Gone But Not Forgotten

The good news is that Trump is NO longer the leader of a free world…he may be gone from DC but his legacy will remain.

A recent poll shows that Trump’s final approval rating was a record low of 34%…..but that matters not for Trump will do what he always does…..take revenge on those that opposed him.

He will not be president just how could he exact his revenge?

First he will target the Republicans that turned on hm throughout his presidency…..he has sycophants but not all were on-board with is lunacy he called his presidency.

You may ask….how can he take revenge on those how wronged him?

Since he has such support with the old white guy wing of the party….he has thoughts of forming a competing party, the Patriot Party…..

“Mr. Trump discussed the matter with several aides and other people close to him last week, the people said. The president said he would want to call the new party the ‘Patriot Party,’ the people said,” reported Andrew Restuccia. “Mr. Trump has feuded in recent days with several Republican leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), who on Tuesday said Mr. Trump deserved blame for provoking the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Polls show Mr. Trump retains strong support among rank-and-file GOP voters.”

“It’s unclear how serious Mr. Trump is about starting a new party, which would require a significant investment of time and resources,” continued the report. “The president has a large base of supporters, some of whom were not deeply involved in Republican politics prior to Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign.”

https://www.rawstory.com/trumps-new-political-party/

This could prove hurtful to the GOP….for Trump has in his pocket many mega-donors…..he also has some influential people in Congress as well…like McCarthy, Jordan, Gaetz, Gohmert, Hawley, Cruz just to name a few.

Patriot?

Seriously?

They stand in opposition to most of what the Constitution brought to America….how can that be patriotic?

Words do not make a patriot!

These sycophants will make sure that unity is NOT on the agenda for the Biden Administration.

My thought is….let them go ahead…..that would virtually destroy the GOP and its strangle hold on this country…..which might be a bad idea.

But reality tells me that the GOP will work hard to keep its far right slugs within the party.

By all means…please make the Patriot Party a reality…..put all the crazies in one party.

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Final Thoughts On Trump

Closing Thought–21Jan21

Some final thoughts on the Trump presidency and the people he had around him……

First something positive…..

Trump attempted to cease those endless wars and bring troops out of harms way…..he was unsuccessful.

Now for what I really feel…..

Raising middle finger relays information, judge rules in case of man  accused of breaching no-contact order | National Post

Good-bye Pres. Trump….you will definitely not be forgotten.

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Trump’s Senate Trial

If so then it will be the second one in four years.

There is lots of talk about a second trial for Trump in the Senate….the first one failed (go figure)…..

After the events on 06 January 2021 and the situation where Trump fed the lunacy of his supporters….he was impeached twice in the House….and then the trial in the Senate…..but since Trump has left office can he be tried by the Senate?

President Trump, having reached the historic — and infamous — landmark of being impeached twice, now faces trial in the Senate. But unlike the first time, he will no longer be in office. So, does the Senate have the power to try an ex-president on impeachment charges?

The Constitution says that after the House of Representatives votes to impeach a president or any other civil officer, the case is sent to the Senate for a trial, which “shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification” from future office. Conviction requires a two-thirds vote, but barring Trump from future office would take only a majority vote.

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/18/957866252/can-the-senate-try-an-ex-president

As you can see there is a bunch of opinions on this matter.

But what about the US Senate?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pointedly did not rule out Wednesday that he might eventually vote to convict the now twice-impeached President Donald Trump, but he also blocked a quick Senate impeachment trial.

Minutes after the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump, McConnell said in a letter to his GOP colleagues that he’s not determined whether Trump should be convicted in the Senate’s upcoming proceedings. The House impeachment articles charge that Trump incited insurrection by exhorting supporters who violently attacked the Capitol last week, resulting in five deaths and a disruption of Congress.

“I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell wrote.

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-impeachments-capitol-siege-mitch-mcconnell-29ca8c7dff7943c3daf2952d4a809097

You see there is still a wealth of opinions and possible actions.

