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Obama no longer president but making headlines with style (VIDEO)

Mon, 2017-08-07 16:20

Barack Obama has not been president now for six months. But Obama is still very popular and the recipient of cheers wherever he goes.

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Even though he's no longer the President, Barack Obama is still making headlines with his vacation photos and sense of style.

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Can We Count on the GOP to End the Trump Presidency?

Mon, 2017-08-07 16:01

by Ronald L. Feinman

Ronald L. Feinman is the author of Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama (Rowman Littlefield Publishers, August 2015). A paperback edition is now available.

After six months of the Donald Trump Presidency, it is clear that there are a large number of conservatives and Republicans who have repudiated everything that Donald Trump represents, creating a larger opposition to a Republican President than we have ever seen from within the party and the conservative movement in the years since World War II.

Ordinarily, one would think that conservative ideologues and Republican officeholders would remain silent, but that is as far from reality in 2017 as one can possibly imagine. While many Republicans, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, continue to hold their fire about Trump’s behavior, there are many who have no problem in being critical of how Trump conducts himself in the Presidency.

Three women Senators—Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia—have openly split with the President on health care and often have shown discontent with Trump’s heavy handed approach to governing. Senators Dean Heller of Nevada and Jeff Flake of Arizona, both facing tough re-election contests in 2018, are clearly uncomfortable having to deal with the President’s bullyism tactics. Senators John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah, Rob Portman of Ohio, Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, have expressed doubts about Trump’s leadership.

Representatives have also split with Trump. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, and Justin Amash of Michigan, Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois are among those who for various reasons have joined the Trump critics, as well as former Congressmen Joe Scarborough of Florida and J. C. Watts of Oklahoma.

Then there are the GOP governors. John Kasich of Ohio and Brian Sandoval of Nevada have worked against Trump on the issue of health care. Also, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, and Larry Hogan of Maryland have been strong critics, as well as former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Also, conservative Evan McMullin, who ran as an Independent in the 2016 Presidential election, gaining one half of one percent of the total national vote, and 725,000 popular votes, has become a strong and regular critic of the constitutional dangers that Donald Trump represents.

Among conservative pundits drawn from journalism, the academy, and think tanks, there is much more strong opposition to everything Donald Trump represents. The list of critics is massive, and not all figures engaged in opposition can be included, as there is no possibility of a complete list. The anti Trump world, however, would include in alphabetical order the following: Glenn Beck, Max Boot, L. Brent Bozell, David Brooks, Mona Charen, Ross Douthat, Erick Erickson, Niall Ferguson, David Frum, Robert George, Michael Gerson, Jonah Goldberg, Stephen Hayes, Margaret Hoover, Robert Kagan, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, Matt Lewis, Dana Loesch, Rich Lowry, Meghan McCain, Michael Medved, Russell Moore, Michael Mukasey, Charles Murray, Ana Navarro, Peggy Noonan, Daniel Pipes, John Podhoretz, Karl Rove, Jennifer Rubin, Steve Schmidt, Thomas Sowell, Ken Starr, Michael Steele, Bret Stephens, Charlie Sykes, Cal Thomas, Nicole Wallace,  George Will, and Montel Williams, and, among others. Many of the major conservative media, including the National Review, the Weekly Standard, and the Wall Street Journal have had many of their editors and contributors turn against Donald Trump.

Many retired intelligence officials, including James Woolsey, James Clapper, and Michael Hayden have also spoken out strongly against the President, as has former State Department official R. Nicholas Burns and former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft. Also, former Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, as well as their wives Barbara and Laura, and other members of the Bush extended family, have quietly opposed Trump and his agenda.

The opposition to Trump has been based on many factors. A leading issue has been the belief that Trump and his campaign colluded with the Russians during the Presidential campaign of 2016, and there is widespread alarm at the “bromance” that seems clearly to exist between Trump and Vladimir Putin. The danger to our national security, and the pro Russian leanings of so many Trump advisers and campaign staff, is against Republican tradition, which has strongly, been anti Russian since the rise of the Soviet Union a century ago, It still remains now with the Russian Federation. Many in the GOP hold deeply suspicious views of Putin, a former officer in the KGB Secret Police.

Another major issue is that Trump has displayed antagonism and hostility toward the Republican Party leadership; an outsider, he basically ran against the party and its heritage and is openly hostile to the Republican establishment. His reckless assault on manners and his disrespectful behavior toward John McCain, Paul Ryan, every Republican opponent in the 2016 Presidential race, and former Presidents and their aides, has antagonized members of the GOP power structure. The conviction has grown that Trump won’t listen to anyone, and that his bragging, egotistical, narcissistic, and misogynistic personality is undermining his presidency.

His lack of respect for tradition and for the reputation of the office he holds is extremely disconcerting to many who honor the history and heritage of the Presidency. His failure to learn and his widespread ignorance alarms many. He has shown little interest in policy details and is seemingly only interested in winning. He has violated norms followed by Presidents of both parties and has undermined respect for the opposition and the media. Rather than unite the country, he seems to relish polarizing it.

Trump’s horrible mistreatment of his staff and Cabinet has confounded the GOP. Why go after your own Attorney General in public? He’s even joked about firing Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. His constant need to be praised and honored by those who serve him, and to remind everyone of the fact that he is, in his own mind, the best President ever, except maybe for Abraham Lincoln, and that he should be on Mount Rushmore, antagonizes and exasperates many.

Trump loves pomp and circumstance too much, and is unable to control himself on Twitter, and has caused many conflicts with his wild accusations and taunting tweets. His behavior has caused many to wonder about his mental stability.  Millions fear that he could provoke a nuclear war or declare martial law if and when a terrible terrorist incident occurs on American soil. The fact that Trump is a “loose cannon” unnerves the intelligence community, the diplomatic community, the government bureaucracy, and the international community. While praising Putin he’s created uncertainty among our NATO and Asian allies. The fact that the news media assiduously is investigating and exposing wrongdoing has caused Trump to call them “fake media,” and to disparage the purpose of a free press in a democracy.

The proposal for a Mexico Wall and the crackdown on undocumented immigration, and the partial ban on Muslim immigration has caused great disarray, and has provoked growing incidents of hatred, prejudice, and discrimination. His campaign type rallies stir up the one third of the nation which is his base, but suggests an affinity for fascism. His authoritarian bent makes those who wish to preserve our civil liberties and civil rights to be apprehensive. His war on the environment alarms those who wish to maintain the gains made in the years since Theodore Roosevelt, and later Republican and Democratic Presidents, and the great advancements of the Environmental Protection Agency created under Richard Nixon in 1970.

