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Trump: Making America (as) Great (as West Virginia)

Trump loves West Virginia. And by that, I do not mean that he loves West Virginia for its coal. When he said he planned to “get those miners back to work” he was not talking about getting them back to work as coal miners. Coal is dead. Trump’s economic adviser just said so.

Trump has big plans for his supporters, but those plans do not involve a decent job for a decent wage with decent benefits. After Trump deports all the immigrants who pick the crops and clean the toilets and build roads, someone will have to do the backbreaking, minimum wage, no benefits work—and that someone will be a born in the USA proud Trump supporter. And if none of them want to do the work voluntarily, Attorney General Sessions will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law for smoking weed or using meth. They will be sent to federal (for profit) prison where they can do the work formerly done by immigrants for less than the immigrants were paid. Or Congress will make those who are on Social Security Disability--you know, people who are too sick to work---take over the back breaking jobs. Because being in a wheelchair does not mean you can not pick crops. It just means you have to work longer hours to make up for your poor productivity.

Is this a great country or what? And Trump is about to make it even greater---by making it more like West Virginia, the state with the highest rate of working age adults on disability, the state with the worst rates of diabetes, cancer and obesity, the state drowning in drug abuse, the state that gave Trump 68.7% of its vote in last fall’s election.

Trump does not want the American electorate to be educated, healthy, happy, prosperous. Trump wants us frightened. Desperate. Drug addicted. Undereducated and underemployed and angry about it. Trump planned all along to take away the insurance of twenty plus million Americans. Sick people are desperate people. They go into debt. They lose their homes. They lose their jobs. They have to take minimum wage jobs flipping burgers—and in Trump’s America, 99% of us are supposed to be flipping burgers, cleaning toilets and polishing shoes for the 1%.

W. got the ball rolling with the mortgage crisis and the recession of 2008. But that was small beans compared to what Trump has in store for us. Trump plans to bring us an actual honest to god Great Depression---because Depressions are a great opportunity for real estate moguls like him to snatch up real estate for a song. He admitted it during the debates.

In Trump’s perfect world, every state will become as “great” as West Virginia. Because fascism does not do well when the people are educated, healthy, well fed. Fascism takes root when people are desperate. And right now, no state is as desperate as West Virginia, which threw its support behind Trump, because he promised to bring back coal jobs....

Listen to the words of this West Virginia coal miner as he predicts that Trump will keep promises to bring back coal jobs and deliver free health care. Listen and weep for West Virginia.

http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/wv-coal-miner-on-why-he-voted-for-trump-896833603809




Posted by McCamy Taylor | Fri May 26, 2017, 11:13 PM (0 replies)

Is Anyone Keeping a Running Total of the Substantiated Charges and Jail Time for Trump Ass.?

There must a site. Can anyone direct me to it? All I need are a list of names that will grow as new people come under scrutiny. For instance the as yet unnamed but likely to be soon outed Republican "operative" guilty of receiving and distributing stolen Democratic files. Then a listing of the crimes they have likely committed--or at least the crimes they would be charged with if they were Democrats. Plus the mandatory minimum through maximum federal sentences for each crime.

For example:

Jeff Sessions, former Senator and current Attorney General. Almost certainly guilty of lying to Congress and on a federal employment form--unless he plans to lead senility which makes him unfit for his present job. Each charge carries a federal sentence of up to five years. That means he would be looking at up to ten years in federal pen if he were a Democrat.

Bonus points for including some type of graphic so we can tell at a glance which players will be old and gray when they get out---if they were Democrats. Since the GOP will stonewall any investigation, it will also serve to demonstrate the magnitude of their cover up and abuse of power in advance of the 2018 midterms. As in "If they were Democrats they would be facing a total of X years in jail."
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Thu May 25, 2017, 07:02 PM (2 replies)

Hell Hath no Fury Like a (Former) FBI Director Duped by Putin/Trump

Now we know. Comey did what he did last fall, because Trump/Putin created a phony bit of intelligence. And then, as the election neared, Someone whispered in Comey's ear "If Clinton wins, Trump will release this memo to Fox and tell them that you personally ignored this evidence under orders from Obama. And then Congress will be all over you like 1) a hobo on a ham sandwich 2) flies on shit 3) Trump on some other man's wife's vagina. It won't matter to the GOP base that the document is as fake as a three dollar bill. They'll still accuse you of playing partisan. They'll call it a "cover up." A new Watergate. But all you have to do to keep Congress off your back is show that you were more than willing to re-open the email investigation of Clinton a week before the elections. That will prove that you are not playing ball for the Dems. And we all know that Clinton is gonna win, so what difference will it make?"

If Comey is reading this, I hope he looks back to the days before the election. Someone almost certainly approached him with this message. And that person, while pretending to be concerned about Comey, was almost certainly working for Trump and Putin.

