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Showing posts with label NPR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NPR. Show all posts

Monday, July 16, 2018

Trump And Putin: Four Minutes And Full Transcript

If you missed this morning's public statements from Trump and his idol Putin, you missed a historic exhibition of presidential disgust. Trump isn't a president of the US, he is an operative with a mission. Unfortunately, we don't yet know the exact impetus for his love and cherishing of Putin.

Herewith is a sample. I encourage you to visit the full video but be cautioned: If you love the US and expect the nation to have an elected official in the Oval Office whose first focus is the nation and his constituents, you will not find it in the presser.  Only the heavens know what he agreed to in the plus one-hour private session.

Keith Boykin Twitter (CNN):
Just a sample......

NPR offers the full presser transcript. Linked here.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: America...Kids In Cages

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The United States is a nation of immigrants back as far as the late 1400s. White immigrants invaded the land of native non-white people, eventually practiced a policy of Manifest Destiny (literal genocide accompanied by land grabbing for East to West), forced slave immigration of Africans, and all while promulgating a policy of modern-day colonialism through-out its history. 

During World War II the Federal government interned Japanese citizens who lived on the West Coast in internment camps.

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Approximately one month ago Jeff Sessions and Trump's chief Whtie House enforcer appeared publicly to speak about a new policy of separating refugee (immigrant if you prefer) Children for their parents. The practice is active and disgusting even as refugees present themselves on the southern border in accordance with current guidelines.  


Kelly on NPR

When asked about the policy and practice as cruel, Kelly responded well outside the realm of past American psyche and policy.
Excerpt (Business Insider)

"I wouldn't put it quite that way," Kelly said. "The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever. But 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."

In the interview, Kelly also acknowledged that most immigrants who cross the border illegally are neither criminals nor members of the MS-13 street gang. He added that he sympathized with their reasons for attempting to come to the US but that he believed they wouldn't "easily assimilate into the United States."
"They're overwhelmingly rural people," Kelly said. "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 speak English. They don't integrate well. They don't have skills."
When Trump chose John Keely, former four-star Marine General, as Chief of Staff, did you deceived yourself in it believing he would usher-in even modicum of decency to the White House. If you believed such, you was naive to the point of dagerous. Kelly would have to pass a litmus test (quite a few) and his inner core seems to well fit Trump's Paleozoic Era regressivism (and other associated "isms"). I will also suggest you have never served in the US military.

And that leads to this.... 

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Waiting to be taken from their parents or take and caged like an animal.  

If you were aware of such images from a country in Europe which practices caging immgrants from a white nation, do you think you might find the practice abhorrent? I serioulsy hope your first thought was "yes, it is disguting". As I frequently state, if you do not find the pracitce abhrorrent and well outside waht we once knew as Americana consider clinking off this page.

Here is more from last night's MSNBC, ALL- IN With Chris Hayes.

Trump ad Trumpism is a major problem for humankind. we as a nation are already on a path to irreversible horrors (socially, economically and internationally), Humankind suffers when America suffers.

America is suffering like never before in US History.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

NPR: Trump's 1027 Financial Disclosure

Quick Hit NPR Post.....


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Atomwaffen: Neo-Nazi Group Linked To 3 Accused Killers

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.
If the nation doesn't stop growing white nationalist and white supremacy you might find yourself in the midst of a sinking ship.
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NPR recently published a piece about killings across the country which have resulted in the arrest of neo-Nazi white supremacists. No matter your political lean, the nascent manifestation of overt white supremacy directly coincides with the proliferation of Donald Trump. We are not positing Trump is a white supremacist despite a history which indicates inclination of personal racism which spans well beyond common American bigotry.  

After the following video of a recent white supremacist rally (tiny crowd) in Michigan, we offer a Propublica piece with evidence of growing hate based killings perpetrated by American white supremacists. The aforementioned NPR piece immediately follows the video.

WGNO (ABC News affiliate)

NPR (lede paragraphs)
At first glance, five killings in three states since last May appeared to be unrelated, isolated cases. 
But a common thread is emerging. Three young men have been charged, and all appear to have links to the same white supremacist group: the Atomwaffen Division. 
Read more here before entering a ProPublica piece about Atomwaffen.

