Thursday, March 23, 2017

Learning the hard way that governing is tough.

Image result for trump health care images   Let's be honest, there is no way that republicans will let trumpcare go down tomorrow. They have way too much invested in getting rid of the healthcare plan named after the black man.

Still, the fact that they are having such a hard time getting the votes to support this dreadful plan (a plan it took them seven years to perfect) says all you need to know about the dysfunction among these right-wingnuts in Washington.

In one corner you have the real conservatives, and in the other corner you have the moderates. In the middle you have Paul Ryan and the trump White House, whose concern is not for the health of the American people, but rather the political optics of their dreadful trumpcare rollout.

Trump and Ryan just want a win at this point. Any win. Why? Because in case you have been living on another planet, these first 60 days or so have been absolutely horrible for team trump and the republicans.

And what's scary is this: As Chris Hayes stated earlier, the White House does not know what's in the health care plan and he does not care. He just wants a win. Details be damned. Details, by the way, which are serious, and which have serious consequences for the lives of real people.

"Kentucky GOP Rep. Thomas Massie said Thursday that the Trump administration had not convinced him to change his vote on the bill to replace Obamacare, and said that he hoped it would sink in the House.

“I am still very much opposed to the bill,” Massie said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Thursday. “I think it’s worse than Obamacare.” [Source]

Mr. Massie has changed his vote from No to HELL NO!

It's going to be a long night.

*Pic from abcnews.go.com




    





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

беспорядочный (Messy)

Image result for devin nunes image “When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.”    
~    
Will Rogers ~ 

Devin Nunes might be an idiot and possibly a criminal, but I have to give him credit, he is certainly a loyal soldier.  He gave it the old college try for the president and the republicans today. 

Team trump must have really thought that they were going to find a way out of the huge hole that they have dug for themselves in today. They had their man-- who is the head of the House Intelligence Committee-- make an incredibly stupid move by holding a press conference to tell the world about possibly classified intelligence information. Remarkably, he revealed these things from his "source" without telling it to his fellow members of the committee.

The ranking democratic member of that committee was not pleased, and he said that he had "grave concerns" about the actions taken by his republican colleague.

 If this was team trump's attempt  to muddy the waters and give him some wiggle room with his outrageous claim that former president Obama wiretapped his phone, it did not work. It was in no way exculpatory. In fact, it has drawn more scrutiny to their team and their actions leading up to, and right after the elections.

This Russian stink is not going away, and no matter how much trump and his team try to shift and dodge, they are not going to change the facts.

"I think the bottom line here is that ... President Trump, to some degree, is right that he did end up in some intelligence reports, and I don't think he knew about it," he told CNN, later clarifying that Trump is "not right" about the precise claim that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.
 
Schiff maintained that if Trump and his aides ended up in a lawfully compiled intelligence report, they were likely not the subjects of surveillance"
 
And there in lies the key: trump and his aides might have ended up in a lawfully compiled intelligence report. 
 
We can only imagine what those reports contained.   
 
*Pic from twitter.com
  



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday night.

TWEET MENo post tonight, folks.

I am out trying to learn a little Russian. Apparently it might be our first language in the near future

Monday, March 20, 2017

A president in crisis.

Image result for trump images  Today we learned a couple of things:

1. There is absolutely no evidence that former president Obama tapped Mr. trump's phone.

2. The FBI is investigation collusion between some of the folks on team trump and the Russians.

Let's think about this for a minute. The current president --and the people around him-- are being investigated by the FBI for colluding with a foreign government that is hostile to America.

Be careful when you "drain the swamp",  because you never know what you will find at the bottom of it.

"Highlights from Monday's testimony:
  • For the first time, Director Comey publicly confirmed the FBI is conducting an investigation into whether the Trump campaign "coordinated" with the Russian effort to influence the U.S. election.
  • Comey debunked the Trump Tower wiretapping allegation.
  • Comey noted that it is possible for people to collude with a foreign power without knowing it.
  • Adm. Rogers, the NSA director, dismissed the notion that Britain's GCHQ intelligence service spied on Trump at Obama's direction."
Tonight trump couldn't wait to get out of Washington and hit the campaign trail. Yes, the campaign trial. We are damn near 100 days into his presidency and Mr. Orange Hair is still in campaign mode.    

He was getting all kinds of campaign love tonight. But rather than address the growing crisis surrounding his presidency,  he chose this particular forum to rip Colin Kaepernick of all people.

