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January 23, 2020

Do any adults work in the White House

Filed under: History, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:03

But the title actually seemed to be the result of a mix-up by the White House, which appeared to have confused the two countries, presumably as a result of their similar names.

January 22, 2020

Hard to compare or comprehend.

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 09:19

The U.S. did not take this action in self-defense, but chose to commit an act of war that was unnecessary for American security

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:04

January 21, 2020

Chris Hedges on America entering the “Trump Phase” of late capitalism

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 04:58

January 19, 2020

To be clear, compare

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Education, Greed, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 18:10

The absurdity of low-brow Republicanism

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:52

The absurdity of low-brow Republicanism.

January 18, 2020

BUSTED: National Archives caught doctoring exhibit to remove criticism of President Trump from women

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, Gender, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 11:12

BUSTED: National Archives caught doctoring exhibit to remove criticism of President Trump from women

The National Archives were caught editing an artifact from the Trump administration to remove criticism of the president, according to a bombshell new report in The Washington Post.

“The Archives acknowledged in a statement this week that it made multiple alterations to the photo of the 2017 Women’s March showcased at the museum, blurring signs held by marchers that were critical of Trump. Words on signs that referenced women’s anatomy were also blurred,” the paper explained.

“A placard that proclaims ‘God Hates Trump’ has ‘Trump’ blotted out so that it reads ‘God Hates.’ A sign that reads ‘Trump & GOP — Hands Off Women’ has the word Trump blurred out,” The Post explained.

The word “vagina” was also blurred out.

“There’s no reason for the National Archives to ever digitally alter a historic photograph,” Brinkley explained. “If they don’t want to use a specific image, then don’t use it. But to confuse the public is reprehensible. The head of the Archives has to very quickly fix this damage. A lot of history is messy, and there’s zero reason why the Archives can’t be upfront about a photo from a women’s march.”

Purdue University Professor Wendy Kline also blasted the National Archives for doctoring the photo.

“Doctoring a commemorative photograph buys right into the notion that it’s okay to silence women’s voice and actions,” Kline told the newspaper. “It is literally erasing something that was accurately captured on camera. That’s an attempt to erase a powerful message.”

AMERICAN IDIOT‘We Should Make Money Off of Everything’ Trump Told His Top Military Leaders – While Calling Them ‘Losers’ and ‘Babies’

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, Greed, History, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:11

‘We Should Make Money Off of Everything’ Trump Told His Top Military Leaders – While Calling Them ‘Losers’ and ‘Babies’

“We should charge them rent,” Trump said, speaking about South Korea, upon learning the U.S. has a military base there with a $10 billion missile defense system. “We should make them pay for our soldiers. We should make money off of everything.”

Calling NATO worthless and “in arrears,” Trump blasted his generals.

“We are owed money you haven’t been collecting!” Trump said. “You would totally go bankrupt if you had to run your own business.”

Trump unleashed his anger at his general and the Iran nuclear deal, forged by President Barack Obama.

“They’re cheating. They’re building. We’re getting out of it. I keep telling you, I keep giving you time, and you keep delaying me. I want out of it.”

He moved on to Afghanistan, calling it a “loser war.”


“No, that’s just wrong,” the secretary of state said. “Mr. President, you’re totally wrong. None of that is true.”

He wasn’t finished.

“The men and women who put on a uniform don’t do it to become soldiers of fortune,” Tillerson said. “That’s not why they put on a uniform and go out and die . . . They do it to protect our freedom.”

This is what we are when we choose to care about each other

Filed under: Cartoons, History, Memes, News, People I like, Questions, Reason, Things I like — Scottie @ 07:27

Shorter ‘founding fathers’: how can we extend the lens of patriarchy, misogyny, and racism

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Gender, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 07:15

Shorter ‘founding fathers’: how can we extend the lens of patriarchy, misogyny, and racism.

Cult 45 will defend the dotard because they have been groomed and beaten into mental submission.

