“All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred,

comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”

George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

Yesterday was one of those days, March 19, which places a thumb on the scales of good and evil.  This day was one of those days which makes me sick to my stomach, probably one of the days equal to all the idiotic days of idiotic actions by power mad and idiotic presidents combined.  It was the day the Village Idiot (VI) Bush II invaded Iraq.

Oh, we all watched or read about his excuses to engage in a war against a country which had been made into a backwater by his father.  We know the lies he spread to enter a country which was nothing more than an account in the budget of the U.S. Air Force.  And, we know four thousand four hundred ninety-one United States military were killed for the VI and his criminals.


The war was for a guy trying to show how smart and tough he was.  It was a war that the leftovers from the Vietnam War waged to show how they were right about Vietnam and Tricky Dick was wrong to negotiate a treaty to get our ass out of the beautiful country left wasted.  It was a war for all the wrong reasons.

Think of Vietnam.  The buildup to it was complex and the results were in a very different time.  World War II had literally just ended.  The Korean War was just at a truce and a line barely in place.  And the Soviet Union was doing its best to rattle America.  Add in Red China trying to extend its influence.  A lot was going on in the world and in particular South East Asia.


Forward a few decades and we have the unelected president trying to show how he was tougher and smarter than daddy.  His syncopates were more than willing to join in under his big umbrella.  Need a reason to invade.  Why not combine the attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001 with something.

Unfortunately the only something to add in would be lies.  So, why not use lies?   We the citizens of the United States of America were lied to.  The rest of the world was lied to in the United Nations Assembly.  The VI got his war.


Fast forward button pressed to the current Republican Party.  A party more often screaming and yelling and threatening to use American might to *smaunch those they dislike than to negotiate a calm.  They think that the U.S. military is to be used anytime they suspect a terrorist cell is around, even it is not.

Now that you are in 2016 (**jesus alou this is a long time from my beginning) and the Republican Party is now a party of idiots, with several of the idiots who were with Nixon and the VI playing a supporting role,


I can only guess at what would happen if the orange hair bully was elected president.  Sure a few in the military would resign or retire rather than do his bidding.  The majority would follow orders.

Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, the Baltics, India, Palestine, and many more regions would be in danger.  He probably would not bother with Africa, his supporters do not care about black people.  I am very willing to believe he would be attacking the world on his own, no other nation would lift a finger, other than to protest.

You want to know why this election is so important?  That alone should scare people to vote Democratic.  Domestically he has promised to make this the white supremacist homeland.  Anyone except white, male and in the missionary position would be punished.  Scared yet?

*Smaunch is from 1960’s Mad Magazine

**Jesus Alou is from 1970’s to avoid yelling “Jesus Christ” as an expletive, it is pronounced using Spanish language “Haysus Alou”


Author: Blue Bronc

Born in Detroit when Truman was president, survived the rest of them. Early on I learned that FDR was the greatest president, which has withstood all attempts to change that image. Democratic Party, flaming liberal, Progressive, equality for all and a believer in we are all human and deserve respect and understanding. College educated, a couple of degrees, a lot of world experience and tons of fun. US Air Force (pre-MRE days). Oil and gas fields, computer rooms and stuff beyond anything I can talk about. It has been quite a life so far. The future is making my retirement boat my home. Dogs, cats and other critters fill my life with happiness. Work pays the bills.

69 thoughts on ““All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred,”

  1. Another day, another beatdown at a Trump rally.
    With the GOP frontrunner on stage, a Trump supporter at a rally in Tucson viciously assaulted a protester who was being led away. [….]
    “I have nothing against the guy that attacked me,” said Sanders, who was waving a picture of Trump overlaid with the Confederate flag when Pettway walloped him. “I don’t know him. He’s just an angry person and his anger is being accentuated by the political movement.”
    The assault was caught on video from at least two angles, showing a swarm of cops weaving through a crowd of Trump supporters to grab Pettway. He faces a misdemeanor assault charge in suspicion of beating up Sanders.
    The beatdown lasted nearly 10 seconds before security officers and police intervened.
    “It’s disturbing for me to watch,” Sanders added. “Who would have intervened if this man had kept going? I’m actually frightened.” 

    btw, the aforementioned sanders is a bryan not a bernie

  2. Blue B

    Excellent post.. Definitely this election is so important.. Electing that fascist pig Trump is not an option..

  3. Great article BB.  I have trouble believing that anyone who lived through all of that would fall for the Trump spiel, but some people seem to actually miss war as long as they don’t have to fight in one.

