Sunday, November 18, 2018

Turkey week.

Thanksgiving Turkey

As the actual turkey day approaches, I would like to take a look at the ten biggest turkeys in America as I write this post.

Here they are, and they are not necessarily in order of importance. They are all equal turkeys in my book.

1. Mitch McConnell: This guy looks more like a turtle than a turkey, but he earns a place on our top turkey list because of his refusal to bring a bill to the senate floor that would protect Bob Mueller.

2. Cindy Hyde-Smith: This turkey is running for a Mississippi senate seat and she is making jokes about lynchings. Seriously?!

3. Louis Kemp: This turkey is a county commissioner in Kansas, and he has no problems telling black folks that he is a member of the master race

4. Sarah Huckabee Sanders: This turkey in the White House will need not need pardoning this Thanksgiving. Her neck is safe, because she lies almost as much as the president.

5. Donald trump: He could be on this list for so many reasons. Today he is on it for his ridiculous statement about climate change and his lie that he talked to the Finnish president about it. 

6. Bernie Sanders: Making excuses for racists makes you a turkey this week. 

7. Baraboo School District:  Raising a new generation of racists in your school gets you turkey         status in my book.

8. Mark Zuckerberg: Pretending he didn't know all the nefarious crap going on at facebook gets him turkey mentions.

9. Mike Pence: This guy is a turkey every day of the year,

10. Brian Kemp  Overseeing an election you are in and making it hard for the other guy to get elected is a serious turkey move.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Caption Saturday.

I need a caption for this pic.


Example: It's me, Robert Mueller, I have something for the president.  


*Pic from washingtonpost.com

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Conservative cowardice.

TWEET MEHere is something else to reflect on for trump and all of his trumpbots after they beat- down they took in the midterm elections.

"In the Trump era, when every day brings fresh insanity, looking back is hard. But it’s worth remembering what Donald Trump did in the final days before Tuesday’s midterm elections. It’s worth remembering because it’s a template for what he may do in 2020. And for how mainstream conservatives will respond.

According to CNN, Republican officials wanted to close the campaign with an upbeat “Morning in America”–style commercial touting the country’s strong economy. Trump disagreed. He demanded that Republicans end by demonizing immigrants. On October 31—six days before the midterms and four days after a man enraged by Jewish support for the immigrant caravan murdered 11 people in Pittsburgh—Trump tweeted out an ad about the caravan. When Paul Ryan called him the Sunday before Election Day to implore him to talk about the economy, Trump instead boasted that his focus on immigration was rousing the GOP base.

He was probably right. Trump does appear to have incited Republican fury over immigration, which likely helped the GOP match the Democrats’ high turnout. His strategy worked, in part, because he understood something about the respectable people in his party: They wouldn’t challenge his bigotry, no matter how blatant it was.

Bigotry involves ascribing negative characteristics to an entire racial, religious, or ethnic group. Trump’s caravan ad does that emphatically. It’s built around the stereotype—which has been repeatedly debunked—that undocumented Latino immigrants are disproportionately violent. As William Saletan has noted in Slate, it begins with a man declaring, in a heavy Spanish accent, that he wants to kill police. If his ethnicity isn’t clear enough, the ad gives his name—Luis Bracamontes—and says he “killed our people!” It later features an interview with a man who says in Spanish, according to an interpreter, that he wants to come to the United States to seek a pardon for attempted murder. The ad also shows what appears to be a Nicaraguan flag, and a mass of people violently pushing against a fence.

Even Fox eventually rejected the ad. But that didn’t significantly undermine conservative unity because respectable conservatives—the kind who initially shunned Trump—bent themselves into pretzels trying to deny the obvious. The day after Trump released the commercial, Robert VerBruggen, a deputy managing editor of National Review, noted that it had “produced comparisons to the Willie Horton ad and accusations of racism … despite the fact that the criminal featured is, uh, rather pale.” VerBruggen’s claim was that the ad couldn’t be racist because Latinos are sometimes described as white. This is semantic nonsense. Whether or not Latinos constitute a “race,” they’re a distinct group. Their distinctiveness is highlighted in Trump’s ad, which emphasizes Bracamontes’s accent and name. So whether or not Trump’s ad is “racist” toward Latinos, it is clearly bigoted.

