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Showing posts with label north carolina. Show all posts
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Friday, September 21, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: The Manifestations, The Behavior And The Unbelievable

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A US President laments not firing FBI Director James Comey after he won the GOP Primaries and about the time of the RNC Convention. Problem; he wasn't even a president-elect at that time. He most assuredly was serving in the Oval Office. How could he allow his brain to move such an idiot thought to his mouth and out to the public? 

During an interview with Hill.TV, Trump spoke openly and unabashedly in a manner which should incite cause for concern among rational Americans. We have posted a link to a Business Insider report on the matter, here.
"If I did one mistake with Comey, I should have fired him before I got here. I should have fired him the day I won the primaries," Trump told the Hill. "I should have fired him right after the convention, say I don't want that guy. Or at least fired him the first day on the job. I would have been better off firing him or putting out a statement that I don't want him there when I get there." 
Trump also mentioned that he is ordering the declassification of documents related to the Russia probe because exposing it as a partisan "hoax" would be a "crowning achievement" of his presidency.

"I hope to be able to call this, along with tax cuts and regulation and all the things I've done … in its own way this might be the most important thing because this was corrupt," he added to the Hill.
He went on to say that his own FBI is working against him and trying to undermine his presidency. 
"What we have now is an insurance policy," the Trump told the Hill. "But it has been totally discredited, even Democrats agree that it has been discredited. They are not going to admit to it, but it has been totally discredited. I think, frankly, more so by text than by documents."
The nation's 45th President continues to show sign of a level of instability which is not only un-presidential, he behaves like a man hiding something. While appearing off the mark or off topic just a bit it is important to remember Trump's hasn't once visited our troops in a war zone.  

Yes, I digressed.

Let's take a look and read about Trump's visit to the North Carolina post- Florence floods with a death now (as of last night) at 41 dead. Did I mention "presidential" in a paragraph above?


Have you seen anything like this since the first Halloween (series) movie? We have a model for the US Presidency. Yes, there is such a dynamic as appearing presidential.

From "nice boat in their backyard" to the most eloquent statement regarding weather catastrophe ever. What follows is a matter of intellect. The matter goes far beyond Trump. It reaches the intellect of people who can listen to Trump's daily oral oozing and believe or accept his words as that of a true leader. 

Another angle......

Another angle...

Regardless of the angle, the view is unbelievable and historically embarrassing (while dangerous).


Friday, September 23, 2016

The Daily GOP Ignominious: "Deplorables"

How about a viewing of the most recent Hillary Clinton campaign Trump advertisement. 

Let's meet some "Deplorables" from the GOP.

Image result for Pittenger apologizes Image result for Mahoning County chair Kathy Miller

"Deplorables" Part I

Yesterday, the day after a night of civil unrest in the streets of Charlotte North Carolina, A member of Congress with (over-the-top) racists views of African-Americans spoke openly on national television.  If you want to see the depths of conservative racism and a Donald Trump supporter wrapped in a bundle while wearing a tie (and serving a district with black constituents), give Congressman Pittenger a listen.
"Welfare state?"  " people are angry because they don't have the success of white ;people!

An elected official in one of the nation's two political parties shows why our nation is so wrought with divisiveness. Pittenger is a multi-millionaire who has served in the US Congress since 2011. Is there any redemption in the core of the GOP? Is there a false hope that the election of Donald Trump will bring the nation together. The answer to both questions is rhetorical: of course not.

As stated earlier, the racist congressman appeared, again on CNN after issuing a statement of what he considers an apology and after a few Twitter posts. As you view what follows, watch for tale-tell signs of innate racism and social intolerance.


A few hours later and after issuing a perfunctory apology, the racist from North Carolina spoke even more openly. Of course, he ended his spiel with the ever-present, "I have many African-American friends." 

"Deplorables" Part II

Let's move to another area of the country and another Trump supporter who formerly held an official capacity in the quest to hand the Oval Office over to Trump.

“My personal comments were inappropriate, and I apologize,” Mahoning County chair Kathy Miller said in a statement “I am not a spokesperson for the campaign and was not speaking on its behalf. I have resigned as the volunteer campaign chair in Mahoning County and as an elector to the Electoral College to avoid any unnecessary distractions.”
After a few hours, the statement above accompanied a "resignation" from the Trump campaign. I am seeing and reading reports she was a volunteer official (as if that matters). 

