Closing Thought–19Sep18

We all have those little things that irritate the Hell out of us…..like things not returned to their original location…..or people who use the word “literally” wrong……..mine is when people in authority have NO idea what they are talking about.

And yes I have such a person in mind….

In a clumsy attempt to attack a non-interventionist congressional colleague, Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger got his war geography mixed up — referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad as “the Butcher of Baghdad”.

In an interview with CNN at the weekend, Kinzinger lashed out at his Democratic House colleague, Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, for her controversial decision to meet with Assad in 2017, but ran into some geography trouble when trying to insult the Syrian president.

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/17/republican-congressman-calls-syrian-president-assad-the-butcher-of-baghdad-in-war-geography-fail/

This idiot is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs……personally I think anyone on such a committee needs to have a grasp on international reality.  As Randy Newman sez….”they’re Rednecks don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground”.  (Do not take offense…just listen to the words)

All I can say is “bless his heart”…..which is Southern speak for “you’re an asshole”.

Thumbs up to the GOP for putting an ignorant slob on an important committee…..especially these days when a  bit of expertise would be a plus for our foreign policy since nothing positive comes out of the White House.

Sorry I cannot go any further….red face laughter makes it difficult.

Later!

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The Death Of Political Courage

I would like to report that my area dodged a bullet….the storm that was headed our way actually came ashore 30 miles East of me…..so we were on the West side so a little rain and wind and no damage…..I survived to write another day.

In the days of Trump and the GOP I see NO political courage….I see No one standing up to the leadership of the GOP with the exception of those cowards that refuse to run again and have tried to become the soul of the GOP….in that they FAILED!

Just last week John McCain died.

There are more issues with McCain that I disagreed with than agreed….but I will say that he did have the political courage to take on his party on some issues……

Senator John McCain sought to stop the Bush administration’s attempt to weaken the protections offered by Geneva Conventions. The provision at issue was obscure, the matter legally complicated, and the White House was ready to fight. But McCain was determined.

At the time, I served as the senator’s foreign policy adviser. Talking in his office, we went over the issue one more time. It’s important, I said, but few understand it. You may well lose if you choose to fight this. Even if you win, you’ll get no credit for the victory, and the matter will soon be forgotten. But, I added, I think it’s the right thing to do.

“They are threatening to weaken the Geneva Conventions,” McCain responded. “I can’t let them do that. I’ll fight them to the end—even if it costs me everything.”

https://www.defenseone.com/politics/2018/08/death-political-courage/150820/

A sad day…..for with the death of John McCain came with the death of political courage.

Think about it…who do you see as having the courage to step up and buck the president other than the Dems….no Repub has a spine to do that these days…..

A nice tribute was written by H.R. McMasters to McCain…..

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2018-08-29/john-mccain-and-meaning-courage

He, McCain, will be sorely missed in a town of soulless drones he was an individual….and in a Building filled with spineless cowards he was a bright light that is gone forever.

It’s The Economy Stupid! (Again)

Labor Day (that was yesterday) got off to a rousing start with a Tweet from Our Dear Leader…..Trump then touted the economy, tweeting, “Happy Labor Day! Our country is doing better than ever before with unemployment setting record lows.”

I have looked at the economy from several different political points of view……https://lobotero.com/2010/06/28/its-the-economy-stupid/

Dear Leader and the his enabling cowards, the GOP, keep thumping their chests like sex crazed primates over the economy and it is just silly…..maybe it works for a few individuals but nit so much for the country…..

Wages are falling, Wall Street tycoons are swimming in profits from stock buybacks, and the federal deficit is exploding. Every way you slice it, the Republican tax scam is failing spectacularly, falling far short of the blustering promises of Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

When Republicans jammed through the tax scam on a party-line vote, Trump promised it would be “rocket fuel” for the economy, helping families across the nation. Ryan promised tax cuts for everyone. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin vowed the bill would pay for itself.

All lies.

https://shareblue.com/republican-tax-scam-busted-doesnt-promised/

We can keep lying to the people and it will come back and bite someone in the ass….most times the working class are the ones that get bitten while the 1% enjoy the high life.

Birds Of A Feather?

