Freedom of Something?

“The first mask mandate went into effect on July 30 when the seven-day new case average was, according to the Department of Health Services, 887 new cases daily. Case growth would gradually decrease, reaching a low point on Sept. 3 of 674 average daily confirmed cases over seven days. However, once students returned to classrooms, especially in colleges, spread of the virus exploded. The seven-day daily average is now 2,155 cases, according to the Department of Health Services.”

And so it goes…more Republican judge shopping… the intent is to find a judge who thinks Republican goals HAVE MORE VALUE THAN COVID-19 PREVENTION!

Draw your own conclusions…

President “Wimpy”

Yay! President Trump waited until 30 days before election day to announce…wait for it…..a PROMISE!
Now I don’t know President Trump personally but it appears he “will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” So vote for him!
After what seems like a year of Black America insecurity, the President promises to do something next time in the White House. We should be grateful he took notice of the issue at all.

Oh, wait! President Trump isn’t going to do anything about police violence. Oh, no. He’s promising something that “the Black Community” hasn’t even asked for.

sigh…

Well, I guess maybe item 2 on the list is meant to address police brutality in some weird way. Is everyone feeling safer now that Item 2 has already been done?

If you are Native American or a poor white person who lost your job, how do you feel about all this attention?

As for giving only Black Churches access to federal money, I have no words.

Law and Order? ROFL

The “Law and Order” President appears to once again break the law by ordering it to be done. I guess that is what he meant by this:

https://apnews.com/article/billings-montana-archive-only-on-ap-472201d09bc69de32fbf3e110c094fa6

When the President is not draining the swamp, he is creating a new one.

Here is how the corrupt Trump Admin really get things done:

a) Appoint a shill to a Deputy position avoiding Senate confirmation.

b) Appoint the shill to the Acting Director position but never have your buddy in the Senate actually confirm him for the job as Director.

c) Your shill knows he will not be appointed so he writes something that says as long as there is no Director over him , then all the power and duties of the Director’s office now belong to him.

d) Then the shill opens up 95% of the federal lands in Montana to oil and gas companies.

e) Then the Montana governor sues the Trump Administration because the un-appointed shill didn’t have the Constitutional authority to actually approve selling those rights in Montana.

f) Then the Trump layers argue that while the shill didn’t have the position, he did have the authority and power to do what he did because he wrote a piece of paper that said he did. Then they said Obama did it, too…like children.

g) The Judge tells them they are idiots and rules against the President’s lawyers.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump’s leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully, blocking him from continuing in the position in the latest pushback against the administration’s practice of filling key positions without U.S. Senate approval.

U.S. Interior Department Bureau of Land Management acting director William Perry Pendley served unlawfully for 424 days without being confirmed to the post by the Senate as required under the Constitution, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris determined.”

Oh, did I mention that William Perry Pendley also did this:

During the Reagan administration, Pendley was a deputy interior secretary for energy and minerals under James G. Watt.[7] Pendley was reassigned in 1984 when a federal commission faulted him, along with other high-ranking officials, in the underpricing of coal-mining leases in the Powder River Basin, the largest such federal sale in history.[

Damn the Infirm and the Elderly! No Mask Mandates Allowed!

Once again, Wisconsin Republican leadership doesn’t give a Shinola that the elderly and the infirm may die from COVID-19. Determined to preserve the personal liberty of not wearing masks at somebody else’s expense, Wisconsin Republicans continue a let-them-eat-cake attitude regarding compromised immune systems and susceptible citizens during a pandemic.

They are banking on the fact that there will not be enough deaths in Wisconsin before November 3rd to impact their election chances. Does that sound harsh? Well, maybe. Forcing herd immunity through inaction seems pretty harsh to me, too.

Whatever-it-takes Trump

So the Republican Party is doing whatever it can to prevent mail-in voting. It is filing lawsuit after lawsuit to undo mail-in voting.

