Brain rot, giggles, thin skin, tiny hands, blindness and stupidity

No, I am not talking about "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" or am I? Some of you may have already picked up on the bipartisan nature of this rant. Of course "tiny hands" is a synonym for Emperor Trump. Thin-skin applies equally to Hillbots and Trump. Giggles and brain rot applies to Nancy Pelosi in particular. And, of course, stupidity has always been a bipartisan virtue. It must be a virtue because so many of our politicians shamelessly exhibit their own stupidity.

Trackdown, "End of the World(1958)" according to Dr. Trump

If you haven't listened to Cythnia McKinney's most recent broadcast on Pacifica Radio, “Midnight Oil”, dated 30 Jan 2017, I highly recommend it. Podcast also uploaded at

Near the end, approx. 37 mins into the broadcast, she includes an old 1950's show, which is not so coincidental, about a swindler and cheat named Dr. Walter Trump. Very entertaining and pertinent today.

The Netroots in Retrospect and the Resistance to Trump

Almost anyone who has heard of Machiavelli associates him with the sly deceit supposedly recommended in The Prince. It is a grievously erroneous way to think of Machiavelli, whose far more important book was The Discourses on Livy, a multi-volume work some ten times the length of The Prince.

Pres. DT Threatens to Send U.S. Troops to Mexico to Take Care of 'Bad Hombres'

President Trump Threatens to Send U.S. Troops to Mexico to Take Care of 'Bad Hombres'

Source: Time/Associated Press

President Donald Trump threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send U.S. troops to stop "bad hombres down there" unless the Mexican military does more to control them itself, according to an excerpt of a transcript of the conversation obtained by The Associated Press.

Das Kabinett vom Führer Donald Drumpf

Yes we know DT is bad but his gang is worse, if that can be possible. Steve Bannon, anti-semitic rabble rouser, sets the tone for the 4th Reich. (H/T to MsGrin)

“fond of promoting rivalries among subordinates, wary of delegating major decisions, scornful of convention and fiercely insistent on a culture of loyalty around him.”

Selectivity in Trashing Trump

Investigative reporter Robert Parry, the author of this article, broke many of the Iran-Contra stories. He says there's good reason to denounce Trump's crude language, position on climate change, and if he follows Reagan and Bush's failed economic policies. However, he also mentions moving among protesters at the inauguration, and seeing signs denouncing Trump's interest in working peacefully with Putin. In other words, the warmongers were part of the crowd protesting him, too. And now Silicon Valley is up in arms and funding immigration protests (over H1B visas - they want to keep bringing in cheaper foreign IT workers).

But the current danger for Democrats and progressives is that – by bashing everything that Trump says and does – they will further alienate the white working-class voters who became his base and will push away anti-war activists.

Senate Democrats have the power to stop Trump. All they have to do is use it.

Weasly, useless Democrats! Not in their nature, pragmatic my ass. May they rot in a fracking pit.

Did you know this? I thought Dems had no choice. I thought they were so outnumbered they couldn't obstruct. I was surprised to read that this is not the case. Slowing down this runaway freight train is important. Trump moving like greased lighting underscores how slow, inept and impotent Obama and the Democrats were for 8 fucking years.

Anger in Flyover Country

This is a heartbreaking and terrifying article. I hope you'll read the whole thing. The essayist writes very well, about things that are foreign to many of us. He is a retired social worker now living in the rural south and working on a PhD.

I, too, am worried by our descent into prewar hatred. I had a friend from Dubrovnik in the’80s. She was a typical Yugoslav – half Croatian, quarter Serbian, and a quarter Russian. She was full of hope, smart, pretty, and heartbreakingly naïve. If she survived the war, I’m pretty sure my friend lost what made her a beautiful human being. She haunts me. Civil wars seem implausible until they start and then they follow the devil’s logic. People like my friend tend to die in them or turn into something less than they were in order to survive.

Blind hatred and Hillary's "resistance" movement

We know that one of the reasons Hillary lost was that she had no positive positions - she was not "for" anything. Just "Trump, Trump, Trump, Russia, Russia, Russia!" Are we for anything? Or are we falling into Hillary's McCarthy-ite pattern? Here's an important three paragraphs, but there's a lot more worth reading in the article.

Dipshit Trump: A New Low for America (Thanks, Hillary!)

The Trump Era has only just begun and already we're seeing some of the worst attacks on the environment in recent memory. Dipshit Extraordinaire signed Executive Orders reinstating Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipeline. He owns stock in the company backing DAPL as well.


Among all the major headlines today, the one with the potential for the most lasting impact and damage is that Donald Trump has narrowed down his Supreme Court nominee list down to two or three and will formally nominate someone next week. The only reason he is set to nominate anyone at all, of course, is that the Republicans in the Senate refused to even hold a vote on President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland in an unprecedented maneuver last year.

OMG! The world has ended. Trumpka? Supporting?

Well here ya go. 30 years of Clinton, Obama and you get this.

Today's announcement that the US is withdrawing from TPP and seeking a reopening of NAFTA is an important first step toward a trade policy that works for working people.

Critique of US economic (& military) policy from Jake Ma, China

Ma is the founder of Alibaba, which is similar to eBay, I believe.

"It's not that other countries steal jobs from you guys," Ma said. "It's your strategy. Distribute the money and things in a proper way."

According to Ma, the US wasted over $14 trillion in fighting wars over the past 30 years rather than investing in infrastructure at home. Ma named this as the main reason that the US economy is weakening.

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Because a plutocracy is what America needs

“January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”
- Donald Trump

One thing Obama taught me was to look at the cabinet choices to see how the Administration will govern. You should simply ignore the inauguration speech, except to use it as contrast.

Trump, Russia and peace

Bill Gates might have compared Trump to JFK last Dec. 2016, but it's idealistic thinking.

May I remind Mr. Gates that JFK wanted space cooperation with the Soviets in 1963, that was the original idea of the Apollo moon mission, but the rightwing denounced it immediately. They made it impossible. These are historical facts, no fake news here. Don't bother debating me on this if you don't have the facts in front of you.

Today's humor: CNN defends itself as purveyor of "Real News"

There are many excellent articles published daily in this fine c99 community. Most of them are fact-based, logical, relevant to the real-world. But face it people this can get a little heavy at times (or, a lot heavy depending upon your tolerance for such things). In an effort to lighten the load so to speak (load of what you may ask) I shall endeavor from time to time to inject some humor into these serious times (by the way, as many know, I am a professional at giving injections).

Worth a listen: Malcolm Nance interviewed on my local station WAMC

Malcolm Nance is a counterterrorism expert and Intelligence Community member, author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller Defeating ISIS.
His most recent book is The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election.

Listen to the interview here: