Debate Power Play

3rddebategraphic(ATTN)–The third and final 2016 Presidential debate has played out. For the first thirty minutes or so, Donald Trump actually contained himself—not necessarily in a presidential way—but, given a very low bar of expectations, he wasn’t acting like his usual self.

But, it’s difficult—especially for a man in his seventies, with a life-long demeanor of being, well, who he is—to change his very nature and to take on a new persona. And it is this persona to which I refer that reared its ugly (and orange) head once again for the remainder of his performance.

I know who won this one.

3rddebateThat’s not to say Hillary didn’t come unprepared with some pointed attacks—and some zingers—of her own this time. By far, this last debate was her best performance of them all. And, for that matter, it was Trump’s best as well.

Clinton, unexpectedly, thrashed The Donald pretty good this time around. His effort to “look presidential” in this last debate caused him to back off “the usual” and rely only on his half-witted, playground bully, snide remarks (“wrong!” “you’re the puppet!”).

And why not? The vast vault of available topics on which she could rely to skewer Hair Trumpenfuhrer is a list unmatched in modern political history. As expected, the Republican morons touted how well he did and by how much their talking orangutan won this contentious contest.

The real player here.

Campaign 2016 DebateUnbeknownst to the audience—and even most of the media—watching this display of gladiators duking it out on stage, there was only one, completely disguised warrior vying for the lead in the big war—the media war. And that player was moderator Chris Wallace of Fox “News.”

While the world was watching the Trump/Clinton show, I was astonished to see Wallace behaving like a real journalist—with one exception. Yes, he seemed to be doing a decent job of moderating. And he has received kudos from both sides and other media people on the day after.

foxnewsredBut, I am a long term viewer of Fox “News” (keep your enemies closer!) and what I see was a right-wing biased nutjob employed by the GOP promotional cable network acting like a real journalist—instead of the usual way he performs Republican propaganda at his everyday job on Fox.

First time for everything!

debatebuttonThis was the very first time a Fox News anchor was allowed to moderate a presidential debate—ever (they’ve had moderators in primary debates but, never in a national, general election debate).

And Wallace—son of the consummate investigative 60 Minutes reporter, the late Mike Wallace—walked a very thin line between keeping the nutcase audience on Fox happy with him and in appearing to the world that he and Fox still have some journalistic integrity

Watch closely!

But, seek and ye shall find. And I counted zero times that Trump was cut off mid-sentence and eight times when Wallace cut off Clinton. The appearance of being a non-combatant was there but, the substance of fairness was not. Although—to my amazement and amusement—Wallace did pursue Trump on the obvious (previous outrageous claims on video) and he did pursue Clinton on her foibles (emails, essentially).

foxnewsscreencaptureBut, giving away his true stripes, Wallace would stop short of the grilling that other moderators have launched, in previous debates, when their questions were thwarted by inaccuracies or just plain bullshit.

And even though Wallace had announced, previously, that he would not be a real-time fact-checker during this debate, he certainly wasn’t the model news man in chasing after honest answers to important questions of the day.

This broadcast was truly a chance for Wallace as the surrogate for Fox “News” to convince the nation that his brand of journalism is of the same caliber as the rest of the “mainstream media.” I am not falling for it, myself. I’ve had way too much experience in reliable and responsible news reporting to drink that Kool Aid.

But, I will give Wallace five stars for doing his best to convince us that he and his cable network are more than just a marketing slogan (“fair and balanced”) with his own, highly polished debate power play!

And that’s the news.

3,000,000 Plus Readers!

3milfeather(ATTN)–AndThatsTheNews has over 3,000,000 human readers! Three Million! Mark October 18th, 2016, down on the record books. That’s the total count of readers (not hits) since late June, 2104.

This number doesn’t include the millions of scans from search engines probing the site for updates several times every day. Thank you so much for making this happen!

Holy Moly, that’s a big number! 

3milgameshowI wasn’t really keeping track of readers before switching to a WordPress format, even though this blog has been published continuously since July, 2008 (I’m sure there weren’t nearly as many since the original blog was text-only).

It’s been quite a ride for me. And to tell you the truth, I can hardly believe it! If you read my earlier milestone posts, you’ll see how flummoxed I was in reaching other numbers followed by astounding numbers of zeros. But, this number is, by far, the most amazing (I know I say that every time but, jeez!).

