DONALD TRUMP IS WORSE THAN A LIAR

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I simply can’t take much more of this god-awful media game that’s being played. It has to be a game because I honestly think that people who cover the news are relatively well informed (it’s their [email protected] job for crying out crocodile tears) observers of current events, and yet for reasons that can only come down to boosting ratings, and hence ad buys, we get deception, decoration, and drivel. Donald J. Trump is more than a liar. I do not use words like liar lightly, but as was stated in a July 5th article of the New York Magazine, written by Jonathan Chait (at the end of 4 long paragraphs excoriating Hillary and Bill Clinton…way to bury the truth Mr. Chait);

“Trump is flamboyantly corrupt in ways that run to the very core of his identity and prospective governing choices.”

 

I just don’t get it. Have millions of decent Americans (and I am not talking about the “basket of deplorable” racists, homophobes, xenophobes, misogynists, and taco-truck-haters) lost any sense of their American roots based on our being a nation of immigrants and people who have finally agreed to let women and Blacks become something other than property and vote? More importantly, however, doesn’t the truth count for anything? What and who the hell are people listening to? As I say, the media has been promoting this outrageous “fair and balanced” lie-fest to feather their own nests, but good-god folks, the truth is all around us. Donald J. Trump is nothing more than a conman, who has no [email protected] idea how government should work and he does not care a damn about “the regular people” because he was taught by his father to look down his arrogant nose at “them” his whole pathetic life.

OK, so here’s my latest attempt, in the name of believing that good and decent Americans have just not been offered the unvarnished reality of just who Donald Trump is. Below I have assembled a parade of examples exposing this very unfortunate and poverty-stricken soul.

Let’s start with his unwillingness to show the country his tax returns. There are certainly multiple reasons for this, but none of them would demonstrate that Mr. Trump is simply a shrewd businessman playing by the rules. He says that he is still under audit, and therefore, he does not want to jeopardize his negotiating position with the IRS. That is patently untrue, and his unwillingness to prove it, proves the point. Just show us the letter you received from the IRS stating that you are under audit. He, of course, will not even do that because he is a tax cheat who abuses charitable giving, and an investor in innumerable nefarious tax schemes around the world. If this were not the case, Donald J. Trump would just show us the evidence. Equally, there is no indication that he will ever produce his tax returns, which can only lead one to be skeptical of anything he has told us about his financial circumstances. Donald J. Trump is a crook and his tax returns would prove it. Go ahead Donald, prove us wrong; prove you are just a cheap-assed business man who is, by his very nature, a hypocritical Un-American jerk.

 

Next, as his campaign pounds on Hillary Clinton to further demonstrate her healthiness, Donald goes on Dr. Oz’s show with another one page report done by, you guessed it, Dr. Harold Bornstein.

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Thanks to Donald’s historical propensity for “truthful hyperbole”, and this amazingly odd doctor of his, who the hell knows if Mr. Trump is healthy? What we do know for sure is that the Trump campaign has put out a set of health records about Mrs. Clinton that is a total lie. He is obviously hiding something about his own 70 year old biological makeup, so he does what some emotionally deficient people might do, he attacks the other person in order to deflect attention away from his illnesses. We will see this strategy time and again with Mr. Trump.

 

Mr. Trump’s glowing description of his business prowess, “The Art of the Deal”, is a complete fantasy ghost written by Tony Schwartz. In fact, Mr. Schwartz has recently gone out of his way to make sure we understand what a complete bullshit artist and egotist Mr. Trump really is. I am quoting Tony Schwartz here; “If he were writing ‘The Art of the Deal’ today, Schwartz said, it would be a very different book with a very different title. Asked what he would call it, he answered, ‘The Sociopath.’

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Next, we have one of his biggest and most hateful quotes: “I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering” as the World Trade Center collapsed.
— Donald Trump on Saturday, November 21st, 2015 in comments during a speech

Donald then repeated this same xenophobic horse manure the next day in an interview with George Stephanopoulos.

“It was on television. I saw it,” Trump said. “It was well covered at the time, George. Now, I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good.”

When this bat-shit crazy statement was checked out we learned that “The Donald’s” pants were on fire.

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What kind of sad mind would make something like that up, get caught lying about it, but then double down by continuing to repeat it? The phrase pathological lying seems to apply here. (Pathological lying has been defined as “falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, may be extensive and very complicated, and may manifest over a period of years or even a lifetime”.)

 

Trump Won’t Say It Himself, But Campaign Insists He’s No Longer A Birther
Until he utters the words, you shouldn’t believe it.
09/15/2016 10:53 pm ET

Here’s the problem Donald has, all of his handlers know he needs to back off of his bullshit position as a “birther”, but a decent collection of the nut-balls in his basket of “deplorables” are birthers, and as long as the public supports him in getting away with this racists crap, he only has votes to lose. So, was he lying back then when he had his “team” investigating this garbage? Yes, of course. Do millions of his supporters still think Obama was foreign born? God-bless their little racist hearts, they sure do. So will you ever hear “The Donald” come right out and say he no longer believes this pile of dog-barf?

Trump finally admits it: ‘President Barack Obama was born in the United States’
By Stephen Collinson and Jeremy Diamond, CNN
Updated 1937 GMT (0337 HKT) September 16, 2016

“Washington (CNN) Donald Trump finally admitted Friday that ‘President Barack Obama was born in the United States,’ reversing himself on the issue that propelled him into national politics five years ago.”

 

Now I would normally, albeit begrudgingly, give him credit for finally confessing he was lying about this political-career launching crap, but in only the way a pathological liar would, we got yet another lie.

