Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Misc.

Michele Grisham Lujan is amassing lots of money for her run for Governor.  She may well be the best candidate but  I am sensing some deja-vu here on her anointment as 'the one' by many Democrats.  Remember the hierarchy also anointed Hillary, and look where we ended up.  I am hopeful we will get a good contested primary where the debate is strong and we get a choice.  I could easily vote for Michelle, but I need to know if there are other worthy candidates who might be out there.  At the end of the election cycle I think we will have a Democrat as Governor.

Does one get that sinking feeling in looking at the real estate market here?  We are surrounded by states that are seeing good economic activity while NM and ABQ are still in the swamp.  Under republican leadership.

My stolen car has been recovered, but it is totaled after a high speed chase in Luna County as it headed toward Mexico.  Four people were arrested but three were released.  My car was in a gaggle of stolen cars headed south.  Now to negotiate with my insurance agent.  So far, they  have been responsive but I am already out thousands of dollars.

But, it is only stuff.


Monday, April 03, 2017

Cellophane

I must recommend a book I am reading called "New York 2140", by Kim Stanley Robinson.  This futuristic novel has great political and economic insights and good character and storylines.  Essentially it is about life in NYC after climate change has occurred.

One of the great metaphors in the book concerns the earth's atmosphere.  Think of a basket ball with a piece of cellophane tape on it.  The tape represents the size of the atmosphere in which all living things can exist.  And our fossil fuel lovers think it can absorb what ever they dish out.

Do you think trump has ever thought of fragility of our life zone?   Doubtful.

And then we have in the ABQ Journal today an oped by the flack for the fossil fuel industry, one Doug Turner by name, who savages a Native American legislator for wanting to ban fracking around Chaco Canyon and other New Mexico locales.  I am surprised at Turner's retreat from his usual decency.  But there is money in it I guess.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Misc.

I hope someone will start putting forth serious essays on whether or not the trump administration and its minions are committing crimes against humanity with their climate change denial agenda and actions.  I for one think they are.  How does one stop them?

Rep. Nunes from California has become the poster boy for the IQ level of the GOP Reps in Congress.  I always knew they were not very bright and this is one more example of the parochialism of that chamber.  If Ryan doesn't remove him then he is even worse.

The Bernallio County Commission will spend their next meeting sticking it to the poor and middle class with yet another increase in the gross receipts tax.  It would make more sense to raise the property tax, but since they max out their increase in that tax every year, there is no where to go for their spending sprees.  The only Commissioner objecting to the increase is running for Mayor in Albuquerque.  Maybe he should run on a platform of consolidating city and county services.  But no, that would make sense and cost him votes.  So by default Commissioner Johnson is just taking a bye on the vote.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Convergance

We are victims of the so called War on Drugs.  While we were sleeping Friday night a burglar came in through our doggy door, stole Bobbi's purse, grabbed my car keys, disengaged the overhead door in the garage and stole my Infiniti Hybrid SUV.  They were in the house and we didn't hear a thing.  But, this has been happening in our neighborhood a lot, and I figure the perps were some of those folks who have gone un prosecuted because of poor funding in the DAs Office.  Meanwhile, all the cops could do was shrug.  The insurance agents said it is happening a lot.  The drugs keep flowing and the users keep  using.  And the 'war on drugs' is a joke as it always has been.  This kind of crime would be cut by 90% if these addicts didn't need the money.  Legalization would cure that, along with funding for rehab services funding instead of putting money into Armored Cars for the police.  Here is another view from one of my neighbors on the list serve.

"First, the drug problem is simply a reflection of supply and demand.  As they explain in every economics textbook, whenever there is a demand for a product, there will be someone who will be there to supply it.  Even though we claim to have been fighting a "War on Drugs" for decades, that charade has never been more than a dog and pony show, brought out by politicians at election time to demonstrate that they are not quite as ineffective as they normally appear. 

Second, we as a country really haven't tried very hard at all to lessen the demand.  Here in New Mexico, there is virtually no adequate treatment for addicts who seek treatment for substance abuse.  You can't tell people who seek treatment to come back in a year, or when space opens up, and expect a drug treatment program actually to work.  In a word, the drug treatment we have is a joke, and a very sick, sad and intolerable joke at that. 
    
Third, we have done far less than we could have or should have to diminish the supply.  Take the case of Afghanistan, for example.  We have been at war there since 2001, we have spent something on the order of a trillion dollars fighting the Taliban and various and sundry warlords, and what is the result?  Well, Afghanistan's opium poppy production now goes into more than 90% of heroin worldwide.  Except for the initial year of the war,  Afghanistan has been the world's greatest illicit opium producer in every single year going back to 1992.  Opium production has risen every year since the beginning of the U.S. occupation.  More land is used for opium production in Afghanistan than is used for coca production in all of Latin America put together.  As if that weren't enough, in addiction to heroin, Afghanistan is also the world's largest producer of cannabis, in the form of hashish.  This is not to say that we haven't changed some conditions in the country.  For example, we have built some beautiful roads which have made it much easier for the Taliban to move the opium and other drugs to buyers outside Afghanistan,

Well, I think you get my point.  One can't say that we have really addressed the problem of the supply of opiates.  At the same time, we have done virtually nothing to address the demand for addictive drugs in this country, even with respect, I might add for soldiers like one of our best friends who came home to his wife and kids from Afghanistan not only with PTSD but also addicted to drugs, for which the Marines kindly gave him 30 days of treatment in a rehab facility near Camp Lejeune. 

So where do we go from here?  Well, the current national administration seems to want nothing more than to resurrect Betty Ford's "Just Say No" program of years past, something whose low cost would be equaled only by its ineffectiveness.  Our own Governor, and Mayor and other putative leaders all seem unwilling to even have a serious conversation about legalization (which we favor), never mind providing the funds necessary to address the problems that we face in a substantive way.  And dealing with the current situation will take money, and time, and most importantly the willingness to recognize the gravity of the problems, and finally the empathy required to care about dealing with them.  I'm sorry, friends, we can't wait for crude oil prices to rise, and the oil and gas industry to pour money again into the coffers of our state.  Oddly enough, our problems won't solve themselves or go away on their own.   However, intelligent, knowledgeable leaders, if we can find some, and money, and doctors, and nurses and caring will at least start us on our way.  It's not just our homes and our cars and our safety that are at stake.  It's our sense of honor, and the immense satisfaction of doing the right thing, that hang in the balance here as well."


