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Showing posts with label 45. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 45. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A New GOP Sect; Watch It Grow

"Identity Europa"

Since we spend moderate amounts of time reporting on growing racism and white nationalism at the core of the GOP, it is also important to note and report on new fissures. We are speaking of white nationalist (racist) offspring which feels it has something in common with the GOP.

Of even more importance, we do not find riposte actions from the GOP. Retort actions which would send a message to the white nationalist they are not welcome in the party. In the absence of such, we can only assume these movements are welcomed in the GOP.
A new hate group wants to take over the GOP via @msnbc
Is there any reason for more verbiage?  How about that GOP vote?

Utter racism follows. 

Former US Congressman (R-UT)

And here is how it ends.


Monday, October 15, 2018

Witches And Hexes Via Trumpism

Related imageIf the phantom guy who comments about my writing more and less relying on video to carry my message wants to comment on this pro-Trump activist, feel free to do so and I will publish the comment.

There is about enough need to comment on the comments from Amy Kremer as there was a need to challenge Trump's proclamation against Obama's birth, Trump Tower secret taping via Obama, and even less need when one considers Mexico paying for the wall. What we have here is entertainment for Trump supporters via wallowing in WWE like rhetoric. Actually, the fill-in host Ali Velshi should have in some way commented about the insanity of such statements on international TV. If hosts allow such spreading of Chicken-Little like insanity it lowers the credibility of the network and the host.

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Mediaite and the video clip. 
The essence of trumpism: "...witches and hexes."

Actually, we shouldn't have experienced any surprise with that which emanates from Kremer's mouth. YouTube is full of video segments of her zany punditry on behalf of all things Trump (and US conservatism). How about a sample? What follows is one three minute example. Linked, here.


As Trump's World Turns: 60 Minutes Interview

Asked if he believes he treated Ford with respect, the President said, "I think so, yeah. I did." 
"You know what?" Trump added when told it appeared he had accused Ford of lying in a speech. "I'm not going to get into it, because we won. It doesn't matter. We won."

Trump on 60 Minutes with Lesley Stahl.

Why 60 Minutes broadcast an interview with Donald Trump has to fall in the realm of rationale based in because he is the President along with a suspicious consideration of .....and will draw millions of viewers. While Trump supporters may have found the interview comparable to Trump's oozfest rallies, the 26 minutes on air offered historic existentially embarrassing archive minutes.

If you did not see your president at his literal worse, give what follows a few minutes; even if you skip through the interview.

A minute on Saudi Journalist killing.

CNN article, linked here.

"...We won",  he said.  Is this a game pitting US conservatism against the world?  It seems to be a common trait and consideration from many conservatives.  Life is a big game

I recall a situation within mere weeks of Trump's November popular vote loss while having dinner with a neighbor family.  As we approach the dinner I noticed a couple of efforts by the wife (or girlfriend) to elicit comments or reactions regarding Trump's inane and idiotic post-election speeches.  She got one form me nor the wife.  

As we worked through dinner, somehow the conversation moved to retiring early for bed.  The wife proclaims she had to be awake late to watch "the news".  From that point the conversation moved to the reality we did not vote for Trump. Oh man, the atmosphere changed.  The fellow immediately raised his hands in the air as if his turn at a stadium wave waved his arms back and forth and went to a chorus of "We won, we won, we won."  Really?  The fellow looked like he was in a scene from the 60's hippie movie replete wiAcid-induced ed chanting.  upon seeing the unbelievable spectacle, I suggested we avoid discussion of politics while partaking in the meal. The women hesitated for a moment and stated; "Ok not dinner but I have one thing to say." At that point, she moved into Sean Hannity mode (her late-night news viewing without question) and went here: " I love my country!  Seriously, I mean really? She went there. As if my non-trump vote disqualified me from a love of country.

These are the same exhibitionist Americans who like so many on the right exercise their rights, fly the US flag 24/7-365  (day, night weather) without regard for US Flag etiquette and protocol. They live in a simple-minded, dangerous and false reality promulgated and nurture by republicanism. A political ideology and practice inseminated by Richard Nixon, honed by Ronald Regan and has now metastasized into trumpism. 

60 Minutes?

The issue of why broadcast with a president who lies far more than he issues truisms, stands as something of an expectation. Yet, there is something rolling around in my mind settles on; why bother. Trump is a pathological liar, he apparently has motives to avoid any confrontation with dictators or moneyed opportunities.

