Monday, January 15, 2018

More on the "Trickle-Down" Theory

The Trickle-Down theory, which says the government needs to cut taxes on the rich so they can use the money saved to grow their businesses, hire more people and provide their employees with larger salaries, etc., does not work. 

In spite of Ronald Reagan, our "Alzheimic president", who loved to promote the theory, it has never worked but has always proven to be a means of enriching the wealthy and screwing the poor. 

And no matter what our current ignorant, stupid, serial liar, sexual predator president says, it will always remain a failed promise, due to the nature of the human animal and the capitalistic system.

Friday, January 12, 2018

It is so a real airplane!

What follows is from Brad Reed at Raw Story via Alternet.

"President Donald Trump this week boasted of delivering 'F-52' jets to the Norwegian government - however, it turns out there is no such thing as an F-52.

"As the Washington Post reports, F-52 jets are fictional planes that are only found in the video game 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.'"

This raises the question, of course, as to whether or not da Trump is living in the real world or in the world of video games and reality shows.  His cavalier attitude toward the use of nuclear weapons is not only a sign of a deranged human being but of a human being that cannot clearly distinguish what happens in the video game, "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare," and the reality of life on this planet in the year 2018. 

Thus, he's oblivious to the danger represented by the fact that there is a real person, also as mentally deranged as he is, who is the leader of the people of North Korea.  This man-child is without a moral compass, is prone to impulsive actions no matter the consequence, and is easy manipulated by insults.

That last sentence is an exact description of Donald Trump.  And those "advanced fighter aircraft in service of the United States of America," the F-52s, are not going to save him or us because 1) THEY DON'T EXIST, and 2) if we engage in a nuclear war it won't take long before there is nothing left to save on this entire planet!

And the Republican Party refuses to do anything about their moron in the Oval Office.  They would rather destroy the earth than give up one smidgen of their power or position! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Problem with Lemmings

There's some old mythology which claims that lemmings (small, hamster-like rodents) will follow a leader en-masse over a cliff to their deaths.  It seems this is not true but sometimes myths serve a purpose such as detailed in this wonderful cartoon above.

I'm not sure of the source, but I believe this cartoon was in the comment section of an article on Crooks & Liars.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Best Governor for Florida

When we think about someone who could be a good governor for the State of Florida, no Republicans come to mind for the Republican Party in Florida lives in a state of unreality, a state which gives to the rich, takes from the poor, and offers nothing of value to the great majority of people who live in Florida..

The Republican Party in Florida is a copy of the national Republican Party.

Thus, we turn to the Democrats.  There are two contenders.  One is running on a platform which will turn the state towards the values of truth, integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, caring for the young and the old, etc.  The other's platform shows the person to be a DINO (Democrat in Name Only), for this person's values square up with the Republican values which have dragged our state through the mud year after year.

The following chart is a graphic portrayal of the values for which each candidate stands:

The primary election is set for August 28, 2018.  Please get out and vote for
Andrew Gillum, the mayor of the great city of Tallahassee!

Thanks for Ybor City Stogie for the above chart.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Trump asks Ben Carson to say prayer before cabinet meeting

You may want to have a barf bag close by if you watch and listen to this hypocritical, nonsensical, prayer which is couched in praise of the scumbag, Trump, and pretends to give a damn about the country and its people.  Carson is heading up an agency he admits to knowing nothing about and that he wished would be disbanded.  He has in this situation proven once again that his religion is merely a cover for his own greed and need for power and prestige. 

For Carson to associate with Trump is to align himself with one of the worst human beings on the planet at the moment, a man who is a danger to the peace and prosperity of our country and the world, a man who has no understanding of the Christian religion or the Jesus it professes to preach.  These days, fundamentalist Christianity, of which Carson is a part, has become nothing more than a cover for the evil that humans would do.

