Rudderless Democratic Party

“A majority of Americans see the Democratic Party as ‘just standing against Trump’ rather than presenting a coherent alternative — a stance that may not be enough to get voters to the polls next year.”

That above-quoted report about the Democratic Party comes from ABC News.

Responding to that report, Juan Williams writes, “That is bad news for Democrats, who historically suffer a major fall-off in voter turnout during non-presidential, midterm elections — most notably among younger voters as well as black and Latino voters.”

An Associated Press story echoes the ABC News report: “Democratic leaders believe they lost to President Donald Trump partly because voters don’t know what the party stands for … Democrats think of themselves as the party of working people and were surprised when Trump was able to steal working-class voters from them. They subsequently figured out that voters don’t know what the party stands for …”

So, in an attempt to improve their party’s image, Democrat leaders on Capitol Hill have decided to mimic the Papa John’s Pizza chain, to which Roll Call columnist Jonathan Allen gives the following response:

“Democrats are so lost they don’t know how lost they are. . . What Democrats thought they needed most in the midst of the Trump-losion was a slogan — and not even a good one. They should have kept their mouths shut and let voters think they were rudderless rather than announcing their mantra and removing all doubt.

Here, in their infinite political savvy, is what they’ve reportedly come up with: A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages. The Twitterverse took about 10 seconds to compare the mantra to Papa John’s Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. It borders on blasphemy to place an order for an extra-small, half-Franklin Roosevelt, half-Papa John’s pie.”

I tried a Papa John’s pizza on two occasions, and I didn’t like either pizza. Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi haven’t offered anything that is palatable to me, either.

I think I’ll stick with McDonald’s.

(Post originally published @ The Moderate Voice.)

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  • stan25

    The reason the DemocRATs lost is, because they rejected the white working class voters in favor of the far left fringe groups and their causes (illegal immigration, single payer health [government controlled], transgender bathrooms etc) which most Americans have rejected for years. They know their agenda will not fly with the voters and resort to the courts to forward those items. The new message, which they started to promote is the same old tired horse hockey that has been promoted for the last 100+ years. When Hillary and her allies called voters outside of the major metropolitan areas deplorables, she lost all credibility with them.

    • Retired military

      Dont forget RINOs like Jeb “da base, I dont need no stinkin base” Bush.

      • Not so much a RINO as the darling of the GOPe.

        • Retired military

          Same thing as far as I am concerned.

          • They are both certainly alligned with the opposition, but they are not the same…

      • I tried a Papa John’s pizza on two occasions, and I didn’t like either pizza. Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi haven’t offered anything that is palatable to me, either.

    • Constitution First

      Never get in the way of an adversary in the process of harming themselves.

      • WHO’S THE BUSTER

        I agree; don’t demean or try to impeach Trump as he is truly a gift to the Democrats.

        Eventually, the GOP is going to have to clean up this mess. They sort of made a deal with the devil in the hopes that they could get some things accomplished, but no one expected Trump to become someone that can only be described as unhinged.

        The tweet-storm this morning was simply extraordinary. It is obvious he is watching all the cable news shows and responding in real time. Does he not realize that other countries are viewing this nonsense? He is supposedly serving all Americans, but it appears he is only concerned with how he is perceived. At some point, even his most ardent supporters will have to throw up their hands and finally admit this is all too much.

        I read the lukewarm support he received on this website during the primaries and I am surprised that there is very little criticism of Trump on these pages. C’mon, you all appear to be very intelligent and well-informed, this cannot be the type of behavior you would want from a president. I mean he gave a to the Boy Scouts last night and riffed on Hillary, “fake news,” loyalty (wink, wink, Jeff Sessions) among a myriad of other things that would be of little interest to 12 year old boys. Perhaps he could have told a story about when he went camping, which in the Trump family probably meant staying in a hotel with slow room service and basic cable. Yeah, maybe not.

        Oh well, as I used to state when many on the right complained about Obama not doing enough or playing too much golf (don’t hear a lot about a president golfing too much these days); this should have been viewed as a good thing by the right. I felt the same when GWB appeared to be on permanent vacation, good. So if Trump wants to spend all day watching television and angry-tweeting like a teenager? Great, carry on.

