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  • Jorg Aadahl 10:37 am on September 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: Undemocratic Congressional Perks (from Internet circulation) 

    Congress members’ children and staffers of Congress family members are all exempt from paying back their college student loans.
    Members of Congress can retire at full pay after only one term.
    Members of Congress have exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed, under which ordinary citizens must live.
    Members of Congress are exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment.
    And as the latest example, they have exempted themselves from Healthcare Reform, in all of its aspects.
    We should not tolerate an elite class of such people, elected as public servants and then putting themselves above the law.
    Whether Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever, such self-serving must stop.

    Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon their states.
    It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.
    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
    “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the Citizens of the United States”

    How could they get away with such self-serving, bordering on blatant theft from governmental coffers?

  • Jorg Aadahl 1:22 pm on August 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Blame game continues … 

    Donald Trump has been blaming Democrats for not helping him destroy President Obama’s and their own Affordable Care Act.
    Question is, – when will he blame those who voted for him and who got him into this mess, way over his head and making him a scary laughingstock around the world, as well as a total embarrassment here at home?
    One has to wonder how anyone could vote for someone who conducted himself so unpresidential during the campaign, a habitual liar and childish name caller, demonstrating time and again how uneducated he was and how little he knew about subjects essential for someone aiming for the highest office in the world. And, how slow a learner do you have to be to need 5 years to understand that President Obama was born in the US and thus legitimate?
    It was particularly strange that the most religious of the voting flock would gather behind a sexual assaulter and notorious p-grabber, someone twice divorced, – so far, – someone with a thinly veiled assassination call to “Second Amendment people” to “take care of” Hillary Clinton, and his call to supporters to “rough up” protesters at his campaign events. All he had to do to swing the most gullible believers was to wave the Bible, – and with utmost modesty declare that story book to be even better than his own sorry joke of a book.
    How do Donald Trump’s supporters feel now, after he has demonstrated so convincingly that he doesn’t have a fiber of presidential qualifications, no competency as a leader, no understanding of how this country works and what the Constitution says, – not to mention how he aligns himself with hate groups that have no place in our society. His bragging about himself and his made-up accomplishments are so blatantly childish that even his most naïve followers ought to blush in shame.
    Trump has made even George W. Bush look presidential, while he has managed to make himself dwarfish compared to President Obama.
    What more does he have to do, and how much closer to a break-down of society does he have to bring us, before Congress takes the necessary steps to get him and his governmental misfits out of an office they should never have been permitted to occupy?

    • Ray Fowler 8:00 am on August 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply


      I am not President Trump’s apologist nor can I speak for his supporters, but it’s curious… neither major political party can elect a president without garnering the lion share of independent voters. So, why did those independents reject Secretary Clinton? Why was the “anybody but Hillary” sentiment so strong among independents? Why was it so strong that a candidate without political experience was able to garner the lion share of independent voters and win the presidency?

      Ray Fowler
      Redwood City, CA

      • Jorg Aadahl 9:21 am on August 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Trump did not garner the popular vote and would not have “won” without the outdated Electoral College. And, we’re still waiting for Mueller’s findings re. Russian involvement, while the impact of voter suppression remains unknown.

  • Jorg Aadahl 3:53 pm on February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s dangerous rhetoric 

    With such a loose canon for President as Donald Trump, with threating rhetoric in every direction, lies, irrational behavior, and suggestion that nuclear weapons should be more wide spread and put to use, – we run a risk that another nation, like Russia, China, North Korea or Iran, would try to take us out with a preemptive strike.
    Like what we did to Iraq, – inspired by another lying loose canon.

  • Jorg Aadahl 4:21 pm on February 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest Post: Trump, – and why not? by Jeremy Mitchell/FB 

    “I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
    I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
    I listened as they said he wasn’t born here.
    I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
    I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
    I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
    I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
    I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
    I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.
    I watched as they did just that.
    I listened.
    I watched.
    I paid attention.
    Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant.
    To move forward.
    To denounce protesters.
    To “Get over it.”
    To accept this…
    I will not.
    I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the
    embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be.
    I will do this as quickly as possible every chance I get.
    I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country.
    I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.
    I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from a
    promise he made to them. Them. The people who voted for him. The ones who sold their souls and prayed for him to win.
    I will do this so that they never forget.
    And they will hear me.
    They will see it in my eyes when I look at them.
    They will hear it in my voice when I talk to them.
    They will know that I know who they are.
    They will know that I know what they are.
    Do not call for my tolerance. I’ve tolerated all I can.
    Now it’s their turn to tolerate ridicule.
    Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in
    our country from this day forward is now Trump’s fault just as much as they
    thought it was Obama’s.
    I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were entirely
    unwilling to give.