The “Flock” is getting larger.

It is interesting to see all the legal allegations swirling around the GOP and its leaders….(I need to say here that the situations that I post here are just allegations and not a done deal)…..

Of course the most loud news is around the Dear Leader and his knowledge of what Russia has done and if he was part of the attacks….then there is Our Dear Leader’s children and what they knew about any tampering that may have occurred….and the people that were part of the campaign that are in legal jeopardy as I type….

Now let’s go to the Trump administration….the cabinet…..corruption runs deep from Zinke to Ross to Pruitt…all of whom were part of the GOP legislative institution…..that are now under investigation for their misuse of taxpayer funds on purely personal things.

What about the House of Representatives today…..well there is the sexual abuse allegations that Rep. Jim Jordan is said to have been aware of but failed to act……many wrestlers from the Ohio State team have come forward and Jordan was an assistant coach at the time……(more info from a post I wrote)…….

https://lobotero.com/2018/07/10/closing-thought-10jul18/

Then just yesterday another member of the House of Representatives was arrested for insider trading……

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., has been arrested on insider trading charges lodged by the Justice Department, law enforcement officials said Wednesday morning.

An indictment obtained from a federal grand jury also charges Collins’ son, Cameron Collins, as well as the father of his fiancee, Stephen Zarsky.

The indictment relates to Australian biotech company Innate Immunotherapeutics, on which Collins served as a board member.

In June 2017, Collins passed nonpublic information about Innate’s drug trial results to his son in order to help him “make timely trades in Innate stock and tip others,” the indictment alleges.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/08/gop-congressman-chris-collins-to-be-indicted-on-insider-trading-charge.html

This GOP is a greedy, corrupt lot……my personal opinion.  Most no longer have any integrity that they can mortgage….

Let me say here that these are allegations against some politicos….no one has been convicted……and in this country contrary to what most Righties feel….everyone is innocent until proven otherwise……(that unless you may be Liberal then all allegations are spot on)

So I Have Written!

Turn The Page!

Ten Paces Turn and Fire

There is a duel being fought in the media between Our Dear Leader and the uber rich Koch Brothers……for now it is a war of words….but things could spiral into a full fledged political war…….

Amid a morning flurry of tweets, President Trump took aim at two powerful figures on the right: brothers David and Charles Koch. “The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade,” the president tweeted. “I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas,” he continued, adding, “Their network is highly overrated.” His comments, however, come after the Kochs lobbed an attack of their own at a weekend forum in Colorado. Coverage:

  • Kochs’ criticism: At a Koch network gathering in Colorado Springs, Charles Koch criticized Trump’s tariffs and protectionist trade policies and suggested he’s open to supporting Democratic candidates who are more in line with the Kochs’ free-trade and libertarian views, reports the National Review. “I don’t care what initials are in front or after somebody’s name,” he told the group.
  • Turning point? A video during the forum showed businesses supposedly shuttered because of retaliatory tariffs, notes Politico, which says “the open hostilities at this weekend’s conference came as something of a surprise.” At Vanity Fair, Tina Nguyen sounds a familiar note: “The Kochs’ hostility toward Trump isn’t new, though their rhetoric seems to mark a turning point.”
  • Another shot: The president of the Charles Koch Foundation was even more cutting over the weekend: “The divisiveness of this White House is causing long-term damage,” said Brian Hooks, per CNN. “When in order to win on an issue someone else has to lose, it makes it very difficult to unite people and solve the problems in this country. You see that on trade: In order to get to a good place on trade, convince the American people that trade is bad.”
  • Telltale race: The Koch network also has defied the White House in the Senate race in North Dakota pitting vulnerable Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp against GOP challenger Kevin Cramer, reports the Washington Post. Trump has personally campaigned for Cramer, but the Kochs say they can’t support him because he’s not fiscally conservative enough, citing, for example, his support of Trump’s trillion-dollar spending package, per the Hill.
  • Familiar face: The Kochs’ criticism of the White House and their reticence to back the entire GOP ballot caused former Trump adviser Steve Bannon to lash out. “What they have to do is shut up and get with the program, OK?” Bannon told Politico. “And here’s the program: Ground game to support Trump’s presidency and program, [and] victory on Nov. 6.” Trump’s tweets, however, suggest he doesn’t want their help now.
  • The choice: In an analysis at the Atlantic, Reihan Salam susses all this out and frames it in general terms with this question: “Will the GOP be the party of Donald Trump or the party of Charles Koch?” The Kochs helped shape the GOP agenda during the Obama years, but the party’s populist turn under Trump has them worried, he writes. However, this new split with the GOP may ultimately backfire for the brothers, he warns.

