This weekend, this was on television:
In 1987, Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in the sci-fi thriller, “The Running Man.” The plot involved a reality television show in which innocent people were hunted.
It was set in 2017.
We’re now in 2017. Arnold is starring in a reality television show:
And there just happens to be another reality show in 2017 that has a familiar plot:
Welcome to the era of Vlad’s little pony.
It doesn’t seem odd to me that tracking and hunting people would be an acceptable form of entertainment, given that the sentiment was pretty much the basis for the election of the Lügenorange, a lying, racist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, homophobic, misogynistic, pedophile thief, who happened to star in a reality television show. Remember, he plans to round up Muslims and Hispanics and throw them out of the country.
Hide your children. The Hunger Games aren’t too far behind.
From the Washington Post:
Russia carried out a comprehensive cyber campaign to sabotage the U.S. presidential election, an operation that was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin and ultimately sought to help elect Donald Trump, U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in a remarkably blunt assessment released Friday.
The report depicts Russian interference as unprecedented in scale, saying that Moscow’s role represented “a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort” beyond previous election-related espionage.
The campaign initially sought to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, “denigrate” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and damage her expected presidency. But in time, Russia “developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump” and repeatedly sought to artificially boost his election chances.
Here’s the link to the full government report. It’s for everyone who cares about this country (which means it isn’t for pump truppets who only want a government modeled after 1930s Berlin.)
I mean really. What else could go wrong in the coming year?
Just when you thought the Lugenorange and his army of pump truppets couldn’t do anything more to screw up the country …
Although the Congressional Budget Act requires the president to submit the fiscal 2018 budget to Congress between January 2 and February 6, Trump could easily say that it was the responsibility of the outgoing Obama administration to comply with the law before the new president was sworn in on January 20.
But while the new president not sending a budget to Congress might not be illegal, it would clearly be unprecedented.
Every in-coming president since the Congressional Budget Act went into effect in the mid-1970s has submitted a budget. In many years, those budgets (or amendments to the outgoing president’s final budget) were submitted months after the first-Monday-in-February deadline and were truncated versions of the usual multi-volume presentation. But, a fiscal plan with the new president’s priorities was consistently released for over 4 decades.
This doesn’t even qualify as anarchy anymore. This gives Cheeto and his Legion of Doom carte blanche to steal billions of dollars in the name of getting the government out of the private sector by privatizing everything the government does to keep us at least as an industrial nation. When the raping and pillaging is done, because a mass of alleged humanity though it was in their interest to vote for a rapist and pillager, we’re all going to end up in a fetal position begging the dictator to stop kicking us while we’re down.
When Donald Trump named his Treasury secretary, Teena Colebrook felt her heart sink.
She had voted for the president-elect on the belief that he would knock the moneyed elites from their perch in Washington. And she knew Trump’s pick for Treasury — Steven Mnuchin — all too well.
OneWest, a bank formerly owned by a group of investors headed by Mnuchin, had foreclosed on her Los Angeles-area home in the aftermath of the Great Recession, stripping her of the two units she rented as a primary source of income.
Let’s break this down. This woman lost the rental property she was counting on for income because of a recession created by the incompetence of the Republican administration led by George Bush (the dumber). The economy turns around and things actually get better under the Democratic president, who the hemorrhoidal oligarch says wasn’t born in this country, was actually a Muslim and didn’t deserve his college degree.
And the woman falls for the GOP’s pseudo billionaire anal inflamation from New York who says he’s a man of the people. The bedpan she calls a brain doesn’t even bother to consider that a billionaire in New York doesn’t associate with “the people.” He associates with other plutocrats, who in New York happen to be investment bankers.
These aren’t his enemies. This is his social circle.
So she votes for him, and guess what! He fills his Cabinet with fellow plutocrats. One of whom took her houses away, essentially stealing her money, taking food out of her mouth, and putting her shelter at risk.
Now, I should feel sorry for her, but here’s our reality. She knew that her man of the people was a lying, racist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, homophobic, misogynistic pedophile, and she happily voted for him anyway. Because, you know, build the wall, lock her up and make America great again. Which means she enthusiastically wanted the Lügenorange to make defenseless people suffer.
Only Miss Bigot McTruppet didn’t understand, she was a defenseless person.
So, suffer. You got your wish.
So, the Lügenkarotte made a big production out of giving millions of dollars to a Hoosier air conditioner maker to save 800 jobs and in the process still managed to lose 600 jobs in Indiana. (From Fox News, because pump truppets can only wrap their minds around this):
By enabling Carrier’s Indianapolis plant to stay open, the deal spares about 800 union workers whose jobs were going to be outsourced to Mexico, according to federal officials who were briefed by the heating and air conditioning company. This suggests that hundreds will still lose their jobs at the factory, where roughly 1,400 workers were slated to be laid off.
Also, neither Trump nor Carrier has yet to say what the workers might have to give up or precisely what threats or incentives were used to get the manufacturer to change its mind.
Of course the truppets don’t bother with reality:
Cheering crowds greeted Trump during his victory lap through the Rust Belt this week following the announcement that the nation’s new negotiator-in-chief had struck a deal with heating and air conditioner manufacturer Carrier to keep a factory in Indiana from moving to Mexico. The agreement affected roughly 1,000 jobs and provided Trump the opportunity to deliver on a powerful campaign promise even before taking office.
The plant is just a sliver compared with the nearly 16 million new jobs generated under Obama as he guided the country out of the worst economic crisis since the Depression.
So net jobs for the head Cheeto: minus 600, after giving a company millions of dollars to save jobs. At that rate, he should match Obama’s job creation total by … never.