I am truly shaken by Kelly's Press Conference
The media have fed into this belief that Kelly is somehow this Savior of our Republic. The White Knight -- literally White. The brave man who will wrestle Trump to the ground when he tries to burn down the universe. They covered for Kelly, they made him out to be somehow explaining Trump to us in a compassionate and clear way.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Breitbart, Palin spread fake news story blaming California fires on an immigrant man
A collection of right-wing websites teamed up with half-term nitwit Sarah Palin to spread a fake news story that appeared to pin the Northern California wildfires that have tragically killed at least 40 people, onto an immigrant man who was arrested at a park in Sonoma, California. Jesus Fabian Gonzales -- who "often sleeps in the park and is well-known to law enforcement."
Mueller looks for ways to pardon-proof his case against Trump
Donald Trump has already demonstrated that he'll pardon anyone, even if that person is clearly guilty and even if a sentence hasn't yet been handed down. The pardoning of Joe Arpaio is a clear signal to those who took part in Trump-Russia that if they just keep their mouth's shut, a nice pardon is waiting for them when the special counsel comes around.
Donald Trump finally notices Puerto Rico -- long enough to blame them for their problems
The responsibility for what's happening Puerto Rico can't be shuffled off or evaded. Maria may have damaged the island, but Donald Trump is turning that disaster into a lingering catastrophe. More than half of the Americans on the island don't have safe drinking water, and after prolonged silence, Trump decided this would be a good time to emphasize to Puerto Ricans the money they owe to Wall Street.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017(3 comments)
Donald Trump took $107 million promised to charities ... and kept it
Donald Trump wants attention for giving $1 million to those affected by recent hurricanes -- donations that so far haven't actually happened. But he's still sitting on a massive heap of cash from January which, despite promises, hasn't gone to help anyone but Trump. It's been eight months. How much has been given out? None. None at all.
NY Times editorial board lambasts Trump
Trump probably does not care what the "failing New York Times has to say about him, but a lot of people will. That this is a statement by the entire editorial board will also carry a lot of weight.
Mitch McConnell is a sad, sad turtle
In the aftermath of the vote, McConnell was forced to admit that he was out of ideas. Out of options. And that, worst of all, the only option remaining to Republicans was to ... work with the Democrats. McConnell stumbled through a mumbled, downbeat speech in which he said he'd "like to hear their ideas, I really would." And now, he will.
Joe Biden on Trumpcare: "It's Enough to Make Your Blood Boil."
Former Vice-President Joe Biden wrote an op-ed today in the Washington Post in which he excoriates Trumpcare. He tells the story of how Obamacare gave security and peace of mind to millions of Americans and how Trump and the Republicans are trying to take that away.
Donald Trump has a "Tell"
"I said to myself ..." When Trump says those words, pay attention to what follows, because there is no one he wants to impress more -- than himself. That's one captive audience, I suppose. One he still hopes to impress, if he just keeps bluffing his way through his brand new "surreal experience."
Sunday, July 2, 2017(9 comments)
UK cyber analyst: I was recruited
If you haven't seen Friday's Wall Street Journal, there are two huge developments in the Trump/Russia story. First, a GOP operative named Peter W. Smith actively recruited people to help obtain Hillary Clinton's private emails; and according to Smith, he was working with Trump campaign adviser Michael Flynn in this attempt.
The Republican civil war is the best thing happening
Donald Trump may feel that his legislation-free first 100 days were beautiful, wonderful, and the best ever, but he's the only one. What the rest of the Republican Party is seeing is falling support, ineffective leadership, and internal strife.
Trump reportedly screamed at CIA Director Pompeo over Intel being withheld
If the PDB was being boiled down by Flynn -- before he was asked to resign as National Security Adviser for lying to the Vice President -- to a single page with no more than 9 bullet points, the President really isn't getting all the information anyway and the CIA Directory denying the "withhold" is practically meaningless when it's the NSA holding sensitive information back, not necessarily CIA.
Noam Chomsky to President Obama: This could help 11 million immigrants
Not only has Donald Trump threatened and hate-mongered immigrants in this country throughout his campaign, the Republican Party has done so with the same vigor for years--just not with the same dangerously ignorant verbiage Trump uses. Chomsky is urging, and asking others to urge Obama into using his presidential executive powers to grant a "general pardon" to 11 million immigrants for infractions before Trump is sworn in.
Monday, November 28, 2016(6 comments)
Conway: Trump gets his information from "world leaders," is "magnanimous" for not jailing Clinton
Donald Trump appears to still have no concept of what the office he will soon be appointed to actually does. He doesn't need intelligence briefings; he gets what he needs to know from "world leaders" who tell him things on the phone. He is being generous to his opponent by not jailing her, though he has no actual authority to jail her unless he wants to create a constitutional crisis.
Four months of solid work from David Fahrenthold confirms: Donald Trump is a lying sack of Scrooge
Fahrenthold's tireless work in tracking down the truth about Trump has been called out as an exemplar of what the press should be. It didn't take magic, or an army of analysts. It took a single man, a notepad, and an interest in the truth. Trump's record of personal giving is shameful. His public pretense of being "generous" is disgusting. The silence of most of the press is unforgivable.
