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Showing posts with label Mother Jones. Show all posts
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Of Xenophpbia, Bigotry and GOP Politics (Via Its 2016 Front Runners)

Database em, ID em, and Badge em!

Let's take a quick look at American terrorists who have yet to be proven followers of the Muslim Faith. Most of the following images are linked to sources; not one source includes the word Islam nor Muslim.


Despite FBI reports of white supremacists and "home-grown terrorism" as the most serious threat to national security, we continue to find rampant paranoia, fear mongers, xenophobia, and over-the-top sheltering against an imaginary enemy. The 9/11 terror attacks and much more recent attacks in Paris France, Lebanon, and Mali, Africa speak to the danger of international terror. Terror worthy of scrutiny, appropriate counter-measures, and military readiness, but the attacks hardly serve as a corollary to recent comments from certain members of the current GOP heard of candidates for 2016 party nomination.

Ben Carson and Donald Trump have both spoken in a most heinous manner about Syrian refugees.  They have taken to microphones to deliver oratory that rivals that of Joseph Goebbels and almost reminds of the "cockroaches" label and refrain used by the Rwandan Tutsis to slaughter 800,000 Hutus.   Carson metaphorical reference to "rabid dogs, needs to further comment. We are committed to our position, Carson is insane and can no longer control what comes from his brain.  Trump's party leading acceptance of federal registers, immigration database, and ID'ing Syrian refugees is as despicable and "Un-American" as it comes. 

How can any party/campaign leading candidate with the following of the GOP front-runner escape overwhelming criticism for such comments? He feigns innocence and victimized along with an aversion to intervening from the RNC and GOP party leaders. RNC Chair, Priebus seems to be sheltering in a dark concern hoping no one calls upon him for comment. 
While Trump has gone on Fox News with innuendo of being entrapped, and "I did not say that a reporter asked..." MSNBC's Rachel Maddow has offered clear evidence of Trumps demagoguery.

TRMS Novembr 20,2015

We ran across a quick read an image on facebook that seems to embody the essence of Trump's comments.  

TRUMP DEFINITELY SAID WE SHOULD HAVE A NATIONAL MUSLIM REGISTRY — Although he's trying to walk it back, there is no doubt in our minds that Donald Trump meant what he said. Mother Jones magazine confirms this as well in their lead story, "Yes, Donald Trump Agreed That We Should Have a National Registry of Muslims". Of course Trump forgets that he said it on video tape. A registry is just a precursor to internment camps like we set up for Japanese Americans during World War II. While we're sure Trump wasn't talking about the equivalent of Nazi concentration camps, once you get on bigotry's slippery slope of xenophobia, all bets are off. This is why we're calling Trump out on his Muslim Registry. 

We often read about how we should avoid references to the Third Reich. it is virtually impossible to do so as we consider Tumps oratory, support from white supremacists groups and the actions of some supporters when faced with dissent. Over the past few years, we have grown to expect that ever-present high baby boomer chant of "USA, USA", USA" when dissent erupts at GOP events. It seems we are now expected to grow accustomed to what follows. 

During an Alabama rally, Trump was interrupted by a protester. He was summarily surrounded, beaten and kicked to the ground. Recall during Trump's last Alabama rally someone in the audience yelled "White Power!"

On Trump's orders ("Get out of
here") supporters attack a black man


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Trump Quick Hit

If you have any doubt about the social depravity and bias of one Donald Trump, you may want to follow the following links.

Gawker quotes about "the blacks."  July 24, 2015......

Mother Jones September 1, 2015.  
Brown also used to work in the casinos, at the Showboat, bussing tables, and at Trump’s Castle, stripping and waxing floors. "When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor," he said. "It was the eighties, I was a teen-ager, but I remember it: they put us all in the back."

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Monday, August 17, 2015

TPI Gazette: Racism, Cop Abuse, Ben Carson, What no Trump?

Non-Progressive News...

