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Showing posts with label CPAC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CPAC. Show all posts

Monday, March 4, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: Trump, CPAC, And The Song Remains The Same

In February 2018, Trump peppered his sycophant CPAC audience with a dose of celebrity very much outside the realm of reality when one considers a US President. "bald spot moment."

Yes, believe it.

After a year of Trump TV via the White House and an accumulation of an additional 5,000 lies and at least four major cabinets "resignations (or terminations), Trump again took the stage at the annual conservative oozfest.  Let's take a few peeps at his tow hour plus performance. 

Since I interjected Trump Administration departures, here is a link to a February 28, 2019, New York Times piece about the unprecedented number of positions vacated under Trump.  In 2018, the sings of a sick organization manifest with these departures: CBS.

Now for a glimpse at CPAC.  (Brief digression:  To the person (visitor) who visits the page and leaves comments exhorting more writing vs. making my point via video and images. When I consider Trump and CPAC, I'd rather take a seat in front of my freezer, open the door and watch experience the joy of watch water freeze to ice. If you know your physics, my seat and viewing would be a major waste as ice freezing with an open door is impossible. Nonetheless a far more productive undertaking than sitting or even 30 minutes of Trump at CPAC.) 

Trump speaking at CPAC...  No words

How embarrassing and shameful to see an adult and the nation's top elected official stoop to such silly antics. Check out the image below.

President Donald Trump hugs the American flag as he arrives to speak at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md., Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The Atlantic best captured the CPAC cesspool and Trump's clown show. The AtlanticThe 7 Most Bewildering Moments From Trump’s CPAC Speech

How about a US president who spends a moderate amount of his 122-minute performance insulting a former Attorney General he used to prop-up his early campaign. Then Senator Jeff Sessions was the first member of Congress to offer copious support for Trump. 

Please excuse the profanity. Credible and respectful US Presidents don't come to a podium and sprinkle profane language throughout their message.

North Korea?  After this regarding Otto Wambier's comatose return to the US  and his death...  

...Trump goes here at CPAC.

Of course, there was much more but I abide by my longstanding policy of only scant comments about CPAC.

Without understanding how VOX could keep Trump's most bizarre CPAC moments to seven, the piece is worth a quick read.

The AP also ran a piece about the veracity of Trump's visit to the 2019 oozfest. 

Let's close with these.

It is so easy to dupe the uninformed who have allowed themselves to fall into deep sycophancy. 

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CPAC: An Annual Conservative Oozfest Which Never Fails (VIDEO)

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From 2009 - 2011 Michael Steele served as the Republican National Committee Chair. Yes, his service coincided with the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th President. And yes, I wrote incessantly about Steele's election to the RNC Chair position based on the election of the first African-American elected to the Oval Office. His appointment certainly seemed a knee-jerk strategy to Obama's election, without question. A reality which fails to induce surprise out of the GOP/RNC.

The past is the past. Barack Obama is no longer President of the United States. Michelle Steele was unceremoniously removed as Chair of the RNC. And, time has moved on. Time has moved on for all but American conservatives who seem to cling to the pat more often than allow their brains to come forth from more regressive periods in US History.  Regressive ideology and paradigms which facilitate tickling the oozier of conservatives while attending the annual RNC oozfest (AKA CPAC). Michael Steele as an African-American apparently exists as fodder for CPAC feed to ravishing bigots and racist who gobbled up the current RNC Communication Director's feeding like slop for a pig pen. 

Before we move to the director throwing Michael Steele completely under the bus, let's get another peep or two from CPAC.

Segment One

Dana Loesch NRA spokesperson (Crying White Women)

Segment Two

NRA Head LaPierre (Good Gun with A Gun...)

Mere days before the relation four Parkland Florida Police failed to enter a building while the Parkland mass killing enacted his evil killing spree. We should assume those four cops were "good guys."

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From examples of shame, social insanity, and conservative regressivism to yet another form of feed for CPAC attendees (AKA American Conservatives).

CPAC's Comms Director Ian Walters
"We elected Mike Steele to be the RNC chair because he's a black guy; that was the wrong thing to do."
Regardless of our perception of Steele as a two year RNC Chair, how crass and disgusting to simply throw the conservative out as fodder for a seething crowd of whacked-out younger conservatives?

