Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Wall

A prediction:

Well, it is obvious that Trump cannot come up with the money to build his promised wall, nor is it even feasible to build it across large parts of the border with Mexico, as anyone who has been to, say, Big Bend National Park will know.  So, what to do, to avoid another gigantic humiliation?

Here is what I think will happen:  Trump will find enough money somewhere to start building the wall, and then actually build a few miles or a few dozen miles of it, which will be utterly useless, except for propaganda purposes.  The completion of the wall will then fall into the same hole as Obamacare repeal; always promised, but never happening.  His deluded followers will take his meaningless gesture as having fulfilled his promise, and the rest of us will just move on to his next abomination.  That's how he wins until we are sick of winning.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Real Story

Once again, the press, our politicians in both parties, and the American people are totally ignoring what is happening in Washington.

We all know the Republicans don't give a damn about health care, they only care about themselves and giving money to their rich backers.  So even though they have majorities in both houses of Congress, they couldn't enact a simple bill.  Why?  Well, I will tell you.

As I keep pointing out, there is only one person in this country with his finger on the impeachment button, and that is Paul Ryan, who is holding off for one reason and one reason only; until he can be sure he can take Mike Pence down with Trump, he can't make himself President, which is all this power mad, morally dead semi-human really cares about.  Well, it was worth it to Trump to see to it that Ryan has a humiliating failure, even if Trump had to have one himself.  After all, Trump has four years to recover from this, and he is such a deranged egomaniac that he can't even begin to believe that the American people will really let him be tossed out.  And if worst comes to worst, he is already planning a war with North Korea, during which he is confident that nobody will change administrations.  Ryan, on the other hand, could well be fatally crippled by this misstep, and lose his post.

It is portrayed as a miserable failure that the Republican crazy caucus voted against the health care bill after Trump personally went and talked to them.  This assumes, of course that he was trying to talk them into voting for the bill, rather than against it, on the assumption that his brain-dead followers will never desert him, but that the failure will materially damage Ryan.

We are all in the middle of a silent coup in this country, and it all depends on whether Ryan can tie Pence closely enough to Trump when he pulls the trigger on Trump's very deserved impeachment.  Meanwhile, the terminally self-absorbed Trump is fighting back with the same disregard for the welfare of the country that Ryan, and every other Republican has, as an essential part of their value system.  In the end, this is what is really going on, and the American people can only stand by helplessly, and wait to see what happens.

The Saddest Story Ever?

"Dear Abby: Friends are ignoring the loss of our cat"

Man, that's enough to make you cry.

Republicans Pull Obamacare Killer Bill

Until some time in the future.  My guess?  The middle  of the night on some three day weekend, or maybe during the Super Bowl if they can wait that long.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

I've got a little work the next few weeks, so I had better get this out there, before it corrodes the insides of my computer.

Advice that won't help you, Donald:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Down To The Wire Trump Applies Pressure on Healthcare: Call Your Congressman"

My Congressman is Adam Schiff.  I don't know that calling him is going to help Trump too much.

Derek Hunter, Town Hall:  "Liberals Prefer Illegal Aliens Over Your Kids"

But what if your kids are illegal aliens?  Derek argues:

"A few weeks ago in this space I asked a simple question: How many victims of illegal alien crime will be enough to make Democrats and the media care about illegal alien crime?"

On a similar note, how many years of 30,000+ gun deaths in this country will be enough to get Republicans to put "your kids" ahead of gun company profits?  Nah, forget it.  Profits are more important than kids.

Larry Elder, Town Hall:  "What to Do About Obamacare and the Uninsurable? Free Markets and Charity!"

The buffoon.  Why did "free markets and charity" not do the job before Obamacare, after the Republicans had turned our nation's health care system into nothing but a source for corporate profits? This malicious jerk continues:

"Did the Founding Fathers, under Article I, Section 8, grant the federal government the power and duty to ensure "universal health care coverage"? The answer is no"

Well, except for that "promote the general welfare" thing, I guess.  and by the way, where in the Constitution did the founding fathers grant the Federal government the power to buy aircraft carriers? The founding fathers didn't have a thing to say about that.  So, anyway, who is going to cough up the two million dollars for your chemotherapy?

"The answer is charity."

Right.  That'll work.  And if it doesn't, panhandling should do the trick.

Patterico, Red State:  "Trump: Why Should I Apologize for Tying Ted Cruz’s Dad to Lee Harvey Oswald?"

