Monday, January 23, 2017

A True Abomination

I now must try to deal with something which will seem innocuous to many, but is by far the worst abomination yet perpetrated by Trump.  I have been thinking about this for several hours, since I first heard about it, and for once in my life I find myself unable to muster words that describe the true evil and danger of this course of action, but it must be addressed, so here I go.

It was revealed today that, immediately after the inauguration, Trump issued a proclamation declaring his own inauguration day to be a “National Day of Patriotic Devotion.”

“Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Jan. 20, 2017, as National Day of Patriotic Devotion, in order to strengthen our bonds to each other and to our country...

There is no freedom where the people do not believe in it; no law where the people do not follow it; and no peace where the people do not pray for it.”
The declaration does not apply to inaugurations in general, only to his.  This is not about the country, it is about Donald Trump himself.  It is Trump who is to be the target of patriotic devotion.

With this act, the time has come when it is not just appropriate but necessary to refer to Trump as Hitlerian.

I believe I know a pretty fair amount about Germany, from its creation as a country in the early 1870's to the end of World War II, and in many ways I have resisted comparing Trump personally to Hitler.  Hitler was a person damaged by a cruel upbringing, and by failure and poverty in his early manhood in Vienna.  He fought honorably in World War I, and then entered political life in a country crushed by its loss in that war, and devastated by the hyper-inflation of the early 1920's. He had a detailed (if obviously repulsive) program for his country, spelled out in the mid 1920's, in his book, Mein Kampf, and from which he never deviated.  Both personally, and in his circumstances, Hitler was vastly different than the coddled, rich bully Trump.  Well, Trump has now, immediately on ascending to the Presidency, ascended past those differences.

Those who know about the early days of Nazi rule know that, as soon as Hitler thought he could get away with it, he began the forced transfer of loyalty from the government to himself.  Soldiers, Nazi party members, and all government employees were forced to take oaths of loyalty to him.  Here is an example of German soldiers taking this oath:



And this is clearly what Trump intends to do.  We can now talk about him as a true despot, who intends to throw off the chains of two centuries and more of American laws and ideals, to enshrine himself as entitled by his very nature to rule the country forever.  This single act should suffice for any informed person to utterly reject him, and refuse to recognize that, in any way, he has a right to determine the course of our land.  Unfortunately, our sycophantic press will dismiss this act as having no real significance, and consequently, virtually no American will perceive what has just happened, or even realize that it took place.

Wingnut Wrapup, Trumpapalooza Edition

Today's Wingnut Wrapup respectfully dedicated to Marc Lamont Hill, a black Sheriff who has decided to cast his lot with Donald Trump, and who sensitively had this to say about another black man:

"I am tired of this jigaboo telling black people who they should be, what they should do. He's a lackey for Democrats"

So that is what we have come to in this country, thanks to the VERY NOT RACIST Donald Trump, and what he has licensed.  I guess that if you are for him, you are now free to call black people jigaboos.  FREEDOM!!!!  So that's what they mean when they use the word freedom.  It's not just about flying the Confederate flag any more.  And let me say once again that the highest accomplishment that any Conservative can strive for, is to get his racist, white supremacist garbage to come out of the mouth of a black man.  Well, let's just move on here, before I get sick on my keyboard.

And a shout out to right wing talk show host Tomi Lahren:
 "Tomi Lahren says it's no wonder a lot of Donald Trump supporters were no-shows at the inauguration, because she says she was attacked by a left wing mob right in the street. We got the super conservative talk show host in D.C. Saturday night, where she mocked what she called the "loving, intolerant left." She says the viciousness in the air is why the Trump crowd was smaller than other inaugurations. ..."

That's right, no one showed up at Trump's inaugural because they were afraid of being cold-cocked by someone in a pink hat.  So far, that's the best excuse for their humiliation I've heard yet.

Well, let's just move on.  And may I note that, in general, the wingnuts have responded to Trump's inaugural disgrace by just ignoring it.  Of course, there was this:

Ryan Saavedra, Gateway Pundit:  "REPORT: Expert Says Only 800,000 Attended Obama’s 1st Inauguration NOT 1.8 Million; Comparing Apples To Oranges"

Alternative facts on the march!  Of course, that would still be three times the number that Trump got.

