Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Night off.

MORE DISCLAIMERS Off tonight field hands, and no I am not in Arizona at the trump rally.



                                                        

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse fever.

 I looked out my office window in Center City, Philadelphia today, not to see the solar eclipse, but to see the hundreds of office workers and shoppers in downtown Philly looking up at the sky to catch a glimpse of it.

It was fascinating to me to see all those people looking up at the same time to catch a fleeting glimpse of.....something.  Let's remember that Philadelphia was not even one of the places in the path to catch the total eclipse, and yet, there they were. Eyes glued to the sky as if they were looking for the second coming.

All I kept thinking was that Americans really need a life.

You couldn't escape it today. It even led the evening news. One family drove hours to spend time with thousands and thousands of like minded people to sit in an open field in Oregon and take in the eclipse in all of its glorified darkness.  Some folks are even declaring that it was a message from God. (God didn't have to darken the sun to send us a message; he gave us Donald trump. Now that's a message of darkness if I ever saw one. )  

Honestly America, if you are so excited about seeing darkness in the middle of the day, you can move to Barrow, Alaska. They have 67 days of darkness from November to January, there. Think about how much fun that would be, and you won't even have to wear any of those silly things to protect your eyes like you do during an eclipse. 

"Field, you are such a killjoy."

I know, and I suppose this once in a lifetime thing is kind of cool from a scientific point of view. I mean if something is not going to happen in my life again it does give it some type of meaning. Or at least it should. But hell I can say that about a lot of things. I just watched the Phillies win a World Series. Now that was a big deal.  If the Eagles were to win the Super Bowl in my lifetime that would be huuge. And if I knew exactly when they were going to do it I suppose that I would prepare like all those people who were losing their minds all over the country today preparing for eclipse 217.

Anyway, it's over now. No more darkness when it should be daylight, or moon blocking out the sun. Now maybe things can go back to normal and folks (even here in Philly) can stop acting like 2 minutes of looking at the sun get blocked out by the moon is some kind of life changing event.

But wait, I said it's over now. Not quite. There is still some more darkness to come at 9 p.m. EST tonight. That's going to last a lot more than two minutes, though, and things will be dark but with a very orange hue.

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

We all saw it coming.


Image result for confederate flag white nationalist images I now give you a terrific article from David Remnick.

The Field Negro education series continues.


"Early last November, just before Election Day, Barack Obama was driven through the crisp late-night gloom of the outskirts of Charlotte, as he barnstormed North Carolina on behalf of . He was in no measure serene or confident. The polls, the “analytics,” remained in Clinton’s favor, yet Obama, with the unique vantage point of being the first African-American President, had watched as, night after night, immense crowds cheered and hooted for a demagogue who had launched a business career with blacks-need-not-apply housing developments in Queens and a political career with a racist conspiracy theory known as birtherism. During his speech in Charlotte that night, Obama warned that no one really changes in the Presidency; rather, the office “magnifies” who you already are. So if you “accept the support of Klan sympathizers before you’re President, or you’re kind of slow in disowning it, saying, ‘Well, I don’t know,’ then that’s how you’ll be as President.”
 
Donald Trump’s ascent was hardly the first sign that Americans had not uniformly regarded Obama’s election as an inspiring chapter in the country’s fitful progress toward equality. Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House, had branded him the “food-stamp President.” In the right-wing and white-nationalist media, Obama was, variously, a socialist, a Muslim, the Antichrist, a “liberal fascist,” who was assembling his own Hitler Youth. A high-speed train from Las Vegas to Anaheim that was part of the economic-stimulus package was a secret effort to connect the brothels of Nevada to the innocents at Disneyland. He was, by nature, suspect. “You just look at the body language, and there’s something going on,” Trump said, last summer. In the meantime, beginning on the day of Obama’s first inaugural, the Secret Service fielded an unprecedented number of threats against the President’s person.
 
 
And so, speeding toward yet another airport last November, Obama seemed like a weary man who harbored a burning seed of apprehension. “We’ve seen this coming,” he said. “Donald Trump is not an outlier; he is a culmination, a logical conclusion of the rhetoric and tactics of the Republican Party for the past ten, fifteen, twenty years. What surprised me was the degree to which those tactics and rhetoric completely jumped the rails.”
 
