Trump Is The Mother Of All Angry, Hateful, Violent Rhetoric

A terrible tragedy occurred at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park last week. Apparently acting out of political rage, a deranged gunman shot and wounded a number of Republican politicians along with a few of their ever-present lobbyists. And it was shocking to learn that this gunman was not only a liberal, but a Bernie Sanders supporter (and quite possibly Walter Sobchak’s doppelganger).

Why shocking, given that an average of 650 Americans are killed every single week by guns? Because it’s rare to find a gun enthusiast who also embraces liberal politics, though I suppose I could count myself in that category as well. And even rarer to find someone engaging in mass murder in the name of liberal politics, as that’s typically been the realm of both religious and political conservatives throughout the 21st century.

I was also surprised by some of the reactions to the shooting, with a number of Republican politicians and conservative pundits seemingly perplexed by the political vitriol that’s foaming throughout our society – with a few shameless hypocrites actually trying to blame Democrats for all the anger, hatred, and violence. Especially when it has been the Republicans and their conservative attack dogs who have been the ones billowing an endless stream of bellicose rhetoric throughout the presidential campaign – and through all eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, for that matter.

For example, when faced with hecklers at his campaign rallies, Sanders quietly let them air their views, offering to listen to his opponents rather than attempt to brutally silence them. In contrast, when asked how he would handle such a situation, Donald Trump took great pride in pointing out that he would immediately and unequivocally resort to violence: “I don’t know if I will do the fighting myself or if other people will.”

And what’s even more shocking, and downright ridiculous, is Trump’s daughter’s claim that she was surprised by the anger and hatred towards her father in Washington. Add to that one of her brother’s claim that those who disparaged his father were “not even human.”

Did they not hear Trump when he encouraged fans of the Second Amendment (aka, gun enthusiasts) to take action against his political opponents? Did they not hear him when he encouraged his supporters to “knock the crap out” of anyone who disagreed with them? Did they not hear him when he told his supporters that he’d pay their legal fees if they committed violence against protesters? Did they not hear him when he said he could kill a man and not lose any votes? Have they ever even glanced at their father’s Twitter feed, for shit’s sake? Gimme a break!

Given Old Man Trump’s world-class mastery of lying and hypocrisy, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by the ridiculous, duplicitous rubbish being spewed forth by his children. His daughter is trying to position her father as some sort of innocent, angelic victim at the very same time as his son is echoing his brutish method of trying to demean and insult anyone who dares to question or criticize his father.

Let’s face it, Ivanka and Eric, when it comes to mean, Daddy Donald is the reigning queen. On the campaign trail, he mocked Marco Rubio’s physical stature – repeatedly calling him “Little Marco” – and then had the audacity to claim that Rubio was “a very nasty guy.” With Carly Fiorina, he also attacked her physical appearance, saying: “‘Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” Of Lindsey Graham, he said: “He’s one of the dumbest human beings I have ever seen.” He repeatedly called Ted Cruz a liar, which is pretty ironic considering Trump’s chronic disengagement from the truth. He said that Rand Paul “reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain” (again, quite ironic coming from Trump). He compared Ben Carson, who he appointed as his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to a child molester. And for John Kasich, who I thought was the strongest candidate of the bunch, the best he could come up with was: “I have never seen a human being eat in such a disgusting fashion.”

Classy, huh? Certainly not a mean guy, right? And all this after publicly heckling President Obama for nearly a decade.

So please drop the “daddy’s a victim” crap and your whining routine about the rough and tumble of political rhetoric in Washington, DC. Trump and his band of bullies have bulldozed the competition in that category. And that goes for the rest of you right-wing hypocrites as well. It’s as disingenuous as all these nonsensical claims from Republican politicians and conservative pundits who, after eight year of obstruction, insults, and threats during the Obama administration, suddenly want the other side to keep their mouths shuts and let them do whatever they want while they’re in the White House, with no questions – let alone opposition – allowed.

