Sunday, January 19, 2020

Caption Sunday.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Lev brings the receipts.

*I watched the Lev Parnas interview on MSNBC last night, and he pretty much said what I thought was going to say: That Donald trump and the rest of his criminal cabal are all a bunch of liars.

The interview was right on time, because the house delivered their articles of impeachment to the senate yesterday. Not surprisingly, he made some pretty damning comments about what the president (and the Vice President)  knew and when they knew it.

Of course, as is to be expected, the trump apologists are already saying that we should not believe our lying ears. trump himself is saying that he doesn't even know the man. But we have seen the *pictures and videos of them together, so trump, once again, is lying through his fake teeth.

The problem is, of course, that this will have no effect on the 50 plus senators who have already decided that they are not going to vote to remove the president. The cowardly republican senators care too much about their political survival and filling their political PACs with trump donor money.

Watching them take an oath to be fair and to honor the Constitution today was surreal, because we all know that they will do no such thing. To his credit, turtle has pretty much admitted that he will not be impartial, and that he will vote to acquit the Orange Mobster.

I already know how this will all end, and it's sad, because the evidence against Donald J. trump is overwhelming. The senate will not vote to remove him,  and we will be stuck with him, at least until November.

Let's face it, the only way we will get rid of Donald J.trump is to vote him out.

Fortunately, we will not have to depend on 67 senators to do that. 

*Pic from cnn.com

 

Monday, January 13, 2020

The racism is the point.

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The following essay was written by Robert Newby for The Morning Sun.

"The Donald Trump presidency is a perfect example of the costs of racism when comes to America’s current and future health as a nation. Donald Trump is president because a majority of white voters wanted him to be president. They wanted him to be president knowing that he demeans people of color. The jury is still out as to how many whites voted for him in spite of his racism, or how many voted for him because he was a racist? Either way, make no mistake white voters in white spaces voted for Trump in large numbers even though there was considerable evidence that he was a racist.

Following his grand entrance down the escalator to announce his candidacy for the presidency of the United States, Donald J. Trump exposed his racism by asserting disparaging stereotypes of a whole population. Central to the announcement of his candidacy was his vulgar labeling of “Mexicans” as “rapists and criminals.” That lack of civility was proof positive that the decorum and decency that would be normally expected of an American president was absent.

Beyond the racist name calling, the nation’s most prominent “birther” was none other than Donald J. Trump. “Birtherism” became a right-wing conspiracy theory to delegitimize Barack Obama’s right to be president. To disqualify Barack Obama, the theory is that he was really born in Nigeria, the home of his birth father. Even though Hawaii’s daily newspapers contemporaneously posted his August 4, 1961 birth in Honolulu, the conspiracy theory is that he was really born in his father’s homeland and that there was no birth certificate to prove his Hawaii birth.

The only reason Obama’s birth was questioned was because he is black. In spelling out the qualifications, the appropriate section of Article II of the Constitution reads: “No Person except a natural born Citizen of the United States …shall be eligible to the Office of the President….” So, to eliminate or make Barack Obama’s candidacy illegitimate, the conspiracy theorists among America’s right wing, spread the word that Barack Obama had no birth certificate to “prove” he was born in America.

The opposition to the Obama presidency gave rise to the anti-Obama Tea Party political movement. Simply, for much of White America, the thought of having an African American president was too much to take. The formation began following a rant by Rick Santelli on the Chicago Board of Trade in which he cast blame on President Obama for bailing out the nation’s economy, thereby avoiding a total economic collapse. Instead of getting credit for having saved the economy, the racist right-wing blamed Obama, America’s first Black President, for having increased America’s debt. (These same Tea Party Republicans and Donald Trump just cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations by $1.5 trillion, an alarming increasing of our debt!)

So, here we are with Trumpism in power and Tea Party rule. The white majority either has either ignored or endorsed the racism in this rule. By endorsing racism in America, this president after the Charlottesville white supremacist rallies, in which Heather Hire was killed, had the audacity to say “there were good people on both sides,” meaning that there were “some good people” who were white

Not only has this president proven himself to be racist, or the white nationalism he claims to embrace, he has proven himself to be unfit. He has shown strength in attacking our Western democracy friends but weakness in protecting us from our authoritarian enemies. He is owned by every two-bit dictator and a couple who represent real threats our nation and our friends. As Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it for Trump: “All roads lead to Putin.”

And then there is the corruption. With the Russians, according to the Mueller Report that the interference by the Russians to aid in the 2016 election of the Donald Trump and accepted by him. Now, Trump’s campaign corruption continues with him chasing conspiracy theories in the Ukraine. Even with this obvious violation of campaign finance law, he continues to have his considerable support from Republicans his supporters.

Today our nation and our politics are in crisis. White supremacy and racism got us here. While a majority of whites voted for Trump, 90% of African Americans voted against him. Also, other people of color voted against Trump to the tune of about 70%. People of color in America knew that because of Trump’s racism, his leadership and character were flawed.

In an earlier column, I pointed out that African Americans (and other people of color) are like “The Miner’s Canary” as warned by Lani Guinier in her book by that title some years ago. She used the analogy that coal miners used canaries to test gas levels. Guinier argues that the hostile treatment of blacks in America provides the warning of what is happening to all of America." {Source}

We can overlook the incompetence, the lies, and the lunacy of what is the trump presidency, but let us not overlook the racism and the hatred that his leadership has rekindled in America.

