Monday, August 21, 2017

Trump Gives White Nationalists the Legitimacy They Desire But Don’t Deserve…

Since our pretend pResident fully and unabashedly showed his true colors following the white supremacy gathering in Charlottesville, VA this weblog has remained silent. It will no longer do so.

Trump’s stunning lack of historical perspective, his obvious soft spot for white nationalism and the white supremacy movement is unprecedented. No former president of the modern era has ever filled the sails of the white nationalist and white supremacist ideology and movement as Trump has done. Disgraceful at best, evil and dangerous at its worst.

Trump deserves condemnation by all ethical and moral people, conservatives, moderates, progressives, democrats, republicans, democratic socialists, religious and non-religious folks alike. America defeated Nazism and white supremacy in the 40″s, or so we thought. The ugly head of this ideology and movement has raised once again, fed by the Trump administration. It must be resisted, defeated, and relegated to the dust bin of history once and for all.

More right HERE.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Bipartisan Effort To Protect Mueller In Senate...

Washington (CNN) - Support is gathering behind a bipartisan push to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from potentially being fired by President Donald Trump.

Sen. Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican, and Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, plan to introduce a measure Thursday that would bar the President from directly firing any special counsel -- retroactive to Mueller's appointment in May.

"The President would maintain the power to remove the special counsel, but we would just want to make sure that it had merit and have that back-end judicial process," Tillis said Thursday morning on CNN's "Newsroom."

"And if there is a termination, we just want to make sure, through judicial review, that it was warranted," he added.

The measure would also effectively shut down another avenue for firing Mueller -- mandating that only an attorney general confirmed by the Senate would have the power to remove the special counsel. Trump has openly blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the federal Russia probe, leading to speculation he may try and find a new attorney general who would fire Mueller.

Tillis voiced support for Sessions Thursday, saying the attorney general is "doing a great job." The Republican lawmaker also warned that if the bipartisan proposal passes through Congress and Trump decides to veto the legislation, "it means that we'd have work to do potentially override a veto."

Given Trump's difficulty with honesty, essentially rendering him a man without integrity, this is a very welcome development. His attorneys later statement that Trump has no plans to fire Mueller is as suspect, or more so than anything Trump might say himself.

For anyone who truly wants to drain the swamp starting with Trump, his henchmen, and attorneys would be a wonderful and logical place to start.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Life Is Just Too Short...

As you've no doubt noticed we haven't posted regularly for some time. It's not because there are no issues worth expounding on, rather it is because of the chaotic and dysfunctional state of out federal government. The representatives of the PEOPLE of this nation and the POTUS have created and continue to pursue a winner take all strategy. In other words they have created the perpetual zero sum game. We are, have been, and will likely continue to be in a constant state of internal conflict.

Call us wimpy if you like, but, too much time spent analyzing and contemplating what we consider to be absurdity is all together too time consuming, unproductive, and ultimately frustrating. Put another way it's too damn taxing. There are simply better and more important things to do. Life and its numerous joys are much more important than spending time in constant unchanging loop of absurd nonsense.

We will not say, both sides do it or, both sides are equally responsible  because such a statement is blatantly untrue. Especially over prior twelve plus years. There is a degree of shared responsibility and we leave it to each individual to determine for themselves what that may be.

Fact is most Americans, conservatives, libertarians, liberals, progressives, and social democrats do not want their democratic republic government telling them what they should believe, who they should or should not love, what they can do in the privacy of their homes (violence and abusive behavior exclude),  where they should send their kids to school, who they select as their doctor, and, we are sure, a myriad of other personal issues.

Conservatives and libertarians typically talk about government always having its hands in their pocketbooks and wallets. For them its about taking there hard earned money at the point of a gun. They view the functions of government differently than liberals, progressives, and  democratic socialists who believe the government as a role in society beyond defenses, the courts, and keeping the streets safe. The social conscience of the person on the left tells them those with much out to help those with less. Government is the vehicle they view as the best way to insure this. As opposed to private charities and charitable donations as conservatives and libertarians advocate.

For the independent who sees validity in both positions and recognizes no one wants to be dictated to by their government, the current political environment is maddening, self-destructive, and unnecessary. But, that's just our independent view.  Now it is time to turn to important things, those things within  our control. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Senator John McCain Providing Real Leadership...



Compromise that leads to a bill that supports the American people by giving them all a healthcare system that is superior to what they have now and can afford is the responsibility of those serving the public. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness can only be had if one is healthy.

So... get serious, get started, and move the healthcare system of the nation forward rather than backwards.

Friday, June 30, 2017

When It Comes To Bleeding, tRump Is Obviously Experiencing Brain Hemorrhaging ...

We're BACK! For a day anyway...

