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Ahhh, the irony of it all
Posted:Sep 18, 2017 1:02 pm
Last Updated:Sep 20, 2017 11:39 am

For eight short years we endured a constant barrage of attacks on President Obama and his family. President Obama struggled daily against a strengthening wall of opposition from the GOP predicated on nothing more than he was President Obama. The obstreperous behavior began on inauguration night and never ceased for the entire eight years of his presidency. The government didn't work so well during that era and the erstwhile GOP continually laid the blame at the feet of the President, the very same president against whom the obstinate conspiracy was enacted.

The blogs here were rife with criticism mainly personal, but also political. Speaking only for myself, I can say I fought the good fight and did the best I could against minds entrenched in a belief system predicated on virtually no evidence. The conspiracy began before President Obama ever put pen to paper. There simply was no politically based reason for such diametric opposition. There will always be differences of opinion, but in the case at hand there was no chance for a workable government under the conditions set by the GOP. In spite of this President Obama conducted himself more admirably, professionally, civilly, and politically astute than either was expected from President Trump or which President Trump has exhibited.

Our newly elected president, Donald Trump, lacks the civility, grace, patience or professionalism to effectively carry out the duties of the job for which he was elected to perform. That statement is considerably more than mere opinion or conjecture, it is predicated on a long line of publicly uttered statements memorialized by the tweets by which he's made those embarrassing statements. He has made the United States a laughing stock on the world stage and he has failed at practically all of his campaign promises, some opposed by his own party.

Now the tables are clearly turned with the glaring difference being our current president has proven his ineptitude almost on a daily basis. His statements have been racist or at a minimum prejudicial, knee jerk reactions and in some cases even grammatically incorrect. Having the temerity to point this out to President Trump's loyal followers I have been called obtuse, beyond reason, condescending, drama queen, hater, and part of a group suffering from brain eating amoeba. And that's just from one blog ! It has always been my position and, I think, the position of a majority of people, when one side of a discussion lowers itself to ad hominem attacks they are bereft of cogent answers and have the need to respond with some striking force designed to both injure the opposition and ingratiate themselves with their colleagues.

Which brings us to the "colleagues". Numerous polls have concluded the faithful followers of President Trump comprise roughly 30% of the population. I have readily admitted my confusion over the amplitude of this loyalty given the pedestrian manner in which President Trump attempts to perform the overwhelming duties of the presidency. As it turns out the ignorance every president experiences during the first 100 days in office is actually President Trump's plateau. It doesn't appear he's risen above it. Furthermore, he lacks the resolute decisiveness we have come to expect in a leader exhibited by predictable flip flopping on nearly every decision he makes. And if that weren't enough, even he couldn't get along with the GOP, forcing him to turn to the amoeba infested democrats to get necessary funding approved. Good grief !! All of this is in plain writing and broadcast daily over a multitude of TV and radio stations.

The sad and disheartening part of all this is, I don't see an end to it all. Conservative minds set in stone, impenetrable by reason, facts or alternative ideas based solely on the principle of power rather than analytic thinking. Democrats seeking the same power and, unfortunately, for much the same reason. No one today seems to have the idea Congress is an arm of the electorate rather than a means to wealth and notoriety. I've heard many arguments about "constitutional intent", well, the intent was for elected officials to serve their nation, not create a career predicated on using power bestowed upon them rather than earned. High elected positions are designed for extraordinary minds capable of thinking outside the confines of "the box", not ordinary minds designed to enhance parochial issues rather than the national interests. None of this, of course, will have meaning to those saving up their ad hominem verbiage in the name of obstreperousness.
Hillary Clinton's loss
Posted:Sep 13, 2017 11:14 am
Last Updated:Sep 17, 2017 12:34 pm

In the most recent presidential election Hillary Clinton made many mistakes. This comes as a bit of a shock to me since Bill Clinton, one of the premiere politicians of the 29th century, was her key adviser. Nonetheless, mistakes were made, and she has admitted her mistakes. She has stated innumerable times the use of private emails was a serious mistake, to name the most public of those mistakes. Her defeat, however, was not due exclusively to her own mistakes. There is the Comey announcements regarding his investigation coupled with the unsolicited opinion regarding the propriety of the some of the emails. But I don't see how anyone can dismiss the concerted efforts of the Trump campaign to denigrate her and portray her as an inferior candidate.

First and foremost, the Trump/Russian connection provided Candidate Trump with information he would never have obtained without the Russian hacking expertise. The current investigation, while seen as prejudicial by the right wing, lends credence to theory Russian intervention was clearly skewed toward producing a Trump victory. To his credit, Candidate Trump won the election, to the detriment of the nation, Candidate Trump won the election. The Russian connection was an integral part of the Trump strategy, despite the knowledge there would be a quid pro quo for the benefits bestowed upon the Trump campaign. All of this returns us to the principle philosophy of the Trump family, the almighty dollar. Nothing else really matters.

