People Unclear

This is number 28

I’m catching the story from yesterday’s ABC World News Tonight with David Muir.

For those who remain unclear regarding some basic truths, here they are:

  • Some things really are not funny.
  • If you ever want a career in public life, keep your personal life clear.
  • Do not do anything you would not want to show up on 60 Minutes.

Yeah, Big Al. Is there a lesson you want to pass on to the younger generation?

 

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People Unclear

This is number 27

Apparently there remain a number of people unclear. The recent allegations against Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore has raised the issue of sexual harassment perpetrated by people in power. Concern has apparently reached to the highest levels of our government. That is most strange, because I thought these concerns actually made it to the highest office in the land back in January. For now I will only consider what is going on in Congress, where the number of those unclear appears beyond scandalous.

Wednesday’s episode of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir has the story of current day treatment of congressional abuse. Unknown to me until now is that people working for Congress have largely been getting a pass on making  inappropriate passes. As disclosed in the news, congressmen and others of power are getting a discount ride. Here’s what you receive when you complain:

  • 30 days of counseling
  • Required to sign a non-disclosure agreement
  • 30 days mediation
  • 30 days cooling off period before you could take legal  action

How many ways are to spell “protect the powerful” are there left? A senator (for example) tries to hump an intern, supposedly a heterosexual hump, and she gets counseled 30 days—thirty days of somebody explaining to the person it may have been her fault? I can only imagine. Then the accuser has to agree not to take all this mess to the New York Times. Then 30 additional days dedicated to convince the accuser it may have been a harmless flirtation. Follow that by 30 days to consider the consequences of taking on a powerful member of Congress. Then you can sue. You can sue, that is, provided you have not already been beaten down by the process.

So, how is that working out? Not bad if you look at the statistics. The news report shows an average of 13 cases processed each year over the past 20 years. Seems to be working.

And cheap, too. Taxpayers have only had to shell out $16 million to shelter congressional misbehavior. My pocket is feeling lighter already.

Are some people still totally unclear? Apparently the breeze from Alabama has started to blow some of the smoke away, and clarity is coming. A proposed bill, which has to be passed by Congress and signed off by the Groper-in-Chief, would make that counseling and mediation rigmarole optional. Also the process would allow victims to complain anonymously. And wait… Here it comes. The guilty person would have to pay any awards to the victim. Is this a novel concept or what?

Can I hope some people are finally waking up? It’s time for me to see how long I can  hold my breath.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

Yes, at the first sign of trouble, what you need to do is whip out your trusty side arm and start blazing away. That’s the way to make sure the rest of your day is going to be interesting:

Three charged in shooting after Spencer talk

Three supporters of white nationalist Richard Spencer were arrested Thursday in connection with an incident in which a shot was fired.

Three supporters of white nationalist Richard Spencer were arrested Thursday in connection with a shooting, according to Gainesville police.

William Henry Fears, 30; Colton Gene Fears, 28; and Tyler Eugene Tenbrink, 28; were charged with attempted homicide and held in the Alachua County jail. Tenbrink was also charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon.

People, the Second Amendment gives you the right to keep and carry weapons. But what good is it if you never get a chance to open fire? Opportunity awaits. Use your imagination.

People Unclear

This is number 26

I’m catching the story from yesterday’s ABC World News Tonight with David Muir.

From ABC: “Trash and filth” “Inside hit job” “The Washington elite who wallow in the swamp.” It would appear the fun is not yet over. There is wallowing yet to come. We enjoyed former Alabama Judge Roy Stewart Moore for a number of years, even before I started chronicling his escapades here. From Wikipedia:

When Moore’s tenure as circuit judge began, he brought his wooden Ten Commandments plaque with him, hanging it on the walls of his courtroom behind his bench. Moore told the Montgomery Advertiser that his intention in hanging the plaque was to fill up the bare space on the courtroom walls and to indicate the importance of the Ten Commandments. He states that it was not his intention to generate controversy; still, as he told the Atlantic, he understood that the potential for controversy was there, but “I wanted to establish the moral foundation of our law.”

Yeah, that was just the start:

Soon others noticed the commandments, as well as Moore’s habit of opening court sessions with a prayer—a practice begun many years earlier by George Wallace when he was a circuit-court judge and not uncommon in the years since. In June of 1993 the local branch of the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court threatening to sue anyone who opened court with a prayer. Moore smelled a fight.

Moore parlayed the controversy into a successful election bid, and religious voters in Alabama kept up the momentum, supporting Moore as the representation of their values. Then came the matter of the Ten Commandments monument:

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended with pay after a judicial ethics commission ruled he brought his office “into disrepute” for defying a federal court order.

The commission filed formal charges against Moore on Friday for not removing his Ten Commandments monument from the state Judicial Building.

