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February 20, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Banana Republic

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 04:44

 

 

 

 

 

 

(cartoon by Pat Bagley)

 

 

February 19, 2020

Darkest Hour

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 14:24

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Republican party policy

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 10:42

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:31

The attorney general, in this case William Barr, is the chief law enforcement officer of the US.

The president also acknowledged that he makes Barr’s job more difficult, referring to Barr’s remark last week that Trump’s tweets make it “impossible” for him to do his job.

“I do make his job harder,” Trump told reporters. “I do agree with that.” He added that he has “total confidence” in the attorney general.

Worst to come

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:12

Will this get the POC vote for the Democrats?

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 05:49
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Mike Bloomberg is a racist, paternalistic, Islamophobic, oligarch. And that’s without mentioning that Bloomberg has even more sexual harassment allegations against him than Trump does.

Don’t anybody dare @ me or tell me to “vote blue no matter who,” not when this billionaire racist isn’t even a Democrat. As a BLACK man, I shouldn’t have to pick between the racist Republican who wants to use the police to racially profile me, or the other racist Republican who also wants to use the police to racially profile me. That’s not even a false choice – it’s no choice at all.

My Bloomberg story isn’t nearly as horrific as those in the tweets above. My relatives living under Bloomberg’s racist regime simply instructed me to stay out of NYC if I didn’t want to risk being arrested and harassed and possibly inserted into the criminal justice system. And I listened to them.

Mike Bloomberg is an authoritarian who wants use big government to crack down on poor people and black people, but wants less taxes on the wealthy, and deregulation for billionaires. It is not hyperbole to say that Bloomberg is an existential threat to democracy.

Please don’t let him buy the White House.

She refused a subpoena and went to jail for it,Republicans refuse subpoenas and praised for it

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:39

More than 60,000 people call for judge to release Chelsea Manning

fight4future:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

More than 60,000 people have signed a new petition calling on Federal Judge Anthony Trenga to release Chelsea Manning.

Chelsea Manning has been incarcerated for more than 11 months for her principled refusal to give testimony before a grand jury convened to investigate and prosecute journalists. She is being held in jail and fined $1,000 per day for up to 18 months or until she agrees to cooperate.

Chelsea has not been charged with any crime, but is being held under “coercive confinement.” The UN Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, considers this to be a violation of international law and has called upon the U.S. Government to release her immediately.

Chelsea has a conscientious objection to all Grand Jury proceedings, due to their secrecy and history of prosecutorial abuse, including a long history of targeting and harassing activist communities.

The petition was organized by Fight For the Future and is backed by several other organizations including Defending Rights & Dissent (DRAD), RootsAction.org, Media Alliance, Daily Kos, Demand Progress and Freedom of the Press Foundation. Prominent musicians including Michael Stipe of REM and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth have helped amplify the effort, as has Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.

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(Source: fight4future, via zerocapitalism)

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A Democrat?

Filed under: Political, News, Cartoons, Questions, Bigotry, Race, Criminal, Reason, Memes, Fascism, Hate — Scottie @ 05:34

moron-a-virus

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:32

 

Drain The Swamp? Trump Pardons FOUR High-Profile Convicts

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:26

Is tRump setting it up so his same crimes and corruption seem normal after he pardons / commutes others for the same crimes he committed?   Hugs

https://crooksandliars.com/2020/02/drain-swamp-trump-pardons-three-high

So much for “Drain the Swamp.”

Donald Trump pardoned former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr, commuted the sentence of former Illinois governor (and Celebrity Apprentice contestant, yeah) Rod Blagojevich, and pardoned “friend of Rudy” Bernie Kerik today.

Both Blagojevich and DeBartolo were convicted in bribery cases. Go figure. Kerik pleaded guilty to 8 charges that included tax fraud and lying to White House officials.

Blago in particular is a ridiculous move. He was removed from office and forbidden to ever hold office again for attempting to SELL Barack Obama’s Senate seat. They have him dead-to-rights on the phone trying to make a deal.

When Trump sees corruption, he pardons it

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:15
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When Trump sees corruption, he pardons it. How could he ever be critical of himself?

Drain the swamp? The con artist delivers again.

the crime boss pardons

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:14

Trump’s goal: normalizing corruption

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Trump’s goal: normalizing corruption

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Fight to overcome tRump

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 04:31

(cartoon by Rob Rogers)

(cartoon by Dave Granlund)

 

 

(cartoon by David Horsey)

 

 

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(cartoon by Nick Anderson)

 

February 18, 2020

“Who pays for your golf?”

