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Showing posts with label Richard Nixon. Show all posts
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

SOTU: "If there is going to be peace in legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just does not work that way,"

 A very telling moment in the 2019 SOTU charade via Donald Trump.

Pres. Trump says. "If there is going to be peace in legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn't work that way." #SOTU

— ABC News (@ABC) February 6, 2019

Well now let's think about investigations while stirring clear of Mueller and the Special Counsel Investigation.
One should wonder what level of propaganda and Pre-college speech writing would generate such a trite and ridiculously marred phrase. 

US History includes one very notable example of an investigation during a war. The exclusive honor goes to another member of the GOP: Richard Milhouse Nixon.

Nixon, Richard

Nixon, RichardU.S. Pres. Richard M. Nixon giving a farewell speech at the White House, with his daughter Tricia in the background, August 8, 1974.

Yes, the Viet Nam War was in full execution as Nixon's time in office came to an end ...due to investigations. Nixon had much to hide as he resisted federal investigations. I posit Trump is in a similar pickle.

While digesting the speech with all associated heartburn, Media Matters points out why the heartburn is more akin to a Hiatal Hernia. 

And, that is a shame.

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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)
More here
"......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


 “Used with permission from the TPM websites, a service of TPM Media LLC.”

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


AP Photo / John Locher
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
Can it get any worse? StumbleUpon

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Where Have The United States And Israel Gone?

Where have they gone.....

Both nations are following a Hamas Judas Goat into a future of hatred and war against Israel. And that means you and me will pay to fund future defense of Israel and sit on the precipice of wider conflict and terrorist acts.
  1. Golda Meir Former Prime Minister of Israel

    Golda Meir was an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister.  Wikipedia
And, some of us wonder what turn the United States of America took to move our nation to where it is today. Yes, America is not the same nation as during the years after WWII, through the 1950s and 1960s and into the dark years of Richard Nixon with a social tether to the Reagan years. US politics has without question worked to divide the nation, and has given life to millions who have metastasized in social elitist with a common ethnicity. Many of those denizens have devolved into gun worshiping, intolerant, 'false' Christians bent on shaping the nation in their likeness. They are people who are to the person represented by a political party that has cantled into an anti US government 

Where has Israel gone?

As I have observed the plethora of negative press from Israel I have grown to find this man a distasteful robotic functionary who reminds me of a former life that span over 40 years of my life.   

Mark Reyev, spokesman for Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister
He reminds of the heartless and powerful who would not hesitate to follow orders regardless of impact of fellow human beings  He reminds of the cold "hitman" who served the Godfather in any way necessary for favorable standing in the "Family." He reminds of the obedient underlying who would only smile when in the presence of his "Caesar." He also reminds of the mindless and heartless corporate manager who would perpetrate the most heinous acts to garner favor from those who signed off on his bonus. If you have ever worked above the level of supervisor in corporate America you know of his likeness.

If you recall his likeness, and was not in fact the very caricature yourself, did you find him likable, human and compassionate. The question is rhetorical, I know the answer.

Alas, he reminds of the perfect fictional Hannibal Lecter.......

My points regarding Reyev is not to disparage the person. My points relate to the man as the embodiment and face of what I see today from Israel. He seems to serve as more than an official spokesman; he is the face of the horror.

Among the beautiful flowers.
Israelis take cover from a Palestinian rocket attack from Gaza during the funeral of Israeli soldier Meidan Maymon Biton, which was held at a cemetery in Netivot, Israel, on Tuesday, July 29. Three weeks into the Gaza conflict, fighting between Israel and Hamas is intensifying, the death toll is climbing and Israel has warned its citizens to be ready for a prolonged battle.
Beneath the rumble.
Palestinians dig a body out of the rubble of a destroyed house in Gaza during the cease-fire on July 26.
Palestinians dig a body out of the rubble of a destroyed house in Gaza during the cease-fire on July 26.
While US media is sitting on opposite sides of the war coverage, CNN seems to have adopted the invasion as its latest "cash cow." The network proves all the optics we need to satisfy our curiosity about war. Wolf Blitzer has become nothing more than a conduit for Israel's invasion with broadcast that seem to top the previous broadcast with inane interviews and false sensationalism regarding tunnels. 

MSNBC?  Our beloved MSNBC provides day time coverage and thankfully the network leaves the blood and gore to CNN. But, there seems to be something missing from MSNBC's coverage once the kerfuffle surrounding Rula Jebreal subsided. Other than the morning show conservatives who seem to support the invasion, the evening liberals are noticeably quiet regarding the invasion. Before I move on, reports have it Andrea Mitchell is moving her over-the-top support for Israel right along with Blitzer with in country reporting. 

Back to CNN.....