Thursday, March 23, 2017

More

History is humankind trying to get a grip. Obviously not easy. But it could go better if you would pay a little more attention to certain details, like for instance your planet.

Robinson, Kim Stanley. New York 2140 (Kindle Locations 2300-2301). Orbit. Kindle Edition. 

trump and climate change explained

From Kim Stanley Robinson's new Sci Fi Book, "New York, 2140"  which is set after climate change.

"But okay, you can’t really imagine a catastrophe will hit you until it does. People just don’t have that kind of mental capacity. If you did you would be stricken paralytic with fear at all times, because there are some guaranteed catastrophes bearing down on you that you aren’t going to be able to avoid (i.e. death), so evolution has kindly given you a strategically located mental blind spot, an inability to imagine future disasters in any way you can really believe, so that you can continue to function, as pointless as that may be.  So, nice. Useful. Except when disastrously bad.

Robinson, Kim Stanley. New York 2140 (Kindle Locations 2206-2210). Orbit. Kindle Edition. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Misc

The Wilderness Society, whose Council I served on for 23 years, is using New Mexico as an example of state land being sold off to oil, gas and timber companies.  It is  true that 4 million acres were sold by corrupt Land Commissioners over decades.  These were the lands with timber, water, and other exceptional qualities.  In the 30's to early 80's the State Permanent Fund got ripped off, and some of the Land Commissioners took bribes and never went to prison.  That kind of thing would be unlikely in this day and age.  However, it does make the great argument against states fighting to get title to federal public lands.

The US Senate Republicans just passed a neanderthal roll back of wildlife conservation regulations.  It will allow twisted humans to kill, kill, kill all sorts of wildlife in inhumane ways.  Denning, steel leg hold traps, and other psychotic ways of killing will be  up to the states, and as we have seen from Susana Martinez and Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, they will allow it all in New Mexico.  Senator Martin Heinrich tried to stop the carnage, but the GOP majority party, possibly all animal haters, took the day.

All of the Albuquerque Mayoral candidates are under the thumbs of poorly paid and so called TV News Directors who serve up nightly orange jump suit pictures of accused criminals.  Everyone in this city has been so brainwashed by crime that the candidates think that being tough on crime is the only way to get elected.  I know, because I did some of the same stuff when I was running for Mayor. But will they talk about anything else?  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Neighbors

Neighborhood list serves can be a destructive device for uh, being neighborly and free speech.   Some of our enlightened people around the our north valley middle class environs are putting yard signs in their front yards saying no hate is allowed etc.  I ordered 50 yard signs that say resist and a number of my neighbors put them up also.

Some one went on to the list serve wondering where they could get some signs, and all hell broke loose. A micro view of what is happening countrywide.  There are a few people who don't believe in free speech around here and it started heating up, so the list serve commander started moderating comments.  Understandable really.  Sometimes we really don't want to know too much about who the right wing or left wing people down the street are.  In this case, I don't mind.

I put a pile of Resist signs on my porch and folks are stopping by to get them.  Mostly, people are going to be stating their positions strongly in this trump era and I for one want everyone around me to know where I stand.   

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rage

From my friend Patricia

Immediately after the election Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller explained that Melania would be staying in New York because there was "obviously a sensitivity to pulling out a 10-year-old in the middle of the school year".

We have since learned that the cost of security for Melania and Barron to remain at Trump Tower is $183 million/year. There is also no indication that they will actually move to DC this summer. So in essence the Federal government is giving the Trump family a $183 million annual voucher so Barron can attend the elite private prep school of his choice.

Meanwhile, we learned that Trump's budget would completely eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA, with an annual budget of only $148 million, is able to provide seed money for arts programming in literally every Congressional district in the country. This would disproportionately affect underserved and rural communities hardest.

So, on the one hand you have a $183 million school voucher for a single 10-year-old at an elite private school. On the other hand you have a program that impacts arts and cultural programming throughout the entire nation, mostly to those in need.

NOT NORMAL. #Resist

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Going Postal

Hissy Fit.  Losing it. Going postal. Schizo time.  Meltdown. Break Down.

Let me describe the ways our internalizing Governor Susana Martinez is acting these days.  Her flurry of vetoes of widely supported bills that would be good for New Mexico have ended up in the shredder for some bizarre reason.  She won't say why she is killing these bills.  She feels disrespected obviously, and will take it out on everyone in the state.  Yes, she really has lost it and one can only surmise she needs some downtime in the care of a good Doc.  Seriously.  Or possibly some time with an addiction counsellor for what ever is ailing her.  (Remember that Pizza Party?)

This is not good for the Land of Enchantment.  The Democratic and Republican leaders in both the House and Senate need to get upstairs to the fourth floor soon and dispense a little practical advice to this twisted Governor.  And I do mean soon.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Misc.

Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall have invited that paragon of intellect, DOE Cabinet Secretary Rick Perry, to visit our National Labs in New Mexico.  Of course it was Perry who suggested we close down the Department of Energy and the National Labs.  I for one would like to see him given a 3rd grade science  test before he is allowed inside those facilities.  Actually, the fact that trump gave him this appointment will stand as one of the mysteries of the ages.

The Legislature in New Mexico now has a chance to show they really care about our state's future.  For the first time there are bipartisan efforts to overturn vetoes by the Governor.  One of her vetoes, that would allow computer coding to be taught along with science, was supported by everyone.  She is truly an outlier politician, and not in a good way.  

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Ho Hemp....Ho Hum

Despite overwhelming bipartisan support Governor Susana M. has once again vetoed a bill that would allow the growing of an industrial Hemp crop in New Mexico.  She must think that with all the pot sales and tax revenues up in Colorado, that all of America will run to the Land of Enchantment to get high in the fields.  Except  Hemp doesn't make you high, unless you are a farmer looking for a good cash crop in growing a very useful plant.

This veto is a metaphor for a truly incompetent Governor who never looks forward, only backward to her prosecutor days where in her mind nothing good can come out of anyone she deals with.  What a sad thing to happen to New Mexico.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Public Land

Another missive from Ned.

