Thursday, January 24, 2019

Ugly Americans in America

Park Hills, Kentucky, home of Covington Catholic High School, is 1.65% African American, according to the Census, and 96.64% white. If you do the math, there are about forty-six black people there. Oh, and it's 0.07% Native American, which means there are two Indians in that town.

The Black Hebrew Israelites are an SPLC-certified hate group found in Eastern cities. They're a rude, offensive, off-the-wall, sometimes funny and weird cult. They've been around for more than a century, if you live here you've seen them at Gallery Place or somewhere, quoting scripture and insulting passersby. It's part of the sound of the city.

Black guys on the street giving snot-nosed, privileged white Covington boys a hard time? Back home in Park Hills this is impossible. These Kentucky kids had never seen that. In the city, when this happens you walk past it or you stand back and watch to see what's going to happen. In Park Hills you would need to put somebody in their place.

I've said this before -- the problem, the reason we have a "Trump," is that Americans don't travel. There is nothing like that feeling in another country where the locals look at you like you're the dumbest person ever born. You don't know how to count the money, what the food is called, you stare like yokels when they strip at the beach. The lesson you learn is, our "way of life" is one of many.

If you lived your whole life in an isolated colony like Park Hills, Kentucky, you would not learn that lesson. Thrown into a diverse community -- and this situation was comically diverse, between the lily-white MAGA anti-abortion mob, the insult-hurling street-tough Black Hebrew Israelites, and the tom-tom beating Native Americans -- these teenagers continued to act like they were back home, like this was a skit or a pep rally or something. A couple hundred of them thought they could cheer and jeer and mock people in the foreign land of Washington DC, like an audience seated in the dark, like it didn't matter.

These boys treated our city like it was their private toilet, without learning how we live here. They were stereotypical ugly Americans in an America they did not know or respect.

Four percent of DC voters supported Trump, which rounds to zero. We are the nation's capital and are well aware of political differences, but we know where we stand individually. DC is 40.4 per cent Caucasian -- a minority, in case that math is too hard. These obnoxious boys in their stupid MAGA costumes did not know their place in the big city.

BTW, of course DC gets a lot of tourists, and they don't know where to stand on the escalator or when to talk to a stranger on the Metro, or whatever. Nobody minds that. Locals roll their eyes and try to be polite and helpful. There's nothing wrong with being out of your element, if you're respectful and a little humble about it.

The middle of the country doesn't look like DC. In the diverse, mostly coastal, cities of the US there are all kinds of people, and you don't survive if you don't adjust to encountering people from every continent, with every philosophy and religion, every belief and attitude and bizarre idea that exists. They aren't going to change to be like you in your stupid MAGA uniform, they don't even want to be like you. The locals will tolerate you, but don't try to force your expectations on anybody else, because nobody cares.

That kid should have stepped aside when the Omaha elder came through, but he could not appreciate being in the presence of a kind of power clearly superior to his own. His young-Brett-Kavanaugh smirk was disgusting. The whole disrespectful mob was disgusting. The situation was more complicated than it first seemed but in the end you have to believe your own eyes.

289 Comments:

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

"and you don't survive if you don't adjust to encountering people from every continent"

True that ...... its kinda sad that your warped mind doesn't see the problem with this being true.

Wasn't DC a safer place when a group of white kids didn't have to step aside for their own safety from a group of belligerent insult hurling black cultists or an aggressive Indian that walks up to you and starts beating a drum in their face.

Its amusing how much reasoning you had to twist to even come up with this biased justification.

You're right though this would have went down differently in the regions of America you seem to despise.

The response would be more akin to how the founders of your ruined city would have dealt with this.

You've lost control of your scene. You've yielded to diversity to the extent that lost respect for yourself and your own culture. You've become so willing to step aside that your ceded control of your own path.


January 24, 2019 11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on, Jim, give the kids some credit!

Back in the day, white Christians made a habit of kidnapping black people and selling them for profit. Native Americans were all but wiped off the map.

I suppose we should be thankful the smirking, snot-nosed kids with the "FU" stare didn't behave more like their ancestors - and exercise their "second amendment" rights.

I used to live near Kentucky. Lots of high school beer drinkers there. They'd do Brett Kavanaugh proud. Best to keep your daughters away from them though.

January 24, 2019 11:49 PM  
Anonymous Patrick Green said...

You have to wonder after reading this post, if JIMK has watched the videos in question. If he did, he represents a gangrene on our society as noxious as the unrepentant journalists and celebrities who have revved up a quite unremarkable incident to the point where children are the targets of violent threats, including death. Of the three groups involved, the children were the most mature and respectful of others, although the Indians acted fine as well. The only really obnoxious ones were the Hebrews, who said some pretty vile things to these kids. The kids handled it well and did just fine in the big city. Yes, a huge protest drawing a diverse collection of tangential groups is not an everyday occurence in Covington, Kentucky, and the kids' big crime was to be entertained by the whole circus. But the real crime the media has convicted the kids of is bigotry. The evidence: they are white, pro-life, and wear MAGA hats. If opposing abortion or supporting the president marks you out as a bigot and a racist, then civic comity is impossible, there is nothing left to say, no way to compromise or live and let live. JIMK says because Caucasians are only 40% of the DC population, people who wear "stupid MAGA costumes did not know their place." Actually, the national mall is every Americans' place, a place where we can all express our views and peacefully engage one another. Doing so is not treating "our" city like their "private toilet." The kids seem to know this better than the supposedly seasoned and savvy JIMK. Mr. D.C., as it were. With his comments about "snot-nosed, privileged white Covington boys" and "the lily-white MAGA anti-abortion mob", he's the true bigot.

Just to clarify a couple comments above: I've actually spoken to the Black Hebrews before. They hang out out at the least used entrance to the Chinatown metro with a couple of poster boards and some piles of literature. They have some bizarre views but while they acted offensively at this incident, I've never found to be so in the past

And while I had no big problem with the behavior of the Indians at the Lincoln Memorial, the guy with the drum has acted incredibly irresponsible in the aftermath, lying about the incident in the press and inflaming the situation to the point where a young kid is subject to violent threats for supposedly not looking at him the right way. When "the Omaha elder came through", the boys weren't "in the presence of a kind of power clearly superior" to their own. They were in the presence of a guy who can't handle his 15 minutes of fame well. A responsible adult would use his press megaphone to say "these are just kids, everyone calm down."

But the real villain here is the press. Dozens of confrontations happen among various groups at any large demonstration. The only thing remarkable here is that some journalists saw an opportunity to further their narrative about the deplorable center of our country. That they used children as their props and put them in harm's way is unforgivable. Americans won't soon forget them or the Hollywood celebrities that poured gasoline on this fire.

January 25, 2019 7:52 AM  
Anonymous The newest indictment said...

Can't wait to see if Stone can keep skipping or if Mueller will finally sink him.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/01/25/ex-trump-adviser-roger-stone-arrested-as-part-of-mueller-probe/23652441/

January 25, 2019 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Getting the vapors! said...

If opposing abortion or supporting the president marks you out as a bigot and a racist, then civic comity is impossible, there is nothing left to say, no way to compromise or live and let live.

Yes, darling. Supporting *this* President marks you as a bigot and racist just like him.

January 25, 2019 8:10 AM  
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January 25, 2019 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Commando Poster said...

"Stepping aside" doesn't mean you are submitting to someone or that they win and you lose. If someone is moving forward on a sidewalk or crowded place it is respectful to get out of their way. Especially if they are older than you. There's no law that says this smirking brat has to step aside, it is only common decency. That kid was not at an anti-abortion march, he was in front of *our* Lincoln Memorial supposedly waiting for a bus, and in fact at times the Covington punks were trespassing on the area permitted to the Indians. I don't think the black guys *or* the Indians associated these noisy MAGA punks with the anti-abortion march. They were just a mob of self-centered assholes.

Provincial behavior is the same everywhere. Ignorant country folk don't know how to act in the big city, whether it is Paris or Lima or Tokyo. But in most places they also have the humility to understand that they are the visitors, and do not try to form a mob of yokels to attack the local people.

These smug little assholes were out of their league, that's all. They are used to being big fish in a tiny pond and they came to DC and thought they could intimidate the locals and they would have gotten their asses kicked if they'd kept that up.

This time the press isn't at fault. The press only reported on the Internet meme. *Everybody* was looking at that video, they couldn't ignore it. And Nathan Phillips, the Indian in the video, who was one of a large "indigenous people's march" going on at the time, has not lied about the incident. He has told his point of view, honestly. This was obviously intense for him, yet in interviews he has spoken calmly. He was trying to break up a potentially violent mob scene, and in fact he succeeded at that.

As for "using children as props," can you explain why the Roman Catholic Church sent hundreds of teenage boys in MAGA costumes to Washington DC to protest the rights of women to choose how to handle their pregnancy? As one of the boys said on-camera, "It's not rape if you enjoy it," so is it rape if the girl gets knocked up? And which of these boys would not ask their parents for money for an abortion if they raped a girl -- say, Kavanaugh style -- and she did get pregnant? Children as props, you're right about that.

January 25, 2019 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT headline: Nurse accused of getting patient pregnant was Christian rapper who wanted to inspire youth

What a world!

January 25, 2019 9:17 AM  
Anonymous The artful dealer caved said...

He got beat by a lady in a dress!

January 25, 2019 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Elie Mystal said...

On Wednesday morning, I watched Savannah Guthrie help Nick Sandmann gaslight America into disbelieving its own eyes. I watched the interviewer make no attempts to cut through a mere teenager’s emergency public-relations script. I watched the Today show helpfully allow Sandmann to present himself without his racist uniform on his head.

And, along with nearly every nonwhite American I happen to know, I retched at the whole process. Some white people explaining away the racism of other white people to make white people feel better is a constant feature of the Trump era.

There’s something Promethean about the experience: Minorities are lashed to the rock that is America, MAGA eagles peck at our livers all day, then the next day the media tell us that we have to understand the “true” motivations of the MAGA eagles—and then releases them again to peck at our livers all day.

Even in that context, the Sandmann interview was a special form of crazy-making. I’ve seen the video of Sandmann and his Covington Catholic High School posse. I’ve seen the extended video that includes black people saying mean things to the mob of teens sporting racist haberdashery. I’ve seen the extended-extended clip of the Covington “kids” taunting women. And despite all of the clips and angles, nobody has been able to explain away Nick Sandmann’s blocking access to the Lincoln Memorial to Nathan Phillips, while his buddies laughed and mocked and tomahawk-chopped at a Native American.

It’s that image, indelible in the hippocampus, that Sandmann went on television to dispel. His explanation, repeated a couple of times during the Guthrie interview, was that he “had every right” to stand there.

Guthrie either lacked the core cultural competency to understand she needed to push back on that statement, or simply didn’t care to. But the smirking white boy arguing about his right to “stand his ground” was precisely the time I started screaming obscenities at my television. How dare she let this kid use the George Zimmerman defense? How dare she let this white kid try to rehabilitate his image with the same language that people have used to justify the destruction of black children?

Where is the Savannah Guthrie interview of Trayvon Martin? Where is her interview of Tamir Rice? Where is her interview of Michael Brown? Where is her interview of Laquan McDonald?

Black children don’t get a PR firm and a softball interview when they are in need of redemption. They get an open casket and a good sermon when it’s time to appeal for grace.

Black children have their side of the story too, but they don’t get to go on Today and explain their actions, because they are dead. Their side of the story is left to bleed out in the street long before a compassionate white interviewer calls them for comment. A black teen exercising his right to stand there or walk there or drive there or play there or exist there can be guilty of a capital offense in this country. But a white teenager can block a national freaking monument and get a pat on the head from the president of the United States?

“In hindsight, I wish we could have walked away and avoided the whole thing,” Sandmann told Guthrie. That is as clear a distillation of the white privilege propping up Sandmann as you are likely to see. White children can “walk away.” They can “avoid the whole thing.” And if they don’t, well, they’ll probably live long enough to reflect on their actions “in hindsight.”

As a parent of two black boys, I cannot trust to hindsight. My boys must learn foresight. They must see the danger coming before it fully metastasizes. They must think about it before they purchase the controversial hat, before they get on the protest bus, before they find themselves in the middle of a crowd.

January 25, 2019 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Elie Mystal said...

...If they’re not prepared, that laughing white boy smirk could be the last thing they see. It’ll be on Nick Sandmann’s face or Brett Kavanaugh’s face or a cop’s face. Savannah Guthrie will not be there to save them or redeem them or make people understand.

I’m a 40-year-old black man. I cannot even conceive of what it must be like to walk around this country with the confidence of a white male teenager. “I had every right to stand there”? I’ve known that statement would be insufficient to justify my public blackness since I was 9.

January 25, 2019 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Ya don't say said...

A Kentucky Catholic bishop is admonishing the Covington Catholic High School students who confronted a Native American man in Washington, D.C., in a video that went viral last week ― insisting that the teens can’t claim to be “pro-life” while wearing President Donald Trump’s “Make America great again” hats.

The Rev. John Stowe, the bishop of the Diocese of Lexington, said that being “pro-life” also means valuing the lives of immigrants and refugees ― something he said he strongly believes Trump has failed to do.

“It astonishes me that any students participating in a pro-life activity on behalf of their school and their Catholic faith could be wearing apparel sporting the slogans of a president who denigrates the lives of immigrants, refugees and people from countries that he describes with indecent words and haphazardly endangers with life-threatening policies,” Stowe wrote in an op-ed for the Lexington Herald-Leader on Wednesday.

He said he is “ashamed” that the students’ actions have contradicted the goals of the March for Life, the massive annual anti-abortion rally the teens were in D.C. to attend.

On Saturday, as news of the confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial was emerging, the diocese condemned the teens’ actions and pledged to take disciplinary measures “up to and including expulsion.” After the release of the additional videos, the diocese said Tuesday that it launched a third-party investigation and is gathering facts to determine “what corrective actions, if any, are appropriate.”

Stowe said that he didn’t want to place the blame entirely on the teens or engage in a discussion about the context of the video. Instead, he said he wanted to point out that a MAGA hat has no place at the March for Life.

He said that American Catholics’ anti-abortion advocacy has become separated from the “even more basic truth of the dignity of each human person.” Catholics need to take other issues into account before deciding whether to support Trump, he said.

“We cannot uncritically ally ourselves with someone with whom we share the policy goal of ending abortion,” the bishop wrote. “While the church’s opposition to abortion has been steadfast, it has become a stand-alone issue for many and has become disconnected to other issues of human dignity.”

January 25, 2019 9:50 PM  
Anonymous Ya don't say said...

Surveys indicate that Stowe is not alone in American Catholic circles in his criticism of Trump. The vast majority of Hispanic Catholics (74 percent) and a slim majority of white Catholics (52 percent) surveyed said they have a negative opinion of Trump, according to a Public Religion Research Institute study conducted last fall.

While Stowe is staunchly anti-abortion, many American Catholics have more complicated views of the issue. Catholics are split about Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationally, according to the PRRI. White Catholics were more likely than Hispanic Catholics to say that Roe v. Wade was decided correctly (54 percent versus 42 percent).

Still, most white Catholics (64 percent) and Hispanic Catholics (56 percent) said they are opposed to laws that would prevent federally funded health care providers from discussing abortion with their patients.

And despite the many Catholic groups that flocked to this year’s March for Life, only 40 percent of Catholics polled said that abortion is a critical concern for them.

In fact, American Catholics procure abortions at about the same rate as American women overall, according to a report from the Guttmacher Institute.

If the anti-abortion movement seeks to make abortion “unthinkable,” Stowe wrote, it should also be championing “deep changes in society and policies that would support those who find it difficult to afford children.”

He pointed out that racism is also a “life” issue, echoing statements made in a pastoral letter crafted by American Catholic bishops in November. The letter condemned the recent rise of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and xenophobia in the U.S. and explicitly addressed the oppression of Native, Hispanic and black Americans.

“Students must grapple with this history and ask themselves how they are going to live differently,” Stowe wrote in his op-ed. “The association of our young people with racist acts and a politics of hate must also become unthinkable.”

January 25, 2019 9:51 PM  
Anonymous John Podesta said...

John Podesta: It might now be Roger Stone’s time in the barrel

Despite my Italian roots, vengeance doesn’t run deep in my veins. But I admit I smiled when Roger Stone’s arrest was announced Friday morning.

To give some context: On Oct. 7, 2016, WikiLeaks began leaking emails from my personal inbox that had been hacked by Russian intelligence operatives. A few days earlier, Stone — a longtime Republican operative and close confidant of then-candidate Donald Trump — had mysteriously predicted that the organization would reveal damaging information about the Clinton campaign. And weeks before that, he’d even tweeted: “Trust me, it will soon [be] Podesta’s time in the barrel.”

Stone’s connection with and boasting about WikiLeaks during the campaign has always been fishy. But thanks to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation, the truth is finally coming out. Friday’s indictment alleges that a senior campaign official “was directed” (and by whom?) to contact Stone about the WikiLeaks releases even after it was widely reported that they were a Russian hacking operation.

Revenge aside, the accusations against Stone are serious. He faces a seven-count indictment: five counts of false statements, one count of obstruction and one count of witness tampering.

The details of the indictment are devastating and, characteristically of Stone, quite colorful. According to the filing, Stone emailed a confederate labeled “Person 2” (identified by the media as radio host Randy Credico) to dissuade him from testifying truthfully about WikiLeaks before the House Intelligence Committee: “You are a rat. A stoolie. You backstab your friends-run your mouth my lawyers are dying Rip you to shreds” and “I am so ready. Let’s get it on. Prepare to die [expletive].” Stone instructs Person 2 to do a “Frank Pentangeli” — a character from “The Godfather Part II” who famously lies to congressional investigators — and, my nostalgic favorite, Stone paraphrases a quote from President Richard M. Nixon during the Watergate coverup: “Stonewall it. Plead the Fifth. Anything to save the plan.”

To anyone keeping abreast of the unfolding events in the Mueller investigation, this level of sleaze is not at all surprising. The walls have been closing in for some time. As a key member of Trump’s inner circle, Stone and his course of conduct during the campaign and after have exemplified a culture of cronyism and corruption that ignored all ethical standards and rewarded fabrication over the hard truth of reality.

It was all obvious during the campaign and from President Trump’s first full day in office, when he sent out the hapless Sean Spicer to lie to the media about the size of his inauguration audience, that the president would establish an administration in which lying and intimidation were the default way of doing business. When it comes to lying, Trump is in a league of his own. The Post reported this week that he has made 8,158 false or misleading claims in his first two years in office. Sadly, his culture of deceit was embraced by (or forced upon) the people around him and his apologists on Capitol Hill.

Those caught up in the Mueller probe include former national security adviser Michael Flynn, guilty of lying to the FBI; foreign policy campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, guilty of lying to the FBI; lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, guilty of lying to the FBI; deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, guilty of conspiracy and lying to the FBI ; former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, guilty of lying to Congress; former campaign manager Paul Manafort, guilty of conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct justice; and, if the facts of his indictment are true, now Stone. Stone denied the allegations Friday.

The remaining West Wing staff and the president’s family must be looking over their shoulders, wondering whether, in adopting the Trump style, they have traded a fancy West Wing office for a cell.

Stone’s well-documented sartorial tastes always favored wide pinstripes, but I wonder whether prison garb will be up to “Stone on Style” standards.

January 26, 2019 8:11 AM  
Anonymous Pelosi Power said...

In case it wasn’t clear what actually happened Friday when President Donald Trump announced he would sign a bill to reopen the government through Feb. 15, we’ve got you covered: the president caved. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won.

The man who prides himself on his toughness, his virility and his ability to be one step ahead of everyone was outmaneuvered by a liberal woman from San Francisco who mocked his manhood.

Trump dug in against Democrats for 35 days over his demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall in exchange for ending the partial government shutdown. He refused to sign any government spending bill that didn’t have his money. He tried to blame Democrats for hurting the 800,000 federal employees going without pay. He tried to force his way into the House chamber to give a State of the Union address to demand money for his wall.

But every step of the way, Pelosi stopped him. She repeated her mantra ― “public sentiment is everything” ― when Trump tried to shift blame to Democrats, noting how badly the president’s poll numbers were sinking. She called it the “Trump shutdown,” which even he said was fine with him. She told him to stop questioning her “strength.” She denied Trump the ability to preside over her chamber to give a national address, since that power lies with her, not him.

And as talks continued behind the scenes on a way forward, she refused to give the president a dime for his wall in return for ending the longest government shutdown in history.

In the end, Trump didn’t just kind of cave; he completely caved. He got nothing for his border wall. He agreed to reopen the government, albeit for just three weeks, while extracting nothing. While he warned there could be another shutdown if he doesn’t get his wall money soon, he gave away his ultimate plan in the same breath ― a national emergency declaration. [An "emergency that can wait three more weeks?? Clearly the idiot does not comprehend the meaning of "emergency - a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action."]

Trump suggested if there wasn’t a deal in three weeks, he would declare a national emergency at the border and then use executive authority to redirect military construction money toward a wall. But, as Trump has known for weeks, that sort of move would get tied up in the courts immediately and indefinitely. It would likely take years to sort out whether Trump has this actual authority, and it would set up a precedent for a future Democratic president to declare a national emergency on other issues to bypass Congress.

Trump has said repeatedly he didn’t want to go that route. But with Pelosi holding her caucus together and Senate Republicans showing cracks on Thursday, Trump was forced to capitulate.

“Nobody should underestimate the speaker, as Donald Trump has learned,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said shortly after Trump’s announcement.

Pelosi has had a remarkable turnaround since becoming speaker. A few months ago, a vocal (but small) faction of her caucus was determined to prevent her from becoming their leader. There were questions about whether she had been in the job too long and was too toxic with Republicans and independents.

But Pelosi has shattered those doubts and is now more popular than she has been in a decade, according to Gallup polls. And since the election, her favorability rating is up 10 percentage points overal

January 26, 2019 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Republicans showing they don't care about Democracy, only retaining their power said...

Political pundits like to talk about who has power in Washington and who "wins" or "loses" any given power play.

Unfortunately, it was 800,000 federal workers who lost in this one. They didn't ask to be pawns in Trump's political game of chicken.

Pelosi HAD to do what she did. For the same reason the US usually doesn't negotiate with kidnappers and terrorist.

If you give in to terrorists' demands once, they (and others) will be emboldened to do it again. You've given them a new tool for them to leverage against you whenever they don't get what they want.

Trump had nearly 2 year of Republican controlled congress to get his wall built, and even they didn't want to give it to him. He could have had his temper tantrum for his wall 2 years ago, and possibly even gotten it if he shutdown the govt. then.

But he didn't.

He waited until just before the Democrats took over the House so he could have a scapegoat. Yes, we all know he said he would take the blame for the shutdown, but the man is a pathological liar and no one on either side of the aisle takes what he says seriously.

If Pelosi had caved first, King Trump would have learned the lesson that all he has to do is shutdown the government long enough to get what he wants. Make no mistake - he would use that option at every opportunity. That's how he makes deals.

Trump doesn't negotiate. He creates chaos first and then takes advantage of what is essentially blackmail for his own benefit. That's how he dealt with China and NAFTA.

That's not how the founders envisioned our Constitution working. Checks and balances were built into the system specifically to STOP the tyrannical whims of an unstable dictator.

Unfortunately Pelosi had little choice but to wait out the orange dictator's temper tantrum, and the families of thousands of federal workers had to pay the price.

The biggest saving grace is that the school yard bully finally got his nose bloodied. If he's half the "genius" he claims to be, he'll think twice about pulling that stunt again and America will be better off for it.

January 26, 2019 1:51 PM  
Anonymous You know it was a Christian when they leave a picture of a saint said...

It was a dark week for the LGBTQ community in Brazil. It began with the brutal killing of a trans woman, whose heart was ripped out and replaced with the image of a saint, and ended with an openly gay congressman and advocate for LGBTQ rights giving up his seat because he feared for his life.

Andréa Martinelli and Leda Antunes reported on the killing, which they say sent shockwaves through the country’s trans community but didn’t make it to TV news.

“This is a crime with a refinement of cruelty that exposes, in a radical way, what trans people are subject to in Brazil,” Andréa said.

Police arrested Caio Santos de Oliveira, 20, in connection with the crime. (Videos circulating online show him brazenly telling reporters that he killed 35-year-old Quelly da Silva because the “demon” deserved it.) But Andréa points out that de Oliveira can’t be charged with a hate crime since transphobia isn’t mentioned in the country’s criminal code.

“This is another element that this crime exposes: the difficulty classifying these crimes correctly,” she said. “Homophobia, for example, is not a crime in Brazil.“
Two petitions have been submitted to the country’s Supreme Court requesting the criminalization of LGBTQ-phobia. The court is scheduled to vote on the petitions next month, but Andréa says the cases may be delayed.

In the meantime, the community continues to struggle against staggering levels of violence. Brazil is one of the most dangerous places in the world for transgender people. The country consistently leads a global ranking of trans murders published annually by Transgender Europe, a trans advocacy group. And advocates of LGBTQ rights, like departing congressman Jean Wyllys, say the violence has only gotten worse since the election of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro.

“I have no positive expectations about this government,” Wyllys told Brazil’s Folha newspaper. He refused to say much more on the topic, citing his desire to “take care of myself and keep myself alive.”

January 26, 2019 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Growing up as a transgender child in Chile, Angela was so desperate to escape the physical and verbal abuse from other students at her elementary school that she thought about taking her own life.

“I just wanted to die,” said the now 16-year-old. “I didn’t want to exist, because what they did to me made me feel awful.”

After suffering years of discrimination, Angela and some 20 other transgender minors aged 6 to 17 have found hope at Latin America’s first school for trans children. The institution, founded by the Chile-based Selenna Foundation that protects their rights, is a milestone in a country that was so socially conservative that it only legalized divorce in 2004.

In recent years, the families of trans children have demanded greater acceptance — a call that recently led to the approval of a law that allows people over the age of 14 to change their name and gender in official records with the consent of their parents or legal guardians.

A 2016 report by UNESCO said that in Latin America, as in the rest of the world, violence against sexual orientation or gender identity in schools wreaks “havoc on the development of the affected people, school coexistence, academic performance and, consequently, their permanence in school.”

Chile has slowly shifted its conservative stands on social issues. In 2012, it passed an anti-discrimination law and in 2017, it ended its absolute ban on abortion, legalizing it in when a woman’s life is in danger, a fetus is not viable and in cases of rape. The shift has been accelerated by a clerical sex abuse scandal.

The school was launched in 2017 as a way to help families of trans children, who often skip classes or even fail to finish their studies as result of discrimination, said Selenna Foundation President Evelyn Silva. Classes began in April 2018 in a space loaned by a community center in the Chilean capital of Santiago. Courses include math, science, history and English, as well as workshops on art and photography.

Since its start, school attendance has grown from the original five students to 22 in December, and six more have already enrolled in the new year. Students are assigned to one of two classrooms based on age.

“I’m happy here because there are many other kids just like me,” said Alexis, a 6-year-old student, who also said that he was constantly bullied at his previous school.

Teachers work pro bono, but all other expenses for the school’s first year were funded by Silva and school coordinator Ximena Maturana out of their personal savings. Starting in March, families will have to pay about $7 a month for each child.

“We try to reduce the costs to the minimum (for families) so that they don’t say that (kids) are not attending because they don’t have pencils, and it becomes a reason to leave school,” Silva said.

Despite the lack of resources, the foundation has started a summer school that offers dance and other workshops for about 20 children, including some who are not attending the school.

Although space is limited, parents say students have regained their confidence: They seem happier, more relaxed and eager to participate in class.

″(My son) was losing his identity, he was getting ashamed of being transgender because he felt that he didn’t fit in,” said Alexis’ father, Gabriel Astete. “He was being forced to go to the boys’ bathroom when he wanted to go to one for girls. His self-esteem was very low at the traditional school.”

Students agreed that the school has helped them fully embrace their identity.

“I feel free and happy here,” said Felipe, 15. “The environment is very good. Everyone who arrives is simply accepted.”

January 27, 2019 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Oh, the horror said...

Stephen King✔
@StephenKing

Another Trump insider appears bound for the old (Roger)stone hotel. How long before Trump supporters realize that you don’t surround yourself with dirty guys unless you’re dirty yourself?

