Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Why BlackLivesMatter, And What White People Don't Understand

UPDATE:  Incident #1:  'Two men were lying in a pool of blood. 19-year-old Austin Harrouff was making 'guttural sounds and animal noises,' and not only appeared to be killing John Stevens — he was also chewing off chunks of the 59-year-old victim’s face with his teeth.  The stun gun’s paralyzing bursts had no effect. A flurry of punches and a powerful kick to the head didn’t, either.'

Incident #2: 'Charles Kinsey, an unarmed behavioral therapist who was lying on his back with his arms raised while he attempted to assist an autistic patient.'

Which one did the police shot?

Hint:  Austin Harrouff is white, Charles Kinsey is black.

Read the Washington Post, Police killed the black ‘Miami zombie.’ So why did a terrifying, face-eating white teen live?

Wait patently, seal off area, arrest/try to arrest the terrorists, then give them trials.

Read the Washington Post, Authorities seal off Oregon refuge after leaders of occupation arrested. 1 killed in gunfire.

Why is the organization BlackLivesMatter necessary? Because that's not how black people get treated. 

Read Gawker, Unarmed People of Color Killed by Police, 1999-2014.

Read also Vox, This chart explains why black people fear being killed by the police.

And it is not just black people being shot by the police.  Remember Trayvon MartinSandra Bland, Victor Stein, Flint Michigan.

I could go on for days.

Some people call BlackLivesMatter racist, but they don't remember, or want to remember, how minorities are and have been treated.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Right-Wing Media Hypocrisy

"Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has filed a lawsuit against the network, claiming that she was sexually harassed by former network chairman Roger Ailes and that Ailes’s lieutenants punished her for her complaints. . .

'Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny,' her lawsuit says. . .

Since Carlson’s suit was filed July 6, more than 20 women have told her attorneys that they were harassed by Ailes during his long career in television, dating as far back as the mid-1960s."

Read the Washington Post, Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros sues Ailes and network.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Will There Be an October Surprise to Benefit Trump, Courtesy of Russian Operatives?

"Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to see Donald Trump become the next president of the United States. To that end, Putin and his government have taken unprecedented steps to influence our electoral process to help the Republican Party’s nominee. Whether Russia’s interventions will succeed is not obvious. But it’s clear that Putin’s government has the motives — and the means — to try."

Read the Washington Post, Why Putin wants a Trump victory (so much he might even be trying to help him).

And "[i]n American political jargon, an October surprise is a news event deliberately created or timed (or sometimes occurring spontaneously) to influence the outcome of an election, particularly one for the U.S. presidency. The reference to the month of October is because the date for national elections (as well as many state and local elections) occurs in early November, and, therefore, events that take place in late October have greater potential to influence the decisions of prospective voters."

Anybody remember those Russian apartment building bombings in 1999, which some speculate were "perpetrated by the FSB in order to legitimize the resumption of military activities in Chechnya and bring Vladimir Putin to the presidency."

Read also National Review, The Unsolved Mystery Behind the Act of Terror That Brought Putin to Power.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Don't Vote Hate


Lord knows we need reform in this country. This blog explains why.

And I had great hope that The Donald could be a reformer.

But now I believe that The Donald is a narcissistic, egomaniacal, religiously bigoted, misogynistic, racist, xenophobe. (Did I miss anything?)

He is our Hitler, and all good Americans have a duty to fight him and defeat him.

God will accept nothing less.


UPDATE:  "'Kill her.'

'Trump that bitch!'

'Build a wall — kill them all.'

New York Times reporters have spent over a year covering Donald J. Trump’s rallies, witnessing so many provocations and heated confrontations at them that the cumulative effect can be numbing: A sharp sting that quickly dulls from repetition.:

Read The New York Times, Voices From Donald Trump’s Rallies, Uncensored.

Or watch the video:

URGENT UPDATE: You must read this article by a conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin with the Washington Post, New campaign shake-up, same old awful Trump, which notes:

"Republicans have deluded themselves long enough. He’s not stable, coherent or knowledgeable. The man who never apologizes and thinks he has run a perfect campaign will not shift gears. If anything, he is doubling and tripling down. If Republicans cannot declare him ready right now to govern and recommend Trump as he is right now — not after being sprinkled with presidential pixie dust — they should leave him to his own devices and get on with the business of trying to save the House and Senate majorities." (Emphasis in original.)

The rats are abandoning ship.

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Donald is Putin's Puppet

UPDATE III:  "Former CIA director Michael Morell endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and blasted GOP rival Donald Trump, accusing him of becoming an unwitting agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin in an op-ed on Friday. . .

He noted that Putin is a trained intelligence officer, and he suggested that the Russian leader has been using Trump's personality for his own gain. In the primaries, Morell said, Putin 'played upon Mr. Trump's vulnerabilities' by complimenting him.

Among the traits Morell said would make Trump a 'danger' to national security: 'his obvious need for self-aggrandizement, his overreaction to perceived slights, his tendency to make decisions based on intuition, his refusal to change his views based on new information, his routine carelessness with the facts, his unwillingness to listen to others and his lack of respect for the rule of law.'"

Read the Washington Post, In endorsing Clinton, ex-CIA chief says Putin made Trump his 'unwitting agent'.

UPDATE II:  At the same time, his VP pick said "If it is Russia and they are interfering in our elections, I can assure you both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences."

Read the Washington Post, Pence: Consequences if Russia is interfering in U.S. election.

So while Pence understands the seriousness of the possibility that a foreign power is directly interfering in the U.S. presidential election, Trump is encouraging the interference.

Pence should withdrawal as Trump's VP.

UPDATE:  "Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday said he hoped that Russia would hack into Hillary Clinton’s email server to find “missing” messages and release them to the public."

Read the Washington Post, Trump urges Russia to hack Clinton's emails and release them publicly.

Donald Trump is dangerously insane!

"Donald Trump never met a conspiracy theory he didn’t like — until now.

He has dabbled in, among other things, the notion that President Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya, that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered and that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the JFK assassination.

But on one topic, Trump is conspicuously incurious: the suggestion that he is complicit in a plan by Vladimir Putin to influence the U.S. election."

Read the Washington Post, A Trump-style speculation on the GOP and Putin, which lists the many troubling connections between Putin and The Donald.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Republi-CON-Hedgehog News Benghazi 'Stand Down' Myth

UPDATE:  "You’ll never guess who comes off as a hero of the Republican-drafted House Benghazi committee’s majority report: President Obama.

Within 90 minutes of the Sept. 11, 2012, surprise attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and an aide, the report tells us, Obama had told his secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to do everything possible, implicitly including using military force, to protect Americans.

These were 'very clear directions,' according to Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), one of Obama’s harshest critics on the panel.

How different from the version of the president’s conduct propounded on right-wing talk radio and TV in the aftermath: that he and his aides coolly watched live video of the mayhem in Benghazi, supplied by drones flying overhead, but declined to order a rescue mission.

Not only does this new Republican report debunk that smear, but it actually shifts blame from Obama to 'a rusty bureaucratic process not in keeping with the gravity and urgency of the events happening on the ground.'"

Read the Washington Post, The dangerous delusion that the Americans in Benghazi could have been saved.

