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Showing posts with label RNC. Show all posts
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CPAC: An Annual Conservative Oozfest Which Never Fails (VIDEO)

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From 2009 - 2011 Michael Steele served as the Republican National Committee Chair. Yes, his service coincided with the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th President. And yes, I wrote incessantly about Steele's election to the RNC Chair position based on the election of the first African-American elected to the Oval Office. His appointment certainly seemed a knee-jerk strategy to Obama's election, without question. A reality which fails to induce surprise out of the GOP/RNC.

The past is the past. Barack Obama is no longer President of the United States. Michelle Steele was unceremoniously removed as Chair of the RNC. And, time has moved on. Time has moved on for all but American conservatives who seem to cling to the pat more often than allow their brains to come forth from more regressive periods in US History.  Regressive ideology and paradigms which facilitate tickling the oozier of conservatives while attending the annual RNC oozfest (AKA CPAC). Michael Steele as an African-American apparently exists as fodder for CPAC feed to ravishing bigots and racist who gobbled up the current RNC Communication Director's feeding like slop for a pig pen. 

Before we move to the director throwing Michael Steele completely under the bus, let's get another peep or two from CPAC.

Segment One

Dana Loesch NRA spokesperson (Crying White Women)

Segment Two

NRA Head LaPierre (Good Gun with A Gun...)

Mere days before the relation four Parkland Florida Police failed to enter a building while the Parkland mass killing enacted his evil killing spree. We should assume those four cops were "good guys."

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From examples of shame, social insanity, and conservative regressivism to yet another form of feed for CPAC attendees (AKA American Conservatives).

CPAC's Comms Director Ian Walters
"We elected Mike Steele to be the RNC chair because he's a black guy; that was the wrong thing to do."
Regardless of our perception of Steele as a two year RNC Chair, how crass and disgusting to simply throw the conservative out as fodder for a seething crowd of whacked-out younger conservatives?

For the full story, we offer this link to a New York Times piece.

Michael Steele's response to an apology from the head of CPAC Matt Schlapp. Linked here.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

RNC Spoox And Unyielding Support For Trump

Is She Actually Alive?
The Eyes Tell a Story

Republican National Committee spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany: (Trump ) “.....stands with women, unmistakably.”

Do you recall the face from CNN broadcasts as Trump campaigned and won the US Presidency in 2016? Yes, McEnany may have actually influenced the minds of a few American voters (nutcases) as Trump play his carnival act like a true professional. America bit from the poison apple and we now are living a reality TV show horror. 

If stability is a sign of leadership competency and managerial acumen, what follows shows the extent of the poison apple

MSNBC and the Washington Post.

We also found other media or press which are reporting on the many Trump Administration departures. The Washington Post, linked

Forsake of expediency we will leave our criticism of Trump and his ill-fated administration with the video and the WAPO link.  Issues related to Russia, apparently misogyny, and the overall Trump Swamp would take for more time and effort than you nor I need to expand in this post. 

Let's have the video look and listen to a former Trump presstitute who now works for the RNC.  The interview didn't go well.

MSNBC's Alex Witt asked about current issues with the former White House Secretary and credible reports of his wife and girlfriend abuse.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Trump And The GOP Apocalypse

The Apocalypse has strange bedfellows.

The "presstitute"
Take this man who apparently has a congregation of people who give him money each week. Mind you a so-called pastor. Does Trump actually believe an entree into the black community can happen via "presstitutes" and religious money whores (male and female)?

Black Americans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again..See you again in 4 years.
Pastor Mark Burns

Read more: Politico 

The shame of it all. A pastor?  Do you think the "pastor" is paid by the number of black votes he delivers?  I suggest, if so. he will undoubtedly earn more money from his congregation. 


Image result for david duke trumpLet's visit with an image of a group of trump supporters who allegedly purchased the confederate Flag outside a Trump event when questioned about the flag, one of the racists (red hat guy) said he thought he was buying the flag from a Trump authorized vendor.

