Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Don Trump Honors Dead Green Berets With a Round of Golf and Gregg Popovich Makes the Bedside List

If we know anything about Donald Trump it is his concepts of morality, decency, and the truth all dwell somewhere in a bottomless, pitch black, hole. That and they don't resemble anything even remotely human.

The latest proof went on display last week and then again yesterday.

On October 5th four members of the United States Army Special Forces, the Green Berets, were killed during an ambush in Niger. Mr. Trump--who has spent much of his time the last few weeks howling about NFL players kneeling, "disrespectfully," during the national anthem--honored the return of their remains to America by playing a round of golf.

A little over 24 hours ago a press conference of sorts was held on the White House grounds. In the middle of the proceedings he was asked why he hadn't publicly spoken about the deaths of the four men, or offered their families his personal condolences.

The Big Orange Guy didn't even pause before delivering a grotesque explanation. He was, he said, going to send the families letters which had been drafted over the weekend. Then he added, "If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls. (to the families of service members killed in action) A lot of them didn't make calls. I like to call when it's appropriate, when I think I am able to do it."

That's right, the President of the United States offered us nothing more than a variation of the old, I left my class assignment at home, besides no one else turned in theirs either, excuse.

His lie was so incredibly transparent, not to mention fetid, he was challenged only a scant few seconds later. El Don's next response was classic 21st century bullshit. He claimed he was only repeating what he had been told--which, ultimately, is just another way of saying he got his facts from reading Facebook. In the end he gave us a moment of song and dance and admitted, Obama and other presidents, "probably," did write letters and "sometimes," call.

That great bird of prey known as Twitter immediately took wing. Obama's former Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes posted, "This is an outrageous and disrespectful lie even by Trump standards. Also: Obama never attacked a Gold Star Family."

Former Attorney General Eric Holder wrote, "Stop the damn lying--you're the president. I went to Dover AFB with 44 and saw him comfort the families of both the fallen military & DEA."

General Martin Dempsey (ret.) the 18th chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, tweeted, "POTUS 43 & 44 and first ladies cared deeply, worked tirelessly for the serving, the fallen, and their families. Not politics. Sacred Trust."

My personal favorite was written by Alyssa Mastromonaco, Obama's former Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. Her tweet described Trump and his statement this way. "That's a fucking lie. To say President Obama (or past presidents) didn't call the family members of soldiers KIA--he's a deranged beast."

Yes he is. He's also in charge.

Which, of course, is why the bar opens early these days.

It's also why the NBA's Gregg Popovich went off during an interview yesterday. Popovich, head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, told reporter Dave Zirin, "This man in the oval office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others."

One can assume Mr. Popovich just made the list Don Trump keeps on the bedside table and will soon be the subject of a series of savage predawn tweets. He shouldn't take them personally though. The way things are going, before long, we're all going to be right there with him.

   



sic vita est


10-17-17

Monday, October 9, 2017

Bob Corker Cops a Short Timer's Attitude

It all started when retiring republican Senator Bob Corker told some folks back home in Tennessee, "The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate to be successful." He added that Trump's Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson--who reportedly described his boss as a, "fucking moron"-- along with Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, "Are those people that help separate our country from chaos."

Never one to let a slight go unanswered, Trump took to Twitter on Friday and wrote, "Strange statement by Bob Corker considering that he is constantly asking me whether or not he should run again in '18. Tennessee not happy!"

Over the weekend things, as they always do with Brother Donald, deteriorated into what amounts to playground taunts. In a series of tweets--because one will never do--Trump posted back, to back, to back messages which when run together read, "Senator Bob Corker 'begged' me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said 'NO' and he dropped out. (Said he could not win without my endorsement) He also wanted to be Secretary of State. I said, 'NO THANKS.' He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran deal. Hence I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn't have the guts to run."

The tweets were pure Trump. His is a twisted world in which the press are outright liars and all the others--like Corker--are driven to the sins of treachery, envy, and jealousy because their slavish and pitiful  overtures were rejected by, yes, Donald John Trump. In other words he recognized they were not great, therefore they attacked him because he is.

Corker took to Twitter and wrote, "It is a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning."

The senator also gave a phone interview to the New York Times yesterday. He was quoted as saying, "I don't know why the president tweets out things that are not true. You know he does it, everyone knows he does it, but him."

According to the Times story Corker maintained Trump had urged him to run again on at least four separate occasions, the last one being just seven days ago. Corker said Trump had even volunteered multiple times to hold a rally in Tennessee on his behalf.

We can assume those offers are now out the window. We can also assume if Trump decertifies the Iran nuclear deal and demands the senate impose new sanctions he won't have Bob Corker, the chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in his corner. And it goes without saying if Trump does fire Tillerson, as has been speculated, he will have a bitch of a time getting a new nominee approved because the process must go through Corker.

The Times and other news outlets are saying Senator Corker's sudden outbursts of candor are due to his impending retirement in two years. In lay terms it is known as a short timer's attitude.

Well why not? Trump can't fire him and can't work to beat him in 2018. All of which leads us to wonder how many other GOP senators feel exactly the same way about Big Don, but won't admit it only because they're going to have to deal with the crazy bastard beyond two years.

Let's face it, the list of sitting republican senators Donald Trump has publicly savaged is impressive. Included on the roster are Mitch McConnell, Lindsay Graham, John McCain, Jeff Flake, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Lisa Murkowski.

If he loses just two of them, or their colleagues on any given vote, be it tax reform, or building the wall, Brother Trump's "great agenda," is fucked. It is a fact of life, The El Supremo doesn't seem to understand.

Meanwhile Bob Corker left us with this final assessment of the situation. "The president acts like he's doing, 'The Apprentice' or something. He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation." Then finally, "I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it's a situation of trying to contain him."

Nice.

Ladies and gentlemen, as you can guess, the bar is open.


sic vita est


10-9-17

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Nine to Eleven Minutes in Vegas

At a news conference last night in Las Vegas authorities told the media Stephen Paddock fired on the 22,000, or so people gathered below and across the street from his hotel room for nine to 11 minutes. Their estimate is based on the moment the first 911 call came into dispatch until converging police heard the last shots ring out from the 32nd floor suite at the Mandalay Bay.

If the second number is correct it means the sick twist murdered 58 human beings during what is approximately the same amount of time it takes to get from one ad to the next on a network television sitcom. To put it another way, his kill rate was over five people per minute.

While, at this moment, we still don't know why he did it--other than he was nuts--we certainly know how. Police found 23 different weapons in his hotel room. 12 of them were fitted with what is known as, "bump stocks," which allows a semi automatic weapon to become, for all intents and purposes, a machine gun.

They also found a load of ammonium nitrate in his car and 24 other firearms spread out over two properties he owned in the state. For those not familiar with ammonium nitrate it's a fertilizer which, when mixed in the proper proportions with diesel fuel, becomes an explosive. It was Tim McVeigh's weapon of choice when he brought down the federal building in Oklahoma City.

Now comes the uniquely American part. All those weapons, a vast cache of unused ammunition which was uncovered in Mesquite, NV and Reno, and yes, even the "bump stocks" can be legally purchased in the United States.

That's correct, right up until he committed an act of vandalism by smashing out two hotel windows in order to get a clear field of fire, Steve Paddock hadn't broken a single law.

Two things happened almost immediately as soon as the smoke cleared. First, a few of the ever shrinking number of progressive politicians left in congress and elsewhere began to call for meaningful gun control laws. Or at least a ban on those fucking, "bump stocks."

Just as predictably the right wing media, led by vile monsters such as Sean Hannity, began to howl about liberals, "politicizing" the nightmare, "before the bodies are even in the ground." Their argument being we need to take time to honor and remember the dead, before we begin to debate gun control.

It is the same crass dodge we've heard before. It's also wildly hypocritical. Take a look at what the same wankers were saying about Muslim immigrants within a few hours of the mass shooting at the Pulse night club in Orlando a year and a half ago. Last night they were headed in the same direction. Their desperation to link Paddock to ISIS, or some other terrorist group was absolutely palpable.

In fact, the only conservative bobble head who is currently willing to express the true reality of right wing philosophy is the notorious sexual predator, Bill O'Reilly. He issued a statement which said the shooting was simply the price we pay for freedom in this country.

Yes ma'am, your daughter died at a country music concert so the rest of us can own and carry as many guns as we want. A grateful nation thanks you for her sacrifice.

For God's sake who are these foul mutants?

Will one of you evil cranks please tell us when would be a good time to talk about gun control? Give us a fucking date. Personally, other than Saturdays, I'm free the rest of this month and all of next.

And just so there isn't any confusion, some of us don't give a rat's ass if Steve Paddock was a Muslim, a Wiccan, or a run amok Southern Baptist. What we do care about is that a bat shit crazy son of a bitch was able to legally amass more military grade weapons than the army of Luxembourg and buy, "bump stocks" as easily as he could ice cream cones.

See you at the next massacre, America. Trust me, given our track record, it's right around the corner.

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10-4-17




Monday, October 2, 2017

Stephen Paddock Goes to Vegas and Stays There

He was just a guy.