Pro Publica

Atomwaffen, Extremist Group Whose Members Have Been Charged in Five Murders, Loses Some of Its Platforms

At least four technology companies have taken steps to bar Atomwaffen Division, a violent neo-Nazi organization, from using their online services and platforms to spread its message or fund its operations.

The action comes after ProPublica reports detailing the organization’s terrorist ambitions and revealing that the California man charged with murdering Blaze Bernstein, a 19-year-old college student found buried in an Orange County park earlier this year, was an Atomwaffen member.

Activists and journalists with other media outlets have criticized the tech firms — among them chat services, web merchants, social media channels and gaming platforms — for enabling the outfit, which has members in 23 states and Canada, records show.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s happened since ProPublica reported on Feb. 23 that chat logs used by Atomwaffen showed members celebrating Bernstein’s murder. Bernstein was gay and Jewish, and Atomwaffen members took to calling his accused killer, Samuel Woodward, a “one man gay Jew wrecking crew.”

Discord was designed to allow video gamers to communicate with one another while immersed in multiplayer online games, but over the past year it has been co-opted by white supremacists who have used it to share bomb-making manuals, plot the violent confrontations in Charlottesville, Virginia, and, in the case of Atomwaffen, revel in the killing of Bernstein.

Scattered across the country, Atomwaffen members relied on Discord to disseminate confidential information and make organizational plans.

After ProPublica obtained more than 250,000 Discord messages posted by Atomwaffen members and reprinted excerpts of those messages as part of our Feb. 23 article, Discord quickly shut down the group’s server.

Discord’s terms of service “specifically prohibit harassment, threatening messages, or calls to violence,” the company said in an emailed statement to ProPublica. “There were a handful of servers that violated these ToS recently and were swiftly removed from the platform. We will continue to be aggressive to ensure that Discord exists for the community we set out to support — gamers."

YouTube and Steam
Atomwaffen had long posted its propaganda videos, which are full of violent imagery and racist messaging, on YouTube, where the group had its own channel. Then Motherboard, the Daily Beast, and the Anti-Defamation League took on the video-sharing giant.

As the Daily Beast noted, Atomwaffen seemed to be in clear violation of YouTube’s policy on hate speech, which bans videos made with “the primary purpose of inciting hatred against individuals or groups based on certain attributes, such as: race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation/gender identity.”

At first, YouTube balked at pulling down the videos, which call for “race war now” and the mass murder of Jews. But on Feb. 28, the company reversed its position and terminated the Atomwaffen channel.

Still, a second channel maintained by the group, SIEGEtv, which promotes Nazi ideology, is online and active.

Motherboard, an arm of Vice Media, also discovered that there was an Atomwaffen group on the community discussion board of Steam, a gaming platform.

“The group only has 17 members, but their accounts are a disturbing grab bag of Nazi imagery and Atomwaffen-style propaganda,” Motherboard reported. “The group’s description section clearly states its racist worldview. One member has used the screen name ‘PURE ARYAN 100%,’ and uses a photo of South Carolina mass murderer Dylann Roof as his avatar.”

Valve, the parent company of Steam, has deleted the group.

Until recently, Atomwaffen used Inktale, an online t-shirt retailer, to fund its operations through the sale of Nazi-themed t-shirts. Shirt designs celebrated figures like Charles Manson and Atomwaffen’s ideological inspiration, longtime Nazi James Mason. (The t-shirt with Mason’s image read “Give hate a chance.”)

On Feb. 24, Twitter users began confronting the company.
The next day Inktale quit selling the shirts.

The company told ProPublica that “Inktale reserves the right to review, and if necessary remove, any content from the site.“

“In this case, the user in question violated part 3 of the Acceptable Content Policy (, thus their profile and products were deleted.”

The on-demand t-shirt printer said it has systems in place to keep organizations like Atomwaffen from using its services, “but we also appreciate anyone reporting inappropriate content to our team from the outside, and we take such claims very seriously.”

The San Francisco-based company provides anti-hack protection to two Atomwaffen websites: and As part of that protection, Cloudflare obscures the name of the hosting company providing Atomwaffen with space on the internet.

Cloudflare, which sells services to some 7 million websites, said it has no control over the content on those sites and doesn’t plan to stop doing business with Atomwaffen. From the company’s perspective, it’s up to the web hosts, domain registrars and ISPs to decide if they want to yank Atomwaffen’s sites, said Cloudflare general counsel Doug Kramer.