The Senate (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/322800-senate-passes-bill-ending-obama-era-land-rule) and the House have now voted down a rule that required a more thorough, transparent planning process for activities on public lands - about 250 million acres (not Parks or Wildlife Refuges) managed by the Bureau of Land Management, mostly in the West.  The rule was adopted by the Obama Administration in December - too late, making it vulnerable to rescission under the terms of the Congressional Review Act.  Hunting and fishing groups were offended (see the reaction of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership at http://www.trcp.org/2017/02/07/house-votes-eviscerate-rule-giving-sportsmen-say-public-land-use-2/) because in some key places there are big conflicts between the roads, pipelines, and wellheads required for oil and gas development and maintenance of critical wildlife habitat, particularly migratory species such as antelope and mule deer.  And please be aware of the irony here: elimination of a rule hailed by the TRCP is one of the first actions of the Congress that the new Interior Secretary just departed, calling himself a Teddy Roosevelt fan at his confirmation hearings in the Senate...

The oil industry pushed hard against this rule, and pushed hard for its repeal. Senator Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska senator who chairs the Senate Energy Committee, said the rule had obscured planning, which sounds a tad Orwellian.  Having been very deep in the development of this rule and its antecedents, and observed the conflicts that made it necessary, I weep (well, figuratively) for our public lands and wildlife.  We are definitely going back in time - back to a time when some field offices, heavily pressured and influenced by oil industry landmen, moved permits through with inadequate attention to sensitive resources from cultural and archaeological to buffers near national parks, water sources, and wildlife areas. 

The U.S. has been producing oil and gas at historic levels.  Can't the industry take its boot off the neck of our public lands and allow a slightly more careful, inclusive, informed process for development on the public estate?  Instead the industry's concerted opposition to this rule and others represents a no-holds-barred, give-no-quarter approach to energy policy.  Same as with methane management, same as with offshore leasing, same as with opposition to even the most basic rules governing hydraulic fracturing.  This week, as Cambridge Energy Research Associates holds its annual "Energy Week" in Houston (about 75% oil and gas, with speakers from industry and the Trump Administration - see https://ceraweek.com/agenda/ ), the dominance of the oil and gas industry has never felt more obvious.  A few leaders deserve credit for supporting the Paris climate agreement - although, since it will never be implemented or endorsed by our current EPA or Congress, it could be seen as a ploy to give even more comparative freedom to the industry on the ground in the United States.

Please be in touch with friends in red and purple states to make them aware, get them involved, and prepare for the 2018 elections.


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Dog Park Politics

One of the best decompression exercises I have is to take Mercury the Aussie to the dog park in  the mornings.  Watching the dogs and owners is great, and there is little politics spoken.

The dogs mostly work things out.  Primarily,  they just want to play and run and sniff butts.  If there is a psycho dog present he is just taken away after a little peer pressure is expressed to the owner.

If the Congress and NM Legislature worked as well as a dog park, everything would be great in America again.  

Monday, March 06, 2017

trump

I keep thinking of certain words.

un·hinged
ˌənˈhinjd/
adjective
adjective: unhinged
  1. mentally unbalanced; deranged."the violent acts of unhinged minds"
bent1
bent/

  1. 2.
    BRITISHinformal
    dishonest; corrupt."a bent cop"
    • stolen.
in·san·i·ty
inˈsanədē/
noun
noun: insanity
  1. the state of being seriously mentally ill; madness."he suffered from bouts of insanity"
  2. synonyms: 3 mental illness, madness, dementia; Morelunacy, instability;
    mania, psychosis;
    informalcraziness
    "insanity runs in her family"
    4
extreme foolishness or irrationality.plural noun: insanities
"it might be pure insanity to take this loan"

lu·na·cy
ˈlo͞onəsē/
noun
noun: lunacy
  1. the state of being a lunatic; insanity (not in technical use)."it has been suggested that originality demands a degree of lunacy"
  2. synonyms: 3 insanity, madness, mental illness, dementia, mania, psychosis; informalcraziness "originality demands a degree of lunacy"
  3. antonyms: 6 sanity 7




Sunday, March 05, 2017

Misc.

The legislature wants to ban open carry of assault rifles in the capitol because it makes people uncomfortable.  Meanwhile, these guys with mommy problems can still carry them into your grocery store and stroll along side your toddlers.  And of course the paranoids who need to carry concealed weapons can still go anywhere.  All of this will eventually end badly.  Madness in America.

The Journal did a great story on the huge number of higher education institutions in New Mexico this morning.  It showed a graph demonstrating the loss of tuition paying students since Governor Susana took office in 2010.  But she got off with no criticism.  She of course sees no value in increasing revenues to higher ed because it might hurt her corporate sponsors tax cuts.  I sure want to see a compilation of economic indicators on graphs when she leaves office.  It will solidify her as the most failed Governor ever.

President trump tweets conspiracy theories at 3am in the morning.  Even I don't do that!  When will proceedings start to remove him as  unfit.  Even a religious fanatic like Pence can be advised if he were elevated to the Presidency.  Can't you imagine what trump's family and staff must think every time they see one of these tweets appear?  Can't wait to read the book that will come out on the first 100 days, if it lasts that long.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Wilderness

Every time I get out of bed and read real newspapers I feel more and more like I am wandering lost in the Wilderness with others looking for a way out.

Today I pick up the NYT and see that trump is vowing to increase military spending.  While at the same time killing healthcare for poor children all over the nation.  It doesn't matter that we have a defense budget bigger than the next twelve nations combined.  We just need to get more money to Defense Industry stockholders and bonuses to the scum who call themselves CEOs of that giant killing machine.

I feel my self getting radical as I wander.  I see anger rising every minute in our country.  I see dictatorship leading to refugee camps run by private corporations that trump's policies will force to open.

I see a total loss of the moral compass that usually pointed somewhere in the right direction for our democracy over time.

Well, it is a Monday.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

From Ned

More from energy policy insider Ned Farquhar.

