Sunday, January 20, 2019

Trump’s Hostage Negotiation


Did you listen to Mr. Trump’s recent presentation to the nation?

I was immediately struck with how similar his “offer” to the Congressional Democrats sounded like a criminal hostage negotiation from the TV program, Without a Trace… only with poor acting.

Saturday Night Live, Weekend Update, has it right, except for one thing: All of us are being held hostage.

Weekend Update: Government Shutdown - SNL


Friday, January 18, 2019

An Extrication Challenge

*About the hat... Please see below.

Fortunately, I don’t work for the federal government.

But if I did, I’d be an unhappy cowboy.

Further, I’d certainly not be inclined to vote for the ole boy at the top, the president. Because it has come to the attention of a few people that Mr. Trump is hunky-dory with his government employee shutout… and the longer it runs… the better.

How do I know? Well, this past Monday, he tweeted his approval of an article, “blasting federal workers, calling for a long shutdown.” Worse, Mr. Trump seems to believe that federal government workers are an undeserving lot and that there are just way too many of them.

So, about now, I’d be feelin’ pretty blue and thinkin’ that Mr. Trump’s shutout has nothing to do with builidin’ that ole wall... but a whole lot to do with punishing workers for simply bein’ federal employees… and eliminating as many of 'em as he can.

Here’s the story:

Trump shares article blasting federal workers, calling for long shutdown, Morgan Gstalter, the hill.com, 15 Jan 2019.

“President Trump on Monday shared an op-ed from a writer claiming to be an anonymous senior member of his administration who harshly criticizes federal workers as disloyal to the White House and worthy of losing their jobs.”

“The writer of the op-ed, published by conservative news site The Daily Caller, argues the partial government shutdown is an opportunity for Trump to greatly reduce the size of government.”

“On an average day, roughly 15 percent of the employees around me are exceptional patriots serving their country. I wish I could give competitive salaries to them and no one else,” the op-ed reads. “But 80 percent feel no pressure to produce results. If they don’t feel like doing what they are told, they don’t.”

-more-

Want to read the whole anonymous senior member of his administration article thing from the source? Please go here:

I’m a Senior Trump Official, and I Hope a Long Shutdown Smokes Out the Resistance, Senior Trump Official, dailycaller.com, 14 Jan 2019.

“The lapse in appropriations is more than a battle over a wall. It is an opportunity to strip wasteful government agencies for good.”

“On an average day, roughly 15 percent of the employees around me are exceptional patriots serving their country. I wish I could give competitive salaries to them and no one else. But 80 percent feel no pressure to produce results. If they don’t feel like doing what they are told, they don’t.”

“Due to the lack of funding, many federal agencies are now operating more effectively from the top down on a fraction of their workforce, with only select essential personnel serving national security tasks.”

-more-

The Truth… Please…

About the value of federal workers… this we know for certain:
At least two people in the White House have their heads up their ass because they expect the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, the FBI, the TSA people, Air Traffic Controllers, Food Inspectors, …. well, you get the idea… more than 800,000 people... to come to work without pay - indefinitely.

Yardbirds - When Will It End - 1966




*About the hat... The one above is slightly modified... the real one: Your Problem Is Obvious Political Rude Head Up Ass Snapback Hats 



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sowing Pain and Chaos

Credit: Alternet
Look, it appears that one sold out to the Russians oligarchs (please see this in-depth report, The Moscow Project, Bailed Out by Russia.) and now the other has been outed for his connections with Chinese oligarchs.

Normally, I'd say, "Who cares." This is all just typical Republican corruption.

But today one of these guys is President of the US and the other is the Republican Majority Leader of the US Senate.

Together they are holding our nation hostage with their federal government shutout BS. They're sowing more and more pain and chaos with each passing day; destroying the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, forcing government workers and suppliers into charity food banks; and driving us all closer to economic recession.

Well, then... just who are these guys working for?

One hundred cat’s eye marbles say… it’s not the people of the United States.

