Thursday, January 11, 2018

Trump and his sh**whole worldview

Trump: The anti-Lincoln
As reported by Washington Post:

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti.

He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday.

At this point, it is safe to say, our president -- or the Klan's president -- is unequivocally a true blue white supremacist.

Fact: His presidential campaign, from the get-go, intentionally focused on appealing to base elements of his base -- when his opponents went high, he went low, lower and lowest -- like a snake slithering around the bushes looking for prey. He announced his candidacy by calling Mexican immigrants "drug dealers, criminals and rapist."

Great presidents and leaders are remembered, celebrated and revered for espousing soaring rhetoric with the intent of inspiring our better angels to pursue a higher path.

Trump, from the same NYC borough of fictional Archie Bunker, uses his platform, his words, his tweets, his speeches to promote hate, fear, division and chaos. Since he is void of an uplifting and inclusive vision, he relies on stoking the primal id of white males to maintain power.

But Trump's racist quote brings to mind what Abraham Lincoln famously stated:

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

One important note: Not only is Trump very offensive but his stereotype is very wrong. African immigrants are among the most educated and successful groups in American society.

Nigerian Americans have long been known for their community’s intense cultural emphasis on education, and now an analysis of Census data coupled with several local surveys shows that Nigerians don’t just value education, but surpass all other U.S. ethnic groups when it comes to obtaining degrees.

Read more of the same on Bloomberg View: It isn't just the Asian immigrants that excel in U.S.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2017 Reflections: The Dystopian Review

It is customary to welcome the New Year with optimism:

Our future pregnant with promise, potential and possibilities. 

We reflect on the past year and make resolutions to do better in the upcoming year.

Even as we embrace the NY 2018, let's reflect on the remarkably bizarre past year -- and yes it felt like a decade.

The fall from grace of the Evangelical movement. 

Stick a fork in them, they are so done.

Evangelicals have taken hits in the past. Think:  Jim Jones , Jimmy SwaggartJim Bakker and the father of the Moral Majority movement Jerry Falwell.

But by enthusiastically endorsing and supporting hugely morally flawed leaders like Donald Trump and Ray Moore -- they represent the antithesis of Christian values -- this quasi religious movement has abdicated any moral high ground they proclaim to have.

As the Brandon Robertson writes in the Huffington Post:

To the general public, abusive, arrogant, and misogynistic men such as these are radically incongruent with the values of the Jesus they claim to worship. And yet evangelicals across the country continue to come out in droves to support and defend these and many other like-minded leaders.

And honorable mentions to Televangelist pastor Joel Osteen for being shamed into opening his arena size church for Hurricane Harvey flood victims.

GOP: The party of law and order:

This myth has been severely debunked in 2017. Remember: During the height of the BLM movement, Trump and his acolytes remained steadfast in unequivocal support for law enforcement. Their mantra absent of nuance has been: Police/law enforcers good, People of color bad.

However, when Trump and company are cast as people of interests in crimes against the American electorate, Trump and his cohorts (co-conspirators?) in congress and Fox have ostentatiously trashed the Department of Justice and FBI -- the highest level of law enforcement in the country.

NY Times:

Now some Republican lawmakers are speaking out, worried that Trump loyalists, hoping for short-term gain, could wind up staining the party, dampening morale at the F.B.I. and Justice Department, and potentially recasting Democrats as the true friends of law enforcement for years to come.

The Death of Deficit Hawks:

To quote from Edgar Poe's "The Raven" poem: Nevermore, nevermore. 

With the Trumponomic tax cut -- the largest transfer of wealth from the bottom up to the top 1% in USA history -- our deficit spending will explode. And the deficit hawks are conspicuously mum. After loudly preaching that deficits threaten our children's and grandchildren's economic future, these hawks are MIA.

Desmond Lachman writes in The Hill:

As Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles have correctly noted, the present tax reform bill is likely to result in an increase in the public debt over the next decade from anywhere between $1.5 and $2.2 trillion. This would result in the nation’s public debt-to-GDP ratio rising from its current, already high level of 75 percent to around 100 percent by 2027.


With so many reasons to be concerned about an increase in the country’s budget deficit, one must be highly disappointed in Congress’ erstwhile budget deficit hawks now seeming to abandon their principles.

I am sure they will resurrect if the D's take over congress in 2018.

Welcome 2018. Godspeed Mr. Mueller.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Middle-class income hit highest level on record in 2016, Census Bureau reports -- Thank you Obama

Washington Post just reported:

America's middle class had its highest-earning year ever in 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.
Median household income in America was $59,039 last year, surpassing the previous high of $58,655 set in 1999, the Census Bureau said. The figure is adjusted for inflation and is one of the most closely watched indicators of how the middle class is faring financially, as the Census surveys nearly 100,000 homes.
The Census said the uptick in earnings occurred because so many people found full-time jobs — or better-paying jobs — last year.
Let us just say men lie, women lie but numbers don't lie
The passed eight years, under the stewardship of President Obama, saw the unprecedented upward trajectory of our economy. Without a single finger lifted for support by the obstructionist GOP, the US economy more than recovered from the Bush/Cheney induced recession -- the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of 1929. 
Right-wing lies.
The anxiety, rage and unrest from the alt-right is real. The lie, of course, is the false narrative -- trumpeted by you know who -- that America was economically losing and he was the messiah that could restore her greatness. 
To be honest, the fear was rooted in the diversification of Americans. And the election of #45 was a collective white-lash -- fear and resentment against a black president and the prospect of eight more years of a non-white male in the White House. 
Numbers don't lie.
Irrefutably, Mr. Obama gifted a strong economy to President Trump. Let's hope he doesn't bankrupt this inheritance like he did (several times) the one his father bequeathed to him.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Limbaugh: Rushed outta town by fake news

Rush early in the week:

“There is a desire to advance this climate change agenda, and hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it. You can accomplish a lot just by creating fear and panic.”