"A just-released Senate Intelligence Committee report . . . explored claims that there was a 'stand down' order given to the security team at the Annex. Although some members of the security team expressed frustration that they were unable to respond more quickly to the Mission compound, 12 the Committee found no evidence of intentional delay or obstruction by the Chief of Base or any other party.The situation on the ground that night was chaotic and unclear: A call to the CIA annex near the under-attack diplomatic compound came in at 9:40 p.m., and it took the security personnel about 25 minutes to move in.

The original Fox News 'stand down' story still hangs on the Fox News Web site, unmolested by these factual challenges."

Read the Washington Post, Benghazi: More 'stand down' fallout for Fox News.

That article has links to twenty other articles regarding the many 'stand down' lies by the Republi-cons and their masters at Hedgehog News.

Read also, Republi-CON Political Opportunism and Hypocrisy

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Repbli-CON Plan to Destroy the Economy, Kansas Edition

UPDATE VI:  "In 2012, voters in California approved a measure to raise taxes on millionaires, bringing their top state income tax rate to 13.3 percent, the highest in the nation. Conservative economists predicted calamity, or at least a big slowdown in growth. Also that year, the governor of Kansas signed a series of changes to the state's tax code, including reducing income and sales tax rates. Conservative economists predicted a boom.

Neither of those predictions came true. . .

California's economy grew by 4.1 percent in 2015, according to new numbers from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, tying it with Oregon for the fastest state growth of the year. That was up from 3.1 percent growth for the Golden State in 2014, which was near the top of the national pack.

The Kansas economy, on the other hand, grew 0.2 percent in 2015. That's down from 1.2 percent in 2014, and below neighboring states such as Nebraska (2.1 percent) and Missouri (1.2 percent). Kansas ended the year with two consecutive quarters of negative growth -- a shrinking economy. By a common definition of the term, the state entered 2016 in recession.

Other effects of the Kansas tax cuts, which were meant to spur entrepreneurship, are well-documented.

While state officials anticipated that the reductions would create a shortfall in the state budget, tax revenues have been consistently below even those expectations. Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service have signaled that they could reduce Kansas’s credit rating, indicating there is a chance the state cannot pay its bills."

Read the Washington Post, The interesting thing that happened when Kansas cut taxes and California hiked them.

UPDATE V:  The Republi-con modus operandi:  tax cuts for the rich, deficits and budget crisis, tax increases on the poor, repeat.

Read the Washington Post, Kansas lawmakers want the poor to pay for tax cuts for the rich.

UPDATE IV:  "What's the matter with Kansas now? Oh, you know, just a small budget crisis brought on by its Republican governor's radical tax cuts. This week, the state discovered it would have to cut $279 million by June in order to balance its books, then slash another $436 million during the following fiscal year. For Kansas, this is a hefty amount of money. The entire state budget legislators approved in May was just $6.3 billion.

Back in 2012, the state's recently re-elected Republican governor, Sam Brownback, turned Kansas into a petri dish for conservative fiscal policy after he signed into law a massive tax cut that dropped rates for top earners and eliminated taxes entirely for some businesses. Brownback and conservative tax guru Arthur Laffer promised that the cuts would bring "enormous prosperity" to the state by making it more competitive. But jobs growth has lagged in Kansas, and this summer, the state government found itself nearly $300 million short on revenue. To cope, it began burning through its reserve funds, and Moody's in turn downgraded the state's credit rating."

Read Slate, Thanks to Massive Republican Tax Cuts, Kansas Is Facing a Budget Crisis.

UPDATE III:  "There might be a worse idea than cutting spending during a depression, but I doubt it. . .

That's right: cutting spending in a slump might actually make debt problems worse."

Read the Washington Post, Austerity has been an even bigger disaster than we thought.

So much for the Republi-con myth of expansionary austerity.

UPDATE II:  "In 2010, after two and a half terms in the Senate, Brownback made a bid for the governor’s mansion. Riding the Tea Party wave, he swept his opponent in a landslide, promising a new age for Kansas politics.

Brownback didn’t just keep his promise, he embarked on a radical 'real live experiment' in conservative governance. As he later explained to the Wall Street Journal, 'My focus is to create a red-state model that allows the Republican ticket to say, 'See, we’ve got a different way, and it works.' '

With advice from Arthur Laffer—the long-discredited guru for supply-side economics—and support from a new band of conservative lawmakers in the Kansas statehouse, the newly minted governor pursued a path of rigid orthodoxy. His signature move was a massive tax cut: He eliminated the top income bracket of 6.45 percent, reduced the middle bracket from 6.25 percent to 4.9 percent, reduced the lowest bracket from 3.5 percent to 3 percent, and ended taxes on certain kinds of small-business income. This, he promised, would increase disposable income and create thousands of jobs.

In reality, however, Kansas’ job growth stagnated in 2012 and income growth fell. Far from a stimulus plan, Brownback’s tax cuts were a massive program of redistribution for the rich. . .

In 2013 he proposed another round of tax cuts that would eliminate income taxes and maintain a high sales tax. Critics blasted the plan, noting the extent to which it was a massive tax increase on the poorest Kansans: For instance, replacing 50 percent of income tax losses with a sales tax would raise taxes on the lowest earners by 2.5 percent. But Brownback promised new revenue ($777 million in state earnings) and broad prosperity. 'We’re on a path of growth and job creation, so I say, 'Come to Kansas,' ' he said. 'We’re paving the way to make Kansas the best place in America to raise a family and run a business.'

A year later Kansas is among the most dysfunctional states in the country. Even after cuts in schools, colleges, libraries, and social services, Kansas can’t keep up with expenses. This year, it faced a huge shortfall in personal income tax receipts, and had to end tax rebates for food and child care to help fill the hole. And overall, it faces a $900 million budget shortfall by 2019, even as the top income tax rate is scheduled to decline to 3.9 percent by 2018. Both Moody’s and S&P have downgraded the state’s bond rating, and economic growth has been poor. Far from giving Kansas a bright new future, Brownback plunged it into chaos."

Read Slate, The Kansas Miracle.

In Kansas they drank the kool-aid.

UPDATE:  "[R]ecently, Kansas went all-in on supply-side economics, slashing taxes on the affluent in the belief that this would spark a huge boom; the boom didn’t happen, but the budget deficit exploded, offering an object lesson to those willing to learn from experience. . .

In 2012, however, Democratic dominance finally became strong enough to overcome the paralysis, and Gov. Jerry Brown was able to push through a modestly liberal agenda of higher taxes, spending increases and a rise in the minimum wage. California also moved enthusiastically to implement Obamacare. . .

Needless to say, conservatives predicted doom. . .

What has actually happened? There is, I’m sorry to say, no sign of the promised catastrophe.

If tax increases are causing a major flight of jobs from California, you can’t see it in the job numbers. Employment is up 3.6 percent in the past 18 months, compared with a national average of 2.8 percent; at this point, California’s share of national employment, which was hit hard by the bursting of the state’s enormous housing bubble, is back to pre-recession levels. . .

And, yes, the budget is back in surplus. . .

