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This is for you, Donald Trump, you evil motherfucker

During WW II, German cleric Martin Niemoeller wrote:

"In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."
Martin Niemoeller(1892-1984)

Today, they are coming for the Muslims.  

Only this time the sonsofbitches will not go another step.  


Fuck you, Donald Trump

Most significant US terrorist attacks: 
  • OKC bombing - by US citizen & Army vet 
  • 9/11 - al Qaeda & Saudi funding (not on the list) 
  • Ft. Hood shooting - US citizen & Army vet 
  • Boston Marathon - US citizens 
  • Chattanooga shooting - US citizen from Kuwait (not on the list) 
  • San Bernardino - US citizens (born in Chicago, parents from Pakistan)

Meanwhile, a bit of good news from Alaska

After almost eight years of existence the Palin family slush fund is no more -- Sarah Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, closed it's doors . . . broke..

Here is the termination report on which you can see SarahPAC started with $99,052.01 and spent $100,775.65. Their ending balance is a big fat zero.

The family actually made loads of money so you would expect that they would be fine for years to come, but knowing how they spend money hand over fist, I  seriously doubt they have that much left in the ole piggy bank.

So far they have sold that giant RV they used to travel across the country lying about possibly running for office, the house in Arizona, and Bristol's house. Which leaves the plane, the snow machines, various gas guzzling vehicles, the cabin, and the Fox News studio as possible assets to liquidate.

Todd and Dakota are signed up to run the Iron Dog together, so there must still be a sponsor or two lurking around, but I don't know if there are many other sources of revenue coming in with SarahPAC now shut down and Sarah's judge show idea getting the axe.

And with Track's legal bills, and Palin having to essentially support the entire family,  I don't think she can keep up the facade for much longer.

I guess that now explains this new crappy website of hers, and why her daughter is desperately hawking tea on Instagram.

It really does seem that Palin went all in for Trump, who she clearly thought would provide for her in return, and he essentially left her high and dry.

You know this is the kind of thing that might force certain family members to do something desperate.

You know, like get a job.

Update: The Washington Post has the story now too.

After pointing out that the PAC spent almost every penny that it received on the PAC or the Palin, they ended the article with this statement:   

Palin's inner circle — such as it ever existed — spent lots and lots of time in the 2009/2010 period insisting that she was focused like a laser on increasing the number of Republicans in Congress, governors' mansions and statehouses. But, following the money never bore that commitment out. Palin's outlay from her PAC was always heavily tilted toward, well, herself.

The shuttering of the PAC coupled with the clear signal its spending sends — this was always for and about Palin — should put to rest any talk to the contrary.


Which by the way has been what we have been saying since the PAC launched in 2009.

Who are you gonna believe?

Insecure, popular vote loser Donald Trump simply cannot let his disappointing inauguration attendance go!

For five days he has pissed and moaned about the media accurately reporting his smaller-than-usual crowd, especially in comparison to the Women’s March the following day.

Even today he did an interview with David Muir of ABC News and AGAIN whined about the crowd photos that widely circulated. He is so angry about what he feels is mistreatment from the media (for accurately reporting the crowd size) that he ordered this photo to be hung in the White House press hall. Not in one location, but in two locations within the press hall.  Notice anything about the photo?

The photo has the date "January 21st, 2017." Inauguration was JANUARY 20, you idiots!!!

How long before Kellyanne Conway tries to convince us the inauguration really was on January 21?

Today's collection of real news

Department of Defense is resisting Trump's orders to ban refugees from Muslim countries . . . they cite Muslim Marines . . .

In the last couple of days there has been a remarkable amount of Twitter undercurrent of resistance from government agencies. This is heartening. When CIA operatives are leaking info and the DoD is dissing you through Twitter you are NOT much of a leader.
 Viewers are dumping "Morning Joe"

MSNBC viewers have spoken loudly as Morning Joe’s ratings continue to slide. The conservative talker is now the lowest rated morning show on cable news.

One statistic from TVNewser tells the story of Morning Joe’s decline, “Last year, “Morning Joe” was ranked #28 of all cable news shows in the demo. This January it is #47, and in fourth place in the demo behind “Fox & Friends,” “New Day,” and ‘Morning Express.'” The numbers for Joe Scarborough’s show have fallen apart. “On weekday mornings, CNN’s New Day registered its highest ratings ever in January and posted its largest monthly share of the cable news morning audience since 2009. The program also easily beat MSNBC’s Morning Joe, topping Joe for four straight months in total viewers and seven consecutive months among A25-54. Fox and Friends posted its lowest delivery since 2001.”

More at:

 Speaking of Joe Scarborough:  How many members of Congress have ever had a young female intern found dead in their office . . . and never answered one question about it?