  • Jorg Aadahl 9:38 am on January 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The Trump’d up travel mess 

    It is difficult understand why we have this embarrassing Trump-caused travel mess all of a sudden!
    The first line of defense against airborne terrorists should be the visa process!
    If no visa, you won’t fly. And to get a visa, you have to prove that your background is clean, and that you have no adverse associations. You must account for what you intend to do here in the US and whom to visit, etc., especially for applicants from “trouble” nations. If it doesn’t check out, you won’t get a visa, and you won’t fly!

    If anything turns out fishy, the claimed contacts here in the US should be checked out. Thoroughly!
    Put the burden on the applicants to prove they are OK, and hold each country’s US Embassy responsible for verification and background checks before a visa is issued. Whatever time it takes, a month, 3 months, forever, – so be it.
    To visit the US is not a right for anyone, it is a privilege, and you have to prove you are a worthy visitor! The burden of proof should be on the would-be travelers, not on us!

    On the other hand, if you are a US citizen or holding a green card, you get back in without a hitch. A green card holder has already been found OK. If he/she commits a crime, the card and the holder go!

  • Jorg Aadahl 2:54 pm on August 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: “Obama deserves highest honor”, LTE by Guy Guerrero, SM Daily Journal August 23, 2016 

    Editor, Thanks to President Obama, today Americans are enjoying life and have money in their pockets and in their investment portfolios. Like the mythological Phoenix, our economy has risen from the ashes of the 2009 Great Recession, despite the unrelenting drive of the Republican party, fueled by the anger of its tea party members, to ensure his failure. From day one in 2009, when President Obama took office, conservative political operatives began hatching their plot to bring him down. It was their plan not only to cause his entire political agenda to fail, but also to destroy him personally. From the very beginning of the Obama administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the then House minority leader John Boehner made it clear they had a different agenda: they would automatically oppose anything President Obama put forward. McConnell famously vowed to make Obama a one-term president. The personal attacks on President Obama have been relentless and uglier than those against other presidents in the history of America. If President Obama was a foot soldier, and had he been subjected to the equivalent withering, sustained bombardment over a long period from the enemy and yet succeeded in saving his company from annihilation, he would have received the highest possible award, the Congressional Medal of Honor.
    Thank you, Guy: There is no doubt in my mind that Obama will go down in history as one of the best we have ever had! It is absolutely incredible what he has been able to do, despite compact obstruction from a Republican-infested Congress! He has also restored our respect in foreign countries, – I read European newspapers daily in several languages, so I know what I am talking about.

    “Obama truly deserving of honor”, LTE by Linda Slocum Lara, SM Daily Journal, August 31, 2016:
    Editor, I would like to say amen to Guy Guerrero’s letter of Aug. 23, 2016, “Obama deserves highest honor.” I agree with Mr. Guerrero 100 percent. It has saddened and disgusted me all these years that President Obama has been challenged and fought from every angle through the congressional leadership of Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and others. They had an agenda to undo President Obama and make him fail. To me this is shameful politics. This kind of behavior from our politicians and leaders make it really hard to respect our representatives. I agree that President Obama has brought class and dignity to the White House and to the presidency. He is a gentleman, and if I could vote for him a third time I most certainly would. President Obama most definitely does deserve a Congressional Medal of Honor as Mr. Guerrero so eloquently described.

    Thank you, Linda, for your wise words to support Guerreros’ excellent LTE! It is a shame how our duly elected President Obama has been treated, – while his predessor ‘W’ actually got away with mass murder, – and more! What Obama has been able to accomplish, after being stuck with the disaster the ‘W’ administration left him, is absolutely incredible, – especially considering the compact obstruction from a Republican-infested Congress. But, of course, there will always be intellectually challenged racists who would never accept anything good from someone of color! In that respect we’re a backwards country, unfortunately.

  • Jorg Aadahl 12:51 pm on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: Who are these people that are “… sick of Obama’s policies”? 