So what do we learn from the California comeback? Mainly, that you should take anti-government propaganda with large helpings of salt. Tax increases aren’t economic suicide; sometimes they’re a useful way to pay for things we need. Government programs, like Obamacare, can work if the people running them want them to work, and if they aren’t sabotaged from the right. In other words, California’s success is a demonstration that the extremist ideology still dominating much of American politics is nonsense."

Read The New York Times, Left Coast Rising.   

I've often suggested that Obama should just call the Republi-con bluff -- implement some of their wacky ideas and watch CONservative ideas implode.  Well in Kansas they drank the kool-aid

"Governor Sam Brownback is facing an organized revolt from centrist Republicans, over 100 of whom just endorsed the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, so disgruntled are they with the effects of Brownback’s rule.

In many ways, Brownback’s term has been a perfect experiment in Republican governance. Take a crusading conservative governor, give him a legislature with Republican super-majorities so he can do pretty much whatever he wants, and let him implement the right’s wish list. The result was supposed to be a nirvana of economic growth and budgetary stability. But the opposite happened.

The disastrous results of Brownback’s economic and fiscal policies demonstrate that it’s one thing for your average Republican to go around saying things like 'cutting taxes raises revenue!' even if nearly every economist agrees that the idea is absurd (Greg Mankiw, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush, famously called the purveyors of this idea 'charlatans and cranks'). It’ll never really be tested, at least not in a context where there aren’t so many other variables at play that any inconvenient results can be explained away. Republicans know that it’s bogus, but they like the way it sounds; after all, who wouldn’t love a free lunch? But if you bet a single state’s future on the idea — and you have the power to take it to an extreme — you’re going farther than anyone in Washington ever has to go.

That’s what Sam Brownback did. In 2012 and 2013, Brownback and Republicans in the legislature cut income taxes twice, eliminated taxes on corporate profits that are “passed through” to individuals (making it the only state that does this), and since they’re Republicans, made changes to the tax code that had the effect of raising taxes on the poor (the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a good explanation of the tax changes and their effects). The governor has said his goal is to eventually eliminate the income tax completely.

And what happened? At a time when most states are seeing higher revenues as the country recovers economically, Kansas’ revenues have plummeted. The result has been cuts to schools, cuts to higher education, cuts to libraries, and cuts to local health centers. Kansas’ job growth and income growth are lagging the nation’s. In response to the fiscal difficulties, Moody’s recently lowered the state’s bond rating. . ."

When he was elected governor, some Washington conservatives touted Sam Brownback as a future presidential contender. Once he implemented the conservative economic agenda and showed what a dynamic economy and pleasing government balance sheet it produced, he’d be able to take the message nationwide as a demonstration of the power of conservative ideas. Nobody’s saying that anymore. Brownback is trailing his probable Democratic opponent. In a state as conservative as Kansas (where Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama by 22 points), you have to screw up pretty badly to be in that position. And saying, 'hey, didn’t we all agree that tax cuts raise revenue?' probably won’t bail him out."

Read the Washington Post, GOP governor implements GOP economics, disaster ensues

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Are You An Easy-To-Scare-&-Manipulate Ebola-Bedwetter?

UPDATE IX:  "Watching the excellent documentary “Ebola in America: Epidemic of Fear” is to relive the confusion and controversies of the summer of 2014: the initial public health mistakes, the divided and unclear responsibilities, the hysterical coverage on cable TV. But it is the political role played by Republicans and conservatives that stands out, and not in a good way."

Read  the Washington Post, The Trump train is fueled by conspiracy

Read also An Example of The Fear, Anger, Hatred Industry.

UPDATE VIII:  Read also the Washington Post, Why your bathtub is actually far scarier than Ebola.

UPDATE VII:  In the past two years, has ebola caused 6,000 emergency rooms visits, 750 hospitalizations (half required intensive care), and two confirmed deaths?

No, but since their introduction in 2012 through the end of 2013 "colorful, single-load" laundry detergent pods have.

Read The New York Times, Detergent Pods Pose Risk to Children, Study Finds.

UPDATE VI:  Your chances of dying from ebola:  1 in 309,629,415 yearly, 1 in 3,934,300 in your lifetime.

Your chances of dying from  your pajamas catching fire:  1 in 77,407,353 yearly, 1 in 983,575 in your lifetime.

Read the Washington Post, How likely is it that you will die from . . . ?   

UPDATE V:  "Ebola has so far killed one person on U.S. soil.

Over 10,000 children a year are killed or wounded by guns on the same soil."

Read the Daily Mail, A math question for the US media: What’s going to kill more American kids this year? Ebola or guns? 

UPDATE IV:  It’s been 21 days and none of the people in closest contact with Thomas Eric Duncan in the days before he was hospitalized has gotten sick. That includes his fiancée Louise Troh and her children, who were in a small Dallas apartment with an increasingly ill Duncan for days, and forcibly kept inside for days afterward.

No one else has carried Ebola into the country yet, and since Wednesday, no more nurses or other health care workers who took care of Duncan have been infected.

What has been seen is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other experts predicted would happen — that someone might carry Ebola into the United States, and that they might even infect a few other people. What CDC has always promised is that it would stop there.

Read NBC News, Ebola in America: Has the Fever Broken?

Read also, CNN, Ebola hysteria: An epic, epidemic overreaction, which notes that"[w]hile the threat of Ebola is very real in Africa, the paranoia it's generated in the United States is unreal."

UPDATE III:  Ebola "isn’t, as reported by Forbes and the Daily Mail, a low-tech weapon of bioterror for ISIS. It isn’t the final refuge of a lone wolf on a suicide mission, in the words of Fox News. It isn’t a U.S.-built race-targeting bioweapon, as the leader of the Nation of Islam declared. . .

[T]his outbreak isn’t a recipe for a bioweapon. Not unless you want to be the most incompetent bioterrorist in history."

Read Slate, Ebola Is Not a Weapon

UPDATE II: "So far, none of the 48 Dallas residents who had contact with Duncan while he was symptomatic have shown signs of Ebola, Texas officials said on Tuesday. . .

[H]ealth officials have persistently argued that the United States is not facing an Ebola epidemic. The CDC, for example, continues to stress that most Americans aren’t at risk for Ebola."

Read Forbes, Ebola Came To America Last Week. Since Then: 5,000 False Alarms. Zero New Ebola Cases.

UPDATE:  According to the CDC, in 2010 more than 53,000 people died in the United States from this infection.

Name the infection.  (Hint, it is not ebola.)

Read PBS, These six diseases should worry you more than Ebola

"The reproduction number, or "R nought," is a mathematical term that tells you how contagious an infectious disease is. Specifically, it's the number of people who catch the disease from one sick person, on average, in an outbreak.*

Take, for example, measles. The virus is one of the most contagious diseases known to man. It's R0 sits around 18. That means each person with the measles spreads it to 18 people, on average, when nobody is vaccinated. (When everyone is vaccinated, the R0 drops to essentially zero for measles).

At the other end of the spectrum are viruses like HIV and hepatitis C. Their R0s tend to fall somewhere between 2 and 4. They're still big problems, but they spread much more slowly than the measles.

And that brings us back to Ebola. Despite its nasty reputation, the virus's R0 really isn't that impressive. It typically sits around 1.5 to 2.0."

Read NPR, No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola?

