Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

HAPPY THINKSGIVING




We will have a somewhat subdued Thanksgiving. 

We are thankful for our family and friends,  especially our blogging friends. 

Best wishes to you all for a wonderful day.




Wednesday, November 22, 2017

IT WAS ME!



This happened:


"A US Navy plane crashed into the ocean southeast of Okinawa Wednesday afternoon, leaving three people missing in the latest of a string of troubling incidents facing the Navy in waters off East Asia this year. 

 The C2-A Greyhound transport plane was carrying 11 crew and passengers to an aircraft carrier when it crashed into the Philippine Sea around 2:45 p.m. Japan Standard Time, the Navy said."

And the GOP's pedophile-supporting president, instead of comforting the Navy families who lost loved ones, tweeted out this:







Trump's own Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, called  the POTUS a "fking moron." 

We also learned this week that Trump's National Security Advisor, General H.R. McMaster, reportedly referred to Trump as an "idiot" with the "brain of a kindergartener."

Trump's own people know what Trump is. 

Now let's think about where we are as a country as we approach our national holiday of Thanksgiving.

Trump is supporting Roy Moore, a man who has been accused of molesting little girls, over Doug Jones, a man who brought to justice the KKKers who killed four little girls. (Trump called Jones "soft on crime.")

Evangelical Christians continue to support both Trump and Moore because they've said it is more important to elect a child molester than a Democrat, so that Congress can raise their taxes.




Meanwhile, this is where the current GOP is headed:


“You have the president of the United States now saying clearly and out loud he takes the side of Roy Moore,” Geist said. “He takes the word of Roy Moore versus the word of the nine accusers.” Geist then tried to appeal to Trump with a different argument: 

 “So if your moral code doesn’t dictate that you come out strongly against someone who’s been accused of these things, maybe a political, strategic argument would prevail on the president. Which is that: you win this seat, this Senate seat for Roy Moore, it’s a Pyrrhic victory, because you will be saddled — as you all have just said — as the party of a pedophile for the rest of Roy Moore’s term. And by the way, the president will be saddled with that…you stood up in this moment of truth, you stood up and took the side of an accused pedophile.” 

Co-host Joe Scarborough added he thinks that Moore is likely to still lose the Alabama senate election to Democratic opponent Doug Jones, despite Trump’s support. 

 MSNBC analyst John Heilemann called that scenario the “worst of all worlds” for the Republican party: “you lose the seat, and in the process of losing it you’ve become the party of pedophiles.”

DONALD J. TRUMP'S LEGACY TO THE GOP.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sexual Harassment and Inappropriate Behavior Toward Women


BREAKING NEWS:

The self-identified sexual assaulter and POTUS, Donald J. Trump, came out today in support of alleged pedophile and US Senate hopeful from Alabama, Roy Moore.                                            


No surprise there. Dirty birds of a feather stink together.                                                                   











it’s a MAN problem!                    






Al Franken, Charlie Rose, Roy Moore, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Glenn Thrush, Steve Jurvetson, Eddie Berganza, Andrew Kreigsberg, Louis C.K., Benjamin Gennochio, Jeffrey Tambor, Ed Westwick, David Guillod, Jeff Hoover, Bret Ratner, Kurt Webster, Andy Dick, Michael Oreskes, Hamilton Fish, Mark Halperin, Ken Baker, Rick Najera, Knight Landesman, Leon Wieseltier, 





And Donald J. Trump, President of the United States.




CNN host lists women who've accused Trump of sexual assault: 

'People in glass White Houses shouldn't throw stones' 

Jake Tapper slams Trump for “rank hypocrisy”




Women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct: 'We were forgotten'

















And this:


What Franken did was wrong, but equating what he did with Moore and Trump's actions does a huge disservice to this effort to fight abuse. And Franken apologized and blamed himself - something Moore and Trump have never done.








They really are sick bastards.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Will the Alabama GOP Stand for Decency?


Will Alabamians "stand for decency," or will they put an alleged child molester in the U.S. Senate? Because for today's Goopers, an alleged child molester is far better to them than a decent Democrat.

That's how sick the current GOP is:






"[The editorial] also criticized Alabama's Republican establishment, most of which has stood behind and defended Moore despite the rising number of accusations against him. 

 The state's Republican apparatus stands in contrast to the Republican National Committee, which pulled its financial support on Monday. Many Republican lawmakers in Congress have called for Moore to step down and for voters to cast their ballots for a write-in candidate. 

 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has disavowed Moore and suggested that Alabamians vote instead for Jeff Sessions, who is currently serving as attorney general. Sessions enjoyed immense popularity in the state before he joined President Donald Trump's administration. 

