Hell of a thing, I tell you

Photo by Jeff Kubina through Creative Commons.

With nothing to do but think, President Lincoln thinks that the neighborhood is going to hell in a hand-basket. Were he not a momentous mass of marble and almost 209 years old, he might well get up and traipse back up to Illinois or Kentucky and split logs for a cabin.

Happy New Year! Stick it up your a**!

This is my first post for 2018. So, I took a month off. Sue me.  Remember this:

“If we don’t change it, let’s have a shutdown,” Trump said of the nation’s immigration laws. “We’ll do a shutdown and it’s worth it for our country. I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of.”

Yeah President Money Bags, you don’t face sleeping in your van if a have a shutdown, like me. Yes sir, Cadet Bone Spurs (that’s a great nickname, thanks to Sen. Tammie Duckworth, Illinois Democrat. You do know how to screw a lot of things up. Take, perhaps, like the economy. The Dow Jones Average took another big nose dive today — 1033 points. Is that the Orange One’s doing? Why not? Whenever something good happens, he claims credit for it. Why shouldn’t he take the good with the bad?

How much 45 has do with the Dow good and bad is speculation. The market seems to live in this territory of gravity. You know, what goes up must come down. The last couple of days find the market in a “correction.” That is what people say when they, like me, don’t have a f***ing clue as to what is happening. It’s like the price of gasoline, you may have an increase in crude somewhere of $1 a gallon. It could be the weather. It could be global warming. It might just be two squirrels in a death match over an acorn located somewhere in the oil patch.

We, I, dodged a bullet last month with that long-weekend shutdown. We even got the furloughed four hours back without missing a beat.

But why? Why live and die with the whims of congress and that straw-headed orangutan?

It’s a hell of a thing, I remember hearing someone say one time. Yes. It definitely is a hell of a thing.

 

 

GOP candidate and Putin sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G …

Well, the GOP presidential candidate managed to draw the ire of one of the most editorially conservative newspapers in the United States. The day after its editorial dissed the GOP-candidate, The Dallas Morning News, today, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. This is the first time in 75 years that the News endorsed a Democrat.

The Republican candidate also flip-flopped on some outrageous utterings he made back during the primary elections. He said today that, upon entering office, he will give the Joint Chiefs of Staff 30 days to come up with a plan to defeat ISIS. As one TV general said this morning: “That is what (the generals) have been doing for the last eight years.”

Anyone following the Republican presidential campaign might remember the candidate saying “I know more about ISIS than the generals do.”

Another mouth-shooting-off memory of this candidate is when he said that he had a plan to defeat ISIS, although it was secret, as he wants to keep the enemy guessing.

The candidate, whom I refuse to name due to his previous media over-exposure, also threw out the traditional Republican red meat. He wants to increase the military, build more ships, and more fighter planes. In other words, he wants to toss more money to the military-industrial complex that President and former 5-star general Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the nation of before leaving the presidency.

That candidate may have sounded “more presidential” during much of his bullshit speech this morning. He still used words to insult Clinton and President Obama.

In looking into the defense industry pandering today, the candidate tosses aside the reality of modern warfare, nasty as it is.

Look throughout history. Once a war is done and won (that not always being the case) a military establishment shrinks. That is the nature of wars and the economy.

People who weren’t born before WWII and do not study history, are doomed to repeat it. But those who don’t study history should do so. There are those who think the nation was just asleep at the switch in 1941 Pearl Harbor. But, as was the case leading up to the previous “war to end all wars,” the U.S. was about the last nation to get involved.

My parents and other elders talked of the great 1940 Army Maneuvers, a.k.a. the “Louisiana Maneuvers,” held in western Louisiana and across the border in the East Texas Pineywoods. Stories abound of George Patton, Omar Bradley and even Eisenhower — setting up commands in the local towns. About 400,000 soldiers participated and some two dozen soldiers died in the exercise, most from drowning in the Sabine River between Texas and Louisiana.

Look, even my four years of Navy active duty will attest to the fact that the military never stops preparing for war. The U.S. military has reserve and National Guard troops who have all been involved in our perpetual war in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is difficult to see these days where the active service members begin and the reserve and Guard, end.

The GOP candidate is a military faker and he thinks his private military school is similar to military service. Real military service was not even a thought with his deferments during Vietnam. None of his offspring, despite their love of guns, served in the military.

Today there was news of a Russian fighter jet making what was described by U.S. defense officials as an “unsafe and unprofessional” intercept of a U.S. Navy anti-submarine warfare plane. This is nothing new. Such games have been played since we were in the “Cold War.” I even remember our destroyer being tailed by a Soviet freighter while we headed to Subic Bay, only for our ship to turn around and follow the USSR ship for awhile.

The problem is that today, these ships and planes are a whole lot faster and powerful. One of these days a Russian plane or an Iranian patrol boat or North Korean, whatever, will screw with the wrong ship or plane on the wrong day. Someone needs to be steady at the ship of state to ensure such things do not happen. Also,  that the GOP candidate seems to continually play up his bro-mance with Russian President Vladimir Putin is concerning. If something makes us uncomfortable about the GOP candidate, it should be this relationship with Putin.

Perhaps the candidate has in his IRS return that he refuses to release some actual financial link with Putin. But who knows, the GOP candidate is the first since Richard Nixon to not release his tax returns..

The candidate 3.0. Same old lies.

*EFD refuses, at this time, to name the already over-exposed GOP presidential candidate.

The Republican candidate for president of the U.S. is speaking in Michigan after  posing for photo ops among the people helping the Louisiana flood victims. I will give the candidate props for supposedly donating a truckload of supplies for those victims. That is, if the candidate actually donated his money.

He is once again, cynically, attempting to reach African-Americans, no black faces are sitting behind him. Neither were many people of color when the Candidate 3.0 made a so-called issue speech Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., according to numerous press accounts.

Paul Manafort, the shady dealer whose alleged ties with Russia is under scrutiny, announced his “resignation” today as head of the GOP presidential campaign. In other words, he was fired. That hardly seems like a stable ship on which to sail the candidate to the CEO of the U.S.

Looking at some of the folks today sitting behind the candidate look hot and bored. They — and by the way I see a wider shot on the screen and still see no African-Americans — like trained seals, lift their signs with the candidates when they apparently are prompted. Okay, I do see two black faces. There are a few more Asian faces. A few supposed veterans with their vet organization caps. And perhaps five or six brown faces.

I am tired of listening to the lies and droning on by the candidate who says: “I am the change agent. I am the change agent.”

Now he complains about Hillary and Bill Clinton making money after leaving office. That is certainly chump calling the kettle black, this alleged billionaire who says he alone is funding his campaign. What utter bullshit.

Well, I hope this change agent changes into a human being. I hope he will change into the former GOP presidential candidate.

By the way, don’t you think it’s odd the candidate’s rallies are ending with the Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want?”

Campaign T — Let the story write itself

*Campaign T (or just, T) — What EFD refers to as the campaign of the Republican candidate for president of the United States of America. Here’s why I refuse to mention his name.

T read his speech last night like he was a third-grader running for class recording secretary. It seems he was even trying to sound ridiculous. Well he did sound ridiculous. Of course, he sounds ridiculous anyway. He promised everything except the moon. I’m sure he might do that on down the line. Provided he doesn’t do something foolish, which his candidacy for president and his campaign has been by and large.

But I don’t need to report all of this. I can just link and link some more. Hell, this story writes itself. Why should I wear my fingers to the bone?