Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I did not get shot today.

Image result for black people gun imagesI am blogging tonight because I did not get shot today.

Yes Mr trump, I actually went out my front door, went off to work, and after a long day on the grind, came home without being shot.

Actually, the thought of being shot just walking down the street never crossed my mind until Donald mentioned it in his outreach speech to us black folks. You know, the one he delivered as far away from black people as possible.  

The thing is, a lot of black people fear not only being shot walking down the street, but now, thanks to one of his  supporters ( I am sure he would have your vote if he wasn't  in jail getting his ass kicked), we are afraid of being shot in church now as well. We are also afraid of being shot by the police who are supposed to be serving us, as well as someone who we would least expect to shoot us because they have a gun and don't know how to properly use it. We can thank the NRA for that one.

I listened to the speech, and something about it (besides the obvious racism and cluelessness) just didn't sit right with me.  And then it hit me, Donald wasn't talking to me, the black person. He was talking about me to white people. That was the point of his faux outreach in the first place: to convince reasonable thinking white people that he is not  a raving lunatic, or a David Duke clone with more money.

I am sure that it might have worked with some people, but I am equally sure that most people (black and white) saw right through it.

"I’m not part of the Clinton campaign. I’m a black man in America and I know a bigot when I see a bigot and you are supporting a bigot and that makes you part of the bigotry that’s Donald Trump.”

That was New York Times columnist Charles Blow speaking to some house Negro last night on CNN.

He was speaking for me and millions of other black people who are feeling the same thing.

*Pic from bossip.com 










 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Donald's new and (not so) improved Negro outreach.

Image result for trump african american images"Trump polls 1-2% among blacks. In '64 Goldwater got 6% after voting no on the Civil Rights Act. In '68 segregationist George Wallace won 3%."

Larry Sabato posted the above little tidbit on twitter, and I have no reason to believe that it's not true. This is because he happens to be a well respected pollster. 
Those are pathetic numbers by any standard, his buddy David Duke would probably do better.

The thing is, though, given how trump has decided to kick off his African American outreach, this is not surprising. His idiotic monolithic view of African Americans is proof positive of just how out of touch he and his team is when it comes to black people. (Someone please tell Donald that we are not in the seventies anymore. He needs to stop watching those cartoonish black Blaxploitation flicks. "Imma get you sucker. You jive turkey". ) 

Brianna Kielar over at CNN is quickly becoming my favorite journalist, because she has been calling out these frauds from the trump camp of late. 

"It might not even be outreach to African-American voters,” Keilar said, noting that Trump’s appeals to Black voters have been delivered to “overwhelmingly white” crowds. “Why doesn’t he talk to an audience of Black voters or go to a community that is at least 10% African-American? He hasn’t been doing that,” Keilar said.
“If you were advising a candidate who is trying to, say, reach out to women, would you go to a room of men to deliver that message?” Keilar asked.
Spicer repeatedly refused to answer." [Source]
Donald failed on so many levels with this so called African American "outreach". The way he casually asked us "what we have to lose". The way he implied that all of us live in poverty and that our lives are filled with one form of pathology after another.  The way he cavalierly and superciliously suggested that we are distinct and separate from other Americans was kind of scary to watch.
His white supremacist friends would be proud.
 
*Image taken from youtube.com 
 
 
 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

"I love debt".

MORE DISCLAIMERSThe Field Negro education series continues.

"On the campaign trail, Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has sold himself as a businessman who has made billions of dollars and is beholden to no one.

But an investigation by The New York Times into the financial maze of Mr. Trump’s real estate holdings in the United States reveals that companies he owns have at least $650 million in debt — twice the amount than can be gleaned from public filings he has made as part of his bid for the White House. The Times’s inquiry also found that Mr. Trump’s fortunes depend deeply on a wide array of financial backers, including one he has cited in attacks during his campaign.

For example, an office building on Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, of which Mr. Trump is part owner, carries a $950 million loan. Among the lenders: the Bank of China, one of the largest banks in a country that Mr. Trump has railed against as an economic foe of the United States, and Goldman Sachs, a financial institution he has said controls Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, after it paid her $675,000 in speaking fees.

Real estate projects often involve complex ownership and mortgage structures. And given Mr. Trump’s long real estate career in the United States and abroad, as well as his claim that his personal wealth exceeds $10 billion, it is safe to say that no previous major party presidential nominee has had finances nearly as complicated.

As president, Mr. Trump would have substantial sway over monetary and tax policy, as well as the power to make appointments that would directly affect his own financial empire. He would also wield influence over legislative issues that could have a significant impact on his net worth, and would have official dealings with countries in which he has business interests.

Earlier in the campaign, Mr. Trump submitted a 104-page federal financial disclosure form. It said his businesses owed at least $315 million to a relatively small group of lenders and listed ties to more than 500 limited liability companies. Though he answered the questions, the form appears to have been designed for candidates with simpler finances than his, and did not require disclosure of portions of his business activities.

