Monday, October 10, 2016

Hell Of A Debate

I was actually looking forward to this second debate between Clinton and Trump. I'm afflicted with a sick sense of humor, what can I say?

Republicans have always wanted an uncompromising one party dictatorship, and will say, and do, anything to get that power.

Now they have their would-be-dictator, and boasting sex offender, threatening his opponent with jail. Take that, you evil wench! He told us she has hate in her heart. She is to blame for EVERYTHING. "Why not", says the Orange Savior. 

But worse still, she is a devil. Yesiree. Nothing less.

That display of Goebbels-inspired projection must have sent a tingle up every angry white man's varicose veined leg.

Trump is not an anomaly or "outside" Republican. He exemplifies what that party has become. Their base is angry, racist, authoritarian and wallowing in hate and ignorance.

Paul Krugman correctly notes:

He won the nomination fair and square, chosen by voters who had a pretty good idea of who he was. He had solid establishment support until very late in the game. And his vices are, dare we say, very much in line with his party’s recent tradition.

The civilized world is desperately hoping Americans reject fascism in November. Their concern is understandable. It's not like we haven't re-elected a lying, aristocratic, tax-cuts-for-the-rich, torturer and war monger in the last Republican president.

I never imagined Hillary would look so good, so dignified, so rational, so selfless, so presidential. Compared to the Party of Trump, she exemplifies all of the above.

But life and learning continue. I recently posted some examples of how a Trump voter thinks, but now we must go deeper into the darkness of twisted beliefs.

We have another doozy from Alex Jones, the fear mongering, far Right "patriot" who sells any and all conspiracy theories. 

Time to be scared, children. Very scared. I'm talking Bigly, or is it Big League Scared?  Whatever. 


So drink the drink, smoke the smoke, or turn to whatever anesthetic that works. For the ultimate dire Prophecy of Lunacy has been uttered, and it proves Dictator Don is the guiding visionary for our time.


ALEX JONES (HOST): I'm never a lesser of two evils person, but with Hillary, there's not even the same universe. She is an abject, psychopathic, demon from Hell that as soon as she gets into power is going to try to destroy the planet. I'm sure of that, and people around her say she's so dark now, and so evil, and so possessed that they are having nightmares, they're freaking out. Folks let me just tell you something, and if media wants to go with this, that's fine. There are dozens of videos and photos of Obama having flies land on him, indoors, at all times of year, and he'll be next to a hundred people and no one has flies on them. Hillary, reportedly, I mean, I was told by people around her that they think she's demon-possessed, okay? I'm just going to go ahead and say it, okay? 
They said that they're scared. That's why when I see her when kids are by her, I actually get scared myself, with a child -- with that big rubber face and that -- I mean this woman is dangerous, ladies and gentleman. I'm telling you, she is a demon. This is Biblical. She's going to launch a nuclear war. The Russians are scared of her.
Imagine how bad she smells, man? I'm told her and Obama, just stink, stink, stink, stink. You can't wash that evil off, man. Told there's a rotten smell around Hillary. I'm not kidding, people say, they say -- folks, I've been told this by high up folks. They say listen, Obama and Hillary both smell like sulfur. I never said this because the media will go crazy with it, but I've talked to people that are in protective details, they're scared of her. And they say listen, she's a frickin' demon and she stinks and so does Obama. I go, like what? Sulfur. They smell like Hell.
You've been warned, fools! 

Voting against Trump is not only treason to your white heritage, as the deplorable racist Trump fan David Duke warns, but it will bring about the end of our world. I mean the "Biblical End". That's gotta be even worse!

This calls for another drink. How about some nice refreshing koolade? Say, what's that you're smoking? 

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Will Rogers Guide to the 2016 Election

Commentary by humorists such as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert has given us clear insight and keen observations of the insanity and nonsense entwined in American politics. Our tradition of political satire has been on the cutting edge since the nation reached its first centennial, when Mark Twain noted, "We have the best congress money can buy".

Later Will Rogers witnessed the onset of the Great Depression. Like our present situation, humor was a vital antidote to the toxic devastation wrought by deregulated capitalism and government servitude to the predations of Wall Street and greed of the economic elites.

