Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The maverick leaves his sick bed for a vote, and POTUS gets political wtith the Boy Scouts.

MORE DISCLAIMERSI am glad to see that John McCain is on his feet and getting around again. But let's be honest, did he really have to fly in from Arizona --while recovering from major surgery-- to help repubs get the necessary votes to proceed to try and pass their disaster of a health care bill? And what's with his lauded speech on bipartisanship while casting a very partisan vote to give the senate a 50/50 split on the matter?

"Our deliberations today — not just our debates, but the exercise of all of our responsibilities, authorizing government policies, appropriating the funds to implement them, exercising our advice and consent role — are often lively and interesting. They can be a sincere and principled, but they are more partisan, more tribal, more of the time than at any time that I can remember. Our deliberations can still be important and useful, but I think we’d all agree they haven’t been overburdened by greatness lately. And right now, they aren’t producing much for the American people. Both sides have let this happen.
The speech came just moments after McCain cast what turned out to be a decisive vote which helped the Senate pass a motion to proceed measure on the health care debate by a 51-50 margin. Critics on Twitter argued




Having just cast the deciding vote to save the GOP from going to regular order, McCain called for regular order. History, folks.



McCain just tearing into Senate over same process that he just validated with a "yes" vote. I can't emphasize enough how jarring this is.
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 I need a break from these politricksters in Washington. The American people will once again be  forced to live with whatever they give us, and there is not a damn thing we can do about it. We will tweet, we will blog, and we will pontificate on talk radio and cable television, but sadly, we will not be writing fat checks to help fund campaigns, so our words will mean nothing.

Finally, our president seems to be off his meds again.

How do I know?

Well there was this, and this, and this ; all in one day. And then there was that speech to the Boy Scouts yesterday, which had to have embarrassed even his most ardent supporters.


"The plan seemed mutually beneficial: President Trump would bask in an adulatory slice of Americana, and the Boy Scouts of America would host yet another sitting president at its national jamboree.
But Mr. Trump’s decision to mix a barrage of political remarks into a speech that has traditionally been an uncontroversial stream of upbeat oratory has enraged many parents and former Scouts, thrust the Scouts once again into the middle of the nation’s culture wars and provided yet another example of the unusual and polarizing nature of the Trump presidency." [Source]
 
trump, true to form, broke 80 years of tradition, and said many cringe worthy things in his speech.  Ironically, the traits that are required of Boy Scouts,  are traits that we can all agree that the president clearly does not possess.

Of course he took the time in his speech to rip former president Obama, but guess which of the two men was not a Boy Scout?

 If you said the one with the orange hair move to the head of the class.  






Monday, July 24, 2017

"Adorable"? Or was it more like deplorable?

Image result for reds fan kick marlins imagesSomething happened at a baseball game a couple of nights ago that all of America thought was very cute. A little kid was invited on the playing field to meet some of the payers, and the little brat took the opportunity to kick Miami Marlins player, Dee Gordon. His mother swears that her little kid would never do that, but yet, there he was, kicking the baseball player right in the shin.

Not cute.  I know that he is being called "adorable", but what the hell is "adorable" about going up to a grown ass man who is trying to be nice to him and kicking him in the shin? And if it was pre-planned, shame on the Reds for promoting that type of course behavior and getting a five year old kid involved.

I guess the days of taking your children to the ball park to bond and eat Cracker Jacks are over. Now it's just kick the opposing players on the shin.

"Little Johnny, what did you and daddy do at the game today? Did you catch any foul balls? Nope, I kicked that bum Dee Gordon right in the shin."

 Gordon took it all in stride. It's not like he had a choice. What was he going to do, scold the kid in front of thousands of Reds fans? Then he would have looked like the jerk, although he was well within his rights to do just that if he chose to.

"Gordon, to his credit, handled it well. He turned away and appeared to be laughing about the whole thing. The ump quickly ushered the kid in another direction. He did look back at Gordon as he walked away. Does that look say “whoops, I hope he’s OK,” or “the next one is going between the legs?” We can’t tell."

Ha ha ha; laughs all around. All while the trumpification of America continues.

That kid didn't go to the baseball game to learn the game and bond with his family. He went to practice his trump rally skills and do his best imitation of the president.

Sadly, from where I sit,  he did a pretty good job.

*Pic from sbnation.com



Sunday, July 23, 2017

President Twitter strikes again.

Image result for twitter trump imageHello America, your president is tweeting again.
 
"As the phony Russian Witch Hunt continues, two groups are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold, Democrats and Russians!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

CAPTION SATURDAY.

Image result for angry sessions oath images

I need a caption for this pic.

Example: " Remember, if I get impeached, that guy next to me will be president."

*Pic from dailykos.com

Friday, July 21, 2017

Night off.

MORE DISCLAIMERSI'm off tonight field hands. I am brushing up my resume.

