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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fiorina's Winning Campaign Debate Performance Included An Utter Lie! (Ring of Fire Radio)



Everyone knows politicians lie. They lie exponentially as they campaign for office, especially during televised debates. Debate strategy is not to put forth positions that ping the opponent (all sixteen). The key to winning the GOP debate is to garner aghast and applause for oratory. An easy task if the audience is comprised of conservatives (with ample financial wherewithal). It also doesn't seem to matter if said oratory has any basis in fact. Factually, the first two GOP debates have been so laced with WWE like entertainment (and utter international machismo from Rubio) seeking a singular truism would be fruitless. As fruitless as panning for gold in the Florida Everglades.

Other than Donald Trump's maniacal railings in the first debate, and Ben Carson's nuttiness in the second debate, Carly Fiorina garnered the most aghast and applause after insisting on inserting an utter prep-planned lie.

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Fiorina KNEW the Video was a Miscarriage, not an Abortion: Lied in Front of 23 Million Viewers

By now, half of the people in the country have either seen or heard about the infamous video clip, depicting a live fetus, approximately 18 weeks old, laying and struggling on a stainless steel table after allegedly having been aborted. The video was released by anti-abortion activist Gregg Cunningham. However, when interviewed by Time magazine, Cunningham refused to identify when or where the video was made or who filmed the scene. Claiming that his organization, the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, enters into “confidentiality agreements” in order to acquire the videos. 
During the second GOP debate a few weeks ago, Fiorina said, “I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes…watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.” Significantly, Cunningham would neither “confirm nor deny” whether or not the video was filmed at a Planned Parenthood clinic. He nonetheless stated that he was “confident” that the procedure shown was an abortion. 
It turns out that it was nothing of the kind. A few hours following the video’s publication online, medical experts pointed out that it is virtually impossible to resuscitate a baby younger than 23 weeks. One doctor pointed out that “the chance of survival below [23 weeks] is simply so remote that application of aggressive neonatal resuscitation and intensive care would be not only futile, but cruel.” 
What happened is that one of Cunningham’s fellow activists, David Daleiden, had taken the raw footage, then used a voice-over from an entirely different procedure in which fetal tissue was being harvested for medical research. That voice-over had nothing to do with the events in the video clip, which by now, is known to be of a miscarriage – not an abortion. 
Caught with his pants down, Daleiden admitted that it was a miscarriage – but told CNN that it “didn’t matter” – as long as it proves his point. Egregiously, Daleiden did not have the distraught mother’s permission to film the event or use it. “We used it to illustrate exactly the kind of late-second trimester baby…fetus that we’re talking about in these cases of organ harvesting.” 
In other words, Daleiden, Cunningham and the rest are perfectly willing to present blatant fabrications in order to advance their agenda. Furthermore, Fiorina knew that the video was misleading and depicted a miscarriage rather than an abortion. Nonetheless, she was also willing to spout lies and distortions in order to pander to the base she believes will support her. 
It is typical of the right-wing religious nut jobs who don’t give a tinker’s damn about the child once he or she is born. When they are caught in a lie and attempt to cover up the truth, they simply respond that it’s not relevant. It’s not the only example of this kind of behavior. Recently, GOP Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah was called out by Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards in front of the House Oversight Committee when he brought out a chart supposedly demonstrating that the number of abortions performed at PPH clinics was on the rise. He claimed the chart was taken from PPH’s own annual reports. It was actually from another anti-choice group, Americans United for Life – and the chart was completely misleading. 
Fiorina and the rest of the sex-obsessed theocrats can rant all they like. The bottom line is, revelations about this infamous video is further destroying the right-wing’s credibility. They’re even alienating their pro-life supporters.


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KJ McElrath
K.J. McElrath is a former history and social studies teacher who has long maintained a keen interest in legal and social issues.
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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Trump: The Un-president, The Showman, And The Hooligan Guards

As you work through this piece, pay close attention to the nuances and intricacy of a consummate showman. 

The Un-presidential

During an interview with conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, Trump was asked an initial question to which he immediate stuck his foot in his mouth with a reluctant , "YYYYYEEEESSS."

The showman had no idea who Hewitt had just asked about, but rather than go honest, he chose to do what the showman does naturally: "lie." It is also worth noting, that Trump must have felt he "wasn't being treated fairly." After the opening stumble, the remainder of the interview was a defensive and a deflective inchoate mess. 

I have posted two MSNBC segments that clearly show a man who some should consider "non-presidential," based on the interview. Sadly, that very popular media label of non-presidential has to be put aside as the nation finally succumbs ;to the silliness and the fallacy of the reality TV facade that millions worship. 

