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January 22, 2018

DDT: Week Fifty-two – Opposition Builds

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Four to five million women in over 400 U.S. locations marched in protest to Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) last weekend, he cheered them on: “Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!” Note: the unemployment rate for women aged 20 and other fell throughout President Obama’s second term.]

Either he didn’t understand what he tweeted or he didn’t understand that it was protest against him.

The day before the Women’s March, “Power to the Polls,” DDT addressed the anti-choice protesters at the March for Life and told them, “We are with you all the way.” He also said:

“Right now in a number of states the law allows a baby to be born from his or her mother’s womb in the ninth month. It is wrong. It has to change.”

He might have meant “torn,” but there was no correction.

The White House lied about the number of people attending last year’s anti-choice “March for Life.” Like this year, it was tens of thousands, not the inflated number announced.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), candidate for senate reintroduced an anti-choice bill based on bad science: the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” uses the lie that “born alive” infants after abortions are murdered by abortion providers. It would allow murder charges for abortion providers and clinicians.

“S…holes” has become part of common language since DDT’s vulgarities, and the base loves his vulgarities. Neo-Nazis website The Daily Stormer and white supremacist leader Richard Spencer have liberally praised DDT’s statements. More “genteel” folk either have amnesia or deafness regarding DDT’s comments about non-white countries. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen combined both approaches before she said in a Senate hearing that she Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stuck to his guns and defended Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) account and said that his “memory had not evolved.”

DDT had a few failures last week:

Charges were dropped against 129 people swept up in mass arrests in Washington, D.C. on the day of DDT’s inauguration. Another 59 will still go to trial after the government failed to convict the first six people.

DDT’s chief of staff, John Kelly, tried to cover for his boss by saying that he doesn’t intend to build the wall because he was going through “an evolutionary process” on immigration policy. DDT slapped down Kelly’s statements by saying that Kelly is wrong, that his opinion on the wall has “never changed or evolved.”  Kelly also managed to cause last Friday’s government shutdown. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he left the White House with a DACA agreement from DDT, and Kelly called him later to tell him that the deal was off. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is blaming DDT’s aide Stephen Miller.

The shutdown may have ended today, but DDT and the GOP still look bad. Four years ago, DDT blamed President Barack Obama for failing to “lead,” “get everyone in a room,” and “make a deal.” This year, DDT sits in the Oval Office and blames the Democrats after he refuses to negotiate.

China has downgraded its rating for the U.S. loans of $1.06 trillion from A- to BBB+, citing the tax cuts that “directly reduce the federal government’s sources of debt repayment.” U.S. is now on the same level as Peru, Columbia, and Turkmenistan.

Scientists who were kicked off the U.S. climate advisory committee last August have reinstated their research with financial support from the State of New York and Columbia University Earth’s Institute. They plan to complete the report and deliver the committee’s recommendations to work with climate change. In 2017, natural disasters, most of them worsened by climate change, cost $306 billion in damage, making 2017 the most expensive year on record. Sixteen events cost over $1 billion each, and hurricanes were responsible for almost 85 percent of the total. The year 2017 was the second-hottest year in 123 years of records, following 2016. Seventeen of the 18 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2001.

DDT thinks that terrorist attacks can save the GOP in the 2018 elections, raising the question of whether he is trying to protect the United States.

Meanwhile, the Democrats continue to win red state legislative seats, the most recent in Wisconsin where Patty Schachtner, a county medical examiner, (left) took a seat by 11 points that a Republican won with 63 percent only one year ago. DDT won that district by 17 points last year.

During Barack Obama’s first term, the use of “Barack” for newborns shot up. This past year, the popularity of “Donald” for babies dropped by 50 percent.

Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury has company on the best-seller list. Those interested in reading more about DDT might want to go to David Frum’s Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic (Harper) and David Cay Johnston’s It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America (Simon & Schuster), both released on January 16, 2018.  Johnston has followed DDT for 30 years, and Frum, an Atlantic senior editor, was a Canadian speechwriter for George W. Bush who has become disillusioned with the GOP. Howard Kurtz’s book, Media Madness: Donald Trump, The Press, And the War Over The Truth, should be released in another week.

DDT is still bragging about how hard he works—although he kept a very low profile last week after his “s…hole” comments and the government shutdown. His “work” for last week, based on his calendar: met with president of Kazakhstan; honored former Sen. Bob Dole at the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony; met with senior military at the Pentagon; and gave speech at a March for Life event. That’s it. He even missed his inauguration anniversary party at Mar-a-Lago because the government shutdown.

