Friday, September 04, 2015

Playing the "gotcha" card.

*I know that it's cool to be clueless in America at times, but someone should tell Donald Trump to brush up on his foreign policy skills just a little bit. You can't just go calling out television and radio hosts (your so called ideological soul-mates to boot) every time they embarrass you by asking you some simple questions. I mean this is getting into Sarah Palin territory.

"When Hewitt prodded Trump about the Quds Force, he said he mis-heard the name. 'Are you familiar with General [Qasem] Suleimani?' the host asked.
 
'Yes, but go ahead, give me a little,' Trump said. 'Go ahead, tell me.' 
'He runs the Quds Forces,' Hewitt offered. 

'The Kurds, by the way,' Trump replied at first, 'have been horribly mistreated by [the U.S.].'
 
'No, not the Kurds,' Hewitt corrected him. 'The Quds Forces, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Forces is the bad guys!'
 
'Yes, yes,' The Donald followed along. 'Oh, I thought you said Kurds, Kurds.' 
 
On Friday morning he told MSNBC that 'by the way, when you say Quds vs. Kurds – I thought he said Kurds ... it was like "gotcha, gotcha." Every question was, do I know this one and that one. You know, he worked hard on that. I thought he said Kurds.'"
 
Yeah I know Donald, because  Kurds and Quds (pronounced C-O-O-D-S)sound so much alike. *eye roll*
 
My lord man, if you don't know what is in essence the Iranian version of special forces, how are you going to deal with Iran and their friends when you become president Trump?
 
But not to worry, this too shall pass. The low IQ voter will keep eating up the Donald because he puts on such a good show, and he knows how to yell and scream to get their attention. Then there are those hats with that awe inspiring saying: "Make America Great Again."
 
 Oh and lets not forget his goons who keep kicking the shit out anyone who dares to show any sign of dissent in his presence.
 
"A top security guard for Donald Trump smacked a protester in the face after the man chased him for snatching a banner Thursday, video shows.
 
The guard grabbed the blue sign that said "Trump: Make America Racist Again" — a play on the billionaire's campaign motto — outside a press conference on the Donald's new pledge of loyalty to the Republican Party, NY1 Noticias video shows.

Demonstrator Efrain Galicia ran after Schiller and appeared to reach for the banner and grab the guard from behind. Within seconds, the guard turned around and whacked him in the face with an open hand as a scrum of reporters snapped photos." [Watch]

Donald's supporters love his goons. It shows that he is not to be messed with. That's the old American fighting spirit.  Finally, an American tough guy to rival that Russian who likes to show off himself au naturel.

Before I finish, let's remember that Kentucky clerk who would rather cool her heels in jail than follow the law of the land. She is getting a lot of love from certain quarters. Kind of like a certain rancher from Nevada did.

One thing I do know is this: She will not die in jail under mysterious circumstances. In fact, she will come out a hero and make a ton of money doing speaking tours and appearing in the right -wing media.  But Field, isn't she a democrat? In name only. This woman has wingnuttery written all over her. And I know that she has become "the symbol of  religious opposition to same- sex marriages", but personally, if I was a part of the religious right, I would try to find a new hero.

"She was first married in 1984, when she was 18, and divorced a decade later, court records show. Five months after the marriage dissolved, she gave birth to twins by another man.
In 1996, she married again, and her new husband adopted the twins. They divorced in 2006.
The following year, she married the father of her twins. That third marriage lasted less than a year.
In 2009, Davis remarried her second husband, Joe Davis. They remain wed."

Lord have mercy! No wonder she doesn't want to issue a marriage license; she probably used them all.

Have a wonderful evening everybody.  

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Fear of a black movement.

Image result for fox news imagesThe Field Negro education series continues.

Tonight I cut and paste an excellent article from Huffington Post.

"Why has the Black Lives Matter movement not been classified as a hate group? Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Fox and Friends

Bill O'Reilly, in another conversation, answered this question in the affirmative and swore he would "shut them down." But how does one shut down the legitimate, organic forces of social change? In a modern democracy is the goal really silent, hands- folded conformity? Is this not a vision straight out of some futuristic, dystopian novel like Brave New World?

