Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The worst lie of all.

The body of  25-year-old Sgt. La David T. Johnson laid rotting for 48 hours in the West African sun before it could be retrieved. He was one of four Special Forces troops ambushed and killed in Niger by terrorists in that region. He was a true American hero, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for a country that is still struggling with seeing others who look like him as equals.

Thankfully, the American government is investigating what happened to those soldiers. And I will not go all Benghazi  like the right-wingnuts did when president Obama was leading the nation, and scream Niger at every turn. I just hope that they get to the bottom of it so that it never happens again.

The president of the United States made no mention of this tragedy for days, and now we are learning that he did not even contact the families of these fallen heroes to console them and thank them for giving us their sons. Rather than thank them on behalf of a grateful nation, he was busy tweeting about the NFL and playing golf. Rather than meet the bodies of these fallen heroes at Dover, he was bragging about his golf game in the third person. 

To make matters worse, he lied about his predecessors  not calling the families who lost loved ones in battle, and  he singled out the man who occupies a space rent free in his head for a particularly egregious lie.  Fortunately he was fact checked in real time, and the nation got a chance to see first- hand what a duplicitous and deceitful president we elected.

Sadly, we have come to expect no less from Mr. trump, it just seems that every day he goes even lower than the day before. 

Today he declared war on John McCain, a man who spent time as a prisoner of war and who was tortured while in captivity. Think about that for a minute; the man who found excuses not to serve is once again attacking a man who served honorably. We shouldn't be surprised, though. This is a ma n who attacked a Gold Star mother for crying out loud.

To all you trump supporters out there, remember that the next time your leader questions the patriotism of some football players because they didn't stand for the anthem. 

Donald trump is a liar and a coward. He always was, and he always will be. Most of America now knows that. The thirty five percent of the American people who still support him cannot believe otherwise. So what is it then? Are they themselves so morally bankrupt that they refuse to see the obvious?  Maybe.

Although it could all just boil down to the fact that they hate to admit that they were wrong about Mr. trump and we were right.   

*Pic from theroot.com 

Monday, October 16, 2017

The new drug war.

Image result for crack cocaine images  I remember when America was brutally tough on people who use drugs, and we were passing all types of tough draconian laws to stem the flow of drugs into our inner city neighborhoods.

That was when crack was the drug of choice for minorities in inner city neighborhoods. White America did not consider treatment for those people, the only cure was to lock them up and throw away the key.

What a difference a couple of decades make.

Now that the opioid epidemic is sweeping white America in places that we never expected , America is now serious about tackling the drug problem with treatment and prevention instead of incarceration and punishment.

Heroin abuse is now devastating suburban and rural America, and white families are now
experiencing the trauma and pain that many black families suffered in the eighties. Unlike
the black families, tough, their loved ones who are suffering from drug addiction will get
help, and they will not have to worry about being sentenced to lengthy jail time
if they are caught with even a small portion of  heroin.

The president is seeking to appoint a drug czar to combat the problem, but as is always the
case with Mr. trump, there is a problem. It seems that the man he wants to appoint to that position
allegedly took money from drug companies to push legislation that would make it easier for drug
addicts to get drugs.

"Tom Marino is a four-term Republican member of the House who represents a district in northeastern Pennsylvania that has been hard-hit by the opioid crisis. Yet Marino also has been a friend on Capitol Hill of the giant drug companies that distribute the pain pills that have wreaked so much devastation around the nation.

Marino was the chief advocate of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, which requires the government to meet a higher bar before taking certain enforcement actions.
The Drug Enforcement Administration fought against the bill for years, but finally relented last year after a leadership change at the agency. Marino is now President Trump’s nominee to become the nation’s next drug czar." [Source]

And here I thought that Mr. trump was "draining the swamp."

Ironically, most of the people who are suffering from this particular type of addiction are trump supporters. It just goes to show you that you should never trust a politician, especially one who has spent a lifetime lying to people.

*Pic from wikipedia.org.



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tearing down a legacy.

TWEET ME Jerry Falwell, Jr. says that Donald trump has the chance to be the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln. I am not sure how he plans to achieve that feat, but apparently he thinks that the best way to do it is to tear down everything that Barack Obama built up.

