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Showing posts with label SOTU. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SOTU. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

State Of The Union: A National Embarrassment (Fact Checks)

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Of course, I didn't spend one second of last night on Trump's Stage of the Union (SOTU) performance. I have heard it ran close to one and a half hours, and from today's reporting was laced with lies truth-stretching and other Trumpism. Correction, there was a new twist to the first Trump SOTU. He gave himself applause along with his GOP members of Congress. The visual. 

Let's take Trump's recent mantra regarding "black unemployment" as it was bundled into other comments which seem to touch on issues important to minorities.

Many fact checks exist on the day after the SOTU. Last night MSNBC offered a short fact check within an hour of Trump leaving the House Chamber.

I have anxiously awaited the Politifact fact-check which follows. We offer the Politifact Truth-O-Meter (or lack thereof in Trump's case).
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When added to the Politifact Trump File, the life of Trump in the White House looks as such.

False statements every four and a half minutes throughout the SOTU. 

Another perspective on Trump's SOTU performance:

As was the case with Bill Clinton and issues outside of his marriage. As was the case of Trump and his history of sleaze, we also knew that Trump was a serial liar who also avoid fraud trials via settling out of court. But I will wager no one knew the extent of his affliction of lying (itis). Yet, it is all much more serious than Trump's pathological lying. 

Trump could serve as a conduit to a state of fascism very much akin to international leaders and regimes he seems to hold in high grace and fondness. If you tend to disagree, watch closely his public affinity for the leaders of Russia, Turkey, and the Philippines. High information Voters (HIVs) are immune from Trumpism as their scope of and quest for, knowledge span outside of total belief in and devotion to Trump and Trump TV (AKA Fox News and Sinclair News) and radio media. The conduit is Trump reach and fissures in the minds and psyches of people who are the antithesis of the HIV; the LIV (Low Information Voter). Therein lies the danger. A danger which without questions past dictators and mental ill national leaders use to affect a subservient populace willing to accept any acts from the leader.

Here are a couple of links to additional observation and comment regarding Trump's SOTU:


Saturday, March 14, 2015

FORWARD PROGRESSIVES: Fact Checking Obama's SOTU Speech

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January 23, 2015 By Allen Clifton 

Following his annual State of the Union speech, many Republicans have been quite critical of the supposed “arrogance” President Obama displayed while giving his address. Then again, what’s new? Republicans have been trying to paint the president as arrogant and “out of touch” for years. 

But like with all recent SOTU speeches, fact-checking organizations usually work overtime in an attempt to investigate whether or not what the president said during his speech was factually accurate. And this year was no different. 

And when it comes to the “Truth-O-Meter” over at Politifact, President Obama’s SOTU speech scored extremely high marks for accuracy and truth. 

When he said that America is number one in wind power, that was rated as “Mostly True” with the only caveat being that China technically has the capacity to produce more wind power, but we convert more of it into electricity. 

Then there was when the president said we’re creating more jobs than at any other time since 1999, Politifact rated that as 100 percent “True.” We all remember 1999, right? You know, the last time we had a Democrat in the White House. 

When he talked about our unemployment rate he claimed that it’s now below where it was before the financial crisis hit our economy. That statement was rated as “Mostly True,” though Politifact claims they need clarification based upon how many people have simply stopped looking for work. That’s a statistic that’s nearly impossible to measure considering the reasons why people stop looking for work are varied and often have nothing to do with the strength of the economy. “Real unemployment” is a never taken into account when factoring in the unemployment rate, so using that as a variable to downgrade the honesty of a statement didn’t make much sense to me. But nevertheless, Obama’s statement is still factually accurate based on the same measure we’ve used for decades. 

Who remembers all of the right-wing rhetoric over the last few years about Obama making the U.S. more dependent on foreign oil, which would then weaken our national security and could possibly threaten to send gas prices over $5 per gallon? It really is laughable to look back at all of the ridiculous claims Republicans have made against the president over the years. Well, during his SOTU speech the president proudly claimed that America is the number one producer of oil and gas. That’s another statement that was rated as completely “True.” 

So, not only has Obama pushed the U.S. to convert more wind energy to electricity than any other nation on the planet, but we’re also producing more oil and gas than anyone else. Funny, George W. Bush couldn’t do that in eight years; President Obama did it in six. 

Then when he said that the U.S. is the only developed country on Earth without a paid maternity leave, he was absolutely right. This was another statement that was rated as “Mostly True.” The only discrepancy found in his claim is that three states in the U.S. (California, New Jersey, Rhode Island) do mandate it. Just think about that for a moment. Many Americans claim that this is the “greatest nation on Earth,” yet we’re the only developed nation on Earth that doesn’t require paid maternity leave.