Read also USA Today, Even germaphobes don't need to fear Ebola, which notes:

"Unlike the common cold or viruses that cause food poisoning, Ebola does not spread through casual contact.

Ebola spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids, primarily blood. It can only spread after someone develops symptoms, such as a fever. So if you're exposed to Ebola, the odds are that you are going to know it.

So what has allowed Ebola to ravage West Africa?

Extreme poverty, a broken public health system and the trauma of countries newly emerged from years of brutal warfare.

These conditions aren't present in the USA. They aren't even present in much of Nigeria, where the Ebola epidemic appears to be over. Nigeria, which is considerably more developed than many of its neighbors, was prepared for the possibility of Ebola and took quick action to limit its spread."

Monday, May 2, 2016

The 2016 Election: "Wrath of the Conned"

"Both parties make promises to their bases. But while the Democratic establishment more or less tries to make good on those promises, the Republican establishment has essentially been playing bait-and-switch for decades. And voters finally rebelled against the con.

First, about the Democrats: Their party defines itself as the protector of the poor and the middle class, and especially of nonwhite voters. Does it fall short of fulfilling this mission much of the time? Are its leaders sometimes too close to big-money donors? Of course. Still, if you look at the record of the Obama years, you see real action on behalf of the party’s goals. . .

Maybe you think Democrats could and should have done more, but what the party establishment says and what it does are at least roughly aligned.

Things are very different among Republicans. Their party has historically won elections by appealing to racial enmity and cultural anxiety, but its actual policy agenda is dedicated to serving the interests of the 1 percent, above all through tax cuts for the rich — which even Republican voters don’t support, while they truly loathe elite ideas like privatizing Social Security and Medicare.

What Donald Trump has been doing is telling the base that it can order à la carte. He has, in effect, been telling aggrieved white men that they can feed their anger without being forced to swallow supply-side economics, too. Yes, his actual policy proposals still involve huge tax cuts for the rich, but his supporters don’t know that — and it’s possible that he doesn’t, either. Details aren’t his thing.

Establishment Republicans have tried to counter his appeal by shouting, with growing hysteria, that he isn’t a true conservative. And they’re right, at least as they define conservatism. But their own voters don’t care.

If there’s a puzzle here, it’s why this didn’t happen sooner. One possible explanation is the decadence of the G.O.P. establishment, which has become ingrown and lost touch. Apparatchiks who have spent their whole careers inside the bubble of right-wing think tanks and partisan media may suffer from the delusion that their ideology is actually popular with real people. And this has left them hapless in the face of a Trumpian challenge.

Probably more important, however, is the collision between demography and Obama derangement. . .

The point, in any case, is that the divergent nomination outcomes of 2016 aren’t an accident. The Democratic establishment has won because it has, however imperfectly, tried to serve its supporters. The Republican establishment has been routed because it has been playing a con game on its supporters all along, and they’ve finally had enough.

And yes, Mr. Trump is playing a con game of his own, and they’ll eventually figure that out, too. But it won’t happen right away, and in any case it won’t help the party establishment. Sad!:

Read The New York Times, Wrath of the Conned.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Republi-CON 'Hillary Will/Will Not Be Indicted' Myths

"If you’ve spent any time inside the conservative information bubble, among the things you know is that not only did Hillary Clinton commit all manner of nefarious crimes with relation to the emails she sent and received as Secretary of State, but she will be indicted for those crimes soon, and that indictment will throw the 2016 to the Republican presidential nominee. If you inhabit the world outside that bubble, you may know that the chances of such an indictment are infinitesimal.

But conservatives hold on to the possible indictment like a life raft amid swelling seas, the one thing that can save them from the horror of a Clinton presidency. . .

Just to be clear, I’m not defending Clinton’s decision to set up her own email server. That was a violation of departmental policy, and she shouldn’t have done it. But that’s very different from saying it was a crime, or even that it jeopardized national security in some way (there’s been no evidence that Clinton’s server was hacked or that anyone even tried to hack it, unlike the State Department’s own systems, which are constantly targeted by hackers).

But if you’re a Republican pundit, you know that the idea of Hillary Clinton being led away in handcuffs is just too tantalizing for your audience to resist. . .

For the most part, the Clinton email story has been a disappointment to Republicans. They were desperately hoping that the emails would reveal some kind of ghastly malfeasance on Clinton’s part, some smoking gun that would make all Americans realize that she should never be elected president. When that turned out not to be the case, they pinned their hopes on the idea that she would just have to be charged with a crime eventually. . .

But having gone this far, they need to keep up appearances, and they also know that just talking about her emails serves to convince people that something scandalous must have happened. So they are laying the groundwork to argue, if and when she doesn’t get indicted, that it must only be because Barack Obama’s corrupt administration quashed the investigation and hid the truth from the public.

And down where the conservative rank and file get their information — the talk radio rants, the right-wing blogs, the breathless chain emails — these two contradictory ideas are both widely circulated. Clinton is about to be indicted, and Clinton won’t be indicted because the fix is in. The assumption in either case is that of course she committed crimes, even if no one can say exactly what they were. Because she’s Hillary Clinton, right? What more do you need to know?"

Read the Washington Post, Republicans know Hillary Clinton is not going to be indicted. They just can’t say so.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Revolution 2016: I am a True Trump Believer and Supporter Now

Newest UPDATE: #14 (04/07/16)

Also UPDATE 10 was amended (02/17/16).

IMPORTANT information on how to help The Donald: see UPDATE 11 below (Because of the importance of this notice, it is now a separate post, which I have updated)

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I heard Glenn Beck on the radio this morning (02/27/16).  It must have been God's wish, really, because I never listen to 'Bonkers'.

But seriously, and I mean seriously, I am now a Trump supporter.

Just wanted to get this posted, but check back later as I explain why I will support and vote for Trump, and why you should too.

UPDATE:  Welcome to those of you who found this website through my new domain name Revolution16.US.

It wasn't my first choice, those were not available, but it will work -- by forwarding (no masking) to this blog post.

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Most posts are summaries of other material, and all posts are intended as opinion.

Of course, some posts and comments are intended to be jokes and/or satire.   (The links are to further information if you wish to pursue.)

Also, you might notice the formatting of this post is a bit different, chronologically the newest material is at the bottom.  Also, only my . . . [seems I got interrupted and nnow I can't remember what it was]

Check back later as I explain why I will support and vote for Trump, and why you should too.

UPDATE 2 (02/28/16):  Be patient, I haven't forgotten this post, more to follow as God, time and the wife allow.

If I remember, I'll indent every-other update, so it is easier to follow.

And forgive the grammar and spelling issues [see, I meant errors, it might have been spell check, curse you spell check, except when you are right], I talk better than I write.

I'll also list the next pending update. . .

Until I disappear.

Check to see if I'm at Gitmo.  (Check here, not there. If I'm there, leave me be, I might be working, you never know.)

Call Stephen, and ask for his help. But not old Stephen, he was one of them, distracting us with his truthiness. (Curse you too old Stephen.)

If I am dead, take up my cause. (NO GUNS please, more later.)

And check back later and frequently, share links to this post, boost my page count, and make me famous and rich.

Please help, and join me for Revolution16.US.