Today's stew of madness, sponsored by the Republican Party, has produced the latest rise of racist, authoritarian nationalism in Trumpism.

The ugly side of politics and human nature can only by countered by first shining a bright light into the darkness. Humorists have always been the first to hold a torch in volatile times. 

We're lucky to have contemporary humorists taking up the role that journalism has failed to fulfill. 

Corporate media too often means corporate slanted news.

Fortunately some political truths are timeless. The words of Will Rogers are as alive today as when he first uttered them. 

In fact, he has provided all the facts and perspective we need for this election.

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting for your edification:

The Will Rogers Guide to the 2016 election:

A fool and his money are soon elected.

The problem ain't what people know. It's what people know that ain't so that's the problem.

I am not a member of any organized political party — I am a Democrat.

There ain’t any finer folks living than a Republican that votes the Democratic ticket.

The 1928 Republican Convention opened with a prayer. If the Lord can see His way clear to bless the Republican Party the way it's been carrying on, then the rest of us ought to get it without even asking.

The difference between our rich and poor grows greater every year. Our distribution of wealth is getting more uneven all the time. A man can make a million and he is on every page in the morning. But it never tells you who gave up that million he got. You can’t get money without taking it from somebody.

People want just taxes more than they want lower taxes. They want to know that every man is paying his proportionate share according to his wealth.

If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on.

See where Congress passed a two Billion dollar bill to relieve bankers' mistakes. You can always count on us helping those who have lost part of their fortune, but our whole history records nary a case where the loan was for the man who had absolutely nothing.

Republicans take care of big money, for big money takes care of them.

When you get into trouble five thousand miles from home you’ve got to have been looking for it.

We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Great Orange Taker

Turns out the Great Orange Savior is, according to Republicans, one of the nefarious 47% of Americans who are “takers”. Whodathunk?

He admitted to not paying federal income taxes during the first presidential debate. He even boasted, “That means I’m smart” in response to Hillary’s suggestion that his not paying taxes was something he wanted to hide by not releasing his tax records.

This surprises no one, of course. The emotionally stunted spoiled aristocrat started life on third base and calls himself a genius for his talents.

Van Jones nailed it on CNN Sunday:

“It is, in fact, true if Donald Trump lost a billion dollars, think about this, lost a billion dollars, he could wind up as a winner legally in his taxes for a generation. Is that because he’s a genius? It’s because billionaires have armies of lobbyists to write the rules. Here’s the deal: If you’re obeying horrible rules that you helped to write, that doesn’t make you a genius. It makes you a part of the corruption.” - Van Jones CNN 10-1-16

Now millions of deluded Americans want a hideously dishonest man, with no skin in the game, to dictate where OUR tax dollars go. Brilliant.

He has openly admitted to gaming the corrupt system by greasing the palms of corrupt politicians.

The pay-for-play purchased by the Trump Foundation, and the would-be Orange Fuhrer, was revealed when AP reported,  “Florida's attorney general personally solicited a political contribution from Donald Trump around the same time her office deliberated joining an investigation of alleged fraud at Trump University and its affiliates.”

Nothing to see here. This is all copacetic with the Trump Cult.

In between “two minute hate” chants of “Lock her up!” his legions shout, “USA! USA! USA!”

That doesn’t reflect the United States of America. It rather evokes “Unbelievable Stupid Authoritarians”.

A Trump rally is what fascism looks like.

What else does fascism look like?

“All men are created equal. Well it’s not true, ‘cause some are smart, some aren’t.”

“You have to have the right genes...I have a certain gene. I’m a gene believer.”

“You know I’m proud to have that German blood. There’s no question about it.”

Yes, the Billionaire Taker really said all of it.


 And there's this.

Donald Trump appears to take aspects of his German background seriously. John Walter works for the Trump Organization, and when he visits Donald in his office, Ivana told a friend, he clicks his heels and says, “Heil Hitler,” possibly as a family joke.

Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.

“Did your cousin John give you the Hitler speeches?” I asked Trump.

Trump hesitated. “Who told you that?”

“I don’t remember,” I said.

“Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”)

Later, Trump returned to this subject. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.” 


