Friday, May 26, 2017

"With white liberals like these who needs the right wing?"

TWEET MEI read a great article in Salon.com that I want to share.

The field Negro education series continues.

"Obsessed with their own masochism and insecurity, white leftists keep beating themselves up for Trump's victory

Is there any problem in America not the fault of liberal progressives? Has anyone actually ever met a liberal? What do these people do for fun? Sneer about cultural appropriation, burn American flags, and mock old women wearing crosses?

The idea that every political, social and financial crisis in the United States has a liberal origin is not only the propaganda of right-wing tantrums, but increasingly since the surreal election of Donald Trump, an obsession of liberals themselves. Myopically fixated on their own masochism and pathetic insecurity, they have wasted precious airtime, intellectual energy and freelance budgets of popular publications in attempts to explain how exactly they are to blame for 62 million Americans driving or walking to the polls to vote for a historically illiterate fool whose character actually appears in worse shape than his acumen.

Bernie Sanders, a leftist rather than a liberal, was one of the first to incoherently assign the presidential loss to the failure of “identity politics,” failing to recognize that Donald Trump is the most powerful practitioner of identity politics in the world. Mark Lilla, a Columbia University professor, acted as eloquent parrot to Sanders when he wrote that the Democrats’ fixation on diversity cost them the election. Recently, Bill Maher, whose derangement seems to advance with every television appearance, told Jack Tapper that the Democratic Party failed in 2016 because its leaders “made white people feel like a minority.”

Caitlin Flanagan, an excellent writer regardless of the inanity of her topic, blames Bill Maher for Trump’s victory, or more broadly, “late night comedy.” “When Republicans see these harsh jokes,” Flanagan explained about the humor of Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee, “they see exactly what Donald Trump has taught them: that the entire media landscape loathes them, their values, their family, and their religion.” [More here]

Read the rest of that article and tell me your thoughts.

If you want to learn a little bit more about race and politics you will be glad that you did.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

The "ugly Americans".

Image result for trump images pushing natoWatching Donald trump push aside that other world leader to get to the front of the line today made me feel embarrassed for him, his family, and our country. Talk about  the"ugly American." He was boorish, ill-mannered, and uncouth. In other words, it was classic trump.

I am not sure what he was trying to prove throughout this NATO visit, but you could tell by watching the other world leaders no one was impressed. He came across like that drunk uncle that everyone tries to avoid at the family barbecue.

And yet, there he was, the leader of the free world, looking and acting like the crude demagogue who griffted his way into the oval office. 

"The incident happened  in Brussels on Thursday

Commenting on the hilarious moment, one twitter user said: “He's like a child trying to be king of the playground, but all the other kids are actually adults.”

Another wrote: “It's obvious they were deliberately ignoring him and he felt uncomfortable.”'

What's scary is that this type of behavior will only get him more love from  some of the people in his base.  "See, this is what we needed, a tough guy to stand up to dem dare Europeans. They don't have that girly man Obama t kick around anymore."

The tough guy persona seems to be working for a certain segment of the GOP base, and, as a result, the tough guy wannabes are the ones being hailed by trump and his minions as the only true Americans.

Even republican politicians running for congress seemed to have gotten into act.

One of them body slammed a reporter for asking him a policy question for crying out loud.

"The bizarre events that unfolded on election eve layered a new level of uncertainty over the congressional contest, which had been seen up until then as Republican Gianforte’s to lose.

The wealthy tech entrepreneur was cited for misdemeanor assault Wednesday night after accusations that he body-slammed Ben Jacobs, a journalist for the Guardian newspaper who was asking the candidate about the House GOP’s healthcare legislation.

Image result for montana congress images jacobs body slam*Democrats put up a last-minute radio spot featuring audio of the altercation and suggesting voters ask themselves, “If Greg Gianforte could be sentenced to jail, should he really be elected to Congress?”

Three of Montana’s largest newspapers, the Missoulian, Helena Independent Record and Billings Gazette immediatelyrescinded their endorsement of Gianforte, who has had a reputation in the state for prickliness — especially when dealing with reporters." [Source] 

If he wins he will fit right in with the gang in Washington. Let's be honest, trump created this environment and dangerous situation for reporters by creating a people vs. press atmosphere in America. Remember all those rallies where he encouraged his supporters to attack the reporters who were present? I do.

trump created this atmosphere, and we will all have to live with the consequences.

*Pic from nbcwashington,com


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

OPEN THREAD WEDNESDAY.

MORE DISCLAIMERSIt's open thread Wednesday, field hands, and I need your thoughts on some things.

For example, why is Donald trump trying to destroy America with his budget ?

Is dissing Donald now a thing? First Melania then the Pope.  I wonder who is next? Although I don't suppose that it could get any worse than the Holy Father and your own wife.

And why is Donald always praising despots and dictators?

