Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Friday, December 3, 2021

MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE SAME EVENT

 


This was the AP (Zeke Miller) announcing jobs numbers in February 2018 while Trump was POTUS (no COVID problems or recovery from lockdown). 

The 200K jobs added was labeled "STRONG.":






This is the AP (Zeke Miller) announcing jobs numbers in December 2021 with Biden as POTUS (recovering from COVID lockdown.)

The 210,000 jobs added is labeled "SLUGGISH":





Explain, please.


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

The Auschwitz Memorial Just Defined The Current Republican Pary

 



The Auschwitz Memorial slammed a Fox host [Lara Logan] for comparing Fauci to a Nazi doctor, calling it a 'sad symptom of moral and intellectual decline'



"A sad symptom of moral and intellectual decline."

I couldn't have defined the GQP better.

Just look at the ongoing quarrel between U.S. Representatives Boebert and Ilhan Omar. Boebert labeled Omar a "terrorist," and part of the "jihad squad," implying a U.S. Representative is an enemy of the United States, all because she's a Muslim.

This is part of the "moral decline" stench permeating the current Republican/Trumpublican Party. The party that has been against an investigation into who and what was behind the worst attack on the U.S. Capitol since the War of 1812!

Why do you think that is? Could it be that some of the top dogs in Congress were involved? Or that the biggest one of all was?

The only time Trumpublicans make the news is when they're defying a legal subpoena; viciously maligning a fellow colleague, even one of their own party; or putting out a video showing them murdering a fellow colleague.

When they laid down with Donald J. Trump, we knew they'd be infested with his degeneracy and moral and intellectual decline.

Monday, November 29, 2021

This woman was elected to Congress by Trumpublicans...

 

and they can't get enough of her. Here's a report on their "rising star" -- a rising star in the political party that values "Law and Order."  LOL!


Congressional candidate Lauren Boebert has a history of minor arrests, court no-shows 







Here's just one report on her record:


"Boebert was arrested twice in Mesa County in 2015. As first reported by Colorado Newsline, Boebert was detained on June 20, 2015, after a verbal altercation with police at Country Jam, a music festival near Grand Junction. Boebert, then 28 years old, allegedly shouted at people detained on suspicion of underage drinking, urging them to flee from police, which caused the young drinkers to become unruly. While she was being handcuffed for disorderly conduct, Boebert tried to twist away from police, according to deputies’ reports. She allegedly shouted that her arrest was unconstitutional, that “she had friends at Fox News and that the arrest would be national news.” 

It did not become national news.


Rotten behavior and arrests run in the Boebert family:


Lauren Boebert’s husband did jail time for "lewd exposure" in a bowling alley. She was there Couple were 86'd from Colorado bowling alley in 2004 after Jayson Boebert exposed himself to two young women

Just recently Boebert called a fellow member of Congress a "terrorist."


Rep. Lauren Boebert suggested Rep. Ilhan Omar was terrorist in anti-Muslim remarks at event



"Boebert implied Omar had been mistaken for a terrorist in an elevator on Capitol Hill. 

"So the other night on the House floor was not my first jihad squad moment," Boebert told a crowd. "I was getting into an elevator with one of my staffers and he and I were leaving the Capitol, we're going back to my office and we get in the elevator and I see a Capitol Police officer running hurriedly to the elevator. I see fret all over his face. And he's reaching. 

The door is shutting. I can't open it." "What's happening? I look to my left and there she is, Ilhan Omar, and I said, 'Well she doesn't have a backpack, we should be fine,'" 

Boebert continued. "So we only had one floor to go and I say, do I say it or do I not? And I look over and I say, 'Look, the jihad squad decided to show up for work today.' Don't worry, it's just her staffers on Twitter that talk for her. She's not tough in person." 


Let the record show that Ilhan Omar has never been arrested for disorderly conduct or resisting arrest. Lauren Boebert has.

Two years ago, Ilhan Omar was challenged for her seat in the House by this Trumpublican: 







And here's Boebert's inane comment on Transportation Secretary Buttigeig's infant son:



"Rep. Lauren Boebert silent on criticism after she said Pete Buttigieg was trying to 'chest feed' at same event she implied Rep. Ilhan Omar was a terrorist." 