Is there really any need to wonder why the racists felt energized to purchase and publicly display the flag at a Trump event? 

They may have heard exhortations for Trump for one they surely hold in highest of esteem: Duke former national KKK Grand Dragon, Duke.  As of this week, Duke is actually making robo calls for the white nationalist candidate. 

“It’s time to stand up and vote for Donald Trump for president and vote for me, David Duke for the U.S. Senate,” Duke said in a robocall, obtained by BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski.

But, he is a successful businessman!

CNN Money ...made millions from a failed company.... 

If you can think of another business person "winner" who can claim failed casinos, please share a name.

In March of this year, Gawker published a piece about Trump's more noted business failures.  The list is impressive in its totality as a body of work against the claim: "Trump is a business man, he should lead our nation."

A Complete List of Donald Trump’s Business Disasters

So, Trump's third campaign manager poses the ultimate question: "Who can lead." 

Who can lead?


Friday, August 5, 2016

Trump-ism (Video QUICK HIT)

How about a few video quick hit?

If you watch progressive media, you have probably seen each segment.

Watch the contrast of the seasoned political professional (Clinton) and the shaky elitist Trump.  Elites are not accustomed to common people raising hell. 

One more....


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

When The Trump Surrogate (National Spokesperson) Is Incompetent

American Hero
Humayun Khan (Soldier)

Capt. Humayun Khan, 27, died in 2004 after a vehicle packed with an improvised explosive device drove into the gate of his compound while he was inspecting soldiers on guard duty. New York Daily News
BornSeptember 9, 1976, United Arab Emirates
DiedJune 8, 2004, Baqubah, Iraq


You know the story of Mr. Khan and the story of his father and mo0ther since the Democratic Party Convention. We won't spend minutes on video patriarch Khan's initial convention speech and the many subsequent appearances on every cable network in America.  In some cases, he has appeared on multiple days with increasingly dire messages regarding Donald Trump. All video is readily locatable via a simple Google search.

The purpose of this piece is to highlight the utter ridiculousness of the Trump campaign. Well, you say we do that rather consistently of late. Of course, but today we are going to focus on the campaign's flagship cable news talking head (predominate a CNN booking talking head): Katrina Pierson. We are focusing on Pierson because she seems to embody the most incompetent of all Trump campaign staff.  

Pierson's background is that of a Texas Tea Party operative who obviously also has a reputation of "running her mouth." She also has a background in the archives of the Texas criminal system for (1997). Shoplifting while accompanied by her young son. Thus, judgment was, and is not, a trait that we can comfortably assign to Pierson. Moreover, her penchant for literally spewing random inane and incoherent statements shines another light on Trump's chief national spokesperson.

As a spokesperson person fails miserably.  Granted, Pierson operates well within the campaigns and the GOP behind the scenes strategies in working to recover every verbal ball Trump dumps on his supporters. Yet, she often also fails to fully understand the intricacies and nuances imbued in  (daily) "circle the wagons around Trump" strategies. Example.  It is obvious to any who follows news or current events must now know the GOP/RNC and Trump campaign had decided to respond to any questions about the Khan family with deflective remarks about President Obama and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Strategy is strategy and it is critical to any political campaign. We should wonder why the campaign would advance a motor-mouth campaign spokesperson who doesn't understand the deep basis for the strategy? 

If the strategy is to blame Obama and Clinton for the Kahn family death while serving our nation, failing to loop timing into the strategy is only possible via the less competent of surrogates. Pierson is certainly a less competent national campaign spokesperson.

On CNN's The Situation Room, Wolf Blitzer seemed to question Pierson into a confused knot and yes, her incompetence and a lack of knowledge failed in closing the surrogate loop. She flat out stated the Obama's and Hillary Clinton "rules of engagement" changes led to the death of Captain Khan. Problem? Well, watch the segment and then I will share the problem if you do not already recognize her inept surrogacy.\

The brief bio at the top of this pages lists Captain Khan death as having taken place in 2004.  If you are into there yet, I ask you to think about when Senator Barack Obama won election as the nation's 44th President and when  he appointed Hillary Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State.  Does the year 2008 and 2009 come to mind?