 In addition to calling Alabama's upcoming special election a turning point for women "in a state that has silenced them for too long," the editorial also said it was a referendum on whether "we will accept this kind of behavior from our leaders."


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Never forget, this is the party of "family and religious values" until those values are put to the test, then it is the party of political expediency, even for an alleged child molester.

Never let them forget their shame.

AND THIS!
You can't make this stuff up:


Alabama Evangelicals take a stand for child molesters: 'Some 14-year-olds ... could pass for 20'


“I don’t know how much these women are getting paid, but I can only believe they’re getting a healthy sum,” said pastor Earl Wise, a Moore supporter from Millbrook, Ala. 

 Wise said he would support Moore even if the allegations were true and the candidate was proved to have sexually molested teenage girls and women."

The moral rot of the current GOP.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

16 Women Have Accused Donald Trump of Sexual Misconduct





By now everyone knows about the Roy Moore sexual scandal and Moore's denial of any wrongdoing. Also, by now everyone has heard about the accusations involving Senator Al Franken by Leeann Weeden, and now another woman, Melanie Morgan, has come forward with accusations of sexual harassment, but I haven't read what those specific accusation are.

Sen. Franken has apologized to Weeden for his behavior, and she has accepted the apology and added that she doesn't believe he should resign from the US Senate. 

Both of these women are Trump supporters, Morgan is an avid Tea Party follower. Another curious fact is that political operative Roger Stone knew about the Weeden accusation and tweeted about it before it became public.


What does this all mean? I don't know, but I think Sen. Franken's call for a Congressional inquiry on the charges against him is a good idea.

The difference in these stories and accusations is that in Roy Moore's case, the women said they were Trump supporters who voted for him. The women now accusing Sen. Franken are also Trump/Tea Party supporters. We need to find out more about this.

Meanwhile 16 women have accused Trump of sexual harassment, unwanted kissing, touching, and in a couple of cases rape.

Where are the calls for an inquiry into Trump's sexual predations?

Trump tweeted about Sen. Franken's accusations, but was silent about Moore's accusers. He referred to Sen. Franken as "Frankenstein," something an adolescent jerk would do, but then, isn't that what trump is?

Until we investigate the charges by the 16 women who've come forward and accused Trump of sexual misconduct, Trump should keep his little itchy Tweety fingers to himself. Every time he goes after anyone being accused of sexual misconduct, it only points to his own dirty past.  If Congress investigates Sen. Franken, they need to investigate Trump. The accusations against him are far, far worse.





WHEN HAS TRUMP BEEN ACCUSED OF RAPE OR ATTEMPTED RAPE? 

ALLEGATIONS INCLUDE A CHILD, HIS WIFE AND A BUSINESS ASSOCIATE



"Trump has been accused of rape and attempted rape a total of three times, once involving an alleged victim who was a year younger than Moore's accuser.

 In 1994, Trump went to a party with Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire who was a notorious registered sex offender, and raped a 13-year-old girl that night in what was a "savage sexual attack," according to a lawsuit filed in June 2016 by "Jane Doe." The account was corroborated by a witness in the suit, who claimed to have watched as the child performed various sexual acts on Trump and Epstein even after the two were advised she was a minor. 

 "Immediately following this rape Defendant Trump threatened me that, were I ever to reveal any of the details of Defendant Trump’s sexual and physical abuse of me, my family and I would be physically harmed if not killed," 

Jane Doe wrote in the lawsuit, filed in New York. The lawsuit was dropped in November 2016, just four days before the election, with Jane Doe's attorneys citing "numerous threats" against her."

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A former Trump business associate, Jill Harth, claimed in a 1997 lawsuit the New York real estate mogul “attempted rape” and groped her without her consent on various occasions. In the suit, Harth described a violent encounter at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, in which Trump allegedly threw her against the wall of one of his children’s bedrooms before lifting up her dress.

"It was a shocking thing to have him do this, because he knew I was with George [her partner], he knew they were in the next room," she recalled in an October 2016 interview with The Guardian. "How could he be doing this when I'm there for business?" 

 In the pre-election interview, Harth maintained her allegations against Trump despite having withdrawn her lawsuit against him after he settled a separate suit her partner filed over a business dispute.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sergey Kislyak said on Wednesday that it would take him more than 20 minutes to name all of the Trump officials he's met with or spoken to on the phone.



"No collusion! No collusion! You're the collusion!!"

Why did trump's people meet with the Russians and then try to conceal those meetings?


"According to a profile in Politico, people who know Kislyak describe the ambsassador "as intelligent but an unyielding advocate for the Kremlin line."