Comey has agreed to testify again. In public. Before Congress. He was (supposedly) fired by Trump for his handling of the Clinton e-mail scandal. Meaning that he was (supposedly) fired for falling for Trump/Putin's political dirty trick--the bogus Russian "intelligence" that the Washington Post writes about today.

If I were Comey, I would be mad. Raging mad. I would be gathering my notes, considering how I got into this mess and who put me there and how to even the score.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/how-a-dubious-russian-document-influenced-the-fbis-handling-of-the-clinton-probe/2017/05/24/f375c07c-3a95-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html?utm_term=.8f4e5201fb73
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Wed May 24, 2017, 07:51 PM (2 replies)

Pathetic Excuse for a Ruling Tea Party

I sat down with a cup of coffee this morning and opened the local paper. There, in the editorial section, I found another Republican blaming Hillary Clinton for Donald Trump's Russian Treason. The argument went something like this---Republicans were so focused on conducting a witch hunt against--excuse me, an investigation of---Clinton that they did not have time to vet their own candidate. Plus, they were all convinced that the Great Witch Hillary would steal the election, so they did not take their own party's primary seriously. The result was a nominee who would never have slipped through had Hillary not blinded GOP leaders with her Patented Laser Beam Eyes and deafened them with Her Legendary Cackle and seduced them with her Awesome Cleavage.

Now, men claiming "She had it coming!" and "She made me do it!" is nothing new. Rapists through the centuries have insisted that they would have kept it in their pants, if only her skirt was not so short.

But this goes a step beyond the usual Blame the Victim. The Republican Party is now claiming that Hillary's skirt was so short and her neckline so plunging that they could not help but aid and abet Donald Trump as he committed treason with Russia. All the blood rushed from their brains to their groins, and the result was we now have a Special Prosecutor and an administration in shambles and a party that has to dodge its own constituents when its members go home.

The GOP is the Ruling Party--so why are its members acting like a bunch of whiny babies? Could it be that when a political party selects its candidates based upon who takes the most Citizens United approved bribe money, they end up with a bunch of self-absorbed lazy grifter cry-babies for political leaders?

Don’t blame Clinton. Blame Scalia. He is the one who sold the Republican Party to the highest bidder and left a loophole that allowed that bidder to be a foreign country.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun May 21, 2017, 12:28 PM (2 replies)

New Netflix anime "Blame!" Contains Anti-Trump/Anti-Fascist Message Everyone Should Hear

Don't get me wrong. "Blame!" the classic, cult manga by Tsutomu Nihei is much more than a political treatise. It is the best dystopian science fiction manga ever and possibly the best manga ever.

The premise is simple--though it takes a bit to get the whole story if you plunge head first into the manga. Tens of thousands of years in the future, the Builders--machines programmed by humans to add to the City----have gone rogue, creating a nightmare world in which the architecture is absolutely bat-shit crazy. These machines that were supposed to create a human paradise are out of control. Seems that some type of plague--or maybe just random mutation--altered the human genome and now no one has the "Net Terminal gene" needed to access the computer system that controls the Builders.

And it gets worse. The original humans, obviously as frightened of immigrants as Trump and his Fascist Base are frightened of immigrants, created the Protectors, cyborgs programed to rid the city of anyone who did not have the "right" DNA, i.e. "aliens."

Meaning that the world of "Blame!"'s future is a massive City that has engulfed the world--and the world has no place for the descendants of the original human, all of whom register as "aliens."

While the manga is huge and sprawling (like the City), the two hour anime movie is a short story with the basic plot of "Shane." I won't give away any more than that.

When we target "immigrants" i.e "the other" for exile and death, we kill ourselves. Literally, in "Blame!" and just as literally (though not in quite as dramatic a fashion) in the real world. Every mother who is "sent back" for the crime of having a Hispanic surname and no Visa, every Indian who is shot after being mistaken for Muslim, every Muslim who is hauled off a plane for being correctly identified as a Muslim--every act of violence against those who have come to this country for the same reason our ancestors came to this country---to succeed, to create a better life for their children, to practice their religion as they choose, to speak as they choose---is another coffin nail in the death of our country.

Trump is not making America "great" again. Trump has lead our country to a cliff edge and is demanding that we commit mass suicide. Each wave of immigrant has brought new strengths, new ideas, new vigor to this country. But, in the Fascist world view, anything "new" is dangerous. It threatens the status quo. It must be stopped. It must be excised. It must be killed--even if that violence kills us along with it--

Of course, to Trump's Russian handlers, the death of the American Dream probably seems like a good idea. Because, if there is no world model for what open borders, cultural diversity and tolerance can achieve economically, Fascists like Putin will have a much easier time convincing their own huddle, frightened masses that they had better not rock the boat. And the 1% will not have to look over their shoulders wondering when the next French Revolution will come their way.

