Wednesday, August 16, 2017

On Trump's Charlottesville statement Tuesday, August 15

It is not surprising to me at all that Trump uttered his wildly erroneous thoughts about the violence in Charlottesville, VA. It is exactly how he feels.  I beg to differ with him.  There are not two sides to the issue protested and there is not one nice person shouting "Jew will not replace me" nor is there one nice person among Neo Nazis, racists, KKK, Confederates and Robert E. Lee lovers.  There is not one nice person who would advocate paying homage to a man who waged rebellious war and perpetrated thousands of deaths upon this country. 

Usually a nation does not pay homage to those in a military who lost a war.   One does not find a statute anywhere in Germany saluting Himmler, Goebbels, Hitler and the rest of the perpetrators of World War II horror that saw 50 million dead.  It would be illegal to create and show in public a statute to their memory or to fly a Nazi flag in Germany.  It is even illegal to deny the Holocaust.  In this country, however, where approximately 400,000 gave their lives in WWII fighting Nazis our president thinks some of the Tiki-torch carriers in support of a racist cause "fine people" simply protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue.  This ignorant president knows nothing of history.  Robert E. Lee was nothing short of a racist supreme who waged war against his country and killed about 200,000 Union soldiers to keep an economic system of oppression where one white man could not only own a black man but strip him of all rights brutalizing him mercellously.  He thought the white man intrinsically superior.  Lee was lucky an accident of birth created him a white man of privilege.  Robert E. Lee waged a war of treasonous rebellion.  He and other Confederates were lucky not to have been executed for it but the Union president, Abraham Lincoln, rejected that to pacify those who fought for the so called Confederate "Cause" against the Union.  He did not want to alienate them. He wanted to unite.

This Cretan Trump depends upon the so called Alt Right to keep him in power. It is a damnable thing. Think of the hundreds of thousands (400,000 approx.) Americans who died in WWII fighting Nazis to keep Europe and the US allies all over the world free. If we did not win we would be under the Nazi jackboot today and I for one would never have been born. My parents and all my relatives would have been killed.   It chills me to think about what this president is and what he has said.

We must NEVER given in to the ugliness of this ugly historical era perhaps the ugliest with the exception (maybe) of the Civil War period. I leave this post with one thought: An Alt right extremist male was interviewed. He was a bit critical of Trump because he thought Trump did not go far enough right wing for him. He said indicting Trump "After all Trump GAVE his daughter to a Jew!" Imagine Trump hearing that.  Does that anti-Semitic statement leave a mark on crackpot Trump's brain? I suspect not. I think Trump would give up even his daughter to hold power. It is the earmark of a narcissistic sociopath. What on god's earth created such a sad, mendacious, miscreant and worse how did this cancerous miscreant infect us?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

YES WE WILL!!

The state of the nation is atrocious. It is not atrocious because there are neo Nazis, KKK and white supremacists in our midst as there always have been in our midst neo Nazis, KKK and white supremacists sympathetic to the 1860 Confederate secessionist cause. Many wanted and still do to chase Jews, blacks and other minorities -- especially third-world ones -- out of the nation and do it through the use of violence or transporting the threat of it in a sidecar of their political beliefs.

I remember well Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi White People's Party, in the 1960's before he was gunned down by a fellow neo Nazi. I recall the history of America's hero of flight, Charles Lindbergh, who visited Hitler and supported an American alliance with Germany's Third Reich. When the nation engaged in the fight against fascism Lindbergh advocated national neutrality to remain out of WWII which would have, of course, given Hitler the win. But the nation is not even atrocious for that.

The nation is atrocious because once tucked away in crackpot corner extremists on the right now have been given a voice and a seat at the table of power in the White House by a president who knows the support he gets is directly related to them. He may even owe them his election as president. It is the new visibility of the proponents of right wing extremism through Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka and others as presidential advisors, that these once merely tolerated crazies have been given a cerebral high of presidential support they never had or thought they would. have.
A gift has been given to the extremist right by 24/7 news coverage of the horror and death at Chancellorsville and by the extensive news coverage its sensationalism engenders. 

The gift the extremist right has been given is a voice at the dinner table of power. That is what makes the national milieu now so atrocious. We of humane thought and political belief are adversaries of the violent, inhumane and toxic right. We are in a state of shock and fear we have seldom experienced before. 
 