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:02
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“Who pays for your golf?”

“How does one get an Einstein Visa?”

“How is welfare for farmers not socialism?”

Corruption and incompetence are mandatory requirements for Trump White House

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:48
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William Barr would be fired from EVERY legal position for his blatant lack of ethics.

MAGA/Trump pick the worst candidates, in order to do the worst job possible, in order to benefit Trump.

Corruption and incompetence are mandatory requirements for Trump White House.

This country is a vicious vindictive nightmare towards its most vulnerable citizens

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:46
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This country is a vicious vindictive nightmare towards its most vulnerable citizens.

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Bought and paid for government

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:07

Feb. 17, 2020

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February 17, 2020

John Anderson: The Long Black Veil

Filed under: Criminal, Gender, Questions, Song — Scottie @ 19:53

I am starting to have a dark path right now and not sure what to do.   On my other computer I have been wading through some dark political theories.   I was trying to keep up beat, but now admit I am starting to drown in dark places I know I must not go.  Those places lead to self harm.   Yet that is the world we live in and I must report on them.   I am tired.    We must win this fight.   Hugs

 

It is weird I have not felt this strong a need to cut myself in a long time.  I can not explain to those who have never felt the need to do that what it is counter intuitive to deal with hurt to then deliberately hurt your self, that it is so satisfying and so pleasing.  Or should I say so desperately disassociation?  The next day the shame and attempt to cover it it up goes full power.  I left all that behind then tRump got elected and his asshole cult started attacking people with joy.   So here I am again struggling to not do what I know is wrong but yet I am feeling driven to do.   Hugs

End the GOP In order to save our democracy, we must not merely defeat the Republican Party.

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Education, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 19:07

https://newrepublic.com/article/156411/end-gop

The capacity of our political elites to be shocked anew by the Republican Party has been more shocking than anything Republicans have stooped to doing in the Trump era. It should be no surprise that a party willing to deny the reality of a climate crisis that imperils all civilization has given the presidency to a man who denied his black predecessor is an American. It is entirely logical that a party currently dismantling the right to vote has turned itself over to a man willing to undermine faith in the democratic process. Despite what the Democratic Party’s chosen rationale for impeachment has implied, the gravest offenses President Trump has committed against our country can be found not in the White House’s call logs but in the detention centers where the president has caged the children of migrant parents—children abused and traumatized in the service of a racist mythology Trump has crafted about the impact of immigration. The Republican Party has helped him promulgate it and stands ready to help him do worse, because Donald Trump, beyond holding office as a Republican president, embodies the very soul of the Republican Party.

The propaganda and misinformation campaigns that characterize what some have called a new post-truth era under Trump should, in fact, be quite familiar to those who remember the denialism that characterized defenses of the Iraq War and the hundreds of thousands of casualties it produced. The two Republicans who have occupied the White House in the first two decades of the new millennium have shared not only an address, but an enthusiasm for torture and war crimes, a zeal for using fear and the threat of terrorism to quash political dissent, and near-total support from the Republican political establishment.

Ironically, one of the most successful and potentially instructive direct action efforts for progressive activists over the past decade might have been on the right: Through demonstrations and disruptions, the Tea Party clearly played a significant role in pulling the Republican Party toward reactionary populism, making the Trump presidency possible. But the past decade also saw less publicized yet significant efforts to mobilize activists against the infrastructure of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. The National Rifle Association, already mismanaged by its leaders and marginalized by the improbability of gun control legislation in a Republican administration, has been further weakened by the boycotts of affiliated businesses that followed the Parkland shooting. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has also led a surprisingly successful campaign to dissuade insurers and banks from working with the organization. Similarly, progressive activists organized a protracted corporate messaging campaign early in the decade targeting the American Legislative Exchange Council, a nonprofit conservative coalition of legislators and private companies that works to craft state legislation, over the group’s promotion of Stand Your Ground laws, voter ID laws, environmental deregulation, and discriminatory immigration policy. Among the high-profile defectors from ALEC’s ranks were Coca-Cola, Amazon, and Walmart.

These campaigns should expand to meet the scale of the threat we now face—to target not only the vast network of groups and think tanks mobilizing conservatives and influencing the policymaking process from the right, but also the politicians and official bodies of the Republican Party itself. This past year, for instance, liberal activists and journalists like Judd Legum of the newsletter Popular Information have circulated lists of corporations backing the Republican lawmakers behind legislation like the abortion bans that have swept the South and the effort by the Wisconsin GOP to strip power from the state’s elected Democratic governor and attorney general. “In recent months,” The New York Times’ David Leonhardt wrote in 2018, “Legum’s reporting has caused Facebook, Google, Walmart, Major League Baseball and others to ask for the return of donations to politicians whose values the companies were not comfortable defending.”

