Category: Barack Obama

Donald Trump first 200 day report card a disaster

The wheels are coming off in the Oval Office

Republican voters should remember this
Republican voters should remember this

The wheels are coming off and Donald Trump knows it so he goes to the only people who still like him, his loyalists. Even this base is dwindling according to veteran GOP pollster Neil Newhouse who said, “There’s no question they’ve slipped just a little bit. I think you can probably argue that it’s gotten a little bit smaller.” I think it’s more than a “little bit” with a plummeting favorability rating where 56% disapprove of his presidency. With clear signs that his support with the Republican Party may be diminishing, and without his base, he has no chance in passing any legislation. And the GOP must certainly be concerned over his election prospects in 2020.

Trump brags but it’s all inherited from Obama

So far it is perfectly clear to most that Trump has done nothing to improve the economy, even though he brags about the million jobs he has added since taking office. Pretty sophomoric when compared to the average 181,000 jobs Obama averaged adding the last six months of his presidency compared to Trump’s 179,000. The key factor here is that Donald trump has made absolutely no improvement over the Obama administration. Here is an assessment by Matt O’Brien of the Washington Post

  • “This, in a lot of ways, is the archetypal Trump story: trying to take credit for something he inherited. In his business career, that was all the money and connections he got from this father. Indeed, while Trump likes to say that he turned a “small” $1 million loan from his father into a “massive empire,” the truth is that Trump’s father arranged and guaranteed all of the bank loans that made his son’s first big project possible.”

Trump’s most laughable statement since entering office

T-rump, the blow-hard, makes it sound like everything that is happening that is good is all thanks to him when, in fact, he inherited a good economy from Barack Obama, but hasn’t done a damn thing to make it better. His laughable account of his achievements, “No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days,” is perhaps the most bizarre statement made in his new administration. Here’s another comparison…

  • “He brags about a “surging economy and jobs,” despite the fact that the economy and jobs are growing at exactly the same rate as before he took office.”

Interesting video on Donald Trump’s removal from office for incompetence…

Can the left take advantage of Trump incompetence?

While criticizing the way the unemployment rate was calculated during the election, he now embraces it as the real thing. O’Brien says, “In other words, Trump has done nothing and has congratulated himself for the economy Obama left behind.” And through all this haggling over facts and figures that pan Donald Trump, Democrats hope that voters will overlook their failings and outright blunders in 2018 and somehow a miracle will happen. Not likely, but what could happen is just enough of the public will be so discouraged with Trump and his shenanigans that the left will take over the Senate, maybe even the House, but at least narrow the Republican majority.

Businesses are also affected by Trump’s zany behavior

In its finality, Trump’s freakish behavior and the general dysfunction he has created in the White House and all over Washington could have a negative effect on businesses. Large corporations do not like uncertainty and are now concerned that Donald Trump will not be able to deliver on any of his promises. According to the Washington Post, this includes tax cuts, health care, and a China crackdown and infrastructure. Because of this many companies have been forced to “… put important hiring and investment decisions on hold, potentially crippling an economic expansion that appears ready to accelerate.”

Maybe daddy will bail him out again

So, what it all comes down to is the fact that after inheriting a good economy on the way up, T-rump hasn’t got the skills to even keep it going, much less make improvements. The following is a poor referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency: CSX chief executive E. Hunter Harrison said, “I’ve never been through a time when this country is like it is, politically, ever. So I don’t know what’s going to happen in Washington, and the scary thing is I don’t think they’ve got a clue, either.” One other executive said, “What we need is predictability,” and in yet another case, it was stated that uncertainty “simply freezes the investment community.” Maybe Trump’s daddy can bail him out again.

Obamacare YES? or Obamacare NO?

Latest Timeline for McConnell’s Senate healthcare bill

The Washington Post came up with a Monday timeline on the progress of Mitch McConnell’s healthcare bill that he has proposed to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act. As everyone knows by now, Senate leader McConnell hates Barack Obama so much he is willing to dismantle or repeal Obamacare, even when 53% of the public indicated they wanted to keep it as late as mid-2017. The man is the worst kind of example of what the Congress of the United States has become. Incompetent do-nothings who use their office primarily to benefit themselves and to push a radical conservative ideology. McConnell’s treatment of Obamacare is a shining example.