Monday, July 18, 2016

Fact Check Dot Org: Trumpism And The Lie Machine

As the GOP Convention kicks-off it is important to go "high information" with the Business of Trump/Pence as leaders of the GOP.  As Pence is a newcomer and we have addressed his overt bigotry and regressivism, let's restrict this piece to Donald "carnival barker" Trump.

Fact Check dot org allows reposting of its posts with conditions related to posting entire pieces of excerpts of articles. We have opted to go with a full post of fact checks latest Trump review.  Frankly, Trump lies so much the piece is a bit long, yet there is a safety valve. The piece includes a four plus minute video which captures the essence of the pathological liar and some of his most noted false representations.

As even more critical point related to the Fact Check article is the media's promulgation of Clinton as "untrustworthy."  While I often hear about the preposterous entire of Trump comments, I have yet to hear anyone in US Media refer tot eh mouthpiece as "untrustworthy".  And, that is despite empirical evidence of the extent to which he lies and offers false narratives.


Trump’s Greatest Hits

A compendium of the top false and misleading claims by the Republican presidential candidate

In advance of the Republican National Convention, which begins July 18 in Cleveland, we present a wrap-up of some of the more egregious falsehoods from Donald Trump, who is set to accept his party’s nomination for president later this week.

We focused on claims most relevant for the general election and those that Trump has repeated, or that could likely be repeated by him or others this week. For more on each statement, follow the links to our full stories. And all of our articles on Trump can be found here.

We’ll post an article on claims by Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, next week in advance of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Claims About Clinton

Trump repeatedly has claimed in stump speeches and interviews that Hillary Clinton is going to “raise your taxes very substantially.” But almost all of the tax increases she has proposed would apply to the top 10 percent of taxpayers, according to analyses by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center and pro-business Tax Foundation. “[T]he bottom 95 percent of taxpayers would see little or no change in their taxes,” the TPC said.
Trump told a group of evangelical Christian leaders that there’s “nothing out there” about Clinton’s religion. That’s false. Her religious practice as a Methodist has been well-documented in news reports, by Clinton herself and even in a book.  “In fact, we know enough about Hillary’s faith that I was able to write a 334-page book titled God and Hillary Clinton way back in 2007,” author Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center for Vision & Values at the conservative Grove City College, told us in an email.
Trump falsely claimed that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens “was left helpless to die as Hillary Clinton soundly slept in her bed.” In an NBC interview, Trump later acknowledged he had no evidence to support his claim, saying, “who knows if she was sleeping … she might have been sleeping.” Two emails from Clinton show that she was awake after she knew of Stevens’ death from the 2012 attack in Benghazi.
He also wrongly said Clinton would “end virtually all immigration enforcement and thus create totally open borders for the United States.” She supported the 2013 Senate immigration bill that would have created a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally, but also would have invested in border security. Clinton’s campaign website says she would “focus enforcement resources on detaining and deporting those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety.”
Trump distorted Clinton’s gun control plan, claiming she “wants to take your guns away” and “abolish the Second Amendment.” She proposes restrictions, including a ban on semi-automatic “assault weapons,” but doesn’t call for a ban on all guns. Clinton also calls for expanded background checks. She has talked repeatedly about the need to respect the “constitutional rights of responsible gun owners.”
Trump claimed that “Hillary Clinton received a classified intelligence report stating that the Obama administration was actively supporting Al Qaeda in Iraq, the terrorist group that became the Islamic State.” Michael Morell, the deputy director and acting director of the CIA from 2010 to 2013, who also served under the Bush administration, called Trump’s claim “an old conspiracy theory … that has no place in our public discourse.”

