Four US soldiers die; Trump plays golf

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The U.S. Army’s Special Forces are known as the “quiet professionals.” They don’t seek fame or glory, but when soldiers are killed in action the decent thing to do is to acknowledge the sacrifice these soldiers made in service of their country.

On October 5, 2017, four soldiers assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group were killed by IS forces while operating in Niger.

While the remains of the fallen soldiers were returned by an honor guard to the United States, our “president” Donald Trump played golf. I guess he couldn’t be bothered with welcoming home those fallen soldiers.

For someone who claims to honor the military as much as he claims, the deaths of four American soldiers seems to be of less import to Trump than his Twitter war with Sen. Bob Corker, his spat with the NFL, “fake news” and whatever other bullshit drama he comes up with. As much as Trump loves to tweet whatever stupid fucking thing that pops into his degenerate brain, Trump hasn’t made any tweets yet regarding the four dead soldiers, or made much of  any public statements aside from the obligatory White House statement.

The reason why is obvious: Trump doesn’t care. The only reason he made a big show out of the death of Navy SEAL Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens earlier this year was to use the image of Owens’ grieving widow for political gain. It really is a despicable practice, but it’s what Trump does. He doesn’t respect the military. His whole life is a testament to that.

He dodged the draft during the Vietnam War, compared his time at a military-styled prep school to actually serving, mocked Senator John McCain, a former POW, and insulted the Muslim family of a US Army Captain who died in Iraq. This was all known before he was even elected, so if you voted for Trump thinking he is truly behind the military then you’re a fucking moron. And if you’re a veteran and you still support Trump then you’re a fucking hypocrite because Trump represents everything that America is not and I have no respect for you.

While it’s true that Trump really doesn’t give two fucks about our service members, I wonder if there is some other reason the White House is trying to brush this off. After all, four American soldiers died. Doesn’t that deserve more attention?

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Donald Trump eating

I’m still suffering from Trump fatigue. I can’t keep up with all of his bullshit and my own personal life at the same time. Rest assured, I have plenty of things to say regarding the so-called Commander-in-Chief, just no time to say them. So, for the time being, here are some pics of Trump eating.

Granted, not a lot of people look good stuffing their faces, but Trump is so insecure and image-conscious, I’m sure he’d wish these pics would just go away. So please feel free to spread them around.

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Trump and Idiot Son #2 Eric feed their faces at a basketball game in 2007.
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Trump’s 1995 Pizza Hut commercial. Can’t even eat a pizza right.

 

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Trump doing something obscene to an ice cream bar.
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I know you can’t get enough of that, so here’s another pic.
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All done!
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Make America (Gr)eat Again.
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Oh, precious pork chop, I love you so. Let me give you a kiss before I devour you.
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Ever wonder what a pork chop eating a pork chop looks like? This.

There you go. Hope you enjoyed these pics of Trump feeding his fat fuckin face. Hopefully next time I’ll have more time and energy to contribute a more thoughtful criticism of Trump and his policies, but I think simple internet trolling is probably the only thing he really understands.

 

When the World Trade Center fell on 9/11, Trump bragged that his building then became “the tallest.”

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“Now mine’s the tallest. The tallest!”

Today (September 11) marks sixteen years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Trump commemorated 9/11 in a solemn and non-partisan ceremony today at the White House and the Pentagon. But whenever Trump talks about 9/11 I feel a little bit sick inside. This is what he had to say in a telephone interview on September 11, 2001:

40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest — and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest…And now it’s the tallest.

Classy, huh?

Turns out, that Trump’s building wasn’t really the tallest after all.

 

I’m still here. Trump still sucks.

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Not my finger, but I echo the sentiment

There have been plenty of things to write about, but I’ve been too busy to keep up. Yes, hard as it is to believe,  I do have a personal life that doesn’t involve Trump (thank goodness), but it’s been no vacation. After all, I still keep up with the news. Transgender military ban? DACA? Arpaio? Holy fuck, I need a drink.

