You know, you could almost feel sorry for the guy, if it wasn’t so damn funny, and if he hadn’t brought it all on himself. For a guy who called Trump a “kook.” and a “racist” when he was running for President, and who cut a campaign ad showing himself pureeing his cell phone, and whacking it with a 9 iron after Trump gave the number out, Lindsey Graham has had quite the fall from grace. And a stunning fall it has been. Graham has gone from the man who once sat proudly at the feet of the American hero John McCain, to the one who grovels at the feet of the $1 Store Caligula. Graham had his turn in the barrel today. He stepped up to the microphones, fielded questions, and tried to defend the indefensible, namely Trump’s latest escalation in his racist war against “The Squad.” One reporter even asked Graham to compare Trump’s racist remarks with his lifelong friend John McCain’s epic 2008 take down of an old simpleton who called Obama a “Kenyan,” which led McCain to pull the mic from her hands, and admonish her for her ignorance. Remember, this ia the man who gave a wrenchingly emotional speech in the Senate after McCain’s death, doing everything but hurl himself over the flag draped casket, and wailing “Take me with you John, take me with you!” His candy ass reply to the reporter today? “Well, nobody ever treated John McCain the way that Donald Trump has been treated.” Oh yeah, and The Imperial Grand Wizard of the GOP isn’t a racist either. Just so ya know. But what struck me the most in watching Graham’s disgraceful performance in front of the cameras was his body language. Graham took several questions, and he did it the same way every damn time, with his chin tucked into his chest, and his eyes on the floor. When he answered, he was still talking to the floor, when he looked up, he had a 1,000 yard stare. He’d swing his head from side to side, but he was always looking at your lapel, or the ceiling, or your belt buckle. In short, he looked at you everywhere but in your eye. Lindsey Graham was embarrassed, and he was humiliated. When presented by a reporter with the mantle of the late Senator John McCain, a man of remendous dignity and principles, Graham was reduced to having to defend instead a man with all of the morals of a capo in a third rate crime family. But while that was the task that Graham had set for himself, you could see in his every motion that his heart wasn’t in it. Take a look at the video yourself. And now that Graham was so obvious about it, I’m going to start looking for similar traits in other GOP sycophants when similarly required to step up to the microphones and defend Glorious Bleater’s latest verbal obscenity. I’ve already noticed that Yertl McTurtle has that same vacant stare when he replies to questions about Trump, but now I’m going to look for it in others as well. You signed onto this voyage on the Trumptanic guys, y’all enjoy the cruise now, y’hear? Lindsey Graham gives up the game, tells reporters that "if you're a Somali refugee […]
The media are “lunatics” that Donald Trump “is fighting every single day” according to his second eldest male spawn, Eric Trump, on Fox News. Politico: Eric Trump said Wednesday he supported his father’s racist Twitter post, which the House formally condemned in a resolution the previous evening. He called the so-called squad of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) an “absolute clown show.” “I love the tweet, ‘If you don’t love our country, get out. Leave,’” Eric Trump said. “You know, if you complain about our country, you know, go to somewhere — go experience somewhere else in the world. I have seen a lot of the world, right? We have it so great in America. America is doing so well.” He added: “I’m not saying America doesn’t have certain problems. Go see the conditions around the world. And you will be so fortunate you live here. We are blessed to live in this country. And if you’re not happy about it, I like his message. Leave.” So is that the new 2020 slogan? Make America Leave Again? Check out Eric’s demeanor here. It’s like somebody put meth in his Count Chokula. ERIC TRUMP claims on Fox & Friends that "95 percent of this country" is behind his father's message. (His approval rating is actually about half that.) pic.twitter.com/wm27V1MMLj — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 17, 2019 95% huh? It must be the people in that alternate universe who keep generating alternative facts that he’s speaking of, who poll that way. Here in this dimension, the RealClearPolitics polling average ranks Trump’s approval rating at 44.4 percent and his disapproval rating at 52 percent — which if you add those figures, comes to 96.4 percent, which is more or less 95. Now, Eric can’t read and Fox News probably taught him to always interpret high numbers in Trump’s favor, so maybe that’s how he arrived at the figure. Meanwhile, Eric’s draft-dodging daddy amplified the leave sentiment and apparently this is Trump’s new mantra. While leaving the White House himself to go to North Carolina, Trump said, “If people want to leave our country, they can. If they don’t want to love our country, if they don’t want to fight for our country, they can [leave]. I’ll never change on that, no.” So much for e pluribus unum. Maybe we should take that motto off the national seal and replace it with posse abrire — “they can leave.”