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On - 1971




Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Psychopathy Enabler

McConnell (R-KY) Psychopathy Enabler
Another man, in addition to Mr. Trump, has the power to end the federal government Trump-shutdown-lockout this very moment.

He is Mr. McConnell (R-KY), the Republican Senate Majority Leader, who for the second time, has refused to allow a vote on the Senate bill which has been approved by the U.S. House.

It is likely that the measure will pass with enough votes to make it veto proof and thus allow federal workers to go back to work and receive their paychecks. Our government would be functioning once again to the dismay of Mr. Trump.

Mr. McConnell's cowardice is simply enabling our psychopath-in-chief to continue to hurt all Americans.

Here's the story...

McConnell blocks House bill to reopen government for second time, Jordain Carney, thehill.com, 15 Jan 2019.

Senate Republicans blocked a House-passed package to reopen the federal government for a second time in as many weeks on Tuesday.

Democratic Sens. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) asked for consent to take up a package of bills that would reopen the federal government.

One bill would fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8, while the other would fund the rest of the impacted departments and agencies through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Under Senate rules, any senator can ask for consent to vote on or pass a bill, but any senator can object. McConnell blocked the two bills, saying the Senate wouldn't "participate in something that doesn't lead to an outcome."

McConnell for weeks has said he would not bring legislation to the floor on the shutdown unless there was a deal between President Trump and Democrats on border security, the issue that has triggered the shutdown. McConnell has described other votes as "show votes."

"The solution to this is a negotiation between the one person in the country who can sign something into law, the president of the United States, and our Democratic colleagues," McConnell said Tuesday.

Roughly a quarter of the government has been shut down since Dec. 22 over an entrenched fight on funding for Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

The Senate passed a stopgap bill late last year by a voice vote, but it was rejected by the White House because it didn’t include extra border money.

Trump is demanding more than $5 billion for his signature wall. Democratic leadership has pointed to $1.3 billion as their cap and argued that it must go to fencing.

House Democrats passed their package to fully reopen the government earlier this month and have begun passing individual appropriations bills as they try to ratchet up pressure on Republicans to break with the president and support the legislation. But those bills are expected to go nowhere in the GOP-led Senate.

McConnell sought to drive a wedge between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Democrats earlier Tuesday, characterizing the newly minted House leader as making border security “take a back seat to the political whims of the far left.”

“Here in the Senate my Democratic colleagues have an important choice to make. They could stand with common sense border experts, with federal workers and with their own past voting records, by the way, or they could continue to remain passive spectators complaining from the sidelines, as the Speaker refuses to negotiate with the White House,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.

Talks between Trump and congressional leadership are at a standstill after the president walked out of a White House meeting last week when Pelosi told him that Democrats would not consider border wall funding even if he fully reopened the government.

Democrats are trying to build pressure on McConnell to break with Trump and move legislation, something Senate GOP leadership say the careful Republican leader will not do.

Though several senators are publicly picking their own ideas, Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said on Tuesday that hasn’t resulted in much pressure from within the caucus for McConnell to change his strategy.

-more-


Our Leader is a Psychopath



Yes, it is true. For many reasons, the person who occupies the White House matters because beyond politics, this fact should give you chills, “One in 25 people can inflict incredible pain on others without feeling a pang of remorse.”

If the person in the White House has no inkling that the American people are hurting and cares nothing of their pain, well then, we are in serious trouble.

How long will you allow 800,000 federal workers to suffer without their pay, Mr. Trump?

Trump says, for a long time… until the Democrats give me $5 billion for my wall.

I submit, Mr. Trump of is one in 25 who can inflict incredible pain on others without feeling a pang of remorse.

Indeed, we are in serious trouble.

Consider these excerpts from, The Sociopath Next Door, by Martha Stout, Ph.D.

“Imagine – if you can – not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Image no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken.”

“You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for our cold-bloodedness. The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience, that they seldom even guess at your condition.”

“In other words, you are completely free of internal restraints, and your unhampered liberty to do just as you please, with no pangs of conscience, is conveniently invisible to the world.”

“You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences will most likely remain undiscovered.”

