People Unclear

This is number 82 of a series

Yes, I subscribe to offerings from California Congressman Devin Nunes. I enjoy people like Devin Nunes, not just because he is one of those people unclear, but that he is one of the people most unclear of all. I call attention to the image that popped up in my Facebook feed. The wording at the top is:

The Fake News media is just a megaphone for their liberal allies in Congress.They must be held accountable for their biased attacks.

Biased attacks! Naturally I am outraged. Outraged! These attacks must stop. In particular, the following kinds of attacks must be stopped.

Yes, the liberal media must cease these biased attacks on our President. On that point we are all perfectly clear.

 

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 19 of a continuing series

These things are losing any glamour they may have once had. What was once novel and shocking is becoming mundane. It’s like grass growing. Here is another:

Newt Gingrich <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Aug 30 at 12:57 PM

John,

Democrats are out of control.

Their entire party has thrown its moral compass out the window to follow socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders down a path of lies and destruction.

The radical left has shown they are willing to say or do ANYTHING it takes to try to take down President Trump, even if it means lying to the American people.

It’s no surprise that the FAKE NEWS media is predicting a Democrat win in 2020 just like they did in 2016. We proved the haters and doubters wrong once, now it’s time to do it again.

The first thing I notice is this is from New Gingrich. I’m not sure I ever received one of these from Newt Gingrich. Maybe I have. Anyhow, that’s only a curiosity. The second thing I noticed is he didn’t call me Bob. That is gratifying. I take what I can get. The rest is mostly breathtaking inanity. Some analysis is in store.

First off, do not in your wildest dreams believe New Gingrich put his fingers to a keyboard and sent me an email. This was surely composed by a competent staffer, well versed on the party playbook. Take a few pieces at a time.

Democrats are out of control. You telling me something I don’t already know. Hey! I work with these guys, and they have a patent on out of control. They do have some catching up to do.

Sorry about that. I was looking for “out of control,” and I pulled the handle too hard.

Their entire party has thrown its moral compass out the window…

Oops!

Again, oops!

The radical left has shown they are willing to say or do ANYTHING it takes to try to take down President Trump, even if it means lying to the American people.

I think I need to stop right here. I am having more fun than the law allows. Please write again soon, Newt. This was breathtaking.

Abusing Science

Number 22 of a series

The Acámbaro dinosaurs

This is being reposted from the North Texas Skeptics newsletter.

Dinosaurs went missing about 65 million year ago. Or did they?

What if they really didn’t. What if dinosaurs were still around as late as 6500 years ago. And if people and dinosaurs lived contemporaneously? That would shoot holes in a lot of modern science. Paleontology would be badly wounded. Evolution would be DOA. So the thinking goes.

If you could find a human fossil in the same stone with a dinosaur fossil you would have some nice ammunition to shoot down evolution. Even better if the fossil showed a dinosaur eating a human. If all you had were something that looked like human footprint alongside dinosaur footprints you might be inclined to shop further. Enter the Acámbaro dinosaurs.

A paper titled “Archeological cover-ups” by David Hatcher Childress describes the discovery of the Acámbaro dinosaur figurines.1

In 1944 an accidental discovery of an even more controversial nature was made by Waldemar Julsrud at Acámbaro, Mexico. Acámbaro is in the state of Guanajuato, 175 miles northwest of Mexico City. The strange archaeological site there yielded over 33,500 objects of ceramic, stone, including jade, and knives of obsidian (sharper than steel and still used today in heart surgery). Julsrud, a prominent local German merchant, also found statues ranging from less than an inch to six feet in length depicting great reptiles, some of them in ACTIVE ASSOCIATION with humans, generally eating them, but in some bizarre statuettes an erotic association was indicated. To observers, many of these creatures resembled dinosaurs.

Childress further mentions that radio-carbon dating in the laboratories of the University of Pennsylvania and additional tests using thermoluminescence indicated the objects were made 6500 years ago.