Does the word "Deplorable" fit this case of over-the-top ignorance and penultimate indifference to the reality of life for so a minority group in America? I assert the Trump campaign official is without question a "deplorable" comparable to other white nationalist and Klan groups and Neo-Nazis. Before we revisit the Huffington Post piece, it is important to ask a key question.  

"Is it beyond the realm of decency and expectation that Trump's team vet their officials (paid or unpaid) at a far deeper level?" Or, is the expectation to apply self-control regarding one's comments while harboring an inner core of racism and bigotry well known by others in the local party apparatus?   I truly suspect the latter.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

North Carolina The New GOP Battle Ground!

Be careful North Carolina History does not bode well for your following ideologues!

Earlier in the week Moyers & Company published a piece with a 47 minute video on a topic that is as critically important as any in 2014.  

The GOP, GOP operatives, and Koch money are teaming to deliver North Carolina to the abyss of "deep southern " GOP social safety zones. Zones that guarantee GOP politicians stairways to political office while denying equal rights to millions who reside in the districts. We at the TPI hope the citizens of North Carolina realize they joining the geographic playground of the GOP. It is not a wholesome place to be.
  • State by State use of Food Stamps: Linked
  • Ten Best and Ten Worst educated states: Linked
  • Maximum duration of Unemployment benefits (A sad North Carolina reality): Linked

North Carolina: Battleground State

January 3, 2014
First it was Wisconsin. Now it’s North Carolina that is redefining the term “battleground state.”  On one side:  a right-wing government enacting laws that are changing the face of the state. On the other:  citizen protesters who are fighting back against what they fear is a radical takeover. This crucible of conflict reflects how the battle for control of American politics is likely to be fought for the foreseeable future: not in Washington, DC, but state by state.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mario Piperni and "Preparation GOP"

A Happy ObamaCares Story

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TPM posted a a great ACA story from one of its readers.
I’ve an Obamacare story – a happy one! – I thought I’d share with you, because I suspect I’m representative of a demographic that’s not getting a lot of ink.
I’ve bought health insurance on the individual market for a decade. Since 2007, when my youngest was born, I’ve had the same BC&BS policy to cover the whole family (me, wife, two kids, no major health issues). It’s roughly equivalent to a silver plan, albeit a fairly tarnished silver—no maternity, for instance—and it’s more than doubled in the past six years, from $684 a month in ’07 to $1,457 now. Our plan is grandfathered, so we could keep it, a fact BC&BS reminded us of in a cheery mailer. If we did nothing, we’d be rolled over on January 1 with a new premium of $1,549 a month for our same silvery plan.
Or we could go through the exchange (which, in fairness, BC&BS did mention in that same mailer).Because I live in the North Carolina—currently run by dicks—that meant using Yes, it was frustrating for a couple of months; and, yes, the system is still glitchy (I had to reapply a bunch of times because it kept telling me my 8-year-old wasn’t eligible). But I got through the entire process yesterday, and enrolled us in a BC&BS platinum plan that includes dental for the kids and caps my out-of-pocket at $3,000 a year. Without a subsidy, that plan goes for $1,280 a month—almost $300 cheaper than my current, crappier insurance with the same goddamned company. With the subsidy, it drops to $770.Once I factor in the lower co-pays, the dental, and the far cheaper premiums, I’m going to save at least $12,000 this year. No, that’s not quite right: I’m probably going to spend most of it, maybe replace our 12-year-old bed or my 13-year-old car or our 20-year-old washing machine—all things we’ve put off for years while we shoveled money to those skimming middlemen. I can’t believe my situation is unique, so multiply me by a few million individual-market serfs and that’s an enormous amount of money that’s going to start circulating through the productive economy.
Of course, I could have saved more with a silver plan, but I’d rather over-insure if I can afford it. And I still want single-payer. But this is a colossal relief for the time being.

And yet a political party that professes to love its country is doing all it can to make sure that this guy and tens of millions like him go back to paying higher premiums for crappy policies or, worse, go uninsured. This is why you never want a government “run by dicks.”

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Friday, August 23, 2013

North Carolina...And The Devloping Battles For Human And Voting Rights

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In July of this year the conservative (well stacked) US Supreme Court performed the ultimate act of judicial activism. The SCOTUS struck-down Section Four of the 1965 Voting Tights Act, thus effectively killing Section Five of the act. 

