political convention

political convention

Saturday, April 6, 2019

#He Too

President George W. Bush gives
German Chancellor Angela Merkel an
affectionate massage at the 2006 G8 Summit.

Monday, March 4, 2019

President Trump
Reveals Previously
Unknown Oratorical Talent

"Now we have people that lost [the election] and unfortunately wrong people in a couple of positions and they leave people for a long time that shouldn’t be there and all of a sudden they’re trying to take you out with bull shit." 

Speech to Conservative Political Action Conference, March 2, 2019

Great American Oratory

…That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863.

This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address,  March 4, 1943
So, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address, January 17, 1961.

 …From every mountainside, let freedom ring… And when this happens, and when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."

Martin Luther King Jr., August 28, 1963.
This is our time…to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.
Barrack Obama, Presidential Victory Speech,  November 5, 2008

Friday, December 7, 2018

What’s in a Name?

A Lot if You’re
Rick or Scott

Have you ever noticed that some of America’s worst politicians are named either Rick or Scott and that one horrible governor has both names? Read on.

Rick Snyder of Michigan. He and his administration failed to aggressively address the Flint water crisis and subsequent lead poisoning of Flint children. Also signed Michigan’s emergency manager law that allowed Snyder to fire local elected officials and replace them with handpicked leaders who were given dictatorial power over city affairs but never had to stand for election.

Scott Walker of Wisconsin. With help from a Republican controlled legislature, stripped the collective bargaining rights of public employees, cut funds for public education and attempted to place state universities under private control. 

Update, 12-14-18:  Walker lost the 2018 election and will be out of office in January.  But he has signed laws passed by lame duck Republican legislators that will curtail the constitutional powers of the newly elected Democratic governor and other Democratic state officials. Rick Snyder, Michigan's lame duck governor is considering similar authoritarian measures aimed at voiding state election results.

Rick Scott of Florida. Was forced to resign as CEO of Columbia/Hospital Corporation of America because the company was found to have defrauded Medicare and Medicaid. Though the company was heavily fined, Scott was never charged with a crime and he went on to become governor of Florida.  He recently was declared winner in the race for U.S. senator even though votes in some urban areas went suspiciously uncounted and election workers were harassed by Scott supporters while they counted ballots.

Rick PerryFormer governor of Texas. Perry’s long record of poor governance includes attacks on reproductive rights, restriction of marriage rights, attempts to use government to impose fundamentalist religious values and diversion of federal education funds to pay off the state budget deficit caused by tax cuts.  When appointed by Trump as Secretary of Energy, Perry thought the job involved supervision of the oil industry. In fact, it concerns nuclear weapons, nuclear reactors and disposal of radioactive waste.

Rick SantorumFormer U.S. senator from Pennsylvania. He’s a perennial presidential candidate and one of America’s looniest politicians.  He has advocated the elimination of credit cards because they encourage overindulgence and profligacy, He wants Americans to eat out less because it diminishes the traditional role of women in the household and gluttony is a sin. Santorum also advocates repeal of the 21st Amendment, which ended prohibition.                                                             
Scott Pruit, Former EPA head in the Trump administration. Regularly traveled first class at government expense. Paid $50 a night in high-rent Washington for a room in a house owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist.  Spent $3.5 million in government money for a contingent of 20 personal security guards. Sent government paid aides out to buy him football tickets and also used them to scout for used mattresses from Trump hotels, presumably for use in his rented room. 

Given the record of the Scott and Rick governors, it’s not surprising that three of the four are from states that rejected expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Michigan is the exception.  Santorum opposes any form of government health program as well as Social Security. He once told the story of his grandfather, who worked digging coal until he died at 72 and never needed government assistance. Scott Pruitt was forced out of the EPA job because he was more interested in the perks of office than protecting the environment and the health and well being of Americans. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

What's Wrong with this Picture?

President Trump at Western Pennsylvania
Rally for GOP Congressional Candidate Rick Saccone

Mystery woman in strapless dress brings pizzazz to  
Trump's speech, but not victory for Rick Saccone. Democrat
Conor Lamb won the special election by a hair and kept
alive the streak of losses by Trump-backed candidates.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Trump’s Russian Sons

Sam Nunberg Trump

Carter Page Trump 
 Shocking Discovery in Collusion Investigation

Sources close to the Mueller probe into connections between President Donald Trump and the Russians have revealed the stunning news that two men who have attracted the interest of investigators are the unacknowledged sons of the president by two different Russian women.  

One of the men has been identified as Carter Page, who worked briefly as a Trump foreign affairs adviser.  The other is Sam Nunberg, a former political adviser on the Trump campaign who says he is a close friend of Trump confidant Roger Stone.

How Mueller's investigators discovered that Page and Nunberg are sons of Trump and therefore half bothers has not been revealed. Speculation is that the mothers of the two men became involved in sexual relationships with Trump during visits to Russia. It is not clear whether the men knew of their familial relationship before it came to be known to investigators.  It is also unknown what connections their mothers had to the Russian government, if any. Both women are Russian citizens, according to the Mueller investigation sources.

The Two Men May Be Mueller Targets

Media reports have established that Page has been the subject of FBI interest since 2013 because of his contacts with Russian government officials and business executives, some of whom have close ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin.  Nunberg is known in conservative political circles as a social gadfly who has had access to the White House. He was recently served with a subpoena by the special council's office ordering him to testify before a grand jury.

President Trump has three other sons as well as two daughters. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump were born to the President's first wife Ivana as was daughter Ivanka.  Barron Trump is the president's son with his current wife Melania. Tiffany Trump is the president's daughter with second wife Marla Maples.
The White House has declined any comment on the discovery of the president's unknown sons and has issued no public denial of the relationship.  So far the president has not responded with tweets, as is his custom when controversial news breaks from the Mueller investigation.  

Though the brothers bear little resemblance to one another or the president they have drawn media attention because of their buffoonish behavior in public.  Page is frequently photographed wearing a shapeless rain hat, even on sunny days.  After receiving his grand jury subpoena Nunberg did several television interviews where he smiled and laughed awkwardly and appeared to be drunk.  

Monday, March 5, 2018

The White House Oracle
Sees the Future

                                                                             February 17, 2018         
President Trump pretends to listen to a group of
    governors as he rejects concerns about arming school teachers.