A couple of weeks and they will start in earnest to rewrite history, but right now, not much to report on that front.

Justin Holcomb, Town Hall:  "Obama's Lie: Guantanamo Bay to Remain Open"

Once again, blaming Obama for what Republicans forced on him.

And a masterpiece from the king of self-delusion, the legendary Stupidest Man on the Internet:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Trump Added-Saved 1.3 Million Jobs Before His First Full Day of Work!"

Talk about alternative facts.

Governor Matt Bevin, Town Hall:  "Great Once Again...This week our nation will experience a wonderful American political tradition, as we witness the peaceful transfer of executive power. The new President will assume office riding a wave of voter enthusiasm not seen since Reagan."

Just say anything, no matter how big a lie.  Trump has the lowest approval of any President elect since polling began, and right now he's on a path to sink into the 20's by spring.  That's a real wave of voter enthusiasm, all right.

"...people in Kentucky, Ohio, the United States and across the world have been waiting for someone to step up, to stand up, to boldly say what needs to be said, and to speak the truth unapologetically. "

The truth.  Fact checkers have rated three quarters of everything Trump says as lies.  But to right wingers, lies are the truth, I guess.  Always have been, always will be.

Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "Joss Whedon Wants 'A Rhino to F**k Speaker Ryan to Death'

Sounds like a plan to me.  And on the plus side, it already has more details than the Republicans have managed to come up with in eight years for their Obamacare replacement.

Ryan Saavedra, Gateway Pundit:  "REPORT: Obama Scores Worst Legislative Record In History...A new report released by the Washington Times suggests that President Barack Obama has the worst legislative record in history.  Over the course of his eight years, he has signed just 1,227 bills into law — less, even, than one-term Presidents Carter and George H.W. Bush. Digging deeper into the numbers, Congress spent less time in session, handled less business on the chamber floors and generally sputtered for much of Mr. Obama’s tenure, according to The Times’ index."

And this is all Obama's fault.  Not the actual Republicans who controlled Congress, and swore the day he was elected to destroy him.  I BLAME OBAMA!


Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Pro-life Group: We Were Never Given an Explanation Why We Were Dropped As Sponsor From Women's March"

And I guess you just couldn't figure it out on your own.

John C. Goodman, Town Hall:  "The Left is Panicking Over Donald Trump"

And you're not?  Headline I imagine from 1933:  "The Left is Panicking Over Hitler.  Relax, Guys, He is Going to be Great!  The Greatest!"

Helen Raleigh, Town Hall:  "It's In Our Nation's Interests to Give Betsy a Chance"

It's in our interest to let a lunatic Christian fanatic destroy public education.  Oh, I can see how that would be true, right.

And now a specimen of mammoth delusion.  Or just a typical Republican lie.  Take your pick:

Jeff Crouere, Town Hall:  "The Best Presidential Transition In American History...Despite constant media criticism and harassment, Trump assembled an outstanding cabinet filled with individuals of extraordinary talent...
His critics also complained that he picked too many wealthy business magnates; however, these are exactly the type of people that the country requires right now."

Individuals of extraordinary talent.  Extraordinary talent at enriching themselves at the expense of everyone else.  Just like Trump.

Kimberley Ross, Red State:  "Sorry, Women’s March. You Can’t Truly Be Pro-Woman Unless You’re Pro-Life"

Says you, asshole.

Jay Caruso:  "Alt-Right Leader, Richard Spencer, Punched In The Face By Protester"

In a just world, this Nazi would have been beaten within an inch of his life, and only kept alive so he could be executed for treason.

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "Do We Elect a President to 'Put America Second'?  What's wrong with being "Nationalistic?"

Oh, I don't know, maybe this:

Or this:

But apparently, enough time has passed since 1945 that it is time to give it a try again.

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "Franklin Graham to the Clueless Liberal Media: 'Rain Is a Blessing'

Why of course it is.  It started raining the minute Trump began his speech.  It would have been even more a proof of his blessing if he'd been hit by lightning.  That would have really been an anointment by God.

