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Fulsome

Fulsome–excessive and/or insincere flattery. Even the archaic meaning of “a copious supply” does not fit the context in which various common taters are using this word. Fulsome praise of Donald Trump is common and seems to be required of those who want to last as White House staff. If what you mean is “full disclosure” then say full disclosure, please. Jeez.

Witch Hunt–an outdated recreational activity of the ruling class whereby inconvenient persons were discredited and disposed of. Who is doing more of this, Donald Trump or the mainstream media? Just asking.

Barbara Bush–A practical and dignified lady. I would have preferred her as President over her husband and her son. In spite of her comments concerning Ms. Ferraro, a worthy person and opponent overall.

May your opponents be worthy, and may you meet them with fortitude and integrity, mliswilltravel.

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Regarding Facebook

Facebook, much like the NRA, has done nothing for me. Each of these entities have done nothing for me because I have not asked them to. Those who have chosen to associate with either gave up their autonomy and anonymity for the sake of what, I don’t know. Neither provides a service I value, and both are special interests who think that number of members means political hay on the part of Facebook or the NRA.

I don’t see it this way at all. Both have duped the public into thinking that the value of their perceived services outweigh any sacrifice made by members. Laughable. My privacy and my ability to look up folks I want to connect with are in my own hands. My right to keep and bear arms is protected by the 2nd Amendment, not the NRA. Both of these special interests are about as useless as Congress, and whose idea was it that any of these three [Facebook, NRA, Congress] might be useful? Especially in this tech-enabled world? Laughable.

Look up your friends on the open-access neutral Net. Keep your enthusiasm for being able to protect yourself to yourself. And again, 1-800-UGOVERN sounds like a great idea to me, making sure we don’t need to send easily bought representatives to a central location so the lobbyists can feed upon them.

Time for a Constitutional Convention. Time for the Tree of Liberty to be transplanted and fertilized. Time for change. Keeping anything of use to We the People in the hands of the privileged few is maladaptive and dangerous.

Hope your maladaptions are few, mliswilltravel.

Privatization

Privatization–[Bureaucratic Smokescreen]–The process by which large amounts of public funding is transferred to well-connected and well-staffed (with lobbyists) private interests, all in the name of increasing efficiency. What actually happens is that contractors screw the public without a kiss while drawing huge sums to do what government employees could do for a pittance. For instance, in Iraq, a military truck driver could be had for under $24k a year. A private contract driver started at $80k and went up from there. See what I mean? Government employees work under a certain amount of immunity. Private contractors expect the same. Sweet deal for those who see taxpayers as infinitely milkable cows. See also, Privatizing the Veterans Administration. See also, Ronald Reagan’s continuing legacy of making government more expensive and more profitable for already-rich leeches.

May your privates remain private, and may your government provide for the common defense, mliswilltravel.

Human Resources Dunce

Our Negotiator in Chief is a Dunce. I prescribe remedial kindergarten. Any other ideas??

May peace somehow find its way into your life, mliswilltravel.

A Modest Proposal

We are in a fix. Congress is immobile and the White House does not know which back to stab next. Nice work if you can get it for those with that sort of mentality, but then that presupposes having a mind at all. I go back to my dictum that leading by good example and listening are the two requisites of getting anywhere, but….

My proposal is to arm the students with weapons of their choosing. Since the so-called adults are so easily swayed from proper responses to the needs of our country, at least let the students protect themselves. They know who the threats will come from and will be best able to act when the time comes.

The only possible response to Trump and his Wild Wild West leadership is to get ahead of his curve (hard to imagine), and head off the next insanity that he and his troupe of buffoons propose. Three more years of this? Trump and troupe absconding to desirable property adjacent to Red Square? We shall see.

Hope your weapons of choosing are your wits, but don’t forget a backup plan or two, mliswilltravel.

PS: I received feedback that arming students would be nuts. If, per Johnathan Swift, I had suggested that the dead be eaten in the cafeteria instead of wasted, perhaps my Modest Proposal would have been better understood as satire. Also, as my next Modest Proposal, I suggest that wanna be mass shooters try attacking NRA meetings. Fair fight, anyone? Talk about going out in a blaze of glory!

