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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sarah Silverman

She's edgy.
And beautiful.
A flashback to Sarah Silverman's early performances

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

trump Asking for Firing of Jemele Hill is a Trip Into Crazytown

trump lied repeatedly during what is universally called the nuttiest campaign in history about Obama saying Obama was born in Kenya and called our last real President a racist.
Now Orange Hitler wants Jemele Hill, a sports reporter fired for correctly describing him as a white supremacist.
The obvious question is, who,
aside from Idiot Boy and the nutjobs around him think he isn't a white supremacist?
Jemele Hill should get a medal for her bravery in standing up to the Racist-in-Chief.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Trump Denies Medical Reports That he Has Alzheimer's

Many people are saying that trump's odd behaviour are symptoms of end stage Alzheimer's.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

My Shit's Fucked up

This song was written 3 weeks before Warren Zevon,
OBM, Passed

Sunday, August 13, 2017

White Supremacists Thank trump For His Kind Words to Them



“When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him,” wrote a Nazi website’s founder.

President Donald Trump is coming under fire from both sides of the aisle for his unwillingness to explicitly condemn the role of white supremacists at the deadly protests in Virginia on Saturday. “We must call evil by its name,” Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) urged Trump, who had earlier told reporters that “many sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville.

“It is not too much to ask to have a president who explicitly condemns Nazis,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in a pointed Saturday tweet.

But at least one group appears happy with Trump’s muted comments: White supremacists themselves.

Reacting to Trump’s words on Saturday, the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer praised the president’s comments as “good.”

“He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us,” wrote Andrew Anglin, the website’s founder.

“No condemnation at all,” Anglin continued. “When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes The Daily Stormer as a site dedicated to “spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism.” “Jewish Problem” and “Race War” are among the editorial sections that can be found on the site.

Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke said on Saturday that the white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville ― called “Unite the Right” ― was in line with “promises” made by Trump.

“We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump,” said Duke, speaking at the rally. “That’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump. Because he said he’s going to take our country back. That’s what we gotta do.”


Hundreds of neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and other white supremacists descended upon Charlottesville this weekend to protest the proposed removal of a Confederate statue from a city park. Many counter-demonstrators also took to the streets, and heated clashes were reported between the two groups.

Three people died in connection with the violence on Saturday: A 32-year-old woman who was struck by a car that plowed into a group of counter-protesters, and two Virginia state troopers who, while responding to the riots, died in a helicopter crash.

Dominique Mosbergen
Reporter, HuffPost


Donald Trump  U.S. News  Hate Speech  Racism  White Supremacy




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The dog that looks the most like a teddy bear AND the cutest dog

"My ancestors were ferocious killing machines.
My great great great Grandfather could take down the largest prey and snap its neck in seconds.

Now look at me.
They put a baby's clothes on me and tell their friends I'm a teddy bear."



Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Linda Sarsour’s Corrupt influence on the progressive community


The problem is not the hijab.
The problem is Islamic Ideology and Islamists who cry death to Israel, curse the West, subjugate their women under Sharia and make life hell for anyone who deviates from the most sexist, racist, homophobic, anti-anyone not Muslim or the right kind of Muslim.
We need to listen to the words of Islamic leaders running the Muslim world; “There is no Islam that is not Political.”
This brand of Islam has nothing to do with spirituality, freedom or democracy, and everything to do with power, control, and brutal oppression. This is the brand of Islam controlling Arab nations today that too many of us wish to willfully ignore.
Linda Sarsour’s influence on the progressive community is useful in understanding this trend of willful ignorance in liberal communities, including the Jewish world today.
Sarsour’s hijab is not the problem. The hijab fittings that infiltrated the Women’s March she co-organized in D.C was a cover-up of much more than the head.
Orthodox Jewish women cover their heads and many are feminists. The same goes for the hijab in America when it is a choice. It is a problem when it is not a choice.
Given that Sarsour does not speak up against the blatant oppression of women in Islamic countries, her hijab fittings are more about support for Islamic ideology than acceptance of Muslims and their religious practices in America.
As her Muslim Brotherhood Hamas driven ideology was exposed on social media, she manipulated a fundraiser for vandalized Jewish graves in St. Louis, Missouri.
A group of Jewish educators and organizations were moved to lead a campaign of support for her. Instead of doing their homework.
Are we that gullible, that needy, that afraid to lose progressive credentials? That reputable Jewish journals like The Forward would go so far as to tell us “not to listen to her words?”
Where is this marriage of mostly well-meaning progressives and Israel hating, women oppressing, gay murdering, Hamas loving systems being made? Since when is waking up to Islamic oppression a “phobia” and an affront to intersectionality?
Have these Jewish educators supporting Sarsour confronted her crude attacks against Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a woman who suffered genital mutilation and lost so much, a woman who risks her life as she continues to try to bring to light the dark night forced upon women in countries operating under Sharia today? Why isn’t Hirsi Ali’s documentary The Honor Diaries more widely distributed than fraudulent claims of feminism?
That Sarsour, in solidarity with Rasmeah Odeh, a convicted terrorist who murdered Jews in a Jerusalem supermarket, are keynote speakers at the annual “A Jewish Voice for Peace” is no surprise. Progressive Jewish educators need to connect the dots instead of telling us to “ignore her words.”
The brilliantly articulate fast talking Sarsour, “friend” of the LGBTQ community, does not speak out against the torture and murder of gays in Islamic countries or the “honor killings” of women.
Her silence makes her an apologist for crimes against women, gays, lesbians, transgender, Jews, Christians, and all religious minorities under Islam. Her silence matters.
Her Brooklyn-ese “There is nothing creepier than Zionism” echoes the vow from Islamic leaders all over the Arab world to destroy Israel.  Her words matter.
That she was honored by Obama as a “human rights activist” is cringe-worthy. This is a woman whose tweets (Hirsi Ali “doesn’t’ deserve to have a vagina”), have a lot in common with the late-night tweeting of a certain president of the United States she “resists.”
How about resisting Islamic ideology, the institutionalized oppression of women, minority groups, and ethnic cleansing?
Over two thousand five hundred years of Jewish communities in what became Arab lands has been brutally brought to an end by Islamists.Churches filled with worshippers are torched by Islamists in Egypt. Coptic Christians, too many of them to expel as the Jews were, live in fear in Egypt.Women are stoned in public for disobeying men in Afghanistan.Women dressed “immodestly” in the Iran of the mullahs are dragged off the streets and beaten. Gay men and lesbians are subjected to torture and gruesome deaths.Christian girls are kidnapped, raped, and traded, by Islamic militants in Africa.The Yazidi woman and girls…
The horrors cannot be contained in this post.
Willful ignorance is a big problem.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

