The recent shooting and massacre of seventeen at MSG High School has resulted in a groundswell of calls for sensible gun regulations. A nineteen year old maniac bought an AR-15 rifle easier than he could buy a six pack of beer and killed three adults and fourteen students. Since the tragedy, there have been numerous demonstrations and calls for politicians to show some courage and fix the loopholes that allow individuals, mentally ill or not, you purchase weapons of war.
Well, guess what! Ain't nothing going to happen. The cowardly politicians, owned by the NRA and claiming their second amendment rights, are going to do as they have before after Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, and other massacres. NOTHING! These gutless wonders along with the PIECE OF SHIT, Trump, who accepted thirty million or more from the NRA will posit meaningless fixes which will go nowhere; and they don't want them to.(GOP Politics)
There is only one way to reducing gun violence in America and that is to put meaningful restrictions on gun purchases, for instance licensing, and outlaw AR-15 rifles. Neither of these fixes can happen until people wakeup and vote the worthless Republican Party out of office, everywhere. And also any wimpy-ass Democrats.
Marches and speeches are great for raising awareness of the problem but voters have to keep in mind that the Republican Party doesn't give a damn about voters. They care about donors, only. Hence, if you really want change, get off your ass and vote them out of office and put someone in who has commonsense about gun safety.
For those of you who can do basic math, the deficit will rise one trillion dollars this year and the national debt reach Twenty Trillion Dollars or $249,000 for each American family, congratulations! (See article on home page). November 2016, sixty-three million Americans voted into office not just a criminal and a traitor in Trump, they also elected a party of hypocrites who claim to be responsible budget overseers and seeking to limit government spending. What they got was a group of thieves who have long believed that the working class were suckers and should pay for every war, disaster, and corporate welfare.
In December 2017, this august group of thieves passed a tax scam that lower the taxes to 21% on corporations, must of whom paid no taxes anyway and made their outrageous profits on slave labor, environmental destruction, and lax government regulation. Even before the scam was passed, we had natural disasters in Texas, California, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and Florida. All of these caused tens of billions of dollars in damage. And let us not forget the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq which waste a billion or two dollars per day. And then there is the opioid crisis which kills a hundred people per day and costs the nation seventy-eight billion, annually according to the CDC. Did I mention infrastructure which needs about two trillion dollars or more in improvement?
Now, anyone with a thumbnail of intelligence would forgo lowering taxes and would possibly consider making an effort to collect taxes from corporate tax evaders like Apple, GE, and countless others, or even raising them. How about ending loopholes, or stopping tax deductions for offshoring American jobs, or even restructuring trade deals that protect American jobs? I don't mean to be a radical anti-capitalist but it seems to me that commonsense should have prevailed. But as I have heard many times: commonsense is not that common.
So as a result in this monumental display of governing incompetence by the clown-in-office, Trump, and his sycophants in the Congress, America is broke and the responsibility lies with the sixty-three million fools who elected this garbage into office and the ninety million who did not even bother to vote because they believe voting makes no difference, and both sides are the same. REALLY! Your credit card is past due, fools.
As this embarrassment to humanity, Donald Trump, goes to World Economic Forum in Davos, the American people must prepare to be made the laughing stock of the world once again. One week ago as this blatant racist was calling non-white countries "shitholes", one has to wonder what he will say to some wealthy African leaders from South Africa, Nigeria, and Egypt who will be present, real leaders who have the respect of other world leaders. But, of course, he will probably ignore them and rush to the Norwegian leader and praise them on their progressive and liberal policies which benefit their population as opposed to the U.S. which Trump is turning into a "shithole".
He will obviously try to explain how Muslims and immigrants are terrorist and are destroying America while ignoring the white supremacists who commit more terrorist acts than those two groups combined. He undoubtedly will try to sale military systems, pursue deals to open hotels and condo developments to benefit America First, right?
He will explain how DACA was such a bad domestic policy created by President Obama and that his arbitrary cancellation of the program will benefit America. Trump will, of course, blame the Democrats for shutting down the government to protect the criminal and illegal DACA recipients because he knows that the elite believe that he is one of them and he can't possibly be as bad as the media portrays him. Trump will forecast that the next shutdown will be the Democrats fault even after the majority liar, McConnell, breaks his promise to bring DACA legislation to the floor of the Senate.
Finally, Trump will make a concerted effort to mingle with the Russian delegation and get his marching orders from Putin's representatives as to how to further divide America from its Allies and weaken America's intelligence capabilities. He is even taking his treasonous son-in-law, Jared Kushner, along to beg for money to bail out his disastrous real estate deals.
