Trump, Kim, and the Nedelin Disaster

Apr. 24, 2017   By Jack Jodell (in association with the gifted writer BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at the brilliant blog site Fair and Unbalanced.com – see my Blogroll in the right hand column of this page).                                                                             

COUNTDOWN: As of today, only 1,368 more days remain in this horrid administration’s term in office. (I apologize for my poor math up until now, and how this figure has varied. With my new calculator, my future posts will be accurate as far as this countdown is concerned)….

Happy last Monday of April, everybody! In today’s offering, our podcaster extraordinaire BURR DEMING portrays three separate, overly-agressive madmen: two of them living, and one of them dead, consumed by his own aggressive recklessness. Harkening back to a lesson which should have been learned back in 1960 from a fatal mishap in the old Soviet Union, Burr shows us how, once again, rashness and recklessness by certain key individuals may yet lead us into a totally avoidable fatal mishap in today’s world. As the current detaining of American citizens wishing to leave North Korea shows, brinksmanship only promotes more brinksmanship, and can often lead to fully avoidable fatal consequences. Let us hope that common sense and reason wil, once more, save the day now…     

Burr states, “Mitrofan Nedelin set off an explosion in the Soviet Empire in 1960 that killed an amazing number of scientists.

He also managed to leave a lesson for North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un, and for President Trump.”  

PODCAST

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=5383
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AN “ENEMIES LIST” I’M SURE MOST WILL AGREE WITH!

Apr. 20, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.    

COUNTDOWN: As of today, only 1,404 more days remain in this horrid administration’s term in office…

Most of us remember the disgraced renegade President Richard Nixon, and his paranoid “enemies list” of opponents he was fearful of and wanted to eradicate politically. Younger readers may also remember that insane blabbermouth Sarah Palin, and her “hit list” of Democrats, complete with bullseyes, that she was urging voters to reject. Regrettably, one of her equally insane followers took her advice, shot and permanently crippled AZ Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and permanently changed her life for the worst.

Well, this blogger is neither paranoid nor insane, but rather well-reasoned and reseatched, and, just like everyone else, am ntitled to omy own beliefs and opinions,  I will exercise the liberty today to list my own personal “enemies list.”  I previously had featured a number of people I greatly admire, but today I shall take an opposite approach. You may or may not agree with some of these, and that, of course, is your prerogative. But here they are:

 1). The newer, radical, and extremely far-right CON-servative Republican Party. The adherents of this newer, far more corrupt version of the GOP are basically shills for multinational corporations, big industry, the gluttonous insurance industry, big pharma, and the billionaire class, and I don’t have the time of day for ANY of them! They preach “free” markets and fiscal responsibility, yet they legislate in favor of anti-free market monopolies and allow the President to spend like a drunken sailor,  just because he is a Republican…even worse, they block and obstruct legislation which could prove beneficial to the entire country.  They wantonly deliver huge, unneeded tax breaks for billionaires who don’t need them, yet they try to cut back on much-needed programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and even Social Security DISABILITY benefits – each of which they deem are abused and overfunded. These creeps include, but are not limited to, President Donald Chump, Speaker of the House Paul RUIN (Ryan), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Office of Management and Budget head Mick  Mulvaney, Congressman Darrel Issa, Congressman Steve King, and a good many others, each of whom has perverted the meaning of true conservatism to please their monopolistic billionaire Wall Street masters.

2).  NEOLIBERAL icons, who have betrayed the ideals of the once-great worker, middle class, and poor-oriented Democratic Party  in favor of Wall Street bankers and the like. This list includes, but is not limited to, wimpy “blue dog” Democrats, Bill AND Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and ALL who cowed in fear rather than rising up against the likes of “W” and DICK Cheney in the 2000s, and Donald Chump today! At a time when corporate CEOs are raping their workers’ paychecks to gluttonously stuff their own pockets, when social safety net programs are under threat, when Social Security benefits need to RISE rather than being scaled back, and the military/industrial complex is getting woefully fat with unneeded and wasteful funding, these neoliberals are choosing to deliberately stand by and let it all happen. In doing this, they are abandoning their usual MAJORITY coalition of middle class, union, poor and disabled voters and allowing CON-servative Republicans to carry the day in all things legislative and judicial. Absolutely disgusting and most UNpatriotic!