Eric Paddock talking about his brother, Stephen



Aren't they all? It seems like it anyway.

By every indication 64 year old Steve Paddock was living the good life, the American dream really. He was apparently comfortably retired, or semi retired. Two years ago he moved into a home on a golf course in a seniors community 80, or so miles outside of Las Vegas. His life style was so discreet and unremarkable the Mesquite, NV police department didn't even know who he was until the phone calls began to come in yesterday evening.

Now, just about everyone in these 50 United States knows his name. That's because last night Mr. Paddock appears to have gone off his nut in the worst way imaginable. As of this hour he is accused of being the perpetrator of the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the republic. And, as we all know far too well in order to set that gruesome record you have to kill scads and scads of people.

At the moment the count is 59 confirmed dead, 60 if your count Paddock, who police say committed suicide as they busted in his hotel door. Over 500 more were wounded, or injured as they tried to flee the killing ground--an open air country and western music festival.

No one knows why Paddock opened fire, at least not yet. However, that hasn't stopped some from giving their opinions via the internet.

The deadly clowns known as ISIS, or at least someone claiming to be them, issued an online statement claiming Paddock had recently converted to Islam and pledged his allegiance to them. Of course the way things are currently going for that outfit they're liable to claim responsibility for anything, up to and including a traffic accident at the intersection of May Avenue and NW 63rd street in Oklahoma City. The FBI is saying there is no evidence of a connection to ISIS, or anyone else.

On the other hand, the conspiracy wankers are already infesting YouTube, saying the shooting--which involved over 22,000 witnesses, victims, police, emergency medical techs, and hospital personnel--was faked by the government. According to them the entire faux attack involved the usual suspects, you know, shadow agencies looking to take away every one's guns and paid crisis actors. As proof they cite the lack of blood and bodies in videos shown on cable news. At 10:15 central time this morning there were at least 16 different YouTube channels claiming they had proof the entire nightmare was a fix. 

If you believe in genetic predestination one supposes we could blame it on his father, Benjamin Paddock, aka, Big Daddy. He was such a bad guy he made the FBI's most wanted list back in the early 1960's. His wanted poster described him being diagnosed as psychopathic with suicidal tendencies. It noted he should be considered armed and dangerous. According to Fox News, he died a free man in 1998 after doing a minimum amount of prison time and paying a couple of hefty fines.

The only real hint about what might have gone wrong available to the public right now is Stephen Paddock loved to hit the tables when he was in town. So much so there are some recent bank transactions on his account involving fairly large sums of money. The situation remains so confused though, no one knows, or is saying if the money transfers were deposits, or debits. 

What we do know is he checked into the Mandalay Bay Hotel on September 28th. Last night he knocked out two separate windows in either a suite, or connecting rooms so he could change his firing position. In addition, he didn't have to be much of a marksman. When you use a fully automatic weapon on a crowd of 22,000 souls jammed into a fenced area like cattle, picking out individual targets is a waste of time. Just point and pull the trigger, baby, then let the law of averages take over.

We also know, thanks to Nevada law, it was perfectly legal for Stephen Paddock to drag an arsenal up to his 32nd floor vantage point. In fact, within a week, there will be a major gun show in Las Vegas so someone doing just such a thing wouldn't even raise eye brows at the front desk, or among the bell staff.

Yes, officer, he looked like just another patriotic good ol' boy exercising his second amendment rights. Who would have ever thought?

Right.

Ladies and gentlemen the bar is most certainly open. Just keep your backs to the wall and your eyes on the door. Hey, this is America and God only knows who is coming through it next and how heavily armed and bat shit crazy they will be.



10-2-17 


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Paul Horner: Humor Morphs Into Fake News Thanks to Don Trump and His Fans

His followers (Donald Trump's) don't fact check anything--they'll post everything, believe anything.

The late Paul Horner during an interview with The Washington Post



Paul Horner knew what he was talking about. That's because a lot of the crazed nonsense Donald Trump's fans were re-posting on places like Facebook--convinced they were spreading the terrible truth about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton--was shit he'd made up in order to prove them utter dunces.

They didn't let him down and appallingly, hordes of right wing wankers took his twisted satire as gospel, then went out and voted.  

Yes, the last and biggest joke was on him and the rest of us. In the same interview he regretted what he'd done and a prior claim, he'd made that he was the reason Don Trump ended up in the White House.

While even Horner recognized what he said was a bit overblown--hey, let's give Vlad's boy's some credit--no one can deny his scams were a little too sophisticated for our collective good. This despite their content, even on the surface, being so sick and bizarre no one, but the most demented inmates of state run asylums should have believed them.

He had been the lead writer for the site, "National Report." While there, using a pseudonym, he wrote things like, the anonymous British avant-garde street artist, Banksy had been popped for a DUI and his true identity had been revealed as one, Paul Horner. He also reported a man named Paul Horner had become the recipient of the world's first head transplant. 

As funny these sort of things were they remained far too outre for the loons who inhabit the Trump crowd. He found his political stride when he wrote a piece saying then Arizona governor Jan Brewer was implementing a mandatory program in state schools, grades kindergarten through 12, which would encourage students to become gay. The word spread among the local yokels and their outrage was so intense, Brewer was forced to go on TV in order to deny she had proposed anything of the kind. 

Seizing on his success, he wrote a piece which claimed that during the 2013 government shutdown, Barack Obama had personally funded an Islamic museum so it could stay open. Fox News reported the joke as true.

Another story concerned a former secret service agent named, yes, Paul Horner who had written a book that revealed Obama was not just gay, but a gay Islamic extremist. Right wing trolls pounced and spread the word over social media. This despite news videos showing ISIS troops throwing gay men from the roofs of buildings because they were, well, gay. 

Yes, the line was beginning to blur and Horner didn't let up. According to Wikipedia he left the "National Report," and started up the, "National Examiner." More darkly he established web sites with the names, "cnn.com.de, cbsnews.com.co, nbc.com.co, and abcnews.com.co," so his news releases would look more authentic.  

By the time the 2016 presidential campaign rolled around the despicable fools running Don Trump's campaign and others who should know better were biting hook, line, and sinker. His fantastical news stories were quoted as real by Trump's momentary campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski and his son, Eric. ABC News and, naturally, Fox did the same. Things went so far, a full month before Don Trump began accusing CNN of broadcasting, "fake news," Horner coined the term during an appearance on Anderson Cooper's show.

His intent, he later told the Post, was, "...to make Trump's supporters look like idiots for sharing my stories." Unfortunately for the nation those people not only don't mind looking like idiots, they revel in it. As Kurt Andersen said on MSNBC the other day, "The difference between truth and lies to Donald Trump and his supporters is irrelevant."

On September 18th Maricopa County sheriff deputies found Paul Horner dead in his suburban Phoenix residence. The general opinion is he od'd on prescription drugs, a habit he'd apparently cultivated for years. 

Or not. His death wasn't reported for over a week. Given the delay there can be little doubt conspiracy theories about his early demise will begin flying soon--be they perpetrated by Horner wannabes, or the actual psychotics who lurk in that murky world.

Which ever the case, before he died Brother Horner learned a lesson those of us who remain should keep in mind. The norm is never underestimate your enemy. However, the norm went out the window as soon as Don Trump glided down that shiny escalator to announce his candidacy.

Indeed, in these chaotic days the rule is never underestimate how stupid and insane your enemy is. The reason is simple. They are everywhere on the internet and, quite literally, they have no sense of humor or, more important, reality.



sic vita est


9-28-17
  

Monday, September 25, 2017

Donald Trump, the NFL, and the NBA

President should not be telling the Washington Redskins to change their name--our country has far bigger problems! FOCUS on them, not nonsense!

Donald J. Trump on Twitter, October 8, 2013


Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired.'

The very same, Donald J. Trump at an Alabama campaign rally, September 22, 2017



My God, the man does love to start shit. He is either the dumbest fuck on the planet, or, in his own brutish way, the smartest. In nearly seven decades on this blue ball it is hard to think of any American--politician, or otherwise--who creates a seemingly endless stream of public chaos like Don Trump does. Hell, even Dick Nixon had to come up for air sometimes.

So far the NFL owners have stuck by their players during the peaceful and--yes--respectful protests which have taken place during the national anthem in stadiums across the land. No one has been fired, as Trump suggested, although it's worth noting no one has hired, free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the protests last year either.

Indeed, it would be nice to think people like Robert Kraft, who owns the New England franchise, truly believes their employees have the right to freely express their views. However, the real truth is it's a lot easier to be tolerant of a politically and socially aware receiver corps than it is to replace them wholesale.

Let's face facts, the bottom line is you can find scads of people who will stand during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. It's a bit tougher to find someone who can blow by a cornerback and consistently haul in deep out passes from Tom Brady.

Trump doesn't seem to get this simple aspect of competent labor availability. On Sunday he returned to Twitter and posted, "If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag and Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire, or suspend!"