After all, racism in not a relic of the past to be found in a museum, gawked at and then largely forgotten in one's race to the cafeteria to enjoy a latte, as Fox news tries to peddle.
Racism still thrives. For example, between 2002 and 2014, consistently about 90% of people stopped and frisked in New York City by police were black or Latino, according to data by the New York Civil Liberties Union gleaned from police reports themselves.
 
Even white felons are more trusted by employers than blacks with no criminal record. According to a recent study that attempted to measure racial discrimination in hiring practices: "Among those with no criminal record, white applicants were more than twice as likely to receive a callback relative to equally qualified black applicants. Even more troubling, whites with a felony conviction fared just as well, if not better, than a black applicant with a clean background."

Obviously, contemporary racism takes more insidious and subtler forms than its virulent predecessors. In the South in the 1950's, black people could not vote because of literacy tests, poll taxes, and threats of violence. Today Republicans cloak the denial of the right to vote in the subterfuge of countering voting fraud, even if it is so rare that it is virtually non-existent. For example, one can vote in Texas with a gun permit, but not with a college identification. A party that wants to deny people the right to vote is a moribund political party.

Therefore, movements, such as Black Lives Matter, besides being integral to developing the next generation of political leaders fighting for racial justice, are an extension of the civil right's struggle rooted in the 1960's. Now, today's activists may be angrier than the iconic civil rights leaders of the '60's, but this anger can not be dismissed as illegitimate; for doing so would be a direct denial of the black experience in America, as the data on "stop and frisk" patterns suggests.

In a recent march in St. Paul, Minnesota, Black Lives Matters leaders shouted in unison "Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon" one day after a policeman was gunned down in cold blood in Houston. Such demonstrations of questionable behavior will draw animus even from whites and others of good will. But shouting irresponsible, juvenile refrains is not the same as cold blooded murder of a police officer and trying to connect the two, like O'Reilly does, is largely the work of someone who has not looked in his own heart to pry himself free of racial bigotries.

If the realities Black Lives Matters activists did not exist or were imagined, then Eric Garner would still be alive and not killed by a police officer in Staten Island who put him in an illegal chokehold for the shocking crime of selling loose cigarettes. With his dying breath, he repeated "I can't breath" eleven times before succumbing.

When Fox news sycophants deny racism and condemn Black Live's Matters they are disrespecting the death of Eric Garner and many others who died in police custody for no apparent reason. They are throwing dirt on the grave of Trayvon Martin who was killed for walking down the street eating Skittles by a man-child who readily used as a defense the wide latitude given by Stand Your Ground laws to justify cold-blooded murder.
 
The white hegemony that conservatives are trying to protect no longer exists and they are the only ones who can't see it. No, the vision that O'Reilly and other conservatives have is largely one very reminiscent of a 1950's television drama where blacks were largely seen, but not heard. It is an anachronism as dated as any Norman Rockwell portrayal of Americana.

Whether it is Black Lives Matter who demand to be heard or others, Fox News will attempt to shout down the movement to protect their cherished vision of a monochrome America, instead of the messy, rigidly stratified America that so many face." [Source]

I am glad I am not the only one to see it.

*Pic from newscorpse.com

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The #BlackLivesMatter bogeyman.

Image result for black lives matter imagesIt has been interesting to watch the attempt by some to demonize the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

What is it about those three words that cause such vitriol and rancor among some of those in the majority population? Why is it such a problem for black folks to affirm that black lives matter?  "Hate group"? You can't be serious.

Over at FOX VIEWS Roger Ailes has  already sent out the memo to his various hosts that the #BlackLivesMatter movement is the new bogeyman.  It is the topic of the moment to guarantee ratings and rally like minded individuals to a cause of fear and ignorance.

Two of their biggest stars have already started. Megyn (Santa is white) Kelly was crying double standard, and Bill O"Reilly  has vowed to put  the #BlackLivesMatter  folks out of business, because in his mind they are responsible for all the cop killings of late. (BTW, police killings have actually been down since President Obama took office.)

This hysteria from the fear the black bogeyman movement is all quite laughable.

