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Exactly how close are the Trump-Putin relations? How much money does Trump owe Putin?

Washington Post suspects Trump has secret business dealings, communications with Russia

____The Post's editorial board questioned Trump's praise of Putin after the Russian leader decided not to take countermeasures against the U.S.

"The president-elect’s dismissive response only deepens unanswered questions about his ties to Russia in the past and his plans for cooperation with Vladi­mir Putin," the newspaper wrote.

"For his part, Mr. Putin seems to be eagerly anticipating the Trump presidency. On Friday, he promised to withhold retaliatory sanctions, clearly hoping the new Trump administration will nullify Mr. Obama’s acts," the Post added.

The editorial questioned Trump's proposed policy of friendly relations with Russia, observing that Trump "seems blissfully untroubled" by Kremlin's aggressive geopolitical stratagems.

"Mr. Trump has been frank about his desire to improve relations with Russia, but he seems blissfully untroubled by the reasons for the deterioration in relations, including Russia’s instigation of an armed uprising in Ukraine, its seizure of Crimea, its efforts to divide Europe and the crushing of democracy and human rights at home," the Post wrote.

"Why is Mr. Trump so dismissive of Russia’s dangerous behavior? Some say it is his lack of experience in foreign policy, or an oft-stated admiration for strongmen, or naivete about Russian intentions. But darker suspicions persist."

The editorial concluded by connecting the president-elect's "odd behavior" toward Russia with his lack of transparency when it comes to his business empire.

"Are there loans or deals with Russian businesses or the state that were concealed during the campaign? Are there hidden communications with Mr. Putin or his representatives?" The newspaper speculated.

"We would be thrilled to see all the doubts dispelled, but Mr. Trump’s odd behavior in the face of a clear threat from Russia, matched by Mr. Putin’s evident enthusiasm for the president-elect, cannot be easily explained."

Republican family values on display in South Carolina

The screaming voices of children can be heard on the 911 call.

No one is talking to the dispatcher. All that can be heard are screams of “Stop!” in the background.

“Please stop! Just stop, Daddy. Just stop.”

The call was made Monday night from the home of South Carolina state Rep. Chris Corley, a young politician who made headlines last year when he staunchly fought to keep the Confederate flag flying on the statehouse grounds. The screaming voices appear to have come from his children.

Corley hit his wife in the face and threatened to kill her in front of their children, according to an incident report from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. His wife told investigators that Corley only stopped hitting her because the children were screaming and her head was bleeding. He then went out to his vehicle, came back with a handgun and pointed it at his wife, threatened to kill himself, and then went to the bedroom, the report states.

Corley, of Graniteville, S.C., was arrested on Tuesday and charged with first-degree domestic violence and pointing a firearm at a person, according to an online docket. He told investigators that he and his wife got into a fight because she suspected him of cheating. He said his wife tried to strike him in the face, but he pushed her away, according to the report.

The 36-year-old Republican lawmaker, who has a law office in Augusta, Ga., was elected to represent South Carolina’s 84th District in 2014. He was reelected without opposition this year.

Corley’s arrest comes after a legislative session in which South Carolina lawmakers passed a sweeping reform bill that toughens punishments in domestic violence cases and bars offenders from possessing guns.

He's facing a maximum 15 years in jail.  Let's hope he is sentenced to every minute of it.

Nothing accidental about this. Stupid? Yes. But not accidental.

M.D. Harmon, a conservative columnist who frequently wrote in favor of gun ownership rights for the Portland Press Herald, died this week after being accidentally shot by a teenage boy.

As the Press Herald itself reports, the 71-year-old Harmon was showing off one of his guns to a 16-year-old boy in his home in Sanford, Maine, on Wednesday. Harmon apparently let the teenager handle the weapon, which went off while the boy was holding it.

Both the teenager and his father were visiting Harmon for undisclosed reasons, and Harmon’s wife has called the shooting an “accidental tragedy.”

Harmon was a dedicated defender of gun ownership rights and would regularly rail against attempts to regulate firearms or even make the use of firearms safer.

In a 2013 column, for instance, Harmon attacked proposed legislation in Maine that would have required gun owners to take a firearm safety course — in fact, he referred to this section of the legislation as “the worst part of the bill.”

NO, you dimwit, this was not an "accidental tragedy."  This is an example of The Stupid in action.

I'm 72 and have been handling firearms since age 6 when my granddaddy gave me a single-shot .22 rifle.  Never had an accident with a firearm and don't know anyone who has.  Of course, I don't associate with stupid people with guns.

Let's lay waste to a Republican lie . . . Democrats are the party of the Klan and slavery

One of the common lies told by Republicans is this:  Democrats are the party of slavery, Jim Crow, and the KKK.  The facts do not support this nonsense claim.  Facts lay waste to this claim.  Yes, it's true the Democrats controlled th slavery and Jim Crow South.  Then things changed and now it's the GOP that's the Klan.

Here's an excellent article that speaks the truth much better than I can.