Donations welcome for my legal defense fund, or my widow(er) [as the case may be]. (Later maybe.)


Veritas liberabit vos!!!

Enough now, time for supper.

Homework assignment:  listen to talk radio -- everything you need to know.

UPDATE 3:  Page count up, a bit.  Keep spreading the word, several big announcement coming -- when the time is right -- to explain Revolution16.US.

Regarding the GUNS, see the Washington Post, Authorities seal off Oregon refuge after leaders of occupation arrested. 1 killed in gunfire.

Don't give them an excuse -- keep your powder dry.

Yes, revolutions sometimes turn violent, but not for Revolution16.US.

NOT YET in any case.

So NO GUNS please, even more later.

UPDATE 4 (02/29/16):  So what started this post, I heard Glenn Beck on the radio this morning (02/27/16).

Bonkers, my term for Beck because he acts bonkers sometime times (or arguably most of the time), opined that Trump had made a big mistake taking on Roger Ailes, who, as owner of Chairman and CEO of Fox News and the Fox Television Stations Group, is the King of hysterical conservative media.

Bonkers clearly just didn't get it, Trump is not crazy, he is brilliant at manipulating and de-fanging his opponents, even those as powerful and Ailes.

And the added benefit of taking on Ailes was an excuse not to attend the Fox News hosted debates just before the Iowa caucuses, where Trump would have been the target of every other candidate and their surrogates in the press.

It was Trump-Brilliant (©!!!!

Today I heard on the radio that Clinton now says that if Trump is the GOP nominee, he will win the election. (I'm looking for a printed confirmation of said statement.)

So even Clinton now understands how Trump-Brilliant (© The Donald is.

Trump will win, if we help.

And I'm not saying this because Trump pays me to say it.

(Message to Trump: hire me, I can help in the transition. I understand and will worship you for Revolution16.US. And so will our children and grandchildren, I HOPE. (Note: revolution are great, except when they turn violent.)).

More later.

Still to come, why Trump. (Brief hint:  because no one else can take on the entrenched corrupt interest in our political system. Even the Rogue Diva knows this, ergo the endorsement.)

Remember, (forgive me if I repeat this frequently) he will need our help for Revolution16.US.

UPDATE 5:  If Trump is the nominee, only Clinton might beat him, and it's not lookin good for Hilary.

And in support of what I said in the last update regarding The Donald's Trump-Brilliant (© move, read the Washington Post, In Trump vacuum, Cruz emerges as top target at Iowa Republican debate.

Told ya so. [I like to gloat sometimes.]

The Donald is a master tactician.

Maybe we should read The Art of the Deal. [Sorry, it's Trump: The Art of the Deal. You could probably just read the Wikipedia summary. And if he is elected POTUS, get ready for the Trump Schools, the Trump Roads, etc., etc., etc. ]

Nobody is as great as Trump, just ask him. [And it may be true, the elections results will tell.]

UPDATE VI (02/01/16): Want to understand the Trump spectacle, listen to last weekend's This America Life, 578: I Thought I Knew You, starting at the 7:54 mark.

The segment is an interview with conservative radio host Tony Beam in South Carolina, host of the radio show Christian Worldview.  Tony “is completely baffled by the candidate his audience has decided to get behind this election season.”

The listeners are evangelical Christians, like Jean and Barry.

Jean supports Trump, likening him to Jehu, sent by God to punish the wicked (in 1st and 2nd Kings it was Jezebel, who "had allowed pagan temples to exist in the kingdom." 

Trump, like Jehu, is "a warrior against a corrupt culture."

Tony is "stunned" that after 10-20 years of hysterical talk radio, his listeners are "crazy".  He thinks that supporting a candidate like Trump is "not who we [evangelical Republicans] are."

Obviously Tony doesn't listen to much talk radio, where radio talk show host, with the help of party 'leaders', have whipped Republicans into a frenzy for years.

And now Tony, and the party, have lost control of Jean and Barry, who have 'gone in a different direction', responding to the dog whistle of fear, anger, and hatred.

Take a listen to what talk radio has wrought:

Near the end, did you hear the talk of guns, and potential violence. More later.

UPDATE 6 (02/02/16): Conspiratorial delusions, and talk of violence and the apocalypse are nothing new in evangelical circles and on talk radio.

Take Jade Helm 2015, complete with the option of a comet or asteroid impact. Or the Blue Moon 'prophesy'.

And it never matters that the prophesies never happen.  The End of the World Is Near, always and again, and again and . . .

It scares, and it sells. Who cares the harm done to society.

UPDATE 7 (02/06/16):  Pardon the break, I was trying to tell people how to get a FREE MATTRESS.  Back to the campaign.

Why Trump?  He's the only candidate who can bring true reform to D.C.

Hilary won't, she part of the political establishment.  (Sanders won't be nominated, he'd be destroyed in November by any Republican nominee. If Hillary falters, the Dems will nominate somebody else, like Biden, or even Romney, before they nominate Sanders.)

And as first noted in mid-January (and modified on an update), the likely Republican nominees are:  The Lying Canadian (©, Bubble Boy (h/t to Christie), or Franken-Trump/Trumpenstein (©

Neither The Lying Canadian (© or Bubble Boy (h/t to Christie) alone could beat Hillary.

(I'm thinking they might join forces to knock off Franken-Trump/Trumpenstein (©, but only after it become clear who the favorite is among the two.  (The favorite will claim the presidency, the other the VP slot or an important cabinet post.) If I had to predict, I say Rubio-Cruz near the end, very much like Bush-Cheney, one seemingly nice and sweet, the other the enforcer and real power in the White House.)

Only Franken-Trump/Trumpenstein can beat Hillary and bring reform to D.C.

And don't despair, The Lying Canadian (© only won Iowa because the state's demographics substantially favored him from the beginning, and then only by lying (which he does frequently to win elections) about Carson.

Remember Iowa is not that important in the final result -- the Iowa caucus winner is usually not the nominee, especially for the Republican party.

And Franken-Trump/Trumpenstein (© is a thrice-married, casino owning, foul-mouth, husband of an alleged former porn star. (Whether Melania Knauss-Trump was a porn star is very hard to confirm, I heard that Trump and friends work hard to remove material from the web, including by buying copyrights to the movies.) So a respectable second with no ground game real remarkable.


Trump is the best hope for D.C. reform.

UPDATE 8 (02/07/16): Another possible alliance might be the 2016 GOP candidates who were Republican governors + Rubio: that is Bush, Christie, and/or Kasich + Rubio, with Gilmore, Huckabee, Jindal, Pataki, Perry and/or Walker in some cabinet positions.

Such an alliance would be formidable, and put the Republican establishment candidates back on top, effectively defeating Trump and paying back Cruz, who is hated by almost everyone.

Such an alliance might also defeat Hillary.

UPDATE 9 (02/08/16): After the most recent GOP debate, Bubble Boy's bubble has popped, which is what happens when you heat a bubble, or poke it with a sharp object, in this case Christie.

Read the Washington Post, The governors exact their revenge on Marco Rubio.

