Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Open Thread Wednesday.

MORE DISCLAIMERSIt's open thread Wednesday, and I need your thoughts on the news of the day.

Personally, I am thinking about this trump probe widening.

The desperation of republicans when it comes to Obamacare. 

Former football player, Albert Haynesworth, and his issues. 

The police in Oklahoma still executing people. (This time a deaf guy)

trump's imaginary country of Nambia in Africa. 

And finally, the people of Mexico and Puerto Rico who are facing horrific natural disasters 
right now.

Stay safe. 
 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

John Kelly is all of us today.

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"And I think it's gonna be a long long time
'Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I'm a rocket man 
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone" ~Rocket Man by Elton John~ 


I don't think it will be a "long long time" before the guy trump has labeled  Rocket Man does something really stupid. Like, for instance, kill a million people.

Mr. trump might think that it's funny and cool to make up nicknames for insane despots and tyrants, but I guarantee you that nobody else does.  Memo to Mr. trump:  The nuclear destruction of the world is not a joke. Only your dumb lemmings and Make America Great Again sycophants think it's funny.

But there he was on the world stage today embarrassing us all once again.  Now, sadly, the entire world has seen our crazy uncle who lives in the attic. 

The scary thing is that if you listen to the chattering class on some of the cable channels, you would think that he actually gave a good speech. These people have set the bar so low for our fearless leader, that if he just gets out of bed and walks to Air Force One they say that he is "finally acting presidential."

But back to that speech, where he basically made a joke out of what could end up being World War III, and he told the rest of the world that they suck and that we are great. (Like I am quite sure that the other world leaders were watching and thinking: *How the hell can America be so great if they elected your dumb ass?*)    
He trashed the Iran Nuclear deal as the worst ever--- even though his administration has certified it on more than one occasion, and has acknowledged that they are complying with it.  And he told people in some parts of the world that they are going to hell---- because we all know that god only loves Americans, 

'As president of the United States I will always put America first just like you the leaders of your countries will always and should always put your countries first..."

Don't worry, after hearing your speech today, I am quite sure that's number one on their to do list.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Cotton dinner.

Image result for cotton imagesFor tonight's post I want to conduct a little social experiment.

I want you to read the following story and tell me your honest opinion.


"A Christian university in Nashville, Tennessee just joined the national discourse on race relations with a throwback of sorts.
Black students were treated to a dinner by Lipscomb University President Randy Lowry at Lowry’s home on September 15. And those who attended found their tables decorated with cotton stalks.
One student, identified as Nakayla Yvonne posted about that dinner on Instagram. She wrote:
So I attend Lipscomb university and as most of you know that is a predominately white school. Tonight AFRICAN AMERICAN students were invited to have dinner with the president of the school. As we arrived to the president’s home and proceeded to go in we seen cotton as the center pieces.
Her post continued and went on to mention that the food being served was stereotypically “black” and included macaroni and cheese, collard greens and cornbread. Also of note: the students weren’t offered any chairs and had to eat standing up. The entire situation reportedly made all of the students quite uncomfortable.
As Lowry made his way around to the tables of standing students eating soul food around stalks of cotton to inquire about their majors, some of them asked him what motivated the choice of centerpiece. He said he thought it was, “fallish.”
Then, according to Yvonne, students registered their discontent with Lowry’s choice of plant. At this point, the host apparently bristled, saying that it wasn’t “inherently bad” since everyone there was wearing cotton.
Lowry has since apologized via the school’s Facebook page. His statement reads:
Several students shared with me their concern about the material used for centerpieces which contained stalks of cotton. The content of the centerpieces was offensive, and I could have handled the situation with more sensitivity. I sincerely apologize for the discomfort, anger or disappointment we caused and solicit your forgiveness.
Yvonne’s post also contains at least one other interesting tidbit.
Apparently, Latin-American students were welcomed to Lowry’s home the night before to share their experiences. And though fall was swiftly approaching on Thursday night as well, the cotton centerpieces weren’t there–and neither was the menu served to black students. The Latin-American students were served tacos instead." [Source]
So what do you think?
This is...
A. A big deal because it just shows you how racist and insensitive folks in the majority population can be.
B.  No biggy because the school was just trying to reach out to African American students, and it was an honest misunderstanding.
C. Black people need to stop being so sensitive. 
D. Tell me your personal opinion.  
 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Manson's war.

Image result for Helter skelter imagesCharles Manson, after all these years, might be finally getting his wish.

Down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an armed white man (or men) is randomly killing black people, and the reports so far are not pretty.


"Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said on Sunday that there is a “strong possibility” that the murders of two black men in the city last week were racially motivated, according to the Associated Press. A 23-year-old white man, Kenneth Gleason, is considered a person of interest in the fatal shootings, which happened two days and five miles apart. Gleason is currently being held on drug charges, as police say they do not have enough evidence to charge him with the murders yet.
On Tuesday night, a 59-year-old homeless man named Bruce Cofield was shot and killed in Baton Rouge in what originally seemed like a random crime. Then, two days later, 49-year-old Donald Smart was killed in a similar manner while walking to his restaurant job on Thursday night. According to a police bulletin obtained by The Advocate, in both cases, the gunman, wearing dark clothes and possibly a tactical vest, shot the men from a red sedan using a 9-mm handgun, then exited his car to continue shooting them multiple times. A witness reported hearing about 12 shots on Tuesday when Cofield was killed.
The shootings were later linked after ballistics tests, and a manhunt for the killer began. It’s not yet clear how Gleason became a suspect, but police said that his car matched the description of the vehicle they were looking for, and shell casings linked to the crimes were found inside." [Source]
I know I know, but what about Chicago?
That's what folks always say when you tell them about racially motivated killings of black folks: "But what about Chicago and other places where there is a lot of black on black crime?"
Well, that is sad as well, and I have spent a great portion of my life trying to educate young black men to respect themselves and to value the life of others who look like them. That's ongoing battle that I will continue to fight,  but I am going to continue fighting these other battles. 
Those urban terrorist kill each other over drugs, money, and turf. The last time I checked they were not out looking for random white folks and killing them because of the color of their skin.    
That's what this punk in Baton Rouge allegedly did, and it is what another sick racist did to poor Timothy Coughhman in New York as well. He repeatedly stabbed the poor man with a sword until he was dead, all because of the color of his skin.
Make no mistake, this is what cost Treyvon Martin and many others like him their lives: The color of their skins.
Sadly, it will get worse before it gets better. Why? Just look who occupies the White House, and how he rose to power. He encouraged it, and then fed on what it brought.
Now the Genie is out of the bottle, and we are all left to live with the consequences. We all know, of curse,  that a race war is the kind of war that will ultimately ruin America. Contrary to what they might tell you, it's the kind of war that not even your most virulent racists want. 
Helter Skelter, indeed.  
*Pic from today.com
    

Saturday, September 16, 2017

CAPTION SATURDAY.

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I need a caption for this pic.

Example: "He has one more time to call me an idiot".

Pic from politicususa.com

 

Friday, September 15, 2017

The White House vs. Jemele.

The North Koreans are launching missiles all over the place, and  they just sent another one over the country of Japan. This after the UN Security Council passed fresh "sanctions " against the rogue nation. There is no doubt that North Korea is causing all kinds of problems on the world stage. They are the type of problems that would keep a president up at night. Not this one.

Sadly, while all of this was going on, your president was tweeting about a sports anchor and how he wants her to apologize for hurting his feelings.(That sound you hear is me laughing all the way from  Philly.)  

The White House pretty much doubled down on their request to have Ms. Hill fired today, and I am quite sure that the seriousness of their posture,  and the chilling affect their demands have on our Constitution is lost on them. As a mentioned above, it is laughable. This is a president who never apologizes to anyone, and yet he is asking for a sports reporter to be fired for speaking her mind on twitter. I m quite sure that Barack Obama would like an apology as well for the racist birther lie that he (trump) peddled for all these years, but we all know that it is never coming. Only real men know how to say I am sorry. 

Anyway, I think it's kind of sad when an administration prosecutes some poor woman for simply laughing at something Jeff Sessions said during his confirmation hearing, and then they call for the firing of a  sports reporter because she said what many folks believe to be true. I see a pattern here. I will let you figure it out.










Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dancing with the devil.

"He likes us" 

Ahhhhm, no he doesn't Chuck, trump only likes himself, and if you are dumb enough to believe that he really "likes" you (or any other person for that matter), well then you don't deserve to represent the people of the great state of New York.

Mr. trump is only playing this little game of dancing with you dumbocrats to move the needle upwards with his approval ratings. If he gets a few legislative accomplishments along the way, so be it.

Watching pundits and you dems fawn over trump for showing some signs of sanity over the past few days have been maddening. Americans have a serious case of short term memory syndrome. Pelosi and Schumer even had Chinese dinner with him over at the White House for crying out loud..

Know this, if Donald trump declared tomorrow that for as long as he is president I would not have to pay taxes (I pay a lot), I would still not support him. My principles cannot be bought. At some point dems will have to ask themselves if this dance with the orange devil is worth is. I mean what happens when the music stops? What happens when his approval ratings  go up, and he uses the bully pulpit and popularity to influence more races throughout the country? White supremacy on steroids.

