Saturday, January 14, 2017

Why the Clintons Should Follow Congressman John Lewis's Lead and Skip Trump's Inauguration

 

At first, I didn't see anything wrong with Bill and Hillary Clinton attending Donald Trump's inauguration.  After all, there is something to be said for honoring the traditions that mark a democratic transition rather than the kind of seizure of power we see in crackpot dictatorships. But then civil rights leader and United States Representative John Lewis said flat out that he did not see Donald Trump as "a legitimate president".  Trump responded on Twitter with an attempted put down of Lewis's congressional district, calling it "crime infested", "falling apart",  and "horrible".  But it backfired. Lewis's district, to the contrary, includes the busiest airport in Georgia, the wealthy suburbs of Atlanta, the Center for Disease Control and prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology.

This Twitter exchange was a bucket of ice-cold water being dumped on my head.  And it woke me up from the daze I had lumbered around in since the election. Rep. Lewis is offering the leadership so many of us yearn for during one of the biggest crises in the history of the American presidency.  

There is something so ugly and mishapened about Trump being inaugurated for president,  that someone has to take a stand.  What has bothered me about this election is that no one in the Democratic Party has repudiated the Trump presidency.  Everyone has watched its legitimacy unravel. But the only political response was Democratic politicians saying vaguely  "unkind" things about the president-elect.  That is until John Lewis showed the courage to stand up and say what we all know, while showing the path the rest of us must follow. Trump is not America's new president. He is a cunning impostor and we should not pretend otherwise.  

Michelle Goldberg has written a powerful argument in Slate entitled: Democrats Should Follow John Lewis' Lead".  She observes:

Nobody knows where this is all going. Democrats particularly are in a difficult position, because they want to uphold basic political norms, but doing so alone, while the other side shamelessly flouts them, puts them at a constant disadvantage. The peaceful transition of power is a cherished value of our democracy. But it’s not the only value, or the highest one. It should not require us to sleepwalk into authoritarianism. If the price for preserving our democracy is pretending that our would-be god-king-emperor has clothes, then it’s already rotted beyond repair.


We're not talking here about a potentially bad president. We're talking about a man, who did not earn the right to sit in the White House at all.  Every day, we are rocked with a new disclosure about Trump. Aside from the fact that members of his staff coordinated with the Kremlin to bring Hillary Clinton down, he is probably being blackmailed by the Russians as well on account of sexual and financial improprieties.  The president-elect ignores  the possibility of ethics violations by refusing to let go of his businesses.  Trump intends to use influence peddling from the White House veranda to make himself the first multi-trillionaire.

If Hillary announced that she and Bill were no longer attending the Inauguration because of Trump's shameless and unpresidential denunciation of the city of Atlanta and Rep. John Lewis on our MLK holiday, the unraveling of Trump's legitimacy as president would begin.  Everyone is waiting for leadership, for someone at a level comparable to that of the Clintons with the moral courage  to take the first step outside their prescribed political roles and protocols .

Bill and Hillary, don't attend the inauguration.  As for the rest of us, we shouldn't even watch it on tv. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Join the Boycott of Kellyanne Conway Media Interviews

Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's "Propaganda Minister" 
I was inspired to action by a diary on DailyKos entitled:  No, Seth Meyers did not show us how to deal with Kelly Conway. Keeping her off TV is how to do that.  

So much is horribly wrong with the incoming Trump administration, that it is easy to sink into  paralysis rather than actualize our angst and shame at this fascist takeover of America.  However, we need to laser-focus our actions if opposition to this illegitimate Administration is to have any voice at all.

The noted Watergate investigative reporter, Carl Bernstein, was right about Trump mouthpiece Kellyanne Conway when he called her a propaganda minister.

The DailyKos diarist, betaclone noted:
 Even by cable news talking head standards [Kellyanne Conway] is shameless. There is not now nor will there ever be any true journalistic value in putting her on television. She exists as nothing but a megaphone for propaganda who will not respond to any journalistic norms or even direct questions. She seems to eschew the notion that she should answer ANY questions, even seemingly benign ones that pose no political threat to her boss. The message to television programmers could not be more simple: You are nothing but an outlet for the word salad I have prepared.

