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Hell yeah they’re gonna be that stupid

 

GOOD MONDAY WIDDERSHINS!

 

Surprise – Fredster here.  Real life has called mb away from us so I’ll be handling the, as I called it, not so activist Monday.

If the picture above doesn’t give you a clue, I’ll fill you in.  The Republicans, realizing they are probably going to get their butts handed to them at the top of the ticket are making ready to once again prove that yes, they are the stupid party.

An article in Politico states that the Repubs are going to start working against Hillary…oh probably before she even gets all the furniture moved into the White House.  The way things look it appears Hillary is going to be the first Democratic President since Cleveland to assume the Presidency without also being in control of both

“Oh yeah we’re gonna mess her up!”

houses of Congress.  While it is true that yes, she has gotten some endorsements from some Republicans, and has even gotten that support without changing the progressive economic plan she spoke of at the convention, it seems that the making nice-nice will come to an end.  So what does that mean exactly?

That means the bipartisan show of support she has now — thanks to Donald Trump and the “alt-right,” conspiracy-driven campaign Clinton attacked Thursday in Reno, Nevada — is likely to evaporate as soon as the race is called.

Yes, once the election is over the regular order of business, i.e. partisan conflict, aka the status quo, is going to go right back to where it was in the Obama presidency.

If she wins the presidency, Clinton would likely enjoy the shortest honeymoon period of any incoming commander in chief in recent history, according to Washington strategists, confronting major roadblocks to enacting her ambitious agenda, as well as Republican attacks that have been muted courtesy of the GOP nominee.

As Annie Karni says in the article, Obama and Bill Clinton had at least two years of having the House and Senate in Democratic possession and that it was “a period during which they were able to enact major portions of their agendas. “.

The Democrats are feeling pretty confident that they’ve going to be able to get the Senate back, the House is looking like it will stay in the hands of the Republicans.  And since so much legislation begins in the House and even if bills are written and passed in the Senate, they still have to pass the House, this is going to leave Hillary with a problem.  As Jonathan Cowan, president of the moderate think tank Third Way said:

“What that would leave her with is an absolute imperative to govern from the center,” said Cowan, a former Bill Clinton White House official. “She will have no choice. There is no choice. Obama will have picked most of the low-hanging executive orders, and she’ll be in this Grover Cleveland moment.”

The Republicans meanwhile are keeping their mouths shut and though in a “normal” election they would tear into the Democratic nominee, they are “holding their fire” they say.

At the same time, many Republicans who have aligned themselves with Clinton say they feel as if they have been “holding their fire” — and that ends Nov. 9.

“In any other election, the majority of national security Republicans would be going after her, and I would be enthusiastically doing so,” said Kori Schake, a veteran of George W. Bush’s National Security Council and State Department, and an adviser to Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. “She wasn’t a particularly good secretary of state; the lack of judgment on emails was a shock to a lot of us. She rightly criticized the Bush administration for its failures creating stability in Iraq — and made the exact same mistake herself on Libya.”

Glad i saved the tea bag stuff

Glad I saved the old tea bag stuff

Oh my, does that mean the possibility of Jason and Trey starting up the “hearings apparatus” again?  Oy vey!

“A lot of us would like to hold her accountable for the failures, but we are holding our fire,” Schake said. “It’s because all of us are afraid of Trump. If she wants to maintain our support after, she’s going to have to address our policy concerns about the economy and America’s role in the world.”

I can say this with some confidence:  fugget about it!  Don’t see that happening no way no how.  However, Tim Miller a Republican strategist and former Jeb! employee said:

Those Republicans are gonna do what? Again?

Those Republicans are gonna do what? Again?

“The cannons have been lowered against her because of our candidate. Hillary Clinton, being a multi-decade partisan who fought tooth and nail with Republicans and called them her

enemy, is uniquely ill-suited to having a honeymoon period if she wins.”

So I guess it’s “out with the old and wait minute – bring that old right back in here”.

There’s a lot more in the article that you should read, including the fact that the Republicans are already working on plans to target Democratic Senators in the 2018 election!  So check the article out.

Okay!  That’s all I have for today.  What’s on your minds?  Everything is wide open for discussion.

 

 

 

 

Donald pirouette

What a week!

Can you believe we lived through it?

How often do you get to see a Circus Peanut back pedal and then back pedal his back pedal? Or was it a ballet pirouette or fouette?

