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.
 

 

72 comments:

Winning! said...

"Climate, free trade, health care, immigration, foreign policy -- the 45th US president has set about undoing just about everything done by the 44th"

Elections have consequences.

Anonymous said...



If a white man did everything that Obama did he would go down in history as a hero.
This is seen throughout American and world history.
If a white man can't take credit for it, they either ignore it, distort history, change history or lie about it.

...It doesn't matter how many people may die or be hurt as a result.

It's interesting how some of those very same people complaining about "Obama Care" don't even realize how they will be affected adversely if it was repealed.

But as long as white men keep scaring white women into believing that "those brown folks" are going to destroy "their" country and their lifestyle...this country will become so divided that it will be very easy to be taken over by the very rich corporate conglomerations within this country as well as Russia.

...Tsk Tsk Tsk







The Trumpening said...

Obama was only elected because he was black.

His policies did massive harm to America, because Obama hated America.

Americans saw that their good-faith gesture of electing a black man was rewarded only with hate and violence against them.

They turned to the only politician who was on their side.

Trump is step-by-step repairing the damage Obama did.

Let's all get behind our President and help Make America Great Again.

Anonymous said...

- Precisely what "harm" did Obama's policies do "to America"?
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- Provide a SPECIFIC LIST of items that can be fact-checked using multiple sources, *not* merely "breitbart" or some "white is right" blog. MULTIPLE sources.
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- I bet dollars to donuts that no such list will appear. All we will see is the same old same-old unproven and unproveable hollow claims.
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- When America was great, we had an 80%+ top tax rate, blue-collar and white-collar worker salaries rose in pace with CEO perquisite and salary increases, education and intellect were valued rather than demeaned, and more people were being allowed the freedom to exercise their equal Constitutional rights, and extremism was being rejected as the danger it is.
- Everything started to go to hell in a handbasket around 1980, when the moderates and "thinkers" of the Republican party played deaf, dumb, and blind while HANDING the GOP over to the dominionists, corporatist, racists,s and other extremists, who brayed and barked about "loving the Constitution" while their actions proved the exact opposite.
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- Trump is the direct result of that permitted extremism. He CANNOT "make America great" because he and his minions hate all the things that DID, and CAN, make America great.
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MAGA said...

Thank God for President Trump.

PilotX said...

trump has to erase everything Barack did or he will be viewed as a failure. The man has no interest in uniting America, he really sounds like president Sean Hannity as he just throws red meat as if he's still campaigning. War on Christmas? Seriously? Puerto Ricans are dying of thirst, California is on fire and N. Korea is threating nuclear war and this fool is mad because people say happy holidays. We are sooooo fucked.

pterochromics said...


@ PilotX - Trump has, throughout his life, had one, and only one, interest:
himself.
- He's 71+ years old. And ever sine he first got his mug on TV, he's shown America his self-aggrandizing vindictive narcissism. He's screwed people over again and again, and the only reason banks kept handing him money is that his debts were *SO* huge that the only hope lenders had was that he's pay *some* of it back. He's used his lawyers to hammer on people whom he disliked or got POed at, who had no real means of defense against him. He has always been volatile and just plain reprehensible.
- What I can't understand is that the vast majority of people simply refused to look into his history, and worse, rejected any and all references offered to them which HANDED them the info.
- We truly have become an idiotocracy, where most people merely want to beeeeeLEEEEEV, and to hell with facts.
- But I bet dollars to donuts that most of the dopes will get their turn to cry when THEY get screwed out of something they worked for and paid for. Too many people don't give a damn about anything until THEY PERSONALLY get screwed.
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StillaPanther2 said...

minions don’t believe in him. Eight years of having a Black face in what is yours is truly painful. I emphasized with them daily. I heard daily Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh each and everyday for I years. It was painful to me as a medical professional having worked in mental for decades. These men truly may see beyond race on the skin color level. They had to daily battle with a learned concept that Blacks were inferior when it comes to be POTUS. Their thinking was may be that if that was not so, how come a Black had not been president sooner?


Think of Hannity and Rush having to endure 4 more years without a white face in the chair. I understand their pains. I went 38 years in voting painfully because I had to put that level for someone that I had no alligence to. The pain of always waiting for the day when someone of color ga to the office, I can check out knowing that it happened! Now I can listen to Rush and Hannity still bitch and moan about event that occurred many moons ago. This moaning display that their inner core psychic was insulted. Poor two crybabies.
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dinthebeast said...

