Life In TrumpLand: Government By Absurdity

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“Off with their heads!” the Queen of Hearts shouted.

“Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded..” Trump tweeted.

Shades of Alice in Wonderland reflected in current Life in TrumpLand . 

Nothing is too absurd.

Trump appointed a guy to be in charge of the Department of U.S. Energy who wasn’t even aware that there was such a department. Rick Perry, past Texas Gov., and Dancing With The Stars partner, is our Secretary of Energy. His past experience – None. Absurd enough?

The height of absurdity is trusting Trump. No matter how much undying loyalty he demands from anyone near him, it’s a mean one-way street. Trump is only loyal to Trump. Period.

Ask Jeff Sessions.

LBGT folk who believed Trump’s campaign claims of equality for all people are probably feeling absurd if they voted for him. Here’s why

Perhaps one of the most absurd statements Trump has repeatedly made is the claim that Mexico is going to build his “yuge” wall on the border to keep it’s citizens from illegally coming into the USA.

The Mexicans laughed at that joke, and now Trump has become a favorite pinata to wack during parties.

Not so long ago; Trump’s Response to Comey is Frivolous and Absurd

On foreign relations:  Why Trump’s Attempt to pit Pittsburgh Against Paris is Absurd

New America Slogan: “Absurdity, Uncertainty, and Disharmony – Divided We Fall”

As It Stands, there’s nothing absurd in looking forward to the weekend!

 

Another Day: I Don’t Know If I should Be Laughing or Crying!

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TGIF.

At the risk of stating the obvious, it’s a crazy world with norms and traditions collapsing into the chaos of the new Trump era.

After seven years of chanting “Get rid of Obamacare” the Republican party has imploded after six months. All repeals attempts have failed. So, where does that leave us, the American people?

In limbo apparently. Was that a win or a loss? Should we laugh or cry?

In his usual churlish manner Trump tweeted that he hoped Obamacare would fail now – and damn the consequences. The good news is the chance for a bi-partisan agreement on health care looks possible.

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Yo! It’s the Mooch!

How about Trump’s new Communications director, Anthony “Mooch” Scaramucci?

It’s like watching a cartoon as Spicy is fired by Trump and we’re introduced to the Mooch doing his best Fonzi from the Happy Days sitcom.

But Fonzi didn’t swear like a sailor, and he had a conscience. The Mooch is free of any conscience, and almost lies as much as Trump. Bringing the Mooch aboard was akin to throwing a hand grenade into the West Wing.

Just the way Trump likes it.

I got a good laugh watching a little girl scold her Dad for leaving the toilet seat up! Gotta love some of the things kids say.

Speaking of laughing, did you hear about that guy who killed his wife aboard a cruise ship because she was laughing at him? That’s a twist on the old adage “Laughter is the best medicine!”

As It Stands, may you have a grand weekend!

Shock and Awe: Trump Dumps Transgenders that Cost Too Much in Military

Once more, Trump tweets a major change in government/military without consulting the department heads affected by his tweet.

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Calling someone up and informing him of change an hour before tweeting the new policy just doesn’t cut it. Trump said he consulted with his generals and military experts on getting rid of transgenders. If that’s a fact why so much chaos today?

Perhaps because there’s no plan to implement firing thousands of transgenders currently serving their country. In Trump’s tiny brain the money saved from this move could go towards building his stupid wall.

 “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming … victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.

Really?

The Pentagon appeared to be caught off guard by Trump’s announcement, and deferred to the White House when reached for comment.

James Mattis was on vacation at the time of Trump’s announcement, signaling a lack of coordination between the White House and the relevant agencies.

BREAKING NEWS:

  Top US General Says No Changes Yet To Transgender Policy

Odd optics:

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted down a measure that would have restricted funding for trans members of the military. The amendment would have prevented the defense department from providing medical treatment “related to gender transition” to service members, with an exception for mental health treatment.

Awe

Yet, here we are. Once again, our Liar-in-Chief has created chaos with a tweet. Why he decided to act so suddenly will probably always be a mystery because Trump doesn’t even know himself.

As It Stands, I stand in awe at the crap Trump pulls and manages to get away with.

 

Drip, Drip, Drip…

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Leaks from the White House. Leaks from other government agencies. A sea of confusion in Washington, as Trump threatens anyone who opposes his will. Information slowly dripping out about the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia.

America drowning in a sea of lies.

After his first closed-door meeting with senators, Jared Kushner confirmed that Trump was the subject of at least one extortion attempt during the 2016 election campaign.

It’s history repeating itself, as Kushner continues to reluctantly release information…drip, drip, drip, he should have given six months ago before assuming the position as Trump’s number one boy.

The second meeting started out with that revelation. Can’t help wondering what else he forgot to mention. Time will tell.

Last night Trump spoke before an adoring campaign style crowd and gleefully threatened senators to the delight of his audience who were looking for blood. Chants of “Lock her up!” and “build that wall” kept breaking out.

The Boy Scouts of America are under siege today. Here’s why  This is the first time in 80 years that the Boy Scout Jamboree (held every four years) was riddled with controversy. Thank Trump for that.

As It Stands, it’s not easy watching America writhe in fear and loathing as Trump assaults all civilized conventions.

 

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.