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Showing posts with label GOP. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GOP. Show all posts

Monday, August 5, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: Video Games And Mental Health

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...Video games and mental health...

After three mass shootings in the span of three weeks (with two in a matter of 48 hours), I listened with contempt as progressive cable news hosts commented in anticipation of Trump's next day White House statements. Well, as is commonly the case Trump pulled up well shy of productive comments while wallowing in a low-level less than rational mumble-jumble. To be much more specific. Trump wallowed in the same irrational and third-grade level reading of a teleprompter.

Let's first expose the most irrational and inane utterances form the address.

If you dare to expose your gray matter to a president who has offered over 11,000 presidential lies in three years here is the full ten plus minutes address.  Speaking of the teleprompter do you recall what follows.

And 2011 criticism of then-President Obama for his use of the teleprompter. Linked here.

OK so much for GOP and Trump ridiculous hypocrisy regarding the teleprompter aside, let's show how VOX has addressed video games as an impetus to mass killings.

According to Vox's Ezra Klein.

Why video games aren’t causing America’s gun problem, in one chart

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It really doesn't take much to find the utter ridiculousness of the GOP's affinity for gun Lobby dark money.   You might be thinking"...well the Dems also take money from the NRA."  Yes, but relativity is a powerful consideration and visual representational of the imbalance of NRA money to the GOP is poignant, Open Secrets dot org offers a look at what has truly become money for driving US politicians. Three graphics

In case you didn't check out the Open Secrets' link, consider this graphic.

Take a close look at 2016.

Did you really believe Trump was going to even mention rapid-fire military-style rifles?


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: Game of Marbles and Trump's GOP

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US Representative Katie Porter and a very condensed and shameful segment with Trump's Ben Carson. Carson was appointed to head the Department of Housing and Urban development via a president two doesn't give one damn about the plight of Americans who earn less than a million dollars per year. A president who has validated he has absolutely no interest in the plight of the nation's poor. If the aforementioned poor is a person of color... well you can complete that thought. 

The twitter post follows.
Let's drill down on that again.
If you believe that was a bit revealing and uncomfortable give this segment a few minutes of your time. Time is valuable, but the current state of life int he US requires expending time and effort to understand the level to which 70 percent of the US electorate has delivered the nation to Trumpism.

US Representative Alma  Adams, D-NC, questioned Trump's obviously inept and misplaced Head of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson. 

As is the case with all things Trump, how do you suspect Carson handled his utter inept stumble offer a common housing industry acronym, REO?  He resorts to theatrics akin to that of a trump carnival clown. Courtesy The Business Insider.


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From Carson to a quick visit with  Republican who stated the prospect of the rape of a woman as in some cases consensual.

May 17, 2019 | 1:44 PM EDT

Apparently, the Republican returned to this statements and offered the ever-present perfunctory apology.

From "consensual rape to the leader of the GOP, and the leader of conservative America (as well as the 46.9% of potential US voters who didn't vote in 2016), and the nation's irrefutable worse president in the nation's history.

Earlier today, Nancy Pelosi responded to questions about Trump's potential involvement in a coverup.  Her response was "yes." It appears as such.  Within the hour Trump is reported to have left an infrastructure meeting with Pelosi and others. He seems to have run out the Rose Garden for a game of marbles. Yes, take ones marbles and run hone when the game just isn't as one wishes.

Take a few minutes to watch and listen to a guilty person throwout invalidated garbage regarding his presidency.

Last week we held on the follows Trump carnival acts.  Life is simply too short to work at tracking and reporting on Trump's idiocy and his rapidly growing reality of the Trump Lie
Everyone should go back and view a few segments of The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice, and after viewing ask yourself a question.  Is it truly possible Trump as a celebrity would warm to the hearts and psyches of so many very gullible Americans? Obviously, the question is a look back with an overdose of rhetorical. 

A Game of Marbles. 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Pathetic, The Callous, And The Lie (Trump And Your GOP)

A Trump and GOP Smorgasbord

The World Economic Forum
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Why does the US sit in the middle of what can be described only as pay discrimination agist women employees? Why are European countries and New Zealand towards the bottom of the disparity scale? Rhetorical questions?

Let's bring the gender pay discrimination to the US alone with the white male employees as a gauge.

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Data doesn't lie. When we accept the reality of gender pay disparity, contemplate your GOP via the following social media embed.