Foreign Policy and Trade

Trump has repeatedly claimed that he opposed the Iraq War before it began on March 19, 2003, but there’s no evidence of that. In a February debate, Trump claimed, “I said it loud and clear, ‘You’ll destabilize the Middle East,'” and in a September 2015 debate he said he could provide “25 different stories” to prove his opposition. More recently, in June, Trump told CNN, “I think there is evidence. I will see if I can get it.” But his campaign has yet to produce one such example, and we couldn’t find any. In fact, Trump in September 2002 told radio shock jock Howard Stern, “Yeah, I guess so,” when asked if he supported going to war with Iraq. It wasn’t until a few months after the war began that Trump expressed concern about the war and, at that time, it was about the cost of the war, not the stability of the region.
In a June interview on CNN, Trump wrongly claimed that Iran is “taking over the oil” in Iraq. Experts told us Iran doesn’t control any Iraqi oil fields. “Iraq’s oil is still the property of the people of Iraq,” said Jim Krane, a fellow at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University and an expert in geopolitical aspects of energy. In fact, Iraq produced and exported a record amount of crude oil last year.
In a late April speech on foreign policy, Trump claimed that “now ISIS is making millions and millions of dollars a week selling Libya oil.” Claudia Gazzini, a senior analyst for Libya with the International Crisis Group, told us there’s no evidence of that. Gazzini said that the Islamic State’s strategy thus far has largely been to disrupt oil operations in Libya rather than to try and make a profit off of them. (Syria is a different story: In December, the State Department estimated ISIS was making $500 million a year on oil from fields it controlled in Syria.)
Early in his campaign, Trump got two facts wrong about birthright citizenship — a provision of the 14th Amendment that grants citizenship to babies born in the United States even if their parent or parents are living illegally in the country. Trump claimed Mexico doesn’t have a policy like that, but indeed it does. “Mexico currently has a system that is nearly identical to that of the United States,” Emilio Kourí, director of the Katz Center for Mexican Studies at the University of Chicago, told us. “What we call birthright citizenship, their constitution calls nationality.”
Trump also said “birthright citizenship” is the “biggest magnet for illegal immigration.” Actually, research shows the biggest magnet is economic opportunity, or jobs. Estimates on the number of immigrants in the U.S. illegally also reflect the economy, with the number rising or falling along with shifting economic conditions.
Trump said he “got to know” Russian President Vladimir Putin “very well because we were both on ’60 Minutes,’ we were stablemates, and we did very well that night.” Both men were interviewed for the Sept. 27, 2015, episode, but separately, in different countries — Putin in Moscow and Trump in his Manhattan penthouse. Trump also has claimed repeatedly that Putin had called him a “genius.” Russian language experts told us in May that Putin used a word meaning “colorful” or “bright,” depending on the translation. Putin clarified in June that he called Trump “flamboyant.”
On trade, Trump has continuously exaggerated the U.S. trade deficit with China, saying it’s $505 billion. It’s not — the trade deficit with China was $367 billion for 2015. Trump’s figure is close to the $532 billion net trade deficit with all countries. He also has repeatedly, and falsely, said that the U.S. has a negative trade balance with every country with which it does business. The U.S. has positive trade balances with Brazil, Netherlands, Belgium, Singapore, Australia and Argentina, among others.
Trump has called the North American Free Trade Agreement “Bill Clinton’s disastrous and totally disastrous NAFTA” and said that Clinton “signed it” and it was “his baby.” Actually, the agreement was negotiated and signed by President George H.W. Bush. President Clinton later signed the bill enabling NAFTA in 1993, but it took Republican congressional support to get the legislation to his desk.
Trump also claimed that NAFTA “literally emptied our states of our manufacturing and our jobs,” but economic studies say NAFTA’s net impact on U.S. jobs has been small. A 2015 report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, for instance, called the net impact “relatively modest,” noting that it was difficult to gauge the overall impact due to other economic factors.