Other milestones: 100,000250,000; 400,000750,000; 1,000,000; 1,400,000; 1,700,000 and 2,000,000 readers!

Thank you!

3milblackYou know, without you—and a lot of other new friends—it just wouldn’t have happened! So, I guess this means I shouldn’t give up just yet. No doubt, with another President Clinton I’ll have plenty more to say (I really can’t stand her).

And with a President Trump, well, I’d have to change the name to something more fitting for that bastard blowhard! “” or “” for example.

Difficult to match

3millionbillgatesA quick Google search for “blogs with 3000000 readers” comes up with only a single result for individuals writing one—and Sports Writer Ken Levine has been at it for a couple years more than me.

There are many links to sites discussing three million dollars of something or other. And I found a few quotes that mention that “three million” number.

But, a plain ol’ news commentary blog being so popular? BZZT!

There’s only one. 

3millionltblueAnd you’re lookin’ at it. AndThatsTheNews is the winner of this category! I am humbled by your interest and your loyalty. It took a few years—and readers from 207 countries to make it happen. 

But, it did happen.

3millionpurpleNow, it seems, there’s no going back. Since that sunny Spring day back in 2014, I’ve published 152,540 words and 213 articles for your—and my—amusement. I’ve also had a great time doing it! AndThatsTheNews is what I call my “therapy.”

It’s a way for me to escape into my journalist past, with one exception: I am writing commentary instead of hard news so, this is very different. Very different, my friends! I am reminded, however, of how hard I used to work to be unbiased and maintain my objectivity in the past. This is a lot easier, just spewing what I think. I’m so happy that you like it!

So, what’s next? Shall we aim for four million or what? You’ll just have to tell more of your friends to tune in! And, you know, I would appreciate you even more for doing that! Three million thank you’s—to you!

And that’s the news.

Not always a simple solution

trumpclinton2nddebate(ATTN)–The second presidential debate showed us that, beyond what the networks called “scorched earth,” there isn’t always a simple solution to every problem.

Take the excuse “locker room talk.” First, despite the determination of some to paint all men as vicious, women-hating charlatans, I have never heard—or been part of—the type of impure vitriol that Trump says “happens all the time” (maybe in his world of rich fuckers, it’s common).

Second, the recorded open microphone Trump Trash he was spewing on that bus not-so-long-ago was not in a locker room—and his cohort in crime, Billy Bush, was removed from the television airways by NBC as a result of his participation in less than stellar representation of males.

Yes, it was a crime.

2nddebatemodsTrump’s words, whether bullshit or not (I take him as telling the truth about his dalliances), constitutes his admission to a serious crime.

And, like a third world dictator, Trump also threatened to imprison his political opponent should he win the election (again, using the office to prosecute personal vendettas is also a crime!).

Trump has publicly admitted he has plans to wield his presidential power in unscrupulous ways. Sorry but, that’s not allowed.

Cocaine don’t drive me crazy.

“Cocaine don’t make me lazy; cocaine don’t drive me crazy; ain’t nobody’s business but my own.”—Singer Songwriter Taj Mahal

With apologies to Taj Mahal, ohh yes, it does. And for the second time, a “normally” sniffle-free Trump was suffering from the drainage caused by a little pre-debate cocaine bump. I do believe he used a little less of the stimulant this time as he managed to actually maintain his train of thought for the most part (in the first debate, Trump was manic from the stuff). And I realize I’m giving him credit for, at the very least, having a train of thought!


In any event, at the next debate, the candidates should be monitored for several hours before the event or given a drug test just prior to the debate. You got a problem with that? Why?

None of this matters to them!

Horrific as it may seem, nothing that Trump does seems to matter to the Republicans that are backing his run for the Oval Office. They are so determined to take control of the country back from that black man in the White House, they’ll do anything to get there.

That includes electing a man who has announced he would date his own daughter (if his wives and she would let him!) and disregard the U.S. Constitution while he plans on waging a nuclear war against …who knows?

Watch out, Mexico!

Cuidado con mis amigos. Este hijo de puta está loco!

It takes a lot more than locker room banter to make deals with foreign powers. And if you try to steal from them—as Trump has proudly touted he’s done from hundreds of small businesses—those nations will start a war with you.

No, the world is much more complicated than erecting a building or putting up a wall. It’s far beyond the abilities of a self-absorbed former reality television show host. And although I really can’t stand Hillary, I must admit that her experience in world affairs far exceeds Trump’s bravado and, ahem, bullshit. Sorry but, that’s the simple solution.

