Sunday, October 22, 2017

When bigots are "emboldened".

"Police in Florida arrested three men who allegedly made Nazi salutes, repeated Hitler chants and then shot at a group of protesters after white supremacist leader Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida on Thursday.
The gunshot narrowly missed the group of six to eight protesters, striking a business behind them, police said.
Tyler Tenbrink, 28, William Fears, 30, and Colt Fears, 28, had driven from Texas to Gainesville, Florida, for Spencer’s speech at the Phillips Center.
The Fears, who are brothers, spoke to CNN on Thursday prior to the incident about their support for Spencer, the white supremacist leader of the “alt-right.” In one interview, William Fears said protesters did not need to be afraid of them.
“They don’t have to fear us. It’s always the left that brings the violence,” he said.
Colt Fears said he agreed with about 75% of what Spencer says. And in an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday, Tenbrink said he came to Gainesville to support Spencer.
Gainesville police spokesman Ben Tobias said Friday that he thought it was “reasonable to believe they came here to bring some hatred.”
Spencer, who advocates for a white-ethno state, arrived in Gainesville on Thursday to deliver a speech on his views at the university. The controversial event brought out a large number of students and community members protesting against the speech, as well as a much smaller number of Spencer supporters.
The three men were all charged with attempted homicide, and Tenbrink was also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
Attorneys for the defendants did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

‘Kill them’

The incident began shortly before 5:30 p.m. Thursday, about an hour after Spencer’s speech ended, when the three men allegedly drove up to a nearby bus stop in a silver Jeep, according to police. They began threatening and yelling what the police report described as “Hail Hitler,” and other chants at a group of protesters..
An argument ensued, and one person in the group of protesters used a baton to hit the rear window of the vehicle. At that point, Tenbrink left the vehicle and pulled out a handgun, the police report said. Both Colt Fears and Williams Fears yelled at the victims “I’m going to f***ing kill you” and were also yelling “kill them” and “shoot them,” according to the police report.
Tenbrink allegedly fired at the group of protesters, police said. The three men then got back in the vehicle and fled the scene, police said.
One victim called police and “amazingly” recited to them the license plate number, police said. An off-duty deputy with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office who was heading home after the event located the suspects’ vehicle shortly before 9 p.m. about 20 miles north of Gainesville, according to authorities. Units from two police departments and the Florida Highway Patrol conducted what was described in a police press release as “a high-risk Felony stop” on the suspects’ vehicle.
Police recovered “at least two” handguns from the vehicle, according to Gainesville police spokesman Ben Tobias.
Tenbrink admitted that he was in the vehicle at the time and was the shooter, according to a police report.
The community had taken considerable steps to prevent violence at the Spencer event.
On Monday, Florida’s governor declared a state of emergency to provide resources to law enforcement, and an extensive police presence was on campus for the event. University of Florida Pesident W. Kent Fuchs estimated that security costs were upward of $600,000.
“Yesterday, people from outside of our community came to create violence and disruption,” police spokesman Tobias said Friday. “They came to bring hate to our city, yet the people of Gainesville showed them exactly what our town is all about.”
The Fears brothers were in Alachua County jail Friday under $1 million bond each, and Tenbrink is in jail under a $3 million bond, police said.
Spencer previously helped organize the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, at which heavily armed white nationalists fought with counterprotesters in a bloody day of violence.
There, a man described as a Nazi sympathizer drove a vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one woman, according to police." [Source]
So this is where we are in America. And according to George W. Bush, it's cool to be a bigot these days. They have been "emboldened". Gee, I wonder who is responsible for that? Again, this is not The Field Negro talking, this is a former republican president, George Bush. He can see some of the things that we have all been seeing. For instance, it seems that there is another hate march damn near every weekend.  These folks are no longer wearing hoods. They don't have to, not when they have so much support from powerful people. 
trump and his supporters would like nothing more than to get rid of black folks and the black vote. (I guess when your popularity is in the single digits with a particular group it's time to consider marginalizing them.) 
This is why trump has no problem feuding with congresswoman Wilson. His supporters enjoy seeing him beat up on a black female elected official. The fact that she is defending a constituent whose husband gave his life for this country means nothing to them. It was never about America; it was always about control and power, and trump has tapped into that energy with 30% of the American people that make up his base.
“Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication,” ...We've seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times, it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together." [Source]
I never thought I would say this: But I actually miss George Bush. I hated his politics, but at his core he was not an evil narcissistic simpleton.  He was not the smartest guy in the world, but unlike the current occupant in the White House, he seemed to know his limitations, and he was intellectually curios enough to pick up a book from time to time. I doubt seriously if Mr. trump has ever read an entire book. But then, neither have most of his supporters, so I guess we can say that they are a match made in racist heaven.  
*Pic from blacksportsonline.com 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

CAPTION SATURDAY.



