On The First Day

Instead of trying the help their new “idol” to get his message across the more ignorant of the Right are going on and on about the “protests”….the best they can muster is some vague macho crap and slogans…..and yet we have a new president and his policies should be the focus….not to worry they will, the more ignorant that is, will move on when their “sources” move on….once the bullshit has been exhausted they will find a new “threat” to rant about…..

Today is Monday and the first official day of the Trump Administration….but before we dive head long into this thing let us take a look a few figures that he will inherit……

4.7% unemployment rate as of Dec. 2016; 7.8% (Jan. 2009)

104.8% of GDP federal debt in Q3 2016; 77.4% (Q1 2009)

2,266.72 S&P 500 as of Jan. 11, 2017; 930.72 (Jan. 23, 2009)

372.6 per 100,000 violent crime rate as of 2015; 454.5 per 100,000 (2008)

9,920 nuclear warheads in all countries, as of 2015; 11,947 (2008)

8.9% those without health insurance, not counting the elderly, as of 2016; 16.8% (2008)

The figures do not prove out all the negativity from the conserv slugs on the Right…..but I guess there was more to it than the silly crap they tried to pass off as “fact”……

Now what will the first day look like for Pres. Trump?

Donald Trump promises a busy first few days in office, with a series of executive actions ready to be rolled out within days. Some highlights:

  • Day One may bring two major trade moves: Trump intends to give official notice that the US plans to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and that he wants to renegotiate NAFTA with Canada and Mexico, reports AP.
  • Reuters reports executive orders are coming within days, and cites two: a directive regarding the construction of a Mexico border wall, and limitations on the entry of Latin American asylum seekers.
  • “A senior GOP Hill aide said lawmakers anticipate that Trump will roll out multiple executive orders related to Obamacare. But the stresses they have not yet been briefed or given any heads-up about what is coming.” See CNN.
  • The Hill predicts “dramatic” funding cuts soon, and specifies five departments that will take a hit: Commerce, Energy, Transportation, Justice, and State.
  • The New York Times rounds up all of Trump’s “day one” promises from the campaign here, including a vow to lift restrictions on oil drilling.
  • Trump plans to visit the CIA on Saturday after weeks of rancor between him and the intelligence community. He would attend the swearing-in of Mike Pompeo as the new chief, assuming the Senate confirms him on Friday, reports NBC News.
  • Politico assesses the outlook for the first 100 days on some of the higher-profile issues, from a border wall to health care. On that wall, Trump can start aggressively, but “addressing larger immigration problems legislatively would require a vision that extended beyond fences and deportations.” Read it here.
  • ABC News’ 100-day preview suggests a giant infrastructure bill might be one of the few initiatives that will get bipartisan support. Read it here.

It will be an interesting 4 years…..today is the country’s “first day of the rest of its life”……

Beginning The First Full Week

Today is Monday, the 23Jan17, and the first full week of the Trump administration…..there is lots of apprehension among Americans about just what will be the rule of the day under the rein of a new master…..

They say (whoever “they” are) that a new president has this period of adjustment….some call it the “honeymoon”…..the National Review published a post just before the swearing in……

The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in, and the honeymoon has already come and gone. Presidents-elect usually lie low during the interregnum. Trump never lies low. He seized the actual presidency from Barack Obama within weeks of his election — cutting ostentatious deals with U.S. manufacturers to keep jobs at home, challenging 40-year-old China policy, getting into a very public fight with the intelligence agencies. By now he has taken over the presidential stage. It is true that we have only one president at a time, and for over a month it’s been Donald Trump.

Source: Donald Trump Honeymoon: Over Before It Began | National Review

Then there are those Americans…the people that right wing mental midgets call “liberals”…..that are very apprehensive about the new admin……

The election of Donald Trump has triggered as much wonderment abroad as it has in the United States. David Runciman, a professor of politics at the University of Cambridge, has written in the London Review of Books a provocative reflection on the nature of democracy in the age of Trump: “Is this how democracy ends?” There is much to praise in his essay, including his heavy qualification that we really don’t know for sure if what we are seeing is the end phase of mature Western democracies since we do not have the appropriate historical precedents to be certain.

Runciman is correct; as an admirer of Karl Popper, I believe that there is no such thing as historical determinism, either in the form of the Marxist dialectical process, or in the guise of its mirror image, the invisible hand of laissez-faire. Accordingly there is no surefire way to tell in advance whether Trump, Marine Le Pen or Geert Wilders would spell the end of democracy as we have known it. History, as Popper would tell us, is an open system, full of contingency. Waterloo, the Battle of Britain and Stalingrad were all close-run things.