Republicans love reminding liberals that their party “freed the slaves.” Some know enough history to remind Democrats that their party, in fact, defended slavery. While true, they cherry pick their parts of US History—a 150-year old part, at that.
While watching cable “news,” during a Thanksgiving visit to my Mom, this tired argument again reared its head. In so doing, the selective nature of historical knowledge, regarding race and politics, smacked me in the face. One Republican politician (guess this person’s race and sex), lamented that blacks vote for the party of slaveholders rather than the party of Lincoln. Blacks, he implied, have forgotten history and only voted for Clinton because Democrats give black people “handouts.”
I flashed back to Donald Trump discussing “the Blacks” before all-white audiences in which he bashed the Democrats on race matters. Being a historian, I recalled a Baltimore Afro-American headline from the 1936 presidential election: “Abraham Lincoln Is Not A Candidate in the Present Campaign.”
There were logical reasons why roughly 99% of African Americans voted the straight Republican ticket for three generations, roughly 1870 through the 1920s. Yet, it makes equal sense why they began voting heavily Democratic in 1936 and increasingly so in the 1960s.
Here’s the background. Slaveholders led the Democratic Party—the nation’s first—from its inception. Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, James Madison, and many other “founding fathers,” who wrote so boldly about equality and natural rights, owned slaves. Andrew Jackson, the most important president during the Age of the Common (white) Man, in which property qualifications to vote (for white men) ceased, was also a slaveholder and Democrat. The ideological father of secession to protect white people’s “right” to own black slaves, John C. Calhoun, was a Democrat. Modern-day Republicans, like Dinesh D’Souza, take great joy in highlighting this portion of US history, now nearly two centuries old.
Similarly, contemporary Republicans love highlighting that their party was established by people who opposed slavery though—importantly—not because they all believed in black equality. Rather, many, arguably most, whites opposed slavery because the institution hurt white farmers and workers who could not compete with the low labor costs of Southern slaveholders.
In the 1860 election, Abraham Lincoln did not even appear on southern states’ ballots. Lincoln, of course, won and eleven slave states quickly seceded, seven before Lincoln even took office. South Carolina hastily issued a “Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union.” It noted, “an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery” and complained that Northern states refused to “fulfill their constitutional obligations” by interfering with the return of fugitive slaves. White Democrats’ commitment to slavery—not states’ rights—provoked secession.
D’Souza and that Republican congressman who noted that slaveholders dominated the Democratic Party was spot on. Here is Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephens delivering his legendary “Cornerstone” speech:
“The new [Confederate] constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution—African slavery as it exists amongst us—the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution…Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery—subordination to the superior race—is his natural and normal condition.”
We know what happens next: war, the bloodiest in US History. In 1863 Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation (which did not free a single black person from slavery as it applied only to slaves under the control of the Confederacy). He also supported passing the Thirteenth Amendment, which actually abolished slavery, in 1865, albeit months after his tragic assassination.
To its credit, the Grand Old Party did not stop there. “Radical Republicans,” a term not intended as a compliment, kept promoting black equality after abolition. Pushed by and with mighty support from black people, congressional radicals successfully passed 2 key amendments: the Fourteenth, which ensured equal protection under the law for all citizens and empowered the federal government to ensure it, and the Fifteenth, which granted black men the right to vote.
This era immediately following the Civil War, Reconstruction, proved the high water mark of Republican efforts to ensure black equality. Black men when enfranchised, in turn, voted Republican with great passion. Not coincidentally, Reconstruction was despised by both racists (for granting African Americans their equal rights) and libertarians (for increasing the power of the federal government to do so).
Reconstruction’s collapse, alas, marked the end of the Republican Party’s commitment to black equality. Nevertheless, black men and, when they achieved the vote in 1920, black women, loyally voted GOP when they could. However, after Reconstruction, Southern whites—Democrats, mostly—systematically obliterated black political power through a combination of massive violence and legal maneuverings upheld by the Supreme Court, to its great shame, in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and Williams v. Mississippi (1898). The Republican Party, no longer led by lions like Lincoln or radicals like William Sumner or Thaddeus Stevens, assented to the systematic disenfrachisement of African Americans.
Subsequently, neither party considered black equality important, though some white Republicans joined blacks in condemning the ongoing horror of lynching and introduced congressional bills to empower the federal government to protect blacks from it. Democrats from Southern states, predictably, ensured such bills never became laws. The GOP remained “the party that freed the slaves” and, truthfully, voting for it made more sense than for the party of racism and Jim Crow. That started changing in the 1930s.
In 1932, about 70% of blacks voted for Republican Herbert Hoover but by 1936 a historic realignment began. Most Blacks were poor before the Great Depression and they continued suffering, even more than whites, during it; black poverty and unemployment rates were about twice as high than for whites. Though Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal policies did not target black poverty—and Southern Democrats managed to carve out huge, racist exceptions that severely disadvantaged blacks—millions of blacks benefited. FDR’s wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, also pushed him toward black equality, earning her the enmity of sexists and racists alike.
As a result of tangible gains, African Americans started voting Democratic. In 1936 71% voted for FDR, perhaps the single most dramatic shift of any group of American voters in a four-year period.
Roosevelt’s successor, Harry S. Truman, followed up by ordering the integration of the armed forces in 1947, a major civil rights issue. He did not need congressional approval where Southern (read: white) opposition would have stopped it cold. Though huge majorities of blacks voted Democratic, 23-39% still voted Republican between 1936 and 1960.
The 1960s sealed black loyalty to the Democratic Party. Lyndon Baines Johnson (from Texas, never forget) successfully pushed Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which, once and for all, ended legal segregation) and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (which empowered the federal government to protect black voters from state efforts to disenfranchise them).
In 1964, the main parties made fateful choices on race politics that continue defining them to this day. The Republicans nominated Barry Goldwater, an archconservative who voted against the Civil Rights Act. He won his home state of Arizona and only five others—all former Confederate ones. Johnson won in a tremendous landslide, nowhere more so than among blacks, 94% of whom voted for the white Texan.
Subsequent presidential races, essentially, repeated 1964. In 1968 and 1972, Richard Nixon adopted a “Southern (white) strategy” that peeled away more such voters from the Democrats. In 1981 Republican strategist Lee Atwater explained how:
“You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘nigger’—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… ‘We want to cut this,’ is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘Nigger, nigger.’ ”

In 1980, Ronald Reagan built upon these racist codes. For instance, he campaigned near a small town in Mississippi where three civil rights activists had been murdered sixteen years prior and declared his support for “states rights.”
Meanwhile in the 1980s, North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms became the most outspoken Republican on Capitol Hill on race matters. In leading the opposition to the campaign to declare Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a national holiday, Helms denigrated King and other civil rights activists’ “proven records of communism, socialism and sex perversion.” Similarly, Reagan and his party attacked affirmative action as a (modest) effort to address 350 years of slavery and segregation. In 1984 while whites overwhelmingly voted for Reagan’s re-election, just 9% of black voters did.
The saga continued into the 1990s and 2000s. Trent Lott, Republican Senate Majority Leader, lamented that racist and ardent segregationist Strom Thurmond had not won the presidency in 1948. Mississippi Governor and Republican leader Haley Barbour, when asked about racial segregation, insisted, “I just don’t remember it as being that bad.” Just Just 10% blacks voted for Republican presidential candidates.
In 2008, lest someone forgot, Democrats nominated Barack Obama, a black man. Many white Americans were apoplectic and went full racist, going so far as to assert that Obama was not even an American! 55% of whites voted for McCain in 2008 and 59% for Romney in 2012. In 2008 and 2012, about 95% of black voters chose Obama. We can guess that the other 5% think Clarence Thomas is a great Supreme Court justice.
And so we arrive in 2016. Donald Trump declared he would help “the blacks” before nearly all-white audiences and criticized black people for protesting racist police brutality like when a white police officer gunned down Walter Scott while running away.
Meanwhile, some white conservatives assert blacks only vote Democrat because of welfare checks, as one Fox News commentator described: “a client relationship between protected classes of voters and politicians who promise ever greater handouts and state-coerced preferential treatment, and a decadent cycle that keeps African-Americans pinned down in poverty.”
While Hillary Clinton’s policy legacy and statements reveal a complicated relationship with African Americans, at least she, occasionally, names institutional racism and has long demonstrated an interest in African American rights.
In short, for nearly 150 years black voters have demonstrated rational behavior as well as loyalty to the party that treats them even half-decently. So, while that Republican politician was quite right that the Democrats were the party of slavery (and Jim Crow), black people demonstrate they are far more likely to consider recent, not antebellum, history when voting. Abraham Lincoln remains dead as does, it seems, the commitment of contemporary Republicans to black equality.

