together a coalition, to stop him. 

This is the only explanation of Trump's behavior that covers all of the facts.  Trump is paying off his end of the deal that subverted our election system to put him in the White House.  Of course, in normal circumstances, no one could ever expect Trump to keep his end of the deal once he got what he wanted, but Vlad has a unique talent at persuading people to do what he says.

The sad thing is, this is the quid pro quo that completes the monstrous crime Trump has committed and continues to commit, but it is practically impossible to prove in court.   We all know it is true: Trump, the most loathsome traitor the country has ever known, will probably escape the real consequences his crimes deserve, and there is every likelihood that he will escape paying any price at all, given that the other leaders in his party are barely less corrupt than he is himself.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Roy Moore and the Truth about Conservatives

The voters of the State of Alabama are about to send Roy Moore, one of the most hate-filled right wing scum in the country, to the United States Senate.  And lest you point out to me that his Democratic opponent (to whose campaign I contributed) is only running a couple of points behind him, let me remind you that we have seen this before, and in our hearts we all know that the Republican party will engage in whatever combination of vote fraud and massively funded smear campaigns it take to retain this seat.  So. I want to focus on a particular episode in the life of this malignant person, featured today in an article at Talking Points Memo:

"Roy Moore Led Charge Against Removing Segregation From Alabama Constitution 

Democrats and Republicans led by then-Gov. Bob Riley (R) worked together on an amendment to remove language in the state constitution mandating “separate schools for white and colored children” ...The changes were purely symbolic — all of the state constitutional language had already been struck down by state and federal courts — but civil rights and business leaders saw it as a way to heal old wounds and make the state more attractive to big business."

And here is the actual text, that unbelievably remains in the Alabama Constitution to this day:

“Separate schools shall be provided for white and colored children, and no child of either race shall be permitted to attend a school of the other race.”

Any person who supports that has permanently relegated himself to the lowest moral stratum in the world, but that is not what I really want to talk about here; but rather the basis on which this campaign was carried out:

“This amendment is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and the people of Alabama should be aware of it,” Moore told the Birmingham News in 2004, warning it would “open the door to an enormous tax increase” — one of many broadsides he issued...Moore and hardline conservatives pounced to argue the removal of that language would allow for a backdoor tax increase by judges who would see it as granting a constitutional right to an education...

His argument worked. The statewide measure failed by about 2,000 votes, out of 1.4 million cast. Every subsequent attempt to remove the language since that initial failure has failed, most recently in 2012."

I bring this up to reinforce something that I have been saying for at least thirty years.  American Conservatism is about one thing and one thing only: Cut My Taxes.  That is all they really give a damn about.  Oh sure, they hate them some Blacks and Latinos, but that's really all because they need to tell themselves that these are subhumans, who can legitimately be deprived of every benefit of society in order to leave more for white people.  It's the same thing with every other right wing issue.  They are against anything to do with global warming because to them, the couple hundred dollars they might have to pay in taxes or the cost of government regulation of polluters is overwhelmingly more important than leaving a livable world to their children and grandchildren, who, despite all their screaming about "family values," they do not really give a damn about.  The notion that every child deserves a decent education, not just their own, or that people deserve to live in good health, are railed against with spittle flecked hatred for the same reason: it might cost them a few dollars to have a decent society, so to hell with it.  The same is true with any claim that people have a right to live free from air and water poisoned by the even greater greed of the rich.  And thus with every other issue; all of the racism and bitterness and religious railing is in service of nothing but one emotion: greed.  Cut my taxes! That is all it is really about, and they have totally given in to that greed since the time they elected the Republican moral leader Ronald Reagan to license them to lie themselves into somehow believing that this avarice is consistent with the words of their lord Jesus.

CUT MY TAXES!  That is all there is to the great "moral" crusade of the Republicans; all the religion, all the family values...every bit of it is nothing but a cover for their refusal to allow even the thought that helping other people is a necessary or even desirable thing to do.  CUT MY TAXES!  That's all there is, but for these hate filled, greed maddened people, it's enough.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Things That Used To Be Important

To the mainstream press, I guess.