A poll praising the current economy would be a good thing for DDT, but a majority of the people gave the credit to President Obama. Also, 57 percent of the respondents think that continuation of the Affordable Care Act is a good thing, compared to the 35 percent who disagree. Sixty percent think that DDT has done nothing or very little in his first year.

Despite DDT’s apparent inertia, Dr. Ronny (Ronnie?) Jackson gave a glowing commentary on DDT’s health. [According to an email from Jackson released by the White House, he misspelled his first name.] With a cholesterol level of 223 after medication (normal being under 200) and borderline obesity, DDT has “excellent health,” according to his doctor. The doctor also glowed about DDT’s cognitive skill after administering the Montreal Cognitive Assessment for dementia and neurodegenerative. DDT can draw a clock, identify the similarity between an orange and a banana, and name three animals (lion, hippopotamus, and camel) from drawings. You can check out the rest of the questions.

Tomorrow, DDT heads to the four-day World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, following a government shutdown and plummeting trust in U.S. institutions. His repetitious denouncing of the judiciary and the media have dropped confidence in those institutions, and faith in government fell 14 points to 33 percent, the first drop not linked to catastrophic events. At the same time, China’s government saw an eight-point increase to 84 percent. Loss of confidence in U.S. institutions among the “informed public”—college-educated people who earn above-average incomes and regularly follow the news—dropped from sixth in the 28 countries surveyed to 28th, at last place below Russia and South Africa.

DDT will probably still have a good time at the Forum because the focus is on the wealthiest leaders in government, business, and foreign policy. He plans to give a speech describing how sensible he is to prioritize U.S. interests above all other countries. The year’s theme is “creating a shared future in a fractured world.” Neither George W. Bush nor President Obama attended the annual event. The 15-person entourage heading to Davos with DDT, including seven cabinet members, has a joint private worth of billions of dollars.

Neither Ivanka nor Melania Trump is included in the trip. Melania has not made a public statement in the ten days since the Wall Street Journal published news about his payoff to porn queen Stormy Daniels. She also did not appear with DDT at his two evening dinners at Mar-a-Lago.

 

As always, the question is which DDT will show up in Switzerland this week.

January 19, 2018

Polis Addresses Women’s March, Government Shuts Down

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Each week, Vice.com has a one-sentence report on the past week of Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) followed by details about the events:

“President Donald Trump denied that he said anything ‘derogatory’ after he called El Salvador, Haiti, and African countries ‘shitholes’; underwent his first physical as president, was declared healthy by the White House physician, even as independent doctors claimed Trump has a common form of heart disease; stayed mum about allegations of paying former porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their affair; called himself the ‘least racist person’; urged Americans to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day by getting involved in their communities; spent MLK Day golfing at Mar-a-Lago; lambasted Democrats over DACA, which he deemed ‘probably dead’; reportedly refused to sit down with the Congressional Black Caucus’ leaders; tweeted out a broken link to his highly anticipated ‘Fake News Awards’; more than halved U.S. aid money to Palestinians; traveled to Pennsylvania to campaign for Rick Saccone; and tweeted that his stance on the border wall has never changed right after his chief of staff said it had ‘evolved.’”

Tomorrow morning, DDT intended to go to Mar-a-Lago for his celebration party costing $100,000 per couple; $250,000 will get couples not only the dinner and photograph with DDT for the lower price plus a round-table discussion with him. He has changed his plans and will stay in Washington, highly upset because the shutdown keeps him from “my party.” [Just wait for the tweets!]

Tomorrow, people will also be protesting DDT in the second Women’s March. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), married to Marlon Reis, will march in Denver after his participation in last year’s Washington, D.C. event. Below is his letter to their three-year-old daughter. The couple also has a son, six-year-old Caspian Julius.  [An interview with Polis (left) from last April.]

Cora,

It’s already been one year — and almost a third of your life so far! — since we participated in the big Women’s March in Washington D.C. I’m excited to have the opportunity to march with you again this year in Denver!

I know at the age of three, you’re only just beginning to sense the importance of the fellowship we shared with millions of civic activists around the country last year, and that we will share again tomorrow. And while I’m sad that the first President you will know is not only an unacceptable role model but in many ways a representative of the past that we thought we’d left behind, I am heartened by how our community is responding and resisting.

