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

Thursday, November 29, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: A Smorgasbord Of Ugly (VIDEO)

A Flag, A President, US Troops, And An Email Account

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The image above is stark, not phptoshopped, and the reality of the GOP, the administration, and American conservatism. Why ally the flag to the full scope and breadth of US conseravtism? Because we are not seeing nor reading any efforts to refute the Confederate flag with the party on the Right. While many will claim the flag as a mere case of an affinity for history and tradition, I offer the actual genesis of and meaning of the flag from the very developer of the battle field flag.

The following meme has been associated with development of the flag. While some refute William Thompson's work in development of the current versions of the flag, it should be noted the common denominator regarding the flag was racial superiority and human bondage.

An example of one of the memes described.

So, let's take the first picture above and extrapolate the visual to a nascent case of white supremacy along with comment about the current US President.

CNN is running a special series on hatred in the United States. 

What would a smorgasbord be without mention of this week's Senatorial run-off in the Great state of Mississippi.

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And the winner was ....the candidate who was hugged up with a local cattle rancher and a candidate who unabashed used "pubic hanging" as a campaign mantra. The US Senator elect Cindy (Hang Um High) Hyde-Smith. 

Elected in a state with this history.

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From GOP politics to the holiday season and the Trump version of the White House Christmas decorations. 

Caution: what follows isn't a doctored image. 

The image doesn't represent anything regarding subliminal messaging. The image is what it is the 20198 version of Melania Trump's perception of Christmas. 

That said, I must still offer: Why?

A bit  of contrast.

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On a much more serious note.  A president who hasn't yet visited a US war zone to offer support to our troops and one who hasn't yet even mentioned the deaths of three US special operations troops in Afghanistan.

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The Pentagon has identified the three U.S. special operations service members killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan:
-Army Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross, 29.
-Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond, 39.
-Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, 25.

Fallen heroes unrecognized by a US Presdient.

Let's end on a quick meme run through General Motors, Presidential legal entaglements and a daughter's email.

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And, we end another day in Trumpland and it is only 12 Noon.

We closed prematurely......A midday update.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Quick Hit: GOP Politics And A Lack Of White House Originality

I'll just leave this here.

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Take a  few minutes for a reminder of the utter lack of original thought from all corners of the White House.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

When Media Decides Debate Participation The Nation Suffers

As I perused MSNBC last evening (between commercial breaks from Monday Night football), I ran across a segment on the Rachel Maddow show that demands attention.  The segment is a bit long, to be frank, but relevant in a climate where we are finding media's guidance of the political process.

If you recall (without find details) The RNC leadership has previously admitted they sat a rule for media coverage of a primary debate after months of claiming hand-off the process for months. 

As we moved through the past three weeks published reports of Rand Paul falling below the threshold for the debate main stage was all the news.  Within the past 36 hours, CNN came forth with news that Paul made the threshold without explanation of what took place literally overnight.

Rachel Maddow's production team didn't miss the sudden *re-administration*of fluid rules.

Take a few minutes and watch CNN and the RNC at work. Also, notice towards the end of the Paul segment, another intriguing tidbit regarding the sale of Nevada's most read newspaper (for $140 million). 

Your elections are being tweaked manipulated and not so much for the good of us voters.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

GOP Politics: Can It Get Any Worse?


The United States has a political party that is undergoing and promulgating the most heinous of social regression in US History.  

Over the centuries, we have evolved away from our more shameful historic events and historic washy of life.  Native American genocide (via manifest destiny), Women's Suffrage, Anti-Union thuggery, Japanese internment (during WWII with no Germany ancestry internment), and Jim Crow (albeit it short lived), are classic examples of how we as a nation we overcame past horrors. You might have noticed I expressly avoided past treatment of Italian Immigrants, horrors perpetrated against Irish immigrants. Moreover, I am certain you noticed no mention of the forced immigration of Africans to facilitate early American capitalism and elitism. 

All in the past; all with documented and existential evolution away from the sins of our social past.  Alas, we now regress.  we regress out of the shadows of GOP regression that commenced in the early 1970s via political expedience under the auspices of Richard Nixon. Social regression that was honed to a fine science under Ronald Reagan under the tutelage and ownership of Lee Atwater and a finely tuned version of Richard Nixon and Kevin Phillips "Southern Strategy."  No, my point isn't one that gyrates solely around race.  My point is a direct address of policy and ideology born of political expedience and turned into paradigm shaping fodder via Fox News.  

