Month: August 2017

Impeachment or resign-It’s in Trump’s court

Everybody calling for Trump’s impeachment

Donald Trump is getting volleys from all directions and they aren’t directed at his legislative agenda. Oh wait, he doesn’t have a legislative agenda. Do you remember “…forty-three years ago this summer when Republican Senator Barry Goldwater walked into the Oval Office and told Republican President Richard Nixon that they didn’t have the votes in the Senate to save his presidency.” Yahoo News reports that this could happen to Trump down the road, if not in the near future. And should the House vote to impeach, two-thirds of the Senate is required to convict; Yahoo’s Elaine C. Kamarck claims there are twelve Senators already riding the impeachment train.

The Donald Trump impeachment express

She continues…

  • “If you add that to the forty-eight Democrats in the Senate (who have shown no inclination to work with this President), Donald Trump could be six votes away from conviction in the Senate.”

That could turn the locomotive into an express, and with a little help, the indictment could reach the station sooner than most now expect. The barriers are Paul Ryan in the House and Mitch McConnell in the Senate; it won’t happen unless they are on board, unless there is a revolt in both houses to overthrow their leaders. Since we are talking about ousting the President of the United States, that isn’t so far-fetched. McConnell has fallen from grace and Ryan has always been less than mediocre. Lindsey Graham has said that firing special counsel Robert Mueller would be the “beginning of the end” of the Trump presidency.

Art of the Deal ghostwriter thinks Trump on way out

If you remember Donald Trump’s 1987 memoir, The Art of the Deal, you might also remember its ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, who now professes he “…thinks President Donald Trump will eventually call it quits.” Schwartz tweeted…

  • “The circle is closing at blinding speed,” Schwartz tweeted. “Trump is going to resign and declare victory before Mueller and congress leave him no choice.”

Followed by…

  • “Trump’s presidency is effectively over. Would be amazed if he survives till end of the year. More likely resigns by fall, if not sooner.”

The Art of the Deal ghostwriter speaks out

Celebrating Trump was like “putting lipstick on a pig”

There are so many choice comments from Tony Schwartz in this CNN article that I feel I must pass them along. Like…”I put lipstick on a pig,” adding he has, “a deep sense of remorse” for “presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” I don’t think Schwartz has to worry, because any good he did ghostwriting the book has surely been eradicated by the ignorant and vulgar behavior of T-rump since entering the White House. The author believes he may be looking for a way to resign and for Donald Trump there is only one way to leave. Turning his loss into a victory.

Anonymous resistance movement gets in impeachment act

There is more help from the online activist group known as Anonymous which has posted the private cellphone numbers and email addresses for 22 Republican members of Congress. This started with only three earlier so it is obvious that these people are serious. Their goal is Donald Trump’s impeachment, and based on a history of this hacker clan in the past, they won’t give up the ship until it’s righted. Politicians included were U.S. Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa. None of these particularly influential but we still have to see the balance of the names.

How will Donald Trump exit the Oval Office?

Rob Pfeiffer, chief editor of online publication The Anon Journal said the information was published to get voters to contact these Senators to encourage Donald Trump’s impeachment. It will be interesting to follow just how this scenario goes because in the opinion of most, T-rump could not face impeachment. And reflecting again on the earlier point that the only way he would leave would be to turn his loss into a victory…it could get messy for the Republicans but the timing could not be better for the left nearing 2018 and coming up on 2020. Right now, Progressives aren’t saying ‘we told you so,’ but they should be.

 

Sunday Political Roundup

Getting serious on global warming

A new research study has found that global warming has been going on longer than we thought and is more severe than we thought coming to the conclusion that there is only a 5 percent chance that we can avoid “dangerous” global warming. Most people take this lightly where Republicans repudiate it altogether. Donald Trump is an aggressive critic of climate change and EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, “…is an outspoken climate change skeptic, who does not believe carbon dioxide is a major factor in global warming.” That pretty much says it all for government, meaning we must get rid of Trump and a Republican Congress to save this country from burning up.