8:08 AM - Jan 26, 2019

January 28, 2019 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Яeality Яeally botheЯs tЯump said...

Frustrated Republicans say it’s time for the Senate to reclaim more power over foreign policy and are planning to move a measure Thursday that would be a stunning rebuke to a president of their own party.

GOP lawmakers are deeply concerned over President Trump’s reluctance to listen to his senior military and intelligence advisers, fearing it could erode national security. They say the Senate has lost too much of its constitutional power over shaping the nation’s foreign policy and argue that it’s time to begin clawing some of it back.

“Power over foreign policy has shifted to the executive branch over the last 30 years. Many of us in the Senate want to start taking it back,” said a Republican senator closely allied with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

They plan to send Trump a stern admonishment by voting Thursday afternoon on an amendment sponsored by McConnell warning “the precipitous withdrawal” of U.S. forces from Syria and Afghanistan “could put at risk hard-won gains and United States national security.”

The resolution also expresses a sense of the Senate that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al Qaeda pose a “continuing threat to the homeland and our allies” and maintain an “ability to operate in Syria and Afghanistan.”

It’s a pointed rebuttal to the claim Trump made on Twitter in December that “we have defeated ISIS in Syria.”

Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said his amendment “simply re-emphasizes the expertise and counsel offered by experts who have served presidents of both parties,” a subtle rebuff of Trump’s tweets from earlier in the day mocking his intelligence advisers as “naive.”

Trump stunned Republican senators Wednesday by lashing out at Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel after they contradicted some of his optimistic claims about the threats posed by North Korea and ISIS. The senior intelligence officials also angered Trump by testifying that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear treaty it signed with Western powers under the Obama administration.

Trump tweeted “the Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!” The president added in a follow-up tweet about Iran: “Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!” Trump appeared to be responding to television news coverage that focused on how the testimony contradicted his views on global threats.

Exasperated Republican lawmakers quickly pushed back against the criticism, urging the president to show more restraint.

“I don’t know how many times you can say this, but I would prefer that the president stay off Twitter, particularly with regard to these important national security issues where you’ve got people who are experts and have the background and are professionals,” said Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.). “In most cases I think he ought to, when it comes to their judgment, take it into consideration.”

Trump tweeted “the Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!” The president added in a follow-up tweet about Iran: “Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!” Trump appeared to be responding to television news coverage that focused on how the testimony contradicted his views on global threats.

Exasperated Republican lawmakers quickly pushed back against the criticism, urging the president to show more restraint.

“I don’t know how many times you can say this, but I would prefer that the president stay off Twitter, particularly with regard to these important national security issues where you’ve got people who are experts and have the background and are professionals,” said Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.). “In most cases I think he ought to, when it comes to their judgment, take it into consideration.”

January 31, 2019 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Speaking truth to power said...

This is my first time at Davos and I find it quite a bewildering experience, to be honest. I mean 1,500 private jets flown in hear to hear Sir David Attenborough speak about, you know, how about wrecking the planet. And I mean I heard people talk in the language of participation and justice and equality and transparency, but then I mean almost no one raises the real issue of tax avoidance, right? And of the rich just not paying their fair share. I mean it feels like I’m at a firefighters conference and no one's allowed to speak about water, right?

There was there was only one panel [...] one panel hidden away in the media center that was actually about tax avoidance. I was one of the 15 participants, so something needs to change here. I mean 10 years ago the World Economic Forum asked the question: What must industry do to prevent a broad social backlash? The answer is very simple: just stop talking about philanthropy and start talking about taxes.

Taxes. Just two days ago there was a billionaire in here—what's his name, Michael Dell—and he asks a question like name me one country where a top marginal tax rate of 70 percent has actually worked.
You know I'm a historian. The United States. That's where it has actually worked. In the 1950s, during Republican President Eisenhower, the war veteran, the top marginal tax rate in the US was 91 percent for people like Michael Dell. The top estate tax for people like Michael Dell was more than 70 percent. I mean this is not rocket science. I mean we can talk for a very long time about all these stupid philanthropy schemes; we can invite Bono once more, come on! We gotta be talking about taxes taxes taxes. That's it! Taxes taxes taxes, all the rest is bullshit in my opinion.

January 31, 2019 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Jacob Soboroff said...

CBP announces *massive* seizure of fentanyl at AZ border.

Guess where? Port of entry, not desert.

Guess who? Mexican national, not Central American asylum seeker.

Guess how? In a tractor-trailer, not a backpack.

Guess what didn't stop it? A wall. Agents using technology did.

February 01, 2019 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Gov. Bevin’s lawyers say Kim Davis failed to do her job as clerk, must pay the bill said...

Citing “conduct that violates civil rights,” lawyers for Gov. Matt Bevin say former Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis should be held responsible for nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs incurred by couples who sued her in 2015 when she refused to issue marriage licenses because of her religious opposition to same-sex marriage.

Although Bevin, a Republican, publicly has praised Davis as “an inspiration ... to the children of America,” his attorneys are taking a more critical tone in court briefs, blaming the ex-clerk for failing to do her job following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 decision legalizing gay marriage.

A three-judge panel will hear arguments about who should bear the case’s expenses Thursday at the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. A district judge ruled in 2017 that the couples suing for marriage licenses clearly prevailed and that the state of Kentucky must pay their fees and costs.

Bevin appealed that ruling, hoping to hand the bill instead to the Rowan County clerk’s office. Davis acted alone, without any state support, the governor’s lawyers told the 6th Circuit in briefs ahead of the oral arguments.

“Her local policy stood in direct conflict with her statutory obligation to issue marriage licenses to qualified Kentucky couples. The local policy also undermined the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s interest in upholding the rule of law,” Bevin attorney Palmer G. Vance II wrote in one brief.

“Davis had an independent and sworn duty to uphold the law as an elected county officer,” Vance wrote. “If fees are awarded, they must be the responsibility of the Rowan County clerk’s office, which should be deterred from engaging in conduct that violates civil rights — and leads to costly litigation.”

Citing “conduct that violates civil rights,” lawyers for Gov. Matt Bevin say former Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis should be held responsible for nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs incurred by couples who sued her in 2015 when she refused to issue marriage licenses because of her religious opposition to same-sex marriage.

Although Bevin, a Republican, publicly has praised Davis as “an inspiration ... to the children of America,” his attorneys are taking a more critical tone in court briefs, blaming the ex-clerk for failing to do her job following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 decision legalizing gay marriage.

A three-judge panel will hear arguments about who should bear the case’s expenses Thursday at the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. A district judge ruled in 2017 that the couples suing for marriage licenses clearly prevailed and that the state of Kentucky must pay their fees and costs.

Bevin appealed that ruling, hoping to hand the bill instead to the Rowan County clerk’s office. Davis acted alone, without any state support, the governor’s lawyers told the 6th Circuit in briefs ahead of the oral arguments.

“Her local policy stood in direct conflict with her statutory obligation to issue marriage licenses to qualified Kentucky couples. The local policy also undermined the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s interest in upholding the rule of law,” Bevin attorney Palmer G. Vance II wrote in one brief.

“Davis had an independent and sworn duty to uphold the law as an elected county officer,” Vance wrote. “If fees are awarded, they must be the responsibility of the Rowan County clerk’s office, which should be deterred from engaging in conduct that violates civil rights — and leads to costly litigation.”

The governor’s general counsel, Steve Pitt, said Wednesday that Bevin still personally supports Davis.

Rowan County voters denied Davis a second term as county clerk last November...

February 01, 2019 2:30 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

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February 02, 2019 3:44 AM  
Anonymous I reeeeeeeeally like our Supreme Court.and the best is yet to come!!!!!!! said...

I'm on hiatus now but I thought I'd take a second to pop in and say hi.

Hi!

Here's a quote from the DEMOCRATIC governor of Virginia's med school yearbook:

"there are more old drunks in the world than old doctors so I'm going to have another beer!"

Wonder what Ralph said about Brett Kavanaugh....

he did apologize for dressing up in either black face or a KKK robe although he won't say which he was

Wonder what Ralph said about Megan Kelly....

in other news, Elizabeth Warren has apologized to Native Americans for saying she's like Pocohantas

also, a restaurant owner in San Mateo apologized for banning people wearing MAGA hats from his establishment

he had to

the government announced Friday that the economy in January produced twice the number of jobs that expurts were predictin' it would

Trump was right!

we should try that shutdown thing again!

wonder when Barack Obama will apologize for his lazy handling of the economy

by the way, the Supreme Court announced they will considering a key gay case this Spring

fasten your seat belts!

2019 is rockin'

February 02, 2019 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland ... LOL said...

of course, you must wonder when Bill Clinton will apologize to Monica Lewinsky for ruining her life

or when Hillary Clinton will apologize for calling the women that Bill raped "trailer trash"

or when she will apologize for making the country's high level confidential secrets available on her personal computer

or when Democrats will apologize to America for nominating Hillary

or when Nancy Pelosi will apologize to government workers for causing the shutdown by refusing to compromise

Dems have a lot of apologizing to do!

February 02, 2019 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But you are cool with T talking about being entitled to grab pussies.

Go crawl back under your rock and stay there!

February 02, 2019 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Midwest Temperature Change said...

The groundhog says early spring, which would be nice if groundhogs could predict weather

Sarah Sanders says God 'wanted Donald Trump to become president'

Donald Trump faces backlash for misspelling 'global waming', and asking it to come back

US government scientists correct Trump over climate change statements: 'Winter storms don't prove global warming isn't happening'

"-A major temperature flip will occur in the Midwest by the weekend.

Temperatures in the Midwest will rapidly rebound by this weekend with some cities experiencing highs that are 60-to-70 degrees warmer than their subzero lows Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Chicago, for example, could have a temperature rise of more than 65 degrees from Thursday morning to Saturday afternoon. That would be the largest temperature rise over 72-hour period on record in the Windy City, according to the Iowa Environmental Mesonet."

GOPers beleive Sarah Sanders is right. God wants Trump to be president and is going to warm up the temps because Trump asked Him to.



February 02, 2019 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Yet another tЯumpette said...

I wonder if Dan Crenshaw will be on SNL tonight to apologize for mansplaining about border security to Juliette Kayyem, a national security expert and former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.

February 02, 2019 11:11 AM  
Anonymous I reeeeeeeeally like the Supreme Court we have !! said...

"Go crawl back under your rock and stay there!"

TTF is known for their clever repartee

where did this individual come up with such a witty and original metaphor?

it's like a real-life Marvelous Mrs Maisel!

it almost makes you forget that Bill Clinton destroyed someone's life and hasn't even had the decency to apologize

and Hillary is his biggest fan

February 02, 2019 5:14 PM  
Anonymous Tim Kaine...LOL! said...

speaking of under-the-rocks types, howzabout the latest Democrat hypocrite?

Ralphie Northram incessantly attacked his opponent Ed Gillespie for his supposed racism in the last Virginia gubie election

now, we find out he can't remember if he dressed in a KKK costume or slapped on black face to celebrate graduating from Med school, but it was one of those

February 02, 2019 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Republicans showing they're poor losers. Again. said...

"now, we find out he can't remember if he dressed in a KKK costume or slapped on black face to celebrate graduating from Med school, but it was one of those"

And yet Dems all over the country are calling on him to resign.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle:

Rep. Steve King denied allegations that he supports white nationalism and white supremacy Thursday after a recent New York Times article tied the controversial Iowa Republican to further white nationalist rhetoric.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King said in an interview with the Times. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

Reigniting the criticism, shortly before his close election: King met in Austria with members of the Freedom Party, a political organization founded by a former Nazi SS officer. He also sat for an interview with Unzensuriert, a Freedom Party-aligned publication, after a trip funded by a Holocaust memorial group in August.

King served in congress since 2003, and in Iowa since 1997. Yet somehow it is only in the past few months that his Nazi leanings have started to bother a few Republicans.

If folks had known about Northram's yearbook before the election, it's unlikely he would have won.

Republicans on the other hand, wear "deplorable" as a badge of honor and vote them in anyway. Roy Moore thinks the election was "stolen" from him. He should have a beer with Brett. They can chat about all the young ladies they "loved."

February 02, 2019 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Ralphie Northam...ROFL said...

"And yet Dems all over the country are calling on him to resign"

you can always count on Dem hypocrisy

pretending to be against racism to get votes when they actually love racism

remember Northam hammered his GOP opponent for his supposed racism?

wow!

fearless, shameless hypocrisy....

February 03, 2019 12:28 AM  
Anonymous 'Willful Ignorance.' Inside President Trump's Troubled Intelligence Briefings said...

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s renewed attacks on the U.S. intelligence community this week, senior intelligence briefers are breaking two years of silence to warn that the President is endangering American security with what they say is a stubborn disregard for their assessments.

Citing multiple in-person episodes, these intelligence officials say Trump displays what one called “willful ignorance” when presented with analyses generated by America’s $81 billion-a-year intelligence services. The officials, who include analysts who prepare Trump’s briefs and the briefers themselves, describe futile attempts to keep his attention by using visual aids, confining some briefing points to two or three sentences, and repeating his name and title as frequently as possible.

What is most troubling, say these officials and others in government and on Capitol Hill who have been briefed on the episodes, are Trump’s angry reactions when he is given information that contradicts positions he has taken or beliefs he holds. Two intelligence officers even reported that they have been warned to avoid giving the President intelligence assessments that contradict stances he has taken in public.

That reaction was on display this week. At a Congressional hearing on national security threats, the leaders of all the major intelligence agencies, including the Directors of National Intelligence, the CIA and the FBI contradicted Trump on issues relating to North Korea, Russia, the Islamic State, and Iran. In response, Trump said the intelligence chiefs were “passive and naïve” and suggested they “should go back to school.”

The intelligence officials criticizing Trump requested anonymity because the briefings they described, including the President’s Daily Brief, or PDB, are classified. The PDB is one of the most highly restricted products produced by U.S. intelligence analysts. A select group of intelligence officials is involved in preparing these briefings. A small number of senior officials, often including the Director of Central Intelligence, Director of National Intelligence or the heads of other agencies depending on the topic, usually deliver it.

The reporting for this story is based on interviews with multiple officials who have first hand knowledge of the episodes they describe, and multiple others who have been briefed on them. Asked in detail about the officials’ concerns, senior White House and National Security Council officials declined to comment.

The problem has existed since the beginning of Trump’s presidency, the intelligence officials say, and for a time they tried to respond to the President’s behavior in briefings with dark humor. After a briefing in preparation for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, for example, the subject turned to the British Indian Ocean Territory of Diego Garcia. The island is home to an important airbase and a U.S. Naval Support Facility that are central to America’s ability to project power in the region, including in the war in Afghanistan.

The President, officials familiar with the briefing said, asked two questions: Are the people nice, and are the beaches good? “Some of us wondered if he was thinking about our alliance with the Brits and the security issues in an important area where the Chinese have been increasingly active, or whether he was thinking like a real estate developer,” one of the officials said wryly.

In another briefing on South Asia, Trump’s advisors brought a map of the region from Afghanistan to Bangladesh, according to intelligence officers with knowledge of the meeting and congressional officials who were briefed on it. Trump, they said, pointed at the map and said he knew that Nepal was part of India, only to be told that it is an independent nation. When said he was familiar with Bhutan and knew it, too, was part of India, his briefers told him that Bhutan was an independent kingdom. Last August, Politico reported on president’s mispronunciation of the names of the two countries during the same briefing...

February 03, 2019 7:43 AM  
Anonymous Republicans showing they're poor losers. Again. said...

more fearless, shameless hypocrisy...

If I told you that President Trump employs undocumented immigrants, you might say, “That’s impossible. A staunch and principled opponent of illegal immigrants like him would never allow such a thing!” Or, if you actually knew anything about Trump, you might say, “Of course he does.”

Well guess what:

During more than five years as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Victorina Morales has made Donald J. Trump’s bed, cleaned his toilet and dusted his crystal golf trophies. When he visited as president, she was directed to wear a pin in the shape of the American flag adorned with a Secret Service logo.

Because of the “outstanding” support she has provided during Mr. Trump’s visits, Ms. Morales in July was given a certificate from the White House Communications Agency inscribed with her name.

Quite an achievement for an undocumented immigrant housekeeper.

Ms. Morales’s journey from cultivating corn in rural Guatemala to fluffing pillows at an exclusive golf resort took her from the southwest border, where she said she crossed illegally in 1999, to the horse country of New Jersey, where she was hired at the Trump property in 2013 with documents she said were phony.

She said she was not the only worker at the club who was in the country illegally.


Obviously Trump doesn’t personally hire every housekeeper in his clubs (although one of these undocumented immigrants was ironing his underwear; that’s how close to him they were). The Trump organization says it will fire any of its workers it learns is in the country illegally. But the truth is that Trump has a long history of using foreign and undocumented labor, without much regard for the American workers he says are displaced by immigrant labor and sometimes without evident concern for the law. Let’s run through some of his history:

February 03, 2019 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Republicans showing they're poor losers. Again. said...

Trump regularly hires foreign workers for jobs as housekeepers and cooks at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida. While the law requires an employer to first make an effort to find employees in the United States before filing a request to hire foreign workers, Mar-a-Lago accomplishes this by complying with the letter of the law but in a manner seemingly designed make sure it gets no American applicants: by placing two small ads deep inside the Palm Beach Post to which an applicant may reply only via mail or fax — not online, not by phone and not in person.
According to an investigation by Mother Jones, Trump’s modeling agency, Trump Model Management, brought foreign models to the United States to work, despite the fact that they were in the country on tourist visas, a violation of the law. “Two of the former Trump models said Trump’s agency encouraged them to deceive customs officials about why they were visiting the United States and told them to lie on customs forms about where they intended to live.” They were crammed into small apartments for which the agency charged them exorbitant rent and had other expenses deducted from their fees, leaving them with little income and the constant knowledge that they could be sent out of the country at any moment. “It is like modern-day slavery,” said one model.
Trump Tower was built in part by undocumented Polish workers who sued Trump to get wages they said they were owed. "We worked in horrid, terrible conditions,'' said one. ''We were frightened illegal immigrants and did not know enough about our rights.''
It’s hard to know how much Trump knew at the time he was employing all of these undocumented immigrants; he tends to plead ignorance. But we certainly see a pattern of a man who wants things done cheaply and isn’t too concerned about the rules.

So will Trump's supporters, the ones who chant "Build the wall!" at his rallies and thrill to every attack he makes on immigrants, be unsettled by any of this?

Of course not. With the infinite capacity for rationalization they’ve already demonstrated, they’ll say it all just proves what a shrewd businessman Trump is. And besides, their anger isn’t directed at the employers who utilize (or exploit) undocumented labor, it’s at the immigrants themselves. That’s who Trump has urged them to hate, and there is not a thing they could learn about him that would change that.

February 03, 2019 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Look who's giving jobs to foreigners said...

President Donald Trump often conveys a strong preference for American workers. But as a request from the president's Mar-a-Lago golf club to hire 61 people from abroad demonstrates, putting that preference into practice can prove difficult.

The president's Florida resort — which he has promoted as the "Southern White House" — filed requests with the Department of Labor to obtain 61 visas for foreign workers, according to Job Order records posted Thursday by the department's Employment and Training Administration.

The Mar-a-Lago club asked for 40 H-2B visas for servers and another 21 for cooks. The H-2B visa is for "temporary non-agricultural workers."

According to the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the employer filing for H-2B visas must demonstrate that there are "not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available" and that the foreign workers "will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers."

The resort made a similar request earlier this year, filing for 70 visas for restaurant staff as well as housekeepers in January.

According to this week's filing, the cooks would be paid at least $13.31 an hour and the servers would be paid at least $12.68 an hour.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump was asked about the club's practice of hiring foreign workers for the busiest months of the year during one of the Republican primary debates.

"It's a few months, five months at the most. People don't want a short-term job," Trump explained. "It's very, very hard to get people. But other hotels do the exact same thing."

February 03, 2019 9:27 AM  
Anonymous More hypocrisy from the "Family Values" party said...

On Friday, officials from the Trump administration said it would require too much effort to reunite the thousands of families it separated before implementing its “zero-tolerance” policy in April, according to a declaration filed as part of an ongoing lawsuit between the American Civil Liberties Union and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Last month, the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services released a report stating that “thousands” more immigrant families had been separated than the government had previously disclosed. In the declaration submitted Friday, HHS officials said they don’t know the exact number of children who were taken from their parents before “zero tolerance” and that finding them would be too much of a “burden” since there was no formal tracking system in place.

“The Trump administration’s response is a shocking concession that it can’t easily find thousands of children it ripped from parents and doesn’t even think it’s worth the time to locate each of them,” said Lee Gelernt, the lead lawyer in the ACLU’s ongoing lawsuit against ICE, in a statement. “The administration also doesn’t dispute that separations are ongoing in significant numbers.”

February 03, 2019 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, "Family Values" are only for straight, white families.

February 03, 2019 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Republicans messing up the Obama Recovery said...

General Motors will begin laying off 4,200 salaried workers Monday as part of its scramble to save billions of dollars in annual costs, The Detroit News reported.

GM announced in November that it was cutting a total of 15 percent of its salaried workers, including 25 percent of company executives. It’s also planning to shut down four manufacturing plants in the US and one in Canada with more than 6,000 hourly workers.

GM has complained that President Donald Trump’s trade war has cost the company $1 billion in extra tariffs on imported aluminum and steel. The company hopes the workforce cuts will save it $6 billion a year by the end of 2020.

A GM statement to CNN said the current cuts are part of the reductions announced last year. As for the rest, “we are not confirming the specific timing for when those reductions will occur,” the statement added.

The GM cuts — along with reductions Ford and Fiat Chrysler — come in the wake of a massive corporate tax cut from 35 percent to 21 percent implemented in 2017 by the Trump administration. The president pitched his tax plan as an incentive for corporations to expand their business and thereby share their tax-savings windfalls with workers. But a study released last month found that the huge cuts had no significant impact in companies’ capital investment in their business operations — or in hiring.

February 03, 2019 1:37 PM  
Anonymous I'm so tickled with the composition of our land's highest court said...

a trade war sometimes has casualties

when China surrenders, our economy will be the beneficiary

Trump is doing the necessary that has been put off too long

Obama's "economy" didn't completely collapse because it was propped up with zero interest rates and doubling our national debt

suffering was widespread and minorities suffered the worst

right now, two years in, Trump's economy is booming and unemployment is at record lows

come back when there's something to complain about

February 03, 2019 3:21 PM  
Anonymous How embarrassing ... White Supremacist Rally Fizzles ... in Georgia!! said...

White supremacists were a no-show at a planned rally at a Georgia Confederate monument on Saturday as local authorities cracked down and counterprotesters torched a Klansman in effigy.

The self-described white supremacists, including members of the Ku Klux Klan, had planned to rally on the eve of the Super Bowl some 15 miles east of Atlanta at Stone Mountain Park, where Confederate leaders are etched into a giant rockface. But law enforcement authorities, who had denied the group a permit, shut down the 3,600-acre park, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The Super Bowl is being played Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta,

Though the supremacist rally fizzled, hundreds of counterprotesters — several of them armed — marched in the nearby town of Stone Mountain Village chanting: “Good Night, Alt Right” and “Goodbye Klan.” Protesters held signs reading “Death to the KKK,” “Dixie Be Damned” and “Sandblast Stone Mountain.” The highlight of the rally was the torching of the Klansman figure.

Tweets by organizers of the burning informed spectators that the effigy was “eco-friendly” and made of “paper and cardboard that would not produce nasty fumes when burned!”

Late last year local authorities denied a rally permit to the organizers of the planned right-wing “Rock Stone Mountain II” rally. The two men behind the “pro-white” rally — one of them an admitted KKK member — had organized a poorly attended “white power” event at the same site in 2016. The event, however, drew hundreds of counterprotesters who clashed with police. Officials cited a “clear and present danger” to public safety in denying the permit for the new rally, the Journal-Constitution reported.

“To hell with their permit. The Constitution is our permit,” white nationalist activist Michael Weaver declared after the decision by authorities. “We move forward. We aren’t going to be discriminated against because you don’t like our views.”

Members of the group, however, indicated Thursday that the rally wouldn’t likely come off because of infighting among members.

Another activist said it was because of fear of violence by counterprotesters.

Atlanta resident Sean McSorley, who was on the street during Saturday’s rally, praised the counterprotesters.

“As long as these backwards, racist … people are not able to do what they intended, I’m happy with the results,” he told the Journal-Constitution.

February 03, 2019 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Get a clue said...

"suffering was widespread and minorities suffered the worst"

Indeed. Before Bush the Worst even left office, Hank Paulson socialized the private banking system and paid off their insane hedge fund gambling debts with middle-class tax payer dollars.

The rich bankers were fine - later, they even got their multi-million dollar annual bonuses. Meanwhile, the taxpayers who paid off the billionaires' debts got laid off.

The private banking institution known as the Fed kept interest rates low because they didn't want to see the economy collapse. Only right-wing ideologues in here in the US would put govt. spending in SEQUESTRATION at the time when govt. spending would is needed the most. It was a conscious effort be the Repuglican party to destroy the economy as much as possible during Obama.

The last thing the Rethuglicans would want is to see the predictable outcome of their disastrous deregulation policies - which fell apart under Bush, put right by a black Democrat. It would be absolutely impossible to keep fooling their voter base about magical tax cuts if that happened.

I noticed you didn't mention how much the debt is exploding now under Rump. Yet again, Republican tax cuts simply aren't paying for themselves, and we are now seeing deficits larger than when Obama left office.

I used to wonder much longer Republican politicians could keep lying to America before the Republican voter finally catches on.

Now I know that they can keep doing it forever. They apparently lack the IQ points to realize their tax dollars are being spent to keep the wealthy comfortable. And they like it that way.

They've bought into Reagan's myth of trickle-down economics, completely forgetting the lessons of the last Republican president that ever gave a damn about fiscal conservatism - G.H.W. Bush. He called Reagan's philosophy "voodoo economics."

But Republicans won't realize it's a problem until our debt puts us into hyperinflation territory, like a third-world nation. Of course, then they'll blame Democrats for it.

Republicans are driving us as hard and as fast as they can towards a society where the ultra-rich (like the owners of WalMart) have a large mass of poorly-paid workers that can't even afford their own health insurance.

February 03, 2019 7:05 PM  
Anonymous Keep playing music while the Titanic goes down said...

Cheerleaders for the tax cut argued that the heart of the law — cutting and restructuring taxes for corporations — would give the economy a positive bump, giving companies incentives to invest more, hire more workers and pay higher wages.

Skeptics said that the money companies saved through tax cuts would merely increase corporate profits, rather than trickling down to workers.

JPMorgan Chase analysts estimate that in the first half of 2018, about $270 billion in corporate profits previously held overseas were repatriated to the United States and spent as a result of changes to the tax code. Some 46 percent of that, JPMorgan Chase analysts said, was spent on $124 billion in stock buybacks.

The flow of repatriated corporate cash is just one tributary in what has become a flood of payouts to shareholders, both as buybacks and dividends. Such payouts are expected to hit almost $1.3 trillion this year, up 28 percent from 2017, according to estimates from Goldman Sachs analysts.

Supporters of the tax cuts repeatedly claimed the bill would increase economic growth enough to offset the decline in tax receipts. “I'm totally convinced this is a revenue-neutral bill,” said Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, when a preliminary version of the bill was approved in the Senate in December 2017.

Despite a strong economy, the fiscal health of the United States is deteriorating fast, as revenues have declined sharply. The federal budget deficit — the gap between what the government collects in revenues and what it spends — rose to $779 billion in the 2018 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. That was a 17 percent increase from the prior year.

It’s highly unusual for deficits and borrowing needs to grow this much during periods of prosperity. A broad variety of analysts attribute the widening deficit to the tax cuts (along with increased military and other domestic spending ushered in through a bill Mr. Trump signed earlier this year).

Corporate tax revenues are down one-third from a year ago. Federal revenues as a whole ran $200 billion behind the Congressional Budget Office’s forecast for the 2018 fiscal year. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget reports that nominal federal revenues are down by at least 3.6 percent since the tax cuts took effect.

February 03, 2019 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Pocahontas.....LOL said...