Keep in mind that no one accumulates vast wealth for the fun of it. The people who desperately try to steal and then protect more gold than they can ever spend in a lifetime do it because they are afraid. Afraid of Daddy who did not love them enough. Afraid that they never measured up the the ridiculous standards of what they were taught a man (or a woman) should be. Afraid of being alone and convinced that only money can buy them companionship. The Hollow Men attempt to fill their inner void with wealth--and when the money does not ease the pain, they tell themselves "I must be unhappy because someone is trying to steal my wealth. I must protect my wealth at all costs." And what a cost! When they kill another person for being a threat or "other" they kill a part of themselves, because it is human nature to see ourselves in the faces of others and the only way we can kill is by telling ourselves "That is not me. That is a threat to me." Meaning that being ourselves is suddenly a threat to our own identity. And if someone of the wrong color or religion or surname happens to achieve a little economic success, watch out! When we who define ourselves by our "privilege" realize that our color, our religion, our surnames mean nothing, we feel our own sense of self crumbling--and that is when we turn into a lynch mob. Or program a bunch of cyborgs to eliminate everything that frightens us.

Who's to blame for Trump? We are. Who can undo the harm that Trump has done? We can. We will do it by recognizing the part of Trump's twisted message that appealed to too many Americans (not a majority but still too many)---"I am frightened. That must mean that someone is threatening me. That must mean that I must kill"---that fear is a basic part of the human psyche which can and must be controlled if we are ever to have a snowball's chance in Hell of getting along in an increasingly crowded world.

Namaste. Now go watch "Blame!" It's lots of fun and not nearly as didactic as I am making it our to be.



Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat May 20, 2017, 02:28 PM (2 replies)

Why Does the GOP Want the Middle Class to be Poor?

I don't need to write one of my usual epic posts to answer this one. They want us poor, because then we will vote (or better yet, not vote) based upon immediate fear--Will my kids go to bed hungry? Will I be homeless tomorrow? Will someone else do my job for less money?--- rather than long term good sense. And they fear our vote more than they fear anything else. So, it you want to screw with the 1%, never vote out of fear, always vote using reason.

The corollary is that many ordinarily sensible people voted for Trump out of fear. He told them he would fix all their problems. He lied. They were desperate and so they wanted to believe him.





Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun May 14, 2017, 11:57 AM (30 replies)

There is only one move the GOP can make at this point---and it ought to have Democrats worried.

The only way the GOP can survive the 2018 elections--and Trump can avoid impeachment in 2019---is for Sessions and his new hand picked GOP FBI head to investigate and prosecute Democratic politicians.

I am talking Don Siegelman on steroids. Look for the Trump DOJ to launch a massive political inquisition. They will count upon the natural tendency of the American public to judge as guilty until proven innocent any target of an investigation. They will make sure that the charges are salacious enough that the mainstream media will not be able to resist giving the phony stories maximum coverage. We are talking sex, drugs and more sex.

Dems had better lawyer up now. And members of Democratic Underground--resist the urge to disavow anyone who is "tainted" by accusations of corruption. It is becoming increasingly likely that Hillary Clinton herself will be the target of an official witch hunt--it is what Trump's base wants. When the accusations start flying, do not say "We should have nominated someone less controversial." Sessions would accuse Mother Theresa of being a pimp if she was a Democrat.

You wouldn't throw Aung San Suu Kyi under the bus for being the target of a political vendetta in her own country, would you?



Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat May 13, 2017, 02:45 AM (8 replies)

Pentagon Threaten's Trump's Wall of Legal Immunity by Investigating Flynn's (Military) Crimes

Huge story. Surprised it isn't getting more discussion here.

Trump thinks he can not be touched. His appointed Attorney General, perjurer Jeff Sessions controls the DOJ, which means Trump can quash any attempt to prosecute him or members of his political team who might be persuaded to testify against him in exchange for immunity. And Congress is firmly under the control of Republicans who would not investigate one of their own even if they were not afraid of Russian blackmail. The press can publish damning information and the public can protest until they are blue in the face, but with the Department of Justice and Congress in his pocket, Trump is untouchable, like a Mafia mob boss---

Or so he thought. But now, the Pentagon has stepped in. Turns out the Flynn violated military law when he accepted money from a foreign country.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/04/27/top-pentagon-watchdog-launches-investigation-into-money-that-mike-flynn-received-from-foreign-groups/?utm_term=.64ebd927a527

The Pentagon’s top watchdog has launched an investigation into money that former national security adviser and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn received from foreign groups and whether he failed to obtain proper approval to do so, lawmakers and defense officials said Thursday.

The Pentagon has in the past advised retiring officers that because they can be recalled to military service, they are subject to the Constitution’s rarely enforced emoluments clause, which prohibits top officials from receiving payments or favors from foreign governments.

