Monday, September 16, 2019

Scared yet?

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The rapper Common must have been reading my mind. I say this because of his recent comments about Mr. trump's mental health.

"He may be the most powerful person on Earth, but Donald Trump needs help, in the opinion of the famously enlightened American rapper Common.

"You can see his actions and behaviour are that of somebody who don't really love themselves," said the singer, who revealed how therapy turned his life around earlier this year in his bestselling memoir, "Let Love Have the Last Word".

The US president is a victim of his own out-of-control ego, the Chicago-born performer of hits like "The Light" commented to AFP before a show in Paris at the weekend.

Trump has "got some issues going on. And those issues need to be resolved," Common said.
"Narcissism is something that can be dealt with. Therapy can help that. And I would subscribe every leader (to it), even if you were a good leader," he told AFP.

"So somebody would really help the country and the world if they would" take the US president aside and tell him, "'Hey, this needs to be part of your programme, some therapy'."

Common speaks from experience with therapy. In his memoir and the accompanying album, "Let Love", the rapper opens up about his time on the couch that helped him put his childhood abuse behind him and grow as a man.
- 'Be quiet and listen' -" [Source] 

This of course is all true, but it's sad because we know that the last thing that Donald trump will do is "be quiet and listen." It's just not in him. A seventy plus year old man with an out of control ego and showing early signs (or late depending on who you ask) of dementia is not going to go quietly into the night. 

Of course none of this would matter to us if the guy was still some cartoonish reality talk show host telling washed up B list actors and celebrities that they are fired on his show. Sadly, the stuff he does has serious implications and could mean life or death to thousands and thousands of people. This just isn't  funny anymore. 

The Middle East is on the verge of war and our own Private Bone Spurs is tweeting threats to the Iranians on twitter. Mind you we don't even know if they Iranians are to blame for bombing the Saudis precious oil plants. They say they are not, and trump says that they are. Isn't it sad when you believe the Iranians more than you do your own president? Private Bone Spurs declared that we are "locked and loaded" and he put the Iranians on notice that we are ready to proceed. He also tweeted that what we do depends on who the Saudis believe bombed their facilities. And here I thought the will of the American people came first. Silly me. 

Peter Wehner, writing for The Atlantic, had the following to say about trump's fitness for office: 

" Donald Trump’s disordered personality—his unhealthy patterns of thinking, functioning, and behaving—has become the defining characteristic of his presidency. It manifests itself in multiple ways: his extreme narcissism; his addiction to lying about things large and small, including his finances and bullying and silencing those who could expose them; his detachment from reality, including denying things he said even when there is video evidence to the contrary; his affinity for conspiracy theories; his demand for total loyalty from others while showing none to others; and his self-aggrandizement and petty cheating."[ Source]

This is all true. And it  makes Mr. trump scary as hell. 

 *pic from reddit.com.



Saturday, September 14, 2019

Caption Saturday.

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I need a caption for this pic.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Racism and the right.

Image result for right wing imagesThe following is an article written for the New York Times opinion page by Ross Douthat.

I disagree with some of  what he says, but it's still a must read for those want to educate themselves about what is going on with American politics in the age of trump. 

"Last week I wrote a column that simultaneously argued that conservatism has a problem with white-nationalist infiltration and that liberalism, influenced by the revival of racial chauvinism in the Trump era, is increasingly tempted to smear mainstream conservatives as racist.

The response was varied, but a common critique from the left was that any defense of individual conservatives from the charge of racism is basically irrelevant to the underlying structural reality that the Trump era has exposed — which is that the American right’s coalition is founded on racism, endures because of racism and has no future as a morally decent force unless it is essentially refounded, its racist roots torn out.

