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Mountain Mule

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Hometown: Colorado Springs
Home country: Colorado
Current location: the Four Corners
Member since: Thu Dec 1, 2016, 01:27 PM
Number of posts: 968

About Me

A survivor of the Great Election Day Hack Attack, so this is not my first ride at the DU rodeo. Given the events of the past year, I have resigned my US citizenship and I await notification about my request for asylum in the Navajo Nation about 20 miles south of my current location. My current country is the bright blue state of Colorado. I have dedicated myself to the destruction of the current oligarchy under which the US is now governed. Direct Democracy is true Democracy!

Journal Archives

Trump proposes a $4.7 trillion budget with domestic cuts, billions for wall

Source: Washington Post

President Trump proposed a $4.7 trillion budget plan Monday that stands as a sharp challenge to Congress and the Democrats trying to unseat him, the first act in a multi-front struggle over the role of government that threatens to consume Washington for the next 18 months.

The budget proposal dramatically raises the possibility of another government shutdown in October, with the inclusion of an additional $8.6 billion to build sections of a wall along the U. S.-Mexico border. Trump’s ask for yet more wall money — beyond the spending he is already seeking under a “national emergency” declaration at the border — infuriated Democrats.

The budget also calls for a significant increase in military spending, causing problems with some Republicans who are uneasy about how it is allocated. If lawmakers and Trump don’t reach a spending agreement by the end of September, many government operations will grind to a halt.

Trump’s “Budget for a Better America” also includes dozens of spending cuts and policy overhauls that frame the early stages of the debate for the 2020 election. For example, Trump calls for a series of changes that would reduce total spending on the program by roughly $845 billion over 10 years for Medicare, the popular health care program for the elderly that in the past he had largely said he would protect.

- more

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-proposes-47-trillion-budget-with-domestic-cuts-86-billion-in-wall-funding/2019/03/11/de11cfa4-43fe-11e9-90f0-0ccfeec87a61_story.html?utm_term=.30cb485fd47e

There is no end to Trump's avarice. That wall is a real estate developer's wet dream. And most certainly, tRump is positioning himself for a huge lovefest with his base of cult members and a hatefest toward everyone else.
Posted by Mountain Mule | Mon Mar 11, 2019, 01:15 PM (8 replies)

'Unacceptable': Coast Guard's top officer criticizes lack of payment in government shutdown

Source: The Washington Post

The Coast Guard’s top admiral said Tuesday that members of the armed forces should not be expected to shoulder the burden of the partial government shutdown, citing the “anxiety and stress” it is causing military families as their pay is withheld.

Adm. Karl Schultz, the Coast Guard commandant, said that he is heartened by the outpouring of support Coast Guard personnel have received across the country but expects more.

“Ultimately, I find it unacceptable that Coast Guard men and women have to rely on food pantries and donations to get through day-to-day life as service members,” he said, speaking on a video posted to his Twitter account.

The comments marked the admiral’s most forceful remarks about the shutdown since it began 32 days ago amid a dispute over President Trump’s demands for funding for a southern border wall. While the majority of the U.S. military is part of the Defense Department and has funding, the Department of Homeland Security and its agencies, including the Coast Guard, are affected by the shutdown.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2019/01/23/unacceptable-coast-guards-top-officer-criticizes-lack-payment-government-shutdown/?utm_term=.ae251fdb15b3

I am glad to see a high ranking officer of the Coast Guard finally speaking out! Can you imagine if the Army or Navy had been impacted the same way? Cadet Bone Spurs belongs at the bottom of a Bayou somewhere.
Posted by Mountain Mule | Tue Jan 22, 2019, 09:48 PM (6 replies)

800,000 is terrible, but 37,000,000 is catastrophic

I can't even imagine how difficult it must be to be one of the 800,000 government workers who are getting laid off with no pay or forced to work for free. Not all government workers will get back pay either - especially those who are considered "independent contractors." Many of them won't get so much as a dime.