Fergus is trying his damnedest to undo everything Obama did as revenge for being made fun of at the WHCD.
Fergus doesn't give a rat's ass about those policies, programs, treaties, or agreements, or what they do, as shown by his utter lack of understanding of any of them.
Fergus was elevated to the position he is now failing at by a confluence of easy to understand circumstances, not all of which he has any control over.
The Pig-People who still support him need a Republican bastard to support to keep their world views from collapsing and forcing upon them the awful knowledge that they have been swindled by their heroes for their entire adult lives and the dirty fucking hippies have been right about them all along.
It is understandable that they want to avoid this.
Fortunately, they do not comprise anything like a majority, and can thus be relegated to more proportional representation in the government at the ballot box.
The Republicans do, however, cheat like motherfuckers, so such adjustments-by-election won't be as easy as all of that.
But it must be done, preferably before the damn fool starts a war to try and juice his poll numbers and gets a lot of people killed.
Laws and policies can be repealed and fixed by the next Democratic administration, like usual, but dead people stay dead, and there is a very real danger that he could kill a lot of them.

-Doug in Oakland

Anonymous said...

Trump is Obama's legacy.

mike from iowa said...

Drumpfuck ain't man enough to lick the sweat from Obama's balls.

If ACA fails, voters have shown they will hold wingnuts responsible for it. Wingnuts want ordinary Americans to shut up and die. Fuck them and fuck Drumpfuck and fuck their Mothers.

PilotX said...

Abosolutely true. My buddy knows the guy who had to declare bankrupcy and lay off his employees because trump screwed him and broke his contract. The man has a history of screwing people over. He speaks the language of the pig people as Doug would say just as Reagan did.

PilotX said...

Flying over your town in a few hours Doug, even if you lit a fire I'd have a hard time figuring out which one is yours. Damn man, the entire state is burning.

anotherbozo said...

Would Trump be so small-minded as to form his politics out of a desire for revenge for his humiliation by Obama at the Washington Correspondents' Dinner? Wait, no, the "birther" campaign started way before that. Could it have been as simple as out-and-out racism?

Read Pierce, white-reporter-with-no-special-axe-to-grind, on the Mercers, gazillionaires who financed Bannon who fed ideology to Trump:

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a13027068/trump-bannon-mercers/

"African-Americans were better off before the Civil Rights Act." I'm not making this up.

Of course what Mercer/Bannon preached fell on very fertile soil.

Jimmy Dean said...

"He speaks the language of the pig people "

What did Black Pilot mean by this?

Martin Luther Ming the Merciless said...

"African-Americans were better off before the Civil Rights Act."

Objectively, this is true for most African-Americans.

It's on like Donkey Kong said...

"Climate, free trade, health care, immigration, foreign policy -- the 45th US president has set about undoing just about everything done by the 44th"

Most Americans have utterly rejected the hoax that is global warming, climate change, climate disruption, nom du jour so much so that the propaganda barrage is so remarkably unsubtle as the odor left by a Michael Moore projectile colitis attack in a phone booth. On the very day PBS airs an alarmist documentary that basically equates the Scott Pruitt-run EPA to the Einsatzgruppen, we learn that ocean levels around the globe are falling.

Democrats are in full freakout mode because the President is following the letter of the law of Obamacare in gutting it - the very same law they and schmucks like John "Old Overholt and a pack of Luckies" Boehner claimed was "the law of the land." Petards be foisted, yo.

Austria, known chiefly for waltzes, pastry and fascist dictators has decided that they too have had enough of the EU-imposed Muslim invasion, and in a fit of pique that would've pinned back Peter Jennings ears, went out and elected an anti-immigrant president who dislikes the EU and, get this, is a 31-year-old millennial. Hmm.

Then there's the throwing back of the phony Iran sellout to the Senate as well as the sanctioning of the IRGC, the Iranian regime's chief enforcer and source of funding, and the emergence of Steve Bannon as a political force to be reckoned with who is hell bent on taking over or destroying the GOP-e, then what it all adds up to me is that perhaps we are witnessing a pivotal moment in the struggle to take back the country.

MAGA said...

Julian Assange:
"There's something wrong with Hillary Clinton. It is not just her constant lying. It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement. Watch closely. Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen."

We all owe an immense debt of gratitude to Donald J. Trump, who finally ended this awful woman's 40 year run of strangling the truth.

mike from iowa said...

It's on like Donkey Kong said...

"Climate, free trade, health care, immigration, foreign policy -- the 45th US president has set about undoing just about everything done by the 44th"

Most Americans have utterly rejected the hoax that is global warming, climate change, climate disruption, nom du jour

Let's see the proof this stuff was overwhelmingly rejected. You are full of shit in rainbow colors and it all smells like I imagine Drumpfuck's ass on yer nose would smell.

