WTF?

83383F66-3798-4863-85B7-133FDBE0DFF0A Tennessee Republican state representative, Micah Van Huss, recently introduced a measure at the state’s capital that would recognize CNN and the Washington Post “as fake news,” and condemn the two outlets as being “part of the media wing of the Democratic Party.” Van Huss said these two media outlets are denigrating Tennessee’s citizens by implying that they are “weak-minded followers instead of people exercising their rights that our veterans paid for with their blood.”

“To describe the entire Republican Party as a cult led by President Trump is problematic. If journalists are going to refer to the party as a cult, and its supporters as cultists, they must define what “cult” means. Otherwise, they are assuming that a cult is some obvious phenomenon and everyone knows what the word means,” reads a portion of Van Huss’ resolution.

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Meanwhile, in Montana, Republican state representative Rodney Garcia, is claiming that the U.S. Constitution allows for socialists “to be tried, and if they’re found guilty, they can be jailed or shot.” Garcia said he believes that the Constitution’s treason clause in Article III allows for the jailing or killing of “enemies” of the U.S., which he believes to mean socialists.

Garcia’s statements were even a bit much for other Republican lawmakers in the state. “Your reckless and un-American remarks are beneath that of a public official and do not represent the values of the Republican Party, the Montana House of Representatives, or the people of our great state,” several state lawmakers wrote in a letter to Garcia.

“Your actions have irreparably undermined the body in which you serve and have irrevocably broken the trust of those you were elected to represent. We believe it is clear that you can no longer effectively discharge the duties of the office you hold; therefore, it is our request that you submit your resignation with immediate effect,” the letter continued.

But Garcia was unfazed. “They can ask me to step down, but, no, I don’t think so,” Garcia said. “I will only resign if God asks me to.” Then he added, “I’m going to run for the Senate and I’m going to win. People are going to have to eat their words.”

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I know that, in the age of Donald Trump, things are crazy in politics, but seriously, where do Republicans dig up some of the characters they run for state legislative offices? And what is wrong with the voters who vote these assholes in office in the first place?

Weekly Prompts — People

For this week’s Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge, we are asked to look through our photo collection and post pictures of people.

Ever since the abomination, Donald Trump, became president, my wife and I have been attending rallies protesting all of the unconscionable things he and his sycophants in Congress have been doing to this country and the environment.

I’ve been impressed by the variety of people who have joined in these protests. All genders, races, nationalities, and ages have shown up.

So, for today’s photo prompt, below are some pictures of the people who we came across at those rallies.C0195C85-25AE-4D06-B41C-9A9BEF9BBB4694BB20F7-5789-440A-BC46-92684BEA1A8097FD9DCB-D727-4B70-978F-236C61C651C8290B594E-9746-4C9E-B74C-17C42D3FF648F01CEB7F-AFF9-4436-B42E-ABD5637B99E5B793967B-F295-433F-B2B9-EC0737FAF0A5

The American Svengali

90D538E1-B807-4CA8-875E-5FA5A7D35E1FDonald Trump makes my skin crawl. When I see or hear Trump, he turns my stomach. He literally makes me feel sick, angry, and upset.

So I know this is going to sound counterintuitive and possibly even strange, but I find Donald Trump to be captivating. Captivating in a sick, twisted way, but captivating nonetheless.

Trump famously said, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” And he’s right. He is a Svengali-like character. He is a man who, with evil intent, dominates, manipulates, and controls.

Somehow, Donald Trump has lured 40 percent of the American public, about 85 percent of Republican voters, and almost all Republican politicians into his web. He has turned the GOP (the Grand Old Party) into the POT (the Party of Trump).

And yet, I can’t turn away. I’ve tried, in vain, to ignore the crazy things he says and does, but to no avail. Watching Trump is like when you see an accident and can’t stop looking. I am addicted to political news in a way I’ve never been before, and, as much as I hate to say it, I attribute that to Donald Trump.

Sad.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “captivating.”

All About Cavities

 

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I was going to write a post in response to today’s one-word prompt, “cavity,” with a snarky post about how Trump supporters have a cavity in their heads where their brains should be.heart cavity

Or perhaps how Donald Trump, his GOP enablers in Congress, his big business cronies, and his Russian backers have a cavity in their chests where their hearts should be.

But then I thought better of it because, well, I have good teeth. The last time I had a cavity was when I was ten years old. And I’m now quite a bit older than ten.

I did have to wear braces during my teen years. And because I inherited relatively large teeth from my father and a relatively small jaw, courtesy of my mother, I had to have four teeth extracted in order to get my large teeth to properly align in my small mouth.

Unlike most people I know, I don’t mind going to the dentist. During my twice yearly visits, the dental hygienist scrapes the accumulated plaque from my teeth and shines them up. Easy peasy and relatively painless.

Then the actual dentist comes in, checks everything out, tells me it all looks good, and then complains that he’s not making any money off of my mouth.

I bet he voted for Trump.

What Does This Have To Do With Tax Reform?

Everyone knows that the Republicans in Congress are desperately trying to push through a draconian tax bill that would heartlessly increase taxes for middle and low income Americans while providing massive tax reductions for large corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

But did you know that they have included a very troubling clause in their tax plan? There is a curious provision hiding among massive corporate tax breaks and the other items on the GOP’s tax plan wish list. This mysterious provision would permit families to open 529 educational savings accounts for “unborn children.” In other words, it would enable people to create college savings plans for fetuses. I’m not making that up.

In what has long been the holy grail of the anti-abortion movement, this provision would, through the proposed tax code, lay the foundation for “personhood,” which is the belief that life begins at conception. In effect, it would grant legal rights to a zygote, an embryo, or a fetus in the womb. This would potentially establish a legal basis that conservatives could use to argue to outlaw abortions entirely.

Republicans are hiding this highly unpopular provision deep within their proposed tax bill, where they hope no one will ever find it. If it does go mostly unnoticed and makes it into the final bill, conservatives will have successfully established a new, legal definition of when life begins, one that goes against legal precedent, science, and public opinion.

So yes, secreted deep within the bowels of the GOP tax plan is a provision to accomplish something that conservatives have been unable to accomplish since Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision issued in 1973 by the US Supreme Court on the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions.

On the federal level, such attempts have always failed. But if this Republican tax bill passes Congress and is signed into law by Donald Trump, which he no doubt will do, Roe v. Wade will become meaningless and the conservatives and the religious right will have finally succeeded in essentially making abortion murder.

Tell me again what this has to do with tax reform?