David P. Goldman, PJ Media:  "Donald Trump, American Hero...The protagonists of American popular culture are outsiders with scant patience for authority. The Western heroes invented by Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour and portrayed by William S. Hart or John Wayne, and their urban cousins -- the private detectives of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler -- play loose with the law and play dirty with the opposition, but they have an inviolable inner code. They don’t betray their friends and they don’t exploit the weak."

And exactly how does this describe Trump?  I never knew that the guys in Zane Grey novels or Dashiell Hammett's detectives were born-rich, sexually abusive bullies who cheat anyone they can out of anything, and then brag about how wonderful they are.  Man, it is going to be hard for these wingnut paid propaganda writers to sanitize this guy, but if they think anyone ever is going to see Trump as the new Sam Spade, or imagine him riding off on a horse into the purple sage, they are a lunatic.

PJ Media:  "It Didn't Take Long for the Media to Compare Trump to 'Hitler's Rise'"

Well, it is sort of obvious, isn't it?

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Violent Leftist Protesters Shatter Windows Of A Starbucks In Downtown D.C.!"

Oh my God!  A WINDOW!!!!  SHATTERED!!!!  At a STARBUCKS!!!!!  Meanwhile, Trump shatters medical care for 20 million people, but no sense bringing up something that insignificant.

Michael Gaynor, Renew America:  "These days leftist losers exemplify sore losers, and they are shameless about it"

Michael, say what you really feel.  Something like:  "These days loser leftist losers exemplify sore losers, and they are shameless losers about it, losers.  Losers, losers losers!!!!  LOSERS!!!!1!!!@!! " There, doesn't that feel so much better?  Loser.

And a little rewriting of history?

Wes Vernon, Renew America:  "In the middle of the 20th century, the world made an almost seamless transition from the residue of World War II straight into a highly troubling aftermath.

Reports and hearings, in and out of Congress, showed that a demonstrably hostile force on both a worldwide scale and here at home had attained influence in many of the areas of society – education, entertainment, news media, powerful foundations, family relations; and also government, especially our own State Department, whose propaganda and "diplomatic" efforts had the effect of foisting upon us a Communist China."

Man, I thought that kind of lying went out with the John Birch society.

Mark A. Hewitt, American Thinker:  "We Need a Law to Prevent Another President Obama"

This article is filled with tendentious and utterly false nonsense about what it means to be a "natural born citizen," but let's just cut to the chase here.  We know damned well what they mean when they want to prevent "another President Obama."

David Krayden, Daily Caller:  "Trump Inauguration Speech Spared The Poetry And The BS"

I.e. it was dead boring and full of angry crap.

Ted Goodman, Daily Caller:  "Trump Signs Two Executive Orders, Takes First Actions As President"

Remember when executive orders were Communist abuses of the Constitution?  Oh yeah, that was last week.  By the way, Trump has signed a bunch more already.

Truepundit:  "Mattis Celebrates First Day At Pentagon By Blowing Up ISIS 31 Times"

Remember when using executive power to drop bombs was an unconstitutional ground for impeachment?  That was last week too.

Truepundit:  "GREAT AGAIN: Supermarket chain Kroger to fill 10,000 permanent positions. 
Supermarket operator Kroger Co said on Monday it would fill 10,000 positions this year, joining a list of companies that have publicized routine hiring plans as President Donald Trump puts pressure on companies to employ more U.S. workers."

I guess they are just hiring them to stand around and do nothing, since they apparently are hiring them only because TRUMP!  Actually, this is a decrease over the number that Kroger hired last year. Trump will probably claim credit for those jobs too.

Truepundit:  "Democrats put aside decorum to immediately resist Donald Trump"

Decorum.  Trump.  In the same sentence.  Amazing.

Connor Balough, Prntly:  "Syria Activist: Where Were You When Obama’s Terrorists Enslaved Iraqi And Syrian Women?"

Obama's terrorists enslaved women.  I tried to find out when that happened, but when I clicked on the link, I was taken to a site trying to get me to buy something from Ron Paul.  So I guess we will never know about Obama's terrorists.  Sorry.

