O’Reilly May Thank Trump for Getting Him Fired

April 20, 2017

By Karen

Fox News bravely cut loose its darling douchebag, Bill O’Reilly, after more than 80 advertisers stampeded for the exits upon hearing O’Reilly’s despicable behavior toward women goes back many years and has cost him and the network $13 million in hush money.

O’Reilly’s ratings actually rose during all this, thanks to the loyalty of staunch family-values fans who love wallowing in depravity they pretend to abhor.

I think O’Reilly could have weathered this scandal if Donald Trump had kept his mouth shut. But you know Trump. If he sees an opportunity to slither onto someone else’s headline, he doesn’t hesitate.

Having the Pussy-Grabber-in-Chief  say he didn’t think O’Reilly’s long history of boorish, threatening behavior constituted “anything wrong” was probably the last straw for many women. They turned out in droves to vent their rage at all such behavior and call for O’Reilly’s head on a platter, because it’s the only head available on the menu at the moment.

Now, when just desserts seem to be in extremely short supply, it was highly satisfying to wake up this morning to the news that O’Reilly got the axe while vacationing in Italy and shaking hands with the Pope. His display of piety proved to be too little, too late.

I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of Bill O’Reilly. He’s one of those guys who will feel world events aren’t complete without his particular spin on them, and he’ll turn up somewhere, on talk shows, radio, or online.

What’s impossible to tell is if O’Reilly’s departure will have any lasting impact on the culture of demeaning women that’s apparently ingrained at Fox. Having one less pompous blowhole there can only be an improvement.

BONUS: I’m not alone in feeling the Trump effect. While researching this post, I found this commentary by AOL’s editors.

BONUS 2: Here’s another one from Huffington Post.


Will We Let Trump Start World War III?

April 14, 2017

By Karen

What did I just say about the consequences of praising Donald Trump for dropping bombs on Syria?

While everyone sat around trying to figure out if Trump has any coherent long-term plan to actually help the Syrians, in his typical ADD style, Trump lost interest in Syria within days and dropped a bomb on Afghanistan.

Not just any bomb, but the “mother of all bombs,” a 21,600 lb. monster carrying the equivalent of 11 tons of TNT. They say you could see the mushroom cloud from 20 miles away, which must have given Trump the biggest boner of his life. Too bad Melania was in New York.

How effective was the bomb? So far, no reports of civilian casualties, which is miraculous. But it only took out 36 ISIS fighters. That’s about 610 pounds of TNT per fighter.

And the bomb itself cost about $16 million.

American taxpayers just killed 36 terrorists for $444,444 apiece, and that doesn’t include fuel for the plane. Trump has said he LOVES spending other people’s money, the more the better. Launching indiscriminate attacks anywhere he thinks he sees a squirrel, wasting military resources and millions of dollars for minimal gain, is one of the few campaign promises he’s actually following through on.

So what’s next? Trump’s been talking smack about North Korea, and they’re saying if Trump wants nuclear war, they’ll be happy to oblige him.

Will Congress stand there and let Trump obliterate the planet in his sick obsession with diverting attention from his bromance with Vladmir Putin? That’s all these provocations in the Middle East amount to.

Trump has no convictions and no strategy for resolving any conflict anywhere. He just likes bombing things because he thinks it makes his dick look bigger.

What we’ve got is an egomaniac with no moral compass who won’t hesitate to kill masses of people — innocent or not — just for attention. Even better if anyone praises him for it, especially if it’s Putin.

Another well-armed maniac, Kim Jong Un, is playing “Chicken” with Trump right now, and Trump won’t let North Korea come out ahead. If someone doesn’t find a way to pull the plug on Trump’s new bomb habit, now that he’s proven beyond a doubt that he thinks war is a game and he can’t be trusted with the nuclear codes, we may all be toast.


Is Russia’s Disgust with Trump Real?

April 12, 2017

By Karen

By attacking Syria, Donald Trump managed to literally drop his biggest boom-boom yet for the world to admire. Some of our own pundits came down with the vapors, swooning that Trump was presidential at last. His approval rating even rose a few points.

Remember, people. Praise is this guy’s crack. If you give him positive reinforcement for bombing things, he’ll have us in World War III by Memorial Day.

I was disgusted by Trump’s scripted outrage over Bashar al-Assad killing babies. Trump has never shown empathy for the suffering of children or anybody else, and you could see none in his eyes as he read from the teleprompter.

If he’s concerned about Syrian children’s welfare, why is he so intent on banning them and their families from finding refuge in this country?

You know Trump’s being cynical whenever he invokes God because Trump thinks he’s superior and more powerful. He’s president, not God. And God never got 306 Electoral College votes.

Trump’s 59 missiles barely put a dent in that Syrian airfield, so it was business as usual there within 24 hours. Senator Lindsey Graham described it as Assad’s “F-U” to Trump.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Russia to choose between Assad and the U.S., which must have given Putin a good laugh. Tillerson’s in Moscow today, getting an earful about the feckless, reckless administration he serves.

But I can’t help wondering if all this isn’t just Putin and Trump wrestling for show, colluding to bury the intensifying investigation into their real relationship.