Let's see yer overwhelming empirical evidence or STFU!

mike from iowa said...

You fucking, lying, scumbag wingnuts are typical, uneducated right wing trash. You bray talking points and can't back them up because they aren't true. They never have been true and never will be true. Be good to be rid of the swamp slime and Russian butt buddies.

mike from iowa said...

You nutters do realize that the law sez you can't lawfully fuck yer sisters, no matter how old they are. BTW are the ladies stump broke like yer mules?

mike from iowa said...

Something else Drumofuck is tearing down- Bowe Bergdahl decided to plead guilty to desertion because he doubts he could get a fair trial because of biased and prejudiced remarks Drumpfuck said about him. Similar to the Central Park 5 Drumpfuck convicted Bergdahl in the court of public opinion. Needs his jaws welded shut and his fingers removed eo he stops prejudicial remarks about people he doesn't like.

I doubt there is anyone anywhere who hasn't heard the things Drumpfuck has said.

Anonymous said...

Bowe Bergdahl should be executed for treason.

Hail the Trumpenreich said...

The two terms of Barack Obama seemed to be the crowning validation of the left’s victory. Despite Obama’s “no blue state, no red state” campaign rhetoric, he governed as the most leftist––and ineffectual–– president in history. Deficits exploded, taxes were raised, new entitlements created, and government expanded far beyond the dreams of center-left Democrats. Marriage and sex identities were redefined. The narrative of permanent white racism was endorsed and promoted. Tradition-minded Americans were scorned as “bitter clingers to guns and religion.” Hollywood and Silicon Valley became even more powerful cultural arbiters and left-wing publicists. And cosmopolitan internationalism was privileged over patriotic nationalism, while American exceptionalism was reduced to an irrational parochial prejudice.

But the election of Donald Trump, and the overreach of the left’s response to that victory, suggest that we may be seeing the beginning of the end of the left’s cultural, social, and political dominance.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/268129/beginning-end-progressive-domination-bruce-thornton

Yīshēng said...

Obama's legacy will be just fine to those who have common sense.

dinthebeast said...

PX: It missed my sister's house in Santa Rosa by half a block, if I'm reading the fire maps correctly.

Who taught the trolls to write fiction?
Oh, that's right, thirty years of lavishly funded right wing bullshit media.

Well, have fun with your lies and insanity, trolls. I hope they get you off good right now, because in the line for Fergus-buggering you're next.

-Doug in Oakland

Richard Knibbler said...

The moderate left has spent the past few years running interference for Black Lives Matter and Antifa, and some of us have been warning them that the far left hates the liberals, too. They're now finding that out up close and personal, and I hope it terrifies them.

This, along with similar incidents at other universities, is a sign of the final death of American "liberalism." It is death by suicide, because liberalism is being destroyed by the forces it unleashed and by its own inherent contradictions

mike from iowa said...

Right wing morons think when deficits go down, as under Obama the Magnificent, that is exploding. Apparently no one taught them any better. Obama barely made a dent in raising taxes. If Obama could have raised taxes the debt would be coming down, instead of skyrocketing because off failed wingnut policies of give all to the wealthy.

BLM is a good idea. Constant lies and fake videos hurt them but that is what wingnuts planned. They have deluded half of Americans into being racist dirt bags who will bear the brunt of the punishment while the koch bros get ever richer on taxpayer largesse. Fuck you stoopid sonsabitches that can't see the forest for the bullshit you swallow from Fake Noize every minute of every day.

President Downgrade said...

"Right wing morons think when deficits go down, as under Obama the Magnificent"

Left wing morons from iowa don't know that Obama doubled the national debt:

http://dailysignal.com/2016/02/08/obamas-dismal-fiscal-legacy/

field negro said...

I bet those conservatives who lost their valuables in Florida and Texas recently no longer believe that climate change is a "hoax".

trump just lied and said that Obama didn't call the families of fallen soldiers. He was fact-checked in real time and had to back- peddle.

The Orange one lies so effortlessly.
It's scary.🤥

Hurricane Wayne said...

field negro said...
I bet those conservatives who lost their valuables in Florida and Texas recently no longer believe that climate change is a "hoax".
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How moronic does one have to be to believe that there were no hurricanes before humans burned fossil fuels?

pterochromics said...

How moronic does one have to be to believe that there were no hurricanes before humans burned fossil fuels?

- A whole hell of a lot less moronic than beeeeLEEEVing that things are getting better when they are actually getting worse, and especially, in refusing to comprehend the simple grade-school concept of rate of change
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Al Whore said...

