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A Fresh Voice Out of South Texas

If you all are not watching the videos from my new Facebook buddy — and fellow Navy Veteran — John Bridevaux, you need to be. John’s the kind of guy I would love to sit around with, having a bunch of beers and talking politics.

He is out of the Corpus Christi area and I have no idea if he has a Master’s Degree or never finished high school — and it doesn’t matter because the man is highly informed, incisive and smart as hell.

And as much as I dislike the ongoing trend of people getting their news solely from comedy shows and web videos, people will learn important stuff from John’s five to 10-minute productions.  That’s because when he goes on a self-described “rant” it is based on the current news of the day. And, after watching many of his videos, I have yet to see him be incorrect or make assertions not based on fact.

He’s also fun to listen to and I often find myself saying out loud “damn right!”

If we all stay as informed and involved as John Bridevaux, Trump doesn’t stand a chance. Check him out below. You can also find him on Facebook here.

On The Friday Lighter Side: Weekly Top 10 To-Do List Items for Trump Supporters

With apologies to David Letterman, here’s my Top 10 weekly to-do list items for Trump supporters:

10. Maintain progress toward eighth-grade diploma

9. Continue search for Trump merchandise made in America

8. Freshly starch ceremonial KKK hood

7. Inventory all household firearms

6. Work harder to dress self in morning with no assistance

5. Friend Democrats on Facebook; Avoid facts, call them libtards

4. Make weekly donation to Russian Federation

3. Practice tying shoes (they won’t always have Velcro straps)

2. Purchase more hand-enlarging cream — oh, wait, that’s only if you actually are Donald Trump.

And the number one thing on a Trump supporters’ weekly to-do list…

1. Attempt to actually meet a black person

Media Should Boycott White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Based on the Trump administration’s actions today in which they blocked news organizations they deem especially uncooperative from Friday’s press gaggle — they consider all media “enemies of the people” — I believe all members of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) should boycott this year’s iconic dinner, which is slated for April 29.

The event, in which the president is the guest of honor, is mildly roasted and then gets to target others in his own stand-up routine, is typically a lighthearted affair and an evening the media and the White House get together as almost social friends.

This administration has shown it is anything but a friend — and expressly considers the media an “opposition party.”

The WHCA said today that they are “…protesting strongly against how today’s gaggle is being handled by the White House” and that “the board will be discussing this further with White House staff.”

In a February 2 statement about the dinner, WHCA President Jeff Mason reinforced that the annual fete acknowledges the media’s importance in our democracy, saying that “… as we do every year, we will celebrate the First Amendment and the role an independent press plays in a healthy republic.”

How ironic is that given that President Mini-Mitts and his crew would give anything to exile the entire press to a Siberian gulag?

But can you imagine the humiliation of Trump having to give what I’m sure will be a mean-spirited “comedy” tirade in front of an ocean of empty seats? Of course, he would just tweet the next day that he had the biggest crowd ever.

And Here’s Our Narcissist in Chief

This tweet from yesterday illustrates how the Narcissist in Chief always — always! — finds a way to make everything come back to being all about him. Of all the elements making Trump’s supporters the dumbest people on the planet, first among them is the fact that they still believe he gives a damn about them or, for that matter, anyone but himself.

Must We Support Jobs for Polluters?

After listening to debate on EPA nominee (now confirmed) Scott Pruitt yesterday, I realize how vexed I am by one of the key Republican talking points for gutting EPA standards — that “draconian” environmental laws kill American jobs.

I’m all for saving jobs, but here’s the part I don’t understand: If you make your living in a way detrimental to our land, air or water, shouldn’t the common good outweigh our concern for your job? If your livelihood entails raping the land or polluting the environment, shouldn’t we care more about the world we’re leaving our children, than people who contributed to that damage getting paid for it?

Sorry, folks, but if I made my living stomping on baby ducks, I would expect that someone would stop me — even if it meant I didn’t get a paycheck that week.

Thoughts on Trump’s Bizarre News Conference

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not often speechless. But after watching Trump for an hour and 15 minutes in whatever the hell that just was, I am… without words or a clue. I cannot make the connection that the specimen I just witnessed at the microphone is actually the President of the United States.

He will obviously never “grow into” this office. As always, he came off today as ill-prepared, petulant, paranoid and with the maturity level of a college-sophomore frat boy.

He referred to the Senate Minority Leader as a “lightweight.” In discussing a “women’s business leaders” council with Canada, Trump said it was very important to him “and to my daughter Ivanka.” Thus implying that his daughter was elected or appointed to anything and that we should give a damn about what she cares about.

And while complaining about the press — which he did for the entire… damn… news… conference — he had the gall to say “I can handle a bad story better than anyone.” He then continued to prod reporters to ask him “nice” questions.

He did say one thing that is true.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a president, in a short period of time, who’s done what we’ve done.”

It’s hard to argue with that.

