Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ex-Trump Employee Speaks Out on his Treatment of Women

And this is who some Republicans want to elect as the most powerful man in the most powerful nuclear empowered nation in the world?



http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/ex-trump-employee-speaks-out-on-his-treatment-of-women-20160329

EVERY TIME I PRINT AN OPINION I WILL FOLLOW IT WITH "GET OUT THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE EVERYWHERE."  EVERYTHING I WRITE AND ABOUT WHICH I TALK IS INSTRUCTION TO DO JUST THAT.  DO NOT PULL THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY APART LIKE THE INTRINSICALLY EVIL REPUBLICONS HAVE DONE.  STAY TOGETHER AND A SUPREME COURT WILL BE PUT IN PLACE TO KEEP ALL THE THINGS NECESSARY FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND POOR TO LIVE AND IMPROVE THEIR LOT WHILE IT WILL BLAST THE EVIL CITIZEN'S UNITED DECISION FOR THE 1% WEALTHIEST TO HELL WHERE IT BELONGS!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Avoidance of Dementia

The editorial in the March 25, edition of the Metrowest Daily News entitled "Hope on Dementia" (linked here or below) was, indeed, as interesting as it was a positive article about a malady which people of boomer age and even younger fear. There is nothing I value more than coherent intellect and thought -- not wealth, not physical agility or any other yardstick one uses to measure success. I fear a loss of one's memory and coherent thought more than I fear almost anything else.

I do try, as best I am able, through exercise, proper diet, weight control as well as expanding my mind to new ideas, concepts and realities in our ever-changing world in an attempt -- I hope not in vain -- to ward off the debilitating disease of dementia associated with aging.

In the end we are given the gift to view this life, short though it may be, for a limited time which seems to pass more quickly as one ages. We must make it count, I believe, for the betterment in the lives of the least of our co-occupiers of the planet and to make life count for more than one's occupied space on it. It is not, I think, what life gives to us that matters but what we give to help make the lives of others better.


http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/opinion/20160326/hope-on-dementia#loadComment


 IT IS WHY I AM A DEMOCRAT AND WHY I ADVOCATE VOTING FOR DEMOCRATS AND WHY I WANT TO GET OUT THE VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS ESPECIALLY BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.  WHOEVER IT TURNS OUT TO BE HILLARY OR BERNIE THAT IS THE DEMOCRATIC CHOICE DO NOT TAKE YOUR TOYS AND GO HOME IF IT IS NOT THE ONE OF YOUR CHOICE.  YOU CAN NEVER EVER GET IT ALL BUT ONE PARTY IN OUR TWO PARTY SYSTEM CARES ABOUT THE POOR, THE SICK, THE ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED AND IT IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.  THEREFORE I CANNOT EMPHASIZE ENOUGH -- GET OUT THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE!


Monday, March 28, 2016

Science and the Proposerous Noah's Ark



Re: "Noah's Ark dinosaurs" in the Sunday Globe: Creationists can believe in the tooth fairy BUT when their beliefs impinge on my safety and hijack the houses of power then I have a big problem with them. They cannot take advantage of medical truth that has brought them cures for disease because of all the knowledge that science knows to be true. They cannot accept that and then stuff their untrue fantasy down my throat and prevent those who intellectually think from gaining the clear advantage that science including and most especially evolution bestows. The first time the so called creationists injected their kids and themselves with the polio vaccine or any vaccine to prevent the most heinous diseases they are tangentially accepting an understanding of the evolutionary process of disease. Because of that understanding we KNOW that even the lowly virus and bacteria mutate into something else for their survival. It's elementary now and why we must curb our use of antibiotics, for example. This is why those ignorant groups set my brain on fire. The minute one gets in an automobile science made it so. Science makes ALL of western progress so and an easier life and survival for all life everywhere so.

The ability that makes what science says is true that is the billions of years old earth is that TIME makes it so. All of these developments did NOT happen overnight. The essential element is TIME. And further the viciousness not to mention the size of, for example, the dinosaur beasts would make living side by side with them impossible. They had the advantage for a time and would have eaten humans out of existence. And on this Ark where would those animals have done their bodily functions such as eating the vast amounts of food they needed and eliminate it as all life does? Elementary questions but necessary ones for those who incredulously believe in untrue junk as truth. It isn't it's fantasy. A 5000 year old document written by men could NOT know the truth we have learned over millennia. TIME is the operative word and billions of years of it. [link below]

http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2016/03/23/noah-ark-dinosaurs-and-theme-park/hvFXqmZIOffw7lC9R66yWL/story.html#comments

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Incredulous



I am ANTI-Biblical nearly EVERYTHING. I do not know whether to laugh or cry that IDIOTS believe one milimicrometer of the Bible as inerrant fact. (See link below.)
Yep creationists think dinosaurs were on Noah's ark and that the earth was created 6000 years ago. They are building this ark to the tune of $150 MILLION bucks. Bet Ham (the owner of the park) will make a nifty profit off of stupidity.

This is knee slapping funny IF it were NOT so dangerous. How much of a moron does one have to be to believe the Bible as scientifically or historically for that matter true? Read the article "Noah's dinosaurs" and get a laugh or a cry.

Oh yeah and by the way Charleton Heston's "Ten Commandments" was on last night. I have one (only one?) question for it and also by the way I'm Jewish: When god allegedly hands down the commandments and says thou shalt not kill but did so when he murdered the innocent first born of every Egyptian and then if things could not be worse has the Red Sea drown the rest I would call that murder wouldn't you? What a pile of bullpucky! I want to form a Party: the BB Party standing for Biblical Bullpucky Party! And what I said goes for ALL religious texts not only the Old Testament but everything else especially of the so called "people of the Book." It is crackpot nuts.

I am trying to determine why it makes my blood boil and sets my soul on fire -- It has to do with science, its truth and man's progress. As Bill Nye the Science Guy said the Fundamentalists believe in a finality of belief as truth NOT even tested belief mind you but MINDLESSLY unquestioning Biblical belief. Science on the other hand leaves truth open ended. It's true if science proves it is until science proves it isn't.

Great book to read explaining this sick phenomenon of our national malady: "Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free" by Charles Pierce. Or get Bill Maher's movie "Religulous" and then go question everything! I may write a book entitled "Incredulous!"

http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2016/03/23/noah-ark-dinosaurs-and-theme-park/hvFXqmZIOffw7lC9R66yWL/story.html#comments

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Other Side of the Story

There is another side to every story and before we are quick to jump into eternal war yet again we should think long and hard as to what it means to go to war. Clearly, the Bush administration 16 years ago thought about none of it but was perfectly willing to sacrifice American blood and treasure in their propaganda-laden war and Americans, with the exception of a few, did not question a micrometer of it. Clearly those that committed us to eternal war based on lies should pay the price of war criminals. They never will. The least this exceptional nation can do is to read about the other side and take note of what it really means to take a nation to war!

Highlighting Western Victims While Ignoring Victims of Western Violence




https://theintercept.com/2016/03/25/highlighting-western-victims-while-ignoring-victims-
of-western-violence/

Friday, March 25, 2016

Suggested Viewing

PM (2 minutes ago)


HBO Monday at 9:00 p.m. 

‘Only the Dead See the End of War’ by Michael Ware (link below)

Americans should see what this nation's leaders have done in our name and should think twice before it calls itself exceptional. ISIS is this nation's creation as it landed on a sovereign country, bombed it, crushed it into submission and dismembered an entire Middle East region  based on LIES for oil. 