The other issue completely overlooked by both President Trump and his faithful followers. The media was a major force in elevating a worshiped "job creator" to the presidency. Candidate Trump said and did things with impunity for which other candidates would have been politically crucified. He made outrageous speeches promising unobtainable goals, he was impudent, he was brash and obscene, all of which fostered the sensationalism over which the press languishes. It has been estimated Candidate Trump received billions of dollars of free publicity for his uncivilized rhetoric while his erstwhile 30% consumed it with joy and adoration. Today these reporters spew "fake news". Apparently the nonsense he vomited during the campaign was real.

I point this out because he used the same tactic on Hillary Clinton as he did on
his Republican opponents. "Lyin' Ted", "Little Marco", "Low Energy Jeb" and "Crazy Bernie" turned into "Crooked Hillary" and the 30% loved it. It was a good tactic because it worked, but he used the tactic because he had no policy innovations upon which reasonable voters could rely. Thus, he lost the popular vote.
The Nefarious Obama Administration
Posted:Sep 7, 2017 8:30 pm
Last Updated:Sep 20, 2017 12:00 am

This is the last straw !! First we were forced to suffer through eight years of an administration which did nothing and obstructed the workings of the government, despite the never ending efforts of the GOP controlled Congress to move our nation forward through the fast changing times. Then we were and still are forced to get health care under the Affordable Care Act and the GOP complained on our behalf for six years and then, when the GOP took control of the entire Congress, tried unsuccessfully to repeal and replace the ACA but the obstructionist democrats somehow prevented it with their minority status.

Now we've discovered the Obama Administration left a slow acting amnesia drug in the air conditioning system which has adversely affected the memories of several of the Trump Administration figures. Mike Flynn can't remember too much about his dealings with the Russians, Attorney General Jeff Sessions completely forgot his dealings with the Russians, and now Donald Trump Jr. seems to have forgotten several intimate details of his meetings with the Russians. The last members of the Obama Administration who inhabited the White House should be investigated thoroughly because it's pretty clear someone left some sort of memory drug which has affected the workings of our government.
Interesting phenomenon
Posted:Aug 31, 2017 5:20 am
Last Updated:Sep 16, 2017 1:19 pm

Yesterday, President Trump announced a 3% rise in the GDP. He was eager to add never during the Obama Administration was there such a magnificent rise. This is continuing evidence President Trump is running a competition with the Obama Administration, rather then just running the nation. There is, of course, a minor problem with the President's announcement. It isn't true.

It appears President Trump, in his continuing effort to outdo President Obama rounded up the GDP number from somewhere around 2.7 %. I'm quite happy we have a positive GDP, but I'd much rather have an accurate account of our progress rather than an ego soothing report from our elected leader.

After a sustained "Birther Movement", personal and professional verbal attacks during the campaign (I thought he was running against Hillary), and now exaggerated progress reports, it must be quite disheartening for President Trump to have such high goals and be failing at all of them. A white man can't do as good a job as a black man? Unheard of...... At the time of this writing, President Trump has been in office 222 days, 19 hours and 25 minutes. First of all, his expectations of outdoing 8 years of sustained growth cannot be overcome in 222 days. However, the fantasy world President Trump lives in doesn't conform to such logic and presidents have rarely, if ever, begun their legacies during such a short time period. Unfortunately, we can never tell that to our leader, or the 30% for that matter. Secondly, and probably most important, I can't see where President Trump's ego justifies misleading the electorate and especially the 30%. Just how long are they going to overlook daily prevarication so we can all revert back the "Merry Christmas"?
The NFL, a new perspective for me
Posted:Aug 27, 2017 5:41 am
Last Updated:Sep 1, 2017 5:50 pm

Some time ago I wrote a blog on he NFL and the gambling I believed would be part of its downfall. I still believe that but have recently been educated on a far more dangerous and threatening assault on the NFL future. Concussions. A "Frontline" special on the subject revealed issues which could permanently damage the NFL. It appears the incidents of deaths due to previous concussions is more prevalent than it was thought to be. Retired NFL players dying in their forties or fifties after years of head banging. Having watched many NFL games in the past, I can attest to my surprise at watching players get up and run off the field after being hit so hard I could almost feel it myself. Macho as it may be, such an incident may very well have shortened that player's life.

The study concerns a malady called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE. Dr. Ann McKee has studied 202 brains of deceased NFL players and found CTE in 177 of them. Similar studies have been done on college, high school and semi-professional players with similar results. The human brain has not evolved to withstand the constant battering experienced by football players at all levels.

My conclusion this issue could be the downfall of the NFL strikes home with one seriously flawed position. The NFL flatly denies any relation between constant head trauma and CTE. The scientific data clearly shows the opposite, reminiscent of the denial of tobacco companies during the cancer crisis. The NFL is, I'm sure, looking to the bottom line here. Players and their agents will begin demanding more money for the risks involved in playing in the NFL and the health care costs for retired players will grow geometrically. Consequently, the cost of tickets will rise, the cost of beer at the stadium will rise and the $10 hot dog is just around the corner. Moreover, there remains the overriding question what does the NFL know and when did they know it.
A president with a knack
Posted:Aug 25, 2017 1:45 pm
Last Updated:Sep 19, 2017 3:14 pm

knack; noun
a special skill, talent, or aptitude:

We have a president who has a knack for making things worse. A terrorist attack in London and instead of support for a long time ally, he attacks the mayor of London. The fact London's mayor happens to be a Muslim I'm sure is merely a coincidence. The controversy over President Trump's reaction and response to Charlottesville lingers on and adds weight to the idea President Trump has a knack for making things worse.

