Trump Bans Trans

Last night I watched the 1990 film Misery, based on the book by Stephen King. 

I don’t like watching movies that make me feel the way watching Misery made me feel, but it’s a classic. 

Watching Misery, I realized, is like watching Donald Trump as POTUS. 

With one eye closed, and through splayed fingers I watch the country I was born, raised and reside in deteriorate. Americans are not alone. Trump’s erratic behavior has become a disturbing source of entertainment for the entire world. 

Every morning I wake up and wonder what marvel of stupidity Trump tweeted as I slept. Life with 45 is like a miserable box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get, but you can be sure you will be spitting it out after he’s gone.

Today the draft dodger in chief is banning transgenders from the military.

This is the top story in the news today, so I really don’t feel it necessary to add my opinions on the subject, because they mirror all those in opposition of Trump. 

He needs to go. Removing Trump will take time, I keep hearing that and reassuring myself that the day is coming. Undoing his destruction will take more time. For now we can only take comfort in the fact that we are together in this misery.   

_____________

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/traditional/”>Traditional</a&gt;

John McCain, Maverick…My Ass

So called “Maverick Senator” John McCain, Republican from Arizona, American War Hero and POW, Presidential candidate on several occasions, who was recently diagnosed with agressive brain cancer, returned to the Senate floor today, just a week after surgery paid for by insurance provided to him by tax payers. Why? In order to vote to take insurance away from 22-24 million American taxpayers. 

It is likely this will be his final vote in the senate, and so this is the legacy he has chosen to leave. 
John McCain has a history of saying what you want to hear, arguing with reason and seemingly on the side of the people he represents, but when a signature on legislation is required, he always, always sides with the GOP, hypocritically saying one thing and voting another. Somehow, because he is so eloquently diplomatic and seemingly kind, I always hope he won’t disappoint, but he always does. 

Here is a transcript of today’s John McCain bullshit:

“Mr. President:

 “I’ve stood in this place many times and addressed as president many presiding officers. I have been so addressed when I have sat in that chair, as close as I will ever be to a presidency.

 “It is an honorific we’re almost indifferent to, isn’t it. In truth, presiding over the Senate can be a nuisance, a bit of a ceremonial bore, and it is usually relegated to the more junior members of the majority. 

“But as I stand here today – looking a little worse for wear I’m sure – I have a refreshed appreciation for the protocols and customs of this body, and for the other ninety-nine privileged souls who have been elected to this Senate.

“I have been a member of the United States Senate for thirty years. I had another long, if not as long, career before I arrived here, another profession that was profoundly rewarding, and in which I had experiences and friendships that I revere. But make no mistake, my service here is the most important job I have had in my life. And I am so grateful to the people of Arizona for the privilege – for the honor – of serving here and the opportunities it gives me to play a small role in the history of the country I love.

“I’ve known and admired men and women in the Senate who played much more than a small role in our history, true statesmen, giants of American politics. They came from both parties, and from various backgrounds. Their ambitions were frequently in conflict. They held different views on the issues of the day. And they often had very serious disagreements about how best to serve the national interest.

“But they knew that however sharp and heartfelt their disputes, however keen their ambitions, they had an obligation to work collaboratively to ensure the Senate discharged its constitutional responsibilities effectively. Our responsibilities are important, vitally important, to the continued success of our Republic. And our arcane rules and customs are deliberately intended to require broad cooperation to function well at all. The most revered members of this institution accepted the necessity of compromise in order to make incremental progress on solving America’s problems and to defend her from her adversaries. 

“That principled mindset, and the service of our predecessors who possessed it, come to mind when I hear the Senate referred to as the world’s greatest deliberative body. I’m not sure we can claim that distinction with a straight face today.

“I’m sure it wasn’t always deserved in previous eras either. But I’m sure there have been times when it was, and I was privileged to witness some of those occasions.

 “Our deliberations today – not just our debates, but the exercise of all our responsibilities – authorizing government policies, appropriating the funds to implement them, exercising our advice and consent role – are often lively and interesting. They can be sincere and principled. But they are more partisan, more tribal more of the time than any other time I remember. Our deliberations can still be important and useful, but I think we’d all agree they haven’t been overburdened by greatness lately. And right now they aren’t producing much for the American people.

“Both sides have let this happen. Let’s leave the history of who shot first to the historians. I suspect they’ll find we all conspired in our decline – either by deliberate actions or neglect. We’ve all played some role in it. Certainly I have. Sometimes, I’ve let my passion rule my reason. Sometimes, I made it harder to find common ground because of something harsh I said to a colleague. Sometimes, I wanted to win more for the sake of winning than to achieve a contested policy. 

“Incremental progress, compromises that each side criticize but also accept, just plain muddling through to chip away at problems and keep our enemies from doing their worst isn’t glamorous or exciting. It doesn’t feel like a political triumph. But it’s usually the most we can expect from our system of government, operating in a country as diverse and quarrelsome and free as ours.  

“Considering the injustice and cruelties inflicted by autocratic governments, and how corruptible human nature can be, the problem solving our system does make possible, the fitful progress it produces, and the liberty and justice it preserves, is a magnificent achievement. 

