Month: July 2017

Anthony Scaramucci one-ups Donald Trump vulgarity

Anthony Scaramucci’s vulgarity at its best/worst

I was in the Navy for four years and was surprised that I had so many new cuss words to learn that I hadn’t already mastered in high school. But even sailors would look down on the vulgarity of Donald Trump’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci. Here’s the Washington Post’s headline: “Anthony Scaramucci’s vulgar New Yorker interview is beyond words.” The man actually looks as shifty and slimy as his crude, disgusting spiels. In a New Yorker interview with Ryan Lizza, Scaramucci talks about, “…killing people. He talks about his new White House colleagues performing sex acts upon themselves.” The world now has to take a new look at T-rump.

Scaramucci gets Reince Priebus dumped

Scaramucci was finally successful in getting rid of Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in a flurry of put-downs that identified the Chief of Staff as the official White House leaker. Here is what the foulmouth had to say about Priebus…

  • “Reince Priebus — if you want to leak something — he’ll be asked to resign very shortly. … Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.” He then did a Priebus imitation: ” ‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’ ”

Scaramucci takes shot at Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon has not had a smooth ride in the White House, going from trusted insider to outsider when Trump was portrayed as just his puppet with Stevo pulling the strings. Right now things are cool after T-rump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s Russian dealings have taken the heat off. But here is what Scaramucci had to say about Bannon…

  • “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” he said. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the president. I’m here to serve the country.”

Scaramucci’s wife can’t stand him, even after having his baby

This lowlife will stop at nothing to make his vulgar points, and his statement that he is here to serve the country is ludicrous. This kind of miscreant is only out for himself. The man’s egotistical mindset seems even more apparent with his wife’s latest move to divorce him, right after giving birth to his son; this after only three years of marriage. Apparently the wife’s anger with Scaramucci was a factor in the sudden birth. A source reported that…

  • “She’s mad. They aren’t really speaking right now,” the source said of Diedre.“The [pain] runs deep. [Anthony] tells her she’s not that smart, that he’s out of her league.”

This Young Turks video on Anthony Scaramucci is priceless…

Donald Trump condones Scaramucci’s behavior

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who works for Scaramucci, indicates that Donald Trump condones her boss’ behavior giving him “…a thumbs-up for his treatment of Priebus earlier Thursday, saying Trump “likes that type competition and encourages it.” And later Scaramucci “…called for a full-blown federal investigation of leaks in a tweet. His words…

  • “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony,” he wrote on Twitter, “I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45”
    He later deleted the tweet. The White House did not provide information for this fact-check.

Scaramucci claimed incompetent

And here’s another interesting headline from USA Today: “Anthony Scaramucci’s aggressive incompetence.” Now, a lot of people can handle being called vulgar, but no one wants to be called “incompetent” in the job they perform. USA Today said, “Communications is not for amateurs. Nor is governing.” WOW! Two hits in the same ballpark, both home runs. The author, Tom Krattenmaker, calls Scaramucci “The Mooch,” a term that can be taken many ways but in this case, I believe, describing a man desperately chasing a second career (politics) for which he is not qualified. More from Krattenmaker…

  • “As shocking as this professional malpractice might be to communicators, it’s what you’d expect when you take the aggressively incompetent approach to communications that the president is taking.”

Scaramucci didn’t always support Donald Trump

In a closing note, Anthony Scaramucci hasn’t always adored Donald Trump, according to The Atlantic. A former Obama donor and backer of two candidates running in the 2016 Republican Primary against Trump, he called his current boss, “a hack politician,” a big-mouthed “bully,” and “an inherited money dude from Queens County.”  Apparently T-rump has a short memory, or, was he just attracted to Scaramucci’s vulgarity and incompetence? I go with the latter. Whatever the attraction might be, the Oval Office lunatic has remained quiet over his new communications director’s behavior as the White House uproar goes into its seventh month.

LATEST: As you probably know by now, Anthony Scaramucci was fired by new Chief of Staff John Kelly

Sunday Political Roundup

Lawmakers put Trump in his place

Okay, here’s the summary from The Washington Post: Congress “…passed legislation to stop him from lifting sanctions on Russia. They recoiled at his snap decision to ban transgender Americans from the military. And they warned him in no uncertain terms not to fire the attorney general or the special counsel investigating the president and his aides.” Rep. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa said he wouldn’t hold hearings to replace Jeff Sessions and would seek legislation to prevent Trump from firing Robert Mueller. Not an all-out mutiny yet but Sen. Lindsey Graham’s comment was provocative saying T-rump has gone, “…way beyond what’s acceptable in a rule-of-law nation.”

