Posts Tagged ‘Donald Trump’

Default Position

April 10th, 2017

I didn’t realize fascism was the default fallback position for so many. That was very naive on my part. Trump bombs a Syrian airstrip and the media which has been so quick to criticize him and investigate his potential ties to the Russian government practically lather themselves into a collective orgasm over it. He gained a few points in an approval poll, now sitting at 40% and all he had to do was drop $100 million worth of bombs.


Did you know it would cost a little over $50 million to fix the water situation in Flint, Michigan? Did you know that the Syrians used that airstrip the day after the bombing? Did you know that the Russians (who are Syrian allies) were warned in advance about the bombing? Would you believe that the Russians in turn tipped off the Syrians?


The mainstream media went out of its way to fellate Trump for his impulsive, ineffective and potentially illegal bombing. Trump finally became President (again), we were told.


The main takeaway of fascism is to pray that you won’t be singled out by authority. Pray you won’t be singled out by police looking to work out on someone. Pray you won’t be asked to de-board an oversold plane and forced off by armed security. It’s the armed security state, and the security is not for you. They do not serve and protect us. There is an establishment committed to maintaining its hold on everybody. Fear is a man’s best friend (c) J. Cale


Even if you #resist, fear can lurk inside you. We value our own safety and security over justice, which makes sense in a certain twisted way. There is no fun in being a martyr, especially when you’re still alive and wondering why if people knew what was happening to you. . . why didn’t they stop and help you?


You are now living in a world that is a paradise for the wealthy and incredibly difficult for everybody else. But now you are aware of it. The question is: when do you snap?

Analysis Caps On: Bombing Syria

April 7th, 2017

Yesterday morning, I ranked the five known Presidents. Donald Trump, or “Dolt 45”, as at least one Twitter wag named him, came in third behind Presidents Kushner and Pence.


Last night, the third-ranked Dolt 45 sent a flurry of nearly 60 tomahawk missiles to be dropped on a Syrian airstrip.


We need some context here.


Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad authorized sarin gas attacks on some of his own people. Over 70 people were killed. After the bombing commenced, Trump gave a brief statement from the ad-hoc press room at his estate in Florida. He read from a teleprompter and occasionally ad-libbed. MSNBC’s Brian Williams couldn’t contain his excitement as he looked at file footage of Tomahawk missiles. He even quoted a Leonard Cohen lyric.


We need even more context here.


Last week, depending on which poll you look at, Trump’s approval rating sat anywhere from 35 to 40 percent. That’s historically low for someone in the first 100 days of a new administration. Earlier in the day, Senate Republicans (and a few Democrats) voted to change the rules on approving a Supreme Court Justice from sixty votes to a mere majority of fifty-one. The Republicans eliminated the filibuster and employed the nuclear option in order to ensure the induction of Neil Gorsuch into the Supreme Court. . . a vacancy that had been unfulfilled since the death of Antonin Scalia nearly fourteen months ago during the Obama administration. Even as many of them said it would be a dark day for the Senate, Republicans like John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Rand Paul voted in favor of changing the rules permanently. They could have dumped Gorsuch and made a deal on a more mainstream candidate, perhaps, but. . . rules are rules unless they need to be changed, especially in Mitch McConnell’s eyes.


Both the Senate and House Ethics Committees are looking into potential ties between the Trump campaign/administration and the Russian government, going back several years. Many of the claims made in the infamous Buzzfeed “Pissgate” dossier have turned out to be verified (not the actual piss-related claims, though), which seemed impossible at the time. Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor, offered to testify in exchange for immunity and was rejected.  Steve Bannon, Trump chief strategist, was removed from the National Security Council. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s Attorney General, had to recuse himself from the Russian investigation after he perjured himself during testimony before a Senate subcommittee.


We now know that Trump did not solicit Congressional approval for the bombing and has received mixed reviews for his actions from both sides of the aisle. Rand Paul, who spent the previous weekend golfing with him, criticized him for not bringing this to Congress to deliberate.


In 2013, Obama wanted to attack Syria and asked for Congress approval. He did not get it. Trump attacked Syria without seeking approval first. This may have been a violation of the Constitution.


Will this mean anything? Doubtful. al-Assad will likely continue slaughtering his own people, never mind the many warring factions in Syria trying to upend and oust him. The middle east is a delicate situation and our actions don’t seem to help much. If we act tentatively, we accomplish nothing. If we go all-in like 2003 Iraq, we make things actively worse. Trump, for his part, never thought Obama should go into Syria. So much so that he tweeted about it at least a dozen times.


Obama, for all his mistakes, tried to be careful. Trump is the kind of guy who treats everything like a nail and he’s got the hammer for it. If a Muslim came to him with a case of dandruff, Trump would cure it by having him guillotined. Subtlety and modesty is not his forte.


Last night, the TV news media said Trump finally became Presidential. I’ve heard that one before. It was the night he gave the speech in front of a joint session of Congress. Within a day, the Russia deal inflammed and grew worse and any goodwill Trump gained in his reserved Congress speech evaporated. This Syrian action may likely result in a short-term gain for him and his approval rating.


And all he had to do was drop some bombs?


The non-Trumpers (like me) will never like him and never approve of him and his illegitimate actions. That leaves the diehards and the indifferent and he was steadfastly losing them. Maybe he’ll get them back for a few weeks but not for long. I still don’t think he will be President by the end of the year. There are at least three ongoing investigations on this adminstration. We are looking at a potential Summer of Impeachment.


