Absurd lies for all to see

The absurd lies that Donald Trump told the troops when he finally got around to visiting them in Iraq , about a 10 percent raise and about that raise being the first in 10 years, are on the White House’s website. That surprised me because the White House has edited transcripts to hide Trump’s failures in the past, but at least for now, these lies are there for all to see.

You haven’t gotten one in more than 10 years — more than 10 years.  And we got you a big one.  I got you a big one.  I got you a big one.  (Applause.)

They had plenty of people that came up.  They said, “You know, we could make it smaller.  We could make it 3 percent.  We could make it 2 percent.  We could make it 4 percent.”  I said, “No.  Make it 10 percent.  Make it more than 10 percent.”  Because it’s been a long time.  It’s been more than 10 years.  It’s been more than 10 years.  That’s a long time.  And, you know, you really put yourselves out there, and you put your lives out there.  So congratulations.

There was no 10 percent pay raise, and the 2019 pay raise isn’t the first pay raise in 10 years. It’s not even the biggest. The military has been getting a pay raise every year for a long time, and the 2010 pay raise was much bigger than the one Trump is bragging and lying about.

Say what you want about lying politicians. We have never had a president lie like Donald Trump does, and we’ve ever had a president show such disdain for our troops.

What would really help

Getting rid of Trump isn’t going to help as much as getting rid of the idea that “He’s just saying what we’re thinking” is a good reason for voting anyone into office, especially if what you’re thinking is selfish, nasty, and stupid.  

Believing the Unbelievable

Why is Donald Trump president? Here’s an example of one reason.

Someone close to me, who might not want to be named here, posted an article about the U.S. tear gassing asylum seekers. He’s fine. I love him. He’s not the problem.

The problem is a friend who replied to him. The friend posted this very disturbing collage of pictures with the bizarre pizzagate-related story, along with his own absurd accusation that the kids who were among the crowd who were tear gassed were trafficked and sold to be used as props. He says they were sold for thousands of dollars each.

I don’t know how much effort anyone should have to put into debunking such nonsense, but I will point out two things that I didn’t even have to spend hours of googling to figure out:

1) In order to spend thousands of dollars a piece to place kids among asylum seekers so they could be tear gassed at the border, one would have to have confidence that they would, in fact, be tear gassed at the border. Otherwise, it’s a pretty risky investment for no gain that I can understand with a high degree of being found out. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was actually kind of shocked that we stooped that low.

2) It’s hard for me to imagine the labyrinth of twisted logic that connects pizzagate to migrants, but the photo of creepy guys in black robes? That was taking from an idea for a Halloween haunted house. You can see it on Pinterest.

Yes. Some guy spent probably less then 10 minutes lifting a bunch of creepy pictures from the internet to throw together a sick story about the Clintons, and some people – thousands, I imagine – are fucking gullible enough to believe it.

I didn’t spend time tracking down the other creepy photos. The one with the girl smiling with blood dripping from her mouth also looks like a Halloween gimmick to me, and the one with the tooth is probably from a dental website. Maybe later I’ll spend some time tracking down those photos too.

How do so many people believe this shit? Are we really this fucking stupid?

When are so-called “patriots”, or even fucking “nationalists” going to start caring about Trump’s continued disrespect for those who serve and sacrifice for this nation?

> Trump never served because of bone spurs – but bone spurs never stopped him from doing anything else
> Trump joked that having sex in the 70’s was his “personal Vietnam”
> Trump belittled John McCain’s time served as an American POW, saying “I like people who weren’t captured”
> After two years, the president still hasn’t visited troops in combat
> Trump sent Pence to lie to the troops in January 2018 saying Democrats were playing politics with their pay, after Republicans blocked a resolution to pay troops during a possible government shutdown.
> Trump compared his “sacrifices” to those who died on the battlefield. By “sacrifices” he meant working to make money
> Trump insulted the family of a fallen hero.
> And now, Trump skipped visiting a cemetery for American soldiers because it was drizzling