Although I’d like to keep my ridicule current, there’s TOO MUCH STUFF going on, and I get the feeling that even though my urge is to comment on each new public outrage that Trump commits, that’s probably less valuable than looking at the direction of the Trump administration as a whole. Something about not seeing the forest for the trees…or something like that.

Trump repealed DACA, leaving it up to congress to decide its fate (and shifting blame), but let’s face it: he wants DACA over permanently. You know that because he pardoned former sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted in July by a federal court of criminal contempt of court for his failure to discontinue his practice of racial profiling. Trump pardoned him less than a month later. Big picture? Trump doesn’t care about law and order and he hates immigrants (not exactly true–he seems to be fine with rich Russians.)

Anyway, my point is that Trump’s administration seems crazy–and it is– but Trump is a big fan of distraction and subterfuge. He likes crazy. Trump’s got the high beams in your eyes hoping to blind you. The more craziness there is the more you’ll be distracted. You’ve got to make sure you’ve got your eyes on the road. Keeping up with the Trump news cycle is exhausting, so it’s important to keep in mind the big picture and to have a sense of humor. And to not give in to cynicism. Trump’s presidency is an aberration. It’s up to us, liberal and conservative, to make sure that it stays an aberration and does not become a new standard for American politics.

Bannon’s out; yes, Trump’s still a racist

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“And I-ee-iiiii, will always love you-hoo-hoo-hooo, whoah…love YOUUUUU!”

If there was any doubt about Trump’s position on the issue of race, I think Trump removed any doubt in last Tuesday’s painful press conference in which Trump defiantly proclaimed that there were “fine people on both sides” of the protests in Charlottesville, putting neo-Nazis and the KKK on the same moral level as counter-protesters. Of course, only one of those sides decided to ram his car into a crowd of counter-protestors, killing a woman and injuring more than a dozen others. Though some apologists claim that Trump was not sincerely defending the white extremists but was rather being his own contrarian self, even this says a lot about his judgement. If it wasn’t clear before, it’s glaringly so now: Donald Trump is a racist. And if you still, after all this, support him then you probably are, too.

The fact that the alt-right blob of mucus known as Steve Bannon was booted out of the position as Trump’s Chief Strategist on Friday changes nothing. It’s so obviously an attempt to distance Trump from the alt-right, but I think the damage is done. The fact that Bannon was ever allowed to set foot in the White House is shameful. The fact that Trump had anything to do with someone like Bannon says a lot about Trump. I doubt any of that has changed.

So, Bannon’s out, and that’s a good thing, but what now? The Trump news cycle is so fast that I’m getting kind of sick of all these “White House shake-up” headlines. I don’t know if I (or the nation) can take another three-and-a-half years of this. This presidency has been such an insane whirlwind that it’s very difficult to get a sense of where it’s going.

One thing I have noticed, though, is that we haven’t talked about Russia much lately. What a trade-off. Trump got us to stop talking about Russia for a while in exchange for showing himself as a racist asshole. Only makes sense to Trump.

If you’re still a Trump supporter after Charlottesville, it’s time to admit you’re a racist

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A woman was killed yesterday in Charlottesville, VA, when protests turned violent and a driver plowed his car into anti-fascist protestors. More than 19 were injured. The vehicular attack was reminiscent of recent similar terrorist attacks in France and the UK. Donald Trump was quick to tweet his condemnation of these attacks, but this time his response was slow and ambiguous. He said this:

We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides…

On many sides? So, let’s see…which side was it that plowed a car into a group of people protesting white supremacists? Ah yes, it was the white supremacist side. It seems to me that should be the side to condemn. So why can’t Trump condemn the neo-Nazis, the KKK and alt-right groups that caused the death of a young woman? Additionally, Trump’s callousness is remarkable. This is what he tweeted regarding her death:

Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!
4:25 PM – 12 Aug 2017

“So sad!” Could he sound less sincere?

This, to me, is a no-brainer that Trump should explicitly condemn those white nationalist groups. Politically, it makes no sense not to condemn them to the utmost, but more importantly it is a strong indicator of Trump’s moral void. It should be obvious, but explicitly condemning groups that promote hate against fellow human beings is not only for bleeding-heart liberals. In fact, this isn’t even a left/right, liberal/conservative issue. This is about right versus wrong and what is decent and good versus repugnant. There are plenty of staunch conservatives who have criticized Trump’s mealy-mouthed condemnation, but there are plenty more who whisper their complaints to confidantes but are reluctant to publicly denounce Trump with conviction.