And that’s the news.

Pardon my interruption

vpdebate(ATTN)–The Vice Presidential debate is now over and I’m disappointed in the performance of both candidates. I don’t know why Democrat Tim Kaine pulled out the Republican playbook and acted like a Republican brat by interrupting so much.

But, I do know this: Kaine is considerably more learned than Republican Mike Pence—and he did prove that. I also know that Pence looked totally lost for the majority of the debate, primarily because Kaine didn’t let up on those pesky little facts—and Pence couldn’t handle the truth, by any means.

Repeatedly, Kaine quoted Donald Trump while Pence accused Kaine of being insulting—by quoting Donald Trump! I’ll tell you what’s insulting: trying to convince me that the video I have personally viewed doesn’t exist. And the Governor has no clothes!

And the video doesn’t lie.

You can shake your head no all you want, Mr. Pence but, the facts are the facts and the truth is the truth.

Pence was in a state denial for the entire debate. And although I really detested the way Kaine presented fact and figures in such manic fashion, Pence did nothing to convince me he wasn’t a loon of the worst kind. I suppose I should have expected no less from a man who thinks Trump would make a good President.

“Only the theory of intelligent design provides even a remotely rational explanation for the known universe.”—Mike Pence

indianasignpostPence is one of the people that doesn’t believe in rocks. You know, the kind that are older than six thousand years—and it shows. A belief in a supreme being can be valid without subjugating yourself to religious dogma and having a clear distrust in science (of any kind).

Meanwhile, bad behavior is in vogue.

The only way for Republicans to make their point in conversation with someone else—who has even a limited modicum of intelligence—is to not let the other person talk (for fear of having to offer a lucid argument).

On a certain cable news network (okay, it’s FoxNews), the standard operating procedure is to tell guests that don’t tote the Republican party line, “I’m going to give you a chance to speak your mind” but, it seldom happens. Either the guest is cut off or talked over or loudly stopped from talking.

When the interruption doesn’t occur, the ability for Fox to control the news in favor of radical, right wing nutjob philosophies leaves the room and all hell breaks loose, requiring much more work on their part to bring the conversation back to pre-ordained, Republican talking points.

pencecaracatureThis whole method of conversing is distasteful to me—and has been since the Republican party went off the rails and became the poster children of losers who can’t control themselves.

Case in point: for them, “cooperating” is everyone else coming one hundred percent to their point of view. There is clearly no 50/50 present in their mindset anymore. And what’s worse, they are proud of this schoolyard bully behavior!

Bad choice.

It is sad that even Democrats running for office, such as Tim Kaine, have adopted this kind of vituperative communications practice—where nothing gets accomplished—and everyone walks away feeling cheated. But I suppose, in order to keep up with the crazies, you might feel as though you have to take on some of their methods.

I think, eventually, the Republicans will burn themselves out and the majority of Americans will categorically reject them and their bigotry. At least, I hope so. Until then, please pardon my interruption.

And that’s the news.

Debatable Performance

1stdebate(ATTN)–And so, we’ve learned a few things from the first presidential debate. However, I am certain there are many people who will not accept what their eyes have seen. You know who they are!

For a man with few demonstrable ethics, Donald Trump’s performance tonight was the epitome of crass. It’s difficult to believe his defense of being so misogynistic to women is “she deserved it.”

And it’s beyond belief that no matter how many times the truth is revealed, there is no change whatsoever—check that; no growth whatsoever—in Trump or his views. The vast majority of fact checking paints Trump as devoid of facts and truth some 95% of the time—in everything he says. Now, that’s a huuuge number. And that includes the myriad times he’s caught lying on video! 

Does the U.S.A. totally suck?

“When you look at what’s happening in Mexico… They’re building some of the biggest plants anywhere in the world, some of the most sophisticated, some of the best plants. With the United States… not so much. So Ford is leaving, you see that their small car division, leaving. Thousands of jobs leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio, they’re all leaving.”—Trump, verbatim in the debate

But, he’s wrong about that and so many other things. Ford is sending small car production South but, the workers making those cars now will be making trucks and SUVs i.e., those jobs are not “leaving”—and Ford has addressed Trump’s claims as “nonsense.” 

As for other jobs, the United States’ Bureau of Labor Statistics show the unemployment rate in Michigan at 4.5% and in Ohio, at 4.7%, both below the national average of 4.9% (the latest figures from August)—and that’s after the two increased their jobless rate over the last year, 1.8% and 1.4%, respectively.