In the end, America will be laughed at once more and our world standing diminished even more by this trailer trash man trying to show them that he is something they are not, respectable.
Michael Wolff's book on Trump does a masterful job in exposing the dysfunction and chaos of the Trump White House. It documents an open secret of incompetence, pettiness, and the gross unfitness of the buffoon that sixty three million Americans, with the help of the Electoral College, put in office. But there is another issue which to this point has not been widely discussed in the media: the complicity of the Republican Party.
The New York Times, Paul Krugman touched on it recently in his oped stating:
More specifically, Trump’s very awfulness means that if he falls, the whole party will fall with him. Republicans could conceivably distance themselves from a president who turned out to be a bad manager, or even one who turned out to have engaged in small-time corruption. But when the corruption is big time, and it’s combined with obstruction of justice and collaboration with Putin, nobody will notice which Republicans were a bit less involved, a bit less obsequious, than others. If Trump sinks, he’ll create a vortex that sucks down everyone involved.
And so we now have the Republican party as a whole fully complicit in Trump’s crimes – because that’s what they are, whether or not he and those around him are ever brought to justice. (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/opinion/faust-on-the-potomac.html)
The Republican Party's complicity involves not only covering up Trump's crimes and attacking Mueller's investigation but also its receipt of millions from the Russian oligarchs who wanted Trump to win.
In an article published last year by Ruth May, a contributor to the Dallas News, she details how those millions were distributed: (Archives)
Data from the Federal Election Commission show that Blavatnik's campaign contributions dating back to 2009-10 were fairly balanced across party lines and relatively modest for a billionaire. During that season he contributed $53,400. His contributions increased to $135,552 in 2011-12 and to $273,600 in 2013-14, still bipartisan.
In 2015-16, everything changed. Blavatnik's political contributions soared and made a hard right turn as he pumped $6.35 million into GOP political action committees, with millions of dollars going to top Republican leaders including Sens. Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham.
May also details how McConnell accepted millions through various PACs after he became aware of Russians attempt to interfere in our elections in 2016:
Two weeks after the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement in October 2016 that the Russian government had directed the effort to interfere in our electoral process, McConnell's PAC accepted a $1 million donation from Blavatnik's AI-Altep Holdings. The PAC took another $1 million from Blavatnik's AI-Altep Holdings on March 30, 2017, just 10 days after former FBI Director James Comey publicly testified before the House Intelligence Committee about Russia's interference in the election.
So while Wolff describes the dysfunction of the White House, the bigger story involves not only a president who is a criminal and a traitor but an entire political party that has sold itself not only to America's oligarchs but also is complicit in betraying their own country for power. They are all traitors!!!
America has endured a dismal 2017; self-inflicted and utterly deserved with the election of the racist, thief, and buffoon, Donald Trump. It came at a time when several European countries actually beat back the right-wing racist masquerading as populist to be leaders of their respective countries: France and Germany, etc. But, Americans as usual took the simpler path and in their typical non-thinking, bigoted minds elected a man totally lacking in character, substance, intellect, and will be proven to be a traitor by the Mueller investigation.
Trump then proceeded to hire the most mediocre, corrupt, racist, sexist Cabinet he could find as he "drained the swamp". Supported by the cowardly GOP leaders in the House and Senate, Trump has instituted a program to totally turn the country over to his party's corporate masters and donors.
Trump and the Republicans played expertly on the racism and stupidity of the American voters (63 million of them) and managed to convince them that a failed businessman, sexual predator, adultery, and proving liar would bring years of prosperity back to coal country, that Obamacare was failing, and that the country was failing because the country was growing browner. Even today, polling shows that 44% of republicans believe Obamacare has been repealed as almost nine million have recently enrolled in the program.
There is little to feel optimistic about with Trump and the corrupt regime of cowards and racist who run the Republican party as they connive and scheme to fleece the non-rich. There is a massive assault on regulations which protect our air, water, land, and the environment. They have passed a tax bill which robs the working class and rewards the rich. They have demonstrated in no uncertain terms that they don't give a fuck about the voters they supposedly represent, and they basically have no fear of retribution because they can count on their electorate's racism and stupidity to support them.
As Trump's regime destroys the fabric of decency and integrity that America had under more humane presidents, it remains to be seen whether his party will go down in flames with him. Recent reports have not only Trump's campaign colluding with the Russians but the Russians also funded millions to the GOP, conducted campaign smear attacks on Demo candidates, and hacked into many state election offices to steal voter data. So in the final analysis, the country faces significant threats not just from the outside but from a party which will collude and sellout to anyone for a dollar.
The outgoing year has been a bad one for America and will only get worse unless people wakeup to the real threat facing the country, the Republican Party.