 We have had 240 years of being reminded that white lives matter and that without white lives there would be no America. There is nothing hateful or radical about reminding us all the black lives matter as well. It's not like black folks are saying black lives matter more than any other lives. They are simply saying that black lives matter along with all the other lives. And yes, we get it, black folks are taking black lives as well, and we as black folks should also be made aware of the importance of black lives.

But if you don't see why black folks have to remind everyone that black lives matter with all that has been happening of late, well then you should hurry over to your television set and turn on FOX VIEWS. Bill O'Reilly will be on soon.

*Pic from en wikipedia.org

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Land of the free and the home of the gun.

*"My dogs getting put down every day out there Mr. B. It's crazy."

That's what a client I visited in one of Philly's  prisons told me over the weekend.

He has every right to feel the way that he does. Sadly, the murder rate is rising in Philly and  everywhere else in the country. People don't even fight anymore. Got beef? Settle it with a gun. Today it's not the slickest dude with his fists who is the most feared; it's the craziest dude with a gun.

I read an editorial from the New York Daily News which I think sheds some light on the problem.

"States with the toughest gun laws suffer gun-related deaths at the lowest rates, says a study that destroys the myth-making of America’s Second Amendment absolutists.

The zealots say it all the time: The more freely guns are made available, the fewer people will die from bullet wounds. No one with any common sense has ever believed this nonsense; now there’s data to back up the gut.

Numbers crunched by National Journal document that gun rights advocates are dead wrong in claiming that easily arming law-abiding citizens would cut the murder rate — while also showing that the ready availability of guns makes them a factor in higher rates of suicide (which account for two-thirds of gun deaths), accidental deaths and other fatal non-criminal shootings.

Breaking down the grand total of gun-related deaths, National Journal showed that the states with the lowest number per capita — Hawaii (2.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 2013), Massachusetts (3.1), New York (4.2), Connecticut (4.4), Rhode Island (5.3) and New Jersey (5.7) — have among the nation’s most restrictive firearm purchasing and possession laws.

These include requiring (not in every state, but in most) a permit for gun purchases, universal background checks and regulations that make it awfully hard to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon — or carry a gun in the open.

Meanwhile, the six states with the highest number of gun deaths in the nation have dangerously permissive laws: Wyoming (16.7 deaths per 100,000 people in 2013), Arkansas (16.8), Alabama (17.6), Mississippi (17.8), Louisiana (19.3), Alaska (19.8).

In all these states, no permit is required to purchase a handgun. There are no universal background checks. Handguns don’t have to be registered. It’s pretty easy to get a concealed-carry or open-carry permit — if any permit is required at all.

As for gun murders, homicide rates for weak- and strong-gun-law states were roughly comparable, powerfully undermining the notion that a society in which everyone and his brother is free to own a gun is a society safer from the horror that firearms inflict on human flesh.

SUNY Cortland political science Prof. Robert Spitzer wrote in these pages Monday that obtaining a gun permit in New York required him to jump through hoops that Roanoke TV murderer Vester Flanagan would never have been able to, including providing his employment history and four character references attesting to psychological fitness and moral character.

The process even included an in-person interview with the local police precinct and could have triggered review by a county judge.

Smartly preventing people, including potentially unstable individuals, from obtaining weapons can make the country safer and save some of the 30,000 lives lost annually to gun violence." [Source]

There are others issues to be sure: A lack of jobs and job training programs for poor inner city kids; poor home training and a lack of  coping and social skills; and a war on drugs that is clearly not working.

Before leaving my client I tried to give him some words of encouragement. "Don't worry young buck, we will have you home soon."  That didn't seem to be what he wanted to hear. "Honestly Mr. B, I am not even in a rush to get back on these streets. I feel much safer in here."

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Kanye 2020!

Kanye WestEveryone is laughing at Kanye West because he announced last night at the VMAs that he is running to be president of these divided states of American in 2020.

Frankly, I don't think it's so funny. I consider Mr. West a serious candidate and I would look forward to his contribution to the political debate and the circus that surrounds it.