Trump has made several false claims about Syrian refugees. Nearly 5 million Syrians have been displaced by the civil war that began in March 2011, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The Obama administration plans to accept up to 10,000 this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
Trump suggested in a radio interview in November that the federal government sends Syrian refugees to states with Republican governors, saying, “They send them to the Republicans, not to the Democrats, you know, because they know the problems.” But the government doesn’t place refugees — nongovernmental agencies, such as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, do, basing the decision on family ties or employment. “The idea that there’s some sort of conspiracy here [to relocate based on the politics of a state], that’s just not the case,” Matthew Soerens, a spokesman for World Relief, an evangelical organization that also resettles the refugees, told us. The stats didn’t back-up Trump, either: We found on average, states with Republican governors had just over 41 Syrian refugees each, and states with Democratic governors had just over 36.
Trump has said that Syrian refugees are entering the U.S. with “no documentation” and “no paperwork.” Some may lack paperwork, but the head of the refugee affairs division of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services told Congress that “in general they have many, many documents.” The State Department says the process to admit a refugee to the U.S. takes 18 to 24 months on average.
In a January debate, he also said the Syrian refugees were mostly “strong, powerful men,” but at the time, most registered with the United Nations were female (50.7 percent) and males under the age of 12 (20 percent). That breakdown largely holds: Figures as of July 4 say women are 49.7 percent and males under 12 are 20.2 percent.


It may be his best-known falsehood: In a Nov. 21 speech in Alabama, Trump claimed that he saw on TV “thousands and thousands” of people in New Jersey cheering the fall of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. A day later, he again said he saw this and emphasized that in New Jersey, “you have large Arab populations.” But there’s no evidence of such a widespread celebration, or related TV footage. In fact, news organizations in New Jersey and New York tried to track down rumors of celebrations at the time and came up empty. Trump then doubled down on the claim, demanding an apology and citing as support a Washington Poststory about an alleged celebration that was unattributed and unverified, and not televised.
In March, Trump wrongly claimed that a Pew Research Center survey found that “27 percent, could be 35 percent” of the world’s Muslims “would go to war” against the U.S. The Pew Research Center told us it had conducted no survey that asks such a question, and experts we consulted didn’t know of any such survey, either.
Pew Research Center surveys prove another Trump claim wrong: He said that assimilation among Muslim immigrants in the U.S. is “pretty close” to “nonexistent.” But Pew concluded in 2011 — based on detailed phone interviews with more than 1,000 U.S. Muslims — that “Muslim Americans appear to be highly assimilated.”
After the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub in June, Trump said “many people” thought the shooter, Omar Mateen, “was a whack job,” but they didn’t report him. Not true. Mateen’s co-workers in 2013 reported that he boasted of having terrorist ties, and the FBI opened a 10-month investigation. Also, a week after Trump made his claim, a Muslim friend of Mateen stepped forward to say he had reported Mateen to the FBI in 2014.
There’s also no evidence for Trump’s claim about Muslims being complicit in the Dec. 2, 2015, shooting in San Bernardino, California. He said that “many people,” including neighbors of the shooters, saw “bombs all over the floor” of the couple’s apartment, but declined to report it because of concerns about racial profiling. One friend of a neighbor said the neighbor noticed a lot of packages arriving at the house, and that the couple had been doing a lot of work in their garage — and the neighbor didn’t report it due to racial profiling concerns.