Actually in a couple of places, namely that great seething conservative cauldron known as Los Angeles, fans are staying away from games in droves. Their absence has nothing to do with players kneeling though. They aren't there because the Chargers and Rams are new to town, therefore haven't built any local loyalty and even more importantly, they both stink.

The truth is, thanks in large part to Trump's bellicosity and intolerance, anthem protests are going to continue during the rest of the NFL season. And they're going to spread. Just wait until the NBA takes the court in a couple of weeks. 

The divider in chief has already personally insulted Golden State's Stephen Curry and he didn't do anything, but say his team was undecided about meeting Trump at the White House. The affront to Curry prompted Cleveland star, LeBron James to publicly call The Big Orange Guy a, "bum."

All of which brings us to Oklahoma City, home of the NBA's Thunder and some of the craziest right wing wankers found in America. The first pre season home game is October 6th against New Orleans. It is almost guaranteed a majority of the Thunder players are going to take a knee during the national anthem. When it comes there will be gnashing of teeth, curses, and cases of spiked blood pressure.The threat of cerebral aneurysms among many in attendance will be real.  

Trust me though, despite the anger and because OKC's general manager, Sam Presti added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to the roster, they will be back.

Hey, in this town and many more,  a real shot at a league championship out weighs a moment, or two of patriotic ire every time.

And as for El Don's current faux displeasure? Well, his base, as always, is happily outraged and no one is talking about the Russians right now are they?  



sic vita est

9-25-17

Friday, September 22, 2017

Enough of Russia and Obamacare, Let's Get Back to North Korea

Enough of this Russian intrigue and the Obamacare soap opera. That stuff is for political dilettantes and weenies. Let's get back to North Korea. After all it isn't every day--at least not until recently--the world is forced to deal with two separate, but equally bat shit crazy wankers who have control of nuclear weapons.

This week, Donald John Trump addressed the UN. His idea of cooling off the increasingly dangerous situation on the Korean peninsula was to tell the general assembly if Kim Jong-un  doesn't stop acting weird the United States will, "...have no choice, but to totally destroy North Korea." He added, "Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime."

Ah, quite the diplomat.

The problem is Kim Jong-un is so nuts he just might think a vast nuclear holocaust would be a great way to go out. In fact one can almost picture him standing on a huge, burning, chemical tank paraphrasing James Cagney in the film "White Heat." Made it, Dad! Top of the world! 

And while El Donald might think huge mushrooms clouds would be a fitting end to Kim, who he called a madman in a Twitter attack yesterday, the current resident of the White House doesn't seem to understand that wars as a whole tend to be messy affairs. They create a lot of spill over, collateral damage, and such.

All of which might include a large portion of the 51,000,000 South Koreans, 10,000,000 of whom live in Seoul which is a mere 35 miles from the North Korean border. They would be same the people we consider our friends, not to mention being the very ones we say we're determined to save.

Kim responded to Trump's words with his own insults. In short order he called The Big Orange Guy, among other things, "a frightened dog and a deranged U.S. dotard. This sent tens of thousands of United States citizens, not into a panic, but rather to their online dictionaries so they could find out what the hell, "dotard," means. (it's a noun meaning an old person, especially one who is weak, or senile.)

None of this school yard bull shit bothers Trump's base, because, quite frankly, they like it when their man acts like a bellicose psychotic. However there are others out there who are starting to sweat. You know, like the professional diplomats and scholars who specialize in studying Kim and the North Korean government.

One of them, Paik Hak-soon of the South Korean Sejong Institute was quoted by the New York Times as saying, "The way North Korea's supreme leadership works, Kim Jong-un has to respond more assertively as its enemy gets more confrontational like Trump has." He added, "There is no backing down in the North Korean rule book. It's the very core of their leadership identity and motive."

According to the Times article most analysts agree that because of Trump's insults and Kim's personal response to them North Korea is now, more likely conduct further nuclear and missile tests. Another expert, Lee Sung-yoon put it this way, "Trump shot himself in the foot with his unabashedly undiplomatic United Nations General Assembly speech. In effect Trump gave Kim Jong-un a freebie for another major provocation. Kim will oblige and claim that it was in self defense against Trump's unnerving threats."

The North Korean foreign minister didn't take long to ham handedly hint just that. The Times reports Ri Yong-ho told the media in New York, that while it's up to Kim, North Korea might conduct the, "biggest ever hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific."

Well, that will certainly calm everyone, Don Trump included, down won't it?

Today a 72 year old North Korean woman named, Ryu Ri Hwa was questioned by a foreign journalist as she stood in front of a giant screen TV in a Pyongyang public square. She told him,  "Trump is a lunatic, lunatic! A lunatic who knows nothing.!"

Honestly, it's hard to argue with that assessment right now.

Of course her observation doesn't mean Ms. Ryu isn't a little funny in the head herself--or immune from the Orwellian allure of her own savage cracked pot. She went on to say, "Now we have nuclear weapons so I am feeling very confident. We can win the war a hundred, a thousand times so long as we have our leader!"

Immediately after she said those words the crowd around her applauded.

Right.

Ladies and gentlemen, given the circumstances, the bar is most definitely open.



9-22-17

Monday, September 18, 2017

Donald Trump: Red Bull, Chugged, Not Sipped and Rank Amateurism

Nearly eight months in the only thing the entire world can be certain of is, Donald Trump loves chaos. In fact he considers it not just standard operating procedure, but a powerful political ally worth hundreds of thousands of votes among the rubes who despise Washington D.C. and the government for which it stands.

Proving once again the tweeter in chief has the intellect and emotional stability of a 14 year old boy, El Donald once again assailed the world with a storm of tweets yesterday morning. To be fair they weren't all his. Some were previously existing bizarre nonsense which he re-tweeted after careful late night research. You know, like the one showing a train plowing through a layer of snow while it's topped with a giant photo shopped, "Make America Great Again" cap. Never one for details when it comes to strident nationalism, Donald apparently didn't realize the train, in fact, belonged to the Canadian National Railway System and was rolling through one of their provinces. Perhaps, even, near the birthplace of Ted Cruz.

Another showed him hitting a tee shot which was so errant it slammed into Hillary Clinton, knocking her over. As we know, Secretary Clinton lost the election to The Big Orange Guy nearly a year ago. However, she is still loathed by his true believers almost as much as Barack H. Obama and remains a great go to villain when it comes to Don's fragile ego and leading cheers in sweaty halls located in places like rural West Virginia.

Various news outlets suggested these and other tweets were messages to those in his base. Many of them had become enraged after it looked like their man might back track on his anti-immigrant promises and make a deal on the issue with the globalist sonsofbitches in the democratic party.

Others, myself included, decided it was just Don Trump once again waking up then imbibing a weird and toxic combination of chocolate cake, a couple of toots of cocaine, and three, or four cans of Red Bull, chugged, not sipped.

Or, it could be, in the words of New York republican representative, Chris Collins, "He's just a fun guy."

In response to this madness, the republican mainstream, led by Senators Lindsey Graham, R-SC and Bill Cassidy, R-LA have decided, for what seems like the millionth time, to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Their replacement bill is so horrific at first glance the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the March of Dimes, and the American Cancer Society have already declared they're against it. That's before the Congressional Budget Office has even looked at its ramifications.

On the other side, senator Rand Paul, R-KY says he's against it because not enough poor and sick people get fucked over. John McCain, R-AZ is reported to be wary, because it hasn't gone through republican controlled committees. Susan Collins, R-ME and Lisa Murkowski, R-AK haven't said one way or the other, but the Graham-Cassidy bill retains the same proposals which caused them to vote no the last time this experiment in abject cruelty hit the senate floor.

Meanwhile, last week, two of Trump's lawyers sat down to lunch at a popular Washington steak joint and got into a loud argument on how their guy should respond to the ever expanding Russian Investigation, headed by Robert Mueller. The two goofs, David McGahn II and Ty Cobb, didn't even take it inside, but rather sat down at a sidewalk table and proceeded to blab their differences in front of not only the wait staff and casual diners, but a NY Times reporter seated nearby.

Well that's the problem with relying on chaos isn't it? It not only leads to juvenile behavior, utter confusion, and social-political sadism, but also rank amateurism.

Indeed, that is what we are faced with now. Not only is Donald John Trump a crude and mentally defective buffoon, but he and his people are complete amateurs when it comes to politics and running the nation.

Of course, that's what the trailer park fascists who supported him wanted.

And tragically, it is what the rest of us got.



9-18-17

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ted Cruz Likes Twitter Porn

Yes, the weirdness continues.

Yesterday the person, or persons who own a Twitter account called, @SexuallPosts tweeted a two plus minute porn video, because apparently that's all they do. Hey, why not? At least it beats reading Don Trump's bilious rants doesn't it?

Shortly after the post appeared it was, "liked," by one, Raphael Edward Cruz. For those with short memories Mr. Cruz is currently the junior senator from Texas and a former candidate for the republican presidential nomination. He is also one of those fire breathing, self professed Jesus loving, anti gay guys who a few years ago voted against a bill which would assist the victims of what was called, Super Storm Sandy.