Barry Goldwater, Republican candidate for the presidency in 1964 but defeated in a landslide, lit the first match during his acceptance speech at the 1964 Republican convention in which he delivered his famous quote:


"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"

Will that match be extinguished once the Trump presidency is no longer? "A Republic if you can keep it" Benjamin Franklin uttered. The answer to that question hopefully will be yes we will but I cannot say that now for sure!



RESIST

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Light of National Survival

The torch-light march of hundreds of men around the statue of Confederate General and racist supreme Robert E. Lee exists because Trump gave them a voice to exist. They have been searching for their lucky break since Lincoln Rockwell and Charles Lindbergh of the 1930's era took up the Nazi cause. Now they have, in this era, Trump and solely because of him occupy advisory seats in the oval office. White supremacists are, after all, a large part of Trump's 35% base and he will never abandon them because he has no one else.

The violence in Charlottesville is nothing new but what is new is giving voice to those that were pushed initially to the political periphery and discounted as too extreme. Now Trump has changed that and allowed an extreme rightwing philosophical Neo-Nazi, KKK, anti Semitic, anti-immigrant nativist base to take up residence in the White House. While the Steve Bannons, Sebastian Gorkas and Steven Millers within the Republican Party get to occupy advisory seats in the White House at taxpayer expense our nation can never be free of this right wing extremist menace and its ugly, cruel and inhumane politics. They must be roundly defeated.

I believe the Democratic message is one that is shared by most in our nation accounting for Hillary's 3 million popular vote advantage in the 2016 election. Yet our Republican opposition keeps winning those positions of power in local, state and national elections. We must run for positions of influence, we must work tirelessly to get out the vote, and, most importantly, I believe, we must electorally overthrow the Republican usurpation of those important seats by intelligently looking at how districts are drawn. 


Our power in numbers is the reason we can spontaneously get out a million people to march on Washington. It is the reason, too, behind the 3 million popular vote win by Clinton and yet with all of that we are unable to retain majorities in both the House, the Senate, while losing in state houses and governorships around the nation as well.

Along with us who have occupied the progressive base for decades, I am ultimately counting a new generation to be handed the baton of leadership winning races for progressive causes across the country. Nothing less than the light of national survival is at stake.

The Hate He Dares Not Speak Of-- NYT editorial August 13, 2017

White supremacists see President Trump’s failure to condemn them as a sign of implicit support. Which of course it is.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Think Again


Comment: The reporting below is what the miscreant Trump has wrought. Did you think something like this in 2017 after hard fought for minority rights had been won that groups like the KKK, the National Alliance, Alt Right and other contemporary spin offs of 1930's Nazi Europe were completely defeated? Think again.

Trump's victory in this nation has brought back out from underneath a rock the racist sewage raining down upon this nation yet again because it never really left. If most of you think that you will not be struck by its violence I ask you to think again. If you thought a bloody Civil War in this nation killing 620,000 of our people brother against brother stopped this ugly part of our nation's past I ask you to think again. Think again and again because its excrement is in front of your very eyes every day one watches the 24/7 news cycle of Trump until our ears bleed with its screeching sound and our eyes are blinded by its ugly sights. Our hard fought for minority rights will not be taken from us because once won we will never let any temporary occupant of the oval office or occupants of the seats of Congress take them away. Those hard fought for civil rights are indelibly written on our hearts no matter what malevolence is in power.

By a fluke of the archaic electoral college system yet again history's lame dictate gave the hateful Trump and his cronies undeserved occupation of our offices of once fair play and democratic rule even though he could not win the popular vote. We can, I think, take heart that the majority of this nation do not think as Trump and his cronies do nor will they achieve the hate for which they so frighteningly march the story of which is told below.

Our message must be clear and in pertinent part to Winston Churchill's speech to Parliament on June 4, 1940 rallying the British in its fight against the right wing extremism of Nazism's dictatorship and its dastardly attack against Britain "... we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender." It was true then and it is true now here after the onslaught of the mendacious, cruel and asinine Trump. If you think the forces of hate will win think again. Those of us on the side of humane thought and who promote what is fair and what is just will never surrender and always RESIST!



Aug 12 2017, 5:37 am ET

Torch-Wielding White Supremacists March at University of Virginia

by Kurt Chirbas and F. Brinley Bruton



Crowds of torch-wielding white supremacists marched through the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Friday, chanting "you will not replace us" and "blood and soil."

Video showed protesters also chanting "Jews will not replace us" and "white lives matter."
White nationalists carry torches on the grounds of the University of Virginia on the eve of a planned Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville on Friday. STRINGER / Reuters

According to NBC affiliate WVIR, the marchers clashed with counter-protesters when they arrived at a statue of Thomas Jefferson, the U.S.’s third president and the university's founder.