After being ousted from his position as  Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice for his misconduct, Moore obtained vindication from Alabama voters, who re-elected him to the post. Of course, nothing like legal niceties were bound to keep Judge Moore down:

An Alabama judicial oversight body on Friday filed a formal complaint against Roy S. Moore, the chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court, charging that he had “flagrantly disregarded and abused his authority” in ordering the state’s probate judges to refuse applications for marriage licenses by same-sex couples.

So, once again Judge Roy Moore was out. But not down:

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore defeated Sen. Luther Strange in the state’s Senate Republican primary runoff election Tuesday, delivering a blow to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who backed the incumbent.

Moore advances to face Democratic nominee and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the general election on Dec. 12.

The special election primary gained national prominence because of what was at stake: the political sway of Trump’s administration versus the base that helped him win the White House.

So now Judge Moore is on a roll, ordained by God, apparently, to take his version of sharia law to the United States Senate.

Oops! Not so fast.

It is true, dear readers. Judge Moore’s Christian ethic continues to dog his heels, threatening once again to drag him down. Moore’s earlier predilection for females of a young and tender kind is starting to bubble to the surface:

Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32

Oh, Dude! You didn’t know back then not to do this sort of thing if planned a future would require you to cotton to pesky social norms? Apparently not:

Beverly Young Nelson claimed that when she tried to leave a car that she was sharing with Roy Moore — who was then the District Attorney of Etowah County while she was 16 — he “reached over and locked it so I could not get out.” She then attempted to fight him off and yelled at him to stop, which prompted Moore to start “squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch.” As she continued crying, he tried to rip her shirt off, she said.

“He forced my head onto his crotch,” Nelson said. “I continued to struggle. I was determined that I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought he was going to rape me.”

Nelson claimed that Moore warned her that no one would believe her if she accused him because of his political power and her status as a minor. “You’re just a child and I am the district attorney,” she said. “If you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you.” Then he left her in the middle of a parking lot.

Beverly, it no longer matters whether people are going to believe a district attorney over a 14-year-old girl. They are not going to believe a senatorial  candidate, especially after he has worked his entire public life accumulating more baggage than even God allows.

To be brutal about it, I am divided over which I would rather see:

  • Judge Moore going down to defeat against a Democratic candidate
  • Judge Moore snagging a seat in the United States Senate, where he will be a humiliating embarrassment to the party that claims to be this country’s moral base.

Wait. Wait! There are others who seem to be as unclear as Roy Moore. There remain a few who are beyond embarrassing:

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, ran away from an ABC News reporter trying to ask him whether he believes Roy Moore or the women claiming Moore committed sexual misconduct against them.

Brooks was followed down a staircase on Capitol Hill and did not directly answer the question.

“I believe the Democrats will do great damage to our country,” the Huntsville congressman said. When the reporter asked again, Brooks replied: “I believe that the Democrats will do great damage to our country on a myriad of issues.”

“A myriad of issues.” Apparently one of them is not respect for the United States Congress.

This is your President speaking.

Number 2 in a long series

We have this from the President of the United States:

Why would Suzie insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call her “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be her friend – and maybe someday that will happen!

Wait! There’s been a mix-up. While composing this post I accidentally picked up a tweet posted by Melissa Justin, a sophomore at Providence High School in the San Fernando Valley. My apologies. Here is the actual tweet from the President of the United States:

Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!

You will agree that is much more Presidential. We can now be more comfortable with our choices from last November.

This is your President speaking.

Could be the start of a very long series

First, this is why you never want to see David Muir turn up in your back yard.

Second, here is reason number 57 you never want to elect a schlemiel as President of the United States. Donald Trump, who was on an official visit to Japan at the time a Texas dude took his guns to church. Here is what the President of the United States had to say, while the world watched.

Who would ever think a thing like this would happen?

Right! A gun in this country for about every man, woman, and child. Who would ever think somebody would get shot?

Mental health is (shrugs) your problem here.

Wait. Wait! The Donald could have a point here. A whole bunch of people voted for Donald Trump 364 days ago. A large number still support him. We could actually have a mental health problem in America.

I will say no more about this.

But…

Apparently this nation’s mental health situation deteriorated seriously since a week ago.

Yes, this is the President of the United States speaking. Are you proud yet?

Friday Funny

Number 83 of a series

OK, people. It’s Friday again. Time for something funny to round off the work week. How about the President of the United States?

“Don’t take vacations. What’s the point? If you’re not enjoying your work, you’re in the wrong job.” — Think Like A Billionaire

Right! That is not what is funny. What is funny is that millions of American voters believe it.

Masters of Irony

The first of a new series

This kind of thing comes across so frequently, it’s time I created a dedicated theme. It’s to deal with a number of people who were possibly in the bathroom when those little cards were passed out giving the definition of irony:

1. the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning:

the irony of her reply, “How nice!” when I said I had to work all weekend.