In 2015, the two leaders of the herd of GOP candidates for the 2016 nomination have, over the past 24 hours, illustrated US social regression. Donald Trump and Ben Carson remind of why voting against the GOP in the coming elections could be tantamount to nations saving. If you are inclined to feel comfortable Trump and Carson will wane of the primary race, know the GOP has a few equally regressive candidates on their bench. Rubio, Cruz, Huckabee, and Paul are social misfits ready and willing to follow the footsteps of the party's leading demagogues.  

Trump and Carson over the past 24 hours. As you pursue the following recall, the Paris terrorists were to the person citizens of Belgium and France.  Could we have a racial or ethnic components to what follows?

The Hill: Trump won't rule out database, special ID for Muslims in US

The Hill piece was developed from a Yahoo News interview. Excerpt
“We’re going to have to do thing that we never did before,” he said during a Yahoo interview. 
“Some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule,” Trump said. 
“Certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy,” he added. “We’re going to have to do things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.” 
Trump would not rule out warrantless searches in his plans for increased surveillance of the nation’s Muslims, Yahoo reported Thursday. 
He also remained open toward registering U.S. Muslims in a database or giving them special identification identifying their faith, the news outlet added. (color added by The Pardu)
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"......identification identifying their faith."
 Children of the Yellow Badge
Thirteen must watch minutes of developing US History and very audaciously so. We offer The Rachel Maddow Show with Trump on camera. Ben Carson's "Neighborhood Rabid Dogs" Talking Points Memo


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Ben Carson Compares Some Syrian Refugees To 'Mad Dogs' (VIDEO)


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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Thursday compared the process of vetting Syrian refugees wishing to enter the U.S. to a parent protecting a child from a rabid dog. 
"If there's a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you're probably not going to assume something good about that dog," Carson said during a press conference in Mobile, Ala. "And you're probably going to put your children out of the way. That doesn't mean that you hate all dogs." 
He said it was simply "putting your intellect into motion" to call for a strengthened screening process to weed out potential terrorists before letting more refugees into the country. 
"We have to have in place screening mechanisms that allow us to determine who the mad dogs are," Carson said. "Quite frankly, who are the people who want to come in and hurt us and destroy us."
Watch Carson's comments below:
Donald Trump and Ben Carson are setting a tone across conservative America that alone could fill a vault with evidence of dangerous social regression.
Before I move on with a salient point regarding GOP regression, I will once against ask, why no forced internment of white American homegrown terrorist who are becoming more overt with their acts of horror. I have yet to hear one single comment from the right about people such as those in the following video news segment.

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (local News segment)

UPDATE: And, this man is an alleged minister!
How very Christian of him. Posted by If You Only News on Thursday, November 19, 2015
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

BENGHAZI! Political Shenanigans Towards 2016

As the US Congress continues to spend Federal budget dollars on investigations of the 2012 Benghazi tragedy, it is important to remind of a few points regarding the Select Benghazi Committee.

Mere days after yet another member of the GOP House majority spoke the truth about the Benghazi committee (radio interview).
Kevin McCarthy basically blew himself up with that comment over the Benghazi committee. Sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth. This may not be politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people and an individual, Hillary Clinton. REP. RICHARD HANNA (R-NY) (Relevant comments at the 9:30 mark)

The ultimate truism!

Think Progress developed and published a great read regarding the fallacy of the Select Committee. Ring of Fire Radio re-posted a critical set of visuals representation from the original piece.
The Republicans have led more hearings, investigations, and interviews regarding Benghazi than any recent American tragedy, including 9/11. After 9/11, there were two congressional committees charged with investigating the attacks. Eight committees were assembled to investigate the Benghazi attacks.
The number congressional hearings conducted for the Benghazi attacks, 32, far outpaced the number held for 9/11, 22. This number includes both public and private hearings. 9/11 was a highly sophisticated and organized terror attack, especially compared to Benghazi, yet, it received far less congressional scrutiny. The Benghazi investigation is completely politicized.
For more on this story, visit ThinkProgress “Proof That The Benghazi Investigation Is Totally Unlike Any Other, In Two Charts”
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Allegations of Ron Paul's Campaign May Have Attempted to buy Endorsement!

Repost from Open Secrets.

Of course, everyone knows US politics is as full of money pandering and influence buying. For some reason GOP politics seems to carry shadowy fissures that end in disclosure well after the dirty deeds are done. It should not surprise that shadowy Ron Paul and his political operatives would be clear of (allegations of) wrong doing. 

