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  • Jorg Aadahl 1:32 pm on February 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: “Great Fear in America” by Guy Guerrero 

    According to economists, there is no reason for the diving Stock Market. The economy is doing just fine. But I do remember what FDR said when he was coaxing the country out of the Great Depression: “There is nothing to fear, but fear itself”.
    There is Great Fear in America today. We have a deranged would-be dictator at the helm of the statecraft.
    Trumputin is attempting to strangle free speech. He is attacking his own law enforcement agencies. He disregards warnings against American interests by our intelligence community. He disregards sanctions that had been imposed by the Obama administration on Russia, in spite of the fact that the sanctions had been sustained by an overwhelming vote in Congress.
    And lately, he has released classified information – pertaining to the Mueller Investigation of himself – in the one-sided version of Republican Memo, while obstinately refusing to authorize the release of the contrary Democratic Memo.
    Not to mention that this deranged would-be dictator wants a Military Parade in imitation of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and other notorious dictators of the past like Hitler.
    Yes, there is Great Fear in America today.

    • Al Ward 4:37 pm on February 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Guy, get a grip. President Trump is an egocentric bs-er, continuing the showman’s style that got him elected. The problem is that the Press and the Democrats pretend to take his ridiculous off-the-cuff remarks and tweets seriously. Then they puff them up, exaggerate and trumpet them, pretending that they are defending the Republic, or DACA, or whatever, when they are actually just promoting their left-wing agenda.

    • Jorg Aadahl 8:44 am on February 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      For the majority of us, it isn’t good enough to have a clown for president, – we have too high regard for the office of the US presidency. We need someone who has the educational background and experience for the job, someone who fully understands what it means to be in charge of it all, someone who respects the government as a social factor, for all, – and not the least, someone who is capable of manning important cabinet and department positions with people who can do the job required, not someone eager to tear down what it has taken decades or more to build. The US president should be honest, not a habitual liar. He or she should be a role model, someone we can be proud of, and someone the world at large will respect, – not a bragging, self-absorbed laughingstock like Donald Trump, – who is so afraid that the truth about him will come out, that he can’t do his job, and instead is willing to destroy anyone and anything to protect himself.
      If you prefer, – we need someone more like President Obama.

    • Al Ward 12:23 pm on February 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Jorg, Jorg, as I advised Guy, get a grip.
      I agree with 90% of your thoughtful analysis regarding who we need as POTUS.
      What you say is very nice, typical progressive wishful thinking of how things should be, not how things are.
      However, I hesitate to tell you, but the fact is that Donald Trump, warts and all, is the current occupant of the White House.

      Looking at the way things are going, it seems likely that Republicans will retain both the house and senate in 2018, and that Mr Trump may be in the White House for 8 years.
      Those likelihoods are diminished by the irresponsible passage this past week of the spending bill…but we’ll see.
      Borrowing against the future to pay for all the things wanted right now does not sit well with those of us who think fiscal prudence is a virtue. I applaud those Republicans who voted against the bill.
      Many (remember the Tea Party?) don’t want our children and grandchildren paying for today’s profligacy.

      It is disappointing, but not surprising to see Trump agreeing with the huge increase to the deficit,

      • Jorg Aadahl 12:49 pm on February 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Like so many, you seem to have fallen for the Republican propaganda that they are the budget hawks and the Democrats the big spenders, while the exact opposite is the true history of recent administrations. Here’s an article that might help setting the records straight:


        And, as far as your 8-year projction for Trumpsky, let’s see what happens when Mueller’s report is out, and let’s hope that this unprecidential misfit is booted out before he does even more damage to this country, – and the world at large.

    • Al Ward 7:34 pm on February 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the informative link.
      What ever gave you the idea that I have fallen for the Two-Santa gimmick that the two parties have been playing on for many decades?

      Mortgaging the future to pay for tax cuts, or doing it to hand out social benefits.
      Two sides of the same coin…it is the way our unscrupulous politicians dispense largess to garner votes that will be paid for by future generations. It horrifies me.
      I have to paraphrase his thought, but I think it was an ancient Greek who wrote that democracy will fail when the gullible people figure out that government will give them goodies at no cost.

      Mueller’s report will be interesting, one way or the other.
      Unless Trump is impeached (for high crimes and misdemeanors, while in office) AND removed from office (place the odds on that!), he will integrate the report results into his campaign showmanship in order to boost his re-election chances.
      Remember how Hillary’s obvious disregard of the law regarding security of and destruction of govt. documents did not diminish her voter support by a whit.
      The voters don’t care if their chosen candidate is a criminal.
      Remember Trump making some remark about how he could get away with shooting someone on 5th Ave.
      How much did that reduce his elect-ability?

      • Jorg Aadahl 8:37 am on February 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        And the most amazing fact is that even the evangelicals don’t seem to care that they support a liar, a sexual assaulter, a cheater, a self-absorbed egomaniac and down-right despicable character! Or, on second thought, – perhaps not so surprising after all?

  • Jorg Aadahl 12:20 pm on February 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump’s clap lapse 

    On cue, everyone around Adolph Hitler snapped to the infamous Nazi arm salute like robots.
    North Korea’s Kim Jong in is always surrounded by enthusiastic, beaming hand clappers, – not a single non-clapper in sight.
    So why shouldn’t Donald Trump expect everyone to clap whenever he stops in a speech, waiting for an all-around, beaming patriotic support?
    He is so disappointed and heart broken by such clap lapse, that he has ordered a military parade to take place, – much bigger and better than his competitors, with the yugest goose steps in history. That should show them who is the biggest and bestest of them all! Ha!

  • Jorg Aadahl 1:38 pm on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    No getting over Trump! 