Of course that was back when the recipients of the relief were people living in New Jersey, New York, and other perceived liberal enclaves. At this particular moment, despite his fiscally conservative bombast, he has gone all big government. That's because the havoc wrought by Hurricane Harvey on the Texas Gulf coast devastated the homes of boat loads of people who are eligible to vote for him.

The, "like," was deleted, but not before the few, the progressive, and the suddenly gleeful began pointing it out to everyone who could see and hear. That would include the questionable souls in charge of the porn account who quickly added this to their profile, "Follow for the Same Porn @TedCruz Watches."

The shocking revelation came as no surprise to Mr. Craig Mazin, who spent time as Cruz's roommate at Princeton. He was the guy who reported Cruz used to roam the women's side of their dorm dressed only in a silk paisley bath robe. In fact the future senator did it so often Mazin said he had women come to his room begging him to make Cruz stop taking his strolls.

After the news broke, Mazin tweeted, "Now imagine Ted Cruz doing this four feet below you in the bottom bunk bed. Yes, my misery very much appreciates your company."

Actually we'd rather not imagine it, but I suppose we're now stuck with a couple of different revolting images.

Newsweek reports some wits even drug up a thoroughly impossible conspiracy theory which says Cruz is actually the unidentified California serial killer known as the Zodiac. One tweeted, "Ted Cruz has remarkably normal taste in pornography for someone who is the Zodiac Killer." As tempting as it is to identify the smarmy little shit as a murderer, the fact is Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, CN a year after the last Zodiac killing took place, so he is off the hook for those crimes.

That doesn't mean Brother Ted is immune to all things conspiratorial. During the primary campaign, Donald John Trump brought up the possibility Cruz's father, also named, Raphael, was a pal of Lee Harvey Oswald and was in on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The, "proof," came from a pro Trump supermarket tabloid, The National Enquirer. It had run a fuzzy photo allegedly linking the two in New Orleans and as everyone knows, unlike MSNBC and CNN, The Enquirer never publishes fake news. Think not? Just ask the president of these United States of America.

Late Monday, the Cruz people, after some confusion and possibly a little gawking at the video, issued a tweet which read, "The offensive tweet posted on @TedCruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter."

Today the senator is blaming the entire episode on, "staffing issues." Newsweek says Cruz issued a statement which read, "There are a number of people on the team who have access to the account and it appears someone accidentally hit the, 'like,' button." Cruz elaborated by saying, "It was a staffing issue and it was inadvertent. It was a mistake; it was not a deliberate action."

Well, you have to say something don't you.

In the end Cruz seemed to regret not coming up with the idea of publicly liking porn sooner. He told the AP, "I will say that if I had known this would trend so quickly, perhaps we should have posted something like this back during the Indiana primary." The senator might have a point. Obscene sexual dialogue caught on tape certainly didn't hurt Don Trump during the campaign. And, let's face it, Ted Cruz does seem to be the sort of guy who will do anything in a pinch when it comes to looking for votes.

So why not endorse porn? After all, we're all capitalists here and it is a significant national industry.

Indeed. Who says America and the internet aren't great?



9-12-17

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Oklahoma Republicans Running Amok: High Crimes and Misdemeanors All Over the Place

What is it with these ultra conservative--evangelical--law and order types who keep getting elected to the Oklahoma legislature? Are they predisposed to felonious behavior by genetics, or is there some behavior altering drug they must ingest during the secret initiation ceremony which ushers them into the society of radical right wing politics?

It all began, sort of, with state senator, Rick Brinkley-R, Owasso. He spent 10 years as the pastor of a Collinsville church before turning his spiritual endeavors to the Tulsa Better Business Bureau, the Oklahoma State Senate, and big time embezzling. In 2015 the BBB fired the soon to be former senator after it estimated there was about $1,000,000 missing from their treasury which he was in charge of.

Proving their accounting system was still in need of work, Brinkley ended up pleading guilty to skimming $1.8 million from the organization in order to pay for things like his home mortgage, a new pool cleaning machine, personal credit card bills, and his gambling debts. In April 2016 he got 37 months in federal prison.

Compared to Brinkley, former state senator Kyle Loveless-R, OKC was a small time grifter. He resigned in April of this year after the Ethics Commission began looking into his somewhat questionable use of campaign contributions. Early last month Loveless pleaded guilty to embezzling $100,000 from his own political war chests over a four year period. It was a series of acts which not only proved the senator's abject greed, but also the complete incompetence of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. Let's face it, in local legislative elections you don't siphon off cash like that from your campaigns unless you're utterly convinced the opposition is in complete disarray and stands no chance at all.

Ah, but then we get to the really ugly goings on.

In 2016 representative Dan Kirby-R, Tulsa found himself thinking about resigning when it became public knowledge he had to settle a sexual harassment case--or rather a wrongful termination suit, springing from charges of sexual harassment--brought by a former aide. The assistant, Holly Bishop, had alleged she had been fired without reason after accusing Kirby of preying on her during her time working for him.

Kirby was initially talked out of quitting by Senator Ralph Shortey-R, OKC who was a former Trump county coordinator, and apparently a volunteer advisor to the representative. The whole wretched affair would have probably blown over, because if conservatives nation wide have proven anything, it's they'll go with a sexual predator every time as opposed to a democrat, at least so long their candidate is hetro. Especially when the guy--in this instance, Kirby--claimed the incidents were nothing more than consensual behavior between two adults.However, when it turned out Bishop and her attorney had been paid off with $44,500 of taxpayer money the shit hit the fan.

Indeed, fucking her is one thing, but asking fellow conservatives to pay for it is another. Kirby resigned as outraged republicans howled about the tab they were picking up. As it turned out Shortey should have immediately followed his pal's lead.

He didn't though.

In March of this year, following a tip, Moore, OK police took a look inside a room at a Super 8 motel located hard by I-35. Inside they found Senator Shortey, one back pack with an open package of condoms, another with a tube of, "lotion," the stench of marijuana smoke, and a 17 year old boy.

Today, The Oklahoman reports a federal grand jury indicted the former senator on three charges of child pornography and one count of child sex trafficking.The story, written by Nolan Clay, says the grand jury accused Shortey of, "leading a double life," during his stay in the senate by using pseudonyms to author explicit homo-erotic emails, posts on Facebook, and ads on Craigslist. The former senator is married with two children. He is currently pleading not guilty.

Finally we get to Senator Bryce Marlatt-R, Woodward. According to another story in today's paper written by Clay, Marlatt was charged with sexual battery yesterday after a mis-adventure with a female Uber driver. The driver told police that back in late June, Marlatt began kissing her on the neck and shoulder while she was trying to drive him from a restaurant on Memorial Road in north OKC to a bar. The driver says Marlatt's first words to her after he climbed into the vehicle was, "Hey, you got nice tits."

Despite the urbane smooth talk and suave attempt at foreplay the unidentified woman told the senator to sit down and not touch her, or she would call the cops. His response was to begin kicking the back door of her car.

Clay writes Marlatt claims not to remember the details of the affair, to the point of not recalling he had a female driver on the night in question. He might have an argument. The Oklahoman story says the senator has been in the tank once before, pleading no contest in 2014 to a misdemeanor after Woodward authorities found him asleep and reeking of alcohol in his pickup truck on a rural road.

Honestly, when it comes to the ultra right, sometimes it isn't their cruel and unusual politics, or the smug conviction they are the only true patriots in America. Sometimes it isn't even their complete certainty the Christian God is firmly on their side as they spout rhetoric laced with barely concealed racism. No, sometimes, it is simply the heinous and blatant hypocrisy they indulge in with such unabashed fervor.

And it isn't going to change in this state any time soon. Republicans outnumber democrats four to one in the state senate and control 75 percent of the state house. That's after democrats won two recent special elections thanks to Messrs. Shortey and Kirby.

Ladies and gentlemen, as you can guess, the bar is open. Given the situation what else is there to do?


sic vita est


9-7-17

Monday, September 4, 2017

Returning From the Mountain: The Reason God Created Cruise Control, Communion Atop Pike's Peak, What a Crowd in Corpus Christi, Heeling to the Base, the Utter Chaos Remains Unquelled, and the Guy at the Wheel

For those hearty souls thinking of making the trip, be assured of two things. First, the 350 some odd mile stretch of Interstate 70 between Salina, KS and Limon, CO is the reason the Good Lord invented cruise control on automobiles. It is such a vacuum the distances between trees and the occasional grain elevator, or silo can best be described in terms normally reserved for interstellar travel. It also features the filthiest, most gut churning, McDonald's restaurant in the entire world, located in Hays, Kansas.

Second, once at the summit of Pike's Peak, it is best not to partake in a 60's/70's retro-esque version of communion consisting of a double ultra dry vodka martini and a chocolate chip cookie from Maggie's Farm. If you're a flatlander who hasn't spent any serious time in the mountains for decades, like some in the party, that shit will jump all over you in a hurry at 14,000 plus feet above sea level.

Let's face it, a few of us are simply not what we used to be and afterward--under those conditions--the down hill trip becomes an exercise in abject terror, even after you've given up the wheel to someone with more brains and restraint.