    We still hear it from certain people, so we have to ask:
    You mean the guy who rescued us from a certain financial depression at the hands of a feckless Republican predecessor, hunted down and killed our number one enemy Osama bin Laden, saved the auto industry, lowered the unemployment rate from 10 to 4.9%, lowered our deficits and more than doubled the stock market index, managed to actually guide and lead us with a do-nothing congress of vain-glorious media hogs who would rather use congress as a place to grandstand so they could further their careers instead of actually govern?
    Right, yea, that guy. I mean, who wants Obama when he continues to insist on acting like a responsible adult in a room full of self-interested pretenders?
    Doug Jett

  • Jorg Aadahl 1:32 pm on June 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Ban assault weapons! 

    Why on flat Earth could someone with the background of the Orlando mass murderer be cleared for purchase of, not only assault weapons, but any weapon at all more powerful than a sling shot?
    Actually, why should any civilian be able to acquire any kind of assault weapons, – weapons whose sole purpose is to kill as many people as possible, in a short amount of time, and at a distance? Assault weapons are only meant for war, not civilian use! Short of making purchase and ownership of weapons in general more restrictive, a good start would be to totally ban assault weapons for civilians. Less powerful weapons are, of course, dangerous enough in the hands of the wrong people, but they are at least somewhat slower, while the need to exchange smaller capacity magazines, leaves a better chance for potential victims and others to interrupt the slaughter. Civilians running around with assault weapons, are unbecoming a civilized society! We better grow up from such madness!

  • Jorg Aadahl 2:16 pm on March 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  


    Why would anyone be surprised that the senate Republicans stand firm against even considering President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland?
    That should be a no-brainer. Why would they support the nomination, and risk losing the high court advantage they have enjoyed for so long? Why would they risk losing the chance to deny so many millions Obamacare and other undeserved benefits only associated with “socialistic” countries?
    Why should they risk letting women be in control of their own bodies and other frivolities?
    Why risk losing the advantages of unrestricted campaign contributions proven so helpful for their various self-centered causes? Why on flat Earth would they?

    Of course, a modern-day miracle would be required to put another Republican into the White House and thus secure the 5-4 conservative lock on the Supreme Court. But, then again, with the Republicans being so in bed with the evangelicals, – faith in miracles is alive and well.

  • Jorg Aadahl 1:15 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply  


    What better way to honor a strict constitutionalist like the late Justice Antonin Scalia, than sticking to the US Constitution, Article II, Section 2, and letting the sitting President do his job and appoint a new judge to the Supreme Court.
    That part of the Constitution ought to be something that the Republican Congress could support.

    Or, is it more important for Congressional Republicans to block President Obama from doing his job, than honoring Justice Scalia, – a Supreme Justice who has done so much to help Republicans in their ongoing effort to destroy Obama’s presidency and hold back the country? Will they forget that Scalia was instrumental in getting George W. Bush into the White House? Wouldn’t they remember who made it harder for non-Republicans to vote, and thus easier for the Republicans to hang on to their jobs?
    Would they even forget who helped ram through Citizens United, – which has protected so many Republicans against the general will of the people?
    Time will show whether it is more important to take down Obama, than to honor one of their own, one who has been so helpful preventing the progress Republicans don’t want. Especially not under a president like Obama!

    • Al Ward 10:41 am on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm? Justice Scalia, one of the most prominent and influential conservatives in the structure of the U.S. Govt dies unexpectedly while he is a guest of a prominent donor to the Democrat Party. No autopsy to investigate possible foul play. Hmm?

      • Jorg Aadahl 11:10 am on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        So, why wasn’t an autopsy ordered? Perhaps because one might have shown no foul play, while no autopsy might keep a conspiracy theory alive? If there had been the slightest suspicion of an unnatural cause, I’m quite sure an autopsy would have been performed. And why not?