For the full story, we offer this link to a New York Times piece.

Michael Steele's response to an apology from the head of CPAC Matt Schlapp. Linked here.


Friday, February 23, 2018

"....good guy with a gun."

Image result for good guy with a gun CPACThe Chief gun purveyor for the firearm Identity, LaPierre continues to make an utter fool of himself with the tired mantra. He insists on feed obviously conservative sycophants the line "the only defense against a bad with a gun is a good guy with a gun." 


Conservative dogma is os very ugly. StumbleUpon

Thursday, February 22, 2018

CPAC: Did She Say "Crying White Women"? Did The CPAC Crowd Chant Lock Her Up." (VIDEO)

 Do you want to see and hear a reminder of the heart of my core hatred of American conservatism?  Dana Loesch at the racist oozfest called CPAC.


The CPAC reference relates to the Parkland murders and Loesch deflection to the media instead of heartfelt concern for the victims and the families of the victims.
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Also at CPAC Ben Shapiro excited the crowd on a day when special Counsel Mueller unsealed additional charges against Trumps Campaign Chair. During a week when an attorney working for an English firm pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. And, as we look back of Trump's National Security Adviser who literally worked as a foreign against, and lied to the FBI.  He whipped-up the crowd as such.
“Most of all, President Trump brought us one really fantastic thing. Hillary Clinton is not and will never be President of the United States,” Shapiro said. 
The crowd then erupted into cheers of “Lock her up!”

If you have forgotten let's give Flynn another run here on the TPI.  Listen carefully to every worked ..... and then think a bit.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Life Changed Is Life Saved: Racism, Bigotry, Callousness Banished

The following post is based on a story from an American who changed his life to a better life.  For some of you this screed might work better if you read Josh Clark's experience, and comeback to the opening and body of the screed. In any case, I have only experienced knowing of a few cases of that which is so eloquently stated by Mr. Clark.   

There are times when you read something that grabs you and delivers a signal to your brain: "This is serious, this is heartfelt, this is relevant, this is right all while feeding the brain's frontal lobes and Hippocampus." The experience runs the full course of cognitive processes from sensory perception thorough mental assimilation and the ultimate mental activity: Leaning.

Such external sensory experiences remind of personal epiphanies and personal experiences that upon reflection resonates with the person as an awakening, inducement for a paradigm shift and personally rewarding. A literal cognitive bundle not often experienced throughout the full measure of our full lives. We have sensory experiences as we grow through our formative years that induces learning (e.g. first real kiss to companionship to love). We certainly learn to exercise acquired skills to the level of proficiency leading to a career (e.g. attaining that first big promotion). The person learns while providing healthy nourishment for a well-rounded and humane psyche. A psyche at peace with life is without fail accompanied by a healthy emotional state. 

Some never experience life shattering experiences that result in a "changed" person. Imagine living a life that embodied learned social intolerance regarding race, religion, national origin, gender or social class. It is like being taught (by your parents) to avoid the rich kid from "The Heights," because "they are raised differently." Latter in life you find with the first experience, the rich kid you have in front of you isn't a bad person at all. Our parents, family and early social choices environment shape the individual.

For sake of developing what follows (below), supplant the "rich kid" with a black kid. A learned experience far more prevalent than caution and bias regarding America's kids of wealthy families. Actually, chance of interacting with the uber wealthy kids is almost as remote as being struck by lightening. Examples aside, "social shaping" affects us all, the only differences in our respective experiences are where the learning takes us in life.

 or this   then to this     ending like this     

I often refer to the following diagram to show how social "shaping" and social leaning from early childhood through our formative years, leads to adults who are either "ism" intolerant or who are tolerant of people who are is some way different. Intolerant adults are socially shaped to bigotry, racism, over the top gender bias or homophobia; they arr "ism" driven creatures. If the individual doesn't take steps to counter social development that leads to the bigot or the racist, we experience what we have today in increasing numbers. Imagine Rand Paul, Donald Trump, or Ted Cruz raised from childhood with an iota of tolerance for others. 

