Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Ursula Faw

Ursula Faw
Ursula Faw is a former radio newscaster and talk show host. She's a law school graduate and did legal writing and trial preparation the last twenty years of her career. Ursula Faw (ursulafaw) is a top recommended writer on the blogging site Daily Kos.

HAHA! Trump Greeting Cards, The Newest Way To Say ‘I Have...

Empathy is not exactly a high point with Trump, whereas narcissistic self-absorption is. With this in mind, the wits at Twitter cobbled together this offering, Trump Greeting Cards for the sub-literate. It’ll give Donald something to do when living in the House of Many Doors. #TrumpGreetingCards ROSE'S ARE REDVILETS ARE BLOO ORANGE YOU LUCKYTHAT I HAD SEX WITH YOU. Happy Valentines Day to ME, and my Perfectly normal sized Hands, no matter what the haters say! pic.twitter.com/bHZdE5aCDf — BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 22, 2019 Our condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a five at best! Sad! #TrumpGreetingCards — M. Cochran (@BluGuyRedState) July 22, 2019 #TrumpGreetingCards so unfair you were just indicted for whatever it is I directed you to do, but remember this: I barely knew you, loser. — B G Gardenia (@B_G_Gardiner) July 22, 2019 So sorry for your loss. P.S. I won Michigan, I won Wisconsin and I won Pennsylvania.#TrumpGreetingCards — Vincent Carmiggelt (@graphincent) July 22, 2019 This is the greatest Birthday card, I'm telling you, THE GREATEST. No one sends birthday cards like I do & really with your looks people will say "Sir, why'd you send that unattractive lady a card?" I don't know what to tell you, they say I'm just a great man. #TrumpGreetingCards — U62 (@U62isOntheAir) July 22, 2019 #trumpgreetingcardsSympathy"Sorry your rape wasn't more enjoyable." Motivational"Next time, try being born to rich parents. Then you wouldn't be poor now." Forgiveness"I forgive you for not appreciating me as much as you should. Don't do it again." — Zom B. (@Zombie10k) July 22, 2019 #TrumpGreetingCards So sorry for your loss.I hear you.I prefer relatives who DON'T die. pic.twitter.com/ezCInNVqdn — BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 22, 2019 Happy Anniversary to the third love of my life.Until tomorrow, I vow to never f*ck anyone else.#TrumpGreetingCards — Craig Rozniecki (@CraigRozniecki) July 22, 2019 #TrumpGreetingCardsRoses are redViolets are blueI'm as creepy a fuckerAs you'll ever view I'll grab you by the pussyYour name through the mudI'm a sexual predator So are most of my buds — Elle (@That1GirlSaidSo) July 22, 2019 Sorry to hear about the loss of your home and livelihood. Here's a roll of paper towel. #TrumpGreetingCards — Keith H (@KHampe_) July 22, 2019 Wishing you very White Christmas! #TrumpGreetingCards — The True Sergeiski (@thetrusergeiski) July 22, 2019 If you can dream one up of your own, please share. If we generate some beauties I’ll go put them up on Twitter.

Revealed: Mike Pence Cancelled New Hampshire Trip b/c A Drug Dealer...

Holy both sides of the fence, Batman! Remember the dramatic and mysterious cancellation of Mike Pence’s visit to New Hampshire to speak on an opioid panel at the Granite Recovery Center, a few weeks ago? Well, wonder no more. Pence was on his way to meet with Jeff Hatch, a former New York Giants player and opioid addiction clinic worker, who also happens to be the target of a DEA investigation for being an interstate drug dealer. Politico: If Pence stepped off the vice presidential aircraft, one of the people he would have seen on the ground was under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration for moving more than $100,000 of fentanyl from Massachusetts to New Hampshire. Jeff Hatch, who agreed in federal court Friday to plead guilty and will face up to four years in prison, works for an opioid addiction treatment center in southern New Hampshire that Pence was set to visit. A former New York Giants player, he has spoken publicly for years about his own challenge with drug and alcohol addiction, which ended his football career. He has been on stage with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and is known throughout the state for warning students about the dangers of using drugs. “He has been beaten down in the past, but now stands tall in front of audiences to personally share his compelling story,” says a listing offering him to speak to groups. No doubt he’s got a compelling pitch, but more compelling still is the fact that in 2017 he was caught with 1,500 grams of fentanyl, which he allegedly purchased from a supplier in Lawrence, Massachusetts and then brought back to New Hampshire and began selling. Fentanyl is sold in baggies of one tenth of a gram so that’s 15,000 sales units.Talk about a win/win situation. Hatch was getting a paycheck from Granite Recovery and making a tidy sum on the side dealing the very drugs that were supplying the recovery centers with clientele. Can’t miss with that formula. Hatch was the Chief Business Development officer for Granite Recovery Centers and develop business he did. Shocking as this is, it’s unfortunately par for the course. In Los Angeles the number of “recovery centers” and hospital programs has mushroomed in the past 30 years, providing a tidy profit center, working in conjunction with pharmaceutical companies who have flooded markets with pain killers. Read the Washington Post article just linked to, and you’ll see how opioids are a self sustaining industry, made possible by big pharma and all about greed and money. Recovery centers may do some good for some people, but in this particular case, they are part of the problem, not the solution.