On the day Trump took office, Death Valley National Park was tweeting about internment camps

Trump has talked about rounding up and deporting "illegal aliens" along with "suspicious Muslims."  DVNP reminds us we did that once.

Trump complains negative press coverage is preventing him from "enjoying the White House!"
Well, cry me a goddam river!!!

By ESME CRIBB Published JANUARY 24, 2017, 6:56 PM EDT
President Donald Trump thinks that unfavorable media coverage of his first weekend in office has not allowed him to "enjoy" the White House,
according to a Tuesday report by the Associated Press.

Trump believed that the media would cover him more favorably after he was inaugurated, according to an Associated Press report citing two anonymous sources close to the President, but instead believes it has worsened.

The President said that the negative press has not allowed him to "enjoy" the White House on his first weekend in office, according to an anonymous source who spoke with him also cited in the report.

Trump's administration faced a rocky weekend of media coverage on its first weekend in the White House.

Thousands of marchers attended protests on Saturday along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as well as in hundreds of other cities across the United States and around the world, many carrying anti-Trump signs. And an official estimate from D.C. Metro authority showed that the transit system had its second-busiest day ever on the day of the Women's March on Washington, far surpassing its ridership on the day of Trump's inauguration. 

HOw about we lock 'em up?!?!?!?!

This past summer, Republicans were fond of saying Hillary Clinton ought to be “locked up” because she endangered national security using a home-brew email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.

Now Newsweek reports that several members of the Trump administration are going to be using private Republican National Committee email accounts while serving in the White House.
This is an issue, the publication notes, because U.S. intelligence agencies claim that “the RNC email system… was hacked during the 2016 race.”

Included among the administration officials who have RNC email accounts are Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon.

“They better be careful after making such a huge ruckus over the private email over at the State Department,” former Bush administration ethics attorney Richard Painter tells Newsweek.
While it isn’t illegal for the administration officials to use the RNC’s private email, they are prohibited from using those accounts to conduct government-related business without properly disclosing them.

“If White House staffers have already used the RNC emails system for White House work, they must copy or forward those communications into the government system within 20 days,” Newsweek writes of disclosure requirements that went into effect in 2014. “The Disclosure Requirement was passed to prevent presidents from shielding communications that fall under the Presidential Records Act of 1978.”

Trump voter speaks

Photos from the inauguration

Sucker? Or fool? Or both?

You will not believe this . . . Trump declared inauguration day to be a national day of celebration

One of Donald Trump’s first acts as president was to personally issue Proclamation 9570, which designates the day of his inauguration, January 20, 2017 as National Day of Patriotic Devotion.

AlterNet discovered the quietly passed proclamation on the website for the Office of the Federal Register, a government office within the National Archives and Records Administration.

The proclamation begins, “A new national pride stirs the American soul and inspires the American heart. We are one people, united by a common destiny and a shared purpose.”

Trump announced the Day of Patriotic Devotion in order to, as the document says, “strengthen our bonds to each other and to our country.”

The proclamation abounds with religious language, stating that, “we must maintain faith in our sacred values and heritage” and that there can be “no peace where people do not pray for it.” It denotes the date as “the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen.”

The document also includes assertions of American exceptionalism, stating, “There are no greater people than the American citizenry.”

The office of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not respond to several requests for comment about the proclamation.

You can view the document here:  2017-01798 by kklippen on Scribd

This document is scheduled to be published in theFederal Register on 01/24/2017 and available online at
, and on
 A new national pride stirs the American soul and inspires the American heart. We are one people, united by a common destiny and a shared purpose.
 Freedom is the birthright of all Americans, and to preserve that freedom we must maintain faith in our sacred values and heritage.  
Our Constitution is written on parchment, but it lives in the hearts of the American people. There is no freedom where the people do not believe in it; no law where the people do not follow it; and no peace where the people do not pray for it. There are no greater people than the American citizenry, and as long as we believe in ourselves, and our country, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.
 NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2017, as National Day of Patriotic Devotion, in order to strengthen our bonds to each other and to our country -- and to renew the duties of Government to the people. 
 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.
[FR Doc. 2017-01798 Filed: 1/23/2017 2:00 pm; Publication Date: 1/24/2017]

Meanwhile, back in Alaska, the Palin Freak Show continues

Track Palin, Sarah's oldest son, knocked up his girlfriend who gave birth to a boy in October.  She immediately sued for sole custody and placed a restraining order on Track because of his violent attacks on her.  Now, details have been made public.  Remember:   This is Sarah Palin's son -- that's Sarah Palin as in GOP VP candidate -- Sarah Palin as in the screeching harpie whose Facebook page is filled with references to God - - -

Courtesy of Radar Online:  

As Radar reported, Track’s ex-girlfriend and baby mama Jordan Loewe filed for custody of the former couple’s newborn son, Charlie, earlier this month, claiming she was “concerned” about her “safety or the safety of her children.” 

