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Words Mean Something and Hyprocrisy

This morning the TV cut away to President DFF’s comments after some meeting.  First he comment on DACA saying we just need a few Democrats?  Say What?  A clean DACA bill would get 100% of all Democrats.  Then he launches into problems at the border.  First thought is what problems at the border?  Crossing are way down, but then he brings us a drug epidemic in America, conflating it with the border,  Say what?

Our drug epidemic is opioids and guess who manufactures them and lobbies against enforcement of laws to curb their easy access and over prescribing?  Oh, and as an aside, as anyone knows, opioids cause constipation, so now who is making a fortune on drugs for that symptom?  The opioid crisis is a real money maker for drug companies.

Then you get it.  DACA, a few Democrats, be afraid of drug mules, it is about a compromise that includes a stupid and frivolous wall.  The Press ignored all of that and failed to fact check his bullshit and false conflating, because they wanted to see what he would say about Steve Bannon.  SQUIRREL!

Meanwhile in hypocrisy land (Republicans), the Attorney General, little Jeffey Sessions, wants to take our drug policies back to the dark ages as he is rescinding an Obama executive order putting a cabash on federal prosecution of marijuana violations.  Note the Feds have put marijuana on the Schedule 1 list of drugs like heroin and cocaine.  Its beyond stupid and science, but that is Republican these days.

But the hypocrisy comes in when the boys and girls of the stupid Party used to shoot states rights because they liked that states were restricting freedoms like voting, gay rights, civil rights, but now when 30 states have reach sanity, they want to drag us back to the drug wars.  Of course Congress could do something about this, but who are they controlled by again?  It is like free speech and love of democracy for Republicans.  Everyone should have it unless you disagree with them.

Yes words mean something and we ought to pay attention to them.  Do we really think the White House is getting rid of personal cellphones for national security or is it because the truth is damning?

Circling the Drain

What Me Worry?

No not us, Trump.  Yesterday was truly a bizarre day in insanity and incompetence.  And I use neither adjective hyperbolically. I used to think Trump wanted his son-law as an advisor because that is one of the few people he trusts.  Now I know that is only part of it.  He is also there because the family knows Trump is insane.  It will only be a matter of time till he has to be removed.  Maybe they will let him keep his Air Force One Jacket.

It was amazing to see Republican apologists explaining that he is just getting used to the job or some other such nonsense instead of seeing insanity and incompetence on full display.  People who think Trump is smart should be having second thoughts right now (assuming they have thoughts at all).  Let’s just take a stroll down memory lane (yesterday).

First of course, there is Crowd Gate where the reality does not meet Donald Trumps Fantasy World (FW) view of his worshipers.  He actually called the head of the park service to demand new estimates (CNN).  A smart person would have let it go so it does not get repeated over and over again that the White Aryan Nation is smaller than Donald thought.

Second, we have Vote Gate.  Of course he won the popular vote in his FW.  But in FW, the numbers were skewed by 3-5 million illegal aliens voting all for Hillary.  He actually said that.  What he confused (smart man?) was the numbers of probably dead people that have not been purged from the polls and the numbers of voters that are registered in more than one voting district.  (NYT)

It is common because the first thing the bereaved family does not think of is we have to get our loved ones off the voting rolls.  And the first thing I do when I move is not call the other district and tell them I moved. Now there is nothing illegal here, the polls are routinely purged of these non-voters and as noted, his daughter (they denied that before someone actually looked at public records) and his chief strategist are also guilty of being registered in two places.  There is no voter fraud here and states under even Republican control report miniscule voter fraud.  But we are going to have an investigation, even though he won and maybe with a recount he won’t.  Yeah really smart guy.

But there could something very troubling here in the guise of investigation which is really autocracy at work.  As the NYT tells us:  “The fear is that the hunt for illegal voters will become a pretext to tighten ballot access requirements nationwide and bar many minority voters who tend to side with the Democrats.”  No doubt there.  It has been what they have done in Red States now for years and the Supreme Court let them do it.

Okay, now we get to the Wall, Wall Gate.  You remember.  The one the Mexicans are going to pay for and it is going to be really really big and beautiful, and it is not going to be a fence, but a wall.  We are going to make those East Berliners wish they had their own Donald Trump.  It will be better than the Great Wall of China.  Now I know something about building fences along the border because the company I consult for has won a few contracts to build them.  They are not cheap, nor are they easy.  So the first issue is money and that is where it gets interesting.

“Whose gonna pay for that wall!  Mexico!”  So Mexico’s President is coming and Trump, the great negotiator (TGN), tweets out, “of jobs and companies lost. If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.”  So the Mexican President cancels the meeting.  Of course our ego challenged Dear Leader (TGN) tells us that they both decided to call off the meeting which is a transparent lie. TGN just got stiffed by the Mexican President.  How dare him!  So here comes the 20% tariff threat on all goods from Mexico.

Now unless you are brain-dead, American taxpayers pay the tariff in higher prices, so who again is paying for the Wall?  As one Mexican commentator pointed out, even the Super Bowl will get more expensive when you see the price of avocados. Then when that reality sunk in, there was all kinds of backtracking.  It was just an idea!  Meanwhile that opens up all kinds of questions about this whole idea of bilateral trade agreements versus multiple partner deals and has many asking if the whole idea of Trumps bilateral deals make any sense whatsoever.  They don’t of course which is what over 75 years of history has shown us.

Feel like you area ricochetting  bullet?  Wait, it gets better.  TGN’s use of his unsecured android phone is a massive security leak.  Umm, did not he and the Republicans run on attacking Hillary for her security lapses?  Oh wait, that was Hillary.  TGN is above all that.  And let’s not overlook the Republicans purge at the State Department yesterday asking senior (non-political) experienced hands to resign (CNN).

And finally we have his Chief Strategist, Stephen Bannon, at his request met with the NYT times to tell them:

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” Mr. Bannon said in an interview on Wednesday.

“I want you to quote this,” Mr. Bannon added. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”

Oh, they get it Mr. Bannon.  They did not cover his lies enough during the election and raised a false equivalency between TGN and Hillary and now they are reporting the facts and you do not like it.  1984 anyone?

So here we are.  The incompetence and insanity are on full display and still no one wants to say the obvious yet.  Even worse, or better for Progressives if we survive this, the Republicans have seem to throw off any semblance of adherence to Republican ideals to follow this nut cake.  May they all sink in hell.  The clock is ticking.  I used to think he would not make it till June, but I am thinking late March now. Really we have elected the village idiot and the old saying from Alfred E. Neuman, What Me Worry, seems to be the Republican Mantra right now.

One last thought.  The Democrats except for New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand have been voting to confirm Trumps cabinet appointees.  The logic goes that they are the best they are going to get.  Well here is some logic Democrats:  If you approve them, you own them.  Donald Trump is insane and incompetent and you are enabling him by legitimizing his government.  Walk away.  They have the majority and will get their people.  Your job is to show your disapproval of his whole government.  You can call you Senator by dialing 202-224-3121, you can also find their direct number here.  I tried to call Diane Feinstein who has approved all of them, but her line was jammed.