Monday, January 15, 2018

The perfect image on which to end this MLK Day.

The fact that it was drawn by a Haitian just makes it even better.

Here is how perhaps our greatest President honored the man we celebrate today.
This from the People's President.
And this from the man who Donald Trump fired to protect his friends and family from an FBI investigation.
By the way Donald Trump spent today, a day that his predecessors spent celebrating this great civil rights leader, golfing.

And we should not be, in any way, surprised that he did.

I cannot even begin to imagine how Martin Luther King Jr. would react to a Trump presidency, but I know that he would certainly be out on the streets protesting just about everything this shithole was doing.

And of course Donald Trump would be attacking him on Twitter. 

Republicans becoming increasingly worried about the "blue wave" predicted in the 2018 midterm elections.

Courtesy of New York Magazine:  

Republicans are growing more and more alarmed about the prospect of losing the House of Representatives in November, which would break the party’s stranglehold on unified power in Washington. (Senate control is more of a longshot for Democrats, but if the ball bounces the right way, it’s within grasp as well.)

A senior Republican on Capitol Hill told ABC News, “If the election were held today, the House would be gone. Fortunately, the election is not today.” 

These concerns have made their way to President Trump. The Washington Post reported on Sunday that “the concern has grown so acute that Trump received what one congressional aide described as a ‘sobering’ slide presentation about the difficult midterm landscape at Camp David last weekend, leading the president to pledge a robust schedule of fundraising and campaign travel in the coming months.” 

The problem with Trump’s plan is that, much as he may deny it, he is a primary, if not the primary, reason for the Republicans’ plight. The president’s approval rating continues to hover in the high 30s, a dismal number considering the country’s humming economy. And, as is his wont, Trump keeps making a spectacle out of himself and his party, as he did this week with his “shithole” comment and a series of other missteps you probably don’t even remember a few days after the fact.

I REALLY hope that Trump shows up all over the country to "help" GOP candidates, as that will insure Democratic victories in places that the Dems are struggling.  

I almost hesitate to share this information becasue I do not want the Democrats to become complacent.

Remember predictions of victory only come true if we actually show up to vote.

Democrats are notorious for skipping the midterms, but this year we need to show up by the truckloads, because if we take back both the House and the Senate, we essentially render Trump powerless.

And even if he gets impeached and replaced by Mike Pence, the destructive GOP agenda will still grind to a halt.

LA police department launches investigation into sexual assault charges against Steven Seagal.

Courtesy of HuffPo: 

The Los Angeles Police Department has launched a sexual assault investigation against actor Steven Seagal, who in recent weeks has faced several allegations of sexual misconduct including rape, according to multiple reports. 

A spokesperson for the LAPD told CBS News that the incident allegedly occurred in 2005. No other details of the case have been made public. 

Several women, including actresses Portia de Rossi, Julianna Margulies and Rae Dawn Chong, have recently accused Seagal of sexual harassment. In a November tweet, de Rossi claimed Seagal “unzipped his leather pants” during an audition in the actor’s office. Margulies said Seagal had attempted to sexually harass her in his apartment when she was 23, and Chong accused Seagal of once showing her “his junk” in his hotel room and leaving her multiple “sex messages” on her machine. 

A woman named Regina Simons, who worked as an extra on the 1994 film “On Deadly Ground,” which starred Seagal, told The Wrap this month that the actor raped her at his home.

All in all more than a dozen women have accused Seagal of sexual misconduct.

Now this is important. not so much because Seagal is a Hollywood star (He isn't.), but because of who he is now associated with politically.

In recent years Seagal has become besties with Vladimir Putin (He was even awarded Russian citizenship.) and has gone out of his way to defend him a number of times, including most recently against charges that he interfered in our election:

Seagal defended Russia by responding that “every country is involved in espionage,” and denied that Putin had “anything to do with fixing” the U.S. election – all while pronouncing Putin’s name with a hardcore Russian accent. 

The actor concluded that the belief that Russia interfered with the U.S. election is the result of “astronomical propaganda,” and meant as some sort of “diversion.”

Seagal is also, of course, a Trump supporter, and has been a friend for years.

