Monday, March 19, 2018

Tweeting with the President

We've all seen Trump's relentlessly insipid Tweets. He's tweeted thousands of times since he became an actual political figure. Most of the time he uses Twitter to attack his political foes or to claim credit for the very few things he's accomplished since becoming the de facto leader of the Free World.

I like that he does that. First of all, every Tweet is eventually going to be used as evidence in either an impeachment trial, or in likely dozens of civil and criminal trials that will inevitably happen.

He will probably assist the prosecution in determining his guilt on many issues.

Also, his stream of unedited statements on Twitter gives everyone tremendous insight into his thought process.

And it ain't pretty!

I spent a fair amount of time responding to his tweets early on. It usually starts with him making some outrageous claim or half-baked remark, which I retweeted with with my own comprehensive rebuttal.

After some weeks of this, I realized that this isn't the way to get a response from him.

So I started calling him a dick.

Yes, I know it's silly and juvenile. But it's fun to think that every time I call him a dick and put an "at" mention of his name on the tweet, there's a tiny possibility that he may see it!

Because he does occasionally review his @ mentions, and it makes me feel all warm inside to think that as he scrolls through those mentions, the phrase "You're a dick!" may leap out at him.

As Sun Tzu says, "If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him."

Plus, it saves me tons of time by not trying to reason with him. Just saying "You're a dick" is incredibly freeing and satisfying!


I also like to mix it up sometimes, by incorporating some of what he says in a tweet when I reply. Always with the "@realDonaldTrump" tag on it.


And then there's some of this sort of thing.


But mostly, I try to let him know, each and EVERY day, that...

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Sunday Night Music Club v.52

In light of yet another tragic school shooting a couple of weeks ago, I decided to post this video of Sir Bob Geldorf and the Boomtown Rats playing their hit "I Don't Like Mondays".

This song explores the reasons, or lack of reasons, for a long-ago school shooting.

It was a time when school shootings were virtually unknown. Since then, it's tragically become an all-too-frequent event.

On Monday, January 29th, 1979, 16-year old Brenda Spencer opened a window in her house that faces the school, and started firing a little 22-calibre semi-automatic rifle at children who were waiting for the school gate to open. Even with a weapon as under-powered as that, in a few minutes she managed to kill 2 adults and wound 8 children.

After firing 30 rounds, she barricaded herself in her home. A reporter called the house during the standoff and asked her why she did it. She famously replied, "I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day."

Bob Geldorf heard the quote soon after, and set about to try and makes sense of what is obviously a senseless act of violence.

Brenda Spencer is still in prison, and probably will be for life. She's next up for parole in 2019.

The two adults she murdered are still dead.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Maryland Working on Presidential Tax Return Law


I just heard about this. Maryland's State Senate just moved a bill forward that will require ALL presidential candidates to release their previous five years of income tax returns to secure a place on the ballot.

Holy shit! What a brilliant idea!

Maryland has a Democratic majority in their Senate and House, but they also have a Republican governor, Larry Hogan. He hasn't said anything about his stance on such a bill.

Here in Connecticut, we have a majority in the House, Senate (very slight but it counts), and a Governor who may be in favor of signing such a law.

We need to make this bill strong, and there's a number of things that need to be included:

- Penalties that make it a SERIOUS state crime to falsify, omit, or hold back ANY of the
information that was filed with the IRS. This will be easy to prove, if my hope that the
IRS will provide tax returns if they are evidence in a criminal trial is realized.

- A deadline far enough in advance of any elections that make it possible to forensically
go over each return with a fine-toothed comb. Since we have a primary in Connecticut,
we should make it 90 days before the polls open.

- If an incumbent decides to skip the primary, which will happen because the Republicans
are a bunch of pussies who are afraid to go against the Cheeto King, there will still
be a 90-day requirement to release them ahead of November. This will hit right around
the time of the Republican National Convention most likely.


This can be huge! We need to call our State reps with this idea, and see if they can get it on the legislative agenda. I'd love to hear what our governor, Dan Malloy, would think about this. And we'll have to make this the model of legislation that many other Blue states can enact.

If we get enough states to do this, we can change the way certain criminal presidents are able to slither into the White House without giving a shit about fiscal transparency.

This can literally change the course of our nation.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Trump Slump matches lowest low

This weekend the approval ratings for Cadet Bone Spurs (Donald J. Trump) matched his all-time low of 35%, erasing the minor bump he got from not shitting himself during his first State of the Union address several weeks ago.

He went from 40% to 35% in the last few weeks. I wonder why?

Maybe it's that thing where he refuses to push anything substantive to stop the senseless school massacres that are happening more and more frequently.

Maybe it's the fact that his need to have Cliff's Notes clutched in his tiny little hand when speaking to survivors of the school shooting makes it look like he's emotionally incapable of showing any human empathy at all.

Maybe it's his incessant tweeting his every thought like a gossipy high school girl every single day.

Or maybe, just maybe, it's the realization that the web of his lawlessness is finally tightening around him.