PPS: I have suggested this elsewhere, but the best thing Congress could do right now is bury Lil Donnie Trump’s desk in legislation that he could sign, or not. His choice. Having a rudderless President is no excuse. Congress should still be doing its sworn duty.

Work Requirements

Some in Congress want to impose work requirements upon those who are Medicaid eligible. I suggest that Congress have work requirements to stay in office and retain benefits. When Congress Critters (sez Jim Hightower) exit Congress, they retain benefits like medical insurance, no matter their work record. I suggest that benefits be awarded those in Congress based upon the work that they do. For instance, basic attendance and votes registered compared to number of votes taken would mean one level of benefits (basic health care, for instance). And, when Critters (or dnas = do-nothing assholes) exit Congress, they should have to go to the health care marketplace and find their own damn health insurance–and pay for it!

The time for Congress to continue to exempt themselves from the pain and suffering they inflict upon others is past! If they harass, they pay for it. If they do nothing, they don’t get paid. If they spend all their time ass-kissing the big donors for campaign contributions…

Wake up, Congress!! If you are smart, you will bury Lil Donnie Trump’s desk in the Oval Office with legislation that he will sign, or not sign as the case may be. Discover your ability to override a veto. Don’t count your votes as a way to decide which legislation to put before the body; put the legislation on the record and let the voting begin. You, hey you, in Congress: It is your job you are trying to save, you jackasses, not the President’s.

Infrastructure funding or more gravy for defense contractors who never meet deadlines and always go over budget. Hmmm, lemme think about that. Infrastructure funding, clearly. Public road and facilities, yes; fat defense crooks, no. Ronald Reagan turned much of the military’s work over to private contractors and it has been downhill ever since. Pay more soldier citizens to more of the nation’s work, squeeze out the contractors, and we will all be safer. Issue federal contracts for infrastructure work here in the U.S. and hire veterans to do the work, and forget the public/private partnerships that lead to toll roads that only the rich can drive. Please visit the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to see what I mean. Toll roads aplenty and PennDOT employees by the dozen assuring that you will want to use the toll roads as they block lanes and ignore good practice in planning and traffic management. Just sayin. And have you heard about the $3.50 per mile toll on Interstate 66 near DC?

Build That Wall!!! The Wall that surrounds DC, that is. The less of the do-nothing attitude that leaks out of that cesspool, the better I like it.

I hope your quality work and attention to detail means your job is not in jeopardy, mliswilltravel.

Collusion (noun)–Conspiracy to cheat or deceive others. See also, Congressional Oversight. See also, Dark Money. See also, Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission.

The democratic manifesto

All my life, the United States of America has said one thing, and done another. When Richard Nixon walked free instead of spending the rest of his miserable life in prison, I gave up on the federal government. No faith, no accountability. Now, voters have been driven to elect someone whose only promise was to shake things up. I, for one, do not like how things are being shaken.

Some say we live in a democracy, meaning one person gets one vote. This is a republic, whereby so-called representatives (or dnas, which is short for do-nothing assholes) are elected by The People to act in the best interests of The People. Unfortunately, dnas immediately sell The People and their best interests down the river to the highest bidders, and represent only those highest bidders and flak for only those issues that seem to best assure the continued re-election of the dnas. The People not only go unrepresented, but the dnas only do things to further entrench the highest bidders in their roles as highest bidders, and after a few cycles of this, damn few are benefiting from how the country is run.

This leads me back to the guy who was supposed to shake things up. Donald Trump is one who is able to be the highest bidder in real life, and therefore, not beholden to The People in any way. Shaking things up in favor of fellow highest bidders is what Lil Donnie does, and The People continue to suffer.

Some say we are headed for a Constitutional crisis. I say that this crisis should be met by a Constitutional Convention, whereby The People update our Constitution and throw the dnas out on their do-nothing asses. Reverting to a legitimate democracy is possible (1-800-U-GOVERN), and the technological infrastructure would be cheaper than your average boondoggle. This current bunch of dnas can’t find their do-nothing asses with both hands a flashlight, so we must elect a new batch of true representatives to call a Constitutional Convention. Let’s get busy.

I am tired of being poorly represented, tired of the wrong kind of jackass having their hands on the tiller, and sick and tired of being sick and tired [thank you Fannie Lou Hamer for your place in history and your turn of phrase].

What are the items on your manifesto?? Please advise, mliswilltravel.