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Trump Takes Back Campaign Promise

After President Trump’s speech about Afghanistan (8-21-2017), Breitbart’s Steve Bannon called it a flip-flop, setting up a new war with Fake News. It is true that one of Trump’s campaign promises was to get out of Afghanistan, the never-ending war.

With his words last night, President Donald J. Trump extended the war until, well, we don’t know. It’s something like a television network announcing they have renewed a show with no timeline and no end in sight. Thanks to our great Orange Leader, we still have the “Obama strategy”, as it was described by one of the Breitbart editors, but there are “no timelines, facts or figures.” We are going to continue the war, but now with Trump’s approval and ownership. Oh, how things change when you are President and sitting in the Oval Office, sir.

Trump said his first instinct was to pull out. There is a joke there, but I’ll let it be and continue this diatribe. After feedback from “his Generals,” Trump has decided to let them run the war and help him make critical decisions. Boy, those Nazis really turned Trump around. Or was it that he no longer had to stare at that extremely “white” board in Bannon’s office with all the campaign promises. Like Moses’ tablets, those were laws not to be broken. Now that the Neo-Moses and Alt-Right loon Bannon is gone, we can erase the board and move forward.

We entered Afghanistan for all the right reasons. They were harboring radicals and extremists who carried out attacks on US soil in 2001. See, in a country that has this hardened religious foundation in their history, it’s hard to know where the bad guys stand on the circle of political alignments. For sure, though, they have about four or five self-proclaimed jihadist’s groups and, of course, the Taliban, their version of the minute men on horses.

We are dealing with the tribal nature of a very large country that has more diversity than most Americans can understand. Did we also mention that Afghanistan grows poppies. The opium poppy is used to make morphineheroin, and a number of other painkillers. We have to stay in Afghanistan not only for the potential of more radical groups using the country as a training base, but something Trump didn’t talk about last night was is fact that our opioid crisis starts in that country, not Mexico.

You can’t blame Teleprompter Trump for his words last night, they were expertly crafted to have a push back on hate, a little flag-waving and USA USA USA in there. To prevent being beat up by the lefty media, all the important stats were redacted. But it’s okay to say there isn’t a timeline, because history will likely show that we will never leave Afghanistan. Ask the Russians whether winning was worth it. They were there for ten years, didn’t win and all their aggression gave the world was Bin Laden.

I was very proud of our military at Fort Myer for not cheering and being quiet during the President’s speech. I am sure they were given orders to clap only when the speech was finished. That kind of seriousness is needed when the President is going to send some 4,000 fresh troops into unsafe territory. He might not say what he is doing, but the figures will be leaked by the Pentagon.

What was lacking in Trump’s speech was a clearly defined goal. He said he wants to bring peace to the region, but he didn’t say when. He said he doesn’t want any nation building, but will ask Pakistan to help with the terrorists on the border while using a veiled threat of taking away their US aid. He asked India to assist, which means that he wants them to help fund this war. I am sure that Prime Minister Modi would like to help get rid of bad people in Pakistan, but he has a big bomb to do that, if he wants.

Might I remind the reader that Pakistan also has nuclear capabilities and they certainly will need our 1.5 billion dollars in aid to lube their fighting machines. Without recognizing the Taliban and sitting down and talking with them no real peace can be achieved. The Taliban, which some estimate is 30,000 strong, will always be taking land and attempting to put those they control under Sharia Law.

Remember, it is the Taliban’s fatwa that condemns to death anyone who draws a picture of Muhammed. This is what Trump inherited and, he is correct, it’s a mess. But he needs to stop complaining about the past and focus on tomorrow. It is now his war and his army and his political legacy that is on the line.

Trump has failed domestically. He cannot afford any further mistakes. We need Teleprompter Trump now, not Impromptu Trump, who ruffles too many feathers. And it would best if Twitter Trump would take a long golfing vacation. Things are serious now Donald, get your head on straight, right now.

 


TRUMP: LOCKED AND LOADED

Amped Up Loose Canon

During an October 25, 2016 interview, Donald Trump said that Hillary Clinton’s policies as president would lead to World War III, adding that he believed that the Democratic nominee would draw the US into armed confrontation with Russia, Syria and Iran. Nowhere in his pronouncement did he mention the country of North Korea, the country that Obama told him would be his biggest problem.

His warning about “fire and fury” was almost like a prophecy-come-true. He warned us that Clinton would get us into war, when in fact, it was his own dream to get us into war. This is just more of his maniacal way of thinking. Or, as some might say, his lack of tapping into his logical frontal cortex and permitting his over-ripe amygdala to do all the talking. Pure bully.