Barack Obama saves the day for Charlottesville

It is so refreshing when a sane, level-headed mind speaks up in times of violence and bloodshed, especially when it is someone like Barack Obama. His Charlottesville tweet taken from Nelson Mandela should have had a chilling effect on racists and white nationalists. Here it is: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” Twitter said immediately that it was “… now the most liked Tweet ever.” Wow! But I wouldn’t go to Vegas with bets on how many bigots this converted. It’s been going on too long and I am somewhat skeptical that we can ever stop it. Only hope, I guess.

How low can Donald Trump go?

Let’s see, how long did it take Donald Trump to renounce the neo-Nazis and racists? Three days, and only then after a blitzkrieg of criticism from the public and the media. And then when he did talk, the Washington Post described it “downright ugly.” He stood in the Trump Tower of power and greed and exclaimed that the opposition protesters were as bad as the white nationalists, one of which drove his car into a crowd and killed a woman. The nation froze, realizing that T-rump had just uttered the inconceivable, something you would only expect a dictator to say…like Adolph Hitler. If Paul Ryan is the problem get rid of him and dump Trump.

White supremacist deserves whatever happens to him

That may be hard for some to take but someone was killed as a result of their demonstration so, ‘hey slimeball, you’re on your own.’ The lowlife was Chris Cantwell who was filmed during the violence in Charlottesville, then sat down with reporters for interviews. In one of these he bragged about how he would use violence if necessary, stating, “We’re not non-violent. We’ll (expletive) kill people if we have to.” And now the poor baby fears for his life. This is the kind of miscreant that was at Charlottesville, and will be at other white nationalists protests around the country. What is so unnerving is the fact that this group is a supporter of the Oval Office lunatic.

Phoenix Mayor doesn’t want Donald Trump in his city

The mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, Greg Stanton, “…urged President Trump to delay a campaign-style rally set for the city next week…” Surprised we haven’t heard any flak from T-rump, even more so since Stanton is a Democrat. Of course, in this state Stanton is surrounded by Republican radicals, the kind who okay guns in bars and other public places. The mayor also thinks Trump might just use the occasion to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. I do believe that Stanton’s concerns are well founded since we have one of the biggest collection of gun nuts in the country, any one of which can buy a gun with one requirement, he has a warm body.

Saturday Political Roundup

Alcoholism is back

The overindulgence in booze has risen an appalling amount of 49% in adults 18 plus. The Washington Post reports that “12.7 percent of the U.S. population now meets diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder.” Excessive drinking can cause, “fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, liver cirrhosis, several types of cancer and infections, pancreatitis, type 2 diabetes, and various injuries.” I quit 35 years ago and have never looked back, and my liver, thankfully, is still in good shape. There are eleven characteristics to help you to determine if you have an alcohol dependence if that concerns you. I urge you to read the article.

No landslide for the left in 2018 and 2020

Bernie Sanders has been going non-stop lately and Elizabeth Warren just did a speech with the progressive Netroots Nation group, just one of her 2017 drives against Donald Trump. She’s out there because 80% of the Democratic Party puts corporations ahead of American citizens, only 10% lower than Republicans, with the message that if the Progressives are allowed more control, that will change. They can’t count on Trump’s low approval rating of 38% nor the fact that the GOP has “…concluded one of the least productive first six months of a new presidency.” The question is will Progressive voters step up and do their job? So far, the jury is out.

Another shooting-Just another day

A man fatally shoots three people at the Great Lakes Dragaway in Wisconsin and is still on the loose. Probably no one paid any attention but the victims’ families, the police and the shooter. Certainly not a dim-witted Congress that has apparently put gun violence on the back burner and which completely ignores the fact that 93 people die each day from gun violence, 222 are shot but survive, according to the Brady Campaign. The numb-nuts in Congress ignore these facts because Wayne LaPierre, head of the National Rifle Assn., tells them to. Otherwise, they will be looking for a job after the next election. What a way to run a country.

