Monday, 31 August 2020

Kyle Rittenhouse etc.

Say What? It's Your Job?

Since there is a video of Kyle Rittenhouse speaking, this is not FAKE NEWS! In an interview he says it is his and his colleagues' "job" to protect businesses and it is his "job" to help the injured. Then he says he will be in "harm's way" so he brought his weapon.

The obvious has been covered. He is under age and can not legally own a weapon, let alone use it to kill people.

The underlying and bigger picture here is what on earth is so wrong with American society that a minor thinks he has some self-appointed "job" to use a weapon to protect others? This is not his home or where he lives which would still be illegal, but in another place to which he travelled.

To me, the answer to that question is that Donald Trump encourages this kind of behaviour. Otherwise he would state clearly that it is wrong and THAT is what he as President will not tolerate. From what I have seen and read, neither he nor his followers including senators have done so.

The Donald has also called Ted Wheeler, the Portland mayor (a Democrat) a fool. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! This is like the Tasmanian Devil calling Bambi a dangerous terrorist.


Saturday, 29 August 2020

Trump Convention. Who was that Unmasked Man?

The Lone Stranger Rides Again

Did you see that guy at the end of the Republican Convention who spoke for over 70 minutes? He reminded me of the Lone Ranger although for some reason he did not wear his mask.

Too bad the position of POTUS is already taken because the party would do well to recruit this person. This guy apparently has fixed half of the country's problems already and in the next four years will fix all the rest. He sounded like God creating the earth and everything in it in six days but in this case he doesn't even rest on the seventh. I was looking for angels - maybe that's what the fireworks were. I was also looking for a white horse called Silver.

He also has a comrade beside him like Tonto - always silent! Just like Clayton Moore he rode in from nowhere and cleaned up the country in his never ending search for justice and righteousness for all mankind - and womankind!

If I were an American I would vote for him in an instant. I wonder if he left a silver bullet behind after he spoke? Maybe he forgot because after reciting his accomplishments and wish list he appeared to be talking himself to sleep.

Too bad the other guy already has the top spot. Maybe next time.

Hi-yo Silver - AWAY!



Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Melania Socks it to Donald

Class Act. So Why Donald?

Melania knocked it out of the park last night.

It was bad form using the White House. I had to shake my head when she praised her husband and addressed him as Donald. I had to pick myself up off the floor when she held his hand. Apparently she was also part of the Obama birth issue and yes, once in the past her speechwriter copied from Michelle Obama. She watches Donald late at night working so hard for the American people? Is that before the Tweets or after?

But she exuded more class from every part of her entire body as she walked to the microphone, than her husband has ever shown in his entire life. Contrived perhaps, but a great performance. She is a good speaker and it was appropriate that she discussed the loss of life in America from Covid-19  and a great touch thanking her parents for getting her here.

I could live my meagre lifestyle for weeks on what that suit must have cost. It was stunning and so was she.

The bottom line is that she had to live up to her First Lady role and support the President. However by saying little, saying it HER way, and speaking in such an intelligent fashion, she showed up Donald just by exuding class, subtly covering many topics, often in a heart-felt fashion.

I can understand any red blooded man falling for the woman we saw last night including DJT.

The only question left is, what on earth did she see in him? I have not checked but I wonder what bets are already in place with the British bookies and at what odds that she leaves him after he is out - now or four years from now?

If I were a betting man, I would say she will. Hillary stayed with Bill when she should have dumped him. Which result would show the stronger woman? 


Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Republican Convention

Who Let Her In?

The convention's first night was about what I expected. I think they borrowed a few techniques from the Dem's but so would the Donkey Party if they had been second. It's like golf when you putt second and can "go to school" on someone else's effort.

There were certainly several elephants in the room that nobody wanted to talk about. Not once did I hear mention of the poor 170,000 plus Americans who have lost their lives to the virus - over which The Donald has such great control. Nobody mentioned the hot spots in the country. Nobody brought up the debt or unemployment. Donald's sister escaped so far.

Some people are great speakers. Obama and Michelle are two. Biden was good. I hated what he said but even Donald Jr. spoke well and Senator Scott and Nikki Haley. Trump spoke very little - good plan - and only acted as a prompter to others who praised him. Some of the ordinary citizens were good.

Then there was Kimberly Guilfoyle. At first I thought it was Melania. Isn't that a bit of like father, like son! To give credit it must be very difficult to stand in front of an invisible audience of millions of people all over the world. I have not done so. I read that she has been a prosecuting attorney so she must be used to speaking on her feet. I also heard that her piece was pre-recorded. Really? How many takes were there? I thought it was the embarrassment of the night. She sounded like a teenager who failed to make cheerleader every year until her last when she got to stand in for someone. She couldn't dance or do the acrobatics so she just yelled louder than everyone else. I looked like she forgot and was waiting for an applause. Don't quit your day job.

