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Showing posts with label Think Progress. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Think Progress. Show all posts

Monday, July 16, 2018

A Trump's World Turns: More Trump Embarrassment in Helsinki

A Day In The Life Of Trumpism

A month ago Newsweek published a piece on its web page. We have posted the title below along with a link (the title).



Today Putin admitted publicly his desire for Trump to win in 2016.  While I am certain some will applaud Putin for his "honesty" I suggest such honesty is an after-confession of orders (implied or direct) for his cyber cadres to perform as they did in helping Trump win in 2016.

Watch and listen (40 seconds)

Donald Trump long ago expressed an interest in hobnobbing up to Putin. after 18 months he received his gift from heaven via time with Putin. Almost two hours of this time was in total private (other than translators).  An ideal environment for a person who did same with Kim Jong Un and now have o record of what Trump agreed to. It goes without saying the North Korean situation is fizzling into yet another crevasse as is the history of presidential interaction with North Korea leaders.  

Imagine what Trump might have agreed to in private session with the Russian dictator.  

While considering the unfathomable, how about Trump finding Putin's suggestion that his troopers great to join Mueller's investigation. 

Think Progress 

Trump endorses Putin’s plan to allow Kremlin to interrogate U.S. officials who work with Mueller

What could possibly go wrong?

How about a summary of five relevant points about Trump's failed presser.

Think Progress

The 5 Most Bonkers Moments From The Seminal Trump-Putin 

Press Conference By Tierney Sneed | July 16, 2018

As we move to another day of Trumpism remember this Trump mention Peter Strzok in today's 

Trump on Putin cleansing. 
Trump today: “If anybody watched Peter Strzok testify over the last couple of days, and I was in Brussels watching it, it was a disgrace to the FBI, it was a disgrace to our country, and, you would say, that was a total witch hunt,” 
Watch and listen to a rather long news segment regarding Peter Strzok and the extent to which he is, in fact, an American hero.

If you watched that segment, then you know despite his indiscretions with a co-worker, Peter Strzok has a national defense and love of America compass unequaled among Trump and his cabal.


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:


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

State Of Play In The Era Of Trump

And, the polling numbers dwindle.

It also appears Trump's failing Admisntrtioan and Trump himself, are weighing on one of the Right's major communications sources.

There were just 26 brands appearing on Breitbart in May, down from a high of 242 in March.
Amongst talk of the Trump regime moving the nation towards authoritarianism, we offer a few posts from Media Matters.

Let's start with one of Trump's crony sons.

Thirty-Seven seconds of the unbelievable and the dangerous. 

Do you recall the use of dehumanizing mantra and slogans to facilitate mind shaping towards a goal of privilege for a self-anointed upper class (race, social group, organizational)? "Redskins, Savages", "cockroaches" (Rwanda), Abschaum - scum; a derogatory expression used for political adversaries of the Nazis; "money-grubbing Jews", "Nigger lovers", et al.

We are also finding ourselves facing a set of Trump sons who have embarked on a campaign to band-aid and possible heal growing concerns about Trump's failing administration.

Do the Trump's fail to realize the previous reporting have them speaking about the availability fo funds from Russian bank? Links (The Guardian; Think Progress) StumbleUpon

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Elizabeth Warren Censored From Speaking On The Senate Floor; Male Democrats Pickup Her Message

I am certain you know Donald Trump has nominated Alabama Senator Jeff B. Sessions to head the Department of Justice.  Sessions has a legislative and legal background which without debate should disqualifying any consideration for leading the nation's law enforcement from the federal level.  

Sessions's record in his home state of Alabama is so socially deplorable and overtly biased against African-Americans, he was previously denied a seat on the Federal bench.  None other than the widower of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Coretta Scott King, crafted a letter to then Senator Strum Thurmond. The letter is posted below via a friend of The Progressive Influence, Jon S. Randal.

The letter is front and center in the news based on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's virtual censorship of Fellow Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren attempted to read the letter.  

I offered a bit of background via NPR (2016).

A perspective on warren's Censorship from speaking on the Senate floor.

