Monday, May 29, 2017

We all love our Veterans. Well..... most of us.

Image result for memorial day imagesIt's Memorial Day here in America, and  now might be a good time to remind everyone what the president of this country allegedly did to a veteran one day in his not too distant past.

"Scott Dworkin, the co-founder of the Democratic Coalition, recently tweeted an unsurprising reminder of court papers showing that Trump evicted a U.S. veteran because he had a therapy dog.

Specifically, the court papers described the complainant as a “United States Army combat veteran of Afghanistan and Kosovo” who had a “psychiatric disability that substantially limits one or more of his major life activities.” Furthermore, the court papers show he was advised by a psychiatrist and primary care physician to obtain a therapy dog.

Though they gave Trump Village a note from their physician explaining the need for a therapy dog, Trump attempted to evict them due to having a dog. Despite this, however, they accepted rent after the termination date of the lease and the Housing Court dismissed the eviction.

The hypocrisy of Trump’s business actions was not lost on Twitter users who responded in outrage at the deplorable act. Trump used the appearance of being a man for the military and for the vets to win the election. With a system that is undoubtedly broken when it comes to caring for its vets, it’s understandable they want to see that in Trump. However, one must take into account his previous actions. Trump allowed this to happen. Does he really care about a veteran when it comes down to his bottom dollar?" [Source]

I didn't believe it at first myself, but if you go to the link of the article you will see the actual court papers used by the author that ultimately convinces me of the veracity of the story.

That, and the fact that this president has a rather dubious history as a landlord.

So when you see President trump following his scripted lines today about sacrifice and being grateful to the men and women who served, remember that it is not coming from the heart, because president trump does not care about those men and women or anything else except himself and his inner circle.

An inner-circle, by the way, that's getting smaller and smaller. 

Pic from imemorial.com

Sunday, May 28, 2017

"The Pope and the Pagan"?

My photoIt's Sunday, so the following essay penned by Andrew Sullivan is apropos.

The field Negro education series continues.

"The contrast between a grim-faced pope and the grinning president at the Vatican this past week was not lost on the press or late-night TV. But they missed the mark, it seems to me. They noted merely that the two leaders profoundly disagree on, say, the dignity of immigrants, the sanctity of heterosexual marriage, or the urgency of tackling climate change. While these disagreements exist, they are, it seems to me, merely symptoms of a deeper chasm — the vast, empty, and dark space that lies between Donald Trump and anything resembling Christianity.
 
I don’t believe that there is a Christian politics as such — there is plenty of scope for disagreement about how to translate a Christian worldview into secular politics, or whether to translate it at all. But I do believe there is a Christian set of core human virtues and values, rooted in what we Catholics still think of as the truth, and that those virtues are rooted in the Gospels. We all fail the virtue test, of course, including yours truly, perhaps more than most. But Trump is a special case — because when you think about those virtues, it is very hard to see Donald Trump as anything but a living, breathing, shameless refutation of every single one.
 
Trump is not an atheist, confident yet humble in the search for a God-free morality. He is not an agnostic, genuinely doubtful as to the meaning of existence but always open to revelation should it arrive. He is not even a wayward Christian, as he sometimes claims to be, beset by doubt and failing to live up to ideals he nonetheless holds. The ideals he holds are, in fact, the antithesis of Christianity — and his life proves it. He is neither religious nor irreligious. He is pre-religious. He is a pagan. He makes much more sense as a character in Game of Thrones, a medieval world bereft of the legacy of Jesus of Nazareth, than as a president of a modern, Western country.
He loves the exercise of domination, where Christianity practices subservience. He thrills to the use of force, while Jesus preached nonviolence, even in the face of overwhelming coercion. He is tribal, where Jesus was resolutely universal. He is a serial fantasist, whereas Jesus came to reveal the Truth. He is proud, where Jesus was humble. He lives off the attention of the crowd, whereas Jesus fled the throngs that followed him. He is unimaginably wealthy, while Jesus preached the virtue of extreme poverty. He despises the weak, whom Jesus always sided with. He lies to gain an advantage, while Jesus told the truth and was executed for it. He loathes the “other,” when Jesus’ radical embrace of the outsider lay at the heart of his teaching. He campaigns on fear, which Jesus repeatedly told us to abandon. He clings to his privileged bubble, while Jesus walked the streets, with nothing to his name. His only true loyalty is to his family, while Jesus abandoned his. He believes in torture, while Jesus endured it silently. He sees women as objects of possession and abuse, while Jesus — at odds with his time and place — saw women as fully equal, indeed as the first witnesses to the Resurrection. He is in love with power, while Jesus — possessed of greater power, his followers believe, than any other human being — chose to surrender all of it. If Trump were to issue his own set of beatitudes, they would have to be something like this:
Blessed are the winners: for theirs is the kingdom of Earth.
Blessed are the healthy: for they will pay lower premiums.
Blessed are the rich: for they will inherit what’s left of the earth, tax-free.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for oil and coal: for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciless: for they are so, so strong.
Blessed are the liars: for they will get away with it.
Blessed are the war-makers: for they will be called very, very smart.
 