Early in the morning on Monday, Arizona Senator John McCain commented for the WP Timeline, “I think my view is it’s probably going to be dead.” Still early, Donald Trump gave Congress something of an ultimatum to get healthcare done. T-rump followed up…

  •  “I cannot imagine that Congress would dare to leave Washington without a beautiful new HealthCare bill fully approved and ready to go!”

Republican Sen. Susan Collins wants to work with Democrats

It was around noon that Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, made the statement saying that it was time that the GOP and Democrats worked together to fix healthcare. And then there were Republican protesters outside Republican politicians’ offices across the country venting their anger. Apparently, Mitch McConnell doesn’t know when he has lost and continues to tweak a bill that most agree has no chance to pass. Vice President Mike Pence, in his usual out in left field remarks said that “…Republicans might have to resort to a straightforward repeal of Obama’s law…” Something most know is no longer likely to happen.

Senate bill would lead to 15 million fewer Medicaid enrollees by 2026

One of the major concerns of the public is what the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) will do to Medicaid. The CBO estimates that it would lead to 15 million fewer Medicaid enrollees by 2026, compared to Obamacare. But McConnell, in his usual double-dealing approach, claims the Senate’s health-care proposal won’t lead to cuts in Medicaid. For this misleading statement just to sell his piece of shit, McConnell gets 3 Pinocchios from WP’s Fact Checker. But if the BCRA isn’t going anywhere, what’s next? Still plodding, McConnell says he will have the revised version of the healthcare bill today, while delaying Congress’ recess to third week in August.

Rep. Sen. Ron Johnson says McConnell handling of healthcare bill a political blunder

But Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, said the whole mess was a political blunder by Mitch McConnell due to the fact that he conducted the health care debate as a partisan, all-Republican effort. His actual comment: “It’s just not smart politically.” Indicating to me that Senate head McConnell isn’t the crafty tactician both he and his GOP caucus thought he was. If you want a true characterization of this bigot, he can be described as a hateful racist who used his position of power to try and destroy a piece of legislation that more than half the country favors, just because of a psychopathic contempt for Barack Obama, in part because he is black.

50 votes needed to advance bill not there

Considering the chaos within the ideology of the Republican party, it is pretty certain that they will never get the 50 votes needed to move the bill forward. And now here comes GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah with yet another healthcare bill that has begun to divide the Republican caucus members in their support on Tuesday. There are some connections to Obamacare but the bill is obviously not ready for introduction yet. This was Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s depiction of the Senate’s healthcare bill…

  • “The GOP strategy to pass the bill, he said, is ‘the kitchen sink right now — they’re just throwing more money at everything.’”

It should be noted that Paul’s promise to his constituents was to repeal Obamacare. How long have these dullards been trying to do this with absolutely no success?

 

 

 

53% of American public want to keep Obamacare

The DESTROYER of healthcare

That number should be shattering to anyone thinking of repealing the Affordable Care Act, but not to a callous, self-centered, reckless politician like Mitch McConnell. This lowlife that leads the Republican Senate has made it his mission in life, a hateful and racially motivated one, to oppose Barack Obama on any issue, whether it benefits the country or not. He has been trying to repeal Obamacare since its inception. And the deplorable part of this is, eight out of ten Republicans support him. McConnell is clearly thinking only of his Republican base when 53% of Americans want to either keep the ACA as it is, or work to improve it.

This despicable moron is first hell-bent on getting rid of Obamacare simply because of its attachment to the former President. Second, to appease a bunch of misguided Republicans who care only about themselves with absolutely no regard for the millions of Americans out there who will lose their health insurance. The latter is a trend since the GOP took over the Congress with, by the way, the lowest ratings by its constituents ever recorded in history. The survey reveals that 45% of the public opposes the Senate bill, but there are 40% who say they don’t know enough about the bill. That is because the deceitful McConnell did everything behind closed doors.

But this is all changing according to a recent article in The Nation by Luisa Bertman, titled, “Resistance is Rising in the Heartland. It features the new mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, black, who was elected by 93% of the vote in the general election. As a matter of comparison, Jackson has a 79% black population, but is located in a deep South red state. This is only one of a string of victories by Progressives at every level in races all around the U.S. This is all the product of Bernie Sanders run for President in 2016 and has become widespread due to the grass-roots movement of The Revolution. More on this later.