Beyond finding that companies owned by Mr. Trump had debts of at least $650 million, The Times discovered that a substantial portion of his wealth is tied up in three passive partnerships that owe an additional $2 billion to a string of lenders, including those that hold the loan on the Avenue of the Americas building. If those loans were to go into default, Mr. Trump would not be held liable, the Trump Organization said. The value of his investments, however, would certainly sink.

Mr. Trump has said that if he were elected president, his children would be likely to run his company. Many presidents, to avoid any appearance of a conflict, have placed their holdings in blind trusts, which typically involves selling the original asset, and replacing it with different assets unknown to the seller.

Mr. Trump’s children seem unlikely to pursue that option.

Richard W. Painter, a professor of law at the University of Minnesota and, from 2005 to 2007, the chief White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, compared Mr. Trump to Henry M. Paulson Jr., a former chief executive of Goldman Sachs whom Mr. Bush appointed as Treasury secretary.

Professor Painter advised Mr. Paulson on his decision to sell his Goldman Sachs shares, saying it was clear that Mr. Paulson could not simply have placed that stock in trust and pretended it did not exist.
If Mr. Trump were to use a blind trust, the professor said, it would be “like putting a gold watch in a box and pretending you don’t know it is in there.”

‘We Overdisclosed’

“I am the king of debt,” Mr. Trump once said on CNN. “I love debt.” But in his career, debt has sometimes gotten the better of him, leading to at least four business bankruptcies.
He is, however, quick to stress that these days his companies have very little debt.

Mr. Trump indicated in the financial disclosure form he filed in connection with this campaign that he was worth at least $1.5 billion, and has said publicly that the figure is actually greater than $10 billion. Recent estimates by Forbes and Fortune magazines and Bloomberg have put his worth at less than $5 billion." [Source]

Saturday, August 20, 2016

CAPTION SATURDAY.

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I need a caption for this pic.

Example: I sure hope that Mr. trump sees this. And I really hope that his check doesn't bounce.    

*Pic from newsweek.com

Friday, August 19, 2016

Donald makes his pitch to "the blacks".

Image result for trump african american imageI think we are in the place with the trump campaign where he is supposed to be reaching out to black people. When you are polling at 2% among black folks nationwide you have to do something.

What trump did, though, was so clueless and out of touch that it's almost laughable.

I guess we shouldn't expect the man who questioned the legitimacy of the first African American president, and who refused to rent or sell his buildings to people of color to know any better. But someone should really tell Donald that he can'to just go lumping al black people together as a monolith. There is so much more to "the blacks" than ghettos, unemployment, and poverty. But Donald, bless his heart, just doesn't get it.

Middle class blacks,  have the same concerns as middle class whites, and they want the same things that they do: Good schools, proper government services, to be kept safe from foreign and domestic terror, and make sure that their tax dollars are going to the right places.

Sadly, in Donald's world, all we want are handouts.

"Donald Trump faces a number of challenges in his quest to win the presidency. One is his stunning unpopularity with African-American voters.

A recent poll found that Trump trailed Hillary Clinton among African-American by a margin of 92–2. Polls the key states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, found that Trump attracted zero percent of the black vote. (Even Mitt Romney, running against the first African-American president, managed to get 6%.)
Speaking in Michigan, Trump offered a blunt appeal to African-American voters: “You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. 58% of your youth in unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”
His message was not well received. Of course, many blacks — like many other Americans — face challenges. But Trump lumped all blacks together into a single, monolithic, desperate group.
The black poverty rate is too high but most blacks, more than 72%, do not live in poverty. The black unemployment rate is too high but 92% of blacks in the labor force have jobs.
His appeal ignored the community’s diversity and relied on perpetuating negative stereotypes."[Source]
His appeal will fall on deaf ears. Because one thing I do know about black folks, is that we can spot a fraud a mile away.
* Pic from thinkprogress.com



Thursday, August 18, 2016

The "Trumpbart" movement, and the rise of the alt-right.

Never heard of the alt-right movement? Well now might be a good time to learn who these guys are and what they represent.

It's important now more than ever, because they have taken over the campaign of one Donald trump, a man who just happens to be running to become president of the United States.

I have been reading up on them of late, and they are a scary bunch. (Think of them as the guys who couldn't get dates in high school, and now that they are adults , they will take their revenge on society any way that they can get it.)

We shouldn't speak ill of the dead, but Andrew Breitbart was a real asshole, who surrounded himself with other assholes, and he created a website that catered to assholes.  

And now, one of those assholes, is running things over at camp trump.

 "Here's what you need to know about the Breitbart News chairman who just became Donald Trump's new campaign CEO. On Wednesday, Donald Trump’s campaign announced Breitbart News chairman Stephen Bannon as its new CEO — shocking no one in the conservative world.