“We don’t want to be put in the position of being judge and jury on our own,” said Kramer, noting the struggles of much larger outfits like YouTube and Facebook to identify unacceptable content. “We’ve seen that we get some legitimate complaints and we get some that aren’t on the up-and-up — that are people going after other people with whom they disagree.”
However, on at least one occasion, Cloudflare has cut ties with a Nazi site: In August 2017, days after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, the company ousted The Daily Stormer, an avowedly racist and anti-Semitic news site.

“Earlier today, Cloudflare terminated the account of the Daily Stormer,” wrote CEO Matthew Prince on the company’s blog at the time. “Our terms of service reserve the right for us to terminate users of our network at our sole discretion. The tipping point for us making this decision was that the team behind Daily Stormer made the claim that we were secretly supporters of their ideology.”

Kramer stressed that members of the public concerned about Atomwaffen’s websites can use Cloudflare’s abuse form to anonymously report the sites, and that Cloudflare will notify the owners or web hosts.

That system was reformed last May in the wake of a ProPublica report revealing that people were being harassed and threatened after complaining to Cloudflare about hate sites, including The Daily Stormer. At the time, the company was sharing the personal information of the complainants with the racist sites.

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Will the United States follow other historic examples of over the top nationalism laced with genocidal racism in some cases?

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

Friday, January 12, 2018

Tracking Retirements From Congress (NPR)

As we move further into Trumpism and the catastrophic election of Donald J. Trump to the US Presidency, watching as his party is electorally averse to the worst president in US history.


Chart excerpt

House Republican Retirements

A record number of 32 House Republicans have already announced they won’t seek re-election. This list does not include members who have already resigned, if their seat will be filled by a special election before November.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Fla.1989NoD+5Clinton, 58%-39%
Dave Reichert, Wash.2004NoEVENClinton, 46%-43%
Ed Royce, Calif.*1992NoEVENClinton, 52%-43%
Frank LoBiondo, N.J.1994NoR+1Trump, 50%-46%
Darrell Issa, Calif.2000NoR+1Clinton, 51%-43%
Martha McSally, Ariz.2014SenateR+1Clinton, 49%-44%
Charlie Dent, Pa.2004NoR+4Trump, 51%-44%
Dave Trott, Mich.2014NoR+4Trump, 49%-45%
Steve Pearce, N.M.2002; 2010GovernorR+6Trump, 50%-40%
Ron DeSantis, Fla.2012GovernorR+7Trump, 46%-40%
Pat Tiberi, Ohio*2000NoR+7Trump, 52%-41%
Jim Renacci, Ohio2010GovernorR+8Trump, 56%-39%
Joe Barton, Texas1984NoR+9Trump, 54%-42%
Lynn Jenkins, Kansas2008NoR+10Trump, 56%-37%
Lamar Smith, Texas*1986NoR+10Trump, 52%-42%
Lou Barletta, Pa.2010SenateR+10Trump, 60%-36%
Ted Poe, Texas2004NoR+11Trump, 52%-43%
Sam Johnson, Texas1991NoR+13Trump, 54%-40%
Bob Goodlatte, Va.*1992NoR+13Trump, 59%-35%
Blake Farenthold, Texas2010NoR+13Trump, 60%-36%
Gregg Harper, Miss.*2008NoR+13Trump, 61%-37%
Kristi Noem, S.D.2010GovernorR+14Trump, 62%-32%
Jeb Hensarling, Texas*2002NoR+16Trump, 62%-34%
Todd Rokita, Ind.2010SenateR+17Trump, 64%-30%
Jim Bridenstine, Okla.2012NASA Administrator (awaiting confirmation)R+17Trump, 61%-33%
Luke Messer, Ind.2012SenateR+18Trump, 67%-26%
Bill Shuster, Pa.*2001NoR+19Trump, 69%-27%
John Duncan, Tenn.1988NoR+20Trump, 65%-30%
Marsha Blackburn, Tenn.2002SenateR+20Trump, 67%-28%
Raul Labrador, Idaho2010GovernorR+21Trump, 64%-25%
Evan Jenkins, W.Va.2014SenateR+23Trump, 73%-23%
Diane Black, Tenn.*2010GovernorR+24Trump, 72%-24%
Note: Asterisks denote committee chairs.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Evasion Kings And Tax Plan Snake Oil (VIDEO)

The evasion game from members of Congress who are selling snake-oil regarding the Trump/Ryan tax plan is in full load mode. 

