Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Why Let tRump Goad You Into Responding?...

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Warren’s maneuver stands as a warning sign for other presidential contenders. Getting into the mud pit with Trump—who doesn’t care about political decorum, rules, sexism, racism, name-calling, facts, or reason—has revealed itself as a sucker’s game. Like a scientist trying to argue with a climate-change denier, you’ll just end up drowning in a tide of bad faith.

Read article HERE

Should Individual DNA Information Be Protected Under Right To Privacy Law...

Elizabeth Warren released her DNA to put to rest questions about her ancestral heritage. Specifically whether or not she has any American Indian blood. DNA results indicate that she does. So, America knows that Senator Warren was telling the truth when she made the claim that she did. No doubt she feels immense satisfaction having put tRump in his place. But did she effectively put in place a precedent that may haunt future candidates tat consider running for public office. Slate lays such concern out convincingly.

How long will it be until a candidate finds herself effectively disqualified over a 10 percent chance of one disease or a 20 percent chance of another? An older candidate might assert that younger opponents had a greater chance of Alzheimer’s. A candidate might demand his opponent test her children’s DNA after rumors of infidelity “so we can all move on.” And another candidate might find themselves under pressure to share their DNA to verify heritage—even though the use of genetic testing for this purpose is extremely limited. Our reductive, even primitive understanding of how our genes relate to racial identity and health has produced yet another hurdle for future presidential candidates to leap (or find another way around). While it may not happen in 2020 or even 2024, it is not that far a step from the results Warren has released to the day when a candidate’s full genome is posted for review.
A power revealed soon becomes a power abused. Until Monday, Trump’s bluster was just bluster. Warren deflected his attacks, and similar attacks from her 2012 opponent Scott Brown, with relative ease. But now she has set a precedent. The “mismeasure of man” has never been prevented by new tests; it has only been shunted down new paths. We will live to see qualified candidates driven from politics over small potential flaws uncovered in their genetic makeup. We will see our nation retreat further from rational discourse, as objective proof is futilely offered and then sacrificed as “junk science” in the name of political skirmishing. President Trump will not be the last bully to demand the right to rummage through an opponent’s DNA. We must hope that Warren will be the last for a long time to allow it.

Perhaps Senator Warren should have thought out all the potential ramifications of her action choice. Maybe it won't come to the end Slate envisions. Time will tell, but, we're laying odds that Slate is right.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Pot Calls the Kettle Black...

Extreme rightwing tRumpers supporting the most vile example of  a human being really and seiously ought to take the logs out of their own eyes.

Hypocrisy runs rampant in the GOP,  present day conservatism,  and the American Christian Evangelicalism.

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There are two basic types of DIRTocRATS.

The SVENGALIS –– a relatively few, very powerful, odly charismatic, very wicked schemers who sre experts in hypnotizingthe masses to do their bidding..

The TRILBYS –– those weak-minded, miseducated, sheep-like types who are too easily mesmerized to participate in deadly forms of GroupThink.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Reasons Why Confirming Kavanaugh Was A Grievous Mistake...

As the rightwing of the republican party solidifies its grip on power the majority of Americans will lose freedoms all are entitled to.

Commenting on the prospect of Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court,  CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin explained:
I don’t think same-sex marriage is in jeopardy but think about the bakery case where a baker didn’t want to make a wedding cake [for a gay couple.] Wait until they start getting cases from hotel owners who say I don’t want to use my creativity for gay customers, and restaurant owners who don’t want to serve gay customers.”

I mean this is a dramatic change coming, and the conservatives are in charge. There is a reason why the Evangelicals and the base of the Republican Party have stood with Donald Trump all this time. It’s not because they admire Donald Trump’s personal life, but because he has delivered on what is most important to them. 

 Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America writes:

The confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to our nation’s highest court is a supreme injustice. By voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, the Senate has compromised the integrity of the Supreme Court and imperiled the civil rights of the most vulnerable among us. … Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly issued rulings and opinions that convey a disturbing rejection of the constitutional principle of a separation between church and state. There is no reason to doubt that Justice Kavanaugh will bring this radical jurisprudence with him to the Supreme Court and issue rulings that erode the Establishment Clause, undermine civil rights, and further distort the principle of religious liberty.