The hope is that by 2018, there will be enough momentum that the left, with the substantial help of Progressives, will take back the Senate, and, yes, the House. With a liberal Congress, autocrats like Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and particularly Donald Trump, will have their hands tied and their mouths shut. Here’s what an Obamacare supporter from Illinois had to say…

“Donald Jones, 61, a sheriff from West Frankfort, Ill., who was among those called in the survey, has seen both the benefits and costs of Obamacare. “I had one relative who probably was uninsurable and was able to get insurance that they wouldn’t have been able to get otherwise,” he said in a follow-up interview. ‘I had another family member who was forced to get insurance that they really can’t afford to pay.'”

One of the major concerns with the Senate healthcare bill is pre-existing conditions. McConnell says insurance companies can’t disallow any pre-existing conditions, that is, through the front door. But, of course these sneaky bastards have created a back door. The Affordable Care Act had provisions in the bill that considered pre-existing conditions with some leniency in certain cases, but with “guardrails” that assured the health care needed. The GOP bill takes away these guardrails leaving the insured person vulnerable. Here’s an illustration…

“Consider, for example, a family with a spouse or parent with cancer whose drug treatment costs thousands of dollars for their drugs. They think they have a victory in that under the Senate plan, their insurance company can’t explicitly charge them more because of their family member with a pre-existing condition. But, unfortunately for them, they find that they live in a state that allows insurers to offer plans that don’t cover prescription-drug costs. This family will face nothing but bad choices.”

All in all, most knowledgeable people agree that the Senate healthcare bill is a piece of shit. Pure and simple. If McConnell gets the votes he needs to pass this abominable legislation, there could be a revolt of the real kind by the people who will be ruined financially. The revolt will hopefully take out both Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

Donald Trump brings United States down worldwide

Don’t tell me I’ve been impeached

The world’s confidence in Donald Trump is 22% compared to President Obama, 64%, when he left office. When it comes to how we are favored by foreign nations, 49% under Trump, 64% for Obama. It is hard to realize what these countries must be thinking now when the U.S. has generally had responsible presidents, some with faults, but most of the time they were balanced by a sane Congress that put the USA before politics. Now, unfortunately, we have a pathological liar, a confirmed lunatic for a president and a Congress with ratings by its constituents that are the lowest ever recorded in the history of our nation. Incompetent, self-centered, and need to be dumped.

They asked several countries, Who do you trust more to handle world affairs? Here are some of the results…

Germany – Trump 11% – Obama 86%
Canada – Trump 22% – Obama 83%
Australia – Trump 29% – Obama 84%

There are more but these are some of the major countries with which T-rump has had altercations. The Washington Post had some interesting facts re. T-rump and his issues…

76% disapprove of building U.S./Mexico border wall
73% disapprove of withdrawing support of climate agreements
75% think he is arrogant
62% think he is dangerous
26% think he is qualified to be President of U.S.

Frank G. Wisner, a former diplomat who served under Democrats and Republicans, is surprised at Donald Trump’s disdain for the way the U.S. has conducted itself in foreign affairs for years that include, “…democratic governance, free markets, collective security, human rights and the rule of law.” Continuing…

“America’s image has taken hits in recent years, from the decision to invade Iraq to the events of 2007 and 2008, when the American financial model took a huge hit,” he said. “But the most consequential is the ascent of Mr. Trump to the Oval Office.”

WP reports that it took George W. Bush plus Iraq eight years for our ratings to dive overseas, Barack Obama eight years to restore them, and Trump only six months to take them back to the bottom again. But on top of all the foreign problems he has created, there are more at home where it has become obvious that his inability to sway even his own party on the Senate healthcare act has made him look “impotent.” WP reports…

“History suggests that presidents who have governed successfully have been both revered and feared. But Republican fixtures in Washington are beginning to conclude that Trump may be neither, despite his mix of bravado, threats and efforts to schmooze with GOP lawmakers,” Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Ashley Parker report. As GOP consultant John Weaver puts it, “When you have a 35 percent approval rating and you’re under FBI investigation, you don’t have a hammer.”

Donald Trump has become pathetic at home and pathetic abroad. The time has come to consider impeachment. And it is clear that public polls have found that “…majorities of Americans disapprove of Trump’s overall job performance and his handling of foreign policy.” Nicholas Guyatt, an American historian at the University of Cambridge…

“…attributed Trump’s low favorability abroad not just to the spectacle of bedlam in Washington but to a deeper disconnect between the American president and the rest of the world.”