“And you know, your San Francisco quarterback,”...... “I’m sure nobody ever heard of him. I’m just reporting the news. There was an article today — I love to report the news and then they said I made a mistake, right? I said, ‘No, the people reporting the news made a mistake if it’s wrong.’ But there was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that. I said if I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of the Kentucky. Because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.” [Source]

Yes Donald, let's talk about an out of work quarterback while your administration goes to "hell in a handbasket." I am sure that your minions won't even notice.

*Pic from politicususa.com







Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mar-a-Lago once again.

Image result for trump obama trips cost image  Just look at the graph to your left of this post. Can you imagine if former president Obama spent damn near every weekend of his presidency jetting off to South Florida (and playing golf) on the taxpayer's dime? There would be cries for impeachment and FOX VIEWS would have two or three prime time shows dedicated to those trips.

Instead, even with his seventh straight weekend at a trump branded property---- which is costing us millions-- there is no outrage. Not from the "American people", or, for that matter, the American press.   

Trump was at Mar-a-Lago again this weekend, and that was three more million dollars of our money being spent so that this clown can work on his tan and do whatever he does to his hair.

Maybe he went down there to make sure that all the foreign workers working for him had their proper work permits.  I mean it would be kind of embarrassing if he is trying to crack down on foreign workers coming into this country if his own foreign workers were here illegally.

We honestly don't even know what he is doing down  there besides playing golf, since the White House seems to be giving us different readouts than what the pool reporters are getting.

Instead of cutting vital programs to the poor and elderly, you would think that he would cut back on his trips South and send some time in Washington where the voters sent him. Some of the vast amounts of money we are paying for these trips could go towards helping to alleviate some of the pain from the budget cuts that he is planning to make.

This is what Aaaron Rupar wrote for Think Progress:

"Trump’s repeated trips to Trump-branded properties aren’t just problematic because they embody how he’s profiting off the presidency and breaking campaign promises. They also represent Trump’s selective austerity when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars. 
 
As Quartz reported on Friday, after this weekend, Trump will have already spent about $16.5 million on trips to Mar-a-Lago. For that amount, Meals on Wheels could feed 5,967 seniors for a year and after school programs could feed 114,583 children for a year.
 
On Thursday, Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney defended the draconian cuts included in the Trump administration’s proposed budget by arguing that the federal government can’t ask “a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for” programs like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. But one wonders whether those struggling Americans would rather have public radio or dole out their share of the $3.3 million a self-proclaimed billionaire is spending each weekend to mingle with his ludicrously wealthy club members down in Florida."
 
Club memberships for which he has doubled the fees since becoming president. 
 
It looks like this president thing might work out just fine for Donald after all, regardless of what happens to the rest of us.
 
Knowing Donald, he wouldn't have it any other way.    
 
*Pic from politicususa.com
 
 

 












Saturday, March 18, 2017

CAPTION SATURDAY.

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I need a caption for this pic.

Example: German-phobe

Friday, March 17, 2017

Andrew Jackson had better hair.

Image result for andrews jackson images    Tonight's "stay woke" essay is brought to you by Jamelle Bouie.

"On Wednesday, President Trump paid a visit to Andrew Jackson’s grave in Nashville, Tennessee, to lay a wreath and pay his respects. Trump isn’t the first president to visit Jackson’s Hermitage estate: He joins Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Ronald Reagan on the list of chief executives who made the trek to the Hermitage. But Trump’s visit—coming as it does to the spiritual home of a president whose racial ideology formed the backbone of his populism—arrives with a certain resonance.  

Trump, who hung a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office, sees himself in the seventh president of the United States. A populist crusader against entrenched elites; a democratizer who will bring government back to the people. “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” said Trump in his inaugural address, in language that his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, praised as “very Jacksonian.” This is the most familiar vision of Jackson, heavily indebted to the mythmaking of the Democratic Party, which claims him as its founder next to Thomas Jefferson. In this popular narrative of the party, Jefferson embodied equality, autonomy, and economic opportunity, whereas Jackson stood for democracy and its expansion. Under his presidency, the United renounced its property requirements for voting, opening the franchise to all white men. Defenders of Jackson acknowledge his racial exclusivity but see it as separate from a broader embrace of the principle of democratic participation.

