Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Firings At The White House

It's always on a Friday and if I was on Trumps staff I'd be super anxious at the end of the week.
Who didn't see this coming?
General Kelly and Bannon "mutually agreed" Friday would be Bannon's last day. Yeah, right.
Bannon is the 10th person to resign or be fired. Who's next? Sessions? Trump has said if he had known Sessions was going to recuse himself, he would have picked somebody else.
Stay tuned, for next Fridays episode of;

How much of a coincidence is it that less than a week after Charlottesville, Bannon is out?
Now he's supposed to be going after Trump at Breitbart, the way he went after Obama, since he doesn't see any difference between them.
I don't read that rag but it might be fun now!
This non stop musical chair game is just too much winning! Trump sure is draining the swamp.
It seems like the only thing Trump has managed to do in 200 days of his presidency is fire people, just like on the apprentice!
Wonder who Bannon's replacement will be? David Duke?
It kind of makes me wonder if Trump will just fire himself like his ghost writer said.
Seriously, I don't think anyone's job is safe there, except for Trump's kids. I usually don't  plan too far in advance, but I am definitely going to get some popcorn. I'm looking forward to next Friday!



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"It's On Both Sides, Both Sides."

For weeks, Americans have been whipsawed with threats of their already crappy healthcare being taken away. Then,  nuclear war with North Korea. Now, the aftermath of a protest gone wrong in Charlottesville, Virginia, and people still think our government or it's leader are going to say some magic words, so everything will be great again.
Whether you think Trump said the truth about "both sides" being violent or if you believe that  Neo-Nazi's wanted a peaceful protest, and anti-fa started it all.
 Maybe you were heartened by the pushback from of all people, Paul Ryan;

Anyone who thinks Paul Ryan gives a damn about anything but his re-election is seriously deluded. He was all in to repeal and NOT replace healthcare. 
One thing this country stands for, is making a profit off of sick people, oh, and bombs, lot's of bombs.
This summer has been nothing but a show. 
The greatest show on earth. 
All during the 2016 election I heard so much talk about Trump. 
He's going to give us all healthcare and he's going to get jobs back. 
I didn't hear anyone say how much they'd love a war with North Korea, or how wonderful it would be to see Trump sign a bill taking away healthcare and have no single payer to replace it. 
You know what? 
I don't hear anyone talking about him now. No one who voted for him has anything to say, it's like they went back to sleep after Trump fed them a poison apple. 
You know, I don't blame them. 
Mostly, they have Fox News or CNN blaring out of their TV's all day. 
All through the North Korean missile crises, my friends were strangely silent. They are even quieter now after the Charlottesville protest. 
I think they are shell shocked and have no way of explaining what exactly is happening in our society. 
Nothing adds up. 
People are mainlining heroin like there's no tomorrow and the mainstream media would have us believe that's true.
 ISIS is coming for us, North Korea is going to bomb us or Guam or the ocean, AGAIN. 
We are expected to believe what is coming out of these liars and frauds mouths. Not only the people who are elected but the people on TV, who spend everyday scaring Americans silly. 
I have no dog in this fight, I don't vote, I'm not a Republican or a Democrat. I don't want anything to do with any party and I can't believe after the months of chaos that our government has handed the American people, that anyone will go to the polls in November, and dutifully vote for the next local Republican or Democrat mayor, that will install her husband at the local Municipal Works, or the Democrat or Republican congressmen who's daughter will be hired, working on whatever party's  governors staff. It goes on and on, to the very top, where Trump has installed his daughter and son-in-law in the White House.
 He doesn't care about anything, but how much money his businesses will make out of this sweet president deal he's got, for however long it lasts. 
It's a racket, it's a scam.
 Here's another example, Jason Kessler, the man in charge of Unite the Right, the man who co-ordinated the "alt-right"protest in Charlottesville. It looks like he's not only a petty thief, but there's some sort of connection with him in the Occupy Movement. My point being, whether it's elected officials getting jobs for their spouses and kids or Kessler's shifting allegiances, moving wherever the wind blows him, these people don't care. 
You have to wonder what will be tomorrows distraction? Russia? Syria?
Anything, but looking at the people elected to run a functioning government. 
They can't and they won't. 
They are paid off by the banks, the oil industry, Big Pharma, the insurance companies. 
That's who your really voting for, and guess what? 
It's on "both sides, both sides."
You can take that to the bank.