President Trump is asking voters in North Carolina to vote twice in the coming election. This is illegal, of course, and I hope Republican voters ignore the President. Their votes will not count at all if they do and there are fines if they are caught. But I suspect that President Trump only cares that he sows enough chaos to confuse the process enough that he can find a way to stay in power after January 20, 2021. No President has ever done that without being voted in but this President loves to break all rules. It is his way.

So now in Montana, the Republican Party is saying that the Governor’s directive to vote by mail in November is illegal. Of course, this is the same Republican Party that wanted the mail-in voting for the Republican Primary just two months ago.

Apparently, Republicans sue and Democrats protest in order to get their way.

You want to know something really amusing? Federal Passports and State Drivers Licenses are available by mailing in your application and waiting for your license or passport. This is done now “…to prevent fraud and abuse…”

Oh, both parties just argue nonsensically any more. Does it still make you angry? Yeah, me too.

President is such a crock of Shinola

Isn’t he the big man with his big talk and swagger? Mr. “COVID-is-all-a-liberal hoax”. Baloney.

You know the swag of the President, yes? He tweets and he gets on TV and he says people don’t need no stinking masks…

And yet, the State Department who controls all the Passport Operations in the US has been effectively shut down since March. You remember the State Department, right? In the President’s cabinet, yes?

So here is what their website says:

“To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our workforce and customers, we significantly reduced passport operations in March 2020. We have temporarily suspended expedited passport processing for customers applying at an acceptance facility or renewing by mail. At our passport agencies and centers, we have restricted in person service and expedited passport processing to cases involving life-or-death emergencies.”

As of Monday, August 31, there are 10 passport agencies and centers in phase two and 15 agencies and centers in phase one of our reopening plan. Go to our Passport Agency and Center page for more information.

Passport agencies and centers are only open to assist customers who need a passport in the next 72 hours (3 business days) for a life-or-death emergency. For the health and safety of employees and customers, we are minimizing the amount of time employees and customers spend together in our agencies and centers. Customers must make an appointment for life-or-death emergency service and cannot walk in to our agencies or centers. 

Week (Thursday-Wednesday)Applications ReceivedPassports Awaiting Issuance**Passports Issued*
This Week (Aug 20-Aug 26)165,000938,000156,000
Last Week (Aug 13-Aug 19)143,000923,000209,000
2 Weeks Ago (Aug 6-Aug 12)151,000968,000235,000

So there are a million applications in backlog and the input roughly equals the output right now.

How is it that this liberal hoax has shut down the State Department under President Trump? Hmmmm?

And if you do have a life-or-death emergency you have to wear a mask when you go there.

Methinks President Harrumpf is faking everything. Just everything.

LA County Puts ICE on ice

In an unusual twist, Los Angeles County has formally adopted a practice to prevent ICE from taking released prisoners to federal ICE detention facilities for deportation proceedings unless they have a warrant.

The Sheriff supported this change.

This is another example of how states and local municipalities are resisting the federal government in its efforts to deport as many illegals as possible.

This is worth a read:

https://abc7.com/society/la-county-approves-ban-on-ice-transfers-without-warrant/6401906/

President Donald Trump is a Patriot

Maybe not the kind of Patriot that you or I am but a Patriot nonetheless.

President Trump sincerely believes in America and does not wish to destroy it. It’s shocking for me to say it because of how much I dislike the man.

There is much to dislike and even hate but I’ve seen n0thing that says he wishes to destroy the USA although he is doing it without intent.

Which brings us to the point that Donald Trump’s vision of America aligns with 47% of Americans. His followers. Does that scare you?