Before Harvey hit Texas, we had just gone through a 12 year stretch without a major hurricane making landfall in the US. That was the longest hurricane drought period ever recorded.

But that wasn't "climate change".

You science-challenged liberals are a joke.

Nobody with any sense believes this global warming shit anymore.

Anonymous said...

"If a white man did everything that Obama did he would go down in history as a hero."

nigga please......

mike from iowa said...

Jessica Chambers jury hung. Judge declares mistrial.

Anonymous President Downgrade said...

"Right wing morons think when deficits go down, as under Obama the Magnificent"

Left wing morons from iowa don't know that Obama doubled the national debt

Let me clue you in, stoopid wingnut. The debt and the deficit are two entirely different entities. Obama had to spend vast amounts of money to jumpstart the economy you wingnuts trashed under dumbass dubya, plus he had to pay all the interest on the debt dumbass dubya racked up while cutting taxes for the koch bros, twice. No wonder you morons can't make the economy grow. You have zero idea what happens to make it work.

Satan, please send back one fucking wingnut that knows spit about the economy.

Anonymous said...

"Precisely what "harm" did Obama's policies do "to America"?"

IRS targets Obama’s enemies
Benghazi
Spying on the AP
The ATF “Fast and Furious” scheme
Sebelius demands payment
The Pigford Agriculture Department Scandal
The General Services Administration Las Vegas Spending Spree.
Veterans Affairs in Disney World and neglecting vets
Solyndra
New Black Panthers Voter Intimidation
The hacking of Sharyl Attkisson’s computer
Obama’s LIES about the Affordable Care Act
“I’ll Pass My Own Laws”
NSA Spying on American People
 Foreign Policy
Lack of solidarity with Israel
Disaster with the Arab Spring
Crimea
Leaving Iraq too soon and letting ISIS take over
Handling of Syrian Red Line
Calling ISIS “JV”
Failing to Recognize ISIS as a Radical (or Devout) Muslim Movement
Returning the bust of Churchill to the Brits
Lack of Confidence by NATO nations
Signing a Disastrous Nuclear Deal with the Mullahs of Ira
 Paid $5 Billion & Released 5 Taliban Prisoners For Deserter Bergdahl
Waging war by attacking Libya without Congressional approval
Allowed the building of Chinese bases in the South China Sea and off the coast of Somalia at the entrance to the gulf of Aden
     14. Paying ransom to Iranian for hostages- and using foreign currency in unmarked plane
     15. Lying about paying ransom (which media ignored!)
       16. Pays tribute to Japanese at Hiroshima on US Memorial Day
       17. Obama trashed America 18 times on Asian Tour
18. Pushing the U.N. resolution condemning Israel for legally building houses in Jewish neighborhoods
19. Released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority in last few hours
 Domestic Policy
Failure to secure the Border
Illegals bringing guns, drug and diseases through the southern border
Bowe Bergdahl swap
Passing on the keystone pipeline
 9 Trillion dollars more in debt
Vast expansion of government
Racial Division at all-time high
Inviting Bomb Boy Ahmed to White House
Disrespect for Cops
Failed economic stimulus plan
Constant disregard for the Constitution and tyrannical rule
China overtook America as world’s largest economy
Double Downgrade
Housing policies failed to stop foreclosures
Price of healthcare has drastically risen for those purchasing it
Education policies failed to curb college costs
Highest percentage of Americans on Food Stamps and Medicaid
Record 92,898,000 Americans over 16 years not working
Lowest Labor Force participation rate of 62.7%
Denying the notion of American Exceptionalism
Securing the Olympics for Chicago in 2016
Naming numerous Communists/Socialists/Progressives to Czar Positions
Mismanagement and cover up of Terrorist shootings in San Bernardino, California
Mismanagement of Gulf Oil Spill
Disastrous Vetting Process of “Immigrants” from Muslim Nations
Refusing to Listen to CIA/FBI that there is no way to properly vet certain immigrants from Muslim nations
 27.  Fort Hood Shooting
 28.  Colorado EPA Disaster
  29. Veto of 911 Crime Bill- which was overturned
  30. Worst economic recovery since the depression with anemic GDP numbers
  31. Over 94 million Americans out of the workforce
  32. Obama commutes sentence on Chelsea Manning
   33. Obama commuted the sentence of FALN activist Oscar López Rivera
 

pterochromics said...

Richard Knibbler said...

The moderate left has spent the past few years running interference for Black Lives Matter and Antifa, and some of us have been warning them that the far left hates the liberals, too. They're now finding that out up close and personal, and I hope it terrifies them.