Our nation became TRILLIONS more in debt from it, took showers in blood out of it and condemned our nation as well as foreign nations to eternal war because of it.
There are GENERATIONS of Iraqis ... little children... who know nothing but war and hellacious violence. As Michael Ware said on Chris Hayes, Iraq has Belgiums at least twice a week while our candidates talk about whose hands are bigger and whose genitals have more prowess. It is DISGUSTING and we should know ALL that this documentary will tell us because you surely will NEVER know watching the Today show, Good Morning America or some other silly ass programming the networks feed us to keep us dumbed down and them in cash. 

Elections matter and the Bushes were our poisonous asps spewing their venom into our veins and into the marrow of our bones. Imagine if Al Gore, the one who truly won the presidency, in 2000 had been president...Imagine. DO NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE again if we want our nation to survive. A Republic said Benjamin Franklin of the new nation the Founders created -- IF you can keep it! I hope we can. 

http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/only-the-dead-see-the-end-of-war-review-hbo-iraq-documentary-michael-ware-1201733077/



Only the Dead See the End

Conservatives are destroying our future

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Crackpots and Cranks

How far can our nation devolve into an "Alice In Wonderland" world where up is down and down is up? Every day, for all the world to see, a different insult is levied by one Republican candidate against another not over policy but over issues more prevalent on the playgrounds of juveniles than should exist in a race for the most powerful and serious office in the land. Are we really discussing the size of Trump's hands and relating it to his genital prowess or the posed nudity of Trump's wife and the inference that there is something about Ted's wife, as an employee of the investment firm of Goldman Sachs, that Trump threatens to expose? Are these men running for the highest office in the land; one in which someone will be entrusted with the nation's nuclear codes in the most dangerous world since World War II? There are such serious issues at stake. Have these Republican candidates lost their minds and will this nation lose its by electing one of them to the presidency? Trump is a Republican curse and Cruz is not far behind him.

Yes, I am a strong Democrat, BUT I do see the necessity of the two Party system and think if I were Republican I would stomp my feet and say "STOP IT" just "STOP IT" before you inflict the death knell of the Republican Party.

The Republican Party needs an extreme makeover. I would want this Party if I were in it to stand for a difference in the views of the economic system and not the exclusion of the vote for one group or another. I see a rationale even for the representation of the 1% who are after all Americans. Yes, they deserve representation too.

The cancer in the Republican Party's bone marrow is its rejection of science even when the science is clear. Democrats and Republicans alike should be on the same page when the issue is one of scientific certainty like global climate change is. It is true, it is fact, 98% of scientists agree, with the exception of those few who work for big oil, our planet is melting and the extreme weather events we have seen all over our nation and around the globe is evidence of that fact. 70 degree days in Colorado one day and a blizzard white out leaving 20 inches of snow the next is further proof. One cannot deny it as one could not deny that viruses and bacteria cause disease. If I were Republican I would demand my Party NOT eschew science but welcome it.

I would, too, want my Party to do as the Founders wanted and separate church from state. This is imperative as they saw in their time and we see in ours what fanatical religious belief, unyielding and extreme, can do. It places one foot on the neck of another with hands ready to kill for a belief not of scientific veracity but of personal unprovable adherence.

I once read a book entitled "Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free" by Charles Pierce. I ask as he did how did stupidity become a virtue in our nation? Something must change in the Republican Party or its death knell will be a certainty. Our nation must NOT be run by crackpots and cranks with someone's hand on a nuclear bomb. The face of the Republican Party in our time is a frightening face and it needs to change or the body politic of that Party will succumb to the cancer invading it.

AS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IMPLODES HILLARY CLINTON IS LOOKING BETTER AND BETTER. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS THE ADULT IN THE ROOM. A REPUBLICAN MUST NEVER BE ALLOWED INTO THE HALLS OF POWER. GET OUT THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE, TAKE THE PRESIDENCY AND OVERTURN THE CONGRESS. THERE IS SO MUCH AT STAKE!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Magnificence

I enclose the text of the Democratic front runner for president, Hillary Clinton's speech on terrorism at Stanford University today here or below. I thought Secretary Clinton's speech at Standford on the Brussels terrorist attack was nothing short of MAGNIFICENT. I was so proud of her and to be an ardent supporter of her candidacy. She will, if she is our Democratic nominee, and I think she most definitely will be, run rings around any of the Republican candidates who are so far from being qualified for the oval office it is stunning.

Secretary Clinton was brilliant, completely knowledgeable, serious and succinct about issues concerning the Middle East and terrorism. Why shouldn't she be? She has the experience in triplicate that is needed to assume this difficult job. No one in the Republican Party of know nothings can compete with her.

Thank you for the wonderful speech, Secretary Clinton, you gave at Stanford. I am going to try when the Secretary wins the Democratic nomination to work my heart out for her and sing the praises she so justly deserves.



http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/We-Will-Defeat-ISIS-Hillary-Clinton-Gives-Counterterrorism-Speech-at-Stanford-in-Wake-of-Belgium-Terrorist-Attacks-373265291.html

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Deadly Explosions Rock Brussels Airport And Subway--Fuel to Trump

Explosions in Belgium will give fuel to Trump who will advocate for increased uber violent policies that will embolden those who perpetrate these brutal revenge acts on the west and on other Muslims who do not agree with its ludicrous beliefs! The electorate must not be bamboozled again.

Lay the creation of ISIS and its violence at the feet of George W. Bush who conducted an entire trillions of bucks Iraq war based on lies, killing hundreds of thousands, destabilizing the entire Middle East, creating refugees by the millions and in the end creating ISIS and groups like it that perpetrate mayhem right back on us.

The more virulent talk by Trump and those who support him puts ALL of us at risk. It does one thing for sure: It EMBOLDENS those who want to destroy western culture and worse may have access to nuclear devices all over the world. THINK on that before you pull the lever to vote for Trump!

Trump off the Phone -- My email to MSNBC


FINALLY, Chuck Todd does something smart and will not interview Trump for "Meet the Press" on the phone probably for Todd's conservative "establishment" buddies. Why does MSNBC keep Todd? I don't see Fox keeping any liberals or progressives as commentators but MSNBC is so fair doncha know -- NOT!.

Chuck Todd is absolutely one of the most UNAPPEALING commentators on the air and slips by HE THINKS conservative clap trap erroneous analyses LIKE Nancy Reagan was the best first lady in this nation's history. I don't forget that and wonder if Todd ever took a history course and if so why did he omit Eleanor Roosevelt who really WAS the greatest first lady ever walking miles for her husband. She was her husband's legs better than "just say no" Nancy? YES!

Oh then there was Edith Wilson who ran the White House for her husband after his stroke and, oh yes, since Todd does NOT know history, there was Dolly Madison who was the toast of Washington and saved George Washington's famous portrait during the War of 1812, a copy of which hangs in the East Room of the White House where it presumably is today. Too much to ask Todd to know that.

Saying Nancy was the greatest first lady in our history frosted me. I BEG TO DIFFER, Chuck. Do you think he cares? No, he just walks away with his unearned god knows how much salary to hell with getting things right and being progressive like MSNBC is SUPPOSED to be!

And BY THE WAY, I HATE his beard that makes him look like the devil. 

The media is absolutely promoting Trump. They had Trump on for one hour doing a press conference after meeting with Republicans like he was the president. They want Trump on because he raises bucks for the corporate media of course. To hell with the American people who could vote for a man for the presidency who could kill us all!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Trump FREE Time

The networks must have devoted a HOUR to Trump after his meeting with a few Republicans. Where does he get off to command such an amount of time in front of the media? He is getting FREE air time. He is NOT the nominee ... yet. He is NOT the president, he is merely a candidate. You gave him the amount of time you would give the president at a news conference.

