Everyone was so surprised when Mr. Trump met with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, ( now known as " Chuck and Nancy") about what apparently everyone thought was going to be a long arduous discussion about the debt ceiling and Hurricane Harvey aid.
The media and Republicans where shocked that Trump accepted the very first offer thrown out by the dems, as-is!
They were all so surprised.
Maybe I'm crazy but I wasn't surprised at all.
For the last several weeks Trump has been berating and huffing and puffing about how his party didn't pass repeal of Obama Care and didn't stop the investigation into Russia. He called Jeff Sessions an idiot for recusing himself.
He goes on and on about how those in his party "aren't nice to him" and they "don't have his back" with the Mueller investigation.
Donald Trump is not one to just blow hot air when it comes to retribution.
This deal was total payback, period.
He's giving a big middle finger to the GOP.
Letting them know in no uncertain terms, play ball with me or this is what I will do,
because I can.
This is the one thing Donald Trump is very good at, revenge.
Don't get mad, get even...
Of course now several days later, the story is that there is no deal.
It was only a discussion about a deal.
And to be perfectly honest did anyone really think Trump would keep his word?
Let's face it he does have quite the history of lying changing his mind.
If I were the Democrats or the Republicans I'd be on my guard.
That little twinge you feel between your shoulder blades just might be a knife in your back.
We're calling this weird Wednesday!
Kind of like freaky Friday...
We're posting our weekend post today and on the weekend doing what would be wordless Wednesday.
Why you ask?
Just to keep you on your toes...
So, Hurricane Harvey and now Irma the largest most devastating hurricane on record in the Atlantic.
Thousands of acres of wildfires through out California, Oregon, Montana and Idaho to name a few.
An 8 point plus earthquake in Mexico
40 days and forty nights and then some of rain...
It all feels a little too apocalyptic for comfort.
Any minute I expect to look out the window and see hoards of locust filling the sky!
You may be asking your self, "why is all this devastation and doom taking place?"
With Thanksgiving right around the corner we thought this might be a good time for we as a society to do a little self introspection,
They say what goes around comes around , you reap what you sow, you get what you give,
Simply put; pay back's a bitch!
We've gutted the planet to suck out every drop of oil we can.
We've ignored or dismissed global warming/climate change.
We've used the oceans as our own personal garbage cans.
Let's face it we've treated the planet that we call home like one giant toilet .
Can we really blame Mother Nature for being just a little ticked off?
We live in Seattle.
People here like to say how beautiful it is, how green and lush.
There's the Pacific Ocean and the mountains and the forests...
We're very progressive
A couple weeks ago the moon was full, it was also red!
Shrouded in smoky brown pollution from wildfires burning on the other side of those mountains.
It is easy to pass these events off as one time things and go about our business and wonder why at times it seem like the sky is falling.
When one of these events occurs we seem perfectly content to throw a telethon, donate a few dollars and light a candle for a day or two.
Then we pat ourselves on the back knowing we've done something.
Let me introduce you to someone who's actually done something;
We asked TBT of Marks Mews to do a guest post and he graciously accepted.
We know you'll enjoy it as much as we did...
“Most politicians in the US understand that there are 3 co-equal branches of Government. I learned that in High School. Some of my fellow students didn’t. High School cliques and gangs know only a single leader. And they tend to follow that idea all their lives. They tend to become followers in bad jobs because they don’t ever learn how to become cooperators joining together for a purpose.
Some gang leaders or individual bullies learn skills, though. They become leaders. They become leaders by experience in intimidation, insult, manipulation of their followers, and a talent for seeing weaknesses in other people. They see what some group of people want to hear. All dictators and lesser strongman leaders are like that. Hitler was, Genghis Khan was, Mao Tse Tung was, and other minor strongmen in South America and Africa.
Democracies have to fight such people constantly. There are always people who desire power beyond what the laws allow. They push at the laws, they change them for their benefit, they intimidate others with populist movements.
A long-standing democracy, like the US are hard for dictatorial types to overthrow. The structure of the government has checks and balances built in. Some rules are so embedded that it would take a military coup d' tat to change.
But that doesn’t stop some people from trying. Donald Trump is trying. That he has been thwarted so far says good things about our laws and our 3 part government. Don’t think he isn’t trying to take over. He is. He is failing, but he is flexible. All he needs are a few successes against his threats.
His personal threats are that he is being investigated for collusion with the Russians to win the election, that his taxes are mostly fiction, that he is racist, that he has obstructed justice by interfering in legal investigations, and that most of the US find him “unfavorable”.
Any one of those should sink an American President to meaninglessness. Together, they such cause impeachment.