Making America "Great" by turning American workers into slaves for - oh, two or three months, maybe two or three years. But all you Federal workers are just fine with this. We know this because the malignant narcissist in the White House came on TV and told us so. Or maybe he tweeted that one. It's so hard to keep up these days, especially when your mind keeps obsessing about going hungry along with 38 Million other Americans who must depend on food stamps (SNAP) that will lose their funding in 3 weeks when February rolls around.

Me, I'm 67 but I became disabled when I was 51. The catastrophic medical bills cut through my savings like a hot knife through butter. These days I get by on a tiny social security check, a housing voucher and SNAP. There's no margin for error in my monthly budget. I consider it to be a good month when I manage to hit the 30th with my rent and electric bills paid up; my Internet didn't get turned off (not this time, anyhow); and some eggs, bread and coffee to tide me over until there's money on my SNAP card again.

I volunteer as an advocate with the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition when I'm able to. I could tell you all so many heartbreaking stories about low income disabled people around here. There's the woman a judge sent to the county jail for being a schizophrenic. She languished there for months with no evaluation and certainly no treatment. I know of more people than I can count who are disabled and homeless who camp on the public lands.

And I will never forget the woman and her son with Downs Syndrome. She was trying to leave her abusive husband and had managed to finally escape the little fundamentalist Mormon town they had been living in. Mother and son also camped out in a trailer on public land. CCDC had been trying to arrange for housing and medical care for both of them. Then one day the local social services office told the Mom that she and her son did not qualify for food stamps. That poor woman was so beaten down that she went into hysterics at the news and threatened to kill herself. Terrible, terrible situation.

Many people in my small town on Colorado's mostly rural Western Slope aren't doing as well as I am. I am next door neighbors with both the Ute Reservation and the Navajo Nation. The poverty among many of the Utes and Navajo is simply heart breaking. Any time I want to start feeling sorry for myself, all I have to do is walk down the dirt road that leads to the mostly Ute town of Toawoc. It's like stepping into the third world. Folks who live there are largely dependent on programs administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), a Federal Agency which is now also going unfunded. Always hit the most vulnerable first, right?

We don't have any of those cool Colorado resort jobs around here. It's mostly low wage agricultural and tourist trade work. Retirees with decent pensions give the local economy a shot in the arm, but we need more than just shots. Sometimes I think we need a war. What will the people who depend on food stamps do come next month? Two of the local churches trade off on running the soup kitchen. What will happen to that soup kitchen when it becomes overwhelmed by the need to help all the people who suddenly no longer have the means to put food on their tables? The Federal commodities program which distributes food boxes to qualifying low income folk will not be funded either.

Then I try to imagine all the other communities both large and small; urban and rural all across the nations that will be experiencing the same frankly impossible situation that we will be here. Worst of all, little kids are going to go hungry. You can't just suddenly throw 38 million people at private charities and community soup kitchens that were already overwhelmed and expect that the hungry will get fed. Some of us won't.

Oh, how I despise Donald Trump.
Posted by Mountain Mule | Sun Jan 6, 2019, 03:54 PM (44 replies)

New Trump campaign ad asks supporters to call 1-800 hotline to thank him

Source: The Hill

President Trump’s reelection campaign released a new TV ad urging his supporters to call a 1-800 hotline to thank him.

In the new ad, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale is seen lauding the president for having “achieved more during his time in office than any president in history.”

"We have a booming economy, historically low unemployment, including the lowest unemployment rate for minorities in history," Parscale said, while also adding that the world is a "safer place" because of the president.

Parscale went on to say this is why Trump’s supporters must "pick up the phone right now and deliver a personal thank you to your president” for all the work he’s achieved.

“We need to let President Trump know that we appreciate what he’s doing for America,” he continues. “I need you to call the number on your screen and deliver a thank you to President Trump.”

