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Showing posts with label US Flag. Show all posts
Showing posts with label US Flag. Show all posts

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Trump's Flag Dog Whistle Moves To Dangerous Elephant Policy (National Anthem)

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The Daily Kos

Watch as Fox & Friends fuels Trump's authoritarianism regarding his dog whistle issue of NFL players (mostly black players) Taking a knee in protest against police brutality of black, boys, men and women.

Unfortunately, the video segment is over two minutes long I do not often expose you to Fox News more than a few seconds. This segment clearly shows the extent of pathetic shared between Fox News and Trump.

While on the topic of false patriotism and over-the-top nationalism, it was amazing to hear about Trumps lie laced commencement address at the Naval Academy.  

Writer Todd Harrison, Director of the Aerospace Security Project and Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), watched a two-minute portion of Trump's speech. Harrison gets a nod of credit as Trump isn't welcome on my TV sets. Harrison's two minutes far exceeds my exposure. I avoid a person who lies incessantly. Why sit for anyone to tell you lies if you know he lies at the level of a personal pathology. He can not help but lie.

Here is a short video clip from the Hill piece (linked below) in which Trump tells seven lies in two minutes.  Linked here.

Harrison's piece via the Hill, linked here.

So, we have Trump exciting his base with nationalist crap while simultaneously playing loose with information spoken to future naval officers.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

TPI Monring Gazette: US Flag, Trump'd, Lindsey Graham's Cell, CNN Panel, Mexico Border Fence

Non-Progressive News...

Let's start with dispelling a conservative lie that is spreading across social media. Even the conservative former Boston Red Sox Pitcher, Curt Schilling has disparaged President Obama with lies about lowering the US flag after Whitney Houston's death while moving slowly to lower the flag after the terror killing of five US servicemen.

Politifact performed an analysis of details related to the lowering to  the US Flag after Houston's drug induced death. The facts related to the lowering of the flag might surprise you. 
Outraged memes and headlines suggest President Barack Obama lowered the American flag to mourn Whitney Houston but did "nothing" for five servicemen slain in Chattanooga, Tenn. last week. Here's the storyPosted by PolitiFact on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GOP silliness and shame of a disintegrating political party 

Lindsey Graham responds to the embarrassing wackiness and release of Graham's  cell phone number. How did Graham respond, you ask? He responded in the same way most respond to the antics of a neighborhood bully:  comical public destruction of his cell phone. 
Lindsey Graham shows the world how to destroy your phone after Donald J. Trump gives out your number...Posted by Mediaite on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Why not comment about the lack of class and unacceptable lack of professionalism in outing the cell number of a US Senator?  If the bully is not directly confronted rest assured the bully does not learn the downside of her/his acts.  

Sandra Bland was found dead in a jail cell after after this arrest  three days prior.
PicMonkey Collage - Sandra Bland
NBC News 14 minute dashcam edit from a 52 minute video. 

Ms. Bland was pulled over for what is being reported as s failure to enact a lane change signal. What? I have seen cops enact a such turns without any regard for a turn signal.

Of course, CNN programs as usual with two guest to point-counterpoint aspects of the segment. It is truly unfortunate CNN is very adroit at booking what appears as white conservative former cops or defense attorney's to point counter point black guests (pundits, contributor etc). As you can imagine it makes for great reality TV with no serious concern about resolving the issue. While CNN careful books such segments, we must offer a degree of appreciation the network differs from Fox News' booking of (only) white guest for segments related to the black community. Well, Juan Williams and Geraldo Rivera often offer color commentary (pun intended) to jostle with Bill O'Reilly, but their commentary is simply more opinion TV. Their role is to provide 'straight guy' opining to facilitate O'Reilly's finger pointing and tickle the psyches of his viewers.

CNNs Number 1 "cop behavior rationalize (r)" , Harry Houck, provided network viewers a fireworks segment as he was placed in the opposite corner of Marc Lamont Hill.]

harry houckedited

Give the segment a look and listen. "...'arrogant from the very beginning."

Arrogant? It seems Houck is of the mindset that African-Americans who speak out, question authority or who fail to complete demur to a cop at the care door, is arrogant. Moreover, why does the word arrogant so often find its way into discussion in which black people are core to the discussion?

Regardless of my suspicion over the year of "working in Harlem" Harry Houck has developed a clear case of white cop privilege. CNN should consider sprinkling other guest into his slots. Of course, CNN will ride with Houck as the "cop can do no wrong" pointing is exactly what the networks wants from that side of the interview segment.


Trump would build a wall and Trump is threatening to take his marbles and his little Army men and go "independent" candidate! 

That wall might cost billions, but of course Mexico will pay for the wall.  The railings of a carnival barker.

Trump visits Mexico border

The wall as a real prospect or carnival barking to get you into the tent?

Except from linked piece
"From a security standpoint, it really is not an intelligent solution," said Eric Olson, associate director of the Latin American program at the non-partisan Wilson Center.  
In fact, "it's ludicrous," Olson said of the idea, which has become a hallmark of Trump's campaign.  
Experts estimate that building and maintaining such a wall on the 1,954-mile border, which snakes along four huge states, would cost tens of billions of dollars. And the 21,000 border patrol agents currently on duty would be "nowhere near sufficient" to keep close surveillance on all of it, said Wayne Cornelius, director of University of California San Diego's Mexican migration field research program.

That for me translates into carnival barking from Trump.

Apparently among many conservative voters the carnival barking works.  Watch this one minute segment of a CNN Trump supporters panel of six (taking points spewers). We see and hear the standard "he is a business man", a reference to Presidents Obama's vacations, and other common Trumpisms.

Someone should tell the former Marine, the GOP does not wish to have the US economy as a talking point. Data refutes the "horrific US economy talk so much so the words are to be mentioned in 2015/16. The guy is an obvious Breitbart reader and Fox News viewer.

