Thursday, June 22, 2017

Post #718: Random Observations

With my niece, Olivia: 6/17/17
The following tirade is a series of somewhat disconnected thoughts on the amusing train-wreck that passes these days for the national conversation in the life of Idiot Nation. Before things get any better they're going to get a lot worse. We do indeed live in interesting times which, although undoubtedly a curse, is also a blessing.
1. Fox Idiocy:
I honestly believed that the ongoing catastrophe of the Trump White House would have been the ideological straw that broke demented camel's back for the knuckleheads over at the Unintentional Comedy Channel. I tuned into the first fifteen minutes of Fox and Friends this morning just to see what their take would be. To my surprise, Trump's "victories" are all they could swoon about, without mentioning one of those "victories" by name. What was left unmentioned was the continued implosion of this incompetent, disgusting administration which seemingly compounds itself with each passing week. When you wake up in the morning, try on occasion to check out the first ten minutes of that program. It really is a riot.
By the way, is it my imagination, or is Steve Doocy an idiot?
2. Kiss the ACA Goodbye:
In the days leading up to the unveiling of the GOP's secret healthcare plan, Mitch McConnell refused to meet with representatives of the American Medical Association or any accredited group that is dedicated to the humane care of and treatment for people who are seriously or mortally ill. True to form, old Mitch had plenty of time for lobbyists for the pharmaceutical  companies.
TAKE IT TO THE BANK (On second thought, put it under the mattress): A lot of people who are currently insured (myself included) will not be insured very much longer. This is nothing more than a none-too-subtle scheme to defund Medicare and give another tax break to a class of people who already have more cash than they'll be able to spend in three lifetimes.
Keep voting Republican.
3. Bloomy's Gloomy Prediction:
Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg made what can only be described as an alarming prophecy yesterday: Not only is Donald Trump going to serve out his first term, he's going to be reelected in 2020. It's an understatement to say that this thoroughly depressed me; it send me into a blind funk from which I have yet to completely recover. Bloomberg, after all is a pretty smart guy, one who could hardly be described as a right wing extremist. My first reaction was to think that the poor man had lost his mind. On further reflection, however I had to concede that he might indeed be on to something. The people of this diseased nation are so completely dense in the matter of civics, that eight years of Donald Trump in the White House is almost inevitable.

The cockeyed optimist in me wants to believe that Trump will resign before the year is over. He'll place the blame for that decision on the "fake news media", but the real reason will be that, by resigning, he'll delude himself into thinking that the scandals and investigations will come to an end. They won't.
4. And Reagan I Miss You
(Sung to the tune of Bobby Goldsboros's maudlin 1968 masterpiece, "Honey")
One time I thought that Ronald Reagan's presidency
 was the worse thing possible
But that was many years ago and nowadays
that sentiment seems laughable
In 2016, somehow, the electorate
coughed up an unhinged billionaire
I never had faith in the voters
but I never realized how dumb they are
And, Ronnie, I miss you
And I'm feeling blue
I've lost all of my senses
I'm nostalgic for you

And see the debt how big it's grown
But, friends, it hasn't been too long
It wasn't big
In early 1981 the debt that's now a redwood tree
Was just a twig
Truth be told, all of the worst presidents in American history are starting to look pretty good in hindsight. Somebody shoot me, please.

5. Consider This:

The president of the United States, since taking office five months ago, has picked a fight with each of our major NATO allies. He's also poked the proverbial stick at China and North Korea. And yet all is fine between him and Vladimir Putin.

I'm sure that's just a coincidence.

6. Keep Your Eyes Wide:

I have no doubt that, in an effort to distract us from the unfolding scandal that is destroying his presidency, the Donald is going to manufacture a few "incidents" that will render the more gullible portions of the population sick with paranoia. Don't let him further divide us. We're divided enough already.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


A Presidency Running on Praise
by Michael Harris

Michael Harris is a writer from Canada. He has Donald Trump pegged and nailed. A very entertaining read!


