Thank you, Teddy.

I found this in a post on my facebook page today. It’s a quote from one of my favorite historical personages, Teddy Roosevelt.

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

Get this through your thick head, Donald. We don’t have to get over you, follow you, or do what you say. We will resist you. Now undo this ineffective and un-American ban, before you make us really mad and we dismantle that party full of idiots who put you in the White House, which you’ve now turned into a giant porta-potty.

Extreme vetting

On this issue I agree with Trump that we need it, just not in the way that he mentions. Leave immigrants alone, Donald, the Republican party should have extreme vetted you before they allowed you to become President. At least then I never would have heard a White House official utter the term “Alternate Facts.” Thanks for bringing conspiracy theory and gaslighting to the highest levels in Washington. Couldn’t you have gotten a job as a reporter for the Enquirer and done just as well?


Why am I not hearing any more on the investigations by the F.B.I. and C.I.A. into Russian gerrymandering of our presidential election? Have your heads of those organizations already shut them down before anything more telling could come out? Were you afraid of what they might find?


Yes, I’m one of the three million people who legally voted against you in this election. After all, you did say you didn’t care about winning the popular vote. Was it because you didn’t care about us? Or you knew we weren’t that susceptible to one note slogans and alternate facts?

A conspiracy theory of my own

I don’t know if anyone else has had this thought occur to them, but I’ve come to an odd conclusion as to why President Trump is so locked into this voter fraud theory of his that just happens to correspond to the exact number of votes by which he lost the popular election. Once again, I think it has to do with misdirection.

The Donald is trying to steer the nation’s gaze away from the C.I.A. and F.B.I. investigations into Russian activities during the election.  And I’m certain that now these inquiries will be quietly quashed by Comey, one of the Donald’s new best buds, because there’s more important work for the F.B.I. to do, and by the new C.I.A. chief, Mike Pompeo, again, because there’s more important work to do, like compiling lists of Muslims, Mexicans, and other people we need to watch: like Democrats.

Of course, I have no proof of this, but in this new world of alternate facts, I don’t need any. I encourage our free press not to take the bait and continue probing into the Russian interference in the American election process. You are our only hope, ladies and gentlemen of the free press, to combat the machinations of this smarmy manipulator, and his alt facts version of reality.

Thank you, Republicans

I never thought I would be saying this, but I would like to thank the Republican members of Congress that have stood up so far to resist President Delusional’s call for wasting our money on an investigation into voter fraud that even the Republican party cannot find any credible evidence to suggest existed. Please, for the sake of Democracy, continue to do so. And please, in the next presidential election, try to give us independents a candidate who is actually suited to the job applied for, rather than an Enquirer sucking conspiracy theorist. Thanks.

Betting the odds

I have never been a betting man, but a long time ago a Catholic Priest teaching a math class in college taught me about probabilities, which are the driving force behind gambling. I do know this: even if I were a “sporting man,” there is no way I would lay my money down on a bet where my odds of winning were just three percent. As the old saying goes, “a fool and his money are soon parted.”

The reason I bring this up is because our new President has taken down all references to the fight against warming from the White House website, indicating very strongly that the new American administration comes down on the side of the three percent of climate scientists who doubt the evidence of warming, or, like some, paid by fossil fuel companies, who feel that warming is a good thing.

The basic problem I have with these scientists, and the people, like Trump and his cronies, who claim that three percent is good reason for doubt, is that when it comes to warming they’re not betting anything of their own, they’re not laying their lives, or fortunes, down on this bet, they’re betting our grandchildren’s future.

I don’t believe that any of us living today has the right to do that. If you happen to live alone, and want to bet 90-1 long shots at Saratoga Race Track, mortgaging your house to get the money, that’s fine, you can do it, and I don’t care. But, if you have a family at home and want to do the same thing with the roof over their heads, then you need to step away from the betting window, Long Shot Louie, and step away quickly.

When it comes to the bet on Climate Change, if you’re on the side of that three percent, you need to step away, because you’re not risking anything, but taking a great risk for all our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and you don’t have the right to do that.

Dear Republican Governments

… whether they be local, state, or federal, this is the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States, quoted from the White House website, you know, the one with Trump and Pence on the front page.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances (italics added).”

You will note, North Dakota, that nowhere does this mention running down protesters “accidentally.” Just thought I would post this as a reminder, since some people in North Dakota, and elsewhere, seem to think that we have to abridge our most important right, because protesters might say things we don’t want to here.

The movement to abridge this most fundamental of rights is the most Un-American activity there is. This movement is not patriotism, it is antithetical to what we, as Americans, have always believed, and held dear: it is, in fact, fascism. There is no place for both the Nazi salute and the Pledge of Allegiance in America. My father’s generation gave their lives fighting to free the world from this: you will not bring it here voluntarily.

Dear American Trolls

Leave the children alone. Please follow Chelsea Clinton’s lead and try to act like adults. Many of you had the moral high ground in taking your fight to his father, but now you’re choosing to give it away. I’ve said this to Republicans, I’ll say it to you, GROW UP! You’ve taken a page from the Republican playbook and become your own enemy! What is wrong with you?

I find myself truly annoyed

… at the reactions I see, on Facebook, and elsewhere, to the various women’s marches going on in the United States and elsewhere around the world. Many of the reactions attempt to reduce these protests to meaninglessness, because, the Trolls say, women are already equal, especially in pay for equivalent work. What I find truly annoying is that many of these comments come from women. Although I am a man, there are many more issues involved than equal pay for equal work, so I’ll go over some of them for the less informed among us, especially for those women who seem to lack understanding of these broader issues. I cannot claim any ownership of these ideas, as I have gleaned them in conversations with women.

First, to this very moment, in various parts of the world, and in some religious groups in the United States, women are treated as either property of men, or second class citizens, who must follow whatever the man they’re involved with thinks, or tells them to think. The wife must “cleave to her husband,” a phrase that even I, as a man, detest. I don’t want fembots in my life, and I’m glad that in my wife, daughter, ex-wife, sisters, and nieces, I don’t have any. It is a weak man indeed who wants women to be weaker.

This first issue of women as property, or inferior, leads to other issues, many of them life threatening. In the United States, there is an effort underway to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides many critical services to women, especially to women who cannot otherwise afford them. I know that in America we’re not supposed to give a shit about the poor, but some of us bleeding hearts just can’t help it, because we foolishly believe that society, and a nation, are supposed to be about something greater than just making money, and our standards need to evolve from things we read in old books. I know that many opponents of Planned Parenthood center their lives around abortion as a reason to eliminate this organization, but there was an old saying in America, “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”

In other parts of the world, women are routinely killed, or maimed, by their own families, ostensibly because they have shamed the families’ honor, as if any family who does such things possesses any concept of the word honor in the first place. If western culture is really a vision to be followed for the rest of the world, if we are truly the leaders that our civilization believes, then any retrograde step in the rights, or treatment of women dimishes us, and emboldens those who perform the kind of heinous acts I refered to earlier.

I hope, in my own feeble way, that I have been able to touch on some of the issues that the women who are protesting world-wide have in mind, and I, for one, applaud their strength of will, and character.


And the women shall lead us

I am heartened by the force women around the world have shown since the election of the Donald and his creepy band of misogynists. Women of the world, men who do not fear you will stand beside you, vote alongside you, protest alongside you, and speak out for you, whenever the pervert collection tries to trample what you have fought so hard to gain, namely, some measure of equality. And the same is true for all the others this administration will try to turn the clocks back on: minorities fighting for equal rights and protections under the law. Thank you for taking the lead, and someday the world will come to realize that all these forgotten groups are the real majority.