And let’s get clear on “impeachment”. Impeachment is not a statement of a crime. The causes for impeachment are deliberately vague in the Constitution. It is a political decision by the Congress that a President is not suited to the demands of the job. And impeachment is merely the act of considering the matter legally in The House Of Representatives, not the trial itself.
Trump should be impeached. He should be impeached for all of us for general reasons, for some of us for specific reasons, and for rational reasons of “he is basically just not qualified”. A President doesn’t have to commit a specific crime to be impeached. Impeachment is not a trial. It is a declaration there should be a trial in Congress.”
I get all snuggled up in the laundry and dream of treats and petties and family and being loved.
Now as he promised in his campaign, Mr. Trump is going after DACA.
If Trump ends DACA it will cost the country 700,000 jobs and billions with a B of dollars.
But don't worry because "he's a business man" maybe not a very good one but it's all subjective right?
Warren Buffett and Mark Zuckerberg who are unarguably great business men along with
Executives from General Motors, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and many other companies who echoed other business leaders in their letter to Trump.
"All DACA recipients grew up in America, registered with our government, submitted to extensive background checks, and are diligently giving back to our communities and paying income taxes," their joint letter said.
"Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions," if DACA recipients lose their protections and face deportation, the letter continued, calling those recipients, also known as Dreamers, "vital to the future of our companies and our economy."
So who should we listen to?
The guy who just paid a 25 million dollars to the defendants in the Trump University lawsuit?
Or these other guys who actually can run a successful business and not just a branding scheme on the back of a loan from his father?
I know who I'd choose.
On top of all that....
polls now show that 58% of Americans are embarrassed by Mr Trump.
Those in his cabinet and some Republicans in congress are questioning his ability to run the country ( not really sure what took them so long???)
Just a few days into Hurricane Harvey, Donald Trump landed in Corpus Christie where he did a Trump victory tour as opposed to meeting with survivors and first responders.
While Mexico and Canada showed what true leadership is when both countries after being belittled and berated by Mr. Trump on numerous occasions offered complete support in the hurricane's wake.
We have to make a choice no matter what party we are .
Country should trump party!
Look at the devastation this man is leaving in his path...
Don't let him take out one of the most important tenants of our democracy.
Demand comprehensive immigration reform!
And for GODS sake don't let him dismantle DACA!
Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive...
The line comes from a poem by Sir Walter Scott
And boy has this president woven a big one already!
But it's not just Trump, it's all of those he surrounds himself with who seem to have a very different view of what truth is.
On Wednesday Steven Miller gave a press briefing on that days newest proposed legislation aimed at immigration.
It was filled with convoluted alternate facts and numbers that some one reached out and pulled from heaven knows where.
The proposed bill would not only address illegal immigration but legal immigrants would now be in the cross hairs.
During the briefing there was a heated exchange between Miller and CNN's Jim Acosta.
It appears that we should tear down or cover the Statue of Liberty as the words she evokes seem to no longer apply to our country.
This is one of a string of proposals that are destined to take us back in history.
Take us back to a place where supporters of this new president feel safe.
Where only English is spoken and white privilege is now something to be proud of.
No more hand outs, even though statistically there are more white Americana's on food stamps and getting federal help than any other segment of the population.
Legal immigrants can't get food stamps or anything else for 5 or more years so what's all the fuss about?
It's about turning back some imaginary clock to a better time.
A whiter time.
So we watch and wait as the new administration bends the truth and censors anyone who doesn't fall in line with their thinking.
We apologize ahead of time for our wonky line breaks?????????
After seven years and many iterations the Republicans attempted to repeal Obamacare one more time early Friday morning.
No one really knew how it would end.
There was all sorts of speculation and debate but in the end it came down to Arizona Senator John
He along with Lisa Murkowski
of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine where the only brave souls to vote against party lines.
Ladies and gentleman, step right this way, it's time for some magic...
They could not stop him from winning the presidency.
They could not stop him from instituting the Affordable Care Act.
They could not stop his re election.
They hate that he was the president.
They have tried everything they can think of to discredit him.
But to no avail and so now...
They are attempting to make his presidency simply disappear.
One by one while they distract the media with outrageous daily headlines,
they are carefully and deliberately deconstructing all of his accomplishments until there is no trace of his presidency left behind.
Creating friction with the United Nations and many of our allies.
Reinstating mandatory sentencing.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with magic beans.
Undoing all the progress we've made to combat climate change.
De regulating methane emissions
Rolling back voting rights.
Undoing banking regulations so we don't have another collapse.
Undoing consumer protections.
Pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord.
Deconstructing the EPA
Undoing Dodd - Frank
De funding Planned Parenthood
Bibbity, bobbitty, boo...