Shelby Carrella, Prntly:  "Trump just saved taxpayers billions by FREEZING pay raises and hiring for Federal Workers"

He can save  more by just using slaves.  That will be next.  And by the way, more proof that all Conservatives care about is "cut my taxes," and the well being of anyone else, including workers who have devoted their lives to the country, means not one damned thing.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Organizer For DC Women’s March Against Trump Pictured Flashing the ISIS Sign"

And here they are, the horror:
This is just intolerable.  Proof that all liberals are really Muslim terrorists!!!  And believe me, it doesn't stop there:


And God be Praised, that is all I can take today.  The wingnuts are raving like never before, but I'm worn out.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Despicable

Is there no behavior so despicable that it is beneath Donald Trump?  Here's a tidbit from Britain's The Independent:

"Donald Trump delivered a rambling, boastful speech on Saturday in front of CIA staffers in an attempt to win over support in the intelligence community"

If you watch the video feed, which was totally focused on Trump and did not show the audience, you will hear applause and cheering.


"...Pool reports later clarified that the attendants who were cheering and clapping when Mr Trump spoke were not CIA staffers but people who accompanied Mr Trump to the briefing."

He brought his own paid stooges with him to cheer and clap to fool the American people into thinking that the CIA attendees were on his side, despite his having savaged them repeatedly during his campaign.  And it largely worked, because most American coverage of his remarks makes no mention of the fact that the applause he got was phony.

This was the first speech he has delivered to a government agency, and right from the beginning, they were used as nothing but unwitting props for his display of egomania and narcissism.

We are on a steep downhill path in this country, and how low we will get before it is over, God only knows.

Off With His Head!

A few days ago, I posted a prediction of how the Trump Presidency would work out, with the Republicans in Congress forcing Trump to go along with every bit of piggish legislation they have dreamed of for years, and then kicking his ass to the curb.

I just came across an article about a Facebook post by Robert Reich, which reported this:

"Writing on Facebook, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich relayed a conversation with a former GOP member of Congress who claims current members of the House are playing along with President Donald Trump for now but will dump him at the first possible moment...“They’ll get as much as they want – tax cuts galore, deregulation, military buildup, slash all those poverty programs, and then get to work on Social Security and Medicare – and blame him. And he’s such a fool he’ll want to take credit for everything.”

They all think Trump is out of his mind,” he explained. “So the moment Trump does something really dumb – steps over the line – violates the law in a big stupid clumsy way … and you know he will …”

“They impeach him?” Reich asked.

“You bet. They pull the trigger,” was the reply."

Well, Robert Reich could be as wrong as Green Eagle, but it's interesting to observe that others are starting to see the outlines of a similar future for Donald Trump.  As I predicted, Trump will not go like Nixon; he will fight back with every dirty trick he knows, and he knows plenty.  It will be one of the greatest entertainments that any government ever provided to its citizens.

Too bad that, at the end of it all, we'll end up with Mike Pence, or Paul Ryan.  Otherwise, it would be a real treat.

An Inaugural Followup

A few things to add to my previous comments.  First of all, expert opinion seems to be settling in on a number of attendees at Trump's inaugural of around 250,000, not the 300-350, 000 that I had settled on.  I hope this is not too much inside baseball, but I believe there are two reasons that I arrived at my erroneously high number.  First of all, I initially started with a number of 600,000, before there were really clear pictures, and I guess when I saw the real photos, I just couldn't bring myself to believe a number that is so low.  And I don't like to underestimate their crowds, because they are always so small as it is, and I want to be able to defend my numbers as not being motivated by wishful thinking. It's not often that I am not cynical enough about Republicans, but this was one of the times. And here is another factor that I have realized for some time, but that I often forget.  Republican crowds are, in the aggregate, older than Democratic crowds, and the older people are, the more resistant they are to being packed in tightly with other people.  That alone should have probably shaved 30-50,000 off of my estimate.