From CNN:
The findings follow several weeks of sharply negative news about the President's White House staff, including the revelation that several key staffers lacked permanent security clearance, the implementation of a new policy to handle interim security clearances, and news that multiple White House staffers had resigned following accusations of domestic abuse.

Yeah, that ol' wife-beating thing may play well with your redneck base, Mr. Trump, but the majority of Americans tend to look down on that sort of behavior.

And you'll know it come November. If you make it that long.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cadet Bone Spurs needs cliff's notes


Jesus motherfucking Christ! How much of a sociopath is our president that he needs "talking points" clutched in his tiny baby hands so he can pretend to relate to school students who just saw a bunch of their friends pointlessly gunned down?

I expect to see more sympathy from Patrick Bateman or M.E. Thomas than from our psychopathic president!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Russians are coming

I'm not sure what this means, but it doesn't smell good.

Suddenly my stupid little blog is getting a lot of hits from websites in Russia.

Maybe I triggered an algorithm because of all my references to Donald Trump being a "dick".

But that's mostly on Twitter, and I don't publish them here except on the side bar. Maybe I'll start linking my Twitter to this blog just to get my publishing numbers up.

Anyway, those Czarist fuckers are somehow messing with my blog. And I think it might be not a good thing.

But what the hell...who cares? I can delete the whole fucking thing tomorrow and I wouldn't have an ounce of regret.

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Simple Way To End The Gun Debate


Every time there's one of these senseless massacres, I tweet the same goddamned thing:

"Please release the crime scene photos!"

Just think of how the public would respond to seeing actual photographs of the children with their heads blown off.

With their little chests ripped apart by military rounds.

With their faces frozen into absolute horror as they died in an obscene frenzy of violence.

The idea of it is horrifying!


Yes, it would be gruesome.
Yes, it would be outrageous.
Yes, it would be very painful to the families of the victims.

And yes, it would have an immediate effect on the national discussion over gun control!

One of the ways gun supporters and the NRA have gotten so many politicians to vote for absolute free and nearly unfettered access to military-grade weapons is because the images we see in media are whitewashed of any of those things.

Imagine for an instant what the unified public reaction to images of the Parkland dead or the Newtown victims being shown as they lay in their classrooms; their lives torn from them because as a nation we can't seem to comprehend what most of the world easily knows.

That widespread easy access to guns inevitably results in increased violence!

Look at Australia. They suffered a horrific massacre in Port Arthur, where 35 people were killed in a senseless gun attack. This resulted in the National Firearms Programme Implementation Act 1996, restricting the private ownership of semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns and pump-action shotguns as well as introducing uniform firearms licensing. It was implemented with bipartisan support by the Commonwealth, states and territories.

They worked together on passing this legislation.

It put an immediate end to this kind of tragedy.

For over 20 years, Australians have enjoyed the relative freedom of not being shot whilst going about their business, at least making gun violence as rare as, I dunno, being struck by lightning or choking to death on a kangaroo steak. (I actually don't know the odds of either of those two possibilities, but I expect they're quite remote, as is the possibility of those little kids from down under being gunned down in 3rd grade mathematics!)

So, what's it going to take to get the gun-toting NRA supporters to see the results of their fascination with military-grade weaponry?

Two ways, I think.

One, is for some of the parents of murdered children to publicly call for the release of the photos of their dead child, in order to perhaps make some sense of their deaths. It would be difficult for sure. But then again, I've seen enough interviews with bereaved parents to know that there are some who are so angry they would absolutely want to share the horrible photos of the crime scene in the hope that it will possibly result in effective gun legislation. And it might give them some comfort that their child's death has some meaning in preventing future attacks.

The other is for some law-enforcement or government employee who has had enough of seeing those photos as a requirement of their job to take a leap of faith and leak the photos to someone who has the cajones to release them into the public eye. A thumb drive plugged into the right USB port on the right computer for a minute or so may save countless kids from future attacks. (I would totally be willing to take the hit for releasing data like that, especially if it results in legislation that saves lives.)

This will have the immediate effect of getting the obscene reality of these killings into the minds of every single NRA-sponsored Congressman or Senator. And in the minds of the voters who will decide if they should continue to support them.

And then, those legislators will have to answer horribly awkward questions from EVERYONE about why they aren't doing ANYTHING about stopping this epidemic of gun-caused violence!

The world will change just a little bit, in that instant.

And sometimes, all it takes for history to change is just one, small, courageous step.

This could be that step!

When the mid-terms get really ramped up in the fall, Donald Trump will manufacture a reason to go to war with somebody, as he's already said that a war will be good for the Republicans.

Imagine if these photos were released two weeks before the election!

Every SINGLE legislator who took money from the NRA will be spending a lot more time at home.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Latest School Massacre, brought to you by the NRA

God have mercy on your NRA-kept souls:

Richard Burr
$6,986,620

Roy Blunt
$4,551,146

Thom Tillis
$4,418,012

Cory Gardner
$3,879,064

Marco Rubio
$3,303,355

Joni Ernst
$3,124,273

Rob Portman
$3,061,941

Todd Young
$2,896,732

Bill Cassidy
$2,861,047

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Ned Lamont back in Governor's race



After an eight-year hiatus from active political campaigning, our old friend Ned Lamont has jumped into the race for the soon-to-be-vacant seat of retiring Governor Dan Malloy.