Source: Maybe This Is How Democracy Ends | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

And then there are those people that learned a lesson from the Trump rhetoric during the campaigns……and may decide to use it in the same way…..

“The nation and all of our freedoms hang by a thread and the military apparatus of this country is about to be handed over to scum! Who are beholden to scum! … Those who ignore these elemental, existential facts – Democrats or Republicans – are traitors to this country and will immediately and forever after be held accountable.”

The passage above comes from a clip recorded for GQ magazine by former MSNBC presenter Keith Olbermann. It’s a case study in what we might call “anti-Trump Trumpism”.

Source: The liberals embrace anti-Trump Trumpism | USA | Al Jazeera

There are so many unanswered question with the incoming admin…..people are nervous and people are afraid…..this will be a contentious time for most Americans…..all we can do is soldier on and pray for sanity.

Trendy Little Sh*ts!

Sunday and I am so ready to push away from the mind numbing bullsh*t we call “the news”…….we spend entirely too much time treating news as crap and crap as news…..

We Americans and I guess the rest of the world also seems to be ate up with our trends or fads, if you will….BTW what is a man bun?  And why? (rhetorical BTW)……there is NO more lucrative business than feeding our insatiable desire for “fads” …..and “stuff”.

Juicing!  That thingy that you put veggies and fruit into this overpriced gizmo and smush it down to a drink…..a tasty drink or so I am told by the people that make these worthless things….people that succumb to this fad swear by it….but that matters not…I refuse to drink anything that has the appearance of pond scum.

Sad to tell these people but your fad may be on the way OUT!

Back in February, the New York Times declared “souping” the new juicing. The appeals are obvious: juices tend to be stripped of fiber and loaded with sugar, and soups can be more dense, filling, and warm, not to mention tasty given the commonly added spices such as turmeric and cumin. So was this a passing fad? Apparently not. Tech Times is declaring soup to be a diet trend of 2017 that will likely replace juice cleanses. The Los Angeles Times, meanwhile, offers up a round-up of new souping companies cropping up nationwide, some of which also offer bone broth options, popular in fasts and cleanses. The typical daily caloric intake from souping cleanses hovers around 1,200.

Not everyone is thrilled. One dietician wrote in the Huffington Post in April that while soups are a better component to a meal than juices, they’re both insufficient alone and trick people into thinking they need to buy bottled products to get their organs to cleanse their bodies: “Encouraging that low of a calorie intake anytime is a big red flag in my book. I’m not a fan of starving people—ever.” She adds that our lungs, kidneys, liver, and skin are “wondrous organs that detox naturally when we don’t resort to unhealthy behaviors.” For its part, the Times also reported in April that while juices can be very healthy and Americans should eat more vegetables, chewing is important, and there is no good science behind the detox trends. (Do juice cleanses make you a schmuck?)

Marketing…..make the schmucks piss their money away and then find something to make them do it over again…..

More on the fad of dieting……

A healthy diet isn’t just good for your waistline, but also your brain, say scientists in a study in Neurology—the latest to tout the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. About 400 healthy Scottish volunteers kept a food diary at age 70, then underwent MRI scans of their brains at 73 and 76, per the Los Angeles Times. All brains shrink with age, but researchers found those who ate a Mediterranean diet lost less brain mass than others. In fact, their brains appeared to shrink at half the rate of those who ate less healthy food, says study author Michelle Luciano of the University of Edinburgh. What’s so great about having a bigger brain? “People who have bigger brains in general can tolerate more brain pathology, more brain disease, than those who have smaller brains,” a doctor not involved in the study tells NBC News.

“So the reduced loss in the people who adhered to the Mediterranean diet in general would be expected to protect them from developing dementia,” he continues. The study, however, didn’t look at the effects of a larger brain on memory or thinking. A 2015 study also found people who followed a Mediterranean diet had larger brains, but it attributed that to a high intake of fish over meat and poultry. In what should be good news for steak lovers, this latest study found participants’ habits of eating meat or fish didn’t affect brain size. “It’s possible that other components of the Mediterranean diet are responsible for this relationship, or that it’s due to all of the components in combination,” Luciano tells the BBC. (This diet may cut your Alzheimer’s risk.)

Apparently this diet is not popular with conservs….could go a long way to explain their lack of intelligent recourse.

That’s it….go now and enjoy your Saturday.

“1984”

During the inaugural speech I watched the 1984 production of Orwell’s “1984” starring Richard Burton….I had forgotten how excellent the movie was since the last time I watched….

I read the book about a thousand years ago….but since the electronic explosion books seem to be read less and heard more…an audiobook…..so if you would like to listen to “1984” then this will help…..