“How will you live your life?”

“What will you do with your huge and secret advantage, and with the corresponding handicap of other people (conscience)?”

“Provided you are not forcibly stopped, you can do anything at all.”

“And pretend that the concept of responsibility unknown to you, except as a burden other seem to accept without question, like gullible fools.”

“If you are born at the right time, with some access to family fortune, and you have a special talent of whipping up other people’s hatred and sense of deprivation, you can arrange to kill large numbers of unsuspecting people. With enough money, you can accomplish this from far away, and you can sit back safely and watch in satisfaction.”

“Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs. Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless.”

“Crazy and frightening – and real, in about 4 percent of the population…”

“The prevalence rate for anorexic eating disorders is estimated at 3.43 percent, deemed to be nearly epidemic, and yet this figure is a faction lower than the rate for antisocial personality.”

“The high incidence of sociopathy in human society has a profound effect on the rest of us who must live on this planet, too, even those of us who have not been clinically traumatized. The individuals who constitute this 4 percent drain our relationships, our bank accounts, our accomplishments, our self-esteem, our very peace on earth.”

 “Yet surprisingly, many people know nothing about this disorder, or if they do, they think in terms of violent psychopathy – murderers, serial killers mass murderers – people who have conspicuously broken the law many times over, and who, if caught, will be imprisoned, maybe even put to death by our legal system.”

“Most of us would not imagine any correspondence between conceiving n ethnic genocide and, say, guiltlessly lying to one’s boss about a coworker. But the psychological correspondence is not only there, it is chilling. Simple and profound, the link is the absence of the inner mechanism that beats up on us, emotionally speaking, when we make a choice we view as immoral, unethical, neglectful, or selfish.”

“The presence of absence of conscience is a deep human division, arguably more significant than intelligence, race, or even gender.”

“What differentiates a sociopath who lives off the labors of others from one who occasionally robs convenience stores, or from one who is a contemporary robber baron – or what makes the difference between an ordinary bully and a sociopathic murderer – is nothing more than social status, drive, intellect, blood lust, or simple opportunity.”

“What distinguishes all of these people from the rest of us is an utterly empty hole in the psyche, where there should be the most evolved of all humanizing functions.”


If you could predict who would become the leader you need now, would you elect him or her?


Our Leaders Are Psychopaths



Published on Jul 17, 2017


They walk among us. On the outside. they’re just like you and me, but on the inside they are unfeeling automatons who care only for themselves. They are the psychopaths, and they are in control of our governments, our corporations, our military and all of the positions of power. Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we delve into Political Ponerology, a diagnosis of our politicians and a brief look at the bigger picture.


Forever... a Standing Ovation

Celebrating Carol Channing...
"she (will remain) most fondly remembered by audiences who over the years offered standing ovations and applause in recognition of the theatrical legend."

Carol Channing sings on 1953 TV (Two songs from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)


Monday, January 14, 2019

Number One Sadist




Search Google for “evil images” and you’ll find the image of a Snidely Whiplash-like character.

Look a little further, searching for how to “identify evil”, and you’ll discover how “evil” is discussed in the Bible.

But for 800,000 Americans, and now millions of Americans, plus the "economy" as a whole, I’m betting 100 cat’s eye marbles that “evil” comes front and center, and very personally, with no paycheck deposited in their checking accounts or government services for the rest of us "Joe and Jane" Americans. No money today means a truck load of pain for federal employees and government suppliers, too, even with the Congressional promise that one day their pay will show up.

Still, perhaps, one good thing may come to pass out of this... the longer this debacle continues the more likely Trumpists will come face-to-face with their hero unmasked as the nation’s number one sadist. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that it’s now obvious that Mr. Trump was simply Born Evil and that Trumpists are showing signs of emulating his low intelligence level, lack of empathy, soullessness, psychopathy and the myriad of his other personality disorders by continuing to support him.

Further, and ever so sadly, the mainstream media is complicit in “normalizing” these “Trump behavior disorders”, with bullying topping the list as acceptable.

