In Circles

Distraction.  It’s a technique used in multiple applications: animal training, dealing with children, pick pocketing, magic, advertising.  In politics it is even easier to use.  The curtain is dropped, the wool securely over the eyes.  How has this become so easy with a government led by the people, how have we become so easily distracted?

You could blame it on the media, but that is a vicious circle of a feedback relationship.  Money, sure, but we the people allowed our representatives vote on and pass citizens United.  Lobbyists, well anyone can be a lobbyist, just the ones that have the most time and money are more likely to get a meeting.  The number of sources, the number of devices, the lack of time, the lack of interest, the overload of information, so many causes, so many issues, so little empathy, so much passion.  So what to do.

I don’t have an answer, I struggle every day.  Hell, every morning I wake up these days, my first thought is “who did he piss off now, what did the assholes do today?”.  There is almost nothing that surprises me now (i’m still shocked about trumps comments on Monday), I almost anticipate waking up to a missile launch from North Korea.

Bottom line, we already know this guy is a lying, hot headed, ignorant, bigoted, misogynistic, well you know the description list.  We also know the Russian collusion case is only getting more and more evidence and most likely has enough to throw his ass in a Siberian jail.  We know he has pissed off the world.  What should we focus on then?

Doing whatever we can, every day, with any tool you have to remove him from office.  Aside from brinkmanship with North Korea, trying to dissolve NATO, insulting our immediate neighbours, praising dictators, this man has NO business having ANY power because he does NOT represent this country.  A racist in the Whitehouse is not a sentence we should have to say.

Call you senator, regardless if they are an ass (i.e. mine is Ted Cruz), call your representatives, call your governor, call your mayor, call the Whitehouse.  Make these six calls EVERY DAY AND DEMAND HE BE REMOVED NOW FOR MENTAL INCOMPETENCE!

CALL

EVERY DAY

NOW

THIS IS WHAT YOU CAN DO THAT CAN MAKE AN IMPACT!!!!

This Can’t Be Real & Why Is It Still Happening

I am stunned.  I can’t believe this is the world I live in.  What has this country let happen and continue to happen, inflaming every situation and relationship.

I am far from a patriotic, flag waving, country centered American, I’m just one of many who happened to be born here, citizen of the world.  What is transpiring in the United States is in no way American, patriotic, protective, honorable or humane.

THIS IS NOT MY COUNTRY!  THIS IS NOT AMERICAN!  THIS IS NOT PATRIOTIC!  THIS IS NOT HONORABLE!  THIS IS NOT HUMANE!

What will it take to even just remove this man from the Presidency.  I don’t care what your political affiliation is, any person that condones in ANY WAY hate, hate groups, violence and supremacy has no business in charge of this or any country.

I have questioned the legitimacy of this administration the moment it was confirmed that the election was interfered with.  At that moment, all executive and cabinet decisions and actions should have been frozen, regardless of who the interference appears to benefit.  I won’t bullshit, if Hilary or Bernie were in the oval, I probably would not have had it in my mind.  It actually would have just been a continuation of the never ending 30,000 email crap that’s been going on, along with Benghazi, uranium and hell, even Monica.  However, neither would not be condoning racism, white supremacy, neo-nazi groups.  Neither wouldn’t have insulted every ally we have.  They wouldn’t have exited the Paris accord.  They wouldn’t be having a pissing contest with North Korea.  They would have released her taxes.  They wouldn’t be knowingly and intentionally lying.  Daily.

Hillary & Bernie would not be standing in front of the press, yelling at them and anyone listening that it wasn’t the neo-nazis’ fault, but those aggressive, bat-wheelding alt-left protesters (who were there WITHOUT a permit).

For a year now, this country has had to shake its collective head, hope other countries know our outdated election system is in need of an overhaul, that the few do DO NOT represent the many and apologize for how the new “commander” in chief is behaving on the world stage.  However, all of his gaffs, inexperience, rudeness, bullish attitude are all repairable and recoverable once his term is up, but this.  No.

This country, if it does not act appropriately to these actions, actions cumulatively on a path littered with destruction to this apex of arrogance and hate, will destroy itself.  This country is rapidly on a self-destructive course with a mad-man at the helm.  For some reason, those that have the ability to remove this egotistical destroyer of all, have yet to do so, and with each day, the country loses more and more.  Soon, there will be no country, well at least the country that anyone knows.  It will become unfamiliar, foreign, cold, unwelcoming.  What you woke up to today, the beauty of the sky, the opportunities in front of you, the quaint or quirky neighborhood you live it, it will all change.  You won’t wake up to that anymore.