The pride of the Trumpublican Party: Lauren Boebert. If she were any stupider, she'd have to be watered once a week.

The Trumpublican Party used to be the Republican Party, a party that was supposed to stand for law and order, family values, and fiscal responsibility. They abandoned all of those ideals in service to a Liar, a Cheat, and a Fraud: Donald Trump.

Lauren Boebert and her ilk are examples of how degenerate, degraded, and dissolute the Party of Lincoln has become.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

YOUR SUNDAY MOMENT OF ZEN

 



"The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history." --George Orwell

Saturday, November 27, 2021

SATURDAY NIGHT DANCING

 Perfection!


Kimin Kim:



  

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

To All My P.E. Friends:

 

Have a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving.


We're off to New York to spend the holiday with my son and his family.





Tuesday, November 23, 2021

 



Jury finds Unite the Right defendants liable for more than $26 million in damages

What are the gobshites saying?

 

When you read this sort of nonsense, you have to ask yourself if Trumpers are actually living in the same country as the rest of us:


"The left is fueled by bile and rage."

And this: 

"The longer the left wallows in rage and purblind ignorance to reality, the more they lose the broad middle where the normals live."


Conservative writer, Max Boot:


 It “doesn’t take many extremists to cause mayhem in a country awash in firearms,” noted Boot, a fierce critic of Trump and his enablers. 

 With right-wing violence now a top domestic terrorism threat, Boot said “a responsible political party would damp down its incendiary rhetoric and urge its supporters to moderate their zeal.But Republicans just “continue to fan the flames of hatred, violence and division.”






Do we need to keep pointing out to Trumpers that it wasn't the Left that attacked the U.S. Capitol and the Capitol police, smeared feces all over the Capitol, screamed "HANG PENCE!" and hunted down Speaker Pelosi, looking to harm her, all in service to a BIG LIE, promoted by their idol, Trump, whom they continue to worship and refuse to separate from. It wasn't the Left that tweeted out a video that featured a U.S. Congressman killing one of his Democratic colleagues, and finally, it is the rabid Right who put a stupid young man, who killed two and permanently maimed one, on a pedestal and made him the face of the current GOP, because his lethal vigilantism is admired and promoted by the GOP leaders.

What on earth is that person writing about when he claims the Left is fueled by bile and rage? 

I have news for him and others who are projecting what is actually happening on the Right onto the Democrats: 

The broad middle where the norms live made a decision in November 2020 and did not want four more years of Trump's and the GOP's incompetence, bile, and rage. 

Monday, November 22, 2021

The Closing Arguments in the Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial

 



In closing arguments, prosecutors stated that Ahmaud Arbery wasn’t killed because he was a threat. He was killed because he wouldn’t do as he was told and stop to talk to the defendants.

Arbery was told by complete strangers who were NOT LEOs to obey them and stop.

Arbery did not. Arbery was shot.





"Travis McMichael acted out of a sense of duty," his lawyer argued.


What "sense of duty?"  Plenty of strangers walk and jog in my neighborhood, and no one stops them out of a "sense of duty." 



Prosecutors: "The men pursued Arbery because ‘he was a Black man running down the street,’ the prosecutor said in summation.


Thoughts on the Kyle Rittenhouse, IMO, miscarriage of justice:


Self-defense can be tricky for a prosecutor, I thought reckless endangerment, at the very least, might stick. 

Two people are dead and one maimed, with zero accountability. Even drunken drivers who didn’t mean to kill anyone are held accountable. They got behind the wheel with alcohol in their system, and Kyle Rittenhouse walked down the street with a semiautomatic rifle over his shoulder. Each scenario, a disaster in the making — this one proving, once again, that the law and justice are miles apart.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Saturday, November 20, 2021

SATURDAY NIGHT DANCING

 Ann Reinking, one of the all-time greats:




QUOTE OF THE WEEK




“The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity .…They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. 

They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.” 