Mother Jones (via The Progressive Mind) delves into the Ron and Rand Paul adviser who would buy an endorsement. If you think money in politics only relates to buying media advertisements and paying staff for legal responsibilities, you should think much deeper. We live with a shadowy and real world of political operatives and dirty-tricksters.  Why  does it not surprise the Pauls would find themselves immersed in one such case?
Feds Say Rand and Ron Paul Aides Planned to Smear Local Pol If Payoff Failed #UniteBlue— The Progressive Mind (@Libertea2012) August 15, 2015

A former president announces he has advanced stage cancer and Fox News writers and producers reach to the lowest level of the gutter to entertain their conservative viewers.
More Fox simply claiming Hillary knew he email "were classified."  Just state it and it becomes reality. 
Despite Fox's unfounded speculation, the State Dept. has said the emails were in fact "not marked as classified" and may not actually have been classified at the time.Posted by Media Matters for America on Sunday, August 16, 2015

Strategy: Shout em down to prevent viewers from hearing another view point.  It seems so childlike, but with their audience safely in the sycophant fold Fox News is on safe ground.

Don't get fooled again.Posted by Democratic Party on Saturday, August 15, 2015 
80 years of Social Security and over a decade of Republicans trying to tear it apart.Posted by Democratic Party on Friday, August 14, 2015
Ben Carson seems to have serious cognitive issues.  He actually believes he can win the nomination of a party that relies on a southern strategy to win election after election. He fails to understand or fails to accept that the vast majority of overt racism exercised against African-Americans emanates from conservative America. The former Neuro-surgeon is so ridden with homophobia his led to a series of over-the-top anti-LGBT statements. He consistently uses analogies to slavery to make points that favor his severe Right political lean.
This just happened...Posted by Breitbart on Sunday, August 16, 2015
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson went after Planned Parenthood over fetal-tissue research ...... which makes his own record with fetal-tissue research a real problem. by The Rachel Maddow Show on Thursday, August 13, 2015

Moderate Republicans; Radical Republican Progressives; Republicans for Responsible Reform...while this particular...Posted by Andrew Rei on Monday, August 17, 2015

The ever-present apology and yet another example of how, in America, the apology has come to serve those who are caught with their pants around their ankles with no viable explanation of why. It is perfunctory and its former aura of intent to abandon undesirable behavior is now nothing more than "get me out of this."  The following represents the perfect example of an apology to cover being placed out front as an unabashed racist.
NY pizzeria apologizes for promoting racist ‘Pic-a-Nika’ pizza - but some of those ingredients are suspect. Grio fam,...
Posted by TheGrio on Sunday, August 16, 2015
Would you like a quick peep at why some of us absolute abhor cops? 
A "Michael Brown Bonus" ? Posted by Mediaite on Saturday, August 15, 2015

Editor's Choice (s)

Posted by Larry Parsons on Saturday, August 15, 2015
When it comes to reducing unemployment, who has the more impressive record: Barack Obama or Ronald Reagan?Let's take a...
Posted by The Rachel Maddow Show on Thursday, August 13, 2015

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bush Administration Lied About Iraq; Conservatives In Denial

Image via MSNBC Fireshot Screen Capture
Think about the following chart as you work through this piece:

On May 19, 2015 and during the course of a former CIA directors quest to hawk a book, MSNBC's Chris Matthews extracted the ultimate truth about the Bush Administration's potential nation killing charge into Iraq. Bush and team lied about WD and for the express purpose of entering a another theater of the early 2000 Middle East wars. 

Before I offer up full segments of two days of Matthews on the topic, I am posting a brief segment with the meat of it all. 

The former Deputy of the CIA has admitted on national television that Dick Cheney lied about Saddam's possession of WMD (nuclear weapon). Cheney's lie was but the minuet tip of the iceberg. The lie was probably the most exhaustive and heinous case of political subterfuge and malfeasance in US History.
In a 2006 issue of Mother Jones, the Bush Administration lies were delineated as clearly as the teal blue waters of the South Pacific.
Mother Jones 

Lie by Lie: A Timeline of How We Got Into Iraq

Yesterday Opinion writer Paul Waldman keyboarded a definitive piece on how the Bush Administration went far beyond developing lies to facilitate invading Iraq. 
The Week
George W. Bush didn't just lie about the Iraq War. What he did was much worse.
Now let's revisit Chris Matthews's segments over the past two days. As I viewed these segments I couldn't help, but think about the frequent anger filled retorts I receive from conservatives when the issues of "What we know now" is the center of discussion.  Their favorite and most often stated rationale for looking back is the "INTEL was wrong."  I haven't run across one conservate to date who will accept thew reality of the data was fabricated and promulgated and very effectively so. 
May 19, 2015 May 20, 2015
The Daily Kos partial transcript and credit to Mother Jones Chris Matthews ended his 5/20/2015 show with a cogent and poignant ...... Let Me Finish
Now, consider viewing the chart at the top of this piece once again. Why is the GOP so far outside the acceptable level of national opinion and equally outside the scope of sanity?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bill O'Reilly: War Correspondent