One of the more temperate versions of this argument was offered by New York magazine’s Zak Cheney-Rice, taking on my own essay and a column by Tim Carney of The Washington Examiner calling for conservative institutions to make themselves inhospitable to white identity politics. Such calls are well and good, wrote Cheney-Rice, but they wildly understate the challenge:
… racism has been fundamental to American conservatism, and the G.O.P. in particular, since the mid-20th century realignment of the parties — even as its purportedly defining tenets have proven to be negotiable, from small government to antagonism toward autocrats to reduced deficit spending. None of this precludes the existence of nonracist conservatives, to be sure. It just makes them some of the least influential people in their movement, and renders their claims to broader relevance akin to shouting into a void.
Cheney-Rice goes on to catalog various conservative policies, from border detention camps to voter-ID laws, that reflect the deeper-than-Donald-Trump influence of racism on the right. He argues that the various conservative factions have consistently made their peace with racism and racist policies since Richard Nixon, not just since 2016. And he suggests that since “the Republican Party would collapse without support from racists,” there is probably no path to a nonracist G.O.P. that doesn’t involve the total defeat and total reconstruction of the party. 
Cheney-Rice is right that there is considerably more racism on the right than Republican Party elites wanted to believe pre-Trump and that the elite has conspicuously failed to confront its more overt and toxic forms — which is part of how we ended up with a birther as the president of the United States. In the longer view, he’s also right that white identity politics has been important to the conservative coalition since the 1960s, when the strategic and policy choices that the Nixon-era Republican Party made — in effect, rallying voters who opposed the Great Society’s vision of racial redress — ensured that a lot of racially conservative and racist white voters would migrate into the G.O.P. 
But I disagree with Cheney-Rice that these underlying realities make change, indeed dramatic change, in how conservative politics approaches race all but unimaginable. 
Some of that difference reflects philosophical differences about what constitutes racist public policy: I think conservatism can be nonracist, or at least substantially less racialized, without embracing the current progressive definition (from reparations to substantialimmigration increases to single-payer health care) of what anti-racism requires. But some of it reflects a different interpretation of the complexities of conservative policy history, and how our politics has reduced racial polarization in the past. 
Those complexities first: If it’s true that conservative politicians, in the age of Trump and earlier, have supported policies that disadvantage minorities, it’s also true that the record of every post-Nixon Republican administrations has mixed other policies as well. Nixon himself accepted elements of the Great Society even as he undermined others. As Noah Smith pointed out recently, the modern multiracial America was forged as much by eight years of Ronald Reagan’s pro-immigration conservatism as by the original liberalizing 1965 reforms. George W. Bush’s administration sharply increased education spending in the hopes of closing racial gaps, pushed a homeownership agenda with a similar purpose, and started an AIDS-in-Africa initiative that saved millions of nonwhite lives. And for all his race-baiting, even Trump has pursued policies that don’t fit the white-identitarian frame — most notably a criminal-justice reform that built on state-by-state efforts that were championed by religious conservatives and libertarians as often as by Democrats.
So it’s been possible, in various ways and at various moments, for the post-Nixon Republican Party to be something other than just a coalition defending white supremacy. (There has also been somewhat more racism lurking below the surface of progressive politics over the same period — as genteel eugenics, as elite NIMBYism, as left-wing or Sharptonian anti-Semitism — than most polemics against the right acknowledge, but that’s a subject for another time.)

And the racialized element in conservative politics has also ebbed and flowed depending on the political situation. When I came to political awareness in the early 1990s, American politics was dominated by racially polarizing controversies over crime, welfare and affirmative action. But by the time I graduated from college, a decade later, those issues had receded, the major cultural controversies had changed and conservatism’s agenda under the younger Bush was consciously designed to win over at least some minority voters and leave the Lee Atwater era behind.

That change didn’t happen because the Republican Party was destroyed and refounded in 1999. It happened because the racialized issues dividing the country circa 1992 were somewhat successfully addressed by politicians of both parties, or else partly resolved themselves. The Clinton-Gingrich years brought compromises on welfare reform and affirmative action, successful policing strategies that helped bring down the crime rate, and an economic boom that made every policy debate seem somewhat less zero-sum. The subsequent turn to “compassionate conservatism” happened because these shifts happened first; the Republican voter base didn’t suddenly become perfectly racially enlightened, but the salience of race changed dramatically as crime rates fell and welfare was reformed.And this shift was not just a case of white America making deals at black America’s expense and congratulating itself. Blacks as well as whites had a relatively optimistic view of race relations around the turn of the millennium, and that sentiment persisted until Barack Obama’s second term. Racial polarization hardly disappeared, especially in the voting booth, but it was more muted in the George W. Bush era than before or since. And it might have remained muted if the Bush administration had not fallen into a very different error than racism — the error of unbounded moralistic optimism, which after the Iraq disaster and the financial crisis made darker, more culturally pessimistic varieties of conservatism seem like wisdom to many voters on the right.