Jon S. Randal

Here is some background on the Coretta Scott King letter that is in the news today.
As you may have heard, Senator Elizabeth Warren was censured by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans last night for daring to read a letter written 30 years ago by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr.
The letter was opposing the nomination of Jeff Sessions for a federal judgeship. Sessions, now an Alabama senator, has been nominated for attorney general. The attorney general is responsible for leading the United States Department of Justice regarding legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States government.
This letter by Coretta Scott King, questioning Session's ability to be fair when he had a record of intimidating elderly, black voters, was sent to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Strom Thurmond. King asked that the letter be part of the hearing record.
It never happened. The letter never made it into the congressional record three decades ago. Thurmond, who has been accused of racism himself, never made the letter public. It just simply disappeared in 1986, and it only surfaced again when an unidentified person leaked the letter to the Washington Post before Sessions’ January confirmation hearings.
According to the president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, “We should remember that this letter was somehow never made part of the official Senate Judiciary Committee record in 1986, was reportedly kept from public release by the chair of the Committee in 2017, and now has been blocked from being read aloud in prime time by the Senate Majority Leader."
"The deliberate silencing of Mrs. King’s voice for 30 years is a story of astonishing magnitude.”

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McConnell and his Republican colleagues used a parliamentary procedure to censor Senator Warren, but it is worth noting other Democrats used the same letter as a prop for their podium opposition to the Session's confirmation. Senator Jeff Merkley, D-OR, tweeted his concern with McConnell's censorship of "the woman" while allowing letter derivative reading from men in the US Senate.
.@SenatorTomUdall @SenSherrodBrown @SenSanders and I read  w/o censure. Why silence only the woman @SenWarren 

Think Progress reports.

If there is a rational person in America who feel women get the same treatment and consideration from Republicans and Democrats, the person isn't current events nor news savvy. 

Kellyanne Conway, left, Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, Stephen K. Bannon, Reince Priebus and Stephen Miller, all members of President Trump’s senior staff, last month at the White House. CreditStephen Crowley/The New York Times

"...all members of President Trump’s senior staff." Yes of course!


Monday, January 4, 2016

Oregon Terrorists Takeover: Media Perspectives

American patriot...No, US terrorists to the max!

Law: Cornell University

As we watch the Bundy family again resort to utter seditious anarchy, some in the media are finding the takeover of a government building quasi-acceptable.

The Washington Post's Chris Cilizza Facebook a post earlier today that seems to indicate a degree of sympathetic understanding and empathy for the Bundy led terror (threats).

Take a few minutes and see how US media works and how ti is becoming a conduit for US anarchy often embodied in acts of pure terror.  The predominately white militia terrorists at the wildlife refuge have indicated a desire to shoot it out with federal law enforcement.

Cillizza's Facebook Intro:

"Read this. Learn something."

Herewith is the piece the Washington Post opportunist promulgated via Facebook.

"Nine Maps?"  It doesn't matter the number of maps, even if the federal authorities had wounded one of the ranchers the wanton anarchists seek to protect, along with the takeover of the refuge seems close to public sedition. Sedition when coupled with implied and overt declarations of intent to shoot, seems like fodder for federal action. Oregon occupiers’ complaint, explained in 9 mapsWASHINGTONPOST.COM|BY PHILIP BUMP

If we contrast a piece just published from the Rachel Maddow team, we find sharp contrast and opposite positioning regarding the takeover.

When armed anti-government militia members seize a building that's not theirs to take, it's a rather serious problem. 
Time to get up to speed on the crisis unfolding in Oregon. 

Militia members occupy Oregon refuge, vow to stay for 'years'
When armed anti-government radicals seize a building that's not theirs to take, it's…

Over the weekend, I predicted Fox News would approach the anarchism via conservative rationalizing that borders on sensationalizing the takeover. Here is an example.  Fox New Contributor Justifies Takeover.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Life Changed Is Life Saved: Racism, Bigotry, Callousness Banished

The following post is based on a story from an American who changed his life to a better life.  For some of you this screed might work better if you read Josh Clark's experience, and comeback to the opening and body of the screed. In any case, I have only experienced knowing of a few cases of that which is so eloquently stated by Mr. Clark.   

