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”.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The new “Aristocrats”


Stop me if you've heard this one.

Aspiring to break into show-biz, the family had just finished their audition for the talent agent. Their act was filled with vulgar, vile, and nasty routines involving incest, excrement and violence. 

After they finished, a sanitizing crew was called to clean up.

Upon returning from a hasty dash to the restroom, the nauseated agent asked, “What’s the name of your act, anyway?”

The father replied, “The Trumps”.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Better Blame ANTIFA, Amirite?


The slaughter continues unabated. The body count racks up more double digit death tolls.

And the violence is unaddressed by the Party of Trump and the NRA. In fact, the racist Big MAGAt doesn’t see a growing problem with white nationalist domestic terrorism. In fact he has dismantled efforts by federal law enforcement to address domestic white nationalist terrorism.

This violence has only increased during this vile reign of evil. That evil flows from the hateful rhetoric from the White House, from the rallies that foment racist hate like the Nuremberg rallies of the last century.

The Big MAGAt asked, “How do you stop these people?”  Someone replied, “Shoot them.” The Evil One chuckled and responded with, “That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with that stuff.”

So...

Hell, yes, I blame Trump. He is evil. Period.

Hell yes, I blame white nationalists. They are evil. Period.

Hell, yes, I blame the NRA.They are evil. Period.

Hell, yes, I blame the manufacturers of weapons.

Hell, yes, I blame the racist MAGAt culture.

And hell, yes, I blame Hitler.

Trump, like Hitler, inflamed racism and hate.

White nationalist terrorism is directly inspired by the racist in the Oval Office. His bigotry is reflected, and his name is invoked, by the cold-blooded racist killers. The Party of Trump sees no blame in their ideology and in their leader.

No wonder they need to project their hate and terrorist threat unto ANTIFA, even though they have killed nobody.

If this evil is not defeated, our nation is absolutely finished.

Trump fuels hate for the press, liberals, Muslims, and minorities.

Trump is a pathological liar. Trump is a racist. Trump is willfully ignorant and indifferent to human suffering. Trump is fond of dictators and extra-judicial killings.

Hating minorities, Muslims, and the press, and even liberals, is evil.

Pathological lying is evil.

Racism is evil.

Willful ignorance and indifference to human suffering is evil.

Dictators and extra-judicial killings are evil.

Trump is evil.

Those who support Trump wittingly, or unwittingly, support evil. 

Every Nazi, Klan member, and white supremacist is a Republican and/or Trump supporter. 

How COULD they ALL be wrong?

Friday, August 2, 2019

True, That Is Accurate


Mueller Time, Part Two: From Chairman Adam Schiff's opening questions by the House Intelligence Committee.


SCHIFF:
...Director Mueller, your report describes a sweeping and systematic effort by Russia to influence our presidential election. Is that correct?

MUELLER:
That is correct.

SCHIFF:
And during the course of this Russian interference in the election, the Russians made outreach to the Trump campaign, did they not?

MUELLER:
That occurred over the course of - yes, that occurred.

SCHIFF:
In fact, the campaign welcomed the Russian help, did they not?

MUELLER:
I think we have - we report in our - in the report indications that that occurred, yes.

SCHIFF:
The president's son said when he was approached about dirt on Hillary Clinton that the Trump campaign would love it?

MUELLER:
That is generally what was said, yes.

SCHIFF:
The president himself called on the Russians to hack Hillary's emails?

MUELLER:
There was a statement by the president in those general lines.

SCHIFF:
Numerous times during the campaign the president praised the releases of the Russian-hacked emails through WikiLeaks?

MUELLER:
That did occur.

SCHIFF:
That language comes from Volume 1, page 54. Apart from the Russians wanting to help Trump win, several individuals associated with the Trump campaign were also trying to make money during the campaign and transition. Is that correct?

MUELLER:
That is true.

SCHIFF:
Paul Manafort was trying to make money or achieve debt forgiveness from a Russian oligarch?

MUELLER:
Generally that is accurate
.
SCHIFF:
Michael Flynn was trying to make money from Turkey?

MUELLER:
True.

SCHIFF:
Donald Trump was trying to make millions from a real estate deal in Moscow?

MUELLER:
To the extent you're talking about the hotel in Moscow?

SCHIFF:
Yes.

MUELLER:
Yes.

SCHIFF:
When your investigation looked into these matters, numerous Trump associates lied to your team, the grand jury, and to Congress?

MUELLER:
A number of persons that we interviewed in our investigation turns out did lie.

SCHIFF:
Mike Flynn lied?

MUELLER:
He was convicted of lying, yes.

SCHIFF:
George Papadopoulos was convicted of lying?

MUELLER:
True.

SCHIFF:
Paul Manafort was convicted of lying?

MUELLER:
True.

SCHIFF:
Paul Manafort was - in fact, went so far as to encourage other people to lie?

MUELLER:
That is accurate.

SCHIFF:
Manafort's deputy, Rick Gates, lied?

MUELLER:
That is accurate.

SCHIFF:
Michael Cohen, the president's lawyer, was indicted for lying?

MUELLER:
True.

SCHIFF:
He lied to stay on message with the president?

MUELLER:
Allegedly by him.

SCHIFF:
And when Donald Trump called your investigation a witch hunt, that was also false, was it not?

MUELLER:
I'd like to think so, yes.

SCHIFF:
Well, your investigation is not a witch hunt. Is...

MUELLER:
It is not a witch hunt.

SCHIFF:
When the president said the Russian interference was a hoax, that was false, wasn't it?

MUELLER:
True.

SCHIFF:
When the president said he had no business dealings with Russia, that was false, wasn't it?

MUELLER:
I'm not going to go into the details of the report that are along those lines.

SCHIFF:
You would consider a billion dollar deal to build a tower in Moscow to be business dealings, wouldn't you, Director Mueller?

MUELLER:
Absolutely.

SCHIFF:
In short, your investigation found evidence that Russia wanted to help Trump win the election, right?

MUELLER:
I think generally that would be accurate.

SCHIFF:
Russia informed campaign officials of that?

MUELLER:
I'm not certain to what conversation you're referring to.

SCHIFF:
Well, through an intermediary then informed Papadopoulos that they could help with the anonymous release of stolen emails?

MUELLER:
Accurate.

SCHIFF:
Russia committed federal crimes in order to help Donald Trump?

MUELLER:
When you're talking about computer crimes in the charge...

SCHIFF:
Yes.

MUELLER:
... in our case, absolutely.

SCHIFF:
The Trump campaign officials built their strategy - their messaging strategy around those stolen documents?

MUELLER:
Generally that's true.

SCHIFF:
And then they lied to cover it up.

MUELLER:
Generally, that's true.

SCHIFF:
Thank you.