You go ahead and start to compose your own 1984 world, what it will be like for you and better yet, what it will be like for your children.  I’m almost 50.  I have no kids.  I could easily shrug my shoulders and just mind my own business, go about my day.  I’ve lived most of my life, I’ve actually made it longer than I thought, so ‘yeah me!’.  I can’t do that.  I can’t watch as this complete insanity not only continues, but is allowed to run off leash. People are the casualties from the daily barrage of words and actions from this crazy man.  Pick any topic, it has or will be shortly, impacted and chances are almost 100% in a negative way.

This must end.  Even if it means all of us going into the damn white house and carrying his ass out of there.

ARE YOU AN IMMIGRANT OR AN ILLEGAL, YOU CAN’T BE BOTH . . .

The following is a FB comment and my response to a comment on a thread about A Day Without Immigrants.  I think this is where the bulk of the disconnect is, on almost any issue that is polarizing.  It’s the inability to grasp the broad sweeping effects on a topic and only focus on the headline.  The fact that this woman could not see that today’s protest wasn’t just about immigrants and Trump’s policy is not just about illegals.

Her comment: This is about controlling ILLEGAL immigration. Immigrants here on student visas, work visas, green cards, and those who have gone through the process of obtaining their citizenship are LEGAL ~ They have the LEGAL right to live & work in this country. The President is trying to control ILLEGAL immigration only…not stop immigration!!!

My response: You can keep yelling the word illegal over and over, but because of your inability to understand what is going on, it really doesn’t matter what you type in all caps. Here, let me spell it out for you:During the campaign, trump promised a Muslim ban and stoked hate crimes across the country. People of non-white race (citizens, visa holders, green cards or illegal) were attacked and harassed (the attackers didn’t bother to find out who those people were, just indiscriminately picking people because of how they look), ridiculed and insulted.

The encouraged rhetoric of “go back to your country” has not only been ignored by the trump administration, but encouraged it. Remember this, the “go back to your country” part.

Trump issued a ban of seven predominantly Muslim countries which set into motion many, many people being kept from getting to the U.S., regardless if they were citizens or not (a U.S. astronaut was not allowed in). This pissed a lot of people off and scared a bunch too (if they left the U.S. would they be able to get back in, like a pediatric surgeon from Iran here on a legal visa, did not want to go back to Iran to provide life saving surgical procedures for children and not be able to come back to the med center).

His non stop talk about people “pouring” into this country from Mexico over the southern border is just not true.

There are two different kinds of your ILLEGALS, those that are trying to make it (be that sending money home or trying to start a life here) and actual criminals. People who are just trying to make it are mostly coming from central America, not Mexico. They are running from the violence created by our ‘war on drugs’. But I digress.  

Yes, these people should be applying for citizenship or work visas. They shouldn’t come in illegally. We shouldn’t be assess when we travel either, but you can’t have everything.

Either way, all the above are immigrants, legal or illegal.  

(One more thing on the illegal part, and Americans screaming about them taking our jobs. The illegal ones, they are the migrant workers, they pick your produce. You guys have managed to scare them ALL away, legal and illegal. There is no one to pick your tomatoes, they are rotting in the fields and all of four Americans showed up to the farm to pick tomatoes to replace the 65 workers that were there the day before).

With all that said, it’s NOT just about controlling illegal immigration. And yes, he actually said to stop immigration of refugees, vetted refugees from Syria. You remember Syria, don’t you? That country where their own president is trying to kill them, even used gas attacks. The country that Assad and Putin are bombing hospitals (historically, hospitals have been off limits in ALL conflicts and wars). Repeating over and over that these are bad people, and want to do us harm and it’s a bad bad world. If you believe that, you’re drinking the kool-aide.

“These” people. How can you tell if someone is here legally? Do illegal people have a certain smell, do they wear a certain piece of clothes, do they have a tattoo that’s visible? No, you can’t (and if you have some secret way to determine that, can you let me know). 

So, because you can’t tell, and the climate around anyone who isn’t a white “American” has been so hateful, it is about IMMIGRANTS, ALL IMMIGRANTS.

The Cuban restaurant down the street, actual Cubans own and operate it. The German place in the galleria area, owned by a German! When Rudy or Carlos go to the grocery store, they speak English with an accent perhaps not getting all the word right, and the ignorant person in line behind them in line starts yelling at them to “go back to your country, go back where you came from” because she’s having a bad day and has to wait in line.

