By Wink

2016 Political IQ Test:
A) I will vote for Trump.
B) I will not vote for Trump.

End of test.

If you think Donald Trump, in any way shape or form, is qualified to be president, well … get serious.

Winkest Link has had a hard time knowing where to begin when discussing the upcoming election. In any other election there were options. You could have made a good case for Romney or McCain against Obama, and vice-versa. You could even have made a case, albeit a very weak case, for ‘W’ over Gore or Kerry.

There is no case to be made in favor of Trump. None.

He has never held elective office. He is unaware of the relationship between the President and Congress, let alone the relationship between the U.S. and our allies and/or adversaries.

His stances change almost daily (and sometimes even more frequently than that). The pander-tastic Trump has never supported gun rights, but all of a sudden became ‘Mr. 2nd Amendment’ to get gun-nut votes.

His rants toward those who disagree with him (even political allies) are imbecilic. To call him ‘juvenile’ is to insult juveniles. ‘The Donald’ is infantile. Any psychologist would tell you he has never matured beyond the kindergarten level. Admit it, you know first-graders who are more empathetic than Trump. First-graders tend to feel sad when others hurt, not so Trump.

Strong Trump supporters (‘STRUMPets’) will forgive him for any of the myriad bizarre comments that continue to leap from his head.

If you are a Trump voter, answer the following question honestly. What if Hillary Clinton had said, of John McCain (Vietnam vet / heroic POW): “I like people who don’t get caught.” What would you say about her? (Answer: You would rip her like there was no tomorrow. You would use words that would make Marines blush. Yes, you would.)

Why does McCain continue to support Trump? This saddens those among us who once thought of McCain as strong-minded.

Go ahead GOP, keep choosing Trump-like candidates who are all ‘attitude’ and grossly unqualified. (Sarah Palin anyone?)

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By Wink

Do you know the easiest way to find a racist? Look in the mirror.

Do you know how I know? Because I am a racist. I am, you are, everyone around you is, along with everyone else. We all are.

Feel free to confess your ignorance by denying that.

There are some people, however, who are more racist. The ‘more racist’ too, are not always hard to spot. Here are a few ways…

1) Anyone who starts any sentence, ever, with “I am not a racist, but…”

The ‘ding-ding-ding’ you hear in your head are alarm bells letting you know this person is racist.

2) When the phrase ‘black lives matter’ is overheard, the first person to blurt out ‘All lives matter!’ (Ding-ding-ding!) is a racist. Almost certainly the most racist person in the room.

Also, everybody who nods their head in agreement with the ‘all lives matter’ comment is probably, but quietly, racist.

As an alternative to looking in the mirror, you can also look at a picture of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The book of lunatic observations by King is long but, among other things, he has said Barack Obama is “anti white cop.” He seems to be the only Congressman fighting to keep Harriet Tubman off of the $20 bill and, even though he represents IOWA, has a confederate flag on his congressional desk in Washington DC.

Southern states have worked long and hard (and successfully) to remove this racist flag from governmental grounds, but Steve King still stands strong with the confederate state of Iowa.

Note to King: Washington DC and Iowa were both on the Union (you know, the north/winning) side during the war.

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Borrowed Quote of the Day: Arguing for “All Lives Matter” is like going to a cancer fundraiser and saying, “Why isn’t this event for ALL diseases?”

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By Wink

Some soulless bastard in Dallas shot and killed five police officers who were working to keep peace during a ‘Black Lives Matter’ march. Our only consolation is the shooter is dead. (It is W-L policy to not give publicity to murderers, so in life and in death he shall remain nameless here.)

Dallas mourns, America mourns and yes, the marchers mourn. This hideous act only harms the BLM cause.

Remember though, there is always political hay to be made in every tragedy, and all disasters, man-made and otherwise, must be the fault of Barack Obama.

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, said “the spread of misinformation and constant instigation by prominent leaders, including our president” contributed to the shootings.

Rep. Steve King (wingnut-Iowa) said the shooting had roots in the “anti-white/cop events illuminated by Obama.”

Former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh said on Twitter that “Obama’s words & (Black Lives Matter)’s deeds have gotten cops killed.”

The entire conservo-sphere, their mouthpiece FOX network and the above ‘friends’ have, since Obama was elected, insisted that there is now a “war on cops” that apparently never existed prior to 2009. (Black president = “Hate Cops”, right?).

Let us review the facts. During the Obama administration there has been an average of 62 police per year who were intentionally killed. This is a terrible-terrible number.

Perspective is helpful though. How many police, per year, were intentionally killed during the previous administrations?

George W. Bush – 72 (per year)
Bill Clinton – 81
George H. W. Bush – 90
Ronald Reagan – 101

Horrible as is it, the 62 under Obama is BY FAR the lowest in four decades.

Did Reagan hate the police 40% more than Obama? Did he?

Please FOX, find a way to blame the 81 during the Clinton administration on Hillary’s emails or her shrill voice or Benghazi. And get the GOP to hold a minimum of 15 Senate and/or House hearings on it. You can do it!!

