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“What are you looking at, Butthead?!”

After a really long, and stressful day, I wanted to watch something mindless and funny. It had been a while since I’d seen Back To The Future, it fit the bill, so I kicked back and put it on. Forget about the political crap at work. Who cares about the stupid Nunes memo.

And man, Huey Lewis was the epitome of 80’s music, huh?

Anyway, so there I am, watching this inconsequentially mindless movie, taking a momentary break from reality, when I see him… Donald Trump, again.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, a few years ago, Back To The Future writer, Bob Gale, confirmed that his inspiration for one of the all-time perfect movie bullies, Biff from Back To The Future, was in fact Donald Trump.

So, again, the Mango Mussolini ends up on my TV screen. But not even the real one this time. No. Instead, I get the bad caricature of Donald Trump. The overly amplified parts; the bad hair combover, the condescending attitude, the insulting of anyone, and the treating of everyone like crap.

Seriously?! why? Why? WHY?! Why would anyone vote for someone like this? I mean Jesus Christ, Trump is such a heinous person that he was easily immortalized as the ultimate high school douchebag in the movies!

“Hello, hello, anybody home? Think, Nunes, think. I gotta have time to get this retyped. Do you realize what would happen if I release the memo in your handwriting? I’ll get impeached. You wouldn’t want that to happen would you? Would you?”

No, Donald. Not at All.

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Witches and Shitholes

Have you ever had one of those situations where you knew you were going to be laid off at work? And do you remember having to wait on tenterhooks day after day, until the other shoe finally dropped? And do you remember how you finally felt after they let you go? That sense of relief when it was all over, and the tension lifted?

That’s kind of how I feel now about Trump’s “shithole” comment right now.

Up until now, the White House could pretend we all keep misunderstanding what the President says. They’ve continued to assert that it’s us that have racism on the brain, since we’re the ones who hear it in every innocent, and patriotic statement that the president makes.

Not anymore! Nope, there’s no candy coating a statement like “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?”, it stands on its own as a perfectly prejudiced presidential position.

Now we can all breathe a sigh of relief. No longer do we have to worry about whether or not the President of the United States is an out and out racist, it’s perfectly clear that he is. There is nothing left for the White House to obfuscate anymore, and there’s nothing left for the media to analyze either. The guy is a closed-minded prick with a dangerous agenda.

Donald Trump is an unabashed white supremacist, a braggart, crook, and a very, very scared white man who sees his views shrinking. He learned racism and hatred at the knee of his father, and he learned it well. He was sued for practicing racial segregation in his properties back in the 70’s. He felt it necessary to protect and defend other racists who marched in support of racism. His knowledge of the world is so distorted that he imagines entire continents of people that live only in huts, and beg for the white people to help them. Trump’s views are not antiquated, they can’t be antiquated if they aren’t even grounded in reality. But his views do have an audience out there, and a dangerous one at that.

And despite the White House’s statement that, “President Trump will always fight for the American people.”, you need only look at the American territory of Puerto Rico to know that’s a bold-faced lie. Currently there are millions of American citizens suffering, and dying on Donald Trump’s watch, and he doesn’t care even a little bit. He’s not only allowing it, he’s endorses it! Donald Trump blames these American citizens for having dark skin when they got hit by a natural disaster. Therefore, it’s their own fault.

So, don’t buy any more of the bullshit talking points you’re going to hear. He’s not going to “fight for all Americans”, Charlottesville and Puerto Rico should be enough to convince you of that. He’s not going to help the forgotten people of America, you need only look at the long-term effects of his tax plan to know that’s crap too.

And finally, I know that Donald Trump called the Russia probe a “witch hunt”. And I know everyone assumes what he means by that. But can you honestly tell me that he and Pence wouldn’t immediately convene an inquisition on witchcraft if they thought they could get away with it?

Love ~ Hate

Imagine you’ve spent most of your life trying to lose as many negative states of mind as you could. To reduce the size of your ego, and live by spiritual principles. And throughout that time you’ve tried to turn the other cheek, no matter what had been done to you, or why.

And then imagine that after decades of practice, you suddenly feel less accomplished, and deeper in your suffering than you ever had been before starting your journey.

And then one day wake up a sudden realization, and a fully formed plan to ruin someone else’s life. You had no conscious realization that any hate you still possessed ran that deep. Nor do you have any memory of wanting to plan, or perform such an act. But suddenly, there it was, complete and ready to go.