 That’s one view of Jackson. There is another. That perspective sees Jackson in a different tradition. Not of democracy, but of white supremacy. This Jackson was a planter who built his wealth and influence with the stolen labor of more than 200 enslaved Africans. He forced Native Americans off their land in a campaign of removal that claimed thousands of lives in service of white expansion and
Jacksonian democracy, in other words, was a racial democracy built on a foundation of ethnic cleansing, committed to race hierarchy and enslavement. And while Jackson rejected the nullification theories of his vice president, John C. Calhoun, he all but embraced the South Carolinian’s view that slavery—and racial caste more broadly—was “the best guarantee to equality among the whites.”
 
Along with that racial ideology, he brought ceaseless condemnation of elite corruption and a profoundly anti-government philosophy that contributed to the panic of 1837, a crushing depression that lasted more than a half-decade." [More]
 
Sounds familiar? It certainly does to me.
 
I have to do something here that I rarely do: Give  trump credit for finally getting something right.
 
 
 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hoodwinking the poor.

TWEET MEIf you are a poor person in America and you voted for Donald trump, I think that you should know by now that you have been played.

All you have to do is look at the latest proposed budget coming out of the White House.

This is it in a nutshell: Poor and working people get screwed,  wealthy folks get tax breaks, and the military gets lots of money.  

I watched his budget director today play Ebenezer Scrooge, and he seemed to be enjoying it. Which, quite frankly, I don't understand how any human being could be so heartless. I mean how do you cut the meals on wheels program for seniors? How do you cut programs that subsidized the heating bills of poor people? How do you ----in good conscience--- cut the funding for after- school programs for children? I haven't even mentioned the cuts to agencies offering us safety and environmental protections yet. Medicaid and Social Security, you are not safe, either.

The irony of this is that many of the people who voted for trump are the ones who will be hurt by these draconian cuts, but of course they don't see it. trump's nationalistic speeches and bombastic rhetoric has turned them on too much for them to turn back now.

This budget represents a president who is beholden to nobody but the voters,” Mulvaney said. “He is following through on his promises. We did not consult with special interests on how to write this budget. We did not consult with lobbyists on how to write this budget. The president’s team wrote this budget and that’s what you’ll see in the numbers.”

I bet he didn't promise to go to Mara -a -Largo every weekend and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. That's money that we could have used to help the most needy among us. 

Sadly for them they are needy, so in trump world they do not count.










Wednesday, March 15, 2017

OPEN THREAD WEDNESDAY.

TWEET ME t's open thread Wednesday, and I need to know what's on your mind in the middle of the week.

Speaking for myself, I am thinking Russians, Russians, and more Russians. ( I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in that intel briefing about the Russians with those senators, today.)

 I am also thinking that someone on team trump leaked those 2005 tax returns to Maddow and David Clay Johnston. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice......

Then there is the president of the United States beefing with a rapper. Seriously Mr. trump?! Snoop?!
But I get it. Anything to distract from the news of the day.

Anyway, he seems to have forgotten when one of his biggest supporters threatened the life of former president, Barrack Obama.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Possible tax returns, and Steve King's racist adventure.

MORE DISCLAIMERS Not much tonight,  folks, except that Rachel Maddow just tweeted that she has Herr trump's tax returns.

I will believe it when I see it. This could be one of those intentional leaks by team trump to distract from all of his other problems. Just remember, those returns (that she claims to have) could be doctored and made to look like they are what he actually submitted to the IRS.

Honestly, I am not so sure about this whole story. I mean why her?

If true, though, it will be a major story, and a major get on her part.

Stay tuned.

And meanwhile, racist politician, Steve King, is doubling down on his ignorance with more remarks about race in America.

David Graham writing for The Atlantic had some very interesting things to say about King in the age of trump.

"Steve King has always made a habit of speaking his mind, and quite frequently his mind has been controversial, blatantly false, or outright racist.

The Republican congressman from Iowa is the man who said in 2013 that while some children brought to the U.S. illegally were good kids, there were others “who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

That may have been his most famous moment, but it was hardly alone. He called Barack Obama “Kim Jong POTUS.” He disregarded abuses at Abu Ghraib prison as “hazing.” He argued, without any evidence, that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin had dangerous connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. The litany could continue, but it won’t, because a quick Google search produces many lists of outrageous King comments. The trail goes back at least as far as 2003, when he first joined the House, and has been consistent ever since.