"White supremacists were a no-show at a planned rally at a Georgia Confederate monument on Saturday"

I hate to burst your bubble, but there aren't a lot of white supremacists in our country

haven't been for decades

it's a hoax by the media-Hollywood-Dem Party complex to defame Republicans

white supremacists are a very fringe group

there are more people in flying saucer cults

"I noticed you didn't mention how much the debt is exploding now under Rump. Yet again, Republican tax cuts simply aren't paying for themselves, and we are now seeing deficits larger than when Obama left office."

you can't make that statement until Trump has been around for 8 years

if you want to compare Trump's 1st two years to those of Obama the Worst, you lose

but the corporate tax rates didn't need to "pay for themselves"

they did three necessary things:

1. reduced the corporate rates to similar rates in other countries

2. partially eliminated the immoral double taxation of corporate profits

3. reduced the immoral confiscation of inheritances

these things were necessary

they were right and reasonable

if there's a deficit after doing them, reducing spending is imperative

"Despite a strong economy, the fiscal health of the United States is deteriorating fast, as revenues have declined sharply. The federal budget deficit — the gap between what the government collects in revenues and what it spends — rose to $779 billion in the 2018 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30."

so far, less than it did under Obama the Worst

"A broad variety of analysts attribute the widening deficit to the tax cuts (along with increased military and other domestic spending ushered in through a bill Mr. Trump signed earlier this year)."

that's merely an opinion about how it's most important to utilize our resources

"Corporate tax revenues are down one-third from a year ago."

they were too high before

everyone knows that

news flash:

poll out today shows the top Dems for next President are, in order:

1. Biden
2. Kamala Harris
3. Elizabeth Warren
4. Bernie Sanders

the poll also pairs them against Trump and finds Trump wins by a landslide against everyone but Biden

Biden wins by two but it's within the margin of error

and this is after Trump has had some real bad weeks

you know it, and I know it:

Trump will be re-elected easily

February 03, 2019 11:11 PM  
Anonymous poor poor pitiful Hillary said...

Russians have historically favored Dem candidates in the US

it was strange that in 2016, they favored a GOP candidate

now, NBC News has done an analysis of Russia media sources and determined that Putin's favorite for 2020 is:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Dem from Hawaii

February 03, 2019 11:19 PM  
Anonymous Get a clue said...

"1. reduced the corporate rates to similar rates in other countries

2. partially eliminated the immoral double taxation of corporate profits

3. reduced the immoral confiscation of inheritances"

These are all entirely BS.

1. The first Republican talking point always ignores the fact that most other countries on the planet also have corporations pay VAT (Value Added Tax) on every step of their production process, adding complexity and cost to their tax system that Repugs blithely ignore to promote their fiscally irresponsible propaganda.

2. Republicans don't mind double taxation at all, as long as it applies mostly to blue states. That's why they tried to eliminate the SALT deductions - which hits blue state tax payers the worst - forcing them to pay taxes on their state and local taxes too. That got scaled back a bit, but still hits rich blue state donors right in the wallet - just where Repuglicans want to.

Corporate profits are also used pay their employees - which have to pay income taxes - so that money is taxed twice too, not just the shareholders who get taxed at a lower rate because it's investment gains, not income. Don't forget, it was EMPLOYEES that did all the hard work to make the company profitable all year, not some rich dudes playing day-trader with their portfolios.

If corporations want to pay less taxes, they can easily pay their workers more - especially companies like Walmart where most of the profits go to wealthy owners instead of the workers. Meanwhile, their workers make so little that they can't pay for their own insurance. Pay the workers a living wage, they can afford their own insurance. If you pay them enough, you can make your corporate taxes go to 0.

3. There is nothing in the bible that claims there is anything immoral about inheritance tax. It's just a pet peeve of rich white folks. Rich people already own our government, and they make the laws that have shifted more of the America's middle-class wealth up to the rich. THAT is the immoral part of this equation.

The best the middle class can do now is vote for which face they want to be that of their rich oppressor...

Mitt Romney, so his wife can take deductions for their show horse hobby?

Donald Rump, so he can flout the emoluments clause with impunity?

Bush and Goldman Sachs alum Paulson, so they can deregulate the banking system to the point it collapses, and then pay off their private debts with taxpayer dollars?

THAT was confiscation.




February 04, 2019 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republican Doublespeak on Health Care Starts at the Top

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- If anyone needed more evidence that Republicans are nervous about health care's impact on this year’s midterm elections, the president provided it:

"All Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions, and if they don’t, they will after I speak to them. I am in total support. Also, Democrats will destroy your Medicare, and I will keep it healthy and well!"

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2018

In the real world, President Donald Trump’s Justice Department is arguing in court that the Affordable Care Act’s protections for pre-existing medical conditions are unconstitutional and should be nullified. On top of that, his administration explicitly supported a bill passed by House Republicans that would have weakened those protections.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is also trying to have it both ways, claiming this week that Republican Senators universally support protecting people with pre-existing conditions, while voicing his support for the lawsuit and another repeal effort.

Democrats recognize that the GOP is vulnerable and conflicted on health care, and its candidates are devoting millions of dollars worth of ads to it. It’s not the only thing helping to give Democrats a strong chance of taking back the House. But it’s a key driver.

Trump and Senator McConnell are far from alone in touting their support for protecting pre-existing conditions while having voted or worked to dismantle the ACA. Many other candidates are doing the same tap dance, and are even running ads touting their support for the policy. The GOP candidates for Senate in tight races in Missouri and West Virginia are current attorneys general who are supporting the controversial lawsuit.

It’s easy to see why Republicans are anxious. The ACA’s robust protections for people with pre-existing conditions are highly popular. In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, more than 70 percent of Americans agreed that it was “very important” that they remain law.

February 04, 2019 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That gets at the heart of Republicans’ dilemma: It’s one thing to promise an end to Obamacare’s burdensome regulations while vowing to lower premiums and maintain patient protections. But it’s actually a phenomenally difficult policy problem, and the GOP hasn’t offered a proposal that solves it.

The ACA prohibits insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and from charging them more for it, ensures that all plans cover a core roster of benefits including mental-health treatment and maternity care, and bans lifetime and annual coverage limits. It supports those protections and insurers by attempting to create a large risk pool and subsidizing insurance for people with lower incomes.

If you cut out any part of that, the door likely opens for insurers to offer skimpier insurance, siphon off healthy people, and leave those with pre-existing conditions with less appealing or more expensive options. The administration is currently doing that on a smaller level by pushing cheaper but less comprehensive short-term insurance plans.

It’s theoretically possible to protect people with pre-existing conditions in other ways. But they almost certainly involve trade-offs. The one that the GOP has generally tended to favor recently is weakening protections for people with pre-existing conditions in order to lower costs for healthy people.

No Republican wants to say that out loud, to admit that their definition of protection is different and less comprehensive than the status quo. Democrats are spending a lot of money to make the distinction clear.

Pre-existing conditions aren’t the only health-care sore spots for the GOP.

In past years, Republicans have run on the idea that Obamacare’s individual market is an irredeemable failure, bolstered by soaring premiums. But premiums have stabilized or declined and insurers are increasingly profitable, making it more difficult to assail the law. Premiums would be lower if the GOP hadn’t spent years deliberately undermining the market.

Now that the House has flipped and Democrats hold Senate seats in West Virginia and Missouri, states that Donald Trump won by 42 and 19 points respectively, it’s a sign that the GOP needs to rethink its approach to health care.

February 04, 2019 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Pelosi for President! said...

Senate Republicans appear to be in a panic about President Trump’s threat to declare a national emergency to realize his unquenchable fantasy of a big, beautiful wall on the southern border. Republicans are reportedly worried that such a move could divide them, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has delivered that warning to Trump in private conversations.

Republicans have good reason to be deeply nervous. Here’s why: According to one of the country’s leading experts on national emergencies, it appears that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) can trigger a process that could require the GOP-controlled Senate to hold a vote on such a declaration by Trump — which would put Senate Republicans in a horrible political position.

Trump reiterated his threat to declare a national emergency in an interview with CBS News that aired over the weekend. “I don’t take anything off the table,” Trump said, adding in a typically mangled construction that he still retains the “alternative” of “national emergency.”

But Pelosi has recourse against such a declaration — and if she exercises it, Senate Republicans may have to vote on where they stand on it.

Trump does have the power to declare such an emergency under the post-Watergate National Emergencies Act, which also requires him to identify which other specific statute delegating emergency powers he’s invoking. Trump is expected to rely on one of several statutes that authorize military officials, in a presidentially declared emergency, to redirect funds for purposes that are either “essential to the national defense” or support “use of the armed forces.”

The Post reports that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has privately told Trump that a national emergency is “viable,” and officials at the Army Corps of Engineers are searching for ways to build the wall. This would be challenged in the courts, which would have to decide whether the statute Trump invoked actually does authorize this type of spending.

But Pelosi has a much more immediate way to challenge Trump’s declaration. Under the National Emergencies Act, or NEA, both chambers of Congress can pass a resolution terminating any presidentially declared national emergency...

If Pelosi exercises this option, it will ultimately require the Senate to vote on it in some form as well. The NEA stipulates that if one chamber (Pelosi’s House) passes such a resolution, which it easily could do, the other (McConnell’s Senate) must act on it within a very short time period — forcing GOP senators to choose whether to support it...

The Senate could vote not to consider that resolution or change its rules to avoid such a vote. But in those scenarios, the Senate would, in effect, be voting to greenlight Trump’s emergency declaration...

Republicans themselves have let it be known that they fear this scenario. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), an adviser to McConnell, has said that a Senate vote on any Trump-declared national emergency would be inevitable, and McConnell has told Trump that Congress might have to act in such a fashion. Both of these appear to be references to a scenario like the one outlined above.

Both men have also said this would deeply divide Republicans. One unnamed Republican senator even told the Washington Examiner that Trump would suffer major defections in such a vote....

February 04, 2019 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republicans Ignore the Obvious Effect of Their Tax Cuts

President Trump, top administration officials and Republican congressional leaders claim that the rising deficit, which grew 17 percent to $779 billion in fiscal 2018, is not the result of their tax cuts.

They’ve acknowledged that they prioritized increased defense spending and said that they would tackle the deficit by targeting spending going forward. But they’ve ignored the effect of the tax cuts — and some other deficit-financed policies — while seeking to lay the blame for rising deficits on everything from natural disasters to Democratic spending priorities to social safety net programs. To wit:

“Excuse me. No. 1, I had to take care of our military. I had no choice but to do it, and I want to take care of our military. We had to do things that we had to do,” Trump told the Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. “Now we’re going to start bringing numbers down. We also have tremendous numbers with regard to hurricanes and fires and the tremendous forest fires all over. We had very big numbers, unexpectedly big numbers.”

Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, similarly sought to portray the issue as entirely about spending: “America’s booming economy will create increased government revenues — an important step toward long-term fiscal sustainability,” he said in a statement announcing the 2018 numbers. “But this fiscal picture is a blunt warning to Congress of the dire consequences of irresponsible and unnecessary spending. The President’s FY 2019 Budget presented a clear roadmap to solving this fiscal nightmare that has been exacerbated by Congress’s continual unwillingness to restrain spending.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) yesterday told Bloomberg that spending on entitlements was to blame for “very disturbing” growth in the national debt, ignoring the effect of the tax cuts. McConnell had said last year he didn’t think the tax changes would increase the deficit.

How the Tax Cuts Factor In

But Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis noted in a Twitter thread that “the deficit would be shockingly close to zero today with Clinton-era tax levels.

February 04, 2019 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Federal revenue has fallen to 16.5 percent of gross domestic product, he writes. If it was still at roughly 20 percent of GDP (it topped out at 19.75 percent in 2000), the deficit would have been less than $100 billion. The tax cuts of the past two decades are a big part of how the deficit reached $779 billion in 2018.

Dennis’ points echo a report issued by Senate Budget Committee Democrats arguing that tax cuts passed under Presidents George W. Bush and Trump “are responsible for over 80% of the deficit” and that, if not for Republican policies more broadly, the government would have posted a surplus in 2018.

Trump tax cuts cost $164 billion
Bush tax cuts (with extensions cost) $488 billion
Unpaid for Republican wars cost $127 billion

Defense spending increases (above clinton era levels) cost $156 billion

Those four polices cost $935 billion in FY2018. If it weren't for these Republican policies there would have been a $156 billion surplus instead of the disasterous deficit it is.

But if we’re going to have any semblance of a proper national debate on fiscal priorities — including a hard look at spending — we need to understand how we got to this point. Tax policy must be part of that discussion, especially as Republicans still hope to enact a second round of cuts. The truth, thus far at least, is that the tax cuts passed in 2017 have added to the deficit. “There are several ways to ask the question, ‘Are tax cuts paying for themselves?’” Jim Tankersley writes in The New York Times. “Based on the data we have right now, they all arrive at the same answer: ‘No.’”

February 04, 2019 2:31 PM  
Anonymous I reeeeeeeeally like our Supreme Court.and the best is yet to come!!!!!!! said...

"These are all entirely BS"

says the jester in the Kingdom of Crap

"1. The first Republican talking point always ignores the fact that most other countries on the planet also have corporations pay VAT (Value Added Tax) on every step of their production process, adding complexity and cost to their tax system"

here's another talking point

the marginal rate is what encourages or discourages investment

"that Repugs blithely ignore to promote their fiscally irresponsible propaganda."

you could as easily say spending is irresponsible

it's not a fact, it's a perspective

"2. Republicans don't mind double taxation at all, as long as it applies mostly to blue states. That's why they tried to eliminate the SALT deductions - which hits blue state tax payers the worst - forcing them to pay taxes on their state and local taxes too."

that's not double taxation, that's refusing to subsidize high taxes in coastal elite states

why should people in Nebraska have to subsidize California's 100 billion dollar bullet train?

double taxation makes money and is taxed twice on it

like people who own stocks

"Corporate profits are also used pay their employees - which have to pay income taxes - so that money is taxed twice too,"

no, the profits weren't produced by the employees

"not just the shareholders who get taxed at a lower rate because it's investment gains, not income. Don't forget, it was EMPLOYEES that did all the hard work to make the company profitable all year, not some rich dudes playing day-trader with their portfolios."

don't forget: if those employees could make a profit without management, they wouldn't be employees

they'd be management

"If corporations want to pay less taxes, they can easily pay their workers more"

it actually doesn't make sense for corporations to pay tax at all

corporate tax is just a sneaky way to charge people who own companies an extra tax

if you want to do that, why not just tax them directly?

you won't because then the injustice would be clear

"3. There is nothing in the bible that claims there is anything immoral about inheritance tax."

doesn't the Bible say not to steal?

the government doesn't own all private property

inheritance taxes are confiscatory, preventing people from leaving the fruits of their labor to their kids

it's anti-family

February 04, 2019 11:21 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

7-Year-Old Boy Killed While Being Punished For Failing To Memorize Bible Verses

This is what happens when attitudes like Wyatt and Regina have towards society are left unchecked. Research shows 25-40% of the population are like them, "Right Wing Authoritarians". This doesn't refer to the conventional right/left concept, Stalin's communist party and his followers were Right Wing Authoritarians. Who are Right Wing Authoritarians? The epitome of them is Wyatt/Regina, people who don't believe in equality, who want to feel superior to "others" and punish them. They want to force everyone to live according to their religion and have terrible double standards - they are happy to overlook the crimes of Trump and their other leaders while feeling that the lower class committing the same crimes deserves severe punishment.

Wyatt/Regina differ from Islamic suicide bombers not in kind, but in degree only. They are much like my evil brother who sought to maximize my distress and punish me for finding some men attractive. You can read about my troublesome relationship with him by clicking on my name on any post I make and then clicking on my "fairness first" blog. The entry you're looking for is under "Merry Christimas" or "How I became a car thief".

I'll post more about this important research on right wing authoritarianism at some later point. Remember everyone, to have the best possible society we can, all religions must willingly subordinate themselves to the goal of society maximizing the happiness for all in an equal and fair way. We face existential threats from overpopulation to terrorism to Human Caused Global Climate Warming. We cannot address these threats without unifying the world - religion never has and never will do that.

Also, please send the three links below to anyone you can and show them how abusive evangelicals are to LGBT people and why we are on the right moral side of history:


http://vigilance.teachthefacts.org/2018/12/flynn-free-trump-continues-to-march-off.html#comments

February 04, 2019 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Get a clue said...

"no, the profits weren't produced by the employees"

"don't forget: if those employees could make a profit without management, they wouldn't be employees

they'd be management"

You must have grown up in a rich family. It's the only thing that would explain your simultaneous stupidity and coddling of the rich.

Show me a company that's all management and no employees and I'll show you a patent troll.

Companies can't do shit with just managers and owners. Go ahead name a major US company that's just managers and no workers.

If management could make a profit without employees, they wouldn't have any - they would be an unnecessary expense and a drag on the bottom line.

"corporate tax is just a sneaky way to charge people who own companies an extra tax"

Your idiocy knows no bounds.

Corporations were invented by rich people to protect the owners from lawsuits that would otherwise put their personal wealth at risk. Corporations also get all sorts of tax preferences not available to the average worker.

Joe Shmoe doesn't get a tax break for his commuter car to get to work. But CEO Bob can have his corporation by a jet for his "business" (wink, wink) use and deduct it from their corporate taxes, along with all the fuel and maintenance - because they are "expenses" and not profits.

And then he can pay himself and his buddies tax deferred stock options in year X, hold on to it for a year so that it becomes "long term gains" and pay even lower taxes on it than short term gains in year X+2.

Joe Shmoe in the meantime gets to pay all fuel and maintenance costs AFTER he pays his income tax, AND he gets to pay taxes on those when he pays for them as well. He don't get no corporate write-off.

Of course, if you're part of the Rump corporation, Daddy Warbucks sets up fake companies for you and pays the kids WAY more than market price for "renovations" and funnels money to his demon spawn tax free that way.

February 05, 2019 12:39 AM  
Anonymous can't wait to see the Supreme Court decisions this Spring!! said...

"You must have grown up in a rich family. It's the only thing that would explain your simultaneous stupidity and coddling of the rich."

there are many people who are not rich but don't resent people who are successful

"Companies can't do shit with just managers and owners. Go ahead name a major US company that's just managers and no workers."

oh dear, you're becoming testy

you can't make books without paper so maybe we should charge JK Rowling a special 70% tax and use it to take care of the trees

"Corporations were invented by rich people to protect the owners from lawsuits that would otherwise put their personal wealth at risk. Corporations also get all sorts of tax preferences not available to the average worker."

more Marxist talking points

any citizen engaged in income-producing activities can deduct the expenditures they make to further that effort

just ask your plumber or your painter

employees are generally reimbursed by employers for the expenses they make to assist the employer so there obviously wouldn't be a tax deduction for it

go ahead and start your own business

if you need a jet to visit your various branched, you can deduct it

corporations are simply groups of people

when their collective efforts produce profits, there is no just reason for them to be taxed twice on those profits

indeed, many corporations are owned by retirement funds which aren't supposed to be taxed at all

this is just a sneaky way to tax them

Trump's terrific tax changes go only reduce this inequity in part, not in whole

February 05, 2019 6:21 AM  
Anonymous LOL......mushroom dick said...

Federal prosecutors issue sweeping subpoena for documents from Trump inaugural committee, a sign of a deepening criminal probe

Federal prosecutors in New York on Monday delivered a sweeping request for documents related to donations and spending by President Trump’s inaugural committee, a sign of a deepening criminal investigation into activities related to the nonprofit organization.

A wide-ranging subpoena served on the inaugural committee Monday seeks an array of documents, including all information related to inaugural donors, vendors, contractors, bank accounts of the inaugural committee and any information related to foreign contributors to the committee, according to a copy reviewed by The Washington Post.

Only U.S. citizens and legal residents can legally donate to a committee established to finance presidential inaugural festivities.

“We have just received a subpoena for documents. While we are still reviewing the subpoena, it is our intention to cooperate with the inquiry,” a spokesman for the committee said in a statement.

The subpoena — issued by the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York — indicates that prosecutors are investigating crimes related to conspiracy to defraud the United States, mail fraud, false statements, wire fraud and money laundering...

The committee was chaired by real estate developer Tom Barrack Jr., a longtime friend of Trump’s. Barrack, who is not mentioned by name in the subpoena, declined to comment.

The request for documents, first reported by ABC News, is a sign of another widening legal headache for Trump, whose business, personal charitable foundation and campaign are all under investigation by state and federal authorities.

The latest subpoena seeks information related to broad topics, including information about benefits provided to top donors, training documents for fundraisers and information related to any payments made directly by donors to vendors.

Much of the committee’s fundraising and operation was headed by Rick Gates, a former senior Trump campaign official who served as a deputy chairman of the inaugural committee and is cooperating with prosecutors as part of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation.

Gates, a longtime associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty last February to various charges related to his work with Manafort as a political consultant in Ukraine.

At Manafort’s trial in Virginia in August, Gates testified that it was “possible” that he stole money from the inaugural committee by submitting false expense reports for his work.

February 05, 2019 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Get a clue said...

"you can't make books without paper so maybe we should charge JK Rowling a special 70% tax and use it to take care of the trees"

Oh dear, you're becoming incoherent.

"more Marxist talking points"

Actually not. But when you're further right than Genghis Kahn, everyone that doesn't believe what you do looks that way. Well, that, and your predisposition to accuse anyone that doesn't believe crony capitalism is a bad idea is immediately lumped into the "communist, Marxist, capitalism destroying liberal category."

Like Rump, your words are meaningless anymore.

"any citizen engaged in income-producing activities can deduct the expenditures they make to further that effort"

No, they can't. The vast majority of Americans can't deduct car fuel and maintenance expenses for your drive to work. Even though without that drive, they wouldn't even make it to work.

Your not even trying to get close to reality anymore. What are you on?

"just ask your plumber or your painter"

Don't have to. Over the years, I've done nearly all of that myself; although on a couple of occasions, a relative did help with some painting.

"go ahead and start your own business"

Already have.

"corporations are simply groups of people"

No they "simply" aren't. They are a legal entity that receives a whole host of tax and legal preferences that individual people don't receive. Although I don't know if anyone has tried it yet, it is conceivable that someone could build an AI computer that could function as a corporate legal entity. That doesn't seem to provide a financial benefit to the person who set it up though, so it probably isn't worthwhile - until of course someone finds the right tax loophole to exploit.

"Trump's terrific tax changes go only reduce this inequity in part, not in whole"

Rump's tax plan only increases the inequity already present in our system, and that Republicans have been worsening since Ronnie Raygun was in office.

February 05, 2019 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Get a clue said...

Individual Americans that don't have enough money to risk in the stock market keep their savings in a bank account, CD, or similar investment, then pay their full income tax rate on it.

Richer people get lower capital gains tax rates on their stock investments if they keep them for a year.

In effect, poor people are subsidizing rich people's gambling in the stock market. And in 2008, the poor tax payer got to pay off the rich folk's losses in the credit default swap, and collateralized debt obligation markets.

Republicans keep thinking of new ways to get poor taxpayers to subsidize the rich. That works fine for a while, but eventually the poor people start catching on. And when they get hungry enough, they start eating the rich.

I'm just waiting for Rump, Romney, or some other clueless rich republican to say "Let them eat cake!"

It is really no surprise that we see the far left leaning more and more toward the "socialist" end of the spectrum. Republicans have gutted the thriving middle class of this country in order to coddle the rich. We are becoming the capitalist dystopia Marxist always claim is inevitable with capitalism - a small rich elite hoarding the fruits of most of the productivity while the vast majority of people toil away at minimal pay.

The last time that happened in our country it was the 1930's, and a lot of people thought communism looked like a good idea then too. How could you blame them? Crony capitalism had ground them into the dirt. Fortunately, FDR pulled us back from the brink of that. Unfortunately, in their mindless quest to squeeze every drop of profit out of workers and away from our government, Republicans are shoving us right back toward it.

When capitalism is working the way it should, no one wants to be a communist. But with the accelerating wealth shift from the worker class to the owner class, there are a lot of frustrated people at the bottom that are going to reconsider that. Their nihilistic votes for Rump are proof that they're ready to blow up our system now, and don't care about the consequences.

February 05, 2019 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Report Finds That a Third of the Himalayan Ice Cap Is Doomed said...

At least a third of the huge ice fields in Asia’s towering mountain chain are doomed to melt due to climate change, according to a landmark report, with serious consequences for almost 2 billion people.

Even if carbon emissions are dramatically and rapidly cut and succeed in limiting global warming to 1.5C, 36 percent of the glaciers along in the Hindu Kush and Himalaya range will have gone by 2100. If emissions are not cut, the loss soars to two-thirds, the report found.

The glaciers are a critical water store for the 250 million people who live in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region, and 1.65 billion people rely on the great rivers that flow from the peaks into India, Pakistan, China and other nations.

“This is the climate crisis you haven’t heard of,” said Philippus Wester of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (Icimod), who led the report. “In the best of possible worlds, if we get really ambitious [in tackling climate change], even then we will lose one-third of the glaciers and be in trouble. That for us was the shocking finding.”

Wester said that, despite being far more populous, the HKH region had received less attention than other places, such as low-lying island states and the Arctic, that are also highly vulnerable to global warming.

Prof. Jemma Wadham, at the University of Bristol, said: “This is a landmark piece of work focused on a region that is a hotspot for climate change impacts.”

The new report, requested by the eight nations the mountains span, is intended to change that. More than 200 scientists worked on the report over five years, with another 125 experts peer reviewing their work. Until recently the impact of climate change on the ice in the HKH region was uncertain, said Wester. “But we really do know enough now to take action, and action is urgently needed,” he added.

The HKH region runs from Afghanistan to Myanmar and is the planet’s “third pole”, harbouring more ice than anywhere outside Arctic and Antarctica. Limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels requires cutting emissions to zero by 2050. This is felt to be extremely optimistic by many but still sees a third of the ice lost, according to the report. If the global rise is 2C, half of the glaciers are projected to melt away by 2100.

Since the 1970s, about 15 percent of the ice in the HKH region has disappeared as temperatures have risen. But the HKH range is 3,500km long and the impact of warming is variable. Some glaciers in Afghanistan and Pakistan are stable and a few are even gaining ice, most probably due to increased cloud cover that shields the sun and changed winds that bring more snow. But even these will start melting with future warming, Wester said.

The melting glaciers will increase river flows through to 2050 to 2060, he said, pushing up the risk of high-altitude lakes bursting their banks and engulfing communities. But from the 2060s, river flows will go into decline. The Indus and central Asian rivers will be most affected. “Those areas will be hard hit,” said Wester.

Lower flows will cut the power from the hydrodams that generate much of the region’s electricity. But the most serious impact will be on farmers in the foothills and downstream. They rely on predictable water supplies to grow the crops that feed the nations in the mountains’ shadows.

But the changes to spring melting already appear to be causing the pre-monsoon river flow to fall just when farmers are planting their crops. Worse, said Wester, the monsoon is also becoming more erratic and prone to extreme downpours. “One-in-100 year floods are starting to happen every 50 years,” he said.

The new report highlights how vulnerable many mountain people are, with one-third living on less than $1.90 a day and far away from help if climate disaster strikes.

Political tensions between neighbouring nations such as India and Pakistan could add to the difficulties...

February 05, 2019 1:59 PM  
Anonymous "Very Stable Genius" shows he's illiterate again said...

President Donald Trump mispronounced Nepal and Bhutan as “Nipple” and “Button” in a White House meeting with intelligence officials — and noted incorrectly that they’re both part of India, Time magazine’s national security correspondent John Walcott told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Monday.

“Wait, seriously? That’s what he said?” asked a stunned Baldwin. “Seriously,” responded Walcott, who raised the stumble as one more example of what he termed Trump’s “ignorance.”

Trump’s “Nipple” and “Button” goof-ups were previously reported in Politico. Sources said the president also pointed to India on a map he was shown and said he was aware that both nations he was attempting to refer to were part of India.

In a public speech to African leaders in the United Nations in 2017, the president referred twice to the nation of Namibia as “Nambia.”

February 05, 2019 2:05 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

You are impressive Good Anonymous :) Great depth of knowledge and an excellent debater.

You can clearly see the Right Wing Authoritarian attitude in Wyatt/Regina - hates minorities and the poor, wants to punish them, eager to follow a dictator who they know lies prolifically because as long as he's telling them what they want to hear, lying is no problem.