This is either an above par troll of Trump, or maybe it’s brilliant reverse psychology on Reiner’s part: which do you think? I’ve heard there are tapes of Trump using the N-word during his time on The Apprentice. Based on the GOP’s support of his racism, they should ask producer Mark Burnett to release the tapes to boost the support of his base. — Rob Reiner (@robreiner) July 16, 2019 Tom Arnold has been talking about this very issue for quite some time. It’s probably just as well that he’s divorced from Roseann Barr at this point or the two of them would be Kellyanne and George Conway on steroids. Nancy Tellem can access thousands of hrs of unedited unseen Trump-Apprentice footage today. Mark Burnett hates people of color & supports Trump's racism. MGM's Kevin Ulrich brought Tellem in to oversee Burnett after our Sept fight. Nancy Tellem can open MGM vault. I know location — Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) July 16, 2019 Sadly, but not surprisingly, Reiner might be right about the release of the N-word tapes helping Trump’s popularity, if the events of this week are any indication. RawStory: Not long after Reiner posted his tweet, Reuters released a new poll taken since Trump’s racist comments on four young women of color in Congress. “Support for U.S. President Donald Trump increased slightly among Republicans after he lashed out on Twitter over the weekend in a racially charged attack on four minority Democratic congresswomen, a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll shows,” the publication reported. “The national survey, conducted on Monday and Tuesday after Trump told the lawmakers they should ‘go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,’ showed his net approval among members of his Republican Party rose by 5 percentage points to 72 percent, compared with a similar poll that ran last week,” Reuters reported. As I’ve said before, Trump represents the Republican id. He is the persona to their shadow. He articulates their deepest thoughts, and says what they wish they could get away with saying. Maybe Rob Reiner has just come to cynically understand this. Or, maybe this is a watershed moment in the cultural war, wherein we realize even more conclusively than before, that there are indeed two Americas and Donald Trump represents one of them to an absolute tee. Horrifying to think, isn’t it? But apparently it’s true.
The House resolution which Nancy Pelosi wants to see passed, condemning Donald Trump’s tweets about four congresswomen going “back where they came from” as “disgusting, disparaging and racist” is being fought by House Republicans, because of course it is. Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) even went to far as to declare Pelosi’s remarks as “unparliamentary” and asked that they be removed from the Congressional Record, for violating House rules. (The last time remarks were removed from the Congressional Record was 1984.) While waiting for the Chair to rule, here's the applicable section from the House rules to using the word 'racist' when referring to a President during House debate pic.twitter.com/l9im1yAklb — Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) July 16, 2019 Note the dates showing when the Rule was last updated. Most of them are November, 2016 or after. The argument was made that Pelosi was calling the *resident’s tweets racist, not the *resident himself, which since he authored the tweet, is somewhat amusing, and the fur is flying across the aisle. Then the House Parliamentarian ruled that the remarks should be stricken from the record and as of the time of this writing, the matter has not been resolved. The vote was temporarily halted as of 2:00 p.m. PDT. Either this post will be updated or a new one written to reflect the outcome of today’s House meltdown. Meanwhile, we heard crickets from the GOP over the weekend about Trump’s rabid attacks of The Squad on Twitter, and then a few of them went on record, because they had no more time to avoid the question and nowhere to hide. The Hill: One of the strongest denunciations came from Rep. Will Hurd (Texas), the only African American House Republican, whose district has a large number of Hispanic residents. He blasted Trump’s tweets as “racist” and “xenophobic” in a CNN interview. He called the president’s remarks “unbecoming of the leader of the free world.” Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.), the lone African American Republican in the Senate, characterized Trump’s language as “unacceptable” and “racially offensive.” The president’s comments also drew rebukes from GOP lawmakers facing tough reelection campaigns. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who is seeking another term in a state that voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, urged Trump to delete his tweets attacking the Democratic lawmakers and implying they’re not real Americans. “I disagree strongly with many of the views and comments of some of the far-left members of the House Democratic Caucus … but the President’s tweet that some Members of Congress should go back to the ‘places from which they came’ was way over the line, and he should take that down,” Collins said in a statement. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said Trump was “wrong” to say the four Democrats — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) — go back to the countries where they are from. “Three of the four were born in America and the citizenship of all four is as valid as mine,” Toomey said. Well, that’s white of Toomey to say that. Lindsey Graham, fresh from playing golf on Sunday with Trump said, “We don’t need to know about them personally, talk about their [the four congresswomen’s] policies…They are American citizens. They won an election. Take on their policies. The bottom line here is this is a diverse country.” Believe it or not, Graham’s weak tea efforts […]
The President is not a racist. Period. Mitch McConnell Mitch, Mitch, Mitch. Look, I love ya like a brother buddy. OK, a half brother. With the last name of Dahmer. But it’s time to get with the program, reality is starting to worry about you. The jury is in, and it’s guilty on all counts. So here, here’s a cookie, a glass of water, and a teddy bear, it’s time to put that “The President is not a racist” shit to bed. Of course the President of the United States is a racist. Hell, the Pope’s catholic, isn’t he? You’re not disputing that, are you. And it’s not just his racist tropes since he became President, his whole life has been just one long white bed sheet ballad. His father was arrested at a freakin’ Klan rally in New York. The two of them were hammered by HUD for discriminatory renting practices. And it’s not just blacks and “shithole countries” either. He stereotyped Jews by telling people he only wanted them counting the money in his casinos. And her regularly and proudly refers to Mexicans as rapists and drug dealers, and Central Americans as an “infestation.” I notice that you didn’t answer that question today when a reporter asked if you would tolerate somebody telling your immigrant wife to “go back where she came from.” Despite my myriad other faults, which my lovely wife Teri regularly and gleefully reminds me of, I am not a racist. Most of us aren’t. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll all admit that we have our own personal prejudices, that’s just a simple fact of life. But we would never espouse those prejudices to others, and certainly never act on them, and that’s what defines a racist. Actually, there is a simple, almost insanely easy way to prove that Donald Trump is a flaming, card carrying racist. For everybody out there who’s not a racist, including Senate Majority Leader McConnell I would presume, I want to ask you one simple question. Forget about verbalization, when is the last time in your life that you looked at someone, anyone, and even thought to yourself, “Why don’t they just go back where they came from?” I’m 62 years old, and suffice it to say, I’m no aficionado of rap or hip-hop music. But never in my life, when confronted with a booming bass beat and a bellowed “motherfucker!”, have I even thought to myself, “Jesus! Why don’t they take that rap shit and fucking go back where they came from?” I’m a lifelong, die hard Chicago Blackhawks fan, and back in the 80’s Wayne Gretzky broke my heart more times than I can count, and yet I never turned to the guy sitting nest to me in the crowd and yelled “Shit! Why doesn’t Gretzky just go back to Canada where he came from?!?” Sorry Mitch, but that phrase “Go back where they came from” is a dead giveaway. It’s the oldest trope in the racist handbook. Just because I hate rappers doesn’t mean that I want them all back in Africa, it just means that I don’t want them in my living room or car CD player. Every time that your boss The Cheeto Prophet uses that phrase, he may as well be holding a flaming tiki torch in his hand. […]
Adolf Hitler was impressed with actor Peter Lorre’s gifts and early in his regime wrote Lorre that he should come back to Germany to live and work. Lorre wrote back, “No thank you. Germany doesn’t need two people with our genius for horror.” Today, our own King of Horror, Stephen King, delineated Trump’s purely bigoted actions, as meanwhile the GOP/ICE equivalent of Nazi storm troopers prepares to begin it’s raids on undocumented immigrants. pic.twitter.com/OB28xRTLhr — Jackie DeArmond (@JackieDeArmond) July 14, 2019 Trump is obviously trying to drive his base into a feeding frenzy with all this anti-immigration activity, but he may have jumped the shark today when he advocated that four women of color in Congress go back where they came from (oblivious to the fact that three out of four were born here) and