He has even been photographed hanging out with other Russian agents.

So yes this case will prove very interesting to watch for a number of reasons.

Right Wing hack attempts to portray Bristol Palin as Chelsea Clinton's intellectual superior. No, seriously.

Let me remind you that this is a Twitter account owned by a man who tries to portray himself as a highly intelligent person.

However that is "highly intelligent" by conservative standards, so we are talking about an IQ in the mid to low 80's I would assume.

D'Souza is of course most famous for writing fact free books attacking the Clintons and President Obama, and for being an ex-con who served time after being convicted for violating federal election campaign laws in New York.

As for his suggestion that the skin school graduate is smarter than a woman who earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, and her master's degree from Oxford University, well that's actually too ridiculous to even address. (Oops sorry, Chelsea has a doctorate from Oxford. My bad.)

D'Souza does not care for facts, but if he did he might learn that any public remarks attributed to Bristol Palin, that are not sent in an angry text to one of her exes, is most definitely written FOR her by one of Sarah Palin's paid ghostwriters, who were hired to try and make Bristol appear intelligent.

Unfortunately that failed miserably after Bristol Palin decided to go all Wasilla-billy on some poor bastard during his birthday party in Anchorage back in 2014.

I am trying to remember that time Chelsea Clinton drunkenly attacked a man at his own birthday party,

Anybody remember that?

As for that attack on Chelsea's appearance, well this is picture of Dinesh D'Souza.

Nuff said.

Even Fox News cannot buy that Secretary of Homeland Security, who was in the room when Trump made that "sh*thole" comment, can't remember it.

What kind of language was being bandied about in that room for "shithole" to not catch your attention, and sear itself into your memory?

This is the person responsible for responding to actionable intelligence that suggests a terrorist attack.

You would think that somebody like this would constantly pay close attention to conversations happening around her, in all circumstances.

Well perhaps her hearing and memory fail when it has anything to do with controversial comments made by her boss.

Or maybe since she is part of Trump's Administration she is simply following the "Lie About Everything" rule book. 

While the Trump Administration stands idly by Russian hackers threaten, not just our information, but also our very infrastructure.

Courtesy of Fast Company:  

On June 13, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified to the Senate Intelligence committee about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. After fielding hours of questions about his knowledge of the plot, Sessions was greeted by an abrupt change in topic from Senator John McCain. “Quietly, the Kremlin has been trying to map the United States telecommunications infrastructure,” McCain announced, and described a series of alarming moves, including Russian spies monitoring the fiber optic network in Kansas and Russia’s creation of “a cyber weapon that can disrupt the United States power grids and telecommunications infrastructure.” 

When McCain asked if Sessions had a strategy to counter Russia’s attacks, Sessions admitted they did not. 

In a normal year, McCain’s inquiries about documented, dangerous threats to U.S. infrastructure would have dominated the news. His concerns are well founded: in recent years, Ukraine’s power grid has been repeatedly hacked in what cybersecurity experts believe was part a test run for the United States. Russian hackers have also hacked many centers of U.S. power, including the State Department, the White House, and everyone with a Yahoo email address in 2014, the Department of Defense in 2015, and, of course, the Democratic National Committee, Republican National Committee, state and local voter databases, and personal email accounts of various US officials in 2016. 

But while the role of hacks in the election is the subject of several ongoing probes, the hacks of other U.S. institutions and infrastructures have been largely ignored by the Trump administration, even as the hacking became more aggressive throughout 2017. In June, shortly after McCain’s testimony, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI released an urgent joint report stating that U.S. nuclear power stations and other energy facilities had been hacked. In July, Bloomberg and the Washington Post confirmed that the hackers worked for the Russian government. 

While U.S. government officials stressed that the public was not yet at serious risk, claiming the hackers had not yet gained the ability to control the grid, intelligence officers warned that infrastructure attacks by a hostile state can also operate as a form of political leverage. Most analyses of the 2016 election hacks have framed leverage in personal terms: kompromat stolen from hacked emails used to blackmail individuals into submission or to humiliate officials as part of a propaganda campaign. Less examined is the form of leverage McCain raised at the Sessions hearing: the possibility of vital infrastructure, like the power grid, being crippled, potentially causing massive financial and humanitarian consequences. In this formulation, an entire government could ostensibly be held hostage to another government’s whim out of fear of triggering a cataclysmic attack.