  • Jorg Aadahl 2:11 pm on January 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Guns, Tears and Republicans 

    Under ARTICLE-LINKS you will find a very readable, enlightening and timely article “Guns, Tears and Republicans” from NY Times.
    Here is just one of hundreds of reader comments, referring to President Obama’s emotional talk on the need for improved gun control on January 5, 2016:

    Pat New York City
    To me, the telling line from President Obama was that every time he thinks about the Newtown kids, “it gets [him] mad.” Indeed, this was when his tears fell in earnest. Mad. Mad? Publicly acknowledging that anger, showing emotion, nearly breaking down? This from a man who, as one of the best public speaking politicians in recent memory, is not a fire-brand, not overly impassioned, and actually quite reserved. From a man who has endured, at minimum, 7 years of hateful, racist, xenophobic insults from unbalanced news channels and ignorant Americans alike, who has certifiably received more death threats than any President in history, who expresses his frustration with a Congress more focused on repealing legislation that actually helps millions of Americans (and which derisive moniker, “Obamacare”, he now accepts) than, say, ensuring our veterans are properly cared for, but who, in the face of such frustration, still “holds it together.” Amazing. Not calculated, not scripted, not “losing it.”

    So mad, so frustrated, so truly sorry that he could do nothing to protect those children in the face of nonsensical arguments that any limitations on gun purchases are complete abridgments of Second Amendment rights (what is a “well regulated militia” anyhow?) . . . that he cried. I have seen men moved to tears over far, far less.

    As he stated, if we can save a single additional massacre by even a modicum of restraint, it must be done.
    To fail do so should make us all cry.

  • Jorg Aadahl 3:34 pm on December 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Congressional climate 

    While President Obama attended the United Nations’ climate change conference in Paris, the Republican controlled Congress was busy passing legislation to demonstrate that there is no man-made climate change to be taken seriously.
    Which proves, there is no change to the climate in Congress, – a stable condition that is indeed man made.

  • Jorg Aadahl 7:33 pm on October 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    McCarthy’s blunder! 

    The Republican congressional members are very forgiving of Speaker wannabe Kevin McCarthy, as they usually are with their fellow party faithful. They have never held his lack of political experience against him, nor has he been criticized for his promiscuous use of the English language and a grammar that would have flunked him out of at least the better American high schools. His lack of respect for science, his denial of climate change and compact opposition to Obamacare puts him squarely among the most respected, – among fellow Republicans.
    Not much here to make him stand out unfavorably among average GOP politicians, and when it comes to resisting anything President Obama has worked on to move the country forward, McCarthy has been among the best and the most unpatriotic.
    However, when he disclosed that the whole Benghazi investigation’s sole purpose was to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects, it wasn’t necessarily that he was dumb enough to disclose that well kept, obvious secret, but that he was honest enough to spill the embarrassing beans!
    How dumb do you really have to be to disclose a truth like that!?

  • Jorg Aadahl 10:40 am on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Pope’s Apology Tour 

    President Obama has been severely criticized for travelling around the world, kind of apologizing for his country not always having lived up to the exceptional image of ourselves we have come to adore.
    And now, lo and behold, Pope Francis is being criticized for travelling around the world apologizing for the evils committed by Catholics, in the name of God, from enslaving the Native Americans way back when, to making innocent little alter boys into sex slaves for the enjoyment of the clergy.

    Are we on a slippery apology slope here? Who knows, – the next thing might be the NRA apologizing for having worked so hard for the freedom for anyone to carry and shoot freely, or Congressional Republicans apologizing for having sabotaged the presidency of Obama, with immeasurable harm to the country, as well as the rest of the world.
    Or, perhaps the slope isn’t slippery enough. Not yet, – anyway.

  • Jorg Aadahl 7:09 pm on July 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  


    Before even reading the documentation, Republican House speaker John Boehner has already found the Iran nuclear deal “unacceptable”.
    Someone must have told him that President Obama had something to do with it.

  • Jorg Aadahl 6:44 pm on June 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    SCOTUS saves ACA 

    It is difficult to tell who may be most relieved by the Supreme Court decision to save the Affordable Care Act, those who would have been left hanging without insurance, or congressional Republicans who would have been left hanging without an alternative to the ACA.

    • Al Ward 6:09 pm on June 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      The Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves.
      It is clear that the separation of powers that they devised with three separate branches of government was to protect the people from those in power.
      They understood that men in power can not be trusted.

      A purpose of the Supreme Court is to test the constitutionality of laws as written by the Congress.
      We now have the discouraging truth that the SCOTUS favors some laws over others and finds itself free to rewrite laws established by the Congress, or interpret them according to personal political leanings.

      About three years ago Chief Justice Roberts managed to twist the term “penalty” to mean “tax” in order to save the ACA. Brings to mind the question of what the definition of “is” is.

