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Monthly Archives: January 2017


The slide to anarchy has begun. President Trump has begun his breakdown of the American way. The great white Dope has signed an executive order banning Muslims and firing the acting attorney general because of questions of its legality. It appears that the new President is actually running  (ruining) the country like his businesses. It is unfortunate his supporters will find out the hard way  what the rest of us already knew and suspected,  he is not capable of running the country. His picks for his cabinet, his selections for other high posts in his administration speaks volumes as to where we will end up. We can only hope that the Neer do well Congress has enough initiative and intelligence to realize that no matter what they as a party think, this president is  inept and potentially dangerous. Even in writing this I feel we have a hard row to hoe. This type of government is not what the  framers of the Constitution envisioned. What is left for all of us to do is write, call and demand a change (impeachment?) in leadership. We potentially have a “Sith Lord” in command attempting to rule with impunity. How long will it take before our 535 step up and do the right thing as they should have done before the election?

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Donald J. Trump’s campaign  and Presidency will and has had an effect on politics. Remember the “fake news” put out by the Fox group for many years regarding President Obama et al and picked up by Trump prior to running? Now Trump is evoking the “Fake news” mantra  regarding his actions. He has further attacked John Lewis for his opinion on the legitimacy of the election in light of possible interference by outside hackers. I believe that the Trump Presidency is more a statement of the dissatisfaction with Government aka Congress than the Presidency but many people do not realize it yet. The real issue with this Presidency will be the divisive actions by the ruling party of Congress. These neer do wells will cause harm to all no matter what sub genre of Republican or Democrat you are. The rise in racism in America can be directly laid at the feet of President elect Trump. The campaign rhetoric tacitly gave approval for the alt right, extremists of all sorts to ply their trades. Those trades being hate, some of it under the guise of religious right. It is not too far afield to think that the next 4 years will be a testament to the strength of  the America that believes that all of us were once immigrants and over time have come to be Americans. We will soon be hearing more tweets than information about what is happening in the White House. 140 characters will never take the place of a press conference. In the background will be the self serving Congress removing anything that benefits the Citizens of America who do not have deep pockets. The party goes on as the New administration tweets, and talks in superlatives. The new political language is now superlative non answers and artful dodging of questions. There is the idea of health care for all except the repeal of “Obamacare” aka Affordable Care Act which will affect many of his supporters who currently have coverage and do not realize that the two items are the same. We have now a TOTUS instead of POTUS who will do what ever it takes to further his agenda with no regard to the long term effects of his actions. This is unfortunately the person who will represent America in the world.

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This post from Russell Simmons speaks directly to what the Trump Presidency could mean. MA

Russell Simons

01/26/2017

I know we haven’t spoken since your run for office. The truth is, I never thought you would become president. I’m sure the comments I made publicly and to the press against your platform broke our friendship apart. That said, I still have some advice for the man I used to consider a friend. You are being set up.

I am convinced you are the Trojan horse. The extremists in the Republican Party and religious right have been praying for a long time to put a candidate in the position to turn back the tide of our forward push for justice and equality, which is in effect the American dream. The pendulum of consciousness always swings towards compassion and justice. There are moments that it swings back but once given a taste of freedom the people will thirst for it and will not let anyone take that away. African-Americans will never again be slaves, women will never again lose their right to vote or go quietly back into the coat hanger days, the LGBTQ community will not go back into the closet, the right to worship as we see fit will not be taken from one — you will have to strip it from everyone.

No American president has ever entered the Oval Office with an agenda so set on trying to undo the civil, social and political gains for equality that have been so long fought. And now we are bracing to have all of our victories overturned. Those lowest common denominator radicals of the Republican party have you locked in a role to do their bidding.

You came into the race as a strong independent voice and now you are going down a path of having the mainstream Republican party impeach you for many of your questionable choices that some of them support privately, but don’t want to carry the weight of.

I find it hard to believe you are comfortable going down in history as being impeached as the president who was taken out for Russian ties or signing off on the Dakota/Keystone pipelines benefiting a company you held stock in? When this happens where will they be? They will tell the American public it was all on you as they reap the rewards of some of the worst decisions a president has made for the people he is supposed to serve. If you are impeached, Vice President Pence will have the position he has always wanted with all the dirty work done for him without having lifted a hand. And in the best case scenario for you, which is you stay for the entire term, you will leave a legacy of heightened racial discord, massive environmental destruction and the shame of having repealed legislation that promoted equality and fairness for all Americans. You will continue to be shunned and protested against by the majority of citizens who will blame you for your radical and dangerous attacks on everything America stands for.

