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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Ivanka Email?

Bu, Bu, Bu, Her Email!!!!!!

An organization named American Oversight has blown into national news like a Cat 5 hurricane. Outside of the quick purview and discernment of the organization's name, what is American Oversight about?

Let's take a quick read.


Corruption starts at the top. From President Trump's failure to divest from his business empire to cabinet secretaries using their taxpayer-funded positions for their personal benefit, the Trump administration has been plagued by scandal, misconduct, and conflicts of interest.

American Oversight is a non-partisan, nonprofit ethics watchdog and is the top As Trump's World Turns: Ivanka Email?litigator investigating the Trump administration. Since our launch in March 2017, we have filed more than 50 public records lawsuits, uncovering and publishing tens of thousands of documents including senior officials’ calendars, emails, and expense records. Relying on FOIA and other public records laws, we file requests uncover misconduct that otherwise would not see daylight, and then we harness the independent power of the courts to force the administration to obey the law. With the House of Representatives poised to change hands and begin aggressively investigating the Trump administration for the first time, American Oversight launched the Parallel Investigations Initiative. We’ve filed more than 100 targeted FOIA requests seeking documents likely to be investigated by Congress, and if the Trump administration tries to obstruct or ignore congressional subpoenas, we’ll be going to court to compel the release of public documents and force transparency.
A liberal oversight and investigatory group used Constitutional law to snare existential arrogance and privilege from yet another Trump 'entity.' His daughter, Ivanka,  apparently maintained and widely used a personal email account for national business and communications. Where has this story played itself out in our recent past, uuuum?

How about a bit of background of which you are very familiar? 

In 2016, a candidate for the US Presidency literally invited the nation's number one adversary to hack (into) Hillary Clinton's emails system. A system which was illegal and against federal statutes. Trump invited Putin directly into US politics. Recent reports are Russian web operative within days delivered hacked (stolen) emails to WIKI Leaks.

Ah yes, the genesis of the now famous Trump rally rebel yell "Lock her up" is based int he Clinton family misstep of placing a computer server int heir home The server was actually installed at the bequests of Bill Clinton, bot Hillary Clinton. Nonetheless, it was used illegally.  From that reality to the what follows is US both US history and a case of tsunami karma.

One public figure (and Trumpet) figure in the following video has pleaded guilty to politics-related felonies and is cooperating with the Mueller investigation. See Mike Flynn's resounding "Lock her up." He is now an admitted felon and may serve s short stint in a "LOCK UP."  Although the extent of his cooperation will more likely lead to a suspended sentence with no "Lock UP" time.

The video is two minutes plus in run time and a good candidate for a skip through. However, it is the perfect depiction of the Trump campaign mantra which now may have a place in Ivanka Trump history.

Alas, a Chris Christie insemination which provides full impregnation of a mantra which resonates even today, at Trump rallies.  

American Oversight is reported to have filed a Freedom of information Act (FOIA) requests seeking email text between Trump's daughter and others who may have worked with a focus her father's campaign and the first months of his administration.   

It seems Trump's penchant for nepotism and an over-abundance of faith in and about his offspring ow places him in another level of hypocrisy.
while American Oversight packaged their request in two primary areas, it seems it leads to an unexpected but non-surprising snare: Illegal email use.  So, American Oversight sought:  
1) emails or texts between Ivanka Trump or anyone acting on her behalf and political appointees, and 
2) calendar entries for meetings between Ivanka Trump and political appointees. 
After a period of no response from agencies which received the FOIA requests American Oversight filed suit against five separate agencies. From that point allow me to turn the remainder of the details of the email discoveries to Oversight. See the linked Organization title above.  You will find actual exhibit copies of the specific email with minor redactions. 

Herewith is the first MSNBC show with an announcement of the illegal email use following a Washington Post article.  Ari Melber, The Beat. The video is a bit long, but remembers our credo: information takes time which LIVs (Low Information Voters) do not expend.

Now let's see how this week's Trump reality TV plays out.  It seems Trump's Finland's forest raking (management)  will ease into international history. 


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

"Democrats Are Racists"?

As previously posted a segment of MSNBC's The Beat went off track yesterday. The derailment should have been as predictable as awakening each day to a new rash of Trump lies. The third-ranking cable news network pulled the pin on a hand grenade and waited far too long to dispense of the ordinance. It exploded. 

