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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