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    Archive for July, 2019


    By on July 28, 2019 in See It Here
    On the list of DTTD (Dumb Things Trump Does) the President has singled out Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings, who happens to be Chairman of the House Oversight Committee currently investigating the Trump administration and 2016 Trump campaign, calling him “a brutal bully.”
    There’s a sad irony in this when one considers Mr. Trump is not exactly the proper etiquette-driven gentleman of the day.
    And that’s not even considering his use of the word “bully.”
    Our president derides Cummings saying his Baltimore-area district is poorly run, dangerous and a rat and rodent infested mess.
    Aside from that, I guess, has no real issue with the Maryland Congressman
    While there has been blowback from the state’s Republican governor, GOP members of Congress and the usual Democratic voices about our President’s description of the dangers of Cummings’ district, it might be of interest that the FBI statistics show Atlanta as the second-most crime infested city which happens to have two Republican Senators. St Louis is on the list (three GOP Congressmen). Yeah, I could go on. The point is, none of this has anything to do with Trump’s problems with Representative Cummings but, instead, the fact someone  is critical of the way Trump operates.Our president just doesn’t like stuff like that.
    A DTTD subset is our president’s inability to spell: It’s Cummings, not Cumming (and no, I’m not going to go there).

    Go Home and MAGA

    By on July 15, 2019 in See It Here
    The tweets appear when the President is in his motorcade traveling to a golf course he owns or from Air Force 1 or early in the morning from the White House. I get the feeling there’s nobody nearby to proofread the words or to say “this isn’t a good idea.” Then again, there may be an entire group of people doing this which is ignored.
    Remember, the guy wants to be unpredictable.
    A lot is being made of his tough talk on immigration and a recent tweet suggesting “progressive Democratic congresswomen” go back to their countries and fix things and then return to the United State to show us the solution.
    This is a superb idea.
    But, there’s a problem:
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx, Ayanna Pressley was born in Ohio, Rashida Tlaib was born in Detroit. Ilhan Omar was a refugee from Somalia and became a U.S. citizen at age 17.
    There has, of course, been reaction from Democrats on the Sunday talk shows and campaign stops.
    Republican reaction? I hear crickets.
    In their silence, I do hope there’s at least a thought or two about the White House occupant creating a divided country as he continues to push me-vs.-you instead of us against whatever the particular problem happens to be.
    Yeah, I know.

    There Ego Again

    By on July 5, 2019 in See It Here
    President Trump delivered a good 4th of July speech at the Lincoln Memorial surrounded with his TV props (tanks and aircraft flyovers cued for the right moment). There was no name-calling or insults or ending every sentence with “OK?”
    That said and with plaudits given, he shouldn’t have done this at all.
    Do a YouTube video that TV and radio and even the Fake News outlets would mention it.
    Stay out of people gathering on the National Mall to share stories and see the sites and stay for the fireworks at one end or at the Capitol 4th with the National Symphony Orchestra  at the other end.
    The country is capable with honoring the events of 243 years ago without someone saying “look at me.”
    One more thing: after he concluded and went back to the White House, nothing we see and feel and honor about that day changed, although his donors in the nearby seats may have gotten wet from the off-and-on rains.
    Yes, this agnostic asked God to allow a complete downpour to begin for 45 minutes at 6:38pm
    Put another way: this was an ego-driven moment America just didn’t need.