And then Carson has the gall to conclude his pious paean to his pretend god by calling on the name of Jesus.  Hypocrisy abounds.  You just have to wonder what Mr. Kushner was thinking, even though Kushner is complicit in all the horrors that Trump and has dumped on our beloved country. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Legal victory stops steal in ‘Bama! But,…

Ballot-stuffing, an Alabama GOP habit, blocked…
leaving Moore’s team with only nine other ways to steal it
By Greg Palast
Savor it.  This day, Monday December 11, attorney John Brakey won a court order – in Montgomery, Alabama no less – requiring every county to keep copies of their ballots after the vote tomorrow.

Now, you may think that in a democracy, in the United States of America, in the 21st Century, you wouldn’t simply throw away ballots, announce a winner, and say, “trust us, we counted the ballots fairly.”

But this is not exactly America, nor the 21st Century.  This is Alabama; Alabama after the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act.
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So, any GOP ballot-stuffing plans are now in trouble.

The TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) that Brakey won may stop what I call the “Baldwin Ballot Bandit” trick or, as my co-author Bobby Kennedy calls it, “good old ballot box stuffing.”

Background:  In 2002, Gov. Don Siegelman won a close re-election. But, after the Associated Press announced the result, rural Republican Baldwin County locked the courthouse doors. Beginning at midnight, GOP officials claimed to have counted thousands of ballots that they mysteriously “found”—enough to flip the election.  No one was allowed to see those ballots—if they even existed.

This is what the Brakey TRO intends to stop.

 [For the full story of the Baldwin County Ballot theft, see “Stuffed,” by Bobby Kennedy Jr..  It’s chapter 28 of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, a Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, the 2016 edition of my bestseller.  Donate $50 for the book and I’ll sign it to you with my thanks.]

So, how will they steal it?  Let me count the ways (nine of them).

[Photo:  Palast trying to get into an Alabama DMV in Lowndes County—73% black.  Locked tight.]

The ID con.  Within hours of the Supreme Court slicing up the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Alabama passed a law requiring all voters to have a photo ID from a DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles).  And the very next day, the state shut down almost every DMW in the ten Black-Belt counties.

Caging.”  It’s a felony crime, but that didn’t stop Judge Moore’s campaign chief, Brett Doster, from committing this vote theft crime for the George W. Bush campaign in 2004.  I know, because I have Doster’s own confidential emails.
(How I got them – well, that’s another story. You’ll just have to read the book.) Here’s a bit of one of the emails.  Bobby Kennedy Jr explains how this ‘caging’ trick steals votes (from The Best Democracy Money Can Buy):

Crosscheck.  In 2015 I got a call from Hank Sanders of Selma, Alabama.  His name was missing from the voter rolls.  That’s Senator Hank Sanders.  Despite his post, he’d been removed mysteriously.  I flew down and solved the mystery.  The perp:  Donald Trump’s operative, Kris Kobach of Kansas.

Kobach created a list of 239,801 Alabamians he tagged as “potential” duplicate voters.  I got my hands on about a third of that list – how? don’t ask – and it’s overwhelmingly names of Black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters.  Yet, Alabama has arrested not one double voter.  It’s Jim Crow all over again.

“Spoiling.”  The Alabama ballot has nothing on the ballot but the Senate race and, in some counties, a local referendum.  But it also has a box for “party-line” votes.  Vote for “Democratic Party” and also vote for the Democratic candidate, your vote can be tossed in the “spoilage” bin, not counted, because they can decide, arbitrarily, that you “over-voted” – voted twice.  It’s a technical gotcha that is used selectively…i.e. against Black voters.

I saw the “over-vote” spoilage trick eliminate 700 Al Gore votes in Gadsden County, Florida in 2000.  (That’s more than the 537 votes that supposedly elected George W. Bush.)

And I saw it again in November 2016 in Detroit, Michigan, where 70,355 ballots were not counted (in part, because of the same over-vote trick).  Throwing out those Detroit ballots gave Donald Trump a supposed 10,700 margin to win Michigan.