Reince Priebus fired because…who the hell knows?

Is it because he’s had run-ins with Donald Trump loyalists, the most recent the new Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci? U.S. News says his downfall has been predicted from the beginning; said he had nine lives. He’ll be replaced with Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, according to The Washington Post. Priebus was considered an “establishment Republican” by other T-rump advisers where there has been “friction with some of Trump’s inner-circle loyalists.” Was Priebus fired because of the failure of Trump’s healthcare plans, or is it the fact that Trump’s complete agenda has gone nowhere so far? Kelly says he can fix it but I seriously doubt it.

They’re already asking for Mitch McConnell’s head

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

And I hope they get it, on a silver platter. Mo Brooks, a Republican congressman from Alabama who is running for a Senate seat said, “If I were Mitch McConnell, I would resign,” commenting further blaming the “…party’s internal dysfunction squarely on McConnell.” Precisely what my thoughts have been for years. Anyone who would pursue the repeal of Obamacare just because he admittedly hates Barack Obama is not fit to be a U.S. Senator. And all of this at a time when 53% of the American public want to keep the program. McConnell has conducted his slimy politics for as long as I can remember. Now is the time to rid the Senate of this sleazeball.

Blue Dog Coalition back and planning to win

They are a part of the Democratic Caucus that has been quiet since Republicans swept the House in 2010. Both moderate and conservative, they claim their ideology is the key to success in 2018. As a minority in the Democratic coalition–only 18 members–they are in competition with the centrist New Democrat Coalition which claims 61 members and more liberal. Rep. Keith Ellison, a leading Progressive and deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee said, “I just don’t buy the premise that being on the right side of the Democratic Party makes you more advantageous, more attractive to voters, than being on the left side of the Democratic Party.” I agree!

Poor baby Trump didn’t get his way on healthcare bill

In lieu of the repeal of Obamacare, Donald Trump has, “…threatened to end federal subsidies for healthcare insurance for Congress as well as the rest of the country.” This maniac is beginning to sound like Mitch McConnell, who also went down in flames in this ridiculous battle against…Barack Obama. The former President must be looking back now and marveling over how such a conglomeration of morons can make such a mess of the country he had managed to pull out of the depths of Republican chaos. Experts say, “Such a move could cause havoc and much higher premiums in insurance markets.” All to appease the Oval Office lunatic.

Saturday Political Roundup

Should you or shouldn’t you? VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS

The vitamin supplement business is around $5 billion a year, and has a powerful lobby. Regulations are limited because “…dietary supplements are not considered drugs, thus they are not required to undergo clinical trials or obtain approval from the FDA prior to sale, unless the product is labeled as intended for therapeutic use.” This, according to the Center of Injury Research and Policy, reported on CBS. 70% of the calls involve children under six swallowing unattended supplements with more than 12,300 cases causing serious medical complications. Personally, I was told by a doctor supplements could interact negatively with certain prescription drugs. So, BUYER BEWARE.

Donald Trump’s 27% chance

A poll by USA Today and iMediaEthics, discovered that only 27% of the American public think Donald Trump “definitely will complete” his four-year term. And this is only six months into his presidency, one that has proven repeatedly that he is not fit for the Oval Office. 13% said he definitely will not complete it, and 10% of those are Republicans. ” Nearly 70 percent of Democrats say Trump should be impeached, as do 36 percent of independents and 15 percent of Republicans.” A bill for impeachment has been introduced by a California Democrat but it isn’t likely to go anywhere in a Republican House. But one can only hope and it’s obvious many Americans are.

Unrest in the State Department

What do you expect when your selection criteria is  limited to “millionaire.” minimum? Billionaires also welcome. Sec. of State Rex Tillerson says he isn’t resigning but there are reports that he is thinking about it. Tillerson insiders have indicated he is losing patience with Donald Trump, and also after he discovered he “violated U.S. sanctions against Russia while he was CEO of Exxon-Mobile.” Additionally, the head of the State Department’s diplomatic security bureau , acting Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Bill Miller, has resigned. It’s time for the Washington Post to do its thing comparing Trump resignations and firings with Pres. Obama’s administration.