"Washington (AFP) - Brick by brick, the demolition job has begun: since taking office less than a year ago, Donald Trump has launched an all-out assault on the legacy of Barack Obama.
Climate, free trade, health care, immigration, foreign policy -- the 45th US president has set about undoing just about everything done by the 44th.
All new presidents, of course, break with their predecessor once in the Oval Office, especially if they come from a rival political party.
But what is striking is how systematic the hammer blows to Obama's legacy have been.
And rather than throw his weight behind new policies or projects, Trump has shown a willful desire to unpick, shred and erase everything his predecessor accomplished.
It's worth noting that each time he buries one of the reforms of the man who sat before him at the "Resolute desk," Trump sounds more like a candidate than a president.
- 'Ridiculous trade deals' -
The Trans-Pacific Partnership? Within days of taking office, Trump signed an order pulling America out of the free trade accord, the fruit of eight years of negotiations between 12 Asia-Pacific countries, from Chile to Canada and Japan.
"We're going to stop the ridiculous trade deals that have taken everybody out of our country and taken companies out of our country, and it's going to be reversed," Trump said.
Paradoxically, in signing off on the project's demise, Trump was aligning himself more with the left wing of the Democratic party than with the Republican mainstream.
The Paris climate accord? Obama played a leading role in attaining that milestone in the effort to combat global warming.
Trump pulled out of the agreement signed by 195 countries, claiming that it "punishes the United States" and declaring: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."
What about Obamacare, the signature legislative achievement of Obama's first term? After trying in vain to get Congress to repeal it, Trump is now working to bring about its collapse through the regulatory process.
And the Iranian nuclear accord? The bid to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon in return for a lifting of sanctions more than any other bore came to represent Obama's approach to world affairs.
"This deal will have my name on it," the Democratic president said shortly before it was concluded. "Nobody has a bigger personal stake in making sure that it delivers on its promise."
While Trump has stopped short of tearing up the Iran deal, as he threatened on the campaign trail, on Friday he warned he could do so "at any time," raising doubts about the fate of an accord born of years of painstaking diplomacy.
- A break at any price -
How to explain the fixation on destroying Obama's legacy at all cost?
Trump has held high his determination to fulfill his campaign promises, and give form to a simple slogan: "America First."
And his team recalls, with reason, that Obama acted by decree many times when thwarted by Congress. What has been decided by the stroke of a pen can be undone by the stroke of a pen.
Historian Jeffrey Engel, however, sees no equivalent in recent decades to Trump's systematic application of the simple principle that "if the other guy liked it, it must be bad."
To Engel, the explanation is that Trump's electoral base "never accepted fully Barack Obama as their president."
"There was a move among Obama's opponents to delegitimize him and to say that this man is not really president and consequently anything that he did, Trump's base is ready to get rid of," said Engel, who heads Southern Methodist University's center for presidential history in Dallas, Texas.
A notable fact: Obama has until now remained largely silent as his legacy is demolished.
American tradition, which is generally respected, holds that a former president should remain above the fray.
But, in thinking about his place in history, Obama is also playing the patience card.
"I think that Obama understands that his legacy ultimately will be defined by how America reacts to Trump in the long term and how Trump's successors act," said Engel.
On November 7, 2016, on the eve of the US elections, Obama warned voters "it all goes out the window" if they were to send Trump to the White House.chasing
That attempt to rally Democratic voters now seems prophetic." [Source]
I sure hope trump knows what he is doing. He seems to be more skilled at harassing women than he is at legislating and running government. But apparently his minions believe in him. And therefore, at least for now, that's all it seems to take.


Saturday, October 14, 2017


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I need a caption for this pic.

*Pic from huffington post.com

Thursday, October 12, 2017

American psycho.

Image result for trump crazy image   As a youngster growing up in Jamaica I always admired a family friend, who, to this day, I still consider one of the wisest people that I have ever known. (Shout out to Brother Andy.) When anyone would go on about America and what a great country it is, he would say ---and I am paraphrasing-- that  America is no different than anywhere else, they just happen to have a little more material things. The people there are no more righteous or wise than people in other places, and as a result they are not immune from the ills that have befallen other governments and countries.  

Now, all these years later, I am starting to think  that he was right.

We elected Donald trump to be our president. Donald trump! Let that sink in for a minute.
(Hopefully his former right hand man is right and there is a great chance that he will leave office before his term is up.) 

I must admit that unlike a lot of my progressive friends, I did not think that it would be the end of the world when the game show host went to Washington. Yes, he is a racist. Yes, he is emotionally unstable. Yes, he would rather watch television all day than read a book. But that doesn't mean that he could destroy the country all by himself. Boy was I wrong. 

Consider the following: Americans on the island of Puerto Rico are crying for help, as most of the people there have no running water or electricity. And what does he do? He lashes out at them and threatens to cut off what little assistance he has been giving them. Why? Because they have not been kissing his ring to his liking. 

There are wild fires blazing in California, the worst in that state in decades. Lives are being lost and properties are being destroyed, and yet he chooses to tweet about grown ass men being paid to play a game choosing to exercise their constitutional right not to stand for the anthem.  He would rather tweet than do his job that the people sent him to Washington to do. 

He constantly lies  to the American people about things large and small , and his ego combined with his twitter addiction could get us all killed one day.

