The Trump government shutdown is over

The Trump government shutdown is finally over. President Trump agreed to sign a bill that temporarily funds the federal government.  The president caved on his demand for $5.7 billion for a medieval wall on the southern border and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to allow him to cave.

The spending bill is for three weeks. This will allow Republicans and Democrats to negotiate on a more permanent spending bill. I think this is just a face-saving measure.  Trump’s not getting his giant wall and that’s the bottom line ’cause Stone Cold Nancy Pelosi said so. Something like that.

Instead of building a giant wall across the southern border, a more practical alternative would be to fund the construction and deployment of giant mechs on the southern border.  They would patrol our southern border looking for foreign invaders seeking a better life.

House Speaker Pelosi would never stand in the way of implementing such a project because it is giant mechs. It would be awesome. I’m already starting to feel more secure just thinking about it.

I blame President Trump for people crossing the southern border seeking a better life. One of the side effects of making American great again is that it makes more people want to come here. This side effect is one of the reasons so many presidents after Ronald Reagan (the first president to use the slogan) chose not to make America great again.  They knew only too well the problems it would create.

Luckily for us, there are no problems that cannot be solved with giant mechs.

Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress

BuzzFeed News reported last night that President Donald Trump directed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about his dealings with Russia over a proposed real estate deal in Moscow.

From BuzzFeed News:

The special counsel’s office learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents. Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office.

Also reported in the same article was that Trump’s children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump were heavily involved in the Moscow deal. Donald Trump Jr. then lied about his level of involvement when he testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee in September of 2017.

It’s a witch hunt!

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Demon-Possessed Witch from Magic: The Gathering (Art: Ryan Pancoast).

From reading the BuzzFeed News article, it certainly seems as though Robert Mueller has the goods on House of Trump. If his investigation is indeed a witch hunt, it would certainly seem Donald Trump has surrounded himself with a lot of witches. I can almost smell the brimstone and eye of newt here in Hagerstown, about 80 miles from Washington D.C.

Does it even matter?

I’m not sure any of this even matters. I wouldn’t put it past Trump to not only pardon his children but also himself. The U.S. Constitution gives the president absolute power to issue pardons as he sees fit. It doesn’t say anything about a president not pardoning himself. The other two branches of government, the Legislative or the Judicial have the power or the authority to rescind pardons.

I don’t think the framers of our Constitution ever envisioned someone like Donald Trump being president.

Would Trump’s followers, the 39 percent of the population who support him, even care if he pardoned himself? I don’t think they would. I think they’d just chalk it up to owning the libs. They’ve supported him up until now. Why would this make them stop?

Update

It now looks like this entire story is as fake as trickle-down economics. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is disputing the entire BuzzFeed News story.

Welcome to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history

Today is January 13, 2019. It marks Day 23 of the Trump government shutdown. I began on December 22. It’s now officially the longest government shutdown in United States history.

How did we get here again? Trump wants $5.7 billion to build a 220-mile wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Without funding for such a wall, he will not sign a bill to fund the daily operations of the federal government.

Trump claims this 220-mile wall along the 1,954 miles that separates the United States from Mexico is crucial to our safety and security. That claim is odd considering his shutdown means members of the Coast Guard, TSA agents, and air traffic control officers are not getting paid during the Trump shutdown. They’re still working, they just not getting paid.

Not paying people who work for you is bad

Not paying workers who directly contribute to our nation’s safety and security seems like a terrible way to do things. You know who loves the fact we aren’t paying our TSA agents now? Terrorists wanting to smuggle weapons or bombs on board a commercial airliner, that’s who.

I not only want TSA agents to get paid immediately, but I also want to give them a raise to thank them for their service and to apologize for how badly Trump treated them. The same applies to the Coast Guard and to the air traffic controllers.

Donald Trump’s first Oval Office address

President Donald Trump delivered his very first Oval Office address last night. He talked about the “humanitarian crisis” taking place on our southern border. According to Trump, the best way to respond to the humanitarian crisis is to build a ginormous wall between the United States and Mexico.

When in human history did a giant wall ever solve a humanitarian crisis?

Trump loves walls, especially if they keep out brown people

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Trump wants his wall so badly that he’s shut down the Federal government until Congress gives him $5.7 billion to start construction on his wall. In a sense, he’s holding our country hostage. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House and Senator Chuck Schumer, minority leader in the Senate do not want to fund a wall.

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Chuck Schumer looked like a badass. If Nancy Pelosi wanted to look like a badass, maybe she shouldn’t have worn a pink suit.

After Trump spoke about the wall, Pelosi and Schumer got their turn. Schumer looks in the above photo as though he just killed a six-year-old cancer patient’s puppy. He looks like he enjoyed it and that he’s chomping at the bit to do it again.