Of course while we were gone things in America continued to unravel at a rate even more unnerving than the aforementioned down the mountain glide and drift. Houston and much of the east Texas coastal region drowned in a witches brew of surging salt water, rain, chemical spills, and raw sewage.

The Big Orange Guy showed up in Corpus Christi and at least attempted to sound presidential. However, in the end, the old carnival barker reverted to form by ending his speech with, "What a crowd! What a turnout!"

Well, when your home is waist deep in toxic soup--something Trump failed to mention during his address, along with the horrifying loss of life--there isn't a whole lot else to do is there? Indeed, would you rather wade through two feet of muck in the den, or listen to the man who is promising you huge amounts of money to rebuild? Unfortunately for all involved, members of Trump's own party are already threatening to derail disaster relief if he ties it to raising the debt ceiling. And, as we've seen, El Donald's track record with the republican controlled congress is a tad lackluster.

Once unencumbered by the nightmare in southeast Texas, Brother Don returned home and reportedly has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Also known as the, "Dreamer's" program, Obama's act protects the children of parents who brought them into the country illegally from deportation for at least two years. They can stay beyond the limit without looking over their shoulder for ICE agents if their status is renewed, which it will be so long as they are working, or going to school and haven't been charged with a crime.

The latest dispatches say the administration will stop taking applications, and cease renewals for six months before the program is terminated. The somewhat twisted theory floated by Trump's people is if those same republican clowns in congress want to extend DACA's life, or "improve on it," they'll have the six months to come up with the legislation to do so.

In some circles this is known as a win, win situation. On one hand, Trump, as democratic representative, Ted Lieu says, "...is heeling to his base." In other words, he's placating all the grotesque rubes who blame immigrants for everything that's gone wrong in their lives. On the other he is allowing himself room to publicly wash his hands and lay the crucifixion on a stone hearted congress. After all, if the legislative branch thinks DACA is a worthy program it is their responsibility to save it--from me.

By the way, this line of reasoning only makes sense if you are Donald John Trump, or throwing back large slugs of vodka while consuming cannabis laced confections at 14,000 feet.

Bernie Sanders, the white haired guru of the young and impressionable, said if  Trump pulls the plug, as rumored, he will have made, "One of the ugliest and cruelest decisions ever made by a president."

That takes in a lot when you consider what Andrew Jackson did to the Cherokees and other eastern Native American tribes and how FDR's administration handled the Japanese-American population at the start of WWII.

There is little doubt our man Don is up to the task though. He is, after all, the fascist in chief and possesses a mean streak so wide and petty it takes the breath away.

Yes, it is good to see that even after a week of Al fresco dining in Old Colorado City the utter chaos we left behind hasn't been quelled, or even muted.

But then why should it? Look who is running the show, for God's sake. It is a guy who was bequeathed the wheel at an early age and is loathe to give it up, no matter how grossly impaired and over matched he is by both the altitude and the road he is careening down.

Too bad the rest of us are stuck in the same car with him.



sic vita est




9-4-17

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Great Charlottesville Conspiracy

The conflagration in Charlottesville is beginning to feel like a set up, perhaps weeks, or months in the planning. Planned by whom?. Time may tell.

Patricia McCarthy, writing in, "The American Thinker," on August, 18th.




Actually we don't have to wait for time to identify the evil doers. Ms. McCarthy was ready to name names that day and she certainly did. Among them are Charlottesville mayor, Mike Signer, billionaire progressive, George Soros, Virginia governor, Terry McAuliffe, and yes--you guessed it--Barack, by God, Obama.

So what evidence does Patricia McCarthy have that proves these evil schemers plotted the recent mayhem in Thomas Jefferson's home town? Well, as always with right ring conspiracies the details are a little vague.

The title of the article in question is, "Charlottesville and Its Aftermath: What if it was a Setup?" When speaking of the governor, mayor, and Mr. Soros she wrote, "What if Signer and McAuliffe, in conjunction with Antifa and other Soros funded groups like Black Lives Matter, planned and orchestrated what happened in Charlottesville and meant for events to unfold roughly as they did?"

She addressed the motives of the "Unite the Right" demonstration organizer, Jason Kessler this way, "What if he is a ringer, a phony who revels in riling up some crazy people for some political purpose? We know the left is skilled in all manner of dirty tricks."

As for the alleged mad Kenyan? "We know Obama and his inner circle have set up a war room in his D.C. home to plan and execute resistance to the Trump administration and his legislative agenda."

When it came to the violence she wrote, "The local police at some point, on whose orders we don't know, turned the pro statue groups toward the Antifa and BLM groups, many of whom were armed with lethal weapons--soda cans filled with cement, bottles filled with urine, baseball bats and boards with screws protruding to do maximum harm, and improvised flame throwers. These are the people who initiated the violence."

So there we have the proof ultra right wing cranks are ready to run with. Three, "what ifs" followed by an, "on whose orders we don't know." All of it anchored by an accusation, which has been repeatedly debunked, that Barack Obama is operating a nefarious war room in his den and the assumption most of the white nationalists in Charlottesville were there only because of their love of statues.

And that's before you realize the conspirators had to go all in on Trump screwing the pooch. Indeed, if he hadn't spontaneously equated Nazi and KKK thugs with the people protesting them the whole plot would have been for nil and might have backfired terribly. That's a pretty hefty bet on a man who might just be the most unpredictable person on the planet not living in the the Philippine Islands.  

First term Idaho state legislator, Bryan Zollinger was so inspired by McCarthy's detective work he posted her piece on his Facebook page last Friday. When someone sent him a message saying the whole notion was bats he responded with, "I'm not saying it is true, but I am suggesting it is completely possible."

After the reviews continued to be negative the stupid wanker repeated his two bit excuse, "I'm not saying it's true" he wrote, "but I am suggesting it is completely plausible." Then, in a flash of regret, or perhaps reality, he added, "In hindsight maybe it was a mistake to post it. I didn't mean to ruffle any feathers."

Right.

Honestly, we should have expected malignant horse shit such as this. In fact, given what we know about the goofs on the uber right the only real surprise here is it took this long for one of the crazy fucks to come up with it.

Hey, if these clowns can say the slaughter at Sandy Hook never happened, labeling gangs of Nazis as nothing more evil than, "pro statue groups," then laying the blame on everyone, but them is sheer child's play. As is implicating two perennial bugaboos, Obama and Soros and their newly minted henchmen, Terry McAuliffe and Mike Signer.

Let's face it, The Big Orange Guy's base will never be convinced he is a run amok liar with a terminal hard on for autocrats and white nationalists. The reason they won't is frighteningly simple. As we've seen far too often lately, they are even crazier than he is and they're proud of it.

Personally, I've had it with the gruesome bastards. Next stop for me is Maggie's Farm in Manitou Springs, followed by a week on some mountain that reaches far above the tree line.

Yes--blue skies, cool breezes, and utter silence. It's just what my personal physician, the eminent, Dr. Evans ordered for my well being.

So, hasta luego, mis amigos. I shall return.




8-22-17

Thursday, August 17, 2017

America's First Fully Functioning Fascist President

BREAKING NEWS: Today a van plowed through crowds of pedestrians on a Barcelona street in an apparent terrorist attack. Early reports say 13 are dead. At this time it remains unknown if Donald J. Trump will blame, "both sides," for the violence.




Hey, it could happen. It just depends on what flavor the deadly cranks behind the wheel were. If they're Islamic terrorists Trump will be all over them. If they are fascists he might go so far as to like the sons of bitches.

He is certainly enamored with the ones here, or at least some of them. On Tuesday, during the insane circus nominally described as a press conference, El Don doled out blame for the weekend violence in Charlottesville, VA this way. "Well yes I do think there's blame. Yes, I think there's blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it and you don't have any doubt about it either."

Moments later, speaking about the pro, "Unite the Right," crowd, he said, "...you had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides."

This observation led Fox News correspondent Shepard Smith to say on Wednesday, "So far we've been unable to find the very fine people protesting with white supremacists."

Indeed, once you've taken to the streets in solidarity with Nazis and the KKK, no matter what they're screaming about, you have tossed the moral high ground and any sort of sense of decency out the window. There is simply no cause which justifies standing with people who think the gassing of Jews, Gypsies, gays, and Slavs was a good idea. Much less a bunch of deadly rubes who have spent most of their history lynching black Americans for the fun of it.

In an effort to prove the leftists in Charlottesville were behaving as savagely as the Nazis and their pals, the photo of a purported, anti fascist demonstrator clubbing a downed cop was circulated through the murky world of ultra right wing chat rooms and web sites. Today it was revealed the photo, taken by Getty Images, was shot in Athens, Greece during a 2009 anti government demonstration. The "antifa" emblem on the man's jacket had been digitally added to give the picture a semblance of authenticity.

In order to divert attention from the sticky subject of Nazis holding torch light parades on an American college campus, Herr Trump and others have begun yammering that the ultimate end to the removal of confederate memorials would be the destruction of monuments venerating George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. They point out the two were also slave holders, just like Robert E. Lee and other confederate leaders.