My advice to you is don’t let yourself get played by these suckas in Washington. Or we, the American public, will all pay for your naivety. We will be left to suffer as individuals who must deal with racism being accepted again, women being treated as second class citizens, the aftermath of immigrant families broken up and deported and an environment that will succumb to the mounting crisis of climate change. Future generations will be in an irreversible position of not being able to sustain the Earth they live on. You will be forgotten and dismissed by the radical right when you are long gone. A foolish blip in the big story of a sad American tragedy.

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It is evident that we are in for a rocky four years of governing, we have a President who seems to have no idea of the job he has taken on and seems to believe he can govern alone. Add to this a neer do well Congress and you have a perfect cocktail of ineptitude.MA  

Donald Trump’s Profound Laziness Is Already on Full Display
Jay Willis
January 23, 2017 9:27 AM Getty Images
Welcome to the first “fake it ’til you make it” presidency in American history.
President Donald Trump’s first three days are in the books, and they proved exactly as horrifying and surreal as the last 18 months that Candidate Trump inflicted on America. On Saturday, while on an official visit to Central Intelligence Agency headquarters—and in front of a memorial honoring the men and women of the intelligence community who died in service of their country—Trump rambled angrily about his “running war with the media,” just moments after trotting out newly minted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to shout delusional, easily disprovable lies about, of all things, the number of people who attended his inauguration. What’s clear is that unapologetic propagandists now occupy the White House dais, and for the next four years, Americans will be governed by officials who remain wholly uninterested in earning their trust.
Trump’s obsession with crowd size is emblematic of his most crippling insecurity: He has no creativity, no originality, and no clue what to do next. His desperate craving to be liked runs so deep that, as he transformed from political outsider to major-party nominee to president-elect, he began shamelessly borrowing ideas from the types of respected, popular politicians that he wished he could be. His wife’s address at the Republican National Convention lifted entire sections from a speech delivered by the previous First Lady. He stole an inspiring photograph of giddy, euphoric crowds taken at the inauguration of his predecessor, because no such crowds attended his. Even the smallest subjects cannot escape this creatively bankrupt laziness: When planning the inaugural ball, his people requested an exact replica of the cake President Obama had made four years earlier. So, yes, Donald Trump kicked off his presidency by plagiarizing a cake.
The little indiscretions are funny, but they are more revealing than entertaining. For years, the Republican Party has solemnly pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act, that dastardly albatross responsible for making healthcare available to 20 million previously uninsured Americans, as soon as they are given the chance. Every serious GOP presidential candidate—including Trump—made their plan for replacing the ACA a central tenet of their pitch to prospective voters. On his first day in office, Trump’s version of delivering on his promise was issuing an executive order that “directed” federal agencies to try really hard to make Obamacare go away.
It is the policy of my Administration to seek the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), as amended (the “Act”). In the meantime, pending such repeal, it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented, take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.
This isn’t leadership. It demonstrates no coherent vision. It’s a feeble, feckless, empty gesture, the kind you make when you (1) know you’re supposed to think that something is bad, but (2) also aren’t really sure what that thing is and can’t be bothered to read the Simple English Wikipedia article describing it, either. Even Trump’s omnipresent campaign slogan—”Make America Great Again”—shows just how brutally bereft of original ideas he is. It’s the sort of vague, aspirational nonsense that one would expect to hear from a man who learned everything he knows about being president of the United States from watching other men play one on TV.
Of course, no newly elected president steps into the White House fully prepared for the myriad challenges he or she will face. But Trump is unwilling or unable to grasp his shortcomings, and instead appears prepared to mask them by employing a two-pronged strategy: Come out with strong, forceful takes on substantively irrelevant subjects that he can easily understand, and glibly borrow from others when it comes to the hard political decisions that Americans expect him to make. This patchwork, smoke-and-mirrors approach to governance isn’t sustainable, but so far, it’s all he’s got.