Leslie Salzillo had this to say:
It started with Anderson Cooper of CNN’s 360 calling out Kellyanne Conway Wednesday night as she tried once again to deflate and deny the truth. It’s her thing. But it’s been a trying time for Conway especially after the latest information regarding her boss’s Russian ties leaked out this week. The special  counselor to Donald Trump (who specializes on how to be a better liar) is quite good at her job. But her gig seems to be getting harder as the media’s intolerance for her bullshit grows.

It is not that Ms. Conway is worse than Donald Trump himself.  It is rather that this cruel woman is more vulnerable, thus a good place to start.

Check the TV schedule. If Kellyanne Conway is slated to appear, refuse to watch the program. (And send an email to the station explaining why).  When newscasters, late-night comedians and their advertisers get the message that a penalty will be applied to putting this woman on the air, they will stop inviting her.  It is not that you might miss even the tiniest sliver of genuine news in listening to her deflect.  After we retire Kellyanne, we make a shared decision regarding who next to target, and move on from there.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Trump Implicated in Russian Money-Laundering Scheme



In the Fall of 2016, The Financial Times of London came out with an investigative report, which detailed Donald Trump's ties with the Russian mob.  It explained:
Ever since a series of bankruptcies left banks unwilling to lend to him, Donald Trump has been on the lookout for partners willing to fund the buildings that bear his name.
The report traced Trump to an alleged money laundering network based in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhistan.  The operation, according to the report laundered hundreds of millions of stolen dollars, through the purchase of luxury apartments in a Manhattan tower owned by Trump and several other partners.

The story seemed too preposterous to be taken seriously, then.  But alot has changed in the past three months in terms of how many Americans' now perceive Trump.   All of a sudden the puzzle pieces are fitting together. What motivates the man's puppy-dog ties to Russian dictator Vlaldimir Putin are finally becoming clear.

 Further details on this developing story can be found at Dailykos.com under the headline:  Donald Trump was bailed out of bankruptcy by Russia crime bosses.  Click on this link only if you have the stomach to face dirty secrets the soon-to-be President of the United States has been hiding.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Congressional Dems Exposed for Being as Morally Compromised as Trump's GOP

 It may have been an unintended consequence, but Congressional Dems have just exposed themselves like any run-of-the-mill (but cloaked in a Calvin Klein trench coat), flasher might.  When it comes to political pet peeves, Democrats' unconditional support for Israel's descent into fascism, is as ugly, brutal, irrational and amoral as their Trump-led GOP fixation with abortion, Obamacare,  Muslims and illegal immigrants. Ouch!

In struggling to come to grips with Hillary's electoral defeat, maybe I should draw some relief from the Democrats in Congress.  They are howling like hyenas over President Obama's failure to veto the UN censure of Jewish settlements and Secretary of State John Kerry's frank admission that the settlement issue is the most serious barrier to achieving a Two-State Solution in Israel.  For all their legislative compassion at home, Dems in Congress can be just as ruthless and racist in foreign crises as Donald Trump's Republican Party. What a gut-wrenching (but spiritually clarifying) insight. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Israel May Be Flunking a Test of Biblical Proportions

 

Is God Testing Israel?
Maybe God really did give the land of Israel to the Jews as its Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, claims. But He would have done so as a test. Will they earn the moral right to keep it?

What we have now is Israel being  "infected by the seeds of fascism," according to former prime minister and defense minister, Ehud Barak, who made the statement during a TV interview last May.  The beleaguered nation has decided to build even more Jewish settlements on Palestinian land after suffering a humiliating censure by the United Nations Security Council. Of course their self-destructive anger, fueled by the stresses of living in a zone of habitual conflict is justified. But its rightful target is Adolf Hitler for the Holocaust that killed six million Jews and even  the nations of the West (including the U.S. -- read the saga of the S.S. St. Louis) for slamming their borders shut to European Jews fleeing German genocide.  These survivors of the Holocaust were given no other option than to resettle in Israel.

As for the relationship of these displaced people and their descendants to the Arabs, therein lies the Biblical test.  Any rational human being would resist being pushed out of an ancestral homeland by a group migrating from another continent, who insist that their Deity expressly gave the land to them, even though they've been living elsewhere for the past 2,000 years. The Arab-Israeli conflict is not a difficult story to tell. The complexity lies in the moral test laid out before them.  Can the Jews, who are in this situation, the interlopers, make peace with their Arab neighbors? Could any group of human beings, given a similar history do so?  After almost seven decades, the Israelis get a failing grade as the rage and animosity on both sides intensifies. 