If you pivot fast enough and long enough, no one will know where you started on a particular issue.  For instance, this week we saw the clamoring Yam soften, then harden, then soften, then semi-harden his immigration palaver.

Man danceBefore that there was the “sarcasm” defense about the Kenyan Muslim and bigoted Hillary Clinton being the founders of ISIS. Before that he greased up the wording on his slippery Muslim ban.

Before that it was whether or not to tax the rich and what he meant by “taxes should go up a little bit.” Of course, there’s the big flopping fish about “self-funding” his campaign until Trump found out he could have unwitting contributors pay astronomical rent in the Trump Tower.

Add guns, abortion, the minimum wage, and Syrian refuges and you might have three weeks worth of his flipping and flopping.

Charlie Pierce said something that made a lot of sense to me, “Donald Trump isn’t really a new Republican, he’s just a Republican without the ability to have an interior monologue.”Hippo

That pretty much sums up the Manhattan Mango and his Trumpanzees.  He doesn’t have a restrictor plate on his thoughts – if he thinks it, he says it – circumstances be damned. If there is an audience for his Tourette act, you can bet there will be more spontaneous policy conjuring.

So in celebration of this week when the normalized behavior of having an “inside” voice became another characteristic separating the two candidates, I thought some “thinking” songs might be in order.

So let’s have some celebratory thinking about thinking.  Any other thinking can be registered as well.  What’s on your mind?

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Good morning Widdershins.

My imagination fails me.  Perhaps if I had done LSD during kindergarten, my pedestrian, white-cracker imagination would be fertile enough to think up something like this.

Katrina Pierson, failed shoplifter and viperous time traveler, has been absent from her perch on CNN. She needed a break after insisting the Kenyan Muslim Obama invaded Afghanistan in 2009. It seems the rest and the therapeutic millet didn’t do the trick. She’s baaaaack!

Not since Funk said to Wagnalls, “Ya know any words?” has there been a more pythonic utterance. Ms. Pierson says that the clamoring Yam hasn’t changed his position on immigration, he’s just changed the words.

 

This, as the Circus Peanut can’t decide whether he’s softening or hardening his position on immigration. I don’t know if Cialis is effective on itty bitty Peanuts, but I’m sure his buddy Roger Ailes might know. Roger, the clarion Fox puritan, is locked in his bunker replaying videos from the good old days when only Democrats were godless fornicating sinners.

The flying monkeys of the Alt-right have just had their best day ever.  They have been called out and are now the official crew, nee seamen, of the USS Trumpanic. Here’s an excellent explanation of their pedigree.

The Trumpanic has proudly sailed the seas of racism for decades. Nicholas Kristof has collected some of the rockiest shoals the Trumpanic has navigated in this article all too cleverly entitled:  Is Donald Trump a Racist?

Here’s a quote from the article, if uttered by any presidential candidate heretofore would have been absolutely disqualifying, but just add it to the lexicography of “F Trump”:

In 1991, a book by John O’Donnell, who had been president of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, quoted Trump as criticizing a black accountant and saying: “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.” O’Donnell wrote that for months afterward, Trump pressed him to fire the black accountant, until the man resigned of his own accord.

Trump eventually denied making those comments. But in 1997 in a Playboy interview, he conceded “the stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true.”

To haunt your otherwise pleasant Friday, I leave you with this image of our potential next President and Vice President. What’s on your mind?

Trump and Pence

Good morning Widdershins.Bank of China

What say we start with a little thought experiment? Let’s say that Barack and Michelle Obama had a credit card or car loan from the Bank of Bahrain. How would Fox, Drudge, Breitbart, Blimpbaugh, or Hannity react?

Now you are thinking, “Prolix, that is just plain three-legged dog stupid. Of course they would never shut up about it.” For example, Hannity, the dumbest man to ever be paid to talk on teevee and proud Trump adviser, still mentions Bill Ayers every third breath and that illicit entanglement is based on a chance meeting at a 1995 cocktail party.

So where is the outrage when the Republican nominee is in hock to the Bank of China and Russian oligarchs?  In a backbreaking piece of research journalism, the New York Times article: Trump’s Empire: A Maze of Debt and Opaque Ties found:

Beyond finding that companies owned by Mr. Trump had debts of at least $650 million to the Bank of China among others, The Times discovered that a substantial portion of his wealth is tied up in three passive partnerships that owe an additional $2 billion to a string of lenders, including those that hold the loan on the Avenue of the Americas building.  (A building that alone carries $950 million in loans.)