Scott Pruitt at EPA.  No need to replay all the news about Pruitt's close coordination with the oil industry over the decades.  Pruitt, based in Oklahoma, was doubtless very close to Oklahoma oil magnate and early Trump supporter/energy advisor Harold Hamm, who strongly supported his appointment to EPA. (See https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/12/07/trump-names-scott-pruitt-oklahoma-attorney-general-suing-epa-on-climate-change-to-head-the-epa/?utm_term=.ce192832342b ).  You know he says climate change is still in doubt and that he wants to "return" EPA to its basic mission of clean air and clean water, ignoring climate change.  The nation's environmental watchdog is being leashed and told to bark at the janitor, not at the robbers who have parked a giant truck at the back of the bank in the middle of the night and are vigorously prying open the doors and vaults.

Iraq's oil.  In 2007 Alan Greenspan (former Fed chair) wrote that the Iraq war was about oil, a position he later tempered to say it should have been about oil, if it wasn't.  (See http://www.cbsnews.com/news/greenspan-backtracks-on-iraq-war-oil-claim-17-09-2007/ ).  The President has repeatedly said the United States should have appropriated Iraq's oil.  In fact the big multinational oil companies, that see little relevance to national boundaries (see Steve Coll's 2011 book, Private Empire, about the ExxonMobil corporation, or his recent New Yorker article at http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/rex-tillerson-from-a-corporate-oil-sovereign-to-the-state-department ), have done pretty well in Iraq, sharply boosting production and taking a share of the revenue, juicing global production and driving oil prices down in the past few years.  Whether the US appropriated Iraq oil or not, in the marketplace the oil companies are doing fine.  On the other hand, the US and its allies are caring for almost a million wounded war veterans (http://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/costs/human/military ), with potentially more to be identified in decades to come.  As of 2015, Iraq held proven oil reserves ranking it in the top five countries in the world, after Saudi Arabia, Iran, Canada, and Venezuela (see http://www.eia.gov/beta/international/data/browser/#/?pa=0000000000000000000008&c=ruvvvvvfvtvnvv1urvvvvfvvvvvvfvvvou20evvvvvvvvvnvvuvo&ct=0&tl_id=5-A&vs=INTL.57-6-AFG-BB.A&cy=2014&vo=0&v=H&start=1980 ). 

Some more about the oil export ban.  In late 2015, Congress repealed the US oil export ban.  In return, the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress got a five-year extension of federal subsidies for wind and solar development.  The oil industry got far the better deal in this energy horse trade.

Less than two years later, the US industry is expected to export about 800,000 barrels/day, or bpd (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-02/u-s-may-export-more-oil-in-2017-than-four-opec-nations-produce).  As context, the US consumes almost 20 million bpd, and produces somewhere around 9.5 million, so exports are now reaching almost 10% of US oil production and moving toward 5% of US consumption.  Contrary to the industry's vague claims that we are energy-secure, we remain more than 50% dependent on foreign oil.  Time after time since the early 1970s, our dependence on foreign oil has led to world economic crisis and economically destructive price spikes.  And we spend hundreds of billions of dollars defending global oil transportation routes and oil facilities and oilfields around the world.  That is a cost borne by US taxpayers, not by the industry.  

By exporting oil, the US industry intends to seek the highest price and flatten the price gap between US crude and world crude prices, as projected by the Economist when the ban was lifted (http://www.economist.com/news/finance-economics/21684531-light-sweet-compromise-puts-end-crude-market-distortions-america-lifts).  What economists call a global market distortion, of course, provided economic relief to American consumers.  It's a boom and bust industry that produces jobs and then eliminates them, as shown by the contraction in oil and gas employment when prices were low in the years prior to the lifting of the export ban.  Despite the boasting about how many jobs the industry provides (when oil prices are high and punishing the American consumer), it isn't a healthy, consistent industry in the fabric of the American economy.

There are environmental implications of rapidly expanding oil exports as well.  The industry is clamoring for more access to the offshore, objecting to President Obama's closures of the Arctic and North Atlantic to offshore leasing, and to natural areas such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (see http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Trump-May-Open-Up-Arctic-Drilling.html ).  Further, in the drilling, production, processing, and refining processes, the industry produces and wastes significant amounts of unregulated methane (natural gas) - and the Congress has been preparing to rescind rules intended to control these unnecessary, wasteful, atmosphere-destroying methane emissions from production on public lands.  Production for export requires incrementally more poorly regulated fracking in the US, where shale oil and gas production far exceeds such production anywhere else on earth.  Thus we are generating and accepting the significant impact of other nations' oil and gas consumption, effectively importing impacts, while exporting fossil fuels.

Exporting US oil doesn't really make much policy sense.  But it clearly shows the grip that the oil industry has got on Washington and in the states - a grip growing ever stronger.


New energy campaign from the American Petroleum Institute.  If you saw the Super Bowl, you might have caught the industry's rollout of a new public relations campaign by the American Petroleum Institute, about "power past impossible."  (See http://www.api.org/news-policy-and-issues/news/2017/02/05/api-launches-power-past-impossible-campa ) or (https://powerpastimpossible.org/?gclid=Cj0KEQiAlsrFBRCAxcCB54XElLEBEiQA_ei0DLsWzMDeJ5OyJ39A8d9EC7-VjvrMrXA403ffwhtsqjIaAqi18P8HAQ ).  This follows on their five-year-old "Vote4Energy" campaign (see http://www.vote4energy.org/) that has in fact focused on oil and gas, not on energy.  As oil consumers, we are all paying for these campaigns to convince us that we can't ever live without oil, that it uniquely brings us jobs, products, convenience, and other benefits - without addressing the need to reduce carbon emissions radically in future years.  They seem to be so focused on powering past the impossible that they have powered past the possible (such as cap and trade on carbon emissions, with real, hard-shell limits to emissions and a successful record in the electric industry here in New England, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regional_Greenhouse_Gas_Initiative ) on the way!

Enablers

Steve Terrell of the Santa Fe New Mexican has a great story on the horrendous business of the Pay Day Loan Industry today.  These people are truly the scum of the earth.  As are the Legislators who carry their water for them in the efforts to regulate a business whose sole purpose is to make poor people even poorer.  And of course the enabler in chief is Governor Susana Martinez who has taken large donations from the scum, as have democratic and republican lawmakers.

There is also another category of folks that should take on the blame, and that is the lobbyists who grease the skids for this immorality.  Lobbying, on its own isn't evil in all cases.  A good ethical lobbyists can further discourse and debate.  But, the ones who take on clients like the short term loan folks have to be missing some of their moral compass.  

