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Hang-Over Holiday?

19 Jan

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Somewhere around noon on Friday January 20th Mr Donald Trump will officially become the 45th President of the United States..but if you are worried about being immediately deported or if you have to start that new job you were hired for to build the Great Mexican Wall or if you are worried about your health-care policy being terminated or even if you are Hillary Clinton and worried about being arrested, you can rest easy until  January 23rd.

Because Mr. Trump has announced that his first official day as POTUS won’t begin until Monday because immediately after being sworn in he’s going to take his first vacation.

“Day one – which I will consider to be Monday as opposed to Friday or Saturday. Right? I mean my day one is gonna be Monday because I don’t want to be signing and get it mixed up with lots of celebration.” said The 45th President-Elect to a reporter from The Times.

Wow! Could you imagine how Republicans would have reacted if President Obama had said that back in 2008? The first African American President taking a vacation to party and celebrate immediately after being sworn in?! They’re collective heads would have exploded, right after they had all pooped their pants!

(Note to Russia: Attack immediately!)

Anyway, now imagine that the Obama children and Michelle O.had stayed in school back in Chicago to finish out their 2008/09 school year. NYC has reported that it will cost over 1 million dollars a day to supply the necessary security for Melania and Baron T. to stay in New York to finish their shopping….er..um school year…and that doesn’t even include the Secret Service costs.

That’s 1 billion dollars by mid June! Plus President Trump-to-be plans to fly back and forth regularly on the weekends and Melania will be doing the same when she needs to be in Washington. This will cost a fortune in security costs for the Secret Service and for NYC, all to be paid for with tax dollars of course.

But he will be the President of the United States and he and his family deserve and need to be protected and no one will deny or dispute that…but just imagine how the Republican minions, who went positively apoplectic anytime the Obama’s took a vacation or President O. played a round of golf, would have behaved had they charged the USA billions of dollars just to come and go as they pleased during the work week!

OMG! Generals Jackson and Lee would have risen from the grave and led an army of newly minted, “Stars and Bars” waving, confederates along side resurrected cadavers in a march on Washington!…Am I wrong?

Of course former NYC Mayor and billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, payed for his own travel back and forth to his home in Bermuda from Friday afternoon to Sunday evenings on many weekends during his 12 years in office. He even payed for 2 police officers on his protection detail to stay in a hotel during those weekends. But after all Mr. Bloomberg was only running a major US city not the entire country! And he is a billionaire after all.

But Donald Trump is a billionaire too, isn’t he?  He says that he is although we have never seen any proof as to how many billions he actually has. According to Forbes, Mr. Bloomberg has 41.8 billion…and Mr. Trump has about 3.7, so the likely hood of President trump picking up the tab for his presidential commutes to NYC and back is about as likely as First Lady Melania using a non gold plated commode in the White House…

I know, that’s mean…but let’s just say this whole inauguration and transition thing from the 44th POTUS to the 45th POTUS is bringing out the “Trump” in me…Oh well, Happy stay-cation! See you on Monday bright and early…and maybe a bit hung-over…

Boy I sure am glad the Obamas weren’t this needy!

 

The Gold Standard

17 Jan

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Remember when you were a child in school and one of the basic requirements was to learn about how to get along with others and to learn how to share with and respect others and how not to be a bully, or snob, or selfish, or a rumor monger? It was all a part of what was called socialization and learning how to live within a society of varied others who had different backgrounds yet shared the same basic tenet of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

That was called the Golden Rule and everyone has heard about it and just about everyone also recognizes it as the most important rule among all of the learned rules of childhood.

Consequently we were also taught that if one chose to live in opposition to that Golden Rule then one should also get used to a life of conflict and strife with others and possibly the living of a very stressful and unhappy life also.

So why is President-Elect Trump and his surrounding entourage of Republicans so mystified and angered by some Democrats declaring his soon to be presidency of possible illegitimate origins and of their unhappiness with his upcoming inauguration?

Did not Donald Trump wage a campaign for five years in which he declared President Obama to be an illegitimate president? Did Donald Trump not say that he had investigators all across America who were discovering amazing facts about President Obama’s birth that would prove that he was never an American citizen?

Did not the Republicans announce publicly on day one of President Obama’s administration that they would never work with him on any of his proposals and oppose him at every turn, even though he had been duly elected by the American people?

Did not Candidate Trump call Hillary Clinton a crooked, evil, nasty woman who belonged in jail based on information that he said he knew to be true but could not prove because after all is not proof simply based upon what one believes in one’s heart rather than what one can prove with factual information?