The attacks on racial (African American and Latinos) and religious minorities (Muslims) in America, on women’s rights, and on the gay, lesbian and transgender community is now in full swing as well. The social safety net created in the past one hundred years is fraying. There are many signs that Trump and his supporters want to repeal much of the 20th century’s social, economic, and political reforms under Presidents of both parties. And of course there are his repeated assaults on the Justice Department, which have led many to conclude he’s guilty of obstruction of justice. Why else did he fire the FBI Director?

Trump seems to exist to create disarray, chaos, and anarchy, unlike any previous American President. We have never had an experience like this with any previous American President. A case can be made that Trump has already committed multiple impeachable acts: colluding with Russia in 2016, obstructing justice, violating the Emoluments Clause, abusing his power through the use of far-reaching executive orders, not to mention evidence of blatant corruption on the part of those who are loyal to Trump and his vision, including family members. The level of corruption already evident makes it possible that Trump’s administration will see a greater level of corruption than under Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Warren G. Harding, and Richard Nixon.

While it is true that not all of the controversial actions of Donald Trump are opposed by all of the extensive list of individuals listed above, there are many who have a strong conviction that Trump is dangerous to constitutional order and to the promotion of honest government based on the rule of law. It will take time for the ongoing investigation into the Trump Presidency to reach a stage where people will take action, but it seems assured that enough conservatives and some Republicans will join together with progressives and Democrats in recognition that Trump is dangerous and needs to be forced out of office by whatever legal means are available.

And for many of the list of critics above, the accession of Vice President Mike Pence would be seen as a plus, although not by progressives and Democrats. But the instability and uncertainty associated with Donald Trump is seen as likely to end under a Pence Presidency, even though it would be the most conservative Presidency since Calvin Coolidge, in many ways, to the right of Coolidge or Ronald Reagan, the other conservative favorite. So for many Republicans and conservatives, they will have won the power to promote their agenda, but be much more able to predict their direction and goals than under the unpredictable Donald Trump. Expect the eventual abandonment of Trump by Republicans as the months go by into 2018. A Pence Presidency is likely coming sooner rather than later, with the best situation for Republicans being to resolve the matter before the midterm Congressional elections next year.

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Canada proves Americans’ gullibility is costing us dearly

Mon, 2017-08-07 12:20

Americans are shortchanged not because of outsourcing, offshoring, high taxes, regulations, and bad health care. They are disadvantaged because of an ideologically driven willful gullibility where we consent to politicians screwing us. Americans need to stop patting themselves on the back as countries like Canada pass us by on the things that matter the most.

This morning I came across this must read article titled "Canadians may pay more taxes than Americans, but here's what they get for their money" that should make most poor and middle class American reexamine their tolerance for electing politicians who not only lie to them but who materially hurt their survival literally and figuratively.

The article starts as follows.

Even with all kinds of taxes considered, including income, local and sales taxes, among others — and contrary to what President Donald Trump has repeatedly said — Americans do not pay the highest taxes in the world. Not even close. Actually, the U.S. is a little below average compared to our 34 peer countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

But what about Canada? Given all the social services that Canadian citizens enjoy relative to their neighbors to the south, including health care, many Americans assume that Canadians bear a significantly heavier tax burden.

The reality is that Canadians do not pay much more taxes than Americans. They just get a lot more for their dollar.

Canadians may not pay that much more than Americans — and, on occasion, as a nation, they have even paid less — but they do get a lot more from their government in terms of social services.

As Vice Money puts it, "American marginal tax brackets aren't too different from Canadians', yet [Canadians] get universal health care and [Americans] don't." Currently, Americans pay $3.4 trillion a year for medical care and, unfortunately, don't get impressive results: "The U.S. life expectancy of 78.8 years ranks 27th. It has the fourth highest infant mortality rate in the OECD, the sixth highest maternal mortality rate and the ninth highest likelihood of dying at a younger age from a host of ailments, including cardiovascular disease and cancer," reports Bloomberg.

Per capita health care spending in the U.S. is over $9,000.

By contrast, per capita health care spending in Canada is half that, or $4,500. Yet life expectancy in Canada is 81.7, and the country ranks 13th, significantly ahead of the U.S.

But it gets even better.

Overall, though, Canadians enjoy the kind of perks Americans only get if they work for the most generous, prestigious corporations. Those include free health care without deductibles as well as up to 18 months of subsidized parental leave when they have children.

They also enjoy access to high-quality education for children across the income spectrum. Even top-notch colleges and universities are cheaper than comparable institutions in the U.S.

Vice cites a 2009 Canadian study by the Centre for Policy Alternatives that found that "the vast majority of Canada's population" gets a great deal: "Middle-income Canadian families enjoy public services worth about $41,000 — or 63 percent of their income. Even households earning $80,000–$90,000 a year enjoy public services benefits equivalent to about half of their income."

In short, the study concludes, "the majority of Canadian households enjoy a higher quality of life because of the public services their taxes fund."

So why do Americans pay so much in taxes? Much of our taxes are used for the military. We do not support education nor health care, and other services to make life better (e.g. family leave, etc.) as do other industrialized countries.

Our tax system is nothing more than a wealth transfer transport from the masses to the wealthy few. One must realize that spending heavily for defense means subsidizing many private corporations within the military industrial complexes that amass massive profits that you, the American citizens pay for. Again, a massive transfer of wealth.

The same applies to our health care system. The American taxpayer pays for drug research. When it is time to develop it into a product, corporations monetize it, inflate costs, and make huge profits for selling us the drugs we developed at exorbitant prices.

Issue after issue, we have allowed the few to screw us all. They take legally what they should not be entitled to have.  The article ends with a prescient statement.

Perhaps that's why so many Americans, as well as the President, feel that Americans pay more than anyone else in taxes: Because while many U.S. residents pay nearly as much, or in some cases more, than our neighbors to the north, Canadians in general can get so much more in exchange.

True, but it is deeper. Americans need to support a complete restructuring of our economy.


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58% of Republicans say college is bad. She explains why they feel that way (VIDEO)

Sun, 2017-08-06 14:12

It is shocking that 58% of Republicans think negatively about college. Demos President appeared on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd and explained how that came about that should disturb us all.

Anti-intellectualism of Republicans explained

It isn't an accident that a large percentage of Republicans view college in a negative light. But that thinking is directly responsible for their anti-science stance.

