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Showing posts with label Ben Carson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ben Carson. Show all posts

Thursday, March 15, 2018

As Trump's World Turns III (Lies, Lies and Lies)

The news of Trump bragging to a group of supporters in St. Louis, Missouri, isn't in any way a surprise. We all now that Trump is a pathological liar; even his supporters know what reality yet they will never admit his mental affliction

Trump's first thought is to lie. It is a very dangerous personal and national reality for many reasons. I suspect there isn't one international leader who doesn't recognize his pathological state. Thus our adversaries have an upper hand on the US via knowledge about Trump's psychological state and observation of his actions.

Trump's braggadocios comments to the audience at the Boeing facility, follows a shaky history between Canada's Trudeau and the new US president. The Washington Post recently ran a couple of short video regarding the Trudeau/Trump meeting shortly after Trump infested the Oval Office.  Let's start with a summary history of Trudeau/Trump.

Now visit with Trump amongst a group of wealthy supporters who don't seem not give a damn about his confessed lying. The group seemed to react as if Trump's comments were "cool."

Do you think a normal mind would speak as such? Now let's stretch the horror a bit. Do you think a sane, rational, and normal US President would go there?  The question is actually rhetorical: NO WAY!

Alas, Trump's pathological manifest across the full scope and breadth of his fledgling administration. It seems his team was developed with a couple of critical litmus test concerns. One litmus test item had to have been a willingness and a high level of acuity in lying.

Ben Carson also stepped up to the "plate" (pin intended).

Image result for ben carson dining room sets cartoon

While we all know Ben Carson is the consummate liar, his skirts are now showing as if wringing wet with oil. Better yet his skirt is showing as if affixed to dangling Dining Room China and silverware or goldware. 

As the world came to know of allegations of his spending $31,000 USD on an office dining room set, Carson feigned victimhood. A strategy common to Trumpism and, frankly, often deployed by Republicans.  

Thank you to so many who have expressed concern for me and my family over the latest accusations. Rest assured that there has been no dishonesty or wrongdoing by us. All the numbers and evidence are being gathered and a full disclosure is forthcoming. 1/2

We suspect, based on past attempts, that they will continue to probe and make further accusations even without evidence or substantiation. We will continue to ask for God’s guidance to do what is right. 2/2

On March 1st, Carson played the role to the maximum via exclaiming "shocked" at the price tag of the set. He also indicated he was not happy about the prices being charged for the set while also feigning he would prefer a set at a lower and more reasonable price.  It should be noted any remarks about the $31,000 set from the Carson's were issued via a spokesperson. 

Within a couple of weeks, CNN reported on email which indicated Carson personally knew of the dining room set.  Read the email here.

How many times have you read or heard Carson speak of the virtues of the Lord or God (if you prefer)?

Let's end with an update on Trump's Politifact File

A serious national issue.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Conservative Perception of US Slavery Inexcusable (Video)

Image result for gop on slavery raceIf you follow US politics and the 2016 General Election campaign for the US Presidency, you are aware of Katrina Pierson (from the Trump campaign).

Pierson has a recent history of Tea Party leaders in her home state of Texas.  She also has a more distant background which includes the use of crack cocaine. Substance abuse which led to an arrest at a Dallas, Texas department store (reported with her young son in tow).  Despite the period of time which has passed since 1997, there seems to be an issue of cognitive deficiencies; in many cases, such mental issues never move to a point of rational.  

After a long period of no Pierson on cable news coverage, she has reappeared. Trump's over-the-top mishandling of the Charlottesville, Virginia Nazi/white supremacist rally (and associated violence) has offered an opportunity for incessant cable news segments. The lack of a presidential reaction to the violence including Trump's sickening efforts to offer a moral equivalency to Nazis and white supremacists and anti-Nazi rally protesters provide a platform for Fox News regurgitating Pierson for its ravenous tin head viewers.  Pierson performed well while offering a point of view which may permeate through the minds of many conservatives who have the mental capacity to hold that thought.  Pierson has no such impulse reactions. 

As the on camera discussion moved through issues of Charlottesville and discussion of removing public symbols of the US Confederacy  to museums Pierson went here:

“The only place that that's being done right now is by ISIS and I really don't think that you should have leaders actually encouraging people to do these types of things,” she continued, “because Americans actually love their history, their culture, good and bad, because it helps them learn and it helps keep people educated about why America is so great to begin with.”
Another segment guest Wendy Osefo, softly proposed simply moving the statues. 
“It absolutely deserves a place, because bad history is still good history for this country.”
The comment drew this startled response from Osefo:

“Slavery is good history?”