When we had a Real President


Yes, we once had a president we could be proud of.
He wasn't a serial liar, he never bragged about his money.
He volunteered to fight for his country and personally rescued his soldiers.
He loved his fellow Americans, rich and  poor, black  and white.
He had grace and compassion, he was murdered by America's enemies.
Zamir Etzioni

Sadly, we are now cursed with a "so-called President" that intelligent Americans are ashamed of.
Most Americans voted against him.JFK surely would have been offended—if not terrified—at Trump’s blatant disinterest in and disregard for history, serious reading and scholarship. That he would heap contempt on Trump—who says he’s too busy for books yet always has time for “Page Six,” the New York Post’s celebrity page, cannot be doubted. Trump, perhaps the most narcissistic American public figure since Gen. Douglas MacArthur—who Truman fired—would also be lambasted for his selfish “me first” persona.
JFK’s inaugural address, delivered 56 years ago, is still remembered for its inspirational rhetoric. “Ask not what your country can do for you,” he said, “but what you can do for your country.” By contrast, Trump’s inaugural address was only four months ago—can you remember even one line from it? His “American carnage” theme—laced with anger and resentment—was instantly forgotten, a wasted opportunity. Leadership is persuasion, the art of getting others to follow, and in a time of division and economic uncertainty, it is a skill whose importance cannot be overestimated. Kennedy worked at this to the very end. A speech, undelivered on the day of his assassination, spoke critically of those “finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side and seeking influence without responsibility.” Kennedy also believed that presidents are judged on four things: character, courage, integrity, and judgment. Donald Trump, you’re no Jack Kennedy.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-trump-stacks-up-to-reagan-jfk-and-other-presidential-greats-2017-05-30




Monday, May 29, 2017

Trump supporter kills 2 people after yelling anti-Muslim slurs


Multnomah County Jail
Another White male terrorist and Trump supporter has attacked in America. The latest incident occurred on public transportation in Portland, Oregon on May 26.

