Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Alabama saved 2017

I'll take "Words I never thought I'd utter" for 200 Alex.

Yup. Tonight was an historic election. The great state of Alabama got together and voted against a pederast and vitriolic bigot, and elected a somewhat bland Democratic by default who, by the way, prosecuted the KKK for murdering four black children in a racist terror attack.

I'm thinking this would have been a landslide for a candidate like Doug Jones in just about any other state, but I'll take a 1.5% win in this case.

Banned mall visitor and serial child pursuer and removed judge (two times) Roy Moore pretty much stooped to expectations by refusing to concede and instead imploring his supporters to go home by 11PM and sleep on it, and tomorrow he'll begin to try to get a recount.

Winning a seat against a suspected child molester and racist should happen without any doubt. But for a Democrat to win against even someone as evil as Roy Moore in ALABAMA (where Trump won by 23%) is huge!

Congrats to Doug Jones.

Or, as I like to call him, Dougie Jones.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Last Friday was a roller coaster

December 1st started out great! The news that Micheal Flynn was being arraigned and pleading guilty to lying to an FBI agent was awesome! Obviously he cut a deal with the prosecutors to avoid the charges in return for talking about his cohorts with Robert Mueller.

This will all lead to Trump's eventual downfall! Now THAT'S the way to start a day!

Then, later in the day, several of the GOP votes I was counting on to block Trump's insane tax giveaway announced they were supporting it!

And late in the evening (actually, the early morning hours of Saturday), the Senate passed the bill by two votes.

This will all lead to our NATION'S eventual downfall! Now THAT'S the way to ruin a day!

Yes, it'll go through reconciliation, and some of the less onerous provisions may be dropped or modified to appease the fence-sitters.

But the worst parts of this bill will likely be voted through. And we'll all be (with the exception of the 1%) paying for it for decades!

Elections have consequences.

Something tells me we're in for some even WORSE fucking consequences the longer this administration is allowed to carry on.

C'mon Mueller, you're our only hope!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Big wins for Blue


Just a year ago we were in DC for election night.

Well, we all know how THAT turned out!

In the intervening year, almost every one of my fears of a Trump presidency has been met.

And surpassed!

So, in what I hope is a preview for the 2018 mid-terms, the Democrats won big in state and local elections.

Democratic governors in VA and NJ. Huge pickups in the VA legislature. Massive wins in towns and cities across the nation, including right here in Connecticut and my home town, where we picked up seats on all the town boards, with our mayor running unopposed.

This bodes well as Trump's leadership is bringing down his entire party. A lot of Republicans are polling so poorly in advance of next years mid-terms that they're choosing to retire than have to run a campaign that's almost certain to fail.

And Roy Moore, who is Trump's favorite to replace Alabama senator Jeff Sessions (or as I like to call him, "the guy most likely to get fired next") is being loudly and credibly accused of sexually harassing 14 year-old girls.

Any Republicans who defend the guy are going to find themselves out of the legislature and probably unemployable.

Have fun, Republicans! The chickens are coming home to roost!

Friday, November 03, 2017

On voting and fairness

All my adult life I've held the belief that when we step into a voting booth, there is an expectation of fairness that we deserve.

(OK, we don't actually step into voting booths anymore, but the sentence works better than "when we step up to that cheesy little folding card table with the plastic walls!")

That expectation has been severely damaged by the actions of Hillary Clinton, her inner circle, and the Democratic National Committee.

Every bit of evidence that's appeared regarding the 2016 Democratic primaries points to Clinton working to rig the system and remove ANY doubt that she would win the nomination.

Clinton apologists will respond with "she was just doing what was within the rules", or "the Democratic party used to select their candidate in smoke-filled rooms without ANY input from the average voter".

Here's the thing, when the Democrats hold a primary, our state and local governments have to expend time, money, and resources to ensure it will run smoothly and fairly. But when a major party decides on their own to usurp the process there should be some penalty for their actions.

Everything about the 2016 Democratic primaries and convention stunk to high heaven. Such as:

Things like giving Clinton the questions before a debate so she has time to prepare answers.
Things like "super delegates", which almost guarantees the DNC's candidate of choice will win.
Things like counting those votes ahead of them being cast at the convention, which results in significantly less supporters of her opponent to vote due to the appearance of an inevitable outcome.
Things like DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning her position on the eve of the convention and taking a job with the Clinton campaign.
The hacked DNC emails that demonstrate a callous disregard of the will of the voters.
Things like the theft of the concept of fairness, which is the hallmark of a healthy democracy.

The optics on all of this simply look horrible.

If the primaries were run from the top down in a fair and DEMOCRATIC way, we'd likely have someone other than Trump in the Oval Office right now.