What you witnessed is not only the essence of a person who lives in an alternate universe, you heard a person who will say anything for a dollar, and you caught a glimpse of the core of millions who consider themselves conservatives.

If you are involved to think in terms of we shouldn't use Pierson as a beacon of the inner core of million on the Right, how about another example.  Let's move to another region of North Carolina.  In early 2016, a candidate for the Alamance County Board of Commissioners, candidate Tim Sutton spoke of a non-apology for his family's history of slave ownership while avoiding the use of the word slaves. He referred to human bondage and human chattel as "workers."


The Times News



Commissioner Tim Sutton — who ran for his seat as a Republican in 2016, Times News reported — said he would never vote to remove Confederate statues, which have become a topic of debate at the local and national level after a recent white nationalist protest against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia. 
If it comes down, it goes back up. To heck with facts,” Sutton said, after other county commissioners responded to the request from the Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County (ACTBAC) group. “The emotions have just gone haywire. I am not going to be a victim of political correctness. I am just not going to do it. Label me all you want, say what you will about me.” 
He went on to say he wasn’t ashamed by his great-grandfather for doing “what he did” because the “workers” — whom he apparently wouldn’t call slaves — on his family farm were given land. 
“It is my understanding that when (my great-grandfather) died, from Sarah, my grandmother, that some guys on the farm, you can call them slaves if you want to, but I would just call them workers, that they raised a good bit of my family,” he said, according to Times News. 
“When the time came, my great-grandmother gave them land. I am not going to be an assault on logic, an assault on the history of this country and the heritage of this area and this country. Not going to do it,” he said.
If American conservatives reflect on one of the most horrific aspects of US History (only surpassed by the wanton genocide of Native Original North American people in the millions), is there any wonder we have such deep divides regarding what seems a key facet of Rightwing ideology.  

Monday, March 6, 2017

Ben Carson: "SLAVE SHIPS?" Really Ben?


We watched the cadre of GOP hopefuls who ran against Donald Trump. We watched and found it impossible to avoid referring to the lot as a bunch of social misfits or zany characters with Trump at the top of the list. As the eventual winner of the nomination, one could only assume conservative America is laden with equally zany minds who do not augment their knowledge base with good and credible information. I recently found a few people who I formerly held in high esteem were actually avid Fox News. Two such Trump subjects are as follows.

During a dinner setting in a public restaurant, my wrong perception of the high esteem couple was highlighted when two situations took place. Once we succumbed to the woman's repeated effort to bait us into talk of the "news" (naively not realizing Fox News was her hidden network preference), my disdain for Trump came forth. The man across the table gosh(ly) raised his arms and exhorted rather loudly "we won we won." After hearing my suggestion we not talk politics over the expensive dinner, the woman after a moment said: "Not talk politics ok, but I have to say one thing. I love my country."

Image result for fox news scaring white people

For civility sake, I refrained from the obvious retort. A retort any rational person would have anticipated before placing their neck in a debate guillotine. 

The obvious retort? "Are you saying via implication that my anti-Trump vote means, I do not love the country?" Yes, the woman was, and is, an obvious Fox News late night Tinhead. Her remark had Mark Levine written all over it.  The remarks were mindlessly myopic and indicative of what I am seeing from many who flocked to elect Donald Trump. 

The catalyst for this post or, if you prefer, relevance, please? 

No automatic alt text available. The mindlessness of Trump also permeates his White House and Cabinet like an infestation of influenza. Ben Carson, former brain surgeon, who of late has come across as having spent far too much time on the wrong side of the surgical table (doctor Vs patient) has opened up with another of his patented utterances that only he can fully understand and appreciate.   

Carson in his debut address to his Housing and Urban Development employees used an analogy which was nothing shy of "WHAT?"
....... Carson told agency employees about the virtues of the “can-do” American society and used “immigrants” who “came here in the bottom of slave ships” as the examples of that virtue. 
“That’s what America is about,” Carson said. “A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”

Rather than sit and keyboard lines of disparaging remarks about Carson's statement, I have posted a comment from one who is most noted for classic retorts and statements of condemnation. 

"Immigrants?" The shame of it all! 


