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Thursday, June 13, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: The Ugliness Of Hate And The Pathetic State of Trump

Imagine That...

The Ugliness of Hate

The following Media Matters news segment appeared on CNN.  

CNN"S ALISYN CAMEROTA conducted a rather long segment with a young white man who seems to have awakened to the ills of white supremacy as ti manifest in American. He spoke of being radicalized via YouTube; the res is as follows (including the brief segment excerpt).
ALISYN CAMEROTA (CO-HOST): How does a liberal young man become a follower of the "alt-right"? You're about a meet a man who says he was radicalized by "alt-right" figures via their persuasive YouTube videos. He believed their extremist conspiracies for years. But then he somehow deradicalized himself, and he's now working to help others get out. Joining us now is Caleb Cain. Caleb, thank you so much for being here to tell your personal story. I think it is so fascinating. So just to bring people up to speed, somewhere around, as I understand it, 2015, you were sort of at loose ends. You had dropped out of college, you were looking for direction. I think -- correct me if I'm wrong -- at the time you would describe yourself as liberal. And somehow online you found your way to these "alt-right" videos and websites. And then describe what happened. 
CALEB CAIN: Yes, ....... (The video follows)

The Pathetic State of Trump

Time to move to our ever-present lying White House occupant. If you follow any current events you know the nation elected a pathological liar. Therefore, we expect daily lies for Trump and each of his inner cabal.  The extent of lying from the White House is so pervasive, GOP members of Congress and false Democrats who site in the US Congress are finding themselves revealing the level to which they will also lie to the American people. As we move through the 360-degree essential reality of Trump and his congressional stooges and staff, there is another critical group which wears the same label of shame. US conservatives who facilitate Trumpism via overt and obvious willingness to accept any and every lie as well as tacit conservatives who are willing to ignore historic poor leadership form the GOP and record lying form Trump and company. 

The latest and most disturbing example of a Trump lie was offered to the world yesterday. While speaking about reports Kim Jong Un's brother was a CIA asset, Trump clear stated the prospect of such an operation would not be part of the manner in which he conducts business. Wouldn't you know, today he seeks to modify his comments with one of the zaniest yet validating statements he has uttered since taking office  His words clearly show he speaks with a brain which has a core in lying.

Watch and listen...

Did the headline in the Crooks & Liars piece read with the word "Bizarrely"?  Well, Trump topped that late yesterday.
Imagine that... literally inviting foreign involvement and meddling in US general elections.  

After such a statement any rational person should question Trump's recent adjective-laden criticism of Joe Biden.  A US president stooped to calling a potential election opponent, "dumb", "less mental", "not so good looking", and in some cases "sleepy". If Trump's remarks to ABC's Stephanopoulos doesn't show his criticism of Bide as something of a mirror reflection of the nation's 45thh, this linked CNN segment with Rick Santorum may remind of you

Speaking of CNN, conjure up and consider thoughts of an international news (and entertainment) network which pays conservatives to come on air to defend the wild manifestations and insanity of Trump. It is the existential reality of my use the word "presstitute." Santorum is a classic presstitute. 

And how did Trump's favorite news show handle his bumbling revelation?  Media Matters offers how Fox offers the ugly to its viewers. 

Another example of the most non-presidential person to sit in the White House was recently published via Snopes. "...cleanest air in the world."

This is an update to a post from earlier today:  Herewith is yet another example of the intellect form the Oval Office. Yes, he typed "whales" Instead of "wales". There is something about it that leads me to the prospect it wasn't a typographical error. Crooks And Liars.
Trump Ridiculed For His 'Prince Of Whales' Tweet

Imagine all of that.....

Friday, December 14, 2018

Cornered Trump Spews At Least 6 Lies In 2 Minutes During Fox Interview; Plus Cohen's ABC Appearance

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After Michael Cohen's sentencing on Wednesday Trump sat for what he must have felt would be a facilitating interview with a Fox News host other than "his man at Fox: Sean Hannity. 

ShareBlue is reporting Trump peppered the Fox News viewers with six outright lies in a span of two minutes.  

We have linked the full piece below to effectively capture ShareBlue's Six Lies.   We are sure other fact-checker swill follow.

