If there is one thing we’ve learned about donald trump over the course of his campaign it is that he will say anything to anyone at anytime, no matter how volatile, outrageous, spiteful, hurtful, malicious, petty and vengeful, so long as it complies with one key element, the sine quo non that must be present before he opens his mouth: It has to be a lie.
So, who among the gop landscape also says stuff like that, spiteful, outrageous statements, designed to incite and provoke their followers, and above all, that are out and out lies?
illegal immigrants ‘who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert’.” Continue reading →
The gop is great at ganging up and beating up on people. They love to deny school lunches and public assistance payments to kids whose parents cannot afford healthy, nutritious, or often times any, meals for them. They love to reduce or eliminate unemployment benefits to out-of-work men and women who’ve lost their jobs through outsourcing, plant closures and the moving of plants part and parcel across the oceans to other continents. They would love to – and they keep trying to – deny and reduce social security and medicare benefits to the elderly who worked their entire lives and cannot afford to survive in today’s
society. They love to impose drug testing as a requirement for receiving public assistance benefits when in area after after area where it is imposed the cost of such programs is one hundred times to one thousand times the savings, with a minuscule percentage of recipients testing positive, while members of Congress and state legislatures and corporate boards go untested,
Yea, they beat up on the weakest segments of society, but never on the strongest. Continue reading →
The US House of Representatives under Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and now under Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) have month after month and year after year set records for the number vacation days taken and for the meager, microscopic number of bills passed. Some voters think that this is awful, that House members are not doing their jobs and are in fact stealing their salaries. Not true, not true at all. When the teabagger house actually shows up for work and passes bills, you can bet that the intent and purpose of such bills is one or more of the following, that America and its residents can do without:
1) To deny needed benefits for the elderly, the disabled, the infirm, the homeless, the unemployed, that will make life for them even harder and more painful;
2) To divert public money to private industry, further enriching the 1%;
3) To remove government regulations and oversight that protects citizens and the environment, further enriching the 1%;
4) To deprive women of their constitutional and/or moral right to health care including to legal medical procedures or to make access to such procedures so expensive, painful and/or difficult so as to effectively deprive them of such access;
5) To impose overburdensome and inherently discriminatory requirements on voting that amount to voter suppression, done for the purpose of disenfranchising specific groups of Democratic-leaning voters;
Over the past few days, there have been several stories in the news about absolutely miserable people, some stories being widely disseminated and discussed, others not much. These stories involve politicians currently holding high offices, politicians who formerly held high offices, and political pundits whose opinions have been relied upon as the be all and end all on important issues.
So, what do these miserable people all have in common? All are republicans, that’s what.
One of the biggest stories of the past week was the sentencing of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert to the unimaginably lenient term of 15 months in custody for the
coverup of what the court described as "serial" child molestation. Hastert, ever the politician, issued a routine gop-style half-assed apology-not-an-apology, saying that he was sorry for "mistreating the boys". But, tucked away in the small print of this disgusting episode is the fact that 41 people, almost every one a current or
In 2014, Los Angeles County voters elected former Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell the county’s new Sheriff amid a plethora of scandals and criminal acts having been committed throughout the Sherif’s Department, from the least senior deputy levels to the very top echelon. Over the past two years, conviction after conviction has occurred, catching in a wide net even the top people in the department, including former long-time
elected Sheriff Lee Baca, clearly the most dishonest person ever to hold the office in the long history of Los Angeles County, and his top deputy, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, each of whom will begin serving prison sentences sometime this year.
McDonnell was elected as a reformer and to being about change, bringing legality, and decency to the
Department and until now it has seemed, that he has been doing a fine job. But, that has now changed, and clearly by McDonnell’s refusal to take decisive action on an important matter, the honeymoon is over, and his judgement and actions must be called into question. Continue reading →
Over our hundreds of years of presidential campaigns, many memorable statements have been uttered by presidents running for re-election, by future presidents, and by losing candidates. Some have been made on the campaign trail, some specifically for the tv camera, some during debates, and some best remembered by their inclusion in historical speeches. The current campaign has been replete with memorable statements from numerous candidates, but the vast majority of such memorable utterances are so memorable due to their inherent stupidity and idiocy. And, most of those have come from gop candidates such as marco rubio, jeb bush, ben carson, carly fiorina, ted cruz and
donald trump. In fact, volumes can be filled with asinine statements from each of these geniuses, who have seen their presidential campaigns as means to insult the intelligence of every American clamoring for a better time, for a campaign on the vital issues of the day, and bottom line, for real candidates rather than this collection of clowns that the gop has paraded across the country for what seems like forever.