What do we know about President Trump and his view of America?

a) The America of 1950 through 2000 is changing into a new America for the 21st century and he doesn’t like it one bit. Or whit. Globalism is the enemy invading America and Prez Trump wants to stop the invasion of change. Foreign goods and services can be purchased throughout the US now. Even American global companies are using workers in China, Europe, Asia, and South America to extend the American Business Empire throughout the world. This is anathema to the US nationalists like Prez Trump. Like 47% of Americans who take great pride in the traditions of our country and the rule of America, the changes required to compete in Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America are appalling. American companies’ subservience to international laws and regulations strikes a tone of elitism, egalitarianism, and globalism. It challenges the vision of American Exceptionalism to its very roots. How can America be so great when other countries are able to emulate,and at times exceed, the present capacity and capability of America? America is being challenged in the skies, on the oceans, in the marketplace, and even in the hearts of its people. America is no longer a place in which other nationalities wish to belong. America is a place where other nationalities simply wish to live.

b) Regardless of Prez Trumps rapacious immoral behaviors as an aspiring mogul, President Trump believes in a nuclear family. He believes in it so much that he married three women in order to fulfill his vision of having someone to love. He knows he blew up the other two marriages but he is so thankful that his children live with him in the White House. He is so satisfied with the White House arrangement that he doesn’t want it to end.

c) President Trump is embarrassed and disgusted with people who have no backbone. If you show weakness, President Trump will break you down so he can humiliate you whenever he wants. If you show strength and are opposed to him, he will fight you until you surrender. He will never surrender himself although he may walk away. President Trump admires strong people who agree with him. It is his weakness and no one exploits it more than a bevy of White House beauties who know how to reach his tiny heart and make it thump-thump. Whenever President Trump makes a promise, it is made to the strong people who admire him and admire what he has become. The self-reliant people. The achievers. It is not made to the single mom with an IQ of 102 who makes bad choices. Trump celebrates achievement and not existence. He is unconcerned about people who try and fail. They are losers and worthy only of his contempt.

d) President Trump believes that only the best people should be allowed into America. It is an exclusive club. Not anyone can just show up and expect to live with the benefits of American culture. Immigrants must become Americans by proving their worth to contribute to its coffers and to the community and by carrying on America’s perspective of the world.

e) President Trump does not recognize that processes exist to winnow the wheat from the chaff. Automatic and self-perpetuating processes that divide people into the haves and have-nots and its up to only the best of the masses to live a blessed life. The others are fated to be losers. Lesser people need not apply for a seat at America’s table. The chronically ill, the lower classes, the inept, the unskilled, the mentally ill, the drug addicted. Prez Trump sees them as useless idiots and not worthy of his attention. He doesn’t care that it is in their DNA to fail at life. He thinks it is all a personal choice. He is wrong.

f) President Trump sees the BLM protests and doesn’t care that things like respect, dignity, safety is broken for some people and needs attention. He only sees the violence and the looting; he knows instinctively violence and looting doesn’t create the kind of self-reliant achievers he admires. He no more thinks of the life-oppressed citizen than he thinks about the air he breathes. They are simply there. The masses of people who were not granted good genes, good parents, and/or good health. He sees the violence of the oppressed, the depressed and the lonely as a threat to his kind of America. This is his way. Is it yours, too?

g) And 47% of Americans worry they may be attacked or controlled by the masses that President Trump doesn’t even care about. He stokes those coals to a bright flame of fear. “Fear This, Fear That ” Trump shouts and the self-reliant (who are barely hanging on by a thread) follow the President’s fear. Life is always on the edge for them. Their life, earned through abstinence, obedience, morality, and perseverance is always at risk from the behavior of the masses.

h) To President Trump, the Constitution is not America, nor is the government of the people. It isn’t the laws. To President Donald Trump, America is people like him. The ones who came before, the ones who are here now, and the ones who will come later. He enlists into his cause the ones who desire the fruits of self-reliance and achievement. They do truly believe that America is the Constitution and the government and ordinary people. Trump uses that. He pulls the Trump wool over their eyes in order to get their votes.

i) To President Trump, glorifying oneself is the American way. Gathering followers is the American way. Proving he can do what others cannot is the American way.

“Out of the crooked timber of humanity , no straight thing was ever made”-Immanuel Kant

But if you ask Trump, there’s never been a carpenter like himself in the history of the world.