Shame on you and most ALL the big media for making Donald Trump into the threat to our republic that he is!

Bill Moyers: The Republican establishment has been infecting the body politic for years.


By Bill Moyers:

From their “Dark Money” bagman Karl Rove to their philosophical guru David Brooks, the GOP elites are in a tizzy over saving the Republican Party from Donald Trump and the other intruders, extremists and crackpots who have fallen in behind Trump as if he were the Pied Piper of Hamelin. But who will save the party from the elites?

Look around at just some of the other sheer lunacy their party perpetrates when it’s not trying to shut government down, redistribute wealth upward, and prevent the president of the United States (who, the last time we looked, has the constitutional right and mandate) from filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court.

The Republicans in southern California just got a 7-6 majority on the region’s air quality board and have set out to reverse all of its safeguards, “reaffirming new smog rules backed by oil refineries and other major polluters,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Mary Lou Bruner, a Republican crank in Texas who claimed that a young Barack Obama had worked as a black male prostitute, is on track to become a key vote on the state’s board of education, the group that, as Matt Levin at the Houston Chronicle writes, is, “already drawing intense criticism for textbooks that, among other issues, downplayed slavery and racial segregation.”

That’s important because the school board is such a major buyer of books its decisions affect editorial content in texts all over the country. So remember that Bruner is an eccentric whose Facebook declarations include “School shootings started after the schools started teaching evolution” and “The dinosaurs on the ark may have been babies and not able to reproduce. It might make sense to take the small dinosaurs onto the ark instead of the ones bigger than a bus.” Huh? Yet Republican elites seem quite satisfied to have a Mary Lou Bruner as the arbiter of what their children read in schools.

And while we’re talking about education, travel over to Texas neighbor Louisiana and look at the legacy that former Republican governor and presidential candidate Bobby Jindal has left behind for his Democratic successor, John Bel Edwards.

At The Washington Post, Chico Harlan reported:

“Louisiana stands at the brink of economic disaster. Without sharp and painful tax increases in the coming weeks, the government will cease to offer many of its vital services, including education opportunities... A few universities will shut down and declare bankruptcy. Graduations will be canceled. Students will lose scholarships... Since the 2007-08 school year, Louisiana has cut funding for higher education by 44 percent, the sharpest pullback in the nation.”
Part of this can be attributed to the precipitous drop in oil and gas prices and loss of fossil fuel industry revenue crucial to the state’s economy. But the real problem, according to the Associated Press, is that:

“Jindal, burnishing his fiscal conservative credentials for his failed presidential campaign, refused to hike taxes or approve any action that even resembled a tax hike, including trimming expensive business tax credits, even amid an economic downturn... Legislators are hearing that cuts described by the Jindal administration as ‘efficiencies’ actually went much deeper, striking at services. They’ve learned about borrowing practices that increased state debts and about threats to Louisiana’s cash flow because it spent down reserves.”
The result? A calamitous budget crisis in the second most impoverished state in the country, a $900 million shortfall that has to be fixed by June 30 and another amounting to around two billion that will need to be closed next year.

So that’s how you govern when you have the power. Thanks, Republicans!
“This is the party whose elites deceived America into war after cutting taxes on the wealthy so they wouldn’t have to pay for it.”

And while we’re at it, ponder, too, the once-great state of Kansas, where, under the right-wing ideology and bumbling leadership of Republican governor Sam Brownback, the clowns are running the circus. The state legislature there is moving toward passage of a bill that would allow the impeachment of Kansas Supreme Court justices for, among other newly-thought of high crimes and misdemeanors, “attempting to usurp the power” of said same legislature or the executive branch.

The reason? As per Edward Eveld of The Kansas City Star, “A recent state Supreme Court decision, citing the Legislature’s constitutional duty to properly finance public schools, has demanded that lawmakers fix a school funding formula by June 30 or risk the shutdown of public schools for the 2016-2017 school year.”

The court also has overturned death sentences and is considering a case that would void anti-abortion rules. The Republican legislature doesn’t like any of this one bit — not to mention that four of the seven judges were appointed by former Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius. So in a classic, don’t-raise-the-bridge-lower-the-river solution, the GOP legislators — who outnumber Democrats by three to one - have decided that the answer is to do away with the judges they don’t like and to hell with checks and balances.

In the words of Esquire‘s inimitable Charlie Pierce, “They recognize no limits to their power, no curbs to their desire. There are few frontiers in democratic government that they will not work to violate, or to twist to their own purposes. And they absolutely will not stop. Ni shagu nazad, as Stalin said to his army. Not one step backwards.”

What happened to Kansas? A coup against common sense, sound principles and the “general welfare” hailed in the preamble to the US Constitution. And as it all has gone down, Republican elites seem to have developed a case of laryngitis.

We could go on. Let’s not forget what Governor Scott Walker has done to Wisconsin and Michigan Governor Richard Snyder to Flint. Check out how Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is endeavoring to “fix” higher education there. Will Republican elites please tell us where they stand on their man’s ax-wielding mania?

And what Republican poobah has dared call out Grover Norquist, whose monomaniacal crusade against government has thrown public education into crisis, turned streets and highways into bottomless potholes, and produced stratospheric deficits? (Bobby Jindal, by the way, was just one of the many who signed Norquist’s no-tax pledge, a major reason why his state is barely holding on by its fingernails.)

Finally, this is the party whose elites deceived America into war after cutting taxes on the wealthy so they wouldn’t have to pay for it. And so it goes. All of which leads us to the conclusion that what’s wrong with the GOP ain’t just about Donald Trump, apoplectic, mendacious miscreant though he is. Over decades, the Republicans have built castles of corruption and citadels of crony capitalism across the country and now the angry villagers are climbing over the ramparts. Not one step backwards? Too late.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Trump Meets the Honeymooners

If you remember this program (who could not) with the great Jackie Gleason you will LOVE this. It is a brilliant, clever and short Youtube starring Ralph Kramden, Alice and Trump. Enjoy!!
here or
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XriXDtfqCg

Saturday, March 19, 2016

BEWARE THE IDES OF TRUMP



84 year old Woman who fled Nazi Austria and who denounced Trump is mailed KKK symbol


By Travis Andersen Globe Staff March 18, 2016


An Arlington woman who wrote a letter to the Boston Globe denouncing Donald J. Trump’s initial reluctance to disavow a former Ku Klux Klan leader said she received a copy of the KKK’s symbol in the mail.



Louise Mayerson, 84, who left her native Austria as a child when her family fled the Nazis, said she received an anonymous envelope in the mail shortly after her letter to the editor was published in the Globe in March



In her letter, Mayerson described herself as “an Austrian refugee from the time of Hitler” and said the Republican presidential frontrunner’s “failure to immediately repudiate [former Klan leader David] Duke chilled my blood.”

Days later, Mayerson said, she received an envelop containing a copy of the KKK symbol that featured a square white cross set against a red backdrop. The envelope was postmarked from Boston, she said.

“I believe somebody just read that letter, it touched a nerve, and that’s the way they reacted,” Mayerson said.