Cornered Trump spews at least 6 lies in 2 minutes during Fox interview

This morning ABC News hosted a six-plus minutes interview with Cohen and I do not think I even need to state who I believe.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Giuliani: Rumor's Made Me Do it

Rudy Giuliani's early week interview with Trump facilitator Sean Hannity led to a Sunday morning news show appearance which rivals the best of The Three Stooges. When comments lead to an unquestionable need to run and hide it speaks to the pathetic state of the person. One can either appreciate the humor or accept the reality of an unhinged talking head.

Watch two minutes of the very worst of Giuliani as he figuratively runs and hides behind a strategy of "rumors" led to this commons about a Trump payment to Stormy Daniels. 

Payments to other women?
Hiding from comments to Sean Hannity also led to this 50-second clip with Stormy Daniels's Attorney: Michael Avenatti.

Train wreck?


Friday, June 30, 2017

Trump Tweets Via The White House And Fox News (Video Exhibition)

The ugly, the ugly, the ugly!

What follows is s follow-up to a previous piece. We haven't posted Trump's sexist tweets here; we have posted them many times since Monday morning. 

We thought perspective from Fox News would be an interesting way to move through Trump's latest example of the extent to which he hates women.

Let's start with Trump's number three White House presstitute.

From Huckabee Sanders to Hannity.

Cable News's least credible on-air personality.

Hannity with Levin

Other Fox News perspectives were not so supportive.

Shepard Smith (the non-Fox Fox News host)

White House number one presstitute, doing her thing.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Trump: Dissolving Into An Embarrassing Empty Presidential Suit (Interviews From Hell)

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I believe it safe to state: " No American President has ever exhibited such classless behavior on camera and while in the Oval Office."

The full 23-minute interview.

Last Saturday night while the most Americans took part in watching the Washington Correspondents Dinner, Trump delivered one of the most pathetic rally performances in US History. Since you probably have a perspective on the Dinner event and Trump's pathetic rally we will focus a couple of pieces of feedback regarding Trump's Harrisburg, PA. event. 

Reagan Era Republican official David Gergen on Trump's rally performance

From a Saturday night disgust fest to a Sunday morning interview to this morning and a journey into US racism, bigotry and signaling to White Americans.

Talking Point Memo

Trump Knows Jack about Andrew Jackson. SAD!

I see this morning President Trump isn’t sure why the Civil War happened. In line with your standard Trumpian militant ignorance, he assumes that since he isn’t sure what happened that “people” aren’t sure either. In fact, they haven’t even asked the question. “People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” As I’ve noted, President Trump is not only wildly ignorant. But, utterly unaware of the scope of his ignorance, he assumes everyone else is as ignorant as he is and frequently preens with new learnings that either everyone knew or in other cases are just completely wrong.

But I want to zero in on Trump’s comments about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War. Under Steve Bannon’s tutelage, Trump has embraced Jackson as the “nationalist” progenitor of his presidency. But here he shows he doesn’t know the first thing about Jackson. And the ignorance is of more than historians’ concern.

Here’s what Trump said in an interview with Salena Zito.
“I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this.'”
Pundits are noting that Jackson left the White House in 1837 and died in 1845, 24 and 16 years before the outbreak of the Civil War. But the Civil War actually wasn’t so far from Jackson’s own time, indeed during the years of his own presidency. The final months of Jackson’s first term as president saw what historians refer to as the Nullification Crisis. In critical ways, it was a dry run for the Civil War. The notional trigger of the crisis was a tariff law which was generally opposed in the Southern states. But the real issue was the authority of the national government, whether states or groups of states could block federal laws or even secede from the union, and ultimately the security of slavery.

The originator of these doctrines and driver of the crisis was one of the great political stars of the early 19th century, John C. Calhoun of South Carolina. At first an ardent nationalist, Calhoun had drifted in an increasingly sectional direction and had developed a series of theories which held that states could ‘nullify’ federal laws and in fact secede from the Union. South Carolina’s decision to nullify the tariff law triggered the crisis. But that crisis reverberated throughout the country and provoked divisions in all the Southern states which anticipated on critical fronts the debates over the Civil War.

Trump imagines that Jackson, despite being a “very tough person” would have worked things out because he was “really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this.'”

Well, not exactly.