Remember Benghazi?  Four Federal workers killed in an ISIS attack, and it became the fodder for four years of Republican abuse, smears and hatred by the Republicans, virtually every second of which was dutifully reported by the so-called liberal press in this country as an impeachable offense by the terminally hateful Obama and Hillary.  Not this time around, though:

"The Defense Department has identified the fourth service member killed in an ambush in Niger on Wednesday as 25-year-old Army Sgt. La David Johnson.

Johnson was killed by enemy fire in the ambush, the Pentagon said. His body was recovered by US personnel Friday in a remote area of the northwestern African country by Nigerian troops nearly 48 hours after he was discovered missing in the wake of the attack, US officials told CNN on Friday.

Johnson's group was attacked near the Niger-Mali border by up to 50 fighters thought to be affiliated with ISIS, a US official said."

It is hardly worth mentioning that, since this happened several days ago, the Trump administration has not had one word to say about these dead soldiers, in between its incessant piggish attacks on football players.  Sad to say, it is also hardly surprising that the press, which abetted the Republicans' dirty game with the phony Benghazi scandal, just doesn't seem to care much about this one.  No, these four dead Americans will be allowed to disappear from the national consciousness, while there are still Republicans and their stooges in the press that continue to tell lies about Benghazi.

And thus, I am forced to repeat Green Eagle's Ultimate Maxim:  The Democrats could beat the Republicans into oblivion without hardly trying; what they cannot do is beat the Republicans and the mainstream press working together.  The press, owned as it is almost entirely by rich Republicans (thank you, Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich) is not the Republicans' dupe; it their accomplice.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Green Eagle Campaign to Save America from Evil on the Internet

I am hereby proposing that everyone join in the following pledge:

"I will never purchase a thing or give a penny to any company or person who places an ad on a website, which plays out loud automatically."

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Collapse Begins?

Surely the most important thing in the news today, even if you won't see much straight talk about it, or much coverage at all for that matter:

The economy lost 33,000 jobs in September.  That makes last month the first month in seven years that there has been negative job growth.  Let's take a look at things:

So, that broke a string of 83 straight months of job growth, as you can see from the above chart.  Let's look at this a little closer, however.  The red lines here are months under Republican Presidents, and the blue lines are months under, well, that Obama fellow.  You can see what the previous Republican administration left Obama: an economy losing 800,000 jobs a month.  Under Obama, things began to improve almost immediately.  Of course, the damage done by Republican economic policy was so massive that it took over a year for Obama to bring job growth back, but then he pretty much continued it throughout the whole rest of his Presidency, creating 11.3 million jobs despite continued Republican attempts to damage the economy.

Well, here we are, back with a Republican administration, and Republican economics, and down go the numbers.  Of course, Republicans are blaming it all on the hurricanes, at least until tomorrow, when they will have found a way to blame things on Obama and Hillary, but the stark fact remains:  Republican President: a complete collapse in job generation, nearly leading to a depression; Democratic President, a depression averted and 83 months of job growth; another Republican President and it takes less than a year for job losses to return.

And if you are wondering about the Republicans' response to all of this, here are the words of Trump's National Economic Council Director Gary Cohen:

"We at the White House are very excited about the numbers," Cohn said during an interview with Bloomberg TV. "You're right, there is some noise in the number because of the hurricane, and as you said you discount that noise out."

They are very excited about the first job losses in over seven years!  This has to stand as one of the greatest examples of Orwellian doublespeak since Eric Ludendorff assured the German people that they were winning the First World War, in September of 1918.  They are very excited!  So you should just take it for granted that nothing could have pleased them more than job losses!  Now, get about your business (if you have any;) nothing to see here, folks.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Biggest Jackass on Earth

"POTUS pointed around the room and asked members of the pool, “you guys know what this represents?”

“Tell us,” one reporter responded.

“Maybe it’s the calm before the storm,” POTUS replied.

“What’s the storm?” another reporter asked. “On Iran? On ISIS? On what?”

“We have the world’s great military people,” POTUS replied. “Thank you all for coming.”

Kristen Welker of NBC News asked, “what storm Mr. President?”

“You’ll find out,” POTUS replied.

“Give us a hint on your Iran decision,” another reporter asked.

POTUS said “thank you, everybody” and pool was ushered out of the room."