And now this morning (8-11-2017) Trump tweeted, “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” If Donald Trump thinks he knows more than the generals, then let’s see what he knows. For sure, he knows how to produce FEAR.

The Donald’s early morning tweet was motivated, according to CNN, by North Korea’s statement, “Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.” What Trump fails to understand is the North Koreans are making a “legal” statement to present a case to the world court in the future. If need be, they will present a case that he was, in fact, the aggressor.

Even though the United Nations Security Council voted 15 to 0 on sanctions against North Korea, Trump has no patience to operate in a diplomatic world. He wants all the “nonsense” to stop now. Most experts will tell you that sanctions are a long-term fix for disobedience. There is no quick-fix for sovereign freedoms and actions for self-protection. Now that Trump has threatened North Korea, we are in the stand-off mode. Where are Jack and Bobby Kennedy when we need them?

In most likelihood, if Kim Jong Un will do what he says he will, with four missiles fired over Japan and into the sea near Guam, our great Orange Leader will then have to do something. He has painted himself into a corner. Most aggressions he might employ would kill people. We assume that Donald Trump has never knowingly killed anyone and this challenge is far greater than anything he has encountered in his 71-years on the planet. If “sticking up for America” means killing hundreds of thousands of people, then all who said he does not have the temperament to be President were sadly accurate.

It’s not only the mixed messages, but the fact that Trump is already at war with his own cabinet, the Congress and the courts. When a total idiot like Sebastian Gorka, who the taxpayers fund, said that Rex Tillerson doesn’t have right to talk about the military, that is a problem. The State Department ‘s Heather Nauert even pushed back against Gorka’s assertion that it was “nonsensical” for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to speak on military matters. Nauert commented about Rex Tillerson, “He’s a Cabinet secretary. He’s fourth in line to the presidency. He carries a big stick.” A surrogate talking-head, like Gorka, is totally out of line critiquing a cabinet member. He should be removed from the White House immediately. Major Trump administration problem.

Trump finds time to battle with Mitch McConnell, the majority leader of the Senate, rather than keeping the country posted on his plans and explaining how we are safe and that he has some strategy to eliminate this problem in Asia.

When knowledgeable people are saying that Trump is making matters worse, he feels the need to shout. Instead of sucking up the criticism and focusing on the task at hand, Trump choses to battle everyone. He seems more eager to pick a fight than find a solution.

He used a telling phrase yesterday. The Donald was asked if his warning to North Korea was a dare, his response was, “It’s not a dare. It’s a statement. Has nothing to do with dare. That’s a statement. He’s not going to go around threatening Guam and he’s not going to threaten the United States and he’s not going to threaten Japan, and he’s not going to threaten South Korea. No, that’s not a dare, as you say. That is a statement of fact.”

Once again, our President took the bait based on a crafty reporter’s question. Trump used the same word four times in his statement. That is what I call the implication of the opposite. When you emphasize something with repetition, it becomes what is remembered most. So, maybe it is a “dare” and war is just another game this man thinks he wants to play.

No one in their right mind wants war. Trump complains about how no one has ever done anything about the crazy kid in North Korea. Well, Mr. President, I hate to remind you, but your first plan was to get Russia and/or China to take care of the matter. How did that turn out? So now you say you want to go it alone and get the job done. But what does getting the job done look like?

If Harry Truman and Douglas MacArthur were alive today, what would they say? Harry Truman would tell Trump to back off and attempt to find some diplomatic solution and while doing it, “shut your damn pie-hole.” But even Harry Truman, if tested, would’ve had no problem dropping an atomic bomb on North Korea. In fact, he dropped two of them on Japan. He claimed use of the nuclear option probably saved one million American lives.

If MacArthur was to be asked for his two-cents worth, he would loudly say, “Take all the land north of the 38th parallel; liberate the North and unite the country.” After all, that was want he wanted to do in 1951. He was so hell-bent on defeating the North he would have sacrificed one million lives to do it. Truman fired MacArthur. The General was never elected President and, in fact, lost his case for vindication in Congress. Clearly, MacArthur did not have the temperament to be president.

In the end, Trump will be seen on the world stage as the lunatic he really is and America will remain divided, as it was during the Vietnam war. There will be those people, the “hawks”, who will get behind the war-minded president, while the “doves” will be protesting in the street. All those things Donald Trump said about our stupid leaders who wasted all that money on wars will demonstrate how much a novice Trump is in this role and how hypocritical his words and actions are.

