P is for Pessimistic

I know what you’re thinking. “Didn’t Fandango’s post for yesterday’s A to Z Challenge say that he was optimistic?” You’d be correct. I did say that. But as my blogging buddy, Jim Adams pointed out in a comment on that post, he sees me as being an “optimistic cynic” because, he says, I “tell it like it is.” So that’s what I’m going to do right now.

Unfortunately, when it comes to America’s standing in the world and to its future, my optimism, since Trump became president, has turned to skepticism, if not outright pessimism.

Between the Mueller Russia probe, the Stormy Daniels affair, and the FBI raids on Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen’s office, home, and hotel, Trump is in panic mode. And like a cornered rat, he’s on the attack.

His Republican butt-lickers in Congress are doing everything they can to set up Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein to be fired and to set the stage for stopping Robert Mueller’s investigation. Trump’s lawyers are fighting to suppress the evidence seized by the FBI in the Cohen raids.

And I’m worried that Trump and the Republicans are going to get away with this and that the Mueller investigation will be stymied and the damaging evidence against Trump will be squelched.

If that happens, friends, I see storm clouds forming on America’s horizon. And it won’t be pretty.

So yeah, I’m feeling a little pessimistic right now.


The Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee today announced that it has completed its investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. The Republicans on the committee unilaterally released a draft report in its year-long Russia probe.

Inexplicably, but not surprisingly, the draft report states that the committee found no evidence that President Trump or anyone affiliated with him colluded with Russian officials to affect the outcome of the 2016 election.

The Republicans also determined that, while the Russian government did pursue “active measures” to interfere in the election, it did not do so with the intention of helping Trump’s campaign, contradicting the U.S. intelligence community’s findings.

The photo below was taken of the key Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee immediately after issuing the draft report.Three Monkeys

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.


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

Method To Their Madness

ECB55687-2B4A-49F4-99AF-6CD4F6FCDF46Do you think it’s strange that Donald Trump and some congressional Republicans seem to be bucking the NRA?

Well, consider this. Since the election of Donald Trump, gun sales have, um, tanked. Yes, gun manufacturers are experiencing their worst business downturn in decades. Double-digit sales drops are even driving some gun makers to the brink of bankruptcy.

Why are the fortunes of the gun industry suffering? Well, for gun manufacturers, fear is good for the bottom line. When Obama was president, gun owners rushed out to buy firearms because they feared guns were going to be outlawed. Once Trump took office, though, gun owners stopped feeling the need to stock up, because they no longer worried that anyone would be coming to take away their guns.

So, in the interest of buoying up the gun makers, the NRA, according to some senior Republican strategists, has given Trump and GOP lawmakers the go ahead to propose new gun limits without the threat of retribution. The premise is that introducing and debating those policies will be good for business.

We need to see through this ploy and not be played by this seeming resistance to the NRA on the part of conservative legislators. They won’t be taking serious legislative actions to impose more common sense gun laws or to ban assault weapons or limit the size of magazines. It’s nothing more than a shell game intended to drive up gun sales.

There is a method to their madness.

Republican Dicks

A72027CC-961A-41FE-82D0-BCA257DB7A2ADid you know that the internet is exposing children to pornography at an alarming rate? Apparently that’s what state legislators in Florida know. They believe that pornography on the internet leads to low self-esteem and deviant sexual behavior. It also contributes to mental and physical illness, difficulty with relationships, and unhealthy brain development.

And so on Tuesday, the Republican-controlled state legislature in Tallahassee, Florida approved a measure declaring pornography to be a public health risk.

The porn resolution was introduced just after the Florida House voted 71-36 against a motion to open debate on a military-style assault weapons ban.

And, of course, this refusal to even debate such a ban happened just five days after 17 people — students and teachers — were tragically gunned down at a Florida high school by a lone shooter with an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle.

But I guess this is par for the course in a state that is shaped like a penis by the state’s limp dick Republicans who are bought and owned by the big, hard guns of the NRA.