Monday, August 21, 2017

Might As Well Face It, We're Addicted To War.

While people are still playing with their eclipse glasses, it's time to trot out more war.
 With Trump unable to do a damn thing, one thing he can do is continue an unpopular war no one wants. He's gonna give a great big speech, so news channels will have something to talk about.
Not that it matters. Any president with as many generals as Trump has, is going to be influenced by the Pentagon. Maybe, he's influenced by Betsy DaVos brother, Erik Prince, you know where he works? Academi a/k/a Blackwater.
 I have done my share of blogging about the Bush Administration and their ties to Halliburton and Blackwater, I am not shocked, that the same old, same old playbook is going to come out, AGAIN.
I won't listen to Trump's speech.
I really don't care what he has to say.
I know it's going to be a con to send more troops and spend more money in Afghanistan.
We can't have single payer healthcare or anything else to improve Americans lives, so lets double down on war. He does not care and he's got no problem sending more people off to die.
Bush did it, Obama did it, and now I guess its Trump's turn to be a tool and  give us another heaping, stinking helping of waste, in a country we never had any business being in.
I expect for most Americans, it will be a big yawn, or the media will make such an American flag and apple pie spectacle of it, you'll have to use your eclipse glasses again, to keep the rockets red glare from burning your eyes out.
 If anyone actually protests against ANOTHER surge, I will be shocked.
If Nazi's march it's bad, but war? Who cares?
People are so used to it by now, it's just another day.
I don't even know why he's going to give a speech?
He doesn't have to convince anyone of anything. He's just going to do what he damn well pleases, like he's always done.
His kids aren't going to fight in Afghanistan and Trump dodged the Vietnam War draft.
A real patriot.
So I guess, John McCain will be happy and Lindsey Graham, that Trump will send more troops and order billions of dollars worth of equipment, American exceptional welfare for Raytheon and Lockheed-Martin and various privatised caterers and mercenaries.
The Military Industrial Complex, paid a lot of bribes and they want a return on their investment and now Donnie's got to cough it up.
There's no end in sight and I doubt anyone in congress or the senate will do anything but go along with the whole charade.
Meanwhile teachers are scrambling for materials for their classrooms and struggling parents are trying to save enough to buy new back-to-school shoes for their kids, from their three crappy jobs they hold down, with no benefits.
They aren't going to watch that speech on TV, they can't afford cable.
If it's any comfort, It would have been the same if it was Hillary or Trump.
America is married to bombing, invading, sending Americans off to get killed or maimed, maybe if their lucky, when they get back, they won't commit suicide.
This is Bush's legacy, it's also Obama's and now it's yours Trump.
So much winning.
                                                                  Not a good omen.

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.

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.