He would rather be the big guy screaming at everyone and plunging the world into war than ever to be criticized. We will see our 401Ks go down the drain and the economy will once again be as unstable as our leader. Did we pick the right person for president? Only time will tell, Donald.

 


FIRE AND FURY

Calling Bluff at the Table

I’ve never been a good poker player lacking the special skills of bluffing, decoying and raising. We know that Kim Jong Un has made a pretty big move in his missile and nuclear program. Yesterday (8-8-2017) Trump raised the stakes with a war of words.

With this quote, Donald Trump seems to be putting on a squeeze and going all in, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

It’s amazing to me that so many so-called “experts” on TV the day after (8-9-2017) Trump bombastic words were sprayed at North Korea, said that he wasn’t really sending a message to Kim Jong Un. Some claim he was endeavoring to shake the Chinese leaders out of their passive restraint of North Korea. Really?

One of the things we have covered on this site has been the negatives of being unpredictable and uncertain. Trump’s use of the term “fire and fury” was interpreted by most military people to mean nuclear war. You cannot drop an atomic bomb as a warning shot. We hope the Donald understands that.

After our President made such a harsh statement, North Korea didn’t wait too long to get its propaganda TV news team to blast a message back at Trump that they are seriously considering a strike against the island of Guam.

This island was selected as a strategic target. For one, most Americans don’t realize that since the Spanish-American War, Guam has been a territory of the United States. People born in Guam are automatically US citizens and our Andersen Air Force Base not only played a major role in the Vietnam War, but it is where the fighters come from that we’ve been using to “intimidate” Kim. To say you are thinking about attacking Guam is saying you will attack the United States.

The day after the Donald’s, arm-folded (defensive posture), “F & F” announcement, our great Orange Leader’s rhetoric was toned down on Twitter today (8-9-2017), “My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before. Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!”

While the President was trying to temper his own words, his Secretary of State returning to the mainland said that he doesn’t believe there is “any imminent threat” and added, “Americans should sleep well at night.” Unless he has plans to get Trump out of office, his request that I sleep well at night will have no effect. In a strange plot twist, the use of Tweeter was the more mature approach this time. We didn’t quite get teleprompter Trump, but the Twitter Trump was much calmer than Impromptu Trump.

The irony of this new crisis is that Trump was told by Obama before he left that this would be the new President’s most difficult challenge. And as someone mentioned on a talk-show last night, the days of a President, like Obama, doing nothing about the problem, sure seems now like a more reasonable approach. You see, there is quite a bit of history on how countries get nuclear power and then eventually atomic weapons. They just do it. When someone has the capability of using nuclear arsenal, you really don’t have much to say about it. It’s like an international 2nd Amendment.

What Trump is playing with, is not the lives of thousands of Americans who are live in South Korea, but the 25 million Koreans in Seoul, the capital. When approaching a madman with an atomic bomb, you probably shouldn’t act like a madman.

As I have stated before, if you look at Pakistan, with 140 nuclear bombs and their neighbor, India with 130 devices, you can see that a stalemate in the bomb business is all you can wish for. Once India got the A-bomb, Pakistan had to get their own collection. And the world stood by and watched them do it. How could you protest a country trying to defend itself?

North Korea, short of China and Russian moving troops and armament to the northern most border of Kim Jong Un’s domain, will get an atomic bomb. In fact, they already have one. They have never stopped aiming toward that goal. When you are a dictator, you usually do whatever you want. So, what is this all about?

Does this mean that South Korea will need to have 50, then 100, then 150 nukes just to keep up with the Un? We can send the whole U.S. Pacific Fleet to the waters around North Korea and wait. But what will we be waiting for? Trump, once again, is using the bully pulpit the wrong way. If the strategy is bad cop, good cop, with Tillerson playing the good cop, the international ramifications of the rhetoric gives this President the reputation of being all over the place. And sad to say, a person who appears to be unhinged.

The process of leading a great nation like the United States has never been easy. But this time, the tough businessman  has met his match. And we all hope and pray that the Orange wannabe General doesn’t do the wrong thing. War courts are the wrong place to brag about how successful you were in an election.

 

 


UNECESSARY CHATTER

Trump’s Fan Base Illusion

On NBC’s Today Show, Nikki Haley said that, “Just because we pulled out of the Paris accord doesn’t mean we don’t believe in climate protection. We’re saying we’re not going to sell out American businesses to do that.” But that wasn’t the only thing she said. She agreed with the interviewers that there is some “Unnecessary Chatter” that comes out of the White House. When pressed on whether the administration would accept the new research on climate change, she said, “Sure, they will.”