According to KOIN 6, Jeremy Christian, a self-proclaimed White supremacist and Trump supporter entered the MAX public train and began yelling anti-Muslim slurs. He soon turned his attention to a woman wearing a hijab and aimed the racial slurs at her. May 26 happened to be the first day of the Muslim holy-month, Ramadan. Christian threatened and yelled at the Muslim woman to get off the bus.Two young men came to defend the woman and were attacked by the trump supporter
Christian attacked the men by slashing their throats. One man died on site, the other died after being rushed to a hospital. Christian has a history of embracing racist ideologies and it was only a matter a time before he would be involved in racial terrorism. He would attend White supremacist rallies and was once photographed given the Nazi salute. But Christian was also a strong supporter of Donald Trump. He referred to Trump as “the Next Hitler” and would often carry signs with Trump’s political moniker, “Make America Great Again.” Christian is another example of how Trump’s racial rhetoric has put Americans in danger. His hate speech has caused racist Whites to gain a new sense of confidence when attacking minorities. Racism, just like joining ISIS, should be considered a crime in America. On May 20, Richard Collins III visited two friends who attended the University of Maryland. According to Baltimore Sun, Collins and his two friends were waiting for an Uber when they were approached by Sean Urbanski, 22. When Urbanski walked by he allegedly yelled, “Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you!” Collins told Urbanski, “no.” Apparently frustrated that a Black person would not comply with his order, Urbanski turned violent. Urbanski stabbed Collins in the chest. Collins was rushed to a local hospital, but he was later pronounced dead. In Houston on May 2, James Scott Lee, 32, began yelling racial slurs at a Black man while holding a knife. Lee yelled, “I hate n—s, and I’m going to kill me one today!” Lee chased his Black victim with the knife and brass knuckles. The Black man eventually escaped by jumping into a car and locking the door. On March 20, James Harris Jackson traveled to New York for the purpose of killing Black people. He approached Timothy Caughman, 66, around 11 p.m. and stabbed him several times. Caughman was able to walk to a police precinct, but he eventually died from the stab wounds. One day following the attack, Jackson walked into a police precinct near Times Square and told authorities that he committed the murder. Christian was charged with two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and one count each of aggravated murder and being a felon in possession of a restricted firearm. He has yet to be charged with a hate crime

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Why Do Most Americans Hate trump and Why is he History's Most Unpopular President?



No one would deny that trump is a low-grade moron lacking the intellect of a pissant.
If his handlers didn't order him to use a teleprompter, he would just be one more clown with a stupid grin on his bloated orange face.
No, trump's stupidity is not why he is so despised by the majority of Americans.
I think the fact that he sold out our country to a Russian criminal weighs more heavily, and the fact that he was trashed in the popular vote by over 3 million votes, and stupidly tried to claim the other side was doing what we all know he was doing, ie, rigging the election with the help of his hero, Putin, has not only made him the most unpopular president in history, but even those who supported him, such as conservative journalist George Will, have had to admit that trump is frankly, not only too dumb to be president, he is a liar as well.
trump is too ignorant to know that you are not supposed to admit that you are pandering to your base, while he makes pathetic remarks like "All I know is what I see on the Internet,"

Trump has signed executive orders rolling back our policies to fight climate change, but doing that will take years and is very unpopular, perhaps in part because it won’t actually restore coal jobs, as he has promised. Trump’s vow of infrastructure spending could prove popular, but we don’t know whether it will amount to anything more than a tax break and privatization scheme. Trump’s trade bluster is also colliding with the complexity of policy reality.

Why is Trump tanking? The bottom line is that the ongoing translation of Trump’s agenda into policy specifics is showing that major elements of it are unpopular, or unworkable because they are premised on lies or both.

As George Will, the most prominent Conservative in America said recently  "As this column has said before, the problem isn’t that he does not know this or that, or that he does not know that he does not know this or that. Rather, the dangerous thing is that he does not know what it is to know something."

Will went on to criticize Trump for some of the comments he made before assuming the presidency, pointing to his remarks on the nuclear triad and the "one China policy."

Will warned that Americans have put "vast military power at the discretion of this mind."

"So, it is up to the public to quarantine this presidency," he wrote, "by insistently communicating to its elected representatives a steady, rational fear of this man whose combination of impulsivity and credulity render him uniquely unfit to take the nation into a military conflict."

Trump is a "Useful idiot" to Putin, but to Americans, as shown by the beating Hillary gave him in the popular vote, he is an idiot, period.

Michael Blackburn, Sr.



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spicer: Hitler ‘didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,’ although he sent Jews to ‘the Holocaust center’



In criticizing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that even Adolf Hitler did not sink to that level of warfare, despite Hitler's use of gas chambers to kill millions of Jews.

When given the chance to clarify his comment — uttered during Passover, the most celebrated Jewish holiday in the United States — Spicer then said Hitler took Jews “into the Holocaust center” but that Hitler “was not using the gas on his own people in the same way that Assad is doing.”

Spicer brought up Hitler unprompted during Tuesday's White House briefing while emphasizing how seriously the United States takes Assad's use of chemical weapons.

“We didn't use chemical weapons in World War II. You know, you had a, you know, someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said. “So you have to if you're Russia, ask yourself: Is this a country that you, and a regime, that you want to align yourself with? You have previously signed onto international agreements, rightfully acknowledging that the use of chemical weapons should be out of bounds by every country.”


Later in the briefing, a reporter read Spicer's comments back to him and gave him the opportunity to clarify. Spicer's answer only added more confusion.

“I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no — he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing,” Spicer said, mispronouncing Assad's name. “I mean, there was clearly, I understand your point, thank you. Thank you, I appreciate that. There was not in the, he brought them into the Holocaust center, I understand that. What I am saying in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocent, into the middle of towns, it was brought — so the use of it. And I appreciate the clarification there. That was not the intent.”

When Spicer stumbled further into dangerous territory with this response, the mouth of one White House press aide, seated along the briefing room wall, seemed to fall open in a half gasp.