So without arguing that racism is going to disappear outright from conservative politics after this presidency, the recent historicalrecord at least suggests that another muting could happen, another substantial diminishment of racial polarization, at some point in the post-Trump future. Especially since there is little evidence that Trump himself is making Americans or Republicans more racist, or that his most racially polarizing strategies are actually politically effective: Instead, his main achievement has been to activate latent bigotries rather than expand their influence, and what can be activated can presumably be suppressed.

If you draw lessons from the 1990s and 2000s, that suppression would require more than just the quarantine of overt white supremacists (though it does require that). First, following the pattern of the crime and welfare debates, it would probably require a sense among populist voters that today’s equivalent to those controversies, the debate over the pace of immigration and the security of the southern border, had been addressed in a way that wasn’t just a capitulation to the left or to big business.

Second, it would require a recovery of influence and moral ambition by the Republican Party’s religious conservatives — a group whose elites shaped the Bush presidency’s racially inclusive efforts and whose rank-and-file are still less inclined to white-identity politics than other conservative constituencies, despite their Faustian bargain with Trump.

Third, it would require some clear successes by Democrats in states like Texas and Georgia, where the G.O.P. is currently hanging on to power with thinning white majorities, to prove to Republican politicians that a strategy of voter-ID laws and base turnout really is as foredoomed as optimistic liberals hope.

Finally, it would require imaginative statesmanship by the next generation of Republican leaders, who would be wise to recognize that the Democratic Party’s leftward shift — and particularly the way that white liberals have lately overleapt minorities in their racial pessimism — is an opportunity and not just a threat, because it leaves a potential pan-ethnic center available for a less bunkered and bigoted populist conservatism to claim.

This list of requirements is not small, and there are plenty of reasons to doubt they will be met. The media ecology has changed since the late 1990s in ways that make suppression and quarantine more difficult. Trump himself had the opportunity and the credibility to make a base-satisfying deal on immigration, but that opportunity has passed. Religious conservatism’s compromise with Trumpism may ultimately prove fatal to its influence. The Democrats’ leftward move should inspire entrepreneurship and outreach from Republicans, but it could help sustain the G.O.P.’s own base strategy instead. Many G.O.P. donors prefer a party of white-identity politics and tax cuts to the more economically populist and ethnically diverse alternative. And Trump’s toxic Twitter influence will endure, no doubt, even once his presidency has ended.

But meeting the requirements doesn’t seem obviously less plausible than the world imagined by some fervent Trumpists, where the G.O.P. somehow holds onto power just by winning an ever larger share of the white vote — or for that matter the world imagined by certain hopeful liberals, where the G.O.P. remains a white-identitarian party and simply gets steamrollered into irrelevance as in California.

My scenario also has one piece of grim plausibility going for it: It wouldn’t end the hysterical polarization that defines our times so much as redirect it. A religious-populist conservatism with more appeal to blacks and Hispanics could easily inspire as much fear and anxiety among liberal mandarins as the current Trumpist version. And instead of defending conservatives against charges of racism, I could get back to my true vocation: defending conservatives against charges of theocracy.

Someday, God willing. Someday." [Source]

*Pic from defenseone.com


Monday, September 09, 2019

The death of outrage.