Trump Drops False ‘Birther’ Theory, but Floats a New One: Clinton Started It
By MAGGIE HABERMAN and ALAN RAPPEPORT SEPT. 16, 2016

“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it.”

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“There is no evidence to support this. Clinton supporters circulated the rumor in the last days of the 2008 Democratic primary and after Clinton had concede to Obama. But the record does not show Clinton or her campaign ever promoting the birther theory, let alone starting it.
We rate Trump’s claim False.”

 

You see, even with his pants on fire and down around his knees, he could not take his lumps like a man. He not only told one lie on top of admitting the first big lie, he told two; “I finished it” was the second. Finished it my ass! He rode that lie for 5 flaming years! It was only after his staff and supporters were pleading with this poor insecure sociopath that he doubled down (literally) on another known lie. “PolitiFact and our friends at FactCheck.org and the Washington Post Fact-Checker have debunked this zombie claim multiple times.

This is a profound illness.

 

Donald Trump’s surprisingly shady charitable foundation, explained
Updated by Matthew Yglesias on September 13, 2016, 1:30 p.m. ET

“Trump’s Foundation is considerably smaller in scale than the much-more-covered Clinton Foundation, but it also gives every appearance of being much less involved in actually helping people and much more clearly involved in rule-breaking. Yet while the Clinton Foundation has been the subject of dozens of investigations and thousands of takes over a period of nearly a decade (my first Clinton Foundation take was published in October 2007, for example) the Trump Foundation has gone largely unscrutinized.”

In an extensive analysis of the Trump Foundation done by David Fahrenthold for the Washington Post we learn one of two things; either the staff of the foundation are complete idiots, or Mr. Trump is using other people’s money to feather his own political nest, then lies about it.

My only point is that this hypocritical con artist along with the media types following this election have spent a bundle of hours trying to find problems with the Clinton Foundation, when in fact Mr. Trump’s foundation is as bogus and full of deceit and allusion as any foundation that exists today.

Trump Foundation Investigations Now Multiplying

 

This next example, straight from a September 15, 2016 speech in front of a bunch of bored-silly-and-life-like economists (just look at them on the video), basically proves that this arrogant narcissist believes he can get away with saying any lie to anybody. Here’s the headline…

Fact Checker
Trump’s absurd claim that 92 million Americans represent a ‘nation of jobless Americans’

“Right now, 92 million Americans are on the sideline outside of the workforce, and they’re not a part of our economy. It’s a silent nation of jobless Americans.”

“The Pinocchio Test
As you can see, it is absurd to claim that 92 million Americans are on the sidelines of the economy and are part of a “jobless America.” You can’t be jobless if you don’t want a job.
Only a small percentage of these people want a job, as the rest are retired, in school, on disability or caring for children. No matter how much Trump wants to suggest the economy is on the rocks, the fact remains that the unemployment rate is below 5 percent — which is pretty good by any measure.”

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To stay with this liar-liar-pants-on-fire theme, one more time, we saw evidence this week that the fruit does not fall far from the tree. This comes to us from FactCheck.org.

“Donald Trump falsely claimed that Hillary Clinton ‘has no child care plan’ and ‘never will.’ In fact, Clinton’s proposals for child care and paid family leave have been posted on her campaign website for months.
Despite that fact, Trump’s daughter Ivanka also claimed in an interview on Fox News: ‘There’s no policy on Hillary Clinton’s website pertaining to any of these issues, child care, eldercare, or maternity leave or paternity leave for that matter.’”

I find this particular lie seriously offensive because Hillary Clinton has spent thousands of hours of her long public life on the issues surrounding children; from childcare, to medical support for poor families, to early childhood education, and on and on it goes. So does this complete and unapologetic con artist and his puppet daughter actually think they can get away with this utter nonsense?

“We leave it to voters to evaluate these proposals and determine which they’d support. But voters’ ability to do that is hindered when one campaign falsely claims that the other has ‘no plan.’”

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FactCheck.org’s ruling on this matter…

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As the title of this piece says, Donald J. Trump is worse than a liar.

J W-Bee

September 18, 2016

CLIMATE CHANGE: “TERRIFYING”

It’s no secret, I happen to firmly believe President Barack Hussein Obama is one of our finest presidents, and history will prove and celebrate this fact. Therefore, I will simply wait for the early evaluations to come forth (I’m sorry I can’t stick around for the long view); but in the meantime I want to focus today on the highest of my top four issues (climate change, elimination of all nuclear weapons, publicly financed elections, and a major beefing up of America’s lifelong-learning educational system) which will require our nation’s immediate and unrelenting attention for many generations to come.

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“Bombs may not be falling. The sound of gunfire does not concentrate the mind. What Mr. Obama has seen instead are the charts and graphs of a warming planet. ‘And they’re terrifying,’ he said in a recent interview in Honolulu (please take the time to watch this brief interview).
‘What makes climate change difficult is that it is not an instantaneous catastrophic event,’ he said. ‘It’s a slow-moving issue that, on a day-to-day basis, people don’t experience and don’t see.’”

As someone who truly appreciates and studies the current events and longer term implications of our government’s actions, and inactions, no issue, short of all out nuclear annihilation of the human race, is more important to the survival of the human species than climate change.

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I cannot believe that there is anyone left on Earth, who when presented with the facts, can deny this is life or death for humankind.
Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.
– Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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Should there be even a modicum of question left in your mind, please read the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Report, highlighted above.

 

The other critical aspect of this issue is not only the head-on crash that scientists see coming with Mother Nature, but the unquestionable violence and mayhem human nature will unleash as the livable land masses and natural resources on Earth shrink.

Findings from Select Federal Reports:
THE NATIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATIONS OF A CHANGING CLIMATE

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But wait, I do know of one human-like-politically-motivated jackass left who knows more about more things than anyone else on Earth; just ask him he will tell you so.

