These ain’t no Harlem Globetrotters … hell they ain’t even the Pomona Polecats!!

 
 
 
Trump and his all stars: Flynn, Bannon, Conway, DeVos … 
and now Sessions. Sitting in last place … awe come on!!!

My Congresswoman from the 5th Congressional District, Cathy McMorris Rogers, needs to be sent to the minors. She plays ball for a self-styled Washington all-star team that seems to have no understanding of the rules and philosophy of the civic game of governance.

These particular all-stars are a collection of self-labeled  konservatives who still struggle with stick shifts and complicated words containing more than five letters.

These guys are hoping we won’t have noticed just how “all-star” they are after so many years of a congressional majority. They seem to want the country to stagger forward handicapped by a flat tire at the highest level of our leadership vehicle.

We are getting no correct-direction signals from any of these leaders. They have no skill and are not up to the task of leading, let alone even managing difficulties. Despite the lop-sided political advantage of our most recent national election and the temerity and caution of the opposition party, these supposedly wise Republican leaders and strategists are demonstrating an incredible lack of skill at managing the affairs of state.

As James T. Kirk goaded Khan, “You [Republicans] just … keep … missing … the target.”

If there is such as thing as a “normal situation” in this country I could say that “normally” when one party emerges victorious in an election, those who voted for the other party can take comfort in the general high quality, integrity and bi-partisan value of governing wisdom of those who did win.

Not this time.

These guys make it look like this country elected the Washington Generals instead of the Harlem Globetrotters. They can’t dribble, can’t shoot and certainly can’t play team-oriented ball.

They’re constantly out of bounds, palming the ball, committing foolish and egregious personal fouls and falling further and further behind on the scoreboard.

They try to play on only one end of the court where the bleachers are full of fanatics who want to change the way the game is played, want to change who can play and want to change what the public address system is allowed to broadcast.

If you look down their bench, you don’t see anyone riding the pines capable of substituting for the fumblers on the floor.

You do see some of those benchwarmers nursing dreams of future stardom by focusing on the bleachers when they should be focusing on the game itself.

You see flashes in the pan for whom the team’s financial backers have big plans and lots of money but also a limited self-serving priority of filling more bleachers rather than championship rings.

Not the players …

Not the coaches …

Not the owners …

… none of them show skill, wisdom or even a concern that the team remain viable, competitive and effective.

We’re not witnessing the creation of any kind of winning tradition here in the spirit of the Warriors,  Red Sox, or Patriots.

Oh no!!

We’re looking at having to endure years of the 1960’s Mets when Casey Stengel asked, “Can’t anyone here play this game?

Brennan is not a national security threat. He is in fact a role model for patriotism in its highest form.

Just Grow Up

Bottom line  is that it doesn’t matter who was right and who was wrong six months ago, a year ago, two years ago. What does matter is the we absolutely stop trying to travel forward while keeping our eyes on the rear-view-mirror.

The next day an insecure U.S. president – apparently terrified of being held accountable for his overall personal behavior and his failure to model wise governance and genuine love of country –  pulled Brennan’s security clearance.

The truth of the matter is that were a former U.S. President still living, he would have repudiated the sitting president brutally.

Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt, How to Criticize the President

“Free speech, exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where the people are themselves free. Our Government is the servant of the people, whereas in Germany it is the master of the people. This is because the American people are free and the German people are not free.

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole.

Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right.

Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile.

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.”

The Story Behind Jeff Flake’s Teddy Roosevelt Quote on Why Criticizing the President Matters

Bottom line  is that it doesn’t matter who was right and who was wrong six months ago, a year ago, two years ago. What does matter is the we absolutely stop trying to travel forward while keeping our eyes on the rear-view-mirror.

Just Grow Up

let’s be real and honest and recognize … the man has lost all credibility with almost 70 percent of the country.

Here’s a meme image that presents a stark reality of President Trump’s situation vis a vis all the voters with whom he needs to accomplish a positive referendum in November and avoid the blue tsunami building almost hour by hour.

His tweets, his speeches, his criticisms of others, his change-the-subject tactics aimed to distract from where fate is taking him … all these and more … let’s be real and honest and recognize … the man has lost all credibility with almost 70 percent of the country.

He cannot say anything that will persuade otherwise. He cannot dodge the legal runaway train coming directly at him.

He drives his own staff and administration crazy with his selfish and self-interested performances.

Our sitting President has said and done more than any other person or group to make himself into the silliest president, silliest pretender and above all silliest non-role-model any of us have or will ever see on our national stage.

You’d better believe that the GOP is running scared. They have no new ideas, just the same old talking points. I’ve seen Congresswoman McMorris Rodger’s recent re-election fundraising letters. They are full of cliched dog whistles and transparent assumptions that the recipients are gullible sheep who are dumb and will respond to the whistle cliches.

The anti-liberal anti-progressive memes seem to be slowing down or growing more hysterical in their messages and it seems to me due to the fact that Trump is now such an epitome of silliness, no meme can make a point supporting Trump, MAGA or GOP by attacking past presidents, candidates and incumbents of the other parties.

Qanon now typifies the MAGA-ite in the street who makes the most noise. There is no mystical power in the nonsensical rumor that consitutes Qanon.

That’s all it is folks is noise.

There is nothing of socially redeeming value coming out of the White House, out of the GOP, not out of the conservative think tanks and certainly not in the streets where the media had to struggle to even make a little hay about the Unite The Right handful of demonstrators last weekend.

We cannot demonstrate wisdom by deferring in any way to the antics of the narcissist who has so badly besmirched his own party. Perhaps one day organized progressives will celebrate a holiday honoring the man who rode his own ineptitude into what will be a profile in foolishness as his legacy.