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A Kaiser Willie For Our Times

I've been interested, the last decade or so, in learning about World War I and the forces that caused that war.  In reading about the horrible record of the military leadership of that war, I found that most all of what I read about the Western front, having been written in English, tended to be about commanders on our side, like Generals French and Haig, and their French equivalents.  It has to make you wonder how the Germans could not have totally destroyed the Allied troops, unless the Germans were just as incompetent.  So, it interested me to come on a book entitled The German High Command at War, by Robert B. Asprey.*  I don't want to discuss the basic content of this book here, but what I do want to deal with is the character of German Kaiser Wilhelm II, as revealed by the book's very colorful character sketch of him.

Kaiser Wilhelm II

Wilhelm II was a very flawed figure, who ascended to the German throne in 1888, at the age of 29.  He was, upon becoming Emperor, the most powerful ruler in the world, as a result of the German constitution written by Otto von Bismarck, which gave him almost unlimited power.  His misuse of that power, his out of control behavior and his disregard for his duties made him, I think it is safe to say, the single most important figure in precipitating the European slide into chaos which culminated in by far the most horrific war the world had ever known up to that point.  I found so much of what Mr. Asprey had to say of such interest that I am going to bend the rules of fair quotation here, and reproduce a fair amount of it.  There is no electronic version of this book, so I had to transcribe it by hand; I hope some of you will find it worth your time to read it, as I believe it has a good deal of current relevance.


"It was all glitter, a constant parade, an unending ego trip.  Bismarck once remarked that Wilhelm would like to have a birthday every day.  Irrereverant Viennese joked that "Wilhelm insisted on being the stag at every hunt, the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral.  An elderly friend bluntly told him: "Your Majesty finds life impossible unless Prussia applauds you daily, Germany weekly and Europe once a fortnight.  He was a showoff, a spoiled dilettante who played at life instead of trying to govern an empire that he hadn't worked to deserve.

"...He would talk endlessly and often superficially on any subject. With intimates he would brook no argument.  Those who acted against his will "betrayed him."...

Court cabals and intrigues flourished...He was extremely rude to his diplomats...He addressed his ministers of war and the chief of the military cabinet as "you old asses."  He told a group of admirals, "You know absolutely nothing.  Only I know anything, only I decide."

Sounding familiar?  Of course, the Germans were sort of stuck with Kaiser Willie; they didn't go out of their way to make him their leader. Well, on with Mr. Asprey's comments:

"At a time when England was looking for alliance with Germany, Wilhelm went out of his way to worsen relations...

The new century opened with Wilhelm's disastrous appointment of Prince Bernhard von Bulow as chancellor.  Bulow was a sycophant, an arch conservative...preferring to bask in power while carrying out the Kaiser's mandate to bring Germany to Great Power status.  He might have succeeded had he formed the alliance tentatively offered by Great Britain.  Instead he listened to the pernicious advice of Baron Holstein and refused to pursue the matter.  Subsequent saber-rattling diplomacy further isolated Germany from France, Russia, and Britain, a process encouraged by the Kaiser's jingoistic phrases...

Despite pretensions to be "the people's ruler," Wilhelm held many of his subjects in contempt and saw as little of them as possible...

A good many responsible people, Germans and foreigners, throughout the 1890's had commented on Wilhelm's refusal to face reality, his unwillingness to be alone, his extreme Casarwahnsinn** with its delusions of either persecution or grandeur, his nervousness and instability, inability to concentrate, constant talking, incessant traveling, charm on the one hand, rudeness, vulgarity and even cruelty on the other, his military posturing...his utter conceit: "a postcard picture of the Kaiser, signed by his own hand, was, in his own estimation, one of the most priceless gifts he could bestow."

As early as 1888 Britain's prime minister, lord Salisbury, believed that Wilhelm was "Perhaps not in full possession of his senses." Bismarck held that "the Emperor is like a balloon, if one didn't hold him fast on a string, he would go no one knows whither." In 1896, his war minister believed that he was "not quite sane," as did some princes of the empire and the Austro-Hungarian military attache.  Philipp Eulenburg noted in 1897 that the "entire Foreign Office now regarded the monarch as insane."  Three years later he wrote to a friend of another furious outburst that deeply concerned him because of its violence and fierceness.  The Kaiser's physician was at a loss, seeing it as a sort of temporary nervous breakdown.  Eulenburg felt that he was sitting "on a powder keg."