Personally I want to see Trump pay a high price for thumbing his nose at the Constitution and the rule of law.

Any thoughts?

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Inauguration Day

We now have a new president….under really disturbing circumstances Joe Biden took the oath of office sans Trump in the handover (breaking another American tradition)…..

Joe Biden swore the oath of office Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States, during an inauguration ceremony with few parallels in history. He was administered the oath by Chief Justice John Roberts as three former presidents—Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama—looked on. The New York Times reports he took the oath with his hand on a family Bible that dates to 1893. It has been present at his prior swearing-ins as senator and vice president, and son Beau Biden used it when he became Delaware attorney general. Biden comes to office with a well of empathy and resolve born by personal tragedy, as well as a depth of experience forged from more than four decades in Washington. At age 78, he is the oldest president inaugurated, reports the AP.

The theme of Biden’s approximately 30-minute speech will be “America United,” and aides said it would be a call to set aside differences during a moment of national trial. Biden will then oversee a “Pass in Review,” a military tradition that honors the peaceful transfer of power to a new commander in chief. Then, Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and their spouses will be joined by that bipartisan trio of former presidents to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Later, Biden will join the end of a slimmed-down inaugural parade as he moves into the White House. In the evening, in lieu of the traditional glitzy balls that welcome a new president to Washington, Biden will take part in a televised concert that also marks the return of A-list celebrities to the White House orbit after they largely eschewed Trump.

And we also have a history making Vice President…..

For more than two centuries, men have occupied our country’s top offices. No more. Kamala Harris was on Wednesday sworn in as the first female vice president. The 56-year-old is also the first Black woman and person of South Asian descent to hold the role, reports the AP. She was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first woman of color to serve on the high court, using two Bibles: one that belonged to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the late civil rights icon whom Harris often cites as inspiration, and the other to Regina Shelton, a longtime family friend who helped raise Harris during her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area. Harris will address the nation late Wednesday in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Another longtime Harris friend, Lateefah Simon, tells the AP that Harris—the child of immigrants, a stepmother of two, and the wife of a Jewish man—”carries an intersectional story of so many Americans who are never seen and heard.” Her swearing-in comes almost two years to the day after Harris launched her own presidential bid on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2019. Her campaign fizzled before primary voting began, but Harris’ rise continued when Joe Biden chose her as his running mate last August. Harris had been a close friend of Beau Biden, the elder son of Joe Biden and a former Delaware attorney general who died in 2015 of cancer.

There is so much work to do…..they need to double down in their campaign promises and get to work.

A closing note….

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Trump’s Final Approval

Closing Thought–20Jan21

He has left the building…and the fumigation has begun.

AS the Trump imperial presidency draws to a close…..time to look at his final approval rating.

As he gets ready to head out of the Oval Office and back to life as a private citizen, President Trump just received his final report card—and Gallup notes he’s leaving “on a personal low note.” In a survey of 1,023 random American adults taken Jan. 4-15, only 34% gave him a thumbs-up for the job he’s doing, the lowest score of his presidency, and one point lower than the 35% he hit several times in 2017, such as after the deadly white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va. The outgoing commander in chief’s overall average approval rating of 41% for his entire presidency is 4 points lower than any other president has received in Gallup’s history. And, in a sign of our polarized times, there was a historic 81-percentage-point average gap—more like a chasm—between Democrats and Republicans; the previous record had been 70 percentage points.

Only Harry Truman left with a lower rating, at 32%. Trump tied with Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush for second lowest. Trump is the only president since the analytics company started registering presidential job approval in 1938 to not get over the 50% hump at any point; a 45% rating during his first year was his best. He did get close in 2020, hitting 49% a few times after his first impeachment but before the pandemic began. What did him in toward the end of his tenure, per Gallup: his refusal to concede the election, the continued COVID death toll, the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and an unprecedented second impeachment. The numbers are slightly better for him in a final NBC News poll, which surveyed 1,000 registered voters between Jan. 10-13. Trump ends with a 43% approval rating, though nearly half rank him as “definitely worse than most presidents.”