I hope that as you grow up, you look back on these marches the same way I look back on the equal rights and anti-war rallies I attended with your grandparents when I was a kid. I hope tomorrow’s march helps open the door for you to a lifetime of joining with others to fight for a better, kinder, more equal world.

For all the great things about the world you were born into, there is still a lot of work to do. We still live in a state where a woman earns 81 cents to a man’s dollar. We still live in a nation where a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions is under attack. We still live in a place where sexual harassment and assault happen, and people blame the victim.

I entered public office because I believe in the power of public policy, changing the laws to reflect our values and create a better future. But policy is not the only thing that matters. Many of the problems we face today will not be solved through legislation or by politicians. They’ll be solved by people from all walks of life coming together to break stereotypes, break cultural barriers, and break glass ceilings.

That’s why we marched last year. That’s why we’re planning on marching tomorrow.

Despite the challenges and uncertainty of this moment in our history, there are reasons for hope all around you. From Susan B. Anthony to Rosa Parks to Dolores Huerta, to Colorado’s own Florence Sabin, we’re inspired by the strong women before you that have paved the path toward equality and justice. I’m proud you can look to your own family including your “Gramma” Susan Polis Schutz, who shattered the societal norms of her time to become a successful business woman and bestselling poet, even if she does feed you ice cream when she’s not supposed to.

This is just the start for you. I look forward to you living your life and building the future you desire. Hopefully the glass ceilings will be shattered by the time you get there. But if not bring a hammer.

Love,

Dad

The main Women’s March, on the anniversary of DDT’s inauguration, has moved from D.C. to Las Vegas with a Sunday event called “Women’s March Anniversary: Power to the Polls” to follow this year’s success in electing women across the nation.

Tonight the government will shut down until Congressional members can pass a spending bill. The first government shutdown since October 2013, this one makes history; it is the first shutdown when one party controls Congress and the White House and the first time that a president of the United States has explicitly called for a shutdown. During the last possibility of a shutdown in November, DDT had said privately that a good government shutdown would help him politically. Earlier in May, DDT tweeted, “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!” Shutdown threats under DDT are a little like facing someone with a gun who keeps threatening to kill you. Finally, you give up and tell the person to just shoot.

Republicans already postponed the spending bill for the past several months while trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act to take health care from people and pass its tax bill to benefit the wealthy and big business. In addition, DDT’s blow-up with obscene language about non-white countries cut down on the compromise that included a way for DACA youth to not be deported. Everyday that no bill passes about the Dreamers, hundreds of them are in danger. Democrats had given into Republicans on a number of issues, but the negotiations were unsuccessful after DDT rejected the bipartisan agreement.

To gin up more fear, DDT continues to lie about a shutdown being “devastating to our Military.” A federal law generally bars agencies from continuing to work at taxpayer expense during a shutdown, but that law provides major exceptions for military and intelligence operations, national security, and emergencies. During the 2013 GOP shutdown, Congress unanimously passed a law guaranteeing continued pay for military personnel. Yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) object to Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) proposal to continue paying military personnel.

Shortly after midnight, the vote of 50-49 against the spending bill officially shut down the government. Following the vote, McConnell blamed the Democrats for hurting the military, ignoring people with addiction, and denying children with insurance while saying that he cared about DACA. He said that DACA doesn’t affect anyone until March although hundreds of young people are being deported daily. Only when Republicans want to get their own way does McConnell claim to care about programs that he has postponed for at least four months.

McConnell declared that he would keep calling for votes until Democrats voted for the continuing resolution until after Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) talked about the Democratic compromises were willing to accept, including funding for the wall, that were also accepted by the president–until he left the White House and the chief of staff called to say that the deal was off. At that point McConnell proposed a continuing resolution on February 8, conveniently after DDT’s State of the Union address on January 30 and turned down a three-day continuing resolution. McConnell’s postponement may fail because DDT said he won’t negotiate on DACA while the government is closed.

Tomorrow will be filled with conservative news blaming the Democrats for the shutdown. Over four years ago, DDT said that the president of the United States is at fault for any government shutdown. Four Republicans, including the senior Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) voted the bill, opposing short continuing resolutions in exchange for a long-term spending bill.

DDT will want a continuing resolution for the spending bill because it gives him the ability to change funding for intelligence priorities. The House bill sent to the Senate dropped a long-standing law that keeps the person in the Oval Office from spending unauthorized money on intelligence activities until a long-term bill passes and puts DDT in charge of these expenditures.