Domestic Policy

Trump claimed that his tax plan, unveiled Sept. 28, is “revenue neutral,” but tax experts say that’s not the case — not by a long shot. Even when the pro-business Tax Foundation assumed the tax cuts in the plan would promote economic growth, it estimated that federal revenues would be reduced by more than $10 trillion over 10 years.
Trump said he “heard” the unemployment rate was really 42 percent. It’s nowhere close to that. The unemployment rate was 4.9 percent when Trump made the claim in February, andit still is today. Trump’s figure would include retirees, teenagers, stay-at-home parents and anyone else who doesn’t need or want to work. If Trump wanted to include part-time workers wanting full-time work and those who have given up looking for a job but had searched for one in the past year, he could use 9.9 percent for the unemployed and underemployed rate.
Trump claimed the government could save “hundreds of billions of dollars in waste” through negotiating prescription drug prices. But Medicare, which isn’t allowed to negotiate drug prices now, spent well under that — an estimated $77 billion total — on its prescription drug program in 2015. When Fox News’ Chris Wallace pointed out during a debate that Medicare’s drug spending was well under the $300 billion a year savings figure Trump had cited in the past, Trump said he was talking about “saving through negotiation throughout the economy.” But Trump had claimed several times that he could save $300 billion a year through negotiating drug prices. That would be the total amount spent on retail prescriptions, by the government, insurers and consumers in 2014.
In California in June, Trump suggested “there is no drought” in the state, because it has “plenty of water.” California is in its fifth year of a severe “hot” drought, so named by scientists for both the dry and high temperature conditions that are made more likely by global warming. Trump also said water was being shoved “out to sea” to “protect a certain kind of three-inch fish.” Officials primarily release water from reservoirs to prevent salt water from contaminating agricultural and urban fresh water supplies.
Trump was wrong when he called Common Core “education through Washington, D.C.” and said the education standards had been “taken over by the federal government.” The standards — for what children in grades K-12 should know in math and English — were developed by state officials, and curriculum is still controlled at the state and local school level. As for the federal government, federal money has been used to develop standardized tests for Common Core, and the Obama administration gave states that voluntarily adopted the standards advantages in competing for education grants. That’s far from a federal takeover.
In late November, Trump retweeted a bogus graphic purporting to show homicide data delineated by race. He told Fox News the graphic came from “sources that are very credible,” but nearly every number in the graphic is wrong. Among the gross inaccuracies: The graphic said 81 percent of white murder victims were killed by blacks; the real figure is 14.8 percent, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports data for 2014.

Trump on Trump

Trump claimed that he “predicted Osama bin Laden” in his 2000 book, “The America We Deserve,” saying “I said in that book that we better be careful with this guy named Osama bin Laden” and that the U.S. “better take him out.” There are no such passages in the book. The lone mention of bin Laden in the book refers to him escaping a U.S. jetfighter attack in August 1998, ordered by President Clinton in response to bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that month.
Unlike many other 2016 presidential candidates, Trump has not released his tax returns and claimed “there’s nothing to learn” from them. But experts told us there’s plenty of information to glean from a candidate’s tax returns, including sources of income, effective tax rates, charitable giving habits, conflicts of interest and more. Every major party nominee since the late 1970s has released tax returns before Election Day.
The Better Business Bureau rating for Trump University was a “D-” in 2010, a fact the BBB confirmed in a statement. That was the last year the school accepted new students. But Trump repeatedly insisted it got an “A” rating, even posting a video to YouTube in which he holds up a sheet of paper with an “A” rating. That meaningless rating was for The Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, which was launched in 2010 when Trump University had to change its name since it wasn’t a licensed university. The BBB reviews are based on the last three years of complaints and information, so the “A” rating would have been from 2014, years after the school stopped taking new students.
Trump said he started his business career with only $1 million from his father. That undervalues his father’s contributions, which included “considerable financial and political clout,” Gwenda Blair, author of “The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders,” told us. Fred Trump co-guaranteed a construction loan and lent millions on another occasion, Blair said.
Trump claimed Ford changed its plans to build new manufacturing facilities in Mexico because of his criticism of the deal on the campaign trail, which included the threat of putting a high import tax on the company. But Ford said it hadn’t changed its plans at all. One of Trump’s tweets pointed to a story on a separate deal, credited to Ohio Gov. John Kasich and dating to 2011, to move some production from Mexico to Ohio.
— By Lori Robertson, with the staff of
Editor’s Note: Lori Robertson will be in Cleveland covering the Republican convention for from July 18 to July 21.