The idea of Donald Trump doing an address from the Oval Office on the state of race relations in this country has been met with the derision you would expect, since the man is infamous for not only using the n-word in his business life, but also for keeping black tenants out of his real estate in New York. CNN’s Jim Acosta is one of the disbelievers and he told Anderson Cooper that Trump “would have to have an out of body experience to deliver the kind of speech you’re talking about.” Trump’s already out of his mind, he might as well opt for an out-of-body experience to have a matched set. PoliticusUSA: “Is any thought in the White House being given to — is the President going to speak at all about race relations in this country?” Cooper asked. “About systemic racism, about any of the issues raised by thousands and thousands and tens of thousands of people in the streets for day after day after day?” “They have been talking about this inside the President’s political team. It is an open question as to whether or not he’s going to deliver that kind of speech,” Acosta said. Acosta also appears to be of the school of thought that Stephen Miller penning the speech, as was reported Tuesday, is a bit of a stretch. “Not only does he lack the speech writers to put together a speech like that, Anderson… the President himself does not seem in the mood to deliver that kind of speech right now,” Acosta went on. “He would have to have an out of body experience to deliver the kind of speech you’re talking about.” So here’s the big picture, try to visualize this: Stephen Miller is pouring over speeches that other presidents have given on the topic of race relations and looking for something that he can adapt to Donald Trump. He’s also got to spin Trump as not only friend of the working man, but friend of the black man — which considering the fact that due to Trump’s indifference to COVID-19, millions of blacks and working class people have been disproportionately affected, and have suffered economic hardships and/or died, this will be an interesting feat for Miller to pull off. And bear in mind that the main black people that Trump has on board to boost his case are low credibility Uncle Toms like Ben Carson and Jeannine Pirro — and now he’s hooked up perforce with Tim Scott, the sole black Republican senator. Scott is Trump’s unicorn, he’s praying the man brings him luck. And Scott’s actually a good match for Trump, he’s got all the right grifting instincts. This could be a match made in heaven. Hey, here’s a wild idea, burn this one on a dendrite: What if Donald Trump puts Tim Scott on the ticket as his Vice President, just to show us all how much he loves the black man? That’s actually an idea that these clowns would come up with, in their throes of desperation, but whether Scott is suicidal enough to go for it is another question altogether. All that I know, is that the Oval Office address on COVID-19 was an error-ridden farce. If Trump repeats that performance, it can’t possibly help his cause. In which case I say, […]
When the going gets desperate, Donald Trump puts his son-in-law on camera. That is the only thing that explains Jared Kushner’s appearance in late April, which was hailed as being beyond parody, wherein he ringingly declared that the government response to COVID-19 was “a great success story.” If this epic moment in American history has slipped your mind, or if you thought you must have hallucinated it, no, you did not. We all saw it and heard it, too — but give yourself a break. It’s understandable how somebody could get Kushner mixed up with a bad acid trip. Here’s last month’s foray into the realm of Feel Good Gaslighting for the Masses. (bottom clip) Jared Kushner also believes that their #COVID19 response is … [checks notes] … “a great success story”.https://t.co/Ay8vVkLPKq — Adam Rifkin ???? (@ifindkarma) June 8, 2020 “We’ve achieved all the different milestones that were needed. The federal government rose to the challenge and this is a great success story. And I think that’s really what needs to be told.” That day, as you may recall, 50,000 were already dead and as we speak, that figure has more than doubled, but this was a time of celebration to hear Jared tell it. “And in terms of the national strategy that you mentioned with Governor Newsome, we’ve been very busy doing. We released the strategy document earlier this week. It was an eight step plan and seven of those steps have been completed. So you can accelerate the levels that needed to be done. A lot of the work is the up front work that’s all been completed and again, we’ve done more tests than any other country in the world, so we’ve got to be doing a lot of things right.” Now Monday, Jared has taken the exact same propensity for gibberish and double talk and overlaid it onto his newest portfolio task, race relations. We were all assured this afternoon that systemic racism is a thing of the past. Jared fixed it. It was so easy and he just went in and did it and aren’t you glad? One less thing to worry about, as Forrest Gump would have put