Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saga of The Swamp Things!

Out of the myriad  promises Donald Trump made during his campaign for president, one that bears further examination is his promise to “drain the swamp”. Trump was merely copying what President Ronald Reagan vowed to do in 1980. Reagan said he would "drain the swamp" of bureaucracy in Washington. No surprise there, he also got his famous "Make America Great Again"  from Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign!. 
As for draining the swamp Trump has announced plans to do that but mostly will just limit his staff and members of congress from becoming lobbyists by proposing tougher rules and he plans on trying to get a constitutional amendment passed that would set term limits on congressmen. A proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution as soon as it is ratified by three-fourths of the States. Either way that’s tepid reform but let’d see where this goes. First let’s look at a few of his proposed cabinet members. Is he “draining the swamp” or filling the White House with Swamp Things?

Steve Bannon!

Steve Bannon will be Donald Trump’s Chief “Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor.” This former editor of and related sites, has been accused of courting white supremacists, who now call themselves the alt right, through Breitbart, which they have found to be a safe haven for their beliefs. How could we know this? "We're the platform for the alt-right," Bannon said, when he was interviewed at the RNC. Is Bannon a white supremacist? Despite his stint at there seems to be a dearth of evidence to prove he is, yet he seems deeply disturbing. It’s like one episode of The Simpson’s showed painted on a helicopter, “Fox News, Not Racist, But #1 With Racists”. Is Bannon guilty or is this guilt by association? Is he a Swamp Thing? Or not?

The Southern Poverty Law Center is so incensed at the idea of Bannon being in the White House that they even have a petition against him being in the White House. Another opponent of Bannon is the National Jewish Democratic Council.

“Enough is enough,” the NJDC said in a statement. “We had planned to withhold judgment on the president-elect, giving him time to make his administration appointments, but his choice of Steve Bannon as chief strategist and senior adviser is wrong...His racism and anti-Semitism have no place in the White House, and he must step down.”

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions the Third!

Jeff Sessions is Trump’s choice for Attorney General. Sessions failed to get appointed as Ronald Reagan’s nominee for the U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama in 1986 but why did he fail? Allegations of racism. It was during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Thomas Figures, an assistant US Attorney who worked under Sessions in Mobile, testified. Figures spoke of Sessions joking that he thought the KKK was  "OK until I found out they smoked pot."  Figures, who was African-American and passed away last year, also told committee members that Sessions had called him "boy" on several occasions and once cautioned him to "be careful what you say to white folks" after Figures had spoken harshly to a secretary who was white.
Another federal prosecutor, J. Gerald Hebert, testified that Sessions had called the ACLU and NAACP "un-American" and "communist-inspired." According to Hebert, Sessions said the two groups "forced civil rights down the throats of people.”

Now 31 years later Sessions meets with that same committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee. Politifact has something to say about Jeff! Bottom line, Sessions says he’s no racist, he is against waterboarding, and a muslim ban and would recuse himself from an investigation of Hillary Clinton if Trump decides to persecute her. All good answers yet he seems an uncomfortable fit for the job. Is Jefferson Beauregard Sessions the Third
 a Swamp Thing or not?

Betsy DeVos!

Betsy DeVos is an Amway heiress and school choice advocate who had state leadership positions in the Republican Party and was a mega-donor to Trump’s presidential campaign and is Trump’s choice for US Secretary of Education. The job requires knowledge of education and Betsy admits she has no education background or degree. The New York Times feels she is too ignorant of the subject matter to do the job.  She also admits a complete lack of familiarity with the US Public School system. The Washington Post posits two negative outcomes. Let's see if she is approved. Is she another Swamp Thing? Or no?

Rudolph W. Giuliani!

Rudy Giuliani was, at one point last year, told he was in the running for Secretary of State! Rudy has been claimed to be a good friend of Donald Trump but it seems that Trump might have been just toying with him. Rudy Giuliani  was offered an ill-defined cybersecurity post instead; Trump rewarded a loyal sycophant with a lesser, created position. Everyone knows of Rudy’s ghoulish attachment to 9-11. For more information consult your local search engine. Knowledge is power!  Jim Kenney,  mayor of Philadelphia called Giuliani! “Nosferatu” on twitter in  2016 and the name has stuck! Is Giuliani! a Swamp Thing? Or no?

Reince Priebus!             

Reince Priebus  was chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2011 until Trump, as president, became the assumed head of the Republican Party. Reince Priebus is a rock solid, establishment Republican. Here at The Strangest Adventures, we do not find Reince Priebus troubling; the presence of such an established, knowledgable figure within the Trump Administration is a comforting thought. Maybe he can convince the new president to quit using twitter! Reince is certainly no Swamp Thing! Hopefully he will guide Trump through the difficulties of the White House!

