BLACK FLIES MATTER

Trump Puppet Pence Attacks and Attracts

Vice Presidential debates are fun events that usually have no bearing on the outcome of a presidential election. People are far more interested in the candidates for president, although this year the VP debates gave us a chance to see the “next in line” of two presidential candidates who are over 74 years of age.

There are many great quotes about the position of Vice President, like this one from our 32nd Vice President John Nance Garner, the position is “not worth a bucket of warm piss” and “the worst damn fool mistake I ever made.” If you’ve never heard his name, I guess he was right. And who can forget this Johnny Carson line, “Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn’t grow up can be vice president.” That’s funny, unless you happen to be the Vice President.

The vice presidency became more than an interim position on the way to the Oval Office when aggressive people like Dick Cheney and, I will add, Joe Biden used the unwritten power to get their way. Biden handled the recovery for his boss Barack Obama after the 2008 financial crisis, while Dick Cheney managed to trick George W. Bush into a war. The VP is also the president of the Senate, which gives them little work but much importance when a vote is tied. They get to break the tie.

Fly on the Veep

In last night’s debate, Mike Pence donned the same bully cloak Donald Trump wore in his debate with Biden. Pence seemed more polite but, as we say in radio, he is a real MIC HOG. There was only one debate participant that understood the two-minute limit, and that was THE FLY on Mike Pence’s head. Surely you heard about, or saw, a rather large, black fly land on Pence’s bright, white head. It stayed on camera for a full two-minutes.

When I was a kid, I spent some time on a farm and one of the gross realities is that where there is cow crap, there are flies. I’m sure all the bull crap that flew out of the Vice President’s mouth last night attracted that insect to him. Let’s face it, the nation saw a black-on-white crime, but I was disappointed that Senator Kamala Harris didn’t point it out on live TV. Maybe those plexiglass shields kept her from seeing the fly on the wall, I mean head.

The Pence attack on Biden related to the mysterious swine flu breakout was patently lame and predictable. In case you forgot, the US faced a swine flu global pandemic in 2009-2010; they always last at least two years. The World Health Organization and our CDC estimated the US toll at 60.8 million illnesses, 273,304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths. The indecipherable, illogical claim of Donald Trump is that if Obama were president during the COVID pandemic, there would have been millions killed. Of course, our Idiot in Chief and his Vice Puppet Pence provide no evidence or reasoning for this inane claim.

The President’s bleat of “Don’t fear the virus,” coupled with his claim that 12,469 American swine flu deaths was a total failure, makes the 211,000 COVID deaths a catastrophe of epic proportions. Trump’s claim that the seasonal flu kills just as many people as the coronavirus is false information which also undermines his misrepresentation that the Obama / Biden team did a bad job.

I hate to be dogmatic, but if we had only12,000 or even 30,000 coronavirus deaths, I would say that Trump did a good job, but we are currently above 211,000. Trump and Pence have been blind, deaf and dumb on the global pandemic. The term “unhinged” doesn’t even begin to describe the stupidity and ignorance our “leaders” dish out.

So, do we want more derangement, unbalance, witlessness and idiocy for another four years, or have we had enough? The morning after the Pence / Harris debate, the big, orange pumpkin went on Fox News and called Kamala Harris a “monster” and a “communist.” Really? Trump’s narcissistic personality disorder and his mind addled with the effects of dexamethasone, a steroid we took to cram for finals in college, is pushing the Trump train off the rails.

Harris must have gotten under the Donald’s skin last night because he’s spending lots of time, energy and political capital attacking her. Trump is now threatening that he’s going back on the campaign trail! Really? Until the President’s doctor releases all the results of his COVID tests, no one should go near the man. And until Trump releases his tax returns, no one should vote for him.

This just in, according to NBC News, “President Donald Trump required personnel at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to sign nondisclosure agreements last year before they could be involved with treating him.” Really, don’t they work for the taxpayers?

We know that Pence is a religious zealot saddled with the usual trappings of signs from a higher power. So, consider this. The best-known mythological spirit associated with the negative symbolism of flies, is Beelzebub. A popular nickname for this devil is “lord of flies,” and he can be depicted both in human form as a fallen angel or as a demonic-appearing fly. My best suggestion to Mike Pence is head to church now, and Karen Pence, get thee to a nunnery!

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Mike Pence wants to tell you, especially you women, that he knows what’s best for you. He wants to control your mind and your body. He wants to dictate to America his draconian values and his perversions of freedom. He’s the same person who didn’t let women vote for 144 years, who kept Africans as slaves for centuries and who now is actively endorsing voter suppression to demolish our democracy.

The destruction has begun, but we have time for us to fix this. The fly can lay its eggs in the field of white privilege, but we can clean them up and move on. It’s time to throw these bums out of office along with the incompetent grifters they have put in place. This is my delete list for Biden. William Barr, fire and investigate. Mike Pompeo, replace and investigate. Stephen Miller, dismiss with a swift kick in the pants. Dr. Scott Atlas, cast out with a request that his medical license be revoked. Louis DeJoy, fire, investigate, arrest and charge. Betsy De Vos, fire and ban from all public schools for life. Finally, we come to Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Time will confirm, but Pence has so much Trump stink on him that he’s forever ruined in politics. As for Trump, let the Southern District of New York determine his crimes. The good news is that Biden will NEVER pardon him.

