This country needs to rethink priorities. Fox News reports:
"A heartbroken mother has shared an emotional Facebook post addressed to her son Nolan, two months after he died of cancer. Ruth Scully, from Maryland, revealed the pain of watching her child suffer, and the final miracle before she lost him. Nolan was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer, in November 2015 and passed away in February this year, aged four. His mum says she had long wanted to write about his last days and “how he was made of nothing but pure love.”
The scourge of cancer should have long since been eradicated.
"When she took Nolan to the hospital for the last time, after he had battled cancer for more than a year, he had not eaten or drunk anything in days and was continually vomiting. On February 1, the oncologist sat them down to hear the terrible truth. The four-year-old’s cancer had spread and large tumours were compressing his bronchial tubes and heart just four weeks after open chest surgery. The cancer was no longer treatable."
Gets worse. Seatbelts on:
"The anguished mother walked into her son’s room, where he was watching YouTube.
Me: Poot, it hurts to breathe doesn’t it?
Nolan: Weeeelll.... yeah.
Me: You’re in a lot of pain aren’t you baby?
Nolan: (looking down) Yeah.
Me: Poot, this Cancer stuff sucks. You don’t have to fight anymore.
Nolan: (Pure Happiness) I DONT??!! But I will for you Mommy!!
Me: No Poot!! Is that what you have been doing?? Fighting for Mommy??
Nolan: Well DUH!!
Me: Nolan Ray, what is Mommy’s job?
Nolan: To keep me SAFE! (With a big grin)
Me: Honey ... I can’t do that anymore here. The only way I can keep you safe is in Heaven. (My heart shattering)
Nolan: Sooooo I’ll just go to Heaven and play until you get there! You’ll come right?
Me: Absolutely!! You can’t get rid of Mommy that easy!!
Nolan: Thank you Mommy!!! I’ll go play with Hunter and Brylee and Henry!!"
This kid at 4 continued to place the needs of his mother first, before his own:
"Nolan slept for most of the next few days. His mother made sure things were in order. “I cannot explain to you what signing an Emergency Responder ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ order for your angelic son feels like,” she wrote. When he woke up, Ruth had his things ready to go home for one more night together. But her son was still putting others first. “He gently put his hand on mine and said ‘Mommy, it’s OK. Let’s just stay here OK?’ My 4 year old Hero was trying to make sure things were easy for me ..."
Imagine having to live through the following:
“So in between sleeping for the next 36 hours, we played, watched YouTube, shot Nerf Gun after Nerf Gun and smiled as many times as we could. An hour or so before he passed he even filled out a ‘Will’! We laid in bed together and he sketched out how he wanted his funeral, picked his pall bearers, what he wanted people to wear, wrote down what he was leaving each of us, and even wrote down what he wanted to be remembered as ... which of course was a Policeman.”
His mother went to take a shower. When she came out of the bathroom was confronted by the following:
“When I opened the bathroom door, his Team was surrounding his bed and every head turned and looked at me with tears in their eyes. They said ‘Ruth, he’s in a deep sleep. He can’t feel anything’. His respirations were extremely laboured, his right lung had collapsed and his oxygen dropped. “I ran and jumped into bed with him and put my hand on the right side of his face. Then a miracle that I will never forget happened.... “My angel took a breath, opened his eyes, smiled at me and said ‘I Love You Mommy’, turned his head towards me and at 11:54pm Sgt. Rollin Nolan Scully passed away as I was singing ‘You are My Sunshine’ in his ear.”
The quotes above are courtesy of a most gifted, insightful writer, Emma Reynolds.
The point of all this is simple. Achingly, simple. Our priorities desperately need reexamination. At a time of record corporate profits and cash reserves, money is not spent where it truly needs to be spent. On improving the human condition. Curing diseases that should have long since been cured. The Trump nazi and his henchmen are doing all they can at the moment to provoke the North Korean dictator into initiating hostilities.
Worse, the Trump nazi falsely claims the U.S. military is depleted, needs to be rebuilt. Abject bullshit. An insane lie. Our military is, and remains, the most powerful on earth. We spend on defense as much as the next seven countries combined. Yet, the Trump nazi wants more. Intends to cut domestic programs to pay for it. To line the pockets of his war profiteer corporate buddies.
-- At a time when this country is now divided more than at any other time in history. We now live in what has become in effect a fascist police-state. Soon to be the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich. Hear the rumble? An unwanted dreaded second American revolution already catastrophically looming on the horizon. Yet, the Trump nazi, his henchmen remain oblivious. So does half the nation.
Meanwhile, the homeless remain homeless, the hungry, -- hungry, the sick and dying needlessly suffering as the mother and son in the above story. We've lost ourselves. The route we're on is not sustainable. The greatest threat to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is no foreign power, no terrorist organization, not even the criminal element. It is, and remains, our own government, all branches and levels.
The Trump nazi remains incapable of telling the truth. On April 8, 2017, an announcement was made that an aircraft carrier task force was on its way to the Korean Peninsula. Seems this wasn't true. The Washington Post reports:
"A photograph released by the Navy showed the aircraft carrier sailing through the calm waters of Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java on Saturday, April 15. By later in the day, it was in the Indian Ocean, according to Navy photographs. In other words, on the same day that the world nervously watched North Korea stage a massive military parade to celebrate the birthday of the nation’s founder, Kim Il Sung, and the press speculated about a preemptive U.S. strike, the U.S. Navy put the Carl Vinson, together with its escort of two guided-missile destroyers and a cruiser, more than 3,000 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula — and more than 500 miles southeast of Singapore."
Indeed, a most dangerous game played by the Trump nazi and his henchmen. Any miscalculation, any at all can result in dire consequences for the region. Including U.S. military personnel stationed in South Korea, Japan, and elsewhere in the area. Meanwhile, deprivation here at home goes unaddressed. Infrastructure continues to deteriorate. This country continues to nazify from effectively a fascist police-state to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
Trump and his henchmen have no grasp on reality. Remain clueless to the reason for exponentially increasing dissent, protest. The Washington Times reports:
"Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly told the host of critics to “shut up” and let his agents do their jobs, pushing back against the overwhelming wave of criticism from advocacy groups who have complained that immigration enforcement has grown too strict under the Trump administration."
This achingly delusional nazi at Homeland 'Security' insanely has his panties in a wad. Tough shit. There is no way at least half this population will remain gutlessly silent as our formerly great country proceeds from what is already a fascist police-state to Trump's Fourth Reich. Over half the public believes the following:
“This administration is purposefully targeting formerly ‘low priority’ undocumented immigrants who are deeply rooted in American families and American communities,” Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, a leading advocacy, said earlier this week. “The American people want undocumented immigrants who are low-priority to be put on a path to legal status and citizenship, not on a path to detention, deportation and family separation.”
The imposition of nazism will not be tolerated. It is currently tearing our formerly great country apart. Top to bottom. Bottom to top. Across the seams, the fabric of what used to be a great country.
The insanity of GOP nazis is well-illustrated by Texas Sen. Ted "Screws Loose" Cruz. The Washington Times reports:
“President Trump is sending very serious signals, and signals that they should listen to, that there are consequences for threatening and waging war against the United States,” Mr. Cruz said."
Abject bullshit. Simply, untrue. In fact, Trump's delusionally, ludicrously sending quite the opposite message. The Syrian airbase was operational the day after the cruise missile attack. The 'mother' of all bombs dropped in Afghanistan did no more than strengthen enemy resolve. What is the Senator talking about? The North Korean dictator made it clear he will launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack if threatened. Again, Senator, what the hell are you talking about?
“There’s no doubt that a return of American strength is critical.”
More achingly delusional bullshit from this insane Republican. What this goddamned nazi and others in the GOP are calling for in reality is a return to the days of U.S. imperialism, -- to line the pockets of GOP war profiteers in the corporate management suite. That's not going to happen. Won't be tolerated here at home.
Yet another case of uncommon valor. ... Initially, by a most exceptional woman fifty years ago. -- Repeated by the very same woman under radically different circumstances at the very same event fifty years later. An amazing story of determination, uncompromising, ferocious will. NBC News reports:
"In 1967, 20-year-old Kathrine Switzer made history when she defiantly became the first woman to officially run in the Boston Marathon — even as race officials tried to physically stop her."
Imagine that. No women allowed. Couldn't be, could it?
"Fifty years later, she finished the race again, donning the same number: 261. "I just ran the fastest marathon I've run in 46 years," she told NBC News after crossing the finish line Monday."
Hat's off, Ms. Switzer. Hell of an accomplishment.
"It's an impressive feat for someone whose coach once told her, "No dame ain't ever run no marathon."
Imagine that. Consider the obstacles fifty years ago:
"The first time around, as a Syracuse University student, she registered for the marathon as K.V. Switzer, and no one seemed to notice she was a woman until two miles into the race. That's when Jack Semple, a race official, jumped off the press bus and ran after her. "He grabbed me ... threw me back and he said, 'Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers,'" Switzer recalled. "And he tried to pull my bib numbers off."
Had back up:
"Her boyfriend at the time intervened, pushing Semple away while Switzer continued doing what she was doing — running."
Injustice, at the time? Straight out of the cave:
"It was all captured in an iconic photograph that galvanized the women's movement and helped change the game for female athletes. "It changed everything," she said. "It changed my life and it changed millions of women's lives." Switzer was, however, disqualified from the race and there was more backlash to come: Switzer said aggressive journalists approached her at the finish line, yelling, "Real women don't run."
Really? The hell they don't.
"She was then expelled from the Athletic Federation, which meant she wasn't allowed to run. So she started her own club, and they ran in Canada, "just like draft dodgers," Switzer said."
While some things indeed have changed in the last half century, much hasn't. Have a long, long way to go to full equality.
"The club started putting on events, and eventually she got sponsored. Switzer then went on to create a global series of races in 27 countries with millions of women. "It grew, grew, grew," she explained. "We could take the data and statistics from all of these events, took it to the International Olympic Committee, and we got the women's marathon included in the Olympic games."
Didn't stop there:
"Her success has continued through to present day. She's run 39 marathons, and when she made her return to the Boston Marathon on Monday, she was an honored guest whose original number, 261, was retired after she crossed the finish line."
At 70. Quite an accomplishment.
"My message to young girls is that you can do much more than you ever can imagine," Switzer said. "The only way you can imagine it is to do it. To take the first step. And if you take the first step, you can then take three steps. And then you can take 10. And someday maybe you can run a marathon. And if you can run a marathon, you can do anything."
Indeed. Quotes above, courtesy of two great, insightful writers, Sarah Amer and Kristen Dahlgren.
Amazing how Trump's henchmen gallingly talk out their ass, -- just like the fuhrer. Surprised? Monkey see, monkey do. NPR reports:
"Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, slammed WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange in a full-throated public denunciation Thursday before an audience for foreign policy specialists in Washington, D.C."
Say what he may about Assange, Assange has indeed exposed abuse and corruption within our government, -- not-so-cleverly hidden by classifying what should be public information, available to the citizenry. To cover the sorry asses of government officials.
"WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service," he said in prepared remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies."
Isn't that precisely what the CIA does on a daily basis? Why is it the CIA Director has yet to admit and apologize for war crimes committed by its agents during the George "The Tush" Bush-"Slick Dick" Cheney invasion of Afghanistan, and subsequently that of Iraq clearly under false pretenses? False information provided by the CIA in the latter.
"Assange is a narcissist who has created nothing of value," Pompeo said. "He relies on the dirty work of other to make himself famous. He is a fraud — a coward hiding behind a screen."
Isn't that precisely what you and your goons at Central 'Intelligence' are guilty of yourselves? To say nothing of the Trump nazi. Kettle calling the pot black. A crock of shit.
"And in Kansas, we know something about false Wizards," said the former Kansas congressman in his first public remarks as CIA director."
Aren't you talking about yourself, the Trump nazi, and the rest of his henchmen? Hypocrisy? Reeks. Unbecoming, even of a goddamned nazi such as yourself, Mr. Pompeo.
"Pompeo accused "Assange and his ilk" of making common cause with dictators as "they try unsuccessfully to cloak themselves and their actions in the language of liberty and privacy."
While Assange indeed has his agenda, think the Trump nazi, Pompeo, and the rest of Trump's henchmen aren't doing precisely the same? Readers, you're being bamboozled by these nazis. Bought their bullshit hook, line, and sinker. All a sham. Shameless ruse. Pulled the wool not-so-cleverly over your eyes.
Irony of ironies? The fascist assholes in the Trump regime aren't even on the same page with the Trump nazi:
"Pompeo's remarks represent a sharp shift in attitude toward WikiLeaks by the Trump administration. As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump made no secret of his approval of WikiLeaks' release of private emails from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta. "I love WikiLeaks," Trump said at a political rally in October. "It's amazing how nothing is secret today when you talk about the Internet."
Give me a break. It's all bullshit. A shameless sham.
Pompeo will have even more to bitch about. Get this. The Washington Post reports:
"A group of hackers called the Shadow Brokers has just released a new dump of data from the National Security Agency. This is plausibly the most extensive and important release of NSA hacking tools to date. It’s likely to prove awkward for the U.S. government, not only revealing top-secret information but also damaging the government’s relationships with U.S. allies and with big information technology firms."
Doesn't your heart bleed? The NSA is being exposed for whom and what it is. Indeed, a public service. Who will protect us from our 'protectors?'
The following is precisely the problem with the FBI, it's aching lack of credibility. ABC News reports:
"FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday said his organization is "not on anybody's side" but acknowledged that people were "confused" by its actions last year."
Comey is flattering himself. Or, hopelessly clueless.
"We confused people. We did a lot last year that confused people, because they're seeing the world ... through sides," Comey said at an event in Washington, D.C., for a new television documentary about the FBI. "If you see the world through sides, the FBI doesn't make a lot of sense to people. Because you're saying, 'Why did they help this person and hurt that [person]?'"
Disingenuous bullshit. Readers are reminded Comey is a Republican. Conveniently provided Congress with meaningless information of no substance against Hillary days prior to the election, knowing full well it would influence the electorate. While providing no information at all of an ongoing FBI investigation of the Trump nazi and his henchmen vis a vis possible collusion with the Russians to throw that very same election.
"We don't see the world that way," he added. "We are not on anybody's side. We really don't care. We're trying to figure out what's true, what's fair, that's the right thing to do."
More disingenuous bullshit. If that were truly the case, why are you a registered Republican, Director? No way are you and your henchmen not partisan. Moreover? -- You're just like a judge who disingenuously, falsely claims to supposedly not legislate his or her ideological and religious views from the bench. Both parties, political extremes are guilty of this. You and your goons haven't clearly benefited? Give me a break.
Every time you get a warrant on the basis of a false affidavit of probable cause you benefit. To say nothing of an undeserved favorable ruling in a criminal case. This goes on all over the country. At all levels of government. All law enforcement agencies benefit from this egregious lack of impartiality. Consequently, innocent citizens take it hard up the ass without the Vaseline. You, and other fascist bastards like you, depend on this to line government coffers.
No such thing as impartiality. All these bastards on the bench and in law enforcement have an agenda. Some more clever than others at hiding theirs. No matter what, bias reins supreme. To deny such is to deny reality, the ongoing evisceration, bastardization of the United States Constitution, particularly, the Bill of Rights.
"I worry sometimes that people don't know us," said Comey. "We have to care what the people think of us, because the faith and confidence of the American people is the bedrock that allows us to be believed and, by being believed, to accomplish the good that they try to do in this country."
Too late for that, Director. You and your goons lost all credibility quite some time ago. Forget? J. Edgar Hoover. Have been losing ground ever since.
The Trump nazi and his henchmen want no transparency. NPR reports:
"The Trump administration says it will not make public the names of those visiting the White House, reversing the Obama administration's policy."
Apparently, the Trump nazi wants no record of anyone visiting which might provide evidence of violation of the Emoluments Clause.
"White House communications director Michael Dubke said in a statement that the decision was due to the "the grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually," NPR's Scott Horsley reports."
Goddamned bullshit. Determined lack of transparency in what's turned out to be no more than a nazi dictatorship.
In another NPR article:
"President Trump will be at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., for Easter — his seventh of 13 weekends there as commander-in-chief. Although he conducts business at the Trump Organization estate, it's not always clear with whom. Some government watchdog groups are asking a federal court to compel the Trump administration to release a list of visitors to Mar-a-Lago, as well as to Trump Tower and the White House."
Fascinating, isn't it?
Susan Rice took quite a bit of heat from the Trump nazi and his henchmen. All for naught, however. NBC News reports:
"A review of the surveillance material flagged by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes shows no inappropriate action by Susan Rice or any other Obama administration official, Republican and Democratic Congressional aides who have been briefed on the matter told NBC News."
Didn't, however, stop the Trump nazi from talking out his ass:
"President Donald Trump told the New York Times he believed former National Security Adviser Rice broke the law by asking for the identities of Trump aides who were mentioned in transcripts of U.S. surveillance of foreign targets. Normally, the identities of Americans are blacked out in transcripts circulated by the National Security Agency, but they may be "unmasked," if their identities are relevant to understanding the intelligence."
Can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit. When all else fails? Lie like hell. To draw attention away from himself and ongoing investigations.
Day is night, night is day, and shit smells perversely sweet in the Trump regime. Think not? Wake up. Get this. The Washington Times reports:
"The White House said Thursday that President Trump’s reversal on China’s status as a currency manipulator should be viewed as an effort to fight for Americans. “The president’s tough talk on a variety of subjects was to get results for the American people,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer. “This is always about developing a better situation for the American people, and I think he’s done that.”
Does Spicer truly believe the American public is that stupid? His assertions? Abject bullshit. A crock of shit. The Trump nazi clearly does not understand running the country is not the same as running a business. Nowhere near as simple or easy. What this ignorant fascist son of a bitch has done is confuse allies with his duplicity, lower the level of trust. Worse? Stupidly rattled the cage of insane, unstable, unpredictable enemy dictators.
Think not? Wake up. NBC News reports:
"The U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test, multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News."
If true, abject insanity. What is the intention of the Trump nazi and his henchmen? Start a war to divert attention not only from ongoing investigations, but the aching failure of his regime not even three months in?
Trump faces growing public pressure vis a vis cost of bi-weekly trips to his Florida getaway. The cost of operating Air Force One alone is $140,000 per hour. To say nothing of increased security costs. NBC News reports:
"But since his January inauguration, President Trump has spent seven of 13 weekends at his Palm Beach, Florida estate. According to NBC News' estimates by Sunday Trump will have spent 28 percent of his term traveling to or staying at Mar-a-Lago. Trump hosted his second world leader at the "winter White House" last weekend, with Chinese President Xi Jinping joining Trump for meetings Thursday and Friday. Trump stayed the rest of the weekend, frequenting his nearby golf club on both days."
Courtesy of looted taxpayers.
CBS News reports:
"With Eric Trump’s trip to the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland this week, the international hotel and car rental costs for the Secret Service agents who protect him and his brother Donald Trump Jr. have topped $190,000 since January 1st, according to a review of purchasing orders by CBS News. All of those bills are paid by taxpayers."
Imagine that. Business expenses the Trump nazi should indeed be reimbursing taxpayers for. Why the hell is the public forced to finance Trump business operations? Why?
"Documents for Eric Trump’s trip this week to Dublin show that $4,029.85 was spent on limousines for his visit and $11,261 to cover the hotel costs of the Secret Service agents who protect him."
Why are taxpayers shamelessly looted? Not reimbursed?
"These purchase orders do not include airfare costs for Secret Service agents who traditionally conduct advance trips to the location in preparation for visits by protectees. It also does not include the cost of the salaries paid to the agents who protect members of the president’s family."
"The trips by the Trump sons are to promote Trump-branded properties in those countries. According to an analysis by the Economist magazine, the Trump Organization’s international deals account for less than 10 percent of the company’s value."
Why are we paying for this? So they can do business. Why aren't taxpayers reimbursed by the Trump nazi?
“The Trump family’s frequent travel to international destinations purely to promote the Trump family business is burning through taxpayer dollars at an unprecedented rate and stretching the Secret Service increasingly thin,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee."
The Trump nazi and his family couldn't care less. Their attitude? 'Let 'em eat cake.'
"President Trump’s trips on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago have cost taxpayers an estimated $700,000 for each round trip. CBS News has estimated, based on a previous Government Accountability Office report, that each presidential trip to Mar-a-Lago costs about $3 million."
'Let 'em eat cake.'
"One purchase order reviewed by CBS News shows the US Secret Service has spent $35,185 on golf cart rentals “for POTUS visit” in Palm Beach County, Florida since the President’s inauguration."
'Let 'em eat cake.'
"Another purchase order showed a charge of $64,000 for “Elevator services- Trump Tower” in December 2016. A Secret Service official told CBS News that “elevator inspection is one of many protective operational measures utilized by the Secret Service.”
'Let 'em eat cake.'
The Trump nazi clearly has problems with sanitation at his Florida getaway. The Washington Post reports:
"Florida restaurant inspectors found numerous violations in the kitchen at President Trump’s private club, Mar-a-Lago. Inspectors from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation cited more than a dozen violations in reports from a Jan. 26 inspection at Trump’s “winter White House” in Palm Beach, the Miami Herald first reported. The violations included several that were categorized as high priority, which “could contribute directly to a foodborne illness or injury,” according to the agency."
Would you believe it?
Pressure continues to grow on the Trump nazi. The Washington Post reports:
"An arm of Congress is launching an investigation into President Trump’s transition operation, including its public spending, private fundraising and how it managed communications with foreign governments."
About time. What took so long?
"In a letter dated April 5, the independent, nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) told Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) that it would undertake the probe."
Should have happened immediately after the nazi took office. More than enough probable cause.
"The investigation will focus on four major areas of interest, a GAO official wrote: federal ethics guidelines that governed Trump’s transition; the financial operation behind the effort, including expenditures by the government; conflicts of interest and financial-disclosure rules; and how the transition arranged phone calls and other contact with heads of foreign governments."
Sounds comprehensive, but we'll have to see if there's follow through.
“As discussed with your staff on Feb. 27, 2017, we plan to complete our work and send a draft product to the agencies for comment in June 2017,” wrote a GAO official, whose name was redacted before Warren’s office posted the letter online this week."
Why the redaction? Afraid of interference, worse, retaliation by the Trump nazi, his henchmen?
"Warren and Cummings had asked the GAO to review the transition’s practices in late November, citing rising concerns about conflicts of interest between Trump’s about-to-be leadership of the government and his private business activities."
The question to be asked and answered is why are taxpayers effectively financing Trump business operations?
“Mr. Trump’s conflicts of interest raise questions about the taxpayer-funded expenditures associated with the transition,” the lawmakers wrote to the GAO, adding: “There is no transparency with regard to transition expenditures, raising additional questions about how taxpayer funds may be flowing into Mr. Trump’s pockets.”
The Trump nazi and his family believe they can do as they please on the taxpayer dime. Called Aryan arrogance.
The following is highly indicative of precisely how patronizing, condescending, tone deaf, Aryan arrogant GOP fascists have become under the Trump nazi. The Washington Post reports:
"A Wisconsin congressman told a town hall attendee who was concerned about the elimination of online privacy protections that using the Internet is a choice — a statement that has since drawn criticism on social media."
Why wouldn't it? This GOP piece of shit is doing the will of his corporate masters. Wants to allow the corporate management suite to sell your data to line its pockets.
"During the meeting in Wisconsin on Thursday, the attendee asked about the recent decision by Congress to wipe away an Obama-era policy that sought to limit what Internet service providers, such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, can do with customers’ Internet browsing history. The concern is similar to one raised by consumer activists: Not all Internet users have options to switch to a different company if they don’t agree with their current provider’s privacy practices."
GOP nazis are too damned aggressively stupid, achingly ignorant to understand this. Or, worse? Couldn't care less. Bought and paid for.
“Facebook is not comparable to an ISP. I do not have to go to Facebook,” the town hall attendee told Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.). “I do have one provider. … I have one choice. I don’t have to go on Google. My ISP provider is different than those providers.”
The constituent is reminded the alternative is to use Tor browser. If Tor is blocked by a website, run Tor through a VPN.
"In response, Sensenbrenner, who voted to scrap the Federal Communications Commission’s privacy rules that were set to take effect at the end of this year, said:
“Nobody’s got to use the Internet. … And the thing is that if you start regulating the Internet like a utility, if we did that right at the beginning, we would have no Internet. … Internet companies have invested an awful lot of money in having almost universal service now. The fact is is that, you know, I don’t think it’s my job to tell you that you cannot get advertising for your information being sold. My job, I think, is to tell you that you have the opportunity to do it, and then you take it upon yourself to make that choice. … That’s what the law has been, and I think we ought to have more choices rather than fewer choices with the government controlling our everyday lives.”
Standard Republican tone deaf, achingly clueless bullshit. Egregious distortion of reality. Forget? This bastard is getting his pockets lined by his corporate masters. Answers to the corporate management suite, not his constituents. This national socialist, fascist is bought and paid for by his corporate masters. Forget? All government is bought and paid for by the corporate management suite. That's the way nazism works.
Equally pointedly? Forget? The corporate management suite ultimately runs the show. It's bought and paid for shills in government execute its will. That is, control the masses in a de facto fascist police-state. Exactly, what's now happening in our formerly great country. No more than the end result of a poorly controlled capitalist system where legislators and jurists are all bought and paid for by the corporate management suite.
"Sensenbrenner’s statement has since drawn criticism from social-media users. Some accused the 73-year-old congressman of being out of touch in the digital age, when something as basic as paying the bills, buying clothes or finding a job is done online. “Nobody has to use indoor plumbing or electricity. They can just use outhouses and kerosene lamps. They have a choice, right?” one Twitter user wrote. “Nobody has to use the Internet? Many jobs require it. Schools require it. Take his office Internet away, maybe?” said another."
More disturbing about all the above? No longer clear whether ISPs will have to offer users the right to opt out from sale of their personal information. Precisely, why use of Tor and a VPN are essential. The public has been sold out by the Trump nazi and the Republican Party.
The Trump nazi and his henchmen believe the 'President' is exempt from being sued. Imagine that. Couldn't be, could it? Total sovereign immunity. The Washington Times reports:
"President Trump can’t be sued for allegedly provoking his supporters to assault protesters at a pre-election rally last March because his standing as president precludes him from civil litigation, one of his attorneys said Friday. “Mr. Trump is immune from suit because he is President of the United States,” R. Kent Westberry, an attorney for Mr. Trump, wrote in a filing entered Friday in federal court in Kentucky."
Where have we heard this before? Where? When? Wake up. Understand readers what the above means? The shyster and his client don't think the Trump nazi should be held accountable for inciting violence. Had it been anyone else, that is, Joe Blow down the street, think his sorry ass wouldn't have not only been sued but locked up on criminal charges?
"The president’s lawyer offered that defense in response to a lawsuit brought last month on behalf of three individuals who say they were assaulted at a March 2016 campaign rally in Louisville upon Mr. Trump’s instruction. “Get ‘em out of here,” Mr. Trump repeatedly said into the microphone when demonstrators disrupted the rally and that constitutes “explicit directives,” according to the lawsuit, that “could have no other reasonable meaning but to remove protesters, including the Plaintiffs, using unwanted, harmful physical force.”
That's right. Precisely, what the Trump nazi intended. Doesn't think the law applies to the top 1% of the food chain. Unbridled Aryan arrogance.
"The legal action brought last month on the protesters’ behalf seeks damages from two Trump supporters accused of assault as well as the president and his White House campaign."
Hope the suit is successful.
The Sessions nazi intends to eviscerate the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ. Getting quite a bit of help from other racist nazis in the process. The Washington Times reports:
"Conservative scholars have urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to purge “ideological rot” that’s festered in the department’s Civil Rights Division under the Obama administration through internal reforms meant to reverse partisanship in the agency. But liberal groups, seizing on a recommendation that political appointees rather than career bureaucrats play a role in the hiring process, argued this week that such a move would be a return to hiring practices already deemed improper and illegal under the George W. Bush administration."
Precisely, what is intended by Republican national socialists desperate to turn back the clock.
"Among suggested reforms, they said the assistant attorneys general in each division “must preserve or reacquire hiring authority and not leave the decisions in the hands of career bureaucrats who are reliably opposed to President Trump’s agenda.”
That means Republican nazis are bound and determined to force their racist, misogynist, fascist views on all. Desperately wish to impose the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
"For liberal groups, who already worry that their victories on policing, voting rights and LGBT issues will be rolled back under the Trump administration, the suggestion was alarming."
For those of you who treasure liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties, time to finally wake up. Empty talk is not enough. Need to support media bringing all this to the light of day. Otherwise, you get what you richly deserve.
"The Civil Rights Division “has the awesome responsibility of enforcing our nation’s civil rights laws, and ensuring equal treatment and equal justice under the law for all Americans,” the coalition of liberal groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy wrote this week. “For that reason, the Division’s career staff must not be politicized by the incoming Justice Department political appointees.”
Not only liberals and progressives support this effort. So do Independents who remain conservative on fiscal issues, liberal on social ones.
CNN reports the magnitude of risk posed by the Trump nazi and his surrogate, the Sessions nazi:
"In just over two months, Sessions has proved to be a central figure in effectuating Trump's vision for America in tangible ways on immigration, crime, police reform and civil rights. And while the White House searches for new messaging to frame what Trump has accomplished in the first 100 days in office, Sessions has single-handedly managed to make several significant domestic policy changes -- from pressing pause on implementing police reforms to withdrawing Obama-era protections for transgender students in public schools."
Understand what the above means, readers? The war against all civil and constitutional rights and liberties is well under way as the Trump nazi and his henchmen impose The Fourth Reich.
"This radical transformation of the Justice Department's role is no accident. Many of the changes Sessions has made thus far track a familiar principle of federalism: the notion that the federal government's powers are limited and it can't coerce states into action. In other words, the federal government should get out of the states' way."
Know what that means, readers? Comprehend the pending danger to our formerly great democratic republic? It's on life support. The Founders intended all levels and branches of government to be a check and balance on one another. Republican nazis are doing all they can to reverse this. Remain an exponentially increasing, exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.
Remain cowardly silent? You're gutless. Think someone else will do it for you. You're clueless. A democratic republic demands public involvement. Forget? The Founders intended "We The People" to ultimately be in control of government. Our government. Not the corporate management suite who ultimately owns its bought and paid for government lackeys. Won't support those of us fighting for these rights? Get what you deserve.
Think the war against the Bill of Rights described above by the Sessions nazi is not already well under way? Wake up. The Washington Times disingenuously reports:
"The Justice Department on Friday dropped its lawsuit accusing North Carolina of discrimination against transgender people following the state’s repeal of its controversial “bathroom bill.” The move, overseen by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, reverses action taken by his predecessor Loretta Lynch. Lawyers for North Carolina and DOJ filed a joint notice to dismiss the lawsuit, citing recently adopted legislation that rolled back the controversial law."
The 'compromise' did not repeal the law. Far from it. Simply, watered it down:
"The agreement comes after Republican lawmakers and Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper agreed last month on a compromise that replaced House Bill 2 (HB2), which regulated access to public restrooms and locker rooms on the basis of biological sex."
The public's been bamboozled as reported earlier in this publication and elsewhere. Not yet clear who in the corporate management suite and sports franchises will buy the ruse, -- other than the achingly ignorant, hopelessly greedy NCAA of course:
"Groups advocating for gay and transgender rights have been critical of the replacement bill, saying does not provide LGBT people adequate protection from discrimination. In a statement issued Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal condemned the Trump administration’s decision. “The Trump Administration may want to use the fake repeal of HB 2 as an excuse to further turn their backs on the transgender community, but the rest of us aren’t going to give up that easily,” said James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT Project. “We’ll continue this fight as long as it takes to truly strike down this disastrous law for good.”
Other alternative? The unthinkable. An unwanted dreaded second American revolution already catastrophically looming on the horizon. Hear the rumble?
Gets worse. Apparently, the Sessions nazi wants cases ramrodded through the system. Couldn't care less about veracity of evidence. ABC News reports:
"Defense attorneys say they will step up their challenges to certain forensic practices now that the Justice Department has disbanded an independent commission that was studying how to improve their reliability."
Can't have that, can we? Kangaroo justice. Courtesy of the Sessions nazi.
"But the absence of research or guidance from the National Commission on Forensic Science could make the task of challenging questionable scientific evidence in court even harder, according to experts who worry that "garbage science" will continue to cloud court cases across the U.S.."
Clearly, the intention of the Trump nazi, his stooge at the DOJ, the Sessions nazi, to say nothing of other 'law and order' Republican fascists. ... Right, TL?
"Even if defense attorneys jump up and down and complain about it, they won't have the power of a national commission to back them up," said Erin Murphy, a professor at New York University School of Law. "The status quo right now is to admit it all. The status quo is where things are likely to stay."
Kangaroo justice. The Fourth Reich.
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this week the Justice Department would not renew the commission, a panel of researchers, scientists, judges and attorneys that had been working more than three years to raise forensic science standards. Research had increasingly shown that techniques such as comparisons of hair found at crime scenes, handwriting analyses, bite-mark evidence and certain ballistics tests are scientifically flawed."
The Sessions nazi has deliberately taken a raucous hard dump on the Bill of Rights. In direct violation of his oath of office.
"Instead, the Justice Department will build on the commission's work to develop a new strategy on improvements to forensic methods, with the help of an internal committee and a still unnamed forensic adviser, Sessions said."
Nazi justice. A ruse. Railroading of the innocent will grow worse than ever. The Fourth Reich.
"The announcement drew alarm from some in the legal community who saw the commission as the best chance for an independent look at questionable techniques that have long been used in American courtrooms. They fear its end marks a rollback of recent reform efforts."
Clearly, the intention. Expansion of what is already a fascist police-state to imposition of The Fourth Reich.
Kicker? Get this:
"The creation of the commission stemmed from a series of crime lab failures and a 2009 report by the National Academy of Sciences revealing forensic evidence like bite marks and hair samples that often helped convict defendants was based on shoddy science. It called for far-ranging improvements. A wave of exonerations followed and ultimately the formation of the commission."
Wouldn't want to confuse the Sessions nazi with the truth, would we? Clearly, this clueless fascist embraces the principle, 'can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit. A raucous, boot clicking, goose stepping, treasonous, treacherous, traitorous Sieg Heil!, Mr. Attorney General? You're out of uniform, you fascist son of a bitch. Where is your swastika armband?
Think the Sessions nazi competent as U.S. Attorney General? Get this. CBS News reports:
"More than a month after Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed U.S. attorneys from the Obama administration to immediately resign, none of them has been replaced, according to The Washington Post."
“We really need to work hard at that,” Sessions said after he was asked Tuesday about the vacancies, according to the report."
"He suggested that the Justice Department can rely on career acting U.S. attorneys for the time being, but the Post reports that acting U.S. attorneys would not have the same authority when they work with law enforcement, the report said."
Amazing, isn't it?
"Altogether, there are 93 unfilled positions for U.S. attorney, the report said, which are among hundreds of critical jobs open in the administration."
Coup de grace? Fired the 93rd when he refused to resign. Forget?
With an annual defense budget well over a half trillion bucks, how is it service members need food assistance? NPR reports:
"Though families cite different reasons for coming, the pantry's popularity points to a real need among service members, says Abby Leibman, president and CEO of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, an advocacy group based in Los Angeles."
The military has no issue with spending $1 million for each cruise missile, but cannot afford to pay service members enough to remain off food assistance?
"There's nothing that makes you feel more vulnerable or undermines your ability to live your life [more] than not knowing if you're going to be able to feed your family," says Leibman. Her group tracks food assistance programs, such as pantries, available to military families across the country. She says there are hundreds of pantries on or near most bases or installations that are designed specifically for active-duty military families. She says that's a "serious indicator" of need."
Not the first time this failure has been brought to the attention of the public:
"It's about a system that was designed to support them that is failing in that goal," says Leibman. "We have a military that takes care of its own. Well, here's a place where it's failing, so it needs to course correct."
Our country spends more on defense than the next seven combined. Guess where this money is going?
"In July 2016, the Government Accountability Office concluded that the Department of Defense was not fully collecting or analyzing data on how many service members were in need of food assistance or enrolled in federal programs such as SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as food stamps), and WIC, the program for Women, Infants and Children."
'See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.' Gets worse:
"At the same time, the GAO found troubling signs that some military families were in need. For example, nearly 1 in 4 children at DOD schools are eligible for free meals, a program that's based on income. Also, about 23,000 active-duty service members rely on SNAP benefits, according to the 2013 Census Bureau."
This is not sustainable. When will both parties end the bottomless greed of war profiteers? When will the corporate management suite be held accountable? When?
"Lower enlisted ranks the most vulnerable:
"When her husband was stationed at San Diego's Naval Base in 2010, Ashley Butler began a meticulous accounting of their household expenses. She tracked gas costs. She bought items in bulk. She limited trips to see family back in Wichita, Kans.
"Her husband was an enlisted Naval Seaman, and with two young daughters under 10, they were finding it hard to make ends meet.
"You stretch as much as you possibly can," she says. "It's stressful because you want to make sure you can feed your family."
"They qualified for WIC, and Butler, who was 27 at the time, went to the food pantries nearby. But feeding her family was still a challenge – and she knew other families who were having a hard time, too."
This happens in the richest country in the world? With the world's best, most powerful military? Still think we haven't lost ourselves?
Sadly, there are growing problems within the U.S. Navy SEAL community. CBS News reports:
"As Navy SEALs talk publicly to CBS News about drug abuse in the ranks for the first time, some members of the elite force say drugs aren’t the only problem. According to interviews, e-mails and text messages from nine current and former SEALs, “...there’s been a corruption within the teams,” one of them wrote. “The death of our quiet professionalism continues to erode at our ethos, and endangers our teammates overseas, not to mention our families at home.”
Haunting, isn't it?
"One SEAL told CBS News correspondent David Martin that “the community has got to stop seeking the limelight and exposing what they do or it continues to put people in danger.” They accused fellow SEALs of profiteering -- or as they called it -- “selling the Trident,” a reference to the insignia they earn after making it through basic training. Fitness routines based on SEAL training have become a cottage industry as have books by former SEALs."