    Oh and not sure what you meant by “smuanch” in the 7th paragraph.  Sounds like something I might like to Trump’s head floppy, but Webster’s was no help with a definition. 🙂


    patd,  You might want to insert Bryan Sanders first name.  On first sleepy reading I thought Bernie might have been attacked.

  4. thanks, Jamie, didn’t mean to startle folks just waking up.  did a double take myself.  that really would have brought back nightmares of brown shirted thugs beating up on old jewish guys.

  5. Just saw that Emirates airline commercial with Jen Anniston- asking to ride around for an hour.  Someone is really asleep at the wheel with that one.

  6. bb, yes good post.  you forget tho’ how much the halliburtons and the bechtels depend on those wars to enjoy the lifestyles to which they’ve become accustomed.  and where would the critters get campaign cash if it weren’t for them and the gun manufacturers?

    war, not love, makes their world go ’round

  7. The right’s pathetic blame game: Now it’s the left-wing media’s fault Trump is winning
    Conservatives rip CNN for treating the GOP front-runner with kid gloves. We’re officially through the looking glass
    Eric Boehlert 

    “So what was the collective sin of the CNN moderators last week? According to NewsBusters, they had failed to press Donald Trump for a response regarding documented claims that a reporter had been manhandled by Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, at a public event.
    NewsBusters was also upset that the alleged assault had received minimal time on the network evening newscasts: “The main broadcast networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC largely remained silent on Lewandowski’s alleged actions toward a female reporter until Thursday.”
    Wait, what?” http://www.salon.com/2016/03/19/the_rights_pathetic_blame_game_now_its_the_left_wing_medias_fault_trump_is_winning_partner/

  8. Saying “Hillary only won the Confederacy” isn’t just idiotic — it’s also bad for the Democratic Party
    A progressive group dismisses Clinton wins for only occurring in the South, which is both wrong and bad politics
    Gary Legum

    “The PDA quickly apologized. In truth, however, the organization was parroting an argument I’ve seen made by scattered Sanders fans on social media over the last few weeks. (Note: I am not saying Sanders himself is responsible for his supporters’ dumb comments, implying Hillary is winning with the votes of unreconstructed Confederates, nor that he and his fans are racists. PLEASE DON’T @ ME!) It has taken a couple of different forms – sometimes the claim substitutes “red states” for “Southern states” – but the implication is always the same: Hillary Clinton is winning states that no Democrat will win in the general election, So we shouldn’t assume they reflect a wider base of support for her in the country.
    As an argument about who the Democrats should nominate, this is a supremely dumb one. This is a primary election. The issue of whether Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is better suited to win, say, Alabama in the general election is not the question that is up for debate.” http://www.salon.com/2016/03/19/saying_hillary_only_won_the_confederacy_isnt_just_idiotic_its_also_bad_for_the_democratic_party/

  9. How Donald Trump Can Fall Short of His Delegate Target

    Nate Cohn

    Donald Trump is about 550 delegates short of earning the 1,237 delegates necessary to win the Republican nomination.
    If he keeps winning at the pace he has so far, he will probably take around 60 percent of the remaining 900 or so pledged delegates, reaching his target. But Mr. Trump’s path is deceptively tenuous, and it might not take much to knock him off.
    It all hangs on whether Mr. Trump can continue to fend off Ted Cruz in states where Mr. Trump is relatively weak. He barely did it in Missouri (with an official result still pending) and North Carolina last Tuesday, when Mr. Cruz showed unexpected strength.”

  10. Blue Bronc,

    Excellent Post. The Cheney-Bush administration should be sharing bunks in a war crimes prison. Should be. But never will. A despicable crew.

    There was a man who lived in a fashionable part of my city who had a nice wooden fence. On this fence he attached a sign that simply stated: “( number ) of soldiers who have died in Iraq fighting George W. Bush’s War.” Each day the number changed. These were young men & women, gone. There’s a line from All Quiet on the Western Front that is timeless: It’s easier to say go out and die than it is to do it. / Thank you Blue Bronc for reminding us about the faces behind the numbers.

  11. Will Trump Be Dumped?
    Maureen Dowd

    “WASHINGTON — MOST people would be upset to be at the center of an agitated national debate about whether they were more like Hitler, Mussolini, Idi Amin, George Wallace or a Marvel villain.
    Not Donald Trump.
    He doesn’t like invidious comparisons but he’s cool with being called an authoritarian.
    “We need strength in this country,” he told me Friday morning, speaking from his Fifth Avenue office. “We have weak leadership. Hillary is pathetically weak.”
    I’m sure mean girl Dowdy just loved quoting Trump on Hillary..

