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Sunday, October 8, 2017

White House Adorned By Moron per H.L. Mencken


"... the attribution to Henry Louis Mencken, a prominent newspaperman and political commentator during the first half of the 20th century, is accurate. Writing for the Baltimore Evening Sun on 26 July 1920, in an article entitled “Bayard vs. Lionheart” (and reprinted in the book On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe), Mencken cynically opined on the difficulties of good men reaching national office when the scale of their campaigns precluded them from directly reaching out to large segments of the voting public ..."
ref: H. L. Mencken ‘Moron’ Quote, Did H. L. Mencken write that eventually 'the White House will be adorned by a downright moron'?, Snopes.

Aw, shucks go on over to read 'The White House will be adorned by a downright moron', Baltimore Sun, November 19, 2016.

Heck, even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson thinks the White House is adorned by a moron.
ref: Kaitlan Collins, Barbara Starr, Jeff Zeleny, Elizabeth Landers and Kevin Liptak, Tensions escalate after Tillerson calls Trump 'moron', CNN Politics, updated 8:07 AM ET, Thursday, October 5, 2017.

This morning, Republican Senator Bob Corker wrote on Twitter, "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning." (8:13 AM - 8 Oct 2017)
ref: Corker Answers Trump's Endorsement Tweet By Calling The White House A 'Day Care'NPR Politics, October 8, 2017, 2:30 PM ET.

I am of the opinion that Henry Louis Mencken couldn't have been more correct when he wrote that article entitled “Bayard vs. Lionheart” for the Baltimore Evening Sun back on July 26,1920.
(However, I do not care for nor do I condone the use of the word "moron.")

Postscript
For some bonus reading, take a look-see at H. L. Mencken Quotes from BrainyQuote.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Terrorism On American Soil. Guns Don't Kill People.

Once again, there has been an act of terrorism on American soil.
A gunman fired upon thousands of people attending a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night, in a brutal attack that is blamed for at least 58 deaths, police say. In the mass shooting and panic that ensued, 515 people were injured.
ref: Las Vegas Shooting Update: At Least 58 People Are Dead After Gunman Attacks Concert, The Two-Way: Breaking News From NPR, October 2, 2017.






(More of my thoughts on guns over thisaway.)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

On Bended Knee, The NFL Protests During The National Anthem

Hmmm... Here is the opening two paragraphs from an interesting article:
Colin Kaepernick started protesting police brutality and the inequality that people of color in the United States face in August of 2016. He did so by initially sitting for the national anthem and then altering his demonstration to take a knee.
Kaepernick, who is still a free agent, has faced backlash in the year and change since then. However, when President Donald Trump said that NFL owners need to fire the “sons of bitches” who are “disrespecting the flag,” it ignited more protests.
Please, please, take the time to read the entire article, just click on the embedded link contained herewith:
NFL protests 2017: What are players protesting when kneeling for the national anthem?
The knee is not anti-American or anti-military.
by SB Nation NFL  Sep 28, 2017, 7:00am EDT

I have my own thoughts on the overall issue that has become very polarizing and divisive to our country.

From me on Twitter, you may find a link that will take you to my thoughts in a Roland's Ramblings blog entry that I wrote back on May 28, 2012 that are applicable to the present-day NFL protest controversy; and, I humbly request that you then read the first comment to that entry that was made by my brother, Veteran Marine MSgt Richard James Hansen, may he rest in peace.
You may find the link at my Tweet enitled "On bended knee --- Freedom."

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Did Donald Trump Say Republicans Are The Dumbest Group Of People?

Have you seen this meme on the internet that contain's a photo of Donald Trump with an allegeded quote from him citing its source as a People Magazine, 1998?


According to eBaum's World, this MEME is spreading FAKE NEWS.
Read the article from eBaum's World for yourself by following this embedded link

Sunday, August 27, 2017

United States of America, Under God, Pledge of Allegiance

Over on that Great American Institution known as Facebook, I often see the following about the Pledge of Allegiance (or something very similar to it) posted:
I remember all through grade school saying this every morning to start the day... "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands, one nation UNDER GOD, indivisible, with LIBERTY and JUSTICE for all!" We no longer do that for fear of OFFENDING SOMEONE!!!  If this offends you then you live in the wrong place. Repost this if you agree. Let's see how many AMERICANS will re-post this & NOT CARE about offending anyone... GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!
Well, guess what. Don't guess, I will tell you.

Prior to 1954, the words "under God" were not part of the Pledge of Allegiance. It was in 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, that President Dwight D. Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God," creating the 31-word pledge we say today.

Francis Julius Bellamy (May 18, 1855 – August 28, 1931) was a Christian socialist minister and author, best known for writing the original version of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance. Bellamy's original Pledge read:
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In 1923, the words, "the Flag of the United States of America" were added. It was at this time that the Pledge of Allegiance was then recited as:
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

For further reading, I refer you to:


I personally see no reason for anyone, but especially freedom-loving Constitution-abiding Americans, to impose their religious belief system or deity on me or anyone else.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Former President Reagan Advisor Bruce Bartlett On Donald Trump



"Take Nixon in the deepest days of his Watergate paranoia, subtract 50 IQ points, add Twitter, and you have Trump today."
Source: Twitter, Bruce Bartlett @BruceBartlett 10:40 AM - Mar 4, 2017

More from Bruce Bartlett may be read over at The Guardian. Go on over to read:
Donald Trump's incompetence is a problem. His staff should intervene
Bruce Bartlett, Thursday 1 June 2017 11.01 EDT

And then, there is a little something from Bruce Bartlett over at USA Today.
Take a look and read:
Will Republicans ever stop defending Donald Trump?
Bruce Bartlett, Opinion contributor Published 3:16 a.m. ET June 12, 2017 | Updated 1:55 p.m. ET June 12, 2017

Yet even more from Bruce Bartlett over at Politico Magazine. Take a look-see and read:
‘Trump Is What Happens When a Political Party Abandons Ideas’
As surprising as Trump’s young presidency has been, it’s also the natural outgrowth of 30 years of Republican pandering to the lowest common denominator in American politics.
By BRUCE BARTLETT June 24, 2017

"Bruce Reeves Bartlett (born October 11, 1951) is an American historian whose area of expertise is supply-side economics. He served as a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and as a Treasury official under George H. W. Bush."
ref: Bruce Bartlett, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bruce Bartlett is a knowledgeable professional: and, I respect him for calling it as he sees it.