When networks allow conservative talking machines on their air, the network executives and producers desire criticism. We posted the (full) aforementioned segment in an earlier post. the following excerpt has been embedded to make a point.

Before the 46-seconds from the Twitter post, be reminded of this.

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Conservative talking head, Candace Owens, arrived at the MSNBC camera setting equipped with Gish Gallop deflection and Goebbels -like strategy.

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How about that? 

Would someone please corner these people and ask them to clearly delineate and itemize the dogma they spew? The following simple set of questions, if posed directly with little patience for deflection, will prove the Gish Galloping Owens a mere conservative mouth-piece.

If the Democrats are the true racists...
Why is there zero examples of overtly racist politicians claiming party membership?  
Why is there no Steve King (R-IA) in the Democrat Party?  
Why isn't Pat Buchanan a Democrat?   
How about explaining why the nation's Nazis and white supremacists affiliate with the GOP?
Why not ask Owens such questions?


As Trump's World Turns: Racial Animus, Bias And A Lack Of Leadership

Let's take a quick review of a president who is obviously biased against African-Americans and a president who knows how to use the inner core of his followers for political advantage. 

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CNN's Jeffrey Tobin caught offset and asked a direct question about his perception of Trump's views on race.

The reason we opened this piece as we chose to open will become clear in a moment follow.

Yesterday MSNBC producers and show programmers suffered either a case of very poor judgment (while ignoring the prospect of "I told you so" reactions) or staged an ugly interaction which was as forecastable as the 24/7 clock. Ari Melber's The Beat was the forum for an interaction with a common example of Fox News like conservative guest dogma or CNN-like Jerry Springer staged verbal violence.

What follows is a segment in which the show host Melber via his producers lead with examples of how Trumps existential reality echoes that of the white supremacist Pat Buchanan.  Apparently, the Trump camp conservative and noted Fox News talking head Candace Owens wasn't pleased. Owens was clearly equipped for a mission which resembled a common debate (Gish Gallop) weapon/technique in an effort to burn a majority of speaking time in a segment which ran with tight time restraints.  I have long suggested or posited conservatives use the tactic whenever possible while speaking on non-Fox News TV.  

What follows is ugly but not uncommon when certain conservatives paid pundits are booked on MSNBC and CNN. 

The Beat/Ari Melber: linked.

Clearly, Owens was about deflection, distraction, and combat after watching comparisons of Pat Buchanan and Donald Trump.  Owens delivered an obvious performance goal without regard for the ugliness and unprofessionalism imparted by the Galloper. But then, do conservative talking heads really care about pride and professionalism. 

Herewith is another example of outright and unabashed lying and ridiculousness from another of Trump's black rationalizersL Darrell Scott. Notice the over the top praise of a person who actually fits the Pat Buchanan comparison like no other US President. Linked here.

If Trump isn't as a minimum sympathetic to the depiction which follows, he certainly does a great, wonderful and bigly (Trump-like hyperbolic adjective praise), job of disguising his inner core. A core which would lead any US president to speak out against growing cases of overt racism and white nationalist protests. 

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Fox News: Reprehensible

Are You A Fox News Viewer? FOXPEN (Fox Propaganda And Entertainment Network)

Fox News Expose`

As we move towards Trump's meeting with the dictator of North Korea Americans who are free of chronic Trumpism should reveal how Fox News earn billions disparaging former President Obama's willingness to meet with any international leaders. While watching the following video recognize this.

Image result for trump with russians in the white house Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russia's number one spy recruiter in the United States. The latter was hastily recalled to Russia shortly after this image was taken.

The LA Times
During his meeting with Russian officials last week, President Donald Trump said recently fired FBI Director James Comey was a "nut job" whose ouster relieved "great pressure" on him, according to a report Friday in The New York Times.
Fox News over the past ten years and before Obama was elected President.

The Duped

They were just the people to do the investigation.


The Turncoat

Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters

The Demagogue

Since this former Fox News hitman (especially during the Obama years) turncoat and is now talking, how about a snippet on a developing story regarding Fox New's flagship demagogue.

Now think about a few seconds of the top line Fox News demagogue and the prospect of suggesting people destory evidence related to investigations.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

WIKI Leaks And Totalitarianism

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Image result for hitler the lieMike Pence (and his "I am astonished you would think that look", ) has worn out as Trump campaign interaction with WIKI LEAKS has come to light.  It has become obvious and validated. Trump's team must have gone into the campaign with a litmus test which included an ability to offer extreme lies in a manner which would please even Santa Clause. 