While it can't make things any worse, the impending disaster on the east coast of Texas is not severe enough to stop the President from taking a few days off at Camp David. If the constant complaints on President Obama's vacation time isn't laid aside by President Trump's inability to remain in the White House, then the complaints from the right just add another criticism of President Obama under the heading of unsubstantiated.

Oh, well, at least President Trump falls under the category of white male.
Posted:Aug 21, 2017 10:30 am
Last Updated:Aug 26, 2017 6:44 am

It's amazing to me scientists can predict within fractions of a second when an eclipse will occur. A town in Oregon with a population of about 6,000 had 100,000 visitors who arrived at the designated time to witness the solar eclipse. Meanwhile, scientists predict the Earth is warming at a rate far greater than ever before and our very environment is endangered and this is called alarmist science designed to make money rather than engage is scientific study and learn from it.

I guess we believe what we want to believe.
Posted:Aug 19, 2017 4:24 am
Last Updated:Aug 26, 2017 8:10 pm

Currently, the SFF blogs are embroiled in the flag and statue controversy and the emotions are flying around like bats in a cave at sunset. Granted it's an emotional issue and granted political, social and philosophical issues surrounding the controversy are worthy of discussion. It seems to me, however, the more important issue, and one which has been essentially ignored recently, is the issue of our government falling apart.

At the time of this writing, President Trump has been in office 210 days, 18 hours, 5 minutes and 20 seconds. In the last few days of this seemingly endless odyssey Carl Ichan has resigned, Steve Bannon has been fired, after several resignations, the entire Economic Council of Advisers has been disbanded, the entire Manufacturing Council has been disbanded because of numerous resignations, Michael Short, Sean Spicer, Walter Shaub and Robert Iger have all resigned and this is merely the tip of the iceberg. The Trump Administration has managed to create this plethora of departures from a government which was considerably far from being a fully staffed government to begin with.

Now, Rush Limbaugh, philosopher, soothsayer and defendant in the Asses v. Hole in the Ground lawsuit, has already begun to blame the democrats for this rash of departures. After all, it's impossible for anyone carrying the GOP standard to err and if there was an error, it had to be at the hands of someone else. And so it goes with the Trump Administration.

Personally, I like the analogy I first heard on MSNBC (groans and disparaging remarks accepted). After President Reagan was shot and had been taken to surgery, Jim Baker, the then Chief of Staff, considered the Twenty Fifth Amendment as a way to promote continuity, consistency and stability in the government. He decided against it because he knew President Reagan would soon be coming out of surgery and looked forward to his recovery. President Trump's inability to handle the task of the Presidency is due to President Trump himself and he's not going to come out of it and recover. He is incapable of doing so. A pretty strong argument for the use of the Twenty Fifth Amendment under the current circumstances.

So, while you Rebels fret over where to hang the next Confederate Flag or which statue to cast your admiration upon, make a mental note our government is in chaos and the same good folks who are fighting the war on flags and statues are the same folks who played a major role in the election of Donald Trump.

And they wonder why I buy Hefty rather than Dixie Cups.......
Foot shooting at its best
Posted:Aug 15, 2017 6:22 pm
Last Updated:Sep 6, 2017 9:14 pm

Mere days after Lisztomania declared Abraham Lincoln the real cause of the Civil War, those peaceful rebels have defaced the Lincoln Memorial. The position taken by those who have sentimental reasons for preserving the Confederate war heroes has just taken a severe hit. The Lincoln Memorial graffiti indicates those divisive, war inducing beliefs and mindsets present prior to the outbreak of war in 1861 are still alive and well here in 2017.

The tiresome babble from the right trying to defend the indefensible will, no doubt, follow, but their adamant beliefs diminish in substance almost daily. I wonder how much longer it will take for the light bulbs to start lighting up.
Posted:Aug 14, 2017 7:33 pm
Last Updated:Aug 15, 2017 10:29 am

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A disturbing hostage video surfaced on Monday showing an American man woodenly reciting words that were not his own.
The video, which was broadcast on all the major news networks, raised concerns for the man, whose robotic performance indicated that he was reading a prepared statement under duress.
While the man appeared well fed and, to a certain extent, healthy, his facial expressions and body language convinced experts that the act of reciting the prepared text was an extraordinary ordeal for him.
Harland Dorrinson, a forensic psychologist, compared the man’s performance with hours of earlier footage of him and said that the man had “never expressed these sentiments before.”
“He did not seem to understand what he was saying,” the psychologist said. “At times, he appeared to be reading these words phonetically.”
Additionally, Dorrinson said, the man’s speech patterns in the hostage video were strikingly different from those in earlier videos of him. “From the moment he began speaking, the subjects in his sentences agreed with the verbs,” he said. “That set off alarm bells.”

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