Watch as we make president Obama's eight years in the White House magically disappear!
And now for the big finally...
There goes your health care,
We just cut your Social Security in half!
Bye, bye Medicare...
Keep your eyes on this bright and shiny object and...
Hello tax cuts for the rich.
Ladies and gentleman, I give you the great Republican agenda! It's magic!
He lied about Ted Cruz's father being involved in the JFK assassination.
He lied when he told the world he would disentangle himself from all his business dealings .
He lied about donating money to veteran's charities.
He lied when he accused President Obama of bugging Trump Tower.
He probably lied when he suggested there are tapes of his conversations with Comey.
And he lied bigley when he said he would 100% testify under oath about his conversations with James Comey. ( never going to happen folks)
I could go on and on and on...
But you get the point.
Now it all comes down to who do you believe?
On one side there is Donald Trump with his panties a blaze and on the other there is James Comey with memos NOT LEAKS. With witnesses, with a paper trail.
On the Trump side you have him asking all other parties in the room to leave, even Jeff Sessions who was very reluctant to do so.
No tapes ( see above ).
And a seemingly endless stream of whoppers coming non stop from the presidents own mouth.
Trumps own words verbatim; “That was an excuse by the Democrats, who lost an election that some people think they shouldn’t have lost,” he said. “But we were very, very happy, and, frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said, and some of the things that he said just weren’t true.”
Um-m-m-m, wait, which is it? He confirmed what you said was or wasn't true?
And if Mr. Trump thinks that part is true, just how does he delineate which of Comey's statements are true and which aren't?
And this; If Comey wasn't fired for investigating the Russia thing, are we really supposed to believe Donald Trump fired him for being too hard on Hillary Clinton? Really, Mr. lock her up?!
He makes the best deals...
Just don't pay any attention to all those pesky little bankruptcies and lawsuits.
I guess all those other business men are wrong even though most of them have far surpassed him in the business world
And his decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord will cost jobs, not create them.
Not good business.
He has the best brain;
again I refer you to covfefe...
Look, I get it, he's an outsider.
He's not part of the Washington DC elite.
He's going to shake things up.
He's going to make America great again!
Here's my question....
What was so wrong with America in the first place?
Jobs were on the increase for 75 straight months under Obama.
The price of gas was low
The economy was coming back, granted slower than most would like but still coming back, steadily.
Did you know that President Obama had the largest increase of jobs in history, 22.309 million!
We had severely slowed Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
We were cleaning up the planet for our kids and their kids...
Here is what I have deduced,
what those who think there was something so very wrong with America seem to be referring to is;
The number of people who don't look like they do
or talk like they do
You know...those people.
The ones we can blame all of our problems on.
The ones who have somehow created a reason you don't have a job or didn't get a raise or lost your house or caused the government to take all your guns...oh wait, okay not that.
But they did stuff and it made America not great by God!
President Trump said in his speech yesterday that "we won't be laughed at any more"
It seems to me that most of the laughing began after he took office.
"Believe me!"he shouted.
Where's that wall?
And is Mexico going to pay for it or not?
Where's the repeal of Obama Care?
More importantly, where's the replacement?
Where's this great tax bill?
Where's all that infrastructure?
Did I miss it when you pulled out of NATO?
Are we winning yet?
I remember someone saying " we're going to win so much you will get tired of winning"
When does that start?
He's also touted as being a strong leader by his supporters.
Because all I ever seem to hear is whining, bi*ching and moaning.
"They're mean to me, it's not fair, so and so said bad things about me, it's a which hunt".
Sounds a lot more like a victim than a leader to me.
Ever heard the phrase; if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen?
If this is what is considered the best, I'll pass thanks...
We are coming to you late in the day because originally this was going to be a very different post and then I ran into someone I see once in a while at the gym.
She mentioned that she was going to participate in a march this weekend I think it's The March For Truth. Which got me to thinking about a discussion I had just had with someone the night before.
If you haven't heard, there's an uprising!
It goes by various names in various places but it's people unhappy with the system, with how the country is going, with how the election turned out...
It's about Trump but it's also about Bernie verses Hillary.
It's about the evolution of robotics invading the workplace and taking jobs (some say seven million in the next several years!)
You name it...people aren't happy and they are taking to the streets.
We all saw the mass marches the day after the election and there have been on going protests ever since.
Millions of people marching and letting the world know that they are not okay with the status quo.
There are hundreds of groups that have sprung up all over the country and the world.
#Resist, Indivisible groups, MoveOn groups and on and on.
This is great, to an extent...
We are having a conversation in this country and that's wonderful.
But at what point do we take the next step?
A conversation is a way to get people motivated to do something.