Is this where it all leads? Trump as dictator of the US. If you haven't noticed Trumpian authoritarianism since this past January you have to be a Trump supporter.   Last night, Ari Melber interviewed a guest who offered a compelling case Trump would serve as a dictator if not placed in check. Earlier in the day Brian Klaas’s released his new book "The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy.

Klasse mentioned suppression of the press.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Bill Moyers: Trump Credibility (The Lack Thereof)

It is Friday, it is early and you may be a work. You may not have time to read a fairly lengthy piece from Bill Moyers, but you may have a few minutes throughout the day to check out Moyers on Trump's integrity.

First, an intriguing analogy from MSNBC's Ari Melber. 
Bill Moyers (Bill Moyers & Company) Lest We Forget The Birther Lie

Trump is giving the nation what we expected. His supporters love his lack of honesty and shadiness, they love his reality TV aura and demeanor, and they love his obviously flawed character. On the other end of the spectrum, many of us do not find him imbued with any level of character and we abhor his lack of honesty and cronyism.

Love Trump or despise Trump, there is no credible counter-argument he is a danger to the nation from many perspectives.  The problem with Trump is the nation can not just Trump the channel away from a bad reality show.


Friday, March 13, 2015

MSNBC Caught "Playing" To Conservative Viewers

How can the exhibition of the horrid side of Americana lead to the following from the Morning Joe (and minions) Show? You will notice Morning Joe Show producers booked one of America's most regressive conservatives to partake in what can only be described as "deflection." Why not book a more middle-of-the-road conservative for an important and sorely needed critique of an exhibition of Americana the from nation's most privileged and elitist example of white privilege.  Better yet, why not produce a show that simply laid bare the horrid racism and insensitivity to people who may have lost a loved one to lynching? 

The words from Kristol:
“Popular culture becomes a cesspool, a lot corporations profit off of it, and then people are surprised that some drunk 19-year-old kids repeat what they’ve been hearing,” said Bill Kristol. He added that Tipper Gore “tried to raise this issue, and was widely ridiculed,” referring to the parental advisory labels the future V-FLOTUS enacted after her daughter purchased Purple Rain thirty years ago.

“The kids that are buying hip hop or gangster rap, it’s a white audience, and they hear this over and over again,” Joe Scarborough said. “So do they hear this at home? Well, chances are good, no, they heard a lot of this from guys like this who are now acting shocked.”
The video.... 

According to Mediaite.... "UPDATE — 4:15 p.m. ET: Mika Brzezinski addressed her comments, with Al Sharpton beside her, on MSNBC’s The Cycle Wednesday afternoon. " Read more and watch the video clip here.
Crooks and Liars also ran the clip from the Cycle. My thoughts? The clip is nothing more than MSNBC working to cleanup a mess from Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Frankly, Al Sharpton was noticeable cautious regarding his employers "Stack-ed deck" interview with Ari Melber. Melber did not in any pursue an interview; he merely fulfilled a role from his employer to facilitate Mika's rambling almost Sarah Palin like comments.

Crooks and Liars...


At the end of it all, the only relevant point is why did Joe Scarborough and his co-host even go to HiP Hop/Rap music when the focus should have been on a bus of America's young practicing racism witnessed since the fall of Jim Crow?

The answer is in accordance with Phil Griffin's, NBC President's, edict to un-liberalize the network.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thugs, White Privilege, And Storm-troopers

When you hear the word "thug" what image conjures in your mind? 

Did you go here?

Or, are you old enough to recall these guys as "thugs?" The original Black Panther Party (for Self defense): Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton.

I have little doubt you have forgotten this episode after the an NFL playoff game who years ago.

How many times did you hear or read Richard Sherman's exuberant post game rant against his game opponent? Now, think of the number of times you heard the word "thug" as integral to criticism of the defensive back?

Sherman's comments on his exuberant rant, reaction to his exuberance and the label given to him via right-wing racist, bigots and indignant fools. The latter characterization (indignant fools) should have worked to capture anyone who thought of Sherman via thoughts of "thuggery."

Yet, not one person in America referred to these video pugilist as exhibiting "thuggery:"  NASCAR fight. Is it necessary to comment on why no label regarding the NASCAR fight and over-the-top repeated labeling of Sherman's exuberance? The last question was rhetorical. 