Mayerson contacted Arlington police, who are investigating the incident, Chief Frederick Ryan said. He declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.Arlington police have increased patrols on streets in Mayerson’s neighborhood. The department also reported the incident to the town’s Human Rights Commission, which assists hate-crime victims, Ryan said. Mayerson praised police for their response. She lamented the “poisonous atmosphere that has been created” in public discourse that “can lead to some pretty unpleasant things for all of us.”Robert O. Trestan, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, echoed her sentiment.

“The more that hateful and denigrating speech becomes commonplace in the public realm from leaders, the greater the likelihood that people will start acting up, whether it’s harassment via the mail or violence,” he said.

Asked for comment, a Trump spokeswoman did not comment directly on the Arlington incident, but said the candidate has disavowed Duke.

“Mr. Trump has disavowed David Duke, the KKK and all other groups that espouse similar views. He will continue to do so,” spokeswoman Hope Hicks wrote in an e-mail to the Globe.

Mayerson wrote the letter in response to an interview Trump gave to CNN last month when he was asked about Duke, a former Louisiana legislator and vocal supporter of the businessman’s campaign.

“Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke,” Trump told the network. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.”

Trump later said on Twitter, “I disavow.”

THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY A DEMOCRAT CAN WIN THE PRESIDENCY AND OVERTURN CONGRESS AND THAT IS TO GET OUT THE VOTE EN MASSE--GET OUT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTE, GET OUT THE HISPANIC VOTE, GET OUT THE ASIAN VOTE AND GET OUT ALL PROGRESSIVES, MODERATES AND LIBERAL VOTE. TRUMP IN FACT COULD WIN. THAT IN AND OF ITSELF SHOULD PROD EVERYONE TO GET OUT THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE!!!

My Political Purchases

Sanders's strategy is to win the western states which he thinks are more progressive than the ones Hillary won last Super Tuesday. The big kahuna, California, of course, is in the mix. Moreover, he says that matching up Donald Trump and him in the general his stats are much better than Hillary's to defeat Trump. I must think about that. I am not sure he is right in that she swept all five contentious states Tuesday including the big one, Ohio.

In truth, I like Bernie Sanders but I cannot manage to whip up enthusiasm for him. My heart is with Hillary who has experience times ten that makes her the most qualified for the presidency. There is no movement in the Democratic Party that is viciously against one candidate or the other ... yet. The wonderful thing about those who are in the Democratic Party is that however it shakes out, and I do think it will happen for Hillary, we can be sure we will have no problem voting for either of the two candidates who may prevail. That is a pretty good place to be. 

Having said that I just purchased a Hillary 3/4 length sleeve T shirt and two bumper stickers. My political radar says those purchases will not be in vain.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Power to the Party

My opinion at this moment in time is that Trump cannot be defeated as the Republican Party's nominee even at the convention. If the convention is brokered denying him the nomination after he has gained so much support I close my eyes and shudder as the power in the Republican Party, weak and ineffective, folds like a paper tiger fearful of the violence that is behind Trump.

The rise (and hopefully ultimate fall) of Trump is reminiscent to me of the rise to power of the Nazi state. One by one responsible power brokers in Germany at that fateful time caved and through the Enabling Act in response to the Reichstag fire (lit surreptitiously by Nazis themselves but blamed on Communists and, of course, Jews,) gave the elected Chancellor Hitler all the power that he needed to assume totalitarian control. The Nazi rallies at Nuremberg foretold the portents of doom.

Trump's rallies show us in living color the violent nature of their supporters' essence and the encouraging remarks by Trump himself who easily admits if he is challenged "rioting will break out" show his tolerance of it.

It is up to ALL of us to stand with those in the Republican Party who have the power to challenge the delegate count which ultimately selects the nominee. In this case, unknowing by most, the Party has enormous power to choose the nominee. Whether they have the will use it is surely up for conjecture. I personally doubt that they will.

A Lesson for All Time

Renée Graham's excellent Globe editorial "Anti-Trump protesters are Patriots" see link here or below is one to which I wholeheartedly agree. Not only is it not treasonous to oppose the likes of the egomaniac racist Trump it is OBLIGATORY and patriotic to vociferously oppose him.

I am reminded of the great Spencer Tracy in his brilliant performance of an Allied tribunal judge, Dan Haywood, in "Judgment at Nuremberg" which centered on the trial of Nazi judges guilty of war crimes. Burt Lancaster plays Ernst Janning, a former German judge of some intellectual heft and moral compass before the rise of Nazism. He realizes his egregious crimes during the Nazi period sentencing the innocent to imprisonment and even death. He is seemingly the only former Nazi of conscience. He asks to see Spencer Tracy at the end of the film and says:

"The reason I asked you to come. Those people, those millions of people... I never knew it would come to that. YOU must believe it, YOU MUST believe it."

Judge Haywood says "It came to that the first time you sentenced a man to death you knew to be innocent."

The film speaks of conscience and of personal guilt. It speaks of one man's obligation to protest and refuse to commit inhumane acts of bigotry and monstrous acts of inhumanity. Nuremberg is not just applicable for that era but for all eras and man's duty not to commit unconscionable acts against the powerless in the name of the state.

The protesters at Trump rallies are doing just that and my heart is with them as they do a moral good and make judgment at Nuremberg and its lessons a lesson for all time for all men.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/03/16/anti-trump-protesters-are-patriots/AYf5RW9hzpJB0UnqJTDMgI/story.html#comments

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Youtube: Chomsky on What if Trump Wins?

What if Trump wins? --


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVqO3r3ugVo

OH HAPPY DAY

HOLY GOD I JUST FOUND OUT AS I TURNED ON THE TV NEWS THAT HILLARY DID SWEEP!! SHE GOT MISSOURI. I WAS RIGHT IN THE FIRST PLACE. OH HAPPY HAPPY DAY.

Spread the Word

I am forwarding the links below. Hillary did better it the Super Tuesday Democratic primary than I ever could have hoped. I understand all may not feel as I do about taking the presidency by a Democrat who can win but in case you do I send what I was sent below from Secretary Hillary Clinton's campaign. If you want to contribute to a Democrat who can win go to HillaryClinton.com to do so or you have the option of going to the links below.

Donald Trump must NEVER come even NEAR the oval office. The consequences of a Trump presidency would be national suicide. A nation is not a business. It is composed of all of us who must work together with those nations around the globe without Trumpian bluster and shoot-from-the-hip rude madness. Nation states who are our allies will be alienated and those who are our adversaries will not submit to his authoritarian dictates. Our nuclear world demands prudence and careful analysis for which Trump has NO ability nor the temperament.

I urge you to be smart and to be pragmatic for you, your children, your children's children, and for all of us. The stakes are enormous. I share what the Clinton campaign sent to me. Scroll below.




Thanks for sharing why you’re a Democrat. It’s important that we spread the word about how Democrats are moving our country forward, and sharing your story is a huge part of that.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Better Angels of Our Nature


In 1968 I thought a candidate like the segregationist George Wallace was frightening but I knew he would never be president and he wasn't. He was, though actually paralyzed by an attempted assassin's bullet that relegated him to a wheelchair all of his life.  The violence of the sentiment George Wallace engendered was epic.  The fact he did not win reflected that as much as race played a part in American politics it was not the only part and as Anne Frank said of her time I said in mine:  -- in my heart I believed Americans were basically good.
 
It is sometimes said that those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it.  When a nation belches forth a candidate, like Trump who, despite his denying the essential violence of his campaign, serves to divide and not to unite then the dark history of another era shows its possibility again.  Trump pits race against race, men against women, religion against religion, and nativist nationalism against the policies of inclusion.  He is playing with dynamite and the explosive fuse is ready to be lit as minorities will not sit quietly by while they are attacked.  Trump pits African Americans, Hispanics and other peoples of color, and religion as well as sexual orientated minorities against its majorities of white Christian men.  Soon the Republican Party will become the Party of Christian whites no others need apply.  The danger is obvious.
 
