Sunday, November 10, 2019

Welcome Republicans and Veterans

A month ago I concluded a piece with, “Please note, apart from a cartoon dog, I’m only quoting FOX News, Republicans, and the military in this post. How about that?”

I thought I’d repeat that theme with some more quotes from current Republicans and former Republicans who left the cult. And to commemorate Veterans Day, I include patriotic high ranking members of the military. Of course this rules out a certain general named Flynn.

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“Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.”

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist."- Dwight D. Eisenhower
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“Maybe you do not much care about the future of the Republican Party. You should. Conservatives will always be with us.If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy.”– David Frum
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“It's said if you're not a liberal when you're twenty, you have no heart; if you're not a conservative when you're forty, you have no head. I'd add, at least in my case: If you're not rethinking some conservative orthodoxies in your sixties, you haven't been learning from life.” - Bill Kristol
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“I’m a conservative, but I have no doubt that Donald Trump’s actual authoritarianism is a much bigger threat to this country than any of the Democrat’s hoped-for socialism. Put another way: I’m way more afraid of a dictator than I am of a guaranteed jobs program or free college.” – Former Rep. Joe Walsh
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Trump: “Read the Transcript!” Justin Amash: “Read the Constitution.”

“Libertarians, constitutional conservatives, and classical liberals believe in protecting whistleblowers to expose government corruption. Trump Republicans believe in exposing whistleblowers to protect government corruption.” - Justin Amash
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“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
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"These are, in today's Republican party, spineless politicians rotten to the core without virtue, without any level of human integrity, devoid of self respect... Without courage and without the moral compass to recognize their own malevolence"- Former Rep. David Jolly
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How can we not include Lindsay Graham representing the Republican Party's politically-corrected, reformed, and enlightened views on Trump?

2015: "Here’s what you’re buying: He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot. He doesn’t represent my party. He doesn’t represent the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for."


2018: "He’s not, in my view, a racist by any stretch of the imagination. I have never heard him make a single racist statement. Not even close." 
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“...I could remember a time when Republicans thought about ideas and enjoyed those good-spirited and consequential debates. It seems that time is gone, replaced by a race to the bottom to see who can be meaner and madder and crazier.

It is not enough to be conservative anymore. You have to be vicious. ... But in the election of 2016, our side outdid itself. It helps if you ascribe the absolute worst motives to your opponents, traffic in outlandish conspiracy theories, abandon reason and any old-fashioned notions of the common good, and  have an unquenchable appetite for destruction.  But Donald Trump is not the source code for our obsession for the politics of personal destruction. Our crisis has many fathers. Among them is Newt Gingrich, the modern progenitor of that school of politics.” From Jeff Flake’s “Conscience of a Conservative”:
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“If our promises are meaningless, how will our allies ever trust us? If we can't have faith in our nation's principles, why would the men and women of this nation join the military. And if they don't join, who will protect us? If we are not the champions of the good and the right, then who will follow us? And if no one follows us — where will the world end up?

They have seen our leaders stand beside despots and strongmen, preferring their government narrative to our own. They have seen us abandon our allies and have heard the shouts of betrayal from the battlefield. As I stood on the parade field at Fort Bragg, one retired four-star general, grabbed my arm, shook me and shouted, 'I don't like the Democrats, but Trump is destroying the Republic!'

Those words echoed with me throughout the week."  From "Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President" by Retired US Navy Adm. William McRaven.
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"I was concerned by the call. I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government's support of Ukraine. I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma, it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.This would all undermine U.S. national security. Following the call, I again reported my concerns to NSC's lead counsel." 