it. Kushner: The law enforcement community heard the cries from the community, saw the injustices in the system that needed to be fixed and they responded by coming together to fix it pic.twitter.com/i7Dee03MYu — Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 8, 2020 “They responded by coming together to fix it, and it’s been a great partnership to do that. Those reforms make our communities safer and have made our system fairer and that’s the kind of action that we’ve been able to accomplish by working together so and what we’ve seen in the past is that the meetings together and the work together doesn’t just result in reports and in nice talking points, it actually results in actual progress and policies that make people’s lives better and make communities safer so it’s an honor to work together and hopefully at this time when there’s a lot of people in the country who are feeling different pain and feeling different concerns, law enforcement can be a leader in coming together and helping us towards working towards bringing solutions which can bring this country forward.” Kushner filled air for 56 […]
It’s a given that Donald Trump is one sorry and sad excuse for a human being, but today’s attempt at relevance on Twitter was so far out there, even by his lack of standards, as to be truly pathetic. Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment. @OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2020 Actually, I like this conspiracy theory, but i don’t think it goes far enough. I infinitely prefer that this is all the work of space aliens, who are jealous of Donald Trump’s superiority and so they’re trying to sabotage his vision for America and/or infiltrate space force, which they deem as a threat to their rule of this quadrant of the galaxy. Gugino just left his robot on the ship and he is using MK ultra mind waves to disable police band communication. I mean, if we’re going to do CT, let’s do CT, shall we? Here’s what can reasonably be inferred as a back story to this most recent madness of Trump. The sitting president of the United States is bored and unhappy because his polls are down. So he’s watching television, but not his usual fare. No, Fox News has alienated the Child in Chief lately, and so he’s watching One America. Here is the clip that provided fodder for the above tweet. Warning, your head may explode, so you may want to wrap it in a towel or better yet, tin foil. Here's the first half of the batshit OANN segment Trump just tweeted. It alleges the 75 year old man assaulted by Buffalo police officers was an antifa operative, based on a report from Conservative Treehouse. pic.twitter.com/CeMVyJcoh8 — Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) June 9, 2020 Does anybody else hear a Russian accent in this narration — or is it just me? Nope, apparently, not, I just found this on Slate: It literally sounds like it was narrated by a Russian-accented computer program. It’s like Siri went to Moscow and had a stroke. Let’s leave aside the veracity of the report, which, come on, and drill down on the fact that Trump watched this piece of creepy video spam and thought: That’ll play. People are saying, just asking the questions, after all. To quote our new Russian cyborg overlord: “an old trick.” Yes, indeed, comrade. This is the level of “reporting” and political discourse that the game show host cum leader of the Western world listens to. This is his speed. This is his depth of insight. Trump is a one trick pony and that trick is to attack. Twitter is his medium for trolling. But this particular trolling tweet is generating nothing but outrage and Trump’s comments have been classified as “deranged.” This clip has a good commentary on this latest debacle. Trump has crossed the Rubicon and he’s never getting back to where he was. He’s on his last legs and from here on out it’s going to be nothing but pathetic and impotent flailing. This episode is just one of many more to come, get ready. It’s a long time until November. […]
Donald Trump has nothing on his calendar today, so he may be monitoring Twitter, as is his wont to do. If so, he’s probably picked up on the fact that Mitt Romney is converging on the White House, in a peaceful march with hundreds of other Christians, marching in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Trump is not going to like this one bit, especially since his own efforts at becoming an icon of Christianity fizzled and blew out so ridiculously last week when he did his stroll across Lafayette Park to St. John’s. Nice pic.twitter.com/ZsON7OrJBE — ElElegante101 (@skolanach) June 7, 2020 Romney seems to enjoy baiting Trump — regardless of what his other motives are, and I’m not impugning them, baiting Trump seems to be an undercurrent of much of what Romney does. As I’ve stated before, I think Mittens is planning to run for president again in 2024. I could be wrong. Let’s wait and see. In the meantime, I heartily approve of his anti-Trump stance. As unabashedly racist as Trump is, somebody in the GOP is going to have to send a different message.