    Hardcore Trump supporters shamelessly call for “out-of-touch liberals and dimwits” to get over Trump. They have a hard time grasping that the steadily growing progressive majority is not primarily upset because Trump won, albeit barely compared to his predecessor’s landslide. What concerned, caring Americans can’t, and shouldn’t, “get over”, is the shame Donald Trump has brought over the office of the US Presidency. What President Obama left for Trump to continue to build on, he has done his best to destroy, while unabashedly taking credit for the economy doing well, a trend mainly thanks to the work done by the Obama administration. The respect and support from the world at large that we enjoyed after Obama had rebuilt the standing left by his Republican predecessor, are in shambles, and getting worse whenever Trump opens his mouth. The competence, dignity and level-headedness so characteristic of President Obama, have been replaced by an incompetent administrator and science-deniar, a childish, thin-skinned name-caller, a sexual assaulter and womanizer, a laughingstock around the world and an embarrassment here at home. What a contrast!
    That’s what the more educated progressives can’t “get over”. No one who loves this country and wants the best for it, should! However, the shrinking crowd of Trump supporters should try to get over President Obama and the fact that he won both the popular and Electoral votes, with comfortable margins, while the Republican presidents before and after barely made it, and only thanks to the outdated Electoral College. Stop bashing Obama and instead begin holding Trump accountable! It will take a long time to get over Trump, even if he gets booted out of the office he has proven ill equipped to hold.

  • Jorg Aadahl 12:53 pm on January 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Jefferson’s informed electorate 

    Founding Father Thomas Jefferson wrote that a well-informed electorate is a prerequisite to democracy. How well informed and educated were people who voted for Donald Trump? After having seen what little good Trump has been able to do, except for himself and immediate family, and how much damage he has already done, many have come to regret how they cast there vote.
    Jefferson also said that democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%, – in contrast to the last election, where Donald Trump only got 46.1%, or about 3million votes less than his opponent, Hillary Clinton, still taking away the rights of the remaining majority.
    It will probably remain a mystery why so many could vote for a sexual assaulter, an habitual liar, childish name caller and several times bankrupt, who didn’t seem to know much about the US Constitution, government’s role in a society, or what it takes to maintain the US position as a world leader and a model for the rest. Just insisting for 5 years that President Obama was born in Kenya, was so silly that such statements alone should have made him ineligible for any governmental post.

    How could this have been prevented? Should presidential candidates be required to show their tax returns, go through a thorough background check, and be subjected to an in-depth examination about various topics to demonstrate a certain level of understanding?
    It shouldn’t be enough to refer to the Bible as the favorite book, or that the tax return is stuck in audit. For starters, it would help to abolish the electoral college, an anachronism that made the last two Republican presidents possible, – Bush with 271, Trump with 304, while Obama gathered 375 electoral votes and 52.7% of the popular vote.

    • Al Ward 11:26 am on January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I was interested Jorg, to see that you managed to have this particular blog entry published in the San Mateo Times as a letter to the editor. Congratulations, it drew comments.
      Here is my comment:
      Jefferson was right!
      That is why the U.S. Senate was set up with two seats per state, regardless of the state’s population. That arrangement helps prevent bullying by the bigger states of the less populated ones. To some extent that is also true of of the Electoral College arrangement, as illustrated by the last presidential election.
      Al Ward

      • Jorg Aadahl 3:57 pm on January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) is an agreement among a group of the US states and the District of Columbia to award all their respective electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The compact is designed to ensure that the candidate who wins the most popular votes is elected president, and it will come into effect only when it will guarantee that outcome. As of December 2017, it has been adopted by ten states and the District of Columbia. Together, they have 165 electoral votes, which is 30.7% of the total Electoral College and 61.1% of the votes needed to give the compact legal force.
        If this had been in effect for the 2000 election, neither George W. Bush, nor Donald Trump would have been elected president. Let’s look forward to 2020, – which symbolizes clear-sightedness!
        Imagine what a better world we would have had without the last two Republicans in the WH, and imagine the savings, in life, structural damage, moral decay, environment, and world respect.

    • Al Ward 9:30 pm on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Jorg, it is easy to see why Progressives would support NPVIC. That way they would be able to bully the other 47% of the population into paying for their misguided attempts to make the fairytale dreams and Wishful Thinking of the left to come true. Jefferson was right.

  • Jorg Aadahl 1:49 pm on December 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpsky ‘s fear of Mueller investigation 

    If Donald Trump were squeaky clean and had nothing to hide, he would understand, or his council would advice him, that it would be to his advantage to let the Mueller team run its course and end up finding nothing, declaring him totally innocent of any wrongdoing. In that case, home free and looking good.
    However, if he is afraid of what may be revealed and likely destroy his entire presidency, perhaps most of his trumped up life, he would do whatever he could to prevent the investigation from going forward, – as he clearly seems to do now.
    On the other hand, if Trump succeeds in stopping the investigation, there will always be a lingering doubt about what it was all about, and what he was so afraid would be exposed.
    What would any sensible person do, if he had nothing to hide, – or had?
    Quite logical, actually, – not that I would ever associate logic with someone like Donald Trump.

    • Ray Fowler 8:10 pm on December 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, Jorg

      Happy New Year!

      Well, the good thing is that Mueller and his team are 100% bias-free… if you look past Mueller and Comey’s close relationship, the political contributions to Hillary’s campaign by special counsel investigators, the social media attacks against Candidate Trump by those investigators, the involvement of Mueller’s team in drafting the “reckless carelessness” report on Hillary’s emails before she was interviewed about using private email servers, and a recent Harvard poll that says Americans believe Mueller has a “conflict of interest” in his role as special counsel.

      The President does not have to fire Mueller… he would be foolish to do so. Discrediting Mueller’s team and the team’s competency is a much better strategy. As for Democrats, they keep chanting the “collusion” refrain over and over but when they stop long enough to catch their breath, they’ll have to explain their role in fabricating the Trump “dossier.”