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This poor excuse for a political leader has concluded climate change is a “HOAX!” The man scares the crap out of me on so many levels, that anyone who considers him a viable option for any position other than “Self-Serving-Egomaniac” is by definition suicidal.

Trump said on Sept. 24, 2015, on CNN’s New Day, “I don’t believe in climate change.”

 

What is every bit as disconcerting, however, is we know why Donald J. Trump is saying the crap he says.

Reuters
U.S. Companies Tout Climate Policies, Fund Climate Skeptics
September 6, 2016 11:31 pm

“Ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential and congressional elections, the donations from companies including PepsiCo, Dupont, and Google reveal a disconnect between how these companies present themselves to the public on environmental issues, and how they manage their political contributions to support business-friendly policy.”

“The Reuters review covered donations made during the 2016 election cycle by the political action committees (PACs) of 30 of the biggest publicly traded U.S. companies that signed Obama’s ‘American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge’ in 2015, a public promise to enact climate-friendly corporate policies and support strong climate change oversight like the global climate accord signed in Paris.

The review found that 25 of the 30 companies are funding the campaigns of lawmakers featured on a ‘climate deniers’ list that was put together by Organizing For Action, a non-profit created by former Obama campaign aides to advocate his agenda.”

 

The other group of suicidal maniacs being represented by Donald J. Trump is not only the oil and gas companies but the coal industry.

“We knew that oil companies are investing into making it seem like climate change isn’t happening. ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil company, knew about climate change since the 70s, and yet they swept it all under the rug. In total, five big oil companies spent $114m obstructing climate news in 2015 alone, and 9 out of 10 top climate change deniers are linked with Exxon Mobil. But the coal industry doesn’t want to be left aside either.
Peabody Energy, America’s and the world’s biggest coal company, has also put money into at least two dozen groups to deny climate change and oppose environmental regulations. Known for their public rejection of climate science and refusing to believe that climate change is happening, Peabody has vehemently denied funding climate change denial groups. However, the truth was revealed during the discussions for bankruptcy the company was having.”

 

And just for the record; you may find a few over-blown reasons not to support Hillary Clinton (i.e. emails and the remarkable Clinton Foundation), but if you give a damn about the future lifestyle of generations to come, Hillary Clinton represents our only shot at a clean and livable planet.

I won’t let anyone take us backward, deny our economy the benefits of harnessing a clean energy future, or force our children to endure the catastrophe that would result from unchecked climate change.
Hillary, November 29, 2015

Watch this short video; please https://www.facebook.com/hillaryclinton/videos/1129091543814040/

 

So let me briefly summarize; we will be royally screwed unless we elect Hillary Clinton. Anyone of us can, in some detail, have concerns and complaints about one candidate or another. But, when it comes down to a couple of over-riding life and death issues we know that must be tackled over this next many years, there is no other highly qualified and ready to serve choice on November 8, 2016. Any other problem you may have will pale in comparison to this and the few other issues I have noted in the beginning.

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J W-Bee

September 11, 2016

(The 15th anniversary of yet another Republican example of taking their eye off the ball.)

WHITE GUYS ARE PISSED

And I am sure glad women have the right to vote.

It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway), Donald Trump is a White man’s White man. White guys are pretty certain they have been used, abused, and excused from consideration by our modern day political system. Between women’s liberation, LGBT infiltration, Mexican migration, Black folk’s exasperation, and Muslim damnation, America’s once proud bread winners are feeling the pain of political castration. Often distrusting of people of color, chauvinistic in the company of their own gender, testosterone-fueled angry at the world, and unwilling to abide by modern day political correctness; White guys are pissed. But then along comes Donald J. Trump to give a blustery voice to their pain, and they feel heard and preferred once again.

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That’s who Hillary Clinton is up against. All of this email hullabaloo, the Benghazi studied-to-death poo-poo, and whatever the issues are around the Clinton Foundation’s voodoo, none of it is well understood because frankly it does not matter; in their pissed-off minds it somehow shows she’s just another crooked politician and screaming bitch.

I tend not to think about the world in demographic terms; in large part because I believe that each one of us is an individual with totally unique qualities. However, in the world of politics, the people who are highly paid consultants and pundits seem to relish polling data that is steeped in information about demographic cohorts. I am, however, ready to accept that when one evaluates 120 million people on a given day, like an election day, then looking at results using demographics can be very enlightening.

Much has been written about white working-class men this political cycle because they represent the voting base on which Republican candidate Donald Trump largely depends. Yet recent polling suggests that another demographic segment – white college-educated women – could be his Achilles heel. I have calculated just how many votes it would cost him if white college-educated women vote the way they have stated they will in recent polls. If the polls are accurate, even a supersized turnout of working-class white men would not be nearly enough for Trump to win the election.”

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“Before the conventions, Clinton held a slight edge over Trump, 45 percent versus 42 percent among white college-graduate women, but her advantage widened sharply to 57 percent versus 38 percent after the conventions.”

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From The Atlantic magazine, published May 23, 2016, we can see just how historic this is.

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BloombergPolitics captured this same information this way.

“Hillary Clinton is crushing Donald Trump among college-educated white voters, a group Mitt Romney easily won in 2012 and one his Republican Party has carried in presidential contests for decades.

White voters with at least a college degree—a group that represented more than a third of the 2012 electorate—back Clinton over Trump 48 percent to 37 percent, the latest Purple Slice online poll for Bloomberg Politics shows. Romney won that group by 14 percentage points, according to exit polls.”

 

So, what does this tell us about the American public in 2016’s presidential election?

