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I miss the honky tonks, Dairy Queens, and 7-Elevens

While we wait for Mueller’s report (will he or won’t he? Only his hairdresser knows for sure), can we get a show of hands for the Green New Deal? I’ve only read parts of it and the part about the farting cows seems vaguely like evangelical veganism to me. But the rest of it? Like reducing fossil fuel emissions by 40% by 2030? Yeah, I’m totally onboard with that.

The green new deal could change the economy rapidly as well. Think of all the alternate renewable energy sources that will need technicians, installers, specialists all over the country. We could revolutionize the solar panel industry, mass transportation, broadband internet. Who wouldn’t want that?

Trump made a really stupid comment the other day about how the green new dealers “want to take away your planes”. This is a man who doesn’t read anything. A couple of years ago, I read about how planes will not be able to fly in certain places, like TEXAS, if the weather gets too hot. The air will be too thin. It’s a physics thing. Someone should clear this up for the Texans, who will be stuck in TEXAS during the summers. Where is Beto when you need him??

I’m shocked by the number of Democrats who should know better who are scoffing and rolling their eyes at the Green New Deal. Did they forget about how at the turn of the last century, we were still using horses and carriages? How about back in the 80’s we were still using landline touch phones? The only thing preventing the Green New Deal from getting a fair shake is the lack of enthusiasm, curiosity and love of a challenge among our Congressional dinosaurs. You don’t have to be young to find problem solving fun and I’m not voting for anyone who tries to placate the masses by making fun of the Green New Deal. If you don’t like it, come up with better solutions. Same with Medicare for All and affordable 4 year colleges. I have zero patience for pandering to the white working class male these days. His refusal to evolve and acknowledge his changing environment, in terms of climate, economy or diversity, is a danger to the rest of us.

Anyway, where else are you gonna go? We’re not going to colonize Mars by 2030.

Morning walk to work music, the lament of the fossil fuel addict as interpreted by Talking Heads:

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Happy Presidents Day (not you Donald)

Did you catch Andrew McCabe on 60 Minutes last night? I didn’t understand why Trump was so unhappy with him. I thought it had something to do with McCabe flying Comey home in a government plane after Trump fired him. Or maybe it was that McCabe was too loyal to the FBI and not the president. I knew pretty conclusively that it wasn’t over some minor evasion on who told the press what. The reason for firing him should have been much more serious than that. If that’s all the IG could find on him after decades at the bureau then McCabe should sue.

As it turns out, it was something more serious than that. Andrew McCabe, lifelong Republican, was deeply suspicious and unsettled by the President’s behavior with respect to Russian interference in the 2016 election. So he made sure that the investigation was difficult to stop. He set up the Russia probe in such a way that the president couldn’t stop it if McCabe was fired. So McCabe sacrificed himself in a way and the investigation continued apace:

Lindsay Graham and a whole host of other Republicans think this is about Trump Hatred and overturning the will of the electorate. I don’t think they really believe this because they know who really won the election and it wasn’t Donald Trump. If anyone has a right to be angry about overturning an election it would be Hillary voters. But the talking point was no doubt hand crafted to infuriate the Trump supporter who has no right to be angry and is mystifyingly complacent about another country taking over our government. The will of the electorate was for Hillary Clinton. Three million additional votes don’t lie and they weren’t all located in California. I’m deeply suspicious about how Trump “won”, especially after so many strange comments he made leading up to the election about how he would challenge the result if he lost PA. Let’s just say my mind is open to the possibility of vote hacking.

As for Trump Hatred, I don’t like what Trump is doing on just about any topic or policy. You name it, he’s wrong on just about everything. But I would remind Trump voters that for years they have bought into the concept that racism, while immoral and repugnant, is not illegal. The meme creators seem to think that the rest of us will feel guilt and shame about hating Trump. Maybe they think we’re all women who were conditioned to think there is something wrong with hatred while the MAGA hat brigade stomp all over any tender feelings they might have had for the rest of us.

I would caution Trump voters who still look up to him that he’s probably caused you to violate every personal moral code you have in order to rationalize supporting him. That right there is a sign of something deeply wrong with the man and how he gets people to support him. I don’t have any respect for Trump or the voters who will jettison decency and compassion to walk in his footprints. But I don’t hate Trump. I COULD if I wanted to. There’s nothing illegal about that. He’s just a guy. He could be any guy. There’s nothing special about him. History is full of bad guys who have no scruples and give zero fucks about crossing the line.

No, the people I hate right now are people like Lindsay Graham and Mitch McConnell and Richard Burr and Susan Collins who will do nothing to stop Trump. As long as he is a Republican President, he is above the law. He can do and say anything with impunity, they will look away. Lindsay Graham is especially disgusting with his insistence that there is something illegal with an investigation bureau investigating the president, as if Trump enjoyed the divine right of kings.