Trump Boasts That ‘Afghanistan Could Be Wiped Off The Face Of...

Since I already predicted last week that the national discourse was headed for depths of depravity yet unplumbed in the months to come, as we ramp up to Election 2020, I’m not going to characterize this newest statement of Trump’s as anything other than reasonably foreseeable. Today, the pompous ass, schoolyard Bully in Chief spoke about killing ten million people. Just in, Trump’s comments on Afgahanistan, via pooler @DavidNakamura: “I could win that war in a week. I don’t want to kill 10 million people. Afghanistan could be wiped off the face of the earth. I don’t want to go that route.” — Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) July 22, 2019 Rex Tillerson called Trump a “fucking moron” and actually, that may have been too charitable an assessment. Hearken back a few weeks to his remarks on July 1. Radio Free Europe: U.S. President Donald Trump has described Afghanistan as a “lab for terrorists,” saying in a television interview that if the United States withdrew its military forces from the country, he would still leave a “very strong intelligence” presence behind. “I call it the Harvard of terrorists.” Trump made the remarks in an interview conducted during the weekend with Fox News that was broadcast on July 1. The interview was recorded before a truck-bomb attack by Taliban fighters in Kabul on July 1 that killed at least six people and wounded 105. Trump told Fox News he wanted to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. But he said he was concerned that without a U.S. military presence there, Afghanistan could be used as a base for terrorist attacks on the United States. He described conversations he had with U.S. military officials who warned him it would be better to fight terrorists in Afghanistan than at home. “‘Sir, I’d rather attack them over there, than attack them in our land,'” Trump said one general had told him. “It’s something you always have to think about,” Trump said about the general’s remarks. The “general” is a myth that exists only in Trump’s mind. Canadian journalist Daniel Dale is a fact checker for CNN and he recently reported that when Trump tells an anecdote with the word “Sir” it is invariably fiction. Trump frequently morphs into David Dennison, John Barron mode, and just starts making s*it up, to suit the occasion, and “Sir” is his tell. Huffington Post: Dale wrote in The Washington Post last year how “you can almost sense when a lie is coming” after listening to Trump “long enough.” “If Trump tells a story in which an unnamed person calls him ‘sir,’ it’s probably invented,” said the former reporter for The Toronto Star. “If Trump claims he has set a record, he probably hasn’t. If Trump cites any number at all, the real number is usually smaller.” This is a good clip and worth the watching because it conveys Trump’s vagueness, to the point of incomprehensibility, punctuated by outright falsehood. The man is a blithering idiot. If his lips are moving, rest assured, he’s confused, ill-informed and dissembling. At least in reality teevee world, he was scripted. On his own, he’s, to use one of his 200 vocabulary words, a “disaster.”  

Nobody Bashes America More Than Trump, WTF Doesn’t He Leave?

A new low was reached last week, in the ever steepening slide towards oblivion that this country embarked upon when Donald Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 election. Before he was elected, he had a lot of negative things to say about America, and since his election, if anything, he’s gotten worse. Here's a video compilation proving that @realDonaldTrump hates America. Where should we send him back to? pic.twitter.com/tc6aefrhbh — OMZ 🌊 (@polipopmusic) July 20, 2019 No other president in history has ever sounded even remotely like this. The advent of Trump has been like a swift and malignant tumor. It needs to be excised, ASAP. First it was Trump can't win.Then the Electors will stop him.Then the GOP will.Then the #MuellerReport will.Then the unredacted Mueller report will.Then Mueller speaking will.Then Mueller testifying will.Then SDNY will. Let's stop waiting for a savior and #ImpeachTrumpNOW — Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) July 19, 2019 Impeachment might be our best bet.

Stephen Miller Does An Epic Gaslight On How To Read AOC’s...