In “Atlantis Rising,” David Lewis has explained the implications for modern science.2

The Acámbaro figurines, discovered in the 1940s in Acámbaro, Mexico, depict fantastic creatures that resemble dinosaurs, as well as African and European men. If verified as authentic and dated to a time before modern science’s discovery of the dinosaurs, the existence of the figurines would dismantle the major presumptions of modern evolutionary theory, and, in fact, much of the scientific and academic establishment.

Young-Earth creationist Don Patton discussed the subject of the Acámbaro dinosaurs at September’s meeting of the Metroplex Institute of Origin Science (MIOS). He has journeyed to Acámbaro to view and photograph some of the artifacts, and he agrees with Lewis that this spells doom for evolution. Most of those attending the meeting concurred.

Don was gracious enough to provide me with copies of some of his photos, which we reproduce here. His printed brochure compares one of the figurines with a drawing from Robert Bakker’s book Dinosaur Heresies (1986). The figurine so resembles the dinosaurs in Bakker’s illustration that the ancient artist must have seen one in the flesh.

Figure 1.
Photo courtesy of Don Patton

Figure 2.
Dinosaur drawing from Robert Bakker’s book Dinosaur Heresies

Of course, modern science is not going to take this lying down, as both Patton and Childress have pointed out. Childress explains the situation in his report:3

A team of experts at another university, shown Julsrud’s half-dozen samples but unaware of their origin, ruled out the possibility that they could have been modern reproductions.

However, they fell silent when told of their controversial source. In 1952, in an effort to debunk this weird collection which was gaining a certain amount of fame, American archaeologist Charles C. DiPeso claimed to have minutely examined the then 32,000 pieces within not more than four hours spent at the home of Julsrud. In a forthcoming book, long delayed by continuing developments in his investigation, archaeological investigator John H. Tierney, who has lectured on the case for decades, points out that to have done that DiPeso would have had to have inspected 133 pieces per minute steadily for four hours, whereas in actuality, it would have required weeks merely to have separated the massive jumble of exhibits and arranged them properly for a valid evaluation.

Tierney, who collaborated with the later Professor Hapgood, the late William N. Russell, and others in the investigation, charges that the Smithsonian Institution and other archaeological authorities conducted a campaign of disinformation against the discoveries. The Smithsonian had, early in the controversy, dismissed the entire Acámbaro collection as an elaborate hoax. Also, utilising the freedom of Information Act, Tierney discovered that practically the entirety of the Smithsonian’s Julsrud case files are missing.

After two expeditions to the site in 1955 and 1968, Professor Charles Hapgood, a professor of history and anthropology at the University of New Hampshire, recorded the results of his 18-year investigation of Acámbaro in a privately printed book entitled MYSTERY IN ACÁMBARO. Hapgood was initially an open-minded skeptic concerning the collection but became a believer after his first visit in 1955, at which time he witnessed some of the figures being excavated and even dictated to the diggers where he wanted them to dig.

Adding to the mind-boggling aspects of this controversy is the fact that the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, through the late Director of PreHispanic Monuments, Dr. Eduardo Noguera, (who, as head of an official investigating team at the site, issued a report which Tierney will be publishing), admitted  “[T]he apparent scientific legality with which these objects were found.” Despite evidence of their own eyes, however, officials declared that because of the objects  “fantastic” nature, they had to have been a hoax played on Julsrud!

Whether Julsrud was hoaxed is something Patton intends to pursue, although he thinks not. He says he plans to excavate under the kitchen floor of the former Julsrud home in Acámbaro. This floor is original from before the time Julsrud move in, and finding similar figurines there will rule out their being recent forgeries.

Answering questions following his MIOS talk, Don explained that the figurines in question appeared to have been deliberately buried. They were found in collections of twenty to thirty and packed in sand, and they are made from local clay, which is decayed feldspar. Only ten percent of the figurines resemble dinosaurs.