When White women with a college degree, in particular, watched those two conventions, it became real clear real fast that Mr. Trump and those Republican(ish) nattering nabobs of negativism showed they were angry and substance-less. Those folks that Trump attracted before the convention loved the red meat flung about like a meat packing plant. But anyone else with any ability to reason and assess serious policy proposals who watched that 4-day display of ill temper and bad manners were under-inspired.

You see White guys, your cracks are showing, and I am not talking about your overexposed backsides.

The Democrats on the other hand were upbeat and very proud of their female candidate and showed respect for her on multiple levels. In addition, it was a convention filled with the faces and words of a newly emerging America. (The Sander’s supporters were unhappy, but not because Hillary is a woman, they were pissed off because she’s paid her dues to the party’s base, and Bernie was shown to be a drive-by candidate; and the party showed her its appreciation. His influence on the Democratic Party will be felt for decades to come, but it proved, at least for Democrats, that being an angry independent is not enough.)

What the Republican Party, and particularly Donald Trump, is up against in this election is the sea-change that began in the 1960’s and washed over the country in the 1970’s. Baby Boomers, and now their children and grandchildren, actually believe the Declaration of Independence where Thomas Jefferson first used the phrase “all men are created equal.” These days, were Tom to be around for a modest rewrite, he would of course use the phrase “all people are created equal.”

In the latter quarter of the 18th Century, White men with property ruled the roost. What the average blue collar White guy today seems to have forgotten is that their vote did not count back then. By 1850 our country’s legal system no longer made property ownership a prerequisite for White men when it came to having voting privileges. Then came along those dang women thinking they have a brain and a stake in the American dream, and then of all things Americans of African descent were allowed into the voting booth. Finally, adding insult to perceived injury to White men, over this last half century US citizens who are foreign born are now close to 14% of our population and are heading toward a new national high, first set in the 1890’s.

Therein lays the problem for our modern day Archie Bunkers. America did not stand still for them, leaving them anchored in an industrial age that grew old and died within their lifetime.

Archie Bunker

What the average macho-Archie also has not accounted for is that modern day Edith Bunkers might still be standing by their man, but Michael and Gloria and their children, and then their children, grew up wanting an equal say in things. In fact, 1.35 women now graduate from a four year college for every 1 man. As Archie might have asked; what has this world come to?

Smart, modern-day women are no longer willing to put up with the crap dished out back in Archie’s day. Younger folks, unburdened by a White male dominated culture, are no longer cowed by White men insisting upon superiority. Therefore, once women started to emerge as empowered intelligent and equal partners in our new America, Katy bar the doors. Everybody, and anybody, who has ever felt put down and run over by a White guy; gays and lesbians, people of color, people from non-Christian upbringings, and people who studied and worked for their citizenship papers are today standing tall.

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The problem for White folks without a college degree is that they have been played and steered toward blaming these “others” for their problems. Look at the make-up of the now old and deceased Republican Party. That party no more represented the average hard-working blue collar worker than Donald Trump represents and relates to them today. Americans without a college degree are being fed a constant diet of fear and anger. This garbage is neither nutritional nor beneficial for a growing nation.

The America I was raised in, and the America I see us becoming, changes and all, can’t survive on lies and hatred.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles during a rally, Thursday, June 2, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles during a rally, Thursday, June 2, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

 

America will move on, with or without them, and the campaign of 2016 will almost certainly go down in our history books as the election that sorted out those wishing for a return to a White male dominated yesterday vs. an America that is living out its promise; all people are created equal.

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J W-Bee

September 4, 2016

THE CLINTON FOUNDATION – Part 2

I know I may be one of the few people left on planet Earth that sees little to no problem with “how” and “why” the Clinton family raises money for its foundation. Having said that; let me double-down and say I admire the Clintons for “how” and “why” they raise money for their foundation.

You see, my theory as to why this subject matter has become as big an issue as it has is that Donald Trump is the gaffe-gift that keeps on giving. The media would appear to be piling on poor “Little Donny” if they did not also have something nasty to say about Hillary. (It is the job of modern media corporations and pundits to treat everyone with the same disdain and disbelief; even when someone like Mr. Trump has made disdain and disbelief so easy.)

Her experience in the thin air of the political stratosphere has no equal. Her native intelligence and her knowledge of her areas of focus are beyond question. And her ability to take major political punches, shake them off (no brag – just fact), smile, get back up and kick the crap out of her challengers, is the marvel of this heavy-weight division. Frankly, this last item of sustaining hard knocks is why I give her the benefit of the doubt as to why she is just a little wary of the press.

The one aspect of major donors that has remained fairly obscure and almost completely speculative is why do these donors give large sums to their candidate-flavor of the year? Alexandra Pelosi, documentarian, and daughter of the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives, explored that subject in her newly released, Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk?

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Now I trust most of you, like me, don’t do a lot of chumming around with the mega-wealthy. Bill and Hillary, and “The Donald” for that matter, given their chosen professions, know quite a few of these folks. Plus, the Clintons, much more so that Mr. Trump, know a whole load of world leaders; friends and foes, and they generally know what these folks are up to.

Therefore, when Alexandra introduced us to a few of these mega-donors, I was impressed by one rather over-riding and repeated notion; they don’t give money to political-types in exchange for favors. As George H. W. Bush was kidded about saying; “Not gonna to do it; that wouldn’t be prudent at this juncture.” They claim to do it for the country, and what they believe the country needs. A few of them were a bit less politically philanthropic, however, and simply made it clear they would like a return call when asked. As one these donors put it; “I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And you know what? When I need something from them, two years later, three years later, I call them, and they are there for me.”

You may have guessed it, I was quoting Donald Trump.

