Saturday, August 13, 2016

Finally, Vladimir Putin Imitates Donald Trump



"Look, I'm very much a fatalist."     - Donald Trump




I haven't written for a few days because my mismanagement of my diabetes medicine almost put me into a coma. I sometimes wonder if I'm trying to commit suicide, but I told myself to wait until my cat passed away and I have no more responsibilities keeping me here, other than this blog, of course...

Much has been written about the imaginary link between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, I have called Mr. Trump a minion of Mr. Putin because of Mr. Trump's admiration for Mr. Putin, which he has expressed several times. So far, that admiration seems to go one direction only, like a bad hair day or an ageing boy band...

But now it seems that Mr. Putin is taking the lead from Donald Trump and has fired his chief of staff, replacing him with a servant who has done such tasks as following Mr. Putin around while carrying his umbrella. Anton Vaino, who really was a faceless minion before his promotion, replaces an old crony, Sergei Ivanov, who also was minister of defense at one time and thought to be a replacement for Mr. Putin before Vlad found a way around his country's term limit laws... Mr. Trump had fired his chief of staff only a couple of months earlier, letting Cory Lendowski become the main Trump apologist at CNN. THAT'S RIGHT, who's the bitch now???

Mr. Putin is slowly replacing his cabinet with former bodyguards and intelligence agents, the kind of people who take steroids and condone the doping of athletes. What if they all were cycling through the same drug during cabinet meetings, and Vlad happened to make a condescending remark, would they go apeshit and tear him to pieces like wild wolverines? Some food for thought...

Meanwhile, The Donald has become a bit morose lately, considering the thought that he might lose the election, or rile a crowd up so much that they tear someone apart like wild wolverines, a metaphor that can serve both Russia and the US... All of the talk of Republicans publically coming out and saying that they cannot support him, ex-intelligence officials saying that he doesn't have the temperament needed to be a president, others saying he is mentally ill, and the pressure to release his tax returns, which would turn more people away from him, has been getting him a tad depressed and wondering if he should just walk away from it all, away from his annoying kids who are even dumber than he is ( oh yeah, except for Ivanka, who can lie just as easily as her father, talking about women's pay and maternity rights at the GOP convention, while omitting the fact that the foreign sweatshops she contracts to make her clothing line don't give time off for anything...), send his dumb trophy wife back to Slovenia to finish her college degree, and spend the rest of his days playing golf and boasting to whomever will listen about how great he was... Actually, not a bad life for someone over 70...








Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Does Trump Need a Psychiatric Intervention?



We know that there is something seriously wrong with Donald Trump's behavior as the Republican candidate for president, unless you are a supporter, then he can do more wrong, and the more people he pisses off the better... I just figured it was because he was the son of rich parents, grew up being a bully and could pay for the privilege. But I saw a section on Lawrence O'Donnel's show on MSNBC, and today a Democratic House member put up a petition on a website to get a medical intervention and have a doctor look at Donald Trump for narcissistic personality disorder... Below are the official items to look for from the diagnostic manual that is promoted and used by the insurance companies when they reimburse doctors:

DSM-5 criteria for narcissistic personality disorder include these features:
  • Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
  • Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
  • Exaggerating your achievements and talents
  • Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
  • Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people
  • Requiring constant admiration
  • Having a sense of entitlement
  • Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations
  • Taking advantage of others to get what you want
  • Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
  • Being envious of others and believing others envy you
  • Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner

To qualify for a diagnoses, you need to have at least six out of the nine mentioned above. Donald fulfills all of them. This is why Barack Obama and others have been saying that he doesn't have the healthy mentality required for the office. It also has nothing to do if you are a Hillary supporter or not... A person can function having this disorder, it is quite common among CEO's of large corporations and military generals, but we need to think twice if we want someone acting out in full blown crazy mode in charge of our military and has the nuclear codes and said previously that he might use them. There is medication that helps, maybe it would tone Donald down, make him more tolerable...


It certainly would be a first in modern history that a presidential candidate is forced to be checked out by a shrink. There are many Republicans who are getting off the Trump train, especially after he refused to support Paul Ryan and John McCain, who are both up for re-election, and was abusive and dismissive towards a Muslim family who lost their son by a roadside bomb a few years ago...

The creepy part is that Rudy Guiliani and Newt Gingrich are considered two people who has the most clout with The Donald... I thought that I wouldn't write about Mr. Trump for awhile, but he keeps on shooting himself in his feet, it's amazing that he has any toes left... But then, he still goes out and gets large crowds whose adulation and energy he can feed off of, and they may well clap and cheer at him as he continues to spiral down into a paranoid, narcissistic hell...