On November 2, the National Review editor Rich Lowry weighed in. “I looked up Luis Bracamonte [sic], who is featured in the Trump ad that Robert mentioned. His case doesn’t implicate Democrats in particular the way the video says. But he is the worst of the worst, a vicious and unrepentant killer.” The implication is that because Bracamontes really is a remorseless murderer, there’s nothing wrong with targeting him in an ad. This is staggeringly naive. Does Lowry think that Trump—who during his 2016 campaign called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and said that a Mexican American judge couldn’t be impartial—chose a Mexican murderer by accident?
Finally, on that same day, National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru gently took issue with VerBruggen. “What I think he overlooks,” Ponnuru wrote, “is that the controversy over the ad isn’t coming out of a clear blue sky. The president has a history on race, and the ad can reasonably be viewed in the context of it.” Even Ponnuru, however, wouldn’t come out and call Trump’s ad bigoted.

But if National Review’s response to Trump’s ad was tepid and evasive, it was nothing compared with the response of Erick Erickson, another formerly anti-Trump conservative respectable enough to be invited on Meet the Press. “I don’t actually think it is racist,” Erickson tweeted. “I think it is a terrible ad, but calling it racist doesn’t make it so. It’s just a really bad and poorly executed ad. Yes, it plays on fear, but I don’t think it plays to racist sentiments per se.”

Erickson, you’ll notice, makes no argument and cites no evidence. He just says again and again that the ad isn’t racist. The Washington-based former news anchor Derek McGinty then tweeted a question: “Reminds me very much of Willie Horton. Do you think that was racist?” Erickson answered: “No I didn’t, but then I was 12. I think it stoked people’s fears about crime at the time, not so much about Horton’s race.” McGinty probed further: “Would the ad have been as effective if Horton wasn’t a ‘scary Black’ man?” At which point Erickson conceded: “That’s a fair point.” And then claimed that the first person to use Willie Horton was Al Gore.

Let’s summarize the exchange. First, Erickson insists, with no evidence, that the caravan ad isn’t racist. Then he insists, again with no evidence, that the Willie Horton ad isn’t racist either. Then, when gently challenged, he acknowledges that maybe the Horton ad is racist, but still doesn’t acknowledge that the caravan ad is. Why not? Who knows?
What makes all this so depressing is that National Review and Erick Erickson once actually did challenge Trump. In January 2016, with Trump already the GOP presidential front-runner, National Review’s editors called him a “philosophically unmoored political opportunist” with “strong-man overtones” who was “not deserving of conservative support.” In August 2015, Erickson disinvited Trump from a conference he had organized because of Trump’s sexist and insulting comments about Megyn Kelly. It was easier back then; Trump hadn’t yet taken over the Republican Party. But their actions also reflected the fact that Erickson and National Review take conservatism seriously. At times in the past, they’ve tried to remain true to their vision of it, even when doing so put them at odds with the GOP.

In the final days before the midterm, however, they weren’t willing to challenge their readers. They couldn’t clearly admit that Trump was peddling racism because that would have required them to repudiate him. But neither could they muster serious arguments for why the ad wasn’t racist. So they half-heartedly waved the whole thing away.

Which is just what Trump expects. Bullies can sense cowardice. The lesson he’ll take away is that next time he can go even further—secure in the knowledge that respectable conservatives will avert their eyes and go along for the ride. [Source]

If conservatives let him go even further the next time, they will lose their party forever.

Actually, now that I think about it, they probably already have. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Losing it.

Mr. trump, in an incredible display of ignorance, decided that it was cool to stay at home on Veteran's Day instead of going out and paying his respect to our veterans like so many other presidents before him did in the past.

I guess I can't blame him for not wanting to show his face in public. The last few days have been particularly tough on him. From the shellacking he took in the midterms, to his disastrous European trip. (The man was afraid to go in the rain for crying out loud.) Throw in the fact that Robert Mueller is champing at the bit to drop another indictment bomb, and it is clear that he has a real orange mess on his hands.

I am watching this president lose it right before our eyes. Just watch how he has been talking to reporters (particularly black female ones), and becoming more unhinged when asked a legitimate question. He is hating democracy more and more. I am sure he wished that he had things as easy as one of his authoritarian buddies right now.  Life is so much easier for a psychopathic narcissist when you can control the population by controlling the free press.

"What a stupid question that is," Trump responded. "What a stupid question. But I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions."  

Any day now.

*Pic from pinterest.com

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Tribalism or racism?

TWEET METhe following article is a must read for those who want to understand what's happening in places like Florida and Georgia when it comes to the most recent midterm elections.

 "It’s fashionable in the Donald Trump era to decry political “tribalism,” especially if you’re a conservative attempting to criticize Trump without incurring the wrath of his supporters. House Speaker Paul Ryan has lamented the “tribalism” of American politics. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake has said that “tribalism is ruining us.” Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse has written a book warning that “partisan tribalism is statistically higher than at any point since the Civil War.”