So, what does all of this have to do with Albert Einstein, Perry Mason, and The Mysterious Origins of Man? Glad you asked.

Patton notes4

In the forward to the book, Earth’s Shifting Crust, Albert Einstein said Hapgood’s concept could be of a “great importance to everything that is related to the Earth’s surface.”

Earth’s Shifting Crust was the original title of Hapgood’s book, which is now The Path of the Pole. His idea was that all the ice at the poles represented a spinning mass that exerted a horizontal force on the Earth’s crust. In the mid 1950s, before the modern idea of plate tectonics was developed, but while Wegener’s ideas of continental drift were being floated around, Hapgood proposed that this off-center force occasionally shifted the crust, putting the poles at the equator and causing other nasty results. Hapgood corresponded with Einstein on this topic and received encouragement. Einstein recommended that Hapgood obtain “geological and paleontological facts.”

NBC first broadcast The Mysterious Origins of Man (MOM) in February 1996. Host Charlton Heston explained to the audience how a lot of standard science, such as evolution, paleontology, archaeology, and anthropology got it all wrong. Young-Earth creationist Carl Baugh helped out by explaining the Paluxy River “man tracks.”

Hapgood was there to explain the evidence of sudden Earth crustal displacement. The “fact” that thousands of animals were frozen in short order (in geologic time) and that ancient maps showed an ice-free Antarctica (which was then frozen over very quickly) was given as evidence for this crustal shift. Paul Heinrich has posted a review of these claims at

http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/mom/atlantis.html.

The creator of MOM, Bill Cote, has since produced a third program along similar lines. This latest is Jurassic Art, which deals with two topics, the Acámbaro figurines and the Ica stones.

So now we are back to where we started, as James Burke would say. A great fan of the Ica stones is Don Patton, who has presented talks on them at MIOS meetings. The deal about the Ica (not Inca) stones is that they are black stones with serpentine figures carved into them. Don Patton contends these are depictions of real dinosaurs done from life. David Lewis had this to say about them:5

The Ica stones are a collection of thousands of inscribed stones found near the mysterious Nasca Lines in Peru. Many of the stones depict Pterodactyls, T-Rexes, and humans cavorting with Stegosaurs. Who carved these mysterious stones? Some ancient artist who somehow knew about dinosaurs, or a modern prankster? The answer to those questions remains a mystery. Except to you, of course. Dating both the Acámbaro figurines and Ica stones has proved inconclusive. Unfortunately, both the stones and figurines have been removed from their original settings, making reliable dating difficult, if not impossible. In the Peruvian case, the curator and discoverer of the artifacts, Javier Cabrera, a medical doctor, refuses to reveal the location of a cave where he allegedly found the stones, leading archeologist Neil Steede, who investigates both cases on Cote’s Jurassic Art, to question the doctor’s story.

So, we come to the end of the tale, and we still don’t know what’s behind the Acámbaro dinosaurs.

Are the figurines really 6500 years old? Don Patton, who appears to finally accept radio-carbon dating, would only give the “dinosaurs” 1500 years in his talk. A human figure he allowed 4000 years.

Are they even authentic? If they are 1500 years old and more, then it’s likely they are. That was way before people found sport in fooling archaeologists.

If they are authentic, do they represent dinosaurs? Some of the ones exhibited are dead ringers for dinosaurs, but they were culled from a reported cache of over 30,000 items. Many of the figurines presented as dinosaurs required a bit of a stretch to make the resemblance. It’s possible we are just seeing some selective sampling. Given the amount of variation apparent in the collection there was bound to be a dinosaur in there somewhere.

Figure 3.
While there were many figurines that resembled four-legged dinosaurs, a number of them resembled dinosaurs no better than this.
Photo courtesy of Don Patton

Research into the mystery of the figurines since the MIOS lecture has not provided further explanation, so for the time being we will have to leave it at that. Some stories just don’t have neat endings.

