An Awful Start for Greta Van Susteren at MSNBC

Veteran journalist and TV anchor Greta Van Susteren joined MSNBC’s daily lineup yesterday, and after two shows, I could not be more embarrassed for the network. While MSNBC has NEVER been the staunch left-wing voice that the extreme right claims, clearly NEVER the mirror image of that propaganda rag fox fixed news noise, not with network stalwarts such as former gop Congressman Morning Joe holding court, but Van Susteren has now moved the network far from the liberal-progressive position its loyal viewers expect, with a theme right out of the fox fixed playbook, and after two days, it is not pretty, nor is it appreciated.

Over her first two shows, Van Susteren has papered the MSNBC skies with a plethora of gop stalwarts as guests, including the unlikely presence of Sen. John McCain, former gop

head honcho Reince Priebus, now soon to be trump’s chief of staff, ultra-righty Congressman Jason Chaffetz and disgraced former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Continue reading

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Lying Con Man trump Has ALREADY Destroyed Any Chance of Bipartisan Support

Loyal gop partisans who never, ever, gave President Barack Obama any semblance of basic decency, let alone a shred of bipartisan support, are out there lamenting the refusal of Democrats, many Moderates, and all of us Progressives to “Give the guy a chance” and unite the country. Well, we have NO REASON whatsoever to “Give the guy a chance” when he has, since election night, continued to espouse one virulent lie after another, basically telling the American people that we are TOO STUPID to know the difference, and making policy and personnel decisions that will cause irreversible harm to the majority of

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Americans, not just over the next four years, but well beyond that, and starting immediately.

Let’s summarize just some of the lies he’s stated and/or tweeted over the past week or so: Continue reading

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The Sad, Cruel and Deadly Joke of TSA and Airport Security

A few days before New Years, I flew out of Los Angeles International Airport to Seattle. WA. I quickly and easily passed through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening without question, incident, or any form of extra scrutiny. This week when I had my return flight to Southern California, it was a different story.

During my eight days in the state of Washington, I touched nothing more dangerous than the fur of a dog and my daughter’s homemade pizza (Delicious vegan pizza!). But, when I began the screening process at SEA-TAC to return home this past Wednesday evening, I was provided the treatment a three-strike felon would expect if he wanted to enter Fort Knox. The beginning of the process was more thorough to begin with, but everyone

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passing through that facility was being subjected to that level of scrutiny. But then it happened: One of the security personnel, why I have no idea, tested my hands with a swab, and an alarm sounded. Their super-sensitive, high-tech equipment, likely manufactured by Mattel when their Barbie Doll quota has been met, told the geniuses in charge that some deadly foreign substance was present on my hands (was it dog fur or pizza sauce?) and then the fun began. I was then ushered into a small makeshift “private” room when virtually every inch of my body was frisked, from head to toe – literally, at one point I was told to sit while they examined the bottoms of my feet. My belongings similarly Continue reading

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Even More Anti-Semitism Surrounding trump

In modern American history, there have been several instances of virulent, outspoken anti-Semites attaining various positions of power, from former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles to WWII era radio protagonist Father Coughlan to nation of islam founder Louis Farahkan, and others. Included in that list is a man who did not have quite the power status of the others, but who was, with likely only one exception in Father Coughlan, the most outspoken hate monger of them all, former politician John G. Schmitz.

John G. Schmitz was a republican California State Senator from Orange County, Ca. for six years until 1970 when he was elected to Congress, where he served four years. In 1972 he was the American Independent Party (the party formed by former Alabama governor and

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outspoken segregationist George Wallace) candidate for President. In 1978, he was again elected to the California State Senate, but while his outspoken racist and extremist views did nothing to harm his political career, eventually it came crashing down due to revelations of extramarital affairs, children born out of wedlock, and horrific sexual abuse of those of his children.

John G. Schmitz’ outspoken opinions included calling the 1965 Watts’ Riots a “a Communist operation”, he said that public universities should be sold to private corporations in order to stop student protests, and he regularly made virulent anti-Semitic statements, Continue reading

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Now, The Eve of Destruction

“Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say
Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away
There’ll be no one to save with the world in a grave
Take a look around you boy, it’s bound to scare you boy

“And you tell me
Over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve of destruction”

Number two guy on the White House staff, virulent anti-Semitic racist neo-nazi Steve Bannon, insane maniac Rudy Giuliani and neocon war monger John Bolton possibilities for Secretary of State, Sarah Palin rumored for Secretary of the Interior, world-class racist and anti-Semite Jeff Sessions somewhere in the Cabinet, and Kris Kobach, author of