There are times when you read something that grabs you and delivers a signal to your brain: "This is serious, this is heartfelt, this is relevant, this is right all while feeding the brain's frontal lobes and Hippocampus." The experience runs the full course of cognitive processes from sensory perception thorough mental assimilation and the ultimate mental activity: Leaning.

Such external sensory experiences remind of personal epiphanies and personal experiences that upon reflection resonates with the person as an awakening, inducement for a paradigm shift and personally rewarding. A literal cognitive bundle not often experienced throughout the full measure of our full lives. We have sensory experiences as we grow through our formative years that induces learning (e.g. first real kiss to companionship to love). We certainly learn to exercise acquired skills to the level of proficiency leading to a career (e.g. attaining that first big promotion). The person learns while providing healthy nourishment for a well-rounded and humane psyche. A psyche at peace with life is without fail accompanied by a healthy emotional state. 

Some never experience life shattering experiences that result in a "changed" person. Imagine living a life that embodied learned social intolerance regarding race, religion, national origin, gender or social class. It is like being taught (by your parents) to avoid the rich kid from "The Heights," because "they are raised differently." Latter in life you find with the first experience, the rich kid you have in front of you isn't a bad person at all. Our parents, family and early social choices environment shape the individual.

For sake of developing what follows (below), supplant the "rich kid" with a black kid. A learned experience far more prevalent than caution and bias regarding America's kids of wealthy families. Actually, chance of interacting with the uber wealthy kids is almost as remote as being struck by lightening. Examples aside, "social shaping" affects us all, the only differences in our respective experiences are where the learning takes us in life.

 or this   then to this     ending like this     

I often refer to the following diagram to show how social "shaping" and social leaning from early childhood through our formative years, leads to adults who are either "ism" intolerant or who are tolerant of people who are is some way different. Intolerant adults are socially shaped to bigotry, racism, over the top gender bias or homophobia; they arr "ism" driven creatures. If the individual doesn't take steps to counter social development that leads to the bigot or the racist, we experience what we have today in increasing numbers. Imagine Rand Paul, Donald Trump, or Ted Cruz raised from childhood with an iota of tolerance for others. 

If you take a few minutes to review the diagram you will notice there is a point at which the person can take affirmative steps to counter social development that leads to bigotry and racism. In the absence of direct personal action or intervention in the "Direction for Change" stage (opportunity), the person will development through stages of bigotry and racism that could lead to manifestation as such:

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Or this...listen carefully. You will not only see first hand the result of being raised to be a racist, you will see the racist (as is often the case) also has issues with sexism. According to Think Progress and official part of the CPAC archive....
At one point, a woman challenged him on the Republican Party’s roots, to which Terry responded, “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”

The Cycle of Oppression diagram very basically places visual light on the social a social disease that affects so many Americans.

The Cycle of Oppression
"Isms" make close bed fellows that can be broken via concerted intervention as in the diagram and via the personal testimonial of a Facebook poster.
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Josh Clark 
Something has been weighing pretty heavily on me the past few days. I have had a few small discussions on the issue, but haven’t gotten too far into it. I wanted to share this, not for attention, but because I thought it needed to be done. 