In my opinion, Bruce Bartlett is right on target retarding Donald J.Trump. Furthermore, it is my stongly held perspective that Donald J. Trump has brought disgrace to the Office of the President Of The United States Of America.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

'Mr. Fake News' Himself, Donald J. Trump, Makes Fake Healthcare Promises

Donald J. Trump campaigned for President of the United States of America making many promises to the American people.

And yet, many of Donald Trump's promises have not been kept.

  • There is no southern border wall being paid for by Mexico. 
  • There is no tax reform relieving lower and middle income Americans. 
  • There is no ban on foreign lobbyists from raising money for American elections. 
  • There is no proposal for a constitutional amendment on Congressional term limits. 
  • There is no directive to the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. trade representatives to immediately end foreign trading abuses. 
  • There is no national registry of Muslims in the United States. 
  • There is no plan to relocate the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
  • There is no Trump healthcare plan!

A big campaign promise made by Donald J. Trump was that he had a better healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act, aka Obamacare. Trump said he would provide better healthcare and cover more people at less cost than Obamacare.

Read the following articles contained within the respective embedded links to review Trump's record on healthcare:


Donald Trump is the fellow who constantly refers to mass media news reports with which he disagrees and mass media news reports about him that are negative as "fake news." That has become Trump's mantra.

I say. Donald Trump is Mr. Fake News himself and makes fake healthcare promises.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio Career Politician Wade Kapszukiewicz

In Toledo, Ohio, there is a fellow seeking election to the position of Mayor who labels himself as an "outsider." I refer to Wade Patrick Kapszukiewicz, who was born on October 30, 1972 in San Diego, California.

In 1995, after having just reached the age of 23, Wade Kapszukiewicz was elected in November to the Governing Board of the Lucas County Educational Service Center. 

Very soon afterwards, while in the middle of his elected 4-year term on the LCESC Governing Board, Wade announced he was having a political fundraiser as he proclaimed his intention to run for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. He abandoned that political goal when the Lucas County Democratic Party tapped Toledo City Councilwoman Jeanine Perry for State Representative; and in return, Wade received a promise that he would be appointed to the unexpired term on Toledo City Council vacated by Jeanine Perry upon her election to the Ohio House seat. Wade resigned his seat on the LCESC Governing Board in order to accept the appointment to Toledo City Council.

In 1999, after having been first appointed to an unexpired term on Toledo City Council, Wade sought and won election to a full term on Toledo City Council.

In 2002, while on Toledo City Council, Wade unsuccessfully sought appointment to a vacant unexpired elected term on the Board of Lucas County Commissioners.

In 2004, while still on Toledo City Council and shortly after having won a new elected term to that seat, Wade sought and won election to become Lucas County Treasurer. While the election for Lucas County Treasurer takes place in November, the term of office for Lucas County Treasurer actually does not begin until September of the following year. Rather than fulfilling his elected time on Toledo City Council, Wade lobbied almost immediately to be appointed to the office of Lucas County Treasurer many, many months prior to the official beginning date of the term to which he was elected. An early appointment did not happen, and Wade had to wait until September 2005 to take over the Treasurer’s office.

In 2015, Wade announced his desire to run for Mayor of the City of Toledo, Ohio in the special election that was being held due to the unfortunate death of incumbent Mayor Mike Collins in mid-term. However, Wade dropped those plans and instead publicly announced his support and endorsement of Paula Hicks-Hudson to be elected as Mayor.

In 2016, Wade ran for re-election as Lucas County Treasurer. He won that election in November: but, the new term does not begin until September 2017.

So, here we are now in the year 2017 and Wade has decided he really doesn’t want to be Lucas County Treasurer, after all. Instead, he has decided that he would rather be the Mayor of Toledo, Ohio.

The following is a direct quote from Wade's mayoral campaign website:
"We know what the status quo looks like.  We know what doing the same old thing and making the same old decisions will produce: more of the same.
I’m not a member of City Council.  I’m not the Mayor.  If you are happy with the status quo, I am not your candidate.  If you think Toledo government is headed in the right direction, I am not your candidate.  If you think the answers to Toledo’s problems reside within city government, I am not your candidate.
But if you think we need fresh ideas, new energy, and an outsider’s perspective, I will be your voice."
Note: Within the quote, I have placed in bold type part of Wade's campaign rhetoric in order to draw attention to the irony and the hypocrisy of the words he uses with the reality of Wade's political history itself.

Now you tell me: How can a person who has held one political office or another in the same community for the past 22 years be considered an outsider?

Wade reminds me of a joke. Let me tell you the joke and decide for yourself if it doesn't seem to allude to Wade.
Question: How do you tell when a politician is lying?
Answer: When his lips are moving.
Presently age 44. it sure seems to me that Wade Kapszukiewicz of Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio is nothing short of being a Career Politician.