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/421915-new-trump-campaign-ad-asks-supporters-to-call-1-800-hotline-to-thank-him

This has the potential to backfire bigly. It's supposed to be a way for grateful Trumpers to get hit up for a 2020 campaign donation when they call to express their love for their fav cult leader. I'm seriously considering calling to express my deep revulsion for Twitler and all he stands for. Wouldn't it be fun to flood that number and help fill the recording with outraged comments from Democrats and everyone else opposed to Trump? HAH!
Posted by Mountain Mule | Wed Dec 19, 2018, 05:08 PM (37 replies)

Stunning Time Magazine cover blends faces of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump

Source: Independent News

Time magazine's latest cover features what some have called an "eerie" blend of the faces of Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin - reflecting the affinity between the two leaders.

The US president's whispy blonde comb-over and distinctive pursed lips and raised eyebrows are melded with Mr Putin's steely blue eyes and cool expression.

Nancy Burson is the visual artist behind the cover and it "is meant to represent this particular moment in US foreign policy, following the pair's recent meeting," the magazine said.

"A year and a half into his presidency, Trump’s puzzling affinity for Putin has yet to be explained," Time said in its cover story. "To represent that conflict, [Ms] Burson merged the faces of Trump and Putin into a still image and video which morphs between the shifting appearances of the two world leaders."

Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/time-magazine-cover-donald-trump-vladimir-putin-us-russia-helsinki-a8455261.html

That picture gives me the heebee jeebees!
Posted by Mountain Mule | Thu Jul 19, 2018, 06:03 PM (13 replies)

Colorado town becomes the first in the Nation to place a bounty on witches!

And now for a little humor on your Sunday afternoon...

Cortez, Colorado: According to a press release issued on Friday by the Montezuma County Board of Commissioners, locals may now apply for a witch-hunting permit that is valid anywhere in the county. Permits cost $25.00 each and the county will pay a bounty of $500.00 for every verified kill. Bounty hunters must submit a broom, hat, and a magic wand from each deceased witch in order to collect the check.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, an official from the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Department further clarified that in the event a NRA inspired sharpshooter inadvertently brings down an Amazon drone, she will not face prosecution. The official went on to clarify:

“Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is the Spawn of the Devil. Our president* has explained to the nation that Amazon has been taking advantage of the US Postal Service and the Taxpayer for years now. If one of Amazon’s free loading drones goes MIA, no one here in Trump country will shed a single tear.”

When asked what prompted local officials to implement the bounty, County Commissioner, Alferd Packer explained:

“Seems like every morning when we tune in the local agricultural show, there’s yet another mention concerning the president’s* complaints about witches and witch hunts. It’s bad enough out here that we have to contend with varmints like coyotes and prairie dogs, but witches?

As patriotic Americans and loyal rural Trump voters, we decided to stand up and support our president*. As everyone knows, the president* and his staff are stretched pretty thin these days what with draining the swamp, tearing babies from the arms of their mothers, starting a global trade war, and making speeches extolling the virtues of Vladimir Putin.

This is the perfect opportunity for our farmers and ranchers to step in, get out their semi-automatics, and aim for the sky! To be honest, before we hit on the witch-hunting thing, farmers in rural Colorado were getting a tad discouraged. Not only have we been dealing with the worst drought in 30 years, Canada has imposed a 60% tariff on pinto beans – our main crop – in retaliation for the new US tariff on Canadian dairy products, as well as steel and aluminum. The witch bounty will help many a local farmer or rancher pay off their property liens and keep their tractors. Take THAT, Canada!”

In addition, the local Chamber of Commerce is quite upbeat, predicting that the witch bounty will bring in sportsmen and tourists from all over the United States and beyond. The permit fee for non-Colorado residents is $2,000 and 47 such permits have been sold already. Montezuma County plans to use the funds from the sale of witch hunting permits to create a hemp and recreational marijuana crop growing program which will encourage local farmers to switch from growing the highly volatile pinto bean and put in a few thousand acres of Maui Wowie instead. “We plan to keep the entire Front Range from Fort Collins to Pueblo stoned out of their minds. Ain’t no tariffs on that!” Mr. Packard exclaimed.