that they didn’t belong because of the color of their skin. Racism 101. So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly…… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019 ….it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019 This is pure idiocy. The congresswomen Trump’s referencing are not people who “originally came” from other countries, they were born in the United States just like he was, other than Omar. The reason that this distinction is important is because it unequivocally proves that skin color is Trump’s real issue. It doesn’t matter where you were actually born, if you’re not white, you’re not right. Forget about being judged on one’s character, the yardstick that Martin Luther King advocated as being the true measure of a person’s worth. Blatant bigotry, rejecting someone strictly because they are superficially a member of a group targeted as dangerous or inferior, is the order of the day in America. And the crack about Pelosi shows that Trump has learned absolutely nothing while in office. Yes, Pelosi has had a few minor dust ups with The Squad. But adults, especially in politics, learn how to get over these speed bumps and keep going down the road. Trump doesn’t understand how normal people compromise in the furtherance of common goals, because he’s never done it. Trump sees everything in simplistic love/hate, black/white terms and life is seldom like that. Trump displayed exactly this same level of primitive thinking when he fired James Comey. He called up none other than Chuck Schumer, apparently thinking that he and Schumer would have a male buddy bonding moment, if you can believe that, and Schumer told him [that’s] “a very big mistake.” Trump and his equally dense son-in-law, Jared Kushner, honestly believed that “the Democrats are gonna love this.” Those were Kushner’s words, and Kushner was the only one who advocated firing Comey. Everybody else in Trump’s orbit was saying, don’t do it, and Steve Bannon was screaming it the loudest, according to Michael Wolfe’s book. Bannon corroborated this later, saying that firing Comey was “the worst mistake in modern political history.” It also was […]
This short film “Don’t Be A Sucker” was made during WWII and absolutely nothing has changed. This is the best 3:20 that you are going to spend all day, if you haven’t already seen this. This is Fascism 101 and it has happened right here, in America, with Donald Trump. Must watch – This is an old retweet of an old WWII film very much applicable to todayNowThisVerified account @nowthisnews 14 Aug 2017The U.S. government made an anti-fascism film in 1943. Does it remind you of anybody in 2017? pic.twitter.com/F5bhojqMWL — Hal Donahue (@haldonahue) July 8, 2019 This is from Pastor John Pavlovitz’ article linked to above. The words of a President weigh more than perhaps anyone else’s. There is a gravity to the voices of our leaders that corporately shape us in ways few things do. They have always determined the trajectory of our nation, carried us through unthinkable tragedy, clarified who we are as a people, driven us to reach for dreams that we believed were beyond us. […] Violent white nationalists are the logical manifestation of the language of this President. They are the sum total of his every reckless insult, irresponsible untruth, and calculated attack; the disfigured Frankensteined monster, made from every factless conspiracy theory and incendiary rally rant, each corrosive verbal assault on people of color and immigrants and women and the media. Men who walk into mosques and shopping malls and murder strangers are the clear accumulation of a seemingly endless Presidential Twitter feed, filled with nonsensical ramblings, spewed from the head of a man who feels no accountability for the collateral damage of his words—either on those who are his targets—or those weaponized by him against them. Most tragedies in life are caused by foolishness and naivete. A good portion of America listened to Trump’s lies, and many also indulged a childish urge to rebel — yeah, let’s vote for the big mouth because we can and tee hee wouldn’t it be funny if he got elected? Again, my favorite quote from Lincoln, because I always find it applicable: “America can never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Lincoln expressed this sentiment in 1838. The film you just watched was made in 1943. Nothing has changed. What’s old is new and what’s new is old. The demons of diviseness and dissension have always been with us and always will be. We need to be strong enough to let the better angels of our nature prevail. Trump really isn’t smart enough to be a fascist. He’s just a bully who rode his TV host image, incredibly, to the highest office in the land. But his words are as destructive as any fascist’s. We’ve seen the sad evidence of that already. Get Out The Vote. Trump must not be reelected.