But I extend the usage. I apply irony to cases where a person makes an absurdly false or contradictory statement or exhibits gross hypocrisy, seemingly unaware. Let me think of an example:

Kellyanne Conway Retweeted Washington Post

No one had the courage to tell the truth?

Kellyanne Conway added,

The perspective is far-reaching:

Kellyanne Conway on surveillance: ‘I’m not in the job of having evidence’

On the other hand:

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, said the White House press secretary gave “alternative facts” when he inaccurately described the inauguration crowd as “the largest ever” during his first appearance before the press this weekend.

Hey, Kelly-Anne, what’s your game now?
Can anybody play?

[With apologies to the Hollies]

Snowflake-in-Chief

Number 42 of a series

Here is how a real man handles personal offenses:

Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts….

…Corker dropped out of the race in Tennesse when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!

Isn’t it sad that lightweight Senator Bob Corker, who couldn’t get re-elected in the Great State of Tennessee, will now fight Tax Cuts plus!

Sen. Corker is the incompetent head of the Foreign Relations Committee, & look how poorly the U.S. has done. He doesn’t have a clue as…..

…the entire World WAS laughing and taking advantage of us. People like liddle’ Bob Corker have set the U.S. way back. Now we move forward!

Only kidding. That’s how President Donald Trump handles transgressions against his baby-soft ego.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday defended tweets President Donald Trump wrote earlier in the day that included a sexist attack on MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.

“I think the president has been attacked mercilessly on personal accounts by members of that program,” Sanders said, referring to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “When he gets attacked, he’s going to hit back.”

Sanders repeated her initial defense of the tweet, arguing that Trump “fights fire with fire.”

“The things this show has called him, not just him but numerous members of his staff … are very deeply personal,” she added, saying she thinks “it’s kind of like we’re living in the Twilight Zone.”

Sanders argued against the “Morning Joe” hosts’ treatment of Trump, saying it wasn’t the same for President Barack Obama.

“If these attacks happened in previous administration, the rest of the media would have said, ‘Guys, no way, hold on,’ but nobody does that,” Sanders said. “The president, he’s not gonna step back.”

Apologies here for a moment. I have to laugh.

Suck it up, Sweetcakes. There’s more where this came from.

Buyer’s Remorse

Number 28 in a series

This series is dedicated to needling friends and not so friends who now support, or have in the past, the election of Donald Trump. This is not going to let up until you come to face the truth that, while Trump has from the beginning and continues to be a major disgrace, you are the person who put him there. This disgrace is your disgrace. It signals either the depth of your abysmal ignorance or else the scope of your moral deprivation. Or both. You can apologize now, or you can apologize later, but you will forever own this national insult. Be happy.

The only good news coming out of this is that, as of today, the scales are showing signs they are tipping. Early indications came earlier when Senator John McCain from Arizona defied the Trump administration and voted against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The Arizona senator previously enjoyed Donald Trump’s tender mercy two years ago when Trump mocked McCain’s ordeal of capture and torture by the North Vietnamese. McCain’s “no” vote last July was both a vote of conscience and a vote of defiance. From all appearances McCain no longer feels impelled to show an ounce of allegiance to the flatulence in the White House. Today the dominoes resumed their fall:

Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as “telling it like it is,” when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified.
And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else: It is dangerous to a democracy. Such behavior does not project strength — because our strength comes from our values. It instead projects a corruption of the spirit, and weakness.
It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are. And what are we going to do about that? When the next generation asks us, Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up? — what are we going to say?
Mr. President, I rise today to say: Enough. We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalous never becomes normal. With respect and humility, I must say that we have fooled ourselves for long enough that a pivot to governing is right around the corner, a return to civility and stability right behind it. We know better than that. By now, we all know better than that.

Senator Flake is saying what Americans, in ever growing numbers, have been saying for months. Jeff Flake now adds his voice to that of Senator Robert Corker of Tennessee. Corker previously called out Trump, likening him to an inmate at a daycare center. One can only imagine why:

Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts….

…Corker dropped out of the race in Tennesse when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!

Isn’t it sad that lightweight Senator Bob Corker, who couldn’t get re-elected in the Great State of Tennessee, will now fight Tax Cuts plus!

Sen. Corker is the incompetent head of the Foreign Relations Committee, & look how poorly the U.S. has done. He doesn’t have a clue as…..

…the entire World WAS laughing and taking advantage of us. People like liddle’ Bob Corker have set the U.S. way back. Now we move forward!

The shock that senators in office would denounce the president from their own party is matched by the shock that this action is coming fas late as it has and not like a stream from a fire hose. Enjoy the show, Trump voters. You paid for it.

The senator’s speech is available on YouTube at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uVk0KdPLpc