The state is facing a fiscal crisis not too different from the one Malloy inherited from former gov. Jodi Rell eight years ago. The State Senate is dangerously close to the Democrats losing control unless there is a significant outpouring of Dem voters.

So, we're here now with Lamont back in the race. He's probably the candidate with the most name recognition from his past efforts, although there so far isn't a stand-out candidate in the race as far as I can tell. Things can change quickly though; current Comptroller Kevin Lembo was my early choice for the seat, but he bowed out while still in the exploratory phase. Lamont has apparently hastened from exploring to full-fledged candidate in a matter of weeks, as a result of polling he commissioned.

I do not doubt that those numbers showed promise!

So far I haven't see a lot of detailed policy issues discussed, other than general calls for more jobs, better infrastructure, lower health-care costs, etc. He has as recently as yesterday (Jan. 31st) come out in full support of Malloy's plan to add tolls to the highways as a way to generate more income.

It's a plan that's not very popular with the voters, and perhaps Ned would like to see it go through under Dan's watch so he can avoid taking the heat for it.

Then again, Ned has often taken the less-popular stance because he felt it was the right thing to do. We can always use leaders who make decisions with that in mind.

I tend to think that we do need tolls, as unpleasant as it sounds. It's a another form of a tax, but it's a "use" tax, where only the people who use the roads will be liable for it. And with a smart plan that uses the very best ideas other states have in their successful programs, it can be made virtually painless for state residents, while passing a large portion of the costs to out-of-state drivers and especially trucks that pass through Connecticut. A sliding rush-hour scale may encourage more commuters to use public transit, reducing the traffic on overburdened stretches like I-95 between Bridgeport and Stamford. This revenue will be used for projects like widening I-95 where the traffic has the worst bottlenecks.

Of course, there are plenty of issues besides tolls that come to mind. You can look at Ned's website and read up on his various ideas as he posts them, at NedLamont.com.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Night Music Club v.51

It's been a while, but recently I saw a film that reminded me of a lot of great songs from the 1980s, so here I go again...

The Cold-War spy thriller "Atomic Blonde" is a frenetic journey through Berlin during the final days of the Berlin Wall. It's definitely more a comic-book movie than a James Bond-style romp because there is literally NOTHING subtle about this film! Especially the extended, ridiculously violent fight scenes and gun battles! Fortunately, all it takes for Lorraine (Charlize Theron's character) to feel better is a splash in a tub filled with ice!

Well, except for the broken heart...(spoiler alert!)

Anyway, one of the things I liked best about the film was the soundtrack! Tunes by Nena (99 Luftballoons), The Clash (London Calling) and Siouxsie and the Banshees (Cities in Dust, which although was about ancient Pompeii's destruction, it stands as a vivid metaphor to the aftermath of a nuclear war) brought about a bit of cold-war nostalgia.

Being a teenager in the '70s and a young adult in the 80's, I was brought up with the knowledge that the world could end at pretty much any moment! Think about that. The United States and Soviet Union had a nuclear strategy called M.A.D., for Mutual Assured Destruction; or, in other words, both nations had so goddamn many weapons and delivery systems to guarantee that in the case of a nuclear war, there was NO doubt that both countries would be pulverized into radioactive dust, and then the dust would be atomized into a vapor that would no doubt poison the rest of the world!

As a child in the 1960s, I recall that in addition to our standard monthly fire drills, we had nuclear war drills. These were the infamous "duck and cover" routines that may have spared some of us from the initial blast, providing we weren't within the direct kill-zone, but did nothing to prepare us for what we might have had to endure in the succeeding days.

Because, everyone, including the teachers, knew if actual war on that scale broke out, we'd ALL be fucked!

Yeah, try getting a good night's sleep with that thought rattling around your head...

I think that's why I grew up with a sort of hey, whatever happens, happens kind of attitude. Try to effect change where it's possible, but beyond that, you're pretty much at the mercy of...whatever!

Falco released the Euro-hit song "Der Kommissar" in 1981, in German. The following year he released a version in English. But both of those songs failed to chart in America at the time. The band After The Fire released their own English version of the song that was moderately successful, and it brought new interest in the original German version, which became a minor hit.

After The Fire's version is much slicker and marketable, which is probably why I prefer Falco's version in German. The music video looks super-low quality, even for early 80's sensibilities. Which is part of its charm.

Here's Falco - Der Kommissar:



BONUS VIDEO ACTION

I dug a little deeper (2 seconds on Google) and found the After The Fire version of the song, which is a lot cooler and more intriguing than Falco's original. But I still like the Falco version a bit more. Because I think he says "I miss my fucking friends" rather than ATF's safe-for-radio version that has the lyric "I miss my funky friends". But golly, we have a president that says quite a few nations are "shitholes", so I guess the bar for civility has gotten very low indeed!