Well, okay, on to an article this morning from the New York Times:

"Crowd Scientists Say Women’s March in Washington Had 3 Times More People Than Trump’s Inauguration...Marcel Altenburg and Keith Still, crowd scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain, analyzed photographs and video taken of the National Mall and vicinity and estimated that there were about 160,000 people in those areas in the hour leading up to Mr. Trump’s speech Friday.

They estimated that at least 470,000 people were at the women’s march in Washington in the areas on and near the mall at about 2 p.m. Saturday."

I guess they are assuming about 90,000 ticketed people between the reflecting pool and the Capitol.  That number seems significantly too high to me, but let's just leave the total at 250,000, or about one seventh the size of the crowd at Obama's 2009 inaugural.  That is a humiliation for Trump so profound that cutting his estimated attendance even further could hardly make it worse.

Here is a very interesting graphic from the Times article:

 Obama Inaugural crowd- 2008- the areas outlined in red are the areas of maximum crowd density
Trump Inaugural crowd
Women's march crowd


Well, I don't even think I need to explain this to you.  The events of these two days have stamped on the nation's consciousness the illegitimacy of Trump's Presidency, and how few people actually support him and his piggish, treasonous agenda.

The only thing to discuss about this any more is the insistence of Trump and his surrogates that his inaugural was the largest ever, despite the obviously ludicrous nature of those claims.  People are writing this off as a product of Trump's diseased ego, and while I take a back seat to no one in accepting that he truly has one of the sickest egos ever to be seen, I think there is something else going on here.  Right from the first full day of his Presidency, he is attempting to bully the American people into accepting whatever he says as true, no matter how patently false.  His speech at the CIA was little more than a mixture of self-adulation combined with an implicit but clear warning of the danger of contradicting him in any way, and the behavior of his spokesmen yesterday and today only reinforced the threat that Trump is going to force people not to say a thing in public that counters his narrative.  This is the behavior of Nazis, of Stalinists.  We'll see how far the supine mainstream media in this country go to abet him in forcing the American people to accept his lies, over and over again.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women's March

Well, preliminary evidence is coming in about today's Women's March on Washington.  Here are a couple of pictures, and then my comments:

The lower picture is of the Mall, of course, looking from the Capitol toward the Washington Monument.  The other is on an adjacent street.  It is very difficult to calculate the size of this demonstration, because there is tremendous spillover from the Mall onto the parade route.  Even so, it is obvious that there are far more people on the Mall alone than attended the Inaugural. News sources report far larger attendance that expected, with size estimates in the 500,000 range, or close to twice the number of people who attended the Inaugural.  And remember that this is one of many marches being held today, with those in the large cities likely well above 100,000.  150,000, for example, were reported in Chicago, and I can tell you that my wife and I tried to go to the one in Los Angeles, only to find that it was impossible to drive and park downtown, and there was a three hour wait at the metro stations.

More to follow, but I think the American people are delivering a decided message today, and that message is, "Screw you, Donald Trump."  I was very active back in Vietnam days, and I must tell you that this is the first time in all the decades since then that I have felt the level of commitment and anger that I saw then.  Trump, in concert with Congressional Republicans, may very well be able to do tremendous damage to this country in a short period, but they may very well have awakened something which is going to crush them out of existence, and take control of the country away from their hate-filled, racist, vicious supporters forever.

Friday, January 20, 2017

"Unbelievable, Perhaps Record-Setting Turnout"

Well, that was Donald Trump's prediction for his big day.  And how did that work out for you, Donald?

Green Eagle loves to make a record of the turnout for right wing demonstrations, which is inevitably a small fraction of what they claim, and I am not going to stop now.  Better pictures will undoubtedly emerge in the next few days, but here is what we can see already:
Oh wait, my bad- wrong picture.  Oh yeah, here it is:
A little hard to see what is going on here.  Just for your information, for some reason, the ground on the mall has been covered in white plastic for Trump's inauguration.  Maybe someone had the idea of just rolling it up and using it as giant garbage bags to dispose of the Trump supporters.  Unfortunately, they apparently scattered like cockroaches before the cleanup crews arrived.

