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Interesting article by the author of "Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power.”
In the very early 1920s, when Adolf Hitler was still only a local rabble rouser in Munich, two men from Munich’s American consulate made a point of observing his rallies: Robert Murphy, the young acting consul, and Paul Drey, a German employee who was a member of a distinguished Bavarian Jewish family. “Do you think these agitators will ever get far?” Murphy asked his colleague. “Of course not!” Drey replied. “The German people are much too intelligent to be taken in by such scamps.”
Posted by TomCADem | Fri Jan 20, 2017, 01:12 AM (16 replies)
What is it about powerful women that creates so much hate in Trump and his alt-right/Russian loving supporters?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become a target of websites spreading fake news, misleading stories and conspiracy theories ahead of her country’s election, according to an analysis compiled by BuzzFeed News.
Posted by TomCADem | Wed Jan 18, 2017, 08:16 PM (32 replies)
Why would so many working class voters support a man whose favored policies would hurt their interests? Martin Luther King answered this question over 40 years ago:
Now the other thing is, that it leads to tragic—and we've seen it happen so often—tragic race prejudice. Many who have written about this problem—Lillian Smith used to say it beautifully in some of her books. And she would say it to the point of getting men and women to see the source of the problem. Do you know that a lot of the race problem grows out of the drum major instinct? A need that some people have to feel superior. A need that some people have to feel that they are first, and to feel that their white skin ordained them to be first. (Make it plain, today, ‘cause I’m against it, so help me God) And they have said over and over again in ways that we see with our own eyes. In fact, not too long ago, a man down in Mississippi said that God was a charter member of the White Citizens Council. And so God being the charter member means that everybody who's in that has a kind of divinity, a kind of superiority. And think of what has happened in history as a result of this perverted use of the drum major instinct. It has led to the most tragic prejudice, the most tragic expressions of man's inhumanity to man.
Posted by TomCADem | Mon Jan 16, 2017, 09:09 PM (0 replies)
Too bad the media is caught up in Trump's latest tweet storm. They are missing how Trump is about to be in breach of his constitutional obligations from Day One. Put another way, Republicans were losing their mind with respect to whether Hillary Clinton would have any connection to a non-profit foundation. Trump is going to continue owning and profiting from his various businesses. Indeed, foreign governments have already made it a point to make sure to stay at Trump branded properties in order to curry favor with Donald Trump.
Here is a nice article written by two former White House Ethics lawyers.
How does the Trump plan fall short? The president-elect asserted that the conflicts laws don’t apply to him but ignored the most fundamental one of all: the constitutional rule that presidents may not accept cash and other benefits — “emoluments” — from foreign governments.
Posted by TomCADem | Mon Jan 16, 2017, 08:46 PM (7 replies)
While Trump will once again disclaim responsibility for his hateful rhetoric, and conservative trolls will dismiss as folks who have sour grapes about the election (while ignoring the fact that Trump's "victory" was marred by foreign and FBI influence and that Trump loss the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes), this is your chance to do more than just vent online, but to make a visible difference.
A man who bragged about sexually assaulting women, mocked a reporter with a disability and invited a foreign adversary to hack the U.S. government will be sworn in next Friday as the 45th president of the United States. And while it’s a fact that President-elect Donald Trump will be the next leader of the free world ― the first one to refuse to release his taxes since 1976, by the way ― you certainly don’t have to like it.
Posted by TomCADem | Mon Jan 16, 2017, 09:01 AM (0 replies)
Source: The Hill
Paul Ryan faced some tough questions from audience members at a CNN town hall Thursday night, starting with a cancer patient who said ObamaCare saved his life.
Jeff Jeans said he was a lifelong Republican and small business owner who had worked on the Reagan and Bush campaigns and was originally opposed to the Affordable Care Act.
But he said at 49 he was diagnosed with cancer and given six weeks to live.
"Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I’m standing here today alive," he said. "I rely on the Affordable Care Act to be able to purchase my own insurance. Why would you repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement?"