Remember when Donald Trump chose an obscure, two man outfit in Montana to rebuild the grid for hurricane devastated Puerto Rico? Remember how great that turned out? Here we go again, this time with Trump’s favorite vanity project, The Wall. Fisher Industries is a company based in Dickinson, North Dakota. It’s CEO, Tommy Fisher, has made numerous appearances on Fox, and gives money to the GOP, which of course makes him a darling of Donald Trump for openers. Fisher also claims he’s got a new method of getting the wall done, a patent-pending method that will allow the company to build fencing, “faster than any contractor using common construction methods.” Terrific. Somebody you never heard of with a too-good-to-be-true scam. So far it’s vintage Trump. And the great part, is that building right now is underway. Washington Post: Even as Trump pushes for his firm, Fisher already has started building a section of fencing in Sunland Park, N.M. We Build the Wall, a nonprofit that includes prominent conservatives who support the president — its associates and advisory board include former White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon, Blackwater USA founder Erik Prince, ex-congressman Tom Tancredo and former Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach — has guided an effort to build portions of the border barrier on private land with private funds. The first section is expected to be unveiled soon. Fisher-branded equipment and workers were visible this week preparing the site outside El Paso, within feet of the International Boundary Monument No. 1, placed in 1855 at the beginning of the effort to delineate the Mexican border. The stretch, part of which is on private land owned by a brick company, is the only area in the region without a barrier, in part because it crosses rugged terrain. And guess who else is on board? You’re gonna love it. Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, has joined in the campaign for Fisher Industries, along with Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), an ardent promoter of the company and the recipient of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Fisher and his family members, according to campaign finance records. Cramer, in an interview Thursday, said the Trump administration has shown a great deal of interest in his constituent’s company. So, this company is going to do it cheaper, faster, and of course the idea here is to get something built so that Trump’s ongoing lie about the wall is being built, can actually have some substance to it. This is the big lie he ran on, that he would “Build the Wall” — and by golly, he’s going to build some wall, somewhere, and these are the people who are helping him. And what a wall it’s going to be. Most recently, the president has insisted the structure be painted black and topped with spikes, while grumbling to aides that the Army Corps contracting process is holding back his ambitions. At the White House meeting Thursday, he said he doesn’t like the current design for the wall’s gates, suggesting that instead of the hydraulic sliding gate design, the Army Corps should consider an alternative, according to an administration official: “Why not French doors?” the president asked. Why not French doors, indeed? If Trump rode a horse, he’d want it to run for senate, and if you tell him there’s […]
His friend does most of the talking but Turning Point USA Las Vegas Chapter leader Riley Grisar is literally in bed with her giving the white power hand sign: Turning Point USA was founded and is led by Trump supporter Charlie Kirk: Donald Trump Jr. spoke at its “Summit Action Meeting” just last year and in 2016. Politico “At the center of the puzzle of Turning Point USA stands one person: 24-year-old Charlie Kirk, the founder, public face and chief fundraiser for Turning Point USA. He started the group just one day after he graduated from Wheeling High School in suburban Chicago, saying back then that Turning Point USA’s mission was to cheerlead for the free market. The donors I spoke to for this story still see that as central to this mission. (“One thing I like about Turning Point,” Willis says, “is that it is educating these kids, right in front of their socialist professors’ faces, that what they are being told