Thanks for pointing out how warped Wyatt/Regina are when it comes to their sickening desire to heap rewards on the already privileged in society and punish poor people who they think "get what they deserve." You've detailed out all of the grossly unfair advantages the wealthy have in society and eager dictator followers like Wyatt/Regina want to make the wealth gap even greater. These people make up 25-40% of the population...scary.

If you really want to understand the insanity that is religious conservatives like Wyatt/Regina, please read this book on Right Wing Authoritarians:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxxylK6fR81rckQxWi1hVFFRUDg/view

I couldn't put this book down, it is the most fascinating thing I've ever read and it seemed like a very short book to me. Your mileage may vary :)

February 05, 2019 2:26 PM  
Anonymous we have a wonderful Supreme Court! said...

"Federal prosecutors issue sweeping subpoena for documents from Trump inaugural committee, a sign of a deepening criminal probe"

what crime could an inaugural committee commit?

"Federal prosecutors in New York on Monday delivered a sweeping request for documents related to donations and spending by President Trump’s inaugural committee, a sign of a deepening criminal investigation into activities related to the nonprofit organization."

of course, it's sweeping

it's a witch hunt, with no specific crime suspected

"when you're further right than Genghis Kahn, everyone that doesn't believe what you do looks that way. Well, that, and your predisposition to accuse anyone that doesn't believe crony capitalism is a bad idea is immediately lumped into the "communist, Marxist, capitalism destroying liberal category."

no, I think they're Marxist when they don't believe in private property

when you say that not taxing someone as much is giving them a gift, you reinforce Marx's thought:

property is theft

me: "any citizen engaged in income-producing activities can deduct the expenditures they make to further that effort"

stupid: "No, they can't. The vast majority of Americans can't deduct car fuel and maintenance expenses for your drive to work. Even though without that drive, they wouldn't even make it to work."

corporate officers can't deduct their commuting costs

they keep logs to distinguish between business and personal miles

commuting is considered personal

you're barking up the wrong tree

"Don't have to. Over the years, I've done nearly all of that myself; although on a couple of occasions, a relative did help with some painting."

fascinating

point remains: small businesses like painters and plumbers get the same deductions as corporations

"No they "simply" aren't. They are a legal entity that receives a whole host of tax and legal preferences that individual people don't receive"

if the individuals engage in entrepreneurship, they get the same preferences as corporations

February 05, 2019 11:21 PM  
Anonymous I'm so tickled with the composition of our land's highest court said...

Will blood-thirsty Dems oppose Trump's ban on late-term abortions? Will they dare?

President Trump during his State of the Union address Tuesday blasted Democrats for authorizing "a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb" and allowing doctors to "execute a baby after birth," urging Congress to pass a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

"To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb," Trump said.

The president's comments come after New York loosened restrictions on abortion and as Democrats are under fire for controversial comments regarding late-term abortion.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and state Del. Kathy Tran, both Democrats, last week said they supported a state bill that would allow abortion at the time of birth.

In his State of the Union address, Trump called the remarks "chilling."

"Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments before birth," Trump said. "These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he basically stated he would execute a baby after birth."

February 06, 2019 12:17 AM  
Anonymous Mushroom dick.....LOL said...

Nancy Pelosi's literal clap-back at Trump is the most iconic moment of the night

Right on, Nancy!

February 06, 2019 8:07 AM  
Anonymous a few facts said...

CBS Evening News instant poll: 76% of speech watchers said they approved of what they heard. 72% said they approved of the president's ideas for immigration

CNN instant poll: 76% Of Viewers Approved Of Trump State Of The Union

February 06, 2019 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Get a clue said...

"when you say that not taxing someone as much is giving them a gift, you reinforce Marx's thought:"

You missed the entire point of what I said. Not surprising, conservatives are well known for their problems with reading comprehension.

And then you had to gall to try and compare what I said to Marxism. Goebbels would be proud of you.

It's not Marxist to point out that private individuals, in their execution of their daily work should get the same tax preferences and deductions that corporations do.

Bezos got millions of dollars in tax breaks to move some of business to new cities. He got the taxpayers to help fund his business. Private citizens don't get the same incentives, even though their skills and work pay for the same city's taxes and moves more money in to pay for existing business like shops and restaurants.

Billionaire businessmen still millions of dollars in tax breaks to build a new stadium, claiming "it will create new jobs," even though several studies have shown that the new tax revenue on those jobs don't cover the tax breaks given to the billionaire - who didn't need the break to build the stadium to begin with.

When a private citizen builds a new home, he doesn't get a tax break, even though that house all but guarantees property tax revenue for years to come.

"corporate officers can't deduct their commuting costs

they keep logs to distinguish between business and personal miles

commuting is considered personal

you're barking up the wrong tree"

Anyone who has worked in or with small businesses has seen how easily something can be considered "for the business" even though it is used frequently for personal use - like a cell phone or a computer, or even a new TV. It is a privilege that is readily abused. The average American doesn't even have the opportunity for that kind of actuarial abuse.

Nor does the average American have the resources to send lobbyist to Washington to carve out special tax breaks for them like large corporations do. GE has made BILLIONS of dollars and yet carved out enough special protections to not pay ANY taxes on it in some years. Individuals go to jail when they don't pay taxes.

"point remains: small businesses like painters and plumbers get the same deductions as corporations"

My point still remains too. PEOPLE don't get the same deductions as BUSINESSES.

"if the individuals engage in entrepreneurship, they get the same preferences as corporations"

Sure, and IF you have a million dollars in stock gains, you can pay 15% tax on it. But if you worked for a corporation and got the same million dollars on a W2, you get two pay more than TWICE has much in income taxes. Essentially, you are getting taxed doubly so. Even though you had to show up and do actual WORK to get the W2, and just had to let money sit in the stock market for a year to get the lower tax rate.

The vast majority of Americans are stuck in a system that keeps them beholden to corporations and paying the higher tax rates.

Saying "start your own corporation" is easy, but in practice, the existing corporations will do everything they can to make sure you fail (often legally, but many times not) and don't take any of their market share.

And the fact is corporations don't want to deal with thousands of individual contractors (i.e. small businesses) to do their daily work. The overhead with all the contracts and accounting would severely cut into their profits.

It's unlikely the American economy would function if all the workers suddenly became small businesses. And you can be sure US tax revenues would plummet.

February 06, 2019 10:52 AM  
Anonymous House Intel panel votes to release Russia interview transcripts to Mueller said...

Lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday voted to release the transcripts from dozens of witness interviews from the panel’s Russia probe to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) told reporters that the committee vote was by voice and bipartisan to send roughly 50 transcripts to Mueller as he continues to probe Russian interference and potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), another member of the committee, said he believed the vote was unanimous.

Mueller will now have access to nonpublic transcripts of closed-door interviews with Donald Trump Jr., Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, Michael Cohen, Corey Lewandowski and others that were conducted when Republicans on the committee were running the Russia probe.

It will allow Mueller to compare what witnesses said about key events, such as the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump Jr., Kushner, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

The documents also catalogue interviews with several Obama administration officials, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. They also include transcripted interviews with a number of current and former Trump administration officials, including former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), before Democrats took hold of the committee gavels this year, pledged that this would be among the first actions his committee took when the panel was fully constituted.

*UNLIKE TRUMP'S PLEDGES ABOUT HIS FIRST ACTIONS*

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February 06, 2019 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Project Blitz said...

We are all at risk.

Project Blitz is a threat to all of us: women, LGBTQ people, public school students and families, religious minorities, the nonreligious and virtually everyone – including many Christians – who do not share this worldview.

In 2018, 76 Project Blitz bills were introduced in 26 states, with nine bills passing. AU expects even more bills will be introduced throughout the states in upcoming legislative sessions.

February 06, 2019 1:02 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Hee hee hee!

Good Anonymous is amazing!



Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said"point remains: small businesses like painters and plumbers get the same deductions as corporations"

That "point" is irrelevant. The point is that people who do not own small businesses, the vast majority of Americans, do not get the same perks businesses and corporations do.

For example, my husband, a mechanic had to pay for his training, he couldn't deduct it off his income tax. He has to buy his own tools, which a number of years ago totalled more than $60,000, none of which he could deduct from his income tax as an expense required to make a profit.

Once again, Wyatt/Regina, like the Right Wing Authoritarians they are, try to excuse special perks for the rich and punish the poor. Because they don't believe in equality, they are eager to find a group they consider "outsiders" and demean and punish them. In this case, the "outsiders" to Wyatt/Regina are regular Americans who don't own businesses and don't get the perks the rich do.

Right Wing Authoritarians like Wyatt/Regina are highly self-righteous despite having no moral standards themselves.

February 06, 2019 2:21 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Re: Project Blitz:

Its exactly like I said in these three threads:



http://vigilance.teachthefacts.org/2018/12/flynn-free-trump-continues-to-march-off.html#comments


http://vigilance.teachthefacts.org/2018/12/drowning-accomplished.html#comments


http://vigilance.teachthefacts.org/2019/01/moco-hunkers-down.html#comments

Evangelical christians are perverting The Founders Intent and using The First Amendment as a weapon to entrench in law their legal superiority to all the innocent minorities they seek to punish

Tweet it, and a link to the article Good Anonymous posted!

February 06, 2019 2:25 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

...and its no different for mechanics in the States - they can't deduct their tool purchases or training from their income tax either.

February 06, 2019 2:54 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The First Amendment does not grant evangelical christians superiority in the the law over the Americans who do not want to follow evangelical's anti-democratic religious beliefs!

February 06, 2019 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Mushroom dick.........LOL said...

...A reporter asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for comment about the subpoenas sent to the inaugural committee and she said that had nothing to do with the White House. Of course, she would also insist that all these investigations into every organization or institution that has Trump's name on it have nothing to do with Donald Trump as a person or as president. So it's fair to say she's in a bit of denial.

Trump had nothing didn't to say about all of this in his speech other than vague, impotently threats about how Congress can either have "peace and legislation" or "war and investigation." Democrats did not seem particularly frightened by it. But if Trump's not frightened, he should be. The feds are now swarming over every aspect of his life.

By all accounts, the Russia investigation is closing in. BuzzFeed published a new trove of documents pertaining to the Trump Moscow project recently, and they tell a very different story than the one we've heard from Trump over the last two years:

"The effort to get the tower built was long-running, detail-oriented, and directly entwined with the ups and downs of his campaign. As Trump went from rally to rally, vociferously denying any dealings in Russia, his representatives, Michael Cohen and his associate Felix Sater, worked with Trump Organization lawyers and even Ivanka Trump to push forward negotiations to build a 100-story edifice just miles from the Kremlin. The fixers believed they needed Putin’s support to pull off the lucrative deal, and they planned to use Trump’s public praise for him to help secure it. At the same time, they plotted to persuade Putin to openly declare his support for Trump’s candidacy. “If he says it we own this election,” Sater wrote to Cohen."

Journalist Marcy Wheeler reports that these documents show a timeline that has Cohen and Sater conferring within minutes of the infamous Trump Tower meeting, and then abruptly canceling a trip to meet Putin on the day the Washington Post first revealed that the Russian government was suspected of hacking the DNC. It's all suggestive of an even more tangled web than we knew.

We haven't yet seen evidence showing that the Russian government was directly conspiring with the Trump campaign to sabotage the election, beyond that Trump Tower meeting and Roger Stone's mysterious shenanigans. But this information is important because it shows that regardless of whether the Russians had anything on Trump before the 2016 campaign, they certainly did once he began to lie publicly about not having any business deals there. They clearly knew he was lying, which made him vulnerable to blackmail.

This is exactly the same situation that had the Department of Justice apoplectic about former national security adviser Michael Flynn. When Acting Attorney General Sally Yates raced to the White House on that day shortly after Trump's inauguration, it was because the DOJ knew that Flynn had lied about his conversations with the Russians. That made him a security risk because Russian agents could clearly hold that information over his head.

Whatever else was going on with Trump and Russia -- and there is more for sure -- that would have been more than enough to light everyone's hair on fire in the counterintelligence division of the Department of Justice. It should spark the same reaction in American households too.

Drip drip drip

February 06, 2019 5:30 PM  
Anonymous Museum highlights ‘Slave Bible’ that focuses on servitude, leaves out freedom said...

WASHINGTON (RNS) — On display on the ground floor of the Museum of the Bible there is a lone volume that stands out from the many versions shown in the building devoted to the holy book.

It’s a small set of Scriptures whose title page reads “Parts of the Holy Bible, selected for the use of the Negro Slaves, in the British West-India Islands.”

The so-called Slave Bible, on loan from Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., excludes 90 percent of the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, and 50 percent of the New. Its pages include “Servants be obedient to them that are your masters,” from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, but missing is the portion of his letter to the Galatians that reads, “There is neither bond nor free … for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Since opening more than a year ago, the museum has featured this 15-inch-by-11-inch-by-4-inch volume in an area that chronicles Bible-based arguments for and against slavery dating back to the beginnings of the abolition movement.

But in anticipation of next year’s 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves in the New World, in Jamestown, Va., the Slave Bible will be on special view until April in an exhibition developed with scholars from Fisk and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“We feel it’s an opportunity to contribute to important discussion today about the Bible’s role in relationship to human enslavement and we know that that connects to contemporary issues like racism as well as human bondage,” Seth Pollinger, director of museum curatorial, told Religion News Service.

“We’ve had such visitor interest in this book, probably wider interest in this single artifact than any other artifact in the museum.”

The rare artifact is just one of three known across the world. The other two are housed at universities in Great Britain.

Fisk’s scholars believe its version may have been brought back from England in the late 19th century by the school’s famed Jubilee Singers, who sang spirituals to Queen Victoria during their European tour.

The exhibition draws on the dichotomy of coercion and conversion, keeping slaves in their place while also attempting to tend to their souls. On two walls portions of the Bible that were excluded from the slaves’ text are juxtaposed with verses determined to be appropriate for them.

“Prepare a short form of public prayers for them … together with select portions of Scripture … particularly those which relate to the duties of slaves towards their masters,” said Anglican Bishop of London Beilby Porteus, founder of the Society for the Conversion of Negro Slaves, in 1808.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4NKtBy9KTU

Anthony Schmidt, curator of Bible and religion in America for the Museum of the Bible, said that quote “kind of shatters our ideas of these abolitionists being so progressive. Porteus held to very racist views even as he fought for the freedom of enslaved Africans in these colonies.”

A London publishing house first published the Slave Bible in 1807 on behalf of Porteus’ society.

Absent from that Bible were all of the Psalms, which express hopes for God’s delivery from oppression, and the entire Book of Revelation.

“That’s where you really have the story of the overcomer, and where God makes all things right and retribution,” Pollinger said of the final book found in traditional versions of the Christian Bible.

The Slave Bible’s Book of Exodus excludes the story of the rescue of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, the liberation that gives the biblical book its title.

“It’s conspicuous that they have Chapter 19 and 20 in there, which is where you got God’s appearance at Mount Sinai and he gives his law,” said Pollinger. “The Ten Commandments would be Exodus 20 but missing is all of the exodus from Egypt.”

Scholars acknowledge that the little-known Bible can be a shocking discovery for students and museum visitors alike...

Digital Slave Bible at https://archive.org/details/selectpartsholy00unkngoog/page/n5

February 06, 2019 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Things are going real well in ol' Virginny

The gubner said he might have worn a KKK robe but then decided, no

Then he also said he wasn't in black face in his YB but he had done black face at other times

Then, there's the lt gubner, accused of sexual assault

He was getting benefit of doubt until was heard telling dinner companions last night "f*** that bitch"

Oh, and the Dem AG also said he did black face in college

They're all Dems......

February 06, 2019 6:43 PM  
Anonymous I reeeeeeeeally like the Supreme Court we have !! said...

"You missed the entire point of what I said. Not surprising, conservatives are well known for their problems with reading comprehension.

And then you had to gall to try and compare what I said to Marxism."

the only thing I called Marxism is when you try to assert that not taxing someone is a gift from the government

it's just less stealing

"It's not Marxist to point out that private individuals, in their execution of their daily work should get the same tax preferences and deductions that corporations do."

not necessarily

but it's a generalization that is not very precise

another word for it would be demagoguery

"Bezos got millions of dollars in tax breaks to move some of business to new cities. He got the taxpayers to help fund his business. Private citizens don't get the same incentives, even though their skills and work pay for the same city's taxes and moves more money in to pay for existing business like shops and restaurants.

Billionaire businessmen still millions of dollars in tax breaks to build a new stadium, claiming "it will create new jobs," even though several studies have shown that the new tax revenue on those jobs don't cover the tax breaks given to the billionaire - who didn't need the break to build the stadium to begin with."

well, I agree with you about the stadiums but most believe Bezos will create jobs

but this is all irrelevant to tax fairness

anyone that the government thinks would create jobs and local tax revenue would get the same break

that they sometimes, or even usually, get it wrong doesn't make it unfair

"When a private citizen builds a new home, he doesn't get a tax break, even though that house all but guarantees property tax revenue for years to come."

actually, there are a number of tax breaks for homeowners

"Anyone who has worked in or with small businesses has seen how easily something can be considered "for the business" even though it is used frequently for personal use"

so now you've shifted from "the tax code is unfair" to "small business owners cheat on their taxes"

the IRS is actually pretty aggressive in combating this type of cheating

it's the first thing they look for

"like a cell phone or a computer, or even a new TV. It is a privilege that is readily abused. The average American doesn't even have the opportunity for that kind of actuarial abuse."

"actuarial abuse"?

you may be confused over definitions

you are also making more generalizations

if a employee needs a laptop for business, they are generally provided one, and they often can use it for personal activities as well

same goes for people who use there cars for work

these are deducted by the business that provide them to their employees

"My point still remains too. PEOPLE don't get the same deductions as BUSINESSES."

when they engage in business, they do

there is no justification for taxing people who own corporations twice

Trump's tax changes partially fix this but they don't go far enough

February 07, 2019 12:09 AM  
Anonymous fortunately, Obama and Garland were stopped so we have a terrific Supreme Court now!!! said...

"It will allow Mueller to compare what witnesses said about key events, such as the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump Jr., Kushner, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya."

oh good

Mueller can waste more time trying to find tiny inconsistencies and charging people with perjury

the only "crimes: he can find our ones that wouldn't exist if his investigation didn't exist

why are we paying this guy to create crime?

"Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)"

a wacko

should be referred to mental health authorities

he might be a danger to himself

"Drip drip drip"

funny how those drips keep sliding down the drain

at this point, it's become a joke

"Project Blitz is a threat to all of us: women, LGBTQ people, public school students and families, religious minorities, the nonreligious and virtually everyone – including many Christians – who do not share this worldview."

oh my

has the deep state been alerted?

bills will be introduced throughout the states in upcoming legislative sessions!!!!!!!!!!!!!

someone needs to protect legislators from having to consider bills!!!!!!!

"Drip drip drip"

funny how those drips keep sliding down the drain

at this point, it's become a joke

"WASHINGTON (RNS) — On display on the ground floor of the Museum of the Bible there is a lone volume that stands out from the many versions shown in the building devoted to the holy book."

a lot of interesting stuff in that museum

everyone should get down there

February 07, 2019 12:11 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "there is no justification for taxing people who own corporations twice".

No one is "taxed twice". The reality is that Republicans have rigged the game for corporations so that most pay little, if any tax on profits after all the loopholes and Republican government subsidies kick in for fossil fuel companies and the like.

As well, the vast majority of corporate shareholders are exempt from or pay very little in income tax.

The wealthy have bought the Republican party and rigged the system in their favour. The wealthy owe it to the society that made them rich to pay at least as much in taxes as the average middle class American does. Right now your average joe pays a far higher rate of income tax than any corporate shareholders do.

The rich need to start paying their fair share. 60% of Americans support a marginal tax rate of 70% on income beyond 10 million. This rate of taxation means no more to rich people than dropping a nickle does to you or I.

February 07, 2019 2:14 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Good anonymous said "My point still remains too. PEOPLE don't get the same deductions as BUSINESSES."

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "when they engage in business, they do".

Utterly irrelevant. Society needs to treat all its citizens equally rather than provide undeserved privilege to the wealthy few who own businesses.

My husband should be able to deduct the thousands he spends on work tools every year from his income tax if business owners can.

There is no justification for giving this tax break to businesses but not individuals.

February 07, 2019 2:19 AM  
Anonymous someone has made the Supreme Court great again said...

Randy/Ward/stupid commenter

you left the blog with a whimper a couple of weeks ago

now, like an addict, you are slowing trying to ingratiate yourself, flattering TTFers by repeating their comments, jumping into others' discussions

you do this so if someone makes a response, it will look like they are responding to you

it won't work

no one will make any response to any of your comments until you begin to show the same respect to others they show to you

give it a try

then, you can be a participant in the conversation, and feel less psycho

February 07, 2019 7:20 AM  
Anonymous black history month off to a rough start in Virginia said...

what goes around comes around

in Virginia, the white governor admitted to either wearing black face or a KKK robe

then, changed his mind and said it was definitely black face

should he resign, his Lt Governor is a black guy who has now credibly been accused of sexual assault

unlike Kavanaugh, Fairfax admits to having sex with the accuser but claims it was consensual

according to metoo doctrine, he must be guilty

so, if he resigns, the white attorney general, a Democrat, is governor

oops, he yesterday admitted he wore black face in college

if all three above, the Republican head of the Virginia legislature becomes governor

you recall that he is head of the Virginia legislature because of one race that was tied and decided by drawing names from a hat

after years of accusing every opponent of either racism or sexual assault, it will so interesting to see if Dems in Virginia permit this

February 07, 2019 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Kavanaugh......LOL said...

Look in the mirror!

February 07, 2019 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm...Merrick Garland or Brett Kavanaugh....

Guess which will have an impact got decades to come?

Kavanaugh...LOL

February 07, 2019 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Mushroom dick loving/self-loathing tЯoll.....LOL said...

you left the blog with a whimper a couple of weeks ago

now, like an addict, you are slowing trying to ingratiate yourself, flattering TTFers by repeating their comments, jumping into others' discussions


She's not the only one!

I'm on hiatus now but I thought I'd take a second to pop in and say hi.

Hi!


Priya Lynn's stellar comments are welcome here. Yours are not.

Once again crawl back under your rock.

You are not welcome here.

February 07, 2019 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Republicans showing they're poor losers. Again. said...

Wearing blackface, while entirely NOT politically correct, has never been a crime.

Unlike, say, grabbing pussies, or not registering as a foreign agent, or filing false tax returns.

"Mueller can waste more time trying to find tiny inconsistencies and charging people with perjury

the only "crimes: he can find our ones that wouldn't exist if his investigation didn't exist"

It's good to see your ignorance of basic facts hasn't wavered over the years:

Gates was the first to strike a plea deal. In February, Mueller dropped most of the charges he had brought against him. In exchange, Gates pleaded guilty to two counts — one conspiracy to defraud the United States charge encompassing the overall Ukrainian lobbying and money allegations, and a false statements charge.

Manafort, meanwhile, fought the charges in two venues, Washington, DC, and Virginia. His first trial was in Virginia, and in August, it ended with his conviction on eight counts — five counts of subscribing to false income tax returns, one count of failing to report his foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud. The jury deadlocked on another 10 counts, so for those, the judge declared a mistrial.

Conspiracy to defraud the US, false income tax returns, and not reporting foreign bank accounts are all still crimes that would have been there even if Mueller hadn't investigated.

None of your pathological lying can change those facts.


February 07, 2019 10:58 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Thanks Good Anonymous :)

February 07, 2019 12:51 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

And look at Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous, taking the initiative to assume a role they have no claim to and pretending they get to say who can and who cannot comment on what. Typical Right Wing Authoritarians

February 07, 2019 12:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "you left the blog with a whimper a couple of weeks ago"

What I said a few weeks ago was "We ain't friends yet" and "I'm farrr from done with you". I seem to recall, it was you two who slithered away in shame, unable and unwilling to answer these honest, simple questions:

"What is your highest priority goal for society?"

"How would me leaving my husband, as you so admantly have insisted over the decades is best for me, make my life better?"

Good people don't go around saying gayness is a sin/wrongdoing. Good people aren't afraid to reveal their goals for society.

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "no one will make any response to any of your comments until you begin to show the same respect to others they show to you".

Lol, its just like Robert Altemeyer said in his book on Right Wing Authoritarians, if you corner them and confront them with the logical contradictions between their compartmentalized thoughts, show them how unreasonable and illogical they've been, they will rarely change their flawed beliefs, they will instead run away from the debate. That's what you saw with Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous over the past four threads - they could sense their arguments and positions were losers in terms of logic and fairness, so they just stopped responding to my arguments and now with their worldview threatened they want to order me to stop bringing up the issues they've argued so poorly on - they consider me a threat because I believe in fairness.

I mean, really, no one has been more disrespectful to anyone else than Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous. Taking delight in calling for assaults on innocent LGBT schoolchildren. By their own admission, winding up a woman with a history of mental illness for two decades for their own sadistic pleasure. Absurdly claiming the super wealthy are somehow society's victims and deserve even more treasure and rewards heaped on them. You assholes have earned my disrespect. I've treated you far better than you deserve to be. I am still committed to a society that maximizes your happiness, as well as my own. You just need to learn how to find happiness in something other than abusing harmless LGBT people who have a right to the same societal treatment you get.

You two have the gall to imply you've been "respectful" when you've dedicated your lives to entrenching in law your unjust legal superiority over innocent groups you enjoy punishing for no reason. Go eff yourselves.

February 07, 2019 1:14 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt and Regina's worldview deserves no respect, it should be drilled out of every school child in the world if we are to have any hope of addressing the existential threats that humanity and life is facing.

February 07, 2019 1:16 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina differ from an Islamic suicide bomber only in degree, not in kind.

February 07, 2019 1:17 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

One shouldn't have to be a gd business owner or wealthy to get a fair deal in society. JFC.

February 07, 2019 1:32 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

There's nothing Wyatt and Regina hate more than a woman who doesn't know her place, lol :)

February 07, 2019 1:34 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

If Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous ever do come to respect me, it means I've gone over to the dark side so just shoot me.

February 07, 2019 1:42 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

This book is so fascinating, I'm going to read it for a second time now. :)

Who Are the Authoritarian Followers?

Because this book is called The Authoritarians, you may have thought it dealt with autocrats and despots, the kind of people who would rule their country, or department, or football team like a dictator. That is one meaning of the word, and yes, we shall talk about such people eventually in this book. But we shall begin with a second kind of authoritarian: someone who, because of his personality, submits by leaps and bows to his authorities. It may seem strange, but this is the authoritarian personality that psychology has studied the most.

We shall probably always have individuals lurking among us who yearn to play tyrant. Some of them will be dumber than two bags of broken hammers, and some will be very bright. Many will start so far down in society that they have little chance of amassing power; others will have easy access to money and influence all their lives. On the national scene some will be frustrated by prosperity, internal tranquility, and international peace--all of which significantly dim the prospects for a demagogue -in-waiting. Others will benefit from historical crises that automatically drop increased power into a leader’s lap. But ultimately, in a democracy, a wannabe tyrant is just a comical figure on a soapbox unless a huge wave of supporters lifts him to high office. That’s how Adolf Hitler destroyed the Wiemar Republic and became the Fuhrer. So we need to understand the people out there doing the wave. Ultimately the problem lay in the followers.

Right-Wing and Left-Wing Authoritarian Followers Authoritarian followers usually support the established authorities in their society, such as government officials and traditional religious leaders. Such people have historically been the “proper” authorities in life, the time-honored, entitled, customary leaders, and that means a lot to most authoritarians. Psychologically these followers have personalities featuring: 1) a high degree of submission to the established, legitimate authorities in their society (regardless of how crooked they may be) ; 2) high levels of aggression in the name of their authorities ("I reeeeeally love our supreme court!"); and 3) a high level of conventionalism. Because the submission occurs to traditional authority, I call these followers rightwing authoritarians. I’m using the word “right” in one of its earliest meanings, for in Old English “riht”(pronounced “writ”) as an adjective meant lawful, proper, correct, doing what the authorities said. (And when someone did the lawful thing back then, maybe the authorities said, with a John Wayne drawl, “You got that riht, pilgrim!”)