Republican Orrin Hatch Does Stand-up on Senate Floor

Just when I thought being a Senate-watcher was about to enter another coma-inducing day of long speeches and C-SPAN excitement, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) late last week shook things up by doing some impromptu stand-up comedy on the Senate floor. Hatch, who is now the longest-serving Republican in U.S. Senate history, started by lauding Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“The majority leader, Senator McConnell, in my opinion, is the best majority leader we have had here in a long, long time,” said Hatch, stifling a giggle and almost breaking character. “He is smart. He understands the system. He loves the Senate. He is a very honest and good man.”

As bad comedian Kenny Bania from Seinfeld sometimes said “That’s gold, Jerry. Gold!” I have to admit when Hatch delivered that “honest and good man” punch line, a little bit of coffee came out of my nose.

He then turned his attention to Trump and what a great president he could be if we all just support him and, get this, show him some respect.

“I actually believe the President will grow into becoming a great President, too, if we will help him a little bit rather than just fight everything he does or everything he says or try to criticize him every time he opens his mouth. I would like to see us show some respect for the President too.”

See, it’s funny because of how little respect and cooperation they ever gave President Obama — get it?

And he ended with the show stopper that had the Senate gallery of four people on their feet applauding.

“I believe President Trump is the person who is right for this time. I believe he will do a terrific job if we will help him.”

That’s all for Senator Hatch for tonight, folks. Be sure to tip your waiter or waitress.

Stop Your Hypocritical Blubbering, Senator Hatch

In the middle of the Warren brouhaha last night — in which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell selectively enforced Senate Rule 19 to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren — Orrin Hatch (R-UT) grabbed the microphone to give a long, emotional speech about manners, respect, decorum and how everyone in the Senate needs to hug it out and love one another.

Oh, and don’t say anything bad about another senator, even if it’s in the context of a cabinet position and especially not if it’s true.

“We’re treating him [Sessions] like he is some terrible person that doesn’t deserve to be chosen by the current President of the United States to be Attorney General of the United States,” blubbered Hatch. “I think we ought to be ashamed of ourselves, I really do, on both sides, and frankly, we’ve got to get to where everything is not an issue here.”

“I think we have to grow up and I suggest all of us take stock of ourselves and see if we can treat each other with greater respect. But I’ve got to say, I resented, as much as I like the distinguished Senator from Massachusetts — I resent the constant diatribe against a fellow senator.”

Here’s the home-run line from Hatch that gets to his true message.

“Even if everything she said was true, it wasn’t the right thing to do.”

And that was the Kumbaya moment Hatch was almost tearfully pleading for last night — you know, after his party started all the fighting on the Senate floor because Warren had the temerity to quote Ted Kennedy and Coretta Scott King.

All of this is the staggering hypocrisy we’ve sadly come to expect when dealing with the Republican party. These are the same people who referred to former Democratic Leader Harry Reid as a “cancerous” influence on the Senate and who vowed, through their leader McConnell in early 2009 to do everything in their power to make newly-elected President Barack Obama’s life a living hell.

And yet here was Hatch last night, emotionally opening his heart to the Senate chamber to say… please… can’t we all just get along?

“I love all my colleagues. There’s not one person in this body that I don’t care for and love,” said Hatch, clutching his pearls. “I disagree quite a bit with some of my colleagues on the other side and even some of my colleagues on this side, but that doesn’t mean I have to treat them with disrespect.”

Please, bitch.

This is the Senator Hatch who, as a leader in his party, filibustered against President Obama more times than Jeff Sessions starches his white hoods. And this is the same guy, with a senior seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who went along with not letting a sitting President, with 25 percent of his term left, get so much as a hearing on his pick for the Supreme Court.

Needless to say, this little encounter session did not end without Brother Hatch getting in the requisite talking point about how all of this Democratic pushback lately is just because Democrats are mad that they lost the election.

“I admit I think some of this comes from the fact that they are very upset at Donald Trump, said Hatch. “And it’s easy to see why. He won a very tough, contested election against one of their principal people. That’s hard to take, maybe. That doesn’t justify what’s been going on against Jeff Sessions.”

“We ought to be proud that Jeff has a chance to become Attorney General of the United States.”

No, we’re not.

So please, Senator Hatch, stop with the whimpering, emotional appeals and hypocritical calls for unity. And while you’re at it, ask Senator Warren where she gets her political courage.

What’s Point of Sanders-Cruz “Debate” on CNN?

What’s the deal with this Sanders-Cruz, reality-show debate that CNN is putting on tomorrow night? CNN is certainly promoting it like it’s the next big fight or MMA match, compete with dramatic music in the promos — I wouldn’t be surprised to see them bring in announcer Michael Buffer to kick things off with his trademark introduction (see video).

But seriously, what the hell is the point of this spectacle? It’s not like we don’t have enough on our minds in Washington right now. Or is CNN hoping to break huge news by discovering that Sanders and Cruz have vastly differing views on…. everything?

Trump’s Executive Order Makes This Vet Regret Serving

If someone had told me 40+ years ago, when I was just a young guy from a lower-middle class family trying to earn the G.I. Bill, that I would be serving a nation that would one day ban 132 million people from entering our country based almost exclusively on their religion, I would have found another way to achieve my education.

(And, yes, that smiling young fella is indeed me.)

As an American and as a Veteran, I am profoundly ashamed of my country right now.

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