Posted by Mountain Mule | Sun Jun 10, 2018, 01:22 PM (4 replies)

My Experiences in Trump-Land - Lessons learned

Like many here, I woke up the day after the 2016 elections and received one of the most unpleasant, demoralizing surprises of my life. The Traitor had WON???? How was this even possible? My home state of Colorado becomes bluer by the day and voted for Hillary, no problem. Yet Colorado still retains some large pockets of red voters - mainly the highly conservative city of Colorado Springs and various far flung republican strongholds in the rural areas of the state. I live in rural Colorado on what Coloradans refer to as the "Western Slope." My county is poor and relatively isolated. The farmers and ranchers and small business owners here voted Trump with 70% of the county casting their ballots for the orange clown.

I did not want to think that my neighbors and friends were racist or were okay with cutting assistance to the poor in what is one of Colorado's most impoverished counties. I didn't want to accept that I live among such backward and mean-spirited people. I even posted here that I found it hard to believe that every last person who voted for Trump did so at least in part because they were bigots. So, I set out on a quest to try and figure it all out.

I don't like bringing up politics with acquaintances here because I'd much rather get along and hope that they'll eventually see the error of their ways. But that changed after Trump's so-called election. I started talking to people like "Ritchie" - the devout Christian who runs the farm I live on - and "Bud" a lifelong republican who is my landlady's husband. When I first brought up the subject to Ritchie in a sideways comment about the ongoing drought we've been experiencing, made worse by climate change; mild mannered Ritchie just blew up at me, and I beat a hasty retreat. About 6 months into our national nightmare, Bud came over to do some minor repairs on my house. We started out with some polite chit-chat until the subject of government regulation came up. Bud made the typical conservative remark about we Democrats being "Commies" and based our platform on Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto, etc., etc.

I was feeling my oats that day, so I engaged Bud in a political debate. I told him that I had never been interested in the study of Marx and that I prefered to base my political beliefs on the writings of Jefferson and Thomas Paine and that the Democratic Party has used the thinking of the great philosophers of the Enlightenment as their baseline - certainly NOT Marx. Bud was astonished and began to speak in a more personal vein, and ending up telling me that he felt "abandoned" by the republican party and had nowhere to go. Score one for our side!

I had another encounter with Ritchie a few weeks later, and he was shaking his head over Trump's sexual escapades and told me that he didn't see how he as a Christian could continue to support the president*. BTW, had I noticed how low the snowpack in our mountains is this year? Going to be a drought year for sure! Score two for our side!

Other conversations with Trumpers here showed me that many of them are completely brainwashed and when it comes to them, discussion is a waste of time. They are racist, have huge arsenals of guns, and believe that every last person on food stamps uses them to buy lobster and filet mignon. This contingent is unreachable and not worth wasting the time to try.

The Democratic party CAN turn voters like Ritchie and Bud, however. They would vote for a centrist Democrat along the lines of Conor Lamb. It is possible to reach disenchanted moderate republicans as well as independents, especially if we allow our candidates to speak to the concerns of the voters in their district as Lamb did. We don't need to concede the things in our platform that make us Democrats. We most certainly don't need to turn against pro-choice or concede the field to racists and crazed gun nuts. These elements among the electorate have minds that are ossified and their thinking is set in concrete. Forget about them.

Concentrate on voters like Bud and Ritchie, and I'm willing to bet a $1,000 bucks that my currently red district would go blue come November.

Just my humble opinion.

Posted by Mountain Mule | Tue Mar 20, 2018, 12:44 PM (15 replies)

My republican friend and her little girl are coming with me to a protest rally!

It's been a difficult year for my friend "Marta" and her 8 year-old daughter "Koko." First Koko lost her health insurance when the repugs in Congress refused to do anything to fund the CHIP program because giving tax breaks to billionaires was their priority one - I asked Marta if her own paycheck had gone up and she said "no."