It’s gonna be a hot one.



An Open Letter To Our Future Pisslord

January 13th, 2017

Dear Pisslord ,


It’s Friday the 13th, January 2017. You have seven days to say “I changed my mind” and get the fuck out of Dodge. Maybe fly to one of those foreign countries you have deals in, like Argentina. . . or Turkey. You are about to become the most miserable person in the planet. I don’t envy you at all.


You wanted this, right? All this money, power, control? This was your great achievement, big man. And now you get to lie in it, like a Ritz-Carlton bed soaked in Russian hooker piss. You’re going to hate every second of it.


You will never be alone. Surrounded by yes-men and the Secret Service. You don’t want the Secret Service around you so much. You want your own personal security instead. Not going to happen, Charlie. You’re stuck with a bunch of new people so you better get adjusted.


If you’re not careful, there may very well be a Secret Service agent in Trump Tower giving Melania the first orgasm she’s had since 2004 but that’s none of my business.


You are a blithering idiot. You don’t have a billion dollars. There is no way you have that much money. You are running a carny scheme and eventually we are going to oust you. Even the people who voted for will see what a liar and conman you are. They will feel embarrassed much like the people who bought into Trump University.


You won’t even get to blow up a country yourself. You won’t even get to hit a big red button that makes countries go ka-boom. You’re gonna be so unhappy. Within a year, you will be the most unpopular man in America. Oh ho ho this is going to be rich. This week you have a 37-percent approval rating. That’s horrible for a newly-elected President. By January 2018, you will be lucky not to have foreigners throwing shoes at you when you travel abroad like they did at George W.


Say what you want about Obama, but a lot more people liked or respected him than hated him. There’s no accounting for racists who hated a powerful black man and sexists who made sure Hillary Clinton’s faults and flaws stuck to her like Velcro while nothing at all stuck to you. What a world we live in.


Seven days, butch. Maybe consider getting out. Apologize for causing so much havoc and ruining so many lives. Or, do what you always do and go all-in. Another bankruptcy, only this time it will be the entire country. And then here come the mob to ride you out of town on a rail. Oooh it’s going to be ugly, Dear Pisslord.


Kompromat, Or Pissgate

January 11th, 2017

Today’s youth has more potential than mine did. They have more access to news and information than we did.


Have you ever resented the previous generation for what it did the world it was about to hand to you? I have, and some ways I still do because they haven’t let go of control.


I needed the Trump news from last night. The kompromat. The Russian hookers pissing on a bed that the Obamas had once slept in. You can just feel the Jack Nicholson “Partyman” vibe of the whole thing once Trump is actually in office. I laughed all night about it. I wanted to tell my mom but I couldn’t. I’m her son. Golden showers are not the kind of things a son should talk about to his mama. Family values, folks.


The piss story is probably a red herring in a dossier of easier-to-verify intelligence reports meant to embarrass and anger Trump. Which is exactly what it did. Trump is the touchiest little baby boy President we ever had in our lives. Anything can send him into a tizzy. Meryl Streep. Alec Baldwin, anything. . . except Vlad Putin, apparently. That guy’s untouchable. Trump attacks, attacks, attacks and when anybody even broaches insulting and condemning his actions. . . well, then Katie bar the door, as one might say.


I watched the Trump press conference today. What a buildup. He hadn’t held one since July. He walked away from the podium like he’d been through a battle. His nerves looked shot. He looked tired and breathed heavily. He is not physically or emotionally up for the task of being President.


I seem to remember about eight years ago there was a rumor about Obama that he smoked crack and had oral sex with some guy in Gurney, Illinois before he was in the Senate. Did that ever rattle Obama? Not like this. The birth certificate thing, which Trump harped on for years, never rattled Obama like this. But the Republicans and the tea party and the racists and the crazies latched onto anything they could, not matter how tenuous it seemed.


I’m gonna miss Obama when he’s not in office. At least he wasn’t a golden shower loving freak-a-zoid with a bad heart with his balls in Russia’s purse. Chin music, kids.


I now feel like I’m writing these for the survivors who create the next civilization after Trump blows it up this year. I’m sorry, if you’re reading this years from now. I tried. 65 million people tried.



Guest Column (& Note From The Doctor)

December 11th, 2016

Dr’s Note: Sometime about December 9, it was revealed that Russia had indeed interfered with the 2016 Presidential election. CIA intel had been reported to President Obama and reported in major news outlets throughout the country and world. 


The effect of this breaking news on’s namesake, Mike Farmer, has not been fully determined as of Sunday the 11th. For his safety and that of others, he is being contained in an observation unit in Daviess County. He is not allowed to use the Internet, unless of course he wants to watch pornography. Due to restricted access, he has been unable to write for this website. This is the first time in my years of medical service that I can remember any patient wanting to use the Internet for non-pornographic use. 


In lieu of Mr. Farmer’s absence from the website, here is a copy of a tweet-thread from Eric Garland (@ericgarland) discussing game theory in regards to Russia’s long play to destabilizing the American republic. What follows are Eric Garland’s words. Some pictures have been added for context and for feng shui. 


