Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Bully Pulpit


"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea."

This was the "President" of the United States today, addressing the United Nations, threatening to nuke a country of 26 million people.

This is not strength.

This is not wisdom.

This is not Presidential.

This is not something we should accept.

This is stupid and monstrous.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Not paying for fences make us a terrible neighbor

Absolutely shameful. Once again, Christians take note.
Southern Mexico is still suffering the after-effects of a deadly earthquake, which struck on Thursday, killing at least 96 people. More than 2.5 million are currently in need of aid, something that has been worsened by a second crisis also taxing state resources — Hurricane Katia, which hit the state’s eastern coast on Saturday, killing two people. Those dueling crises are taxing the government, seemingly leaving no room for international aid efforts.
No, that's not the shameful part. This is:
Mexico has retracted its offer to send aid to Texas after two natural disasters pummeled the country. Media members in both countries noted that the withdrawal came after U.S. President Donald Trump failed to send his condolences for either one.  Link
Our neighbor, Mexico, despite being a far poorer country, offered the United States condolences and aid after Hurricane Harvey.

The United States President didn't even offer condolences to Mexico, the absolute least he could do, after a devastating earthquake and hurricane.

This man has no humanity. Shame on him and shame on you if you support him.

I'd rather the Daily Show guys be in the White House

Here's Goldman Sachs Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steven "Butt" Mnuchin at the White House last week.

It looks like an alt-ugly-universe reunion of Daily Show correspondents Rob Corddry and John Oliver.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Friday, September 08, 2017

See if you can figure out *my* message

Those with a religion to sell often like to say that natural disasters, hurricanes, for example, are God sending a message to us lowly humans (who are apparently too stupid to understand something less fatal, like, you know sky-writing). And usually, to hear them tell it, God's message is a condemnation against something that the religious guy doesn't like, for example, same sex marriage, "sin" or abortion.

To demonstrate this, religious doofuses Ken Ham and Kirk Cameron have both said this week that the tragic and terrible Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are some sort of message from Jesus.

Let's assume these two "geniuses" are correct. So here's my question.

If God sent two hurricanes and they hit (1) Texas, and (2) Florida, both states that have Republican governments, deny climate change, and voted for Trump, isn't the message pretty clear that God hates Republicans, denial of climate change, and Trump?

I mean, there really is no way to interpret this message as being directed at the usual suspects, gays, trans people, or liberals.

So which is it Ken and Kirk?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Is this a country to be proud of?

Every week of the Trump Administration is an exhausting exercise in discovering what horrible and inhumane thing he's doing now. He's encouraging war with North Korea -- he's defending Nazis -- he's banning transgender people from the military -- he's dismantling the government.

Today, he may have outdone himself with his, I mean, Jeff Sessions', announcement that Trump has "decided" to end the DACA, i.e. throw children and young adults out of the U.S.

If Congress doesn't act, this means that up to 800,000 young Americans (Dreamers) will be deported to countries they may not remember and where they don't even speak the language. Now, I call them Americans because in pretty much every way, they ARE Americans. They were brought here as children by their parents and grew up here. They love America and uphold its values and its promise every single day. If they're now adults, they have jobs, they pay taxes, they go to college and they serve in the military. They are among our very best. And THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG.

Throwing these people out of the country is not just repugnant, morally unjustifiable and a crime against humanity, but, for all you selfish pricks out there, it will also seriously hurt our economy. You can't throw that many people out without having a large economic impact. We'll lose not only these kids' taxes, but their spending, their contributions to productivity, and their entrepreneurship. (But, of course, that's just a reason for selfish assholes to want them to stay.)


Let's take a look at what Trump has said previously about the Dreamers.

From December, 2016:
President-elect Donald Trump says he is "going to work something out" for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
Trump said in a Time "Person of the Year" interview published Wednesday that he will do something that will "make people happy and proud."
"They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”  Link

Ah, yes, I'm brimming with happiness and pride at the awesome thing he has "worked out." I guess now they know what's going to happen.