This is not a headline that you’re going to see just any day. This is a major step forward in political accountability and social engineering. New York Times: Nine members — a veto-proof majority — of the Minneapolis City Council pledged on Sunday to dismantle the city’s Police Department, promising to create a new system of public safety in a city where law enforcement has long been accused of racism. Saying that the city’s current policing system could not be reformed, the council members stood before hundreds of people gathered late in the day on a grassy hill, and signed a pledge to begin the process of taking apart the Police Department as it now exists. For liberal activists who have been pushing for years for drastic changes to policing, the move represented a turning point that they hoped would lead to a complete transformation of public safety in the city. “It shouldn’t have taken so much death to get us here,” said Kandace Montgomery, the director of Black Vision. “We’re safer without armed, unaccountable patrols supported by the state hunting black people.” If this works out well, this could become a template for progress in law enforcement nationwide. It’s certainly worth keeping an eye on.
Future historians will pore over the events of early 2020 and seek to connect all the dots in a tight little package, as they seek to answer the question, “What precisely was the turning point in Donald Trump’s disastrous career as television president?” I would submit that the St. John’s photo op will be forever remembered as the defining moment, when the simulacrum president did his best to present a two dimensional digital portrait of himself taking charge as both a military and spiritual leader and only ended up exposing himself for the weak, pathetic fraud that he is. His endeavor to substitute form for substance, one more time, flopped. The photo op was carefully conceived by the best minds in Trump’s brain trust, to wit, Hope Hicks and his daughter Ivanka. Ivanka fished a Bible out of her purse and handed it to Trump, while the order went out for peaceful protesters to be teargassed, so that the walk across the lawn and square to the church could take place in stately, almost biblical, fashion, replete with the musical accompaniment of organ music in the finished product released by the White House. One marvels that they restrained themselves from using doves or special effects angelic apparitions. This was to be Trump’s ascension, not only to a level of power heretofore unexpressed during his term in office, but also to a level of moral authority, with the props of the Bible and two, not just one, but two churches that he visited, St. John’s and then the National Shrine. But what happened is that he fell resoundingly on his ass. His hastily improvised dialogue was at odds with the grand showcasing of lights and music as he did the St. John’s photo op. He sounded as stupid and fragmented and desperate as he is. Bloomberg: “We have a great country, that’s my thoughts,” he said. “The greatest country in the world. We’ll make it even greater. We will make it even greater. It won’t take long. It’s not gonna take long. You see what’s going on. It’s coming back. It’s coming back strong. It will be greater than ever before.” […] The St. John’s gig was a raw abuse of Trump’s powers, a stunt made possible by deploying state violence to clear a path through peaceful protesters saddened and angered by George Floyd’s death at the hands of police. It marked an end to several days of hibernation as Trump, hiding behind White House walls, his Twitter feed and his golf game, did his best to avoid the pain and anger unspooling across America. But his St. John’s show also was designed to intimidate protesters, stoking fear among people of color who have been demanding merely that their government and police refrain from killing them. And it was tragically off-kilter, a politically inept bit of stagecraft that served only to showcase his irresponsibility and utter lack of empathy. […] Trump has used his time in the White House to cement his relationship with right-wing hardliners, older white guys, conservative Christians, anti-government loners, displaced rural and industrial workers and the more generally aggrieved. He’ll do anything to preserve that bond, even if it means tearing the country apart and fencing off the White House. Trump loyalists may not recognize it as such, […]
OK, I’ll admit it, it was actually kind of a kick issuing a national warning ticket to the police. Especially since I’m normally on the receiving end of those goddamn things. I look at it as a kind of an occupational perk. But I am occasionally accused of over-analyzing things, and this may have been one of those times. The more video I saw from the more incidents, as a father of four daughters I suddenly realized that I was watching something that is actually a rather common occurrence for most parents. When I watch those videos, I’m actually watching a 4 year old who just had their favorite toy taken away. They don’t like being disciplined, so they’re throwing a temper tantrum. But when you talk to any public official, from mayor to city council member to county commissioner, they will all tell you the same thing. That the biggest obstacle to reforming police practices is the all powerful police unions. Because most police departments are considered critical agencies, and therefore forbidden from striking, the