Not content with stereotyping Hispanic, Black, Native American, Jewish and Islamic voters, on St. Patrick’s day the Grand Old Party adopted the style of their standard bearer Donald Trump and reached out to defame Irish Americans. Raw Story “Republican National Committee message about Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke appeared to fail on Sunday after it became the subject of internet mockery. A Sunday tweet from the official @GOP Twitter account seemed to smear both O’Rourke and Irish people as drunks….” (The RNC quickly pulled their Tweet but the GOP still has their’s up.) O’Rourke quickly answered. Are you paying attention, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania?
The Australian Senator from Queensland who, unbelievably, blamed the victims of the Christchurch shooting for their own deaths, stating “Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?” and whose family fortune was founded by stealing land from Australian Aboriginals and, at times, kidnap and forced labor of the same will be censured by the government and opposition as well as being investigated for punching the much smaller minor who egged him on says Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Morrison promised “the full force of the law” would be brought to bear against the pugilistic Senator who stepped way down in weight class when striking the child who did this…. In related news the punchy Senator was treated to a classic Australian dressing down when spotted at the departing gate of an airport later in the day. (If you disapprove of the use of triggering Anglo-Saxon descriptors do not play.) As much as Anning deserved those two confrontations perhaps the most severe spanking came from opposition leader Bill shorten who said: “the Christchurch event “hasn’t happened in isolation”, blaming “extreme-right politicians in Australia” and “keyboard warriors who hide behind the internet” for fomenting hatred. “I say to those who perpetuate extreme rightwing hatred … You, by your hate speech, have created a swampland of hatred,” he told reporters in Melbourne. “You cannot disown what crawls out of your swamp.” Would you ever consider moving to the U.S. and running for office Mr. Shorten? We could use your moral clarity over here.
If the last thirty years have proven anything they show that Democrats often lose the messaging wars because Republicans pick a message they want to drum into the public’s mind and repeat it endlessly and, unfortunately, to great effect. Democrats are “big spenders” even though deficits balloon under Republicans. Democrats are “weak on defense” even though it has been W and Trump trashing our alliances, and through, in W’s case his stupid Iraq war, and with Trump his blatant Islamophobia and embrace of Putin, it has been the GOP who have made us more vulnerable. Democrats encourage late term, pre-birth, during birth, after-birth abortions for the convenience of women. There are many other examples where, with ad nauseam repetition they have convinced significant numbers of independent voters of the truth of their lies. Now they are doing the same thing with Pelosi’s no-impeachment proclamation. Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine. “This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she opposes impeachment. You might think this would cause Trump’s defenders to rethink their belief that the Russia investigation is a ploy to justify impeachment. You’d be wrong. Instead they have decided the news proves just the opposite: Democrats must know Trump is innocent of wrongdoing on Russia. “If Pelosi and Schiff really believed their outlandish rhetoric on Russian collusion, they would be moving to impeach the president,” argues the Federalist’s David Marcus. This has become the new standard analysis on the right, and swift reversal of the party line has been picked up by the right-wing press with all the subtlety of a Stalin-era policy announcement in the Daily Worker: “There is an even more important takeaway, which is that Pelosi no longer believes in the Russia story, if she ever did. There is simply no way she would subject herself to this level of rebellion from the liberal wing of her caucus and deliver this much disappointment to the Democratic Party base if she thought there was any chance that the special counsel report would substantiate the assumptions they have all held so closely for so long.” (Mike Huckabee.) “How could anyone conclude impeachment isn’t ‘worth it’ if you have all the evidence Schiff has claimed?” (Scott Jennings.) “If those charges are true, they should lead to impeachment.” (Charles Lipson.) …The right’s response to Pelosi’s comments seem to show one possible drawback to Pelosi’s strategy. Republicans disbelieve all evidence against Trump, which becomes a reason for Democrats not to impeach him, which in turn becomes further reason for Republicans to disbelieve all evidence against him. For two years, the Democrats’ plans to impeach Trump were evidence the Russia scandal was supposedly a hoax. Now, the Democrats’ plan not to impeach Trump proves the Russia scandal is a hoax. Be prepared to hear a lot of this over the next 18 months or so. The GOP will worry our inaction like Fido chewing on his favorite bone.
Well, I suppose there are bigger stories to weigh in on today, but perhaps none so indicative of the poison being pumped into the brains of Fox views as this: For those not on Twitter here is a you tube video of nine year old Zayne Cowie reciting his poem Goodbye Earth: “Move over Longfellow” Arroyo snarks, and Ingraham quips… “Byron and Keats rolled into one!” Arroyo even made fun of Zane’s enunciation, which I had no trouble understanding. I though Zane’s poem was very sophisticated for a nine year old, especially when he evoked some of the world’s wonders he would like to see. All the more reason for them to mock him for the benefit of their corporate sponsors I suppose. Good work, you two, maybe if you make fun of the kid some more maybe you can prompt a crazed Fox viewer into hunting down the boy and taking him out. Sick fucks.