Think about it for a minute. Is he any less qualified than say Donald Trump, Ben Carson,  or Chris Christie? I know that Kanye has said some outrageous things in the past, but so has Donald Trump, and he (Trump) has been leading the field of republicans all summer long.

I keep thinking of all the positives that could come out of his campaign. He would, for instance, be able to mobilize young people and get them to register to vote and get engaged in the political process. I bet he would get more young people to register to vote than another young black man from Chicago did almost 8 years ago.

He  would certainly know how to balance the budget.  Kanye has managed to build a nice little fortune for himself by properly managing his rap and producing career, and by branding himself to optimize his money making abilities. Yes he has had some bumps along the way, but so has Donald.

Then there is the mixed race wife. Americans will like that. We still can't have two 100% Negroes in the White House just yet. Kim will make an excellent First Lady. (Think Jackie O without the racism.)

And Kanye might not have formally studied foreign policy, but dude has been to a lot of countries, and they love him in places like Japan. Besides, he could work with some of those leaders in some troubled spots over the world by touting the fact that his wife has roots in some of those same countries.

Admit it people, you would live for those state of the union addresses under president West. Can you imagine if one of those wingnuts shouted out "you lie" in the middle of his address? I can. It would be pure gold.  

So Kanye, I say go for it, America needs you.   

Heck if Donald Trump can catch lightening in a bottle well then so can you.

Besides, I already like your platform:

"Before you ask me to get a job today, can I at least get a raise on a minimum wage?
And I know the government administered AIDS,
So I guess we just pray like the minister say,
Allah o Akbar and throw em some hot cars,
Things we see on the screen are not ours,
But these niggas from the hood so these dreams not far,
Where im from, the dope boys is the rock stars,
But they can't cop cars without seein' cop cars,
I guess they want us all behind bars.
I know it."  ~Heard Em Say~


Adam Levine for VP.

*Pic from forbes.com










Sunday, August 30, 2015

Finally, some right wing suggestions for immigration reform, and Jamycheal Mitchell's life mattered as well.

Image result for immigration wall images*I thought that immigration reform was a serious subject. If it is, why are some of the GOP candidates saying such crazy things?

Let's start with Scott Walker. This dude things that it might be cool to build a wall on the Canadian US border. You heard that right; a northern wall. 

"Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said on Sunday that a wall along the border between the United States and Canada is a "legitimate issue" to consider.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said that he would build a wall along the border between Mexico and the U.S. to curb illegal immigration — and has vowed that Mexico would foot the bill.

NBC's "Meet The Press" host Chuck Todd asked Walker on the Sunday program if he would consider building a wall along the country's northern border.

Walker said that some people along the campaign trail have raised the issue.

"They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at," Walker told Todd." [Source]

Sorry Scott, this issue is a loser for you. Did you forget that "Mexican is the new black?" Please take a closer look at the racial makeup of the folks up in Canada. They don't look anything like the Mexicans.

And then there is Chris Christie. His idea is just as outrageous. (Man Trump has these guys tripping over themselves to out crazy him.)

"Christie said Saturday that if elected president, he will track undocumented immigrants like FedEx packages.

"I'm going to have Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, come work for the government for three months. Just come for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people," the New Jersey governor said at a town hall event here.
Christie added that while FedEx can track boxes, the U.S. can't track undocumented immigrants.
"You go online and at any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is," he said. "Yet we let people come into this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them."
Christie added, "We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in and then when your time is up," he said. "However long your visa is, then we go get you and tap you on the shoulder and say, 'Excuse me, it's time to go.'" [Source]
Chris, I am going to use your own words on you: "Excuse me, it's time to go."
Image result for jamichael mitchell jail images virginia**Finally, if you were wondering why all the hue and cry about "black lives matter",  this story might help you to better understand.
"A young black man arrested by police in Portsmouth, Virginiahas been found dead in his jail cell after spending almost four months behind bars – without bail –  for stealing $5 worth of groceries.
Early Wednesday,  Jamycheal Mitchell, who had mental health problems, was discovered lying on the floor of his cell by guards. Prison officials say his death is not being treated as suspicious.
“As of right now it is deemed ‘natural causes’,” said Natasha Perry, the master jail officer at the Hampton Roads regional jail in Portsmouth. Yet Portsmouth police are looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of the 24-year-old.
On April 22nd, Mitchell was accused of stealing a bottle of Mountain Dew, a Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake worth a total of $5 from a 7-Eleven. His family reportedly believes he starved to death after refusing meals and medication at the jail, where he was being held on misdemeanor charges of petty larceny and trespassing.
“His body failed,” said Roxanne Adams, Mitchell’s. “It is extraordinary. The person I saw deceased was not even the same person.” Adams, who is a registered nurse, said Mitchell had practically no muscle mass left and had lost about 65lbs by the time of his death. [Source]
* Pic from theatlantic.com
**Pic from facebook