Why should any Republican apologize for a malicious lie?  I mean, if they had to do that, they wouldn't have time for anything else except telling new lies.

Patrick Poole, PJ Media:  "Five Days, Two More 'Known Wolf' Terror Attacks, Little Concern From Government"

Five days, another 400 or so gun deaths in this country, little concern from the current government about that either.

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Time to Investigate Obama, not Just Trump"

Of course it is.  Trump commits treason, time to scream out some more lies about Obama.

"In effect, Trump was wiretapped -- if not in the corny, old sense of the word, something very close."

And there's a new lie now!  He was not wiretapped in the "corny, old sense" of it being true, but he was wiretapped in  the Republican sense of "It's a lie, but what are you going to do about it, loser," so it's the same thing.

"Whether Barack Obama ordered the surveillance of Donald Trump during the transition is not the question."

Or even whether it even happened is not the question.  For Republicans, the only question is whether they can tell the lie and get away with it.  And with today's press, the odds are pretty good that they can.

And the Stupidest Man On The Internet has to weigh in too:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BOOM=> House Intel Chair: We Cannot Rule Out That Sr. Obama Officials Were Involved in Trump Surveillance"

They can't rule out that fairies from neverland were involved, either.  They have, after all, just as much evidence for one theory as for the other one.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Massive Amount of Data on 47 HARD DRIVES from Whistle Blower Proves Obama and Crew Spied on Everyone"

Everyone!  They spied on everyone!  I guess that includes Green Eagle, and his Corgi dog.*  No wonder they never found the time to take all of our guns away.

Madeleine Crabbe, Renew America:  "Obedience to Christ is NOT an option!"

Well, except in regard to things like this, I guess:

"For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 

I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

That part is optional.  On the other had, obedience to Christ regarding abortion, pornography and homosexuality is NOT an option.  Christ, of course, only spoke about those things in the telepathic commands he beamed to his right wing "followers,"** but those were so much more important than his actual words, which were only spoken to Jews, and therefore, I guess, meaningless.

Jerry Newcomb, Renew America:  "Is socialism the source of Scandinavian happiness?"

No, from what I've heard, this is:

Kevin Fobbs, Renew America:  "Homeland Security needed to stop violent Chicago gang looting terrorists"

And...I think we have a winner today in the "who can meaninglessly string the most scare words together" contest.  Congratulations, Kevin.  The competition is always tough for that award.

Curtis Dahlgren, Renew America:  "#LGBTQQXYZ#? (liberals, do not read this!)"

Okay. You've got a deal.

Dan Popp, Renew America:  "What if the government couldn't play church?"

Whatever the hell that is supposed to mean.  I have another question for you, Dan.  What if the government didn't pay churches to spread their hatred and fairy tales?  Here's a little more absurd nonsense form Dan:

"Imagine a United States in which all aid was given by individuals, families, churches, parachurch organizations and community groups.

No, people would not be "dying in the streets." That's a lie, and a stupid one, for all its longevity. It has simply never been the case that poverty, misery and death prevailed in the land until the religious heartstrings of government were stirred to create a "program" that finally ensured everyone's well-being. Garbage. Baloney. Horse manure. The reality is pretty much the opposite of that."

Yeah, sure.  Never read much Dickens, huh, Dan, or much Jacob Riis, or basically much of anything about what life was like for the working class in the nineteenth century, before government stepped in?  But we now have people cheering on a President who lies about Congressional hearings that are being broadcast on national TV at the very moment he is spewing out his falsehoods.  How can we expect the people who lap up that poison to care about what life was like before governments decided to do a tiny little bit to help ordinary people out?

And here it is in its most naked form:

Bob Unruh, Renew America:  "Nunes confirms: Obama admin spied on Trump transition team"

Not, "Nunes confirms: Wiretaps on Russian gangsters recorded dozens of their discussions with Trump administration officials. Funny thing, that."

Joe Kovacs, World Net Daily:  "Sarah Palin urges Trump to dump 'tainted' top official"

AT LAST!  A Republican who is slightly worried about Vladimir Putin giving orders to the White House, even if it is Sarah Palin!

Oops, my bad.  That isn't what this is about at all:

"Sarah Palin, one of the earliest supporters of Donald Trump in his quest for the White House, is now urging the president to dump James Comey as director of the FBI.

The former Alaska governor claims Comey is “tainted” by his ties to the Clinton Foundation, and needs to be removed from the current administration."