"I am a patriot, and it is my sacred duty and honor to advance and defend OUR country, irrespective of party or politics." - Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman


(For a special blast from the past, showing how the worst authoritarians never evolve:)

“Don’t confuse me with the facts. I’ve got a closed mind...I’m going to stick with my president. (Nixon, 1974) – Rep. Earl Landgrebe (R)IN 
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And for laughs, let’s hear from the psychotic Cult 45 peanut gallery:

“I see it as harassment, quite frankly,” Gail Sonatore of Middletown, New Jersey, said of the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. “I don’t think he’s done anything. I understand his tone — nobody likes that tone. But when you’re dealing with Marxists, what are you supposed to do? Just take it? Republicans have for a long time been called racist, fascist, sexist and greedy. And I think that’s why they support Donald Trump.” 

(Don’t you love that victim card and inadvertent admission of their true nature?)
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"Trump is highly biblical, and I would say to your listeners, we will in all likelihood never see a more godly, biblical president again in our lifetime.” Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota
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“Donald is funny, playful, and colorful, but most of all, he is honest.” Jon Voight
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“I have every right and authority to declare the White House as holy ground because I was standing there and where I stand is holy.”  Shyster preacher Paula White, “spiritual adviser” to the Big MAGAt
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On second thought, maybe this mass madness is amusing only to those of us with a sick sense of humor.

Last, but not least, I quote the Big MAGAt (BM) himself on his ‘victimhood” and his chilling, sinister, and absolutely Orwellian declaration:

“There's never been a time in the history of our country where somebody was so mistreated as I have been."

“What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”
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In conclusion, I refer the reader back to Eisenhower, the last honest Republican president.

Monday, October 28, 2019

A Sports Metaphor

First we saw smiles and hand clapping. Then we saw an orange face turn red. And we saw another smiling face, wilting at the realization of  an imminent tantrum.

Something tells me America has one less baseball fan.

Maybe he was expecting his “Mussolini balcony” moment at a World Series game.

Maybe he was expecting a hero’s welcome, (after betraying Kudish allies). He certainly didn’t credit them for their help in the war on ISIS and the mission to kill their leader.

Maybe he didn’t understand there was a good proportion of immigrants down on that field.

What the Big MAGAt didn’t expect was the most spectacular strikeout in baseball history.

First there was the banner that read, “Impeach Trump”.

Strike one!

Then the chorus of thousands booing him.

Strike two!

Finally the chants, “Lock him up! Lock him up!”

Strike three! Yer out!

What he heard was the voice of the people instead of his cult.

There’s nothing like an unscripted, spontaneous, and very audible, poll. The Big MAGAt had to have felt that in his “perfect gut”.

"Lock him up!"

This is what we should be chanting in the streets until he's gone.

I've never been a big fan of baseball. However I just became a big fan of baseball fans.


God bless America's baseball fans!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Tainted History


When I was young I was always reading books on the Civil War, WWI and WWII. I even wanted to be a Marine aviator. My early militarism and authoritarian tendencies met reality when my older brother served in Vietnam. 

War wasn’t so cool anymore. I learned to ask questions.


I learned my father watched for U-boats while crossing the Atlantic. I learned my father-in-law served with Patton’s Third Army in the Ardennes, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

I still love reading military history. It started after I read “All Quiet On the Western Front”, the great German anti-war novel of the First World War. It was duly burned by the Nazis.

I recently read an article in World War II History magazine about euthanasia and eugenics. As we know, Hitler implement the worst of racial purity measures. Sadly it wasn’t just Hitler who wanted to breed out, sterilize, or euthanize the unfortunates and marginalized of humanity. Thankfully we have largely evolved beyond this cruelty.

When reading the article by Charles Sasser I couldn’t help noticing certain biased elements that had nothing to do with euthanasia or eugenics. I smelled a MAGAt.

After going to his website, my suspicion was confirmed. He flew his true colors.


“...I concede that our nation was fortunate to have elected Donald Trump to the White House; I strongly support him and his policies of Make America Great Again, and now Keep America Great. 

Doctor Carson would not have made a good president; he is simply too decent, too humble, too nice for politics—especially if you compare him to the gaggle of foolish Democrats now shrieking from podiums in their efforts to foster socialism upon the nation."

He's a military guy. I wonder if he can explain how a "stable genius" betraying our Kurdish allies on Putin's birthday, to the delight of liberated ISIS enemies, makes America so great. 

I doubt my comment will be published, so I thought I’d share it here.

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I just read your article on eugenics in WWII History magazine. You bring to light important information. Thank you for that.

However, you also added clearly partisan and biased digs against Democrats, who served honorably in the war against fascism.

History is important, and is best written without political bias polluting the narrative. History is often easily perverted when used as a propaganda tool, whether by the Left or Right.

I thought I'd learn more about you. Just as I thought, you are at Trump loyalist.

You were making political points that had nothing to do with eugenics.

For some reason you needed to cite Hitler claiming the New Deal was “American fascism”. Why? Was it really? No. That had nothing to do with eugenics.

You also suggested JFK was a fan of Hitler. He was not. What the 20 year old admired was how Hitler “made Germany great again” in 1937. At that time he had no experience of the evils of German white nationalist racism. Remember his capitalist father, like fellow capitalist Henry Ford, had the affinity for Hitler.

And JFK had nothing to do with eugenics. See the pattern here?

Your deflections seem motivated by your politics, sir. In fact JFK’s idol was Churchill. Did you ignore this intentionally?

Kennedy predicted "Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived".

Let's face facts. American Nazis, white nationalists and racists are all in for Trump. He claimed there were "very fine people" carrying those tiki torches. David Duke got the message.

Let’s also not ignore the tyrannical leaders our president openly admires most. Putin. Kim. Dutarte. Erdogan. MBS.

It would be amusing to note your mention of a "too decent" Republican in Trump's circle, if not for the utter blindness to the gross indecency, corruption, and dishonesty of Trump.

The howls about "socialism" from an authoritarian ideology that deems the political opposition and the free press as the "enemies of the people" adds the ironic icing to the cake.

A common trait among those with the loudest voices against “socialism” is their inability to see their own inclinations towards National Socialism. And it ain’t about public healthcare.

I pray for your party's reform before they allow the destruction of our American values and our democratic republic.

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Will my remarks be published, or go down the “memory hole”? History is a fragile thing.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

They Die For Trump Towers Istanbul


The Big MAGAt had this to say in a 2015 interview with Steve Bannon, then chairman of Breitbart News.

“I have a little conflict of interest because I have a major, major building in Istanbul. It’s a tremendously successful job. It’s called Trump Towers — two towers, instead of one, not the usual one, it’s two.”

As the blood spills from more innocents in Syria, the Tangerine Tyrant deflects from his greedy conflict of interest and “rationalizes” with this garbage.

“The Kurds are fighting for their land, just so you understand, and somebody wrote a very, very powerful article today. They didn't help us in the Second World War, they didn't help us with Normandy as an example, they mentioned names of different battles. But they're there to help us with their land and that's a different thing. In addition to that we—we have spent tremendous amounts of money on helping the Kurds in terms of ammunition, in terms of weapons, in terms of money, in terms of pay, with all of that being said, we like the Kurds.”

He got that lie about Kurds from another Breitbart white nationalist. Kurds really did serve with the British in the Second World War. Nobody in the Trump family “helped us with Normandy”, of course. Nor did any of them serve the US in any war, or in any other way. 

Let's also remember Russian Communists took the most casualties in WWII, and by doing so helped spare the lives of countless thousands of Americans.

The Breitbart white nationalist tells us in his “very, very powerful article”
all Kurds should be punished because some are communists. They also helped in the war on ISIS.

“Moreover, all Kurds are not equal. The PKK – the Kurdistan Workers' Party – are a bunch of commie terrorists who have been fighting the Turks for a long time.”

Yes, they have, because they want independence. You know like the American Founders.

