Reprinted from Mike Malloy Website
Truthseekers, are you as nauseated by the Trump Show as are we? And the supporting actors -- Rubio, Cruz, Christie, and newcomer Michael Bloomberg ... all minor players in the blockbuster mega-hit.
When -- oh God when -- can we discuss anything else? This is far worse than when Princess Diana was killed in that tragic car accident and no other topic could be broached -- for weeks. Or when Saint Reagan went to his final reward and we were treated to endless clips and footage from Bonzo to Gorbachev. Speaking of, First Lady Nancy followed her beloved Ronnie this weekend, and I was ashamed at how happy I was that the cameras briefly tilted away from the hair-flap.
And when the pundits do take a pause to explore (gasp) another story? They are almost apologetic. I keep expecting to hear some kind of voice-over ... "We apologize for the interruption of the Donald Trump Show, we will now return to your regularly-scheduled insanity, already in progress ..."
What ever did we talk about before hostile takeover of our telescreens? What might we be free to discuss today were we not in the midst of a national nervous breakdown?
Well, perhaps Peyton Manning's retirement. Closing GITMO? Or the fact that humanitarian and former president Jimmy Carter seems to have miraculously recovered from a deadly diagnosis of malignant melanoma metastasized to his brain. He is cured. No trace of the tumors remain. Talk about a living saint. Maybe he could bless our ballot boxes and turn this mess around. Is it too late to tweak the meme WWJD -- What Would Jimmy Do?
And then there's the federal case over Apple's iPhone data. And North Korea's latest threat of a nuclear strike against the US -- that seems worthy of a tiny interruption. How about the Republican's plan to circumvent the US Constitution and deny a seated President his right to nominate a Supreme Court Justice? Could we have a teensy bit of that?
Here's a doozy -- the European Union is poised to disintegrate before our eyes. Do we care? Are we even aware of it? Since we have been blinded by the Aqua-net these last several months, Turkey has been become a temporary home to almost 3 million refugees from Syria, Africa, and other areas of the mid east where US wars have destroyed their homeland. Most of the migrants are seeking permanent homes in Germany or Scandinavia, and those nations are not at all happy about their new neighbors.
So much so that NATO just sent warships -- warships now -- to police the waters around Turkey and Greece. The Royal British Navy is also assisting.
In a nutshell, Turkey is seeking entrance to the EU and increased aid monies in exchange for ceasing to be a gateway to Europe for these starving, homeless, unwelcome dispossessed families. And there is good news! It seems EU Council President Donald (!) Tusk (!!) says there is a workable deal on the table. The BBC explains it this way:
"European Council President Donald Tusk said leaders had made a 'breakthrough,' and he was hopeful of concluding a deal next week.
"He said the progress sent 'a very clear message that the days of irregular migration to Europe are over.'
- the return of all new irregular migrants crossing from Turkey to the Greek islands with the costs covered by the EU
- the resettlement of one Syrian from Turkey to the EU for every Syrian readmitted by Turkey from Greece
- speeding up of plans to allow Turks visa-free travel in Europe, with a view to lifting visa requirements by June 2016
- speeding up the payment of 3bn ($3.3bn; 2.2bn) promised in October, and a decision on additional funding to help Turkey deal with the crisis. Turkey reportedly asked for EU aid to be increased to 6bn ($6.6bn; 4.64bn)
- preparations for a decision on the opening of new chapters in talks on EU membership for Turkey
"Speaking at a news conference after the summit, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey had made a 'bold decision to accept all irregular illegal migrants... based on the assumption that for every one Syrian readmitted by Turkey from the Greek islands another Syrian will be resettled by Europe.'