Another “”hot mic” goof with a Donald Trump connection

Sen. Jack Reed-Sen. Susan Collins
Sen. Jack Reed-Sen. Susan Collins

First it was a tape with Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood.” Donald Trump clearly brags on the tape, about being able “…to ‘grab’ women ‘by the p—y’ because “when you’re a star they let you do it.” This was in the throes of T-rump’s steady parade of offensive comments about women just before the election. So why did 42% of women vote for him? Well, the latest hot mic involves the womanizer but in a different light. It was caught in the Senate where Rep. Sen. Jack Reed says about Trump, “I think he’s crazy.” Rep. Sen. Susan Collins followed with, “I’m worried.” Two top GOP Senators are concerned over the mental stability of the U.S. President. Sounds like a great idea for a novel.

Even the Boy Scouts reject Donald Trump

The President of the United States is asked to speak to the Boy Scouts of America to issue an uplifting speech about the future of our country, but instead Donald Trump spews a political diatribe that prompts the organization to distance itself from him. Is there any organization this man hasn’t offended or outright demeaned? He criticized prominent Democrats, blasted “fake news” and “fake polls,” and characterized Obamacare as “a horrible thing… that’s really hurting us” According to ThinkProgress, he even “conflated his politics with the values and work of the Scouts.” He was condemned by current and former Boy Scouts. It gets more pathetic every day.

 

Did George Orwell predict Donald Trump in 1984?

 

 

Donald Trump-George Orwell

I am an ardent fan of George Orwell’s work including, Animal Farm and 1984. Animal Farm is political satire at its best, depicting the unrest of the animals at the Manor farm because they are treated poorly. Mr. Jones, the farmer, was a mean and drunken man who exploited them, leading to a rebellion by the animals that eventually gets out of hand. It’s a short read that will illustrate the kind of uprising that is imminent when people, or animals, are unhappy with their situation. Or their government. It’s an issue I’ll cover later using the book to draw similarities with the U.S.

But 1984 offers a multitude of possibilities for comparison with the new Donald Trump admin., even as it completes just over a month of tenure. The timing only emphasizes the number of conspiracy theories Donald John has been able to concoct in such a short amount of time. They are numerous and at times so bizarre that they defy the reality that the man that has just been elected to the presidency of the United States is the one who spawned them. It is more likely that we would expect such disjointed discourse from Jack Nicholson in One flew Over the cuckoo’s Nest. Examples…

  1. Trump’s phones in Trump Tower were tapped
  2. Said there was Rampant voter fraud in 2016
  3. Anti-Trump protesters are paid
  4. Obama is coordinating the [Trump] protests
  5. There were 1.5 million people who attended his inauguration
In none of these cases has Donald John come up with any corroboration for the statements he made, with the most blatant number five. This was where Trump cried to the heavens how much larger his inauguration crowd was than Barack Obama’s in 2008, when independent photos proved him wrong. But the freakish behavior of Donald Trump isn’t the basis for this post, rather just some background and sidebars to explain the aberrant nature of the man who has risen from mediocrity to the President of the most powerful nation n the world. And how Orwell’s 1984 has its parallels.
This isn’t the first post or article on this issue, there have been several, but, notably, believe mine is the first to use the Orwell Today site in drawing these comparisons and cross-referencing with Jackie Jura’s excellent notes and correlations with the future. On March 5, CNN’s headline blazed, “The President of the United States traffics in conspiracy theories,” then goes on to document Donald Trump’s ongoing perpetuation of lies and misinformation. Jackie Jura n Orwell Today has a section on “Conspiracy Goes Mainstream,” which chronicles history’s most unique conspiracies.
But time now to look at George Orwell and then Donald trump through the eyes of “Orwell Today.” And the only way to begin is to start with Orwell’s most imposing creation, Big Brother. It was the Proles who marched through the streets with placards celebrating Big Brother’s ability to ‘Make Oceania Great Again.’ Fast forward to the 2016 campaign when Trump followers with red hats were marching everywhere with signs that said, ‘Make America Great Again.’ Now Donald Trump is not Orwell’s Big Brother, but he is the epitome of his oligarchs.

1984’s Winston character tries to recall the past when everything had been better but today’s world was the remnants of a society that was free and uncomplicated, unlike 1984, and the new world order where the world was broken into three super-states. Steve Bannon has three tenets on which he plans to build the new “Trumpism” and, although they aren’t geographical like Orwell’s three nations, they do represent the kind of one-nation ideology of a country that is at the current time highly divisive. They are Capitalism, nationalism, and “Judeo-Christian values.”

It was the plan of the 1984 autocrats to “Keep the Masses Down” in order to maintain a hierarchical society that could only be possible through the proletariat’s poverty and ignorance. Although not directly related to Donald Trump, it is the policy of the Republican Party to amass the wealth in only a few (1% of the population) and keep the rest in the dark over what the Party is really doing, in order to maintain the blind votes of their followers. Like Orwell’s world, Donald John and the GOP feel their complete survival depend on collectivism.