Duty, Honor, Country. Isn't that what it's supposed to be?
"These men say movies like “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Captain Phillips” are all too accurate in showing the way SEALs operate. One movie, “Act of Valor,” included active duty SEALs in the cast. “They get all of these, you know, sometimes ex-SEALs or active-duty SEALs to help make sure it looks as realistic as possible in that process, you know,” on SEAL told us. “Unknowingly or knowingly they’re giving away, you know, our tactics and procedures.”
Think they don't have a point?
"One SEAL told Martin that he has had to change the way he operates because something has been made public. It all adds up to a betrayal of the SEALs’ own code of conduct. “When I joined the Navy, the brochure said ‘quiet professionals,’ and that’s what I signed up for, but that’s not what it is today,” one SEAL said. “Is fame ruining the SEALs?” Martin asked “I believe that has a lot to do with it,” one SEAL responded."
Gets worse. Get this. Fox News reports:
"A decorated Navy SEAL is under investigation for allegedly moonlighting as a porn actor with his wife. The Naval Special Warfare Command is looking into whether Chief Special Warfare Officer Joseph Schmidt III obtained permission from his commanders for outside work and whether they condoned his acting career, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday. "There are very clear regulations which govern outside employment ... as well as prohibitions on behavior that is discrediting to the service," said Capt. Jason Salata, a SEALs spokesman."
For damned good reason.
This SEAL has quite a storied military history:
"Schmidt, 42, has been in the military for 23 years, obtaining numerous medals including a citation of valor for combat overseas. He has appeared in recruiting campaigns, even serving as the face of the SEAL program on its website, the Union-Tribune said. However, he has also appeared under the name Jay Voom in a least 29 adult films over seven years, many of which feature his wife, porn star Jewels Jade."
Imagine that. Was certainly well known to his military colleagues:
"Schmidt declined to comment to the newspaper, but his wife said many of his fellow SEALs at the Coronado base in Southern California watched the videos online. They knew about it at work," Jade said. "He got called in and they said, 'Look, keep it on the low, don't mention the SEAL name and blah, blah, blah.' " "He was always pretty open about it with the command," she said. "I mean, honestly, all of his buddies knew about it. Everybody knew about it."
All in the family? LOL.
There is, moreover, a far more serious consequence to all this. His military career may be over. Doesn't appear the couple was doing this to get their cookies off, however. Or, line their pockets. Here is where the story gets achingly convoluted:
"Jade first appeared in porn films in 2001, but she left the industry by 2003 to become a wife and mother and help run a real estate firm the couple founded in 2005 while Schmidt was assigned to Virginia. The business foundered, and the couple filed for bankruptcy after running up nearly $2 million in debt, the Union-Tribune said."
What webs we weave. Often, quite difficult to get out of:
"As business losses deepened, Jade turned to stripping to make ends meet and then returned to making porn films. "It's helped our family. It got us out of a lot of financial issues we were going through," Jade said. "I could take care of the child. I could try to get us out of financial debt."
Life certainly has its twists and turns:
"Jade said she has tried to obtain other work. But her fame, with millions of fans worldwide, made it difficult. She sought a management job at a San Diego luxury hotel last year but was recognized before she finished her employment interview. "Once you're recognized and you build a brand and you've got your fans who know who you are, when you go to try to find a job, you can't get another job," she said."
"Schmidt was transferred to Coronado in 2009. Jade said she recruited her husband as an unpaid performer to cut the costs of making films for her website and film-distribution service."
With Schmidt in the military, what could they both been possibly thinking? This likely will end his career:
"The military has taken a dim view of its members engaging in racy pursuits. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michelle Manhart, a training instructor, was reprimanded and demoted after she posed nude for Playboy in 2007. The Navy discharged or otherwise disciplined about a dozen servicemen and servicewomen in 1980 for posing in Playboy or Playgirl."
When a service member is in the military, the military literally owns his or her ass. They know this going in. Will likely wind up costing taxpayers dearly if Schmidt is discharged. Forget? Costs quite a bundle to train the best of the best. If he's prematurely discharged, the country doesn't receive full benefit of that training.
New York is indeed putting its money where it's mouth is, -- so to speak. CNN reports:
"Undocumented immigrants in New York who can't afford a lawyer and are facing deportation will soon have access to free legal counsel. The New York governor's office said last week that it is allocating $10 million in its fiscal 2018 budget toward creating a legal defense fund "to ensure all immigrants, regardless of residency status, have access to representation."
The American Way.
"Unlike U.S. citizens, undocumented immigrants don't have the right to free legal counsel."
Due to bastardization of the Sixth Amendment.
"Called the Liberty Defense Project, the funding is part of a public-private partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford Foundation. So far, the non-profit organizations have contributed $1.5 million, making the total funds available $11.5 million."
Certainly, good to see, quite encouraging there are people willing to stand up and fight this scourge. The Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
Another example of egregious sick religion. Fox News reports:
"A Michigan doctor was charged Thursday with performing female genital mutilation on minors in the first such case that falls under a U.S. law treating the practice as a felony offense, according to the Department of Justice. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala of Northville, Mich., allegedly performed female genital mutilation on girls at a medical office in Livonia, Mich. According to the complaint, some of the victims, who were between the ages of 6 and 8, allegedly crossed state lines to have Nagarwala perform the procedure."
Making it a federal crime.
“According to the complaint, despite her oath to care for her patients, Dr. Nagarwala is alleged to have performed horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco said. “The Department of Justice is committed to stopping female genital mutilation in this country, and will use the full power of the law to ensure that no girls suffer such physical and emotional abuse.”
How did this go on as long as it did? Multiple victims.
"The procedure is prevalent in some majority Muslim countries and is sometimes called “cleansing” by its practitioners. It involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, often performed without anesthesia. It is designed to ensure females remain virgins until marriage."
Sick religion. Yet, this law only applies to minors:
"According to the Department of Justice, this is believed to be the first case brought under 18 U.S.C. 116, which criminalizes female genital mutilation, stating that anyone who knowingly circumcises, excises or infibulates the whole or any part of the female labia or clitoris of a person who is under the age of 18 “shall be fined or imprisoned not more than 5 years – or both.”
Why only minors? It's voodoo non-medicine:
“Female genital mutilation constitutes a particularly brutal form of violence against women and girls — it is also a serious federal felony in the United States,” Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel Lemisch said. “The practice has no place in modern society and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law.” According to a 2013 census by the Population Reference Bureau, approximately 500,000 women and girls in the United States have undergone the procedure or are at risk of the procedure."
How could this have gone on as long as it has? Where is the medical community? Out to lunch?
The Trump nazi is delusional. Seems to think he can pressure Democrats vis a vis Obamacare. Fox News reports:
"President Trump has riled congressional Democrats by threatening earlier this week to hold back payments to health insurers in an apparent bid to get them to negotiate over a new ObamaCare replacement package."
Distortion of reality by achingly clueless nazis at Fox, -- who've delusionally bought the Trump nazi's bullshit. Why would these national socialists believe Democrats would cave, cooperate with the lunacy of the Republican nazi? The Trump nazi and his henchmen now own Obamacare and its pending failure through their failure to pass Trumpcare.
"The president needled the minority party – which he’s suggested he could work with in the wake of House Republicans’ failure to pass an earlier repeal/replace bill – in a wide-ranging interview this week with The Wall Street Journal."
Once again, the Trump nazi talks out his ass. The best thing Democrats could do is nothing. Political expediency reins supreme, forget? When Obamacare fails, Republicans will not be returned to office. Will own that failure. Be held accountable. Stupidly, should have done nothing after the Trump nazi took office. Let nature have taken its course. Didn't. Now, will likely pay the steep price aggressive stupidity, condescending patronizing Aryan arrogance always demands.
"While his comments to the newspaper on foreign threats and White House palace intrigue drew more attention, Trump pointedly threatened not to pay what are known as "cost-sharing" subsidies to insurers meant to bring down the cost of deductibles and copayments for consumers. They're separate from the better-known premium subsidies that customers receive. But without them, experts say the government marketplaces that provide subsidized private insurance could face turmoil."
Should the nazi stupidly do so, he, his henchmen, other GOP nazis won't be returned to office. If Democrats have any brains, guts, should call the Trump nazi's bluff.
“I don’t want people to get hurt,” Trump said in the Journal interview. “What I think should happen—and will happen—is the Democrats will start calling me and negotiating.”
This clueless nazi remains hopelessly delusional:
"So far, Democrats are taking the opposite approach – lashing out at Trump and instead demanding that the payments be included in an upcoming spending bill. “Refusing to make the Cost Sharing Reduction payments has no purpose but to hurt millions of people, and manufacture a crisis,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement. “If President Trump followed through on his appalling threat, millions of Americans would see their out-of-pocket costs skyrocket and premiums would immediately be driven up by at least 15 percent.”
Likely, quite right. No matter what, voters will blame Trump, his henchmen, other GOP nazis.
"The new administration has continued to make cost-sharing payments to insurers as it weighs options."
The fact he didn't immediately cut them off after taking office is indication he's uncertain of the political consequences. Precisely, why Democrats need to call his bluff.
Yet again, the Trump nazi has taken a raucous hard dump on the Constitution. In direct violation of his oath of office. NPR reports:
"President Trump quietly signed legislation Thursday that rolls back an Obama-era rule protecting certain federal funds for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide legal abortions."
Why do so quietly, Mr. 'President?' Afraid of the backlash? Think you don't now own it?
"That regulation, implemented in the waning days of the Obama administration, required that states pass along family-planning grants — regardless of whether the groups they're passing them along to offer abortion services as well. The rule was intended to prevent states from withholding these grants from any organization "for reasons other than its ability to provide Title X services."
Will likely be quickly challenged in court. Violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is, freedom from religion. Who the hell are these GOP national socialists, fascists to force their outrageously perverse religious and ideological views on the rest of us? If you're so proud of signing this outrageously unconstitutional legislation into law why do so quietly, Mr. 'President?' You and your party now own it, you fascist son of a bitch.
CBS News reports:
"NARAL communications director Kaylie Hanson Long criticized Mr. Trump for signing the measure in an event not open to cameras."
Indeed. Called abject cowardice. Then again, this is how nazis operate.
“[H]e knows how wildly unpopular his actions are,” Long said in a statement. And she added, “If you have to hide what you’re doing, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. Women and families deserve better.”
Not in a goddamned fascist police-state. Soon to be the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
"Last week, Politico reported that the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump had requested a meeting with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. The pro-abortion group said that the purpose of the meeting was “to make sure that Ivanka fully understood what Planned Parenthood does, how it is funded,” said Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens, as quoted by Politico. “The main thing that Cecile Richards was doing was explaining that the money doesn’t actually go to abortions -- we get reimbursed the same way a hospital does. We were clearing up misinformation about how this works."
The Trump nazi, his henchmen, other GOP nazis already know the truth. Simply, couldn't care less. Needs to be quickly challenged in court.
Amazingly, U.S. Secret Service agents have a remarkable problem keeping it in their pants. Especially, when overseas as reported in earlier editions of this publication and elsewhere. This time, however, in this country. The Washington Times reports:
"A Secret Service agent tasked with protecting Vice President Mike Pence has been suspended from the force and stripped of their security clearance after being allegedly caught with a prostitute last week at a Maryland hotel."
Couldn't be, could it? What's his problem? 'Thinks' with the head of his dick rather than the brain in his head?
"Police took an unidentified member of Mr. Pence’s security detail into custody late last week after responding to reports of suspicious activity taking place within a Montgomery County hotel room, multiple outlets reported Wednesday, citing law enforcement sources familiar with the incident."
How did they know? Fly on the wall? LOL.
"The unidentified officer was arrested at the scene for soliciting prostitution and self-reported the incident afterwards to the Secret Service, CNN first reported. They were subsequently ordered to hand over all agent equipment, deprived of their security clearance and placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation, according to the network."
What webs we weave. ... To say nothing of having to sleep in one's bed after having made it, -- so to speak.
Amazing the difference a few hours can make. Prior to the gas attack in Syria, the Trump nazi and his henchmen opined U.S. policy in Syria would be to target ISIS, -- purportedly, the U.S. could continue to live with the Syrian dictator. No regime change required. Assad took it as carte blanche to again gas his own people.
"President Trump has launched airstrikes in Syria in response to deadly chemical attacks allegedly ordered by the country's president, Bashar Assad, against his own people."
Not the first time the Assad son of a bitch has done this. Hopefully, the last. While the Tomahawk cruise missile attack launched by two U.S. Navy destroyers was limited to one airfield, does send a message to the Syrian dictator and his ally, the Russian dictator and former Soviet KGB agent, Putin.
"Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched," the president announced Thursday night from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., where he is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. "It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons."
This attack, while indeed sending a message, has not solved the problem. Should the 'President' go further, certainly needs the backing of Congress. Without question, a new authorized use of military force resolution. While the president gets to militarily respond to exigent threats, anything more requires congressional consent.
"The decision to launch airstrikes Thursday evening was a departure for Trump, who has been slow to embrace an interventionist foreign policy. The chemical attack has been seen as a key test of Trump's leadership on the world stage."
Amazing such a profound change in policy in such short order, -- after the chemical attack. This nazi has been 'President' for under three months, yet did not hit the ground running. His policy vis a vis Syria and the rest of the Middle East should already have been considered, decided, and in place. Was not. Apparently, he and his henchmen had not thought any of this through prior to taking office. Dead, sick and dying Syrians certainly paid the price.
"The U.S. fired 59 Tomahawk missiles from the USS Porter and USS Ross destroyers in the Eastern Mediterranean against the Shayrat air base, where the U.S. says the planes that carried out a chemical weapons attack originated. The missiles targeted aircraft and aircraft shelters, ammunition, air defense systems and radars. U.S. officials said planners did everything possible to avoid civilian casualties and are still doing battle damage assessment to determine the exact results of the raid."
One of the missiles reportedly had navigation issues. Not yet clear what happened to it.
"Russia was warned in multiple conversations that this air base was going to be targeted, officials said. There were Russians at the base. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the idea that Assad was behind the attacks simply "groundless accusations."
The Pentagon released flight path tracking data of the aircraft that dropped the chemical weapon.
"Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in his regular Friday morning briefing, said the U.S. strike constituted "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law."
What the hell are they doing, bombing the living shit out of Syrian rebels fighting the Syrian dictator?
Here are Trump's remarks:
"On Tuesday Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent. Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered at this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror. Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council. Numerous previous attempts at changing Assad's behavior have all failed, and failed very dramatically. As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies. Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types. We ask for God's wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world. We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who passed. And we hope that as long as America stands for justice, that peace and harmony will, in the end, prevail. Good night and God bless America and the entire world."'
Amazing, isn't it? Certainly, got quite a rude wake up call, didn't he? ... After napping since taking office. Both Democrats and Republicans are urging the Trump nazi and his henchmen to consult with Congress. The congressional leadership is calling for a broader strategy vis a vis Syria. NPR reports:
"Lawmakers on Capitol Hill want the Trump administration to outline a broader strategy in Syria following the president's decision to authorize U.S. missile strikes Thursday night in response to the apparent chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad. "I think it was appropriate but I would like to say, despite all the enthusiasm we see this morning, if I might quote [Winston] Churchill, "It's the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end," Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., told MSNBC on Friday morning."
McCain was critical of other shortcomings:
"We have a Middle East in chaos, the Europeans being destabilized, the spread of [the Islamic State] throughout the world. This is the challenge of Bashar al-Assad, and then we have also got the challenge of ISIS, so there's a lot more to go."
Precisely, why the Trump nazi and Congress need to carefully consider the way forward. This is not just an American issue. The UN, Europe, and principals in the Middle East need to stand up.
"Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said late Thursday. "It is incumbent on the Trump administration to come up with a strategy and consult with Congress before implementing it."
"Some Democrats, and at least two Republicans, are questioning the strikes' constitutionality. The military action also is reviving debate over Congress' role in the matter and whether the president needs to obtain congressional authorization for any prolonged military engagement in the region."
That's right. The Trump nazi and his henchmen cannot simply do as they please. Must have congressional authorization.
"Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who favors a more isolationist foreign policy approach, wrote on Twitter, "The President needs Congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution."
Certainly true for additional military action.
"Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., echoed Paul's remarks: "Airstrikes are an act of war. Atrocities in Syria cannot justify departure from Constitution, which vests in Congress power to commence war."
We don't want, need, or can withstand long-term seemingly endless conflicts that have no point. That are only used to line the pockets of war profiteers in the corporate management suite. Haven't we already had more than enough of this in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.?
Here is the take of NBC News which raises four questions:
1. What's Trump's ultimate goal in Syria?
2. What's Trump's message to the world?
3. How will Trump sell the strike to his base?
4. How does Trump sell the strike to the public at large?
Certainly, exceptionally good long-term questions the Trump nazi and his henchmen need to not only consider, but answer. Already, his base is questioning the missile attack. He has certainly not announced any specific policy vis a vis Syria or the rest of the Middle East. All he's done to date is 'wing it.' The world already, rightfully does not trust the duplicitous lying son of a bitch. As far as the public is concerned, his exceptionally low poll numbers speak for themselves. Currently looks lame duck not even three months in.
The situation could quickly escalate significantly in Syria. The Washington Post reports:
"Russia on Friday condemned a U.S. missile strike against Syrian government forces as an attack on its ally and said it was suspending an agreement to minimize the risk of in-flight incidents between U.S. and Russian aircraft operating over Syria."
That's stupid. Could quickly lead to air-to-air combat. Certainly, one of the reasons cruise missiles were used to strike the air base. ... As well as the fact the Russians have ground-to-air missiles already in place.
"Even as Russian officials expressed hope that the strike against Syrian President Bashad al-Assad’s forces would not lead to an irreversible breakdown in U.S. relations with Moscow, the Kremlin’s decision to suspend the 2015 memorandum of understanding on the air operations immediately raised tensions in the skies over Syria."
U.S. pilots must defend themselves.
"President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said the risk of confrontation between aerial assets of the U.S.-led coalition and Russia has “significantly increased” after President Trump ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians."
Tough shit. Putin only has himself to blame. NPR reports:
"At Russia's urging, an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council began shortly after 11:30 a.m. ET Friday to discuss the attack, in which two U.S. guided-missile destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at Syria's Shayrat air base, the facility that hosted warplanes that the U.S. says carried out a chemical weapons strike in Idlib province earlier this week."
The U.S. certainly has British support:
"In the Security Council session, the U.K. ambassador to the United Nations, Matthew Rycroft, said his country supports the U.S. strike "because war crimes have consequences, and the greatest war criminal of all — Bashar al-Assad — has now been put on notice." Rycroft called the U.S. attack a proportionate response. Later, he added that Russia "sits here today, humiliated by its failure to bring to heel a puppet dictator."
Indeed. Unusually strong diplomatic language. About time.
Fox News reports support for the strikes from the world community:
"Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that "In both word and action" Trump "sent a strong and clear message" that "the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated."
"This was a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response."
"- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
"Israeli President Reuven Rivlin praised the U.S. for its airstrike aimed at an airbase called Shayrat. He called on the world to bring an end to the atrocities committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad."
There were others:
"Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed support for the U.S. missile attack on Friday saying that the country understood and supported the strategy. Abe added that the strikes were "a means to prevent further deterioration of the situation" referring to the suspected chemical attack."
"Turkey welcomed the airstrike, calling it an “important and meaningful” development, but urged the world to take an even tougher stance on Assad.
“We see the (airstrikes) as positive, but we believe that this should be completed," Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said. "The Assad regime's barbarism must immediately be stopped."
This is indeed an ongoing scourge. The world community needs to stand up. The United States cannot do it alone.
France and Germany back the strikes. CBS News reports:
"The leaders of Germany and France said Syrian President Assad brought the American missile strikes upon himself by using chemical weapons. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said in a joint statement Friday after talking on the phone that “President Assad alone carries responsibility for these developments” with his “repeated use of chemical weapons and his crimes against his own people.” The two leaders said their countries would continue to work with United Nations partners in “efforts to hold President Assad responsible for his criminal acts.” They called upon the international community to “join forces for a political transition in Syria” in accordance with the U.N. resolution."
The support needs to be more than empty talk. Again, the U.S. cannot do this alone.
"Italy said the U.S. strike on the Shayrat airbase was “proportionate” given the “war crimes” committed by the Assad regime in using chemical weapons against its own people. Italy said the U.S. strikes would serve as a deterrent for any possible future chemical attacks. Premier Paolo Gentiloni said: “Against war crimes, for which the Bashar Assad regime is responsible, I believe the images of death and suffering that we have seen in recent days after the use of chemical weapons are images that we cannot accept seeing again.”
The following is the utterly devastating human cost of the chemical attack perpetrated by the Assad dictator. ... Hard to believe the son of a bitch is indeed a physician by training, isn't it? CBS News reports:
"Now, in April 2017, it has happened yet again. After a barbaric suspected chemical attack on the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, photos of a Syrian father clutching the lifeless bodies of his 9-month-old twins, Aya and Ahmed, attracted the collective sorrow and condemnation of the world."
"The images show 29-year-old Abdul-Hamid Alyousef cradling his deceased children’s bodies. In footage shared with the AP, he asks his cousin Alaa to record his emotional farewell to them. Alyousef can be seen choking back tears as he utters, “Say goodbye, baby, say goodbye.”
"Sadly, Aya and Ahmed were not the only family members Alyousef lost to the horrific attack, which began around 7 a.m. local time on Tuesday and killed at least 72 people. His wife was also killed, along with two of his brothers, two nephews, a niece, neighbors and friends."
Unspeakable inhumanity of man to his fellow man:
“I was right beside them and I carried them outside the house with their mother,” Alyousef, a shopkeeper, told the AP, recalling the moments after the airstrike occurred. “They were conscious at first, but 10 minutes later we could smell the odor.”
The world stood by. Did nothing. Allowed all this to happen:
"Alyousef brought them to the paramedics and left to search for the rest of his family, assuming they would ultimately be OK. When he returned, however, he was told that wife and his children had all succumbed to the suspected toxic nerve agent."
Imagine going through the unspeakable, horrific, -- words can't even adequately convey.
“I couldn’t save anyone, they’re all dead now,” the bereaved father said."
He's also been exposed to the chemical agent:
“Abdel Hameed is in very bad shape,” his cousin Alaa added. He is being treated for exposure to the toxin, but that’s not the worst of it, she told the AP. “He’s especially broken down over his massive loss.”
The quotes above are courtesy of a most gifted, insightful writer, Christina Capatides.
A much different tune from the Secretary of State and others in the Trump regime since the gassing. CBS News reports:
"Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested Thursday that the acts of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in attacking his people with chemical weapons this week could lead to regime change, reversing a message he issued last week."
Amazing how quickly, instantly an atrocity can force change in policy, isn't it?
"At a press conference in Palm Beach, Florida, asked if Assad needs to go, Tillerson said, “Assad’s role in the future is uncertain clearly and with the acts that he has taken, it will seem that there would be no role for him to govern the Syrian people.”
That's been the case quite some time. Yet, no one in the world community was willing to force the issue.
"But this process could take time. Tillerson said the process to push Assad out requires “an international community effort” that involves first defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), stabilizing Syria as a country to avoid further civil war, and to work collectively with U.S. partners to work through a political transition. “Those steps are underway,” he said."
Same old bullshit. Achingly hollow rhetoric. A retaliatory cruise missile attack by its lonesome will do nothing to deter Assad and his Russian benefactor, Putin. Won't force desperately needed change. Just more of the same. In another article, CBS News reports:
"According to former CIA deputy director and CBS News senior national security contributor Michael Morell, Mr. Trump is sending a “very strong” message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other foreign leaders watching: “You can’t use these weapons.” “This will deter [al-Assad]. But we did not go after regime command and control, so that will also send him a message that we are not going to try to force him out militarily. So he will read both of those messages,” Morell said Friday on “CBS This Morning.”
Indeed. Why is it we cannot ever seem to get it right? Certainly, sent a similar message to North Vietnam. With disastrous results fifty years ago.
The Trump nazi is already dealing with ramifications of the attack among his base, specifically contradictions the attack poses regarding his America First 'philosophy.' The Washington Post reports:
"President Trump found himself in unfamiliar territory Friday, generally praised by members of the political and foreign policy establishments but attacked from some quarters of Trump nation for seeming to betray the “America First” pledges that carried him to the White House."
The Trump nazi got an achingly rude reality check he certainly should have seen coming. The first of many.
"Trump’s decision to fire cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in response to Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack against civilians won support from some people he had routinely disparaged over the past year, among them Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). Hours before the U.S. attacks, Hillary Clinton had urged just such a response."
The Trump nazi did what any president would have done under the circumstances. Forced to act. Forget? This remains, allegedly, a democratic republic. Action is based on consensus, not the whim of a nazi dictator. Precisely, why the Trump nazi desperately needs to immediately consult with Congress vis a vis a new authorized use of military force resolution. ... If he intends additional military action.
... Had the son of a bitch done nothing in response to a chemical weapons attack, his own party would have likely wound up impeaching him. The problem with all this remains the same, -- the fact the United States cannot do this alone. Truly requires a concerted response from the world community. Certainly, involving Europe, the Middle East, the UN, etc.. The world community. Not just empty rhetoric.
"But some Trump loyalists saw the president as taking a potentially fateful turn away from what had made him so attractive to his anti-establishment, anti-globalist supporters. Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham tweeted, “Missiles flying. [Florida Sen. Marco] Rubio’s happy. McCain’s ecstatic. Hillary’s on board. A complete policy change in 48 hours.” Farther out on the nationalist fringe, Paul Joseph Watson, an editor at Infowars.com, tweeted, “It’s been fun, lads, but the fun is over.” Watson clarified that he was not turning on Trump completely but was off the train with regard to Syria."
The fringe at both political extremes fails to understand a democratic republic must remain in the center politically, -- to be effective. To ultimately work.
"There was always a contradiction in Trump’s campaign rhetoric on foreign policy. He was the get-tough leader who would “bomb the hell out of ISIS” and portrayed himself as a dramatic contrast to what he called the weak and ineffective leadership of Barack Obama. But he was also the reluctant interventionist and criticized rivals who advocated deeper military involvement in Syria."
This is precisely the problem with the Trump nazi. Determinedly talks out both sides his ass. Wildly contradicts himself for the sake of immediate gratification, political expediency. When that doesn't work, lies. Distorts reality. Lives in his own world. As president, there is no way such behavior can work. Exactly, why he appears lame duck not even three months into his regime.
Texas Standard reports:
"Jeremi Suri, professor, and chair for leadership in global affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin says that while President Trump was clearly moved by the carnage of the attack, it isn’t clear what he hopes to accomplish by sending missiles to Syria."
It's not. Particularly so, since the Trump nazi has so frequently contradicted himself vis a vis his achingly lacking foreign policy. Readers are reminded the attack did not leave the airbase destroyed. Remains operational. Planes are still taking off to go into battle.
"Suri says striking Syria puts the U.S. in the position of waiting to see how other nations will respond, rather than dictating terms to others."
Precisely, what happened during the Vietnam debacle. Haven't we learned anything?
“I think the problem with an air strike like this, without any clear strategy for next steps is that it puts the ball in the court of the other actors, and it makes us the reactor,” he says. “Strategy 101 says that you want to be the agenda setter, not the one responding to others. What happens tomorrow if Assad launches another chemical attack?"
Likely the Trump nazi would order yet another military attack in response, -- hoping the end result would wind up different. ... Essentially repeating the same failed policy, yet expecting a new outcome. Certainly, the very definition of insanity. This comes consequent of not having a clear foreign policy. Worse, dictating war strategy without fully taking into consideration what military commanders think. Again, precisely what happened in Vietnam.
"Suri says waiting to see what others will do in a time of conflict has not worked out well in past wars."
Has not. Vietnam? Proof positive.
“I’m not saying we shouldn’t respond with military force, but I am saying that the one lesson of history is that force has to be closely tied to a clear strategy, with next steps designed to move the policy issues forward, rather than just react to what the bad guys do next,“ he says."
Again, the precise definition of what went so terribly wrong in Vietnam. ... Otherwise, of course, being there in the first place. Yet, we still keep making the same mistakes over and over and over again. To line corporate coffers. The greed, unfathomable. ... Did you know each Tomahawk costs taxpayers approximately $1 million? Just for the weapon itself. ... Think the Trump nazi will do his damnedest to renegotiate cost with the manufacturer?
Subsequent to writing all the above, NPR reports:
"Now a declassified report released by the National Security Council reiterates that the U.S. is confident Assad's forces carried out the April 4 chemical attack and lays out the intelligence community's reasoning — without including classified information used in the analysis. The report says the U.S. relied on "signals intelligence and geospatial intelligence, laboratory analysis of physiological samples collected from multiple victims, as well as a significant body of credible open source reporting." "We are certain that the opposition could not have fabricated all of the videos and other reporting of chemical attacks," the report reads. The report says that "pro-opposition social media reports" began suggesting an attack shortly before 7 a.m. local time on April 4, while Russia's explanation maintained an airstrike occurred around noon local time. There's also video and satellite imagery suggesting the attack hit "in the middle of a street," not a storage depot, the NSC report says. And while ISIS has used some chemical weapons, such as mustard gas, there's no evidence that this attack "involved chemicals in ISIS's possession," the White House says."
The Washington Post reports:
"Back during his presidential campaign, Donald Trump summed up his approach to foreign policy this way: “We must as a nation be more unpredictable.” But now that he is commander in chief, anxious allies say that unpredictability might be better described as incoherence — a dangerous tendency at a moment of high tension with Russia and Syria, and with U.S. warships heading toward the Korean Peninsula."
Indeed. Certainly proof positive running a country is not the same as running a business. Requires a far different skill set. The Trump nazi and his henchmen, to date, remain clearly not up to snuff. Don't seem to understand in a democratic republic, decisions are made on the basis of consensus, not dictate. The same is true dealing with the world community, that is, with leaders of sovereign states. All of whom have their own agenda, often not in lock step with that of the United States.
Yet another clear example of egregious Trump regime incompetence. NPR reports:
"White House spokesman Sean Spicer warned Russia today that its alliance with Syria is putting it "on the wrong side of history, in a really bad way, really quickly." The press secretary found himself in the same situation just a moment later, while trying to underscore the horror of Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons. "You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons," he said, overlooking the millions who were gassed to death in Nazi concentration camps."
Pitiful, isn't it?
"When reporters tried to give Spicer an opportunity to correct his mistake, he only made matters worse. "He was not using the gas on his own people the same way that [Syrian President Bashar] Assad is doing," Spicer said. "He brought them into the Holocaust center, I understand that. But I'm saying in the way Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocent — into the middle of towns. It was brought — the use of it, I appreciate the clarification. That was not the intent."
This outrageously ignorant fascist son of a bitch needs to do the right thing. Resign in disgrace.
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Republican national socialists forced the nuclear option to confirm the Gorsuch nazi. Shortsightedly, for the sake of political expediency. Will certainly come back to haunt them. Eventually, bite them hard on the ass. NPR reports:
"Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed Friday as the 113th justice to serve on the nation's highest court. In a largely party-line vote, Gorsuch received the support of 54 senators. His path to confirmation was relatively short by modern standards — just 65 days. But it was accomplished with a historic vote Thursday to end the U.S. Senate's filibuster rule for Supreme Court nominees."
Democrats gutlessly acquiesced. Capitulated. Did not even walk out the Senate in protest before the vote.
Insult to injury? Worse? Far worse?
"Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico said there are plans afoot among a bipartisan group of senators to organize a private meeting in the Old Supreme Court Chamber, located in the Capitol, later this year. The goal, he said, is to see if senators can figure out a way to promote more bipartisanship in a body where the two parties barely work together at all anymore."
Precisely, why the Democratic Party has not been worth shit since the JFK assassination. The latest debacle vis a vis Gorsuch? Miserable failure. Now, the goddamned cowards want to cooperate? Give me a break. Need to do to the GOP what Republican nazis did to Obama for eight years. Stonewall every goddamned GOP initiative. Why? The Trump nazi, his henchmen, and the Republican Party are imposing The Fourth Reich.
An exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. Certainly, don't have support of well over half the population. Trump's poll numbers, highly indicative. Continue to fall. Be interesting to see if they improve after the airstrike. Certainly distracted from Trump's other growing problems. Likely, only a temporary reprieve. What makes this so dangerous is the Trump nazi's instability.
As well as likelihood of air-to-air combat between Russian and American pilots should Trump take further military action in Syria. The U.S. would prevail, but the real danger is escalation to a nuclear confrontation. Should that happen? Everyone loses. With Trump and Putin as unstable as both are, a dangerous possibility.
Also quite interesting is the fact the cruise missile attack came during the summit between the Trump nazi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Certainly, sent a message to the Chinese. NPR reports:
"It's safe to say that few people expected the first face-to-face meeting between President Trump and Xi Jinping to unfold this way. Halfway through the Chinese president's visit to Trump's resort in Palm Beach, Fla., Trump announced to the world that he had ordered a missile strike on a Syrian airfield in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack by Bashar Assad's regime."
Could certainly be useful pressuring the Chinese to rein in their North Korean ally. CBS News has an interesting take:
"President Trump’s first face-to-face meeting today with China’s leader, Xi Jinping, will take place at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s family-owned resort in Florida. The laid-back setting is meant to give the two world leaders a chance to build a rapport, but government ethics experts question whether that’s appropriate."
Raises all kinds of questions.
"Past presidents have hosted key leaders at government-owned properties like Camp David, but Mr. Trump is giving a personal touch for Xi. The U.S.-China relationship has been under pressure over trade, North Korea and China’s expansion in the South China Sea."
What makes this so troubling is the fact the Trump nazi will certainly personally financially benefit from changes in trade policy. In direct violation of the Emoluments Clause.
The Trump nazi certainly shot his mouth off regarding China during the campaign:
"As a candidate, Mr. Trump repeatedly blasted China, accusing Beijing of unfair trade practices that he equated to “rape” and “theft,” reports CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan. “We give state dinners to the heads of China. I said, ‘Why are you doing state dinners for them?’ They’re ripping us left and right,” Mr. Trump said."
Be interesting to be a fly on the wall, so to speak, during the summit. There are also security concerns vis a vis privacy since there are other guests at the Trump Shangri-La:
"Between trade disputes and the threat of North Korea, the two leaders have plenty to discuss. But exactly where those conversations take place became a concern to Congress after Mr. Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared to openly discuss North Korea’s missile test over dinner in February. The government accountability office has now agreed to probe whether Mar-a-Lago has a secure space for classified communications, the type of Secret Service screening measures used on resort guests, and how the government ensures travel-related expenses are fair and reasonable."
Then again, the Trump nazi has indeed forgotten he is 'president,' not dictator of a supposedly democratic republic. Still does as he pleases. Equally troubling?
“When President Trump arranges to meet a foreign leader at one of his branded properties like Mar-a-Lago, what he is doing is he is actually using government office for private gain,” Clark said. The White House has not responded to inquiries about whether or not the Chinese delegation will pay for any services while visiting Mar-a-Lago."
Why would it? To date, do as they please.
In another article CBS News reports:
"While North Korea and trade are set to take center stage at President Trump’s summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week, there’s another issue waiting in the wings: Chinese retaliation over THAAD, the U.S. anti-missile system being deployed in South Korea. This week a bi-partisan coalition of U.S. Senators sent a letter to Mr. Trump urging him press the matter with Xi."
What the hell did the United States expect? The Chinese consider the system to be a threat, -- despite U.S. assurances to the contrary.
"So far, China’s political efforts to halt the U.S. deployment of a THAAD system in South Korea have failed. But as South Korea’s biggest trading partner, China has significant economic leverage over Seoul and Beijing appears to be using it. China banned tour groups from visiting South Korea on March 15, leading to a 39 percent decline in Chinese tourism there last month compared to February."
What webs we weave. Yet, the Chinese, to date, have been most unwilling to rein in their ally. Fear, should the North Korean state fail, would quickly reunite with the South. ... Unacceptable to the Chinese since a reunited Korea on the Chinese border would remain closely affiliated with the United States.
-- The Chinese, with good reason, fear the United States. Consider it an imperialist aggressor. Then again, conveniently ignore their own highly questionable activities in the China Sea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc.. What makes all this extremely dangerous to the United States is the fact the Chinese hold on to quite a bit of U.S. debt. Again, what webs we weave. All for the sake of short-term political expediency. Think by now we would have already smartened up. Clearly, not so.
Replacing the late not-so-great 'Justice' Antonin "Tony Boy" Scalia, the Gorsuch nazi disgraced himself at his swearing in ceremony. NPR reports:
"I won't ever forget that the seat I inherit today is that of a very, very great man," Gorsuch said."
A fascist, -- your definition of a "very, very great man," Mr. Gorsuch?
"To whom much is given, much will be expected," Gorsuch said."
Not in your case, sir. We certainly expect you to shamelessly legislate your perverse ideological and religious views from the bench. In direct violation of your oath of office. ... Clearly, 'no honor among thieves,' -- so to speak.
"I promise you that I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great nation."
You're a liar, Mr. Gorsuch. You haven't in the past upheld the Constitution. You've legislated your perverse ideological and religious views from the bench. We expect to see more of that from you, sir. This is precisely why the Trump nazi nominated you to the Court and Republican nazis in the Senate forced through your confirmation by invoking the nuclear option.
Had you any honor, decency, principles at all, sir, you would have promptly withdrawn your nomination when it was clear you didn't have the super majority necessary for confirmation without the nazi GOP cowardly invoking the nuclear option. Republican nazis, indeed, and the public will pay a severe price for this as all future nominations become even more contentious and partisan than before.
This may indeed be a great country for you, sir, the corporate management suite, shareholders, and the rest of the top 1%, but no longer for the bottom 99. This is precisely why unrest is exponentially growing. Worse? Why an unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looms on the horizon.