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Ewan McGregor Praised By Stars For Canceling on Piers Morgan

Ewan McGregor is receiving praise from fellow celebrities for canceling an interview with Piers Morgan in the wake of the journalist’s criticism of the Women’s March.
As Gossip Cop reported, Morgan ripped the Women’s March On Washington in a series of tweets on Saturday. He was immediately hit with a backlash, which only led him to criticize the peaceful protests even more. He went on to write a Daily Mail column blasting Madonna’s Women’s March speech, in which she admitted to thinking about “blowing up the White House.” He also again lambasted the event in general.
Now on Tuesday, McGregor was scheduled to appear on “Good Morning Britain,” for which Morgan is one of the anchors. The actor tweeted, however, “Was going on Good Morning Britain, didn’t realise @piersmorgan was host. Won’t go on with him after his comments about #WomensMarch.” Not surprisingly, Morgan immediately fired back on Twitter, as well as on air. He also quickly wrote a new Daily Mail article slamming the star. The headline: “Memo to anyone who voted for Trump or Brexit — pedophile-loving hypocrite Ewan McGregor holds you in utter contempt. So why on earth would you want to see any of his movies ever again?”
In addition to calling out McGregor’s political views and his work with Roman Polanski, Morgan argued that the T2 Trainspotting actor was unprofessional for bailing at the last minute, after already arriving at the ITV studios. He pointed out that other staffers had been working on the segment, and it been promoted since Monday. He further suggested McGregor could’ve confronted him instead of leaving.
But McGregor is also being cheered for his decision to back out. Patrick Stewart tweeted, “Bravo Ewan. Standing right there with you.” The message was retweeted by Ben Stiller. Vincent D’Onofrio said, “Good man Ewan. I back you 100%.” And Jessica Chastain posted, “You are an incredible human being. Thank you for your support of #WomensMarch and women all over the world.”
As Gossip Cop reported at the time, McGregor was one of the celebrities who tweeted in support of the Women’s March last weekend. He wrote, “I’m with you in spirit today women of the world. My daughters are marching. I’m so proud to see this extraordinary power.”

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Many of us know or have heard the theme to a cartoon show called “The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Hour” but as a reminder  the Lyrics are listed below:

ARTIST: Jerry Livingston and Mack David
TITLE: Bugs Bunny Overture (This Is It)
Lyrics

[From Television Theme Song]

Overture, curtain, lights
This is it, the night o’ nights
No more rehearsing and nursing our parts
We know every part by heart

Overture, curtain, lights
This is it, to hit the heights
And, oh what heights we’ll hit
On with the show, this is it

Tonight what heights we’ll hit
On with the show, this is it.

This is just an introduction what the next 4 years will bring. The current flap is over how many people were in the National mall, this was contested on air by the Trump talking heads in spite of photographic proof to the contrary. It appears that we will now have a wave of superlatives instead of facts on what the administration is doing, will do or has done. Looking at what is happening right now and what has gone before we need to prepare for talking points instead of facts. I fully understand that Trumps’ rise is due to his “telling it like it is” but the reality is that “telling it like it is” can come back to haunt you as it seems to be doing even now. The true reason for Mr. Trump’s  ascension is the dissatisfaction with the Government over the past 10-20 years. The “Government “as a lot of folks see it is the President, wrong, the Government is the Congress ,those people we vote for election after election who do very little on our behalf no matter what they tell us. Our elected officials for the most part take the idea of ” when we want your opinion. we will give it to you” to a new level and continue to offer obfuscated information that strokes the public ego while continuing their poor governing ways. No matter what party you associate with , it is wise to push your representative to do what is correct but first you must decide what you want as opposed to what is needed for us all and what is possible. Remember that what you ask for can bring unseen issues that will adversely affect you later with the blessing of your representative. Keep in mind that the people who represent us in Government do not have job issues (save our vote),medical coverage issues or retirement (pension) issues thus it is in our (voter’s) best interest to research the person who represents you now before the next election cycle, you may be surprised what you’ll learn.