Kislyak made the remarks in a sprawling interview with Russia-1, a popular state-owned Russian television channel.
CNBC.COM

  • Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak said on Wednesday that it would take him more than 20 minutes to name all of the Trump officials he's met with or spoken to on the phone.
    "First, I'm never going to do that," he said. "And second, the list is so long that I'm not going to be able to go through it in 20 minutes."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Friday Music Blog



My nephew, classical guitar composer and instructor, Kevin Callaham.









Kevin Callahan

The Possessed

Yessler Way Music

 "This fascinating and complex advanced piece was commissioned by Russian guitarist Artyom Dervoed and premiered by him at the Guitar Foundation of America convention in 2015.

We’ll let Callahan describe his piece: “The Possessed is in three movements. The first movement features numerous and furious scales juxtaposed with lyrical sections that, for some, recall Chopin and Paganini. This is a very animated movement backed by power and bravado, yet offering moments of contemplation.

“The middle movement begins with harmonics and a feeling of space, a feeling of nostalgia. It is soon followed by a passacaglia that morphs into an accented series of odd meters where voices interplay and perhaps hint at modern Baroque.

 “The last movement, while continuing with themes found in the first and second movements, combines both modern elements with easily accessible melodies culminating in a fury of discordant chords and blistering scales.”

 Below, Russian guitarist Artyom Dervoed plays the lyrical second movement:


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Good Morning! Are the Goopers still supporting their favorite pedophile?




Daily Beast: 

 Steve Bannon And Allies Have Second Thoughts About Roy Moore, 

Sources Say Team Breitbart was defiant at first that the charges were BS. But even their resolve is starting to wane. Several of Bannon’s most trusted allies have already told him that it would be “insane,” as one put it, to believe at this point that the Moore accusations are baseless. They have also warned that the time is rapidly approaching when he would have to disavow Moore before it appeared as though he was simply caving to political pressure. (Critics of Bannon, of course, argue he should never have backed Moore in the first place.)

I wonder if the brilliant mind who wrote this:

"I have news for everyone: At 14, any girl would LOVE to have any attention from a 32 year old guy. Was it sex or was it a guy flirting to see the reaction of a cute 14 yr old?" 

still thinks it's NBD for a 32 year old to pay "attention" to a 14 year old girl? It is astonishing to read that the Goopers will excuse anything, including child molestation and pedophilia, to get their guy into the US Senate. The Goopers have shown us again and again that they have no moral compass, for they have abandoned it and their religious teachings for political power by excusing the moral reprobate, Roy Moore.

No one should ever take these people seriously if they ever wag their fingers at anyone (including the Clintons) on family or moral values.







And finally, for Trump Hump Day, this from Conservative Max Boot on our "simpering coward" POTUS: 

 "Trump’s Worst Trip Ever. Until His Next One. 

 A look back at the American president’s rollercoaster ride through Asia. The president’s conduct in Beijing serves as a reminder that bullies are also cowards. Trump is aggressive in confronting those weaker than he is — Gold Star parents, for example, or journalists — but when confronted with a true tough guy like Xi or Putin, he cowers and simpers. 

 Only when Trump arrived at his next stop, in Vietnam, did he go back to tough talk on trade. He delivered his familiar “America First” message, telling the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, “We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore. I am always going to put America first, the same way I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first.” 

 It does not seem to occur to Trump that his go-it-alone message is at odds with his attempts to mobilize other countries, China in particular, against North Korea. Such unilateralist talk also leads other country to conclude that they can no longer count on the United States, and therefore they must somehow go their own way. Thus America’s Pacific allies are moving ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership minus the United States, Trump having pulled out of this important trade treaty at the start of his presidency."

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Birmingham News: "We believe these women."

UPDATE:

For a indepth analysis on why Roy Moore is still a hero to the Evangelical Christians, go read this excellent piece by Infidel753.




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A cursory trip around Gooperville blogs will show you how the Goopers are reacting to the Moore allegations. (Hint: They don't believe the women, and they sympathize with the sexual predator. Surprise!)


Here's one incredible response from a rabid far right Trumper sent to me via email (h/t R.D.):


I have news for everyone: At 14, any girl would LOVE to have any attention from a 32 year old guy. Was it sex or was it a guy flirting to see the reaction of a cute 14 yr old? I don’t know the facts, there could be pictures of Moore’s having sex with teenagers for all I know, and if THAT IS THE CASE, he needs more penalty than just stopping his run for the senate!~ But, until we know for sure he’s guilty, why say he can’t run? The girls who are also attacking Moore say their 14 yr old friend ‘told them he assaulted her’….Ya, I’ll be no other 14 yr olds have ever bragged that a 32 yr old came on to her. Also, there are people asking “WHY WOULD THESE GIRLS SAY THIS IF IT WEREN’T TRUE?” Um…how about DEMOCRAT MONEY!?