The worse approval since Harry Truman….how pathetic is that?

Say good-bye to inept president….hopefully we can do better with Biden.

But will we?

A majority of American voters surveyed in the wake of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol believe that twice-impeached President Donald Trump should be barred from ever running for office again, according to polling results reported exclusively by The Hill on Tuesday, his last full day in office.

The survey was conducted by the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and the Harris Poll from January 12 to 14; it found that 57% of U.S. voters think Trump—who entered politics in 2015 to run for president—shouldn’t be allowed to seek office in the future, compared with 43% who don’t support such a ban.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/19/57-us-voters-want-trump-barred-seeking-office-ever-again-poll

Really?

After all the crap in the past 4 years and only 57% is the best we can muster?

My closing thought…..

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Is There a “Texit”?

Closing Thought–19Jan21

We have heard of Brexit where the UK will leave the European Union (EU)….and there has been rumblings of secession here in the US.

secession refers to a big break-up — a formal split, an official “Good-bye to you!” — among political entities.

Secession occurs when persons in a country or state declare their independence from the ruling government. When a dissatisfied group secedes, it creates its own form of government in place of the former ruling government. Secessions are serious maneuvers that lead to, or arise from, military conflict.

I have given my thoughts on the threat in previous posts…..https://lobotero.com/2021/01/06/secession-again/ Any background to this is within the post.

Now after the violence and destruction that occurred at the Capitol on 06 January the home of Ted Cruz, Texas is thumping its chest yet again….

On the second Saturday of every month, Karl Gleim marches at the Alamo battle site in San Antonio. He lays a ceremonial wreath to mark Texas’ fight for independence from Mexico in 1836 and the Texas secession effort he supports today.

“It’s not any particular president or political party or any particular person who’s either an idiot or not, as the case may be, whatever,” said Gleim, a retiree who started his monthly marches at the Alamo eight years ago.

“My opinion is, I’m tired of the BS and the stuff that’s been going on for so long and looking at the idiots we’ve been dealing with in Washington for so long,” he said. “Screw that. We can do better than that, locally.”

Texit, as it’s become known, is poised for a major boost this week with the expected introduction of a bill in the state legislature to put the question of secession to voters in a November 2021 ballot referendum. 

https://www.insider.com/a-texas-lawmaker-wants-texit-secession-on-the-ballot-2021-1

I say let them go if that is the wishes of the people…..they will come back.

Really?

Do they truly want to lose the benefits that being part of the United States provides?

Lunatics!

I put these people in the same idiotic category of the Ancient Aliens  nerds and Flat Earthers.

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More Pardons?

Today is Donald Trump’s last day as president of the United States. (Celebrate when he is gone)

Trump has been on pardoning frenzy for the last couple of months as the leader of the Free World and his last in office may be NO different.

Word has come out that he plans many for his last day.

President Trump’s pardoning spree will continue until pretty near the bitter end, sources say. Three people familiar with the matter tell CNN that the POTUS will issue somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 pardons and commutations on Tuesday, his last full day in office. He has until noon on Wednesday, Inauguration Day, to grant clemency. Aides don’t currently expect that list to include himself, members of his family, or his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, though they warn that could change; all of the above had been speculated as possibilities. Rather, CNN says the list will include “white collar criminals, high-profile rappers and others.” Sources tell the Washington Post the names are largely expected to be “uncontroversial.” Trump granted clemency to 49 people in the week before Christmas; the total number of his presidency so far is 94, mostly friends and allies.

Not many specific names are being reported, other than Dr. Salomon Melgen, a prominent eye doctor from Palm Beach, Florida, who is jailed on health care fraud convictions. He is seen as “wealthy and influential” in South Florida, CNN says, and sources say that’s a common theme in the list: “Everything is a transaction. He likes pardons because it is unilateral. And he likes doing favors for people he thinks will owe him,” one says. Julian Assange is not expected to be on the list, and it’s not clear whether Steve Bannon will be. Trump met with daughter Ivanka, Jared Kushner, and other aides at the White House Sunday to discuss the list, which is seen as fluid and could change before it’s finalized. As for why he isn’t likely to pardon himself, a source tells Reuters there’s a concern that could make him look guilty regarding the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Once again he will pardon people that can be of benefit to him….not those people that necessarily deserve a pardon.