This, along with similar incidents at other universities, is a sign of the final death of American "liberalism." It is death by suicide, because liberalism is being destroyed by the forces it unleashed and by its own inherent contradictions
3:18 PM

- Yes re: the Moderate Left, because the far Left is as EXTREMIST as is the far Right, and *all* extremism is, by definition, tyrannical, because it rejects human nature. I could go into far greater depth on that, but I think the reasons are plainly obvious so I won't insult people by writing a whole thesis ;).
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- Regarding supposed "inherent contradictions" of Liberalism, however, at least Classical Liberalism, it is no more "inherently contradictory" than are any and all human social systems and theories regarding them.
- The reason is that humans as a species are contadictory. Human nature, meaning the sum total of human psychology and behavior, encompasses everything from Jeffrey Dahmer to Mother Theresa, and any other examples of extreme opposites one can think of.
- As with intelligence, however, there is a huge middle ground which encompasses the vast majority of humans. Political extremism, regardless of type, rejects and belittles that vast middle ground.
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- The reality is that the left-leaning moderates, the centrists, and the right-leaning moderates have much more in common with one another, than any has in common with the extremists of either wing.
- If anything, Classic Liberalism is what gave us the concept of "equal civil and legal rights for all citizens".
- It is EXTREMISM which rejects that.
- Classic Liberalism is part of the very *human* search for balance, seeking to allow the most liberty possible for the most people possible, while still seeking justice for those whose rights and liberties have been infringed-upon. And that, in turn, has to be balanced with the means necessary to protect that society and nation from those who would seek to destroy it because it *is not* extremist.
- It isn't the platform that's contradictory; the "inherent contradiction", and the resulting "messiness" of the system, is in the Humans Species itself, given that one person's paradise would be a different person's hell, so balance is difficult, if even possible!, to find.
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Anonymous said...

"Hurricane Wayne said...
field negro said...
I bet those conservatives who lost their valuables in Florida and Texas recently no longer believe that climate change is a "hoax"."
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Climate and weather changes, always has always will. Hurricanes have been happening forever.......

mike from iowa said...

Anonymous Hurricane Wayne said. How moronic does one have to be to not realize the size and intensity of hurricanes has been increasing? It ain't because wingnuts sit in a circle and sing Kumbaya.

Anonymous said...

Richard Knibbler said...

"The moderate left has spent the past few years running interference for Black Lives Matter and Antifa, and some of us have been warning them that the far left hates the liberals, too. They're now finding that out up close and personal, and I hope it terrifies them."


Yes they are!!!!!

pterochromics said...

- Most of the list of Obama's so-called "harms" have little, if anything, to do with Obama, and everything to do with obstructionists in Congress.
- Of course, it's also a largely-unacknowledged fact that the obstructionist were there to begin with because even supposedly-smart Americans stupidly believe that "politics is just shit", and couldn't be bothered to even VOTE for what they claimed to believe in.
- The fundamental harm has been done by those who wasted endless hours of time sitting on their thumbs and kvetching, BUT could not take two or so hours out of their year to *vote*.
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mike from iowa said...

Foodstamps for thought (sorry wingnuts. I had to get that poke about thought in there)

The increase in food stamp beneficiaries is due partly to economic pressures, and partly to liberalizations in both benefits and eligibility under Obama and also under his predecessor. We covered those in some detail back in 2012 when GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich accused Obama of being the “food stamp president.” The number of food stamp beneficiaries increased by 14.7 million during Bush’s two terms in office, which exceeds the current increase under Obama of 14.1 million.

When all else fails (failure is common in wingnut land) blame the Black guy in the White House.

pterochromics said...

mike from iowa said...

When all else fails (failure is common in wingnut land) blame the Black guy in the White House.


- That's about the size of it. Especially irksome is the deal where someone writes a whole list of mostly-false accusations, and then, when one corrects that false ones, the accuser starts howling and braying that one "worships" him, or more typically, launches into crude sexual accusations regarding the fact-checker and supposed activities with malanin-enriched people. ((I'm not even going to use the asterisk-filled substitutes for their potty-mouth lingo)).
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- No wonder so many of them resort to blaming pretty much *everyone* but themselves for their lack of job advancement or rejection by college admissions offices or not having a girlfriend or the store being out of Fig Newtons or when they try to use a chainsaw while drunk and cut off a toe - itz thuh JOOZ!!!, itz thuh KNEEGROWZ!!!, and so on and so forth and et centera, ad infinitum and ad nauseum.
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- What they never 'get' is that Trump and McConnel and their ilk are not hated because they are Conservatives - they are hated bcause they CLAIM to be Conservatives, while, in reality, they, like their masochistic minions, are anythingbut Conservatives.
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STFU said...

