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Is Trump’s behavior causing you stress?

On October 5th of 2018, a friend of 43 years passed away. He died of a heart attack. He was 81 years old and as I like to say, he had a good “at bat”. Harland “Lanny” Ross was in his retirement years an artist. He referred to himself as a swab and glob abstract painter. His work, quite extraordinary.
As a former executive with Norwest Orient Airlines, he travelled millions of miles around the world. However, most of his travel was in Asia and the South Pacific. During the Vietnam War, he managed the military contract flights moving troops in to  and out of Ton Sun Hut air force base in Saigon, (now Ho Chi Minh City). At the end of the war he established a tour wholesale company offering tours to Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.
The theme for his abstract art was portraying  pictures of Asia on canvas. These images in his mind’s eyes covered the gambit from Fijian beaches, Tahitian moonsets to the Malaysian jungle, Indonesian volcanoes, Rainy days in Tokyo, vineyards in Australia and his passion, China.
Lanny was a talented person. You can see some of his work here at his former website. He billed himself as The Man of Colours http://www.themanofcolours.com

In spite of his talent as an artist he bemoaned his lack of financial success, eking out a living on his somewhat meagre Social Security income and occasional sale of a painting. Which brings me to the real point of this post.
This is my first post in almost a month and a departure from my usual stuff: Haikus, stories in rhyme and Don the Con satire. Lanny was an ardent anti-Trumpian. He realized what a con job Trump had pulled on the American people. He was so anti-Trump that he wrote daily to a large list of email followers with updates on the latest lie, dirty deed, illegal, abuse of power, insult, manifestation of misogynistic narcissistic behavior that Trump had displayed. When all was said and done, I think the stress Lanny endured because of Trump is what led to his heart attack.
I have refrained from writing for a while because I too have been stressed by the disgraceful excuse for a president of the United States that we have.
Yesterday marked the beginning of his end. Madam Speaker of the House of Representatives stood up and showed us and the world how to dispose of a tyrannical toddler prone to temper tantrums in order to get his way.. Thank you Nancy Pelosi.


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Humpty Trumpty visits the Queen

STORIES IN RHYME No. 32
Humpty Trumpty where have you been
Off to London to visit the Queen
Humpty Trumpty what did you do there
I hope that they were things that you can share

I know you’ll say her Highness was fab
But I hope you refrained from trying to grab
At one part of royalty you’ll never see
Swampking Donald’s the best you’ll ever be.

And if we look at more of your trips
We learned that in Melbourne you made a terrible slip
You talked about Sweden and their event seen on FOX
Events that were history you got from the box

Is it true you watch TV six hours a day?
That’s more than kids with their parents away!
The DEMs and now some of the GOP
Are beginning to ask “When will we see”?

A glimmer of truth come from you and your gang
Something that doesn’t land with a clang
The nation is weary of alternative facts
Your fabric of truth has too many cracks.

You’re making it up as you go along
Your fine-tuned machine is singing your song
The chorus however is allowing some leaks
Stuff you try to cover with tweets.

A month has gone by and your house is a mess
Even your guests feel under stress
At a recent luncheon with a New Jersey oaf
You ordered for him your tasty meat-loaf

You reveal yourself as one who controls
Not good in the long run for you in the polls
It’s a trait shown by demagogues of yore
It’ll see you dismissed to your Florida shore

The nation doesn’t need a pandering goof
Not someone who’s a few tiles short of a roof
We need a leader both honest and true
Who comes from a state which is both strong and blue

Note: This was written before Trump made his on again/off again visit to the UK. Then I mislaid the USB drive I saved it on. Today – found!


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It’s Mueller Time – Let’s all have a beer

It’s Mueller time – now let’s all have a beer.

