Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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“I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.”

A lesson in leadership from Admiral McRaven who oversaw the raid that killed bin Laden.

Friday, August 17, 2018

President Reagan's daughter, Patti Davis and President Reagan's son, Ron Reagan:



Patti Davis: 

"Those of us who are horrified by the vilification of the news media, those of us who cringe at the sight of angry mobs jeering at the cordoned-off journalists at Trump rallies, far outnumber those who are swept up by this ugly passion. We are still in the majority. But if we are silent, if we don’t speak up, if we don’t raise our voices and say, “This is not America,” it won’t matter that we are in the majority. Silence didn’t create this country; brazen, unwavering commitment did. And one of those commitments was to a free press — one not controlled or hampered by a demagogue who has a good day only when he’s being flattered."


Ron Reagan: 

"You asked if there was any other president we could remember would say anything like this about a fellow American citizen, and the answer is no. Not politically. 

Donald Trump does not appreciate or grasp the dignity of the office he holds. Trump has had the opposite effect. He is not growing into the dignity and the grandeur of the office. He is dragging it through the gutter. That is who he is. No larger self that he is going to assume. This is what he gets. 

Aisha was correct at the beginning. What do you think you are going to get when we install in the office an imbecilic sociopath?"

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thursday Night with Aretha


The Queen:



Remember the thrill of hearing her sing at President Obama's first inauguration.





 At the Kennedy Center:


 


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A Free Press Needs You


UPDATES BELOW:


Like a good dictator wannabe, Generalissimo Trump has called the media the "enemy of the people." The media has hit back with hundreds of independently written editorials on why that is a lie and how dangerous it is for a POTUS to incite people to believe it. 

Trump's vicious attack on the media is unprecedented in modern American history, and it will not stand. Only a coward and a weak leader engages in undermining one of America's foundational rights, freedom of the press. That freedom means the press and other media do not fear reporting and editorializing on the American president.

Donald J. Trump is a simpering coward who cannot tolerate criticism and wishes the media to be nothing more than a syncophantic parasite for him to preen and prance in front of so it records his fake magnificence. Instead the media have reported what he says and does, and that enrages him because it exposes him for the petty, ignorant dictator wannabe that he is.

Thomas Jefferson once said that if he had to make a choice of having a government without newspapers or newspapers without government, he would choose the latter.

I agree. Would that America had only the media and not the scourge of this hideousTrump presidency.










More than 300 newspapers join a nationwide effort to publish editorials in response to Trump's attack on media



UPDATE:


Boston Globe receives multiple violent threats shortly after Trump attacked them in Twitter rant

"The threat against the newspaper came hours after President Donald Trump attacked it on his Twitter feed over its role in leading a campaign to get newspapers across the country to denounce his attacks on the media as the “enemy of the people.” “The Boston Globe… is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press,” the president wrote. “PROVE IT!”

UPDATE II:

The U.S. Senate told Donald Trump to stuff it with his "The media is the enemy of the people" slander!


Senate adopts resolution declaring "the press is not the enemy of the people" 

 "The Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday affirming that "the press is not the enemy of the people." President Trump has repeatedly declared that the "fake news" media is the 'enemy of the people.' The resolution, introduced by Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, passed by unanimous consent."

I BELIEVE JOHN BRENNAN



WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday that President Donald Trump yanked his security clearance because his campaign colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 election and is now desperate to end the special counsel’s investigation. 

 In an opinion piece in The New York Times, Brennan cites press reports and Trump’s own goading of Russia during the campaign to find Democrat Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. 

 Trump himself drew a direct connection between the revocation of Brennan’s clearance and the Russia probe, telling The Wall Street Journal the investigation is a “sham,” and “these people led it!” “So I think it’s something that had to be done,” Trump said. It was a swift departure from the official explanation given by the White House on Wednesday, which cited “the risks” posed by what Trump labeled Brennan’s “erratic conduct and behavior.” 

The president* said he was fulfilling his “constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information.”



*Never forget that "President" Trump is a bullshitter and a liar.




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And this from LAWFARE:


CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS 

How White House Threats to Revoke Security Clearances Violate the First Amendment

Rest in peace, dear, dear Aretha.


Another major contributor to the sound track of my youth, and the Queen of the duel Kingdoms of Soul and Detroit. RIP. There will never be another quite like you. Your shadow is long and your footprints deep. I am deeply heartbroken.


Aretha Franklin, The ‘Queen Of Soul,’ Dies At 76




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There are many reasons I'm proud to be living in Massachusetts...



but this may be the best one:



Massachusetts disapproves of Trump more than any state in the country


BOSTON — Massachusetts disapproves of President Donald Trump more than any other state in the country. That’s according to a new poll conducted by The Morning Consult, which says Trump has a disapproval rating of 62 percent in the Bay State. The survey says when Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, Trump had a disapproval rating of 47 percent in the state.