 
For half a century, in fact, the leaders of the G.O.P. have fanned the lingering embers of racial resentment in the United States. Through shrewd political calculation and rhetoric, from Richard Nixon’s Republican Party” to the latest charges of voter fraud in majority-African-American districts, doing so has paid off at the ballot box. “There were no governing principles,” Obama said. “There was no one to say, ‘No, this is going too far, this isn’t what we stand for.’ ”
 
Last week, the world witnessed Obama’s successor in the White House, unbound and unhinged, acting more or less as Obama had predicted. In 2015, a week after Trump had declared his candidacy, he spoke in favor of removing the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s capitol: “Put it in the museum and let it go.” But, last week, abandoning the customary dog whistle of previous Republican culture warriors, President Trump made plain his indulgent sympathy for neo-Nazis, Klan members, and unaffiliated white supremacists, who marched with torches, assault rifles, clubs, and racist and anti-Semitic slogans through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. One participant even adopted an isis terror tactic, driving straight into a crowd of people peaceably demonstrating against the racists. Trump had declared an “America First” culture war in his Inaugural Address, and now—as his poll numbers dropped, as he lost again and again in the courts and in Congress, as the Mueller investigation delved into his miserable business history, as more and more aides leaked their dismay—he had cast his lot with the basest of his base. There were some “very fine people” among the white nationalists, he said, and their “culture” should not be threatened.
 
 
Who could have predicted it? Anyone, really. Two years ago, the Daily Stormer, the foremost neo-Nazi news site in the country, called on white men to “vote for the first time in our lives for the one man who actually represents our interests.” Trump never spurned this current of his support. He invited it, exploited it. With Stephen Bannon, white nationalism won prime real estate in the West Wing. Bannon wrote much of the inaugural speech, and was branded “The Great Manipulator” in a Time cover story that bruised the Presidential ego. But Bannon has been marginalized for months. Last Friday, in the wake of , Trump finally pushed him out. He is headed back to Breitbart News. But he was staff; his departure is hardly decisive. The culture of this White House was, and remains, Trump’s.
 
When Trump was elected, there were those who considered his history and insisted that this was a kind of national emergency, and that to normalize this Presidency was a dangerous illusion. At the same time, there were those who, in the spirit of patience and national comity, held that Trump was “our President,” and that “he must be given a chance.” Has he had enough of a chance yet? After his press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower last Tuesday, when he ignored the scripted attempts to regulate his impulses and revealed his true allegiances, there can be no doubt about who he is. This is the inescapable fact: on November 9th, the United States elected a dishonest, inept, unbalanced, and immoral human being as its President and Commander-in-Chief. Trump has daily proven unyielding to appeals of decency, unity, moderation, or fact. He is willing to imperil the civil peace and the social fabric of his country simply to satisfy his narcissism and to excite the worst inclinations of his core followers.
 
 
This latest outrage has disheartened Trump’s circle somewhat; business executives, generals and security officials, advisers, and even family members have semaphored their private despair. One of the more lasting images from Trump’s squalid appearance on Tuesday was that of his chief of staff, John Kelly, who stood listening to him with a hangdog look of shame. But Trump still retains the support of roughly a third of the country, and of the majority of the Republican electorate. The political figure Obama saw as a “logical conclusion of the rhetoric and tactics of the Republican Party” has not yet come unmoored from the Party’s base.
 
 
The most important resistance to Trump has to come from civil society, from institutions, and from individuals who, despite their differences, believe in constitutional norms and have a fundamental respect for the values of honesty, equality, and justice. The imperative is to find ways to counteract and diminish his malignant influence not only in the overtly political realm but also in the social and cultural one. To fail in that would allow the death rattle of an old racist order to take hold as a deafening revival." [Source]
 
*Pic from atlantablackstar.com

Saturday, August 19, 2017

CAPTION SATURDAY.



I need a caption for this pic.

Example: Hopefully that future will start with parents who know how to count.