The following report from Open Secrets is just that a report. It should be read as such. Yet, I am having a hard time not folding this one into my "I believe it bank."

Ron Paul Campaign Accused of Trying to Buy Iowa Endorsements

The Ron Paul presidential campaign may have been involved with negotiations to offer financial compensation to an Iowa state senator in exchange for his endorsement and support in the 2012 Iowa caucuses, according to emails obtained by 

The negotiations appear to have involved several top Ron Paul 2012 officials, including Jesse Benton, pictured with Ron Paul at right, who was the campaign's political director. Benton is married to Ron Paul’s granddaughter and is currently managing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s 2014 campaign. 

In an Oct. 29, 2011 email, a representative of Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, a Republican, asks the Paul campaign to provide Sorenson with $8,000 per month in salary for him, $5,000 per month in salary for a Sorenson ally, as well as $100,000 in contributions for a newly created PAC that Sorenson planned to use to support conservative candidates for Iowa state office. 

In exchange, the email, which was allegedly written by Aaron Dorr, executive director of Iowa Gun Owners, says Sorenson would abandon his support for Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign, endorse Paul, campaign for him and provide access to an email list of Iowans who support homeschooling.

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Bachmann had narrowly defeated Paul to win the Ames Straw Poll in August 2011, an early measure of support in the state. 

A top aide in the 2008 Ron Paul presidential bid, Dennis Fusaro, provided several emails to According to the address fields in the emails, Fusaro was copied on the messages, which all date from late 2011.

Five days before the caucus, in late 2011, Sorenson abruptly switched his support from Bachmann to Paul, and the Bachmann campaign at the time charged that he had done so for money.

Sorenson is currently under investigation by the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee after a former Bachmann campaign staffer filed a complaint against him alleging he was paid by that campaign as well. Similar complaints have been filed with the Federal Election Commission. He has denied any wrongdoing in that case. Sorenson and his lawyer did not respond to requests for comment, but he told the Des Moines Register that Fusaro had fabricated the story and that he never authorized anyone to negotiate with the Paul campaign for financial support.

The lengthy memo sent on Oct. 29, 2011, was addressed to John Tate, who was then the Ron Paul 2012 campaign manager, Dorr not only lays out Sorenson’s alleged requests for money and what he will do in return, but says that because of a major Iowa Senate leadership meeting coming up on Nov. 10, Sorenson couldn’t quit the Bachmann campaign until Nov. 11. In a second email chain Fusaro provided, Benton emails Dorr on Nov. 14, writing that, “with those meetings in the rear-view mirror, I though(sic) now might be a good time to revisit Kent and your brother joining our team.” 

On Nov. 21, Dorr replied to Benton and Tate that he was going to step out of the negotiations because Dimitri Kesari, a Ron Paul staffer, had gone to Sorenson’s house for dinner. 

“As I’m no longer needed to facilitate a conversation at this point, I’ll bow out and let you, John, Dimitri and Kent work this out,” Dorr wrote.

Kasari, Tate, Dorr and Benton did not return calls and emails for comment. Today, The Iowa Republican, a conservative blog in Iowa, published an audio recording of what is alleged to be a conversation between Fusaro and Sorenson in which the senator tells Fusaro that Kasari gave his wife a $30,000 check from an account belonging to a jewelry store Kasari's wife owns. In the recording Sorenson said he did not cash the check. 

Fusaro, who worked on the Ron Paul 2008 campaign as national field director and was paid roughly $9,000 by the 2012 campaign for email lists, says the emails are authentic. He was not sure, he said, whether the deal had ever been carried out. According to a review of Iowa campaign finance records, the Iowa Conservatives Fund PAC, for which Dorr allegedly wanted $100,000, received no contributions from the Paul campaign or anyone affiliated with it. In fact, it has raised no funds at all and other than a $506 debt for bank account charges from Dec. 2011, appears to be dormant.

Fusaro said he thinks the emails speak for themselves.

"I sadly but firmly stand by the evidence that I have and I'll let people draw their own conclusions," Fusaro told "But I believe the conclusions about Sorenson are largely right."

The Jan. 3, 2012 caucuses were the closest in Iowa history. While it initially appeared that Mitt Romney, the eventual Republican nominee, had won, voting irregularities were alleged, and when the officially certified results were released on Jan. 19, they showed Santorum edging out Romney by the thinnest of margins. Paul came in third, while Bachmann only managed sixth place and subsequently pulled out of the presidential race. 

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