It’s right to condemn this senseless act of violence. But if you want to figure out where all the anger and hatred comes from, Trump, his children, and his political minions across the country need to look no further than the mirror.

Thought of the Day: Crazy Conservatives and Their Conspiracy Theories

If liberals were even half as crazy as conservatives, then they would be pushing theories like claiming that the media actually conspired to get Trump elected, simply to boost their ratings and readership over what they knew, and accurately so, would be an epic, endless shit show of emotional and intellectual immaturity from our nation’s highest office.

In a word, “Gold, Jerry. Gold!

PS – And speaking of the news media, do you know who the luckiest man in the world is right now? Bill Cosby. Yes, his reputation is destroyed, he may likely be convicted, and he hopefully will get exactly what he deserves. But he is so fortunate that Trump and his shit show are dominating the news cycle. Otherwise, the Cosby trial would be getting the 24/7 OJ treatment, with full news coverage dissecting every detail of the accusations and testimony.

Fear and “Wire Tapping” in Amerika

What’s the worst thing about a pathological liar? No, not the lying; you get used to that, even expect it from them…when they speak, they lie. The worst part is when they get caught in a lie and still insist that it’s true.

A liar has no respect for the truth. And it’s one thing to try to deceive someone to gain an unfair advantage. But when that deceit is exposed and the liar still continues to perpetrate the lie, then it is clear that they have no respect for anyone – including themselves.

Donald Trump is a pathological liar. He has no respect for the truth. And his unrepentant dishonesty, especially in ace of the facts exposing his lies, shows that he has no respect for us, either.

Liar in Chief
When Trump claimed more than a month ago, on March 4th, that President Barack Obama had wiretapped his residence at Trump Tower during last year’s presidential campaign, he failed to provide any evidence to substantiate this public accusation. And it is a huge accusation, claiming that the President of the United States deliberately broke the law – the kind of stuff Nixon was infamously guilty of.

Naturally, Trump doubled-down on his claim, repeatedly insisting it was true yet refusing to offer any proof. And everyone who has looked into this outlandish accusation – from the Director of the FBI to the Department of Justice to fellow Republicans such as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes – have gone on record as saying that there’s absolutely no evidence to support it. Which is the polite way of saying that it’s a lie. Yes, the FBI, Department of Justice, and Congress have all confirmed that Trump has lied to the American public…to the entire world.

And that’s when Trump started backpedaling, with both he and his handlers suddenly claiming that when he accused Obama of wiretapping he didn’t really mean wiretapping. Of course, that’s typical of Trump, making a bold lie and then denying that he said it – despite the hard, public evidence that proves he did.

In this case, however, Trump and his lie factory are claiming that the evidence of his “vagueness” was in the punctuation. Namely that since Trump used quotation marks around the words – “wire tapping” – that he didn’t actually mean wiretapping. In other words, it’s not a lie because he didn’t really mean it. Kind of like when I say Donald Trump loves “golden showers.” Or, perhaps more accurately, Donald Trump “loves” golden showers.

And Trump’s lie about what he said – or meant to say – might have covered his original lie, except that he only used quotation marks in two of the four tweets he made accusing Obama of the crime. In the other two tweets, there were no quotation marks – just straight-up accusations that Obama was tapping his phones. So nice try, Donny, but that’s yet another lie. And two lies don’t make a right, or a truth, even if you put one of them in quotation marks.

The Sadness Behind His Madness
In what’s become the typical Trumpian defense, his lie factory is now arguing (the justifications change, but the lie remains the same) that the reason the the FBI, Department of Justice, and Congress are all calling him a liar is because they don’t have all the evidence. So, naturally, they asked the White House to produce this evidence they keep referring to, yet Trump and his handlers refuse to produce any such evidence. It’s like he and his entire team have the intellectual and emotional equivalency of a 4-year-old boy.