Being a traitor in league with the Russians isn't a taint, it is just dandy.  Work for a charity started by the Clintons?  That does require you to be kicked out of the government, and probably go to prison too.

Ann Coulter, World Net Daily:  "On refugees: We have now hit full-on crazy"

Huh?  Listen, Ann, you hit full-on crazy sometime in the mid-1990's.  From here on out, it's only full-on senile for you.

Amber Randall, Daily Caller:  "North Dakota Church Owned By White Supremacist Burns Down...'Kind of sad'.

Really?  Kind of sad? The only sad part is that he wasn't inside it at the time.  Some more details?

"A fire burned down an entire Nome, N.D., church owned by a white supremacist Wednesday...Only the steeple of the Zion Lutheran Church remained from the fire"

Excuse me for asking, but if the steeple remained, then the entire church did not burn down, right? Or am I missing something here?

Bre Payton, The Federalist:  "Dear Liberals, Please Stop Virtue Signaling At Me With Your T-Shirts"

Yeah, sure, as soon as you stop trying to force your stupid religion down our throats.  Deal?

And now let's jump from the frying pan of lies right into the fire of out and out Republican psychosis:

Before It's News:  'Hillary in Deep Trouble: Trey Gowdy Had Fed Judge Order This Body Exhumed!"

And what could this be about?  VINCE FOSTER!  Yes, Republican lies never die.  So, let's just cut to the chase here:  Trey Gowdy, as crazy and evil as he is, and as given to misusing Congressional committee power for partisan witch hunts, absolutely did not order the exhumation of Vince Foster's body, as anyone could discover in thirty seconds on line.  In fact, only a proper authority of the jurisdiction where the body is buried (normally a local judge) can order an exhumation, not an out of control Congressman.

"Trey Gowdy wants to better his country. Simple as that...This man in amazing!"

Even for something that he didn't do.  Hooray, Trey!

And an addendum to the story:

"From what I am seeing online there are a lot of discussions regarding if this happened or not. "

It didn't.  Satisfied now, jackass?  Apparently not, or you would have apologized for telling this gigantic lie.

And finally, the truth comes out!

Before it's News:  "Only One Step Away from PizzaGate – Fox News Covering up Wiretap Scandal – Dumps Judge Napolitano...To review, the PizzaGate scandal has implicated Podesta, Clinton and several other notables. Opening up the wiretapping scandal could reveal what Obama was really looking for. It certainly wasn’t Republican campaign strategy, the election was over for part of the wiretapping and there was no reason to continue with the illegal activity. It has to be about what Trump knows, and more importantly, what Trump plans to do about PizzaGate."

PizzaGate!  That has to be it!  No human being on earth has enough capacity for ridicule to deal with that remark.

"the only thing that makes any sense to me is that Fox has a vested interest in not having PizzaGate surface with all of its ugly details."

The ONLY thing that makes sense.  It couldn't be that Fox fired this malignant jerk for lying about  Democrats, because we know that they would never do this, so the only thing that makes sense is that they are colluding with Hillary to cover up an imaginary child rape ring.

And in the "no lie is too old" category, consider this:

"Hillary isn’t just an alcoholic — she has Dementia and brain damage from Parkinson’s Disease. That’s why she always falls down." 

Following Hillary at this Scranton, PA event is Doctor Frankenstein — Hillary’s neurological doctor who jabs Hillary with drugs to keep her arms and legs moving."

Doctor Frankenstein?  Even Hillary could do better than that.

although apparently Donald Trump couldn't.

"It’s a mystery how Hillary Clinton makes public appearances while she’s under FBI investigation for spirit cooking and abuse of minors."

Spirit cooking?  Yeah, that would be some sort of bogus right wing claim that Democrats participate in Satanic rituals.  Something we really need to worry about, rather than wasting our time on Trump's treason.

And on another subject, let's just remember this fact, from an inspiring right wing graphic:

I'm sure you appreciated my bringing it to your attention.

And this story about the disgusting right wing pervert, Sheriff David Clarke:

Prissy Holly, Freedom Daily:  "But what many people don’t realize is that the sheriff used to be a former homicide detective with countless grizzly murder investigations under his belt."

Murders of large bears.  Man, he does have quite a resume.

* To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure about the Corgi dog.

** The Biblical version of tweets.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

You Are Being Played, Democrats

Big Time.