And you must read this take down of The Lying Canadian (© at the Washington Post, Ted Cruz needs an intervention, which notes how despised Cruz is:

"If Cruz does not make it to the presidency, he will no doubt blame the “establishment.” But whether he recognizes it or not, his wife and political advisers surely understand that alumni, roommates, law clerks, former staffers in the George W. Bush campaign and White House (and the president himself), members of Congress and others who have known Cruz — lots and lots of people — consider him socially awkward, nasty, dishonest, a blatant apple-polisher and all-around creepy guy. You can write off a few of these critics as jealous of his success, or liberal antagonists, but all of them? There is something badly amiss here. Cruz, who so obviously lacks emotional intelligence, cannot recognize it, but those closest to him surely must see that something is awry. . .

Politics is about building alliances and trust, having your team’s back and refusing to grandstand to your side’s detriment. It’s also an additive exercise. Drawing bold lines is fine, but you lose unless you can bring people over to your side. Simply inveighing against others will not do it, nor will playing the persecuted victim. . .

[I]f all you have is ambition, the burning desire to climb over others, it becomes evident to voters and colleagues alike. You know the type — the guy always looking over your shoulder to scan for a more important person in the room to engage; the fellow convinced whatever job he has is not big enough for him; and the person so intellectually dishonest, he is willing to rewrite history, deny his own statements and look you in the eye to say “Black is white” and “Up is down.” (Even when apologizing to Dr. Ben Carson for his team spreading a rumor on caucus night that Carson was dropping out, Cruz felt compelled to lie, claiming CNN initially reported Carson was dropping out. CNN blasted back: “What Senator Cruz said tonight in the debate is categorically false. CNN never corrected its reporting because CNN never had anything to correct. The Cruz campaign’s actions the night of the Iowa caucuses had nothing to do with CNN’s reporting. The fact that Senator Cruz continues to knowingly mislead the voters about this is astonishing.”) These behaviors do not sit well with people, who soon catch on that you are using them for selfish ends. Superiors see you are an annoying kiss-up, and other see you as desperate or phony.

Cruz’s shortcomings make it hard to build a winning coalition — or to function in the Senate. The great irony is his ambition may be the biggest barrier to obtain what he thirsts for and has schemed so long to obtain."

If Franken-Trump/Trumpenstein (© wins big tonight, it is hard to see how he'll be stopped.

(It seems at this moment, as noted earlier, that only an alliance of the 2016 GOP candidates who were Republican governors + Rubio (maybe they will include Bubble Boy (h/t to Christie)) -- that is Bush, Christie, and/or Kasich + Rubio, with Gilmore, Huckabee, Jindal, Pataki, Perry and/or Walker in some cabinet positions -- might stop Franken-Trump/Trumpenstein (©

UPDATE 10:  (This update is now a separate, expanded post, focusing on the problem of corrupt crony capitalism and the need for fundamental and systemic change to D.C. (and elsewhere)).

New Hampshire proves it is Revolution16.US.

The anti-establishment candidates, Franken-Trump/Trumpenstein (© and that Socialist Guy, trounced the status quo.  It was especially "hard to imagine the New Hampshire primary going any worse for establishment Republicans."

Even if Hillary bounces back and wins the nomination, the voters who want real fundamental and systemic change won't vote for her. This also explains why the 2016 GOP candidates who were Republican governors can't win.

So who can bring fundamental and systemic change to D.C.  The only candidate who might is Franken-Trump/Trumpenstein (©, he understand why Americans have had it.

On MSNBC's Morning Joe today The Donald "explained his — and Bernie Sanders’s — big wins in New Hampshire this way:
'We’re being ripped off by everybody. And I guess that’s the thing that Bernie Sanders and myself have in common. We know about the trade. But unfortunately he can’t do anything to fix it, whereas I will. I have the best people in the world. We’re losing hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars a year. And we will fix it. And we’ll make it good. And we’ll bring our jobs back. Bernie Sanders can’t even think in terms of that. The only thing he does know, and he’s right about, is that we’re being ripped off; he says that constantly; and I guess he and I are the only two that really say that.'" (That Socialist Guy gets it too, read his victory speech.)

You have to recognize and acknowledge a problem before change can occur.

UPDATE 11 (Because of the importance of this notice, it is now a separate post, which I have updated):

So what can you do to help bring fundamental and systemic change to D.C.

HELP The Donald win the nomination.

Everyone should check your status as a voter with your local election's office. You can also find contact information for your local election office here.

If you are already a properly registered voter and have chosen to affiliate with the Republican party, VOTE for The Donald.

If you are already a properly registered voter and live in a state with an open presidential primary, VOTE for The Donald.  Check with your local election's office, but according to Wikipedia, those states are:

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts (open for ‘unenrolled’/unaffiliated voters only), Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin

All others, register to vote as a member of, and/or change your party affiliation to, the Republican party, before the voter rolls close for the 2016 Presidential primary election.

In Florida, "Tuesday, February 16, 2016 is the last day to register to vote or change party affiliation for those who wish to cast a ballot in the March 15, 2016 Presidential Preference Primary Election."

Then VOTE for The Donald

Don't wait, JUST DO IT!

Check your status as a voter with your local election's office and VOTE!! (And again, you can also find contact information for your local election office here.)


UPDATE 12 (02/12/16):  Want to better understand what millions of American workers have learned through personal experience, that the rigged economy is cheating the American middle class out of good paying American job, then watch 1,400 US workers learn their jobs are moving to Mexico.

This is just one example how of 'Republican party policies have failed Donald Trump’s voters'.

UPDATE 13:  Can The Donald reform D.C.?

The Donald has shown he is an alpha male.  He "appeals fairly broadly in South Carolina — many opponents of Trump I talked with in the state report having some relative who loves him. But there are lots of angry, rural white males at his rallies. They have reason to feel disadvantaged in our economy and overlooked in our politics. This is mixed here (as elsewhere) with baser motives. On racial matters, according to one senior South Carolina Republican, Trump is using 'not a dog whistle but a train whistle.' His Muslim immigration ban was announced in Charleston Harbor, aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier. His questioning of Ted Cruz’s faith because 'not too many evangelicals come out of Cuba' was taken as an argument that Cruz is foreign, not one of us. And the Trump campaign’s willingness to associate with Jake Knotts — the former state senator who famously called Gov. Nikki Haley (R) a racial epithet — has been taken as a signal."

So, you might worry about that last part -- whether The Donald is a racist -- but I don't think he is.

He is a brilliant strategist and, whether he knows if or not, he practices the principles of Sun Tzu. (The Donald's book, The Art of the Deal (again that mistake, it's Trump: The Art of the Deal) is a modern but simplistic restatement of Sun Tzu's The Art of War.)

I don't know if The Donald has wrestled or practiced judo, but he is brilliant at using an opponents strengths and weakness to win.

And The Donald has brilliantly been using Republicans' fears, anger & hatred to win their votes.

Birtherism is just one example, The Donald is too smart to actually believe Birther delusions, The Donald is just playing along. Yet crowds are whipped into such a frenzy, they never realize what The Donald is doing.

A recent example, The Donald "threatened to sue Ted Cruz for 'not being a natural born citizen' if the Texas senator 'doesn't clean up his act'."  This is brilliant, he leverages Birther delusions to control Cruz and siphon off the votes of a few true-believer Birthers

I sometimes call The Donald Franken-Trump/Trumpenstein (© because the Republi-CONs have lost control by creating an environment, especially through hysterical talk radio, that allows The Donald to thrive.  It's too late to talk reason to Republi-CONs, so The Donald uses their fantasies and delusions to control them. 

