The Watering Hole, Wednesday, January 25, 2017: HUMP DAY!

Well, we’ve survived 4+ days of President Trump. Woo-Hoo!

Still no wall between the U.S. and Mexico…HELLOOOOO!

ObamaCare hasn’t been repealed yet! Come on, I thought that was Day One!?!

On the other hand, no one on Congress supports the Constitution. Why do I make this claim, do you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked. I make this claim because Trump violated the emoluments clause the minute he took the oath of office and no one has introduced Articles of Impeachment yet. By their silence, each and every one of our elected Representatives implicitly agrees that violating the Constitution is not an impeachable offense.

Then there’s the issue of Russian involvement in our election. Can the federal government REALLY guarantee to the States that we have a Republican form of government when foreign governments can interfere in our elections?

On the bright side, at least we have a First Lady we can all admire.

open thread, feel free to exercise your First Amendment Rights – while you still can.

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46 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Wednesday, January 25, 2017: HUMP DAY!

  1. I have it! I found IT! The answer to all of our economic problems!!!
    It’s really simple!!!
    I googled “how much does a mexican auto worker make”
    the answer is……….
    American automakers pay Mexican workers $8 to $10 per hour, including benefits. Even among the Detroit Three, there is a gap, according to the CAR: GM’s labor costs average $58 per hour, while Ford is at $57 per hour and FCA workers average $48

    So, all we need to do is allow all the Mexican auto workers to come in illegally, and hire them to work in our factories for the same wage!

    Or, find American workers willing to work in automobile factories for 8 – 10 dineros per hora.
    Easy!
    Solved!
    Great!
    Fantastic Deal!!
    Problem SOLVED!
    Tweet it out to millions of gullible idiots!!!

  2. The speed of confirmations and exec orders flying by …. this is a Gish Gallop presidency….. the fascist whirlwind…. Michael Moore was not wrong.

    • He’s not going to just push the envelope, he’s going to address it, stamp it, and send it (and us) directly to hell.

  3. In the spirit of Dr. Seuss…

    I don’t know when to laugh
    I don’t know when to cry
    I don’t know when to shut up
    Lie down
    And die

    • Butch Trucks, drummer and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band died too. He was 69.

  4. So this is what D. Trump means when he says that 3 – 5 million people voted illegally, and he “knows”
    Tiffany Trump, Steve Bannon, Steven Mnuchin Registered to Vote in Multiple States
    He is extrapolating the FACT that his family members and close advisers are potential fraudulent voters into some alt-reality of millions of people in states that hate his guts actually committed voter fraud.
    Now I see two articles juxtapositioned for effect.
    It turns out Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner is also registered to vote in two states
    and right beside it
    Trump to sign executive action on voter fraud

    So, he’s sending his daughter and her husband to Gitmo?

    alt-Reality Prezidunce.

  5. And, speaking of fascism…time to review the fourteen signs that it is upon us.
    missing only number 8, yet…
    Fourteen Defining
    Characteristics Of Fascism

    1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
    2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
    3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
    4. Supremacy of the Military – Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
    5. Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
    6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
    7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
    8. Religion and Government are Intertwined – Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.
    9. Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
    10. Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
    11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
    12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
    13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
    14. Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
    From Liberty Forum

    • A boxes ticked – if I find myself in a ‘discussion’ with a Trumpanzee I go for a Mike-drop with a link to that and a number(s)

      • And number 8 gets a check, as the Veep speaks at the pro-fetus march in D.C. today. So it’s 14/14…sheiss.

  6. It can’t happen here.

    84 years ago Wall Street along with a group of Industrialists/Corporatists plotted to overthrow FDR and establish a fascist form of government.

    84 years later, after decades upon decades of operating in the shadows, behind the veil of respectability and success in politics, the media, the entertainment and business worlds the fascist’s have quietly yet steadily whittled away at Corporate Charters, Laws, Regulations, Protections meant to keep them in check.

    Cloaked with Patriotism and Religion, feeding off of and encouraging Nationalism, Nativism, Militarism and Exceptionalism. Taking advantage of hate, fears, ignorance, distracting and dividing, convincing the public to willingly oppose their best interests while they knowingly or unknowingly support and defend the interests of the wealthy and powerful.

    This time an overthrow wasn’t needed, they were elected and appointed.

    It has happened here.

  7. In the eyes of the Trumpettes, appointing the CEO of Exxon, the CEO of a fast food chain, a former Goldman Sachs employee, a vulture capitalist, a hedge fund billionaire, the wife of Senator Mitch McConnell, the former head of the RNC among others to your cabinet this is what anti establishment and draining the swamp looks like.

  8. And in case you were wondering, Trump lied again, you and me are paying for the #fuckingwalll – 20 % tax on the imports will translate into 20% higher prices at the grocery store…..

    Thanks Mango Shitgibbon

  9. Donald Trump wants a 20% tax on all imports from Mexico.
    If logic serves me correctly, that means we pay for the wall.
    Not Mexico.

    • Yes. That would be U.S. consumers paying %20 more for anything imported from Mexico. Pay up, schmuks!

  10. I want to post a video, but I can’t decide between Fuckface’s news conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, or video of a guy getting a butt cyst drained.

    Thoughts?

  11. It does, however, appear that certain Republican legislators ‘get it’ and are scratching heads, butts and other body parts trying to figure out how to do Hair-Fuhrer’s bidding and still maintain some hope of re-election In two years.
    Behind closed doors, Republican lawmakers fret about how to repeal Obamacare
    Salient quotes
    Senators and House members expressed a range of concerns about the task ahead: how to prepare a replacement plan that can be ready to launch at the time of repeal; how to avoid deep damage to the health insurance market; how to keep premiums affordable for middle-class families; even how to avoid the political consequences of defunding Planned Parenthood, the women’s health-care organization, as many Republicans hope to do with the repeal of the ACA.

    and…
    “We’d better be sure that we’re prepared to live with the market we’ve created” with repeal, said Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). “That’s going to be called Trumpcare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we’ll be judged in the election less than two years away.”

  12. Wanna know the reason the ACA is ‘in a death spiral’ and ‘falling apart’?
    Broken promises by, guess who?
    Obamacare payment to insurers $2.5 billion less than expected
    Salient quotes
    ‘Reneging on previous promises and guarantees, the federal government has decided to short insurance companies out of billions of dollars agreed to under Obamacare.

    The Washington Examiner reports that, “Insurers learned late Thursday that they’ll receive just $362 million out of the $2.9 billion” they had requested from Obamacare in 2014. Why? Because Obamacare “hasn’t brought in nearly as much money as it needs to pay out.”

    Unfortunately for insurance companies, they have enrolled higher numbers of older and sicker customers than anticipated. The Obama Administration promised the insurers federal funds “to help cover their costs, through a program known as risk corridors.”’

    That represents 12% of the reimbursement for the increased risk the insurers took on. How do they make themselves whole? They raise premiums. Yup. So who’s fault is it the premiums skyrocketed?
    Yup. Republican legislators.
    Tell everybody who gives a shit or is impacted. The next electoral opportunity to kick these reprobates out of office is only 20 months away.

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