Monday, January 22, 2018

Donald Trump's anti-woman agenda is having devastating effects around the world.

Courtesy of HuffPo: 

Women’s health clinics from Iowa to Kenya have been forced to close their doors. International nonprofits have lost the ability to provide birth control, HIV testing and fistula surgeries in the poorest communities around the world. Half a million U.S. teenagers no longer have access to sex education programs. 

In a single year, President Donald Trump has already decimated reproductive rights and access to family planning in the U.S. and around the globe. He reinstated and massively expanded the Global Gag Rule, restricting $8.8 billion in U.S. foreign aid funding for international health programs that provide or even mention abortion. He defunded the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a global maternal health organization that provides contraception and pregnancy care to low-income women in 150 countries. The group had relied on U.S. money to help to prevent 295,000 unsafe abortions ― a leading cause (13 percent) of maternal deaths around the world. 

International health workers are already seeing the effects of Trump’s policies on women and girls. 

“Girls aren’t able to get contraception, and they’re starting to come back pregnant, suicidal, bereft,” said Lisa Shannon, a global women’s rights advocate who works with reproductive health clinics in East Africa. “They’re desperate, and they’ll do whatever it takes. The only difference here is that the women will die from unsafe abortions.”

Donald Trump loves women when they look like Stormy Daniels, dress pretty for him, or constantly kiss is tangerine colored ass, but when it comes to supporting polices that help them, Trump simply does not give two shits.

Trump follows the GOP talking points and labels himself "pro-life," but in reality, living breathing people, who are not unborn fetuses, are already dying unnecessarily on his watch, and he has no intention of doing anything to protect them.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Here is the message you hear when you try to reach the public comment line at the White House.

Courtesy of The Hill:

The White House's public comment telephone line isn't accepting calls amid the ongoing government shutdown, and its recently updated recorded message blames it on Democrats. 

Upon calling the comment line Sunday morning at (202) 456-1111, a woman's voice reads the following message: 

“Thank you for calling the White House. Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today because congressional Democrats are holding government funding, including funding for our troops and other national security priorities, hostage to an unrelated immigration debate," she says. 

“Due to this obstruction, the government is shut down," she continues. “In the meantime, you can leave a comment for the president at www.whitehouse.gov/contact. We look forward to taking your calls as soon as the government reopens.” 

The call then disconnects.

That is an official White House recording. Your tax dollars paid for that.

Blaming the Democrats for this is the current GOP tactic, but unfortunately for them it is hard to make that case when you control the White House, the Senate, and the Congress.

Privately even Trump admits that it is likely HE will be blamed for this shut down.

In case you missed it, Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, completely kneecapped Donald Trump yesterday.

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

"Does he even know that there are service members who are in harm's way right now, watching him, looking for their commander-in-chief to show leadership, rather than [trying] to deflect blame?" Duckworth said. "Or that his own Pentagon says that the short-term funding plans he seems intent on pushing is actually harmful to not just the military, but to our national security?"

"I spent my entire adult life looking out for the well-being, the training, the equipping of the troops for whom I was responsible," she continued. "Sadly, this is something that the current occupant of the Oval Office does not seem to care to do – and I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five-deferment draft-dodger." 

"And I have a message for cadet bone spurs: If you cared about our military, you'd stop baiting Kim Jong-Un into a war that could put 85,000 American troops, and millions of innocent civilians, in danger."

"Cadet bone spurs." Damn, that was epic!

Women like Senator Duckworth, who does not mince words when it comes to calling Trump out over his hypocrisy, are going to help inspire the blue wave that is coming in 2018 to wash the GOP dead wood out of the House and Senate and replace it with energetic, hard working, and likely female progressives who are going to get this country back on the right track.

Personally I can hardly wait.

In the wake of the government shutdown Trump campaign releases ad which accuses Democrats of being complicit with murderers. Because you know, that's helpful.

Courtesy of TPM: 

The Trump campaign on Saturday released a new campaign ad calling congressional Democrats “complicit” in all murders committed by undocumented immigrants. The spot seems unlikely to ease tensions on Capitol Hill as the Senate tries to negotiate a compromise on the fate of the 700,000 immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children in order to reopen the shuttered federal government. 

“Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants,” a narrator says, as images of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) appear on the screen. 

The 30-second ad blames Democrats for endorsing these acts of “pure evil” by refusing to allow President Donald Trump to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

WTF? No, seriously WTF?

How is there any hope of negotiating a deal to keep the government working when you accuse one side of supporting murder?

By the way in 2017 there were 15,582 gun related deaths in this country.

Many of which may have been prevented with stronger background checks, and stricter gun laws.

Does this mean the party of the NRA, you know the Republicans, are complicit in all of those murders, suicides, and accidental shootings?

Because you know if we're going to start pointing fingers.

