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The Bride of Trumpenstein ...

LOL! Donald Trump says he would seek Sean Hannity’s advice for choosing a Vice President

mr pete just spit his coffee all over his french toast:

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Do you give any thought to a VP choice?

DONALD TRUMP: I don't give much thought to it, and look, there are so many out there. So many really good, talented people, and I would have maybe two or three. But I don't want to think about it, I want to think about closing the deal. I want to close the deal. I want do get it done. Get it closed, get it -- and we have plenty of time. I would speak to lots of people about it, and --

HANNITY: Who?

TRUMP: Including you, by the way.

HANNITY: Right.


http://mediamatters.org/video/2016/02/08/donald-trump-says-he-would-seek-sean-hannitys-a/208461

THE GUARDIAN: Let the record reflect: the American people are a bunch of suckers.



“Weapons of mass destruction.” “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” “Read my lips.” “I am not a crook.” “We still seek no wider war.” And these whoppers are merely a sampling from a handful of recent presidents. To strike the broad pure vein of American credulity one need dig only a bit to turn up such gems as Wilbert Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel of Fort Worth, Texas, a Depression-era salesman for the Burrus Mill and Elevator Company, producer of Light Crust Flour. In the early 30s, O’Daniel began hosting a radio show featuring the soon-to-be famous Bob Wills and the Light Crust Doughboys, though O’Daniel’s soothing, fatherly voice and easily digestible patter quickly became the real draw of the show. At 12.30 each weekday the broadcast opened with a country matron’s request to “please pass the biscuits, Pappy”. For the next 15 minutes, listeners – many of them housewives taking a midday break – were treated to twangy renditions of gospel and hillbilly tunes, interspersed with Pappy reading scripture, ad copy for Light Crust Flour, sentimental poems, and tributes to motherhood, Texas heroes, and good Christian living. His popularity grew to the point that he left Burrus Mill and started his own company, Hillbilly Flour, and began blasting his show over the 100,000 watts of XEPN, a pirate radio station across the border in Mexico.

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The effect was electric. O’Daniel had what would later be known as “name recognition”; everyone had heard, or at least heard of, Pappy. Crowds of 20,000 or more turned out for his rallies, and more than once mobs of fans forced his caravan to an unscheduled stop so they could hear the “common citizen’s candidate” rail on professional politicians, recite scripture, and plug Hillbilly Flour. An evangelical fervor was present from the start, fanned by the candidate’s Christian oratory and old-timey gospel music. The prominent Baptist minister J Frank Norris compared Pappy to Moses, predicting he would lead the country back to its Christian roots. As one historian wrote:

The O’Daniel rallies appealed to the same deep human instinct and provided the same emotional outlets which the camp meeting formerly offered. Here again was the chance to enjoy the thrill and glory of a martial movement without risking any physical bloodshed. Christ was still the hero and Satan still the enemy, but … Christ’s good, which had previously radiated from the camp-meeting preacher, was now represented by the flour-salesman. Satan’s evil, previously attached to that abhorred aristocracy which had been the pioneer’s European superior, was now found to reside in the professional politician.




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In the arsenal of the phony, the politics of God is one of the deadliest punches to the sweet spot of the American mind. Citizens capable of the most acute analysis in other areas of their lives – regarding finance, say, or electronics, or the infinitely complex variables of fantasy sports leagues – are reduced to blithering dupes when exposed to the Christian pitch. Something spooky happens to that excellent American mind that brought us moon landings and the silicon chip and the wonderful stuff that saves our kids from polio. No matter if the candidate has had three or four wives or fired thousands of workers or dropped biblical plagues of bombs on rice farmers and sheep herders, merely saying the magic words makes it so. Christian values. Strong for Jesus. In God we trust, and all the rest. Incantations that render large chunks of the electorate as dazed and vulnerable as pre-contact tribesmen from the deepest Amazon hearing a transistor radio for the first time.

oh yes, there is more:
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/13/american-politics-election-voters-suckers?CMP=twt_gu

Ignorance

Zika Virus: Malformations Linked To Pyriproxyfen-A Pesticide Used To Arrest Development Of Mosquitos

Argentine and Brazilian doctors suspect mosquito insecticide as cause of microcephaly
Claire Robinson / GMWatch

10th February 2016



With the proposed connection between the Zika virus and Brazil's outbreak of microcephaly in new born babies looking increasingly tenuous, Latin American doctors are proposing another possible cause: Pyriproxyfen, a pesticide used in Brazil since 2014 to arrest the development of mosquito larvae in drinking water tanks. Might the 'cure' in fact be the poison?

Malformations detected in thousands of children from pregnant women living in areas where the Brazilian state added Pyriproxyfen to drinking water are not a coincidence, even though the Ministry of Health places direct blame on the Zika virus.

The World Health Organization view that the microcephaly outbreak in Brazil's impoverished northeast is caused by the Zika virus has, so far, received few challenges.