If you are a high information person, you might know the origin of the "thug" vernacular. An origin far removed from American society and very much antithetical to commonly accepted paradigms.


1.    a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer.
2. (sometimes initial capital letter) one of a former group of professional robbers and murderers in India who strangled their victims.

1800-10; < Hindi thag literally, rogue, chea  

How often have you hear the word thug used in association with white me acting badly? After the killing of Michael Brown (Ferguson Missouri protesters, hooligan (opportunist) and locals were referred to as "thugs' far more than happenstance.

The Missouri National Guard was deployed to Ferguson and it looked much like a scene from Omaha Beach in France of world War II.........

No let's take a look a phenomenon that can be called nothing shy of white privilege. Whites behaving badly and no concern with being labelled a "thug."


Penn State riot..No tears gas, no militarized cadres, no plastic handcuffs, no CNN and  no Fox News.  

Location unidentified, but these two clearly not leaving the WalMart Store. Ever recall a looter with a Nine-Iron? I have seen black looters with flat screen television and newly acquired tennis shoes, but never a Nine-Iron.

We move from opportunist with a flair for the links to a more dire exhibit of white people behaving badly (replete with racism chants and disrespect for the nation).

Right-Wing Watch
Overheard At Anti-Obama Rally: 'Hang Him! We've Got Rope'  SUBMITTED BY Brian Tashman on Thursday, 12/11/2014 1:30 pm
Yesterday, a small group of right-wing demonstrators gathered in front of the White House at a rally scheduled to coincide with the visit of a number of sheriffs who were in Washington, D.C., to protest President Obama’s executive action on immigration. 
One activist who was filming the rally spoke to several attendees who said they wanted to lynch Obama.
Among the remarks picked up by the cameraman:  
 “Hang the traitor!” 
 “Hang the lying Kenyan traitor!”  
 “We’ve got rope.” 
 “Plenty of trees in the front yard, wouldn’t be the first one hung on one of them trees.”  
 “Whatever happened to those good ol’ days?” “Don’t snap his neck, you watch  him choke to death.” 
 “He’s just biding his time until Satan takes him home to where he belongs.”
 See more 

Not once did you nor I read any reference to "thug" to label whites acting badly. I posit the diminution of a people (even hooligans) facilitates the prospect of catastrophic acts against a minority from the majority population.

While it is not my express intent to predict evil acts comparable to genocide (against a people), I am certainly positing on growing evidence of deleterious acts against segments of the American population. Overt militia and so-called Oat-Keepers activity, growing hatred manifest in racist acts, homophobic name calling and increased autocratic edicts against child-bearing aged women from conservative politicians. And, how do authoritarian regimes and majority oppressors enforce their will on the oppressed? 


Last night Ari Melber, All In, delivered two stellar segments that exemplify, my point. Watch as militarized cops perform "their Jobs" via death in case when just a bit of communication and competent policing could have avoided. How easy is it to kill?

Segment 1Notice the Cleveland Police Union Chief's concern for the death of the 12 year kid Tamir Rice.  Rice was summarily shot after a call to 9/11 in which the caller stated the victim looked like a kid and they caller suspected the gun was not a real handgun. Of particular note is the union chiefs closing remarks.  " as you are told, do as we say...and if we are wrong the courts will rule?  Really, the courts do not rule the courts work to justify and exonerate the work of veritable storm-troopers. 

Let's take another look and listen to what can only be described as blue badge authoritarian and language I am certain many Jews heard as they were herded from their homes to train cattle  cars.  The last 40 seconds of the segment.

Do as we say....and let the courts settle it out if we kill inappropriately. Really? 

South Carolina State Trooper shots innocent man while the man was "doing as he was told.

New Jersy cop attempts to claiming "he is grabbing my gun." 

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Didn't Michael Brown's killer Darren Wilson claim Brown grabbed his gun?

Segment 2: Questioning the innocent after the Walmart killing of John Crawford. Notice the person who called the cops recanted his comments that Crawford was pointing the pellet rifle at people.

Simply stated, behavior for some Americans (black people) does not garner the same level of response as similar behavior from others (white people), and the dynamic is particularly pathetic when we are seeing bold overt evidence of cops as enforcers of socially disparate treatment.Imagine our world with a republican in the White House with two Houses of Congress led by Republicans and the Robert's court.  