WIKI Voting Rights Act 1965;  Section 4 and Section 5 (brief summary
Section 4(b) contains a formula for determining which jurisdictions will be subject to the preclearance conditions of Section 5. 
Section 5 of the Act [28] requires that the United States Department of Justice, through an administrative procedure, or a three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, through a declaratory judgment action, "preclear" any attempt to change “any voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure with respect to voting..." in any "covered jurisdiction," which are jurisdictions that fall within the Section 4(b) coverage formula.[6]

A SCOTUS that is well "stacked" from Ronald Reagan (Scalia) through George H.W. Bush (Thomas) and so on, is paying dividends for conservative America beyond any expectation the early 1980s. If you think the father of modern conservatism did not inseminate our society with the full blown authoritarianism and growing disparities plus developing plutocracy we see today, you should call or text PT Barnum. Within days of the landmark reversal from the Court, the GOP and RNC jumped into action. The following images show which states were apparently chopping at the bit to enact voting laws developed to severely restrict the votes of historic democratic voting blocs. 

First, a meme message regarding a conservative organization that funnels drafted legislation to state governments and we can only assume money moves from ALEC to the very 'stooge' officials who move ALEC's edicts forward. 


North Carolina's ongoing and overwhelming steps to restrict the votes of non-Republican voting blocs is cause for battles.
  "Battle Ground" North Carolina. Rachel Maddow (below) will provide a comprehensive electronic summary of the following images.

CBS News July, 2013. (Linked..good read)

In 2012 most North Carolina votes - 61 percent - were cast early, before Election Day. Registered Democrats cast a lot more of them (443,000) than registered Republicans. In percentage terms, Democrats cast 47 percent of the early votes and Republicans cast 32 percent. (The rest, 21 percent, were independents.)

If you want to see authoritarian voter suppression at its most blatant and bodacious, you must watch the Maddow segment below.  If you want to see plutocracy creep across a state, view this one a watch. Unfortunately, the segment is as long as the problem is serious. As you watch, think of the possible ease of the very same creep in "border/swing'' states that went for Obama in 2012. 

We will not posit after the segment due to its length. We will take a position now: "This is a damned shame and it is as UnAmerican as any action I have witnessed since poll taxes, literacy tests and outright threats against voting!" 

Some in America will tolerate any oppressive act as long as the act does not affect their lives.  Well, if you think these acts (as exemplified in North Carolina) will not affect your life, you should call the PT Barnum ticket office for front row tickets.

"Then they came for me..."

According to the Martin-Niemöller-Foundation the text is as follows:[2]                                                                                              
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
Rachel Maddow from North Carolina

MSNBC August 22, 2013, Rachel Maddow 20:37 minutes.  

Thursday, August 22, 2013

War on Students! When Will The GOP Learn.."This only energizes people"

John  (The Hatter)  S Illustration of a brown cartoon hat with a transparent background.
I know my political posts can get tiresome, but people need to recognize the growing radical faction on the right that is either pushing out or brainwashing reasonable conservatives. "Voter ID" is not about fraud. It IS about rigging the game - used in conjunction with gerrymandering (look it up) it is a means to circumvent the will of the majority. The Republican Party is losing relevancy, particularly with young, educated voters, who, apparently, recognize bat crap crazy when they hear it. Rachel explains NC government's efforts to drag us back to 1964. If you don't like hearing the truth from her, feel free to Google the facts and read them elsewhere, but at least be aware!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

North Carolina Part II: Tea Party America,Voter Suppression And Battles For A Democratic Republic


North Carolina Part I: Linked 

Before you read farther consider scrolling to the bottom of this page and performing a quick review of August 14, 2013 North Carolina voter registrants statistics. The data is also linked. Don't forget to come back to the next paragraph. 

Seems the GOPs surreptitious ploys regarding Voter ID Laws and reducing available voting hours is yet another P.T. Barnum measure for those gullible enough to fall for the ploy.

"There is a sucker born every minute."

Or worse yet, you may be such that you do not give a damn about a political party and ideology that strives to deprive  significant portions of the population the right to vote.

Is election fraud a major problem?  Is it a problem et al? Election fraud is a problem. According to experts in the field of election fraud, it is not most often perpetrated by the groups the GOP seeks to restrict from voting. The GOP position of free, fair and open voting for all has been clearly stated and documented via electronic archives.

First, a couple of examples of GOP focus on depriving Democratic voters an opportunity to vote.