Will any of the 06 January crowd be included?

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The Price They Pay

There is always a price for stupid!

Our Congress people that are in support of the stupid around 06 January and paying a price for their assault on our democracy…..

First, Sen Hawley of Missouri……

After losing a book deal and political contributions, Sen. Josh Hawley has now had the rug pulled out from a fundraiser over his support for overturning the results of the presidential election. Loews Hotels said Saturday that it has canceled the event planned for next month at its Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, Forbes reports. The company tweeted that it was “horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol.” The Missouri Republican stuck to his position when Congress returned to work after the Jan. 6 attack, even as other GOP members dropped their opposition to certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Loews cited the safety of employees and guests in adding that it was canceling the fundraiser “in light of those events.”

“If these corporations don’t want conservatives to speak, they should just be honest about it,” Hawley said in an email to Forbes. “But to equate leading a debate on the floor of the Senate with inciting violence is a lie, and it’s dangerous.” A flier said the event was to cost families $5,000, couples $3,000, and individuals $1,000, per the Orlando Sentinel. “I think it’s totally inappropriate,” said a Florida lawyer who posted the flier online earlier Saturday. “You bring your family down and go to Universal in the middle of a pandemic, after [he’s] incited an insurrection?” Not only have corporate political donations dried up since the attack, one company’s PAC wants its money back from Hawley. “I will not be deterred from representing my constituents and I will not bow to left wing corporate pressure,” Hawley’s statement said.

Then there is the QAnon member of Congress, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has had her Twitter account suspended….

Twitter has been suspending accounts left and right as it cracks down on the QAnon conspiracy theory, and one pretty big name is included in the 70,000 suspensions so far: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. The Georgia congresswoman has endorsed QAnon, and has also tweeted claims of widespread election fraud. In fact, one of her latest tweets before the suspension, along with a series of other tweets posted Sunday morning, were slapped with Twitter warnings for misinformation due to such baseless claims. NPR reports that Greene’s account remains viewable to the public, but she was locked out of it Sunday and will not be able to access it for 12 hours. In response, she called on Congress to “protect free speech in America,” CNN reports.

A Twitter rep says the Republican’s account “has been temporarily locked out for multiple violations of our civic integrity policy,” the same policy the company cited when it removed QAnon-linked accounts. Greene, who was just elected in November, is one of a few GOP freshman lawmakers who are already stirring controversy, the Wall Street Journal reports. In addition to her controversial stances on QAnon and election fraud, Greene was one of a number of lawmakers who refused to wear masks during the Capitol raid, after which several colleagues tested positive for COVID-19. In response to that controversy, her office said she had tested negative two days before the raid, and that “she does not believe healthy Americans should be forced to muzzle themselves with a mask.”

Consequences are a bitch!

But I do not think these go far enough.

Here is an article that goes with the post…..https://www.aier.org/article/congressional-hypocrisy-and-the-crackdown/

Not to worry I am sure we have not heard the last of these slugs.

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Dietary Fads

I use to blog about food, Food Nazi was the title of that site….I covered all foods and trends.

From time to time I write about the subjects here on IST…the fads, the trends and the news about food.

In these days of people putting emphasis on the body image there has come out many new diets and fast….the newest one I read about is called the Daniel Fast……(for your “good” Christians this is biblical based fast)….

The Daniel Fast has grown in popularity following an endorsement from Chris Pratt in early 2019. This short-term fasting approach is actually based on a passage in the Bible. Unlike other fasting methods, the Daniel Fast restricts what you can eat rather than when you eat. It’s essentially a vegan diet without any sugars, refined carbs, caffeine, or alcohol. So what can you eat on the Daniel Fast then? Here’s what you need to know. 

