Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Your Weekly Reminder: THE GOP's PRESIDENT IS A LIAR






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But Trump's not just a corrupt liar and deplorable cheat. No. Wait. There's more. He also praises people who do violence to journalists. Are we surprised when he comes to the defense of butchers like MBS? Trump is probably envious of the Saudis' ability to dismember a journalist for doing his work; and if Trump were not constrained by the Constitution and criminal law, he'd have had several American journalists suffer the same fate Khassoghi did in the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

Here's the monster in the White House praising the brute who body-slammed a reporter. Yes, fellow Americans -- i.e., fellow civilized and decent Americans -- Trump is that corrupt and dirty.



From Digby:

 Last night, in the middle of this horrific international incident, President Trump praised an American politician for beating up a reporter:






Here's the video of Trump on Greg Gianforte body slamming Ben Jacobs: "Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of guy."

Ben Jacobs's newspaper responded:





Guardian US editor issues statement responding to Trump: “The President of the United States tonight applauded the assault on an American journalist who works for the Guardian.”

What? Again?



I'm kinda getting used to this. 

And it's great!

Go Red Slobs!




David Price pitches Red Sox past Astros, into World Series







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Thursday, October 18, 2018

There he goes again, playing footsie with and defending murderers.


From The New Yorker:


Two weeks after the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a cursory meeting, on Tuesday, with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman—it lasted some fifteen minutes—and then had a longer session with his headstrong young son Mohammed, the crown prince. The meetings seemed jovial. America’s top diplomat and the crown prince laughed together during a photo opportunity, a striking display of camaraderie amid increasingly gruesome stories about Khashoggi’s death—and reported dismemberment—in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. In yet another bizarre twist, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan said, on Tuesday, that surfaces in the consulate had been repainted shortly after Khashoggi disappeared. 

 In Riyadh, the crown prince tried to paper over the crisis. “We are strong and old allies,” he told Pompeo, with reporters as witnesses. “We face our challenges together—the past, the day of, tomorrow.” 

 “Absolutely,” Pompeo replied. 

 President Trump seems ready, even eager, to embrace the Saudi version of events—or at least the kingdom’s pledge to investigate the saga, after it abruptly abandoned its claim that Khashoggi had exited the consulate alive. He condemned criticism of the monarchy. “Here you go again with ‘You’re guilty until proven innocent,’” he told the Associated Press in an interview. “I don't like that. We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I'm concerned. So we have to find out what happened."
Via Democratic Underground


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Des Moines Register...




not exactly a starry-eyed liberal newspaper in Iowa, has thrown its support to ALL Democrats in the coming mid-term elections. The editorial explains why Iowans should give Democrats a chance to right the abdication of responsibility the Congressional Republicans have visited upon the nation by not being a check and balance on the Idiot-in-Chief.  

The sane Republicans I'm acquainted with agree with what the editors say in their scathing editorial against Trump and TrumpCultists:



“In becoming the party of Trump, the Republicans have forsaken traditional conservatism and given voters no rational alternative to the Democrats. The party needs to be voted out of power and spend a few years becoming again the party of Lincoln, not the party of Trump.”

“The Republican majority in Congress tried and failed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act without offering a plan of their own that a majority of their own members — let alone a majority of the American people — could support. Instead, they have allowed the system to become increasingly unstable, leading to a lack of competition and rising premiums.” 

 “Republicans in Congress have not only failed at comprehensive immigration reform, but their action allowed protection to expire on young, undocumented Americans brought here as children. They haven’t even fully funded President Trump’s border wall. They stood by as the administration tried to bar Muslims from certain countries from entering the United States. They looked the other way as the administration shocked and dismayed the nation by separating young children from their parents at the border, holding them in detention and losing track of some of the kids.” 

 “Republicans promised fiscal responsibility, yet they have punted on putting the nation back on sound financial footing. Their one major legislative success, the 2017 tax cut, is projected to add $1.9 trillion to the debt. This, after Republicans howled endlessly about the comparatively meager deficits created during the Obama administration. The Congressional Budget Office said in August that these tax cuts and spending increases would become ‘unsustainable’ if extended. But the House GOP, including Iowa’s three Republican representatives, voted last month for another $3.8 trillion in tax cuts.” 

 “The Republican majority has twiddled its thumbs while President Trump started a trade war with China, imposing tariffs and provoking retaliation that is hurting Iowa farmers by threatening export markets. They have even allowed the Farm Bill to expire, leaving town without resolving differences.” 

