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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Trump: We have defeated ISIS (Really?)





Leadership matters.

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Let's also watch Pence echo Trump's remarks: linked, here. Does Pence have an original bone in his body?

Well, is it possible ISIS doesn't want the US to pull our troops from Syria?  What follows is an obvious strategy to garner attention from the US.



MSNBC Morning Joe

Of course, you know Putin wasn't a larger role in the Middle East and has long wanted a back down of a US presence.  

What Putin wants. Trump gives.

Imagine any past US President seeking the attention of a Russian or Soviet Leader to the point of childish beckoning.  At the G20.....



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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Steve King: Racist, No Comment From His President



During the 2016 RNC/GOP Conference (and in the heart of growing Trumpism), Iowa's Representative to the US Congress performed as such for the nation's racists and bigots.



It is important to note King is a long term Congressman from a district in the State of Iowa which obviously has no issues with his overt racism. Members of his party and the greater GOP know he is the most outspoken white supremacists' in the US House of Representatives.  Actually, no a surprise from an elected official in a party which has a core component (subliminal or not) with vestiges of bigotry and racism.

So King is tolerated by some and probably a welcome voice by others who consider themselves conservatives. Of course, there are conservatives who do not share his overt racism, but those people elected are non-elected are reticent to call out a very ugly aspect of their party, movement, and ideology. 

Well, one member of Congress has gone public. Fellow Iowa Representative Ernst spoke out.


Of particular note; have you heard any condemning, disavowing or criticism of King from Trump. The question is rhetorical. I know the answer.


And why would a US President speak out against King's overt racism when his son compared immigrants to items for a zoo fence? A  matter of psyche, privilege, and common disgust.


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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Quick Hit: Trump's Wall (1958 Video UPDATE)





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Campaign Trump



Today with an insertion of the word "check."



Trump: 'I never meant' Mexico would 'write a check' for the wall




On Wednesday The Daily Show broadcast  2004 commencement speech at which Donald Trump was the guest speaker. The speech ran much longer than the 16 seconds we have chosen to make a point concerning Trump, a border wall, and phoniness some would call hypocrisy. As to the length of the posted segment: We don't do Trump oratory.

Watch and listen.







Now a bit of information that some readers would prefer to find in two to three paragraphs. We prefer the value of a visual with a cogent message.
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Since we eventually received confirmation Mexico was not going to pay for Trump's campaign promise, you and I are being forced to pay for a structure which is totally unnecessary.

If you want to see how mystical a world we share check out something from an old 1958 TV show called Trackdown.  The 2-minute segment is part of a twitter post which identified sufficiently. 
Herewith is a Talking Points Memo link to the full article which includes a 22-minute segment via Snopes.  

Was that the actor Robert Culp?


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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Trump Delivers A Fear Laced Mess; Obama Denied 2014 Airtime




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Pathetic
Oh, how we play the game differently. 

In 2014 President Barack Obama requested air time to speak about the nation's growing immigration problem. He didn't get the time he requested; only liberal media ran the speech.

Before The Young Turks video, think about how all electronic media broadcast Trump's lie-filled fear mongering nine-minute diatribe against what he calls "illegal aliens." We will not post Trump's remarks here as we work to avoid exhibitions of utter manipulation and political posturing from an administration which is fizzling down to a heap of embarrassing garbage. In short we strive to avoid posting lies and at last count, the Washington Post tracked Trump's lie level since taking office in 2017 at over 7400. That means the lie for Trump is a pathology. 

We prefer to post a definition of what the right calls "illegal aliens." 
An alien who entered the United States illegally without the proper authorization and documents, or who entered the United States legally and has since violated the terms of his or her visa or overstayed the time limit. An undocumented alien is deportable if apprehended.Nov 5, 2018 
Immigration Terms and Definitions Involving Aliens | Internal Revenue ...
https://www.irs.gov/individuals/.../immigration-terms-and-definitions-involving-aliens
"..... violated the terms of his or her visa or overstayed the time limit."  In 2017, cases of visa limit violations surpassed 600,000.