The rebuttal many have used, quite correctly, is Washington, Jefferson and other founding fathers, while terribly flawed when it came to race, created the union known as The United States of America. On the other hand, Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jackson, and James Longstreet to name a few, commanded armies in the field rebelling against that union. Their ultimate goal was to force its dissolution through military action.

There have been some in the media who have blamed Trump's romance with white nationalists on his buddy and advisor Steven Bannon. Bannon, they say, has led him to this dark place.

Well, after hearing Tuesday's unhinged rant everyone should realize that's horse shit. Trump was raised by a racist father and he clearly hasn't unlearned what the old man taught him. He considers people like David Duke and those two vicious clowns pictured holding torches while chanting stuff like "Jews won't replace us," and "blood and soil," his legitimate electorate.

Yes, he might be more subtle than the grotesque brown shirts who took to the streets of Charlottesville, but he understands their sense of victimization and belief in vast conspiracies, because, at heart, he is one of them.

It's time to face the awful truth, America. The nation has elected its first fully functioning fascist president. And--despite wishful conjecture by mainstream media analysts--his malignant base will never desert him. He really could murder someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and still get their votes. In fact, given what we've seen lately, they'd probably like him even more if he actually did.

Hopefully we won't find out for sure if that theory is true, although to be honest, these days, absolutely nothing is out of the realm of possibility.



sic vita est



8-17-17





Monday, August 14, 2017

The Weekend That Was: Don Careens From One Crisis to Another, the Klan and Nazis Celebrate, but The Daily Stormer Has to Look for a New Home

You can say many things about Donald John Trump, but you'll have to admit the man knows how to careen from one outrage to another without even catching his breath.

In the space of three weeks El Don has gone from denying his son did anything wrong when he hooked up with the Russians, to threatening nuclear war, and now, at least initially, he failed to blame the KKK and a bunch of Neo-Nazis for instigating violence in Charlottesville, VA.

Who says the man can't get anything done? This is a pretty impressive list of severe craziness.

On Saturday, Nazi fan boy James Fields plowed his car into a crowd of people who were denouncing a Klan/Nazi rally in Charlottesville. He managed to injure 19 and kill a woman named, Heather Heyer. Later that day, Trump said, we as a nation needed unity and he condemned, "This egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides."

He didn't explain which, "many sides," he was blaming the mayhem on, although he could have been making a veiled reference to Black Lives Matters, which Trump and the alt-right loathe and fear. What he also didn't do--after spending an entire presidential campaign screaming about Barack Obama not using the words Islam, or Islamic in connection with terrorism--was mention either the boys in the hoods, or the Nazis by name.

His failure to do so sent Andrew Anglin of the on line Nazi publication, "The Daily Stormer," into orgasmic euphoria. Anglin immediately posted on the site, "Trump's comments were good. He didn't attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us--no condemnation at all." David Duke, a former Grand HotsieTotsie of the Klan went so far as to brag that white nationalists, "...are working to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump."

After thinking the Nazis had avoided blame for Heyer's murder, The Stormer celebrated with two articles on Fields' crime. The lead of the first read, "The crashocaust will go down in history as the greatest cavalry charge of the 21st century." The second, written by Anglin, was headlined, "Heather Heyer, Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident Was a Fat Childless 32 Year Old Slut." Brother Anglin went on to explain, "A 32 year old woman without children is a burden on society and has no value."

His evaluation of the victim was so vile and repulsive GoDaddy, which maintains The Daily Stormer's web site, gave the publication 24 hours to find a new home before they shut it down forever.

Earlier today Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of pharmaceutical giant, MERK resigned from the President's American Manufacturing Council. He left because he felt the government had, "...a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism."

Trump being Trump simply couldn't let him go without a parting shot. He sarcastically tweeted that Frazier, who is black, "...will now have more time to lower RIP OFF DRUG PRICES."

Ah yes, quite the diplomat. But we knew that already thanks to last week's mini panic.

Later in the morning The Big Orange Guy, under duress from his own party, finally called out the Klan and the Nazis by name and threw a couple of derogatory epithets their way. Unfortunately he did so with all the enthusiasm and conviction of a 10th grader forced to recite Antony's, "Friends, Romans, Countrymen," speech to the rest of his English class.

Yes, if this weekend has taught us anything, it's that Donald Trump is either the ultimate political cynic, coldly pandering to hordes of hateful monsters he personally dismisses as idiots just because he craves their votes. Or, as I like to think, he's a barely camouflaged raging bigot hiding in plain sight.

No matter which, we're fucked.

Of course, we already knew that too.



sic vita est



8-14-17

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Short Way to Start a War: Prove Who Has the Biggest Set of Balls

"I hate to say anything good about that long winded jackanapes, but he does know the short way to start a war."

Richard Widmark, as Jim Bowie talking to John Wayne, as David Crockett in Wayne's production of, "The Alamo."



Unfortunately for both characters we all know how it turned out for the defenders of the Alamo. Despite Wayne's alternative facts in the film it took the Mexican army a single infantry assault to wipe out the entire garrison.

Of course if you pit the Democratic People's Republic of Korea against the United States in an all out war, Donald Trump won't have to play the part of either man. No, a quaint skirmish in San Antonio is minor stuff compared to what we're looking at right now. Especially since El Don increasingly looks and sounds like the deranged, General Jack D. Ripper in Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove."

But let's not get lost in movie trivia and lore when armageddon lurks so close by.

On Tuesday, after learning North Korea was successfully miniaturizing their nukes so they'd fit on missiles--not from U.S. Intel, but a report in the Washington Post--Trump decided he would out crazy Kim Jong-un. In an improvised television statement he told us and his stunned advisers, "North Korea best not make any further threats to the United States. They will be met by fire and fury like the world has never seen."

To make sure the North Koreans understood his message, Mr. Trump then narrowed his eyes and went on to say, "He (Kim) has been very threatening beyond a normal state. As I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen."

Later, because he simply can't stop being an amoral carnival midway barker, Trump took to Twitter and wrote, "My first order as president was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before." A follow up tweet read, "Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!"

As we should have expected the tweets were just so much self aggrandizing bullshit. No one has done anything to, "renovate and modernize," America's nuclear arsenal during Donald Trump's first seven months in office. But then no tweet from Don Trump is complete without a bald faced lie.

In response and to prove their guy really is more nuts than ours, the North Korean military immediately threatened to plunk four missiles into the ocean within 30, or 40 miles of Guam, an American territory. The plan is set, they said, they're just waiting on Kim to stop swilling imported brandy long enough to give the okay.

Earlier today, The Big Orange Guy, shot back, so to speak, by saying, if North Korea does "anything to the U.S, or an ally things will happen to them like they never thought possible." In addition Bloomberg reports he refused to rule out a preemptive strike, by answering a question about it with, "We'll see what happens."

And there we have it, at least so far. Nuclear war now appears closer to reality than it has since October, 1962. The major difference being the two primary players then, Jack Kennedy and Nikita Krushchev, weren't idiots, or in the throes of some apocalyptic delusion. Indeed, they knew when enough was enough and how to back away from the abyss.

Such is not the case now. Today we are saddled with two run amok ego maniacs who seem willing to kill millions, if not billions of human beings, not over ideology, or religion, but just so they can prove who has the biggest set of balls.

Sweet Jesus, what a world.

Ladies and gentlemen, the bar is most definitely open.



8-10-17







Saturday, August 5, 2017

Don Trump Plays Golf, The Boy Scouts, and The Mexican President: Lies, Lies, and More Lies

With chronic liars, they have learned to always lie, maintain the lie, lie to support the previous lies. They have learned that lying is always the best way to deal with any situation. That means winning. The game is still playing as long as they can keep lying. They have learned to avoid admitting they have lied at all costs. That means losing. It is better to, "admit," a lesser lie than admit the real lie. They have learned if they keep coming up with lies one of them will work and they are off the hook. They escape to lie another day.

Alan Hall, retired fraud investigator


You will never know what I am thinking. And those who boast most loudly that they know my thoughts, to such people I lie even more.

Adolf Hitler



All of which brings us to Donald John Trump. He is the guy who told a couple of interviewers last year, "I'm not going to have time to go play golf," and "There's just so much to be done so I don't think we'll be very big on vacations." The statements were a poke at Barack H. Obama who Trump had criticized over the course of several years because he occasionally took vacations and played golf while serving as president. Yesterday, Trump left for a 17 day idyll  at his country club in Bedminster, NJ.

According to the Washington Post, prior to this latest trip, Mr. Trump has taken 53 days off and shot 33 rounds of golf since his inauguration. In the same time span eight years ago, Barack Obama took 15 days of down time and played golf 17 times.

So who cares, right? It's not like the boss was, or is completely unavailable to make split second decisions if there is a crisis, or so far removed from Washington he can't return at a moment's notice.

No, the problem here isn't how many rounds of golf Donald Trump has played. It is his complete disregard of the pledge he made during the campaign not to do so.