Far from being naïve on this point, I detest how much private-interest money is bathing our political class. The politician and their mega-donors can talk all they want about their love of country, and their open doors to serving the best interests of their constituency, but the appearance and insinuation of “pay to play” politics these days is the six-ton woolly mammoth in the room.

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My unabashed defense of Hillary or Bill (maybe I should include Chelsea in here too) remains crystal clear, however, this money did not find its way into their campaigns or their pockets. They used their knowledge and relationships with the world’s leaders and the mega-wealthy on the planet for the benefit of all mankind. The following quote comes from the Clinton Foundation’s description of purpose.

“Everywhere we go, we’re trying to work ourselves out of a job. Whether it’s improving global health, increasing opportunity for girls and women, reducing childhood obesity and preventable diseases, creating economic opportunity and growth, or helping communities address the effects of climate change, we keep score by the lives that are saved or improved.”

 

Now if “The Donald”, or Li Keqiang, or Kim Jong-un, or any other jaundiced and self-serving Daddy Warbucks, thinks by making a donation to serve some of the poorest people on the planet will get them to political-first-base with any of the Clintons, step right up; if you are right, congratulations; if you are wrong, well, I am sure the thousands of people that your money will serve over the next many decades is appreciated.

But let’s also be crystal clear about the world according to money-talks-and-bullshit-walks; if Bill or Melinda Gates, or Warren Buffett, who have a little foundation all of their own, called the then Secretary of State, or Former President Clinton, do you think they might get their calls returned; no donation required?

You see, when two people have been playing at the highest levels of the world’s leadership for the past few decades, guess which elbows they rub up against. If “Little Donny” or “Baby Kim” thinks that by making a sizeable donation to the Clinton’s foundation will make a difference, go ahead, give it a try. But if you think by making a 6-figure contribution to The Clinton Foundation will get you some political favor you believe you are now owed; then give Donald Trump a call because that seems to be how he works.

Therefore, until I read and believe some reputable news gathering source (which leaves out Trump and his legions of liars) that either Bill or Hillary Clinton cut a deal with anyone in exchange for a contribution to their family foundation, this made up media pissing-match is nothing more than a bullshit attempt to demonstrate once again that no good deed goes unpunished.

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J W-Bee
August 25, 2016

WE ARE ALL MINORITES

Until we come together

“When faith in our freedom gives way to fear of our freedom, silencing the minority view becomes the operative protocol.” Joel Salatin

Democracy therefore requires minority rights equally as it does majority rule. Indeed, as democracy is conceived today, the minority’s rights must be protected no matter how singular or alienated that minority is from the majority society; otherwise, the majority’s rights lose their meaning. In the United States, basic individual liberties are protected through the Bill of Rights, which were drafted by James Madison and adopted in the form of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. These enumerate the rights that may not be violated by the government, safeguarding—in theory, at least—the rights of any minority against majority tyranny. Today, these rights are considered the essential element of any liberal democracy.”

 

In the 2016 US presidential season, we have been given a choice to remain the America that was imagined by its founders, or a retrenching of a more familiar and mistakenly imagined America from a time that only exists today in the fragments of our collective memories. The passing of time and the subsequent changes therein can find us exhilarated by the possibilities or decimated by the vagaries inherent within these changes.

Deindustrialization, digitalization, and over-population are just a few of the monstrous evolutionary changes us mere mortals have been subjected to at hyper speeds.

hyper_speed by Akira-Shimizu Akira Shimizu

 

In some very important ways, it should be no mystery as to why our planet is deeply unhappy with Homo sapiens, and it mirrors the increasing distress being experienced by those same Homo sapiens. In the science of evolutionary change extending back to our molten lava beginnings some 4.6 billion years ago, we have gone through some ginormous changes.

Earth in the beginning

The rise of Donald J. Trump, therefore, is infinitesimally teeny-tiny, but he mimics for political purposes something that is being experienced all over our shrinking globe. Our tribes are being broken up and scattered about like shards of window glass in a violent earthquake. Some days, while watching the international news, we are collectively acting like the end is near. The future is no longer a passing glimmer of light symbolizing a better world; we collectively seem to be desperately seeking to slow things down if not slam on the brakes of this magnificent sphere we fly around space on.

“They” (the intruders, the minorities, those others) are being disrespectful and unfamiliar with “our” familiar. In an era when the speed of change within newly perceived human rights outstrips and overcomes our capacity to adequately adapt to those changes, I would like to think we can begin to understand how our planet is feeling.

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The capacity of our psyche to accommodate the emergence of so many minorities (women-who by the way were not in the minority, LGBT, Muslims, Hispanics, Asians, Africans, and those with impaired abilities to name a few) in such a short period of time (the short lifetime of today’s average senior citizen) is creating anger (behind anger always lies fear). You can see it and feel it on display around the world; in the Middle-East, the African Continent, Europe (Brexit being a recent and fully-rapped-with-a-bow example), and of course, the US presidential election.

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America, the once great and fearless advocate for freedom and liberty for all (as long as they were land-owning white men), is now cowering in fear of all of these minorities demanding what they had been led to believe were their rights as American citizens.

Mr. & Mrs. KahnKhizr Khan and his wife, the parents of a Muslim American soldier, Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan, who joined the Army after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and was killed during service in Iraq, spoke on Thursday night [2016 DNC]. Damon Winter/The New York Times

 

Here is the really scary point, however; we are all minorities and completely different one from another. The main thing we share though is this increasingly fragile 3rd rock from the Sun, and this is no time for America, as frightened as we have become, to turn, run, and hide under our memory blankie we call the “good old days.”

Nationalism and isolationism are evidence that human beings are not sophisticated and mature enough to remain a viable species. We are all minorities…see…

world's population by race

 

So unless we come to grips with that fact, and quickly, we will all be like the frog in the increasingly heated pot of water.

