The Ignoramus in the White House

The unhinged man-child who is currently our President is a constant embarrassment as the extent of his ignorance and inexperience becomes ever more clear.  He has no philosophy, no values and no curiosity.  It took China’s Xi a whole ten  minutes on the phone to talk Trump out of the idea that China would be able  to “help”  with North Korea. The steady diet of scandal, nepotism, and incompetence goes on and on. Is all this just a plot to prepare us for the advent of President Pence?

For a good account of Don the Con’s educational deficiencies, read HERE.

Trump IS “Nixonian” and you know how that ended up.

After the election, I was seriously depressed.    I thought I would have nothing but struggles to look forward to for the next four years.  I thought it was my god-given obligation  to keep sharing  and blogging about our incompetent President, but I’m so relieved.  Everyone else is doing it too! The Times-Standard letters reflect the widespread disgust and the President’s unhinged behavior will bring him down, just as  Nixon was brought down by his own character defects.  Nixon’s problem- one of them- was booze, Trump’s is insanity and ignorance.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how he wiggles his way out of his pre-dawn tweets. Meanwhile,  some of the best commentary is coming from George Packer at the New Yorker.  In his piece, Official Duties, he discusses the 25th Amendment- you know, the one that says you can dump a President who goes nuts.

Read the whole thing HERE.

Life In The Bubble

I don’t know how I would survive the Age of Trump if I had to live in a more “normal ” environment.  I know two people who voted for Trump and they both live on the East Coast, so I don’t see them often. Here, I can go everywhere knowing I will seldom or ever be reminded of the sordid mess gripping our nation.  We have an orange -haired asshole  screeching that  Putin is our friend. We have wierdo Steve Bannon displacing sober and intelligent military representatives on the national security council  and announcing that the sees his role as “deconstructing ” the government, or whichever  part of the government  he thinks he can do without that particular day.  And we have that same orange -haired asshole bleating  that the newspapers and TV etc are WRONG-  WRONG-  and that only HE can be believed. Someone estimated he told  1300+lies during the past month. That sounds about right.  HERE‘s another account of just a few days in February.

Trump, it’s clear, is not a traitor. The most undereducated man to ever occupy the White House doesn’t have the analytical skills to commit treason ; he’d need a lot of help.   His BA in Real Estate from Wharton didn’t teach him critical thinking or even punctuation .  There are other ways to end a sentence besides the exclamation point. Sad!  Nor apparently  did he learn to think on his feet.  He favors Twitter because he can just shoot his BS without fearing contradiction but is too chicken to face the White House Correspondents Dinner.  His cowardice will be marveled at by future generations.  But thin-skilled Don the Con is too chicken to show up.  JFK, Obama, both the Bushes showed up but not our little flower Don.  I don’t think he’ll be missed. The man has NO sense of humor, a dreadful deficiency for so someone in power. He’s too insecure.

I didn’t make it to Jared’s town hall on Thursday. I have the luxury o f knowing that my reps- and that includes Mike McGuire and Jim Woods also- will not disgrace me.   God, I love living up here in the bubble. 

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Don the Con: Why Salesmen Don’t Make Good Presidents

You don’t have to read “The Art Of The DeaL” to understand sales. Just read this:

I want to sell you a car.  I tell you, “This is a nice car”.  My SAYING “This is a nice car” doesn’t  make it a nice car, but the SUGGESTION that this is a nice car hangs in the air like a bad odor until  someone counters it by saying “NO, this POS is NOT a nice car”. What does the con do then?  He/She doesn’t engage in debate. They just move on to the next selling point.  “This car is a bargain.”  “This car gets good mileage”. They will hop all over and around and never stick to one argument long enough to be contradicted. They prevail by SUGGESTION and simply change the subject when someone contradicts them. Sound familiar?

Any lie has its own truth for a moment. “I saw thousands of Muslims dancing for joy on 9-11” hangs in the air until someone pulls it down. “Three million people voted illegally”. “They bused people in from Vermont to vote in New Hampshire”.  “I had the largest inaugural crowd in history” and on and on and on.  When anyone  tries to confront him, he walks away.  That’s what cons do. 

Donald isn’t the only con in the White House these days, of course. Kellianne and that idiot Steven Miller,  the clown who botched the Muslim ban order, are front and center. Bill Clinton had a Rolodex of 2500 names he could call on; Don has Jared.  The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight  would have enough problems  if they were straight shooters. Being cons-in -training is challenging.

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All My Immigrants

I never thought of myself as coming from a family of immigrants, but the barbaric actions of our new President have put me in my place. My best and closest friend is an immigrant. His mother was an immigrant.  My sister-in–law is an immigrant. My cousin’s kid is about to marry an immigrant.  All my great-grandparents on my mom’s side were immigrants.  I know I’m leaving someone out.

