Thursday, February 25, 2016

To be fair, ONE of his wives was even an American

Divorce looming I suspect. I'm torn about wanting Kanye  to call.  He may be a difficult client. You think?

Dancing with the Stars. Governor Perry meeting with Congressman Tom Delay for tea to discuss how appellate courts keep politicians from going to prison and the advantages of dancing.

Louisiana model for photo shoot tomorrow  bringing me fresh cracklings. Excited.  I'm kind of famous for liking bad food choices.  That was not my original goal in life however.
It's not easy being me. I'm too sexy for my shirt, for my shirt.

Historic interesting choices coming up.  First woman, first Jew, first casino owner, first one anointed by God to be President. Me? I'm voting for Snoop Dog.

Trump, trying to pass himself off as the "love" President.  I only actually believe him when  he says he loves the poorly educated. #KeepAmericaDumb

The Trumps.  America has been very, very good to them.  Whey can't they show their love for America by some other way besides trying to own it?   Help us build the dam wall, leave the Presidency alone.

Shout out my rapper friends.  They are putting all my blogs 

to music.



flower pic

and my daughter's cat


How the US Went Fascist: Mass Media Make Excuses for Trump Voters

Trump's racism and xenophobia violates America's core beliefs — yet the media and many Americans are okay with it.

Donald Trump is interviewed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer for The Situation Room. (Photo by Regine Mahaux/Getty Images)

This post originally appeared at Juan Cole’s blog, Informed Comment.
The rise of Donald Trump to the presumptive Republican standard bearer for president in 2016 is an indictment of, and a profound danger to, the American republic.
The Founding Fathers were afraid of the excitability of the voters and their vulnerability to the appeal of demagogues. That is the reason for a Senate (which was originally appointed), intended to check those notorious hotheads in Congress, who are elected from districts every two years.
But it isn’t only the checks and balances in government that are necessary to keep the republic. It is the Fourth Estate, i.e. the press, it is the country’s leaders and it is the general public who stand between the republic and the rise of a Mussolini.
The notables have been shown to be useless. Donald Trump should have been kicked out of the Republican Party the moment he began talking about violating the Constitution. The first time he hinted about assaulting the journalists covering his rallies, he should have been shown the door. When he openly advocated torture (“worse than waterboarding”), he should have been ushered away. When he began speaking of closing houses of worship, he should have been expelled. He has solemnly pledged to violate the First, Fourth and Eighth Amendments of the Constitution, at the least. If someone’s platform is unconstitutional, it boggles the mind that a major American party would put him or her up for president. How can he take the oath of office with a straight face? The party leaders were afraid he’d mount a third-party campaign. But who knows how that would have turned out? Someone with power needs to say that Trump is unacceptable and to define him out of respectable politics, the same way David Duke is treated (Trump routinely retweets Duke fellow-travellers).
Then there is the mass media. As Amy Goodman has pointed out, corporate television has routinely pumped Trump into our living rooms. They have virtually blacked out Bernie Sanders. Trump seems to have connived to have 10 or 15 minutes at 7:20 every evening on the magazine shows. Chris Matthews of Hardball obligingly cut away to Il Duce II’s rants and gave away his show to him on a nightly basis.
Not long ago, extremely powerful television personalities and sportscasters were abruptly fired for saying things less offensive than Trump’s bromides. Don Imus was history for abusive language toward women basketball players. But Trump’s strident attack on Megyn Kelly as a menstruating harridan was just allowed to pass. Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder was fired by CBS for saying African-Americans were ‘bred’ to be better athletes. But Trump issued a blanket characterization of undocumented Mexican labor migrants as rapists, thieves and drug dealers. Of course this allegation is untrue.
I watched the Nevada caucus coverage on MSNBC and was appalled at the discourse. One reporter tried to assure us that Trump voters were not actually voting for racism and bullying politics, they were just upset. But polling in South Carolina demonstrated thatTrump voters were significantly to the right of most Republicans on some issues. In South Carolina, 38 percent of Trump voters wished the South had won the Civil War, presumably suggesting that they regretted the end of slavery.
Another MSNBC reporter helpfully explained that Trump voters feel that “political correctness” has gone too far. But what does Trump mean by “political correctness”? He means sexism and racism. So what is really being said is that Trump supporters resent that sexist and racist discourse and policies have been banned from the public sphere. There is ample proof that Trump’s use of “political correctness” identifies it with sexist and racist remarks and actions.
Yet another asserted that “some of” Trump’s positions “are not that extreme.” Exhibit A was his praise for Planned Parenthood. But he wants to outlaw abortion, i.e. overturn the current law of the land, which is extreme. (A majority of Americans support the right to choose, so he is in a minority).
Chris Matthews explained to us that people hoped he would do something for the country rather than for the government.
But Trump has made it very clear that he is not interested in a significant proportion of the people in the country. He is a white nationalist, and his message is that he will stand up for white Christian people against the Chinese, the Mexicans and the Muslims. Just as Adolph Hitler hoped for an alliance with Anglo-Saxon Britain on racial grounds (much preferring it to the less white Italy), the only foreign leader Trump likes is the “white” Vladimir Putin. That he won the evangelical vote again in Nevada is helpful for us in seeing that American evangelicalism itself is in some part a form of white male chauvinist nationalism and only secondarily about religion.
By the way, the idea that Trump won the Latino vote in Nevada is nonsense. In one of a number of fine interventions at MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell pointed out that something on the order of 1,800 Latinos voted in the Nevada GOP caucuses, of whom perhaps 800 voted for Trump, i.e. 44 percent of this tiny group. Trump lost the vote of even this small group of hard right Latinos, since 56 percent of them voted for someone else.
There are 800,000 Latinos in the state of Nevada (pop. 2.8 million). In 2012, 70 percent of Latinos voted for Barack Obama, while Mitt Romney got 25 percent. My guess is that Trump can’t do as well among them as Romney did.
It has been a dreadful performance by the press and by party leaders. They are speaking in such a way as to naturalize the creepy, weird and completely un-American positions Trump has taken.
This is how the dictators came to power in the 1920s and 1930s. Good people remained silent or acquiesced. People expressed hope that something good would come of it. Mussolini would wring the laziness out of Italy and make the trains run on time.
When Benjamin Franklin was asked by a lady after the Constitutional Convention what sort of government the US had, he said, “A Republic, Madame, if you can keep it.”
You have to wonder if we can keep it.
The views expressed in this post are the author’s alone, and presented here to offer a variety of perspectives to our readers.