Sunday, August 13, 2017

There's Nothing Supreme About White Supremeism

It is a really sorry day here in the good old USA, I am pretty sure things will continue to degrade and there will be more horrible incidents like this.
From what I have been trying to piece together, there was a protest over a statue of General Lee being taken down.

That's right, a bunch of white guys are upset about a statue of a guy who commanded the Confederate army on the wrong side of a civil war, fought over 150 years ago. 
I took a look at where these alt-right dudes came from, here's a website for an organization called Vanguard America.
Apparently they are very upset that white people will be a minority, "in the nation they built" 
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that these white dudes have never built a damn thing, except maybe a crappy website. 
I have known more than one of these types of  men, mainly, but also a few women. Take one of my neighbors, for instance;

He lives in Jersey, but just can't help displaying his Confederate pride. Along with his 80's style chair. Yeah, I know these alt-right people, you just can't reason with. They just want to fly their freak flag, like those alt-right protesters who have every right to march with their swastikas and Confederate flags. It doesn't seem to bother them that they are on the wrong side. Doesn't seem to bother them that no one wants them around or to be around them. 
3 people are dead because of their actions. This didn't have to happen.
It makes one wonder, how much free time these people have on their hands? They collect Nazi and Confederate paraphernalia and on a beautiful day, instead of spending time with friends and family, (who probably can't stand them) they are gung-ho for a protest about a statue and blind allegiance to a cause that died a long time ago. 
They are right to be worried about being a minority, they should be even more worried that they are going to be extinct. 
Donald Trump doesn't want to call this extreme craziness for what it is and dog whistles about "on many sides" you have to wonder if he was remembering his father's arrest at a KKK rally in Queens?
The Trumps have a history of civil rights litigation for not renting to African Americans. The weird thing is he has family who are Jewish and he didn't call out these Neo-Nazi's? Sad!

Photo from NY Daily News
The one in the middle is the one who decided to get in his car and mow down 19 people and kill a woman. 
Can you imagine wanting to be anywhere near these dudes? A bunch of baby-men playing dress up. What a bunch of knuckleheads. Is that a batting helmet that guy has on? WTF? Maybe I was wrong and they can make more than a crappy website. They can also make crappy shields. 
Making America great again with helmets and shields. What century do we have to go back to? This looks medieval. 
It is hard to believe that here we are in 2017 and I am actually writing about entitled, self important white dudes who identify with this kind of insanity. There has to be something very wrong with you, if you idolize Hitler and a statue of a dude who lost a war over who should be able to keep slaves, and you are afraid whitey is going to be a minority. 
Yeah, get a taste of that and see how it feels. 
Looks like there's some blowback for these alt-right confederate worshiping loons, because the mayor of Lexington, Kentucky is speeding up the process of taking down their Confederate statues, before more protests take place. Hopefully, this will continue, however, I am sure these shield carrying weirdo's will find something else to cry about. About all we can hope for is that this is probably the last dreadful gasp before these social misfits die off. Their time is over. I doubt anyone will miss them.
Especially the families of the people who died, because of a protest over a statue of a long dead Confederate general. 
Unless of course, it wasn't about that at all and it was just cover for their agenda, to cause a ruckus and a riot. 
There's this thing, it's called blowback, 
I hope they are real proud of themselves. Unfortunately I think they probably are, and  will double down. It's usually what people like them do. They can't dial it back and say things went horribly wrong, so they continue talking about their "phenomenal victory" says, Andrew Dodson, who calls himself a "racial realist." 
No, you aren't. You are an entitled white dude and you didn't get a phenomenal victory. He seems very like my neighbor down the street. He's oblivious to history, he's a total racist and I just steer clear of people like this. There's no hope. You can't reason or have a civil conversation with people that are delusional. These people are a minority and they know it, and they will continue to be more powerless while the rest of us progress. I just wish people didn't have to die because of their stupidity. Three people are dead, and that's the real story of this protest. 
Update; organizer of  Unite The Right, gives speech, and blames cops for the violence. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4786996/Organizer-rally-mobbed-gives-press-conference.html