3). The warmongering and hawkish NEOCONSERVATIVES. This group features a bunch of cowards who used deferments to escape military service but upon gaining power embarked on wars of conquest and threats of war to advance their own personal agendas.  It includes such cowards as former Vice President DICK Cheney (who had “other priorities” to attend to during his period of eligibility for service in Vietnam, but pushed strongly for waging an illegal war, using war crimes, in Iraq while in office), Donald Rumsfeld (another mouthy warmonger), Donald Chump (the belligerent “deferer-in-chief” who now threatens war all over if he can’t get his way), and all the greedy board members and CEOs who have profited immensely off the military/industrial complex for many years. These dangerous people have never met a war they didn’t like or couldn’t profit from, and many of them should be indicted and sentenced for war crimes!

4).  The CEOs and boards of mainstream media companies, who have turned coverage of the news  into “infotainment” rather than being a good source of information and discussion of issues, as it used to be. They are deliberately sacrificing an intelligent, informed public for mere short-term, corporate profits.  This is despicable, short-sighted, dangerous, irresponsible, and indefensible!

5). Colluding and corrupt politicians who call themselves “Democrats” but all too often vote with CON-servative Republicans and support a corporatist agenda. These opportunistic phonies stand in direct opposition to progressives, needy workers, the elderly, minorities, the poor, and the disabled. These are a deceitful and traitorous lot  who are thoroughly despicable and corrupted. They include the likes of WV Sen. Joe (“I’m so proud of the NRA”) Manchin, who also is the father of the notorious pharmaceutical company head  Heather Bresch, who not too long ago astronomically and very greedily raised the price of Epi-Pens by an astounding amount.  Thoroughly disgusting, and most corrupt indeed!

6).  The very blind and contemptible head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,  Tom Donohue, and the head of the NRA Wayne LaPierre – BOTH of whom are vastly overpaid (at $4,916,000 and $972,000 respectively), and NEITHER of which is serving the public interest in any way! These are paranoid, deluded men who carry great but wholly undeserved political influence. Donohue, always afraid of government attempts to level the economic playing field, is strongly opposed to labor unions and the minimum wage, as well as the government. The jerky LaPierre also hates government influence and is also dismissive of the public’s desire for any restrictions at all on gun ownership, even for mentally unbalanced types. How do we allow paranoids like this to rise and thrive in our country?

7). Extremely arrogant and condescending Congressional members like Oklahoma’s Republican 2nd District Representative Markwayne Mullin, who, at a recent town hall meeting held before his constituents, had the audacity to tell his taxpaying constituents that it was “bullcrap” that taxpayers pay his salary. He stated, “I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got here and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go.” BullSHIT, you conceited self-centered idiot!  This arrogant, pompous, and sadly mistaken jerk ignores the FACT that, according to the Congressional Research Service within the Library of Congress as of January 2012, the salary of a U.S. representative is $174,000 per year, (motr than FOUR TIMES as much as an average workers’ salary), plus benefits which include allowances, cost-of-living adjustments, enrollment in a pension, health benefits, personnel, mail, and office expenses, and a paid travel allowance as well. I would strongly urge his constituents to BOOT this complacent jerk’s ass out of Congress in 2018, and replace him with a much less hostile progressive who will value the salary provided by these taxpayers!

8). Last, but certainly not least, is the President himself – Donald CHUMP. This spoiled little 10 year old brat, through his cowardly refusal to release his tax returns AND his refusal to allow the public to see his White House visitors list, has slapped every worker and legitimate taxpayer in the face with such arrogance. This is no friend of the working people of this country, but rather an enemy.What exactly are you trying to hide, old man? And who the hell do you think you’re fooling? Are you auditioning for a cold, damp jail cell with a dose of hard labor thrown in for good measure?