If you believe that last line, you too win a free copy of "My New Order".

No wonder every deplorable authoritarian racist, Klansman, neo-Nazi, white nationalist, and militia nut, along with most other FOX/Limbaugh listeners, support Trump.

How many red flags does it take for the millions of non-deplorable Trump voters to see who is goose-stepping at their side?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How To Think Like A Trump Voter

The Clinton Foundation... had 11 and a half million AIDS victims on treatment who otherwise would have died, for instance...rebuilt the entire health system of the country of Rwanda...eliminated malaria from most of Tanzania and saved thousands and thousands of people’s lives that way. - Joe Conason

The Trump Foundation bribed politicians, paid off lawsuit settlements and bought Donald an aristocratic wall portrait.

From this, Trump voters know that Hillary is corrupt and has no shame.

Hillary has released thorough medical records and a long tax history.

Trump said he would release his medical and tax records, but has refused to do so.

This tells discerning Trump voters that damn lying Hillary is too secretive. Trump is obviously more honest and transparent.

Hillary has faced numerous grueling Republican hearings on Benghazi and her emails.

Trump voters are horrified that despite Hillary's open hate for America, and founding ISIS with Obama, Republicans failed to find criminal wrongdoing. 

This proves she alone is to blame for the Benghazi attack, and for our enemies learning all our top secrets. This clearly means she has turned our generals into rubble and made us weak. 

Hillary wants better background checks for weapon purchases, and to limit semi-automatic weapons with large magazines, therefore Trump voters know she wants to repeal the Second Amendment and confiscate our guns.

This is the "Trumped up logic" that tells us Hillary is a traitor and must be locked up. And for these reasons, Donald is the “only one” who can make America great again.

You just can't fool a Trump voter, can you?

Heil, Drumpf!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Trump Effect

Colin Powell accurately asserted Trump's birtherism is nothing but racism. Every non-racist knows this.

Every non-bigot knows Trump's smearing of a reputable judge as being incapable of performing his duty because of his Mexican heritage was open bigotry. 

And every non-racist knows this racism gave rise to Trump's political ascendancy. His legions of ignorant neo-fascist haters have grown more emboldened.  

The ignorance, hate and racism have become a toxic and vile rot in our society. Now it is spreading to the young. 

In an August 25th speech Hillary Clinton told the story about a high school basketball game in Indiana, where home team fans taunted players from their heavily Hispanic rival school by holding up a large cutout of Trump’s head and chanting "build a wall." 

"Next time you see Trump rant on television, think about all the children listening across America," Clinton said. "Kids hear a lot more than we think. Parents and teachers are already worrying about what they call the ‘Trump Effect.’ They report that bullying and harassment are on the rise in our schools, especially targeting students of color, Muslims, and immigrants."

Clinton’s source is an April report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the civil rights and antidiscrimination advocacy group. The report is titled "The Trump Effect: The impact of the presidential campaign on our nation’s schools."

The online survey of approximately 2,000 K-12 teachers found: "Teachers have noted an increase in bullying, harassment and intimidation of students whose races, religions or nationalities have been the verbal targets of candidates on the campaign trail.

Hate from Trump and his American neo-fascist base has contaminated our young, like a sick replay of Hitler Youth.

Respondents gave a total of 5,000 comments. Of those, one in five mentioned Trump. All other candidates were mentioned fewer than 200 times combined.
"More than one-third have observed an increase in anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment."
"Teachers report that students have been ‘emboldened’ to use slurs, engage in name-calling and make inflammatory statements toward each other," and "Kids use the names of candidates as pejoratives to taunt each other."
"More than two-thirds of the teachers reported that students — mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims — have expressed concerns or fears about what might happen to them or their families after the election."

Today’s deplorable parents are raising future deplorable neo-fascists. 

Nothing can be done about the racist core of Trump supporters. They cling to their hate like they cling to their guns and Bibles. This is what con-servative, far Right American Christianity has become. Every Klansman voting for Trump will tell you he’s a Christian. 

I have real respect for conservatives or Christians who recognize the hate and lies and ignorance displayed by Trump. They share with progressives the sinking feeling that our next president will not be our finest. 