And just in case  you dumbocrats forgot who trump really is, he showed you all today by doubling down on his Charlotesville comments  which he said he made to one of  those "good" Negroes sitting by his side as a prop.
Poor Tim Scott.    

"Asked about the meeting with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the President told reporters on Air Force One that many people have said he had a point when he remarked that there was "blame on both sides."

"We had a great talk yesterday," Trump said of his meeting with Scott. "I think especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what's going on there. You have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also, and essentially that's what I said. Now, because of what's happened since then with Antifa — you look at really what's happened since Charlottesville, a lot of people are saying and people have actually written, 'Gee, Trump might have a point.' I said, 'You've got some very bad people on the other side also,' which is true."'

That was for his base, because condemning white supremacist and Nazis was out of the question. So instead, he gives us this two sides argument and the same old false equivalency fallacy he has been spouting since Virginia. 

Now baby those clowns in Washington will see what they are dealing with and treat him accordingly.

"The Democrats, Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi, said in a joint statement that they had a “very productive” dinner meeting with the president at the White House that focused on the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. “We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,” they said.

But on Thursday morning, the president contradicted the Democrats, saying no deal had been struck" [Source]

That was a quick song. 

I guess the dance is already over. 

*Pic from liberalplug.com


  






Wednesday, September 13, 2017

OPEN THREAD WEDNESDAY.

MORE DISCLAIMERSLots to talk about on this open thread Wednesday.

For instance, do you think that it's cool for the White House to call for the firing of someone because they exercised their 1st Amendment right? (Let's see now, he won't condemn Nazis, but trump wants a sports reporter fired for saying something that most of us believe is true.)

Is it cool for the Treasury Secretary to get a government jet to go on his honeymoon? He thought it was. 

Now we know why Susan Rice unmasked trump and his peeps.  Seems there was some hanky- panky going on with trump and some of his Middle Eastern friends.

Another day another high school shooting in America.

Finally, is it too soon to make mention of the fact that the two states that were hit the hardest by these two monster hurricanes,  both have climate change deniers for governors?




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Another "unwelcome" touching.

 Everyone is talking about Hillary's new book, and everyone has an opinion about some of the things she said about the elections. It has some interesting revelations, but nothing that we didn't already know: Hillary is Hillary, and she will always have her supporters and her haters.

Another book came out recently as well,  and it was by journalist Katy Tur, who wrote about her experience covering the man who beat the aforementioned Hillary, Donald trump.

"NBC News correspondent Katy Tur wrote in her book published Tuesday that Donald Trump, then a Republican candidate for president, gave her an unwelcome kiss on the cheek during his campaign.
 
Describing the incident in her book “Unbelievable,” published Tuesday, Tur said Trump kissed her before an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
 
“Before I know what’s happening, his hands are on my shoulders and his lips are on my cheek,” she wrote. “My eyes widen. My body freezes. My heart stops.” Her next thought, according to Tur, was, “I hope the cameras didn’t see that. My bosses are never going to take me seriously.”
 
Tur was one of Trump’s favorite targets on the campaign trail; he derided her as “little Katy” and called her a “third rate reporter” during a rally, after which Tur said the Secret Service walked her to her car.
 
The President on Tuesday lashed out at “people writing books and major articles” about him with “zero access,” an attack that coincided with the release of Tur’s book.
 
The nature of Trump’s unwanted attentions was not specific to Tur, either. After the Washington Post published the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape in October 2016, a recording where Trump bragged about kissing and grabbing women “by the pussy,” multiple women came forward to accuse him of similar unwelcome misconduct." [Source]
 
Again, there is nothing in this latest revelation about Mr. trump that should surprise us. He is exactly who we thought he was as well.
 
Finally, I don't know if Jemele Hill is woke or not, but what I do know is that she gave her honest and heartfelt opinion about the president, and now she is getting vilified for it.       
 
The scary thing is that if you look at what she said objectively you would be hard pressed not to agree with her. 
 
"So last night, SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill got into a heated Twitter discussion that quickly devolved into her calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist.” ESPN has since issued a statement stating that Hill’s actions have been addressed.  
 
 

She sent out more tweets throughout the evening, including one that called the president a “bigot” and another saying he was the “most ignorant” president in history:
 

 

This afternoon, after the tweets grabbed a lot of attention, ESPN sent out the following statement, noting that Hill recognizes her actions were “inappropriate.”
 
Ms. Hill, I suspect that you might be out of a job soon,  because unlike the president,  whose racist and misogynistic behavior is excused or forgotten every time he reads a teleprompter or stays off twitter for a couple of days; you actually answer to someone.   
 
*Pic from pinterest.com