Donald Trump Not Attending the 32nd Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show; Will Enjoy Washington and Cherry Blossoms This Weekend

 

 

 

Opposition to the very idea of Obamacare… the Affordable Health Care Act… by the Republicans was always a simple, two-pronged idea.

1. We hate Barack Obama. He should not be president. We have ideological reasons, some of us have racist reasons, many of us are willing to believe he is an illegal, foreign agent who shouldn’t even be allowed to be president. We will oppose everything he stands for, especially the idea that health care is a right that the federal government can help to make accessible to as many Americans as possible through this law, which will bankrupt the country in short order.

2. Republican politicians, from the most moderate to the tea-party-est whackjob “Freedom” Caucusites alway agreed on their hate for Obama, but would never admit their opposition to the ACA wasn’t that they were worried it would miserably fail… it was their fear it would SUCCEED. Republicans opposed the Social Security Act in 1935, The Medicare Act in 1965, and the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Three strikes and they knew they’d be out.

Fear of poverty and sickness, not just in old age but for one’s lifetime, has been addressed, not perfectly, by those three laws. One of the 3 is not like the others, in that there were no continuous, sustained efforts to repeal and actually undermine SS and Medicare after they passed. Yes, Reagan RAILED and campaigned against Medicare before its passage, but 10 and 14 years later when he ran for president he didn’t promise to repeal it on Day One. Or ever. In fact, Social Security, and Medicare (and Medicaid) have been altered and improved upon since their beginnings. Now Trump and his Band of Losers face the music, and so far all we’ve heard is that they lie about the current overall state of Obamacare and promise to do everything to continue to sabotage the current law, punishing millions of Americans in the process.

So, Republicans… do you love and care about real Americans, or does your never-ending hate for Barack Obama and your fear the law is succeeding in spite of your efforts to screw it up override your now-discredited ideological quest to repeal and replace with something 100 times worse? Tell us more about your “patient-centered” ideas, please.

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Donald J. Trump, The First Snapchat President, Playing Russian Roulette With America And The World

 

 

The temptation to compare what we’re seeing these first few weeks of Trump’s presidency to Nixon and Watergate is irresistible. Via the UK Independent: 

Carl Bernstein, whose reporting with Bob Woodward and Ben Bradlee helped expose the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, has told his 26,000 Twitter followers: “The most dangerous ‘enemy of the people’ is presidential lying – always.  Attacks on the press by Donald Trump [are] more treacherous than Nixon’s.”

Apparently questioning Trump’s mental stability, Bernstein added: “Real news (not fake) is that Donald Trump is trying to make conduct of the press the issue instead of egregious (and unhinged) conduct of POTUS [President of the United States].”

Donald Trump’s brain and his way of doing business have been the human forerunner of Snapchat for his entire 40 years in public life.  We just didn’t know to call it that. Thoughtlessness and statements and insults spill out of him, have their desired effect, then disappear from his head within seconds, replaced by the next round.  They may linger and do damage like unexploded land mines for everyone else, but for him they’re just stepping stones to the next snap.  In coincidentally perfect Art of the Deal symmetry, SNAP is now available for public investment as a stock the same week that the minute-to-minute transactional simplicity of Donald Trump is collapsing all around him.

I’ve been waiting, as have many, for the collective weight of all the lying to be like that unavoidable bullet pass to the face that implants “Spalding” on your cheek.  The reality, the pain, it hurts… but you dare not cry. It feels a bit different this time. However, there have been dozens of moments of “this is it… this is a line he crossed that he’ll finally never recover from” the past two years, so nothing is certain. Will the gutless, spineless propaganda machine on behalf of Trump at Fox that generates these kinds of fake fair and balanced headlines fend off the dogs, as in the past:

Mistake or Misunderstanding? Jeff Sessions defuses media uproar, recuses himself from probe

I doubt it this time. Misunderstanding?  Sure….

I believe this is how the Greatest Con Ever Sold spun out of Trump’s control:

Always remembering that he hides his tax returns because they surely show business and financial relationships with Russia that truly would have killed his candidacy and possibly those deals and future deals themselves, Trump went down a dangerous road where he thought he couldn’t lose.  As initial feelers of support came from Putin and Co, he allowed and encouraged that support via the nonstop Wikileaks Democratic email reveals, looked the other way while associates and subordinates like Paul Manafort, Jeff Sessions, and Michael Flynn kept the highway clear with meetings… and in the end, the winkidink on sanctions.  No problem, Trump must have thought, since there was no way he’d win the general election anyway and no one investigates a loser’s tactics. But why worry since his business/financial relations with the Russian regime would be hugely strengthened by the comraderie fortified during the losing-but-noble campaign.  In other words, I’ll either be president, or I’ll be even richer than I am. A Donald win-win…. for Campaign Trump or the Trump Organization.  Of course we now can see that the either/or analysis turns out to be a false choice, since Trump is shamelessly using the office of the presidency to not only be president, but to get rich.   That easily explains his admiration for and his reluctance to criticize Putin and Mother Russia.