TWEET MELet's play a little game. Imagine, if you will, former president Barack Obama playing fast and loose with American intelligence, and causing a high level American asset to be called out of the field. Imagine him publishing secret missile sites to millions of people. Imagine him planning a meeting with the Taliban at Camp David  the very same week that Americans remember the September 11th attacks on this country. Imagine him saying nasty things every day to ordinary American citizens, while praising murderers and dictators. Imagine him spending over thirty percent of his time in office playing golf or being on a property that caters to those who play golf. Imagine a president Obama lying about the track of a Hurricane and commanding the leader of the agency charged with telling us about hurricanes to lie to us. 

I can tell you what would happen. That Negro would be out of office so face he wouldn't know what hit him. He would be impeached and tried for treason. His wife would also be arrested and his youngest daughter would become a ward of the state. Remember what happened when he wore a tan suit? Republicans lost their minds.

I am not sure why there is no outrage over all the things the things that this president has done. I suspect that there are folks in this country who will support him no matter what he does, because he has something in common with them that trumps (pun intended) everything that he does. His whiteness. It's why he can get away all that he has been doing, and Barack Obama would have been run out of DC on the impeachment bus.

Some of us are outraged, and some of us will continue to shout from the mountain tops about what is going on in this country. Unfortunately some is not enough, There are a lot of people in this country who are fine with what Mr. trump is doing, and enough of them will vote to make the next election close.




Saturday, September 07, 2019

Sharpie Saturday.


 
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I want to thank the very creative folks on twitter for these pics.  

Oh, and seven days later trump is still lying about the Hurricane forecast and Alabama.  


Thursday, September 05, 2019

Sharpie-gate, and the lie that keeps getting bigger.

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Someone please tell Mr. trump that this sharpie fiasco has gone on long enough. What should have been a one day news story that just pretty much confirms that he is a liar who will lie about the smallest of things, has turned into what is now being called sharpiegate.

Mr. trump has doubled and tripled down on his ridiculous and dangerous lie that the people of Alabama were in harms way when Hurricane Dorian was heading towards the United States. It is a lie that was proven wrong, and that the authorities in Alabama had to quickly correct before their citizens went into a full blown panic. And yet this petty man who some of you chose to elect as your president insists on perpetrating a fraudulent story.

The kicker was when he held a press briefing and used a sharpie to include Alabama in the hurricane's track. (A little stunt that was illegal to boot.) That would have been the low point in any normal presidency, but we are talking about Donald trump here, so that probably registers somewhere in the middle on the outrage meter.

And  still he won't let it go.

The following is from the Washington Post:

"He posted nine tweets and five maps about Alabama and the big storm.

He defended a doctored hurricane map that had been altered with a black Sharpie to include the state.
And he had his White House release a 225-word statement defending his erroneous warnings that Alabama was “going to get a piece” of the storm.

As Hurricane Dorian battered the Carolinas with torrential rain and wind Thursday, President Trump remained fixated on sunny Alabama — a state he falsely claimed was in the storm’s crosshairs long after it was in the clear.

For a fourth straight day, Trump’s White House sought to clean up the president’s mistaken warnings to Alabama from Sunday, seeking to defend Trump’s tweets by releasing statements, disseminating alternative hurricane maps and attacking the media.

Trump also took to Twitter again to defend his use of a doctored and outdated hurricane map that looped in Alabama using black marker — the latest iteration in a days-long, administration-wide campaign on the topic....

Tim O’Brien, a Trump biographer and executive editor of Bloomberg Opinion, said the Alabama claims underscore the president’s belief that admitting error is a sign of weakness.

“He’s doubling down on the worst sides of his troubled personality — to never admit an error and to continue obsessing about it, and emphasizing it, when it doesn’t serve him well to do so,” he said. “He doesn’t move along because he is incapable of moving along.”

Trump, who canceled a trip to Poland to monitor the storm, was especially sensitive to the criticism he has received for misrepresenting the hurricane’s path, according to current and former officials.
“Always good to be prepared! But the Fake News is only interested in demeaning and belittling,” Trump tweeted Monday, complaining about an ABC News report that highlighted the discrepancy between Trump’s warnings to Alabama and the government’s assurance that the state was not under threat." [Source]

We are all under a threat. The threat of Donald trump. 

