Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Trump Spin Machine Getting Into High Gear

With the first anniversary of the Mueller investigation looming and the Trump cartel channeling Nixon's 'one year of Watergate is enough' strategy, Axios is reporting on how "pro-Trump media is spreading across the U.S., disseminating Trumpian rhetoric about fake news and mainstream media bias through every medium" and have compiled a list of media outlets and figures ready to take their water-carrying for the Chump-in-Chief into overdrive.

[Axios: The Rise of the Pro-Trump Media Machine]

Mid Week Recap

- North Korea threatens to bail from summit with US. (Looks like violating the Iran deal did not inspire much trust in the Trump administration, huh?)

- Trump appeases China (and, indirectly, his pockets) with ZTE deal after $1b in Chinese loans are approved for an Indonesian resort he has a stake in.

- Longtime Trump attorney Jay Goldberg slams Giuliani's performance as Trump's lead counsel.

- The White House eliminated the Cyber Czar position after the initial appointee left to return to the NSA.

- California’s right-to-die law, which allows terminally ill people to take their own lives with the aid of a physician, has been overturned by a state judge.

- A former CIA employee suspected by the federal government of giving a massive amount of documents to WikiLeaks is also facing charges of sexual assault.

- "Democratic" senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Bill Nelson (FL), Joe Donnelly (IN) and Joe Manchin (WV) will vote to confirm Gina Haspel as CIA director, despite her problematic past relationship with "enhanced interrogation techniques" aka torture.

Make China Great Again (part 2): The Indonesian Connection

HuffPo:
A mere 72 hours after the Chinese government agreed to put a half-billion dollars into an Indonesian project that will personally enrich Donald Trump, the president ordered a bailout for a Chinese-government-owned cellphone maker.

“President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast,” Trump announced on Twitter Sunday morning. “Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!”

Trump did not mention in that tweet or its follow-ups that on Thursday, the developer of a theme park resort outside of Jakarta had signed a deal to receive as much as $500 million in Chinese government loans, as well as another $500 million from Chinese banks, according to Agence France-Presse. Trump’s family business, the Trump Organization, has a deal to license the Trump name to the resort, which includes a golf course and hotels.

Trump, despite his campaign promises to turn over his businesses and have no involvement with them, has still not fully divested himself of his businesses, and continues to profit from them.
The Trump cartel continues its parade of corruption and no one does a damn thing about it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Michael Avenatti: Badass

As CNN's Don Lemon grilled him with tough questions we got another example of why the attorney for Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) is not to be messed with.

We live in a time in which 6 has truly become 9, a moment in history in which the attorney for a porn star who was paid by the POTUS to not disclose their affair, is doing more to combat a corrupt president and his cartel than the opposing political party.

You're pathetic, Democrats.

 

NY Daily News Slams Trumps re Embassy Protests





The NYC tabloid, to put it mildly, is no fan of the Trump family and their latest front page makes no exception, as it depicts a smiling Ivanka Trump juxtaposed with a photo of injured Palestinians, shot by Israeli forces while protesting the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

John Oliver Checks In On Venezuela

The once proud and prosperous South American nation—and home to the world's largest oil reserves—has been going thru some incredibly rough times of late, particularly under the blatant incompetence and defiant corruption of president Nicolas Maduro's failed administration. This Week Tonight takes a look.

 

Monday, May 14, 2018

We Need To Talk About White People Calling The Cops On People Of Color

The past few weeks have seen a spate of news stories about white Americans calling the police on people of color who appear to be simply going about their lives ― whether waiting at a Starbucks, golfing, attending a university tour, leaving an Airbnb, napping or barbecuing.  
These incidents have sparked fierce debate about racism in the U.S. In most of these cases there was no apparent threat of harm, making it hard to avoid the conclusion that the people who called the police did so because of a conscious or unconscious belief that people of color simply don’t belong, or that they inherently pose a danger or threat.  
Ironically, the real danger in such encounters often comes from white Americans calling 911 on their neighbors of color ― effectively deploying the threat of violence, as police interactions with black people in particular are disproportionately likely to end in excessive force or death.  
“When you engage law enforcement in these kinds of things you are opening the door for things to go very wrong,” Oakland, California, mayoral candidate Cat Brooks told KRON News this week, after a white woman called the police on black residents barbecuing in a local park in an area designated only for non-charcoal grilling. Brooks cited “the potential for arrests like in Philadelphia with those two black men or worse physical assault or death.” “I don’t believe in this day and age that white folks don’t know that,” she added.
[HuffPo]

Make China Great Again

All his brief political life, Trump has been complaining of unfair trade with China. But in a move experts have labeled unprecedented, Mr. MAGA has decided to reverse his stance, as Chinese company ZTE, which was found to have broken US sanctions against Iran by shipping US-made hardware and software to the Middle Eastern company, will have the US Dept. of Commerce’s ban from American companies supplying ZTE lifted, thanks to direct intervention from Trump.


Reuters has more.

Jerusalem: Trump's Middle Eastern Waterloo?

The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem was met with Israeli forces killing of dozens of Palestinians protesting it, as Jerusalem represents the capital of a future Palestinian homeland, as well as rebukes by the vast majority of those invited to attend, and the calling out of pastor Robert Jeffress, a spiritual advisor to Donald Trump who gave the event's opening prayer, as a “religious bigot” by Mitt Romney, who denounced Jeffress’ previous attacks on Jews, Mormons and Muslims.

This is just primo foreign policy from a man who, as a candidate, criticized the work of the previous US administrations, which he claimed had led to further destabilizing the Middle East. And this move is what, exactly? Oh, that’s right: pandering to the white Evangelicals who blindly support him. Of course. Never mind that a vast number of these folks could not care any less about Israel except as it pertains to biblical prophecy, so…

"Deplorables" Is Too Kind A Word (part 2)

We all know White House aide Kelly Sadler “joked” at a closed door meeting this past Thursday that Sen. John McCain’s opposition to senate confirmation of Gina Haspel as CIA director didn’t matter because “he’s dying anyway.” And that much to the dismay of decent people everywhere, Sadler did not lose her job. Plus, to the surprise of no one, this White House did not apologize for her remarks.

So, it’s pretty much par for the course to learn that the next day Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed the issue not by chastising Sadler but by privately berating the White House communications team for leaking Sadler’s remark to the press. They, in turn, leaked this dressing down, in which Huckabee Sanders called the original leak "disgusting" to the press.

You see, Huckabee Sanders’ problem was not that someone in the service of a draft-dodging piece of shit mocked the cancer battle of an American war hero, but that it was leaked.