James Comey!  The single American most responsible for the malignant lies that sunk Hillary's candidacy and put the Traitor Trump in the White House.

Have you heard him utter one word of apology for this monstrous act, or show one sign that he has suddenly discovered what a criminal abuse of power it was?

Now, all of a sudden, he stands in front of a Congressional committee and admits that the FBI has been investigating Trump's treason with Vladimir Putin for months, and he knew all about it, even when he was spreading hideous lies about Hillary.

Can you not see that this crooked son of a bitch is going to now let a few weeks go by and then announce that Trump did nothing wrong?

How can anyone stand still and let one of the chief malefactors in the Trump election theft be portrayed to the nation as a fair minded investigator of his own crimes?

We must have a truly independent inquiry into Trump's behavior, staffed with people who are determined to see to it that the American people hear the truth.  And there is virtually zero chance of that happening.  Welcome to the America that the Republican party has been building for half a century.

A Land Gone Mad

We know now that even the right wing FBI and all of our right wing intelligence services (because right wing is what they have always been) admit that the spies of a foreign dictator were major factors in the election of the man who criminally sits in the White House (well, except on the weekends, when we pay $3 million so he can play golf.)

Hey, so what?

In the entire history of this country, for almost two and a half centuries, if anything like this had happened, this man would be out of the White House and in jail by now, if he had not already faced execution.

But this time around?  Who cares?

We watched as Republicans shouted at the top of their voices about utterly made up crimes that Obama and Hillary had allegedly committed; which even if they had been real would have amounted to almost nothing compared to the high treason that Donald Trump has obviously, beyond the shadow of a doubt, committed.  We watched them demand impeachment and imprisonment over and over again.  Year after year, screams about Benghazi and e-mails, about how he was a Communist and a Muslim, and how she was eternally corrupt because she got paid to give a speech. And no one with a real voice would step forward to put a stop to this disgusting indecency.

The only real story in this country since the election of the criminal Reagan has been the abuse of this country's laws and standards by one party- the Republicans- to cheat and lie and bully their way into power.  Their entire account of history and reality has been nothing but a gigantic, savage distortion of reality, and no one thought it might be a good idea to stop them spreading it.

So, here is the result: a pathological liar, a corrupt criminal in his private life, and now in his use of his office to enrich his family, a traitor who is deliberately destroying our relationship with our allies, while doing anything that a certain foreign dictator wants, a sociopathic sadist who glories in his ability to inflict pain on people, and openly gloats that no one can stop him.  And he is our leader, because the Republican party decided that building a base of wretched, rage and greed filled, ignorant racists was the only way for the rich who are the Republicans' only real constituency to maintain control.

And it's all okay.  And when things go inevitably, disastrously wrong, as they did in the last Republican administration, we all know that the press will be right there to help them blame it on the Democrats.

Yesterday, while the Senate hearings that revealed just the briefest glimpse of Trump's treason went on, Trump himself was tweeting out lies about what was being said in front of the whole nation.  And today, one of CNN's paid political experts came on TV to declare several times that Trump was not lying at all, he was only speaking "Americanese," a language that only the real Americans out in the heartland could understand, not us Commie liberals.

I thought about that, and you know, he was right.  Trump's voters know exactly what he is saying; that it's party time now, time to take out their rage on the niggers and the spics, and the chinks and the kikes too.  That's a message that they can all get behind.  And who cares about a little treason, or even the inevitable depression and wars, when they come with a license to hate?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

I feel the need to dedicate this Wingnut Wrapup to White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, who, as reported at Daily Kos, as well as elsewhere, had the decency to explain to all of us how the Trump administration thinks:

"We can't do that anymore. We can't spend money on programs just because they sound good. Meals on Wheels sounds great. […] I can't defend that anymore. We cannot defend that anymore."

We cannot defend feeding people who are too old and sick to work.

And as for meals for hungry school kids?

"They're supposed to help kids who don't get fed at home get fed so they do better in school. Guess what? There's no evidence they're actually doing that."

No evidence that feeding kids actually makes them less hungry?

"There's no evidence they're helping results, helping kids do better in school, which is what -- when we took your money from you to say, we're going to spend them on after-school program, we justified it by saying these kids will do better in school and get jobs. We have no proof that's helping."

Oh, I see now.  Who cares if children go hungry?  All that really counts is that they be prepared to "get jobs," i.e. serve a profit making purpose to their rich masters in later life.  And there is just no proof that letting them go hungry interferes with that.  In fact, it might make them even more willing to do what they are told, for a meal.