I suppose I could sit here and research and document every single lie that comes from Trump’s mouth for you but, that’s not the job of AndThatsTheNews™. You’ll be getting, no doubt, a complete list from other sources, as every news organization on the planet, from Los Angeles to London and from Boston to Beijing are going to be publishing a list of Trump’s factual misstatements tomorrow.

Hillary was obviously ready for Donald.

trumpbabyAnd if the parochial demeanor of Trump wasn’t obvious to you, it’s clear you’ve never had an argument with a teenager! My estimation pegged his debate skills at about age fourteen. And I think I’m being nice about it, as The Donald would say.

From denying what he has said on video to spewing “facts” he doesn’t realize aren’t factual, Hillary in comparison, was schooled and well prepared. But Hillary didn’t take Trump on when he talked about energy policies being a “disaster.”

“Domestic oil and gas production have increased steadily during President Obama’s time in office. The U.S. has been the world’s leading producer of natural gas since 2011 and the top producer of oil since 2013. The Energy Information Administration says gasoline prices averaged $2.17 a gallon last week—about a nickel cheaper than a year ago, and about 30 cents a gallon less than Obama’s first year in office, and about a buck and a half less than during George W. Bush’s last year in office.”—NPR 

There’s something more than unsettling about a candidate for the Oval Office who hasn’t a clue as to where the country is at this very moment. One of them being Trump’s grasp of where the U.S. fares in energy production: the U.S. is now the world leader in natural gas and crude oil production.

So, do we really need to take the oil from other countries? And wouldn’t that require some personnel and security forces on the ground in those countries where he wants to rob their natural resources?

Work it out, Donald!

Hopefully, you’ve read my article on what a President can and cannot do—and you know that NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, allows commerce to work across borders without restriction in our little corner of the world.

But, Donald doesn’t like it nor does he seem to realize that the treaty was worked out by a Republican President (George H.W. Bush) and only signed into law when the details were finalized by Congress and then presented to the first President Clinton.

crs-logo“The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) entered into force on January 1, 1994. The agreement was signed by President George H. W. Bush on December 17, 1992, and approved by Congress on November 20, 1993.”—Congressional Research Service

No, you’re the liar!

fatfacetrumpsterThere was comedy tonight, my friends. The irony of Donald Trump accusing Hillary Clinton of being a liar I found most amusing! In Trump parlance, it was a perfect example of “No, you are!” and reminiscent of a grade school disagreement that goes nowhere and solves nothing.

Donald Trump says “we are in a big, fat, ugly bubble” but, the only big, fat, ugly bubble I saw tonight was the one sitting on Trump’s shoulders. That, primarily, is because I don’t drink the Republican Kool-Aid that feeds the narrative of the United States not already being a great place! This is the best argument, I think, that says we don’t have to “Make America Great Again.”

The Collection Bureau.

With little specifics on any plan to do anything, Trump tonight came off sounding like a bill collector—promising the audience he would go around the world collecting money from other countries for the security we and NATO provide for their survival, forcing the Federal Reserve to raise their interest rates, adding a Value Added Tax (VAT) and, of course, making them Mexicans pay for his wall—none of which are within a President’s authority (maybe a dictator but, not a President)!

“That makes me smart.”

trumpsnakeThat was Trump’s response to Clinton saying “…when he was trying to get a casino license… he did not pay any federal income tax.” So, tonight we learned Trump doesn’t pay his taxes! He’s found some loopholes, unique to the real estate tax codes, that allow him to avoid taxation. No wonder he won’t release his tax returns. Everyone would know just what kind of American he is! 

“If you have paid zero, that means zero for troops, zero for vets, zero for schools or health.”—Clinton in rebuttal

Prove you were born, Mr. Trump.

That’s right. I want to know if Trump was born or hatched—like a snake. Tonight’s debate highlighted the true stripes of The Donald and proved, beyond any doubts I had, that he isn’t ready for the Big Office. And while his performance tonight was debatable, his true nature is clear.

And that’s the news.

After Charlotte and Tulsa, your city is next!

charlotteonedge(ATTN)–Dare I say, it’s happened again.