In follow up to the last edition of this publication, NPR reports:
"A federal judge has approved a court-enforceable consent decree to institute reforms in Baltimore's troubled police department, over the objections of the Trump administration."
Tough shit. Was certainly the right thing to do. That is, rein in the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue:
"The decree was negotiated in the final weeks of former President Barack Obama's administration. As we reported this January, it "calls for an independent federal monitor to observe the department, as well as a community oversight task force," and "instructs police to use de-escalation tactics before resorting to violence and calls for police to be instructed on implicit bias and victim-centered practices for handling sexual assault cases," among other things."
Only a hopelessly nazi newly-appointed and confirmed U.S. Attorney General would object:
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions had expressed "grave concerns" that some provisions would "reduce the lawful powers of the police department."
Abject bullshit. A lie.
"This decree was negotiated during a rushed process by the previous administration and signed only days before they left office," he said. The Department of Justice sought more time to review the agreement."
More bullshit. A goddamned lie. Egregious distortion of reality. This agreement was in the pipeline for quite some time. Had been agreed upon by the principals.
"U.S. District Judge James Bredar denied that request. He called the agreement "comprehensive, detailed and precise," and said the problems that it addresses are "urgent."
Indeed, they are. If not implemented, would lead to more violence on the streets of Baltimore. Open insurrection.
Think the Sessions Nazi didn't lie? Wake up:
"The decree was negotiated after a long civil rights investigation into Baltimore police conduct, following the 2015 death of Freddie Gray. The Department of Justice, under Obama, issued a report describing excessive force, routine violations of citizens' constitutional rights and pervasive racial bias. "Time is of the essence," Bredar said, as he announced he had approved the decree over the objections of the new Department of Justice."
The judge did the right thing. At least some sanity remains in this court, unlike the 'Justice' Department that has gone nazi with Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.
Further great news?
"The Associated Press reports:
"The Justice Department can appeal the judge's decision, but it would have to show the judge made an error or abused his discretion.
"That would be difficult to prove, said Jonathan Smith, a civil rights attorney in the Obama Justice Department who oversaw negotiations with troubled police departments.
"Justice Department lawyers also could try to modify the consent decree, but the burden is high, requiring them to show there has been a substantial change in the facts or the law, Smith said."
Here, here. Indeed, a good day for all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.
The Sessions nazi is not a happy camper. CBS News reports:
"Sessions released a statement complaining that the consent decree “will require the court and a highly-paid monitor to govern every detail of how the Baltimore Police Department functions for the foreseeable future.”
More bullshit. An abject lie by our hopelessly fascist U.S. Attorney General.
“I have grave concerns that some provisions of this decree will reduce the lawful powers of the police department and result in a less safe city,” Sessions wrote."
More abject bullshit. Disingenuous bullshit. Baltimore police have not been stripped of any power to enforce the law. What they have been reined in for is criminal abuse of this power. The City will be far safer since police will be far less likely to murder, shake down, abuse, etc. on the job. Precisely, what the Sessions nazi remains so opposed to. That is, the hopelessly clueless fascist bastard wants police to retain carte blanche to do as they please. Egregiously unacceptable in what is supposed to be a democratic republic, not a goddamned fascist police-state. Soon to be Trump's Fourth Reich.
"The attorney general also said that in the decree, “there are clear departures from many proven principles of good policing that we fear will result in more crime.”
More bullshit. An abject lie to 'justify' criminal policing.
"U.S. District Judge James Bredar, however, held a different view of the agreement, calling it “comprehensive, detailed and precise,” and wrote in his order that it “is in the public interest” to approve it. He signed it on Friday, one day after a public hearing to solicit comments from city residents."
This needs to happen all over the country. Nazism must be reined in. Think this bullshit? Wake up:
"Baltimore residents overwhelmingly voiced support for a proposed overhaul. Many shared harrowing stories of police abuse to make clear how necessary such reforms are. Multiple mothers whose sons were killed by police testified about their pain."
Wouldn't want to confuse GOP nazis with the truth, would we? ... Right, TL?
The Mayor certainly didn't buy the Sessions nazi's bullshit. Fox News reports:
"Mayor Catherine Pugh disputed the notion the decree will hurt the fight against crime. "I believe that it makes Baltimore safer," she said. "I think by building and training our police officers in ways to de-escalate violence, to work with our communities, to have cultural diversity training and have the right kind of tools they need to know what they can do in certain areas of our community ... I think it's improved policing."
What it does is rein in the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue. ... Provided the bastards honor the decree.
In follow up to the last edition, the Sessions nazi ratcheted up federal prosecution of the undocumented to the felony level. The Washington Post reports:
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed federal prosecutors across the country Tuesday to make immigration cases a higher priority and look for opportunities to bring serious felony charges against those who cross the border illegally — the latest in a string of controversial maneuvers to crack down on illegal entry into the United States and expand the Justice Department’s role in immigration enforcement."
The Sessions nazi has spoken. U.S. Attorneys are expected to give a snappy boot click, then smartly goose step in line.
"In a three-page memo, Sessions directed each U.S. attorney to appoint a border security coordinator to oversee immigration prosecutions and to make immigration offenses — such as crossing the border illegally or harboring those who do so — “higher priorities.”
An expansion of what is already a goddamned fascist police-state to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
"He told prosecutors to consider whether they could bring felony charges against those who had entered the United States illegally multiple times and to evaluate whether they could charge illegal immigrants with aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory two-year prison sentence. He said law enforcement would no longer catch and release undocumented immigrants taken into custody at the border."
Adolf and Benito? Grinning ear to ear on their fiery perches. The Sessions nazi remains an exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.
“Which prosecutors and agents does he want to divert from the growing threats like terrorism, cyber crime, the opioid and heroin trade, organized crime and cartel activity?” asked Jenny Durkan, who served as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington from 2009 to 2014. “The ‘surge’ philosophy always requires taking agents, money and prosecutors from other priorities. In fact, the cost of satisfying Washington will reduce the ability of every U.S. attorney to address the greatest threats in their communities.”
Still delusionally think the GOP is the party of the family, champion of 'law and order?'
In follow up to the above, seems the Department of Homeland 'Security' has hired two high-level anti immigration 'advisors' to its menagerie. CNN reports:
"Two hard-line opponents of illegal immigration have obtained high-level advisory jobs at federal immigration agencies in the Department of Homeland Security. Jon Feere, a former legal policy analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies, or CIS, has been hired as an adviser to Thomas D. Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan. At Customs and Border Protection, Julie Kirchner, the former executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, has been hired as an adviser to Customs and Border Protection acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, said Lapan. The hiring of Feere and Kirchner at the federal agencies has alarmed immigrants' rights activists."
With damned good reason:
"CIS and FAIR are think tanks based in Washington that advocate restricting legal and illegal immigration. The two organizations were founded by John Tanton, a retired Michigan ophthalmologist who has openly embraced eugenics, the science of improving the genetic quality of the human population by encouraging selective breeding and at times, advocating for the sterilization of genetically undesirable groups. Dan Stein, president of FAIR, noted in a 2011 New York Times article that Tanton did not hold a leadership role in the organization any more and was no longer on the board of directors. He is still listed as belonging to FAIR's national board of advisors."
Further proof our formerly great country is continuing to nazify under the Trump nazi and his henchmen.
In follow up to the last edition, Fox News reports:
"Stephen Bannon, President Trump’s controversial chief strategist, was removed from the National Security Council on Wednesday and reportedly threatened to resign from the Trump administration."
Too bad the nazi didn't.
"Rebekah Mercer, a top Republican donor, had to urge Bannon not to quit after he was removed from his post, sources told Politico. Mercer “tried to convince him that this is a long-term play,” a GOP operative said. Bannon reportedly opposed the change and wanted to quit if the president gave the OK."
The turkey wanted to take all his marbles and go home? Like a 6-year-old?
“It hasn’t all been fun, and I know he’s been frustrated,” one Republican close to Bannon said."
Doesn't your heart bleed?
"The White House said that Bannon had not attempted to leave the White House and Bannon added that any indication that he threatened to resign was “total nonsense.”
Someone's lying. Guess who?
"Bannon’s removal from the National Security Council comes as Jared Kushner’s role in the White House has increased. Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was recently chosen to lead efforts to cut out bureaucracy from the federal government and visited Iraq in the beginning of the week."
Trouble in nazi GOP 'paradise.'
"Kushner and his allies reportedly consider Bannon an ideologue whose advice to Trump is hindering the president’s chances to win popular support for his agenda."
Readers are reminded Kushner is the Trump nazi's unpaid son-in-law. Despite the fact he's unpaid, think nepotism wasn't, and isn't a factor in the Trump nazi's decisions?
The following is the take of The Washington Post:
"Stephen K. Bannon — the combative architect of the nationalistic strategy that delivered President Trump to the White House — now finds himself losing ground in an internecine battle within the West Wing that pits the “Bannonites” against a growing and powerful faction of centrist financiers led by the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner."
Bring it on. If they're fighting each other, they're usefully slowing the Trump nazi down.
"Less than 100 days into Trump’s chaotic presidency, the White House is splintering over policy issues ranging from taxes to trade. The daily tumult has created an atmosphere of tension and panic around the president, leaving aides fearing for their jobs and cleaving former allies into rivals sniping at one another in the media."
Great news. Doesn't your heart bleed? Anything that impedes Trump's imposition of The Fourth Reich richly benefits the long-suffering public.
"Bannon, an unkempt iconoclast, has generally chafed at the transition from firebomb campaigning to more modulated governing and for weeks has vented about the possibility of quitting, one person close to him said."
This fascist piece of shit is a loose cannon. Should he remain in the regime, will be nothing more than a ball and chain around the administration. Will certainly continue to be a distraction. Likely the Trump nazi, however, did not give him the boot due to feared political consequences vis a vis the nazi Alt-Right. Again, doesn't your heart bleed? Bannon does have his baggage:
"Fairly or unfairly, Bannon has borne the blame for several specific policy and political failures, including the scattershot drafting and implementation of Trump’s first travel ban and the strategy and approach to dealing with the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which helped tank the Republican health-care bill by failing to support it."
Not surprising, when a loose cannon gets power, is it?
More interesting? Consider this:
"And Bannon has felt the brunt of general frustrations surrounding the security council. In the early days of the administration, he elevated himself, without Trump’s knowledge, to the principals committee, a move that infuriated the president. Bannon insisted, along with Kushner, on keeping certain staffers over the objection of McMaster."
Had it been anyone else other than family, think the Trump nazi wouldn't have fired his ass? Again, the 'President' likely fears political ramifications vis a vis the Alt-Right. Want a good laugh? Get this:
"But the ultimate argument against him, said one person with knowledge of the situation, is that “Bannon isn’t making ‘Dad’ look good.”
How about that? Doesn't your heart bleed?
Here is the take of one of the Trump nazi's sons, Eric, vis a vis nepotism. The Washington Post reports:
“Nepotism,” Eric Trump recently told Forbes, “is kind of a factor of life.”
Is that right? That, what the top 1% believe? Apparently, with the caveat, however, they perform. Doesn't that warm the cockles of your heart?
"The 33-year-old businessman was talking about how his father had handed over a multibillion-dollar enterprise to his sons and was making what the magazine dubbed “Surprisingly Candid Thoughts On Nepotism.”
Aren't we lucky this cocky piece of shit is setting us straight?
“We might be here because of nepotism, but we’re not still here because of nepotism,” he told Forbes. “You know, if we didn’t do a good job, if we weren’t competent, believe me, we wouldn’t be in this spot.”
Comforting, isn't it? The Trump nazi and his family remain hopelessly, achingly ignorant as to how this shit is perceived by the public:
"Robert Jones, a nepotism expert from Missouri State University, said the way nepotism is perceived varies greatly from one culture to another. In the United States, Jones said, nepotism is widely criticized, while in countries such as China it's just another way to do business. But one thing remains true around the world, Jones told The Washington Post: People are oftentimes “blind to their own privilege.”
No question about that. 'Let 'em eat cake.'
“For most of us who have been given privilege, to some extent we don’t even know it,” Jones told Forbes. “I mean, we’re just not even aware of the opportunities we’re given. And it kind of dawns on us over time if we’ve got our eyes open and are looking for it.”
The Trump clan is certainly proof positive. Positively, clueless. In for a rude awakening, however.
“My general concern,” Jones said about the Trump children, “is that you're getting a group of people who are ill-prepared to perform a job and are unaware that they're unprepared to perform this job.”
Be interesting to see if and/or when they flame out. ... As the Trump nazi himself already seems to be doing not even three months in.
Here is the problem with nepotism:
“We have anti-nepotism laws in the federal government and in lots of state governments, because the practice of hiring relatives undermines public confidence that the government official is actually finding best person for the job,” government ethics expert Kathleen Clark told The Post. “What are the chances that the best person for the job just happens to be a relative, right?"
Neither the Trump nazi or his kin have any experience running government. As repeatedly stated in this publication and elsewhere, running a democratic republic requires a different skill set than running a business. Unlike in a business, power in a democratic republic is not centralized. Remains based on consensus and cooperation. The Founders intended we have no king, queen, or other dictator. That's why there are multiple levels of government and branches. Checks and balances.
“In addition to the problem of public confidence, hiring a relative also causes problems within the government organization. It can undermine the morale of government officials. It can cause confusion about what the lines of authority are; in other words, the relative may have a particular title, but many may perceive the relative’s role as even more important than the title would suggest."
The Trump nazi and kin embrace this. Consequently, the White House remains in turmoil. Usefully, slows the Trump nazi down, however.
“It may be very difficult to say no to the president’s son-in-law. It may be very difficult to say, ‘That’s a bad idea’ to the president’s son-in-law, in a way it would be easier to say those things to someone whom the president hired but isn’t related to — someone who’s not the father of his grandchild or grandchildren.”
Precisely, why nepotism laws are in place. Clearly, need to be strengthened. Obviously remain achingly insufficient.
Subsequent to writing the above, seems the Bannon nazi is on his way out. Apparently, is losing out to Trump's son in law.
Lost in the shuffle the last several days, due to the crisis in Syria regarding Assad's gas attack and Trump's launch of cruise missiles in response, is the recusal of Nunes. The Washington Post reports:
"House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) temporarily recused himself Thursday from all matters related to the committee’s ongoing probe into Russia’s interference in the presidential election, as House investigators look into ethics allegations against him."
Big of him, isn't it? Gets worse:
"Nunes said in a statement that he decided to recuse himself after “several leftwing activist groups” filed complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics about his leadership. Nunes called the charges “entirely false and politically motivated,” but said his recusal would be in effect while the House Ethics Committee looks into the matter."
Without the appointment of independent counsel, likely nothing will come of it.
Been a lucky break, however, for one of our own local GOP national socialists, Texas Republican Rep. Mike "'Ain't' No Way" Conaway who 'represents' Nazi Llano County. NPR reports:
"Texas Republican Mike Conaway will now preside over the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. This comes after the announcement on Thursday morning that the embattled Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., will be stepping away from the Russia probe."
Conaway is about as useless as they come. As most GOP national socialists, this piece of shit has little to no regard for all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. Papers over complaints from his constituents who don't buy his bullshit.
"Meanwhile, Conaway has received some criticism for appearing to make light of Russia's interference in the U.S. elections. The Dallas Morning News reported just days before the inauguration that Conaway equated Russian election meddling with Democrats using Mexican entertainers to energize their voters."
So what else is new? Forget? Money talks, bullshit walks. Need a reminder? Partisanship in both major parties remains deaf, dumb, blind, and stupid.
"And just last month during a House Intelligence Committee hearing, Conaway set off on a peculiar line of questioning with FBI Director James Comey, comparing U.S.-Russian relations to that of the Big 12 football rivalries between the Texas Longhorns and the Texas Tech Red Raiders."
Proof positive, 'you can fix ignorant, can't fix stupid.' ... Right, TL? TB?
The following is precisely how clueless, ill-informed, aggressively stupid our dear congressman happens to be. From his latest newsletter:
"Today, Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Judge Gorsuch is a truly terrific legal mind, with a strong history of defending the Constitution."
The hell he has, Congressman. This piece of GOP crap nearly always sides with the corporate management suite vis a vis employees, consumers, and others egregiously f--ked over by the hopelessly greedy corrupt bastards in the business world. His background on the bench provides more than enough examples.
During confirmation hearings this cagey nazi refused to answer pointed questions disingenuously claiming he would, if confirmed, have to rule on the issues they raise. Ignoring the fact there is no true impartiality on the bench from either extreme. Just legislation of their perverse ideological and religious views from the bench. ... Both parties.
From the nature of past rulings, will likely wind up shitting on the right of a woman to do as she pleases with her uterus. Should this fascist son of a bitch and his cronies so rule, would be no more than blatant abrogation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is, freedom from religion.
This is what makes nazis like Gorsuch so dangerous to liberty. All civil and constitutional rights and liberties. Worse? The consensus of the legal community appears to be this goddamned nazi will be to the Right of the late not-so-great 'Justice' Antonin "Tony Boy" Scalia. Hear the rumble? An unwanted dreaded second American revolution already catastrophically looming on the horizon several years now.
From his latest newsletter, here is the take of Sen. Ted "Screws Loose" Cruz vis a vis the Gorsuch nazi:
"Sen. Cruz issued the following statement after voting in favor of the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court:
“Today’s Senate vote was a historic one. Ten, 20, 30 years from now, this vote will still be having an ongoing impact on the liberty and constitutional rights of millions of Americans."
That's right, they will have lost their liberty. All civil and constitutional rights and liberties.
“Today, the Senate followed through on a promise made to the American people more than a year ago, after Justice Scalia passed away. Justice Scalia was a lion of the law, and a hero to many."
A Republican national socialist to over half the population who did not vote for the Trump nazi. The Senator conveniently neglects to mention this.
"His death transformed November’s election into a referendum on the Supreme Court."
The hell it did. Conveniently, forget? Hillary won the popular vote. Lost the electoral college. ... With a little help from the FBI director and that of the Trump nazi's friends in Moscow. ... Not, however, that "Pilloried Hillary" was worth a shit.
“President Trump promised to nominate a principled jurist in the mold of Justice Scalia, not a liberal judicial activist who would undermine the Constitution and the Bill of Rights."
The Senator has it achingly ass backwards. Scalia was a GOP nazi. Legislated his outrageously perverse religious and ideological views from the bench in direct violation of his oath of office. As well as, the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is, freedom from religion. The nazi did this ruling after ruling, year after year. Remained, until his death, an exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.
What "liberal judicial activists," Senator? With confirmation and swearing in of Gorsuch, we now have five nazis on the Extreme Right, four in the Center. What liberals? Take your head out of your ass, Senator. Continues to cloud your hopelessly myopic vision. Worse, it's lodged so far up home plate your eyeballs are turning inside out.
Gets worse. More delusional, hopelessly ass backwards:
"And in November, millions of conservatives across this country showed up to protect the Constitution and protect that vacant seat for a principled originalist."
Say what? You're insane, Senator. The Constitution will be shit on by the Gorsuch nazi. All civil and constitutional rights and liberties will be in increased jeopardy. Forget? Gorsuch usually sides with his corporate masters. Usually rules against the great unwashed masses. You don't know that, Teddy Boy? Hopelessly, ignorant? Or, is it, indeed aggressive stupidity.
A strict constructionist, originalist, etc., is no more than a nazi with blinders on. Perception of such a fascist is determinedly myopic. Decidedly over simplistic. Black or white, right or wrong, no shades of gray. No brilliant hues of color. The nazi is too narrow minded to perceive in any other way. Consequently, his 'judgment' remains deliberately skewed.
Uses this judicial philosophy to legislate his outrageously perverse ideological and religious views from the bench. The Scalia nazi was a master at such subterfuge. An anachronism. Forced his views on others in his rulings. Scalia was no great justice. Just an unapologetic achingly fascist asshole who took a raucous hard dump on the Constitution, particularly, the Bill of Rights. The Gorsuch nazi will do the same.
Coup de grace? Proof positive Cruz has lost his mind? Has no ability to discern fact from fiction, reality from fantasy? Get this:
"Despite an unprecedented Democratic filibuster, today is a day that the Republican majority kept its promise to protect our fundamental rights, to protect free speech, to protect religious liberty, and to protect the Second Amendment. Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation is a critical step to defend the long-term liberty of millions of Americans, and for that reason, today is a day to celebrate.”
Day is night, night is day, and shit smells perversely sweet in the world of the nazi. All ass backwards. The Cruz nazi, like many others in the Republican Party, remains an exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. A raucous, boot clicking, goose stepping, treasonous, treacherous, traitorous, Sieg Heil!, Senator. You're out of uniform, you hopelessly fascist son of a bitch. Where is your swastika armband?
This fascist piece of GOP excrement has taken credit for another atrocity he's imposed on laid off workers. Here is the salient part of the press release:
"President Trump Signs Into Law Cruz-Brady Bill to Disapprove Obama Administration Drug-Testing Rule for Unemployment Insurance
"Last week, President Trump signed into law legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) to disapprove and nullify a drug-testing rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor in the final months of the Obama administration. The rule previously limited states’ congressionally intended discretion in implementing their unemployment compensation and unemployment insurance programs. The bill was originally introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Ways and Means Chairman Brady, and sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Cruz. “Under the previous administration, the Department of Labor undermined the ability of states to conduct drug testing in their programs as permitted by Congress,” Sen. Cruz said. “This rule was yet another example of executive overreach by the Obama administration, and I commend President Trump for signing this resolution into law.”
Understand what the above means? Texas wants to drug test anyone applying for unemployment insurance. This insurance is a benefit laid off employees have earned, have indeed paid for in terms of a lower wage. Now, this piece of nazi shit wants those laid off to piss into a bottle under supervision.
Question. Ferociously pointed question. When the hell will this goddamned nazi and all his fellow legislators, all 535 of them, do the same to attain, maintain, and retain their seats? When? Their hypocrisy? Right Wing and nazi.
Another interesting development in the Trump-Russia saga and the ongoing FBI investigation. The Washington Post reports:
"The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said. The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials."
Interesting, isn't it? Consider the possible ramifications:
"This is the clearest evidence so far that the FBI had reason to believe during the 2016 presidential campaign that a Trump campaign adviser was in touch with Russian agents. Such contacts are now at the center of an investigation into whether the campaign coordinated with the Russian government to swing the election in Trump’s favor."
No conclusions can be drawn from any of the above until the investigation is complete.
"Page has not been accused of any crimes, and it is unclear whether the Justice Department might later seek charges against him or others in connection with Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The counterintelligence investigation into Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections began in July, officials have said. Most such investigations don’t result in criminal charges."
The question to be asked is achingly simple. If there is indeed evidence of criminal activity by Trump and/or his henchmen, will the Sessions nazi do his sworn duty, -- or, protect his fuhrer?
House GOP national socialists are pressuring the Trump nazi vis a vis an executive order on 'religious liberty.' These goddamned nazis clearly don't understand that religious liberty is indeed already protected by the First Amendment. Not, however, the right to force those views on others. Forget? The Establishment Clause of that very same Amendment protects us against this bastardization of religion and its imposition on the rest of us. The nazi element in the GOP cannot seem to understand this.
Fox News reports:
“My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land,” the president said at the National Prayer Breakfast. When he campaigned for the White House he stated that the “first priority of my administration will be to preserve and protect our religious liberty.” “The First Amendment guarantees our right to practice our faith as we see fit…all the time, always, wherever,” he went on to say."
It does, but not to force those views on others. ... Which is precisely what Republican nazis are calling for. Whether it's abrogation of the right to abortion, gay marriage, birth control, equal treatment of all vis a vis business services regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual preference, race, ethnicity, etc..
"And now House Republicans are calling on President Trump to fulfill the promise he made to Christians on the campaign trail."
What they're requesting is in direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is, freedom from religion. What they're desperately attempting is de facto implementation of a Christian theocracy. This is a country of many different religions, as well as none at all. All religious belief, including none at all, is protected by the First Amendment.
These goddamned nazis who believe otherwise are in for a rude awakening. They seem to have conveniently forgotten that owning a business is a privilege, not a right. The same is true of healthcare providers. If providing a legal, constitutional service is a problem for you religiously or for any other reason, do the right thing. Get the hell out of the business. Find something else to do. Don't force your goddamned religious and ideological views on those of us who disagree.
Amusingly, but directly related to the above, the following is an update to an issue covered earlier in this publication and elsewhere. CBS News reports:
"A Texas bill establishing a $100 fine for male masturbation is one step closer to getting off the ground."
Indeed, it is. LOL. About time. LOL.
"House Bill 4620, dubbed the “Men’s Right to Know Act,” will be taken up by the State Affairs Committee in the Texas House of Representatives, the Houston Chronicle reports."
More than tongue in cheek, however. Rightfully, so.
"Democratic state Rep. Jessica Farrar of Houston introduced the legislation in March to mock restrictions on women’s access to abortion and other health procedures."
Covered not too long ago here in this publication.
"With the stated purpose of regulating “men’s health and safety,” the bill would create a “civil penalty for unregulated masturbatory emissions” that occur “outside of a woman’s vagina [or] medical facility.”
There is a point here. A most pointed principle. If women have to put up with this goddamned bullshit courtesy of Republican nazis in our Legislature, why shouldn't men? Indeed, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. ... So to speak.
"Masturbation would be “considered an act against an unborn child” that “fail[s] to preserve the sanctity of life.” Semen would be stored in medical facilities and saved “for the purposes of conception for a current or future wife.”
If Republican nazis are willing to practice medicine without a license to force their outrageously perverse ideological and religious views on women, why shouldn't they have to put up with the very same bullshit?
"Another provision in the bill would create an informational packet called “A Man’s Right to Know,” similar to a current proposal requiring doctors provide women seeking abortions with a pamphlet called “A Woman’s Right To Know.” The male version of the booklet would include information “related to the benefits and concerns of a man seeking a vasectomy, Viagra prescription, or a colonoscopy” and must “include artistic illustrations of each procedure.”
Here, here. Right on. Time to force this goddamned achingly condescending, patronizing insanity on the very same clueless male GOP assholes who are forcing this bullshit on women.
"Farrar’s bill also establishes legal protections for doctors who refuse to perform certain procedures because of “their personal, moralistic, or religious beliefs.”
"Men would be required to undergo a rectal exam before being given a prescription for Viagra or getting a vasectomy. Farrar told the Chronicle in March that this requirement mimics state laws requiring women seeking abortions to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound, which “has nothing to do with her health care.”
Hey guys? Time to drop trou, spread the cheeks, fart ahhhhh, as the doctor rams a finger up your ass. Enjoy. If women are forced to put up with bullshit, time for you to get yours. ... Right, TL? Readers are reminded GOP nazis in Texas are forcing women who seek an abortion to undergo an unnecessary trans vaginal ultrasound doctors consider to be both unnecessary and sexual assault.
Wake up. There is a point to this that goes well beyond humor, however. Women are being f--ked over by GOP nazis. Time to turn the tables:
"Farrar told the Chronicle that “a lot of people find the bill funny,” but she introduced it to make a point about women’s health care."
Indeed, a most salient point.
“What’s not funny are the obstacles that Texas women face every day, that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access healthcare,” she said."
The goddamned nazi bastards in the GOP do this to force their achingly perverse ideological and religious views on all by statute. In direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is, freedom from religion. Figuratively speaking, f--k the bastards.
Know how to most effectively do this, ladies? Cross your legs, keep your panties on. Refuse to have sex with your partners until these outrageous laws abrogating abortion rights are repealed. Think it would take that long should women do so in mass? Think your men would put up with lonesomely jacking it off themselves indefinitely? LOL.
Think they wouldn't quickly smarten up, find some sadly lacking courage, their voices, and put a little pressure on these nazi assholes in the Republican Party? Ladies, you have the power to force the issue. End this egregious bullshit. Perverse, sick, determined, intentional bastardization of religion.
Think the Trump nazi and his henchmen aren't national socialists? NBC News reports:
"A group with alleged historical links to Nazi Germany has told NBC News it was "proud" when President Donald Trump's deputy assistant wore its medal. Controversy has swirled around Sebastian Gorka, one of Trump's top counterterrorism advisers, ever since he attended the president's Jan. 20 Inaugural Ball wearing the honorary medal of Hungarian nationalist organization Vitezi Rend."
Think Adolf and Benito aren't grinning ear-to-ear on their fiery perches?
"Gorka's decision to wear the medal — which he said was awarded to his Hungarian-born father — has provoked outrage among Jewish groups."
For damned good reason.
"While in Budapest, NBC News also spoke with Andras Heisler, the Hungarian vice-president of the New York-based World Jewish Congress, who said that wearing the medal "isn't a good message for a democratic society."
Indeed. It isn't. The beginning of The Fourth Reich.
"Vitezi Rend was founded in 1920 by Hungarian ruler Miklos Horthy to award medals to Hungarian veterans of World War I. But the group's history became murky after the country allied with Nazi Germany in 1938. Heisler told NBC News that members of the organization were likely complicit in the murder of some of the hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews toward the end of World War II."
This nazi son of a bitch wears the medal to the Trump nazi's inauguration? Where's his swastika armband?
"During the war, the State Department listed Vitezi Rend among a group of "organizations under the direction of the Nazi government of Germany." And Horthy, its founder, once said that "I have always been an anti-Semite throughout my life," according to "The Jews of Hungary," a 1995 book by Hungarian-Jewish historian Raphael Patai."
Should send a chill throughout our formerly great nation.
"Last month, three Vitezi Rend officials told American-Jewish newspaper The Forward that Sebastian Gorka was one of their order."
"The reports about Gorka prompted the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, an American civil-rights group, to call for Sebastian Gorka's resignation, or at least an investigation into his alleged links with the far-right. "How many ducks in the Trump White House must walk, talk and quack Anti-Semitically before our country wakes up and sees the greater problem?" it told NBC News in a statement. "Who among us wears a medal of a Nazi-sympathetic organization to remember loved ones?"
Indeed. Who else? A nazi.
"When asked about the allegations in NBC News' investigation, Sebastian Gorka dismissed them as "fake news" and pointed to a statement he gave to online Jewish magazine Tablet last month."
All unadulterated bullshit:
"I have never been a member of the Vitez Rend. I have never taken an oath of loyalty to the Vitez Rend," he told the publication. "Since childhood, I have occasionally worn my father's medal and used the 'v.' initial to honor his struggle against totalitarianism." He told NBC News he "completely distanced myself" from any white-supremacist or Nazi ideology. He declined to answer specific questions about NBC News' reporting."
Fascinating, isn't it? Why not answer all questions, Mr. Gorka? Someone's lying. Guess who?
Think the Trump nazi, his henchmen are looking out for the needs of veterans? NPR reports:
"By the time they cut her from the program, Alishia Graham was angry, but not surprised. Her postman delivered the news in February. "The letter was sitting at the top — and my stomach dropped because I knew what it was," she says. The letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs informed Graham that her husband Jim, who sustained a brain injury on his third deployment to Iraq, no longer qualified for a caregiver to help with his daily life."
Did idiots who voted for the Trump nazi truly believe he'd honor his word?
"It's not even like ... 'We think he doesn't need as much help.' No — 'We think he's totally fine and he doesn't need any help,' " says Graham. "I'm insulted for him. Because I know what he struggles with."
Some day there will be a war that absolutely needs to be fought. On the scale of the Second World War. Guess what? Few would believe it. Few would be willing to go fearing they'd been bamboozled. Worse? That they wouldn't be properly taken care of if injured. All to line the pockets of corporate war profiteers.
Think the Trump nazi and his henchmen have your back? Think this piece of shit truly a populist? Wake up. NPR reports:
"The Obama administration created a rule to protect millions of American workers saving for retirement. President Trump has delayed this so-called fiduciary rule, which requires financial advisers to put consumers' best interests ahead of their own.
Can't have that, can we? The corporate management suite and shareholders come first, right?
"Monday was the deadline for the industry to comply with a new rule crafted by the Obama administration to protect Americans saving for retirement. Obama's economic team said everyday Americans are losing upwards of $17 billion a year from their retirement accounts because financial advisers have conflicts of interest that give them incentives to steer clients into mutual funds with excessive fees."
Clearly, Republican nazis want no consumer protection:
"The rule requires advisers to stop that practice and to act in their customers' best interest. But Trump has delayed the rule for 60 days through an executive action. He has directed his administration to review the rule. The new administration may try to change the rule or get rid of it."
Think IRS isn't out of control? CBS News reports:
"Using a law targeting money launderers and drug dealers, the Internal Revenue Service has wrongfully seized millions in small business and individual bank account money on the mistaken belief that they were hiding ill-gotten gains. A report by the Treasury Department Inspector General found that the IRS launched hundreds of cases between 2012 and 2015 against innocent people who the agency accused of evading the Bank Secrecy Act, which is aimed at thwarting illicit deposits. In a random sample of 278 IRS forfeiture cases involving this law, the IG found that 91 percent of the people and businesses had gotten the suspect money legitimately."
Legalized theft by an out of control government at all levels and branches. As bad as asset forfeiture imposed by the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue without a court order. This kind of shit can trigger the unthinkable. ... An unwanted dreaded second American revolution already catastrophically looming on the horizon.
“The IRS’s own internal watchdog found that the IRS had a practice of seizing entire bank accounts based on nothing more than a pattern of under-$10,000 cash deposits,” said lawyer Robert Everett Johnson, an attorney at the Institute for Justice, a legal firm fighting to overhaul the IRS’s forfeiture system, in a statement. The cases involved were not for vast sums, but posed major problems for those who fell afoul of the IRS’s sub-$10,000 dragnet. In one instance in 2015, Forbes reported, a convenience store proprietor in Fairmont, North Carolina, lost $107,000 after the IRS seized his bank account. “It took me 13 years to save that much money and it took fewer than 13 seconds for the government to take it away,” said Lyndon McLellan, owner of L&M Convenience Mart. L&M made deposits of less than $10,000 because a bank teller told the business that higher amounts would entail a lot of paperwork."
Legalized theft. In a fascist police-state. Get this:
"A vexing practice of the IRS, the IG’s report said, was that it focused on small businesses because they were easier targets than larger suspects. As the report noted, “[T]he Department of Justice had encouraged task forces to engage in ‘quick hits,’ where property was more quickly seized and more quickly resolved through negotiation, rather than pursuing cases with other criminal activity (such as drug trafficking and money laundering), which are more time-consuming.” The IRS agents’ method of operation was “seize first, ask questions later,” the report said. And when the agents later asked their targets for an explanation about the deposits, these were disregarded, the IG said."
Hear the rumble?
In follow up to an earlier edition here, The Washington Times reports:
"Conservative pundit Tomi Lahren has filed a wrongful termination suit in Dallas County against Glenn Beck and The Blaze."
Breaks your heart, doesn't it?
"The host of “Tomi” was suspended and then ultimately cast out of Mr. Beck’s media company after a March 17 appearance on “The View.” The commentator’s lawsuit, which was filed Friday, says she was fired for taking a tactful pro-choice stance on abortion."
No free speech at Fox? Couldn't be, could it?
Privacy must be no respecter of persons. No matter their political persuasion, viewpoint. Twitter stood tall. NPR reports:
"Twitter has dropped a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, saying the demand that prompted the suit — that Twitter reveal the anonymous user behind an "alt-gov" account — has been withdrawn."
No reason to continue the lawsuit. The government dropped the demand.
"The original lawsuit, filed by the social media giant on Thursday, alleged that DHS had demanded that Twitter reveal the user behind "@ALT_uscis," an account allegedly run by current and former Citizenship and Immigration Services employees."
Outrageous, isn't it, that government would so abuse power to track down current and former employees courageous enough to challenge the established order?
More outrageous? Get this:
"The summons threatened legal action if Twitter did not comply — and asked Twitter not to disclose the existence of the demand. Twitter sued, exposing the summons and asking a court to declare it unenforceable."
Uncommon valor. This needs to happen all over the country every goddamned time this shit happens. No matter what agency. No matter the level of government.
"Because the summons has now been withdrawn," Twitter's lawyers write in the latest filing, the company dropped the suit."
In follow up to an earlier edition of this publication, CNN reports:
"Helen Beristain voted for Donald Trump even though she is married to an undocumented immigrant. In November, she thought Trump would deport only people with criminal records -- people he called "bad hombres" -- and that he would leave families intact. "I don't think ICE is out there to detain anyone and break families, no," Beristain told CNN affiliate WSBT in March, shortly after her husband, Roberto Beristain was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement."
This woman is achingly delusional:
"On Wednesday, Beristain was proven wrong as ICE split her family across two countries. Roberto Beristain, 44, was deported back to Mexico despite having no criminal record, family attorney Adam Ansari said. "He hadn't committed any crimes. He didn't even have a parking ticket," Ansari said. "From everyone's accounts he is probably one of the most lovable guys you will ever meet. He is a loving husband and father. And he put a lot of work into his restaurant."
Aggressive stupidity is always rewarded. ... So too, is faith in a nazi.
ICE cannot be trusted. The Washington Post reports:
"Leandro Arriaga has been in the United States illegally since 2001. He stayed despite a deportation order and over the past 16 years has made a living fixing and remodeling homes. He also started a family. But the father of four had grown tired of “living in the shadows,” his attorney said. So last week, he went to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office for his marriage petition interview — the first step to legalize his presence in the United States through his wife, a naturalized citizen. The process, called an I-130 visa petition, is a common way for foreigners to gain legal residency through their relatives or spouses."
He was stupid. Trusted ICE. Sadly, law enforcement cannot be trusted. Remains hopelessly duplicitous:
"But Arriaga was arrested that day, along with four others who also showed up at the USCIS office in Lawrence, Mass. All five have deportation orders, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Though the arrests aren’t unprecedented, legal experts say they are indicative of the Trump administration’s broader view on what counts as high priority for deportation. Adam Cox, an immigration law professor at New York University, said the arrests signify a level of immigration enforcement that is “very different” from that of the previous administration."
The Republican Party is clearly not the party of the family.