To be fair, ONE of his wives was even an American




CDC: Half of Black Gay Men Will Be Infected By HIV In Their Lifetime

by jonathanturley
220px-HIV-budding-Color140px-us_cdc_logosvgA new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) contains a staggering new statistical finding: roughly half of the gay black men in the country will be infected with HIV in their lifetime. As if the high rate of incarceration and poverty found in the black communities is not enough, this epidemic appears to be racing through the ranks of gay black men. The CDC also found that a quarter of gay Latino men in the United States will be infected with HIV in their lifetime.


New York Father Rescues Family Members In Blaze Before Dying Trying To Save His Infant Son

by jonathanturley
fireDemetrius Johnson, 24, died this week and you should know about who he was and how he died. Johnson rescued his his fiance Tempest Thomas and his 8-year-old daughter when a raging fire broke out in their two-family home in Buffalo. He then went back into the fire to rescue his 3 year old son. The boy was found near his father's body after they both perished in the fire.

Jess Robinson


1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s!! 

First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank
while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then, after that trauma, we were
put to sleep on our tummies
in baby cribs covered
with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets,
and, when we rode our bikes,
we had baseball caps,
not helmets, on our heads.


As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes..


Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.


We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.


We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren't overweight. 

Because we were always outside playing...that's why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day.
--And, we were OKAY.


We would spend hours building
our go-carts out of scraps
and then ride them down the hill,
only to find out we forgot the brakes.. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem..


We did not have Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were
no video games, no 150 channels on cable,
no video movies or DVDs,
no surround-sound or CDs,
no cell phones,
no personal computers,
no Internet and no chat rooms.


 and we went outside and found  them!

We fell out of trees, got cut,
broke bones and teeth,
and there were no lawsuits
from those accidents. 

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse.


  We ate worms, and mud pies
made from dirt, and
the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and  
-although we were told it would happen- we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.


 Little League had tryouts
 and not everyone made the team.
Those who didn't had to learn
to deal with disappointment.

Imagine that!! 


 The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! 


These generations have produced some of the best   risk-takers,
 problem solvers, and inventors ever.

The past 50 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas..

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.


If YOU are one of those born
between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS! 


Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?


Malaysian High Court Upholds Government Ban On T-Shirts Calling For “Clean” Government As National Security Risk

by jonathanturley
Najib_Razak_2008-08-21bersih-4-0-t-shirt-bersih-4-bersih-collection-soonber-1508-18-soonber@5The Malaysian High Court has issued a ruling that confirms the virtual eradication of free speech rights in that country, one of our closest allies in Asia. The Court upheld an absurd edict from Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi banning T-shirts with the word “clean”in Malay as a national security threat. That's right. A t-shirt calling for clean government has been declared a threat to national security and High Court Judge Muhammad Yazid Mustafa has declared that there is nothing preventing the government from barring such speech. The t-shirts were a response to reports that nearly $700 million had been deposited in the personal bank account of Prime Minister Najib Razak (left).


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If Donald J. Trump were elected president, the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, would not find a like mind in the White House.
Republican Race Puts Donald Trump and Paul Ryan on Collision Course


As Mr. Trump inches closer to being the party's presidential nominee, Republicans fear he won't back the conservative agenda pushed by Mr. Ryan, the House speaker.

Texas Court Dismisses Criminal Case Against Rick Perry


The former governor was indicted by a grand jury in 2014 on two felony counts of coercing a public servant and abusing his power.



Scalia was at Texas ranch with members of exclusive hunting society and former GOP lawyer

Members of an exclusive hunting society were among those at a Texas ranch where Justice Antonin Scalia died last weekend.
One leader of the hunting fraternity is C. Allen Foster, a friend who accompanied Scalia to the ranch, the Washington Post reports. Foster is a prominent lawyer who once represented the Republican Party and argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993.
The hunting society, the International Order of St. Hubertus, was formed in 1695. The Post describes it this way:
“Members of the worldwide, male-only society wear dark-green robes emblazoned with a large cross and the motto ‘Deum Diligite Animalia Diligentes,’ which means ‘Honoring God by honoring His creatures,’ according to the group’s website. Some hold titles, such as Grand Master, Prior and Knight Grand Officer. The Order’s name is in honor of Hubert, the patron saint of hunters and fishermen.”
Ranch owner John Poindexter, also a leader in the order, told the Washington Post he wasn’t aware of any connection between Scalia and the group.
Foster, a 74-year-old senior counsel with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, is traveling in Argentina, a secretary at his firm told the Post. He and Scalia “shared a love of food, wine and hunting,” the Washington Post reports in this article.
When Foster argued on behalf of Hispanic Republicans in the 1993 Supreme Court case, Scalia did not go easy on him, according to the Post. It isn’t clear when Foster and Scalia became friends. Foster has no pending cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Legal ethicists saw no problems with the friendship. New York University law professor Stephen Gillers said the 1993 argument did not present a problem. “Twenty years ago? It’s not even close,” he told the Washington Post. “Lawyers wouldn’t blink at that.’’



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