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PLAYING POST OFFICE

There’s No DeJoy in Mudville!

If you are a baby boomer you probably remember the game called post office. A bunch of kids would get together at someone’s house when the parents were away and couldn’t possibly know about the party. The participants were divided into a girl group and a boy group, unless the party was being sponsored by LGBTQ kids.

One group hung out in the designated post office. It could be a bedroom or Dad’s office. The other group huddled in another room. Perhaps they would be waiting in the sitting room or sitting in the waiting room. Each person in the other group individually visited the “post office.” Once there, they would get a kiss from everyone in the room. Yeah, I know, super-spreader activity. Then, the thoroughly kissed person would return to their room. After everyone from the other group had visited the post office, the two groups would switch places, then the new post office members would kiss all the visitors who arrived from the other room. It was a stupid kid’s game, but what has been done with the United States Postal Service (USPS) is much more absurd.

Mr. Louis DeJoy’s Post Office game may have started with a kiss, a giant, sloppy one planted on Donald John Trump’s corpulent ass. DeJoy donated more than a million dollars to Trump’s campaign and, as of May 2019, Mr. DeJoy became the local finance chairman of the 2020 Republican National Convention.

But wait, there’s more. Mr. DeJoy divested some investments before taking on his USPS role, including selling shares of UPS and Amazon stocks. He did not, however, divest his $30-$75 million equity stake in XPO, a subcontractor for the US Postal Service. So, Mr. DeJoy’s company makes money from the Post Office, which is a clear violation of ethics. After congressional protests, the USPS Inspector General began a review of DeJoy’s policy changes and whether he was complying with federal ethics rules. Was DeJoy sabotaging the Post Office to slow voting by mail? That seems like a plan Trump would love and support.

Yesterday, August 18, 2020, DeJoy announced that the Postal Service would suspend most of the cost-cutting and operational changes until after the 2020 election so the anticipated surge of mail-in ballots could be handled. Okay, pause a moment, let that sink in, and then resume reading.

BANG! I’m no Perry Mason, Mr. DeJoy, but are you now admitting guilt of causing the slowdown of one of most important services and institutions in America? You cut Post Office overtime, changed time-tested methods of letter delivery, removed mail boxes from their locations and ripped out high-speed mail sorters. What was the purpose of these moves?

Aren’t we all getting a little tired of people with agendas that screw up our country? Veterans and senior citizens receive their medicines and healthcare products via the mail. Some of those drugs are wrapped in ice packs to preserve their quality. Why would any rational human slow down such deliveries? Why would our President do anything to hurt veterans and seniors?

The Postal Service delivered the pandemic stimulus checks. Many people receive their paychecks, social security checks and many more important items in the mail. Companies send bills by mail and delays will slow payments which will negatively impact the economy. Why would our President do anything to hurt the economy?

When asked if he told DeJoy to executive these orders, President Don said he never talked to DeJoy. Well, he lied. According to official White House records, the Donald met with DeJoy in the Oval Office. What was the purpose of that meeting? DeJoy will appear before Congress on Friday and then again on Monday. I hope he knows that it’s not only un-American to lie to Congress, it’s also against the law.

If I were on the committee, I would ask three questions: 1. How much money do you make from the USPS-XPO deal? 2. Did Donald Trump tell you to make those cutbacks and other changes at the Post Office or did he approve them? 3. Why did you rescind those changes? If DeJoy admits that his changes caused major operational disruptions to the Postal Service, he should be asked to resign.

Some say that Trump wants to privatize the Post Office as the US has done with prisons. Gee, how did that work out? We should be hiring more postal workers now through the election and into Christmas. Let’s make the Post Office better!

Some institutions, agencies, commissions and services don’t make money. According to the Brookings Institution’s Bradley Patterson, the cost to taxpayers associated with running the White House under President Obama was approximately $1.4 billion per year. Trump’s expenses far exceed that. Maybe we should defund the White House. Between doctors, security, food, ground-keeping and staff, the White House spends a ton of money and brings in no cash.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has a 2021 budget of $1.895 billion to support 4,728 positions and 4,590 full-time equivalents (FTEs) to protect investors, facilitate capital formation and maintain fair, orderly and efficient markets. By comparison, the White House spends $1.4 billion and only has 377 employees. Wow!

The Post Office must be saved. It’s time to fight those who are destroying our institutions and making America less great. Donald Trump put Louis DeJoy in charge of the Post Office not to make it better but to help him slow the potential of voting by mail, which he believes would hurt his chance of reelection. He’s playing post office with porn stars and political operatives like Louis DeJoy. Maybe DeJoy will get a big, wet kiss from the Donald for incapacitating the USPS, but let’s all hope our parents will get home in time to break up the dumb game Trump is playing.

NOTE: I would suggest that when you drop a letter into a US Mail Box, you add the time and date you dropped it. (see graphic) We need to continue to put pressure on the Postmaster General. He must be held accountable.