unions use their public perception as the good guys to apply public pressure on officials to buckle, as well as devious practices to ensure compliance. Believe it or not, I actually have a wealth of experience in this department. As a pilot crew scheduler for United Airlines for more than 15 years, I fought a daily, endless battle with the Air Line Pilots Association, more commonly known as ALPA. We had a running joke on the crew desk that the only union in the world more heartless, arrogant, and conniving than the pilots union was the Soviet Union. As Americans fell more and more in love with the ease, speed, and convenience of flying, pilots saw their stature rise. Although not actually public servants, their stature with the public was still quite high. And whenever anything went wrong with a flight, be it a delay or a cancellation, even if it was actually their fault, nobody ever blamed the pilots, it was always the company that was responsible. And the pilots used that perception to their advantage, just like the police unions do. You see, you don’t have to strike to be a pain in the ass when your poor delicate little fee-fees are hurt. Whether police or pilot, no matter how perfectly the schedule is built, things such as sick calls, weather, or other things will occur that will require you to ask the cops or pilots to do something that isn’t a part of their regular schedule or responsibilities. And that’s where the fun begins. At United, it was called a WOE program, which stood for Withdrawal Of Enthusiasm. If a pilot had a preset series of trips in his schedule for the month, he was entitled to fly that schedule. If you wanted him to do something else, you had to ask him to do it, which normally meant cutting a deal. Pilots love deals, since they normally end up with more time off for the same pay. But if the union was beating the war drum, pilots would refuse even ridiculously lucrative deals, solely for the purpose of causing schedule delays and disruptions to put public pressure on the company to accede to whatever it was the union wanted at the moment.This is what I think you’re going to start seeing in cities […]
Ivanka Trump is tone deaf and clueless, but in all fairness, she comes by it honestly. Today Ivanka is terribly upset that she was removed from the virtual graduation ceremony at Wichita State University. Her participation was requested in February but announced only a few days ago and in light of the George Floyd protests rocking the nation, WSU chose not to have the controversy of a Trump on the graduation panel and they uninvited Ivanka. (She could ask Mitt Romney how that goes, if she’s not sure.) So Ivanka is miffed. She went so far as to send her recorded remarks out on You Tube because like Daddy before her, she’s going to share her vapid nothingness with the world, whether anybody wants to hear it or not. Trumps don’t take rejection well, apparently. That’s too bad, because they’re going to see a lot of it come the Fall. Here, without further ado is Graduation Barbie. Our nation’s campuses should be bastions of free speech. Cancel culture and viewpoint discrimination are antithetical to academia. Listening to one another is important now more than ever!https://t.co/VW6W8TIL9c — Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 5, 2020 Now this next clip is classic. This is Ivanka calling a man stupid because he thinks that money brings happiness. What makes this classic is that it showcases Ivanka’s complete cluelessness about what an insulated bubble she was born and bred in and what a completely unreal life of immense privilege she leads. Marie Antoinette had more sense than Ivanka, I truly believe. Hey @IvankaTrump have you ever had to go without eating or watch your children go without? Not because you don't work hard, because for the most part, the harder someone works the less they get paid.Having money doesn't make you happy but it sure it sure helps. #IvankaTrump https://t.co/4toFtmlddj — Says Phoebe (@phe_parker) June 6, 2020 Ivanka wants graduates to know that she feels their pain. She can reassure them from her own dynamic life struggles and challenges. The Guardian: Seeking to reassure students now facing mass unemployment triggered by widespread shutdowns to curb the virus, the daughter of a New York real estate billionaire opined: “In my own life, I have found that my greatest personal growth has arisen from times of discomfort and uncertainty.” The announcement of her speech drew immediate criticism, led by Jennifer Ray, an associate professor of photo media at Wichita State, who sent a letter asking school administrators to cancel it. It circulated on social media and garnered 488 signatures from faculty, students and alumni before the speech was canceled, the Wichita Eagle reported. But others said the event should not have been canceled. Republican congressman Ron Estes said in a statement he was “disappointed” and added: “As Kansas faces many challenges recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic to get back to our booming economy, now is the time for us to be working together.” The woman is beyond oblivious. She sincerely believes that she has something to contribute to the national discourse. Please, God, let November 3 be the day that the big hook comes out and sweeps these charlatans and buffoons off the world stage. They don’t even know they’re embarrassing. That’s the biggest embarrassment of all.