Finally, and probably the most scary development of all, he has attacked the free press in this country. We depend on the press to give us the real news (not the fake news trump and his supporters like to push on us) but those institutions under trump are in trouble. Apparently our "supreme leader" has a problem with the free press, and he wants the government to do something about it. 

Now if that doesn't scary every man and woman in this country, well then Brother Andy just might have been right.

*Pic from politicususa.com

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


MORE DISCLAIMERS It's open thread Wednesday field hands, and I need your thoughts about a few things.

Has the president of the United States completely gone into dictator mode with his threat to shut down NBC?

Should we talk about Harvey Weinstein without talking about Donald trump?

Is Jerry Jones really a slave owner? 

Finally, should we be afraid that Donald trump wants more nukes?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A black conservative's view of race relations under trump.

TWEET METhe Field Negro education series continues.

This is an opposing point of view from a slave catcher black conservative about race relations in America.

Never say that the Field Negro doesn't give you an opposing point of view from time to time.

"Controversy has surrounded President Trump since the day he descended the escalator in Trump Tower and announced his intention to seek the highest office in our government. Of all the issues roused by the Trump campaign, none has conjured as much emotion as race relations – a subject no less divisive at the one hundred day mark. The first one hundred days of the Trump administration have not been any different.

While many blame the president for the state of race relations in the U.S., the reality is that racial tensions had been growing more strained over the past few years. Racial animosity seems to be at its highest peak since the 1960’s, and it shows no sign of getting better.
While there have been some legitimate cases of racism during President Trump’s first one hundred days, there have also been false accusations of racism and an increase in fake hate crimes.  Most of all, we saw the media doing their part to fan the flames of racial discord.

The beloved fourth estate perpetuated the lie that racism motivated the majority of Trump voters. They claim that the reason so many whites voted for the president is that they are afraid of minorities rising and gaining more power. The Washington Post recently published a poll that suggested that racism was the motivating factor for people who voted for President Trump. Liberty Nation’s Graham Noble explained that the Post conducted the survey in a manner designed to paint Trump supporters as bigots:
According to a report in the Daily Caller, the poll did not ask direct questions about strictly racial attitudes; instead, it asked voters how much they agreed with such statements as “Irish, Italians, Jewish and many other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up. Blacks should do the same without any special favors,” and “It’s really a matter of some people not trying hard enough; if blacks would only try harder, they could be just as well off as whites.”

Unfortunately, this mistaken belief is still pervasive in our society. The reality is that bigotry does not drive Trump supporters. They supported Trump because they did not want a continuation of the Democrats’ failed policies. As a matter of fact, Trump won a significant number of counties who voted twice for former President Barack Obama. Did these people who voted for a black president decide to become racists in the period of eight years? Of course not.

While the majority of Americans are not racists, it seems there has been a marked increase in the frequency of racial incidents during President Trump’s first one hundred days. We have seen numerous stories of people committing racially-motivated acts. At the New School in New York City, people drew swastikas on doors in one of their residence halls. At the University of California at San Diego, someone drew a swastika on a bus stop. The person wrote the words “Heil Trump” as well.
While there are many legitimate cases of racially-motivated acts, there has also been an increase in incidents involving fake hate. Earlier this year, a student at the University of Michigan said that a man threatened to set her on fire if she refused to remove her hijab. The police found that the student fabricated the story. A black waitress in Ashburn, Virginia stated that a white customer left her a $.01 tip with a note which read: “great service, don’t tip black people.” She received over $3,600 from good Samaritans through an online fundraiser. The problem? Her story was found to be a lie. These are only two of the many examples of situations involving false allegations of racism.

Of course, we cannot forget about the racism on the left. While hurling false accusations of racism at conservatives, they have engaged in their usual hypocritical tolerance. Although they claim to promote acceptance of people of color, they have shown that they are only tolerant of those who subscribe to their leftist ideology.

When Comedian Steve Harvey went to Trump Tower to meet with President Trump before he took office, Harvey received scathing criticism from the left. Professor Marc Lamont Hill referred to Harvey and other prominent black Americans as “mediocre negroes” because they committed the unpardonable sin of speaking with President Trump. This hatred of blacks who don’t toe the leftist line also extended to Senator Tim Scott (R-SC). While addressing Congress, Senator Scott took the time to read some of the racist tweets and emails sent to him by people on the left in response to his support for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

During the first one hundred days of President Trump’s presidency, race has become an increasingly significant issue. Racial tension is the highest it has been in decades, and there is no sign that these feelings will subside in the near future.

Many on the left – including the establishment media – place the blame on President Trump and conservatives. However, it is the left who continually uses race to polarize the American public. The media has become the left’s primary tool to foment enmity between minorities and whites. Instead of encouraging productive political dialogue, they have chosen to label their political opponents as bigots in an effort to demonize and discredit them.