February 07, 2019 2:08 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

In North America people who submit to the established authorities to extraordinary degrees often turn out to be political conservatives, so you can call them “right-wingers” both in my new-fangled psychological sense and in the usual political sense as well. But someone who lived in a country long ruled by Communists and who ardently supported the Communist Party would also be one of my psychological right-wing authoritarians even though we would also say he was a political left-winger. So a right-wing authoritarian follower doesn’t necessarily have conservative political views. Instead he’s someone who readily submits to the established authorities in society, attacks others in their name, and is highly conventional. It’s an aspect of his personality, not a description of his politics. Rightwing authoritarianism is a personality trait, like being characteristically bashfful or happy or grumpy or dopey....

Is the RWA Scale Valid?

According to the High Laws of Science (you do not have to genuflect here), ideas must be repeatedly tested to see if they fail. So the next (and extremely important) question is, does the RWA scale really measure what it says it measures? Are the test scores valid? If they are, we should find that high scorers submit to established authority more than most people do, aggress more in the name of such authority, and are much more conventional. What’s the evidence?...

But IF the RWA scale truly measures the tendency to be an authoritarian follower, those who score highly on it should tend to do these things, right? So do they?

Well, they will tell you that people should submit to authority in virtually all circumstances. If you give them moral dilemmas (e.g. should one steal an absurdly expensive drug to save a life?) they’re more likely to say, “The law is the law and must be obeyed” than most people are. High RWAs also say they would bow more to show respect for their fathers, the president of companies where they worked, and so on, than most people indicate. (An astronomer suggested I ask about the bowing, which I thought was silly, but he was right. “Social scientists are such blockheads!”)

February 07, 2019 2:08 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

High RWAs trusted President Nixon longer and stronger than most people did during the Watergate crisis.11 Some of them still believed Nixon was innocent of criminal acts even after he accepted a pardon for them.12 (Similarly the Allies found many Germans in 1945 refused to believe that Hitler, one of the most evil men in history, had ordered the murder of millions of Jews and others. “He was busy running the war,” Hitler’s apologists said. “The concentration camps were built and run by subordinates without his knowing it.”) To pick a more current example, authoritarian followers believed, more than most people did, President George W. Bush’s false claims that Saddam Hussein had extensive links to al-Qaida, and that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. And they supported the invasion of Iraq, whereas less authoritarian Americans tended to doubt the wisdom of that war from the start.13

Caution No. 1. On the other hand, right-wing authoritarians did not support President Clinton during his impeachment and trial over the Monica Lewinsky scandal. So as I said, the support is not automatic and reflexive, but can be trumped by other concerns. In Clinton’s case his administration not only had advocated for groups anathema to authoritarians, such as homosexuals and feminists, his sexual misdeeds in the White House deeply offended many high RWAs.

February 07, 2019 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" his sexual misdeeds in the White House deeply offended many high RWAs."

But they're perfectly fine with Trump's sexual misdeeds. Double standards are prominent in the personalities of Right Wing Authoritarians.

February 07, 2019 2:12 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

These are common attitudes of Right Wing Authoritarians like Wyatt/Regina for whom fairness and equality are the enemy:

___ 1. The established authorities generally turn out to be right about things, while the radicals and protestors are usually just “loud mouths” showing off their ignorance.
___ 2. Women should have to promise to obey their husbands when they get married.
___ 3. Our country desperately needs a mighty leader who will do what has to be done to destroy the radical new ways and sinfulness that are ruining us.
___ 5. It is always better to trust the judgment of the proper authorities in government and religion than to listen to the noisy rabble-rousers in our society who are trying to create doubt in people’s minds
___ 7. The only way our country can get through the crisis ahead is to get back to our traditional values, put some tough leaders in power, and silence the troublemakers spreading bad ideas.
___ 10. Our country will be destroyed someday if we do not smash the perversions eating away at our moral fiber and traditional beliefs.
___ 12. The “old-fashioned ways” and the “old-fashioned values” still show the best way to live.
___ 14. What our country really needs is a strong, determined leader who will crush evil, and take us back to our true path.
___ 16. God’s laws about abortion, pornography and marriage must be strictly followed before it is too late, and those who break them must be strongly punished.
___ 17. There are many radical, immoral people in our country today, who are trying to ruin it for their own godless purposes, whom the authorities should put out of action.
___ 19. Our country will be great if we honor the ways of our forefathers, do what the authorities tell us to do, and get rid of the “rotten apples” who are ruining everything.
___ 22. This country would work a lot better if certain groups of troublemakers would just shut up and accept their group’s traditional place in society.

February 07, 2019 2:28 PM  
Anonymous the new great Supreme Court is just beginning said...

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February 07, 2019 2:54 PM  
Anonymous She who won the popular vote said...

"You know the tidal wave of women and young people running for office is helping to build an America that’s not only kinder, fairer, bigger hearted, but safer, stronger and more secure. And as Speaker Nancy Pelosi — doesn’t sound that great — has proved yet again, it often takes a woman to get the job done. I am energized and encouraged by the diverse group of women everywhere who are speaking out — speaking out against inequality, and bigotry, and racism and homophobia and organizing to create change in their communities and our country — refusing to give in to cynicism or fear. This is a pivotal moment and all together, I believe, there is nothing we can’t do."

February 07, 2019 3:02 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Hear Hear! Good Anonymous!

February 07, 2019 3:14 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.".

Oh, oh! Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous are getting "dispassionate" again!

Lol, they're furious at me for exposing the contradictions and unjust animus in their postings here.

They don't want to attempt to rebut any of what I've said, because when you're wrong, you can't. So, instead they impotently post insults and demand respect they have yet to earn.

February 07, 2019 3:16 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"Over the years I have found that authoritarian followers blissfully tolerated many illegal and unjust government actions that occurred in the United States and Canada, such as:
- a police burglary of a newspaper office to get confidential information.
- drug raids carried out without search warrants because judges wouldn’t give them.
- denial of right to assemble to peacefully protest government actions.
- “dirty tricks” played by a governing party on the opposition during an election.
- immigration office discrimination against radical speakers.
- placing agents provocateurs in organizations to create dissension and bad press relations (Wyatt/Regina Hardiman are Northdallas30).
- burning down the meeting place of a radical organization.
- unauthorized mail openings.
Authoritarian followers seem to have a “Daddy and mommy know best” attitude toward the government (Priya - many other psychologists refer to this as the "Stern Father" view of society). They do not see laws as social standards that apply to all. Instead, they appear to think that authorities are above the law, and can decide which laws apply to them and which do not--just as parents can when one is young. But in a democracy no one is supposed to be above the law. Still, authoritarians quite easily put that aside. They also believe that only criminals and terrorists would object to having their phones tapped, their mail opened, and their lives put under surveillance. They have bought their tickets and are standing in line waiting for 1984, The Real Thing. There might as well not be a Fourth Amendment to the American Constitution. "

February 07, 2019 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rather than using the First Amendment as it was intended, to protect their right to believe and worship as they choose, American evangelicals have used it as a weapon to place themselves in a position of superiority above all other Americans.

And they do this so they can maximize how much control they have over how other people innocently live despite being the minority voice in American democracy.

February 07, 2019 3:19 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Right Wing Authoritarian attitudes (which in this research means submission to traditional authorities, the attitudes epitomized by the two decades of Wyatt/Regina's unfair, self-righteous, "punish-all-the-people-we-don't-like" postings here at Teach The Facts...were fine for when people were living in caves, but they are counterproductive attitudes in our modern society...if we agree society's goal should be fairness and making everyone's lives better.

I'll post more about this later...

February 07, 2019 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Love Will Save The Day"

[Woman's voice:] It really is a revolution.

The pornography made me do it
So those drugs that got us high
Was the thoughts of revolution
They've been poisoning my mind
So I'm walking down to the water
You keep coming up for air
All those people, they don't give a damn
They just stood around and stare
And I say,

Love will save the day [x4]

Come on sell me more of your religion
'cause it's sure to make a change
Last night god was on the TV screen
Taking dollars for their pain
Come on talk about that evolution
It's been poisoning my mind
I've been looking for a saviour
I've been waiting for a sign
And I said,

Love will save the day [x4]

I am walking
I am breathing
I can't hold you
I can't set you free
[x2]

[Woman's voice:] We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. We are really talking about Humanism.

Love will save the day
If love will save the day [x2]
If love will save today

Maybe tomorrow [x10]

February 07, 2019 5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for telling us how many times to repeat the phrases. Makes it so much more special!

February 07, 2019 5:43 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Gee, Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous sneering at love - now who would have seen that coming?

For Right Wing Authoritarians like Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous, they only understand "loving" others in terms of controlling others.

February 07, 2019 6:32 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

I can't figure out why Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous doesn't love Ward and I - we're the perfect traditional conservative couple!


I stay home and clean and look after the children, he earns the money. He gives me a $20 a month allowance for whatever, and buys me whatever he thinks I need. He makes all the financial and purchase decisions as well.

We should be an evangelical christian's wet dream!

February 07, 2019 10:23 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...


BREAKING: Jeff Bezos is my hero. :)

February 07, 2019 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Study Shows Children Raised By Same-Sex Couples Do Better In School

New research shows children raised by same-sex couples do better in school than children raised by opposite-sex couples.

The Washington Post reports:

Children of same-sex couples perform better in school than kids raised by a mom and a dad, according to new research from several European economists.

The researchers found that children raised by same-sex couples had higher test scores in elementary and secondary school and were about 7 percent more likely to graduate from high school than children raised by different-sex couples.

Further, we also find that children from same-sex couples continue to outperform children from opposite-sex couples in secondary education. Our results suggest that children from same-sex couples are 6.7 percent more likely to graduate than children from opposite-sex couples.

The study was conducted by economists Deni Mazrekaj, Kristof de Witte, and Sofie Cabus of Belgian university KU Leuven, and “used government data tracking all children born in the Netherlands since 1995.”

The original research was presented at the American Economic Association conference in Atlanta in January.

The fact that children raised by same-sex parents are academically successful should come as no surprise. Given the social stigma and obstacles often faced by same-sex couples desiring to be parents, it only stands to reason that same-sex couples who must plan for and want children are often better equipped to be parents than heterosexual parents who often produce children via unplanned pregnancy.

Indeed, it seems the take away from this study is that children are likely to be more successful if they are planned for and wanted. Full stop.

Bottom line: Contradicting years of anti-gay Christian propaganda, new research shows children raised by same-sex couples do better in school than children raised by more traditional opposite-sex couples.

February 07, 2019 11:37 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The world needs fewer people having babies and more people raising babies.

Look at my family - I'm the last of nine in a "good catholic" family and look how messed up I am.

February 08, 2019 1:15 AM  
Anonymous making the Supreme Court great again!! said...

"the new great Supreme Court is just beginning"

you can say that again

"This comment has been removed by a blog administrator"

sad, now the blog will once again be filled with narcissistic rambling

"She who won the popular vote"

it's the myth of Hillary

she didn't win anything

our Presidents are elected by fifty popular votes

she lost most of them

if she really was popular, Dems would be clammering for a rematch

the last few months, Hillary has been strongly signalling she would run again

but after the negative feedback and a dismal book tour where she thought she could fill arenas and no one came to see her, Hillary this week left the field with a whimper

typical Dem progressive nutcase

"You know the tidal wave of women"

let's make that YOUNG women, Hillary

"and young people running for office"

you mean like the leading Dem candidates for President?

Biden, Warren & Sanders?

hahahahahaha!!!

Pocahantas, btw, who pretended to be a minority for decades

this week, a handwritten registration for the Texas bar emerged where she wrote down that she was "American Indian"

her candidacy is going in the dustbin with the stellar trio of Dems that run Virginia

"is helping to build an America that’s not only kinder, fairer, bigger hearted, but safer, stronger and more secure"

I don't think putting the nation's top secret information on your personal server for the Russians to browse through will make us "safer, stronger and more secure"

you can stop kissing up now, Hillary

no one will vote for you

"And as Speaker Nancy Pelosi — doesn’t sound that great"

it sounds like ten years ago

oh, great

the beginning of Obama's era of suffering when chronic minority unemployment was through the roof and the manufacturing base was deteriorating and China was stealing our technology unresisted and North Korea developed ICBMs that can obliterated much of the US west of the Mississippi

aren't you thirsty for more?

"has proved yet again, it often takes a woman to get the job done"

you mean like when Pelosi refused to allocate a small sum to border security and caused the longest government shutdown in history?

yeah, way to get it done

"I am energized and encouraged"

that's good because the grandkids are going to need someone to bake a lot of cookies

"by the diverse group of women everywhere who are speaking out — speaking out against inequality, and bigotry, and racism and homophobia and organizing to create change in their communities and our country — refusing to give in to cynicism or fear. This is a pivotal moment and all together, I believe, there is nothing we can’t do."

unfortunately, for the Dem Party, a big chunk of this diverse group think they can do socialism in America and are sinking their party's chances in 2020

February 08, 2019 5:32 AM  
Anonymous Trumplandia is DEPLORABLE said...

you mean like when Pelosi refused to allocate a small sum to border security and caused the longest government shutdown in history?

Let's go to the videotape and see TTF's tЯoll is lying in lockstep and calling tЯump a liar!

tЯump not only shut the US government down but he expressed pride in doing so.

In Fight With 'Chuck And Nancy,' Trump Says He'd Be 'Proud' To Shut Down Government

SAD!

February 08, 2019 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Deplorably sad! said...

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February 08, 2019 8:16 AM  
Anonymous we can thank our lucky stars that the Supreme Court is who they are said...

"tЯump not only shut the US government down but he expressed pride in doing so.

In Fight With 'Chuck And Nancy,' Trump Says He'd Be 'Proud' To Shut Down Government"

mere rhetoric

fancy pants Nancy could have opened the government at any time by simply agreeing to spend a paltry amount to build a partial wall that she and other Dems have approved building other parts of before

indeed, Trump offered her significant concessions which would have advanced the Dems' agenda

instead of striking a favorable deal for her constituents, she played the stubborn woman and got nothing except media adulation

is that what Hillary means by "getting the job done"?

and I guess the stupid TTFer thinks Pelosi's inability to make a deal is OK because Trump said he'd take the blame

voters will judge the results in 2020 but, so far, Pelosi can't seem to get the job done

February 08, 2019 8:28 AM  
Anonymous Love those Supremes! said...

Supreme Court on 5-to-4 vote blocks restrictive Louisiana abortion law

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined with the Supreme Court’s liberals Thursday night to block a Louisiana law that opponents say would close most of the state’s abortion clinics and leave it with only one doctor eligible to perform the procedure.

The justices may yet consider whether the 2014 law — requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals — unduly burdens women’s access to abortion. The Louisiana law has never been enforced, and the Supreme Court in 2016 found a nearly identical Texas law to be unconstitutional.

“The Supreme Court has stepped in under the wire to protect the rights of Louisiana women,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represented the law’s challengers.

“The three clinics left in Louisiana can stay open while we ask the Supreme Court to hear our case. This should be an easy case — all that’s needed is a straightforward application of the court’s own precedent.”

The court’s four most conservative members would have allowed the law to take effect...

February 08, 2019 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Love this mom who loves her kids unconditionally! said...

‘It’s a Boy’: A mom staged transgender reveal photos for her 20-year-old son

Adrian Brown is wrapped in a white blanket with an over-sized teddy bear by his side, grinning from ear to ear. “It’s a Boy,” the text reads over a photo, shot in a gallery filled with blue balloons, glitter and confetti. It’s Brown’s birthday, and Heather Lundberg Green, his mother, can’t help but cuddle her child tightly. For every birthday and milestone, Green said she has celebrated the occasion with photos to capture the joy of her Louisville family.

But these photos last month encapsulated a different kind of glee. Brown is not a newborn, but rather a 20-year-old. The baby bump protruding from his mother’s stomach was not authentic.

What was real, however, was that Brown had come out to his family as a transgender man months earlier. To honor him on his 20th birthday, Green set up the family’s own version of a gender reveal photo shoot, which has been saluted by tens of thousands on social media this week.

“When your child comes out as trans, the best thing to do is create a photoshoot to celebrate the fact that he silently and bravely stepped out of the race that he never wanted to be in, found his own lane and proceeded to win,” Green wrote in a Facebook post on Jan. 29. “You are without a doubt the most fascinating human I know and I will always be your biggest fan! I love you, I honor who you are and I respect your courage to be unapologetically you!! Lets celebrate!!”...

After he came out to his brother, Brown found his mother in the living room of their Louisville home. When he shared the news with his mother, Green offered her full support and unconditional love, even if it was initially unclear what she could do to help.

“When he told me he was transitioning, I was determined to support him though his journey, but I had no idea how,” Green wrote in a recent post for Love What Matters. “I have always had many friends in the LGBTQ community and still I wasn’t sure what steps I should take as his mother, or even what an appropriate response was outside of ‘I still love you.’”

Then she thought of the photo shoot. Green told WAVE that she never had a gender reveal for either of her children, and thought it would be a unique way to show support for her firstborn. Though Brown was open to the idea of coming out in such a public way on social media, he did think his mother’s vision was a bit, well, corny.

“My kids are used to me coming up with these harebrained schemes all the time,” Green told WAVE. “He was like, ‘You’re crazy, but yes,’ of course, which was a fair reaction.”

People reported that there was also a lingering question about the gender reveal theme: “Isn’t it a little late?”

“At first when my mom said she wanted to swaddle me in a blanket, I thought she was nuts," Brown said to USA Today. "But then when we got going, we had so much fun and laughed our way through all of my mom’s strange ideas.”

February 08, 2019 9:57 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

American evangelicals, after the marriage equality decision, are doing to gays what southerners did to blacks after the end of the civil war - jim crow laws/lgbt crow laws.

American evangelicals are perverting The Founders intent and using The First Amendment as a weapon against harmless lgbt people in order to entrench in law their legal superiority to those who don't live as evangelicals want them to.

Tweet it!

February 08, 2019 10:03 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

In the fall of 2005 I found myself engaged, most unexpectedly, in a heavy exchange of emails with the man who had blown the whistle on Watergate, John Dean. He was writing a book about conservatives without conscience...Dean, Goldwater, and others with solid Republican credentials had been alarmed by the capture of the Grand Old Party by the Religious Right and its seemingly amoral leaders. Dean was plowing through the social science literatures on conservatism and religion to see what perspective academics could offer his analysis, and eventually he ran across my name....

Who am I? I'm a nearly retired psychology professor in Canada who has spent most of his life studying authoritarianism....Yet John Dean was reading everything I had written and pummeling me with insightful questions for months on end. I had died and gone to heaven. And since John's best-selling book, "Conservatives Without Conscience" had used my research to help explain how America was going to the devil, he thought I should write an easy-read, non-technical account of what I have found before I do die...

if you set up a fair and square experiment in which people can act nobly, fairly, and with integrity, and you find that most of one group does, and most of another group does not, that’s a fact, not an opinion. And if you keep finding the same thing experiment after experiment, and other people do too, then that’s a body of facts that demands attention.3

The last reason why you might be interested in [this research] is that you might want more than just facts about authoritarians, but understanding and insight into why they act the way they do. Which is often mind-boggling. How can they revere those who gave their lives defending freedom and then support moves to take that freedom away? How can they go on believing things that have been disproved over and over again, and disbelieve things that are well established? How can they think they are the best people in the world, when so much of what they do ought to show them they are not? Why do their leaders so often turn out to be crooks and hypocrites? Why are both the followers and the leaders so aggressive that hostility is practically their trademark?

By the time you have finished this book, I think you will understand the reasons. All of this, and much more, fit into place once you see what research has uncovered going on in authoritarian minds.

Ready to go exploring?"

February 08, 2019 10:04 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

4,867,000 hours since I reasonably asked Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous "What is your highest priority goal for society?".

Good people aren't afraid to answer that.

The book above explains why Right Wing Authoritarians like Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous won't answer that simple question.

February 08, 2019 10:06 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Illegitimate supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh is another typical example of a Right Wing Authoritarian. But, from reading the book, I can also see he's a rarer type of person who is a Social Dominator as well. Most people fall into one category or another, rarer are people who score high on both.

In research into these two types of people, researchers had multiple people play a game simulating global leaders running parts of the world they were in charge of.

The people who scored low on the Right Wing Authoritarian scale did well as a group running the world, solved many problems and even though many starved the world was in better shape after their rule than before.

The people who scored high on the RWA scale isolated themselves from the other regions, didn't make any cooperative agreements to address problems requiring global consensus, and the world decayed substantially with huge percentages of the population dying.

The people who scored high on both the Social Domination scale, and the Right Wing Authoritarian scale who played the simulation, quickly made agreements amongst themselves to enrich each other causing disastrous consequences for the people they were leading. At the end of the game it appeared they were about to initiate a planet ending nuclear war. Remind you of anyone? Trump, Putin, Saudia Arabia's leader?

(I wrote this from memory, I'm sure that's the gist of it but no doubt I don't have it exactly as described in the book. Anyone who wants can check up on me.)

February 08, 2019 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland ... LOL said...

"Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined with the Supreme Court’s liberals Thursday night to block a Louisiana law that opponents say would close most of the state’s abortion clinics and leave it with only one doctor eligible to perform the procedure."

after that whining by wackos, tuns out Roberts is a liberal

don't you guys feel a little embarrassed about the way you behaved during the hearings of Brett Kavanaugh?

February 08, 2019 10:39 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The takeaway from this research is that the people that make the best leaders are least likely to seek or become leaders. And the people that make the worst leaders are the most likely to become world leaders.

Right Wing Authoritarian and Social Dominance societal attitudes were fine for cave man days, but they are counter-productive in our modern information driven world.

February 08, 2019 10:40 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Any court that ruled in favour of Citizens United is a threat to democracy and the good of a balanced society.

February 08, 2019 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Pecker + Co = tЯump thugs said...

Bezos isn't the only one standing up the Rump's bullying.

Ronan Farrow said Thursday that he and “at least one other prominent journalist” who had reported on the National Enquirer and President Trump received blackmail threats from the tabloid’s parent company, American Media Inc., over their work.

Farrow’s allegation came just hours after Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos published a remarkable public post on Medium accusing the National Enquirer of attempting to extort and blackmail him by threatening to publish intimate photos unless he stopped investigating the publication. (Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

In a tweet Thursday night, Farrow wrote that he and the unnamed journalist “fielded similar ‘stop digging or we’ll ruin you’ blackmail efforts from AMI.” Last April, Farrow published a story in the New Yorker about the Enquirer’s “catch and kill” practice — in which stories are buried by paying off sources — that benefited Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign....

The allegations from Bezos and Farrow have since prompted other journalists and media outlets to come forward with claims that they too had been targeted by AMI for reporting on the Enquirer.

In response to Farrow, former Associated Press editor Ted Bridis tweeted, “We were warned explicitly by insiders that AMI had hired private investigators to dig into backgrounds of @AP journalists looking into the tabloid’s efforts on behalf of Trump," adding, “Never saw evidence of this either way, and it didn’t stop our reporting.”

Bridis claimed in a separate tweet referencing Bezos’s Medium post that AMI, the Enquirer and its lawyers “tried to shut down public interest reporting on tabloid’s work on behalf of Trump.”...

February 08, 2019 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Team of thugs, continued said...

...On Thursday, Bezos wrote on Medium that he launched an investigation into the Enquirer after it published a story, complete with text messages, that revealed his relationship with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez in an attempt to figure out how his private information was leaked. In an interview with The Post earlier this week, Bezos’s security consultant Gavin de Becker said the Enquirer story came from a “politically motivated” leak intended to embarrass Bezos.

In his post, Bezos cited emails that he said were from AMI officials, including the company’s chief content officer Dylan Howard, and alleged that the tabloid wanted him and de Becker to make a false public statement that they “have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces.”

Howard also played a notable role in the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal. In November 2017, Farrow published an article in the New Yorker referencing emails between Howard and Weinstein discussing efforts to dig up dirt on Rose McGowan, one of the first actresses to accuse the Hollywood producer of sexual assault.

The emails shared by Bezos appeared to show Enquirer executives threatening to publish a series of revealing photos of him and Sanchez if the demands were not met.

Bezos and Farrow both said they did not bend to the alleged threats, but Bezos noted his investigation revealed that many others had. On Medium, Bezos wrote that "numerous people have contacted our investigation team about their similar experiences with AMI, and how they needed to capitulate because, for example, their livelihoods were at stake.”

The relationship between the Enquirer and Trump has been repeatedly scrutinized by the media, given the president’s long friendship with AMI chief executive David Pecker. Beyond Pecker directing the Enquirer to publish favorable stories about Trump in 2016, AMI admitted last year to paying $150,000 in hush money to Karen McDougal, a woman who allegedly had an affair with Trump, to prevent her story from “influencing the election.” Federal prosecutors in December announced an agreement with AMI that they would not prosecute the company for its role in attempting to skew the race in Trump’s favor if it cooperated and admitted to paying off the woman.

If Bezos’s allegations are accurate, AMI may be in violation of the non-prosecution agreement, which is in part contingent upon the company not committing any crimes, The Post reported Thursday.

February 08, 2019 12:02 PM  
Anonymous hole in wall for this pipeline said...

‘My whole town practically lived there’: From Costa Rica to New Jersey, a pipeline of illegal workers for Trump goes back years

February 08, 2019 12:13 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"‘My whole town practically lived there’: From Costa Rica to New Jersey, a pipeline of illegal workers for Trump goes back years"

Double standards are a Right Wing Authoritarian hallmark.

February 08, 2019 1:44 PM  
Anonymous what goes around comes around said...

"On Thursday, Bezos wrote on Medium that he launched an investigation into the Enquirer after it published a story, complete with text messages, that revealed his relationship with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez in an attempt to figure out how his private information was leaked."

you mean someone invaded the privacy of the founder of Facebook?

sounds like justice

February 08, 2019 3:13 PM  
Anonymous To the severely misinformed.... said...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook

Facebook, Inc. is an American online social media and social networking service company. It is based in Menlo Park, California. Its was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. It is considered one of the Big Four technology companies along with Amazon, Apple, and Google.[7][8]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_(company)

Amazon.com, Inc., doing business as Amazon (/ˈæməˌzɒn/), is a multinational technology company focusing in e-commerce, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence in Seattle, Washington. It is one of the Big Four or "Four Horsemen" of technology along with Google, Apple and Facebook due to its market capitalization, disruptive innovation, brand equity and hyper-competitive application process.[6][7]

Amazon is the most valuable public company in the world ahead of Apple and Alphabet.[8] It is the largest e-commerce marketplace and cloud computing platform in the world as measured by revenue and market capitalization.[9] Amazon.com was founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994, and started as an online bookstore but later diversified...

February 08, 2019 4:49 PM  
Anonymous I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out. said...

Kavanaugh is already done pretending he respects abortion rights.

Sen. Susan Collins said that Brett Kavanaugh would defend women’s rights because of his deep respect for Supreme Court precedent. Here’s that part of her speech:

"There has also been considerable focus on the future of abortion rights based on the concern that Judge Kavanaugh would seek to overturn Roe v. Wade. Protecting this right is important to me. To my knowledge, Judge Kavanaugh is the first Supreme Court nominee to express the view that precedent is not merely a practice and tradition, but rooted in Article 3 of our Constitution itself. He believes that precedent is not just a judicial policy, it is constitutionally dictated to pay attention and pay heed to rules of precedent. In other words, precedent isn’t a goal or an aspiration. It is a constitutional tenet that has to be followed except in the most extraordinary circumstances."

This was a lie. Brett Kavanaugh believed nothing of the sort. And Kavanaugh proved Collins was lying about him with a dissent he wrote last night.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court delayed a controversial anti-health law from taking effect in Louisiana. The law would have required abortion providers to get admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their women’s health clinic. If that law sounds familiar to you, it should. It is virtually the same law that was passed in Texas and struck down by the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt just two years ago.

The Texas law was struck down by a vote of 5-3 in 2016. Anthony Kennedy was in the majority. Merrick Garland was still waiting for the Senate to perform its constitutionally mandated duty of giving advice and consent. Brett Kavanaugh was probably somewhere rolling dice and getting aggressive. A lot has changed in the 30-odd months since Whole Women’s Health was decided.

But the whole point of “precedent” is that the law is not supposed to change wildly just because you swap out the names of the judges making the decisions. Lawyers call this legal principle stare decisis—which I believe means “did I stutter?” in the original Latin. Stare decisis instructs judges to apply previously decided law to new cases, unless circumstances are radically and irrevocably different.

And they're not.