Brazil's Health Minister, Marcelo Castro, has gone so far as to say that he has "100% certainty" that there is a link between Zika and microcephaly, a birth defect in which babies are born with small heads.


much more IMPORTANT:
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2987137/argentine_and_brazilian_doctors_suspect_mosquito_insecticide_as_cause_of_microcephaly.html

Primary Screams

Know what is very funny? The personality changes which happen in some of the most avid supporters during the US Democratic presidential primaries.

I recall the same phenomenon from 2008:

Suddenly usually thoughtful people who enjoy debating stuff become intolerant of anyone who is not of the body. Suddenly, only evidence tilting one way is packed into the debating bags. Suddenly, previously politically agnostic individuals develop that red-hot religious fervor, that intolerance to anyone thinking differently or even suggesting nuances or complications in the tale of the Hero's Ascension. Disagreement becomes impossible, because it is interpreted as proof that one is not of the body, as proof that one is (gasp!) the enemy.

So does any of that matter? After all, it's just people advocating for their chosen candidate.

I believe it does, because non-stop advocacy introduces bias into the conversations and because advocacy makes planning for the general elections and the possible responses from the Republicans that much harder.

For an advocate the goal is that missionary one: to convert others. For an "analyst"* the goal is to understand both the positives and negatives of the candidates and to try to predict what might happen in the general elections. The latter includes being prepared for the potential Republican attacks. Advocacy hinders that preparation.

http://echidneofthesnakes.blogspot.com/2016/02/primary-screams.html

"Intrepid"

Bernie Sanders has a Secret Service nickname.
https://twitter.com/bpshow/status/697769310446456833?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Washington (CNN)The U.S. Secret Service has given Democratic presidential Bernie Sanders the code name "Intrepid."

Sources familiar with the Vermont senator's security moniker confirmed it to CNN Thursday. The Bill Press Show tweeted out Sanders code name Thursday morning. Both the Sanders campaign and the Secret Service declined to comment.

Sanders was granted Secret Service protection just two days after narrow loss in Iowa, based in part on his large crowd sizes.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/11/politics/bernie-sanders-secret-service-codename-intrepid/

Karl Rove bamboozles the IRS: His dark money machine gets "social welfare" blessing

In a farcical abuse of common sense and the American taxpayer, the Internal Revenue Service has granted Crossroads GPS, the dark-money machine of Karl Rove, the Republicans’ guru of attack politics, status as a tax-exempt “social welfare” organization. This means it can keep its deep-pocketed campaign donors secret. The ludicrous I.R.S. finding that the group is not primarily what it so obviously is — a strident G.O.P. operation that should be required to name its donors — is essentially a license for it to run amok in the current federal election cycle with anonymous, unlimited donations.

The ruling, quietly made in November and brought to light this week by the Center for Responsive Politics, signals a shameful retreat by the I.R.S. from enforcing regulations intended to prevent abuses of the nonprofit tax law by campaign operatives. The agency had come under attack from Tea Party and other right-wing groups for questioning their claims to be “social welfare” exemptions, and the Rove ruling is the latest result. It can only invite more partisan operatives to pretend to have society’s nonpolitical interests at heart as they fill campaign troughs with money from hidden donors.

Since pioneering this fiction, Mr. Rove has proved to be no Mother Teresa of a social welfare advocate, as he strategizes obsessively for Republican hegemony. His group has spent $330 million on election ads and candidate support since it was created in 2010, after the Supreme Court freed corporations and unions from political spending limits, according to the center’s watchdog blog, Open Secrets. The dodge has become bipartisan, with President Obama’s re-election helped by the Democrats’ Priorities USA Action operation as a “social welfare” organization under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code.


MORE:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/12/opinion/karl-rove-bamboozles-the-irs.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur&_r=0

Donald Trump meets The Honeymooners

This short video imagining Donald Trump meeting with The Honeymooners’ Alice and Ralph Kramden is one of the more satisfying mashups I’ve seen in recent memory. Enjoy!


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/2/11/1483637/-Donald-Trump-meeting-The-Honeymooners-may-be-the-best-thing-ever

Republicans 'asked Iran to delay prisoner swap' until after US election

Treason if true.


Latest update : 2016-02-12
Members of the US Republican Party asked officials in Tehran to delay a January prisoner swap until after the 2016 presidential election, an Iranian admiral told FRANCE 24 on Thursday.

Iran released four US citizens being held in Iran on January 16, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. In return the US said it was offering clemency to seven Iranians being held for sanctions violations and dropped charges against 14 more.

In his first interview with French media, Admiral Ali Shamkhani, who is secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, told FRANCE 24 that US Republicans – wary of allowing President Barack Obama to win a public relations victory ahead of the US presidential election in November – asked for the swap to be put on hold.

“We were carrying out negotiations with the Obama administration, when representatives of the Republican Party got in touch with us,” Shamkhani said. “As a favour, they asked us to do what we could to hinder the talks and to push them back until after the next US presidential elections – in other words, after President Obama's departure.”

“I felt that this rivalry at the heart of American power was inappropriate,” Shamkhani added.


http://www.france24.com/en/20160212-republicans-asked-iran-delay-prisoner-swap-until-after-us-election?dlvrit=65413
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