ICE has blood on its hands. ABC News reports:
"Authorities say a Nicaraguan man hanged himself in his cell after spending about three months in custody at a Southern California immigrant detention facility."
How can this happen? No supervision? No one on duty?
"Immigration and Customs Enforcement says 32-year-old Osmar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba was taken to the hospital March 22 after he had hanged himself at a detention center in Adelanto. He died six days later on Tuesday."
Sad, isn't it? Just wanted a better life. You GOP fascists here in Nazi Llano County think this guy got what he deserved?
"ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice told The Washington Post ( http://wapo.st/2oke9JI ) Gonzalez-Gadba used a bedsheet tied around his neck to hang himself. Gonzalez-Gadba was placed in immigration detention in December after he was arrested by border agents. He was deported to Nicaragua last April."
Just looking for a better life.
"Kice says Nicaraguan consular representatives in Los Angeles told the agency they've been in contact with Gonzalez-Gadba's family in Nicaragua. Gonzalez-Gadba is the fifth detainee to die in immigration custody since October."
Needs to be an independent investigation. Then again, this is Nazi America, forget? The Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
The Sessions nazi continues to support the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue no matter what they do. ABC News reports:
"Ferguson, Missouri, has become "an emblem of the tense relationship" between law enforcement and those it serves, especially minority communities, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday during a visit to St. Louis."
Ever occur to this goddamned racist, misogynist, fascist why?
"Sessions, speaking to a gathering of law enforcement leaders at the federal courthouse that sits roughly 12 miles from Ferguson, said the Justice Department will work with them to battle the rising tide of violent crime in America. He said he supports "proactive, up-close policing — when officers get out of their squad cars and interact with everyone on their beat — that builds trust, prevents violent crime, saves lives and creates a good atmosphere."
The Sessions nazi remains achingly delusional. Out of touch with reality. First, there is no "rising tide of violent crime in America." Goddamned bullshit. Factually, incorrect. ... Other, than increased criminal activity perpetrated by the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue themselves. "Proactive, up-close policing" is not what this nazi defines it to be.
Quite the opposite. Is no more than egregious perversion of the 'no broken windows' philosophy of policing where the jackbooted bastards in blue engage in chicken shit law enforcement. That is, harassing their victims vis a vis exceptionally minor offenses, -- like spitting on the street. Chicken shit harassment does no more than alienate police from the public they supposedly serve.
The Sessions nazi suffers a warped sense of reality. Worse? No clue as to what is truly going on in the streets. What fascist does? The fact he remains a racist and misogynist certainly compounds his insanity. Won't enforce civil and constitutional rights and liberties. Determinedly, turns a blind eye. When confronted with reality, looks the other way. A clueless, ignorant, achingly stupid national socialist.
"But Sessions said that sort of police work has become increasingly difficult in what he called "an age of viral videos and targeted killings of police."
More achingly delusional bullshit. First, videos of police malfeasance expose the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue for whom and what they are. Second, "targeted killings of police" are fortunately incredibly rare. Not so, murders perpetrated by the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue against an increasing number of their innocent unarmed victims.
Yet, the Trump nazi, the Sessions nazi, prosecutors, and the courts are staunchly unwilling to hold these criminal bastards in blue legally accountable for their crimes. Instead, protect and coddle them.
"Unfortunately, in recent years law enforcement as a whole has been unfairly maligned and blamed for the crime and unacceptable deeds of a few in their ranks," Sessions said."
That's bullshit. An abject lie by the achingly clueless Sessions nazi. Criminal activity perpetrated by police is ubiquitous across our formerly great country. Examples week after week after month after year in this publication and throughout the rest of media scream otherwise. Sadly, only a fraction of this criminal activity perpetrated by officers even makes it to media. Remains covered up by law enforcement. As well as their victims who remain too gutless to step forward. Fear retribution. ... Right, Sheriff? TL?
"Amid this intense public scrutiny and criticism, morale has gone down, while the number in their ranks killed in the line of duty has gone up."
More bullshit. Non sequitur. There is "intense public scrutiny and criticism" because the criminal activity of police remains ubiquitous and is rising. Usually, remains determinedly ignored. Goes unprosecuted. Morale is down because corrupt officers expect carte blanche to do as they please. With impunity. ... While the number of innocent unarmed citizens murdered by police skyrockets. The Sessions nazi has it determinedly ass backwards.
"Ferguson, he said, has become "an emblem of the tense relationship between law enforcement and the communities we serve, especially our minority communities."
That's so because there was no justice in Ferguson, no justice elsewhere. With extreme exception. Will certainly get worse as our formerly great country continues to nazify. Becomes The Fourth Reich under the Trump nazi and his henchmen. Apparently, the Sessions nazi cluelessly believes police "serve" the community when they murder unarmed innocent citizens. Do so with virtual impunity.
"Denise Lieberman, a St. Louis lawyer with the civil rights group Advancement Project, said Sessions' approach is concerning at a time when allegations of violence by police are at an all-time high. "We also know that the role of the Department of Justice is absolutely critical to ensuring that policing agencies are complying with the law, and they are a crucial step in bringing accountability to policing," Lieberman said. "We see that right here in Ferguson."
All that changed under the Trump nazi, as well as his racist, misogynist, fascist stooge at the Department of 'Justice,' the Sessions nazi.
In a step backwards, the Sessions nazi is changing the way the game is played. DOJ oversight of the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue, will for all practical purposes, effectively end. NPR reports:
"The leader of the U.S. Justice Department has ordered federal authorities to emphasize building partnerships with local law enforcement over hard-nosed investigations of them, asking a federal judge in Baltimore to delay a hearing this week on a deal to overhaul the city's troubled police force and casting a cloud over a host of other federal consent decrees that target unconstitutional law enforcement practices."
Nazism at its worst, most dangerous. Hear the rumble? An unwanted dreaded second American revolution already catastrophically looming on the horizon. Sadly, this will likely bring massive protests to the streets after fully implemented. All protest needs to remain non-violent. If not, grants the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue carte blanche to murder on the job. This is, apparently, what the Sessions nazi and his fuhrer, the Trump nazi, want. Don't oblige. Remain peaceful.
"The new directive by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the bid to reconsider an agreement in Baltimore are the strongest signs yet that the Trump administration not only plans to scale back the number of new investigations it launches into unconstitutional policing, excessive force and other law enforcement misconduct allegations but also the likelihood it will seek to reopen agreements the Obama civil rights unit had already negotiated."
Aggressive stupidity our formerly great country can ill afford. This could very well trigger the unthinkable as police take it as renewed carte blanche to murder, criminally assault, shake down, abuse on the job.
"Local control and local accountability are necessary for effective local policing," Sessions wrote in a memo to department officials and U.S. Attorneys late Monday. "It is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies."
That's unbridled delusion on the part of the Sessions nazi. The federal government has never in the last 50 years attempted to dictate to law enforcement how to conduct its business. Far from it. Quite the contrary. Conveniently, gutlessly forget? Short of an unwanted revolution, federal oversight of the Bill of Rights is the only way to ensure police are not abrogating these most precious rights.
Since 9/11, this country has become for all practical purposes, in effect, a fascist police-state. Obama made minimal effort to reverse this. Now, the Trump nazi, through his stooge, the Sessions nazi, seeks to reverse this. Are these two clueless, psychotic fascists deliberately, stupidly trying to provoke a revolution?
"In the two-page memo, Sessions urged federal authorities under his command to do more to promote officer safety and morale. He also directed the deputy attorney general and the associate attorney general to review "all department activities—including collaborative investigations and prosecutions" to ensure they follow his lead. "The misdeeds of individual bad actors should not impugn or undermine the honorable work that law enforcement officers and agencies perform in keeping American communities safe," he added."
The above is proof positive the Sessions nazi ignores ubiquitous police malfeasance across our formerly great country including murder of innocent unarmed citizens:
"But police reform advocates and former Justice Department investigators said the extraordinary change of course by the Trump administration is missing the point. Most of the two dozen police investigations the Obama administration pursued under a law passed after the brutal beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles uncovered patterns of brutality and racial discrimination, problems the DOJ attributed to sweeping, systemic problems in local law enforcement agencies, not a few bad apples on the force."
The above is the truth. The Trump nazi and his stooge, the Sessions nazi, cannot, will not be confused with the truth. Nor will nazis in the Republican Party. ... Right, TL?
"The request for a delay is alarming and signals a retreat from the Justice Department's commitment to civil rights and public safety in Baltimore," said Vanita Gupta, who ran the civil rights division under President Obama until January. Gupta added that the Baltimore agreement had been the product of extensive input from the city, residents, the police department and a law enforcement union "in order to address serious constitutional violations that had undermined public trust and public safety in the city."
What we're dangerously seeing here is the Trump nazi extending the goddamned fascist police-state we already live in to The Fourth Reich. The public will never accept this. The doomsday clock dangerously strikes ever closer to midnight.
The following is the take of The Washington Times:
"The Trump administration’s Justice Department is taking steps to review court-stipulated agreements meant to reform local police departments, a move officials say is meant to improve public safety by repairing relationships with local agencies. But civil rights advocates, who have pushed for department reforms after discovery of systematic abuses including racial profiling and excessive use of force, say the review is the first step in the DOJ abdicating its responsibility to ensure police follow the law."
This could very well spark an unwanted dreaded second American revolution.
"But police reform advocates call the move a betrayal, and said it’s the Justice Department’s duty to provide oversight of local law enforcement agencies with documented history of abuses."
Indeed. Sadly, the truth.
"Speaking about the Baltimore case, the president of the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, Sherrilyn Ifill, said DOJ’s request to postpone the hearing “is nothing more than a blatant attempt by the Justice Department to abandon its obligations under federal civil rights law and the U.S. Constitution to ensure that police departments are serving residents in a nondiscriminatory and constitutional manner.”
That's precisely what the Trump nazi and his stooge, the Sessions nazi, desperately want. The mark of a fascist. A nazi police-state. The Fourth Reich.
"David Rocah, a senior attorney for the ACLU of Maryland, said the Justice Department’s announcement is “a clear sign that the Trump administration is seeking to undo, and walk away from, the consent decree that is a critical part of reforming Baltimore’s police department.”
“Such an action by the DOJ would be literally unprecedented in our nation’s history, and would be a gross abdication of the DOJ’s responsibility to ensure that police in Baltimore, and around the country, act within the bounds of law,” Mr. Rocah said. “Even more disturbing, the DOJ filing suggests that there is some fundamental incompatibility between addressing longstanding patterns of police misconduct and public safety. This view is not only wrong but dangerous.”
Not only dangerous to the innocent public that suffers at the hands of the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue, but the much larger danger such a change in policy poses: Hear the rumble? An unwanted dreaded second American revolution already catastrophically looming on the horizon. With a well-armed citizenry, a revolution the government could not ultimately win. The damage, blood spilt, lives lost, however, would be horrendous. All sides.
"The DOJ’s blistering report on Baltimore police, undertaken after the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, found that officers unconstitutionally stopped and searched residents, disproportionately targeted black residents and frequently resorted to physical force during interactions that didn’t warrant it."
Clearly, the Trump nazi, and his stooge, the Sessions nazi, apparently support such police malfeasance and want it to continue.
"The review, released in August, found the Baltimore Police Department engaged in a pattern of conduct that violated city residents’ constitutional and federal rights, noting that black residents accounted for 84 percent of stops while they represent 63 percent of the city’s population, and for 95 percent of the 410 people stopped at least 10 times over a 5-year period. It also raised serious concern about how the department responds to and investigates reports of sexual assault."
Concerted, determined, calculated ignorance of such malfeasance is precisely how revolutions get their start.
The quotes above are courtesy of a most gifted, insightful writer, Andrea Noble.
Subsequent to writing the above, the Sessions nazi lost his bid to delay a Baltimore court hearing scheduled for April 6. CBS News reports:
"A federal judge in Baltimore has denied the Justice Department’s request to delay a public hearing scheduled for Thursday on a pending agreement to reform the Baltimore Police Department, CBS News justice reporter Paula Reid reports. The Justice Department filed a motion earlier this week to push back the hearing until June. The department said it wanted time to review the plan and determine whether the proposal would hinder efforts to fight violent crime."
Finally, an honest judge who did not buy the Sessions nazi's bullshit.
"U.S. District Judge James Bredar rejected the request Wednesday, saying in his order that pushing back the hearing “at the eleventh hour” would be a “burden and inconvenience to the court, other parties, and most importantly, the public.” He says the hearing had been jointly requested by the Justice Department and the city. The agreement, known as a consent decree, was reached in January and mandated significant reforms to the Baltimore police force. It was the result of months of negotiations between the Justice Department and Baltimore authorities and is meant to address systemic violations of constitutional rights identified in a scathing report released last year."
The courts need to stand up across the country:
"On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of all Justice Department involvement with local law enforcement and requested the delay. The order signaled a major shift in the department’s emphasis on brokering consent decrees to reform police departments, most notably in Baltimore, Chicago and Ferguson, Missouri."
As investigations continue, pressure mounts on the Trump nazi vis a vis conflicts of interest and the Emoluments Clause. NPR reports:
"With an oversized check for $78,333, written to the National Park Service, White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday took the first step in fulfilling President Trump's pledge to give away his presidential salary."
Symbolism over substance. Especially, in view of security and traveling expenses to his Florida Shangri-La topping some $25 million to date, -- courtesy of looted taxpayers.
"Trump lawyer Sheri Dillon said, at a January press conference, that the revocable trust would prevent conflicts of interest. "President Trump wants there to be no doubt in the minds of the American public that he is completely isolating himself from his business interests," she said."
Can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit.
"This afternoon, however, after Spicer brought out the big check, he had to fend off questions as to just how isolated from the Trump empire the president is."
"He said he didn't know of any changes in the trust since January. "I'm not aware there was any change," he said. "Just because a left-wing blog makes the point of something changing doesn't mean it actually happened."
Unadulterated, clueless bullshit:
"It wasn't a left-wing blog, but rather Pro Publica — a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative journalism outfit — that first reported the change. A document dated Feb. 17 lets Trump draw out profits and principal from his businesses."
Wouldn't want to confuse the Spicer nazi with the truth, would we?
"It says the trustees "shall distribute" funds to Trump at his request. It also requires them to send him money when appropriate and for "his maintenance, support or uninsured medical expenses." Essentially, the president can take money from his businesses whenever he wants."
Get it? There is absolutely no wall of separation between the Trump nazi and his 'trust.' The trust? No more than a ruse.
Coup de grace? Kicker? Perfect Catch-22?
"Spicer dismissed a question of whether Trump already has done so, saying, "The idea that the president is withdrawing money at some point is exactly the purpose of why the trust — a trust — is set up regardless of the individual."
Gets worse. More convoluted:
"But the purpose of presidential trusts has been to avoid conflicts of interest."
You think? Certainly, doesn't in the Trump 'trust':
"The new document also sheds new light on how the trust works. It's run by two trustees, Donald Trump Jr. and an executive of the Trump Organization, who cannot give the president reports on the trust's finances. But Trump's second son, Eric, can do that as chair of the trust's advisory board, and told Forbes magazine last month that he plans to give his father big-picture financial briefings every quarter or so."
A ruse. A not-so-clever scheme to legally cover his ass. Only problem? It doesn't. This psychotic piece of shit is no more than a goddamned charlatan.
Think the natives aren't growing increasingly restless? ABC News reports:
"The Massachusetts city of Cambridge has passed a resolution calling for an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump. The Cambridge City Council passed the resolution Monday evening by a 7-1 vote. One council member abstained from voting. The resolution calls on the U.S. House of Representatives to review whether Trump's many business interests violate the foreign emoluments clause or the domestic emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. The clauses prohibit the president from profiting from foreign governments, the federal governor or state governments, other than his salary."
Are you a pilot? Be careful not to accidentally wander into restricted air space. Especially, if it's anywhere near the president. After getting intercepted by fighter jets, according to NPR, here's what happens after you land:
"Once you land, the law enforcement response is swift," Melissa Rudinger says. She's the vice president of government and regulatory affairs with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. "You're facedown on the concrete, probably surrounded by a couple of weapons until they can get everything sorted out."
Still think we don't live in a goddamned fascist police-state? Soon to be the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich. A raucous, boot clicking, goose stepping, treasonous, treacherous, traitorous Sieg Heil!, Mr. 'President.' You're out of uniform, sir. Where is your swastika armband?
"Rudinger has witnessed flight intercepts outside her office window at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland. "Typically, nobody's arrested and the person's interviewed and they're free to go," she says. The penalty is usually a suspended license. And these interceptions aren't cheap. According to the Air Force, the operating cost of a fighter jet can run as high as $34,000 per hour."
TSA goons remain out of control at the airports. Get this. The Washington Post reports:
"Evelyn Harris, a 65-year-old retiree who lives in Crofton, Md., was flying to San Diego this year when she went through an experience that a court might consider a sexual assault."
Why would anyone want to fly currently?
"She passed through the airport scanner at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport one day in January and was pulled aside for a pat-down that was just one step removed from being a Pap smear."
Think that over the top? Think harder:
“I started to ask if I had done something wrong or if this was ‘random,’ but before I could get a second word out, the TSA agent yelled at me,” Harris told me. “She grabbed my throat hard, causing me to choke and cough. She yelled at me for coughing. She then put her hands inside my bra and panties and groped my private parts with the front, not the back, of her gloved hand. Afterward, I worried that I may have been infected if she had groped someone else without changing gloves. Her attitude was so threatening and hostile, that I was afraid to look at her face and name plate.”
Find an attorney. Sue. -- The TSA agent was likely getting her cookies off. All over a panty liner.
"But the invasive and humiliating search she’d endured bothered her. So she filed a complaint a few weeks after the incident."
Why wait that long?
"The Transportation Security Administration investigator who called her back told her the agency saves videos of screenings, but only for 30 days. At that point, it was too late. The search had been erased."
Convenient, isn't it? In any other circumstance, would have been considered destruction of evidence, prosecuted. Not when it comes to TSA goons, however.
"Anyway, the pat-down was legit, the investigator said. Intimate apparel has been a source of concern ever since Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to bring down a plane on Christmas Day 2009 by detonating a bomb hidden in his underwear."
Aren't we lucky? Truly blessed? TSA jackbooted bastards are looking out for us. Truly believe the terrorists haven't won?
"The investigator told Harris, she said, that “his own wife carried a panty liner with her and put it on after security, as this is something that could trigger a search.”
Why fly? Why put up with this goddamned bullshit? No more than sexual assault. As Franklin wisely opined over two hundred years ago, anyone willing to trade liberty for security deserves and winds up with neither. Put up with this shit? You're gutless. Achingly, stupid.
The quotes are courtesy of an exceptionally gifted, insightful writer, Petula Dvorak.
Think the above a rarity? Wake up. NBC News reports:
"The TSA has reached out to the mother of a 13-year-old Texas boy after a video of his pat-down at an airport security checkpoint went viral."
Too little, much too late.
"In a Facebook post earlier in the week, Jennifer Williamson said that she and her son Aaron were "treated like dogs" when they went through the TSA checkpoint at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday."
The above? An understatement.
"On Thursday, Williamson, whose Facebook post about the pat-down went viral, said she had been contacted by the TSA, who asked her to participate in a three-tiered solution to making the regulations for children and people with challenges more sensitive and clear."
Find an attorney. Sue the living shit out of the bastards. They remain out of control.
Our country is but a small shell of what it used to be. In follow up to an earlier edition of this publication, NBC News reports:
"A Mexican man who has spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children can be released from custody pending his deportation proceedings, an immigration judge ruled Tuesday. Lawyers for Daniel Ramirez Medina, 24, told The Associated Press they expect him to be released as soon as Wednesday following the decision by Judge John Odell in Tacoma."
Why was he held at all?
"Ramirez spent 40 minutes answering questions from prosecutors during a two-hour hearing Tuesday, and he repeatedly and credibly denied having any connections with gangs, attorney Mark Rosenbaum said. "He answered every question the government put to him," Rosenbaum said. "He stayed true, and the government had no evidence whatsoever."
Nazi justice in a goddamned fascist police-state. Soon to be the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
"Rosenbaum added: "We're thrilled he's getting out of a facility he never should have been in in the first place. But he's lost 45 days of his life. He's been vilified by the government."
This shit needs to end. Hear the rumble? An unwanted dreaded second American revolution already catastrophically looming on the horizon.
"Ramirez has no criminal record and twice passed background checks to participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children to stay in the country and work. Immigration officials revoked that status following his arrest and began deportation proceedings against him."
Nazi America. The Fourth Reich. Courtesy of national socialists in the Republican Party. Where the hell are the Democrats? Out to lunch? Since the JFK assassination in 1963.
Another lawsuit has been filed against the Trump nazi. NPR reports:
"Saying that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' threat to strip billions in federal grant money from so-called "sanctuary cities" is illegal and unconstitutional, the city of Seattle has sued President Trump and his administration, in a lawsuit that names Trump, Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly."
Such lawsuits need to be popping up all over the country.
"We are not breaking any laws and we are prioritizing safety," Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said, according to member station KUOW. "Bullying and misstating the facts will not stand in the way of how the real laws of this country are enforced."
Go for it. Stand tall. Ferociously, but peacefully resist.
"Murray's opinion is shared by Travis County (Texas) Judge Sarah Eckhardt, whose jurisdiction includes Austin. Here's what Eckhardt told NPR's Morning Edition this week:
"There's been ample, ample studies that show that [Sessions] doesn't have a point. The foreign-born don't behave in criminal ways the same way the American-born do. People who are immigrants pretty much stay out of jail. We have a very safe community in Travis County. You know, of course we're a border state, and we've always been Mexican and American. And we have an enviable crime rate. We have the lowest crime rate of any major metropolitan in Texas.
"And I think that is because of our relationship with our community. They feel safe. They feel willing to come forward and hold perpetrators of crime accountable irrespective of where the victim was born or where the perpetrator was born."
You phony Republican 'law and order' fascists here in Nazi Llano County can't, won't be confused with the truth?
The following is quite disturbing. If true, indicates the jackbooted bastards in blue in New York City are not following City policy vis a vis the undocumented. Fox News reports:
"The NYPD reportedly alerts federal immigration officials to illegal immigrants’ appearances in criminal court despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vow to remain a sanctuary city."
Most pointedly, who controls City policy? The jackbooted bastards in blue or the Mayor?
"The NYPD’s process of verifying warrants against a defendant includes contacting relevant law enforcement agencies, including ICE, which alerts agents to an illegal immigrant’s upcoming court date, the New York Daily News reported Sunday. New York City has vowed to only alert immigration officials if an illegal immigrant is accused of a violent crime."
The Mayor needs to quickly resolve this. Take corrective action as warranted. When police are allowed to control City policy, the City becomes no more than a goddamned fascist police-state.
Resistance grows. Fox News reports:
"A cadre of 75 mayors, taking a page from mayors and governors who announced they will not assist federal authorities with illegal immigrants, has announced they will not enforce the White House’s recent rollback of Obama-era climate policies. The signatories include mayors of major metropolitan areas like New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and D.C., as well as smaller cities like Santa Monica, California, Park City, Utah, and Eugene, Oregon as part of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (also known as Climate Mayors.) The group is standing together in defiance of Trump's recent executive order, according to Curbed."
Stand tall. Resist.
In a concerted, determined effort to deny justice and access to the courts vis a vis imprisoned undocumented immigrants facing deportation, the Sessions nazi is taking the following action as reported by Fox News:
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday a plan to speed up the deportation of illegal immigrants housed in federal correctional facilities. Sessions said the Justice Department will expand the Institutional Hearing Program, which identifies removable illegal immigrants who are inmates in federal correctional facilities, provides in-person and video teleconference immigration removal proceedings, and removes them upon completion of sentence. This is done instead of rather than releasing them to an ICE detention facility or into the community for adjudication of status in an effort to speed up the process."
Translation? Get them the hell out of the country as quickly as possible after release. Doesn't matter if they've been falsely convicted. Give them the bum's rush out the door. Justice? What's that?
The bullshit never ends. The Washington Times reports:
"California’s chief justice accused federal immigration agents of “stalking” illegal immigrants at the state’s courthouses, drawing a fierce rebuke this week from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, who said a top judge should know better than to throw around such a loaded term."
Tough shit. The Chief Justice told it exactly like it is. Wake up.
"The two Trump administration officials said it was “particularly troubling” for Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to botch the law so badly in using the term “stalking” to imply illegal activity, when in fact the agents were carrying out their sworn duties."
More abject disingenuous bullshit. The jackbooted bastards were stalking their prey. Doing far more than "carrying out their sworn duties."
“As you are aware, stalking has a specific legal meaning in American law, which describes criminal activity involving repetitive following or harassment of the victim with the intent to produce fear of harm,” Mr. Sessions and Mr. Kelly chided, adding that agents’ powers to arrest illegal immigrants in public has long been legally established."
Hey, Jeff? Wake up. Your embrace of nazism is unbecoming an officer of the court, you clueless, fascist, misogynist, racist son of a bitch. You don't think these jackbooted pieces of shit were not following, harassing, deliberately, intentionally provoking "fear of harm" on their victims? That, clueless? Or, is it a problem of aggressive stupidity?
When your goddamned goons, vicious jackbooted predators stalk a courthouse, think undocumented victims of criminal activity will step forward? Aren't you goddamned Republican nazis supposed to be the champions of 'law and order?' Where did you, and other nazis like you, lose yourselves? Take your head out of your ass, fool. Your eyeballs have turned inside out, clouding your vision. ... Is that why you lied under oath during confirmation hearings, falsely claiming you had no contact with Russian officials?
Insult to injury to the Trump nazi and his henchmen? ABC News reports:
"California lawmakers gave initial approval Monday to a measure that prevents law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials, a measure that proponents said rebukes President Donald Trump for his immigration crackdown. It makes California a statewide sanctuary for many people who are in the country illegally."
Think this won't enrage the Sessions nazi and his fuhrer, the Trump nazi?
Good news. The judge in Hawaii extended the injunction of the new Trump travel ban indefinitely. The Trump nazi and his henchmen will appeal. CNN reports:
"One of the practical implications of Wednesday's decision is that the Justice Department may now immediately appeal the ruling to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, should it choose to do so. But how long it will take for any appeals to be completed remains unclear."
In follow up, NPR reports:
"The Trump administration has appealed an order by a federal judge in Hawaii that indefinitely blocks the president's executive order restricting travel to the U.S. from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program."
Not surprising, is it? Hopefully, the Trump nazi will continue to lose.
"The state of Hawaii sued to stop the travel ban, arguing the president's policy violates the Constitution. U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson extended his nationwide order blocking the executive order while the lawsuit continues. The administration has asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule against Watson. Hawaii officials argued that the ban — a modified version issued after the first executive order was also blocked by federal courts — discriminates against travelers on the basis of religion. Watson said in his ruling that the state had shown "a strong likelihood of success on the merits of their Establishment Clause claim, that irreparable injury is likely if the requested relief is not issued."
The Trump nazi is certainly unhappy with the media. Has zero-tolerance for criticism. Tough shit. ABC News reports:
"President Donald Trump is reviving his attacks on news he doesn't like, threatening to target libel laws that govern freedom of the press."
The mark of a dictator. The Trump nazi and his henchmen remain an exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.
"The failing @nytimes has disgraced the media world. Gotten me wrong for two solid years. Change libel laws?" he wrote on Twitter Thursday, taking yet another shot at a paper that has broken numerous stories on his fledgling administration."
The Times is not failing. Certainly, hasn't disgraced the press. Quite the opposite. The Trump nazi resents the fact The Times is reporting the truth. Indeed, a most inconvenient truth for the Trump nazi, his henchmen, and all those who support the nazification of our formerly great country.
"Libel law in the U.S. generally makes it difficult for public figures to sue reporters and others who criticize them. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that a plaintiff must demonstrate that statements were factually inaccurate as well as made with "actual malice" or a "reckless disregard" for the truth."
The bar is high. If the Trump nazi can't stand the heat, needs to get the hell out of the kitchen.
"Gregg Leslie, the legal defense director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said libel protections are based on the First Amendment and how it has been interpreted by the courts, and Trump can do little to change that."
Ultimately, that's true. He can, however, continue to make an achingly clueless jackass of himself. Never did sue the women who stepped forward against him during the campaign. Should he sue the media or anyone else as president, would certainly ignite quite a firestorm. Forget? His regime is already on life support. Lame duck.
Nunes is not a happy camper. Returned to his district for a speaking engagement, -- got a bit more than expected. 300 extremely unhappy constituents. Rightfully believe he's in bed with the Trump nazi.
CBS News is reporting the FBI is extending its investigation of Trump henchmen to determine whether there was any collusion or coordination intentional or otherwise with Russian operatives to hack the DNC and other Democratic targets. Dates back to March of last year.
Disgraced former national security advisor General Michael Flynn wants immunity from prosecution in return for testimony in front of Congress. -- This from the same son of a bitch who criticized Democratic operatives who sought the same when Hillary was earlier pilloried by Republican nazis.
Worse, this piece of crap earlier opined anyone innocent wouldn't seek immunity. So why the hell is he? The Trump nazi during the campaign opined the same. Now, he supports Flynn and his request for immunity.
Calls the investigation a witchhunt. What the hell did he think all the investigations against Hillary were? Principle? What's that? Partisanship trumps all. Both parties.
The Senate Intelligence Committee rejected the immunity request.
The plot thickens. The Washington Times reports:
"A pair of White House officials have been implicated in providing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes with intelligence reports that showed President Trump and his associates were caught in surveillance by U.S. spy agencies, according to a report Thursday. A senior member of the National Security Council and a lawyer with the White House Counsel’s Office were involved in providing the information to Mr. Nunes, The New York Times reported, citing several U.S. officials. White House press secretary Sean Spicer would not confirm or deny the story."
Interesting, isn't it? The unanswered question remains: was there collusion?
CBS News reports:
"Two White House officials helped provide intelligence reports to House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., according to New York Times report Thursday. The Times identified the officials as Ezra Cohen-Watnick, senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council and Michael Ellis, who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel’s office, and who used to be a House Intelligence Committee staffer."
What webs we weave.
The Washington Post reports:
"At least three senior White House officials, including the top lawyer for the National Security Council, were involved in the handling of intelligence files that were shared with the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and showed that Trump campaign officials were swept up in U.S. surveillance of foreign nationals, according to U.S. officials. The White House role in the matter contradicts assertions by the committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), and adds to mounting concerns that the Trump administration is collaborating with the leader of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election."
No question, independent counsel is desperately needed to investigate. Get to the bottom of the fiasco.
The following remains at root. Get this. ABC News reports:
"During the Senate Intelligence Committee's opening hearing today, an expert on Russia pointed to President Donald Trump's tactics during the campaign as the reason why Russia's attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election was effective."
Seems to be true. The Trump nazi got far more than bargained for, however:
"Part of the reason active measures have worked in this U.S. election is because the commander-in-chief has used Russian active measures at times against his opponents," said Clint Watts, a senior fellow for the Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on National Security. "Active measures" is a Soviet term for attempts to influence events, like political elections, to undermine an opponent."
Most interesting take, isn't it? Seems the Trump nazi may have gotten beaten at his own game, moreover. Trumped by Putin.
"Watts then pointed to several incidents in which Trump pushed theories that Russian news outlets had also promoted."
"He denies the intel from the United States about Russia. He claimed that the election could be rigged; that was the No. 1 theme pushed by RT Sputnik news," Watts said. "So part of the reason active measures works and it does today in terms of Trump Tower being wiretapped is because they parrot the same lines." The FBI director, as well as the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, have acknowledged that there’s no evidence to back Trump’s March 4 claim that President Barack Obama ordered his phones at Trump Tower be wiretapped during the campaign."
Yet, the Trump nazi's sick sycophants won't be confused with the truth. Have bought his bullshit hook, line, and sinker.
"But until we get a firm basis on fact and fiction in our own country, get some agreement about the facts ... we're going to have a big problem," Watts added."
Exactly, what the Trump nazi and his henchmen desperately hope. -- Can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit. No matter what, 'ignore the man behind the curtain.'
The American Bar Association will no longer pre-vet candidates for federal judgeships before they're nominated. Apparently, the Trump nazi is irritated with ABA criticism of his comments regarding judges who have recently ruled against him.
Here is the solution proposed by GOP national socialists for who's going to pay for "The Wall." The Washington Times reports:
"A group of House Republicans on Thursday introduced the first major bill to fund President Trump’s border wall, saying the government could collect billions of dollars by imposing a 2 percent fee on all the money Mexicans and other immigrants send back home."
Thought these Republican nazis were the party of the family? Clearly, not. Wake up.
"Estimates vary, but remittances from those in the U.S. to their relatives back home could top $130 billion a year. A 2 percent tax could net more than $2 billion a year, if it applied to all money regardless of who’s sending it."
Blood money. Forget? The undocumented work at slave wages picking our fruit, vegetables, etc.. -- Jobs, American workers want no part of.
“This bill is simple – anyone who sends their money to countries that benefit from our porous borders and illegal immigration should be responsible for providing some of the funds needed to complete the wall,” Rep. Mike Rogers, Alabama Republican, said in a statement. “This bill keeps money in the American economy, and most importantly, it creates a funding stream to build the wall.”
Sieg Heil!, Congressman, you psychotic nazi. Adolf and Benito? Grinning ear to ear on their fiery perches.
Republican nazis continue to have an egregious problem with bigotry. NBC reports:
"On what would have been Cesar Chavez's 90th birthday, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer introduced a resolution to honor his life and legacy, the 10th year in a row they've done so. Despite attempts by Democrats, no Republican senators agreed to co-sponsor the resolution, making it the 10th time such a proposal could not get GOP support in the Senate."
Think Republicans have any regard for human decency? Any regard for labor? Do not remain firmly in the pocket of their benefactors in the corporate management suite? Aren't bought and paid for?
"At a moment of immense uncertainty and anxiety for the Latino community, we could not find one single Senate Republican willing to join us in recognizing the life and legacy of this great American in a bipartisan manner," Menendez of New Jersey said in a press release."
Imagine that. Couldn't be, could it? ... Love the cheap, indentured labor, though, don't you fascist bastards?
"César Chávez's countless efforts to ensure equality, justice, and dignity for all people in the United States are testament of his leadership and success," Menendez said. "We eagerly await the day when politics will no longer preclude the passage of this common sense resolution."
Won't happen any time soon. Forget? The corporate management suite and bigotry come first to Republican nazis.
You Republican fascists here in Nazi Llano County are caustically reminded this late great labor leader was born in the United States. Is an American citizen.
April 4 is the 49th anniversary of the MLK assassination in 1968. ABC News reports:
"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner and minister. He inspired the nation through his oratory and leadership of a nonviolent-protest movement for civil rights."
Did so at great personal expense over the years before his assassination.
"Today marks the 49th anniversary of his murder at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, providing an opportunity to remember King through his words and his most famous quotes."
"If a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live.”
"Negroes of the United States, following the people of India, have demonstrated that nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force…"
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
A terrible loss, at a time of great tumult, nearly a half century ago.
The Trump nazi has gone to war against his own party. NPR reports:
"President Trump escalated a Twitter war with lawmakers in his own party on Thursday evening, calling out three members of the Freedom Caucus by name."
The sick nazi is clearly enduring quite a flailing in office. Looks more and more like a lame duck two and a half months into his regime:
@RepMarkMeadows, @Jim_Jordan and @Raul_Labrador would get on board we would
have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts & reform.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
are @RepMarkMeadows, @Jim_Jordan and @Raul_Labrador?#RepealANDReplace #Obamacare
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
The GOP nazi is growing increasingly desperate:
"The attack follows an earlier 140-character missive aimed at both the Freedom Caucus and Democrats. It's a curious tactic, given that Trump's only two options to pass his agenda through Congress are to either unite the fractured GOP or to form new alliances across the aisle."
Wouldn't want to confuse the fascist bastard with the truth, would we?
"The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" Trump tweeted on Thursday morning."
He's delusional. If he fights both the extreme on the right of his party and Democrats, guess what? He loses. Nothing passes. Nothing gets done.
"It did not change hearts or minds."
The Right of his party were quick to fire back. CBS New reports:
didn't take long for the swamp to drain @realDonaldTrump. No shame, Mr.
President. Almost everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment. https://t.co/9bDo8yzH7I
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 30, 2017
"Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., like Amash, also mentioned the “swamp,” linking it to the House Republicans’ health care bill. Massie is aligned with the Freedom Caucus, but not officially a member of the group.
it's a swamp not a hot tub. We both came here to drain it. #SwampCare polls
17%. Sad! https://t.co/4kjygV2tdS
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 30, 2017"
Infighting between nazis in the Republican Party is indeed escalating. NBC News reports:
"The divisions between the Trump administration and the House Freedom Caucus appear to be deepening. On Saturday, a Trump aide took to Twitter to call for primary challengers to unseat prominent Republican representative Justin Amash. President Trump's social media director, Dan Scavino, lashed out at the Michigan lawmaker in a tweet, calling the representative a "liability," and challenging Trump supporters to "defeat him" during the 2018 primaries."
Clearly, trouble in GOP nazi 'paradise.' Think affairs are any better in the Democratic Party?
Think the Trump regime no more than a plutocracy? You'd be right. CBS News reports:
"The White House on Friday released financial disclosure forms for more than 100 of its top administration officials - a mix of people far wealthier, and therefore more entangled in businesses that could conflict with their government duties, than people in previous administrations."
"White House press secretary Sean Spicer described the business people who have joined the administration as “very blessed and very successful” and said the disclosure forms will show that they have set aside “a lot” to go into public service."
Poor babies. Doesn't your heart bleed for these hopelessly greedy bastards? Made 'their' money the old fashioned way. Stole it. From the bottom and middle class. So what else is new? View of the nazis in this regime? 'Let 'em eat cake.'
"The financial disclosures - required by law to be made public - give a snapshot of the employees’ finances as they entered the White House. What’s not being provided: the Office of Government Ethics agreements with those employees on what they must do to avoid potential conflicts of interest."