The above is classic "blame the victim and side with the sexual predator." (But never forget had it been a "libtard" accused, this person would be spittle-flecking screaming for justice. Hypocrisy at its finest.) This is an excellent example of the sort of person who supports and swoons over a pig like Trump.


However, not everyone believes the women accusing Moore are lying. Thankfully, there are calmer, rational heads who see Moore for what he is: A moral blight on his state and religion.


The Birmingham News:



"The seriousness of these incidents cannot be overstated. They should not be parsed with talk of statutes of limitations or whether proof exists. Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is a consideration for the courtroom, not the ballot box. 

When choosing our representative before the rest of the world, character matters. Nor should these women's statements be diminished because the incidents are decades old. If readers objectively look at the reality of life for sex assault victims - at the public doubt and vitriol they face - they'll understand why girls and women do not come forward readily, or early. And sadly, the reactions of many over the past several days support modern understanding of women's reluctance to voice these things. 

They stayed quiet while Moore ascended in local and state politics, but they have spoken out as he seems on the verge of attaining national office. For that, Alabama and America owe them respect and appreciation. 

 We believe these women. As a news organization, we have independently investigated as many of these claims as possible and have found no reason to doubt the accounts outlined in the Washington Post. If anything, the stories we've heard in Etowah County have only further corroborated them. 

In our view, Moore has already revealed himself as grossly unfit to be a U.S. Senator before these revelations. He has been twice-removed from statewide office for his defiance of the law. His views on women's rights, same-sex marriage and religious freedom no longer reflect the majority of Alabamians. And they are incompatible with the governance of this country. He has said that the murderous 9/11 attacks on America and the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut may have been God's will because America had sinned."

Patriotism vs. Nationalsim

h/t Daily Kos


Monday, November 13, 2017

Putin and Duterte: Trump's BFFs






Trump once again sided with the head of a foreign government, Putin, against our own American intelligence agencies. I've never in my lifetime seen anything like this. If Trump's behavior isn't close to treasonous, I don't know what is. How would the Goopers react to an American president of the Democratic Party siding with and believing a foreign leader over his or her own American agencies?


"The worst part of this is not that Trump takes Putin's word over the evidence-based analysis of his own intelligence agencies. It is not even that he plays the role of a useful idiot as he kowtows to Putin yet again. The worst part, by far, is that a hostile power is engaged in an ongoing attack on America's political system and Trump is deliberately stripping the nation's defenses bare and leaving us exposed to future assaults. It is unilateral disarmament plain and simple. We have never seen this type of weakness in a U.S. president before." --Brookings Institute Director, Thomas Wright




 President Donald Trump said Saturday that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin did not interfere in the 2016 election.

Trump also cast doubt on the intelligence community's findings that Russia launched an elaborate and multi-faceted campaign to meddle in the election.

The CIA released a statement shortly after in which CIA director Mike Pompeo emphasized that he stood by the intelligence community's assessment.

Trump is Putin's Dupe.



Jennifer Rubin, WaPo:


"Russia’s mark: A dangerous fool for a president 

Trump and his followers are willing to believe anything because they want to believe anything that confirms their counterfactual world. Anyone who sides with their alternative universe (Sebastian Gorka, Vladimir Putin, Bill O’Reilly, Roy Moore) is a hero and a victim of those pro-immigrant, globalist, anti-Christian elites. Anyone who presents cold, hard facts (the mainstream media, scientists, allied governments, Democrats, #NeverTrumpers) that explode their dearly held myths is an enemy of the people.Yes, that’s the mental universe in which Trump and his ilk reside. It renders Trump susceptible — eager, even — to believe our enemies, even — especially! — at the expense of American values, security and interests. He’s putty in the hands of wily autocrats. He’s therefore the type of target that counterintelligence operatives dream of — an arrogant fool.



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Trump then continued to the Philippines where he had a meeting with another strongman, Duterte, who uses extrajudicial killings to solve the drug problem in his country.

Trump said he has a "warm" relationship with the Phillipine leader and would not bring up Duterte's human rights violations, so as not to hurt Duterte's delicate, murderous feelings.

Trump is very sympathetic to leaders who murder their own people. He probably is envious, and that's why he's loathe to bring up violations of basic human rights in his meetings with those leaders. 

Trump has brought America's reputation into the gutter, and it appears it will remain there as long as he's in the White House.