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Showing posts with label The New York Times. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The New York Times. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Trump Authoritarianism?




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In July 2017, Foreign Policy dot com published a piece very well developed by Stephen M. Walt.

Herewith are Mr. Walts ten signs and a link to the piece.
  1. Systematic efforts to intimidate the media: Check
  2. Building an official pro-Trump media network: Partial check 
  3. Politicizing the civil service, military, National Guard, or the domestic security agencies: Partial check. 
  4. Using government surveillance against domestic political opponents: Nothing yet. 
  5. Using state power to reward corporate backers and punish opponents: Worrisome, but not a big problem so far. 
  6. Stacking the Supreme Court: Partial check. 
  7. Enforcing the law for only one side: Blinking red. 
  8. Really rigging the system: Blinking red
  9. Fearmongering: Check. 
  10. Demonizing the opposition: Check (but he’s not alone).
How about visiting a few of the ten& signs just over a year later?

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Point 6: While anyone with a modicum of common sense knows either political party and US President will nominate SCOTUS Justices with like political an ideological lean. That stated, Trump's latest appointee to the Justice Roberts SCOTUS is a clear example of "stacking" the Supreme Court: Kavanaugh wasn't a name mentioned by Trump during his campaign for the Oval Office.

On December 2, 2016, mere weeks before his inauguration, Trump made public a list of 21 potential nominees to follow his strategic placement of Gorsuch on the Robert's Court. USA Today and Trump's list of "stellar judges". No Kavanaugh? Is it possible Trump's cabal located Kavanaugh and advanced his nomination based on research which yielded he seems to harbor views the US President is beyond scrutiny which could include criminal of impeachable acts (my words)? Stacking? (AKA Get Out Of Jail Card)

We suggest Mr. Walt move Point 6 to a big red "check."

Point 2Since July 2017 the Trump media ministers have without question deployed strategies which include high jacking local TV network news operations via supportive and elitist affiliations. Sinclair Broadcasting is the penultimate example after Rupert Murdoch's' over-the-top Trump media on Fox News.


Salon 

 



The New York Times 

The need to post any validation of Fox News as Trump's prime media tool is totally unnecessary. You either by now know such or you are a supporter and have learned to consider Trump's Earth flat instead of round.  You may even own a MAGA Cap.

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We would be remiss if we did not also identify an example of CNN's business model which includes panels that at times appear straight from the Jerry Springer Show. The link posted here includes a particularly noteworthy example of a GOP operative on a panel with a clear mission to label anyone who is antiTrump part of a mob.  Watch as the operative, Matt Lewis declared himself "...not a Republican" and while being asked to settle-down via the show host, snipped like a child about whether he could take a drink of water. The segment is a bit long and may not be worth the full eight minutes of viewing. 


Point 10:  A "Both Sides" issue..and that will not change until the US suffers another national catastrophe.

These Points are worthy of deep scrutiny.  I believe I am hearing snippets of the administration past dealing with Russia which may have touched into domestic surveillance or something of the sort.   Points 3 and 4.
Using government surveillance against domestic political opponents: Nothing yet.  
Using state power to reward corporate backers and punish opponents: Worrisome, but not a big problem so far.  
Trump authoritarianism is as sure as his penchant for lying daily lies. I believe the total of lies from 45 has surpassed 5200 in his short time in the Oval Office.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Trumpism Smorgasbord: Parade, Tax Cut, US Economy








Parade? 
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Ninety-Two million USD? Really conservative American and Congress?

President Trump’s military parade now estimated to cost $92 million from CNBC.

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The US Economy After the Wealthy Tax Cut

Last night I witnessed and heard a CNN contributor sit on camera with a sot ad a Left-leaning contributor and rail about how Trump's economy running wildly to the positive and how wages are up. The host didn't challenge the hyperbolic "alternative facts" talking head, but someone should challenge.

New York Times opinion piece regarding a major component of "Trump's Economy", the wealthy tax cuts. 



If you didn't visit the NYT link, think about doing so and at least view the Real Wages chart. 

The Hill recently published a piece with a compelling case of suspicion regarding continued economic growth. while we are certain Trump and his team as well as conservative Americans can locate pieces with an opposite view, we feel the Hill piece is a worthy read. We have the recent history of the GOP washing or economy into a crevasse, we can ill afford another such collapse, there may be no wiggle room for another economic stimulus as with Obama post-Bush.  The Hill linked here.
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Manigault Newman and Tape Three

No words from us...not necessary



Fox News Hannity update via Fox News Shepard Smith



It is amazing Fox News is so committed to anti-progressive dogma, network management allows Shepard Smith to perform a daily rebuttal to the network's flagship trump adviser Hannity. 
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Monday, July 30, 2018

Kochs Turning On Trump? (Video)







Koch Freedom Partners ad as an appetizer



Surrounding himself with civilian and military “yes” people so he can overthrow government and become dictator. Are you ready to “Hail, Feuer Trump!”