        If Trump leaves office, Pence, a fundamentalist Christian, will certainly be more effective in furthering an agenda that I do not support. Remember, this is a guy that supported legislation that required what amounted to a funeral for fetuses that were miscarried or aborted. Yes, because there is nothing an expectant mother wants more after a miscarriage then to have to arrange (and pay for as part of the legislation) than a funeral.

        So, Democrats, zip it, and let Trump be Trump.

        As a side note, he has single-handedly saved the “failing” cable news shows and print journalism.

        • Scalia

          I read the lukewarm support he received on this website during the primaries and I am surprised that there is very little criticism of Trump on these pages.

          This has already been explained to you. Why in the world are you asking us questions when you neither pay attention to nor remember what we say?

          Moreover, you’ve got your nerve asking us why we don’t spend more time criticizing Trump. Why don’t you spend more time criticizing the stupid things Democrats have been doing? I’ve posted numerous open threads with a big fat zero from you in that department. When pressed, you might squeeze a grudging, tepid remark from your keyboard, but you volunteer nothing.

          If you try practicing what you preach, you might gain more converts. At least you’ll be heard with a measure of respect.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            “This has already been explained to you. Why in the world are you asking
            us questions when you neither pay attention to nor remember what we say?”

            I am perfectly aware of that, but that was some time ago and Trump has continued his unhinged campaign against, well, everybody not named Sean Hannity. I thought perhaps some would decide that, if nothing else, his lack of character might just sway a few opinions.

            I never thought I would have a president that starts everyday with a tweet-storm. He writes the daily script of every cable news show. Heck, moribund MSNBC just beat Fox in the prime time ratings. Only Trump could have done that.

            While I was never a fan of his, I thought he might just be a bit more pragmatic, but so much of his rhetoric is personal. It is not about the country, but about his own personal battles with Democrats, his Cabinet, legislators, judges, the press, oh, and lest we forget, Obama and Hillary.

            If nothing else, it is the most entertaining spectacle I have ever witnessed. I thought House of Cards bordered on the absurd, but perhaps not. I think everyone would agree that the idea of a president sitting in front of a TV screen every morning tweeting about whatever comes out of Joe Scarborough’s mouth is certainly unexpected.

            By the way, I am not looking for converts, and if I was, I don’t think Wizbang would be considered a viable platform. I am simply making an observation about the loyalty that Trump enjoys regardless of his behavior. He may have been right about the whole stabbing someone on 5th Avenue scenario or whatever that campaign drivel was at the time.

            By the way, did someone kill Bruce Henry? Rodney?

            On a side note, the coverage of the 50th year since the Detroit riots by the Detroit Free Press has been impressive.

          • I, for one, find the angst he generates in you deeply satisfying.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            People on this site were insulted by the insulation, but I believe this is a key motivation for much of Trump’s support. For many people simply making a liberal’s head explode appears to be reason enough to support Trump.

            Is Trump sort of “on the lam” right now? It seems he would rather be anywhere but the White House. G-20? Great, Paris? Sure, why not. Youngstown for a rally? Of course, these people love me. By the way, who does rallies at the six month mark?

          • You have repeatedly demonstrated here that your beliefs and objective reality have virtually nothing in common.

          • Scalia

            I am simply making an observation about the loyalty that Trump enjoys regardless of his behavior.

            And I observe that the Democrats enjoy your loyalty regardless their behavior.

            And if you’re “perfectly aware” what the answer is, then the answer has not changed.

            EDIT: I don’t know where Bruce has gone, but he has not been banned.

          • If brucehemorrhoid is pushing up petunias, it was not by my hand.

          • jim_m

            Nor mine.

            I think he got tired of people calling him on his BS. When it became obvious that everyone here thought he was full of shit he found that Wizbang was no longer as fun as it had been.

          • stan25

            Bruce is Lee Ward Jr. For those who don’t know who he was, Lee was a major lefty shill that hung out here back in the old days. The regulars got so sick of him, the powers that be here finally gave him the permanent troll hammer.

          • Scalia

            The last Disqus post by Bruce was a month ago on Wizbang. If he’s posting elsewhere, it’s under a different system.

            Although I disagree with almost everything he says, IMO, he’s not a troll. His problem is honesty, especially when he finds himself at the end of a logical rope.

          • We shall have to agree to disagree as regards troll status.