These are but a few of the many losers we are faced with today who seek to expand corporate power as they try to eliminate the power of individuals. Regrettably, there are many, MANY more! Please suggest any others you may feel need to be added to this list. Thank you!

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Tripwire – The Trump Dilemma in Syria

Apr. 17, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P. (in association with the gifted writer BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at the brilliant blog site Fair and UNbalanced. com – see my Blogroll at the lower right hand column of this page).

COUNTDOWN: Only 1,407  days remain in this horrid administration’s term in office…                                 

Happy Monday after Easter, everybody! The ever-thoughtful Burr Deming, our Master Podcaster, has given a lot of thought to how our current President frequently acts rashly, often by impulse and without sufficient thought. In today’s podcast, he compares approaches taken by several previous Presidents to crises they faced with those taken by our current President in Yemen and Syria. The contrasts are enlightening, to say the least.

Burr says, President Trump’s attack on Syria was less effective because he let Putin Know first.

He had to.
Here’s why.”


PODCAST

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=5283
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THE DAMNING PROOF THAT CON-SERVATIVE REPUBLICANS HAVE SOLD YOU OUT!

Apr. 13, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.

COUNTDOWN:  As of today, only 1,412 more days remain in this horrid administration’s term in office…                                                                                                            

In March, Congress voted to allow your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to legally SELL YOUR internet browsing history to the highest bidder. This, of course, is a MASSIVE overreach as well as an INVASION OF YOUR PRIVACY! Now that Donald Chump has signed it into law, expect your email inbox and your snail mail letterbox to gradually be flooded with unwanted solicitations and junk mail thanks to this sell-out of your privacy. Regrettably,  there won’t be a damn thing you can do about it!  Those of you who believe that there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans, please note that NOT ONE DEMOCRAT voted for this putrid bill – it was supported by and passed ONLY with con-servative Republican votes and was signed into law by that horrid Republican President we are now cursed with! This Republican obsession with pleasing big business and multinational corporations has gotten WAY out of hand, and the lies they are telling about how it will expand “choice” for consumers is disgusting! The Republican Party is now thoroughly under the full control – 100% – of corporatists masquerading as “free market” enthusiasts, and they are LYING to us about their agenda! As you’ll see below, these Republicans were paid quite handsomely for their votes – proof positive of the immediate need to GET MONEY OUT OF OUR POLITICS! Thanks to excellent tabulations by The Verge.com, here is the proof, broken down by Senate and then House. Read it and weep, friends. Better yet, VOTE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE OVERLY PRO-CORPORATE REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE BEGINNING IN 2018 AND CONTINUING THROUGH THE 2022 MIDTERMS! This is a cleansing purge we NEED to support! They are all bought-out shills who only care about money and power – NOT YOU!

US SENATE

MEMBER – PARTY – STATE – TOTAL
Alexander, Lamar Republican TN $86,400
Barrasso, John Republican WY $63,000
Blunt, Roy Republican MO $185,550
Boozman, John Republican AR $56,450
Burr, Richard Republican NC $58,500
Capito, Shelley Republican WV $24,675
Cassidy, Bill Republican LA $34,909
Cochran, Thad Republican MS $123,750
Collins, Susan Republican ME $57,550
Corker, Bob Republican TN $43,600
Cornyn, John Republican TX $148,800
Cotton, Tom Republican AR $70,025
Crapo, Mike Republican ID $11,000
Cruz, Ted Republican TX $40,840
Daines, Steve Republican MT $38,700
Enzi, Mike Republican WY $45,100
Ernst, Joni Republican IA $28,200
Fischer, Debra Republican NE $21,850
Flake, Jeff Republican AZ $27,955
Gardner, Cory Republican CO $95,023
Graham, Lindsey Republican SC $74,522
Grassley, Chuck Republican IA $135,125
Hatch, Orrin Republican UT $106,750
Heller, Dean Republican NV $78,950
Hoeven, John Republican ND $25,800
Inhofe, Jim Republican OK $38,000
Johnson, Ron Republican WI $123,652
Kennedy, John Republican LA $1,000
Lankford, James Republican OK $21,000
Lee, Mike Republican UT $60,913
McCain, John Republican AZ $84,125
McConnell, Mitch Republican KY $251,110
Moran, Jerry Republican KS $130,950
Murkowski, Lisa Republican AK $66,250
Perdue, David Republican GA $37,000
Portman, Rob Republican OH $89,350
Risch, Jim Republican ID $27,000
Roberts, Pat Republican KS $100,200
Rounds, Mike Republican SD $40,166
Rubio, Marco Republican FL $75,535
Sasse, Benjamin Republican NE $31,800
Scott, Tim Republican SC $60,200
Shelby, Richard Republican AL $27,000
Strange, Luther Republican AL $0*
Sullivan, Daniel Republican AK $10,550
Thune, John Republican SD $215,000
Tillis, Thom Republican NC $41,220
Toomey, Patrick Republican PA $143,456
Wicker, Roger Republican MS $151,800
Young, Todd Republican IN $28,670
*Senator Strange was appointed to Congress in February 2017 to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ seat.