So where is the outrage when the clamoring Yam doesn’t make good on his commitments to charities, particularly, veteran charities?  Or how about a little outrage over evidence of self-dealing when he jacked-up the rent on his own campaign five times higher when contributors started footing the bill?

When there are daily, even hourly, outrages the tongue-wagging press becomes anesthetized to them.  Just like beekeepers being immune to stings, the sting of outrage has ceased to make an impression upon the keepers of the Trump press.Clinton Foundation

Instead the Yam and his Trumpanzees want to focus on the Clinton Foundation. It’s a charity with an “A” rating that enjoys contributions from 300,000 contributors, 90% of whom contribute $100 or less.  Its good works have positively affected the lives of 430 million people in over 180 countries, including 31,000 American schools, 11.5 million needing HIV/AIDS drugs, and 85 million people in the U.S. through strategic health partnerships.

And the call is to shut the Clinton Foundation down. Shutter it. Stop the good works – all for a talking point of a two-bit, lying buffoon being choreographed by a racist, nationalistic, purveyor of slime and hatred who wriggled from the fever swamp of Breitbart.

This is the modus operandi of the Alt-right.  Throw so much spaghetti on the wall it makes you think an Olive Garden exploded. It’s a perfect scheme now that a human’s attention span is less than that of a goldfish.  Mother Jones explains Steve Bannon as the head lizard of the Breitbart fever swamp:Swamp

Trump was signaling a wholehearted embrace of the “alt-right,” a once-motley assemblage of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, ethno-nationalistic provocateurs who have coalesced behind Trump and curried the GOP nominee’s favor on social media. In short, Trump has embraced the core readership of Breitbart News.

Though disavowed by every other major conservative news outlet, the alt-right has been Bannon’s target audience ever since he took over Breitbart News from its late founder, Andrew Breitbart, four years ago. Under Bannon’s leadership, the site has plunged into the fever swamps of conservatism, cheering white nationalist groups as an “eclectic mix of renegades,” accusing President Barack Obama of importing “more hating Muslims,” and waging an incessant war against the purveyors of “political correctness.”

All of this to feed the prying eyes of those hungering for click-bait. It is the last refuge of those wanting to be seen as something genetically similar to journalists, but too lazy to engage in anything beyond false equivalencies.Flying Monkey 1

With the outrage-o-meter in the red courtesy of the flying monkeys led by the wicked Noodleliani, there are those who camouflage their laziness and Clinton derangement syndrome with an intellectualized Mary Kay sampler kit.  A prime case in point is Jonathan Chait, a graduate of the Ryan Lochte Ethics Institute, who writes:

“Give a man a reputation as an early riser,” said Mark Twain, “and he can sleep ‘til noon.” Hillary Clinton finds herself in the opposite situation: She has a reputation for venality — the merits of which we can set aside momentarily — that forces her to a higher ethical standard. Her inadequate response to the conflicts of interest inherent in the Clinton Foundation show that she is not meeting that standard, and has not fully grasped the severity of her reputational problem.

Ultimately, there is no way around this problem without closing down the Clinton Foundation altogether. Passing off management of the foundation to non-relatives or other third parties doesn’t do the trick, either. If the Clinton Foundation is not leveraging the Clinton name, it has no purpose.

Chait is representative of the lazy journalists who pander to the jaundice-eyed skeptics who forego facts for conditional morality. The conditions of their morality are whatever fits their transitory narrative.  Presently, that narrative is to reward the Circus Peanut for keeping his clothes on and not howling at the moon as he spews factless, baseless lies.

It is easy to say in hindsight, why didn’t the Clintons change the Foundation accordingly? Their answer is: Change it to what? Here is a leadership truism: If the objective is randomly subjective, why bother? Just do what is right. The lesson is this: No matter what the Clintons might have done eight years ago, it would have made no difference since the standards by which they are judged are constantly evolving to fit the subjective views of those proclaiming the standards. CDS makes ordinary strategic thinking useless, so the Clintons just did what was right. Not politically expedient, but a methodologically practical plan to provide charitable services.Circus Peanut

When you consider the Trumpanzees, the flying monkeys, the lazy co-opted press, and the attention-grabbing bobbleheads, what you have left is a coalescing Alt-right world embodied by the Republican Party. It is a world of rumor and innuendo with closed captioning of hate and paranoia. The caricatures of bigotry and prejudices are now the reality of the GOP.