 Rachel Laser, CEO and President of Americans United for Separation of Church and State notes:
Brett Kavanaugh has shown himself to be unworthy of a seat on the Supreme Court…

Kavanaugh’s views alone disqualified him from the Supreme Court, particularly his opposition to the separation of religion and government. His record as a judge of allowing people to use ‘religious freedom’ to discriminate is especially ominous in light of the Religious Right’s movement, empowered and emboldened by this administration, to misuse this core American principle to advance a regressive political agenda…

 Nick Fish, President of American Atheists opines
From the moment Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to this position, we knew that he presented a unique and existential threat to the constitutional principles of religious equality and the separation of religion from government.

During this confirmation process, our worst fears about Kavanaugh’s record, judicial philosophy, and temperament were confirmed. He has repeatedly shown himself to be a partisan ideologue who is more interested in protecting religious privilege for politically powerful sects than standing up for true religious freedom.

Kavanaugh’s views on religious issues are deeply outside the mainstream and threaten decades of precedent on issues ranging from taxpayer subsidy of religion and proselytizing in public schools, to civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans and access to reproductive health care for women.

If this stuff doesn't bother you it sure as hell ought to! Because unless you fit the mold of the most extreme rightwing ideology you're most likely gonna hate what's probby coming down the pike.

Please take a moment and read the full article HERE.

Friday, October 5, 2018

GOP Cannot Be Trusted To Do The Right Thing...

“Senators have been muzzled. So I will now say three things that committee staff has explained are permissible to say without violating committee rules. … One: This was not a full and fair investigation. It was sharply limited in scope and did not explore the relevant confirming facts. Two: The available documents do not exonerate Mr. Kavanaugh.

And three: the available documents contradict statements Mr. Kavanaugh made under oath. I would like to back up these points with explicit statements from the FBI documents — explicit statements that should be available for the American people to see. But the Republicans have locked the documents behind closed doors.” - Elizabeth Warren

An honorable exception:

SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI: I did not come to a decision on this until walking onto the floor this morning. I have been wrestling to really try to know what is fair and what is right, and the truth is, that none of this has been fair. 
This hasn’t been fair to the judge, but I also recognize that we need to have institutions that are viewed as fair and if people who are victims, people who feel that there is no fairness in our system of government, particularly in our courts, then you’ve gone down a path that is not good and right for this country. And so I have been wrestling with whether or not this was about qualifications of a good man or is this bigger than the nomination. 
And I believe we’re dealing with issues right now that are bigger than the nominee and how we ensure fairness and how our legislative and judicial branch can continue to be respected. This is what I have been wrestling with, and so I made the — took the very difficult vote that I did. 
I believe Brett Kavanaugh’s a good man. It just may be that in my view he’s not the right man for the court at this time. So I have taken my vote here this morning, I’m going to go back to my office and write a floor statement that is more fulsome and have the opportunity to have that. 
But this has truly been the most difficult evaluation of a decision that I have ever had to make, and I’ve made some interesting ones in my career. But I value and respect where my colleagues have come down from in their support for the judge, and I think we’re at a place where we need to begin thinking about the credibility and integrity of our institutions.

"Christians" Use Bible In Defense of Kavanaugh...

Christians Use Bible To Defend Kavanaugh And Discredit Sexual Assault Survivors (Image via Twitter)

Truly reprehensible. Many conservative X'tians (especially Evangelicals) do not deserve to be considered Christian as they are fathoms beneath the dignity of Christ's legacy. 

Patheos - Deplorable: Conservative Christians are using the Bible to defend Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and discredit victims of sexual assault.

On social media conservative Christians are sharing a meme taken from the Book of Genesis and involving Joseph and Potiphar’s wife. The meme is being used as a vehicle to try and discredit survivors of sexual assault in general, and Kavanaugh’s victims in particular.
For those unfamiliar, the story depicts Joseph as a victim, falsely accused of  sexual assault by Potiphar’s wife.
The story involving Joseph and Potiphar’s wife appears in Genesis 39:10-15:
10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.
11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.
13 When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, 14 she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. 15 When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”

After the false accusation, the story goes, Joseph was sent to prison. The story is currently being used as a rallying cry for conservative Christians trying to defend the actions of Kavanaugh. 

Bottom line: Deplorable conservative Christians are using a Bible verse dealing with Joseph and Potiphar’s wife to discredit sexual assault survivors in general, and the victims of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in particular.

This is what the GOP and its conservative X'tian membership believes. They have NO understanding and grasp as to what ethics and morality really mean.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Good Ole Boys Are Steamrolling a Confirmation...