The best speculation I can make is that Trump might be thinking of his former National Security Adviser, Mike Flynn, who resigned in disgrace after being caught lying to Congress (kind of like Trump, eh?). Flynn, as you’ll recall, lied about discussing the sanctions – which had just been imposed by the United States because Russia had interfered with our election – with the Russian Ambassador during the campaign. That conversation took place the day the sanctions were announced, with the implication being that Flynn was reassuring the Russians that if Trump gets elected he will repeal the sanctions (a promise he’s only made partially good on…seems he lies to everyone).

How do we know this? Not because Trump Tower or anyone in the Trump campaign were being surveilled, wiretapped, or even “wire tapped.”  The guy Flynn was talking to, the most senior representative of what has historically been America’s greatest adversary, was the target of an ongoing FBI counterintelligence investigation. As someone qualified to be appointed National Security Adviser, Flynn should have known that the Russian Ambassador was under surveillance. Idiot.

Trump’s Russian Agent Adviser
No matter what Trump and his lair of liars say, FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers have both testified before Congress that Russia had indeed interfered with the election in an attempt to help Trump and hurt Clinton. That is no longer speculation…it’s now a confirmed fact. The investigation is now looking into whether or not Trump and his team colluded with a foreign power – Russia – in an effort to manipulate the election in his favor. And Flynn, for his part, has asked for immunity in exchange for his testimony, which may indicate that he feels he has violated the law in some way, all of which should be very disturbing news for the Trump administration.

Equally disturbing is the revelation that Flynn, four days after Trump made his baseless accusations, registered with the Department of Justice as “an agent of a foreign government.” And it appears to be a retroactive move, as he was being paid $530,000 to help overthrow the Turkish government (our ally, by the way) while also working for the Trump presidential campaign last year. Which means that he was working for a foreign government while sitting in on classified national security briefings with Donald Trump.

That’s right, Trump’s original National Security Adviser, and one of his senior-most advisers during the campaign, was a foreign agent at the time. And we have since learned that Flynn failed to disclose (in other words, he lied…once again) that he had received an additional $150,000 in overseas payments – some of which came from Russia’s official state propaganda tool, RT, which is the modern equivalent of the Soviet-era Pravda. Making Russia America great again!

Commander in Disbelief
Perhaps more disturbing than Trump’s incessant lying is how comfortable he is telling these lies – to the American public, and the entire world. He said, “So if I tweet two or three or four or five times a day, and if most of them are good, and I really want them all to be good, but if I make one mistake in a month — this one I don’t think is going to prove to be a mistake at all.”

Is that really what we deserve from the President of the United States…one false public statement a month? That doesn’t sound like “winning” to me. Of course, in typical Trump fashion, he is being overly generous about his abilities, as it’s been more like one lie per day. Or, in the case of March 4th, 2017, one lie repeated four times in one day, and then nearly every day for an entire month (perhaps it even be for years, considering how long he refused to admit his lie about Obama’s birth certificate for years after the document in question was produced and verified – unlike Trump’s tax returns). Meanwhile, the world – both friends and foes alike – must now decide for itself which of the public declarations made by the man with the nuke codes are lies and which, if any, we should believe. America has never been “less great” than it is right now.

The Bottom Line
Despite the fact that Trump continues to stick to this blatant lie, President Obama did not wiretap Trump Tower. Obama did not wiretap Donald Trump. Obama did not wiretap anyone in the Trump campaign. Obama did not conduct any type of surveillance on Trump Tower. Obama did not conduct any type of surveillance of Donald Trump. Obama did not conduct any type of surveillance of anyone in the Trump campaign. These are lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, and more lies. You can even put them in quotation marks, but they will still be lies.

The FBI routinely conducts surveillance on foreign nationals it suspects of presenting a threat to America. Always has, and always will, as part of their day-to-day mission of keeping America safe. And at least one senior member of Trump’s transition team, Mike Flynn, was working as a paid agent of a foreign power at the time, met with a foreign national who was under FBI surveillance. And when you meet with someone who is under FBI surveillance, that meeting will be recorded…not because Flynn was being wiretapped, but because the type of people Flynn was doing business with were being wiretapped.