You know if I were Putin, I would try to get an agent into a position of high authority who could be guaranteed to look the other way while I worked on crippling America.

I am not sure who that might look like...

...but I have a fairly good idea.

So my question is what are the Republicans, who are currently just standing around with their thumbs up their butt, going to say in their defense when one of these cyber attacks takes down part of our power grid, or shuts down the monitoring systems on a nuclear plant, or blocks communication between the tower and planes approaching an airport?


Okay well this is just marvelous.

I love this projected graffiti idea.

People are so inventive these days.

And really nothing could be more appropriate in response to Trump's racist remarks. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Rand Paul laments fact that it is hard to get anything done on immigration with everybody calling Donald Trump a racist.

Courtesy of Mediaite: 

Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning, the Kentucky lawmaker told host Chuck Todd that some people in the media have gone “completely bonkers” with “ad hominem” attacks on the president over his widely condemned remarks. Paul added that he wanted to see immigration reform but felt it was difficult if folks continue to criticize Trump. 

“You can’t have immigration compromise if everybody’s out there calling the president a racist,” Paul exclaimed. “They’re actually destroying the setting — and he’s a little bit of it — they’re destroying the setting in which anything meaningful can happen.”

You know he could tell Trump to stop being such a goddamn racist, instead of bitching about people acknowledging that fact on Meet the Press.

Donald Trump is a racist, and everybody knows it.

Which is why if there is any real progress made on immigration it will be made in spite of Donald Trump, not with Donald Trump's help.

Joy Reid shuts down conservative guest who tries to trot our Clinton conspiracy theory in response to question about Trump's "sh*thole" comments.

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

During a panel discussion on Trump’s comments about Haiti and African nations being “sh*tholes,” the AMJoy host turned first to conservative commentator Stephanie Hamill. 

“Stephanie, I will start with you. when you heard what Donald Trump said about Haiti, about the African countries, really talking about El Salvador and any other countries that are nonwhite, how did you feel when you heard those comments?” Reid asked. 

“Joy, we didn’t actually hear him say those words,” Hamill began only to have Reid clarify, “When you read them.” 

“When I read them, yeah, and this is the biggest fake news story of the week,” Hamill replied. “It’s interesting to sit back and watch people are so angry about what that the president didn’t say, and they are more angry than they are at the Clinton’s for getting rich off the poor Haitians with the Clinton Foundation.” 

As the panel expressed shock at Hamill bringing up the Clinton’s, Hamill pressed on. 

“You can ask Klaus Eberwein, the former Haitian government official that has all the dirt on the Clinton Foundation– oh, wait, you can’t ask him because he mysteriously committed suicide the day he was supposed to testify,” Hamill blurted 

“What are you talking about?” asked conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin. “This is nuts.” 

“Did you get talking points before you came here from the RNC or the White House?” host Reid cut in. “It’s interesting that yesterday Mark Burns, who was the surrogate we had on on the Trump side yesterday, tried to roll out the same Clinton stuff? Did you get talking points before you came here?” 

“Joy, I didn’t get talking points,” Hamill shot back, attempting to get back to her story. 

Host Reid then cut her off with a warning. 

“I don’t know you, Stephanie, but let me explain this to you: this is not Fox News and we are not going to play the game of rolling out crazy conspiracy theories in answers to my questions and take us off track,” Reid lectured. “So I am going to put you pause for the minute, I’m going to put you to the side because they are more familiar with the way that we do things here.”

Oh yeah, she definitely got some talking points.

Joy Reid is rapidly becoming one of my favorite hosts on MSNBC.

Not only is she always well informed on the issues she presents on her show, but she simply does not tolerate any Right Wing bullshit.

Pretty soon the trolls may have to move away from criticizing Rachel Maddow's hand gestures and focus on some mannerism of Joy Reid's instead.

Donald Trump claims he didn't say he had a relationship with Kim Jong Un, because it wasn't recorded. But he did, and it was. Update!

