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1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back?

5 Mar

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Stephen Bannon, President Trump’s Chief Advisor, recently provided an explanation as to why almost all of the President’s cabinet choices are known mostly for opposing the very Federal agencies they’ve been designated to lead.

Mr. Bannon said, “If you look at these cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction.”

deconstruction: the analytic examination of something often in order to reveal its inadequacy; dismantling.

So, according to Steve Bannon, President Trump’s right-hand man, The President’s cabinet has a mission. And that is to show how inadequate their departments are and then perhaps help dismantle them….because, after all, do we really need clean air, clean water, fair labor laws, fair housing standards, anti-discrimination laws, financial protections, food and drug safety, national education standards and such?

Will this be the result of 4 years of a Trump Presidency? The dismantling and downsizing of the government as famed Republican strategist, Grover Norquist, has advocated for many years… until it can be :”Drowned in a bathtub”?

It is of course too early to tell and it is hard to know on which ideology President Trump’s ever changing mind will settle, but it does not bode well especially when you consider that the President has already signed an executive order on future and present government regulations.

“If you have a regulation you want, No. 1, we’re not gonna approve it because it’s already been approved probably in 17 different forms,” President Trump said. “But if we do, the only way you have a chance is we have to knock out two regulations for every new regulation. So if there’s a new regulation, they have to knock out two.”

The President’s supporters tend to applaud whenever they here this mantra repeated at rallies and speeches but if you take the time to think about it this new policy on government regulations is either one of 2 things. It is either a short-sighted and silly gimmick that sounds like it could be a good idea, when left unexamined… or it is meant to be quite sinister in nature from the get go…and here’s why.

Mathematically, the end result of this policy will leave one with no regulations at all. For if you have, let’s say, 100 regulations to start with then by creating 100 new ones you will have to eliminate 200…and 200 regulations will be exactly how many you would have after creating the 100 new ones. Any which way you examine it, a 1 step forward 2 step back approach will leave you, not in the same place that you started, but rather a considerable distance backward.

And if you think I’m being silly because you know that the President doesn’t really mean it (like he doesn’t mean most of what he says…literally?) then why did he make it a Presidential Order? Do those mean nothing to him also? He is our President after all…and he made it a Presidential Order! (with his giant signature and everything!) So if you don’t think he meant it to be literally true… then does the POTUS know that?…or doesn’t he?

Should we be listening to his advisors and spokespeople and tweets and executive orders…and believe what we are hearing and seeing?…Or should we be taking them all with a grain of salt?

Once again…we have to wait and see. Will everything simply work itself out in the end and all for the best? Just like in a Hollywood Movie… or Network Reality Show… or Good, Bad Dream?… Or should we prepare to draw America its bath?

Why Do We Do What We Do?

11 Feb

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Here’s something interesting: According to new Pediatrics research PG-13 movies feature 23% more gun violence than do R rated movies.

According to the Motion Picture Association of America’s film rating system:
PG-13 – Parents Strongly Cautioned
Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
R – Restricted
Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.

So in order to compensate for less “adult material” we add more gun violence to our movies? Is this so we can make them equally entertaining?

ergo: movies +sex+violence+adults = movies -sex-adults +1/4more gun violence?

It’s just curious that we live in a society where guns are revered and violence is accepted as a natural bi-product of that reverence, yet the viewing of sexual activity is still considered damaging to the youthful brain and not something to talk about or a natural bi-product of life at all.

And here we are worrying about the extreme vetting of foreigners who want to enter our country not because we are worried about them having sex with us but because we fear they might do violence to us.

Yet, we will not extremely vet our own citizens who want to purchase guns, even though they are the ones most likely to do violence to us and each other over 32,000 times each year…which is just about 32,000 times more than foreigners will or actually do.

Something to think about the next time you’re watching a movie, having sex or shooting someone?

You’re On Notice!

4 Feb

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Donald Trump said he’d get tough and now that he is President he is proving to be one mean SOB…to the delight of his supporters who have had just about enough of the Namby-pamby, let’s all be friends, hands across the water, love and kisses kind of national and international diplomacy that America has employed over the past few years in our efforts to try and get along with one another…

At least since our invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan that ended…well, that are still going on… but we just don’t talk about anymore…But now it’s on to bigger and better and more aggressive things with President Trump as our fearless leader as he apparently intends to put the entire world on notice!

No more Mr. American nice guy! No more American Carnage! Now it’s time to “Cry havoc!’,  And let slip the dogs of war!” For in just his first two weeks in office President Trump has:

Put Mexico on notice for their bad hombres and for defaulting on their Big Wall payments. He’ll send in the National Guard!

He’s put Iran on notice for their testing of rockets. He’ll send in the Navy!

He’s put Australia on notice for wanting to keep a refugee deal. He doesn’t want their Boston bombers!

