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.

Wisconsin Republicans Screw Up AGAIN!

When George Floyd died at the knee of a Minneapolis policeman, Wisconsin Governor Evers and Lt Governor Mandela Barnes put together a set of initiatives for police reform. It’s been a couple of months now and those vindictive Wisconsin Republican bastards can’t even , won’t even, discuss the police reform bills. They are being bastards because they can. This is not the first time they have rubbed Governor Evers’ nose in their poop and thrown him out the window.

So who is the butt head in the Republican Party doing this? Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke. Good old boy. He was chosen by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to chair a task force to investigate “racial disparities, educational opportunities, public safety, and police policies and standards…” (Ho hum…Rome is about to burn but let me see what I can learn about this before I do anything…)

And Jim Steinke is promising to pay you in January (maybe) for a hamburger your patience today. Wimpy knows how to work the system, doesn’t he?

In the mean time, while the very white Republicans in charge of the Assembly have decided that the riots in Kenosha fit their agenda of sowing racial hatred and disgust, Jim Steinke has accepted the task force mantle and has chosen NOT to name ANYONE to his taskforce. Oh, but he is ALMOST PROMISING there will be something next year. And you can almost take that rubber check to a failed bank.

I am not black but if I was and I heard this cr@p from Jim Steinke and that it had Robin Vos’ approval, I’d be pissed.

The Republican Party clearly wants to run on a law-and-order ticket so they must create flaws-and-disorder to do that. Now that isn’t an accusation. No. That is an observation. Is there another reason for not acting promptly when Seattle, Portland, and other cities have shown what doing nothing will result in?

And, of course, President Trump is coming for a beer summit, oops, sorry, that was a different President wasn’t it? No one knows why (eye-roll here) but Trump’s visit will have something to do with putting those thugs in Kenosha in their place.

Information for this article came from: https://upnorthnewswi.com/2020/08/31/republicans-ignore-yet-another-special-session-take-no-action-on-police-reform-bills/

Portland: Protests vs Riots

I watched about an hour’s worth of Portland videos before writing this only to learn that my thoughts two months ago are still valid today.

a) The daytime protests are in line with non-violent protests I have seen for the past 50 years. Regular people wearing regular clothes singing, carrying signs, shouting their cause through megaphones and at the top of their voices. These are the ones who care passionately about reducing police brutality and preventing the death and injury of people being arrested for a crime.

b) Towards dusk and later, the crowds wear black, they don helmets, they hurl objects, and they attack bystanders as well as police and property. If I were to stereotype the Antifa, the violent people, the destroyers of social order, I would say that if they wear gas masks, wear black, shout their hatred towards the police, and taunt the police, these are the ones I would target for arrest as a police officer assigned to maintain social order.

I read with disgust the statements of Mayor Ted Wheeler, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, and the Oregon Governor Kate Brown related to the death of a Trump supporter. They blamed the death of a Trump supporter on …the presence of Trump supporters… who the officials say were there to incite violence.

The Trump supporter was shot dead by someone in a red car. This is not intimidation, it is not Trump-oriented violence. It is an occupant of a red car who shot the man as he was walking in the street. The video is on the internet if you look for it.

When I read and hear what the officials of Portland and state government say, I am reminded of the expressions “Well that’s what she gets for dressing like this” and “well, what did you expect being there at that time of night”.

If any one needs to be “woke”, it’s the Mayor, the County Chair, and the governor. The violence does not stop until they make it stop. It is their job to provide for the safety of everyone. They have failed to do that. They are illegitimate as a government.

Trump may not do anything now, but if this is still happening on November 4th after the election, I expect the US Military to be on the streets of Portland to quell the violence. And I expect they will remain until January 20th if Trump is not elected to a second term… and longer if he is.

It is UnReasonable to permit civil unrest for social injustice to exist this long. The Governor, the Mayor, and the County have had four months to craft a new police policy as a way to stop the riots and they have not done a thing. Shame on their leadership. Shame on them.

The Prez sniggers at America

While everyone wrings their hands and says the sky is falling, the Prez is having a scornful laugh at America.

The Prez isn’t trying to gerrymander the mail-in ballot process. He’s paying back a political donor for his campaign donations.

It’s classic Trump.

a) Destroy what’s working that he cannot control. (The USPS is independent of the President’s cabinet.)

b) Re-structure the deal to favor his political donors.

This Prez loves to divert government money to his political donors. He’s really good at it. Someone should tell Congress to follow the money for a RICOH violation.