On Thursday, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.), the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, released an Oct. 8, 2014, letter in which a Defense Department lawyer warned Flynn upon his retirement from military service that he was forbidden from receiving payments from foreign sources without receiving permission from the U.S. government first.

Flynn received $45,000 to appear in 2015 with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a gala dinner for RT, a Kremlin-controlled media organization. He also worked as a foreign agent representing Turkish interests for a Netherlands-based company, Inovo BV, which paid his company $530,000 in the fall.


This begs the question, if Flynn is prosecuted by the military, can Trump pardon him in advance the way Ford pardoned Nixon? Maybe not. Here is a link about presidential pardons for those convicted of military crimes. If I read this correctly, such a pardon can be considered only after conviction---the president can not step in to pardon in order to stop a military investigation.

http://militarylawdefense.com/practice-areas/presidential-pardon-for-federalmilitary-conviction/

Recall recent revelations that "Deep Throat", Woodward and Bernstein's secret source was more than a single individual, and their group of sources included members of the U.S. military who had a bone to pick with Richard Nixon. And now try to imagine how unhappy career military officers who vow to defend the Constitution must be at having to support a POTUS who treats the Constitution like TP--and who is a traitor to boot.

Today, Sean "Melissa" Spicer responded to news of this investigation by claiming it was all Obama's fault. That will keep the (not too bright) Trump base happy for a while. But if the military decides that this is a court martial and strip of rank offense, even the base will have to sit up and take notice. And Trump may find his wall of immunity crumbling around him, before he can get around to building his Border Wall.

Will Trump respond the way he usually does, by declaring the Pentagon an "enemy of the state"? Maybe his friends in the defense industry can offer high ranking military officers high paying post-retirement jobs in exchange for quashing the investigation. Given how many leaks have come out of this White House, such efforts will inevitably be uncovered by the press, proving the truism "It isn't the crime, it's the cover-up." But when Trump is cornered, expect him to act like a cornered rat.

Oh, sorry. Didn't mean to compare Trump to a rat. Rat's are very intelligent, civilized creatures.

Posted by McCamy Taylor | Thu Apr 27, 2017, 08:34 PM (8 replies)

Abortion Rights: Why the GOP Wants Democrats To Stop Talking About It.

Not long ago, a major newspaper had an editorial about how the Democrats should stay away from the topic of abortion. The A- word is too dangerous, we were told by the Concern Trolls of the Mainstream Media. We should stop talking about abortion rights and concentrate on other, safer topics.

Well, I am here to say that Abortion has never been a safer topic for the Democratic Party. Thanks to the Zika Virus, preserving one's own reproductive rights is as timely now as it was in the 1960s, when an outbreak of rubella led many to rethink old prejudices against legal, safe pregnancy termination.

When women (and men) realize that members of the rabid religious right will take away their right to terminate a pregnancy in the case of a Zika infection--with the accompanying increased risk of birth defects like microcephaly---the GOP's platform of No Abortion, Never will suddenly seem like one of the worst ideas ever.

Whenever someone tells you "Cool it with the A--word!" ask yourself why that someone is so concerned. The Democratic Party has been the Pro-Choice for Decades. Why, suddenly, is Pro-Choice something to be concerned about? True friends of the Democratic Party will never tell us to give up the fight. True friends of the GOP, on the other hand, would like to talk about something else during the next couple of election cycles.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Mon Apr 24, 2017, 09:16 PM (6 replies)

How Trump Lost His Base

They loved him when he closed our borders to refugees.

They cheered when he defunded Head Start.

They excused him for conspiring with the Russians---Hey. Putin's white. And Christian.

They did not seem to mind his narcissism or the nepotism.

They did not notice the misspellings.

But now, as the rockiest first 100 days of a U.S. presidency draw to a close, Trump's Base of Self Styled Rebel Outlaw Wannabees is finally turning on him. Why? Because he broke the Outlaw Code.

He defended the enemy.

Normal people saw Trump retaliate against an illegal nerve gas attack. But Trump's base saw him betray his pal Putin. They saw him defend a bunch of Muslim terrorists. They watched in horror as he gave up on his (implied) promise to take Obamacare from minorities and give Trumpcare to whites. Trump did what every other typical politician since the beginning of time has done when faced with plummeting poll numbers----he gave up on the economy and focused all his attention on making war----against the wrong people. Only a panty-waist liberal like Bill Clinton goes to war to defend Muslims! And then, to choose First Twink Jarad over right wing strong man Bannon----

The wrath of an outlaw base scorned is not pretty. I guess Trump did not read "Bandits". If he had, he would have known that betrayal of loyal supporters is the number one sin for a Bandit King.



Posted by McCamy Taylor | Mon Apr 17, 2017, 09:48 PM (3 replies)
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