...He enjoyed hurting people with his exceptionally strong handshake and he punctuated his incessant conversation by tapping the trapped auditor sharply in the ribs...

His blustering performances during the Annexation Crisis and the Moroccan crisis earned him international opprobrium.  Britain's prime minister, Herbert Asquith, noted in 1911:  "One is almost tempted to discern in some of the things he said...the workings of a disordered brain."  The foreign minister, Sir Edward Grey, believed that he was "not quite sane, and very superficial."  

The cost of inaction, multiplied by about four million times

As powerful as Wilhelm was during his reign, he is now remembered as a figure both malignant and ludicrous.  No one would defend him after the fact, but no one was willing to stop him.  I hope people will think about this because I cannot help but feel that the above description is going to be tragically familiar to anyone watching what is going on in our country today, and I want people to realize the consequences of letting it continue unchecked.  I can hardly find a situation that could more frighteningly exemplify the truth of the old canard that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.  So, here we go again, if people are not prepared to put a stop to it.

*The German High Command at War: Hindenburg and Ludendorff Conduct World War I, Robert B. Asprey, William Morrow and Company, New York, 1991

**A term coined in 1894 making an analogy between the Kaiser and Caligula.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

God, they are panicking today- between the NFL, Puerto Rico and the Las Vegas white guy shooting, they really have to spew the smears with determination this week.  Let's just start with Gateway Pundit's coverage of the Las Vegas shooting, posted within hours of the event- a new height in shameless lying, even for Gateway Pundit:
Taken down within hours, since it was a total lie, with no apology of course, but it lives on forever here at Green Eagle. And in the hundreds of other right wing websites who picked up the same malignant, hate filled lie, without a second thought.

And let us not forget that Trump has given Gateway Pundit press credentials for White House press conferences.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "Our Broken Obama Military Can’t Even Manage to Toss Out Traitors...We have a Navy that can’t even sail its few remaining ships without running into giant cargo vessels. I come from a Navy family. You should call my dad, the retired lieutenant commander, and ask him what he thinks about the Navy’s current level of seamanship."

Ships running into each other.  It happened under Trump, but of course it's Obama's fault.  Let's be clear about that.

"And we have now reached the pinnacle of the military’s moral bankruptcy with the revelation that one Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone is a communist."

A SECOND LIEUTENANT!   COMMUNIST!  Not that this is illegal, of course, nor Kurt could point to a shred of damage done by a SECOND LIEUTENANT being a COMMUNIST!  Luckily, patriots are on the spot:

"Fortunately, we have a president who actually loves America and a Secretary of Defense who is a warrior."

Well, that's nice.  Maybe some day they will do something to show us that this isn't one more right wing lie.

Michael Brown, Town Hall:  "Only God Can Heal America"

Well, then he'd better get on the damned job then.  What is he waiting for?

John Hawkins, Town Hall:  "There Are No Oppressed People in America...The only Americans that are actually discriminated against by the government these days are white Americans who are victimized by Affirmative Action...Do you realize the stunning level of self-absorption and self-deception that it takes to believe you’re oppressed in America? Real oppression is women in Saudi Arabia getting to drive for the first time in 2017."

And not black males objecting to being shot by police all over the country, without the police being held accountable in any way.  I haven't heard of much of that going on in Saudi Arabia.  By the way, did anyone notice the "stunning level" of lack of self awareness it takes to say that there are no oppressed people in America, and then a few seconds later, claim that you and your fellow white supremacists are oppressed?

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Trump Orders Flags at Half Staff"

A blatant misuse of half staff rules and an insult to the flag from a man who knows nothing about his duty and doesn't really care.  For the circumstances under which the President can order flags flown at half staff, see here.  Not that I give a damn about what they do with the flag, but they sure claim to care, so here's just one more sign of what a lying pack of scum they are.

Susan Wright, Red State:  "Among Shock and Grief, House Speaker Ryan Issues a Statement on the Las Vegas Shooting"

That will be a comfort to the families of the victims.