Conservatives joked openly for months about “Trumpbart” and the transformation of Breitbart.com into, essentially, Bannon.com, but it was still something of a surprise that Trump would so publicly embrace Bannon, a man who helped transform a mainstream conservative website into a cesspool of the alt-right. It also comes as a surprise — or at least it should — that the Republican National Committee appears ready to go along with the Bannon-Breitbart-Trump takeover over the party, even as the Trump campaign’s latest move means RNC Chairman Reince Priebus now sits, effectively, side by side with alt-right Trump fans. 
The takeover, now a virtual fait accompli, represents the dangerous seizure of the conservative movement by the alt-right.
Constitutional conservatives can’t stand the alt-right. Conservatives — real conservatives — believe that only a philosophy of limited government, God-given rights and personal responsibility can save the country. And that creed is not bound to race or ethnicity. Broad swaths of the alt-right, by contrast, believe in a creed-free, race-based nationalism, insisting, among other things, that birth on American soil confers superiority. The alt-right sees limited-government constitutionalism as passé; it holds that only nationalist populism on the basis of shared tribal identity can save the country. It’s a movement shot through with racism and anti-Semitism." [Read more] 














*Pic from people.com


Hey field hands....

I missed posting last night.

I was out shaking up my blogging team.

I will be posting again tonight.

Like trump, I will be back better than ever, and I will not be "pivoting".🙄

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Birds of a feather.....

Image result for ailes harasser imagesThis just in: Roger Ailes will apparently be helping Donald trump prep for the upcoming debates with Hillary. Those two guys really deserve each other. They honestly seem to have a lot in common.

But I wonder what he will teach him about debating Hillary? How to chase her around the podium? I mean for a guy who is supposedly seeking the female vote, choosing to team up with an alleged sexual harasser is not a good look.

Speaking of FOX, they  have dedicated close to zero coverage about Roger and the despotic culture that he created over there. I guess they would  have to be an actual news organization to report the news no matter where it leads.  

They are so in the tank for trump over there, that you have to actually feel sorry for them. They don't even hide their fear of trump losing and the hated Hillary becoming president anymore.

Their hosts are even hoping for a very sad and strange "October surprise."   

"During the Fox News show "The Five" on Aug. 16, co-host Jesse Watters told the panel that a terror attack in October would help Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (video below).
According to Mediaite.com, the panel was discussing Trump's low polling among younger voters and how he could improve it.
And if there’s one more terror attack, maybe in October, this is going to make Trump’s plan look a lot more appealing," Watters stated.
Co-host Juan Williams responded: "Oh my god, what wishful thinking. Anti-American. That’s unbelievable."
"Why would you say that that’s what I’m thinking, Juan?" Watters replied. "How dare you? ... How dare you?"
Watters insisted that he was doing "political analysis," which Williams said he took as "desperation."
"No, I know about October surprises," Watters insisted." [Source]
Sure you do Jesse, and you would love nothing more than a big one to change the tide of  this election. No matter what type of "surprise" it is.
Sick.
*Image from youtube.com
 



Monday, August 15, 2016

When your surrogates are as over the top as you are..

Image result for rudy giuliani imagesOver at the sex assault network, they are freaking out over the thought of Donald trump getting his ass handed to him by a lady. And to the much hated Hillary no less.

By all accounts, trump is getting a major beat down in all the polls, and for a guy who claims to be a winner, this cannot be good.  It 's probably why he is already declaring that the elections will be rigged and warning us that if he loses it will be because those blacks in places like Philly cheated. And, sadly for him, now (some) in the press are finally doing their job and some real investigative reporting. This might be why he has been running against the New York Times and other media outlets of late. 

Things have gotten so bad for the orange haired one that his surrogates are starting to sound as over the top and as irrational as he is. From Rudy Giuliani declaring that there were no terrorist attacks on American soil before Obama (Pssst, remember September 11th?), to Katrina Pierson declaring that
Barack Obama started the Afghan war.

All of this of course won't slow down the trump train. It will continue to motor down the tracks, running on the fumes from his oversized ego, and the energy from the clueless minions who have rallied around his movement.

Ready or not, here it comes, and the only thing that can stop it is a reality check.

Speaking of reality checks, Justin Gatlin got one last night when he tried to run against fellow yawdie and GOAT,  Usain Bolt.

Congrats to Usain Bolt for winning three gold medals in three different Olympic games while competing in the 100 meter dash.

Yes yawdies, "a wi a run tings".  

*Pic from huffingtonpost.com




 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

CAPTION SUNDAY.

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I need a caption for this pic.

Example: Comrade trump will be so proud of you.

*Pic from indianaexpress.com

Friday, August 12, 2016

The sad tale of Jeffrey Lee Wood.