Well, what can we see here?  The photos are a little bit hard to see.  They were apparently taken from the top of the Washington Monument, so they don't show the whole Obama crowd, which went all the way back to the monument.  The Obama crowd was estimated to have been about 1,800.000 people.  I think it is clear even in these inadequate views that Trump would be stretching things to claim that even a third as many turned out for his inaugural- we are being kind to credit him with 600,000, which, for comparison, would be about twice the size of the last large Iraq war protest, several years ago.

Other measure would seem to comport with this.

"The Washington transit agency tweeted a little before noon that there were 193,000 trips taken by 11 a.m., down from 513,000 by the same time on Jan 20, 2009"

When you consider that Friday is a work day for many people, and that at least a fair number of these trips must be for other purposes, this is pretty stark, and would be well within the likelihood that Trump's crowd was no more than a third the size of Obama's.

We've seen even greater disparity in the number of bus parking permits applied for by Trump's people, and not just Obama's, but even the vastly larger number of permits issued for tomorrow's march against Trump.  Or  consider this story:

"The crowd also did not appear to be great for commerce. Vendors Karone Williams and Dominique Christian set up a table full of Donald Trump merchandise only blocks from the White House. But two hours into their gig, they had sold only six items: a couple of hats, some T-shirts and a $5 rain poncho.

“It’s been real slow,’’ said Williams, a D.C. native. “We’re just trying to make a few pennies."

Williams couldn’t explain the slow business."

No, but I think just about every sane person in America could.  And lady, Trump's Presidency is about him making money, not you.  Deal with it.

But of course, our magnificent mainstream media are already on the job, arguing away the significance of this humiliation.  The Washington Post already has this to say:

"So we can assume that Trump's inauguration was not quite as popular as Obama's...To a large extent, such comparisons are simply a form of partisan competitiveness."

A third of the crowd at best is "not quite as popular," and anyway, it is meaningless, so forget about it.  Even though we know the Republicans would be trumpeting it to the skies as the greatest mandate ever if the crowd sizes had been reversed.

We have never, even with the stolen election of George W. Bush, seen a President enter the White House with less right to be there, and the American people, at least the sane ones, despite lecturing by the press, know it damned well.  Now, let's see how Trump's supporters compare to the people who show up in Washington tomorrow.


UPDATE:  And here is a better picture, clearer and showing more of the Obama crowd:
Looking at these two views, I would say that Trump would be floating in a sea of delusion to claim that he even got a third of Obama's crowd.  This looks more like 300,000 max.  And remember that the people can get on the Capitol side of the reflecting pool by invitation only, so those are the committed partisans.  The people on the mall side of the reflecting pool represent the ordinary citizens who showed up for the event, and I don't think I am being unreasonable to wonder if there are even 100,000 of them.

UPDATE 2:  Let the lying begin!  Here is the picture that is now featured as the background at Donald Trump's Twitter page:
The crowd in the background is actually a photo of Obama's 2009 inauguration.  There is no lie so despicable and so easily disproven that they will not trot it out.

UPDATE 3:  And the parade!  I first saw news of this shortly after the inauguration, but I didn't quite trust the source, and I wasn't sure that the photos were taken during the parade, and not before or after.  Well, here is Mike Pence walking past the bleacher area:
And one more...I can't resist:
And what you are looking at here are the VIP stands.  He couldn't even get the Republican leaders to make his show look even barely normal.  The English language does not contain words sufficient to explain what a humiliation this is.

No one showed up for the parade either. I read somewhere that there were more people in the parade than watching it.  Man, this is pathetic.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Inaugural- Let the Lies Begin

Long time readers of this blog will know that one of the things I have continually covered is right wing marches and demonstrations, contrasting the wingnuts' claims about them with reality.  I have been assuming that such a fact check is going to be needed for the Trump Inauguration, which every sign seems to indicate is going to be pretty pathetic, but Trump got out ahead of me, and has been making public claims about the crowd that turned out in front of the Lincoln Memorial, for his Inaugural Concert of Has Been Musicians.  Here courtesy of Buzz Feed, are Trump's claims:

Trump thanked people for coming by the “thousands and thousands” and added that he didn’t know if a concert outside the Lincoln Memorial had ever been done.
“This started out tonight being a small little concert, and then we had the idea maybe we’ll do it in front of the Lincoln Memorial. I don’t know if it’s ever been done before,” Trump said. “But if it has, very seldom. And the people came by the thousands and thousands, and here we are tonight, all the way back. All the way back.”
“We thought it would be a small concert and tens of thousands of people were there,” Trump said. “It went all the way to the back. They never had so many people. And very few people ever had a concert at the Lincoln memorial.”
Trump apparently did not check very far back into history, or he would have discovered that President Obama had a similar concert in 2009.