Pelosi and Schumer need to hold the line

I think it’s important for Pelosi and Schumer not to fund Trump’s stupid wall. If they cave on this, he’ll only take advantage of them and our country again. I don’t believe Trump cares about the unpaid and furloughed government workers. He put them into this situation by shutting down the government. I don’t think Trump even cares about our country. Trump cares only about himself. He’s a racist asshole who has a long history of only caring about himself.

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Dark Matter Season Two.

I didn’t watch the speeches last night. Like most good Americans, I was watching Netflix. We’ve been binge-watching Dark Matter. We’re now on season three. Evidently, it ends in a cliff hanger. That’s not good because season three was the final season. I’m guessing the people making Dark Matter thought there was going to be a season four. I’ll read all about it when I’m finished with the season. Unlike my wife, I don’t google TV shows until I’m all caught up.

Happy New Year to you and your people

Today is the first day of the New Year. It’s the day a lot of Americans have weapons-grade hangovers. The last time I had a hangover, any type of hangover, was 1993. It’s when I learned a man I both admired and respected did something truly horrible and was in prison. This man was my boss when I was in the Air Force and stationed on Guam. More importantly, he was my friend.

I found out about it in the afternoon. That evening, I got extremely drunk. I haven’t been drunk since.

2018 was a terrible year

My hope is 2019 will be better than 2018 was, but how can it not? 2018 sucked. I began last year fresh out of the hospital where I almost died. Even when I got out of the hospital, life wasn’t that great. For one thing, I could barely stand, let alone walk. Ten days in bed had made my legs extremely weak. Once I was able to stand, I began working on walking.

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Me at Walmart, January 2018.

I’d want to go to Walmart and Target with Sheri, but legs weren’t all that cooperative. I had Sheri take a photo of me in one of those scooter chairs at Walmart. It was the only way I could get around. I wanted a photo of me in the scooter because I used to look down on folks who rode these scooters. I’d try to determine in my mind if they had something physically wrong with them or if they were just lazy. Most of the time, I decided they were just lazy.

I was wrong to do that. Who was I to judge anyone? I wanted a photo to remember what an ass I was. Not that I usually need anything to remind me.

My large intestine is smaller than your’s

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June of 2018 marked the first time I had major surgery. I hope it will turn out to be my last.

Then in June, I went back to the hospital to have surgery. By then, my gastroenterologist diagnosed me with Crohn’s disease. It’s what put me in the hospital at the end of December 2018. Crohn’s had severely damaged my large intestine, so much so, I had to have part of it removed.

That’s when you know you’re old when they start hacking off parts of you.

What do you know, Comicsgate is a hate movement

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Two Comicsgaters just hanging out talking about how SJWs are ruining comic books.

I’m ashamed to admit that I at one time supported Comicsgate. I think I was fooling myself that it was a grassroots consumer movement. In reality, it’s a hate movement filled with people hellbent on being jerks to women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, or anyone else they deem to be unworthy of making comic books they don’t read.

In August, I saw the light. I wrote three (3) critical blog posts on Jeremy Hambly, a controversial professional YouTube personality.

Jeremy Hambly

Unbeknown to me, Hambly was one of the leaders of Comicsgate. I was not aware of his status in Comicsgate because he never spoke about comics in his videos. Evidently not possessing an interest in comics doesn’t matter to people in Comicsgate. What matters is if you have an ax to grind against women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, or men deemed inferior to the manly men of Comicsgate.

People in Comicsgate began going after me, both in the comment section of this blog and on Twitter. Some of these same people had interacted with me prior in a much more cordial manner. It got so bad, I had to temporarily disable my blog’s comment section.

The whole experience was quite eye-opening. If they went after me in the manner they did, I can only imagine how they went after women, minorities, and members of the LBGT community.

I now wish I had nothing to do with Comicsgate. It’s something I’ll regret for a very long time.

Don’t look now, but there’s a stranger in my car

Happy New Year to you and your people - Bent CornerIn the latter part of 2018, I began to focus more on driving for Lyft and Uber. Integrating e-commerce on websites and selling WordPress plugins was my main gig, while rideshare driving was a distant second. I then switched it up. It turned out to be a good move on my part, both financially and mentally.

My goal for 2019 is to make it better than 2018

I want this year to be better than last year. I’m going to concentrate on the things I control. I want to identify what those things are and focus on them. I also want to identify on what I have no control over and try to ignore those things. For example, the raging idiot we have in the White House. I have no control over him or what he does.

For my own well being, I need to be better at ignoring Donald Trump and his buffoonery. I cannot make Donald Trump a better person. I can make myself a better person.

So that’s what I’m going to do.