Friday, July 7, 2017

Oh, Really?


Apparently Putin is feeling a little smug about creating chaos in The West.  He thinks people will become disillusioned with democracy, taking the edge off the opposition in his country pushing for more democracy.

Well, too bad.  We may have our issues, but Russia has some significant alcohol and drug abuse issues, too.

Russia's economy isn't doing so well.  They have had trouble diversifying beyond natural resources, such as oil.  They have too much corruption and too little structure.

In two years, we may be able to dump some of the senators and congressman in legal, organized elections.  In four years, we may be able to dump the executive.  They'll still be stuck with Putin, in some fashion, although his job titles change occasionally. 

Maybe some of the really unhappy, discontented White supremacists would really like to go to Russia, if we could work it out.  It's pretty monolithic, so maybe they'd like that. Not a lot of multi-culturalism to navigate. And we'd lose one source of our discontent.  Maybe it would just create more happiness for more people.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wizard of Naaaahs



"If only I had a brain "
           (We're going to avoid cruelty naming this one...several would fit)



"If only I had a heart"
           Darth Bannon



"If only I had courage"
            S. Spicey



Toto: undisciplined, runs off, wants to hear he's cute, defines himself by hanging from a woman's arm. Who else?  



Monday, July 3, 2017

Wow! 42-Redux


There's pretty much nothing I agree with Steve Bannon (White House counsel-in-chief; former executive-in-chief of the alt-right Breitbart) about.  His use of the alt-right to stir up racial animosity has been detestable.  I am mystified and repulsed by his simultaneous radical Zionism along with anti-Semitism.  And his harsh anti-Muslim sentiments risk amping up warfare beyond our already stretched limits.

And, yet, there are some better notions of his not being reported much.  He's actually for a tax increase on the wealthy, moving the top 1% into a tax bracket over 40%  See my link,
Believe Me Now? , as well as several others scattered through this site.  He's trying to convince the Prez, apparently, to raise taxes on the rich so that he can create a truly populist tax decrease on the middle and poorer classes.

Apparently, Bannon also pleaded with the Prez not to fire Comey.  It seems he realized how badly this would backfire.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Americana





Independent Spirit


For this Fourth of July, an homage to President Theodore Roosevelt and The Flag:

Mt. Rushmore National Monument
Rapid City, SD


Theodore Roosevelt Statue
Outdoor Walking Gallery of Presidential Statues
Rapid City, SD
(that's Theodore Roosevelt Orange Soda)

Cove Neck, Long Island, NY