Again, the police are out of control. Again, there is a serious concern that racists in police uniforms with a badge and carrying a gun have used it to murder a black man who wasn’t a threat—and get away with it! Again, there are protests and a hard response from military-style authoritarian police lines that force a crowd to react with violence.

tulsahandsintheairAnd again, we have video of what happened in these two cities. In Tulsa, the video shows the victim of police with his hands in the air one moment—and him lying dead in the roadway the next. And in Charlotte, the police are refusing to release the video, because—I am sure—the video will prove the shooting wasn’t justified.

You can’t fool us!

Now, the hayseeds in Tulsa are making a good show of it—and they’ve charged Officer Betty Shelby with first degree manslaughter. But, this wasn’t manslaughter.

fearformylifeThis was outright murder—by a police officer.

Isn’t it odd, then, that she bonded out with only $50,000 bail after just minutes when it takes everyone else at least twelve hours to complete the process.

Immoral and stupid!?

And I’ll bet the Oklahoma farm Officer Betty will beat that ridiculous token charge, just like the Baltimore cops did when they killed Freddie Gray by bouncing him around in the back of a police van—and breaking his neck (he wasn’t wearing a seat belt because the police claimed they weren’t trained in how to use one!).

Only the guilty hide.

romainIn Charlotte, however, the local police Chief has already admitted none of the videos show that victim pointing a gun at anyone (the family says he had a book in his hand). I suppose it’s possible police officers don’t know what a book looks like but, I do find it difficult to believe. Nevertheless, the Chief says he won’t release the videos to the public.

What’s more, Charlotte Public Defender Toussaint Romain told the news cameras that the protests were peaceful until the police lobbed explosives and tear gas into the crowd.

“We don’t need any more people to go to die, no more people to be arrested. We need to take a stand and do it the right way. People are hurting, man. People are upset. People are frustrated. People need leaders. I’m not trying to be that leader. I’m trying to prevent people from being hurt.”—Toussaint, at the protests, live on CNN

Remember Dallas?

Don’t forget Dallas, Texas, where in early July, a former military hero-turned-vigilante decided it was time for the police to pay for their crimes. While I don’t approve of his methods, the police themselves are responsible for this mindset and that was something to be expected from a man who loved and fought for his country—and wanted to do something about this kind of racist abuse from those who are supposed to be protecting us. 

Be afraid.

MicahJohnsonAnd we haven’t seen the last of that kind of patriotism, either. I predicted it was going to happen and yes, I am saying now that it’s going to happen again. And again. Until justice is served and the police are either showing some self-control or are under control.

Interestingly, candidate Hillary Clinton has recently announced that she wants to create federal standards for local police behavior and training. That’s a little late, in my opinion, for this kind of approach to reeling in problem police (I suggested the very same thing on this blog about a year ago). But, now I think it’s a little past that point—with more, drastic measures in order.

Be very afraid.

The people of Ferguson, Cleveland, Chicago, Baltimore, Tulsa and now, Charlotte are beginning to understand, I hope, that without policing the police, it’s only going to get worse. And the “worse” part is, the next city to erupt into madness has a very good chance of being your city.

And that’s the news.

[UPDATED: Added Officer Shelby’s bonding data and photo with victim’s hands in the air.]

[UPDATE: The Charlotte video was released the following weekend after five nights of protests. It showed exactly what we thought it would: not a single frame of a man holding a gun. Mysteriously, though, a gun appears on the pavement in photos taken later, after an officer directs a cohort to “get his tool bag” from the trunk of his patrol car. Cellphone video taken by the wife of the victim shows only a glove on the pavement after the murder. Once police realized they had killed an unarmed man, a weapon had to found—and so, evidence was planted.]

Flying Cars, Picture Phones, Dodos, Ad-Free Cable TV and Donald Trump

trekearth(ATTN)–When I was a kid, they promised me flying cars. Although no one mentioned flux capacitors at the time, my mind was filled with a vision of the future.

It was a heady time; there were threats of nuclear extinction from above and satellite spies from even higher than the sky. They had us diving under our desks with the false promise that American Standard classroom furniture would protect us from a megaton atomic blast!

thunderbirdsaregoThe “space race” had us dreaming about space stations with hotels and building a base on the moon. Star Trek had us dreaming about light speed and molecular transportation.

And British television producers were creating science fiction TV shows with something called Supermarionation—using puppet characters to fight futuristic foes.

Flying cars!

fyingcarAgain, they promised that I would have a flying car! But, the idea of your average housewife or a teenager in command of a flying car was, how should I say this, completely boneheaded! Today, we’re still trying to make cars self driving to make them “safer”—with mixed results.

