Well, Kiddies out there in La La Land, it would appear as though we’ve had another smashing Christmas sales season, estimated to exceed ONE TRILLION
BUCKS, about 5% or more over 2015. All this wonderful news for the economy, without a “radical islamic terrorist” attack! While this last bit of info regarding the lack of fear mongering material must be disconcerting to Fox “news” (those poor souls are left doing last chance Obama bashing), it does say that our various security agencies are doing as good job as possible of keeping us safe (fingers still crossed).
There were the reports of “mall” riots across the country, said to be started by fights among our restless teenagers, and reportedly fueled on “social media.” Quite naturally, that story didn’t get much play in the “media;” the advertisers need to squelch that kind of news very promptly.
So, we are ready to assign old 2016 to the dust bin, and “good riddance to bad rubbish!” The political scene, of course, was as ugly as could be possibly imagined, and the results followed suit. Wow, who knew watching our telly’s could have possibly made us this stupid? Can there be a “working man’s billionaire?” Ain’t that oxymoronic, whatever that is??
“On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
Henry Louis Mencken (The “Bard” of Baltimore)
The “people” were looking for “change,” but very unfortunately, a whacko, would-be dictator (he looks more like a paranoia panda, but don’t let that fool ya, this fool is extremely dangerous) grabbed hold of old Bernie’s sensible “change” message and fooled almost half the brave souls who voted in the “bloody election.” Now, with an alleged majority of Electoral College votes going to a self-described sexual predator (BTW: aren’t these people supposed to be monitored?), old Henry (quoted above) appears to have been a prophet. Old pap and I realize that our old country has done some ugly and stupid things in the past, but is this really our good old U.S.ofA?
My dear old cockeyed optimist pappy had almost convinced me to “cool it,” and give the man a chance. Howsomever, the old fool hasn’t even been sworn in yet, and he’s already using his “Twitter” account to spread more damage across our poor old country than all the “Muslim terrorists” have managed so far! He may think he’s only “punching back” for perceived slights, but the mentally unstable members of his core constituency are taking his venom as license to terrorize his targets.
Ok, Ok, you ask, “What’s a hound dog know about politics?” The short answer is not a dang thing, but neither do those egotistical clowns you can see blabbering away in front of tv cameras every day, all day long. Please send that Telly to the recycle station and buy a “newspaper!”
Back to my point of the day: Why am I so upset about this would-be Supreme Leader shyster dude? Well, we Basset Hounds just happen to have olfactory nerves second only to the Blood Hounds (those big blokes they use to track down criminals). We can smell a tasty treat a city block away, and in the present circumstances, I think I smell a rat all the way from the Trump Tower.
FYI: Olfactory Nerve: “the first pair of cranial nerves, transmitting impulses to the brain from the smell receptors in the mucous membrane of the nose.
For instance, because he was caught in an obvious lie concerning his taking credit for saving Carrier Co. jobs, our alleged president-elect angrily tweeted that (as Trump perceives it) incompetence of Chuck Jones and his Indianapolis Steelworkers Union are a typical example of the reason companies are leaving the country. First, this is a stupidly ignorant statement, and second, it is an incendiary statement which has caused weak-minded idiots to make threatening calls to Mr. Jones. Trump’s statement is stupid because the real reason for our loss of jobs is the greed of upper management in our multi-national corporations, combined with the incompetence of their middle management. Old pap’s been there and witnessed big corporate’s ineptitude. Pap’s own experiences with the Steelworkers Union involved extremely profitable (for both parties) worker/management cooperation. The failure of today’s corporate managements to give anything but lip-service to teamwork is the sad truth of our job loses.
Another of this “very smart” fellow’s “tweets” (the word sounds so innocent…) targeted a young girl who asked a question he took offense to, and she began getting the threatening phone calls, too. Horrible!
This type behavior is not what we should expect of our potential President, it is the insane reaction of a psychopathic individual. An old pal of pap’s asked him this morning, “Why hasn’t some distinguished Psychiatrist or Psychologist questioned the man’s mental competence?” That is an excellent question! Way back in Blog #87 – A Wee Bit of Advice, I analyzed Mr. Trump’s horrible ego problem as his suffering from EPPS (Excessive Potty Praise Syndrome), but my psychiatric training is only from that discredited institution, Trump University. So, it would surely help if more well-qualified experts would step forth on this matter!
As you may know, Donald, as Kellyanne refers to him, has been visiting states which voted in his favor on a sort of “Thank You” tour. This is a nice gesture, hopefully on his own funds, but his speeches are less “thank you,” and very long on self-congratulation. Plus, he rants on and on about how he is saving jobs and stopping our companies from leaving. “Buy American, Hire American, he shouts! Brave talk from the old con man who has done neither in his own businesses. The dude is simply a fraud!