I need a caption for this pic.

Example: Mr. President, now I see why your hands are so small. I saw the video of you in Russia with those hookers, and this was about the size of what you are working with.  


*Pic from people.com

Friday, October 20, 2017

Night off.

MORE DISCLAIMERSI'm off tonight field hands. Hopefully I will be with you again tomorrow.

That is if the North Koreans don't nuke us while we sleep.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Defending the indefensible.

“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky


"In defending President Donald Trump's comments to the widow of a slain soldier, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Thursday undercut a stunning allegation levied by Trump against a member of Congress a day earlier.

On Wednesday morning, as the controversy over his call to the wife of Sgt. La David Johnson widened, Trump accused Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Florida Democrat, of lying about the details of the conversation -- in which he reportedly told Myeshia Johnson of her husband, "he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt."
"Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof)," Trump tweeted. "Sad!"

But there was no clear-cut evidence, like a recording, as White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders conceded on Wednesday after being pressed for details by CNN's Sara Murray -- only a handful of witnesses. One of them, she said, was Kelly. A day later, the chief of staff, who lost his own son in combat in Afghanistan, took the podium to provide new context.

Kelly spoke at length, and in detail, about what follows the death of a US soldier at war -- and the painstaking, awful banality of how the government delivers the news to their loved ones. He talked about his own experience and told reporters that Trump tried his level best to communicate warmly, with empathy, in his own calls.

"He called four people the other day to express his condolences in the best way that he could," Kelly said of the President. "And he said to me, 'What do I say?' I said to him, 'Sir, there is nothing you can do to lighten the burden on these families.'"

Kelly continued, recalling what he was told by Gen. Joseph Dunford, now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after his own son died, then, addressing the situation here, added that he was "stunned" and "broken-hearted" by Wilson's role in conveying the details of the call to the media.
"In his way," Kelly said of Trump, he "tried to express that opinion -- that (Johnson) is a brave man, a fallen hero. He knew what he was getting himself into because he enlisted. There's no reason to enlist, he enlisted. And he was where he wanted to be with exactly the people he wanted to be with when his life was taken. That was the message. That was the message that was transmitted."
The message received, however, was different. For whatever reason -- some kind of miscommunication, the President's own shortcomings -- it did not land as intended. We know that because the family, not just the politician, told us. Cowanda Jones-Johnson told CNN Wednesday that Wilson's account of the call was "very accurate."

But rather than own up to it, apologize, or simply move along, Trump chose to attack the messenger.
We know now, based on what Kelly said Thursday, that Wilson's account was not "totally fabricated"
-- and are left with still more reason to believe Trump's accusation was." [Source]

Of course it was. Mr. trump, once again, was caught in a lie. He will provide no proof because there is none.

Remember when he said that he would provide proof that former president Obama was born in Kenya?

What was sad was watching General Kelly up there trying to defend the man who politicized the death of his son.

Instead of imploring Mr. trump to call the widow of Sgt Johnson and apologize, he was up there making excuses for inexcusable. 

Sadly, it just goes to show you how far some people will go to protect supremacy and hold on to power.

*Pic from thenation.com 

 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Open thread Wednesday.

TWEET MEIt's open thread Wednesday field hands, and I need your thoughts on some of the topics of the day.

For instance, Mr. trump lying to a Gold Star family member that he was sending him a check.

Mr. trump politicizing the death of the son of his closest aide.

 Mr. trump not knowing the name of the widow of a slain soldier that he had just called.

And anything else that you want to get off of your chest.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The worst lie of all.

The body of  25-year-old Sgt. La David T. Johnson laid rotting for 48 hours in the West African sun before it could be retrieved. He was one of four Special Forces troops ambushed and killed in Niger by terrorists in that region. He was a true American hero, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for a country that is still struggling with seeing others who look like him as equals.

Thankfully, the American government is investigating what happened to those soldiers. And I will not go all Benghazi  like the right-wingnuts did when president Obama was leading the nation, and scream Niger at every turn. I just hope that they get to the bottom of it so that it never happens again.

The president of the United States made no mention of this tragedy for days, and now we are learning that he did not even contact the families of these fallen heroes to console them and thank them for giving us their sons. Rather than thank them on behalf of a grateful nation, he was busy tweeting about the NFL and playing golf. Rather than meet the bodies of these fallen heroes at Dover, he was bragging about his golf game in the third person. 