I get that the world is moving at speeds with which Homo sapiens have never had to endure. I get that this fact has very real and occasionally tragic consequences for the modern day family, community, state, nation and world. But the one thing you can take to the bank or your grave, we are all minorities until we come together.

J W-Bee

August 20, 2016

REGRETS?!

REGRETS?!
Like what Donald?

Regrets, I’ve had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Frank Sinatra

And just like his buddy he’s had regrets but they were obviously “too few to mention.”

I have a few of regrets too Donald; and I am sorry I said some hurtful things to some people out there at different times in different places. Of course, I will not say who I think that is, because who knows, they might not know I said those things to hurt them. Furthermore, in your case Donny boy, almost all of those few things you have said that might (or might not) be hurtful, attracted a few thousand votes, and God knows you can’t afford to lose any of them, so let “them” fill in the blanks (or not).

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles during a rally, Thursday, June 2, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles during a rally, Thursday, June 2, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

J W-Bee
August 19, 2016

TRUMP’S COALESCING

This ain’t no stinking shakeup!

(Coalesce: to come together to form one group or mass)
(Shake up: an important change or series of changes in the way a company or other organization is organized or run)

“I am who I am. It’s me. I don’t want to change. Everyone talks about, ‘Oh, well you’re going to pivot.’ I don’t want to pivot,” Trump said in a Tuesday interview with Wisconsin television station WKBT. “I mean, you have to be you. If you start pivoting, you’re not being honest with people.”

You see, a shakeup presupposes “a company or an organization”, or in this case a campaign organization. However, when it comes to “Donald J. Trump’s Egotistical Mystery Tour”; well, I think James Carville has said it best:
“The Trump campaign is not a bad campaign. It’s not a messed-up campaign. It’s not a dysfunctional campaign. There is no campaign.”

Therefore, forget this imagery of shaking up something tangible; Mr. Trump is the heart, soul, and butt hole of this run for the presidency of the United States; move along, there’s nothing more to see here.

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This is where anyone who has become enamored with this Trumptastic political garbage dump has got to give this “small-fingered vulgarian” all of the credit he so justly deserves; Stephen Bannon is an exquisite selection for this one pony parade.

“I have a bit of experience with Bannon, given that I was the editor-at-large of Breitbart News for four years, and worked closely with Breitbart and Bannon.
[Ben]Shapiro called Bannon ‘a legitimately sinister figure. He is a vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally abusing supposed friends and threatening enemies,’ Shapiro wrote Wednesday. ‘Bannon is a smarter version of Trump: he’s an aggressive self-promoter who name-drops to heighten his profile and woo bigger names, and then uses those bigger names as stepping stools to his next destination. Trump may be his final destination.’”

Stephen Bannon

“Trump is a first-time candidate who has talked about professionalizing his campaign, and yet he has hired a media bomb-thrower with no experience on the trail. But on another level, it is no surprise, since for years there has been a political symbiosis between Trump, Bannon, and Breitbart Media, the news organization that Bannon has led for the last four years. In truth, Bannon and Breitbart Media were Trump before Trump, creating the political philosophy and the political army in waiting that has been the engine for the candidate’s astonishing rise in American politics.” (The vanityfair.com article this quote comes from entitled, EXCLUSIVE: STEPHEN BANNON, TRUMP’S NEW C.E.O., HINTS AT HIS MASTER PLAN, is a must read.)
So, and this is the scary part, what is Mr. Bannon’s “master plan?”
“Bannon seemed to recognize that until he can ultimately win over a significant slice of working-class blacks and Hispanics, his movement—and now Trump’s campaign—seems likely to remain a significant but secondary operation.”

For me, these are the take-aways from this latest attempt to coalesce around Mr. Trump and his run for the presidency.
1) This is not a political campaign; it is one man’s self-promoting marketing scheme taken far too seriously by angry disenfranchised White people.
2) Do not expect this next 10 weeks to be anything but a vulgar shit-storm; Mr. Trump just went all in on his bet to be himself. This will be an under-staffed, under-funded, social media-paloosa, which will not, in the end, cost him a dime (indeed, he will make money on this deal).
3) The way our media works these days, Mr. Trump has demonstrated that if one is willing to say any crazy-assed thing that comes to mind, and there is an angry enough audience in America willing to shovel this shit into their minds like human cesspools; voila…a new political constituency is born. The old two-party system of American government has been forewarned.
4) Mr. Bannon has been called by his staff; “Donald Trump but more intelligent.” He is the perfect hire for Mr. Trump. He is ruthlessly smart, he will say and do anything for ratings, he dislikes Republicans almost as much as I do (but for way different reasons), and he has a plan to build a multi-racial “America First” (i.e. nationalistic) coalition for fun and profit. America’s third party?
5) I simply do not know if our political leadership (name your flavor) has become so mired in this DC-self-serving-money-grab, post-Citizens United, that they can wake up fast enough to smell the stench of human suffering and anger. Because if not, the second great depression that will be brought on by our multinational purveyors of greed and it will make the first great depression look like a walk in the park.

On that pleasant note, let me quote the magnificent Betty Davis one more time…

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J W-Bee
August 18, 2016

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot

Trump quote on second amendment

I won’t take up too much of your day here, but I just could not let this incessant piece of garbage, masquerading as a presidential candidate, get away with calling for the assassination of a US President. And please don’t insult the intelligence of me or any other law abiding citizen by trying to explain this away as a call to vote by NRA members.

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This man knew what he meant.