  • <THREAD> I’m now hearing this meme that says Obama, Clinton, et al. are doing nothing, just gave up. Guys. It’s time for some game theory.
  • ACTOR ANALYSIS: The Russians enter the Game with a broad objective, flexible tactics, and several acceptable outcomes.
  • Russian interests have been, for many years now, the subversion of Western institutions, principally NATO, but any will do.
  • This subversion can take many forms: driving wedges between US-Commonwealth-Euro intel cooperation, break up NATO, create chaos.
  • This game has been developing for many years, is asymmetrical, and much cheaper than building a decent aircraft carrier.
  • Plus, the Russians f**king rule at covert shit. Always have. Ask a cold warrior. Mucho respect for our adversaries. They do clever work!
  • Post-communism, they’re reduced to Drunk Uncle status in the global balance of power. Mouthy, smart, degraded, much reduced in stature.
  • Russians as *people* are civilized, artistic, enamored of brilliance and tragedy, and generally proud. And should be. They do not like this.
  • From this position launches an initiative from an old hand at the KGB, now solidified in influence: Subvert for the throat. Go big. Go hard.


  • While the West is frivolous and lazy and “Post-History,” the clever take advantage. And here begins our present story.
  • Let’s skip ahead to “Wikileaks.” BRILLIANT. Ingratiate the Left into this anti-establishment distrust of Western intel.
  • George W Bush and Dick Cheney being slovenly, reckless idiots, the moral authority of Iraq and US intel is nil. In step “journalists.”
  • Stealing hard drives from US intel and dumping them to foreign agents? That’s *snicker* “journalism!” FREE SPEECH! ROFLMAO.
  • Oh, and such grand characters, so well run: Manning, Greenwald. So righteous, yet fragile! And feisty! Try a Twitter war with Glenn!
  • OH YOU PHILISTINE, YOU JUST HATE JOURNALISM! *sigh* *swigs something strong* And Moscow must have been doubling over.
  • THEN, OMG, that worked so well that the pièce de résistance was next: SNOWDEN!!! BOOYAH! THE BIG GAME! NSA! PRISM! SPASM!
  • (incidentally, the NSA was about the only agency the Russians took seriously) But then this EARNEST young man. He tells THE TROOTH!
  • And still hungover from the rotten venality of the Iraq War and Bush’s perversion of the IC as reliable, Wikileaks journalisms the NSA!
  • DON’T YOU CALL IT SOMETHING ELSE. HARD DRIVES FROM THE NSA IZ JOURNALISM! Even when you take the files to Brazil! Honest! Ask Glenn!
  • And then, automagically, our man Ed ends up…what’s this now? In Russia? Well, they are such welcoming folks! How…nice!
  • Langley and Fort Meade run out of bourbon in about three hours, and every intel guy in Russia is drunk, dancing on the desks, and LAFFING.
  • AND THE LEFT! HOLY F**KING ADORABLE BATMAN! Honi soit qui mal y pense! How dare you suggest untoward Russian involvement! Journamalisms!!!!
  • US intel snorts all of the Robotussin in the DC/MD/VA area. Putin calls Snowden “A weird guy.” LOLZ. Moving on to the current chapter.
  • MEANWHILE, AT THE FOX NATION FORUMS: The other part of this impressive op is percolating – the buttress of the Alt-Right.
  • ONCE UPON A TIME, Dan Rather chased Nixon around a room asking him questions VERY HARSHLY and the notion of the Evil Media Elite was born.
  • See, because Nixon got impeached, that meant the media was in on it! WaPo! NYT! Traitors! We look bad! And the media hate begins.
  • Never mind that to know something in Topeka, somebody’s gotta send you a newspaper or a radio signal or whatevs: The Media Is Lying.
  • Now, it’s true, high level journalists and editors don’t always see the world like Johnny Lunchpail in Missouri. True facts. But. Trouble.
  • Republicans decide to create a whole new layer of think tanks and media outlets in the 1980s dedicated to The Other Side.
  • The think tanks have a POV, but some are quite good, Cato in particular. Heritage came up with what’s now Obamacare. AEI…ehhh. 2 outta 3.
  • But then the media play comes in. The cranky insane tent pastors on AM radio get…a makeover. They become Legitimate. Embraced.
  • Magnates start investing in outlets. Brand new pundits get huge audiences yelling about The Way Things Ought to Be (for White People).
  • And it’s more successful than free chicken and beer. The money flows, the ratings swell. An Australian starts a TV network in the US.


  • What develops is an attractive, well-produced alternate universe. You no longer need an alternate take. You have alternate facts.
  • Al Gore mutters and bores his way out of a presidency in a race against a guy who spoke English like he learned it from Rosetta Stone.
  • And now, the stage is set for a metastasis of batshit nuttery, jingoism, and irrational autocratic fervor. A party becomes a cult.
  • September 11, 2001 occurs. A buncha guys are in DC who couldn’t wait to go to Iraq. And the right wing media is shiny and tuned-up.
  • We go kick a bunch of barbarian ass in Afghanistan, as well we should have. They were beating women and destroying Buddhas. F**k ’em.
  • But then, The Axis of Evil Speech. And all the analysts in DC I know collectively go, “Oh, fuuuuu…they’re not serious, are they?”
  • Bill Clinton spent most of his years pounding the living snot out of Hussein. Dude built anything funny lookin’, in came the rockets.
  • There was one concerning nation-state for most, and – hint – it’s in Asia. The other threat was non-state actors. *ahem* Which played out.
  • And now – *headdesk* – they’re going to Iraq. With bullshit intel. Goddamn it. GODDAMN IT. This is going to suck, said smart people.
  • And there’s the entire right-wing think tank and media machine blaring, careening, gloating. From the gov’t itself, and from every outlet.