Caleb Howe, Red State:  "WATCH LIVE: President Trump Speaks on Las Vegas Shooting"

No thanks.  "‘WTF is wrong with you?!’ Tariq Nasheed already blaming white supremacy for mass shooting in LV"

Tariq Nasheed?  Who the hell is that?  No comment on the hundreds of right wing sites that were instantaneously ready to blame the shooting on every liberal on earth, by incorrectly accusing a guy who liked the Rachel Maddow show of the killings, which just proves that Democrats were standing right next to the guy handing him ammunition.

PJ Media:  "Vegas shooter's brother:  "It just makes no sense"  Says no, he was not a "gun enthusiast."

The guy apparently owned a couple dozen guns.  That does not make him a gun enthusiast, I guess.  Maybe just a compulsive shopper.

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "Hillary Clinton Politicizes Las Vegas Shooting: 'Stand Up to the NRA'...She couldn't even wait until all the details were released before pinning this violence on the NRA."

Good for you, Hillary.

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media:  "Puerto Rico Enters the 'Great American Victim Derby'

Something that white areas of Texas, Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas did not do when they demanded Federal assistance after being hit by the recent hurricanes.

Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media:  "CNBC Host Lemonis: 'Millennials Have a Different Perspective About Working...CEO counts being a franchise and hiring among most difficult things for businesses to face today."

Yeah, Millennials just aren't interested in throwing their lives away to make this CEO richer than he already is.  What a bunch of self-centered jerks, huh?

Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media:  "Jill Stein: 'We Will Go to Our Graves Waiting for Democrats to Save Us'

Well, Jill, since you joined with Putin to help put Trump in the White House, you personally can go to your grave before any sane Democrat would do a thing to save you.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Is the headquarters of the Deep State in Moscow?"

Ha ha, a particularly pathetic example of blaming the other side for what your leader is doing.

Wes Vernon, Renew America:  "One man can save or end America as we know it"

That would be John McCain, according to Wes, whose failure to vote to end Obamacare by September 30 apparently just ended America.  If I were you, I'd take a moment to look out the window and make sure it's still there.

World Net Daily:  "'ANTIFA' PREPS MASS UPRISING TO REMOVE 'FASCIST' TRUMP...Gathering across U.S. 'to put stop to grave danger posed by whole regime'

Apparently, an abomination to the people at World Net Daily, who are totally opposed to removing fascists from our government.  Lots more in this article, but I'm afraid the rest of it failed the "funny or boring" test rigorously applied before something can make it into Wingnut Wrapup, so you will have to live without ever knowing what a grave danger is represented by people holding peaceful demonstrations to oppose fascism.

Barbara Simpson, "The Babe in the Bunker,"  World Net Daily:  "Stand up for the anthem or take a hike"

A hike? good exercise.  It couldn't hurt.  I mainly posted this item to give you a chance to get a laugh out of a middle aged woman calling herself "The babe in the bunker."

World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE!  "Christian author: Satan the devil to become physical man"

To become physical man?  Hey, they've told us for years that Obama is Satan already.  What, were they wrong?


If they'd stuck to Stratocasters like any sensible teenager, this would have never happened.

Peter Skurkiss, American Thinker:  "The Free Lunch Slide into Socialism"

Sorry to be so blunt, but this article could be retitled, "Feed a Nigger and turn our country Communist."  A line of thinking for Republicans that just never grows old.

David Harsanyi, The Federalist:  "When You Politicize Shootings You Make It Harder To Find Solutions"

Whereas, it would be much easier to "find solutions" if all the Democrats would just shut the fuck up and forget about it.

And I think we can go out on a couple of items from Before It's News:

Jim Stone, Freelance Reporter (that's what it says,) Before It's News:  "Las Vegas Horror Revealed As Liberal Conspiracy-I have the audio files that prove it...My guess is this was staged by Israeli/American intelligence to cover for an attempted genocide underway in Puerto Rico, as communists in the government block supplies from reaching the people. If you don’t know about that, skip down the page a ways."

If you DO "know" that, how about just skipping the rest of your life and giving the rest of us a break?

"For me, this is obvious:

 1. Communists get busted staging a genocide attempt on U.S. territory.

2. Communists then divert the news cycle to a horrendous mass shooting in a national playground. THIS IS OBVIOIUS FOLKS."