When someone in the administration uses the term “they” one can assume they are distancing themselves. Nikki is a strong person to have as Ambassador to the United Nations, but she is but one cog in a wheel that appears at times to be dangerously close to shaking off the cart. The driver of that cart, at times, appears to be facing in the wrong direction.

Climate Change is just as important as what we do with North Korea, it’s just that Trump has so over-committed to his “hoax” rhetoric, that there is apparently no turning back. Climate protection, as long as it doesn’t hurt American business, is a bit like a guy saying, “Sure, I’ll use a condom, as long as it doesn’t keep me from making a baby.”

What Trump is really obsessed with this week is the fact all the polls make it seem like his base is eroding. Not sure why Trump, of all people, would even care about polls and research. As he so accurately points out, all the polls were wrong about the election.

But nonetheless, he decided to fight back on Twitter: “Hard to believe that with 24/7 #Fake News on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYTIMES & WAPO, the Trump base is getting stronger!” The facts are, more and more people in the fringe and the base are getting a little frustrated with our great Orange Leader. We are hearing some blame being given to the Congress, but some of the more aware free-basers remember how the Donald bragged about being the great “dealmaker.” Everything was going to happen fast and would be so “beautiful.”

Of course, while Trump was thrashing the “Fake News” they were reporting that Trump had retweeted a very positive message from one of his followers. The tweet came from Nicole Mincey, who ended up being a Russian bot. Trump was aiding and abetting the Russians in a plot to make him feel good about his base. Funny stuff, until you realize that the same arm of the Russian hackers was trying to discredit General McMaster. This is where Breitbart also saw a soft target. Did the Russians fool such a “reputable” news site like Breitbart?

Twitter, seeing that the subscriber Nicole Mincey was part of the Russian propaganda machine, shut the account down, according the Washington Post (8-8-2017). It’s not quite collusion, but the boys over in Moscow were able to create the illusion that Trump has more fans than he thinks. But, who can really know?

There will be many statisticians and pollsters attempting to understand the real numbers in this so called “base.” But let me remind everyone of that so-called “fire-wall” that Hillary Clinton thought she had in commonwealths like Virginia and Pennsylvania. They were illusions as well. Clinton had no special protection and I would advance the notion that Trump’s base is another imaginary “fire wall.”

The Trump base will not protect against Democratic advances in the 2018 elections. The base got their man into the White House, and will not turn out in droves for Republicans running for re-election in Congress. They already are angry at anyone in Congress for not fixing healthcare.

The “unnecessary chatter” that sister Nikki pointed out is what is getting in the way of this President and his administration’s lack of success on the playing field. Haley said “The ball is in North Korea’s court. They now have to decide where they want to go from here. We hope that they will go the route of peace and security.” Well, if the analogy is to be taken on face value, that would mean that North Korea is on offense? How did that happen?

It is very clear that having a President like Donald Trump, whatever any official in the government says may be quickly displaced by Trump’s next tweet. When asked about the diplomacy-by-tweet-syndrome, Nikki Haley said, “I have not had one country complain to me about the President’s tweets.” Aren’t Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin complaining about what Trump has said in tweets? Actions speak louder than tweets.

The White House hired hands could do the country a big favor by setting up one of Trump’s campaign type rallies, where anyone can attend. Why not have it in, say, Northern California or Seattle? And when the President gets a dose of the people who disapprove of his manic management style, he might be a bit humbler. Maybe even a bit more open to that fact that his “Fan Base” only gets him ratings on the TV show that takes place in Trump’s head. And as that audience dwindles, as all audiences eventually do, he will be forced to face the facts. We don’t have a freaking “Fan Base,” we have a COUNTRY of full of different kinds of Americans.

 


ROUND UP ALL THE TRANSGENDERS

Trump Draws Rainbow Line in the Sand

The President of the United States proclaimed on Twitter today (7-26-2017) that he has ruled on whether transgender people can serve their country. Here is what he said: “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

Paul Callan, a legal analyst for CNN, has coined the term “tweet-law” for the President’s phone blasts that greatly affect the laws and policies of the government. Some reporters said right after the missive from our great Orange Leader was posted that the Pentagon (the Generals) had no idea a decision of this magnitude had been made. When the President declares that transgender people are some great “disruption” to military life he sentences them to a life of thinking they are somehow, less human, less valuable and less a citizen of this great land.

In Robert Sapolsky’s fabulous book, “Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst”, he points out that when a high-status rat in a pack gets electric shocks that produces stress, he proceeds to attack lessor status rats by biting them. That seems to relieve their stress. Could the President’s decree about transgender people serving in the military be simply his way of inflicting pain on a class of people he feels beneath him? According to his recent tweets, he is outwardly stressed. He’s condemning his own team.