          • Scalia

            I hear you, Rodney, but if you stroll over to Breitbart or TheFederalist, you’ll see what real trolls look like. In all honesty, although I very much dislike him, I don’t think he comes close to those guys and gals.

          • Retired military

            I like Bruce. I don’t agree with a lot of what he says but I do believe that he tries to express his feelings honestly. My mom is a hard core dem but it is and has been a mindset with her for decades.

          • Scalia

            Well, I used to like Bruce. When I saw him take Prevarication Road on several occasions in order to avoid admitting he was wrong, that did it for me.

          • Retired military

            Lee Ward got banned after supporting Obama on this site after denigrating him on Wizbangblue prior to Hillary being defeated in the primaries in 2008.

          • Scalia

            Whatever happened to Herddog? He used to post here all the time. He still posts on occasion on other sites, but he hasn’t been here for a long, long time. I enjoyed reading his posts.

          • Scalia

            By the way, the “converts” comment is merely rhetorical. You lack credibility (does that even matter to you?) when you wag your finger at us for not criticizing Trump sufficiently to suit your taste, but you are conspicuously silent when it comes to the sins of the Left.

            Of the liberals here, only pennywit has called out his side when they’ve crossed the line. I’m more interested in what he has to say on the matter than I am from you.

          • Wild_Willie

            I still want to know what happened to Jay Tea. ww

          • Scalia

            You know, I found him on another website and asked him why he doesn’t comment here anymore (I did the same thing with Herddog). Neither Jay nor Herd ever replied. Very odd.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          I read the lukewarm support he received on this website during the primaries and I am surprised that there is very little criticism of Trump on these pages.

          You might look down [or up, depending on how you view these comments] a few comments and read my discussion with Rodney which clearly criticizes Trump’s policy on transgenders in public schools – which was totally off topic, but posted anyway.

          • Doing so would force him to depart from his assigned narrative…

    • Hank_M

      Great comment. I’ve often thought that the transgender “issue” was what finally caused people to say that enough is enough. Besides, doesn’t the gender and race are fluid arguments render their identity politics useless?

      More generally, I don’t think anyone can explain exactly what the democrats stand for any longer. The same seems true of the republicans also but at least they don’t try to dictate how everyone lives their lives.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        I agree re: the transgender issue – which is why I can’t understand the reason for Trump jumping into this briar patch:

        President Trump’s Department of Education won’t necessarily open an investigation of a school that refuses to let students use the bathroom or locker room that matches their gender identity.

        But it will crack the whip on schools that don’t call such students by their preferred names and pronouns.

        Acting Office for Civil Rights chief Candice Jackson released “Instructions to the Field” regarding complaints by transgender students that say failure to call transgender students by the names and pronouns they request is “gender-based harassment.”

        It qualified this statement, however, by saying OCR has jurisdiction to investigate only “when the school uses preferred names for gender-conforming students or when the refusal is motivated by animus toward people who do not conform to sex stereotypes.”

        Such behavior also must create “a hostile environment.” The instructions, dated June 6, aren’t clear whether students who refuse to call transgender peers by their preferred names and pronouns – perhaps simply declining to use pronouns at all – could be grounds for an OCR probe.

        • Trump’s life experience tells him to ignore the critics and do what he thinks best.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            I disagree with the policy – and, of all things, I don’t think the Federal Government should be dictating what pronouns school teachers should be using when addressing school children.

          • I agree with you as regards the policy issues. You asked why Trump was jumping into that briar patch, and I answered.

          • Lightninbug

            I will take under advisement the wishes of the weird as long as they refer to me as “Your Majesty Lightninbug, sir”.

  • yetanotherjohn

    The problem isn’t that the dems are rudderless (they have a direction they want to head in), nor that they don’t have slogans. Their problem is if they are honest about what they want, then the slogan A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages becomes a lie. They are the party that is ruining education (both higher and lower) which in turn is hurting skills, they are the party shutting down jobs and lowering hours to under 30 per week, they are the party that can talk about the flash of a higher minimum wage only to ignore the very real problems associated with implementing that.
    Capitalism has raised more people out of poverty than all the government programs combined and the dems is the party of making sure capitalism becomes significantly ham strung enough to prevent it from continuing to do so. Just bad luck I guess.