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Arizona's "Papers, Please" racist immigration laws and similar anti-immigrant and voter suppression laws for other states and as the current Secretary of State of Kansas, a possibility for Attorney General, all ready to carry out the ANTI-AMERICAN trump agenda. Oh, and now also in place as National Security Advisor is the certifiable lunatic and Putin-loving former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was fired as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, who attended security briefings with trump while at the same time being a paid lobbyist and consultant for the Turkish
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What This Country Needs: Truth in Political Advertising Laws

Going forward from the most disgusting election campaigns in the lifetime of most living Americans, and quite possibly ever since the establishment of our nation, there are many possible fixes that could get us back on track as the world leader in human rights, democratic principles and protection of the downtrodden, needy and subservient peoples of less developed nations. But most of all, those fixes need to be implemented here, in the US, or our own future could be a bleak as that disgusting confidence man of the ages d trump says the country is now. While a total overhaul of campaign finance laws is vitally needed, taking ALL private money out of elections with all elections publicly financed with candidates put on equal footing regardless of wealth or fundraising prowess, and while some method of shortening election campaigns to a reasonable time period such as occurs

in countries like the United Kingdom should also be an election reform goal, perhaps the most important reform is a consummate, pervasive, federal and state reform effort to require total, absolute TRUTH in ALL campaign advertising.

If they wanted to do it, states could implement it and if they wanted to do it, Congress could do it on a federal level. It would take four elements, and each would have to be absolutely required by law, with significant, overpowering sanctions for breeches. Continue reading

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The KKK Then, and Especially trump’s KKK NOW

My father’s family emigrated from Eastern Europe in the very early 1900s, locating in the Boston, MA area. His parents, aunts, uncles and cousins all lived in Boston and a few surrounding communities into the 1930s. My father was among the first to leave, in 1932, traveling by himself across country at the age of 16, eventually relocating to Los Angeles. Over the next few years most of his family members made a similar journey, including his parents and sister.

trumpCrusader endorsement for presidentBut a few years earlier, one small group of his family made a different move, from Boston to a small town in Missouri. They had planned to start a new life there, but their dreams were soon crushed, their faith in humanity along with it, and the health and well-being of some of them also permanently destroyed. In that small Missouri town, there was one group that was the government, that was the law, and that controlled who prospered and who feared for their life every waking moment. That group was the Ku Klux Klan. And they did not want Jews in their community.

Instead of living in that small Missouri town for generations, they stayed only a few painful weeks. The KKK did not just intimidate, the KKK did not just use epithets, the KKK did not just use symbols of hatred, the KKK physically attacked their new Jewish neighbors, causing painful and permanent injuries, Continue reading

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Those gop Govs are Doing Real Well

It never ceases to amaze me how millions of voters can consistently vote against their own best interests when it comes to electing the people who pass the laws they must live with in their daily lives, and who like and support politicians while despising the policies they pass into law. Of the 50 states, currently 31 have republican governors. and almost without exception, they are despised and vilified by a majority of their constituents, but somehow they get re-elected, and if not, another younger, richer and most extreme republican takes their place.

A recent study in the news this week has listed the most hated and disapproved governors in the US, and to no surprise, of the 15 most disliked governors, 12 are republicans.

Among that top 15, you have mindless nincompoops like Oklahoma’s Mary Fallin who twiddles her Koch-Brothers thumbs while her state has seen pervasive and restricted fracking increase earthquakes in the state from, well, NEVER, to oh, HUNDREDS of 3.0 and above per year. You have philanders like Alabama’s Robert Bentley whose affair with a

state-paid “advisor” is under investigation for numerous ethical and financial violation. You have Rick Snyder of Michigan who Continue reading

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How Many Deplorables Does It Take….

Why did the Deplorables cross the road? trump told them it would make them rich and keep the Muslims out of Merika.

How many Deplorables have graduated from trump University? None – trump University did not accept Confederate money for the tuition.

How many Deplorables does it take to screw in a light bulb? Doesn’t matter – none of them have electricity.

How many Deplorables received mortgages from trump Mortgage Company? None – trump Mortgage only made loans on real estate and did not loan money on house trailers.

How many Deplorables eat trump steaks or drink trump Vodka? None – both are priced too high to buy with food stamps.

How many Deplorables wear hats? None, you cannot put a hat on over your hood.

How many Deplorables actually work for trump? That’s a trick question as trump only employees foreign workers who cannot vote in the USA. Continue reading

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