Sarah Kendzior doesn’t mince words when it comes to TrumpCo and the danger facing our nation: And, in an essay published on her Gaslit Nation website she and her partner Andrea Chalupa don’t mince words about the existential threat that not wielding the one weapon we have, through the hard work of many good folks in the resistance, been given — the power to bring this criminal pretender masquerading as POTUS to trial and exposing his many felonies to the American people: “It is critical that the stakes are made clear. Refusal to impeach sends the message that the situation cannot possibly be that dire – it if were, the Democrats would move to impeach, right? This is the same disastrous miscalculation that gave us an unpunished cadre of criminals from Watergate, Iran-Contra, the War on Iraq, and the 2008 financial crisis – criminals who are working with the White House right now! This is not a comparative study; this is literally the same people committing crimes over and over without repercussions. We would not even been dealing with this crisis if officials had acted with conscience and conviction earlier, and brought these criminal elites to justice. Let us be clear: we do not think that, if the House impeaches Trump, the GOP-dominated Senate will convict. We also do not think that if the Senate, by some miracle, impeaches Trump, that he will leave. Trump has made it clear he will not leave office even if the will of the people demands it in an election, and even if the will of Congress demands it in impeachment. Trump is an aspiring autocrat, and the GOP is seeking a one-party state. So what is the point of the House impeaching Trump? An informed public is a powerful public, and hearings are the best way of informing the people on what the White House has done. Autocrats and wannabe autocrats live by their brands, and a symbolic vote of impeachment by the House, sending the world the message that the United States still stands for the rule of law, damages the Trump brand and leaves a mark on it that Ivanka must carry with her as she continues to represent us abroad. The House must begin impeachment proceedings to help restore America’s standing in the world and because it is their constitutional duty. Impeachment sends a message about who we are as a country and what we will accept and abide. The rule of law demands action. Refusing to take action is normalizing atrocity. Lawlessness must be confronted regardless of the outcome, as a matter of principle and conscience. Fighting only the battles that you know you will win is a sure way of ensuring you lose; preemptive surrender, in a rapidly consolidating autocracy, is permanent surrender. The American people have suffered enough under Trump; they should not have to suffer due to Pelosi’s capitulation as well. We all deserve better than this.” I know many of you will not agree with this post, but I feel obligated to put it up anyway. I encourage you all to go to the link provided and read the full essay and listen to Sarah and Andrea’s latest podcast if you are able. Sarah is not a politician, weighing political reverberations and counting on elections that may or may […]
After Paul Manafort’s sentencing yesterday Manaforts lawyer, Kevin Downing, addressed the waiting TV cameras outside the courthouse, pirouetting for an intended audience of one saying Judge Jackson had found “no evidence of collusion” which was not strictly true or even close to the truth. The assembled crowd responded indignantly with shouts of “liar liar”. The Washington Post explains further: The defense’s “repeated” claim that Manafort wouldn’t have been charged but for the special counsel, she said, “falls flat” and “is not supported by the record.” In an apparent reference to Trump, the judge speculated that the claim “was being repeated for some other audience.” Jackson tore into the Manafort defense’s claim that Mueller’s team took a technical violation and “transmogrified it” into a major case. “To the extent that’s the correct word, it was the defendant who was the transmogrifier,” she said. As for the other claim frequently offered by Manafort’s defense, “the ‘no collusion’ mantra is simply a non sequitur,” she said, adding that it is “not clear if it is accurate” and that her ruling doesn’t vindicate or incriminate anyone in Mueller’s broader investigation. That was another apparent reference to Trump, who falsely claimed that last week’s sentencing of Manafort in a separate trial vindicated his “no collusion” claim. An Obama appointee, Jackson offered a mantra of her own: “If people don’t have the facts, democracy can’t work,” she said. “Court is one of those places where facts still matter.” Validating the judge’s suspicions about “some other audience,” Downing falsely declared to TV cameras immediately after the sentencing that “Judge Jackson conceded that there was absolutely no evidence of any Russian collusion in this case.” Despite the judge’s unequivocal statement on the subject, Downing went before the cameras and blatantly lied, clearly auditioning for a Presidential pardon for Manafort. Thanks to the crowd who called him on it.