More ammunition for Robert Mueller investigation

As late as March one of Trump’s campaign advisers e-mailed associates re. meetings with Russian leadership, including Vladimir Putin. This adviser with Russian contacts said to the Trump team that the Soviets were anxious to “…discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump,” according to e-mails received by the Washington Post. Red flags were apparently raised by T-rump’s buddies, who found that George Papadopoulos, the adviser starting the dialogue and of little experience in foreign affairs, was working completely alone, and without direction. It is all very strange at this low level, but the question is what will Robert Mueller make of it?

Steve Bannon fired-Now wait for the white nationalists backlash

What has become a regular weekly event, Donald Trump fired Steve Bannon, the guy who helped direct his white nationalists supporters to step up to the voting booth and push the Trump button. Not only are they probably gone as supporters, they could very well turn into adversaries. Bannon, himself even admitted to this. New chief of staff John Kelly did this in a move to help establish more cohesion in the White House, and the House Freedom Caucus lamented that “…there was anger and doubt that anyone left in the White House shares their appetite for political confrontation. I’d say that’s a plus in itself.

 

Business community deserts Trump-Who’s next?

Industry leaders leave business advisory council

Trump says BYE BYE to business community
Trump says BYE BYE to business community

It is the corporate community that has prospered under Donald Trump, as was expected under a government owned by Republicans. The big business CEOs probably have a plan to make hay while the GOP sun shines, knowing full well the next wave from the left will be far more progressive than in the past. It should start with 2018 and culminate with the presidential election in 2020. A minimum of more seats in the House, Senate control and an honest liberal in the White House. There’s not much time so expect the worst. But wait, with the incompetency of the Oval Office lunatic, nothing has been accomplished yet, and any change in T-rump’s behavior isn’t expected any time soon.

Big business CEOs furious with Trump white nationalist sympathy

That’s why it is so crazy that he would alienate his business advisory council with the sympathetic comments he has made for racists and white nationalists by comparing them with the “alt-left in his comments over Charlottesville. As the authors indicate, the CEOs were furious over Trump putting the racist white nationalists and KKKers in the same category as the protesters. JP Morgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon wrote to his employees, “It is a leader’s role, in business or government, to bring people together, not tear them apart.” All we have seen in this country since January 20, is divisive rhetoric designed to do just that, to defiantly divide the people of the U.S.

Campbell Soup and 3M CEOs both leaving council

Here’s what the CEO of Campbell Soup when he, along with the CEO of 3M resigned from the council…

  • “Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville. I believe the president should have been — and still needs to be — unambiguous on that point.”

Donald Trump at new low if possible

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post feels T-rump’s remarks over Charlottesville have brought him to a new low. I find that almost impossible. But Milbank thinks his “…canned and grudging disavowal of white supremacists, he was urged anew to say more, to be presidential, to bring the nation together. Well, late Tuesday, Trump said more and told the nation what he really thought. It was downright ugly…

  • “There, from Trump Tower in New York, was the president of the United States declaring that those protesting against Nazis were . . . the same as Nazis. ‘You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that,’ said Trump.
    Nobody wants to say that because there is — and there can be — no moral equivalence between Nazis and those who oppose Nazis. But Trump saw them as equal.”

U. S. industry heads won’t side with racist white nationalist

There is no doubt the U.S. heads of industry would not want to have anything to do with an individual that has sympathy for white nationalists and racists and with that thought, we have basically defined the lowlife voter population that elected this man president. But Steve Bannon, a top Trump adviser, is his closest connection with the alt-right dating from when Bannon headed up Breitbart News, the leading publication for the alt-right. The term alt-right is basically a fancy name for far-right extremists. Trump knows that Bannon has great influence on this group that helped get him elected.