He’s put Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya on notice for being too Muslim. He’ll make sure they all stay the hell away from America!

He’s put NATO on notice. He says its treaty is Obsolete and they can defend themselves!

He’s put the city of Chicago on notice until those inner city kids all start getting along! He says he’s going to send the National Guard there too!

He’s put the Press and media on notice! He says they’re all dishonest, liars and scum and they’d better shut up and listen to him and his strategists.

He’s put the CIA on notice! He says they had better stop acting like Nazis or heads may roll.

He’s put women on notice with his appointee to the US Supreme Court! He wants Roe V. Wade overturned.

He’s put the Arts on notice. He says they are a waste of money!

He’s put your Healthcare on Notice. He has appointed a man to run the Department of Health and Human Services who has wanted to repeal the ACA since its inception and who has proposed cuts to both Medicare and Medicaid.

He’s put the Environment on notice! He says we have too many useless regulations and that global warming is a Chinese Hoax!

He’s put China on Notice for all of their hoaxing! He says their money’s no good too!

He’s put Arnold Schwarzenegger on notice! He says that Arnold is stinking up his TV show!

He’s even put facts on notice! We have “alternative facts” now, say his spokes people and White House strategists.

In fact since his inauguration 2 weeks ago it seems as though President Trump has put just about every American on notice to have something taken away from them that they like, enjoy, need or want to keep…unless of course you are Rich (as in wealthy)… or Russian.

If you are in either of those two groups, or both, it looks like you’re gonna be just fine…. Na Zdorovie!

Please Don’t Feed the Wildlife

20 Nov

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And here are some of the reasons why:

*Human food may not healthy for wild animals, and they do not need food from humans to survive.

*Feeding leads to public health concerns. Too many animals in one place increases the chance of disease transmission to people and among other wildlife.

*Animals accustomed to people often lose their fear of people and can become aggressive. Those that become too aggressive may have to be destroyed to protect people and property.

*Animals fed along roads tend to stay near roads, increasing the chance of vehicle-animal accidents.

Now while all of those reasons may sound reasonable, I was not made aware until yesterday while I was watching, of all things, Chopped, The Food Network’s competition cooking show…that apparently cities all across the USA have recently discovered a way to make American wildlife, i.e. the homeless, go away.

Don’t feed them! And many of the ordinances approved by city councils nationwide cite similar reasons as those mentioned above for making the feeding of homeless persons illegal.

Did you know that since 2006 and in efforts to make the homeless in America, for lack of  better words, go away, U. S. cities have gradually been banning and outlawing activities such as camping, begging, sleeping in cars, sitting or standing on the sidewalk for more than 5 minutes and now feeding them!

In over 70 cities nationwide it is now illegal to feed the homeless. In fact recently in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a 90-year-old WWII veteran was actually arrested for feeding the homeless. And It’s punishable by 60 days in jail or a $500 fine. And in Houston police even ticketed a homeless man for trying to feed himself by fishing a donut from a trash bin in a public park.

Wow! And I thought that cruel insensitivity and a lack of basic decency only existed in our country’s political campaigns. But not so. It’s becoming the law of the land too!

I know I’m just a bleeding heart liberal who should have been paying closer attention…but has it really come to this? Have all of us good Christian American Capitalists really tried everything we could think of in our efforts to ease and erase the plight of our over half a million homeless citizens? (many of whom are also veterans of our wars) Have we simply run out of ideas?

Now our best solution is to codify into law: (because it’s for our and their own good?)

SHOO! SHOO!

Really???

 

 

Cloudy With No Chance of Guacamole?

11 Mar

A Guacamole warning has been issued!

According to Gary Bender, a University of California avocado expert, avocados which are used in making guacamole, are shrinking in size because of low rainfall totals, cool temperatures, and sluggish photosynthesizing, which have led to avocados’ reduced size. California, which has been facing severe droughts, is the country’s premiere source for avocados and scientists are now projecting that California’s agriculture production could decline by as much as 40 percent by the middle of the century because of global climate change.

But there is no need to look out for falling guacamole because the warning was issued by the food chain, Chipotle. Their restaurants may stop serving guacamole because avocado prices are increasing as climate change affects their availability…but that’s not all, Chipotle is also concerned about the rising costs of chicken, beef, cheese, beans, rice, tomatoes and pork too!

But hey, that’s only if you believe in global climate change and global warming. Besides, who needs guacamole?

First climate change took the avocados, and I did not speak out– Because I didn’t eat guacamole.

Then climate change took the cheese, and I did not speak out–Because I was lactose intolerant.

Then global warming dried up the land and the lakes and the chicken, cows and pigs went thirsty–So I became a vegetarian.

Then climate change came for me, and I said–

Thank god for that new restaurant “Petrolee-YUM” where there ‘s always lots of Twinkies, margarine and whipped topping!

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