But what I'm seeing is people who are content just having the conversation, somehow the conversation has become their something to do.
But a conversation is just that.
Marching in a rally is marching.
They are all great first steps.
The thing is, if the first step is the only step you take what have you actually accomplished?
Sure maybe you make yourself feel better, kind of like the person who goes to the gym once a week but can't understand why they aren't in better shape.
It seems to me that if we really want change we need to get up off our best intentions and actually do
Great but then volunteer at your local ACLU, greet refugee families who are new to the area, RUN FOR OFFICE!
Here's an example of what I mean; during World War I, the united states instituted widespread surveillance of immigrants and political radicals.
Some feared that the country was abandoning cherished traditions of tolerance and free speech.
In response a small group of progressives founded an organization that would be come to be known as the American Civil Liberties Union.
They lost many early courtroom battles, but their vision of a nation in which civil liberties were taken seriously eventually changed the face of American law and politics.
What if they had stopped at protesting or marching?
Our hope is that you go to the marches. That you protest. That you speak up.
But after that...
Evolve from conversation and taking a stand to action.
It's a lot more work but it's worth it.
Remember it only takes one candle to light the darkness so go out and shine.
Let's all just agree that whether you like him or not Donald Trump is so far out of his depth of ability that he is drowning and he's pulling us all down with him.
He is not unlike a child who stands before a broken cookie jar, face covered in cookie crumbs adamantly denying any involvement in the shattered crockery at his feet.
To say that he exhibits many of the characteristics of a toddler is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows but, if it walks like a duck...
You should not be speaking about the head of the country and keep using phrases like " he's on a learning curve,
he's not a politician or he's an outsider so he didn't know not to pass on classified information", especially to our adversary's.
In this the real world If the nukes start flying there will be no do overs.
Our current president is a spoiled brat, period!
He has one tantrum after another.
If he thinks he's been slighted he picks up his toys and goes home where he is surrounded by those who are willing to say whatever need be to pacify his ego.
He runs amok from hour to hour cracking , breaking, and chipping at our democracy and the world as if they were his personal play things.
Right now, there is no adult in the room to child proof his environment and thus our own.
You wouldn't leave a toddler in charge of an unlocked gun cabinet or sit him alone in the car with the motor running, but that is exactly what we have done.
And now it's time for the grownups to take away the keys before the kid kills himself or someone else.
The Oval Office is not a preschool!
And as to the assumption that MR. Trump will be becoming presidential any time soon, if ever?
Just remember; if it look like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck...it's a fricking duck!
So, there is this big kerfuffle going on about a comedy monologue that was delivered by Stephen Colbert about Donald Trump.
Now this is nothing new of course. Comedian's and late night talk hosts have been skewering politician's for years.
What's interesting is that some, are now whining about this "terrible" hate speech and having the government via the FCC , investigate...
These are the same people who espoused the government for being too big and oh by the way, what ever happened to those same folks and their righteous indignation when it came to their freedom of speech?
Let me get this straight, it's okay for "people" to say things like "I grab them by the pussy" and imply that Ted Cruz's father had something to do with JFK's assassination,
but a late night talk show host, known to be a comedian who tells a joke you don't find amusing, well that's just too much?
Let me throw out my humble opinion on what's going on here...
It seems to me that we have become a nation, no a world, of people who are convinced that our opinion is the correct opinion.
It doesn't seem to matter anymore whether you can back it up with facts because facts are subjective now days.
We watch MSNBC or FOX,
we listen to NPR or Rush Limbaugh.
We wrap ourselves in our little protective cocoon's where the only thing we let in are the things we agree with and convince ourselves that our facts are the right facts, our way is the right way, our God is the right God and our beliefs are the right beliefs.
We don't bother to listen to anyone whose views don't correspond to ours so we never even think about other view points.
DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!!!!
We need dialogue people!
We need to talk to each other!
Some one made the case the other day that the Democratic party has basically proclaimed that if you are Pro Life you are not welcome.
That's just bad politics!
But we all know it's not just Democrats...
If you are a Republican running for a seat by god you better be against immigration reform and threatening to eviscerate Planned Parenthood.
And don't get me started on climate change.
And let's not forget those pesky Independents...
Look, you may be pro gun, pro life, pro the wall and all sorts of things someone like me finds totally unacceptable...but opinion's TRUE OPINIONS really do matter.
We all need to give a little here.
Inclusive not exclusive makes for a much better and productive society and isn't that what we all want?
So how about we take compromise off the dirty words list for a while.
How about we challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zone and actually listen to other points of view?
Just because you open yourself up to other ideas doesn't mean you have to change your mind and it doesn't mean you are a traitor to your belief's.