US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MEMBER –  PARTY –  STATE  – DISTRICT –  TOTAL
Abraham, Ralph Republican LA 5th $5,750
Aderholt, Robert Republican AL 4th $26,500
Allen, Rick Republican GA 12th $9,500
Amodei, Mark Republican NV 2nd $22,000
Arrington, Jodey Republican TX 19th $8,450
Babin, Brian Republican TX 36th $8,000
Bacon, Donald Republican NE 2nd $7,000
Banks, Jim Republican IN 3rd $12,100
Barletta, Lou Republican PA 11th $14,700
Barr, Andy Republican KY 6th $28,400
Barton, Joe Republican TX 6th $39,750
Bergman, Jack Republican MI 1st $21,200
Biggs, Andy Republican AZ 5th $5,000
Bilirakis, Gus Republican FL 12th $55,000
Bishop, Mike Republican MI 8th $40,500
Bishop, Rob Republican UT 1st $5,500
Black, Diane Republican TN 6th $27,750
Blackburn, Marsha Republican TN 7th $84,000
Blum, Rodney Republican IA 1st $5,500
Bost, Mike Republican IL 12th $29,750
Brady, Kevin Republican TX 8th $20,000
Brat, David Republican VA 7th $6,000
Bridenstine, Jim Republican OK 1st $1,000
Brooks, Susan Republican IN 5th $44,300
Buchanan, Vern Republican FL 16th $18,900
Buck, Ken Republican CO 4th $15,750
Bucshon, Larry Republican IN 8th $33,000
Budd, Theodore Republican NC 13th $10,000
Burgess, Michael Republican TX 26th $39,500
Byrne, Bradley Republican AL 1st $17,500
Calvert, Ken Republican CA 42nd $12,000
Carter, Buddy Republican GA 1st $12,250
Carter, John Republican TX 31st $22,500
Chabot, Steven Republican OH 1st $25,500
Chaffetz, Jason Republican UT 3rd $38,100
Cheney, Liz Republican WY 1st $18,400
Cole, Tom Republican OK 4th $14,000
Collins, Doug Republican GA 9th $42,850
Collins, Chris Republican NY 27th $57,500
Comer, James Republican KY 1st $14,750
Comstock, Barbara Republican VA 10th $56,457
Conaway, Mike Republican TX 11th $18,500
Cook, Paul Republican CA 8th $15,000
Costello, Ryan Republican PA 6th $38,750
Cramer, Kevin Republican ND 1st $71,750
Crawford, Eric Republican AR 1st $9,000
Culberson, John Republican TX 7th $8,000
Curbelo, Carlos Republican FL 26th $45,700
Davis, Rodney Republican IL 13th $49,000
Denham, Jeffrey Republican CA 10th $47,000
Dent, Charles Republican PA 15th $25,200
DeSantis, Ron Republican FL 6th $21,634
DesJarlais, Scott Republican TN 4th $3,000
Diaz-Balart, Mario Republican FL 25th $26,500
Donovan, Daniel Republican NY 11th $16,000
Duncan, Jeff Republican SC 3rd $12,610
Dunn, Neal Republican FL 2nd $13,750
Emmer, Thomas Republican MN 6th $18,500
Farenthold, Blake Republican TX 27th $19,000
Ferguson, Anderson Republican GA 3rd $7,000
Fitzpatrick, Brian** Republican PA 8th $32,600
Fleischmann, Chuck Republican TN 3rd $18,000
Flores, Bill Republican TX 17th $40,500
Fortenberry, Jeff Republican NE 1st $3,500
Foxx, Virginia Republican NC 5th $13,250
Franks, Trent Republican AZ 8th $16,500
Frelinghuysen, Rodney Republican NJ 11th $55,456
Gaetz, Matt Republican FL 1st $7,000
Gallagher, Mike Republican WI 8th $16,019
Garrett, Tom* Republican VA 5th $3,250