From February, 2017:
“We are gonna deal with DACA with heart,” Trump pledged at a news conference Thursday, referring to former President Barack Obama’s deferred action program for so-called Dreamers. “I have to deal with a lot of politicians — don’t forget — and I have to convince them that what I’m saying is right. And I appreciate your understanding on that.”
Trump stressed that DACA is “very, very difficult” but maintained that, as a father and grandfather, he loves children.
“To me, it’s one of the most difficult subjects I have because you have these incredible kids — in many cases, not in all cases,” he said. “In some of the cases, they’re having DACA and they’re gang members and they’re drug members, too. But you have some absolutely incredible kids — I would say mostly — they were brought in here in such a way. It’s a very, very tough subject.”  Link
I guess he was wrong. They're apparently ALL drug dealers and gang members. You know, "bad hombres". But at least he loves children! Oh, he probably just meant his own children and grandchildren. Oh, wait. I doubt he loves them a whole lot either.

So Trump's actions today completely contradict what he said before. In other words, Trump is lying. Of course he is, it's Tuesday.

Here's what a real, compassionate, smart, literate, human being thinks about this. (Hint: It's President Obama).
Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.
But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.
Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people – our young people – that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here a certain number of years, and if you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill.
That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country. We did so based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, because our immigration enforcement agencies have limited resources, and it makes sense to focus those resources on those who come illegally to this country to do us harm. Deportations of criminals went up. Some 800,000 young people stepped forward, met rigorous requirements, and went through background checks. And America grew stronger as a result.
But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?
Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.
It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today. And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel.
Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.
What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

I like Americans who don't lose their homes to a hurricane

Warning: Sketchy quotes below

Over the past couple of days, Houston megachurch and prosperity gospel pastor Joel Osteen has been under criticism for not opening his, uh, mega-sized church (16,800 seats) for refugees from the hurricane flooding. At first, Osteen claimed that the church couldn't be reached because of the flooding. This was quickly shown to be a lie and eventually they started letting in desperate people. (Please note that a whole bunch of mosques IMMEDIATELY opened their doors to the needy.)

After the lie was exposed, Osteen then tried a new excuse.
“We were just being precautious, but the main thing is the city didn’t ask us to become a shelter then.”

Uh huh.

Let's recap.

A CHRISTIAN pastor, in charge of a building that could shelter THOUSANDS of people, believes he needs to be ASKED to open his doors to take in people who are in danger, wet, hungry, and likely lost their homes and most of their possessions to a hurricane.

Now, I'm not a Christian, but that would seem to be inconsistent with a few quotes I've heard related to Christianity.
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." Matthew 25:35
But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.1 John 3:17-18
You know, on second thought, that sounds pretty gay. No wonder Osteen ignored it.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The moral of our times

For all those people who expected a pivot to the center, or a growing maturity under the weight of the office, for all those who just couldn't get over Hillary's "emails" and who now regret voting for the current President -- the tale of the Scorpion and the Turtle has been on my mind a lot over the past few months.

A scorpion, being a very poor swimmer, asked a turtle to carry him on his back across a river. “Are you mad?” exclaimed the turtle. “You’ll sting me while I’m swimming and I’ll drown.”
“My dear turtle,” laughed the scorpion, “if I were to sting you, you would drown and I would go down with you. Now where is the logic in that?”
“You’re right!” cried the turtle. “Hop on!” The scorpion climbed aboard and halfway across the river gave the turtle a mighty sting. As they both sank to the bottom, the turtle resignedly said:
“Do you mind if I ask you something? You said there’d be no logic in your stinging me. Why did you do it?”
“It has nothing to do with logic,” the drowning scorpion sadly replied. “It’s just my character.”

In case you didn't get it - Trump is the scorpion and Americans are the turtle.

The End

Friday, August 25, 2017

Coward attacks patriots

"President" Trump signed a memo today, following up on his Tweet, banning transgender persons from serving in the military.