    • Paul Hooson

      Neither party seems to adequately address the economic and social issues connected with 58% of the work force working for minimum wage, often part-time, hourly labor jobs. Because employers pass the economic and social problems of paying far less than a living wage on to the rest of the economy, high taxes have to be levied to subsidize this labor cost cutting by business to provide subsidized housing programs, food stamps, government health care, etc. Republicans often want to cut taxes and programs on one hand, only worsening the problems, while Democrats will vote to support the safety net, but stop well short of stronger economic regulations requiring a union work place in every business, full time hours and a living wage which would help to resolve worker issues, but don’t take into account that each business would have to organize their business around economic policies that make a profit that take into account the real labor costs to conduct their business, instead of passing their problems off on the rest of the economy to pay taxes to fix.

      I’ve owned businesses most years of my life, where I have sympathy for the business community. But, the issue of the welfare of the issues of the work force is a complicated one to resolve. Mr. Trump’s economics are too simple. Cutting taxes for the wealthy and corporations will give a short-term boost to the economy, but at the cost of leaving many without adequate housing, enough food, or health care. It’s not really a solution at all. And, it is highly unlikely that Walmart and most large retailers would ever really accept trade policies that limit low wholesale priced Chinese imports that they sell in great numbers. The modern economy of retail is built on cheap imports sold by American labor. Nothing will really change that equation. Republicans have no real answer for these issues, while Democrats offer a timid piece-meal response of only attempting to patch some social issues with programs without really offering a permanent economic fix agenda.

      • Retired military

        By neither party you mean the democrats and the GOPe but then I repeat myself.

        • Paul Hooson

          The short term one note tax cuts of the Republicans is only a temporary shot in the arm to the economy, because once the money has cycled through the system, the economy starts to falter again. On the other hand, the Democrats only offer a tire patch solution to putting band-aids if not just tourniquets on bleeding economic issues. Neither solution offers the true long term economic vision to rebuild a strong and fair economy that gives workers enough money to afford housing, health care and excess income to be consumers in the marketplace.

          It would be in the interest of the business community to see a strong class of American workers who are also strong consumers in the marketplace as well. The fact that over 58% of workers are in minimum wage hourly jobs means that only 40% of consumers really have strong economic means to be the backbone of the consumer economy.

          In my bar, I would often witness groups of Mexican workers who would stop by to enjoy some games of pool after work. If only whoever paid their wages was paying them a larger income they would spend more than just a few dollars in quarters in the pool machines. In the case of my business, it would have been in my interest to see these workers better paid so they would have been better customers. I appreciated their loyalty to my business regardless. They were perfectly nice fellows.

          • Retired military

            /sigh
            Another $15 an hour min wage meme. Might want to see how that worked out for low wage workers in Seattle.

            Also the dems want high taxes so they can control who gets the money and bribe their voters with it.

          • Paul Hooson

            A living wage is only part of the equation. But, workers need more than part-time hours. Legally, receiving less than 40 hours a week of employment is considered unemployment, meaning that 58% of American workers are considered to be legally unemployed. Many may be entitled to unemployment benefits, besides food stamps, government health care and subsidized housing. But, is this any solution here? Businesses are using a work force below their actual costs of doing business and passing the costs on to the rest of society in taxes.

          • jim_m

            obamacare destroyed full time jobs because it became cost prohibitive to offer full time jobs on account of the outrageous cost of benefits.

            The min wage job was never intended to be a job that one supported a family on or that became a career. Such jobs were mean as entry level positions in the workforce to get people experience and to help them graduate into better, higher paying jobs.

            The living wage movement has destroyed entry level jobs. It has resulted in almost universal unemployment for teens. Continued demands for min wage increase will only succeed in creating a permanent poverty class that is incapable of supporting itself. THAT is the real intent of such laws.

          • Paul Hooson

            One big problem is that 58% of all American jobs are those minimum wage and often less than full time jobs. This isn’t just some teen working at McDonald’s to earn money to shop at the mall, these are many heads of households with children.. – The huge and rising costs of health care have been a serous problem for many decades. Health insurance was a newer notion to help guard against the huge costs, but rapidly increased due to rising medical costs. – Without going to some form of socialized medicine like much of Europe, The Affordable Health Care Act hoped to preserve the current health care system, curb costs, provide coverage, guard against pre-existing condition denials, etc. So far, the Republican alternatives don’t seem to adequately deal with any of these issues, and only address the taxes required to pay for the program.