THAT’S what it’s about.

But I doubt you even bothered to read this, and instead stopped at the top and not enlighten your ignorance.

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I guess that’s why the unbelievable keeps happening.  There is a good portion of this country that have the same mental age as trump (about 8 years old is my observation) and cannot grasp complex ideas.  We just have to get all the intellectuals off their assess and flat out outnumber them.  RESISTANCE!

He’s Counting On You Not To Listen

Today, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau met with Donald Trump at the White House. After a meeting with ‘women business leaders’ and other pleasantries they held a press conference. Next is the transcript of what Trump said to the press before both Trudeau spoke and the press asked questions. Now keep in mind, the initial statements are usually prepared and even reviewed by the president even if it is composed by a speech writer. After reading this it will make you question who the hell wrote it, did anyone else see it and is everyone really that paralyzed by this guy that they won’t correct him on ANYTHING? I will first have it in its entirety. Then I will attempt to analyze it.

On behalf of all Americans I thank you for being with us today. It is my honor to host such a great friend, neighbor and allies at the White House, a very special place.
This year Canada celebrates the 150th year of confederation. For Americans this is one of the milestones in our friendship and we look forward, very much forward, I must say, to many more to come.
Our two nations share much more than a border. We share the same values, we share the love, a truly great love of freedom and we share a collective defense. American and Canadian troops have gone to battle together, fought wars together and forged the special bonds that come when two nations have shed their blood together, which we have.
In these dangerous times it is more important than ever that we continue to strengthen our vital alliance. The United States is deeply grateful for Canada’s contribution to the counter ISIS effort. Thank you. And we continue to work in common and a common cause against terrorism and work in common cooperation toward reciprocal trade and shared growth.
We understand that both of our countries are stronger when we join forces in matters of international commerce. Having more jobs and trade right here in North America is better both for United States and is also much better for Canada. We should coordinate closely.
And we will coordinate closely to protect jobs in our hemisphere and keep wealth on our continent and to keep everyone safe.
Prime Minister, I pledge to work with you in pursuit of our many shared interests, this includes a stronger trading relationship between United States and Canada, it includes safe and responsible cross border travel and migration, and that includes close partnership on domestic and international safety.
America is deeply fortunate to have a neighbor like Canada. We have before us the opportunity to build even more bridges, and bridges of cooperation and bridges of commerce. Both of us are committed to bringing greater prosperity and opportunity to our people.
We just had a very productive meeting with women business leaders from the United States and Canada where we discussed how to secure everything that we know the full power of women can do, better than anyone else. We know that. I just wanna say Mr. Prime Minister that I’m focused and your focused on the role women play in our economies. We must work to address the barriers faced by women entrepeneurs including access to capital, access to markets and very importantly access to networks in our discussion.
Today we will focus on improving the ways our government and our governments together can benefit citizens of both United States and Canada and in so doing advance the greater peace and stability of the world.
Mr. Prime Minister I look forward to working closely with you to build upon our very historic friendship. There are incredible possibilities for us to pursue Canada and United States together.
Again, thank you for joining us and I know our discussion will be very, very productive for the future of both countries. Mr. Prime Minister – 

All righty.  Did you get that?  Or is your brain still trying to figure out what the hell any of that was?  I listened to it, listened to it again, listened to it a sentence at a time, typed it out, read it and still have no clue what the hell that was.

To open with, he doesn’t bother to personally thank Trudeau for coming.  Nothing about it being nice to have him down, hope he’s enjoying his visit.  What he DOES do is welcome him on behalf of the country and emphasized ‘great friend‘ to make sure we know Trudeau likes him.

Canada is celebrating their sesquicentennial this year, their 150th birthday (well, one of them anyway), so it’s kinda like their 4th of July.  He basically brushed it aside and comments on how it is a milestone for America and their relationship with Canada.  Nice dude.

Next, Trump proclaims we share the same values.  HA HA!  Canada is and has everything Trump is trying to eliminate here, then suddenly jumps to battle.  I don’t think war is on Canada’s top ten.

The comment “forged the special bonds that come when two nations have shed their blood together” is only for dramatics.  Take that same idea and apply it to all the people who were banned from the country that weekend.  Iraqis fighting side by side, literally shedding blood arm and arm, but because they are from Iraq, that’s not a real bond.

The fear dramatics weren’t missing today either.  We had the ‘dangerous times’ and ISIS reference and hinted at illegal boarder crossing.  He make the ‘war on terrorism’ aka the counter ISIS effort, seem like it was ours, we were in charge and thanked Canada for their ‘contribution’  To me it sounded very condescending.