1984’s “Ministry of Truth” must have been the prototype for Donald Trump’s communications dept. with Sean Spicer playing the part of the book’s character, Winston, whose job it was at the Ministry to take news items he received and turn them around to mean what the higher-ups in the Party wanted said. To be certain, the Ministry of Truth was only the front for a persisting procession of lies to the citizens of Oceania, tied in a neat bundle that, when exxhibited, was meant to be bona fide. Well, in 2017, as in 1984, there is nothing truthful about Donald John’s Ministry of Truth.

Orwell’s “Falsification of the Past” follows closely to the Ministry of Truth in the fabrication of any information that is granted to the public. If Trump doesn’t like what has already been said, he will change it to fit what he wants. Like right after the inauguration when he removed the term “climate change” from the official White House website. In Oceania there was Oldspeak and “Newspeak,” when translated corresponds to the civil tone coming from the White House during Barack Obama and earlier presidents, compared to Donald John’s crude and sometimes lewd rhetoric.

PoliticoMagazine talks of the multitude of contradictions of Donald Trump: “Has anyone ever disagreed with Donald Trump more than Donald Trump?” The Inner Party in 1984 was governed by adherence to a common doctrine of “Doublethink,” which means “the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” Here are Politico’s examples…

“I have no intention of running for president.” (Time, September 14, 1987)
“I am officially running for president.” (New York, June 16, 2015)

 “I don’t want it for myself. I don’t need it for myself.” (ABC News, November 20, 2015)
“I wanted to do this for myself. … I had to do it for myself.” (Time, August 18, 2015)

“Politicians are all talk and no action.” (Twitter, May 27, 2015)
“I’m not a politician.” (CNN, August 11, 2015)
“I’m no different than a politician running for office.” (New York Times, July 28, 2015)

Orwell’s “Ministry of Love” is like other of his poetic symbols that mean the opposite of what they
say. This one is actually a torture chamber for people who have been picked up by the Thought Police for thinking bad things against Big Brother. Now Donald John has no thought police per se, except for his minions who try to unsuccessfully control the media, but he does have a lot of love he spews on a regular basis, like how much he loves women. How much he loves immigrants. How much he loves blacks. And then he degrades each with a vehemence not found when expressing the love.

I could go on for some time but it will be much more interesting for you to browse Jackie Jura’s Orwell Today site and come up with your own conclusions of how George Orwell’s book, 1984, corresponds with the idiocy of the Donald Trump administration. Check the 45 topics she has documented on the left-hand side of the site. and when you go to something like “Big Brother” be sure and take advantage of the notes and analogies she has referenced as they will often point directly to current events. Good Reading!

This is a re-circulation of this post originally published onMarch 9, 2017, due to its appropriateness

Democratic Party is pathetic

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Democrats do nothing for years

After years of accusing Republicans of doing nothing but disparaging what the Democrats were doing without any constructive ideas of what was a better idea, the Democrats have spent most of their time lately castigating Donald Trump, without presenting a plan to revive the liberal movement. The GOP own the U.S. government and the Dems haven’t the slightest idea of how to get it back. Nancy Pelosi in the House proved completely ineffective, as was Harry Reid as Democratic head of the Senate. It is as if the Party of FDR is stuck in a rut with their wheels mired so deep that it will take a locomotive to pull it out.

Better Deal not the New Deal

On July 24, Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority leader, laid out the Democrats 2018 “Better Deal,” which looks promising in respect to returning to the principles of the left. With him in Berryville, VA, were Nancy Pelosi and even Progressive, Elizabeth Warren. But not Bernie Sanders. The new Gawker Media, renamed Splinter, termed the agenda “modestly left-wing.” That got it for some but probably not for most Progressives, except for the support of Bernie Sanders issues, the $15.00 minimum wage and some form of Universal healthcare that were mentioned. There was a big problem…

  • “There was one problem the Better Deal could not solve: the attention problem. On Monday, despite a long ramp-up and a flurry of op-eds about the new message, the Better Deal got only a little more TV time than the average minority party announcement.”

And where was media time spent?…

  • “For most of Monday, cable news chewed over Jared Kushner’s testimony to senators looking into possible Russian meddling in the election; for somewhat less time, it covered the progression of a GOP health-care bill that kept rising from the dead.”