Can you imagine how bad the intel must be for the acting head of the FBI and the Deputy AG to discuss the 25th amendment or wearing a wire during conversations with the president? All I can think of is they already stumbled onto information about Trump’s actions that made him a national security risk and an asset of a hostile foreign power. But the Republican Party doesn’t seem to have a problem with that. Or at least Mitch McConnell and the rest of the cabinet don’t seem to think it’s a big deal. It’s got to be extremely bad for FBI investigators who are themselves Republicans to even consider displacing one of their own.

But the rest of the Republican Party rolls over?

On this president’s day, it’s a waste of time focusing on Trump. He’s not really important anymore. He’s a symptom of the Republican Party. His power can be eliminated in short order if the other two branches held him in check.

From now until 2020, let’s forget about Donald. Let’s stop getting trolled by him and his witless tweets.

Let’s shine a spotlight on all those lockstep Republicans in the Senate and the House. They’re the ones who deserve our revulsion and they’ve gotten away with their act for far too long.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You’ll never guess how I’m spending my Valentine’s Day. Go on, guess. No, I’m not in a sunny and warm location. I’m not at work.

I’ll tell you soon. Some things must be done delicately.

I hope your sweethearts bring you lots of love, chocolate and white roses (my favorite).

Or anyway that you shag yourselves silly.

Black Ice

It’s slick and slippy in Pittsburgh this morning. I have a post floating in my head about Patrick Healy’s tweets from yesterday. But work has been hectic lately and I’ve got something else coming up starting tomorrow that I’ll let you in on in a few days.

In the meantime, if you already know what you think about Patrick Healy, let’er rip in the comments.

Walk to work music:

Lou Reed because why not?

Lush Life in Pittsburgh Winter

It’s cold, dark and rainy. So, I’m going to my favorite piano bar to listen to Billy Strayhorn sing something warm and mellow:

We tried to warn them

But would anyone listen to the libtards?

According to the Washington Post, millions of Americans are finding that their tax refund for 2018 has been slashed:

Millions of Americans filling out their 2018 taxes will probably be surprised to learn that their refunds will be less than expected or that they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service after years of receiving refunds.

People have already taken to social media, using the hashtag #GOPTaxScam, to vent their anger. Many blame President Trump and the Republicans for shrinking refunds. Some on Twitter even said they wouldn’t vote for Trump again after seeing their refunds slashed.

The uproar follows the passage of a major overhaul to the tax code in December 2017, which was enacted with only Republican votes and is considered the biggest legislative achievement of Trump’s first year. While the vast majority of Americans received a tax cut in 2018, refunds are a different matter. Some refunds have decreased because of changes in the law, such as a new limit on property and local income tax deductions, and some have decreased because of how the IRS has altered withholding in paychecks.

The article goes on to say that the refund cut was compensated by the fatter paychecks.

Um, I didn’t see a fatter paycheck, or at least not by MY definition of fatter.

A lot of people in blue states are hit bigly by the tax deduction changes. Most of them knew it was coming but I guess there are always a few Trumpers who are surprised.

“Ya gives’em books and gives’em books but all they do is chew on the covers.”

Welcome to Trump’s America.

{{BLUARGHHH!!!}}

That’s what I heard in the House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday (featuring the smug asshole stylings of Matt Whitaker).

For two years, the majority of the country that did not vote for Trump or his “ism”, had to sit on its hands and watch in dismay as Muslims and other immigrants were treated like less than human beings. It had to watch children torn from their parents, legitimate voters disenfranchised, sick people threatened with an ice floe, POC stripped of their dignity and women of their ability to choose their reproductive fates. It had to wait for the billionaires to shrug off all responsibility and get even more money in the form of tax breaks while infrastructure continued to deteriorate. There were tax cuts that never materialized for the middle class and significant tax INCREASES on the libtards who stupidly had jobs and houses in blue states. It saw environmental and health regulations stripped, climate science decimated and pieces of vital governmental services, like the weather service, sold for parts to private entities.

It was forced to witness corruption on an unheard of scale for the United States of America. It saw a president who is without shame, scruples or limits (apparently) viciously attack our justice system, engage in nepotism, obstruction of justice and coercion and severely compromise our national security with hostile foreign adversaries.

And it watched the Republican Party sit back and shrug.

Matt Whitaker was disrespectful, contemptuous and defiant. He’s also an obvious liar.

The hearing started off badly and quickly devolved. I heard the duct tape finally ripped off of the loyal opposition. It finally got a chance to speak and it spoke loudly with rage and anguish.

None of us signed up for this shit. Not even the clueless Trumpers. We hold one house in Congress but the majority in that house represents the majority of the country even if some of the minority still hold their seats through ruthless gerrymandering and criminal election actions.

It sure didn’t sound pretty. It sounded like gasping for air after being water boarded.

I totally get it.