Peter Cole is a historian of the twentieth-century United States, South Africa and comparative labor history. Dr. Cole is Professor of History at Western Illinois University. He is the author of Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive Era Philadelphia (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and currently at work on a book entitled Dockworker Power: Race, Technology & Unions in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @ProfPeterCole.
This article was originally published at History News Network

Someone needs to be taught a lesson and taught a lesson quickly

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus sent the following message as a Christmas greeting:

 "Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King."

 WHATTHEFUCK?!?!?!?!?  ". . . this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.Donald Trump is NOT a king, no matter what he may think of himself.

And let's point out that last year's Christmas message from Priebus made no reference to a "King."

Thank you, Barack and Michelle Obama, for eight years of grace, style, and sincerity

On January 20, 2017, our nation will enter a very long, very dark tunnel with no sign of a light at the end.  Before we go into that darkness, I want to thank Barack and Michelle Obama for giving us eight years of grace, style, love, and sincerity.

Trump believed he could fool some of the people all the time. He was right.

Donald Trump bet on stupid, and he won.

A long line of voters regretting their votes for Donald Trump seem to be coming from two camps:

  • those who actually took Donald Trump at his word, and
  •  those who believe he was play-acting to get elected. 
His true believers seem to be shocked that he really doesn't plan to build the wall or that he really doesn't plan to put Hillary Clinton in jail. Those who believed he was playing a part to get elected are terrified that he might really be the evil creature he presented on the campaign trail.
Some panic is starting to set in as Trump voters are beginning to realize they have voted to cut their own social security, Medicare, and Obamacare.
  • The top enrollment numbers for Obamacare this cycle all are in Trump states,
  • Medicare and Medicaid are in House Speaker Paul Ryan's crosshairs, and,
  • Trump's team is promising to turn the banks loose to pursue scams that caused the Great Recession.

If Donald Trump is successful in repealing Obamacare tax subsidies in the exchanges, it will result in one of the largest tax increases on the middle class along with leaving tens of millions of Americans - in "red" states - suddenly without health insurance. 

If Trump and Republicans are successful in dismantling Medicaid - which Obamacare strengthens and reforms - millions of poor white people who Trump successfully conned won't be able to take their sick children to he doctor.

If Paul Ryan and Donald Trump are successful in privatizing and dismantling Medicare, the effects will be disastrous across the country, but particularly calamitous on red states. Three in four Medicare recipients are white, and they make up over 80% of the population in states Donald Trump won.

Trump voters voted for the most unqualified candidate for president in history because they somehow believed that a man who lives in a golden tower, who sits for his interviews on gold chairs, and who poops in a gold toilet really gives a damn about the middle class. 

They voted to ignore his racism, sexism, and every other form of bigotry because they believe that a man who made a career by swindling unsuspecting people of modest means out of their money was going to change his stripes and care about them. 

They were so disgusted at the New York elite that they willingly voted in one of them president.

The hell of it is, while Trump's policies will destroy the "white working class," the rest of us will go down with these fools.

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I'll bet the Republicans are so-o-o-o-o proud of their new 
"First Lady."

Let's all welcome our new First Lady, Melania Trump

This is what your future first lady is really like

Putin lays a trap, Trump leaps into it

President-elect Trump received this letter from Vladimir Putin:

Trump says in return: "A very nice letter from Vladimir Putin; his thoughts are so correct. I hope both sides are able to live up to these thoughts."

And it begins. Trump has fallen into Putin’s trap, and is well on his way to becoming Putin’s useful idiot. Whatever Putin says, Trump’s going to agree with, even if it means starting another nuclear arms race, something that actually could be quite handy for Putin. An arms-escalating United States would give Putin all the excuse he needs to further consolidate power, and even perhaps move to retake those former Soviet states. All in the name of defending against the American madman.

Just what Trump wants:

Here's a manger scene with no Jews, Arabs, Africans, refugees, or unwed mothers.

Oh, this is good!!!

The DC Metro system (the subway) has issued an Inaugural Day fare card for use on Trump's inaugural day -- $10, ride all day.  Here's a photo of the card.

Here's the card DC Metro issued for President Obama's inauguration in January 2013.

Notice any difference????


Do these people take stupid pills every day??

A South Carolina legislator has introduced a bill that will require all computers sold in SC to have software installed that will block access to porn sites.

People buying computers in South Carolina would be limited in their access to porn online under newly proposed legislation. 

A bill pre-filed this month by state Rep. Bill Chumley would require sellers to install digital blocking capabilities on computers and other devices that access the internet to prevent the viewing of obscene content. 
The proposal also would prohibit access to any online hub that facilities prostitution and would require manufacturers or sellers to block any websites that facilitate trafficking. 

Both sellers and buyers could get around the limitation, for a fee. The bill would fine manufacturers that sell a device without the blocking system, but they could opt out by paying $20 per device sold. Buyers could also verify their age and pay $20 to remove the filter. 
It's nice to know that for $20, you can watch all the porn you want.

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Conservatism is dead

"Conservatives" sold out to the segregationists with the Southern strategy, then to the religious right and their hatred of anyone "other," then to the supply-siders and their voodoo economics, then to the NRA with all guns all the time, then to the corporatists with Citizens United, and finally to the birthers.

It seems that the only "moral order" the conservatives subscribe to is what will win this election this year.


Inauguration Day -- January 20, 2016 -- should be a national day of mourning.  On that day I will:
  1. Fly my American flag at half-staff
  2. Wear a black crepe armband
  3. Drape my front door in black

Final vote tally

Clinton:  65,844,594
Trump:  62,979,616
Others:  7,804,203

Trump voters are a burden on the national economy

Here's an amazing fact:  The counties that voted for Hillary Clinton contribute FAR MORE to the national economy than do the counties won by Trump.

The less-than-500 counties that Hillary Clinton carried nationwide encompassed a massive 64 percent of America’s economic activity as measured by total output in 2015.  By contrast, the more-than-2,600 counties that Donald Trump won generated just 36 percent of the country’s output—just a little more than one-third of the nation’s economic activity.
Talk about makers and takers . . . 

I guess the Republicans just don't care about four dead Americans

The special congressional investigation into the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi is officially over now that the panel filed its final report the day before the House adjourned for the year.