Sunday, August 6, 2017

General Drama

The first thing I looked at when I heard about General Kelly coming on board as one of Trumps handlers, was Trumps twitter feed. I believe the tone has changed. This used to be such a source of hilarity to me.
I'm really going to miss this.
 Now it looks like Trump has an editor, if he's even tweeting this stuff at all. Probably someone else is doing it. He say's twitter is "the only way to get the truth out!"
Yeah, because you can't do that just giving a speech, right?
When I look at his twitter feed I think the last real weird thing he tweeted was blaming China for our North Korea "problem."
Meanwhile Trump goes to Ohio and West Virginia to give speeches, but not New York City where he's actually from. Nope. He goes and speaks to desperate coal miners, probably glued to Fox News, when they aren't at a stadium cheering for Trump.
How's that swamp draining going for you?
We now have three generals in Trumps cabinet, if I was a gambler, I would bet on yet another war to come along, along with the continuation of the war in Afghanistan, Syria and wherever else we feel the need to bomb.
Despite all the the jobs and economic data that says the US is great again, we are sitting on top of some giant bubbles, student loans, car loans and housing. If the economy crashes again, maybe another war will be needed.
We have been at war for 15 years now, I don't see that stopping. With the generals installed at Donald Trumps invitation, it wouldn't surprise me if one is being planned now. We already have deployed troops all around Russia's border and with North Korea acting the way they are, well it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand anything can happen,.usually our go-to are countries that don't have any sort of where-with-all to win against the US's firepower, yet we continue to get bogged down in stalemates, if not outright losses. But really, no one loses as long as defense contractors get rich.
Today is the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. I can't help but wonder who we are bombing right now? It seems like there's no end in sight.
Trump signed a Russian Sanction bill, when he campaigned for better relations with Russia.
What does that tell you? He's all in. Nobody twisted his arm to do that. He could have manned up and said no, but he didn't. (Read the FBI/CIA/NSA doc here) This bill was signed behind closed doors, no press. I can only guess that what was in the FBI, et al doc. was the evidence for the sanctions, but that is classified.
But- they were such good friends. 
Trump signed a bill tying his own tiny hands when it comes to Russia. His claims of making "far better deals" will not happen. This is a very clear sign and a very big deal. The House voted 419-3 the Senate 98-2. What that says is they are ignoring Trump, they don't trust him, but they are hardly trustworthy either.
Now there's a grand jury investigation being launched on the Trump-Russia connection. This means they are hoping to indict. They will be subpoenaing witnesses. They will also be looking at tax returns.
I am really getting tired of all the winning.
Thank God Trump's on vacation, he must be tired from all the things he's achieved in the last six months. Maybe he and the family are sitting around right now, playing a relaxing board game.

                                                                So much winning.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Actions Speak Louder Than Tweets (Deeds Not Words)