"We're OK, the country's not," the two said on the 7 a.m. hour of their show, 'Morning Joe.'

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough delayed their planned vacation and appeared on their show Morning Joe Friday morning to respond to President Trump's shockingly personal attack on them a day earlier.

"I’m fine," Brzezinski said. "My family brought me up really tough. This is absolutely nothing for me personally. But I am very concerned as to what this once again reveals about the president of the United States."

"We’re OK, the country’s not," Scarborough said. "Yesterday was just another example of how deeply personal he is. He attacks women because he fears women."

Brzezinski also said she's concerned about the larger ramifications of Trump's actions, and what they signify. "He appears to have a fragile, childlike, impetuous ego that we’ve seen over and again, especially with women," she said. "It’s like he can’t take it."

Brzezinski said she does not regret the segment that allegedly incited Trump, during which she joked about how the president reportedly hung a fake Time magazine cover of himself in his home.

"I thought it was hilarious, and I still do," she said. "I stand by my joke."

The two also pushed back on Trump's comments in his weekly column for The Washington Post, correcting the narrative about their interaction with them at his home in Florida around New Year's Eve, and passing along a story about a planned hit-piece in the National Enquirer.

"This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked," they wrote. "We ignored their desperate pleas."

On their show Friday, Brzezinski said: "They were calling children, they were calling my close friends, they were pinning the story on my ex-husband."

Scarborough mentioned that Trump is friends with David Pecker, who owns the Enquirer's parent company.

"Donald Trump called me during the campaign and bragged about his friend who runs the National Enquirer," he said. "There were all these stories that were planted in the National Enquirer for people who Donald Trump wanted to attack."

The BLOTUS is indeed an ill man. A sociopath as well as a pathological liar. A nan seriously in need of physiological and emotional counseling. Amd the nation waits...

Complete article with video segment BELOW THE FOLD.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

We're Rebuilding Our WordPress Site...

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We are presently rebuilding Rational Nation USA WordPress site. It has a new look, one we think best reflects who we  are. it also has a new feel, one we hope will enhance your browsing enjoyment. 

Our new and soon to be improved weblog can be found here ...

We may occasionally visit this old Blogger site from time to time. We might even post a quickie every so often just to remind why we decided to leave Blogger for greener pastures on WordPress in the first place.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Says It All...

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As America Opens Its Eyes...

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Americans Now Evenly Divided on Impeaching Trump

PPP's new national poll finds that Donald Trump's popularity as President has declined precipitously just over the last two weeks. On our first poll of his Presidency voters were evenly divided on Trump, with 44% approving of him and 44% also disapproving. Now his approval rating is 43%, while his disapproval has gone all the way up to 53%. If voters could choose they'd rather have both Barack Obama (52/44) or Hillary Clinton (49/45) instead of Trump.

Just three weeks into his administration, voters are already evenly divided on the issue of impeaching Trump with 46% in favor and 46% opposed. Support for impeaching Trump has crept up from 35% 2 weeks ago, to 40% last week, to its 46% standing this week. While Clinton voters initially only supported Trump's impeachment 65/14, after seeing him in office over the last few weeks that's gone up already to 83/6

America is beginning to wake up to the reality they elected a HORSES ASS in November.

Continue reading BELOW THE FOLD .

Thursday, February 9, 2017

trump's Propaganda Must Be Exposed And Destroyed...

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Chris Cuomo has it exactly right. Although his words were much to polite in describing the constant allegations of "fake news" trump uses in his attempt to delegitimize journalists and news organizations that disagree with his agenda and policies.

While this site absolutely agrees that the Office of the President is always deserving of respect the present occupant of the Office of the President  is deserving of little to no respect whatsoever.


Attacks on the press for being ‘fake news’ have become a staple of President Trump‘s rhetoric, with CNN — hosts/reporters included — often being called out by name.

“The only thing that’s bothersome about it, is that I see being called ‘fake news’ as the equivalent of the n-word for journalists, the equivalent of calling an Italian any of the ugly words that people have for that ethnicity.That’s what fake news is to a journalist.,” CNN’s Chris Cuomo told Michael Smerconish on SiriusXM POTUS (Ch. 124) Thursday.

“It is an ugly insult and you better be right if you’re going to charge a journalist with lying on purpose and the president was not right here and he has not been right in the past,” Cuomo added.

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Cuomo was targeted in a @realDonaldTrump tweet in reference to his line of questioning aimed at Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Cuomo quickly refuted Trump’s commentary, showing a video clip that disputed the president’s claims.

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“It is naive for someone to not see the value in a clear picture of the good, bad and ugly that is going on in the mind of the most powerful man in the world,” Cuomo explained, referring Trump’s tweets. “This is a gift to journalists. It is a gift to any empowered citizen who wants to know what the motivations are for the workings of their government. We’ve never gotten this kind of unvarnished insight into a president’s motivations.”