Now, spend a few minutes observing a professional evader avoid answering a key question from an MSNBC Morning Joe show co-host, Willie Geist. Trump's House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), fulfilled his evasive role as well as any member of Congress who accepted on-camera questioning on the national GOP Tax Day.

The gest of the question related to how the wealthy benefit from the current GOP tax plan. 
“that average family making $73,000 a year — I mean, both blue collars workers — will see a tax cut of $2,059 in this tax bill.”

National Public Radio published a piece related to the impact of the GOP tax plan on the scope of the US income strata. We have linked the piece here.

Of course, the GOP's nascent on-camera lover from Virginia secured his five minutes on MSNBC. As one listened to Rep. Dave Brat, it is impossible to avoid comparison as a carnival-barking snake oil salesman comparable to Trump and KellyAnne Conway. We offer Brat in his bloviating glory. 

Katy ur seems to handle the bloviator better than most on MSNBC. Of course, some MSNBC show hosts don't reach to book Brat on their shows. I wonder why?

Brat won his seat in the US House after the former House Leader and representative of Virginia, Eric Cantor, sat in a fancy upper crust steakhouse with GOP money backers. He ran as a Tea Party "darling" via the facade of conservative spending. Rational Americans have to wonder why the GOP is expanding enough energy to land another person on the Moon working to pass a bill which carries a $1.5 to 2 Trillion hit to the US Deficit. 

The United States has a problem.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Tragic Death, A GOP Money Broker, A Fake News Host, And Another 45 Scandal

Hiding From Russian Connections continued....

It probably doesn't surprise you to know Trump's White House conspired with Fox News in developing and broadcasting of a false story. for sake of clarity, the story was run over the course of days broadcast then archived; Fox mgmt. followed and reported on the false story as if it were a course from the Judeo-Christian Bible. And yes, the nation (correction Fox News viewers) followed the story as closely as one should pay attention to a pastor each Sunday. The reason for the concocted story, while not surprising, stretches the shame meter of conservative media and Trump's Campaign and mind-shaper operatives.

As you read through this piece and view the posted video, think deep about the quality of life inherent in entities who deploy levels of lies, misinformation and who practice outright manipulation of media. If you don't think of the likes of Hitler's Communications Minister, Joseph Goebbels, you are probably not well school in the history of humankind.

Rod Wheeler Fox News
The backstory via Variety.  (key figures via Variety)
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Fox News host Sean Hannity speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2016. Rod Wheeler, a longtime paid commentator for Fox News, appeared on Hannity's show to discuss Seth Rich's death. A week after the appearance, Fox retracted the story, saying the reporting process failed to live up to its standards. 

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The lawsuit alleges that Ed Butowsky, a wealthy Trump supporter from Texas, played a significant role in weaving a false story about Rich's death. LM Otero/AP
Does it surprise to find Hannity at the core of the fake news?  Let's not forget Hannity was also at the White House this past week along with another Fox News personality. Remember, the meeting which so allegedly riled the then White House Chief of Staff.
If you prefer a more in-depth read, try NPR's account.
Ok, so the White House indicates Trump wasn't personally involved in the fake news scandal. A scandal nonetheless which settles awful close to Trump.
Media Matters version of the story.

CNN's Brooke Baldwin delved into the latest social maneuvering and political subterfuge from Trump and his cable news propaganda department.

It appears America has gone to sleep with dreams of a better day. The problem is....the Sandman delivered Donald Trump. And, that America is a major problem.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Babbling Wisconsin Senator And His BCRA

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It seems the GOP talking points regarding the BCRA did not work well for Wisconsin's Ron Johnson during this morning's Morning Joe show.

We realize some GOP talking heads are very adroit at strategically occupying segment minutes, but Johnson, in this segment, surpassed the more familiar babble of Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn.

I am not going to work to add text to Johnson's babble as his statements clearly indicate the archetypal politician. 

Why bother with inane babble when so many find the Better Care Reconciliation Act a far more "mean" than the House bill Trump signed?

Many medical groups and responsible administrators find the law a harmful to the nation.