His segways did not exist, he is on one topic and in the same sentence will jump to another from left field.  The rest is a rambling mess about commerce for the most part.

There are some stellar lines that just cannot even be explained, like this one, “we understand that both of our countries stronger when we join forces in matters having more jobs and trade in North America, better for United States and Canada.”

We should / we will coordinate closely to:
protect jobs
keep wealth on our continent
keep everyone safe . . . . in our hemisphere – WTF?

I pledge to work with you for our ‘shared’ interests:
stronger trading relationship (US/CA)
safe & responsible cross border travel AND migration
includes domestic and international security

Then he went on a whole bridge obsession.  To build even more bridges, bridges of cooperation, bridges of commerce.  What, our relationship with Canada has been that frictional?  The only reason we would need to build bridges with Canada is after Trump has burned every single one of them.

I don’t know the context of the ‘meeting of women business leaders from US & CA, but this might have been the most bizarre word vomit of this speech.
“How to secure everything that we know . . . can do better than anyone else, we know that”
“Focused on the role women play in economics”
To work to address barriers faced by women:
access to capital
access to markets
access to networks (emphasized ‘very important’)

These are just words:
Today we will focus on improving the ways our government and our governments together can benefit citizens of both United States and Canada and in so doing advance the greater peace and stability of the world
My summation – Focus on improving way to benefit citizens which will advance peace and security.
Yeah, neither make any sense.

As he wrapped it up, he wanted to ensure that everyone one knew J-dog was his BFF by referring to it as a “historic friendship“.  The ‘incredible possibilities’ are  what?

I haven’t seen anything in this speech that has any actionable statements.  It’s:
There is danger.
Teach everyone two are greater than one.
A little bit of geography.
Lots of trade and trading, but don’t know what and don’t know how, just we can trade commerce together.
Oh, Canada, don’t let illegals cross your border to come here.
Some shit about women businesses (this is hard for him unless we are talking about tiaras and bikinis).
Justin Trudeau loves him.

There were 2 mentions of jobs.
There were 5 mentions of commerce and / or trade
There were 5 mentions of safety in some way
There were 20 times he reminded us what countries he was talking about.

I was going to do the entire press conference to show the difference in how Justin Trudeau spoke and Trump did.  I was particularly interested in how different the answers would be to unscripted questions from the press (it was really sad) but this exhausted me.

Non-stop Alternative Facts

We know that Trump is keen on flair and exaggeration, even a bit of manipulating stats to the benefit of himself.  We first thought that once in the White House some of the grand standing would tone down, that, even though he had some out there ideas, he’d act like, well, act like an adult.  Holy shit how wrong we were.

Most of the time now, the majority of what comes out of his mouth and fingers, there is actually no source he is referencing.  Nothing has actual proof, has a source or are just a blatant lie.  At first it was dismissed as his campaign rhetoric.  It’s still happening.  In office.  With real people.  With the world.  The credibility of this government is dying, chip by chip.

It’s one thing for an administration to have some disagreements with the press, or to not fully disclose some of what is going on behind doors.  However, this has just become a flood of flat out lies, distractions and childish out lashes.  Trump is quick to react to anything that he doesn’t agree with or paints him in an unflattering light, no matter how small or insignificant.  The fact that a skit on Saturday Night Live elicits a tirade of tweets and comments just shows how easily anything can get under his thin skin.  Aside from angry insults, Trump pairs those with retorts filled with ‘facts, quotes and data’ that he really just pulls from the air.  As would any support team or dedicated employees, his talking heads are left to defend or explain his claims.  Better yet, in order to maintain the illusion, they appear to buy into the rhetoric and have no hesitation to repeat and embellish these claims.  Kelly Ann Conway will now forever by infamous because she coined the phrase “alternative facts”.  Like a meteor, it has become the lexicon of this administration.

Why this is has taken off, and not just called out for what it is only encourages the administration to continue.  It gives validity to the term and allows them to keep dispersing LIES.  It’s not an alternative fact, it’s not an untruth, it’s a flat out LIE.

Each day I wake up wondering what did they lie about while I was asleep, or who did they manage to piss of in less than 10 hours.  Everyday, every single one of them, there is something that happened which fits that criteria.

Keep checking back.  I’ve been keeping notes and shaking my head on a regular basis, so I have quite a bit to write about.  Let me know your thoughts!