Cuomo also made clear that he believes “the president deserves respect.”

“The office deserves respect. The office demands fairness. The office demands testing of what is said and what is done,” Cuomo said.
“And when he says something that is false, or as you say ‘demonstrably false,’ that matters,” he added. “His words have implications, we’re seeing them, we’re hearing them echo around the international political sphere. It matters what he says.”

While Cuomo admitted, “I think there’s a learning curve in that job for everybody,” he reminded journalists that they have a specific role when covering the president.









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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

trump's Alternative False Facts Apparently Catching On... Among republicans Anyway


Democracy and our democratic republic is screwed. Republicans have finally succeeded in dumbing down America enough that it is willing to accept that down is up and up is down. That faith is science and science is conjecture. That by jettisoning our principles as a nation we will somehow become Great Again. That non Anglo Saxon cultures are a mortal threat to or security. That an ex KGB brutal authoritarian is to be trusted. That a man who stated he was a Leninist and wanted to bring the establishment down is deserving of a place on the NSC. That the education of the next generation should be entrusted to a women that knows squat about education. That truth and journalistic integrity is false facts and conspiracy theory is truth. There is more but you folks who believe the BS can do the homework yourself. If you actually care about the country and our republic.

The Trump administration is more trusted than the news media among voters, according to a new Emerson College poll.
The administration is considered truthful by 49 percent of registered voters and untruthful by 48 percent.
But the news media is less trusted than the administration, with 53 percent calling it untruthful and just 39 percent finding it honest.
The numbers split along party lines, with nearly 9 in 10 Republicans saying the Trump administration is truthful, compared with more than 3 in 4 Democrats who say the opposite.
The Emerson poll found that 69 percent of Democrats think the news media is truthful while 91 percent of Republicans consider the Fourth Estate untruthful.
Independents, meanwhile, believe both the administration and the news media are untruthful, with 52 percent saying the administration is untruthful and 47 percent saying the same about the media.
The poll echoes Gallup's annual poll on the public's trust in media, which showed before the election that 32 percent of Americans trusted the institution, including just 14 percent of Republicans.
The poll was conducted Feb. 5-6 with a sample of 617 registered voters and a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.
 
One can only imagine what our rational founding fathers would think if they could know what their experiment in democracy has devolved into. The future can thank the republican party and trump for losing the promise.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

GOP Making It Easier to Hack and Suppress...

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With trump as our president, a man no one should trust, and the legislative branch firmly in republican/conservative control is it surprising this happened? Or that is was and remains largely unknown by the American electorate.?

Never a conspiracy theorist it has become increasingly difficult not to believe and accept that voter suppression, rather than voter fraud, is the greater threat by far to our democratic republic.

In a little-noticed 6-3 vote today, the House Administration Committee voted along party lines to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which helps states run elections and is the only federal agency charged with making sure voting machines can’t be hacked. The EAC was created after the disastrous 2000 election in Florida as part of the Help America Vote Act to rectify problems like butterfly ballots and hanging chads. (Republicans have tried to kill the agency for years.) The Committee also voted to eliminate the public-financing system for presidential elections dating back to the 1970s.

“It is my firm belief that the EAC has outlived its usefulness and purpose,” said Committee chair Gregg Harper (R-MS), explaining why his bill transfers the EAC’s authority to the Federal Election Commission. 

Thirty-eight pro-democracy groups, including the NAACP and Common Cause, denounced the vote. “The EAC is the only federal agency which has as its central mission the improvement of election administration, and it undertakes essential activities that no other institution is equipped to address,” says the Brennan Center for Justice.

This move is particularly worrisome given reports that suspected Russian hackers attempted to access voter-registration systems in more than 20 states during the 2016 election. Moreover, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration set up by President Obama in 2014 outlined an “impending crisis” in voting technology and the Brennan Center found that 42 states used voting machines in 2016 that were at least a decade-old and at risk of failing. The EAC was the agency tasked with making sure these voting systems were both modernized and secure.

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It’s particularly ironic that the Trump administration is preparing to launch a massive investigation into nonexistent voter fraud based on the lie that millions voted illegally while House Republicans are shutting down the agency that is supposed to make sure America’s elections are secure. It’s more proof of how the GOP’s real agenda is to make it harder to vote.    

More BELOW THE FOLD .

Monday, February 6, 2017

America Is Resisting The Minority and Un American Rule of trump... And It's Working

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Patriotic Americans must keep marching, protesting (peacefully), and challenging every undemocratic, un-American, and authoritarian thing on trump's agenda. It is having the desired positive affect.