When dealing with chaos, I usually hang back an observe. I don't react, I research and I use a valuable tool; discernment. This is crucial when dealing with individuals trying to provoke a reaction, usually for attention, although there can be other reasons why people cause situations to erupt.
It can be for purposes of manipulation, control or just your average temper tantrum or rant. Unfortunately I have been around a handful of these types of people. Always, when these types of people are in power or in your vicinity, you need to remove yourself.
Out of control people, who aren't disciplined or thoughtful and controlled by impulses are a bad combination.
One of the reasons I have not been writing that much about Trump. is because I know this kind of chaos only escalates, He is like a car without brakes. I expect this chaos to continue, we are also,  living with a government that refuses to govern. There is nothing but gridlock.
The reasons for this I have documented over many years. Our representatives are controlled by corporations via lobbyists by "donations" i.e. bribes. They have no interest in doing anything other than getting re-elected, so the gravy train can continue and they can walk away millionaires.
There's a lot of talk, but it's actions you need to watch.
One thing that was very apparent to me, during the whole healthcare debacle was that, despite the media circus, it was going to come to nothing. People have been outraged by the thought of their healthcare being used for a political football.
The Republicans have had seven years to come up with a visionary plan to improve healthcare for the people who elected them. There was lots of talk, but no real action. Nothing of substance, just a bunch of promises. In the end, after two women fought like hell to keep the out of control GOPTeaparty dudes from getting their barbaric "skinny bill" passed.(why does anything with the word "skinny" in it, seem like it's cutting off fat, like its a damn gastric bypass?)  Senator McCain, freshly diagnosed with brain cancer, sporting stitches over his eye, is flown out to the Capitol Colosseum, like a conquering hero, but wait! First, he votes yes to drag things out a bit longer and keep the circus going, only to ultimately vote no. A senator, who is enjoying the best healthcare and will never have to worry he can't afford treatment.
You can bet, that defeat won't end things. The psychopaths want to burn the ACA down, this will continue. In my experience when things don't go their way, psychopaths like these just double down.
Now lets get to the psychopath in charge, I just hope I have enough room to type all this, because there's a lot of chaos to sort out.
Monday, July 24, Lets start with Trump's son-in-law Kushner and his closed door session with the Senate Intelligence committee. The Saturday previous, Trump came out with his Grand Pardon tweet that he can pardon himself, his family and who knows who else?  Kushner has at least 70 business investments he failed to disclose and Ivanka is living off a trust fund from her clothing business she promised to distance herself from. Okay. next! Because with everything that's happened this week, no one even remembers it.
Also on Monday, July 24, after Spicer's resignation on Friday, over his replacement Scaramucci who seems pretty scary, and is known for previous disparaging remarks about Trump is the new communications director.
Again, on Monday, July 24, the healthcare debacle continues with provisions, including the plan to defund Planned Parenthood that would be a violation of the Byrd Rule. They would need 60 votes to push these provisions through, as we know now they didn't have them.
Also, the Minneapolis Police Chief was forced to step down over a wrongful shooting of an Austrailian woman. 9 migrants died in a truck in Texas, desperate to leave Mexico. There was also a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, 35 people died. I am only scratching the surface of what happened on one day. Let's move on.
Tuesday, July 25, the Senate announced their healthcare BS plan was going to be put to a vote and is now open for debate, this was the crucial vote Mike Pence made to break the tie, McCain helped to prolong the agony. What a hero.
 Kushner spends another day with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Trump tweets about Sessions not going after Hillary Clinton in order to deflect attention from his family's business problems (this is a classic in the psychopath handbook) It's being floated out that Trump is considering that weasel Guiliani or Ted Cruz to replace the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions for recusing himself, from this latest scandal. Perfectly legal and sensible. If I were Sessions I would run and fast.
Wednesday, July 26,  More grandstanding from Republicans, acting like they are actually going to go through with their repeal and replace, while 100 protesters are arrested. The Senate still couldn't muster 60 votes, they got 43. That didn't stop them, the farce continues.
Trump continued his online bullying campaign on Sessions, Kushner is still testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee, the House votes to block the White House efforts to lessen the bill on Russian Sanctions for interfering in the elections.
Trump goes to Ohio and starts going off on Iran, even though Iran has complied with their nuclear obligations. Just another attempt to stir the turd and create more confusion so no one looks too close at Trumps family. He also asserted that he can be "more Presidential than any President, except Lincoln". Good to know he has at least one limitation.
Thursday, July 27, Trump decides to tweet that Transgender people aren't going to be allowed to serve in the military. Going against all his lofty campaign BS about his support for the LGBTQ community. My thought was, since when is a tweet an actual law? Is it an Executive Order?
How can a tweet be interpreted as Trump legally being allowed to discriminate willy-nilly?