 

Read the quote again folks…“if she gets to pick her judges” that makes her the President; the votes have been cast and counted, and it’s a new morning in America. Sorry says Trump, “there’s nothing you can do (at that point)”…or maybe there is you gun-loving-Hillary-hating Second Amendment defenders. Why what’s that Donald…wag your finger at her…call her names…throw a tantrum? Give me a f-king break!

Taken in context, Ronald Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, had this to offer.

Patti Davis quote on second amendment

 

Just how bad has this malicious insanity gone? Try this on for size from Joe Scarborough.

“We are in uncharted waters but that does not mean that the way forward is not clear. It is.

The Secret Service should interview Donald Trump and ask him to explain his threatening comments.

Paul Ryan and every Republican leader should revoke their endorsement of Donald Trump. At this point, what else could Trump do that would be worse than implying the positive impact of a political assassination?

The Republican Party needs to start examining quickly their options for removing the Republican nominee.

A bloody line has been crossed that cannot be ignored. At long last, Donald Trump has left the Republican Party few options but to act decisively and get this political train wreck off the tracks before something terrible happens.”

No sir, this obscenity will only stop in November once “The Donald” gets his hat handed to him while being shown the door back to his golden cage at the top of Trump Tower.

In the meantime, the rest of the world will hold those Trump hangers-on to account, especially those in public office, for allowing themselves to be even vaguely associated with this thug.

J W-Bee
August 11, 2016

THE TRANSPACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

This is a “yuge f-ing deal!” Trying to get my mind rapped around it has been a bugger of a research project. Just for the record, I came into this task torn between my faith in Barack Obama’s worldview, and the political reality that the TPP has become a “no sale” for those on the political left. Having said that, the one thing I wanted to better understand is will this help or hurt America’s beleaguered middle class, and does it further engorge the multinational’s bank accounts? One thing is for sure, however, this is one monster of an agreement and the perspective you bring to it will heavily influence your opinion.

TPP marchers

What is the TPP?

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free-trade agreement between the United States and 11 other trading partners bordering the Pacific Ocean. On February 4, 2016, officials from each country signed the agreement. The negotiations were successfully concluded on October 4, 2015. It now has to go to each country’s legislature for approval.”

“The TPP is between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. The countries involved produce 40% of the world’s total GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of $107.5 trillion, 26% of its trade, and 793 million of its consumers.”

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“The TPP covers a broad range of goods and services, including financial services, telecommunications, and even food safety standards. In this way, it affects foreign policy and even laws within countries. For example, it suggests that countries set up an agency like the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to analyze the costs and benefits of new regulations.”

“The TPP will now undergo a two-year ratification period in which at least six countries must approve the final text for the deal to be implemented. After its successful ratification, the agreement is expected to serve as a model for future trade pacts.

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The first question to ask yourself is do you have a dog in this show? I’m talking about things like your job, which directly impacts your ability to meet the needs of your family. Because if you do, all of the economists in the world telling you this is “generally” a good thing for America (which a majority do), will not mean spit. Globalization is almost certainly here to stay, and free and open trade on a macro scale may overall be a good thing, but good hard working people who keep their heads down and take pride in their labor don’t live on a macro scale. The reality is that individual jobs are both gained and lost in international trade agreements; but overall, a modest number more jobs are created than lost. The problem for the average worker, however, is that this all happens up and away from an individual’s view and control, and the vast number of those new jobs will require very different skills.

If like me, one has retired to Mexico and is living on social security along with a few investments which rely on growth, then TPP is likely to be a good thing. If one is in a profession like being a stock broker, banker, or managing investments for others, TPP is likely to be a good thing. If one is in a line of work that cannot be done by someone else overseas (a grocery store owner, running a hair and nail salon, or providing a community-based service like a health clinic), then TPP is likely to be a good thing. If someone is in a specialty trade like rebuilding old cars, or constructing ornate gazebos, or rehabbing older homes, TPP is likely to be a good thing. If, however, one is working for a big business that is a service provider, or God-forbid is in the manufacturing business, the ground that person stands on today can get real shaky real fast.

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My cut on these trade deals in general, after a couple of dozen hours of research, is that multinational corporations can’t afford to care about the individuals that work for them. They have owners and executives that only care about one thing, the next quarter’s profits. They are not tied to a single piece of ground in a particular town or region. Because labor costs are often times one of their biggest expenses, if they can find a machine that works 24/7 and doesn’t give them a load of crap every few years, bye-bye folks. Or, if they can find a hungry group of human beings in another country who are ready to take what Americans would consider shit wages, why would they not say bye-bye to minimum wage headaches, vacation and sick day demands as well as demands for decent working conditions. Please, do not kid yourself, corporations are not in the social welfare business, they are in the profit generating business.

In fact, as a minor aside, one of the stated advantages for these trade agreements (TPP being the best example) is that they require higher standards than many third world nations have thus far seen as necessary. These environmental and labor improvements, therefore, make life a little better for that nation’s workers. But that does not do the average Joe in Kankakee a hoot’s worth of good.

Here’s the harsh reality for the world’s only super power; many people in the rest of the world think we are spoiled over-fed brats; that’s why they want to come here. Our poorest areas are considered middle class by most third world standards.

I understand that we have been brought up to expect certain basic goods and services. When we hit the light switch, we want the lights to go on. When we flush the toilet…well, most of us don’t want to know what happens then; just make it go away and not stink up the joint. When we go to a grocery store we expect there to be stocked shelves, with multiple alternatives. A car is not a luxury, and the only time one needs to build a fire is when we barbeque. Billions and billions of folks don’t live this way.

What’s my point? The world is getting a lot smaller, information is much more plentiful and moves much more rapidly, and outside of most western economies, things look pretty damn sweet in the US. Building walls and constructing trade barriers might seem like a good way to protect ourselves from the starving masses seeking a decent life for their families, but just maybe there are other ways to keep us a little less fat, yet happy.