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Trump's Russia, Trump's Surrogates And The Perception Of Deplorables"

The unfathomable continues

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Trump seems to have an in with Russian cyber INTEL and operatives. What follows from CNN's Jake Tapper is serious business and a far cry from our lust for all things reality TV and all things Trump.  It is also noteworthy to point out that conservative America's affinity for Putin as the world's leading "leader" has come around to Russia as a political ally (regarding working to elect Donald Trump).


The next segment embodies my perception of the average Trump supporter.  Caution: what you are about to see and her is literally "deplorable."

Trump supporter leaves CNN anchor speechless @CNNPolitics 

Nothing shy of unbelievable.

Are you up for a bit of Ben Carson? After following the next portion of this post, revisit the question: "Is Ben Carson still of sane mind?"

Yesterday Carson sat on-air with CNN's Brianna Keilar. The segment needs no further introduction beyond the narrative posted below. The video follows the posted narrative and I hope you will continue o-on for a few additional words beyond the video.

Have a look and listen.
Real Clear Politics

Since day one in the GOP cattle call for presidential candidates, Ben Carson has stood out as a serious liar with chronic delusional tendencies. He is certainly not the noted brain surgeon who once garner total respect across international medical journals. Basically, Carson has devolved into a political phony who is as poor a spokesperson as any who are making the rounds during the 2016 political season.

Before we go on, a quick observation. Carson's phoniness also relates to his very much international efforts to appear thoughtful and respectful via his intentional hand "steepling". The image above shows the extent to which the phony surrogate with work to stage a "steepling" display. His hands are not in a relaxed position and are actually raised to appear mid-camera view. How phony!

Check it out: "Simply Body Language"

Hand Steeple
The hand steeple, where the fingers are making a little "roof top", is showing a lot of confidence. This hand gesture is very popular with lawyers, politicians and priests (it does resemble praying, don't you think?) and while it shows great confidence, you should not use it when you're trying to gain someone's trust... the hand steeple can make you look arrogant and schmug. It does show strength when negotiating.
Hands behind head
Another posture that reveals the vulnerable parts of the body, while opening up the airways (similar to holding your hands on your back), is by putting your hands behind your head. You also use more room this way, a sign that you are an extraverted, confident, outgoing person.
Allow me to offer one more piece regarding the business of displaying intentional non-verbals to deliver (often false and phony) messages.

11. Steepling

hand steeple
Steepling is what you call palms that face each other with just the fingertips touching (the fingers resemble a steeple). This is a display of confidence and self-assurance. You would see this in a lawyer or chess player who just found a way to wipe out his opponent.

You don’t want to over do it however, as this is a real show of power.

If you think the business of artificial placement of one's extremities as tools of subliminal message delivery, think again. As a former Human Resources Manager, I can recall two occasions over the course of a four-decade career when a candidate for hire visited my office and flashed both "moves" during the interviews.  I recall thinking on both occasions; "Dude, I read the book."  Needless to add, but I will pose as a question anyway.  Do you think I hired either "slicksters?"

After the revealing CNN interview, I heard, today, Carson may be seeking out of his surrogacy for Trump.  The interview was a true disaster. And, I doubt very seriously Carson heard any of his supposed or alleged "young" Cohorts bragging about grabbing female genitalia. Moreover, his retort was without thought as Trump is supposed to have grown well beyond a teenage analogy. 

Of course, if nothing above bothers you, you are far down the path of a walking Trump zombie.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Ben Carson Manifests "YOUR GOP"

Screen Grab via CNN

I believe there is a "Golden Rule" that reads, "Do unto others as your would have them do unto you."  I am not certain if that rule has a similar read in the Christian Bible (any version), but the words seem to denote a thought of civility, doing he right thing, and fairness.  

As we move through the current political season, I find it amazing the extent to which politicians are showing utter avoidance of the high-road proverb. The manifestation of towards and acts which would ordinarily garner condemnation from some are being accepted with an eye towards political expedience.

We will skip through the daily manifestation of Donald Trump's carnival barking with all requisite lies, to an associated incident that recently led to another case of cognitive flatulence from Ben Carson. 

CNN's Berman and Boudain sat with Ben Carson (via remote camera) for a discussion of the reality of Trump with a particular focus on Trump's campaign manager's manhandling a female report, Breitbart's Michelle fields.

Lewandowski allegedly grabbed Breitbart's Michelle Fields.