Gibbs, Robert Republican OH 7th $8,000
Gohmert, Louie Republican TX 1st $8,000
Goodlatte, Bob Republican VA 6th $73,950
Gosar, Paul Republican AZ 4th $2,000
Gowdy, Harold Republican SC 4th $15,750
Granger, Kay Republican TX 12th $15,000
Graves, John Republican GA 14th $34,000
Graves, Sam Republican MO 6th $31,000
Griffith, Tim Republican AR 2nd $16,915
Griffith, Morgan Republican VA 9th $36,500
Grothman, Glenn Republican WI 6th $10,600
Guthrie, Steven Republican KY 2nd $81,500
Harper, Gregg Republican MS 3rd $33,800
Harriis, Andy Republican MD 1st $3,000
Hartzler, Vicki Republican MO 4th $10,500
Hensarling, Jeb Republican TX 5th $10,000
Hice, Jody Republican GA 10th $6,000
Higgins, Clay Republican LA 3rd $300
Holding, George Republican NC 2nd $31,100
Hollingsworth, Trey Republican IN 9th $10,000
Hudson, Richard Republican NC 8th $45,400
Huizenga, Bill Republican MI 2nd $7,500
Hultgreen, Randy Republican IL 14th $10,000
Hunter, Duncan Republican CA 50th $19,000
Hurd, William Republican TX 23rd $63,000
Issa, Darrell Republican CA 49th $66,275
Jenkins, Lynn Republican KS 2nd $34,750
Jenkins, Evan Republican WV 3rd $10,000
Johnson, Bill Republican OH 6th $56,500
Johnson, Sam Republican TX 3rd $16,700
Jordan, James Republican OH 4th $24,750
Joyce, David Republican OH 14th $16,500
Katko, John Republican NY 24th $32,250
Kelly, Trent Republican MS 1st $3,300
Kelly, Mike Republican PA 3rd $34,700
King, Steve Republican IA 4th $20,500
King, Peter Republican NY 2nd $9,000
Kinzinger, Adam Republican IL 16th $75,250
Knight, Steve Republican CA 25th $32,500
Kustoff, David Republican TN 8th $16,300
Labrador, Raul Republican ID 1st $10,000
LaHood, Darin Republican IL 18th $15,500
LaMalfa, Doug Republican CA 1st $5,000
Lamborn, Doug Republican CO 5th $28,400
Lance, Leonard Republican NJ 7th $43,000
Latta, Bob Republican OH 5th $91,000
Lewis, Jason Republican MN 2nd $10,500
LoBiondo, Frank Republican NJ 2nd $14,500
Long, Billy Republican MO 7th $57,250
Loudermilk, Barry Republican GA 11th $8,000
Love, Mia Republican UT 4th $16,500
Lucas, Frank Republican OK 3rd $14,500
Luetkemeyer, Blaine Republican MO 3rd $21,000
MacArthur, Tom Republican NJ 3rd $19,000
Marchant, Kenny Republican TX 24th $12,000
Marshall, Roger Republican KS 1st $20,500
Massie, Thomas Republican KY 4th $2,750
Mast, Brian Republican FL 18th $10,500
McCarthy, Kevin Republican CA 23rd $99,100
McCaul, Michael Republican TX 10th $37,200
McHenry, Patrick Republican NC 10th $51,000
McKinley, David Republican WV 1st $24,500
McSally, Martha Republican AZ 2nd $40,500
Meadows, Mark Republican NC 11th $4,000
Meehan, Patrick Republican PA 7th $64,200
Messer, Luke Republican IN 6th $18,750
Mitchell, Paul** Republican MI 10th $10,000
McMorris-Rogers, Cathy** Republican WA 5th $75,900
Moolenaar, John Republican MI 4th $12,500
Mooney, Alexander Republican WV 2nd $6,000
Mullin, Markwayne Republican OK 2nd $47,250
Murphy, Timothy Republican PA 18th $26,000