It’s no big secret to my friends that I love to hunt, fish, camp and do pretty much anything outdoors. I have always considered myself to be a country boy stuck in the city. One of the ways that I used to show pride for my lifestyle was wearing t-shirts with the Confederate/ Rebel flag on them. In high school, I even had a bumper sticker on my truck that read “Keep It Flying”. I had grown up seeing the flag regularly, and although I had seen it used in negative ways on occasion, I chose to accept the “Heritage not Hate” and “Pride not Prejudice” interpretation of the flag. If you had asked me back then, I would’ve told you that it was a symbol of southern pride and had nothing to do with racism. 
I was raised pretty close to downtown Nashville and grew up with kids of all races with all kinds of backgrounds. I played baseball, basketball and football on teams where sometimes whites were minorities. I am very thankful for this. As I continue to grow and learn, I realize that we tend to fear things just because we don’t understand them. Because of where and how I was raised, I never feared people of other color or background. I was able to realize that we are all the same underneath. I have had white friends, black friends, Asian friends, Middle Eastern friends, Latino friends, Christian friends, Muslim friends, Atheist friends, etc. Thankfully, I have never had a racist bone in my body.
It wasn’t until well into my college years when I began to start thinking for myself. I no longer let the people I was raised by tell me how to view every issue and tried my best to be more open-minded. I believe that one of the most important things for us to do as humans is to try putting ourselves in others’ shoes before we make any kind of judgement. 
Although I never meant anything racist by sporting the Confederate flag, I couldn’t help but think of what some of my black friends thought about it. I really can’t think of a time that I was confronted about it. Did it not offend them? Were they too nice or afraid to confront me about it? The more I researched about the history of the flag, the worse I felt. What I had been told about its history was wrong. Thousands of southerners still fly the flag with no racist intent. They still defend the good things they’ve been told about the flag. They, like I once was, are WRONG. The flag is a symbol of a way of life that was wrong. Not that it needs to be stated, but slavery is one of the most evil and cruel things this world has ever seen. The Confederate flag represents this evil. Where is the pride in that? The Confederate flag is also a sign of division. How can you truly be a patriot of this country and fly this flag? Do we really need to fly a flag to show that we are southern, or that we like to hunt and fish, especially when it’s offensive to so many? It is not a kind thing, a good thing, or the right thing to do.
To those against removing the flag, I do not think you are a bad person. I know what it once meant to me. I do, however, challenge you to do your research. Step outside of what your family taught you and be open-minded. Even if you believe in a different history lesson, is flying a flag worth the pain it causes others? Please try to view these issues from the other side of the argument.
To those I may have offended in the past, who never confronted me, I apologize. I was WRONG. 
As our country continues to move forward on equality issues, I believe the only place for the Confederate flag is in our history books.
It is refreshing to know there are many Americans who stand against social shaping that leads to oppression of people based on "isms." While some never know it, such oppression also oppresses the oppressor.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Federal Lands For Sale (If We Do Not Fight)

Western land for sale. Koch National Park?
February 2015 Think Progress article headline: "Senate Votes To Help States Sell Off Public Lands""

Do you believe the average citizen has the wherewithal to purchase large swaths of federal land? Of course, regardless of your financial wherewithal, you cannot see such an opportunity, correct?  

Think Progress piece from this past February adroitly depicts how the US Senate (thus the government) is working to open federal lands for sale to the highest bidder. You might think, well what is federal land and what is the big doesn't affect you correct? 

Take a quick read from the Think Progress piece.

What are Federal Lands (examples along with and intro to the land "sells' issue)

Select article excerpts: 
...U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) amendment, which passed by a vote of 51 to 49, is now part of the Senate’s nonbinding budget resolution. The proposal would support and fund state efforts — which many argue are unconstitutional — to seize and sell America’s public lands. These include all national forests, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, historic sites, and national monuments.
...The land grab proposals in Congress this year appear to echo the calls of outlaw rancher Cliven Bundy, best known for his armed standoff with federal officials last year, who has infamously refused to recognize the authority of the federal government, including over public lands.
Democrats have promised stiff opposition.
Murkowski’s proposal to sell off public lands, however, is meeting stiff opposition from other western senators. On a conference call yesterday, Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) said that they are determined to turn back legislative attacks on the outdoors. Bennet called efforts to sell off lands to reduce the federal deficit “an assault on our public lands.”
Opposition rationale should be easily recognized by people lie you and me. We cannot purchase swaths of state controlled lands as we do not have the financial wherewithal. You know as well as I know who will purchase the land swaths: rich American and rich foreigners corporations. How about the thought of your favorite national park littered with oil drilling units, associated spills, horrific oil related smells, fast food outlet to service oil rig workers and cheap hotels to house those workers? How bout Koch National Park with fees that work to increase the Koch billionaire hoppers?
Public opinion research has found that a majority of Westerners oppose land grab efforts and believe that transferring public lands to state control will result in reduced access for recreation; higher taxes; increased drilling, mining and logging; and a high risk that treasured public lands will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
The article excerpts were for an article published in the early months of 2015, and just after the US Senate celebrated a majority of Senators holding GOP membership. The newly appointed Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) didn't waste a moment after appointment to the ultra powerful Senatorial committee. 

The Think Progress piece (linked above) is laden with details of last February's model towards facilitating individual state sells of federal lands.

Let's take a look and short read about the availability of federal lands in states west of the Mississippi River. 

