Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"Mr. president, there is a Mr. Mueller here to see you."

Bob Mueller wants to interview Donald trump really soon. This is looking more like an obstruction of justice case than it is one of collusion. Isn't this how it always works with the feds?  They go after you for one thing, but they end up charging you with something else because of what transpires during the course of their investigation. If it's true that trump asked acting FBI director McCabe who he voted for in a meeting, there might be some real cause for concern on the obstruction front with team trump.

trump claims that he wants to talk to Mr. Mueller as well, but don't believe it.  That is the last person on earth that he wants to talk to. 

Fear is clearly setting in with trump's inner circle, because now he and his peeps are demanding changes within the FBI. It's a brilliant shoot the messenger strategy. And trump and his rogue's gallery of sycophants are doing their best to discredit and undermine the special counsel.

Sarah Sanders has said that Americans don't believe in this Russian probe, but nevertheless they want to see it come to a full conclusion. If that's the case you would think that Mr. trump would be anxious to talk to Bob Mueller and clear the air as it relates to possible collusion and obstruction charges. 

“For 11 months, they’ve had this phony cloud over this administration, over our government, and it has hurt our government,” Trump said during a news conference last week, referring to the probe. “It’s a Democrat hoax that was brought up as an excuse for losing an election.”

Hmmm, a "Democratic hoax"? We will see.

Finally, I will tell you you what I am convinced is not a hoax. The fact that your president had unprotected sex with a porn star.

I just heard Charles Barkley on the radio, and he said that he was at Lake Tahoe when Donald and Stormy were..ahem, ahem, hanging around a lot together. Although he said that he couldn't personally confirm that they actually slept together. Yeah right. Donald must have been asking Stormy for golf tips all weekend. Who better to help you work on your putting than a porn star? 

Throw all that in with the Wall Street Journal story of a payoff to keep her quiet, and Stormy herself giving an interview with a magazine in 2011 about her time with trump, and it all seems pretty credible to me.

"According to the transcript, Daniels said the sex was “textbook generic,” and that they did not use condoms. She also added that he asked her to sign one of her DVDs for him after sex." 

No wonder Melania changed her mind about going to Davos.

*Pick from cnn.com













 

Monday, January 22, 2018

BIRDS OF A FEATHER......

Image result for super bowl eagles imagesCONGRATS TO THE PHILADELPHIA "IGGLES"!

NOW IT'S ON TO MINNEAPOLIS.

*Pic from sportingnews.com

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Trying to negotiate with Jell-O.

As of the writing of this post, the American government is still officially shutdown. 

Both sides are pointing the fingers and playing the blame game, but I think that Stevie Wonder can see who is at fault here. Of course it's the man who says that he is the greatest deal- maker of all time.

His deal making skills clearly leaves a lot to be desired, because those in his own party have no clue what he wants, and those on the other side of the table declared that dealing with him is like trying to negotiate with Jell-O.  Let's face it, all trump knows how to do is play us versus them, and demonize his opponents.

The latest example of this is the trump campaign ad being played around the shutdown. Instead of coming to the table with dems and trying to find real solutions, the president is running a misleading ad that implies that democrats are complicit in murders committed by illegal immigrants.

Go figure, it's the latest in a long line of political scare tactics that is used by republicans and those on the right to scare their mostly white base into voting for them. As if somehow their tougher laws will shield white Americans from the black and brown bogeymen out there. 

The sad part about all of this is that the facts and statistics speak to a totally different reality:

Trump has repeatedly sought to paint immigrants as dangerous, talking about transnational gangs, such as MS-13, and implementing a travel ban on travelers from some countries in the Middle East and Africa over what he said were concerns about terrorism.

But some studies have shown that immigrants, including those here illegally, commit crimes at lower rates than do native-born Americans.

For example, a March 2017 study by the pro-immigration Cato Institute found that “all immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated than natives relative to their shares of the population” and that “even illegal immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated than native-born Americans.”

As The Washington Post’s Fact Checker reported in 2015, one study showed that between 1990 and 2013, “the foreign-born share of the U.S. population grew from 7.9 percent to 13.1 percent and the number of unauthorized immigrants more than tripled from 3.5 million to 11.2 million.

“During the same period, FBI data indicate that the violent crime rate declined 48 percent – which included falling rates of aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder. Likewise, the property crime rate fell 41 percent, including declining rates of motor vehicle theft, larceny/robbery, and burglary,” according to the American Immigration Council.

The violent crime rate was cut nearly by half during a period in which unauthorized immigrants tripled, according to the council."

Facts are wonderful things. It's a shame that they are antithetical to our president and his minions.

(Dear white people living in America, you are more likely to be hit by a meteorite than you are to be attacked by a MS-13 gang member.) 

I am almost finished with my post and the government is still shutdown. I feel bad for the folks who will be affected by this, and I hope that the politricksters in Washington can work something out in a reasonable manner.

Wait, did I just say that? Sorry folks, for just a minute there I forgot that Donald trump is the president of these divided states of America.  Reasonable and that guy just does not go together. 
 