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Fox News Bill O'Reilly is working like a beaver the day before the floods to salvage an iota of cred regarding his false reports of covering the Falklands War. Unfortunately, ".....there is no cred." As O'Reilly circles the wagons to ward-off scrutiny of lies told regarding his alleged war coverage in the Falklands, he made a big mistake. He requested release of news video he claims "combat situation," (Sempr FI); CBS's video release shows violent protests. but no O'Reilly and no war coverage.

Mother Jones continues to provide stellar coverage of the Fox News Chief bloviator's claimsThe released video is over 19 minutes long, but worth the viewing time if you are curious about the "flagship" O'Reilly's veracity.

A look back at CBS News coverage of the conflict between Argentina and the United Kingdom. Four clips include: the CBS Evening News and a special report from June 15,1982; and the CBS Morning News and CBS Evening News from June 16, 1982.

Has the nation moved so far Right, top echelon news and talk TV icons must lie to promulgate "cred?" StumbleUpon

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Your GOP: Vaxxers And Anti-Hands Washers!


Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)
"I vaccinate my kids on most things, but then there are some things where I'm like, 'This may not work for me and my values and my family,'" he said.
My values and my family? Why does disjointed conservative values continue to erode American society? Duffy like many conservative politicians does not care that my child could contract the disease and die. For sake of social agenda, GOP policy and conservative ideology, they risk reemergence of a disease consider extinguish within the past decade.

When GOP politicians fall 'lock-step' around ideology driven policy the nation suffers grave and possibly irreversible damage. If we extrapolate that dire prospect beyond "anti-vaxxers" and lock-step politicians to the highest level in the GOP, an even more dire image emerges. Almost all GOP candidates for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination appear to side with anti-vaxxers. One has to wonder if the real issue if anti-Obama; the mindset is certainly anti-US.

Watch the GOP Comedy show!

Post by Salon.

Post by Salon.

If we cannot get to an answer to the question about "Why" regarding GOP politicians, lets take a look at how conservatives poll on the vaccination issue. 

Mother Jones

And young people are more likely than older adults to say the same.

Highlights added by The Pardu
What is wrong with these people?

I will wager all of those who polled against required vaccinations were, in fact, vaccinated as a child.
Mother Jones published another Pew Research poll graphic that delineate difference among American demographic groups. The young polled along with the Right and to be fair "Black's polled with a lean towards "Let the    parents decide."

"My values and my family?"

The following is a must addition to this piece. On the top of GOP insanity follow the embeds.

Why would forcing employees to wash their hands before departing a restaurant restroom bother anyone?   

Image via Talking Points Memo
Let's hope you are never exposed to shaking this man's hand!

If you need or want more to better understand yet another example of "Your GOP At Work" good read follows, but you will find no opportunity to better understand.

Post by Mediaite.


Friday, December 5, 2014

The Dally GOP Ignominious: Megyn Kelly Fights Reality While Booking The Wrong Guests To Discuss Race

Megyn Kelly yet again takes up the Fox News fight against the reality of racism against African-Americans. She via her production team actually perpetrates proliferation of racial dogma via the choice of three white males on her December 3rd show for discussion of race related to the recently Grand Jury rulings. In fairness, we will report Kelly also hosted at least one show after the Grand Garner Grand Jury ruling with one black guest. Maybe, Kelly and team find no value in having racially diverse panel discussions. By not acknowledging the questionable Eric Garner Grand Jury ruling, Kelly and team stand in stark contrast to diametrically opposite to many noted conservatives.

Let's run through a quick review of reaction from some on the Right to the Eric Garner Grand Jury ruling.

Glenn Beck via Mediaite
“If you want to have any credibility, you cannot lump Ferguson with this one. This is the New York police completely out of control. They did not murder him, but manslaughter absolutely should have been considered. Why that wasn’t considered is beyond me.”
Mother Jones published a piece with a quick read of a number of conservatives who also did not agree with the Grand Jury decision.