Before the briefing was even over, White House press aides had realized the magnitude of his mistake — and were working on a response to clarify it. Shortly after he stepped away from the lectern, Spicer put out a statement trying to explain what he meant.

“In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust,” Spicer said in the statement. “I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.”

Spicer's comments at briefing sparked outrage and concern. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum tweeted a video showing footage taken when U.S. forces liberated the concentration camp in Buchenwald, Germany, in April 1945, documenting the atrocities witnessed. Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and a frequent critic of the president, released a statement accusing Spicer of having “engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death” and called on Trump to fire his press secretary.



“I was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad had made against his own people last week, using chemical weapons and gas,” he said. “Frankly I mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison. And for that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that.”

Trump and several people close to him have previously faced accusations of anti-Semitism and making insensitive remarks regarding the Holocaust. During the campaign, Trump tweeted a graphic attacking Hillary Clinton that was circulating in anti-Semitic circles online that featured a Star of David on top of piles of money. Although the image was deleted, Trump later said he wished his staff had left it in place and allowed him to defend it.

After the election, the Anti-Defamation League’s chief executive opposed Trump’s selection of Stephen K. Bannon as his chief strategist because Bannon once led the Breitbart news site, which the organization considers “the premier website of the Alt Right, a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists.”

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In January, the White House released a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, that made no mention of Jews or the anti-Semitic views that fueled the Holocaust. At the time, White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks said the omission was intentional because the White House staff is an “incredibly inclusive group, and we took into account all of those who suffered.”

When confronting accusations of anti-Semitism, Trump and those close to him note that his daughter Ivanka, son-in-law and three grandchildren are Jewish. Ivanka Trump posted a family photo on her social media accounts Monday that appears to have been taken at the White House, along with the message: “During #Passover, we reflect on the significance of the exodus from Egypt and celebrate the great freedoms we enjoy today! #ChagPesach.”

On Monday night, the White House hosted a Seder dinner for staff members in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building’s Indian Treaty Room. Trump did not attend and tweeted: “Happy Passover to everyone celebrating in the United States of America, Israel, and around the world. #ChagSameach.” Obama held a Seder in the residence’s Old Family Dining Room all eight years he was president, a new tradition inspired by the Seder he celebrated with three young staffers during the 2008 campaign in the basement of the Sheraton Hotel in Harrisburg, Pa.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

The Truth Behind trump's Syria Strike

The Real Story Behind The Syria Strikes 

I detest empty conspiracy theories. If the most straightforward logical explanation for something is well supported by the facts, then it’s probably true most of the time. But here’s the trouble with the events of the past forty-eight hours: none of it makes sense on its face. Not the gas attack in Syria. And certainly not Donald Trump’s response. I hate to say it, but these events only logically make sense if they’ve all been arranged by Vladimir Putin.
 Let’s start with the gas attack in Syria. In my view, the rebels lack the motivation and the organization to have been behind it. And ISIS was so weakened during the Obama administration that it now lacks the muscle to have pulled this off (and ISIS would be loudly taking credit if it did). And yet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, genocidal as he may be, would not have done something like this without the approval of the Kremlin, because he is a longtime Russian puppet in both an economic and military sense.
 But Vladimir Putin knows full well that a gas attack like this was likely to prompt at least some kind U.S. military response against Assad. So Putin wouldn’t have been behind this unless he wanted the U.S. to take military action in Syria. And the only logical reason for Putin to want that is if he was trying to set up a win for Donald Trump, which could boost his historically low approval rating. It would also allow Trump to paint himself as being willing to go against Russian interests, as an argument against the most serious charges in the worsening Trump-Russia scandal.
 Moreover, the U.S. Tomahawk missiles used in the attack could have been struck down by the S-400 weaponry which Russia already had in place in Syria (source: Washington Post) – but Russia chose not to do so. Additionally, NBC News is reporting on-air that the U.S. strike only took out planes and fueling stations, while leaving the two airstrips intact. The airstrips would have required significant reconstruction, but the equipment can theoretically be replaced tomorrow.
 The U.S. attack seemed tailor made to look fierce to casual viewers at home, while inflicting as little real damage to Assad’s air force capability as possible. Trump went out of his way not to substantially impair Assad, and in return Russia went out of its way to allow the U.S. attack to happen. For that matter, Russia seemed to have already known what the U.S. would hit when it made the decision not to take out the incoming missiles. Regardless of any public jawing between the U.S. and Russia tonight, this reeks of carefully crafted military theater.
 Combine that with the reports this week from Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show that the U.S. military had already been building up troops in Syria before the gas attack, and it strongly suggests Donald Trump knew he would soon be taking military action there. Further, Trump tried to keep the troop buildup a secret, suggesting he didn’t want anyone to figure out that he already knew the gas attack was coming.
 This is a hell of an accusation to make on my part. I’m suggesting that Vladimir Putin orchestrated a gas attack in Syria so Donald Trump could strike back in minimal and symbolic fashion, and that Putin told Trump ahead of time to go ahead and begin building up troops in advance, and that Trump went along with the horrifying stunt. And yet this is – incredibly – the least convoluted explanation that makes any logical sense.
 Whatever the real story behind the surreal events of the past forty-eight hours, which has cost the lives of Syrian children and has put U.S. troops in harm’s way, Donald Trump’s role in it must be investigated to the fullest. Because if my logical theory is even half right, then Trump just became a genocidal war criminal.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Keith Ellison Is A Well known Anti-Semite