Debbie Wasserman Schultz top aide, Imran Awan, arrested…

Bernie Sanders had the left enthused to vote

This is partly the media’s fault for its focus on the Oval Office lunatic and his family, but a less-than-intelligent public demands less-than-intelligent and bizarre news coverage. We wouldn’t want to feed it that substantive stuff that should be used to make intelligent political decisions. Shoot em the pablum that makes headlines, selling advertising and newspapers. The other fault, of course, is that of Democrats who have sat on their butts for years and let the GOP virtually take over the country from the local level to the federal government. What do you expect? Bernie Sanders did more to arouse the left during the 2016 campaign than Dems have done in 20 years.

Bernie Sanders lost in 2016 the fault of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Had it not been for Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her underhanded dealings as Democratic National Committee (DNC) head, Bernie Sanders would have won the 2016 Democratic Primary. That’s pretty much a given now, after the reading of the several DNC emails that clearly implicated her in the plot to nominate Hillary Clinton. A class-action lawsuit filed by residents of 45 states against the DNC asks Schultz to pay back the Bernie Sanders supporters for their donations. This was prompted when “…the DNC gave out $1 million in bonuses, including more than $300,000 to Democratic National Convention Host Committee Executive Director Kevin Washo.

But here is the clincher…

  • “Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s top information technology (IT) aide was arrested Monday attempting to board a flight to Pakistan after wiring $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to that country.
    “He attempted to leave the country hours after The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group revealed that he is the target of an FBI investigation, and the FBI apprehended him at the airport.”

Debbie Wasserman Schultz top aide a crook

The culprit, Imran Awan, a Pakistani-born IT aide, apparently had access to emails and the files of dozens of members of Congress, as well as Schultz’s iPad password, the device she used in the conducting of all the DNC business affairs. Schultz has known for months about the criminal investigation of Awan and his family, but despite this, she has protected the man. Now, you would have to wonder why she would do this. But so far Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had nothing to say about the whole thing. There are a lot of sleazy members of the U.S. Congress, mostly Republicans. But this unscrupulous Democrat has to go.

Wednesday Political Roundup

Trump scared to death of Russia connection

Trump threatens Robert Mueller
Trump threatens Robert Mueller

The Washington Post is saying, “…that the Trump administration is seeking every recourse to undermine the investigation into Russian collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.” T-rump has even warned Robert Mueller to stay away from his family’s finances in the investigation. Mueller then did exactly what he was told not to do while WP reports Trump is “building a case” to attempt to illustrate that Mueller has too many conflicts of interest to be in charge of the inquiry.  During the process, the Oval Office lunatic has been checking out how to pardon his family, even himself. Looks like guilt already established.

Why is Jeff Sessions still Attorney General?

To begin with, Jeff Sessions is a bigot, a confirmed racist certified in the state of Alabama, rejected when nominated by Ronald Reagan for a judgeship in 1986 “… based on his comments on race and his role in prosecuting a voter fraud case against black civil rights activists in Alabama.” Not fit for a federal judge but okay to be the U.S. Attorney General. Only a maniac like Trump could reason like this. Well, Sessions’ bigotry isn’t what’s in the news today, it’s his underhanded dealings with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to Washington, when the AG was a top adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. So, again, how is he still Attorney General?

Florida law still in the dark ages

George Zimmerman’s killing of Trayvon Martin, who was black, in 2012, by George Zimmerman, who remains free thanks to the stupid Florida law, “Stand Your Ground,” which allows an individual to protect him or herself if they feel threatened. There were no witnesses so Zimmerman got away scot-free. Just recently, five teens stood by watching, videotaping, and laughing while a 31-year-old black man drowned. After it was over they walked away and left him in the water until discovered five days later. The teens, ages 14 to 16, could not be prosecuted because Florida has no law preventing this kind of behavior. If I were a tourist, I would think twice before visiting Florida.

They own the government but still can’t get their act together

Six months after Donald Trump became president and sealed the partisan control of the country, the Republican Party is just as fucked up as it was before the 2016 election. You can thank T-rump’s lunacy in the Oval Office or Mitch McConnell’s lunacy over Obamacare, or maybe it’s just because the GOP is a bunch of lunatics in general. Any one of these is enough to examine the effectiveness of a Grand Old Party that is no longer grand. It’s a disaster, they know it but have no idea what to do about it. One Republican calls it “…a lot of tribes within one party, with many agendas, trying to do what they want to do.” Unfortunately, none of them know what they are doing.

