Trump May Be Channeling Mad Ludwig of Bavaria, But He’s Still Right About a Lot


Now I am neither a Trump fan or hater. But give credit where credit is due.
He’s correct about a lot of things. And the media’s 20% approval rating is in
part a direct result of their inability to admit it.

It seems to me that Trump is nuts but, again, still right about many things.
The first is the way the H-1b guest worker program harms American
workers. I read an article that left me fuming, written by some seemingly
anti-American young woman named Maya Kosoff.
(http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/could-trump-trigger-a-silicon-val
ley-brain-drain Could Trump Trigger a Silicon Valley Brain Drain?
accessed February 11, 2017)  The premise of her “Vanity Fair Hive” article
is that Trump will cause a tech industry brain drain, that “China and Canada
are already making a play for the high-skilled foreign workers that Donald
Trump wants to keep out.”

Excuse me?  The implication is that American engineers and IT techies are
too stupid to keep Silicon Valley businesses competitive, that somehow the
foreigners who have been given preference over our own countrymen would
cripple our tech industry if they left.  I say, ta ta, buh ‘bye, don’t let the
door hit you in the ass on the way out.  Get lost, you’re putting my
countrymen out of jobs.  Go work in your own country. Oh, that’s right,
you don’t want to live in your own country.

What might really happen is that there’d be a cheapo-brain drain and I’m
good with that.  Our engineers and IT people are as good as any on the
planet. Better, in fact. They (plus, to be fair, foreign-born capitalists living
in America) are the ones who created Microsoft and Apple and any number
of other tech companies. There wouldn’t be a Silicon Valley tech industry
without American ingenuity, expertise and entrepreneurship. Our workers are
just not as cheap as foreign guest workers. The big multi-national
corporations in Silicon Valley only hire these foreigners because they’re
cheaper than Americans, not better.

I have a truly brilliant friend, a disabled army vet, no less, who had a good
job designing communications software–really cutting edge stuff.  He loved
his job and was good at it.  His job was “eliminated” and then re-created so a foreign guest worker could take it.  It ruined his family and made him almost unemployable, unless he wants to move his whole family somewhere else from Atlanta where he was married, his children were born, where he and my oldest friend, his wife, have lived for 40 years or so.  To paraphrase Trump, our country has been robbed of this native son’s productivity and the future fruits of his brilliant and creative mind.  All so some faceless corporation can make a few
extra pennies by hiring a cheap foreigner with no ties whatsoever to America.

Do I hate foreigners? Of course not. But they wouldn’t give me
preferential treatment in their countries and I don’t see why our country
should do so for them. It’s foolish. I say, send Ms. Kosoff to China,
Canada or any of those countries she fears might take away our foreign
workers.  Drain her brain right the hell out of here.  We’ve got plenty of
writers who are unemployed. They could have her job.

Another thing Trump has right is that the European Union (EU) is not a true
democracy.  Did any European country’s voters cast a single vote for the
president of the European Commission (EC)–the executive branch of the
EU–Jean-Claude Juncker?  No.  Because there was no such vote.  He was
elected to rule 500 million plus people in a landslide–26 to 2–by his fellow
EC commissioners. Which commissioners are pledged to represent the
collective interests of all 28 EU countries over their own homeland.  No
kidding!

Juncker’s reportedly a drunk, and his highest office prior to being given the
job as the head of 28 countries, was as prime minister of friggin’
Luxembourg, a tiny country of fewer than six hundred thousand people.
‘Ol Jean-Claude starts his day pelting down malt whiskey.  Nobody elected
him, and I don’t recall seeing any vote by those 500 million people Juncker
now rules approving Brussels as the capital of Europe either. There’s no
democracy, there was a bloodless coup of a bunch of countries by a handful
of faceless, un-elected bureaucrats. And nobody noticed that ain’t democracy.

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, when Trump was blasted by the “we hate
America and you should too” liberal media for saying that there were a lot
of criminals coming across the border from Mexico, he was only repeating
what that very same media had been saying for years. Illegal immigration is
fraught with peril and there are a lot of dangerous criminals involved in that
traffic.  According to media, terrible things happen to those folks trying to
get into America. When the media says it, it’s okay, but when Trump says
it, well, they go all chicken little on us. Trembling with fear they scream
that the sky is falling.  I say take some vitamins, eat a few burgers and maybe
your blood will turn red again instead of its current anemic “I surrender”
white.

