Monday, October 23, 2017

In case you have forgotten this is how a REAL President comforts the families of fallen soldiers.

Compassion, empathy, and genuine affection for others.

The man never failed to demonstrate the very best of what it meant to be an American leader.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Well it's pretty easy to see why Trump did not join those five former presidents at that hurricane fundraiser last night.

Listen to that crowd.

That is the sound of overwhelming support.

Here is more courtesy of Politico:  

With the American flag as a backdrop and surrounded by Texas A&M University singing cadets, all five living former presidents stood on stage together in College Station, Texas, on Saturday night to kick off a benefit concert to help raise money for hurricane victims. 

President Donald Trump was not in attendance, but a video of his remarks played.

Former presidents Clinton, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all attended. 

"All of us on this stage here tonight could not be prouder of the response of Americans," Obama said. "When they see their neighbors, and their friends, when they see strangers in need, Americans step up. And as heartbreaking as the tragedies that took place here in Texas and in Florida, in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been, but what we've also seen is the spirit of America at its best." 

In the six weeks since the campaign began, more than $31 million has been raised from some 80,000 contributors, according to David Jones, chief executive of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation.
There is at least one of these men who I actively despise, and two who are very close to the end of their time on earth. And yet I would gladly chose ANY of them over the traitorous POS currently residing in the people's house.

And did you hear that applause for Barack Obama?

That is the kind of enthusiasm we need to harness for the Democrat's next presidential candidate.

Donald Trump minimizes the impact that the Russian ads had in helping him to win, and claims that Facebook was really supporting Hillary Clinton.

Yeah how can people say that the Russian attempts to undermine our democracy was such a big deal when they spent such a piddly amount of money?

After all Clinton spent a lot more money using actual legal contributions, so wasn't she also cheating?

P.S. It should be noted that Russians not only spent money on Facebook, but also on Twitter and other social media outlets, as well as to finance rallies and protests in America in the lead up to the election.

We actually do not yet know exactly how much they spent, but it has to be in the millions of dollars.

The question to ask is "What did they hope to buy with all that money?"

Right after Bill O'Reilly paid a 32 million dollar sexual harassment settlement Fox News extended his contract for 25 million dollars.

Courtesy of the New York Times:

Last January, six months after Fox News ousted its chairman amid a sexual harassment scandal, the network’s top-rated host at the time, Bill O’Reilly, struck a $32 million agreement with a longtime network analyst to settle new sexual harassment allegations, according to two people briefed on the matter — an extraordinarily large amount for such cases. 

Although the deal has not been previously made public, the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, acknowledges that it was aware of the woman’s complaints about Mr. O’Reilly. They included allegations of repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her, according to the people briefed on the matter. 

It was at least the sixth agreement — and by far the largest — made by either Mr. O’Reilly or the company to settle harassment allegations against him. Despite that record, 21st Century Fox began contract negotiations with Mr. O’Reilly, and in February granted him a four-year extension that paid $25 million a year.

All of this occurred after Megyn Kelly left the news outlet and they were attempting to convince the public that they were cleaning up "the workplace culture."

Apparently the Murdoch family huddled together and decided it made better business sense to extend O'Reilly's contract than to risk losing him, despite these numerous allegations and setttlements.

Clearly not a great business decision since they were forced to kick him out only four months later.

Someone on Twitter wanted to know just what could somebody do to another person that would cost 32 million dollars to cover up?

That is a good question, but not one I am sure I really want to know the answer to. 

I have virtually NO doubt that the workplace sexual harassment is continuing at Fox News and that new allegations are forthcoming.

You just don't clean up a pigsty like that in such a short amount of time.

Donald Trump promises to pay $430,000 for legal costs incurred by White House staff and campaign associates due to Russia probe.

Courtesy of Axios:

President Trump has promised to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to defray legal costs incurred by campaign associates and White House staff due to the Russia investigations, a White House official tells Axios. 

What we know: The Republican National Committee has paid roughly $430,000 to lawyers representing the president and his eldest son, Don Jr. A White House official told me Trump will not be reimbursing the RNC for these costs. However, the White House official says he has pledged to spend the same amount, from his personal finances, "to defray the costs of legal fees for his associates, including former and current White House aides."

According to the article this $430,000 will only pay a fraction of the legal bills, though Trump has hinted he might pay more in the future. 

It also states that Trump will NOT be paying Michael Flynn's legal bills, and Flynn would not accept it if he offered, however there is no real indication whose bills Trump will pay and when he will pay them.

It should be noted that this is how mob bosses control their people. By offering to pay their legal fees if picked up by the cops so long as they keep their mouths shut.

Steven Bannon tells audience of California Republicans that "There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush's."

Courtesy of The Guardian:  

Steve Bannon has depicted former President George W Bush as bumbling and inept, faulting him for presiding over a “destructive” presidency during his time in the White House. 

The former White House adviser delivered a retort to a speech Bush gave in New York during the week in which the 43rd president denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics and warned that the rise of “nativism”, isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation’s true identity. 

Bannon, speaking to a capacity crowd at a California Republican party convention on Friday night, said Bush had embarrassed himself, didn’t know what he was talking about, and had no idea whether “he is coming or going, just like it was when he was president”. 

“There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush’s,” Bannon added, as boos could be heard in the crowd at the mention of Bush’s name.

Well here's the thing.

I USED to be in total agreement with that last statement, but that was before Bannon's bromantic partner Donald Trump took office.

I mean as of yet Trump has not started an unnecessary war that killed hundreds of thousands, or even millions of people, that's true.

Nor has he crashed the economy. Yet.

But I have high hopes that he will soon do FAR more damage than George Bush managed to do even after eight years in office.

And by "high hopes" I mean I live in abject fear of what he might do next.

Besides let's be clear, Bannon is not attacking George Bush for what he did during his presidency.

He is attacking George Bush for daring to criticize his his former boss, and White House slumber party partner.

Following in Vladimir Putin's steps the NRA has released a new ad condemning those criticizing Donald Trump.

Courtesy of Salon:

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch has returned from her self-imposed exodus to star in another outrageously political advertisement on behalf of the president. 

"We are witnesses to the most ruthless attack on a president, and the people who voted for him, and the free system that allowed it to happen in American history," Loesch begins in the advertisement. "From the highest levels of government to their media, universities, and billionaires, their hateful defiance of his legitimacy is an insult to each of us." 

As is the common theme of most NRA ads, this one doesn't particularly have any message or theme besides to anger its liberal opponents. 

Loesch continued, "But the ultimate insult is that they think we’re so stupid that we’ll let them get away with it. These saboteurs, slashing away with their leaks and sneers, their phony accusations and gagging sanctimony, drive their daggers through the heart of our future, poisoning our belief that honest custody of our institutions will ever again be possible." 

"So they can then build their utopia from the ashes of what they burned down. No, their fate will be failure and they will perish in the political flames of their own fires. We are the National Rifle Association of America. And we are Freedom's Safest Place," Loesch added.

Is it just me or is it getting increasingly difficult to separate the NRA, right wing trolls, and Russian operatives these days? 

As you may have noticed the NRA has been very quiet lately after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

However I guess now they feel enough time has gone by that we have all forgotten that their constant lobbying for ever looser gun laws has now resulted in the death of 59 innocent Americans.

Fat chance.

CNN is just not playing the game anymore.

There was a time when a news outlet would give the White House the benefit of the doubt on truth telling.

After all most politicians play a little fast and loose with the facts at times.

But now with Trump in office there is simply no reason to continue the facade that they will EVER engage in truthful responses to questions or that they care in any way about being honest with the American people.