*Pic from twitter.com

Friday, August 18, 2017

Steve, you're fired!

Steve Bannon, bless his chubby little racist heart, is no longer in the White House. He now joins a growing list of trump aides to get the "You're Fired" treatment from the former Apprentice host.

I actually saw people cheering, and liberals are ecstatic that the man they view as pure evil is leaving the halls of power.

My question to all the people who are cheering the demise of Bannon is, why? Why cheer Bannon's departure when trump is still the president?

It's not Bannon who told the country that Nazis are the same as peaceful protestors. It's not Bannon who encouraged right wing thugs to beat innocent people. It's not Bannon who declared that Mexicans are rapists and that the first African American president of this country was not born here. It's not Bannon who said that it's cool to assault women. It's not Bannon who told a lie on the former president of  the United States, and it's not Bannon who is constantly trying to delegitimize the news media by referring to everything that's true and doesn't fit into his sick world view as fake news.

Anyway, while the left is happy and rejoicing, Bannon's people are declaring war. To them this is trump giving in to multiculturalism and political correctness. This is not the America they envisioned when the put the bigot in chief in power. They thought that they could work hand in hand, but now, dare I say it, trump might be caving to pressure. 


*Pic from Time Magazine.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday news.

TWEET MEAmerica, I would like to remind you of a few things:

First, your president has still not visited Charlottesville, Virginia.

Second, he is planning another rally to stroke his ego in Arizona, where he is apparently planning to pardon a known racist and convicted criminal. (The mayor of Phoenix is asking him not to come.) You would think that he would head to Virginia first.

Third, there was a terror attack in Spain today, and the president of the United States tweeted a debunked urban legend from history in response to it.

Fourth, there are debates going on in this country now about confederate statues. (Where are all the statues for the abolitionist and the brave people who led slave revolts?) Believe it or not most Americans are cool with having them around. Personally, if it was up to me, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington would be taken down from Mount Rushmore.

Fifth, How long will General Kelly last in the White House?

Finally, the fact that Mr. trump's lawyer felt it necessary to show us a collage of all of his black friends on twitter is telling. (See, some of his best friends are black,)


  





   

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

OPEN THREAD WEDNESDAY.

MORE DISCLAIMERSIt's open thread Wednesday folks, so I need you to give me your thoughts about whatever you want to post about.

I know that America is kind of going through it right about now, because we are "shocked" that we elected such a racist to hold the highest office in the land.

Still, there is a lot in the news to talk about, so let us get your thoughts.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

He is exactly who we thought he was.

Image result for trump imges crazy   I watched that presidential press conference today and I realize now why Mr. trump's people do not allow him to do them.

I honestly still don't know what I was watching. It was absolutely off the rails. Mr. trump pretty much admitted on live television for all the world to see that he was a racist and a Nazi sympathizer.

  "I think there is blame on both sides,” the president said in a combative exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in Manhattan. “You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now.”'

My goodness man, where is your humanity? A family lost their child because of the behavior of  those barbarians and animals that you happen to be defending,

Many Americans  (including the usual suspects who are always defending him) are now shocked and outraged at the behavior of their president, and they still can't believe that the leader of the greatest democracy on earth could stand up and defend Nazis against peaceful protestors who were protesting what they stood for.

Those Americans might be shocked, but I'm not. I have been saying it since America chose to elect this man that he is not well, and that we will al suffer because of it.  He is exactly who I thought he was. The fact that the GOP was trying to use him to accomplish their agenda doesn't change that. They were playing a dangerous game by dancing with the devil and they lost. Now they are turning on him faster than a mobster who was offered witness protection.

Still, his press conference today wasn't a total disaster for him; he garnered praise from one of his biggest supporters.

" David Duke @DrDavidDuke   
Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/897554574663442432 

Monday, August 14, 2017

"Too late, f-----!"

TWEET MEDonald trump stood up there today and read from a prepared statement like someone was holding his family hostage and would kill them one by one if he didn't read it.

He sounded like a parent reading a nursery rhyme to a child. He just didn't believe what he was reading. "Racism is evil". Thank you Captain Obvious. Sadly, you are a day late and a few hundred dollars short.