The answer is simple, it is clear, and it is never mentioned in the media.
The question is, of course, why is there so little support for Bernie Sanders in the African-American community?
And the answer, the unspoken reason, is that for decades there has been, stoked by powerful religious leaders, pervasive anti-Semitism in the African-American community. It’s a fact, but commentators, pundits, community leaders and others, for whatever reasons, refuse to acknowledge it’s existence. It exists in all segments of the African-American community, but it is most virulent among the Nation of Islam and other
Muslims sects, and the fires of anti-Semitism for years and years were stoked by the words and actions of outspoken religious leaders such as Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan, and by African-American community and Christian leaders including people like Marcus Garvey and Jesse Jackson.
Malcolm X’s virulent anti-Semitism included
him actually saying that “Jews were nazis” and lamenting that “only” 6,000,000 Jews were exterminated during World War II. Continue reading →
Outrageous campaign spending usually means an easy win for the guys and corporations with the big bucks, but in smaller, local races where the people are informed, often it’s not enough to fool a majority of voters and ram through inferior, pre-bought candidates or ill-conceived, damaging initiatives designed to enrich those working for and spending big on their passage.
We saw this recently in Richmond, CA, where after years of battling with the city over attempts to enforce environmental regulators, restrictions and fines for years of illegal and dangerous emissions from their oil refinery, Chevron Corp decided to buy their own mayor and city council. The company spent in excess of $3 Million to try to win three council seats in a city of 107,000, but local citizens didn’t buy into the lies and manipulation, defeating every Chevron candidate, despite Chevron’s opponents being outspent 30 to one. Continue reading →
That was a mere four years ago, when as the gop presidential nominee mitt romney pandered deep and dirty to exalt praise onto donald trump in exchange for his support in the 2012 election: “trump possesses an “extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works”, said old mitt back then.
But today, romney said that “Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,… his promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”
It may be a well-earned and well-deserved criticism, but consider the source. As much as trump is totally unqualified to become president of the United States, so was romney, and
as trump’s racism and long history of confidence games and deceit should have totally disqualified him from such candidacy, so should romney’s deposit of millions of dollars in income and assets offshore in order to avoid US income taxes have totally disqualified him from the presidency as well.
But that is ancient history, as as a scared and
befuddled gop establishment grasps for straws (and strawmen), we can now add “as worthless as a degree from Trump University” to romney’s legacy of legendary catch phrases, right next to “the 47%” and the “Binders of Women”.
We can only hope it’s another four years before we again hear from romney.
Move To Missouri and become a lawyer – No education or experience necessary!
Way back in 2010 when former gop presidential hopeful and still current US Senator Rand Paul was first running for the Senate, it came to light that his commonly cited credential as a “Board Certified” ophthalmologist was a sham, that in fact he had failed the certification process for the one and only recognized board certification for that medical specialty, which is through the American Board of Ophthalmology. However, the ingenious Dr. Paul, when unable to qualify to actually become a board certified physician, decided to create his
own certifying organization, something he named the National Board of Ophthalmology. While the American Board has been around over a hundred years and has certified over 16,000 ophthalmologists, his National Board operated out of a post office box, was managed and run by him, his wife and his father-in-law, and “certified” a grand total
We already know that the NRA and other loud voices for the unfettered availability of firearms for whomever desires to have them, and for possessing as many as they want, includes support for allowing gun ownership by people with histories of mental problems, by people who have had restraining orders issued against them for actual or threatened violence against themselves and/or against others, by people with criminal records, and by people suspected of terrorist activities who have their names on the federal “No Fly” list,
but this week that group of human beings entitled to possess, and use, firearms, took a couple of turns that defy any semblance of logic. Thank you, Iowa, and thank you, Florida.
You may remember an incident in Florida back in 2012 where a blind man, John Wayne Rogers, was arrested and prosecuted for using a .308 Remington assault riffle to shoot and kill a “drinking
buddy”, James T. DeWitt, from a distance of about 18 inches. Well, in 2014 the case went to trial Continue reading →