Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Thursday, November 30, 2017

The GOP Tax Bill is a Lie

Everything you've heard from the Congressional Republicans and especially from the POTUS about the tax bill is a LIE.

This tax bill is a gift to Republican billionaire donors. If you're age 65 or older, your taxes are going up, and eventually your Medicare and Medicaid coverage will shrink.

This is not a tax break for the middle class or the poor, it is a gift to the 1%.

The Madness of President Don

E.J. Dionne Jr. at The Washington Post writes—

Our political foundation is rotting away: Great nations and proud democracies fall when their systems become so corrupted that the decay is not even noticed — or the rot is written off as a normal part of politics. President Trump has created exactly such a crisis. He has not done it alone. 

The corrosion of norms and values began long before he propelled the nation past the edge, and his own party is broadly complicit in enabling his attacks on truth, decency and democratic values. In fact, Republicans are taking full advantage of the bedlam Trump leaves in his wake. They are using a twisted process to push through a profoundly flawed tax bill with scant scrutiny. 

The convoluted proposal is so generous to the wealthiest interests in the country and so damaging to significant parts of the middle class and the poor that GOP leaders know it would not survive extended debate. They dare not take on Trump because doing so might derail the pursuit of what are now their party’s only driving purposes: court packing, the care and feeding of the privileged, and the gutting of federal social services and regulation.

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, had to reprimand the POTUS because he tweeted out bogus white supremacist videos.

The New York Times: It is wrong for the president to have done this.” • 

Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain denounced President Trump on Wednesday after he shared videos from a fringe ultranationalist group purportedly showing Muslims committing acts of violence. 

We examined the videos. At least one misrepresents the facts of what the viewer is seeing, while two others are provided without any context. • Britain First, the group that posted the videos, thanked Mr. Trump for publicizing its views, which include the idea that white Christian civilization is under threat from Muslims.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Is Donald Trump losing control?

Washington (CNN)

In the space of last 48 hours, Donald Trump has: 

 Retweeted three anti-Muslim videos from a far-right group based in Britain. 

Sent two tweets not only using the firing of NBC's Matt Lauer to bash so-called "fake news" but also to spread innuendo about NBC News head Andy Lack and "Morning Joe" anchor Joe Scarborough. 

Called Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" at an event honoring Navajo code talkers. 

Not denied repeated reports that he now believes the "Access Hollywood" tape is somehow fake and that President Barack Obama may not have been born in this country. 

Attacked congressional Democratic leaders and insisted he would blame them for a government shutdown. 

Delivered a statement about North Korea's latest missile launch. 

Spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping over the phone. 

That's just in the last 48 hours!


Donald Trump is a madman: 

The President's Wednesday Twitter spasm confirms what many Americans have long suspected 

The US President is a raving maniac who our close ally, Great Britain, has had to reprimand for his incompetent, unpresidential behavior.



It is exhausting trying to keep up with all the chaos and insanity that the ridiculous man in the White House produces with his tweets.  Even 10 Downing Street has said that Trump's retweeting of anti-Muslim propaganda is wrong.

Trump managed to tick-off even our closest ally by being colossaly stupid.  Again!


Here's the POTUS reacting to another man, Matt Lauer of NBC's TODAY Show,  losing his job because he was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct. (Lauer, tmk, has not admitted anything..)

Donald J. Trump has been accused by at least 16 women for sexual harassment and predation (one accusation is of child rape.)

So what does the malignant narcissist do? He gloats and tweets about Lauer's dismissal, thereby calling attention to his own sordid accusations.

We have a self-admitted sexual predator and harasser in the White House.

Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!

Dear fellow Americans, 

Behold the gossipy half-wit that the Republican Party elected to the highest office in our once great country:

DJT: "So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017"

Think about this. The POTUS engaging in petty gossip about a teevee personality when we have the crazy leader of North Korea shooting off missiles over the Sea of Japan. The mentally deformed man the GOP supports will be a permanent stain on our country and the once proud Party of Lincoln. 

America endures daily embarrassments from this scrafulous bag of bloated flesh: Donald J. Trump.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

This is what #45 has done to our country

Four Star General Michael Hayden

"Four-star general: 'I have wasted 40 years of my life' if Trump’s lies represent 'who we are.' ”

U.S. Air Force four-star general Michael Hayden didn't mince words when it comes to Donald Trump's 'outrageous assault on truth, the free press and the first amendment.'

Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on the free press, and on the very of notions of truth and facts, are thoroughly antithetical to the principles of our democracy. And as one four-star general noted plainly and disturbingly, they call into question who we even are overall as a nation."


"That a man who spent decades in the military, earning over two dozen awards and decorations, and served another decade in the intelligence community, fears all of his years of service could come to be for nought in the Trump era is nothing short of frightening. 

The press that Trump so snidely derides has proven itself to be far more crucial to the security of this country and its citizens than Trump ever has, or likely ever will. And military leaders and intelligence officials like Hayden have consistently pushed back on Trump’s hollow patriotism. 

Hayden has given over 40 years of his life in service to the nation, through multiple administrations both Republican and Democratic. Trump has spent less than one year of his life in ostensible service to the country, which he has used as little more than a massive ego-boosting, self-aggrandizing — though failing — business opportunity. 

If distinguished Americans like Hayden are worried that the damage Trump is doing to the foundation of the country could upend all their years of work to bolster it, the rest of us ought to take grave notice."