Under normal circumstances I would be delighted to see the GOP in disarray…..but this president is destroying a once proud political party piece by piece and the elected reps from this party are enabling the party’s demise.

Closing Thought–23Jul18

They say humor is where you find it……and last week the GOP showed just what they will say in pursuit of voters……

I always knew that GOP is loaded with mental midgets…..I have been saying that for a long time and recent a couple of GOPers proved it yet again…..

Sacha Baron Cohen, the controversial comedian behind the movies Borat and Bruno, has tricked multiple GOP congressmen into supporting a fake initiative to arm toddlers with guns as a part of his upcoming show Who Is America?

As part of the show, Baron Cohen goes undercover as an Israeli agent who pitches the idea of arming toddlers to combat school shootings in the United States, according to The Daily Beast. The fake program, which Baron Cohen calls Kinderguardians, won the support of Republican House of Representative members Joe Wilson and Dana Rohrabacher.

https://www.newsweek.com/gop-congressmen-support-arming-toddlers-new-sacha-baron-cohen-show-report-1024760

Come on that is damn funny and you know it.

These political types seem to always get pranked by comedians…..I say call these fools out in public as often as they screw up…..maybe eventually the public will see these imbeciles for the fools they are…..but then I may be asking for too much.

But do not take my word for it….watch the vid…let’s go to the tape……

https://thinkprogress.org/sacha-baron-cohen-who-is-america-dana-rohrabacher-joe-wilson-trent-lott-joe-walsh-d5a1e484f8e2/

Would you just know that one of my Senators got caught up in this….Trent Lott…..I always knew he was not that sharp…..

Have a good evening…be well, be safe  chuq

I Knew It All Along

74 years ago today the allies attacked what had been called “Fortress Europe” that began the death of Nazi Germany……we should never stop thanking the “greatest Generation”….

I have been analyzing politics for many years (yep I am an old fart) and all that time I have said that modern day Repubs are not conservative….but rather something else all together…

For instance they, GOP, espouses their acceptance of a small government and yet do nothing to make it so when in position to do so…..take this expansion of the military under Trump….he has undercut some of the institutions in Washington but I am nor sure that it was planned that way.

Morality…..the GOP has claimed to speak for the so-called “moral majority” and yet have turned a blind eye to many “moral” transgressions if it meant that they could win an election.  Most recently their claim to the moral high ground has evaporated…..

Champion of a free trade world…..and as Trump turns that concept on its ear the GOP is silent on the very idea of free trade….as long as they stand silent they can NO longer claim the mantle of a free trade party.

The GOP has been slowly but slowly putting the fix in on our elections……the GOP has been using our Constitution’s flaws to rig the elections……

Donald Trump wasn’t elected because Democrats lost a policy fight in 2016. What Democrats did was lose a procedural fight that has been going on since the early 1990s, when Republicans began waging a relentless, brutal, and completely one-sided war, systematically using their lawmaking power to disadvantage their adversaries in elections and political mobilization.

Gerrymandering, the Citizens United atrocity that declared money is speech, blocking US supreme court nominations and obstructing legislation are some of the Republican party’s tactics. Depraved, racist voter ID laws that obviously target people who are likely to vote Democratic, and the cruel way that many states prevent current or former felons from voting, are others.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/31/republicans-rigged-democracy-democrats-fight-back

I have been saying that there is nothing conservative about the GOP…..they played a Repub on TV with their outrage at government spending most of which they authorized.  Their idea of small government is NO social safety net……no medicare and god forbid that damn social security.

I would like to offer my thanks to Trump for without him they would still be trying to pass off as a conservative political party……

So if it barks like a dog, walks like a dog then it cannot be a duck.