The latest is this clown from the Philippines, who he called to congratulate for violating the civil and human rights of others.

I can see trump during the days of slavery, as he praises the slave owners for reducing black unemployment.

Thoughts?


















Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Desperate times......

TWEET MERight-wingnuts are some of the most shameless people on earth. They are so desperate for a story to shake the current narrative in Washington, that they have actually used the death of a young man to play political games.  It's really quite a sad and pathetic move, and it disgusts all of us humans who have a sense of decency.

It has gotten so bad that the young man's family has asked FOX VIEWS to stop politicizing their son'
s death.

"The brother of murdered former DNC staffer Seth Rich has penned an open letter. imploring Sean Hannity to cancel an interview scheduled on Tuesday night’s show with a hacker who is claiming Rich was involved in the DNC leak.

In a letter to Hannity’s executive producer Porter Berry, Aaron Rich — brother of Seth — implored Berry and Hannity to call off a planned interview with hacker Kim Dotcom, who claims to be able to prove Rich’s involvement in the leak. Over the Rich family’s continued objection, Hannity, as well as other conservative shows and websites, have continued to push the debunked theory that Rich was murdered because he was involved in the DNC leak, and not the victim of a botched robbery."

Sad. And we know of course that the letter will not do any good. You cannot appeal to the common decency of these people; they have none. Their political gang trumps (pun intended) everything else.

Even Newt Gingrich has chimed in and declared that there might be something to this ridiculous story.

These people have no shame, and the entire sad episode just reeks of desperation.

Finally, speaking of trump, you would think that the guy would let just one day go by without embarrassing us.

"Our Secretary of State has done an incredible job,” Trump said at a meeting with Dermer, Rex Tillerson and other U.S. and Israeli officials. That’s when the president made this geographical blunder:
We just got back from the Middle East,” Trump said to the room. “We just got back from Saudi Arabia.”
Dermer can be seen stifling a laugh while he throws his face in his hand. He quickly moves his hand through his hair, disguising his inability to handle the president’s gaffe.

Israel is a Middle Eastern country located on the Mediterranean Sea." [Source]

My Lord! That's like speaking to Canadian officials after getting off a flight from New York, and declaring that we just got back from North America. See how that works?

The more I see of this guy, the more I realize (as one Mediaite writer said) that he is just a "dumb person's idea of a smart person."





                                                                                                                                                                                                                  




 

Monday, May 22, 2017

"I want to hold your hand, I want to hold your hand..."

Image result for melania hand flick trump israel images"Oh yeah I tell you somethin'
I think you'll understand
When I say that somethin'
I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
Oh please say to me
You'll let me be your man
And please say to me
You'll let me hold your hand
Now, let me hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
And when I touch you
I feel happy inside
It's such a feelin' that my love
I can't hide
I can't hide
I can't hide
Yeah, you got that somethin'
I think you'll understand
When I say that somethin'
I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand"
 
~ The Beatles~
 
Poor Donald just wanted to play the good husband and channel his inner Beatle, but his lovely bride was not having it.
 
Nope, no hand holding for you, Donald.
 
I don't know, maybe there isn't much to hold. I mean Donald's hands are....let's face it, kind of small.
 
After watching this video  I have to agree with all the people buzzing on the Internet that Melania dissed the Donald today.  
 
I wonder what happened?  Maybe she never got over the "grab em by the pussy" fiasco. Or, maybe it was the whole Russian golden showers thing. Either way, it was not a good look. I want my president and First Lady to show each other nothing but love. It sets a good example for the rest of us.
 
Just look at Michelle and Barack. Peaches & Herb and Ashford & Simpson can't hold a candle to them. I am not fan of George Bush---- or his daddy for that matter. But those Bushes and their wives always show love for each other. We all know that the Clintons have their issues, but they always showed a good public face when it comes to their marriage as well. Pick a president. Anyone within the last fifty years, and you will find that they all had a special relationship with their wives.
 
Not this one. I know what I saw today, and that was not good. That flick of the hand speaks volumes:
Something is not right in trumpland.  
 
 
*Pic from slate.com
 
 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Real men don't curtsy.

Image result for trump curtsy imageI saw some of trump's speech in Saudi Arabia today, and if some of you trumpbots were watching, I am sure that you were a bit surprised at his new tone.  You must have thought that it was the secret Muslim, Obama, speaking out there. I mean he even did a curtsy  in front of King Salman for good measure. Nice.

There was no mention of the words "radical Islamic terrorism", something that he said so much during his campaign to fire up his base, that it became one of his calling card.  Let's face it, the man won because he promised to build a wall to keep out the Mexicans, and to ban all Muslims from traveling to our country. And yet, there he was today, sucking up and doing a little curtsy for the King. (Remember when right-winguts went hysterical because Obama "bowed"?)