The Select Committee on Benghazi initially released its findings in June but remained in place for months afterward so, if Hillary Clinton were elected President, they could drag her in front of the committee again . . . and again . . . and again.  However, she didn't win so now the Republicans make it clear they don't give a damn about four dead Americans.

The final report, not including dissenting views from committee Democrats, clocks in at more than 322,000 words. It was added to the official House record without fanfare on Dec. 7 by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the panel’s chairman.

The panel, which spent more than $7.8 million over two and a half years, disbanded at the end of the 114th Congress, before a new Congress begins in January.

Donald Trump is proving again and again that he's a worthless piece of shit

Today Donald Trump almost single-handedly destroyed Lockheed-Martin.
Stock in aerospace giant Lockheed Martin (LMT) fell Monday after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted criticism of U.S. defense spending for the Maryland-based firm's F-35 stealth jets.

The shares closed down  2.5% at $253.11, recovering slightly from steeper intraday lows.

The drop came after Trump characterized the cost of the jet development program for the U.S. Department of Defense as "out of control."

"Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th," Trump tweeted without offering details.
 Immediately after Trump's tweet, Lockheed stock dropped over 4%, causing the company's value to plunge by over ONE BILLION DOLLARS.

Donald Trump is unsuited to be president.  He is a raving, loud-mouthed, narcissistic psychopath who is affected with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  He does not read because his attention span is no more than 60 seconds.  He viciously attacks anyone who does not agree with him.

What in God's name will Trump do when a foreign leader says something he does not agree with?

This nation is entering a very long, very dark tunnel and there is no hope of a light at the end.

If anyone who voted for Trump is reading this, I hope you lose your 401k, social security, Medicare, pension, job, and income.  You sonsofbitches deserve it . . . the rest of us are innocent.

The Trumpster (rhymes with Dumpster) will not like this

Read this article.  

It's not just the CIA reporting Russian attacks on the US election.  


Well, that does it . . . I'm stocking up on AR-15 ammo before my next loud party

Source: Business Insider

If president-elect Donald Trump keeps his promise, surplus military grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles and high-powered firearms and ammunition will once again be available to state and local U.S. police departments.

National police organizations say they'll hold Trump to that promise.

President Barack Obama issued an executive order restricting that access in 2015 amid an outcry over police use of armored vehicles and other war-fighting gear to confront protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Since then, federal officials have recalled more than 1,800 items, which have been destroyed through target practice or otherwise disposed of, officials say.

But state and local police organizations have protested, insisting that military-style vehicles and gear help protect officers' lives and public safety — for example, a privately manufactured, tracked armored vehicle played a key role in the police response to the mass shooting at a county government building in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015.

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Just what this country needs, more militarized police. Backyard party too loud? Call SWAT!!

Everywhere I look . . . I see stupid people . . . everywhere . . .

While National Football League and Major League Baseball regulations prevent fans from bringing guns into stadiums, legislators in the state of Washington reportedly proposed a bill that would permit such action.

Cindy Boren of the Washington Post reported Sunday, the proposed bill "would prevent public stadiums or the private entities that operate them from banning people with a valid concealed pistol license from entering with a firearm."

Boren noted "it's a proposal that is at odds" with the established rules in place from the NFL and MLB.

If it passed, the bill would extend to Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, even though both are privately operated.

A trio of Republican representatives from Olympia, Washington, proposed the bill.

Here it comes . . . get ready

Until two years ago General Sir Richard Shirreff was NATO deputy supreme commander. Last year he wrote a book: 2017: War With Russia as a warning of imminent peril. (A review is in the current issue of the New York Review of Books,

For the NATO second in command war is coming in weeks when Russian forces sweep in and annex eastern Ukraine which is not a NATO member and so will draw no military counter-action.

While NATO is still stunned by Putin's surprise, Putin will be following up with engineered anti-Russian atrocities in the Baltic States.  

In response to the murders of ethnic Russians by FSB snipers, Putin will invade Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, all NATO members. According to Shirreff, war games show the invasions will take a maximum of 60 hours with NATO paralyzed in confronting the face of Armageddon.

As soon as Trump questioned NATO Putin knew he had the essential element for restoration of the Russian empire, and that's why Putin's agent is going to the White House.

So this is why they are called "red states?"

With Russia identified as the agent behind DNC email break-in, the prime suspect in carrying out thefts of private emails from Democratic insiders, and actively trying to do more, President Obama put out a call for a bipartisan agreement to protect the election from Russian hacking.
In a secure room in the Capitol used for briefings involving classified information, administration officials broadly laid out the evidence U.S. spy agencies had collected, showing Russia’s role in cyber-intrusions in at least two states and in hacking the emails of the Democratic organizations and individuals.
And they made a case for a united, bipartisan front in response to what one official described as “the threat posed by unprecedented meddling by a foreign power in our election process.”
Democrats were quick to sign on.
The Democratic leaders in the room unanimously agreed on the need to take the threat seriously.
But there were at least two Republicans who wouldn’t agree. Chief among them, the Republican Majority Leader in the Senate.
According to several officials, McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.
Why would a US Senator refuse to join in an agreement to secure an American election? Because McConnell had something to gain.

Mitch McConnell followed exactly the same line as Donald Trump, proclaiming the evidence insufficient and claiming that even talking about the involvement of a foreign power that had broken into the email server of an American political party and distributed select pieces of that email for political purposes was “partisan.”

What did McConnell get for toeing the Trump line?
After the election, Trump chose McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, as his nominee for transportation secretary.
If Mitch McConnell was covering for Trump because he already had a deal in place, then the Trump campaign was not just aware of the issue, but recognized it as a problem that had to stay buried. Russia has acknowledged that all during this period, Russian agents were in contact with the Trump campaign.
The Russian government maintained contacts with members of Donald J. Trump’s “immediate entourage” during the American presidential campaign, one of Russia’s top diplomats said Thursday.
Trump may not just have been the beneficiary of the Russian involvement, he may well have played an active role.

What did Mitch McConnell know, and when was the deal struck?

Donald Trump: The "facade" president

Just like the gold gilt on the walls of his Trump Tower residence, Trump will be a “fa├žade” president. He’s not interested in the real job and doesn’t even understand it.

What does he want?  The fun and the rewards of being POTUS. The adulation. He wants the elite people, who’ve been condescending and didn’t really accept him in the select clubs, to now kiss his ass.

Oh, from time to time he will do what he thinks is a “presidential” thing, like this stupid deal with Carrier (which by the way will create a precedent and inspire other companies to blackmail the administration for tax cuts).