Courtesy of Mediaite:  

This morning, President Donald Trump got his Sunday started by taking to Twitter to rail against the Wall Street Journal over an interview he gave the paper last week. One of the big revelations from that conversation was Trump’s declaration that he actually has a “very good relationship” with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Of course, this raised many eyebrows considering that Trump has publicly denigrated the reclusive and erratic leader numerous times. 

At the start of his morning tweetstorm, Trump claimed that the WSJ falsely represented what he said. According to the president, his actual words were “I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un.”

That followed this tweet from Sarah Huckabee Sanders which claims that the Wall Street Journal misquoted Trump.
The problem with all of this of course is that the Wall Street Journal, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch by the way, DID record the comments.
So yeah, Trump and his Huckabee attack dog are once again simply lying.

And that is why I simply reject EVERYTHING this Trump White House says as purposefully inaccurate.

Update: For those who are still unsure, this the statement in question and what Trump said immediately following.
 Yeah, he knew what impression he was trying to give.

It is only after being called out for it later that he and his sycophants try to change the facts.

So whose fault was Hawaii's false missile alert yesterday? Oh, I think we know.

Could you even imagine receiving that?

I grew up during the Cold War and I never had anything happen that was anywhere near as frightening as this.

And it even appeared on local Hawaiian television.

I went to college in Hawaii and I have say that back then at least there were just not that many places to go to for shelter.

The same must be essentially true today because residents were literally stuffing their children down storm drains in a frantic attempt to keep them safe.
It was almost forty minutes later that residents received this correction.
Can you imagine being that terrified for more than half an hour, only to find out that it was all a mistake?

Speaking of mistakes Donald Trump just kept right on golfing while all of this was going on:

Critics are blasting President Donald Trump for continuing to golf Saturday while frantic Hawaii residents rushed for cover after a false cell phone alarm about an incoming ballistic missile. 

The president was on the course at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, after the alert was issued at 1:09 p.m. EST, according to press pool reports. His motorcade didn’t leave the club for Mar-a-Lago until 1:38 p.m.

As of Saturday evening, Trump had not issued any personal statement — or tweet — about the scare. He did tweet about “fake news” and again called journalist Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, a “fake book.” He described Wolff as “mentally deranged.”

I guess he must consider Hawaii to be one of those "shitholes" that are beneath his notice.

Ultimately what we learned yesterday is that this White House is completely incapable of responding to an actual nuclear attack.

Courtesy of Politico:

A false warning of a missile threat in Hawaii sent White House aides scrambling Saturday, frantically phoning agencies to determine a response and triggering worries about their preparedness almost a year into the Trump administration. 

President Donald Trump's Cabinet has yet to test formal plans for how to respond to a domestic missile attack, according to a senior administration official. John Kelly, while serving as Secretary of Homeland Security through last July, planned to conduct the exercise. But he left his post to become White House chief of staff before it was conducted, and acting secretary Elaine Duke never carried it out. 

The administration ran the exercise on Dec. 19 at the deputies' level, at the behest of Kelly and newly sworn in Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen. But as of Saturday, when Hawaii residents were taking cover, the federal government had yet to play out the same scenario with Cabinet secretaries at what is known as the principals level. 

"The U.S. government hasn't tested these plans in 30 years,” said the senior administration official involved in the White House response. “All the fresh faces sitting around the table in the situation room have little idea what their roles would be in this scenario. The bottom line is that without a principals level exercise we shouldn’t have any confidence that the Cabinet would know what to do in an attack scenario." 

Can't say I am surprised by this.

I saw the poor man in charge of these alerts in Hawaii taking responsibility for his mistake, and I think there is a strong possibility he will lose his job over it.

However let's take a moment to remember that the ONLY reason that Hawaii was doing these kinds of drills in the first place is the now very real concern that North Korea might send a missile toward America, and that this fear took hold because of some childish exchanges between Kim Jong Un and the imbecile in the White House.

It took actress Jamie Lee Curtis to say what most of us are probably already thinking.

Yes, exactly!

If Barack Obama had still been in charge, I seriously doubt that the people of Hawaii would have been quite so panicked in response to that alert.

