Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Monday, June 17, 2024



What a couple of weeks or so of news. 

Let’s just take a look at the headlines.

Former President Trump was found guilty of business tax fraud by the state of New York.

In the wake of the Trump trial, the GOP and their partisan MAGA supporters accused the Biden Admin of weaponizing the US Department of Justice against the GOP and Donald Trump.

President Joe Biden’s son Hunter was found guilty of violating gun registration laws in a trial brought by the afore mentioned US Department of Justice.

GOP partisans, including the Republican National Committee, riffed all week on President Joe Biden, while he was on foreign soil attending D Day ceremonies in France. Citing videos, many of the MAGA lovers claimed they showed conclusively how frail and demented Biden is.

The Washington Post shows how those videos the GOP and their followers are citing, are fakes and edited clips.

Former President Trump held an outdoor rally, at noon Sunday in Las Vegas, where temperatures were in excess 100 degrees and which sent numerous people in search of medical care.

While there, Trump went on an extended disconnected rant about boats, batteries, sharks and electrocution. No one in the GOP or the MAGA crowd had a single word about the possibility that Trump is losing it or himself is demented.

He also said he doesn’t care about his supporters, he just wants their votes.

The World Bank says the US economy is powering an economic rebound worldwide.

The FBI has released numbers showing generally, violent crime in the US is down year over year by over 15 percent. Murder is down 25 percent. Rape down 25 percent. Robbery 17 percent and aggravated assault down 12 percent. Property crime is also down 15 percent. 

US job growth is surging to historic levels.

We could go on, but you should be able to get the point.

While there are still stubborn problems in the US, perhaps most importantly, inflation and the deficit, the US, under President Biden is in pretty good shape. Which leaves the GOP grasping at straws and resorting to unhinged rants, lies and misdirection.

All because they decided to renominate a lunatic in Donald Trump.


Dave Dubya said...

We can only hope Liz Cheney's words ring true in the coming years. “To my Republican colleagues I say there will come a day when Donald Trump is gone but your dishonor will remain.”

Grey One talks sass said...

In my meditations today I imagined all the items you posted Dave Miller highlighted with, well, fairy dust (you work with what you've got #if it's stupid but it works it ain't stupid). The point is that those who have not been able to see what we all see will have the opportunity to choose. They can blindly continue to ignore everything except their blessed leader or they can follow their inner curiosity when it goes "hey, what's that?" or "that's weird, hmmm?". Their choice. I can't make anyone believe what I want them to believe, at least not long term and never without massive karmic blowback. Lawz o' seven and all.

Excellent summation Dave Miller. I always know when you comment you bring not only the facts but the backup facts too.

Les Carpenter said...

It is, wait for it... a simple matter of fear. Which fuels the drive for control. To preserve that non existent illusory reality that some Americans are so attached to and fearful of losing.

IOW, everybody is grasping at, or chasing after, that reality they wished would magically appear and remain fixed and unchanging. Permanent. Solid. Forever.

That ain't life. So, let go and let "things" be as they naturally are.

Sam said...

Trump saying he can make the U.S. economy better is laughable coming from an insane person.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dave Dubya: "We can only hope Liz Cheney's words ring true in the coming years. “To my Republican colleagues I say there will come a day when Donald Trump is gone but your dishonor will remain.”

Not just her colleagues in Congress, but to the people who still support him. Their dishonor will remain as well.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Sam said..."Trump saying he can make the U.S. economy better is laughable coming from an insane person."

Trump has always talked out of his hind quarters and never from a source of intelligence.

And it's getting worse. I saw up close and personal how dementia progresses, and I'm seeing its undeniable patterns in Trump. But even if he were not in the throes of dementia, I would believe NOTHING he says because he's a pathological liar and knows NOTHING about government nor policy.

Shaw Kenawe said...


I guess it's the hardest thing for humans to do: Let go of their cherished delusions.

I commend you on the work you've been doing to reach that place. And thanks for reminding us of the work we have to do to get there.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Grey One talks sass,

Why is it that we can see beyond Trump's lies and con games but his cultists cannot, no matter the amount of evidence we put before them?

Dave Dubya said...

You've inspired my next blog post.

Your question is, "Why is it that we can see beyond Trump's lies and con games but his cultists cannot, no matter the amount of evidence we put before them?"

There are a number of reasons I can cite off the top of my head.

1. We are actively literate and value education.
2. We have a healthy sense of curiosity.
3. We are not gullible.
4. We prefer verifiable fact-based reality instead of the "alternative facts" from Trumpists.
5. We are not authoritarian personalities.
6. We value compassion and decency in our personal lives and in public policies.
7. We are not frightened, xenophobic, white Christian nationalists.
8. We are not bigots and racists.
9. We recognize sociopathic liars when we see them.
10. We don't live in isolated rural white communities embracing narrow world views.
11. We actually know the differences between socialism, fascism and communism.
12. We value critical thinking beyond bumper sticker slogans.
13. We support democracy, unobstructed voting rights, fair representation, and equal justice under law.
14. We value free speech, a free press, and ALL of the First Amendment including the freedom of religion and the implied freedom FROM religion. Their church is NOT our government.
15. We don't scapegoat marginalized minorities or define ourselves by the people we hate.
16. We prefer informed and rational understanding over beliefs determined by emotional reactions and hurt FEELINGS.