 

 

ALEC rears its ugly head again

ALEC makes plans to destroy America

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), is one of the scummiest right-wing organizations in the country, and they have brought their claptrap to Denver, for a convention to plan just how the GOP can fuck up the U.S. even more than it is now, if that is possible. This group pours money into state legislatures with the intent of getting their conservative legislation passed, and for years it has worked because many of the states are stocked with Republicans stemming from the regime of George W. Bush with Karl Rove being one of the architects. On the other hand, Bernie Sanders has been working in state grassroots recently and it’s beginning to pay off.

Christians? Don’t think so

ALEC bills itself as “conservative Christians,” which is so laughable it isn’t even funny. The last definition of a Christian that I remember reading said something about wanting to help others. Republicans only want to help themselves along with the wealthy and large corporations. A good example of this is a comment made by one of the members in Denver who said there was a “restlessness” after the U.S. Senate couldn’t pass the repeal of Obamacare. That would have taken away the healthcare for up to 32 million Americans, but would have poured money into the coffers of businesses in the healthcare industry.

But ALEC is not without its opponents and many of them are very visible at the convention, making it clear how they feel about the organization…

  • “ALEC’s secretive corporate lobbying flies in the face of how democracy is supposed to work,” Elena Nunez, executive director of Colorado Common Cause, said in a statement. “Voters may not know who ALEC is, but they have been very influential in Colorado.”

Here is what ALEC is all about…

There is also another protest going on against Betsy DeVoss with this comment from one of the delegates…

  • “All of the legislators in this room know this — there will be someone who will try to silence you at some point in time,” said Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir of Wisconsin. “So while they’re out there exercising their free speech, we’re in here protecting their rights to that free speech.”

Most American teachers detest DeVoss

Yeah, right, this time downright ludicrous. The “free speech” these bottom feeders are fighting for is the right for the GOP to spread its poisonous venom throughout the USA. One teacher drove up to Denver from Pueblo for the purpose of letting everyone know what she thought of the Secretary of Education. “My biggest fear is (DeVos) is going to destroy the public education system completely,” she said. And here is yet another outrageous comment direct from the mouth of one of the ALEC members…

  • “ALEC doesn’t tell conservative legislators what to do, contrary to what we’ve seen in the media,” Coffman said, calling the assertion “laughable.”

No ALEC vote – No ALEC money

No, let’s look at that absurd statement. ALEC may not always come right out with ‘you do this or that,’ but you can bet if the legislator in question doesn’t vote within ALEC’s guidelines, said legislator will find his or her supply of contributions from the organization cut off immediately. A Democratic state Senator from Colorado “…chastised DeVos and the Trump administration.” And in the demonstration…

  • “Signs portrayed DeVos as a bizarro Robin Hood, comparing her support for charter school voucher programs to taking from poor public schools to give the rich.”

ALEC as covered in the past

Let me leave you with two articles I have done in past posts on ALEC. The first, “Corporate stampede to dump ALEC – Do your part today.” And number two, “The ALEC conspiracy broadens.” In both cases you can easily see what a bogus organization it is, especially since it is connected to the Koch Bros.

 

“You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.”

Personal privacy lost years ago

Those are the words of Scott McNealy, former CEO of Sun Microsystems in 1999, at an event launching his company’s new technology. I was in the business of privacy blogging in those days publishing The Dunning Letter daily. I did a scathing post on McNealy implying that he was all wrong about this, that there was still some modicum of privacy. After seventeen years, I see just how wrong I was and just how right McNealy was. Even then I was wrong, but at the time all of the privacy advocates were busy trying to convince the public to protect their personal data, which is a good thing but we were going about it all wrong.

How personal does it get?

Your confidential information, even then, was being kept in databases all over the world, with facts about every aspect of your intimate life, and I do mean intimate. From the size dildos a particular woman uses to a man’s erectile dysfunction, to every other tidbit of information available on your household. In my 35 years as a data broker in the junk mail industry, I discovered that nothing was sacred, and if you looked hard enough you could find anything you wanted. It’s all there, selectable, on a moment’s notice to be turned into a mailing list. What wasn’t there then, and probably still isn’t to some degree, was maximum security for the ‘story of your life.’

Public doesn’t give a damn about their confidential information

But even in those days, and continuing through the last seventeen, the public simply doesn’t give a damn. I shoved advice on protecting the loss of their privacy at them on a day-to-day basis, and the reaction was, ‘it won’t happen to me.’ Then it did happen to them, and they begged me for a quick fix to remedy a situation they probably could have prevented. Well, there was no quick fix, still isn’t, and sometimes it took months, even years to straighten out their credit to where it had been before the data breach. Now people turn to companies who guarantee to protect your credit, or fix it if it gets broken. Ain’t gonna happen, just a band-aid.