Monday, December 26, 2016

If Terrorism Downed Russian Plane Bound for Syria,Would the Kremlin Admit It?

We don't know what caused yesterday's crash of a Russian military plane, carrying 92 passengers, including one of Russia's most beloved cultural icons --  the Alexandrov Ensemble choir.  All are believed to have perished.  While rescue boats scour the Black Sea for debris and human remains, the official Russian media insists that the plane crash could not have been an act of terrorism. However, the experts disagree.  The  debris field was large, suggesting an explosion. Whatever occurred, happened so quickly, that there were no cockpit communications of mechanical failure before the plane disappeared from radar screens. While the Kremlin has spoken of pilot error, it is less likely given the fact that the plane was being flown by an experienced pilot. And most suggestive of all, Putin had grounded the entire civilian fleet just hours before, because of intelligence warning of a possible terrorist attack.

But what difference does it make, anyway?  This was a human tragedy, whatever the cause.  However, it might turn out to be a political catastrophe for Putin as well, if terrorists did down the plane.  All of a sudden, that macho-man military adventure in Syria, which included the bombing of hospitals and schools in the taking of Aleppo will have, in less than a week, produced a rapidly inflating price tag.  In addition to the tragic loss for the Russian people of this famed choir, their ambassador to Turkey was gunned down by a terrorist just days before.

The Kremlin's ability to generate the kinds of fake news that contributed to Hillary Clinton's electoral loss, bears its own new price tag.  No one believes a word out of Putin's mouth, especially if it appears to cover up a monumental miscalculation on his part.    

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Obama Has 48-Hours to Save America from an IRREVERSIBLE Catastrophe: But Will He Have the "Cojones" to Act?

Will Trump's America Be a Fascist State?
Fascists can be voted in through democratic elections and they usually are.  But they cannot be voted out. They take over the mechanisms of state and twist them into instruments of repression and militarism.  The state comes to control every aspect of national life,while its leader is narcissistically glorified.  This is what Donald Trump intends to do, riding in on the coat tails of Russian leader, Vladimir Putin.

The GOP will not stop the dismantling of our liberal democracy.  While there will be a couple of vocal, Cold-War holdouts, and idle talk of investigations, it won't be enough to make a dent in the hero worship that a growing number of Republicans have reserved for Putin -- the White Russian rescuer on horseback.  After all, he helped them get back into power, which is all the GOP really cares about.

As for Democrats, some will whine while others normalize Trump's nihilist Cabinet  picks as being . . . well, not their cup of tea, but nothing worth causing any "unpleasantness" over.

And that brings me to President Barack Obama.  His election was one of the proudest moments of my life.  His courage and stoicism in the face of the vile treatment he received from members of the GOP inspired me to seek out my higher self.  But despite the fact that Obama saved the economy from collapse, gave millions of people healthcare, reduced unemployment to its lowest level in decades, none of that will count for posterity.  The Obama legacy will be built on a decision he makes in the next 48 hours.

Will he go before the American public and reveal the truth? In an article entitled:  Treasonous Mitch McConnell Refused To Oppose Russia Election Meddling For Trump, the site Politicus laid out the shocking evidence of the Senate Majority Leader's refusal to participate in a bilateral statement acknowledging Russian interference in the election.  And yet, the evidence is irrefutable that the Kremlin dumped embarrassing Democratic Committee emails onto the media, but held back the Republican National Committee's private correspondence.  So Trump won the electoral college by 80.000 votes, despite Clinton's 3 million vote lead.  But what might the Kremlin be holding over Trump and his minions to ensure that they do the Russian's bidding.

As soon as the President finishes a speech that will go down in history next to Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, he will need to pick up the phone and fire FBI director James Comey for treason.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Are Trump's Christian Supporters' Embracing the Nude Female Body?

First Lady Melania Trump
I remember the ugly attacks directed at Michelle Obama, who was called a "shameless hussy" for wearing  sleeveless designer dresses.  Her teenaged daughters were labeled barhopping call girls for wearing dungarees.

However, now we have a new first lady whose nude photos in which she is entangled in an embrace with another woman, border on the pornographic. Since America's mores have changed so dramatically  in the shift from First Lady Michelle Obama to Melania Trump, let's celebrate this new embrace of the female body. 

