Saturday, September 16, 2017

This Week in Trumpland September 16, 2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND, a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “your move” edition

Travel ban ping pong continues as Supreme Court reverses appellate court restrictions on who can be barred under the ban
Supreme Court also knocks down a lower court ruling that Texas congressional redistricting was unconstitutionally the product of racial discrimination
Justice Department declines to prosecute Baltimore officers responsible for the death of Freddie Gray
Congress passes non-binding bipartisan measure urging Trump to denounce hate groups
Twenty-Eight year old former model and Trump confidante Hope Hicks is named White House Communications Director
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly questions whether Trump can "salvage his administration"
Democratic leadership announces a deal with Trump to protect DACA immigrants while strengthening border security
WH Press Secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders says Trump “has done more for bipartisanship in eight days than Obama did in eight years”
Acting every bit the candidate, Hillary Clinton says she’s “done with being a candidate”
Ted Cruz blames his staff (pun intended?) for interacting with a twitter porn account



Saturday, September 9, 2017

This Week in Trumpland September 9, 2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND, a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “do as I say not as I do” edition

Speaker Paul Ryan, who grew up in a wealthy family and inherited millions of dollars, claims the circumstances of your birth have no bearing on the outcome of your life
Trump ends DACA protections for children whose parents came to the U.S. illegally
An appeals court rejects Trump administration attempt to deny travel ban exemption to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins
Much to the dismay of Republicans, Trump makes hurricane relief and debt ceiling deal with Democrats
Much to the dismay of Democrats, Hillary sets out on her “the outcome of the election was everyone’s fault but mine” publicity tour
Much to the dismay of Republicans, Donald Trump, Jr. testifies under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee about meeting with the Russians during the campaign
Much to the dismay of Democrats, Bernie Sanders sets out on his “everything was Hillary’s fault” publicity tour
Much to the dismay of the people, both Democratic and Republican politicians continue to blame each other for everything rather than working together to address the calamitous hurricanes, fires and other issues currently befalling us
Equifax Cybersecurity breach potentially exposes personal and financial information of 143 million American consumers
Three top Equifax executives sell thousands of shares of their stock after the security hack, but before the hack was announced
After the DOJ intervenes, Equifax removes language on their site stating that even checking to see if your personal data was breached waives your right to sue Equifax for their role in the hack



Saturday, September 2, 2017

This Week in Trumpland September 2, 2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND, a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “discrimination never sleeps” edition

Trump claims he pardoned Joseph Arpaio on the eve of Hurricane Harvey “to maximize television ratings”
Houston preacher Joel Osteen refuses to open his mega church as a shelter during Hurricane Harvey until he gets shamed on the internet, and then asks for donations
Angry over the small size of the crowd at his Phoenix rally, Trump fires his event organizer George Gigicos
Florida Republican representative Ron DeSantis, himself under investigation by Mueller, pushes legislation to curtail or halt Mueller 
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un baits Trump by firing yet another missile, this one over Japan
Trump cyber security advisors resign en masse, saying his inattention to the issue has threatened the security of the homeland
Female empowerment "advocate" Ivanka backs her father’s scrapping Obama era rules designed to prevent pay discrimination based on gender
More than 150 evangelicals sign a document dubbed The Nashville Statement which condemns same sex marriage and Christians who support LGBTQ issues
An attorney for Trump reveals that even as Trump was claiming he didn’t know anyone in Russia or have any business there, his organization was negotiating with the Russian government for a Trump Tower in Moscow
Americans think Trump is an unstable, dishonest, immoral bully according to a poll by...Fox News

Saturday, August 26, 2017

This Week in Trumpland August 26, 2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND, a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “under cover of Hurricane Harvey” edition

Trump threatens to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t vote to fund building the Mexican wall
Calling Joe Arpaio an American patriot, Trump pardons the racist former Arizona Sheriff
Trump signs directive precluding transgendered individuals from joining the military
Trump approval rating drops to 34%
White House adviser and Bannon ally Sebastian Gorka follows Bannon down the plank
Newsweek reports that according to a study by the Cooperative Congressional Election Survey, less than 80 percent of Bernie voters voted for Hillary in the general election, and a stunning 12% actually voted for Trump
In response to Trump’s weak response to Neo-Nazi and KKK actions at Charlottesville, former Goldman Sachs president and current head of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn drafts resignation letter, but then decides that tax cuts for the rich and deregulation for his cronies are more important than a moral compass
New Chief of Staff John Kelly makes Ivanka go through him to see her father, but still can’t control Trump’s Twitter storms
German magazine “Stern” prints a cover depicting Trump doing the Nazi salute
After Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin trumps up a faux government trip to Kentucky so he and his wife can see the solar eclipse at taxpayer expense, his wannabe actress wife lambasts an Oregon mother of three on social media as “being out of touch” for commenting on her $15,000 outfit

Saturday, August 19, 2017

This Week in Trumpland August 19, 2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND, a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “Grand Wizard-in-Chief” edition, aka can this really all have happened in one week?!

After Neo-Nazi’s and White Supremacists turn violent at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump tepidly condemns violence and bigotry “on all sides”
Trump blames the “alt-left” for the killings by the alt-right, and claims that “some very fine people” attended the White Supremacy rally
Trump claims there is no moral difference between Neo-Nazi’s murdering an innocent woman and those protesting against the Neo-Nazi’s
Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke thanks Trump for “his honesty and courage to tell the truth”
Mourning the loss of “our history and culture” Trump suggests confederate statues should be preserved
Trump retweets an image of a "Trump" train running over a CNN reporter
The CEO of Merck and at least eight other Fortune 500 CEO’s resign from Trump’s Manufacturing Council, and after Trump tweets that many other CEO’s want to join the council, the council disbands itself
White House celebrates infrastructure week by cancelling the Infrastructure Council
The State Department’s senior administrative team resigns en masse
The President’s Arts and Humanities Council resigns en masse
Carl Icahn resigns as advisor to Trump
No less than five national charity groups cancel events at Mar-a-Lago
Republican Senator Bob Corker, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, states in a press conference that the president hasn’t yet demonstrated the stability or competence needed to serve in his job
Steve Bannon walks the plank, and then declares that “the presidency we fought for, and won, is over”

Sunday, August 13, 2017

When Good People do Nothing

I took an anthropology class in college. There I learned that throughout history, when a warring tribe encountered a peaceful tribe and each tribe interacted with the other in a manner consistent with its nature, without exception the warring tribe annihilated the peaceful tribe out of existence. 
Neo-Nazi's, white supremacists and other racists, alt-righters, and as hard as it is to believe our own President, are willing to pursue their nefarious agendas at any cost and by all means necessary. They don't hesitate to distort facts, to lie and cheat, to injure the vulnerable and downtrodden, even to kill innocent people. In fact they thrive on those tactics. 
Alternatively, most decent people have a deeply ingrained sense of justice and fair play. And that's why we're in such danger in America today. We are confused and disoriented by an adversary that doesn't abide by the rules, and so are disadvantaged in fighting the evil around us.
This is the backdrop against which the holocaust came about. This is how apartheid thrived. And this is where America is currently heading. 
I don't know the answer or how to more effectively combat these evil forces, but I do know this. Those who believe that they can ignore or even enable the malignancy that is Donald Trump, or that it's okay to do nothing because what happened in Germany, South Africa, and other parts of the world can't happen here, are in for a rude awakening. 
Assuming there is still a world to wake up in. #Charlottesville #Resist
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