When he said our deficits have been cut by two-thirds, he was also factual about that as well. That statement received a “Mostly True” rating. The main “issue” being that it’s true if you base it off 2009 numbers when deficits were extraordinarily high and some are projecting deficits to eventually increase within the next few years, mainly due to the lack of revenue increases (such as tax hikes) and entitlement reform. 

But even when you go beyond just his SOTU speech to a few other comments they’ve fact-checked of his leading up to his speech:
U.S. auto industry has created 500k new jobs in the last five years:  True  
More factories are opening their doors today than two decades ago: Mostly True  
We’ve doubled our production of clean energy since 2009: Mostly True  
Since negotiating with Iran, we’ve seen the first year and a half that they haven’t made advancements in their nuclear program: Mostly True 
And these are all very recent statements. But what do they tell us about the president? Well, he’s dramatically boosted our clean energy; moved us closer toward energy independence; presided over a half million jobs being created in the auto industry; massively reduced our deficits; has used diplomacy to make strides in the international community as opposed to just going to war; and we’ve seen the best period of job growth since the last time a Democrat lived in the White House. 

By the way, none of this includes the fact that he ordered the killing of Osama bin Ladin and we’ve seen stocks hit numerous record highs (proving trickle-down economics doesn’t work). 

So, when Republicans say that President Obama has been the “worst president in history,” they clearly don’t have a clue what the heck they’re talking about. 

Allen Clifton 
Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Post SOTU Quick Hit

As we move away from the 2015 State of the Union addressed, it is time to look back at a few reactions, graphics, memes and one very apropos quip from a Facebook friend.

Let's start with a short (unusually short) 3:04 minute segment from Rachel Maddow.  Reaction to the speech?

The embed of the segment is 33 seconds shorter, if you prefer.

Of course,you knew I would post the Obama response to classless cheers and applause after his comments about having run his last campaign.
I firmly believe the crafty Obama knew the left side of the chamber would react. While I suspect the reaction was more from guest of members of Congress, in any case conservative sympathizers in the gallery, Obama's response seemed spontaneous, but I suspect it was an anticipated "touche" response.
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Ted Cruz flubs his response, and quickly has his Keystone Cop staff remove it from You Tube...Alas, technology leaves an virtually irreversible trail. Huffington Post (Ted Cruz)
"Eh, lemme start over," Cruz said before the video cut to the beginning of his remarks for a second time.
The New GOP "rising star" (A but three weeks in the US House) and how Talking Points Memo found her response a sign of trouble for the GOP.
Let's visit with John Boehner for a second.  Well, that was the plan anyway. It seems a Facebook friends relative came-up with the perfect Boehner remedy. Unless you love nose blowing, sniffling and watching to see if "they"(his GOP side of the Chamber) applaud, this is maybe the best way to have watched the State of the Union Address.
My favorite tweet of the night regarding State of Union address from Sarah Walker was this picture!  "This is how my mom is watching The State of the Union #noBoehner " 
Sarah is - Writer for McSweeney's, MTV's Awkward and Sirens on USA.
My favorite tweet of the night regarding State of Union address from Sarah Walker was this picture! "This is how my mom is watching The State of the Union ‪#‎noBoehner‬ " 
Sarah is - Writer for McSweeney's, MTV's Awkward and Sirens on USA.
I plan to explore GOP reaction via a review of the various SOTU responses in the near term.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Politifact Reviews Obama's 2014 SOTU

Post 2014 SOTU Address: Tampa Bay Times (Politifact)