Krauthammer decision "Totally Incomprehensible"

Kevin Drum of Mother Jones wrote very basically and frankly:
The exception to all this was Fox News last night. Megyn Kelly’s coverage proved that there is almost no incident in which a black man is killed by cops that Fox cannot excuse or even defend. She bent over backwards to impugn protesters, to change the subject to Ferguson, to elide the crucial fact that the choke-hold was against police procedure, and to imply that Garner was strongly resisting arrest. Readers know I had very mixed feelings about Ferguson. I’m not usually inclined to slam something as overtly racist. But there was no way to interpret Kelly’s coverage as anything but the baldest racism I’ve seen in a while on cable news. Her idea of balance was to interview two, white, bald, bull-necked men to defend the cops, explain away any concerns about police treatment and to minimize the entire thing. Truly, deeply disgusting.
Kelly went about her form of Fox News propaganda as such:

Kelly and St. Louis County Police Chief after opening her segment with the Mayor of New York. The Mayor of New York video used to open a segment on the day the Eric Garner Grand Jury handed down the no indictment ruling, then hands the mic and camera over to ;high level St. Louis area law enforcement official. Apparently, Kelly and crew found more value in refuting the prospect of race as a factor in the killings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner more news and discussion worthy items than obvious police heavy-handed tactics. We recognize the Fox News mission and understand Kelly works at the direction of her managers and production team, but the logic in the construct of the segment was questionable. She followed other conservative in angst toward Mayor DeBlasio's frankly opinion and remarks regarding race.

During the same December 3rd show Kelly invited a couple of noted right-wing pundits on her show to co-sign her show managers theme of the night. An audience pleasing theme: There are no issues of race associated with recent killings of black men. Along with implied support for exoneration of killer cops in both cases. You should note one of the two guest for this segment is former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, felon and commish during active practice of the city's 'Stop and Frisk' policy. 

We offer a graphic that shows the fallacy of New York City's "Stop and Frisk."

How about a look back at a discriminatory policy fully supported y the for commish and seven count felon. As you view the data and graphics think about the Kelly File team's choice of inviting the ex-con on any show to speak about issues of race with regard to policing the streets of New Yore City. I should add in the  context of what follows. 

Huffington Post May 2012
Disproportional Number Of Blacks And Latinos Are Stopped And Frisked By The NYPD
stop and frisk nypd new york

More Young Black Men Were Stopped By The NYPD In 2011 Than There Are Young Black Men in New York City
nyclu nypd stop and frisks minorities

The Washington Post...The Fix  December 3, 2014

I posit, Megyn Kelly via her handlers developed the December 3rd show for the express purpose of providing feed for an audience who might find it difficult to avoid thoughts of disparate police acts on members of the black community.  We have grown to expect nothing more from Kelly and her team.

You may recall she was the front person for this about this time last year: "White Santa; white Jesus."

I you can avoid Kelly as a race baiting entertainer in a key time slot on Fox News, you might be a viewer with tainted ideology and inclination similar to those consistently broadcast on the Kelly File. 


Monday, May 5, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: GOP "Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi," And "No" Interest in "JOBS"

While the GOP via Boehner and Issa are embarking on yet another round of "Benghazi Derangement, I am reminded of the 55 appeal ACA (AKA Obamacare) votes that cost the nation ($1.6 million per vote) $88 million USD. After digesting the ACA repeal financial impact via use of our tax dollars, my mind moves further into tea party governance. It doesn't take, but a second to settle on the "Sequester" and the GOP initiated and perpetrated 2013 Federal Government Shutdown. 

Fact Check Dot Org and the differences in cost from the "GOP government shutdown. "
But estimates for total economic cost only range from $12 billion to $24 billion. The $12 billion estimate comes from Macroeconomic Advisers, but Democrats are fond of quoting the higher of those figures, issued by Standard & Poor’s on Oct. 16, only hours before the shutdown ended 
And now Standard & Poor’s is saying the shutdown cost the American economy $24 billion. And some people are saying that the job implications may go as high as almost 1 million jobs.
Yet, the GOP chases the dragon of Benghazi as the economic recovery chugs along with the real prospect of a more rapid recovery. Prospect available to all in Washington DC. I shouldn't say all as the SCOTUS is busily working to return the United States to its pre-1950s privilege for some and various forms of oppression for others. I will exclude the SCOTUS for failure to work to improve our economy. It is not part of their job description and  after all, the conservative Justices are effectively delivering on their mission aligned with and delivering on American conservatism. 