Newhouse, Daniel Republican WA 4th $10,000
Noem, Kristi Republican SD 1st $38,200
Nunes, Devin Republican CA 22nd $37,750
Olson, Pete Republican TX 22nd $57,500
Palazzo, Steven Republican MS 4th $11,100
Palmer, Gary Republican AL 6th $2,000
Paulsen, Erik Republican MN 3rd $50,500
Pearce, Steve Republican NM 2nd $20,400
Perry, Scott Republican PA 4th $17,000
Poe, Ted Republican TX 2nd $23,000
Poliquin, Bruce Republican ME 2nd $47,500
Posey, Bill Republican FL 8th $3,000
Ratcliffe, John Republican TX 4th $24,500
Reed, Thomas Republican NY 23rd $31,500
Renacci, Jim Republican OH 16th $48,000
Rice, Hugh Republican SC 7th $18,500
Roby, Martha Republican AL 2nd $33,200
Roe, Phil Republican TN 1st $500
Rogers, Mike Republican AL 3rd $25,000
Rogers, Hal Republican KY 5th $12,500
Rohrabacher, Dana Republican CA 48th $1,350
Rokita, Todd Republican IN 4th $20,200
Rooney, Laurence Republican FL 19th $16,625
Rooney, Tom Republican FL 17th $19,000
Roskam, Peter Republican IL 6th $33,600
Ross, Dennis Republican FL 15th $17,000
Rothfus, Keith Republican PA 12th $30,900
Rouzer, David Republican NC 7th $15,000
Royce, Edward Republican CA 39th $14,000
Russell, Steven Republican OK 5th $16,450
Rutherford, John Republican FL 4th $6,000
Scalise, Steve Republican LA 1st $121,750
Schweikert, David Republican AZ 6th $4,000
Scott, James Republican GA 8th $6,000
Sensenbrenner, Jim Republican WI 5th $30,000
Sessions, Pete Republican TX 32nd $40,400
Shimkus, John Republican IL 15th $104,425
Shuster, Bill Republican PA 9th $35,500
Smith, Jason Republican MO 8th $47,500
Smith, Adrian Republican NE 3rd $28,500
Smith, Christopher Republican NJ 4th $6,000
Smith, Lamar Republican TX 21st $56,200
Smucker, Lloyd Republican PA 16th $8,000
Stewart, Chris Republican UT 2nd $12,500
Stivers, Steve Republican OH 15th $27,000
Taylor, Scott** Republican VA 2nd $14,000
Tenney, Claudia Republican NY 22nd $8,500
Thompson, Glenn Republican PA 5th $16,500
Thornberry, Mac Republican TX 13th $32,025
Tiberi, Patrick Republican OH 12th $53,250
Tipton, Scott Republican CO 3rd $23,500
Trott, Dave Republican MI 11th $12,500
Turner, Mike Republican OH 10th $6,000
Upton, Fred Republican MI 6th $108,250
Valadao, David Republican CA 21st $37,400
Wagner, Ann Republican MO 2nd $45,750
Walberg, Timothy Republican MI 7th $38,500
Walden, Gregory Republican OR 2nd $155,100
Walker, Bradley Republican NC 6th $16,750
Walorski, Jackie Republican IN 2nd $21,250
Walters, Mimi Republican CA 45th $47,450
Weber, Randy Republican TX 14th $4,000
Webster, Daniel Republican FL 11th $2,500
Wenstrup, Brad Republican OH 2nd $9,400
Westerman, Bruce Republican AR 4th $11,000
Williams, Roger Republican TX 25th $5,500
Wilson, Joe Republican SC 2nd $11,500
Wittman, Rob Republican VA 1st $11,050
Womack, Steve Republican AR 3rd $15,500
Woodall, Rob Republican GA 7th $9,250
Yoho, Ted Republican FL: 3rd $4,000
Young, Don Republican AK 1st $28,650
Young, David Republican IA 3rd $41,750