It’s quite apparent that Mr. Trump and all of Trump’s men (and Kellyanne Conway) did not learn their lessons in school…or have chosen to forget them. This is why it is so important to go to school in the first place and pay attention when in school, in the second place. We school teachers of course saw this coming and could have told them that they would soon be reaping what they had sown.

They can throw tantrums if they like but that will do them little good. Any parent worth his or her salt knows that “growing up” is the only answer for a child who is facing problems like these. But getting grown-ups to grow up?… After they have been elected to the Presidency and Congress of the United States?

It has been taught that when asked to sum up the entire Torah concisely, Jesus responded: “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow; the rest is the explanation; go and learn!

CNN You Later!

11 Jan

 

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Donald Trump gave his first press conference as President-Elect of the United States today…And FYI,  if you own stock in CNN you might want to consider selling. He called them a fake news agency that only reports fake news and then he refused to take a question from the CNN reporter in attendance because…well, you know, he was fake? Anyway, Sell! Sell! Sell!

He also accused the Intelligence Agency (all of them) of being non-intelligent (again) and likened their behavior to Nazi behavior (that’s pretty bad) because they leaked an unverified report that was supposed to be for his eyes only (or at least very few eyes)

Mr. Trump does not like the US Intelligence Agencies that we have and he does not believe much of what they tell him so this could be a problem for the future intelligence of just about everyone.

On a positive note Mr. Trump promised that more companies and jobs would be staying in the U.S. because he would get tough with any companies that try to move outside of the United States. That sounds like a very good thing and something that is hard to argue with…and seriously, why would anyone want to try?

But rather perplexingly he noted that lots of jobs were needed because 93 million Americans were out of work. That’s a lot of Americans or about 1/3 of all of the legal Americans in the USA. And if you subtract children and the elderly then 93 million American job seekers would be equal to roughly 1/2 of all citizens in the U.S.

1 out of 2 Americans are out of work? That sounds like a lot to me…and surely something that we would have noticed.

But President-elect Trump did promise that Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act) would be repealed immediately upon his taking office. And on another positive note he promised to “almost simultaneously” replace it with a much better healthcare plan that would save everyone money and offer better care.

I cannot argue with that and am looking forward to it as I am sure everyone is. This is a no brainer because we will all easily be able to tell if our healthcare is better by checking our own bills and by asking our loved ones who are going to lose their ACA insurance policies, (and I’m sure you probably know one) if they have been replaced with better insurance policies. However, I must point out that one should never use the words almost and simultaneously in the same sentence and especially not in juxtaposition…so we’ll see.

PE Trump has also promised to bring down drug (pharmaceutical) prices. That’s good! And to immediately begin building the great wall of Mexico with U.S. funds. That’s bad! But Mexico will pay for it later after he negotiates with them. That’s confusing! Because I’m not paying for the fence my neighbor puts up on his property. Not now. Not ever. So we’ll have to wish ourselves luck with that one…maybe a wall crossing toll?

Mr. Trump has also placed his various and expansive business interests in a blind trust that he explained would be blind because when his sons make business deals on his behalf with the business that he is giving to them, rather than divest it from his interest, he simply will not look…just like we cannot look at his taxes which he says no one wants to look at anyway.

I want to look. How about you? I’m just curious to see how much he really makes and how much he pays in taxes. Especially after today when he told us that his holdings are Humongous and World Wide! (Except Russia…Nyet) And from what I know about Mr. Trump he would really, really, really want show us if there was really something good for us to see in his tax returns. Am I wrong? He says that he wants to show us but he is being audited by the IRS and so he can’t. The IRS for some reason can’t verify or deny that claim but they did say that being audited does not prevent anyone from showing their tax returns to anyone else.

I’ve been audited. Maybe you have too. And it doesn’t take that long believe me. The IRS gives you a deadline and if you don’t meet it you’re in the shit. So it moves along quite quickly. The IRS is not the DMV that’s for sure so I’m pretty sure PE Trump is lying to us about this one.

But then again Hillary and her Emails! So maybe we can have 9 Congressional inquiries and hearings to get to the bottom of Mr. Trumps’ taxes… but it looks doubtful.

In conclusion, President-elect Trump gave a very entertaining press conference filled with suspense, accusations, humor, anger, lawyers, bales of paper and infotainment…and boy was it better than any episode of The Apprentice! Which is good news for television networks, television viewers and probably even televisions, everywhere…

So America, let the show go on!…Can we stop it?

 

 

Re-Gifting

24 Dec

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This year I’m re-gifting! That is if you think that any of my blogs are gifts in the first place. Anyway, here is my blog post from last Christmas Eve which perhaps is a bit more fitting this year because Christmas and Hanukkah will be celebrated at just about the same time. Hanukkah begins on the 24th, Christmas Eve, and ends on the 1st of January, New Years Day, so it truly is a happy holidays for one and all…not that it isn’t always but, you know what I mean. This year we blend the Judaeo-Christian traditions simultaneously.