The forces of the right share a proclivity for violence because their message is one of hate and hate knows no promotional restraint. The right wing extremist can do anything he wants, including violence to secure often poorly thought out crackpot policies with a plethora of lies supporting their advocacy.  The extremist right will gladly commit violent acts even murder to get what it wants. Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, was an example extraordinaire of that and there are many more.  McVeigh brought down the federal building of that city while it housed a nursery school and killed 168 innocent human beings including children. The extremists of the right even the populist right like those who support Trump are incredibly violent and will stop at nothing to advance the cause of an anti-federal government and a white power nativitist agenda.  It is why Trump could not vociferously and immediately deny the support of David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan. He gets their votes.
 
The left, especially decades ago, has shown its violence too BUT the philosophic underpinning of the left is one of racial inclusion and not exclusion. The two sides are mortal adversaries.  I stand with those who are for inclusion and not exclusion of the “other” because I know what it is like for one to feel excluded and not a part of the society in which one lives.  I stand for justice and fairness for the minority and the oppressed. It is why I could never be a member of a Party that wants to reject human beings and not accept them, often because of the color of their skin, their religion or the person whom they choose to love and with whom they want to share a life. The right wing is simplistic and authoritarian in its understanding of issues that require not simplicity but the complexity of questioning and thoughtful analysis.
 
I say walk in another oppressed man's shoes and maybe history, with the repulsive Donald Trump heading for bone chilling victories, will not repeat itself and doom us all to eternal domestic conflict, war and international violence.  The only one who can stop him is you.  I believe we are a better nation than those who support Trump and one which shows, as Lincoln said, “the better angels of our nature.”  I believe in my heart Americans are still basically good.  Truly, the fate of nothing less than western civilization depends that we are.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

After all these years--an email to the principal of Catholic Memorial


Mr. Folan: At a basketball game these know nothings from Catholic Memorial again chant a centuries old accusation against Jews? This is UNACCEPTABLE behavior which in other times culminated in the Holocaust and the killing of the six million. It deserves more than a mere apology. Those who stated "The Jews Killed Jesus" should be found out and made to extend a PUBLIC apology themselves and not through just you. Moreover, some who instigated it should be threatened with suspension.

Further, a lecture should be given as to the religious and historical etiology of those hurtful words and in emphasis they should be told of the Vatican's removal of that malevolent thought from Catholic teaching. High school students need to be taught!

SHAME ON those who uttered those dastardly words and shame on the hierarchy of Catholic Memorial for its tepid response. Antisemitism is alive and well after all these years and should be vociferously and adamantly criticized with penalties paid when it is!

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2016/03/12/catholic-memorial-students-chant-anti-semitic-taunts-game/k2MjTP1NydoIntdhAZ6noO/story.html

Friday, March 11, 2016

Pulling away from hate

After the violence I see at Trump rallies and Trump lying about all he sees and all he says to encourage it, I am taking time off from this political sewer of insanity. I simply cannot watch the nation being surreptitiously taken down a path to hell.

Our nation, once the beacon for the poor, the homeless and the huddled masses yearning to breathe free has become the mirror image of the "Gangs of New York" Scorsese film about vicious and murderous nativisim in the 19th century of our nation and beyond. Trump has roots. The violence then created Tammany Hall of NYC political patronage corruption. The nativism and racist hate spewing from a Republican Party in our time has gone wild and its leader denies it all and will not tell his minions to stop.

The Republican beast is of their own Republican making. Republican power usually controlled the extreme but is powerless in the face of it now. It is bone chilling awful to watch its violence. I must pull back from it all, at least for a time, or it will be to my detriment because I am not a denier of truth but I am one who faces it and this truth pierces my soul.

John 13:34-35 says: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” How wonderful it would be if the fundamentalist extreme of our nation chose that edict from their New Testament diatribes instead of hate!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Anderson Cooper's interview of Trump about Muslim hate



Trump thinks that Muslims hate us and goes on saying pretty much the same thing throughout the interview by Anderson Cooper. Anderson comes back at Trump with not much.

I believe the media fails at its investigative task of speaking truth to power and I wish, at times, I were in the interviewer's seat to have targeted questions posed in response to, in this case, Trump's simpleton beliefs.

How about Anderson suggesting, perhaps, the Muslim world, most especially the oil producing nations, are, in fact, angry with the west and maybe they are angry at western political policy post World War I carving out and forming their nation states, extending into the removal by the CIA of Mosadeq -- a democratically selected and beloved Iranian leader -- and placing the murderous Shah as head of state in Iran.

Finally, Anderson could have asked him if he would not be upset if a powerful nation state with the excuse of "preemptive war" dropped carloads of bombs on his house killing his family, friends and children too just because that nation could while having NO justification for an Iraq war that placed boots on Muslim ground killing thousands, creating millions of refugees and dismembering the Middle East tinderbox all based on a lie. And for what?

Anderson could have suggested it was for oil -- maybe?


http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/09/politics/donald-trump-islam-hates-us/index.html

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The Rise of Trum Authoritarianism



VERY interesting article which I have not finished but want to share. It is chilling for so many of us who are diametrically opposed to a Trumpian value system (if you want to call it values) and have much to lose.

http://www.vox.com/2016/3/1/11127424/trump-authoritarianism

Robert Reich video: Donald Trump Isn't a Conservative, He is an Authoritarian


Robert Reisch Labor Secretary in the Clinton administration, Professor at Berkley and brilliant commentator has this to say:

Here or

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l96F1JVEm4&ebc=ANyPxKp0GQSFUz6r1eUwrW56pL58U1OV9i6wRCzfWjhIni764nZjfyCRVTxADSbEzsW1IonemnJb1T12uVQsgynhJSaK8gJfOw

Bulls-eye



My cousin wrote to me this below.  I think he hit the bulls-eye:

"Trump's attraction is largely attributable to how both parties have repeatedly attacked the poor and the middle class, emasculating us incrementally; all the while enriching and enshrining into law the continued protections for extreme wealth. SCOTUS and an incompetent Congress (regardless of majority party, it must be noted!) have insured that the top 1/10th of 1% can write their own bills that will be made law, and business can wantonly kill (alà GM) and continually rob and cheat, facing at most a mild slap on the wrist. Companies can run the numbers and decide it is OK to murder because the settlements will be cheaper than fixing the problem. Banks can sell toxic assets to pension plans and the elderly because they can get Moody's to give CDSs sterling ratings. When they get caught, so what! They pay a tiny (by comparison) fine, but at least they got rid of their losses!! Meanwhile, the damage to those who bought those sick investments goes on, and they will never be made whole. But the banks get billions in loans, assured by the government.....that is, BOTH PARTIES,.....that they have no worries because the taxpayer will take care of them always!

I really felt this phrase of Chomsky's was resonate:
"...... is that the hopefulness of the ‘30s and the social struggles and achievements that inspired it have been largely supplanted by fear, despair, and isolation, opening the way to the Trump phenomenon, which should be cause for deep concern."