If you take a few minutes to review the diagram you will notice there is a point at which the person can take affirmative steps to counter social development that leads to bigotry and racism. In the absence of direct personal action or intervention in the "Direction for Change" stage (opportunity), the person will development through stages of bigotry and racism that could lead to manifestation as such:

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Or this...listen carefully. You will not only see first hand the result of being raised to be a racist, you will see the racist (as is often the case) also has issues with sexism. According to Think Progress and official part of the CPAC archive....
At one point, a woman challenged him on the Republican Party’s roots, to which Terry responded, “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”

The Cycle of Oppression diagram very basically places visual light on the social a social disease that affects so many Americans.

The Cycle of Oppression
"Isms" make close bed fellows that can be broken via concerted intervention as in the diagram and via the personal testimonial of a Facebook poster.
   Josh Clark's photo.
Josh Clark 
Something has been weighing pretty heavily on me the past few days. I have had a few small discussions on the issue, but haven’t gotten too far into it. I wanted to share this, not for attention, but because I thought it needed to be done. 

It’s no big secret to my friends that I love to hunt, fish, camp and do pretty much anything outdoors. I have always considered myself to be a country boy stuck in the city. One of the ways that I used to show pride for my lifestyle was wearing t-shirts with the Confederate/ Rebel flag on them. In high school, I even had a bumper sticker on my truck that read “Keep It Flying”. I had grown up seeing the flag regularly, and although I had seen it used in negative ways on occasion, I chose to accept the “Heritage not Hate” and “Pride not Prejudice” interpretation of the flag. If you had asked me back then, I would’ve told you that it was a symbol of southern pride and had nothing to do with racism. 
I was raised pretty close to downtown Nashville and grew up with kids of all races with all kinds of backgrounds. I played baseball, basketball and football on teams where sometimes whites were minorities. I am very thankful for this. As I continue to grow and learn, I realize that we tend to fear things just because we don’t understand them. Because of where and how I was raised, I never feared people of other color or background. I was able to realize that we are all the same underneath. I have had white friends, black friends, Asian friends, Middle Eastern friends, Latino friends, Christian friends, Muslim friends, Atheist friends, etc. Thankfully, I have never had a racist bone in my body.
It wasn’t until well into my college years when I began to start thinking for myself. I no longer let the people I was raised by tell me how to view every issue and tried my best to be more open-minded. I believe that one of the most important things for us to do as humans is to try putting ourselves in others’ shoes before we make any kind of judgement. 
Although I never meant anything racist by sporting the Confederate flag, I couldn’t help but think of what some of my black friends thought about it. I really can’t think of a time that I was confronted about it. Did it not offend them? Were they too nice or afraid to confront me about it? The more I researched about the history of the flag, the worse I felt. What I had been told about its history was wrong. Thousands of southerners still fly the flag with no racist intent. They still defend the good things they’ve been told about the flag. They, like I once was, are WRONG. The flag is a symbol of a way of life that was wrong. Not that it needs to be stated, but slavery is one of the most evil and cruel things this world has ever seen. The Confederate flag represents this evil. Where is the pride in that? The Confederate flag is also a sign of division. How can you truly be a patriot of this country and fly this flag? Do we really need to fly a flag to show that we are southern, or that we like to hunt and fish, especially when it’s offensive to so many? It is not a kind thing, a good thing, or the right thing to do.
To those against removing the flag, I do not think you are a bad person. I know what it once meant to me. I do, however, challenge you to do your research. Step outside of what your family taught you and be open-minded. Even if you believe in a different history lesson, is flying a flag worth the pain it causes others? Please try to view these issues from the other side of the argument.
To those I may have offended in the past, who never confronted me, I apologize. I was WRONG. 
As our country continues to move forward on equality issues, I believe the only place for the Confederate flag is in our history books.
It is refreshing to know there are many Americans who stand against social shaping that leads to oppression of people based on "isms." While some never know it, such oppression also oppresses the oppressor.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Scott Walker Borrowed Rand Paul's Chameleon Costume

And, to think I just posted a piece about the zaniness of Sarah Palin. The Palin piece includes honorable mention of Scott Walker with comment about education and the lack there of. While conceding education is not the ticket to the prospect of a great US president, it is most assuredly generally accepted as an indicator on intellect. Yes, intellect is critical in presidential aspirants. It is unfortunate, but the attainment of college level education, in most cases is an indicator of perseverance, applied cognitive process, goal attainment and a validation of the prospect of acquired higher learning. We live in troubled and dangerous times. The nation is far removed for care-taker presidents who in many cases escaped terms in office without major conflict or serious economic demands.

