Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been indicted.  Okay, lets face it, the guy always looks guilty.  Muller is gonna squeeze a guy who has no moral core.  He’s gonna squeal like a stuck pig.  More indictments to come.



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Trump’s Katrina

The lack of aid to the people of Puerto Rico by the Trump administration is appalling.  Could it be that there are brown-skinned people there? That they speak Spanish?  Could it be that this was the site of yet another Trump bankruptcy.  Could it be that Trump’s attention is on the NFL or the fact that he couldn’t get a win for Luther Strange or a win for “repeal-and-replace-Obamacare” or that the GOP tax plan is being exposed as a tax break for the rich and sticking it to the poor and middle class?

It makes no difference.  This is a humanitarian crisis.  The president is not doing his job.



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Houston We Have a Problem


All our thoughts are with the people impacted by hurricane Harvey.  However the irony is not lost on how a city that has heavy petroleum interests is devastated by an event that may be the result of climate change.

Stay safe Texas.


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Brian G. Arens 1959 – 2017


Our pal is gone.  The crusty curmudgeon is silent.  We’re all gonna miss him.


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Repeal and Replace!


. McConnell and the Republican Senators choked.  They couldn’t get it together before the July 4th break.  Now they get to hear what their constituents think of their plan.  But all this effort begs two questions: Why and with what?

As to why it’s obvious.  They wanted President Obama to fail, putting party before country.  And now they want to destroy Obama’s legacy.  They did such a good job polishing Reagan’s  legacy, despite it’s many failures, they figure they can do the opposite with Obama.  But why?  Because he’s a Democrat?  Because he’s Black?  Because they have a craven desire for power?

So after doing all they could to sabotage Obamacare for the last eight years what have they come up with?  Nothing.  You’d think in eight years they’d have plenty of time to come up with their own plan.  Instead they cobbled together a plan in five months that’s good for the very rich and craps on everyone else.  Again why?  Perhaps they had so much trouble is because Obamacare is their plan.  It came from the Heritage Foundation.  It has ideas that go back to Nixon.

The result of this failure may be leading us down the path to a public option and then on to single payer.  And why not?  We spend more on healthcare than anyone else yet we rank 39th on good outcomes.  We could save billions.  Every other industrialized country has it so it would make our businesses more competitive.  Better than a tax cut!


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Au Revoir Paris



Trump’s decision to drop out of the Paris Climate Agreement was to put it lightly, astonishingly stupid.  Even for him.    There are a number of reasons it’s stupid.

First is the obvious one.  The climate is changing and not for the better, thanks to fossil fuel emissions.  Scientists may debate how fast it’s happening or what the effects will be, but they all agree climate change is happening.  It is astonishing that people don’t believe the science.  Climatologists are some of the most educated minds around.  First you need to get a Ph.D in climatology, for which you need a Master’s level of understanding in math, physics and chemistry.  Some knowledge of computer science is required for modeling.  People don’t question if quantum tunneling is real — certainly a concept that’s harder to believe than climate change — so what’s the deal with global warming?   Unless you understand why semi-Lagrangian methods are used in modeling climate change rather than Erlangian , it’s best to STFU and believe the scientists.  And why is it a right vs. left thing?  Is science liberal?

Next it’s not too bright on the diplomatic front.  It certainly shows a lack of leadership.  Throw in we’re playing second-fiddle to China in clean energy.  If Trump promised to bring back manufacturing jobs, clean energy is one way to do it.  Ten times more people in America work in clean energy than is dirty, dangerous coal mining.

Finally, oil funds terrorists.  Want to defeat terrorists?  Cut off their funding source.

What a dope.


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Trump’s Budget

Trump’s budget is basically: screw the poor, give to the rich.  OMB director Mick Mulvaney claims that we need to show compassion to people who pay for things like Medicaid, SNAP, food stamps, etc.  I guess he wants to boot granny out of the nursing home too.  Hello Mick, do you really want to cut farm subsidies?  Many of those guys voted for Trump.

Conspiracy theorists think this may be a setup.  The bill is so bad it will be voted down by Republicans.  Then they can go home and tell their constituents who would have been negatively impacted that they voted against it.

Who knows, but the optics are not good for Trump.  No wonder Melania hates him.


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