Jackson tended to personalize political conflict. But the Nullification Crisis cut to the core of one of his central beliefs: the inviolability of the federal union. Today we hear ‘nationalism’ used as a byword for xenophobia, racism and militarism. Jackson had his mix of each. But Jackson thought the crisis, what Calhoun was doing could not have been more important. He actually wanted to march an army down to South Carolina and hang Calhoun. To the extent Jackson knew about the Civil War and was “really angry” about it, he was really angry at the Southern planter aristocrats who would later start the Civil War. He was ready to go to war in 1832-33 to vindicate the union and popular democracy – two concepts that to him were basically inseparable. In other words, if we take Trump’s comments on their own terms he’s completely wrong. Jackson thought the issue couldn’t be more important and he was ready to go to war and crush the nullifiers.

We should note here that for Jackson, one of the key elements of ‘nationalism’ was his belief that popular democracy spoke most clearly when the nation spoke as a nation, not as separate polities in individual states.

The crisis was eventually resolved when South Carolina backed down and this resolution was helped along with a de facto compromise tied to tariff reduction. But the crisis spurred lengthy and fractious debates in Southern legislatures which mirrored the key questions that were to roil the country for the next quarter century. Slavery and its security in a country where the population of the non-slave holding states was growing more rapidly than the Southern ones was always a looming issue, even though support or opposition to slavery as such only came up at the margins of the debate.

What also came out of those debates was the growing salience of key aspects of Calhoun’s thought for many Southern political elites. Specifically how political minorities, in reality elite political or sectional minorities, could protect themselves and their property in an increasingly democratic polity. I don’t want to get too deep into it but Calhoun was developing a theory of what called ‘concurrent majorities’ in which different groups in society would need to sign off, as it were, on major government actions. So for instance, sure there’s democracy. But we Southerners or we planters don’t just get thrown into the national vote count. We’re a distinct group and on big decisions, we need to sign off as a group. Or we’ll leave. For Calhoun, the key groups were Southern whites and more specifically slaveholders.

Most of the key players in this period had died or passed from the political stage by 1861. But not all of them. The Jacksonians who were most vociferous in their support of Jackson’s unionism tended to be staunch unionists when the South thrust the country into Civil War in 1861, even in a number of cases where they were Southerners or from border states. The Blair family of Maryland is a noteworthy example.

I mention all this to note that the issues raised by the Nullification Crisis were not wholly alien to ones that roil American politics today: particularly, whether groups that lose out in democratic politics need to or get special rights to protect themselves against democratic majorities. I would argue this basic question is again at the center of our politics – majorities versus groups who want protections from democracy, whether this is aggressive gerrymandering, voter suppression or the voices we now here so frequently that it’s just not fair that California, for instance, has so many people.

Jackson’s historical reputation has taken quite a beating in recent years and for some very good reasons. He was a slaveholder. He presided over the expulsion of Indian tribes from the Southeast in his second term. He was a convinced racist, though this did not greatly distinguish him from the great majority of white Americans at the time, certainly for white Southerners. He has also become known for his militarism. But this is an incomplete picture. Most of the public image of Jackson today, at least in the public arena is driven by the writing of Walter Russell Meade, whose grasp of the man and the period is, I would argue, rather thin and presentist. It’s this Jackson – militarist, unilateralist, authoritarian and nationalist that Bannon is in love with and through Bannon has become Trump’s favorite President.

But history is complex. There’s another dimension to Jackson – one rooted in his devotion to the federal union above all else and his belief in popular democracy (albeit one in which only white men were included) both of which he rightly saw threatened by what Calhoun and his supporters represented.

Trump’s claim in this interview that the Civil War didn’t need to happen and could have been worked out is rooted in Southern pro-slavery revisionism (and its descendent, contemporary neo-Confederacy) and more recently in the intellectuals who were and are the seedbed of what we now call the alt-right. Both Jackson and Calhoun were slaveholders. But slavery and Southern sectionalism were Calhoun’s guidestars. The crisis of the early 1830s was his effort to draw a line, a bastardized constitutional line to protect slavery and Southern power in what he accurately believed was an inevitable conflict. On this front, in addition to his narrow misunderstanding of Jackson’s feelings ‘about the Civil War’, Trump is far more in the Calhounite tradition than the Jacksonian one. Indeed, it’s from the descendants of Calhounism that Trump draws his greatest political punch.