If so, Putin threw Trump this Syrian bone for nothing. After Trump’s limp tap on Assad’s wrist, Putin must see that Trump will never be an asset. He’s human Jell-O. His every word is a lie or contradiction of himself. Nobody knows what he believes or what chaos he’ll create next. He’ll do anything for empty flattery. He’s profoundly ignorant and dangerously naïve.

In a word, Trump can’t be trusted. By ANYBODY.

If it’s revealed that Putin cultivated Trump and his team to carry out Putin’s nefarious plots against the U.S., it’s egg on Putin’s face bigly. Trump’s pointless attack on Syria proves he’s a fool who’s flailing minute to minute, bragging and bullying like nobody sees what a scared little man he really is. Sad.


When Did We Elect Jared Kushner?

April 6, 2017

By Karen

After discovering that being president eats into his time watching Fox, tweeting, playing golf, and wasting taxpayers’ money feeding his ego with nostalgia rallies all over the country, Donald Trump has dumped most of the job’s heavy lifting onto his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Thanks to nepotism gone wild, we now have a rookie 30-something with no government experience making decisions on important domestic matters, whenever he’s not off somewhere undermining our professional diplomats’ work on foreign affairs.

NY Daily News photo

From what I could gather, here’s what Jared currently has on his plate…

  • Coordinate building the Mexico wall
  • End the opioid epidemic
  • Revamp the Veterans Administration
  • Manage all trade deals
  • Roll out broadband access nationally
  • Fix the criminal justice system
  • Oversee $1 trillion in infrastructure projects, guaranteed to attract big developers like Jared’s father
  • Handle diplomatic relations with Canada, China, and Iraq
  • Monitor the National Security Council regarding North Korea’s nuclear threat
  • Negotiate peace in the Middle East, because he’s Jewish
  • Head the newly formed Office of American Innovation to introduce Trump’s corrupt business practices into government

I believe Trump tapped Jared for this workload because he sees any man who wants to (and does) bang his daughter Ivanka as a kindred spirit he can totally trust.

Let’s look at Jared’s qualifications. He inherited his father Charles’ real estate business at age 24 when his dad went to prison for witness tampering, illegal campaign contributions, and tax evasion. Charles is now free and back at the reins, and he’s given top jobs in the business to fellow ex-cons he met in prison.

Jared has never attempted any business project without backing from the Kushner family, and the moment in 2009 when he pulled his head out of their ass to marry Ivanka Trump, he took one deep breath and inserted it firmly up Donald’s ass, where it remains today.

I wonder if Trump’s own sons, Uday and Qusay, oops, I mean Eric and Donald Jr., harbor any resentment toward this kid whom Dad has chosen to run an entity far greater than any Trump Organization — the United States of America.

If Jared ever has a question or feels unsure, he can always consult the wisdom of the bloated orange man-baby whom ISIS has astutely pegged “a foolish idiot.”

The cliché, “The blind leading the blind,” has never been more apt.

It seems inevitable that Jared will be unable to bring his plate-spinning act to a successful conclusion. When they come crashing down around him, what will Donald do? Take responsibility for his own inability to lead or delegate duties appropriately, or throw Jared under the bus? Obama could probably answer that.

Just when you think Trump can’t sink any lower, he positions his beloved Ivanka’s husband to take his fall when things fall apart — and Jared doesn’t seem to see it coming.


It’s Official: Trump Requires a Caretaker

March 30, 2017

By Karen

In the clearest indication yet that Donald Trump is unmanageable, an official job has been created for his daughter Ivanka — Assistant to the President.

She’ll soon be widely known as the Assistant President. At age 35, Ivanka just makes the minimum age someone must be to serve as president.

The job supposedly comes with no salary, but I don’t believe it. When has Trump ever given the government a freebie? The Secret Service is hunting for change between the sofa cushions to finance protecting his whole far-flung family, even if it means paying to rent space in Trump Tower or book rooms at Trump resorts.

Ivanka’s 36-year-old husband, Jared Kushner, already serves as Trump’s senior advisor, with myriad little projects on his to-do list, achieving Middle East peace among them.

Jared will also head a newly created White House Office of American Innovation. It’s purpose is to foster business practices in government that have worked so well for Trump, such as stiffing contractors, swindling customers, and declaring bankruptcy.

It seems the Kushners, whom nobody ever voted for, are now poised to run the country, using Trump as their ventriloquist’s dummy. Neither have any government or diplomatic experience, and everything they’ve ever accomplished in life, except for producing three kids, has been facilitated by their rich daddies.

To see Trump leaning so heavily on his daughter could indicate several things:

  • He knows he’s in over his head, whether through deliberate ignorance or a deteriorating mental state, and he needs Ivanka for cover.
  • He can fob off on Ivanka any task he finds distasteful, which means everything that doesn’t involve him scribbling his name while evil white men applaud his cleverness.
  • Ivanka is no longer part of the Trump organization, so presumably she isn’t prohibited from talking shop with her brothers and can serve as Trump’s conduit for keeping tabs on the family businesses.