These con-servative white nationalists really love dictators so much they would have sided with Hitler. Hitler was a white nationalist racist who hated socialists and commies, opposed abortion, and made Germany great again, so he was their kind of guy all the way.

Now let’s hear from our troops on the ground. I want you to see what Jennifer Griffin the National Security Correspondent for Fox News tweeted:
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I just spoke to a distraught US Special Forces soldier who is among the 1000 or so US troops in Syria tonight who is serving alongside the SDF Kurdish forces. It was one of the hardest phone calls I have ever taken. "I am ashamed for the first time in my career."

This veteran US Special forces soldier has trained indigenous forces on multiple continents. He is on the frontlines tonight and said they are witnessing Turkish atrocities. "Turkey is not doing what it agreed to. It's horrible," this military source on the ground told me.

“We met every single security agreement. The Kurds met every single agreement. There was NO threat to the Turks - NONE - from this side of the border." "This is insanity," the concerned US service member told me. ""I don't know what they call atrocities but they are happening."

This American soldier told me the Kurds have not left their positions guarding the ISIS prisoners. In fact "they prevented a prison break last night without us." "They are not abandoning our side (yet)." The Kurds are "pleading for our support." We are doing "nothing."

Troops on the ground in Syria and their commanders were "surprised" by the decision Sunday night. Of the President's decision: "He doesn't understand the problem. He doesn't understand the repercussions of this. Erdogan is an Islamist, not a level headed actor."

According to this US soldier on the ground tonight in Syria: "The Kurds are as close to Western thinking in the Middle East as anyone. "It's a shame. It's horrible." "This is not helping the ISIS fight." Re: ISIS prisoners: "Many of them will be free in the coming days and weeks." 
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The Tangerine Tyrant seems to take delight in threatening to flood Europe with more ISIS nuts.

Whose side is our president really on?

And even Mitt Romney is growing a spine and sense of decency.

“Reports indicate Turkey is predictably attacking the Kurdish allies we abandoned. It’s a tragic loss of life among friends shamefully betrayed. We can only hope the President’s decision does not lead to even greater loss of life and a resurgence of ISIS.”

What’s next?

A recent Fox News Poll shows:

51% want Trump impeached & removed from office
4% want him impeached but not removed
40% oppose impeachment altogether

Do you think the Trump administration is more corrupt, less corrupt, or about as corrupt as previous administrations?

More corrupt: 51%
Less corrupt: 27%
About as corrupt: 18%

“Ruh, roh!”

Please note, apart from a cartoon dog, I’m only quoting FOX News, Republicans, and the military in this post. How about that?


Saturday, September 28, 2019

The Fall of Donald Trump?


I’m a bit of an old-fashioned hot head. I thought an election campaign crime like paying hush money to a porn star was more than enough grounds for impeachment.

How silly and naive of me. So I watched. And I waited.

It was just last Monday I was griping about waiting for a real impeachment inquiry. The wait was becoming as endlessly long as waiting for Godot.

Then suddenly this week turned out to be different.

Hey, the squeaky wheel, amirite?

It’s been a long, long wait from back when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “Impeachment is off the table”. Finally on Tuesday September 24, 2019 the Speaker arrived. "The times have found us. The actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the Constitution. It is for this reason that the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry." 

We remember it all started when the guy who wanted to build Trump Tower Moscow said, “Russia, if you’re listening...”

Russia listened, all right. And they offered their help. And their help was eagerly welcomed.

And he got away with it.

We’ve recently learned more about Trump’s private Oval Office party with Russian agents. He seems to have told them he had no problem with their interfering in the 2016 election. This was proven later in Helsinki, when Putin’s Puppet sided with his Kremlin master in denying the same interference that he openly welcomed. We already know he bragged about ending the investigation of Russian election interference by firing Comey.

So Mueller investigated. He found lots of friendly contacts between the Trump people and Russians. He listed case after case of Trump’s witness tampering and acts to obstruct the Russia investigation.