VOX - It’s easy to miss amidst Donald Trump’s frenetic pace of activity and nonstop media coverage, but the most important story in American politics right now isn’t about what Trump’s doing: It’s that the opposition is working.

The millions of people who marched in Washington and other cities around the world on inauguration weekend and then demonstrated again at airports the following weekend are making a concrete difference in the world. So are the tens of thousands who’ve called members of Congress or showed up in person at their events.

Trump is getting things done, but all presidents do that. Look at what he’s not getting done. A Republican-controlled Congress bowed to public outrage over an attempt to water down an ethics office. Trump dramatically downscaled his own executive order barring entry to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries. He’s having unprecedented difficulty getting his Cabinet nominees confirmed even though the Senate’s rules have changed to make confirmations easier than ever. Conservatives in Congress have put their big plans to privatize Medicare and public lands on hold. And the drive to repeal the Affordable Care Act is running into very big trouble.

None of this is based on the discipline and self-restraint on the part of the White House. It’s thanks to bold acts of resistance. The result is lives have been saved, many more lives have been demonstrably improved, and the proven template for future success has been created.

Not only have the resisters already markedly altered the trajectory of public policy, they have begun to make a difference in each other’s lives and their own conceptions of themselves. And this is the greatest threat to the Trump movement.

For the moment, Trumpism holds the vast preponderance of political power despite its thin electoral base. That means Trumpism will make progress, even in the face of effective resistance. But for the positioning to hold, Trump needs to convince his opponents that they are failing, so the prophesy will become self-fulfilling.

That is why it’s crucial for Trump’s opponents to be aware that protestors’ efforts are not futile. We know they can succeed because they are already succeeding. What’s needed is for Trump’s critics to continue to resist the siren song of sectarianism and keep at it. If they do, Trumpism will be buried.

More BELOW THE FOLD

Friday, February 3, 2017

Returning To Pre Dodd-Frank? Another Executive Order... trump File Day #10


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Republicans are again in charge. trump, the billionaire business and tax tax cheat is signing another executive order to roll back Dodd-Frank. Removing safeguards put into place by the Obama administration to shield the nation's economy from another meltdown trump is anxious to return to the freer wheeling unregulated days of yesteryear.

President Trump signed two directives on Friday, ordering a review of financial industry regulations known as Dodd-Frank and halting implementation of a rule that requires financial advisers to act in the best interests of their clients, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.

Trump himself made his intentions clear in a meeting with small business owners Monday. "Dodd-Frank is a disaster," Trump said. "We're going to be doing a big number on Dodd-Frank."

These executive actions are the start of a Trump administration effort to reverse or revise financial regulations put in place by the Obama administration and seen by Trump and his advisers as onerous and ineffective.

Based on the description given by the administration official who briefed reporters, the directives the president is expected to sign Friday won't immediately do a big number on the law. The directive will instruct the Treasury secretary to meet with the agencies that oversee the law to identify possible changes.

"Americans are going to have better choices and Americans are going to have better products because we're not going to burden the banks with literally hundreds of billions of dollars of regulatory costs every year," said National Economic Council director Gary Cohn in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Cohn, who was president and COO at the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs before joining the administration, added, "The banks are going to be able to price product more efficiently and more effectively to consumers."

The president of the nonprofit Wall Street watchdog Better Markets issued a statement blasting Friday's actions.

"The American people trusted candidate Trump when he said he was going to protect them from Wall Street's recklessness, but President Trump has betrayed that trust," Dennis Kelleher's statement says. "He is unleashing Wall Street on Main Street, which is exactly what the financial protections of Dodd Frank were put in place to prevent."

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Dodd-Frank, passed in 2010, is made up of many provisions across many different regulatory agencies, some of which — like the Labor Department's Fiduciary Rule — have yet to be implemented.

The intent of the law was to implement comprehensive safeguards to monitor and regulate financial institutions so their potential failures would not pose a risk to the entire economy.
Full NPR article BELOW THE FOLD.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pelosi Hits Bannon Hard and trump By Extension... Trump File Day #9...

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It's time rational republicans and conservatives grow a set of palle and start standing up to the insanity trump has ushered into our government.



Never a Pelosi fan really, but on this one she is SPOT ON.

Article below the fold.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Conspiracy Theorists Possibly To Receive Press Credentials... (trump file day 8)

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Whoopee! Alex Jones and InfoWars to possibly get press credentials from the trump House in DC. Alternative facts and conspiracy journalism to gain prominence in the era of trump.

There’s too much crazy shit happening to keep track of it all. But let’s take a moment to reflect on the fact that Alex Jones, the nation’s leading conspiracy theorist and an ally of the president, appears to be on the verge of getting White House briefing room access for his conspiracy website

“I know I can get White House credentials, we've already been offered them, we're going to get them, but I've just got to spend the money to send somebody there,” Jones said in a video posted to his YouTube account last week. “Might be good to put a few reporters there, it's just all a money issue.”