In 2015, The New York Times published an article related to Koch brothers plans for Election 2016 Spending.

We actually have no idea the extent of Koch spending on placing Trump in the White House and moneyed support to the GOP holding two houses of Congress. The figures are without question exorbitant and it was such without consideration of potential continuous from the Koch brothers "Donors Club of wealthy conservatives who commonly contribute along with the Kochs

If we look back at David Koch's part in the 1980's Libertarian Party Platform, we find a few items which stand out like a Fly in your Ice Cream.  Even as far back as 1980, at least one Koch has been active in Paleozoic Era (regressive) policies.  Noticeable in its absence from the Libertarian Party Platform were bullets related to federal spending.  

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The Koch brothers since 1980 have not developed from their socially regressive ideology. But, they have been loquacious regarding federal spending. Their support for the GOP includes a history of well-documented support for cutting federal spending while openly espousing tax cuts (hence the 1980s platform).

We also remind you, the Kochs benefited mightily from Trump's early term approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. While Snopes rates reports of potential profit for the Kocks via the pipeline project as Pants of Fire, I find it impossible to believe with major land holdings of the Canadian Tar Sands, the Koch aren't garnering enormous additional wealth from Trump's signature pen. Another Koch victory via Trump is the tax cut for the nation's wealthy.

The tax cuts guarantee the Kochs billions per year in tax savings. it should be noted after the tax law was signed, reports circulated the Kochs gave Paul Ryan $500,000.

The Kochs are in no way friends of the people nor do they work towards advancing social reforms. They are longstanding social regressives who are instrumental in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which focuses on developing law drafts for handoff to eager state and local politicians.

As time has passed and the reality of Koch support for yet another Oval Office 'loser' comes to light like a devil with a comb-over, it appears the Kochs are flip-flopping on their conservative party head. 



Politico recently published a piece centered around Charles Koch's possible split with His brother David on matters of post-Trump election politics.  Maybe the time is right along with growing evinces Trump is losing his mind while the GOP Congress moves the nation back to Pre Word Was II policies.  

Well, wouldn't you know Trump's ill-advised Tariff strategies and practices; have touched the Kochs?  As David Koch moves ever so close to "retirement" his Wichita based brother, Charles, is turning and aiming his vast wealth and behind the scenes political maneuvering against Trump's tariff policies.

Multiple intentional media are reporting Charles Koch is turning into a tariff Chameleon. He is turned his colors from Trump red to a facade of possible false (or opportunist) liberal blue. Maybe the public reports are only related to tariff policy, but any Koch against Trump won't bode well for the GOP going forward.

Time 

Koch Brothers' Network Pushing to Curb Trump's Tariff Powers | Time

BBC

CNN (June 2018)

While self-serving regarding the Koch business empire, the Charles Koch sniffing of liberal ideology (regarding tariffs) brings thoughts of the image below.
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Bring him in and suffer greatly, or and more apropos, never trust a smiling Spider.

How did Trump react to the Koch news?  Linked here.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

There Is Something Adrift In The White House: Charlatanism




The Russia probe joins the long list of Trump fabrications and false feed to his base. 

Before we start, a special request. If you answered the previous questions with "no", two things come to mind and must be stated. First, you might have tendencies common to Trump Sycophancy. Second, You might wish to click-off this post you will not like what follows.

Speaking of the base, fabrications and purposeful feeding of lie after lie.



Spies in the Campaign?

Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State. They go after Phony Collusion with Russia, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before! What goes around, comes around!
SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!

Two of the three prisoners were taken during Trump's first year in office.
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Obama Taped Trump's Phones
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
You actually knew it was a lie when you first heard it, right? 
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Obama's Birth Certificate

Investigators in Hawaii?



How about this?


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Of course, the number of presidential lies is long and exhaustive. I literally awaken each day with a second thought of. "What has Trump lied about overnight?" 

Various print media have reported Trump has documented lies of over 3,000 since taking office. Last June The New York Times published a definitive list of Trump lies. We are linking the piece here, but know it is far too exhaustive to finish the list without the stark reality of a pathological liar. Of course, 11 months later, we are certain Trump's "lie list" has grown exponentially.