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CAPTION SATURDAY.



I need a caption for this pic.

Example: The American paid me to do it. He said something about Tonya Harding.

*Pic from newsweek.com

Friday, August 28, 2015

When stealing a car is no big deal but "reckless eyeballing" is.

Image result for white women car chase images   Shout out to one of my regular field Hands, Lilacpr, for bringing my attention to one of the following stories.

Anyway, just to show you how white privilege works I am going to cut and paste a couple of stories for you.


"A woman in Los Angeles, allegedly under the influence of drugs, reportedly stole a car and led police on a wild chase before coming to a stop, jumping out of the vehicle and dancing awkwardly to Future’s latest single.

Initially, when I saw the video, I gave it my “White-people-are-a-trip” chuckle. But the more I watched it, the less funny it became.

After a couple of minutes, I was more resentful than amused.

While Black women need police escorts for laughing too loudly on trains, White women can lead police all over the place before jumping out to do a jig in the middle of the street. I kept thinking what would have happened if her skin had been a little bit darker.

Her White skin gave her the benefit of presumed innocence even though she had stolen a car and was lifting and tugging on her shirt as she exited it. She could have had anything under those layers of t-shirts.

Sandra Bland’s cigarette was a problem.

Sandra Bland was called defiant and arrogant but this White woman taunted the police with dance moves and it was funny. And more importantly, as far as I know, she’s still alive today."

Watch here to see what the writer is talking about.

And then of course there is the flip side to this story. You know....the black side.

"John Felton was driving to his brother’s house in Dayton, Ohio, on a recent night when he noticed a police car tailing him. Not wanting to give the officer any excuse to pull him over, Felton, who is black and was visiting Dayton from Michigan, tried to drive extra carefully. But the effort was insufficient: Soon after making a turn, Felton was forced to stop his car and show the officer his driver’s license.

It turned out Felton had not switched on his turn signal at the exact right moment; as you can see from the video Felton made of the encounter and sent to talk show host David Pakman, the white officer told him he had failed to signal within 100 feet of making his turn.
 
But why, Felton wanted to know, had the officer decided to follow him in the first place? That’s when the stop went from being an ordinary illustration of racial profiling to an extraordinary one.

"You made direct eye contact with me and held onto it when I was passing you," the officer told Fenton.[sic] The implication was that Fenton [sic] had marked himself as a suspicious character simply by looking at the officer." [Source]

Now I have to tell you as an officer of the court who is somewhat versed in the law, it is not illegal to make eye contact with a police officer.  In fact, quite often if you don't make eye contact you will give the police officer an excuse to say that you are behaving in a suspicious manner.

But we get it. If you want to stay alive in certain parts of the country, it might be a good idea not to "eyeball" those in authority. In case you didn't know "reckless eyeballing" has been a thing since the days of slavery. It's what got Emmett Till --and countless others---- killed back in the day.   

Anyway.....

"Update, Aug. 28, 5:10 p.m.: The city of Dayton put out a statement about the incident, acknowledging that "making direct eye contact with an officer is not a basis for a traffic stop.” The statement implies—but doesn’t say outright—that in pulling Felton over for not signaling within 100 feet of a turn, the officer was complying with a Dayton police initiative called "Safe Communities Through Aggressive Traffic Enforcement,” aimed at reducing traffic-related fatalities. The statement also says that the police department "is in contact with Mr. Felton,” and that he "has agreed to a conversation with the officer, facilitated by the Dayton Mediation Center” that will "allow Mr. Felton and the Officer to discuss the specifics of the incident.”