Why not have our new First Lady take off her clothes for the official White House photo. She might inspire other middle aged Christian ladies to embrace their bodies.

Besides, several designers are protesting the Trump presidency by refusing to clothe Mrs. Trump. No problem. Our new religious aesthetic says it's quite okay to prance around wearing no clothes at all (or maybe that's just for white women).

Oops! Some kind of filter is blocking the posting of Mrs. Trump's nude photos. But if you'd like to suggest a role model for your Evangelical Christian daughters, just click here.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Has Russian Dictator Vladimir Putin Infiltrated the FBI?

A month or two ago I would have dismissed as preposterous any speculation that the Russians had cultivated an inside track within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  But today, I'm not so sure.  Forget Boris-and-Natasha-type spies skulking around its hallowed halls.  Rather, I'm contemplating something more supple but with far greater effect, such as a distribution node for disinformation. Its immediate aim is to turn the election in Donald Trump's favor. It's long term goals relate to dismantling NATO, and subverting democratic governments in the West.

It has been less than 48 hours since the latest, possibly unauthorized, dump of anti-Clinton files from the FBI's Twitter account.  FBI Director James Comey might not be complicit.  In fact, it is possible that he sent the controversial letter to Congress, speculating on the possibility of more email problems with Hillary Clinton's server, as a way of forestalling leaks from his own agency.

Be-that-as-it-may,  Kurt Eichenwald of Newsweek has just written an explosive investigative piece, which is a must read.  He details for instance how Trump ignored top-secret FBI briefings in which the GOP presidential candidate was informed that hacking disclosures being fed to him, came directly from Moscow.  Our European allies are, as a consequence, terrified at the consequences for the West as a whole, of a Trump presidency.

So, here's the real problem as far as potential vulnerabilities within the FBI itself.  It can be difficult to draw the line between homegrown white ethno-nationalists as opposed to something foreign and far more sinister.  After all, Donald Trump's white male supporters make up a large segment of our nation's police forces and military.  But where our premier law enforcement agency, the FBI,  is concerned, we had damned better figure out where the boundaries lie.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

FBI Sabotage of Clinton Campaign Revives Long Buried Suspicions of Agency Link to Martin Luther King Assassination Plot

The partisan behavior of the FBI is the most unsettling part of this election nightmare.   After all, Donald Trump is acting like the narcissistic, bigoted con artist that many of us knew him to be.
But the FBI is a different matter.   Director James Comey revitalized public attention on the lifeless  Hillary Clinton email-server issue, less than a week before this presidential election.  He has also refused to investigate Donald Trump's financial and other ties to Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin, while his agency continues its media dump of anti-Clinton files.   The FBI also insists on combing through the records of the Clinton Foundation, an organization known around the world for its charitable work.  But it ignores the Trump Foundation, which is little more than a tax dodge.     

Comey's inability to control his rogue agency has succeeded in reopening one of the ugliest wounds in our nation's history.   That is, many African-Americans continue to believe that then FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover arranged the assassination of Martin Luther King.  The civil rights leader had apparently crossed an invisible line when he began mobilizing support against the war in Vietnam.  And Blacks are not the only ones who have harbored such suspicions.  In 2014, CNN  reported on secret FBI memos showing "an agency obsessed with 'neutraliz(ing)' MLK."  

Not only does Comey need to resign now, but President Obama needs to appoint a special prosecutor to launch the long delayed investigation of the agency that should have taken place after MLK's untimely death.   

    


 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

3 Clues New York Times Hiding FBI Evidence of Trump-Russia Tie

I don't know what game the New York Times is playing.  But America can simply not afford another Judith-Miller-moment.  In that instance, our nation's newspaper of record misled the public into supporting the disastrous war in Iraq.  ISIS, the  collapse of Syria, and its horrendous refugee crisis are just a few of that war's unintended consequences.

This time, however,  the New York Times published a shabbily-written piece, which attempted  to bury three breaking news reports detailing Donald Trump's unsavory connections with Russia. The NY Times article  quoted unnamed law enforcement officials, who insisted that none of their investigations had linked Mr. Trump to the Russian government.  According to these sources, even the hacking into Democratic emails, was merely aimed at  "disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump".  