Occasionally, somebody on Fox News will commit a random act of journalism, usually Shep Smith or Chris Wallace. Today it was Wallace, actually fact-checking Stephen Miller in real time. Wallace came prepared to rebut the fallacy that he must have known Miller was there to deliver. Man, has Wallace come a long way. You may recall that he basically threw the third debate to Donald Trump because he refused to fact check at all, plus he teed up GOP talking points blithely. He asked Hillary about “open borders” and she said that when she used that particular term, she was speaking of energy and not immigration. I pretty much despised Wallace that night, but he’s starting to redeem himself, and today was a good step in the right direction. The clip is only 1:35, worth the listen. Chris Wallace just handed Stephen Miller his ass. pic.twitter.com/li0ck0XvNX — 💙 Koko ✊✊🏽✊🏾💙 (@Kokomothegreat) July 21, 2019 This is hysterical. Miller keeps insisting that his twisted version of how to interpret AOC’s comment on 10% garbage is that she’s talking about the country, rather than health care policy, is the plain English reading of the sentence. OMG. This group of people will stoop to any low in order to push a talking point and get a conspiracy theory cooking. Liz Cheney is pushing this “garbage” CT as well, and doubling down on the socialism talking point. If you can stand to listen to her on CBS, here’s the link. Trump and his administration are straight out of the P.T. Barnum playbook. They are depending on the American people being suckers. And I understand that. They’re only where they are because so far that premise has proven true. This is just a preview of coming attractions, folks. Trump does believe that “indecency can win and that cruelty can be popular.” That’s spot on. You may depend upon more of this down and dirty fighting before we flush this turd on November 3rd — or, alternatively, that we cement our status in the world as a once-great nation, and now a banana republic, ruled by a tinpot, no-class dictator. It’s going to come down one way or the other. 2020 is going to be either the Great Affirmation in American history of who and what we are, or the Awful Realization of same. But either way, Election 2020 will be the most definitive moment since the Civil War.

Lindsey Graham: ‘As Long As You’re Wearing A MAGA Hat, Trump...

What the hell happened to Lindsey Graham? His 180 degree spin with respect to Donald Trump would do justice to the best alien mind control techniques in the world of science fiction. Graham is a convert to the Cult of Trump, and this is where he started out. “I want to talk to the Trump supporters for a minute. I don’t know who you are and I don’t know why you like this guy. I think what you like about him is that he appears to be strong and the rest of us are weak. He’s a very successful businessman and he’s going to make everything great. He’s gonna take all the problems of the world and put ’em in a box and make your life better. That’s what he’s selling. 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 of the men and women in uniform. He’s the ISIL Man of the Year.” “What Mr. Trump is doing, and I don’t think he has a clue about anything, he’s just trying to get his numbers up and get the biggest reaction he can, he’s putting our soldiers and diplomats at risk, he’s empowering the enemy, and this ban, if it’s actually enacted, would take people who are interpreters, who came to our side in Iraq and Afghanistan and who are under siege in their own countries and [it] basically becomes a death sentence for them.” Very powerful and to the point. So what happened? Because this is where Graham is nowadays, when asked by reporters to comment on the “Send her back!” chant at the North Carolina rally last week. Here’s what think: I think the President is playing on the 1968 ‘Love it or Leave it,’” Graham said, referring a late 1960s slogan that targeted Vietnam war protesters. “I’ve said before that if you’re a Somali refugee wearing a MAGA hat, he doesn’t want to send you back. You’d probably have dinner at the White House.” “The President believes that what they’re doing is over the top,” Graham continued. “We’re not running concentration camps. So when you start accusing people of running concentration camps who work for the United States government, you’re gonna be met with some pretty fiery responses.” pic.twitter.com/JtfTYMP8Hm — mizrahit lover (@D_Dobrovetsky) July 18, 2019 Lindsey Graham may have spoken his mind a few years ago, but it’s obvious that since then he’s had a good swig of the Kool-Aid and decided that the supreme leader must not be challenged and that dissent will not be tolerated. He would have done great working with Joseph Stalin. __ I don’t know who did what to Lindsey Graham or what kompromat Russia might hold, or how many rubles they offered to buy him off — but I do know one thing: Lindsey Graham has come to love Big Brother.

Former Intelligence Risk Assessor: ‘The Biggest Threat To Our Country Today...