If you go back to his positions, his statements, his speeches, the way’s he voted, he’s clearly an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual.
 Keith Ellison had defended Nation of Islam bigots from Khalid Abdul Muhammed (“that old no-good Jew, that old imposter Jew, that old hooked-nose, bagel-eating, lox-eating… just crawled out of the caves and hills of Europe, so-called damn Jew”) to Joanne Jackson ("Jews are among the most racist white people I know") through a large section of his early adult life.
Keith Ellison spent a likely eleven years of his life affiliated with a racist and anti-Semitic hate group. Since then he has lied about it and distorted his past. That alone should be disqualifying.
The radical extremists supporting Keith Ellison's candidacy have no response to this. So they have simply resorted to repeating the same lies. With the aid of a compliant media that makes it very clear that it has taken Ellison's sideThe first Muslim elected to Congress has over several decades praised the Nation of Islam and its leader, Louis Farrakhan, who in the words of the Anti-Defamation League “has embarked on a wide-ranging campaign specifically targeting the Jewish community.” Ellison has recently expressed regret over his defense of Farrakhan in the 1990s, but Ellison’s own writings reveal that he has, at least at one point in the past, entertained a similar worldview.

“Whether one supports or opposes the establishment of Israel in Palestine and Israel’s present policies, Zionism, the ideological undergirding of Israel, is a debatable political philosophy,” Ellison wrote in 1990, protesting the University of Minnesota’s criticism of a campus visit by Stokely Carmichael, who famously claimed that Zionists collaborated with Nazis during World War II.
“The university’s position appears to be this,” Ellison continued: “Political Zionism is off-limits no matter what dubious circumstances Israel was founded under; no matter what the Zionists do to the Palestinians; and no matter what wicked regimes Israel allies itself with — like South Africa. This position is untenable.”
His writings and statements later in life suggest a consistency in this political belief well beyond the ‘90s.
“The United States’ foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people,” he said at a 2010 fundraiser for his reelection hosted by a man named Esam Omeish, who had three years prior faced controversy for telling Palestinians that “jihad way is the way to liberate your land.”
“A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense? Is that logic?” Ellison continued. “When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes. Can I say that again?”
During the same event, Ellison suggested the US foster closer ties with Saudi Arabia and Libya, which at the time remained under the dictatorial leadership of Muammar Gaddafi.
And in 2014, Ellison was only one of seven House members to vote against supplementary funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system– a vote he cast during an emergency ballot, when the country was enduring over 4,000 rocket strikes by Hamas.
There is a pattern in Ellison’s statements and behavior, Jewish American groups are now asking Democratic members of Congress to block his appointment as DNC chair. 
“If you go back to his positions, his statements, his speeches, the way’s he voted, he’s clearly an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual,” Haim Saban, a billionaire and Democratic megadonor who generously gave to Clinton this election cycle, said before a baffled crowd of top Democratic lawmakers in December, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “Keith Ellison would be a disaster 
The Anti-Defamation League has characterized Ellison’s past comments as “disqualifying.” 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

