Sunday, April 9, 2017

SCROTUS Raises Its Ugly--Er--Head

I don't know about you, but I was really just getting comfortable with the acronyms POTUS (President Of The United States) and SCOTUS (Supreme Court Of The United States) as briefly describing those two branches of our government.  Now comes those cutting-edge Repugnicants with yet another term for every schoolkid to learn:  SCROTUS (Supreme Court [Republican Only] Tramples United States).  Trust them to add a new wrinkle (all puns and innuendo intended) to an already-ugly situation.

During a week in which Drumpf realized that some situations called for a more complicated answer than "NO!" or a flat-out-lying-tweet, Bashar al-Assad provided invaluable cover for the swearing-in of Neil Gorbasuch (He must be a Rooskie, right?  That's who we deal with now, after all), which went by almost unnoticed in a hail of Tomahawk missiles.  Which will be the more important event in two weeks, let alone twenty years?

A position on The Supreme Court is essentially, of course, a lifetime appointment, which is why Mitch McConnell (R-Obstructionist) considers as his greatest achievement the fact that he was able to deny President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, even a meeting, let alone a hearing, in one of the most egregious abuses of power  in US history.  So we get Gorbasuch, who will likely take a position to the right of the Thomas/Alito/Roberts wing of the Court, which is to say that they'll have to add on to the room in order for him to be able to sit far enough to the right.  If The Heritage Foundation lobbied for him he's no Louis Brandeis, or even Henry David Souter.

We must find a better system of appointing Justices to, and removing them from, the Court.  Rick Perry, of all people, has proposed what seems to me a great idea:  Justices would serve 18-year terms, and there would be a turnover at two year intervals.  That way every POTUS would get to seat at least two Justices on the SCOTUS, and there would be less of a chance of a SCROTUS, having to wait till death do us part in order to make change.  It would also likely skew the Court younger, which would not be a bad thing.  Rick Perry suggested that!  Hey, take it where you find it....

In the meantime we're left with a seriously flawed system whereby, now that the so-called "nuclear (or nucular, to Repugs) option" has been employed will ensure an ever more partisan court, totally politicized.  There is no need for the parties to work together, as the party with the most votes in the Senate will always run their nominee through, with no need for any bipartisan cooperation or dealing.  No longer are 60 votes required for confirmation. 51 will do, with the Vice president of the party in power casting a tie-breaking vote as necessary.  Drumpf could conceivably get to appoint two or three more Justices, changing the course of history for a generation, and there's nothing to be done about it.  Which leads me to one last acronym:  SCREWEDUS.  Senate Court Regulators Easily Wasted Endless Days Undermining Society.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

"Send Lawyers, Guns And Money" Yet Again

Oh Warren Zevon, gone far, far too soon, wouldn't you love what's happening now?  His song "Lawyers, Guns and Money" concerns a spoiled rich kid who keeps getting into "scrapes" in places such as Havana and Honduras and pleading with his Dad to "Get me out of this one."  Now "President" Trump (rhymes with "impeach") no longer has a daddy to bail him out and he's long since blown through the fortune that his father left him for seed money (crops failed frequently), but it appears as if he may again need the help of that titular trio.

As the elation at the inability of the Repugnicants in the House of Reprehensibles to kill the Affordable Care Act and replace it with--surprise, surprise: TryanrumpCare, a scheme to further step on the backsides of the poor and middle-class while lining the pockets of billionaires even more--fades, America will turn its lonely eyes back to the growing Trump/Russia money-makes-strange-bedfellows scandal.  If Devin Nunes (rhymes with "inept lackey") doesn't completely foul the House "Intelligence" Committee's investigation, in the coming days and weeks we're likely to read and hear lots about Cyprus, Russia's favorite money-laundering spot, and Deutsche Bank, and  Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort,  Carter Page and Roger Stone and, maybe most interesting, Wilbur Ross.  Mr. Ross, it turns out, is a former Vice (how appropriate) Chairman of the Bank of Cyprus; in that capacity he oversaw or brokered many deals involving Russian oligarchs (rhymes with mobsters) and enormous sums of money flowing into and out of Cyprus.  Ross is currently Donald Trump's (rhymes with "inmate") Commerce Secretary.