"Heather, I want to ask you to reference this stat here," said Chuck Todd. "I want to put it up here. On this issue, sort of the anti-intellectual stream that's taking place in the Republican electorate. 58% of Republicans believe colleges and university have a negative effect on the way things are going in the country. I mean it was a startling, wait a minute, I thought we all agreed college was good. We can have a debate about openness in ideologies and universities. But when did we go all the way there?

"Well, I think you really have to, sort of follow, the thread of this narrative," Heather McGhee said. You know Republican strategists began to really recognize how much more highly educated folks were trending towards being more liberal. And we can talk about why that might be. I mean Republicans would say it's a nefarious liberal bias on campus. Others might say that it's actually the more that you study America's history in the world, you understand how much we've fallen short on values of justice and equality. And you want to tend to work more voraciously towards those goals. But if you look at right-wing media, a narrative has really taken root. It's like that the liberal outrage on campus of the day, and that's where that's coming from. There's been a real spotlight a distortion I think of the news of what is coming out of college campuses. But it's just very clear. You start to see it pop up on Breitbart. You start to see pop up on Fox News, and then it moves into the Republican vote."

Ms. McGhee hit the nail on the head.

A real democracy requires an educated population. Democracy is a threat to the plutocracy's permanence. It is clear that Republicans are following the script, the Powell Manifesto.

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Eric Bolling suspended. What is wrong with the men at Fox News (VIDEO)

Sat, 2017-08-05 19:05

It is clear Fox News' rot extends from the head right down to the core, specifically their men. I guess Trump has given license to be lewd.

Eric Bolling was suspended after sending unsolicited lewd pictures to several female Fox News employees. How many more of their men will join the train?

The Huffington Post reported the following last night.

Eric Bolling, a longtime Fox News host, sent an unsolicited photo of male genitalia via text message to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News, a dozen sources told HuffPost.

Recipients of the photo confirmed its contents to HuffPost, which is not revealing their identities. The women, who are Bolling’s current and former Fox colleagues, concluded the message was from him because they recognized his number from previous work-related and informal interactions. The messages were sent several years ago, on separate occasions.

The women did not solicit the messages, which they told colleagues were deeply upsetting and offensive. One of the recipients said that when she replied to Bolling via text, telling him never to send her such photos again, he did not respond. Four people, outside of the recipients, confirmed to HuffPost they’d seen the photo, and eight others said the recipients had spoken to them about it.

Mediate is now reporting that Eric Bolling, the Fox News host that criticized Anthony Wiener for a similar act, was suspended.

Mediaite received the following statement from Fox News:

Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway.

The Fox News host is facing allegations laid out in a Huffington Post report from last night that he sent “an unsolicited photo of male genitalia” to female colleagues. The reporting cites “14 sources in and out of Fox News and Fox Business” and contains the following details:

The women did not solicit the messages, which they told colleagues were deeply upsetting and offensive. One of the recipients said that when she replied to Bolling via text, telling him never to send her such photos again, he did not respond. Four people, outside of the recipients, confirmed to HuffPost they’d seen the photo, and eight others said the recipients had spoken to them about it.

Fox News said in a statement yesterday they plan to investigate the matter, and the investigation is being conducted by the law firm Paul, Weiss.

It seems what goes around comes around.

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He faked being black, got into top med school, blasts Affirmative Action (VIDEO)

Sat, 2017-08-05 16:34

This Indian-America student got into one of the top med schools by faking he was black. He then blasted Affirmative Action. There is so much wrong with this story that is much deeper than his simplistic and dangerous assessment.

I used to hate Affirmative Action until I grew up, enlightened myself wanting fairness for all instead of the indoctrination of a prejudice society.

I went to the University of Texas at Austin, a Black Latino Caribbean man in a sea of white. I didn't need Affirmative Action. After all, I graduated third in my High School class. I spent one year on a music scholarship that I got from Blinn College to start my Engineering career. Hey, you go wherever you can optimize the receipt of funds. I left after my first year of a two-year scholarship, worked three jobs in the summer, and headed to Austin. To be clear, I did very well at Blinn College as well.

The prose is not about patting myself on the back. It is about being privileged to have grown up outside of the United States in an environment, which while not perfect, afforded me the wherewithal to be damn good at what I do because of parenting, great educators, and a very caring society. Yes, it took a village. And while we were not cosmopolitan with all the excesses of America, we were well grounded, and most of our community who came over here were well rounded. They handled the headwinds of racism and denied opportunities much better than the natives. Why? -- because we had deep roots before we left our communities.

Most foreigners that come to the United States despite what our intellect lacking president says come to this country with skills they bring from their countries of origin however menial, but very useful to America.

Vijay Jojo Chokal-Ingam, claims he got into medical school by pretending to be a black man. He believes that universities discriminate against Asian-Americans (in his case read Indian-Americans). Ironically, he seems to level his ire on blacks because as he sees it, his 3.1 GPA was too low for him to get in as an Indian-American. But it was enough for him to get in as a black man. Now he thinks President Trump will "end affirmative action like Lincoln ended slavery."

He assumed that Affirmative Action was necessary for him to go to school and then blasts it?

Chokal-Ingam, like many Republicans, and for that matter, many Americans tend to believe that "Affirmative Action" is a form of racism. Here is a quick story.

When I got out of college, after the company that hired me as an oil well logging engineer botched my employment because of a steel rod on my spine, they offered me a job they advertised required a Masters in Computer Science. While in college, I taught myself programming machine code, assembly language, many high-level languages, and software design. Suffice it to say; I was qualified for the job more so than most. The female manager who offered me the job saw that as well as my work ethic (many times during college, I work full time with a full load). I've always believed her personal experience, and the hoops she had to go through made her hire me just like the breaks 'others' receive on a daily basis to prove themselves.

What was shocking was what the vice president of the division told me. He pulled me into the office and with a sneer said. "She likes you and wants to give you a try," he said as I remember as if it were yesterday. "You have six months, and if you don't make it, I do not want to hear a damn thing about Affirmative Action. You hear?"

I replied that I understood. I completed the six-month project in two months. My manager made sure to tell me early on that there was no damn probation to worry about any longer. Many times I wonder if this woman with whom I have lost contact even realized the impact she had on me.

I tell these stories for a degree of personalization. I am not speaking in some abstract form. As a black man, for people of color in this society, we know some things are willfully invisible to many. For years I hated Affirmative Action. My experience in corporate America led me to believe that people thought, even with my accomplishments, I got there because of it. But I did not. Or did I?