The government cannot resolve the racial divide in the U.S. as this is a cultural problem. President Trump is not responsible for the racial animosity we are experiencing today. Neither is former President Barack Obama. The American people are responsible for creating our current political climate. If we want to promote unity among Americans of all races, we need to create an environment in which people can speak honestly with one another. The late, great Andrew Breitbart said it best: “Politics is downwind from culture.” When we take it upon ourselves to fix our society, the right governmental policies will follow." [Source]

"Late great, Andrew Brietbart"?! OK then.


Monday, October 09, 2017

Powerful predators.

Image result for weinstein trump images"President Trump, on his way to a fundraiser in North Carolina, weighed in the scandal engulfing Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer accused by multiple women of sexual harassment. The allegations were made public by the New York Times on Thursday.
“I’ve know Harvey Weinstein a long time. I’m not at all surprised to see it,” Trump said in response to a question.
According to the the New York Times report, Weinstein used his powerful position in Hollywood to lure women to his hotel room, where they were subject to unwanted advanced and physical contact. In another incident, reported by HuffPost, Weinstein cornered a woman in a hallway and, when she rejected his advances, forced her to watch him masturbate.
He was subsequently asked by CNN’s Elizabeth’s Landers how Weinstein’s conduct differed from the conduct Trump bragged about on the infamous Access Hollywood tape, which was released one year ago today.
Trump responded that the tapes were merely “locker room” talk, before moving quickly to the next question. (Trump did not make the comments in a locker ro
“[W]hen you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump is heard saying on the tape, which was recorded in 2005. “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.
At least 15 women have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment and assault. In many cases, Trump has not even bothered to respond to the accusations. In other cases, he promised “proof” of his innocence, but did not deliver.
In one prominent case  former People Magazine Natasha Stoynoff has six independent witnesses that back up her allegations of sexual assault against Trump. Stoynoff said Trump “pushed her against a wall, shoved his tongue in her mouth, and told her they were going to have an affair.”
Trump’s eagerness to condemn Weinstein stands in sharp contrast to his defense of Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes, two allies who were kicked out of Fox News after multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Trump said he didn’t think O’Reilly did anything wrong and called him “a good person.” Similarly, he questioned the veracity of the women accusing Ailes and called him a “very good person.” Ailes subsequently became an adviser to the Trump campaign.
Weinstein gave $1.4 million to Democrats since 1992. Some Democrats have donated money they received from Weinstein to charity." [Source]
So to clarify: Democrats find out that one of theirs is a sexual harasser and they return the money that he gives them.
Republicans find out that one of theirs is a sexual harasser and they elect him president.   
*Pic from vox.com


Sunday, October 08, 2017

Patriotism for political gain.

Image result for pence nfl game imagesThe Vice President of the United States walked out of a football game right after it started. Why? Because the players exercised their Constitutional rights and took a knee while the national anthem was playing.  The sad thing is that he and his president apparently planned the whole thing. Imagine wasting all the taxpayers money to go to a football game just to walk out. trump's people are telling him that his base likes it when he picks a fight with the NFL. So this is all for political gain.  Sadly, I am not surprised. This is the same administration that used the Las Vegas shooting to raise funds for their campaign. 

Anyway, this is where we are with this administration full of swamp people. They love wasting our money. In case you haven't been  paying attention, they have been jetting around on military jets on our dime. One of them resigned because of it, but there are still members of this administration who are guilty of this particular type of swamp like behavior  that stuck around.   They are simply taking a lead from their leader. He is the biggest swamp fish of them all. He has spent more time jetting back and forth to his golf courses than doing his actual job. 

Thankfully, the country is starting to notice. His  current 35% approval rating (and falling) is proof of that. Even senior and powerful republican politicians are starting to question just what kind of person we elected to the presidency.

 "True to his state’s nickname, and his alma mater’s teams, Bob Corker has twice stepped up as a pivotal volunteer in the political career of Donald Trump—first, volunteering his support when few mainstream Republicans were willing to get near Trump, and more recently, after announcing his intention to retire from the Senate, putting himself forward as a leading elected critic of the White House.

After a series of remarks by the Tennessean over the last month, but especially more recently, Trump unloaded Sunday morning.

Senator Bob Corker "begged" me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said "NO" and he dropped out (said he could not win without...

my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said "NO THANKS." He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!

Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn't have the guts to run!

Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn't have the guts to run!"

Corker responded with his most acid comment yet, belittling the president as mentally unfit for his job:

It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.

That’s a dramatic and ironic turnaround, because Corker’s word and credibility, as a senator respected for his principles and seriousness, was instrumental in paving the way for mainstream Republican acceptance of the Trump candidacy in spring of 2016." [Source]

I just hope that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are paying attention.

*Pic from cnn.com