The President’s “New Rule” will create the challenging task that will involve “asking and telling” about an enlistee’s sexual orientation. And then, if a soldier stands tall in his or her skin, they will be fired? Really, you are going to send them away without a pension, without pay or record because of their sexual orientation? Is that American?

It’s not the cost of surgery that the government thinks it might have to pay, it’s the idea that somehow these people are disruptive in some way. Disruption in the military isn’t allowed. What is this President thinking? Oh, yeah, forgot, he doesn’t think.

This is all part of the Pence Effect driven by Mike’s overzealous, religious “grounding” that is basically discrimination justified by Leviticus 18:22, which is tantamount to someone suggesting Sharia Law be used to create U.S. law. Mike Pence and many evangelicals cannot deal with the reality that we should not discriminate against people.

The law prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin (including membership in a Native American tribe). It is true that around two dozen states still don’t have anti-discrimination laws protecting individuals from being discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation. But, the President just blew the candle out on this issue.

Perhaps Congress can step up and sort this out, but Trump will never get votes from the LGBT community again. On June 1, 2017 Ivanka Trump tweeted: “I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.” It’s all part of the plan to make the liberals have hope, while that great Beach Boys song comes to mind, “And she’ll have fun, fun, fun ‘Til her daddy takes the T-bird away.”

Daddy is calculating everything for purposes of enriching himself or enhancing his image rather than being the President for all people. He’s a racist, a xenophobe, a homophobe and his transphobia was brightly exposed today with his mindless and insensitive tweet. He’s a bully, or to put this into the perspective of a neurobiologist, he’s an alpha male rat who has been shocked by the lack of love from Congress, the Attorney General and the press. His teeth aren’t as sharp as they were in business with his gang of lawyers and liars around him. When he bites and people bleed and someone points out his insensitivity, he replies, “I’m President and you aren’t!”

What a shallow and intolerable person. Donald J. Trump is America’s #1 problem. I wonder who will solve him? He can keep his twitter account, but we want the White House back.


SERIOUS TRUMP – GOOFY DONALD

Can We Have the Serious One?

Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post was on Meet The Press this week (7-9-2017) using the term “Teleprompter Trump.” She was describing the person who reads someone else’s words and gets better grades for being presidential than the man known as “Twitter Trump.” And may I suggest a third person inside the human Cheeto?  How about the “Impromptu Trump?” This persona appears when Trump goes on camera to make a point that everyone else in his administration has been making for the previous 24-hours, except he says something completely different than they did!

With our multi-personality President, we must divert the different streams of verbiage into the appropriate buckets. When POTUS spoke last week in Poland, we heard from Teleprompter Trump. In that speech we heard this, “We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran, and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and the defense of civilization itself.”

We live in a sound-bite/headline word. Out of the speech in Warsaw came the line about whether the west has the will to survive, while the warning to Russia was buried in the rest of the lecture. The big speech was a few days before Trump and Tillerson met with Putin and Kislyak. And this meeting, produced more controversy.

Kislyak and Putin claimed in their press briefings at the G20 that, indeed, Trump brought up cyber meddling in our election.  They also said that Trump had accepted Putin’s denial. Trump did not have a press briefing, therefore the story got out in front of him.

The administration thought Trump’s Tweet would soften the astonishment of those who thought he left the Russians off the hook.  Trump wrote, “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded.”

Donald Trump has said that it’s easy to be a critic. I, for one, don’t have to try very hard to muster up some serious criticism about things that Twitter Trump types. But really, are we going to get together with the fox and talk about security at the hen house? Will dinner be served?

As Air Force One made its way back to Washington, the story broke in the New York Times that Donald, Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer who offered “information” on Hillary Clinton. This meeting occurred right after the Donald won the Republican nomination.

As the weekend progressed, more and more “adjustments” were made to the story.  Finally, we received the official word that, yes, the meeting took place, but the nominee, Donald Trump, was not at the meeting and knew nothing about it. Kushner and Manafort were working for the campaign at that time.

While the super hawks of the Senate, Lyndsey Graham and John McCain, were on the Sunday talk shows making fun of the suggestion of a cyber security unit with Russia, it wasn’t long before the great Orange leader was taking back his own words on Twitter: “The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen. It can’t-but a ceasefire can, & did!” (7-9-2017)

The big question is what would Teleprompter Trump say about this? We hardly ever get to see Impromptu Trump, so we probably won’t get to confront that personality on this issue. But, for sure, if Donald J. Trump was in front of cameras and asked about this he would start to defend himself and then make a quick turn to talk about the ceasefire that is taking place in an area of the least problematic in Syria. But then, Twitter Trump drives the narrative and thus action plan of this White House.