I argued with friends day in and day out about the ills of Affirmative Action until a bulb went off in my head. In fact, one has nothing to do with the other. I got into the company and many others because of Affirmative Action. America is still a society where pigmentation alone makes it harder for those with a darker hue to succeed in many fields and the only way to bust that is to create some method to open the doors.

It is evident, that absent the purposely misinforming book, The Bell Curve by Charles A. Murray and Richard Herrnstein, that in the aggregate all races or ethnic groups given the same conditions will perform similarly. If one believes that reality, then it is clear that many externalities affect people of color that I now think justifies normalization. As an example, the designers of SATs, I think without malice, have many questions that assume living in a typically white American household. For those who cannot afford a plethora of practice tests to mitigate that, of course, their scores will reflect that. I have seen particular questions that required algebra that I have gotten wrong just because of not understanding what is common to many here in America.

The reality is that the totality of one's experience is what ultimately makes a society. And in fact is the only way we can end Affirmative Action in the future. Until we have a normalization of the entire society, some will be left behind for no fault of their own even as they have the same capacity to succeed given the opportunity.

Chokal-Ingam complained that he could not get into school as an Indian-American with a 3.1 GPA but a black person could.  And so he got into med school faking that he was a black person. I will not argue that fact. Ironically, pigment-ally he is a black person. So when not deluded from the fact that he defines himself as Asian/Indian which he assumes gives him a gradation of better, he probably suffers the same degradation of which black men must endure from just being.

Vijay Jojo Chokal-Ingam did beat the system. But make no mistake, his 3.1 GPA is no absolute number. It is by no means the same as a 3.1 GPA from someone with an upbringing with struggle. My 3.1 is not the same as a 3,1 from someone who did not have the support structures I had. And that is why Universities look at the entire picture, and yes, race must play a part in it until we become a society where race does not have the corrosive effect on the humanity and outcomes for many.


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Bill Maher: What if Obama said what Trump said. A reenactment for right wingers (VIDEO)

Sat, 2017-08-05 01:39

Bill Maher used 'Obama' to illustrate that Donald Trump is one of the biggest beneficiaries of white privilege. The reenactment of what emanates from Trump's mouth as President Obama re-enacts Donald Trump is embarrassing for the country.

Bill Maher invited 'Obama' to his New Rules segment of his Real Time show to re-enact the vulgar statements and lies Donald Trump told.

Maher started his final New Rule with a prescient statement.

"Republicans have to tell us," Bill Maher said. "Now that you have made facts optional and changed the status of truth to unknowable, what's next. Hypocrisy used to be a thing. Is it still?"

Bill then showed Paul Ryan's somber reaction to an Obama infrastructure proposal in his State of the Union speech. Trump gave the same proposal and was met with Jubilee from Ryan.

"Clearly the term Republican principles no longer has any meaning," Maher said. Since Trump got elected, they've pulled utter one-eighties on infrastructure, free trade, reducing debt, family values, the Constitution."

Bill pointed out that when Obama signed executive orders he was called a tyrant while Trump signs them with no consequences. Trump complained about President Obama playing too much golf while Trump plays twice as much.

Bill Maher decided to show Republicans what it would look like if the previous president said the things that Donald Trump said. He brought up an Obama lookalike, Reggie Brown, who repeated some of the many vulgar and ignorant statements.

'Obama' reenacts Donald Trump

The lookalike repeated one Trump statement after another.

  • He is not a war hero. He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured.
  • I am speaking with myself. Number one because I have a very good brain. And I have said a lot of things.
  • Sorry Losers & Haters, but my IQ is one of the highest and you guys know it.
  • I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters.
  • Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness if I am not making mistakes? But when I drink my little wine and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness."
  • There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. You think our country is so innocent?
  • I got to know Putin very well. Because we were both on 60 Minutes.  ---  I never met Putin. I don't know who Puting is.
  • Nobody knew health care was so complicated. We have to prime the pump. Have you heard that expression before. I came up with it a few days ago. And I thought is as good. Frederick Douglas is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job. And he is getting recognized more and more.
  • I move on her like a b$tch. I just start kissing them. I don't even wait. And when you are a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pu$$y.
  • They refer to my hands. If they are small, then something else must be small. I guarantee you. There is no problem. I guarantee you.

Bill Maher ends the segment with a prescient message.

"Look, I don't know the exact definition of white privilege," Bill Maher said. "But being able to talk about grabbing pu$$ies, and how big your d$ck is and still get elected president that's' got to come close.

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‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli guilty of 3 of 8 charges including securities fraud

Fri, 2017-08-04 15:31

Martin Shkreli, the evil young capitalist, who legally defrauded Americans by increasing the cost of a life-saving drug by over 5000% was found guilty on several counts. Jail time is very likely.

The 34-year-old Martin Shkreli will likely get what he deserves after putting the lives of many Americans in danger with his evil act morally & legally.

CNBC reports the following.

A federal jury found notorious "Pharma bro" Martin Shkreli guilty of multiple criminal charges Friday.

Shkreli, 34, was convicted of some of the eight criminal counts that he had faced, which had included securities fraud and conspiracy to commit both securities fraud and wire fraud, after a more-than-month-long trial in Brooklyn, New York, federal court.

Of the eight counts, Shkreli was found guilty of three. Those included conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and two counts of securities fraud. He was found not guilty of five counts, including those related to wire fraud.

He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced.

Martin Shkreli increased price of Daraprim

Martin Shkreli raised the price of the drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750.00 per pill overnight. That is an increase of over 5555%. And under our current system, it is completely legal however immoral or evil. That is the definition of unfettered and unregulated capitalism.

While what Shkreli did is extreme and evil, it is something that has been happening for some time now. Companies have been raising generic drug prices for some time.

He was arrested in December 2015 for securities fraud.

CEO Martin Shkreli crookedness comes back to bite him

While Martin Shkreli was not arrested then on drug price gouging, it was great that he is paying the price for something.  It is poetic justice that he is now a convict. This does not absolve our government from creating a system that does not allow the capitalist system to hold the sick hostage. We need to make the Shkreli(s) of the world pay for their misdeeds.


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MSNBC Ali Velshi debunks notion that Trump responsible for stock market rise (VIDEO)

Fri, 2017-08-04 11:41

Donald Trump has been taking credit for the record stock market highs. Unless we refute this false notion, many will believe that he has accomplished a feat that he bears little credit for doing. The sum of fallacies can create a report card that maintains his viability as president. One must not allow that.