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By Wink

Which lobby makes House members and Senators dance the most? The gun lobby. Many Democratic Senators and Congressmen, and virtually ALL Republican officeholders are in the pocket of the Big Gun lobby.

Let us examine.

At an Orlando (Fla) dance club 100+ people are murdered or injured in a horrific shooting by a lunatic homophobe who claims to be representing ISIS terrorists.

In response, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has re-introduced an earlier bill to keep people on a government terrorism watch list, or other suspected terrorists, from buying guns.

The Republican response, here represented by Sen. John Corwin (R-Tex): Make suspected terrorists wait 72 hours to purchase weapons.

To repeat. Terrorists would have to wait 72 hours to get guns.

Problem solved!

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By Wink

Does it seem like Congress has done nothing for about seven years? That is because Congress has done nothing for about seven years.

It is not a coincidence that this time frame matches the rise of the Tea Party. The Tea Party has no agenda other than f-up the government.

At the beginning of the Obama presidency, in order to wrest Congress from the Democrats, the Republican party was all-too happy to support, under the Republican banner, members of the recently created ‘Tea Party.’ Well, you make a deal with the devil, and you pay the price.

When Republicans took control, Speaker John Boehner actually tried to govern. Boehner is conservative, and has many disagreements with Barack Obama but, like all prior House leaders, negotiated in good faith with Obama and Democrats on budget issues and the like. Common ground was found and budgets were presented to the House.

The Tea Party, which is a tiny minority of Republicans in the House, made sure that none of them passed. None. They even managed to shut down the federal government in October 2013.

Because ‘consistency’ is critical to the Tea Party mindset, they continue to muck up budget negotiations, and we have not had a long-range budget since, only stop-gap ‘keep the government running’ measures.

Ted Cruz is the engine on the ‘jackass train’ that is the Tea Party and, unless you have been in a coma recently, you already know how former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) feels about Cruz, describing him as: “Lucifer in the flesh” and saying further: “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

For everyone who has ever met Cruz, the visceral comments by Boehner are not a surprise. There is one Hispanic left in the race for president – Ted Cruz. On April 28 the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce passed on endorsing him and instead backed John Kasich and Hillary Clinton.

So let us drink a toast to a most miserable son of a bitch, but please don’t blame Lucifer. Satanists do not want to be associated with Ted Cruz. Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves says Cruz’s failures are a result of his own Christian pandering. Satanists don’t want to give Lucifer a bad name.

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By Wink

I was not a constitutional scholar/U.S. Representative (like Barack Obama). I was not a Rhodes Scholar/governor (Bill Clinton). I was not a congressman/ U.N. Ambassador/CIA Director/U.S. Vice President (George H. W. Bush). Not a nuclear submarine officer/governor (Jimmy Carter). Not even a simple ‘governor’ (Ronald Reagan/George W. Bush).

Nope, I was not any of those things that would naturally provide serious life and/or governing experience.

I am NOT qualified to be President of the United States.

I am, however, much more qualified than a certain ‘Donald Trump.’

The President of the United States has, in a big picture sense, two responsibilities: national affairs and international affairs.

While I am not remotely qualified to be president, I am studious about local, national and international issues.

I have also studied Trumps observations, policy pronouncements and personal history, and have determined conclusively that I am much more well-versed than ‘The Donald’ in both national and international affairs. Far superior.

And yet, I am grossly underprepared to be president.

Trump’s wondrous ability to insult anyone who disagrees with him may not be quite enough to overcome his ignorance of all things foreign and domestic. If ‘lack of tact’ were a presidential skill, Donald could be the next FDR.

He appeals to many Americans though. I presume many Trump supporters (Trumpettes?) are the same people who believe in ‘carpet-bomb diplomacy,’ that more and bigger explosions will eventually get your enemies to see the wisdom of your ways.

Can ‘ego’ overcome knowledge shortcomings?

Comedians have run for president before, notably Pat Paulson and Gracie Allen, but Pat and Gracie were in on the joke.

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By Wink

With the death of Antonin Scalia, it is now the duty of the President to nominate a new member to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Unfortunately for America, the President is a Democrat, and his name is Barack Obama.

This congress is not capable, mentally, emotionally or otherwise, to do anything but to oppose Barack Obama. ‘Governing’ is a foreign concept.

Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said they plan to block any nomination of a Scalia replacement from President Obama. This is an election year so, humorously, Republican leaders say we should allow the voters an opportunity to have a say in this. (The voters already decided this when they elected Obama in 2008 and 2012.)

It is of note, the last time a Supreme Court position needed to be filled during an election year was 1988. The president was Ronald Reagan, but Democrats controlled the Senate. So what kind of firestorm did the Dems’ work up to delay the confirmation? None. Anthony Kennedy was approved 97-0, with every Democrat voting in favor.

What are the odds, in the current political climate, of a reasonable confirmation process in 2016?

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Regardless, the Winkest Link pick to be nominated, and even to be approved, is Padmanabhan ‘Sri’ Srinivasan.

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By Wink

When I was younger, it was all black and white. You murdered someone, you got the death penalty.