And what is missing throughout this:  Not one word about the 430 million poor people whose lives have been made better.  Instead, the good work of the Clinton Foundation has been turned into fodder for the promotion of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, racist provocateurs.  To quote James Carville, “Someone is going to hell over this.”

What’s on your mind today?

Good Monday, Widdershins! For your activism today, please do check out the link to the Louisiana donations page on the right side of the blog. It is truly astonishing that 875 billion gallons of water (or 875 Superdomes) fell on the Baton Rouge area in such a short amount of time.

Now to the topic of today’s post: The really, truly, we-mean-it-this-time autopsy of the Republican Party. To paraphrase a famous, fictitious Scotsman: It’s dead, Jim.

Back in 2012, after The Glove lost handily to that evil Kenyan Muslim with the funny name, there was a famous “What the f*ck just happened?!” inquiry into the epic fail of the Republicans’ usual Presidential election strategy. Mitt had won all of the traditional demographics that had gained the White House in previous elections: educated white women and men, mostly. The formula should have worked like a charm…but it didn’t. Why not? The Republican brainiacs thought and thought, and here’s what they came up with: Demographically, the Party was out of touch. Young people, Hispanics, women, African-Americans…these groups were not interested in the self-important posturings of the overprivileged old men who make up the Party leadership.

So how would the Republicans “reach out” to the people in question? Would they tweak their platform at all? Why, of course not. They didn’t even bother to try. They would ignore the fact that their Party was dying not in spite of its message, but because of it; and not because people were too stupid to understand it, but because they understood it very well. The alleged “conservative movement” is nothing more than an excuse to further line the pockets of Party leadership, and the American people, in 2012, had figured that out – even the Republicans who still called themselves that.

Between 2012 and 2016; the Tea Party in Congress strengthened its position exponentially. More and more “moderates” were pushed out, and those who dared to try to actually do the work they were put in Congress to do – work to create legislation for the benefit of the American people – were viewed as “traitors to the cause.” No one was sure what the cause was, of course. But they all knew that Obama was very bad, that Democrats were bad, and what they should do was foil everything that those bad people did.

Despite the advice of those who tried to position themselves as more moderate, the RWNJs embraced the “Party of No” strategy; doubled, tripled and quadrupled down on it. And not surprisingly to anyone watching with an objective eye, this crazed group of fringers, when put in charge of nominating a Presidential candidate, nominated someone as racist, xenophobic and misogynistic as they were; but most importantly, someone as angry as they were.

That was the day the Republican party died completely. It just took a long time for the realization to sink in – at least, for some people, still pining for the lost glories of Raygun (the man who condemned it to its slow demise) and claiming that they no longer recognized their Party. Gee wilikers, what was your first clue that the Party had become a frothing, toxic mixture of hatred, fury and neo-Nazi fervor?

I find the most pithy statement of the Party’s epic fail came from Ms. Meghan (McMaverick) McCain. While some Republicans seem to feel Trump is an aberration, John McCain’s daughter isn’t buying it.

“Trump winning or losing has nothing to do with the party if the party can recover or not,” Meghan McCain said. “The problems run deeper than that.”

For those who want more details, I recommend this analysis by Justin Guest. It’s true, white, non-college-educated Americans have been economically left behind by globalism, and socially left behind by a growing mix of ethnicities slowly brown-ifying the lovely pale flesh tones they prefer to see. And oh my gosh, uppity wimminz are going to run the country, and probably take their transgender lovers with them! It’s enough to make David Duke weep. Check this out:

As part of a broad study of white working class politics, I solicited white Americans’ support for Donald Trump, but also for a hypothetical third party dedicated to “stopping mass immigration, providing American jobs to American workers, preserving America’s Christian heritage, and stopping the threat of Islam”—essentially the platform of the UK’s right-wing British National Party, adapted to the United States. How many white Americans do you think would consider voting for this type of protectionist, xenophobic party?

65 percent.

Clearly, Trump’s allure is bigger than Trump himself.

Indeed…and we’d all better be vigilant. We’ve seen Great Britain suffer due to the predations of these throwbacks to a much less progressive and open-minded time, a time when white men were in charge of everything, and anyone who challenged that mindset could just drink from a different fountain, or be subjected to any indignity the masters wanted. This is the illness at the heart of the current Republican Party’s base, and they’re not going away any time soon.

Whether they stay Republicans or not, this is a group of people that have no business in the political arena. Their candidates and agenda must be firmly pushed aside, in this election and in every other following.