And he got away with all of that too. Astoundingly, no impeachment inquiry was initiated, even after the Mueller Report.

Immediately after the Great Mueller Testimony Fizzle, the emboldened Con-Man-in-Chief proceeded to the next round of his campaign crime spree with, “Ukraine, if you’re listening."

After all of the crime, corruption and yes, collusion with Russia, it finally came down to Don the Con making the squeeze play, "I will say that we do a lot for Ukraine... I would like you to do us a favor”.

This episode was a classic gangster shakedown by the Mob Boss President.

This sleazy crime against democracy would still be hidden if not for a very brave American’s loyalty to our Constitution and truth.

Thanks to a patriotic whistleblower, we know about his latest crimes: Seeking foreign assistance in an election, and covering up the evidence by hiding the communications where only national security secrets are kept.

We can only imagine the shady, self-serving, crooked deals he has going with dictators like Putin, and Kim Jong Un, or with family friend and fellow gangster Saudi dictator Mohammed bin Salman.

We can only hope justice eventually shines its light on these yet to be revealed betrayals and treacheries.

By now I’m wondering. Do any rational people still think impeachment will boost Trump's reelection odds?

The Fall of Donald Trump could be more imminent than we think. There are cracks in the dam. The process has begun. Witnesses are being subpoenaed. More testimony, facts and evidence will be presented to the American people.

Don the Con is coming unglued. More rats are leaving the sinking ship. Smart Republicans are having to decide quickly if they don't want to go down with him. 

At this point, abetting high crimes and misdemeanors should be seen as a losing position. At minimum, any remaining support for the Big MAGAt will reveal the extent of corruption within the Republican Party.

This will be their last call to reject or embrace the moral rot of Donald Trump.

The long sordid tale of treachery and betrayal is winding down. There will still be inglorious acts of Republican sycophancy, along with presidential tantrums, or even further acts of destruction upon our democratic republic. 

This chapter in American history is one of fear, loathing, and presidential crime and corruption. It won’t be entirely over for another long wait, and after an even longer recovery.

The cult of Trumpism and white nationalism will still be around. It may disperse or go underground, but it will seethe and stew in its hate as long as we have racism’ and ignorance in the nation’s white population. The ugly extremism of white nationalism will always be in our far Right authoritarians.

But we are making steps to remove at least one of those authoritarian leaders. This is good.

It’s been a grinding and degrading course of events for our country, from “Russia, if you’re listening”, to “Ukraine, if you’re listening”. After his latest blatant crime, this long dark chapter of American history might finally be reaching its end.

I’m willing to be optimistic for a change. But then again, I’ve been silly and naive before.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Just The Facts


“Watching this from Germany. America taught us democracy after WWII and now... your institutions struggle to handle a situation that destroys them. Frightening and unbelievable!” - Martin Behle

Yes, it IS hard to believe and it IS frightening. What happened in NAZI Germany IS happening here. Minorities are scapegoated and slaughtered. Detention camps are multiplying. Educators and journalists are demonized as enemies of the people. There is no functioning opposition.

The state of the Republic decays under an authoritarian, corrupt, and criminal administration supported a loyal party of authoritarian accomplices.

The nation’s people of conscience and understanding watch helplessly as the opposition can’t even find a way to unite against the greatest threat ever to America’s founding ideal of democratic representation.

David Leonhardt lays out the facts in the New York Times:

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Donald Trump vs. the United States of America

Just the facts, in 40 sentences.

Sometimes it’s worth stepping back to look at the full picture.

He has pressured a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 American presidential election.

He urged a foreign country to intervene in the 2016 presidential election.

He divulged classified information to foreign officials.

He publicly undermined American intelligence agents while standing next to a hostile foreign autocrat.

He hired a national security adviser whom he knew had secretly worked as a foreign lobbyist.

He encourages foreign leaders to enrich him and his family by staying at his hotels.

He genuflects to murderous dictators.