Steve Bannon vs Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster

Reuters reports a major battle between Bannon and national security adviser Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, who are apparently at each others throats. It could force another shake-up at the White House. Salon says that Trump is afraid of Steve Bannon and that is the reason he won’t fire him. But it is McMasters that keeps the kind of company represented by corporate CEOs, and if their reaction to T-rump’s Charlottesville response is any indication of an overall attitude, the White House can’t afford to make many more enemies. By the way, Bannon is joined by two more white nationalists in the White House: Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka.

Barack Obama saves the day

Let me leave you on a high note. Former President Barack Obama put out a tweet on Charlottesville Saturday, August 12, quoting from South African President Nelson Mandela. It said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion … .” It was the most liked tweet ever on Twitter. You can see it on NPR here.

Racism is here to stay

Racism hasn’t really changed over the years

Trump train hits CNN
Trump train hits CNN

You can talk about the strides that have been taken since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but, in a nutshell, they haven’t worked. I said in an earlier post that since 1964, radical racism has simply gone underground, with those who practice this vile lifestyle, playing in the shadows, putting on the good-guy front. Until Donald Trump. Until the White House loaded up with racists, white nationalists, and a bigotry that isn’t disguised, rather, put right there in the open for all to see. Steve Bannon is proud of his white supremacist label, flaunting it regularly around Washington. And Donald Trump is quick to tell you, Steve Bannon is his man.

Donald Trump afraid to offend white nationalist supporters

After days of not repudiating white nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan after the murder in the Charlottesville demonstration, T-rump finally denounced the KKK and neo-nazis. This was his statement

  • “Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups.”

The media made me do it

Daily Progress reports that the only reason Trump changed his tone–it is widely known that he does not adhere to political correctness–is that the media made him do it. What a pathetic moment in history when it takes outcry from the media to make the President of the United States do a duty that should have been his top priority the moment that woman was killed by James Alex Fields’ car. But that would have insulted Donald Trump’s base of double-digit IQ bigots. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “From the beginning, President Trump has sheltered and encouraged the forces of bigotry and discrimination.” Why would we expect more just because of a death?

Sports personalities criticize Trump

LeBron James, basketball star, said, “Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!” Steve Nash, another basketball great said…

  • “To defend white supremacists and then slang his [crappy] a— grape juice pretty much sums the man up.” Nash was referring to Trump’s remark that he knows “a lot about Charlottesville” because he owns “one of the largest wineries in the United States,” located there.

Seth Meyers on Trump Charlottesville news conference…

Even the Jews were included in Charlottesville protest

Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally was universal in its appeal with anti-Semitic lines like “Jews will not replace us”? Also heard, “This city is run by Jewish communists and criminal niggers,” one demonstrator told Vice News’ Elspeth Reeve during their march. The Atlantic reported, “As Jews prayed at a local synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, men dressed in fatigues carrying semi-automatic rifles stood across the street.” There was more, “In the minds of white supremacists like David Duke, there is a straight line from anti-blackness to anti-Judaism.” I learned from the deep South, when you learn to hate like these people do, there are no bounds.

T-rump again reverts to bad taste

Donald Trump created an analogy between his re-tweet that was eventually pulled, where the Trump train collides with a person from CNN News (logo across face) obviously killing them. He did this just three days after the white nationalist drove into the Charlottesville woman killing her. Trump literally sanctions violence; remember when he wanted to punch the Black Lives Matter protester in the face? He also recently told a group of Long Island police that they shouldn’t be too nice with criminal suspects. That drew fire from people all across the country, including police departments. There is no end to the Oval Office lunatic’s lunacy.

Why are people still racist? A terrifying answer

The Washington Post recently asked, “Why are people still racist?” They go on to answer using a scientific point of view. The answer…

  • “In some ways, it’s super simple. People learn to be whatever their society and culture teaches them. We often assume that it takes parents actively teaching their kids, for them to be racist. The truth is that unless parents actively teach kids not to be racists, they will be.”

That is scary as hell, especially when you consider the fact that Donald Trump is President of the United States, espousing his rhetoric of bigotry.

 

Is Alt-Right the new Ku Klux Klan?