Pence, indeed, will have a lot of power. Also will the chief of staff, the NSC, the Pentagon and the State Department. That will mean lots of turf battles and chaos.

Meanwhile, Trump will continue his demagoguery and his whipping up fear and false pride in “country."  I hope at least lots of his supporters will be able to see through the bullshit after a while. Because I don’t have any illusions about the media doing its job.

One thing for sure, I just can’t bare the idea of Trump pulling a “Reagan” with the help of a corrupted Washington and a very weak media. I mean… The Reagan administration did a lot of damage to the country, especially during the second term,  Reagan wasn’t in control. And yet, there is this myth, this aura around him because he was good at making a good portion of Americans feel “good” about a certain vision of America. A distorted and shallow vision that bares no comparison with the more realistic and complex yet optimistic and uplifting vision that President Obama presents to all of us.

Barack Obama is the epitome of a statesman.  Trump is an irresponsible moron. 

Donald Trump is NOT my president and never will be

Trump is not my president, does not represent me, does not represent the many things that are good about the nation.  Hell, he doesn't even represent what is good in a person.

Trump functions on raw ego.  He is proudly illiterate and severely learning-disabled.  

Trump voters do not realize that the disasters he will bring on this country will fall on them.  The uneducated white males who voted for Trump are the vulnerable people and they are the ones who will be destroyed by what happens under Trump.

Trump will never be my president because he doesn't read books, can't write more than a sentence at a time.  He is not loyal to anyone except himself.  There is nothing admirable or honorable about him.

Trump family tree

What will we need to survive four years of Trump?

Lawyers, guns, and money.

I have the guns.  Someone else will have to supply the lawyers and the money.

Billionaire Trump uses Scotch tape to hold his tie together

Perhaps Mr. Trump has never heard of a tie tack?  Or maybe his ties do not have a loop on the inside of the wide end of the tie that is used to secure the narrow end?

Or maybe it's the cheap Made in China ties he wears?

If being stupid were a crime, Trump supporters all would be convicted felons

If you want an example of the kind of know-nothingness, misinformation and gullibility that won this election for Donald Trump, check out this clip of CNN’s Alisyn Camerota talking to a few of his supporters.

One particularly loud and wrong woman complains that, “three million illegals voted” in California. That’s not true, no matter how much Donald Trump tweets about it, but his supporters live in the same fact-free world as their president-elect. When Camerota questions the woman about where she got her information, she cites CNN—an unwise move considering she’s talking to one of their anchors, who immediately corrects her—before claiming it was “coming all across the media.”

Moments later, the same woman matter-of-factly states that “Obama told [illegals] they could vote,” a statement that earns knowing (nothing) nods from the other Trump supporters on the panel. When Camerota asks for specifics on where this misinformation comes from, another woman sputters her response. “Google it,” she says. “You can find it on Facebook.”

Camerota does a quick search and quickly shows the panel it’s fake news, which I’m sure did little to dissuade a single one of them from repeating it many more times.

The same woman who does much of the talking in the segment goes on to say that “California allows” undocumented immigrants to vote. Take that in for a second: this woman believes California, as a stated policy, allows voter fraud. And she is willing to go on television to announce it.

That’s what we’re dealing with here: people who are so proud of their ignorance they can’t wait to get on television and declare it to millions. Check out the clip below.

Is anyone surprised by this NY Times headline?

"Trump's Economic Cabinet Picks Signal Embrace of Wall St. Elite"

Oh, really? Before the election, Hillary Clinton was attacked because she made a speech to Goldman-Sachs.  Now, Trump has put two G-S executives in charge of the nation's economy and the Republicans yawn.

Before the election I saw some of the I-Hate-Hillary crowd posting on Facebook that they would vote for Trump because Hillary would put Wall Street executives in her Cabinet while Trump would not do the same thing.

Hell, except for his kids and a few politicians,Trump doesn't KNOW anyone else, and the unemployed in "flyover country" don't care because he's gonna make America great again. Somehow. Or something.

Proof that Trump is mentally unstable and is not fit to be President

Here is the latest series of Tweets from Trump . . . around 10:30 PM, Nov 28, EST.

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 1h1 hour ago
.@CNN is so embarrassed by their total (100%) support of Hillary Clinton, and yet her loss in a landslide, that they don't know what to do.

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 2h2 hours ago
"@sdcritic: @HighonHillcrest @jeffzeleny @CNN There is NO QUESTION THAT #voterfraud did take place, and in favor of #CorruptHillary !"

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 2h2 hours ago
"@FiIibuster: @jeffzeleny Pathetic - you have no sufficient evidence that Donald Trump did not suffer from voter fraud, shame! Bad reporter.

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 2h2 hours ago
"@JoeBowman12: @jeffzeleny just another generic CNN part time wannabe journalist !" @CNN still doesn't get it. They will never learn!

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 2h2 hours ago
"@HighonHillcrest: @jeffzeleny what PROOF do u have Donald Trump did not suffer from millions of FRAUD votes? Journalist? Do your job! @CNN"

General Dave Petreaus is responsible for the deaths of four Americans at Benghazi

FACT:  Benghazi was a CIA operation aimed at collecting weapons from former Libyan Army and sending the weapons to rebels fighting the Syrian government.

FACT:  David Petreaus was Director, CIA, and he was responsible for the entire operation, including security -- or lack of security -- for US installations in Benghazi.

The apple falls very close to the tree

The son of Alabama’s suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore was arrested for the eighth time in a five year period.

According to, Caleb Moore was charged with misdemeanors over the Thanksgiving holiday for hunting without permission and hunting over bait.

It is at least the eighth time Caleb Moore has been arrested in the last five years. Most recently, he was charged with felony drug possession in 2015. He has also faced numerous other charges for drug possession and driving under the influence.

Trump: An incompetent idiot surrounded by incompetent idiots

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who has previously assured us that she will be going away now that the election is over but who still hasn't followed through on that, took to the Sunday shows to badmouth Mitt Romney, praise her boss for not throwing his political opponent in jail despite his absolute lack of authority to do that, and insist that Donald J. Trump doesn't need those intelligence briefings he has been mostly refusing to get because he gets all the secret world information he needs to know from ... foreign leaders?
BASH: [...] Is this true? Has he turned down the opportunity to get classified intelligence briefings? CONWAY: So he is receiving classified intelligence briefings and the president-elect is also receiving information through his personal and on the phone meetings with over what's now 41 world leaders. In addition to meeting with 60 men and women who could serve in his government but certainly without the promise of any formal position or certainly — [...]
BASH: But, Kellyanne, has he turned down classified briefings?
CONWAY: I really -- I can't discuss that publicly.
Since the election, according to the Washington Post's sources, he's agreed to sit for only two of the provided daily classified intelligence briefings. But don't worry, says his staff, there's probably nothing important there that he isn't already hearing from his congratulatory phone calls from world leaders. No doubt they’re getting him up to speed.

