Call B.S. on the Hoodwinkers

Stop Congressional Republicans from Breaking OUR Social Contract – We refuse to be hoodwinked again.

Stop Congressional Republicans from Breaking OUR Social Contract

Sen. Robin Hoodwink, R-U.S., is at it again.

Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate majority leader, errand boy for the rich and entitled, and Hoodwink’s primary spokesperson (a.k.a., misdirector), stood up last week and declared, with gusto, “Entitlements are the reason the federal debt is running wild!”

He shouted something like this throughout the great halls – and to Bloomberg News – mere months after his party handed a $1.5 trillion tax cut to the wealthiest among us.

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Tears of Us Clowns

Every time Rep. Kevin Cramer puts his foot in his mouth with an absurd, ignorant and pain-inducing comment, he looks like a clown. And North Dakotans are cast as clowns, too…

North Dakota Voters Should Make Sure
Cramer Doesn’t “Go Anywhere,” Either

Published Oct. 3, 2018, updated Oct. 9, 2018 because Rep. Kevin Cramer lodged his foot in his mouth again less than a week after his comments on Kavanaugh-Ford.

In the context of the hearings to determine if Brett Kavanaugh is fit to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, Rep. Kevin Cramer has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he isn’t fit to represent anyone.

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Not One Red Cent

At the end of the day, right and wrong don’t depend on right or left.

Bruhaha Over Cost of Trump Visit Detracts from Two Important Points

The Forum of Fargo, N.D., initially said it was $104,528.22.

Then the mayor said it was more like $10,000 over the daily cost of law enforcement.

The deputy police chief said city law enforcement “…accrued only $1,200 in overtime.”

A commentator from The Forum said it was actually $31,147.58.

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Let’s not allow a refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park

I grew up in Medora, N.D. It was the 1970s, about the time a previous oil boom was running full-tilt in the western part of the state. / The air was still fresh and clean, whitetails walked down an empty Main Street in the early evenings this time of year, and the 100 or so souls who called the place home year-round enjoyed the post-tourist peace and quiet….

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I grew up in Medora, N.D. It was the 1970s, about the time a previous oil boom was running full-tilt in the western part of the state.

The air was still fresh and clean, whitetails walked down an empty Main Street in the early evenings this time of year, and the 100 or so souls who called the place home year-round enjoyed the post-tourist peace and quiet.

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Putting the Shoe on the Other Foot

What if it had gone down like this, instead?

“Three Somali-American women were recorded Tuesday, July 25, threatening a lone white woman in the Walmart parking lot on 13th Avenue South in Fargo because she parked too close to their car….

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What if it had gone down like this, instead?

“Three Somali-American women were recorded Tuesday, July 25, threatening a lone white woman in the Walmart parking lot on 13th Avenue South in Fargo because she parked too close to their car.

“‘We’re gonna kill all of ya,’ one of the three Somali-Americans said to the woman, who recorded the encounter with her mobile phone from inside her car. ‘We’re gonna kill every one of you (expletive) Christians.’

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No Chance, the President

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“It’s a good garden and a healthy one,” he says when asked about a flailing U.S. economy. “Its trees are healthy and so are its shrubs and flowers…. I agree with the President:  everything in it will grow strong in due course.”

His interviewer, a late-night TV talk show host, believes Chance is speaking figuratively; the audience does as well, both those in the studio and millions more across the country. They all take him for a brilliant man who advises the president on economic policy.

He’s not.

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Green Assault

While we gawk at the Executive, the Legislative is decimating environmental protections.

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Safe drinking water. Clean air. Wild lands that maintain plant and animal diversity. The very health of the planet itself.

They were all here, in great shape and in abundance before any of us arrived. In my judgment, they should all be here when we turn things over to our children and grandchildren.

If you agree, start paying attention. Not to the broad executive order strokes of 45, but to the details of what’s happening in Congress.

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Jobs? All It Takes is a Huge Set of Ball… Gags

The recent gag orders from the White House – I have but two words: / Freakin’. Brilliant. / The Don said he’d create jobs, right? Well, let me tell you, the ping pong ball, tennis ball, cord and handkerchief manufacturers of the good ol’ USA are tip-toein’ across their shop floors today.

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The recent gag orders from the White House – I have but two words:

Freakin’. Brilliant.

The Don said he’d create jobs, right? Well, let me tell you, the ping pong ball, tennis ball, cord and handkerchief manufacturers of the good ol’ USA are tip-toein’ across their shop floors today.

The latest numbers I found at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website say the executive branch employed 2.079 million people in 2014. That’s a whole lotta people to gag.

Way I see it, there’s two good ways to do it – either stuff ol’-fashioned handkerchiefs in their mouths or use ball gags. 