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:14

BTW, Lev has about 20 recent pictures with Trump.

Cult 45 will defend the dotard because they have been groomed and beaten into mental submission.

January 16, 2020

America is guilty of everything we accuse Iran of doing

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, History, News, Political, Questions, Race, Religion — Scottie @ 06:02

The truth is that Soleimani was not all that different from any of about five dozen current and former American politicians and bureaucrats — if anything, he was considerably more restrained about the use of force. Yes, he was involved in a lot of bloody wars — but so was every American president since 2000, and besides half the wars he fought in were started or fueled by the United States. It’s just another instance of America’s gigantic hypocrisy when it comes to war.

Yet even the worst of Soleimani’s record pales in comparison with the most blood-drenched American warmongers. If Soleimani deserves condemnation for arming Iraqi insurgents, then George W. Bush and Dick Cheney deserve 10 times as much for starting the war in the first place. It was a pointless, illegal war of aggression sold on lies that obliterated Iraqi society and killed perhaps half a million people, almost all of them innocent civilians. (Our own Soleimani, General David Petraeus, was connected to the operation of Iraqi torture dungeons and paramilitary death squads during the fight against the insurgency.)

If Soleimani deserves blame for helping Bashar al-Assad brutally defeat Syrian rebels, Henry Kissinger deserves 10 times as much for orchestrating the bombing slaughter of perhaps a quarter million Cambodians and paving the way for the Khmer Rouge genocide that killed 1.7 million people.

If any accused war criminal at an airport is fair game, then there are a lot of people in D.C. and Northern Virginia who better start traveling by train or ship.

Chauvinist American commentators always presume America has the best intentions, and that the American military is composed of saintly warrior-poets. The reality is that the lumbering American colossus has unleashed a Thirty Years’ War-level of violent chaos all around Iran for no good reason at all. We are ruled by a president who recently reversed the demotion of a guy turned in by his own fellow soldiers for war crimes — namely, gleefully murdering helpless prisoners, old men, and little girls for sport.

The apparent fact that the Soleimani assassination was carried out by drone strike at a civilian airport really is the perfect capstone for the last two decades of lunatic American violence. Nothing deflates the hysterically macho chest-thumping self-image of American warmongers than the fact that for the last decade and more the signature U.S. method of killing people has been a robot plus a gamer in a box 10,000 miles away. Raining down drone missiles on a guy in plain sight at a civilian airport — built at vast expense with U.S. money, by the way — just drives the cowardice home further. Nothing gets the armchair generals more fired up than vaporizing somebody who can’t defend themselves or fight back in any way.

The United States is so powerful that it has been able to get away with decades of pointless atrocities. One of these days it will pay for its imperial hubris. That day may be quite soon.

January 15, 2020

This should be illegal

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, History, Memes, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:45

Dick Cheney was CEO of Halliburton.

Republicans are War, Inc.

January 14, 2020

The Republican tax law is bringing in far less money than claimed—but it’s not an accident

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 12:05

It is important because, as we all know, the overall effort has ended in a budgetary disaster. That is not overstating things; government coffers are expected to be down a trillion dollars in 2020, which is less a fiscal problem than an act of budgetary terrorism.

“Republicans were racing to secure a legislative victory during Mr. Trump’s first year in office.” Eh. Republicans were racing to use unified Republican government to push forward a longtime dream of the Ayn Rand wing of the party: murder effective government through orchestrated neglect. Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Speaker at the time, had goals taken directly from Grover Norquist and other hard-right conservatives who have for decades expressed open contempt at government doing anything for anyone that did not involve bombing them; the explicit technique favored has been, since Reagan, to slash government revenues to unsustainable new lows, then use the resulting deficits to argue that steep, vicious cuts are required—for social services. For food aid, for Social Security, for Medicare. For infrastructure: Why should the government build transportation networks and hubs, rather than let the “free market” decide which roads should be built and how much it could cost to drive on them? For education, and science, and moon landings and the rest of it.

