Friday, March 17, 2017

POST #700: Random Observations

The Blizzard of '17: Wasn't that a time?


Hi, folks! How's President Donald Trump working out for ya? I'm sorry, I'll stop.

The following are a series of unrelated thoughts regarding the present-day train wreck in the life of Idiot Nation. So sue me.
 
1: BREAKING NEWS!
 
Secretary of State and Exxon Stooge, Rex Tillerson, is this morning threatening North Korea with military action. Here's a gentle prediction for you:
 
Before it's is all over, this maniacal administration is going to be responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people. I do hope and pray that I'm not understating the situation.
 
2: A Pox Upon  the Elderly
 
In another perfectly hideous idea (The current administration is overflowing with perfectly hideous ideas - or haven't you noticed?) the Trump Mob has decided that the government will no longer fund something that is known as "Meals on Wheels". In a lame effort to justify the unjustifiable, House Speaker Paul Ryan stated (with a straight face, I swear!) that he has not seen any "effects" from the program. Really?
 
I once chauffeured a woman delivering those meals whose automobile was on the fritz. For three consecutive days I assisted her as she made her rounds, even entering the homes of the elderly and housebound people she helped to feed. If anyone reading this has any pull with Speaker Ryan, tell him that I have seen the "effects" firsthand. The looks of appreciation and thankfulness on the faces of everyone I encountered were impossible not to see.  The love was palpable. It's hard to estimate the number of folks who will be greatly harmed by the loss of Meals on Wheels.  Some of them will die. I hope the Republicans reexamine this one. Wishful thinking, I know.
 
I had this beautiful experience about twenty-five years ago. I'm sure none of the many people I encountered during those three memorable days lived to see the era of Donald Trump. That's probably just as well.
 
3: Blame the Limeys
 
Two weeks ago tomorrow, Donald Trump - in a pathetic attempt to distract attention from the ever-metastasizing Russian/wiretapping scandal - tweeted early in the morning that he had uncovered evidence that his phone had been tapped by Barack Obama. Apparently, the man is too heartbreakingly stupid to understand that he was accusing the former president of committing a felony. After a bi-partisan investigation proclaimed that Trump had not been bugged (electronically speaking only) he made the jaw-dropping declaration (via Sean Spicer) that it hadn't been American intelligence agents doing the dirty deed, it was British spies all along - possibly, we may assume, even James Bond himself. To say that the government of merrie olde England was not amused is putting it mildly. It's quite an achievement to piss off the Brits; in fact I do not recall any American president in my lifetime upsetting them at all
 
Are you last holdouts ready to concede what is by now an embarrassingly obvious point? The president of the United States of America is out of his fucking mind. Case closed.
 
4: Guns For All

In the wake of every mass murder for years, the right wing (within congress and without) have repeated the same stale talking point endlessly: It's not about the availability of guns, they say, the problem is all those crazy people out there. It's hard to argue with that logic. Certainly one of the many reasons for Idiot Nation's appallingly high murder rate is the fact that there are too many guns out there - and that way-too-many mentally ill persons have easy access to them. So what did the House of Reprehensibles do this week? They approved legislation that would make it easier for veterans who are "mentally incapacitated" or "deemed mentally incompetent" to obtain even more of them. Ain't that somethin'? Twelve Democrats joined two-hundred and forty members of the GOP in supporting the bill. If nothing else, this will make the suicide rate of those veterans (already disturbingly high) soar into the stratosphere. This is one way to lighten the load of caring for them I suppose. It also makes the NRA smile.

Three-and-a-quarter years ago, twenty-six human beings (twenty of them little children) were slaughtered inside of a Connecticut elementary school. You would assume that something that horrific would have touched the hearts of our "representatives" in Washington, wouldn't you? Think again. Fuck the children. Let 'em bleed buckets

I just now learned an interesting statistic that I'd love to share with you: If the members of congress committed suicide at the same rate as American veterans, the joint would be deserted within twenty-five days. Isn't that a lovely thought?

5: A Tip of the Hat to the S.S.

Now that the administration of Barack Obama is officially history, I can say out loud what I only dared think for the last eight years: For most of his stay at 1600, I honestly believed that he would not leave office alive. No president since Abraham Lincoln ignited such extreme hate from the less enlightened quarters of American society. No president since Lincoln had received as many treats against his life. Whenever I watched live televised footage of him mingling with crowds of strangers, it would make me wince.  It is a tribute to the Secret Service that the man was able to get out of town alive. Let's hear it or them.

6: Donnie and Angie

A few minutes ago the joint press conference in the East Room of the White House with Trump and Germany's Angela Merkel came to a merciful end. The tension between the two was fairly apparent. Merkel was probably wondering what the hell she was doing being seen on the same podium as this putz. The Donald was twice asked by German reporters about his wiretapping charge against Barack Obama. He denied making the charge and blamed it on Fox News. At an Oval Office photo-op, when asked by a photographer to shake hands with each other, both of them ignored the question. It was so awkward and uproariously funny. Say what you will about this president, he never fails to provide the unintentional comedy. In this respect he makes George W. Bush look like an amateur.

This is a president who doesn't do the diplomacy thing very well at all. This is black comedy at its strangest.