For those who have the ears to hear
let them draw nigh, the truth is here
After months spent on investigations
Soon we’ll be seeing prosecutions
What will come, subpoenas or indictments at best?
Our justice system will be put to a test.
Flynn has fallen, admitting to guilt
The blind lady’s scales beginning to tilt.
Poor Trumpty thought Sessions would have his back
But recusal unfortunately opened a crack.
The crack has now become a large chasm
Trumpty’s allies and base are starting to spasm
Paul Manafort set for eighty years
Has decided at last to see his way clear
To have A come to Jesus talk with Bob Mueller
Where he can paint a picture that’s fuller.
Trumpty must realize the noose is tightening
The prospect for him must be very frightening.
His pal Giuliani has lost the plot
Has a very strange view of what justice is not
Done nothing wrong, there was no collusion
Fake news is making the awful intrusion
Huckabee sanders has a version of truth.
But Kelly Ann Conway’s goes through the roof.
Papadopoulos also sentenced to prison
Shedding light through the Trumpian prism
Some coffee boy he turned out to be!
For Trumpty’s woes he was the key.
Who’s next on Mueller’s slow ticking clock
Will Ivanka and Jared’s names be on the block?
If their names appear to be next
We can be sure Orangeman is going to be vexed.
He’ll fly off the handle like a witch in heat
Then his thumbs will bash out some very odd tweets.
Both inane and angry and we will all laugh
More than we did when we first saw his quaff.
The world will not rest till we’re done with his brood
Enough of a family that’s greedy and crude.
“No Tickee no Washee” was the laundryman’s cry
But not for his tenants who had Rubles to buy
Expensive condos in Trump Tower pristine
Just bring me your money and I’ll wash it all clean.
Just follow the money is the chant we now hear
It’s Mueller time now – let’s all have a beer!


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Is that the Boogey Man I hear?

Is that the Boogey Man I hear?
Donald Trump’s goose is cooked
Yes, he’s aquiver.
Bob Mueller and his expert team
Are about to send him up the river; *
Not the same river of which he may have sold us down.
Swampland’s incompetent, bigoted racist clown!

Chances are, he’s in Putin’s pocket,
A mental nut in a Soviet socket.
He must be compromised, that, we surmise;
Russian floozies no surprise.
At 71, a braggard supreme
Living the Viagra dream.
Golden showers bring new delights
Peeing through those Moscow nights.
And what of Cohen the man who fixes
Paying off Trumpy’s sexual tricksies.
Adult film stars and Playboy bunnies
How many more are there of those bedded honeys?
To whom he paid campaign cash
Will emerge from out of the Phoenix ash.
Let’s see 35 indictments filed in all
The Donald’s headed for his fall.

What do we hear now of late
that will seal the orange Donald’s fate?
Just Giuliani chanting no collusion
A PR ploy to cause confusion
A bumbling has been, who’s lost his clout
Has no clue what this is about.
Truth is not truth according to him
Make up your facts just on a whim.
Orange man’s aides are starting to turn
Waiting to see; will the Donald burn?
There’s a new book with the title “Fear”
Not at all want the Donald wanted to hear!
Crazy town White House, admin amok.
It seems the staff there do give a damn
By swiping documents to keep us all safe
A diligent few who have not lost their faith.
We are all counting the days to the mid-term elections
And countless Viagras for Donald’s erections.
Ha! What a sad state we find ourselves in.
Let’s all shout impeachment and cause a great din.
Let’s see (again) what will come to pass,
To the time we bid adieu to this horse’s ass.

*A reference to the Hudson River in New York state and the town of Ossining which is the site of Sing-Sing Correctional facility.


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OBSERVATIONS ABOUT DONALD J. TRUMP part 4.

5.29.2017

OBSERVATIONS ABOUT DONALD J. TRUMP – 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. (Part 4) Moving on.

Donald Trump is not being noted as someone careful with the truth or about what he says. Together with his propensity for exaggeration, he seems to be extremely uninformed about some matters at hand. It is very apparent that Donald seems to have had no inkling as to what being the POTUS really means.