Louid DeJoy:

“DeJoy’s appointment was controversial because of his political bias[17][18], as well as because of his financial position. While he divested some investments before taking on his role (shares in UPS and Amazon), he did not divest his $30-$75 million equity stake in XPO, a subcontractor for USPS. Additionally, when he sold his Amazon shares, he purchased stock options in the company that represent between 20-100% of his prior holdings.[19][20]. Finally, DeJoy is the first postmaster in two decades without prior experience in the United States Postal Service.[21]

Upon assuming office as Postmaster General, DeJoy began taking measures, such as banning overtime and extra trips to deliver mail, to reduce costs. Critics said these measures would result in slowing of the mail service.[22][23][24] Congressional Democrats called for the measures to be rolled back.[25] More than 600 high-speed mail sorting machines were dismantled and removed from postal facilities without explanation,[26] raising concerns that mailed ballots for the November 3 election might not reach election offices on time.[27] Mail collection boxes were removed from the streets in many cities; after photos of boxes being removed were spread on social media, a postal service spokesman said they were being moved to higher traffic areas but that the removals would stop until after the election.[28]

On August 7, 2020, DeJoy announced he had reassigned or displaced 23 senior USPS officials, including the two top executives overseeing day-to-day operations.[29][25] DeJoy said he was trying to breathe new life into a “broken business model.”[30] Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, who chairs the House committee that oversees the post office, said the reorganization was “deliberate sabotage”.[25]

In a letter to postal workers on August 13, 2020, DeJoy confirmed reports of delays in mail delivery, and called the delays “unintended consequences” of changes that eventually would improve service.[31] At the same time that DeJoy was taking measures that postal workers and union officials said were slowing down mail delivery, President Trump told a TV interviewer that he was blocking funds for the postal service in order to hinder mail-in voting.[32]

How many times do we have to tell people that government is not a business and it is not supposed to have a business model? Apparently not enough. Government is a service bought and paid for with taxes. It does not now have and never will have a profit component to it.

In fact, the struggle will always be to ensure that government is effective first and efficient second.

Sometimes I think Peter Drucker’s book “Managing the Non-Profit Organization” should be required reading in every Executive Branch of every city, state, and federal government.

Oh, I know political appointees are more interested in milking the government’s teats than in serving the public’s needs and interests. I’m not naive. And yet, I hope that, if shown the way, some portion of political appointees will do the right thing if they only knew what the right thing was.

So Louis DeJoy will now divert government money to his logistics company in order to “assist” in the mailing of ballots. Money that pays back the Louis DeJoys donations and earns him more money to donate in the future to the Republican Party.

The best democracy money can buy. Embrace it.

Trump the Destroyer

“A scorpion, which cannot swim, asks a frog to carry it across a river on the frog’s back. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung by the scorpion, but the scorpion argues that if it did that, they would both drown. The frog considers this argument sensible and agrees to transport the scorpion. Midway across the river, the scorpion stings the frog anyway, dooming them both. The dying frog asks the scorpion why it stung despite knowing the consequence, to which the scorpion replies: “I couldn’t help it. It’s in my nature.”[

If there is something that works well and serves the American people and its government, President Trump will find it and break it.

America’s leadership in NATO- broken

America’s leadership in G7- broken

America’s preferred standing in the world- broken

Legislative and Executive Branch relationship-broken

Mexico and US relations-broken

Constitutional Protection- broken

International alliances-broken

International travel-broken

Confidence in Public Health System-broken

Budget- Shredded and broken and set afire

Common Decency-broken and now uncommon

Confidence in Federal elections?-in process to be broken

Respect for Republican Party- broken

Respect for Democrat Party-broken

Belief that separation of powers will protect the people and the Constitution-broken

Making America Great Again-broken

The American Empire is now broken. We are a country like all others now. Where we once led with dignity and compassion, we find our fingertips slipping on the edge. Falling into the abyss.

The character of the Presidency-broken and about to be decimated by President Trump’s personal lawyer.

President Trump the Destroyer.

It’s in President Trump’s nature. He breaks what he cannot control.

Kamala Harris is not black

or Black….

No matter how many times the news media calls her America’s first black VP (or Black VP) candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris is not black and definitely not African-American.

She is mixed race. She considers herself American but if that isn’t good enough for you then Jamaican-American is a good way of describing her.

While the American Media still wishes to portray black people as somehow victims after 150 years of freedom and 50 years of Affirmative Action and Non-Discrimination Clauses, Sen. Harris isn’t a victim of American Slavery. She is not now and never has been an American Negro. She was born in SFO and was fortunate enough to have been gifted with good genes from a Jamaican father and an East Indian mother. For those who don’t know, Jamaica is a friendly island in the Caribbean.

She has a powerful intellect and has challenged many professional politicians (and their sycophants) along the way. She is a good choice. She brings hope that good people still exist in American government.

She has some hurdles to overcome but she is capable, experienced, and a formidable debater. I hope she makes it.