I would love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation. Although I am sure that it won't be very long. Unless, of course, Mr. Felton doesn't look the officer in the eye.

*Pic from madamenoire.com





 








Thursday, August 27, 2015

People in glass houses....

Image result for joe scarborough hillary image       There are some stupid high profile people in America who actually influence political thought.

He is a former republican congressman who left office under mysterious circumstances (more on that in a minute) and now co-hosts a sometimes popular inside the beltway political talk show on cable television.

This is what he said about the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal earlier today as described by Tommy Christopher over at Mediaite:

'"I know people have raised questions about my e-mail use and I understand why, I get it. So here’s what I want the American people to know. My use of personal e-mail was allowed by the State Department. It clearly wasn’t the best choice. I should have used two e-mails, one personal, one for work, and I take responsibility for that decision.'

Again, think what you will about the “scandal” — take Hillary’s sober tone with a grain of salt, if you’d like — but this was pretty clearly an attempt to make a dent in moving the trustworthiness numbers that have so many people worried.

Or, if you’re Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, this is clearly an attempt by Clinton to cover up the email “scandal” with the corpses of the two journalists who were murdered on live television yesterday, because… well, just because:

“I hate to tell the truth, but I’m going to tell the truth. I’m going to say it on the air. The timing of this was suspect at best. When they knew that cable news networks would be 24/7 on a horrible news story. come on, you know it was planned to be dropped this way. This is how campaigns think.”
Well, he got one thing right, Joe Scarborough really does hate to tell the truth. After that, it’s nonsense because, as Mark Halperin pointed out, Hillary didn’t “drop” even a milligram of new information or admission. I’d like to give Halperin more credit here, but the appropriate response here is “Are you an insane person?” not “I disagree with you about the timing.”

But as Halperin also pointed out, the idea was for Clinton to evince a more serious attitude toward the story in an effort to move beyond the email issue, the entire point of which would be to let people know that she is taking a more serious and sober attitude toward the email issue. Scarborough is essentially accusing the Democratic candidate of trying to use the murders to distract people from the thing she really wants them to know, and/or things she has already said many times. It’s the answer to the question “Could God create a take so hot, it would burn Him?”

Beyond being really stupid, though, this is the kind of sick thinking you’d expect to find in the recesses of Alex Jones‘ comments section, not on the air of a major cable news network. This is the show that’s on every television in Washington, D.C., every morning, and its host just accused Hillary Clinton of political necrophilia. Scarborough should apologize, at the very least." [Source]

He won't because he doesn't have to.  Americans,  no matter how "educated",  do not have the ability to differentiate between logical thought and over the top hyperbole for the sake of ratings or a sound bite lead.

So this too shall pass, and the Clinton legend, thanks to people like Joe Scarborough, will continue to grow. This might not rise to the level of the Vince Foster suicide to the black helicopter crowd, but it certainly adds to the narrative.

The irony of a guy like Joe Scarborough going into these dark places is that he has some alleged skeletons hiding in that closet of his as well.

"That state of affairs came to a screeching halt in July of 2010, when Moulitsas found himself summarily blacklisted from MSNBC. His offense? Mentioning, on Twitter, the strange, sad story of Lori Klausutis, the intern who was found dead in Joe Scarborough’s office when the “Morning Joe” host was still a Republican congressman.
 