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dogma Again

How low can the GOP go?  The republicans on the ABQ City Council couldn't even vote for a resolution that we are an immigrant friendly city.  The word sanctuary wasn't even used!  Two of the members took a hike and Councillor Trudy Jones put her brainwashed bigoted beliefs front and center.  And where was the Mayor's leadership?  Ha!

Vice President Pence criticized vandalism in that Jewish Cemetery and then declared war on 12 year old Transgender kids in the school bathrooms.  Make no mistake, this is his warped christian fundamentalism at work and something that will need to be dealt with after trump is impeached or resigns.

Speaking of trump.  Read this to fully understand his condition.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Real Problem

I have shared this on Face Book before, but more and more it gets to the heart of the problem.


New Gestapo

trump will get his own new Gestapo as he hires 15,000 new ICE and Border Patrol agents.  Think of it.  One job will be to tear families apart who are living in America.  And think again the way these people will be hired to do this job.

For example the head of the Police Union in Santa Fe who exposes his hate for Muslims may end up being out of a job.  A bad cop.  Where do you think his next job will be?  It is hard enough to fill vacant positions in police departments all over the country but now the job possibilities will increase even more and in desperation to fill them there will be a lot of inferior people hired.  Every bad cop in the country who has been fired will probably be deemed eligible for this work.

And the private prison companies who will house these horrible criminals, you know the ones who do your landscaping and tar your roofs, will also be full steam ahead hiring anyone who can add one and one.  Maybe worse.

What is happening to our America.  When does the dam burst?  Soon I hope.  And for all you trump people out there, how could you be so stupid?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Regression

The Bernallio County Commissioners are considering the most regressive tax to get them out of their overspending habits.  They want to raise the gross receipts tax 3/16ths of a cent.  Of course this falls on the poor and middle class.  Every resident should raise hell.  First, tell them to stop spending.  Second if they still need money then look to the property tax.   Third, if they do this,  just do it for county areas that do not include the City of Albuquerque, whose residents are supporting this overspending by the county as it is while getting few services.

Twenty years ago the gross receipts tax was about 5 1/2%.  Now it is inching up towards 8%.  This is unsustainable.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Victims

We are in the 6th circle of hell with the IRS and NM Tax and Rev because of a computer breach somewhere that affected my wife Bobbi's employment data with the Feds.  Now we have to prove who we are by spending hours waiting on phones and then trying to send scanned documents to the state, which doesn't really like scanned doc formats.  Catch 22 again!  Meanwhile the thousands they owe us in returns won't be sent for an undetermined time.  What is happening here is that we are victims again of identity theft.  But, things could be worse.  trump could actually be in office for more that a few months.  It will be interesting to see if our refunds get here before he has to leave!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Half

The Legislature is halfway to nowhere.  Thirty days left in the session to present crucial bills that our ideologue Governor will veto.

The federal government's immigration enforcers are halfway to becoming the regime's Gestapo.  Way to many of them are doing it willingly.

The Governor and Social Security Administration are halfway to making it impossible to get a drivers license renewed in New Mexico.  I know, I am trying.  Since my SS card is laminated I have to get a new one and they wont let me do it online because as a 71 year old retiree I am not verified.  WTF?





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Who is on First

The City Council is funding an effort to get property crimes pounced on by a special team at APD.  Right now the response times for such crimes is almost never.  So, that is good.  Our neighborhood has been seeing a lot of burglaries.  So any thing that can be done to find these thieves is good.  Personally,  I would cut off one of their fingers every time they are caught.  And you all thought I was way too much of a lefty.

But wait, in another development the new DA in Bernalillo County will only go after high profile cases because of his budget woes.  So what happens to these small time thieves.  Well, they are set loose on us again.  And it all comes down to inadequate funding because of Susana's corporate subsidies and tax cuts.  Unlike her, the rest of us don't have a State Police Officer living at their house as a full time security service.

Could the DA and the Mayor have a chat?

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Wall

The chief Cheeto in DC should hire Governor Susana Martinez to build his wall along the Mexican border.  She has already shown her prowess at building a human wall around her to block the press as she moves around the Capitol.  She is adept at it, and as her recent confusing and meaningless remarks on tearing families apart on the border shows, she is heartless too.  She just couldn't bring her self to say the wall is stupid and not something a rational human being would do.

Meanwhile, the orange guy in the White House continues his almost hourly attacks on Journalists in this country.  This is going to end very badly.  Does anyone really doubt the the New York Times, LA Times, and the Washington Post are just absorbing this without a plan?  Is it a possibility they are getting the goods on the regime and its ties with Russia's Putin and other unsavory folks around the world.  Does the Cheeto regime think that videos and other damning evidence of all sorts will not find their way to real newspaper professionals?

And have you noticed how the Cheeto's advisor Stephen Miller sort of  looks like Himmler?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fossil Thinking

The Albuquerque Journal turned over a major part of its editorial page Sunday to the fossil fuel boys. Call it fake news OPEDs.  First that  oil and gas mascot, Congressman Steve Pearce, says that Obama wanted to crush New Mexico's economy by preventing flaring of natural gas into the atmosphere from all of those leaky oil and gas wells.  "Crush" he said.  Never mind climate change sped up by all this free methane!  Pearce, in protecting his funder's profits, could be construed to be much more dangerous than that poor woman torn from her children in Phoenix and sent back to Mexico.  Crimes against humanity just gets shrugs these days.

And then former Land Commissioner Bill Humphries, a pretty nice guy, drank some of Commissioner Aubrey Dunn's Kool Aid by supporting his P.R. massaging of the fossil fuel boys by saying federal mineral rights under private lands should be given to the state.  Problem is, that will never happen and if it did it would be an immoral act.  Those resources belong to all Americans, from sea to shining sea, and not just to Oil and Gas profiteers in the Land of Enchantment.  Bill, I always thought you were much better than this.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Buggy Whips

Congressman Steve Pearce is all in with trump.  He is seeking support for a new oil refinery in NM.  It is like asking for funding for a new buggy whip factory.  He said it would make us the 'strongest oil economy in the world.'  He truly is one of the "Lords of Yesterday."   He is exactly the kind of leader that we can't afford anymore.  His solution to the fate of the state is planet killing fossil fuel.