To make matters worse, he lied about his predecessors  not calling the families who lost loved ones in battle, and  he singled out the man who occupies a space rent free in his head for a particularly egregious lie.  Fortunately he was fact checked in real time, and the nation got a chance to see first- hand what a duplicitous and deceitful president we elected.

Sadly, we have come to expect no less from Mr. trump, it just seems that every day he goes even lower than the day before. 

Today he declared war on John McCain, a man who spent time as a prisoner of war and who was tortured while in captivity. Think about that for a minute; the man who found excuses not to serve is once again attacking a man who served honorably. We shouldn't be surprised, though. This is a ma n who attacked a Gold Star mother for crying out loud.

To all you trump supporters out there, remember that the next time your leader questions the patriotism of some football players because they didn't stand for the anthem. 

Donald trump is a liar and a coward. He always was, and he always will be. Most of America now knows that. The thirty five percent of the American people who still support him cannot believe otherwise. So what is it then? Are they themselves so morally bankrupt that they refuse to see the obvious?  Maybe.

Although it could all just boil down to the fact that they hate to admit that they were wrong about Mr. trump and we were right.   

*Pic from theroot.com 


Monday, October 16, 2017

The new drug war.

Image result for crack cocaine images  I remember when America was brutally tough on people who use drugs, and we were passing all types of tough draconian laws to stem the flow of drugs into our inner city neighborhoods.

That was when crack was the drug of choice for minorities in inner city neighborhoods. White America did not consider treatment for those people, the only cure was to lock them up and throw away the key.

What a difference a couple of decades make.

Now that the opioid epidemic is sweeping white America in places that we never expected , America is now serious about tackling the drug problem with treatment and prevention instead of incarceration and punishment.

Heroin abuse is now devastating suburban and rural America, and white families are now
experiencing the trauma and pain that many black families suffered in the eighties. Unlike
the black families, tough, their loved ones who are suffering from drug addiction will get
help, and they will not have to worry about being sentenced to lengthy jail time
if they are caught with even a small portion of  heroin.

The president is seeking to appoint a drug czar to combat the problem, but as is always the
case with Mr. trump, there is a problem. It seems that the man he wants to appoint to that position
allegedly took money from drug companies to push legislation that would make it easier for drug
addicts to get drugs.

"Tom Marino is a four-term Republican member of the House who represents a district in northeastern Pennsylvania that has been hard-hit by the opioid crisis. Yet Marino also has been a friend on Capitol Hill of the giant drug companies that distribute the pain pills that have wreaked so much devastation around the nation.

Marino was the chief advocate of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, which requires the government to meet a higher bar before taking certain enforcement actions.
The Drug Enforcement Administration fought against the bill for years, but finally relented last year after a leadership change at the agency. Marino is now President Trump’s nominee to become the nation’s next drug czar." [Source]

And here I thought that Mr. trump was "draining the swamp."

Ironically, most of the people who are suffering from this particular type of addiction are trump supporters. It just goes to show you that you should never trust a politician, especially one who has spent a lifetime lying to people.


*Pic from wikipedia.org.



 



     

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tearing down a legacy.

TWEET ME Jerry Falwell, Jr. says that Donald trump has the chance to be the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln. I am not sure how he plans to achieve that feat, but apparently he thinks that the best way to do it is to tear down everything that Barack Obama built up.