The 60 Minutes interview was a farce.   It is important to remember, if we elected a clown, we gt a circus.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Trump Authoritarianism?

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In July 2017, Foreign Policy dot com published a piece very well developed by Stephen M. Walt.

Herewith are Mr. Walts ten signs and a link to the piece.
  1. Systematic efforts to intimidate the media: Check
  2. Building an official pro-Trump media network: Partial check 
  3. Politicizing the civil service, military, National Guard, or the domestic security agencies: Partial check. 
  4. Using government surveillance against domestic political opponents: Nothing yet. 
  5. Using state power to reward corporate backers and punish opponents: Worrisome, but not a big problem so far. 
  6. Stacking the Supreme Court: Partial check. 
  7. Enforcing the law for only one side: Blinking red. 
  8. Really rigging the system: Blinking red
  9. Fearmongering: Check. 
  10. Demonizing the opposition: Check (but he’s not alone).
How about visiting a few of the ten& signs just over a year later?

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Point 6: While anyone with a modicum of common sense knows either political party and US President will nominate SCOTUS Justices with like political an ideological lean. That stated, Trump's latest appointee to the Justice Roberts SCOTUS is a clear example of "stacking" the Supreme Court: Kavanaugh wasn't a name mentioned by Trump during his campaign for the Oval Office.

On December 2, 2016, mere weeks before his inauguration, Trump made public a list of 21 potential nominees to follow his strategic placement of Gorsuch on the Robert's Court. USA Today and Trump's list of "stellar judges". No Kavanaugh? Is it possible Trump's cabal located Kavanaugh and advanced his nomination based on research which yielded he seems to harbor views the US President is beyond scrutiny which could include criminal of impeachable acts (my words)? Stacking? (AKA Get Out Of Jail Card)

We suggest Mr. Walt move Point 6 to a big red "check."

Point 2Since July 2017 the Trump media ministers have without question deployed strategies which include high jacking local TV network news operations via supportive and elitist affiliations. Sinclair Broadcasting is the penultimate example after Rupert Murdoch's' over-the-top Trump media on Fox News.



The New York Times 

The need to post any validation of Fox News as Trump's prime media tool is totally unnecessary. You either by now know such or you are a supporter and have learned to consider Trump's Earth flat instead of round.  You may even own a MAGA Cap.

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We would be remiss if we did not also identify an example of CNN's business model which includes panels that at times appear straight from the Jerry Springer Show. The link posted here includes a particularly noteworthy example of a GOP operative on a panel with a clear mission to label anyone who is antiTrump part of a mob.  Watch as the operative, Matt Lewis declared himself "...not a Republican" and while being asked to settle-down via the show host, snipped like a child about whether he could take a drink of water. The segment is a bit long and may not be worth the full eight minutes of viewing. 

Point 10:  A "Both Sides" issue..and that will not change until the US suffers another national catastrophe.

These Points are worthy of deep scrutiny.  I believe I am hearing snippets of the administration past dealing with Russia which may have touched into domestic surveillance or something of the sort.   Points 3 and 4.
Using government surveillance against domestic political opponents: Nothing yet.  
Using state power to reward corporate backers and punish opponents: Worrisome, but not a big problem so far.  
Trump authoritarianism is as sure as his penchant for lying daily lies. I believe the total of lies from 45 has surpassed 5200 in his short time in the Oval Office.


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Kavanaugh Confirmed

Kavanaugh confirmed to Trump's Court.....

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Trump gets his Get Out OF Jail Justice.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Kavanaugh Via Media Matters; Trump In Mississippi

As Trump's reality TV show continues...

While considering what you just witnessed as a backdrop, take another look and listen to how the nation's 45th resident bullied Dr. Ford at an oozfest in Mississippi. Also, notice the roaring round of applause as Trump unleashes a form of misogyny. As you know Dr. Ford was the first of a few former associates who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual abuse.

Imagine that.