Absolutely Trump-Brilliant (©!!!!

So, if The Donald can't reform D.C., who could.

The only concern I have is how long The Donald can keep up the con.

 Ergo, The Donald might need help to close the deal, aka win the nomination.

So Vote for The Donald.

UPDATE 14:  Lord knows we need reform in this country.  This blog explains why.

And I had great hope that The Donald could be a reformer.

But now I believe that The Donald is a narcissistic, egomaniacal,  religiously bigoted, misogynistic, racist, xenophobe. (Did I miss anything?)

He is our Hitler, and all good Americans have a duty to fight him and defeat him.

God will accept nothing less.


NO MORE UPDATES:  I never got to explain: What could go wrong?  Are there dark clouds on the horizon?  More later.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Republi-CON Family Values, Alabama Edition

UPDATE III:  "On Monday, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) made what appeared like a typical apology for a politician admitting to a sex scandal. At an unrelated public appearance, he asked for forgiveness from God, from those he hurt and from Alabama residents for his transgressions. . .

But wait a minute. Forgive him for what? Bentley hasn't ever admitted to the affair he has been accused of. He has denied having inappropriate physical contact with his now-former chief political adviser, even as state officials formally file an ethics complaint to see whether he used public money and personnel to carry out the alleged affair.

Most reasonable Alabama residents following this scandal (and many in the state are) would probably sum up their governor's weird apology this way: He's asking them for forgiveness for something everyone is pretty darn sure happened but he won't say happened. It's almost like he's speaking in code to his own state."

Read the Washington Post, As Alabama lawmakers move to impeach, Gov. Robert Bentley struggles to explain himself.

UPDATE II:  "Anyone who has doubts about the importance of journalists in 2016 need be acquainted only with the reporting team at, the largest statewide news organization in Alabama. The group's reporters cracked open a scandal involving their governor's alleged infidelity last week and have been covering the unpredictable fallout aggressively ever since."

Read the Washington Post, The inside story of how Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s sex scandal broke wide open.

Sadly, Northwest Florida's Mullet Wrapper doesn't do investigative journalism anymore.  

UPDATE:  Is The Lying Canadian (© a serial adulterer?

And why is that important?

Because "[e]xposing the hypocrisy of Republican legislators not only makes our political system more honest—it can actually change behavior."

Read Salon, Why Ted Cruz’s sex life matters: The GOP’s toxic “family values” charade deserves continued scrutiny.

He is the Republi-con Governor of Alabama, 73 and was married for 50+ years.

She is 30+ years younger, a married mother of 3 and his a political 'advisor', who he has paid $100,000s to 'assist' him, including $426,978 in 2014 during the Governor's reelection campaign.


Alabama Media Group, Shocking affair allegations, criminal charges and more: It's all Alabama politics,

Heavy, Rebekah Caldwell Mason: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know, and

Alabama Media Group, Gov. Robert Bentley had affair, says fired Alabama top cop.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Countdown to Birther Fools Day 2016

UPDATE: To Gallups' gullibles:  Happy Birther Fool's Day 2016!

Another year, another Birther Fool's Day.

On Friday, March 11, 2016, we learned that Pastor Gullible-Gallups got a cute little Special Deputy badge, then got to look at the binders, with dividers, and was told about the "international forensic analytical laboratory" report, which he can't disclose because he's now a "Special Deputy".

Really, is there anyone who still believes anything Arpaio, Zullo and Gullible-Gallups said?  Only fools!

Remember, how much time has past since the 2014 promised 'universe-shattering' revelations:

That sound you hear is the growing laughter at the Birther delusions.

Anyone who gave money to these bozos should sue!  (I think Zullo and Gullible-Gallups are stringing people along until the statute of limitations on fraud has expired.)


Birther Fool's Day was first celebrated in 2014 on the first day after the month that the universe 'shattered', as promised by the "Sheriff Joe’s Scooby Doo gang" to 'Gallups' gullibles' on 'fellatio Friday' in mid-December 2013 (the 'universe-shattering' twist was being promoted elsewhere in late November).

It is no coincidence that Birther Fool's Day is April 1st.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

This is Hilarious, The Republi-CONs CONplaining That Thier Leading CONidate is a CON Artist

UPDATE VII:  "[Y]ou have to wonder why, exactly, the Republican establishment is really so horrified by Mr. Trump. Yes, he’s a con man, but they all are. So why is this con job different from any other?

The answer, I’d suggest, is that the establishment’s problem with Mr. Trump isn’t the con he brings; it’s the cons he disrupts. . .

[T]he Trump phenomenon threatens the con the G.O.P. establishment has been playing on its own base. I’m talking about the bait and switch in which white voters are induced to hate big government by dog whistles about Those People, but actual policies are all about rewarding the donor class.

As I see it, then, we should actually welcome Mr. Trump’s ascent. Yes, he’s a con man, but he is also effectively acting as a whistle-blower on other people’s cons.

Read The New York Times, Clash of Republican Con Artists.

UPDATE VI:  Speaking of CON artists,

Read the Washington Post, The Donald Trump-endorsing pastor who encourages Sandy Hook hoax questions, which notes that "liberal watchdog Media Matters for America published a lengthy review of what Gallups has said — on his radio show and elsewhere — in support of what it called several fringe theories."

The vile Pastor Truthiness (aka Huckster and Con Man Gullible-Gallups) proudly seemed to think that the article was flattering, which should give you cause to doubt his intelligence.

As noted below, betcha the congregation is really proud of this publicity (NOT).

UPDATE V:  "Let’s dispel with this fiction that the Trump phenomenon represents some kind of unpredictable intrusion into the normal course of Republican politics. On the contrary, the G.O.P. has spent decades encouraging and exploiting the very rage that is now carrying Mr. Trump to the nomination. That rage was bound to spin out of the establishment’s control sooner or later.

Donald Trump is not an accident. His party had it coming."

Read The New York Times, Trump Is No Accident.

UPDATE IV:  Here is a sample of the not so flattering stories now appearing in the press about Pastor You-Know-Who:

"An unhinged pro-Donald Trump preacher is spreading the twisted gospel of the Sandy Hook 'truthers.' . .

Just one month after the third anniversary of the carnage, the reverend delivered a rousing invocation at a Florida rally for The Donald.

The next month, he and a guest on Gallups’ radio program were spewing their vile claims about the mass murder. . .

Gallups was described in a Trump news release as an author, radio and television talk show host and the senior pastor of the Hickory Hammock Baptist Church.

The Baptist reverend did not return a call for comment left Tuesday at his Florida church."

Read the New York Daily News, Rev. Carl Gallups, who gave rousing invocation at Donald Trump rally, is a Sandy Hook truther, says grieving parents are nothing more than Hollywood actors.

Wonder why the vile Pastor has no comment

P.S.  The term was used in several stories, it means: evil or immoral, morally despicable or abhorrent, physically repulsive, foul, of little worth or account, disgustingly or utterly bad.

I think that pretty much describes our so-called Pastor.