"Washington (AFP) - Brick by brick, the demolition job has begun: since taking office less than a year ago, Donald Trump has launched an all-out assault on the legacy of Barack Obama.
Climate, free trade, health care, immigration, foreign policy -- the 45th US president has set about undoing just about everything done by the 44th.
All new presidents, of course, break with their predecessor once in the Oval Office, especially if they come from a rival political party.
But what is striking is how systematic the hammer blows to Obama's legacy have been.
And rather than throw his weight behind new policies or projects, Trump has shown a willful desire to unpick, shred and erase everything his predecessor accomplished.
It's worth noting that each time he buries one of the reforms of the man who sat before him at the "Resolute desk," Trump sounds more like a candidate than a president.
- 'Ridiculous trade deals' -
The Trans-Pacific Partnership? Within days of taking office, Trump signed an order pulling America out of the free trade accord, the fruit of eight years of negotiations between 12 Asia-Pacific countries, from Chile to Canada and Japan.
"We're going to stop the ridiculous trade deals that have taken everybody out of our country and taken companies out of our country, and it's going to be reversed," Trump said.
Paradoxically, in signing off on the project's demise, Trump was aligning himself more with the left wing of the Democratic party than with the Republican mainstream.
The Paris climate accord? Obama played a leading role in attaining that milestone in the effort to combat global warming.
Trump pulled out of the agreement signed by 195 countries, claiming that it "punishes the United States" and declaring: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."
What about Obamacare, the signature legislative achievement of Obama's first term? After trying in vain to get Congress to repeal it, Trump is now working to bring about its collapse through the regulatory process.
And the Iranian nuclear accord? The bid to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon in return for a lifting of sanctions more than any other bore came to represent Obama's approach to world affairs.
"This deal will have my name on it," the Democratic president said shortly before it was concluded. "Nobody has a bigger personal stake in making sure that it delivers on its promise."
While Trump has stopped short of tearing up the Iran deal, as he threatened on the campaign trail, on Friday he warned he could do so "at any time," raising doubts about the fate of an accord born of years of painstaking diplomacy.
- A break at any price -
How to explain the fixation on destroying Obama's legacy at all cost?
Trump has held high his determination to fulfill his campaign promises, and give form to a simple slogan: "America First."
And his team recalls, with reason, that Obama acted by decree many times when thwarted by Congress. What has been decided by the stroke of a pen can be undone by the stroke of a pen.
Historian Jeffrey Engel, however, sees no equivalent in recent decades to Trump's systematic application of the simple principle that "if the other guy liked it, it must be bad."
To Engel, the explanation is that Trump's electoral base "never accepted fully Barack Obama as their president."
"There was a move among Obama's opponents to delegitimize him and to say that this man is not really president and consequently anything that he did, Trump's base is ready to get rid of," said Engel, who heads Southern Methodist University's center for presidential history in Dallas, Texas.
A notable fact: Obama has until now remained largely silent as his legacy is demolished.
American tradition, which is generally respected, holds that a former president should remain above the fray.
But, in thinking about his place in history, Obama is also playing the patience card.
"I think that Obama understands that his legacy ultimately will be defined by how America reacts to Trump in the long term and how Trump's successors act," said Engel.
On November 7, 2016, on the eve of the US elections, Obama warned voters "it all goes out the window" if they were to send Trump to the White House.chasing
That attempt to rally Democratic voters now seems prophetic." [Source]
 
I sure hope trump knows what he is doing. He seems to be more skilled at harassing women than he is at legislating and running government. But apparently his minions believe in him. And therefore, at least for now, that's all it seems to take.
 

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

CAPTION SATURDAY.

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I need a caption for this pic.

*Pic from huffington post.com

Thursday, October 12, 2017

American psycho.

Image result for trump crazy image   As a youngster growing up in Jamaica I always admired a family friend, who, to this day, I still consider one of the wisest people that I have ever known. (Shout out to Brother Andy.) When anyone would go on about America and what a great country it is, he would say ---and I am paraphrasing-- that  America is no different than anywhere else, they just happen to have a little more material things. The people there are no more righteous or wise than people in other places, and as a result they are not immune from the ills that have befallen other governments and countries.  

Now, all these years later, I am starting to think  that he was right.

We elected Donald trump to be our president. Donald trump! Let that sink in for a minute.
(Hopefully his former right hand man is right and there is a great chance that he will leave office before his term is up.) 

I must admit that unlike a lot of my progressive friends, I did not think that it would be the end of the world when the game show host went to Washington. Yes, he is a racist. Yes, he is emotionally unstable. Yes, he would rather watch television all day than read a book. But that doesn't mean that he could destroy the country all by himself. Boy was I wrong. 

Consider the following: Americans on the island of Puerto Rico are crying for help, as most of the people there have no running water or electricity. And what does he do? He lashes out at them and threatens to cut off what little assistance he has been giving them. Why? Because they have not been kissing his ring to his liking. 

There are wild fires blazing in California, the worst in that state in decades. Lives are being lost and properties are being destroyed, and yet he chooses to tweet about grown ass men being paid to play a game choosing to exercise their constitutional right not to stand for the anthem.  He would rather tweet than do his job that the people sent him to Washington to do. 

He constantly lies  to the American people about things large and small , and his ego combined with his twitter addiction could get us all killed one day.

Finally, and probably the most scary development of all, he has attacked the free press in this country. We depend on the press to give us the real news (not the fake news trump and his supporters like to push on us) but those institutions under trump are in trouble. Apparently our "supreme leader" has a problem with the free press, and he wants the government to do something about it. 

Now if that doesn't scary every man and woman in this country, well then Brother Andy just might have been right.


*Pic from politicususa.com