You may live as a conservative and you have every right to support the party of your choice, but how do you explain the data to your wife, daughter niece grandmother et al? 

We cannot complete this post without a reminder of the utter pathetic nature of Trump and Trumpism. Watch and listens as Crooks & Liars capture Trump profanity.

Moving along... 

Can you imagine a The Progressive Influence smorgasbord without a visit to the Trump lie meter?  As Trump moves towards hitting the 9500 lie mark since taking office, Politifact ran a review of one of his first lies since the Barr/Mueller setup.

The Circus continues.


Monday, November 12, 2018

America! We Have A GOP Problem

Image result for confederate flagsWe don't believe the majority of the GOP is racist. Yet, we know US racist do not flock to the Democrat Party for political and social affiliation. The GOP has a core of racial bias and racism against people of color and a far more pervasive filed of acceptance of all things GOP among its denizens And that means no backlash from the parties leaders nor its core constituents and supporters.

Each week we receive reminders of the extent to which your Trump supporting neighbors and family members are part of the nation's growing cadre of white nationals (a nice moniker for white supremacist).

On election day, a conscientious citizen took a photo of this racist in the state of Mississippi.

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Image result for racist mississippi voter Notice the Confederate flag. Notice the Noose. And Notice the connection to a state in which the most lynching of black people occurred during the many years of US Jim Crow.   

The exhibitionist racist lost his job at a local hospital once his brazen white supremacy was posted to social media. Imagine being an African-American or Latino (and probably also Asian) with the voter on staff with a primary job function of close contact with people seeking medical care.  Ugly, eh?

As we move away from the midterm election and various state elections. take look at two candidates for office in Mississippi.

Cindy Hyde-Smith, a white Republican VS African-American candidate and former federal official, Mike Espy, Democrat. One of the two candidates recently publicly joked about being on the front row of a public lynching. Would you care to guess which candidate went there?

Look close before you make pr pick.  OK, if you picked Epsy as the joking candidate, you should avoid appearing on a TV game show which includes picking: door number two, or dooooooooor number three.  

Actually, we seriously hope the door game wasn't a challenge.  Of course, the GOP state senator went there. She joined a Mississippi state cattle rancher she ha only met that day.  

Huffington Post
Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a white Republican, joked about going to a “public hanging” during a campaign event this weekend, a comment her Democratic challenger, who is black, called “reprehensible” and divisive ahead of a runoff election later this month.
“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,” Hyde-Smith said on Sunday morning in Tupelo, Miss. during an event with a cattle rancher. It’s unclear what context the comments were made under, although she appeared to be praising the rancher, Colin Hutchinson.
Before you simply dismiss the candidates choice of language as a joke, understand for millions in American the joke may have reached back into the lives and history of African-Americans who lost loved ones and family to racist lynchings.

And then there is this from the State of Flordia. De Santis (Trump stooge candidate for Governor) and the Mayor of the State's capital Gillum.

DeSantis openly courts and courted support from Trump. Trump has proven he is inclined to US nationalism (hint). Why wouldn't DeSantis's "monkey: comment appear as something of a Freudian slip at its lowest denominator? On a broader scale, DeSantis appealed to his supporters and potential voters with a clear dog whistle.

White supremacists support and embedded in the GOP is no surprise as the part has courted and nourished white bias since the days of the now famous "Southern Strategy".  What is a bit of a surprise is not one member of the GOP has come out and openly spoke against clear claiming the GOP by people such as David Duke, former KKK Leader.

The Chicago Tribune and other press/media have written extensively about David Duke and his public affinity for Donald Trump and Trump's GOP.

David Duke praises Trump for tweet about 'large scale killing' of white ...  

(There is no large-scale killing of white farmers in South Africa)

America, we have a political party problem and it may manifest in your neighborhood, your family and probably has infested your friends. If you have read through and viewed this piece with no appreciation for a political party gone repressively rogue, you are also infected.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

US Deficit Increased By 17% Over 2017

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Yesterday we posted a short piece about the White House and the CBO's recent revelations of a 17% increase in the US deficit. That is a 17% increase over last year's Deficit increase. the nation went from $666 billion deficit in 2017 to a $770 billion deficit in FY 2018.

Here is what perspective looks like. From Obama to Trump and a hefty tax cut for the nations wealthy.

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Of course, you recall the many on-camera appearances of Paul Ryan, Trump and McConnell as well as other GOP politicos speaking about how the wealthy American tax cut would not increase the Deficit. Did you actually believe them?