Charlottesville brought out Trump’s alt-right

Charlottesville killer car
Charlottesville killer car

The Charlottesville, Virginia, white nationalists protest rally has clearly brought the alt-right gang to the forefront of the recent movement of domestic violence in this country. You might remember when newly elected Donald Trump named Steve Bannon as his top adviser in the White House. Bannon hails from heading up Breitbart News saying that it was “the platform for the alt-right.” He brought that ideology along to include in Trump’s agenda that coincides with T-rumps attacks on Mexicans, Muslims and blacks. So it is no surprise that white nationalists have seen the green light for demonstrations like Charlottesville.

There are 100 white nationalists groups in the U.S.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says that there are 100 white nationalists groups in the U.S., just 30 short of the number of KKK klans. In Portland, Oregon, following the killing of two people protecting a Muslim teen, the Mayor asked the alt-right to back off in their rallys back in June. Richard Spencer, one of the Charlottesville organizers is taking his show on the road again to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The Law Center has also reported that white nationalists are working to make inroads at U.S. colleges by none other than the man who coined the word alt-right, Richard Spencer, again, joined by his buddy David duke, who helped him ram-rod Charlottesville.

Steve Bannon and Milo Yiannopoulos top alt-righters

Slate has a great piece on how Donald Trump has cultivated white supremacists over the years, and how his efforts led up to the killing at the Charlottesville rally. Ben Mathis-Lilley illustrates his point by naming names like Steve Bannon, Trump White House adviser and also known racist and white nationalist; Milo Yiannopoulos, whose work Bannon says was valuable for launching his career, and whom Michael Flynn called “brave” and said he was a “phenomenal individual;” and Sebastian Gorka, dubbed Trump’s official Fox News assistant purveyor of misinformation. There are more you might want to check.

Trump tirades through 2016 election bigotry

Slate continues with Trump’s bigoted rantings; “attacked a federal judge who had prosecuted drug traffickers in a previous job by calling him “Mexican” (he was born in Indiana) and suggesting that he was sympathetic to Mexican cartels; asserted that Mexican immigrants are disproportionately likely to commit rapes; defended the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII; retweeted a hoax graphic that wildly overstated the rates at which black Americans commit crimes against whites; suggested that bereaved military father Khizr Khan supports Islamic terrorism; and claimed incorrectly that Oakland is one of the most dangerous cities in the world.”

8 million Trump voters want vote back

Whew! It is hard to believe that we are talking about the President of the United States, but it is even harder to believe that there are enough uninformed lowlife voters to elect this man. Trump received a total vote of 62,979,879, in 2016 and as of this last July one-in-eight wish they had their vote back. That’s almost 8 million votes.

So. Poverty Law Center names The Daily Stormer top hate site in America

In the spring issue of So. Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, they published the article, “Eye of the Stormer,” a story of Andrew Anglin, the neo-Nazi who started the website, The Daily Stormer, in 2013. Anglin “took its name from Der Stürmer, an astoundingly vile and pornographic Nazi newspaper started by Julius Streicher and specializing in attacking Jews.” Interestingly, GoDaddy dropped The Daily Stormer after the site posted an article mocking Heather Heyer, the woman killed by James Alex Fields Jr., the guy who drove into the crowd at the Charlottesville white nationalists rally. Here’s what the Law Center said about The Daily Stormer…

  • “Propelled by the Trump campaign and a new focus on the ‘alt-right,’ The Daily Stormer is now the top hate site in America.”

There’s more…

  • And in July, four months before Trump’s win, The Daily Stormer had become the most popular English-language website of the radical right, eclipsing the Stormfront site that had held that position since the early days of the Internet.

    “We won, brothers,” Anglin wrote a few hours after Hillary Clinton conceded. “Our Glorious Leader has ascended to God Emperor. Make no mistake about it: we did this. If it were not for us, it wouldn’t have been possible.”

Anglin’s remark, above, that, “we did this” just confirms my earlier description of Trump voters as lowlife. And it is reasonable to believe that Donald Trump agrees with his crowning as the “God Emperor.”  The question is, how do we destroy the throne?