Trump is really, really, really right about the disastrous trade deals America
has agreed to, starting with the horrible deal George H.W. Bush’s trade
representative, Carla Hills negotiated–the North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA pretty much killed Florida’s tomato
growing agricultural sector. The Mexican peso was manipulated to fall,
which made American products more expensive as a result. Tomato imports
to the USA increased 60% in one year, (from “The North American Free
Trade Agreement and U.S. Agriculture”;
https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/agecon/trade/nine.html accessed February
11, 2017).

When Bill Clinton signed the General Agreement on Trade and
Tariffs (GATT) in 1993, he bitch slapped American workers and damaged
the U.S. economy terribly.  How?  Well,  we, as a country, have enacted all sorts of worker and environmental protections–because we value those people and things–and that makes American labor and products expensive. These trade agreements made American workers have to compete against places where workers are virtual slaves or at least seriously mistreated and grossly underpaid. The agreements totally f–ked our workers.  You know, the ones who made our
economy the greatest in the world in the first place, who built us up from a
backwater to a powerhouse.  Thanks, Bill Clinton, you perv.  I wish you’d spent
more time chasing interns and left our worker and product protections in
place.

But of course media-istas today are so busy thinking with their
emotions that they can’t spare the time, energy and mental discipline it
would take to understand basic economics or any other technically complex
issues. When Trump said once, (I forget the venue) to a journalist that
China manipulates its currency which makes our products less competitive
that bimbo looked like a deer in the headlights. She had no idea what
manipulating currency was or how it relates to the economies of other
countries which don’t do that.

Oh yeah, and screw you Ms. Kosoff.  To reiterate, go grace China, or
Canada–or whatever foreign country you think we might bleed foreign
workers to–with your presence. Please.  Your job is one I’d love to see go
offshore, right along with you.

Hey, You GOP Old Farts–It’s Not the 1950’s Anymore


So GOP senate majority leader Mitch McConnell wouldn’t let Sen.
Elizabeth Warren read something into the record during the senate debate
on racist Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as Attorney General.  Of course, male
senators were allowed to read the same document–a Coretta Scott King
letter–without being shushed.  Now everyone’s outraged.

Shame on you people!  Everybody knows women have no business
speaking about politics in the presence of men.  It’s about time women
re-learned their place.  Haven’t you heard Kinky Friedman’s song Get
Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed?

Didn’t you outraged people see the 1956 movie “Giant” with Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson as husband and wife?  In the movie Taylor’s character, Leslie, is from Virginia and used to discussing politics.  When she marries a rich Texas rancher, she finds out what happens to women who don’t know their place.

There’s a scene where she joins–or tries to–the men in a gabfest about politics and everyone is shocked, shocked.  She is dismissed from the room and sent to bed by her knuckle-dragging troglodyte husband.  Yeah, she’s publicly humiliated, by her own husband, for not knowing her place.

But that was back in the ‘50’s.  Most people thought we’d gotten past that
sort of suppression of women.  They apparently haven’t realized–although
it is dawning on them now–that the 1950’s is where most of the old farts in
the GOP hierarchy live.  (That would be the grumpy old fart white guys.)

The GOP must have missed that massive women’s march the day after the
Trump inauguration.  They were probably busy nursing their hangovers and
yelling at kids to get off their lawns.

Ummm, you may have missed something else you surly, contemptible GOP
hierarchy but…brace yourselves…women are allowed to vote.  Yeah, it’s shocking but, calm down, rest a momentm and have another whisky and soda.  It’s earth shattering but, yes, women are actually allowed to vote Que lastima!

We all know you doddering old guys heading up the GOP aren’t not much for critical analytical thinking, preferring kneejerk obedience to someone else rather than thinking for yourselves.  But, just try to connect the dots–both of them. (C’mon, I know you don’t like math but you can do this; it’s only two dots for cryin’ out loud.)  Millions of women marched. Women vote in higher numbers than men.

Do you think women forget grievances? (Husbands and boyfriends, help
the GOP old farts out on this one.)