May I point out that what was once known as Multiple Personality Disorder is now called Dissociative Identity Disorder? It’s a condition under which a person’s identity is fragmented into two or more distinct personality states. It’s said that people with this rare condition were often victims of severe abuse. Maybe the metal in the silver-spoon in Donald’s mouth leeched into his tiny brain when he was young. Dissociative Identity Disorder is D.I.D., as in “Did I say that?”

Those who lie and exaggerate are often forced to retract, restate and reform the things they said. With Trump’s tribe of surrogates on-call to course correct Our President’s words, one could honestly ask whether Donald Trump has any talent for clarity. In fact, he continuously and clearly steps on his own proclamations. How can this be good for America?

Trump can restate his mantra of “No Connection, No Collusion” all he wants, but the intent of getting information on Clinton was the reason for the meeting with the Russian lawyer. Don, Jr. threw himself under the bus to protect the old man and now we have an admission of the desire for dirt, thus the first step toward collusion.

Donald Trump should think about negotiating a cease-fire with the free press by giving them some real facts. Slowly, the conflict between Teleprompter Trump, Twitter Trump and Impromptu Trump will continue to plague this administration’s ability to create a positive presidential presence for the majority of Americans; you know, the Popular Vote.

Editor’s Note: We borrowed the “Cheeto” moniker from SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor from his book: “America 51: A Probe Into The Realities That Are Hiding Inside ‘The Greatest Country In The World'”


MUSLIMS BAD, RUSSIANS GOOD

Trump’s Travel Ban Begins

The Supreme Court wanted to show some respect for the office of the President, so they gave him the benefit of the doubt with a baby-ruling on the Travel Ban. While pushing the bigger decision about how America’s image will be morphed by arguments this October, the court gave the president the power to manage who enters this country.

Taking Trump’s ban on face value, he wanted the ban to allow our government to research the credibility of the vetting of visas, and to create a system that would provide better security of our country. One of the things that happened in the last year, which most experts and representatives agree on, America was the victim of a cyber-attack by Russia.

The administration has done nothing to protect America from that threat. Every President says these words with his hand on a Bible: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The protection of our democracy and the defense of our Constitution are paramount. Donald Trump has done nothing about the issue of electronic invasion by Russia and most people around him say he considers most questions about Russia to be alarmist over-reaction. Others, who have taken a more psychological approach, believe Trump has combined the Russian hacking scandal and any possible collusion into one large bucket of dissent against any disdain for him personally. Someone has programmed his tiny brain to believe that if the Russian probe goes forward, America will find out that his whole presidency is a fraud.

Trump is so used to hearing critics calling him a phony or con that he just assumes he must have done something wrong. But this time, he really is doing something wrong. He is ignoring a threat to cyber-security and has a Mister Magoo vision of protecting and defending this nation.

The Senate approved a bill to lock in sanctions against Russian by a 98-2 vote. Interestingly, Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky and Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont voted against the measure. The bill, which includes both Russian and Iranian sanctions, heads to the House for approval before President Donald Trump gets to sign it. If Trump vetoes the bill, it will disclose his reticence to ruffle Russian feathers. Trump seems to be able to intimidate the House, where the Senate sees him as a necessary evil.

As the summer tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts and fires rage across America; our representatives will get an earful at their town meetings, if they are brave enough to have them. We can sit here and take this bad management on the part of Donald Trump’s White House, or we can start to scream.

The House of Representatives has an interesting balancing act right now. Their members don’t want to have Trump in their faces.  However, if they stand by and let Trump screw up the country they will surely be losing their jobs. The leadership on both sides are so full-on ideologs that nothing will get done. And as much as the President claims the Democrats are keeping him from being successful, he has never invited them to his house to sit down and talk. He’s the problem.

Trump is doing nothing about Russia and has pushed it aside. Why? Trump moved very quickly on his Muslim ban, which was blocked by the courts. He modified it, even so far to say he liked the first one better, but at least he compromised. And if he would have just applied a logical verbiage to his order, and not flame out online, he could have gotten what he wanted in the first place.

We don’t hear Trump screaming about Russia, so we can only assume he really doesn’t care about Russian interference with our election. Someday, he will have to explain. From this vantage point, he’s clearly declared, “Muslims bad, Russians good.” The real question is why?