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Who attends or doesn’t the inaugural and subsequent after party matter? The coverage on attendees has taken precedent over the hearings on cabinet appointees. The potential good or harm that can be done by these appointees is more important than the celebrants of a party. For instance : there is much talk of spending and taxing. It is a fact that no matter what is said about deficits and surpluses, you cannot spend money on infrastructure without revenue to back it. The revenue is and always has been gained through taxes. The taxes that many of us do not like paying or want to pay. It appears to be the general consensus that we pay too much in taxes but we still want what we want. Understand how America (and most of the modern world) works, every government has to be funded some how. This funding is usually taxes obtained by levies on payrolls, purchases or property. The current administration as well as the new one will have to address the issues of presenting proposals to use existing or creating new ways to finance the country’s needs. The barrier to this is and always will be the United States Congress. The political fighting has always been the biggest sticking point except for the few times where we had real legislators who understood how stuff should be done. You can be dissatisfied and unhappy about paying taxes but without them we would have no functioning government and possibly a worse method of financing the Government such as  confiscation of funds, goods and services. To address the question: “What’s really important?”, elect representatives who will do the job beginning with local, state and federal elections. Ignore the soaring rhetoric and so called “telling it like it is “because it is not “how it is”!

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It is unfortunate that the current ruling party of Congress is using fear to advance an agenda that will ultimately harm us all. It is of no consequence what you believe as a group or individual primarily because the ruling party will put forth the agenda that suits them (not us!). I understand that many people select a party affiliation based on any number of ideas (some factual, some not) however looking at the bigger picture you will see that the average time in office for Congress is 10 plus years. These long terms are the result of our rubber stamp votes each election season. If you go to a certain store on a regular basis because of convenience and that store does not provide you with the quality you want, would you continue to patronize them? Put this idea in context of voting for a Congress member. This is not an across the board condemnation of all members of Congress but the current leaders are not the cream of the crop but appear to be self serving lackeys. Now we potentially have a leader who could also be a self serving lackey in spite of his tweets! Our dissatisfaction could very be our own worst nightmare as many of us voted on the basis of superlatives and high sounding rhetoric. “telling it like it is” isn’t the same as governing. First “100 days” statements may prove to be more of a problem than the “new people” think.

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Just remember that this past election is not about race, wealth or lack of as much as change as hoped for under President Obama. While Obama attempted to make those changes , many Americans were not behind him. In not supporting him we allowed the neer do well Congress to continue their evil ways which created many of the ills that the non supportive voters were suffering under. Now we have Donald trump who “will drain the swamp”! The changes that will come will ultimately help or harm voters. Keep in mind that the Congress is powered by many of the same people who denied President Obama’s attempts at bettering the American voters lives. Remember the distracting rhetoric about birth certificates, religious affiliation and other things that had nothing to with Governing. The next several years will reveal the true nature of the long serving Congress and Mr. Trump meanwhile the American people who are so often cited will have to remember and pay close attention to what Government is doing in their names without their explicit permission.

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This incoming administration will be interesting to watch for an assortment of reasons. To start the financial affairs of the President elect have yet to be sorted out. We need to look at the role of his family in the White house and beyond, the cabinet choices and if the entertainer really wants the job! No matter what is said on the campaign trail, no amount of glib talk, tweets or fast talking will run the Government (which is in reality is the job of the cabinet members). The long time hands on management method of running his companies may prove to be his worst asset. The President of the United States has to be free of all potential conflicts of interest in order to spend 105% of his time on Government work. There is no alternate method. When the reality of the job hits, we may see some really bad actions on his behalf and from the Congress. It is already evident that Congress is in free fall (no matter what Congressional leaders  say). To his agenda: his cabinet picks are the first step in “draining the swamp” for better or worse. Trump’s election while seeming to be a God send for the Dupublicans is a wake up call to all of us. The statements made during and after the campaign will be the movie that voters want to see and if it doesn’t live up to the hype, the Dupublicans, “conservatives” and Trump supporters will be the recipients of “surprise” shifts in national attitude. This  shift will become evident in the next General elections. Remember that Bernie Sanders was not as far away from Trump’s agenda except for the soaring , ranting and irrational rhetoric. I fully expect pushback on this but looking at what has occurred now and in the past I will be proven correct in total or part. It is well to remember that we have a Congress composed of  too many self serving people that we have elected to office too many times and who have  done things in our names to their benefit. Be cautious when you hear “the American People” in any sentence spoken by a member of Congress because we probably did not agree to or know about whatever it is.

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