Many on the Right and some quasi-progressive writers and bloggers are finding cause celeb to write about the business of unwritten education requirements for the US Presidency. Within weeks of their supportive (or caution laden) screeds, Walk offers the perfect opportunity to assess his cognitive skills. Where better to see the full zoo of GOP presidential hopefuls, than the annual CPAC (show)?

Scott Walker in full cognitive bloom.

The Daily Kos's The Giles Goat Boy

UPDATED 2/27/2015 with more memes and a sobering video at the end.
Earlier today, when asked about ISIS, presidential hopeful and current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said that his response to the peaceful labor protests in Madison in 2011 prepared him to stamp out international terrorism. Apparently that means that in case of a terrorist attack he would sneak in and out of the White House via a not-so-secret rat tunnel and consult on the phone with bloggers pretending to be billionaire David Koch.
Asked about ISIS, Walker responded, “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the globe.”
That is a terrible response. First, taking on a bunch of protesters is not comparably difficult to taking on a Caliphate with sympathizers and terrorists around the globe, and saying so suggests Walker doesn’t quite understand the complexity of the challenge from ISIS and its allied groups.
Naturally, the "terrorists" in Wisconsin have unleashed a counterattack - in the form of a super-satirical barrage of photo memes.
One citizen suggested spreading this image in case ISIS comes looking for revenge:
Here are some more. Feel free to post any additional memes in the comments.
That is one terrifying smile:
The Red Scare!!!
Be sure to check her Birkenstocks for incendiary devices...
It only took 6 burly cops to arrest this man for holding a sign. What courage. What bravery! And they arrested him right next to the copy of the Wisconsin Constitution that states in Article 1 that the right of the citizens to petition the government "shall never be abridged." Oh well.
You know they start those terrorists really young...
Look out behind you, Granny!
Leaving so soon?
One more. I feel so much safer now...
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ENCORE! You asked for more, so here you go. Here is an obvious pinko terrorist...
You can spot the home-grown terrorists right away...
As my friend Ed says, the war on Christmas terrorism. Are those ISIS-cicles on the tree?
Finally, let us not forget the Capitol Police version of "If I Had a Hammer", which starts and ends with "If I Had a Hammer, I'd Hammer on the Black Guy..."



End The Daily Kos Piece.....

This is also worth a peep.


In many ways, Walker seems to approach life from the Rand Paul school of, "I'm not so sure....", evading questions or the even more sinister Paul philosophy regarding mis-information. Walker traipsing around tickling the base with evasive non-committal utterances, will not win party's nomination in 2016. Will the strategy grow old or is it actual strategy? Walker, like Paul "the younger" may actually live life as noncommittal and slippery as a Carp fish out of water. Even the Koch's will work to avoid flubbing close to a billion dollars on a candidate who has no prospect of defeating Hillary Clinton. Scott Walker via his adopting a Rand Paul like Chameleon campaign style is showing he is not the man to run-up against Clinton.

Walker was recently asked about President Obama's faith or life as a Christian. First, the question (in an of itself) was posed as either from a platform of religious bigotry or it was posed to trap the squirmy Walker as he works to appease the GOP's religious base. Before we explore Walker's response to a question of Obama's faith, let's deal with another matter.

When did being a Christian become a prerequisite to the US presidency? Sarah Palin's CPAC appearance ended with a declaration that no GOP candidate was fit to run the country due to their respective lack of military experience. Should we add Christianity to the mix?  And, after establishing religion as a basis for a litmus test, how about the certain to follow American kerfuffle: the GOP' Baptist Bible Belt congregations against Catholicism. And, if we take that ridiculous thought a few steps farther. How bout the nation's Jewish population? 

The question posed to Walker yielded telling results. While bundled in a sack of patriotism and religious Walker is report to have gone here: 
" “I’ve never asked him, so I don’t know,” he said. And about Obama’s Christianity: “I’ve never asked him that.”
Do you think Walker felt the answers was cool, or clever? The Washington Post summed it up in a piece published on February with a partial moniker: 'spinless."