Blessed are those who support you regardless: for theirs is the Electoral College.
Blessed are you when others revile you and investigate you and utter all kinds of fake news about you. Rejoice and be glad, for the failing press is dying.
 
The week Trump visited the Vatican, a transcript of his April 29 phone call with the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, leaked. In it, Trump tells Duterte that his extrajudicial murders of hundreds suspected of being in the drug trade was “an amazing job.” Trump’s proposed budget, released this week, would eviscerate basic support for the poor in order to reward the already stupendously superrich, and would lay waste to the natural world so that our collective wealth, already greater than any country’s in human history, could be goosed some more. His party’s health-care plan would throw 23 million people off their insurance, even as he pretends it will cover everyone. Every pillar of Trump’s essential character is a cardinal sin for Christians: lust, gluttony, greed, envy, anger, and pride. We are all guilty of these, of course, but there is in Trump a centrality to them, a shame-free celebration of them, that is close to unique in the history of the American presidency. I will never understand how more than half of white Catholics could vote for such a man, or how the leadership of the church could be so terribly silent when such a monster stalks the earth.
Then there was his choice to visit Saudi Arabia as his first foreign trip. Of all the countries! Most presidents have begun their foreign excursions with Mexico and Canada, democratic neighbors and trading partners. Not Trump. He picked a gruesome, militarized, misogynist dictatorship, that makes Margaret Atwood’s Gilead look like a feminist playground. It is a country that imports millions of foreign workers in what amounts to near-slavery conditions and that refuses to cooperate in efforts to restrain human trafficking. In a week when extreme Sunni terrorism claimed yet more lives in Manchester, Trump visited the country that was central to spreading Wahhabist ideology and Salafist theology throughout the world in the first place, that funded the precursor to ISIS, that denies minimal freedom of religion, and that gave us the perpetrators of 9/11. While Obama prudently leveraged the Shia-Sunni conflict by engaging Iran as well as the Sunni states, Trump has returned to the pro-Sunni and pro-Israeli playbook.
 
This was particularly weird on the same weekend that Iran — the focus of Trump’s ire — actually held an election, in which both men and women voted. Yes, of course, the choices were constrained by Tehran’s theocracy —but the reelection victory of Rouhani, the architect of the nuclear deal, was striking. Seventy percent of the country turned out, and Rouhani won by a near-20-point margin against his hard-line opponent. He has a mandate for more liberalization, and picked up momentum in the final weeks of the race by emphasizing more liberal themes. This is, of course, Obama’s long game vindicated. The former president gambled that by engaging Iran and getting a nuclear deal, he could buttress the resistance movement that fueled the Green Revolution, and slowly pull Iran back into a more moderate path. While the mullahs’ grip holds, it’s remarkable how successful Obama’s strategy has turned out to be:
 
Despite controlling most unelected councils, the conservative clerics and Revolutionary Guard commanders have suffered a string of political defeats, starting with Mr. Rouhani’s election in 2013. That led to direct talks with their archenemy, the United States, and ultimately to the nuclear deal, which they opposed. Then moderate and reformist candidates made strong gains in last year’s parliamentary elections.
Among the more profound shifts in Iran under Rouhani has been the opening up of superfast internet access, giving ordinary Iranians instant exposure to the West. Can you imagine an election in Saudi Arabia much less one in which women were allowed to vote and the internet operated as a key pillar of an open media? And the potential for further change only opens up further as the 78-year-old Supreme Leader faces mortality.
 
Of course, the U.S. relationship with the Saudis is worth keeping; and the arms sales are lucrative. I’m a realist. But to throw the American lot entirely in with the Sunnis in the regional Sunni-Shiite war, to embrace the Saudis so openly in Trump’s first trip abroad, to effectively deepen the U.S. involvement in the brutal assault on Yemen that the Saudis have launched, and to punish Iran for its internal liberalization and adherence to the nuclear deal makes absolutely no sense to me. Yes, it serves Israel’s interests, which is why Netanyahu is happy. It enables him to isolate Israel’s key rival in the region, while he further entrenches Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. But it is not at all clear it serves America’s." [Source]
 
Enjoy your  Memorial Day tomorrow, and please remember why we celebrate it in the first place.
 
To all the Vets out there, thank you for your service and sacrifice.
 
To the coward who was too afraid to serve, but now calls himself a leader; may your hypocrisy be exposed for all the world to see.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

CAPTION SATURDAY.

Image result for long necktie trump images

I need a caption for this pic.

*Pic from rollingstone.com

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.