These are the actions of a corrupt, immoral coward, who didn't serve his country, attacking American patriots who have pledged their lives to protecting all of us. This is an ill-conceived, hateful, ignorant policy that won't save one penny (one of the false justifications); in fact this will cost the United States hundreds of millions of dollars.

Trump has done many contemptible things while President. This is one of the absolute worst.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Trump is right. Let's give credit where credit is due.

Our ::barf:: President ::barf:: is very proud of the economy that he's happy to take credit for (when it's doing well). Of course, no President can have a real impact on the economy until some of his priorities get enacted, something that isn't exactly happening for Trump.

Anyway, here's what he said about unemployment.
"Our country is doing very well in so many ways. We have record -- just absolute record employment. We have unemployment, the lowest it's been in almost 17 years. We have companies pouring into our country. Foxconn and car companies, and so many others, they're coming back to our country. We're renegotiating trade deals to make them great for our country and great for the American worker. We have so many incredible things happening in our country. So when I watch Charlottesville, to me it's very, very sad."
Let's look at the last ten years of unemployment, shall we?

And how about the stock market?
Business is looking better than ever with business enthusiasm at record levels. Stock Market at an all-time high. That doesn't just happen!
Indeed, it doesn't just happen.

Hmm, what was I thinking? Oh, yeah.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hey, here's a good way to kill yourself!

I know way too many people who embrace "alternative" medicine. "All natural" herbs and homeopathic pills, Reiki, acupuncture, ear candling, chiropractic, the list is endless and the "medicine" useless.

Please don't embrace this crap.

Patients who chose alternative therapies to treat a common, curable cancer instead of opting for the recommended medical treatment double their risk of death, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

I bolded it and made it bigger to emphasize the REALITY.

We've made enormous, huge, gigantic leaps forward over the past century in understanding the human body, genetics, disease, and how to live longer, healthier lives. Modern medicine is still developing but it's rigorously tested and empirically shown to work.

Alt Medicine kills. It's not scientifically tested. It's pseudo-scientific nonsense. Stop using it.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

There's nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal, even a fat, orange one

With his Administration crumbling around him, Trump is undoubtedly getting pretty desperate, bringing us to a very dangerous time in the Trump Presidency. One thing that never fails to unite a nation is an attack.

Beware a Reichstag fire.

Sure, Trump's goons are so incompetent they'll screw it up, but don't be surprised if they try.

By Unknown - Item from Record Group 208:
Records of the Office of War Information, 1926 - 1951

The Talk

This is moving and powerful.

If you don't know what "the talk" is, then you're lucky and privileged. Because tens of millions of Americans have experienced it as a matter of life and death.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What would Indiana Jones do?

Hey, everyone! How's it going? Anything happen today? I wasn't paying attention.

Oh, yeah. The President of the United States put himself firmly on the side of NAZIS.

You're going to read and hear a lot about what happened today, so I'll just respond to a few of the comments made, not by a 22 year old skinhead or an immigrant to Argentina in the mid-1940s, but the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. He wasn't supposed to talk to the press, but since he has the self-control of a toddler, he made the mistake of answering some questions when they were shouted to him at Trump Tower.

The first question was why did he wait so long to repudiate the attack by NAZIS in Charlottesville? (Reminder, it took him two days).
I didn't wait long. I didn't wait long. I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement. The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement, but you don't make statements that direct unless you know the fact. It takes a little while to get the facts.
Then later.
When I make a statement, I like to be correct. I want the facts.
DONALD TRUMP wanted to make sure that was he said was correct.

I'll just leave this right here.  Trump's Lies.

And here's the part where he equated NAZIS (and also KKK and White Supremacists) with the people protesting against hate.
I will tell you something. I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it. And you have—you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that. But I'll say it right now. You had a group—you had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent.
Excellent point. Here's one of those very, very violent anti-racist protestors getting his blood all over the metal poles of those innocent NAZIS.

That's De’Andre Harris, an instructional assistant for special needs kids at the local high school. He was ambushed by the guys who, to be fair, did have a permit.
All those people—excuse me. I've condemned neo-Nazis. I have condemned many different groups. But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee.
Here's some of those definitely NOT neo-NAZIS protesting the removal of the statue.

