by Wink

What should be self-evident: The president is supposed to be the president of all Americans. This has been the stated purpose for every president, always, throughout history. A man will win the election, and then declare: “I am here to represent ALL Americans, even those who didn’t vote for me.”

And they would mean it!!! Until now.

From the moment he got elected as ‘America’s leader,’ the methodology for Donald Trump has been to divide and conquer. He continues to rile up his base by tearing apart everyone who he has ever had a grudge against, never even pretending to represent all Americans.

This appeals greatly to the 30% who have always hated Hillary, and have been convinced that the great evils of the world do not include bloodthirsty press-murdering dictators like Putin. The real evil is liberals, and Mexicans, and gang members (read ‘blacks’).

After taking office he learned that being president is hard. He actually said that in an interview. Because he is clueless and confused about how government works, and because being president really IS hard, Trump decided to get back to his comfort zone, with pep rallies and stump-speech campaigning, and he continues to do so.

He loves the cheers, and has learned what people cheer the loudest for … personal insults!!! Trash sells, baby! His fans don’t care if he is trash-talking the FBI, or the families of dead American soldiers, or women he has (allegedly) sexually assaulted. Of course, Bill and Hillary are favorites for pillorying, along with the above-mentioned Mexicans, and gang members.

Amazingly, to this day he is throwing barbs at recently widowed and extremely frail George H W Bush and dismisses dying war hero John McCain. And his fans cheer!

He trashes Canada, England and Germany, and licks Putin’s boots, and his crowds cheer!

Why would he NOT be out stump-speaking with those who adore him? He throws proverbial s-bombs at the beacon of our democracy, the free press, and his crowds cheer!

The House and Senate are packed wall-to-wall with GOP cowards who, to retain power, pander to all his twisted whims, and laugh off all his insane and petty tweets. “Ha” they say, “that is just the way he does things.” They fear the Donald. They fear him exactly the same as Russian and North Korean legislatures fear Putin and Kim.

Hey Trump fans… I get it. You love his bluster. You love his trashing Hillary and Arnold Schwarzenegger and John McCain. I get it. I get that you are completely comfortable with his lies, even though the lies are almost always directed at you, his biggest fans. His lies keep you angry, and you like to be angry. You are angry at all the ‘enemies’ and you remain in the fold, in his pocket.

Forget that he is a horrible human. If you are still a fan of his, you are completely comfortable with horrible people.

When it becomes too obvious that he is in bed with Putin, as could almost certainly be established if he ever released his tax returns, you will still support him.

You are being played.

Donald Trump is the P.T. Barnum of our age. He has made a lot of money, and even won the presidency, using the philosophy that everybody is a sucker. He loves his supporters, but doesn’t respect them, because he knows they are so dumb that they fall for literally anything he says.

He super-hates those who don’t fall for his crap. They make his weird hair stand on end, and he attacks them with 3rd grade nicknames like crazy, Pocahontas, weak, low energy, crooked, leakin’, lyin’, cheatin’ wacky, and my personal favorite – ‘Low IQ.’

Low IQ? How delicious, Donald Trump, calling someone else, ANYONE else, Low IQ???” Hilarious.

He gave a holocaust victims advocate, Charles Goldstein, the snide nickname of “Sir Charles”. Nothing is ‘too low’ for this president, except his IQ and those of his followers…

Hey! That doesn’t apply to you though. You love him because he is a straight shooter, right?

Suckers… Con men love suckers…

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By Wink

It is a common occurrence for a city to name grade schools, middle schools and high schools after presidents. There is a magnet school of technology in Atlanta named Barack H. Obama Elementary, and there are innumerable schools named Lincoln, Jefferson and Washington.

Plans are already taking shape for the Donald J Trump School.

It will not have Mexicans, or anyone who looks like a Mexican, except maybe in janitorial positions. That is a given.

No Muslims.

No blacks, except for direct relatives of Kanye West and Ben Carson.

Klan kids are welcome, because they are mostly good people, and they dress in stylish white.

Girls must be “8’s” or better.

There will be no history classes.

No government.

Science education will be expressly forbidden.

Deferments will be available to avoid physical education.

There is a golf team, with a nickname to be determined later, either the ‘Fighting Caucasians’ or the ‘White Russians.’

There will be an emphasis on the three ‘R’s… readin’, writin’, and rippin’ off contractors.

Instead of the Pledge of Allegiance there will be mandatory flag-hugging, and Donald J Trump school will always celebrate American veterans, except for former prisoners of war. (We only like those that weren’t captured.)

Students will be allowed to mumble along to “God Bless America” (as the words are too hard to remember).

The school motto is ‘Non Memini’ (I don’t recall).

Russian hookers will be available, we presume for rug-making instruction.

Note: ‘Cooking the Books’ and ‘Book burning’ are two different classes, please don’t mix them up. ‘Cooking the Books’ is part of the required course curriculum for a major in Tax Evasion.