At least one person was arrested and several others treated for minor injuries, according to local newspaper The Daily Progress. Both sides reported being hit with pepper spray, the newspaper added.

Reuters and a number of local reports put the number of protesters in the hundreds. The Washington Post reported that the march lasted between 15 and 20 minutes.

University and local police did not respond to numerous requests for information on the incident.

The Virginia National Guard told NBC News it was monitoring the situation and was ready to "rapidly respond to assist local law enforcement if needed."

The demonstration came on the eve of another far-right march of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the so-called alt-right movement.

According to The Daily Progress, city police estimate between 2,000 and 6,000 will attend Saturday's Unite the Right march on Charlottesville.

Friday's march drew condemnation from local and university officials.

"I am deeply saddened and disturbed by the hateful behavior displayed by torch-bearing protesters that marched on our grounds this evening," University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan said in a statement. "I strongly condemn the unprovoked assault on members of our community, including university personnel who were attempting to maintain order."

"The violence displayed on the grounds is intolerable and is entirely inconsistent with the university's values," the statement added.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer's called the demonstration a "cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism and intolerance."

He added: "Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here's mine: Not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus."

The King Center, founded by civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.'s widow Coretta Scott King, tweeted that "racism never left America."

Friday, August 11, 2017

Letting off Steam

I refuse to call Drumpf president. He is as bad as the N. Korean despot, demagogue Kim. They both will get us all killed sending us into a nuclear war. The 25th Amendment would get Drumpf out and it should be used as the wheels of Mueller justice turn too slowly. There is nuclear war on the horizon. He knows about nuclear war because his uncle told him about it 35 years ago. The man does not read. He gets his information from a half page of bullet points and pictures. Sounds like I'm talking about an infant. I am. He is a child and a sick one at that.

Drumpf lies and does so ALL the time. He says he passed so many bills and has done so much. He's passed nothing. He is a fraud and a liar but to get his base to believe reality seems impossible. At this point because of the international emergency I am desperate. I would even take Pence. Sec. of State is fourth in line if the others are guilty of perjury, fraud, obstruction of justice or anything else. Tillerson, Sec. of State seems rational. I know that will never happen as I know this crackpot Drumpf will get us all killed and does not care one inch for anyone except for himself. He is SICK!

He blames, Obama for everything including living, blames McConnell, bad mouths Sessions his own supporters. I hope they steam roll him out of office. How about blaming himself for failure of the rancid health care bill the particulars of which he knew nothing. His foil was, in essence, the people who knew the Republicrat healthcare bill would screw them if passed.

Oh yes, if by some chance we survive through September I could easily see the debt ceiling not raised for the first time. That will send our economy and the world economy into convulsions. You think the 2007 Recession was bad? Just wait.



RESIST and DO SO NOW!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

RESIST

The Resistance must NEVER let up. Keep it going so these Republican beasts whose palm is greased by corporate buckets of money and lobbying to which the majority of Americans cannot compete. BUT we CAN show up at the town halls and ultimately at the ballot box and throw these malevolent Republican jerks out!

Republicans are obviously so bad and so corrupt in my crystal ball IF Americans will wake up we WILL flip the House and the Senate to Democratic blue. We have MUCH to overturn what the Trump sick agenda through Executive Orders has done but we can and will do it once we have power. We stopped much with the little power we have.

We can do it. RESIST Republican attempts to turn back the clock to the 1950's when if you were a person of color or other minority, a woman, disabled, elderly or gay the life you experienced probably was hell!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

" Trump’s Warning To North Korea Called ‘Exactly Wrong’ And ‘Reckless’ “That is about the stupidest and most dangerous statement I have ever heard an American president make.”

Donald Trump: “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] has been very threatening beyond a normal state.”

​Kim Jong Un: ​“The slightest sign of attempt to remove our supreme leadership” will lead to a “merciless blow” with its “powerful nuclear hammer.”

Two unhinged crackpot leaders one at the head of the most powerful nuclear powered nation on earth; the other the demagogue leader of a totalitarian state both making unhinged verbal threats of war between two nuclear armed nations. There are, of course, other nuclear powered nations in that neck of the woods riding sidecar nearby. What could possibly go wrong?