No matter how incompetent and buffoonish we were expecting a Trump White House to be, we may have to revise our estimates downwards. Again.

On the bright side, Kellyanne Conway has high praise for her boss for not immediately turning America into a banana republic a mere three weeks after being elected. Kellyanne, please explain why the president-elect is not pushing to throw his election opponent, Hillary Clinton, in prison for unspecified crimes?
I think he's being quite magnanimous and at the same time he's not undercutting at all the authority and the autonomy of the Department of Justice, of the FBI, of the House Committees, who knows where the evidence may lead if, in fact, it were -- if the investigation were re-opened somewhere. But this is the president-elect's position right now and I would say he has been incredibly gracious and magnanimous to Secretary Clinton at a time when for whatever reason her folks are saying they will join in a recount to try to somehow undo the 70 plus electoral votes that he beat her by.
Yes indeed, nothing is quite as magnanimous as not demanding your opponent be thrown in jail. Mind you, the president-elect has no ability whatsoever to throw his opponent in jail—it's not actually a thing. And as president, he will likewise have no authority to throw his opponents in jail if he’s not feeling magnanimous; that is not among the duties or powers of the office he has just been elected to. It's not clear if Donald Trump knows that. It's really not clear Kellyanne Conway knows that.

But that is where we are now: Conway is celebrating how gracious it is for the president-elect to be "not undercutting" the authority of the nation's actual law enforcement officers when deciding who should or should not be jailed. As if that's a thing Donald should be getting a trophy for. This is a thing, with Donald; he is forever expecting praise for not doing the worst possible thing at any given moment in time.

Despite being elected president, Donald Trump appears to still have no actual concept of what the office he will soon be appointed to actually does. He doesn't need intelligence briefings; he gets what he needs to know from "world leaders" who tell him things on the phone. He is being generous to his opponent by not jailing her, though he has no actual authority to jail her unless he wants to create a constitutional crisis the likes of which we haven't seen in the last hundred years.

An idiot surrounded by idiots. Oh, this will be grand.

This is what Trump has wrought . . .

Every Southern family has a funny uncle, a, "afflicted" cousin, or a twisted sister.  Mostly we keep them hidden away in an upstairs bedroom or attic or outdoor shed.

Trump's election has brought them into the open, as demonstrated here.

Pastor John Kilpatrick used his pulpit to celebrate the election of Donald Trump and the defeat of Hillary Clinton by speaking in tongues during a recent sermon. 

Shortly after the Nov. 8 election, Kilpatrick reminded his congregation at the Evangel Temple in Meridian, Mississippi that God used Hurricane Katrina to attack New Orleans because President George W. Bush had told Israel to “give up Gaza.”

But he insisted that President Barack Obama’s administration had been even worse.

“The last eight years, we have had in our government as system that has tried to capture the minds of Americans,” Kilpatrick opined. “It has tried to tell us what we think, what we can say, what we must not say. It has tried to tell us how we feel about terrorism, Islamic terrorism. It’s tried to tell us how we should feel about abortion.”

“We’ve had an election now, things are going to open up, God’s spirit is going to begin to move again in America,” the pastor said, adding, “Sha yi ya yi ya yi ya ya. Praise him! Woo!”

Continuing to speak in tongues for the next 10 minutes, Kilpatrick shouted, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

“Sha ba ba la ba ta la rosa ta la la!” the pastor exclaimed. “Freedom! Freedom again! Freedom! Freedom to lift your voice. Freedom to praise the Lord. Woo hoo! Aye yay yay yay. Ha ra da sa da da.”

“Victory, finally, victory!” Kilpatrick declared. “Thank the Lord for the victory! Thank you for saving our nation! Thank you, Lord, for bringing Jezebel down!”

“Revival’s on the way! Revival’s on the way!” 

The USofA now is no longer a representative democracy.

We are now officially an oligarchy, controlled by the wealthiest corporate figures who conduct the nation's business for their own advantage.

In a deep dive into what is known about President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign business connection, the New York Times has exposed a multitude of conflicts that could have a major impact on how he conducts foreign affairs — to the extent that diplomats already in place are afraid to make a move that could “frustrate Trump’s overseas business partners or political allies.”

“The globe is dotted with such potential conflicts. Mr. Trump’s companies have business operations in at least 20 countries, with a particular focus on the developing world, including outposts in nations like India, Indonesia and Uruguay,” writes the Times based upon what little he revealed before the election. “What’s more, the true extent of Mr. Trump’s global financial entanglements is unclear, since he has refused to release his tax returns and has not made public a list of his lenders.”

Noting the connection of the President-elect to his businesses, the Times posits, “Even if Mr. Trump and his family seek no special advantages from foreign governments, officials overseas may feel compelled to help the Trump family by, say, accelerating building permits or pushing more business to one of the new president’s hotels or golf courses, according to several former State Department officials.”

“The working assumption on behalf of all these foreign government officials will be that there is an advantage to doing business with the Trump organization,” explains Michael H. Fuchs, recently deputy assistant secretary at the bureau of East Asian and Pacific affairs. “They will think it will ingratiate themselves with the Trump administration. And this will significantly complicate United States foreign policy and our relationships around the world.”

Fuchs also noted, “American diplomats in countries where Mr. Trump’s companies operate, fearful of a rebuke from Washington, may be reluctant to take steps that could frustrate business partners or political allies.”

What follows is a country by country breakdown.

Read the whole report here.

Change under President Obama

Drain the swamp

Trump told us he is going to Washington to drain the swamp.

What he didn't say is that he's saving all the swamp creatures and putting them into his Cabinet.

Retired English teacher nails Trump in letter to NYTimes

And another Trump supporters shows us what assholes they are

An unidentified Muslim woman was accosted on Wednesday at a Smith’s grocery store in Albuquerque. The woman was in the checkout line when another unidentified woman, wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, began shouting at her to leave the country and that she was a terrorist. That’s when employees of the store and some shoppers came to the Muslim woman’s defense.

One employee placed himself in the screaming woman’s path blocking her; a shopper embraced the woman. Local station KRQE reported on the story. You can view the video of their broadcast below. The screaming idiot was escorted out of the store where she stood in the parking lot, waiting on the shopper she harassed to come outside. Employees of Smith’s escorted her to her car, loading her groceries for her. Police were called to the scene, but by the time they arrived the screamer had left the premises.