But it's not all bad!
Excuse me. You had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.
Here are some of the fine, fine people on the equally bad side.

Aw, they're waving hi to you!

Here's the bottom line. 

If you are comfortable marching alongside a NAZI. You are a NAZI.

And our President is a racist, ignorant, stupid asshole who has done something that no President has done before. He has defended NAZIS.

This will not be forgotten.

PS. Here's the ONLY appropriate response to NAZIS.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Where I stand

Every time America gets involved in a foreign conflict, there's a call to "Rally 'round the flag" and support the President. This happens in every foreign involvement, most recently in our invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Those that don't "rally" are called traitors.

I will state this plainly right now.

If we attack North Korea, whether or not they attack us or our allies, I will NOT stand behind President Trump. Trump has handled this developing crisis like a bully, without any sense, understanding or maturity. He is pushing a crazy, unstable dictator into a pissing contest with nuclear weapons.

Whatever happens, it's President Trump's fault.

(In case you missed it, yesterday Trump suggested we might intervene militarily in Venezuela. What moron would think that would be something we might do? Oh yeah, the moron we idiotically put in charge of our armies.)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to calm the fears caused by Trump's reckless Tweets and statements this week by saying that Americans can sleep well, suggesting that we're not really in any danger.

Hey, Tillerson. I'm not concerned with my own safety at the moment. I'm concerned with the millions of people who live within range of North Korean missiles. Those in South Korea, Japan, Guam and even Hawaii. If North Korea strikes, those are the lives on the line. Those are the lives President Trump is endangering with his rank stupidity.

I will not stand behind President Trump in this or any war of his own making.

The sorry state of America

Here's your daily does of outrage. 

First up, Scott Pruitt, who leads the Environmental Protection Agency. You know, the people whose job it is to make sure we have clean air and water?
Mr. Pruitt, according to the employees, who requested anonymity out of fear of losing their jobs, often makes important phone calls from other offices rather than use the phone in his office, and he is accompanied, even at E.P.A. headquarters, by armed guards, the first head of the agency to ever request round-the-clock security.
A former Oklahoma attorney general who built his career suing the E.P.A., and whose LinkedIn profile still describes him as “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,” Mr. Pruitt has made it clear that he sees his mission to be dismantling the agency’s policies — and even portions of the institution itself.
But as he works to roll back regulations, close offices and eliminate staff at the agency charged with protecting the nation’s environment and public health, Mr. Pruitt is taking extraordinary measures to conceal his actions, according to interviews with more than 20 current and former agency employees.  Link
It's been our reality for some time, but if you step back and think about it, the idea that some people in America are against an agency dedicated to making sure we have clean air and water is absolutely crazy. Also, I work at a federal agency and the thought of the Chairman having armed guards is bizarre and frightening.

Next up, reason #704 why America has become a laughing-stock among even our allies worldwide.
[Trump is] … chiefly driven by an obsession with unraveling Barack Obama’s policies. “It’s his only real position,” one European diplomat said. “He will ask: ‘Did Obama approve this?’ And if the answer is affirmative, he will say: ‘We don’t.’ He won’t even want to listen to the arguments or have a debate. He is obsessed with Obama.”  Link
Yep. Any time you hear about Trump doing something particularly inane out of the blue? Odds are it's because Obama took the opposite position.

And finally, here's a Twitter story about how propaganda has deliberately put us where we are today.

This may be the scariest story of all. Because how do we recover from that?

No Dignity at All - Charlottesville Edition

An act of right-wing terrorism took one life today and injured at least 19, when someone rammed a car into a group of people protesting the white nationalist, KKK, Nazi and alt-right "Unite the Right" marchers. This was a deliberate attack on the people who were protesting against hate.

So what does our "let's unify" President say in response?
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides," Trump said during a short statement. "It has been going on for a long time in our country -- not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America." (Emphasis added)

Trump can't even bring himself to condemn the right-wing, racist, nationalist hatred that inspired this attack. He can't even bring himself to condemn NAZIS. 