Phil Nailer is a pseudonym for a former author of the National Intelligence Estimate, a document which analyzes threats to the United States, both domestic and foreign. Nailer says in no uncertain terms that “Donald Trump and his coterie of criminals have done more in two years to weaken the United States than the Soviet Union was able to achieve in decades.” The NIE categorized threats, ranging from the existential, such as nuclear war and global warming, to terrorism, to threats of nuisance value. The threats were then prioritized. Based on this model, Nailer has concluded that the number one threat to the United States is none other than the GOP. The Independent Let me say it again: the Republican Party is the biggest threat the United States is facing. And without proper attribution, recognition, and a well-articulated and implemented counter-strategy, it could be terminal. There is no other reasonable conclusion to be drawn from the facts. An enemy of the United States might seek to sow discord between ethnic groups, or to wage a disinformation campaign, or to highlight moral inconsistencies that weaken the standing of the United States on the world stage. An enemy of the United States might try and degrade the capacity and public trust within our intelligence apparatus. It might use propaganda and weaponised information. It might seek to engage in fraud or other criminal acts to sway an election in their favour. Does any of that sound familiar? The Republican Party has steadily embraced authoritarianism, suspect electoral tactics, and racism more and more over the past few decades. That process has been turbocharged with Trump at the helm of the party. We’re now seeing an explicit embrace of white supremacy. Denial in the face of climate change. Deliberate sowing of discord within the FBI and the CIA. Weakening of the rule of law. Brazen criminality. Removing funding for elections oversight. Blatant human rights abuses at the border. With Donald Trump at the helm of the Republican party, it has become increasingly toxic. Most of the Republicans who speak out against Trump are former members of Congress. They have no skin in the game so they can afford to be candid. Justin Amash is a total rarity, he actually resigned from the party and became an Independent. The rest of the GOP is behaving like a bunch of scared rats. They don’t want to run down the rope and jump into the ocean, because they’re hoping that Trump, their personal Captain Bligh, won’t actually sink the ship, and as long as they humor his madness, they might actually get reelected and sail into the sunset without consequence. However, if the plight of Susan Collins is any indication, siding with Trump might not be the way of political survival, but rather political seppuku. Estimates of Collins’ chances of being reelected are slim to none. Nailer makes the point that the Republican party is hell bent on reshaping the nation’s institutions to its will. There is no question that with Trump in charge, the GOP has become a corrosive and pernicious force in American politics. And you know what Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” His words, spoken during the worst […]

Laurence Tribe Says The Senate Isn’t Needed For A Successful Impeachment...

Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe says that Nancy Pelosi is unclear about what the constitution says about impeachment and need not worry about the “stonewall” of Mitch McConnell and the Republican-controlled Senate, who continue to “shirk their duty.” Listen to this 1:36 clip. This is educational. .@tribelaw says House Democrats don't need the Senate to reach a conclusion on impeachment. #ctl #p2 #amjoy pic.twitter.com/xJc8culuS5 — PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) June 8, 2019 “His forehead would be stamped with the Scarlet ‘I’. He would bear the mark of Cain when he goes into the election. I think it’s a silly prospect to say that he would be strengthened and he could claim vindication. He could always claim vindication. That’s his style.” That’s true enough. Trump is the man, after all, who teed up by Bill Barr, concluded that the Mueller report fully exonerated him when it did the opposite. Impeachment may be the only way to deal with this menace. First it was Trump can't win.Then the Electors will stop him.Then the GOP will.Then the #MuellerReport will.Then the unredacted Mueller report will.Then Mueller speaking will.Then Mueller testifying will.Then SDNY will. Let's stop waiting for a savior and #ImpeachTrumpNOW — Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) July 19, 2019 I understand Pelosi’s hesitation and I agree with her political instincts about Trump becoming empowered. Tribe says that Trump would “bear the mark of Cain.” In any normal political process, that would absolutely constitute a handicap. However, in this no holds barred slug fest that the election is shaping up to be, it is possible that the more fuel that is thrown Trump’s way, the more he’ll make himself the martyr and dominate the news. That is probably Pelosi’s thinking. But bear in mind what Tribe said about the American people not being as stupid as he thinks. Televised impeachment hearings, where all the facts are aired and Fox News is limited in its spin, might be exactly what we need to effect a political cleanse of this toxic administration. This is worth considering. What say you all?