Basically, at this point, isn’t obvious that Mr. Trump embodies every know evil trait known to humanity?

Fractured Fairy Tales -- Pinnochio - 1960




Saturday, January 12, 2019

Who Dis?

The wave the "old men" establishment fears the most.
For many it may have gone unnoticed.

For me, well, I’m praying that we are witnessing a miracle.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) appears to be feared by “the old men” of both Democratic and Republican parties.

I say that’s a really, really good thing.

Because they are the “establishment” and, for the most part, they have failed the people of the United States. For their “30 pieces of silver” the old men of both parties have “sold out” the best interests of their constituents, i.e. we the people, to their corporate masters.

Now comes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with her magical "wave" appeal that so threatens the "old men establishment".

She was elected, defeating the mainstream democrat, who by the way, like the other old men of the Democratic party, who could have done a lot of good for the people of his district. You may remember with me that the Democrats forgot that human rights matter. They forgot that healthcare matters. They forgot that a living wage matters. The list of the important things they forgot and continue to forget is endless.

On the other side of the street the old men of the Republican party, from the very git-go, never gave a thought to the needs of the people of the United States. They were too busy selling their souls to the devil - corporate America – and working tirelessly to dissolve the protections the people of the United States fought over 200 years to establish. It is and has always been the old men of the Republican Party who have and continue to spend every second trying to dissolve human rights; to eliminate healthcare; and cap wages at a serfdom level. The list of the ruthlessly inhumane things they have enacted and endlessly try to foist on Americans is endless beyond belief.

“Who Dis?”, was the outstandingly appropriate answer Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave former Sen. Joe Lieberman’s recent attempted put down.

We know, and she certainly knows, who Lieberman is and what the other old men of both parties have given the people of the United States - pain and misery.

It’s well past time for a change away from the “old men” establishment that has given us the current Trumpian disgrace.

Personally, since 1968 I’ve been looking for a leader to take on the “establishment”. I think we have found her, here's why... (Please see videos below.)

For more about the “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tidal wave” please go here.
Conservative Men Are Obsessed With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Science Tells Us Why
Laura Bassett, huffingtonpost.com, 11 Jan 2019.

Robert F. Kennedy - University of Kansas Address - 18 Mar 1968


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Stuns Crowd With Speech



Thursday, January 10, 2019

Corporations Must Pay the Piper, Too

The piper made 'em pay... so should corporations.
I’ve often wondered why big corporations can perform one criminal activity after the other without facing the “proverbial music” and be broken up or dissolved and put out of business.

Yes, some end up paying fines, but, then they just go back to doing what they do best… fraud, thievery, bribery, or just their usual, everyday screwing over their customers with shoddy products, terrible customer service, usurious interest rates or… the list is simply endless.

I mean, corporations have all the rights… and more… of U.S. citizens. (The Supreme Court has made it so.) But seldom do they face the consequences of their evil deeds.

For instance, the Justices have said it’s O.K. for corporations to donate unlimited piles of bucks to political campaigns. So, now we find ourselves at the point where our government is populated with nothing more than high-paid corporate shills who only do the bidding of their corporate masters.

Frankly, I think it is time for a serious reprise of the Corporate Death Penalty. Perhaps we should set up a separate court for citizens to bring charges against corporations, no matter their size or political clout, for the sole purpose of culling out and abolishing those heretofore untouchable sleazebag outfits which have repeatedly harmed the public.

That’s why I agree with Thom Hartmann. Here’s the story…

Thom Hartmann: Bring Back the Corporate Death Penalty, truthdig.com ,7 Jan 2019

"The good citizens of California have been wondering out loud who killed 86 of their citizens in the Camp Fire, along with dozens of other Californians over the years in other fires. Now both federal and state prosecutors are focusing on a likely suspect: Pacific Gas and Electric."

"California’s largest private, for-profit corporate utility appears to have killed a number of people over the years, in many cases because of negligence apparently prompted by a desire to jack up corporate profits."

"As a corporation, they play by different rules than you or I."