Is he just going to tell them "You're Fired!"???
The Senate in it's ongoing LALA Land, Repeal without Replacing, unsurprisingly got voted down again. Now they can only hope for the "skinny bill" that sounds so damn dumb, but that doesn't matter to them.
Also Trump decides to appoint Pete Hoekstra, Republican Congressman, a Teapartier, against LGBTQ rights to be Ambassador to the Netherlands. God only knows what kind of  tomfoolery went on for him to get that position. The Netherlands has one of the most tolerant societies in the world. So we send this ignoramus overseas to prove how ignorant we are. Sigh.
Friday July 28,  The Skinny ain't happening and John McCain saves the day, while the women who fought all along are ignored; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska and Susan Collins, R-Maine. So this whole ridiculous waste of time, resulting in nothing, except the "appearance" of doing something. Lisa Murkowski R-Alaska, was threatened by the Secretary of the Interior, that her state would not be able to go forward with energy projects and the funding to support them. Classic, threats of financial abuse, a useful tool for psychopaths. he didn't do that on his own, Trump ordered that.
Do you really think this is the first time he has done that? Nope.
I guess the Senate has to prove they can do something, so it's time to go after Russia, and they approve a Russian Sanctions bill. God knows we need a war so let's ratchet it up. After voting no, a man who never met a war he didn't like, McCain is all in and got to vote yes! This is all for "alleged meddling" No one has given any hard evidence of this so-called meddling, that apparently only the US is allowed to do.
Lindsey Graham came out (let's not go there) against Trump saying there will be "Holy Hell" if Trump fires Jeff Sessions. Also the Department of Justice  argued that civil rights do not protect LGBTQ people from employment discrimination.
I saved the best for last, with Reince Priebus being fired. This useless rat is now saying he resigned Thursday, but who believes anything these liars say? Another General, John Kelly from DHS is taking his place.
My point being, in documenting all of this chaos, at least 15 political incidents in one week, and I probably missed a lot more is, what average person can keep up with this? It took me hours of reading all week long to keep informed of everything that's going on. It reminds me so much of what I heard and saw growing up in Silver Spring, Maryland, not far away from where John Mitchell had an accident on Connecticut Ave, driving away from a party. While two reporters were about to blow the lid off of DC.
 This is to give people some context, as to my perspective of the way I am looking at this political insanity. Most people don't remember how confusing and chaotic that time was.
Most people, are too busy and distracted to remember what happened on Monday, let alone Friday.
Everyone I know who voted for Trump, do not talk about any of the things he's done. They don't know the details of the healthcare bills that were voted on and voted down this week. People are not engaged in any civil discourse and just hang on to empty campaign promises that are being reversed, as usual and Trump is not alone in this. When are people going to wake up and stop voting for these liars? Why do they consent to go out on a Tuesday rushing to and from work to vote for people who don't give a damn?
This situation is only going to get worse and the stranger it gets with Trump, means that we will have to endure more distractions, confusion and maybe even another 9/11 event, or another economic crises, for rich people to get richer, like the Trump family, while the rest of us pay, and guess what?
With almost half the people in this country living in poverty, things could get ugly.
In the meantime, there will be more weeks like this. More tweets and online bullying from a man who thinks he can tweet and it's as good as law. It's delusional.
That's why you have to look at actions.
What is actually getting done?
What is actual law?
Who is actually matching their words with their actions?
                                                                 Deeds Not Words
                                                       Dropkick Murphy's
What I read this week;
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/28/republicans-healthcare-conservative-voters
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-26/make-america-safe-put-congress-permanent-recess-what-sanction-bill-really-about
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-norms-of-governing-are-collapsing-before-our-eyes/2017/07/26/ae32e112-7239-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-c%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.2a8e57833fd1
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/25/john-mccain-obamacare-repeal-240946?lo=ap_c1
http://www.salon.com/2017/07/24/career-advice-for-sean-spicer-work-nights-at-a-supermarket-like-i-did-after-he-cost-me-my-job/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/07/21/minneapolis-police-chief-resigns-in-wake-of-shooting-death-of-an-unarmed-australian-woman-by-officer/
http://wakingtimesmedia.com/chomsky-trump-distraction-used-deep-state-systematically-destroy-america/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4730382/House-aide-arrested-fraud.html
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-28/russia-retaliates-orders-us-cut-diplomatic-staff-seizes-two-compounds
http://washingtonjournal.com/2017/07/20/christian-pastor-just-said-democrats-pc-say-mccain-trumpcare/
http://www.ecosophia.net/men-unlike-gods/
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-energysecretary-idUSKBN1AB06G
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/opinions/trump-is-killing-the-republican-party/2017/07/16/048056dc-68c4-11e7-a1d7-9a32c91c6f40_story.html
https://www.vox.com/2017/7/28/15724206/reince-priebus-fired-trump