  Sometimes I really have to wonder what is going on in the state of Texas.


“'I had a nightmare about my dad last night,” Paige Rowan told her aunt in the text.
Rowan described a dream in which she watched helplessly as the execution needle pierced her father’s skin.
She woke up screaming, panicking and feeling hopeless, she told Been.
Then, she said, she dropped to her knees and prayed.
“Please don’t allow this to happen,” Rowan wrote. “Don’t take my father away.”
Been struggled to finish reading the text message, her voice breaking as she paused several times to regain her composure during an interview with The Washington Post.
The message was sent Sunday, Been said, less than three weeks ahead of the date her niece has come to dread: Aug. 24, when the Texas Department of Criminal Justice plans to inject Jeffrey Lee Wood with a lethal dose of pentobarbital to stop his heart.
Rowan’s nightmares have been happening more often as her father’s execution date looms closer.
It is so close now that she can feel it, Rowan told her aunt.
The scheduled execution is Wood’s punishment for the 1996 death of a man he did not kill — and, by some accounts, did not know was going to be killed.
Legal experts say his case is rare, even in Texas, the execution capital of America — and a state that allows capital punishment for people who did not kill anyone or did not intend to kill.
Wood was convicted and sentenced to death under what’s called the law of parties, which has been in effect in Texas since the 1970s. It states that a person who “solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid the other person to commit an offense” is also criminally liable for that offense.
Under the law, prosecutors are not required to prove that a defendant had any part in committing a crime, or even intended to commit it. Jurors only need to find that there was a plan to commit a crime and that the defendant should have anticipated that the crime would occur.
In Wood’s case, he was sitting in a pickup outside a Texaco convenience store in Kerrville, Tex., in January 1996, when Daniel Reneau went inside and shot and killed the store clerk with a .22-caliber handgun.
Wood’s supporters say he was under the impression that Reneau, a drifter he had met months earlier, was only going to buy food and drinks.
But they also agree that Wood is not completely innocent.
Court records say he was involved in a scheme with Reneau and the store’s assistant manager to steal a safe that they believed contained thousands of dollars. While the others had backed out, Reneau took it upon himself to steal the safe, court records say.
Based on testimony from Wood’s then-girlfriend, he asked Reneau to not bring his gun before the two drove to the convenience store that day. Reneau did anyway, without Wood’s knowledge.
Wood’s attorney, Jared Tyler, said his client could not have anticipated the death of the clerk, Kris Keeran, and was unfairly held responsible for Reneau’s actions and decisions.
Both men were convicted of capital murder. Reneau was put to death in 2002.
Wood has been on death row since 1998, when his daughter, Paige Rowan, was a toddler.
If executed this month, Wood will be the “least culpable person executed in the modern era of death penalty,” said Scott Cobb, president of Texas Moratorium Network, a group that advocates against capital punishment.
Tyler has filed a writ of habeas corpus — used to review the legality of someone’s imprisonment — asking the state’s highest court for a new sentencing hearing for Wood, saying punishment should be proportional to culpability.
Wood’s death sentence, Tyler said, was based on “false and misleading” testimony from a psychiatrist who did not personally examine his client.
Bruce Curry, the Kerr County district attorney whose office prosecuted Wood’s case, said he could not comment because of the pending court decision. A spokeswoman for the Texas Attorney General’s Office, which is handling the case, also declined to comment.
Tyler is ultimately asking the court to declare the state’s death penalty unconstitutional “because of its arbitrariness and inability to ensure that only the worst of the worst receive death sentence,” according to court records.
That raises a question for Terri Been: How is her brother, a man without a violent criminal history, the worst of the worst?
A child in a man’s body
At the age of 12, Wood was described as a “highly impulsive” and “very troubled” youngster who often had negative opinions of himself.
When he was 15, he frequently asked how he was doing at school, often assuming he’d flunked, according to the writ of habeas corpus.
By the time he reached high school, he was spelling at a fourth-grade level and reading at a fifth-grade level. He has borderline mental disability with an IQ of 80.
His mother described him as an “eight-year-old in a man’s body.”
These “debilitating emotional and intellectual impairments” made Wood vulnerable to Reneau’s manipulation and rendered him unable to comprehend what Reneau was capable of doing, court records say. Because of those impairments, his attorney argued, Wood should have been declared incompetent to stand trial.
And he was — at least initially.
Wood was committed to a mental health hospital after he was found incompetent. A neuropsychologist had testified that Wood was delusional, unable to grasp the issues about his case and the reality facing him.
But Wood was released after 15 days in the hospital. Court records say the hospital tested his factual understanding of legal proceedings, but not his ability to be rational." [Read more] 
Do you think the action being taken by the state of Texas serves our best interest as a society?
I don't. Their "law of the parties" seems more like a law created by idiots to me.
*Pic from nytimes.com