It's amazing that a man who can so easily condemn everything from the news media talking about crowd sizes to people who he believed slighted him (even his own intel agencies), but he can say nothing about Nazis and white supremacist terrorizing citizens.

Anyway, the following article from Leonard Pitts pretty much sums up how I feel about this subject.

"To my white fellow citizens:

I invite you to consider this scene from Saturday’s riot in Charlottesville. As reported by The Washington Post, a group of counterprotesters assembled at a rally of white supremacists in that Virginia college town and took up a chant, “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!”
To which one of the white supremacists yelled back, “Too late, f------!” While it is too soon to know much about this with certainty, this much is clear. What happened Saturday in Virginia is the bitter and inevitable fruit of our habit of intellectual dishonesty where race is concerned. The first, such, of course, lay in writing slavery and racial inferiority into a constitution that supposedly enshrined the equality of all people before the law. From that day until this one, we have never quite weaned ourselves of lying to ourselves where race is concerned. Indeed, as the moral authority of the Civil Rights Movement recedes deeper into memory, as cable news and social media offer new platforms and broad reach to voices of acrimony and hate and as facts become “facts” become untruths become lies and too few of us seem to notice or care, the intellectual dishonesty surrounding race has become starker, more brazen and more creative than we have seen in years.
Like when people say that talking about racism is racism. Or when they babble pious inanities like “racism goes both ways” and “all lives matter.”
 Nor have news media always brought clarity. It was pundits, after all, who kept ascribing Donald Trump’s rise to “economic anxiety” even as his followers were yelling racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic slurs with unbridled glee. And leave us not forget how media have allowed the folks who brought such chaos to Charlottesville to brand themselves under a banal-sounding new euphemism — the “alt-right” — as if they were not the same bunch of mouth-breathing, lowlife racists they always were.

Where race is concerned, intellectual honesty, the willingness to see and say what is right in front of us, has long been in short supply. And too many of you — not all, no, but far too many — readily embrace these implicit lies because you fear the places to which the truth will push you. But the racial riot and terrorism that just visited Charlottesville and the emboldened brazenness of the white supremacist movement now that one of their own has taken the White House, suggest that you no longer have the luxury of avoidance, at least not if the future of this country matters to you. I am not unmindful of the young white students who protested the hate that arrived on their campus Saturday. For that matter, I am not unmindful of the white people who marched through Charleston after the church massacre there. I remember James Zwerg, who had his face kicked in, and Viola Liuozzo and Elijah Lovejoy, who were shot to death for African-American freedom.
 
But I am likewise not unmindful that too many of you have watched with complicit silence and quiet terror of demographic change as voting rights were abridged, murderous policemen went free, Fox “News” turned your resentment into ratings and politicians turned your rancor into power.

The result of which erupted Saturday for all the world to see. Meaning not just the violence and not just the terrorism, but the sense of victory and vindication embodied in the smug rejoinder of a white supremacist to a group of people who had come to chant in support of something higher than bigotry and rage. “Too late f------!”

Maybe he’s right. Maybe it is.

That’s a decision you’ll have to make." [Source]

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Profile in cowardice.

Image result for charlottesville riot virginia imagesIt's hilarious to me how some folks (see white people) are shocked at what they are seeing in Charlottesville, Virginia They are openly wonder how we could have come to this. "We have taken a step back when it comes to race relations." Or, "What happened ? We are a better country than this."

Ahhhm, no we are not.

Where have these people been for the past two years? Didn't they notice how the man who is sitting in the White House came to power? How can they watch Donald trump's rise over the past two years and not be convinced that racism is alive and well? I guess many of them were suckered into the phony narrative that all those trump voters were just disgruntled blue collar white folks who had lost their jobs. Some of them even believed that a lot of them were Obama voters at one time. Just like the pundits on television were telling them.  Obviously this is not the case.

Anyway, the alt-right came to UVA this weekend,  and after marching with torches on Friday night, they took to the streets Saturday. That's when things got ugly. Three people are dead after a domestic terrorist used his car as a weapon to kill an innocent protestor,  and two state troopers lost their lives when a police helicopter crashed on the way to the scene. 