Sunday, July 16, 2017

I, Trumpius

Long time, no see.
I've been busy having a summer, offline. Which has been really wonderful.
 Until, I get online and see what the world has been up too. One thing that I noticed this week was this;
How creepy is he? I wanted to be shocked, but no, this guy acts like a bad online date from Plenty of Freaks. Donald Trump is probably in my dating pool. Since 70 year old dudes think they can get younger women, just like Donald Trump has. He is so bizarre.  However, I have met plenty like him. Guys who blurt out; "nice rack." You name it, they say it, that is, when they aren't outright groping you.
Trumps reminds me of some kind of Roman Emperor.
I think he has a lot in common with Claudius. Claudius, had  nephew named Caligula.
Nice family right?
Claudius was also an "outsider" the first emperor, born outside Italy.
Trump was thought of as an outsider.
"Potential enemies didn't see him as a serious threat" sound familiar? This was written about Claudius, but could easily be the way Trump was viewed by the GOP early in the election.
 Claudius, had a huuuuuge infrastructure program, building aqueducts, canals and roads.
Trump has a new infrastructure plan, but no idea when that will happen.
 Rome wasn't built in a day!
Claudius came to power through the murder of his nephew, Caligula, by the Praetorian guard and some senators. The rumor was Claudius knew all about it, but there was no evidence. Claudius liked to use his family connections, as a sort of brand, taking the name Caesar, also the name Augustus, and deleting Nero.
He was the first to use bribery regarding the military. Not necessarily a black budget, but I am guessing there was a Roman Military Complex that had to be maintained, conquests and annexations of other countries were the order of the day. Much like say, Trump and Qatar, (since son-in-law Kushner couldn't get them to loan him half a billion for his Fifth Avenue under-water property) perhaps another surge in Afghanistan? When you are an Emperor, you need more empire. You also need more money to vanquish the enemy, that's why the House just passed a $696 billion defense spending bill upgrade for the MIC.
 It's interesting that Claudius was dealing with the issues of who was a citizen and who wasn't?
Not much has changed, including a crackdown on people living in Rome, who were not considered citizens. In most cases people were given citizenship, but in some cases, "false citizenship" was considered a capital offence.
This seems to be a never ending problem. Especially for empires causing mass migration, from endless war, coups and mayhem. The difference being, that if you were in a Roman territory, you were also considered a Roman citizen. America just pillages, then waits for refugees to migrate.
The Roman senate had a good deal of people hostile to Claudius, so Claudius reduced their power. The American senate or congress for that matter can barely get anything done and there is barely anything but silence from them when it comes to Trump, unless he's tweeting about a female reporter's plastic surgery. He got some pushback, but I doubt he cared...
Claudius had to deal with several coups. 35 senators and 300 knights were killed during his reign. There's already been suggestions, that there has been a coup here in the USA, which is why Trump has not kept many of his campaign promises. Healthcare for everyone, yeah, right.
He kept GITMO open! MAGA!
Claudius was fond of gladiatorial matches, kind of like Trump and WWE

Claudius even fought a Killer Whale trapped in a harbor! Why? Did he need the ultimate fish story?   He got a bunch of his army buddies to spear the poor thing, it was already trapped from having nets thrown on it.
 I could totally see Trump doing that.
Claudius married four times, so Trump needs another go round to catch up with Claudius.
Get this, Claudius had "weak hands" Trumps got tiny hands. Sometime's he gets a smacked hand.

It's been a pretty strange summer. While we watch America do NOTHING GREAT, AGAIN.
It's pretty much guaranteed we will continue declining like Rome did, I look forward to seeing more bizarre behavior from the Cheeto-in-chief, more idiotic tweets, more excuses, maybe trying to pull another foreign dignitary's arm off?
 We are winning, so bigly.