After we reported Jones’ comments, a White House press aide issued a non-denial denial, telling BuzzFeed News that Jones himself “is not credentialed” and that the “White House press office has not offered him credentials.” Jones then claimed he had been taken out of context and was just considering applying for credentials.

But on Tuesday, Jerome Corsi -- Infowars’ newly-minted Washington, D.C., bureau chief and the author of the birther tome Where’s The Birth Certificate? -- announced that he had submitted the pertinent information to the White House to receive credentials. According to Corsi, the “White House press office today didn’t think there would be any problem in Infowars and Alex Jones and me getting press credentials.”

Here’s a brief list of Jones’ panoply of horribles:

Full article BELOW THE FOLD .

Conservatism In The Age Of The Tea Party and trump...

-MANY PRESENT DAY CONSERVATIVES-

People so close minded the vice grip on their brain has rendered them unable to think beyond conservative platitudes and hyperbole. Breitbart and InfoWars often constitute their base of knowledge.

Merriam Webster:  not willing to consider different ideas or opinions :  having or showing a closed mind  - He's becoming increasingly closed-minded in his old age.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Running Trump File Day 7...


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The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.



Following is an audio version of a recent article by David Frum published in The Atlantic.

Given trump’s presidential campaign and the record of his first 11 days in office the scenario Frum lays out is entirely possible. If democrats, moderate republicans, and independents don’t join together to defeat this yuuuge abscess four years from now it is entirely likely.



Monday, January 30, 2017

Running Trump File Day 5...


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America is f**ked. We now have a certifiable lunatic as President of our once Great Nation. A man who is severely lacking in diplomatic skills, lacks a basic understanding of our constitution, has shown disdain for America’s most cherished tradition, sees himself as infallible, sows bigotry and hate, has ignited protests at home and across the globe - the result of his knee jerk executive travel ban, is a known to be a conspiracy theorist, travels in and spreads alternative facts – in other words lies frequently, and now what you see directly below.

WASHINGTONThe whirlwind first week of Donald J. Trump’s presidency had all the bravura hallmarks of a Stephen K. Bannon production.
It started with the doom-hued inauguration homily to “American carnage” in United States cities co-written by Mr. Bannon, followed a few days later by his “shut up” message to the news media. The week culminated with a blizzard of executive orders, mostly hatched by Mr. Bannon’s team and the White House policy adviser, Stephen Miller, aimed at disorienting the “enemy,” fulfilling campaign promises and distracting attention from Mr. Trump’s less than flawless debut.

But the defining moment for Mr. Bannon came Saturday night in the form of an executive order giving the rumpled right-wing agitator a full seat on the “principals committee” of the National Security Council — while downgrading the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence, who will now attend only when the council is considering issues in their direct areas of responsibilities. It is a startling elevation of a political adviser, to a status alongside the secretaries of state and defense, and over the president’s top military and intelligence advisers

Trump, now that he occupies the most powerful office in the world, is a very dangerous man. He is a threat to our domestic tranquility as well as s threat to our national security. Not to mention a threat to the freedom and civil liberties of each and every American.
Unless the congressional majority is flipped in 2018 and trump defeated in 2020 our nation may very well sustain irreversible damage both domestically and internationally.
A man-CHILD should never hold the reins of power and have his hands anywhere near the nuclear launch code. Yet this is what America did this past November.

Read the full article HERE.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

So, What's True?...


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We’re hearing a great deal about alternative facts, fake news, that the media is the opposition party, as well as a steady stream of hyperbole and platitudes casting the other side as the side that a engages in undesirable and unethical behavior.  In fact neither the conservative or liberal media, conservative or liberal politicians are immune from bias.

 Bias is something all people are prone to. An individual’s environment, his upbringing, education, career path, and indeed the total of one’s life experiences shapes their biases. As a person ages and gains experience their biases can change.  Bias is a powerful driver on how we view reality and the world.

Another factor that often works in forming a person’s bias is their own self-interest. It is this writer’s contention that politicians are heavily affected by their own personal self-interests and as a result fail to serve their constituency honestly as they should.

To expect journalists as well as others in the media to be immune from bias is naïve. However, good journalists and newscasters are acutely aware of their own bias and are able to separate facts from bias and emotion. They fully understand their role is to honestly report facts that are supported by verifiable evidence.

Unfortunately not every journalist and newscaster, or news organization for that matter, holds themselves to the highest journalistic standards. For whatever reason (usually money or political agenda) they make the decision to play to their own biases as well as those of the American people and allow themselves to compromise the truth.