He has alienated America’s closest allies.

He lied to the American people about his company’s business dealings in Russia.

He tells new lies virtually every week — about the economy, voter fraud, even the weather.

He spends hours on end watching television and days on end staying at resorts.

He often declines to read briefing books or perform other basic functions of a president’s job.

He has aides, as well as members of his own party in Congress, who mock him behind his back as unfit for office.

He has repeatedly denigrated a deceased United States senator who was a war hero.

He insulted a Gold Star family — the survivors of American troops killed in action.

He described a former first lady, not long after she died, as “nasty.”

He described white supremacists as “some very fine people.”

He told four women of color, all citizens and members of Congress, to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”

He made a joke about Pocahontas during a ceremony honoring Native American World War II veterans.

He launched his political career by falsely claiming that the first black president was not really American.

He launched his presidential campaign by describing Mexicans as “rapists.”

He has described women, variously, as “a dog,” “a pig” and “horseface,” as well as “bleeding badly from a facelift” and having “blood coming out of her wherever.”

He has been accused of sexual assault or misconduct by multiple women.

He enthusiastically campaigned for a Senate candidate who was accused of molesting multiple teenage girls.

He waved around his arms, while giving a speech, to ridicule a physically disabled person.

He has encouraged his supporters to commit violence against his political opponents.

He has called for his opponents and critics to be investigated and jailed.

He uses a phrase popular with dictators — “the enemy of the people” — to describe journalists.

He attempts to undermine any independent source of information that he does not like, including judges, scientists, journalists, election officials, the F.B.I., the C.I.A., the Congressional Budget Office and the National Weather Service.

He has tried to harass the chairman of the Federal Reserve into lowering interest rates.

He said that a judge could not be objective because of his Mexican heritage.

He obstructed justice by trying to influence an investigation into his presidential campaign.

He violated federal law by directing his lawyer to pay $280,000 in hush money to cover up two apparent extramarital affairs.

He made his fortune partly through wide-scale financial fraud.

He has refused to release his tax returns.

He falsely accused his predecessor of wiretapping him.

He claimed that federal law-enforcement agents and prosecutors regularly fabricated evidence, thereby damaging the credibility of criminal investigations across the country.

He has ordered children to be physically separated from their parents.

He has suggested that America is no different from or better than Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

He has called America a “hellhole.”

He is the president of the United States, and he is a threat to virtually everything that the United States should stand for.

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And now there's "Ukraine, if you're listening..." and whatever the next crime or betrayal of our country will be.

Those are the facts. The country has fallen into the hands of liars, cheaters, and criminals. 

The Democratic Party is having no more of it. Their message is loud and clear.

"This time we’re serious and the president’s behavior cannot be ignored. If Trump continues to commit crimes against the country, humanity, and the planet, the Democratic Party will be forced to issue stern warnings and statements of disapproval."


The cavalry can arrive any time now...  Oops. They're going to protect a Saudi dictator's oil industry instead. 

And so our nation's opposition party decided we're better off to sit and act like we're waiting for Godot. 

There is no time to wait for another dark age to pass. This is how it all ends. Or has it already ended? Only Godot knows.



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Never Forget


FOX(R) News

9-11-2101


Never forget.

Today we solemnly mark the 100th anniversary of September 11, 2001.

On that terrible day America changed, and thousands died.

But heroes arose.

At the same time we commemorate 9-11, we celebrate the greatest hero of 9-11, our Father of Greater America, and President-for-Life Donald Trump.

Ignoring his throbbing bone spurs, Saint Donald sprinted all three miles from Trump Tower, (about to become the tallest building in New York,) to the burning towers of the World Trade Center.

Again and again, our Father of Greater America dashed into the inferno, rescuing his fellow New Yorkers, carrying one man, or two women, at a time.

His selfless bravery inspired and rallied the first responders. He Alone, through heroic efforts, rescued hundreds of victims of the terrorist attack launched by Saddam Hussein and the Democrat Party.