After all they knew an adult was in charge and probably would have thought it was a mistake. Which it was.

But under Donald Trump, NOBODY feels safe.

And we know that not only is a nuclear war more likely, but that our government is completely unprepared for the first missile launches that would likely start one.

Welcome my friends, to Trump's America.

Pro-Trump protesters attempted to make a citizen's arrest of outspoken London Mayor Sadiq Khan yesterday.

Courtesy of the Daily Mail: 

This is the dramatic moment a group of far-right Trump supporters tried to arrest Sadiq Khan while quoting the Magna Carta. 

The men stormed the Fabian Society conference in London moments after the mayor took to the stage and accused him of 'subverting the English constitution'. 

Mr Khan's speech had to be suspended for several minutes as the demonstrators from a group called the White Pendragons were escorted out by police. 

The chaos appeared to have been sparked by Mr Khan's comments about the US President's decision to cancel his UK visit. 

Mr Trump claimed he pulled out of opening the new American embassy in London because he disagreed with the decision to sell off the old building for 'peanuts'. 

But Mr Khan said it was clear that Mr Trump had 'got the message that many Londoners' did not want him here. 

As the London Mayor started to speak at today's event, the protesters stood up and shouted that they were making a 'citizen's arrest'. 

I am assuming that these idiots are much like our own "sovereign citizens" who think they have the right to open carry automatic weapons into police stations, and don't have to own a driver's license to drive.

Nice to see that Trump supporters in other countries are just as ignorant and ridiculous as the ones in this country.

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher's Democratic challenger is essentially calling him Russian agent.

Courtesy of The Hill: 

California Democratic House hopeful Harley Rouda is taking the accusations of Russia collusion to his potential opponent, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), in a new ad that frames the congressman as part of a joint effort with President Trump to side with Russia. 

The new digital spot, shared first with The Hill, criticizes Rohrabacher for his ties to Russia. The New York Times reported last year that the FBI warned Rohrabacher, considered one of the most Russia-friendly lawmakers in Congress, that Russian intelligence had been trying to turn him and had even given him a code name. 

"America, let’s show Trump and Rohrabacher it's time for a leader who represents us, not Russia," the ad's narrator says.

Man I love the hell out of this!

Rohrabacher has been Putin's puppet for years now, and it is high time that he is called out for it publicly. 

Rohrabacher claims that his constituents do not care about his Russian connections, but I think that with enough of these ads that will definitely change.

I also think this might be a winning strategy for a number of Democrats moving forward.

If their opponents do not have direct ties to Russia, then they can be called out for supporting the agenda of the Kremlin's agent in the White House.

"This White House can't even run a f*cking conference call."

Courtesy of CBS News:  

It took the White House 22 minutes to figure out how to enable the "listening only" feature on a conference call on Thursday in which senior administration officials announced that President Trump would continue to waive nuclear program-related sanctions, keeping the deal intact. 

"This White House can't even run a f*cking conference call," a reporter on an unmuted phone line angrily exclaimed to the entire call. "They don't know how to mute their line." 

"It's the illegitimate media that doesn't know how to conduct themselves. They can't mute their f*cking phones," an unidentified official said. "Mute your phones." 

Another White House official repeatedly attempted to quiet the noisy line "so the people in charge" could talk. 

"I think if everyone had half a brain and common sense and muted their phones, this wouldn't be a problem," she yelled in an apparent fit of frustration. 

"Hello? Hello?," one reporter interjected, some 15 minutes after the slated start of the call. "Has the call started?" 

"This is Kim Jong Un calling for Donald Trump," another reporter joked as tensions flared. 

"All participants are now in listen-only mode," the operator finally announced, much to the relief of everyone on the call. The call began at 1:07 p.m. 

A State Department official announced at the end of the call that the technical difficulties prevented the senior administration officials from taking any questions from reporters. 

This may seem like a minor thing in the great scheme of things, but in fact it is indicative of the entire Trump White House operation. 

You may even remember that in the first months of the Trump presidency they were having meetings in the dark because they could not figure out how to turn the lights on in the White House

This may be the most incompetent administration in American history.

Once again, thank you deplorables.