 

 


CUBAN MISSIVE CRISIS

Trump Turns Back the Clock to 1960

Donald Trump wants to do a better deal with Cuba. What he really doesn’t understand is that Cuba will get a better deal from someone named Vladimir Putin. The same Mr. Putin who used similar language saying he would protect Russians in Ukraine without any respect for their sovereign state. And now, with Donald Trump slapping the sanctions back on Cuba, he has opened the door for Russia to come back into Cuba with gifts and money.

His denunciation of Cuban policies (6-16-2017) in Florida might have fired up the large community of anti-Castro Cuban-Americans in Miami, but didn’t match his actions. It’s a selective sucker punch against the current regime in Havana, but after sixty-years of blockades, sanctions and containment by America, Raúl Castro is already on the phone to Moscow.

Trump used words like maintaining blockades and sanctions and canceling the policy, but in reality, he only modified the Obama executive order. The new order from Trump might block US citizens and companies from doing business with establishments that are controlled by the Cuban military, but it doesn’t stop Americans from going to Cuba. It just adds red tape and more bureaucracy. His rhetoric of making things easier to do and ending unnecessary regulations has been thrown out of the window on this one.

The speech in little Havana in South Florida was full of stories about the struggles that Cubans and Cuban-Americans have endured since Fidel Castro converted the island to communism. The real changes that Trump claimed his new approach will deliver sound more like an attempt to dictate the terms of how Cuba will be governed, a la “nation building.”

Sure, asking them to have elections sounds like a good idea. They must already think it’s a good idea. Elections in Cuba involve nomination of municipal candidates by voters in nomination assemblies, nomination of provincial and national candidates by candidacy commissions, voting by secret ballot, and recall elections. But then, Trump speech writers probably don’t know that.

Donald Trump’s declarations of the human rights violations in Cuban might sound righteous on the surface, but not once did Trump cover the human rights and cruel and unusual punishments of his hosts in Saudi Arabia. And lost in this whole reality is that our government is still holding people without charges or due process at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, right on Cuban soil. As they say, this man speaks with forked-tongue.

Is this is his way of thanking Cuban Americans for their votes and keeping a campaign promise, while creating another opportunity to say something bad about Obama? Why do I find his actions feel like a way to fulfill rather than a introduce a well-thought-out way to change the way we deal with a country.

Trump may have sent a strong missive to other nations who abuse their people, but if America could help the Cuban people with tourism and more American influences, they just might take things into their own hands. We don’t need another Bay of Pigs invasion, but certainly tourism is better than isolation.

Due to the lack of free speech in Cuba, Trump’s harangue will not be heard by Cubans, but the stifling of the tourism industry will surely hurt Cuban workers. Of course, it’s easier to justify communism when things are going badly, but Trump gets to check a promise off the Bannon list.

The question that one should ask now, if you didn’t cut off diplomatic relations with Cuba, why not appoint an ambassador and start talk about a better deal? Or does Trump feel like he’s finished with it?


SCREW THE PLANET

Trump Pulls Out Early

Today, June 1, 2017, Donald J. Trump showed he really doesn’t care about human beings. He relies on people who cherish money and business over the life of the very planet on which we live. Trump said “No” to survival and to science today and I must ask who is cheering him? Who is on his side on this one? This is just one more indication that he is not fit to be President.

Nixon established the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and Ronald Reagan signed legislation to help eliminate acid rain, but Agent Orange in the White House today went against the good judgement of hundreds of major US businesses, 147 other countries and, more importantly, some of the smartest scientists of the world.

Read more here: http://unfccc.int/paris_agreement/items/9444.php

This was not a little deal to build a casino in New Jersey.  This was the agreement of every major nation to change the way we treat the earth. Once again, Trump is marching toward a slippery precipice which will surely take this country over the edge. This new decree from King Trump might be wrapped in a foil package marked America First, but it really should have a large sign that says, “Earth Last!”

The world is not flat, Donald.  It’s a round sphere with a circumference of more than 25,000 miles moving at the speed of one thousand miles per hour. 7.34 Billion people live on this blue planet.  Why are you strangling her? I am sure you think you can hold it in your little grimy hand, but it’s not your world to hold.

One of the biggest mistakes the Trump administration made was placing Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environment Protection Agency. Scott is a brain-dead politician from Oklahoma who, through his legislative actions in that state, created more earthquakes than God. I mean real earthquakes that have measurably increased by relaxing laws on fracking causing the conditions for tectonic shifts under the earth.