OK, let’s review:  There’s
  1. Ballot stuffing
  2. Crosschecking
  3. Caging
  4. Spoiling
  5. Blocking (the ID con)…
…and five more tricks, including that old GOP standby, purging “ex-cons” not allowed to vote.  Except I’ve yet to find an ex-con purge list that’s anything other than a con itself.

I simply can’t describe every trick in this small space.  You’ll have to read the bookor see the film.

There’s one certain way to stop these vote suppression games.  One candidate, named Barack Obama, told our team:  You can’t steal all the votes all the time.  Turn out so massively, they just can’t steal it.

Martin Luther King Jr led 35,000 marchers over the Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to the capital Montgomery.  Along the way, four marchers were murdered by the Klan.  But by time the marchers got to the capital, the Voting Rights Act was on its way into law.

A young Hank Sanders was there.  Last year, making the film with him, the elder Senator Sanders demanded I walk over the Pettus bridge with him.  “You have to walk over the bridge every chance you get—because the right to vote is always in jeopardy.”

We will see if enough Alabama citizens will cross that bridge tomorrow to overcome the trickery and flim-flam that Alabama calls an election.

Greg Palast (Rolling Stone, Guardian, BBC) is the author of The New York Times bestsellers, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, now out as major motion non-fiction movie: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Case of the Stolen Election (the brand new, updated, post-election edition). 

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

The President Declines Time's Offer to be Man of the Year

The president is crazy.  But you knew that!  I'm just not sure how many people realize how crazy he really is or is becoming.

Susie Madrak at Crooks & Liars, speaks of Trump's dementia.  I don't know that she's a psychiatrist, but I think her diagnosis is right on, if incomplete.  I think it's more than just dementia; I think he's so crazy, they could re-write the book on insanity.

The dementia comes into play because he wrote that while Time magazine was considering him to be its Man of the Year, he declined as it would have meant interviews and stuff and would have taken him away from his regular job of screwing up the country.

Time magazine, however, said the prez is mistaken.  In other words, the oaf is a liar. 

Because he's such a liar and a freaking loon, it's important to laugh at him because that chips a bit of his power away every time. 

Here is the picture used by Ms. Madrak for her article and some other pictures that were shared in the comments section.

[P.S.  It appears he did make the cover of Mad magazine!]

Please read Ms. Madrak's article HERE.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The New GOP

Note:  I have no idea as to who put this together, but it does represent, I believe, the direction of today's Republican Party and its leader, dTrumpf.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

CNN & The Fraudulent President

CNN's Hilarious "Reponse" To Trump's Twitter Tantrum

This short video by Mark Humphries of SBS Viceland (an Australian tvnetwork) was made in only 10 hours, he told Buzzfeed. It has since gone viral, on YouTube, and also on Facebook, where this version above by Occupy Democrats now has over 4 million views. Source: AdNews SBS has spoofed the now infamous Trump versus CNN…

Thursday, June 15, 2017

North Koreans Send Mr. Warmbier Home

It's difficult to know exactly what a college student like Otto Warmbier was doing in North Korea a year and a half ago.  I've read that he was on a tour. What tour? And why?  Was college too easy for him he just had to visit this country that is notorious for coughing up fake "crimes" in order to hold Americans in prison?  I mean, really.  If you want to visit a country go to France for Christ's sake!

He "confessed" to the crime of stealing a propaganda poster saying he was put up to it by a member of his church who promised him money to buy a car.  We know that such a confession was probably coerced.

But it does raise the question of the church connection.  There have been, as I recall, several religious groups who have attempted to do "missionary" work in North Korea even though the government bans such activity.  And some of those missionaries went missing, some went to prison.

Of course, fundy Christianists, will do anything for Jesus.  Anything goes if it's for the Lord.

So, what's the deal?

And then, daddy Warmbier immediately praised the Trumpster and put a knock on Obama even though Obama socked North Korea with some pretty hefty sanctions after the son was put in jail.

Ironically, Otto is just the sort of person Trump says he wants to ban from this country: a religious fanatic who does not respect our country's laws.