The Talking Dog

December 31, 2019, Party like it's 1979

As I am writing this, late afternoon New Year's Eve, I understand that various Iraqi militias allegedly linked to Iran have stormed the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, a $750 million behemoth. I understand that embassy personnel are trapped in a so called safe room there, and 100 US Marines are on their way.

The President used the occasion of this crisis (which he caused through ill advised bombings of these militias in the first place and his withdrawal from Obama's nuclear deal with Iran for no reason other than Obama is Black) to send hateful tweets about Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and liberals in general, and to play golf in Florida.

Is the President wagging the dog? He might want to distract from his slow motion impeachment, which hasn't formally been referred to the Senate because Majority Leader McConnell gave away his plans to rig the 'trial' to be devoid of witnesses or written evidence, presumably as demanded by the President, but opposed by over 70% of the American public. Or are we just flailing: the worst fear of the inexperienced TV businessman coming to a frightening realization, with only his unnatural relationship with Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin keeping the world from blowing apart, although the US standing in the world will be dramatically reduced.

I will just say this looks awful. The polarized America will not let the corrupt and incompetent President be removed one minute before 20 January 2021. So we have to survive another year, and a real crisis is here.

I look back and wish I had worked harder to get Hillary elected. Just to avoid what we are now staring at. Next time, we don't have the luxury of distaste for the Dem candidate.

I said at the beginning of the year I had a number of projects planned, and I managed to publish Donald J. Putin on American Exceptionalism on the Amazon platform. You can even get it there. I will try the same for GTMO at 18... as insane as that thought is. Maybe my 59th marathon will finally be a Boston qualifier. Or an urban gardening book. Or not.

Idle thoughts for suddenly serious times. Best wishes for the coming year and the coming decade.

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December 23, 2019, Could it be Festivus again?

Yes, yes, 23 December only comes once a year, friends. Don't know what to say. In what I will just call incredibly irony, the President lashes out at the evils of... windmills. Apparently, you would go to jail for killing a bald eagle, whereas windmills kill billions of them.

There is definitely the possibility of a Captain Queeg thing going on with the President, as impeachment takes its toll on him as his own supporters' insistence on a sham trial designed to acquit him as opposed to an actual trial designed to acquit him seems to be taking him to... well... crazy town. Even if I think it's all a Vinnie the Chin Act.

Don't know. Don't care. That a man this awful in every single way, despite being impeached, might be reelected President because he is a big enough racist and has stoked up white supremacist demonstrations as well as violent attacks on synagogues, schools, shopping centers... tells me more about how awful the USA is than even I care to admit (and I wrote a whole book about how awful it is).

2019 is coming to an end soon; in 8 days time, we will be out of "the teens" and into "the twenties" of this 21st century. While I expect to go another full year with this President, if we have to go four after that, we are done as a country, and quite likely, as a species. Something called the United States will doubtless persist for a while, but it will be a miserable totalitarian racist entity, full of hundreds of millions of poor people and tens of thousands of rich people who own everything. With bad taste as its national image.

So... happy Festivus. Hope the remainder of your holiday season is as joyous as circumstances permit. And we can talk about next year. When Guantanamo turns 18.

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December 13, 2019, History?

The House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment against Chancellor Drumpf. Reichsfuhrer McConnell has vowed to rig the proceedings to acquittal. This will permit Democrats to resume bashing Senator Warren for suggesting that Medicare for all is possible without a massive tax increase.

In other words, happy Friday the 13th.

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