Abroad, Guyatt said, people see that Trump’s vision of American greatness is a relic.

“We’re in an uncertain place, because if the U.S. is no longer playing this role in a particular vision of world order, what’s the substitute? A different vision? Chaos?” he said.

But to cap it all off, here is the epitome of the egotistical behavior of a lunatic that has been elected to President of the United States by a gang of double-digit morons. Donald Trump placed in the halls of his golf courses in the U.S. and other countries a picture of him on a Time magazine cover. It is a fake. The headline is, “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash.” Time magazine has asked Trump to remove the “fake” magazine covers from all his golf clubs.

This is what you double-digits elected and now the rest of our country, and the world, has to suffer for it. Here’s my solution. Once T-rump is impeached, he will certainly return to Trump Tower. I say we should vacate the rest of TT of everyone but Trump, round up all those who voted for him, and force them into the Tower with Trump. Put an electric fence around it, keep them supplied with food and water, and try to return our country, and the world, to normalcy. Peace.

 

 

Trump threatens Dean Heller on GOP healthcare vote

T-rump continues to sink below the level of the bottom of the barrel with his most recent move against Dean Heller re. his opposition to the Republican’s healthcare bill. “America First Policies, a White House-backed outside group led by the president’s top campaign advisers, has launched a $1 million attack against Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.).” A Twitter ad accused Heller of “standing with” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and there was more….

“Unacceptable,” the video says. “If you’re opposed to this bill, we’re opposed to you.” [the latter meaning Heller.]

There is even talk of America First Policies expanding its advertising campaign, which is focused on both “…punishing Heller and at swaying his vote, and it is a stunning act of political retaliation against a member of the president’s own party.” T-rump has been concentrating on his Russian problem so much, he has neglected the GOP healthcare plan, leaving his dirty work to the Trump PAC. By zeroing in on Dean Heller, Trump and America First Policies is telling all Republican Senators how they had “better” vote on the bill. Republican National Committee chief of staff Katie Walsh said…

“For the greater part of a decade the GOP has promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, taken dozens of votes to do so, now, with the ability to keep that promise on the horizon, legislators are wavering,” Walsh said. “Sen. Heller’s decision to walk away is unacceptable and sends the wrong message to the rest of the senators who are still working to get to ‘yes.”

On the other hand, America First Policies has pissed off Mitch McConnell with its threat against Dean Heller, a Republican, because his is a vulnerable seat and the Democrats will do everything in their power to elect their candidate. Apparently neither Trump nor the PAC gave McConnell nor anyone in the GOP any idea of what their plans were, so it came as a complete surprise, particularly to Senator Heller. With his reelection obviously on the line now, it remains to be seen if he will cave to pressure, but he did say he felt it would be very hard for him to come up with a “yes” vote.

The Trump/Heller divisiveness goes back before the 2016 election. In trying to win over Capitol Hill Republicans, including the Nevada Senator, Dean Heller made it perfectly clear, “…that he was no fan of the GOP nominee.” As a matter of fact…

“Heller was quoted as saying he had no intention of voting for Trump. Trump has since made clear to top advisers he doesn’t view the Nevadan as an ally, said two people close to the president.”

In addition to the five Republican Senators who have voiced their opposition to the healthcare bill, there is Susan Collins who said on ABC’s This Week, that…

“…she has “serious concerns” about the legislation as written and wants to see the Congressional Budget Office’s official score.”

The report is out and the Senate Republican healthcare bill will result in 22 million people losing their health insurance.

And it’s not good for older Americans, age 50 to 64; those fourteen years before being eligible for Medicare could result in increased insurance costs, all of which has been negotiated secretly behind closed doors. Here’s what the bill does to that age group…

“AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond says the Senate bill imposes an “Age Tax” on older adults, which would allow insurance companies to charge older Americans five times more for coverage than everyone else and cuts the tax credits that help make insurance more affordable.”

AARP is also concerned about millions of low income Americans, and also children and adults that have disabilities. LeaMond said…

“The proposed Medicaid cuts would leave millions, including our most vulnerable seniors, at risk of losing the care they need and erode seniors’ ability to live in their homes and communities.”

What all this distinctly means is that Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have absolutely no compassion for anyone but rich Americans and corporate America. The Senate healthcare bill is a fraud and Congress knows it. But what matters most to Mitch McConnell is his hate for Barack Obama, therefore Obamacare. That is what this is all about.