Some editor needs his or her ass kicked. Maybe it was DJT himself. He already needs his ass kicked. Let's keep hoping.


Monday, 24 August 2020

There's a Funny Smell Coming From a U.S. Post Box Near You

Does This Pass the Smell Test?

I suspect there is waste in the US Post Office, just as there is in the same service in most countries, and in most government run agencies and departments. Many of my peers in retirement with friends who were civil servants are envious of their pensions and early retirement. I wish I had followed their lead.

Something smells however when the new Postmaster General decides to hurriedly implement some of these changes that entail removal of post boxes and sorters at this strategic time. It REALLY smells when POTUS himself said he would try to hold things up to disrupt mail-in votes and DeJoy supported Trump financially. Everybody seems to agree that many of those votes will favour the Democrats if they arrive in time.

If DeJoy wants to be credible he should not only hold off on changes until after the election, but restore any items he removed. What are a few more months in the grand scheme of things?

This is like politicians talking about deserving an increase in compensation for a long time and then pushing it through just before an election. It is hard to undo later. 

Tonight the Republican Convention begins - it will last four nights. That is very relevant since The Donald has slated himself in to speak all four nights and he only has two feet. He can put one foot in his mouth the first night; the other on the second; shoot himself in one foot the third night (hopefully after extracting both of them from his big mouth) and lastly shoot the other on the fourth.

It is a good thing there is no fifth night because he would be out of feet. Since his mouth would likely be sore from the feet or spewing too much BS, he would then have to talk out of another orifice.

Sorry for that image but you should be used to it by now.


Sunday, 23 August 2020

The True Spirit of the Republican and Democratic Parties

What's in a Name?

If you look in the archives of both parties, you will find the etymology for the name of each - R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C-A-N and D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T-I-C. They are both short forms. Each long form says a lot about the party in question.

(FYI: This IS fake news but don't tell you-know-who)

R - Rambunctious (Red-neck had not been coined yet)
E - Extroverted
P - Providential
U - Unadulterated
B - Bigots
L - Lacking
I - Impartiality
C - Contrition
A - And
N - Neutrality

D - Dogmatic
E - Energetic
M - Mishmash
O - Of
C - Caring
R - Rambling
A - Angelic
T - Theoretic
I - Idealistic
C - Cheerleaders

If you think this really is fake news and not just tongue in cheek humour, you need to get a life.

How about some of yours?


Monday, 3 August 2020

Trump - an easy target!

I Just Can't Help Myself!

DJT has to be one of the most picked on individuals we have ever known. Rodney Dangerfield pales in comparison. Prior to this moment I never saw the parallel. Rodney complained about getting no respect. Until recently The Donald just spent his every breath trying, but failing, to get it. Now even he complained about people liking the Doctors more than him! (See my last post.) Rodney was joking. Donald IS a joke!

Every now and again I just feel the need to unload about him. I use verse because neither he nor any of his followers are likely to read it. I suppose he could always pay his old college buddy to read it for him and pretend that he read it himself.



There once was a man from New York

The world soon learned was a dork

Became President - paid no White House rent,

And fed from its Barrels of pork!


Put a slogan on a red hat

The rednecks loved him for that

Make America Great - how long must we wait?

His famous promise fell flat.


I'll build a wall he did say

And I will make Mexico pay

Mexico smiles at the few paltry miles

Stealing pieces of it every day.


As he rises each day from the sac

He can't get his mind off Barack

Donald opens his mouth - his own image goes south

And his Tweets show the world he knows Jack!


He has told thousands of lies

Which everyone 'round him denies

His niece wrote a book with an insider's look

Surprise after juicy surprise.


It ran in the family you see

And apples fall close to the tree

Be a tough man, or bluff if you can

Remember these words - me, me, me!


Still let me try to be fair

'Bout Covid 19 if I dare.

Its rapid case rise caught us all by surprise

World pandemics are rare.


But POTUS decided to stall

For it might interfere with his wall

He mustered a team of the best it would seem

Then gave his V.P. a call


Addressing the nation each day

As we were all in dismay.

Donald took over and Pence looked like Rover

We choked on the crap he would say.


And now he has nowhere to turn

If he won't wear a mask he will burn.

Despite all his lies and what he denies

The death toll should be his concern.


His legacy won't be his wall

Just his one term then his fall

On Twitter he lied while America died

He will be the worst POTUS of all.