A Key Difference Between Nixon & Trump

I’ve just had a most horrible thought. Which, of course, I would like to share with y’all.

The latest poll numbers out tonight show that Trump’s approval ratings continue to fall and are now only five points higher than Nixon’s were at the point where he resigned.

As the observant reader would note (which possibly assumes that I have at least two readers, which might not be verifiable), I’m not expecting Trump to resign. I’m expecting him to hold on to the bitter end, get impeached and probably accused of outright treason, probably forcing a Constitutional crisis unprecedented in United States history, and then either actually destroying the United States as a political entity or ending up for the rest of his life in jail.

But for the sake of argument, let’s say he takes his marbles and goes home. Quits. Resigns.

Remember what Nixon did when he resigned? He took refuge at his estate in San Clemency down by San Diego and wallowed in depression and misery for a while. Okay, later on he did the interviews with David Frost (because he was dead broke and needed the money) and he wrote a bunch of books (which no one ever forced me to read by dint of a large caliber firearm being held at my temple) so for the most part he was a non-entity if you weren’t going out of your way to see or hear him.

When Trump resigns?

We’re going to be listening to that loudmouth, fatuous, bloviated gas bag spew his bullshit EVERY. SINGLE. FUCKING. DAY. FOR. THE. REST. OF. HIS. PATHETIC. MISERABLE. FUCKING. LIFE.

And you know, you just KNOW, with social media and the current news media what it is, every single word of it will be front page news. FOREVER.

Ignorance, hatred, and stupidity. The gifts that just keep on giving.

Now

The hysteria gets more shrill, the lies more brazen, the ridiculous claims by SCROTUS get more unbelievable, and the excuses by his evil sycophants get more untenable.

All I can think of is this:

Put an unsecure iPhone in SCROTUS’s hands instead of a set of ball bearings and you’re already 99% there.

I do not have a single iota of love or compassion for Pence, Sessions, Ryan, McConnell, Tillerson, Mnuchin, Zinke, Bannon, Ross, Price, Carson, Perry, DeVos, Kushner, Shulkin, Kelly, Priebus, Coats, Mulvaney, Pruitt, or McMahon. They can all of them be thrown into the deepest, darkest, most miserable cell in solitary confinement and left to rot there.

But before they go, before they literally destroy the United States of America as a country and lead Western Civilization into a Dark Age from which it will take the human race centuries to recover, can these morons please grow a spine for just enough time to invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment and get that insane fucker out of the White House?

Yeah, I didn’t think so either, but it was worth asking for.

The Pigeons Are Winning!

Shit, no wonder I didn’t get any comments on this post! When you hit “save” instead of “publish,” you probably shouldn’t be allowed out in public without an adult.

From Saturday, June 3rd, with some appropriate clean up for the tenses.


I shamelessly stole this from David Marquez over on FaceBook:

Saturday I made a mistake in a face-to-face encounter with a co-worker, a known Trump cult member, and a vocal and aggressive one at that. I only said “I will not discuss politics” twenty times, when the situation called for at least twenty-one.

“Give me one example!” So I gave him ten.

He spouted total gibberish, such as “the CO2 levels do this all the time!” I pointed out the evidence and cited locations where he can see it for himself.

“That’s fake!” He proceeded to spout bullshit about how the Paris Accords will destroy the United States economy, citing the West Virginia coal mining industry as an example.

Gave him facts on how few people are employed by the US coal mining industry and how many are employed in renewable energy industries. Got a bullshit response about how solar and wind will never work because of night and calm days.

One word – “batteries.”

Get a load of propaganda about how China’s building ten new coal-fired power plants a week…

And that’s another hour of my life that I’ll never be able to get back.

The pigeons are multiplying and winning.

Anyone want some squab?

FaceBook Could Help

These are trying times we live in – we can all use any help we can get. It occurs to me tonight that FaceBook has in its power the ability to take a major step to releasing a tiny little bit of stress for us.

For the longest time of course, we could only “like” a FaceBook post. We would tap and that little blue “thumbs up!” icon would let the world know that we approved!

Now we have options:

Great, but do you see it? Do you see the unwitting error in their user interface design?

Look at how far over that “anger” icon is! And “sad” is almost as bad!

C’mon, admit it, how many posts do you react to with the “like” or “love” icons? Proportionately? 1% maybe? Yeah, the occasional cat or puppy video, maybe a cute picture from a second cousin’s graduation. But it’s not like the old days.

“Haha” or “wow” are even more useless these days. With all of that political bullshit going on, there’s just no room left on the internet for pictures of people texting while walking and going into fountains. As for the videos of punk kids parkour failing and smashing their faces on the pavement as they go off of a third story roof, they’re just not as “wow” getting as watching Western Civilization go down in flames.

It’s a tough market!

If you’re anything like me, it’s that “angry” icon that’s working double overtime, with “sad” a close second. So why are those two icons so far out there on the right? Every single time I see something on FaceBook I have to slide all the way over past all of those other icons to get to the ones I’m using 99.99+% of the time.