I had always been a death penalty supporter. The mindless savagery of many killers is horrifying, and vengeance somehow seems satisfying. I thought, with the high level professionalism of police officers and prosecuting attorneys, and knowing there would be air-tight evidence, that innocent people being convicted of murder was rare-rare-rare, close to impossible.

At some point, ‘black and white’ started to turn a little ‘gray.’ Now and again a new technology, DNA testing, would prove that someone on death row was actually innocent. Then more and more inmates were proven innocent.

My confidence in the ‘system’ was a bit shaken.

In 2011 Governor Pat Quinn put a moratorium on death penalty in Illinois, because it turned out too many on death row were being proven innocent by DNA evidence. He cited 20 cases where death row prisoners were released, not on some technicality, but because they were proven innocent.

Any execution, even just one, of an innocent man would be inexcusable, but there are an astonishing number of cases around the United States where an innocent man was sentenced to the death penalty.

What causes these errors? Zealous prosecutors anxious to clear cases, incompetent defense attorneys, faulty witnesses, etc., etc.

Wisconsin repealed it’s death penalty way back in 1853.

Thank goodness, because the state would probably right now be executing two seemingly innocent individuals.

Don’t take my word for it, watch “Making a Murderer” on Netflix. See a defense attorney working to assist the prosecutors. Watch a 16-year-old mentally slow child tell the police and his lawyer that he was innocent, only to…

– have the police badger him into a confession after many hours of interrogation,

– have his attorney allow the child to be interrogated again by police, without an attorney present,

– have the ‘defense’ force the child to draw pictures of an imaginary crime scene, telling him exactly what to draw, when the defense knew the drawings would be used to convict the child to a life sentence (but telling the child the drawings would help him)

Warning: If you believe in the U.S. justice system, this show will make you queasy, at minimum. (‘Pissed off’ is a more likely response.) Worse, this shows there is no valid system of justice in Wisconsin – just a ‘conviction system.’

Be wary if you plan to visit the dairy state. With ego-driven prosecutors, unethical police, incompetent judges, and severely disturbing decisions by the Wisconsin appeals court and state supreme court, being ‘accused’ there is every bit the same as actually being guilty.

The whole Wisconsin legal system is messed up, bottom to top.

“Making a Murderer” is a 10-episode documentary that (spoiler alert) does NOT have a happy ending. You, however, will be much-much wiser for having viewed it.

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By Wink

Paul Ryan and the GOP continue to run circles around the capital building, shouting, waving their arms, voting and re-voting and re-voting to repeal Obamacare.

We have now been exposed to years of additional windbaggery, when the GOP could have spent a little time trying to find their own ‘better’ way to insure the 16 million Americans who will be exposed to crippling healthcare costs when the repeal succeeds.

This is not to mention the 40 million who still don’t have coverage because Obamacare, frankly, doesn’t go far enough.

The unfortunate truth is Ryan and his cohorts have no plan, none, because they do not care about the uninsured.

Here is the complete list of Republican priorities, now and forever…

1) The Wealthy (with special emphasis on the very-very wealthy)
2) Gun-makers (see also #1)
3) Nothing.

If you believe that number three might be abortion, or balancing the budget, or some sort of ‘family values’ issue … you, my friend, are an idiot.

Everything else they try to sell you… strong defense, tough-on-crime, religious faith… It is all smoke, just to get you to vote for them.

And you do. Again and again. Idiot.

“Hey,” you say…”they really DO care about a strong military!”

Well, yes they do, but only in so much as it benefits giant corporations. (See priority #1, and use Dick Cheney as Exhibit 1, Exhibit 1a, Exhibit 1b, Exhibit 1c, Exhibit 2 and Exhibit 3.)

Keep voting for Republicans. Nothing I could say would sway you anyway. You are impervious to logic.

Besides, they care about your family !!!

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By Thomas Hardy

That night your great guns, unawares,
Shook all our coffins as we lay,
And broke the chancel window-squares,
We thought it was the Judgment-day

And sat upright. While drearisome
Arose the howl of wakened hounds:
The mouse let fall the altar-crumb,
The worms drew back into the mounds,

The glebe cow drooled. Till God called, “No;
It’s gunnery practice out at sea
Just as before you went below;
The world is as it used to be:

“All nations striving strong to make
Red war yet redder. Mad as hatters
They do no more for Christes sake
Than you who are helpless in such matters.

“That this is not the judgment-hour
For some of them’s a blessed thing,
For if it were they’d have to scour
Hell’s floor for so much threatening …

“Ha, ha. It will be warmer when
I blow the trumpet (if indeed
I ever do; for you are men,
And rest eternal sorely need).”

So down we lay again. “I wonder,
Will the world ever saner be,”
Said one, “than when He sent us under
In our indifferent century!”

And many a skeleton shook his head.
“Instead of preaching forty year,”
My neighbour Parson Thirdly said,
“I wish I had stuck to pipes and beer.”

Again the guns disturbed the hour,
Roaring their readiness to avenge,
As far inland as Stourton Tower,
And Camelot, and starlit Stonehenge.

Published April 1914, 3 months prior to the start of World War I

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