      Coming full circle to the issue of special counsels… when will an investigation be launched into the Obama administration’s complicity in letting Hezbollah continue to sell drugs and launder money so the Iran nuclear deal could be finalized?

      Thank, God… I’m a California NPPer. Albert Jay Nock was never more prescient than when he said over 80 years ago, “If every jobholder in Washington were driven into the Potomac tonight, their places would be taken tomorrow by others precisely like them.” True in 2012… true in 2016.

      Ray Fowler
      Redwood City, CA

  • Jorg Aadahl 2:15 pm on November 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    More against Moore 

    You have to feel sorry for the teenage girls abused by “holier-than-thou” evangelist Roy Moore, having hidden those unspeakable atrocities for so long, with a slim chance of even being believed back then when it all happened. No doubt whatsoever that it all happened, – and probably far more.
    Even now, fellow evangelists are ganging up against the women, swearing Moore’s innocence, literally on a Bible. If those girls hadn’t run away, Moore would probably have done more, – no pun intended. These women should be praised, both for resisting him back then, and for having the courage to speak out now.
    There is no reason to believe that these women are lying, which raises a couple of embarrassing questions for Mr. Moore. He claims to believe in a god, so of course his God would know what he has done, – not once, but repeatedly. And now he is lying about it, claiming that the women are lying. Doesn’t that have something to do with the ninth of those commandments he illegally installed in stone in his former court house, before he was rightfully ousted?
    Or, is his religious front just a convenient cover-up, securing so many fellow evangelicals now streaming to this child molester’s defense?
    Moore’s testimony shifts as more women are coming forward with different stories. Now, at least he admits to having had some contact with underage girls, but only after asking for their mothers’ approval, – to take their young daughters out for ice cream or movies?!
    Whether praying with them, or preying upon them, his colleagues back then were aware of his pursuits and found it weird and unacceptable. So would be his role as a US senator!

  • Jorg Aadahl 8:56 am on November 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy’s tax deform 

    Contrary to the optimistic claims by the current Trump administration, the proposed tax rate reductions will, according to economic analysts, undoubtedly result in budgetary shortfalls.
    Higher budgetary deficits, and the resulting increased federal debt, will be a burden on the next administration, which likely will be Democratic, unless the Republicans again succeed in voter suppression, gerrymandering and other undemocratic tricks, domestic or foreign. The next Democratic administration will then be blamed for the Republican-generated deficit and subsequent debt increase, and even more so when it becomes necessary to raise taxes again to reduce future deficits.
    In the meantime, the wealthiest beneficiaries of the tax reductions have made out nicely, -at the expense of future generations.
    What a scheme for Trumpy to twitter about!

  • Jorg Aadahl 9:16 am on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumped up fantasy 

    According to an on-line “Conservative scoop”, the following act has just secured Trumps spot as the best president ever! That scoop claims that he is already helping Americans get rich, allegedly “stunning liberals across the country”. Thanks to President Trump, anyone and everybody can finally make enough money to retire rich! Wonderful! Here’s how:
    1) Ignore everything the insanely biased left-leaning media are saying about Trump.
    2) Follow the Trump retirement roadmap before Dec. 31
    3) Watch how it is possible to turn a single $100 bill into $1.5 million fortune in no time.
    See, Trump’s policies are about to unleash a wave of wealth not seen since Ronald Reagan: an estimated $11.1 trillion in total, they say.
    And, what’s the “Trump retirement roadmap”? Oh, so simple, – just invest in penny stocks and keep reinvesting your winnings, certain under Trump. Simple as that, – and for the math challenged, very convincing.
    Do scams like this explain how it was possible for a conman like Donald Trump, without a shred of presidential potential, to fool enough gullible voters to believe in his miracle schemes and help elect the worst president ever? Have we become a nation of fools, endangering the entire nation, and the world at large? Are there enough sane Republicans joining the Democrats to stop him before more irreparable damage is done?

    Btw.- this is not the only right-leaning website with outrageous claims, being repeated over and over again, suggesting that there must be an audience out there willing to believe the impossible. Would that be the remaining core of Trump supporters, so gullible, easily fooled and uneducated that they will swallow anything, no matter how ridiculous, – even believing that someone like Donald Trump has a fiber of presidential potential. Because of Trump, our country has become the laughingstock of the world, so incredibly stupid that we would let an incompetent, immature sexual assaulter play dictator, like in the famous Charlie Chaplin movie of the late 30s.

  • Jorg Aadahl 1:59 pm on October 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy Price less 

    Before he chickened out, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price had been travelling the world on tax payer money, using private jets and even military airplanes, raking up enormous cost.
    Caught with his greedy hands in the tax payers’ proverbial cookie jar, he pledged to pay for the trips himself, – for the single seats he used in otherwise unoccupied aircrafts! Nice try, Price!
    Aside of the private vs. commercial aircraft issue, why on flat Earth would he need 
    to travel so much, as if he hadn’t enough of a job here at home? Was he travelling the world as training for a job he clearly was not qualified for, or was he simply trying to stay away from a job he doesn’t know how to handle, – as so many other Trump-selected cabinet members?
    Does Trump deliberately pick unqualified and dishonest people for key jobs, or is he so uniquely unqualified himself that he doesn’t know how to pick and evaluate candidates, – like so many voters last time.

    • Al Ward 4:08 pm on October 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm. Whatever you think of Price’s travel, it was apparently for government business, and of course, perfectly legal.