Public must monitor its own financial records

Your best bet is to monitor your financial records on a regular basis. Check your bank statement(s) and credit card(s) billings at least twice a week and check your credit report every four months FREE as allowed by law, using one of the three credit reporting companies, Equifax, TransUnion and Experian, one for each four-month period. You can access all three here at AnnualCreditReport.com. You might also want to buy your “credit score” for around $7.50. But be careful of the small print and don’t let these credit report companies sign you up for their monthly service. Experian is the most guilty of this so read their text carefully.

FTC tells you what to do in data breach

Even a data breach can be reversed

Otherwise, most banks do a good job monitoring the use of your credit or debit cards. As an example, if someone uses either card somewhere in North Carolina and you live in Phoenix, AZ, and you have made recent purchases at your residence location, they know something is wrong. They will normally call and you can confirm that you didn’t make the transaction, and they remove it from your account. Even if they miss it and you do catch it, you have 60-days to report it. In most cases the banks make it relatively easy, but they do expect their customers to do their jobs when it comes to their finances. Check out this government site for help.

Fear and outrage just put on the junk mail market

But what brought all this up was an article last week from the Medium, “This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit,” that sheds a new life on personal data collected and then sold on the market. Years ago the junk mailers sold fear when they presented cancer insurance as a “must have” insurance, detailing the terrible things that could happen to you if you didn’t have it. It was eventually considered unethical and slowly faded away, but now the fear they are selling is actually real, and once again, it belongs to you. It’s fear and outrage over the political spectrum, and it’s captured with every electronic move you make; on the computer, smartphone or tablet.

Electronic activity generates a digital nightmare

You create a digital nightmare of your computerized lifestyle which can be traced back to you, with a name, address, telephone number, plus it can be appended to all of that private information above to create the John and Jane Doe dossier. If you’re worried, you should be. What we have created here is a completely different databasing product called lifestyle events, which includes the “fear and outrage,” above, mixed with lifestyles already being sold, like what wine you drink, are you a smoker, what movies you watch and hundreds more. I will cover these lifestyles in another post later, as well as medical selection they have about you. The list is endless.

 

Sunday Political Roundup

Humans have generated one billion elephants worth of plastic

Plastic waste

How many elephants does it take to make a trash dump? In a recent global analysis of plastic production and use in the world, it was found that “Humans have generated one billion elephants worth of plastic.” What this amounts to in tonnage is 8.3 billion metric tons, also equal to 80 million blue whales, 822,000 Eiffel Towers, or 25-thousand Empire State buildings. This is as frightening as it is bizarre, because the question arises, what the hell do we do with it? Here’s another alarming fact, “…fish eat plastic in the ocean, we eat the fish and it creeps into every corner of the ecosystem – we end up slowly consuming more plastic both literally and figuratively.” Are we doomed?

LGBT activist Tim Gill: Punish Christians for persecution

It’s time to punish the wicked, but not the kind you think. Tim Gill, 63-year-old Colorado resident, made the statement in the course of his $400 million pro-LGBT social reform causes expressing his displeasure at the “religious right” who have made an issue out of same-sex marriage. Gill doesn’t think the 2015 Supreme Court ruling got the job done. In 2016, Gill set up a foundation known as the Gill Foundation and vows to “spend every last dollar in the foundation’s coffers in pursuit of full equality.” If this can be considered on a level with racism, well, how far have we come from the Civil Rights Law of 1964? Not very far.

Betsy DeVos adds ideologue nickname to idiot

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten really leveled on Trump’s education head, Betsy DeVos saying she was an “…“ideologue who wants to destabilize and privatize the public schools that millions of Americans value and rely upon.” DeVos, a billionaire, jumped right into her new job and began to talk the conservative talk, privatization. Trump and DeVos are pushing school choice but Weingarten said the term “choice” decades ago was “used to cloak overt racism by segregationist politicians like Harry Byrd, who launched the massive opposition to the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. It’s all about big business.

Liberals don’t like Trump or his supporters

I agree wholeheartedly with Aaron Blake of the Washington Post that, “Liberals don’t just hate President Trump; lots of them don’t even like the idea of being in the company of his supporters.” I’ve been there and they can be nice people until…the subject of T-rump comes up. Then, they turn into some kind of…thingamajig, yeah, that’s it thingamajig, or simply…baffling. I know educated people who believe in this man, some friends for years, yet, with the Trump label they have turned into something inexplainable. The WP documents a new Pew Research survey on the subject calling it the “…latest indicator of our remarkably tribal and partisan politics.”