  12. Blue Bronc Dictionary – short version

    VI = Village Idiot

    Smaunch – from the 1960’s Mad Magazine a Mad version of “smite”

    jesus alou – pronounced in Spanish as a replacement to avoid swearing as in shouting Jesus Christ after nailing your thumb to a 2X4

    missing words, extra words, missing whatevers – I am old and I write these in twenty to thirty minutes, one through and look for a title that might attract attention the attention my gentle readers to read it.

  13. Blue Bronc,

    Great post. Thank you.

    Am I scared? Damn right I am! Seeing Donald Trump and Donald Rumsfeld on the same page is enough to scare the daylights out of most sane people. The epitome of dumbth and danger.

  14. Republican Leaders Map a Strategy to Derail Donald Trump

    by Alexandria Burns and Jonathan Martin

    “Republican leaders adamantly opposed to Donald J. Trump’s candidacy are preparing a 100-day campaign to deny him the presidential nomination, starting with an aggressive battle in Wisconsin’s April 5 primary and extending into the summer, with a delegate-by-delegate lobbying effort that would cast Mr. Trump as a calamitous choice for the general election.
    Recognizing that Mr. Trump has seized a formidable advantage in the race, they say that an effort to block him would rely on an array of desperation measures, the political equivalent of guerrilla fighting.
    There is no longer room for error or delay, the anti-Trump forces say, and without a flawlessly executed plan of attack, he could well become unstoppable.”

  15. BB

    Okay.  Now that I know, I will definitely “Smaunch” something nefarious and deserving. 🙂


  16. What the Butler Knows – Trump habits courtesy of his Butler of 30 years.
    About all you need to know of the short fingered vulgarian is contained here:

    A series of 16th Century Flemish tapestries hung in the house when he bought it, which had been carefully protected by drapes.
    He soon blasted them into oblivion with sunlight, causing them to fade irreparably.
    The library, with centuries-old British oak bookcases filled with rare first editions, was turned into a bar, said Mr Senecal. A portrait of Mr Trump in his tennis whites now hangs in the room.

  17. The 2,100-Year-Old Word for Trumpism
    Don’t know “Ochlocracy”? Better learn it.
    Michael Tomasky

    Of course, for us to really slip into ochlocracy, he’d have to win the presidency. Let’s hope that can’t happen. And then maybe President Clinton can say to the patrician Republicans: OK, boys, these furious people you’ve been feeding shit sandwiches to for all these years while you get their votes by telling them how evil I am…how about we get together and actually do something for them?”


    All the Things the Bible Wants to Execute You For
    All the GOP delegates declaring homosexuality a biblical sin punishable by death should tread carefully—and not gather any sticks on the Sabbath.
    By Candida Moss
    “Just this past week footage emerged of Ted Cruz stumping at the National Religious Liberties Conference in Iowa. He was there looking for support from the conference’s organizer, pastor-cum-radio host Kevin Swanson. In introducing Cruz, the “next candidate for the office of the President of the United States,” Swanson remarked that in “Romans Chapter 1 verse 32 the Apostle Paul does says that homosexuals are worthy of death.”

    Swanson’s support for the death penalty for homosexuality might play well to his audience. But there are other crimes that also warrant the death penalty, though these seem less popular among delegates these days:”http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/03/20/all-the-things-the-bible-wants-to-execute-you-for.html

  19. The poisonous conservative thinking that caused the Flint crisis

    By Dana Milbank

    http://The poisonous conservative thinking that caused the Flint crisis

  20. “Hillary Clinton’s war record.”  Google it.  She’s a hawk, and nothing but a hawk.  She was a failure as SOS.  If her choices were based on her own judgement, she should not be allowed anywhere near the OO.  If her choices were the bidding of those she truly serves, she should not be allowed anywhere near the OO.

    Hillary is a warmonger. I can’t vote for that.


  21. IMO, the blog that Jack quoted at the end of the last thread is something we all should be thinking about.  Especially if one’s financial situation isn’t to one’s liking.  So let me bring part of it to this thread.