Like I said in a comment in the previous post yesterday, the fix is in on the Kavanaugh fiaco. Repubs and tRump do not want the truth, nor do they care if the nominee is one of the country's best legal minds. All they care about is elevating someone to the high court that will support their agenda. Shoving their evangelical conservative ideology down the throats of all Americans is their primary concern. And, they will stop at almost nothing to insure they win.

Republicans Have Decided to Ignore All of Brett Kavanaugh’s Lies

The FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh has turned out to be a fig leaf. Multiple reports tell the same story: The White House has controlled the probe, ignoring the attempts by multiple witnesses to reach investigators and wrapping up its work well before its already-tight deadline.
In the meantime, however, significant new evidence has appeared from the news media. It demonstrates beyond a doubt that Kavanaugh’s emotional testimony was a farrago of evasions and outright lies.
Tuesday, the New York Times delved into Kavanaugh’s high-school culture. It turned up several details casting serious doubt on the ancillary claims the prospective justice made. Kavanaugh wrote a letter describing himself and his friends as “prolific pukers,” undercutting his assurance to the Senate that his inclusion in the the “Beach Week Ralph Club” was a reference to a weak stomach for spicy food. His yearbook described girls from Holton-Arms — the alma mater of Christine Blasey Ford — as easy sexual conquests, contradicting Kavanaugh’s insistence that she would not have entered his social circle. (“My friends and I spent time together at parties on weekends, it was usually the — with friends from nearby Catholic all-girls high schools, Stone Ridge, Holy Child, Visitation, Immaculata, Holy Cross. Dr. Ford did not attend one of those schools. She attended an independent private school named Holton-Arms and she was a year behind me.”)
Also in his testimony, Kavanaugh evasively refused to even concede that the “Bart O’Kavanaugh” described by his best friend, Mark Judge, was a fictionalized reference to himself. “I’m trying to get a straight answer from you under oath. Are you Bart Kavanaugh that he’s referring to, yes or no?” asked Senator Patrick Leahy. “You’d have to ask him.” The Times found a letter written by Kavanaugh, signed “Bart.”

Wednesday, James Roche, a former college roommate of Kavanaugh’s, wrote a column for Slate expressing his incredulity at the self-portrait the judge presented before the Senate. Roche noted that Kavanaugh’s drinking was far more serious than he had allowed. More specifically, he contradicted Kavanaugh’s dubious claims that his reference to “boofing” meant flatulence, and “Devil’s Triangle” a drinking game. “Boofing” and “Devil’s Triangle” are sexual references,” write Roche. “I know this because I heard Brett and his friends using these terms on multiple occasions.”
During his testimony, Kavanaugh piously insisted his description as a “Renate Alumnius” was a term of affection for a friend they regarded as one of their own, devoid of any sexual connotation. Last night, The New Yorkerreported one of Kavanaugh’s high-school friends’ detailed recollections that this was a complete lie. His recollections are worth reading in detail: 
But the classmate who submitted the statement said that he heard Kavanaugh “talk about Renate many times,” and that “the impression I formed at the time from listening to these conversations where Brett Kavanaugh was present was that Renate was the girl that everyone passed around for sex.” The classmate said that “Brett Kavanaugh had made up a rhyme using the REE NATE pronunciation of Renate’s name” and sang it in the hallways on the way to class. He recalled the rhyme going, “REE NATE, REE NATE, if you want a date, can’t get one until late, and you wanna get laid, you can make it with REE NATE.” He said that, while he might not be remembering the rhyme word-for-word, “the substance is 100 percent accurate.” He added, “I thought that this was sickening at the time I heard it, and it left an indelible mark in my memory.”

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

America' s Deteriorating Global Status...

If America's deteriorating global image is considered to be making America great then president tRump is surely MAGA.
Seven in 10 people around the world have no confidence in Trump, and America’s global image may be suffering as a result, a new survey finds.
The 25-nation study, conducted by Pew Research Center, found that views of America are continuing to deteriorate after taking a major hit when Trump took office.
Overall, 43 percent of those surveyed said they have an unfavorable view of the U.S., while 50 percent have a favorable view.
Those ratings are far lower than at any point during President Obama’s eight years in office, according to Pew.
America’s international image is particularly low among some of our closest allies, with just 30 percent of Germans, 38 percent of French, and 39 percent of Canadians expressing a favorable view of the U.S.
In all three examples, ratings of the U.S. are worse than they were a year ago.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Truth, Justice, and the American Way,,,

It is good that Jeff Flake voted to move confirmation out of committee to the senate floor. It is better that he made it clear he would vote no on confirmation unless the FBI was given a full week to do a proper complete investigation of all the allegations against the judge. Senator Flake ultimately decided that delaying the vote on confirmation until all the facts are in is the only right thing to do. Flake, again bucking party leadership, showed the kind of integrity that is sorely lacking in the republican party these days.