The hankies, they come in red, white or blue, but I think we should stick with red. And the ball gags – you know what they are, right?

(Stop here if you’re the queasy sort.) 

You’ll see ball gags in movies with torture scenes or kinky bedroom stuff. They’re ping pong or tennis sized balls that get put in people’s mouths. You know, to keep ’em quiet. The balls are attached to cords that go around the back of their heads so they don’t pop out. 

Never seen one myself, but they’re out there. Lotsa people told me. Important people.

There’s a buncha websites that sell ’em pretty cheap, or you can go to YouTube for step-by-step instructions to make ‘em yourself. All you need are ping pong balls for small-mouthed feds and tennis balls for big-mouthed feds. You can use the same kinds of cords for either. So I hear.

Anyway, back to business… 2.1 million federal employees to gag. At least. 

That’s a crap-ton of ping pong balls, tennis balls, cords and hankies, right? And someone’s gonna need to make ’em all. Wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am, we got ourselves a crap-ton of jobs! Great jobs, too. Best jobs created in decades! 

Win!

Yeah, I know, those things usually come from overseas or those people to the south. But The Don’s got that figured, too – build a wall an’ tariff the heck outta all of ’em, keep the jobs home. 

And it’s gonna get even better. 

I hear the Don’s got a plan to hire regular folks to chase down those nasty federal employees – you know, the ones with years of experience and knowledge we don’t need – hog tie ’em, fit ’em for gags and hold ‘em hostage. The Gag Squad’s gonna be an offshoot of the group that’ll soon be roundin’ up immigrants. 

Why? Well, jeez. We don’t want ’em sharin’ information with taxpayers. Duh. Never mind the taxpayers are the ones paid for it. 

I mean, the people at the National Park Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health of Human Services, the Department of Agriculture? Radicals. 

Don’t want ’em sayin’ anything based on their version of facts, especially the science-y stuff. The new Department of Untested Malarkey & Balderdash (DUMB) isn’t quite up and running yet. Not sure on the name, but no matter. Once that’s goin’ full bore, we’ll be disprovin’ all the baloney those lyin’ elites spew with real, alternative facts.

To get DUMB off the ground, first we need to get ridda all the gagged agencies and employees. That’s well under way with new federal department heads whose goal is to take apart the agencies they been picked to lead. 

Once that’s done, the FTE’s can be used for more regular folks to create DUMB social media, DUMB blog posts, DUMB press releases, DUMB public advisories and the like. 

There’s been a few flies in the ointment, of course. Take the people who have started Twitter accounts like @BadHombreLandsNPS and @AltUSNatParkService and @RogueNASA, 14 accounts, pages or sites so far, I hear. They need to be rounded up and gagged, too. Not to fear; they will be. 

Worried about big government staying big or getting bigger? Don’t be. DUMB won’t have as many employees as will be gone from the gagged agencies. Even when you add in the Gag Squad jobs, there still won’t be as many people suckling on the government – well, you know. You can take that to the bank. So I hear, from lotsa people. Great, great people. Smartest people in government. Ever.

Not only is The Don creating jobs, he’s cutting government down, too. In more ways than one.

Plus, no way he’s gonna stop at three or four piddling agencies. If you wanna be great, you gotta go all the way. Won’t be long before we need even more gags, which means more ping pong balls, tennis balls, cords and hankies. Red ones. 

And you know what that means? That’s right, even MORE jobs. 

Absolutely. Freakin’. Brilliant.

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Big D and the Fourth Estate

Trump decries what he calls “unfair” reporting by “slime”, a.k.a. journalists and news organizations. He’s made a habit of banning from his events any that have said or written things he finds troubling. / But don’t be fooled. Trump’s working the bigger picture….

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Trump decries what he calls “unfair” reporting by “slime”, a.k.a. journalists and news organizations. He’s made a habit of banning from his events any that have said or written things he finds troubling.

According to USA Today, the list of news organizations that Big D will no longer let in the doors includes “… Politico, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, The Des Moines Register, the Union Leader, Univision and Fusion”. The latest to incur his ire is The Washington Post.

But don’t be fooled. Trump’s working the bigger picture.

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No tight pants. How about NO victim blaming, instead?

If the ’50s were calling, the Devils Lake Public Schools phone would be ringing. That’s where officials have enacted a ban on girls wearing jeggings, leggings, tight jeans and yoga pants.

The 1950s called. They want their discriminatory dress code back.

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Bad joke. I wish the news out of Devils Lake, N.D., today were just a bad joke, too.

If the ’50s were calling, the Devils Lake Public Schools phone would be ringing. That’s where officials have enacted a ban on girls wearing jeggings, leggings, tight jeans and yoga pants.

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