Complete oligarchy with enforcers paid via our tax dollars and now attorney General to seek proper policing and civil redress.

Thugs, white privilege, and storm-troopers.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rand Paul: Chameleon With Trojan Horse In Tow

African American voters watch out for the Trojan Horse. 
Rand Paul is after your Achilles Heel.

The partnership between Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) is bothersome. Of course, there is heartfelt and touching good associated with renewing voting rights and freeing certain felons of the anvil against fair employment to some who may have been convicted of felonies that were non-violent crimes is an issue. And, yes, young black males receive disproportionately unbalanced sentences for crimes their white counterparts (for various reasons) may never see a day in court. We even have recent revelations of convictions and prison sentences of judges who took money to railroad youth to private prisons. So, the Paul/Booker 'Buddyship' is for germane and relevant to fairness in the US

The Daily Review February 2011
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A jury in U.S. District Court found Ciavarella guilty of racketeering and conspiracy for accepting $997,600 from wealthy developer Robert K. Mericle. Mericle testified he won a contract to build a for-profit juvenile detention center after a referral from Ciavarella.
The judges, and I am sure there are more, sentenced youth to prison across the racial spectrum. They are identified here as examples to delineate the good in the Booker/Paul initiative (bill). That said, I find it intriguing Paul chooses voting rights and employment rights for certain felons over other issues that would serve for a better life for Americans in aggregate (e.g., the ACA, Unemployment payments, minimum wage hike). Intriguing, but not surprising as we watch Paul's efforts to "woo" the black vote. He knows as do you and me black youth reap the worse of the US Justice system. He also knows he cannot win the US Presidency absent some degree of "smiles" from the black community.

Rand Paul has a recent history of revelations regarding 'serial plagiarism' and videoed public comment to an audience of medical students about his recognition of the need for misinformation. "Misinformation" is a euphemism for "lies." Some might say Paul's comments in this clip were meant to be flip. Au contraire! His comments appear serious. Moreover, his comments to the young medical students were deeply revealing regarding Paul's inner core and honesty deficiency.

Paul and Booker have embarked on a visuals tour to sell their initiative. Paul is obviously using the camera opportunity to enhance his standing with black voters (and yes non-violent felons comprehensively). Booker's motive? Well, no comment in this screed. Their trod-ding around led to an afternoon exclusive interview with a co-host of the MSNBC's , The Cycle.   I have embed the interview below. It is a 12 plus minute exhibition, but (allow me to influence) worth every second. While Ari Melber listened as Paul and Booker spoke about the necessity of their bill (unarguable good), you had to know Melber would perform a professional level of journalism and question Paul about past comments regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1965.  He went on record with Rachel Maddow with issues regarding the legislation. Today he repeats his denial to another MSNBC reporter (earlier in the week). He denied he ever said he was against the Civil Rights Act.

The misinformation specialist and subterfuge guru is applying basic legalese and deploying a twisted form of sophism. He will say grab the tape, "I never said I was against the Act." Melber gave Paul at least two opportunities to say he had evolved from his comments with Maddow. Paul went Machiavellian and took the offensive with his own from of Gish Gallop via repeatedly stating he was not against the Civil Rights Act (along with showing of "The Hand" for effect). He went offensive (more than twice) while reminding Melber "his network" (MSNBC hosts) was lying about his comments six hosts mind you.   The advantage in going Gish Gallop is supported by the fact the perpetrator knows the host has limited air-time in which to conduct the interview. When Mitt Romney used the debate technique on President Obama in the first Presidential Debate. We regularly see it used in time framed on-air appearances when the speaker does not want a fully comprehensive or probing interview.

As you view the interview, watch the dynamics. Not only does Paul deploy "The Hand" he looked to Booker for humor and validation when first questioned about "stirring-up controversy." Booker was coy enough to give "his buddy" a perfunctory one third smile. He certainly was foolish enough to offer his buddy a full set of 32 gleaming white teeth.  The sincere person who maybe felt Paul was guilty of flip flopping for effect would have given no nonverbal response.

Maddow, of course would respond and I am most pleased she did who within hours.  I must also state, I am growing increasing weary and leery of Chris Matthews seeming to warm-up to Paul when he knows Paul has major credibility flaws.

TRMS July 30, 2014       

And Rand Paul wound be president?