Dave Miller said...

Thanks Grey... And I would recommend to all, be careful responding to some of our dissenters. Dissent is fine and good, when it comes with evidence, citations, links etc.

Otherwise, it's just opinion. And I have no problem with opinion, just with ppl calling or believing opinion is fact.

Thanks Shaw for posting.

Mike said...

If anyone starts off a conversation with tRUMP said... you need to walk away. (unless it's going to be a joke)

skudrunner said...

Rev, The video does show that joey is starting to sit before he should. Not a big deal but saying he is just making sure his seat is there is not correct. I assume you say the swell guy take him by the hand and lead him away after he looked lost. The good doctor is attached to him at all times, except when she is attending the hunter trial, to make sure he is going in the right direction.
The thing that amazes is there are so many people in liberal Nevada that would attend a trump rally much less in 100 degree heat.

I don't believe trump will win but his support is based on security and safety. The current dictator is all about increasing his voters by either allowing them to cross illegally or paying rich kids for their votes. It is laughable when after 3 1/2 years he blames the republicans for keeping the border open by not signing his bill to only let 1.8 million cross.

Both sides are into fearmongering. The left that trump will take away personal liberties and won't leave office and the right that biden will continue to give away taxpayers money to special interest groups and ignore the middle class.

Shaw Kenawe said...

skudrunner: "Rev, The video does show that joey is starting to sit before he should."

You're buying into manipulated videos. Too bad you're not using critical thinking to understand you're being manipulated.

Your reference to President Biden as "the current dictator," is laughable and right out of the far right playbook, which knows nothing more than throwing mud against the wall.

How is Joe Biden a dictator? Did he say he'd be a dictator on day one, like Trump did? Are you, like most MAGAs, projecting again?

Dave Dubya said...

Skud is batting a thousand with his unsupported and false assertions, like this nonsense, "his bill to only let 1.8 million cross".

"His bill" was a bipartisan bill. Evidently Skud thinks like Trump in that doing NOTHING is better than a compromise.

Co-sponsor Sen. Lankford on Newsmax: "I would remind folks that during the Trump administration we also had days of more than 4,000 people that were illegally crossing the border in 2019 and they were struggling because there were gaps and loopholes in the law."

Was this where Skud got his "1.8 million" number?
President Donald Trump is proposing giving 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship in exchange for $25 billion for his long-promised wall and a host of other strict immigration reforms, according to a White House framework proposed Thursday.

He won't say, of course.

Did Skud think Trump fixed the border? I can't recall a single time he criticized Trump on the border issue. The bottom line seems to be Skud hates compromise (and apparently Democrats) and agrees with Trump, obviously.

skudrunner said...

Ms. Shaw, Did you not watch the actual video and see him start to sit before he was suppose to. It seems you are buying into the acceptable trend that biden is up to the task. It must be difficult to accept the fact that neither candidate should be president but the only thing joey has going is he ain't trump. He has been honest that he will grant citizenship to illegals and spend more taxpayer money on his special interests.

Hopefully the dems will select a viable candidate before it is to late.

Dave Miller said...

Skud... I'll wait for your links and evidence...

skudrunner said...

Rev, I viewed the link you had posted and watched the biden, one of, gaffs with the seating. This is the same one I saw on the right wing CNN so it seems they are showing false videos as well. Look at the one you say is doctored and the actual and you will see no difference. I also saw the
unedited version of obama leading joey off the stage, Maybe he was just star struck with all the celebrities in attendance. He gets 30 million from a few ultra rich stars who can deduct it from the income tax.

Dube, ● If the daily average of migrant encounters reaches 5,000 per day over a week, DHS
must close the border indefinitely until numbers fall and DHS has processing
capacity and operational control of the border (

In case math was not your strong suite 5000x365=1,825,000 a year. A pathway to citizenship is something we need. Joey is going to grant citizenship to 500,000 which is different than a pathway. You quoted a CNN article yet you don't believe a CNN video of joey trying to sit. What do you consider a viable source, wait I know KJP press conference.

Shaw Kenawe said...

For skudrunner

You always claim Joe Biden’s done nothing for the middle class. Perhaps you’ve forgotten this:

Trump was in Racine, Wisconsin — site of his Foxconn boondoggle and Biden’s Microsoft triumph. What happened there perfectly illustrates a key contrast in this election.

Try looking it up.

Shaw Kenawe said...

There was a problem: the factory, and the 13,000 jobs it was supposed to create… never actually happened!

Like Trump’s never-ending “infrastructure week” (that never produced any infrastructure) was followed by Joe Biden’s triumphant law that has kicked off an infrastructure decade, it fell to the Biden administration to turn a Trump lemon into lemonade.