So, Mark Zuckerberg, help us out! Think of all of the thumb skin cells that we can save by not sliding across the screen so much! Think of all of the Gorilla Glass molecules that are dying every day from frantic friction when they deserve to live!

Move the icons that we’re using the most over to where it’s a short reach for them! Better yet, make the “mad” icon the default, a position which it so richly deserves!

Given the role that FaceBook and other social media sites have played in changing society to get us into this simmering bucket of shit to begin with, it would seem to be the least that you could do.

Anger Management

He said some of the most disgusting things I’ve ever heard in his campaigning – and I got angry.

He spouted the most vile, disgusting, ignorant, fucking stupid things I’ve ever heard outside of conspiracy cult radio – and I got angry.

He proved himself to be a sexual predator, bragged about it, then bragged about getting caught and getting away with it – and I got angry.

He got elected, apparently with more than just little bit of foreign government interference in our electoral process – and I got angry.

He lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and lied, and continues to lie with almost every breath – and I got angry.

He “drained the Swamp” by surrounding himself with ignorant, unqualified, incompetent billionaires – and I got angry.

He tried repeatedly to ban an entire people with zero facts but plenty of fear, hatred, and propaganda behind his “reasoning” – and I got angry.

He committed treason again and again, continuing to sell out our country and our society to an enemy foreign government – and I got angry.

He’s embraced dictators, thugs, and tyrants while alienating every single ally we have – and I got angry.

He’s shown us his “stamina” by working three and four hour days, playing golf over half of the weekends since he’s been in office, and then complaining about how hard the job is – and I got angry.

He’s violated the Constitution on a daily basis by forcing the federal government to put millions of dollars into his pocket in order to protect his family and himself on resort properties that he owns – and I got angry.

And these are just the “high” points. On a daily basis, every time I hear him speak, every irrational and irresponsible word of his that I see on Twitter, it all just continues to make me angry.

Today, against the good advice of an overwhelming majority (90%+) of the world’s scientists, business leaders, and politicians, with absolutely no factual justification for his actions other than the fact that he’s too fucking ignorant to understand any of the actual facts regarding the subject, he’s announced that he’s pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement – and I got angry.

In this new, dystopian world we have created for ourselves, that we have allowed to be forced upon us, “anger management” doesn’t mean that you have to learn to temper and deal with unreasonably angry reactions. It means that you have to learn to mete out your anger, to not let it consume you, no matter how absurd or dangerous the provocation, no matter how overwhelming the justification for that anger.

There is no angry and righteous god to save us from this madman and his vile and evil cadre of despicable minions. Nor is there a kind and beneficent god to save us from burnout and self-destruction if we allow the tidal wave of stupidity and hatred drown us.

We’re on our own here, folks. We’re going to have to deal with that, even if it makes me… angry.

Because He Doesn’t Know

Someone pointed out that SCROTUS had spewed out ten tweets today, five of which were about “fake news.” Of the five “fake news” stories, of course, all are being reported by multiple independent sources, and one of them was confirmed to be true by one of SCROTUS’s own tweets shortly after he called it fake.

This again demonstrates that Trump’s an irrational and deranged lunatic, but that’s not news either.

Someone else pointed out that not one of the ten tweets mentioned the incident in Portland yesterday nor the two men who died as heroes, defending an innocent stranger from a white supremacist terrorist.

That actually made sense to me – because my money says that Trump doesn’t know about the terrorist attack in Portland yesterday. It’s a fact that the doesn’t read his intelligence briefings, and he only gets his news from Fox.

And guess what? Fox isn’t covering the story!! I just checked their website, and CNN’s, and MSNBC’s, and the New York Times’. ¬†Everyone else has it as a front page story. Fox doesn’t have it AT ALL in their first 60+ stories listed on their front page. NOT. ONE. FUCKING. WORD.

So the reason SCROTUS didn’t tweet about it? HE. DOESN’T. KNOW. IT. HAPPENED.

Even if his staff tried to tell him, he didn’t listen. Fox isn’t reporting it.

THIS is the fucking idiot we have “leading” us.

Dare We Hope For A Peaceful Transition Of Power?

In the last year or so of the Obama administration I recall any number of mouth-breathing, right-wing conspiracy theorists shitting themselves over the perceived threat of Obama declaring martial law, throwing out the November 2016 election or just not allowing there to be an election to begin with, an establishing himself as a permanent dictator or “President For Life” or some other bullshit.

Note that all of the slime molds spouting this bullshit crawled back under their rocks when, as 99.999999% of the people on the planet expected, NOTHING HAPPENED and Trump took the oath of office.