NY Mag: ‘Trump Is Betting That Indecency Can Win In America’

Donald Trump believes, in the words of journalist Andrew Sullivan, that, “indecency can win in America. His election strategy is built on the notions that cruelty can be popular and liberal democratic norms are dead.” That’s quite a statement. I agree with it. Trump, like Nigel Farage in the UK, is banking on riding the waves of nativism, buoyed up by the undercurrents of fear and racism, which have always been present in American society, but which are finding particularly potent expression in a day and age when we are reaching a century-high peak in foreign-born citizens and the percentage of white children in the United States has been falling steadily since the 80’s. Trump is in no way a leader, never has been. But he was able to capture lightning in a bottle and get the GOP nomination in 2016 because he coupled his innate vulgarity and simple-mindedness with a litany of taboo political topics, race premiere among them. He convinced his followers that political correctness was best obliterated. Trump blew the lid off of the prevailing code of decency once, dragging the national discourse into the gutter, and evidently he believes that that’s the formula to victory a second time. I wrote this on Trump’s inauguration day. Months ago when it seemed evident that he would get the nomination, I saw Trump as a cult leader. He fit all the basic criteria, a charismatic figure preaching a shockingly different message that captured the imagination of marginalized people and made them feel that they belonged again; or perhaps for the first time ever.  Now I think that Trump is an idiot savant, because of his gift for tapping into the irrational fear that exists in the darkest recesses of the cultural psyche, his ability to extract it, and then mainline it back into his voters again, and again like a drug. That is how he built his popularity with one outrage after another, by tapping into the reptilian brain and unthinking, emotional response of his voters. Trump unconsciously tapped into the currents of repressed rage that flow just beneath the surface of our culture. He cracked the ice and that rage geysered upwards and continues to geyser upwards.  It is no secret that Trump’s supporters have taken his election as a cultural carte blanche to misbehave in any manner which they see fit. Just the other day, Texas Congressman and Democrat Filemon Vela reported that a group of migrant children which he brought to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration were disparaged by Trump voters who called them, “beaners,” “burritos,” and even spit on them. From that day to this, Trump has only amplified the same theme, cruelty to non-whites, taking it to the level of children in cages and concentration camps at the southern border. Now, he’s escalated his racist rhetoric, and seen fit to demonize four freshman congresswomen of color, The Squad, and make them the face of the Democratic party. To all intents and purposes, he’s running against The Squad in 2020, as he ran against Hillary in 2016, and all that’s different is that the chant has changed from “Lock her up!” to “Send her back!” Trump engineered this dust up with The Squad and then the RNC followed up with an attack ad labeling the four […]

Trump Cancels Appearance At NAACP Convention, Imagine That?

Donald Trump accepted an invitation to speak at the NAACP convention next week in Detroit, but now he’s not going. All American presidents are invited to participate in the convention, regardless of party affiliation. However, Trump seems to have developed a scheduling problem, or maybe his bone spurs are troubling him, because now he’s begging off. Remarkably, a straight journalistic account of the cancellation is being reported by Fox2. Maybe the local Detroit affiliate isn’t as nuts as the network? “I very much wanted to go, but we had a date. The date got changed and unfortunately they wanted to do it in the form of a question and answer,” Trump said. “He blew an opportunity quite frankly, but we will do our best to go on without him,” quipped Rev. Wendell Anthony. Pointed sarcasm from Anthony, the NAACP Detroit Branch President. Anthony says it’s telling to him that Trump did not want to open himself up to questions. “There is a format; every candidate has said that he or she would be glad to participate in,” Anthony said. “It’s beyond us as to why that would be of some discomfort for the president. It wouldn’t be uncomfortable for anybody playing a straight game, or informed on the issues, but Trump is neither. This is all political theater and reality teevee to him. He has zero contribution to make in the actual world of governance, and that has been the case since day one. Anthony also said that the organization can make up it’s own rules, plus Trump isn’t being singled out from any other leader for a question and answer format. This is standard operating procedure. “We are American citizens,” Anthony said. “We have a right to question our presidents and ask the leader of the free world what our future will be.” Thursday after President Trump fielded questions on the appearance, he told reporters that African Americans have the best unemployment numbers in history. “African Americans are doing the best they have ever done in the history of our country and it’s something to be really proud of, really proud of,” he said. But, also this week the President was called racist by some political pundits for telling four female lawmakers of color to, quote, “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came from.” FOX 2: “What is your comment on him being called a racist (which isn’t the) first time?” “If it speaks like a duck, walks like a duck and talks like a duck – it must be a duck,” Anthony said. That’s straightforward. In any event, there will be no shortage of leaders in Detroit for the convention. Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are already confirmed. All that Donald Trump did by canceling this appearance is make clear that he does not represent the black voter. He can tout his job numbers and take credit for creating them, and crow about how great black people have it with him in office, but his actions tell you everything you need to know. Maybe he could send Ben Carson as his proxy? Now, that would be amusing.

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