The Daily Mail UK
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While we do not have numbers of successful illegal border crossings at the southern border is impossible to state accurately we can look at the number of apprehensions in 2017.  Bloomberg offers a noteworthy review of southern border crossings or attempted crossings as well as where they are reported to have crossed into the US. The article states the number of successful crossings in 2015 down significantly from previous years. Data indicates the number of such crossings has dropped significantly after the Bush Great Recession.

Trumps Wall With Mexico: How many people cross illegally into the U.S. from Mexico?

Trumps Wall With Mexico: Would a wall be effective
Yes, we have Central American and Mexicans who wish to enter the US and many are or were doing so legally via presenting themselves at border stations with requests for asylum. They are not wanton lawbreakers in "caravans" seeking to enter the US. Recall the pre-election "caravan" which wasn't? How about Trump dispatching a few thousand US troops to the southern border for what amounted to a bivouac and gross waste of budget dollars?

"...they are bringing drugs." (Heroin and Fentanyl)

PBS

Drugs
The administration claims there has been a dramatic spike in illegal drugs entering the country at the southwest border. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there was an increase in the number of drug seizures of methamphetamine and fentanyl from fiscal year 2017 to fiscal year 2018. (The data for fiscal year 2018 doesn’t have numbers for September.) 
In a 2018 DEA drug threat assessment report, several of the drugs highlighted by Customs and Border Protection pass through legal ports of entry, not through illegal border crossings. (The agency traced most heroin and cocaine to privately owned vehicles passing through legal ports of entry. Fentanyl from Mexico is most often transported this way, too. Sometimes, drugs are mixed in with legal goods on tractor-trailers.)

According to drug threat assessments from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the majority of the drugs that cross the southwest border are brought in through official ports of entry. This has been the case for years. 
David Bier, an immigration policy analyst for the libertarian Cato Institute, wrote in a December 2018 blog post noted that the drugs Border Patrol agents seize at official ports of entry were three times more valuable than the drugs seized outside of those ports. 
“In other words, a border wall would not target the most valuable drugs crossing the border,” Bier wrote.
The PBS article published mere hours before Trump took to US airways to pitch for a wall which will if built quickly become a major waste of US Funds If built a wall Trump convinced millions Mexico would pick up the tab. In the article, Bloomberg highlights and reviews nine facts regarding Trump's "border crisis" the non-crisis. Yet, we live every day with lie after lie from Trump and his cabal.

The daily doses of Trumpism also fit neatly into the revenue streams of US media.  

There was enough red herring B/S to back P.T. Barnum into a submissive position, but the least of which is summed up in the following meme.  Trump mentioned Murderers and graphically depicted three cases of murder perpetrated by immigrants. I offer the following as the most dangerous as we live our lives.

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While only certain media ran with Obama's border address, we remind that all television networks carried the Trump nine minutes of lies as if the nation had again landed on the Moon.

The Young Turks and Obama's non-opportunity.



If you care to compare Obama's address with that which Trump delivered a few hours ago, you will have to seek it via a Google Search. We are moving to a position of only posting Trump's remarks as part of a fact check piece.

US media really must evaluate its role in advancing Trumpism. The networks are an active participating entity (and support beam) for Trump's reality TV administration while sharing Trump's incessant lies to people who may be gullible enough to believe the lies.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: The Soviet Union and Afghanistan




Yesterday while responding to a media question about his reported pullout of troops from Afghanistan and Syria, Trump we here:
“Russia used to be the Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia, because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan. Russia. … The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there. The problem is, it was a tough fight. And literally they went bankrupt; they went into being called Russia again, as opposed to the Soviet Union. You know, a lot of these places you’re reading about now are no longer part of Russia, because of Afghanistan.”


I see John Bolton was in the room and I strongly suspect the room was filled with cabinet heads and advisers who know full-well what their leader had just stated was utter nonsense.

It is without question Afghanistan is the death knell of any and all invading armies. Great Britain and Soviet history include annals regarding respective incursions into Afghanistan.  The US has been immersed in as in Afghanistan for over 17 years and that is ridiculous. However, Trump sitting and actually fantasizing and offer up lies about his thoughts on the collapse of the former Soviet Union is adding to his mounting number of verifiable lies since taking office.

