Thursday, October 25, 2018

The attempted bombings and our collective reaction is...

Unless you're living under a rock, you've heard or read by now that bombs turned up in at least five mailboxes or mail rooms in the last 48 hours.

In every case, the recipients were politicians, public figures or news organizations that tRump and/or his followers in the Reich Wing have repeatedly slammed and tried to paint as being dangerous, unpatriotic and--yeah, this tired slam--enemies of the people.

So bombs are sent to George Soros, the Clintons, former President Obama, Rep. Maxine Waters and CNN.

You'd expect that the American people would be concerned and outraged, right?

Well, they're not. Living under the criminal tRump regime has made violent language, threats of violence and violent acts so common that the alarm bell no longer rings.

The attempted bombings and our collective reaction are very unfortunate. And very troublesome.

They're especially troubling as many of the Reich Wing are planning--have been planning at least since the election of Barack Obama--to unleash violence on their "enemies". The enemies of the people, of course.

They know who their enemies are. Their president has told them--in no uncertain terms and over and over again--he has told them who their enemies are. He has told them who should not be allowed to take up space in "their" country any longer.

Their enemies are other Americans whose political views they don't like.

Americans whose patriotism doesn't include a hatred of minorities, brown people and immigrants, especially.

Their enemies are other Americans whose patriotism doesn't include ostentatious displays of flag waving, a desire to whip into submission any nation refusing to get on-board with America's "vital National interests", and a belief that anyone who isn't white, Christian and English-speaking doesn't belong in the USA.

The collective yawn by the American people in the wake of these attempted bombings is very troubling because the White Supremacists, militia-types and extremists of all stripes are watching.

And when they feel that they've been green-lighted by their Fearless Leader and his brutal, sycophantic underlings, they'll believe that the time will be right to begin their long-desired purge of  dissenters, "traitors" and non-conformists.

Their enemies. The enemies of the people. The obstructionists, the resisters. The ones who are keeping them from making America great again.

Those of us who refuse to quaff tRump's noxious Kool-Aid are walking around with targets on our backs.

And because we have become so inured to violent language, threats and acts; because this has become routine in the age of tRump; because the idea of right wing death squads roaming the country, El Salvador style, is so unthinkable that most of us can't even "go there"...

For all those reasons, the meh reaction of the American people in response to the attacks against people our poser prez hates and reviles on a daily basis is very troubling indeed.

The stage is set. The haters, the racists and the militia types are ready. They're locked and loaded.

And they're just waiting for their chance.

"Bulldog Ben" Basile

© 2018 Ben Lawrence Basile

Friday, October 12, 2018

Angry left wing mobs: the end game

One of the latest gambits from the Rethuglican playbook: convince their base--the uber-violent militia types, especially--that our protests and demonstrations are violent mob scenes. They'll start using the words "riots" and "rioting" very soon.

This is not a PR ploy. It would be way over-the-top even if it was. But that's not the end game.

Portraying our constitutionally-protected protests as out-of-control mob action is a pretext to start their own violent actions.

Trump may not be doing this consciously but the Reich Wing is full of folks who fetishize the 2nd amendment, and believe progressives--or anyone who doesn't share their hateful, extreme views--to be traitors and are itching to start "the culling".

We ignore this at our own peril.

The irony of this situation is that the Tea Party types stockpiled guns and ammo for eight years while Obama was President, even though he did nothing--not one thing--that could have been objectively seen as moving the USA towards tyranny, towards authoritarian rule.

And then, when a hateful demagogue who has repeatedly professed admiration--or love, in the case of Kim Jong Un--for actual despots says and does things which are clearly designed to move the country towards authoritarian rule, the right wing loves him, hangs on his every hateful word, votes for him and throws wads of cash at him.

The right wing is itching to start the shooting. If you don't see this, you're not paying attention.

"Bulldog Ben" Basile

© 2018 Ben Lawrence Basile

Monday, October 8, 2018

So many ways to describe our poser prez!

Do you have a nickname for our #LyingLoserPrez?

Well, I've got a few of those awesome alt-names!

There are thousands, but here's the short list:

#HairHitler #PoserPrez #Cheetolini
#DarthHater #CheetoBenito #AdolphShitler
#AdolphTwitler #OrangeFoolius #LyingLoserPrez*

#DonaldDrumpf #BenedictDonald #TangerineTyrant
#MangoMussolini #DonTheConNaziSpawn* #GloriousTrumpenfuhrer*
#FuckFaceVonClownStick #DonTheConRussianPawn* #BenedictDonald

Couple of noteworthy things for you...

The first is that four of those are mine. Those four* are starred. (In case you're wondering about the hashtag format, it's just because I'm a heavy twitter user.) Still, they're not clickable. They were in an early draft, but that created other formatting problems I'm not savvy enough to fix. #Sorry!

The next is that #DonaldDrumpf comes from the fact that "Drumpf" is the actual family name. The grandfather of the "tRump" we know used Trump in the early 20th Century here in America, though the family may have ditched Drumpf for Trump while the Drumpfs were all still in the Fatherland. The historical record is not conclusive.

The last thing is that the daddy of the #BenedictDonald hashtag is known; it's Terrorism Expert, author and MSNBC Contributor Malcolm Nance. You can visit his twitter page by following this link.

Hope you had fun checking out the list. Satirists, pundits, on and off the net, and people who simply don't like our #LyingLoserPrez love using all these and more! Feel free to post a reply with a few of your own!

Bulldog Ben

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Don the Con has been committing tax fraud?! No way!

Okay, so ol' Bulldog here is being a smartass with that title! You got me!

Yes, I've known for two years that tRump has been committing serious criminal offenses for a very long time. Both with his taxes and his loan applications.

That's been apparent to anyone who reads news regularly and isn't sucking at the teat of Fox Noise, Info Wars, World News Daily and "news sources" like that.

And it leads back to another vein of tRump lies--one of the really big ones--the lies relating to the size of his fortune.

He's been shooting ridiculously high numbers for his net worth when it's a PR thing and he wants to make himself look good.

But then he--or more precisely, his accounting and legal types--are forever putting out crazy-low figures when it's about tax his tax liabilities--such as income from his real estate portfolio and the like.

Oh, and those business losses! Those multiple bankruptcies! They're YUGE at tax time but completely insignificant when he's counting his poker chips!

What led me to today's posting is an article that just appeared in the NYT about some of the irregularities, shall we say, about tRump's very flexible accounting practices.

The piece is mostly about how he's massacred tax law for decades going all the way back to how his father's taxes were tallied at the time money flowed to Donald from his dad or from Papa Fred's estate.

The article itself is not a quick read, but here's a link to a brief run-down about the Times article on Teagan Goddard's primo site, It does a good job of summing it up for readers who're trying to use their day efficiently. I recommend it highly.

If you are up for the article in its entirety, just follow this link.

It's a helluva job trying to keep up with all of tRump's lies, corruption and dirty deals, ain't it?

Well, it's like trying to garner "Yard of the Month" honors from the Homeowner's Association. You know deep down you'll never get there, but you feel like you just need to keep plugging away at it!

"Bulldog Ben" Basile

© 2018 Ben Lawrence Basile