about capitalism is wrong.”) But Kirk, not unlike the GOP overall, has become split between Trump—an ardent trade protectionist whose policies could push the federal deficit over $1 trillion—and the free-market, limited-government principles espoused in the group’s charter. Kirk spent the last several months of the 2016 presidential election cycle working on social media outreach for the Trump campaign, building close ties with the Trump family. Donald Jr., as the headline speaker at Turning Point USA’s annual summit in December, exchanged bro hugs with Kirk before taking the stage. The president himself called Kirk “a great warrior” at a White House conference on Millennials this past March.” This video might get lost in the general turmoil of drumpf’s rolling goat rodeo of criminality and corruption but it should be really bad news for Team Trump, Charlie Kirk and Jr. But fk all those guys that’s what happens when you get in bed with racists and anti-Semites. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
It’s been a little over a century since signs like “No Irish Need Apply” were posted in the windows of shops, and the “Help Wanted — Male” and “Help Wanted — Female” ads that were routine when I entered the work world, have been gone for decades as well. However, don’t think that the mentality of job discrimination has changed all that much, because there was a big racist snafu at a recruiting firm in Virginia a few days ago. Here’s what initially went out into the world. Uh, hey @cynetjobs – what's with this? Your job listing for a mid-senior level business development position's top qualification is "Preferably Caucasian" How could you POSSIBLY think that's okay? pic.twitter.com/DPWzpgXqqE — Helena McCabe (@misshelenasue) April 27, 2019 Now, here’s the other jewel. You’ll have to hit Ctrl + to expand the text so you can read it, but the orange-highlighted words are “female candidate only” and this is for a sales job. FYI, the only time you can justify a job as gender-specific is when circumstances dictate that the job is covered under a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification (BFOQ). These are situations where sex matters–for instance you can recruit only women to play female roles in a play or hire only men to help elder men shower in a nursing home. A sales role, as described above, is extremely unlikely to meet the strict qualifications for a BFOQ. In fact, I can’t think of a single way you could twist a sales job to be single gender. I took these screenshots Sunday afternoon and Cynet Systems posted this after 10 p.m. EST on a Sunday, and the job postings were scrubbed around the same time. I spoke with a company spokesman who said both of these mistakes were made by the same employee who was new, and that Cynet is an equal opportunity employer and this does not reflect their values. A post on Twitter further revealed how the company responded internally: Cynet apologizes for the anger & frustration caused by the offensive job post. It does not reflect our core values of inclusivity & equality. The individuals involved have been terminated. We will take this as a learning experience & will continue to serve our diverse community. — Cynet Systems (@cynetsystems) April 29, 2019 The attempt to make nice-nice was not graciously received. You apologize for the anger and frustration? You should be apologizing for posting a racist job advert! This is a “learning experience”, not an “experience which has left us completely mortified and ashamed”? You are utterly clueless. — Claude Demers (@claude6543) April 29, 2019 'must be female' @cynetsystems are you lawyered up for a lawsuit? pic.twitter.com/9vfljpPV5N — citybythelake (@citybythelake) April 29, 2019 What I can share from experience, is that many years ago I worked down the hall from a recruiting agency. I made friends with a few of the “headhunters” (one of whom was black and from Africa, and did we howl about his job title) and we would have lunch and talk shop. These people made it quite clear that there were two conversations that were had with a client: 1. In a perfect world, who do you want in this job? 2. The world being anything but perfect, are you prepared to accept the candidates we can realistically provide you, and not run totally afoul […]