Imagine even a minor accident at any altitude. We’re talking falling-from-the-sky fatalities. And let’s not forget the people on the ground who would have those infamous flying cars’ pieces-parts falling on their heads!

No. It was never really a good idea. So, no flying cars!

The PicturePhone.

picturephoneAh, the PicturePhone. What a great idea! They promised every home would have one in ten years from now. Except for one thing: women hated it. Extensive consumer focus group research by the Bell System (now AT&T) clearly showed women felt they had to look good before they would let other people see them—or have their picture taken.

Bathrobe and curlers in their hair?

There was no way they were going to answer the PicturePhone! As a result of this research, however, we did get the “answering machine”—which has now been digitally morphed into today’s voicemail.

So, no PicturePhones! 

Ad-Free Cable Television.

futuristictvWhen Cable TV was first being sold to customers—and the city councils that had to approve all of the pole-to-pole wiring in their city—the cable TV companies promised us that a coaxial cable would eliminate television commercials—because you had to pay for Cable TV! And they invented the term “Commercial Free.”

Well, that didn’t happen.

Yes, there are “movie channels” that play movies uninterrupted by commercials but, those channels are extra and can cause your cable bill to be in the hundreds of dollars a month!

And the rest of the channels?

They all still have their eighteen minutes of commercials every hour, as allowed by the Federal Communications Commission—with more per hour in the sixty days before an election. And political campaigns are also given the lowest commercial advertising rates, as mandated by the FCC.

So, no ad-free television! 

Computers make life easier.

1970computerYes, the computer is going to make everyone’s life easier! From now on, they promised us, workers using computers won’t have to deal with “the drudgery of repetitive tasks” and the headache-causing mathematical brain twisters.

And oh, we would no longer have to use paper!

What really happened was, the computer made our lives more complicated—impossible for some to deal with—with a learning curve for just about everything you need to accomplish in your daily life.

Employers quickly realized they could get much more work from their employees, doubling or even tripling the workload—because computers made work faster! Workers were expected to match that speed “because the company spent so much money buying this technology for you.” Ha! Fool me once….

And only Star Trek fans thought the communicator was a good idea. Not so, today! Now, of course, everyone has a communicator in their pocket and we all say “Siri” or “Okay Google” instead of “Computer!” or “Kirk to Enterprise.”

So, no “easy” computerized  everything! 

But, you promised!

dotmatrixAnd paper? If computers were going to eliminate the need for paper, why did they invent the printer!? We still need paper, because paper’s batteries never die, for one thing. What’s more, paper can tear, burn, become waterlogged or faded. And paper can also be lost.

But, paper will never crash

On a side note, even the promoters of “Earth Day” admit they print Earth Day flyers and posters that use over 16 acres of forest every year! Seems a little counter productive to me.

So, no paperless anything! 

Trump promises a lot.

supertrumpEvery friggin’ day, Donald Trump makes a proclamation that isn’t true (many fact checkers have said Trump only speaks the truth some 5-7 percent of the time!). And Trump promises to do something he can’t do. What a Dodo head. Does he think we’re really that stupid to believe his empty promises? Apparently he does think so.

Do you really need examples?

Okay, just a few, then: We already have a lot of “wall” built along our southern border. Is Trump going to tear that down and build another wall, like he has done with buildings? If you’re an American, you should know right now it is not Mexico that’s going to pay for a new wall. It’s you.

Broken promises are Trump’s lifelong history.

Should we expect anything different from a man who has spent his entire adult life defaulting on contracts, not paying vendors and contractors for their products, work and services and failing to perform while blaming everyone else for his failures (or simply deciding later to not pay)? The answer is: of course not! At the very least, Trump is consistent in stiffing the small companies that have done work for him.

But, is he honorable? No.

Only Congress can do that.

USFlagArtsyTrump has promised to change the tax code. Promised to spend more on the military. Promised to change the nation’s immigration policies. Promised to install tariffs. Promised to change treaties with other countries. Promised to rebuild an already rebounding post-recession economy. Promised to create non-government jobs. Promised to desecrate ISIS with his small, bare hands. Promised to stop the news media from reporting the news.

And promised to change the Constitution.

On and on, he goes, making promises he can never fulfill—because just about everything he is promising to do, a President cannot do! The vast majority of his promises must be accomplished by the Congress, not the President—and no one is sure it’s going to remain in the hands of Republicants after November.