As Trump's World Turns: Central Park Five, Mocks Dr. Ford; A Reminder To Vote

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A Day In The Life

Yesterday Trump spent an unusually long time on the White House lawn yielded questions for reporters, and lying. While we have grown to expect lies form Trump, we continue to respond in awe and shock when his words literally contradict the manner in which he lived his past. Remember the Central Park Five; linked, here and here?
Didn't Trump publicly state the FBI could "go anyplace they wished" in their one-week investigation into accusations against his SCOTUS nominee. I wonder what is the number assigned tot hat lie We long ago passed 5,000 lies in 18 months in the Oval Office. Have we reached 6,000 lies yet?
It seems Trump lied about an open investigation of matters related to Kavanaugh There is nothing new there, but consider what comes next.

A US President travels to the pits of social America (the State of Mississippi) and openly mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh's accuser. One the day of Fords Senate Hearing testimony Trump indicated his thought so Ford as a credible person.

Watch your President as he reminds of another inhumane act from the 2016 campaign:

Again Trump reminds rational Americans of the horrors of staying home on election day, and he reminds of a flawed electoral system which ended with Trump taking the Oval Office despite the reality of finishing the election 2.8 million votes behind his opponent. 

It is critical to notice the extent to which irrational Americans find Trump entertaining.  Watch as the crowd roars with approval.  

A President of the United States of America!

If you have a need to read a few words about Trump's Mississippi oozfest, I have linked a New York Magazine piece, here

A Day In The Life. Remember, these are things we know of his day, only the heavens know what acts and manifest he enacted outside of our scrutiny.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Suspect Tax Schemes In the 90s?

Have you ever heard Donald Trump claim he is a self-made billionaire?

Ha...... "a sucker is born every minute."   

The New York Times is reporting Trump is not a self-made billionaire. 

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CNBC also ran a segment on the New York Times story.

NY state reviewing NYT's tax fraud allegations on Trump from CNBC.

The New York Times

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father


As Trumps World Turns: Trump's Wife In Africa While Trump Maintains Internment Camps


Today we find Donald Trump's, wife, Melania, arriving in Ghana for the first stop of a five-day whirlwind trip across the continent of Africa.  The stated purpose of the trip to Africa: child welfare.  I repeat; child welfare.

How noble a facade and typical of the Trump carnival act?

Based on Trump's wife first international solo trip, we are reminded of the actual core of the Trump policy toward immigrant or refugee children in the United States. 

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While Trump's wife traipses across Africa supposedly with a core mission of child well-being (or child welfare), her husband and his cabal continue a policy of family separation and retaining children in internment camps.
As of Tuesday of this week, the Trump Administration addressed the prospect of an end to term limits on retention of immigrant families and associated separation. The New York Times reported: linked here.  After reading the NYT's piece I have left with yet another case of dissonance and askance emanating from Trumpism. Indefinite detention In the United States?

A few months ago this memory was emblazoned in my mind and in US history as Trump's wife visit a detention center in Texas.

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The jacket continues to baffle as to the genesis of wearing the jacket on such a pathetic stage in US history. Even if she lives in a bubble lined with pristine gold walls, her staff should have been more attuned to the impact of the jacket. Unless, and of course, the jacket display was accompanied by, should I say, remuneration of some sort.

No matter the mission of Trump's wife, it is impossible to overlook the existential reality of Trumpism and its immigration policies against brown people from Central America (and Mexico). 


Monday, October 1, 2018

US Conservatism's Love of Dictators From A Trump. Kim Jong Un, and Russia Perspective (Video)

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It is one of those days when sitting and developing a piece for the page, just isn't going to take place.  

Enjoy the social media reports and whatever you do, visit the MSNBC links towards the bottom of the age  The On Assignment segments with Richard Engel are award-winning journalism in my opinion.

First, let's visit with a couple of social media posts.
While I am enjoying a non-writing day, I cannot help but post a few additional items I viewed last night on MSNBC. If you viewed the segments from the On Assignment show you have no need to proceed.

The first segment relates to a nascent phenomenon of US conservatives literally loving the Russian society. Despite being one of the most repressive nations across the globe, US conservatives have latched onto Putin; Russia as surely as they continue to moniker Ronald Reagan as one of the nation's great presidents. Ronald Reagan was a facade of how US conservatives wish their world to exist. While the following segment doesn't touch upon Reagan's contributions to a rebirth of US racism (post the 1960s and ear 1970s.

From his overt affinity for Bob Jones University (with all known racist policies) through his part in advancing the GOP's successful Southern Strategy, and his outright disgusting handling of early AIDS cases, Reagan was the epitome of US social regression.  And, the GOP still to this day loves his being and legacy.  

