32 Year Old Kid is Leading the White House and the Government Shut Down

January 21, 2018 By: El Jefe

Trump is an idiot, and we all know it.  Now it comes to light, via Lindsey Graham, that the shutdown is being lead by none other than Trump’s white supremacist boy, Stephen Miller.  Every time senators get Trump to pull his head out of this Twitter long enough to make a deal, Miller runs in and jerks it back.  This little shit is making life miserable for everyone, and it’s time for Trump to send him the way of Steve Bannon and all the other creatures who’ve been pushed out.  The Hill has good reading and video on the little snake.

If You’re Going to Shut it Down, SHUT IT DOWN

January 21, 2018 By: El Jefe

The silly brinksmanship played in Washington these days has become as idiotic as it has harmful.  NO country on the planet runs itself like the US.  We don’t do budget reconciliation and planning. We do “continuing resolutions” so the government can limp along for another few days.  We regularly hold (the sick, poor children, immigrants, minorities, education) fill in the blank here _________ hostage for cynical political purposes.  It stupid.  It’s destructive. It costs billions in economic slowing.  It hurts everyday Americans.

But here’s the problem – Republicans use government shutdowns now as a political weapon, but it’s not really a shut down anymore.  In 2013, after Ted Cruz led the idiotic shutdown, President Obama shutdown the national park system and other services.  The shock to the system drove both sides to the table, even though it took 16 days to do so.  During this shutdown, though, Trump is trying to make it invisible to everyday Americans.  The parks, or at least most of them, are staying open.  Other essential services are being maintained.  The only people hurt in the short term are the poor, the sick, the old, and the voiceless.  After all, who cares about them, right?

Shutdown is now just another tool the Republicans cynically use to put pressure on the opposition. The public, though, because so many services are maintained (even though government employees don’t get paid), there’s no price that most Americans pay.  Because of that, many people, who have no idea how government actually works say “Shut the government down.  It doesn’t affect me anyway.”  I say, let’s make the government shutdown an actual shutdown.  Shut down the military.  Shut down the air traffic control system.  Shut down customs, border security, national parks, social security, medicare, education, everything.  The way  to stop this kind of nonsense is to make it real to every person.  The costs to the economy and everyday Americans would be so severe that politicians wouldn’t dare to use it as a political tool.

I’m pretty sick of the politics of self destruction we’ve seen develop the last 20 years.  It’s time to stop it.

Ethics Committee to be Renamed Creepy Republican Committee

January 21, 2018 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

Oh Lord in heaven above, they’ve had to take another Republican off the House Ethics Committee because he’s a creep.

A Republican congressman was removed from the House Ethics Committee on Saturday after it was reported that he used thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to settle a misconduct complaint by a former staffer.

Bye, bye, Patrick Meehan, Republican from Pennsylvania.

A married father of three, Mr. Meehan, 62, had long expressed interest in the personal life of the aide, who was decades younger and had regarded the congressman as a father figure, according to three people who worked with the office and four others with whom she discussed her tenure there.

He made life miserable for her when she did not reciprocate.  A settlement was made using taxpayer money.

Finding an ethical Republican in congress is like trying to find a virgin in a bawdy house.

Thanks to Barb in DeeCee for the heads up.

Women!

January 20, 2018 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

Here’s a great list of signs you’ll enjoy from the women’s marches around the country.

And a couple from Houston.

 

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Thanks to Sarah for the heads up.

I Love Yew, Texas

January 19, 2018 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

New Braunfels is a small town stuck between Austin and San Antonio. It is famous for the rivers running through it, providing great fun for tubers in the hot Texas sun.

And a butt crazy judicial system.

 

State District Judge Jack Robison interrupted jury deliberation to “sway jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex.”

He said he was powerful sorry to interrupt them but, “when God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” according to the Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels.

I suspect the jury figured that if God wanted them to know something, he would have told them, not the judge.

The jury went against the judge’s wishes, finding Gloria Romero-Perez guilty of continuous trafficking of a person and later sentenced her to 25 years in prison. They found her not guilty of a separate charge of sale or purchase of a child.

In 2011, Robinson, who has been a Republican judge for 24 years, was reprimanded for jailing a man for two days for calling him a “fool” in a public restroom after a custody hearing.  You can do that. You cannot disrupt a hearing to do it, but bathrooms are safe havens for the 1st Amendment.  You can call a judge a damn fool outside of a courtroom if you want to or even if God tells you to.

However, think how much money we’d save if we eliminated juries and just let God tell Jack who is guilty and who ain’t.

Day By Day

January 19, 2018 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

Here’s something you might want to bookmark in case you ever need to know where last year went or you want to play Trump Trivia at a cocktail party.

Day By Day With the Trump Presidency

No kidding.  They do all 365 days. Remember when had a real president and on some days, literally nothing crazy happened?