Shouldn't we expect better.


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As Trump's World Turns: Quick Hit - Federal Employee Pay VS Pence Pay





While this is happening.....



And others who comprise 800,000 federal employees are going without pay, this is happening tomorrow...




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Friday, December 28, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Polls, Polls, Polls




Image result for trump polls memeIt appears Donald Trump has again generated a polling approval rating below 40 percent. Not only has his ratings dipped, again, it seems something about Trumpism has also droop his wife's approval rating to 43 percent. Her ratings dropped 11 points since October of this year.  Oh, the wonderment of it all. 

Before we move to Trump's recent dip below 40 percent approval, that unanswered question of "eu tu Melania" floats like a case of bad flatulence. 

Fortune's article regarding the NPR, PBS and Marist poll reflects growing disenchantment with Trump in the Oval Office.  
December 12, 2018
Only 28% of those polled answered that the border wall should be an immediate priority, while 19% replied it shouldn’t be an immediate priority, and 50% said it shouldn’t be a priority at all.

Of those polled, a vast majority of Democrats—91%—said they didn’t think the wall was an immediate priority or said it was not a priority at all, while 35% of Republicans held that view. Sixty-three percent of Republicans thought the wall was of immediate concern compared to 7% of Democrats.
MSNBC's Ipsos Poll also shows polling results which point a finger directly at the person who proclaimed he would proudly shut down the Government.
One minute in US history.

MSNBC
CNN 

CNN is reporting Trump' disapproval rating is soaring.  What follows was this past November.



Last November, yesterday, today, there is a common thread: Trump's metaphorical ship is sinking.


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Thursday, December 27, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Off To Iraq With Unnecessary Lies



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A recent report regarding Trump's multiple draft deferments has surfaced. If true, Trump may have benefited from favor from one of his father's building tenants in 1960s Queens.



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Yet another ugly hypocrisy from Trump and the American right.

After waiting almost two years to visit US troops assigned to war zones, Trump secretly flew to Iraq and within minutes unleashed what has come to be expected a set of lies.


Within minutes, Trump went here:
“He said the US military got its first pay raise in 10 years,” Rogin wrote before linking to a May PolitiFact analysis from the first time the president made the claim that found the lie “Pants on Fire” egregious.

“You haven’t gotten [a raise] in more than ten years,” Trump told troops. “More than ten years. And we got you a big one. I got you a big one.”
The actual record of military pay increase is: it happens each year with an exception for 1983 which was not caused by a lack in of interest in increasing military pay. The second most egregious of Trump's lies was his claim of a ten percent increase.  

The base lie wasn't enough for the nation's 45th President. He wouldn't move on with adding a dose of utter carnival-barking like lies to his oratory.
“You haven’t gotten [a raise] in more than ten years,” Trump told troops. “More than ten years. And we got you a big one. I got you a big one.”
Every military service member, every military family member, and even Vladimir Putin must have known Trump had again let loose more lie laced flatulence. In 2018 the US military forces received a 2.4% increase and in 2019 they are set to receive a 2.6% increase.


Oh, there is an even more potentially serious protocol interaction from a Keystone Cop President who so relished the camera shot he exposed a US Seal team to the world. It is important to consider the potential capture of one of the Seals would mean a horrible end for that US Nave Seal. How about the prospect of one of the Seals as targets of Americans adversaries?


If you want to see how Trump additionally flopped during his trip to Iraq, cover your ears and watch the 1: 23-minute video. Caution the music edited over the video is sadly pathetic.

And just when we thought the aforementioned was the most pathetic moment, Trump tops us again.




Trump Lies.....

While many fact checkers monitor Trump's daily utterances and tweets for frequent (pathological lying) The Washington Post offers a telling peep into the reality of Trumpism via its core of lies.

Last September the Post published this headline.


On November 2nd, mere days before the Midterm Elections, the Post again visited with lying Trump.