We often post about Trump's lies. Our past posts have been pretty much void of comment or written pieces from psychology professional. Yesterday NBC published a piece with comments which indicated Trump's lying is becoming increasingly worse. Here is an excerpt from the piece.
Between when President Donald Trump assumed office in January 2017 and the end of April, the average number of public false or misleading statements he has made per day has been increasing. According to the Washington Post’s fact checkers on May 1, "for the president’s first 100 days, he averaged 4.9 claims a day... since we last updated this tally two months ago, the president has averaged about 9 claims a day." 
This is a significant rise. Our calculations suggest that if the current escalation rate remains steady, by the end of his term the president could be making as many as 19 public false statements a day, on average.
UPDATE: Today MSNBC's Craig Melvin ran a segment with one of the authors of the piece. Must View: https://youtu.be/8M5gwnIkmrc?t=33m51s

Politico also ran a piece regarding Trump's lie.  Critical read.  

America We Have A Problem.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Mueller's 49 Questions For Trump: Origin, Veracity, Purpose?



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Yesterday The New York Times released 49 questions reported as questions Special Counsel Mueller wants to have Donald Trump answer.

Times reporters will, of course, not reveal the source of the leaked questions but Trump has gone public criticizing The Times as "disgraceful" for publicizing the questions.

Trump talking heads and media operatives are going about all networks with what seems talking points related to the leaked questions. While Trump men (and women) are fulfilling their roles as one CNN contributor and former Mueller associate, Michael Zeldin, posits the questions show signs of modification. And that modification may reside in the White House.

His opinion:
“Because of the way these questions are written,” Zeldin explained his methodology. “Lawyers wouldn’t write questions this way, in my estimation. Some of the grammar is not even proper. So, I don’t see this as a list of written questions that Mueller’s office gave to the president. I think these are more notes that the White House has taken and then they have expanded upon the conversation to write out these as questions.”

The comings and goings of Trumpism are tantamount to watching multiple episodes of the Keystone Cops. 

Imagine White House leaks to dissuade Trump from meeting with Mueller?

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Trump Says " Fake news, folks,”


“Fake news, folks,” Mr. Trump said. “Fake news. A typical New York Times fake story.”
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The face of the demagogue

Trump's response to New York Times reporting on his apparently ordered the firing of the Special Counsel Bob Mueller, last summer. The Times reports the order was countered by the White House Attorney, McGahn, who as the US government is structured works for the nation, not Trump.

Of course, Right Wing propagandists circled the wagons around Trump and promulgated a far-fetched "secret society" story based on missing text messages and a non-verified Times piece. 

While McGahn dismissed the story with a "no comment" (an actual admission), the story reached key Trump information purveyors such as Wisconsin's Ron Johnson and, yes, Fox News (in a big way).

Fox News's number one Trump trumpeter, Sean Hannity, took his position against the story and as is often the case with Hannity was forced to back off his on-camera lies during a broadcast. Watch Hannity's face at the 33-second mark of the 46-second video. The face is a person caught with a lie back-firing within a matter minutes.

The New York Times, Michael Schmidt's, piece is worth a quick read.  As you read through the piece, ask yourself: "When will the carnival end?"  Isn't it obvious the ticket you purchase for the Trump tent is filled with false reality?


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Sunday, December 31, 2017

And, the "Coffee Boy" Spoke



On October 5th (2017) Geroge Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser, and probable campaign operative pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI. His plea agreement document is linked, here.

While the White House dissed Papadopoulos as a "low-level volunteer", some associated with the Trump Administration referred the young operative as a "coffee boy." Michael Caputo, the former campaign official told CNN's Chris Cuomo Papadopoulos was a (mere) coffee boy. While we know Caputo is yet another Trump presstitute who lies for pay on CNN, the one-minute segment is worth an embed. It is interesting to note the on-camera segment was broadcast on Halloween.


"Low-level volunteer", "coffee boy", or ex-Ben Carson adviser, it seems the young operative, is typical of the quality of staff and advisers hired by Trump and his incompetent transition team. Apparently, George has a penchant for drinking and running his mouth after a few too many sips of his favorite libation. The New York Times is reporting Trump's international operative while visiting Australia Papadopoulos got drunk and spilled a few administration killing beans (secrets)  to an official who reported his remarks to the US FBI.

Mediaite
During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.


About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.
 The Times reporting is stellar press reporting and a possible tsunami wave against Trump's efforts to claim and advance his "no collusion" rhetoric. 

If the Times piece doesn't fit our reading preference, I have posted (below) a Twitter thread from Seth Abramson.

  
(THREAD) BREAKING: The NYT has published a bombshell report on George Papadopoulos—the biggest Trump-Russia news since Flynn's plea. This thread dissects the new revelations—as well as some major implications for the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. I hope you'll read and share. pic.twitter.com/vHDvlxkqsF

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) December 30, 2017
During Trump's recent impromptu interview with a writer for the New York Times, he stated "no collusion" 16 times in 30 minutes.  Amazingly, the 16 proclamations accompanied 24 verifiable instances of Trump lies ( in the brief interview).  

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