Oh wait. I forgot to tell about Perry Mason, although it has absolutely no significance to the story. Accompanying Hapgood in his 1955 investigation of the figurines was prolific detective fiction writer Earl Stanley Gardner. The Acámbaro dinosaurs, it would seem, had something for everybody.

Refrences

  1. Childress, David Hatcher. “Archeological Coverups” Posted by the World Explorers Club at http://www.keelynet.com/unclass/canyon.txt. In the quoted excerpt I have fixed some of the inconsistencies in spelling and punctuation. The capitalization has been left intact.
  2. Lewis, David. “Jurassic Art” At http://atlantisrising.com/issue11/ar11jurassic.html
  3. Childress
  4. From Don Patton’s untitled brochure on the Acámbaro figurines.
  5. Lewis

The National Divide

Number 9 of a possibly infinite series

The sides are forming up. Which side of the divide do you want to come down on? Here is something I received from a Republican Party source:

Polling (via NRCC) <info@nrccvictory.com>
To: John Blanton
Mar 5 at 12:25 PMFirst: Democrats REFUSED to work with Conservatives to secure our border.

Then: House Conservatives and President Trump worked to fund the construction of a wall at our southern border.

Now: It’s time to finish the wall!

Dude, I am forwarding your letter to Mexico. They are going to pay for the wall. I have this on good authority. It’s from the President of the United States.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 7 of a continuing series

FLASH! This just from the President of the United States:

We have a State of Emergency at our Southern Border. Border Patrol, our Military and local Law Enforcement are doing a great job, but without the Wall, which is now under major construction, you cannot have Border Security. Drugs, Gangs and Human Trafficking must be stopped!

It is beyond breathtaking. It is warping time and space. We need language help. Is there a lexicologist in the house?

People Unclear

This is number 73 of a series

Another definition for “unclear” might be “clueless.” Either the President of the United States is clueless, or else those who work for him think I am. Here is something I received from them this morning:

DonaldJTrump.com <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comFeb 8 at 10:08 AM

We have MASSIVE drugs flooding into our country, MS-13 gang members pouring through the weak spots on our border, and terrorists threatening our national security.

Democrats in Congress refuse to acknowledge the CRISIS at our Southern Border simply because they want to Harass our great President.

The Fake News Media & Democrats want to call this a “Manufactured Crisis” but that is just a Manufactured Soundbite they worked on together to obstruct our agenda.

If we asked the families of every American Citizen who has lost a loved one due to illegal immigration if this was a “Manufactured Crisis” what do you think they’d say? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

If Democrats refuse to work with the President, he will have no choice but to declare this a National Emergency for the sake of our country.

But, before he makes this CRITICAL decision he wanted to get your input John.

Look at the last line. They want my input. They want my input? I will give them my input. You, Mr. President, are a demonstrated, congenital liar. And you want me to believe any or all of this email? Get real. First I will need to believe any part of the following:

Somebody up there in Washington needs to get a clue. I’m not holding my breath.

Wacko Right Wing Religious Fanatics Say The Darndest Things

Number 23 of a continuing series

I previously posted an item detailing what people of faith hold dear, all credited to their favorite president, Donald J. Trump. According to President Trump’s press secretary, the deeply-religious Sarah Huckabee Sanders, people of faith are fans of all kinds of malodorous conduct. Lying seems to be conduct they are most comfortable with.

Now we right wing religious fanatic Franklin Graham telling us it is not necessary for people of faith to sanction lying in their support for President Trump, and that is because the president does no such thing. No such thing, that is, that the Reverend Graham is aware of. My guess is that Reverend Graham has just returned from the back side of the moon and has missed a boat load of what the president has been dishing out these past two years. The Friendly Atheist has the story:

Franklin Graham Refuses to Acknowledge Any of Donald Trump’s 8,158 Lies (So Far)

BY HEMANT MEHTA

 JANUARY 30, 2019

MELVIN: But you can acknowledge that the president has said things that are not true?