In the fallout from Tuesday’s midterm elections, many political analysts have concluded that blue America and red America are ever more divided, ever more at each other’s throats. But calling this “tribalism” is misleading, because only one side of this divide remotely resembles a coalition based on ethnic and religious lines, and only one side has committed itself to a political strategy that relies on stoking hatred and fear of the other. By diagnosing America’s problem as tribalism, chin-stroking pundits and their sorrowful semi-Trumpist counterparts in Congress have hidden the actual problem in American politics behind a weird euphemism.

Take Tuesday’s midterm elections. In New York’s Nineteenth Congressional District, the Democrat Antonio Delgado, a Harvard-educated, African American Rhodes scholar, defeated the incumbent Republican John Faso in a district that is 84 percent white, despite Faso caricaturing Delgado as a “big-city rapper.” In Georgia, the Republican Brian Kemp appears to have defeated the Democrat Stacey Abrams after using his position as secretary of state to weaken the power of the black vote in the state and tying his opponent to the New Black Panther Party. In Florida, the Republican Ron DeSantis defeated the Democrat Andrew Gillum after a campaign in which DeSantis’s supporters made racist remarks about Gillum. The Republican Duncan Hunter, who is under indictment, won after running a campaign falsely tying his Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, who is of Latino and Arab descent, to terrorism. In North Dakota, Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp lost reelection after Republicans adopted a voter-ID law designed to disenfranchise the Native American voters who powered her upset win in 2012. President Trump spent weeks claiming that a caravan of migrants in Latin America headed for the United States poses a grave threat to national security, an assessment the Pentagon disagrees with. In Illinois on Tuesday, thousands of Republicans voted for a longtime Nazi who now prefers to describe himself as a “white racialist”; in Virginia, more than a million cast ballots for a neo-Confederate running for Senate.

A large number of Republican candidates, led by the president, ran racist or bigoted campaigns against their opponents. But those opponents cannot be said to belong to a “tribe.” No common ethnic or religious ties bind Heitkamp, Campa-Najjar, Delgado, or the constituencies that elected them. It was their Republican opponents who turned to “tribalism,” painting them as scary or dangerous, and working to disenfranchise their supporters.

The urgency of the Republican strategy stems in part from the recognition that the core of the GOP agenda—slashing the social safety net and reducing taxes on the wealthy—is deeply unpopular. Progressive ballot initiatives, including the expansion of Medicaid, anti-gerrymandering measures, and the restoration of voting rights for formerly incarcerated people, succeeded even in red states. If Republicans ran on their policy agenda alone, they would be at a disadvantage. So they have turned to a destructive politics of white identity, one that seeks a path to power by deliberately dividing the country along racial and sectarian lines. They portray the nation as the birthright of white, heterosexual Christians, and label the growing population of those who don’t fit that mold or reject that moral framework as dangerous usurpers.

The Democratic Party, reliant as it is on a diverse coalition of voters, cannot afford to engage in this kind of politics. There are no blue states where Democrats have sought to make it harder for white men without a college education to vote, even though that demographic typically votes Republican. Democratic candidates did not attack their white male opponents as dangerous because four white men carried out deadly acts of right-wing terrorism in the two weeks prior to the election. Democratic candidates for statewide office did not appeal to voters in blue states by trashing other parts of the country considered to be conservative. Democratic candidates who ran for office did not advertise their willingness to use state violence against groups associated with Republican constituencies.
I am not arguing that the Democratic Party or its members are particularly virtuous. A little more than a century ago, it was the Republican Party that was reliant on a diverse coalition of voters, and the Democratic Party that rode white rage to power. Rather, I am saying that when a party’s viability is dependent on a diverse coalition of voters, that party will necessarily stand for pluralism and equal rights, because its survival depends on it. And when a party is not diverse, it will rely on demonizing those who are different, because no constituency exists within that party to prevent it from doing so, or to show its members that they have nothing to fear.

In the Trump era, America finds itself with two political parties: one that’s growing more reliant on the nation’s diversity, and one that sees its path to power in stoking fear and rage toward those who are different. America doesn’t have a “tribalism” problem. It has a racism problem. And the parties are not equally responsible." [Source]

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Caption Saturday.*

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I need a caption for this pic.

Example: You are one uppity Negro, you know that? I like black females to act like Diamond and Silk. 

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Again!

There was a massacre today in America (no, not what happened to republicans in the House), and another American community has been ripped apart by a tragedy. 

This latest American terrorist slaughtered 12 people and then apparently turned the gun on himself. I will give you one guess (only one) to tell me his race and his gender.

I am not going to write about the NRA or the gun debate in this country, because it won't do any good. If a school full of little children can get slaughtered and Americans shrug their collective shoulders, what's 12 more kids partying to country and western music in a club?