There are many others, the Russia loving Rex Tillerson comes to mind but the question remains-is President Trump draining the swamp or filling the White House with Swamp Things? It is a Saga we all must wait on…to be continued!

Friday, January 20, 2017

There Can Be Only One!

The inauguration of a new leader of The United States of America is noted in the history books today, one Donald J. Trump and the words of The Immortal Bard, William Shakespeare spring to mind..

King Henry:
Canst thou, O partial sleep, give thy repose
To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude,
And in the calmest and most stillest night,
With all appliances and means to boot,
Deny it to a king? Then happy low, lie down!
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

Henry The Fourth, Part 2 
Act 3, scene 1, 26–31

At The Strangest Adventures we urge the new president to approach the job with great humility and dignity; it’s what America deserves but we stand by, expecting anything to occur.  Hence the most dignified depiction yet of Trump is presented herein.Trump has a history of insulting people on twitter, we can only hope this too will pass into history and that he will be humbled by the enormity of the job. Only the future will tell!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Trump Wins!

The Strangest Adventures and almost everyone else predicted wrong! Trump wins! Donald J. Trump, reality TV star, semi-successful real estate developer, failed salesman of many products branded with his name, has been elected POTUS. He won states that republicans had not won in decades, for an amazing upset win! But is America ready for the upcoming kakistocracy

The important question of the day is, will he be Candidate Trump who promised to ignore basic legal principles protecting the country and people of the United States,  including no religious qualification to enter the US, torturing suspects, starting trade wars with the rest of the world -- or are we getting a different president? President Trump? Let’s examine what Candidate Trump  promised.

Promise One- Build a wall at the Southern Border to stop the flow of illegal immigration into the United States.         
"I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively," Trump said, announcing his candidacy on June 16, 2015. "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall."

Status- Unfulfillable. Already reality rears it’s ugly head (you can not  see illegal immigrants entering through a concrete wall)   and Trump says the wall may only be a fence. 

Promise Two-A Muslim ban, "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on," a campaign press release said. 
Status - Uncertain, possibly abandoned- On Sunday November 2016 Rudy Giuliani explained to Jake Tapper of CNN  that what Trump is really proposing is extreme vetting of immigrants from countries with high levels of radical Islamic extremism.

Promise Three - Bring manufacturing back to the United States. 
"I am going to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (and) I’m going tell our NAFTA partners that I intend to immediately renegotiate the terms of that agreement to get a better deal for our workers," he said. "I will use every lawful presidential power to remedy trade disputes, including the application of tariffs."
Status -Uncertain. It seems unlikely that he can bring back jobs which have been leaving since the 1970s. It seems to make more sense  to promote jobs of the future such as computers and solar power  than to try returning jobs of the past, such as coal mining and steel production but let’s see what his policies produce. 

Promise Four -Appeal and replace Obamacare. This is very popular with republicans in general but Trump is vowing to protect the two most popular provisions, Insurance can not be denied because of preexisting conditions, and people twenty six and younger can stay on their parent’s insurance.
Status - Likely however will trump really take the insurance  away from 20,000,000 Americans? Normally the opposing party takes congress 2 years after a presidential victory.

Trump was the top Mad Magazine Cover Model! 

Promise Five - Cut taxes.
Status-Likely and possible.

Promise Six - Deport 11 Million illegal immigrants. That was one of the main pillars of Trump’s campaign, he promised a special deportation force, but he’s already backed off of that promise. Now he’s only talking about deporting 2 or 3 million that might have criminal backgrounds. 
Status - Promise altered midway through the campaign. Uncertain outcome.

Promise  Seven - Lock up Hillary Clinton.  
“If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation,” Trump told Clinton during a debate in October. “Because there has never been so many lies, so much deception, there has never been anything like it. And we’re going to have a special prosecutor.”   
Status- Unlikely.Donnie could follow through with this promise however it would be extremely divisive at a time when this nation needs unity. 

This is the way some people see Trump. 

There are many more promises but this is enough for now.  We will have a new president in 2017, love him or hate him.Donald J. Trump is president-Elect! Rest assured the Strangest Adventures will show him as much respect as he showed President Obama, which was no respect,  The next four years promises to be the strangest four years in American History!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Trump is the Big Loser!