  • And goddamn, did those media outlets sell a lot of ads for trucks, pain killers, pharmaceuticals and financial services. $$$$$$
  • Many earnest patriots also pointed out, hey, um, there apparently are no weapons that could have blown up Cleveland, so…
  • But now, this whole thing has morphed into tribalism. YES THEY DID TOO FIND WEAPONS OF MASS DEPRESSION AND YOU SUCK BUSH ROCKS PUSSY
  • Ann Coulter comes on TV to talk over B-roll of rusty munitions WE SOLD HUSSEIN and said, well look, there they are. Total. Propaganda.
  • America looks like shit. Our intel services take a helluva beating. Iraq’s invasion – which was basically unplanned – results in chaos.
  • Katrina. Bush. Looking out the window. Confused. Hey, but in intel news, the National Geospatial-Intel Agency helps critically.
  • 2008. The housing Ponzi we used to get out of the DotComBust-9/11-era recession has now gone pear-shaped. Utterly nuclear.
  • America’s banks, the one thing other than movies and video games we do reliably, all shit the bed simultaneously.
  • We then elect a cappuccino-colored president whose middle name is Hussein. The Right goes completely over the f**king cliff into insane.
  • This political movement happens when the only thing Obama has really said with conviction is “Fired up! Ready to go!” In late November 2008.
  • But ON GEORGE WASHINGTON’S GRAVE THIS HAS GONE TOO FAR!!! And the entire right-wing media gets its next several years of revenue LOCKED.
  • Now, we’ve got a really, reaaaally fertile field in which former KGB agents can make a long play. And Moscow gets to work.
  • America’s at this weird nihilistic place, which is one thing for France and Russia, but NOT for earnest midwesterners who are agape.
  • Now the American Left has got some juice back again. But the Right is just apoplectic from pure suffering. Both are ripe for subversion.
  • The Left is out of love with American business and military-industrial, the Right foams at the mouth against legitimate government.
  • And the guys who have been twisting minds from Vladivostok to Havana and back get to work building an “alt” media structure.
  • We’ve already covered the genius of that who Wikileaks op on the Left. SCORE! Now for the perversion of the formerly nationalist Right.
  • JESUS TAPDANCING CHRIST THERE’S A BLACK DUDE IN THE WHITE HOUSE! LIVING THERE! It’s not hard to convince Southerners this is insane.
  • But put a little elbow grease in on some internet forums, and pretty soon you can have Northern John Adams-type conservatives, too.
  • A whole generation of disaffect Rush Limbaugh fans (WE LISTENED AND DITTOED SO HARD WHY IS THERE A BLACK DUDE THERE?) is ripe for picking.
  • In addition to alt-finance sites and “Russia Today” a new TV network, they start infiltrating “social media.”
  • Disclosure: Because I’m mouthy all the time like this, RT had me on as a guest. They prop up US “subversives.” And they don’t edit you!
  • Fun fact: Al Jazeera and RT just let me talk. US media almost always wants some hand in your final product before booking you. Ironic, no?
  • But from about 2009 to the 2016 election, a madness is being brewed and slowly poured down the throats of increasingly hysterical Americans.
  • When you imbibe from this potion, everything is awful and everyone official is lying to you. Only other members of the cult are with you!
  • US media, which is complicit in many of our problems, is portrayed for the extremists as conspiratorial liars. All the time.
  • Formerly sane members of US society start sounding like my schizophrenic grandfather, who said Government was keeping him from His Mission.
  • Only the Gubmint knew the Archangel Gabriel was sending him to find the next Jesus. So, cut it out, CIA! Stop it, Giant Conspiracy!
  • And then people you knew from Functional Daily Life started talking that way. People with car dealerships. Dentists. Regular folk.
  • They started with CONSPIRACY, especially after 2012, because DAMMIT NO THERE SHOULDN’T BE A BLACK DUDE TWO TERMS NOOOO! NO NO NO NO NO NO


  • A CABAL CALLED The Pentaveret: The Queen. The Pope. The Gettys. The Rothschilds. AND COLONEL SANDERS, BEFORE HE WENT TITS UP!
  • If you haven’t unfollowed by now, 1. You’re nuts and 2. Thank you for indulging my So I Married an Axe Murderer reference.
  • MOVING ON. The conspiratorial fever at about 108, we begin the 2016 election – AGAINST EVERYTHING HOLY – in 2015.
  • The Republicans debate over 712 times, discussing topics such as who hated Obamacare more, and who had a large penis. Jesus, that happened.
  • The Democrats all debate who’s going to get out of Hillary’s way first, except for VERMONT’S OWN BERNIE SANDERS, who…gets popular?
  • I’m from Vermont and have known Bernie forever, so I’m very surprised, but everyone kinda likes it. Hillary wins anyhow.
  • And now, the target for electoral mischief is enormous. Hillary is the most known quantity in America, with huge backstory.
  • Creating a conspiracy narrative around the Clintons is like creating a “southern” narrative around NASCAR and grits.
  • Now – with Trump as the non-conformist, not-like-all-the-other-rotten-conspiratorial-assholes paragon, the Russians go into overdrive.