GRAHAMI don’t think the president is sitting there, behind the desk, trying to make up lies. I don’t believe that for a second. Has he misspoken on something? Sure. All of us do that. You do it and I do it. And sometimes we get the facts wrong and we say something that later on we realize, we could’ve said it better, or it was misrepresented. And so, uh, I think the president is trying to do the best that he can under very difficult circumstances.

There is more. Read the entire article. From other sources:

I have to stop there. That’s January of this year. The PolitiFact listing goes back years. Any sentient carbon life form cannot escape that our president is a congenital liar, and Reverend Franklin Graham cannot see that?

There is an obvious explanation for Graham’s inability to see, and that explanation is that he can see, but he denies what he sees. The obvious conclusion is that Franklin Graham is, himself, a congenital liar.

People Unclear

This is number 71 of a series

This series is dedicated to those who, by deliberate effort of their own, choose to remain clueless—some would say unclear. To that end I subscribe to a number of political feeds, and the following is a recent item:

NRCC Polling, me (2) <info@nrccvictory.com>

To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comJan 19 at 3:42 PM

Funding border security is critical.

Even the Democrats USED to agree with that!

Chuck Schumer voted to fund a barrier at our southern border 8 times!

Nancy Pelosi voted to fund a barrier at our southern border just last March!

BUT — the Democrats don’t want to keep our borders safe for one simple reason: They refuse to help President Trump accomplish great things for America.

Then they wanted me to take a poll, which I did not, because I know it’s one of those phony polls put out on-line that ends in asking me for money and which results I doubt will ever be tabulated.

My inclination has been to take a high-minded approach in responding to these, but this is a bad day, and I’m going to allow my basic instincts to prevail. This is a bushel of total bull-shit.

Let’s start with “Funding border security is critical.” The presumption is that some people think it’s not. A second assumption is that the Trump administration is more concerned about border security than, say, the Democrats in government. Total bull-shit.

What Donald Trump is concerned about is raising a false specter to distract from his failing, criminal administration. Candidate Trump garnered cheering response from his crowds by asking, “Who’s going to pay for the wall?” To which the response was inevitably a resounding “MEXICO!” Mexico was going to pay for the wall. Never in a million years. And Candidate Trump all the time knew this, and now he wants the American taxpayers to pay for the wall. Such unmitigated gall should not be tolerated by responsible people in government and never by the Democratic opposition. Candidate Trump made this a rallying cry, and he needs to be forced to eat it.

“They refuse to help President Trump accomplish great things for America.” The gall! President Trump has bypassed every opportunity to accomplish great things for this nation, and he has, instead, collaborated with a foreign dictator against the interests of his own country, put into power people whose demonstrated intent is to disassemble responsible government policy, and used his position for personal enrichment.

Donald Trump launched his campaign for the office by declaring that Mexicans coming to this country were bringing drugs and bringing crime, and they were rapist. And some were assumed to be good people. Later, in office, he pointed to Nazis and murderers and said that some were fine people.

The difference between the Mexicans he slandered and the Nazis he praised is that the Nazis are supporters of President Trump and his goals.

Shame on Donald Trump for setting his life on a course of disreputable and criminal conduct, and shame on the people who support this malodorous piece of shit by voting for him and by sending me the piece of idiocy that came to my in-box.

May Jesus have mercy on your souls.

This is your president speaking.

Number 195 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

Many people are saying that the Mainstream Media will have a very hard time restoring credibility because of the way they have treated me over the past 3 years (including the election lead-up), as highlighted by the disgraceful Buzzfeed story & the even more disgraceful coverage!

Amazing. Buzzfeed says the president instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, and the president says Buzzfeed is lying. Who are we going to believe?

Never mind. I apologize for bringing this up.