It is this anger and relentless frustration which draws people foolishly to the Donald. We, who for so long have been told how we live in the greatest country with the greatest democracy, are absolutely sick of the lies and rapaciousness of our politicians! They, who sit on the hill with a guaranteed and very comfortable paycheck, plus excellent healthcare and the best pensions extant, continue to tell us how they will fix things, just like they have been doing for more than a century. We have been alternatively hammered and lulled: the first is by our increasing tax bill and decreasing services, while the second is the occasional bone of hope we get, such as the affordable care act. The latter are increasingly rare because the wealthy feel these are too costly, therefore our political system must go through these four year gyrations to convince the bulk of the populace that we have the power (HA!) and hope still exists if we just vote the right way!"

Neo Liberalism -- a definition

Here or 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoliberalism

My Question to an Intellect

When I am politically incredulous about the events of our time I turn to intellectual scholars who know much more than I.  This time I asked MIT Professor Noam Chomsky to provide an explanation to me of the Trumpian phenomena of our time.  He does so.

Yes, it is long but the events surrounding you, me and millions of others in our nation and its impact on the world should spur you to at least read it and stop being put off by intellectual arguments that take a little more time and effort to ingest.  In other words my suggestion: READ IT and learn!  Scroll down if your interest is peaked.




Professor Chomsky, I have been a life long progressive.  What is happening now in this country could not be predicted by many.  Trump does have some populism attached to his core message but the bigotry and the nativist slant reminds me of "Gangs of New York" in its fever pitch.  Can you explain so I can rationally explain this phenomenon.  The rudeness and lewdness of his message is staggering. 

I am ashamed for the world to see this not to mention the danger of it.  He makes ISIS job easy and is exactly what they think the US is all about.  The nation has made mistakes that is for sure but a Trump mistake of this magnitude is unthinkable.

Your views?


Below is something posted in a  discussion on Quora that tries to respond to your question.  You’re right about the danger.  IN fact, the world is looking on with astonishment and trepidation.
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Though we do not have detailed data, it appears that Trump is appealing primarily to less educated white sectors of the population, lower middle class and working class, people who are angry, frustrated, frightened, bitter about the fact – and it is a fact – that they have been in many ways cast by the wayside.  The neoliberal programs of the past generation have been harmful to affected populations almost everywhere, sometimes severely so.  Rising global inequality, which has reached extraordinary proportions, is one (and only one) of the many indications.  Oxfam produces annual reports of poverty and inequality.  In 2014, they found that about 90 individuals held half of total world wealth.  In 2015, the number was reduced to 62.  Meanwhile perhaps 5 million children are dying of starvation every year – more than 500 an hour, a tragedy that could easily be remedied by available resources. Among the developed (OECD) societies, inequality is particularly prominent in the Anglophone countries, with the US well in the lead.  Despite its unique advantages, by most measures of poverty and social justice the US ranks with the poorest OECD countries, alongside of Greece, Mexico, Turkey, facts heightened by lavish displays of concentrated wealth.  The disparities have increased since the latest crash, with some 90% of growth going to 1% of the population.  As widely reported, the global rich now live in a different world from the general population.
In the US, the neoliberal programs have led to stagnation or decline for much of the population, undermining of functioning democracy, reduction of benefits and social welfare.  People do not have to read academic studies to know that real wages for male workers are about what they were in the 1960s while wealth has concentrated in very few hands; that corporate strategies have shifted manufacturing abroad; that a considerable majority of the population is virtually disenfranchised in that their representatives disregard their attitudes; and much more.  Years ago, academic studies showed that the socioeconomic profile of abstention in the US matches those sectors in similar countries who vote for laborite or social democratic parties, lacking in our political system, which in some ways still reflects the Civil War.  We also cannot overlook the deeply rooted historical background of white supremacy and racism that has never been overcome, and the increasing atomization of the society that leaves people alone and isolated, feeling helpless against forces that are crushing them.  Under these circumstances it is not hard for demagogues to stir up anger against those who are even more victimized – immigrants, minorities, “welfare cheats” (demonized by Reaganite racist slurs) – and to stimulate highly exaggerated fears of threats ranging from the federal government to Islamic terrorists.
We should also remember that what we are witnessing is not entirely new.  A decade ago, the distinguished scholar of German history Fritz Stern, writing in the establishment journal Foreign Affairs, opened a review of “the descent in Germany from decency to Nazi barbarism” in the establishment journal Foreign Affairs by writing that “Today, I worry about the immediate future of the United States, the country that gave haven to German-speaking refugees in the 1930s,” himself included.  With implications for here and now that no reader can fail to discern, Stern reviewed Hitler’s demonic appeal to his “divine mission” as “Germany’s savior” in a “pseudoreligious transfiguration of politics” adapted to “traditional Christian forms,” ruling a government dedicated to “the basic principles” of the nation, with “Christianity as the foundation of our national morality and the family as the basis of national life.” Hitler’s hostility toward the “liberal secular state,” shared by much of the Protestant clergy, drove forward “a historic process in which resentment against a disenchanted secular world found deliverance in the ecstatic escape of unreason.”
That was ten years ago.  The words resonate more ominously today.
It is also useful to compare the current malaise with the Great Depression in the 1930s, which I’m old enough to remember.  Objectively, conditions were far worse than today.  Subjectively, they were quite different, as I could see even from my own extended family, many of them unemployed working class with limited education.  Despite the grim conditions, there was a sense of hopefulness, a belief that we’ll get out of this together.  The labor movement had been virtually crushed by the 1920s, largely by force, but reconstituted in the ‘30s with organization of the CIO and militant labor actions that helped induce a fairly sympathetic administration to institute significant social reforms.  The unions also provided crucial forms of association and interaction, including educational and cultural opportunities.  There were also lively political organizations – Communist, Socialist, others -- participating actively in labor and civil rights actions and general intellectual life in which much of the working class participated.  Business publications warned of “the hazard facing industrialists” in “the rising political power of the masses,” but were powerless to stem the tide, though reaction was building up by the late ‘30s and picked up forcefully when the war ended.  This is not the place to review what has happened since, but one consequence is that the hopefulness of the ‘30s and the social struggles and achievements that inspired it have been largely supplanted by fear, despair, and isolation, opening the way to the Trump phenomenon, which should be cause for deep concern.  Perhaps the most favorable observation that can be made about his candidacy is that Cruz is even more dangerous, and the other likely Republican prospect, Rubio, is hardly less of a threat to the country and the world, at least if he means a word he says.

Professor Chomsky, I have been a life long progressive.  What is happening now in this country could not be predicted by many.  Trump does have some populism attached to his core message but the bigotry and the nativist slant reminds me of "Gangs of New York" in its fever pitch.  Can you explain so I can rationally explain this phenomenon.  The rudeness and lewdness of his message is staggering. 

I am ashamed for the world to see this not to mention the danger of it.  He makes ISIS job easy and is exactly what they think the US is all about.  The nation has made mistakes that is for sure but a Trump mistake of this magnitude is unthinkable.

Your views?

Monday, March 07, 2016

Happily Ever After -- Reasons to Vote for Hillary Clinton

Senator Sanders’s policies concerning at least two major issues are wrong and Secretary Clinton is right.
 
Guns: Senator Sanders voted against the ability to sue gun manufacturers and said the consumer's ability to sue would effectively put the gun manufacturers out of business. Funny, filing a lawsuit for damages against a product a company makes and puts into the stream of commerce to sell does not put other corporations, for example, tobacco companies, out of business.  The tobacco industry has been drowning in lawsuits for a very long time paying out significant damages even in present time and still manages to reap immense profits.
 