"Mulvaney says, the "compassionate" thing to do is for tax payers, to "go to them and say, look, we're not going to ask you for your hard-earned money anymore.  We're not going to do that anymore unless they can guarantee that money will be used in a proper function." That, he says, "is about as compassionate as you can get."

Feeding poor people is only compassionate if there is some proof that rich guys will be able to reap a profit from that otherwise idiotic idea.  Well, that is a sort of compassion, I guess.  Compassion for corporate CEO's who might not make a high enough salary if their employees actually expect to be fed.

Well, on we go, although what could top that?  Maybe this bit of interesting information:

"Paul Ryan says he fantasized about cutting health care for the poor at his college keggers... Ryan bragged about how conservatives now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to take health coverage away from the most vulnerable Americans...

“So Medicaid,” Ryan told (Rich) Lowry, “sending it back to the states, capping its growth rate. We’ve been dreaming of this since I’ve been around — since you and I were drinking at a keg."

I don't know about you, but I do remember going to college.  I do not remember sitting around getting drunk at a fraternity party and hugging myself with delight at the thought of taking health care away from millions of poor Americans.  There is just no end to the degenerate sickness of Republicans.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "President Trump Wants The Press To Decide Where He Donates His Salary"

Translation into English:  Just like he did with the money he collected for veterans last year, he promised to donate his salary to charity, but never had a shred of intention of doing that until he got caught pocketing the money.  Our moral leader in the White House.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Halperin: People Have Told Me That Trump's Win Was The Worst Event In Their Lives. Did They Forget 9/11?"

No, they didn't forget it.  9/11 did not succeed in turning the country into a fascist state, which Trump is well on his way to doing.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Five Ways The White House Plans to Sell Obamacare Repeal and Replace"

Lie, lie, lie and lie.  Oh wait a minute, is that only four?  I forgot just cramming it down our throats whether we like it or not, when the lies don't work.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "New Critique: House Dem Concerned that Trump Is a President Who Stays Up All Night"

I think the concern is that he is an out of control drug addict.  How about that, Cortney?

David Solway, PJ Media:  "The Trouble With Barry...If Obama won't go away, it's time to pursue prosecution."

See, if he speaks his mind, the answer is to throw him in prison.  Democracy, Republican style. Like this:
The proper method of handling those who disagree with you.
Charlie Martin, PJ Media:  "End the Two-Tier Tax System for Health Care..Why health insurance is cheaper for them than for us."

Well, this is a new one.  What Charlie is talking about is destroying employer-paid health insurance.  That would force every American to negotiate with insurance companies on their own.  What do you think the result of that would be?  And I love Charlie, who lives on wingnut welfare, pretending that he is included in the ranks of the uninsured.

Sam Smith, PJ Media:  "Gunfire Erupts in Ferguson after New Michael Brown Footage Broadcast...Police cannot confirm the authenticity of the new video."

Listen, Sam, the fucking Ferguson police can't even confirm that their shoes are on the right foot.

Charlie Martin, PJ Media:  "Radiation Reporters Go Bananas...Radiation reports sound scary until you have something for a comparison."

Like being eaten by a tiger?  This is a story about radioactive wild boars roaming around Fukushima.  I didn't hear anyone going bananas over this, but Conservatives have very sensitive hearing, at least when it comes to lies.

Christian Toto, PJ Media:  "5 Reasons a Senate Run by Arnold Schwarzenegger Won't End Well...Remember why we said "Hasta la vista" to the big guy?"

Actually, I suspect there is only one reason.  His occasional breakouts into sanity were enough to permanently alienate him from the Republican base.

Jim Hoft, Gatway Pundit:  "More Leftist Violence: Massachusetts Man Eggs Trump Tower"

LEFTIST VIOLENCE!!!!  Oh my God, how will we ever recover? A man threw an egg at a building! This story from the man recently granted a White House press pass by Donald Trump.  And a little more from Jim:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Sean Spicer Confronted by CRAZED LEFTIST LUNATIC at Apple Store, “Trump Is Fascist.. Criminal” 

See, daring to speak the truth to a Trump toady makes you a crazed lunatic.  And on we go:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Harvard Releases Guide to “Fake News” Sites — List Includes Essentially Every Major Conservative Site"

Gee, I wonder why that might be.