Since you are reading this post vs speaking with a person, it is OK, to honestly consider your faith in (pre-tax cut) GOP rhetoric as the party works to legislate for its constituency (not me and you).  

Well, Democrat Chuck Schumer's Twitter page addresses the rhetoric of which you may have bought into.  
Is there any veracity at the inner core of the GOP?  

The question is rhetorical.

And, the ultimate Trump/Ryan/McConnell victims?  The poor according to Forbes.

On another front, it appears we have another permanent ward of the state who fought to force you to work past age 70.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Defending Trump And A CNN Fact Check

Image result for huckabee sandersWhile hosting a rally performance in the Great State of Mississippi, Trump offered up a mega dose in unpresidential speech making.  The backdrop of his performance is noteworthy for a number of reasons: pud applause as him maligned and mocked Dr. Ford, Mississippi fact cats and dolls standing behind 45, as a noticeable absence of Trump's "Blacks Love Trump" black guy.

The arena was classic GOP from the heart of the GOP Red State territory.  And Trump performed lie a stand-up comedian and bully while under the guise of local support for a women GOP politician. Watch as Trump thrills his sycophant audience.

Watch as one of the nation's most admired women defends Trump's bullying. Oh yes, according to Snopes dot com, a survey regarding the Most Admired somehow absorbed, Huckabee Sanders. And that speaks to the pitiful state of the United States. A person who lies for a living (and highly paid for the craft of lying) is considered by a large group of fellow Americans as Most Admired.
Now watch CNN's Anderson Cooper fact check the Huckabee's remarks and Trump's attack on Dr. Ford.
Trump will get his "get out of jail card" Kavanaugh on the SCOTUS. He will, via the confirming votes for the GOP and Democrats whoa re by name only Democrats, also have placed an alleged drunk and sexual assaulter on the Court.

But, do you think the nation cares?  We can rest assured the nation's conservatives are happy with the Kavanuagh proceedings.  


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

An Unpopular Reality: US Racism

We will start this post with a reminder of how some people deal in race and promulgate utter racism. The recent professional tennis Open loss for Serena Williams is for another post. What follows is yet another example of manifest racism with obvious origins in nefarious, deviate example conservative minds.

As you know Serena Williams loss her Finals match to Haitian/Japanese Naomi Osaka. Well, have a look at what is not very different than many pics of Brack Obam and his family as he served as the nation's 44th President.

Ugly depiction eh?

Well, allow for a bit more ugly straight out of conservative America.

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Before you seek to find a remedy in Photoshop or think in terms of Democrat Party subterfuge, here is a link to Yelp in the local market.

Glenda Rollman ("Welfare Queen")
14450 Rollman Road
Shawneetown, IL 62984 
Phone: Show Number 

Glenda Rollman is a privately held company in Shawneetown, IL and is a Single Location business.

Categorized under Cash Grains (Unclassified). Our records show it was established in 2002 and incorporated in Illinois. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of 108034 and employs a staff of approximately 1.


To think, we have people who actually will stand on camera or write a sentence denying the racist inner of the GOP and vast numbers of its supporters and members.


Friday, August 31, 2018

As Trump's World Turns; "Zero" Increase For Federal Employees; Trump's Disapproval At 60%

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"I have determined that for 2019, both across the board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero."
Imagine an almost billionaire along with a Congress of predominant millionaires with the prospect of an anvil of a pay increase for federal workers at their whim. Now consider that same set of US politicians not long ago passed and signed a major tax cut for the nations most wealthy taxpayers while using the same legislation to sneak middle class and lower income tax hits on other Americans. 


Millionaires on average will get an extra $69,660 boost. Those with less than $10,000 will get an extra $10 to play with. 
The percentage change also skews upward, with the best benefits accruing to the $500,000 to $1 million bracket. The $50,000-to-$75,000 bracket sees a 1.6% benefit.
Things change however once 2025 rolls around. If no change is made, what were tax cuts will become tax hikes, even relative to current law.
Another look via Time

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While the charts and the reality of Trump's "zero," remark are now folded into US History, the sad reality isn't mitigated in any manner. 

And last night Trump laid another lie-egg on his audience.

I distinctly recall reading Paul Ryan's comments regarding "entitlement" programs as he defended the Trump/Ryan tax cuts.