Fact-checking Obama's 2014 State of the Union

By Katie Sanders
Published on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.
Updated on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, at 12:18 a.m.
With his largely ignored 2013 agenda in the rearview, Obama pledged in his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday to work with, and if need be around, Congress to craft a progressive agenda that aims to lift Americans from the lowest rungs of the country’s ever-widening economic ladder.
"Let’s make this a year of action," Obama told a joint session of Congress. "That’s what most Americans want -- for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations."
The president focused on the plight of American workers and ways to lift them out of poverty.
Obama noted that the nation’s top earners "have never done better" during the last four years, "but average wages have barely budged." That second claim rates True.
From 2008-12, the average wage for workers is up from 1 to 1.7 percent when adjusted for inflation. That’s a rising wage, but by a small amount. The current average national wage is about $45,000.
Obama also announced an executive order raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. The minimum wage has been a big issue for Democrats and Obama, who have argued that the current $7.25 federal minimum wage is too low.
"Today, the federal minimum wage is worth about 20 percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan first stood here," Obama said.
PolitiFact rated this claim Mostly True. Obama is not far off, but the difference is actually closer to 16 percent. The minimum wage in Reagan’s first year in office, 1981, was $3.35. That translates to about $8.59 in 2013 dollars.
The Republican response provided more fact-checking fodder in this area. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., said the GOP wants to close the gap "between where you are and where you want to be." She blamed Obama's policies for that gap and said, "Last month, more Americans stopped looking for a job than found one."
We rated her claim Half True. McMorris Rodgers chose December to illustrate her point, when the number of discouraged workers increased by 155,000 and the economy added 74,000 jobs. However, December was one of only two months in 2013 during which the number of discouraged workers grew by more than the number of new jobs added. The other was June. She ignores the overall trend for the year, which was positive.
Obama’s focus on income inequality in the prime-time speech was expected, and PolitiFact has fact-checked the topicextensively.
But that was not the only topic broached by the president.
Obama also boasted about successes, saying the United States produces more oil than it imports, and it’s "the first time that’s happened in nearly 20 years."
We rated the claim True, building off our prior research. The trend had been in the works for years and is largely due to the recession, increased fuel efficiency and ramped-up domestic oil production.
Obama renewed calls for Congress to pick up immigration reform and enact policies that address climate change, where he said there has been some progress.
"Taken together, our energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner, safer planet," he said. "Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth."
PolitiFact rated that claim Half True. Obama is correct about the total amount of emission reductions, but he's off if you examine the scale of the cuts in proportion with other countries. Through that lens, the United States did not cut its emissions as much as Greece, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France or Spain.
Obama went on to challenge those who doubt the science of climate change.
"Climate change is a fact," Obama said. "And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did."
Back in 2011, then-GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty argued the notion that humans are contributing to climate change was in dispute among scientists. We rated that claim False at the time.
Based on our research, we found very little dispute in the scientific community, especially among climate specialists, on whether climate change is primarily caused by natural or man-made forces. The overwhelming majority of scientists polled feel that human activity is the primary driver of climate change.
And more recently, conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh claimed the media created the "polar vortex," and the cold weather was proof that polar "ice isn’t melting." Experts told us both charges were wildly inaccurate, and we rated Limbaugh’s claim Pants on Fire.
In pressing for equal wages for working women, Obama referenced an oft-repeated statistic that "women make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns."  PolitiFact has fact-checked claims about this statistic in the past. The figure comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is largely right depending on how it’s used, in part because the gap can be smaller for some types of work and other studies show the gap is tighter.
And, of course, Obama talked about health care and his signature health care law.
Obama implored congressional Republicans to present their ideas for health care reform "but to please stop taking forty-something votes to repeal a law that’s already helping millions of Americans like Amanda" Shelley, a single mother and guest of the first lady who gained health coverage just in time for an emergency surgery.
House Republicans have indeed tried dozens of times to repeal all or parts of the health care law. (We’ve fact-checked many, many more claims about the health care law -- read them here.)
The conservative Heritage Foundation said recently that repealing the law would be easier than repealing Prohibition. That’s only Half True. Heritage is correct that, on paper, it’s procedurally easier to repeal a law than to repeal a constitutional amendment. However, Obamacare is a much more complicated piece of legislation than Prohibition was, meaning it would likely be far more complicated to eliminate all vestiges of the law.
Keep checking back for updates and fact-checks. Follow us on Twitter @PolitiFact for live coverage of the speech, and suggest facts to check with #PolitiFactThis.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The "Prodigal" GOP

We trust the forefront gentleman is wearing bi-color faded jeans!
Whatever happened to the old and time proven American conservative party known as the GOP?   

If you think the first question makes no sense, contemplate this question.  When did the GOP move from alleged conservative principles to the out-right political and social horror of the GOP today?  Evidence of the deteriorated and dying party was evident in the lead-up to the Fall 2012 General Election.  Mitt Romney spoke in cloaked privacy to an uber wealthy audience.  Romney's advisers traveled the globe (with the candidate) vestiges of American racism and bigotry in the wake of Romney's overseas  visits.  The GOP supported a Vice Presidential candidate who appears to have "first thought" in the realm of a lie vs. meaning and truthful substantive statements. 