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, another of the impressive Democratic Freshman class who represents the South Florida district which houses the Homestead facility for migrant children, represents the best of American values, a value system that was and is and should continue to be a source of pride for Americans, a system that offers safety and shelter for refugees in exchange for the immeasurable gifts and talents they offer our country in return. Debbie migrated here in 1985 from her native Ecuador with her mother and three sisters at 14 years of age, where she lived with her family in a one bedroom apartment while she complted High School, took a bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College and a Masters in International Political Economy from Claremonte Graduate. Wikipedia: Mucarsel-Powell worked for non-profits like the Hope Center, Zoo Miami Foundation, and the Coral Restoration Foundation. From 2003 to 2007, she served as the Director of Development at Florida International University. She was the Associate Vice President for Advancement at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine from 2007 to 2011. Mucarsel-Powell became an associate dean at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Mucarsel-Powell had volunteered for the presidential campaigns of John Kerry and Barack Obama, and in 2016, she ran unsuccessfully against Anitere Flores for the Florida State Senate.Mucarsel- Powell worked for non-profits like the Hope Center, Zoo Miami Foundation, and the Coral Restoration Foundation. From 2003 to 2007, she served as the Director of Development at Florida International University. She was the Associate Vice President for Advancement at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine from 2007 to 2011. Mucarsel-Powell became an associate dean at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Mucarsel-Powell had volunteered for the presidential campaigns of John Kerry and Barack Obama, and in 2016, she ran unsuccessfully against Anitere Flores for the Florida State Senate.” Yesterday she visited the Children at Homestead. How many Debbie Mucarsel-Powells now languish in tents in Florida and Texas? How many children who have so much potential are being treated like criminals because of the fear and insecurities of our criminal *Resident and his unworthy-of-the-title “American” followers? Given the life she has made manifest, Debbie can only weep at the opportunities being lost to her adopted nation. As do we all.
I hate it when I’m right about something I hate to see happening, but would be remiss to point out that I was absolutely right about something I hate to see happening: And Turd Blossom II and his Republican enablers will keep repeating this mantra right up to the election in 2020, reminding the voters that, after two years of open and unapologetic law breaking and corruption by this administration, the Democratic Speaker of the House said: “I’m not for impeachment.” That fuckin’ toothpaste won’t go back in the tube.
Express Digest “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dominated the South by Southwest conference with her mere presence, bringing in a larger crowd than any of the 2020 presidential contenders, all of whom were asked about her or her Green New Deal in their own sessions at the popular event… …The crowd rose to its feet, whooping, cheering and hollering when Ocasio-Cortez entered, but, when she spoke, you could hear a pin drop…. …She slammed the treatment of minorities throughout recent American history from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, which she claimed was racist, to Ronald Reagan’s treatment of minorities. She decried the idea of incrementalism, a belief in change via small steps, and said it took big sweeping ideas to make a difference. ‘This idea of like 10 percent better than garbage shouldn’t be something we settle for,’ she said. ‘We fix the pipes in Flint first. We fix the electrical grid in Puerto Rico first. And we fully fund the pensions of coal miners in West Virginia,’ she said to applause. ”It’s not the CEO that’s creating billions of dollars of value a year; it’s workers who are creating it,’ she said. ‘I think that the effort to divide to race and class has always been the tool of powerful to take away the control of the government from the every day working people,’ she told the crowd to great applause. ‘We seek and prioritize profit and the accumulation of money above all else … above any human and environmental cost,’ she said. ‘To me that ideology is unsustainable and it cannot be redeemed.’ “(Elizabeth) Warren was asked if the youngest member of Congress was under-hyped or overhyped? ‘Right hyped,’ the Massachusetts senator said.” If you listen very carefully you can hear Tucker Carlson wailing, gnashing his teeth and calling for his mommy…
American Oversight “American Oversight has uncovered the signed directive from former Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructing a federal prosecutor to carry out President Trump’s authoritarian demand to investigate Hillary Clinton. The document, obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation by American Oversight, is a formal, November 2017 letter from Sessions to U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber and has never before been released to the public. In a sworn declaration filed in November 2018 in response to American Oversight’s lawsuit, the Justice Department had insisted that no written directive existed and that all guidance to Huber had been delivered verbally. Trump has repeatedly tweeted demands for DOJ to investigate Clinton. Throughout the 2016 presidential general election campaign and at multiple rallies after taking office, Trump and his supporters have used the rallying cry “Lock her up” to call for the prosecution of Clinton. “’Lock her up’ was wrong at campaign rallies, and it’s even worse coming from the Department of Justice,” said Austin Evers, American Oversight executive director. “Even after this long, it’s still deeply shocking to see the black-and-white proof that Jeff Sessions caved to President Trump’s worst authoritarian impulses and ordered a wide-ranging investigation of his political opponents based on demands from Congress instead of the facts and the law.” On November 13, 2017, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote to former House Judiciary Committee Chair Robert Goodlatte informing him that Sessions had directed “senior federal prosecutors” to evaluate issues the congressman had raised in previous letters. Goodlatte had written to Sessions calling for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate Clinton, the Uranium One sale, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s handling of the inquiry into Clinton’s use of a private email server.” Lock them all up.