Take the matter of Syria. While at dinner at his private resort, Mar a Lago in Florida with the Chinese Premier Xi JinPing he decided to launch a missile attack. Some 60 cruise missiles (at great expense to the tax-payer) were launched against a Syrian airfield.  One or two would have sufficed since it was only intended as a shot across the bow so to speak.

This is a classic case of the difference between men and boys is in the price of their toys.  This was not a well-planned military offensive; this was more an after dinner fireworks display for his guest. He claims he did it for the horrible deaths that Syrian children had suffered as a result of a Sarin gas attack. A good line Donald but I think it was more a test to see if his commanders would actually carry out his orders. As an interesting aside, one can speculate that in doing so his commanders validated his reason for ordering the surprising attack. However, one is left with the thought; was this a case of I’m the POTUS and I can do this? I should add that it was reported that Premier Xi Jin ping was not impressed and put it down to Trump flexing his muscles.

Returning now to some of the people surrounding Donald Trump and occupying positions in the White House. Perhaps the best place to start would be the actual transition (team) if that’s what it could called.

At the very outset it is possible and correct to write that the transition from the President Obama administration to the Trump takeover was inept, unprofessional, sloppy and chaotic. A clear demonstration that Trump didn’t know what he didn’t know. Instead of listening and receiving advice from those in the know, he took a typical Trumpian approach redolent of bombast and ignorance almost like a marauding Viking chief, looting and pillaging a coastal villages in Ireland during the 830’s.

The dust still has not settled. Can you imagine that in their haste to occupy the center of power they did not even ask how to turn the lights on? It’s true! You can’t make this stuff up.

His transition leader was Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey. Christie incidentally was under investigation for a traffic snafu which occurred in retaliation against the mayor of Ft. Lee who failed to endorse him.

Mike Pence the Vice President elect took over and some semblance of order began to take hold. It is still unclear just what Donald Trump had in mind when making appointment. Many of his decisions were obviously based on that appointee’s loyalty and campaign participation and or contributions.

In other words it was more a distribution o the king’s largesse that a considered evaluation of experience, ability or talent. One can only characterize some of the appointments as bogus.


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Observations about Donald Trump (Pt. 3)

5.28.2017

OBSERVATIONS ABOUT DONALD J. TRUMP – 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. (Part 3)

During his campaign, Donald Trump displayed an extraordinary trait for calling people derogatory names. One wonders if that was supposed to be humorous or did he miss the Kindergarten days growing up where he would have learned the rhyme about Sticks and Stones?

Donald Trump considers himself a winner. He promotes this idea with self-propaganda. One has to suppose that He likes the tendency to refer to some as losers. He referred to Sen. John McCain as a loser for getting caught by the North Vietnamese when his plane was shot down. More recently, he included in his list of losers, the ISIS inspired terrorist who murdered 22 people at a concert in Manchester, U.K.

Donald Trump’s lack of respect for people renders him to nothing more than a wealthy, powerful lout. He is ham-handed, rude and displays a streak of both contempt and meanness towards others.

As I write this, Donald Trump is concluding a 9 day foreign tour with his family. On his list of people to see during his trip were His Royal Highness King Salman of Saudi Arabia, His Holiness Pope Francis and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. This was followed by a visit to NATO headquarters in Belgium and then a visit to Italy for the G7 meetings.

Although television news reported that for the most part Donald Trump did well avoiding any major pitfalls, I believe there were one or two points worth mentioning.

Ostensibly, his visit with King Salman was to talk about increased action against ISIS and I am sure this got some discussion however, the true purpose of his visit probably centered around the multi-million dollar arms deal Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s Son-in-law supposedly negotiated with the Saudis. Sorry if I sound cynical, but selling arms to the Saudis is a bit of an oxymoron when the Saudis. Nobody sells them anything. Simply put they place an order. Donald Trump will at some point in the very near future claim how many jobs he created as a result of this non-deal. I’ll come back to this point later in my section called Following the Money.

