Stormy Daniels

Stormy Daniels

Stormy Daniels
(To be sung to tune of Stormy Weather—see renditions by Lena Horne and Etta James)

Don’t know why
The 130K didn’t keep the lie
Stormy Daniels
Since she and I ain’t together
She keeps lyin’ all the time

Oh yeah
Her chest is bare
Her cleavage everywhere
Stormy Daniels, Stormy Daniels
Just can’t get my David Dennison self together
Oh I’m tweetin’, tweetin’ all the time
Just tweetin’, tweetin’ all the time

When she went away
Non-disclosure was the key
And oh yeah, if she talks
That old Senate might even get me
All I do is tell
Mr. Cohen to let me
Intimidate that girl once more

She just can’t go on, can’t go one
Sayin’ that my signature is gone
Stormy Daniels, Stormy Daniels
Since she and I ain’t together
She keeps lyin’ all the time

I walk around, feelin’ betrayed and mad
MSNBC pourin’ down, drownin’ every hope I had
This pitterin’, patterin’, beatin’ and spatterin’ drives me mad
Sex, sex, sex, sex
This misery worse than caused by Rex

Can’t go on
Melania might soon be gone
Stormy Daniels
Since she and I ain’t together
She keeps lyin’ all the time

Lyin’ all the time.

Where are the Democrats?

Where are the Democrats?

WHERE ARE THE DEMOCRATS
Number 3 in a Series (see July 15 & 17, 2017)

Expect a wave.  Look at Virginia, look at Texas.  The generic polls are incredible.  Mid-terms for the “out” party are always good.  The Democrats are going to take the House—if not the Senate too.

But just hold on a second.  It’s still a very steep uphill climb.  Citizens United is still operative.  Gerrymandering, in almost all states, is still alive and well.  The wave is not a given.  We still need policies, an agenda, a vision.  And where, still, are the Democrats?

We should be taking advantage of this “lull” in policy concerns—with all the scandals, White House departures, chaos, and Mueller news—to aggressively put forward our own agenda.  WE CANNOT WIN WITHOUT ONE!

Now is the time!  A real economic policy that WILL create jobs and raise wages.  A real health care policy that will provide Medicare for all.  An environmental vision that recognizes the reality of climate change—but also demonstrates the economic gains from becoming a fossil-fuel free world.  A tax policy that ensures that the casino economy pays its true obligations.  A truly humane immigration policy.

Without a vision, the Democratic Party will perish.

Urban Gardening, Community, and Marijuana

Urban Gardening, Community, and Marijuana

Urban Gardening, Community, and Marijuana

As a City Councilman, Mayor, and Congressman, I have always promoted urban or community gardening. Not only is it beneficial for the health and cost-conscious, it promotes community engagement and awareness.  It transforms otherwise empty and oddly shaped lots into community assets.  And it’s easy:  even concrete slabs can be covered with easily available and instant soil and grass overlays.

The growing and use of marijuana—cannabis, pot, weed—is, of course, now legal.  The medical efficacy for many conditions is well-documented.  And it’s a crime that the Veterans Administration (VA) prohibits it from being a part of the treatment for the many veterans burdened with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).

So why not grow marijuana in an urban garden?  Many members of the community need it for medical reasons.  And a few dollars can be raised for the local library, school, or community center.

One word of caution: please check with local authorities on the legal requirements for both the growing and selling of marijuana.  There are limits on the number of plants you can grow; permits required for distribution.  But let’s make it a part of urban gardening!

A Million Child March???!!!

A Million Child March???!!!

A Million Child March???!!!

If you’ve been watching the incredibly moving coverage of the massacre in Parkland, Florida, you probably have been struck—as I have—with the remarkable articulateness and passion of the affected high school students—and their deep understanding of the political process.

After they—as a total student body—lobby Florida Senators and Congress members for a commitment to vote for some effective gun control legislation, they should join with the other 18 schools who have suffered from gun attacks this year alone and organize a 1,000,000 student march on Washington!  What legislator could refuse to act??

And 1,000,000 children shall lead them.

C’mon, Mike, Just Turn Around!

C’mon, Mike, Just Turn Around!

C’mon, Mike, Just Turn Around!

There he was, our Vice President, sitting right in front of the sister of the North Korean dictator, at the Olympic opening ceremonies.

A simple turn of the head, a simple smile, maybe even a simple handshake might have changed the world’s diplomatic environment!

