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A few things…

Well…don’t know if I have the attention span today to do a long one on a single topic so I think I’ll do a few short ones…starting with the idiot in chief’s tweet for Memorial day yesterday…have you ever heard anything so self-serving and terrible? Starting with “happy Memorial Day” and then devolving into me, me, me…the tweet has been savaged all across the media since yesterday and it just shows that idiot boy can’t even fake having any human empathy….Memorial Day is not a “happy” day unless you are a psychopath like trump…and stating that the dead would love what he is doing to the country is just a new piece of evidence that he really IS a psychopath and mentally ill….and on Morning Joe this morning, Mika got right to the point in three words..”he’s not well”…and this doesn’t even address the pay for play scandal with China granting Ivanka valuable “trademarks” that she can use to make more money off her sweatshops there…this is a bribe by any other name and, until trump, would never, ever be acceptable..but these grifters just keep on grifting and the repubs do nothing…as usual…impeach…

Here’s the pro quo….

Well…we are living through the most corrupt damn administration in my long lifetime and I am getting sick of my country being sold out by these assholes. As I wrote about the other day, the idiot trump is being bribed by the Chinese by them investing 500 million dollars in a new trump-named resort in Malaysia…that is the quid in this mess, and we now know what the pro quo is…trump and his cronies have stopped levying tariffs on Chinese goods that was the most important thing to them just last week…but now, since the government is being operated only to enrich the idiot boy, tariffs are no longer necessary…and he gets played again on trade….the Chinese invest 500 million and get 100 billion in tariffs lifted. I’ve harped on this before but let’s do a little thought experiment…imagine if you will if Obama or Hillary had ever done anything like this….the repubs couldn’t get the articles of impeachment passed fast enough…but do you hear anything but crickets? Yep, the rot of corruption has taken the repub party and turned it into a criminal enterprise….and I am damn sick of it…so please, everybody…get out and vote so we can start to restore this country to the rule of law….impeach…

Just can’t think…

Well…I really hope you’re not expecting a political one today…I just can’t think of one single thing there is so much going on…there is one article you should go out and read…it’s in the NY Times and reveals new information about how there were more than just the Russians helping the idiot trump get elected…there were the Saudis, the Israelis, and many other countries from the middle east….and the good thing is that Mueller knows all about it and has interviewed all of the parties in question….I think the takeaway from all of this so far is the abject hatred all of these countries had for Hillary since she was tough on them as SoS and called them on their bullshit…but not just that…misogyny is rampant in that region of the world and they just couldn’t live with a competent woman running the show for the US…and, they knew trump could be bought…and has been bought just last week when the Chinese invested 500 million dollars in a trump named resort to bribe him for more favorable treatment of China on trade….so, how many shoes is this? Seems like eleventy million….impeach…oh, I did have a political one in me…imagine that….

Crumbs for the workers…as always…

Well….everyone but the repubs knew that the great tax giveaway of 2018 would benefit corporations and the 1%, and now we see that we knew what was happening…and the first crumbs are being sprinkled on workers starting with the big banks. and manufacturers. The banks have been crowing that the huge tax cuts they have been given is trickling down on their workers as they announced bonuses to some of their workers of up to $1,000 dollars…but, when you look at the comparison of the size of the tax cuts to the banks, the bonuses that are going to SOME workers are equal to less than 2% of the tax cut that the top 1% is going to get…so this huge tax cut that is going to decimate tax receipts is not going to anyone but the rich…or to put it in the words of a repub senator: “We need to reward our donors or they are going to turn off the money taps”…and that is the problem…many manufacturers and banks have used the tax cuts to finance laying off thousands of workers that they would have kept on without the cuts….again, the result of the shoddy bill that no one knew what it contained….but, there is only one thing you really need to know about the cuts…that the day after the tax cuts passed, Koch industries wrote Paul Ryan a check for $500K …talk about “pay for play”….geez…

What a frickin double standard…

Well…as you remember from the last election, the media went nuts about the Clinton foundation, ignoring the good that it does and the fact that it had been audited multiple times and found to be following every law that governs foundations….but, that didn’t matter to the media or to the right…with the media colluding with the right to push the rumors and innuendo that damaged Clinton. Now, I wonder if the right is going to say anything at all about the revelations that Ivanka Trump has a new foundation that she is funding by gifts from other governments and from shady billionaires from around the world. Yep, you heard that right…the WH special assistant to the idiot president is out there soliciting bribes that are disguised as “donations” to her new foundation whose purpose is going to remain secret if she is anything like her idiot father….let’s tell this like it is…this is just another slush fund where the trumps are enriching themselves by their government positions…clear violations of the Hatch act and probably many other felonies…but do the repubs in the House care, and are they going to do anything about it? Nope…they are all a part of this scam and they all should be in jail…impeach…

Noodling again….