One ‘Donald J Trump Scholarship’ is awarded each year to the student with the best essay to answer any of the following questions:

  • “Which deferment was the most patriotic?”
  • “Grabbing P****: Normal Behavior, or Heroic?”
  • “Is Frederick Douglass getting too big for his Britches?”
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By Wink

American soldiers and sailors and airmen deserve our unending thanks. Now and always.

On this anniversary of D-Day we need to remember, and pay our respects to the dead, the wounded, and the survivors of such horrendous, heroic events.

And we love to have Donald Trump preach to us about patriotism and standing for the flag.

Between 1964 and 1972 our current commander in chief could have (1) accepted his Vietnam draft status and served or (2) declared his opposition to the war.

It turns out there was a third option. Please don’t think Donald was ‘cowardly’ (a verbal bludgeon he uses often) to find a way out via a questionable ‘bone spur’ claim. He managed to get five deferments, and completely avoided the chance to show off his super-patriotism.

It is of note that, as terribly painful as bone spurs can be, Trump cannot now seem to remember which foot it was that troubled him. Hmm…

Additionally, when you truly love your country, you can find other ways to serve America, even with bone spurs.

So here we are on the anniversary of D-Day, and I recommend very highly you read an opinion piece about the times we live in, written by William Hitchcock

God Bless America.

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by Wink

George F. Will is a conservative. A true conservative.

I imagine he bothers today’s ‘conservatives’ because he is also an intellectual, who focuses on facts, rather than what is politically expedient. ‘Facts,’ be they moral or scientific, are a bit of an anathema to the Republican party, as it is currently structured.

Life-long Republican Will was so disturbed by the ugly anti-fact morphing of his party, that he recently changed his affiliation to ‘Independent.’ Keep that in mind as you read the following excerpts from his most recent Washington Post opinion piece, titled “Trump is no longer the worst person in government”…

“(Donald) Trump is what he is, a floundering, inarticulate jumble of gnawing insecurities and not-at-all compensating vanities, which is pathetic. Pence is what he has chosen to be, which is horrifying.”

“…Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public figure. And Pence, who has reached this pinnacle by dethroning his benefactor, is augmenting the public stock of useful knowledge. Because his is the authentic voice of today’s lickspittle Republican Party, he clarifies this year’s elections: Vote Republican to ratify groveling as governing.”

Why does Mr. Will feel the need to eviscerate a nice, religious man Mike Pence? Please see the full article.

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By Wink

Because his purposeful inaccuracies are constant, and he fears being called out on them, the lies of Donald Trump are often preceded by “People tell me” or “Believe me” or “Lots of people say” or “Somebody said” or “Everybody knows” and followed by some specious comment about Hillary, or Obama, or Mexicans, or Mueller, or Democratic leaders, or any Republican that questions him, or…

Since 90% of his interviews are with the fawners at FOX, he rarely gets called out, even for the most obvious falsehoods. (Typical FOX Fawn: “Mr. President, How did you become such a great leader of people? Were you just born with that amazing skill?)

When confronted by a real newsperson, Trump inevitably resorts to the above lead-ins… (All I know is, people say that Robert Mueller killed Michael Jackson and Mother Teresa. Who is to say if that is right or wrong?)

His instinct, to lie so completely, and the pathology of believing his own lies, is really sort a pathetic dodge that he almost assuredly acquired as a child to try to placate his harsh father. It probably didn’t work then, but it works with his worshippers…

Sorry, but at this point, with all of the current evidence in front of you, if you still believe DJT, then you are best described as ‘worshipper.’

What worshippers do is believe, and they will believe in spite of all evidence to the contrary. That is the definition of belief.

The evidence of who he is, and the evidence of the things he has done, are right in front of you. Those are the things you choose NOT to believe.

Who knows? Maybe you just want to believe to justify the cost of the red hat.

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by Wink

The Gun Lobby has been up the orifices of our congress for a very long time.

We know they excuse each mass shooting as a one-off, by some crazy man, and the machine gun or semi-automatic the man used did not contribute to the death toll… (You know that guy could just as easily have killed 30-some odd college students, or 50+ people at an outdoor concert with a knife or a pointed stick…)

Using that logic, and pressed by the power of gun money, in 1996 U.S. Representative Jay Dickey (R-Ark) passed an amendment which barred the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from studying the effects of gun violence on the health of Americans.

They could study diabetes, and cancer, and car accidents, and high blood pressure, etc., but they were FORBIDDEN from studying gun violence. As if bullets and their damage were not a ‘health issue’ in the United States.

Going forward, these types of money-driven efforts to hide or deny the effects of gun violence, should be called ‘The Dickey Move’ or, alternately ‘A Dickey Move.’

Feel free to disregard the ensuing carnage that result from these laws, and the bloodshed that may have been reduced or avoided because, ‘Hey, I needed NRA money and support to win re-election.’