February 08, 2019 4:58 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Great job good anonymous :)

I especially liked the "did I stutter?" translation,lol

I think Susan Collins was a good woman, someone who would have scored low on the Right Wing Authoritarian and Social Dominance scales. But as the researcj made clear, even people who believe in fairness and equality can all be made to join in corruption and abuse even though its against their nature.

This is how all those German christians supported and followed Adolph Hitler.

February 08, 2019 5:39 PM  
Anonymous I reeeeeally like our current Supreme Court said...

"precedent isn’t a goal or an aspiration. It is a constitutional tenet that has to be followed except in the most precedent isn’t a goal or an aspiration. It is a constitutional tenet that has to be followed except in the most extraordinary circumstances."."

I'd say the widespread of innocent children is precedent extraordinary circumstances most extraordinary circumstances.

This country lucked out with a stellar jurist like Brett "drink to his health" Kavanaugh!!!!

February 08, 2019 5:45 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina, you two are the perfect lickspittles for evil men like Kavanaugh and Trump.

February 08, 2019 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God for Canada!

Our boring neighbor is a moral leader of the free world.

After the Canadian foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, tweeted concern about Saudi Arabia’s imprisoning of a women’s rights activist, the crown prince there seemed to go nuts.

Saudi Arabia announced that it was expelling Canada’s ambassador, halting flights to Canada, ending purchases of Canadian wheat, recalling students from Canada and selling off Canadian assets. Did the United States or other Western countries stand up for an old friend and ally, Canada?

Not a bit.

“The United States doesn’t have to get involved,” Heather Nauert, then the State Department spokeswoman, told reporters.

Yet Canada stuck to its principles. When a young Saudi woman, Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, fled to Bangkok last month and warned that she would be murdered by her family if she was forced home, it was Canada that again braved Saudi fury by accepting her.

Freeland was at the airport to welcome Alqunun as a “very brave new Canadian.” And Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t mince words, saying, “We’ll stand up for human rights and women’s rights around the world.”

Canada may be one of the world’s more boring countries, as yawn-inspiring as sensible shoes — wake up, reader, I know you’re snoozing!— but it’s also emerging as a moral leader of the free world.

There’s no one else. The United States under President Trump is on a nationalist tear. Britain’s leaders seem determined to drag their people over a Brexit precipice. France is distracted by protests. Germany is preparing for succession.

So Canada is stepping up.

During the worst of the Syrian refugee crisis, President Barack Obama admitted just 12,000 Syrians and provoked a furious backlash, including Trump’s Muslim ban. Canada accepted 40,000 Syrians, with Trudeau appearing at the airport to hand out winter coats to these new Canadians.

February 09, 2019 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All around the world, doors to refugees were clanging shut. But Canadians were so eager to sponsor Syrians that organizations were clamoring for more of them. Canadian politicians are mostly rewarded for showing compassion.

Trump gets headlines with his periodic threats to invade Venezuela to topple President Nicolás Maduro, but Canada has been quietly working since 2017 to help organize the Lima Group of 14 nations pushing for democracy in Venezuela. When Canada recognized the opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president, he won credibility because nobody sees Ottawa as an imperialist conspirator.

Canada has spoken up about the mass detention of about one million Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China even as Muslim countries have mostly kept mum, and it detained a Chinese executive at the request of the American government. China retaliated by arresting Canadians and sentencing one to death, but Canada is sticking to its guns — even as Trump undercut Canada by suggesting that the case against the executive might be dropped for political reasons.

For aid programs in the developing world, countries usually try to finance big, glamorous projects that will get lots of attention. Instead, Canada champions programs that are extremely cost-effective but so deathly boring that they will never be discussed on TV — initiatives like iodizing salt to prevent mental impairment.

Reader! Wake up!

Still, Canadians can be devious. A couple of years ago I sought an interview with Trudeau for a piece about Canada’s successes — and he kept stalling. Aides explained that praise from an American might damage his relations with Trump. That may have been the first time I’ve had a leader resist laudatory coverage.

Whenever I say something nice about Canada, I get indignant emails from Canadian friends pointing out the country’s shortcomings (which are real). Fortunately, Canadians don’t seem capable of mean emails. Not even of mean tweets. One study found that Americans’ tweets are loaded with curses and words like “hate”: Canadians’ tweets are larded with “awesome,” “amazing” and “great.”

Off the ice, Canadians pursue policies that are preternaturally sensible. Canadians regulate guns, oversee the banking sector so as to avoid financial crashes, and nurture entrepreneurship and economic growth without enormous inequality.Typically, more Canadians use mass transit, and the country has better traffic safety laws, so that the vehicle fatality rate there is half that of the United States’. If the United States had Canada’s traffic death rate, we would save more than 20,000 American lives a year.

Today there’s a vacuum of constructive global leadership. Canada may be incapable of a mean tweet, but it’s tough when necessary — and it may be the leader the world needs.

February 09, 2019 10:44 AM  
Anonymous I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out. said...

Fox News’ Chris Wallace has knocked Republicans’ double standard over House investigations into the Trump White House.

Wallace said on Friday’s broadcast of “Outnumbered” that he found it “kind of rich that Republicans are so outraged that there would be this kind of a hearing of the other party’s president and administration.”

It came during an analysis of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.

“You know, it’s not like Republicans sat on their hands when Barack Obama was president,” Wallace said. “They investigated Benghazi, they investigated Fast & Furious, they investigated the IRS, and you know, look, those were all legitimate issues to investigate. Sometimes they found some things, sometimes they didn’t find things.”

Wallace noted how it was all “part of oversight.”

“When Republicans are, have oversight of a branch of Congress or a house of Congress and they’re investigating a Democratic president, they’re gonna make life difficult for them, and now the Democrats are in control of the House and have the control of these committees,” he said.

“That’s the way it works.”

vs. tЯump's error in SOTU: "If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way. "

tЯump's wrong -- legislation and investigation work very well together.

February 09, 2019 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland ... LOL said...

"it’s not like Republicans sat on their hands when Barack Obama was president"

the difference is, Chris, there were good reasons to believe Obama acted corruptly

in Benghazi, people died and Obama lied

at the IRS, people's right to free speech was stolen

nothing like that has happened under Trump

February 09, 2019 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Trump 2020 -- LOL!!! said...

Average tax refunds were down last week 8.4 percent for the first week of the tax season over the same time last year, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Dipping refunds are inflaming a growing army of taxpayers stunned by the consequences of the Trump administration’s tax law — and the effects of the partial government shutdown.

The average refund check paid out so far has been $1,865, down from $2,035 at the same point in 2018, according to IRS data. Low-income taxpayers often file early to pocket the money as soon as possible. Many taxpayers count on the refunds to make important payments, or spend the money on things like home repairs, a vacation or a car.

The IRS had estimated it would issue about 2.3 percent fewer refunds this year as a result of the changes in the federal tax law, according to Bloomberg. MSNBC reports that 30 million Americans will owe the IRS money this year — 3 million more than before Trump’s tax law.

“There are going to be a lot of unhappy people over the next month,” Edward Karl of the American Institute of CPAs told Politico. “Taxpayers want a large refund.” Some 71 percent of taxpayers received refunds last year worth about $3,000 on average, according to Karl.

Scads of taxpayers are complaining on Twitter that they have always received a refund — but now owe the IRS instead.

The number of refunds sent out by the IRS was also down — about 24 percent — as the agency struggled to get up to speed after the government shutdown. The agency sent out about 4.67 million tax refunds in the week ending Feb. 1, compared with about 6.17 million in the same period in 2018, according to IRS data.

This year’s filing season, which began two days after the shutdown ended on Jan. 25, is complicated because it’s the first after the 2017 tax law was enacted. Though President Donald Trump boasted that the new code would be so simplified that people could file their taxes on a postcard, that’s not the case.

February 09, 2019 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Trump 2020 -- LOL!!! said...

"in Benghazi, people died and Obama lied"

Obama wasn't in Benghazi.

And conservatives don't care about their politicians lying - apparently as long as they are rich and white:

In the first eight months of his presidency, President Trump made 1,137 false or misleading claims, an average of five a day. In October, as he barnstormed the country holding rallies in advance of the midterm elections, the president made 1,205 claims — an average of 39 a day.

Combined with the rest of his presidency, that adds up to a total of 7,645 claims through Dec. 30, the 710th day of his term in office, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.

The flood of presidential misinformation picked up dramatically as the president campaigned across the country, holding rallies with his supporters. Each of those rallies usually yielded 35 to 45 suspect claims. But the president often tacked on interviews with local media (in which he repeats the same false statements) and gaggles with the White House press corps before and after his trips.

February 09, 2019 5:35 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Bhenghazi was entirely the Republicans fault. U.S. embassies were asking for additional money for beefed up security and Republicans prevented it from happening.

In Benghazi Republicans cut and people died.

February 09, 2019 6:57 PM  
Anonymous I reeeeeeeeally like our Supreme Court.and the best is yet to come!!!!!!! said...

"Trump 2020 -- LOL!!!"

laugh it up, funny boy

Dems are currently doing every thing they can think of to elect Trump

cheering late-term abortion, calling border security immoral, bidding up socialist extreme, et al

"Average tax refunds were down last week 8.4 percent for the first week of the tax season over the same time last year, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Dipping refunds are inflaming a growing army of taxpayers stunned by the consequences of the Trump administration’s tax law — and the effects of the partial government shutdown."

growing army? I must have missed that

refunds came from over withholding

anyone can make a refund

just get more withheld

people actually taxes are down

people won't fall for this if it's the latest Dem lie

"Obama wasn't in Benghazi."

exactly

nor did he send help when the embassy was under attack

worse, he lied about who attacked

and the lie inflamed the Muslim street, causing riots that killed scores

"In the first eight months of his presidency, President Trump made 1,137 false or misleading claims, an average of five a day. In October, as he barnstormed the country holding rallies in advance of the midterm elections, the president made 1,205 claims — an average of 39 a day.

Combined with the rest of his presidency, that adds up to a total of 7,645 claims through Dec. 30, the 710th day of his term in office, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president."

"fact checking" has become a partisan joke

Trump's lies are in the nature of exaggeration of accomplishments and assets

just like the real estate lady next door

but he has conscientiously sought to fulfill his campaign promises

more so than any other President

the rest of them lied on the campaign trail about their plans

Trump's lies have no negative consequences

Obama's killed

fortunately, we didn't give Hillary a license to kill

February 09, 2019 7:56 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "
refunds came from over withholding just get more withheld people actually taxes are down".

Well, that was barely intelligible. But of course the truth its, nothing has changed in the IRS, the exact same amount was withheld this year as last - TAXES ARE UP.

Republican lies aren't fooling anyone. Everyone who's not a multi-millionaire can see their take home pay has dropped after the Trump tax "cut".

Republicans take from the poor and give it to the rich.

And lickspittles like Wyatt and Regina Hardiman cheer on the abuse they get heaped on them from above, because that's what "good" right wing authoritarians do.

February 09, 2019 11:28 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "Trump's lies have no negative consequences".

Trump's lies have nothing but negative consequences.

He promised to eliminate the national debt in eight years, instead he's added trillions to it that will burden future generations.

Trump promised he'd provide health care and "everyone will be covered". People believed him and now tens of millions have had their health care taken away. thousands will die because of Trump's lies and his taking away coverage for pre-existing health conditions.

February 09, 2019 11:33 PM  
Anonymous the issue that seals the grim fate awaiting Dems in 2020 said...

Abortion-rights supporters and their media allies have dedicated much of the last week and a half to careful parsing of the phrase “late-term abortion.” Their intent focus on word choice says a lot about the strength of their arguments.

First with New York’s legalization of abortion up until birth, then with the proposed abortion expansion in Virginia, and finally with Virginia governor Ralph Northam’s comments in defense of infanticide, factions within the Democratic party have put their abortion extremism on full display.

Their national party leaders have done little to push back. Democratic politicians in the House and Senate are currently obstructing a bill, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, that doesn’t restrict abortion rights but would extend legal protection to infants born alive after attempted abortion procedures. Not a single Democratic leader has offered comment on what Northam said last week.

And all of this news was met with little more than a yawn from mainstream reporters and commentators. Northam’s appalling comments were either ignored or dismissed as having been selectively edited, and the New York Times and Washington Post, among others, covered Northam and the New York and Virginia bills as an example of “Republicans seizing” on liberal positions to craft a political win.

But when President Trump mentioned the Democrats’ abortion extremism in his State of the Union address, media outlets leapt to attention. The Times, CNN, and ABC News all published articles attempting to debunk Trump’s comments, dedicated almost entirely to misrepresenting the substance of the legislation in question and deconstructing the president’s use of the phrase “late-term abortion.”

The subtitle of the Times piece, for example, is “Trump used scary imagery that scientists say is incorrect.” The author promises to explain “the terms and the science” of the issue, and asks “What is late-term abortion?” but her answer leaves much to be desired:

Late-term abortion is a phrase used by abortion opponents to refer to abortions performed after about 21 weeks of pregnancy. It is not the same as the medical definition obstetricians use for “late-term,” which refers to pregnancies that extend past a woman’s due date, meaning about 41 or 42 weeks. Contrary to Mr. Trump’s claim, late-term abortions do not allow “a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth.”

The other two articles are similarly unhelpful. ABC News medical correspondent Jen Ashton offers this: “As a board-certified Ob-Gyn, I wish people understood that the term ‘late-term abortion’ is not remotely a medical term. In fact, even Ob-Gyns don’t know what people are referring to when we hear this term.”

CNN, meanwhile, quotes two doctors, one of whom notes that “the phrase ‘late-term abortion’ is medically inaccurate and has no clinical meaning. In science and medicine, it’s essential to use language precisely.” The other observes the following (contradicting Roe v. Wade in the process): “In obstetrics, we don’t divide pregnancies into terms. ‘Late term’ is an invention of anti-abortion extremists to confuse, mislead and increase stigma. The appropriate language is ‘abortions later in pregnancy.’”

February 09, 2019 11:41 PM  
Anonymous the issue that seals the grim fate awaiting Dems in 2020 said...

But despite having “scientists” on hand to explain the medically accurate details of abortion after viability, not one of these pieces offers even a single sentence describing what “abortions later in pregnancy” actually do. Instead, they quibble over terminology.

Why?

Why does the Times answer the question “What is late-term abortion?” with a digression on word choice? Why does the author insist that babies aren’t “ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth,” as Trump said, without offering a contrary explanation of what post-viability abortions look like? Why do several doctors promise that they have the expertise to debunk pro-life arguments but withhold the clinical, medical details of what happens when a doctor aborts a viable fetus?

The reason should be obvious. They don’t want to talk about it. They obscure abortion with euphemism, as the Democratic party has always done, because it is easier to hide behind nitpicking discussions of whether “late-term abortion” is a precise medical term than it is to admit to what happens in an abortion after 24 weeks and continue to defend it.

The abortion-rights movement used this tactic during the debate over the federal partial-birth abortion ban, claiming that “partial-birth abortion” isn’t a medical term — call it an “intact dilation & extraction,” they insisted. But what does it matter? The specific label used to reference these grotesque procedures matters far less than the horrific truth of what these procedures do. Those who would defend them pivot to discussions of entirely arbitrary terminology precisely because they want to avoid and obscure that truth. These rhetorical shell games are their last refuge.

Perhaps proponents of abortion are right to say that Trump used “scary imagery.” But a scientist describing an abortion after 24 weeks would be much more frightening — and they know it

February 09, 2019 11:42 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Any talk of abortion in 2020 will be drowned out by the tremendous depth and breadth of corruption and criminal wrongdoing of Trump, his family, associates, and the Republican that will be released by Mueller and the Southern District of New York.

The United States is going to be absolutely rocked by the explosion of criminal wrongdoing Republicans aided and abetted.

Hold on to your hats, folks!

February 09, 2019 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Really? said...

"Dems are currently doing every thing they can think of to elect Trump""

Then you can stop all your blubbering. Relax and let Dems re-elect him for you.

February 10, 2019 8:22 AM  
Anonymous I'm so tickled with the composition of our land's highest court said...

gee, getting trump re-elected is not a goal of mine

I can easily think of a dozen people offhand that would be preferable

but preventing Dems from replacing him would be a goal of any reasonable American

I'll keep blubbering about the effect Dems are having

they are a gangrene on the national body

American needs a new second party to have a completely healthy country

here's Trump's remarks at the prayer breakfast this week:

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/02/07/president_trump_speaks_at_2019_national_prayer_breakfast.html

February 10, 2019 8:31 AM  
Anonymous The voice of Canada. said...

Yes, I heartily agree. None of the 24 Democrats running for the U.S. Presidency have any reasonable chance of defeating the current President who has brought back American prosperity in grand fashion. Still, they have a horrible effect on the public discourse of our noble land to the south!

February 10, 2019 8:40 AM  
Anonymous think said...

think of all the cities that have been run by Democrats for decades

they are dangerous and desperate

think of Virginia, who let the Democrats take over and now have scandals all the way down the line of succession until you get to a Republican

think of the bizarre Adam Schiff who thinks harassing the President will win a bunch of voters in an economically revitalized country

think of the sexual predators that were active Dems: Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Elliott Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, Barney Frank, Ted Kennedy, Justin Fairfax, to infinity and beyond

think of Hillary...LOL

February 10, 2019 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Republicans showing they're poor losers. Again. said...

"think of Virginia, who let the Democrats take over and now have scandals all the way down the line of succession until you get to a Republican"

I have, and I noticed that most of the ones in Virginia didn't actually commit a crime. Unlike the men around Rump who have been pled guilty, indicted, and sent of to jail.

As for JF, those accusations bring to mind another guy whose name happens to be Brett, who liked to drink beer. Perhaps Justin was at that party too with Squee.

If folks had known about the allegations against Justin before he was elected, it is unlikely he would have won. Unlike Brett, whose allegations were known beforehand, and should have been disqualified.

February 10, 2019 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Get a clue said...

"nor did he send help when the embassy was under attack

worse, he lied about who attacked

and the lie inflamed the Muslim street, causing riots that killed scores"

Then you really must be mad about Bush and Rumsfeld lying about "weapons of mass destruction" as an excuse for invading Iraq, leading to the deaths of an estimated 1/2 a MILLION people, including nearly 5000 US servicemen.

February 10, 2019 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Lock her up -- LOL! said...

"American needs a new second party to have a completely healthy country"

I agree. I kept thinking that Republican moderates would wake up one day and tear themselves away from all the insanity that led Rump to take over their party, and go back to being common sense, fiscal conservatives that knew how to get things done.

Instead, most of them have jumped in to the same car that Rump is driving over the cliff. Worse yet, they've become a flock of obsequious sheep, afraid to offend the Cheeto Benito lest he twitter rant at them and ruin their chances in the next primary.

It used to be Republicans had some kind of credible claim to some nebulous "moral authority." That died sometime in the early 2000's. And when Republicans voted Rump into office, they clearly showed morality simply wasn't an issue for them any more.

Who needs morality when you can get more tax cuts?

February 10, 2019 10:04 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"and the lie inflamed the Muslim street, causing riots that killed scores"

when you or a loved one is killed, its a lifetime of assault on the people affected.

But why are you totally unconcerned over the hundreds of thousands who will die or live needlessly shorter or lower quality lives because Trump has taken away health care from tens of millions of Americans and he and the Republicans are suing in court to remove from the american public protection for pre-existing health conditions???

Let's have some proportionality here. I know you like to maximally distort reality, but give it a rest you lickspittles.

February 10, 2019 10:15 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"Who needs morality when you can get more tax cuts?"

Isn't it the sad truth...


Republicans have been a moral disaster for ordinary Americans. And 25-35% of the American population is cheering on this assault on themselves because Republicans are legally assaulting harmless the lgbt people they hate.

February 10, 2019 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Anti-Gay Group Launches Vile Attack on Congressional Black Caucus

Any time you get Peter LaBarbera, Brian Camenker and Scott Lively together, you know you’re dealing with some of the most extreme anti-gay bigots in the world. But at a press conference announcing the formation of a new anti-gay group called Gone Too Far, they weren’t the most extreme voices. Randy Short, an African-American pastor, launched a disgusting attack on the Congressional Black Caucus for supporting LGBT equality.

“Today is a day that we declare war on those who are ungodly, unbiblical and wicked,” said Short, who is from the D.C. area and who is listed as “coordinator” of Gone Too Far on a press release. “We are sick and tired of all the deviants, all the eugenicists, all the homophiles coming out of the closet to destroy this country.” Short was particularly outraged that members of the Congressional Black Caucus, with the exception of Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, have endorsed the Equality Act, which Short called “the pedophile bill.”

“We have a group that nobody wants that has decided like a parasite to hook itself to the history and legacy of the African American people,” he said.

Short, whose Facebook page denounces “CBC QOONS,” called members of the Black Caucus “a group of infamous fakers, haters, takers, liars, excuse-makers” who “have auctioned the future of our black babies for the sodomite agenda and for the pedophile or the minor-attracted person agenda.”

“I want to say to you,” said Short, “that the Congressional Black Caucus is the equivalent of a terminal venereal disease on the body of black people in this country, and they cannot take a stand against our people being wiped out.”

Short went after iconic CBC members by name. He declared Maxine Waters to be a “fraud,” adding there is “nothing black about her—her wig is from Korea.” Of civil rights hero John Lewis, he asked, “What closet are you in, boy? They didn’t beat you enough in the 60s for you to turn on God, turn on your people, turn on morality, turn on the black woman, turn on the black unborn, turn on the black children.” Short called on them all to resign.

Saying, “We don’t need a Hitler; we’ve got LGBTQ,” Short suggested that the equality movement is a conspiracy to spread diseases to the black community and “wipe out an unwanted population of people through immorality.”

Wow. He almost made Lively sound like a moderate.

February 10, 2019 11:32 AM  
Anonymous I reeeeeeeeally like our Supreme Court.and the best is yet to come!!!!!!! said...

"most of the ones in Virginia didn't actually commit a crime. Unlike the men around Rump who have been pled guilty, indicted, and sent of to jail"

racist state officials seem like a bigger problem than lying to a guy whose conducting a political witch huntth

"As for JF, those accusations bring to mind another guy whose name happens to be Brett,"

if so, you need your mind checked

there is no evidence that Kavanaugh even knew his accuser

"Then you really must be mad about Bush and Rumsfeld lying about "weapons of mass destruction" as an excuse for invading Iraq, leading to the deaths of an estimated 1/2 a MILLION people, including nearly 5000 US servicemen."

they were following the advice from our intelligence agencies

never a good idea

of course, that's what the world's other intel agencies were saying as well

still, the real reason we had to invade Iraq was that we had an agreement with Saddam and he was not only breaking it but firing on our military on a regular basis

that being said, our only goal should been to topple Saddam and leave

the big mistake was by HW Bush in getting involved after the Kuwait invasion

we should have never gotten involved but no one lied

February 10, 2019 11:22 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Netflix made $845 million in profits and paid $0 in the new Republican Tax Scam Law.


And Republicans like Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous have been going around peddling this lie about corporate profits "being taxed twice".

That's always been a lie, no corporation and its shareholders have ever paid more than the tax rate the average American pays. Thanks to the Republicans, corporations and shareholders rarely pay any tax at all.

Its time for the rich to pay their fair share. Tax the rich already!

February 10, 2019 11:41 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "we should have never gotten involved but no one lied".

Lol, you've never cared about lying, stop pretending you think its some sort of crime. You're the ones who said "He lied, so what?"; "most people lie all the time"; and "there are many situations where its appropriate to lie."

The Republicans wouldn't let Obama spend money beefing up security at the embassies in Benghazi and the other places. All the Republican hearings in to Bhenghazi reached the conclusion that the Obama administration did nothing wrong, the deaths were all the fault of Republicans blocking security funding.

The real issue isn't the few people Republicans allowed to die in Benghazi, its the hundreds of thousands Republicans will kill and condemn to needlessly shortened lives with lower quality of life. Republicans are a disaster for health care and are doing everything possible to take away the protections Obama gave Americans with pre-existing health conditions.


Good anonymous said "Then you really must be mad about Bush and Rumsfeld lying about "weapons of mass destruction" as an excuse for invading Iraq, leading to the deaths of an estimated 1/2 a MILLION people, including nearly 5000 US servicemen."

Wyatt/Regina said "they were following the advice from our intelligence agencies.".

That's a lie. The intelligence agencies were all in agreement, Sadam had no weapons of mass destruction and had nothing to do with the 9/11 hijackings which the Bush administration lied about.

Bush and Cheny berated the intelligence agencies for not giving them an excuse to start a war in Iraq, threatened to severely punish them if they didn't give them a bullshit excuse for the war and so Bush and Cheny cobbled together B.S. about weapons of mass destruction and falsely claimed it was the position of the intelligence community who were telling them the exact opposite.

Bush and Cheny lied, and millions died.


Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "of course, that's what the world's other intel agencies were saying as well."

Another Wyatt/Regina lie. The worlds intelligence agencies were in agreement with the American intelligence agencies - there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq prior to the war and Irag had nothing to do with 9/11.

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "there is no evidence that Kavanaugh even knew his accuser.".

The overwhelming consensus of legal experts is that the evidence that Kavanaugh knew his accusers was overwhelming and would easily have stood up in a court of law.

Kavanaugh's own calendar corroborated Christine Ford's testimony - Kavanaugh had documented the very party where he assaulted her on that very calendar from the time. He mentioned the same people being there, the floor plan of the house where she was assaulted exactly matched her description.

There is no doubt, a sexual predator is on the U.S. Supreme Court. And in the White House.

February 10, 2019 11:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...


Poverty exists not because we cannot feed the poor, but because we cannot satisfy the rich.

February 11, 2019 12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOX News Primetime Shows are Bleeding Audience, Advertisers, and Revenue Due to Excessive Assholery

The news just keeps getting worse for Donald Trump's favorite television network. Over the past three months Fox News has been thrashed in the Nielsen ratings by MSNBC, particularly by Rachel Maddow who has topped her competition, Sean Hannity, almost every night since the November midterm election.

"According to an analysis for TheWrap by advertising data firm Standard Media Index, Fox News’ 10 p.m. slot, hosted by Ingraham, was down at least $16 million in ad revenue in 2018. Carlson’s show, which airs at 8 p.m., has lost another $2.2 million thanks to an ad boycott that began in December after he said mass immigration makes the U.S. 'poorer, and dirtier, and more divided.'"

Tucker Carlson's flagrant white nationalism has become a staple of his nightly program. It's unconscionable that any advertisers continue to support him. But the exodus of ads has definitely proven to be more than a temporary setback. Carlson is currently is running about half of the ads he had prior to the boycott. And they have been replaced by unpaid Fox promos and public service announcements.

Laura Ingraham's problems began after she attacked the survivors of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting. These are kids who suffered a nightmare that no one should ever face, but who Ingraham considered fair game for even more abuse. She is also notorious for her racist and elitist views, such as when she said that basketball legend and philanthropist LeBron James should "shut up and dribble." Now her advertisers have also been cut in half.

And that's not all. With MSNBC taking the number one spot in most of the primetime cable news market, Fox News would have to lower their ad rates because advertisers aren't going pay a premium for a number two network. And with that change in leadership comes an even bigger problem for Fox. Like every cable channel, Fox News makes most of its profits through licensing fees from cable system operators. They currently have a very lucrative contract that was negotiated at the height of their ratings success. Now that they are no longer the leader, those contracts will decline in value when they are up for renewal.

All of this is due to Fox's determination to advance a radical right-wing agenda and to serve as the State TV mouthpiece for Donald Trump. It's an unsustainable business model as the nation wakes up from its temporary lapse in judgement and rejects Trump and the sycophantic, cult-like GOP that he commandeered.

The midterm election that produced a historic shift in party control in the House of Representatives was just the beginning. And as the legal consequences of Trump's criminal and treasonous activities unfold, Fox is going to find itself in ever deeper trenches of muck. That's surely not going boost their bottom line.

February 11, 2019 12:17 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

If you are of the mind that President Trump is to blame for everything wrong and wacky in our politics, then last week was a very bad week for you.

The evidence begins with Trump’s very good State of the Union speech, where he was alternately conciliatory toward Democrats and ruthless in contrasting his policies with theirs. Reckless in their rhetoric and resistance, Dems make themselves vulnerable to charges that they support open borders, socialism and infanticide.