*Data for this representative obtained from the Virginia Public Access Project.
**Data for this representative obtained from Open Secrets.
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Retiring an Old Conservative Tradition, Creating Two More

Apr. 10, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P. (in association with the gifted writer BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at the brilliant blog site Fair and UNbalanced. com – see my Blogroll at the lower right hand column of this page).  

Happy start of a new week, everybody! In today’s podcast, our master podcaster Burr Deming gives us the true lowdown about the “nuclear option” Senate Republicans led by Mitch McConnell just employed to get the abominable Neil Gorsuch nominated to the now-more-than-ever Extreme Court. It can no longer be denied: this current crop of congressional Republicans will do anything to win at any time, so long as they get what they want. Just wait until 2018 – WE will have the last laugh and final victory – the GOP’s delusions of grandeur will be short-lived!

Burr says, “Republicans have now partially ended one tradition.

And they have started two more that seem to them as natural as breathing.”

PODCAST

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=5183
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THE CAGED ANIMAL KNOWN AS DONALD TRUMP!

Apr. 8, 2010  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.  

“Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
– Common sense wisdom –  

I watched the President this past week as he reacted with justified horror to Syrian President Assad’s chemical weapons attack which killed so many of his own people. It showed that Donald Trump does indeed have a heart. He vowed that the U.S. might go it alone in dealing with the problem of Assad’s butchery. Sure enough, after notifying the Russians (but neglecting to inform our own Congress), Trump ordered a massive 59 cruise missile attack on the Syrian air force’s airfields. I began to wonder exactly what Trump was thinking to have ordered such an overreactive attack. The cynic in me thought that  his order would certainly help boost his record-low poll ratings. He undoubtedly calculated that his move would be seen as a chief executive firmly and decisively in command, and one who would punish that evil, murderous Assad – all of which would be popular throughout the country. The cynic in me also thought that Trump was actively tryimg to deflect what will prove to be a devastating, if not fatal, probe into whether or not his election campaign had colluded with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton. I guess only time will tell…

We have grown accustomed to seeing rash and reckless behavior from this President. Though many partisan flag-wavers will disagree, this action by Trump in Syria fits that mold perfectly. After all, previous Presidents always notified congressional seniors prior to taking such bold military action. Not Chump, though – the only ones he notified were the Russians who occupy a good deal of Syria. Then he went ahead, on his own, to order the deployment of a huge dose of American firepower, as though only he mattered and nobody else. I began to see him as behaving like a caged animal would: as congressional probes were closing in, he decided to lash out using American military might. Assad is definitely a war criminal for the gassing of his own people. That is undeniable and unforgivable. He will be dealt with severely in the future for his deeds. But I believe Chump was wrong to order such massive retaliation. Two wrongs do NOT make a right, and, while the ability of the Syrian forces to attack their own people has been strongly curtailed, Chump’s action did NOT bring Assad to justice, nor did it defeat him, nor did it ensure a victorious American pullout from long term military entanglements in the Middle East. Trump’s action may have satisfied his need for bravado, but it did little for future American security in the world.

This is a very reckless and dangerous man who should be removed from office as soon as possible!
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THE MOST OUT-OF-TOUCH, POLICY AND POLITICALLY NAIVE PRESIDENT OF OUR LIFETIME!

Apr. 6, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.  