Anyway, we are all well aware of trump's hypocrisy by now. He ripped Michelle Obama for not wearing a head scarf to the Kingdom, and yet, there was his own wife going on her Saudi trip without one.  You gotta love the Grifter In Chief.  

Now it's off to Israel and the Vatican for team trump. The Holy Father better get his bullshit shovel out. 

Finally, there is an interesting story circulating about an African American Judge in Alabama.

"An Alabama judge who once complained on Facebook of being racially profiled by the police refused on Thursday to recuse himself in a case involving a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a black man.
 
Defense lawyers had argued that two posts by the judge, Greg Griffin of the Montgomery County Circuit Court, created the appearance of a conflict, one of the lawyers, Roianne Conner, said in a phone interview.
 
But Judge Griffin denied the defense’s motion during a hearing on Thursday morning, Ms. Conner said.
 
“He took it very personally,” she said. “He told me he could take off his black robe, but he couldn’t take off his black skin.”
 
Thursday’s ruling was the latest twist in an emotionally charged case that has resonated deeply in the predominantly black city of Montgomery, a place with a history of distrust between the local authorities and residents.
 
Ms. Conner estimated that six judges had already recused themselves from the closely watched case for various reasons. And her team has asked to move the trial to another county because, it contends, its client has been the victim of “racial prejudice” since his arrest.
 
Neither Judge Griffin nor his court reporter responded Thursday to phone calls and an email seeking comment. A call to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office also was not returned.
 
 
 
   

Saturday, May 20, 2017

CAPTION SATURDAY.



I need a caption for this pic.

Example: "Hey boss, what year is this? I got in this funny thing called a time machine and here I am." 

Pic from twitter.com

Go to this guy's twitter feed and read his first hand account of what is going on in "da boot" right now. Fascinating stuff!

https://twitter.com/samswey

Friday, May 19, 2017

This mess is way past the drip stage.

Image result for trump images    Imagine, if you will, former president Barack Obama, telling the leaders from a foreign power that the well respected leader of the FBI is a "nut job" and that he is "crazy", and that the pressure being put on him by the man would relieve him of "real pressure."

I know it's hard to imagine, because the former president would not be that nefarious or dumb. Mr. trump seems to be both.

The world, I am sure, would end as we know it. Right-wingnuts would be marching to Pennsylvania Avenue demanding that the brown fella inside comes out and face the masses. 

Anyway, there is no need to imagine, because the current president did say to the Russians in the oval office that Jim Comey is a nut job.

"Two more bombshell reports published Friday afternoon delivered a one-two punch to the Trump White House regarding the investigation into its potential ties to Russia, capping off a week where each day dealt a fresh blockbuster blow to the administration.

In one story, the Washington Post reported that a law enforcement Russia probe has identified a current adviser to the president as a “person of interest,” while a New York Times story reported that the commander in chief told visiting Russian officials that the firing of “nut job” FBI Director James Comey had taken a weight off his shoulders.

“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” President Trump said in a meeting with Russian officials last week, according to the Times report on a document summarizing the meeting. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

Trump reportedly added that he wasn’t under investigation, which is potentially untrue, since the president may not know the extent or specifics of the probe. The White House did not dispute the Times reporting on Trump’s quote."

I am sure that all of you trump supporters wishes that was fake news. Sadly for you, it is not. 

Finally, while we have all been distracted the trump clown show, we should not turn away from some of the things that have been (and continue) to happen in America.

 Image result for connecticut man dies shot 20 minutes["This photo provided by lawyer, Peter Finch shows Julian Fyffe at his home in Bridgeport, Conn., Thursday, May 18, 2017. Fyffe, shot by Bridgeport police during an encounter on May 9, that left his 15-year-old friend dead says he was left bleeding in the street for nearly 20 minutes before being brought to an ambulance. Fyffe told The Associated Press on Thursday that he and Jayson Negron were handcuffed and left on the street after being shot by a police officer. Negron was pronounced dead at the scene. (Peter Finch via AP) The Associated Press "] 

"Julian Fyffe says he and a friend were left bleeding and handcuffed in a Connecticut street for nearly 20 minutes without medical attention after being shot by a police officer.

His 15-year-old friend, Jayson Negron, was still breathing. But he would learn later at a hospital that Negron died at the scene following the May 9 shooting in Bridgeport.
 
"They didn't do anything. They just kept walking by us," Fyffe told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday. "It took forever to get me in the ambulance. I'm on the floor coughing up blood, bleeding out."
 
Fyffe questioned why police and other first responders did not immediately provide medical care. All cadets at the Bridgeport police academy receive 60 hours of training in emergency medical care, including initial treatment of gunshot wounds, said city spokeswoman Rowena White. White declined to comment Friday on Fyffe's statements." [Source]

*Pic of trump from cnn.com