The timing of the article came only a few hours after publication of the last of several investigative pieces, all of which presented compelling evidence tying the Trump campaign to the Russians.  One story in Slate identified a server hidden in Trump Tower, which secretly communicated with the oligarch-controlled Alfa Bank of Russia. Mother Jones reported the confession of a former spy, who identified Trump as an "asset" whom the Russian government had been grooming.  And Senator Harry Reid disclosed in a letter that the FBI was refusing to publicly acknowledge its discovery of  "close ties and coordination" between the Trump campaign and the government of dictator Vladimir Putin.

These stories added to what we already knew of Trump's longstanding ties to the Russians.  His former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was paid several million dollars to help depose the legitimate president of Ukraine. Trump's military adviser, Michael Flynn, was known to have provided briefings to Russian agencies regarding U.S. actions in the Middle East and elsewhere.  Another of Trump's advisors, Carter Page, serves as the back channel to Russian billionaire oligarchs, who run the state owned oil company.

But why do I say that the New York Times is being disengenuous in its reporting about Trump's ties to the Russians?

1.  The NY Times article insisted, using unnamed sources, that the Russian hackers who attacked the Democratic Party servers, had no interest in swaying the U.S. election.  But why, then, didn't these hackers reveal any of the dirty linen flapping in the fouled air of Donald Trump's scandal-ridden campaign. 


2.  No comments allowed.   The NY Times draws readers to its articles by beefing up its comment pages.  However, no reader comments were allowed in this article to address its glaring inconsistencies.  

3.  Nowhere in the article was there mention of Marine Le Pen.  Who's she and what's her connection to Trump?   A diary in the  Dailykos explains the haunting parallels between Trump's Russia ties and the way the far-right Le Front Nationale in France led by Le Pen, has been cultivated by Putin and his financiers.  In exchange, Le Pen's party has embraced Putin, supports his annexation of Crimea as well as Russian efforts to dismantle NATO.   

Friday, October 21, 2016

GOP Advocates English-Only Except When Marco Rubio is About to Lose in Florida

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who is of Cuban descent, demanded that his Democratic rival, U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy conduct their next debate in Spanish.  Murphy declined, since he's not fluent in the language.  Rubio is now using this fact to attack his rival.

But hey, wait a minute.  Rubio has endorsed Donald Trump, who according to Politico, chided Jeb Bush last year for "speaking another language on the campaign trail."  

Trump declared: “This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish.”  The crowd at the Ronald Reagan presidential library roared their approval and Trump has maintained a staunch English-only stance throughout his campaign.  

So, where does that leave Rubio, a politician with the solidity of jello?  Fortunately, Murphy's campaign is in the ascendancy and is now tied with his GOP rival.  If you wish to contribute $3 to Murphy in order to help flip the Senate back to the Democrats, this is his website.  



Monday, October 17, 2016

Evangelical Christians Who Preach Hatred & Bigotry are Actually Satanists and Maybe They Deserve Our Candor


I'm not a theological expert.  But every now and then the labels that help us make sense of the world get so twisted around, that people start calling "up" down and "rotten water-buffalo meat" prime rack of lamb.  Alas, this is not useful.

Have you ever paused to wonder who the Evangelical Christian followers of  Donald Trump pray to?

I have no interest in judging people. That's not my point.  But I do find it useful and necessary in the dangerous world in which we live, to see reality as clearly as I possibly can.  If someone blows up a building, killing innocent people, I call that person a terrorist, even if he calls himself a saint. If someone devotes him or herself to the Bible and derives from that exposure behavior steeped in hatefulness and bigotry, it would be safe to assume that I'm dealing with an Evangelical Satanist rather than a Christian.  And maybe we would all be better off knowing how our behavior is perceived by others and as a consequence expecting that we'll be labeled accordingly.


5 Reasons Why Trump Supporters Might be Behind Firebombing of GOP Headquarters


The bombing of the Republican headquarters in Orange County was a shocking act of  cowardice. And while I don't believe in baseless conspiracy theories, I do use the cognitive gifts that nature bestowed upon me for rational speculation in instances  that might involve the possibility of danger to myself and others. It is for this reason that I have suggested below why I believe this heinous act to have been a "false flag" operation perpetrated by Donald Trump supporters#1 Hillary Clinton has pulled ahead in North Carolina and is a shoo-in for this liberal college town. Her campaign would be hurt rather than benefit from this firebombing.