According to Michael Gerson of the Post, President has gone on record in 2008 regarding his Christian Faith. Follow this link to the Post piece and scroll down.

Even conservative America has denizens who follow the news such that Obama's declaration  of  his faith are a matter of public record. They know the correct answer to these opportunities   to broadcast GOP "spiel", but they refuse to offer any degree of sanity to their base.  True answer o dot excite the GOP base, especially in states like Iowa (a critical GOP primary state) . Let's be honest with ourselves, the GOP base is not about fair and balanced consideration when it comes to President Obama. Nor are they open-minded such they place religion in proper perspective int eh grand scheme of things. 

Fervent religion can provide a path to irrational thought and indiscriminate acts in the name of faith. Scott Walker's reticence in showing a modicum of spin and failure to acknowledge President Obama's past comments about religion is an indication of what you get with candidates like Walker.

Palin Sighting at CPAC

One has to wonder if the Chair of the RNC, and other party leaders would love to get their hands on Sarah Palin's speech scripts before she takes the podium.

Palin's thought processes manifest in behavior that seems slightly demented. Her speaking engagement at CPAC proves yet again, she could think her way out of a well lighted closet. 

The half-term Governor (of Alaska) and former VP candidate, is a, existential walking and talking embodiment of flawed and failed GOP. We must consider Palin in another manner since the sef-insertion of Scott Walker into the race for the 2016 presidential nomination. "Education" has moved from a non-issue to the reality of a US president without viable and working education beyond high school. The consideration spans an intriguing spectrum.

Palin embodies the dumbing down of America in every sense. And, she does show while standing as the perfect advertisement for, don't bother to earn a college degree. The attainment of a degree is not a validation of mental acumen beyond that of basic human functionality.

The Crooks & Liars piece that follows includes 4:35 minutes of "Palin Speak."  I offer the video as part of the C&L posting requirement.  I do not exposes my grey matter to four minutes of Palin nor do I recommend such to TPI readers. 


Palin Inadvertently Suggests She's Not Qualified To Be President

Sarah Palin told the CPAC 2015 audience that "honorable" presidential candidates should spend some time serving in our military. I guess that leaves her and the rest of the GOP field out of the running. Sarah Palin: No current Republican candidates are qualified to be president - and neither am I: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin…

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A GOP Gazette: Nine State Maps and CPAC

I quick look at the American Right from two perspectives. First, and most important, the plight of the geographic regions that support the GOP without fail and with every election.  As matter of fact, the poorest districts in the United States rural Alabama) has a history of voting GOP as if there is no alternative.

The next perspective is the annual "ooze" from CPAC.  Our focus is to show a few points about CPAC without wallowing in the complete ooze. For instance, you will not find a long video of insane staccato drivel from Sarah Palin. We would share her full keynote (Get that Keynote) address, if someone earlier in her life had sponsored Palin through an English as Second Language program. 

A picture of the American Right and its constituent base.

These 9 Maps Should Absolutely Outrage Southerners

Posted: Updated: 

Look, there are lots of things to love about the South. It's clean and quiet. There's delicious food, good people and often amazing weather. But that's exactly why it makes us so sad to think about all the ways in which the region is struggling today.
First off, poverty rates are a lot higher in the South.
poverty map
Source: USDA
In fact, as many as one in four Southern kids lives in poverty, compared to the national average of one in five. 
In the map above, red shading indicates a poverty rates between 17.9 and 22.8 percent. Orange indicates 15.9 to 17.8 percent; light orange, 12.2-15.8 percent; pale yellow, 9 to 12.1 percent. As you can see, there's a lot of high-poverty red in the South.

.... it is time for CPAC! The GOP equivalent to Mardi Gras.

The Daily Kos 
Rep. Paul Ryan waxed eloquent at CPAC Thursday on how completely Republicans understand the American people, in stark contrast to how "the left" is offering people "a full stomach and an empty soul." Offering children a stomach full of school lunch, to be precise. 
Ryan cited a story he heard from Eloise Anderson, who "serves in the cabinet of my buddy Scott Walker." Anderson told Ryan of an encounter with:
... a young boy from a very poor family, and every day at school he would get a free lunch from a government program. He told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown paper bag, just like the other kids. 
He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand.


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