    More seriously, Murphy suggests, “We turn into Paraguay. Which is probably an insult to Paraguay. Trump suing the attorney general because he tried to turn off the air-conditioning in the Rayburn building. It’ll turn into a bad reality show. And all the crap you see in foreign countries where the parliament members are suing each other and everything turns into a big legitimacy fight. .  .  . We lose everything. The brand will be destroyed.
    “Then the problem becomes how are we the world’s reserve currency anymore? We get away with a lot of shit because people think we have a stable system. But if your banker comes in one day wearing a diaper, speaking gibberish, you’re going to pull your money out of that checking account. So that has a huge potential impact on our ability to protect our economic strength. We borrow a lot of f — ing money. Because people think the number one safest instrument in the world is the U.S. Treasury bond. And if we start making reality-show clowns in charge? Run on the American bank. You think the pissed-off steelworker in Akron has trouble now? Wait until we have a financial collapse and they take 25 percent off the dollar. He’ll be serving hot dogs in an American restaurant in China.”

    Right on, Jack!

  22. Great post and comments.  BB…we need to be reminded everyday!  Jack, very awesome knowledge you brought to us.  Flatus and Jamie…Tammy Duckworth does need our help and recognition.

    OSH…poorly done commercial…bad concept.

  23. Should dems be stopping Trump?  Or should they stay out of the fray and let him win?  Or let him destroy the GOP?  I doubt if dems can keep their hands off of this hot mess.  Good luck controlling groupies on either side.  If Trump is the nominee and HRC can handily beat him?  Sounds pretty good to me.  I am sure we will hear a lot of moaning and talks of immigration…out of the US of AA during the actual election cycle.

    I know I should not complain about Sanders, but the Arpaio stunt with Jane?  Just like Trump.  I wonder how many county jails Jane has visited in Vermont on her goal to be the champion for prisoners in the eyes of the state corrections department.  It was all about grabbing attention.  Bern sure has made sure the dems are spending money they should be using elsewhere.  I know, wait until the nominees are chosen and the really big money rolls in.

  24. Jamie…speaking of climate change?  My play is one of a few that have been selected for May’s One Act Play Festival at Las Cruces Community Theater.    The Festival runs from May 5 – 8th and is used as a fund raiser for the theater.

  25. It is spring. It is sheep season.

    The morning shows, especially local, have been mist interesting.  They are drink Ted Cruz-flavored Kool-Aid.

  26. Please note that the Bush War in Iraq combat causality count is not correct.  The “war” ended in 2011, the deaths have not.  Yesterday a Marine was killed in a rocket attack in Makhmur, Iraq.  Although it was an Isis attack, that group is a result of the Bush War.

  27. The GOP is scrambling.  An article in today’s Dallas Morning News mentions a third-party nomiee: Rick Perry!    Whaaaa???

  28. John Kasich….ick  what an effing git

    I think I would rather have Trump

  29. From DeeDee and the National Tequila party (Huffpo)
    I have a bone to pick with Jane Sanders, and it ain’t nice.   The last thing we need right now is for Jane and the Bernie Sanders campaign to contribute to orchestrated media stunts Sheriff Joe Arpaio enjoys and benefits from.  It doesn’t help Arizona Chicano and Latino voters feel any better about the Sanders campaign, particularly when the Boston Globe wrote:

    A review of the vote in question shows that Sanders, as a U.S. representative in 2006, did indeed vote in support of 2006 legislation supporting civilian border patrols under the Minuteman Project banner. The amendment, authored by then-Representative Jack Kingston, a Republican, aimed to prevent U.S. border officials from telling Mexican officials about the whereabouts of the Minutemen patrols.

  30. Love this pic of Hillary and Obama, the two peacemakers.. I thank them both for repairing are image here and around the world after the disaster  GWB was for our country and the world.. Michael Ware described the horror last night on Bill Maher and the reality is still and always will be so shocking… Trump would be more shocking with his “bomb the shit out of them” hawk mentality..

  31. KGC…Kasich, Faux New Pundit masquerading as govohio.  He loves to embellish and claims he was at the elbow of Ronald Reagan while rebuilding the navy or some crap like that!

  32. tony,

    If pouring boiling water over someone because of who they are doesn’t define hate, I don’t know what would. We have a lot of growing up to do as a society.

  33. Agreed.  Kasich is, indeed, a git.  Don’t  cha love how he switched positions on Garland for his MTP w/Chucky T?   I think they need to employ the schoolyard “no take-backs” sometimes.

    I take it nobody wants to own up to the truth about Hillary’s hawkishness.   So many articles listing her record if you just google      Hillary Clinton’s war record.

    She is many things, but a dove is not one of them.