      Perhaps you have forgotten Att’y General Eric Holder’s 2014 perfectly legal joyride in a government Gulfstream to go to a horse race at Belmont Park, NY.
      He was accompanied by his two daughters and their boyfriends, plus two security agents.
      Because he is such an honorable man, Holder paid the government (us) the equivalent cost of five commercial coach seats, 7% of the government’s cost for his purely personal jaunt.
      I’m guessing it wouldn’t have been legal for him to have reimbursed us for the security agents’ seats too. Otherwise such an honorable man would have paid that as well.

      Too bad you can’t be a proud American like I am. You get to pay the taxes that pay for this stuff, but you can’t claim the patriotic glory stirred by public servants like those guys.

      • Jorg Aadahl 7:17 am on October 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        “Too bad you can’t be a proud American like I am.”
        Don’t I wish I could! There is so much to be proud of, but our current so-called president has made it hard. Those responsible for getting him into an office he had absolutely no qualifications for, ought to be ashamed of themselves, now that they must see what was always obvious to the majority of us: Trumpy is devoid of any presidential qualifications! He is a habitual liar, a self-centered egomaniac and a bully that has become a laughingstock around the world and an embarrassment here at home. His support has dwindled to a third consisting of a hard core that doesn’t care what he is doing as long as he destroys the legacy of his predecessor, President Obama, who got us out of the ditch that the former administration sent us into. Trumpy has pretty much destroyed the good standing we had in the eyes of the rest of the world after Obama’s administration, while he has been riding high on what he inherited from his predecessor. Fortunately, the brighter Republicans are getting it, but I’m afraid he will cause much more damage before he is booted out of the office he has shown no respect for.

    • Al Ward 7:05 pm on October 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      ” our current so-called president”. Hmm, as I recall, he was elected according to the Constitutional procedure. Like it or not, we are stuck with him as president. A legitimately elected president

      • Jorg Aadahl 8:09 am on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I like your expression “stuck with him”, – unfortunately, that’s what we are, at least until the Mueller investigation exposes the truth about his alleged “legitimacy”. There must be a good reason why Trumpy is so frantic and nervous about it. So, hard core Republicans: brace yourselves for the truth to come out. I don’t think it will be pretty, and I don’t think you will like it!

    • Al Ward 5:21 pm on October 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Jorg, you have expressed great interest in the truth about the Russians being revealed.

      Investigations ARE interesting, and the TRUTH is beginning to appear, at last.
      If anyone is frantic and nervous about emerging truth it is members of the DNC and of Hillary’s campaign. Those Democrats are struck with amnesia, are unable to recall who among them authorized $10 million payment to the law firm that hired Fusion GPS to collude with the Kremlin, hoping to dig up dirt on Mr.Trump.
      I’m predicting that the next thing we’ll see is some of those Democrats pleading the 5th, as already have two Fusion GPS partners.

      On a separate topic. it looks like truth will be emerging soon regarding the racketeering discovered inside the Uranium One deal.
      Of course Obama is far too smart (like a Clinton) to have his fingerprints on the sale of 1/5 of America’s uranium to Russian interests. Even though the sale required executive level approval, such a minor transaction undoubtedly escaped Obama’s notice. It is called “plausible deniability”.
      Maybe not so for the ever so clever Clintons when investigators pry into the $ millions donated to the Clinton Foundation by players in the Uranium One deal.

  • Jorg Aadahl 11:31 am on September 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy, the puppet prez. 

    With various forms of election trickery, the Russians fooled enough gullible, low-info and uneducated, easily lured voters to get their man Trumpy into the White House. With someone that incompetent and unqualified, so easily controlled by nice words and praise, the Russian government had accomplished what no military maneuvers could have done, – their wholly-owned puppet to head up the US government, someone so afraid of what they have on him and might expose, that they could manipulate him at will. Besides gaining control of the US government, at least until their man is booted out of office, they have also shown how incredibly stupid a huge part of the American population is, so easily duped and fooled, so naïve and impressionable, swallowing anything thrown their way, regardless how ridiculous it may sound to more mature and better educated people.
    It has been said, that for a democracy to work, an educated constituency is required. The latest election shows we are far from it, while special asocial interests took advantage of that sorry situation.

    • Ray Fowler 8:57 am on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So, Mr. Aadahl… you believe Russia is controlling our current president… you offer no evidence… just your belief. However, your blog post does beg the question, “Who is controlling America?” You and I will not come to a mutually satisfactory answer to this question, but remember this… Donald Trump did not usher in spying on Americans, a one-party media, targeting opposition groups, the deportation of millions of immigrants, creation of cradle-to-grave entitlements or the assault on our First Amendment.

      Who elected Donald Trump? It wasn’t uneducated voters or evangelicals. Hillary was supposed to have a solid lead with college-educated white voters, but she tallied only 39% of the men and 51% of the women in that demographic. That group also had incomes higher than the national median. They are not the uneducated, low info voters described by you in your blog.

      Trump cleaned up in rural America… no surprise… but that’s only about 17% of the electorate. So, who voted for Trump? America’s voters break down like this: 32% Democrats… 23% Republicans… 40% independents (and that number is growing). If you’re trying to figure out who voted for Trump… don’t look at the Rust Belt or the Bible Belt. Look to the suburbs. Look at independent voters. If Hillary would have connected with them, she would be president. Oddly enough, Bill Clinton suggested a campaign strategy that called for getting outside large cities and listening to voters in the suburbs, but Hillary chose another strategy.

      I’d love to hear your thoughts re: what I’ve written, but I’m sure my response will be censored.

      Ray Fowler

      • Jorg Aadahl 9:15 am on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        No censor, and no comment, Ray!

    • Ray Fowler 11:42 am on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Jorg… thank you. As odd as it sounds, we may be brothers from different mothers.

    • Al Ward 5:32 pm on October 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Mr. Fowler,
      I appreciate your statistical breakdown regarding who voted for whom.
      Very interesting that the % of Democrats is more than the % of Republicans who chose to vote Trump.