"Especially irksome is the deal where someone writes a whole list of mostly-false accusations"

Rich coming from people who blame "Drumpf" for hurricanes.

Sick Hillary said...

So.... Hillary is sick with exhaustion from promoting her book that nobody is buying, but she could have totally handled being President?

We really dodged a bullet there.

mike from iowa said...

Sep 19, 2017 · Hillary Clinton's 'What Happened' nabbed the biggest first week sales for a hardcover nonfiction book since 2012.

Bawl about it, baby. At least HRC isn't a confirmed psychotic, pathological liar like the douche bag the Russians installed in the WH.

And unlike Backwoods Barbien the Wasilla Windigo, HRC doesn't have to buy thousands of copies of her own books to make best seller lists.

Vlad the Inhaler said...

mike from iowa said...
At least HRC isn't a confirmed psychotic, pathological liar like the douche bag the Russians installed in the WH.
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This is a sane belief (tiptoeing away)

pterochromics said...

Anonymous STFU said...

"Especially irksome is the deal where someone writes a whole list of mostly-false accusations"

Rich coming from people who blame "Drumpf" for hurricanes.


- Since nobody did so or does so, "STFU" is evidently referring to the voices in his/her head :p
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mike from iowa said...

Bomb boy built a clock and wingnuts freaked because he used.....wait for it....Science. Scared the shit out of whitey.

Denying the notion of American Exceptionalism This is a joke, right?
Passing on the keystone pipeline-Obama's prerogative
9 Trillion dollars more in debt- blame wingnuts for not raising taxes.
Vast expansion of government- flat out lie.
Racial Division at all-time high- blame whitey
Inviting Bomb Boy Ahmed to White House-already answered-blame racist whitey wingnuts
Disrespect for Cops -flat out lie
27. Fort Hood Shooting- Obama was the shooter, right?
28. Colorado EPA Disaster- blame wingnuts for cutting EPA budget
29. Veto of 911 Crime Bill- which was overturned
30. Worst economic recovery since the depression with anemic GDP numbers- blame wingnuts for refusing to help solve the problem
31. Over 94 million Americans out of the workforce- workforce is aging, not enough younger workers, especially since drumpfuck sent so many back south.

mike from iowa said...

Too much stoopid to answer the rest. Wingnuts couldn't pin Benghazi on HRC so now they blame Obama.

mike from iowa said...

Drumpf is directly responsible for Las Vegas massacre. Bet the only condolences he sent out went to the NRA because HRC was going to take away their guns.

mike from iowa said...

ps Drumpfuck is still violating the constitution by making money off being bogus potus, which is at least one more criminal act than Obama or his administration was charged with. Fucking crooked losers!

pterochromics said...

mike from iowa said...

Too much stoopid to answer the rest. Wingnuts couldn't pin Benghazi on HRC so now they blame Obama.


- You answer well, though. I admit to being out of patience.
-
- Somewhat tangentially, I had read some time ago that, because of the teafarty making it more difficult for Agricultural Workers to come here on a seasonal basis to harvest vegetables and fruit, some of the largest produce companies have actually moved their operations to Mexico. The workers make the same wages, but don't have to travel, so it works for them as well.
- I don't know about other areas in the US, but here in the Houston area, more and more of the produce comes from Mexico.
-
- I guess it's a sort of circuitous turn-about:
US corporations have been sucking money out of Puerto Rico like crazy since they got their pets in Congress to change the tax laws, so no Big Ag is taking money direct to Mexico. Maybe some of it will get back to PR...
-

Vlad the Inhaler said...

mike from iowa said...
Drumpf is directly responsible for Las Vegas massacre
---

I rest my case.

Anonymous said...

Here are 28 of President Obama’s biggest accomplishments as President of the United States.

1 – Rescued the country from the Great Recession, cutting the unemployment rate from 10% to 4.7% over six years

2 – Signed the Affordable Care Act which provided health insurance to over 20 million uninsured Americans

3 – Ended the war in Iraq

4 – Ordered for the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden

5 – Passed the $787 billion America Recovery and Reinvestment Act to spur economic growth during the Great Recession

6 – Supported the LGBT community’s fight for marriage equality

7 – Commuted the sentences of nearly 1200 drug offenders to reverse “unjust and outdated prison sentences”

8 – Saved the U.S. auto industry

9 – Helped put the U.S. ontrack for energy independence by 2020

10 – Began the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan

11 – Signed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals allowing as many as 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally to avoid deportation and receive work permits

