Welcome to Buster's Blog

Irregular commentary on whatever's on my mind -- politics, sports, current events, and life in general. After twenty years of writing business and community newsletters, fifteen years of fantasy baseball newsletters, and two years of email "columns", this is, I suppose, the inevitable result: the awful conceit that someone might actually care to read what I have to say. Posts may be added often, rarely, or never again. As always, my mood and motivation are unpredictable.

Buster Gammons















Saturday, April 29, 2017

100 Days In Hell


"During the first 100 days, there's never been a better time to be a standup comic, and never a scarier time to be a human on the planet Earth."
-- Kathy Griffin


Friday, April 28, 2017

Three Friday Funnies


At least I thought they were funny!





Terrible Tots In Nuclear Standoff


It's hard to imagine a pair of world leaders any more narcissistic, provocative and dangerously ignorant than Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.  Both behave like spoiled children with horrible haircuts, which is, of course, exactly what they are.  Kim rose to tyrant level in the traditional way -- he inherited the family dictatorship. In America, Idiot Nation that we are, we actually elected our 70 year-old brat.

And our tiny-thumbed orange brat finds benefit in fear-mongering and exaggerating the North Korean nuclear threat.  Yes, Lil Kim has nuclear weapon capability.  Has had for some time.  Their missile systems are a bit shaky, but yeah, they could probably lob a nuke at some place nearby.  Again, nothing new about that.  What's new is Trump's determination to be a military blowhard.  It distracts from other issues, plays well to his base and seems to be good for his poll numbers.  Clearly, he intends to sabre-rattle his way into better approval numbers.

Today, Trump called for nuclear disarmament by Kim and said that without it, there's a chance the U.S. could have "a major, major conflict with North Korea.  Absolutely."

He sent the Secretary of State, Rex the Wonder Diplomat, to the U.N. with the same message.  Tillerson called for more and more economic sanctions against North Korea.  He asked China to stop sending them coal, and said "all options remain on the table, including military action."

Is North Korea really worth this sort of bellicose rhetoric?  Is it wise for America to start making pointed threats like these?  I think not.  This whole issue is Trumped-up, and Donnie Destructo is playing a very dangerous game.

I heard some pundit this morning put it this way:

Let's say you told your child to clean up the toys in his room and he didn't do it.  So you told him, "If you don't pick up all these toys right now, I will pick them up and throw them all in the trash!  No more toys for you!"  That's a big-ass threat with dire consequences, but what if he still didn't do it?  Would you really follow through and throw out all his toys?  And what message would it send if you didn't follow through?  That your threats are hollow and meaningless, just a bunch of belligerent hot air?  You've painted yourself into a corner, genius!

I prefer the "strategic patience" of previous administrations from both parties.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fatigue


I have fatigue -- Trump fatigue, that is.  His first Hideous Hundred Days have just about worn me out.  Constant lies, bombast, conflicts of interest, nepotism, shiny-object distractions, and outright ignorance mixed with blatant hucksterism have yielded lots of news coverage but very little in the way of accomplishments.  (Which suits me, since everything he wants to accomplish is abhorrent!)

Some of the latest soul-sucking time-wasters from the Blunt Orange Object and his Insane Clown Posse:

Resurrected Health Care Reform.  BS!  This time the administration pandered to the Tea Bag Freedom Caucus, with a "reform" idea to keep Obamacare but throw a bone to these ultra-conservative assholes -- states can opt out of offering essential medical benefits, and could charge higher premiums to those with pre-existing conditions.  Lovely!  And they exempted their own coverage from those changes.  WTF?  This crap is unlikely to pass the House and is DOA in the Senate if it does.




The World's Greatest Tax Reform Plan (Brought to You by the King of Debt!).  BS!  It's not a tax plan, just a sort of tax cover sheet.  Yesterday, Steve Mnuchin and Gary Cohn announced this fabulous "reform" plan.  They could not have been more uncomfortable if they stood there stark naked before the cameras.  They came with new lower tax rates and little else.  "What are the income brackets?  Which deductions would be eliminated?"  "We don't know yet.  We'll get back with ya."  (Brilliant plan!)  "It's estimated this plan would slash federal revenue by $6 to $12 trillion over 10 years.  How would this huge cut be paid for?"  "By stimulating economic growth."  (The "growth" concept is just another version of Supply Side/Trickle-Down Economics.  Which. Does. Not. Work.)

Paying less tax might be nice, but what do we give up in the less-revenue bargain?  It's just a plain old tax cut with little to offset it.  It would mainly benefit the wealthy and it would increase the deficit, which is what Republicans always do.  The tax plan is a no-go.


Blame Puerto Rico!  (And Obamacare.)  BS!  Last night, apropos of nothing, Adolph Twitler decided to fire off an angry nonsensical tweet which somehow accused an unincorporated U.S. territory, a popular health insurance law, and the Democratic party of being in league to waste our tax dollars:

Democrats are trying to bail out insurance companies from disastrous , and Puerto Rico with your tax dollars. Sad!

Yo, Yam Face!  You are wasting our tax dollars -- bigly! -- with your every-weekend golf trips to Mar-A-Lago, and by maintaining your Slovenian super-wife in her gilded cage in Manhattan.  Sad!