This development is weird, but not all bad. The Kushners may temporarily cushion the country from the worst of Trump’s madness until we learn exactly what’s up with Trump and his crew’s treasonous fascination with Russians. Then Congress will be compelled to kick the whole sorry lot to the curb — or to jail.


Devin Nunes Must Go and Paul Ryan’s on Quicksand

March 28, 2017

By Karen

Paul Ryan probably gave his blessing for Congressman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) to sabotage the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Donald Trump and his Russian connections. The first time Nunes spoke to reporters, he said he spoke with Ryan before skipping off to the White House to meet with Trump about what he learned from an unknown person with as-yet-unknown  information about surveillance of the Trump team.

See Nunes say it at minute 2:30 and repeat it at 8:29…

However, Nunes scrubbed the fact of meeting with Ryan from every statement he subsequently made as his account of his suspicious actions became increasingly murky upon repetition.

For some reason, everyone in the media except, apparently, Lawrence O’Donnell, missed the Ryan connection, and Ryan so far is keeping his skirts clean.

But all signs point to Ryan-Nunes collusion to protect Trump’s ass and scuttle the House investigation.

Nunes’ own committee members, whom he has treated like mushrooms — keeping in the dark and feeding shit — have had enough of it and are calling for Nunes to recuse himself because they can’t trust him.

Nunes served on Trump’s transition team when some of this Russian canoodling was going on, so Ryan never should have let Nunes have the reins in the first place, unless Ryan’s intent was always a sham investigation.

Nunes’ recusal isn’t enough now, nor should we trust any other congressional politician a with partisan axe to grind to uncover the truth. We need an independent investigation.

After all, they hired Ken Starr to investigate Bill Clinton’s icky stain on Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress, even though it was Clinton’s personal shame and had NOTHING to do with his ability to be president.

Yet now they hesitate when we know the president has deliberately surrounded himself with well-documented Russian tools like Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, and they may all have been committing treason during and after the campaign. For all we know, Trump’s STILL profiting from his Russian connections. That’s why he won’t release his taxes.

It’s enough to make your head explode.

Trump tweeted maniacally about his Russian problem last night, trying to shift the spotlight to his favorite scapegoats, the Clintons. By now, all should recognize that he suffers from pathological projection. Whatever he knows himself to be guilty of, he accuses someone else of doing.

Now he’s living in abject terror of his Russian skeletons tumbling out of the closet at any minute while Putin watches, waits, and undoubtedly has a good laugh at Trump’s bumbling ineptitude.


Trump’s Revealing Behavior on Health Care

March 27, 2017

By Karen

Last week’s health care debacle highlighted Donald Trump as the quintessential man-baby. Now I think I know why Ivanka’s got an office in the West Wing. SOMEBODY’S got to change the diapers.

During the campaign, Trump claimed he would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on “Day One.” It would be easy. He had “something terrific” and cheaper in mind to cover everybody, and we’d all be very, very happy.

The fool didn’t realize he was describing the single-payer system Bernie Sanders advocates, also known as HR 676.

So why did Trump’s terrific idea never get mentioned last week? He offered NOTHING but vague, untrue promises, and even proclaimed at one point his amazement at how complicated health care is.

He was useless while Paul Ryan crafted an ACA replacement bill, and the result was disastrous. Had it passed and voters realized how deeply it shafted them, making health insurance drastically more expensive and doing nothing to improve medical care, they’d have descended en masse on Washington with torches and pitchforks, demanding heads.

Trump seemed oblivious to potential voter outrage that would surely sink him, if Russia doesn’t first.

Fortunately, congressional Republicans themselves balked. Some were repulsed by the bill’s inherent cruelty in stripping people of what coverage they now have, but others opposed the bill because it wasn’t backward-thinking and punishing enough.

While not having a clue as to what the bill meant, Trump spent a few days stamping his feet and demanding everyone vote for it because that’s what he wanted. If they didn’t, he’d do something mean to them. That’s his “art” of making deals.

Trump’s ignorance rendered him incapable of negotiating compromise on any point in the bill, and he changed no minds.

When his sheer bullying didn’t work, Trump dodged the humiliation of seeing the bill get crushed by having Ryan pull it before the vote and shelve it indefinitely.

With his now-expected spite, Trump immediately dismissed health care reform, saying he’ll let the ACA “explode.”

So much for his campaign promises to make his supporters’ lives better.

Instead of pouting, he could now try to correct the ACA’s deficiencies. Or, even better, he could roll out “Medicare for All,” the single-payer system he touted as a candidate. It’s already up and running, and redirecting the billions insurance companies now pocket as profit could finance its expansion.

Instead, Trump is letting insurers continue to be leeches, sucking subsidies from the government while charging people too much for high-deductible health insurance that pays for precious little medical care.

Trump’s an overgrown baby, grabbing at whatever shiny toy Steve Bannon dangles before him. Last week it was health care. This week, he’s on a tear to resurrect the coal industry by rolling back water protection and reviving air pollution because he thinks coal mines are neat.

Like any infant who hasn’t learned the concept of consequences, he’s making coal miners’ environment even deadlier while doing nothing to improve access to health care, and he thinks he’s doing them a favor.


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