Sen. Gillibrand of New York led a passionate campaign to get Sen Franken out of the US Senate. Now, she has been exposed as crawling to Donald Trump to get campaign money. I am confused here. If Sen Franken was such a horrible sexual molester as claimed by some dubious reports a few weeks ago, then why is Sen Gillibrand going to a confessed sexual molester for campaign money?
Does the dear Senator Gillibrand think that Trump is less guilty because he is wealthy? And as a result his sexual transgressions can be forgiven. Transgressions which go back decades as opposed to Franken's. Franken by the way, has never had the opportunity to defend himself or been the subject of an investigation. Or is this just another case of gross HYPOCRISY?
Sen. Gillibrand who was been nothing more than a Blue Dog Democrat before arriving in the Senate has made her claim to fame campaigning against sexual assault in the military and has sponsored legislation on that behalf which has gone nowhere.
Republican strategist, Steve Schmidt, has suggested that Sen. Gillibrand is now the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. I respect Schmidt but I would never vote for a candidate who railroaded a colleague out of the Senate on flimsy accusations and denied him due process. Also, I don't like Blue Dog Democrats who I consider nothing more than gutless politicians and are easily bought off, like asking Donald Trump for money.
When are the you people going to wake up? By you, I mean the ninety million who did not vote in the 2016 election and the majority of white women voters who voted for the GOP and the piece of shit president we now have. How many times do you have to be insulted, talked down to, and basically ignored in policy decisions concerning making life better for Americans.
Four hundred years ago, the North American continent was invaded by British pilgrims, clients of British royalty, and indentured slaves. The clients assumed all leadership roles and delegated who would get land, jobs, and power. After realizing the benefits of slavery in increasing their wealth( British clients and leaders), then shifted from a pure colonial system of acquiring the Native Americans land through genocide and war to a slave capitalist system. Even then the "common man" was left with scraps: a few acres of land and a damn mule, maybe.
The slave-owning founders wrote a constitution expounding on equality, liberty, and justice for all while denying slaves humanity. And still the "common man" was left with scraps. The Industrial Revolution provided a degree of economic freedom but was still tilted toward the landowners, industrialists, and generational wealthy.
Moving forward to today, we have a new generation of leaders of the GOP who have expressed in no uncertain that they are aligned with their wealthy donors. They have a tax plan which robs the "common man" in favor of their rich donors. Their president is stacking the judicial bench with incompetent trolls to impede justice. His cabinet is purposely destroying government agencies which protect our water, air, and food, etc. He threatens war with North Korea to benefit his megalomania and inadequacy as a human being. His GOP allies support a pedophile for election to the Senate. The GOP congress writes legislation to promote discrimination against LGBTQ persons, deny women their healthcare, and on and on. But yet voters keep supporting them. Why?
Is it stupidity, racism, ignorance, greed, apathy? What makes a people allow themselves to be hoodwinked and lied to by a group of charlatans? When are you going to wake up?
*JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WEIGHS CHANGES TO OBAMA-ERA FINANCIAL TASK FORCE
THE DEPARTMENT’S SCRUTINY OF THE FINANCIAL FRAUD ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE IS PART OF A BROADER REVIEW BY A NEW WORKING GROUP, WHICH ROSENSTEIN SAID WILL BE OFFERING UP SUGGESTIONS “ON PROMOTING INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND CORPORATE COOPERATION.”
So the Justice Dept. will in essence shutdown the organization which was finding and prosecuting financial (consumer) fraud. Hence, the suckers who have financial dealings with major banks won't have any recourse when the are cheated.
*US LAWMAKERS WILL NOT TACKLE HEALTHCARE THIS YEAR, RYAN SAYS
REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS WILL NOT TAKE UP A BIPARTISAN PLAN TO STABILIZE OBAMACARE INSURANCE MARKETS OR TRY AGAIN TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE LAW THIS YEAR, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SPEAKER PAUL RYAN SAID ON WEDNESDAY, SIGNALING HIS PARTY WAS SHELVING THE MATTER UNTIL THE 2018 U.S. CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION YEAR.
The pathetic house leader is fulfilling Trump's wish to dismantle the ACA and put at risk the health insurance of millions of Americans while also increasing the deficit. The bipartisan plan has been evaluated and it projects billions in savings as well as helping to maintain health coverage but of Ryan is too stupid to allow that.
*US SENATE PANEL APPROVES CONTROVERSIAL EPA NOMINEES
THE SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE ON WEDNESDAY APPROVED FOUR NOMINEES TO KEY POSTS AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, INCLUDING ONE APPOINTEE WITH TIES TO THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY WHO WILL HEAD THE AGENCY’S OFFICE OF CHEMICAL SAFETY.