The Daniel Fast is a method of spiritual fasting based on the prophet Daniel’s experience fasting according to the book of Daniel in the Bible. There are two passages in specific that the Daniel Fast is based on: 

All that is well and good….but the Hell can you eat?

Ask and thou shalt receive…..

  • Whole grains: Barley, brown rice, buckwheat, farro,  grits, millet, oats, popcorn, quinoa, rice cakes, rye, sorghum, spelt, whole wheat, whole-wheat pasta, and wild rice. 
  • Beans and legumes: Black beans, black-eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, pinto beans, and split peas.
  • Nuts and seeds: Almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, natural nut butters (no additives), peanuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, pistachios, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, soy nuts sunflower seeds, and walnuts. 
  • Vegetables: All vegetables whether fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned. 
  • Fruits: All fruit whether fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned (so long as it doesn’t contain added sugar). 
  • Oils: Oils can be used minimally, but not for deep-frying. 
  • Herbs, spices, and seasonings: Includes salt and pepper. 
  • Soy products: All soy products including tofu. 
  • Unleavened bread: Whole grain breads made without yeast, sugars, or preservatives. 
  • Water: Distilled, filtered, sparkling, spring, and mineral waters allowed. 
  • 100-percent fruit juice: Natural, 100-percent fruit juice is allowed but should be had sparingly

All that and it sounds like vegan to me…..but everybody thinks their silly plan is the best.

Another fad that will good away…..

Me?

I eat my usual stuff in moderation and I am doing well and healthy.

If this “fast” is not to your liking maybe the EU has something for you……

Mealworms got approval for EU plates Wednesday from the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), based in Italy’s city of Parma — better known for its tasty pasta, tomatoes, ham and cheese. 

Actually larvae of the darkling beetle (Tenebrio molitor) and typically fed to pet reptiles and fish, the yellow grubs could soon be the first “novel food” cleared for sale across the EU, assuming the European Commission adds its endorsement.  

Rich in protein, fat and fiber, they could be eaten whole or as a powdered ingredient in snacks and noodles, assuming their original fodder was free of contaminants, concluded the Italy-based EU agency.  

https://www.dw.com/en/eu-food-agency-approves-mealworms-as-human-food/a-56216471

Now does that not sound just yummy as Hell?

Please see your doctor before you try any drastic diet or fast to make sure it will not be disastrous for you.

Be Well….Be Safe….

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Are You A Zombie Movie Fan?

Do you enjoy watching the Walking Dead or any of the wide array of zombie movies?

My daughter was for a couple of years and even prepared for the impending doom…she since come to her senses.

But there is a study around the pandemic threatening the world that says that zombie movies helped to prepare for the pandemic.

Let’s be honest – we all watch tales of hardened heroes tackling post-apocalyptic worlds filled with zombie hordes, and some part of us thinks “I could be like that”. Sure, you may have no survival skills whatsoever, but should zombies come knocking on the gates you would rise to the occasion and win the day, based on your knowledge taken only from World War Z and The Walking Dead.  

Whilst that may not be strictly true, new research from Penn State University suggests that indulging in zombie movies, as well as horror and Sci-Fi, may have helped some people be more prepared for the harsh realities of 2020 and the ongoing pandemic. 

The study found that people who enjoy horror movies showed less distress during the COVID-19 lockdowns, whilst those that watch survival (or ‘prepper’) movies were more prepared to face the pandemic. The findings were published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences and may help us to understand how the entertainment we enjoy translates into real-world applications. 

https://www.iflscience.com/brain/zombie-movies-may-have-prepared-people-for-a-pandemic-suggests-study/amp.html

I am not a fan of zombie stuff….but I do live in zone that sees frequent hurricanes so I am always prepared for the worse.

As far as social distancing goes….since I retired I have been a functioning hermit….so the social distancing that is required during this pandemic has not really effected my adversely.

Be Well….Be Safe….

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