Forget? The law and Constitution don't apply to Republican national socialists.
"Those documents will never be made public, White House lawyers said, although the public will eventually have access to “certificates of divestiture” issued to employees who are seeking capital gains tax deferrals for selling off certain assets."
Not public information? These pieces of shit work for We The People, not themselves.
"Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and daughter are holding onto scores of real estate investments - part of a portfolio of at least $240 million in assets - while they serve in White House jobs, according to financial disclosures released publicly late Friday. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump could be worth as much as $741 million, CBS News reports."
Think they won't use their unpaid government 'jobs' to further their financial interests?
"Mr. Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon, meanwhile, has more than $1 million in his bank accounts, according to financial disclosures forms released to CBS News. Bannon lists his value of his consultancy as between $5 million and $25 million and the value of his film company as between $1 million and $5 million. He claimed to have made $191,000 in consulting fees from Breitbart News Network."
Think this piece of shit won't financially benefit from his government 'job?'
"Kellyanne Conway, who became the first female campaign manager to successfully elect a president, is, not surprisingly, a successful woman herself."
"Even before being named counselor to the president, Conway was worth as much as $40 million, derived mostly from her investments and her salary at her personal political consulting firm, “the polling company/WomanTrend.” Conway earned, through her company, slightly more than $800,000 in business income for her work in 2016. The business is worth between $1 million and $5 million, according to her disclosure statement."
"Most of Conway’s assets, more than $31 million, are held in cash or money-market accounts - likely because she had to sell most of her investments before taking a job in the White House. She does still own stock in drug giant Pfizer, snack food companies Kraft Heinz and Mondelez, and tobacco companies Altria and Philip Morris. Those stock holdings are relatively minor - less than $200,000 - compared with her net worth."
Will it ever be enough, Kellyanne? That why you're working for the Trump nazi?
The Washington Post reports:
"Years before Bannon became the architect of an anti-globalist revolution — working as chief strategist under President Trump to weaken free-trade deals, restrict immigration from a number of majority-Muslim nations and slam corporations that move jobs overseas — he made his fortune as the quintessential global capitalist."
Nothing quite like hypocrisy, is there?
"An examination of Bannon’s career as an investment banker found that the Bannon of the 1980s and 1990s lived what looks like an alternate reality from the fiery populist of today who recently declared that “globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia.”
The hypocrisy of this goddamned fascist reeks. He got his, now, you get yours.
"With stints at Goldman Sachs and his own firm, Bannon was a creature of corporatism, wealth-building and international finance. His company received crucial financial backing from banks in Japan and France, and one of his key clients was the Saudi prince. It all was managed from the unlikely setting of an office steps away from the elite shopping district of Rodeo Drive."
Pressure remains intense on GOP fascists at town halls. Fox News reports:
"A crowd of more than 1,000 people in Utah's Democratic stronghold booed Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart at a Friday night town hall as the congressman defended GOP positions on health care, public lands and immigration."
The shit is certainly hitting the fan.
"Audience members yelled, "Do your job," imploring him to investigate and denounce connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia and to hold the new administration accountable."
Can't have that, can we? GOP fascists won't be confused with the truth. Under any circumstances.
"Stewart started the event at a high school in Salt Lake City by acknowledging that many in the crowd likely didn't vote for him, but he said he thinks it's still important to hear them — one of the few comments he made that received applause."
Doesn't your heart bleed? The public is growing tired, increasingly intolerant of bullshit. As well as the orchestrated GOP f--king of the bottom and middle class. To line the pockets of the top 1%. To say nothing of the ongoing, egregious, vicious attack on all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. By Republican partisans desperately determined to eviscerate liberty. Extend the virtual police-state we already live in to The Fourth Reich.
Business trumps human rights in the Trump nazi's regime. ABC News reports:
"The Trump administration has told Congress it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed by the State Department under President Barack Obama."
The Trump nazi again shows his true colors, and those of his henchmen.
"If finalized, the approval would allow the Gulf island to purchase 19 of the jets from Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp., plus improvements to other jets in Bahrain's fleet. Though Congress has opportunities to block the sale, it is unlikely it will act to do so, given the Republican majority's strong support for the sale."
Again, GOP nazis clearly have little to no interest in human rights. This deal is further proof positive.
"The decision is the latest signal that the Trump administration is prioritizing support for Sunni-led countries seen as critical to opposing Iran's influence in the Mideast over human rights issues that Obama had elevated."
The mark of an out of control nazi dictator. The Ugly American. Anything for a buck.
Amazing how convoluted business activity can become. NBC News reports:
"A federal judge has ordered defense attorneys for an alleged money launderer for the Iranian government to detail the involvement of President Trump's "cyber czar," ex-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey in the case."
Fascinating, isn't it? Be interesting to see where this all goes, if anywhere.
"As NBC News reported yesterday, Giuliani has joined the defense team of gold trader Reza Zarrab, who is under federal indictment for fraud, money laundering and evading sanctions on Iran, and who has ties to Turkish President Recep Erdogan."
What webs we weave.
Adding to the mystery of the above vis a vis Trump associates, former and current, is the following also reported by NBC News:
"A bank in Cyprus investigated accounts associated with President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, for possible money-laundering, two banking sources with direct knowledge of his businesses here told NBC News."
"Manafort — whose ties to a Russian oligarch close to President Vladimir Putin are under scrutiny — was associated with at least 15 bank accounts and 10 companies on Cyprus, dating back to 2007, the sources said. At least one of those companies was used to receive millions of dollars from a billionaire Putin ally, according to court documents. Banking sources said some transactions on Manafort-associated accounts raised sufficient concern to trigger an internal investigation at a Cypriot bank into potential money laundering activities. After questions were raised, Manafort closed the accounts, the banking sources said."
Seems Trump henchmen were busy back in January trying to establish a back channel between the Trump nazi and Putin. The Washington Post reports:
"The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials."
Fascinating, isn't it? Why would Trump have any interest in doing so? Wake up.
"The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would likely require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions."
Perceive at least one obvious problem with the above? Trump wasn't even president at that point. Seems to have conveniently forgotten we only have one president at a time.
"Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did not identify the Russian."
Think this proper? For a president-elect to be conducting foreign policy before taking office? Consider the following:
"Prince was an avid supporter of Trump. After the Republican convention, he contributed $250,000 to Trump’s campaign, the national party and a pro-Trump super PAC led by GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, records show. He has ties to people in Trump’s circle, including Stephen K. Bannon, now serving as the president’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. And Prince was seen in the Trump transition offices in New York in December."
Interesting, isn't it? Apparently, caught the attention of the FBI:
"U.S. officials said the FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles meeting as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged contacts between associates of Putin and Trump. The FBI declined to comment."
This meeting certainly wasn't brief, took quite some time:
"The Seychelles encounter, which one official said spanned two days, adds to an expanding web of connections between Russia and Americans with ties to Trump — contacts that the White House has been reluctant to acknowledge or explain until they have been exposed by news organizations."
The White House remains in denial:
“We are not aware of any meetings and Erik Prince had no role in the transition,” said Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary."
Fascinating, isn't it? Prince also denied all:
"A Prince spokesman said in a statement: “Erik had no role on the transition team. This is a complete fabrication. The meeting had nothing to do with President Trump. Why is the so-called under-resourced intelligence community messing around with surveillance of American citizens when they should be hunting terrorists?”
Can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit. Sounds like someone's lying, doesn't it?
"Prince is best known as the founder of Blackwater, a security firm that became a symbol of U.S. abuses in Iraq after a series of incidents including one in 2007 in which the company’s guards were accused — and later criminally convicted — of killing civilians in a crowded Iraqi square. Prince sold the firm, which was subsequently re-branded, but has continued building a private paramilitary empire with contracts across the Middle East and Asia."
Never ends, does it? Be interesting to see where this all goes, -- if anywhere.
Plot thickens. ABC News reports:
"Two years before joining the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser, New York business consultant Carter Page was targeted for recruitment as an intelligence source by Russian spies promising favors for business opportunities in Russia, according to a sealed FBI complaint. Page confirmed to ABC News that he is the individual identified as "Male-1" in a 2015 court document submitted in a case involving the Russian spies. Page told ABC News he cooperated in the case, and felt the Feds "unmasked" him by describing him in January 2015 in a manner that would be known to energy insiders."
What does this all mean? Ramifications? Not clear yet.
Bannon got the boot off the National Security Council. The Washington Times reports:
"President Trump removed his chief strategist Stephen Bannon from the White House National Security Council Wednesday as part of a reorganization, according to a presidential national security memorandum."
Goes much further than that. Bannon's presence on the NSC was quite a problem for the Trump nazi.
"Mr. Trump also downgraded the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, on the NSC, according to the memorandum, which is to be filed in the Federal Register. The moves were sought by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who took over the job after Michael Flynn was fired in February. Under the moves, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford are again “regular attendees” of the NSC’s principals committee."
Interesting change, isn't it? Apparently, the Trump nazi succumbed to enormous political pressure:
"Mr. Bannon’s inclusion in the principals committee at the start of Mr. Trump’s presidency drew criticism from some outside the White House as a potential for political interference on the NSC."
Apparently, that's why Bannon was appointed in the first place. Bannon's boot from the NSC, apparently, had much to do with the following:
"Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the removal of Mr. Bannon from the NSC came a few days after committee Democrats asked the White House to reveal the names of all presidential staffers involved in dealings with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, who visited the White House grounds last month as part of his investigation into President Trump’s claims that the Obama administration conducted surveillance on Trump campaign officials."
Amazing, what intense political pressure can accomplish in a new presidency that's decidedly abjectly failing, desperately flailing. Looking lame duck not even three months into the regime.
“One key question is whether Mr. Bannon was involved in any way with the dealings between NSC staffers and Chairman Nunes or his trip to the White House,” Mr. Cummings said. “We asked the White House to tell us by this Friday whether National Security Adviser McMaster or White House Counsel [Don] McGahn was personally aware of these activities and whether anyone else at the White House was involved.”
Fascinating, isn't it? Certainly, the timing of Bannon's boot.
"He said Mr. Bannon’s post on the NSC was “a role he was wholly unqualified for.”
No question about that. More to the point? The same can be said of the Trump nazi.
“We need to know what in the world is going on,” Mr. Cummings said."
Good luck. What's desperately called for here is appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct an investigation to determine the truth.
Bannon's boot got support from an unlikely source, a fellow Republican:
"Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, said Mr. Bannon’s removal from the NSC is “welcome news.” She noted on Twitter that she called on Mr. Bannon in January to “write himself out” of the council."
The recent nerve gas attack by the Syrian dictator on his own people is not only a war crime, but an egregious attack on all humanity. Trump nazi's reaction? Blame Obama. Apparently, the 'President' has no clue he now owns the ongoing fiasco in Syria. Is the one currently in charge, not Obama. Certainly true, Obama failed to take effective action while in office. So did the UN. So did Europe. So did the Middle East. -- More than enough blame to go around.
The question now, Mr. 'President,' is indeed quite simple. Other than meaningless empty rhetoric, what precisely are you going to do? Quite a problem, isn't it, sir? Especially, in light of the fact your Russian buddies back the dictator. Worse, your campaign talk vis a vis the Russians now comes back to haunt you. Certainly, limits options. To say nothing of the ongoing investigation of possible collusion between you, your henchmen, and the Russians.
All the above certainly places you in a most untenable position, Mr. 'President.' ... Of course, all of your own making, right, sir? Particularly irksome, since your regime is floundering not even three months in. You, your henchmen, even your sick sycophants who cluelessly voted for you are beginning to see you're egregiously unqualified for office. Haven't a clue.
Running a supposedly democratic republic requires a significantly different skill set than running a corporation, business operation, etc.. As CEO, owner, etc., you get to be dictator. Usually, with impunity, -- as long as the enterprise is highly profitable. Running government in a democratic republic is quite different. You don't get to dictate, run the show, solely. Have to work with others.
You, sir, can't even get along with members of your own party. Despite owning both Houses of Congress and the Oval Office, you can't even get anything done. ... Other than taking a raucous dump on all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. This country is floundering. Our allies don't know what to make of all this. Our enemies, sadly, view this turmoil as a golden opportunity.
Your first test by the Syrian dictator and his Russian ally you've miserably failed. Lamely, gutlessly blamed the former president rather than take any responsibility yourself for your failure to set policy, then act after the son of a bitch deployed a nerve agent against his own people. What will you do as the North Koreans continue to test your resolve? Nothing?
The Middle East remains a powder keg due to the fact you've failed to rein in the Israeli aggressor. Think there can be peace under current circumstances? Time to wake up, Mr. 'President.' Start acting like a U.S. President instead of a sniveling, narcissistic, clueless jackass. The American people deserve far better than what they're getting from you.
Subsequent to writing the above, the Trump nazi belatedly expressed extreme displeasure at the Syrian dictator's use of chemical weapons. A bit disingenuous and untimely, isn't it, Mr. 'President?' What did you expect, sir? Just hours before the attack, the Trump nazi and his henchmen made it crystal clear U.S. policy vis a vis Syria prioritized targeting ISIS, that the U.S. Government could in fact live with the Syrian dictator. Wouldn't demand his ouster. In effect, you granted the bastard carte blanche, you clueless dolt. You don't know that? Too hopelessly ignorant, too aggressively stupid to understand the connection between your announced policy and his use of nerve gas?
Still believe the Trump nazi is no misogynist? Wake up. NBC News reports:
"With little notice, President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order that advocates say rolls back hard-fought victories for women in the workplace."
Why not herald the egregious f--king you just gutlessly bestowed on the female half of the population, Mr. 'President?' Don't want women to know the truth you're a goddamned misogynist?
"Tuesday's "Equal Pay Day" — which highlights the wage disparity between men and women — is the perfect time to draw more attention to the president's action, activists say."
Indeed, let it rip:
"On March 27, Trump revoked the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order then-President Barack Obama put in place to ensure that companies with federal contracts comply with 14 labor and civil rights laws. The Fair Pay order was put in place after a 2010 Government Accountability Office investigation showed that companies with rampant violations were being awarded millions in federal contracts."
Wouldn't want to confuse anyone with the truth, would we? This piece of psychotic, national socialist, fascist shit in the Oval Office perniciously, perversely, fervently embraces one overriding 'principle:' Lining corporate coffers trumps all.
The Trump nazi and his henchmen appear to be taking a second crack at their failed healthcare plan. CBS News reports:
"The White House has come up with a new proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told reporters Monday night."
Think this one any better than the first?
"Meadows said that under the White House proposal, states would have the option of applying for a waiver, and if approved, they would be able to opt out of some of the ACA insurance mandates, including community ratings and the Obamacare essential benefits -- the list of benefits that must be covered under any insurance policy, like maternity care, prescription drug benefits, and lab testing, and more."
What this will do is likely lower the cost of monthly premiums, skyrocket deductibles and copays, deny basic healthcare to those on the bottom and middle class.
Do Facebook? You're a fool. ABC News reports:
"Facebook has lost a legal fight against a New York City prosecutor who sought search warrants for hundreds of user accounts. The New York state Court of Appeals on Tuesday sided with lower courts by ruling that the social media giant didn't have the right to challenge the warrants."
Didn't have standing. Only users do. Problem. How can a user challenge a warrant without knowing it exists? Only Facebook does. Convenient for prosecutors, isn't it? What if you're innocent? Still want the bastards conducting, engaging in a fishing expedition? Despite the fact you've nothing to hide? Done nothing wrong. Think so? You're a fool.
"Prosecutors in Manhattan sought search warrants in 2013 for the accounts of 381 people in connection with a disability benefits fraud case against New York City police and fire retirees."
If you're innocent, not charged or prosecuted, how do you know your rights were violated? That the goddamned bastards were only on a fishing expedition? Trust a judge to do the right thing? You're a fool. Wake up. With rare exception, they legislate their religious and ideological views from the bench. Both parties.
"Menlo Park, California-based Facebook challenged the warrants, but the courts sided with prosecutors, citing legal procedure that says it is up to individual users to challenge warrants seeking their information."
A convenient Catch-22 for lying prosecutors. An innocent victim can't challenge infringement of rights when not even aware of the goddamned warrant.
"The case has been closely watched by social media companies, civil libertarians and prosecutors."
Bet it has. The problem with Facebook, all social media, is the fact it enables corrupt, abusive law enforcement and prosecutors to go on fishing expeditions. Looking for criminal activity with no probable cause to do so. Fishing. Evil bastards.
In follow up to an earlier edition of this publication, NBC News reports:
"A bill introduced in Congress Tuesday puts strict limitations on the right of U.S. border agents to search the electronic devices of American citizens when they cross the border or reenter the U.S at an airport. The "Protecting Data At the Border Act" would make it illegal for border officers to search or seize cellphones without probable cause."
Interesting, isn't it? Doesn't the Fourth Amendment trump established case law? Why hasn't this been challenged in court?
"Americans' Constitutional rights shouldn't disappear at the border," said Sen. Ron Wyden, D.-Oregon, who is cosponsoring the bill in the Senate with Sen. Rand Paul, R.-Kentucky. "By requiring a warrant to search Americans' devices and prohibiting unreasonable delay, this bill makes sure that border agents are focused on criminals and terrorists instead of wasting their time thumbing through innocent Americans' personal photos and other data."
The Trump nazi and his henchmen will never be confused with the truth. NBC News reports:
"The Trump administration's decision to pull support from a United Nations family planning agency hurts some of the world's most desperate women and girls, advocates said Tuesday. The State Department announced late Monday that it was yanking money from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which focuses on family planning, help for pregnant women and new babies."
Thought Republican nazis were the party of the family? Clearly, not.
"Republican presidents, backed by conservatives, have routinely stopped funding the UNFPA, while Democratic presidents, most recently the Obama administration, provide the cash. At issue is whether the UNFPA supports some of the actions taken by China in the past as part of its one-child-per-family policy, including forced abortions and sterilizations. Jalan said there is no evidence the UNFPA has supported the policy and added that the agency has in fact worked with the Chinese government to help reverse it. "We were really pushing for a factual review based on evidence and we didn't see that," she said. "We were not surprised that the Trump administration would move to defund UNFPA. However, we were incredibly surprised that the administration would do so without any evidence."
Par for the course for GOP nazis. The problem is these fascist bastards are determined to force their perverse religious and ideological views on all. Across the universe. Not just here in Nazi America.
"Just days after he was inaugurated, Trump also reinstated the Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule, stopping funding for any group involved in any way with abortions. This is also a policy that's gone back and forth depending on the party holding the White House."
Readers are reminded the Trump nazi was for abortion rights before he was against them. Amazing what difference running for office can make in one's long held principles, isn't it?
"Foreign policy should be rooted in evidence and results, not ideology and the politics of punishment," said Shannon Kowalski of the International Women's Health Coalition."
Not to Republican nazis. Too damned aggressively stupid, hopelessly ignorant.
The LGBTQ community has once again been raucously f--ked over. NBC News reports:
"With little fanfare on Monday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that LGBTQ advocates say rolls back lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and breaks a promise to that community not to make such changes to existing policy."
The Trump nazi clearly too gutless to draw attention to the fact he broke a promise made so soon after he took office?
"The executive order revokes key components of the Obama administration's previous executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or identity, gay rights advocates say."
Further proof the Trump nazi remains a congenital liar.
"Organizations representing the LGBTQ community say the "Presidential Executive Order on the Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders" hobbles several of Obama's previous orders including the "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" order by revoking the requirement that companies seeking federal contracts prove they've complied with federal laws banning discrimination based on sexual identity or orientation."
Can't have that, can we? Forget? Republican nazis remain hellbent on imposing their outrageously perverse religious and ideological views on all by statute, executive order, etc.. Any way they can. In direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is, freedom from religion.
"The Obama-era regulations were set to take effect in 2016, but were stalled when a Texas association of builders and contractors filed a lawsuit. "It definitely sends a message that this administration does not prioritize these laws, or think that investigating compliance is important," said Claudia Center, a disability rights attorney at the ACLU."
"The message being sent, say advocates, is that the federal government will look the other way if the companies it works with are hit with claims of racism, sexual harassment, unfair firings, and other forms of worker mistreatment."
Would anyone expect less from an insane, narcissistic, misogynist, racist, fascist Trump nazi? Trump's duplicity is quite striking:
"LGBTQ advocates say they were particularly rattled by Trump's Monday signing, since revoking the compliance requirement would appear to make existing protections against gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination meaningless. In January, the White House issued a statement in response to panic over a rumored executive order that would severely impact LGBTQ rights — specifically promising not to over turn Obama's protections for LGBTQ workers employed by federal contractors."
Worse and more duplicitous?
"Lambda Legal senior counsel Camilla Taylor said that while Trump did not overturn the specific order that added sexual orientation and gender identity to protected worker classes, he made it tough to actually enforce."
How can any politician, either party, be trusted? How?
Think the dolts in Washington have a clue? Both parties? Think either a champion of the 'little guy or gal?' The Washington Post reports:
"There is a ham sandwich served at Mirabelle, a new restaurant near the White House, and it costs $26."
How many of you here in Nazi Llano County could afford one?
In follow up to the above, get this. NBC News reports:
"Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez is not backing down from controversial comments he made last week that President Donald Trump and Republicans "don't give a s*** about people."
Indeed, they don't. Think Democrats are any better? Line their pockets just as GOP fascists do. Why do you think most enter the House as middle class and leave rich?
Democrats have sat on their hands, been out to lunch since the JFK assassination back in 1963. Have clearly forgotten where they came from. Indeed, one of the reasons Hillary lost to the Trump nazi. Worse? Far worse? Somewhere along the way lost themselves and what they used to stand for.
That may be about to change with a new man at the helm of the DNC:
"Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday, Perez said he has no regrets about the remark that has drawn fire from the Republican National Committee and conservative critics."
F--k the nazi bastards. Tough shit. Let it rip.
"I don't," Perez said. "What I have regrets about are all the people who are scared to death as a result of the first 60 days of chaos and carnage in this administration. That the children who got dropped off at school and literally saw their father, you know, half a block away getting arrested by ICE. You know, the person with the disability who relies on Meals on Wheels so that they can stay in their home. The 24 million people who are relying on health care."
Certainly, true. Proof positive Republican nazis don't give a shit. Other than empty rhetoric, Mr. Perez, what are you and Democrats going to do about this? Certainly, have done shit squat since President Clinton took office. ... Other than f--k the bottom and middle class. Precisely, why former Democrats were bamboozled by the Trump nazi and voted for the fascist son of a bitch.
"Last week, while speaking to the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, Perez said the GOP plan to repeal Obamacare should be called, '"I Don't Care,' because they don't give a s*** about people." The comments quickly became fodder for conservative blogs and Fox News. Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, called Perez' comments "dangerous" and said, "Perez should apologize and Democrats should denounce the rhetoric."
Why should they, Ms. McDaniel? It's the goddamned truth. An inconvenient truth nazis in the Republican Party cannot seem to understand. You fascist pieces of shit are interested in lining the pockets of your corporate masters who in turn line yours. Worse, you shit on all civil and constitutional rights and liberties to impose your perverse ideological and religious views on all by statute. In direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is, freedom from religion. That's what's truly "dangerous," Ms. McDaniel.
"But with Democratic base seemingly supportive of Perez' confrontational tone, the DNC chairman has not backed down one inch."
Why should he?
"Sorry not sorry," Perez tweeted Monday night, liking to a Washington Post article arguing that Democrats feel justified cranking up the rhetorical heat on Trump after they tried and failed to beat him by, as Michelle Obama said, going high when he went low."
Democrats need to do to the Trump nazi precisely what Republican fascists did to Obama for eight years. Stonewall everything. Gum up the works. Make it as difficult as possible for the Trump nazi and his henchmen to extend the goddamned fascist police-state we now live in to The Fourth Reich. Alternative? The unthinkable. An unwanted dreaded second American revolution already catastrophically looming on the horizon. Fascism, nazism, national socialism cannot, will not be tolerated in our formerly great country. Precisely, why division dangerously grows across the nation.
Seems, as well, resistance is continuing to grow in the Democratic Party under Perez at the helm of the DNC. NBC News reports:
"Democrats' path back to power is through unrelenting opposition to President Donald Trump, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told NBC News in a wide-ranging interview."
Good start, but just the beginning. Still no more than empty rhetoric to date.
"In Michigan on Friday for the first stop of a multi-state listening tour, Perez celebrated the failure of the Republican health care plan as "a good day for the good guys" and vowed that there are going to be plenty more bad days ahead for the president."
Again, great rhetoric, but where is the action to back it?
"I could not be more thrilled that they have failed," Perez told NBC News. "But if your question is am I going to remind voters of this effort, then the answer is, 'You're damn right I will!'"
Obamacare is failing of its own accord, Mr. Perez. You're fortunate the Trump nazi and his henchmen were impatient. Did not let it fall of its own weight. Had that happened, Democrats would have been saddled with the loss. Now, Republicans own it.
Have to admire Mr. Perez and his cockiness, though. Until now, however, all rhetoric. This country needs action, not talk from Democrats. Stiff action. Such as walking out of the Senate should the Republicans invoke the nuclear option.
Remember Trump's repeated campaign promise? He would on Day 1 repeal and replace Obamacare. Did he? Could he? On 3-24-17, Republicans, themselves, shot down Trumpcare. Despite owning both houses of Congress and the Oval Office, GOP national socialists couldn't fulfill their long-term pledge and Trump's campaign promise.
Had nothing to do with Democratic intransigence and refusal to cooperate. Rather, directly due to the fact GOP nazis couldn't agree on a replacement. Didn't stop the Trump nazi, however, from engaging in spin, blaming the Democrats. The following is an interesting glimpse into how the Trump nazi won't be confused with the truth. Under any circumstances. Denies blame, responsibility for egregious personal failure.
The Washington Post reports:
"President Trump called me on my cellphone Friday afternoon at 3:31 p.m. At first I thought it was a reader with a complaint since it was a blocked number. “Hello, Bob,” Trump began. “So, we just pulled it.” Trump was speaking, of course, of the Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, a plan that had been languishing for days amid unrest throughout the party as the president and his allies courted members and pushed for a vote."
Trump called the reporter, Robert Costa, to spin the failure:
"Before I could ask a question, Trump plunged into his explanation of the politics of deciding to call off a vote on a bill he had been touting. The Democrats, he said, were to blame."
Of course. Who else would he blame? Certainly, not himself. No narcissist would. Nor would he blame his fellow GOP national socialists, -- who couldn't agree how best to f--k the bottom and middle class out of healthcare. To pay for tax breaks for the top 1%. At a time of record corporate profits and cash reserves. At a time when laissez-faire capitalism has designedly become a zero-sum, winner-take-all scheme, a clever ruse designed to line the pockets of the very top of the food chain off the backs of the bottom 99.
"Trump said he would not put the bill on the floor in the coming weeks. Instead, he is willing to wait and watch the current law continue and, in his view, encounter problems. And he believes that Democrats will eventually want to work with him on some kind of legislative fix to Obamacare, although he did not say when that would be."
Virtually, no chance of that happening. Although Democrats remain in disarray, they're smart enough to know the Trump nazi, his henchmen, and the GOP now own healthcare. When Obamacare ultimately fails, Republicans will be held accountable. Forget? GOP national socialists did all they could to block, and/or repeal Obamacare for years.
Refused to agree to a single-payer system that's worked remarkably well in Canada and Europe. Wouldn't be confused with the truth. The presently failed Trumpcare scheme guarantied premiums would skyrocket in cost, deductibles would increase, and millions would have lost all coverage. Republican nazis clearly haven't thought this through. ... Or, simply, don't care.
“As you know, I’ve been saying for years that the best thing is to let Obamacare explode and then go make a deal with the Democrats and have one unified deal. And they will come to us; we won’t have to come to them,” he said. “After Obamacare explodes.”
Again, Mr. 'President,' you're a liar. You've done no such thing. Should have, however, for the sake of political expediency, partisanship. You didn't. Now, you and your fellow GOP nazis own the issue. You'll get no cooperation from Democrats. Why should they? They have no partisan interest in doing so. They'll wisely let you own the fiasco. You and your fellow Republican nazis have figuratively, stupidly shot yourselves in the ass.
“The beauty,” Trump continued, “is that they own Obamacare. So when it explodes, they come to us, and we make one beautiful deal for the people.”
You're achingly psychotic, Mr. 'President.' Delusional. Out to lunch. ... That poor a politician? Running a country is nowhere near equivalent to running a corporation. As long as the CEO of a corporation enriches corporate coffers and the pockets of shareholders, the Board allows the Chief Executive Officer to do as he or she pleases. Not so, government. You don't know that, "Donny Boy?" That achingly clueless?
"My question for the president: Are you really willing to wait to reengage on health care until the Democrats come and ask for your help? “Sure,” Trump said. “I never said I was going to repeal and replace in the first 61 days” — contradicting his own statements and that of his own adviser, Kellyanne Conway, who told CNN in November that the then-president-elect was contemplating convening a special session on Inauguration Day to begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act."
The 'President' remains a congenital liar. Has no ability to get and, more importantly keep his line of bullshit straight.
"Turning to an aide, Trump asked, “How many days is it now? Whatever.” He laughed."
For you clueless Republican fascists here in Nazi Llano County, this your idea of competence? A shrewd business leader? Especially, in light of the fact the Trump nazi made his money the old fashioned way? That is, stole it. Think not? Conveniently, forget? All the contractors stiffed who built his empire, all the students looted vis a vis Trump 'University,' all the money misappropriated from his 'charity,' the Trump Foundation? How about the six bankruptcies, only four of which he owns up to? Think he didn't stiff his creditors? Wake up.
"Trump brought up the vote count. “We were close,” he said. How close? “I would say within anywhere from five to 12 votes,” Trump said — although widespread reports indicated that at least three dozen Republicans opposed the measure."
Again, the 'President' lied.
The quotes above are courtesy of a most gifted, insightful writer, Robert Costa.
Think Republican nazis on the Far Right fringe of the GOP aren't bought and paid for? Wake up. CBS News reports:
"Two major conservative outside groups are promising to support lawmakers who vote against the GOP’s health care overhaul."
Couldn't be, could it?
"Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, which are both backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, are putting together a seven-figure fund that will go toward activity including paid media and direct mail for Republicans who vote against the bill. The legislation, formally known as the American Health Care Act, has been widely derided by conservatives both within and without Congress."
Think the Koch nazis are looking out for your best interests? Truly believe it?
"The same fissures in the GOP that derailed the health care bill will be there when it comes to any big issue moving forward, whether it's tax reform, infrastructure or funding the government. And Republicans warn that, unless the president is willing to learn and own the details, the result will likely be the same — failure."
The Trump nazi simply cannot understand running government is not the same as running a business. A business tycoon dictates. A president in a democratic republic cannot. The Trump nazi, his henchmen, as well as other fascists in the Republican Party cannot seem to understand this. Precisely, why the Trump regime, only a little over two months old, already appears to be a lame duck.
"Trump's defeat this week was entirely predictable," said Alex Conant, who worked on Marco Rubio's presidential campaign and was a spokesman for the Republican National Committee and the Bush White House. "He has never showed any detailed knowledge of health care policy and has few relationships in Congress. Getting health care passed was always going to be a heavy lift, but Republicans should be concerned that Trump couldn't even get it off the ground."
Indeed. Egregious incompetence. Would be laughable, if not so dire.
"During the campaign, Trump connected with a significant chunk of the country with big, bold promises. But on arguably his (and the GOP's) highest-profile promise — repealing and replacing Obamacare — he flamed out in one of the most embarrassing ways possible just 64 days into his presidency. It's unlikely that Republican voters will be satisfied with leaving Obamacare in place."
The fools who voted for the nazi bought his bullshit. Wouldn't be confused with the truth. That, the fascist son of a bitch is no more than a blow hard narcissist. Made his money the old fashioned way, -- stole it. Courtesy of looted contractors who built his empire, students looted at the now defunct Trump 'University,' money misappropriated from his 'charity,' the Trump Foundation. To say nothing of all the creditors looted through his six bankruptcies, only four of which he admits to.
"It failed brilliantly," said another Republican strategist, who requested anonymity to speak frankly about a president the strategist may be working with on upcoming priorities. "Going forward, I would expect there would be a greater ownership on the White House's part on the legislation that is being advanced, and he's going to have to be in a position to know the details."
Truly believe that possible for an outrageously clueless narcissist?
Here is precisely why this regime is failing:
"No one comes off looking good in the debacle — not House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was the brains behind the bill and led the legislative strategy; not White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who is close to Ryan; not White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who reportedly tried to play hardball with the roughly 40 hard-line conservatives of the House Freedom Caucus, who were largely responsible for the bill's defeat. "I don't give a s*** what you guys think," Bannon reportedly told them, per CNN, in a meeting Thursday before the bill went down. "Guys, look, this is not a discussion," Bannon said, per Axios. "This is not a debate. You have no choice but to vote for this bill."
What could the Bannon nazi possibly have been thinking? What planet does this Alt-Right fascist live on?
In follow up to the Nunes fiasco in the last edition of this publication, NBC News reports:
"The chairman of the House intelligence committee has backed down from his dramatic assertion that Donald Trump and his aides were "monitored," by U.S. spies — a claim the Republicans have cited this week in emails to loyalists. Rep. Devin Nunes told reporters Friday he can't be sure whether conversations among Trump or his aides were captured in the surveillance that has become a source of controversy since Nunes made it public in two news conferences this week."
Readers are reminded this clueless Republican fascist son of a bitch ran to the Trump nazi with this bullshit allegation before even informing his fellow Republicans on his committee, or the Democrats. This clearly is proof positive Nunes and his committee can in no way be trusted to investigate allegations the Trump nazi and his henchmen may have indeed colluded with the Russians. Precisely, why independent special counsel must be named to investigate. Republicans cannot be trusted to investigate their own partisans. Neither can Democrats, for that matter.
Coup de grace?
"I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show the president elect and his team were at least monitored and disseminated out," Nunes told reporters."
The bastard lied. Insult to injury?
"On Thursday, the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee sent out an email about Nunes' remarks with the subject line, "Confirmed: Obama Spied on Trump."
How can either major political party be trusted? Partisanship trumps principle. Truth? What's that?
"The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign, US officials told CNN. This is partly what FBI Director James Comey was referring to when he made a bombshell announcement Monday before Congress that the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, according to one source. The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings, according to those U.S. officials. The information is raising the suspicions of FBI counterintelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place, though officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation is ongoing."
Fascinating, isn't it? If true, think heads won't roll?
In follow up, consider the following from NBC News:
"The day before he announced to reporters that Donald Trump may have been incidentally monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies during the transition, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes met with the source of that information at the White House, a Nunes spokesman told NBC News."
He meets his source at the White House, then goes back to the White House the next day to inform the 'President?' Think this makes sense?
"Chairman Nunes met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source," said his spokesman, Jack Langer. "The Chairman is extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of U.S. citizens, and he began looking into this issue even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that (Trump Tower) had been wiretapped."
Nunes already has a secure location in Congress where he and committee members routinely review classified material. Again, does the Langer assertion make sense?
"Nunes has declined to say who provided the intelligence reports he referenced, but his admission that he met with his source at the White House is fueling suspicions among Democrats that his source was someone close to Trump."
Think all this no more than a ruse? Cooperation between Nunes and the Trump nazi to conveniently create a smoke screen? Divert attention from the still unresolved Putin election interference fiasco and possible collusion?
"Nunes told Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake that his source was an intelligence official and not a White House staffer."
If so, then why the hell didn't the meeting occur at a secure location in the House where this kind of business is routinely handled?
The 'President' continues to live in his own delusional world. Apparently, not on the same planet as the rest of us. The Washington Times reports:
"President Trump didn’t give an inch on his claims about wiretapping and voter fraud in an interview published Thursday, and told the journalist, “I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president and you’re not.”
This sound like a president in full control of his faculties?
"In the interview with Time magazine, Mr. Trump defended his tweets about former President Obama wiretapping his campaign headquarters, and said information brought to light Wednesday by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California proved him right."
The hell it has. Nunes already disavowed his earlier claims. Walked them back.
In another article, The Washington Times reports:
"President Trump has not used his authority to compel U.S. spy agencies to turn over transcripts of all intercepted communication that mention him or his associates in dealings with Russia, the White House confirmed Friday."
"The information could answer questions about alleged collusion with Russia or whether the Obama administration spied on Mr. Trump and his team, as Mr. Trump has charged."
Could it be the Trump nazi hasn't done so because he's lying?
"The president’s handling of the vast resources of the U.S. intelligence agencies have been questioned as his administration struggles to overcome allegations of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russian meddling in the election."
GOP nazis continue to wage war on Internet privacy to line the pockets of their corporate masters. NBC News reports:
"The Senate passed a joint resolution on Thursday, barring the Federal Communications Commission from enforcing rules passed last year that would ban internet, cable, and mobile providers from selling your data without your consent."
You would be required to opt out to protect your privacy. ISPs would make it extremely difficult to do so. To line the pockets of the corporate management suite. Clearly, Republican nazis don't believe you own your personal information. Their corporate masters do. The very same pieces of shit who line the pockets of their bought and paid for shills in government. Most convenient, isn't it?
"While the measure would still need to clear a House vote and be signed by President Donald Trump, the idea is raising questions about what — if anything — people can do to protect their privacy."
There are two things you can do. The best? Use Tor browser. It's free, easy to download and install. Better yet? Constantly updated, improved. The other alternative? Use a Virtual Private Network. Some are free, some not. Sometimes, you'll need to use both in conjunction. When Tor is blocked by the corporate management suite, you can still use it through a VPN. Wake up. Stop stupidly allowing your privacy to be invaded by government goons and their masters in the corporate management suite.
"But a big telecom matter found its way into the schedule: privacy rules for Internet service providers. In a party-line 50-48 vote Thursday, senators approved a resolution to undo sweeping privacy rules adopted by the Obama-era Federal Communications Commission. If it becomes law, it would also prevent the FCC from setting similar rules again."
