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Steve King Finally Self Immolates, Loses Republican Primary In Iowa

This is an encouraging sign. Nine term Iowa congressman Steve King, who spoke of drug dealers with “calves the size of cantaloupes, running drugs across the Mexican border” and how there “were 100 of them for every valedictorian” has finally done himself in. The man was the poster child for divisive, racist rhetoric. He will not be running for Congress this year and most likely his political career is done. That is good news. King has been talking white supremacist drivel for years, but in January, 2019, he finally crossed the line, even for the GOP. New Civil Rights Movement: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” he asked in a New York Times interview, ending any question of where he stands, and branding him a white supremacist. n 2018 King met with representatives of a far-right party in Austria — and used the financial backing of a Holocaust memorial group to do so. The following year, in August, King asked, if not for rape and incest, “would there be any population left?” The man’s public career was a compendium of these dreadful non sequiturs. He lost his House committee assignments in 2019 after his now famous Western civilization crack. This is a hopeful sign. It would be so nice if Iowa would clean house entirely. Joni Ernst needs to go, and the governor, Kim Reynolds needs to go.

SMACKDOWN!

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, this was not what El Pendejo Presidente was anticipating. Right now I can only envision Donald Trump prowling around the White House like a feral cat with a bad tooth. At 12:01 EDT, five freakin’ hours after the established curfew in Washington DC took effect, there is still a hale and hearty protest presence in Lafayette park, right across the street from the White House, chanting and roving around, having the time of their lives. The official police  response tonight seems to be, As long as they aren’t breaking and looting shit, let them burn themselves out right where they are. The last 48 hours have been nothing short of a complete debacle for His Lowness. He started by threatening to send US army troops into American cities to quell domestic disturbances if the states Governors didn’t use a massive national guard presence, and might, to put the pesky protesters in their place. Letitia James, the New York Attorney General flipped Trump a magnificent middle finger, promising to meet any federal troops at the state line with a court order to prohibit them from proceeding any further. And all of those wimpy Mayors and Governors controlling cities like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, all scenes of recent violence and looting simply changed tactics, starting their curfews earlier, then isolating, breaking up larger groups, and when necessary, peacefully arresting curfew violators with no armored vehicles or buzz bombing helicopters needed. Trump’s own Defense Secretary, Mark Esper, is paddle footing away from Trump like a duck billed platypus, belatedly claiming that her had no idea that Glorious Bleater was dragging him off to some stupid photo op at a church, he thought that Trump was wandering out into the street to chat up the troops, I dunno, maybe offer them a military discount membership at Mar-A-Lago. But he still managed to minimize his sincerity by forgetting to try to take back the insane, chicken hawk shit he trash talked to the Governors on the conference call earlier in the day. And it just goes downhill form there. Pretty much everybody who is left in the west wing is calling every reporter they have on speed dial, blaming everybody else who is left in the west wing for the debacle. According to recent reporting, it was all Hope Hicks and Jared Kushner who thought up and executed the disastrous photo op in front of the church. And as pliable and slimy as Tubby the Ewok is, even he pushed back against reporting that he had actually authorized the clearing of Lafayette Park, putting the blame squarely on Trump. And just in case anybody is interested, the bag that Ivanka Trump spirited that bible over to the church in retails for more than $1500. Pretty much every evangelical religious leader with a legitimate congregation is roasting Trump alive for that cheap stunt on the steps of the church. And damn near every black pastor with a church is roasting Trump over an open fire for his blasphemy. Even the bishop if my own Catholic church gave Trump 39 lashes for his cheapo and shoddy opportunism in using the shrine for Saint John Paul II for another palsied photo op. Most religions, including mine may be more than happy to order salvation to sinners, but not to apostates, and Trump seems to have just crossed that […]

Getting Tear Gassed At A Demonstration Is An Unforgettable Experience. It Happened To Me.

It’s all beginning to come back to me now. Donald Trump walked across the street from the White House, Monday, to St. John’s Episcopal church, not to pray, but to do a scene, specifically, to set the tone for Operation Themis, which he is now implementing by deploying 2,100 troops armed with bayonets on the streets of the nation’s capitol. (Themis is the goddess of divine law and order.) Trump hefted the Bible, as if testing it’s weight, and when asked if it was his, he replied, “it’s a Bible.” Trump probably doesn’t know that people actually own such things and read them. Trump held up his the Bible, maybe channeling divine power, who knows, and he muttered a few words about what a great country this is and how it’s going to become even greater, bla bla. Bishop Mariann Budde saw the charade for just what it was, Trump using the Bible as a political prop and denounced him for it. She said, “he didn’t come to pray” and “a Bible is not an American document.” Now in order for this impromptu street theater to take place, Trump unleashed tear gas upon what was a peaceful and lawful assembly and seeing that brought back memories. Believe me when I tell you that the introduction of tear gas into a peaceful protest is an unforgettable, and unforgivable, experience. The year was 1972. I was 19 years old and and studying journalism/media at the University of Colorado. It was springtime, as now, and an election year, as now, with a despised Republican incumbent running for reelection, as now. If you weren’t there, or are too young to remember, the politics of that era were wild. As a young person I took it all in stride, having nothing to compare it to, but my elders told me that they had never seen anything like this before and I believed them. JFK was assassinated in 1963, followed by Martin Luther King in March of 1968 and then in June, Bobby Kennedy who was the front runner for the Democratic nomination was murdered. The death of Bobby Kennedy was a milestone in American politics. That was a fork in America’s road and we will never know what that road not taken would have been. Kennedy offered a vision of hope for the country and a continuation of his brother’s dream. With his death, the Democratic party lost it’s most capable and charismatic leader. The resulting 1968 election, with Hubert Humphrey as the Democratic standard bearer against Richard Nixon, and with George Wallace pulling in 46 electoral votes as the American Independent Party candidate, was catastrophic. Political scientists defined it as a “major realigning election” which translates as an election which results in sharp changes in ideology, party leaders, issues, and/or regional demographics or bases of power. This particular major realigning election of 1968 permanently disrupted the New Deal coalition, which had been in effect since 1932. Democrats were the majority party for all those years. We had the White House that entire time, with the exception of eight years of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Eisenhower was nothing like the Republicans of today. There is no room for a character like Eisenhower in today’s GOP. In the face of tragedy and riots, Tricky Dick won the […]
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