"Imagine you got a holiday package delivery gig, and decided to make more money by increasing the number of packages you can deliver in a day. The easiest way to accomplish this is by ignoring state and local regulations (speed limits) and drive like a maniac."

"But what happens if, in your haste, you hit and kill a bunch of schoolkids in a crosswalk?"

"Particularly if you’d already been busted multiple times for felony reckless driving and had already killed other entire families driving badly on public streets…several different times in several different cities. And, on top of that, if you had lied to the police and the courts, saying that you’d been driving very, very carefully—all while you tried to hide or destroy the evidence."

"You’d spend many years in prison for those deaths and the cover-ups; in some states you may even face the death penalty."

"Now consider what happens when a corporation behaves like that."

"Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has already been nailed for “speeding”—ignoring laws that require them to operate in a way that’s safe—and people have already died, on multiple occasions."

"PG&E was found guilty for the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion that injured more than 50 people and killed eight. They were fined $1.6 billion and are on probation now."

"Two years ago, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California noted in a public statement that the company had continued to break that same law. “The jury found PG&E guilty of six felony counts—five willful violations of the Pipeline Safety Act and one count of corruptly obstructing the federal investigation…” As an additional penalty, they were ordered to perform 10,000 hours of community service, pay a $3 million fine, and another five years was added to their “probation.”

"In 2017 alone, PG&E’s failure to properly maintain and operate their equipment and rights-of-way caused 17 fires in California; while investigators referred 11 of those cases to prosecutors for code violations, so far there have been no new indictments."

"In December of 2018, PG&E was again busted by the California Public Utilities Commission for not only refusing to mark and warn people of the locations of their gas pipelines in a timely fashion, but, as CNN noted, they “[P]ressured workers to falsify data…”

"And the crimes of PG&E pale in comparison to those of the tobacco industry, the asbestos industry, and companies like ExxonMobil that promoted lies about global warming while continuing to profitably and massively pollute."

"The Corporate Death Penalty Is Not New"

-more-

“The prevalence of the corporation in America has led men of this generation to act, at times, as if the privilege of doing business in corporate form were inherent in the citizen, and has led them to accept the evils attendant upon the free and unrestricted use of the corporate mechanism as if these evils were the inescapable price of civilized life, and, hence to be borne with resignation.

“Throughout the greater part of our history, a different view prevailed.

“Although the value of this instrumentality in commerce and industry was fully recognized, incorporation for business was commonly denied long after it had been freely granted for religious, educational, and charitable purposes.

“It was denied because of fear. Fear of encroachment upon the liberties and opportunities of the individual. Fear of the subjection of labor to capital. Fear of monopoly. Fear that the absorption of capital by corporations, and their perpetual life, might bring evils similar to those which attended mortmain [immortality]. There was a sense of some insidious menace inherent in large aggregations of capital, particularly when held by corporations.”

—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, 1933 dissent in Liggett v. Lee

Fractured Fairy Tales The Pied Piper - 1960


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Mr. Trump, "Tear Down Your Imaginary Wall"

Abraham Lincoln, by George Peter Alexander Healy,
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
I'm guessing that Mr. Lincoln might have said something like this following Mr. Trump's TV presentation last night: "Mr. Trump, tear down your imaginary wall." And, then, "O.K. now. Let's get about the nation's business by first making sure our people have their pay checks so they can feed their children."

These observation... about Mr. Lincoln,  a man who knew a thing or two about real crises... (Thanks to my brother, Gary, for the story link.)

The Suicide of a Great Democracy, George Packer, The Atlantic, 8 Jan 2019.
"A shutdown looks like the beginning of the end that Lincoln always knew was possible."

"During the Civil War, the government never shut down—not even when the capital was threatened by Confederate troops. A shutdown would have undermined the foundation of Lincoln’s cause, which was the ability of free people to rule themselves. The paralysis and dysfunction would have told the world that the government he led was no longer fully devoted to the cause for which other Americans had given the last full measure of devotion. A shutdown would have looked like the beginning of the end that Lincoln always knew was possible."