The Government You Paid For

Number 53 of a Series

It’s great when we are finally sure we are getting the government we paid for. It’s even greater when along with that assurance comes foot-stomping amusement. The following hilarity is brought to us by President Donald J. Trump,by way of comedian John Oliver. Oliver has his show “Last Week Tonight” weekly on HBO, and three years ago in March he unloaded on us grandly.

Check your Sunday newspaper or your favorite cable news channel, and I am sure you will see something about the same Mexico border wall that candidate Trump was all aglow with back then and which fills our in-box to this day. To see how much we have progressed in 34 months, take a look at what marveled us then.

Yes, that’s candidate Trump heralding the announcement that has come to shake our world. Even then he exhibited the modesty we have come to appreciate on a daily basis.

And I do mean modest.

This does not mean adjectives were never applied with a trowel.

I declare, a marvel of humility.

To be sure, Donald Trump is known throughout the world as a great builder, and he has a mind for detail. Even then he was prepared with the exact figures.

All right, the figures may not have been settled back then, but there was no doubt about construction details.

For a moment I will pass over that rebar is steel, but you have to give Donald Trump credit for his mastery of the facts.

But all that is beside the point, because Mexico is going to pay for the wall, so it’s likely they will manage the construction.

As John Oliver pointed out back then, when you force somebody to pay for something they don’t want, they are going to be glad to do it.

Of course there were those who objected, including past and present Mexican presidents.

Master negotiator that he is, Donald Trump had the proper response to that kind of maneuvering.

Right! You contradict me, and I am going to show you how we handled this kind of stuff back when I was in the 7th grade.

But why would Mexico pay for the wall? Because… Because they owe us.

I mean, Mexican industrialists and merchants are going to feel so guilty about getting good trade deals with the United States that they are going to dig into their corporate profits and cough up funds for the wall.

Of course, the wall was then, and always has been, popular with the American public. Well, mostly.

Actually, some people challenged the idea the wall was going to do any good. I mean, all you need for a 30-foot wall is a 31-foot ladder. Ha! Donald Trump has a great mind, and he has foreseen this ploy. What if you attempt to scale the Trump Wall with a very long ladder. You will be sorry if you do.

But Donald Trump has covered all the bases.

Readers, I swear. I have outlived a multitude of dictators and other impostors, but our president wins hands down for balls of brass. If you are having as much fun with this administration as I am, then you are welcome to join in the fun. Catch the antics of this most amusing creature on all the major cable news channels. Make a game out of it. Each time you spit up you drink costs you a point.

And the wall just got ten feet higher.

People Unclear

This is number 70 of a series

I subscribe to conservative news feeds, and some of the stuff is amazing. I know I’m hooked on these, but I assure you I can stop anytime. But first I need to do this one more.  Here is from a recent email:

Trump Headquarters <contact@campaigns.rnchq.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com

Jan 11 at 11:15 AM

John,

When President Trump accepted the Republican nomination in 2016 he promised he would always speak for YOU, the forgotten American.“These are the forgotten men and women of our country. And they are forgotten, but they’re not going to be forgotten long. These are people who work hard but no longer have a voice. I am your voice.

Tuesday night, President Trump stood firm in front of the entire nation and made good on that promise once again.

He clearly laid out the issues at our Southern Border, pointed out that Democrats have wanted a wall in the past, and DEMANDED Democrats quit playing games and protect American citizens.

We were so thankful to him for speaking out for all Americans. As one of our top supporters, we wanted to give you a special opportunity to say thank you.

“John.” See, they addressed me by name. Trump Headquarters knows my name. I am blessed. But let me get to the details.

These are the forgotten men and women of our country. And they are forgotten, but they’re not going to be forgotten long. These are people who work hard but no longer have a voice. I am your voice.

Oops! That’s a view from ABC World News Tonight with David Muir yesterday. It shows hurricane destruction in Puerto Rico. One thing President Trump mentioned by way of taking care of American citizens is he can use some of the money Congress approved for disaster relief in places like Puerto Rico and South Texas to build a wall along the Mexican border. It is fortunate we have President Trump looking out for ordinary Americans.