I hear that the president might be looking for a new AG really soon.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Juice is loose. (Again)

Image result for oj images"I'm not black, I'm O.J.


I hear ya Juice, and now that you are loose again, it might be a good time to remind you that while you do not consider yourself black, white America certainly does. You just don't "allegedly" kill two people in cold blood and walk free because of how messed up our country is when it comes to the treatment of black folks, and then expect white folks to forget about what you did.

And let me say this for the record, as I said earlier on twitter, white folks please don't ask me anything about O.J., I will not speak for that Negro. Us black folks traded him years ago.
Not only is he an "alleged"  murderer, he is a dumb one. He "allegedly" killed two people and got away with it, and he put himself right  back in legal jeopardy by doing one dumb thing after another while he was free.

The result: nine years in jail for something he should have probably gotten probation for.

The Juice being loose again will open old racial wounds, and it will have some folks pontificating about where we are on matters of race in America.

Sadly, when it comes to race, America feels just like it did in 1995. Not much has changed. In fact, you could argue, that things have gotten worse.

If black folks believe that letting one high profile killer go to send a message to white America, would all of a sudden make America a just place, they would be wrong. It's 2017, and we are seeing far too many cases with unjust results in the justice system.     

"...is that people look at me like a man first, not a black man.” Simpson went on to tell the story of a wedding he’d attended with his first wife and a group of black friends. At some point he overheard a white guest remark, “Look, there’s O. J. Simpson and some niggers.” Simpson confessed that the remark hurt. But that wasn’t the point of the story. The point was not being seen as one of the “niggers.”

Well Juice, you a "nigger" now.

Speaking of not considering himself black, put sportscaster Mike Tirico in that camp.

Apparently Mike has had one plate of bruschetta too many, and now has bought in to this whole Italian thing.

"Tirico says, most people assume he is black. But he’s seen pictures of his father, his father’s mother and his father’s sister – all of whom are white, Tirico says. “The only contact I had growing up was with my mom’s side of the family. And they are all as white as the refrigerator I’m standing in front of right now"

Ok, earth to Mike. Mike, this might be a good time to look in the  mirror my brother. Nothing about you screams Italian to me. I mean you don't even look as Italian as say Giancarlo Esposito (who has more of a claim to Italian roots than you do), and I don't hear that brother running around and chirping that he isn't black.

Self-hate is never a good thing, and it always gets the better of you in the long run.

Just ask O.J. Simpson.


*Pic from abcnews.go.com



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

OPEN THREAD WEDNESDAY.

MORE DISCLAIMERSToday is open thread Wednesday, field hands, and I need your thoughts on a couple of things.

For instance, John McCain being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain tumor, and Donald trump spending an extra hour with his bromance buddy with no other American present.  (That little meet and greet already seems to be paying off for Vlad.)

Also, now that a black police officer has shot and killed an unarmed citizen who happens to be a white women, what are the odds that a jury will find him not guilty?

Holla at your boy.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

You gotta wait for the chickens to hatch before you start counting. GOP healthcare bill fails.

Image result for healthcare trump images Today the president of the United States said that he wants the current health- care system to fail because he lost a political battle, and he wants to get even,

Think about that for a minute: The president of "all the people" wants health care to fail so that millions of Americans to be kicked off their health plan, and ultimately they will die or be so sick that they will wish that they were dead. This is your president. Rather than trying to come up with a bipartisan compromise and working with elected officials to come up with a healthcare plan to provide affordable healthcare for all Americans, he tweets and whines like a little baby when he doesn't get his way.

So chalk up another L for trump and the repubs in Washington. They chirped for seven years about "repealing and replacing" Obamacare, but even after wining both houses of congress and the executive branch,  it is still the law of the land. 

Finally, a word about Michael Vick. When the talented but streaky quarterback first came to Philly after a stint in federal prison for dog fighting, I was one of the many birds fans who supported his right to get a second chance and earn a living. He had some rough patches, but thanks to some decent play on the field, and fans like yours truly, he was able to survive.

Now, rather than coming to Colin Kaepernick's defense, he is telling the former San Francisco QB to get a haircut. As if cutting his hair will change the minds of the NFL owners who have clearly black-balled him. It's a kind of informal collusion if you will. All the haircuts in the world won't get Kaepernick back in the league, and this is because the owners have decided that he is not good for their brand or their politics.    

It's sad to think that a league that willingly accepts wife beaters, drug users, and yes Michael, even guys who abuse animals; is not willing to accept a guy who took a moral stance for something he believes in. The last time I checked this is America, and we are supposed to allow each other to freely follow our conscience.

Michael Vick has clearly decided that it is best to sell-out and stay in the owner's good graces. He has come a long way from Leavenworth, Kansas, but sadly, while he is physically free, his mind clearly is not.


*Pic from washingtonpost.com