It doesn’t help that a lasting image of the speech was the women-in-white brigade scowling throughout, rising enthusiastically only to celebrate the president’s recognition of them.

For more proof that Trump is not the root of all madness, consider the spectacles Dems created in two states.

Start with Virginia, where the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general — all Democrats — spent the week ducking calls to resign. Hypocrisy ran wild, with the AG among the first to call for the governor to quit over a blackface scandal, then being forced to admit he was guilty of the same offense as a teenager.

Meanwhile, the lieutenant governor was rocked by two sexual-assault allegations, with both women publicly identifying themselves and telling their stories.

Given the left’s casual use of the words “racist” and “rapist” to describe Trump, leftists everywhere felt heat to sacrifice the three Virginia officials, lest they forfeit the right to weaponize those words again.

There was, however, a problem with such purity, for it would mean a Republican, the head of the state’s House of Delegates, would become governor. Confident that partisanship would prevail over principle, all three misbehaving Dems were refusing to go.

There was also another complication: the lieutenant gov is black, and how would it look if he had to resign, and the two white men who wore blackface kept their jobs? Live by identity politics, die…

February 11, 2019 6:15 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

New York Dems, meanwhile, proved they, too, are capable of screwing things up without Trump’s help.

Both the city and state governments have built a financial house of cards and are fast approaching an economic reckoning. Income-tax revenues are falling off a cliff, while hiring and spending continue to climb.

City spending has soared by some 25 percent since 2014, including a planned $3 billion hike this year — even as income-tax collections are declining by nearly $1 billion.

The state projects its income-tax collections will decline by $2.3 billion, or about 4 percent, just as politicians begin their annual budget binge. Already the state plans to spend $176 billion, an increase of nearly 4 percent.

By the way, Florida, with a million more people, manages to get by with spending just $89 billion — and without a state income tax.

As the late economist Herb Stein once said of such imbalances: “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” Yet Frick and no-Frack, Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo, show no signs of stopping, instead hoping that a tweak here and there will be enough to keep their tax-and-spend scams afloat.

De Blasio touted “cuts” to spending — despite the $3 billion projected increase! Many more “cuts” like that and the city will go bankrupt.

Despite the high spending, there is a noticeable decline in the quality of life, and the subways are falling apart. What happens when lean times come?

For his part, Cuomo continues to falsely claim that the new federal tax law is the source of Albany’s troubles. In fact, he took office in 2011 declaring “New York has no future as the tax capital of the nation.”

Eight years later, it still is, but now he latches onto a convenient scapegoat in the limit of $10,000 in state and local taxes that can be used to offset federal taxes. While the new limit surely plays a role, it can’t be responsible for the entire $2.3 billion decline in tax collections that suddenly ­appeared.

By one calculation, the state would have to lose 16 percent of taxpayers earning over $500,000 to reduce income taxes by that amount.

Cuomo also likes to blame cold weather for why higher-income families flee his clutches. Oh, it’s the climate all right — the high tax, anti-business climate that is making the state No. 1 in having its residents leave for other states.

If officials wanted to make New York more attractive, they would cut taxes and regulations, as Trump did in Washington with great success. Instead, Cuomo and de Blasio keep ­piling on new ones, creating more reasons to head for the exits.

For example, Cuomo’s plan for congestion pricing in Manhattan is a tax by another name. Taxis and ride-share vehicles already were hit with a surcharge, and passage of the new plan could mean hikes of $11 a day or more for personal cars and $25 for delivery trucks.

The tax-climate issue is clear in the fight over a plan for Amazon to build part of its second headquarters in Queens. Whatever advantages the city and state offer, it was the $3 billion in tax credits and grants that sealed the backroom deal.

Opponents, delighted by a report that Amazon is having second thoughts, blast the incentives as a giveaway to a company that doesn’t need them, and they are right. But they are wrong in failing to understand that, without the incentives, Amazon probably wouldn’t consider New York.

Cuomo’s claim that the company, with its spending and hiring, will make the deal pay off for the public over time is questionable. But one thing is certain: In the short run, those who pay taxes will pay for the giveaways to Amazon. That includes the small businesses who compete with Jeff Bezos’ monolith.

February 11, 2019 6:18 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

The Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others is being shredded because the real costs are incalculable while the benefits would be negligible.

Yet less noted is what the plan says about its 70 congressional sponsors. Their demand that we totally change how we live, what we eat and how we travel reveals a total disdain for America and Americans.

If they hate everything about us, why do they want to run our lives? And why would we ever let them?

Reader Sarah Dilorenzo spots confusion. She writes: “I’m a mom, grandma and anti-abortion advocate and the nine-month abortion law really angered me. Then I saw that a councilwoman wants to outlaw foie gras because you have to force-feed the goose. She said it was cruel and inhuman.

“I love animals, but how can we kill fully formed human babies, and care more about a goose? Something is very wrong with these liberal Democrats.”

February 11, 2019 6:20 AM  
Anonymous I reeeeeeeeally like our Supreme Court.and the best is yet to come!!!!!!! said...

of course, the biggest nightmare for Dems is that Trump's approval ratings soared after the State of the Union message

no one even remembered the shutdown

when it shuts down again this week, Trump can say he re-opened the government and tried to negotiate with the Dems and got nothing

instead of trading wall funding for amnesty for the Dreamers, Dems were holding out for reducing the number of beds ICE has to detain illegals

they basically want to make sure as illegal immigrants get into the country as possible

meanwhile, the cast that Hillary and the Russians colluded gets stronger daily

read the details here:

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/429292-the-case-for-russia-collusion-against-the-democrats

February 11, 2019 6:30 AM  
Anonymous a big TTFer said...

"of course, the biggest nightmare for Dems is that Trump's approval ratings soared after the State of the Union message"

how could that be when Nancy did all that brilliant clapping that TTF liked so much?

it must be fake news

February 11, 2019 6:33 AM  
Anonymous More evidence heterosexuals should never be privileged said...

Well, now we know why the religious right keeps letting sexual abusers like Rump and Kavanaugh represent them and their interests:

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, the second-largest faith group in the U.S., have vowed real “change” in the aftermath of a damning investigative report by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News that uncovered decades of sexual abuse by hundreds of church leaders and volunteers.

According to the three-part investigation, the first installment of which was published on Sunday, about 380 Southern Baptist pastors, ministers, youth pastors, Sunday school teachers, deacons and church volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct since 1998. More than 200 of them have been convicted or took plea deals, the newspapers reported, and nearly 100 are currently in prisons across the nation.

The victims of the accused number more than 700, the report said. They include teenagers and children, some as young as 3, who were “molested or raped inside pastors’ studies and Sunday school classrooms.”

Many victims said their stories of abuse were ignored or silenced by church leaders. One victim, who alleged she was raped and impregnated by her pastor when she was a teen, said her church leaders had urged her to get an abortion. When she refused, they threatened her and her child, she said.

(Weren't these the people that were supposed to be "pro-life"?!?!)

Dozens of pastors, employees and volunteers were reportedly allowed to return to work in Southern Baptist churches despite being dogged by sexual abuse allegations.

February 11, 2019 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Make America Bankrupt Again said...

Hard times for farmers got tougher with President Donald Trump’s trade war. Now Midwestern farmers are filing the highest number of bankruptcies in a decade, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of federal data.

And farmers aren’t hopeful about this year.

Twice as many farmers in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin declared bankruptcy last year compared to 2008, according to statistics from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Journal reported. Bankruptcies in states from North Dakota to Arkansas leaped 96 percent, according to figures from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Farmers are being battered by sinking commodity prices — and stiff tariffs from China and Mexico in retaliation for Trump’s tariffs on imports.

The new 11-nation Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) treaty last year slashed tariffs — but not for U.S. farmers since the Trump administration pulled out of negotiations. That drove customers to farmers and ranchers in competitive countries, like Australia, serving another dunning blow to American operations.

Farmers fear it will take years to rebuild those trading relationships.

According to figures from the U.S. Agriculture Department, farm income last year was about 50 percent of what it was in 2013, the Wisconsin State Farmer reported.

The dairy industry was hopeful about meeting growing demand in China, but now trade is a major stumbling block. “The problem is that both nations have stubborn leaders,” Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, said at an agricultural forum last week in Madison.

Soybeans were also a major victim. “Agriculture prices live and die by exports. In all commodities, we’re heavily dependent on China, especially for soybeans,” Kevin Bernhardt, agribusiness professor at the University of Wisconsin in Platteville, told the Milwaukee Independent.

Government subsidies to farmers were up 18 percent last year over the previous year, due to the $4.7 billion in tariff aid and $1.6 billion in disaster payments for farmers impacted by hurricanes, floods and other disasters. But it wasn’t enough to stave off the end for some.

February 11, 2019 11:03 AM  
Anonymous the consequences of the gay agenda said...

Doctors have increasingly reported growing numbers of sex change patients who are regretful, even suicidal, and want to go back. A concrete example:

"I started my transgender journey as a 4-year-old boy when my grandmother repeatedly, over several years, cross-dressed me in a full-length purple dress she made especially for me and told me how pretty I was as a girl. This planted the seed of gender confusion and led to my transitioning at age 42 to transgender female.

I lived as “Laura” for eight years, but, as I now know, transitioning doesn’t fix the underlying ailments.

Studies show that most people who want to live as the opposite sex have other psychological issues, such as depression or anxiety. In my case, I was diagnosed at age 40 with gender dysphoria and at age 50 with psychological issues due to childhood trauma.

Eventually, my parents found out, and my unsupervised visits to Grandma’s house ended. I thought my secret was safe, but my teenage uncle heard about it and felt I was fair game for taunting and sexual abuse. I wasn’t even 10 years old. If not for the purple dress, I believe I would not have been abused by my uncle.

That abuse caused me to not want to be male any longer. Cross-dressing gave me an escape. I lay awake at night, secretly begging God to change me into a girl. In my childlike thinking, if I could only be a girl, then I would be accepted and affirmed by the adults in my life. I would be safe.

Gender dysphoria is about identity, not sexual orientation. I was never homosexual; I was interested in dating girls. In my early 20s and engaged to be married, I confided to my fiancée about my cross-dressing. She figured we could work it out. We got married and had two children.

In my work life I was successful, but the girl persona still occupied my thoughts. With weekly travel away from home, I easily indulged in cross-dressing, fueling the desire to be a woman.

By the time I was 40, I couldn’t take the pressure of living two separate lives. I felt torn apart, wanting to be a good husband and father, but in severe torment about needing to be a woman.

I sought out the top gender specialist at the time, Dr. Paul Walker, who had co-authored the 1979 standards of care for transgender health. He diagnosed me with gender identity disorder (now gender dysphoria) and recommended cross-sex hormones and sex change genital surgery. He told me that the childhood events were not related to my current gender distress, and that sex change was the only solution. I started taking female hormones and scheduled the surgery for April 1983 in Trinidad, Colorado. I was 42.

My marriage ended shortly before surgery. In addition to genital reconfiguration, I had breast implants and other feminizing procedures and changed my birth certificate to Laura Jensen, female. My childhood dream was realized, and my life as a woman began.

February 11, 2019 12:45 PM  
Anonymous the consequences of the gay agenda said...

At first, I was giddy with excitement. It seemed like a fresh start. I could sever ties with my former life as Walt and my painful past. But reality soon hit. My children and former wife were devastated. When I told my employer, my career was over.

As Laura, I decided to pursue being a counselor and started courses at the University of California-Santa Cruz in the late 1980s. There, a crack in my carefully crafted female persona opened, and I began to question my transition.

The reprieve I experienced through surgery was only temporary. Hidden underneath the makeup and female clothing was the little boy hurt by childhood trauma. I was once again experiencing gender dysphoria, but this time I felt like a male inside a body refashioned to look like a woman. I was living my dream, but still I was deeply suicidal.

A gender specialist told me to give it more time. Eight years seemed like an awfully long time to me. Nothing made sense. Why hadn’t the recommended hormones and surgery worked? Why was I still distressed about my gender identity? Why wasn’t I happy being Laura? Why did I have strong desires to be Walt again?

Emotionally, I was a mess. But with grit and determination, and the love and support of several families and counselors, I pursued healing on a psychological level. With expert guidance, I dared to revisit the emotional trauma of my youth. It wasn’t easy, but it was the only way to address the underlying conditions driving my gender dysphoria.

I was 50 when I had the breast implants removed, but the next few years were spent in confusion and counseling. In 1996, at the age of 55, I was finally free from the desire to live as a woman and changed my legal documents back to Walt, my biologically correct male sex. I still have scars on my chest, reminders of the gender detour that cost me 13 years of my life. I am on a hormone regimen to try to regulate a system that is permanently altered.

Eventually, I met a wonderful woman who didn’t care about the changes to my body, and we’ve been married for 21 years. Now we help others whose lives have been derailed by sex change. Measured by the human benefit to a hurting population, it’s a priceless way to spend our time.

Had I not been misled by media stories of sex change “success” and by medical practitioners who said transitioning was the answer to my problems, I wouldn’t have suffered as I have. Genetics can’t be changed. Feelings, however, can and do change. Underlying issues often drive the desire to escape one’s life into another, and they need to be addressed before taking the radical step of transition.

You will hear the media say, “Regret is rare.” But they are not reading my inbox, which is full of messages from transgender individuals who want the life and body back that was taken from them by cross-sex hormones, surgery and living under a new identity.

After de-transitioning, I know the truth: Hormones and surgery may alter appearances, but nothing changes the immutable fact of your sex

February 11, 2019 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Consequences of the Religious Right Agenda said...

Article 3 of 3 by Dr Marlene Winell
Understanding Religious Trauma Syndrome: Trauma from Leaving Religion

Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS) is a function of both the chronic abuses of harmful religion and the impact of severing one’s connection with one’s faith and faith community. It can be compared to a combination of PTSD and Complex PTSD (C-PTSD). In the last article of this series, I explained some of the toxic aspects of authoritarian religions that cause long-term psychological damage (Bible-based ones in particular). In this writing, I will address the trauma of breaking away from this kind of religion.

With PTSD, a traumatic event is one in which a person experiences or witnesses actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others. Losing one’s faith, or leaving one’s religion, is an analogous event because it essentially means the death of one’s previous life – the end of reality as it was understood. It is a huge shock to the system, and one that needs to be recognized as trauma.

What it means to leave
Breaking out of a restrictive, mind-controlling religion is understandably a liberating experience. People report huge relief and some excitement about their new possibilities. Certain problems are over, such as trying to twist one’s thinking to believe irrational religious doctrines, handling enormous cognitive dissonance in order to get by in the ‘real world’ as well, and conforming to repressive codes of behavior. Finally leaving a restrictive religion can be a major personal accomplishment after trying to make it work and going through many cycles of guilt and confusion.

However, the challenges of leaving are daunting. For most people, the religious environment was a one-stop-shop for meeting all their major needs – social support, a coherent worldview, meaning and direction in life, structured activities, and emotional/spiritual satisfaction. Leaving the fold means multiple losses, including the loss of friends and family support at a crucial time of personal transition. Consequently, it is a very lonely ‘stressful life event’ – more so than others described on Axis IV in the DSM. For some people, depending on their personality and the details of their religious past, it may be possible to simply stop participating in religious services and activities and move on with life. But for many, leaving their religion means debilitating anxiety, depression, grief, and anger.

Usually people begin with intellectually letting go of their religious beliefs and then struggle with the emotional aspects. The cognitive part is difficult enough and often requires a period of study and struggle before giving up one’s familiar and perhaps cherished worldview. But the emotional letting go is much more difficult since the beliefs are bound with deep-seated needs and fears, and usually inculcated at a young age.

Problems with self-worth and fear of terrible punishment continue. Virtually all controlling religions teach fear about the evil in ‘the world’ and the danger of being alone without the group. Ordinary setbacks can cause panic attacks, especially when one feels like a small child in a very foreign world. Coming out of a sheltered, repressed environment can result in a lack of coping skills and personal maturity. The phobia indoctrination makes it difficult to avoid the stabbing thought, even many years after leaving, that one has made a terrible mistake, thinking ‘what if they’re right?’

It is truly amazing the pain I went through due to what was inputted into my mind… All I know is it took such a toll on me that I did not care if I died and went to hell to escape the hell I was in and the immense fear it put into my life.

Depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, etc... you name it. It sucks. Probably from years of guilt being a Christian and a sinner, and thinking people I love are in hell.

February 11, 2019 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Consequences of the Religious Right Agenda said...

Making the break is for many the most disruptive, difficult upheaval they have ever gone through in life. To understand this fully, one must appreciate the totality of a religious worldview that defines and controls reality in the way that fundamentalist groups do. Everything about the world - past, present, and future – is explained, the meaning of life is laid out, morality is already decided, and individuals must find their place in the cosmic scheme in order to be worthwhile. The promises for conformity and obedience are great and the threats for disobedience are dire, both for the present life and the hereafter. Controlling religions tend to limit information about the world and alternative views so members easily conclude that their religious worldview is the only one possible. Anything outside of their world is considered dangerous and evil at worst and terribly misguided at best. So leaving this sheltered environment is bursting a bubble. Everything a person has believed to be true is shattered.

My foundation has truly dropped out from under me. Despite being told I am courageous, tenacious, and this is rugged work, I consistently find wave after wave of grief that overwhelms me. I can hardly believe how upended it has made my life.

My whole sense of purpose, value, and meaning was wrapped tightly around my Christian faith...I kept my doubts buried and crucified, and I tried hard not to think about the troubling things of faith...A year ago, I abandoned evangelicalism...the pain I feel is deep and raw.

The impact can create problems with day-to-day functioning.

The amount of inner turmoil during this time was overwhelming. It affected my daily life and many days I didn’t want to get out of bed. I was depressed and anxious at the same time. Being in college was difficult. I could hardly focus on class.

I am utterly confused and at the moment my whole life is ruined as I don't know what to think. I've been off work a month with anxiety.

I have - for about three years - been dependent on drinking alcohol every night for a very long time.

Shattered assumption framework
In the study of trauma, certain developments are highly relevant to understanding RTS. One is the shattered assumption framework, or ‘loss of the assumptive world’ (Kauffman, 2002). It has been used to understand traumatic loss such as death of a loved one, but can easily be applied to loss of faith. According to Beder (2004), ‘The assumptive world concept refers to the assumptions or beliefs that ground, secure, stabilize, and orient people. They are our core beliefs. In the face of death and trauma, these beliefs are shattered and disorientation and even panic can enter the lives of those affected.’

The most damaging traumas are those that are human-caused and involve interpersonal violence and violation (DePrince and Freyd, 2002). (In my opinion, this would describe indoctrinating children in fear-based religion.) This approach names three basic assumptions held about the world that are shattered with these traumas: the world is benevolent, the world is meaningful, and the self is worthy (Janoff-Bulman, 1992). A fourth is sometimes included which says that others are trustworthy (Roth and Newman, 1991). This model applies well to religion if one thinks of the ‘world’ as that created and maintained by the religious group. The religious version of ‘self is worthy’ is usually a paradoxical view of the self which is both sinful and special. That is, an individual has nothing intrinsic to be proud of but can have great purpose, and can play a role in a cosmic, spiritual drama.

February 11, 2019 2:17 PM  
Anonymous Consequences of the Religious Right Agenda said...

These researchers explored the way schemas and other cognitive factors lead to humans’ cognitive conservatism and resistance to changing basic assumptions. Another line of research indicates negative responses in the brain when a person is confronted with information that conflicts with strongly-held beliefs (Shermer, 2011). Traumatic experiences shatter basic assumptions and beliefs. Conversely, a shattering of beliefs is traumatic. Coping and healing from trauma requires an individual to reconcile their old set of assumptions with new, modified assumptions (DePrince & Freyd, 2002). The trauma is understood to have both affective and cognitive components.

Loss of faith or leaving one’s religion viewed through this lens helps to explain the intensity of the trauma. A religion contains a large and complex set of assumptions held to be true by the group. Rejecting the ‘meme complex’ that has been passed on through generations is a major cognitive disruption as well as a risk of social rejection. Panic about being helpless in a meaningless world can result.

Never have I experienced such confusion, pain, grief, loss fear, anxiety, depression, paralysis. All because of religion, faith, God.

It is noteworthy that all of the most controlling, authoritarian religions make sweeping, ultimate promises along with demands for devotion. Individuals who were most sincere, devout, and dedicated seem to be the ones most traumatized when their religious assumptive world crumbles. This would make sense from Kauffman’s (2002) perspective that shattered assumptions cause the self to fragment into pieces. As he puts it, ‘The assumptive world order is the set of illusions that shelter the human soul.’

Some days are better than others of course but most days are blighted by some form of dark cloud. The real tragedy for me is that I love life - in all of its hues, shades, problems and challenges - I just can't see life through a prescribed formula any more.

I feel in total crisis, panicked, and terrified of facing a future alone. No confidence in my own decision making if it isn’t in line with Christianity, and inability to find fulfillment from within.

For many people who leave their faith, it is like a death or divorce. Their ‘relationship’ with God was a central assumption, such that giving it up feels like a genuine loss to be grieved. It can be like losing a lover, a parent, or best friend who has always been there.

It is like a death in the family as my god Jesus finally died and no amount of belief could resurrect him. It is an absolutely dreadful and pull-rightening experience and dark night of the soul.

When I left, it felt like I was losing a friend or even a spouse - was definitely ‘traumatic’. Now, as an outsider, I see how crazy-making and damaging it was to me.

February 11, 2019 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Consequences of the Religious Right Agenda said...

RELIGIOUS TRAUMA SYNDROME
Article 1 of 3 by Dr Marlene Winell
Understanding Religious Trauma Syndrome: It’s Time to Recognize It
I'm really struggling and am desperate never to go back to the religion I was raised in, but I no longer want to live in fear or depression. It seems that I am walking through the jungle alone with my machete; no one to share my crazy and sometimes scary thoughts with.

After years of depression, anxiety, anger, and finally a week in a psychiatric hospital a year ago, I am now trying to pick up the pieces and put them together into something that makes sense. I'm confused. My whole identity is a shredded, tangled mess. I am in utter turmoil.

These comments are not unusual for people suffering with Religious Trauma Syndrome, or RTS. Religious trauma? Isn’t religion supposed to be helpful, or at least benign? In the case of fundamentalist beliefs, people expect that choosing to leave a childhood faith is like giving up Santa Claus – a little sad but basically a matter of growing up.

But religious indoctrination can be hugely damaging, and making the break from an authoritarian kind of religion can definitely be traumatic. It involves a complete upheaval of a person’s construction of reality, including the self, other people, life, the future, everything. People unfamiliar with it, including therapists, have trouble appreciating the sheer terror it can create and the recovery needed.

My own awareness of this problem took some time. It began with writing about my own recovery from a fundamentalist Christian background, and very quickly, I found out I was not alone. Many other people were eager to discuss this hidden suffering. Since then, I have worked with clients in the area of “recovery from religion” for about twenty years and wrote a self-help book1 on the subject.

In my view, it is time for the mental health community to recognize the real trauma that religion can cause. Just like clearly naming problems like anorexia, PTSD, or bipolar disorder made it possible to stop self-blame and move ahead with treatment, we need to address Religious Trauma Syndrome. The internet is starting to overflow with stories of RTS and cries for help. On forums for former believers (such as exchristian.net), one can see the widespread pain and desperation. In response to my presentation about RTS on YouTube, a viewer commented:

Thank you so much. This is exciting because millions of people suffer from this. I have never heard of Dr. Marlene but more people are coming out to talk about this issue. Millions--who are quietly suffering and being treated for other issues when the fundamental issue is religious abuse.

February 11, 2019 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Consequences of the Religious Right Agenda said...

Barriers to treating RTS
At present, raising questions about toxic beliefs and abusive practices in religion seems to be violating a taboo. In society, we treasure our freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion. Our laws and mores reflect the general principle that if we are not harming others, we can do as we like. Forcing children to go to church hardly seems like a crime. Real damage is assumed to be done by extreme fringe groups we call “cults” and people have heard of ritual abuse. Moreover, religious institutions have a vested interest in promoting an uncritical view.

But mind-control and emotional abuse is actually the norm for many large, authoritarian, mainline religious groups. The sanitization of religion makes it all the more insidious. When the communities are so large and the practices normalized, victims are silenced.

As therapists, we have no real appropriate diagnosis in our manual. Even in the commonly used list of psychosocial stressors, amidst all the change and loss and disruption, there is no mention of losing one’s religion. Yet it can be the biggest crisis ever faced. This is important for us because people are leaving the ranks of traditional religious groups in record numbers2 and they are reporting real suffering.

In assessment, we seem to have a blind spot. Psychotherapists do not traditionally ask a new client much about religious background. We delve into family, medical, educational, occupational, and other areas of personal history, including alcoholism and mental illness in the extended family. Yet if a person had to attend a mind-controlling church several times a week, go to a religious school, perhaps be home-schooled, and conform to strict codes of belief and behavior for years on end, this is hugely important.

Another obstacle in treatment is that most people with RTS have been taught to fear psychology as something worldly and therefore evil. It is very likely that only a fraction of sufferers are even seeking help. Within many dogmatic, self-contained religions, mental health problems such as depression or anxiety are considered sins. They are seen as evidence of not being right with God. A religious counselor or pastor advises more confession and greater obedience as curative, and warns that a secular interpretation from a mental health professional would be dangerous. God is called the “great physician” and a person should not need any help from anyone else. Doubt is considered wrong, not honest inquiry. Moreover, therapy is a selfish indulgence. Focusing on one’s own needs is always sinful in this religious view, so RTS victims are often not even clear how to do it. The clients I have worked with have had to overcome ignorance, guilt, and fear to make initial contact.

February 11, 2019 2:26 PM  
Anonymous The Ridiculist said...

Anderson Cooper roasts Trump’s ‘official poll’

February 11, 2019 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Doctors have increasingly reported growing numbers of sex change patients who are regretful, even suicidal, and want to go back. A concrete example:".

There's no truth to that. Research over the decades has consistently shown a satisfaction rate in the high 90% range for those who have had sex changes. One anecdote of a politically motivated sex change patient from decades ago is not data.

February 11, 2019 11:43 PM  
Anonymous I reeeeeally like our Supreme Court said...



Pffft - most people complaining about paying more after the 2017 tax cuts.

You know you can deduct your private planes now, right?

February 11, 2019 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like I'll need to make a MUCH larger donation to Planned Parenthood this year.

February 12, 2019 12:24 AM  
Anonymous we sure do have a wonderful Supreme Court said...

"RTS victims"

such a clever counter to an inconvenient truth I had posted

of course, the counter is baseless

research shows that faith lead to longer and happier lives

billions have had faith and it is of such value that even people who are not believers will often send their kids to a religious school to get a good moral "grounding"

most leaders, in most fields, were raised in a faith-based environment

some atheist regimes, such as China, have found that Christians are the most successful people at the community level

"I reeeeeally like our Supreme Court said...

Pffft - most people complaining about paying more after the 2017 tax cuts.

You know you can deduct your private planes now, right?"

in case it's not obvious, this is an impostor

"Looks like I'll need to make a MUCH larger donation to Planned Parenthood this year."

they'll need it

our tax dollars are no longer going there

"There's no truth to that. Research over the decades has consistently shown a satisfaction rate in the high 90% range for those who have had sex changes. One anecdote of a politically motivated sex change patient from decades ago is not data."

Even if true, 10% of people doing this and finding themselves trapped in a ghastly situation with no way out, is too much

But the "research over the decades" is politically biased. A leading researcher in the field recently noted this phenomena and was shut down by his university for political reasons. Here's the details:

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2017/10/01/british-professor-shows-sex-change-regret-is-rising-university-takes-away-his-funding-n2389308

The reports of sex change regret are rising. They were likely suppressed before.

Grown-ups should be free to do as they please. Those who aggressively push this horror on underage children should be arrested.

February 12, 2019 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Lawmakers reach 'agreement in principle' in border security talks, with $1.3B for barrier said...

Congressional negotiators revealed Monday evening that they've reached "an agreement in principle" on border security funding that includes more than $1.3 billion for physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

When asked if they had an agreement that President Trump would approve, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told reporters: "We think so. We hope so." Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, declined to give details of the deal but said a final text could be released by Wednesday.


Lawmakers have until 11:59 p.m. Friday to get the agreement through both houses of Congress and signed by Trump before several Cabinet-level departments shut down and hundreds of thousands of federal workers are furloughed in what would be the second partial government shutdown this year.