If the driver turns out to be a Muslim, do you think he'll be going after Muslims?

It's not MANY SIDES. It's not BOTH SIDES.


Make no mistake, the people marching for the Confederacy and the person who drove into a group of protesters support TRUMP. Trump has encouraged this through his words and his deeds and his message speaks very clearly to those (mostly white and male) who hate others.

I say this with all due respect. Fuck you, Donald J. Trump. Fuck you.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017


North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening – beyond a normal statement – and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen before.

Yes, putting a senile, narcissistic bully without any sense whatsoever in charge of the world's biggest nuclear arsenal was a brilliant idea. Way to go, America!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

The world (for now) continues to spin

Sorry I haven't had much time to post lately. Lots going on in my life at the moment. And I feel bad that so many of my posts are reactions to the tire fire in the White House rather than something more uplifting. But it's important that we document everything that's going on for history.

I don't have any outsized ideas about having any influence or reach. But if everyone, from news agencies down to average bloggers is speaking out, it reinforces the actual history we're living, instead of the fake BS the Republicans are trying to establish.

For your nightly outrage, here's something.
Six months into the Trump era, foreign-policy officials from eight past Administrations told me they are aghast that the President is still so witless about the world. “He seems as clueless today as he was on January 20th,” Boot, who is now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, said. Trump’s painful public gaffes, they warn, indicate that he’s not reading, retaining, or listening to his Presidential briefings. And the newbie excuse no longer flies.
“Trump has an appalling ignorance of the current world, of history, of previous American engagement, of what former Presidents thought and did,” Geoffrey Kemp, who worked at the Pentagon during the Ford Administration and at the National Security Council during the Reagan Administration, reflected. “He has an almost studious rejection of the type of in-depth knowledge that virtually all of his predecessors eventually gained or had views on.”  Link
Yeah, and sadly the same applies to most of his supporters.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Next up, he's taking a cruise on the Titanic!

Lifelong Republican who became a Democrat in 2015 to run for West Virginia Governor (and won), is switching back to being a Republican.
Gov. Jim Justice announced he’s joining the Republican Party during a rally with President Donald Trump on Thursday evening. Justice was elected as a Democrat in 2016, defeating Republican Bill Cole.

“Today I’ll tell you, as West Virginians, I can’t help you anymore being a Democrat governor,” he said during his remarks at Trump’s rally. “So tomorrow, I will be changing my registration to Republican.”
Yeah, seems like a great idea.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Let's try to imagine for a moment if President Obama had said this

Oh, for f--k's sake.
“That White House is a real dump,” Trump reportedly told members of his Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey, before teeing off recently.  Link

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I did not see that coming

Looks like I have to give credit to John McCain after savaging him earlier this week.

I don't know when he decided to vote NO on the Repeal Obamacare and Screw Over Americans Act, but he did and millions of Americans will get to keep their healthcare.

So, great job, John McCain. You surprised everyone. And this time in a good way.

Of course, the ACA isn't safe as long as Republicans are in power, so this fight isn't over. But for now, this is a good win.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

True colors always shine through

Once upon a time, John McCain was called a "Maverick"; a Republican Senator who was willing to buck his party to DO THE RIGHT THING. He rarely lived up to that nickname, but he did now and then. In his finest moment, during the 2008 Presidential election against Barack Obama, he stood up to a woman in the audience at one of his rallies. Watch:

The election loss apparently broke John McCain because he was never the same since. He lost his objectivity, his sense of right and fairness. Once in a while he would say something that sounded statesmanlike, but over the past 9 years those instances became more or more rare. And, of course, he's the man who unleashed Sarah Palin on the world.

Today, John McCain had a chance to regain his status as a statesman. As a Maverick.

The Senate voted this afternoon to move their Obamacare repeal legislation forward. With two dissenting Republicans, they needed every single other Republican to vote for the measure so that Vice President Pence could break the tie. But McCain was in Arizona due to recent surgery because of brain cancer.