#2 Extremists inhabit the fringes of both political parties. Left-Wing nihilists are capable of violence but not with this modus operandi,  A nihilist sees the world in global terms and would not demand that his or her  enemies "get out of town". This phraseology would only emanate from a person or persons with local sensibilities.  This is why it is so reminiscent of KKK-type groups.

Woman Carved "B" on Face in Attempt to Implicate Black Obama Supporter 
#3 We saw a similar act in 2008 when a McCain supporter etched a backwards (mirror imaged) on her face and blamed the act on a black male Barack Obama supporter. 

#4 Donald Trump is facing a humiliating electoral defeat. He has been rabble rousing his supporters to acts of violence in order to mask the collapsing of his campaign.  A growing amount of Trump's angry rhetoric has been targeting the so-called Republican establishment.   

#5 FOX News reported that absentee ballots had been destroyed in the fire.  But why would completed ballots be sitting in Republican headquarters, since such a discovery would constitute illegal vote tampering?  But then I forgot -- this story was broadcast solely for the consumption of low-information voters, who were being persuaded that Trump would have been winning in North Carolina were it not for the burned ballots. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

This Election Has Exposed Us to the America Our Worst Enemies Perceived All Along

While I could not imagine anyone less qualified to lead America than Donald Trump, I do have to thank him for one thing.  He helped Americans see, perhaps for the first time, who we really are.  When the code-words and dog-whistles are stripped away, 40% of Americans would be perfectly happy living in a totalitarian, fascist, misogynistic, white supremacist police state.  Please take a moment to let the raw truth of that assertion sink, down, down, down into the depths of your soul.

In short, our enemies have  always known us better than we knew ourselves.  But don't get me wrong. I love America.  I love democracy.  But having elections, a presidency, Congress and Supreme Court doesn't mean that all Americans support or even understand the tenets of representative democracy. This fact should not surprise us in the least.  After all, how democratic was America under slavery, and its KKK aftermath?  It was Donald Trump's 40%, supporting militarism and know-nothingness that gave us the war in Iraq.  Its unintended consequences have practically devoured the world and created even greater hatred for the United States. Is it any wonder that our enemies aren't able to distinguish that 40% from the rest of the nation, when that is the only face of America they've ever experienced?  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Are USDA Salt Guidelines Killing Blacks?




The human body adapts slowly over time to the foodstuffs available in the environment.  Such is also the case with salt.  While coastal populations have always had excess to salt through sea brine, its availability to others has through history been defined by its geological availability and trade patterns.    

For instance, medical researchers have had difficulties understanding the high rates of salt-sensitive high blood-pressure in African-Americans.  This is because the assumption was that this population came from the coastal areas of West Africa. However, most African slaves shipped to the Americas  came from the decentralized societies, which were located sometimes a thousand miles or more inland of the coast.  These areas were geologically deficient in salt.  Over the course of millennia,  the bodies of these tropical farmers had adjusted to low-sodium levels by increasing the efficiency of their kidney functioning on lower salt levels.  Upon arriving in the Americas, awash with salt and a sodium-rich diet, this population group has  found such medical conditions as kidney disease and high-blood pressure skyrocket. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Chicago Tribune Has Just Filed (Moral) Bankruptcy for Endorsing Libertarian Gary Johnson

For the first time in its long and proud history, America is poised on the brink of becoming  a fascist, totalitarian, police state.  Despite the stakes, the Chicago Tribune's editorial board thinks it's time to "play cutesy" with its predominantly Republican readership by endorsing a candidate, who has no possibility of winning. But "at least he's not Hillary Clinton", is their whispered mantra.  Well now, as a historian, I will share with you a tidbit of hard-earned wisdom.  This decision will go down in history as the most stunning act of journalistic cowardice our nation has ever seen.

This election is no game for the millions of people threatened with deportation.  Nor is it a game for me, an African-American woman with a brilliant and handsome teenage son, who also has a bull's eye painted in invisible ink on his back.  Look around you at all the police shootings of unarmed blacks.  Our African-American president cannot stop this carnage because 99% of the police and their union bosses are Donald Trump supporters.   Should this man become president, the nation will look back with nostalgia to the days when only a couple such shootings happened per month.