Joan Baez famously and smarmily said, of Live Aid : "This is your Woodstock."  Well, of course it wasn't, but what's happening now may be this generation's Watergate, except on an unimaginably grander scale.  These guys did hijack a Presidential election, unlike what came of the "third-rate burglary" at the Watergate Hotel.  That election was already in the bag for Nixon; this one was not, and was greatly influenced by Russia.  And remember Deep Throat's advice to Woodward and Bernstein:  "Follow the money."  In this caper there's money everywhere, which will probably make it both easier and harder to follow.  But, as is usually the case, he said, trying to be optimistic, "truth will out."  Let's hope that what Willie the Shake said in The Merchant of Venice still holds true in the Age of Information.

And by the way, the opening stanza in "Lawyers, Guns and Money" is "Well, I went home with the waitress/ The way I always do/How was I to know/ She was with the Russians too?"....

Monday, March 20, 2017

What Goes 99 Trump, 98 Trump, 97 Trump, And So On?

Why, a Trumpipede dropping its shoes, of course.  And boy, are they gonna continue to drop in the days, weeks and months to come as, as the Trumpipede loses its shoes, we see that it is actually wholly clothes-less.  "Sometimes even the President of the United States must have to stand naked," indeed.

Given the extraordinary circumstances coming to light by the minute, I'm here to say that I hope my blog is back.  At any rate I wanted to be the first kid on the block to use the name "Gorbasuch" for the nascently ex-President's Supreme Court nominee. No evidence whatsoever that he should be tainted by the burgeoning scandal?  Hey, if you roll around in sties you're gonna smell like pig shit, right?

What's the Russian word for "Watergate," do you s'pose?

See you later.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Limericks To Riddles Without Answers

A limerick last time, and now a riddle-me-this (it's an existential question):

What if you think you've hit bottom, but bottom is not within reach?

Most of you won't want to grapple (pun intended) with that.

See, we all think and hope and wish and pray that the botttomest we feel is the bottomest there is, and that we can overcome it and re-surface by those things: love, and hopes, and wishes, and prayers (and actions--I left that out) that we've always been told will allow us to recover and redeem ourselves.  As Aztec Two Step says "isn't it sweet to think so....?"

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Apologies To Men From Nantucket.....

A clean limerick about a dirty guy:

For A Short-Fingered Vulgarian
There once was a family named Drumpf
Whose favorite word was "Harrumpf."
Changed the "D" to a "T"
Dropped the "F" completely
But Donnie's fingers are still little stumpfs.

Imagine what happens when I'm fully retired, gang.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Why D'You Always Pout, Donnie?

Serious apologies to Burt Bacharach and, especially, Hal David for this one.  And probably to my fellow U of Hartford alumnus Dionne Warwick, who had the first and best-known version of this song, to be sung to the tune of "Alfie."


Why d'you always pout, Donnie?
Is it just the default face you give?
Why, you always pout 'cause you're so put out, Donnie.
Yet you take oodles more than you give.
You're not meant to be kind
You know only fools are kind, Donnie.
You're so wise 'cause you're always so cruel.
And if life belongs only to the rich, Donnie,
Those poor folks are just morons and fools.

As sure as you believe there's no Heaven above, Donnie,
It's 'cause there's so much more here:
Something your investors can believe in....

You don't believe in love, Donnie,
There is simply the Art Of The Deal.
Again please make us great, Donnie;
Without greatness we merely exist.
 No more second-rate Donnie
When you run let your pout lead the way.
Donnie, Donnie, no one really needs you today! 

Maybe you should listen to Dionne's version while you read this....