Meanwhile, in Washington, a totally unhinged president continues to battle the free press. If you didn't see his press conference yesterday, please take the time to watch it. It was, in a word, crazy. He called out an  African American  reporter as being racist, and he ordered one of his flunkies to take the microphone from a reporter. He has since revoked that reporter's White House credentials, after lying that the reporter assaulted the women who went to get the reporter's microphone. I watched the video tape over and over (not the doctored one the White House put out) and there was no assault. 

Still, I can see why Mr. trump is in a bad mood. He has to know that Mueller is winding up his Russian investigation, and now that the democrats control the House, Washington will be known as subpoena city for the next two years.  Make no mistake, he is doing his best to protect his family and the crooks who surround him. And his first order of business was to fire Jeff Sessions ("the only confederate monument that he didn't leave standing"), and to hire a sycophant in his place to protect "the family".

The acting attorney general has already said that he will not recuse himself, and trump said that he could "fire everyone right now".

"If Robert Mueller is fired, there will be holy hell to pay."  

That was Lindsey Graham. But that was many rounds of golf ago. He is now trump's boy, and he is one of the people on team trump making sure that there will not be hell to pay. 

*Picture from latimes.com

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Election Day.

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Should be fun tonight. Dems still have PTSD from 2016, so all is quiet on the blue front. They don't want to jinx anything. 

trump is hunkered down with some Bic Macs and watching FOX VIEWS and CNN, while he stuffs his face and hopes for a 2016 repeat. 

My prediction. Republicans hold on to the Senate and even pick up a seat or two. Dems win back the house but not by crazy margins. More like a strong blue ripple instead of a wave. 

Governor's races? Who knows? Abrams will probably lose in Georgia,  and Gillum will more than likely win in Florida.  Here in Pistolvania, the democratic Governor, Wolf, will win by double digits. The democratic senator, Bob Casey, will win big as well.

Please don't hold me to those picks tomorrow. :)     


 

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Modern day voter suppression.

The mid-term elections are are almost here, and I am not going to tell you who to vote for, but it is important that you vote. If you are a person of color and you fail to vote, you are letting down a lot of people who paid the ultimate sacrifice to give you that right.

It's an important right that should not be taken for granted. You are living in a time in history when a lot of powerful and well connected people are trying to take that right away from you. It's called voter suppression, and it is rampant in modern day America.

Of course this it nothing new. It used to be called poll taxes and literacy tests in the Jim Crow era America, and it was much more open and obvious back then.

Now, voter suppression can take many forms. It can be as crude as thugs trying to intimidate you at the voting booth, or as sophisticated as an elected politician trying to find fancy legal loopholes to prevent your vote from counting. In the state of Georgia one of the candidates running for Governor, also happens to be the Secretary of State, and he has been purging minority voters from the voting rolls. (Take about big ones. This guy has them.) His opponent is an African American female, so you know he is not even pretending to follow the law anymore. I suspect that there would no fate worse than losing to this uppity Yale educated Negro. 

Of course, down in Florida, another uppity Negro is also running for Governor of that state, and his republican opponent has just decided to appeal to the racism of his base. They have have thrown away the whistles and called this Negro every name in the book, from "thief" to "monkey", and I think he is still leading in the polls. That has got to be driving trump and his racist buddies crazy.

Speaking of trump, you will notice that I didn't even lead with the news that Michael Cohen has finally revealed that the man he worked closely with for many years is a flat out racist. He gave many examples, and there is not a person in America with a half of a brain who doesn't believe that it's all true.

Still, it's not news, because we all knew that he was a racist all along. So much so, that this just seems like a another dog bites man story. Can you imagine this type of news breaking about another president? It would be earth shattering stuff. Sadly, though, with this guy, it's just par for the course.

*Pic from wikipedia.org


Saturday, November 03, 2018

Caption Saturday.




I need a caption for this pic.


Thursday, November 01, 2018

What's on your mind?

MORE DISCLAIMERSIt's open thread night, people. And with all the craziness going on in these Divided States of America, I need to know what you all are thinking.

Here are few things on my mind:

If you lived in Georgia, who would you want knocking at your door and telling you to vote for their favorite candidate?  Would it be Mike Pence, or would it be Oprah? 

Mr. trump said that we would all get tax cuts this week, did any of you believe him?

Are you cool with more US  troops going to fight back women and children at the Southern border than we have in Afghanistan fighting a real war? 

Why do you think that right wingers thought it was possible to get a woman to lure Robert Mueller into a sex scandal?

Are the newly discovered emails between Steve Bannon and Roger Stone a big deal?   

Finally, was Don Lemon wrong about white men being the biggest terror threat in America?

Thoughts?