Does Donald Trump actually condone white nationalists?

Charlottesville, Virginia latest white nationalist violence

Richard Spencer-David Duke Charlottesville rally organizers
Richard Spencer-David Duke Charlottesville rally organizers

 

Here’s the way Michael Gerson of the Washington Post describes Donald Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville: “alternately trite;” “infantile;” and “meaningless,” pretty shabby for the President of the United States in yet another case of white supremacy domestic violence. Trump does condemn the violence but not once does he point the finger at white nationalists. His usual reaction is to respond quickly to violence but on Saturday morning after the violence, quiet from the White House. You have to wonder what the difference s between Charlottesville and the shooting  at an Orlando nightclub in June 2016, where Trump made a statement immediately.

Why won’t Donald Trump criticize white nationalists?

Michael Gerson wonders whether or not Donald Trump is really “…convinced of the moral equivalence of the sides in Charlottesville? Calling it all something of an ethical sickness with no cure, he laments…

  • “There is no denying that Trump has used dehumanization — refugees are “animals, ‘Mexican migrants are “rapists,’ ‘Muslims are threats’ — as a political tool. And there is no denying that hateful political rhetoric can give permission for prejudice.” “It acts as a psychological lubricant,” says David Livingstone Smith, “dissolving our inhibitions and inflaming destructive passions. As such, it empowers us to perform acts that would, under normal circumstances, be unthinkable.”

5 in critical condition, 4 serious, 6 fair 4 good/Total of 19 injured

The Unite the Right rally was organized to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. There were protesters and counter-protesters, but some questioned the police handling of the whole situation. They stood back, observed, but didn’t get involved until later. A 32-year-old woman was killed as a car accelerated into crowds on a pedestrian mall, sending bodies flying, then reversing at a high speed, hitting more people. The crash is being investigated as a criminal homicide. The driver was  James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio. White nationalist Richard Spencer whined over having his rally determined an “unlawful assembly.”

The South still full of racism and bigotry

I was born in the South where white nationalism still rages despite the advancement of the human rights movement that simply went underground after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I graduated from high school and college in Tennessee, worked there for a few years and then was transferred by my company to California. I was never happier in my life than when I got off a plane in Los Angeles; I had read of the state with a generally liberal agenda and people of all races were basically free to do as they please. Within reason, of course. I went through the Watts riots and the back window of my company car was hit with a stray bullet on the Harbor freeway.

California not without its racists and white nationalists

I was there for the Rodney King incident, which, I believe, paralyzed the city even worse than Watts. It certainly lasted longer with the trial. I guess what I am saying is, I never really got away from white nationalism nor racial bias, which indicates in truth that it is alive and strong everywhere in this country. Although somewhat dormant for a while, the new Oval Office lunatic has again brought it to the forefront and the result is a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in a death and several critical injuries. I cannot say what part Steve Bannon had in Charlottesville, but Richard Spencer and David Duke are allies.

Charlottesville progressivism brought in the white nationalists

The Southern Poverty Law Center said the white nationalist rally could be the “largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.” Charlottesville Mayor, Michael Signer said the rally was a “…”cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights.” Charlottesville is a Progressive city voting heavily for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but when they attempted to remove all traces of the Confederacy, something considered by most as pure racist, the white supremacists had it in their sights. We see what resulted, showing that racism and bigotry still reign free in this country.

NOTE: Donald Trump, after countless criticisms, has finally spoken out against racists.

 

 

Phoenix woman mercilessly murders 10-year-old cousin

State of Arizona children die violent deaths

Regular summer Arizona event
Regular summer Arizona event

Arizona is known for killing its children; by drowning them, shooting them, and through violent abuse in the home. A Republican Governor and legislature doesn’t give a shit about the children of this state as evidenced in how they treat their education. Arizona is ranked 43rd in education in the U.S. and as a resident I know the conservative government focuses on two factions: One, protecting the wealthy, and there is plenty of this; Two, passing out tax breaks to large corporations. When all is said and done, the legislature along with Gov. Doug Ducey get that idiotic grin on their faces and say, looks like we’re going to have to cut education.