Are you aware, GOP sexists, that there will be elections in the future?

Can you extrapolate?

Trump Told Howard Stern It Was Fine to Relegate Ivanka to “piece of ass” Status


So all of a sudden Trump’s a protective dad when it comes to his daughter Ivanka. He’s whining (isn’t he always, about something) regarding how “unfair” Nordstrom was to his baby girl. He was yapping about Nordstrom dropping Ivanka’s line of clothing and jewelry because those items’ sales were under performing.

But when Howard Stern apologized once for relegating Ivanka to the status of “a piece of ass” Trump said that’s fine.

Yeah, go right ahead and demean his baby girl, but do something that affects Trump money and suddenly you’re just a big meanie.

An amusing side note to Trump’s unseemly interference with the share price of an American company (so much for “America first”) was Eric Trump’s tweet that it’s time for people to cut up their Nordstrom credit cards, presumably for that firm’s having had the audacity to attend to its bottom line instead of his sister’s.

Earth to Eric.  Nobody gives a rat’s ass what you think.  You’ve gotten a free ride in life as a member of the lucky sperm club.  I believe most people would think of you as completely irrelevant.  Wake up.  People suck up to you because your dad’s rich and you’re well connected as a result.

Zip it Eric.  I laughed out loud when I saw your tweet about Nordstrom on cable news. Probably plenty of other people did as well.  Just stay out of it.  Your sister is perfectly capable of defending herself.

Toddler’s Pragmatic Consumerist/Capitalist Approach to Sibling Rivalry


A friend of mine mentioned that her four year old eldest grandchild is dissatisfied with having a younger brother and another sibling on the way. He had not previously mentioned that he was planning on being an only child. But now, like any savvy capitalist, he’s got a practical consumerist plan for ameliorating his big brother status.

The young grandson informed his Grandma that he’s saving up his money, aiming for the benchmark of $100. She asked why.  He told her he’s going to pay “the gypsies” $100 to take away the unwanted siblings.

Apparently at some point in his short past he overheard a frustrated mom tell her child that if she didn’t behave she’d sell her to the gypsies for that sum. That parent expanded on the threat by saying that she had their telephone number so her child’s punishment was only a phone call away.

My friend’s grandson was pretty disappointed upon being informed that gypsies don’t actually buy and sell children and that his plan was a non-starter.

Think your toddler’s not paying attention to what you say?  Think again.  They’re listening and putting what you say into their developing concepts of the world and how it works.

Hypothesis on Why Trump Hung Up on Australian PM


Maybe Trump has an enlarged prostate.  That affliction causes a frequent
urgent need to urinate.

He’s taking propecia according to his doctor.  Supposedly he takes it for hair loss, but that’s also the drug men take to relieve the symptoms of an enlarged
prostate. (More than 60% of men aged 60 or older have enlarged prostates
according to published stats.)

Then there was the carefully worded explanation that he’d had five phone
calls that day and was “feeling fatigued”.  That doesn’t make any sense.
“Fatigued” from talking on the phone?  Gimme a break.  Even Jeb or Hillary
has enough energy for that.

Nope, I think maybe he just had the Hobson’s choice of getting to the
bathroom or peeing his pants.  That’s the ignominious fate of elderly men.
Their prized possession–their ‘nads–turns on them.

There are a variety of products (such as Depends) for incontinence, and they can be delivered discreetly directly to the home.  For any kind souls out there who would like to aid their president, his address is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,
Washington, DC.  I don’t know the zip code but I’m pretty sure the US
Postal Service would find it.

It might be something else.

When Did the GOP Become the Party of Commie Sympathizers?


I’m neither republican or democrat and have no other political affiliation
either. So there’s no dog of mine in this fight.

But didn’t the GOP used to be rabid commie baiters, bringing withering
scorn and political and economic pressure on anyone to the left of center,
viewing them as communists or sympathizers of that political persuasion?
Richard Nixon won his first election by painting his opponent, Helen
Gahagan Douglas, as a “pinko” (communist), ruining her reputation solely
on that never proven basis.