Alan Keyes, Renew America:  "Why making socialism 'work' is utterly unacceptable"

Because making this a better country does absolutely nothing to enrich the Koch brothers and their ilk, and that is what government is really for, you rubes out there who vote Republican.  Deal with it, suckers.  Oh sure, the whole thing is going to collapse before too long, but by then, the people who really count will be living in Cap d'Antibes:

Now, isn't that worth the suffering and death of millions?

Michael Bresciani, Renew America:  "Recently, a friend sent an email in which he reminded me that great demonic forces are now attacking the Trump efforts to help our nation. I told him that I agree with him in every point he made."

And of course you do, Michael.  No one ever said you were sane.  Michael winds himself up into such a frenzy of incoherence, that he actually says this:

"Pointing out the immorality of something God declares is an abomination can never be described as – prejudice. It can only be described as political correctness, haven't we had enough of that for the last eight years?"

Wait- read that again.  Didn't he just say that we have had enough of "Pointing out the immorality of something God declares is an abomination..."  Well, whatever, buster.

Christopher Churchill, American Thinker:  "The Liberal Testament of Lies Says ‘Science Is Real’

How could they ever believe that?  Christopher shows a picture that he took of a yard sign:

And says:
"But really, this yard sign is a Testament of Lies. Everything on the sign is a lie; it is a list of bullying lies, non-negotiable demands that liberals want to ram down your throat."

All lies.  But most particularly:

"But the one that struck me was the sans-serif extra-bold condensed SCIENCE IS REAL.
No it’s not, liberals, and it just shows how little you know of science that you would think that."

God, I can't even get up the energy to make fun of that.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Lindsey Graham: We Should Just Let Obamacare Collapse If We Can't Get A Solid Fix Through Reconciliation"

Lindsey Graham, the nice Republican:  "Let's pretend that we care about sick people, but then when our most crazed Congressmen refuse to go along, we'll just dump the whole thing and blame Obama.

Chuck Baldwin, Renew America:  "Will Donald Trump let Paul Ryan make him a one-term president?"

The real question is whether Ryan will make Trump a four month President, in order to take the position for himself.

Steve McCann, American Thinker:  "The National Health Care Nightmare Ahead...Establishment Republicans have confirmed, through their unwillingness to even attempt to repeal Obamacare and begin reconstituting a free market system, that the Left has succeeded more quickly than they had anticipated"

The nightmare involved in not being able to kick 24 million people out of medical care, so rich Republicans can get another big tax cut.  I don't know how many people remember this, but when George W. Bush took office, the Onion ran an article with the headline "At last, the nation's long nightmare of peace and prosperity is over."  Man, were they right about that.  People ignored the disaster of letting five corrupt Supreme Court justices put a criminal tool in the White House; and what we are getting now is just chapter two of that.

Robert B. Sklaroff and Richard Baehr, American Thinker:  "How to Repeal and Replace ObamaCare ASAP...

One circuitous method to overcome them would necessitate the Vice President  overruling the parliamentarian regarding compliance with budget reconciliation-based constraints, so that TrumpCare could include more features and adjustments to insurance mandates and other ObamaCare rules, and pass by a simple-majority.

It would be preferable to alter the Senate’s arcane rules, thereby neutralizing any such constraints."

"Neutralizing constraints..." Need a translation?  "It would be preferable for Republicans to cheat and lie, rather than miss their chance to screw the American people."

Rick Moran, American Thinker:  "What are the 'happiest' countries in the world?  It depends on how the UN defines happiness."

For example, the UN failed to include the freedom to kick poor people and black people and brown people in the face, which brings immense happiness to Rick's kind of person.  Or, as LBJ once put it, "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."

James Arlandson, American Thinker:  "Conservative winners and losers in the GOP health insurance program"

Oh, that's an easy one.  Winners?  Rich people.  Losers? Everybody else.  Same as with every GOP program.  James is particularly annoyed by the lukewarm support for the GOP proposal of requiring medicaid respondents, a quarter of which are elderly people, primarily in nursing homes, and over half of which are children, to work to get their medical care.

Silvio Canto Jr, American Thinker:  "We recall this week the 13th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War II. It's a moment to reflect on a decision that still looks correct to me a decade later."