The ability to sue is important in a free society and is especially so for gun manufacturers because the product they sell carries the ability to kill with it.  Suing a company for monetary compensation when an injury occurs to those who use that product and for whom the product was designed should be universally accepted.  The gun manufacturers should not be allowed to avoid litigation against them nor enjoy exception from it so that their product’s safety can be assured for those who use it.
 
The Bank bailouts: Senator Sanders voted against the bank bailouts but I think Secretary Clinton voting for it was prescient.  In my opinion, the big banks had to be bailed out.  If the big banks failed it would have had a cascading domino effect creating an economic tsunami both here and around the globe.  A catastrophic Everest-size economic volcanic eruption was at risk and Secretary Clinton knew it.  She was 100% right to vote for the bailout.
 
What, however, SHOULD have occurred and Secretary Clinton, I believe, agrees, is that those at the top of the corporate banking structure needed to be held criminally accountable for those fraudulent acts that cost the middle class so much and gave our nation and the world the Great Recession.  They should have been and should now be criminally prosecuted and, if found guilty, ultimately jailed.  They should NOT have been allowed to accept bonuses and pay raises for their clearly egregious, fraudulent and illegal acts.
 
The bailouts saved this nation a much worse economic fate had the bailouts never occurred.  In my opinion, the biggest banks are, indeed, too big to fail because not saving them would have perpetrated devastating harm upon this nation stretching across the globe accompanied by even more significant jobs losses here and beyond that could have brought this nation and the world to its knees.
 
However, criminal prosecution and jail if convicted for those who perpetrated the immense fraud should have occurred sending a clear message to the powerful hierarchy of Wall Street that they face prosecution and jail time if they do not play by the rules.  I suspect Hillary Clinton agrees.
 
In the end the banks and the Detroit automobile industry were saved by bailouts.  Moreover, the nation was paid back its loans and everyone lived happily ever after -- well not exactly -- BUT the Great Recession surely could have and most probably would have been significantly worse.  I think Secretary Clinton would agree to that as well!

A very humorous and smart Youtube -- "Make your face great again!"


It time for some levity. This Youtube is very clever!

Here or

https://www.facebook.com/FComedyNetwork/videos/1087377837996129/

Short Comment on the Democratic Debate tonight

I am still standing strong with Hillary though I did not catch the debate as I was nursing a migraine probably from the hateful Republicon Party and the thought of it going near the oval office which makes me literally sick.

I did read that Bernie was rather rude. I am NOT surprised. He is as I have read difficult with whom to work and read him described as a scold. He has, it is said a nasty temperament and for the highest office in the land and maybe most powerful in the world that is a deficit.

Of course, next to the disgusting, profane, rude name calling, low blow Republicans and their devastating policy, Republicans should collectively NEVER get near the oval office. The Democratic debates are a genteel tea party (pardon the pun) by comparison.

Bernie, too, is on one speed -- the Wall Street menace. I believe Hillary gets that as well and she gets so much more that is so important for the presidency. Bernie voted against the ability to sue gun manufacturers and said it would effectively put them out of business. Funny, it does not do that to any other corporations simply ask the tobacco companies. They have been significantly sued and still reap a profit. The ability to sue is important as it is an impetus for something so lethal as a gun to be held monetarily accountable for its safety. Moreover, she is especially expert in foreign policy and more. She has the leadership capabilities necessary for the presidency. Sanders lacks that in triplicate.

I'll stick with Hillary Clinton and hope for no more migraine headaches!

GOTV for Hillary who can win and Democrats everywhere.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Nancy Reagan: Chuck Todd's Sacchrine Praise

Yet again, Chuck Todd makes me want to gag as he says Nancy Reagan was "the greatest first lady in American history." Please, he seemed to leave out Eleanor Roosevelt!!!! It was said of Eleanor she was her husband's legs.

Chuck Todd makes me ill with his incorrect analysis of things political and stupid adulation of those oftentimes who do not deserve it. Did Nancy Reagan live up to the hype that is enshrining her effusive in death? Sometimes, perhaps, but there were many critical of her power over her husband. Unlike so many who lop a carload of praise on both of them there is MUCH to criticize from the inaction of the Reagan White House on the AIDS crisis to the illegalities of Iran/Contra which could, and perhaps, should have gotten him impeached.

Simply ask Ron Reagan, Jr. whose politics is 180 degrees different from his parents. It's called being an adult and Ron Reagan, Jr. surely is! Chuck Todd, give Eleanor Roosevelt equal time. Shame on you!

Ebola or Bubonic

The weekend primaries yesterday dictate that Rubio should get out of the Republicon race. Trump and Cruz will be left. I believe Trump will get the delegates he needs from Michigan, Ohio, Florida and others. The problem is the two that will be left, Cruz and Trump, are a choice between the Ebola virus or the Bubonic Plague. They are both horrendous.

Hillary has a shot IF she can get the email albatross off her neck. She received NO classified information nor sent out any. It was labeled classified AFTER the fact and she did not get hacked but the State Department did over other administrations too.

Officials from the Bush administration had private servers also but will the Republicans note that? You know the answer. When 1/2 of the country is an uninformed electorate this is what you get -- a Trump or a Cruz -- two awful choices and the Supreme Court is at risk! Progressives, if a Republicon is elected to the presidency, stand to lose everything we've gained over decades especially if there is a Republican Congress.

No need to say persons of color MUST be mobilized to vote.  Those who are liberal, progressives and hopefully independents do as well. It's simple: get out the Democratic vote everywhere!

Saturday, March 05, 2016

If Trump is elected

his is pick for the Supreme Court is a Cretan named Napolitano who (a) does not believe voting is a right and (b) compares abortion to the Holocaust. What does he think about persons of color being shot and killed wily nilly? Fairness? Not so much it appears where full term human beings are concerned.

Work your posterior off all across the nation for Democrats and AGAINST Trump!

Friday, March 04, 2016

Supreme Court Blocks Enforcement of Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law

YEEEHA.  This may mean Texas restrictions against the right of a woman to choose her own reproductive life may go down the toilet too.  I HOPE so.  It is why we MUST MUST MUST keep the presidency in Democratic hands, take the Senate and yes, even overturn the House.  This actually could really be a great country again!!!!

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/supreme-court-blocks-enforcement-louisiana-abortion-clinic-law-n532111

WORK YOUR POSTERIORS OFF FOR DEMOCRATS TO KEEP THE PRESIDENCY, TAKE THE SENATE AND OVERTURN THE HOUSE.  THIS IS A SHOT IN THE ARM FOR US...NOT A WIN BUT BETTER THAN LETTING THOSE RIDICULOUS RESTRICTIONS AGAINST CLINICS STAND.  THEY CARED NOTHING ABOUT PROTECTING THE MOTHER AND ONLY ABOUT THEIR RELIGIOUS CRACKPOT BELIEFS THAT WOULD RELEGATE WOMEN AGAIN TO QUACK ABORTIONISTS AND OFTEN DEATH.  THIS IS A SEPARATION OF CHURCH STATE NATION OUR FOUNDERS MEANT IT TO BE.  RIGHT WINGNUTS GET A SET BACK AND NONE TOO SOON FOR ME.  IT IS WHY WE MUST KEEP THE PRESIDENCY IN DEMOCRATIC HANDS AND TAKE THE SENATE AS THERE MAY BE THREE JUSTICES WHO WILL LEAVE AND THREE VACANCIES TO FILL WITH LIBERAL OR LEFT OF CENTER QUALIFIED JUDGES!