Then there was Senator Joe McCarthy, who, in the 1950’s, terrorized and
ruined the lives of ordinary citizens, particularly actors and writers, for
supposedly being communists or at least commie sympathizers. (That is
until a brave journalist, Edward R. Murrow, on March 9, 1954, in American
journalism’s finest hour, called McCarthy out on national TV and helped
turn the tide to more reasonable public debate about the subject.) Being
“soft on communism” was about as bad as being an ax murderer or baby
rapist in the view of the GOP back in the day.

Although rapprochement with repressive communist regimes and policies
brought, through Ronald Reagan’s leadership, a more measured and
pragmatic relationship with the Soviet system, there was still deep GOP
distrust of communism and its influence in our hemisphere. That persisted
until relatively recently.

Now, all of a sudden, the GOP has turned into the party of commie
admirers. The GOP hammered President Obama for his putative habit of
apologizing for America to the world. Now the GOP is doing far worse,
openly characterizing the USA as a nation of “killers,” a nation which
“isn’t so innocent” in comparison to Russia’s aggressive methods of
keeping citizens in line. They praise Putin and deride our own country in
front of the whole world. Trump is virtually swooning with adulation for
the vicious thug and former KGB head, Vladimir Putin.

To quote the source of that breathless admiration, i.e. president Trump,
“What the hell is going on?”. Do these idiots not realize that in Putin’s
world they’d be targeted for political assassination for criticizing that brutal
scumbag? At the very least they’d be consigned to some gulag prison,
condemned to hard labor for who knows how long. (Some patriotic group
should send every member of congress a copy of the book One Day in the
Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexsander Solzhenitsyn.)

This is truly astonishing. Yeah. GOP, seemingly the communist party west.
Who woulda thought it?

Mr. Trump, Please STFU About Celebrity Apprentice


Trump has been right about a lot of things.  Unlike many people protesting
the travel ban, he remembers that 19 dirtbags with box cutters killed about
3,000 people and brought our economy to a grinding halt.  (Possibly he
remembers because the ringleader spent his last night on the planet swilling champagne just a few minutes and miles from Mar-a-Lago.  Twelve of the 19 lived in Palm Beach County!)  Those rat bastards brought down some very expensive buildings and cost us all a bundle including cash for two huge new federal bureaucracies–TSA and Homeland Security–which we’ll be paying for until the end of time.  They cost us many lives in the wars which resulted.

Trump realizes they made air travel a misery to be borne, not enjoyed and caused us to lose our freedom forever through the Patriot Act, among other fallout from, and consequences of, the actions of 19 foreigners we let into our country without any vetting.

When Trump made his untoward remarks about people coming across the
border from Mexico, he was just repeating what the media had been telling
us for years.  That is, that illegal immigration was a dangerous business
where women and children were often raped or trafficked, where people
were murdered, robbed, and otherwise terribly abused.  When the media
said it, it was okay, but when Trump said it, well that was cause for outrage.
(Nowadays, what isn’t for the media?  Outrage sells and the media flacks
pump it and dump it like a damn penny stock swindler selling worthless
securities.)

Trump’s right about limiting guest workers.  The big tech companies prefer
them to our own homegrown IT developers and engineers for one reason
only.  They come cheap compared to American employees.  They’re bad for
American workers.

That said, Trump seems far more interested in Celebrity Apprentice than the
presidency.

For Pete’s sake Trump wouldja just STFU about Celebrity Apprentice!  It
was a banal, puerile and silly show.  I tried to watch it twice and couldn’t
get through ten minutes.  It’s the mortifying equivalent of Ronald Reagan’s movie “Bonzo Goes to Washington”.   Yeah, we’ve all done embarrassing things.  But most people don’t glory in those moments or brag endlessly about them to the whole world.

So, please, Trump–stop embarrassing yourself and us.  Cut it out. We don’t
want to hear it!  Stop making the rest of the world worry that the most
powerful man on the planet is treating the presidency of the United States
like a second job.  Celebrity Apprentice is not your day job anymore. Your constant obsessing over it makes you a ridiculous figure everywhere in the world.  Do you actually enjoy playing the buffoon?  Do it on your own time please, not as president.

As my dad used to say, “straighten up and fly right”.   Start acting like a
serious person who can distinguish between the relative importance of a
silly reality TV show and the presidency of the most powerful country in the
world.

Just STFU about Celebrity Apprentice!