And there’s even more heroism to celebrate. It was our Dearest Leader’s keen observation of thousands of dancing democrat Muslims in New Jersey that guided us forward. From that day on, He Alone would tell us who to blame for hating America.

Let us now offer our prayer of gratitude to President Donald Trump IV for officially naming FOX(R), and sister company Sinclair Broadcast Group, as the only news outlets in Greater America.

All the news you need...and to never forget.



Sunday, September 1, 2019

Fascism: With It, Or Against It?


They blamed foreign "invaders" and “terrorists”, of course. This September 1st marks 80 years since belligerent white nationalism chose its inevitable course of action.On September 1st, 1939 Hitler’s Luftwaffe and Wehrmacht invaded Poland, igniting World War II. In the following two years, many more countries would be invaded, ravaged, and occupied.

The war on belligerent racist nationalism, known as fascism, would eventually claim over 70 million human lives.

The death toll would have been even greater had the Allies not united to defeat the armies of fascism. The US, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union understood cooperation was best for all parties of the alliance.

By May of 1945 the German Nazi Regime was defeated, but racism and fascism would continue to simmer in the dark souls of white nationalists. After the Second World War Bertolt Brecht warned:

"Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men!
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard,

The bitch that bore him is in heat again."

Eighty years after white nationalist Nazi aggression spilled blood across the planet, the same evil has risen again. The US now has a president who openly praises dictators, while demeaning the black president as a foreign usurper. 

His is the face of the rising white nationalism. And he has legions of angry fanatic followers.

Germans lost the power of their vote after Hitler took power. He promptly divided the people into the “us v them” foundation of nationalism. 

Humanity was divided between the Master Race and all others.

The Right has already largely accomplished this goal of division here. Racial tensions are stoked while the press and non-MAGA Americans are "enemies of the people". Now they are set to seize more power to divide us further, reward the rich, punish the poor, poison our planet, and destroy the rule of law.

That is exactly what the Republican Party and its far Right base will do if we let them.

Voting is all we have to defeat the powers of white nationalism. Decent Americans need to find the way to unite against this rising fascism, even if it means voting for a corporatist candidate. It means voting for EVERY candidate that can defeat ANY member of the Party of Trump. 

By all means, vote for Bernie, or anyone you like in the primaries. Then we must vote for the persons on the ballot that can defeat Trump and his extremist party.

This isn’t just an emergency. It’s a national crisis. The 2020 election may well be the final resistance we have against white nationalism and the Trump crime family.

Just remember in the national election, disunity, third parties, and other acts of political purity only enable Trump.

It should be obvious the struggle against neo-liberal corporatism is only more certain to fail under fascist authoritarianism, so this priority needs to be clear. Just as we needed Stalin to defeat Hitler, we damn well need Democrats to defeat Trump and his crime abetting henchmen.

The bottom line is this. One real choice is going to be on the ballot. 

Fascism: Yes, or no?

Friday, August 16, 2019

Moral Weakness


The racist president smeared his feces again. “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”

A disgrace? Why? For not “going back where they came from”?

Yes, and it would show a great moral weakness if the Israeli far Right leadership share the fascist racism and bigotry of the American Tangerine Tyrant. 

Netanyahu’s regime took the bait and slammed the door on the Black and Muslim American Representatives. 

Senator Bernie Sanders echoed my thoughts. “If Israel doesn’t want members of the United States Congress to visit their country…maybe they can respectfully decline the billions of dollars that we give to Israel.”


Israel’s Haaretz news outlet also condemned the affront to decency. “The wannabe authoritarian tag-team of Netanyahu and Trump has committed a reckless, racist, contemptible act.”

From his dark corner of Hell, Adolf gloats triumphantly “Wunderbar, Bibi! Just what I would have done!” Satan smiles as he serves the Nazi white nationalist his ice-water. "Authoritarian nationalism triumphs again!"