Imagine those bruises on Trump's wife. How about the same extent of bruising on Ben Carson's. Let's drill down a bit. How about such bruises from a manhandling Brownshirt thug shielding a reporter (your wife or daughter) from his Fuehrer. 

Watch as Ben Carson again illustrates his all too frequent tendency to show he is incapable of cogent and relevant thought. A thought is one thing when people such as Carson suffer mental constipation accompanied by oral diarrhea, we should thank the heavens they are not prime candidates to lead the nation.

The world according to the GOP

Personally, I so tire of reading and hearing Republicans tell us what is wrong with American. It seems since the days of Eisenhower, the GOP is the primary wrong in the United States. 

Your GOP, GOP 2016....and your are primed for more. StumbleUpon

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ben Carson's Logic; As Flawed As Sarah Palin's

We continue to observe and comment on Ben Carson based on our total commitment to what seems to be obvious mental instability. If you can get through the following NewsMax and The Daily Motion reports regarding Carson, you can probably sit through a Sarah Palin interview without physically throwing up on yourself.

Carson admits endorsing Trump based on the promise of an administration position. Carson would endorse the most vulgar presidential candidate since Richard Nixon. He would do such despite his consistent claims of deep religious commitments.

NewsMax's interview with Ben Carson...


...."I do believe, and certainly in my discussions with Donald Trump, he does love America and he does want to be successful. He will surround himself with very good people," Carson told "The Steve Malzberg Show." 

.....Carson said he endorsed Trump, despite the two having harsh words for each other earlier in the campaign, because, "I'm a big picture guy." 
"I recognize that he's bringing in [to the Republican Party] a lot of people who were not interested in coming in before. A lot of those people were coming with me as well," Carson said. 
"Even if Donald Trump turns out not to be such a great president, which I don't think is the case, I think he's going to surround himself with really good people, but even if he didn't, we're only looking at four years as opposed to multiple generations and perhaps the loss of the American dream forever." 

I ask that you re-read the paragraph just above.
Ben Carson...Really Ben?

Carson Continues To Show Feeble Mental Acuity by Anaalu8

Conservatives may both understand and relish Ben Carson; we find him dangerously reprehensible. StumbleUpon

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Daily GOP Ignominious: A Sinking GOP- Trump "Punches To the Mouth", Carson More Black Than Obama

Another day of the Donald Trump and his GOP.

Yesterday during a campaign speech in Nevada, Trump was interrupted by a protester. It seems with Trump's GOP, there can be no dissent and no interruption of his reality TV like speeches. Sensitivity to being interrupted in a speech is understandable. Of more importance, how the speaker handles such interruption is an indication of temperament, civility, leadership acumen and class? Trump doesn't seem to possess any such qualities once outside of his various business empires

Trump's way of handle protest from a US Vet enacting a protest on behalf of sensitivity to Muslims shows the current state of the GOP. "I'd like to punch him in the face!" His railing was truly sad and shameful from a candidate who aspires to the Oval Office with all requisite need for temperament in dealing with matters inherent in the US Presidency. 

The Telegraph UK Trump to protester Id like to punch you in the face

Oh, the state of the GOP! A party and ideology now in the hands of a reality show entertainer with enough sycophant worshippers to sway elections.

As is the case with all entertainers, what you see and hear before the cameras and on stages are carefully crafted for effectively deliver to the audience. Listen as MSNBC's Scarborough and Brzezinski perform off-camera (with a hot mic) with the carnival barker from Manhattan. If you want to see the developments of a soft interview, check this out.

Watch as the carnival barker sets the stage with handing-off a supportive set of words for the MSNBC host's "pathing" for Trump earlier in the day. It is all about Trump.

Town-Hall hot mic: 
Trump: I watched your show this morning. You had me almost as a legendary figure. I like that.

[More good-natured chatting and joshing until the 30-second on-air warning.]

Mika: Do you want me to do the one on deportation?

Joe: We really have to go to some questions.

Trump: That's right. Nothing too hard, Mika.
Le show with Harry Shearer February 21 2016

"You had me almost a legendary figure. I like that."  You have seen if before, it is like an adult positively reinforcing children. And, yes the children really do respond with more glowing words to offer the carnival barker to the Morning Joe audience. Trump gave more from the GOP leader to the host with a bit less devotion to GOP sycophancy. "Nothing too hard, Mika." Trump knows Scarborough will never challenge his reality show charade. Joe is the good conservative.