The Muslim woman returned to the store later in the day to thank the employees for their actions.
Incidents such as this have been steadily increasing since the (s)election of Donald Trump as president—more than 700 at last count. The actions of the staff of Smith’s should not only be applauded, but emulated. There is hope after all.

Trump asshole on a Delta flight

Trump supporter keeping it classy. 

Sorry, but if you voted for Donald Trump, this is you.  You are trash.  Pure trash.

No, you fools . . . Trump is NOT bringing back those good industrial jobs

A lot of "working class voters" proved that, yes, you really are not very smart when you fell for Trump's promise to bring jobs back from overseas.

Listen carefully:  Over 70% of jobs lost in the past decades have been lost to automation, not to "illegals" and not to being shipped to China.

Look at this picture.  Notice something?  Only three people on this factory floor.

The robots are not going away.  The robots will not give your job back to you.

I really do wonder just how dumb you people are.

Seven facts that Republicans don't want you to know

1. Clinton crushed Trump in the popular vote and a majority of Americans voted against him.

The numbers are still coming in, in fact, there are still 1.5 million ballots yet to be counted in California. Thus far, Clinton is over Trump by 2 million voters. It’s the largest margin in history a candidate has lost with. The more important number, however, is that an overwhelming majority of Americans don’t support Donald Trump. Clinton so far has 63.6 million votes compared to 61.9 million for Trump. If you add in Jill Stein, Gary Johnson and other third-party candidates, it’s over 7 million. That makes well over 9 million Americans who voted against Donald Trump.

2. A whopping 75 percent of the country didn’t come out for Trump.

While the raw numbers show the majority of voters were against Trump, the majority of Americans were against him or couldn’t be bothered to come out to vote for him.
Only 57.9 percent of Americans voted in the November election. If you consider that Trump won less than half of those voters, you end up with about 75 percent of Americans who weren’t with Trump.

3. Trump must really think he knows more than the Generals because he’s ignoring national security briefings.

The Washington Post broke a story tonight that President-Elect Trump has had an opportunity to have a top-secret security briefing that is reserved for the president and vice president and the president and vice president-elect. So far he’s only done two of them in over two weeks since he won the election. The first was right after the election and the second was Tuesday before he left for Florida.
If you have a family member who disregarded Trump’s comment, “I know more about ISIS than the Generals,” as nothing more than a quip, it seems to be holding true.

4. Trump supporters were all lied to.

In just the two weeks since Trump’s election, he’s managed to backtrack on a number of his signature issues.

Those calls to “lock her up” his supporters chanted will go unanswered. Trump isn’t prosecuting Clinton. He won’t be repealing and replacing Obamacare. Instead, he intends to work to fix it. That big beautiful wall isn’t going to be a big beautiful wall after all. It turns out that Trump is fine with having it be a fence. There’s already a fence on a majority of the border and we’ve been building more for years.

Another point is that Trump won’t be ending the “war on coal.” While the coal miners were promised their jobs would be coming back, Trump lied to them. Coal is just too expensive for an energy source. It’s the free market that killed coal, so unless Trump intends to prop up the industry, it’s never going to happen. Trump has also said he only intends to deport the “criminal illegals.” The rest of the undocumented Americans will probably be safe if his latest statements are any indication. Trump isn’t pulling out of the Iran Nuclear Treaty as he promised. Advisors close to Trump say he might “renegotiate” some things, but the U.S. isn’t the only country in the deal. If he wanted to renegotiate, he’d have to bring all of the stakeholders to the table again. It took many many years to make it happen, to begin with.

Trump’s also pulled back on waterboarding, admitting it might not be a good idea and he might listen to his generals on it instead. He might not be pulling out of the Paris Climate Treaty after all. Trump told the New York Times that he’s keeping an open mind about the treaty and he’s not sure if he’ll keep it or not.

5. Trump caved on his feud with the New York Times.

Remember when The New York Times was the enemy? After spending a majority of the campaign attacking them for being inaccurate and losing subscriptions, Trump sat down with them and settled the feud. It turns out that they’re so important that the President-Elect had to do a walk of shame to their office for the interview.

6. Russia pretty much admitted it hacked the Democrats and Donald Trump Jr. had meetings with them in October.

Since Trump’s election, the Russian government admitted that it was communicating with the Trump campaign in the lead up to the election. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov acknowledged that “there were contacts” with the Trump campaign and that embassy staff met with the campaign.
Sergei Markov, a pro-Kremlin political analyst, was a little more coy. He was excited about Trump’s victory and admitted only “maybe we helped a bit with WikiLeaks.”

Last month, the United States government officially accused Russia of hacking of the Democratic National Committee. Prior to the election, many speculated if it was true. However, recently the chief of the NSA confirmed it and called for a Congressional investigation.

7.  Trump has 74 pending lawsuits after settling Trump University for $25 million.

One of the laws that the United States adopted from our English founders was that you can’t sue the king for the laws he or she passes. That doesn’t matter when it comes to things that happen outside of legislation, however. It also doesn’t apply to things the president may or may not have done prior to the presidency.

No president in history has faced quite the brutal onslaught of litigation that Trump does. From accusations of fraud to wrongful termination, sexual harassment on Trump properties and more, Trump may become the only president in history to spend this much time in a courtroom.

With the election of Donald Trump . . .

For the past few days, Trump has been announcing his Cabinet choices.

This nation is headed into a very dark tunnel at the end of which there is no light.

This is so stupid it makes my head hurt.

Last week, televangelist Jim Bakker reacted to the presidential election results by prophesying that God will punish people who live in counties that voted for Hillary Clinton.

Bakker pointed to a map that showed the results of the election by county and said that “if you live in the blue—any spot that’s blue—I would say, ‘Oh God, help me. Oh God forgive me.’ Because those are the ones who came against the will of God in this election.”

“I just want to tell you, God has spoken to me, I’ve seen under the ground in California, in LA, and God spoke to me that in Los Angeles alone there is going to be such an earthquake come that literally the big buildings will be laying on their sides, all of LA is going to collapse,” he added.

Bakker’s cohost Zach Drew agreed, warning that counties that voted for Clinton will receive God’s judgment:

 “If you look at California, the east side of California is red by county and the west side is blue. And where do all of the fault lines, where do all the prophetic words happen to plant themselves? It’s on the far-west of the West Coast. It’s the blue. Now you got to understand, judgment is not coming for them because they voted for Hillary Clinton, it’s because they voted for a platform. They voted for a platform that is so incredibly pro-abortion, anti-Bible.”

Meanwhile, up in the 49th state, disappointment . . .