Let's start with the most obvious answer: the map is stunningly effective at bringing home its message. And that message is: Federal land ownership out west is huge. 
Few minds will stir when they learn that the US federal government owns a grand total of 640 million acres of land: that figure is so vast that it becomes meaningless [1]. The sum of all that acreage adds up to about 28% of the nation's total surface, 2.27 billion acres. That sounds like a lot, but since it is an average, and because we have nothing to compare it to, that percentage is, to use one of my favorite quotes, “the kind of information they conceal in books” [2]. 
Both issues – the blandness of averages, the lack of comparison – are eliminated by the map, which presents an immediate, jaw-droppingly clear frame of reference. In the blink of an eye, the contrast between the west and the rest becomes clear. 
The clever device delivering that instant insight: 50 icons, each shaped like the particular state they are centered on and sized to reflect the percentage of the federal lands in each particular state.
Read more linked above (quite interesting)

"Your GOP" Has used the majority we handed them and voted in the majority to facilitate sells of federal lands in the US West.  The list below is an indication of how the GOP works for the interest of those with "wherewithal" and they work for those people an entities alone.

Only three Republican Senators voted against the land sell Budget Bill Amendment: Ayotte (R-NH), Alexander (R-TN), Gardner (R-CO). It is worthwhile to note all current Republican candidates who have declared a run for the presidency (Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Graham) voted "Yay."

It is intriguing and sad a measure as serious as western lands sales garners no cover via US media. What is we are so inundated with news of cop killings, ISIS and Caitlyn Jenner (of late), NSA snooping, and the growing number of Republicans announcing to run for president, we are not informed about yet another sell-off via the GOP. 

Politics is like ignoring the unruly behavior of a spoiled child. If we do not pay attention, voice our concerns and re-voice our concerns American politician will take all orders from wealthy or powerful constituents. One group has gone on record in voicing or calling out Republican Senators who voted for the amendment measure.

Veterans group comprised of 4500 members developed and posted an open letter to the 51 Republicans who voted for the amendment measure.
An open Letter to the 51 Senators who voted to sell off our public lands: Our country's public lands stand as a physical representation of the ideals in our Constitutional Republic that we, as veterans of this country, went to war to defend. Thousands, if not millions, of returning veterans have found solace, peace, and healing on our public lands. These are our national parks and monuments, our national forests and wilderness areas, our vast open spaces and lands closer to home. America's system of public lands should be safeguarded, not dismantled.
One year before the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, we should be working to connect more Americans of all stripes to our natural heritage, not cutting them off from it. It has been said that the national parks are America's Best Idea. That idea extends beyond just the parks to the concept of a public estate owned by all Americans, open to all Americans, and managed for the benefit of all Americans. Public lands are worth fighting for, they are at the root of our very democracy. 
In an era when the United States is struggling to figure out how to take care of its veterans, access to public lands and outdoor recreation have been a constant support, not just for veterans, but their families as well.  Whether it's climbing, hiking or just spending time reconnecting, America's public lands provide important opportunities to find new purpose and to enjoy the country we've given much to protect.    
Selling off our lands is an unpatriotic act that stands in direct violation of our country's responsibility to provide resources and support to those of us coming home from war. We fought for the public good which these lands represent. 
Selling these public lands means removing them from the public trust, putting private interests ahead of the public good. The selling off of these public lands would curtail access for veterans and their families and close down opportunities for them, and other Americans, to participate in the $646 billion outdoor economy. Public lands are the beating heart of economies across the country. They are where people go to hunt, to fish, to hike, and to camp. This visitation creates and supports local businesses and opportunities for many, including us as veterans.  
Senator Murkowski, public lands give us places to work. They give us places to heal. They give us places to find community and reintegrate home. These are things needed not just by veterans, but by all Americans. We fought for them, everyone deserves them.
[Over 4500 Signatures from Veterans]

The open letter will have impact on the Senators. Yet, the group banded together to voice their concerns with Senators supporting land sales in cases where only the wealthy can benefit. Why will the GOP ignore the concerns of the veterans. Has the GOP done anything to provide a better life for our vets? It is a rhetorical questions; we know the answer.

How about that Koch National Park?