OBVIOUS.  Yup, obvious.  Not, however, obvious enough to prevent Before It's News from offering several other explanations of the same event.  I guess ISIS had a role:

"ISIS in USA! Actual Shooting Caught on This Disturbing Tape Las Vegas Shooting Mandalay Bay 58+ Killed 700+ Injured "

And let's not forget to blame the Reptilians from outer space:

"While Mr. Paddock will join the “Hall of  shame” he, like all other criminals who made infamy a reality were the victims of a corrupted , infected religious and scientific system  denying the real option for spiritual regeneration! This lead Stephen  Paddock to a total mental degeneration, infestation, murder and suicide… 

Who’s next to slave for the reptilius as such?"

But wait, maybe it's not Communists or ISIS or Israel or lizards...maybe it's the Globalists:

Before It's News:  "Las Vegas Mass Shooting:  False Flag, PsyOp & Black Op to Distract...This extremely well planned and covered up domestic terrorist attack was obviously a false flag operation. In other words, the mass shooting has already been blamed on a disillusioned white guy yet many in attendance have reported multiple shooting locations; so we know it’s a false flag as usual.


Things have not been going well for the globalists.  Their New World Order agenda is in complete disarray. First, the NFL Kneelgate scandal has really back fired…so much so that the NWO ruling cabal has to change the national conversation.  Nothing does that quicker than a mass casualty event (MCE).  The NFL crashes and burns! Collapse of the celebrity culture now inevitable.  With the NFL in a free-fall collapse, the globalists were forced to divert the attention of the American people." 

The NFL's problems are a sign of collapse of the New World Order!  And then, there's this:

"The key point is that Puerto Rico has been evolving in the direction of a major political football. "

Pro football, political can see where this is going, can't you?  You can't?  Well, neither can Green Eagle, but wherever it's going, it won't be a good place.

"Whenever an MCE is analyzed so quickly as a lone-wolf mass murder, who could not possibly have shot so many people so swiftly, the U.S. Intelligence Community is obviously behind the whole charade."

Well, what other conclusion could you come to?

So, let's just put this particular version of Wingnut Wrapup out of its (and our) misery, huh?  Have a nice day!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Dealing With Disasters. Trump Style

“GREAT job in Puerto Rico”- Donald Trump

Just lie about it. 

 I mean, what other approach would you have expected Trump to take?  Just let the people suffer and die without food, power, communication to the outside world, medical care or any other thing needed to sustain life, and then lie about it, confident after the thousand lies he has already told about everything under the sun, that the miserable, hateful white subhumans who make up a big enough voting bloc to keep him where he is will never admit the truth to themselves, and go on proclaiming him to be the greatest President of all time.

And with the mainstream press basically uninterested in stripping things down to reality, he will get away with it.  Just like we still hear them shouting that Bush won the Iraq war, Reagan tamed the deficit and Obama was a Communist Muslim traitor, ten or fifteen or fifty years from now, people will still be proclaiming that Trump was a hero when the hurricanes hit Puerto Rico.

It's sort of an unusual way to govern, but it's working for him.  Count on it to be standard practice for Republicans from now on.  I mean, lying about everything important has always been a Republican go-to technique, but lying about absolutely everything on earth is really a new development.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cashing In the Chips

A tale I have wanted to tell for some time now, so here goes:

Since long before the United States became a country, there has been a theme to Western settlement in America: that each generation, economically, socially, culturally, would be a little bit more than the ones that have passed.  In the end, this was the most fundamental part of the American dream; the thing on which all the rest depended.

And it worked pretty damned well, too, despite the millions of you-know-who that were trampled in the process, and the others who were left out; it led within a couple centuries of our independence to our being the economic powerhouse of the world, and the breeding ground of the conditions that led to a thriving middle class.  It led to a place where just about anyone had at least a fair chance of a decent life, and a better one for their kids.

It worked pretty well until...well, let's just say the time that can be marked by the election of Ronald Reagan, a greedy, racist rich man, to be our President, and his enthronement as the High Priest of American Morality, while he preached a gospel of avarice and self absorption, at least for white people.

And that's the point, I think, where the rich monsters who were coming more and more to dominate American political life, decided to abandon the ongoing efforts to build a better country, and just decided to cash in the chips; to take the money and run.