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Yes, Trump And Company Vetted Flynn (VIDEO)

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Sometimes I really don't understand Rachel Maddow and her production teams' need to have extra long introductions to segments which at times run along 20 minutes. I suspect her production team has to use the full hour (excluding commercial time) and has a need to start segments with what at times seems quasi-relevant and too long segment teasers.  In other words, there are times when a viewer can skip the first few minutes of Maddow's "A" Block segments and still follow the meaning of the piece. The following pic is one such piece.  Before you recoil as if to strike like an angry Spitting Cobra, know that Maddow is the absolute best of cable TV news hosts and her production team is the very best.  So, no need to write and attempt to post a nasty retort in the protection of our liberal host favorite.

Yes, the trump transition Team vetted Flynn as much as they wished and no more. The first 3:50 minutes of this segment...well, your choice.

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ABC News and the Mike Flynn Russian Timeline:

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Week Three and "Trump's Power Will Not Be Questioned!" Seriously?

Let's start with a couple of pieces to remind of the lack of competency and lack of sophistication imbued in the Trump Administration. 

Can we get some professionalism, please? The identified typo is just below the correct use of the word "too".
There is a glaring typo in Trump's official commemorative portrait— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 13, 2017

Trump Just Humiliated Himself In Front Of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau And The Entire World
— #TheResistance (@SocialPowerOne1) February 13, 2017
 Reports are Trump exposed his Mar-Lar-go weekend crowd to matters of North Korea's missile launch.  Can we get some professionalism when it matters?

Now, for something very much more serious. Trump has a 31-year-old Serving in the White House who has as background which could be loved only by the GOP.  Stephen Miller was dispatched to the US broadcast media Sunday shows as part of a strategy to counter legal blocks to Trump's unconstitutional Immigration ban. You can have a look at Miller's DC background below.

The White House adviser's appearances on one news how drew particular attention. He emphatic stated Trump's powers would not be questioned. Why does that sound like something from Putin's Russia?]

Let's follow Trump's Week Three declaration.

.....president's power 'will not be questioned'

What follows is a short version video from Morning Joe. The show is not of my favored news opportunities, but this segment is relevant to the bush league keystone cop-like team at the White House. Problem is, as I have stated many times before bush-league, in this case, is dangerous since many millions in the nation subscribe to every utterance, mismanaged thought every lie and every act of nationalistic discrimination. 

If you fail to consider viewing the video Twitter link (here) you will miss the perfect example of Trump hypocrisy and phoniness.  Flynn took the RNC convention stage late one evening to declare Hillary Clinton weak and potentially non-law compliant president while leading, by appearance, leading a "Lock Her UP Chant".

Mediaite also published a quick read piece.  ABC News  Stephanopoulos and Miller duelled over Trumps "thousands of illegal immigrant voters" lie.

Miller's effect, the content of his message, and his outright declaration of "absolute" power should send messages to all rational Americans.  It is ironic, but how does his words differ from that of  Hitler's Joseph Goebbels, Saddam Hussein's henchmen, Assad's leadership and even that of the former Libyan leader Qaddafi?

A WIKI review of Miller

After graduating from college, Miller worked as a press secretary for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Congressman John Shadegg, both members of the Republican Party.[10] Miller started working for Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions in 2009,[10] rising to the position of communications director.[2] In the 113th Congress, Miller played a major role in defeating the bi-partisan Gang of Eight's proposed immigration reform bill.[2][10] As part of his role as communications director, Miller was responsible for writing many of the speeches Sessions gave about the bill.[11] Miller and Sessions developed what Miller describes as "nation-state populism," a response to globalization and immigration that would strongly influence Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.[2] Miller also worked on Dave Brat's successful 2014 House campaign, which unseated Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor.[2]
In January 2016, Miller joined Donald Trump's 2016 campaign for president, serving as a senior policy adviser.[10] Starting in March 2016, Miller frequently spoke on behalf of the Trump campaign, serving as a "warm-up act" for Trump.[2] Miller wrote the speech Trump gave at the 2016 Republican National Convention.[4] In August 2016, Miller was named as the head of Trump's economic policy team.[12]Trump White House
In November 2016, Miller was named national policy director of Trump's transition team.[13] On December 13, 2016, the transition team announced that Miller will serve as Senior Advisor to the President for Policy during the Trump administration.[14]

Miller seems to be yet another the visible part of the Trump sebaceous cyst.

Friday, July 3, 2015

A Question Of Racial Supremacy

White Supremacy: Fringe Or Mainstream?


White Supremacy goes mainstream?

ABC News report posted January 2014.