The Government You Paid For

Number 52 of a Series

Call me a bleeding-heart liberal if you want, but I am glad we are finally getting the government we paid for. Or, is that the government Mexico is paying for? We need to sort that out. For assistance, I have checked with the President of the United States.

Wait! Mexico is not going to pay for the wall? There has got to be more to this.

OK. So Mexico is going to pay using petroleum or some other commodity. No, wait! There is this:

Now I’m confused. But then, I’m not President of the United States. But I am getting the government I paid for.

This is your President speaking.

Number 192 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

Mexico is paying for the Wall through the new USMCA Trade Deal. Much of the Wall has already been fully renovated or built. We have done a lot of work. $5.6 Billion Dollars that House has approved is very little in comparison to the benefits of National Security. Quick payback!

Wait a moment. Didn’t we visit this already?

I may look stupid, but this has all the appearance of “Hey, don’t worry. I’m going to pay to fix your car with the money I borrowed from you.”

But the, I’m not speaking for the President of the United States.

 

 

This is your President speaking.

Number 186 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

When I begrudgingly signed the Omnibus Bill, I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership. Would be done by end of year (NOW). It didn’t happen! We foolishly fight for Border Security for other countries – but not for our beloved U.S.A. Not good!

Not to worry. Mexico is going to provide the money if Congress won’t.

The Government You Paid For

Number 49 of a Series

Actually, not so fast.

Take a moment and view this recent exchange between ABC reporter Terry Moran and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. First Moran asks for some clarification.

Moran, confused as would be any right-thinking person, was persistent in his questioning. Specifically:

With the deficit ballooning to over a trillion dollars under this president, where are the additional monies for this wall going to come from? And why is [Trump] asking the American taxpayer for them when he promised Mexico was going to pay?

Most will find her response astounding.

What she’s saying is:

Look, we’re not asking American taxpayers for that. We are looking at existing funding through other agencies right now that we can draw on to do that, in the — immediately. The president has been clear, the president has been clear that the USMCA deal would provide additional revenue through that deal that would show that Mexico is paying for the wall.

I hope you got all of that, and if you understand it, then please contact me immediately, because I want you to come to work for me. What Secretary Sanders is saying is that Mexico is going to pay for the wall, and that Mexico is going to pay for it by having the United States government take funds from the United States treasury and use those funds to pay for the wall, thereby having Mexico pay for the wall.

The transcript posted to Mediaite has more of the interchange:

“The trade benefits, if there are any, don’t go to the treasury,” Moran pointed out.

“He is saying the revenue provided and the money that would be saved through the USMCA deal, we could pay for the wall four times over,” Sanders insisted. “And by doing that new trade deal, we have the opportunity to pay for the wall.”

“But trade benefits go to private citizens,” Moran shot back. “They don’t go to the United States treasury.”

Let me put this into perspective. A highly paid employee of the United States government, more specifically, a highly paid employee of the United States government who works in the White House and who reports directly to the President of the United states is standing before a gaggle of news reporters and spinning a yarn that the average American third grader will find contradictory to the level of rolling on the floor laughing.

This is not directed at President Trump, and it is not directed at White House Press Sarah Sanders. This if for the idiots who voted for this government and more specifically for the subset of those who still line up to purchase this line of bull shit. You have finally gotten the government you paid for.

This is your President speaking.

Number 103 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

The Senate should get funding done before the August break, or NOT GO HOME. Wall and Border Security should be included. Also waiting for approval of almost 300 nominations, worst in history. Democrats are doing everything possible to obstruct, all they know how to do. STAY!

I am unable to  translate that last word. Can somebody help me out here? In the meantime, it’s good to see he has finally figured out how to get Mexico to  pay for the wall.

This is your President speaking.

Number 42 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it. Parts will be, of necessity, see through and it was never intended to be built in areas where there is natural protection such as mountains, wastelands or tough rivers or water…..