Of course he is ignoring the fact that renewable energy, especially solar, is providing the real future of the country.  And yet he wants to leave the Land of Enchantment in the starting gate.  

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Heat

The New Mexico business community continues to loose confidence in our state's economy.  Only 16% of those surveyed think we are headed in the right direction.  And yet the Governor escapes the heat mostly because she is treated with such kid gloves by the media.  Where is journalism in New Mexico?

But, at the same time where is the business community ? The Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce has had the same old tired leadership for decades.  They keep their heads in the ground and rarely venture forth to do something concrete on getting the legislature and failed Governor to at least make an effort.  They seem more interested in holding on to what they have in a faltering economy than showing some extended energy to make things better.  The economic development teams of the State and City are feckless in rousing some support amongst them to improve education, infrastructure and recruiting.

Here is an idea for the media.  Demand a news conference by the Governor to detail what her plans are for remedying our slow descent into economic hell.  The Journal, the TV stations, and business publications need to insist.

Next, stand by for bad news from INTEL.  I can feel it coming.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Misc.

A gold star for Mayor Berry in opening an immigrant  friendly service center for the City of Albuquerque.   I don't agree with him on many things, but this was a humanitarian thing to do.  There might be a black mark against his name in  the trump regime, but it won't matter for long.  If the regime in DC doesn't stop the twittering  psychopath soon he will be impeached.  Maybe not from office but from any sort of serious consideration as a President.  And, this is on the GOP.

Someone should actually start a national lottery on the date and time the trump regime will be impeached for real.

The NM Legislature doesn't want ammosexual (yuk) gun nuts running around the Capitol building. They are considering banning firearms from the building.  If they don't actually do it they are stupid.  If they do actually do it, do it everywhere there is public present.  They are in a corner on this one.




Friday, February 03, 2017

From Ned

I will occasionally send  these missives from my good friend Ned who is an expert in all things having to do with energy production and fossil fuels.  Read it and weep.

This is the most recent of my occasional emails about the rapid restructuring of US fossils policy in the US.

Today the House is expected to vote to rescind the Interior Department's recent rule to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas exploration, production, processing, and transportation on public lands.  Rescinding this rule (requiring the use of available technology to sharply cut the climate threat from fugitive emissions, and protecting American taxpayers' interest in efficient production and full royalty payments for production on public lands) is a disgrace.  Here's a link to a summary of the issue by an editor of the West's environmental paper, High Country News:  http://www.hcn.org/articles/methane-rules-in-danger

This comes the day after the successful rescission of the previous Administration's mountaintop mining rule limiting the disposal of mine waste in mountain streams and valleys.  (Have you seen what has been happening in West Virginia?)  See the story here:  http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/overnights/317663-overnight-energy-congress-does-away-with-obama-coal


And this morning, in a "pre-dawn vote," the Senate voted on party lines to send President Trump a measure throwing out a recent Security and Exchange Commission anti-corruption rule requiring transparency about oil companies' payments to foreign governments - contrary to the international Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (https://eiti.org/) that the Bush Administration started with the support of international human rights organizations and (supposedly) oil giants including ExxonMobil.  See: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/317700-senate-votes-to-repeal-transparency-rule-for-oil-companies

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Religion

If I were a member of the American business community I would take notice of trump trying to ban the Johnson amendment that will allow churches to engage in political work without having to pay property taxes.  Pretty soon that work will turn into lucrative businesses for religious sects to compete with private business.  It already happens to a certain extent with these mega churches competing against hotels and public convention centers by renting out space in their industrial god spaces.  It happens here in ABQ right now.  But look for innovative ways in which the permissive political involvement of the churches will start selling goods and services tied to their dogmas.  Like Fundamentalist Salsa and tortillas with Jesus's face next to a GOP elephant.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Focal Point

Where is the focal point on Resistance going to be?  Right now there is an avalanche of organizations and people trying to lead the Resistance to trump et al.  But there is no focal point or rallying point that will be there for the long haul.  What is missing is a new leader.   Until then I think things get pretty diluted.

We need a leader in the Senate to personify the Resistance.  Some one young, charismatic, smart and relentless.  In the vein of Senator Gillibrand or Senator Heinrich.  Someone who can represent the young people, who in case you hadn't noticed, are the ones turning out by the millions to protest the crimes agains humanity emanating from trump and his minions.

This has to happen quickly, or trump and bannon will just keep shocking  us with new issues until we become numbed.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Monday Night Murder

I was producing the news and anchoring the newscast at Channel 7 on the night of the Saturday Night Massacre when Nixon fired all of the Justice Department and Special Prosecutor people who were investigating Watergate.  What a night!

It was not a massacre last night, just the murder of a career U.S. Justice Department official named Sally Yates.  She had the honor of standing up to the trump/pence/bannon triumvirate.  We should all stand up courageously as she has done.

Of course, 40% of the American population still sees trump and his minions as infallible.  I am at a loss to see how that changes.  You can't kill stupid.  Perhaps the only thing that would hurt him would be the release of his income tax returns.  We all know what they will say .  We now need a brave IRS clerk to serve his country in an honorable way.  But Hurry!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Beam Me Up

Simply speaking, trump and his aides really are not smart people. Do you remember that Star Trek Episode where a bunch of idiots had tried to operate a Star Ship but were so dumb they couldn't get anything to work? here is a script out take. Sound familiar?

 "This is Commander William Riker of the USS Enterprise."
"Uh-ha"
"We received a mayday message from your ship."
"Uh-ha"
"What is the nature of your problem?"
"We are far from home."
"Aren't we all. What was the reason for your distress signal?"
"We are Pakleds. Our ship is the Mondor. It is broken."
"What brings you so far from home?"
"We look for things."
"What sort of things?"
"Things we need."
"Can you be more specific?"

"Things to make us go. We need help."

P.S. My three and five year old grandsons attended their first protest last night at the Syracuse Airport.  I am proud of them and their parents.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Tsunami

A Tsunami of news.  Trump puts up a religious test for immigrants, i.e., Muslims.  He will reap the whirlwind on this one.  And don't forget the people who stand around him smiling when he signs these executive orders.  And Steve Bannon on the NSC.  What  could go wrong?