Josh Marshall puts out an important piece on Michael Cohen, Trump’s secretive lawyer, consigliere and his real conduit to Russia and Ukraine.

Trump has repeatedly insisted he has no loans from the Russia and no ‘deals’ in Russia. There is no specific evidence to refute his claims. But Trump’s real need has been for investment capital and wealthy people to purchase units in his luxury projects or those to which he licenses his name. And there is voluminous evidence for both.

Press attention has tended to focus on people like Carter Page and Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn. But Cohen plays a far more central role in this era of Trump’s business history than these others. He is also the only one who shows up clearly acting as a go-between to the President for someone trying to shift administration policy to reduce or eliminate sanctions on Russia.

Like Watergate, it will get down to Howard Baker’s famous question, “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” Except this time, it will not take several years to get the answer.

 

 

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The story may not be “Fake News.” But it’s just as lame…

Arlington (Texas) preschool teacher fired over ‘Kill some Jews’ tweet, other anti-Semitic posts

BK-I’m very suspicious of the timing of this story, from the Dallas Morning News 2/22/17… about a Muslim woman who tweeted out some anti-Semitic garbage three years ago. This story now appears ….right in the middle of Trump’s inability to forcefully declare his outrage over Anti-semitism. I’ll say why I’m calling BS in a moment.

But first, via Slate, a reminder:
The White House’s statement on the JCC threats read in full:
“Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom. The President has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable.”
Dahlia Lithwick, SlateIt’s worth noting that terrorism and vandalism have absolutely nothing to do with “individual freedom” and that threatening to kill small babies and elderly people is an affront to human safety and dignity, not just “freedom.” The White House statement, you also might have noticed, did not contain the words Jewish, Jewish Community Center, or terrorism or anti-Semitism. This has become something of a tradition for the Trump administration, which failed to mention the existence of Jewish victims in a message issued on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Last week, Trump fielded a question about the rise in anti-Semitic incidents during a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by making another rambling reference to his Electoral College victory and his Jewish daughter and by dismissing the question as unfair. And on Thursday, in the strangest performance to date, Trump told a Jewish reporter to sit down and accused him of lying when he was asked a softball question about the rise of anti-Jewish hate.

BK: The total lack of information on when this woman was fired renders the story lame, at best.

“Spokeswoman Lydia Cisaruk told the New York Daily News that Salem was no longer employed there, but would not detail when the school found out about the tweets and when the activist left.”

This would indicate the events are far in the past, and have no relationship to Trump’s apparent Jewish Problem. You know, the one where he claims he’s the most NON-anti-Semitic human ever (easily verifiable), loves himself the most Israel ever, but courted and encouraged and never really denounced the entire spectrum of Jew-haters of all stripes during his campaign. The guy who loves his Jewish daughter and grandchildren but hires Steve Bannon of Breitbart fame, home of the put-upon White Christian victims of Obamamulticulturalism. Just for fun, add the irony that Bannon made and apparently still makes a fortune off of the most Jewish show ever on network tv, Seinfeld. The bottom line is that this is excatly the kind of anti-Semitism story Trump Suckups, fans, and excusers can embrace: a Muslim spewing the hate. As if the vast, vast majority of anti-Jewish sentiment and activity isn’t by those very deplorable white supremacist Christian Identity neo-Nazi types. The story of the teacher is…. dreck.

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WHAT DID THE PRESIDENT NOT KNOW AND WHEN DID HE NOT KNOW IT? IN LIKE FLYNN PRESS CONFERENCE EDITION

 

It’s pretty bad when you get called out by your biggest media cheerleader, Fox News, over complete evasion of the story of the day, fully set up by the White House. This really IS Nazi Germany (oops, sorry for breaking Godwin’s Law there… how about “Soviet-Pravda Era,” or old reliable “George Orwellian”… ok?) kind of stuff. On purpose, questions are taken from two guaranteed in-the-tank “reporters.” As a result, of course, President Ignoramus is not put on the spot and made to feel “uncomfortable” and can simply lapse into repeating campaign boasts “my huge electoral college win” in the midst of generic pablum. One American press question from the Daily Caller, and the other from Sinclair Broadcasting. The Daily Caller is Tucker Carlson’s little right wing tattler sheet.  Promise not to say anything about Mikey Flynn, The Russian Whisperer?  You got it, big guy! 