We are unlikely to change Trump’s point of view, but I think it’s time for you, especially if you are a conservative and a supporter of Trump, to think about what you really stand for. If you are a conservative do you really agree with Trump’s worldview? If you support Trump, are you okay with Trump not explicitly condemning white nationalism, the KKK and neo-Nazis. Are you comfortable with Trump’s tacit approval of groups that advocate lynching blacks, murdering Jews and eradicating gays?

It’s okay to be progressive and liberal. It’s okay to be conservative. It’s okay to be secular or religious. You can be all these things and still not be an apologist for white nationalism like Trump is. So if you are still a supporter of Trump, you should take a good hard look in the mirror and ask yourself: am I a racist? If the answer is no, then you shouldn’t be supporting Trump. After Charlottesville, Trump himself drew a line when he placed moral equivalence between hate-mongers and those who were protesting against them. Trump has no policy stances or redeeming characterstics that can cancel out the fact that he tacitly approves white extremism. If you are still a Trump supporter then I think it’s pretty hard to make the claim that you are not a racist.

Trump as president is scarier than North Korea with nuclear weapons

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Let’s face it: they’re both nuts.

Now that North Korea is believed to have in their possession strategic nuclear ordnance, Trump and North Korea have been engaging in a war of words. North Korea having nuclear weapons is a scary concept, but to me Donald Trump as president is a hell of a lot scarier.

Of course, we don’t want North Korea to have nuclear capability, but even if they do they are still not on equal footing with the United States and they know that. Kim Jong Un might be a fat, megalomaniacal sadist, but he isn’t stupid. He knows what will happen if they launch a nuclear attack: North Korea will be no more. That will be the end of them. North Korea doesn’t want this to happen. A nuclear North Korea is a danger but the power in that mostly lies in the leverage it gives them. North Korea must realize that they have nothing to gain in actually launching a nuclear attack, but somewhat more to gain in threatening to do so. I’ll admit, I’m a little nervous about it, but I don’t think a nuclear attack by North Korea will happen unprovoked. This current rhetoric by Pyongyang is straight from their playbook. They’ve been doing it for years.

But the problem is Donald Trump doesn’t realize this. Donald Trump has already proven himself embarrassingly ignorant of the North Korea problem. Furthermore, he doesn’t listen to staffers and advisors who are familiar with the issues. It is rather incredible that Trump improvised his “fire and fury” response:

North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States…They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen … he has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.

Here is Trump trying to sound like a tough guy, when this is the exact opposite of what he should be doing. For one, he’s playing Kim Jong Un’s game; by responding to a threat with a threat he legitimizes North Korea. Secondly, and maybe more importantly, what Trump basically said was, if you threaten us we will respond with “fire and fury,” which I have to take to mean as some sort of attack. So, if they merely threaten us again (which they have time and time again before), Trump is going to launch an attack? If this happens it’s a guarantee that North Korea will respond in kind and maybe worse.

What I fear is that Trump is escalating this issue unnecessarily. Trump doesn’t know shit about shit, yet he has all the power of our nuclear arsenal in his tiny little hands. If there is a war between the US and North Korea, nuclear or not, I have no doubt that we will win, but it would be a Pyrrhic victory at best. The Korean peninsula would be devastated. South Korea would bear the brunt of the damage, unlike the distant mainland US, and North Korea would be an unrecoverable mess. The human cost would enormous. This isn’t like launching a Tomahawk attack on Syria. This is world-changing.

Kim Jong Un is a dick, for sure, but he’s a dick who would like to have a nice, long life of being a dick and I don’t see him doing anything to jeopardize that. North Korea is doing what they do: talking big, making threats and stubbornly trying to keep their dying nation rolling. Nothing new. Trump, with his own stupid rhetoric, is liable to make this war of words something much, much worse.