          • Brett Buck

            If you jack up the minimum wage, all you do is *make more people work for the minimum* or lose their jobs completely! A particular job only has so much market value, and raising the minimum doesn’t change that at all, because no new value has been generated. But, it puts the minimum closer to the market value of more jobs – causing exactly the problem you are whining about.

            This is why you guys always fail – you never actually check on the results of your grandiose theories, and when they don’t work, you don’t change, alter, reasses, anything. You double down.

          • Paul Hooson

            I prefer running my own businesses and earning a few hundred thousand dollars a year. But, my customers are mostly working people,where I like to see them do well so they are stronger customers.

          • jim_m

            Businesses that can tolerate the turn over will do so as they have no incentive to change. When the pain of hiring and training new employees gets great enough they will change their behavior.

            The explanation is simple economics and is not a moral condemnation of business owners like what you are attempting. The best business is the one that returns on the investment to it’s shareholders.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            The primary reason Henry Ford offered $5.00 a day was to retain a workforce as only 1 and 10 stayed on the job despite its relatively high pay. The fact his competitors could not pay the same was merely a bonus.

          • jim_m

            Henry Ford considered it good business practice to try to reduce turnover. He wasn’t wrong. I have had personal discussions with CEO’s who want to do the same thing but have made that effort with other things such as the workplace environment and benefits. But small minded leftists think that CEO’s are malevolent, greedy fiends, who only want to exploit workers and are only satisfied if their employees are giving their last breath on the production line.

          • jim_m

            Ignorant ass! You are spreading flat out lies.

            58% of American workers are paid hourly. NOT min wage. There is a difference:

            In 2015, 78.2 million workers age 16 and older in the United States were paid at hourly rates, representing 58.5 percent of all wage and salary workers. Among those paid by the hour, 870,000 workers earned exactly the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. About 1.7 million had wages below the federal minimum. Together, these 2.6 million workers with wages at or below the federal minimum made up 3.3 percent of all hourly paid workers.

            That’s the BLS saying that min wage workers are just 3.3% of all workers.

            STOP LYING YOU JACKASS! It’s not hard to fact check your ass an show that you are a lying sack of shit.

          • Retired military

            So I was way high on my estimate but nearly as off the mark as Paul.

          • Retired military

            Don’t know where you got the 58% number. I believe I saw reports where the number is more like 15% and of those most are people who are 20 and under. Want a job that pays more than min wage? Join the army.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            “The min wage job was never intended to be a job that one supported a family on or that became a career.”

            You are right, those “were” never intended to be full time jobs, but in the current economy they are full time jobs. Those same people, with no specific skill set, used to get a job as a steel worker or auto worker and make enough money to be the sole provider for a family, send their kids to college and look forward to a comfortable retirement. They are now asking if you want fries with your Happy Meal or how much paint you need to complete the room.

          • Retired military

            And you can thank Obama for the current economic mess with stagnant wage growth, fewer full time jobs and more part time jobs.

          • jim_m

            You conflate skilled labor with min wage jobs. There are significant differences between steel and auto workers and fry cooks at McDonalds. The latter are what you think people should aspire to making a career out of.

          • Son, you’ll be a barrista…

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            While some of the jobs in the auto industry are slightly more difficult now, the era I refer to is exactly as I describe.

            During college I was fortunate to be a “floater” at Dodge Main (one of the oldest, and roughest, auto plants in Hamtramck). Monday and Saturday had the highest absentee rates (big surprise) and we would simply step into a job that someone else had been doing for a decade. They weren’t all the same and I occasionally resembled Chaplin in Modern Times for a few hours, but by lunch I was as efficient as the person I was replacing.

            At McDonald’s you have to at least have some people skills to interact with the public and/or coworkers; there was no such requirement at Dodge Main. In fact, they were hiring people from South Yemen (no longer exists) in droves at that time because they were proven to be great workers who never took a day off despite the fact that they did not speak English.

            We all had friends and family that worked at the local steel mills or chemical plants and it was no different.