Just before Christmas, Trump had pushed his carnival barking lies to yet another record level.


We realize Trump's base and the majority of US conservatives do not care one iota about his lies, bur someplace and somehow a nation must come to the reality it has been had, and time has come to rid itself of the nation's most historic prolific liar in the White House.
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Trump's Border Wall (Santorum Reaches Back To Obama)






Do you recall Santorum going there in the midst of his fail 2012 Presidential primary run? After terminating a few right-wing talking heads CNN came around to hiring the far less than credible former US Senator to provide comment from the Right even when such comment verges on out-of-this-world demagoguery.

CNN efforts to milk coverage of Trump's false issues regarding the US southern border for another visit with "BLAH" People Santorum. When asked about support for Trump's border wall or lack thereof, Santorum launched into a tirade and factless set of commentary as icing (on the cake) via the charge against the Obama Administration. 

While we recognize Santorum fills a role of conservative punching bag for CNN's viewers, we often fail to recognize Santorum also fills a role for Trump. He is a non-credible right-wing (far right) taking head who serves his dual role very well. Santorum peppers CNN conservative viewers with inane and ridiculous orator while sitting as a punching bag for rational arguments from CNN hosts and Left-wing guests. 

Watch what follows.
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If you are not a conservative who refuses to accept the reality of Obama fiscal and economic policy, you might believe Santorum's demagoguery. Santorum knows better; in fact, he knows this...

Days before the nation's 44th President left office Business Insider published 10 charts which captured the reality of eight years of Obama economic policy.  

January 2017

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Job Growth 75 Months
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Seven additional charts are linked via the Business Insider link above.
The Business Insider charts also offer visual proof any claims by the Trump White House of total responsibility for the US economy post the fourth quarter of this year is a "win" for Trump Policy is both shameful and ridiculous. Shameful in its utter disregard for people who actually listen to Trump and his cabal. Ridiculous regarding the level such claims are filled with outright lies and easily refutable. 
Santorum is what he is: a right-wing talking head who garners hundreds of thousand dollars spewing oratory and comment for America's right.  While we understand the CNN business model; we do not see the value in one-sided social and political comment (Left or Right), we wonder about the usefulness and quietly of CNN's staging right-wing hacks to fill airtime.
Let's close on a revealing note. What about this?
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Santorum and now federally charged Russian Operative Butina

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Cornered Trump Spews At Least 6 Lies In 2 Minutes During Fox Interview; Plus Cohen's ABC Appearance


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After Michael Cohen's sentencing on Wednesday Trump sat for what he must have felt would be a facilitating interview with a Fox News host other than "his man at Fox: Sean Hannity. 

ShareBlue is reporting Trump peppered the Fox News viewers with six outright lies in a span of two minutes.  

We have linked the full piece below to effectively capture ShareBlue's Six Lies.   We are sure other fact-checker swill follow.

Cornered Trump spews at least 6 lies in 2 minutes during Fox interview

This morning ABC News hosted a six-plus minutes interview with Cohen and I do not think I even need to state who I believe.



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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: The Wall, Ten Terrorists, Bottomless Pinocchios et al





The Art of The Lie...
when it isn't  Artful

I believe the Washington Post has created a new level of Pinocchios as it assesses and tracks the veracity of public lies form people who matter in US government.  The new category is "bottomless" Pinocchios (AKA disinformation, propaganda). 

During yesterday's ill-fated on-camera meeting between Trump Pence and democratic party congressional (Minority) leaders (Pelosi and Schumer), Trump offered a set of data regarding reductions in illegal border crossings. 

TRUMP: "Tremendous amounts of wall have already been built." — statement in meeting with the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer. 
TRUMP: "People do not yet realize how much of the Wall, including really effective renovation, has already been built." ''We have already built large new sections & fully renovated others, making them like new." — tweets.
Yahoo fact-check linked above and here.

Trump's comments were offered in the context of a wall along our southern border. A wall which Trump continues to issues lies about a major portion of the wall "already has been built." How the wall works? 

