Friday, August 19, 2016

Return of the Nativist

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Now Trump has realized that with less than 2% support of blacks, he has belatedly shifted into a belated and false appeal to black voters. He's doing it with his usual verve. He is promising jobs, education, crime reduction, rainbows and unicorns. "Just believe me!" is the tired mantra.

He also buttresses these claims by trying to pit blacks against hispanics by dragging out his xenophobic anti-immigration and racist plans. We've heard all this bupkis before, and it remains as muddled and fairy tale-esque as before.

Cycling through new advisors at a dizzying rate, there is a limit to what you can do with the hot mess that is Donald Trump. 

Morning Choke

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MSNBC, long known for it's unapologetically liberal bent, has an odd situation in the morning. Ex- Congressman Joe Scarborough, he of the "Contract with America" Republican obstructionists hosts Morning Joe, a public affairs/news show. It's an interesting format, more like a salon with interesting guests and long form discussions on the issues and events of the day.

Sadly, the show is patently unwatchable. Scarborough, along with his feckless co-host Mika Brzezinski, do all they can to dominate the discourse and only allow the radical conservative Scarborough the first and last word on all subjects. Guests are allowed only to agree with Morning Joe, or be quiet. When she isn't faux disagreeing with Scarborough, Mika meekly comes along for the ride.

I would recommend they rename the show (or find someone else named Joe) and jettison the hostly duo in favor of someone that can bring a coherent performance to the table. It certainly need not be a liberal, only someone with a brain that can stand to have intelligent guests without feeling threatened by them. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Rogue's Gallery

                              

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Donald Trump:   Republican Presidential Nominee . Admirer and apologist for Vladimir Putin, Russian Dictator, Kim Jong-Il, North Korean Dictator, Saddam Hussein, ex-Iraqi Dictator. Undercutter of NATO. Invited Russian espionage and hacking of U.S. election opponent. Supports Russian annexation of Crimea. Purports to negotiate in Mid East at the expense of Israel. 


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Paul Manafort: Campaign manager of Trump candidacy. Worked for Russian backed forces in Ukraine. Appears to have been paid cash from Russian factions in Ukraine. 

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Michael Flynn : Foreign policy adviser to Trump, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General ex-Director of Defense Intelligence. Received payments from Russian media company with close ties to Putin. 


Have the Republicans no shame at all?






Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Better Dead Than Red

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This is a picture of the devastation from the flooding in Louisiana. A state of emergency has been declared, and one can be sure that in spite of the inevitable bureaucratic bottlenecks, help will be on the way for the unfortunate citizens affected by this disaster.





                       

This is a picture of the USA, colored red are the Republican states, blue are Democrat. (Not representative of the 2016 election, Trump will have upended much of the red areas, temporarily at least.)

The following is a list of 67 members of the House of Representatives that voted against aid to the Northeast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy:

Justin Amash (R-MI)
Andy Barr (R-KY)
Dan Benishek (R-MI)
Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI)
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)
Mo Brooks (R-AL)
Paul Broun (R-GA)
Steve Chabot (R-OH)
Doug Collins (R-GA)
Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Steve Daines (R-MT)
Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)
Sean Duffy (R-WI)
Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
Jimmy Duncan (R-TN)
Stephen Fincher (R-TN)
John Fleming (R-LA)
Bill Flores (R-TX)
Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
Tom Graves (R-GA)
Sam Graves (R-MO)
Andrew Harris (R-MD)
George Holding (R-NC)
Richard Hudson (R-NC)
Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)
Randy Hultgren (R-IL)
Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
Thomas Massie (R-KY)
Tom McClintock (R-CA)
Mark Meadows (R-NC)
Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)
Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)
Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)
Steven Palazzo (R-MS)
Steve Pearce (R-NM)
Scott Perry (R-PA)
Tom Petri (R-WI)
Mike Pompeo (R-KS)
Tom Price (R-GA)
Phil Roe (R-TN)
Todd Rokita (R-IN)
Keith Rothfus (R-PA)
Ed Royce (R-CA)
Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Matt Salmon (R-AZ)
David Schweikert (R-AZ)
Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)
Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
Randy Weber (R-TX)
Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)
Roger Williams (R-TX)
Joe Wilson (R-SC)
Rob Woodall (R-GA)
Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
Ted Yoho (R-FL)

You will note, these are all Republicans. Many are representatives of areas that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and all lobbied hard for the aid that went to help that area following that disaster.

As I said, there will be no doubt that the current flooding in Louisiana will get the financial aid that this country has a moral obligation and a human desire to provide.

The amorality shown by the Republicans in voting against Sandy aid, while getting Katrina aid and now new aid for this years flooding is breathtaking. This modern Republican Party, and those that they have induced to vote for them are the lowest of the low. This is the party that now offers up Donald Trump to be President.

This is a significant portion of America in 2016. How freaking sad is that? 

Rubber and Glue

                        

With Trump sinking in the polls, it is tempting to breathe a sigh of relief. Sanity, tenuous at best, may in fact win out in the end in the Presidential race.

One of the things that has led to this reckoning with reality has to be the realization that Trump is quite literally, an empty suit with no original or cohesive thoughts when it comes to campaigning.

From his "I'm not there" moment in his initial refusal to endorse Paul Ryan, to his attacks on Clinton as not "having the temperament" to be President, it's clear as a bell that he takes the exact same charges and criticisms levied against him and turns them back at his opponents, WORD FOR WORD.
It is no wonder that his wife Melania was caught plagiarizing, it's all her hubby ever does.

When he is called incompetent, he calls Clinton incompetent. When he is charged with Putin love, he charges Clinton with the same. Clinton said we can't trust Trump with the nuclear codes. Surprise! He said the same thing about Clinton as a response. It goes on and on.

Yes, it's fun to behave in this manner, it must help relieve stress. Let me have a go at it.

"Listening to Trump, I just wanted to hit him so hard, his head would spin!"

Meh.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Vinegar and Water

                                               





















        Il Duce                                Il Douche


Tin horns of a feather.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Friday, August 5, 2016

Winning For Losing

                 
Two hopeless narcissists. Both wealthy, in the public eye, but each living in their own little world. Both are bad news for anyone in their sphere, they take and take, but nothing comes back. Both are amusing, in small doses. Both have left a trail of degradation in their paths.

Despite their fame and wealth, and contrary to all their protestations, they are total losers.




                        




         

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Back to the Future Past

                   

I had a dream that I awoke on the morning of November 9, the day after Hillary Clinton's election as President of the United States, and I was somewhere in the penthouse bedroom of Trump tower. I opened my eyes and saw this:




                        



I smiled and went back to sleep.

What a refreshing dream!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Propaganda



This screenshot of the politics home page of Foxnews.com is from today. 8/1/16.

Isn't it interesting that after a weekend of controversy about Donald Trump's treatment of and response to a Gold Star family's denunciation of Trump, that while the story appears prominently on the home pages of the New York Times and The Washington Post, Fox News makes no clear mention of it at all?

Even though the sexual harasser in chief at Fox, Roger Ailes, was forced to resign, the Murdoch owned propaganda outfit that is Fox News rolls on.

Not fair, not balanced, not journalism.