If Ellison Is elected DNC Chairman I will leave the Party


Tomorrow the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will have to choose the direction of the Democratic Party, as well as its likely composition. It will be among the most important choices the DNC has ever had to make. There has been a powerful push from the hard-left of the Democratic Party, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), to elect Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) chairman. If he is elected, I will quit the party after 60 years of loyal association and voting. I will become an independent, continuing to vote for the best candidates, most of whom, I assume, will still be Democrats. But I will not contribute to the DNC or support it as an institution. My loyalty to my country and my principles and my heritage exceeds any loyalty to my party. I will urge other like-minded people — centrist liberals — to follow my lead and quit the Democratic Party if Ellison is elected chairman. We will not be leaving the Democratic Party we have long supported. The Democratic Party will be leaving us! Let me explain the reasons for this difficult decision. Ellison has a long history of sordid association with anti-Semitism. He worked with and repeatedly defended one of a handful of the most notorious and public anti-Semites in our country: The Reverend Louis Farrakhan. And worked with Farrakhan at the very time this anti-Semite was publicly describing Judaism as a “gutter religion” and insisting that the Jews were a primary force in the African slave trade. Moreover, Ellison himself has made anti-Semitic statements. A prominent lawyer, with significant credibility, told me that while he was a law student, Ellison approached her and said he could not respect her, because she was a Jew and because she was a woman who should not be at a law school. This woman immediately disclosed that anti-Semitic and anti-feminists statement to her husband and friends, and I believe she is telling the truth. Ellison’s anti-Semitism is confirmed by his support for another anti-Semite, Stokely Carmichael. When there were protests about Carmichael’s speaking at the University of Minnesota, Ellison responded that: “The University's position appears to be this: Political Zionism is off-limits no matter what dubious circumstances Israel was founded under; no matter what the Zionists do to the Palestinians; and no matter what wicked regimes Israel allies itself with — like South Africa. This position is untenable." But the connections are more recent as well. In 2009, Ellison headlined a fundraiser for Esam Omeish, a former candidate for Virginia state delegate who had told Palestinians that “the jihad way is the way to liberate your land.”If With regard to Israel, Ellison was one of only a small number of Congress people who recently voted against funding the Iron Dome, a missile system used by Israel to protect its civilians against rocket attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah. His voting record with regard to the Nation State of the Jewish people is among the very worst in Congress. Ellison is now on an apology tour as he runs for DNC chairman, but his apologies and renunciations of his past association with anti-Semitism have been tactical and timed to his political aspirations. He first claimed to realize that Farrakhan was an anti-Semite when he ran for office in 2006 seeking Jewish support. His claim to be a supporter of Israel was timed to coincide with his run for the chairmanship of DNC. I do not trust him. I do not believe him. And neither should centrist liberal supporters of Israel and opponents of anti-Semitism. The DNC has a momentous choice this weekend. It can move the party in the direction of Jeremy Corbyn’s labor party in England, in the hope of attracting Jill Stein Green Party voters and millennials who stayed home. In doing so they would be giving up on any attempt to recapture the working class and rust-belt voters in the mid-western states that turned the Electoral College over to Donald Trump. Jeremy Corbyn today could not get elected dog catcher in Great Britain. I do not want to see the Democratic Party relegated to permanent minority status as a hard-left fringe. Remember what happened when the Democrats moved left by nominating George McGovern, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis — all good men. The total combined electoral votes for these candidates would not have won a single election. There is no reason to think the country has moved so far to the left since those days that the Democrats can win by pushing even further in the direction of the hard left. The self-destructive election of Keith Ellison will be hard to undo for many years. So, tomorrow, the Democrats must choose between electing Ellison or keeping centrist liberals, who support Israel, like me and many others in their party. I hope they choose wisely. But if they do not, I have made my choice. Alan M. Dershowitz

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

This is Why Most Americans Voted Against trump



Another massive trump snafu.
Another stark reminder of why most Americans voted against trump.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans are once again taking to the streets as a result of trump's ham-fisted idiocy.
If trump had even the least bit of common sense he would have had experts vet this idea, plan for it, and implement it in a way that at the very least would have minimized the chaotic nature of this Muslim Ban.
MFBSR

Despite a decade of working to help America in Iraq, Hameed Khalid Darweesh was welcomed to the United States with handcuffs. Darweesh had received a special immigrant visa on January 20 for his work as a contractor, engineer, and interpreter for the Army's 101st Airborne Division in Baghdad and Mosul. But when he arrived at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday night, he was among the refugees detained upon arrival in the wake of President Donald Trump's latest executive order.

On Friday afternoon, Trump banned refugees from Syria indefinitely, suspended all refugee resettlement to the United States for 120 days, denied entry to citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations (Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen), and reduced the number of refugees to be resettled this year by more than half. After nearly 19 hours of detention and a lawsuit filed on his behalf, Darweesh was released on Saturday. Countless others remain stuck in limbo.

While Trump's executive order claims to be in the interest of "protecting the nation," experts in national security and counterterrorism who spoke with Mother Jones argue that it poses potentially disastrous immediate and long-term security threats to the nation and US personnel overseas.





"At the exact moment we need them most, we're telling these people, 'Get screwed.'"
"Not only is it immoral and stupid, it's also counterproductive," says Patrick Skinner, a former CIA counterterrorism case officer who now works at the Soufan Group, a security consulting firm. "We've got military, intelligence, and diplomatic personnel on the ground right now in Syria, Libya, and Iraq who are working side by side with the people, embedded in combat, and training and advising. At no time in the US's history have we depended more on local—and I mean local—partnerships for counterterrorism. We need people in Al Bab, Syria; we depend on people in a certain part of eastern Mosul, Iraq; in Cert, Libya. At the exact moment we need them most, we're telling these people, 'Get screwed.'"

Kirk W. Johnson, who spent a year on the reconstruction in Fallujah in Iraq with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), echoes Skinner's fears: "This will have immediate national security implications, in that we are not going to be able to recruit people to help us right now, and people are not going to step forward to help us in any future wars if this is our stance."