Yet, even to a man who has reached the depths of groveling to our own Don Jon Un, could not bring himself to make such a miniscule move.

A move which might have been Mike Pence’s greatest lifetime achievement: the reduction of the possibility of nuclear holocaust!

Support the Parade… if, if, if

Support the Parade… if, if, if

Support the Parade… if, if, if

Once again, the President comes up with a proposal that leaves everyone with jaws completely dropped: a military parade (a la Kim Jong Un).  As one Republican Senator sagely said: confidence is silent; insecurity is loud.

But let’s think this thing through.  What if…

A contingent of 10,000 Dreamers leads the parade.

Contingents of first responders, nurses and other caregivers, teachers, mechanics, welders, carpenters, truck drivers, waiters, small business people—all those who keep America going—partcipate.

Veterans who have served us all—particularly those with PTSD and others not well served by the VA—put their bodies on the line once more.

Children demanding high quality public education rally all of us.

Those denied or can’t afford health insurance remind us of our joint humanity.

The disabled show us all how really abled they are.

The “me too” women marching proudly and inspiring us.

All the set-up and cleanup activities are done by paid unemployed and homeless citizens.

What if, what if…

Shut it Down!

Shut it Down!

Shut it Down!

Congressional Democrats—including myself—have always opposed shutting down the government.  Too many people—Social Security and Veteran benefits recipients, National Park visitors, etc. etc.—depend on well-functioning government functions.  But is this the moment to shut it down?

Trump has already appointed Cabinet secretaries to basically shut down their departments.  EPA, Energy, HUD, Education, Labor are already working against the American people.  Polluters have an open shot at our air and water.  Public housing and public education is under existential threat.  Labor protections are gone.  Regulations protecting our air, water, financial systems, housing programs, and climate have been obliterated.  And the fear within our immigrant communities is palpable.

Dreamers, El Savadoreans, Haitians, Muslims, anybody from a shithole country, are credibly threatened.  And Trump has returned to the golf course.

This government is not working for us.  It’s time to shut it down!

ShitHoles R Us

ShitHoles R Us

ShitHoles R Us

We are ALL ShitHoles!

We all came from ShitHoles.  Africa.  The Caribbean.  Ireland.  Poland.  Germany.  China.  Italy.  Greece.  Russia.  Japan.  Mexico.  The Philippines.

We all live in ShitHoles.  Watts.  Beverly Hills.  The Southside.  The Westside.  Brownsville.  Scarsdale.  Detroit.  Shaker Heights.  The Border.  The Beach.

We all work in ShitHole jobs.  Maids.  Construction.  Farmworkers.  Accountants.  Lawyers.  Doctors.  Nurses.  Teachers.  Firefighters.  Cops.  Politicians.  Hedge Fund Managers.

We all drive ShitHole cars.  F-150s.  Civics.  Camrys.  Malibus.  Volvos.  Jaguars.  Rolls-Royces.  Pick-ups.  Crossovers.

We all eat in ShitHole restaurants.  Taco trucks.  Lumpia booths.  Pupusa carts.  Ruth’s Chris.  Morton’s.  Denny’s.  Applebees’s.  Dumpsters.

We are ALL ShitHoles.

Fire and Fury

Fire and Fury

A tale, told by an idiot, full of “Fire and Fury”, signifying nothing.

As long as Republican Senators and Congress members do or say nothing.

The Canary in the Tax Cut Mine

The Canary in the Tax Cut Mine

The Canary in the Tax Cut Mine

Congressman Darrell Issa, southern California Republican, became the first Member of the majority party to announce his opposition to the House tax cut plan: amazingly, because it favored the wealthy over the middle class!  Talk about the canary in the (tax cut) mine!!

Issa is one of the most conservative, aggressive, seemingly-safe Republicans in Congress.  As the previous Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, he terrorized the Democrats—especially Hillary Clinton—with investigations, subpoenas, press events, committee hearings.  And, just as an aside, he is the wealthiest Congressman in the House!

He also represents one of the seven California Republican Congressional districts which voted for Hillary in 2016.  And his San Diego/Orange Counties district almost voted him out that year.

Darrell obviously feels the wave at his back.  And he is scrambling.  There seemingly was no Republican more likely to vote for corporate tax cuts than Darrell Issa.

Clearly, Darrell feels the change in the political environment that we all hope will manifest itself in 2018.  His district has never voted for a Democrat. No Republican has ever been as arrogant.  No canary has ever chirped more loudly.

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