Also, the American Bar Association has called on the Senate to delay confirmation until the FBI has a chance to fully investigate allegations of sexual assault by nominee Kavanaugh.

In a strongly worded letter obtained by CNN Thursday, the organization said it is making the extraordinary request "because of the ABA's respect for the rule of law and due process under law," siding with concerns voiced by Senate Democrats since Christine Blasey Ford's decades-old allegations became public.

"The basic principles that underscore the Senate's constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI," said Robert Carlson, president of the organization, in a Thursday night letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein.

"Each appointment to our nation's Highest Court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote," Carlson wrote. "Deciding to proceed without conducting additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate's reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court."


In the letter, the ABA president says the Senate must remain "an institution that will reliably follow the law and not politics," saying a "thorough FBI investigation will demonstrate its commitment to a Supreme Court that is above reproach."

Yale Law School is echoing the ABA
in calling for a delay and further investigation into the sexual assault allegations.

Yale Law School, where Judge Kavanaugh studied, on Friday called for further investigation into the allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.

Heather Gerken, the law school's dean, said in a statement: "I join the American Bar Association in calling for an additional investigation into allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh. Proceeding with the confirmation process without further investigation is not in the best interest of the Court or our profession."

Judge Kavanaugh in his hearing Thursday boasted of his admission to Yale Law School, saying he "got there by busting my tail in college" and describing it as the "number-one law school in the country."

These are encouraging signs that maybe, in spite of the GOP leadership's desire to steam roll Kavanaugh's confirmation, a proper determination will ultimately be made based on a thorough and non partisan FBI investigation of alleged sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Another False Narrative of the Right...

Below is a header picture on display at a rightwing trumper weblog. One of those sites that proudly supports whatever false narrative the sitting predisent declares to be true.

As they overlook tRump's xenophobia, narcissism, bigotry, misogyny, dishonesty, racism, and general incompetence for the job he was elected to they resort to posting pictures like the one below.

In their inability to counter the concerns of the knowledgable, legitimate, and intelligent opposition with legitimate credible evidence they resort to characterizing them as lazy, fat, effeminate, slovenly, and just wanting free stuff from the deep state.

There is a certain small segment of our poulation, both conservative and liberal, that is lazy and prefer to do as little as possible. These types generally refuse to accept responsibility for themselves and their lot in life prefering to blame others for their reality. But these folk constitute a clear minaority of our poulation. Whether they be liberal OR conservative.


So, in characterizing the legitimate knowledable resistance to tRump with photos (as captions) like the one above they effectively insult the majority of the populace of the nation. I wait to see how it all works out for them down the line.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Who Do You Believe, Kavanaugh or Ford & Why?...

tRump commenting on allegations by Christine Blasey Ford that SCOTUS Nominee Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her whule in high school.

abc NEWS - President Donald Trump says he wants to hear from the accuser of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh but said it's hard for him to believe that the allegation brought by professor Christine Blasey Ford is true.

If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision," President Trump said. "But I can only say this, he is such an outstanding man. Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened."


The president again brushed off the idea of asking the FBI to reopen its background check into Kavanaugh, something he has the power to order, saying "it would seem the FBI doesn't do that" and deferring to senators to handle the process from this point forward.


The president said the Senate has already given a lot of extra time to the process due to the late-breaking allegation and questioned the motives of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, for not bringing forward a letter detailing the allegation, which she has had for months, sooner.

"Why didn't Senator Feinstein bring this up at her meeting with judge Kavanaugh?" he said. "Why did they wait until everything was finished and then bring it up? That doesn't look good."

The president expressed sympathy for his Supreme Court pick, saying "it's a very unfair thing what's going on" and calling Kavanaugh "an extraordinary man."

"This is a very tough thing for him and his family and we want to get it over with but at the same time we want to give tremendous amounts of time. If she shows up, that would be wonderful. If she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate," he said.

Speaking for myself I must say tRump has his mind made up. Regardless what Ford might have to say. One only needs to recall tRump's history of sexual predation to grasp why that would be.