And then two wonderfully juxtaposed news stories on the front page of the ABQ Journal, thankfully with a new Editor coming on board.  The economic devastation that is the hallmark accomplishment of the Susana Martinez administration finally laid out in its entirety.  The headline is "EXODUS".  No job creation and no future.  The fact left out is that we have even less jobs than prior to the recession in 2008.  15,000 less jobs.  Go to the Journal website and read comments on the story for a real eye opener. trumpists blaming taxes and everything else.  Some natives saying we deserve it and aren't ready for better things.  That's religion working there.

And  then a tribute to the stupidity that is Susana in a story about the hopelessness of the state of children in the Land of Enchantment.  Susana's solution?  More tax cuts for her corporate friends and less money for Education and the Judicial system.  Frankly, she is having a day like trump.  Pretty soon I will not capitalize her name either.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Dear Legislators

Please read this Forbes report.  All of it.  Why do  the states with the best per capita incomes have the highest tax rates and economic growth?  New Mexico is in the bottom third of taxing its people and has the worst economy.  If this doesn't show the Governor for the stooge she is, I don't know what will.  Of course, it isn't just taxes.  Her lack of economic development strategies is a killer.

A Thankful Governor and Mayor

Susana and Richard should be overjoyed.  All the heat and intensity in the media is off of them for a while.  Our certifiably unhinged President is consuming all the ink and zeros and ones as he continues to deconstruct our Democracy.  Who knew that we could have such bad relations with one of our stalwart bordering neighbors in just ten days.  The question is will Canada be on that list too?  They have to be scratching their heads at the complete mental breakdown in DC.  Watch this.

And yet, Susana and Richard continue to do everything wrong in getting New Mexico out of the economic seventh circle of hell we find ourselves in.  Especially Susana.  Pretty soon Mayor Berry will exit office and ten or so candidates will want to be there as a replacement.  But unless they start talking specifics on how to improve the job market, then they will not get elected.

As far as the Mayor's race goes, I have a suspicion that the person who hasn't announced yet might well win it.  Some one out of the blue with money and some accomplishments under their belt could sweep all of this up.

And when Susana exits we can only hope that a reasonable Governor will be elected.  For all of the obvious economic reasons, but some political ones as well.  Our next Governor, and many others around the country, will have veto power over right wing attempts at gerrymandering after the next census.  We need to replace all of those ultra crazy republican Governors so they cant stop reform attempts in redrawing congressional districts.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Down Mexico Way

From a friend in Mexico.

Hi Jim:

There is general disdain for Trump here in Mexico ................ whether you are talking to the highly educated or to the working class of Mexico.

Mexico´s President, Pena Nieto, is highly unpopular here (12% favorability rating in recent polling) but not as unpopular as Trump.

They were supposed to meet next week to discuss border security, NAFTA and a host of other issues involving the US and Mexico but Pena Nieto was forced to cancel the meeting because of the severe distrust of Trump amongst Mexicans in general and the political unpopularity of even meeting with Trump. 

Amongst my many Mexican friends, they simply do not understand how Trump could be elected President. While they have been accustomed to looking favorably towards the US in the past, presently there are many, many suspicions and unconfirmed rumors about what is to come................everyone is simply uneasy about the future.

As you know, there are more than a few ¨illegals¨ in the US who have been supporting entire families in Mexico by sending home part of their wages. People, simply, do not know what to expect.

At the educated and economically comfortable level, there is much disdain for Trump´s heightened rhetoric aimed at Mexico and his claim that Mexico ¨will pay for the wall¨. Mexico, in their eyes, is the 11th largest economy in the world and should not be treated with such disrespect.


All of this is complicated by the serious devaluation of the peso in comparison to the dollar over the past several years

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Macabre

A Game!  Quick, who am I thinking about?

Hint.  This man just released a seven paragraph energy policy for the USA.    Here is what my friend Ned  said about it.

In case you hadn't heard, there's already a new national energy plan!  Unlike Vice President Cheney's 2001 effort, its preparation didn't need months of secretive meetings and was posted as soon as the new team occupied the White House.  The "Plan" is seven paragraphs in its entirety and is posted first among policy issue statements on the White House website (https://www.whitehouse.gov/).  The connection between transporting Alberta tar sands oil via the Keystone pipeline - as touted by the President yesterday - and "America First" is counterintuitive.  There is no mention of renewable energy or climate change.  






Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Remember

Things to remember when the chickens come home to roost.


  • Susana Martinez is now supporting trump/pence
  • Every elected official who shows support for trump/pence
  • Faces of everyman who stood around trump as he signed a bill controlling women's reproductive organs
  • The republican party rallying around an insane trump for the purpose of the 1 percenters
  • The state of education in this country that allowed so many people to exist without critical thinking skills
  • trumps rather amazing ability to lie about releasing his tax returns
And this great Facebook posting from my wife Bobbi today.  It is in response to a female trump supporter who says women are equal with men.

I will respect anyone who didn't march as there are lots of reasons for not doing so, but I remember the equal rights amendment fight and Roe v Wade. I was happy to see so many generations represented on Saturday. With over 600 marches around the world not a single arrest. We can make our voices heard without vilifying others and without violence. The USA has always been behind other countries regarding women's rights which is sad. I remember my Dad going to the Fairfax County School board so I could take mechanical drawing, a class restricted to boys this was 1967. I can remember not being able to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute because they didn't allow women in there Architecture program in 1969. I can remember being less then a handful of women in civil engineering classes at UNM in 1983-86. I remember my African American college roommates at William and Mary in 1970. W & M allowed residential black students to attend beginning in 1967. These incredible women knew hat it was like to be black in a southern school. We have come a long way. So I am grateful and marched for all those who stood up for everyone's rights and fought so hard to where we are. The battle continues and we must not forget. Civility and respect, language and tone is important. I will do what I can to make sure the rights I have are not eroded and to work towards more equal rights. Equal pay for equal work, the Equal Rights Amendment, maternity and paternity leave, respect for all religions, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigrants, refugees, keeping healthcare decisions to those affected without judgement. Our work is cut out for us but we cannot slip backwards.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Misc.

My brother Tom withdrew his subscription from the Journal today.  After seeing the Women's March relegated to below the fold status in the Sunday Journal, he just couldn't take it any more.  This was a big issue around our breakfast table yesterday as friends and family were all incredulous.