Perhaps all of us should feel honored and excited at the fact that we are living at a defining moment in American history.  But all I feel is terror.   Every endorsement by a major newspaper will influence the decision of undecided voters.

Chicago Tribune editorial writers, I'm speaking to you.  There is still time to change your endorsement to Hillary Clinton. If you thought endorsing Johnson was some kind of a joke, well those of us most vulnerable to a Trump presidency aren't laughing.  And try as you might, you will never be able to wash the blood off your hands.

Blog readers,  please join me in contacting the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board. They need to know that they made a mistake, but there is still time to correct it.  This is their contact information:

The Chicago Tribune 435 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 606111-800-TRIBUNE (1-800-874-2863) 1-800-TRIBUNE (1-800-874-2863) Hearing impaired (TDD): 1-312-222-1922

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Monday, September 19, 2016

The REAL Reason Police Shoot Unarmed Blacks (And Why No One Wants to Talk About It)


Here we go again.  A new police tape has just been released showing Tulsa police gunning down an unarmed black man, whose car was stalled in the middle of the road.  So, let's take a deep breath, pucker up some courage and stop beating around the bush.  Ninety-nine percent of the police who shoot unarmed blacks are ........................................ yes, Donald Trump supporters. It's as simple and horrifying as that.  No, I haven't conducted a scientific poll, but I have used the most precious of human cognitive gifts -- pure, unadulterated commonsense.

The reason minorities believe the police act like fascists guarding a police state is because sadly, too many of the latter yearn for an authoritarian strongman to rule the nation.  They wish to dispense with the rule of law, send non-white immigrants back to where they came from, and annihilate young, enviably muscular black males to alleviate potential sperm competition.

Just as this election campaign has been an eye-opener for me, I hope that it has served the same purpose for you as well.  Forty percent of the American population supports a thrice-married, con man with ties to the Russian mob and a pathological-lying streak.  Because this demographic is composed primarily of non-college-educated white males, it just so happens to be the same group  from which America's police forces are drawn.  

In order for any problem to be solved, it has to be seen clearly, without emotional, political and other filtering devices.   If Trump becomes president, unarmed blacks will become target practice for police trainees.  There is no solution to that problem, other than to vote for Hillary Clinton.  But even if she wins, the other piece to this puzzle must be set into place.  America must fundamentally change its police recruitment practices, eschewing the Trump demographic in favor of minorities, females and college educated white males.     

The Smile of Lynching Postcard Woman Bears Striking Resemblance to that of Trump Manager Kellyanne Conway

Admittedly, the hair style and coloring of the two women might be different.  But the ugly stain on their souls is interchangeable.  What kind of mother might the postcard woman -- who casually grins in the presence of two dead men  dangling from tree branches --  have been?  While that person is no longer with us, we do have her doppelganger making the  rounds of tv talk shows on behalf of her employer, Donald Trump.  In these conversations, Kellyanne Conway loves to mention a devotion to her four children, and the role of teaching them moral values.  But she lies, cheats, promulgates hate and has prostituted herself before the media in an effort to put a racist and dangerous con man in the White House.  She is teaching her kids to accept as normal the same twisted lessons this postcard woman learned from her own Mother.

Or as Ben Cohen of the Daily Banter so wisely noted:
"Conway is an educated, upper middle class professional willingly taking part in a fascist political movement that poses a grave threat to the future of humanity. And worse, Conway is attempting to normalize it by adding her fake smile and soothing voice to the truly abhorrent."


Foreign Melania Trump Needs to Apologize for Her Shocking Role in Birther Movement

I had been more than willing to give Donald Trump's wife, Melania, the benefit of the doubt.  She cribbed a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama and gave it before the same adoring audience at the Republican National Convention, that just so happens to hate Mrs. Obama.  But this was before the following video resurfaced.  In an interview with Joy Behar, Mrs. Trump discloses her credentials as a certified, raving birther:



Melania Trump Talks Birtherism (click here) 

 The sense of (white-skin) privilege shown by Donald Trump's Slovenian (illegal immigrant?) wife, going on national television to denounce the legitimacy of our African-American president left me shivering in disbelief.   This witch owes both President and Mrs. Obama an apology, TODAY.

 And bytheway, Mrs. Trump has just hired a high-powered lawyer to defend her questionable immigration status in the U.S.   I suppose her speedy deportation could substitute for the "heart felt apology".