Finally, there is a story breaking tonight from Mother Jones about Mr. trump's finances, and a mysterious $50 million loan that he says that he owes to one of his own companies. If you care anything about what is happening with the conman in Washington you will give it a quick read. [Read here.]

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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Dear America,

MORE DISCLAIMERS Dear America, your president canceled an important diplomatic trip to Poland because he said that he wanted to stay stateside and monitor Hurricane Dorian. Unfortunately, that was a lie. He spent the entire weekend playing golf and rage tweeting.

Dear America, a 14 year old boy in Alabama just confessed to murdering five of his own family members in their home with a 9mm handgun. The NRA will blame it on mental health and video games, and racists will say, but what about Chicago?

Dear America, do you realize that your president's [lack of]intelligence is rubbing off on normal citizens?

Dear America, does it bother you that your president lied about a phone call from China in an attempt to manipulate the stock market?  

Dear America, I would like to remind you that denying service to an interracial couple in 2019 because your bible tells you that race mixing is wrong, is not cool. I don't care if it happened in Mississippi. Well...OK...it's Mississippi, but it's still wrong. 

Dear America, your president just said that he was "disgusted" with the country's number one law enforcement agency. Does that bother you at all?

Dear Whoopi Goldberg, why are you ripping Debra Messing for targeting trump's donors? If they are going to contribute to the campaign of a bigot and a white nationalist we have a right to know who they are. They don't get to secretly contribute to trump's reelection and pretend that they disavow the things that he says and does. And no Whoppi, this isn't the same as a McCarthy type blacklisting. Enabling a tyrant is not the same as wanting your government to function in a particular way.

Dear Walmart, I would like to thank you for finally coming around to restricting gun and ammo sales at your stores for certain types of weapons. That's one small step for Walmart, one giant step for mankind.










Sunday, September 01, 2019

Caption Sunday.

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I need a caption for this pic.

*Pic from amny.com

Friday, August 30, 2019

Today would be a good day for Donald trump to release his tax returns.

Image result for trump taxes images        I need you all to pay attention to what is happening in America.

" A federal judge has denied congressional Democrats’ request to speed up their case seeking copies of President Donald Trump’s personal tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service.
Thursday’s decision by U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden makes it less likely that Democrats will win their lawsuit before November 2020, though nobody knows for sure how long the district court case and subsequent appeals might take.

The American public has seen the tax returns of every president from Richard Nixon through Barack Obama. Trump has offered a series of shifting justifications for keeping his private, including that he’s been under audit and that “people wouldn’t understand” them.

The House Ways and Means Committee sought access to the president’s returns under a federal disclosure law, but the Trump administration blocked its request in an unprecedented move. Democrats sued in July and then last week asked the court to hurry the case.

But Trump’s lawyers argued that the lawsuit raises too many questions about the separation of powers between Congress, the executive branch and the judiciary for the court to rush, and Judge McFadden agreed.

McFadden, a Trump appointee, wrote in his order Thursday that “the weighty constitutional issues and political ramifications it presents militate in favor of caution and deliberation, not haste.”
And there’s another reason McFadden wants to wait: Duane Morley Cox, an 80-year-old Trump supporter who has been filing motions to intervene in this case and several others from Logan, Utah. 
Allowing this case to proceed could distract the president from his official duties, Cox argued in a brief filed in July. If Democrats had obtained the tax returns and were asking questions about them back in June, he suggested, Trump might have been too distracted to reconsider a retaliatory attack on Iran.

“But then the Iranians might have escalated matters,” Cox wrote, “and we could today be in a military situation which affected oil deliveries throughout the world, and resulting military consequences with their attendant negative impact upon the economies of many nations, including the United States.”

Trump’s team has already told the judge that it doesn’t want Cox’s help and doesn’t think he has standing to intervene. But McFadden still cited Cox as a reason to not speed up the case, noting that the Ways and Means Committee had “taken no position on whether Mr. Cox should be allowed to intervene” and that he hadn’t made up his mind, either.