Battleground Texas
At a Dallas event featuring Steve Munisteri, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Ken Emanuelson, a leader in the Tea Party, said: “I'm going to be real honest with you – the Republican Party doesn't want black people to vote...”  

Sadly, this strategy isn’t new. This fits squarely with the decades-long Republican war on voting. Texas Republicans have pushed for:
  • Partisan and discriminatory gerrymandering to weaken the voting power of our most diverse and fastest growing communities;
  • Manipulating the rules by ramming through voter suppression laws to make it harder for students, the elderly, and the poor to vote. 
Pennsylvania GOP official (2012 election campaign), ".....voter ID laws done!

Carnegie-Knight via Creative Commons License
Election Fraud in America
This database contains all cases reported to News21 of alleged election fraud across America since 2000. Search it to find specifics about such cases by state, individual and category of fraud. Read our story and the methodology explaining how the data was gathered and its limitations.  
The nation has 2,068 cases of alleged election fraud since 2000. By category, Unknown had the highest percentage of accused at 31 percent (645 cases), followed by Voters at 31 percent (633 cases). The most prevalent fraud was Absentee Ballot Fraud at 24 percent (491 cases). The status of most cases was Pleaded at 27 percent (558 cases). Responses to requests for public records varied from state to state. Some state and local officials were quick to respond by sending available records; others failed to provide a single document.

See Linked Table for detail of the 2000 plus cases. 

As my memory serves me the most visible cases of voter and election fraud during the 2012 cycle were perpetrated by Republicans or GOP operatives. 
I. Colin Small (Virginia) Case dropped by Virgina ATTY General (the quaky) Ken Cuccinnelli and GOP prosecutor. Colin Small, a Republican Party voter registration supervisor who secretly tossed filled-out voter registration forms into a dumpster. Linked
II. Nevada Republican, Roxanne Rubin, 56, a casino worker on the Las Vegas Strip, was arrested on Nov. 3, 2012 after trying to vote twice, once at her poling site in Henderson and then at a second site in Las Vegas. Linked
III. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement revealed Tuesday that two employees of a company hired by the Republican Party of Florida to register voters admitted they committed fraud during the 2012 election season. The two former employees of Strategic Allied Consulting are facing third degree felony charges after admitting that they submitted dozens of forged voter registration applications last fall ahead of the 2012 election. Linked with video.
IV. In the midst of his 2012 GOP primary campaign for a Massachusetts state House seat, Jack Villamaino changed the party affiliation of nearly 300 people in his town of East Longmeadow. Days later, the same number of absentee ballot requests were dropped off at the town clerk’s office, a list that was almost a “name-for-name match” for those whose registration information Villamaino had altered. Linked
V. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement revealed Tuesday that two employees of a company hired by the Republican Party of Florida to register voters admitted they committed fraud during the 2012 election season. 
The two former employees of Strategic Allied Consulting are facing third degree felony charges after admitting that they submitted dozens of forged voter registration applications last fall ahead of the 2012 election. 
The employees, Rebekah Joy Paul and Christian Davis Price, told investigators they forged forms in order to meet the required number of applications and receive payment. Paul also said that her bosses at Strategic Allied instructed her to not register Democrats, although a lawyer for the company denies that allegation. Linked with video.
The examples could go on a bit more, but for sake of 'point-made', we will stop here.

The GOP does not want all eligible US voters to vote, plain and simple!

The North Carolina Board of Elections webpage shows startling statistics related to voter registration to date (8.14.2013)

Voter Registration as of 08/14/2013

 2,766,418  1,988,694  21,457 

Do you think the web page may have tipped the hand of why the GOP is working so hard in North Carolina to restrict the vote?  Democratic registrations to date 42.8% (or 43% rounded)  of the total 6,460,369.  Could the data indicate a need for bold draconian measures?

One last question. Do you think North Carolina may suffer backlash with exponential increases in Democratic registrants, or worse yet Undecideds who decide to vote Democratic based on the autocratic and draconian practices of the GOP? 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

North Carolina Part I: Tea Party America,Voter Suppression And Battles For A Democratic Republic

Voter suppression, yet another strategy from the Koch Brothers and moneyed brokers who run the GOP. I am going to approach my opine on voter suppression from a round-about angle.
The American public sat back in complacency after the election of President Obama and allowed the GOP and conservative America to grab the nation around the throat. Koch Brothers and other right-wing "money-brokers funded phony organizations gave birth to the Tea Party. 