That leads to the more fundamental problem: It seems an error to claim that any of this was unforeseen. It was certainly foreseen. That Republican revenue claims, and Republican claims that “new” taxes on corporations would balance out the gargantuan new tax cuts given to the topmost one percent, were inflated if not outright fraudulent was warned of from the first drafts.

The law was “by all accounts, sloppily written”, says the Times, which is the reason that lobbyists have been able to absolutely gut much of the purported loophole-closing Republicans bragged of. This wasn’t an accident. It could have been patched before the bill was voted on; it was not.

More at the link above.  We are screwed if we do not undo the huge damage this and other giving of the US treasury to the wealthy and corporations.    Hugs



Trump’s authoritarian assault on democracy continues: What lies ahead?

Filed under: Criminal, Education, Fascism, Greed, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 11:58

There is more at the link below.   I did clip some of the answers but not the questions, so please go read the article if the clips interest you.  I found the information spot on about tRump and what may happen in the future rings true to me.    Hugs

Fascism scholar Ruth Ben-Ghiat: If Trump wins again, America will be “ready for full-on authoritarian rule”

The Republican Party is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Trump’s regime and an expression of his personal will and power. To that end, Trump has promised financial support to the Republican senators who will soon be voting at his trial. It has also been reported that Trump ordered the execution of Iranian Maj. Gen.  Qassem Soleimani in order to ensure that Republican senators would support his acquittal.

In essence, Donald Trump pays political blood money to his supporters. This is more evidence of Trump’s political thuggery and mobster-style behavior that is unbefitting an American president.

Like other dictators, authoritarians, autocrats and political thugs, Donald Trump believes he is above the law. With the support of Attorney General William Barr, this appears increasingly true.

Trump and his allies label Democrats, liberals, progressives and anyone else opposing him as traitors and enemies of the United States. The most recent example: at a rally last Thursday in Toledo, Trump said that Democrats were “vicious horrible people.”

None of this should be surprising. Trump is following the authoritarian’s playbook almost to the letter in his assault on American democracy, the Constitution and the rule of law. The question is not whether Donald Trump is an authoritarian and would-be dictator but rather whether anything or anyone is capable of stopping him.

The shoe drops slowly, and it is hard for many people to discern what is really happening. This is especially true when there are multiple things happening at one time. For example, William Barr and his attacks on the rule of law and how he is part of this right-wing Christian counterrevolution in America. Yes, Trump is impeached, and that is a type of pushback against him and his forces. What judges are doing to slow down Trump’s agenda is very important too. It is very important to not give up because that is what authoritarians want the public to do.

Authoritarian leaders want you to believe that resistance is futile and that you should just give up. If we give up and resign ourselves to the conclusion that impeaching Trump is not going to have an effect, then he has won. Impeachment is extremely important because it will be on the record, marked in the history books as opposition to Trump and his agenda.

Donald Trump is an example of someone who comes up in history, and the way forward has been prepared for him, in this instance by the Tea Party and the Republican Party.

The road was already prepared for Trump by eight years of Barack Obama and how that created a type of mass anger and rage and panic among many white people. People like Donald Trump appear in history and their role is to undo social and political progress. Trump is a figure who is trying to undo everything that Barack Obama stood for and accomplished. But of course, historical figures such as Donald Trump add something new. Trump comes in and he has a “movement.” Trump does not have a political party. At first, Trump said that he was above politics. This is another common thread among authoritarians.

It is no accident that during the impeachment process Donald Trump has said that he is going to stay in office for 28 years. Of course, that is not physiologically possible. But what matters is the fantasy, because Trump is terrified right now. Leaders of that type create fortresses around themselves in a million ways. They do this with flatterers, lackeys and family. Authoritarian leaders like Trump do not want to hear any criticism. They also want and need total control over people because that settles the anxiety.

