Hitler Youth Rally, Rare Earth Mining In Afghanistan, and What Price Loyalty?

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(Photo – Trump is considering ways to exploit Afghanistan’s rare minerals.)

Did you happen to see the big Boy Scout Jamboree Monday night?

Parents, former Scouts and others were furious after Trump railed against his enemies, promoted his political agenda and underlined his insistence on loyalty before an audience of tens of thousands of school-age Scouts in West Virginia on Monday night.

Somehow Trump turned a gathering of boy scouts into a Hitler Youth rally. Speech experts say Trump’s speech pattern is that of a fourth grader. Maybe that’s why he got cheers -he spoke to their level –  as he shared his politics and views on loyalty.

The Boy Scouts’ official Facebook page was barraged with comments condemning the speech. Several people posted links to the Scouts’ policy on participation in political events — which sharply limits what Scouts should do. Boy Scouts are typically 10 to 18 years old.

Trump Explores Exploiting Rare Earth minerals in Afghanistan

Always in the pursuit of money, Trump is now searching for a reason to keep the United States in Afghanistan after 16 years of war.  The reason: Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth, which his advisers and Afghan officials have told him could be profitably extracted by Western companies.

Now there’s a good reason to keep our combat troops there – to protect Trump’s mining interests! Not!

On Loyalty according to the Book of Trump

Trump judges loyalty in a warped way. Not loyalty to the country. It’s loyalty to me. Lately he’s been accusing Republicans of not being loyal to him. He’s openly questioning his AG Jeff Session’s loyalty.

During his propaganda pitch at the boy scout gathering he even got a plug in when discussing the 12 attributes of Scouting: “Loyalty is important. Some people need to be more loyal to me.”

One last observation: loyalty goes in one direction with Trump. He expects you to be loyal, even when he’s not.

As It Stands, like everything in the Trump era, even words like loyalty can be twisted into something ugly. 

 

Trump’s Twitter Account Has Millions of Fake Followers

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I’ll get right to it.

Trump has millions of fake Twitter followers. This should not come as a surprise to anyone who knows anything about the man. Twitter audited the president’s account and came up with 18 million fake accounts.

Status People, another site that rates the authenticity of Twitter followers, found that 5 percent of Trump’s followers are fake and another 91 percent are inactive.

That Trump seemingly has more fake followers than real ones can be attributed to the existence of bots, an umbrella term referring to accounts with no profile picture and no tweets.

Here’s a dirty little secret about twitter; you can buy followers. Really. 

New York Times article by Nick Bilton describes the social media bot industry as a “giant pyramid scheme” often used by big-name brands, A-list celebrities and regular people seeking a “social media ego boost.

Ego boost. Sound familiar? Donny has always needed recognition. The whole drama of how many people attended his inauguration stems from his need to be loved. In his world, he’s always winning.

We must not forget about Trump’s beleaguered fraud commission searching for fake votes for Hillary Clinton and trying to invade state’s rights. Fact’s are merely something to be mauled for his own purposes.

Fair warning. Don’t bother showing Trump this article or the numerous other ones on the subject, because you know what he’ll say,

” More fake news…”

As It Stands, life is full of little ironies.

 

Why Trump Doesn’t Like Republicans

By now I think the world has figured out that Trump is not a Republican. I think that’s safe to say, especially when you consider how he’s been treating Congressional Republicans lately like a bunch of stubborn children.

The way it works is if the Republicans pass a repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump will take credit. His past history has proven this is one of his favorite tricks. If Obamacare stands, then Trump will blame Congress, the Democrats, and anyone else he can think of, and completely disown it. He’s already said as much.

But here’s the thing; look back at Trump’s history where he supported Democrats and the Clinton’s. He once said that if he ever ran for president he would do so as a Republican because their dumb enough to believe anything.

In other words, Trump’s cons starting with the Birther myth that found fertile ground with Conservatives.

I think it’s obvious Trump’s core values are different from the Republican Party’s values. The GOP stands for a lot of good things. Trump, bluntly put, doesn’t stand for anything other than making business deals for himself and his corrupt family. Think Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

The big question is how long will GOP congressmen/women allow themselves to be bullied by a guy they have nothing in common with?

As for Trump and his tantrums, we are witnesses to the destruction of every American value we were once so proud of. The Republican Party was just a stepping stone to power for Trump, and now he’s showing his disdain for the people who backed him.

As It Stands, there’s not a lot we can do about Trump’s rampages on twitter, and in person, other than to ignore him. Maybe he’ll go away.

 

7/23 Sunday musings

Wild Fires are ablaze across the USA. It seems to get worse every day.

Our wacked out president tweeted he can pardon anyone he wants, including himself. But his lawyer Jay boy says Trump isn’t even thinking about pardons because he didn’t do anything wrong.

Okay.

If that sounds confusing, welcome to the state of affairs in America. It’s the rise of fake news and the decline of truth. Facts become debatable with Trump and his minions.

Trump’s bromance with Putin is slowly revealing what we all already knew; he loves Putin (that authoritarian thing is sexy) and he’s complicit in obstruction of justice in the Russian probe of his campaign last year. Think James Comey.

I’m getting real excited by the basketball team Magic Johnson is putting together for the Lakers. I’d like to see their #2 draft choice, Alonzo Ball, make Rookie of the Year. Other acquisitions make me think this Laker team will make the playoffs for the first time in three years! (it’s been that long!) FYI: I’ve been a Laker fan since 1964.

What is the future of health care in America? The Republicans can’t even agree among themselves to repeal and replace Obamacare – their mantra for the last 7 years. Hopefully for all Americans, a bi-partisan bill will be passed and everyone will win. This uncertainty is scary.

As It Stands, thank you for stopping bye, and I sure hope you return. Your comments are always welcome.