Even our Republican governor, Charlie Baker, disapproves of Trump. He didn't support him in 2016. 

I'm the first to acknowledge our problems, and like any other state, we have many. But overall, Massachusetts leads the other 49 in all quality of life categories.

Massachusetts is the most educated state (reason #1 why Trump is so unpopular. People with intelligence, generally reject the charlatan.)

Massachusetts has the lowest number of uninsured citizens, thanks to Republican governor Mitt Romney's Mass.Health program.

Massachusetts is the healthiest state. (See above.)

Massachusetts is among the top ten states with the most physically fit population.

Massachusetts is in the top 10 states for business friendly states.

Massachusetts isn't even in the top 15 of highest taxed states.

Massachusetts has some of the strictest firearms laws and among the states with the lowest number of firearms deaths.

For physical beauty and recreation, Massachusetts is competitive with our sister states.

Massachusetts has championship teams: Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and more.

Boston, Massachusetts:  The Cradle of Liberty.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018




When the White House first threatened to revoke the security clearances of Trump critics, a Republican senator said, "It's a banana republic kind of thing."  

Donald Trump did it anyway.





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MindlessTrump cultists...



keep telling themselves that #45 has had great successes. 

Silly numpties!

They're truly, exceptionally, willfully uninformed.




Speaking of mindless Trump cultists, this is for the trolls who come to P.E. daily trying to convince me and themselves that #45 is wildly popular and will be re-elected for a second term. Silly numpties!:



Quinnipiac: 


"Only 31 percent of American voters like President Donald Trump as a person, while 59 percent dislike him, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today."


 " 'Not the kind of numbers that gets you a date to the prom - or helps your party as the Midterm Elections approach. Only one in three Americans 'likes' President Donald Trump,' said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll."

"For President Trump, another Groundhog Day. His job approval gets another cool reception in midst of the sweltering summer. What does it mean? Simple: The base is hanging in and the rest aren't buying in."




And this is especially sweet coming from Ronald Reagan's son, Ron Reagan:

"What do you think you’re going to get when you install in the Oval Office an imbecilic sociopath? Things are not going to turn out well.” -- Ron Reagan on Trump. 





BREAKING NEWS!


 "White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologized for using incorrect numbers to wrongly claim that more jobs have already been created for African Americans under President Trump than there were under former President Barack Obama."


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TRUMP IS WILDLY UNPOPULAR WITH EVERYONE EXCEPT HIS BASE CULTISTS.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Thinking about Aretha today.



Her family reports that she is gravely ill.

Here she is, being her most excellent self:



#45 ADMITS TO THE WORLD THAT HE HIRED A "CRAZED, CRYING LOWLIFE AND "DOG" TO WORK IN THE WHITE HOUSE. HE HIRES ONLY '"THE BEST PEOPLE!" LOL!

Here's the mentally whacko preznit lying to Omarosa when she was fired: 

 "Omarosa Manigault Newman reveals recording she made of Trump day after she was fired.

 DONALD TRUMP: 

 "Omarosa? Omarosa what's going on? I just saw on the news that you're thinking about leaving? What happened?" Trump is heard saying on the tape, which Manigault Newman said was made when the president call her one day after her termination in December last year. 

 She responds, "General Kelly came to me and said that you guys wanted me to leave." 

 "Nobody even told me about it," Trump replies. 

 Manigault Newman then says, "Wow," before Trump reiterates his shock. 

 "You know they run a big operation, but I didn't know it,” Trump is heard saying on the tape. "I didn't know that. Goddamn it. I don't love you leaving at all."



Here's a question to ask @realDonald Trump:  Hey, Mr. Preznit! Who hired this "dog" and crazy lowlife in the first place?



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Trump is a disgustingly petulant, petty human being



I've never agreed with most of John McCain's politics, but I do recognize the sacrifices he made and the suffering he endured in service to America.

Trump played tennis while Senator McCain was a POW during the Vietnam conflict. Trump got out of serving his country because of bone spurs; Senator McCain was tortured. For five years.

Cadet Bone Spurs signed an act named for Senator John McCain without mentioning McCain's name once. Without acknowledging Senator McCain's valor and sacrifice. Only a person without human decency could behave in such a dishonorable way. But we have seen, time and time again, that Donald Trump has no honor or human decency. He showed that again today.




Trump Signs Act Named After John McCain Without Mentioning McCain Once 

"The president couldn’t say one nice thing about the senator before signing the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act."

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"Trump went to Fort Drum in New York to sign the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act but did not mention the senator at all in his speech. The president has frequently insulted McCain, a Vietnam veteran and prisoner of war, even as the senator battles an aggressive form of brain cancer."