Tomorrow the women are marching, and the government is in shutdown. Happy anniversary, DDT!

[DDT’s 52nd week will be chronicled next week.]

 

January 28, 2017

Women’s March Affects Entire World, All Ages

I couldn’t stop laughing! A poll shows that Republican males believe that their lives are harder than those of women. Men make more money for the same work, have a far less chance of rape, don’t have their reproductive rights attacked, and do far more housework than men while holding a full-time job, but white men are the “low people on the totem pole” and “everybody else is above the white man,” according to an 81-year-old retired police captain. He complained that “everything in general is in favor of a woman. No matter what happens in life, it seems like the man’s always at fault.”

In this survey taken after the election, only 41 percent of GOP men think now is a good time to be a man. Although one-third of women feel unsafe because of their gender, only 20 percent of men understand that women feel this way. Thirty percent of women frequently feel sexually objectified, but again only 20 percent of men think that women feel this way. Benevolent sexism–the “negative consequences of attitudes that idealize women as pure, moral, pedestal-worthy objects of men’s adoration, protection and provision”–is rampant among men. With their bias of gender roles, 69 percent of men think that women should be protected, and 47 percent believe that women are more ethical and moral. At least 43 percent of parents reported that the election made them teach their children about sexual assault and consent, something President Donald Trump (PDT) was evidently not taught.

One week ago, millions of people throughout the world marched for women’s rights, and some conservative males weren’t happy.

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel: “So a group of unhappy liberal women marched in Washington DC. We shouldn’t be surprised; almost all liberal women are unhappy. Perhaps there’s a correlation. But I do have a question: if they can afford all those piercings, tattoos, body paintings, signs, and plane tickets, then why do they want us to pay for their birth control?”

Indiana state Sen. Jack Sandlin: “In one day Trump got more fat women out walking than Michelle Obama did in 8 years.”

Nebraska state Sen. Bill Kintner: A retweeting of LA talk show host Larry Elder mocking a photo of three women with signs protesting PDT’s comments about his personal sexual assault was capped by Kintner’s statement, “Ladies, I think you’re safe.”

Texas state Rep. Tony Tinderholt: About his support to make abortion completely illegal, “Right now, it’s real easy. Right now, they don’t make it important to be personally responsible because they know that they have a backup of ‘oh, I can just go get an abortion.’ Now, we both know that consenting adults don’t always think smartly sometimes. But consenting adults need to also consider the repercussions of the sexual relationship that they’re gonna have, which is a child.”

Michael Flynn Jr., son of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to women: “What MORE do you want? Free mani/pedis?”

Atlantic County (NJ) GOP Freeholder John Carman: “Will the women’s protest be over in time for them to cook dinner?”

PDT: “Why didn’t these people vote?”

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According to the New York Times, the women’s January 21, 2017 march on Washington, D.C. had 470,000 people (above left), three times the 160,000 who attended PDT’s inauguration the day before (above right).

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Crowd scientists were comfortable with the number for the inauguration, but thought that the number of people attending women’s march could be much larger because it was more sprawling and fluid—maybe as many as one million. They explained that PDT might have assumed that his crowd was larger because he could see only the front third of the crowd. Scientists monitored seven life feeds all day from a variety of perspectives. President Obama’s 2009 inauguration audience (above left) will continue to be the largest history. (Below: women’s march in Washington, D.C.)

Texas-based Southwest Airlines illuminated some of their cabins with a glowing support of the Women’s March. Pink is the “unofficial” color worn and used in support of Planned Parenthood.

 

antarctica-protestThe protest went as far as Antarctica. (right)

march-childEven a four-year-old girl participated.

 

 

 

 

The women’s march was arguably the largest in U.S. history; numbers keep rising up to 5 million—over one percent of the country’s population—which doesn’t count many of the protesters from the hundreds of small cities and towns in every state across the nation.

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In Stanley, Idaho (population of 63), almost half the town—30 people—protested. I’m proud to say that my small town of 10,000 had at least 1,600 people turning out for its “Stronger Together March.”

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And of course, Portland (OR) did us proud. (Photo below by Ann Hubbard)

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leaviing-melanie-behindJust as PDT leaves his wife behind, he plans to ignore the women in the United States.

 

Despite claims made by conservatives that women are fat and ugly and shallow, that they don’t need financial help, that white men are at the bottom of humanity, “this is what democracy looks like!” Keep in mind that women make up over half the population in the United States. We think, care, work, and vote.

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