  • The Russians didn’t create Trump – only New York City and American gullibility could have done that. But they’ve got a SWEETHEART outcome.
  • Trump – a moron – is probably unlikely to take the whole enchilada, but that’s perfect. If he gets close enough, he can cry UNFAIR! forever.
  • Amazing scenario for Russia – instead of RT, they get an institutional nihilist chowderhead with American credentials. They butter him up.
  • Hell, to hear many tell of it, they have kompromat on him. But anyhow, they invest in his stuff. He was there in 2013. They have a lever.
  • IF on the off chance, Trump actually (and who could guess this) wins, then…wow, they’ve got quite an opening.
  • Either way, on the run-up to Nov 2016, Russian involvement was as subtle as a fart in a spacesuit.
  • The U.S. IC had its hair on fire. This situation was incredibly dangerous. A paranoid U.S. faction backing a rogue with ties to Russia.
  • OK, Jesus, at LONG LAST, back to my initial premise. Why didn’t Obama and Clinton “do something?” JESUS, WHAT CAN YOU DO?
  • You come out and have the CIA enter the goddamn race for Clinton? True or not, we look like some weird cryptofascist state.
  • Or, you let the Russkis laugh and taunt and infiltrate Facebook with majillions of propaganda tales for idiots? Just let them run around?
  • Do you come out the day after this totally weird-smelling abomination of an election with all its technical difficulties?
  • Do you tell America the day after the election that Russia spearfished all of our think tanks in brazen fashion?
  • Hillary, for her part, gives a brief and all-too-calm speech and goes hiking. Probably the best move on the board.
  • Obama WELCOMES! Mr. Trump in an intense, welcoming welcome. To the White House. Mr. Big Winner Guy! Welcome! Fellow American!
  • Trump looks like he swallowed a goldfish and stares at the floor a bit too long. As if maybe a joke has gone too far.


  • In the next month, a small band of propagandists run in a circle and try to look like they’re forming a government. It’s ungainly.
  • And now, it’s December 11th. Trump says he don’t need no stinkin’ intel agencies. Russia (BWA HAHAHAHAAAA) blames Ukraine! LOLOLOLOLZZZ
  • A lot of Republicans stare into the middle distance, except for McCain and Graham who are NOT HAVING THIS SHIT. (I salute you, gentlemen.)
Not Graham or McCain

Not Graham or McCain

  • And here we are. Americans. Hopefully soon united. This isn’t a partisan issue. Obama isn’t late to the party. People are doing their jobs.
  • If you think any of this is easy, you’re ignorant and delusional. Tonight, though, I write to you with great hope.
  • This may be America’s finest hour, as we act together with unshakable resolve to deal with enemies foreign and domestic.
  • We have done so in the past and come out a stronger, more just, more pluralistic nation. We will do so now. And for me? Or die trying.
  • America is the steward of a genius system entrusted to flawed stewards whose descendants seem to act on the right side of history.
  • This system is not rotten, not beyond repair, not exiled from the future. We have been infiltrated by agents who would drive us mad.
  • This is a nation built on civilization, humanity, and reason, rejecting the febrile superstitions of the past. It must stand. And will.
  • We are at present in a place of danger where some of our fellow citizens have forgotten our most cherished values. We’ve been here before.
  • America, reluctantly but dutifully, recognizes its internal contradictions and failings. Slavery. Racism. Internment. Classism.
  • The genius documents that gave rise to noble American sentiments were themselves authored by those who failed them. (h/t @ Mr. Jefferson)
  • We spilled the blood of our brothers to resolve the contradictions of slavery and then abandoned the project while killing Indians.
  • Americans proclaimed the equality of all men while treating women as chattel and all non-whites as lesser. We are indeed hypocrites.
  • But to be American is to accept that unflinchingly and to soldier forth for future generations, and DO BETTER, GODDAMN IT.
  • There are those who would mire us in worldly cynicism, to anchor us in a world where our institutions betray forever, where values perish.
  • And to be American is to face that intellectual, moral, and spiritual assault with the unshakeable devotion to something more lofty.
  • And when that loftiness fails, as it so often does, to be American is to seize it again and again, knowing that our Creator desire Progress.
  • Progress can come from Traditionalists or Labor Unionists or mystics or musicians or doctors or Senators or journalists. All are exhorted.

Local 1999 President Chuck Jones

Local 1999 President Chuck Jones

Local 1999 President Chuck Jones

  • The Progress demanded by our Creator can be achieved by immigrants and natives, skeptics and believers, the elite and the humble alike.
  • That is America. That is the promise that Americans oft ignore and which more cynical nations would defile for their own gain.
  • That America will last long after I have died, long after new people have picked the torch. Long after we betray it again, as we will.
  • But America will go on, even if by another name, unless all who have heard her name are extinguished. This is just the locus of promise.
  • America came from the olive groves of Italy and the shipyard of Plymouth and the islands of the Philippines. Indivisible.
  • America came from the Torah and Voltaire’s Candide and Adam Smith and zen koans and Greek mathematics and Rumi’s poetry.
  • America is all these things, and should yet another absolutist demagogue, foreign or domestic seize her, it will be far from the end.
  • Now is a time for patriots. It’s also Sunday afternoon. I’m gonna get a beer and watch football. God Bless America, and all nations.
  • </THREAD>


Some Political Phone Calls I’ve Made Recently

November 21st, 2016

November 21, I called the Democratic House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform at (202)225-5054 and asked for a thorough bipartisan investigation into Donald Trump’s finances. On the second try, I got through to a person who took my message.