--Vice President Henry A. Wallace, April 9, 1944.

Friday, November 19, 2021

 



Rittenhouse is the vigilantes of the Right’s O.J. Simpson.


Jeff Tiedrich on Twitter:

“It’s lucky for Kyle Rittenhouse that he was just a bloodthirsty white teenager crossing state lines to literally commit murder, and not, for example, a black man selling loose cigarettes on a street corner, because there are serious consequences for that.”



Wednesday, November 17, 2021

November 18, 2021


In today's news, another example of a corrupt GQP state official -- the governor of Iowa: 

 BREAKING: New audit reveals that Iowa's Republican Governor Kim Reynolds improperly funneled $450,000 of federal COVID-19 relief funds to pay the salaries of her staff members and then concealed it by routing it through DHS.




House votes to censure GOP Rep. Paul Gosar over video depicting killing of AOC

The resolution also removes him from his two committees, Oversight and Reform, and Natural Resources.

GUEST POST BY DAVE MILLER



Welcome to Dave Miller, Progressive Eruption's guest poster.

I've invited Dave to post here from time to time and give us his point of view on various subjects that interest him and us: 



A Question for Conservatives and Trump Supporters 


 Back in 2014, syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts wrote a provocative piece on race and Barack Obama. 

To set the stage, Obama had been elected president in 2012, defeating Sen. John McCain. As the first African American man elected to our highest office, many believe then candidate Obama was subject to frequent racist attacks from conservatives, members of the GOP, and even the media. 

Many influencers and thought leaders on the right held their ground, refusing to concede that any of the animus President Barack Obama was receiving was related to race at all. Almost all commentary on the right, from FOX News, independent blogs and other politically sided sites said it was all simply political speech. Good clean fun we were told. At worst, some of the offending material was classified as nothing more than poor attempts at humor. People were told to not take it seriously or personally. Because there was no way it was racist. 

Enter Leonard Pitts with a question. A graduate of USC at age 19, a writer for over 40 years and a Pulitzer Prize winner, Pitts has been called by some one of the most insightful writers of our times. 

His question for all the deniers of racism was simple. Taking at their word, Pitts posed a simple question… “You say race has played no role in the treatment of President Obama? Fine. What would it look like if it did?” 

 I mean, wrote Pitts, we’re talking about a president who was called “uppity” by one GOP lawmaker, “boy” by another and “subhuman” by a GOP activist; who was depicted as a bone-through-the-nose witch doctor by opponents of his health-care reform bill, as a pair of cartoon spook-eyes against a black backdrop by an aide to a GOP lawmaker, and as an ape by various opponents; who has been dogged by a “tea party” movement whose earliest and most enthusiastic supporters included the Council of Conservative Citizens, infamous for declaring the children of interracial unions “a slimy brown glop”; who was called a liar by an obscure GOP lawmaker during a speech before a joint session of Congress; who has had to contend with a years-long campaign of people pretending there is some mystery about where he was born. 

 We’re still waiting for conservatives or anyone on the right to answer that searing question Pitts posed -- essentially, “What would it have looked like if it was racist or racism?” 

Which brings us to present day America. 

We’ve seen people beating police officers with American flags; threatening to hang the vice president of the United States; and invading and defacing the US Capitol building. We’ve seen more love for the Confederate Flag, the flag of defeated traitors bent on the destruction of the Union, than at any time since the Civil War. We’ve seen people calling followers of Islam, "Moslem Vermin." We’ve seen conservatives call former President Obama a “Halfrican.” We’ve seen chants of “Let’s go Brandon” [Code for F#@K You Biden] in evangelical churches. We’ve watched as senators and congressmen and women have deemed our elections fraudulent, with little or no proven evidence. And we’ve watched as conservatives of all stripes have deemed anyone who dare call these behaviors extremist, UnAmerican enemies of the Constitution, bent on the destruction of our democracy. 

In the spirit of the column by Pitts, I’d like to ask a question or two of my own to my friends and Trump followers on the right. 

Given that so few of you define the examples of behavior above that I’ve cited as extremist, could you give me any examples of what extremism on the right would look like? 