UPDATE III:  No surprise here, Pastor Truthiness (aka Huckster and Con Man Gullible-Gallups) endorses and supports the Republi-CON CON Artist CONidate.


MSN, Trump’s new wacko backer: This Sandy Hook truther and obscure Evangelical pastor might be the Donald’s most batsh*t endorser yet (Reprinted from Salon, Trump’s new wacko backer: This Sandy Hook truther and obscure Evangelical pastor might be the Donald’s most batsh*t endorser yet);

Raw Story, Trump’s new Florida ally is a vile Sandy Hook truther who mocks parents with dead children;

Daily Mail, Florida pastor who endorses Donald Trump is a Sandy Hook 'truther': Rev. Carl Gallups claims no-one died in Newtown shootings and grieving parents are Hollywood actors; and

Talking Points Memo, Florida Pastor Who Endorsed Trump Is Vocal Sandy Hook Truther.

Betcha the congregation is really proud of this publicity (NOT).

UPDATE II:  Maybe Franken-Trump/Trumpenstein (© is  the misogynist racists, Birther (forgive me for the tautology), hateful demagogue he has appeared so far to be during the campaign.

"[A]t a campaign rally Saturday in Orlando, leading supporters in what looked very much like a fascist salute.

'Can I have a pledge? A swearing?' Trump asked, raising his right hand and directing his followers to do the same. He then led them in pledging allegiance — not to the flag but to Trump, for which they stand and for whom they vowed to vote.

Trump supporters raised their arms en masse — unfortunately evoking the sort of scene associated with grainy newsreels from Italy and Germany.

The Donald is starting to worry me.

UPDATE:  According to Mitt Romney, Donald Trump is a 'phony, a fraud'.

Of course he is, he's running as a Republi-CON.

This shouldn't surprise anyone who has read this blog since 2009.  Read the 350+ posts (many with numerous updates) labeled Republi-Cons.

As they say, what goes around comes around.

Read USA Today, New ads target Donald Trump as 'con artist'.

I won't be surprised if, before the election, Franken-Trump/Trumpenstein (© claims or admits that his whole campaign is/was a con job

How else could he salvage his historical reputation? I doubt he wants to be remembered as the misogynist racists, Birther (forgive me for the tautology), hateful demagogue he has appeared so far to be during the campaign.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Republi-CON States' Rights Hypocrisy & Myth, Flint Edition

I've not posted many Republi-CONisms lately, but this one is too good to pass up.

"Congress has hamstrung the federal government, giving states the authority to enforce drinking-water standards and all but eliminating the EPA’s power to intervene. This is a pure expression of the conservative doctrine of federalism: States handle things better than the feds because they are closest to the people.

But then came the debacle in Flint, when Michigan authorities embraced cost-saving changes in the city’s water supply and caused mass lead poisoning. Now members of Congress are blaming the EPA for failing to stop the problem — oblivious to the irony that they and their predecessors were the ones who denied the federal government the ability to enforce drinking-water standards in the first place."

Read the Washington Post, The poisonous conservative thinking that caused the Flint crisis.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

IMPORTANT Information on How to Vote For The Donald

UPDATE (03/02/16):  Like the daydreaming milkmaid, I guess I counted my chicken before the eggs hatched.

The window for stopping Donald Trump did not close completely Tuesday night, "leaving the demoralized anti-Trump forces with two weeks and no agreed-upon strategy for denying the New York billionaire the Republican presidential nomination."

Trump pulled out victories in seven of the 11 contests that made up the biggest single primary-caucus night of the nominating season. His remaining rivals — Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ohio Gov. John Kasich — and their allies were left to cling to the flimsiest of hopes that a reversal of his fortunes still lies on the near horizon.

So VOTE for The Donald.

Don't wait, JUST DO IT!

Check your status as a voter with your local election's office and VOTE!! (And again, you can also find contact information for your local election office here.)


Only The Donald can bring fundamental and systemic change to D.C. 

AMENDED NOTICE: this post will remain on top until March 1, 2016, Super Tuesday, because Trump appears headed to victory.

NOTICE:  this post will remain on top until March 15, 2016, after the Florida presidential primary.

To read other posts, please scroll down.

And keep reading the updates posted at Revoltion16.US (aka Revolution 2016: I am a True Trump Believer and Supporter Now)

UPDATE:  So you might wonder, am I a Republican.  Only reluctantly.

When I first registered to vote 35+ years ago, I registered as a Democrat.  Why, because everyone was a Democrat. And if you didn't register as a Democrat, then you didn't get to vote for local offices because the real election for local offices was in the Democratic primary.  But if I had know better, I never would have been a Democrat, because it was the party of Southern racists.

Beginning with the Civil Rights Voting Act of 1965, but especially in the 1980s with Reagan's Southern Strategy, the Republican party willingly and eagerly welcomed racist and became the party of Southern racists.

Don't ignore the truth, read more about "[h]ow racism explains Republicans’ rise in the South". The term states’ rights was a code word for "explicitly racist policies" and the Confederate Flag was not a symbol of genteel 'Southern heritage' but a heritage of hate symbolizing and endorsing "on some level, even if secretly or subconsciously, the very rationale for the Confederacy . . and the great treason of the South in the 19th century, of its secession from the Union in defense of slavery, and its rejection of patriotism and nationalism. . . resurrected in the 1940s and 1950s as part of a massive resistance campaign against the civil rights movement. It wouldn’t exist in our national popular culture without this moment, when African Americans fought for their equality, and the battle flag was recovered and redeployed as a symbol of opposition to it. . . a very blatant, full-throated defense of white supremacy".

In any case, I resisted the temptation to change parties, but the Democratic party has abandon the South, and now, if you don't vote in the Republican party, you don't get to vote for local offices.

If you can't beat them, join them. 

So I'm a reluctant, but non-racist, Republican, and I vote.  Here is my 2016 Presidential primary election ballot:

And here's my vote for Franken-Trump/Trumpenstein (©

So VOTE for The Donald.

Don't wait, JUST DO IT!

Check your status as a voter with your local election's office and VOTE!! (And again, you can also find contact information for your local election office here.)


Only The Donald can bring fundamental and systemic change to D.C. 

From I am a True Trump Believer and Supporter Now, UPDATE 11:

So what can you do to help bring fundamental and systemic change to D.C.

HELP The Donald win the nomination.

Everyone should check your status as a voter with your local election's office. You can also find contact information for your local election office here.

If you are already a properly registered voter and have chosen to affiliate with the Republican party, VOTE for The Donald.

If you are already a properly registered voter and live in a state with an open presidential primary, VOTE for The Donald.  Check with your local election's office, but according to Wikipedia, those states are:

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts (open for ‘unenrolled’/unaffiliated voters only), Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin

All others, register to vote as a member of, and/or change your party affiliation to, the Republican party, before the voter rolls close for the 2016 Presidential primary election.

In Florida, "Tuesday, February 16, 2016 is the last day to register to vote or change party affiliation for those who wish to cast a ballot in the March 15, 2016 Presidential Preference Primary Election."

Then VOTE for The Donald

Don't wait, JUST DO IT!

Check your status as a voter with your local election's office and VOTE!! (And again, you can also find contact information for your local election office here.)