"Zero!" for federal employees, unless the GOP Congress passes legislation to offset Trump's elitist disregard form middle America.

How did Senator Ben Cardin respond  when asked about Trump's  budget letter including the word "Zero?"

"Zero. This seems to be how much respect President Trump has for federal workers," wrote Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, in a statement. "It is outrageous and hypocritical that after spending billions of taxpayer dollars on unnecessary tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations -- and as the President boasts about the 'great' state of the American economy, that suddenly the White House finds that there is zero money left to pay a minimal cost-of-living adjustment to the patriotic, dedicated public servants."
Is there any wonder a recent ABC/ Washington Post Poll shows Trump's approval rating is slipping into the darkness. Of course, Republicans nationwide support Trump at the 90% level, rational Americans continue to find the nation's 45th president a manner close to abhorrent.

Poll linked.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Texas Senatorial Race: Beto O'Rourke

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has an opponent, Beto O'Rourke, in the coming fall elections who is polling within striking distance of the GOP's number one zany man in the Senate. The Senator who almost single-handedly facilitated a short shutdown of the federal government a few years back and a Senator who has warmed Trump despite candidate Trump's disparaging both his wife and father in the 2016 GOP Primaries.

It seems Cruz could move from "warm to Trump" to snuggling with Trump as we move closer to the November mid-terms.

While I realize for some of you, civil rights isn't a voting impetus (for the lack of a better word) issue. However, It is important to recognize Civil Rights issues are but a marble roll away from human rights issues and let's be frank the GOP is not about the business of Human Rights and the party is darned near averse to Civil Rights.

In the context not Trump's diverse strategy regarding NFL Players and the National Anthem. 

He is a long shot against Cruz but a refreshing thought.  Actually, it is a shame I cannot vote for Beto.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sen. Tim Scott Is The Only Republican To Sign On To The Anti-Lynching Bill

Pure Republicanism!

I often wonder why African-Americans support the GOP. Yes, I understand the need for some human beings to overstep all rational existence via reaching to differentiate themselves from another group they literally stand as utter fools. In the context of this past that Pother group: happens to be other African-Americans. As I move through the piece it is important to remind readers African-American who claim and affiliate with conservative Amercian refuse to refer to themselves in the commonly accepted vernacular of "African-American." You refer to them as "black" or do not refer to them with any skin color phraseology at all.  well, an ideal state which has not come to be in the US. 

A few examples are clear. Clarence Thomas and his confessed hatred of his "blackness' and year after year of disassociation from the black community while so diligently working to associate with the GOP he often makes himself appear pathetic. Another well-known example...

"I am an American. Black. Conservative," he said, punctuating each aspect of his self-identity. "I don't use African-American, because I'm American, I'm black and I'm conservative. I don't like people trying to label me. African- American is socially acceptable for some people, but I am not some people."
While the vast majority of "black" conservatives work to disassociate from African-American it should be noted they to the person claiming the GOP. The next and logical question is why doesn't the GOP work to at as a minimum to offer some degree of support for slam-dunk humane issues?  Before the following segment allow me a moment to answer the question.

First, the part, movement, and conservative America don't give one damn about Americans who are not white. The statement may appear harsh, but the reality is irrefutable. Another consideration is the basic paradigm of the Conservative mind: Ayn Randism and the reality of their "It doesn't affect me" psyche.  On a tertiary basis and probably the most influencing of them all, GOP politician will not go against the underlying core values of their constituents.  If the politician signs on with legislation or measures which only addresses the African-American community, the politician risks the wrath of all things conservative among their constituents. Basically, and in much more simple terms. Give the constituents what they want and avoid that which would raise their eyebrows. 

The need for an anti-lynching bill is a bit perplexing, but still a measure only one GOP Senator supported. The one supporters: Southern Carolina's Tim Scott.

Crooks & Liars

Sen. Tim Scott Is The Only Republican To Sign On To The Anti-Lynching Bill: Sen. Tim Scott could not explain why no other Republican in the Senate is supporting his anti-lynching legislation.



Tuesday, July 24, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Anchor Babies Anyone

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So Trump doesn't believe babies born to undocumented immigrants should receive citizenship status?  Wonder if we dig deeper we find Trump and his party means, brown babies?

"Anchor Babies?"

Trump on the campaign trail in 2015/16.

The framers of the US Constitution clearly intended the 14th Amendment would address US 'birthright" issues. 
Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992)
Amendment XIVSection 1
All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Take a moment a watch and listen to what some considered a more rational candidate and Trump opponent in 205/16.