Ali Velshi debunks Donald Trump stock market fallacy

Ali Velshi continues doing the job of a journalist as he explains why one must not give Trump the credit he is ascribing to himself for the stock market rise. It is important that one does not allow any of the president's lies to go unchallenged lest one allows its cauterizations in the psyche of many as true.

Chris Jansing asked Ali Velshi if Donald Trump was responsible for the stock market record highs. His answer was a matter of fact.

"Generally speaking presidents are limited in their ability to take blame or responsibility for what goes on in the market," Velshi said. "There are things in a moment, a declaration of war, a big policy statement that will move the market one way or another, but the market is much more sophisticated than this."

Velshi then pointed out that the stock market rise began long before Trump came into office.

"This market wasn't on an upward trend before Donald Trump took the presidency," Velshi continued. "And what happened is when he won, because of his promises about infrastructure spending and regulation, you know taking regulation back, and reform on taxes, a number of companies that really stood to benefit from those policies surged. So banks, financial companies, Caterpillar, big infrastructure companies, they all gained. So what you saw was a line that was going up like this, suddenly go up like that a little more, and then flatten out and we've just been continuing to go on."

Later on, Velshi revealed the inconvenient truth about several market stats under President Obama that Trump is miles away from achieving thus far.

"This is an interesting one, 2.6% quarterly GDP right?" Velshi said. "Generally guys like me don't look at quarters. We look at years. But if you want to play the president's game, 2.6% GDP in one-quarter, it happened fourteen times under President Obama., 3% in any given quarter. it happened eight times under President Obama. So you know when President Trump wasn't president he would criticize the measures by which we measure these things, the stock market, the unemployment rate, and GDP. Well now it's the same measures and he's taking credit for it. So again, if you would ask me this while President Obama was president, I would have said the same thing; careful not too much credit, not too much blame. Presidents have some role to play, not all of it. That's the same situation here."

Now the president is touting the stock market gains where those with capital are making huge amounts of money on capital gains and profits. But he must remember that the base that got him elected are not the people his economy continues to work for now or has rewarded in the past. After all, with the stock market gains and all the corporate profits out there, very little of the spoils, very little of the profit from productivity gains are going to those who are doing the real work. WAGES CONTINUE TO STAGNATE.


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Economist Richard Wolff schools a snarky Fox Stuart Varney on socialism (VIDEO)

Fri, 2017-08-04 00:01

Fox's Stuart Varney attempted to make Socialist Economist Professor Richard Wolff a caricature but instead came across as a silly talking head unable to defend a failing economic system that has decimated the middle class.

Richard Wolff schools Stuart Varney

Professor Richard Wolff was amiable and methodical as he took out Stuart Varney with a smile and a systematic dissection of his critiques.

Varney started by lamenting the return of socialism. Professor Wolff blamed its return on the effects of capitalism.

"Nothing guarantees the future of socialism so much as capitalism," Professor Wolff said. "Because socialism is capitalism's self-criticism. You know every economic system has had the people who love it and the people who don't. And they'd have a debate. And we would have had that over the last thirty years if there weren't a taboo, the Cold War and all of that. So we are just getting back to kind of where we should have been. Let's have a debate, strength, and weaknesses of capitalism, strength, and weaknesses of socialism."

Varney asked Wolff if a proletarian revolution was around the corner. Wolff made it clear that no one really knows when some revolution would occur. The professor said that the question for both capitalism and socialism are up for grabs. He pointed out that every system thus far has been born, changed, and died over time.

"Why do you think that socialism is so good for America now?" Varney asked. "Why?"

Wolff pointed out that the level of inequality created by capitalism has not been seen since the days of the pharaohs. Moreover, he said there were two collapses and Americans are yet to have recovered from them.

"I think you are seeing a return to socialism not so much because, people like socialism," Wolff said. "I don't think it is there yet. It is people who don't like what they've got and what they see and what they see for their kids.

Varney ultimately perceived the inevitable.

"I think we are on the European road," Varney said dejectedly. "We in America are moving down that collectivist road. How long do you think before we become like a Denmark, or France, or something like that?"

Professor Wolff said he did not know. Varney then asked the professor if he really wanted the type of democratic socialism in Scandinavian countries or Europe. The professor gave the moral answer. In effect, he wanted a fair distribution of wealth.

The conversation then went to Jeff Bezos billions. The professor gave Varney a schooling. In effect, people like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos did not earn their money from their work. They earned it from the design of the current economic system that allows the hoarding of wealth. Worse, taxes on income from wealth appreciation, capital gains, is unfairly taxed at a lower rate than the persons who work for a living."

The professor did not quite say what has to be done with the underserved accumulated wealth of the types like Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and others. It is the responsibility of government to recover all that was attained unfairly, unjustly, or from the excesses of the working person's excess labor.

Professor Richard Wolff is consistent and has always been consistently correct. Check out these two speeches (here & here)


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Assistant Police Chief Wayne Welsh sharing this racist meme tells a deeper story (VIDEO)

Thu, 2017-08-03 08:19

Many would want to view incidents like this Police Chief sharing a racist mem as an isolated incident. Unfortunately for all the people of color who have had bad experiences with police officers just because of who they are, understanding that who many of these guys are is important.

Assistant Police Chief sends out racist meme



Louisiana Police Chief sends out a racist meme that pretty much encourages a murder if one's daughter dates a someone he disapproves of.

Huffington Post reported the officer's name as Wayne Welsh. Here is the meme Assistant Police Chief Wayne Welsh posted on his Facebook page. The post showed a white woman holding a white child's head underwater in a bathtub with a caption that says this is "what you do" when your daughter's "first crush" is a black child.

Assistant Police Chief Wayne Wesh shared this racist meme

According to KATC.COM, Wayne Welsh was not initially apologetic for this racist act.

Earlier in the day and yesterday, he wasn't so apologetic, although he said he did take down the offending post. "It's not against the law to share something on Facebook. It's social media. Internet," he posted. "I shared somebody else's posts and everybody mad at me again," he wrote. "So Facebook police mad at me." He also posted about the "race card" and how people want to say he's a "bad guy."

His Facebook page shows that he is simply not a very nice person. Again according to KATC.COM

 The officer's page also has shared posts that: call women in burquas "trash bags," make fun of Democrats, in particular female elected officials and Michelle Obama, make fun of overweight women and of women who receive child support.

Welsh later took down the post with a rather disingenuously sounding apology.

"Well, I posted something on Facebook that made a lot of people mad," he wrote. "Well, I'm sorry for what happen. Ya have a blessed day."