The pathetic Senate has approved a group of industry lobbyists to continue the assault on clean air, the environment, and cater to the greedy criminal polluters.
*TRUMP JUDICIAL NOMINEE COMPARED OBAMA ERA TO NAZI GERMANY
A LAWYER WHO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP NOMINATED TO BE A FEDERAL JUDGE ONCE LIKENED THE TREATMENT OF CHRISTIANS DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO THAT OF PEOPLE IN NAZI GERMANY AND UNDER COMMUNIST REGIMES. JEFF MATEER MADE THE COMMENTS IN RADIO INTERVIEWS IN 2013 AND 2014, ACCORDING TO AUDIO CLIPS THAT CNN RESURFACED.
Trump is demonstrating his racism again by nominating a racist fool to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge. By claiming that Christians are persecuted, the American people will be subjected to more persecution at the hands of these hypocrites and their phony religion.
Finally, thank all the fools in America who say that the political parties are all the same and who sit on their dumb asses and don't vote. Guess what idiots, a non vote is a vote for the winner but of course they are too stupid to understand that simple fact.
The death of four American special forces soldiers in Niger has raised many questions especially since our worthless excuse of a leader, Trump, has refused to talk about them. Rachel Maddow explored the issue last night on her show and hinted that it could be related to Exxon owing Chad millions, if not billions, in royalties.
An article published by Reuters a year ago entitled: "Exxon in negotiations with Chad over record $74 billion fine: Bloomberg" claims that Exxon owed at least $808 million in unpaid royalties. Maddow linked this unpaid sum to the Chadian army withdrawing their support from Niger and other partners' counterterrorism activities to this dispute. She also raised the question as to why Chad was placed on Trump's list of countries subjected to his Muslim ban which has been struck down by the courts.
Connecting the dots here is not difficult. First, the current Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was the CEO of Exxon at the time of the Chadian court's decision. And knowing the history of Exxon, the largest corporation in the world and one of the greediest, they naturally did not want to pay for stealing Chad's oil. Second, Chad wants its money whether it is $808 million or $74 billion, it ain't chump change for a poor country run by a dictator. Hence, Chad's obvious reaction is to not expend blood and treasure to help the US in any form when the US is too cheap to pay its bills which is certainly the case under the bill-dodger Trump. Third, the area in which Chad possibly had troops provided a safe zone for US forces operating in the area of Niger where the men were ambushed by terrorists. The Chadian troops left, the intelligence was lacking and hence the four men died.
It is the same old story. Trump's pathetic administration protected a greedy corporation and violated agreements with its allies and these men paid the price. Placing Chad on the Muslim ban list was a petty tactic deployed by Trump, which is his nature, thinking it would embarrass Chad. A miscalculation which has resulted in these men dying. No wonder, Trump has kept his mouth shut. After all, he doesn't want to seen as a MORON!
The election of Donald Trump to the presidency is providing an excellent view of the underbelly of America's hate and hypocrisy. President Barack Obama inspired hope and decency in dealing with allies, in forging humanitarian goals, and speaking to injustices even while being subjected to hatred and obstruction by the faux patriots of the GOP. Obamacare (ACA) saved people's lives, he tempered down the war machine's killing of civilians in the Third World and fought for women's and minority rights. On the other hand, Trump personifies the exact opposite of what Obama stood for and has actively tried to wipe out his legacy.
Trump has exacerbated racial divisions by his blindness and acquiescence to the alt-right, Neo - Nazis, KKK sympathizers, and other white supremacists. He has done this not because he is a white supremacist, which he is, but because he knows the race card works in America. The GOP has used it since the criminal/traitor, Nixon, was in the White House and expanded it even more under the traitor, Ronald Reagan.
The race card, plus anti-women's rights, and anti-immigration policies, is just a tool by the GOP and its collaborators to maintain a kleptocracy. Rule by the one percent is their goal and one that has been in play for most of this country's history. Real equality and justice are the enemies of the GOP and Trump is but another tool to fight those values. Using Trump's racism and stupidity, the GOP is steadfast in benefiting the one percent at the expense of everyone else. Hypocrisy and lying are the weapons for Trump and the GOP to obfuscate their real objectives:
The world sees the hypocrisy and lies and asks "what is wrong with America"? What happened to the country that stood with us against injustice and tyranny? And they see Trump. They hear the lies, they see the greed and corruption, the Muslim ban and they realize that the "shining beacon on the hill" is nothing more than a sputtering candle.
Comments to think about.