      Now Justice Roberts finds that “established by the State” does not mean what it says.
      He apparently thinks that he understands what the Congress intended better than what Jonathan Gruber wrote for the Congress to turn into law.
      Don’t you think the Founding Fathers would sleep better if laws were corrected by the lawmakers, rather then being modified or misinterpreted by the SCOTUS to suit a political agenda?

      Nancy Pelosi said the ACA with 1600 pages had to be passed in order to find out what was in it.
      Pass it, then read it.
      One of its clever arrangements was to postpone the implementation of the big hammer, the “Employer Mandate” until after the 2016 election.
      Hmm. Wonder why?

      Just sayin’.
      Al Ward

      • Jorg Aadahl 10:56 am on June 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Al, – I’m sure the Founding Fathers would have slept better if this obvious oversight in the ACA law had been corrected by Congress! No question about that, except that the Republican controlled House refused to do so, – in an all too obvious attempt at sabotaging President Obama’s health care law. They expected that the rather conservative SCOTUS would use this opportunity to kill Obama’s signature law. Instead, the Supreme court did their job, interpreting the intent of ACA, namely to improve health care in the US, not go against the law makers, like the three notorious Right-wingers on the court actually did, with Scalia in particular having a fit over the whole issue. No, this silly thing should never have gone to the Supreme Court, and never would have if Congress had done their job instead of yet another attempt at destroying Obama’s presidency. Instead, the events of last week will go down in history as President Obama’s legacy and elevate him to perhaps the most influential president in recent times, – in a positive sense, that is, – and not in a negative manner like George W. Bush managed to do. A good week for the US, and several good steps closer to catching up with the more progressive, enlightened countries.

  • Jorg Aadahl 2:48 pm on April 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply  


    With President Obama on his peace making mission, patching things up even with Iran and Cuba, – we may run smack out of enemies before his term is up!
    But, nothing too permanent for a Republican coup in 2016 to undo.

  • Jorg Aadahl 8:59 am on March 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The ‘Republicans’ ‘47%’ curse. 

    The now infamous ‘47%’, which Presidential hopeless Mitt Romney claimed didn’t pay taxes, sank him as a viable candidate, thank goodness.

    Now, 47 Republican senators, or 47% of the US Senate, have demonstrated that Obama-hate trumps patriotism, by sending a letter to Iran intended to torpedo the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations. For the sake of the country, and the world at large, we can only hope that the latest ‘47%’ will sink the Republican party, and not the ongoing talks with Iran.

    While Romney’s ‘47%’ was misleading, the Senate ’47’ thoroughly exposed the awful truth, that nothing is beneath them in their zeal to take down our duly elected President Obama. The question remains, though, – is it treason, blatant Republican-type stupidity, or both? Or, perhaps a fear that we may go without another war for a while. Yeah, that would be very un-Republican, catering to the Democratic agenda. Can’t risk that!

  • Jorg Aadahl 12:20 pm on March 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply  


    Everyone who puts the country before bigotry, was happy to see that President Obama stood firm, forcing the Congressional Republicans to blink and cave on Homeland Security funding.
    A question remains, though: – did the Republicans emerge from their cave, or did they simply crawl back in again?

  • Jorg Aadahl 9:04 am on February 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  


    S. RES. 66

    Mr. Blumenthal submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    Expressing support for the designation of February 12, 2015, as “Darwin Day” and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.
    Whereas Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution by the mechanism of natural selection, which, together with the monumental amount of scientific evidence Charles Darwin compiled to support the theory, provides humanity with a logical and intellectually compelling explanation for the diversity of life on Earth;
    Whereas the validity of the theory of evolution by natural selection developed by Charles Darwin is further strongly supported by the modern understanding of the science of genetics;
    Whereas it has been the human curiosity and ingenuity exemplified by Charles Darwin that has promoted new scientific discoveries that have helped humanity solve many problems and improve living conditions;
    Whereas the advancement of science must be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change;
    Whereas the teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the education systems of the United States;
    Whereas Charles Darwin is a worthy symbol of scientific advancement on which to focus and around which to build a global celebration of science and humanity intended to promote a common bond among all the people of the Earth; and
    Whereas February 12, 2015, is the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809 and would be an appropriate date to designate as “Darwin Day”: Now, therefore, be it

    That the Senate—
    (1)supports the designation of “Darwin Day”; and
    (2)recognizes Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge.

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