Monday, June 12, 2017

1806 That's Not Rain on Your Shoes

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The right wing in this country is drowning in a sea of irrational exuberance and false comparisons.

They should put IE in the DSM.  Wait. That’s gibberish from Jargonia. They should put Irrational Exuberance in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychological Disorders, the book the shrinks rely on to overbill the cuckoo department of your soon-to-die health insurance.

The phrase itself is the creation of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. It describes what he saw as a bubble in dot coms.  But it can apply elsewhere, too.

When someone points out one of the failings of The Leader of the Free World, someone is sure to come up with “oh, but Obama did this” and “Hillary did that.”

What does that mean?  It means Trump’s okay and compares favorably to the fallen idols, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

C’mon.  How does that mitigate the outrageous Banana Republican nonsense that started with Goldwater and now has been distorted into the Tea Party… a name we don’t hear often nowadays, but still it lurks.

The White House sleight of hand department has been working overtime to divert our attention to the president’s disastrous disrobing at the Comey hearings.  It’s infrastructure week, Kellyann Conway reminds us.  The president has been all over the map pushing for better roads and bridges and golf courses. (Well, he may not have mentioned golf courses.)

Can you name one thing Conway said about that? Of course not.  No one listens to her and no one should. But you remember what Comey said because it means something.

Meantime, the Congressional Sleight of Hand Caucus has retreated into secrecy, planning its next move so that it can look like a deliberative body while still accomplishing the goal of the executive branch which is to deprive you of medical coverage and keep you so busy trying to make ends meet and so tired from trying that you don’t see Paul Ryan palm the 50 cent piece and then pretend to pull it out of Orin Hatch’s ear.

Digression: When you press and hold the Alt key and press the right arrow on your computer keyboard, do you know what happens?  Absolutely nothing.  There’s a message in that.

But the alt right media is busy trying to take everything ridiculous about Trump/Russia and turning it into victory.

Reminds one of the old saw “don’t pee on my shoes and then tell me it’s raining.”

-“ is simply not possible for a state law to be valid under our Constitution which makes the criminality of an act depend upon the race of the actor." Associate Justice Potter Stewart concurring with the unanimous Supreme Court decision that Richard and Mildred Loving of Virginia were illegally imprisoned for marrying each other.  Richard was white, Mildred was black.  The decision was made on this day, 6/12/1967, only 50 years ago.

I’m Wes Richards. My opinions are my own but you’re welcome to them. ®  Also, my shoes are wet… it must be raining.
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