The graphics below illustrates the above I think. Truth is generally found at the center (middle) or somewhere near the center. The further you move from center in journalism and politics the more bias is at play. Extreme political ideologies are supported my extremely biased journalists and reporters and more often than not there is little truth in what either write or say.
Pay attention to both the X and Y axis.



Friday, January 27, 2017

Running Trump File Day 4 and More.

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Today, just a few interesting links. Applied for Social Security retirement benefits and Medicare online today (easy but more time consuming than advertised), and now it is time to celebrate. First I'm putting up what I think are a few interesting articles and then off to Iron Duke Brewery for the best brews in Western Massachusetts. Of course the drinking will be responsible and the conversation lively.

The end of Sarah Palin is here

FINALLY!

Mexico's Vicente Fox to Trump: We are 'ready for the trade war'

Who could've guessed?

Trump and the Republicans Are on a Suicide Mission Together

REALLY?

Mikhail Gorbachev: ‘It All Looks as if the World Is Preparing for War’

It sure does look that way Mikhail. Throttle down with trump's foot on the gas pedal.

New U.S. U.N. envoy warns allies: back us or we'll take names

Here it comes, the bully threatens!

Have a great weekend all.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bannon Tells Press To Shut Up...


Americans should be concerned. Very concerned. Stephen Bannon, chief strategist for Donald Trump has just told the press to shut up. That they are the opposition party. It falls in line with the Trump administration’s narrative that the news media disseminates “fake news”, essentially saying that Trump and his administration have the “real news”.
Trump (we refuse to refer to him as president in our commentary) has a plan, a plan to turn documented truth into lies by a constant onslaught on the legitimacy and integrity of the press. As the press is, and always has been, the watchdog our democracy (democratic republic). One of our republic’s strength has always been the free and independent press. And now we have an administration that is openly showing us its hand. It wants the media to shut up or report events as Trump and his administration wants them reported. Using the administration’s alternative facts.

Running Trump File Day 3...


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Another day passes as Trump continues his flurry of executive orders (remember the hoopla over President Obama’s use of executive orders) and moving on his promises to reshape USA politics and government. He is not only shaking up this country he has the global community on pins and needles as well. Our hope is he doesn’t create a shell the size of which only we can fit in.

Then there is the danger that truth and our civil liberties will disappear under a Trump administration as we approach realizing a Orwellian dystopia. More on that later.








Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Running Trump File Day 2...


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As we enter the era of Trump, or as we prefer to say here at Rational Nation USA, The Era of Trumpspeak, the new administration continues its unfounded claims of voter fraud, begins to make good on his border wall promise and cracking down on refugees entering the US, is preparing an executive order to re-open “black sites” where terrorist suspects were detained and tortured prior to President Obama closing them down, is preparing orders to reduce funding of the UN, and has given instructions to pull the page on climate change from the EPA website.

Read the full stories on all by clicking on the links below.

Trump Orders Mexican Border Wall to Be Built and Is Expected to Block Syrian Refugees
Trump Poised to Lift Ban on C.I.A. ‘Black Site’ Prisons
Trump Prepares Orders Aiming at Global Funding and Treaties
Trump administration tells EPA to cut climate page from website: sources

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Our Running Trump File...


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President Trump is on a feverish pace to implement his personal agenda. From rolling back regulatory controls to repealing the ACA (ObamaCare), as well as his apparent desire to bring to life a government like Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, President Trump is digging into dismantling DC as we’ve known it. Just as he promised to do.
This weblog owner hasn’t the time or the desire to comment on the President’s efforts at changing America into something the majority of its citizens do not want. Going forward from today we will be simply posting the linked bylines of 3-8 articles we feel have merit for our readership to consider.
























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Monday, January 23, 2017

President Trump, a man Who Knows No Humility...


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Our nation's new President is lacking in many qualities generally found in a President of the United States, and glaringly so. President Trump has been identified by many professionals as having traits unbecoming of a leader of the free world. He is seen as a narcissist, a misogynist, a xenophobe, a bigot, a con artist, and one without a clear vison for our country or a real plan as to how to guide over the next four years.

To a greater or lesser degree all of the above may be or may not be true. Our nation and its people are going to have to wait to see how President Trump performs in office before we as a nation can know for certain. All indications are it won't go well, but, we can always hope for the best. Really, that's all we can do for now.

Yesterday I ran across the following article in The New York Times that really hit home. It defines one of President Trump's weakest character traits. He lacks the capacity to be humble because he doesn't understand why it is important. Greater men and women do.


WASHINGTON — The word popped up in the opening sentence of Barack Obama’s first Inaugural Address and in the opening paragraphs of George W. Bush’s.

“Humbled,” each man said of himself, and while it was pure cliché, it was also what we wanted and needed: a sign, no matter how rote, that even someone self-assured enough to pursue the presidency was taking the measure of that responsibility and asking if he was worthy of it.
Does that question cross Donald Trump’s mind?