ABC News: Two Buffalo, New York, police officers are now facing criminal charges in connection with the graphic caught-on-video shove of a 75-year-old man during a protest, a law enforcement source told ABC News. Charges against the officer will not be unsealed until after their arraignment on Saturday, according to the law enforcement source. The Thursday protest at Niagara Square had less than 20 demonstrators and several members of Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response Team, officials said. […] The man fell flat onto his back and bumped the back of his head on the concrete, video shows. The sound of the man’s head hitting the ground silenced the crowd, according to the video. A trail of blood can be seen seeping from the head of the motionless man as several officers walked by him. Why this is a particularly egregious situation, is that when the man fell, an officer went to aid him and another officer stopped him from aiding the man on the sidewalk. That’s when this got very ugly. Knocking the man to the ground was bad enough, but then letting him lie there and bleed and doing nothing escalated the inhumanity of the situation. In a related development, it turns out that some of the 57 officers who immediately resigned in the wake of this incident, ostensibly in a show of solidarity, did not resign for that reason at all. They did so because they weren’t going to be backed legally anymore for their actions. WKBW TV : “I don’t understand why the union said it’s a thing of solidarity. I think it sends the wrong message that ‘we’re backing our own’ and that’s not the case,” said one officer with whom we spoke. “We quit because our union said [they] aren’t legally backing us anymore. So why would we stand on a line for the City with no legal backing if something [were to] happen? Has nothing to do with us supporting,” said another. A representative from the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association told 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Hannah Buehler the officers resigned in “disgust” with how the two officers were treated. “Some of them probably resigned because they support the officer,” said another officer with whom we spoke. “But, for many of us, that’s not true.” “The City, DA Flynn, they’re not representing those guys at all. They have to find their own lawyers, they have to come out of pocket.” This makes a lot more sense than the first story. The first story conveyed a sense of almost ruthlessness, that was a little hard to believe, “if you discipline one of us, we’ll all quit, because we’re with the guy that shoved the old man.” That was hard to stomach. This alternate explanation makes perfect sense, however. The times, they are a changin.’ And high freaking time, I might add.
Consider this your official warning, You’re ALL under the microscope! And it’s going to get a helluva lot worse before it gets better, so the sooner you get the memo, and at least appear to get with the program, the easier this is going to be for all of you. It was the heavy handed and senseless death of George Floyd that kicked off this latest round of protests. But this time it was so over the top that it actually spawned a movement about reforming policing instead of just settling for getting justice for the victim. And in response, what did you guys do to put out the fire? Oh jeez, I dunno. How about getting caught on video shooting a grandmother in California between the eyes with a bean bag? How about shoving a 75 year old man in Buffalo to the ground so violently that he cracked his head on the pavement, knocked cold and bleeding from the ear, and in serious but stable condition today. And just to top it off, why not knock some random guy who you don’t like filming your latest excessive force to the ground, cracking his head open and sending him right back to the hospital he works at for 7 staples to the gourd? Please tell me, because I’d really like to know, how can you be so fucking stupid? Jesus, you’re cops, you should know better! Even pickpockets know enough to move to a different street when he sees a cop looking at him too closely, but you clowns insist in swaggering around like a bunch of outlaw bikers pulling into a one stoplight town. And you’re only making it worse for yourselves. Atlanta just stiffened the rules for the use of body cams, and the penalties for having them off without authorization. Not only is the city of Minneapolis about to outlaw all forms of choke holds for use in the field, ft you pissed them off to the point that they’re also writing a rule mandating that any officer on a scene immediately intervene if he sees an excessive use of force, or face sanctions him or herself. It’s that last one that’s really going to hurt, because it potentially pits good cops against bad cops. And it’s not like I’m anti cop or anything, I come from a cop family. My grandfather and an uncle were both career Chicago cops. And personally, I honestly believe that the number of good cops far outnumbers the bad ones. But when department regulations put good cops at risk of losing their pay and bennies to a suspension, and that rap on their jacket, it’s going to lead to some friction in the field. And do us all a favor, don’t start whining about citizen intimidation and harassment. Hell, it’s not like we’re hiding in doorways and behind cars, secretly following you guys around, and filming you in dark alleys or something. You’re pulling this shit right out in plain sight, and many times in broad daylight! If you hate the fact that every time you get out of a car to grab a coke from a deli, everybody on the street whips out their cell phones, consider the fact that it wouldn’t be that way if y’all hadn’t created the atmosphere. Look, as a reformed smoker of 40 years, I know how hard old habits can be […]