COUNTDOWN: As of today, only 1,419 more days remain in this horrid adminstration’s term in office…

We saw strong evidence in the recent failure of the American Health Care Act’s failure to pass, though sponsored by Republicans, supported by a Republican President, and conceived in a Republican-controlled Congress, of just how weak, powerless, and impotent a President Donald Trump really is.  Let’s face facts here, people – this bigmouthed bully is all talk and no action. I have long referred to this charlatan as the liar-in-chief, and that has been correct. I really feel sorry for the millions of blue collar, “rust belt” voters who mistakenly cast their ballots for this phony: his promises, and your wishes and dreams, will NOT be realized!

There is a very mistaken notion that  Donald Chump is supposedly a great negotiator whose strength lies in his ability to create good business “deals.” LOL! LOL! LOL! If you have believed this, you are a gullible person who has fallen for his and his followers’ lies and propaganda. Strong Presidents, and good effective leaders alike, all share in the ability to cajole members of Congress into voting for what they want. They cause individual congresspersons to cower in fear unless they go along with the wishes of their President.  

NOBODY is afraid of liar-in-chief Donald Chump. NOBODY cowers in fear before him. They, joined by a  vast and growing number of voters, are coming to see him for what he really is: a blowhard bully with a big flapping mouth which spews harmless hot air who can no longer be trusted or should be followed.

For Trump, a longtime celebrity on an artificial, completely made-up form of commercial television called Reality TV (in which little, if anything, is actually realistic) lives in an isolated world of self-delusion. When he should be devoting himself to state business or even sleeping, he obsessively immerses himself in tweeting lies and petty nonsense about his political rivals or enemies. He has been accustomed to having his own way and getting what he has wanted all of his adult life. Now, finally, in his 70th year, he is slowly but surely learning what the rest of us learned long ago as children: the ONLY way to get something you want is to be civil, respectful, and understanding of those around you. How much of this he will actually learn and assimilate remains to be seen, but he got a damn good lesson to learn from by not getting his precious repeal of Obamacare bill passed!

It was a stunning loss, actually. No previous President had ever been dealt such a setback on the very first major piece of legislation he had supported. This self-endorsed “deal maker” had failed miserably in his attempt to convince leaders in his own party to vote for this bill. This was not only Chump’s failure, but House Speaker Paul RUIN’s (Ryan’s) as well. BOTH of these far-right fools  are so out-of-touch with everyday, working Americans that it will be a miracle if they ever get anything accomplished again!  

The lies both of these scoundrels laid on us in recent weeks has been astounding. RUIN told us this new health care bill would provide “access” to health care for everybody. In reality, though, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a report showing that an estimated 24 MILLION people would eventually lose coverage! Meanwhile, in between taxpayer-funded golfing trips to Florida,  Chump continued to promise us that everybody will have coverage and that health care will be more affordable. Like most of what Chump states publicly, that, too, was pure boastful speculative bullshit.

The Republicans have had almost 8 long years to come up with a plan to replace Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which they have hated since the day it was first passed.  They promised voters an immediate repeal. It was obvious to see what a lie that stance was, too, for they missed a golden opportunity to pass such a repeal. Thanks to congressional Republican infighting, they failed. The nefarious billionaire Koch brothers, who funded the formation and election of extreme, reactionary Republicans who now comprise the so-called Freedom Caucus, were strongly opposed to any plan offered by the federl government, as they hate government involvement in anything. They pushed for RUIN to put a ton of exclusionary stuff in the bill, which then led both Democrats (to-a-person) and the few remaining moderate Republicans to oppose it . At town halls all over the country, Republican representatives and senators were justly  besieged with complaints about passing such a costly and discriminatory bill. So this weird alliance between left and right  effectively killed any chance of passage.  Should there ever be any hope of passing meaningful legislation in the future, this band of ex-Tea Party, libertarian, far-right and government-hating Freedom Caucus derelicts MUST be removed from office starting in 2018! They, and Donald Chump two years later, must be soundly defeated! We progressives need to begin a push for the adoption of a universal, single payer health care system, and put an end to the power and influence of big pharma and greedy health insurance companies which are ripping us off blind! We need to banish this current group of lying, far-right, CON-servative Republicans from office forever, and 2018 will be a superb starting point! FOCUS! ORGANIZE! UNITE! ACT! RESIST! WIN!!!
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