    From the article
    Narcissistic personality disorder can be described simply as a pathological need to puff oneself up, and to put others down. Mayo Clinic publicizes an in-depth description of the traits of someone with narcissistic personality disorder.

    “If you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may feel a sense of entitlement — and when you don’t receive special treatment, you may become impatient or angry. You may insist on having “the best” of everything — for instance, the best car, athletic club or medical care.”

  35. Just realized that I may have an interesting Saturday ahead of me.  I’ll be caucusing for Hillary.  Back in 2008 it was against busloads of Obama supporters.  This time it could well be vans of college types.  Chelsea Clinton is going to be in Tacoma on Tuesday, but I can’t make the meeting.  Hope they are better organized than 8 years ago.

  36. I wear this t-shirt at least once a week at the gym.  Had a cpl of UN-pleasant exchanges a while back.  It says: ” The Bush Regime”……………..if you are going to insist that crossing borders illegally is a crime which cannot be tolerated, and for which people should be punished, how about …..George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice (and, yes, Colin Powell) and the rest of that gang, with their highly illegal, and violent, “crossing of the border”-into Iraq, among other places?!

    Same in spanish on the back….

  37. This time it could well be vans of college types.”

    Jamie44, I read that & was transported to the late ’60s, early ’70s bedroom of my sister & her neat-o blacklight Peter Max posters. And my brother’s Yippie flag. Thanks for the memories 😉

    solarcrete! I love your t-shirt. You are OK. And really cool.


  38. from daily caller:

    Estrada, who in 2001 was nominated by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia but was filibustered by Senate Democrats and was not confirmed, appeared Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

    “What do you make of the Republican strategy to just block?” host John Dickerson asked Estrada.

    “Let me get started with my view, which is to say when the President puts somebody who is a qualified person the Senate should give him a hearing get him through,” Estrada said. “And I think that Garland is astronomically qualified and should be confirmed.”


    “If the party were 20 points ahead in the polls and we were united behind a Republican nominee who was clearly conservative the strategy might continue to make sense — everybody knows that that’s not the case.”

    “When we come to the primaries in June and it’s clear that at best we’re going to have a messy contested convention, I think there will be a number of Republican senators who will take second look at this and say, ‘You know, it’s a high quality person, we should give him a hearing and confirm him,’” Estrada said.


  39. carl hiaasen:  Cuba: First Obama, then Mick Jagger

    On Sunday, Obama will land in Havana aboard Air Force One. The first U.S. president to visit the island in 88 years, he’ll meet with Cuban officials and dissidents, and give a speech before a crowd of 1,000 at the Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso.

    Jagger and the Rolling Stones, who have their own very nice jet, fly in a few days later to perform a free concert at Ciudad Deportiva. More than 400,000 fans are expected to show up.

    Obviously, this is not Fidel Castro’s Cuba anymore.

  40. SJWNY

    Bernie has been transported in from the 1960s 🙂  I’ll check the rooms for psychedelic paraphernalia.  🙂

  41. If you would like to vote for the second Mrs./second ex-Mrs. Trump (Marla Maples) tomorrow night, her number for DWTS is 800-868-3407.  Or, you know, don’t.  The longer she’s on, the more free publicity for him.  And, it seems, there is no such thing as bad publicity for Donald.

  42. SJ,

    Thanks.  Ya can call me Solar, Solarman, Soli, Crete, Zorba………….but ya don havta call me Solarcrete…..Every one here is kinda cool…..cept that grump over in Minn……..I think that he might just need some cool pills……

  43. From Twitter yesterday:

    “On my way to the Donald Trump rally. Let’s make America great again!!!” – Richie Incognito

    You may remember Richie as the former Dolphins player who was suspended for his role in the bullying of a teammate in Miami. So, Trump is REALLY getting ALL the good endorsements.

    In other news, today is Julia’s birthday. Happy spring, everyone!

  44. Scott Baio of Joanie Loves Chachi just endorsed #drumpf.  I guess the residuals finally ran out.

  45. I guess the residuals finally ran out.

    Terrible thing to happen to someone who has no clue to how the U.S. economy works.

    You have to excuse me. In the background is a clip of women flashing sheep by raising their skirts.  I am following the conversation as that I need to change my consciousness.  Okay.  I will.  I am wearing shorts.  Watching New Yorker on amazon prime.

  46. Big Dog Bill on cspan now, speaking in AZ, for the hour. Powerful introduction by Gabby Giffords.

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