“This whole white-people business, though, does get a little tired, Charlie,” King said. “I'd ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about. Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

“Than white people?” Hayes asked, taken aback. “Than Western Civilization itself,” King said.
It was classic King: Nonchalantly delivered, stunningly offensive, and completely fact-free, since non-white people, and indeed non-Western people, have contributed a great a deal to the world. "[More]

In a way, King is the perfect politician for the alt-right movement that is sweeping the GOP and the right wing in this country. He speaks his mind, and says openly what many of them think, privately. He is in a safe district, so he doesn't have to worry about losing an election, because he was sent to Washington by so many like minded people.

A few republicans have come forward to condemn his comments, but they did so reluctantly. The White House had to be prodded into distancing themselves from him as well, and they seemed to be doing it with their fingers crossed.  When first asked, press secretary Sean Spicer said that he would have to ask the president and get back to us on that one. Why? That should have been a very easy statement to rebuke. Finally, in today's press conference, he gave the president's tepid response.

"The White House on Tuesday distanced itself from Republican Rep. Steve King's inflammatory comments about immigrants, as Democrats pressed House GOP leaders to punish the Iowa lawmaker by stripping him of a chairmanship.

King said this weekend that America can't restore "our civilization with somebody else's babies" and warned of a liberal effort to destroy Western civilization through immigration. Questioned about the comments, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump "believes that this is not a point of view that he shares."
 
"He believes he's the president for all Americans, and so I'll leave it at that," Spicer told reporters at his daily briefing.
 
King was a strong supporter of Trump in the 2016 campaign and backed the candidate's tough stand on immigration." [Source]
 
Yes Sean, you better leave it right there.
 
 





   













 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Time to check your microwaves and your medical coverage.

TWEET MEAs if right-wingnuts in this country aren't paranoid enough. Now they are going to be afraid to walk in front of their microwaves because according to Kellyanne Conway the microwave might be spying on them. (Yes, she really implied that)

Anyway, in an attempt to cover for their leader, Kellyanne and others have been making absolute fools of themselves with pronouncements like the ones about the microwave in our homes.

I actually watched a little of another trump surrogate today, Sean Spicer, and it was painful, even for me who is no fan of the guy.

But I have to give him credit. To sit there and spin constantly when he knows that he lying, and that what he is saying to the press is complete rubbish, takes a special kind of skill.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) came out with their report today, and, as was to be expected, it was not good for Paul Ryan and the gang. According to the report 24 million more Americans will go uninsured under their plan.  And sadly for some in the GOP, there is just no positive way to spin that one.

They have tried. Ryan has said that the fact that 24 million Americans will lose their insurance means nothing, because (and I am paraphrasing here) they are not sick, and they choose not to have insurance.

Memo to Speaker Ryan: It's called INSURANCE. That's kind of how this insurance thing works.

I hope my that home never has a serious fire, but guess what, it's insured, just in case it does.  I suspect that most people who carry medical insurance aren't sick, but it's there for them in case they do get sick.

I didn't even get to the part of the GOP plan where they cut Medicaid to the states yet.

"UPMC Health Plan has become the biggest provider of government health exchange insurance in the region at a time when Republican leaders in Washington prepare to make it more expensive.

State officials are predicting that federal cuts to Pennsylvania’s Medicaid plan, which was expanded under the Affordable Care Act, would cost the state at least $2 billion by 2020. Medicaid covers many elderly Pennsylvanians, children, people with disabilities and those with low income; with the expansion, it now insures more than 2.8 million Pennsylvanians.

Federal legislation that could be introduced as early as this week could end the government subsidies for Medicaid, leaving about 700,000 Pennsylvanians in danger of losing coverage." [Source]

Oh, and irony alert, most of those affected by the Medicaid cuts would be folks who voted for trump.
He promised his voters while on the campaign trail that they all would be covered and these social programs would not be touched. Well....sometimes life comes at you fast.

"Candidate Trump told “60 Minutes”: “Everybody’s got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say. … I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”
Candidate Trump also promised: “You’re going to end up with great healthcare for a fraction of the price, and that’s gonna take place immediately after we go in, OK? Immediately. Fast. Quick.”'
 
What's that quote by  David Hannum?  "There's a sucker born every minute?"
 
Well sometimes it takes more than a minute, but there are still a lot of suckers out there.  At least fifty nine million of them.