Sinclair Broadcasting is TRULY the definition of FAKE NEWS. (They own ABC 45 in the Triad) Sinclair is the second largest owner of local tv stations in the country… 154 on their way to 165 outlets.

Via Wikipedia: “On December 16, 2016, Jared Kushner, son-in-law of then-President-elect Donald Trump, stated that it had reached deals with Sinclair to give the company extended access to the Trump campaign, in exchange for airing, without further commentary, interviews with the Republican Party candidate on its stations, which Kushner said had a better reach than cable networks such as CNN.”

Trump was, as he always is at these kind of events, bored out of his mind. Read the statement like it was the first time he’d ever seen it. Low Energy Donald. But the stage-managed questions were beyond anything I’ve ever seen. Mr. Trump…. you’re losing FOX NEWS, although your butt boy Hannity is probably preparing a “very special” Hannity Excuse Squad Special: “Why Trump NEVER Needs To Take a Question From Anyone He Don’t Want To.” Oh, Canada.

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Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion; Everyone’s entitled to Alternative Facts. Cool.

LIES- The Knickerbockers

You think that you’re such a smart girl
And I’ll believe what you say
But who do you think you are, girl
To lead me on this way hey
Lies, lies
I can’t believe a word you say
Lies, lies
Are gonna make you sad someday
Some day you’re gonna be lonely
But you won’t find me around
Lies, lies
A-breakin’ my heart…

Washington Post:

“Why put him (press secretary Sean Spicer) out there for the very first time, in front of that podium, to utter a provable falsehood?” Chuck Todd of NBC asked Kellyanne Conway …. referring to the dustup over the crowd count at the inauguration… “It’s a small thing, but the first time he confronts the public, it’s a falsehood?”

After some tense back and forth, Conway offered this:

Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and they’re giving — our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that. But the point really is —

At this point, a visibly exasperated Todd cut in. “Wait a minute. Alternative facts? Alternative facts? Four of the five facts he uttered . . . were just not true. Alternative facts are not facts; they’re falsehoods.”

bk: ALTERNATIVE FACTS…..Game, Set, Match. Bring out the trophy. The contest is over. The United States of Insanity has its queen, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President of the United States… Donald J. Trump, the anti-George Washington. “I cannot tell the truth,” is his credo, and he has his Pussy Posse of Prevaricators, led by Kellyanne, the Majorette leading this Baton Brigade of Bullshit. ALTERNATIVE FACTS…. Dick Nixon spun around in his grave to send a tweet of congratulations to Trump. “It took me years to accomplish what you have in just a few days being president… lying with world-class arrogant impunity and compiling an enviable enemies list . Well done, Donald! signed, Dick” ALTERNATIVE FACTS…. George Orwell just checked in with Kudos For Kellyanne! “When I came up with the idea of Doublespeak, I never dreamed one as lovely as you could take it to a new level of deception… War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Trump Won In A Landslide. You go, girl..” ALTERNATIVE FACTS…. Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness,” a quality characterizing a “truth” that a person making an argument or assertion claims to know intuitively “from the gut” or because it “feels right” without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts… was named Word of the Year for 2005 by the American Dialect Society and for 2006 by Merriam-Webster. The world progresses (regresses?) and ALTERNATIVE FACTS, which of course by definition are lies, supplants truthiness forever!

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No Class Oaf Kicks Off 2020 Campaign For Reelection In Darkest, Angriest, Ugliest Inaugural Address Ever… His Fans Dig It, Of Course

I KNEW TRUMP WAS INCAPABLE of even the slightest hint of humanity, but the darkness of this speech was beyond that. A third-rate version of his campaign appearances… minus the always crowd pleasing recitiation of primary victories, the size of the crowd, and some shots at the dishonest press. No shining city on a hill, but a third-rate, disheveled slum, is the country he leads. Well we’re living here in Allentown. And they’re closing all the factories down. Only I can fix it. Certainly no “ask what you do for your country.” The only thing we have to fear is Trump himself. Remember, he’s doing us a favor by giving up his life for this.

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway explains he’s actually settling and we should all appreciate that. In fact, Conway said Friday morning on FOX, President Trump made “enormous sacrifices” to become president. “He actually gave up more money, more power, more prestige, more position than he will have,” she said.