Let's dig deep.  The Confederate Fag has for centuries stood as a defiant relic of US racism  and a moniker of the US South.  We would be remiss if we do not frankly state, there are rebels in society who adorn the flag as a moniker of their lives outside the norm. Granted but you know and I know the flag represents far more than mere defiance to the US government. 

On June 22, 2105, RT America posted the following video segment, including noted lecturer and anti-racist Tim Wise.
Published on Jun 22, 2015
More evidence supporting the white supremacist and racist leanings of Emanuel AME Church shooter Dylann Roof is coming forward, as a racist manifesto and pictures of the shooter draped in the Confederate rebel flag. Manila Chan speaks with activist Tim Wise about how a culture of racism may have influenced Roof’s violence and how it impacts much of the South perspective today.

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Kudos to RT America for posting the segment.

The ground swell of support for the flag is not surprising. America is slow to acclimate to social changes when the change involves matters of race. Those who argue the flag is about pride, differentiation, and identity, may as well argue, as some do, the nation was better off as a state with government sanctioned human bondage.  If you subscribe to the thought removal of the flag is an unnecessary side-bar for social America, you may find yourself as part of the problem.

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Why did racist southerners bring the confederate flag to civil rights marches? 


Brandishing the Confederate Flag is an issue that will come to fruition with less display of the racist moniker. The deeper issues is the extent to which white supremacy, white nationalism and overt racism are exponentially manifesting in the United States.

While the GOP is over the top in denial mode, the party is at the very heart of resurgent overt racism. Richard Nixon and the a much great degree Ronald Reagan, are as responsible for our current state of racial divisiveness as slavery contributed to the fighting of the Civil War. 

When a political party and its leadership work to leverage race as a political tool, manifest paradigm shifts follow.  With consideration of the GOP here is the genesis of politicking, policy and practice that handed some Americans the right to "bigotry, overt racism, and acceptable levels of discrimination. Moreover, the 1970s and 1980s OP leaders sanctioned your possible innate core of bias and intolerance.  Some of you may have received social indoctrination via parents and social environments that imparted white supremacy as a matter of life. 

In October 2013, Joan Walsh developed a piece for Salon that placed a stamp on Kevin Phillips as the God-Father of GOP "Southern and Northern" Political strategy. 
People talk about the role of race in Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”: how Pat Buchanan and Kevin Phillips helped him lure the old Dixiecrats into the Republican Party permanently. Far less well known was the GOP’s “Northern Strategy,” which targeted so-called white ethnics – many of them from the Catholic “Sidewalks of New York” like my working-class family, in the words of Kevin Phillips. Without a Northern Strategy designed to inflame white-ethnic fears of racial and economic change, Phillips’ imaginary but still influential notion of a “permanent Republican majority” would have been unimaginable.
Kevin Phillips as God Father gave way to Lee Atwater as emissary of racial politics as a tool of US conservatism. We offer an excerpt from a July 2013 TPI piece.
Atwater legendary 1981 interview (audio only 1:47 minutes)
The Nation November 2012 
You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

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When a political party so wantonly deployed strategy that provided "It is OK to be a bigot" ideology, the party has to accept its role in the metastasized state of US racism.

When Ronald Reagan accepted advice to coincide his announcement his first run for the White House with a visit to Philadelphia Mississippi, the home of the Medgar Evers assassination, he staked a claim on racial divisiveness. Moreover, Reagan solidified his anti-civil rights inner core with over-the-top affection and frequent visits to Bob Jones University (and its policy of racial segregation).

If a president leads as such and a political party leverages racial separation and implied white supremacy as policy, it should surprise no one half the nation will follow (in varying degrees). It should also surprise no one the national moniker of racial separation, moniker reminders of social oppression and brandishing for impact, would lead to a movement to disenfranchise the confederate flag as a national moniker. 


Isn't it time to cut the crap and eradicate a linger vestige of US oppression and human rights denial bundled with the nation's most visible racist moniker?

A question that laments the state of conservatives America. If Donald Trump can in his first speech announcing his candidacy for the GOP nomination, can go full octane racist, should we actually expect better from the GOP (and the nation's conservatives)?

If you think the last sentence was a bit harsh, direct the readers to significant or even moderate protest against Trump's racist oratory. Better yet, direct to conservatives speaking out against brandishing of the Confederate Flag.

If such ground roots protest or public outcry does to exit, the lede question above can be answered only as: 

"White supremacy has become mainstream." 

Mobile City Councilman Fred Richardson was a victim of an anonymous racist letter.