Many of those who have not seen nor experienced the realities of this nuclear weapon think it is an exciting all powerful armament they cannot wait to use. Perhaps it is appropriate to show what a nuclear attack really means. Watch and learn. It may be the most important sight you see in your lifetime. Anyone who threatens the use of such an unconscionable weapon should see its reality and pray to whatever god one worships or, indeed, if one worships no god at all and know exploding a nuclear bomb will be an existential threat and life eradicating use of a weapon that harnesses the most powerful force on earth.

There has been only one nation, the United States of America, that has used such a weapon when the rest of the world did not possesses it. The US exploded "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" in August, 1945 on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan ostensibly to finally end the war in the Pacific so US troops would not have to risk thousands of casualties by an invasion of mainland Japan. One can debate that rationale. What one cannot debate is that the use of these bombs introduced to the world the most destructive, life and planet annihilating weapon in man's arsenal and those bombs by today's standards were "small." Upon its explosion think on the statement of Robert Oppenheimer, the scientific director of the Manhattan Project that developed the nuclear bomb:

We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.
​Look and see so you will know the reality of what two pathological narcissistic leaders have threatened to use and then go and through diplomacy make sure they do not sin again: ​

Hiroshima, August, 1945 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wxWNAM8Cso


 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul8TbSbVGzY




Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Sinclair and the fourth estate--STOP SINCLAIR or offer progressive competition to it

MSNBC has done some good reporting on this latest threat to our democracy, Sinclair and Trump News. I believe for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

I hope in progressive arenas we will offer some severe competition to this latest attempt by conservatives to saturate the airwaves with lies and rightwing propaganda as they have all across the nation when broadcasting on radio and other media. They do this now because they can and Fox News is in trouble. Rachel Maddow and MSNBC has dominated the networks now in the era of the real fake rightwing news--Donald Trump and his cronies. Rightwing funders have nearly unlimited cash and importantly they have the Commissioner of the FCC held by a Trump advocate who placed him in the position. Probably the FCC will grant a license to Sinclair Corporation which seeks to expand local news broadcasting by 72% across the nation. Its influence will be saturating as the article below reports.

Progressives MUST seek funding and promote competition to this latest attempt by conservatives to not only control the legislatures (state and national), the presidency, the courts but now they want the fourth estate, the media. We must offer them competition to all of it by keeping our eyes and ears open to their egregious attempts to monopolize power and present the true fake news for which Trump advocates.

Sinclair and other so called "conservative" media are attempting when Trump is gone or jailed to harness the base of his support. Do not let them do that without a fight by harnessing progressive power and we have lots of it. Beat them at their own game. Find money and ethical persons of business consequence and financial ability who can do this. In the interim we can alert our own base to this latest power grab and we can

RESIST.

Read:

Sinclair Broadcast’s Tribune Media Deal Could Blow Up the Local TV Landscape


http://fortune.com/2017/07/25/sinclair-broadcasting-tribune-local-tv/

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Nightmare of Injustice

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/grandmother-deported-voter-fraud-leaves-u-s-tears-n789766

Each day brings another horrific policy by the Drumpf administration. Now the Beast is making an attempt to examine the voter rolls for fraud in a nation which there have been Drumpf says, millions of uncounted voter frauds that means all of .000001 % so called voting fraud cases. Drumpf lies -- so what else is new?  Drumpf is one the most corrupt "leaders" on planet earth making himself unconstitutionally rich off the nation's taxpayer dime, taking vacations more times than he has been in his second home the White House he classifies in front of 8 witnesses "a dump" and making the Russian oligarchs and Mafia rich through alleged money laundering now deporting the law abiding grandmother and nurse who got trapped for alleged voter fraud. No court in this nation of alleged "justice" will give this woman a break. SHAMEFUL.

She was classified as a "permanent resident" and reported to immigration when she needed to. She did everything right except when a jerk at the Registry of Motor Vehicles as she attempted to renew her driver's license asked her if she wanted to vote. She checked yes because she was classified as a permanent resident and thought she could. She broke the law by doing that as permanent residence status does not give one the right to vote in this precious now authoritarian country ruled by a demagogue.

They entrapped her as she did not realize permanent resident status did not give her the right to vote. They duped her to check yes on the voting question on the form. She is a nurse who worked hard all her life for decades here, paid taxes for decades here and has children and grandchildren here getting booted back to Peru for that mistake never to be able to see her family here again.

Can someone wake me up from this nightmare of injustice?

Friday, August 04, 2017

Satan in a Sunday Hat -- Charles Blow + my comment

Mr. Blow, your words and their written expression are like spring flowers enveloping me with their saturated beauty.