We absolutely need to find ways to help our fellow neighbors who just had the economic rug pulled out from under their well-being, while simultaneously assisting nations within our sphere of influence to better serve the needs of their citizens. It is a whole lot better if we work to find ways to help them where they live now. It’s that, or we spend huge sums defending our borders from people who themselves just want a shot at a better life. We must work to be more things to more people within our own borders, but just maybe we can help leaders of other nations better meet the needs of their people within their borders too.

The question now playing itself out in the US is can our educational system train its youth to compete in an ever changing world. A world wherein we make the products that meet the needs of the 21st Century, and in so doing retrain those people who had no reason to see their layoff coming and feel abandon or sold down the river by their company and their government (see Trade Adjustment Assistance)?

My bias goes like this…yes; of course we can meet those needs if we are prepared to make the right kinds of investments that support the needs of our present and future workers. Will corporations make those kinds of investments? Hell no, those are short-term expenses to corporations; they don’t care, because they don’t have to care. Will taxpayers pick up the tab for these investments? Well, it depends on your view of the role of government. Republicans see this as the responsibility of the individual; and I strongly disagree. This is exactly why we need an adequately funded governmental system. The individual didn’t ask to be displaced by a machine, a Mexican, or a new labor-saving invention. As a civilized society I see education, at all levels, as investments in the nation’s people and our collective future. Oppositely, I see investments in weapon systems and “very big and beautiful” walls at our borders as asinine and counterproductive expenditures.

Throwing out NAFTA and voting down TPP is short-term thinking. Depending on where you are in the economic food chain, however, it may be ones only hope for survival. I get that, and I have great empathy for those who see their government frozen and incapable (or unwilling for political/philosophical reasons) to help them in this time of rapid change.

Therefore, if we hole up and take a protectionist stance against the rest of the world, TPP and other international trade agreements are not for you. Just understand that the price for this is that America will increasingly become the next empire to fall into disrepair (becoming more vulnerable) and fade into becoming a once great nation. We don’t live and survive on this planet in isolation any longer.

If, however, you believe we can support our citizens with the highest quality education, re-education, and re-training and economic displacement benefits, we will do this knowing it will be better for our nation going forward. These investment programs and benefits are only met, however, if the electorate insists upon them. It will take a strong and profitable private sector paying their fair share of the tax burden as well as an actively engaged public sector.

It really is up to us, and this presidential election provides us with as clear a choice as one will see in a lifetime. Choice one: a smaller government and lower taxes leaving every man, woman and child to fend for themselves. Choice two: an actively engaged, publicly funded system of supports and services for Americans that help us turn the corner to lead the world in the 21st Century. I know where I stand.

VOTE!

Oh by the way President Obama, if you and your allies (especially those on the other side of the aisle), who are in favor of TPP, want the support of a majority of Americans, show us that you are serious about taking care of present and future generations of workers. Otherwise, this thing is going down; and that in my mind would be a real shame.

J W-Bee
August 11, 2016

IT IS NOT EVEN CLOSE

THERE’S NO COMPARISON BETWEEN CANDIDATES
But the media is only served by a horse race

 

If a person does not like Hillary Clinton, fine, dislike her and vote your conscience, as Ted Cruz would say. If a person does not care for Donald Trump’s incessant bullshitting (as Fareed Zakaria would say) and bullying, then as Ted said, vote your conscience. But don’t kid yourself or me, I am sick and tired of hearing knuckleheads say these are equally bad choices. At no time has Ann Richard’s quote been more apt when it comes to watching a woman and a man run against one another for president. “After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”

Hillary speaks in full sentences (Basic to any language is the sentence, which expresses a complete thought and consists of a subject and a predicate.), whereas Donald speaks in self-promoting, hyperbolic, dunce-speak. He claims to be a smart college educated person, but his inability to present clear ideas in full sentences belies that claim.

dunce.cap  Little Donny Trump

 

Hillary is being taken to the media cleaners for having misrepresented 3 to 7 emails out of 30,000 as Secretary of State. Donald Trump, however, is the four-Pinocchio-pants-on-fire bullshit artist who cannot put two days together back-to-back without clearly abusing provable facts.

Hillary Clinton is the most qualified human being ever (based upon raw intelligence, ability to take a political punch and get right back into the fight, and a resume unparalleled in American politics) to run for the Presidency of the United States. Donald Trump has demonstrated he has no…none…zero…skills to empathize or appreciate another human beings circumstances (and apparently could care less), and indeed, he is running strictly on his skills to con others by seeking to uncover weaknesses and exploit them to his own advantage. He has proven he is a thin-skinned bully with absolutely no idea how government runs, no less what America’s role is as the only remaining super power. To say he is dangerous is an understatement.

Hillary Clinton represents a party that has been the champion of the little guy and the middle class (which they need to get back to by shedding the imagery of running a high end whore house made legal by Citizens United). Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party because Republicans allowed this self-serving carnival barker to steal anything decent which they may have thought they represented. “The Donald” is their karma being put into reverse to backup over their dogma.

I will be proud as hell to watch the American public elect our first woman president on the heels of Americans electing our first African-American president. America is witnessing history as we are growing up and maturing as the only true multicultural democratic republic on the planet. The only thing that scares me silly is that Hillary will remain under the searing spot light of a misogynistic angst which our red-meat media will go out of its way to cook up and serve female barbeque at a time when we need to talk with one another; not at one another. Thank goodness she has demonstrated time and again that she has a level of grit no man would want to match.

My only hope for “The Donald” is that because he never-ever thought he would get this far, he has shown the world who he really is and that will melt the only thing of value he has, his brand name.

J W-Bee
August 9, 2016