      Please forgive Jorg his beliefs.
      This tirade about the Russians and gullible voters is typical of some of of the stuff found on his blog…progressive wishful thinking, and distortions and nonsense heavily influenced by crackpot commentators like Rachel Maddow.
      I’m not sure of this, but if you go back over Jorg’s blog, I think you’ll find that he would like to see the Electoral College done away with. This would satisfy the progressive’s dream of having the blue state voters run roughshod over the rest of the country.

      Jorg, you are probably <1% correct regarding what got Trump elected as POTUS.
      The rest was Trump's own doing.
      Call it trickery if you like, but his showmanship skills and media savvy blew away the Republican Establishment and capitalized on Hillary's lack of appeal.
      Trump proved that the vote for POTUS is a popularity contest having little to do with wonky policy positions other than the importance of protecting the Supreme Court from a liberal majority.
      His success came from an electorate fed up with Washington, and by exploiting the Democrat notion that government knows better than the people.

      Regarding Trump in office, I'll quote Hoover Institute Fellow, Victor Davis Hanson speaking at Hillsdale College on 9-29-17.
      "Trump is supposedly uniquely bad or uniquely vulgar or uniquely uncouth as far as the media comes. Because he's chemotherapy, and he's looking at the cancer, which is this culture. It's getting into a toxic phase. And people voted for chemotherapy. And chemotherapy is not pleasant, but it does the job. And that's what his supporters see. They'll stick with him.".

      Jorg and I are buddies going back about 40 years. We have a great time agreeing to disagree on politics.
      He comments on comments, but I've never seen him censor…he loves free speech.
      Al Ward

      • Jorg Aadahl 9:34 am on October 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Until Mueller’s investigation is complete, just a note re. your silly “crackpot” characterization of Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. She not only has the top ranked program in that category, but she is considered one of the very best in the business! She has a PhD in political science from Stanford and is clearly one to watch if you really want to know what is going on. Obviously, many shy away from her insightful commentary if they are too committed to Trumpy and the Republican agenda and have a hard time with the truth she exposes. I find her program very helpful for my understanding of the current political climate in the US.

  • Jorg Aadahl 12:50 pm on September 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest Post: To Donald Trump by Leland Melvin 

    I believe in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of this country even though at the time they were drafted, their tenets of life, liberty justice for all and eventual freedom of speech, religion, assembly, press and petition amendment ratified in Dec 1791, only applied to a select group of people and not ones that looked like me.
    Donald Trump, I listened to your Alabama rally rant and could not believe how easily you say what you say.
    We have become numb to your outlandish acts, tweets and recent retweet of you knocking down Hillary Clinton with a golf ball that you hit.
    Donald Trump, your boorish and disgusting actions are not funny. They actually promote violence against women especially when your followers act out what you say.
    I used to walk the grounds of UVA in Charlottesville, VA as a graduate student only to watch in horror as those same grounds became a battlefield being trod by Nazi and anti-Semitic worshippers armed with assault style weapons ready to fight to make America White again. (their words). You actually said there were nice people on both sides. People armed and ready to kill other Americans for the purpose of eradicating Blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Mexicans, Asians, Latinas and even the first real Americans, Native Americans to make America Great Again were “nice people”?
    Comparing this to what you say in condemnation of an unarmed black man peacefully protesting by exercising his constitutional First Amendment rights by silently taking a knee is appalling, unnerving and reprehensible.
    Today, you called Colin Kaepernick “a son-of-a-bitch.”
    You said he should be fired.
    You are calling his white mother a bitch.
    The strong contrast in language for a black man and a Nazi is very telling. Do you have any sense of decency or shame in what you say to the American people that are part of your duty to serve respectfully with dignity, presidentially?
    Our National Anthem has been edited to try not to offend, because when Francis Scott Key penned the song he watched freed slaves fighting for the British and wrote this stanza:
    “And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
    That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
    A home and a Country should leave us no more?
    Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
    I guess if I were a slave back then I probably would have done anything to obtain freedom from my American oppressors who were whipping, killing, raping, dismembering, hanging or releasing the dogs on people like me all under our Constitution.
    In 1814 former slaves fought with the British for their freedom from their American enslavers.
    Key witnessed a battle from a ship off the Maryland shore at Fort McHenry, which inspired him to write what became our National Anthem.
    I served my country not in the military, but as 1 of 362 American Astronauts that have explored the universe to help advance our civilization. Not just Americans, but all humans. I also was briefly in the NFL and stood for the National Anthem with my hand over my heart. What makes us great is our differences and respecting that we are all created equally even if not always treated that way.
    Looking back at our planet from space really helps one get a bigger perspective on how petty and divisive we can be. Donald Trump, maybe you should ask your good friend Mr. Putin to give you a ride on a Soyuz rocket to our International Space Station and see what it’s like to work together with people we used to fight against, where your life depends on it. See the world and get a greater sense of what it means to be part of the human race, we call it the Orbital Perspective.
    Donald Trump, please know that you are supposed to be a unifier and a compassionate and empathetic leader. If you can’t do the job then please step down and let someone else try. I pray that you do the right thing.
    May God bless you.
    Leland Melvin
    Former Astronaut and NFL Player

  • 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 12:44 pm on September 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Will we ever learn? 

    When will we learn? Ever, or never?
    Why did we go in to help the Taliban in Afghanistan against Russia in the late 70s? We knew, or should have known, already then what the Taliban stood for! Why couldn’t we stay out of it and let the Soviets try to handle a country that no outsider had been able to control before? Why should we stoop head-on into it after 9/11 and attack a country that actually had nothing to do with the terror attacks on us, – thereby quickly wasting the world-wide goodwill after 9/11? Why not be a bit smarter about it, and instead get bin Laden the way President Obama eventually did, – after his predecessor George W. Bush had given up and “lost interest”?
    And why should we add to the overall misery and attack Iraq, too, and thereby eliminate one country that somehow countered the threat from Iran and made it harder for Al Quida to find safe grounds?
    Have we seen now what it all resulted in? What do we have to show for the thousands killed or maimed and the trillions spent?
    Have we learned to stop and think for a moment next time? Or, do we have to make the same mistake again?