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

SUGGESTED LISTENING:

A Drop of the Hard Stuff
by Peter Sellers

A St. Patrick's Day greeting from one of the greatest comic actors of the last century. This was recorded in 1958 in Studio Number Two at Abbey Road in London. Every ethnic stereotype is presented in this record - and yet it still plays well fifty-nine years later. That's the beautiful thing about being Irish. You just can’t offend us! Here’s a link to give it a listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di6yX3yVAtM 

The man is irreplaceable.

SUGGESTED READING:

PBS Changed Our Lives
from The Rant, 3/5/11

Not to the surprise of anyone who bothers to pay attention, it has long been a dream of conservative politicians to kill the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Trump administration has announced that they have every intention of doing just that. This is a particularly atrocious idea (one of a bazillion perfectly atrocious ideas). I covered this touchy subject in a piece I wrote six years ago this month. Here is a link to read it if you’d like:
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Understatement: Sending these nincompoops to Washington was not a particularly nifty idea.

9 Comments:

At 9:34 PM, Blogger woodenman1954 said...

These Republicans nowadays seem like they all belong to a satanic cult. Every thing they do is evil, spiteful, and selfish. Their whole purpose in life is to take from the poor and the middle class and give to the 1 percent.

Trump wants to get rid of the CAFE standards just so the car companies can make a little more money selling gas guzzlers and the oil companies can sell more gas. The public gets screwed and air pollution increases dramatically.

Who of sound mind can defend this nonsense and bullshit that the Republicans are going forth with?

 
At 7:44 AM, Blogger Les Holmes said...

In the ever depressing drama that feels like an unreal dream that is unfolding before our eyes, I do appreciate that you can find humour in this administration's blunders.

Dark days indeed.

 
At 7:45 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

woodenman1954: "Who of sound mind can defend this nonsense and bullshit that the Republicans are going forth with?"

None, of course, but they'll die trying.

Equally apparent and not to be ignored, the Democrats are complicit -- and have been for a very long time. Until the American people abandon the mindset of "two-party" domination, and instead vote for their own self-interests -- not that of the ruling one-percent -- they'll wallow in this cesspool provided by the elite; for the elite.

The stock market bubble so lauded by cultists of the ruling Republican party, several of which troll this very blog, is close to bursting. Prime financial indicators are worse than just prior to the Great Depression -- and also the mini-collapse that started rearing its ugliness in late 2007.

The powers-that-be either see it coming and are too impotent to stop it, because they don't know how and are transitioning to "higher ground" in hopes of riding out the storm -- or they're intentionally milking the system for all that it's worth, ignoring the telltale signs, and in their irrational and psychopathic syndrome think they're immune to the effects of worldwide collapse.

Either way, or even if one chooses to select a third option, the current financial paradigm is running out of assets, slowing in velocity, and is approaching the inevitable.

 
At 12:50 PM, Blogger Michael Stivic said...

Tom,

I'm upset that Rachel Maddow exposed Trump's 2005 tax return which showed that Trump paid 25% while Bernie only paid 13%. Bernie said everybody should pay their fair share. I guess everybody but him. Whose side is Rachel on, maybe she is now working for the Russians?

Also, Donna Brazile finally admitted giving Hillary questions in advance of debates. It is so sad to see what wikileaks has exposed about corruptness within the Democrat party. No wonder Trump got elected.

 
At 1:09 AM, Blogger Majormajor said...

The end of Bird Bird is near unless liberals start a "Go Fund Me".

https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/create

So depressing, almost as depressing to find Uncle Bernie pays only 13% in taxes to the IRS. Yet he owns 3 homes. Maybe he could sell one of them to save Big Bird, putting HIS money where his mouth is. lol

So sad.

 
At 7:34 AM, Blogger Michael Stivic said...

Tom,

It must have been awkward for Angie. Remember when the previous administration tapped her cell phone?

Also I think Rachel Maddow must have received an envelope of cash from the Russians to display Trumps tax return which shows he paid 25% while Bernie pays 13%.

Bernie has 3 houses and pays 13% and says everybody must pay their fair share of taxes. Everybody but him. amirite?

 
At 10:28 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Komrad Michael and Komrad Major have a lot of distracting to do now that Dear Leader and his apparatchiks are under FBI investigation for collusion with Putin.

And Comey's exposing Dear Leader's lie about Obama's wiretap is icing on the cake.

Better bitch about Bernie and Rachel, amirite?

It's not easy living in Trump's Republican LIE LIE LAND.

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

It wasn't the Russians who bungled Benghazi, it wasn't the Russians who cheated Uncle Bernie during the democrat primary's, it wasn't the Russians who promised if we liked our DR. we could keep them, it wasn't the Russians who designed Obamacare, it wasn't the Russians who bragged about fooling the American public about Obamacare, it wasn't the Russians who picked the most unlikable candidate in years(HRC) for the democrats, it wasn't the Russians who told HRC not to campaign in MI, PA, OH, it wasn't the Russians who caused HRC to pass out and have to carried into her waiting SUV, it wasn't the Russians who convinced HRC to believe the polls showing her winning in a land slide, it wasn't the Russians who started the controversy over transgender.

So how exactly did the Russians help President Trump win?

 
At 4:02 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Major wins a free Russian flag with "Thank you Russia" across it. The Trump Zombies actually have these.


"Thank you Russia, for making America great again".

That makes sense only in the crazed zombie cult of Trump's Lie Lie Land.

Putin thanks you, Komrads. Very, um, "useful" of you.

 

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