“Our system doesn’t depend on our nobility. It accounts for our imperfections, and gives an order to our individual strivings that has helped make ours the most powerful and prosperous society on earth. It is our responsibility to preserve that, even when it requires us to do something less satisfying than ‘winning.’ Even when we must give a little to get a little. Even when our efforts manage just three yards and a cloud of dust, while critics on both sides denounce us for timidity, for our failure to ‘triumph.’  

“I hope we can again rely on humility, on our need to cooperate, on our dependence on each other to learn how to trust each other again and by so doing better serve the people who elected us. Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio and television and the Internet. To hell with them. They don’t want anything done for the public good. Our incapacity is their livelihood.

 “Let’s trust each other. Let’s return to regular order. We’ve been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. That’s an approach that’s been employed by both sides, mandating legislation from the top down, without any support from the other side, with all the parliamentary maneuvers that requires.

“We’re getting nothing done. All we’ve really done this year is confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Our healthcare insurance system is a mess. We all know it, those who support Obamacare and those who oppose it. Something has to be done. We Republicans have looked for a way to end it and replace it with something else without paying a terrible political price. We haven’t found it yet, and I’m not sure we will. All we’ve managed to do is make more popular a policy that wasn’t very popular when we started trying to get rid of it. 

“I voted for the motion to proceed to allow debate to continue and amendments to be offered. I will not vote for the bill as it is today. It’s a shell of a bill right now. We all know that. I have changes urged by my state’s governor that will have to be included to earn my support for final passage of any bill. I know many of you will have to see the bill changed substantially for you to support it. 

“We’ve tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration, then springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them it’s better than nothing, asking us to swallow our doubts and force it past a unified opposition. I don’t think that is going to work in the end. And it probably shouldn’t. 

“The Obama administration and congressional Democrats shouldn’t have forced through Congress without any opposition support a social and economic change as massive as Obamacare. And we shouldn’t do the same with ours.

 “Why don’t we try the old way of legislating in the Senate, the way our rules and customs encourage us to act. If this process ends in failure, which seem likely, then let’s return to regular order. 

 “Let the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray hold hearings, try to report a bill out of committee with contributions from both sides. Then bring it to the floor for amendment and debate, and see if we can pass something that will be imperfect, full of compromises, and not very pleasing to implacable partisans on either side, but that might provide workable solutions to problems Americans are struggling with today. 

“What have we to lose by trying to work together to find those solutions? We’re not getting much done apart. I don’t think any of us feels very proud of our incapacity. Merely preventing your political opponents from doing what they want isn’t the most inspiring work. There’s greater satisfaction in respecting our differences, but not letting them prevent agreements that don’t require abandonment of core principles, agreements made in good faith that help improve lives and protect the American people.

 “The Senate is capable of that. We know that. We’ve seen it before. I’ve seen it happen many times. And the times when I was involved even in a modest way with working out a bipartisan response to a national problem or threat are the proudest moments of my career, and by far the most satisfying. 

“This place is important. The work we do is important. Our strange rules and seemingly eccentric practices that slow our proceedings and insist on our cooperation are important. Our founders envisioned the Senate as the more deliberative, careful body that operates at a greater distance than the other body from the public passions of the hour.

 “We are an important check on the powers of the Executive. Our consent is necessary for the President to appoint jurists and powerful government officials and in many respects to conduct foreign policy. Whether or not we are of the same party, we are not the President’s subordinates. We are his equal! 

“As his responsibilities are onerous, many and powerful, so are ours. And we play a vital role in shaping and directing the judiciary, the military, and the cabinet, in planning and supporting foreign and domestic policies. Our success in meeting all these awesome constitutional obligations depends on cooperation among ourselves.  

“The success of the Senate is important to the continued success of America. This country – this big, boisterous, brawling, intemperate, restless, striving, daring, beautiful, bountiful, brave, good and magnificent country – needs us to help it thrive. That responsibility is more important than any of our personal interests or political affiliations. 

“We are the servants of a great nation, ‘a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.’ More people have lived free and prosperous lives here than in any other nation. We have acquired unprecedented wealth and power because of our governing principles, and because our government defended those principles. 

“America has made a greater contribution than any other nation to an international order that has liberated more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. We have been the greatest example, the greatest supporter and the greatest defender of that order. We aren’t afraid. “We don’t covet other people’s land and wealth. We don’t hide behind walls. We breach them. We are a blessing to humanity. 

“What greater cause could we hope to serve than helping keep America the strong, aspiring, inspirational beacon of liberty and defender of the dignity of all human beings and their right to freedom and equal justice? That is the cause that binds us and is so much more powerful and worthy than the small differences that divide us.

 “What a great honor and extraordinary opportunity it is to serve in this body.

“It’s a privilege to serve with all of you. I mean it. Many of you have reached out in the last few days with your concern and your prayers, and it means a lot to me. It really does. I’ve had so many people say such nice things about me recently that I think some of you must have me confused with someone else. I appreciate it though, every word, even if much of it isn’t deserved. 