California passes health bill U.S. Congress should follow

Yes…That’s Mitch McConnell

The California Senate has sent to the House Assembly a Universal Health Care bill that will cover every Californian. Shades of Bernie Sanders who ran for President on the same issue, a health care plan that would have covered all Americans. He lost in the Democratic primary, and Hillary Clinton failed miserably in her attempt to beat Donald Trump. It was Trump’s intent from the beginning to dump the Affordable Care Act with the help of Senate head, Mitch McConnell who provokes the following comments on the Internet…

Why does everyone hate Mitch McConnell?
It’s hard not to hate Mitch McConnell.
People like Bernie Sanders, hate Mitch McConnell.
Obama Obstruction Has Made Mitch McConnell America’s Most Hated Politician.
Mitch McConnell is the most unpopular Senator.

These comments come from a number of news sources reflecting the opinions of voters throughout the United States, many in McConnell’s district. And the list goes on and on, but with one constant denominator, Mitch McConnell is despicable. I wouldn’t dwell on this issue except that it is this contemptible man that is trying to destroy Obamacare and replace it with a health care system that favors the wealthy, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, corporations, and the average insured individual be damned. And this is because Mitch McConnell, a known racist, hated Barack Obama. It’s the little man’s way of getting back at the former President who won his second term in spite of McConnell’s hate campaign.

California’s new health care system will be a government run program replacing the Affordable Healthcare Act, or whatever a Republican Congress comes up with. “Senate Bill 562 will finally enable California to cover all of its residents, creating a healthier and stronger state,” said Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, in the Sacramento Bee. Here’s further description…

“Under the plan, government would negotiate prices with doctors, hospitals and other providers, acting as the ‘single payer’ for everyone’s health care in the place of insurance companies. All Californians would receive coverage regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.”

There is considerable concern over how to pay for the California plan and, “Cost has been an insurmountable road block for similar attempts to create a universal health care system in California in the past.” It has been estimated by Amherst researchers, commissioned by The California Nurses Association, that the cost could be $331 billion, but less than the $400 billion the Senate forecast in May. The nurses also came up with…

“…$225 billion in existing federal and state funding used for health coverage for low-income Californians, as well as other tax subsides, to help pay the tab.”

Lawmakers themselves suggest creating…

“…two new taxes in the state: a 2.3 percent gross tax on businesses revenue above $2 million and a 2.3 percent general sales tax on everything except housing, utilities, groceries and other necessities.”

So far, all the moves seem the very least that can be done to insure that all the citizens of California are covered for health care. But, this all runs counter to the move by the GOP to dump Obamacare and thrust their own version of health care on the American public. However, even fellow Republicans have put a hitch in Mitch McConnell’s plans in a report by The Hill

“The Senate healthcare bill had a rocky rollout on Thursday as Republican senators complained it doesn’t do enough to repeal ObamaCare or lower healthcare costs.”

Some on the radical right of the Senate think the new bill does not go far enough in anti-Obamacare changes. Moderates, on the other hand are “…concerned about the bill’s impact on constituents enrolled in Medicaid.” Susan Collins, another moderate, and perhaps the most sensible republican in Congress, criticized the fact that the bill will “…rein in Medicare costs starting in 2025 by imposing indexing it to a lower inflation measure than what House Republicans used in their bill…”

“It is lower than the cost of medical inflation and would translate into literally billions of dollars of cuts and that would mean states would be faced with very unpalatable cases of restricting eligibility or allowing rural hospitals to go under,” she said in a statement.

It is obvious that Republicans will never even consider a California-style bill; it’s much too sophisticated for GOP minds. But all of this points to one thing: U.S. voters are fast tiring of the same old Republican tactics favoring the wealthy and corporate America and will rush to put the record straight in 2018.

 

 

 

 

Trump Super-Pac ad forges Obama book in GOP Georgia race

I’ll be back!

In the Jon Ossoff/Karen Handel Georgia congressional race, Great America Alliance, billed as the “largest and most effective pro-Trump Super PAC,” ran radio ads targeting black voters falsifying words from Barack Obama’s 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father. It is where “he describes a barbershop haircut he got in Chicago in the 1980s, just days after he moved to the city for his new job as a community organizer.” The Washington Post describes it this way…

“Obama’s barber, named Smitty, speaks in the passage of the racial and political tension in Chicago before the city elected Harold Washington as its first black mayor in 1983, and the neglect African Americans felt from the Democratic Party at the time.