As of my writing this post, the president has failed to condemn the white supremacist and his alt-right friends for their actions that brought terror to the streets of Charlottesville. Rather than forcefully and openly condemning them, he blamed "many sides" for the madness and mayhem that visited the sleepy college town of Charlottesville, Virginia.

But why would he condemn them? He needs them to even have a chance of winning again, and they have been his most loyal supporters.  It would have taken real courage to condemn, and our president is a coward. So that was not going to happen.  

We are all the mayor of Charlottesville tonight.

“Well, look at the campaign he ran. I mean, look at the intentional courting––both on the one hand of all these white supremacists, white nationalists, groups like that, anti-Semitic groups, and then look on the other hand––the repeated failure to condemn, denounce, silence, you know, put to bed all those different efforts just like we saw yesterday. This is not hard.”
He added, “There’s two words that need to be said over and over again. Domestic terrorism and white supremacy. That is exactly what we saw on display this weekend, and we just aren’t seeing leadership from the White House.”
*Pic from youtube.com



  
 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

CAPTION SATURDAY.

Image result for va protesters klan images

I need a caption for this pic.

Example: "You guys forgot the cross."

*Pic from cnn.com

Friday, August 11, 2017

The white supremacist president.

Image result for trump white supremacist images  "No one is quite sure what Sebastian Gorka, officially a deputy assistant to President Trump, actually does at the White House. This hasn’t stopped him, however, from being a near constant presence in the media.

Wednesday, Gorka appeared on Breitbart News Daily, the radio show of his former employer. Gorka responded to criticism stemming from a previous media appearance on MSNBC where he said “[t]here’s no such thing as a lone wolf” attack. The concept, according to Gorka, was “invented by the last administration to make Americans stupid.”

The idea of a “lone wolf attack,” Gorka says, is a ruse to point blame away from al Qaeda and ISIS when “[t]here has never been a serious attack or a serious plot that was unconnected from ISIS or al Qaeda.” Critics were quick to point to the example of Timothy McVeigh, who was not connected to ISIS or al Qaeda and killed 168 people when he bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

On Wednesday, Gorka lashed out at “at [New York Times reporter] Maggie Haberman and her acolytes in the fake news media, who immediately have a conniption fit” and brought up McVeigh. He added that “white men” and “white supremacists” are not “the problem.”
It’s this constant, “Oh, it’s the white man. It’s the white supremacists. That’s the problem.” No, it isn’t, Maggie Haberman. Go to Sinjar. Go to the Middle East, and tell me what the real problem is today. Go to Manchester.
Gorka noted that the Oklahoma City bombing was 22 years ago, which is true. But since 9/11, right-wing extremists — almost always white men and frequently white supremacists — have been far more deadly domestically than Muslim extremists. A study found that in the first 13.5 years after 9/11, Muslim extremists were responsible for 50 deaths in the United States. Meanwhile, “right-wing extremists averaged 337 attacks per year in the decade after 9/11, causing a total of 254 fatalities.”'
[Source]

This White House really does have a white supremacy problem, and it has emboldened that group in ways that we could never have imagined just a few years ago.

Just yesterday trump supporter,  Jeffrey Lord , was fired from CNN because he chose to use the words  Seig Heil in a tweet. Jeffrey didn't deny  that he sent the tweet, but instead, he chose to attack CNN for not protecting his 1st Amendment rights.  (Racists sure like to try and hide behind the 1st Amendment.)   

Anyway, who do you think was one of the first people to call Lord to sympathize with him being fired? If you said Steve Bannon move to the head of the class.

I think it's Mr. Banon who is advising trump not to call the members of that mosque that was torched in Minnesota, recently. Can you imagine if a Christian church was torched in a similar manner? President trump would be on television so much that our televisions would start showing everything in orange.

People might criticize trump for not recognizing how to unify the country, but he clearly doesn't want to do that at this time. He is playing to his base by doing the most racist things possible, and giving them reasons to love him even more.

So far it seems to be working.   

*Pic from youtube.com


  
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