Or maybe he was just lying, as usual.  Anyway, MSNBC estimated the crowd at 10,000.

I was unable to find a decent picture of the crowd at this event, but here is one from Obama's concert:
Estimates of the size of this crowd were in the range of 400,000.

More to come tomorrow, you can be sure.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Making America Great Again

Well, at last we have a concrete proposal from Donald Trump about how he plans to make America great again.

"In an interview Wednesday with the Washington Post, President-elect Donald Trump was asked just exactly how he plans to make good on his promise to make America great again. One potential he floated to the Post‘s Karen Tumulty: military parades in DC and New York showing off the armed forces’ human and materiel strength. 
The Post reports: 
“Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country,” Trump said. “And we’re going to show the people as we build up our military, we’re going to display our military. 
“That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military,” he added."

And what a magnificent way to increase the welfare of the American people.  After all, Trump will be joining a long tradition of doing this to improve the lot of citizens:
 Soviet military parade-catch the date
  Military parade by you-know-who
And let's not leave this guy out.

Yes, Trump will be joining a long tradition of substituting displays of belligerence for any meaningful work on behalf of the country, but then what else did his people vote for, but more hatred?  Americans, I hope you can find a way to pay the rent or your medical bills with these parades, because you aren't going to be getting much help any other way.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Reality Versus Republicans, ACA Edition

Health care- just who to believe?  A knotty problem.

The Republicans' intentions regarding Obamacare, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would accomplish the following:

The number of people who are uninsured would increase by 18 million in the first new plan year following enactment of the bill. Later, after the elimination of the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility and of subsidies for insurance purchased through the ACA marketplaces, that number would increase to 27 million, and then to 32 million in 2026.

Premiums in the nongroup market (for individual policies purchased through the marketplaces or directly from insurers) would increase by 20 percent to 25 percent—relative to projections under current law—in the first new plan year following enactment. The increase would reach about 50 percent in the year following the elimination of the Medicaid expansion and the marketplace subsidies, and premiums would about double by 2026.

So, to be brief, the Republicans' almost unchangeable intentions are going to steal medical coverage from a tenth of the population, and double the cost of insurance for everyone else.

Of course, Republicans see things differently.  As reported at Daily Kos, they are taking this tack:

Congressman Steve Scalise:  "CBO misses the point. Obamacare will be replaced with lower costs and more choices."

Well, actually higher costs and less choices, but why quibble over a couple of details?

The Stupidest Story of the Day

From James Hohman at the Washington Post, and no, I don't link to anyone who writes this kind of garbage:

"Monica Crowley’s announcement shows that rules of politics still apply for Trump 

Donald Trump and his team believe that the rules and norms of Washington do not apply to them. They are wrong, and yesterday brought a significant proof point."

So he ditched a spokesman that embarrassed him in public.  That does away with the corruption and treason, I guess, as well as the daily signs that he is mentally unstable.  It does away with the bullying and deliberate incitement of racism.  It does away with his willing use of the Presidency to harm anyone who stands in his way.  Get ready, folks, it's time for the mainstream media to go into overdrive to force us to accept that Trump is just a normal President.


Monday, January 16, 2017

A Brief Note

I had my e-mail account hacked a few days ago, and since then, I have not gotten a single comment on any of my posts.  I'm not the most popular guy on the internet, but it's gone on long enough that I'm beginning to think something is wrong.  I'll try to figure it out, but in the meantime, forgive me if your comments are not posted.

Update:  I found the comments.  For some reason, Blogger has stopped sending them to my e-mail, but they are in the management section of my blog.  Why?  Who the hell knows- they certainly never told me about the change.