Saturday, July 30, 2016

I Want a Little Polonium In My Bowl...





The pundits keep on speculating on the amount of hacking and influencing Russia is trying to interfere with our current presidential election. We've all read by now the stories of purported Russian intelligence groups with stupid bear names were rooting around in the DNC email servers and then giving over 3000  email files to WikiLeaks to publish. Julian Assange is holed up still in the Ecuadorian embassy threatening to publish more unless, what, people will get embarrassed by what a political ass they are? Red flags should have been raised by a hack that any sixth grade kid can do...

Granted, the US and Russia have a long, grand tradition of spying on each other over the last 60 years, enough to fill the coffers of Hollywood movie studios and publishing houses everywhere... The current conceit is that Vladimir Putin is enthralled of Donald Trump enough to consider him one of his minions; he actually said that Donald was quite the colorful character, which Donald typically blew up to mean that Putin considered him to be a genius. One could say that the reason Donald feels such an affinity for Mr. Putin is because they both singlehandedly are trying to make their countries great again, while fleecing millions from the public in the process.

And yes, we, too, have hacked into Russian servers for information, though nowadays it's a lot easier to wait until an ex-premier moves to the US or an oligarch buys a basketball franchise... In fact, I wonder where Mr Putin has selected his next estate, will it be in Florida or California? Remember Vlad, it's still easier to send ricin through our mails than to send a minion with one of those clunky polonium isotopes to act as an ice cube...

This story will last until The Donald shoots himself in the foot again. He cannot stop himself from over-reacting to the slightest criticism. My favorites from the DNC was that every time someone gave a good speech the Trump minions would say how it was plagiarized...



Friday, July 29, 2016

DNC Day 4: Hillary Survives Expectations



The burning question for this evening was: could Hillary hit it out of the park with her acceptance speech? The answer is no, of course she couldn't, nobody could compete with Barack and Michelle Obama, but she did give one of the better ones of her career. And she doesn't like giving speeches...

We had been on thunderstorm watch all evening, and right when it was time for her speech, the electricity went off. I figured that it was a local Republican plot engineered by Doug Lamborn, but that would be giving him far too much credit in planning and initiative... So I went next door, where my neighbor had lit candles and had a battery powered radio. We didn't make s'mores, but I was happy to get a bottle of cold water...

Hillary was still speaking when the power came back on and the cable had cycled back on. Given the reaction to the convention as a whole, it should be a done deal to elect our first woman president. But there is this nagging in the back of my head, warning me about the power of negativity, how it's so much easier to take things apart and smash things than build something, especially if you want a consensus before moving on...

If Hillary can fulfill one or two of her progressive promises, it will be a minor miracle, unless more Democrats win in the Senate and in the House, otherwise she will be banging her head against the wall as much as Obama did.

The Senate will be without the freshmen Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. People say that Ted will be the front-runner in four years, but I think he will sink thankfully into obscurity while more moderate heads try and rebuild the Republican Party into something that doesn't resemble a riot at the insane asylum, warning, warning, the inmates have taken over...

Donald Trump tried to piss on her parade by tweeting up a storm, but was generally ignored... So, he took his wife's web site off of the internet. This way she sure won't screw up again, and he can control what she says from now on just like he has to control everything else in her life. Hope you got a good prenup Melania, because if Donald loses he will soon be divorcing you...

Well, on towards election twilight, where the candidates seem dimmer and less clear the more I contemplate them, ghosts of their rhetorical pasts, only brightened momentarily by a presidential debate. And really, someone needs to pry his cellphone from Donald's tiny, tiny hands, and cancel his tweet account. Let him start watching porn late at night like any normal 70 year old guy...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

DNC Day 3: So You Wanna Revolution...


Well, you're not going to get it at the Democratic Convention, no matter how hard core a Bernie fan you are. Look kids, you have to learn how to work for the things you want to happen, you will get knocked back many times, many times it will seem hopeless, and by the time you are in your 70's it may seem that you accomplished very little. Hell, Bernie Sanders spent 25 years in Congress and accomplished very little, he was happier giving speeches than crafting legislature...

This convention has been the closest to a love-in as you can get these days, too bad the group from Colorado didn't bring enough bud for everyone. You may have noticed that on day one they stayed in their section when 4:20 in the afternoon rolled past... There may have been tension and booing, with Sara Silverman, of all people, telling them they were ridiculous... Actually, my favorite booing came when Leon Panetta spoke. I liked him as a Congressman, not so much as Secretary of Defense because he was over his head, and especially not as head of the CIA, which needs to be dismantled or at least no longer allowed to do covert operations... So I sat in my chair and laughed and booed along with them, go back to Monterrey, ya old clunker!!!!