I really don't believe every Trump voter is a racist. Many are simply reacting to the decades of Republican engineered smearing of Hillary Clinton. And she has her faults, but she is no Trump. 

The neo-fascists would never vote for a Democrat anyway.

But what happened to the brains, (and more importantly, the conscience,) of the other Trump voters?  Don’t they understand if they tolerate hate and lies, and support the hater and liar, it will only spawn more hate and lies? 

W. T. F. is wrong with this country? 

I'm sure sane Germans felt the same in 1933. It's not the country, it's the dark side of human nature. It is the authoritarian personality that appears in nearly a quarter of any population. Combine racism with authoritarianism and we get Trump and his followers.

Orwell predicted the predominant trait and key to power for the American con-servatives and the Republican Party. 

“Ignorance is strength”. 

Keith Olbermann shows no mercy on these self-deluded dupes. 

Hillary was Wrong. All of Trump's Supporters Are "Deplorable" | The Closer with Keith Olbermann | GQ

“If you support Trump... If you think he should be president regardless of how much he and his advocates hate and mock and punch old women with portable oxygen canisters. If you’re not condemning this madness and repudiating these deplorable people and you are not racist, not sexist, not homophobic, not xenophobic, or not Islamophobic. If you’re supporting him not for those things but in spite of them, you are even more deplorable. The correct number, Secretary Clinton, is not 50 percent, it’s 100.” 
As one comment says:

“If you support a racist then you're supporting racism and if you're supporting racism then you're a racist.”

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Authoritarian Peas In A Pod

Trump's sidekick Mike Pence declined to categorize Trump backer, and white nationalist Klansman, David Duke as "deplorable."

"I'm not in the name-calling business," Pence told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

Right. He’s just sharing the ticket with one of the worst name-callers ever.

“If you won’t say the KKK is deplorable, you have no business running the country”. HRC

Mic drop!

The Deplorable responds:

“The whole idea that they were trying to make Pence call me names basically, and he didn’t bite on that, was a real positive thing for all of us.” - Duke

Lily white racist Klansmen for Trump, aka "Good Americans", get a pass from name calling. After all, they are the true believers in Trump’s thinly veiled racist “birtherism”. 

Those who dare to criticize Trump and call out his hate and lies are insulted and demeaned with nasty name calling. 

No wonder Putin is his role model. He praises the tyrant who silences any blogger or journalist who challenges his abuses of power. Political opponents and journalists are jailed or assassinated.  

Trump also wants to hurt protesters and deny press access when they don't flatter him. “Lock her up!” is chanted by his angry cult. Putin would love Trump supporters, as they would be happy to emulate their leader’s admiration for the despotic Russian. 

Trump’s authoritarian nature and dictatorial ambitions can be restrained only by the will of the American voters. 

All Trump needs is his ultimate “Triumph of the Will”, and Americans may as well be shouting “Heil, Mein Drumpf!” 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

9-11 Blues

I'm more than pretty sure that we don't know the entire truth about what happened 15 years ago.

And again, cui bono?

The CIA created al-Qaeda in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan, who got off the leash and turned on the US. The neocons, the MIC and Mossad all had something to gain. Our own "axis of evil".

It seems the WTC buildings were rigged with thermite for the inevitable attack that no one would stop. The Bush Cartel demonstrated it's priorities by excluding terror adviser Richard Clarke from cabinet meetings.

And then came 9-11. We invaded Afghanistan.

And then torture, indefinite incarceration without charges, and warrant-less mass surveillance became the norm.

70% of Americans were duped into believing Saddam was in cahoots with al-Qaeda, Iraq was invaded under false pretenses, and the neocons' dream war quickly spawned ISIS.

Now we face the prospect of President Hillary, or President Trump, proclaiming "To the victor go the spoils", urging us back into Iraq to take "our oil".

Rudy the 9-11 guy, wanting to help Benedict Donald rule our country agrees, "Until the war is over, anything is legal."

Mein Drumpf assures us, "I’m really good at war. I love war in a certain way, but only when we win."

"Heil, Drumpf!" USA! USA! USA!

What a spectacular final chapter to our nation's history.