American nationalism to the world; bite-me-if-you-didn’t-vote-for-me to the electoral majority of Hillaryville. The world is put on notice: not just America First, but America First and Only. No gracious tip of the hat to previous presidents. It’s not what he does. Repeal the recent past and he’ll get back to you with the details. Let the world know, from this day forward, that the contents of Donald Trump’s Inaugural Speech were merely the seeds immediately planted for his reelection. He will soon hit the rally trail again, quoting himself from what he’ll term as the greatest inaugural speech ever. The crowd will cheer the brag… he’ll soak up the love… and they will eat up the idea of the Trump Permanent Campaign.  Why really run something when it’s more fun to run for something?

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Even Paul Anka, F.O.D, HAS NOW COME UP WITH AN EXCUSE TO PULL OUT OF SINGING FOR TRUMP’S INAUGURATION

 

FOD (friend of Donald), 75-year old Paul Anka, is not too old or too dumb to keep having children in his Social Security years.  So, at an age when a normal person is trying to decide which blood-thinning miracle drug they should be on, Anka’s still playing Kramer vs. Kramer. This, of course, makes my hard work on new song lyrics for him pointless, irrelevant, and not nearly as funny.  It’s all about me, of course. Thanks, Paul. Via The Wrap:

Anka says that Trump is a long-time friend of his and personally invited him to perform at the inauguration gala ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where he would have perform “My Way” as Trump danced with his wife, Melania.  Instead, Anka had to cancel due to a scheduling change in an ongoing custody case for his son. Anka said that he had always been planning to perform on Jan. 20 “for the office and for our country.”  More here

He never backed out on Lisa Simpson….

Depending on your purient interest level, here’s Paul talking about life at home with the National Enquirer in 2009:

On Dec. 3, Anna Aberg, a sexy blonde fitness author who has been wed to Anka for only a year, called 911 from the couple’s Thousand Oaks, Calif., mansion during a domestic dispute.

Anna – author of The 30-Minute Pregnancy Workout Book – claimed Paul had pulled a gun on her during a heated argument about a member of their household staff.

Paul says he explained to police that he had moved out of the house and was living in a nearby hotel. But that on the day of the incident, he had gone to the home to take their young children to school. Paul and Anna began to argue about an employee she had fired, he says he explained to officers.

Paul told The ENQUIRER that he also placed a call to cops.

“Anna locked herself and the nanny in the laundry room and started screaming at the top of her lungs,” Paul revealed.

“Our kids were in the kitchen, hearing Anna scream, so they started freaking out crying. Anna went ballistic, she finally comes out and shoves me and then calls 911.”

When the cops arrived to the Anka home, they reported no visible injuries and no arrests were made.

This isn’t the first time the couple has had a run-in with the law. Last year, Anna, 38, was arrested for felony domestic battery after she threw a piece of ice at Paul, splitting his head open.

At the time, Paul refused to press charges and the matter was dropped.

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Brad Gets The Last-Minute Phone Call To Rescue The Inauguration Of Donald J. Trump!

 

When I saw this headline my heart raced with excitement!

Great to see Paul Anka is still active. He asked me to help him with rewrites of his biggest hits and then I got a call from Lee Greenwood, too! Glad to help.

In addition to a special “F-U, Losers,” rewrite of “My Way,” “Diana” has been retooled.

“Ivanka”

“I’m so old and you’re so young
Thinking where to stick my tongue
I don’t care just what they say
‘Cause forever I will pray
You and I will be as free
As the birds up in the trees
Oh, please, stay by me, Ivanka

Because I’m old our days are few
Why’d you marry that slimy Jew?
Oh Ivanka, can’t you see
I love you with all my heart
And I hope we will never part
Oh, please, stay with me, Ivanka”

Particularly proud to help out old friend Lee Greenwood with his classic.

God HELP The USA

“If tomorrow all the lies he told
Didn’t win him the job as prez
He’d be stuck in that stupid tower
And Rachel Maddow’s still a lez

I’d have thunk my lucky stars
For the white trash working class
If their good sense would have seen
That the Con Man is an ass

And I’m proud to be an American
Where we used to sorta be free
Then V. Putin hacked and Comey backed
God Help The USA!”

 

 

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I HEAR THE TRUMP TRAIN COMIN…. IT’S ROLLING ROUND THE BEND

 

 

You may have had a parent or teacher use the admonition: “your mouth is ahead of your brain….” which, of course, is advice to think before you speak. Social media has obviously exacerbated this problem… typing before thinking. People lose jobs, relationships… you know the deal. America is a week away from its president being the prototype of this problem. Over and over again, he speaks or tweets with no preparation or thought or insight, just the spontaneous ignorance of a fool. I think it’s even more fair to go back well before Trump was a candidate, when his Twitter feed was barely noticed…. a dark foreshadow of what was to come. October, 2014 for this drivel about “Blackish,” the well-constructed hit comedy on ABC.  