The Strangest Adventures is, for the first time, making a  political prediction. The crazy election of 2016 is almost over-time for Donald Trump to lose! But let’s examine some events of this election season. Trump beat sixteen other Republican candidates to became the nominee, even though he was arguably the least qualified Republican, though Ben Carson or Carly Florin were just as unqualified. Quite an accomplishment for someone with no experience in government service in any way and having the lowest favorability ratings in US political ratings.Trump began his run by asserting that Mexico is sending illegal immigrants to the US. That is just one of many things Trump has said, many things that have been challenged by the facts. Mr. Trump has gathered many followers based on his xenophobic message, even being supported by the Kiu Klux Klan’s official newspaper, The Crusader. Also Trump receives support from his wife. his children, and Mike Pence, but not of the Republican party. Paul Ryan won’t even say Trump’s name!

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is his opponent, and seems to be the eventual victor on election day and the next President of the USA despite also having low favorability ratings among the electorate as well. For balance, the electorate can examine her lies as well, then decide. Hillary also has people supporting her run too. Her husband, former President  of the United States plus President Obama, Al Gore, former rival Bernie Sanders even Jay-Zee, Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen. Clinton’s main problems seem to revolved around her using a private email server. server while secretary of State.   The FBI decided, with only ten days until the election, to investigate her emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. Anthony is the separated, soon to be ex husband of Huma Abedin, who is Hillary’s top aide. Three days before the election, the FBI ended their investigation, resulting in a stock market surge.  The Stock market had been weakened based on fears of a Trump presidency. 

At The Strangest Adventures we’ve been amused by Trump but we’re not amused to hear the possibility that he’s merely a puppet of Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin. We were not amused at his hidden mike moment with Billy Bush! It was not amusing, either when he proposed banning all people of a single religion from entering the USA. We’ll be glad to see him off of the national stage though Trump does have a large following, mostly people that would in a normal year vote Republican. We are entering a new era-what is to become of the Republican Party in this post-Trump Era? It promises to be another Strange Adventure!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Donald Trump Versus Bernie Sanders!

Note: Trump hands not to scale!

When Bernie Sanders first appeared on The Strangest Adventures he was just another Democratic presidential candidate; a lot has changed since then. Senator Sanders went from one of five democratic presidential candidates to one of two. As it turns out many voters, young people in particular, have responded to his populist platform like affordable college, expanding social security, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, ending the militarization of the police and many other ideas with increasing appeal, particularly with the young folks and far left, no surprise that Sanders calls himself a Democratic Socialist. He’s giving Hillary Clinton some unexpected competition; they are tied in polls for California. That’s mighty good for a candidate that was predicted to have dropped out by now!

And everyone knows presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, orange faced delusional narcissist billionaire xenophobic real estate developer. He is accused of ignoring reality but it isn't so much that Trump doesn't know the facts; he can’t possibly be as ignorant as he appears to be. He's just that he’s brutish and he simply doesn't care about the facts. For example he told voters in Fresno California on May 21st that he could fix their water shortage, declaring that: “There is no drought!” But without a doubt the drought exists in California. The state had one of its driest years ever in 2015. The unprecedented drought covers nearly 95 percent of the state, and in the past several years they’ve had wildfires, water rationing, and snowless mountaintops. The reality is apparent but Donald ignores the facts and bullies onward and upward.

Stained glass window Donald Trump donated to Marble Collegiate Church where he is not an "active member." The camel is leaping with ease through the eye of a needle. It depicts Mark XX 25” It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Window features Trump’s motto Dives Vincet.

Many people have wondered what would happen if Bernie Sanders debated Donald J. Trump; which one would win?  The Comedy Central show @Midnight presented a fictional comedic debate with James Adomian as Bernie Sanders and Anthony Atamanuik as Donald Trump.  As it turns out these two comedians have been touring the country performing this live.

Which leads to the time Trump was recently on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. The conversation eventually led to the idea of Trump debating Sanders. See Hillary Clinton had rejected the offer of a debate with Sanders on Fox News before the California election.  Kimmel asked Donald if he would debate Sanders who was Kimmel’s guest the next evening. Trump’s first comment was “how much is he going to pay me?” Eventually Bernie answered in a tweet “game on!” But we never got this dream team debate in real life. Look here to read the details.

One size fits most pinheads and primates too!

But today Senator Bernie Sanders faces a different foe, Hillary Clinton. Primaries occur today in California, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota and a caucus in North Dakota. This is the last of the major voting and according to the numbers Clinton has all but wrapped up the nomination but Bernie vows to continue on no matter what happens. The likely scenario is he’ll lose but the Senator was not expected to last this long. That he did is a testimony to his message and indicates many voters are dissatisfied with the current system. Perhaps Sanders planted seeds which may blossom some day; only the future knows for sure!