Alas, the following segment doesn't visit Reagan's social regression beyond touching on Russia's anti-LGBT policies. As you view what follows, think about the dangerous abyss to which Trump has us all standing on the precipice and leaning over the edge.

Shameful isn't it?

How about some dessert?



Sunday, September 30, 2018

Trump, FOXPEN, And The News

Image result for trump unga laughterAs Trump visited the United Nations last week, he left what will surely become an entry into the annals of US Presidential quotes. Sadly, the specific quote I reference relates to Trump's lying boast about his first two years in office.

Remember this...?

Thirty-nine (39) seconds of infamy: the "unexpected"  laughter.

As we move away from Trump's infamous week and his insane rambles at the United Nations, and a later press conference, take a look at how Fox News, FOXPEN-Fox Propaganda and Entertainment Network, broadcast the 39 seconds to its viewers.

As you run through the following twitter thread (and video), it is important to recall authoritarian regimes are propped up and supported by media which offers false reality to sycophant or unsuspectingly naive viewers (or listeners).

Actually the two videos an comments from the twitter account holder are my primary interest. If the thread includes various comments for readers, please ignore them.

There is no cable news nor mainstream media network which more strategically edits video than Fox News. Network owners, managers, and producers apparently consider their viewers' cash-cow revenue bait who relish false reality news and current events from the Right.  While the vast majority of Fox News viewers know of the UN laughter, they return day-after-day for doses of pure psychologically twisted entertainment. PT Barhum nemesis in life had a phrase which encapsulates the fox Viewer to the max What is the old adage of "...(one) born every minute?" 

Why criticize Fox as you I have in the previous text? In all candor,  businesses have a business model to give the customers (viewer) what they want.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: A United Nations Spectacle And Horrific Presser

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(I have)...... "very, very large brain."

Trump has exposed himself to the world, and in my opinion, the world has witnessed the depths of US politics and the extent the 45th President of the United States offers lies a matter of life.

The most obvious example of a president whose first thought is to respond with a lie manifest in Trump's claim of refusing a meeting with Canada's Prime Minister, Justine Trudeau.

Canadian government officials have indicated no such meeting was requested.  

Take a quick peep at Trump's nonverbal demeanor as he sat with Trudeau at the June 2018 G7 Conference. 

Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau are posing for a picture: US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. Trump says he turned down a meeting with Trudeau at the UN. Trudeau's office says no meeting was offered.

Now take a look at Trump with the nation's number one nemesis and international dictator: Putin.

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A marked difference in demeanor. Especially when one considers Canada was the first nation to join George Bush's coalition against the Taliban in 2001. While lots have transpired since 2001, it should be noted the Pentagon has reported the US spent as much as $45 billion in 2017 supporting the war in Afghanistan. The Military Times reports.  Earlier in the year, I recall reports from US INTEL Russia is providing some degree of assistance tot he Taliban in its war against the Coalition forces. 

CNN's Chris Cuomo offered a "Facts First" segment on Trump's various statements associated with his United Nations visit. The segment starts at the 17: 45-minute mark of last night's Prime Time and we seek your viewing through the 23:45 mark. Linked here.

No, Trudeau never requested a meeting with Trump. Why lie?

While I intentionally avoided all things Trump during his UN visit, reports are he took China to task for interfering in 2018 midterm elections. What follows is almost unfathomable as we consider Trump has rarely if ever committed to Russia as a key player in his winning the US Presidency in 2016.

Watch Trump throw spears at China.

As we have come to know Trump and his slight of hand ways of conducting his life, we readily admit China has a history of Internet manipulation and subterfuge regarding the United States. Thus we feel it safe ground for Trump and his handlers to salt the psyches of his supporters with the assertion. The problem, as mentioned a moment ago: why throw spears at China when it was obvious Russia had a delegation seated in the UN Assembly hall?

Lest we forget.

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How could we end a piece regarding Trump's UN charade without mention and comment about the laughter?  We can't......

24 seconds of US History

Within mere hours Fox News (Trump's Fav news related entertainment) and Nikki Haley performed a dance on the thin ice of alternative facts and Trumpism lying.  Oh, how they so demean their viewers and supporters while embarrassing a once great nation. Any fool can see through Haley's mission on Fox & Friends.
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“They loved how honest he is,” Haley said. “It’s not diplomatic and they find it funny. ... When he goes and he is very truthful, they kind of were taken back by it.” 