Inauguration Day, 2017

Inauguration Day, 2017



November 20 just before midnight CST, I called the Morton County (ND) Sheriff’s Dept asking them to stand down and stop firing ice water and rubber bullets at unarmed protesters in 26 degree weather. I was given two numbers. 701-328-8118 (where I left a message) and 701-667-3330 (which was busy). In addition, I called North Dakota Governor Dalrymple in order to ask him to call off the MCSD but I was unable to get through. His office number is 701-328-2200


November 20, I called Speaker Paul Ryan’s office (202)225-3031 to participate in a poll he is conducting about Obamacare. I was not able to leave a message because I called after business hours but I think that is an option if you call during the regular business day. Press 1 if you support Obamacare. Press 2 if you oppose Obamacare. There is no option if you think Obamacare is a good idea but needs some fine-tuning.


November 20, I also called the Department of Justice at (202)353-1555 to suggest an audit of the 2016 Presidential ballot, given what the media has uncovered about Donald Trump’s debts to the Bank of China ($650 million), the Deutsche Bank (who the DoJ just fined $14 billion), and his links to Florida Attorney General/person who decided not to pursue the Trump University case after receiving a $25,000 bribe/Republican elector/member of Trump’s transition team Pam Bondi. You could see how a conflict of interest may arise, right?


I called Senator Rand Paul’s office in D.C. twice, once on the 16th, and again on the 18th. That number is (202)224-4343. I called on one occasion asking Sen. Paul to condemn the Steve Bannon appointment. I called on another occasion asking for him to join in a bipartisan investigation in the link between the Trump campaign and the Russians.


November 17, I called Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen (360)-786-7682 about his bill to criminalize protest that blocks commerce and transportation. He seems to believe that George Soros is really paying people to protest and disrupt and terrorize communities. I left a message against this intended legislation. Here is where you can read more about what he plans.


November 17, I called the Republican House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform at (202)205-5074 and asked for an investigation into Donald Trump’s finances. The same as I asked from the Dem. House Committee days later.


On November 14 and 16, I called the Bowling Green office of Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-Ky) representing Kentucky’s 2nd district. I called asking for a condemnation of the Bannon appointment and the problem with Russian meddling in a Presidential election. That office number is (270)842-9896. I left a message both times and made sure to point out that I lived in his district.




(Vicious caption under innocent photo goes here)


November 16, I called Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin at (502)564-2611 and was put through to a voicemail. I left a message asking that his 2017 goals include hiring more workers for the Benefind call center and making the Benefind website more user-friendly.
November 14 and 15, I called Mitch McConnell’s office in D.C. at (202)224-2541. I wanted him to condemn the Bannon appointment. He is the Senate Majority Leader and a prominent, influential Republican. No messages were accepted, my call was not picked up. Who was I kidding? The difference between Mitch McConnell and a turtle is that a turtle has some type of skeleton.


On November 16, I called Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services. After eight attempts to even get on the line, I was put on hold for about fifty-three minutes, much of which was spent listening to a fifteen-second tune that repeated. After I got a human on the line, I was able to deal with what was essentially an accounting error. I had spent an hour on the phone trying to deal with somebody else’s error. It was then that I realized that the next four years would be like.





Knives Out: GOP Version

November 15th, 2016


This morning, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) proclaimed “Welcome to the dawn of a new unified Republican government.” By the end of the day, three Republican senators had shown that the new Republican government was anything but unified. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team also exposed itself as not only being splintered but totally unprepared for the task awaiting them come January 2017.


I watched Saturday Night Live last week like a lot of people did. It was the first one after the election and Dave Chappelle was host. Dave’s monologue was funny and insightful, some of the best television all year and he closed it with these words “I’m going to give (Trump) a chance, and I’m going to ask him to give us one too.” Crystal clear, Dave. Let’s give Trump a chance.


So Trump selected Steve Bannon as his chief White House strategist. Bannon, the guy who runs where you could find such a steady dose of clickbait, inaccurate news and straight up baiting at the expense of. . . well, let’s just say anyone who isn’t a white male. This was the chance we gave Trump and he totally botched it. How hard is that to do? “Don’t appoint a race-baiting anti-Semite bigot to your cabinet?”


Then you find out Trump almost made Bannon his chief of staff but didn’t because his son-in-law Jared Kushner stepped in. You should read this article on Politico about what a complete shitshow the transition has been. Bannon’s ex-wife accused him of not wanting his daughters to go to a private school with Jews. Kushner, who married Ivanka Trump, is a Jew. You do the math.


The phone lines have been flooded over the last few days by concerned Americans wanting their representatives to condemn the Bannon appointment. So far the only Kentucky politician to condemn it has been Rep. John Yarmuth who is not coincidentally the only Democrat of the bunch. Sen. Rand Paul did not condemn the Bannon appointment but he condemns the mere idea of John Bolton in a cabinet position, promising Politico that he would do “whatever it takes to stop someone like John Bolton from being secretary of state.”
Rand Paul avoiding the Bannon appointment and attacking both Bolton and Rudolph Giuliani (another Iraq war hawk) is interesting. Oh, wait he defends the hiring of Bannon fucking hell.