And that’s the real question you should be asking yourself at this point: why was the Trump transition team meeting with people the FBI were already investigating? If these people are suspicious enough to warrant FBI surveillance, then what sort of dealings and discussions were Trump’s people having with them?

Yet despite all of this, the latest Breitbart headline – “Democrats Target Nunes After He Reveals That Trump Transition Team Was Surveilled” – aims to deceive you into thinking that Nunes has somehow debunked Trump’s lies. Why? Probably because they don’t want you wondering why they were meeting with foreign agents under FBI surveillance.

Again, it was the foreign agents who the Trump transition were meeting with that were surveilled. If the FBI are listening to the conversations of Russian spies, as they should be, and several members of the Trump transition team – including, as we have since learned, his own son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner – decide to have clandestine meetings with these suspicious characters, then they are going to be recorded – just as all conversations with these enemy agents are, no matter who is meeting with them. How do you not understand this?

Maybe it’s because you morons love Russia so much that you cannot imagine that anyone from that authoritarian regime would want to do America harm (though the fact that the Russian military are stationed at the same base where their Syrian comrades launched a chemical weapons attack on civilians indicates that they are fine with such behavior; not to mention the fact that Trump gave them a heads up, which is probably why the 59 missiles we fired only managed to destroy six jets), so let me try putting it another way. You know the military is targeting Al Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorist organizations, right? If you – for whatever reason – decide to visit one of those “bad hombres” and we happen to drop a bomb on their house that day, that does not mean the US military was targeting you, numbnuts.

Rather than admit the truth, Trump continues to lie to the American public. But if you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. And the Trump administration appears to be infested.

Thought of the Day: The Trumping of America

It’s been a little more than a month since Donny “Little Hands” Trump took over the White House. Though I imagine that Sean Spicer, the Official Spewer of Falsehoods, might aggressively insist that he’s actually been in office for a much longer period of time, like 37 years.

And, much to my surprise, I think their way of thinking is starting to rub off on me. For example, just the other day, while listening to the rectal dribble seeping incessantly from Kellyanne Conway’s wretched mouth, I suddenly thought – albeit only for a moment – that the mandatory sterilization of people you deem undesirable might actually be a good policy.

Thought of the Day: Everything You Need To Know About Donald Trump

OK, so let me get this straight…if you don’t win the election, then it’s rigged. But if you do win, then it’s not rigged. Got it. Thanks. That tells me everything I need to know about you.

Made in Korea: Lessons for the 21st Century

phonebombsIn its latest act of international aggression, North Korea announced today that it has developed its own Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone. Though many in the West question whether it can really explode.

Korea has to be the most poignant lesson in geopolitics in our lifetime. Compare North and South Korea. Both are inhabited by the same people, with the same history, traditions, and culture. And after decades of war and foreign oppression, both got a new start in 1954. That’s just over 60 years ago.

South Korea has blossomed into one of the strongest and most influential nations on the planet. Their cars, consumer electronics, and other products have found markets all around the world. Culturally, they have a powerful pop music scene and have been producing some exceptional films.

The Korean Peninsula photographed from the International Space Station at night. The darkness is North Korea.

The Korean Peninsula photographed from the International Space Station at night. The gap of darkness between China (upper left) and South Korea (lower right) is North Korea.

North Korean, well, not so much so. They only thing they’re known for is starving their own people to death. It’s been one giant, miserable failure.

Never before has there been such a clear-cut argument for capitalism and democracy over socialism, totalitarianism, and dictatorships. You’ve got the same people, the same history, but different forms of government. One has succeeded spectacularly while the other has failed horrifically. You couldn’t have created a more scientific study.

And it’s a shame that the clear-cut results of this study don’t get more attention. Those who are touting socialism should certainly take note. Hell, just look at all the former socialist and communist nations. The only ones that have succeeded are the ones that eventually embraced capitalism. As for those people and nations who still espouse totalitarian dictatorships as a plausible form of government, well, let’s just say that supporters of Vladdy Putin and Donny Jong-Trump should take a good, hard look at this lesson as well.