Who knew that conservative old bastard, Walt Disney, would create the perfect metaphor for America's never-ending wars against peoples of color, from the first peoples to Asians to Muslims.
And if you're looking for a direct, written analysis of Trump's "speech" about Afghanistan, check this out by The Intercept's Alex Emmons.
Donald Trump has spent the past few days defending the confederate leaders whose statues are finally starting to come down.
The real mission of those statues was not to honor the traitors, but to serve as warnings to terrorize blacks who may have thought they were finally getting the rights their creator had already given them,
Trump, of course, is sticking to the 150-year lie that the traitors' cause was an honorable one and worthy of respect.
Treason is a word Trump is rather familiar with as accusations continue about his dealings with Russia.
Maybe that's a reason Trump is spending so much time defending the confederate traitors.
He's just practicing making his own defense against claims of his own treason.
During the past few months, enough reports have surfaced to strongly suggest that Donald Trump spends much of his days watching hours of the Fox news channel.
And, of course, Fox spends much of its programming defending Trump and attacking his critics.
It reminds me of two suns locked in a rotation around each other.
Eventually, such a system can evolve into a black hole, where nothing can escape.
Has America, and possibly even the world, reached a point from which it not only can't turn back, but can't even break free?
Fox and Trump, taking us all into a huge black hole.
I know trial lawyers, particularly those who advertise on everything from television to buses, are among the least popular life forms on earth.
But they're often all we've got.
The other day, I saw an ad essentially fishing for clients against glyphosate, which is marketed as Roundup by Monsanto.
The state of California is set to require a label warning about glyphosate, saying it is linked to cancer. Other agencies, including the EU and EPA reject that assertion.
I don't know who's right. But the regulatory agencies are often influenced by corporate giants with billions at stake.
Particularly now that Trump is president -- whose EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is trying to reverse every environmental protection he can find -- it is becoming increasingly unlikely that full and fair research about possible carcinogens will be conducted, or continue to be conducted if new evidence surfaces.
About glyphosate or any other chemical or product.
That is why the trial lawyers are so important.
From Washington to state capitols to even local government meeting rooms, big business pretty much controls the executive and legislative branches.
Only the courts -- themselves weakened by decades of right-wing appointments -- offer a chance for a fair airing of grievances, particularly through the discovery process when internal corporate documents could be unearthed.
If they are victorious, trial lawyers will get huge payouts on fees.
And, of course, the plaintiffs will get something.
But we all win if dangerous threats to our health and safety are exposed.
In this land of unregulated capitalism, trial lawyers, no matter what their motives, are often the only friend we've got.
Much has been made of Trump's "many sides" description of the fatal assault on peaceful protesters in Charlottesville this past weekend.
But, in truth, Trump is following a great American tradition.
After all, even today, we still hear about the many sides of our treatment of the first Americans, black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, female Americans and LGBT Americans.
Denial of our own evil is as patriotic as it can get -- and an American value even older than the United States.
As usual, it's always about us -- and now, of course, Trump.
Lost in all the self-absorbed chatter about North Korea and America is the fate of South Korea.
Even a limited conventional strike against Pyongyang's nuclear facilities would most likely unleash North Korea's overwhelming (and non-nuclear) artillery massed along the border. Estimated casualties run into the tens of thousands of South Koreans during the early hours, and who knows how many before the US could eventually end this threat.
Seoul is in range.
10 million people live there.
I don't know why we have this thing about killing Koreans.
From a WAPO story:"
“Over a period of three years or so, we killed off — what — 20 percent of the population,” Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War, told the Office of Air Force History in 1984. Dean Rusk, a supporter of the war and later secretary of state, said the United States bombed “everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.” After running low on urban targets, U.S. bombers destroyed hydroelectric and irrigation dams in the later stages of the war, flooding farmland and destroying crops.
But why do they hate us?
More than 60 years later it's still the same. Just ask Lindsey Graham:
"If there's going to be a war, it's going to be in the region, not here in America."
North Korea, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos ....
(And sorry, but there were those bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki despite Japan sending signals it was ready to surrender.)
Man, Americans love to kill Asians.
And then ignore or forget about what we've done.
I don't think most Americans understand that any type of attack against North Korea will result in the deaths of tens of thousands of South Koreans who live well within Pyongyang's artillery range.
Even if both sides don't use nukes.
And even if no attack is made on America or its forces.
That is why South Korea is not fond of Trump's bellicose threats (which are probably more about falling poll numbers amid the Russia probe).
Not sure who hates Trump more: North Koreans or South Koreans.
This isn't about a vague possibility that Kim Jong-un could strike the United States or even some military outpost of the America empire out in the Pacific Ocean.
It's about a very real possibility of a holocaust-level slaughter of hundreds of thousands of South Koreans.
Our media, our politicians and, most of all, our homicidal narcissist president, all think it's about America and North Korea.
Pray for South Korea.
It's become almost a cliche to describe how our world has been turned upside-down:
Even despite recent sanctions, Republicans -- yes Republicans -- remain the biggest fans of Russia.
The party of near-pathological hatred of communist Russia for decades has a crush on those bad boys.
True, Congress recently OK'd a round of sanctions against Russia, and the GOP's sometimes leader, Donald Trump, signed the penalties -- which were passed by overwhelmingly veto-proof margins in both chambers.
But as Trump's ties to Russia -- whether in the 2016 election or the decades of financial ties -- increasingly turn sinister, Congressional Republicans had to break down and give themselves cover.
And Russia today is not the Soviet Union once pursued by Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon and their red-bating Republican minions.
But at the same time, much is the same:
Russia today is still run by a corrupt oligarchy of one-percenters who aggressively pursue their interests abroad while marginalizing, if not making criminals of or even murdering, those who dissent.
Seems to me that's exactly what Trump and most Republicans want to see in America.
And they're well on their way to taking us there.
Cranky lefty hiding in the basement while working toward enlightenment.