"It makes sense that Donald Trump is indifferent to the paralysis of the government he leads, and that he welcomes a shutdown of months or even years. If shutdowns become routine, if politicians view the government in which they serve as a disposable tool, if we’re no longer capable of governing ourselves, this only reflects Trump’s contemptuous attitude toward democracy itself. Shuttered museums, federal workers who can’t pay their bills, national parks with stinking toilets: This is what Trump thinks of American republicanism. This is what the suicide of a great democracy looks like."

So, here's the real story from last night...

"Mr. President we don't need to create artificial crises. We have enough real crises. Let us end this shutdown and bring the American people together around an agenda that will improve life for all of our people." Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

The President must end his shutdown now.
Bernie Sanders Responds to Trump's Oval Office Address


TheRealNews
Published on Jan 8, 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) delivers a response to President Donald Trump's address to the nation Tuesday night on the shutdown and the President's demand for funding for a wall

Visit https://therealnews.com for more stories and help support our work by donating at https://therealnews.com/donate.


Oh, about walls... imaginary or otherwise... they have never worked anyway.
Even Ronald Reagan knew that.

Here's Reagan's "Tear down this wall" speech, 1987


CBS
Published on Jun 11, 2012
From the archives of CBS News, Bill Plante reports on President Reagan's historic speech at the Berlin Wall, on June 12, 1987, where he called on Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the wall that divided East and West Berlin.









Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Courageous in the Moment

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)
I thought it would be good for you to read the words said by one of the most important women of our time, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

The following quotes are from:  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The Rookie Congresswoman Challenging the Democratic EstablishmentCBS's 60 Minutes Overtime, hosted by Anderson Cooper, 6 Jan 2019.

Anderson Cooper: About the level of coverage she, Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is getting by FOX and others, “…they are trying to make you out to be the standard bearer of the Democratic Party and with the idea being that the Democratic Party is radical and is far to the left and wants all these dangerous things. That seems to be one of the subtexts.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “I can see why FOX would consider a living wage to be a radical far left agenda when they are supporting the incarceration of children at our border. I can see how they see that us believing that people should have the legal right to apply for asylum is so vastly different than their punitive policies to build a wall and shut our borders. It is radically different from their point of view. But, we're not the ones that are advocating or defending the violation of human rights and they are.”

Anderson Cooper: What you are talking about, just big picture, is a radical agenda — compared to the way politics is done right now.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "Well, I think that it only has ever been radicals that have changed this country. Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to embark on establishing programs like Social Security."

Anderson Cooper: Do you call yourself a radical?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "Yeah. You know, if that's what radical means, call me a radical."

Anderson Cooper: How are you going to pay for all of this?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "No one asks how we're gonna pay for this Space Force. No one asked how we paid for a $2 trillion tax cut. We only ask how we pay for it on issues of housing, healthcare and education. How do we pay for it? With the same exact mechanisms that we pay for military increases for this Space Force. For all of these— ambitious policies."

About working within the Democratic Party...
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "There are a lot of folks that I think sometimes want to brand me as a flame thrower. But really the truth, I think the truth of what I am is a consensus builder."

About knowing where she is going...
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "I know that when the sunsets on my life I want to tell my children that we established a single-payer system, tuition-free universities, and that we saved their climate for their future because we decided to be courageous in the moment and make it happen."

and finally, this...

Anderson Cooper: These are politically dangerous tactics that you're using...

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "Yeah—"

Anderson Cooper: You've heard that?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "Yeah".

Anderson Cooper: Do you believe it?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "It's absolutely risky. it requires risk to try something new, but also we— we know so much of— of what we've tried in the past hasn't worked, either."

YES!

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a catalyst for change for the better for us the 99.9%… the average Americans, Joes and Janes...  as well as all the others... throughout the world.

Please go here for video highlights from: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The Rookie Congresswoman Challenging the Democratic Establishment, CBS's 60 Minutes Overtime, hosted by Anderson Cooper.