Donald Trump's Policies Are Not Anathema to U.S. Mainstream but an Uncomfortable Reflection of It

By Glenn Greenwald

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Donald-Trump-s-Policies-Ar-by-Glenn-Greenwald-Donald-Trump_Mainstream-Media_Republican_Torture-160304-120.html

 
BRILLIANT article. It reminded me of my feelings when I read J. William Fullbright's book "Arrogance of Power" in the late 1960's. I wanted to distribute copies of it to everyone on the street.

This nation, at least 1/2 of it, is in full fledged psychological denial. Torture? Who us? No way! I carried the flag on Flag Day at my school in 1957. Will the empire fold in my lifetime and bring in a state of humanitarian renewal? It's my hope no matter how far fetched it may be.

Hillary's Server NOT hacked

No hacking has been found on Hillary's email server. It seems to be much ado about nothing. As a matter of fact the State Department got hacked but Hillary did not. In the final analysis she was probably smart to get her own personal server!!


http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/09/30/mccaskill-remarks-somewhat-sarcastically-that-hillarys-server-the-only-one-not-hacked-by-china/

Thursday Night Fights

The torturous Republican debate fiasco yesterday was the worst of all the Republican debates aired. I do not know how, on planet earth, anyone with even 1/4 of a functioning brain could feel proud of our nation or proud of themselves for even considering to be a part of a Republican Party that is such an EMBARRASSMENT.

The entire world is laughing at us that those who support this insanity would vote for such low life in their run for the highest office in the land. It is beyond my comprehension. This depravity is not relegated to Trump alone although he surely is the impetus for it. The profanity and shouting blather between the "candidates" was sometimes about, if one can believe it, Trump's genitalia size and how proudly exceptional to him it is.

The other Republican candidates with the exception of Kasich were nearly as verbally filthy as Trump. Is this the nation that has the most powerful military in the world, whose leader can, in one second, decide to blow it all up and make decisions that will haunt us for decades if not centuries? Someone MUST stop this insipid vulgarity before all of us, your children and their children are destroyed along with our beloved nation.

No other nation will capitulate to Trump's bombastic bullying. They will fight back, including Mexico, our ally, who will refuse to capitulate to Trump's wall fantasy and to making Mexico pay for it. Those who are really enjoying this are ISIS and its cohorts. It would give them every excuse they need to drastically hurt us. Then what would Trump do -- send in the Marines to fight and die in eternal war? Funny that blowhard never served one second in the military or put his life on the line.

It is a matter of time before someone gets killed when Trump speaks. In Detroit, yesterday, outside of the Fox theater where the debate was being held there was a huge rally of persons of color and others who support them. I wish I could have joined them in their outrage. Did the Fox network show that to us? NO of course not. None of the millions Trump wants to round up will go down peacefully like lambs to a fascistic slaughter. They WILL fight back. AMERICA WAKE UP. YOU ARE BEING HAD!

CONTINUE TO WORK HARD FOR DEMOCRATS EVERYWHERE AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED UPON IT BECAUSE IT DOES!

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Romney's Speech


I heard the entire speech. Unique is an understatement. I have never, even in the days of Barry Goldwater, heard another establishment Republican go after a fellow Republican and leader in the polls to capture the nomination that Romney gave.
 

I too wonder, and he was asked by reporters, if he would be the nominee if a brokered convention takes place. He did not answer. Yes, he will look like the guy on the white horse BUT Trump's allegiance of the extremist fanatical white power base will split a gasket and they may be doing that already. Christie the jerk will be making a speech at 1:00 and Trump at 1:30. It maybe too little too late for Romney's perspective to prevail.

What I did not like, of course, was Romney's swat at Hillary and what I do not like is that she has to contend with those gd emails. I called her headquarters in NY this a.m. and said while I like her, support her, contribute to her campaign and write endlessly in favor of her I worry of course I do about those emails and the FBI's now criminal investigation of the guy (a lower echelon guy) who was involved in its tech set up. She MUST have known NOT to do anything that would compromise her position and future. I said I wanted her to confront this head on. I think she put out a statement.

ROMNEY criticizes Hillary as the very emblem of the establishment. Well, truly, Mr. Romney is as well and he accepted graciously an endorsement in 2012 of Donald Trump and it took a crane for Romney to put out his own taxes. He did not put out all of them.

Interesting times? Oh, yes, these are interesting times. Frankly, my nerves could do without them.

KEEP GOTV FOR HILLARY STILL THE BEST BET FOR A WIN IN 2016.

MITT ROMNEY TO SPEAK ABOUT ELECTION 11:30 A.M.



Republican power is desperate to stop the fraudster Trump and are working furiously to do that. ROMNEY IS SPEAKING AT 11:30 A.M. CONCERNING THIS DESPERATE ATTEMPT. AS I SAID YESTERDAY GOOGLE LARRY O'DONNELL "THE LAST WORD" WHICH GIVES A COMPLETE PICTURE AS TO WHAT TRUMP IS ALL ABOUT. IT IS CHILLING!

GOTV FOR HILLARY. IF YOU VIEW THIS YOU WILL SEE ANOTHER REASON(S) WHY!

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Who does not love Matt Taibbi? "Revenge of the Simple how George Bush gave rise to Trump

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/revenge-of-the-simple-how-george-w-bush-gave-rise-to-trump-20160301?page=3

The Consequences of Trump


If one wants a Trump presidency then sure Sanders's supporters should be enthusiastic about their four wins yesterday BUT he is not going to win the general! Hillary can and, I hope, will. Once Sanders's supporters figure that out they should NOT take their ball, go home and sit out the election. Think what that would mean.

One can complain all one wants about the rancid policy decisions of this nation but Trump, if he wins, will build that wall probably in the process of having a war with our border ally Mexico, round up undocumented workers who knows in what numbers and in what cruel and unusual ways while splitting up families, expand Guantanamo, make war at the drop of a hat even a nuclear hat, bar Muslims from entering the US after they are seeking refuge from an illegal massive Iraq war the US should not have begun in the first place and insult, sometimes violently, just about every other minority, even the disabled, if they disagree with him.

Trump and his supporters are not the only ones who love this nation, progressives, independents and others do too and we should make sure to show that by solidly accepting reality, uniting the Democratic Party and winning in November. Nothing else matters!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

The Vote

This is the most important election of our life heading toward the presidential election in November. It ranks with the election of Lincoln in 1860 and the elections of FDR after the Great Depression because right wing extremist forces then sitting on the right could have prevailed. Now right wing extremism sits comfortably within a major American Party, the Republican Party. You do NOT want them to be victorious in November.

My vote is based on pragmatism as to who can best win and lead. As to policy I like both Hillary and Bernie BUT we MUST elect someone who can beat Trump or really beat any other Republican who is similar in policy TO Trump.

Massachusetts is a pivotal state but EVERY state is important. I have bet my political savvy honed through decades of experience to choose the one Democrat who is experienced and who, I think, can win. I personally place that bet on Hillary.

First, I HOPE and yes even pray you, your family and your friends VOTE. Second, I hope and, yes, even pray you, your family and your friends vote for Hillary. I think I am correct when I say she is our hope. I do not think I am infallible but on this I believe my political thoughts ring true.

I wish us luck, I wish us strength and I wish us MOST importantly especially in November victory. As Benjamin Franklin said at the founding of the nation: "We have a Republic IF you can keep it." Right wing extremism will kill it or at the very least turn it regressively back to another era. All the president has fought so hard for will be negated.

I do not think it is over emotional to say whether our nation lives or dies, I believe, is dependent on our Democratic vote.