12 –Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to re-regulate the financial sector

13 – Dropped the veteran homeless rate by 50 percent

14 – Reversed Bush-era torture policies

15 – Began the process of normalizing relations with Cuba

16 – Increased Department of Veteran Affairs funding

17 – Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act

18 – Boosted fuel efficiency standards for cars

19 – Improved school nutrition with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

20 – Repealed the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy

21 – Signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, making it a federal crime to assault anyone based on sexual or gender identification

22 – Helped negotiate the landmark Iran Nuclear Deal

23 – He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to combat pay discrimination against women

24 – Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, making her the first Hispanic ever to serve as a justice

25 – Supported veterans through a $78 billion tuition assistance GI bill

26 – Won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”

27 – Launched My Brother’s Keeper, a White House initiative designed to help young minorities achieve their full potential

28 – Expanded embryonic stem cell research leading to groundbreaking work in areas including spinal injury treatment and cancer

...NOW PUT THAT IN YOUR RACIST CRACK PIPES AND SMOKE IT.


Yīshēng said...

So good, it should be posted twice!!

Here are 28 of President Obama’s biggest accomplishments as President of the United States.

1 – Rescued the country from the Great Recession, cutting the unemployment rate from 10% to 4.7% over six years

2 – Signed the Affordable Care Act which provided health insurance to over 20 million uninsured Americans

3 – Ended the war in Iraq

4 – Ordered for the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden

5 – Passed the $787 billion America Recovery and Reinvestment Act to spur economic growth during the Great Recession

6 – Supported the LGBT community’s fight for marriage equality

7 – Commuted the sentences of nearly 1200 drug offenders to reverse “unjust and outdated prison sentences”

8 – Saved the U.S. auto industry

9 – Helped put the U.S. ontrack for energy independence by 2020

10 – Began the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan

11 – Signed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals allowing as many as 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally to avoid deportation and receive work permits

12 –Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to re-regulate the financial sector

13 – Dropped the veteran homeless rate by 50 percent

14 – Reversed Bush-era torture policies

15 – Began the process of normalizing relations with Cuba

16 – Increased Department of Veteran Affairs funding

17 – Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act

18 – Boosted fuel efficiency standards for cars

19 – Improved school nutrition with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

20 – Repealed the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy

21 – Signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, making it a federal crime to assault anyone based on sexual or gender identification

22 – Helped negotiate the landmark Iran Nuclear Deal

23 – He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to combat pay discrimination against women

24 – Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, making her the first Hispanic ever to serve as a justice

25 – Supported veterans through a $78 billion tuition assistance GI bill

26 – Won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”

27 – Launched My Brother’s Keeper, a White House initiative designed to help young minorities achieve their full potential

28 – Expanded embryonic stem cell research leading to groundbreaking work in areas including spinal injury treatment and cancer

...NOW PUT THAT IN YOUR RACIST CRACK PIPES AND SMOKE IT.

Yīshēng is a moron said...

All 28 of those are either falsely attributed or outright failures.

dinthebeast said...

"Before Harvey hit Texas, we had just gone through a 12 year stretch without a major hurricane making landfall in the US. That was the longest hurricane drought period ever recorded."

Really? What about hurricane Matthew that made landfall in Florida on the seventh of October of 2016 killing 47 people in the US?

Or don't you remember that one because it happened the same day as the "grab them by the pussy" tape was released and you spent the whole day furiously masturbating?

It would be nice if your lies and insanity took more than five seconds to debunk, or how about not lying at all?

No? Didn't think so.

Without lies you run the risk of being infected with reality, and that leads to having to admit to yourself that you've been swindled by your heroes for your entire adult life and that the dirty fucking hippies have been right about you all along.

Which you WILL face one day. Whether it happens of your own volition and you have a better life because of it, or comes as a nasty knock to what's left of your worldview is up to you.

Nobody is holding a gun to your head and making you consume propaganda. You can stop.

-Doug in Oakland

Al Whore said...

Matthew was a Category 1 hurricane when it made landfall in the US.

Sustained hurricane-force/category 1 winds were confined mainly to the immediate coastal areas and barrier islands of east-central and northeastern Florida, and the barrier islands of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, including the Outer Banks

www.nhc.noaa.gov/data/tcr/AL142016_Matthew.pdf

A major hurricane is Category 3 or higher.

Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the US in almost 12 years:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/special-report-harvey-first-major-105840686.html

You. Are. A. Fucking. Moron.

PilotX said...

"Climate and weather changes, always has always will. Hurricanes have been happening forever......."