Without revealing how he would vote, John McCain flew back to Washington. There, he had a choice. By voting No, he could end, hopefully for good, the Republican drive to destroy Obamacare and he could SAVE THE HEALTHCARE OF TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. Or, he could vote Yes and by his vote DEPRIVE TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OF THEIR HEALTHCARE.

Keep in mind that McCain is currently being treated for a
often fatal
incredibly expensive
form of brain cancer

McCain voted No. Obamacare repeal lives on.


You didn't even have to vote. If you had just stayed in Arizona you could have plead illness and not even gone on the record opposing your party. But you flew all the way across the country to screw over people and families. All for a tax cut for rich people.

You will forever be known as a cranky old hypocrite who foisted Caribou Barbie on us and laid the cornerstone for killing thousands of other Americans by DEPRIVING THEM OF THEIR HEALTHCARE. In the end, you were as craven, immoral and uncaring as the rest of the Republicans in Congress.

You had once last chance and you blew it. You are no Maverick.

You are a monster.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Another rat flees the sinking ship

So long, former White House Spokesman Sean Spicer, you half-witted, colluding, liar. This is yet another time when I kind of wish I believed in Hell, because there would be a place reserved for Sean Spicer.

I agree with this 100%:
The White House attracts all manner of toadies, suckups and flatterers seeking the president's favor, but never did any staffer demean, degrade and humble himself to the chief executive the way outgoing press secretary Sean Spicer did. [...]
[W]e find no Trump transgression so foul that Spicer would not grovel before it. When Trump praised North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and invited thuggish Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House, Spicer dispensed sympathy and understanding upon the despots. No Trump mistake was too mundane for him to correct: He insisted that the word “covfefe,” which appeared in a late-night Trump tweet, wasn’t a typo. When Trump alluded to secret Trump-Comey audio recordings, Spicer dodged all questions about their existence. After the president claimed Obama had tapped his phones at Trump Tower, Spicer created a diplomatic incident by falsely accusing British intelligence of doing the snooping.
 -- Jack Shafer
Go ahead and read the whole article.

The only reason Spicer will be remembered, besides being a liar for the most lyingest President ever who's probably going to end up in jail or kill us all, is because of this:

I love it about 20 seconds in when the audience figures out who's playing Spicer. Sadly, as funny as this sketch is, I would rather it not have been necessary.

I hope the only time I ever hear Sean Spicer's name again is when he's arraigned.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kids, use this as a cheat sheet in history class!

One of the things that leaders do is inspire us with their wisdom and understanding of the human condition. A knowledge of history is important and good leaders often use history to show where we should go by showing where we've been. And, of course, the ability to communicate directly to people in a relatable, understandable way is key.

(Actual quotes from a New York Times article)

For the time in office, five months and couple of weeks, I think I’ve done more than anyone else. They may have taken it as more than anyone else, period. But I’m talking about for my time. I heard that Harry Truman was first, and then we beat him.

Well, Napoleon finished a little bit bad. But I asked that. So I asked the president, so what about Napoleon? He said: “No, no, no. What he did was incredible. He designed Paris.” [garbled] The street grid, the way they work, you know, the spokes. He did so many things even beyond. And his one problem is he didn’t go to Russia that night because he had extracurricular activities, and they froze to death.

Same thing happened to Hitler. Not for that reason, though. Hitler wanted to consolidate. He was all set to walk in. But he wanted to consolidate, and it went and dropped to 35 degrees below zero, and that was the end of that army.
I have had the best reviews on foreign land. So I go to Poland and make a speech. Enemies of mine in the media, enemies of mine are saying it was the greatest speech ever made on foreign soil by a president. I’m saying, man, they cover [garbled]. You saw the reviews I got on that speech. Poland was beautiful and wonderful, and the reception was incredible.
Truly, wisdom has been revealed.

Oh, wait, those are the ravings of a senile grandfather in a sub-standard nursing home.