“I’ve met him. I don’t believe him to be a racist. I don’t believe him to be someone who characterizes people on race, gender, religion, you name it,” Paul said. “I think he ought to be judged by how well he performs.” – Rand Paul to Yahoo News 


Way to pick a hill to die on, Rand. It was an honor to vote for Jim Gray against you last week. I’d do it again in an instant.


Moving along, some of the old guard Republicans found less embarrassing ways to show the schisms in the new Republican government. In a press statement, Sen. John McCain of Arizona condemned the incoming administrations pillow-talk with Russia:

“With the U.S. presidential transition underway, Vladi­mir Putin has said in recent days that he wants to improve relations with the United States. We should place as much faith in such statements as any other made by a former KGB agent who has plunged his country into tyranny, murdered his political opponents, invaded his neighbors, threatened America’s allies and attempted to undermine America’s elections.”


The problem with press statements and open letters is that they are the written word and Trump is not much of a reader. It would have been easier to reach Trump by showing up at 5:30 pm on ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, in the hopes he’s watching.


To McCain’s point of attempting to undermine American elections, Sen. Lindsay Graham wants to investigate whether Russia had a role in cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee to disrupt the election. Lindsay Graham is one guy who got burned by Trump who didn’t come running back. He’s no Ted Cruz.


Is there more? Oh you bet there’s more. Methinks Paul Ryan is cracking if he can say this is the dawn of a new unified anything and keep a straight face. Read the summary of what happened today that I’m copying below. You’ll be gobsmacked. It’s almost like the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup but a tragedy instead.



And In The End, Nobody Won

November 10th, 2016

So let’s recap. 2016 Election post-mortem.


Donald Trump “won” the Presidency. I put “won” in quotes because he will not enjoy his job as President. He is already not looking forward to this. Just look at him.

How long's that doctor gonna be, anyway?

How long’s that doctor gonna be, anyway?


Like he didn’t know that he would have to transition into the office with his predecessor. The guy who he spent the last six years lambasting, calling him a Muslim, saying he wasn’t born in America. Now he has to sit in a room with that guy. Now he has to do a minimal amount of work with Obama who will keep his head up as he has the entire eight years. Dignity and grace giving way to indecency and boorishness. I already miss Obama and he isn’t gone yet.


Melania Trump will be the First Lady. She does not want to be the First Lady. She wants to be. . . I don’t know but not the First Lady. If you think Don has a tough act to follow, think about this poor lady having to follow Michelle. And we’ve seen her naked because she was a model before she ever met Donald Trump. This will be the first time that’s ever happened. She did not sign up for to be the wife of a statesman. I kinda hope she files for divorce in the next four years. That would be classic.


On the bright side, for the first time since Barbara Bush we’ll have a First Lady we can easily masturbate to.


A lot of people are blaming Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and their voters for tipping the election in Trump’s favor. But you see it was a for a very good reason. If third-party candidates get at least five percent of the vote, they get federal funding for the next general election. So, how did that go?



Ooof, not quite. That’s a tough one. Not even when you put them together do you get five percent. That’s a real kick in the pants.


Let’s talk about Hillary. She won the popular vote. Look at that. Incredible how you can have the two most well-known celebrity candidates run and get even fewer votes than Obama and Romney did in 2012. Check the numbers. At least three million fewer voters in 2016.


But Hillary won, didn’t she? What does she have to do? She blocked Bernie out in the homestretch, minimized the impact of Bernie’s fanbase at the convention, had her friend Debbie Wasserman-Schultz do her dirty work for her. When Debbie fell on her sword, in walked Donna Brazile to carry on the game plan of letting the Republicans stoke white anger while making asses out of themselves and playing the wall.


I’ve seen this strategy play out numerous times in Kentucky. In 2010, Jack Conway (our attorney-general at the time) ran for US Senate against Rand Paul. Back then, Paul was just an eye doctor and the son of Ron Paul. It was Conway’s race to lose. So what happened? He lost it. Five years later, he ran for Governor against Matt Bevin. Another gimme for Conway in a state that rarely elects Republican governors, but somehow Bevin won. We are still dealing with this and the DNC’s inability to react to the changing political climate.


And even though more people in the country voted for Hillary Clinton, she didn’t win. So the majority didn’t get what they wanted. And even though the Republicans have the White House and both houses of Congress, they won’t get what they want because they will encounter the same gridlock they dealt out the last eight years to Obama.


So nobody got what they wanted out of this and the people who will suffer the most are the people of color and LGBTQ’s who are already being subject to harassment from bigots and trolls. Mexicans being told they’ll be sent back home. Blacks being called terrible names and black figures hung in effigy. Muslims being threatened, being called names, being attacked in some cases. Krystallnacht 2016.


So here we are. Heroes aren’t born. They’re cornered. And that’s how you find out what you’re made of.


The Least Of These

November 10th, 2016

Wednesday evening after Election day. A Mexican restaurant in Owensboro. Amanda and me. It’s a packed restaurant, around six in the evening. Amanda and me mourning, talking out our feelings over chips and salsa, waiting on our dinners.


I didn’t take notes. It was a conversation. It was two people in shock. Mourning. One step forward (Obama), two steps or more back (Trump). How could it happen? It can’t happen here? Oh it can and it did. It absolutely did and while it probably shocked a lot of white people, it probably didn’t surprise that many people of color. So I felt a taste of what that felt like. Even though I should know already.