Did the one lady say "Vacation?"

December 2014 (a matter of the presidency)


August 2014 Congress? (and, in relation to Congress)

Since mot of the panel talk was mere  talking points with non substantive nor verifiable points, we will leave the panel as it sat: spewers of Trumpisms.   Oh, and if you believe even one of the paneled Trump'd Americans are undecided, Trump has land to sell you in the Everglades.

Trump third party run? No, take a look at the Huff PO image above.

Editor's choice

Bold move, Glenn Beck. Good luck.
Posted by Mediaite on Thursday, July 23, 2015


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Eric Smith: The True Meaning of the American Flag

Reposted w/permission from Eric Smith (see Eric's "Notes" link Posted)

by Eric Smith (Notes) on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 2:36pm
      On the night of April 3rd, 1968, in what would tragically be the final speech of his life, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said the following:
     "All we say to America" said Dr. King is 'Be true to what you said on paper.' If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. Maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn't committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right."
      Today, forty five years after Dr. King uttered these words, far too many Americans do not understand the true meaning of our flag.  They do not grasp the uniqueness of what it is to be a real American patriot.  To them freedom applies only to themselves.  To them the benefits of our Democracy  is theirs to enjoy alone though they expect everyone else to gladly fight along with them to preserve their rights even though they would deny those same rights to others.

     They have the audacity to actually question the patriotism of those of different races, creeds, genders, and sexual orientation who to dare fight for those very freedoms and opportunities that they regard as their birthright.  They behave as though such rights are theirs to give and accuse those who are not satisfied with the pace of expanding the reach of Liberty with being ungrateful;  as if those who are denied those rights they are entitled to at birth, should show gratitude towards who those who had no right to deny them these rights they are now enjoying in the first place.

     These white people  in the Republican Party and of a Conservative mindset are always railing against us African Americans of  being lazy and greedy.  They use the term Affirmative Action as the rest of us use an expletive, forgetting of course that they themselves are the beneficiaries of the greatest, most generous Affirmative Action program in the history of this nation; that Affirmative Action being their white skins.

      If you are born white in general and a white male in particular in this country, no one ever questions whether or not you will have the chance to rise from poverty, to get a good education, to work at a well paying job, or even become President of the United States.  If you are born white and male in this country then you don't have to worry about your rights being denied at all.  You don't have to worry about your legitimacy and your qualifications being questioned for a certain university or a particular job because of the way you look.

     If you are white in America then you don't have to worry about being followed around by the proprietor of some store assuming you're a criminal who's about to rob the place.  If you're white in America you don't have to worry about being stopped by the police while walking through a good neighborhood who suspect by mere dint of your skin's pigmentation alone that you've committed or are about to commit, a crime.  If you're white in America you don't have to worry about being shot by a self appointed  neighborhood vigilante even if you are  wearing a hoodie and what's more you can be walking around carrying a gun, to say nothing of a bag of skittles, and still have little to be worried about.

     If you're white in America, no one automatically assumes just by looking at you that you're uneducated, illiterate, on Welfare, a drug addict, or an ex con regardless of what kind of clothes you're wearing. It has always been that way in this country but only now things are really beginning to change.  More and more people are waking up to the fact that this state of affairs runs counter to the true meaning of this flag; that it  just isn't right.

     Yet these folks  in the Republican Party and the Far Right  I've mentioned above are now raising hell because all of a sudden they have to share their freedoms, rights, and liberties with everybody; freedoms, rights, and liberties  that they never had any right to hoard for themselves in the first place.  They are screaming at the top of their lungs that their rights are being taken away.  That they're going to take "our country back!"  Excuse me  but this country doesn't belong just to them.   It never has.  It has always belonged to all of us have played a key role in sustaining it, protecting it, and making it great. These people don't get to claim exclusive ownership of that which they hijacked stole and wrongly denied to others.

     This discrepancy was pointed out in a speech President Abraham Lincoln gave at the Sanitary Fair in Baltimore MD on April 18, 1864 when he said the following:
     "The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name———liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names———liberty and tyranny.

    "The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as a liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty, especially as the sheep was a black one. Plainly the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of the word liberty; and precisely the same difference prevails to-day among us human creatures, even in the North, and all professing to love liberty. Hence we behold the processes by which thousands are daily passing from under the yoke of bondage, hailed by some as the advance of liberty, and bewailed by others as the destruction of all liberty."

    Needless to say, the wolfs of President Lincoln's time are the Republicans, Tea Party members, Libertarians, and Conservatives of today.  They are the ones raging because they are not being allowed to exercise what they believe is their right to deny rights to others because they happen to dislike the color of their skin, their gender, their religion, and their sexual orientation.  They assert their right to do to others as they please while at the same time claiming that others do not have the right to do to them as they please because it would be a violation of their rights.  

     This is the root of their problem.  They are finally being forced to play by the same set of rules as everyone else and they are collectively  throwing a national temper tantrum as a result.  All it really proves is that these people never really cared about this country or its flag  in the first place.  I mean the heart of true Americanism is generosity and tolerance.  Without both of these things you can't say that you are really a patriot for these are the foundations of our freedom; these traits are what makes us unique among all the nations in the world.

     Our flag has meaning that is true but that meaning only counts for anything if it has the same meaning for everybody.  As Jackie Robinson himself once said "There's not an American in this country free until every one of us is free."  That is what these Republicans/Conservatives refuse to see and find impossible to accept and so therefore if any one's patriotism is to be rightly questioned it is theirs because the rest of us, through  our embracing of diversity and fair play are living the true meaning of the American flag while they, through their hostility to diversity and opposition to fair play, are not.  It's as simple as that.