At 5:55 PM, Blogger mike said...

Good rant Tom.
You say, "Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg made what can only be described as an alarming prophecy yesterday: Not only is Donald Trump going to serve out his first term, he's going to be reelected in 2020."
I wonder, for three reasons; two being health.
1) Trump is going senile. Just compare his speech from today to ten years ago. If its Alzheimer's, the deterioration will be noticeable exponentially.
2) He's a prime candidate for a heart or stoke attack. An old mortician friend of mine once said, quite candidly, "We don't have too many funerals for fat people over 75." It's not only his fat. Stress kills. It has been leaked from the WH that he's screaming at the televisions. So would you be surprised to hear he was rushed by ambulance to the hospital?
3) His win margin in 2016 was a negative one. How many of the 60 million wilol vote for him when he doesn't meet his election promises over four years. Unemployed coal miners won't. How many hundred thousand Americans will lose their jobs because of Canada, which is fast-tracking trade with the USA to the EU and Asia. 38 of 50 USA States depend on Canadian trade. Canada and the USA have been the two largest trading partners in the world. With that dried up, who will the USA trade with? Mexico? Canadian tourism is through the roof, thanks to the Muslim ban. Watch the employment fall in USA firms dependent on tourism. The only way the GOP could win in 2020 is if they run a new candidate against Trump.

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Michael Stivic said...

Fellow progressives,

A couple of nights I was smoking some really good cannabis and California Dreamin about all that California money going to Georgia's 6th district to seal the win for Jon Ossoff.

I was Hoping for some Change in Obama's Tsunami which has wiped out 1000 seats at the Federal and State levels under his reign.

Fellas the Tsunami hasn't stopped. Lets face the facts. Just Say'n whats on my mind.

Jon Ossoff couldn't even cast a vote for himself. Where did the Democrats get this clown for a candidate?

That $30 million Ossoff got could have fed a lot of starving children. amirite?

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Tom Degan: "...Mike Bloomberg made what can only be described as an alarming prophecy yesterday: Not only is Donald Trump going to serve out his first term, he's going to be reelected in 2020."

Let me offer a counter prophecy: The United Sates will experience economic collapse or civil or world war, or any or all cited, during this administration. The only way this president will leverage a win in 2020 is through sheer manipulation of the electoral system or by declaring martial law.

He'll never win legitimately, simply because he will not have any achievements to run on.

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

I just accidentally deleted several comments that were pending,=.

My sincerest apologies, folks.

If you wrote a comment that didn't show up, please feel free to write it again.


At 3:02 PM, Blogger woodenman said...

Tom, it would be nice if you deleted any post you do not like after it is up. That way there can be an actual dialog here between the people that comment here. I write a comment and several days go by before I see it posted. I feel you swung the pendulum too far, before anything went and now you are too rigid. James

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Majormajor said...

I agree with James.

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Darrell Michaels said...

I have to agree with Woodenman. Before it was over-the-top with the tangents travelled and some of the rhetoric spewn. Now, what was at least lively and fast moving debate is stifled and exceptionally slow moving. Perhaps editing or deleting certain posts after the fact by you as you deem appropriate, Mr. Degan, would be a better solution. Anyway, that is just my opinion, sir.

At 7:02 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Just ban Clucky for being completely irrelevant and that would solve half your problems.

At 8:49 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I think this is more DNC bumbling of the type that brought us Hillary. After sending money that I can ill-afford to to try to make America real again, for me to get 3-4 per day shrill, alarmist "last minute" appeals for more money was idiotic over reach on the part fo the campaign. Shows they had no clue what to do with the money they had. forgive me, i know I must sound like a cliche RW'er railing against Liberal tax adn spend, but it does seem apt.

At 7:43 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

if you are bothered by the idiocy of the present 'political discourse,' consider switching to the thermite hypothesis.


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