He will be remembered only for the messes he created that the rest of us will have had to clean up.

“When it comes to citizenship, I believe no one gets to stay on the sidelines.”

Hate

(Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

I agree with and endorse the article written by retired Marine Scott Cooper the the leader of Veterans for American Ideals.

 

“I cannot just watch these racists with disgust from afar. I’m working with my fellow veterans to champion our values at home now that we’ve taken our uniforms off. When it comes to citizenship, I believe no one gets to stay on the sidelines.”

Veterans for American Ideals, which I’m proud to lead, works to champion the same values at home that motivated us to serve in the first place. We are building an anti-Charlottesville vision of America, rooted in strengthening our communities and forming relationships with our neighbors of all walks of life.”

Boomers who paid attention 45 years ago will remember the famous Saturday Night Massacre.

Devin Nunes

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Susan Walsh / AP)

I really like Shawn Vestal’s writing in the Spokesman-Review.

Shawn Vestal: Ruckelshaus reminds us what Nunes and company have forgotten
Boomers who paid attention 45 years ago will remember the famous Saturday Night Massacre.

Forty-five years ago, the president tried to fire an independent special prosecutor who was investigating him.

Two men of principle – the attorney general and his deputy – refused. They quit rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s clearly improper order, an order later ruled illegal.

They stood on principle against a president who had none.

The question of principle versus political self-interest is hotly relevant in light of the release of comments made by the president’s chief congressional justice obstructer, Devin Nunes, at a recent Spokane Club fundraiser for 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. Nunes talked about how important it is for the GOP to keep Congress in order to “clear” the president, and his desire – which is surely no secret – to impeach the deputy attorney general, Ron Rosenstein.

“If Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones, which is really the danger,” he can be heard saying on the recording, first aired by “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

“I mean, we have to keep all these seats. We have to keep the majority.

On the recording, Nunes talks about blocking the Mueller investigation as if he were plotting an advertising campaign. Just political spadework. Nunes has been shoveling continually as the chief misleader in Congress on behalf of the president’s frantic “witch hunt” hysteria.

He’s done all this, remember, about an investigation into the possibility that the president teamed up with a dictator who was manipulating our elections – a possibility that seems less preposterous every day. Even if turns out to be nothing, though, the only way you could know right now that the president should be cleared is by having inoculated yourself against hearing the facts when they emerge.

Further down …

“The question of principle versus political self-interest is hotly relevant in light of the release of comments made by the president’s chief congressional justice obstructer, Devin Nunes, at a recent Spokane Club fundraiser for 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. Nunes talked about how important it is for the GOP to keep Congress in order to “clear” the president, and his desire – which is surely no secret – to impeach the deputy attorney general, Ron Rosenstein.

‘If Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones, which is really the danger,’ he can be heard saying on the recording, first aired by “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

‘I mean, we have to keep all these seats. We have to keep the majority.’

On the recording, Nunes talks about blocking the Mueller investigation as if he were plotting an advertising campaign. Just political spadework. Nunes has been shoveling continually as the chief misleader in Congress on behalf of the president’s frantic “witch hunt” hysteria.

He’s done all this, remember, about an investigation into the possibility that the president teamed up with a dictator who was manipulating our elections – a possibility that seems less preposterous every day. “

If Trump slams you, you’re doing the right things. Keep it up cause drug store patriots are whining.

Trump Slams NFL Players For Kneeling During National Anthem In Preseason Game

The cruel truth of the matter is that Trump is full of crap when challenging patriotic players. Another cruel truth is that if more white players took a knee, Trump’s opinion would be nothing but hypocritical blather.

Colin Kaepernick and a Landmark Supreme Court Case

The result of the case flipped the result to a six-to-three victory for the family, and Jackson’s opinion in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette stands as perhaps the greatest defense of freedom of expression ever formulated by a Supreme Court Justice—and, not incidentally, a useful message for the N.F.L.

The core idea in Jackson’s opinion is that freedom demands that those in power allow others to think for themselves. In nearly every line, Jackson’s opinion is haunted by the struggle on the battlefield against, in his phrase, “our present totalitarian enemies.” “Struggles to coerce uniformity of sentiment in support of some end thought essential to their time and country have been waged by many good, as well as by evil, men,” Jackson wrote. “Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard. It seems trite but necessary to say that the First Amendment to our Constitution was designed to avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings.” Such melodramatic phrasing may feel more appropriate for the worldwide crisis of that era than for the present one, but the message of tolerance also resonates on the less fraught setting of a football gridiron.” 

Okay … I’ve seen and read enough. The reality, my fellow Americans, as all the hostile-to-liberal memes spew, is American “crookedness.”

In leaked recording, key House Republican suggests GOP must keep House to protect Trump from Mueller

The leaked recording was made in Spokane last week where Rep Nunes was speaking on behalf of Crooked Cathy.

We are cursed with Crooked Donald, Crooked Devin, Crooked Paul, Crooked Mitch, Crooked Orrin, and all the Crookeds who have been indicted … and a very very crooked and lying G O P.

Crooked isn’t the only thing with the G O P.. In a very short time you could very well be asked to support a party whose dominant social and political philosophy is white nationalism – an extremely myopic and narcissistic view of what the United States of America should be.

The White Nationalists Are Winning Fox News anchors and high-profile politicians are now openly pushing the racism of the alt-right. The fringe movement’s messages have permeated the mainstream Republican Party.

In a related development comic Andy Borowitz has this to offer in The New Yorker
Republicans Projected to Pick up Seventy Seats in Prison