Sure but we are also causing changes due to increased amounts of greenhouse gasses. All being the same we should actually be in a natural cooling cycle due to recent volcanic erruptions and other forcings but alas temps are increasing.

pterochromics said...

@ dinthebeast -Doug in Oakland

- Oh Doug, Doug, Doug, don't you realize that *it doesn't matter* how many people die, how much land is razed, how many $billions of damage are done to property public and private? Don't you realize that an increasing frequency and severity of floods in meaningless podunk areas like Houston are irrelevant?
- ALL THAT MATTERS is you said "Major hurricanes", BUT the hurricanes and tropical storms that have hit North America are technically not major since the winds weren't Cat 3, ergo, the climate change deniers get to call you a moron.
- Death and destruction? HEY, all irrelevant - the ONE thing that matters in the RW scoring system is that one denier got to call one supposed liberal a "moron" for using one term erroneously...

pterochromics said...

--- OH, and since sacrasm tends to get missed, yes, "meaningless podunk areas like Houston" was total sarcasm, though I'm sure someone will try to pretend I was being literal

dinthebeast said...

I think the people it killed probably thought it was major.
Also, I left out the other hurricanes that year that fucked up places other than the US, and all of the other years with major, named, storms in them. I just happened to know about that one off of the top of my head.

-Doug in Oakland

dinthebeast said...

"Hurricane Matthew was a powerful and devastating tropical cyclone which became the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Felix in 2007. The thirteenth named storm, fifth hurricane and second major hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, Matthew brought widespread destruction and catastrophic loss of life during its journey across the Western Atlantic, including parts of Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic, the Lucayan Archipelago, the southeastern United States, and the Canadian Maritimes. A total of 603 deaths have been attributed to the storm, including 546 in Haiti, 47 in the United States, 4 in Cuba, 4 in the Dominican Republic, 1 in Colombia, and 1 in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, making it the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Stan in 2005, which killed 1,668 in Central America. With the storm causing damages estimated in excess of US $15 billion, it was also the most destructive Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, as well as the ninth-costliest Atlantic hurricane in recorded history."

That was probably published before this hurricane season, so the historical rankings may be wrong by now.

-Doug in Oakland

mike from iowa said...

Here is part of an excellent op-ed by Charles M. Blow in the New York Times on this subject:

It must be cold and miserable standing in the shadow of someone greater and smarter, more loved and more admired. It must be infuriating to have risen on the wings of your derision of that person’s every decision, and even his very existence, and yet not be able to measure up — in either stratagem or efficacy — when you sit where that person once sat.
This is the existence of Donald Trump in the wake of President Barack Obama. Trump can’t hold a candle to Obama, so he’s taking a tiki torch to Obama’s legacy. Trump can’t get his bad ideas through Congress, but he can use the power of the presidency to sabotage or even sink Obama’s signature deeds.
In fact, if there is a defining feature of Trump as “president,” it is that he is in all ways the anti-Obama — not only on policy but also on matters of propriety and polish. While Obama was erudite, Trump is ignorant. Obama was civil, Trump is churlish. Obama was tactful, Trump is tacky.
There is a thing present in Obama and absent from Trump that no amount of money or power can alter: a sense of elegant intellectualism and taste.
The example Obama set makes the big man with the big mouth look smaller by the day. But I believe that this nonadjustable imbalance is part of what has always fueled Trump’s rage against Obama. Trump, who sees character as just another malleable thing that can be marketed and made salable, chafes at the black man who operated above the coarseness of commercial interests and whose character appeared unassailable.
America — even many of the people who were staunch opponents of Obama’s policies — admired and even adored the sense of honor and decency he brought to the office. Trump, on the other hand, is historically unpopular, and not just in America. As The Pew Research Center pointed out in June: “Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations.” Trump is reviled around the globe and America’s reputation is going down with its captain.
All of this feeds Trump’s consuming obsession with undoing everything Obama did. It is his personal crusade, but he also carries the flag for the millions of Americans — mostly all Republicans — who were reflexively repulsed by Obama and the coalition that elected him. . . .
Trump isn’t governing with a vision, he’s governing out of spite. Obama’s effectiveness highlights Trump’s ineptitude, and this incenses Trump.

Anonymous said...

MFI:"At least HRC isn't a confirmed psychotic, pathological liar like the douche bag the Russians installed in the WH."

Not psychotic but she is a sociopath

Anonymous said...

Doug is an idiot. Ha!

Anonymous said...

Trump is great!!

Trump sucks said...

Yeah, a great asshole.

Anonymous said...

Trump sucks said...
Yeah, a great asshole.
5:23 PM

Why so???

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