 

 

 

 

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VOTER SUPPRESSION DEPRESSION

Cheater-in-Chief Changes the Rules

It didn’t surprise me when the newspapers broke the story about Donald John Trump, our 45th President, allegedly paying a porn movie star and a Playboy bunny $130,000 each to keep their mouths shut about the affairs. He cheated on his wife right after their son Barron was born. This is not hearsay. According to the testimony of Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, that is exactly what happened.

Russia helped Trump get elected, but the Donald would rather look the other way than take aggressive actions against further interference from China or Russia. He’s quite comfortable with cheating because he’s done it all his life. From not paying vendors before, during and after bankruptcy, to preventing African Americans from renting his properties in New York, Donald Trump doesn’t play by the rules.

If a rule gets in the way, he changes it. His deregulation actions are not keeping America safer, they are endangering communities and kids everywhere. Why would an American president say it’s okay to add pollution to our land, seas and sky? We were making great progress before Trump.

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Brian Kemp, the current Governor of Georgia and previously the state’s Secretary of State, has been investigated by the United States House Oversight and Reform Committee, claiming that Georgians faced unprecedented challenges with registering to vote, and significant barriers to casting their votes, during the 2018 election. That’s such a blatant conflict of interest. While running for Governor, Secretary of State Kemp headed the administration of the elections. Regardless of party affiliation, any such incidents in other states need to be examined. This is plainly wrong.

Trump has been haranguing and lying about the United States Postal Service (USPS) for years, but now he has placed a true “yes man” in the position of Postmaster General. The New York Times story quoting the President, says it all, ‘“CORRUPT ELECTION’ that will ‘LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY’ and become the ‘SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES.’” Trump predicted that children would steal ballots out of mailboxes and then went so far as to suggest delaying the election instead. What a desperate son-of-a-bitch.

Attacking the Post Office is not merely a budget issue with Trump. He put new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in charge and gave him his marching orders. Along with being a major Republican donor, DeJoy’s wife serves as the vice-chairwoman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, which is tasked with reviewing candidates for White House fellowships, whatever that means. DeJoy’s claim to fame is his High Point, NC company called New Breed Logistics, which he sold for $615 million.

Mr. DeJoy’s opening statement regarding the USPS was rather negative, “The Postal Service is in a financially unsustainable position, stemming from substantial declines in mail volume, and a broken business model. We are currently unable to balance our costs with available funding sources to fulfill both our universal service mission and other legal obligations. Because of this, the Postal Service has experienced over a decade of financial losses, with no end in sight, and we face an impending liquidity crisis.” I boldened that one point on purpose.

Postmaster General DeJoy

It would make much more sense for Congress to fund the service from now until the end of the year, and make a permanent course correction after the election. Let’s not thwart the mail flow during a pandemic and election year. We heard Trump whine about how he didn’t want to wait days and days for the election results, even floating the idea that it could take years. This, while people who get their medicine through the mail are waiting because their packages are being stacked up in their local post office. DeJoy told them that the guarantees on immediately delivery can be ignored. Oh, we know where that is coming from. Regardless of the result, Trump plans to challenge the election in court. It’s what he does.

When the Trump Organization was in trouble financially a few years ago Deutsche Bank called its loan. Then the Donald sued the bank. Really? He owed money, failed to make payments and then he went after them? The bank countersued and part of the settlement involved the bank loaning Trump more money. WTF?

Last night, the New York Times reported, “Deutsche Bank has opened an internal investigation into the longtime personal banker of President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, over a 2013 real estate transaction between the banker and a company part-owned by Mr. Kushner. In June 2013, the banker, Rosemary Vrablic, and two of her Deutsche Bank colleagues purchased a Park Avenue apartment for about $1.5 million from a company called Bergel 715 Associates, which was partly owned by Jared Kushner.”

According to the Guardian, “Germany’s troubled Deutsche Bank faces fines, legal action and the possible prosecution of ‘senior management’ because of its role in a $20-80 billion Russian money-laundering scheme. The case, nicknamed the Global Laundromat, took place between 2010 and 2014 and the bank’s internal memo claims it was a scheme to move money into the western financial system.”

If any of those funds were used to pump up the businesses of Trump and/or Kushner, it would be a giant conflict of interest and possibly prosecutable criminal activity. As most experts have figured out, Trump isn’t as liquid and rich as he says he is, and he needed someone’s help to get out of the deep debt brought about by bankruptcies. It’s on record that his company borrowed hundreds of millions of dollars from Deutsche Bank.

Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, disclosed in an annual personal financial report late Friday that he and his wife, Ivanka Trump, had received $1 million to $5 million last year from Bergel 715. After this story broke, Kushner’s lawyer said he had nothing to do with Bergel 715, a real estate company. Not only is that such a disingenuous statement, but the fact they released it late Friday is so Trumpean.

The debacle with the Post Office goes much deeper than its finances; it’s a corrupt and out in the open attempt to suppress the vote. Trump is a criminal, just like Richard Nixon. Congress should step up to the plate and knock this issue right out of the park. We need to fund the states so they can conduct all methods of voting. DO NOT BE BULLIED BY TRUMP.

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