Colleagues of Christine Blasey Ford are coming forward to support Ford and talk about her integrity and honesty.

Los Angeles Times - Christine Blasey Ford, the Northern California psychology professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were both teenagers, is described by colleagues as a rigorous statistician who doesn’t fudge the data or stray from the facts.

One psychiatrist who has collaborated with her on four academic papers told The Times that Ford is “a woman of great integrity”; another who has known her for more than 10 years described her as calm, measured and scrupulously honest.

Those assessments are certain to be challenged if Ford agrees to testify before the Republican-dominated Senate Judiciary Committee about the night, more than three decades ago, when she says a stumbling-drunk Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her, ground his body against hers and covered her mouth when she tried to scream.


Stanford psychiatry professor David Spiegel has known Ford for 14 years and co-wrote academic papers with her on subjects including people who suffered trauma from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the effects of hypnosis on depression.


“I know her to be an honorable, honest, straightforward, decent person. I can’t conceive of her doing this for any other reason than she is honestly reporting what she’s experienced,” Spiegel said of Ford, a Palo Alto University professor who teaches in a consortium at Stanford.

Spiegel, who said he was speaking personally and not on behalf of Stanford, added that Ford is a “solid biostatistician and a woman of great integrity.”

C. Barr Taylor, a retired Stanford psychiatry professor, said he has known Ford for more than a decade and that she worked with his students to improve the statistical analysis in their dissertations.

Taylor said Ford’s personality — calm, measured and kind — suits the work she does.

For certain there are questions to be answered. Many are questioning the timing of Ford's allegations, and, she has ackowleged she can't remember some key events of the occurance. Those are concerns that should easily be worked through in a fashion that results in a proper decision on the nominees fate. After all the integrity of the Senate will be on trial in the court of public opinion.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Reminders of Trump's Racism...

For at least the past 3 years we have repeatedly been exposed to tRump's racist comments . His history of racists remarks goes back much further. As a public service reminder we are reproducing some of his statements in hopes that it will encourage folks to seriously consider what party candidates to vote for in 2018 (as well as 2020) and turn out in greater numbers than is the norm.

Trump’s real-estate company tried to avoid renting apartments to African-Americans in the 1970s...

“Black guys counting my money! I hate it. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks.”

In 1989, Trump took out ads in New York newspapers urging the death penalty for five black and Latino teenagers accused of raping a white woman in Central Park; he argued they were guilty as late as October 2016, more than 10 years after DNA evidence had exonerated them.

“I think sometimes a black may think they don’t have an advantage or this and that. I’ve said on one occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I really believe they do have an actual advantage.”

He began his 2016 presidential campaign with a speech disparaging Mexican immigrants as criminals and “rapists.”

He uses the gang MS-13 to disparage all immigrants.

In December 2015, Trump called for a “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” ...

rump said a federal judge hearing a case about Trump University was biased because of the judge’s Mexican heritage.

In June 2017, Trump said 15,000 recent immigrants from Haiti “all have AIDS...”

Trump vulgarly called for less immigration from Haiti and Africa and more from Norway.

Trump called Obama (who was editor in chief of the Harvard Law Review) “a terrible student, terrible.”

Trump frequently claimed that Obama did not work hard as president.

Trump falsely claimed that President Obama “issued a statement for Kwanzaa but failed to issue one for Christmas.”

Trump said, “Our inner cities, African Americans, Hispanics are living in hell because it’s so dangerous. You walk down the street, you get shot.” Trump also said to black voters: “You’re living in poverty; your schools are no good; you have no jobs.”

He frequently offers false crime statistics to exaggerate urban crime, including about Oakland, Philadelphia and Ferguson, Mo.

He is quick to highlight crimes committed by dark-skinned people, sometimes exaggerating or lying about them

He frequently criticizes prominent African-Americans for being unpatriotic, ungrateful and disrespectful.

He called Puerto Ricans who criticized his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria “politically motivated ingrates.”

He has retweeted white nationalists without apology.

He called some of those who marched alongside white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., last August “very fine people.”

Trump endorsed and campaigned for Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate who spoke positively about slavery

Trump pardoned – and fulsomely praises – Joe Arpaio, the Arizona sheriff sanctioned for racially profiling Latinos

Trump took out advertisements alleging that the “Mohawk Indian record of criminal activity is well documented.”

In 1993... “I think I might have more Indian blood than a lot of the so-called Indians that are trying to open up the reservations.”