Prior to 2012 presidential campaign,  the nation made a grievous mistake in allowing a tea party laden party control the US House of Representatives.  We swallowed their political gamesmanship hook, line and sinker, and watched as Congress forced the nation to a reduced credit rating.  Of much more significance, the GOP literally adopted a refrain of "Shut er Down", in reference to raising the US Debt Ceiling. As you know raising the debt ceiling relates to our ability to pay debts we have incurred, not future debt. Rather than respect past debt, we heard  "Shut er Down".  After Standard and Poor's lowered the US credit rating from "AAA" to "AA", John Boehner coincidentally spoke of getting 98% of what he wanted from the 2011 negotiations with the Obama Administration.  "Shut er down" would mean not paying our troops (worldwide), reductions in federal government staffing, immediate cessation of certain human services programs and no payments to our elderly and disabled, (Albeit it temporary), and other dire financial consequences.

Out of 2010 mid-term elections came another legislative setback: GOP Gerrymandering. Gerrymandering ... privilege of the winning party and when executed in conjunction with recent census counts.   The republicans in the House wasted little time in gerrymandering districts in states that historically vote Democratic.  The dynamic has dire consequences. In the 2012 elections, the Democratic party actually garnered a reported 1.5 plus million votes over the Republicans in Congress and still lost elections due to redistricting.   

The "Prodigal Party" has taken on a new face and a set of faces that spell doom for both the GOP and our democratic process of government.  

President Paul? Really?
A quick example is the dual and disjointed GOP response to the President's State of the Union Speech tonight.  Marco Rubio will deliver the alleged GOP response to the SOTU (even though Rubio claims to be a tea party senator).  Rand Paul will deliver the tea party response, as if most in the nation acre one iota about his drivel.  It seems Paul has delusions of grandeurDoes he forget he is a sitting senator due to the tide of  2010 tea party congressional wins?   Delusional?  First, he told Hillary Clinton during congressional hearings "If I were president..."   Paul also asked  (then) Secretary of State about US arms to rebels in Syria being transported through Turkey.  The question was insane (to keep my comment clean) and appears to have genesis in Right-wing talk radio, specifically Glenn Beck.  

The ultimate indication of a 'lost' GOP? 

Congressman Steve Stockman (R) TX.  invited Ted Nugent to attend tonight's State of the Union Speech. We posted a piece yesterday about Stockman and his invitee. has published a piece that provides additional reason why characters such as Nugent should be kept far from civilized America and particularly far from the nation's capital.

The Prodigal party seems to dig deeper and deeper into the inane and nonsensical. When will the old GOP, "Come Home?"


Monday, February 11, 2013

Republican Invites Nugent To SOTU Speech

Republican Congressman has serious issues with reality. While many on the Right appear to suffer from "GOP Twilight Zone", an invitation to Nugent to sit for tomorrow's SOTU Speech is over-the-top.  Either Stockman is posturing for attention or he is on the dole in partnership with the gun lobby.  

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who threatened President Obama with impeachment over his plan to reduce gun violence, has offered a ticket to the State of the Union to Ted Nugent — whose criticism of the president once resulted in a sit down with the Secret Service. 
“I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama,” Stockman said in a statement Monday. “After the Address I’m sure Ted will have plenty to say.”

Class, Taste and Caring for our women

December 24, 2007 Worse Album Cover of the Year 

From a story called "Worst Album Covers of 2007". Perhaps Mitt could incorporate this into his campaign imagery?

Service to his country

Pensito Review  Nugent and the US Draft (Avoided service to the nation)
That Nugent, he’s a man’s man. He talks the talk and walks the walk, right?

Except when it was time to register for the draft during the Vietnam era. By his own admission, Nugent stopped all forms of personal hygiene for a month and showed up for his draft board physical in pants caked with his own urine and feces, winning a deferment. Creative!

"Dangerous Minds"  reporter digs way deep into Nugent  and his draft dodging ploy.  

From an old "High Times" article.

