One Eighth Of The Way Through The Trump Presidency

The past six months have demonstrated that the poor judgment of those voters who elevated Don the Con to the Presidency definitely had consequences.  We are stuck with a President who has no moral compass, no positions, no philosophy, who doesn’t seem to know the difference between reality and fantasy,  who blames everyone else for his failures,  and who appears to have been hypnotized or lobotomized by Vladimir Putin. Why else would he CONTINUE to deny that the Russians hacked our elections and, worse, refuse to take any actions to prevent it from happening again in 2018?

His miserable performance re: the GOP healthcare attempt shows that The Great Dealmaker wouldn’t know a great deal if he hit one in the road. Other Presidents get off their butts and make phone calls. Donnie whines and golfs.

Add to this the fact that this is the most SECRETIVE Presidency ever. What was he doing meeting alone with Russian officials in the Oval Office? He seems to like situations where only the Russians can keep records of what was said.  He’s met with Putin for three hours (including the G20 dinner) and the American people have NO IDEA what was said. Sad!

Finally, Trump fatigue has set in. His 37% or whatever it is support has topped out and  is subsiding. People are tired of the lies, the  hysteria,  the  shifting stories,  the endless corruption,  his untalented relatives occupying positions for which they have no qualifications, his laziness in filling Federal positions and his delusion that sending out Tweets is an acceptable substitute for real government.  Eventually,  he will render himself irrelevant. Congress and everyone else will just start working around him, ignoring him when they can.  If he survives the  Russia inquiry he will live out the remainder of his term barricaded  in the White House, watching Fox News and blaming everyone else for his poor performance. That’s about all he’s good for, besides kissing up to our enemies.  Essentially, we have no President.

Had enough? So have I.

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Trump Chokes At the Most Mismanaged Summit Ever

Our so-called President,  who has been quick to accuse others of “choking” at critical moments,  didn’t have the cojones to confront V Putin on Russia’s hack of the DNC and God-knows-who-else. On top of that, he and Secretary of State Tillerson, who apparently got his job largely because of his acquaintance with Putin, cleverly arranged to have a critical meeting WITH NO NOTE-TAKERS ensuring that there would NOT be a contemporaneous account.  Now Kislyak is stating that Trump agreed that the Russians have nothing to apologize for.  And Trump responds with a tweet about  how great their meeting was. To make it worse, he bows to Putin’s suggestion that the  US have a joint panel with the Russians on cybersecurity. Yeah, right.

Trump took an oath to protect and defend this country.  When will he begin?

Kushner’s Middle East Mess and Other Distractions of the Trump Era

Jared Kushner, Presidential son-in-law and Minister of Everything, has been charged by his lazy father-in-law with running the government. He is not particularly suited for this. Trump has selected the worst tinpot dictators on the planet as his role models,  hence the assignments of his famdamly to jobs which other  Presidents took seriously. Now Ivanka is ensconced in a White House office where she states she “stays out of politics”.  Stays out of the old man’s way, is more like it.  OUR GOVERNMENT IS SERIOUSLY DYSFUNCTIONAL due to empty positions not filled,  policies dropped without backup and confusion of roles.  

Six months into his term, Trump has not signed into law a single statute except for the change in the VA law that supposedly makes it easier to fire VA executives. Big whoop. Don doesn’t understand management.  That’s why he thinks all you have to do to solve your problems is to fire someone. He’ll probably leave the White House without having learned any different. He’s such a poor salesman that there will be no health care bill, nor any other major piece of legislation.  Those Executive Orders that he signs with great pomp and ceremony have no weight.  He minces around showing off his signature as if he’s just learned to write,  flashing these specious “orders” like (as somebody said) “a damn Price is Right girl”   Just remember, his aim is to distract. Mueller and company are on his track  and are looking into his Russian money ties.  

The NYT tells it best. Read about it HERE

Short Takes and Random Thoughts

Here is a miscellany of what’s been rambling around my brain.

MURPHY’S CUTTEN gets 4 stars for customer service.  I emailed then demanding to know why they were cutting off the BBQ at 3pm when there are 15,000 Cutten residents going past their door everyday who would love to take home some burgers or chicken.  Lo and behold manager Travis emailed me back that they will be keeping it going till 6pm M-F. That’s more like it!  Their burgers are GOOD.

NIXON/TRUMP  The last few days have been bizarre for those of us old enough to have watched every minute of the Watergate hearings, 40 years ago this week. CNN had a retrospective over the weekend and the similarities between what was being said about Nixon THEN and Trump NOW are astounding. “Isolated” is just the beginning.

THE FITZGERALD-  let’s take a few moment to mourn the loss of seven young sailors who  died a horrible death aboard the Fitzgerald.  Doesn’t matter whose fault this will turn out to be.  It’s just tragic.

BOOK CLUB-  I don’t read enough  books.  Who does? But at the behest of one of our readers I went to the Humboldt County library and checked out their copy of Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond..   It was one of the NYT’s 10 beat books last year and it is a terrific and harrowing read. I’ll return it before the end of the month.

REST IN PEACE:  Mrs Maureen Johanneson  who was my teacher at EHS in my tenth grade.  We were in her class when JFK was shot.  She was a wonderful person and wonderful teacher. Also, Fred Mangels, (Fred’s Humboldt Blog)  who I never met and seldom agreed with, has passed.  He was incredibly consistent in his blogging and was an inspiration to those of us who just can’t get it together daily.

THE WHITE HOUSE TAPES:  Isn’t it fairly obvious that there are none? If there were, Trump and his minions have had enough time to find them and erase them. Lordy, they’re gone!

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: His current show on CNN, Parts Unknown, is the best TV he’s ever done. Maybe CNN has a bigger budget that the travel Channel?  Parts Unknown is a beautiful show, fantastic photography.  Tape it. The show on Laos was particularly memorable.  

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