I actually don't think the Journal was trying to downplay it.  I just think they are so poorly run now that no one can make a decision for fear of losing their job because of the right wing editor Kent Walz and his boss Bill Lang.  So, what happened was the biggest mass march in American history took second fiddle to sledding opportunities in the Sandias.

Councillor Isaac Benton, who I deride for screwing up Rio Grande Blvd. in so many ways, actually did something good.  He has introduced a two cent gas tax into  the city council.  I think it should be five cents since the Governor has vowed to veto any such statewide bill.  Come on Isaac, show some brass and put an amount in the bill that will make more sense.  Put a sunset on it if necessary.

Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force?  Did any one vet her at the White House?  Would this be a good thing for NM?  This is like that song, "The Cat Came Back."

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Media

KRQE has been bought up by another giant media corporation that owns 170 TV stations.  I can remember the days when we had something called the fairness doctrine in broadcasting.  That was done in by right wingers years ago who now favor indoctrination.  Think Fox News here.

The general manager at the station says this will allow them an enhanced news gathering effort.  I didn't think they could be any more inane.  I watched in disbelief the other night as they did a story on a lost jacket with a name inked on the collar.  They  tried to make a story out of  this!  This really happened.

What this all really means is that they will hire an extra employee to run around law enforcement agencies to pick up lapel camera video.  That one guy will replace professional photographers who used to document the news on video that was watchable.

Suess

 HOW THE TRUMP STOLE AMERICA
• By John Pavlovitz
• 
• In a land where the states are united, they claim,
• in a sky-scraping tower adorned with his name,
• lived a terrible, horrible, devious chump,
• the bright orange miscreant known as the Trump.
• 
• This Trump he was mean, such a mean little man,
• with the tiniest heart and two tinier hands,
• and a thin set of lips etched in permanent curl,
• and a sneer and a scowl and contempt for the world.
• 
• He looked down from his perch and he grinned ear to ear,
• and he thought, “I could steal the election this year!
• It’d be rather simple, it’s so easily won,
• I’ll just make them believe that their best days are done!
• Yes, I’ll make them believe that it’s all gone to Hell,
• and I’ll be Jerk Messiah and their souls they will sell.
• 
• And I’ll use lots of words disconnected from truth,
• but I’ll say them with style so they won’t ask for proof.
• I’ll toss out random platitudes, phrases, and such,
• They’re so raised on fake news that it won’t matter much!
• They won’t question the how to, the what, why, or when,
• I will make their America great once again!”
• 
• The Trump told them to fear, they should fear he would say,
• “They’ve all come for your jobs, they’ll all take them away.
• You should fear every Muslim and Mexican too,
• every brown, black, and tan one, everyone who votes blue.”
• 
• And he fooled all the Christians, he fooled them indeed,
• He just trotted out Jesus, that’s all Jesus folk need. 
• And celebrity preachers they all crowned him as king,
• Tripping over themselves just to kiss the Trump’s ring.
• 
• And he spoke only lies just as if they were true,
• Until they believed all of those lies were true too.
• He repeated and Tweeted and he blustered and spit,
• And he mislead and fibbed—and he just made up sh*t.
• 
• And the media laughed but they printed each line,
• thinking “He’ll never will win, in the end we’ll be fine.”
• So they chased every headline, bold typed every claim,
• ‘Till the fake news and real news they looked just the same.
• 
• And the scared folk who listened, they devoured each word,
• Yes, they ate it all up every word that they heard,
• petrified that their freedom was under attack,
• trusting Trump he would take their America back.
• From the gays and from ISIS, he’d take it all back,
• Take it back from the Democrats, fat cats, and blacks.
• And so hook, line, and sinker they all took the bait,
• all his lies about making America great.
• 
• Now the Pant-suited One she was smart and prepared,
• she was brilliant and steady but none of them cared,
• no they cared not to see all the work that she’d done,
• or the fact they the Trump had not yet done thing one.
• They could only shout “Emails!”, yes “Emails!” they’d shout,
• because Fox News had told them—and Fox News had clout. 
• And the Pant-suited One she was slandered no end,
• and a lie became truth she could never defend.
• And the Trump watched it all go according to plan—
• a strong woman eclipsed by an insecure man.
• 
• And November the 8th arrived, finally it came,
• like a slow-moving storm but it came just the same.
• And Tuesday became Wednesday as those days will do,
• And the night turned to morning and the nightmare came true,
• With millions of non-voters still in their beds,
• Yes, the Trump he had done it, just like he had said.
• 
• And the Trumpers they trumped, how they trumped when he won,
• All the racists and bigots; deplorable ones,
• they crawled out from the woodwork, came out to raise Hell, 
• they came out to be hateful and hurtful as well.
• With slurs and with road signs, with spray paint and Tweets,
• with death threats to neighbors and taunts on the street. 
• And the grossest of grossness they hurled on their peers,
• while the Trump he said zilch—for the first time in years.
• 
• But he Tweeted at Hamilton, he Tweeted the Times,
• And he trolled Alec Baldwin a few hundred times,
• and he pouted a pout like a petulant kid,
• thinking this is what Presidents actually did,
• thinking he could still be a perpetual jerk,
• terrified to learn he had to actually work,
• work for every American, not just for a few,
• not just for the white ones—there was much more to do.
• He now worked for the Muslims and Mexicans too,
• for the brown, black, and tan ones, and the ones who vote blue.
• They were all now his bosses, now they all had a say,
• and those nasty pant-suited ones were here to stay.
• And the Trump he soon realized that he didn’t win,
• He had gotten the thing—and the thing now had him.
• 
• And it turned out the Trump was a little too late,
• for America was already more than quite great,
• not because of the sameness, the opposite’s true, 
• It’s greatness far more than just red, white, and blue,
• It’s straight, gay, and female—it’s Gentile and Jew,
• It’s Transgender and Christian and Atheist too.
• It’s Asians, Caucasians of every kind,
• The disabled and abled, the deaf and the blind,
• It’s immigrants, Muslims, and brave refugees,
• It’s Liberals with bleeding hearts fixed to their sleeves.
• And we are all staying, we’re staying right here,
• and we’ll be the great bane of the Trump for four years.
• And we’ll be twice as loud as the loudness of hate,
• be the greatness that makes our America great.
• And the Trump’s loudest boasts they won’t ever obscure,
• over two million more of us—voted for her.