Monday, August 13, 2018




Anti-Semites and Nazis have found a VERY comfortable home in the current GOP.



TRUMP'S AMERICA


Jerusalem Post 
American Politics 

MISSOURI REPUBLICAN WHO SAID ‘HITLER WAS RIGHT’ WINS STATE HOUSE PRIMARY 


“Jewish people can be beautiful people, but there’s ideologies associated with that that I don’t agree with...Jews today are a remnant of the tribe of Judah that rejected Christ.” 

BY JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA AUGUST 12, 2018  

"A Missouri Republican who has made anti-Semitic and other bigoted statements handily won a primary for the state’s House of Representatives. 

 Steve West, who promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on a radio show he hosts, defeated three other candidates Tuesday in the bid for a seat representing Clay County. He won with 49.5 percent of the vote; the second-place finisher had 24.4 percent."






We've read many right-wing blogs and news sites that confirm the sickening reality that anti-Semitism is accepted by Goopers.

Think of the thousands of men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice fighting in WW II against the Nazis and then think about the idiot POTUS. He spends his time whining about African-American athletes exercising their Constitutional right to protest an injustice, but President Porn Star Shagger says nothing about the GOP and its acceptance of Nazi filth into its organization.

I've had a couple of Trump cultists come here to crow about the POTUS's approval numbers. And they do this out of desperation because they actually know how despised President Spanky is by a majority of Americans and by the rest of the civilized world.

#45 is at 40% approval, not 50% -- the fake number his cultists left in my comment section. #45's cultists and family members are possibly bigger liars and charlatans than he is. They're certainly as stupid as #45 is:



Donald Trump Jr. Deletes False Instagram That Claims Father Is More Popular Than Obama


"Donald Trump Jr. deleted a doctored image from his Instagram Friday, which showed his father’s approval rating at 50%. 

 The falsified image originated from a CNN segment that aired on Monday, which compared numbers from the same period in the past two presidencies. 

It showed President Donald Trump’s current 40% approval rating, compared to former president Barack Obama’s 45%, as well as unemployment rates and jobs added.

Trump Jr. posted a doctored image on Wednesday that had a “50%” overlaid on top of Trump’s approval rating. The original 40% figure was still slightly visible over the poorly-doctored 50%. Trump Jr. included the caption, “Amazing. I guess there is a magic wand to make things happen and @realdonaldtrump seems to have it #maga #americafirst."

A liar and cheat -- just like his father.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The wearisome double standard



"If it weren't for double standards, the Republican Party would have no standards at all."





Mike Pence during the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal:


"If you and I fall into bad moral habits, we can harm our families, our employers and our friends. The President of the United States can incinerate the planet. Seriously, the very idea that we ought to have at or less than the same moral demands placed on the Chief Executive that we place on our next door neighbor is ludicrous and dangerous. Throughout our history, we have seen the presidency as the repository of all of our highest hopes and ideals and values. To demand less is to do an injustice to the blood that bought our freedoms.

 Our leaders must either act to restore the luster and dignity of the institution of the Presidency or we can be certain that this is only the beginning of an even more difficult time for our land."



This is the guy Mike Pence said was a blessing to serve as his VP:


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Looking forward to reading this.







EVERYTHING TRUMP TOUCHES DIES 
by Rick Wilson



Rick writes: “Everything we Never Trump folks warned you of, including massive, decades-long downstream election losses, is coming. Alienating African Americans and Hispanics beyond redemption? Check. Raising a generation of young voters who are fleeing the GOP in droves? Check. Age-old beefs, juvenile complaints, and ego bruises taking center stage while the world burns? Check. Playing public footsie with white supremacists and neo-Nazis? Check. Blistering pig-ignorance about the economy and the world? Check. … Shredding the last iota of the GOP’s credibility as a party that cares about debt, deficits, and fiscal probity? Check.” 

 [Wildon] goes on to absolutely clobber the voters who make up Trump’s base and devour his conspiratorial ramblings: “Honestly, at this point, it’s almost a moral imperative to slap the stupid out of them.”

[snip]


"We underestimated the deep human psychological need to be part of a movement based not on hope but on channeling the comments section of the nuttiest blogs. That’s what Trump gave them. He was an avatar for their anger, their impotence, and their blamestorming for everything wrong in their world.”

Monday, August 6, 2018


Conservative analyst, David Frum:

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One of #45's "enemy of the people."


