Sunday, January 21, 2018

Nazi light

I made a statement on FB that I thought Trump has Nazi sympathies.  Numbers agreed.  One man's thought in particular chilled me.  I will post his response and my comment to it below.  We live, to say the least, in serious times.

Blogger: Trump is a Nazi. He checks all the boxes in a strict definition of a Nazi. He's a race hater; believes (and says) he has "superior genes"; hates and despises the disabled (remember him on video mocking the reporter who had cerebral palsy?); is a reckless, rabid warmonger; views the rule of law (including judges) with vicious contempt; aspires to authoritarian rule, trampling on the Constitution .... so he's a Nazi. His father, Fred Trump, was a Nazi -- and KKK leader -- too.

My Comment: The only positive thing I can see out of this is that finally the extremist of the extreme fascist-like authoritarian politics exhibited in a power crazed leader of no ethics and his followers are reflecting to the rest of the nation why the left and all people of good will and humanitarian politics loathe and are in fierce opposition to the right.  The right is violent, it is hate filled of the "other" and it is dangerous.  It is committed to the end of civil liberties except for themselves, of course.  The right has zero ethics and believes its ends justify the means which means they will not hesitate to use whatever force it takes to eradicate their perceived "enemy" and spread their crackpot beliefs.

If you care about those you love you should join the resistance.  If  you cannot march then contribute to it.  It may save your life, your children's lives, your grandchildren and all whom you love. It may even save the life of our nation's democracy or what is left of it after one year of Trumpian rule.  It may even save Lady Liberty herself.  I agree with what the blogger had to say! Send this to anyone you choose.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Women’s March Returns a Year Later, as Movement Evolves--THE RESISTANCE LIVES -- ALL OVER THE NATION ! :)

Take a look at this!  Women and those who care about humane politics are marching today all over the nation.  It is a
sight for sore eyes!!


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Trump’s exam shows serious heart concerns, doctors outside the White House say

"Cardiologists not associated with the White House said Wednesday that President Trump’s physical exam revealed serious heart concerns, including very high levels of so-called bad cholesterol, which raises the risk he could suffer a heart attack while in office.Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, a rear admiral and the White House physician, said Tuesday in his report on the president’s medical condition that Trump was in “excellent” cardiac health, despite having an LDL cholesterol level of 143, well above the desired level of 100 or less.

Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Research Institute, disputed that rosy assessment. On Wednesday, he said the most alarming fact is that the president’s LDL levels remain above 140 even though he is taking 10 milligrams of Crestor, a powerful drug that is used to lower cholesterol levels to well below 100."

Drumpf lies and he lies ALL the time even in the face of evidence he gets others to do the lying for him. -- RESIST!


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Democrats Score Special Election Upset In Wisconsin GOP (Crooked Republican) Stronghold

Support Democrats running for office and keep those wins coming.  Do not underestimate the GOP gobs of billionaire bucks. They have an endless supply of money thanks to the rancid Citizen's United SCOTUS Republican decision that counts money as speech and corporations as people squashing the middle class and the poor -- of course.  Democrats have their billionaires, too, thankfully but not, unfortunately, as many as the Republican crooks. Ah, good name taken from the Beast's play book.  Now let's call them Crooked Republicans.

Never feel complacent ever.  Crooked Republicans will do all they can to steal middle class bucks, ruin earned social safety nets basing it on so called "law" and, while they are at it, bash the poor! If you, your parents or grandparents have paid into Social Security, Medicare and need it to survive, know someone who needs Medicaid to live then be always vigilant and run people for office who will save these necessary earned programs that extend life!  Trump's so called tax cut was simply a permanent tax cut from 35 to 21% for the top 2% billionaires whose wealth is not enough who, he thinks, needs more including most especially his most important person -- himself.  Middle class tax cuts are minimal and NOT permanent.  Do you really think Trump cares about the middle class?  Think again.  Republicans do NOT care about most of you.

Crooked Republicans want it all and are after your Social Security, Medicare and the eradication of Medicaid for the poor. See Youtube George Carlin in his "The American Dream" rant said it all (WARNING: profanity) for exactly what crooked Republicans are doing!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Eliza Dushku, Change and Hope

The actress, Eliza Dushku while filming "True Lies" alleges she was sexually harassed by the stunt coordinator, Joel Kramer (see link below.)  Will the egregious sexual harassment of women by men of power ever change? I am a feminist and have been since I honed my political philosophy over 40 years ago. I know of Eliza Dushku but have not seen many of her films. I know, though, she has a loving family. It is the most egregious thing that men -- triple that for the film industry --  have done to women because they knew women would sacrifice most anything to achieve the most American of dreams - - a Bette Davis success. Young actresses race with the clock to craft a career at a young age before the hands of time wreak havoc on their bodies and fade that dream. It must be a hellish life to desperately want something but to have the stress that aging places on a young woman, especially so on a teenage girl, in her quest to perfect her craft in an unforgiving career where each blemish on a woman's body is a threat to something she so desperately wants to attain.

Having said that to lop blame on those who knew her secret 20 or 30 years ago but did not speak out when it happened during a time when doing so would have possibly ended their loved one's career is unfair. We cannot, I think, and must not levy blame on those who knew about it then but said nothing. It was a different time. It was not so many other victims' faults either at that time who feared exposing their secret would be like ending their lives.