 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

CAPTION SATURDAY.

Image result for sarah sanders clueless image

I need a caption for this pic.


*Pic from dieharddemocrat.com

Thursday, January 18, 2018

When racism goes viral.

Image result for jersey student alabama racist images       I am not sure why people are acting surprised and shocked by the racist and offensive rant posted by a University of Alabama sorority girl. Being ignorant and racist has become normalized in 2018, so when a supposedly educated young woman decides to post her racist diatribe on social media, you have to understand why she thought that she would not suffer the consequences for her actions. 

"We do not waste water...because of the poor people in Syria. We don't waste water. I love how I act like I love black people because I (expletive) hate (n-word) so that's really interesting but I just saved the (expletive) (n-word) by shutting that water off."

In a second video, Barber addressed the growing backlash and apparent threats to turn her into her sorority officials. "(N-word) (n-word) (n-word). I don't care if it's Martin Luther King Day. I'm in the south now (expletive) so everybody can (expletive) off. I'm from New Jersey so I can say (n-word) as much as I want."  [Source]

Little Ms. Racist New Jersey has been expelled from school, and now she is back home in New Jersey feeling just terrible about her actions. (She only "feels terrible" because her rant went viral.)
But just think about all her friends who were in the room with her. Or. for that matter. others who hold similar views but are just good as hiding them from the rest of them.There are many more where this sorority girl came from. In Utah, for instance,  another racist college student posted a "Happy Nigger Day" lynching photo. 

This is the age of trump, and racism has become the norm. Racists now feel emboldened to let their racism flag flow. It's just a matter of time when we will see or hear one of these types of rants and shrug our collective shoulders. Kind of like we do with our racist in chief now. 

This is his kind of America. This is what he meant when he said that he wanted to "Make America Great Again."  He, and others like him, are sick of political correctness. They want to hate with impunity.   

*Pic from theroot.com 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Open thread Wednesday.

MORE DISCLAIMERSIt's open thread Wednesday y'all, and I need your thoughts on trump's alleged porn star jones.

Do you believe all the salacious details about Mr. trump and the porn star?

And if it's all true, does it even matter?

Does the fact that the White House possibly lied about Mr. trump's relationship with Ms. Daniels upset you more than the fact that he allegedly paid her to go away before the 2016 elections? 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

When silence and amnesia is complicity.

TWEET ME“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.”
Kofi Annan

Today the Homeland Security Secretary declared that she didn't know that Norway was a white country, and that she heard others (and the president saying) "tough" things when trump made his "shithole" remarks, but not  trump himself say "shithole". 

She actually said this to a group of senators in Washington before the Senate Judiciary Committee, obviously with no f***s to give because she is with team trump. These people lie so much that they trotted a doctor out there today to add an inch to trump's height and lie about his actual weight. All so that he could not be classified as obese. He is one pound under being obese based on what they told us. (His stomach alone weighs 239 pounds. Give me a break!)   

Anyway, I still don't understand why people who have careers and lives to live go out and constantly lie for this man. Or why they put themselves out there to be ridiculed and embarrassed while he runs off and hides.     

Thank goodness for folks like Corey Booker, who called out the latest trump flunky, Kirstjen Nielsen, for the cowardly liar that she is.

“Why am I, frankly, seething with anger? … You’re under oath. You and others in that room suddenly cannot remember?” Booker said. “The idea that the commander in chief of this country can, with broad brushes, talk about certain nations and thus cast a shadow over the millions of Americans who are from those communities, and that you could even say in your testimony that Norwegians were preferences because they are so hard-working.”

“I didn’t say―,” Nielsen began.

“Excuse me,” the senator interrupted, his voice rising. “Let me finish.”

Booker, who may be eyeing a 2020 presidential run, said tens of millions of Americans are worried about the racism coming out of the White House and asked Nielsen why she wasn’t doing more to stem an uptick in white supremacist violence in the country. He cited quotes by Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Elie Wiesel about the dangers of staying quiet in the face of bigotry and hatred before turning back to Nielsen.

“Your silence and your amnesia is complicity,” Booker told her." {Source}

There has been a lot of "silence" in this country when it comes to racism coming out of  the White House lately. So far we have a couple of senators and a high ranking cabinet member willing to lie rather than call out the president for his racist rhetoric.

They all deserve each other. 


 

Monday, January 15, 2018

"We the people, in order to form a more perfect union", elected Donald Trump?

TWEET ME It's Martin Luther King Day in America, a day when Americans pretend that they are really working to make this a more perfect union, and that all is at least becoming right with issues of race. It's a time when we hope that the nasty scab left by deep cut of racism--- a cut that was made from the very start by our original sin of slavery--- will continue to heal, and when we hope that in time we won't even notice that it's there.

But then we look around and realize that we elected Donald trump, and much to the dismay of good people of conscience, he tore away at that scab, to the delight of many of his supporters and others in this country. Others who never believed that the cut was that bad, or that it was ever there in the first place. And so, it has become startlingly clear, that our union is a much longer way from becoming perfect than we first thought.   