Unconstitutional and unAmerican.

The Constitution? That’s a whole ‘nother story. If you’re over 10 years old, you should know by now that Congress drafts an amendment and three-quarters of the States must ratify that amendment before it becomes part of the founding document. And even then, the Supreme Court can declare whatever survives this lengthy process to be unconstitutional.

trumppigI’m fairly certain we won’t be seeing a nation of morons putting Donald Jumbo Trump into the Oval Office (just kidding, his real middle name is Jerk!). That way the “Trump” moniker will go the way of flying cars, PicturePhones and commercial-free cable TV.

So, no truth from Donald Trump! If someone else wins the Presidency, it’s us who will be the winners—and Trump will be the loser. A huge, Dodo bird loser!

And that’s the news.

More than a fathead

(ATTN)–The more of him there is, the more of him there is to love? This questionable excuse that obese people use to defend their size might be something Donald Trump says to himself—his fat self—in the mirror.

But, the truth is, Trump is not only a fathead, he’s fat fat! 

At 236 pounds, he’s about fifty pounds over weight for his height. I’m not sure it’s fat, either. It could easily be pure shit, as in “full of.” And he’s got the gall to fat-shame others, especially women?

The whole Trump family.

IvankaTrump’s whole family is full of it. His daughter has recently tried to convince the country that her company (or his but, the one she allegedly runs) gives its employees paid leave for pregnancy. But, that’s a lie. Just what you would expect—lies—from a former porn model.

trumppigTrump’s son can’t seem to understand that when dad is proven to have had racist policies in his properties, it is relevent and the news media will cover it—and has every right to—before Trump even has the chance to take the oath of office for President of the United States.

And, for that matter, when Trump himself says he would “date my own daughter” if he could, why wouldn’t we expect a little incest between brother and sister? It’s the Trump family way, apparently.

Bloated bastard.

tumpbastardYes, I think he’s fair game in the fat shaming arena because that bloated bastard has been merciless in calling other people fat. It’s his turn, now that we know he’s overweight and bordering obesity (build a border fence around that fat boy!).

And for that matter, he’s such a snake I’d like for him to prove he was born and not hatched! 

From Rosie O’Donnell to Miss Universe, Trump is not only full of shit, he’s loaded with fat. I honestly don’t know if the Presidential limousine would be able to transport him without grounding out.

trumpfatfaceNo wonder he needs a jumbo jet to ferry him around! A smaller aircraft wouldn’t be able to leave the ground with his fat ass—and the rest of him—on board. I’m pretty sure the Trump plane gets some help from all of the hot air it’s carrying, too.

I once suggested his middle name is Jerk because of the “J” but, now I am thinking that “J” stands for Jumbo. As in elephant. Anything else flies against reason. And that reason is Trump’s fathead.

And that’s the news.

Nope. Not over it.

2Towers(ATTN)–That’s right. It’s fifteen years later. And I’m not over it—yet. I’m referring to the September, 2001, attacks by what the BBC calls “islamists” using aircraft as human-guided missiles.

MaskedI’ve written articles about this horrid day before but, on this anniversary of Allah’s message to the west, it seems appropriate to remind ourselves that Islam is still waging war on us and Europe.

By all means, argue with me that Islam is the “religion of peace.” I’ve also addressed that fallacy with years of study and another article on how no one should fall for that marketing slogan.  

Muslims are victims of Islam.

Islam kills followers of Islam far more than the rest of us—because they are easy targets and close by. The vast majority of justification is narrowed down to two reasons: 1) the victims won’t comply with the aggressors’ commands and, 2) the aggressors don’t like the way the other muslims think about Islam. The two main factions? Sunnis and Shia.

Rather than bore you here with what is common knowledge regarding the two, point your browser at this basic explanation, provided by the BBC.

“Members of the two sects have co-existed for centuries and share many fundamental beliefs and practices. But they differ in doctrine, ritual, law, theology and religious organisation.”—BBC

Do something.”

burnett“We’re going to do something,” Tom Burnett told his wife Deena on the phone before he and other passengers that day, aboard the doomed Flight 93 over Pennsylvania, wrestled with muslim hijackers.

Burnett and the others foiled the terrorists’ plans to use the jumbo jet for an aerial attack against the Capitol or the White House. See the story from CNN.

