Friday, June 28, 2019

A Song In Honor of President Trump's Visit Today with Vladimir Putin.

I'm rather a blues fan, so I thought I would let John Lee Hooker speak my feelings for me.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Day That Democracy Died

When you get old and your grandchildren ask you when it was, exactly, when democracy came to an end in the United States, you can answer,today, June 27, 2019.

Today is the day that five Republican appointed Supreme Court Justices ruled that the Federal Government has no right to protect itself from partisan rigging of elections for its own officials:

"The Supreme Court’s conservatives decided Thursday that federal courts do not have a role to play in deciding whether partisan gerrymandering goes too far, giving a dominant political party in a state leeway to draw electoral maps that preserve or even expand its power.

“We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts,” Roberts wrote. “Federal judges have no license to reallocate political power between the two major political parties, with no plausible grant of authority in the Constitution, and no legal standards to limit and direct their decisions.”

The action puts a stop to recent decisions by federal courts across the country that have found extreme partisan gerrymandering went so far as to violate the constitutional rights of voters."


Partisan gerrymandering, of course, conducted entirely by the Republican party.  So the Republican legislatures that rigged their States' elections to ensure that, once a State goes Republican, it never changes, are now free to see to it that it is essentially impossible for Democrats to compete fairly.

This is the fruit of the decades-long campaign, going back to Nixon at least, to pack the court with corrupt Republican Justices.  This is a decision that is far worse than Bush v. Gore or Citizens United, because it legitimizes the open Republican theft of elections all over this country.  And if nobody else will say this, at least I will, however futile it is:  This is not a conservative decision; it is a corrupt decision.  No honest Justice, liberal or conservative, could be for this open perversion of the electoral process.  This is an act of pure corruption, not of political ideology; and it is today that the decades-long effort by Republicans to pack the Supreme Court with criminals finally paid off.  Now it will be left to the very Republicans that stole the elections in State after State to do whatever they want to see to it that they can destroy the national Democratic Party, and with it any remaining semblance of democracy in the United States.

For decades, Republicans have faced the inevitable prospect that their voting base of angry, hate filled, ignorant rural white voters will soon be a minority in this country.  So their answer is not to expand their appeal so that they represent the majority, but to destroy democracy itself, rather than lose power. And today is the day they succeeded.  Congratulations, white patriots, your golden age has arrived.  You'd better pray that it works out better for you than it did for Germany in the 1930's.


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.