                                                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudius

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Neverending War

This is the 400th post on this blog,
A journey I started almost 6 years ago. I was pretty confused about what was going on here, in the USA, That was 2011.
 I was just beginning to go down the rabbit hole.
The research I was doing invariably led me to a chain of corruption, bribes, nepotism & cronyism.
It definitely wasn't what I thought it would be.
If you could have told me then, that Donald Trump would be president in 2017, I doubt I would have believed it. At that point, I was just beginning to understand why nothing was getting better, in this country and today it is much the same.
Actually, it is worse.
We are still bombing and droning the same countries we were back in 2011, but with an updated list. We still are the largest purveyors of weapons worldwide.
Still have the worst healthcare, for an industrialized country.
We've got guns, guns and more guns and there's another shooting in Orlando today, almost a year after the Pulse Nightclub attack occurred. There's going to be more, Americans know this and they just shake their heads and move on.
Back in 2011, when I was new to blogging, most  people I knew were struggling. In 2017, almost half the country is in poverty. My point being, that nothing much has changed and things have degraded for the average American.
So how do you explain that?
I am trying to think of something that the government has done this year.
6 months into Donald Trumps presidency, with majority Republican in both houses, what has actually been accomplished?
He had a party in the Rose Garden for a healthcare bill that has no chance of making it through the Senate, making healthcare worse again. Seriously?
I looked at the list of signed legislation since Trump took office;
 A Joint Resolution For The Regent of the Smithsonian Institute? A Joint Resolution for the Bureau of Land Management to prepare, revise, use land, initiated by Liz Cheney, she was proud to "stop one more Obama Administration policy that was part of an eight-year war on the west."
If anyone knows about war, it's Dick Cheney's daughter.
 I think this piece of fairly unnoticed legislation is pretty telling. Since it seems to be about giving the power to manage these lands back to the states. Who knows how that's going to work out? More pipelines, more mining, probably, but Obama wasn't very effective when it came to water protectors and "letting things play out"
Well, the oil is flowing now, despite 3 spills so far. Corporations win again, Trump had investments in the parent company of the Dakota Access pipeline, he says he divested, but there's no evidence of this.
The only thing that really counts is corporate power. There's a healthcare corporation between you and your doctor. Almost everything Americans do has some kind of corporate structure involved, that's propped up by government corporate welfare. And they call us useless eaters.
If anything, since 2011, corporations have more power, while Americans have less full time work at minimum wage. It's not going to improve, if we go by Trump's first 6 months.
However, nothing improved with Obama either.
Americans are still heavily invested in a two party system that does nothing for them. It's all the illusion of choice. I still don't hear anyone bragging about anything that Trump has accomplished,
I kind of understand. I just spent a few hours of my life trying to figure out what, exactly, Trump has done, by going to actual government websites. If it takes a college educated woman, who's been blogging for about six years, part of her day to figure out what is going on, then  the average exhausted over worked American, doesn't stand a chance.
Most people just hear about Trump's tweets. That's where they get their information.
This is where we are, it's like George Carlin said, the government doesn't want critical thinkers. The government is winning, because no one is paying attention between the bombings and the shootings and the daily chaos of Trumps tweets and that's not an accident.
When are people going to figure out that they've been played? It's a con.
The policies of the last 6 years and before, when Bush invaded Afghanistan, has led to the terrible circumstances we find ourselves in today. There is no doubt in my mind that what is happening in the UK with the terrible attacks, right before their elections is blowback.
How long before it's our turn again?
We just armed Saudi Arabia to the teeth and now they've cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar and this has everything to do with picking a fight with Iran. Trump has aligned himself and thus, the rest of us with the Saudis. Why? Qatar-Iran gas field probably. Not to mention Israel is no friend to Iran either, it's a win-win for Trump and if we keep meddling it's going to be a lose-lose for us.
This is the man that didn't want to involve us in any more wars, but is about to put another surge in Afghanistan.
400 posts ago, I guess I had a lot more hope, but now, you can predict how things will play out. Corporations have taken over the government and that includes defense contractors, who will clean up in the next conflict.
To make matters worse, after the UK tragedy over the weekend, Trump was hellbent on criticizing London's mayor on twitter, co-opting a tragedy. Totally cringeworthy. Totally heartbreaking, but not unexpected, I do expect him to keep ginning up for another war.
From 2011 to 2017, here I am writing about more, neverending war.
My only hope came from watching Ariana Grande and others performing in Manchester. Trying to give something back to the people who have suffered as a result of terrible decisions made by our leaders. I'll just leave a little video of her and the Black Eyed Peas here.