So despite the fact that Hillary now has a double-digit lead, and we’re all going to get out the vote to make sure she wins, we can’t get complacent. We can never forget that these people are out there, they’re malignant, and they vote. Let’s make sure they are demoted to the vast, irrelevant fringes of American society, where they belong.

This is an open thread.

 

 

 

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Good Saturday to you Widdershins!

Let’s hope that this post finds you well and enjoying your weekend.  I have kind of been around the blog in a somewhat haphazard way this week.  I was watching things online about the flooding in Louisiana and doing what I could to assist the folks there going through that awful situation.  I had some clothes that had shrunk (notice I did not say I outgrew the clothes) so I gathered the jeans and shirts, found some new socks of a type I don’t wear anymore and gathered all the stuff together and shipped them to an organization that was accepting things like that from out of state.  So Fredster was a busy bee this week.  And to give you an idea of how much rain fell, I saw this on a local nola station’s website.

So let’s move on to this week’s music post and its theme. That theme would be lies and those who tell them.  And naturally that leads to the Republican candidate.  Now perhaps Trump doesn’t realize all the whoppers he tells.  Or perhaps they weren’t whoppers in the strictest meaning of the term. And then there are the statements that were later retracted or modified somewhat.  Eh, who knows with him.  So with that in mind let’s take a look at and listen to some songs that are about lies or liars and the whole lot.

separator-line(1) The Knickerbockers ~ Lies

(2)  The Castaways ~ Liar, liar

(3) Depeche Mode ~ Lie to me

(4) Elliot Smith ~ The Biggest Lie

(5) Nine Inch Nails ~ Terrible Lie

(6) Dolly Parton ~ Tender Lie

(7) Trisha Yearwood ~ Lying to the moon

And last, this, for my peeps in Louisiana who have had a bad time recently.

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Okay, this is wide open and take it wherever you wish.  Of course, your own musical contributions are greatly appreciated.

Good morning Widdershinners. It’s Friday and we have exactly 81 days until Election Day.  Maximus Orangius’ name will actually appear on ballots for President of these United States since “Presidentin’ Ain’t No Big Thing.” At least that’s what he says.

This morning #socklessdeadintern was violating federal law and 11th Republican Commandment by comparing Maximus Orangius to Ronald Reagan.  Eugene Robinson reminded #sockless that he had met Reagan and Orangius was not Reagan.  #sockless is off his game this week because #drunkmika is waking up amongst her Vodka bottles in a vacation kennel at an undisclosed location.

Here’s a picture that just makes me happy!

Three American Winners

From left, bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and silver medalist Nia Ali jump for joy.

This week we saw the appointment of Steve Bannon as Trump’s Minister of Propaganda.  Coincidentally, we also saw an interview by a 105-year old lady named Bromhilde Pomsel.  Ms. Pomsel just happened to be Joseph Goebbels secretary.  Among other things she said:

I just cling to the hope that the world doesn’t turn upside down again as it did then, though there have been some ghastly developments, haven’t there?

She describes Goebbels as “short but well-kept”, of a “gentlemanly countenance”, who wore “suits of the best cloth, and always had a light tan”.

She added he had well-groomed hands and probably had a manicure every day.

Nice suits, a tan, and again, with the hands. Remind you of anyone?

All the talking heads are just agog about Kellyanne Conway, the new doyenne of the clamoring Yam whisperers.  Ms. Conway has the ability, just like Paramecium, to just bore ahead in the face of any obstacle or any question, on any subject and automatically shift into the Goebbelsesque drill of “Hillary evil, Bill eviler, and Democrats should be forever condemned to the green room of the Jerry Springer Show.”

So I thought I would share a few of Ms. Conway’s quotes.

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As the new chanteuse of the Yam’s kinder, gentler torch song, the chattering class is just atwitter with excitement since there’s been almost twelve hours since last insulting a class of Americans. Hatemongering is difficult to dress up. There are so few things that go with it. In the next 81 days we will see if it is now an acceptable accessory to mainline political discourse.

Here’s a new Hillary ad pointing out the ambulatory Cheetos’ failure to comply with what every modern-day Presidential candidate has done.

 

Since it looks like we have a new media outlet ejaculating upon the fertile plains of America, here are some of the precursor headlines to NotbrightTrumpbart. The past is prologue.

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I leave you with one last video.  WARNING:  Eye bleach recommended.

 

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    •0 years in public service

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