CNN's Jake Tapper is one journalist who has come head-on in questioning and challenging the massacre that is occurring in Gaza. Tapper's probing is a breathe of fresh-air as I consider other coverage from his network. CNN seems to reach back to the first night of Bush's Iraqi War and Bernard Shaw's bone jarring reports from his hotel room vantage point. While Anderson Cooper and Carol Costello will look straight into the camera and lambaste the heavy-handed bombing in Gaza, Anderson's producers also do not fail to hit other attention garnering aspects of the invasion. Yes, CNN is the place to be if you have a jingoist side that relishes the bombastic aspect of the invasion.

It is important to see how Hamas and Israel are actually shaping a horrific future for Israel. Sadly, as Israel goes so does the United States.

The Horror! Tapper and Reyev......... No real answers, but segments such as this may hep to being the horror to an end.
And, tonight two prime-time MSNBC shows expended minutes in discussion of the Right's attack on abortion.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Morris Dees, SPLC Founder Joins Atty, Holder On Racial Animus And President Obama

After Attorney General Eric Holder's ABC News interview on July 13, 2014, Sarah Palin and other GOP conservative talking heads accused the AG of "Playing the Race Card." 

Since Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan (years later) the GOP has carved out a geo/political region across a southern swath of the United States with an undeniably effective "Southern Strategy."

Southern strategy - Wikipedia

While the GOP "base" map looks more like the image below, rest assured the GOP has a voting bloc strangle hold on the states depicted above via Wiki.

A political party with 82% white membership with subgroups like conservative libertarians (reported demographic of 70 plus percent white members) has a dedicated voter niche. The GOP can claim fiscal conservatism and the moral high-ground (very much unfounded), but the glue that holds it all together resides in matters of race.

He claims not to have said "black people" while claiming a misstated and garbled "BLAH" people.  Yet, his audience resoundingly applauded his words signaling aggregate knowledge of a species called "BLAH" people (maybe only a denizen species in Iowa). There is not denying recognition of Santorum's "dog whistle."  

Rush Limbaugh has stated angst against Obama and Holder is not due to race. He posits the more vocal are anti-democrat. Fortunately, Limbaugh speaks to a dedicated group of sycophant listeners. His listeners may even find a place in their gray matter to accept Limbaugh platitudes. We offer a vastly different picture.


1. “Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”
No, but I’ve noticed that all racist bigots think like Rush Limbaugh. Comparing a respected black politician and minister to common criminals is Jim Crow racism. Maybe all black people look alike to him, but I’ve never seen a picture of a wanted criminal that looks like Jesse Jackson. A serial killer that looks like Rush Limbaugh on the other hand.
John Wayne Gacy
Talking heads on the Right consistently adopt deflective strategy against AG Holder, but the strategy fails once their rhetoric moves beyond their sycophants followers. I place much more faith in one who surely knows the vast cloaked world of racism, antisemitism, homophobia and gender bias. Once, I move past Tim Wise's educational anti-racism lectures and books, I quickly move  to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). In fact, the SPLC is my one stop source of information related to US  covert and overt racism. Morris Dees, SPLC Founder, recently wrote in support of Holder's comments on race in America and direct animus towards President Obama and himself. 

HomeThe Southern Poverty Law Center 
Right-wing pundits are jumping all over Attorney General Eric Holder for daring to suggest on Sunday that “racial animus” plays a role in the “level of vehemence” that’s been directed at President Obama. They’re denouncing him for “playing the race card” and “stoking racial divisions.”
Who do they think they’re fooling?
The rhetoric is what’s hateful. Calling people out for it is not.
The racism Holder described has been obvious since the 2008 campaign, when Obama was portrayed as someone who was not a “real American” – a Muslim, a Kenyan, a communist, even a terrorist sympathizer.
Since then, an entire movement has been built around the thoroughly discredited notion that the president’s birth certificate is a fake. And that’s just the beginning.
Newt Gingrich has called Obama the “food stamp president” and referred to his “Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior.”
Rush Limbaugh has said Obama – and Oprah Winfrey, too, by the way – have reached the pinnacle of their professions only because they’re black. He added this week that “so-called conservative media types” praised Holder’s nomination only because he’s black.
Glenn Beck has said the president, whose mother was white, has a “deep-seated hatred for white people, or white culture.”
Conservative hero and former rock star Ted Nugent, who was invited to campaign with the GOP nominee for Texas governor, called the president a “subhuman mongrel.”
Confederate flag was waved in front of the White House during last year’s “Million Vet March.”
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina screamed “You lie!” during the president’s address to Congress in September 2009. When has that happened to a president before?
All manner of overtly racist posters have been seen at Tea Party rallies, including one depicting the president as a “witch doctor.”  
We’ve repeatedly seen stories about conservative politicians sharing racist jokes  And, we’ve seen an explosive growth of radical-right groups, including armed militias, since Obama was elected, and repeated threats that violence is needed to “take our country back” from the “tyranny” of Obama. This is part of a backlash to the growing diversity in our country, as symbolized by the presence of a black man in the White House.
I grew up in rural Alabama during the Jim Crow years and lived through the civil rights movement, when white supremacists did everything they could, including committing violent atrocities, to turn back the tide of progress. And I’ve stared across the courtroom at some of America’s most vicious hatemongers – men like neo-Nazi Frazier Glenn Cross, who recently killed three people and once targeted me. I know racism when I see it.
No one, of course, is suggesting that merely disagreeing with Obama is evidence of racism. That’s clearly not true.
But we have a political party and a right-wing media machine that pander incessantly to the racist reactionaries in our society, often through code words. It’s been going on since Nixon implemented his “Southern strategy” of appealing to white resentment in the wake of the civil rights movement.
I wish it weren’t so. But it is simply undeniable. We should call it what it is.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Maddow, Hayes, Kornacki and O'Donnell Perform Stellar Investigation And Analysis