    Please refer to various articles about Trumpy under “Article-links”, like questions about his mental health, his failing presidency, obsession with Arpaio, his incompetence and declining support, etc. This list of links is constantly being updated with the latest of articles exposing the Electoral College elected occupant of the White House.

  • Jorg Aadahl 1:42 pm on September 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: DACA denial – a Moral Nightmare, by Barack Obama 

    Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.
    But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.
    Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people – our young people – that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here a certain number of years, and if you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill.
    That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country. We did so based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, because our immigration enforcement agencies have limited resources, and it makes sense to focus those resources on those who come illegally to this country to do us harm. Deportations of criminals went up. Some 800,000 young people stepped forward, met rigorous requirements, and went through background checks. And America grew stronger as a result.
    But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?
    Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.
    It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today. And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel.
    Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.
    What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.

    • Al Ward 2:37 pm on September 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Marvelously crafted remarks, as usual, by Barack Obama the Hypocrite in Chief. When he was president and had both houses of Congress controlled by the Democrats he did nothing about this issue. Then when an election was pending, presto, a cynical, known to be temporary executive order.
      How fortunate all those young people are to have President Trump throw this issue back to Congress for lawmaking as it should be.

      • Jorg Aadahl 12:13 pm on September 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        We should not forget all the even more pressing issues facing the newly elected president Obama, – elected by both electoral college and popular vote advantages. Much had to be done to rescue the nation after a disastrous Bush administration that nearly drove us into the ditch. The mistake Obama made, was to believe that Congressional Republicans would cooperate for the good of the country, – as they were elected to do. Quite the opposite, on day 1 Republican leaders got together and decided to fight against anything and everything President Obama tried to do, to make sure he would not be credited with any accomplishments, and preferably, become a one-term president. Despite that compact obstruction, which only became worse after the mid-term elections in 2010, Obama accomplished a lot of potentially lasting value. He rescued the economy, regained respect in the rest of the world, and did his best to get us out of the ill-conceived, non-winnable wars that Bush foolishly lied us into. When Republicans retook both House and Senate after the 2010 election, Obama tried to get some kind of support for comprehensive immigration reform, without any success, despite that being a high-priority issue for the Republicans as well, – before Obama took office. So, as a short-term, stop-gap solution, he issued a perfectly legal executive order called DACA, just to give those children of immigrants some peace of mind until the issue was fully resolved. They were promised safety if they came forward and disclosed their situation, – an honorary promise that heartless Trumpy had no trouble reneging on. The only decent thing to do, is to honor the DACA conditions by establishing a permanent law to that effect, but why create an uncertainty that must be more than upsetting for the people involved, – aside of the uncertainty associated with Republicans expected to the “decent thing”.
        While we’re at it, let me also remind you that Republicans don’t seem to be able to win the presidency anymore without the outdated Electoral College, – you may remember that both George W. Bush and Trumpy lost the popular votes. Neither can Republicans win House or Senate majority without voter suppression on a large scale, combined with gerrymandering. While it took someone like Obama to get us back on track after the Bush fiasco, what kind of Democratic caliber would it take to clean up after Trumpy?
        Btw.: I let your “Hypocrite in Chief” statement pass unedited, partly because it falls flat regarding Obama, partly because it is very appropriate for Trumpy.

  • Jorg Aadahl 7:41 am on August 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: a Facebook pledge 

