Your EPA at work

5 years after an explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas killed 15 and injured 150, and just 2 days after another chemical plant explosion in Pasadena, Texas injured 22, criminal Scott Pruitt’s EPA administration has decided to roll back safety rule changes put in place as a result of the West Explosion.

West, Texas Mayor Tommy Muska told the Austin American-Statesman, “With all due respect to Scott Pruitt, he’s never lost 15 firefighter friends.  I’m as pro-business as anyone, but some things are way, way, way more important than too much regulation, and that includes the safety of these chemical plants.”

Scott Pruitt and Donald Trump do not care.  They don’t care how many people are killed or injured in industrial accidents.  As long as they can cut regulations, especially anything done during the Obama administration, they are happy.  And their donors are happy.

Today in Irony

Headline online and in newspapers across the nation:

President Trump proclaims April ‘sexual assault awareness month,’ despite numerous allegations against him

Yup, there are plenty of women who are aware that Trump assaulted them.  Maybe it will take a month to list them all?  Will there be a Victim of the Day?

The current president of the United States is a complete and total asshole.

 

The main reasons Trump will meet with Kim

It is my belief that there are two primary reasons why Trump has agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un.  I believe the timing worked out well for Trump, allowing him to use the announcement as a distraction from the latest round of chaos and malfeasance associated with both his own behavior and the troubles associated with those surrounding him.

Secondly, I think he finds the idea of meeting with Kim Jong Un rather attractive.  Kim is one of the handful of world leaders that Trump truly admires and respects.  Trump has always praised Putin, and recently expressed his approval for China’s removing term limits from President Xi.  But Kim Jong Un is the autocrat’s autocrat.  I have no doubt that Trump is jealous of Kim being to dispose of opponents by having them executed on a whim (by anti-aircraft gun, no less).  Don’t you think he would have fired that gun at Jeff Sessions and Robert Mueller by now if he could?  You know he would.

Anyway, the point is that Trump wants to hang with people who already have what he aspires to.  Trump has to contend with the rule of law, he envies people like Kim who can say “My word is law.”

Trump, the would-be dictator, likes the sound of “president for life.”

Donald J. Trump, lover of all things autocratic, congratulated President Xi Jinping of China on the recent removal of term limits for his office, effectively making Xi president for life.  At a gathering of Republican donors at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, Trump was recorded saying, “He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great, and look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”

Yes indeed, Trump, admirer of Putin, Erdoğan, Xi, and Duterte, wants to be President for Life too.  How wonderful!  Treasonous trump has always ignored the Constitution when it suited him and cares nothing for the rule of law.  Now he wants to tear up the constitution completely.

The 2018 elections must result in the election of Senators and Representatives that will actually do their constitutionally mandated job.  We need a Congress that will stand up to Trump and put an end to the subversion of our government.

How long?

How long will you permit the NRA to own the Congress?

How long will you allow the NRA to own the President?  (Well, share the President with Russia)

How long will you allow the NRA to hold your safety and the safety of your loved ones hostage?

How long will the needless carnage continue?

Any and every elected official who has accepted money from the NRA is complicit in the slaughter.

How will you vote later this year?  Do you even vote?  Do you care enough to participate?  Will you wait until the event you or you family members are attending is shot to pieces before you care?

Fire Congressmen, not guns.  Fire Senators, not guns.  Fire the President, not guns.

Thoughts and prayers?  Thoughts and prayers?  Shut up you damned hypocrites!

End the madness.

What follows is a simultaneously humorous and serious look at the U.S. gun violence problem done by a TV show in The Netherlands.  Originally posted in October, 2017, it is no less relevant today.

Members of the House and Senators alike lack the courage to face down the NRA fearing that they will lose their seats.  They wory more about remaining in power than doing right by the people they are supposed to represent.  We as voters need to show them that losing their seats will be a direct consequence of failing to take real action on gun violence.

And I will keep posting this because of its brief burst of brilliance and insight.

 

 

Lock them up! Hang ’em!

So now Trump says that those who did not applaud him at the State of the Union address are “un-American” and guilty of “treason.”  Who knows what crime he will accuse Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of for not even attending.  Given that capital punishment still applies to treason, I expect that Sean Hannity will be calling for mass executions.  This can all be found on page 37 of The Dictator’s Handbook and is also referenced in chapter 3 of Authoritarianism for Dummies.

It gets worse.