Now, Burnett’s parents want Congress to pass the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) which would allow, among other things, Americans to sue State sponsors of terror, such as Saudi Arabia.

Ryan is dirty.

RyanWorkoutRepublican House Speaker Paul Ryan is standing in the way (the Senate has already approved the bill, by the way; the vote was unanimous!). So, what the fuck is wrong with you, Ryan? He’s dirty with Saudi money, no doubt.

You’ll read how the 911 Commission found evidence at least one of the Saudi royal family was involved in funding the young muslim males responsible for the worst attack on American soil in my lifetime.

This is one of those times that as many people as possible should take a stand, flood their Representative with demands for the House to vote this through, and do something. I will ask you do it because, I’m not over this. 

And that’s the news.

[UPDATE: The very same day this article was published at midnight, Ryan allowed the JASTA vote and it passed the House. President Obama vetoed the bill saying it would open up a bevvy of lawsuits against the U.S.

Congress overrode the President’s veto for Obama’s first override. But, the very next day, Republican leadership is saying they regret what they have done—because they didn’t understand the ramifications! Those are the same ramifications Obama has been talking about for weeks now.

I think it would be better if everyone was able to pursue damages that are just and fair when they are wronged. 

And Paul Ryan is still a two-faced ass and dirty from Saudi money!]

Dead Republican babies

CDCzika(ATTN)–Oh that Zika virus! It’s a nasty little bug that sticks around in bodily fluids for months and months, causes brain damage in adults, deforms babies and kills children and the elderly!

It’s spreading around the world—and, more concerning to Americans, the southeastern United States. Meanwhile, Congress refuses to pass a funding bill ($1.9 Billion) for mosquito remediation support and the research needed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to deal with this virulent infection—before it spreads farther and once it is contracted.

“Is this really the new portrait of American exceptionalism? Our elected leaders scheming to use a potentially devastating health crisis to their political benefit?”—John Romano, Tampa Bay Times

Congress is playing with our lives.

I’ll let you decide who is more at fault because House Republicans have loaded the bill with new restrictions for Planned Parenthood and even some confederate flag bullshit—and Senate Democrats won’t have that!

MosquitoBiteFrom my point of view, the Republicans are trying to leverage the safety of everyone so they can make “progress” with their fight against the organization they have villified for years—blaming the “failure” of funding Zika’s control on the Democrats.

“Congress Is Using Zika To Show How Terrible Congress Is”—Huffington Post headline

ZikaBabyThis all started many months ago, when President Obama asked legislators for an emergency bill to deal with a pandemic situation. A Puerto Rican man died from it in April and a Utah woman passed in July. And the horror of microcephaly is almost too much to bear.

I cried while researching this article.

Now, the Utah woman contracted it from outside the U.S. but, the man from Puerto Rico was infected in a U.S. territory. And now, there is confirmation that mosquitoes in Miami, Florida carry the virus and have infected Americans on mainland U. S. soil.

And make no mistake: there will be more

It’s only a game to them!

MicrocephalyThis is a game the Republicans are playing with the lives of everyone in the country. A deadly game they hope voters will blame on the Democrats.

But, Republicans are willing to kill some babies—and older people—to stop Planned Parenthood from offering abortions, only a part of what the organization does as most mothers receive prenatal care to ensure healthy, bouncing baby girls and boys.

The White House has redirected some funding for the development of a Zika vaccine from the fight on Ebola, as if the risks from Ebola are just “gone” as Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan suggested before Congress went on their summer break [Ebola can remain in the body for years and kills most of its victims].

Meanwhile, South Carolina is spraying chemicals in an effort to stop Zika-carrying mosquitoes but has, instead, killed tens of millions of bees.

Like we don’t need bees to pollinate.

Why won’t Republicans just pass a clean bill to fund the science that’s needed? Oh, that’s right; Republicans don’t believe in science! It’s been said before and I’ll say it again: being stupid is not a virtue!

Vote them out in November!

So the big question is, are you going to vote for a Republican Representative or Republican Senator determined to kill some babies to make their point about abortion—which, by the way, is Constitutionally legal in the United States? Talk about immoral

Or are you going to support a different candidate in your state in order to stop these deadly Republican games with the lives of American babies?

There is one thing that I do know: the more Republican babies that die from Zika (or Ebola), the better off the country will be in the future. And that, in no small way, will be good for the children who are born in thirty or forty years from now, provided we’re all still here.

And that’s the news.