His address and conduct at the NATO HQ was I thought embarrassing.  I don’t believe it was appropriate for Donald Trump to call for a moment of silence because of the bombing attack in Manchester. I write this from the point of view that it was not his story to tell. It was presumptuous and as with most things Trumpian failed the sincerity test. I among others saw it as an attempt at piety when piety had not been called for. He would have done better to have left this to the representative of the U.K.

His lecturing of the gathered assembly concerning costs/contributions to NATO were insulting and lost. Citing unfairness to me as a tax-payer was juvenile, unstatesmanlike and stupid. Sounding stern like a headmaster talking to naughty schoolgirls and boys did nothing to make America Look Great.

When Angela Merkel of Germany made her opening remarks she addressed the assembly with Eure Majistaeten (Your Majesties) indicating to me that the Royal family of Belgium were present. Donald Trump however did not recognize them; another missed opportunity to make America look great.

Oh and what about physically pushing Dusko Markovic, the prime Minister of Montenegro out of the way. I guess the Donald has not learned three words – “excuse me please”. His body language, the buttoning of his jacket and the total lack of eye contact afterwards says it all; “out of the way can’t you see I’m the top dog here”. His arrogant behavior makes one want to cringe. The day will come when he is no longer POTUS and when that day comes monuments will likely be erected to remind future generations of what it was like to live with national embarrassment.

On a final note about his overseas visit, he paid a visit to a US naval air station in Sicily where he addressed the assembled officers and men. In his address he claimed that already money was “pouring in” from NATO members as a result of his speech. He went on to add that this would not have happened if he were not elected POTUS.

I wonder if Donald Trump realizes how amateurish he sounds when he makes such claims. How does Don the Con tell such lies while keeping a straight face? This is the kind of claim that people who voted for him, knew was false but they chose to believe, abdicating their responsibility for doing what was right in the process. And, I will add, at the same time shifting responsibility in the event things don’t turn out by claiming “Donald Trump said so”.


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Observations about donald trump (Pt. 2)

5.27.20017

OBSERVATIONS ABOUT DONALD J. TRUMP – 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. (Part 2)

I know very little about Donald Trump personally. Most of what I know about him is derived from personal observation of him during his public appearances as reported on television news and biographical information and reports in the press.

Donald Trump was born in 1946. His father Fred Trump was a business man involved in real estate. It has been reported that upon his death, Donald Trump inherited a substantial amount of money which he has managed to parlay into several billion dollars over the years. Reports say that he managed to achieve this by surrounding himself with savvy people as well as through legal maneuvers which allowed him to declare and file for bankruptcy as the expense of his lawful creditors.

Donald Trump considers himself a shrewd, even smart business man, able to reach deals through negotiation. However, not many people have stepped forward to endorse that idea. And somewhat expectedly has not overwhelmingly demonstrated this skill during his first 126 days in office.

Coming to his campaign for election, one almost gets the impression that he was talked into announcing his candidacy for the office of POTUS. If that supposition were true, then the next obvious question one would ask oneself is this: who were the people and what were their motives for pushing his nomination forward?

And, while we ponder that last question, let us look at some of the people he has appointed to key positions and at the same time look at the people jockeying for prominence in the White House.

The most remarkable point of course is that not one of his appointees have any real experience either in government, diplomacy or foreign affairs from a political standpoint. And sadly while claiming that he was going to “drain the swamp” he had no real understanding about how the senate and the Congress and Washington DC for that matter, works His disdain for the career government staff reinforces the notion that he is both ignorant and that his underlying trait is that of a controlling person.  Donald Trump seems to be under the impression that as president, he now gets to call the shots. Perhaps it’s time for someone, a friend who cares for him and for our country, to take him behind the woodshed for a “Come to Jesus” talk.

 

more to follow tomorrow