Pundits agreed that until last night, Michelle Obama gave the best speech. During her pauses you could almost hear Melania Trump taking notes... Then, Barack Obama spoke. If you have access to something like YouTube, go and watch it. It was one of the best speeches I have ever heard, noted for its grace, lyricism, hope and warmth for how elegantly he passed the baton to Hillary. I had tears in my eyes and the last time that happened was during Obama's inaugural speech... One pundit on MSNBC said that in the 30 years he's been covering political conventions, he's only heard 4 good speeches, and Barack Obama has given them all... I'm a registered Republican, but Barack's speech has made me vote Democratic again, Donald Trump just doesn't have a big enough heart, and he certainly doesn't have the soul to match Obama, who is a better father than Trump, a better dresser than Trump, is more elegant than Trump, can tell a joke better than Trump, and is a better husband than Trump will ever be...

And when Hillary came out at the end of his speech, they hugged, and there was no booing, only cheers, and quite a few others had tears in their eyes, too. It was a beautiful hug, one that you wished for yourself, and I doubt if Hillary will be able to do better tonight on her own.

If her husband Bill, and Michelle and Barack can go around the country and campaign for her, she should easily win. The Republicans only have Mike Pense, who has a radio talk show host tone of voice and a very narrow vision of the world. Both Mike and Tim Kaine are Catholics, so it should be interesting to see how they bring their differing views of faith into a debate.

Anyway, I was surprised that I have been enjoying the Democratic convention as much as I have, and I think it's because the organizers planned for it to be on a more positive note, and more inclusive. It is the kind of political convention that you are proud for people in other countries to see, how a democracy is supposed to work, and thank god there have been no Duck Dynasty guys or Scott Baio's cluttering up the stage. This may have been the un-grumpiest post I have ever done, I will try to get back in form. I just need to read about world politics to get pleasantly pissed off, and a couple of days after this convention...




Wednesday, July 27, 2016

DNC Day 2: Bill Clinton Rocks



It usually takes me a few days to soak in what I've experienced, I no longer like to jump right into the fray and thrash about, trying to embarrass someone in public and sometimes reduce them to tears. Sorry about that, Larry, you're really not as dumb as I said you were...

I admire the intensity of the Bernie supporters, I might be one if I was in my 20's again. I remember talking to a college student about 16 years ago, and he asked me if I had ever protested the Vietnam War. He thought I was lucky to have a real situation like a war to protest, when his generation had nothing... of course I told him to wait a few years and our leaders would find somewhere to go to war so he could protest... And here we are bogged down in the Middle East, in a never-ending war... yet people are protesting that Bernie Sanders lost in the primaries as a candidate for president... seems this generation has a skewed sense of outrage and anger, I wonder if their parents are the ones expressing conservative outrage, dancing around and shouting "lock her up!" ... maybe the two groups could face off in an MMA octagon cage, it might make Mike Pense and Tim Cain look less boring... the match I'd really like to see, of course, is The Donald squaring off against Elizabeth Warren,,,

I'm still waiting for the Democrats to bring on a real stand-up comedian, someone really vicious and nasty like Anthony Jeselnik or Jeff Ross...

Ohhhhh, I have been rambling, time for my afternoon meds... Bill Clinton gave the best speech of Day 2, it was sweet and gave insight into the woman he married, and listed a lot of early accomplishments that many people may not have known about. It seems that Hillary needs to brag more often, because it was an impressive list consistently helping women and children's health and legal access... When her staff talks, they often ignore the elephant in the room, what will they do with Bill after Hillary gets elected? Gonna have to give him some supervision, can't let him wander off to get into trouble, can't assign him an intern, and it's never been done before, giving a former president another job at the White House... Just like we could give Donald Trump the permanent job of going around giving speeches on how he's making America great again, maybe book him with someone like Jeff Ross, call it the Great American Insult Tour, admission free, don't forget to strap on your guns for safety and protection... everyone can win and have a place to be expressive, except for Ted Cruz...


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

DNC Day 1




Ok, I got to watch all of the speeches, and they were more positive than negative. Bernie Sanders gave a speech that tried to persuade his delegates to vote for Hillary. Better speeches were given by Cory Booker, Michelle Obama, and Elizabeth Warren...

Other than that, I don't have any criticisms, which I thought I would, and I'm pleasantly surprised. If the rest of the convention is like this, I'll be feeling all warm and fuzzy by the time Hillary Clinton gives her acceptance speech...