High Times:How did you get out of the draft?
Ted Nugent: Ted was a young boy, appearing to be a hippie but quite opposite in fact, working hard and playing hard, playing rock and roll like a deviant. People would question my sanity, I played so much. So I got my notice to be in the draft. Do you think I was gonna lay down my guitar and go play army? Give me a break! I was busy doin’ it to it. I had a career Jack. If I was walkin’ around, hippying down, getting’ loaded and pickin’ my ass like your common curs, I’d say “Hey yeah, go in the army. Beats the poop out of scuffin’ around in the gutters.” But I wasn’t a gutter dog. I was a hard workin’, motherfuckin’ rock and roll musician. 
I got my physical notice 30 days prior to. Well, on that day I ceased cleansing my body. No more brushing my teeth, no more washing my hair, no baths, no soap, no water. Thirty days of debris build. I stopped shavin’ and I was 18, had a little scraggly beard, really looked like a hippie. I had long hair, and it started gettin’ kinky, matted up. Then two weeks before, I stopped eating any food with nutritional value. I just had chips, Pepsi, beer-stuff I never touched-buttered poop, little jars of Polish sausages, and I’d drink the syrup, I was this side of death, Then a week before, I stopped going to the bathroom. I did it in my pants. poop, piss the whole shot. My pants got crusted up. 
See, I approached the whole thing like, Ted Nugent, cool hard-workin’ dude, is gonna wreak havoc on these imbeciles in the armed forces. I’m gonna play their own game, and I’m gonna destroy ‘em. Now my whole body is crusted in poop and piss. I was ill. And three or four days before, I started stayin’ awake. I was close to death, but I was in control. I was extremely antidrug as I’ve always been, but I snorted some crystal methedrine. Talk about one wounded motherf*cker. A guy put up four lines, and it was for all four of us, but I didn’t know and I’m vacuuming that poop right up. I was a walking, talking hunk of human poop. I was six-foot-three of sin. So the guys took me down to the physical, and my nerves, my emotions were distraught. I was not a good person. I was wounded. But as painful and nauseous as it was – ‘cause I was really into bein’ clean and on the ball – I made gutter swine hippies look like football players. I was deviano. 
So I went in, and those guys in uniform couldn’t believe the smell. They were ridiculin’ me and pushin’ me around and I was cryin’, but all the time I was laughin’ to myself. When they stuck the needle in my arm for the blood test I passed out, and when I came to they were kicking me into the wall. Then they made everybody take off their pants, and I did, and this sergeant says, “Oh my God, put those back on! You f*cking swine you!” Then they had a urine test and I couldn’t piss, But my poop was just like ooze, man, so I poop in the cup and put it on the counter. I had poop on my hand and my arm. The guy almost puked. I was so proud. I knew I had these chumps beat. The last thing I remember was wakin’ up in the ear test booth and they were sweepin’ up. So I went home and cleaned up. 
They took a putty knife to me. I got the street rats out of my hair, ate some good steaks, beans, potatoes, cottage cheese, milk. A couple of days and I was ready to kick ass. And in the mail I got this big juicy 4-F. They’d call dead people before they’d call my ass. But you know the funny thing about it? I’d make an incredible army man. I’d be a colonel before you knew what hit you, and I’d have the baddest bunch of motherf*ckin’ killers you’d ever seen in my platoon. But I just wasn’t into it. I was too busy doin’ my own thing, you know? 
I've sanitized the swear words. They are there in their profane glory in the original text.

The Rocky Road of fraternization with under aged girls

The Examiner Dot Com quotes to sources
According to the "Behind the Music Episode Guide," Ted allegedly prefers his gals to be in the mid-stages of puberty.

He lambastes drug users and alcohol drinkers, but repeatedly admits (without a trace of humility, however) to being a serial pedophile. Two relationships (one with his wife and one with “muse” Pele Massa, who was 17 when they started dating) were ended due to Ted’s infidelity while on the road, often with underage women. But Ted justifies his behavior with one of his trademark funny expressions: “alternative flesh management.”
Oh, we know. We understand. That's just one source. Here's another.
Courtney Love phoned into the Howard Stern Show on Monday before eventually coming into the studio where she made the shocking allegation that one of the first times she had oral sex was with Ted Nugent. She said she was young and she didn’t want to say exactly how old she was, but eventually confessed she was 12-year-old — which would have made Nugent approximately 28 years old at the time. The New York Post attempted to contact Nugent for a response but was unsuccessful. Moderators at Nugent’s official forum deleted the only thread asking about the topic as evidenced by the forum’s search giving a file not found error for the matched thread. She added it was a long time ago and she didn’t even have breasts yet.

Professionalism, civility, and a role model
May 2012 BS Interview

There is little to nothing Republican members of congress can do to induce surprise More often than not their actions lead to deeply revealing insight into their psyches.  I have no doubt the Congressman from Texas will catch a good deal of scorn for his obvious antic. 

The problem I have relates to Stockman's comments from above:
“I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama,”  
After the Address I’m sure Ted will have plenty to say.”
Congressman Stockman, If your perception of a "patriot" is exemplified via the High Times text above, your constituents show consider an immediate recall vote. Also, Congressman, if you actually believe most Americans give a damn about anything Ted Nugent has to say, you should consider watching the CBS video (above) three times with no break between. There is a replay button to the lower left of the video player.


Talking Point Memo Link I; Link II