Andrew Chopivsky
AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE - Back in 2003 my friend Michael was a journalist with TIME Magazine. He was in a Humvee in Iraq. He was there to report back to you on the war.
Michael's wife worked with me. There were several times when they were over at our house and we talked, we ate shrimp, we laughed, and we drank too much. We attended several events together. Michael and Judith traveled to New York to attend our wedding. Michael is an award-winning investigative reporter and book author. He had been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Back to the Humvee. Michael, an accompanying photographer, and several soldiers were in a Humvee when a grenade was tossed into it. Michael grabbed the grenade and started to toss it out the window when it exploded. Michael got shrapnel in his chest, in his arm, and he lost his right hand and lower part of his right arm. He took the brunt of the explosion and saved three lives.
I thought you might want to meet one of the enemies of the people.

Light Posting this week.

UPDATE BELOW



This is a very busy week with traveling starting on Tuesday and ending Sunday, to the coast of Maine and to Jamestown, R.I..

But there is always time to reinforce the fact that the GOP supports a suppurating open sore on America named Donald J. Trump who continues to embarrass himself and the U.S.A. with his petulance and childish Tweets that expose him as the sickening racist and imbecile that he is.






Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!




Did I mention I love Bill Russell, one of the greatest basketball players to ever play the game? And a decent, honorable human being? 



At this time & place for any African American, @KingJames @donlemon @RepMaxineWaters @repjohnlewis & plyrs to be criticised by @realdonaldtrump means you must be doing something right! As I have said before- Its the biggest compliment you can get. @TwitterSports @MSNBC @CNN




The Tweet below should be qualified. It should read "Only in Trumpista America.."






Just a friendly reminder: Donald J. Trump defrauded thousands of Americans with his fake "Trump University" and had to pay out $25 million to settle the law suit against him and his deplorable scam. 

LeBron James? 

Lebron James opens elementary school, guarantees college tuition to graduates





Who are the "Family Values" saps who continue to support President Porn Star Shagger?


UPDATE:

Here's some news that #45 will claim is "fake," and that his deplorable cultists will ignore, because it doesn't fit their delusional narrative of  Trump MAGA! The report below is another reason for President Spanky to delegitimize the media. He can call this report FAKE! and his brain-dead cultists will ignore it. 

But facts are stubborn things:



More jobs are being created in Democratic counties than GOP strongholds that voted for President Trump in 2016, according to an Associated Press analysis, contradicting the president's assertions that jobs are "flooding back" into economically vulnerable areas that voted him into office. 

The news service found that 58.5 percent of the significant job gains touted by Trump were concentrated in areas that backed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. The AP also found that 35.4 percent of Trump counties have lost jobs in the past year, compared to 19.2 percent of Clinton counties.

Friday, August 3, 2018

This is the "president" the far right "Christians" support and admire.




Never, never let them forget that this is what they supported and what they're complicit in:

P.S. When that group howls about Roe v. Wade, remind them of who and what they support, then ask them to explain.



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Immigrant Shelter Care Worker Charged With Sexual Abuse Of 8 ChildrenLevian D. Pacheco allegedly molested at least eight unaccompanied boys at a Southwest Key immigrant detention facility in Mesa, Arizona.


A youth care worker for Southwest Key has been charged with 11 sex offenses after authorities accused him of molesting at least eight unaccompanied immigrant boys over nearly a year at one of the company’s shelters in Mesa, Arizona, federal court records show.


Thursday, August 2, 2018

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Trump cultists have no problem with his criminal administration. The GOP used to be the party of Law and Order and Family Values. Now they support a moral pig and very likely a guy who conspired with a hostile foreign government to win a presidential election.


SEVENTEEN CRIMINAL INDICTMENTS 
IN trump's FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE


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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

What is #45 afraid of?



Apparently, President Porn Star Shagger is very afraid of what Mr. Mueller is closing in on.

Here he is again throwing a tantrum over the Mueller investigation. If #45 is innocent, he'd let this play out and prove his "No-Ca-Lu-Shun!" brayings. But instead #45 has been wailing about the Mueller investigation for over a year.

There may be a deep, disturbing reason why Lord Dampnut is so frightened:




"President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, one of the most direct demands he has made of the Justice Department to stop the probe since it began.

 "Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!" the president said in a morning tweet."


"...stain our country...?"

The biggest stain is the Orange One defiling America every day he's in office.


Could this be what the Orange Tyrant is worried about?:


Murray Waas/NYRB: 

"Flynn, Comey, and Mueller: What Trump Knew and When He Knew It Previously undisclosed evidence in the possession of Special Counsel Robert Mueller—including highly confidential White House records and testimony by some of President Trump’s own top aides—provides some of the strongest evidence to date implicating the president of the United States in an obstruction of justice. 

Several people who have reviewed a portion of this evidence say that, based on what they know, they believe it is now all but inevitable that the special counsel will complete a confidential report presenting evidence that President Trump violated the law. 

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel’s work, would then decide on turning over that report to Congress for the House of Representatives to consider whether to instigate impeachment proceedings."

TICK, TICK, TICK...



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