Anyone who reads here probably is aware of "Bridgegate" and MSNBC's delivery of stellar news, investigation and deep analysis on Chris Christe's "Bridgegate" scandal. Yes, the matter is a scandal and it is proving to be more and more a major scandal as the days past. We should also fairly state a fact regarding the coverage. MSNBC coverage while stellar is probably influenced by Christe's past behavior and a "proud tough guy/bully" and, frankly, his leading the pack as a GOP candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential ticket. Nonetheless, MSNBC did not order the GWB lane closure and MSNBC has not immersed in a post closing (and front page coverage) Cover-up.

Mediate reporting on last weeks News show ratings reveals million across the nation are interested in "Bridgegate" and what is turning into validation of a classic cover-up.  

Mediaite (Matt Wilstein)
January 10, 2013

For the first time in more than a year, MSNBC had higher overall prime time ratings in the 25-54 demo than Fox News last night. Demo victories from Chris MatthewsRachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell helped MSNBC to an average of 348K in the demo, beating Fox’s 311K.The O’Reilly Factor beat All In with Chris Hayes at 8pm, but by only 3K viewers.

Fox was still #1 in total viewers, beating MSNBC 2.157M to 1.143M. Bill O’Reilly was #1 in total viewers for all of cable news with 2.794M, while Maddow was #1 on MSNBC with 1.384M.
Here are the rest of your Thursday ratings:
Fox NewsCNNMSNBCCNN Headline News
6 – 9 amFox & Friends
New Day
Morning Joe
5 pmThe Five
6 pmBaier
7 pmVan Susteren
8 pmO’Reilly
9 pmKelly
CNN Films
Dr. Drew
10 pmHannity
CNN Films
50 States
11 pmO’Reilly
CNN Films
50 States
PRIME TIME311250348141
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Fox NewsCNNMSNBCCNN Headline News
6 – 9 amFox & Friends
New Day
Morning Joe
5 pmThe Five
6 pmBaier
7 pmVan Susteren
8 pmO’Reilly
9 pmKelly
CNN Films
Dr. Drew
10 pmHannity
CNN Films
50 States
11 pmO’Reilly
CNN Films
50 States
PRIME TIME2.1576681.143295
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data

The ratings are indications of viewer preference for news shows during a narrowly defined period, shows and show host, but it takes exercise of mental process to see Christe's troubles are the guiding light to those ratings. Ultimately, news stories and the quality of coverage also matters.  Viewer ratings indicate to us, people are not buying Christe's discombobulated defense of what seems to be a crumbling cover-up.

MSNBC coverage last night was without equivocation stellar and revealing.  If you saw the segments, there is not need for a repeat run.  Unless, you find the story as intriguing a cover-up as anything cover-up perpetrated by Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan. We at the TPI find the following broadcast evidence of what we once expected and received from investigatory new sources like 60 Minutes (Prior to the hire of David Rhodes of Fox News), The broadcast stories also remind of investigation and analysis as thorough as the work of Woodward and Bernstein during the Nixon Watergate Scandal. 

The segments are a bit long, but you know our credo on the length of MSNBC broadcast segments. High-information people find time to soak-up information that differentiates from the LIVs (Low-information voters/people) who watch other cable networks that focus on Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS).

Lawrence O'Donnell conducted a spirited and seeming 'dead-on" segment related to Christe's (Now" Claim he will cooperate with authorities in "Bridgegate" Investigations.

As indicated by O'Donnell and his panel guest, we feel Chrsite remains surrounded by people who have a vested interest in putting "Bridegate" deep into the rear-view mirror.

We also wonder which of the insiders will seek the protection of "The Fifth Amendment" to avoid possible convictions of felonies, jail-time or career damaging resumes.