*Image from The Root.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Caption Saturday.

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Thursday, January 09, 2020

Friends don't let friends read teleprompters while they are high.


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So I guess everyone is just going to ignore the elephant in the room. 

Hello America! Your president either has a serious drug problem, or he is suffering from some sort of  medical issue that prevents him from being able to focus and read a few lines from a teleprompter. He could also have been heavily medicated by his handlers to keep him from going
off script. Whatever the case, it was very scary to watch him.

Honestly folks, this is not even funny anymore. Someone who cares about the man or his family should stage an intervention. 

Did you see that speech to the country Wednesday night? If it was meant to assure us that things would be alright, it missed the mark.  After watching who we elected to be our 45th president, I was terrified for all of us. (Yes, even you MAGA cultists.) And I know that those of you with a functioning brain were terrified as well. 

The man could not complete his words, his speech was slurred, and he was doing more sniffing than Al Pacino during the final scenes of Scarface. 

The really sad thing about all of this is that the main stream media didn't even address it. Some of them (I see you Joe Scarborough) even said that the president's speech, by his standard, was actually "measured". Huh?!  But wait, it gets worse, Lindsey Graham called it one of the all time great speeches. Right up there with Reagans's tear down the wall address. 

What are we doing here? Are we all going to just bury our heads in the sand together and pretend that there is not something seriously wrong with the man?

Thankfully, though,  it wasn't totally ignored. There were actually some real journalists who chose to write about it and call out the naked Emperor.

"In his address, the president threatened to invoke severe sanctions against Iran, but seemed amenable to deescalating the burgeoning military aggression. Still, the nine-minute address was packed with the president’s standard potpourri of falsehoods, lies, and bouts of incoherence. But the most striking aspect of his speech had less to do with what he said than how he said it. Which is to say, Trump was slurring and snorting through an address that was ostensibly designed to calm a nation on the brink of war.

Trump has never been a particularly graceful public speaker, but his mush-mouth sounded especially pronounced this morning. There was heaviness to his speech, as if he was struggling to talk through cottonmouth. He also had difficulty with the letter S, which he couldn’t pronounce without a drawn out hiss, as if he were a snake. One of the more flagrant examples entails the president mangling the pronunciation of “tolerated” while condemning terrorism.
At the 6:50 mark in the video embedded up top, the president stumbled while trying to brag about his “historic accompliments.” He did manage to pronounce “accomplishments” correctly a few seconds later." [Source]

I bet he would have had no problem saying Barack Obama. The man holds a permanent place rent free in his head.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

No choice but to kill.

Image: Mourners gather to pay homage to slain Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and other victims of a U.S. attack, in the capital Tehran
The killing of Qasem Soleimani has had an interesting effect on the American psyche. trump cultists who wanted us to disengage from all foreign conflicts and get the hell out of the Middle East, have all of a sudden become Neocon war hawks. Why? Because there leader, the Orange Mobster, told them that it was cool to want war again. 

Let's forget, for a minute, that none of them knew who this man was a couple of weeks ago. It's only because their leader told them that this was a bad man in order to justify the administration's foolhardy move of assassinating a foreign general while he was in another country (Iraq), that they have now decided that Soleimani had to go.   

The trump administration has declared that Soleimani was up to no good, and that he had to be killed because he was an imminent threat to America and Americans. That by killing him, we were able to save many many lived. Of course, as is to be expected with this bunch, we are still waiting for something (anything) from this administration, to show us that they are telling the truth.  Given their sad history with the truth, though,  I suspect that they will not have any concrete evidence that this  assassination was done for all the right reasons.

The irony of all this, is that the trump administration, by killing this Iranian general, has unified all Iranians. Their hatred for America, and all things American, has just intensified. This is happening at a time when the leaders in Iran were vulnerable and their grip on that country was loosening because of all the economic sanctions. Now, having the people of Iran rise up against the leaders of that country, seems like a far away pipe dream.

Iran has vowed revenge, and they said that they will retaliate against America for the killing of their general.  I don't doubt that they will. I just hope that innocent people and our brave service men and women will not have to die because of the actions of a narcissist whose only concern is his ego.

Memo to my fellow Americans: You might want to put a hold on all exotic foreign vacations for awhile.

Image courtesy of  Atta Kenare / AFP - Getty Images

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Caption Saturday.

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Friday, January 03, 2020

Wag on, Donald.

Image result for Wag the DogDay after day your criminal behavior is slowly being exposed. You are terrified at the prospect of being removed from office after the shame of being impeached.  What do you do? You start a war to distract the American people.

"President Trump ordered the killing of the powerful commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, in a drone strike on the Baghdad International Airport early Friday, American officials said.

General Suleimani’s death was confirmed by official Iranian media.
“General Suleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “General Suleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.”

“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” the statement added. “The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.” [Source]

It was only a matter of time before Donald trump had his own Wag the Dog moment.  Frankly, I am surprised that it took so long.  

Sadly, World War Three is now trending on twitter.

America, I am guessing that this is not how we wanted to start the new year.