Powerful men exert powerful fear simply look at our so called president to understand that. Times have changed. Is it safe to come out of the Munchkin dark? The hope is it is and it will remain safe. I fear, though, some men's sexual voraciousness and anarchistic actions on that unyielding appetite will change little.  Some into the future will still prey on the less powerful because they know they can. Eliza Dushku shares an egregious experience with millions of women young and old across the globe many of whom still cannot reveal their shame.  Many still wear the scarlet letter. 

It is our right in this nation and, indeed our duty, to speak out in our time because now we can.  Men of good faith and men of ethics must speak out, stand with women and say MeToo.

Will this phenomenon that the powerful have over the powerless ever change? Martin Luther King quoted Unitarian Minister Theodore Parker:  The Arc of the Moral Universe is long, but it bends toward justice.  Let us hope it does despite and, perhaps, because of the right wing extremist Trumpian times in which we live.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Haitian Embassy -- Express your apologies

If you want to express your apologies for the disgusting profane comment of our "sable genius" president against the nation of Haiti here is the link.

Profound Questions

A man, Alan Milner, who is on my FB feed and who is bright offers his cultural, political and economic views.  I find them challenging and have responded with my own answers and questions. 

Alan Milner:  I just do not believe that you watch billionaires at the Golden Globe awards and you think that they are any more in touch with reality than the current asshole in the White House.Here's some reality for you. Anyone who has billions of dollars is a murderer. They may not have pulled the trigger of a gun, but by hoarding great wealth, they are responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. Multiply that by the number of billionaires we have out there now and that equals to millions of deaths. 

Let me say this very clearly: Being a successful billionaire mogul doesn't qualify anyone to be president regardless of your motivations. Billionaires are disqualified by virtue of their wealth because the ONLY way that wealth is ever accumulated is at the expense of the poor and the working classes. If you don't get this, then you don't understand either politics or economics.
But what I am really disturbed about is that you even watch this s%$t and think it bears any relationship to your reality.

John responds: If you think most of the people at the GGs are billionaires, then you don’t know much about the movie business.

AlanPeople do not understand the concept that extreme wealth makes monsters out of people. You don't own the money. The money owns you.

My Comment: I hear what you are saying, Alan, I really do. I have spent my young adult and adult life thinking about the concepts you raise. I need clarification though. How would you want to organize society? What nation on this planet shares all the accumulated wealth equitably? I am not an economist by far but in shaping my political philosophy I examined what was out there. Did Marx have it right? Did Adam Smith the advocate of capitalism have it right? Did Ayn Rand have it right with unbridled capitalism with which Speaker Ryan is in love? Did Castro, Mao Tse Tung or Lenin have it right? Did all the fascist autocrats get it right? Who got it right?

I submit man has not figured out how to equitably motivate people to create the necessities of life and live comfortably. I came to the conclusion that although not perfect capitalism when done right with wealth not horded by a very few provides the motivation for people to create. It needs boundaries though.  What brakes would you want to create, Alan, that put a lid on how much money a person can accumulate? Capitalism when done more equitably creates quality -- a better mousetrap and all that. The problem is when our nation takes off regulation, takes off the brakes on the financial system, takes off brakes on commodities that pollute, denies science to accumulate that wealth just for the sake of its accumulation then chaos happens and many deaths occur.

Everything that Trump has done creates a HUGE imbalance of wealth and power. That is as I see it the problem. Once a culture removes the brakes and allows its people to go haywire in the pursuit of wealth with no or little regulation then it becomes an immoral wasteland where the few take it all and majority will suffer greatly with significantly less. Depressions and recessions happen of which revolutions are made only to be replaced with a system that is often worse. You tell me how you would organize a system where the production of goods and services creates a better standard of living but is at the same time equitable?

Your thoughts are profound, Alan, but I simply do not see an economic system out there that is fair, just and provides the greatest number of necessities for the greatest number of people without incentive to do so.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A More Perfect Union -- Fiddler on the Roof

Federal Judge Orders Trump Administration To Keep DACA In Place  --

"A federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration on Tuesday to keep in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children from deportation and allows them to work legally, while a lawsuit proceeds.
The order, signed by U.S. District Judge Williams Alsup, marks a major triumph for immigrant rights groups who have rallied around the program that benefits nearly 700,000 people."

My Comment:

No doubt the racist Trump Justice Department will try to appeal this decision of a lower federal court which will, if let stand, save thousands of lives. The Supreme Court is always a worry. Merrick Garland, Obama's rightful process correct SCOTUS choice was, in historically unique form, derailed by Republicon Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he waited like a snake stocking its prey to see if Republican Trump was elected. A stroke of luck allowed his mean-spirited calculation to succeed and negated President Obama's rightful choice. Trump was sadly elected and quickly the process correct Obama's SCOTUS choice of excellence, Justice Merrick Garland, was never allowed even a hearing. Neil Gorsuch the right wing extremist Scalia clone, Trump's choice, was seated on the Supreme Court in an effort to swing the Court inhumane right. Justice Kennedy remains progressives' singular lonely choice balancing precariously like a fiddler on the roof making life and death decisions affecting the futures of thousands if not millions of human beings.  Justice Kennedy, the tie breaker, has been entrusted with shaping the character of this nation as either one of diversity or of white supremacy.

SCOTUS can let this decision by the lower federal court stand by not hearing it or hear it, let it stand, or overrule it.

Progressives' hearts will never rest until this Congress is in 2018 overturned, Democrats take power, Trump is impeached, convicted and removed from office to take his rightful place in the ash bin of history. Let us pray if you are a prayerful person that this national nightmare ends and our nation returns to its quest to become as the Constitutional Preamble states "a more perfect union."