….The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S. The $20 billion dollar Wall is “peanuts” compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!

We need the Wall for the safety and security of our country. We need the Wall to help stop the massive inflow of drugs from Mexico, now rated the number one most dangerous country in the world. If there is no Wall, there is no Deal!

And that may be all we need to hear about that.

This is your President speaking.

Number 26 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc. We must protect our Country at all cost!

Good for a change to have a President who doesn’t take the job too seriously.

Don’t Bump The Trump

One of a series

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A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

I started this thing about presidential candidate Donald Trump nearly four weeks ago with no idea where it was heading. Now I find I will be able to post a new item every day from now until November without repeating myself. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me. Thank you very very very much!

Self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! How wrong? Very wrong. I completely failed to take into account Donald Trumps abiding respect for the truth:

Hillary Clinton said in an interview in Cleveland, Ohio, with ABC News’ David Muir that Donald Trump created a “diplomatic incident” last week with his trip to Mexico.

“He came out saying one thing and the Mexican president contradicted him almost immediately,” said Clinton, referring to Trump’s claim that he did not discuss payment for the border wall, a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.

Wait! Clinton is saying President Peña Nieto contradicted Donald Trump? How can that be? This may be worth looking into:

Al inicio de la conversación con Donald Trump dejé claro que México no pagará por el muro.

Fortunately that has been translated for me, and it says what it appears to say:

“At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall,” wrote Peña Nieto in Spanish.

So, what did Donald Trump tell us afterwards?

In a new interview with ABC News, Donald Trump’s recollection appears to differ with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s account of their meeting last week when it comes to a key subject: Whether Peña Nieto actually said that Mexico wouldn’t pay for Trump’s proposed border wall.

Trump had said at a news conference following the meeting that the two had not discussed Trump’s campaign promise that Mexico would pay for the wall between the United States and his country.

But shortly after the meeting, Peña Nieto’s spokesman clarified and Peña Nieto himself tweeted that he had, in fact, brought up the wall and had told Trump in no uncertain terms that Mexico would not be paying for it.

Ow! That’s got to hurt. When you’re accustomed to having other people lie for you or at least backing you up when you tell a small fib, this must be distressing and hurtful for candidate Donald Trump. Maybe he needs to take a trip to North Korea and tell them to dismantle their nuclear bomb research and send him a check for $100,000,000. Then Bill Clinton can come over and spring him from the DPRK slam. Bill’s getting good at that.

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Don’t Bump The Trump

One of a series

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A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

I started this thing for presidential candidate Donald Trump three weeks ago with no idea where it was heading. Now I find I will be able to post a new item every day from now until November without repeating myself. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me. Thank you very very very much!

Self-professed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! How wrong? Very wrong. I completely failed to take into account Donald Trump’s appeal to a broad spectrum of American society:

As we previously reported early Thursday morning, Trump surrogate and National Hispanic Advisory Council member Jacob Monty resigned from his position and publicly disavowed the Republican presidential nominee. Now it seems Monty’s resignation was only the first in a flurry of similar protest resignations.

OK, that only shows that sometimes it’s not possible to please everybody. There must be more to this:

Donald Trump has held photo ops with his National Hispanic Advisory Council and in recent weeks boasted about his increasing support from this crucial voting demographic.

But that was before his speech on immigration this week.

On Thursday, several who sit on the council announced their resignation, citing Trump’s refusal to truly listen to their views on immigration reform.

Jacob Monty, a Houston-based immigration lawyer who was a member of the council, said in a Facebook post that he gave Trump a plan that would “improve border security, remove hardened criminal aliens and most importantly, give work authority to millions of honest, hard-working immigrants” in the country.

“He rejected that,” wrote Monty, announcing his resignation from the council after Trump’s speech. “So I must reject him.”

OK, that only shows that sometimes it’s not possible to please anybody. The 21st century seems to be that time for presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.