Granted, he took it in front of teeny, tiny crowds and his wife and kid moved back to New York forcing us to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for security because she can’t stand being in the same state as him, and he spends almost every weekend playing golf and passing out intelligence secrets to total strangers at a property he owns, thus forcing us to pay tens of millions of dollars more into his pockets illegally.. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about…

Now that Jared and Manafort and Kelly and Sessions and Pence and Bannon and Trump are all under at least a couple of different investigations for conspiracy, obstruction of justice, espionage, and treason, what will happen when the day comes that Congress and/or the Supreme Court and/or the Joint Chiefs of Staff declare Trump to either be an impeached felon and/or mentally incompetent to exercise the office?

That day might be far, far sooner than most people might expect.

Will Trump go quietly, not off to Mar-A-Lago or San Clemency perhaps but to an 8×8 cell at the Greybar Hotel? Will he leave office, even if it’s in handcuffs, allowing someone (not Pence, not Ryan, both of whom will also be in handcuffs) to take the oath of office?

And if he doesn’t… If he refuses to go… If he brings down on us a Constitution crisis equaled only by the American Civil War of over 150 years ago, then will the above-mentioned “patriots” demand that he leave office and honor the Constitution that he swore to “defend and protect?

Or will they try to justify his actions, make excuses, find ways to rationalize in their own puny, pathetic minds how it’s Trump who’s trying to “save” the United States by finalizing the coup and transition to a dictatorship which his cronies and the Russian interference in the election started?

I know where my odds are on that one, if I can get anyone in Vegas to take the action.

Eyes On Montana

Tonight the GOP candidate for Montana’s vacant Senate seat assaulted a reporter and body slammed him to the ground for asking a question about the federal budget.

“Fake news?” There were witnesses, including a Fox News team.

Gianforte’s team initially tried to lie their way out of it, claiming that it was the fault of the “liberal reporter.”

It’s not Gianforte’s first run-in with reporters. He’s echoed SCROTUS’s sentiment that the press is “the enemy.” At one of his town hall meetings he pointed out a reporter and pointed out that his supporters outnumbered him by quite a bit.

The reporter who was assaulted today – did he work for some ultra left-wing rag? Nope, for the respected British newspaper, The Guardian. He is however the same reporter that a few weeks ago broke the story that Gianforte has a considerable amount of investment in Russian corporations, many with ties to Putin and his oligarch.

The election is tomorrow. Montana residents can vote even if they haven’t yet registered since Montana law has a provision for polling place instant registration.

Your call, Montana. Forget about Republicans vs. Democrats. Forget about liberals vs. conservatives. Screw all of that.

It’s real simple. You can send a guy to Congress who assaults reporters for asking questions, lies about it, then leaves the scene. Or you can send the other guy, who’s trying to preserve health care for the majority of you who are going to lose it if the GOP has their way.

If you choose Gianforte, don’t worry. I’m sure he’ll never have to ever face a reporter again in Washington. It’s not like he’ll ever be an embarrassment to your state again.

At least, not until morning.

One Question Among Many

I had an “exchange of viewpoints” with a couple of SCROTUS supporters (could they be called “jerk-straps?”) and as usual, the more they were presented with facts verified by multiple independent sources, and in many cases from Trump’s own speeches and Twitter account, the more they dug in their heels and refused to admit that Trump was anything other than the greatest thing to ever happen to this country.

That sort of “logic” brings up so, so, so many questions, but if I only got to ask one tonight, it would be this, offered with complete sincerity:

If you had to pick a cult to join, why didn’t you pick one with more wild, crazy, kinky sex? I mean, if you’re going to be in a cult and one of them has you screaming nonsense and bullshit and following Trump around and the other has you screaming nonsense and bullshit while participating in orgies that would have the Romans envious, why would you pick Trump?

I understand that the Trump cult does have its kinky, perverted sex – but only for Trump, apparently, and only when the Russians have the blackmail tapes going.

Is that fair? Spread the wealth, Donny boy!! Your followers are getting cranky, they could use the R&R.

World Leader On A Global Stage

When did the bar get so low that reading a speech in public without having to follow the text along with your finger and sound out the big words made you “finally look Presidential?”

When did we start to normalize “didn’t fall asleep after a full three-hour workday” into accepting that it’s okay that he’s “exhausted” and cancelling meetings with foreign leaders without warning?

Foreign leaders are putting up with this shit because on paper he’s the leader of the biggest economic and military power on the planet. Would they put up with this sort of behavior from the Prime Minister of Tuvalu? Or would they politely be too busy to meet and suggest they might be more productive in someone else’s country?

If we’re going to insist on putting this ignorant clown out there on display as our “leader,” a man suffering from mental illness, delusions, racism, a sexual predator, and a man incapable of uttering a full sentence without reading what someone else has written (and even there it’s hit or miss), how long will it be before the Saudi princes, Israeli government, and Pope start politely saying they’re too busy to meet and suggesting that perhaps the Prime Minister of Tuvalu could use an intern, a great position if someone had any interest in all in learning how governments actually work and how adults act.

The clock’s ticking here, folks. Our country looks more stupid and more like a third world banana republic with every day this fucker’s on the loose.