With each passing day Mr. trump reveals more of his true colors, much to the delight of his followers. For the rest of us, though, at least those who didn't see it coming, it's frightening. Some Republican elected leaders, to their everlasting shame, have made a mockery of everything that this country is supposed to stand for by hitching their wagons to this man. History, as we have seen in the past, will not be kind to them.

The latest episode in this profile of cowardice comes from two republican senators who were present in the room when Mr. trump made his "shithole" comment  about African countries and Haiti.  Just hours after saying that they don't recall him saying it,  they are now saying that he did not say it at all, and shame on Dick Durbin for saying that he did. They are forgetting, of course, that Mr. trump himself bragged to his friends about saying it, and that the fallout from him saying those words would actually help him with his base.  They are also forgetting that various people in the room, including republican senators, confirmed that he did in fact make those reprehensible comments.

Last night the president said that he was the "least racist person" that journalists ever interviewed,  and in essence this was not a big deal. (So he is a racist, just a lessor of a racist than others. Wouldn't a normal person just say that I am not a racist at all? Why say you are the east of all racists? ) Memo to Mr. trump: If you have to tell us that you are not a racist, it's a pretty good bet that you are one.

The scary part for Americans on this day that they celebrate the birth of Dr. King is this: Donald trump won because he is a racist; not despite of it. Give Tom Cotton and David Perdue credit, they know their base. History might not be kind to them, but for now they will be just fine.

 America, on the other hand, will not. 

Happy MLK Day.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

CAPTION SATURDAY.

Image result for trump stormy porn star images

I need a caption for this pic.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

He is who we thought he was.

I suspect that the country of my origin is a "shithole" in the mind of America's racist in chief. The man clearly has an issue with black and brown people---- especially those from Third World countries. He said as much to a room full of elected politicians, when he declared that he did not want people immigrating to this country from Central America, Haiti, and Africa.

"The comments came as senators huddled in the Oval Office with the president to discuss a path forward on an immigration deal. Trump questioned why the United States would want people from nations such as Haiti while he was being briefed on changes to the visa lottery system.
According to the aide, when the group came to discussing immigration from Africa, Trump asked why America would want immigrants from "all these shithole countries" and that the U.S. should have more people coming in from places like Norway. Thursday's meeting came one day after Trump met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House. " [Source]

Give the man credit, he knows what his base wants to hear. I have said it a million times, and it is worth repeating: Donald trump became president because he was willing to play to white fears of the browning of America. His victory had nothing to do with "economic anxiety".

The funny part of all this is watching folks in the majority population do their best Captain Renault impression. They are of course shocked to hear racist things come from the mouth of their president, and they are all embarrassed that they elected such a man. Give me a break! Clearly enough of them thought he would make a god president. Even with knowledge of his racist past.

The "shithole" country that I grew up in made me who I am, and I met and was influenced by some of the greatest people on earth. I did not grow up in a "hut" as the president believes, and I suspect that I had more of the creature comforts that life has to offer than most Americans.

I wish someone would educate the president about the black immigrants that come to this country from African countries and other countries that he considers shitholes. Black immigrants in this country, for instance, earn an average of 30% more than native blacks. These people tend to be educated, hard working, and they value their family and their freedom more than the typical American. And yet, our racist in chief chooses to denigrate and disparage them. 

The irony of course is that he married an immigrant, and she herself might have come to this country illegally. But she looks more Norwegian than African so I guess she gets a pass.

The saddest part of all of this is that all those elected leaders who were present when he made his disgusting remarks chose to do and say nothing. To top it off the White House is doubling down on the president's statements because they think it will play well for them politically.

Mia Love is a republican congresswoman from Utah, and she happens to be of Haitian decent. She issued a statement about trump's racist comments.



 
Ms. Love, like the rest of us, knows that he will not apologize, and that weeks (or maybe even days) from now, we will be talking about the next equally outrageous or racist thing that he said. But I get it. She has hitched her wagon to the political party that supports this cretin, and as a result she has to show that that she has at least a shred of decency and can stand up to a man who insulted her family and her ancestors. 

There will be more written statements of outrage, but nothing will change. America is stuck with this racist for at least the next three years, and we will try to stick our heads in the sand and pretend that this didn't happen.

Sadly, we can't to that. This is all too real.





 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

OPEN THREAD WEDNESDAY.

MORE DISCLAIMERSIt's open thread Wednesday folks, and I need your thoughts on a few things.

Why do you think the trump administration opened up offshore drilling in every coastal state except Florida? I have an idea.   

The president wants stronger libel laws because he says that folks shouldn't be able to just lie on people.

Do you think the fact that he lied about the former president's birthplace for 8 years qualifies him to make such a declaration?

Will president trump sit down with Mr. Mueller? 

Should Oprah run for president in 2020?

Did the president hoodwink the workers from Carrier now that we know that 200 more of them are going to lose their jobs? 

Why did the president tell a flat out lie about news anchors sending him letters of congratulations about his meeting with congress yesterday?

Thoughts?