I’ll admit the left has their problems. Over the years people of the far left have embraced the Code Pink folks, called for violence in our cities, protested for defunding the police, and said President Bush wanted black people to die in Hurricane Katrina. 

I’ve often cited all of those examples and more, as have almost all elected national leaders with the Democratic Party, as extremist. Additionally, President Biden, his administration, and the leaders of the Democratic Party are all on record opposing violence as a way to settle problems and differences. 

 Sadly, no conservative I am aware of has ever answered the question from Pitts. 

 And sadly, I doubt anyone will ever answer mine either, because to do so will indict the great majority of what has become conservative America today. 

Indeed, to answer honestly, most conservatives would have to indict themselves. 

And no followers of former President Trump and the current GOP seem capable of that level of self reflection or criticism.


--Dave Miller

Monday, November 15, 2021

Michael Flynn is nuts! Steve Bannon arrested!

 


Disgraced former Trump aide, Michael Flynn, said the US needs one religion


Former national security adviser says there should be ‘one religion under God’ and brands Nancy Pelosi ‘Pontius Pilate’





Obviously Flynn is mentally unbalanced. No American in his or her right mind would say such an anti-American and unConstitutional thing. Unless, of course, you're a Trumper.

Flynn seems to admire countries like Iran, where there is only one religion and the imams have control over the government. Is this his vision for America? It appears so, since he's been ranting about putting America under one religion. Exactly the opposite of what America stands for.

What would Flynn have the authorities do with people who do not support his "one religion?" Any ideas?

Flynn should take his religio-fascist ideas and the people who support them and find a nice little isolated island to practice his Iranian-style "government under one religion." He's a disgraceful and confused unAmerican weirdo.



Stephen Bannon surrenders after he was indicted on charges of contempt of Congress 



Never forget that this human piece of used chewing gum said he was a "Leninist." Never forget!


Ronald Radosh, Daily Beast, April 2017:

"...we had a long talk about his approach to politics. 

He never called himself a 'populist' or an 'American nationalist,' as so many think of him today. 

'I’m a Leninist,' Bannon proudly proclaimed. Shocked, I asked him what he meant. 'Lenin,' he answered, 'wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.' ”

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Friday, November 12, 2021

 



The Trumpublican Party's Romance with Book Burning


(The following is discouraging, to say the least. But after reading this old/new development in Trumpublican politics, GO READ INFIDEL753's excellent essay, "The Cycles of Darkness and Light").



When I refer to the current Trumpubicans as neo-fascists, I'm not being overwrought. I'm just observing their behaviors and remembering history:

In May of 1933 Germans burned books deemed offensive to the white race. 

TODAY, in 2021, the Virginia legislature is proposing burning books deemed offensive to the white race. And Texas is considering it as well. 

In Kansas, the authorities are looking to ban books. Will burning books be next?


Book burning in Berlin. Germany, May 10, 1933.

Wide World Photo


Book burning in Berlin. Germany, May 10, 1933.

Wide World Photo








Virginia's Spotsylvania County School Board voted 6-0 earlier this week to order public school libraries to remove and catalog all "sexually explicit" books from their libraries, after a parent at one high school complained about "LGBTQIA" fiction prominently displayed in the school's digital library app, The Free Lance-Star reports. Two of the board members wanted to go farther, the Free Lance-Star reports. 

"I think we should throw those books in a fire," said one member, Rabih Abuismail. He said one young adult book about homeless teenagers trying to escape troubled pasts, 33 Snowfish by Adam Rapp, proved public schools "would rather have our kids reading gay pornography than about Christ." 

Fellow board member Kirk Twigg said he'd like to "see the books before we burn them so we can identify within our community that we are eradicating this bad stuff." 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Wednesday instructed the Texas Education Agency to investigate potential crimes related to "the availability of pornography" in public schools and refer any such instances "for prosecution to the fullest extent of the law." 

The TEA, The Texas Tribune notes, "does not employ law enforcement officers." Two days earlier, Abbott had asked the TEA and other state agencies to develop statewide standards preventing "obscene content in Texas public schools." 