            Skilled labor would be people in tool and die or the skilled tradespeople at the auto plants that accounted for about 1% of the labor force. Everyone else was doing some version of putting a bolt in a hole.

          • Retired military

            The part time hours came up thanks to Obamacare. Something which I haven’t seen you mention.
            As long as healthy people are allowed to not work and get paid for it then they wont work. Take away the incentive not to work and people will find jobs somewhere or somehow. The “living wage issue” will get resolved with market forces. As labor availability shrinks wages go up.

    • pennywit

      hurting skills

      I need better glasses. I was about to rant at you about what the hell hunting has to do with education and jobs.

  • Wild_Willie

    I will type slowly for Paul: The tax cuts are not for a short term gain but to keep businesses in the USA. Not difficult to understand. If USA companies decide to stay out of the USA their goods will be taxed at a higher rate. THUS more Americans will be put to work. The left (you) worry excessively about the minimum wage while the rest of America knows it is for starter jobs, kids or retired peoples.

    The democrat’s main problem is their leaders live in California, New York City and D.C.. Obviously those areas have ignored the rest of America for years now and are paying the price. It will be some time before they will be a viable party. And the democrat’s harping on Russia constantly is only hurting them more. My advice to them, keep it up. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cfbb6aa5e80285b636946c1c9ec0135f2f3fcef011837c7a93bb35e40da5c430.jpg

    • Paul Hooson

      Tax credits or tax cuts to reward businesses to operate in an area have been done mostly by local governments and state governments for many years by both Democratic and Republican mayors and governors. Gov. Mike Pence did this to keep 800 Carrier jobs in Indiana. But, so far I do not know of any federal efforts to keep local businesses in their areas. – It was a popular campaign jingo of Mr. Trump. but as far as I know all attempts to keep local businesses from exporting their jobs have all been local efforts.

      Strangely, although the Obama Administration and the American oil industry were no friends, the Obama years were given a huge economy boost similar to tax cuts when gas prices dipped down to around $2 a gallon for gas. If the Trump Administration could somehow get gas prices this low again, it would reap huge benefits for the economy without all of the deficit spending and debt problems associated with tax cuts without equal tax cuts.

      • Wild_Willie

        Gas prices in Texas are now and have been around $1.86 per gallon. I have no idea what you’re talking about. As usual. ww

      • Retired military

        Paul There needs to be some military bases closed. I remember when Presidio was open mainly because of the golf course. The justification for keeping it open was that they needed to keep the base open for the golf course and the child care facility which took care of workers on the base. With no workers on base the child care facility could be closed. Military bases are used by Congress as a jobs plan for their districts. The military is required to buy crap that they don’t need (like $2 m on new boots) when they don’t need the crap they have to buy. Then you have the navy has to buy $32 gal gasoline made from Swamp scum or whatever to try to pay the environmental groups off.
        I was stationed at Rock Island Arsenal for 4 years. There is nothing that that base does that cant be done at larger installations. Yet it is a big work provider for Iowa and Ill so they keep it open. While I was there they spent like 75k per set of 50 year old family quarters for lead paint abatement. Last time I checked you could build a nice house for 75k.

    • WHO’S THE BUSTER

      The guy pictured above is also harping on Russia everyday. Perhaps he should be saying, hey, I want to get to the bottom of this, whatever you need.

      Of course, Trump and “the Mooch” are the last two remaining people (well, along with pundits simply doing it for the money, see Hannity and Carlson) that aren’t sure anything happened.

  • Wild_Willie

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    • Scalia

      Ok, WW, I’ll help you out…

      Nano-assassins from Amazon.

      • Wild_Willie

        Thanks. I didn’t want to abuse my privilege.

    • Paul Hooson

      That is way cool. I love books. I mostly buy Jewish religious books, nuclear physics, military and automotive nonfiction. I’m not much of a fiction fan, but I hope your book does well and receives good distribution making it into many large retailers.

      • Wild_Willie

        I have been involved with the arts for years. Creativity needs an outlet. My two books are doing very well in the USA, Europe and Japan. My next book is due out for Christmas.