In the paperback version of the book, Obama directly quotes Smitty’s words. In the audio version, Obama reads them aloud.”

The ad begins with the commentary of a black Trump supporter who rakes the Democrats over the coals once again for failing to come to the aid of black Americans. The ad goes on…

“A plantation. Black people in the worst jobs. The worst housing. Police brutality rampant,” Obama says. “But when the so-called black committeemen came around election time, we’d all line up and vote the straight Democratic ticket. Sell our souls for a Christmas turkey.”

Autry Pruitt, the speaker, then says don’t “sell out for another Christmas turkey,” which is the implication that, Smitty, the barber is referring to Jon Ossoff as the sell-out. In other words, Smitty is recommending a vote for the Republican, Karen Handel, or perhaps no vote at all. Purely and simply a forging of the words of former President Barack Obama by the Trump Super-Pac. Here’s what PolitiFact had to say…

“PolitiFact, a fact-checking publication run by the Tampa Bay Times, assigned the Great America Alliance ad its ‘Pants on Fire’ rating for being misleading.”

We’re used to Donald Trump spewing a ceaseless string of lies and now we have his Pac, no doubt with unlimited Republican funding, to pick up the deception and run with it. The battleground where this is all going on, Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, is firmly in GOP control but with a 13% black population, there is enough hope to bring civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) to campaign for Ossoff. The results were extremely close, Ossoff losing by only 5 points. In the last election, Tom Price, who left to join Trump’s cabinet, won by 23 points. Meaning everything is moving closer to a potential Democratic win in 2018.

Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to Obama, said the use of former President Obama’s voice was fraudulent. He continued…

“Deceptively using President Obama’s voice to suggest people sit out of the democratic process is a form of voter suppression and it not only signals weakness, it runs counter to our American values.”

Ossoff’s defeat is yet another in a long line for the Dems this year, and that, considering Donald Trump has a favorability rating of only 38.4 after 153 days, his unfavorabilty at 55.8, according to Nate Silver”s FiveThirtyEight. Ossoff was clearly against Trump in the race, Karen Handel for but barely referring to him, after Trump had tweeted support for her on Monday. Although this was an important race, its outcome did not spell disaster for Democrats. What it told us is that this district, which mirrors several conservative strongholds across the country, has closed the gap between the ratio of Republican strength compared to Democrats, emphasizing the latter on the move.

Ossoff had the following to say to his supporters…

“You showed the world that in places where no one even thought it was possible to fight, we could fight.”

Jon Ossoff is only 30, is a former congressional staffer, who raised more than $23 million, and he was able to build a devoted grass-roots following for the future. “His defeat is also likely to lead to more criticism from the wing of liberal activists who want a more confrontational style embodied by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.),” commented WP. But here is perhaps the Dems biggest problem now…

“Ossoff’s loss raises real concerns about the continued potency of Republican attacks against Democrats by tying them to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The anti-Ossoff campaign seemed to veer from issue to issue given the week, but the one constant thread over the last four months has been linking him to Pelosi.”

In this Georgia district, Nancy Pelosi’s disapproval ratings were 35 percentage points higher than her approval numbers. She needs to go the way of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

 

 

 

 

Bigots and racists can’t fault Kathy Griffin

How can the radical right take offense at Kathy Griffin’s severed head picture, considering the way Ted Nugent unleashed his numerous hateful comments against former President Barack Obama? Griffin was punished for what she did. Nugent became the White House guest of Donald Trump. Nugent is also a gun nut who, “…went on a rant onstage during a concert and said vile things about both Obama and Clinton, using expletives to refer to both. This lowlife said at a NRA convention in 2012, “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.”

Back in October of 2012, a North Carolina Tea Party racist hung President Obama in effigy, and took his presentation on a tour around the country, ending up in New York city. I conversed by email with VR Phipps, who was a Command member of the Tea Party from Faison, NC, who denied everything he had done. Including even being a Tea Party member. North Carolina also has concentrations of active hate groups, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, including Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi, Racist Skinhead, Neo-Confederate, Black Separatist, Anti-LGBT and Anti-Muslim.