Also, terribly troubling are the would be Supreme Leader’s choices for his “cabinet.” I would say at this point that most of them seem to be assigning foxes to guard the hen houses. “General” Flynn, for example, joined his son in passing along fake news stories concerning the Washington, D.C, restaurant where some nutcase from North Carolina showed up after reading the bogus stories with his AK47, and began shooting up the place. Luckily, patrons and employees were able to get out before he began his “statement.”
His sudden reversal on Goldman Sachs and the rest of Wall Street is not really hopeful. This is the guy who taught the Banks to be too big to fail. Way back when he only owed them millions, they were afraid to let him sink, and now he owes billions. So, when he tells the “folks” how he is going to do away with the regulations keeping our companies from hiring them, he and his Republicrat buddies are really talking about Dodd-Frank, the banking regulation. Allowing these vultures completely free rein will wind up igniting another financial bust, and, as old pap and I have pointed out several times, there is nothing left in the Fed’s bag of tricks to fix the next one! It may sound great when this old wind-bag shouts that he is going to cut your taxes (FYI: “your taxes” in his lingo means the taxes on the !%), and strip out harmful regulations, the end result will be to devastate your 401K, and any other savings you may have! The next market crash may be the last one – an ominous thought!
Actually, the old frat boy is loading up on old retired general officers. Let’s hope this action is nothing more than his attempt to atone for his own draft-dodging cowardice. That particular trait, among a few unsavory others, seems to run in the Trumpf family. His grandpappy, Frederich, emigrated to the U.S. back in the late 1800’s, and moved up to Canada, assembling a tidy fortune operating taverns and brothels before returning to Germany where he was eventually expelled due to his avoiding military service by leaving the first time.
Also, now the tech-savvy twitter tweeter has this love triangle going with old Prez Obama and dear old Vlad. This foolishness won’t end real well either as while our boy has had all that sophisticated military training in the NY high school and been able to fool lots of “smart” business guys along the way, Putin is a highly trained spook from the KGB. Vladimir is playing our con artist like a fiddle!
Even more scary is the potential for the old fool’s paranoia to flip completely out of control, resulting in a situation similar to Germany after WWI. The Holocaust began with inciting racists, moved on to convincing the gullible that they were being unfairly treated, and wound up quelling dissent in all forms. All it takes is an already loathed minority group, and a madman is on his way. Old Adolph had the Jews to get started, and, of course, Donald has his Muslims. I’m just sayin’! Already our good old U.S.ofA. is divided into two groups with nothing but distrust for each other, and, despite his claim to want to bring us all together, the Donald and his new pals, the Republicrats, aren’t about to relinquish their new advantage based on our foolish standoff. This ain’t reality tv, folks, and it ain’t conspiracy theory, either! We are in an awfully dangerous stance at this moment, and the “loyal opposition” will need to be especially vigilant!
A fellow Baltimoron sent old pap and me the following “joke”:
Obama, Hillary and Trump are standing at the throne of heaven. God looks at them and says, “Before granting you a place at my side, I must ask you what you have learned, what you believe in.”
God asks Obama first: “What do you believe?”
Obama thinks long and hard, looks God in the eye, and says, “I believe in hard work, and in staying true to family and friends. I believe in giving. I was lucky, but I always tried to do right by my countrymen”.
God can’t help but see the essential goodness of Obama , and offers him a seat to his left.
Then God turns to Hillary and says, “What do you believe?”
Hillary says, “I believe passion, discipline, courage and honor are the fundamentals of life. Like Obama I believe in hard work. I, too, have been lucky, but win or lose, I’ve always tried to be a true patriot and a loyal American.”
God is greatly moved by Hillary’s high-pitched eloquence, and he offers her a seat to his right.
Finally, God turns to Trump and says, “And you, Donald, what do you believe?”
Trump replies, “I believe you’re in my seat.”
This is no joke, folks, this egotistical old fool won’t be satisfied with “GLORIOUS SUPREME LEADER!”
Sorry, pappy, but even considering the old shyster can’t help his having the EPPS, I’ve already cut him all the slack that was in the rope! So, summing up, it would appear to any rational person that this disturbed old man belongs in an institution other than the White House!
“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.”
Good Old Henry, again.
I apologize for droning on so long, but if this disastrous turn in our politics can’t be reversed, and quickly, we’re in for a long, frigid winter!
As long-standing tradition requires, old pap and I wish you all a Happy New Year. At this point though, our confidence level in the sentiment’s fulfillment is not high!
your old hound dog pundit, Buster.