I don’t think so.

I certainly didn’t get that sense from his inaugural remarks, and not just because “humbled” went missing. As he stood just feet from four of the last six presidents, he trashed them, talking about a Washington establishment blind and deaf to the struggles of less fortunate Americans.

He characterized his election as part of “a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen.” Forget about his loss of the popular vote. Or his 40 percent favorability rating. Or the puny crowd at his inauguration in comparison with the throngs at Obama’s eight years ago. Trump remained a singular man on a singular mission — a legend in his own mind.

We’ve already become so accustomed to his egomania that we sometimes forget how remarkable it is. He’s a braggart beyond his predecessors in the Oval Office, and that says something sad and scary about the country that elected him and the kind of leader he’s likely to be. With Trump we enter a new age of arrogance. He’s the cock crowing at its dawn.

SKIP

It was a dark speech, bemoaning “this American carnage” of gangs and drugs. It was a mean speech, insulting every one of his new colleagues by describing politicians as “all talk and no action — constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.”

But mostly it was a flat speech, bereft of the poetry that this tense juncture called for. He used pared-down language, simple sentences and a sluggish delivery, as if he were reading to children. Call it the “Goodnight Moon” of Inaugural Addresses.

He does as he pleases, expectations be damned, and indeed the most striking aspect of Trump’s transition was an absence of humility. Although he owed his Electoral College win to just 77,000 votes in three states, and it was clouded by questions about James Comey and the Russians, he didn’t bother much with outreach to adversaries or appeals for unity.

He put together that high-I.Q. team of his with few of the usual courtesies and considerations. None of his cabinet nominees are Democrats. None is Latino. Only one, Ben Carson, his choice for housing secretary, is black.
Many are billionaires or bigmouths whose outsize vanity mirrors Trump’s.

SKIP

His campaign was an unprecedented orgy of self-congratulation. At the start of almost every rally, he trumpeted his poll numbers, and I don’t mean a few quick bleats — I mean a vulgar music that could go on for minutes. At the conclusion of almost every debate, he announced how brilliantly he’d done.

When he stepped up to a microphone to introduce Mike Pence as his running mate, he seemed to forget all about him, and instead paid tribute to himself in a rambling soliloquy more than 20 minutes long. He didn’t stick around onstage for Pence’s remarks.

At the Republican National Convention, warning of national decline, he thundered, “I alone can fix it.” And in the months before and after, he complimented himself out loud and lavishly on everything from the magnitude of his wealth to the majesty of his phallus. That might have disqualified him in another era, but Americans stomached it. More than that, they rewarded it, proving that ours is a different moment, with different mores.

SKIP

It’s staggering, and it’s endless. During his only real news conference as president-elect, he mused that he could master the management of the country and of his business simultaneously, noting that while the law bars other government officials from such double duty, there’s no such formal restriction on the president.

“I would be the only one that would be able to do that,” he said. “I could run the Trump Organization — great, great company — and I could run the country. I’d do a very good job.” It was like a Russian nesting doll of self-infatuation: boast within boast within boast.

SKIP

What does that bode for the coming months? We’ve seen hints in the past ones. Under fire, Trump rages, rails and frequently doubles down on his convictions and even his fictions. He rearranges reality to suit his self-regard, flinging accusations of “rigged” surveys and “fake news.”

A humbler man would doubt himself, extend an olive branch to his enemies, contemplate a middle ground. But then a humbler man wouldn’t have come down that escalator at Trump Tower and proceed to say what Trump said and do what he did. As I watched him flourish, I watched humility die. On Friday, our 45th president said its last rites.

There is much more in the article which cane be found HERE in full.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

May PEOTUS Trump Reap That Which He Has Sowed...

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This weblog shares the sentiments of the author of the following open letter to PEOTUS Donald J. Trump. Bob Weidman expresses what nearly 63% of the American people are thinking tonight to one degree or another. Mr. Weidman’s open letter was published in The Huffington Post earlier this evening.

Dear Mr. Trump:

On the eve of your inauguration, and with all due respect to the office of the Presidency you are soon to hold, the deference you have earned, and the essential decency of the American people:

Fuck you, you fucking fuck.

I wish there were other words, but these are trying times, and trying times call for honesty, a concept with which you are clearly unacquainted. And I have to say what’s in my heart. So fuck you, you fucking fuck.

I am not going to pretend there is anything normal about your presidency. I am not going to pretend that you are entitled to respect. You are entitled to nothing. Not a chance to prove yourself, not an ounce of trust. Your actions since the election have destroyed whatever good will I may have been inclined to extend.