        I always tell people I want you to buy it. It’s up to you to read it. 😉 ww

  • And here is how the elected jackasses are spending their time:

    Democrats Introduce Absurd Bill To Muzzle Trump’s Tweets, Release Taxes, And Stop Saying ‘Fake News’
    by ZeroPointNow, ZeroHedge

    The rolling tantrum from the left against President Trump has stumbled into absurd territory. In a bill unveiled last week and co-sponsored by 28 House Democrats – led by Rep. Steve Cohen, who looks dead on the inside, H. Res 456 “Objecting to the conduct of the President of the United States” details how mean and unpresidential Donald Trump has been.

    Packed with laundry list of grievances and remedies – including a demand that Trump “refrain from posting video of himself wrestling with a press logo,” the bill is nothing more than a sad screed written by a pack of losers.

    And people wonder why the DNC has become a laughing stock…

    • WHO’S THE BUSTER

      The Democrats would be stupid to muzzle his tweets, heck, encourage this behavior.

      As far as his tax returns, it will be one of investigations that demand those. Probably the Mueller investigation as it has the most latitude.

      Again, angering the intelligence agencies (probably should not have likened them to Nazis) and the Justice Department is not a wise strategy.

      • Ha, ha…

      • Retired military

        “Again, angering the intelligence agencies (probably should not have likened them to Nazis) and the Justice Department is not a wise strategy.’

        Hell Trump doesn’t need to do anything to encourage them to make up lies. They have been doing it on their own since before election night. This includes the MSM, the dems (but then I repeat myself), the GOPe (but then I repeat myself again) and the rest of the deep state.

        • Come now, rm, you know busted cannot deviate from the narrative…

        • WHO’S THE BUSTER

          The intelligence agents were never known to lean left, nor were they Clinton fans. Most probably still consider themselves to be conservative, but are only angry at the one person that has continually cast them in a bad light.

          • Reality Winning is hardly a creature of the Right, busted.

          • Retired military

            ref casting the intelligence agencies in a bad light. The every day agents are fine. it is the beaurocrats (95% of them moved into that position by Obama admin for being lapdogs of the Obama admin policies) that are the problems. Then rank and file workers understand this. The outrage is coming from the dems who are the higher ranking players and who don’t want to let go of that power.

      • Vagabond661

        What is the crime? What is the reason for the investigation?

        • Hank_M

          That’s the question they all avoid.
          Because there is no answer.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            Trump should have done everything he could do to help investigate Russia’s meddling in our election, but instead fired Comey and belittled all of the intelligence agencies and kept saying it never happened. For some reason he thinks if he admits that Russia meddled, his election was illegitimate. Same kind of reasoning that started the investigation into those three million votes cast by illegals in California.

            Now the investigation has expanded into Trump’s business dealings and he is understandably nervous.

          • Retired military

            a. Why investigate something you know didn’t happen?
            b. There has been zero proof shown as of yet that Trump colluded with anyone about anything.
            c. Why didn’t Obama press for charges against Hillary which Comey stated had done numerous illegal actions?
            d. If Comey had been interested in doing the right thing instead of protecting Hillary and Obama he wouldn’t have gotten fired.
            e. Since there is no proof of Trump colluding with Russia than Mueller has no business investigating anything dealing with Trump’s businesses.
            Try applying your logic to Clinton and Obama and you will realize just how much of a hypocrite you are. Oh and just because Hillary isn’t president and Trump is has nothing do with the fact that laws were broken by Hillary and Obama yet the left simply wants to point at Trump and say “Russia”
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          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            Investigate Hillary (again) and/or Obama, why would I care. I don’t think either would be that concerned, especially Obama.

            They are investigating Russian influence on our election and also considering “if” there was collusion.

            One of the former intelligence people who was at the summit last week discussed how this might go. Find a “soft” intermediary, someone the target might know. In this case the music producer and Donald Jr. See if they are interested. Check. See if they will meet. Check. Conduct meeting. Check.

            Again, if, as Trump keeps saying, there is nothing to see here, simply stop talking about it and let it run its course. As President he should be very interested in Russian meddling in our election, but instead he is one of the only people that doubts it happened. Apparently he believes Putin instead of his own intelligence agencies.

            I seem to remember him saying right after the election that there would be no investigation of Hillary, but he is very adept at redirecting the attention of his supporters, who will always have no shortage of animosity for Hillary and Obama.

            I think most of us are old enough to remember Watergate; the investigation took a very long time.