My great-grandfather’s “naturalization papers” consisted of a page in a ledger that listed his name, and said that he came from Ireland.  His wife, my great-grandmother, didn’t warrant a listing of her own, nor did any of the kids.  I found it down in the courthouse. All the people on a page were sworn in on the same day. One of the folks on my great-grandfather’s page was David Cutten, so we’re going back aways.

I would be okay with not having immigration laws at all.  The growth that this country experienced in the 19th century was essentially unregulated.  It was chaos! But somehow it all worked out. They were suspicious of immigrants then,  too.  Did you read the obituary in Sunday’s Times-Standard that referenced our Italian folks from right here in Eureka being restricted and relocated  due to the WWII scare over Italian and Japanese immigrants?  A lot of injustices were done during that time, all in the name of “national security”.  Have you ever in your life met someone who actually lost a job- or anything else- to an undocumented worker? I haven’t.

The ineptitude of the right-wing ideologues who are occupying the White House is actually a good thing.  Bannon, Spicer etc don’t seem to have a clue.  Trump’s first and only term will apparently be a full-employment act for lawyers. Expensive for the taxpayers, but in the end the Constitution will prevail. Hopefully.

I lived in Sacramento for a year and I find myself thinking  of my dentist there, who was a Syrian immigrant, a graduate of the University of Damascus. I hope  he and his family will not be  terrorized by the Trumpies. They are a nice family and a good dentist is hard to find.  

What a bitter backdrop as we welcome the Year of the Rooster.

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Me and the ACLU

Like everyone who joins the ACLU, I get mad and quit them every once in a while. Their positions in defense of liberty are sometimes extreme. I remember the first time I  quit them.  It was over the kid from Russia ;who was being made to go back to Russia and I don’t even recall the legal issue.  But the way they stepped up over this past weekend to fight the “Muslim ban” was definitely heartwarming.  And reassuring.

So now I’ll have to write them a check.  You can, too.   HERE’S the website.  For as little as $35 (or less- they’re not going to turn anyone down)  you can be a soldier in the good fight. 

When I think of all the other entities I write checks to- the Zoo, the THA,  the Democrats, Food for People, EPIC, the Chamber, etc.- it doesn’t seem like much.

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Don the Con’s Big Day- He Blew It

Those of us with low expectations for the Trump Inaugural were not disappointed. He could have issued a call for unity. He could have addressed the concerns of the majority who did not vote for him.  But no, instead he continued to demonstrate his unfitness for office, his insatiable ego,  his lack of knowledge, and his basic lack of interest in being the President. He’s more concerned with ratings and crowd sizes than in governing. Those of us who thought that the grownups would get to him have realized that the grownups have no influence.  He is a deranged and dangerous  egomaniac who doesn’t know any better than to start his term with a loser’s controversy over crowd  size.  He’s starting with an attack on Federal employees –  yeah, that’s real helpful. 

We have entered a new era of Government by Lie. Trump lies so easily, so frequently, that we are getting used to it!  If I thought he was really going to last four years, I’d really be depressed. 

Don the Con now enjoys the support of approximately 30% of the voters.  He’ll never add to that number unless he gets his priorities straight. Twitter wars were okay when he was  just a candidate but his delusion that he can bypass the “crooked media” by using tweets just isn’t reality.  Unless he can BUILD on his base, he won’t be around long. If he were really “a very smart person”, he’d know that.

The outrages are coming so thick and so fast it’s hard to keep up.  Remember that this con, like all cons, works by distraction. He’ll keep the attention on himself by tweets and sound bits, and hope the true agenda stays under the radar. 

HERE is an accounting of this past weekend.  It’s not a good start. 

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No, I’m Not Going To Watch the Trump Inaugural

I don’t remember going out of my way to watch ANY inaugural, even Obama’s which at least was historic. According to my ephemeris, Jan 20 2009 was a Tuesday, so I was probably at work. If inaugurals are such a big deal, why don’t they give people the day off? Just asking.

The time difference is a big problem. I was thinking about throwing a Bloody-Mary-and-Granola brunch for the Democrats in the ‘hood but 9am is too damn early to start drinking. If the weather is still miserable – as it’s predicted to be –  I just might sleep thru the whole thing.  If he screws up, it will be on the news anyway.

I think it’s great that there will be a vigil on Arcata Plaza by the Women in Black and anyone who cares to join them from 830 to 10am. You go, ladies!

This inaugural is not a celebration. It marks the transfer of power from a humane and caring individual to one who is coarse, crude, uneducated, greedy, sexist, ignorant and lies each time he opens his mouth.  He’s not going to change.  God help us all.

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