She continued: “All day yesterday, they were falling over themselves to get a picture with him, to talk about how great his speech was. ... They love that he’s honest with them and they’ve never seen anything like it, so there’s respect there. I saw that the media was trying to make it something disrespectful. That’s not what it was ― they love to be with him.”

Why then did Trump run with his retort comment: "... didn't expect that reaction..." It is amazing what a few hours and a backroom huddling strategy session yields. Especially when the lie will so easily settle comfortably in the minds of the nation's conservatives and all Fox & Friends viewers.

If you wish to waste any minutes on Trump's carnivalism, we offer a link to the 80-minute horror.  Believe us, it is a true horror.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: A Third Kavanuagh Accuser (VIDEO)

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As more women have come forth with reports of bad behavior from a younger Brett Kavanaugh, Trump has moved his quit hands-off strategy to that of a bumbling late night previewer of misspelled words and cheap shots against Atty Michael Avenatti.

What Is A Rational American To Think?
Newsweek and other media recently reported about another unedited (fixed) Trump Twitter blunder.  

President Donald Trump’s defense of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh took a turn Monday night when he accidentally accused Democrats of using “false acquisitions” to destroy the judge in a Twitter misspelling.
The president had previously voiced support for Kavanaugh but stepped up his criticism of the Democrats over the allegations, which he called “false.” 
“The Democrats are working hard to destroy a wonderful man, and a man who has the potential to be one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices ever, with an array of False Acquisitions the likes of which have never been seen before!" Trump wrote in a since deleted tweet, misspelling the word "accusations." 
In a second tweet that remains on his Twitter feed, the president posted the same message but changed “acquisitions” to “accusations.”
Well, typos and misspells do occur, right? At the level US President stumbling errors are inexcusable as the errors denote an absence of patience with the tool, unprofessionalism, impetuous acts and a level of fright uncommon for a US President.

Let's move to the actual point of this post: A US president hovering over his iPhone while threatening and passing disparaging remarks at a fellow citizen.  

Today's tweet hit the Internet just before 10:00AM and after the revelation and legal declaration of yet another women with allegations against a young Kavanaugh. The third woman lawyer is Michael Avenatti of the Trump/Story Daniels hush money payment case.

Avenatti is a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations, like he did on me and like he is now doing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He is just looking for attention and doesn’t want people to look at his past record and relationships - a total low-life!
Within 20 minutes Avenatti responded to Trump's tweet.

Replying to @realDonaldTrump
“False accusations?” Like those crimes your fixer Cohen pled to? You are an habitual liar and complete narcissist who also is a disgrace as a president and an embarrassment to our nation. You are so inept that your “best and brightest” are Cohen and Giuliani. Let’s go.
What is all of this about you ask? Answer: Potential mounting concerns about Brett Kavanaugh is not (or was not) an innocent 'fratboy' who may have taken part in yet unproven abuses of young schoolmate girls.

H/O: Julie Swetnick 

Earlier in the week, Avenatti appears on various cable news networks (with an exception of Fox News) with information he recently acquired a client who wished to join two other women in charges Kavanaugh has a past which should be considered as we move towards Kavanaugh's confirmation. Julie Swetnick has come forth.

According to Avenatti's Affidavit Swetnick claims as a high school student Kavanaugh joined other boys in spiking party punch with drugs or wooed grain alcohol.  Do such acts by males remind of other cases currently in the news? How better to lower female inhibitions and avoid "No" responses than drugging or inducing intoxication?  Sadly, the accusations have reached a level of words including "gang raping" lines of boys outside a room, and "pulling a train". 

The affidavit is available for viewing on this CBNC link.

Trump has graced our early afternoon with disparaging remarks about the three women who have accused Kavanaugh while also taking shots at Avenatti. We could only capture Trump's remarks via a running Twitter thread.  
Trump has also taken to using a characterization which, all things considered, he should avoid.  He has taken to calling the issues related to Kavanaugh a "con." Kind of like Trump University and a $25 million dollar out-of-court settlement to ripped-off enrollees.  Or, more relevant to the Office of the US Presidency: "Mexico will pay for the wall."

Let's watch and hear Trump in classic oral and non-verbal word diarrhea.  

What a show!  When will the reality TV series get canceled?