The tax return lawsuit is one of several cases stemming from the administration’s refusal to provide testimony or documents in response to more than a dozen subpoenas from House committees. Another of those suits, in which Democrats are seeking Trump’s personal financial records from Deutsche Bank, might also yield some tax information.

McFadden’s order means that Democrats will have to rebut arguments that the court shouldn’t even hear the matter as well as arguments about the merits of their case, which turns on the clear language of a tax code provision known as Section 6103. The law says that in response to a request from a tax committee like Ways and Means, the Treasury secretary “shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request.”

Trump’s lawyers say Democrats have no legitimate legislative reason for their request and just want to embarrass the president.

Democrats argue that they’re conducting legitimate oversight of the IRS’s review of a sitting president’s returns and that a whistleblower has given them evidence of possible interference with Trump’s audit. " [Source]

The question we must continue to ask ourselves is this: What is Mr. trump trying to hide? Why is he fighting so  hard to keep his tax returns a secret? This is after he promised us that they would be released. 

Lawrence O'Donnell recently said he had good reason to believe that some of the co-signers on trump's loans with Deutsche Bank were Russian billionaires. He has since backtracked on that story, because the folks over at MSNBC legal told him to. Of course this doesn't mean that the story is not true, it's just that it was single sourced and that's not enough in the world of journalism.

“Maybe I’m going to do the tax returns when Obama does his birth certificate. I’d love to give my tax returns. I may tie my tax returns into Obama’s birth certificate,”  

He already dd Mr. trump. Now it's your turn.

*Pic from abc.go.com


Thursday, August 29, 2019

The day of the Geechie is NOT gone.

Image result for lahoma city news anchors gorrila image       Racism can take many forms. There is the trump/ MAGA type of racism, which stems from ignorance and a quest for control and power. There is the NAZI type of racism, which is just vile and evil. And there is the "innocent" I didn't mean it type of racism, which is just as dangerous as the  other two that I listed above..

A perfect example of the latter is what transpired in Oklahoma City between two news anchors. It has to do with a gorilla, a blonde (save the King Kong jokes), and a poor go along to get along Negro who ended up finding himself to be the butt of a racist insult on live television. 

"Oklahoma City news anchor Alex Housden attracted national attention when she committed a huge racist blunder by comparing her black co-anchor Jason Hackett on-air to a gorilla.
A segment about a gorilla at the Oklahoma City zoo began rolling on camera. The gorilla started to poke its head up at the camera. “This is Fin. He’s a resident at the Oklahoma City Zoo and this week the zoo’s ape caretaker took over their Instagram and we are all loving that they did,” Housden told the audience at home. “Now as you can see, Fin was fascinated by the camera,” said the KOCO anchor Housden.

“Definitely ready for his close up,” Hackett replied.

He kinda looks like you,” Housden joked. Hackett awkwardly laughed and agreed."

You know the worst part of this story? That this CJ type Negro agreed with Missy's assessment of him.  The Negro should have gotten up and walked off the set right then and there, but noooo, instead, he laughed and agreed with Missy's racist characterization. Someone should tell this Negro that "the day of the Geechie is gone."

Of course the next day, as is always the case with the "innocent" racist, Missy apologized to her black co-anchor, and cried tears of pain when she realized what a racist she was.

"Housden issued a tearful on-air apology the next day after realizing the effects of her joke. Many had taken to Twitter calling for her to be fired.

“I said something yesterday that was inconsiderate, that was inappropriate, and I hurt people,” began Housden. “I hurt people. I want you to know I understand how much I hurt you out there and how much I hurt you. I’m just humiliated,” she continued, before emphasizing her deep friendship with Hackett.

Hackett accepted her apology, saying that he loves Housden as a friend as well.
“The lesson here is that words matter,” he said. “We have to understand the stereotypes, we have to understand each other’s backgrounds and the words that hurt, the words that cut deep.” [Source]

Misssy said that she is humiliated. She calls her black co-worker a gorilla on live television and She is humiliated. 

Hey, at least they are still friends. That is until she innocently calls him a Nigger at the Christmas office party.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Caption Monday.

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I need a caption for this pic.

*Pic via twitter.com