If the rot is at the top of the command chain, it is not hard to infer that it occurs throughout the police departments. These incidents are far too frequent and the disproportionate bad treatment and bad outcomes for people of color far too prevalent to discount this incident as isolated. The story is deeper than just this little Lousiana town, Estherwood.


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Pantsuit Republic & Mi Familia Vota holds SB 4 Call for Repeal Press Conference (VIDEO)

Wed, 2017-08-02 19:23

Texas Together, Pantsuit Republic, and Mi Familia Vota held a “Texas Works Together” news conference Tuesday, August 1st, to call for repeal of Texas’ racial profiling law, SB 4, and discuss the economic costs to the state and our community. Supporting organizations included Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation, AFL-­-CIO, UNITE HERE Local 23, Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council, FIEL, Texas Organizing Project, OCA-­-Greater Houston, Faith Leaders Coalition of Greater Houston, and Indivisible Houston.

During the news conference, new estimates on the economic impact of SB 4 due to the loss of immigrant workers were released, and local business leaders, city officials, and educators discussed how the law is already hurting businesses and workforce development locally and throughout the state.

The coalition of grassroots groups urged Texans to stand together against discriminatory laws and legislation by calling on national groups to support the campaign to repeal SB 4.  “Texas Works Together,” an initiative of Texas Together and the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance, combines the collective economic and political power of businesses and our communities to win the repeal of SB 4. Similar events are being held in cities across the state.

Economic Cost of SB 4

SB 4 will result in significant economic costs, related to jobs, earnings, taxes and GDP, if 10 percent of
undocumented immigrants leave Texas.* (The population of noncitizen Hispanics in Arizona decreased
by 10 to 15 percent after the enactment of AZ SB 1070.)

Under SB 4, Texas will lose at least $9.2 billion in gross domestic product (GDP), based on the

  • If 10 percent of undocumented immigrants leave the state, Texas will lose $190.7 million in
    federal taxes and $223.5 million in state and local taxes.
  • This 10 percent includes an estimated 95,289 employed workers, whose departure will reflect
    close to $2.9 billion in lost wage earnings.
  • The state will also lose an additional 69,744 jobs that were dependent on undocumented
    immigrant consumers and supporters of industry. These indirect job losses would result in
    another $2.4 billion in lost wage earnings.

*Statistics from a RITA analysis of data from the U.S. Census, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Institute on Taxation and
Economic Policy. / Analysis based on Sanchez 2017 examination of AZ SB 1070. / Contact rheyman@bnhr.orgfor more

Commentary from co-organizer of the event, Dr. Dona Kim Murphey & Pantsuit Republic Board Chair

Commentary from co-organizer of the event, Carlos Duarte, Texas State Director of Mi Familia Vota

Commentary from speaker at the event, Executive Director, and CEO of the U.S. Bilateral African Chamber of Commerce

Commentary from speaker at the event, Anna Núñez

List of Speakers at the SB 4 event

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CNN Jim Acosta causes White House spokesperson to implode on new immigration policy (VIDEO)

Wed, 2017-08-02 16:47

Donald Trump's spokesperson imploded when CNN's Jim Acosta called out Trump's new immigration policy. It is evident he wanted to fight, and Acosta pushed his button appropriately illustrating the xenophobic nature of the proposal.

Stephen Miller Implodes

Jim Acosta did it again. He called out the Trump administration for their new xenophobic proposal. Will he get kicked out of the newsroom?

Huffington Post reported the incident as follows.

CNN’s Jim Acosta questioned Miller about whether that bill is “keeping with American tradition” and cited the most famous portion of “The New Colossus”: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Miller brushed off Acosta’s reference, arguing that the poem written by Emma Lazarus was “added later” and has no significance.

“I don’t want to get off into a whole thing about history here, but the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of liberty and lighting in the world; it’s a symbol of American liberty lighting the world. The poem that you’re referring to was added later. It’s not actually part of the Statue of Liberty,” Miller argued.

It’s true that “The New Colossus,” which was never intended to be a statement of political policy, was added to the Statue of Liberty in 1903 and that the statue itself was dedicated in 1886. But they are widely associated with each other: The poem is currently featured on a bronze tablet in the museum in the base of the Statue of Liberty, and there are sections of the National Park Service’s website for the statue that are devoted to the poem and Lazarus. The poem was often cited earlier this year as Trump tried to ban people from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Watch the entire exchange between Jim Acosta and Stephen Miller here.

Sadly, it is evident what Donald Trump is doing. As he continues to fail in governing, he has decided to use immigration to divide Americans into several fronts strategically. Keep the working class fighting the immigrants, and they will forget that the plutocracy is robbing us all blind.

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Here’s my Trump survival guide inspired by Robert Reich’s

Wed, 2017-08-02 12:18

I have been pretty calm throughout the Trump presidency and find myself encouraging people to keep the faith while not stressing from the constant barrage of his unbelievable evil acts. This morning I found Robert Reich's blog post "A Summer Survival Guide" in my feed. It inspired me to be introspective and reveal my own.

My blood pressure has gone down inversely to my disgust for Trump, so I think that means my survival guide must be working. So I am sticking with it.

Trump Survival Guide

Here are the ten items that Robert Reich lists in his survival guide. I agree with most, but not all of them. So let's start there. Reich says,

  • Take a day off from the news, one day a week.
  • Don’t get into an argument with a Trump supporter.
  • Pay no attention to Trump’s tweets.
  • Watch an old movie of biting political satire
  • Don’t watch “Doctor Strangelove
  • Join an Indivisible group
  • Drink lots of water and get plenty of exercises
  • Read good books of fiction
  • Go to a county fair with your kid
  • Have a cookout with your neighbors

If I don't listen to the news or read the news several times a day, I get anxious. In a time when we have a dangerous president, I think we need to be in the know on more than a daily basis, to make sure we adjust, engage, or activate when necessary. At a time when information moves fast, there may be a time when quick action is needed.

For the same reason, I do pay attention to Trump's tweets. I find that most are so ridiculous, it provides comic relief and in so doing reduces my stress.

While I agree that one should not get into an argument with Trump supporters, it is useless. I do have a lot of civil discussions with them, however. It turns out that many of them, the ones not in the racist, xenophobic, sexist, homophobic, or misogynistic modal, can have productive discussions where minds meet, and even perceptions change. One can figure out if a conversation can be productive in the first few seconds and sign off before anger and stress sets in, but a productive conversation whether one changes one's mind completely can be euphoric.