But if you have never seen the 1984 version of “1984” and have about an hour and half then I suggest that you take the opportunity to do so…..

There is something all too familiar about all this……I just cannot put my finger on what it is exactly……

Have a great Saturday and enjoy your day to the fullest….chuq

Inauguration Day–2017

Finally!  The day of days has arrived!  The joy of joys!

The day of redemption for the human race….the day when the Master assumes his rightful place on his throne among the gods….all bow in worship…..and the peons dance…..

The day the ignorant peons on the Right have been praying for……. your day has arrived.

Today is the swearing in of our new president and I was going to write about stuff other than this silly tradition….but then my granddaughter told me that I needed to write something….some thought on this day….she is a smart one and I do as I am told…..(to appreciate that you need to have grand kids…LOL)

So for those sheep that cannot exist without knowing what the day holds…I can help….

Source: Schedule of events for Trump’s inauguration

Today, 20Jan2017, is Don’s big day…..in more ways than one……

It’s the great port-a-potty cover-up for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Workers preparing for the inauguration Jan. 20 have taped over the name of the company—”Don’s Johns”—that has long supplied portable restrooms for major outdoor events in the nation’s capital. Virginia-based Don’s Johns calls itself the Washington area’s top provider of portable toilet rentals. But the name apparently strikes too close to home for inaugural organizers. Workers have placed blue tape over the company name on dozens of portable restrooms installed near the Capitol for the inauguration, the AP reports.

The company’s name is clearly visible upon close inspection, but is blocked for a wide-angle view by a TV or still camera. The inauguration will take place on the west side of the Capitol facing the National Mall. Portable toilets set up on the east side, near Senate office buildings, do not have taped-over logos. Don’s Johns says on its website that it has provided portable toilets for many large events in Washington, including the 2009 inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama. The company’s logos were visible during that event. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and the Presidential Inaugural Committee had no immediate comment Friday.

A CRAPPER!  Gets NO better than that my friends.

Me?  I will watch Orwell’s “1984” on the Vice Channel…..

Everybody Needs Rest

After 8 years of bitching and moan on the Right about Obama’s trips to Hawaii or golf or a number of other things…..mostly about him not doing his job as president I am wondering what the ass scratchers on the Right will have to say about this turn…..

The President-elect says he plans to do absolutely nothing for his first two days in office and that his “day one is gonna be Monday”.

Mr Trump explained this was because he doesn’t want his signing of orders to clash with the celebrations.

He told the Times of London: “One of the first orders I’m gonna sign — day one — which I will consider to be Monday as opposed to Friday or Saturday. Right? I mean my day one is gonna be Monday because I don’t want to be signing and get it mixed up with lots of celebration, but one of the first orders we’re gonna be signing is gonna be strong borders.”

Let me see if I have this right….he is now president and the first order of business is to go on a mini vacation?

But if you think that those mental deficient that support Trump will see any problems then you are deluded….they will justify any and all situations with the simplest terms with insults to critics and mind numbing stupidity.

Happy holiday, Mr. President.

Can We Expect a Virtual Media Blackout of Protests?

The day of the sheep approaches!

Tomorrow the US gets its 45th president and as usual the inauguration will be a spectacle and a tremendous waste of money and a total ostentatious theater of hedonism …but that is what we Americans do best…piss money away and love our glitz and crap.  Will I observe the farce?  Not on your life I have not done so in 40 years I do not expect to change my streak.

There has been lots of noise about massive demonstrations against the Trump presidency on this day.  That is not really all that original…I can remember back to 2001 and the demonstrations against the Bush2 presidency…..there were some large ones but as usual the MSM covered very little of the demonstrations……Thousands protesting Bush’s inauguration in 2001 received only 10 minutes of coverage on the major networks.

I do not expect more coverage this time around…….

On January 20—16 years ago—thousands of protesters lined the inauguration parade route of the incoming Republican president. “Not my president,” they chanted. But despite the enormity of the rally, it was largely ignored. Instead, pundits marveled over how George W. Bush “filled out the suit” and confirmed authority.

“The inauguration of George W. Bush was certainly a spectacle on Inauguration Day,” marvels Robin Andersen, the director of Peace and Justice studies at Fordham University in the 2001 short documentary Not My President: Voices From the Counter Coup.

Source: Why We Can Expect a Virtual Media Blackout of Protests Against Trump’s Inauguration | Alternet

It will be social media that carries the protests….MSM will give it usual quick reference and then move on to what celebs are kissing the ring of the newly crowned king…..the mindless part of this day will be highlighted…..over and over and……..it is what Americans crave…mindless crap!