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/314125-ryan-confronted-by-cancer-patient-who-says-obamacare-saved-his-life
Posted by TomCADem | Thu Jan 12, 2017, 11:51 PM (70 replies)
A classic Trump technique of responding to critiques by insisting that the folks who are criticizing him are guilty of the same critiques in order to blue the meaning of what is fake news.
Some right-wing media figures and outlets are attempting to twist and confuse the term “fake news” -- a specific phenomenon in which information is clearly and demonstrably fabricated, then packaged and distributed to appear as a legitimate source of news -- to attack outlets they disagree with. By redefining fake news in their own terms and claiming that reporting by outlets such as The New York Times and CNN constitute fake news, right-wing media figures are bolstering President-elect Donald Trump’s continued efforts to delegitimize mainstream news sources and their reporting, and muddling real concerns about fake news used as a weapon of active disinformation.
Posted by TomCADem | Wed Jan 11, 2017, 10:20 PM (3 replies)
Source: MSN/NY Times
The story began in September 2015, when a wealthy Republican donor who strongly opposed Mr. Trump put up the money to hire a Washington research firm run by former journalists, Fusion GPS, to compile a dossier about the real estate magnate’s past scandals and weaknesses, according to a person familiar with the effort. The person described the opposition research work on condition of anonymity, citing the volatile nature of the story and the likelihood of future legal disputes. The identity of the donor who funded the effort is unclear.
Fusion GPS, headed by a former Wall Street Journal journalist known for his dogged reporting, Glenn Simpson, most often works for business clients. But in presidential elections, the firm is sometimes hired by candidates, party organizations or donors to do political “oppo” work — shorthand for opposition research — on the side.
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Mr. Simpson hired Mr. Steele, a former British intelligence officer with whom he had worked before. Mr. Steele, in his early 50s, had served undercover in Moscow in the early 1990s and later was the top expert on Russia at the London headquarters of Britain’s spy service, MI6. When he stepped down in 2009, he started his own commercial intelligence firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.
The former journalist and the former spy, according to people who know them, had a similar dark view of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, a former K.G.B. officer, and the varied tactics he and his intelligence operatives used to smear, blackmail or bribe their targets. As a former spy who had carried out espionage inside Russia, Mr. Steele was in no position to travel to Moscow to study Mr. Trump’s connections there. Instead, he hired native Russian speakers to call informants inside Russia and made surreptitious contact with his own connections in the country as well.
Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/how-a-lurid-unverified-dossier-became-a-crisis-for-donald-trump/ar-AAlMeuH
Interesting story on what lead to the dossier and how the research effort was originally financed by Republicans.
Posted by TomCADem | Wed Jan 11, 2017, 10:02 PM (6 replies)
In the 1940s, American Hero Charles Lindbergh urged America to back Hitler's Nazi regine and, in return, Hitler took steps to cultivate Lindbergh's support:
And in a sickening anti-Semitic outburst, Lindbergh added: “Their greatest danger in this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio and our government.” Lindbergh’s supporters – and very probably the man himself – really believed that the Jews were critical of him because of his blond, blue-eyed “Nordic” good looks. These, they claim, were not the kind of looks that Jews favoured. Similar views were held in Hitler’s Germany.
Today, Russia is using xenophobic sentiment and insecurity among whites to cultivate support and influence in foreign countries for Russia.
As the founder of the Traditionalist Worker Party, an American group that aims to preserve the privileged place of whiteness in Western civilization and fight “anti-Christian degeneracy,” Matthew Heimbach knows whom he envisions as the ideal ruler: the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin.
Posted by TomCADem | Wed Jan 11, 2017, 10:33 AM (1 replies)
There a lot of threads on DU attacking the media today, which is odd, because normally the First Amendment is seen as a liberal virtue. The irony, of course, is that attacking the "dishonest media" is a favorite pass time of Donald Trump who used disparagement of the media to insulate himself against fact checks of his numerous lies. Thus, it is odd for folks on the left to repeat Trump's most popular talking points.
Trump's frustration appears to stem from coverage of an effort by congressional Republicans to construct a wall using taxpayer dollars, rather than money from Mexico.
Posted by TomCADem | Mon Jan 9, 2017, 10:49 PM (13 replies)