Outrageous, isn't it? GOP nazis are taking a raucous hard dump on privacy. To line their pockets and those of their corporate masters.
"Those rules have not gone into effect, but they require ISPs to tell consumers what information is being collected and how it is being used or shared. Most notably, the rules require ISPs in some cases to get users' explicit consent, for example to sell information such as geolocation or browsing history for advertising."
Republican nazis are again betraying their constituents. Send them a clear message. Don't bend over, drop 'trou,' take the ungreased shaft hard up the ass. Then stupidly praise these GOP assholes for the f--king. Smarten up.
"Republicans in Congress and at the FCC have objected to these rules, passed by the Democratic majority at the FCC in October. Together with major cable and telcom companies, they have argued that the rules put ISPs on unequal footing with other major data-collecting companies like Google or Facebook, which are overseen instead by the Federal Trade Commission."
Do you understand what the above bullshit means? They want all their corporate masters to have an equal opportunity to f--k the public.
"Privacy and consumer advocates, including the Center for Democracy & Technology and the American Civil Liberties Union, decried the Senate vote. "The resolution would undo privacy rules that ensure consumers control how their most sensitive information is used," Neema Singh Guliani, the ACLU's legislative counsel, said in a statement."
When will you finally wake up?
Nazis in our formerly great country are not happy with the judiciary. CNN reports:
"A Hawaii federal judge
who ruled against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban has been
the target of threatening messages, the FBI says.
US District Judge Derrick Watson's ruling last week resulted in a temporary restraining order nationwide -- hours before the revised travel ban was set to go into effect."
Outrageous, isn't it? Achingly un-American as well. Nazi.
Democrats are beginning to find themselves. NBC News reports:
"Democrats are giving Donald Trump a transparency gut check in the form of a new bill with a mouthful of a name — and an acronym that takes an unsubtle dig at the president. The "Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act" — or MAR-A-LAGO Act — would require the Trump administration to disclose the names of anyone who visits the White House or "any other location at which the President or the Vice President regularly conducts official business."
Why shouldn't the public know who the Trump nazi is doing business with? Where's the transparency? Get this:
"The legislation, introduced in the House and Senate on Friday, calls for the creation of a publicly available database to be updated every 90 days. Democrats say the move is necessary after a Whitehouse.gov page featuring visitor access records has said "this page is being updated" ever since Trump took office — and remains unchanged."
Fascinating, isn't it? Timely, as well.
"In addition, they want the public to know who has been visiting Trump's private club in Florida, known as Mar-a-Lago — the namesake of the bill — because he conducts presidential business there." "He basically moved the office of the presidency," said Richard Painter, the former ethics czar for the George W. Bush administration and vice chair of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW. "Under those circumstances, in which taxpayers are paying for you to do government work and for your Secret Service protection, they're entitled to know what private parties are moving in and out of there."
Goddamned right. They do. Sadly, the bill has a snowball's chance of passing.
Sadly, government bureaucrats genuflect to the nazi fuhrer in the Oval Office. Won't hold the Trump nazi accountable to the Emoluments Clause. The Washington Post reports:
"Government officials overseeing the Trump International Hotel’s lease with the federal government have determined the deal is in “full compliance” despite a clause in the agreement barring any “elected official of the Government of the United States” from deriving “any benefit.”
Imagine that. These gutless bought and paid for bureaucratic bastards won't hold the 'President' accountable to a contract that's clearly, unmistakably worded.
"In a Thursday letter to Eric Trump, the president’s son now overseeing the hotel, the project’s contracting officer found the company met the terms of the lease because the president had resigned from a formal position with the company and the organization had restructured an internal operating agreement so he received no direct proceeds from the D.C. hotel business while in office."
The Trump nazi owns the business. Will ultimately benefit. Yet, no justice. No enforcement of the contract. Surprised?
"The announcement by the General Services Administration allows Trump’s company, which he still owns, to continue to benefit from a contract ultimately overseen by his administration, a situation that ethical experts have called unprecedented and a conflict of interest that puts the president’s personal financial situation ahead of taxpayers."
Day is night, night is day, and shit smells perversely sweet in what has now become The Fourth Reich.
"Since the election, Democrats on Capitol Hill have constantly pressed the agency to address concerns raised by Trump’s profiting from the lease deal."
With damned good reason. Blatant corruption of the Oval Office.
"Reps. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.) sharply criticized the decision, saying the GSA’s decision rendered the lease provision “meaningless” and relied on news articles and corporate language to justify its ruling."
Blatant corruption of the Oval Office. Engineered by the Trump nazi and his henchmen. Done with impunity.
“This decision allows profits to be reinvested back into the hotel so Donald Trump can reap the financial benefits when he leaves the White House,” they wrote. “This is exactly what the lease provision was supposed to prevent.”
That's right. Doesn't matter in a fascist police-state. The Trump nazi and his henchmen do as they please. With impunity.
"During the week of the inauguration, leading Congressional Democrats released data showing that Trump’s hotel lost more than $1.1 million in the first two months of operations and said it raised untenable conflicts of interest."
No question. Doesn't matter in a fascist dictatorship. The nazi and his henchmen do as they please.
"More recently DeFazio and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) wrote to the GSA’s inspector general, Carol F. Ochoa, urging her to launch an investigation. This week Ochoa demurred, writing March 17 that she will “continue to monitor” the GSA’s management of the lease and “will remain alert to any irregularities” but saying nothing about an investigation."
Of course, not. Forget? The fix is in. The nazi, like Putin, does as he pleases.
"The Trump Organization issued a statement thanking the GSA “for their diligent review of this matter.”
Bet they did. Nazi sons of bitches.
NBC News reports:
"Steven Schooner, an expert in government procurement law at George Washington University, was among those who said Trump's ownership of the hotel would present a clear problem. Reacting to Thursday's decision, he said, "Not only is the conclusion unexpected and unpersuasive, as a matter of law, but, as a matter of policy, it is harmful to the integrity - and thus credibility - of GSA, the presidency, and federal procurement process."
This is what happens when a democratic republic gets hijacked by a nazi fuhrer.
"Schooner said the contracting officer's decision favored President Trump, "who, in effect, is his supervisor … but it also pleases [the officer's] ultimate supervisor - the head of the agency - who serves at the President's pleasure."
Convenient, isn't it? Goddamned corruption, reeks to high heaven.
"Richard Painter, who was chief ethics officer for the George W. Bush White House from 2005 to 2007, said the decision "puts form over substance. I don't care how many LLCs and trusts are created to hold the hotel and its assets; president Trump still has an economic interest in the lease and is receiving the profits therefrom."
Open, blatant, goddamned corruption.
"Said Painter, "I am surprised to see the GSA buy into this type of gamesmanship that ignores the economic reality of what is going on."
Surprised? Why? This country is now a democratic republic in name only. In reality? A goddamned fascist police-state run by a nazi fuhrer.
Further evidence government bureaucrats gutlessly kowtow to the Trump nazi? CNN reports:
"Who says crowd size doesn't matter? Certainly not the White House in the first days of the administration, as newly released Interior Department emails show. They reveal the extent to which the National Park Service offered assistance to the White House, which was pushing a debunked claim that President Donald Trump had the largest inaugural crowd size ever."
Goddamned disgraceful. These bastards participated in the ruse perpetrated by the Trump nazi and his henchmen. Clearly, these turds don't understand they've forfeited all credibility.
"The morning after Inauguration Day, National Park Service communications chief Mike Litterst emailed White House press secretary Sean Spicer offering "any corrective messaging" about the inauguration attendance size, on behalf of acting National Park Service Director Mike Reynolds."
Gutless, groveling piece of shit. How can this sad sack of human excrement look himself in the mirror? Take your nose out of the nazi's ass. Butt hole stinks.
The Gorsuch nomination will be filibustered. NPR reports:
"On the final day of the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch, the Senate Democratic leader announced his opposition to the Supreme Court nominee. In a speech on the Senate floor, Chuck Schumer said Gorsuch "will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation," setting up a showdown with Republican leaders who may attempt to change Senate rules. Republicans control 52 Senate seats and would need eight Democrats to join them to move Gorsuch's nomination forward under current Senate rules. Short of that, Republican Senate leaders may trigger the so-called nuclear option, changing the rules to allow a simple majority to proceed. Schumer said Gorsuch "was unable to sufficiently convince me he'd be an independent check" on President Trump. He said Gorsuch was not "a neutral legal mind, but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology."
The Gorsuch nazi should be filibustered. Doesn't matter if GOP nazis change the rules. Principle trumps partisanship. Gorsuch represents an exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.
"Progressive groups have been urging Democrats to uniformly oppose all of Trump's nominees. But several are facing tough re-election campaigns next year in states that Trump won in November. One of them, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced Thursday he will oppose Gorsuch, saying he does not think "Judge Gorsuch's judicial approach will ensure fairness for workers and families in Pennsylvania."
The Gorsuch nazi will continue to favor the corporate management suite and the rest of the top 1% of the food chain. Has a track record of doing so. Worse, the fascist son of a bitch will legislate his perverse ideological and religious views from the bench. This nazi is opposed to abortion rights. Condescendingly, patronizingly, haughtily believes he and his fellow nazis know best, -- can dictate to a woman what she can and cannot do with her uterus.
"If enough democrats join Schumer in attempting to block Gorsuch's nomination, at least one Republican seems ready to go nuclear. Sen. Lindsey Graham told The Mike Gallagher Show that he's willing to do "whatever it takes" to get Gorsuch on the court. Graham's comments were first reported by CNN."
The nazi GOP will likely do precisely that, go nuclear. Should that happen, there will be hell to pay. Democrats should refuse to cooperate with any and all future Republican initiatives. Do precisely what GOP nazis did for 8 years to Obama. Continue gridlock. Make it extremely difficult for the nazis in the Republican Party to get anything done.
The GOP bastards are already failing. Couldn't even agree among themselves as to how to repeal and replace Obamacare. Have proven themselves to be as inept at governing as the Democrats have for decades. At least, since the JFK assassination back in 1963. Neither party is worth a shit. For different reasons, however. Time for radical change. A new approach. A new day. Won't happen under the two-party system. Just more of the same. Maintenance of an unsustainable status quo.
No free speech in the Republican Party, at least, not in Hawaii. ABC News reports:
"A Hawaii lawmaker who says she was pressured to give up her leadership post at the statehouse after criticizing President Donald Trump resigned Wednesday from the Republican Party."
"Rep. Beth Fukumoto said members of the GOP refused to oppose racism and sexism including a suggestion by Trump to create a Muslim registry during his campaign. "As a Japanese-American whose grandparents had to destroy all of their Japanese artifacts and items and bury them in the backyard to avoid getting taken and interned, how could I not have said anything?" Fukumoto asked. "And how could my party have not said anything?"
Partisanship trumps principle. In both major political parties.
"Fukumoto was voted out of her post as House Minority Leader in February after calling Trump a bully in a speech at the Women's March in Honolulu, saying many of his remarks were racist and sexist and had no place in the Republican Party."
For speaking the unvarnished truth.
The Trump nazi and his move to deregulate are already raising a firestorm, -- in coal country. Fox News reports:
"Two mining bills designed to eliminate safety checks for the coal industry have reignited smoldering tensions between miners and mine owners."
Couldn't be, could it? Clearly, GOP nazis in state legislatures have been emboldened by the Trump nazi:
"In West Virginia, lawmakers advanced revisions to a controversial bill that originally would have eliminated state safety checks at coal mines."
Aren't enough miners already dying? ... Almost forgot. The corporate management suite, shareholders come first. The American Way.
"A similar effort made its way through the Kentucky Legislature. In that case, four annual inspections required by law would be cut down to as few as one. An on-site safety equipment check would be subbed out by a written “safety analysis” report based on conversations with miners."
Why not? Benefits the bottom line, doesn't it? Forget? Nothing comes before the corporate management suite, shareholders.
"Longtime safety experts say they are shocked at the scope of the proposals that will seemingly void violations that traditionally carry stiff monetary penalties."
Why are they shocked? Knew it was coming. As early as the campaign, if not, certainly after inauguration of the Trump nazi. The handwriting was clearly on the wall.
You clueless bastards on the Republican Nazi Right got what you so richly deserved: viciously hard f--ked. Too bad the rest of us have to suffer for it.
Coal miners are not the only ones dying. The Trump nazi's ramped up war on terror has its own casualties, -- innocent civilians killed as the rules of engagement have changed under the Trump nazi. The Washington Post reports:
"Though the incident is still shrouded in confusion, reports over the weekend indicated that the United States launched an airstrike on the Iraqi city of Mosul that may have killed more than 100 people. U.S. officials have confirmed that the coalition conducted the attack March 17 over the crowded neighborhood of Mosul al-Jadida, located near the front lines of the Iraqi-led offensive against the city's Islamic State occupiers. The U.S. military and Iraqi authorities have both launched formal investigations into the incident. "If confirmed," my colleagues reported, "the March 17 incident would mark the greatest loss of civilian life since the United States began strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in 2014."
"We felt the earth shaking as if it was an earthquake. It was an airstrike that targeted my street. Dust, shattered glass and powder were the only things my wife, myself and three kids were feeling," said one Jadida resident to Reuters. "We heard screams and loud crying coming from the house next door. After the bombing stopped, I went out with some neighbors and found that some houses on my street were leveled."
Think this endures the coalition to long-suffering civilians there? Still more:
"The news from Mosul comes on the heels of another recently opened investigation into a U.S. airstrike, this one on an al-Qaeda target in northern Syria. That strike may have killed dozens of civilians seeking sanctuary in a nearby mosque. (Few in America would know about it: The official inquiry into the Syria strike was reported on the same day global media gave blanket coverage to a terror attack in London that killed five people.)"
Truly believe the Trump nazi and his henchmen will be any more effective overseas than here? Even worse:
"Airwars, a British-based nonprofit that monitors casualties in Iraq and Syria, believes that more than 1,000 civilians in both countries were killed by coalition airstrikes this month alone."
No end in sight to this ongoing catastrophe.
"Analysts think this surge in deaths may be a product of a shift in the anti-Islamic State campaign under President Trump, who has called for more unfettered action against the jihadists and memorably promised to "bomb the s--- out of 'em."
What the Trump nazi and his henchmen are doing is bombing the shit out of civilians.
The quotes above are courtesy of a most gifted, insightful writer, Ishaan Tharoor.
Not all lawyers are shyster bastards. There are indeed a few good ones out there. Courageously willing to place principle above self-interest. Jeffrey Lovitky is certainly one of them. NPR reports:
"What's it like to sue President Trump? For Jeffrey Lovitky, with a one-lawyer firm in Washington, D.C., it's not a great feeling. "It is intimidating. I am intimidated," he said in an interview with NPR. "I mean, I would rather not be doing this." But he has done it, and when he couldn't enlist anyone else to be the plaintiff, he took on that role, too. "I think people are afraid to put their name out there on a lawsuit against the president," he said. "There is a sense that Donald Trump can be very difficult on people who oppose him."
Need a few more lawyers like him. Especially, here in Nazi Llano County where attorneys march in goose step with authorities, afraid they'd lose business.
"When he decided to look into Trump, he focused on the president's personal financial disclosure, filed last May. Indeed, there was something wrong in the report. It is supposed to disclose a candidate's personal liabilities, but not corporate liabilities, which it doesn't even ask for. Trump's report lists some corporate debt along with the personal, and it's impossible to tell which is which."
Can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit, Mr. 'President?"
"Now that the suit is filed, Lovitky is preparing a brief for the expected counterattack: a motion to dismiss the case for lack of standing. If he can get over that hurdle, he could end up setting a precedent that ordinary Americans can sue to seek enforcement of federal ethics laws."
Unbelievable, isn't it? That an ordinary citizen has no standing to sue for enforcement of ethics laws. The courts clearly protect the offenders, not the best interests of the citizenry.
Karma's a bitch. Think not? CBS News reports:
"A restaurant owner who came to the U.S. from Mexico 19 years ago is scheduled to be deported to Mexico Friday, weeks after a routine check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials landed him in detention. Roberto Beristain, a father of four, is the owner of Eddie’s Steak Shed in Granger, Indiana, where he lived with his wife Helen and their American-born children, CBS affiliate WSBT reports."
Didn't nazi Republicans used to be the party of the family?
"Helen Beristain told local media she voted for President Trump and supported his immigration policy directing federal law enforcement to step up deportation of undocumented immigrants. The order, signed days after Mr. Trump took office, has led to immigration raids across the country that have spread fear throughout immigrant communities. However, Helen Beristain didn’t believe that policy should apply to someone like her husband, who owns a business, pays taxes and stays out of trouble with the law."
Called aggressive stupidity, Madam. What did you expect from the Trump nazi? Made himself abundantly clear during the campaign. Weren't you listening to the fascist bastard? Don't you live on the same planet as the rest of us?
“We were for Mr. Trump,” she told the station. “We were very happy he became the president. Whatever he says, he is right. But, like he said, the good people have a chance to become citizens of the United States.”
You're as delusional as the Trump nazi, Madam. The son of a bitch never made that claim. You weren't listening? Still delusionally believe he speaks the truth and is right no matter what he says?
“I understand when you’re a criminal and you do bad things, you shouldn’t be in the country,” Helen said. “But when you’re a good citizen and you support and you help and you pay taxes and you give jobs to people, you should be able to stay.”
You live in a dream world, Madam. The nazi now in the Oval Office never made those assurances. Quite the opposite during the campaign. Yet, you voted for the son of a bitch? What were you thinking?
Think the Congressional Black Caucus got anywhere with the Trump nazi? NBC News reports:
"On Wednesday, six members of the Congressional Black Caucus leadership team went to the White House and challenged President Trump on the very question he frequently posed to African-American voters on the campaign trail: "What do you have to lose?"
The answer to that question is, and remains, everything they've fought so hard to attain.
"Led by CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.), the members presented and laid out the stakes in a rebuttal of a policy document entitled, "We Have A Lot To Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century." In the hour-long meeting, which began in the cabinet room and moved into the Oval Office, the discussion ranged from community policing to health care, from voting rights to mass incarceration."
Think they got anywhere? Wake up:
"Rep. Richmond described the afternoon conference as "a meeting where both sides listened" but were also "very candid about disagreements."
Translation? Little to nothing got resolved. How could it? Forget? The Trump regime is run and owned by the Alt Right. These fascist bastards are no more than bigoted nazis. The Sessions nazi, now U.S. Attorney General, will clearly not hold the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue accountable. Nor will he effectively enforce civil rights. The handwriting is already on the wall.
Despite the fact the Trump nazi's immigration executive order has not yet been resolved in court, the Sessions nazi is about to start sticking it to sanctuary cities. The Washington Times reports:
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday he’ll begin punishing sanctuary cities, withholding potentially billions of dollars in federal money — and even clawing back funds that had been doled out in the past. Speaking at the White House, Mr. Sessions said his department is preparing to dole out more than $4 billion in funds this year, but will try prevent any of it from going to sanctuaries. “Countless Americans would be alive today … if these policies of sanctuary cities were ended,” Mr. Sessions said."
The Sessions nazi remains a congenital liar. No truth to the bastard's false claim. Abject bullshit. Just another attempt to impose the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
"Such policies cannot continue," Sessions said in Monday's briefing. "They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on our streets."
Another abject lie by the Sessions nazi. No truth to it. Phony propaganda by the Republican national socialist. Adolf and Benito must be grinning ear to ear on their fiery perches.
"DUIs, assaults, burglaries, drug crimes, gang crimes, rapes, crimes against children and murders," the attorney general said. "Countless Americans would be alive today — and countless loved ones would not be grieving today — if the policies of these sanctuary jurisdictions were ended."
The Sessions nazi remains a congenital liar. Simply, not true:
"As the New York Times has reported, a number of studies "have concluded that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States. And experts say the available evidence does not support the idea that undocumented immigrants commit a disproportionate share of crime."
Here is the truth:
"Opponents of such crackdowns on sanctuary cities say the order undermines the ability of localities to build trust with its citizens and protect them appropriately. "Pressuring local law enforcement to take on immigration responsibilities undercuts the very oath they take to 'serve and protect' the entirety of their community," Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, told NPR after Trump's January executive order. "Smart law enforcement is built on intelligence gathering and trust, which are dramatically undermined once the cop on the corner is asking victims of crime about their immigration status."
Republican nazis claim to embrace 'law and order.' The above is proof positive they don't. Stick it to to sanctuary cities? Guess what? Crime will go unreported. Crime that is witnessed by the undocumented, as well as crimes committed against them. GOP nazi aggressive stupidity and hypocrisy at its worst. Sanctuary cities need to sue the living shit out of the Trump nazi and his henchmen. Tie the fascists up in court. Make it as difficult as possible to impose The Fourth Reich.
Apparently, they do plan to see the bastards in court. NPR reports:
"Officials in New York, California, and elsewhere say they'll fight Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to cut off billions in federal grant money to cities that don't share the Trump administration's strict approach to enforcing immigration laws. "The Trump Administration is pushing an unrealistic and mean spirited executive order," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted last night. "If they want a fight, we'll see them in court."
Stick it to them. Stand up. Resist the nazis.
"In Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray said, "I'm willing to risk losing every penny of federal funding to stand by our commitment to protect everyone in our community."
Uncommon valor. Stand up.
"Seattle's Welcoming Cities policies, Murray said, are a way to help the local community "by assisting residents on the path to citizenship and warmly integrating immigrant schoolchildren into our classrooms."
Saddest part of all? Tears families apart. Republican nazis are certainly not the party of the family. Their hypocrisy reeks. Our forebears stole this land from Native Americans. Our government has broken every treaty it made with them. Our forebears enslaved Africans and brought them into this country. We still suffer the effects of all the above. To this very day. Now, we have a psychotic, misogynist, racist Republican nazi in the Oval Office who intends to impose The Fourth Reich. Hear the rumble?
"Leaders in other cities, from San Francisco to Chicago and Washington, D.C., have also said they won't agree to the demands that were laid out in an executive order signed by President Trump. Days after it was signed, San Francisco sued the Trump administration."
Needs to happen all over the country.
"As reporter Danielle Karson tells NPR from Los Angeles, California's Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León says the state won't go along with what he calls "blackmail." "Singling out cities and states with punitive threats is unconstitutional," de León said. "Withholding federal resources is unconstitutional. We'll not hesitate to fight him, and settle the matter in court."
Only alternative to court action to end this insanity? The unthinkable.
"Explaining part of the potential legal fight, Karson adds, "Legal experts say the Constitution's 10th Amendment forbids the feds from 'commandeering' state and local governments to enforce federal mandates."
The Trump nazi and his equally fascist henchmen need to be fought in court every step of the way. Forget? An unwanted dreaded second American revolution already catastrophically looms on the horizon. Hear the rumble?
Think the Texas Railroad Commission capable of policing itself? Don't think national socialist Republicans here in Nazi Texas haven't been emboldened by the Trump nazi? His continued refusal to be held to the same ethical standards as his predecessors? Wake up. Texans For Public Justice reports:
Commissioners took tens of thousands of dollars from energy interests with
cases pending before their agency in recent years, a new study finds, contradicting Texas Sunset
Commission testimony in 2012 that claimed that the commissioners “self-police” themselves against such
conflicts. The report comes days before the Texas House is scheduled to tackle the Railroad Commission
Sunset bill (HB 1818) to extend the agency until 2029. An amendment to rein in conflicts of interest by
prohibiting Railroad Commissioners and candidates from accepting campaign funds from parties with
cases before the commission is expected to be offered during the House floor debate."
Nothing ever changes, does it?
The shit is about to hit the fan once again vis a vis the Canadian pipeline. NPR reports:
"The U.S. State Department has signed and issued a presidential permit to construct the Keystone XL pipeline. That reverses former President Barack Obama's 2015 decision to reject the controversial pipeline."
Protest will commence. So will lawsuits. As expected, the Trump nazi remains achingly delusional:
"Praising the pipeline on Friday as the "greatest technology known to man or woman," Trump touted the reversal as the first of many energy and infrastructure projects his administration plans to spearhead. "This announcement is part of a new era of American energy policy that will lower costs for American families and very significantly reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create thousands of jobs right here in America, " the president said in remarks from the Oval Office."
Once again, the 'President' is talking out his ass. First, at last report, Canadian oil will simply pass through the pipeline, be processed, and then shipped overseas. Having little to no impact on energy prices here. Second, jobs created are temporary:
"The oil industry and some labor unions have supported the pipeline, largely for the thousands of construction jobs it would provide. But those jobs are temporary. The State Department has estimated that once built, the pipeline will employ about 35 people."
Interesting, isn't it? How does the United States benefit long-term? How? When a leak occurs, guess who suffers?
"The proposed pipeline is controversial because of the oil it would transport. It's designed to move crude from Canada's oil sands in Alberta south to the U.S. Gulf Coast, where it could be refined or exported. Environmentalists oppose oil sands because producing it requires additional processing that emits more pollution."
Wouldn't want to confuse achingly clueless Republicans with the truth, would we?
"The same communities who defeated this pipeline before — indigenous leaders, landowners, farmers and grass-roots activists — are ready to fight again," says 350.org Executive Director May Boeve."
File suit, after suit, after suit. Tie the bastards up in court:
"That fight is expected to take place in states the pipeline would travel through, especially in Nebraska, where some landowners and environmentalists have led a years-long legal battle to stop the pipeline."
No question, karma's a bitch. CNN reports:
"A fire broke out at a church owned by a white supremacist in North Dakota, leaving only the steeple standing and the rest of the property in charred ruins. White supremacist Craig Cobb is listed on the deed of the Zion Lutheran Church in Nome, North Dakota, CNN affiliate KVRR reported."
Quite a bit of discontent remains on the Right. Indeed, a growing rift between conservatives and fascists. CBS News reports:
"In a report that aired on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” about the polarization of politics and the media in the Age of Trump, “Sunday Morning” special contributor Ted Koppel charged Fox News host Sean Hannity with contributing to the increased antipathy toward opposing viewpoints that is prevalent in America."
Has been known for years, Koppel is indeed a conservative. Yet, for decades, has never allowed his biases to interfere with his truly noteworthy skills as a newsman. Hannity, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. Good to see Hannity get his richly deserved comeuppance from Koppel in the following dialog:
“We have to give some credit to the American people that they’re somewhat intelligent and that they know the difference between an opinion show and a news show,” Hannity said. “You’re cynical.”
“I am cynical,” said Koppel.
“Do you think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?”
“You do? Really?”
“In the long haul I think you and all these opinion shows --”
“That’s sad, Ted. That’s sad.”
“No, you know why? Because you’re very good at what you do, and because you have attracted a significantly more influential --”
“You are selling the American people short.”
“No, let me finish the sentence before you do that.”
“I’m listening. With all due respect. Take the floor.”
“You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.”
Hat's off, Mr. Koppel. You certainly told it like it is.
Hannity, the gutless nazi he truly is, was not a happy camper:
"In a series of tweets, Hannity later accused CBS of offering “Fake Edited News.”
Can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit, right, Mr. Hannity?
McCain and Graham seem to be the only two Republicans willing to take on the Trump nazi and his henchmen. Graham, nonetheless, got far more than he bargained for at a recent town hall. Seems the public has had more than enough of all the bullshit. The Washington Post reports:
"Inundated with boos from a raucous town hall crowd, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) snapped back, lashing out at one attendee for asking a “garbage” question and slamming many for not accepting the result of the 2016 presidential election."
Think that didn't further enflame the crowd?
"Toward the end of the hour-long town hall in Columbia, S.C., people were standing up. “Your last term! Your last term!” they chanted. The senator fired back, telling the crowd that he does not and will not worry about losing his job in the 2020 election. “Good! Good! Come on, bring it on! Bring it on!” Graham said. “If I win, fine. If I don’t, fine. But here’s what you’re going to get from me. You’re going to get somebody that tells you exactly what I believe. And to everybody in this room, it’s okay to be mad. It’s okay to be upset.”
One of Graham's best qualities, as well as that of McCain, is that both men don't play games. Do tell it like they think it is. Have to give them credit for that, -- despite the fact they're out to lunch on some of the issues.
Graham, sadly, lost his cool. Couldn't handle the stress. Became patronizing, condescending to constituents who would have no part of it:
“When you lose an election, you’ve got to accept the consequences of somebody else making decisions you wouldn’t like,” he said. “But you can’t understand that because you’re so upset, and let me tell you, I understand upset people. My judgment is that I would give the same deference that I gave President Obama.” As Graham was finishing his sentence, many in the crowd stood up and raised a piece of red paper, signifying that they disagree with what the senator just said."
It's not about loss of an election. Far from it. Neither candidate was truly worth a shit. It's about imposition of The Fourth Reich by the Trump nazi, his henchmen, and fascists in the Republican Party. Clearly, the two-party system no longer works. Hasn't for decades. Dissent, palpable. Across the country. So is the rumble. An unwanted dreaded second American revolution already catastrophically looming on the horizon.
Once again, the Trump regime is lying. The Washington Times reports:
"The White House Tuesday denounced as “entirely false” a news report that the Trump administration tried to prevent former acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying to the House Intelligence Committee about Russia. In a statement, the White House said it “has taken no action to prevent Sally Yates from testifying and the Department of Justice specifically told her that it would not stop her and to suggest otherwise is completely irresponsible.”
They're congenital liars. Disingenuous phonies.
"White House press secretary Sean Spicer said an article on the matter in The Washington Post “is entirely false.”
The son of a bitch is a liar. No truth to his statement. An outright lie.
"The article alleges that the Trump administration sought to block Ms. Yates from testifying about possible links between Russian officials and Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign. It said Justice Department notified her earlier this month that the administration considers much of her possible testimony to be barred because the topics are covered by the presidential communication privilege."
The last quote above from The Washington Times is correct. The Washington Post published photocopies of a series of letters proving the White House is lying. The following is the text from the DOJ letter that is most salient:
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of the Deputy Attorney General
Washington, DC 20530
March 24, 2017
Mr. David A. O'Neil, Esq.
Debevoise Plimpton LLP
801 Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Re: House Permanent Select
Committee on Intelligence request for testimony from
former Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates
Dear Mr. O'Neil:
This responds to your
letter of March 23, 2017, to Acting Assistant Attorney General
Sam Ramer regarding the invitation of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
(HPSCI) to former Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates to testify at a public hearing on
March 28, 2017.
In particular, your letter
pertains to Ms. Yates's potential disclosure to HPSCI of "non-
classified facts about the Department's notification to the White House of concerns about the
conduct of a senior official." We appreciate your meeting at the Department on March 23, 2017,
to provide additional information about the details of these communications with the White
House that you believe may be responsive to Committee inquiries.
Ms. Yates seeks authorization
to testify about communications she and a senior
Department official had with the Office of the Counsel to the President. Such communications
are likely covered by the presidential communications privilege and possibly the deliberative
process privilege. The President owns those privileges. Therefore, to the extent Ms. Yates needs
consent to disclose the details of those communications to HPSCI, she needs to consult with the
White House. She need not obtain separate consent from the Department.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
Associate Deputy Attorney General
Here is the take of The Washington Post:
"The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, The Washington Post has learned, a position that is likely to further anger Democrats who have accused Republicans of trying to damage the inquiry. According to letters The Post reviewed, the Justice Department notified Yates earlier this month that the administration considers a great deal of her possible testimony to be barred from discussion in a congressional hearing because the topics are covered by the presidential communication privilege."
Clearly, the DOJ passed the buck to the White House. Not before letting counsel know, however, at least some of her testimony might be barred. Then, the White House disingenuously claims it did nothing to prevent her testimony. 'Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.' A crock of disingenuous, deceptive bullshit. Forget? The DOJ works for the Trump nazi.
This story gets even more convoluted. NPR reports:
"Yates met with White House officials shortly after Trump's inauguration to tell them Flynn was under FBI investigation and that he hadn't told the truth about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Not only that, the Russians' knowledge about what Flynn had said left him open to blackmail, the FBI warned."
Couldn't be, could it?
"At the same moments that Schiff was making that connection in a visit to NPR headquarters, another story appeared from The Washington Post: the White House might consider Yates' comments from her time as acting attorney general to be covered by executive privilege. The Post cited letters from Yates' attorneys to the Justice Department."
Indeed, they did. Posted them as well.
"Almost as soon as that story appeared, the White House denied it. Spokesman Sean Spicer called it "entirely false." Later, in a briefing with reporters, he was given a chance to clarify more broadly — so executive privilege would not be an issue for Yates? "That's correct," Spicer said. And had the White House put any pressure on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes to cancel the hearing at which Yates was scheduled to appear? "No," Spicer said."
Still not clear when or if Yates will testify. This investigation must continue. Yates needs to testify. All to date? The appearance of a massive cover up of criminal, possibly traitorous activity within the Trump regime. Only an independent investigation can settle the matter, determine the truth. The Trump nazi and his henchmen cannot be trusted to get to the bottom of this fiasco. Forget? Partisanship reins supreme. Both parties.
"Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a holdover from the Obama administration who was fired by President Trump on Jan. 31, reportedly notified the White House ahead of an appearance that was scheduled for an open hearing before the House Intelligence Committee this week. Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, the committee chairman, then canceled that hearing and another closed session that was supposed to have taken its place."
Why would he do this? Protecting the 'President?'
"The top Democrat on the panel, California Rep. Adam Schiff, told NPR journalists on Tuesday that he believes the White House's worries about what Yates might say led administration leaders to tell the Justice Department not to authorize Yates' testimony."
That's certainly reasonable speculation, but not fact. At least not yet. Only an independent investigation can determine the truth.
"Sally Yates had a big role to play in why this hearing was canceled," Schiff said. She could have discussed the details about what the FBI and Justice Department knew about former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's talks with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Schiff said."
Again, this is reasonable speculation, but not yet determined to be fact.
"It wouldn't surprise me at all if there was a vigorous pushback on having her testify, among other things, about how long did [Trump] know Flynn had lied before he was willing to do anything about it?"
More of the same. Reasonable speculation, but not yet determined to be fact. All the more reason for a truly independent special prosecutor to be named to conduct an investigation.
Further proof of the Trump nazi's insanity? CBS News reports:
"President Trump signed a sweeping executive order on Tuesday to begin the process of dismantling environmental regulations implemented under the Obama administration to aggressively fight climate change."
Clearly, the Trump nazi, his henchmen, and the GOP eschew science, embrace the best interests of the corporate management suite.
"Mr. Trump hailed it as “the start of a new era in American energy production” in remarks before signing the Energy Independence executive order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). His order aims to unwind the core of President Obama’s 2013 Climate Action Plan. The order “directs the EPA to suspend, revise, or rescind the Clean Power Plan.” The Clean Power Plan limits carbon emissions at coal-fired power plants."
The Trump nazi remains an ignorant jackass. Ignores science, to line the pockets of the top 1% of the food chain.
"Mr. Trump’s executive order also lifts the moratorium on federal coal leasing, rescinds restrictions on hydraulic fracking, and eliminates the National Environmental Policy Act, a set of guidelines for agencies to consider climate change into their decision making process. “My administration is putting an end to the war on coal -- going to have clean coal, really clean coal,” Mr. Trump declared."
That's insanity, Mr. 'President." There is no such thing as 'clean coal.' You're talking out your hopelessly ignorant ass, Mr. Trump. What you've done with this psychotic executive order is declare war on the environment, the best interests of the public you egregiously fail to uphold. All to line the pockets of the top 1% of the food chain. You have disgraced yourself. Betrayed the public's best interests. To further enrich the few. Off the backs and health of the bottom and middle class. You've betrayed your country, Mr. "President.' Disgraced yourself.
"Critics argue that Mr. Trump’s anti-climate change initiatives that resist transitioning from coal and gas to clean energy will in fact hurt the economy."
A Republican nazi has no ability to see that far:
“The best way to protect workers and the environment is to invest in growing the clean energy economy that is already outpacing fossil fuels, and ensuring no one is left behind,” Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club, wrote in a statement. “At a time when we can declare independence from dirty fuels by embracing clean energy, this action could only deepen our dependence on fuels that pollute our air, water and climate while making our kids sicker.”
Wouldn't want to confuse Republican national socialists with the truth, would we? This executive order and its implementation will be fought in court, tooth and nail.
Why would anyone want to be a reporter in the Trump White House? Put up with the psychotic abuse of the Press Secretary? The Washington Post reports:
"Spicer got testy in an exchange with American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan after Ryan announced a premise that Spicer disagreed with: that the White House has a Russia issue to deal with. By the end, Spicer accused Ryan of pushing her own agenda and even instructed her not to shake her head at him."
This psychotic fascist son of a bitch must be under enormous pressure:
“No, we don't have that,” Spicer said when Ryan cited the White House's Russia issue. When Ryan continued with her question, he cut in again: “No, no. I get it. But I've said it from the day that I got here until whenever that there's not a connection. You've got Russia.” Spicer then offered this zinger: “If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a Russian connection.”
Think this testy piece of shit isn't under enormous pressure trying to defend the indefensible, that is, the Trump nazi?
"When Ryan tried again to ask her question, Spicer said, “I appreciate your agenda here. … At some point, report the facts.”
How about you and the Trump nazi tell the truth, you clueless son of a bitch? Instead of behaving like a patronizing, condescending jackass.
"Spicer pointed to those who have said there is no proof of collusion between Russia and the Trump team — which is true but is only a part of the inquiries and is still being investigated by the FBI. He added, “I'm sorry that that disgusts you. You're shaking your head.”
This clueless fascist son of a bitch conveniently ignores the fact the FBI Director, by his own admission, is investigating possible collusion. Goes on and on, but that's more than enough for now. LOL.
The exchange between Spicer and Ryan set off quite a media firestorm. Spicer got the worst of it. Was sharply criticized for being racist and misogynist. Ms. Ryan's take? The Washington Times reports:
“An administration is calling us the enemy of the people — I guess we saw some of that thought process yesterday,” she said. “We are the press who is under attack. We are under attack by this administration. It’s about discrediting credible media. And, you know, at this point, I happen to be a black woman, but I’m part of the press.”