Those who commit themselves to nonviolent action against the GOP should demand too that Democrats comport themselves as a true opposition party, neither too daunted by electoral politics nor too compromised by the interests of capital to speak frankly to the broader electorate about what the Republican Party represents and what the Republican Party has done. In his December “No Malarkey” tour of Iowa, former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a new iteration of a stance he has offered repeatedly from the outset of his campaign. “[I]f you hear people on the rope line saying, ‘I’m a Republican,’ I say, ‘Stay a Republican,’” he told voters. “Vote for me but stay a Republican, because we need a Republican Party.” Biden went on to say that he would fear Democratic hegemony if the Republican Party were to fall. “I’m really worried that no party should have too much power,” he said. “You need a countervailing force.”

This view is widely shared. Bipartisanship has become a both particularly sacred and particularly destructive part of the American civil religion, a hollow and superficial virtue promoted by political elites responsible for the domestic and foreign policy failures the two parties have crafted together over the past 30 years—from the Iraq War and support for oppressive regimes abroad to the expansion of extreme poverty and the carceral state at home. But bipartisanship, as Biden knows, also remains appealing to the majority of the American electorate, including the majority of Democrats. The daunting task ahead for progressive activists is convincing ordinary voters that a major political party—prejudiced, venal, and unmoored from reason—can lose the right to govern. Because without a pressure campaign making it clear that Republican power is unsustainable for the country and the planet—that a party in thrall to a racist demagogue and aligned against the Voting Rights Act is not only disagreeable but dangerous—Democrats will never build the support necessary to structurally reform and rebalance the American political system.

Biden and the centrists of the contemporary political establishment are not the first generation of optimists to hope that the Republican Party might return from a period of shame to moderation and political respectability. Barry Goldwater’s catastrophic campaign in 1964 sparked widespread speculation among liberals that right-wing politics could never take root in America. But it was followed by a Nixon campaign in ’68 that set the template for the deployment of white grievance politics as an electoral strategy. The skullduggery of Watergate was followed by Reagan and the mythology of the welfare queen. And it was the 1988 campaign of George H.W. Bush, another establishment figure and policy moderate, that attempted to terrify white voters with the Willie Horton ad and dog whistles about race and crime. His son, having ridden into the White House on the promise of a “compassionate conservatism,” made opposition to gay marriage a centerpiece of his second campaign.

What this record suggests today is that even if the GOP leaves the rhetoric, excuses, and concerns of the Trump era behind for a time, Republicans—ideologically incapable of devising large-scale solutions to persistent problems—will eventually return to the easy politics of exclusion. We could be witnessing already, in the GOP’s efforts to disenfranchise African Americans in the South, the seeds of a resurgence in anti-black racism, particularly if the next Democratic administration is successful in expanding social programs aimed in part at addressing racial inequality. A revival of anti-Semitism on the far right has already claimed lives, but has yet to prompt any introspection on the part of a party willing to deploy conspiratorial rhetoric about the influence of George Soros and comfortable with backing a president who insisted that there were, somewhere, fine people in the crowds shouting “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville. Beyond all this, it seems entirely possible that voices in the conservative media and Republican strategists, ever inventive, will furnish new scapegoats and invent new threats altogether. It is certain, in any case, that the Republican Party has been built for default to a political mode best exemplified by a remark not from Donald Trump, or Tucker Carlson, or Sean Hannity, or Sarah Palin, but from Republican National Committee chair Rich Bond during the 1992 Republican National Convention. “We are America,” he told a reporter. “Those other people are not.”

This was a long slog of a read.   But it is worth it.  I only took a bit of it for the quotes here.   If you want to understand what the Republican party is about and the things they have done to shift everything right in the country then you should try to read this.   We are fighting for our democracy in a time when hard right people like Billy Crystal are pushing the idea that the Democrats need a center left / right candidate to elect someone who will return us to the Republican right they so desire.   Appeal to the independents and the right of center candidates they preach.   Yet that denies what the entire election is showing that progressive candidates are the ones gaining ground and leaping ahead.  Why are the Democrats taking advice from people who have the last 30 years been trying to destroy Democratic party ideas?  Why do we listen to the people trying to drag us 30 years into the past?   Hugs

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