So my question last year was: Who is the Star of Christmas? And my answer is…

Santa Claus! Am I wrong?

If one wants to put the Christ in Christmas shouldn’t one go to mass? Why would I want to see a religious display in front of my local municipal building or at the airport or in a department store or public square? Would we expect to see product commercials in a church? Do we expect to see any other religious symbols representing any of the other many and varied religions of the world on public display in public buildings?

So what’s the big deal? Not even Christ was Christian. While he walked the Earth he never professed to be anything other than a Jew, nor did he profess that anyone else should be otherwise. I do believe that he would be appalled to find out that people were worshiping him these days since he never once instructed people anywhere to do that. (I know that is silly for me to say because he already knows everything)…but did he not once say:

“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s”…and um, I think that would be where Santa Claus and Christmas belong…in the Caesar category. Have you ever been shopping during the holiday season? Of course you have. So I ask you, would you place that experience among Godly things or Caesarian ones?

But I digress because although the gift giving and the good cheer associated with Santa do blend in well with the basic tenets of peace on Earth, good will to all, why would Jesus be involved with Christmas? Easter is the truly religious holiday of the Christian faith. Christmas is simply supposed to commemorate Jesus’ birth but one can’t celebrate the birth of God can one? Gods aren’t born, are they?

So to celebrate Jesus’ birth is to celebrate his birth as a human being or man and that takes us back to his living his life as a devout Jew who sought to follow the traditions and laws of Judaism and while he may have campaigned for reforms towards a more accessible worship of Judaism he never campaigned for a new religion to replace Judaism based on himself as God and savior.

The apostle Paul did that and he was neither one of the apostles nor named Paul! So that takes us right back to our faith and our belief that what we believe in is the true path to salvation and an afterlife in heaven. But faith is what we have in the absence of factual evidence and who is to say that our faith is any better than anyone elses faith in anything else…since we all lack evidence or proof that what we believe in is true.

When Jesus was asked: “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” His answer was: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”

So I think that the Christmas tradition of Santa Claus is a great and simple way to remind us all that while we adults worry ourselves with hatred or revenge, religious or racial differences, or trying to accumulate wealth or power, the key is to “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God”?  And treat others as you would have yourself be treated…And by all means judge not. (now who can say they do that on a regular basis?)

Just have a Merry Christmas and spread some cheer and good will and do your best to make children smile and have hope for a future where our beliefs will someday lead us towards one another and not in opposite directions, on this all too finite of worlds.

Hey! He’s, Like, Smart!

11 Dec

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President-elect Donald Trump said that he is not concerned about his not participating in the traditional daily intelligence and national security briefings that he is supposed to receive every day…and apparently neither should the American people, because…

“I get it when I need it. I’m, like a smart person.” He told a Sunday TV news host. And he added, “I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day. I don’t need that. But I do say, ‘If something should change, let us know.'”

Just imagine how Trump supporters would react if words like that came out of President Obama’s mouth or Hillary Clinton’s mouth? If they declared themselves too smart for daily briefings Republicans heads would explode! Oh the elitism! Oh the vacation time! Oh the lack of time on task! For goodness sake are they sick or lazy? Maybe both?!

And when it was reported by the CIA and members of Congress that the intelligence community has reached a “consensus” that Russia definitely intervened in the presidential election to help Trump win the Presidency…of The United States!?

Well, the president-elect’s transition team responded by mocking the spy agency with “they’re same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”  And PE Trump added in an interview with Time Magazine: “It could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.”

Not only doesn’t our President-elect believe in taking regular intelligence and security briefings. He doesn’t even believe them when he gets them! Because he’s more intelligent than our intelligence agencies!

How lucky are we to finally have an intelligent president? And we know he’s intelligent because of the way he uses words like “like” and “New Jersey” in such appropriate ways. As in: “I’m… like… smart!” And “Some guy in New Jersey did it!” Hey! Only we New Jersians can blame things on New Jersey! And use like like that, like, you know???

But on the bright side,  Mr.Trump emphasized that Vice President-elect Mike Pence was receiving daily briefings.

So at least someone, like… wants to be President!

 

 

 

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???

 

 

And So it Begins…

11 Nov

The people have spoken and they have elected a game show host, an entertainer, a showman to be our next President of the United States. And with him come the best and the brightest minds to help him set our country right…just as he promised.

And so we have Amarosa, TV personality and “D list” star to serve as our Trump surrogate for his Enemies List!

Because what President of American Democracy and Freedom doesn’t have an enemies list? #Making America Great Again!

 

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