Dickey left office in 2001 and passed away in 2017. Six years ago, an apparently contrite Dickey co-wrote an op-ed where he called the fear of gun violence research ‘senseless’ and said ‘we must learn what we can do to save lives.’

GOP lawmakers seem to have the more frequent ‘come-to-Jesus’ moments.

  • Like how Dick Cheney all of a sudden wasn’t so bothered by gays when it turned out his daughter was gay.
  • Like how Jeff Flake takes an occasional stand on the obvious incompetence and instability of Donald Trump after Flake announces he will not run for re-election.
  • And how Dickey decided the study of gun violence would be a good idea – 10 years after he left office.

Sorry, I will still refer to constant caving to the gun lobby as a ‘Dickey Move.’

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By Wink

There are almost daily discoveries of countless and endless (and mindless) misdeeds of Donald Trump, and we seem headed toward a Constitutional crisis.

The usual Trump response is to send a string of tweets and to vocalize on how no attention is being paid to the many misdeeds of Hillary Clinton.

Would it make you feel any better, Mr. President, if we impeached Hillary at the same time we impeach you?

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By Wink

Do you know who U.S. Rep. Steve King doesn’t care for? That smart-alecky teenage girl from a Parkland, Florida high school. Poor baby Emma Gonzales has one little episode, hiding at school while a madman murders 17 of her classmates, and all of a sudden SHE is an expert on guns?

Here is how Steve King’s campaign Facebook describes a picture of Gonzalez: “This is how you look when you claim Cuban heritage and yet don’t speak Spanish and ignore the fact that your ancestors fled the island when the dictatorship turned Cuba into a prison camp, after removing all weapons from its citizens…”

They reference her t-shirt, but we suspect the ‘look’ they are really objecting to is ‘Hispanic.’ He could not care less of what she says, nor her horrifying experience, but mocks her due to her shirt?

Here is a partial list of those Rep. King has enmity for:

  • The poor (by definition, lazy)
  • Blacks
  • Mexicans
  • Muslims (Straight-up evil)

Rep. King expresses distaste for a Cuban flag on a t-shirt, but has a Confederate flag in his DC office, apparently not bothered that southern racists split our country with a war that killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

When called out for the attack on Gonzalez, his unrepentant staffers responded: “We are equally disgusted the liberal media would use children as props in their gun-grabbing agenda.”

As always, ‘Team King’ sees guns as more important than American lives.

And to the above list of things King doesn’t care for, we now add:

  • Teenagers who have witnessed many of their friends slaughtered and want to do something about it…
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By Wink

The lawyers for Donald Trump are very reluctant to allow the president to testify before special counsel Robert Mueller.

They have stated, for the record, that they are concerned about a ‘perjury trap.’

Need a translation for that phrase?

A ‘perjury trap’ is when the investigators ask you a question, and you lie.

I have no idea why his lawyers would fear this…

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By Kasson

This marks the 209th school shooting since Columbine in April 1999. That’s about once a month for the last 19 years. 163rd since Virginia Tech in April 2007, once every 3.5 weeks for almost 11 years. It’s the 114th since Sandy Hook in December 2012, once every 2.5 weeks for 5 straight years. And it is the 7th in 2018, once a week.

What are the only 2 major pieces of gun legislation since Columbine in 1999? In 2004 the Assault Weapons Ban was allowed to expire, and in 2005 Congress passed a law preventing gun manufacturers from being sued for negligence. That’s it. That’s the sum total Congress has done regarding gun legislation.

What will it take for meaningful reform to slow down these shootings? We all know the answer; no action will be taken. If nothing was done when 15 were killed at Columbine, or when 33 were killed at Virginia Tech, or when 20 first graders and 8 others were slaughtered in Newtown, CT; nothing will be done now that at least 17 were killed in Florida.

When a bump-stock to effectively turn a semi-automatic rifle into a fully automatic rifle was used in Las Vegas to kill 58 and injure 851, legislators on both sides of the aisle came out FOR common sense laws banning that loophole. Yet five months later, no action has been taken.

Solving this is going to take comprehensive reform. It is going to take better healthcare to treat mental illness. It is going to take society destigmatizing mental illness. And it is going to take common sense gun laws to prevent the most dangerous weapons from legally reaching the hands of the most dangerous people in our society.

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One final note, in no longer so hushed racial undertones blacks, and Mexicans, and Muslims are blamed for the violence in this country. By and large these school shootings (and mass shootings in general) are done by white middle to upper-class students and adults with legally acquired weapons.

Notice how it is always mental illness when it is performed by white middle class Americans, but if a crime is committed by someone who is black, or Muslim, or Mexican, or atheist, it is their race or creed that is at fault. People don’t want to believe that someone like them can commit atrocities so it is always something else to blame, and they choose the most obvious difference from their views, or actions, or looks, and when there is nothing left only then does it shift to mental illness.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_shootings_in_the_United_States
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_law_in_the_United_States

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