Rather than address the numbers Trump offered at that moment, we find value in another set of numbers he offered which must have come from White House college interns. As Trump spoke to Pelosi and Schumer, the numbers didn't make an iota of sense

Later in the Oval Office meeting, Trump resorted to what he does most consistently; he used a modicum of time-related data to make a false case for his wall. He lied!

CNN fact-checked a statement which any rational mind would have recognized wasn't fact. A statement which so lent to fact-checking the White House spinmeisters should have clarified the statement immediately after the meeting. Maybe offered clarification while Trump was flinging papers across the room as he left the meeting.

CNN's Jim Scuito

From Trump's resurgent misuse of numbers and his declaration of shutting down the US Government, if he does not get his wall, to a mystery headline fro a very unexpected Right wing demagogue. The headline relates to a Newsweek piece while relating to Trump's claim major portions of the wall is built.
MYSTERY HEADLINE
"DOES HE THINK HIS SUPPORTERS ARE DUMB?"
Rather than repeating of reconstructing the essence of the Newsweek piece, we prefer to link the piece, here

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

As Trumps World Turns: Media As Enemy of the People And CNN Bomb Threat






How about a couple of tweets from Trump's past 24 hours.  Just a couple mind you. For some reason, Trump has been hyperactive on Twitter.  Wonder if he is suffering from Mueller contagion?

Yesterday around 4:30 PM.

Does the Fake News Media ever mention the fact that Republicans, with the very important help of my campaign Rallies, WON THE UNITED STATES SENATE, 53 to 47? All I hear is that the Open Border Dems won the House. Senate alone approves judges & others. Big Republican Win!4:27 PM - 6 Dec 2018

Within a matter of hours, the nation's 45th President had suffered a Twitter breakdown to this point.
FAKE NEWS - THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!
Haven't we witnessed recent US history involving Trump supporting maniacs building and mailing bombs to people Trump proclaimed as, or perceived as, enemies of the people (state)? 

The New York Post late October.

A Trump-obsessed, steroid-popping ex-stripper from Brooklyn was busted in Florida on Friday for mailing more than a dozen bombs to the president’s rivals over the last week.




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Broward Sheriffs Department

Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56, was nabbed at an AutoZone parking lot in Plantation for allegedly sending the improvised explosive devicesto former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Robert De Niro and at least 10 others.
It was a single fingerprint on a package mailed to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) that helped authorities narrow their nationwide manhunt to the onetime New Yorker with a lengthy rap sheet, officials revealed.
A glimpse at the "Mad Bomber" Trump supporter.



While we do not yet have the connection to the mad bomber and Trump, basic deductive reasoning could make the psychic connection. 

End digression and back to Trump's December 6th, tweets.  Within hours of Trump's 7PM tweet (above), check out the happenings at CNN. 

The network received a phoned-in bomb threat. 


We were evacuated in the middle of my live show. Bomb threat. We’re running taped programming. NYPD is investigating. Stay tuned.

CNN's Don Lemon Live.



Wonder why the threatening caller waited until Don Lemon's broadcast?  Between Trump's tweet and the call, I believe Anderson Copper broadcast a full show.   

US History doesn't include a US President who blatantly manipulates the minds of millions as a matter of personal self-preservation. Yet the real tragedy is the level of gullible imbued in Trump supporters.

If you need an example of sycophancy taken to the edge, follow this redacted Facebook thread.

A picture of Trump showing his national patriotism and following protocol at George H.W. Bush's lying in state this week.  

We will pick up the thread here.
A Trump Supporter lashes out Named Deleted     This is photoshopped!! Look at the rest of the room!! Geez!!!
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It should be noted Pence also didn't place his right hand over his heart.  OK, so if the use of the physical sign of respect wasn't protocoled, the image most assuredly shows a matter of choices.  The salient point is the Facebook supporter's quick knee-jerk reaction via offering up the prospect of photoshop.


Maybe the reaction is the in-point example of why the United States and the world have a veritable elected neuter sitting int he White House.  A miselected celebrity whose every word is absorbed in the minds of minions who strive to stifle any rational thought and who will use threats of violence to irritate certain media outlets. 

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