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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Saturday, July 29, 2017

This Week in Trumpland July 29, 2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND, a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “Real Game of Thrones” edition

Trump politicizes Boy Scout Jamboree, inciting Boy Scouts to boo Obama and causing Boy Scouts of America to disavow Trump’s speech
During a speech in Long Island, Trump encourages police to use violence during arrests, causing police forces around the country to disavow Trump’s speech
Trump tweets that transgender people can no longer serve in the military, causing the military to disavow Trump’s tweet
The DOJ file an amicus brief asserting that the 1964 Civil Rights Act does not protect gays in the workplace
Trump continues to throw public shade at everyone who won’t do his bidding, including “very weak” AG Jeff Sessions, “sleazy” Adam Schiff, “Crooked” Hillary, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, and even the Republican party as a whole
In a Shakesperean ending to TrumpCare Senator John McCain, newly diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, arrives on the Senate floor from his hospital bed to give a stirring speech about the importance of health care, disappoints feeling human beings everywhere by voting to continue discussion on an ObamaCare repeal law, and then stabs Trump in the heart by casting the deciding ballot against the repeal bill itself
New communications director Anthony Scaramucci says Steve Bannon “sucks his own c**k” but doesn’t explain how he knows that
Scaramucci accuses WH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus of being a leaker of secrets and challenges him to “prove he isn’t”
Scaramucci then calls Priebus a “f**king paranoid schizophrenic”
Trump fires Priebus via tweet and installs “great American” John F.Kelly as Chief of Staff
Chrissy Teigen joins the ranks of people who Trump has blocked from his Twitter account
Trump ranks himself second most presidential President, just behind Abraham Lincoln, causing Abraham Lincoln to spin in his grave

Saturday, July 22, 2017

This Week in Trumpland July 22, 2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND, a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “fascism is here” edition

Trump campaign pays legal fees for Trump, Jr’s Russian collusion defense, claiming that colluding is “business as usual” in politics
Ivanka Trump reveals that she was personally paid $5M from outside businesses at the time she officially became a white house adviser
More than 20 Congress members ask the FBI to review Ivanka’s security clearance
Jared Kushner reveals that when he officially joined the white house he also failed to disclose dozens of financial holdings he was required to declare
Trump bitch slaps Jeff Sessions and tells the NYT he wishes he had not chosen Sessions as his AG
Muslim ban fight continues, as Supreme Court upholds one part of Hawaii Appellate Court decision limiting the ban and rejects another
CBO reveals that a ”repeal only” bill would leave 32 million Americans uninsured
Trump urges Congress to let ObamaCare die, and millions of Americans along with it
In a move sought by Moscow, the White House ends CIA program to arm anti-Assad forces in Syria
Trump apparently asks his attorneys if he can pardon himself and then tweets out he has complete power to pardon
In a huge blow to Melissa McCarthy’s career, Sean Spicer resigns


Saturday, July 15, 2017

This Week in Trumpland July 15, 2017

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

In the latest draft of a health care bill that would deny coverage to millions of Americans, the Senate specifically includes language exempting themselves from the draconian portions of the bill
Trump states that the Mexican wall must be transparent so that Americans are not hit on the head by the large sacks of drugs that Mexicans will throw over it
Caught colluding with the Russians to influence the election, Donald Trump Jr. defends his actions by saying the information wasn't what he had hoped it would be
After initially listing on his security clearance disclosure form that he had zero foreign contacts, Jared Kushner amended the form to add more than one hundred names, but still omitted the Russian attorney and Russian lobbyist with whom he and Donald Trump Jr. colluded
The battle over the Trump Muslim ban continues as a Hawaii appellate court expands the list of exemptions to the ban
In a telling, unprecedented move for a first term sitting Vice President, Mike Pence launches a PAC to raise money for himself
A high ranking official from the Department of Education draws fire for stating that 90% of college sexual assault cases are the victim’s fault
An iceberg four times the size of London breaks off from the Antarctica ice shelf in yet another example of the Chinese global warming hoax
To honor Bastille Day as only he knows how, Trump hits on French First Lady Brigitte Macron in full view of the world press, his own wife, and French President Emmanuel Macron