Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Enemy of the People v. Journalism

The polluter-friendly fascists are not satisfied censoring climate data. They are not satisfied having polluters dictate environmental policy.

They are going full “Lügenpresse” on our First Amendment, having a thug physically evict an AP reporter from a public meeting on water contaminants.

(AP)The Environmental Protection Agency is barring The Associated Press, CNN and the environmental-focused news organization E&E from a national summit on harmful water contaminants.

The EPA blocked the news organizations from attending Tuesday’s Washington meeting, convened by EPA chief Scott Pruitt.

EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox told the barred organizations they were not invited and there was no space for them, but gave no indication of why they specifically were barred.

Pruitt told about 200 people at the meeting that dealing with the contaminants is a “national priority.”

Guards barred an AP reporter from passing through a security checkpoint inside the building. When the reporter asked to speak to an EPA public-affairs person, the security guards grabbed the reporter by the shoulders and shoved her forcibly out of the EPA building.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

FOX(R) v. Journalism

In a nutshell.

FOX(R) v. Journalism: Exhibit A.

Sean Hannity asked Ted Koppel, “You think I'm bad for America?”

After being rudely interrupted three times by "Sad" Hannity, Koppel responded, “Yep. You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.”

Ideology over facts. Look no further for your true "enemy of the people".

Better late than never, out from under the yoke of Putin’s Puppet, Rex Tillerson found his voice.

"A responsibility of every American citizen to each other is to preserve and protect our freedom by recognizing what truth is and is not, what a fact is and is not, and begin by holding ourselves accountable to truthfulness and demand our pursuit of America's future be fact-based -- not based on wishful thinking, not hoped-for outcomes made in shallow promises, but with a clear-eyed view of the facts as they are, and guided by the truth that will set us free to seek solutions to our most daunting challenges. When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth, even on what may see the most trivial of matters, we go wobbly on America."

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

"Understanding" White Nationalism

We've seen it pop up over the news. The media is often duped by far Right whiners complaining about the rest of us "not understanding" Trump supporters. 

Oh, but we do. 

When Angry White Americans accuse me of hating America and opposing the Constitution, when they lie like White Nationalists, when they accuse and blame liberals, Blacks and Muslims, and NEVER bring up racist killings going on today, when they attack BLM as a "racist hate group", when they agree “very fine people” marched with Nazis, when they are angered by the Congressional Black Caucus meeting with Nation of Islam and attack the Black President for being a racist, even after he denounced NOI’s racism, when they focus all blame on the Black President while praising the racist Birther that followed him for banning Muslim refugees, Etc. ad nauseum....

Yeah, if that doesn’t fit White Nationalism, then it doesn’t exist.

I will not compromise with hate and lies. I will call haters and liars out for what they are. There can be no common ground with extremism. It will never disappear, and it must be defeated by every generation.

I suggest they just follow their White Nationalist mentor Steve Bannon’s advice to, "Let them call you racist. Let them call you xenophobes. Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor. Because every day, we get stronger and they get weaker.”

Inspiring, is it not? Kinda makes me want to goose step, raise my right arm and “hail victory”.

I know I can be a smart ass at times. It is who I am. But seriously, I am saddened by the disinformation, anger and hate we see from the far Right. I am ashamed of such a large faction of Americans who have become fanatic enough to trust Trump over journalists, scientists, and educators. And I am horrified they not only trust Trump, but actively share his hate for our free press and educational institutions, and his demonizing and defaming of law enforcement professionals for investigating Russian interference in our election. These hypocrites are undermining the very rule of law to shield the “law and order president” from justice.

They also viciously attack anyone who calls out the lies and hate from the Party of Trump.

This is who they are folks.

And they HATE anyone who sees them the way they actually present themselves.

We’ll stop telling the truth about them when they stop lying about us.

But that won’t happen, for they will never see the truth in what I just said. They are unable to comprehend anything outside their bubble cult because they are indoctrinated to hate and loathe dissent from their ideology. Thus deflection, distraction, denial, dishonesty and distortion are their only tools.

There can be no common ground with deflection, distraction, denial, dishonesty and distortion. They whine that we “don’t understand” them. This is not true. We know what they are about. THEY don’t want to understand us. They choose to see us and our free press as the “enemy of the people”.

I stand ready to share the common ground of reality and basic human decency. The Party of Trump and their enablers obviously want none of that.

They want to rule. They want to reward the servants of mammon and feed the greed of the rich. They don’t care what the poor and working class will lose. They want to attack our democracy, dismantle our institutions, subvert our rule of law to their will, and crush dissent and our free press.

And I shall resist that ignorance, tyranny, anger, and hate until my dying breath.