It comes down to this. The Democratic Representatives were “punished” for being hated by Trump. 

They were condemned by corporate media and demonized by white nationalists as “anti-Semites” for having the gall to criticize AIPAC and the Israeli government. Their support of #BDS only further infuriated the radical Right. The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement “works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.”

In an irony of arrogance, the act of bigotry and marginalization of political opposition by the Trump/Netanyahu regimes just gave #BDS its biggest boost by far. The Netanyahu regime’s flagrant intolerance is highlighted, showing the world their authoritarian essence, as they serve as minions and enforcers of Trump’s hate.

The Big MAGAt dumped a pile of stinking crap, and Netanyahu stepped right into it. Now his smeared shoes leave stains and odors like the rest of the MAGA Cult.

Speaker Pelosi sensibly responded, “Israel’s denial of entry to Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar is a sign of weakness, and beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel. The President’s statements about the Congresswomen are a sign of ignorance and disrespect, and beneath the dignity of the Office of the President.”

Even AIPAC needed to implement damage control:

“We disagree with Reps. Omar and Tlaib’s support for the anti-Israel and anti-peace BDS movement, along with Rep. Tlaib’s calls for a one-state solution. We also believe every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel firsthand.”

Face it. Neither country presents a good face for democracy. But I’ll allow the possibility that good intentions were embedded into AIPAC’s frantic response to minimize alienation of the Democratic Party and millions of Americans.

Representative Omar spoke out for real democratic values in her statement:

 "It is an affront that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to representatives of the U.S. government. Trump's Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing, this time against two duly elected Members of Congress.

As a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, it is my job to conduct oversight of foreign aid from the United States of America and to legislate on human rights practices around the world. The irony of the 'only democracy' in the Middle East making such a decision is that it is both an insult to democratic values and a chilling response to a visit by government officials from an allied nation."

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri offered permission for Representative Tlaib of Michigan to enter the country on “humanitarian grounds” to visit her grandmother, after she "committed to accept all the demands of Israel to respect the restrictions imposed on her in the visit, and she also promised not to advance boycotts against Israel during her visit."

The conditions and demands mean she is still banned from visiting as a member of the US Congress.


Representative Tlaib didn’t take the bait. "I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in--fighting against racism, oppression & injustice.... I can't allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies."

Meanwhile, unmentioned by Republican bigots and their white nationalist leader in the White House, American Jews of conscience were confronting their extreme far Right evil first hand:

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Video captures horrifying moment prison officer drove into Jewish activists protesting ICE

Jewish activists and allies with Never Again Action were staging a peaceful protest outside a Rhode Island detention facility that jails immigrants for the federal government when a man in a truck, reportedly a corrections officer at the facility, drove straight into the group and sent several to the hospital. “Local police officers working at the protest did not intervene,” activists told The Washington Post, “and the driver eventually walked into the prison after other guards pepper-sprayed the protesters.”

As dozens of activists sat peacefully on the street outside the Wyatt Detention Facility, a driver sped up into the crowd while blasting his horn. Activists screamed as others chanted, “Shame!” But the driver only kept pushing into activists, continuing to drive several feet even as they were clearly standing right in front of the truck. “The whole world is watching!” others chanted. “5 people went to the hospital,” Never Again Action said in a tweet, “including 2 who were hit by the truck.”

...Never Again Action’s Amy Anthony told Newsweek, “We have confirmed that the person driving the truck is a correctional officer who works for the detention facility. The driver was in his uniform when he hit the protesters. His rank and name were embroidered on his shirt and he was wearing a badge at the time."

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But it’s not all bad news.

At least there are still many Americans free to visit Israel, unhindered by Netanyahu or Trump and his racist cult. These privileged Americans would be the tiki torch wielding Trump supporters who chanted, “JEWS WILL NOT REPLACE US!”

They get a pass, for they have gained presidential approval as “very fine people”.