You are trying to divide the American people, and I will not have it. We are all Americans, regardless of whether we support you, or hate you, or belittle you, or are working to destroy you. You have a responsibility to build bridges and find common ground and act in the interest of the American people. All of the American people. And everything you have done since your election has betrayed this foundational American principle. You are an embarrassment and a disgrace to our country and everything it stands for. You are a clown, a laughingstock to the world, a pathetic
little man. And I will fight you.

I’m sick of seeing you on TV. I’m sick of looking at you and your tiny sausage fingers. I’m sick of reading about your golden showers. I’m sick of the bullshit and the lies and the corruption and the hate and the stupidity.


Through your actions over the course of the campaign and since the election, you have demonstrated clearly who you are:

You are fake news.
You are not legitimate.
You have sacrificed nothing.
You are a false celebrity.
You are a sufferer of micropenis.
You are all talk and no action.
You are a tiny fraction of the man John Lewis is.
You are the puppet.
You are crooked.
You are corrupt as the day is long.And tomorrow you will be President - start fucking acting like it.

By the time you read this, as President of the United States, you will be a public servant (a term I’m sure you despise). And that means you work for us. All of us: Muslim Americans and Hispanic Americans and Jewish Americans and African Americans and LGBTQ Americans and female Americans and Americans with disabilities and Native Americans and urban Americans and immigrant Americans and sick Americans and poor Americans. Whether we voted for you or not. And we will not be divided. Every day that you are working to divide us, I will be working to ensure that your agenda to destroy the America I love fails. I will be working to make America great again - like it was under President Obama. And I will be looking forward to the day when I can open the pages of the mainstream media you hate and read the headline in the largest possible type “YOU’RE FIRED.” I doubt it will take four years.

In the meantime, fuck you. Fuck Mike Pence. Fuck Steve Bannon. Fuck Rex Tillerson and Betsy DeVos and Scott Pruitt and the rest of the deplorables in your cabinet. Fuck your Supreme Court nominee preemptively. Fuck Donald Jr. and fuck Eric (especially Eric). And fuck everyone else who is helping you to eviscerate everything that makes this country great. All of you can go fuck yourselves, and then go fuck yourselves again, and fuck yourselves one last time for good measure.

Resistance is not a right. It is not a privilege. It is an obligation. It is a patriotic duty and a sacred oath we all share as Americans. And it has never been more needed than right now.

I will not fight for the crumbs you throw while you enrich yourself and the 1% at the expense of everyone else. I will not passively observe as you erode rights and freedoms that make us Americans. I will not be silent as you victimize the most vulnerable among us. I will not stand back while you destroy America.

Until you can demonstrate that you are working for everyone in this country, that you respect the American people, that you respect the constitution and our laws and shared history and decency and the truth, I will hold you in the contempt you so richly deserve. And I will say it loud for the world to hear:

Fuck you, you fucking fuck.

Now on to the business at hand. Tomorrow we march.

Regards,

Bob Weidman
Minneapolis


Indeed, until such time as Donald J. Trump puts the long term rational and best interests of the American people, and I mean ALL of the American people, ahead of his narcissism and his own special interests let the resistance begin.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

13th - Trailer and Addendum

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If you have not seen the Netflix documentary Thirteenth you should.

Maybe President Elect Trump will find time to correct the injustice.?










Wait. I guess not.






Until such time as America faces the complete truth of its past and truly corrects the systemic injustices we can expect more, rather than less division.

A Farewell From The Right...

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Skipping around the internet this day I happened to find this farewell poem to the First Family. I found it amusing and a bit perplexing. Maybe it's just me. Anyway here it is for your enjoyment.

  
For all the quips and jibes and taunts
And brutal castigation
This First Family's image haunts,
And begs new valuation.

Both elegant and wholesome 
This group radiates great charm
We should feel proud 
they reached a goal some 
Tell us did no harm.

Their image, lean and lissome, 
Does great credit to their race.
To know them might be bliss. Some
Might wish to kiss each face.

The father’s been a failure
Many say with unchecked bile.
Rated as the Holy Grail your 
Welfare class adored his style.

Conservatives despised him
And insisted he must fail,
While the the Left who idolized him,
Thinks the Right belongs in jail. 

And so we’re now divided
Many saying we’re at war
With those we have derided
Thus forgetting what Life’s for.

Although his leftist stance
Has been essentially perverse
We should not want to dance
Upon his grave. That make things worse 

By deepening the chasm 
That now between us yawns
We kill enthusiasm
Thus darkening all our dawns.

So please try to remember
Barrack with charity;
His legacy’s an ember
Now. Let’s pray Trump sets us free.

FreeThinke


Feel free to critique this literary work of art as you wish.

President Obama is, I believe, going to come to be missed in the VERY near future. By many. Including his detractors.

And now, we prepare for a new era...