Donald Trump's favorite bank has identified some "suspicious transactions" concerning Jared Kushner, and is going to hand that information over to the Mueller investigation.

Courtesy of Mother Jones:  

A German business magazine is reporting that Deutsche Bank, the German financial giant which is a major lender to both President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, identified “suspicious transactions” related to Kushner family accounts, and has reported them to German banking regulators. The bank is reportedly willing to provide the information to special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s team of investigators. 

Manager Magazin, a respected German business magazine, reported in its latest print edition, which hit German newsstands on Friday, that Paul Achleitner, chairman of Deutsche Bank’s board, had the bank conduct an internal investigation and the results were troubling. Those results have been turned over to the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority—Germany’s bank regulatory agency, which is commonly known as BaFin. 

“Achleitner’s internal detectives were embarrassed to deliver their interim report regarding real estate tycoon [Jared] Kushner to the financial regulator BaFin,” the Manager Magazin article, translated from German, reports. “Their finding: There are indications that Donald Trump’s son-in-law or persons or companies close to him could have channeled suspicious monies through Deutsche Bank as part of their business dealings.”

The magazine did not provide additional details about the “suspicious monies”, but Manager Magazin reports that Deutsche Bank’s leadership is worried about the public relations hit the bank might take when—not if—the results of the investigation are turned over to Mueller. “But what BaFin will do about [the bank’s findings] is not the bank’s greatest concern,” the article states. “Rather, it’s the noise that US special counsel Robert Mueller (73) will make in his pursuit of Trump. For he will likely obtain this information—a giant risk to [the bank’s] reputation.”

You know perhaps Donald Trump does not fully appreciate what is happening, but international banks are well aware that when a Special Counsel turns their attention your way it is time to throw up your hands and just give them every single thing they are asking for, even if you know it ain't going to make you look too good.

And keep in mind that if Deutsche Bank is dropping a dime on Kushner, they have already shared all of Trump's financial records with Robert Mueller's team of prosecutors.

Tick Tock.

Last night SNL spent much of the show mocking the Trump presidency.

You know that absolutely NOBODY takes you seriously when even your doctor gets ridiculed on late night TV shows.

During my favorite part of he show, Weekend Update, the mocking continued.

Is there ANYBODY that Kate McKinnon cannot play on television?

This was almost as good as her Jeff Sessions.

Next up, Stormy Daniels.

Yep, we all "got a Stormy" alright. Lucky us.

Trump recently made the comment that he will win reelection because cable news shows, and reporters, will not want to see him leave office, because they make money writing about him.

That of course is bullshit.

However I have to imagine that late night comedy will certainly shed a tear or two when he is dragged kicking and screaming from the Oval Office.

Nah, just kidding. They will probably be applauding right along with the rest of us.

Twitter to suspend 1,062 accounts linked to Russian troll farm.

Courtesy of The Hill: 

Twitter said Friday that it has suspended 1,062 new accounts it has found to be linked to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian "troll farm" which disseminated content intended to interfere in the U.S. political process. 

In total, the company has found 3,814 Internet Research Agency-linked accounts, which posted 175,993 tweets during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

Twitter said it also found 13,512 new Kremlin-linked bot accounts, bringing the total number of bots it has found in connection to Russia's election influence efforts to 50,258. 

The company also said in a post on Friday that it will notify 677,775 people to let them know that they either liked, retweeted or followed Russian-linked accounts, following a request from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to do so. 

Twitter noted, however, that it won’t show users the content they saw, saying that because it has “already suspended these accounts, the relevant content on Twitter is no longer publicly available.”

"The relevant content on Twitter is no longer publicly available."

What they don't mention is that it is being replaced by new data, from new Russian troll accounts, that are yet to be identified. 

The misinformation campaign continues to this day, and still people are ignorantly retweeting  or liking tweets that originate in Russia and are designed to manipulate public opinion or sow the seeds of divisiveness.

Both Twitter and Facebook played a huge part in helping to hijack our Democracy. And they need to be held accountable.

So this happened yesterday.




Courtesy of Fox News: 

Across the world, people were coming together and hitting the streets on Saturday -- the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration -- marching against his policies and in support of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment. Protests in New York, Washington, D.C., and Rome were among the more than 200 such actions planned for the weekend. 

In Rome earlier Saturday, dozens of activists gathered to denounce violence against women and express support for #MeToo. 

People also gathered in Osaka, Japan; Frankfurt, Germany; and Kampala, Uganda, for boisterous demonstrations.

To me this is a beautiful thing.

But you have to know that if you are a powerful man used to treating women like objects, or second hand citizens, this has to be one of the most terrifying things imaginable.

But not for one powerful man, because I don't think he really understood what was happening.  What was the score on that cognitive test again?