Sources tell Fox News the $1.3 billion can be used only for new construction that would cover approximately 55 miles of border territory in the Rio Grande Valley.

The White House had requested $5.7 billion for the border wall and the administration had dangled the possibility that Trump would declare a national emergency and divert money from the federal budget for wall construction, but that move almost certainly would be challenged in Congress as well as in the courts.

February 12, 2019 10:09 AM  
Anonymous "Gifts of the Spirit" include PTSD said...

By Robyn W ~

I'm a 58-year-old successful business woman who has suffered horribly my entire life from religious abuse. My parents are/were zealot Christians with my dad being a HUGE hypocrite. I was raised in the Assembly of God Church in a small town in the middle of Iowa. The pastor was a cult leader to the core and that poor congregation went through incredible heartaches and financial loss because of that man. My dad was a deacon and my mom was the piano player. We were at that church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night and most Friday nights were prayer meetings.

It was hellfire and brimstone, speaking in tongues, slain in the spirit, holy-roller baptism by fire kind of church and my entire life has been completely fucked up by it. I NEVER learned about the love of God/Jesus. It was ALWAYS fear and realizing you are never going to be good enough no matter what and that you're going to hell. My father STILL to this day tells me I'm going to hell every single time I call him.

As small children, every single year we had to watch the horrible movies, "666" and others like it. One of them shows a small boy get his head cut off in a guillotine because he wouldn't take the mark of the beast. The Left Behind series scared the bejesus out of me and would never read them. I rebelled big time my entire life about this religious abuse which meant I was the black sheep and everyone was praying for me to repent. The preacher would specifically call me down to the front of the church so the elders could pray the devil out of me. I tried to kill myself several times because I was being sexually molested by men in the church and nobody would listen to me. I was beat up by my father on a Saturday night and called a slut at the age of 13. He kept hitting me and I kept getting back up asking him if that made him feel like a man. Over and over. My mother ran into her bedroom and started speaking in tongues and my two sisters kept yelling at me to stay down until finally they couldn't stand it any longer and ran upstairs. They all left me to stand up for myself against this sperm-donor who called himself my dad. I had a black eye so my father told me when we went to church Sunday. morning tell tell everyone I fell down. The first person who asked about my black eye I told them the truth, that my dad beat me up. Not one person in that church helped me.

February 12, 2019 12:41 PM  
Anonymous "Gifts of the Spirit" include PTSD said...

By Robyn W ~

Although I've spent my entire life de-brainwashing myself from all of this, I find myself still experiencing strong PTSD symptoms. The movie, "Left Behind" was about all the people who are left behind after Jesus comes in the rapture and takes all the Christians. We lived out in the country and my mom was a stay at home mom. There were too many times to count when I would get dropped of by the school bus and discover that NOBODY WAS HOME! I went in to absolute freak mode and would call every "christian" who went to our church to see if they answered. I would be hyperventilating and almost puking my guts out until someone answered the phone. I knew that if THEY were still here, then I was OK. This fear and complete terror has followed me throughout my life. Whenever I discover myself alone, when just a few minutes ago someone was there, my mind IMMEDIATELY goes to the rapture has taken place. It's gut-wrenching terror for a small child to live like that.

I have been so traumatized about this my entire life that for a very, very long time I couldn't even attend a church for any reason. I would immediately start sobbing and once I got to my car I would SCREAM IN RAGE to the point I would damage my vocal cords. Only since my mother died in June of 2016 have I slowly been able to attend a church service that I don't sob (I may still shed some tears) and don't scream in rage.

For all of these years, I have been seeking and searching. It sounds like a lot of us take religion classes in college. I explore other religions and push myself to stay positive and love myself like I've never felt loved by a god or a parent...or even a lover. I own a sound and vibration business to raise my vibration which helps keep depression, anxiety and panic at bay.

I started abusing alcohol when I was 45 and finally at 56 I was able to kill that vice. Alcohol-free is the only way to be when you're dealing with PTSD. Smoke a joint but stay off that poisonous alcohol. I spend a LOT of time in meditation and self-reflection and reconciling my purpose in life.

Because most of our religious trauma happened from very early childhood, those things become embedded in our chemical make-up. Our brains were wired to live in constant fear (you might be in a car accident on the way home from church so get down on your knees now and repent!)! It's very difficult to break away from this and I still struggle on a daily basis. What if they're right?

When my my mother would come to my house and try to witness to me and tell me I was going to hell, I would tell her she was wrong. And, she would say, but what if you're wrong and you go to hell and you never get to see me again? And I would say well WHAT IF YOU'RE WRONG AND YOU GET PUNISHED FOR TORTURING ME ALL THESE YEARS?!!!

F*$#. It's just never-ending.

February 12, 2019 12:44 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"But religious indoctrination can be hugely damaging....But mind-control and emotional abuse is actually the norm for many large, authoritarian, mainline religious groups. The sanitization of religion makes it all the more insidious. When the communities are so large and the practices normalized, victims are silenced....if a person had to attend a mind-controlling church several times a week, go to a religious school, perhaps be home-schooled, and conform to strict codes of belief and behavior for years on end, this is hugely important."

Thanks so much for posting this, Good Anonymous. These are the truths that Right Wing Authoritarians have suppressed (the vast majority of whom are deeply religigious) for far too long. Hypocritical evangelical christians clutch their pearls and get the vapours when someone dares to suggest to a child that harmless same sex relationships are normal for a minority of the population but demand that they have complete and unfettered access to everyone's children so they can indoctrinate them in the destructive religious worldview.

It is a grotesque assault on children to teach them that they will be eternally tortured for crossing christianity's ambiguous and contradictory boundaries. Many christians, like Wyatt/Regina will try to soft-peddle the grotesque injustice of infinite punishment for finite crimes by implausibly asserting the hell Jesus describes in the bible is metaphorical, despite there being no literary indications that the intent of the writers was anything but literal. And even if that were the "correct" interpretation, wouldn't an eternity of nothingness and being aware of the nothingness be outrageous torture in any case? Of course it would. So, there is no unjust version of hell.

Now most christians will tell you they got over the nightmares of hell they had as a child. But there are over 32,000 denominations of christianity - if one thing's clear, there is virtually no agreement amongst christians about what exactly sends you to eternal punishment. So, of course this fear of eternal punishment tortures devout christians for a lifetime, even if they manage to suppress it most of the time and tell everyone, as their religion obligates them to, "I am happy."

February 12, 2019 12:45 PM  
Anonymous we sure do have a wonderful Supreme Court said...

Research shows the most socially dysfunctional countries in the world are also the most religious. The same is true in the United States where the deeply religious south is worst in the country in areas such as teen pregnancy, abortion, crime, lowest school scores, lowest income, etc.

February 12, 2019 12:48 PM  
Anonymous How about that economy! said...

A record 7 million Americans are 3 months behind on their car payments, a red flag for the economy

A record 7 million Americans are 90 days or more behind on their auto loan payments, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Tuesday, even more than during the wake of the financial crisis era.

Economists warn that this is a red flag. Despite the strong economy and low unemployment rate, many Americans are struggling to pay their bills.

“The substantial and growing number of distressed borrowers suggests that not all Americans have benefited from the strong labor market,” economists at the New York Fed wrote in a blog post.

A car loan is typically the first payment people make because a vehicle is critical to getting to work, and someone can live in a car if all else fails. When car loan delinquencies rise, it is a sign of significant duress among low-income and working-class Americans.

“Your car loan is your No. 1 priority in terms of payment,” said Michael Taiano, a senior director at Fitch Ratings. “If you don’t have a car, you can’t get back and forth to work in a lot of areas of the country. A car is usually a higher-priority payment than a home mortgage or rent.”

People who are three months or more behind on their car payments often lose their vehicle, making it even more difficult to get to work, the doctor’s office or other critical places.

The New York Fed said that there were over a million more “troubled borrowers” at the end of 2018 than there were in 2010, when unemployment hit 10 percent and the auto loan delinquency rate peaked. Today, unemployment is 4 percent, and many more Americans have jobs, yet a significant number of people cannot pay their car loan.

Most of the people who are behind on their bills have low credit scores and are under age 30, suggesting young people are having a difficult time paying for their cars and their student loans at the same time....

February 12, 2019 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Irrelevant and incoherent Trump is upstaged in El Paso said...

President Trump went to El Paso, which he falsely said had been rampant with crime before border construction, to whip up his base in favor of a wall. Before he could take the stage, however, congressional negotiators reached a tentative deal to reopen the border — with 55 miles of bollard fencing, but no wall. Meanwhile, at a nearby location, Beto O’Rourke gathered a crowd of thousands to celebrate American values. Trump, in short, was essentially irrelevant, as he increasingly is. (Only his cheerleaders at Fox News bothered to cover him live in entirety.)

The Post reports:

"The framework would provide $1.375 billion for barriers along the border, including 55 miles of new fencing, with certain restrictions on the location, according to a congressional official familiar with the agreement. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been made public."

While Democrats relented on demands for a tight cap on beds available to hold immigrants, the number of available spots will nevertheless decline somewhat — to the consternation of hard-line anti-immigration activists. Right-wingers quickly figured out that they’d lost their battle. Trump lost this fight when he ended the shutdown; this was simply the nail in the coffin.

Trump, who might not have known the outcome of the negotiations before taking the stage, hollered at the crowd that he’d build the wall no matter what. He egged on the audience as it chanted “Lock her up,” more than two years after beating Hillary Clinton in the presidential race and while under scrutiny himself in a slew of investigations. It was more of the same — insults directed at O’Rourke (whom Trump said had only his first name going for him), lies that money from tariffs flowed into the U.S. Treasury, defensive meanderings to explain why he didn’t have a dog (after a weekend observing Democratic contenders’ cute pets, I tweeted in jest on Monday that we should never elect a president who didn’t have a dog), exaggerated crime figures and so on. It’s the same nonsensical, incoherent rambling that only his hard-line base appreciates; to others, he sounds unhinged and desperate. (Trump, as he is accustomed to do, bragged about his crowd size; multiple reports suggested it was about the same size as, if not smaller than, O’Rourke’s gathering.)

Meanwhile, O’Rourke took the higher ground. “We, together, we are making a stand for the truth against lies and hate and ignorance and intolerance,” he told the crowd. “We are going to show the country who we are.” He declared, “With the eyes of the country upon us, all of you together are going to make our stand in one of the safest cities in the United States of America. Safe not because of walls but in spite of walls.”

Trump and his apologists could vent their anger, claiming that Democrats wanted “open borders.” The reality, however, was that Democrats and Republicans without Trump could reach a common-sense border security deal. No wall is needed. The country at large, which staunchly opposed the shutdown and never supported a wall, is likely to react positively to news of the deal — unless, of course, Trump has another temper tantrum and shuts the government down. At this point, however, not even his own party in the Senate likely would support him on that score.

Trump is left with his cultlike followers, vague threats to “finish” the wall regardless of Congress, his mindless chants and his sycophantic right-wing media. As for the rest of the country, most Americans have little reason to pay attention to his rants. He’s not setting policy nor saying anything new. In fact, he has become a bit of a bore.

February 12, 2019 2:09 PM  
Anonymous El Paso fire department says Trump’s crowd size claims were false said...

The El Paso Fire Department on Monday denied that President Trump had received special permission to fit 10,000 people into an arena for his campaign rally in the city.

Enrique Aguilar, fire public information officer, told the El Paso Times that Trump received no special treatment and that 6,500 people attended the rally at the El Paso County Coliseum.

Aguilar added that the crowd size may have been 10,000 when considering the crowd outside the arena. But he said the fire department did not specifically track those figures.

Trump on Monday night held a rally in the border city of El Paso, Texas, where he continued to call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He said at one point "69,000 people signed up to be here."

"Now the arena holds 8,000," he added. "And thank you, fire department. They got in about 10,000. Thank you, fire department. Appreciate it."

Trump later claimed that there were 35,000 people at the rally while comparing his to the one former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) was headlining across town.

“A young man who's got very little going for himself except he's got a great first name. He challenged us. So we have, let's say 35,000 people tonight, and he has, say, 200 people, 300 people," Trump said, before predicting that the media would not acknowledge the disparity.

"Not too good. In fact, what I would do is I would say that may be the end of his presidential bid."

Between 7,000 and 8,000 people attended the march and rally opposing Trump on Monday, according to NBC News. Bloomberg News reported that O'Rourke's rally drew between 10,000 and 15,000 people.

O'Rourke said during a speech that his hometown was "safe not because of walls, but in spite of walls."

February 12, 2019 2:09 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"Most of the people who are behind on their bills have low credit scores and are under age 30, suggesting young people are having a difficult time paying for their cars and their student loans at the same time....".

Its the decades long Republican attack on the lower income Americans. Republicans have conned Americans into allowing them to implement policies that have allowed the richest six Americans to have as much wealth as the bottom 50% of Americans.

The American system of capitalism has been let run amok by Republicans and the results are tens of millions more Americans without healthcare and 100's of thousands of Americans who will die or lead needlessly shortened lives and lower quality lives. Not only because of Trump's failure to live up to his most important campaign promise(health care for everyone), but because of Republicans attempts to take away health care coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

Republicans are fighting in court now to kill The Affordable Care Act's coverage for pre-existing conditions, which covers all Americans regardless of how much money you have.

Republicans have failed to live up to Trump's campaign promise of cheap health care that covers everyone. Instead they work to take from the poor to give to the rich.

February 12, 2019 5:58 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

"Anonymous we sure do have a wonderful Supreme Court said..."

this new poster's new game where he copies someone else's screen name shows that TTF sure do have some morons for supporters

"Research shows the most socially dysfunctional countries in the world are also the most religious."

there's a trillion miles between Muslims and Judeo-Christian societies

not all religions are equivalent

the most religious Judeo-Christian societies are South Korea and the United States

the United States must not be too bad since everyone worried that we will build a wall and stop people from streaming into our "dysfunctional" society

currently, the biggest threat to the character of the US is the growing intolerance of homosexual advocates

the new game is for the media to harass any celebrity who goes to a church that holds a biblical view of homosexuality

Chris Pratt is being attacked by the media this week for attending the Hillsong church because they don't believe homosexuality is condoned by the Bible

Karen Pence was recently similarly attacked for taking a teaching position in a biblical church

February 12, 2019 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Dems regret their Kavanaugh antics said...

Nearly a week has passed since the first of two sexual-assault charges surfaced against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, and national Democratic leaders are still grappling with how to respond amid the fallout.

But that fallout is not limited to the Old Dominion, nor to the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls who were quick to weigh in on the burgeoning scandal in Richmond. It has spread from coast to coast and is now roiling the politics in Southern California as well.

Over the weekend, calls for Fairfax’s resignation continued to stream in, as did similar demands days earlier when a medical school yearbook surfaced with racist images on the page of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. Democrats were quick to urge Northam to step down only to be confronted with a dilemma when rape accusations from credible-sounding accusers were leveled at Fairfax – the Democrat poised to take over from Northam. Many Democrats have not adhered to standards they’d adopted in previous cases – that is to say, when Republicans were accused. California Sen. Kamala Harris, an announced presidential aspirant, unequivocally urged the lieutenant governor to resign, as did her Senate colleague Kirsten Gillibrand, who is also considering a run for her party’s 2020 nomination. Gillibrand termed the allegations “sickening and horrendous.”

But a Democrat-led effort to impeach Fairfax over the allegations fizzled on Sunday night when members of the Virginia House of Delegates held a conference call in which several members suggested hitting the brakes on such an irreversible, career-ending move.

Many Republicans point out that the pleas for due process – from Fairfax himself and his supporters — and against a rush to judgment in the case echo the arguments prominent GOP senators made just a few months ago when trying to stop Democrats from derailing the nomination of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh was facing even older sexual-assault allegations -- that he tried to force himself on Christine Blasey Ford at a high school party 36 years ago. The allegations against Fairfax date back to 2000 when he was a student at Duke University and to the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

February 13, 2019 5:47 AM  
Anonymous Dems regret their Kavanaugh antics said...

It’s not the first time in the past year that Democrats have failed to hold one of their own to the same #MeToo standard of believing the accuser they used against Kavanaugh in a largely unified way.

For weeks, some of the same Democrats who strongly condemned Kavanaugh remained silent on domestic-abuse allegations against Keith Ellison, the Minnesota congressman who won his race for state attorney general amid the controversy last fall.

After a stream of negative media stories, the Democratic National Committee, where Ellison was second in command, last year announced a review of the charges against him. Many prominent national Democrats used the existence of the probe to avoid answering whether they believed Ellison’s accuser.

In Minnesota last year, the state was still reeling from the abrupt resignation of Democratic Sen. Al Franken in late 2017 after prominent Democratic women, particularly Gillibrand, led calls for him to resign. When it came to Ellison, however, Gillibrand, Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another 2020 contender, were far more cautious about weighing in throughout his attorney general campaign – just weeks before sharply condemning Kavanaugh.

They and other Democrats who accused Republicans of whitewashing the Kavanaugh allegations also have yet to comment on an even more disturbing sexual misconduct allegation against another powerful lawmaker.

Rep. Tony Cárdenas, a California Democrat who chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s BOLD PAC, is being sued in court by a woman who claims he drugged and molested her when she was 16 and a rising golf star. Cardenas was a member of the Los Angeles City Council at the time of the alleged assault.

Even though Harris and Gillibrand have called for Fairfax to resign, their offices did not respond to an inquiry about the allegations Cárdenas is facing and whether he should step down from BOLD PAC at least temporarily while the suit wends its way through court.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge determined last fall that the charges have enough merit to move forward and has set an August trial date. Last month, the woman suing Cárdenas identified herself publicly for the first time as 28-year-old Angela Villela Chavez. A rising teenage golf star at the time of the alleged assault, Chavez pressed Speaker Nancy Pelosi to make good on her call last May for a House Ethics Committee inquiry. Chavez, the daughter of a former longtime Cárdenas aide, said she was inspired to come forward following Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

“As members of Congress, we each have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of the House of Representatives, and any type of alleged misconduct must be investigated by the Ethics Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement nine months ago. “Congressman Cárdenas said he will fully cooperate with an ethics investigation.”

But that investigation has not taken place.

Chavez says Cárdenas molested her in 2007 while driving her to the hospital after she collapsed while playing golf with the congressman, whom she had considered a mentor. In her lawsuit, Chavez says Cárdenas had given her water that "tasted distinctly different from both tap and filtered water," and she collapsed. She says he fondled her breasts and genitals as he took her to the hospital. Cárdenas has vigorously denied the allegations

February 13, 2019 5:48 AM  
Anonymous I'm mighty happy with the Supreme Court said...

Mitch McConnell has announced that the Senate will vote on Dems' suicide note, written by a bartender from the Big Apple:

After reading an especially radical platform agreed upon by the British Labor Party, one Tory wag described it as "the longest suicide note in history."

The phrase comes to mind on reading of the resolution calling for a Green New Deal, advanced by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and endorsed by at least five of the major Democratic candidates for president.

The Green New Deal is designed to recall the halcyon days of the 1930s, when, so the story goes, FDR came to Washington to enact the historic reforms that rescued America from the Great Depression.

Only that story is more than a small myth.

The unemployment rate when FDR took the oath in 1933 was 25 percent. It never fell below 14 percent through the 1930s. In June 1938, despite huge Democratic majorities in Congress, FDR was presiding over a nation where unemployment was back up to 19 percent.

World War II and the conscription of 16 million young men gave us "full employment." And the war's end and demobilization saw the return of real prosperity in 1946, after FDR was dead.

Yet this Green New Deal is nothing if not ambitious.

To cope with climate change, the GND calls for a 10-year plan to meet "100 percent of the power demand of the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources."

This appears to require a phase-out by 2030 of all carbon-emitting power plants fueled by coal and oil and their replacement by power plants fueled by wind and solar.

Will natural gas be permitted? Will nuclear power? There are 60 commercially operating nuclear power plants with 98 nuclear reactors in 30 states. Will they be shut down? Will the Greens agree to dam up more U.S. rivers to produce renewable hydroelectric power?

Air travel consumes huge quantities of carbon-producing jet fuel. What will replace it? Perhaps progressive Democratic candidates will set an example by not flying, and then by voting to end production of private aircraft and to ground all corporate jets. Let the elites sail to Davos.

The GND calls for an overhaul of the "transportation systems in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector ... through ... clean, affordable and accessible public transportation; and high-speed rail."

Gas-powered cars are out. How long will that train trip from DC to LA take? And if China continues its relentless rise in carbon emissions until 2030, as permitted by the Paris climate accord, while the U.S. spends itself into bankruptcy going green, where would that leave America and China at midcentury?

"By the end of the Green New Deal resolution I was laughing so hard I nearly cried," tweeted the Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel: "If a bunch of GOPers plotted to forge a fake Democratic bill showing how bonkers the party is, they could not have done a better job. It is beautiful."

February 13, 2019 5:58 AM  
Anonymous I'm mighty happy with the Supreme Court said...

The Green New Deal, say its authors, has as a goal "stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, the elderly, the unhoused, peoples with disabilities, and youth."

Fifty years after the Great Society, apparently half the country consists of victims of oppression.

Who are their oppressors? Guess.

Among the endorsers of this Green New Deal is Sen. Cory Booker, who compares the battle to stop climate change to fighting the Nazis in World War II. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have all endorsed it. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who calls climate change "an existential threat," was an original co-sponsor.

Nancy Pelosi has more sense. Interviewed last week, the speaker batted the Green New Deal aside: "It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive. The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it, right?"

Unfortunately, Nancy's not running for President.

Very unfortunately...LOL

With her own agenda and priorities, Pelosi does not want to be dragged into having to defend a document that reads like it was written by the college socialists club.

The question, though, is why Democrats, who, if nominated, are likely to face Donald Trump in 2020, are signing on to so radical a scheme.

In a presidential election, the "out" party candidate usually has an advantage. No record to defend. He or she can choose the terrain on which to attack the incumbent, who has a four-year record.

Rarely does an out party present a fixed and stationary target as exposed as this, as out-of the-mainstream as this, as vulnerable as this.

The only explanation for the endorsement of the Green New Deal by candidates with a prospect of winning the Democratic nomination is that they are so fearful of Ocasio-Cortez and the left for whom she speaks that they must endorse her plan.

That British Tory got it right. This thing reads like a Democratic Party suicide pact.

February 13, 2019 6:00 AM  
Anonymous how Dems suppress black vote said...

N PERSON
SEXUALITY & FAMILY
POLITICS & LAW
EDUCATION & CULTURE
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
ABORTION
Abortion’s Devastating Impact Upon Black Americans
FEBRUARY 11, 2019BY ARTHUR GOLDBERG
Abortion cannot be allowed on economic, social, or racial grounds—to afford a higher standard of living, for the convenience of uncommitted relationships, or because a minority racial group is involved.

When Stacey Abrams lost her bid for Georgia governor last November, she explained away her loss with the common liberal talking point that racism deprived her fellow African-Americans and other minorities of their fundamental right to vote. Her campaign was largely focused on turning out the minority vote.

In contrast, her silence was deafening concerning a far more potent factor holding down the black vote: namely, the staggering number of abortions in the black community. The inconvenient truth of “black genocide” significantly decreased the potential black population of Georgia over the past fifty years. According to recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics, while African-Americans constitute 32.2 percent of Georgia’s population, 62.4 percent of abortions in Georgia are performed on African-American women. By contrast, whites constitute 60.8 percent of the Georgia population, but only 24.7 percent of abortions were performed on white women. Even pro-abortion groups like the Guttmacher Institute admit that “black women are more than 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion.”

These abortion numbers have curtailed population increases in the African-American community. Michael Novak calculated in 2002 that without the incidence of abortion, the African-American population would show at least a 36-percent increase. Even this number does not take into account the number of children who may have been born to those who were aborted.

In its endorsement of Abrams, Planned Parenthood referred to her as an “unwavering champion for reproductive health and rights.” In proudly accepting their endorsement, Ms. Abrams emphasized that she would “not whisper” her campaign’s pro-choice position, proclaiming that abortion would be a “proud and central facet” of her campaign and governance. By aligning herself with Planned Parenthood’s agenda, Abrams ignored the warnings of community pastors such as Clenard Childress, Jr., who warned, “If the current trend [of abortions in the black community] continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant.”

Abrams’s strong support of Planned Parenthood highlights either her hypocrisy or her lack of knowledge concerning abortion’s devastating effect on the African-American population. This is also true for the myriad black-led liberal groups (such as the Congressional Black Caucus) that unequivocally endorse Planned Parenthood, the number-one killer within the African-American community. In spite of overall falling abortion rates in the U.S., numbers released in 2018 by the CDC reveal that in certain time periods studied, for example 2007 to 2010, abortion ratios actually increased among black women as compared to white women. The abortion ratios of the latter decreased. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control point out that nearly half of all pregnancies among black women end in abortion (472 per 1,000), while among white women only 16 percent of pregnancies are aborted (161 per 1,000). In New York City, where Planned Parenthood is headquartered, more black babies are aborted than are born alive (1,180 abortions for every 1,000 live births).

February 13, 2019 6:05 AM  
Anonymous AOC.....LOL!! said...

without the incidence of abortion, the African-American population would show at least a 36-percent increase. Even this number does not take into account the number of children who may have been born to those who were aborted.

February 13, 2019 6:07 AM  
Anonymous I reeeeeeeeally like our Supreme Court.and the best is yet to come!!!!!!! said...

Tax season is upon us and millions of Americans are beginning the loathed process of filing their tax forms — a circumstance that usually plagues large swaths of the population with seasonal depression. However, this year, there’s a silver lining.

Thanks to the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, millions of Americans experienced tax savings over the course of 2018. Because of updated withholding tables — a result of tax rate decreases, higher standard deductions and larger tax credits — 80 percent of households were able to keep more of their own money last year.

It’s important to note that because savings from the tax cuts were designed to be spread out evenly throughout the year, it’s likely tax refund checks could be more modest compared to previous years. The savings will instead be seen by comparing federal government tax withholdings from 2018 to those of 2017. The average family of four is estimated to have saved nearly $3,000 because of the new tax code. And for individuals, the savings are roughly half that.

And just as the benefits for individuals have been extensive, the impacts on the broader economy have been profound as well.

Since the tax cuts legislation went into effect at the beginning of 2018, roughly 2.8 million jobs have been created and wages have increased by 3.2 percent. Interestingly, wage levels for non-supervisory employees — commonly perceived as “blue collar” workers — have been outpacing the wage growth of their superiors. This means the rising economic tide is lifting all boats.

Additionally, small business entrepreneurs — who are often thought of as the backbone of the economy — have specifically flourished because of the tax cuts. New measures in the tax code that are intended to help out small businesses have encouraged job creation and promoted business expansion on a mass scale.

Dina Rubio, a restaurant owner and member of the Job Creators Network, provides a great example. She, along with her husband, have used the tax cut savings to renovate and make improvements to their restaurant, steps which will enrich the customer experience and entice new visitors. Moreover, they were able to hire more people and give pay raises to key employees — all possible because of the tax cuts.

And a story out of Somerset, Pennsylvania is another instructive example. Guy Berkebile, owner of Guy Chemical, was able to use the financial savings from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to distribute employee bonuses, open up a new facility, hire new team members and invest in more capital equipment.

There are many more small business entrepreneurs like Dina and Guy who have converted this good public policy into tangible progress for the economy, employees and customers. Officials in Washington should make it a priority to ensure that similar stories are able to unfold for years to come.

A good first step would be to prolong the measures in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act beyond the scheduled expiration date of 2025. Guaranteeing the tax relief will extend well into the future will allow small businesses to better plan investments and also grant individuals more peace of mind about their own financial security.

Beyond simply extending the measures in the tax cuts law, the larger tax code could be simplified. The current tax law spans more than 6,500 pages with an additional 60,000 pages of associated case law. This requires Americans to spend nearly nine billion hours every year addressing it. For many small businesses, this means hiring an army of accountants and tax lawyers to ensure compliance — a costly and time-consuming process. Eliminating some of the complexity is yet another way to lighten the tax burden on small businesses and individuals alike.

This tax filing season, Americans will be better able to grasp the financial gift they’ve received as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. But just as with most things, there’s always room for improvement.

February 13, 2019 6:13 AM  

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