You are unique even among the great NYT columnists. I love "Satan in a Sunday Hat" as you precisely and with gloriously beautiful, hard hitting and brilliant verbiage describe the cacophonous ugly components of our nation's executive branch in our time. Your beautifully constructed words and their syntactically perfect arrangement describe with irony those with little honesty, no beauty and ugly character who reside in this now poisonous den of albeit still historical opulence.

It is sad, even though so beautifully stated, to characterize those who occupy (I hope not for long) our executive mansion the way you do. Never, I believe, since the Civil War and before has this nation been so embarrassing, profane, disorderedly stupid and psychologically sick for all the world to see.

Yet again our once great democracy has sunk to the depths of the cultural filth of Donald J. Trump and with those malcontents whom he proudly lauds as his base.

RESIST

I link your piece below for others to read.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/31/opinion/scaramucci-new-yorker-leakers.html

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

AMY MCGRATH--A FANTASIC CHOICE RUNNING FOR KENTUCKY CONGRESS



I made a mistake. Democrat Amy McGrath is running for Congress against Andy Barr arch conservative Obamacare destroyer and Barr voted with McConnell nearly 100%.

Amy McGrath is WONDERFUL!! Listen to her ad. I know you will agree. I Think she can win. If you can throw her some support that would be great. She is wonderful....listen to her ad. You won't believe it. Her mother had polio which made me take notice even more!


https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/1/1686050/-Hot-damn-Check-this-female-Marine-pilot-s-intro-ad-for-Kentucky-s-6th-district-Congressional-race?detail=emaildkre

Presidential Incoherence -- Trump dementia

Larry O'Donnell last evening made the case for Trump incoherence and possible dementia forgetting facile concepts, not knowing and understanding complex ideas; confusion and other at first small and then later larger forgetfulness of names, places, etc. Truth an elementary necessity in a democracy is relegated to the ash bin of history. He does not remember what he said from one moment to the next.

Trump does not know basic concepts nor can he talk about ideological variation. He does not know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid and knows nothing of the debt ceiling if not raised, which it automatically was in previous administrations, will plunge not only the US but the world into economic convulsions. Trump is 71. There are plenty of seniors in their 70's and beyond who are mentally sharp as is George H.W. Bush (the elder) in his 90's but Trump is not one of them. Perhaps he really never was as most all he attempted ended in failure, bankruptcy and bailouts.

It is obvious to most with a semblance of sanity that he should not be in the presidency. We all are at risk from an impulsive thought or incoherent analysis by him that results in a devastating war. We know Ronald Reagan suffered from the beginning's of Alzheimer's while in the presidency but it was at the end of his presidency. Trump is at the beginning of his presidency where much damage can be done and the damage will be done against us, the American people. It could cost lives--even thousands of them. The sooner he is eliminated from the oval office the safer we all will be when we sleep.

RESIST!

The O'Connell video is entitled "Presidential Incoherence"

http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word


Is Trump suffering from dementia?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3CFwkoqxIs

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Trump dictated son’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian lawyer



Judge for yourself how serious this is.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-dictated-sons-misleading-statement-on-meeting-with-russian-lawyer/2017/07/31/04c94f96-73ae-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_airforceone-759pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.8b9af8d4a9bf

"“This was . . . unnecessary,” said one of the president’s advisers, who like most other people interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations. “Now someone can claim he’s the one who attempted to mislead. Somebody can argue the president is saying he doesn’t want you to say the whole truth.”



"Although misleading the public or the news media is not a crime, advisers to Trump and his family told The Washington Post that they fear any indication that Trump was seeking to hide information about contacts between his campaign and Russians almost inevitably would draw additional scrutiny from Mueller.

Trump, they say, is increasingly acting as his own lawyer, strategist and publicist, often disregarding the recommendations of the professionals he has hired.

“He refuses to sit still,” the presidential adviser said. “He doesn’t think he’s in any legal jeopardy, so he really views this as a political problem he is going to solve by himself.”

The Washington Post has a gazillion sources for the fact that Trump composed what he wanted Jr. to say which means he knew and was putting out a lie...(big surprise!). It came from high up the leak so who? Some even suggested allegedly Ivanka and/or Jared themselves but I don't know about that. I suspect it could not be they. Who knows when responses change by the second when new evidence comes out.


It's got to come out I would think but who the hell knows in this colossal mess and we have a liar in chief