Well…got a nice bike ride in and had the pork loin for lunch and that started the day off pretty good…but, I have been looking for topics today and just found a couple that makes me shake my head…first…the idiot trump got twice as much money as any previous *president for his inaugural fund…and the idiot is crowing about it…okay donnie…the only damn reason you got that much money is that you are so damn corrupt that the money is essentially huge bribes from these individuals and companies since they know you can be bought….the second thing is the fact that over 48,000 mental health professionals have signed a petition asking that trump be removed from office since he is clinically insane….I wonder how ole donnie is taking that? His poor little ego must be hurting a little from that one….okay, the MotoGP race is going to start so I’m going to do that….

The weakest president ever?

Well…as more and more world leader interact with the idiot trump, they are getting the picture of the weakest, most erratic president the US and the world has ever seen….he is revealing that he is all bullshit and bluster and so damn stupid and ignorant that he is already being taken advantage of…just take a look at what Russia did within hours after trump got off the phone with Putin. After lifting sanctions from the Russian secret service, the FSB; what used to be the KGB, and giving Putin a gift, Russia sent troops into the Ukraine…something that trump said would never happen “on his watch” and what the stupid people that voted for him thought they were going to get….how tough is it to let your adversary get and do anything they want? The kicker in this whole Russian relationship with trump is that the recording of the phone call with Putin magically disappeared so no one really knows what trump promised Putin or whether the phone call was to thank Putin for electing him…or maybe it was to set the terms of the bribe that Russia paid to make sure there would be no action when they did invade the Ukraine? The swamp keeps filling and trump is the slime on top….

Walmat’s brand of capitalism…

Well…just a short one to talk about the recent revelations that Walmart and it’s managers in Mexico spent 24 million dollars in bribes to allow them to build more stores there…in direct violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices act that prohibits payments of any sort to foreign governments or their agents to gain an economic advantage. But, that’s not even the worst part….while this was going on, Walmart was part of a lobbying group that was working on diluting the law so they wouldn’t be liable for their actions in Mexico. Do you need any other reason to stop shopping at Walmart? Other than the predatory practices that kill local businesses wherever they locate their stores and the fact that they regularly abuse their employees by making them work off clock and not paying overtime pay…and have been found to have insidious policies that discriminate against women and minorities? I have been really trying to work up outrage about this stuff today but I think I’m moving into overload since this kind of crap seems to be what capitalism here in the US has degenerated into…a winner take all battle where there is no sharing of the pie anymore…and that is going to ruin this country…geez…

Shenanigans, Shenanigans….

Well…after the huge giveaway to business paid for by the workers here in Michigan, guess what happened? The health of Michigan’s economy is no where near as bad as the repubs projections made it out to be. Doesn’t anyone else see shenanigans here? They come out in January with dire budget projections used to drive their anti-citizens agenda and raise taxes on us while giving the state away to business and the rich, an now, magically, they find that the projected 1.5 billion dollar shortfall is now only a billion dollars and dropping every day. And, Snyder and his cronies are still out there pitching that we need to bribe businesses to stay in Michigan…and that is just what it is, holding the people of Michigan up to bribes in the form of tax breaks to keep business from taking their ball and going home if we don’t give them what they paid for in this new repub controlled state. When do we, as citizens of Michigan, get the truth out of these repub liars?

One other thing that is happening in repub controlled states is another oldie but goodie where they are putting structural “reforms” in place that will suppress the votes that normally go to the dems….leaning on the old chestnut of “widespread voter fraud” that has never happened anywhere except in the heads of the repub strategists….shenanigans, shenanigans, shenanigans…geez…

Oh, one last thing, the repubs in the US Senate blocked the ending of 4 billion dollars a year in subsidies for the oil companies…yep, you heard it here, the repubs won’t give unemployed workers any help but they will give 4 billion dollars to the oil companies…I can’t even work up any outrage anymore since this is always the pattern…we can’t afford any safety nets for individuals but we can for oil companies….I fear for this country’s future…