On May 8 of this year, Biden arrived in Racine to join Governor Evers and Microsoft President Brad Smith—himself a Wisconsinite!—to announce a game-changer: a $3.3 billion Microsoft AI data center on the very land once owned by Foxconn.

President Biden went to Racine to help announce a $3.3 billion investment by Microsoft to build an AI data center on land once owned by Foxconn.

Biden on Trump and Foxconn promises of 13,000 jobs: “Are you kidding me? Looked what happened … Foxconn turned out to be just that, a con.”

Dave Dubya said...

Skud's "math lesson":
"In case math was not your strong suite 5000x365=1,825,000 a year."

At least he responded...

The product of his multiplication is correct, but his factor of 5,000 a day per year is an incorrect premise. Unfortunately his reasoning and reading comprehension isn't so precise. Nowhere does the bill allow admitting that many into the country.

From the link Skud didn't actually comprehend:

If the daily average of migrant encounters reaches 5,000 over a week, (NOT for a year!)DHS must close the border indefinitely until numbers fall and DHS has processing
capacity and operational control of the border.
5,000 refers to total migrants attempting to cross the border – not the
number of individuals allowed into the country, as some have claimed.

The bill ends the practice of catch and release.

Skud can't show us where it allows 5,000 a day for an entire year. And apparently he BELIEVES Trump stopped all illegal immigration. Maybe there's a wall around Skud's skull?

Les Carpenter said...

The BIGGEST and most IMPORTANT difference between President Biden insurrectionist Trump (among others) is this... President Biden looks to acheive success for all Americans... the insurrectionist Trump looked to how success was going to affect HIM as primary.

The difference between a compassionate loving man and selfish hateful man.

Dave Miller said...

Skud... what you missed is how these clips, showing an older man, making sure when he sat down, a chair was there AND he got in it. He's old. Everyone knows that, you'll be old one day too. But showing that oldness, is not the problem, at least IMHO...

The RNC clipped the video to eliminate the chair and then the FOX News clowns said he was was so confused he was trying to sit in chair that did not exist.

That's my only point. The RNC and their media allies are clipping and presenting at best, misleading videos and in reality, blatantly untrue in what they are presenting.

And they did it in the parachute jumper videos, Biden leaving the state with Obama, this D Day.

Like Shaw, I wonder why you never seem to view ANY video of Trump and his rambling, mix ups, lies, etc and think he too is suffering any ill effects of age.

Dave Miller said...

No Les... the biggest difference between Trump and Biden is that Biden can be counted on to be "morally and practically responsible" [Per GOP Sen McConnell] for an insurrection/riot/violent tourist visit at the US Capitol and the "brutal and savage beatings" [Per GOP Senate Committee review] the over 130 US Officers took on Jan 6.

And based on what we know, if it did happen to occur on Biden's watch, we can be sure he would not want over 3 hours [according to Trump Admin witnesses, including his Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows] as Trump did.

skudrunner said...

Dube, In English it says "If the daily average of migrant encounters reaches 5,000 over a week" Daily is per day and average is 5000 per day for one week. This should not be hard to understand but you do seem to be confused. Ask one of your friends to explain it to you.

Rev, I didn't see the missing chair and I agree he is to old and doesn't have the mental faculties to manage the country. He is not capable and trump is a felon, how did we end up here. I have no faith in either one but far less in cruella which will happen if joey is elected.

Les Carpenter said...

Morally responsible is but a subjective concept Dave. It carries different nuances among various cultures and ethical norms within cultures.

So, recognizing the views of of Trump, Trumpists, neo-Nazis and so forth I presented my views in a way not so dependent on moral judgement.

Blame it on my affinity for Tibetan Buddhism. However, Buddhanature and Christ Conscienceness are, in my view, one in the same. They were (are) cosmic brothers across space and time. As we are all cosmic brothers and sisters across space and time with both as well.

As you might have guessed I particularly an interested in the Gnostic Gospels. The ones the RCC never wanted discover and likely still wish they never were.


Dave Dubya said...


Does the term "Dunning-Kruger effect" ring a bell?

It doesn't take a math genius to see your numbers are illogically premised. You falsely assert the numbers would be 5000 x 365!!

That is senseless when the bill clearly says: DHS must close the border indefinitely until numbers fall

This means the numbers WILL FALL!

Numbers will GO DOWN! Indefinitely. The words WILL FALL mean your number WILL FALL.

Read this again:

5,000 refers to total migrants attempting to cross the border – not the number of individuals allowed into the country, as some have claimed.

Now please show us your ability to understand how those words influence the numbers. Then justify your math that tells us this would "let 1.8 million cross".

Consider me a friend trying to explain it for you.

What was your line of work again??

Dave Miller said...

As to my comment above, it should read... "Trump CAN be counted on..."

Because he's already culpable for those very actions...

Sometimes on the run you get a typo or two...

Les Carpenter said...

The issue seems to be skud's reading comprehension. Perhaps he reads in such a way he arrives at an understanding supportive of his delusions.