Would you follow through?

Would you tell another person?

Would you seek help for yourself?

Or could you accept it as a plateau in your growth?

Friends, don’t let friends spread bullshit

See, now this is the kind of red meat that you feed to the folks in your personal echo chamber. It balances on a grain of truth, and is designed to invoke incredulity, and rage by invoking some of what you already know (Trump plays more golf than any President in memory, and Congress is cutting funding to lots of important areas right now). But then it pretends the two are related. But let’s face it, it’s not as if Congress can somehow limit things like the President’s golfing. All the while feeding the ignorance that metastasizes within everyone’s partisan echo chamber, known as their social media circle.

In other words, no matter how bad you think a particular president is, or how much you hate them and what they stand for, this kind of shit does nobody any good. It’s not grounded in any non-alternative-facts, and only serves to divide us further. And just because someone did the same thing to your favorite president last time, that doesn’t mean it’s remotely smart, or that it’s not bullshit. The sooner we get to a place where we actually understand how our democratic republic works, the sooner we can get rid of all the clowns and dictators, and get back to electing some plain old crooked politicians again.

Friends, don’t let friends spread bullshit.

You say you want a…

They passed their tax plan. It’s poorly written, augmented at the last minute with chicken scratch and notes.

No one in the administration ran any numbers on it, but they swear it’s wonderful for the little guy. Everyone who actually has run numbers on it says it’s horrible. Every economist who has reviewed it, is against it.

It was written to benefit large corporations, and wealthy people by raising taxes on people who can’t afford food and shelter at the same time… because there’s a lot more of us to tax. Don’t take my word for it, Lindsey Graham said so himself. And he added that they had to do it, or else none of their fat cat donors will donate to them anymore. So for those keeping score, that’s an open admission that money and power are more important than their constituents well-being. Period.

The percentage of people getting hopelessly screwed by this bill is so high that it makes a super-majority look small. We far outnumber them almost 100 to 1.

(I should also add, the multiple guilty pleas that already appear indicate that the current administration usurped democracy in its quest for power…)

If this isn’t a time for open revolt, I’m not sure what is.

“…when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Considering everything that Sessions and Kushner are responsible for in our government, I’m getting mighty concerned about the memory issues they’ve both been experiencing.

I mean, for all we know, Jared has already successfully reimagined the Veteran’s Affairs like 3 or 4 times now, but keeps forgetting his fantastic solution!

And it would also explain why Sessions still thinks that Reefer Madness is an accurate representation of how dangerous the Devil’s Lettuce is.

Grope Grope Grab Grab

So lately, with all of the sex assault allegations firing off in every direction, taking down politicians left and right (yes, I know it extends far beyond politics), it has me thinking… I’m sure what I’m about to say will piss a few people off, but here goes.

For one thing, it’s absolutely wonderful that we are finally in a place where victims of this kind of abuse can finally feel confident enough to tell their story with far less fear of reprisal. It’s been a long time coming.

What is also amazing is how the victims are finally getting the benefit of the doubt, right out of the gate. The phrase, “I believe the women” is now being spoken by anyone who wants to enjoy any sort of public life in the future.

But, I also found myself thinking about the fact that, in politics, people play dirty. I’m not saying anyone is in these cases, but just for a second, imagine what the perfect political weapon would be. It would have to be the ability to make accusations of wrongdoing that’ll get judged long before they get proven.

Now, before anyone loses their shit on me, I want to make sure to say that I feel every accusation I have heard recently has been completely credible.

But, just imagine what you could do with that kind of weapon. Aim it at someone, and you could get a perfect hit (and resignation), every time! And by the time an investigation was done and we found out the truth, it wouldn’t matter because your political enemy would still be gone. And you would still get your special election, and a really good chance to plop your candidate in the newly vacated seat.

The court of public opinion has suddenly increased exponentially in power because of social media. And with it, the possibility that we can completely undermine the legal standard of due process. “Innocent until proven guilty”, would become afterthought. Again, that isn’t the case right now. But, I could see it happening if we aren’t careful.

It would be great if there was an easier, more expeditious way to prove guilt. But, alas, it’s not like some guy guy running for president is going to openly admit popping a Tic Tac, and then grabbing women by the crotch.