Saturday, October 29, 2016(15 comments)
Why FBI Director James Comey did the wrong thing ... again
From his ludicrous, finger-wagging press gaggle in announcing Clinton's innocence, to his ham-fisted intrusion into the final act of the election, Comey has felt compelled to insert Jim Comey, straight-shooter, into every moment. As a result he's caused serious harm to the FBI, to the election, and to the nation. And, just incidentally, he's ruined his reputation in the process.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016(3 comments)
Newt Gingrich goes berserk when Fox News Megyn Kelly referred to Trump as a sexual predator
In an explosive interview, Newt Gingrich became completely unhinged, verbally attacking Fox News' Megyn Kelly for referring to Trump as a sexual predator. Throughout the interview, Newt Gingrich seemed to live in an alternate state of reality. He continued to discount polls that show Trump losing badly. He refused to acknowledge that all the tossup states are moving towards Clinton.
Monday, August 29, 2016
"Maverick" no more. McCain is sticking with Trump
Heading into Tuesday's Arizona primary, Sen. John McCain's focus is on the general election, where he fully intends to continue standing with Donald Trump. Because, well, who knows, except that he recognizes that his party has been taken over by Trumpism, so he may as well join in.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016(1 comments)
Abbreviated pundit roundup: A campaign of conspiracies
A concern is what happens on Nov. 8, when squads of Trump volunteers fan out to defend their candidate's presumed victory. It does not seem far-fetched to expect that signatures will be pointlessly challenged and citizens intimidated and inconvenienced, that the ruckus of the Trump campaign will spread to polling places around the country.
Monday, August 15, 2016
The Trump surrogates are toast.
Now that the blinders are off of the media's eyes, the gloves are coming off too. And not just on Trump, they're turning on Trump surrogates like a pack of Junk Yard Dogs. This would be bad enough for a well prepared surrogate, but considering the fact that the campaign(?) is giving them no direction or instructions, it's getting ugly, or smashing, depending on your point of view.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016(7 comments)
Evolution: Why another former Hillary Clinton supporter has come to feel the Bern
I switched to Bernie because I am a progressive and I share his vision for America. He is one of us, not a subsidiary of any bank or corporation. I hope and pray that you'll do likewise and, when you walk into that booth and it's just you and your conscience, you'll decide that doing the right thing is more important than having been right.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016(1 comments)
Retired Army Lt. General to Trump: "Military is not his palace guards"
There's the sneaking suspicion that Donald Trump sees being president as being the King of America. Humanity has fought wars for thousands of years to rid themselves of this despotism, and while we have all variety of battles raging for the civil rights and liberties of our citizens, losing the Head of our Executive Branch to dictatorship is exactly what the military in a democracy does not want.
Friday, March 4, 2016
The New York Times Calls Out Trump For What He Is, And Who He Represents
Trump's candidacy is simply tapping into the same age-old resentments that have riven this country for over 150 years, now newly clothed in the guise of a reality-TV creation, viewer-friendly to the masses. And while Trump himself may be a shallow, opportunistic clown, the emotions he deliberately stokes -- envy, resentment and hate, are among the ugliest and most toxic that Americans have ever demonstrated.
What has Bernie ever accomplished?
when people compare the records of Sanders and Clinton in the Senate, they often stop at the most superficial level, looking only at bills bearing their names as sponsors. Digging just a little deeper, it is obvious that Sanders has been a committed, effective, and successful progressive legislator for decades. At least in Congress, Bernie has far outpaced Hillary when it comes to getting things done.
President Jimmy Carter calls Citizens United and today's campaign money "legal bribery"
Last October, President Carter appeared in a candid interview with Oprah, and said if he were to run for president in today's world, he would not be able to afford it. "We've become, now, an oligarchy instead of a democracy. I think that's been the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards to the American political system that I've ever seen in my life."
Tuesday, February 2, 2016(9 comments)
Ammon Bundy heads to court today and his own father may have sunk any chance of pretrial release
Cliven Bundy is ordering the FBI to leave Burns, Oregon immediately ... or else. He also says the standoff will continue and they will not give up the refuge. Given the previous federal judge said there was no chance of release while the standoff is still going on and Ammon Bundy and his wife Lisa reached out to the remaining militants at the refuge, pleading for them to leave, this isn't likely to help Ammon's case.
Thursday, January 28, 2016(1 comments)
FBI directs media to leave the area, militants at the standoff declare law enforcement the enemy
The remaining armed militants at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge vow that they will continue to fight until the end. The FBI asked the media to leave the area. The militants have been running a live stream video from the refuge off and on overnight and into the morning after news of the arrest of Ammon Bundy and crew reached them. They have repeatedly made definitive statements that they are prepared to die at the refuge.
Jeb! Bush unveils plan to make millions of Americans hungry and sick
Jeb! would eliminate the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps, housing assistance programs and a cash program called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
He would use the money to give so-called "right to rise" grants to the states to let state governments fund programs they develop as the best way to address poverty.
The king of Christmas soul
Everyone who celebrates Christmas -- and even those who don't -- has probably heard Nat King Cole sing his version of "The Christmas Song," which is often called "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." Today I just want to share my memories of Christmas mornings around the tree, with Nat's music playing in the background.
Chris Matthews slams Donald Trump, tells supporters, "You should be ashamed"
Chris Matthews did not mince words. He justifiably hit Donald Trump in the jugular for his attempt to smear the president over the attack in San Bernardino, California. "I have from the beginning seen Trump as a mixed bag," he said. "But this birtherism which he exhumed today is the bad he carries with him, refuses to dump, and is so willing to sell."