These kids will have the right to live and work here, receive social services and when they turn 21, they will have the right to sponsor their parents for an American Green Card.

As we look across the ethnic and cultural spectrum, we wonder if Trump and his party will start to pay attention to a growing reality. The reality of well-off Russian women coding to the US to deliver babies.  

Intriguing and disappointing at the same time. Intriguing regarding the prospect some of the babies might one day follow Russian operatives in service to Moscow in undercover roles. Disappointing the GOP, conservative America, and Trump finding apparent issues with Russian women delivering babies in the US.

What differentiates South of our border people from Russians? Oh, the answer is so very simple. you answered the questions in your mind. If you didn't discern the difference you are not being honest even with yourself.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

1500 Immigrant Children Unaccounted For; Blame Dems

It's not 'cruel' to separate families at the border — children will be 'put into foster care or whatever'

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Allow this as a start to the perfect example of an American long gone and a future of horrors. Trump blames a sick and unfathomable immigration policy of Democrats.

Now the horror.

"....or whatever."

If you know US politics (Ideology and practice) you know conservatives and their GOP are vehement in their opposition to immigration. The US is comprised of over a hundred million people who oppose the very fabric (immigration the 18th century) which was a foundation of the so-called "New World." Immigration to escape horrific conditions in their native countries is actually more aptly called refugees. In fact, if the history offered to us as children is correct, (and we have evidence it was not always correct) many who joined the New World were a variant of refugees for a better life. The nation has roots in immigration and yes, some were refugees. Yet, to think such seems far from the historic paradigm of the GOP.

As the standard barrier for the GOP and conservative America, Trump certainly foretold his handling of issues related to Immigration while declaring an intent to run in 2016. Trump's formal announcement after his now infamous escalator charade. 

After one year we are hearing this based on the Trump Administration policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. Let's make certain the scene is clear/ We have ICE agents who have been ordered to take children from parents and facilitate housing the children in barracks?  As you will see and hear in the following video segment (and it runs 11 plus minutes for good reason) some of the children (1500) are unaccounted for (excuse the ending preposition). 

Trump's Chief of Staff recently responded to a question from an NPR host regarding the policy of using family separation as a means to an end.
On the administration's recently announced "zero tolerance" policy that calls for separating families who cross the border illegally and prosecuting them 
"Let me step back and tell you that the vast majority of the people that move illegally into the United States are not bad people. They're not criminals. They're not MS-13. ... But they're also not people that would easily assimilate into the United States, into our modern society. They're overwhelmingly rural people. In the countries they come from, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don't speak English; obviously that's a big thing. ... They don't integrate well; they don't have skills. They're not bad people. They're coming here for a reason. And I sympathize with the reason. But the laws are the laws. ... The big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States, and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long."
Could Trump have found a more facilitating authoritarian who consistently exhibits bigoted rhetoric as an indicator of his personal ideology? I suggest not as Chief of Staff. Kelly facilitates as effectively as another well-known adviser to international leaders who governed in autocratic states. A dangerous reality.

Kelly sought to clarify his statement, but remarks following his initial comments fall in the same overfilled basket of: "Oh I was inarticulate." A basket with a rare exception for a couple of cases of Dems misspeaking (e.g. Harry Reid on Obama's race as a potential candidate) is a basket as filled with GOP statements as your childhood Easter basket.

The Boston Globe ran a piece regarding Kelly's background and it reveals what we have come to expect from conservative America: Do as I say, not as I live.

Again the MSNBC segment which follows is not a short segment it runs a full 11 minutes and slightly longer. however, if you fail to educate and inform yourself, you are as guilty of facilitating-acquiescence to Trump's draconian policy as those who crafted the policy. Yes, a group of people associated with Trump sat in meetings to devise a policy which has led to a most shameful of policies.

A day later and after a barrage of concern expressed via social media and with the full expectation of what will come after the Hayes interview, Trump took to friendly media with typical carnival barking. "M13, M13, M13........."  Trump has supported Kelly's statement via doubling down on references to immigration as a path for M13.  

Speaking of the horrors of a Los Angles originated gang in no way works at rationalizing the policy of separating children from parents.  Especially when the policy and practices lead to 1500 children someplace on Earth with no hope of a future...and possibly in the hands of abusive people. 

"....or whatever."

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