In a November 2017 meeting with Navajo veterans of World War II, Trump mocked Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.”

Trump has trafficked in anti-Semitic caricatures, including the tweeting of a six-pointed star alongside a pile of cash.

Trump has trafficked in anti-Semitic caricatures, including the tweeting of a six-pointed star alongside a pile of cash.

Trump once referred to a Hispanic Miss Universe as “Miss Housekeeping.”

At a June 2016 campaign rally, Trump pointed to one attendee and said: “Oh, look at my African-American over here. Look at him.”

The preceding are excerpts from this article. Click on the link to read the full article and the links within the article.

tRump won the presidency of the world's greatest melting pot. A nation of immense diversity that has been successful (GREAT) in part because of its diversity. This president by his words and actions has demonstrated that he doesn't understand this and that he doesn't want to. He is obviously comfortable being the xenophobe we've come to know.

tRump, a man who seemingly has no knowledge of our history or any desire to learn it must be turned out of The White House in 2020. That is if he doesn't resign first or get impeached and removed by the senate.

On a more immediate note the 2018 mid term election is critical as well. Maybe more since republicans who have supported tRump must go as well. Ridding the House and Senate of enough republicans to flip them must be job one. Because if that becomes a reality it is a huge game changer and would tie the racist tRump in knots. IE effectively obstruct and defeat his agenda just as the rethuglicans did to President Obama.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Remembering Trump's Dishonesty, Self Aggrandizement, and Personal Gain Following 911...

We've known for quite some time now that tRump, being the narcissist that he is, makes everything about himself. Even 911. Following are recorded factual examples of tRump using the terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001 for self aggrandizement, personal gain, and to stir hatred for Muslims.

Excerpts from the The Washington Post:

Even as the smoke was literally still rising from the World Trade Center, he saw a terrorist attack against America as an opportunity for self-aggrandizement and self-promotion. He eventually turned it into a weapon of political hate, but in the immediate aftermath, Trump saw it as an opportunity for brand enhancement and wasted no time.

Trump bragged that the destruction of the Twin Towers made his building the tallest in Lower Manhattan.

Forty Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was, actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest. And then when they built the World Trade Center it became known as the second-tallest, and now it’s the tallest.

Trump looked out and saw a scene in which 2,753 people died, and said, Hey, that means my building is the tallest one around! Who thinks like that? Trump, that’s who.

Trump applied for and received $150,000 in state funds intended to help small businesses affected by the attacks, despite the fact that his business was not affected.

The fund was supposed to cover uninsured losses for small businesses, but Trump somehow received $150,000 in taxpayer money; his application cited “rent loss,” “cleanup” and “repair.” Yet none of Trump’s properties were actually damaged in the attack.

Trump stretched the truth about personally helping to clean up at the site.

While Trump did visit the site a couple of days after the attack and did some interviews, there is no evidence that he got down to help clear rubble, which people would certainly have remembered. In fairness, this is a minor fib, but it reveals his ongoing attempt to make himself out to be more generous than he actually is.

Trump made other false claims about his personal connection to 9/11.

I have a window in my apartment that specifically was aimed at the World Trade Center because of the beauty of the whole downtown Manhattan and I watched as people jumped. And I watched the second plane come in. Many people jumped and I witnessed it, I watched that.

Trump Tower is four miles from the site of the World Trade Center. He could not possibly have seen people jump from the buildings during the attacks.

Trump repeatedly told a vicious, racist lie about Muslim Americans celebrating the attacks — even after it was debunked.

Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.

The next day, ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos confronted Trump with the fact that the police and journalists who investigated this rumor say that it never happened. Trump replied that he had watched it on TV, despite the fact that there is no video anywhere of such a thing happening, then said, “There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations.”

The problem here isn’t just about dishonesty. It’s that Trump was using the pain and anger associated with Sept. 11 to promote hatred at Muslim Americans, and lying in order to do it.

As we know well now, all that was not at all out of character for Trump. Nor was it out of character when he bragged about how the attacks had made his building bigger by comparison, or when he claimed he helped at the attack site when he didn’t, or when he squeezed some money he didn’t deserve out of a 9/11 fund. This is who Trump is. It’s who he’s always been. And it’s who he’s always going to be.

tRump has earned the total disrespect I, as well as millions upon millions of other real Americans have for him. He is a liar (pathological), a narcissist in the extreme degree, a xenophobic bigot, and a man without a soul. If there is a hell, something I do not believe, tRump shall surely roast in hell.