Last night Kellyanne Conway told Megyn Kelly of Fox News

Sarah Palin’s isn’t in the running for a cabinet job in the Trump administration — at least as far as the senior adviser to his transition team is aware.

“I know that they’re close and that she’s been a great, loyal friend and adviser to him throughout the campaign, but I haven’t seen her as part of the cabinet mix.”

It must be a sad day for Sarah Palin, realizing that she endorsed Trump, disavowed Ted Cruz, and now that Trump has won, she's not even on Trump's radar.

 Oh, well.  Maybe one or more of her daughters will get knocked up and Sarah can console herself by being the grandmother of yet another bastard child.

And you Trump voters wonder why we Democrats think you people are stupid.

Because you are.

Tom Bonier, CEO of the polling firm Targetsmart, pointed out on Monday that “almost 20,000,000 Trump voters would lose time and a half overtime” under a Republican plan to reverse regulations put in place by President Barack Obama. 

Of course, you'll still have your guns.

He hasn't even been inaugurated and already the Trump Crime Family is running amok

Let's review the stories of the last two days.
  • Trump's DC hotel is soliciting foreign diplomatic delegations to switch their business to the incoming President's new hotel. 
  • On Tuesday Trump took a break from transition work to meet with his Indian business partners about expanding the Trump Organization's business in India now that he's president. Trump included his adult children in the meeting - the ones who will run his 'blind trust'. 
  • The news didn't reach the American press until it was reporting in an Indian paper. 
  • Now we learn that Trump's Philippines business partner Jose E. B. Antonio has been named the Philippines new trade envoy to the United States.

Horn Harbor Seafood Restaurant is AWFUL

We live in Northumberland County, VA -- moved here in 2007.  We have dined at Horn Harbor Seafood Restaurant six times.  The first time, I swore we would never return, however, for some reason, my wife wants to go to Horn Harbor.

We dined there on Friday, Nov 16, and it was such an awful experience now even she will not return.

What's wrong?

1.  Overpriced.  When I drop close to $100 in a restaurant, I expect the food to be edible.  It's not
2.  Everything is frozen.  I had flounder.  It was tasteless and had the consistency of mush.  French fries were dry, like eating straw.  Her rockfish was the same . . . mushy, hardly recognizable as fish.  I had the crab cakes once . . . tasted like sawdust.
3.  The place is loud, crowded, and dirty.
4.  Service is pitiful.  Our waitress was a heavy smoker and smelled like cigarette smoke . . . I almost gagged every time she came to the table.

In fact, looking back at the six times we have been to Horn Harbor, I have never had decent food.  For some reason my wife thought the place was great.  She told me after our experience last night that we will not go back.  Thank God.


Stupid is as stupid does

The dumbasses who inhabit Clay County, KY voted by a huge margin of 86-11 for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in last week’s presidential election.

It also turns out that:
About 60 percent of Clay County's 21,000 residents are covered by Medicaid, up from about a third before the expansion. The counties [sic] uninsured rate for non-elderly adults has fallen from 29 percent to 10 percent.
This means that a good portion of the residents of that county just voted to have their own medical coverage taken away from themselves, their families and their neighbors.

And I'm not the least bit sorry for these idjits.

Are you ready to register as a Muslim? I am.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write tough immigration laws in Arizona and elsewhere, said in an interview that Trump's policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.

If the Trump administration institutes such a registry, I will register as a Muslim . . . I've never been to a Muslim country, wouldn't know the Koran from the telephone book, and I was a Baptist once upon a time.  However, if the Trumpsters start this shit, I'll register and dare the sonsabitches to stop me.

Prophecy come true . . .

It's amateur hour in Washington now that the Trump crowd is moving in

Trump is scheduled to meet with Japanese Prime Minister . . . but no one knows where, time, what to discuss . . . Trump has not been briefed on US-Japan issues . . . 
It's the Original Amateur Hour

One day before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s first meeting with a foreign leader, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japanese officials said they had not finalized when or where in New York it would take place, who would be invited, or in some cases whom to call for answers.

Uncertainty over the talks shows the difficulties in turning Trump from a freewheeling businessman into a sitting president with a watertight schedule and a fully functioning administration by his inauguration on Jan. 20.

Japanese and U.S. officials said on Wednesday the State Department had not been involved in planning the meeting, leaving the logistical and protocol details that normally would be settled far in advance still to be determined.

“There has been a lot of confusion,” said one Japanese official.

The meeting was only agreed to last week and Trump and his advisers have been busy in meetings at his headquarters in Manhattan’s Trump Tower in recent days to work out who gets which job in the new administration.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said that to his knowledge, Trump’s transition team had not been in contact with the department either to discuss the transition of government or to seek information ahead of his meetings with foreign leaders.

Several Trump aides did not immediately answer requests on Wednesday for comment about the Abe visit or contact between the transition team and the State Department.

On the ground floor of the State Department, more than a dozen empty conference rooms await Trump’s transition team. State Department officials said Trump’s team had not yet contacted the department’s counselor, Kristie Kenney, who is overseeing the transition there.

As of Wednesday morning, the Trump team also had not contacted the Pentagon about the transition, officials said.

Center for American Homeless Veterans: BEWARE

Over the past few days, I have received three phone calls from this number:  217-329-1332.  On Sunday afternoon, I finally answered only to be greeted by a man telling me he was calling on behalf of the "Association for Homeless and Disabled Veterans."

A little Google searching discovered that this "Association" is part of the "Center for American Homeless Veterans."  On their website is a link to their 2014 IRS Form 990.

First, a word about the 990.  Non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organizations are required to file a "tax return" with the IRS . . . this is the Form 990.  They are required to release their 990 to anyone who asks.  Most non-profits simply post their 990's online.

The Form 990 for the "Center for American Homeless Veterans" tells me all I need to know about these people.  For 2014:
  • Total Contributions and Grants:  $2,126,709
  • Total Fundraising Expenses:  $1,898,798
So -- they spent 89 PERCENT of their income on fundraising.

Oh, but wait . . . it gets worse.  Scroll down their 990 to page 17 where you find the identity of their fundraisers.  Turns out, they REALLY received $2,735,721 from fundraising and spent $2,451,908 on fundraising.  Thus, almost every penny they raised went into the pockets of their fundraisers.

This is how these people work.  On the 990 you see they paid their CEO, Major Brian Hampton, $99,103 plus $23,897 in 2014 . . . $123,000 salary per year.  Not bad.  HOWEVER -- you can be certain "Major Brian Hampton" owns or is part-owner of the organizations that are raising funds for the "Center for American Homeless Veterans."  And you can be assured he's raking in a BIG salary from the fundraisers.

My advice?  Stay away from this crowd.