The first 100 days have been exhausting -- feels like 100 years.

#FDT




     






Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New Slogans For United Airlines


Sent by a faithful reader, and promptly swiped by me.  Thanks, faithful reader!
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New slogans for United Airlines...
 
We have First Class, Business Class, and No Class.
 
Our prices can’t be beaten...but our passengers can be.
 
We put the hospital in hospitality.
 
We beat our passengers, not the competition.
 
We have an offer you can’t refuse. No, really.
 
Board as a doctor, leave as a patient.
 
Not enough seating? Prepare for a beating.
 
And you thought legroom was an issue.
 
If our staff need a seat, we’ll drag you out by your feet.
 
We treat you like we treat your luggage.
 
Fight or flight.
 
You may have patients, but we don’t have patience.
 
We have red-eye and black-eye flights available.
 
Now serving free punch.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Well-Behaved Family


A friend of ours has three boys, all middle school age or younger.  All three are baseball maniacs, playing on multiple teams.  Dad  is a coach, and Mom drives the minivan and provides moral support from her seat in the stands.

A couple days ago, she had an interesting post on her Facebook page.  At one of her recent games there was a kid sitting nearby in the stands with his father.  Out of nowhere, the kid starts throwing Goldfish snack crackers at his little brother, saying "I wish I had a Democrat to throw these at!"

With that, our friend piped up and said, "I'm a Democrat," at which point the little brat starts pelting her with Goldfish.  She said she immediately resolved to remain calm and not react at all.  So she just sat there and took it, waiting for the kid's oblivious father to take some notice, which he finally did, suggesting that Dear Junior might want to "stop that."  And the kid stopped.

Our friend's restraint was admirable.  I know I could not have been as so stoic.  I'd have yelled at the kid or lashed out or done something effective but embarassing and regrettable.  I'd have done the same if my kid were the one being a little jerk.

We all know that a misbehaving child has no sense of time or place.  But how does a child grow up learning it's OK to throw snack food at complete strangers who do not share his parents' political persusasion?  He picked up his vocal hatred of Democrats somewhere.

Just another symptom of our national high-speed dumbing-down; an example of what now passes for a well-behaved family here in Trumplandia.


A Study In Contrasts


On Sunday, the AP released the full transcript of a recent interview it conducted with Cheeto Jesus.  It reveals an unintelligible, inarticulate, meaningless argle-bargle of Trumpspeak.  Here's the link to the transcript:  https://apnews.com/c810d7de280a47e88848b0ac74690c83

And here are some of the gems excerpted from his steady stream of lying bullshit:

Said he's "mostly there" on his "100-day action plan."  Uh, mostly not.  Not even close.

"Never heard of WikiLeaks, never heard of it."  C'mon, Donald!  While campaigning, you "loved" WikiLeaks.

Said the Electoral College is "very difficult for a Republican to win" because it's "so skewed" toward Democrats.  No, it's not.

Admitted he didn't understand NATO, and claimed that "back when they did NATO, there was no such thing as terrrorism."  NATO is a political and military alliance formed in 1949 for the mutual defense of its member nations.  It is not an anti-terrorism agency.  And BTW Donnie, terrorism has been around forever.

Describing a meeting with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md):  "Well he said, you'll be the greatest president in the history of, but you know what, I'll take that also, but that you could be.  But he said, will be the greatest president but I would also accept the other."  Huh?  And WTF??  I need Sarah Palin to translate that mess.

Claimed his pipe-dream Mexican wall is "not going to be that expensive."  The DHS projects it'll cost over $20 billion.  It should be free, since Mexico was going to pay for it.

Cleared up the whole flexible vs. exact thing, then offered his interviewer a soft drink:  "You have to have a certain flexibility, Number One.  Number Two, from the time I took office till now, you know, it's a very exact thing.  It's not like generalities.  Do you want a Coke or anything?"  LOL!
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By way of contrast, on Monday President Obama spoke at his first public event since leaving the White House.  He led a discussion at the University of Chicago on the need for young people to engage and participate politically.  As usual, my Cousin Barry was cool, calm and well-spoken.

The New Yorker's Andy Borowitz put it this way:

Obama's Barage of Complete Sentences Seen As Brutal Attack on Trump
In an appearance at the University of Chicago on Monday, former President Barack Obama unloaded a relentless barrage of complete sentences in what was widely seen as a brutal attack on his successor, Donald Trump.

Appearing at his first public event since leaving office, Obama fired off a punishing fusilade of grammatically correct sentences, the likes of which the American people have not heard from the White House since he departed.

"He totally restricted his speech to complete sentences," Tracy Klugian, a student at the event, said.  "It was the most vicious takedown of Trump I'd ever seen."

"About five or six sentences in, I noticed that all of his sentences had both nouns and verbs in them," Carol Foyler, another student, said.  "I couldn't believe he was going after Trump like that."

Obama's blistering deployment of complete sentences clearly got under the skin of their intended target, who, moments after the event, responded with an angry tweet:  "Obama bad (or sick) guy.  Failing.  Sad!"