Then the school shootings in Florida happened. Marta was already worried when she sent Koko off to school each morning after the school bus left Koko behind and the school - and Marta - had no idea where she was. That was awful. Poor Marta searched everywhere crying and shaking until Koko was safely found sitting under a shade tree on the school grounds. Just like everyone else, Marta was horrified at the deaths of those poor children. She downloaded onto her phone the pictures of the 17 people who were killed and showed them to me with tears in her eyes.

Koko was already anxious about going to school thanks to the school bus incident. Now she wakes up every morning with a tummy ache and begs to stay home. School has become a place where bad things can happen.

When the local Dems notified me that they're planning a gun control rally in the town park, I asked Marta if she and Koko would like to come with me and Marta said yes. WOW! My town is located in conservative rural Colorado. The Traitor won over Hillary by 77% of the vote. Plus, like many rural Coloradans, Marta and her husband own a number of guns, including two semi-automatics, but Marta has had enough.

The NRA and the repugs have made a huge mistake. The mothers in this nation are enraged. They will do whatever they can to protect their babies - a Mom will fight to the death to protect her child - and I can't help but feel that Mom's across the nation are going to go to the polls and vote Democrat in the coming midterms.

The tide is beginning to turn folks. There is hope for our country yet!

Posted by Mountain Mule | Wed Feb 21, 2018, 11:27 AM (2 replies)

I have no words to express my deep loathing of the republican party

The CHIP program is being cut or outright abolished in many, many states - including my own home state of Colorado. Rather than vote for the funding to continue the program, the republican controlled congress is deliberately leaving it to die a slow (and hopefully unknown demise) in some broom closet in the basement of a congressional office building in DC. The children who qualify for CHIP are often stuck between a rock and a hard place - their parents make too much money to qualify for medicaid, yet not enough to be able to afford private insurance.

One of my friend's adorable 7 year-old daughter has lost her medical coverage under CHIP, and her Mom is frantically searching for alternatives that apparently don't exist. What kind of low life scum would deny that innocent child medical care? What kind of low life scum would deny some of America's neediest children access to things like vaccinations or critical care due to an accident or catastrophic sickness?

The members of the republican party - that's who. A society is judged by the way it treats its most vulnerable members. Our children are our country's hope for a better future. They should be valued and cherished. Instead, they are being cast aside in favor of tax breaks for bloated corporations and even more bloated millionaires and billionaires. What is the upper 1% going to do for the future of our country? I'll tell you what. Stash their billions in even more secret offshore tax havens and make all the use they can of the new loopholes which will be written down there in the fine print with only the financial servants of individuals like the Koch bros and Donald Trump to notice - and take gleeful advantage of them.

I would be less than honest if I didn't admit that things such as this make me hate my country.
Posted by Mountain Mule | Wed Dec 13, 2017, 10:31 PM (2 replies)

Trump Confuses Mass Shootings Tweeting Condolences to Texas Hours After Tragedy in California

Source: People

President Donald Trump expressed his condolences for the wrong mass shooting after four people were fatally shot and at least ten injured in Northern California Tuesday.

“May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived,” Trump, 71, tweeted close to midnight Wednesday.

The commander-in-chief failed to recognize the latest massacre in Rancho Tehama Reserve, California, on Tuesday morning when a lone gunman occurred went on a random shooting spree in around the tiny community and targeted the local elementary school.

Rancho Tehama is about 190 miles north of San Francisco.

Sutherland Springs, Texas, was the location of the Nov. 5 church shooting where 25 people and an unborn child were killed.

Twitter users quickly slammed Trump with many calling out his inability to remember each mass shooting that has taken place this year.

Read more: http://people.com/politics/trump-confuses-mass-shootings-tweeting-condolences-to-texas-hours-after-tragedy-in-california/

Who cares about about all those liberal loonies in California, right? Trump does remember the tragedies in the red state of Texas, however.
Posted by Mountain Mule | Wed Nov 15, 2017, 02:44 AM (33 replies)
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