Ha.  Silvio continues:

"For the moment, President Bush gets all of the criticism about Iraq and President Obama gets a free pass from a friendly media"

You know who else gets a "free pass" from the media about the grotesque military blunder in Iraq?  George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, King Henry VIII and Genghis Khan.  Because, like Obama, they had absolutely nothing to do with it.  Bush had everything to do with it.  Get it now, Silvio, or are you just going to go on claiming that lying the country into a three trillion dollar war of aggression that spectacularly failed was a great idea?  Maybe if you keep saying that for a couple hundred more years, you might convince a few people.  I mean beyond the brain dead race haters that make up your base.

Christian Datoc, Daily Caller:  "Gowdy Points To President Obama And 6 Admin. Officials As Possible Source Of Flynn Leaks"

In a hearing that was supposed to be about Trump collusion with a foreign dictator.  But no, any excuse to get that off track.  Of course, Gowdy's claims are as big a pack of lies as they were when his boy Trump first said them, but this is the whole takeaway from these hearings we are going to get from the right wing press.

"It should be noted that Gowdy did not give evidence for any of the names he raised possibly being the source of the leaks."

Evidence? We don't need no evidence.

Christian later goes on to claim:

"Trey Gowdy Drills Holes In FBI Dir. Comey With THIS Question AND A Laser Beam Death Stare"

A laser beam death stare!  Well, I guess he proved his point.

And how could I top that?  See you soon.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

B. Goode

I guess there isn't an electric guitar player worth a nickel that hasn't taken the time to learn this one.

'Bye, Chuck.

And I must also add that, two days ago, James Cotton, the great Chicago blues harmonica player, who I saw a couple of times back in the late sixties or early seventies, also died.  Here's a number from him:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Playing the Trump Card

Get ready for it.  Despite all of the Republicans' efforts to shut things down, every day we get a new little piece of the puzzle of the Trump administration's treason.  At this point the evidence, taken as a whole, is so overwhelming, that you would have to be corrupt or deeply ignorant to deny what is going on.

It is clear that Trump and his manipulators know perfectly well that all that is needed is a couple more revelations, and absolutely nothing will be able to save him but starting a war, during which he can try to intimidate people into falling in line behind him, the way that George W. Bush did.

The Trump administration has been sending up trial balloons suggesting various possibilities, ever since it took office, but it seems that they have now settled on provoking a conflict with North Korea, a country which has as little sympathy around the world as Trump himself has.  Here is our current Secretary of State, blabbing on about the new Trump doctrine toward North Korea:

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Friday that military action against North Korea was "on the table" if the country continued to develop its weapons program. 

"If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action then that option is on the table," he told a press conference in South Korea. 

"Let me be very clear — the policy of strategic patience has ended," he added on Friday. "We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table."

"Strategic patience," i.e. largely ignoring Kim's impotent threats, is over, and now, I guess, we will be ready to smash North Korea at the slightest excuse, like the playground bully that Trump is.  Well, let me speak some plain truth about North Korea and Kim Jong Un.

Kim with his American buddy, Dennis Rodman

Kim is a thirty year old fat buffoon.  He is supposedly the head of a country that has been run by its military for decades.  Do you think that the generals who head the military would really turn the country over to this idiot?

Here is the obvious truth about North Korea, which anyone with half a brain can see, but which is as verboten in the mainstream press as the suggestion in 2002 that Iraq and Saudi Arabia might in fact be two separate countries:  North Korea is a brutal dictatorship; a horribly impoverished country in which a vast proportion of their national income goes to the military.  Now, anyone who knows a single thing about dictatorships knows perfectly well that a major part of that money ends up in the pockets of the generals, who fully intend to keep things going on that way, which will not be the case if the country is bombed into oblivion.  This little jerk Kim, in fact, is no more the ruler of his country than Queen Elizabeth is of hers; his entire function is to keep the populace in such a state of terror that they do not fight back against the generals' thieving of their wealth.  His inflammatory rhetoric is entirely intended for internal consumption, which is why the entire rest of the world shows the same "strategic patience" with him as you show toward your dog when it runs out of your house and barks at a passing truck.  The world's leaders know perfectly well that the last thing that Kim, and more importantly the people who really hold the power in North Korea, want is a war.  There are only two things that can demolish the generals' con- first, if the people of North Korea figure out that they have been had; that's what Kim is there to prevent.  And second, if some ignorant, brain damaged bully out there decides that it is to his advantage to pretend to take Kim seriously.  So, no one has ever taken his bait.

Until now.  Now, the world's biggest military is in the hands of an overgrown, belligerent, violent sociopath, who really would like to smash someone in the face, just for the hell of it, and who may also be on the point of deciding that starting a war is the only way to hang on to his Presidency.