Benghazi is obviously a 2014/2016 battle cry. It is factually all they have as political leverage. The battle cry is troublesome for those who know the history of US Embassy security. Mother Jones in October 2012 published apiece about GOP support for lack of support for US Embassy Security. 

Mother Jones "Breaking: It Turns Out That Protecting Our Embassies Costs Money"
House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012....Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” — a charge Republicans rejected. 
Ryan, Issa and other House Republicans voted for an amendment in 2009 to cut $1.2 billion from State operations, including funds for 300 more diplomatic security positions. Under Ryan’s budget, non-defense discretionary spending, which includes State Department funding, would be slashed nearly 20 percent in 2014, which would translate to more than $400 million in additional cuts to embassy security.

GOP strategy and Benghazi aside, think of our economy, improving jobs number, low employment rates (lingering), three plus million Americans stuck in a jobs void, unemployment payments fiendishly denied via the GOP, and public sector jobs reductions at historical highs.

Think Progress June 1, 2012.....
Take a look at what the 2009/2010 GOP has done to public Sector employment. 
But what if we hadn’t cut those jobs providing critical public services and investments? Under President Reagan, rather than shedding public service jobs, governments added more than 1.4 million jobs — or twice as many government jobs as have been cut in the current economy — by the time he left office. And rather than cutting government purchases from the private sector, government actually expanded by $410 billion under President Reagan. 
Note that both the population and the economy of the United States were significantly smaller back then, so these stimuli under President Reagan were much larger in relative terms than what we are seeing today. If government jobs continued growing at the same rate as during Reagan’s presidency, today government employment would be 1.05 million jobs larger.

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Now for an August 2013 Think Progress excerpt that is relative as it gets.
While the public sector added 1,000 net jobs in July’s jobs report, shrinking government payrolls have been a consistent drag on the economy throughout President Obama’s term. By contrast, at the same point in President George W. Bush’s time in office the government had contributed over a million jobs to the economy:

Of course, the recession early in the Bush years looks like a blip next to the economic collapse that was underway when he handed the Oval Office over to Obama. But the ongoing weakness in government employment isn’t an automatic consequence of the Great Recession — it’s the result of policy choices Congress has made. Economists say that the shift to austerity since 2011 has pushed the unemployment rate a full percentage point higher than it would otherwise have been. Those spending cuts harm growth across the entire economy, not just the public sector. But of the last four American recessions, the current is the only one where government payrolls shrank in the years of recovery that followed.
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With an exception for the infestation of far right anti-government Tea Party Members of Congress to the US House in 2010, many House members sat quietly and in full support while the GOP drove the US in economic collapse.  Today they throw lip service at improving jobs numbers, focus their attention to labor participate rates, and reach via a White House stumble on an email back to revive

Here is the 'real deal' when it comes to the GOP and Benghazi when the nation so badly needs cooperation of improving our economy.

Nancy Pelosi on the "New Benghazi" initiative

From there, how about seriously relevant information the GOP seems to hold in a "low interest" file: Jobs!

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)

Today’s Jobs Report in Pictures

May 2, 2014 at 9:48 am
Today’s mixed jobs report shows a big jump in payroll employment but a sharp fall in labor force participation. The labor market is clearly much stronger than in the depths of the Great Recession but still far from the “maximum employment” goal that Congress has mandated the Federal Reserve to pursue. Long-term unemployment remains a particular concern, highlighting why Congress must restore federal emergency jobless benefits – which it allowed to lapse at the end of 2013 and has not restored even though long-term unemployment remains substantially higher than when any of the previous seven emergency programs expired.

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Chad Stone
Chad Stone is Chief Economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he specializes in the economic analysis of budget and policy issues. You can follow him on Twitter @ChadCBPP.

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State and Local Jobs Climbing out of Deep Hole

May 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm
State and local governments added 18,000 jobs in April, according to today’s jobs report, and have added 43,000 jobs since the start of 2014.  This is great news given the steep loss of public jobs due to the Great Recession.
Yet, while states and localities have slowly begun to rehire in the past two years (see graph), the number of public employees remains far below six years ago. Meanwhile, the demands on states and localities continue to grow.  For example, public elementary and secondary schools have 492,000 more students than before the recession.

And, to think, the us voters are not clamoring for better.

....And The Band Plays On......