Here’s their exchange:
 
 
Markos: Like story of a certain dead intern. RT @JoeNBC: Luckily for the White House, the media has been negligent on this story since Day 1.
Markos: But if you want to talk about bullshit “scandals”, @JoeNBC, there’s this one about Joe Sestak and the White House you might’ve heard of.
JoeNBC: @markos Unbelievable. You have a long history of spreading lies suggesting I am a murderer. This is the 3rd or 4th time by my count.
Markos: @JoeNBC, I’ve never suggested you’re a murderer. I’ve noted media hypocrisy in going after Gary Condit. But he was Dem. You aren’t.
JoeNBC: Anyone in media who interviews @markos, know that you’re extending your credibility to someone who regularly suggests that I’m a murderer.
Markos: A bit touchy, @JoeNBC? Links for where I accuse you of being a murderer please.
After this happened, MSNBC president Phil Griffin wrote to Moulitsas to say that he was banned from the network. It was one of the more bizarre pieces of cable news weirdness in history. It was also one in a long line of mini-wars Joe Scarborough has waged in an effort to stop getting people to insinuate that he killed his intern." [Source]
 
I guess those "rumors" and innuendos can go both ways.
 
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Vester the coward.

Image result for vester va shooter images        There was a tragic event in Virginia today, where a lunatic chose to execute two people on live television.

Then, incredibly, he posted the entire thing on Facebook. (I won't give you the link, but you can find it if you want to.) 

We have seen these types of things before, but it's usually terrorists in some far away country  beheading someone to spread terror and win recruits to their cause.

This was some evil dude here in America who decided to kill two innocent people instead of coping with his demons and the social ills of society like the rest of us. This dude was no doubt a coward.

Yes, racism is real, and it's tough being a black man in America at times. Yes, homophobia is real, and it is no doubt hard to be a Gay man in certain circles. But sorry Vester, no matter what type of pressure or burden you are feeling, you do not have the right to kill two innocent people. This makes you no different than the animal who you claimed pushed you over the edge.

Once again a high profile shooting will keep our attention for a while. All the ingredients are there: race, randomness, the media angle. What we won't be having, though, is a gun debate, because very powerful people work overtime to make sure that doesn't happen.

Unfortunately, from the looks of things, their hard work is paying off.      

Finally, I have resisting the urge to call my broker these past few days, but it's getting harder and harder not to pick up the phone. (Gotta love how wingnuts are blaming Obama for the Dow dropping the way it has over the past few days. Dude gets no credit when the Dow is roaring at over 18,000 but he gets blamed if it drops. Sorry wingnuts, you can't have it both ways.)  

Anyway, if I call him now I am pretty sure that he won't answer.  If he did, I won't just hear the usual: "Ride it out Wayne, don't panic; you are in this for the long haul."

I wish that the folks over in China would get their stuff together. This is not our Father's Wall Street. What happens in places like China affects our bottom line here at home.

Nine percent is a big chunk, but the Dow gained over 619 points today, so a brother can smile just a little bit. For now.

*Pic from abcnews.go.com




Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Charlie Sheen candidate.

megyn trumpYou have to believe me when I tell you that I am no fan of Megyn Kelly. I think she is an intellectual lightweight and a fraud, and the only reason she comes off as a half way decent journalist is because she plies her wares on FOX VIEWS. (What's that old saying? Oh yeah, "In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king.")

Still, the way Donald Trump has been treating her of late is shameful for someone seeking the highest office in the land. His obsession with her is juvenile and borderline creepy, and it speaks to some deeper issues with Trump's emotional stability.

Yet this man leads all republicans in the polls. America, what are you thinking?

I tried to view him as a serious candidate, I really did. I tried to listen to his speeches to see if there was something of substance behind all the bloviating and bluster, but alas, nothing. Just the same old Donald: talking loud and saying nothing. 

Then comes the kicker, he actually has Ann Coulter appearing at his political rallies now. Sorry Donald, but nothing says I am a joke of a candidate like having Ann Coulter appearing at your political events.

"Ann Coulter introduced Donald Trump at his rally in Iowa today, and she had a lot to say about their mutual favorite subject: immigration.

Coulter backed up Trump on the issue of deporting immigrants, even the ones with “anchor babies.” She mocked the liberal media for considering that a controversial statement and calling them “speech Nazis.”

She expressed her gratefulness to Trump that the media is actually talking about this issue and sanctuary cities and the border wall (“I love the idea of the Great Wall of Trump”), and declared, “I have not had this much hope for America since November 7th, 2012.”

Owen Wilson called Trump the Charlie Sheen of politics.   . That's not really fair. Charlie Sheen would have made a better president.

*Pick from Mediaite.com