The whole story of the country since then can pretty well be reduced to the effort of a cadre of hyper-rich sociopaths, by any means they could pay for,  to pocket the nation's entire wealth for themselves, knowing perfectly well that this entails reducing everyone else to penury, and destroying everything that protects ordinary civilians from a life of misery.

The funny thing is that, having had phony patriotism crammed down their throats from the day of their birth, the vast majority of Americans could not conceive of people who had been given so much by our nation, who would deliberately destroy all of it, for short term economic gains for themselves.

But that is what has happened in this country.  People just stood by and averted their eyes through Presidential treason, two stolen Presidential elections, laws making it possible for the entire national media to fall into the hands of a few right wing billionaires, a corrupt Supreme Court that made it "legal" to openly buy Congressmen, and a party that spewed open contempt for every bit of morality that stood in their way.

And now this malignant cadre of perhaps only a couple thousand families has gained so much momentum, and has so much economic power that it can finance Republican political campaigns all on their own,  that it is hard to see a way out of the problem, short of a violent revolution, or devolving many of the worst Republican States into a country of their own, which will soon fall into third world chaos and poverty.

Unfortunately, we are not even close to either of these eventualities, so you can expect things in this country to get worse and worse for the foreseeable future, until...well, until who knows what horrible fate awaits us in a decade or two.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Meanwhile, Halfway Around the World

While the American people, and certainly the American press, are engrossed in the world-shaking issue of whether a black man has a right to kneel down in public, here is a bit of news that is essentially absent here, concerning a place that virtually no Americans have ever heard of, Mount Agung, in Indonesia.

Mount Agung is a volcano, one of ninety or so active volcanoes in Indonesia.  It hasn't erupted since the sixties, when it killed about 1500 people.

Well, it looks like another major eruption there is imminent.  Here's a chart of seismic activity at Mount Agung over the last few weeks:

Not a comforting trend.

There were about 800 earthquakes yesterday, and so far today the rate is continuing, with the strongest one to date, at 4.2, occurring this morning.  What is equally worrying is that the quakes are coming at shallower and shallower depths.  These quakes are caused by magma moving up in the earth's crust, so it is pretty obvious what that means.  They are only a couple of miles deep at this point.

This morning, steam started erupting from the top of the volcano, something else that can hardly be taken to be a positive trend.

The Indonesian experts say that at this point a massive eruption is just about inevitable, and about 75,000 or so people have been evacuated.  While we have no ability to exactly predict a volcanic eruption, many scientists expect that it will likely be within hours, or a couple of days.  Stay tuned.

Update:  9-27...Mount Agung is now emitting what is described as steam or smoke.  Not really a move in the right direction, if not a full scale eruption.  Experts still predict an eruption is at least 90% likely, with a good chance of it happening today or tomorrow.

Monday, September 25, 2017

No Level of Degradation Too Low

For our President.  While the three and a half million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are without hope of electricity, water, food or any other necessity to survive, this is how Trump spent the weekend:  He made ten tweets attacking black football players, and not a single one showing a shred of concern for these people.

Well, he sure made up for that today.  Here are a few tweets from our leader:

"Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble.. 

...It's old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars.... 

...owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with"

Yes, you read that right.  For the first time in the history of the United States, the President responded to a natural disaster which is causing massive suffering, by attacking the victims, and showing more concern for the rich guys that might stand to lose money from the disaster than for the victims.  There just are not words in any language to express how evil and degraded this is.  And yet, his party is giving him a total pass on this bestial behavior, because to them, as to him, some rich guys losing money is a far more horrible thing than masses losing their lives.

Oh, and being Trump, he could not leave things there, but had to add a disgusting lie:

"Food, water and medical are top priorities - and doing well."

Of course, these "priorities" are not doing well, they are doing horribly; the Washington Post reports that tens of thousands may die, but I guess if Trump just denies that reality, he and his party have zero responsibility to do a thing about it.  These people can suffer and die, because they are not part of his hate filled base, and they are not about to cough up millions to keep Republicans in office; and most of them are not white.  So, screw them.  Just claim that everything is just fine, and blame them for their suffering as you walk away.

And don't worry, Republicans, because our mainstream press is sure to treat this unbelievable atrocity as though it is just standard behavior for a President of the United States.