Another pre-MSNBC segments detail that shows the extent to which people are falling for and following Trump's circus. His stumble regarding international affairs, facts generated a search tsunami on Google


http://on.msnbc.com/1JUzBHk






http://on.msnbc.com/1O37pbi




The Showman


Let's take another look at the new leader of the GOP from another perspective. We have established (and you already knew) Trump is a second coming of a quote attributed to PT Barnum: 

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I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding
shall make nothing else of me.
The desire for wealth is nearly universal, and
 none can say it is not laudable, provided the possessor
of it accepts its responsibilities, and uses it as a friend to humanity.
There's a sucker born every minute."
Commonly attributed to Barnum, there is much testimony of contemporaries that he never actually said this, and in "P. T. Barnum Never Did Say "There's a Sucker Born Every Minute" R. J. Brown asserts that it actually originated with a banker named David Hannum, in regard to one of Barnum's hoaxes: a replica of the Cardiff Giant.
As is the case with Trump as the consummate showman the quote means...."Many people are gullible, and we can expect this to continue."


The New York City showman will say anything to secure that all too important inner psyche of, "I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me."


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Pulitzer Prize Reporter Exposes Trump’s Lack of Wealth, Mob Ties, Failure to Support Charity, and Much More

Most progressives and liberals have long suspected Donald Trump is a fraud. Thanks to an investigative reporter who has been dogging the Trumpster for over a quarter of a century, there is documentation of his numerous fraudulent acts and behaviors. In addition, there are a number of questions that the media should be asking that would doubtless prove that Donald Trump without a question is a total fraud. 
David Cay Johnston is an author, lecturer, and investigative reporter who has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting who has presided over the board of the non-profit organization Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. His areas of expertise include tax law, accounting, economics, business and finance. He is also an outspoken Progressive whose thoughts and ideas echo those of Bernie Sanders. Since 1988, Johnston has been watching Trump closely. Recently, he came up with a list of questions that would reveal much about the GOP’s “Golden Boy” – assuming Trump would provide frank and forthcoming answers, as he claims to do.
For example, how many of our readers knew that Trump was successfully sued by the Attorney General of New York for running an “illegal educational institution”? Students at “Trump University” paid a whopping $35,000 for “Elite” mentorships – but never even saw their mentor. And here’s a juicy little fact that fans of The Godfather and The Sopranos should appreciate: the contracting firm that constructed Trump Tower was owned by a pair of gentlemen who went by the monikers of “Fat Tony” Salerno and “Big Paul” Castellano. 
When it comes to charity, Trump doesn’t even donate to his own foundation. Instead, he donates other people’s money – specifically, those who do business with him. 
Can you say, “kickbacks”? 
It only gets better: Trump was found guilty in federal court of cheating immigrant workers hired to demolish a multi-story building. He paid them less than $5 per hour under the table. He didn’t even furnish them with hard hats.  Oh, and all that talk from Trump about how he’s a “self-made billionaire”? It turns out that he had a bit of help from the taxpayers of New York. The mayor of NYC at the time, Abe Beame, happened to be good buddies with Donny-boy’s Daddy, Fred Trump. That little connection got Donald a tax abatement on a mid-town Manhattan property (right next door to Grand Central Station) in 1976. That was the old Commodore Hotel, which today is the Grand Hyatt New York. As of 2016, that little deal that his daddy made for him will have cost taxpayers $400 million.
So much for being a “self-made” billionaire. 
Incidentally, Donald – how do you explain the fact that you paid zero income tax in 1978 and 1979, when you were busy remodeling that fancy Manhattan hotel? In fact, how do you explain not being able to pay your bills back in 1990, despite being a billionaire? And maybe you’d like to clarify to voters how you managed to run not one, but four companies into the ground? You want to run the country like you run business? 
Heavens help us if that scenario ever came to pass. 
At age 66, David Cay Johnston has not lost his edge when it comes to asking the hard questions. You can read all 21 of them, along with more details, right here. However, don’t expect the mainstream corporate media to be putting them to the Trumpster anytime soon. 
Chances are, he’d just side-step them or refuse to answer anyway. 
Watch Thom Hartmann address the issue of Trump and the mob, and The Young Turks address how Trump’s money was actually made by his father and Trump has actually invested it poorly.




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KJ McElrath

K.J. McElrath is a former history and social studies teacher who has long maintained a keen interest in legal and social issues.


The Hooligan Guards

If you feel any the proceeding is of the rails of presidential, what comes next is non-presidential to the maximum and may come close to the fringe of thug-ism. Watch the GOP leader's former New York cop body guard (and henchman) punch a protester in the face and also watch as Trump sic the goon on Alex Ramos of Univision and Fusion. Linked.


Trump guard also manhandles Jorge Ramos


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