And Democratic voters would have much more faith in the process right now.

As for me, the DNC will have to work hard to regain my belief in the fairness of my party.

Right now, I can only in good faith support my local Democratic candidates and party.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Manafort and Gates arrested and indicted

The dominoes are all lined up and the first push just happened!

I'm bummed that it appears we don't get to see a "perp walk", but I'm thinking they're saving the ol' frog march for the Marmalade Ass himself!

And getting this sort of house arrest, with an ankle bracelet and being allowed to leave their homes only for medical, legal, or religious reasons seems kind of strict. Probably Special Prosecutor Mueller is already working on them to squeal, along with that Greek dingbat who pleaded guilty (I can't spell his name and I'm too lazy to look it up).

Once people start talking, Trump will be so scared he'll be shitting string!

Something tells me Donnie won't do so good in gen pop!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

25th Amendment Section 4 now

The 25th Amendment of the United States Constitution includes these words in Section 4:

"Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President."

I'm sure mental instability is a valid reason for the Veep and either a majority of the Cabinet or the House to invoke this clause.

Let's use just one example of how President Trump sees reality.

This is what he says happened:


Here's the video:



Compare the two, and see if you don't think the President is suffering from a severe form of self-delusion or cognitive dissonance.

Friday, September 29, 2017

No vote on Healthcare


The GOP threw in the towel this week, so we won't be seeing a vote on Trump's campaign promise to "Repeal and Replace".

I feel kind of bad for the Trumpster. He's floundering badly, and even his strongholds like Alabama are voting against him, with Trump's personally backed candidate getting his ass whipped by a twice-removed judge who believes in biblical literalness.

Not really. I don't feel bad at all for Trump.

I wouldn't piss on that fucker if he was on fire!

This won't be the last shot at repeal. Each Congressional session has some bullshit about reconciliation that allows a simple majority to make major changes to laws that were put in place by a super majority (60 votes) earlier. It's sort of a sore loser loophole that allows hateful Republican shitbags to try to fuck up things at least twice a year.

This isn't done.

I'm guessing it'll NEVER be done.

The battle continues.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Healthcare vote will come down to the wire

Don't let the latest news assure you that the GOP's vindictive "repeal and replace" bill is dead. There's still time for the GOP to bribe or sway a critical "on the fence" vote and give them the necessary 50 votes to provide VP Pence with the tiebreaker and change the way Americans access healthcare for years to come.

The next six days will be critical in how our nation decides to provide protections for their people. Are corporations more valuable than the collective millions of individuals in their grand scheme of things?

The irony of all this is that if the repeal bill passes, the vast majority of GOP voters who supported Trump will immediately or soon after be negatively affected by this law. The very people who supported this misguided bill will lose benefits or be charged so much to cover pre-existing conditions that they'll effective be priced out of insurance coverage.

I've been to Wal-Marts in red states. These people are not in the best physical shape. They are going to need coverage sooner or later for major conditions. And my fear is that they'll only then realize that voting for a party that places billionaire corporation's concerns over them might be a bad idea.

I'm not going to breathe until the noble month of October begins.

Friday, September 22, 2017

McCain pisses off Trump...again!


With just a week left before the reconciliation deadline, today Sen. John McCain publicly stated he will be voting against the latest attempt to repeal the ACA, commonly referred to as Obamacare.

President Trump responded with a Tweet, stating "John McCain is an experienced and honest legislator, and I applaud his decision even though I don't agree with it."

No, of COURSE our Commander-in-Grief didn't say that!

Instead, he publicly blasted McCain's decision at one of Trump's typically masturbatory "campaign" rallies in Alabama today, saying "...that was an unexpected thing. Terrible. Honestly terrible."

Trump then went on to rant about the NFL and their terrible policies designed to help prevent concussions.

Because, we all know this, Donald Trump is an asshole.

The thing that worries me is that there's still an ENTIRE week before the September 30th deadline for Trump's corrupt band of savage misanthropes to scheme another way of stripping people of their healthcare.

That's a lot of time for them to bully, threaten, or bribe any one of the crucial three GOP "No" votes to keep them under 50 votes (with VP Pence, that mama's boy, as the tiebreaker).

I'm not gonna fully breathe until I say "rabbit rabbit rabbit" on October 1st!

(...and now you know why I put that image up there!)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Trump is still president


Just checking in here.

As of today the tangerine nightmare is still in the White House.

That is, when he's not fucking off to his Florida shit-hole or his overpriced Jersey toxic waste dump.

I hope to look back on this post before the end of this year, and marvel at just how bad it was under his leadership at this moment in time.