So much wrong in just 24 words.

1. “How is ABC Television allowed to have a show entitled “Blackish”?
The answer, Donald, is that they are “allowed” because we have a free country and there is no one “deciding” what a show is “allowed” to be called. (Plus, you’re supposed to put the question mark INSIDE the quotation marks) After your Hitlerian-style beatdown of Jim Acosta of CNN this week and your singling out of other news outlets and reporters for years, can we look forward to a new Trump agency: The Department of Allowing Stuff Only That Trump Likes… Or Gets?

2. “Can you imagine the furor of the show, “Whiteish”!
(I won’t dwell on the ignorance of the punctuation again) Can a show have “furor?” Of course Trump was really too careless and lazy to say correctly, “can you imagine the furor OVER a show called “Whiteish?” The answer is there would be none, unless it was rattling around in your mind that your imaginary “Whiteish” was a Brietbart-produced weekly celebration of whiteness as an endangered segment of America about to be overrun by the OTHER. This week’s guest host, David Duke. He must think Blackish is JayZ/Beyonce/Al Sharpton celebration of black folks at his expense. How come we don’t celebrate whiteness, huh? Hey Donald, are you still upset over “White Men Can’t Jump?”

3. “Racism at highest level?”
Uh…. no, not at all. Trump clearly had never seen the show. And what is that high level you speak of? As president will you be calling Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, to lodge your complaint? Trump’s entire pathology of Impulsive Ignorance is on display here. This is only about a tv show. Soon he’ll be tweeting and speaking with the power to move markets, start wars, to destroy people and companies who do not bow down to him. Bring this up to someone who voted for Trump and they’ll parrot his response to the indefensible: “he won.”  It won’t be the last time we hear that one.  We’re about to find out as we never have before that elections have not just big consequences, but catastrophic ones.  And that’s not fake news.

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Trump: The Bully In The China Shop

Every time we get a new president, somebody puts up a billboard with the previous president’s picture with the words, “miss me yet?” W when Obama took office…. Bill Clinton when W took office, etc.  We may be seeing these even before Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president.

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Good news. Still more than 40 days before taking office, Donald Trump has reassured a world that is worried he’ll send out an errant, thoughtless, provocative tweet…. that he’s more than capable of creating an international incident the old-fashioned way…. with an old-style, 20th century phone call!

China Warns Trump After His Controversial Call With Taiwan

I look forward to Kellyanne and Kaleigh and Jeffrey and Sean and Reince and Pence and the rest of the Excuse Squad trying to tell us this was not Trump thoughtlessly and ignorantly thrilled to get an attentive, ego-boosting phone call that had nothing to do with any commercial conflicts of interest he has in Taiwan. To those of you too young to have lived through the Cold War and the Sixties and hiding under your desk to protect yourself from nuclear fallout (yea that was gonna help!)….screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-1-57-51-pm

I think those days will be back, in a sense. Trump is so impulsive, so thoughtless, and so ignorant of the world that we may be finding ourselves continuously on the brink of disaster. Are you not tired of this guy ALREADY, and he’s more than 45 days from taking office?

His “victory tour” (really an “FU If You Didn’t Vote For Me” tour) which features continued attacks on a free press, much to the delight of the followers, is reminiscent of authoritarian dictator rallies that none of us thought we’d ever see or live through in our own country.  screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-2-03-35-pm

No, everything Trump does that is unprecedented and flagrarantly obnoxious, ethically/legally indefensible and self-serving, will not succeed because Trump is some kind of magical, transformative figure sent by God to Drain the Swamp (possibly the most tedious call and response chant, right after “lock her up.”)

With one major takeaway from the 2016 election being demagoguery works, one has to write this stuff with a foreboding sense of humility that any facts may be deflected like bullets off of Superman.  Facts did not matter in the campaign, and Trump’s full embrace of George Orwell “The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it” and Machiavelli “One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived” sets us up for a future that we thought just couldn’t happen here.  Vigilance and a Never Again resolve move to the forefront in a way that we haven’t seen in the United States for generations.

I believe that Donald Trump is such a shallow, ignorant, transactional, whatever-it-takes to grab the world’s consciousness 24-7, regardless of the consequences, that we’re entering a time of dangerous unpredictability analogous to the obvious pivot points of the past: the Cuban Missile Crisis, World War II, the Great Depression.  And we voted for it.  With a little help from our friends, the Russians.

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