But Griffin had this comment re. the Donald Trump bloody head photo…

“…the photo was intended to be in protest of Trump’s sexist words to journalist Megyn Kelly during a 2016 Republican presidential debate, in which he said the former Fox News host had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever” when she asked him about his past comments regarding women.”

That’s not a photo, but it’s about as graphic as it gets in terms of text illustration. In Peoplepolitics, Alec Baldwin, who has made a recent career of lampooning Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live is in full support of Kathy Griffin…

“Kathy… f— them,f___them. F— them all,” Baldwin, 59, wrote. “No one believes you meant to threaten Trump. Trump is such a senile idiot, all he has is Twitter fights.”
“Ignore him,” Baldwin continued. “Like the leaders of all the other countries in the world. Ignore him.”

AMEN!

Kathy Griffin is now taking a great amount of flak from Donald Trump and his family, and she says they are trying to ruin her career…

“As a result of the first family bullying her, she has been vilified, getting death threats, fired from multiple jobs and had multiple events canceled,” Lisa Bloom, her attorney, said.

Okay, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of this whole fiasco. Kathy Griffin posed with a bloody, severed head of Donald Trump, and everyone, including the Secret service goes ballistic, somehow assuming a threat against DT’s life. Ridiculous, of course. But a Tea Party nut can hang Barack Obama in effigy while he is still in the Oval Office, parade this around the country including New York city, hardly drawing major attention. Ted Nugent denigrates both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and is rewarded with an invitation to the Oval Office by Donald Trump.

Kathy Griffin commented, “This is a woman thing,” as is much of what Donald Trump’s past problems have been. No one will forget his most famous comment about what a “star” could do to women…

“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

The upside to this whole thing is that Kathy Griffin has promised not to be intimidated by all this; rather, that she will continue to use Trump as fodder for her comedic material. “I’m going to make fun of him more now,” she said.

Right on, Kathy!

Why Memorial Day?

Saigon evacuation

Officially, Memorial Day is the day we remember all those members of the active armed services that died in a war. That would be many…

World War One-17 million
World War Two-416,800
Korean War-36,914
Vietnam War-58,220

World War One was billed as the war to end all wars. It didn’t. It seems more like it set the mold for future generations to build from. Folks, this was when they fought face to face in the trenches and often, the method of killing the enemy was with a bayonet. Now that is up close. My father was in that war and he brought home a German rifle, bayonet, and two German helmets, one an enlisted man, the other an officer. He never told me exactly how he acquired them. This war started from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, then spread around the world.

World War Two was started by a dictator, Adolph Hitler, lasted for six years, and ended with the U.S. dropping an atomic bomb on the Japanese. As Wikipedia put it, “It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries in a state of ‘total war.'” Japan surrendered and today is one of our closest allies. Before Hitler there was Benito Mussolini, then there was Stalin. Dictators have ruled from the beginning of time and will continue to as long as power is concentrated and there are people who succumb to deceptive promises.

Korea was ruled by Japan from 1910 until the end of WWII, when it split into two regions, each with separate governments and claiming to be the legitimate government of all of Korea. The war had its ups and downs for both sides until an armistice was signed July 27,1953, creating the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea. There were several leaders in North Korea following the war but in 1994, Kim Jong-il took control and ruled until his psych son, Kim Jong-un took over. Here’s how he runs his regime…

“Kim Jong-Un has picked up where his father and grandfather left off, by overseeing a system of public executions, extensive political prison camps, and brutal forced labor,” according to Human Rights Watch.

Unfortunately, there is no Memorial Day for these deaths and others like them…

The Vietnam War was fought against America as the aggressor, and produced, perhaps, some of the worst horror stories of any before it. No one will forget that picture (above) of people trying to get on one of the last helicopter evacuating Saigon, which transported more than 1,000 Americans and more than 5,000 Vietnamese out of the city. I had a close friend, until his death, who related to me his chilling experience. He and other American soldiers were attacked by hooded Vietnamese with knives; he shot and killed two. When he removed the hoods, one was a young girl.

As they say, war is hell but currently we are stuck with a “potential” situation that won’t go away. No. Korea’s present leader, Kim Jong-Un, persists in rattling his swords of war and dares the United States to call his bluff. President Obama seemed close to some meaningful negotiations in March of 2016, but it all tanked when the U.S. demanded No. Korea’s nuclear weapons be a part of the talks. And Kim Jong Un just tested a missile capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead. But now Donald Trump has decided to shoot down a simulated North Korean ICBM intercontinental-range missile.