            So the connections regarding Flynn, Manafort (the campaign manager that Trump barely remembers), perhaps Roger Stone, maybe Carter Page and maybe even his son and son in law certainly can be looked at. If there is no there, there, so be it, but we might at least learn something that will prevent it from happening again.

            The primary investigation is to assess the methods and influence of Russia on our election and again, “if” there was collusion. It is Trump that seems to think that any investigation of Russian influence somehow makes his election illegitimate.

            What really got Nixon? The cover-up, not the crime. Trump cannot stop this investigation, so stop talking about it, comply with any requests, put down the Twitter and wait until it is done. In short, act like someone who is innocent and has better things to do.

            As I have mentioned, he writes the script for every cable news show by 7AM. When was the last time we had a slow news day? I seem to remember many during many of the past administrations.

            I still say he might just quit, play the victim (something he has an affinity for) and continue to have rallies, which was always his favorite part of the whole scenario and get a show on television. I always thought he wanted to lose by a narrow margin, claim it was rigged and spend the next four years saying, “I told you so” to a standing room only crowd in Des Moines. I will bet that doesn’t sound so bad to him right now.

            Of course, I prefer he stays on because Pence will do all the same things, but without the drama.

          • Hank_M

            A real investigation into Russian meddling may well lead to places you would not like. According to the NY Times, Obama knew all about it in mid-2016.

            And according to “Shattered” Hillary and her team started pushing the russian hacking as one of three reasons for her loss and pitched it to the media. “That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech. Mook and Podesta assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up…..She wondered why the president hadn’t leaned harder into making the case that Vladimir Putin was specifically targeting her and trying to throw the election to Trump…She’s sort of learning what the Administration knew and when they know it.”

            I don’t recall Trump ever saying it never happened. I do recall him saying that collusion between the Trump campaign and the russians never happened.

            Anyhow, what is the crime that Trump committed that is cause for an investigation?

  • Things just got worse for DWS and the DNC:

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    Just in case that winds up too small to read:

    REPORT: HOUSE STAFFER IMRAN AWAN ARRESTED AT DULLES AND CHARGED WITH BANK FRAUD, Jim Lokay of Washington’s Fox5 tweets. “Awan & his relatives worked for Hse IT for more than decade, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars. He declared bankruptcy in ’12,” Chad Pergram of Fox News adds, noting that “Fox is told that Hse IT staffer Imran Awan is still on Hse payroll for moment under Wasserman Schultz,” and “Group of Hse Dems fired other Hse IT staffers probed by USCP. But Wasserman Schultz kept Awan on payroll. He was barred from Hse servers.”

    If you missed it Sunday night, the Daily Caller reported that “FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Debbie Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home:” “Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, the individual told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.”

    15 Posted at 5:27 pm by Ed Driscol

    • Hank_M

      “Things just got worse for DWS and the DNC”

      Only problem is no one will hear about it.
      Just googled Imran Awan and it’s being covered by Fox, the Blaze, WND, politico and the Hill. For some reason, the major networks don’t seem that interested.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        I think Who’s The Buster just commented on how he deplores Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s actions in protecting this traitorous, criminal family……oh, wait…..he just whined about us regulars not flaying Trump on a daily basis. Never-mind.

      • WHO’S THE BUSTER

        Saw it on all the other networks. Now they did not express the same glee as the pundits on the Five, but they certainly did not ignore the story.

        • Retired military

          And tomorrow you will hear nothing about it but you will hear the words Trump and Russia at least 50 times on each station.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            Which story gets ratings?

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Why are Ds so incompetent when it comes to computers?

      The Awan brothers worked for more than 30 House and Senate Democrats, as well as former head of the DNC Wasserman Schultz, who kept Imran on even as he was being investigated for serious crimes. The Pakistani clan worked for House Democrats for more than a decade, reportedly earning hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • Vagabond661

    And don’t get me started about the moderates lack of message.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Boy, those rudderless, lying Ds are so screwed-up that they can’t do anything, even when in powe…….oh, wait:

    Hall of Shame: The Six #FakeNewsRepublicans Who voted for Obamacare Repeal in 2015 But Voted to Save It Today</blockquote

    • Six “Deep State Senators.”

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Hopefully, come their appropriate primary season, “Six ‘Deep-Sixed Senators.'”