After all, total agreement is never the goal. More importantly is positive coexistence. My wife and I have diametrically opposing views on religion. In fact, she is a deacon in a Progressive Christian Church and I am a Humanist.  And guess what? We have coexisted "peacefully" for decades.

I agree with all the other points, especially the one to join an Indivisible group. There are now thousands of them throughout the country. Why is that a stress reliever? Nothing reduces stress more than being empowered and knowing that you are in control and can make a difference. Indivisible groups around the country are making a difference and will do so in the 2017 Virginia election and the 2018 midterms. I  am a member of Invisible Houston and Indivisible TX-02. and I can say categorically that these groups are empowering.

Exercising serves a dual purpose. I have always exercised, but have been more methodical in the Trump era. Instead of driving the 2.65 miles to Starbucks to blog every day, I walk three of those days. The other two days I spin hard to relieve any lingering stress. So far it has been good for a 20-pound loss.

Here is an important stress reliever that is necessary in these times of Trump. This one will take some work but haven reached that point myself, I know it is doable. Remember words are just vibrating air. We choose which ones we want to accept. We determine which ones will affect us or the ones we will act on when heard. We also must understand self and must be self-defined. No one can define who you are.

Trump and his ilks know that most of us are still affected by vibrating air, words. If we internalize the concept that words are in fact just air in cyclic motion which has no meaning until we give it meaning, then the verbal abuse, the vulgar words, the name calling will have no effect on us. And if it does not affect you, it cannot stress you out.

I am a black man. I can categorically say that all the N-words and other racially derogatory names I get called in emails, on phone calls, or elsewhere, mostly because of my blog posts, have no effect on me. In fact, it has now turned into a particular type of compassion. I feel that those resorting to those tactics must be so damaged and hurt on the inside. Not knowing me, what would cause that anger and hate? Sometimes I even want to help them. I remember once responding to one of these emails. The respondent was shocked to receive the email. He later apologized and said he was a changed person. What shocked him most is I told him those words meant nothing to me but I wanted to know if there was something he needed help to get over his angst for someone who has absolutely no impact on him.

The moral of my survival guide is simple. Understand that you cannot let those who have no power over you stress you out. And unite with others to fight those who do have power over you. And this can all be done stress-free by centering on knowing that you define self.

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Joy-Ann Reid: Trump is who the real GOP is and Republican elites ashamed (VIDEO)

Tue, 2017-08-01 21:42

Once again, Joy-Ann Reid had to give a perspective that the good-old-boy network shied away from on the MTP Daily Panel. She was succinct and went more in depth than Chuck Todd is used to in her analysis.

Joy-Ann Reid reveals an inconvenient truth to the Republican Elites

Joy-Ann Reid appeared on an MTP Daily panel where she did her usual thing, blow up the prevailing narrative the Republican elites want to ignore.

"The reality is you know you have to ask yourself sort of what was Donald Trump's crime in the minds of Republican elites, okay," Joy-Ann Reid asked. "I went, and I looked up Jeff Flake's voting record. He has voted 95.5% with Donald Trump. Trump's margin in Arizona was 3.5% so predicted score would be that he would have voted with Trump about 61% of the time. He superseded that by 30 points. So this is not a difference in content or in what they want to do. It is really, to me about the gap between the text and the subtext. And if Donald Trump committed a crime among Republican elites, is that he made the long term subtext of Republicanism into text; meaning if you've been listening to right-wing talk radio over the last twenty-something years, the same anger and rage and anger at the changes in the country, the same ethic, the same sort of, you know, sometimes vulgarity existed. It's just that elites in the Republican Party didn't accept that as the way to market the party to the world. Donald Trump recognized, better than they did, better than Jeff Flake did, better than John McCain did. But he could simply identify with the text of what people were saying on talk radio or listening to when they heard Rush Limbaugh, the anger and rage that they felt all the time the sense of political correctness meaning I can't say these things because I can't keep my job or being a polite society. Trump said yes you can or I can say them for you. So all Trump did was take a lot of the subtext and anger that was already there. He didn't invent this. Trump is just making it open, and obvious and Republican elites can't stand it. They too want to get rid of Medicaid. Trump's instinct is to say that's mean. Trump knows more about the Republican base than Jeff Flake does. So I think that's their problem with him."

"Jeff Flake is a conventional Republican Conservative," said John Podhoretz, New York Post Columnist. "Donald Trump is an unconventional non-Republican non-conservative."

"And most of the base of the Republican Party agrees with Donald Trump because that's why he beat sixteen other Republicans," Joy-Ann Reid interjected.

"They also agree with Jeff Flake," Podhoretz continued. "They like Trump. They have no trouble with Flake's voting record. They have no problem with the way Flake views things. It's about character. ... It's about comportment. It's about behavior.

"If that mattered, Donald Trump would not have been the nominee of the Republican Party," Joy-Ann Reid again interjected. "He ran against the sort of Kendalls of the Beltway media. He ran against Marco Rubio."

Podhoretz accused Reid of being inconsistent. She set him straight with the facts.

"I said he understands the base of your party better than the elites do," Reid said. "The the elites of the Republican Party think that the base agrees with them on eviscerating Medicaid for instance. Donald Trump understands that the base of the party is fine with big government. They don't like that certain people are getting it. They're fine with big government conservatism as long as they're the beneficiaries."

Podhoretz then accused Reid of caricaturing half the country. Telling the truth is not caricaturing.

"Donald Trump gets them," Reid continued. "And the elites in the Republican Party clearly don't.That's why they lost him."

Enough said, right?


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Reporter’s hilarious reaction to spokesperson statement on Trump’s truthfulness (VIDEO)

Tue, 2017-08-01 16:34

This video is hilarious mostly because Trump's spokeswoman made her statement with a straight face. It seemed to have caught MSNBC's Hallie Jackson by surprise.

The MSNBC reporter had a visceral and hilarious reaction to Trump's spokeswoman statement about the President's truthfulness that says it all. Hallie Jackson had a tough but simple question.

"I heard you list off a list of reasons of why you think that the media should be focusing on Democrats, not the president," Jackson said. "And not to believe an obvious point that Hillary Clinton is certainly not in the oval office, Donald Trump is. And there seems to be a trust deficit that is being created with some on Capitol Hill and I want to tell you about what Lindsey Graham said this morning on the Today show  -- 'If this is  true,' this Washington Post reporting, 'it was a bad decision by the president which will make us ask more questions. You get caught in a lie about one thing it makes it hard to say we'll just let the other stuff go.' -- Is this what is hurting the president's legislative agenda, this credibility issue right now?"