 “Not only has the party failed to act as a check on the president, key Republicans have been complicit in trying to obstruct and undermine the investigation of a foreign power’s interference in a U.S. election. And by their silence they have tacitly endorsed the president’s racism, misogyny, white nationalism, divisiveness and crudity.”

If you read the usual far right blogs and news sites, you won't see any criticism like this because those groups are in thrall to their Cult Leader. The rest of the country and civilized world see through Trump and wonder what the hell happened to the Americans who still support this lying fraud of a weaselly con man.


JUST FOR LAUGHS -- SEEN ON A RABID RIGHT WING BLOG:

UNPOPULAR, UNPRINCIPLED, UNRESPECTED, UNEDUCATED, UNFOCUSED, UNFEELING, 
UNFATHOMABLY STUPID, CORRUPT, AND INFANTILE





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Monday, October 15, 2018

The Kids Are Alright -- Part XXX






Light posting this week...



I'm having work done on my condo, and I don't know where anything is.  I found my laptop in the bathtub this morning. LOL!




We learned from President Porn Star Shagger on 60 Minutes last night what he has hanging in the White House:



We know that the past presidents depicted in that horrendous picture wouldn't be caught dead or alive in the same room with Trump. 

Reagan's two children have said time and again that their father would NOT support Trump if he were alive.

The Bushes dislike Trump, to the point of detestation, and that's no secret. Neither of them endorsed him in his run for the presidency.

Eisenhower would have kicked President Bone Spurs in his prodigious arse if he were alive for mocking a POW and a Gold Star family.

The only president who might have liked the disaster that currently defiles the Oval Office is Nixon who, like Trump, was an unindicted co-conspirator. The two of them belong together in that painting.

But the fact that Trump has this ridiculous insult hanging in the White House shows us and the world what an insecure little worm of a man he is. Everyone who's been paying attention understands that not one of those past GOP presidents would want to be seen as supporting the con man, liar, cheat, and serial adulterer. I doubt even Nixon would. Nixon at least had a knowledge of how government works and US history.  

President Unindicted Co-conspirator needs to hang this piece of trash in the White House because he needs this lie to stroke his diseased ego.


FUNNIEST MOMENT IN THE 60 MINUTES INTERVIEW:

Donald J. Trump, the POTUS, having to assure the 60 Minutes host that he wasn't a baby!

Famous moments in US presidential history:

Nixon:  "I am not a crook."

Trump: "I am not a baby."

(But the world disagrees!) LOL!

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Now that painting is telling the truth!



Friday, October 12, 2018

Here's how the Goopers hang onto power in election years




Report: Indiana Has Cancelled The Voter Registrations Of 469,000 Voters




via Daily Kos:

THEY CHEAT:


As secretary of state, Kemp oversees voting and voter registration rules for his own election. (He’s refused to recuse himself.) He appears to be using his position to try shape Georgia’s electorate to his advantage. According to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kemp allowed 214 voting locations — nearly 8 percent of the state’s total — to be closed in the last six years. 

Worse, The Associated Press recently reported that, under the guise of “voter roll maintenance,” Kemp’s office has canceled more than 1.4 million voter registrations since 2012, and nearly 670,000 registrations in 2017 alone, ostensibly to guard against voter fraud. 

Further, 53,000 new voter registration applications are “on hold” at Kemp’s office. [...] 

The A.P. reported that almost 70 percent of the registrations that are now on hold are for African-American voters. (Kemp has blamed sloppy work by the New Georgia Project for the holds. His office told The A.P. that voters whose registrations are in limbo can cast provisional ballots.)




AND THIS:

Jay Michaelson at The Daily Beast writes about the Republican’s plan of voter suppression for the midterms: 

 A review by The Daily Beast found at least five voter suppression practices in active use today. All are led by Republicans, all have disproportionate impact on non-white populations, and all are rationalized by bogus claims of voter fraud. 

They include: 


Closing polling places in communities of color 

Purging eligible voters from the rolls without their knowledge 

Barring felons from voting 

Voter ID laws 

Eliminating early voting 

Each one of these alone is troubling. In the aggregate, though, they paint an unmistakable picture of Republican efforts to hold onto power in an increasingly non-white nation by making it harder for non-white people to vote.




These are the tactics thugs in totalitarian countries use to keep or steal power. The GOP is the party of thugs, cheats, and liars, just like the leader of the party.