If he dumps Mueller, impeach him

Donald Trump dumped FBI Dir. James Comey just when he was getting close to breaking the Russian investigation. Now he’s after Robert Mueller, the special investigator for T-rump’s Russian connections. If the Republican Congress allows this without initiating impeachment proceedings, partisan politics has finally replaced our democracy. On Saturday we find out Trump is launching “…an all-out assault on the federal investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump’s outside legal team resigned “…because of his discomfort with the president’s strategy of attacking Mueller’s integrity. Strange, the word integrity should come up.

Slimeball Senate head lies about his healthcare bill again

This is almost unbelievable but the Congressional Budget Office reports that under Mitch McConnell’s Senate healthcare bill, deductibles “…could get so high they’re actually more than the poorest Americans earn.” Once again, bottom-feeder McConnell has lied to the American public because “Obamacare guards against this by setting a limit on how much people can spend on healthcare on out-of-pocket expenses.” The higher deductibles my make sense for those in middle income and higher brackets, but for those at or below the poverty level, it can be a back breaker. This is just one more in a string of lies spun by Mitch McConnell to sell his  Better Care Reconciliation Act. Pathetic!

Saturday Political Roundup

U.S. a laughing stock…again

Donald Trump, the man the world is laughing at

According too the former U.S ethics chief, the U.S. is “close to being a laughing stock.” I think he means “sill is.” Walter Shaub said,“Misuse of position is really the heart of the ethics program, and the internationally accepted definition of corruption is abuse of entrusted power.” Apparently Donald Trump fits this profile perfectly, something Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller agrees with.  Shaub has been at odds with T-rump and recently resigned six months before the end of his term. Shaub claims, “It undermines the government ethics program by casting doubt on the integrity of government decision making.” How long will the international community give us?

Censored White House hearings

No cameras allowed once again at the White House Press briefing by Sean Spicer. The last on-camera White House briefing was on June 29. Legislation was introduced recently by Conn. Rep. Jim Himes that would require the White House to hold at least two video news conferences a week. Poor baby Spicer felt abused by the media, but made no mention of the numerous gaffes he has made. Maybe that’s why he resigned; an angry departure, which caught even senior West Wing staffers by surprise. Sarah Huckabee Sanders replaces Spicer, with Donald Trump naming Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.

Vice President Pence lies like a…Trump

Like President, like Vice President when it comes to the spewing of lies and misinformation. Speaking at the recent National Governors Association meeting in Providence, R.I., talking about the failed Senate healthcare bill, Mike Pence listed Ohio as having 60,000 disabled citizens are stuck on Medicaid waiting lists. Pence also flaunted block grants as a positive feature of the GOP’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), plus stating “The bill actually rolls back restrictions on waivers, giving states the ability to stabilize your insurance markets. In fact, both are false and/or misleading. The speech was filled with nothing but disinformation.

John McCain has brain cancer

John McCain, the Republican Sen. from Arizona has been diagnosed with brain cancer. I have disagreed with McCain lots of times, especially on his vacillation on immigration, but I wish the senior Senator from my state the best in his recovery. The outlook isn’t good with Mayo Clinic saying doctors diagnosed a tumor called a glioblastoma and the prognosis for this kind of cancer is generally poor. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) survived less than 15 months. WP says “McCain’s absence would also deprive the Senate of its moral conscience on many key issues.” McCain was given the name of “maverick” in the Senate, which I respect.

Saudi girl flaunts mini-skirt

A Saudi young woman has been arrested in Riyadh for wearing a mini-skirt in public, which, according to the authorities, flagrantly violates the kingdom’s conservative Islamic dress code. Even in Saudi Arabia, we might expect some progress in womens’ human rights, especially for half the population. The woman is filmed walking around the desert region of Najd, where many of Saudi Arabia’s most conservative tribes and families are from, so it is obvious she has a point to make. Don’t know if she got her wish but the Saudi police did arrest her due to the strict gender segregation rules and other restrictions on women. By the way, the woman had the body for a mini-skirt.

Obamacare just won”t go away

The Senate can’t repeal Obamacare because its programs are popular with the American public. Purely and simply this is a vicious vendetta against Barack Obama by Sen. head, Mitch McConnell, with a bunch of his brainless minions and other misguided Republicans supporting him. If we didn’t have level headed Republicans in the Senate like Susan Collin from Maine and Ron Johnson, Wisconsin, the Senate simpleton would have taken away the healthcare of over 30 million people. There are many in government and the private sector who say this would be devastating to the economy. Meaning, McConnell cares more about revenge than he does about his country