And you know that the Trump administration is fully aware that, when North Korea fights back against an attack (and they will) the victims will not be Americans, but perhaps hundreds of thousands of South Korean and Japanese people who will likely be killed before things come to an end.  Oh yeah, a bunch of American soldiers will die too, but Trump will care about them as much as George W. Bush did about his American victims in Iraq, which is to say that their deaths will be convenient opportunities for some malignant jingoism and nothing more.  The dead Koreans and Japanese?  The Trump administration won't give a damn about them.  In fact, it might be sort of glad that this monstrosity will alienate the United States from two staunch allies.  After all, it certainly would fit the pattern of deliberately alienating the NATO countries, Australia, Mexico and Canada, leaving our country alone when it is subject to threats from, oh, say, Vladimir Putin, just to pick a name at random.

You might as well let a five year old take the controls of a 747.  Well, fasten your seat belts, people, and set your cell phones to airplane mode, because it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I read the news today oh boy

So, the nation cannot afford meals on wheels for senior citizens, but we can afford to build more aircraft carriers, even though we own as many as the rest of the world combined, and most of those owned by other nations are barely functional (not large enough for any modern jets except Harriers, which are all at the end of their service life) or scheduled for retirement.

We can also afford $180 million dollars a year, so the "first lady" doesn't have to actually live in that dump of a White House with her "husband."  I'm sure that many of us might have some sympathy with her in that regard, but still, that is more than the annual budget of the National Endowment for the Arts, which is about to be eliminated because it is far less important than Melania's right to live wherever she wants at our very considerable expense.

This isn't a budget; it is a sick joke at the expense of the American people.  The only conclusion that can be drawn from this, if you hadn't figured it out already, is that the Republican party is totally composed of greed maddened sadists.  It is not enough for them to take every penny of wealth from ordinary Americans; they have to deliberately harm them as much as possible in the process. These are truly evil people, bent on a crusade of cruelty and theft the likes of which the world has never seen.

But then, people like me have stood by, watching in incredulity as the rest of the country refuses to see, or at least admit, this obvious truth.  No, we are the Greatest Country on Earth, where lives and jobs and health care and education and infrastructure and freedom and everything else is a hundred times as good as anywhere else on earth, and if we just kick out the coloreds and the people with the wrong religion, our country will keep its place as the nation most beloved of God.  And that pathetic delusion is apparently worth more to the American people than all of the really great things they could have if they would just face up to what has happened to them.

But no.  I read yesterday that the perverted Duggars are angry because one of their daughters is wearing shorts in public.  And that Honey Boo Boo's mother has lost weight.  These are the important things.  The government killing us all?  Not so significant.  So, why bother reading the news?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The End of an Era?

The following is the musing of a historical autodidact, admittedly, but it's something that I have been thinking about lately.

The nation-state as we think of it was really a product of the age of Napoleon, i.e. the age in which revolution, war and collapse of government brought a pretty decisive halt to European monarchies.  The truly large nation states mostly all came into existence in the century after that:  The United States, Germany, the British Empire in its terminal form, the Soviet Union, Brazil, and only shortly after that, India and China.

Now that a couple of centuries have passed since the demise of Napoleon, I am beginning to wonder if the world can really afford to have countries that are so large and powerful that they can pose a threat to the world that can only be stopped at a price of the deaths of tens of millions.

Maybe it is time to admit that, after a couple of centuries on an even keel, the United States has been so subverted by the rich that it cannot be permitted to continue to exist as a single entity, with the clear threat of turning into a sort of Nazi Germany with nuclear weapons.  Maybe the immense wealth and resources of Russia cannot be allowed to fall into the hands of a single right wing ruler.  Maybe we cannot tolerate a country like China, run by rapacious sociopaths, who cover their corruption with a veneer of popular ideology.  Maybe all of these countries need to be broken up.

In particular, I wonder if it will not prove to be essential, in the next century or so, to split the United States up into several countries, to protect the whole world from its worst elements.  Let the West Coast run its own affairs without interference from right wing demagogues, and let the Northeast do the same.  And most certainly, let the States of the former Confederacy sink or swim on their own, without their endless appropriation of resources from people who hate what they stand for and the way they behave.I don't quite know how to split up the rest, and actually I don't care where they end up.

Well, you get the idea.  The same should happen in Russia, China and India too, if it happens here.  It might make for a happier world.