The US-led war on ISIS is but one front in a constellation of fights against extremist groups that could be hampered by Trump's decision. "The US is officially banning people in these countries at the same time we're trying to build up local support to fight ISIS," Skinner says. "It takes a long time to build trust with these people. This is like the Abu Ghraib thing. You have to start over, say, 'Okay, starting now, trust me.' How many times can you get away with that?" It also sends a message that groups like the so-called Islamic State can exploit. Elizabeth Goitein, the codirector of the Brennan Center's Liberty & National Security Program, says, "The message this projects is that America sees Muslims as a threat—not specific actors who are intent on committing terrorist acts. The message that America really is at war with Islam will be ISIS's best friend."

BuzzFeed reporters Mike Giglio and Munzer Al-Awad spoke with five current or former ISIS fighters who cited Trump's divisiveness as a factor that will weaken America. They added that his rhetoric against Muslims will help them reinforce their narrative that America and the West are fighting not just terrorism, but Islam itself. "Trump will shorten the time it takes for us to achieve our goals," said one.

Meanwhile, the very allies who have operated alongside US personnel in war zones for years—contractors and translators like Darweesh—are once again being abandoned. For the past decade, Johnson has been leading an effort to resettle Iraqi allies, many of whom, he says, face torture, kidnapping, and death after collaborating with American soldiers. It all started in 2006 when he heard from an Iraqi USAID colleague who'd been identified by a militia. The militia left a severed pig's head on his door step, along with a message saying that it would be his head next. Despite his years of helping the United States, the US government offered no help, and he had to flee the country with his wife.

"We are not going to be able to recruit people to help us right now. And people are not going to step forward to help us in any future wars if this is our stance."
Johnson discovered that there was no mechanism in place to help US allies like his colleague, and he began a personal crusade to change that. Since then, through legislation and a special immigrant visa platform, Johnson's efforts have helped thousands reach the United States, but the process is cumbersome, long, and often too late for the people who need it most. Johnson speaks of interpreters "who were having legs shot off, cut off, their wives raped, their children abducted." Some of his colleagues were even killed. And though Johnson has been critical of the process for years, now he's in the "awkward position" of defending it, because it was at least better than shutting those allies out as a matter of policy.

Skinner, Johnson, and Goitein all point out that the executive order reads as if whoever wrote it had no understanding of, or done any work with, US refugee admissions programs. Indeed, a senior Department of Homeland Security official reportedly told NBC News that career State Department and DHS officials had no input in the order, saying, "Nobody has any idea what is going on." Johnson says, "It reads as though 9/11 happened yesterday, and that 9/11 was carried out by refugees, which it wasn't, and it creates a series of policy prescriptions to solve a problem that doesn't exist, as if the stringent measures that have been put in place over the past 15 years to screen refugees don't exist."

Johnson, exasperated at the thought of US allies being turned away by the very country they spent years helping, adds, "These people who are directly and immediately impacted by this have done more to help our country than just about every breathing American has—especially the president. Shame is not a strong enough word for today. This is a disgraceful moment."

Susan Walsh/AP

Friday, January 13, 2017

Rep. John Lewis Agrees With Most Americans, Trump is Not a Legitimate President

John Lewis is considered to be one of the most honest members of the Congress, and one of the most knowledgeable. Today he commented on the Russian supported billionaire trump. As he put it, and most Americans agree, he became President because of dirty tricks on the part of trump and Putin.
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Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he does not believe Donald Trump is a "legitimate president," citing Russian interference in last year's election.

Asked whether he would try to forge a relationship with the president-elect, Lewis said that he believes in forgiveness, but added, "it's going to be very difficult. I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president."

When pressed to explain why, he cited allegations of Russian hacks during the campaign that led to the release of internal documents from the Democratic National Committee, and Hillary Clinton's campaign co-chairman, John Podesta.

"I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton," Lewis told NBC News' Chuck Todd.

Trump appeared to acknowledge this week that Russia did engage in hacking during the campaign, but he has vigorously argued that any foreign interference had no impact on the election's outcome.

The long-serving Georgia Congressman and civil rights leader also said that he would not attend President-elect Trump's swearing-in. "I don't plan to attend the inauguration. It will be the first one that I miss since I've been in Congress. You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right."

http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/john-lewis-trump-won-t-be-legitimate-president-n706676