Stevie Wonder - Faith ft. Ariana Grande - 2016


Monday, January 7, 2019

Wee-Wee Whiner

The "worst" president ever.
Tough guy dealmaker or lily-livered coward?

Well, neither. We learned that Mr. Trump is truly a wee-wee whiner after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) vented his position on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” this past Sunday.

Sen Graham said, "If you bring Dick Durbins (sic) (Sen. Richard J. Durbin [D-IL]) to the table, we'll fix this (end the government lockout). I think we'll have offers on the table when we find somebody that's not crazy… We're not going to negotiate with people who are crazy to deal with."

It’s obvious to me that Mr. Trump spent the weekend cowering in his urine-soaked-underwear, fearing confronting 78-year-old grandmother Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). She’s the lady who really does know a couple of things or so about hardball negotiating.

No doubt Mr. Trump knows Ms. Pelosi sees him for what he is, just a petulant child.

His recurring nightmare must be Speaker Pelosi outing him as a cowardly windbag and pulling him by the ear up to the blackboard and making him write 100 times: "I'm the worst president ever & everyone knows!"

Please watch the whole video clip for the real story: CBS News’ Face the Nation, with host Margaret Brennan.

Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now - 1972


Friday, January 4, 2019

Fresh Outta Whacks


Queen Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, lost her head in 1793 during the French Revolution. The anti-monarchists of her time labeled her, “Madame Déficit”, crediting her with “single-handedly ruining France's finances”, due to “perceived frivolousness and her very real extravagance”, to say nothing of the fact that she was an Austrian by birth and a woman too. Both, evidently, hated by true-blooded Frenchmen at the time.

The phrase, Let them eat cake, is often mistakenly attributed to her when told that people were suffering due to widespread bread shortages. She never said the words, however.

Still, she lost her head.

While it appears no one is in danger of having his head misplaced today, it is possible that a couple of federal employees might be contemplating tossing a few rotten eggs toward Mr. Trump and his cabinet secretaries. For, while those 800,000 or so working stiffs are going unpaid and shut out of work, the top dogs are getting $10,000 raises.

There’s something out of whack here, don’t you agree?

Here's the story...

While federal workers go without pay, senior Trump administration officials are poised to get $10,000 raises, Peter Whoriskey and Lisa Rein, the Washington Post, 4 Jan 2019.

While many federal workers go without pay and the government is partially shut down, hundreds of senior Trump political appointees are poised to receive annual raises of about $10,000 a year.

The pay raises for Cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators and even Vice President Pence are scheduled to go into effect beginning Jan. 5 without legislation to stop them, according to documents issued by the Office of Personnel Management and experts in federal pay.

The raises appear to be an unintended consequence of the shutdown: When lawmakers failed to pass bills on Dec. 21 to fund multiple federal agencies, they allowed an existing pay freeze to lapse. Congress enacted a law capping pay for top federal executives in 2013 and renewed it each year. The raises will occur because that cap will expire without legislative action by Saturday, allowing raises to kick in that have accumulated over those years but never took effect, starting with paychecks that will be issued next week.

Cabinet secretaries, for example, would be entitled to a jump in annual salary from $199,700 to $210,700. Deputy secretaries would be entitled to a raise from $179,700 to $189,600. Others affected are under secretaries, deputy directors and other top administrators.

The pay of Pence is scheduled to rise from $230,700 to $243,500.

There was no immediate comment Friday by the White House. A spokesperson for Pence also did not immediately provide comment.

The government payroll system has yet to implement the pay raise for executives including the vice president, a congressional aide said. But given the hardships the budget impasse imposes on the rest of the country, “the optics of this are not pretty,” said Jeffrey Neal, a former personnel executive at the Department of Homeland Security and now a senior vice president at ICF.

Some 800,000 federal employees, out of a workforce of 2.1 million, are in unpaid status because of the partial government shutdown that began last month. Of those, about 380,000 have been furloughed. Many others are working without pay, and just before the New Year, President Trump ordered a pay freeze for most federal workers, working or not.

-more-

Prince - Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad (Official Music Video) - 1980