We offer a Wikipedia definitions of the Tea Party. A definition which was very obviously written by a person who is a tea party advocate, sympathizer or even a tea party movement subscriber. The Wiki definition.
The Tea Party movement is an American political movement that advocates reducing the U.S. national debt and federal budget deficit by reducing U.S. government spending and taxes.[1][2] The movement has been called partly conservative,[3] partly libertarian,[4] and partly populist.[5] It has sponsored protests and supported political candidates since 2009.[6][7][8]
The definition is as idyllic as it gets. Early in the Wiki piece the writer posted a picture of Sarah Palin. The writers interest was obvious in not addressing the basic premise for the movement. Instead, the writer opted for n optic she/he felt was appealing. Also, the writer did so without regard for overall impact of one Sarah Palin beyond the Tea Party and sycophant Palin followers. There was apparently no regard for an impression based in cognitive fortitude nor political substance (Alaska Governor two years, quit to earn millions).

Scrolling through the piece we found the next image was that of Ron Paul. Ron Paul? As I recall Paul, I recall, state rights to racially segregate in public facilities, legalizing heroin, and eliminating FEMA (and other federal agencies). I think of this photo with a former Ku Klux Klan leader and white supremacist, Don Black.

The image has copies that include Black's son Derek. However, as Derek has recently rejected his racist past and disavowed belief systems he was taught, we have chosen an image that excludes Derek Black. Of course, we must not forget the now famous Ron Paul Newsletter. Paul has publicly denied having "written those things." Well, a former administrative staffer indicated, he certainly proofed each published newsletter edition. 

As I was about down reviewing the Wiki piece I ran across one more photo. The writer sought a bit of diversity. Allen, "72 members of Congress are Communist." West is boldly posted in the piece.  The very irrational person who exclaimed as follows while sitting on a Fox News camera with none-other-than Laura Ingraham; "...modern day Harriet Tubman." The member of congress who was forced out of the military to avoid court martial for physical abuse of prisoners in Iraq, yet he deflects publicly

The Wiki piece is a verbal museum dedicated to the Tea Party.  The piece acknowledges financial support from the Koch Brothers and it lists over 210 sources as contributors to the piece. It even lists Tea Party symbols. 

Gadsden flag

Second Revolution flag

Yes, the American public sat back and allowed a literal plutocratic and oligarchic takeover of hall the US Congress. a takeover that has led to congressional ratings almost in the single digits and pure unabashed obstruction of efforts to move the nation away from the Bush era economic collapse. A Congress that has some members proudly proclaiming (AGAIN), "shut-er-down" to avoid funding healthcare reform.

Our taking the 2010 mid-term elections for granted generated a couple of phenomena that will be hard to combat and harder to counteract. We received heavily gerrymandered districts which ensures GOP House wins until 2021; after the next US Census. We also are forced to combat GOP efforts to restrict the voting rights of many demographic groups; group which traditionally support Democratic candidates. The 2012 election cycle yielded telling and stark examples of a political party backed by uber wealthy oligarchs working to deprive the following groups of the right to vote. African-Americans, Latinos, the elderly in many cases), college students, and inadvertently touched into depriving the vote to veterans. Some of the veterans served in World War II and had never experienced American acts of political and social deprivation as some (of us) have grown to expect and combat like nuisance flies at a picnic. 

North Carolina has become the latest battleground for GOP voter suppression. Last week, the state's governor quietly signed the nation's most restrictive voter suppression measure into effect last week. 

We offer a short video from a recent segment of Lawrence O'Donnell's The Last Word. You will also find a link to the full segment. Frankly, the full segment is both informative and relevant to issues of North Carolina's suppression. 

A quick reminder. The US supreme court handed these vote killing politicians a way forward. Within hour of the recent SCOUTS striking of Section four of the 1965 Voting rights Act, the State of Texas advanced suppression legislation and additional gerrymandering initiatives. 

After opening "machine-gun like talking points from the North Carolina Governor, O'Donnell and his guest accurately delineated GOP voter suppression. 

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU
The map below outlines which states passed voter suppression measures since January 1, 2011 and where the right to vote remains under siege today.
  • Voter Suppression Measure Passed
  • Voter Suppression Measure Reversed
  • Voter Suppression Measure Pending
To Be Continued