“I’ll be here for a few days, I hope managing the floor debate on the defense authorization bill, which, I’m proud to say is again a product of bipartisan cooperation and trust among the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“After that, I’m going home for a while to treat my illness. I have every intention of returning here and giving many of you cause to regret all the nice things you said about me. And, I hope, to impress on you again that it is an honor to serve the American people in your company.

“Thank you, fellow senators. 

“Mr. President, I yield the floor.”

__________________

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/traditional/”>Traditional</a&gt;

Kushner – Stupid or Criminal?

As a strategy, playing dumb works when you are caught with your hand in the cookie jar. 

  1. I didn’t know there were cookies in it.
  2. I was looking for my keys.
  3. Is that my hand?
  4. I didn’t realize my hand was there.
  5. My imaginary friend told me to do it, but I don’t know his name.
  6. I was getting you a cookie, because you looked like you were about to slip into a diabetic coma.
  7. I was going to donate the entire jar to a charity for children with cancer.
  8. I heard there were cookies, but when I saw they were oatmeal I left them in the jar…my assistant can verify that.
  9. I thought this was where you keep the nothing burgers.
  10. I was looking for security clearance.

“I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government,” ~Kushner

Jared Kushner has revised and amended disclosures in his application for government White House security clearance 39 times since filing on March 9, 2017.

He has added financial disclosures, including $10 million in Kushner family real estate holdings, in all he “inadvertently omitted” 77 items.

“I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector.” ~Kushner

Jared Kushner also has added more than 100 names to his list of foreign contacts in updated security clearance forms. He claims the original form was submitted prematurely, by accident. 

Jared Kushner has also confirmed four omitted contacts with Russians during Trump’s presidential campaign and transition.

“I am happy to share information with the investigating bodies, I have shown today that I am willing to do so and will continue to cooperate as I have nothing to hide.” ~Kushner

He has agreed to speak to the House and Senate committees only under the stipulation that it be out of the public eye, and NOT under oath. 🤔

“I did not suggest a ‘secret back channel,’ I did not suggest an on-going secret form of communication for then or for when the administration took office.” ~Kushner

Kushner denies requesting ‘a secret back channel’ regardless of surveilled audio tapes of a phone call between Sergey Kislyak and the Kremlin, in which Kislyak states exactly that, and voices concern over the strange request.

At a Dec. 1 2016 meeting with Kislyak, also attended by Flynn, Kushner said he discussed with the Russian ambassador setting up a private communication channel. 

Wait, what? Okay, I suppose the verbiage was different in what he denied: “setting up a private communication channel was discussed,” but “setting up a secret back channel never happened.” Private and secret are not the same, although my thesaurus disagrees. Either way everything that might appear nefarious was insignificant, and everything suspicious was initially omitted by mistake.

“At no time was there any discussion about my companies, business transactions, real estate projects, loans, banking arrangements or any private business of any kind,” Kushner

Kushner admitted to meeting with Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, head of a Russian state-owned bank and ally of Vladimir Putin, on Dec. 13, 2016. He claims sanctions on Russia were not discussed, and that nothing of substance came from the meeting.

“The fact that I was asking about ways to start a dialogue after Election Day should of course be viewed as strong evidence that I was not aware of one that existed before Election Day.” ~Kushner

In addition to the above, Kushner was named as one of the 8 ingredients in the ‘nothing burger’ meeting Don Jr had with Russians on June 9, 2016. Kushner claims he wasn’t interested in discussing “Russian adoption,” so he texted his assistant asking him to call him so he would have an excuse to leave the meeting. 

It has been established that the meeting had nothing to do with Russian adoption, but rather was an offer of Hillary Clintons hacked emails. 

Did I step in something? Look, I am not a professional, but I did birth three children. I can clearly see that Jared Kushner had a choice. He could admit guilt, or he could appear to be a complete moron who doesn’t understand why he’s in trouble. Kushner is choosing to play the fool. 

Let’s see how that holds up with Mueller. 

_________________

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/fragrance/”>Fragrance</a&gt;

Old Donald Trump Was an Odious Soul

Old Donald Trump 

                    Was an odious soul,

A nefarious old soul 

                                             Was he 

He insulted the world 

                                     Excepting Russia

Then called for Jared 

                              And his children three

They fiddled with laws

                   Thought—’It matters not 

   Do as I say,

                    I’ll pardon me…and thee!’

Oh there’s none so rare

             As those who compare

To a fool whose ensnared –

                                 Do you agree?
_______________

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/harmonize/”>Harmonize</a&gt;

Four Trumps in a Tub

Hey rub a dub dub

   Four Trumps in a tub

 And where does the money trail?

        Putin, via the Russkie Mob 

              All of them going to jail.

_________________________

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/harmonize/”>Harmonize</a&gt;


Itsy Bitsy Spicer and Slimey Scaramucci 

The itsy bitsy Spicer 

                      Climbed to the podium

                    Outbursts of questions 

       Made poor Spicer dumb

    Along came 

    Scaramucci 

           More questions asked in vain

                             Slimy Scaramucci 

Denies Russia again

________________

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/harmonize/”>Harmonize</a&gt;