Trump's spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders' answer was to deflect the question and accuse Congress of being the culprit.

"I think what's hurting the legislative agenda is Congress's inability to get things passed," Sarah Huckabee replied.

"Clearly there is a concern from some Republicans that the president is not always being as truthful as he could be," Hallie Jackson continued. "How does he plan to address that?"

I think by being truthful and transparent as he has every single day," Sarah Huckabee Sanders replied with a straight face.

MSNBC's Hallie Jackson shocked by Trump's spokeswoman

The expression on Hallie Jackson's face said it all. Everyone knows that the president and his administration lies more than any previous administration has. Attempting to say that they have always been truthful simply opens the door justifiably for more outward scrutiny.

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Steve Schmidt: 71-year-old president who has an impulse control of a little child (VIDEO)

Tue, 2017-08-01 02:49

Conservative Republican pundit Steve Schmidt made it clear that calling Trump a businessman does not square with the manner in which he runs the White House. He calls out the president for his infantile behavior that is a detriment to the country in very stark terms.

Steve Schmidt calls out president's childlike impulse control

It is clear that this pundit is not shy about calling out Donald Trump for his childish behavior. He described it as the impulse control of a little child.

"As someone who served in the West Wing of the White House," Steve Schmidt said. "I never disgrace the office. I never disgraced the president I worked for. I conducted myself like that."

Schmidt then knocks Trump's business acumen.

"And I'll add another thing," Schmidt continued. "There is no business in America that runs like this West Wing White House does. No CEO of a publicly traded company that would have not already been removed by his board, if he acted one-tenth the way that Donald Trump did. That's not to mention the entire senior officer core of the United States military."

Schmidt then slams the Trump's behavior.

The behavior and comportment of this president and the degradation he brings to the important institutions in this country -- One of the defining issues, that this country is dealing with at this time, is the collapse of trust in institutions.  And every day a president who should be charged with strengthening these institutions that are in crisis is further degrading them with a total inability to control himself. Vladimir Putin appeared in the documentary that Oliver Stone did recently. ... One of the things Putin revealed about himself is his contempt for people who have no control. And clearly, we have a 71-year-old President of the United States who has the impulse control of a little child, who feels aggrieved, who is resentful, who is a constant victim. And I find it remarkable that you could sit here and you can say on any level that he has demonstrated any capacity for impulse control. He clearly has no impulse control judge by the attacks on the Attorney General, judge by his attacks on other people. There's just no argument to be had that he has the psychological ability to control himself. He doesn't."

Steve Schmidt could not be clearer. He could not be more right about his assessment of President Donald Trump.

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This is how one starts a conversation with a Trump voter to start effecting change (VIDEO)

Tue, 2017-08-01 02:16

I get a lot of flack because I attempt to engage the Trump voter on my radio show Politics Done Right. This listener gives me hope because even if he does not overtly change his opinions, he returns to the show each time a bit more civil.

How I intend to change the Trump voter eventually

Listen to the entire show here

The Trump voter is not lost if one takes the time to build a communication channel. But it takes a lot of time to build trust. It takes a lot of listening. It is slow.

It is true that many of these voters are racist, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist, and misogynistic. But guess what? Many Progressives and Liberals are as well even though many of us attempt to give the impression that because we are Progressives and Liberals, all is okay or do not suffer the sin of prejudice.

It is the realization mentioned above that humbles me. Many times we are told not to bother. Many advise us that it is a waste of time to spend time trying to change their minds instead of working the Progressive non-voting base.

Given the results of the last four two-year election cycles, trying to make non-voters voters may just be as hard as changing the minds of the Trump voter.

It is important that engage the Trump voter as well as attempt to get the Progressive non-voter to vote. After all, our goal isn't solely winning elections by 50% + 1, but winning a governing majority. That requires more than a base election. It means growing the base. Whether some want to admit it or not, much of the Trump voting base share much in common with Progressive voters. The job we have is to break the cycle of indoctrination. That requires painstakingly listening to them and then entertaining a civil discussion.

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Martin: Hope General Kelly can counsel the biggest child in the White House, Trump (VIDEO)

Mon, 2017-07-31 16:31

Roland Martin was brash in his comment on what America must expect from General Kelly as the new Chief of Staff. His language was colorful but accurate and necessary.

General Kelly must counsel the biggest child in the White House

General Kelly has begun ridding the White House of 'the children' and hopefully, he can discipline the biggest one in the White House. He accepted the Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci's "resignation" as one of his first personnel actions. The White House has not yet said if it was a firing or a forced resignation, but many can infer.

Roland Martin's assessment is spot on as he usually is.

"First of all, I would hope that with the arrival of General Kelly you now have adults who are now running the country as opposed to the children that we have witnessed over the last six months," Roland Martin said. "And I would hope that General Kelly is somehow can counsel the biggest child in the White House this president Donald Trump. Why am I saying that? You look at the comment that he has made. You look at look at his vulgar language and how he's basically not at the presidential. You need someone who can say, look, respect this office. You ought to act like the president. Scaramucci was ridiculous. The communications directors are not supposed to be the story. And he thought he was basically a mini-me Donald Trump. And he needed to go. Because it was embarrassing what took place last week and you would hope, again, for the country -- it does not matter if you are Republican or Democrat liberal or conservative -- we ought to respect the presidency. I would hope the president will learn from a general Kelly as to how he should behave as president the United States."

Donald Trump has had many resets. No one should expect a new disciplined Donald Trump to defer to General Kelly permanently. Like all other Trump servants, he is likely to face the same level of humiliation going forward. No one enters the White House and leaves without that stench of defeat from the president.

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Scaramucci resigns as communication director. Was it a suicide mission (VIDEO)

Mon, 2017-07-31 15:06

Anthony Scaramucci has "resigned" as Donald Trump's White House Communications Director. He served less than two weeks on the job.

Was Scaramucci a suicide mission?

CNN reports the following.

(CNN) Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director, two sources tell CNN.

It's the latest high-profile departure from the Trump White House. Chief of Staff Reince Priebus resigned at the end of last week, replaced by John Kelly, whose first day is Monday.

A White House official said Kelly wanted Scaramucci removed from his new role as the communications director because he did not think he was disciplined and had burned his credibility. Scaramucci, a colorful and controversial figure, was brought on during the latest in a long list of White House shake ups that have rocked the presidency with a sense of chaos.

This story is being updated.

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