Arizona parents are also at fault

I am not placing all the blame on lawmakers; believe me, we have some of the stupidist parents in this state, it is no doubt we have so many child deaths. Twenty-four kids drowned in Arizona swimming pools in 2016, and the 2017 season is already well on its way with at least five I have heard of already. The state of Arizona is famous for the fact that its child drowning rate is twice the rest of the nation. Here are the lame excuses: thought someone else was watching them; only out of my sight for two minutes; drinking and lost track; big party and no one paying any attention. This is your child, you dumb ass, what the hell were you thinking?

Punished because they are minority or disabled

The above includes all children, no matter their race. A new report out proves “…some Phoenix-area parents have suspected for years: Certain schools punish minority students and students with disabilities at disproportionately high rates. Latino students are six times more likely to be suspended than white students in charter high schools. In district schools, K-12 students with disabilities are twice as likely to be suspended than their peers without disabilities,” the report says. There are even more startling facts…

  • “Certain schools punish minority students and students with disabilities at disproportionately high rates.
    Black students are eight times more likely to be suspended from charter high schools than their white counterparts, according to the report.

One black mother’s experience

We get rid of Russell Pearce, who ramrodded the SB-1070 Immigration bill and who is known as Arizona’s top bigot, then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who singled out Hispanics to arrest because…they were Hispanic. The ACLU is investigating the circumstances, but in one case a black, middle-income mother from Peoria found that the Great Hearts charter school was an environment where some wealthy, white students didn’t think a black, middle-income kid belonged. The head master followed the same scenario that the above report cited in disciplining minorities. And the state agency charged with looking after children has been a dismal failure…for years.

Samantha Allen sentenced to death

Amy deal lived and died a horrible violent life and death

Ame Deal
Ame Deal

So it doesn’t come as a surprise that 10-year-old Ame Deal met such a violent death at the hands of members of her family when she was locked in a small plastic storage bin as punishment for taking a Popsicle without permission. Amy was simply trying to cool off from…

  • “…frequently getting locked in the footlocker, being forced to eat dog feces, getting beaten with a wooden paddle her family referred to as a “butt buster,” being forced to sleep in a shower stall with no pillow or blankets, getting forced to do “back bends” for hours, and having hot sauce shoved in her mouth.”

Samantha Allen gets death penalty-Husband next

Samantha Allen
Samantha Allen

Ame Deal was living in a filthy house in Phoenix under the guardianship of her grandmother, 62-year-old Judith Deal, her aunt, Cynthia Stolzmann, and her cousin and her husband, John and Samantha Allen, each 23. The Allens have been charged with first-degree murder because they admittedly locked Deal in the footlocker the night she died; Samantha Allen was convicted and is facing the death sentence, her husband will be tried next. In the Phoenix New Times, when Phoenix Sergeant Trent Crump was asked if he had ever seen anything more “horrific.” His reply, “simply put, no. It makes you sick to your stomach.”

Read the article if you have the stomach.

 

Sunday Political Roundup

Republicans still dumbest voters

Aren't Republicans the dumbest?
Aren’t Republicans the dumbest?

In a 2011 PublicMind poll conducted by New Jersey’s Farleigh Dickinson University, not only do Fox News viewers score lower on current events than viewers  of other new channels when tested. This group actually knows “less correct information about current events than people who watch no television news at all.” That’s from one of my posts in May 2015. And everyone knows only Republicans watch Fox News so it would make sense that “GOP-inclined voters surveyed June 5-20 believe millions of illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 election, and 73 percent believe voter fraud occurs somewhat or very often.” And that is what’s wrong with our electorate.