Let's take a quick look and listen at another issue that has oozed from yet another GOP candidate. The Differentiator, Ben Carson, has for some reason adopted Marco Rubio's tactic of continuous attacks against President Obama. While we recognize the universal hatred of Obama on the Right, we find it ridiculous and shameful the extent to which some GOP candidates will stoop.

Ben Carson has yet again followed former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in questioning the upbringing of President Obama as it relates to his race. 

While also joining a radio show, Glenn Thrush-Off Message, Carson during a 35-minute interview drew upon the Obama is not black strategy when questioned about his receptivity in the Black Community.

Also linked to CNN audio (linked):
While Carson reached into a deep no-win bucket, you should not in any way be surprised another GOP talking head joined in the fray. Of all people, California's Darell Issa joined in on he inane strategy. Granted, Issa was led into comment via Chris Cuomo, CNN Host, but nonetheless the thought and iteration of Carson as (effectively) more black than Obama, is shameful and ridiculous.


And, The Band Plays On...with a song that remains the same.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Daily GOP Ignominious: GOP Debate 8

I will admit to avoiding the GOP Debate for obvious reasons. After seven of the finger pointing, name calling, "going after", non-policy charades, I prefer to spend the two plus hours much more productively. Watching the GOP Debates also generates visions of mental horror. Horror regarding the level to which close to half the nation is willing to support, blindly follow and literally vote for members of the GOP. Horror regarding the level of non-issue bantering that hardly meets any definition  of a debate.  Horror regarding the prospect the nation has become consumed with entertainment politics and reality TV Vs. insisting of substantive interactions among people who aspire to lead the nation.  Ultimately, I disdain the horror of the lack of veracity from the debaters collectively and individually: Fact Check dot Org.,  CNN reality Check (must watch), AP Fact Check, Politifact Live Fact Checking.

Time is far too valuable to waste on a debate process that has devolved into increased levels of lies, misrepresentations, and flat-out manipulation.

While I avoided the live circus, I certainly sought highlights of the debate and highlights abound. Snippets and segments were abundant across the internet and to some degree on certain cable news networks.  

Let's visit a few that take top billing.

While some are excusing Ben Carons debate stage entry lapse as the fault of crowd noise, I disagree. Ben Carson is showing more and more he is out of touch with all things rationale. Even if the crowd noise was at a high decibel level, he should have possessed the wherewithal to know he was placed second in entry placement and should have known to proceed to the stage...well before Rubio, Bush and the equally perplexed Donald Trump. As you will see in the following clip, he even ignored the state handlers exhortation to go proceed tot eh stage.  Carson flubs his entry.
Marcio Rubio finished third in the Iowa Caucuses and promptly seemed to declare himself the eventual GOP 2016 candidate.  His third-place-finish speech was not only akin to then-candidate Obama's victory 2008 speech, some suspect he plagiarized Obama's 2008 theme and context.  His Iowa finish set him up for what has been reported copious piling-on and may have contributed to what can be described only as that of a scratched and stuck 1960s LP Album.

Rubio's obsession with President Obama has finally led to what comes next.

Rubio's strategy of constant attacks against a president who has actually won two general elections may bode well with big money donors who attend GOP debates, and his rhetoric will surely tingle the innards of the majority who claim US conservatism, but he barks up a dead tree. It seems his barking was lost in his over the top scripting and his memorized debate responses.

I suspect there isn't a more glaring example of outright political lying and nefarious story-telling than Ted Cruz's continued blaming CNN for his staff's subterfuge.

Ben Carson is not the least bit happy with Ted Cruz's excuses for lying about the state of his campaign in Iowa

Cruz responded to a debate host question as follows:

Politifact ran a piece on Cruz and his continued subterfuge.

New! Ted Cruz falsely says @CNN first said Ben Carson was 'taking a break from campaigning' 

Watch as CNN's Tom Foreman adroitly address the matter. Foreman also reminds of the ridiculous tendency of the GOP to fail to realize we live in a time of electronic archiving. There are Americans who do not rely on Fox News, Breitbart, The Daily Caller, Beck and Coulter, for news.
I remind of Carson response to Cruz's political manipulation: 
BEN CARSON: “The bottom line is, we can see what happened, everybody can see what happened and you can make your own judgment.”
When considering Ted Cruz there is little need for deep contemplative thought on the matter. He via his camp played for Caucuses voters and won in Iowa.