Yes, yes, all politicians lie, or at least speak a language laced with half truths and tenuous qualifiers. However, after nearly seven decades on this blue ball, it is hard to come up with the name of one who lies so often, so unrelentingly, and with such arrogance that being caught in a lie means absolutely nothing to him.

Last month he made a speech to the Boy Scouts of America annual Jamboree which was deemed so inappropriate comedian Samantha Bee likened it to one which might have been delivered by Der Fuhrer to the Hitler Youth. In fact, the address was so appalling, the head of the BSA, Mike Surbaugh issued a written apology to the organization's membership and their families.

Despite the public outrage and after the letter of apology had been circulated, Trump claimed someone in the leadership of the Boy Scouts called him to say, "It was the greatest speech that was ever made to them and they were very thankful."

Executives at the Boy Scouts immediately released a statement which said they were, "unaware," of any phone calls made from them to the Chief Executive. It was a polite way of saying the dude just made that fucking shit up.

On another subject, last Monday, El Don told gathered members of the media, "The president of Mexico called...said their southern border, very few people are coming through because they know they're not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment."

The Mexican response was basically, we didn't make any stinkin' phone call.  

When confronted by the media, White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, claimed both statements were not, technically, lies, even though there had never been any actual phone calls. In the case of the Boy Scouts she said, "numerous" leaders told Trump his speech was great immediately after he finished it. She didn't offer any names of those, "numerous," leaders which makes them--well--anonymous sources. You know, like the ones fueling what her employer calls fake news.

As for the Mexicans, Sanders shrugged off the glaring discrepancy by saying President Nieto made the comment to Trump during the G-20 summit which was held during the first week of July. She didn't offer any explanation as to why Trump kept the conversation secret for so long.

These are just the latest examples of Trump's willingness to make shit up as he goes along without any concern his lies will be exposed. To him being caught in a lie is of no consequence because, one--he doesn't care and, two--he never stays on the same subject for more than a few seconds.

Indeed, The Big Orange Guy doesn't pause long enough between lies for the media, or the public to focus at length, or in depth on any single grotesque falsehood. He spews them with the velocity of a machine gun across a vast array of subjects, creating a tsunami of lies which simply overwhelms those of us who try to enumerate them while mesmerizing the malignant idiots who believe he is the savior of white America.

The terrible truth is something is fundamentally wrong with the mind of Donald Trump. His emotional and intellectual development seems to have abruptly ended during his early adolescence. It has left him the same, socially insulated, spoiled rich kid--the one who has no sense of restraint, or moral culpability--that he was so many years ago.

Such a boy-man strives only to enrich himself and enhance his own celebrity. He is not worthy of the nation, or its highest office.

But here we are, stuck with the evil son of a bitch.

And we have only ourselves and Hillary Rodham Clinton to thank for it.



sic vita est



8-5-17

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Mooch No More

 Mike Flynn lasted a little over three weeks as Donald Trump's National Security Advisor. He was fired because he, "lied," to the Vice President about meeting with some Russians during and after the campaign.

The 24 days he worked at the White House Asylum for the Rambunctiously Insane is a full two weeks longer than Anthony Scaramucci. The Mooch was named the President's Communications Director last week only to be shown the door a couple of hours ago.

Scaramucci's arrival was accompanied by a mini purge of sorts. His presence caused Sean Spicer and an assistant to end their six month run as official mouth pieces for the administration. It also heralded, if not inspired, the Reince Priebus hit job which happened Friday in a limo parked at Joint Base Andrews. The only thing missing from that scene was Priebus pausing to buy oranges from a street vendor as the button men moved in.

Of course, Scaramucci's tenure in the West Wing will have to be accompanied by an asterisk since the fucker proved so nuts he didn't even last long enough to be officially sworn in. However, that's a detail few will remember when compared to his crazed outburst to correspondent Ryan Lizza last week. Yes, his rambling, utterly paranoid, rant was the stuff of legend. Rumors at MSNBC were that Trump heartily approved of the profanity laced tirade. Over at Fox some of the wankers on Hannity's show seemed to approve of Scaramucci's street gangster approach to suspected leakers within the administration.

Today the White House is saying El Donald didn't think The Mooch's language was appropriate so he had to be let go. Right. While it is easy to imagine Donald Trump firing someone, anyone, it is incomprehensible he'd do so because of the person's language. No, the cause of Anthony Scaramucci's political demise lies elsewhere.

In his heady first hours on the job last week, The Mooch was proud to tell everyone who would listen he didn't report to some two bit Chief of Staff, but only, The Man himself. The none too subtle message was he, Anthony Scaramucci, was Don Trump's new go to guy--he was going to take names and kick ass and no one better fuck with him while he did.

Oops.

Enter retired General John F. Kelly, who was sworn in as White House Chief of Staff this morning. Kelly's first move was to have a meeting with west wing personnel, during which he told everyone in attendance they all reported to him. His second, according to sources cited by The New York Times, was to make sure Anthony Scaramucci's ass was fired.

Or maybe it was the other way around.

Well, these things happen, no matter what the order. Sometimes the true believers simply go too far in their enthusiasm. Even, Herr Hitler understood the dangers of offending the middle and upper classes, not to mention military leaders by using a gang of vulgar, unrepentant thugs to sell the program and enforce his will. It's the reason he ordered, "The Night of the Long Knives," and offed Ernst Rohm and the rest of the Brown Shirt leadership.

So now Kelly is in charge and The Big Orange Guy is telling us he'll do a cracker jack job and will be the best White House Chief of Staff in the history of the entire world. Or, at least until Donald J. Trump decides he's getting in the way of ego and criminal buffoonery. Then, as we've seen, Trump's loyalty lasts about as long as the time between his tweets.

This morning the last few words of one of those tweets were, "No chaos in the White House." If  he truly believes what he wrote then we can only imagine what Don Trump's concept of chaos actually is. .

No wonder America's allies have grown edgy. To them it must look like they are stuck on a ship commanded by Phillip Francis Queeg and the strawberries have just gone missing from the officer's mess.

Indeed.





7-31-17

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Great Dinner Leak: The Mooch Goes Off and Reince Priebus Goes Away

Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.

Anthony, "The Mooch," Scaramucci--recently appointed White House Communications Director speaking about Donald Trump's quite suddenly, former chief of staff, Reince Priebus.




A couple of things immediately came to mind after, Ryan Lizza, the chief Washington correspondent of The New Yorker reported his little phone chat with Anthony Scaramucci. The first was, where in God's name does Donald Trump find these rabid werewolves? The second; now we know why Sean Spicer quit.

Actually Scaramucci isn't officially the Communications Director yet since the sale of his company, SkyBridge Capital to a Chinese firm hasn't been finalized. Be that as it may he obviously has the boss' blessing and free reign to act even Trumpier than Trump himself.

It isn't like we should be surprised he wants to play the tough guy. The first day he reported to the White House he showed up wearing blue tinted mirror aviator sunglasses which gave him a sort of movie Mafioso/Caribbean strong man look. You know, a cross between a tall Joe Pesci and Powers Boothe's portrayal of Jim Jones in Guyana. 

Obviously that's the role Scaramucci wants to play because from the first moment forward he hasn't concerned himself in the least with communicating. Instead, he has focused entirely on ferreting out those who are leaking information to the mainstream media. Well, that and making sure any internal rivals, real, or imagined, end up sleeping with the fishes.

And, as Lizza has testified, he's none too subtle about it.

The new Communications Director went ballistic because Lizza tweeted, Scaramucci, Trump, and the First Lady, were having dinner with Fox News personality Sean Hannity and a former Fox executive named Bill Shine. An unnamed, "senior White House official," was cited as the source of the attendees names.

The Mooch was on the phone almost immediately, demanding, "Who leaked that to you?" When Lizza declined to identify the source, Scaramucci told him, "What I'm going to do is I will eliminate everyone in the coms team and we'll start over."

He continued, "I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can't help themselves. You're an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I'm asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it."

When this appeal failed, Lizza reports Scaramucci asked him, "Is it an assistant to the President?" When Lizza declined to give him a name, or a hint the third time he said, "OK, I'm going to fire every one of them and then you haven't protected anyone. So the entire place will be fired over the next two weeks."

Then, as Mac Davis once said in a movie, came the weird part. The Mooch spiraled off on a bizarre, yes, paranoid, rant. "They'll all be fired by me," he said. "I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I'll fire tomorrow. I'll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus--if you want to leak something--he'll be asked to resign very shortly. Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac." To emphasize his point Scaramucci dove into an imitation of Priebus, "Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months."

Within moments he started yammering about the publication of his financial disclosure form. Convinced Priebus had given it to the press, he said, "I've called the FBI and the Department of Justice." Going into the third person for an instant he went on to say, "The swamp will not defeat him. They're trying to resist me, but it's not going to work. I've done nothing wrong on my financial disclosures, so they're going to have to go fuck themselves."

The financial disclosure he was talking about hadn't been leaked by Priebus, or anyone else. It is public information accessible by any twelve year old with a computer who knows where to look.

There was more of course, but why go into it all, especially the part about Steve Bannon sitting around sucking his own cock? After all, given what we know about Bannon, The Mooch probably nailed that one on the head, so to speak.