I mean, I’m disabled. I’m a disabled, mentally ill, artist who lives below the poverty level. I should understand already. On one level I do. But I’m a white guy. And I never got pulled over for driving while black. I’m sure I’ve been racially profiled but I’ve probably been given the benefit of the doubt because I’m a white person. But I’m a poor disabled person, so I don’t mean a whole hell of a lot to whatever “the establishment” is either. For what it’s worth.


Anyway, Amanda and me in the Real Hacienda. It’s different from Hacienda. It’s a Real Hacienda. There’s only a few of these and they are exclusive to Owensboro, Kentucky. Anyway, it’s a Mexican joint. The staff is Mexican. Servers, cooks, everybody. Mexicans. I’m assuming. It is a Mexican joint.


Amanda and me sit at a table near the front register. Up walks a guy ready to pay his bill. He’s got a red cap on that says “Make America Great Again”. On top of that he’s wearing what looks like a new shirt. It’s bright red, same color as the cap. In big white letters it says “TRUMP” and underneath in smaller letters it says “IS MY PRESIDENT”. On the back of the shirt is the URL for Infowars.


(Side note: If you told me I could punch either Trump or Alex Jones but only one of them, I’d choose Alex Jones every time. Trump’s seventy, so he’s about to go anyway, what with the amount of stress he’ll be under as President. I’d punch Alex and hope I caught Trump on the rebound.)


So here we are. Mexican restaurant. Mexican staff. White guy paying his tab. Red Trump shirt, Red Trump hat. Trump, the guy who said Mexicans illegals were all rapists and such. In a goddamn Mexican restaurant. With a bunch of Mexicans running the place. Serving his drinks. Cooking his food. Dropping his food on the kitchen floor. Stepping on food before picking it up. Farting on his beans and rice. Spitting in his Coca-Cola. Wouldn’t you? On this day of all days?


I don’t know that they did that. But they should have. I would have applauded them. They deserve five stars on Yelp for not punching the guy in the face.


I looked at the guy. In his dumb red shirt and his dumb red hat. And I said “fuckin’ really?” My brain skipped straight to “are you kidding?” But he wasn’t. Him and somebody else at the register were talking about the rally they attended in Evansville. The Trump rally, obviously.


It’s just a dick move, isn’t it? I mean there’s no law saying you can’t wear that shirt and that hat in that restaurant. It’s not like some restaurants or clubs where they won’t let black guys in for wearing baggy jeans or fitted caps or doo-rags. No, that would be discrimination. It’s just a dick move on that guy’s part. And I yelled at him. He walked right by me and I looked straight at him and said “fuckin’ really?” and because the guy is ignorant, he ignored me.


After that guy left, another white guy came in. Pumped his fists in the air and yelled “whoooo! TRUMP!” like he was O’Doyle in “Billy Madison”. And then he went in and sat down. I hope to hell something happened to his food. It’s another dick move. One step forward, who knows how many steps back.


I wanted to cry. Right there in the middle of Real Hacienda. I almost broke down in tears. I just saw this happen twice in about an hour in one restaurant. How much did it go on elsewhere? How much were people of color and gay people needled, accosted, harassed or even attacked? How much did this go on?


I don’t care about Hillary Clinton losing. I care about people not having basic respect for their fellow man. Who the fuck do you think you are? There’s a protest in Louisville on Thursday. I’m thinking about going. It’s going to take a lot out of me if I go.


So many of my fellow Amerikkkans are second-class citizens. Election Day 2016 made it official. The Bible tells of the Lord saying “whatever you did for the least of these is what you did for me”. Matthew 25:40. I would not be righteous if I ignored my fellow man. Because I am the least of these. I would hope someone would do something for me.

I’m A Blue Drop

November 8th, 2016

My heart is breaking. I am in such shock and horror at what happened on Election Night.


When I go out for a drive, I drive past a lot of houses where signs are up. A lot of “TRUMP PENCE 2016” signs. And sometimes I’ll see a “Hillary For Prison” sign. It’s supposed to be amusing. It’s designed like a standard political poster but it’s got that “for Prison” at the bottom of it. And that’s the punchline. A stateswoman and public servant behind bars.


I was not and am not the biggest fan of Hillary Clinton but I understand well enough the difference between her and Donald Trump. Her record of public service versus his record of financial failure and bailouts.


He fucked over everybody and won. He lied a lot, cheated a lot of people, didn’t pay people. And fucking won. He burned everybody. It’s almost as if he got to live the ultimate dream where he didn’t have to suffer any real consequences for any of his actions or misdeeds. A life without punishment or rebuke, free to do whatever he pleased to whoever. He grabbed everybody by the pussy. He mocked the handicapped. He mocked the looks of his enemies. He was a racist and sexist who exploited the racism, sexism and dumbness of half the US population. And he won.


I can’t do this. I can’t give you a coherent post-mortem right now. There’s a lot to be said and this is not the time. It hurts too much. People are walking around acting like America is over but we still have to live here. We still have to try to make it work.


I’m a blue spot in a red state and I’m afraid because I thought the storm was election night. I didn’t expect him to. . . to win. Nobody did. No poll had Trump winning. So what the fuck now? Isolation and fear? Austerity? Mutually assured destruction?


I wish I knew.


I know this much. If you voted for Trump, you spit in my face today. And you spit in the face of a lot of good people. And you have cut off your own nose to spite your face.