    Sorry, no more Mr. NIce Guy.
    This is where I stand. Period.
    I make no apologies to any or all of my FB friends for this. I know some are tired of political postings and rants. But apart from non-committal posts of recipes, meals, flowers, dogs, seashells, balloons, pictures, cats, drama, humor, our own art, and even beautiful expressions of spiritual beliefs, FB is (until it gets taken away) a vehicle to express our outrage at how far our country has currently fallen on the humanitarian scale.
    To me, FB is a useful vehicle for my passion and activism. The fevered ego currently occupying our White House, his power hungry cronies taking positions of authority in his Cabinet and administration, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life, and all the people I love. And unless you are worth billions of dollars, they are a threat to you and your life, too. So, I will Resist and I will continue to be a part of the resistance, and proud of it. If you can join in or hang with it, fine. But, I refuse to “play nice” in the face of what these people are doing. Our country’s well-being demands that we stand and resist.
    Some people are saying that we should give #45 a chance, that we should “work together” with him because he won the election and he is “everyone’s president.” This is my response:
    • I will not say #45’s name.
    • I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for EIGHT YEARS…
    • I will not “work together” to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.
    • I will not “work together” to remove civil rights from ANYONE.
    • I will not “work together” to destroy marriage equality and make it a states right to deny love between two people.
    • I will not “work together” to allow men to make choices about a woman’s own body, or to restrict health care for women.
    • I will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.
    • I will not “work together” to increase the profits of the insurance companies.
    • I will not “work together” to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of an alleged or actual “pre-existing condition.”
    • I will not “work together” to build a wall.
    • I will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.
    • I will not “work together” to shut out refugees from countries where we destabilized their governments, so that we could have something more agreeable to our oligarchy.
    • I will not “work together” to lower taxes on the 1%.
    • I will not “work together” to increase taxes on the middle class and poor.
    • I will not “work together” to help #45 use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his cronies.
    • I will not “work together” to weaken and demolish environmental protection.
    • I will not “work together” to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.
    • I will not “work together” to enable the killing in any way of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them.
    • I will not “work together” to waste trillions more on our military when we already have the strongest in the world.
    • I will not “work together” to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.
    • I will not “work together” to slash funding for education.
    • I will not “work together” to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
    • I will not “work together” to allow torture and “black op” prison sites.
    • I will not “work together” to “take their oil.”
    • I will not “work together” to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.
    • I will not “work together” to eliminate the minimum wage.
    • I will not “work together” to support so-called “Right To Work” laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.
    • I will not “work together” to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that #45 and his supporters are wrong on the facts.
    • I will not “work together” to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.
    • I will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.
    • I will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.
    • I will not “work together” to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.
    • I will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.
    • I will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.
    • I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversite at any level of government.
    • I will not “work together” with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators who murder their opposition.
    • I will not “work together” with #45 because I will not allow one man to feed upon the fears of the populace, blaming minorities for their condition or their inability to thrive.
    This is the line, and I am drawing it.
    • I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the compassion and humanity that is the center of Life itself.
    • I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN for what’s really so dangerous about #45, his friends and the Big Lie they spin to the world:
    • That “winning”, “being great again”, “rich” or even “beautiful” is anything more than nothing when others are sacrificed to glorify its existence.
    PS: If you agree, please touch and hold this text you are reading and copy and re-post (we understand this results in larger numbers of people seeing a post), and if you can, sign your name below ours and add your state.
    Consider this an opportunity to make a declaration of commitment, in becoming part of The Resistance.”
    -Tim Rowden
    -Stacey Crawford, Saint Louis, Missouri
    -Kenneth Hendricks, Saint Petersburg, Florida
    -Lou Castillo, Houston, Texas
    -KL Rhavensfyre, North Carolina
    -Char Gutierrez, Boutte, LA
    -Vera Skorupski, Slidell, LA
    -Marc Severson, Tucson, AZ
    -Pamela Severson Vaughn, San Francisco, CA
    -Penelope Warren, Minnesota
    -Juan Oliver, Santa Fe, NM
    -Michael Merriman, Plano Texas

    • Al Ward 3:29 pm on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Tim Rowden has done a pretty complete job of laying out the arguments as to why #45 should be resisted.

      It seems sensible to use this forum as a place to point out some of the factors that led to the fact of #45’s election success…a success owed to the voters of the “flyover states”, the red middle of the country.
      As I recall, it was a minority of the voters in that election (47%) that substantially tipped the Electoral College against the wishes of the majority of voters who were primarily in the blue (mostly coastal) states.
      This was a clear example of the wisdom of the Founding Fathers in designing the Electoral College to protect the smaller states from domination by the larger ones such as NY. This is of course upsetting to those who don’t like the election results and who intend to resist #45.

      However I expect that many #45 resisters understand that a good many of those who voted for #45 are unhappy (although not surprised) with #45’s behavior in office.
      They are not surprised that a flamboyant television celebrity who bamboozled the Republican Establishment with BS and showmanship would be unchanged in his behavior.
      They are not surprised but they are deeply disappointed that his behavior has not changed.

      So how did it happen?
      Pin it mostly on the Progressives in government and the entertainment industry, and on the behavior of #44.
      The red state victories resulted in part from a convulsive rejection of political correctness, the coarsening of the culture, the corruption by public employee unions, and the actions of #44. Actions such as refusing to name Radical Islamic Terrorism, such as arousing racial divisiveness by inviting representatives of Black Lives Matter into the White House ( ” What do we want?, Dead cops. Fry ’em like bacon”). Also, #44’s demeaning of American exceptionalism though his apology tours at the beginning of his first term. Apologizing to the world on behalf of the nation that rescued the world from the Nazis, and rebuilt Europe with the Marshall Plan. The nation that props up NATO and that can take much of the credit for the collapse of the USSR, freeing the nations of Eastern Europe.
      That is a good part of how it happened.
      Just an observation,
      Al Ward

  • 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 10:11 am on August 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: A MESSAGE TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS by Dick Abel 

    O K Trump supporters, once and for all, we get it, you hated president Obama, you hate Hillary Clinton, you hate liberals, democrats, progressives, intellectuals, educators, immigrants, the poor, the elite, gays, protesters, Colin Kaepernick, BLM. But you say you love Jesus, who, by the way was a foreigner, and from the Middle East, who also advocated love for all people! But let’s put that aside for now.
    Out of all the things you hate, do you still love your country, and the freedoms it provides? Well, The man that you voted in as president, is systematically trying to transform this free society into a dictatorship! Now, before your begin hurling insults at me, and calling me names, like snowflake and libtard, or any one of the plethora of other insults you guys use to disparage those who disagree with you. Here me out!
    Your president has gone to war with every branch of government we have, including the executive branch, of which he is the head. He’s attempted to discredit the military, saying that he knows more than the generals do. Let’s not forget this man was hosting a game show, and ogling young naked beauty pageant contestants, and talking about grabbing women’s genitals 3 years ago, he’s never served in the military, he dodged the opportunity to do so. So, where does his superior knowledge come from? Cause he says he has a good brain? Really?
    He has tried to dissolve faith in our intelligence gathering agencies, who have tied Russian hackers to spying, and interfering with our election. He has insulted them, called them liars, unless of course they benefit him. These are the people who protect us from threats both foreign and domestic; they have studied for years, and are well versed in the ways of espionage and counter intelligence! Trump was building failing casinos and appearing on the WWE, while these people were protecting the country.
    Now Trump is in a fight with the what he calls, “Fake Media” which is our American free press, judiciary branch, disparaging federal judges, calling them political, because they won’t let him run roughshod over the rule of law! Judges who have studied law, made rulings based on our constitution, and law, judges who have been appointed to their positions by commanders and chiefs. Upholding the law, while trump was out breaking the law, Not paying his taxes, (which he still hasn’t shown us) cheating on his wives, business partners, and American citizens. And then there is the obstruction of justice and possible treason charges to come.
    So, he’s at war with those who protect us, those who defend us, those who uphold our laws, and let’s not forget about our global environment and his war with the media, actually saying that all who don’t agree with him are fake news! Open your eyes! Your choice for president is trying to become America’s first dictator! As much as you may hate everything, and everyone else, don’t you at least love your country enough to stop him? Or has he bewitched you beyond your capacity to see what he’s doing?
    Dick Abel