As you can see from the graph, earthquakes are now common in Oklahoma thanks to Scott Pruitt. He is the most dangerous person to the environment in our country and he heads the agency there to protect it. It’s Trump’s fault. He picks bad people. Now Pruitt can help screw the whole planet. Why does this man have power?

Not only has Pruitt filled positions at the EPA with people having clear conflicts of interests, he scuttled the Clean Power Plan, diluted the Mercury and Air Toxin Rules, shut out scientific advisors, took down valuable data from the public EPA website, called for a 31% decrease in the EPA budget and has been the loudest voice against the Paris accord. He has been shouting in Trump’s ear and polluting his mind with non-facts, hearsay and denial. Pruitt will destroy America and the world. A truly aimless, soulless human being. And remember, Donald Trump brags about this appointment.

The only way people can understand the impact of these actions is to talk to some of the people most recently affected by the lack of rules and thoughtless politicians. Ask the mother’s in Flint, Michigan about how their children will never recover from a bad decision about the water for that city.

Ask the people who are downstream from polluting plants and rule breakers who have bribed politicians with contributions. Commissions and departments look the other way while these industrial whores slowly kill our babies.

Donald Trump’s concept of half-tweets in the middle of the night and his inability to really understand how things work in Washington cannot compare to his pure destruction of good things and the addition of bad things. Sad!

Trump signed a law that says Internet companies can sell your data and you slept. The Donald has taken away more of your civic rights in 100 days than any president, and you slept. And our President embarrassed our country on the world stage and was rude to our allies, and you slept. Now, Donald Trump is moving to destroy the environment and we have to ask, “WHEN WILL YOU WAKE UP?”


THE DEFENSIVE FOOL IS BACK

“I never said the word Israel.”

There is a great term that many have used to describe people who either act or speak inappropriately. They say the person is being “tone-deaf” to demonstrate the feelings of those who are affected by the statement.

When the President’s travel ban was rolled out (1-28-2017) and confusion reigned at the major airports, instant protests popped up at airports all over the country, Trump was in the movie room at the White House watching Finding Dory. Albert Brooks, one of the voiceover actors in that drama summed it up best, “Odd that Trump is watching Finding Dory today, a movie about reuniting with family when he’s preventing it in real life.”

Another tone-deaf moment came that same weekend when Ivanka Trump tweeted out her “Date Night” picture of her and Jared dressed to the nines. Many critics of the royal family were quick to point out the insensitive nature of the tweet. What was the big deal? She has always been rich and will always be rich. That’s what rich folks do while others suffer.

After an optically enticing visit to Saudi Arabia, Trump traveled to Israel and was greeted warmly by that country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Everything was going great, until the Donald couldn’t resist the screaming press after the hand-shake photo opportunity. He had to talk. He had to defend himself. He has no discipline.

The look on Netanyahu’s face said it all. While Bebe smiled and repeated his stock answer to the controversy, Trump hushed the reporters so they could all hear his words, “I never mentioned the word or the name Israel during that conversation!”

Once again, Mr. Know-It-All opened his mouth and put his foot in it. It was beyond “tone-deaf.” It was disrespectful to the leader of our ally and a totally uncouth remark to throw out. While he denied that a conversation about Israeli intelligence took place with the Russians, he confirmed there was a conversation about the ISIS plot. His lawyers were groaning out loud.

While he may think that declassifying intelligence at will is his prerogative, he should remember that what he claims he doesn’t know is in direct conflict with all his previous statements about knowing everything about ISIS.

And low and behold, just as he makes the short trip to meet with Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the State of Palestine, he is greeted with another terrorist attack. This time in Manchester, UK. (5-22-2017)

As he stood there and declared the terrorists “Evil Losers” he demonstrated his knack for being “tone-deaf” on the global stage. That word “loser” might connote that those suffering through the attack are the winners. What?

Knowing that President Trump is not manageable, by the large entourage he brought with him, doesn’t lessen the hindrance of poor communication. Just as he is pointing out how the perpetrators of such a horrific act are such losers, he throws in, “It will happen again.” Maybe when the teenage girls in Manchester hear his warning of the terrorists returning he achieves his goal of spreading fear with no empathy.

He may think he is the King of deals, but still gets low grades for seeming uncaring and wanting to be more “right” than compassionate. He declares what people think. He pronounces what people should feel. But what he will find out painfully is that his words matter. Laws are based on words.

Donald J. Trump’s great presidential scam continues, but in this show he doesn’t control the final scene. He can’t fire public opinion. He cannot declare winners or losers like in reality TV. Twenty-two people lost their lives. That is the reality for their families.

Real reality is so much more difficult than he ever imagined.