Thursday, January 05, 2017

Trump: I don't need the CIA, I have Wiki Leaks And Julian Assange


President-elect Donald Trump stepped up his criticism of the U.S. intelligence community, suggesting the agencies he’ll count on for briefings on everything from terrorist operations to foreign military maneuvers don’t have enough evidence to back up their conclusion that Russia hacked the U.S. election campaign.
In a series of tweets starting late Tuesday evening, Trump called an alleged delay in his intelligence briefing on the hacks “very strange” and went on to quote an interview with fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who said on a Fox News opinion show that “a 14-year-old” could be responsible for breaches of Democratic Party offices last year.The president-elect’s skepticism drew expressions of disbelief from intelligence analysts.
“There is no precedent for this,” said David Priess, a former CIA officer and author of a book about presidential intelligence briefings. “No president-elect has had a public spat with his intelligence agencies. There have been hiccups before, but never publicly.
Trump’s missives come as intelligence officials prepare classified and public versions of a report on the Russian hacking for the Obama administration, and Republican Senator John McCain conducts a hearing on the breaches Thursday in Washington. They also emerged barely two weeks before Trump takes office and assumes oversight of the 17 entities -- from the National Security Agency to the Defense Intelligence Agency -- that make up the intelligence community.
"The president-elect has expressed his very sincere and healthy American skepticism about intelligence conclusions,” Vice President-elect Mike Pence told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday. “We’re going to sit down later this week. The president and I have been receiving, since the election, regular intelligence briefings."
That briefing on Friday will be provided by CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said on the transition’s daily press briefing call.
Intelligence briefings are typically a daily, morning ritual for U.S. presidents, prepared throughout the evening and made final just before the briefer, at times aided by the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, meets the president. Only the most senior White House staff and key Cabinet secretaries have access to the reports, which are based on a mix of human intelligence sources -- often spies risking their lives in dangerous environments -- as well as electronic eavesdropping, satellite reconnaissance and other communications intercepts.‘Hacking Defense’The intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia was behind the hacking during the election campaign was first announced on Oct. 7. That assessment added that “only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities,” language that was interpreted as suggesting President Vladimir Putin was aware of the breaches. Russia has repeatedly denied involvement in the hacks.
Trump, whose skepticism over the Russian hacking accusations predates his campaign debates with rival Hillary Clinton, hasn’t backed down on his assertions that the evidence presented to him so far is underwhelming. He asked why the Democratic National Committee didn’t have a stronger “hacking defense.”“The ‘Intelligence’ briefing on so-called ‘Russian hacking’ was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case,” Trump tweeted Tuesday night. “Very strange!”
A U.S. official, who has knowledge of the matter and asked for anonymity, said there wasn’t any briefing scheduled for Tuesday. Trump said Dec. 31 that he planned to release more information about the hacking by Wednesday.
‘Less Safe’
George Little, a former spokesman for the CIA, said Wednesday on Twitter, “Let’s stare this reality square in the face: PEOTUS is pro-Putin and believes Julian Assange over the @CIA. On Jan. 20 we will be less safe,” he added, using an acronym for the president-elect of the United States.

Yet former CIA director James Woolsey downplayed the potential rift between the incoming administration and intelligence officials. Woolsey, who has advised Trump, said in meetings the president-elect came across as a "fair-minded, balanced individual."

‘Minor Blip’

“This is a minor little blip,” Woolsey said in a Bloomberg Television interview. “The intelligence business is full of controversy and arguments about assumptions about ‘why did you do this’ and ‘why did you do that.”’ To those inside intelligence agencies decrying Trump’s criticism: “I’d say pull yourself together and get back to work or find a different job. Intelligence is important enough, tough enough and from time to time angry enough that it’s important not to get distracted by small matters,” he added.

President Barack Obama last week moved to sanction top Russian intelligence officials over the hack. The Obama administration also expelled 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the country, and restricted access to two Russian diplomatic compounds.
Trump has pledged to improve relations with Putin and praised the Russian leader last week for not retaliating after the Obama administration penalized Russian officials.“I just want them to be sure, because it’s a pretty serious charge,” Trump told reporters on Saturday as he arrived at a New Year’s Eve celebration at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. “When you look at the weapons of mass destruction -- that was a disaster and they were wrong, and so I want them to be sure. I think it’s unfair if they don’t know. I know a lot about hacking, and hacking is a very hard thing to prove. It could be somebody else.”
That’s despite top Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, welcoming the sanctions and warning that Russia poses a threat to national security.

‘Sycophant for Russia’
Trump’s latest comments have riled critics, who say the president-elect is too quick to discount U.S. intelligence and, now, to give credence to Assange, who made his career leaking confidential government documents.Ryan called Assange “a sycophant for Russia” in an interview on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program on Wednesday.
“Mr. Assange is a fugitive from the law hiding in an embassy,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Wednesday on CNN. “I hope no American will be duped by him.”
Graham, who said “there’s no doubt in my mind that Russia hacked into the DNC,” said he will introduce legislation next week to impose more sanctions on Russia, not ease them as Trump at times has suggested.
“When it comes to Russia he seems to have a blind spot,” Graham said of Trump. “Don’t listen to Julian Assange on anything.”
Representative Adam Schiff, of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that Trump’s waving off intelligence resources could put the U.S. at risk.
“With every conspiracy theory-laden tweet and erratic off-the-cuff comment, the president-elect does damage to our national security, while raising new concerns about his capacity to grow into the job,” Schiff said in a statement.

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