Scaramucci got the job, apparently, because Don Trump was impressed with his dogged defense of the administration on Cable news talk shows. In fact Trump is so enamored with the zeal of the new Communications Director, Scaramucci doesn't  report to the White House Chief of Staff, who had been Priebus, which is normal, but directly to El Don.

The rumor flying around MSNBC last night was that The Big Orange Guy was happy with Scaramucci's phone call to Ryan Lizza. It looks to be true since, just moments ago, Priebus' expiration date arrived. Yesterday, some hacks on Fox, after declaring leaks, as opposed to criminal incompetence, might lead to the downfall of the Trump presidency, predicted as much. Geraldo Rivera told Hannity, Reince Priebus is, "gone," and Steve Bannon is, "hanging by a thread."

That's where the discussion ended. There wasn't any speculation one way or other about whether Brother Bannon is, despite his tenuous position, continuing to self fellatiate, or not.

A week, or so ago Mr. Trump told an adoring crowd his administration is, "a well oiled machine." The problem there being so is a stock car roaring around a NASCAR track, but that doesn't stop it from careening headlong into walls and other vehicles at two hundred miles an hour if the driver doesn't know what the fuck he's doing.

Lord in heaven, how does Vladimir Putin keep a straight face these days?  





7-28-17











Tuesday, July 25, 2017

American Health Care: Trump Has Pen in Hand

After 7 years of talking we will soon see whether or not republicans are willing to step up to the plate. Obamacare is torturing the America people. The democrats have fooled the people long enough. Repeal, or repeal and replace. I have pen in hand.

Donald Trump on Twitter this morning.



I'm sure he does. However, as usual, Mr. Trump didn't seem to have a firm grasp on what was happening in the Senate this afternoon. The yes vote didn't immediately create a new health care law, or repeal the old one. What it did was bring any number of proposals--the house replacement bill, the senate version of it, all manner of amendments, and the issue of repeal only--to the floor of the Senate for open debate.

In short, any replacement of the Affordable Care Act remains a fog shrouded, ghoulish, target located at the end of a long and contentious road.

So, just what is the state of American health care when compared to other industrialized, rich, countries?

Well, even with the ACA it sucks.

The Commonwealth Fund, which was established in 1918, has tracked the state of medical care in 11 industrialized countries since 1980. It's latest report looks like this:

When it comes to access, affordability, and timeliness of treatment the U.S. ranks 11th out of 11 while the Netherlands is first.

In the area of health care efficiency, ie. availability of your regular Doctor, access to medical records and test results, and the effort required to deal with insurance and government paper work, the U.S. is 10th out of 11, trailed only by France.

The one place the United States does climb in the rankings is preventative care--a key benefit of the ACA--coordinated care and patient preferences. We are fifth out of 11. The U.K. is first.

Then we get to the quality of health care received by the wealthy as opposed to the poor. The U.S. is last by a huge margin.

Finally there is the bottom line. It falls under the category, health care out comes per population. In other words the death rate amenable to health care and specific diseases. The citizens of the United States of America, despite paying more per person each year for health care than the people in any of the other nations surveyed, is mired once again in 11th place.

But, hey, enough of brutal facts. Let's get to the really bad news. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, in the proposals put forward by the republicans which will improve any of those stats. In fact, the dreadful truth is once their plan, or non plan is finally signed into being things will get even worse.

Todays, The Oklahoman noted if the GOP health plan passes, as currently written, rural hospitals in the state, which are barely hanging on now, will collectively loose $25 million during the first year it is law.

The non partisan Congressional Budget Office projects the House version of the GOP replacement bill will cost 23 million Americans their health insurance within 10 years. The kinder Senate version will cut 22 million off from coverage. If the republicans can't get anything passed and just repeal the ACA cold turkey, the CBO says 32 million Americans will lose their health insurance.

In addition George Washington University's Milken School of Public Health and the Commonwealth Fund predicts a repeal without replacement will cost over one million people employed by the health care industry their jobs. Over the next decade one in every 20 health care worker would go unemployed.

Yes, it would seem the GOP strategy is two fold. First, make sure America's poor and those of non European descent aren't able to vote. Then, let 'em die in the streets from preventable diseases because they can't afford readily available health care.

The Big Orange Guy really isn't the problem here. He hasn't a clue when it comes to what is in, or not in any of the proposals floating around the hill. In fact, it's not even clear he understands what health insurance is. All he knows is thousands of Obamaphobes cheered when he said he'd get rid of the ACA and by God he's going to sign anything that does.

Indeed, Don Trump, in this instance the cheerleader in chief, may have a pen in hand, however, it's the congress of the United States which holds the dagger to our hearts.

And tragically, a scant few hours ago, Vice-President, Mike Pence and 50 of those ruthless bastards got together and agreed to decide exactly how and when to plunge it in.

Such is the current state of, The American Dream.





sic vita est



7-25-17


Friday, July 21, 2017

The Failing, Fake News Interviews Donald Trump and He Explains Government, Insurance, and French History to Us All

You can say a couple of things about Donald Trump. One, he is incapable of shutting up even when it is his best interest to do so and, two, he will never cease to invent alternative facts and histories.

On a day like this it would be easy to concentrate on the sudden departure of White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer. However, let's face it, he was on his way out the door from day one. According to the New York Times, Trump wasn't sold on him from the very beginning. They're reporting, Reince Preibus had to talk the Don into hiring the guy after Trump questioned, you guessed it, Spicer's loyalty. After six months of presidential dementia, it seemed like the only reason Spicer was kept around was so the boss could periodically torment and degrade him. (Yes, you might be the only Catholic in the entourage, but no you can't meet the Pope.)

Today, Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as the White House Director of Communications and Spicer decided he'd had enough. Not to worry though, he'll land on his feet. Even as I write there are scores of publishers dialing Mr. Spicer's number and offering him profoundly huge amounts of cash in exchange for a tell all book. Believe me, those people are pros. The bidding began the moment he left the building.

Meanwhile The Big Orange Dude sat down with the New York Times for an interview the other day. That would be the same publication Mr. Trump has repeatedly described as, "failing," and the purveyor of, "fake news."

The initial rush of left wing outrage had to do with Trump's admission he would have never hired Jeff Sessions as Attorney General if he had known Sessions was going to recuse himself from the Russian investigation. Indeed, what's the use of being president if your own employees won't help you out in a pinch? Screw the ethics and legalities. Such things are for terminally weak losers. Just ask Vlad Putin.

I, on the other hand, prefer to take a look at three other tidbits Brother Trump left us with thanks to the Times. They might not be as attention grabbing, but they are just as telling, if not more so.

Perhaps in an effort to justify his canning of James Comey, Trump claimed the director of the FBI began reporting to the Justice Department only, "out of courtesy," post Richard Nixon. He assured the Times that when it comes to the FBI chain of command, "There was nothing official. There was nothing from congress." The FBI's website states its director has been answering directly to the Attorney General since the 1920s. In addition, any communication between he and the White House adheres to a strict set of guidelines and is approved by the AG, or other high ranking Justice Department officials. As we all know, the only exception to these rules was, J. Edgar Hoover who, while running the bureau, didn't answer to anyone, not even God Almighty.

On health insurance coverage, he said, "You're 21 years old, you start working and you're paying $12 per year for insurance and by the time you're 70, you get a nice plan. Here's something where you walk up and say, I want my insurance."

Beyond being completely out of touch with reality--name one 21 year old paying $12 a year for any kind of insurance--Donald Trump, the leader of the United States of America, doesn't seem to have a clue how health insurance works. Apparently he thinks your medical coverage increases over time as you pay for it, rather like whole life insurance death benefits. As for walking up to someone and saying, "I want my insurance", that is exactly what the Affordable Care Act allows millions of Americans to do.

Now, while both of those are fine examples of Trumpisms, my personal favorite was DJT's take on French history. When it comes to Napoleon Bonaparte, the Times quoted him as saying, "His one problem is he didn't go to Russia that night because he had extra curricular activities and they froze to death."

Wait.

What was that? No--seriously--what the fuck did the man just say? The Times asked the author of, "Moscow 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March," Adam Zamoyski for a translation.  Without blinking, Mr. Zamoyski responded, "I can't make heads or tails of it."

Listen, no one in their right mind can. Even a third grader forced to sit through the first half of the Audrey Hepburn/Henry Fonda movie version of "War and Peace," can describe Napoleon's ill fated invasion of Russia with more eloquence, detail, and accuracy.

Which leads us to our greatest problem. Third graders don't possess the nuclear launch codes, but Donald John Trump does.

In the end, I can cope with Don Trump being an utterly amoral misogynist and venal capitalist greed head turned political opportunist. I can even deal with it when he exploits the bigotry and xenophobia which exists in the dark souls of some Americans. What I really can't stand though is his autocratic view of how the president should be kowtowed to, not just by all the branches and offices of the government, but also a free press.

Well, that and his warped versions of history which have the distinct feel of psilocybin induced hallucinations. But then, hey, that's just me.
 



sic vita est



7-21-17