Trump continues to play the innocent

The old saying goes, ‘the best defense is a good offense,’ and Donald Trump is playing that tune down to the bitter end. The Washington Post says Paul Manafort “…has been a subject of a longstanding FBI kleptocracy investigation focused on Ukraine.” Suspicion arose when he didn’t file as a foreign agent until June 2017. The Associated Press says Manafort came up with a plan in 2005 “…to influence U.S. politics, business dealings and the media in order to “greatly benefit the Putin Government.” He became T-rump’s campaign chairman briefly and resigned when he admitted to receiving $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments from Yanukovych’s pro-Russian party.

Donald Trump still undermining Obamacare

Yes we know that the Oval Office lunatic has bad-mouthed Obamacare to the point where neither insurers nor the people they serve know if the program will last out the year. Even with Congress’ repeal failure, T-rump still threatens to somehow get rid of the Affordable Care Act and Anthem insurance has decided to help his cause. They’re leaving the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Virginia because it “…has been destabilized by uncertainty about the future and dark pronouncements by President Trump that it is about to fail.” Even with much better-than-expected profit and revenue, they’re dumping the program along several other insurers. What happened to dedication?

Just what you’d expect from a Republican…“Sieg Heil!”

Jeffrey Lord, the CNN commentator from way over on the right and a fervent supporter of Donald Trump was fired “…after he tweeted the Nazi salutation “Sieg Heil!” in response to a feud with a liberal activist.” I’ve never cared for the guy because his excuses for T-rump stupidity make about as much sense as Kellyanne Conway, and that’s bad. Lord labeled one of his critics “Media Matters Fascists,” and when its president, Angelo Carusone, called his hand, Lord responded with the tweet, “Sieg Heil!” Now, as a matter of reference, this phrase is so associated with Adolph Hitler, that it is banned in Germany. However, very appropriate for a Republican misguided muckraker.

 

Saturday Political Roundup

Trump v. McConnell-Who will win?

Once happy-Now enemies
Once happy-Now enemies

Donald Trump has renewed his attack on Mitch McConnell saying he should just do his job and get something done on the repeal of Obamacare. His exact words in a Tweet: “Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing. You can do it!” T-rump had already criticized McConnell earlier for not getting the job done. Congress has retorted that part of the problem comes from the Oval Office. I know that Republicans have a tendency to be dense, but it would seem that by now they would have realized that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay, in one form or another.

Is your doctor on the take?

One in twelve is receiving money from drug companies marketing prescription opioid medications. This could explain why Donald Trump has just been forced to declare the over-indulgence of opioids a national emergency. “…from 2013 to 2015, 68,177 doctors received more than $46 million in payments from drug companies pushing powerful painkillers.” It seems that family doctors received the most payments and for some people, “It’s very common that the first opioid they’re ever exposed to is from a prescription,” [Scott] Hadland [CDC] said. Biggest push was for  fentanyl, “illicitly manufactured overseas and cut into heroin.”

Phoenix schools punish minority, disabled children at higher rates

The ACLU has recently finished a study on Phoenix area schools confirming what many parents have been saying for years…”Certain schools punish minority students and students with disabilities at disproportionately high rates.” In charter schools, black students are likely to be suspended eight times more often than whites. Hispanic students are six times more likely. Those with disabilities are twice more likely to be suspended. I live in Phoenix and know Arizona is a highly bigoted state; SB-1070, the failed Immigration bill was spawned here under the tutelage of the number one bigot Russell Pearce. Under Republicans, we never seem to learn.

Robert Mueller has organized excellent team to get Donald Trump

A Medium article says, “You can tell a lot about the direction of an investigation by the records of its lawyers.” Anthony Pannullo claims that when you expand the legal team, the scope of the investigation is also expanded. Greg Andres, is “…a former Justice Department lawyer who specialized in unlawful foreign bribery.” Andres is well known for prosecuting members of the Joe Bonanno mob family, and also specializes in targeting economic and white-collar crime. James Quarles was brought in early due to his background in high-profile cases, especially those involving Presidential administrations. Now we wait until Robert Mueller’s jury is in.