Amazing how the Trump nazi's henchmen don't believe ethics laws apply to them. NPR reports:
"The ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee is asking a government watchdog to investigate recent remarks by Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin as a possible ethical violation. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., says in a statement Mnuchin's plug for a movie he helped produce signals "a blatant disregard and disrespect to the office he serves and the power it holds."
No nazi believes he's accountable for anything.
"The remarks in question came during an event with the media company Axios on Friday. Mnuchin was asked to give a movie recommendation. Mnuchin, a former Hollywood financier, was an executive producer of The Lego Batman Movie, among other credits. "Well, I'm not allowed to promote anything that I'm involved in," the Treasury secretary said. "So I just want to have the legal disclosure — you've asked me the question, and I am not promoting any product. [Questioner responded:] "But you should send all your kids to Lego Batman." He grinned. The audience laughed."
The fascist son of a bitch is unfit for office. A goddamned disgrace.
"Wyden isn't so amused. On Monday, the senator sent a letter to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics asking that Mnuchin's remarks be investigated. He noted that in the same conversation, Mnuchin praised Avatar — a film his company helped produce — while denigrating The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short, two movies he wasn't involved in."
How about that? Gets worse:
"Mnuchin's cheeky "legal disclosure" doesn't insulate him from ethical obligations, Wyden suggests. He noted that there's no evidence Mnuchin has separated himself, financially speaking, from his Hollywood production firm. (The Treasury secretary has pledged to divest, but has a few months to fulfill that promise.)"
Convenient, isn't it? Why wasn't this crafty son of a bitch forced to do so before taking office?
"Even if Mnuchin has divested from the company, Wyden writes, government employees aren't supposed to use their position, title or authority to "endorse any product, service or enterprise." He asked the government watchdog to examine whether the remarks qualify."
Good move. No matter what happens. At least, public attention has been brought to this conniving asshole.
"A Treasury spokesman says that in his remarks, Mnuchin "clearly recognized that he generally may not promote private interests and specifically gave the legal disclosure that he was not promoting a movie, but answering a question he was asked directly."
Called disingenuous bullshit.
"The spokesman also notes that the comment was "light-hearted."
Seems intense pressure is finally forcing the GAO to get off its ass and do something. In follow up to an earlier edition, NPR reports:
"The Government Accountability Office has agreed to examine costs and security issues surrounding President Trump's frequent visits to Mar-a-Lago. The president has spent half of his weekends since taking office at the private club he owns in Palm Beach, Fla. The GAO is responding to a request from four Democratic members of Congress — Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. and Tom Udall, D-N.M., along with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. They asked for the review in February, just after Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago. Guests at the club posted photos on social media of the leaders conferring about a North Korean missile test."
Seems there's growing discontent in GOP nazi paradise. The Washington Times reports:
"Radio host Mark Levin is furious with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and lawmakers who are criticizing the House Freedom Caucus over last week’s failure to pass new health care legislation."
Indeed, he is. Most definitely. LOL.
"Listeners to “The Mark Levin Show” Tuesday heard “The Great One” blast Mr. McConnell as an unprincipled “old barnacle” who lacks the ability to forward the cause freedom and liberty. He likened the Kentucky senator to a “mumbling homeless person” who places self-interest above virtues like honesty and integrity."
Nothing quite like telling it like it is, is there? LOL.
“Isn’t it funny we didn’t hear peep from Mitch McConnell while this battle was going on in the House? We didn’t hear peep from John Cornyn while this battle was going on in the House,” Mr. Levin said, Conservative Review reported. “Do you want to know why? They wanted it to fail! That’s why. They were never going to do the heavy lifting through the budget reconciliation process. They were never with the parliamentarian or the vice president sitting as president of the Senate. Never, ever — and they just proved it.”
Let 'em have it, Mr. Levin. Unload. LOL.
ICE got its panties in a wad when the unthinkable happened. The Washington Times reports:
"State Rep. Michelle DuBois wrote on her Facebook page this week about a rumor she heard from her “friend in the Latin community” that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was planning a raid in Brockton on Tuesday and Wednesday. She also included the friend’s warning, which read, “If you are undocumented don’t go out on the street. If there is a knock on the door of your house and you don’t know who it is, don’t open the door. I ask you to be careful.”
Some think she obstructed justice. Others, that she did the right thing. No matter what, she remains defiant.
ICE reaction? Get this:
“Any person who actively incites panic or fear of law enforcement is doing a disservice to the community, endangering public safety and the very people they claim to support and represent,” ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer said."
Are you jackbooted pieces of shit truly that stupid? You jackbooted criminal bastards, yourselves, incite fear, panic, and endanger the public you falsely claim to protect and serve. -- The insanely, perversely, fervently embraced Nazi SS, Gestapo 'police mentality' that remains the problem, Mr. Neudauer.
The criminal jackbooted bastards in blue all across our formerly great country are a greater threat than any foreign power, terrorist organization, or even the criminal element. Worse, you bastards remain an exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. Have egregiously abrogated your oaths of office to protect and defend the United States Constitution. Traitors.
In follow up to several earlier editions of this publication, the public has apparently had its bellyful. CBS News reports:
"More than 108,000 people have signed a petition urging First Lady Melania Trump to move to the White House or pay for security costs at Trump Tower herself."
"The Change.org petition was started after a senior White House aide indicated the president’s wife and son, Barron, will remain in New York until the school year ends. It’ll be delivered to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren if at least 150,000 people sign."
“The U.S. taxpayer is paying an exorbitant amount of money to protect the First Lady in Trump Tower, located in New York City,” the petition reads. “As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded.”
This is egregious waste:
"The NYPD estimated it costs between $127,000 and $146,000 per day to protect Mrs. Trump and Barron while President Trump is out of town, according to the New York Times. The cost to guard Mr. Trump and his family between the election and Inauguration Day reached $24 million, the NYPD said."
Time for the First Lady and her son to move their opulent gluteus maximi to the White House. ... Or, reimburse taxpayers.
Seems ICE is lying. About how it's operating. Worse? Has retaliated against Austin. Texas Standard reports:
"Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in Austin this February caught national attention. Many raised questions of whether or not the area was specifically targeted for Travis County’s refusal to fully cooperate with ICE enforcement. ICE officials later denied these allegations in a meeting with a group of federal judges in Austin but new evidence suggests otherwise."
Clearly, the jackbooted bastards lied.
"Tony Plohetski, investigative reporter for the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV, reports that evidence is mounting that the raids targeted Austin in retaliation against Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s limited cooperation with ICE. Plohetski reports that a magistrate judge said that, prior to the raid, not only were a group of judges warned by ICE officials about the operation and a possible uptick of defendants, but they were also specifically told that the reason for the raid was Hernandez’s lack of cooperation."
Amazing how the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue are granted carte blanche by the judiciary to lie. Yet, do the same to the bastards, guess what? Your sorry ass winds up in jail. A goddamned double standard. Tell them the truth? And it's not what they want to hear? Guess what? They twist it, convolute it, turn it into something it's not, then charge the victim with lying. Problem. How do you know when they're lying? Simple. When their lips move.
"Aside from the judge’s claim that ICE officials specifically stated this reason for the raid, the manner in which the raid was conducted – in addition to the type of people who were apprehended – departed from how ICE has normally operated in Austin in the past."
That's right. They stuck it not only to the Travis County Sheriff, but the City of Austin as well. Retaliation. Yet, do the same to someone who's f--ked you over? Guess what? You get charged. Your sorry ass winds up in jail. Not so, the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue. Double standard.
“ICE said early on, ‘We are going after the most dangerous criminals who are here illegally in our communities.’ But then we got these statistics showing that’s not exactly what they did,” Plohetski says. “Federal documents showed of the 51 [arrested], 28 were deemed non-criminals by ICE. That means that they had no criminal record.”
These jackbooted bastards are congenital liars. Like the Trump nazi, say one thing, do another.
“What was so alarming to so many people in the community was that what we saw in this instance was ICE actually going onto the streets of Austin, pulling people over, knocking on the doors of their homes, going to their businesses,” Plohetski says. “And in one highly controversial and highly publicized case, arresting a defendant who showed up for a criminal hearing at the Travis County courthouse.”
Surprised? Why? No more than history repeating itself. Highly reminiscent of Hitler's Gestapo, SS.
The Border Patrol is no better. Don't think so? Wake up. The Washington Post reports:
"Cruz Velazquez Acevedo began convulsing shortly after he drank the liquid methamphetamine he’d brought with him from Tijuana, Mexico."
Think this story has a happy ending?
"The 16-year-old had just crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to San Diego and was going through the San Ysidro Port of Entry. He was carrying two bottles of liquid that he claimed was apple juice. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers told him to drink it to prove he wasn’t lying, court records say."
What were the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue possibly thinking?
"The teen took four sips."
"Then, he began sweating profusely. He screamed and clenched his fists. In a matter of minutes, his temperature soared to 105 degrees, his family’s attorney said. His pulse reached an alarming rate of 220 beats per minute — more than twice the normal rate for adults. “Mi corazón! Mi corazón!” Acevedo screamed, according to court records — “My heart! My heart!”
Know where this is going?
"He was dead about two hours later."
You Republican 'law and order' fascists here in Nazi Llano County believe he got what he deserved? Think so? A 16-year-old kid? Likely trying to feed his family? Clearly, had no experience with the substance. Otherwise, wouldn't have taken the sips. You bastards don't know that? Couldn't care less?
"Now, more than three years after his death, the United States has agreed to pay Acevedo’s family $1 million in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought against two border officers and the U.S. government."
Did this kid break the law? Indeed. Should he have been charged? Certainly. Would the penalty have been death? Give me a f--king break.
"The two Border Protection officers, Adrian Perallon and Valerie Baird, believed the teen was carrying a deadly controlled substance, but they “coerced and intimidated” him into drinking the liquid, according to a complaint. The boy was taken to a hospital almost an hour after he had sipped the methamphetamine. He was pronounced dead just before 9 p.m. Iredale called the officers’ treatment of Acevedo “the most inhuman kind of cruelty.”
Think they were charged? Wake up. Think they were disciplined? Wake up. Think these two jackbooted thugs fit for duty? Wake up.
The criminal jackbooted bastards in blue at the airports are growing increasingly repressive. NBC News reports:
"When Buffalo, New York couple Akram Shibly and Kelly McCormick returned to the U.S. from a trip to Toronto on Jan. 1, 2017, U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers held them for two hours, took their cellphones and demanded their passwords. "It just felt like a gross violation of our rights," said Shibly, a 23-year-old filmmaker born and raised in New York. But he and McCormick complied, and their phones were searched."
Why gutlessly turn over a password? Should have told the bastards to go f--k themselves. Let them spend the money, time, effort to hack into the phones. Only to find nothing. When you cave into the jackbooted bastards, you enable them to take matters much further:
"Three days later, they returned from another trip to Canada and were stopped again by CBP. "One of the officers calls out to me and says, 'Hey, give me your phone,'" recalled Shibly. "And I said, 'No, because I already went through this.'" The officer asked a second time.. Within seconds, he was surrounded: one man held his legs, another squeezed his throat from behind. A third reached into his pocket, pulling out his phone. McCormick watched her boyfriend's face turn red as the officer's chokehold tightened."
A goddamned fascist police-state. The Fourth Reich under the Trump nazi and his asshole jackbooted henchmen.
"Then they asked McCormick for her phone. "I was not about to get tackled," she said. She handed it over."
Did you gutlessly give them the password?
"Shibly and McCormick's experience is not unique. In 25 cases examined by NBC News, American citizens said that CBP officers at airports and border crossings demanded that they hand over their phones and their passwords, or unlock them."
While you have little choice but to hand over a cellphone when surrounded by these goddamned jackbooted criminals, why give them the password? Why unlock the phone? Why? That gutless?
"The travelers came from across the nation, and were both naturalized citizens and people born and raised on American soil. They traveled by plane and by car at different times through different states. Businessmen, couples, senior citizens, and families with young kids, questioned, searched, and detained for hours when they tried to enter or leave the U.S. None were on terror watchlists. One had a speeding ticket. Some were asked about their religion and their ethnic origins, and had the validity of their U.S. citizenship questioned."
Why cooperate? Fifth Amendment right to silence. Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Most importantly? Assure the bastards you will sue.
"What most of them have in common — 23 of the 25 — is that they are Muslim, like Shibly, whose parents are from Syria."
"Data provided by the Department of Homeland Security shows that searches of cellphones by border agents has exploded, growing fivefold in just one year, from fewer than 5,000 in 2015 to nearly 25,000 in 2016. According to DHS officials, 2017 will be a blockbuster year. Five-thousand devices were searched in February alone, more than in all of 2015."
This is no more than the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich. Why travel? Why subject yourself to this goddamned bullshit? Have no choice? Then sue the living shit out of the bastards when so harassed and/or physically assaulted, falsely imprisoned. All the more reason as well, manufacturers need to ramp up encryption and other security on these phones to ensure it takes years for the bastards to gain access. These pieces of law enforcement excrement are in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment. No probable cause. No signed warrant.
"That's shocking," said Mary Ellen Callahan, former chief privacy officer at the Department of Homeland Security. She wrote the rules and restrictions on how CBP should conduct electronic searches back in 2009. "That [increase] was clearly a conscious strategy, that's not happenstance." "This really puts at risk both the security and liberty of the American people," said Senator Ron Wyden, D-Oregon. "Law abiding Americans are being caught up in this digital dragnet."
If you must travel, why carry a digital device? Smarten up. You can certainly live without one short-term. Didn't we all years ago? If you have to make calls, use a throwaway such as a Tracfone. If you have no phone or other digital device on your person when leaving or re-entering the country, there's nothing containing personal information for the jackbooted bastards to search. A business traveler? You're out of luck, -- unless your company provides a properly secured device.
Resistance must be ferocious, but peaceful. If not, you grant the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue carte blanche to murder on the job. As our formerly great country continues to nazify, the doomsday clock strikes ever closer to midnight. An unwanted dreaded second American revolution already catastrophically looming on the horizon. Hear the rumble?
"This is just going to grow and grow and grow," said Senator Wyden. "There's tremendous potential for abuse here."
We're already there, Senator. When are you going to get off your ass and do something legislatively about this scourge?
"What CBP agents call "detaining" cellphones didn't start after Donald Trump's election. The practice began a decade ago, late in the George W. Bush administration, but was highly focused on specific individuals."
In direct violation of the Fourth Amendment. No probable cause. No signed search warrant.
"The more aggressive tactics of the past two years, two senior intelligence officials told NBC News, were sparked by a string of domestic incidents in 2015 and 2016 in which the watch list system and the FBI failed to stop American citizens from conducting attacks. The searches also reflect new abilities to extract contact lists, travel patterns and other data from phones very quickly."
All the more reason not to carry a digital device when traveling out of the country. All the more reason to pressure manufacturers to produce devices highly secure. Effectively resistant to these out of control jackbooted criminal bastards.
"DHS has published more than two dozen reports detailing its extensive technological capability to forensically extract data from mobile devices, regardless of password protection on most Apple and Android phones. The reports document its proven ability to access deleted call logs, videos, photos, and emails to name a few, in addition to the Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram apps."
The real threat to the American public is no terrorist, no foreign power or government, none of the criminal element. It is now U.S. government at all levels and branches of government. These bastards present an ever increasing exigent threat to all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. As Franklin wisely opined well over two hundred years ago, anyone willing to trade liberty for security deserves and winds up with neither. That's precisely where we are, now, in Nazi America. Our 'protectors' have become the true threat.
"But the officials caution that rhetoric about a Muslim registry and ban during the presidential campaign also seems to have emboldened federal agents to act more forcefully. "The shackles are off," said Hugh Handeyside, a staff attorney with the ACLU's National Security Project. "We see individual officers and perhaps supervisors as well pushing those limits, exceeding their authority and violating people's rights."
Precisely, why it is absolutely necessary to sue the living shit out of the jackbooted nazi bastards in blue.
Here is the problem:
"And multiple sources told NBC News that law enforcement and the Intelligence Community are exploiting a loophole to collect intelligence. Under the Fourth Amendment, law enforcement needs at least reasonable suspicion if they want to search people or their possessions within the United States. But not at border crossings, and not at airport terminals. "The Fourth Amendment, even for U.S. citizens, doesn't apply at the border," said Callahan. "That's under case law that goes back 150 years."
That law is egregiously unconstitutional. The Founders? Spinning in their graves. Adolf? Benito? Grinning ear to ear on their fiery perches. Nazi America. The Fourth Reich. Hear the rumble?
"The ACLU's Handeyside noted that while the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement doesn't apply at the border, its "general reasonableness" requirement still does, and is supposed to protect against unreasonable searches and seizures. "That may seem nuanced, but it's a critical distinction, said Handeyside. "We don't surrender our constitutional rights at the border."
This law needs to be re-examined. Challenged in court. Let's see if the nazis on the U.S. Supreme court rule it constitutional.
"Customs and Border officers can search travelers without any level of suspicion. They have the legal authority to go through any object crossing the border within 100 miles, including smartphones and laptops. They have the right to take devices away from travelers for five days without providing justification. In the absence of probable cause, however, they have to give the devices back."
All the more reason to remain nowhere near the border. If you need to be near the border, carry no digital devices.
"CBP also searches people on behalf of other federal law enforcement agencies, sending its findings back to partners in the DEA, FBI, Treasury and the National Counterterrorism Center, among others."
Think the CBP jackbooted bastards aren't helping these other agencies to avoid having to get a warrant? Forget? We're living in a nazi country. A fascist police-state. The Fourth Reich. A democratic republic? Believe so?
"Callahan thinks that CBP's spike in searches means it is exploiting the loophole "in order to get information they otherwise might not have been able to."
Indeed. Remember the following covered in an earlier edition of this publication?
"On January 31, an engineer from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was pulled into additional screening upon his return to the U.S. after a two-week vacation in Chile. Despite being cleared by the Global Entry program, Sidd Bikkannavar received an "X" on his customs form. He is not Muslim, and he is not from any of the seven countries named in President Trump's original "travel ban" executive order. Half his family comes from India but he was born and raised in California."
Didn't matter to the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue. Why would it? Forget? We live in a goddamned fascist police-state. The Fourth Reich.
"Bikkannavar was brought into a closed room and told to hand over his phone and passcode. He paid particular notice to the form CBP handed him which explained it had the right to copy the contents of the phone, and that the penalty for refusal was "detention." "I didn't know if that meant detention of the phone or me and I didn't want to find out," said Bikkannavar. He tried to refuse but the officer repeatedly demanded the PIN. Eventually he acquiesced."
He's a goddamned gutless coward. Why cooperate? Why give the bastards a PIN or password? Let these pieces of jackbooted shit spend the time, effort, money to crack into the digital device. If you cowardly capitulate, the bastards are reinforced. Take it as carte blanche to do it to others.
"Once they had that, they had everything," Bikkannavar said. That access allowed CBP officers to review the backend of his social media accounts, work emails, call and text history, photos and other apps. He had expected security might physically search any travelers for potential weapons but accessing his digital data felt different. "Your whole digital life is on your phone."
That's precisely why it is achingly stupid to own such a phone. -- Until manufacturers exponentially improve security. Make sure the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue have to spend years trying to access it.
"CBP also regularly searches people leaving the country. On February 9, Haisam Elsharkawi was stopped by security while trying to board his flight out of Los Angeles International Airport. He said that six Customs officers told him he was randomly selected. They demanded access to his phone and when he refused, Elsharkawi said they handcuffed him, locked him in the airport's lower level and asked questions including how he became a citizen. Elsharkawi thought he knew his rights and demanded access to legal counsel."
Should have told them to go f--k themselves. Fifth Amendment right to silence. Sixth Amendment right to legal counsel. You do have those rights.
"They said if I need a lawyer, then I must be guilty of something," said Elsharkawi, and Egyptian-born Muslim and naturalized U.S. citizen. After four hours of questioning in detention, he unlocked his smartphone and, after a search, was eventually released. Elsharkawi said he intends to sue the Department of Homeland Security."
Gutless coward. Should have remained silent. Given the bastards nothing. Silver lining, however? Intends to sue. -- Short of an unwanted dreaded revolution, the only thing the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue, their handlers, and this goddamned nazi government understand.
"The current policy has not been updated since 2009. Jayson Ahern, who served in CBP under both Bush and Obama, signed off on the current policy. He said the electronic searches are supposed to be based on specific, articulable facts that raise security concerns. They are not meant to be random or routine or applied liberally to border crossers. "That's reckless and that's how you would lose the authority, never mind the policy."
The judiciary is the problem. Won't enforce the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights. Have certainly allowed all civil and constitutional rights and liberties to be bastardized, eviscerated over the years. Precisely, what the Founders were so afraid would happen. It has. Wake up.
"The Customs & Border Patrol policy manual says that electronic devices fall under the same extended search doctrine that allows them to scan bags in the typical security line."
Bullshit. Unadulterated bullshit. They've arbitrarily exponentially extended their power unconstitutionally. One thing to search for a bomb or weapon. Another to access the contents of a digital device. The Fourth Amendment remains abundantly clear. These criminal jackbooted bastards in blue have clearly unconstitutionally stepped over the line. Way over the line. They are the threat to national security, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.
"Since the policy was written in 2009, legal advocates argue, several court cases have set new precedents that could make some CBP electronic searches illegal. Several former DHS officials pointed to a 2014 Supreme Court ruling in Riley v California that determined law enforcement needed a warrant to search electronic devices when a person is being arrested. The court ruled unanimously, and Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion."
Indeed and to his credit, this normally outrageously fascist bastard did just that:
"Modern cellphones are not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans 'the privacies of life,'" wrote Roberts. "The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought."
CBP had an outrageously bogus answer:
"Because that case happened outside of the border context, however, CBP lawyers have repeatedly asserted in court that the ruling does not apply to border searches."
Why hasn't this outrageously unconstitutional law not been recently challenged in court? Why not? Who cares about the case history? Litigate. Challenge it.
"For now a Department of Justice internal bulletin has instructed that, unless border officers have a search warrant, they need to take protective measures to limit intrusions, and make sure their searches do not access travelers' digital cloud data. The 'cloud' is all content not directly stored on a device, which includes anything requiring internet to access, like email and social media."
Not good enough. Nowhere f--king near. The constitutionality of the law needs to be challenged in court.
"On February 20, Sen. Wyden wrote to DHS Secretary John Kelly demanding details on electronic search-practices used on U.S. citizens, and referred to the extent of electronic searches as government "overreach". As of publication, he had yet to receive an answer."
The fascist bastard is clearly stonewalling.
"Now Sen. Wyden says that as early as next week he plans to propose a bill that would require CBP to at least obtain a warrant to search electronics of U.S. citizens, and explicitly prevent officers from demanding passwords. "The old rules ... seem to be on the way to being tossed in the garbage can," said Senator Wyden. "I think it is time to update the law."
Time to follow the Constitution. Challenge the constitutionality of the old law. The criminal jackbooted bastards are out of uniform. Where are their swastika armbands?
"Asked about the Shibly case, a CBP spokesperson declined to comment, but said the Homeland Security Inspector General is investigating. The spokesperson said the agency can't comment on open investigations or particular travelers, but that it "firmly denies any accusations of racially profiling travelers based on nationality, race, sex, religion, faith, or spiritual beliefs."
The fascist son of a bitch is lying.
"Explaining the sharp increase in electronic searches, a department spokesperson told NBC News: "CBP has adapted and adjusted to align with current threat information, which is based on intelligence."
The hell it is. The first priority of any government agency is not 'security.' It's adhering to the United States Constitution. If not, that's when these abuses commence.
"A spokesman also noted that searches of citizens leaving the U.S. protect against the theft of American industrial and national security secrets."
A direct violation of the Fourth Amendment. That is, the requirement of probable cause and a signed search warrant. The ends don't justify the means. Clearly, this nazi asshole has no clue.
"The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also has filed two dozen complaints against CBP this year for issues profiling Muslim Americans. CAIR and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are considering legal action against the government for what they consider to be unconstitutional searches at the border."
Sue the living shit out of the bastards. Draw as much attention as possible. This scourge, if uncorrected, will lead to the unthinkable. An unwanted dreaded second American revolution already catastrophically looming on the horizon. Hear the rumble?
The quotes above are courtesy of the following most gifted, insightful writers: Cynthia McFadden, E.D. Cauchi, William M. Arkin, and Kevin Monahan.
Nobody seems to be onboard with the proposed Trump budget. The Washington Post reports:
"Defense hawks, rural conservatives and even some of Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters in Congress sharply criticized the president’s first budget proposal on Thursday, pushing back on the huge potential hike in defense spending as insufficient and decrying some other cuts to federal agencies and programs."
Democrats? No happier. For different reasons, of course. Even the Republicans understand that:
“The left is not going to let him decrease non-defense discretionary to the extent that he wants to,” Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) told reporters on Thursday. “We’re going to have to find a different way to balance the budget.”
Indeed. The Trump nazi's proposed increased in military spending is outrageous. We already have the best fighting force in the world. Second to none. The United States spends more on defense than the next seven countries combined. When is enough, -- enough?
Fox News is pissing and moaning about the UN taking an increasingly hard stance against the Israeli aggressor:
"A just-published United Nations report that claims to find Israel guilty of the “crime of apartheid,” is only one element of a broader legal and propaganda offensive being pushed by an obscure U.N. regional commission to stigmatize America’s close ally and build support for the Palestinian cause, according to documents examined by Fox News."
For damned good reason. The Israeli aggressor continues to determinedly seize Palestinian land, violate Palestinian human rights, commit war crimes against the Palestinians, etc.. The list can go on and on. ... And has, in earlier editions.
"The offensive has been gestating for at least two years within the U.N.’s Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), whose entire membership are Arab states, and is timed to this year’s 50th anniversary of the 1967 war between Arab states and Israel, which resulted in Israel’s control of the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza."
What better time to do so? Expose the continuing injustice for precisely what it is.
"At least one additional report commissioned by ESCWA, attempting to create an “innovative” and “scientific” methodology for estimated the cost of Israel’s 50-year control of the territories, is still in the works, with the aim of demanding billions in reparations for Palestinians."
Great news. The aggressor has been stealing Palestinian land since it invaded Palestine in 1948. Continues to do so to this very day.
"A third aspect of the strategy is an elaborate proposed propaganda campaign against the Israeli occupation, making use of U.N. institutions and a variety of diplomatic and media channels, to create a new , sympathetic “brand” for Palestinians as victims “that would cause a snowball effect, thus altering public opinion globally in record time,” as an ESCWA background paper puts it."
"Propaganda?" How is it 'propaganda' when it's the goddamned truth? Has been the truth since the invader invaded. Only 'propaganda' to the Nazi Right in this country. ... Fascists, who determinedly ignore war crimes the Israeli aggressor continually commits against the Palestinians. ... Like using American-supplied F-16s to drop 2000 lb. bombs in highly-populated Palestinian neighborhoods during uprisings. In direct violation of U.S. export law which proscribes such weapons use for offensive purposes.
"The resolution also called for an “ESCWA media and communications strategy aimed at increasing global awareness,” of, among other things, “Israeli violations of Palestinian rights and international law,” and orders the bureaucracy to “increase activities on Palestine and organize special activities to mark” the 1967 anniversary."
Again, good news. What are they bitching about? An inconvenient truth?
"The apartheid report caused an eruption of outrage from U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley when it was officially published under U.N. auspices on March 15. She noted it came “from a body whose membership nearly universally does not recognize Israel,” and demanded the U.N. officially “withdraw” the report from circulation."
Tough shit. Why should they withdraw a report that exposes the truth to the light of day? Indeed, an inconvenient truth nazis in the Republican Party remain loathe to address.
"Haley heaped additional scorn on the co-author of the 306-page document: Richard Falk, a notoriously anti-Israel academic who often provoked U.S. irritation for his anti-Semitic statements and anti-U.S. diatribes during a six-year term as U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of the Palestinian people."
Criticizing the State of Israel, that is, the Israeli government, is not necessarily one and the same as anti-Semitism. Forget? There are many Israelis themselves who ferociously disagree with their government vis a vis Israeli victimization of the Palestinians. Does this make these Israelis anti-Semitic?
"Falk has, among other things, cast doubt on the “official version” of the 9/11 attacks as the work of Islamic terrorists and after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings remarked that the “American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world.”
This is also most indicative of a most inconvenient truth, we as Americans, determinedly, concertedly fail to understand. Blinders remain on. Can't see the forest for the trees. Precisely, why we've fought war after war since 1950 to line the pockets of corporate war profiteers. Yet, we continue to delude ourselves, haughtily claiming 'exceptionalism.'
Nazis in the Republican Party still falsely claim we did native Americans and slaves a favor. Supposedly, 'improved' them culturally. That's not to say, however, that Falk himself is supported by this publication. Or, his views regarding a re-write of history vis a vis the 9/11 attacks. Only that we, as Americans, have been too quick to overlook war crimes committed by the Israelis.
In follow up to the above, Fox News reports:
"The Trump administration said Monday that it is boycotting a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, amid growing concerns by the administration over the U.N.’s anti-Israel stance."
What's that? What in particular? What for? Upholding the truth? Holding the Israeli aggressor responsible for its atrocities?
"The boycott, first reported by The Washington Free Beacon, comes as the council was expected to adopt a number of anti-Israel resolutions Monday. The council has long been criticized as one of the U.N.’s most anti-Israel bodies."
Why? For holding the aggressor responsible for stealing Palestinian land? Killing Palestinians who resist the aggressor? Doing so on a continuous basis since Holocaust survivors invaded Palestine in 1948? -- This invasion, sanctioned not only by the United States and Europe, but the UN as well.
"State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that one particular agenda item -- "Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories” – was “yet another reminder of that body's long-standing bias against Israel.”
Why? What for? What are you so opposed to? The truth? Standing up against atrocities perpetrated by the Israeli aggressor against the Palestinians? Such as using American-supplied F-16s to drop 2,000 lb. bombs in highly-populated civilian areas in direct violation of U.S. export law proscribing such weapons use for offensive purposes? Wake up.
“As an expression of our deeply-held conviction that this bias must be addressed in order for the Council to realize its legitimate purpose, the United States decided not to attend the Council's Item Seven General Debate session,” Toner said, adding that the U.S. will vote against every resolution under the agenda item, and encourage other countries to do the same."
The Trump nazi and his henchmen will not, under any circumstances, be confused by the truth.
Indeed, the Trump nazi and his henchmen won't be confused with the truth, period. NBC News reports:
"British spy agency GCHQ has issued a rare and angry denial of a "ridiculous" allegation, repeated by White House press secretary Sean Spicer, that it eavesdropped on President Donald Trump during the election campaign. The signal intelligence agency went public after Spicer quoted a Fox New analyst to support Trump's so-far-unfounded claim that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama."
In follow up to an earlier edition, NPR reports:
"President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, collected more than $50,000 from Russian companies, including a Kremlin-backed television network, according to documents released in a congressional inquiry."
Think he's not bought and paid for?
"That total came from several sources. In one case, Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, was paid more than $33,000 to speak at a conference in Moscow sponsored by RT, the government-run news organization. Flynn sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin during dinner at the event. The speaking engagement was held in December 2015, just two months before Flynn became a formal adviser to Trump's presidential campaign."
Think he wasn't compromised?
"The documents include emails from RT explaining that Flynn was invited to the event for his "expertise as an intelligence professional" and "to talk about the decision-making process in the White House — and the role of the intelligence community in it."
Treason? Think not? Just because a Republican did it?
"Those documents were obtained from Leading Authorities, a firm that arranges Flynn's speaking engagements. It was paid more than $11,000 to arrange the December dinner event. Other documents released show Flynn was paid $11,250 by a Russian airline. He was paid the same amount by Kaspersky Government Security Solutions. The Russian cybersecurity firm is a subsidiary of Kaspersky Labs, an underwriter of NPR."
Interesting, isn't it? No problem with the above? None at all?
"Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, released a statement saying he wants the Defense Department to recover those payments. He says they violate the Constitution's Emoluments Clause, which bars retired military officials from accepting gifts or payments from any foreign government."
The law? Constitution? Not apply to Republicans?
"Cummings has sent a letter to Trump, Defense Secretary James Mattis and FBI Director James Comey, asking whether Flynn disclosed his communications with and payments from Russian agents during his vetting process for national security adviser. Flynn resigned from that role last month after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Pence and other senior White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S."
Think the Trump nazi, his henchmen will comply with the request? Coup de grace? Get this:
"This is not the first time Flynn has conducted business associated with foreign governments. He recently registered with the Justice Department acknowledging he worked as a foreign agent last year representing the Turkish government. Papers showed he was paid $530,000 for lobbying work on its behalf."
Aside from the law and Constitution, consider this becoming of a retired United States general?
The above quotes are courtesy of a most gifted, insightful writer, Jackie Northam.
The public doesn't seem to be in goose step with Republican nazis in the Texas Legislature. The Texas Standard reports:
"In a 10-hour hearing ending shortly after midnight, the Texas House State Affairs committee listened to the public address their concerns and support for the “sanctuary cities” bill on Wednesday. Senate Bill 4 seeks to punish local government officials and college campuses that refuse to enforce immigration laws. It also would allow local police to enforce immigration laws as long as the officer is working with federal officers or under an agreement between federal and local government."
Apparently, the public isn't supportive:
"James Barragán, reporter for the Dallas Morning News, was at Wednesday’s hearing. He says since 8 a.m., people were lined up to offer testimony – and most of the 638 people signed up were against the bill. Barragán says he saw children, church pastors and law enforcement amongst those who opposed the bill."
Yet, Republican nazis in the Legislature won't likely be confused with the truth.
“There was a lot of really poignant and moving testimony from kids, people who had been immigrants themselves – some of whom were close to tears sometimes in speaking,” he says. “There was some sadness. There was some anger. A really emotional hearing.”
Likely, won't matter. Our national socialist Governor backs this bill. Remains staunchly in favor of imposing his brand of nazism on our state. No matter what the public thinks or doesn't think. ... Right, Greg?
Think the Trump nazi a populist? The Washington Post reports:
"If you’re a poor person in America, President Trump’s budget proposal is not for you. Trump has unveiled a budget that would slash or abolish programs that have provided low-income Americans with help on virtually all fronts, including affordable housing, banking, weatherizing homes, job training, paying home heating oil bills, and obtaining legal counsel in civil matters."
Think his base will return him to office? His fellow Republicans are already distancing themselves. To say nothing of Democrats. Surprised?
The Trump nazi continues to fight the judiciary vis a vis his immigration executive orders. Republicans are not happy campers. Certainly, want the judiciary to goose step along. The Washington Times reports:
"This week’s rulings against President Trump’s revised executive order on travel and refugees have sparked heated pushback from Republicans on Capitol Hill, who say judges have crossed the line to become adversaries of this White House — and suggested retribution could be coming."
Are achingly clueless Republican nazis threatening retribution to the third branch of government? Don't these goddamned nazis understand the judiciary is supposed to be check and balance against an out of control Executive?
"Even some judges seemed worried about the tenor of recent rulings, saying their colleagues appeared to be letting personal beliefs taint their legal reasoning."
Isn't it, precisely, the other way around? That is, the Trump nazi and his henchmen are taking a direct hard dump on the Constitution? The First Amendment Establishment Clause as well as Freedom of Religion? These nazi bastards in the Oval Office are imposing a de facto travel ban on Muslims. This is intolerable in a democratic republic based on the Constitution. Republican 'judges' who falsely claim their peers are allowing their personal beliefs to interfere with their judgment are themselves doing precisely the same:
“As tempting as it is to use the judicial power to balance those competing interests as we see fit, we cannot let our personal inclinations get ahead of important, overarching principles about who gets to make decisions in our democracy,” Judge Jay Bybee, of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote in a dissent Wednesday. He said his colleagues erred in not agreeing to rehear Mr. Trump’s defense of his original executive order."
Bullshit. You've just done precisely the same yourself, Mr. Bybee. That is, allowed your personal beliefs to interfere with your judgment.
"Mr. Trump has now battled the courts for a month and a half over his vetting policy. He lost in a federal court in Seattle, won in a Boston court, then lost in the 9th Circuit."
Hopefully, he and his fellow nazis will keep losing. This achingly fascist, national socialist, insane nazi now occupying the Oval Office continues to disgrace himself and our formerly great country on a daily basis.
"Late Wednesday, a federal judge in Hawaii said it wasn’t good enough and that Mr. Trump’s harsh rhetoric about Muslims during the presidential campaign has poisoned his efforts. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued a nationwide temporary restraining order. “This is judicial activism at its worst,” said Rep. Jeff Duncan, South Carolina Republican."
Why, Congressman? Because it reins in an insane, achingly fascist, Republican dictator?
"Democrats countered that they were happy to see courts brave Mr. Trump and step in to stop him. “I’m grateful for the judiciary system,” said Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan, California Democrat. “It’s a checks-and-balance system that we have in this country that is meant to provide the oversight when you have a president who is doing whatever he wants to regardless of the law.”
Indeed. That' precisely the purpose of the judiciary. To act as a check and balance against tyranny.
Republican fascists continue to feel the heat. Can't seem to control themselves when pressured. NBC News reports:
"A Republican congressman from Texas is facing sharp criticism after telling one of his constituents to "shut up" during a fiery exchange at a town hall over his vote against a bill that aims to stop violence against women."
This clueless GOP son of a bitch doesn't understand growing anger in the community.
"A cellphone video obtained by The Dallas Morning News captured Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) losing his composure in Frost, Texas, over the weekend after an attendee questions Barton's decision not to support legislation to combat violence against women."
Critical to record all such occurrences. Expose these bastards for whom and what they truly are publicly.
"Barton responds to the question by saying, "On the first bill that I voted against, that's a true statement, and I voted against it because I think that's a state issue, not a federal issue."
Bullshit. Unadulterated bullshit. It's both.
"The comment elicited several loud boos and taunts, including those from a man who says "It's violence against women, that's a national issue. That is an issue that impacts everyone everywhere, not only in this country but everywhere."