"I explained how severe weather events are opportunities for big ratings boosts in the media and explained how it happens," he said. "I explained how severe weather events impact retailers and how some retailers are smart enough to coordinate advertising with television stations. It happens!"

Rush when Irma is knocking at his door:

"May as well announce this. I'm not going to get into details because of the security nature of things, but it turns out that we will not be able to do the program here tomorrow," Limbaugh said on his Thursday radio show. "We'll be on the air next week, folks, from parts unknown."

Rush flees.

After spending last week ranting and opining about how hurricane media coverage is a left-wing hoax hatched by climate change liberals, media in search of ratings and retail stores seeking profits from panicked shoppers, Limbaugh packed his bags and left his Palm Beach, Florida residence -- and radio studio -- in a NYC second.

Rush's middle finger to his audience.

Rush displayed total disdain and disregard for his listeners by telling them, at their peril, to ignore hurricane warnings by media: he essentially called Hurricane Irma coverage fake news.

Sometimes his incessant blabbering is just background news -- particularly now that Rush is more than a decade past his "hey day" of conservative relevance -- but with his massive following from the over 65 year old ditto heads in states like Florida, his fake news proclamation perilously dangerous.

There oughta be a law against this reckless speech.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Follow Up: Utah nurse arrested by rogue cop.

Salt Lake City police apologized Friday for arresting a nurse who, citing hospital policy, refused to let officers draw blood from an unconscious crash victim. 
The arrest of Alex Wubbels, who was later released without charge, was captured on body camera video that the police chief said was alarming.
The incident happened July 26, when a crash victim was admitted to the University of Utah Hospital burn unit in a coma. Though the man was not a suspect in the wreck, which killed the other driver, police asked for his blood to be drawn.
For my friends of a lighter hue, file this under:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
As a person of color, a minority often targeted by rogue authorities, this case of police overreach by the Salt Lake City police force, was not a bit surprising to me. 
No sir.
After decades of being judge, jury and executioner in black and brown communities (operating with impunity) -- and in the era of backlash against a black man residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and now with the consent of #45 -- rogue cops feel emboldened and above-the-law.
As we suffered. 
In fact, many in mainstream America, label BLM, an organization created to combat police brutality, a terrorist organization. BLM is defined by the most extreme outliers and not the thousands upon thousands of peaceful followers.
Dangerous thugs and criminals...
This is the common justification uttered to explain away the actions of abusive cops. This is code for: They got what they deserved. Travon Martin, slayed down on the sidewalk by a stalking neighborhood watchman, got his just desserts. Eric Garner, on the wrong side of the law for selling cigarette loosies, was choked out for failing to properly comply. Philando Castile scared a cop -- he smelled weed in his car -- so bang, bang, bang.

What does it mean?

With little or no accountability, no mainstream America outcry or condemnation, and no judicial punishment, many police began to further abuse the use of authority -- and not just in brown and black communities. 

Militarization of police.

The Trump administration on Monday revived a federal program curtailed by former President Barack Obama that allows local police departments to receive surplus military equipment. source

In our modern police state status -- where the DOJ and president encourage the militarization of John Law -- far too many cops look and act like the thugs they were hired to serve and protect us from.

My fear.

This case of police abuse has enraged many in the heartland of America. People are demanding the officer be fired or criminally punished. Apologies have been offered. As reported, terms of engagement between nurses and cops have been further defined. But alas, is it too much, too little, too late to put the Genie back in the bottle.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Protecting Trump is breaking the Secret Service bank.

The Donald has a notorious -- and well earned -- reputation for his bling-bling spending habits.

His ostentatious and extravagant lifestyle -- even for a so-called billionaire --  has lead to numerous financial meltdowns.

His numerous bankruptcies, credit over-extensions, and failure to pay his contractors are all on public record.

So as POTUS, who expected 45 to transition into becoming the Frugal President? No one. But who would have thought he start breaking the bank in record time -- six months?

Mother Jones reports:

This morning, USA Today reported that the costs of protecting Trump and his children—and their penchant for far-flung travel—is straining the Secret Service to its limits. 

The agency’s director, Tex Alles, told the paper that more than 1,000 agents have already hit their federally mandated overtime caps. Agents are limited, by law, to a cap of $160,000 for their salary and overtime pay. But, Alles said, despite the limits on paying agents, the agency has to continue protecting the president and his progeny.

“The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law. I can’t change that. I have no flexibility,” Alles told the paper. 

But the president and his family do have control over their travel. Besides his trips to Europe and the Middle East on official business and his rallies around the country, President Trump has left the White House nearly every weekend since taking office—decamping to one of his private clubs, sometimes for days at a time. Each trip requires planes, helicopters, motorcades, and dozens of agents. 

In May, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch estimated that each hour Trump spends flying on Air Force One costs $142,000 and that each trip to Mar-A-Lago could cost taxpayers millions of dollars. 

Rise of white national popularism

It doesn't take a political scientist to establish a direct correlation with the rise of white nationalism and the political rise of Donald Trump.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Baba Dick Gregory passes at 84

We mourn the passing of legendary comedian, author, nutritionist (Bahamian Diet) and human rights activist, Dick Gregory.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

trump and the supremacist: Armed and dangerous

I haven't blogged in a minute. Writer's block. The elevation of #45 in these so-called United States has muted my voice. Word.

Even before the November election day, I was shook to my core that our country was seriously considering the most unfit candidate in the history of candidates to be elected president.