 Pornography is one thing, but "there is clearly an audience in the conservative movement for more broadly excluding subjects involving the history of racism and how it might impact modern life," Blake concludes. And the big question is "how wide a net is cast." 


 WICHITA, KansasThe Goddard school district has removed more than two dozen books from circulation in the district’s school libraries, citing national attention and challenges to the books elsewhere. The list of books includes several well-known novels, including “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky. It also includes “Fences,” a play by August Wilson that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1987, and “They Called Themselves the K.K.K.,” a historical look at how the white supremacist group took root in America. 









 "Book burning refers to the ritual destruction by fire of books or other written materials. Usually carried out in a public context, the burning of books represents an element of censorship and usually proceeds from a cultural, religious, or political opposition to the materials in question. The burning of books under the Nazi regime on May 10, 1933, is perhaps the most famous book burning in history. 

 Beginning on May 10, 1933, Nazi-dominated student groups carried out public burnings of books they claimed were “un-German.” The book burnings took place in 34 university towns and cities. Works of prominent Jewish, liberal, and leftist writers ended up in the bonfires. The book burnings stood as a powerful symbol of Nazi intolerance and censorship. 

 Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda, began an effort to bring German arts and culture in line with Nazi goals. The government purged cultural organizations of Jewish and other officials alleged to be politically suspect or who performed or created art works which Nazi ideologues labeled 'degenerate.' ” 


Thursday, November 11, 2021

 Thank you to our veterans, past and present.  

Trump's Gift to America

 


Donald Trump became lick-spittle angry with Mitch McConnell after President Biden passed the infrastructure legislation.  He called every Republican who voted in favor of the legislation a RINO. Why? Because Trump failed to pass an infrastructure bill as he had promised; and according to Trump, McConnell didn't help him!


(In 2019, Trump walked out on a meeting with Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Schumer, who was minority leader at that time, because he was angry that the Democrats were investigating his administration. So Trump walked out of the meeting and nothing got done.)

But that little temper tantrum didn't stop Trump from blaming McConnell for his failure to do anything about infrastructure.

Below, take a look at a Trump cultist's rage over a Republican House member, Fred Upton's, vote to support President Biden's infrastructure legislation.

This is what Trump brought on America. When non-cultist Republicans support legislation that improves the lives of ALL Americans, they get threatening calls from Trump's cultists. I can't help but think that this neo-fascist thug isn't the only one reacting like a deranged maniac. This person's rage is over a piece of legislation, passed by a bipartisan vote and that a huge majority of Americans support.


I don't recognize my country anymore.





Wednesday, November 10, 2021

We interrupt this week for some good news!

 Happy Wednesday!


A cotton-candy lobster caught in Casco Bay, Portland, Maine, will not be sold or eaten. The lobsterman who captured this one in a hundred million crustaceans will find a home for it to live out its rare and beautiful life.

Lobsters can come in a variety of colors: pink, yellow, blue, red, and spotted, but they all turn red once they've been cooked.




Monday, November 8, 2021

The Current Trumpublican Party

 

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) tweeted a photoshopped, animated video that depicts him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and swinging two swords at President Biden, prompting condemnation and calls for his Twitter account to be suspended.





Here is AOC's tweet about the deplorable Gosar's murderous video he tweeted out about her:


This dude is a just a collection of wet toothpicks anyway. White supremacy is for extremely fragile people &sad men like him, whose self concept relies on the myth that he was born superior because deep down he knows he couldn’t open a pickle jar or read a whole book by himself


Jennifer Gosar, Rep. Paul Gosar's sister: 

 ‘[HE IS] GETTING WORSE. NO ONE HOLDS HIM ACCOUNTABLE. HE’S A SOCIOPATH. AND WHAT’S MORE, WE KNOW FROM EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE SEEN AND CERTAINLY ATTORNEY GENERAL [MERRICK] GARLAND HAS SEEN MUCH MORE OF IT THAN I, THAT THERE IS EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT HE WAS IN A CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT TREASON AGAINST THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.’