Indeed, it is. Yet, the GOP nazi has an agenda. Won't be confused with the truth. Places partisanship before principle. Both major political parties remain routinely guilty of this.
"Barton frustratingly tries to speak over the boisterous crowd to no avail, leading him to aggressively point at a man in the audience and say "You, sir, shut up." That's when the crowd became more enraged."
As well it should have. Should have told the Congressman to put it where the son doesn't shine.
"What is this? You don't tell anyone to shut up. You work for us," another town hall attendee is heard yelling."
Wouldn't want to confuse a Republican nazi with the truth, would we?
Seems the Trump nazi and his henchmen are growing increasingly impatient with the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. Fox News reports:
"Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in an exclusive interview with Fox News, refused to rule out increased weaponization and even nuclearization of America’s East Asian allies to deter North Korean aggression."
Does the Trump regime truly believe this will restrain North Korea?
“We’re exchanging views,” Tillerson said, while standing a few feet within what is technically North Korean territory inside what is known as the Joint Security Area. “Nothing has been taken off the table,” he said, when asked whether he would rule out nuclearization of the peninsula, during the interview with Fox News. Tillerson, who’s called the past 20 years of diplomacy toward North Korea a failure, has said the world needs a new strategy."
What strategy is that, Mr. Secretary? Tillerson is certainly correct in his assessment the last two decades of diplomacy have yielded nothing. What will Trump do? Start a war? Initiate a preventive attack? With reportedly a one-million man army just above the DMZ poised to overrun the border? Use tactical nuclear weapons in a first strike? Knowing full well radiation exposure would kill American troops and millions of South Koreans?
There are no easy answers to this growing menace. Certainly, from day one in 1950 right up to and including the present. We never should have been there in the first place. Now, we're faced with quite a dangerous conundrum. A serious threat to our mainland. When the North Koreans soon develop full ICBM capability. What then? Think Tillerson has any answer other than meaningless rhetoric? To say nothing of the Trump nazi?
"If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level we believe requires action that option is on the table," Tillerson also said, adding the U.S. wants to avoid military conflict and hopes other measures convince North Korea to suspend its weapons programs."
Hasn't to date. Won't likely in the near future. ... Other than if the Chinese finally rein the bastards in. They've already reportedly suspended shipments of coal. Will have to do far more than that, however, -- if a nuclear confrontation with dire consequences for all is to be avoided.
If the following is true, the Trump nazi and his henchmen deliberately intend to inflame an already tense Middle East. NBC News reports:
"The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to make it easier for the CIA and the military to target terrorists with drone strikes, even if it means tolerating more civilian casualties, U.S. officials told NBC News. The military already has declared that parts of Yemen and Somalia are war zones — "areas of active hostilities" in Pentagon parlance — which means the U.S. has greater latitude to launch strikes even if civilian deaths are possible. That is part of a broad policy shift underway, U.S. officials say, to grant the CIA and the military more autonomy to target and kill al Qaeda and ISIS militants without presidential sign-off in countries such as Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan."
This will certainly increase the level of terror in response. Strengthen resolve of the enemy. Offer further proof to Muslims they are indeed being targeted. Likely, conveniently leading the Trump nazi and his fellow nazis in the GOP in turn to quickly expand the rate of nazification in our formerly great country. As they desperately consolidate Executive power, traitorously impose The Fourth Reich.
Sen. Ted "Screws Loose" Cruz, in his latest newsletter, haughtily states:
"This week, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Sen. Cruz that disapproves and nullifies a drug testing rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor during the final months of the Obama administration. That rule limited states’ congressionally intended discretion in implementing their unemployment compensation and unemployment insurance programs."
Know what this means? The Nazi State of Texas intends to drug test anyone applying for unemployment insurance. Lose a job? Your government masters in Nazi Texas will have you piss in a jar under supervision to collect benefits you earned. Paid for with a lower hourly wage. Question. Ferociously pointed question. When the f--k are We The People going to insist every goddamned leech on the taxpayer tit in Congress be drug tested?
When? This piece of national socialist shit, who supposedly represents us, needs to be the first goddamned asshole in line. This, from a writer who does not do drugs. Considers them an abomination. Who the hell is this goddamned nazi and his fellow GOP henchmen in Texas to force anyone to submit to a drug test to secure a benefit they have dearly paid for?
This is nazi nanny state bullshit. The GOP Nazi Right in this country excoriates Democrats for promulgating a nanny state. What do these goddamned nazis in the Republican Party think they're doing? F--k the nazi bastards. Hypocritical, achingly fascist, gutless sons of bitches. ... Right, TL?
Some additional propaganda from the Cruz nazi? Get this:
"Sen. Cruz and five Senate colleagues wrote a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson requesting an investigation of U.S. funds associated with promoting democracy and governance outside of the U.S. Recent troubling reports indicate that U.S. entities, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), have disbursed taxpayer funds to shape the judiciary, civil society, and political landscape of foreign countries to the benefit of left-leaning political groups at the expense of U.S. national interests. Of special concern are reports of funds going from USAID to organizations affiliated with George Soros-backed Open Society Foundations. “It is deeply disturbing that USAID and other U.S. government agencies may be involved in disbursing taxpayer funds to extreme political groups working to force change in foreign countries in ways that are at odds with U.S. national interests and potentially harmful to U.S. relations with those nations and the stability of their governments,” Sen. Cruz said."
Is that right? But these nazi bastards are more than willing to spend taxpayer money right here in Nazi America to dictate to a woman what she can and cannot do with her uterus. These haughty fascists practice medicine without a license to dictate what unnecessary medical procedures are required before she can exercise her constitutional right to abort.
These medically unnecessary procedures require an invasive trans vaginal ultrasound that physicians consider sexual assault. Yet, these Republican nazis condescendingly, patronizingly insist they're requiring this in the best interests of the 'lil lady.' What they're truly doing is forcing their outrageously perverse ideological and religious views by statute on women in direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is, freedom from religion. In direct violation of their oaths of office to protect and defend the United States Constitution. Goddamned, hypocritical, Republican nazis.
"I hope that Secretary Tillerson will treat this matter with urgency and conduct a comprehensive review to ensure that American taxpayers are not funding a radical agenda overseas.”
But the achingly fascist bastards in the Republican Party are more than willing to spend taxpayer dollars right here in Nazi America imposing and expanding their goddamned national socialist, nazi agenda. ... Right, TL? TB?
Think the Trump nazi and his henchmen in the Republican Party are looking out for your best interests? ... Or, the best interests of the corporate management suite. Wake up. NBC News reports:
"Despite the country's focus on the American Health Care Act, a smaller bill is also working its way through Congress — one that could overturn years of legislative protections for patients. This bill would potentially pressure patients to submit to genetic testing as part of worker wellness programs, with the goal of better assessing someone's health risk profile. If a person doesn't agree to the tests — employers or health insurance companies could jack up their health insurance costs."
Straight out of the GOP playbook. Tell the public one thing. Do another. Bamboozle sick sycophants. Promise them the world. Then f--k them hard in the ass without the K-Y. Not that the Democratic Party is any better. Where have they been since the JFK assassination in 1963?
"... the Genetic Information Non Discrimination Act or "GINA", which was signed by President George W. Bush, prohibited health insurers and employers from forcing people to submit to genetic testing or to use the tests to discriminate. Notably, it prevented employers from using the information to make employment decisions. Insurers could not use genetic tests to deny coverage or charge higher premiums. Today's new GOP sponsored bill, HR 1313, introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and referred to as the "Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act", would remove a lot of these prior protections. The bill circumvents worker genetic privacy by saying that as long as the collection of "information about the manifested disease or disorder" is part of "a workplace wellness program offered by an employer or in conjunction with an employer-sponsored health plan", it doesn't violate GINA."
Imagine that. Bait and switch. Hoping the dopey bastards don't see you've hard f--ked them, -- to line the pockets of your corporate masters.
" Furthermore, employers would be able to access these results as long as they were linked to a wellness program. Results from a family member could potentially affect others who share a genetic relationship. "When it comes to genetic health, it ought to be nobody's business," Art Caplan, a professor of bioethics at New York University's Langone Medical center told NBC News."
That's right. Not to GOP nazis, however. Their corporate masters, who so generously line their bottomless pockets, come first. Not the public. Not at all. The hopelessly greedy bastards in the corporate management suite, and shareholders are the first priority of Republican national socialists. ... Right, TL? TB?
"Employers may be allowed to offer substantial health insurance premium rebates to workers who took part in wellness programs, which force employees to submit to health risk assessments, including genetic screening. Those who don't opt into the program or the testing would be forced to pay a hefty financial penalty. The bill also weakens the ability of the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission in overseeing wellness programs and preventing violations of anti-discrimination laws. "This is ethically very wrong," said Caplan. "This is sensitive information that not only reveals important information about you, but also about your siblings and kids."
Doesn't matter to GOP national socialists. The corporation comes first. Whatever happened to rugged individualism once championed by Republican nazis? Put up with this goddamned bullshit? Literally bare your ass for corporate inspection by the company doctor? Compliantly piss into a cup under supervision? You're achingly, gutlessly stupid. Get what you deserve.
"Nearly 70 organizations — including the AARP, the American Diabetes Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the March of Dimes — wrote a letter to Rep. Foxx last week stating that the bill fundamentally undermined basic patient protections."
Doesn't matter to Republican fascists. The corporation remains lord and master. Forget? GOP nazis bastardize religion to fit their national socialist predilections. Unlike Marxist socialists who have no religion. The end result, however, is exactly the same. The bottom and middle class are viciously ass-f--ked without the K-Y.
Under the Trump nazi, his henchmen, as well as the GOP-owned Texas Legislature, guess what? The Texas Standard reports:
"Texas has the third largest number of homeless kids in public schools in the country. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, that a new study suggests these kids fall behind academically because they’re more prone to health problems."
The corporate management suite does not suffer from this. Neither do their lackeys in the Texas Legislature. Nor do the rest of the top 1% of the food chain.
"The study from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness ties homelessness and health to school performance. For example, in districts with more homeless kids than average, about a third of 3rd graders can read proficiently. In those with a below average homeless rate, more kids can read – almost half of those measured. Jeanne Stamp is the Project Director of the Texas Homeless Education Office in Austin. While her department focuses on academics, she works with health agencies because she agrees with the new study: performance suffers when health does."
Yet, Republican national socialists remain hellbent on eviscerating Medicaid. ... As long as these fascist bastards get theirs, no problem. F--k everyone else. ... Right, TL? TB?
“For us those issues come into play because obviously children that have those issues that go untreated without access to care aren’t very likely to be attending school very regularly or being successful in school,” she says."
Yet, they'll send out officers. Haul the parents into court. Loot the living shit out of them with fines and 'court costs.'
"The report says homeless high school students have worse health outcomes than others, they disproportionately face the most extreme health risks, and are also more likely to take advantage of school-based clinics. The study also suggests more homeless students are depressed and arrive to school hungry than those who aren’t.”
Then, the GOP considers them ready to be productive members of the work force?
"As of 2014 – the most recent year for available data – there were over 100,000 homeless people in Texas."
Doesn't matter to GOP nazis. Forget? They get theirs. The rest of us? Hard f--ked. That's all that matters.
"One-thousand people in the South Texas town of Mission have signed a petition that opposes the construction of a shelter for immigrant children in their area, saying it “could devalue their property.” Kristian Hernandez, reporter for The Monitor in McAllen, says the Rio Grande Valley Baptist Church was planning to build a 27-acre facility to house unaccompanied minors caught crossing the U.S. border. He explains that many of the residents pushing back against the plan are retired Texans who winter in Mission. “At least half of them come down and they don’t live their year round, but the other half do,” he says. The city’s mayor, Norberto “Beto” Salinas, has said that he doesn’t support the construction of the shelter."
Yet another grand example of 'Christian' 'charity' in Nazi Texas. Home of the greedy at expense of the needy. ... Right, TL? TB?
Transparency remains a problem for both major political parties. Not just the Trump nazi, his henchmen, and fellow Republican fascists. ABC News reports:
"The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government."
Pitiful. Nothing new, however.
"For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn't find a single page of files that were requested."
The bastards lied. Can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit.
"And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees."
The mark of a dictator. Both parties.
"The government acknowledged when challenged that it had been wrong to initially refuse to turn over all or parts of records in more than one-third of such cases, the highest rate in at least six years."
Empty rhetoric. Goddamned dictatorial government. Founders? Spinning in their graves.
"Of the $36.2 million in legal costs fighting such lawsuits last year, the Justice Department accounted for $12 million, the Homeland Security Department for $6.3 million and the Pentagon for $4.8 million. The three departments accounted for more than half the government's total records requests last year."
For public information. Information that belongs to the people. Not the nazis running government.
"The figures reflect the final struggles of the Obama administration during the 2016 election to meet President Barack Obama's pledge that it was "the most transparent administration in history," despite wide recognition of serious problems coping with requests under the information law. It received a record 788,769 requests for files last year and spent a record $478 million answering them and employed 4,263 full-time FOIA employees across more than 100 federal departments and agencies. That was higher by 142 such employees the previous year."
When Obama pledged transparency at the beginning of his regime, the bastard lied. Trump nazi? Far worse.
No one provides care like Planned Parenthood. Think not? Wake up. GOP nazis are bamboozling you. CBS News reports:
"Last summer, Texas gave $1.6 million to an anti-abortion organization called the Heidi Group to help strengthen small clinics that specialize in women’s health like Planned Parenthood but don’t offer abortions. The goal was to help the clinics boost their patient rolls and show there would be no gap in services if the nation’s largest abortion provider had to scale back."
A miserable failure, Republican fascists remain too gutless to concede.
"The effort offered a model other conservative states could follow if Republicans make their long-sought dream of defunding Planned Parenthood a reality under President Donald Trump. Several states are already moving to curtail the organization’s funds."
To unconstitutionally impose their achingly perverse ideological and religious views by statute. In direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is, freedom from religion. Hear the rumble?
"But eight months later, the Heidi Group has little to show for its work. An Associated Press review found the nonprofit has done little of the outreach it promised, such as helping clinics promote their services on Facebook, or airing public service announcements. It hasn’t made good on plans to establish a 1-800 number to help women find providers or ensure that all clinics have updated websites."
Where's the $1.6 million? Where's the criminal investigation? Where? Who lined their pockets? Thought you GOP nazis were conservatives.
"Neither the group nor state officials would say how many patients have been served so far by the private clinics."
Why not? Where's the transparency? Accountability, for obviously misused taxpayer funds?
"The Heidi Group is led by Carol Everett, a prominent anti-abortion activist and influential conservative force in the Texas Legislature."
Why isn't this woman and her group being criminally investigated? Where's the accountability? Yet, Republican nazis in the Legislature remain gutlessly, hypocritically, deafeningly silent.
"The Heidi Group is an evangelical nonprofit that started in the 1990s and is best known for promoting alternatives to abortion. It operates with a relatively small budget, taking in about $186,000 in grants and donations in 2015, according to tax records, and had not been doing patient care."
Then, why did GOP nazis give them $1.6 million? Why?
Think government regulators are not in the pockets of the corporations they regulate? Wake up. The Washington Post reports:
"I.M. Healthy Brand SoyNut Butter, a peanut-free sandwich spread, is hastily pulling its jars from store shelves. Last week, the company learned some of its product was contaminated with the bacteria E. coli — an outbreak that has, as of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent update on March 7, caused five kidney failures and eight hospitalizations. The SoyNut Butter and a related granola were sold in stores across the country, according to the Food and Drug Administration. It was also served in an untold number of child-care centers and schools. The FDA does not specify, however, which stores, centers or schools — because that would violate its interpretation of an obscure trade secret rule."
Hard to believe, isn't it?
"This interpretation differs from that of other agencies in the federal food safety system, an overlapping and often illogical network of regulatory fiefdoms. The system, which is responsible for keeping food free of bacteria and other pathogens, frequently has to weigh the very real interests of private food companies against potential risks to the public. In the case of releasing retailer lists during major outbreaks, the FDA has historically sided with business, ruling that such lists constitute “confidential commercial information” and thus should not be available for public consumption."
Clearly, corporate interests trump public safety. Think this will improve under the Trump nazi and his determined effort to deregulate? To line the bottomless pockets of his corporate cronies and the rest of the top 1%.
"Critics say that the agency’s unwillingness to share this information poses a clear danger to public health, particularly in cases like the current E. coli outbreak, where parents may not know if their child consumed the recalled product. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 of the 16 people who have fallen ill were children."
Clearly, doesn't matter. The corporate management suite, shareholders come first.
"It could also prove relevant in incidents like last year's multistate hepatitis A outbreak, which was traced to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt and sold at several Tropical Smoothie Cafes. The FDA did not specifically reveal which locations, however — a measure that some experts say would have gotten the news to ill consumers faster. That's important in the case of an illness like hepatitis A, which can be treated with a vaccine for a limited period after exposure."
Corporate interests trump public safety. Certainly, any threat to the bottom line.
“Our mantra is that a more transparent food system is a safer food system,” said Thomas Gremillion, the director of food policy at the Consumer Federation of America. “And there a lots of instances where having that distribution list would help victims of food-borne illness.”
Doesn't matter. 'It's the money stupid.'
"When a company does issue a recall, it has wide latitude over the amount of information it shares; in some cases, a recall will never be made public. Recalls that are made public typically contain a description of the product and an explanation of the problem. But companies are not required to reveal where the product was sold — whether to a store, a school, a restaurant or another manufacturer that put it in other products."
Convenient, isn't it?
Amusingly, Glen Beck seems to be eschewing his Tea Party roots. Appears, to be softening his Hard Right ideology. CBS News reports:
"Former Fox News firebrand Glenn Beck said of President Trump’s newly revised travel ban that he agrees that an Islamist threat exists, but he criticized the White House, Congress and the media for failing to explain the difference between Islamists and Muslims."
Sounds like a Democrat or someone Independent, doesn't he? There is quite a difference between both monikers and their meaning.
"In an interview with Alex Wagner on CBSN Thursday, Beck, a prominent never-Trumper who supported Ted Cruz’s presidential candidacy, said that the vast majority of Muslims in America are “no different than Catholics or Mormons.” An Islamist, on the other hand, believes “that the Koran supercedes the Constitution or any country” and the country must be run by religious rule. He told Wagner that the fallout from failing to differentiate between Islamists and Muslims could have a dangerous cost: “We could see some sort of internment camp situation,” he predicted, “if there is a December 7th.” Beck was referring to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. “ We could head someplace we’ve been before and we don’t want to go again,” he warned."
As an Independent, can certainly see great wisdom in the point he's trying to get across.
“We’re losing our faith in everything. It’s concerning to me that we’re now going down this road of ‘deep state.’ We have to logically come together -- people on the right and the left that are fair minded -- let’s fix reason firmly in her seat and question everything honestly and look at all of it, and disprove this or prove this,” Beck pleaded. “We can’t go another year, let alone another four years with someone claiming that the government is somehow or another run by shadow people.”
A stunning change in tone and substance for this heretofore Hard Right, hard hitting, determinedly vituperative, formerly 'take no prisoners' mouthpiece.
The Washington Post has an interesting take:
"The so-called liberal media are preaching the good news about Glenn Beck in unison: He is redeemed! “Glenn Beck Is Sorry About All That,” the New York Times says. The New Yorker announces that “Glenn Beck Tries Out Decency.” The Atlantic catalogues “Glenn Beck’s Regrets.” In the publications that Beck for years dismissed as an effete elite that had led the nation astray, the notion that Beck has now apologized for everything he did to make America an uglier, louder, more fractious place is just too delicious to resist. Now, in a moment of deep gloom for the nation’s intellectuals, life delivers a gleaming gift: Glenn Beck, godfather to the tea party, cable news rabble-rouser of the first order, a hawker of ornate and dire conspiracy theories, not only has spent the past year as a Never Trumper but also has spurned his past and is testifying to the power of love, understanding and empathy — for liberals!"
Certainly, got a good laugh out of the above. Don't believe I'd take it anywhere near that far, however. LOL. There has been, though, quite a noticeable change in Beck. Apparently, he's having second thoughts about the rabid ideology of the Hard Right. Be interesting to see, as time passes, whether or not this is true, sustainable.
... Just when he appeared to be doing so well, LOL, now this. Get this. Fox News reports:
"Tomi Lahren has reportedly been suspended from TheBlaze following pro-choice comments she made on Friday’s episode of “The View.”
Who'd 'a 'thunk' it, no? LOL. Can't have that, can we? Free speech in nazi media? Indeed, an oxymoron. LOL.
"On Friday’s episode of “The View,” she told the audience she was pro-choice. “I’m someone that’s for limited government. So I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies,” she said. “I can sit here and say that, as a Republican and I can say, you know what, I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”
Here, here. No question. Certainly, sounds like a moderate in the Fox determinedly fascist environment, doesn't she? LOL. In reality, more like an Independent than a Republican or Democrat.
While Beck intensely decried her stand on abortion and allegedly had something to do with her suspension, he still acknowledged her right to those views, but apparently not the right to express them. Get it? Wish I did. LOL. ... At least he appears to be making some progress. LOL.
Ever hear of “Chevron deference?” CBS News reports:
"The basic idea is that Congress writes laws that often aren’t crystal clear. It leaves the details to federal agencies when it comes to things such as environmental regulations, workplace standards, consumer protections and even immigration law."
That's a problem for Republican fascists who want no imposition of regulations on their corporate masters. Why? Since the statutes aren't clear, open to interpretation by regulators, regulators are inclined to do their jobs. That is, prevent the corporate management suite from polluting the air, water, land, etc.. Consequence? Increases cost for business utterly intolerable to GOP nazis intent on lining the pockets of their corporate masters, -- who in turn line theirs.
'It's the money, stupid.' No more complicated than that. The bottom line. Damage to the environment? Of no concern to most Republicans. Can't seem to see that far ahead. Legislators, by nature, are not only achingly, falsely enamored with themselves, but insufferably lazy. Exactly, why they don't precisely delineate in law their intentions. Leave wiggle room.
Worse? Legislation on major bills can be thousands and thousands of pages long. No one even reads them in their entirety. Have no idea what they're voting on. Legislation is also as long as it is to impress constituents with the illusion the bastards are actually doing something. When in reality, nothing is being truly accomplished. Certainly, one of the reasons why Obamacare is failing.
Legislation should be no longer than two pages. Written in simple English. Rather than legalese that no one understands. Take a smaller bite at enormous problems. A little at a time as ramifications are learned. Instead, the bastards try to do it all at once. Fail miserably, then wonder why. Chevron deference would be no issue if bills were far shorter, understandable, -- and explicit.
The Republican fascist nominated by the Trump nazi, Neil Gorsuch, is expected to be grilled on this concept by Democrats during confirmation hearings.
"The Supreme Court’s 1984 ruling in Chevron v. NRDC says that in those situations, often murky, courts should rely on the experts at the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies to fill in the gaps. The opinion by Justice John Paul Stevens has been cited more than 15,000 times. Gorsuch is part of a growing conservative legal movement that questions the idea that judges should essentially step aside and let the agencies have their way. He has written favorably about a big change in the law that would give judges more power and potentially make it harder to sustain governmental regulations."
Republican nazis will use this as an excuse to gut regulations designed to reduce pollution. To line the pockets of their corporate masters, who in turn, line theirs. Republican nazis on the bench see this as a way to grant their corporate masters carte blanche to do as they please:
"Writing in a case involving immigration law last year, Gorsuch noted that court decisions “permit executive bureaucracies to swallow huge amounts of core judicial and legislative power and concentrate federal power in a way that seems more than a little difficult to square with the Constitution of the framers’ design. Maybe the time has come to face the behemoth.”
The handwriting is clearly on the wall. Gorsuch, as most, if not all judges, allow personal beliefs and ideology to dictate their actions in court. That is, they legislate their perverse ideological and religious views from the bench. Both sides do this. Amusingly, accuse the other of doing the same. Impartiality? A myth. Ruse. Not-so-cleverly designed to excuse their behavior on the bench. Further evidence of this? Get this:
"That view seemed to pick up support from Justice Samuel Alito when he spoke to a conservative group in Southern California in early February. Alito pointed to “a massive shift of lawmaking from the elected representatives of the people to unelected bureaucrats” that is a product of the high court’s willingness to give regulators wide latitude."
Convenient bastardization of the law, evisceration of whatever little 'impartiality' remains by the Alito nazi and others. To impose their ideological and religious views from the bench. Then lie to both themselves and the public. Falsely claim impartiality that does not exist. Just the illusion. Yet, another reason why an unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looms on the horizon. In a country, deeply divided. Hear the rumble?
In follow up to the above, confirmation hearings for the Republican Gorsuch nazi have begun. While he'll likely be rammed through by GOP fascists, Gorsuch will equally likely be questioned about the following allegation. NPR reports:
"A former law student of Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, alleges that in a course she took from Gorsuch at the University of Colorado Law School last year, the judge told his class that employers, specifically law firms, should ask women seeking jobs about their plans for having children and implied that women manipulate companies starting in the interview stage to extract maternity benefits."
If true, no more than blatant misogyny by this Republican national socialist. Likely a portend of things to come as he legislates his ideological and religious views from the bench if confirmed to the Supreme Court.
"The concerns were shared in a letter, posted Sunday evening by the National Employment Lawyers Association and the National Women's Law Center, written by Jennifer Sisk, a 2016 graduate of the University of Colorado Law School. It was sent on Friday to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif."
Likely won't make much difference since Republican nazis in the Senate are quite intent on ramming this nomination through. The following should raise a few eyebrows among gutless Democrats:
"On April 19, 2016, Sisk wrote, Judge Gorsuch used a hypothetical from the prepared material for the class, in which a female law student applies for jobs at law firms because the student has a large debt to pay off. The student also intends to have a family with her husband. "He interrupted our class discussion to ask students how many of us knew women who used their companies for maternity benefits, who used their companies to — in order to have a baby and then leave right away," Sisk said. She recalled that few students raised their hands and Gorsuch became animated. "He said, 'Come on, guys. All of your hands should be up. Many women do this,'" Sisk said."
How the Gorsuch nazi responds to the above during confirmation hearings should provide some semblance of his approach to other issues such as abortion rights. Being the Republican national socialist he certainly has a track record of being, however, this crafty piece of crap will likely do all he can to avoid answering pointed questions. Using the excuse he may have to rule on these issues from the bench. Indeed, a Catch-22 to avoid confirming he is indeed the misogynist nazi he appears to be, at least from his earlier rulings on the bench.
In follow up to the above, NBC News reports:
"Amid allegations by a former student who said judge taught his ethics class that "many" women manipulate employers for maternity benefits, Illinois Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin asked him to respond. Gorsuch insisted that he often spoke to his classes about inappropriate family planning questions that women are commonly asked in job interviews and was not implying such questions were acceptable. He said he was asking students whether they had been asked such "inappropriate" questions and to consider the array of difficult answers, not whether those answers amounted to a manipulation of the system."
Think he told the truth? Believe so? Think the young lady lied?
ABC News reports:
"When it comes to religious liberties and access to contraception, Gorsuch is a defender of the First Amendment's free exercise clause, which reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." He has sided with Christian employers and religious organizations in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor cases, in which the plaintiffs argued for an exemption from the contraception mandate in President Obama's signature health care legislation, the Affordable Care Act, citing their religious beliefs. In the Hobby Lobby case, Gorsuch wrote, "The ACA's mandate requires them to violate their religious faith by forcing them to lend an impermissible degree of assistance to conduct their religion teaches to be gravely wrong."
The Gorsuch nazi clearly doesn't seem to understand providing healthcare is not a right but a privilege. If your religious views interfere, do what's honorable. Get out of the business. What Gorsuch is in effect promulgating is the right of these businesses and providers to impose their goddamned perverse religious and ideological views on those they are supposedly serving. In direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is freedom from religion.
As reported by CBS News, in his opening statement, Gorsuch claimed:
“Sitting here, I’m acutely aware of my own imperfections, but I pledge to you and the American people that if I’m confirmed, I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the laws of this great nation.”
Achingly empty, hollow rhetoric. Unadulterated bullshit. Forget? This GOP national socialist disingenuously claims judicial kinship to the late, not-so-great Antonin "Tony Boy" Scalia. Scalia routinely legislated his outrageously perverse ideological and religious views from the bench. "Strict constructionism."
That is, this fascist son of a bitch will interpret the Constitution and body of law as narrowly as possible. To make it exponentially easier to impose his rigid, narrow minded ideological and religious views on all. The Scalia nazi was indeed a most clever master of such deceit. Incredibly smooth, affable, but incredibly gifted at taking a raucous hard dump on liberty.
Must never be forgotten, a fascist perceives in terms of black or white, no shades of gray. Certainly, no brilliant hues of color. Remains too narrow minded, rigid in mind set. Like Scalia, Gorsuch has the remarkable quality of being able to stick it to the masses, line the pockets of his corporate masters, and most importantly, take a raucous hard dump on liberty.
-- While eviscerating civil and constitutional rights and liberties in a deceptively affable manner. So slick, the masses have no clue they've been hard-f--ked in the ass. Without the K-Y.
CBS News further reported:
"Gorsuch spoke about how important it is for justices to make their decisions free of politics. He noted that the first case of his which made it to the Supreme Court -- which the Court upheld 5-4 -- paired Justices Thomas and Sotomayor on one side and Justices Scalia and Stevens on the other, despite the seemingly strange ideological pairings involved. “Actually it’s exactly the sort of thing that happens, quietly, day in and day out in the United States Supreme Court and in courts across the country,” he said."
That may be true on non-partisan issues. Not so on major rulings, which usually remain 5-4 in favor of the majority Republican fascists on the bench.
NBC News reported the following exchange during the confirmation hearing:
"Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy grilled Judge Gorsuch on the matter of travel bans, referring to both the president's campaign promises to fully ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. and the two executive orders the president signed banning certain refugees and individuals from several Muslim-majority nations."
The national socialist Republican refused to clear the air, gutlessly declined to respond:
"Gorsuch declined to comment as it resembled cases currently being heard in federal courts across the country, but the longtime Democratic senator pressed on and asked about the issue repeatedly. "Is a blanket religious test, is that consistent with the First Amendment?" Leahy asked again. "We have a free exercise clause, which protects the free exercise of religious liberties by all persons in this country," he said. "If you're asking how I would apply it to a specific case, I can't talk about that for obvious reasons."
A goddamned convenient excuse to hide his judicial bias. -- The fact he will, like all other jurists, legislate his religious and ideological views from the bench. Both extremes are guilty of this. Not only nazi Republicans, but Democrats as well. Impartiality is a myth. A ruse used by both extremes.
"Gorsuch deflected repeatedly, but became heated when insisting that any ruling from his bench would be just. "Anyone, any law is going to get a fair square deal with me," he said. "My job is to treat every litigant as I would wish to be treated."
We're supposed to believe this bullshit, Mr. Gorsuch? Take your word for it? While many, if not most, of your rulings indicate otherwise? That you remain a Republican partisan despite your claims to the contrary? Conveniently, forget? The Trump nazi would never have nominated you otherwise.
"Asked again if he believed the president's national security directives were subject to judicial review, as the president has complained of previously, and Gorsuch answered simply: "No man is above the law."
Is that right? The Trump nazi has repeatedly lied day to day not only from the start of his campaign, but throughout his 'presidency.' Worse? Repeatedly taken a hard dump on the Constitution. With little legal consequence to date as the wheels of justice move at a snail's pace, -- if at all.
"Gorsuch, for instance, has never ruled directly on an abortion question, but he has ruled on questions involving contraception and public funding for Planned Parenthood — unrelated to abortion. And in none of these cases has he sided with advocates of birth control or abortion rights."
Seems to contradict the Republican fascist's claim that Roe is indeed settled law.
In testimony before Congress, the FBI Director was finally grilled about the Trump nazi's unsubstantiated Obama wiretap allegations. Fox News reports:
"FBI Director James Comey, in an extraordinary House hearing meant to clear the air on a host of allegations relating to the 2016 campaign, confirmed publicly for the first time Monday that the bureau is probing Russian meddling in the race including possible “links” to the Trump team – while disputing the president’s claim that his predecessor wiretapped him."
Quite unusual for the FBI and DOJ to comment on an open, ongoing investigation:
“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” Comey said. “That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”
Fascinating, isn't it? Apparently, both agencies are enduring intense public pressure, feeling the heat generated by public dissatisfaction with the Trump nazi and his henchmen.
"He added that this probe will “include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.”
Should go without saying, shouldn't it? Think the Director can be trusted at his word?
"Meanwhile, Comey used his appearance to effectively knock down a series of allegations Trump tweeted earlier this month about supposed wiretapping conducted against him by his predecessor. “I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey said, adding that the same is true for the Department of Justice."
Does that make the Trump nazi a liar? We'll see, won't we?
At least, the judiciary is beginning to stand up to the jackbooted nazi bastards in ICE. CNN reports:
"California's chief justice is "deeply concerned" after reports that "immigration agents appear to be stalking undocumented immigrants in our courthouses to make arrests." The chief justice of California's Supreme Court, Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, requested that federal agents stop conducting actions in the state's courthouses. "Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country's immigration laws," she wrote Thursday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. "Enforcement policies that include stalking courthouses and arresting undocumented immigrants, the vast majority of whom pose no risk to public safety, are neither safe nor fair," she added."
They are the mark of a dictator. A fascist dictator. In a fascist police-state. The Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.
In follow up to a recent edition of this publication, CNN has a most interesting take on the lavishness of the Trump nazi and his family:
"On Thursday, Donald Trump released his budget for 2017, which proposes slashing programs that help some of our nation's most vulnerable citizens, including the poor and the elderly. And then Trump, in his own "let them eat cake" moment, jetted off 24 hours later to spend another weekend at his luxurious private country club Mar-a-Lago, a place described as akin to the Palace of Versailles."
Indeed, it is. Think of all the contractors stiffed, students looted at Trump 'University,' financial misappropriation at the Trump Foundation, all the bankruptcies etc. that wound up paying for the Trump nazi's Shangri-La in Florida. Wouldn't want to confuse Republican nazis with the truth, would we?
"Trump's opulent Mar-a-Lago is an estate that Marie Antoinette would have felt right at home in. It boasts 16th century Flemish tapestries, lavish oriental rugs and a Louis XIV-style ballroom added by Trump that includes $7 million in gold leaf on the walls."
Couldn't be, could it? LOL.
"Now if Trump were simply spending his weekends at Mar-a-Lago on his own dime, that would be one thing. But he's not. You, I and every other taxpayer are the ones paying for the five trips Trump has taken there since being sworn in as President. In other words, instead of spending money on those most in need, Trump is wasting taxpayer dollars on a lavish lifestyle he is seeking to maintain."
The son of a bitch should be paying for this. Yet, loots taxpayers:
"What's the cost? Politico has estimated that we pay $3 million each weekend that Trump travels to his palatial country club. That means Trump's five getaways have cost taxpayers in the neighborhood of $15 million for expenses associated with Secret Service, Air Force One, etc. And that doesn't even include the nearly $1 million in local tax dollars spent by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office to protect Trump when he stays at Mar-a-Lago."
Wouldn't want to deny the Trump nazi, his family, most loyal henchmen their 'due,' would we? LOL. ... While the rest of us mere mortals struggle just to get by day to day. LOL. To finance the excesses of the top 1%. Laissez-faire capitalism. A zero-sum, winner-take-all, highly rigged system where there is no true 'free' market. The market is owned, manipulated, controlled by those with the wealth. Most convenient ruse, isn't it?
The article goes on and on about the excesses of his sons and wife, but then, that's more than enough for now. LOL. The quotes above are from a most gifted, insightful writer, Dean Obeidallah.
Enlightened self interest. CNN reports:
"A small army of retired three- and four-star generals launched a mission on Capitol Hill Tuesday: to defend the State Department against drastic budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration. President Donald Trump's budget would increase military spending by about $54 billion dollars, while cutting the State Department's budget by $11 billion, or 28.7%, in large part by slashing aid and development funds."
Think it's not enlightened self interest? Wake up. Disputes are always best solved through diplomacy. -- Military action, a last resort. Certainly, less costly in terms of loss of life as well as financial cost.
"Reducing the investment in diplomacy, aid and development will make the US ultimately less safe, argued retired four-star Gen. George Casey, the former commanding general in Iraq from 2004 to 2007. "It's important not to see this as just a nice thing to do," Casey told CNN during his visit to Capitol Hill. "It's an important tool of national security policy." "I happen to be one of those people who believe we're in a long-term ideological struggle against Islamic extremism and instability is our enemy because it feeds those groups," said Casey, who also served as Army chief of staff from 2007 to 2011, overseeing operations in Afghanistan. "Raising prosperity, increasing a country's ability to protect itself, contributes to stability, reduces instability," Casey said."
Believe the Trump nazi listens to military advisors? Think so? During the campaign, didn't he opine he knew better than the generals?
Prior to posting, two interesting developments.
First, the House is about to vote on Trumpcare. Reportedly, Democrats will unanimously vote against it. Republicans remain divided. The Trump nazi placed enormous pressure on his compadres, warning them they won't be returned to office if his signature health bill does not pass. Fascinating, since over half the population now seems to be for Obamacare. Republicans need to concern themselves should their plan be enacted, there will be blowback from their constituents as premiums rise, co-pays increase, and millions lose coverage. Hard to believe Republicans did not have the patience to wait for the imminent failure of Obamacare. Now, the dopey bastards will own the fiasco.
Second, a Republican Trump nazi shill has thrown up a smoke screen vis a vis the unsubstantiated Obama wire-tap claim. CBS News reports:
"House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes revealed Wednesday that it’s possible that President Trump’s personal communications might have been picked up by the intelligence community through “incidental collection.” Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, the California Republican said that he learned of “significant developments” that he’s now “alarmed” by since his panel heard testimony Monday from FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers."
Nunes reportedly shared this information allegedly only with the Trump nazi, refused to disclose details to Democrats on his committee. More on both issues in the next edition.
Tim Chorney, Publisher
Liberty In Peril
Tim Chorney, Publisher
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