  • Jorg Aadahl 9:22 am on August 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    R and D contrast 

    Instead of calling the FBI when offered Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton, Trump Jr. responded, “I love it” and set up a meeting for himself, Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort to meet with a person described as a “Russian government attorney.” In other words, informed of a secret Kremlin effort to use highly sensitive, probably stolen information about a former U.S. Secretary of state to manipulate an American election, Trump Jr. signaled, “We’re in!”

    Contrast that to what happened in 1960, when the Kremlin made a similar offer to support the candidacy of John F. Kennedy against Richard Nixon, which the Kennedy campaign rebuffed. Likewise, when the Al Gore campaign in 2000 received confidential materials relating to the Bush campaign, they called the FBI.

    Is this contrast a sign of different moral codes between the two parties — lack of patriotism, lack of respect for our democratic values — or simply self-serving at any cost on the part of the Republicans?

    • Ray Fowler 1:19 pm on August 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      There is mounting evidence that Donald Trump Jr. may have acted immorally, unethically or illegally in his communications with Russia. If his actions were immoral or unethical, there should be a political consequence. However, if his actions were illegal, should he be indicted?

      The rules are different for Washington-types. Although President Trump’s opponent was found to be “extremely careless” in her handling of sensitive information, there was no indictment. Will Donald Trump Jr. receive similar treatment for being extremely careless?

      Let’s look to our nation’s early history for some perspective. George Washington’s personal attorney, Edmund Randolph, was our nation’s first Attorney General before he assumed the duties of Secretary of State. An intercepted letter from the French bound for Randolph detailed French contempt for the United States. According to the letter, Randolph had revealed that Washington’s “neutral” Administration was hostile to the French. When Washington presented the letter to his Secretary of State, Randolph resigned. Today, scholars describe Randolph’s surreptitious actions as “lapses of good sense.” Randolph clearly communicated with a foreign government and paid a price for his actions.

      Moving back to Donald Trump Jr. and the current situation. What about his lapses of good sense? It looks like the President’s son may have communicated with a foreign government in some fashion. While Randolph quit before he was fired, should Donald Trump Jr. consider doing the same? If he does, he should then let the process play out. If he is ultimately vindicated… so be it. However, until the matter is resolved, no more Oval Office tweets suggesting that Donald Jr. is “open, transparent and innocent” because his own emails suggest otherwise.

      Ray Fowler
      Redwood City, CA

  • Jorg Aadahl 1:07 pm on July 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Back to school, Trumpy! 

    Even with a rich dad and “understanding” teachers, it is hard to understand how you, Donald, could make it through Wharton, although only for a BS. You don’t seem to understand even the basics expected from
    an average grade school student.
    Let’s take math. Your electoral count of 304 is less than both Obama’s at 374.5 and 348.5. With such a low score, you didn’t win by a landslide, as you claim. You didn’t set a record, – you barely beat the Bush’s, who got 297 and 278.5, respectively. Like your Republican predecessors, the electoral college was necessary since neither of you got a simple majority vote. Your vote was several millions less than Hillary’s, despite wide-spread voter suppression to keep minorities from voting. And, we are still waiting for the impact of other factors, Russian meddling included. Interesting that you are so worried about it.
    Did you even have geography in school? Syria and Iraq are two different countries, while a hangar ship heading towards Australia is moving farther away from North Korea, not closer.
    Your lack of the most rudimentary knowledge of history is painful, – and we’re not talking world history, but basic American history, like the Civil War.
    Civics is another embarrassment, Donald, – not to mention English grammar and spelling! And why are you so dead set against science? Didn’t understand any of it in school, so you feel more comfortable just denouncing it, – or letting the made-up Bible explain it all?

    Finally, in grade school, didn’t you learn that it wasn’t nice to grope the girls? Nice boys didn’t, while groping boys got a bad reputation and were generally shunned by nice girls. 
    Don’t remember ever being corrected for such behavior? You brush it off as “locker room talk”, – making me wonder what kind of locker rooms you have frequented.

    • Leo 4:11 pm on July 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      He should be all for science just like the left with Bill Nye and their 60+ genders. The same idiots who claim the science is settled! Politics corrupts real science and idiots like you are all in no questions asked for anything the progressive left claims to be true. You’re a pathetic POS.

      • Jorg Aadahl 8:09 pm on July 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        And what does that have to do with Trumpy’s serious academic shortcomings? What’s your science background, – any?

  • Jorg Aadahl 11:58 am on July 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump’s inexplicable support 

    Up against compact Republican obstruction, President Obama spent 8 years repairing the damage George W. Bush’s administration had caused, only to find Donald Trump dead set on destroying everything he was lucky enough to inherit, no matter the cost or the consequences.
    Trumpy’s habitual lying overshadows anything he says that may be worth listening to.
    He engages in unpresidential Twitter fights with popular TV-hosts who had the audacity to express their opinion about fake Time Magazine cover self-admiring Trump had posted all over his country clubs.
    Although dwarfed compared to President Obama’s international approval rating of over 60%, Trump’s 22% is hard to understand.
    Who are these people who still “approve” of him, despite his despicable behavior and destructive policies?
    Are these people only happy to see us slide into the ditch? Again?

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