I am using Memorial Day here to point out the unneeded wars that have been fought and to illustrate the fact that we just might be headed back into another one with a dictator on one side, and our very
own oligarch on the other. Will it ever end? I will leave you with a list of fatalities from all U.S. Wars and Conflicts…

American Revolution (1775-1783)                4,435
War of 1812 (1812-1815)                              2,260
Mexican War (1846-1848)                          13,283
Civil War (1861-1865)                               620,000
Spanish-American War (1898-1902)               385
World War I (1917-1918)                           116,516
World War II (1941-1945)                         405,399
Korean War (1950-1953)                            36,574
Vietnam War (1964-1975)                          58,220
Gulf War (1990-1991)                                      383
Afghanistan War (2001-present)                   2,381
Iraq War (2003-2012)                                   4,500

Happy Memorial Day!

God forbid I would agree with Donald Trump

Thanks to President Bashar al-Assad

If President Bashar al-Assad gassed his people in Syria, there is no doubt that he deserves to be drawn and quartered. IF. Then President Barack Obama in 2013, was in the same position as was Trump recently when he called the strike on the Syrian government. Obama backed off because of intelligence from James Clapper, of his national security team, that indicated the Assad government did not cause the attacks. Trump acted once again on visuals that portrayed the gassing, but did not wait for the follow-up intelligence to corroborate the strikes. The kind of thing that could start war.

The Huffington Post criticizes the general media, particularly CNN for relying on handouts from government sources for confirmations and not digging deeper to uncover sidebars that could change the direction of the investigation. Like the fact that where the gas was released, Khan Sheikhoun, was “…ground zero for the Islamic jihadists who have been at the center of the anti-Assad movement in Syria since 2011.” The catch here is…

“Up until February 2017, Khan Sheikhoun was occupied by a pro-ISIS group known as Liwa al-Aqsa that was engaged in an oftentimes-violent struggle with its competitor organization, Al Nusra Front (which later morphed into Tahrir al-Sham, but under any name functioning as Al Qaeda’s arm in Syria) for resources and political influence among the local population.”

The question arises, was Donald Trump, in his quick reaction, duped by Al Qaeda? It seems to be Donald John’s MO to make his decisions based on visuals, and not always those that can be verified. And the experts are asking why would Assad “…risk everything by using chemical weapons against a target of zero military value, at a time when the strategic balance of power had shifted strongly in his favor.” But there have been so many instances of gas attacks in the past, that it is hard for one to determine where to place the blame. Particularly including ISIS, Al Qaeda and all their factions.

The U.S. so far has placed the blame clearly on the Syrian government, along with Russia and Iran. During the Syrian War that has been going for about six years, the Syrian government has used chlorine gas regularly and along with chemical attacks some 1,100 Syrians have been killed. There are reports that ISIS has used mustard gas in the country. So, with so many different political coalitions at work, at the same time, in the same place, is there any way to determine who is responsible? Or is this exactly what Bashar al-Assad wants? The perfect cover.

So, what should be the strategy? Iraq had a dictator and George W. Bush captured him and later he was executed for similar atrocities. Russia was also involved in that country, and the U.S. still proceeded. If anyone could pull off another GWB in Syria, it would be Donald Trump. The big question is, would he do it right? To do that would require getting some sound advice, and to do that would probably mean going outside the current administration advisers. That wouldn’t happen, but no problem, DT would just order satellite photos and take it from there.

HP’s opinion of general media reportage…

“…outlets like CNN embrace at face value anything they are told by official American sources, including a particularly preposterous insinuation that Russia actually colluded in the chemical weapons attack; the aforementioned presence of Russian officers at Al Shayrat air base has been cited as evidence that Russia had to have known about Syria’s chemical warfare capability, and yet did nothing to prevent the attack.”

And where does the final blame lie?…

“The real culprits here are the Trump administration, and President Trump himself. The president’s record of placing more weight on what he sees on television than the intelligence briefings he may or may not be getting, and his lack of intellectual curiosity and unfamiliarity with the nuances and complexities of both foreign and national security policy, created the conditions where the imagery of the Khan Sheikhoun victims that had been disseminated by pro-Al Nusra (i.e., Al Qaeda) outlets could influence critical life-or-death decisions.”

Just how far are we from WWIII?