Trump does this in other ways as well. He does not have permanent appointees. This means they do not have to be confirmed by the Senate. Authoritarian leaders are actually terrified and brittle people inside. That is why they retreat inward. Donald Trump will not take any real questions from the news media. The authoritarian leader’s ego will not permit any questions, and the longer they stay in charge the worse it gets for a country because they lose all sense of reality. Leaders like Donald Trump make bad decisions, such as starting wars. One of the things that scares me the most is that Donald Trump is extremely destructive. Authoritarian leaders like Donald Trump delight in being destructive. Sometimes such people are also self-destructive.

The civil service has been purged and ruined under the Trump administration. The civil service makes government work. The State Department is a particularly sad example. Career civil servants have been purged because of ideological tests. This can take the form of leader loyalty — which is an ideology of loyalty. It could mean Trump removing experts who know that climate change is real. Civil rights as well. For example, The Department of Health and Human Services under Trump now has a “civil rights office” devoted to the “rights” of right-wing Christian evangelicals who believe their freedom is violated by doctors who agree to perform abortions. The state has been hollowed out. Expertise is gone and ideology rules. The state, the government bureaucracy and civil service are now just a vehicle for the authoritarian leader’s goals.

This brings up the question of madness versus method. One of the objections that gets leveled at people who offer these types of analyses about Trump and authoritarianism is, “No, Trump’s just impulsive.” He’s not mentally ill. He may have some dementia, but he knows exactly what he’s doing. Trump’s spokespeople have been very clear that Trump wants his own intelligence and security services.

Such goals are part of the counterrevolution that has been slowly chipping away at democratic institutions, norms and laws under Trump and the Republican Party. Trump is going after the country’s trust in the FBI and intelligence services. All the relevant structures of government that could obstruct what Trump wants to do are being chipped away. What Trump has been doing up to this point is not at all an accident in that regard.

It takes a lot of time to prepare the public for such an outcome. It requires information and psychological warfare. Trump is very expert in those areas. Chip away at reality and objectivity, and then the public is ready for full-on authoritarian rule. The Nazis knew this very well. The public must be shaped and prepared. This is what Goebbels excelled at. The Russians excel at it. Once the public is shaped and prepared, the authoritarian regime can do what it wants.



No such thing

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Hate, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 07:54

January 11, 2020

The trick

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Greed, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:35

January 9, 2020

U.S. imposes visa bans on International Criminal Court investigators

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, History, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 12:55

I wonder what illegal actions against international laws / treaties our people committed.   There has to be some bad stuff or there wouldn’t be such a need for a cover up.  Oh yes, the black off the books prison stuff, the rapes, the tortures, the  piles of nude males, threats by dogs.   Yup crimes the US has never had to own up to.    Hugs

The United States will withdraw or deny visas to any International Criminal Court personnel investigating possible war crimes by U.S. forces or allies in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday.

The court, which sits in The Hague, responded that it was an independent and impartial institution and would continue to do its work “undeterred” by Washington’s actions.

The Trump administration threatened in September to ban ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the United States and sanction funds they have there if the court launched a probe of war crimes in Afghanistan.

I’m announcing a policy of U.S. visa restrictions on those individuals directly responsible for any ICC investigation of U.S. personnel,” Pompeo told a news conference in Washington.

“These visa restrictions may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursue allied personnel, including Israelis, without allies’ consent.”

Pompeo said the policy was already being implemented but would not elaborate, citing visa privacy laws.

“These visa restrictions will not be the end of our efforts,” he said. “We’re prepared to take additional steps, including economic sanctions, if the ICC does not change its course.”

Human Rights Watch called the announcement a “thuggish attempt to penalize investigators” at the court.

“Taking action against those who work for the ICC sends a clear message to torturers and murderers alike: Their crimes may continue unchecked,” the group’s Washington director, Andrea Prasow, said, calling on U.S. lawmakers to express support for the court.

In November 2017, the ICC prosecutor requested authorization from judges to initiate an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan since May 1, 2003, including in states where the CIA held prisoners.




Job and deficit stats

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:48


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