"The rest of us ought to take grave notice?" Tell that to the 30 per centers who still support this malignant narcissist and pathological liar. Tell that to the religious 30 per centers who still support a serial adulterer and sexual predator.

Where are their values, their patriotism, their love of country? What happened to them? Have they all lost their minds?

Monday, November 27, 2017

This happened today.

The man-child president who hasn't a decent bone in his bloated body embarrassed himself and the United States again at a ceremony honoring the Code Talkers from WWII.

He couldn't allow the event to be about them. No. The malignant narcissist had to drag his stupid, childish school yard name-calling into it and demean everyone, but mostly himself.

America's Embarrassment:

The Trumpanzees Attack Malia Obama for Being a Normal College Student

A little surfing around the intertubz to see what the far rightie Trumpanzees had to say about the reports re: Malia Obama acting like a normal American college girl. 

Take a look and then find a bucket to vomit in:

These are Trump supporters:

"And how’s about Malia Obama smoking cigarettes and necking with a white guy at a tailgate party? "

"I also have always thought the Obamas hate Whites enough that their daughter would never be with a White guy (the little gossipy addition to my post at the bottom (you have to keep reading!) "
"Didnt have that thought about malia but its interesting. I would have guessed the kids would be poisoned against whites."


SK: Note: Barack Obama's mother was white and he was raised mostly by his mother's white parents. 

"I am surprised at Malia smoking a cigarette with a white kid."

"I assumed it would be pot."

GEEEZ: "Ed..or crack?!"

"Pot or crack?!" Of course, Malia Obama IS BLACK and that remark is to remind themselves that any black person, (even a young woman who is bi-racial, accomplished, and comes from an excellent American family), is probably smoking CRACK, because she's BLACK! That remark is the very definition of racism: Malia Obama is bi-racial, BLACK! so she must be smoking CRACK!

Listen, we all know these types who claim there isn't a racist bone in their hypocritical small-minded bodies (why some of their best friends are BLACK! and they even know some "nice" black kids! So how can they be racists?!)  But when they think no one is looking, their disgusting, racism is there for all to see. 

Don't ever let these Trumpanzees tell you or anyone that they're fine conservative Americans. They're actually petty gossipers and run-of-the-mill ugly bigots .

The people below are people who actually have humanity in them (yeah, even Sarah H. Sanders!).

Kids are off limits guys. Disagree with Obama's politics all you want, but leave his daughters out of the discussion. Making fun of Malia Obama is just as bad as the left making fun of Barron. Leave the kids out of it.
Malia Obama should be allowed the same privacy as her school aged peers. She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits.
Chelsea Clinton also weighed in.

Malia Obama’s private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait. Be better.

Sunday, November 26, 2017


Christmas cookie baking starts today. 

Here's a batch that may not last until Christmas:


Saturday, November 25, 2017

On Trump's obsession with being on the cover of TIME...

even to the point of lying his prodigious white buttocks off to get his dupes to believe he was being considered this year to be on Time's cover. 

He wasn't. 

He lied. 


He's a national disgrace and a pathetic narcissist.

From PM Carpenter's Carpentariat:

Time magazine and our 'Liar of the Decade'

"[Trump's] vain obsession with Time's cover is legend — and typically Trumpian. 

In 2012, he tweeted that the magazine had "lost all credibility when they didn't include me in their Top 100…"; four years later, upon being named by the discredited magazine as Person of the Year, he told NBC News that it "means a lot … it's a very important magazine … I consider this a very, very great honor." 

 Indeed it's such an honor in Trump's pathological narcissism that, in the honor's absence, he simply invents it. 

There was no call from Time, there was no "probability" of Trump's being named Person of the Year, there was no requested accompanying interview and photo shoot, there was no presidential "pass." 

 The magazine made all this clear in a pair of stupefied tweets. "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6"; and 45 minutes later, from Time Inc.'s chief content officer, came this: 

"Amazing. Not a speck of truth here — Trump tweets he 'took a pass' at being named TIME's person of the year." Not a speck of truth.

Now let's look at a real president's time on the cover of TIME:

 (Trump is hilariously and insanely jealous of all things having to do with President Obama and the national pride we Americans have in him. Trump wil never, never, never approach being the decent, intelligent man that President Obama is. That is the source of Trump's childish envy of the man he'll never be.)

Yesterday, you claimed TIME Magazine called you to inform you that you were being considered for Person of the Year for the December 6th issue. Unfortunately, that turned out to be a LIE. Both TIME’s content editor and Time Magazine have tweeted that your claim is false.
And of course, your dashing face adorns that splendid March 1st 2009 cover of TIME Magazine that hangs in five of your golf resorts, from Scotland to Mar-a-Lago. Unfortunately, that too turned out to be a LIE. The cover was Photoshopped.
And who can forget the time you told your adoring throngs “I’ve been on the cover of TIME Magazine more than anybody else.” Guess what? Another LIE.
So what is it Donald? Why the obsession for getting on the cover of TIME Magazine? It almost seems like you’re trying to compete with someone that you’re insanely jealous of.


"Here we must say farewell."

The opera world and our shared world cultural zeitgeist lost a true artist on November 22.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky was a Russian baritone of incomparable beauty and depth.

Growing up in an Italian family, I was exposed to opera at an early age, and it was always a part of our family's cultural life. I have carried that love of opera all through my adult life, and, therefore, kept a keen interest in the world of opera.

Here is Hvorostovsky performing from Don Carlos and other operas. He will be missed.