But then, she filed for a restraining order against Track, unleashing a barrage of horrifyingly specific allegations: 

On December 3, she writes in court documents obtained by Radar, “I had brought my son over to visit Track and we started arguing and Track pushed me against the wall while I had our 3 month old son in my arms.” 

Just weeks later on December 22, “He put his hand on my head and squeezed as hard as he could while our son was in the room,” she claims. “He also hawked a giant ball of spit in my face.” 

On on January 8, she alleges, “Track had our son for a couple of hours, then asked me to come get him. When I was on my way he found out I was bringing a girlfriend of mine so there was a third party there – He got angry and told me he was going to ‘put a bullet through my head’ and put us both in the ground.” 

But wait, there's more.

“I had my son in my car driving off his property, and he threw rocks at my car, then got in his truck and followed me,” she writes. 

“He was driving recklessly trying to run me off the road – almost causing an accident multiple times.” In describing her injuries, Loewe says, “I had hand prints (and) red marks on my face (and) head.”

Loewe is asking that Track be kept from communicating with her or her son "in any way." And says she is not after money but only concerned with the her child's safety.

And seriously, who could blame her?

UPDATE:  Sarah Palin has a new website on which she posts her usual drivel.  The day after news of her son's threats against his former girlfriend's life, Sarah posted this pile of steaming horseshit:

-- quote

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
1 John 3:16

Our culture gets love all wrong, dumbing it down to cheesy greeting cards and cliché romantic comedies. Cupid is held out as the symbol for love. Personally, I find an arrow being shot through your heart by a blindfolded flying baby pretty horrifying.

Todd and I have been together since he was a pup of sixteen and I was seventeen. I can tell you from experience that if your love can be summed up in a Hallmark card, it is not going to weather life’s inevitable storms.Love may be blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener. It’s not based on emotions, but is deeply rooted in action and choice. Every day, you either choose to live sacrificially or choose to live selfishly. As C.S. Lewis reminded us, love is a verb and an action. It’s not a feeling.

There are days when I feel like loving Todd about as much as a bloody paper cut, and he, me…about as much as a whacked shin on a darkened staircase. Thankfully our marriage is not built on emotion. It’s rooted in the sacrificial love of our Savior. Jesus showed us that truly loving someone requires great personal sacrifice. After all, His love for His bride, the Church, led Him to a painful death on a cross.

Sweet Freedom in Action

Today, choose to surprise someone you love by sacrificing for them and doing something for them that you might not want to do but that they will love. Show them you love them.

-- end quote

 Sarah says:  "Today, choose to surprise someone you love by sacrificing for them . . . "  

What she really meant to say was:  "Today, choose to surprise someone you love by slapping her  around, spitting in her face, forcing her car off the road with her and an infant inside, then threaten to kill her."

Everyone will be hurt by repeal of the Affordable Care Act

Give me a break!! Republicans are outraged at the language on signs at the Women's March. My message to them:

FUCK YOU!!!!  Get over it, snowflakes.

It seems that Republicans are having a major sad at the “offensive” language seen on signs at Saturday’s massive, world-wide Women’s March.  In the latest faux outrage, Republican snowflake Sen. John Cornyn, praised an entire article that sobs about the little ladies being foul-mouthed.

Of course, not a single Republican is outraged or insulted by this:

 So, Republicans:  Take your outrage and shove it up your ass.

Yes, we Democrats ARE morally and intellectually superior to Trump voters

Donald Trump’s unexpected Electoral College win has focused attention on the white working-class voters that, it is claimed, the elitist Democratic Party no longer appears to represent. Of course, the Democratic Party has never stopped representing them. We have just never used fear and anger to convince the voters of that representation.

Being Democrats, we will continue our navel gazing and internal strife as we slowly come to terms with the November election results. But we should remember that the Democratic candidate did win the popular vote by a substantial margin and that we continue to represent the white working class, as well as the rest of the American people.

In addition to being accused of elitism, a new meme making the rounds lately claims we lost the election because we think that we are morally and intellectually superior—although it is never made quite clear to whom we think we are morally and intellectually superior.

If it is the members of the Republican Party who are proposed to run the government under Donald Trump? Then yes, we clearly are superior.

Nominated for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos is totally unaware of the difference between proficiency and growth in standardized testing, as pointed out by Sen. Al Franken. Although not nominated for the position, Franken demonstrably knew more about the issues the secretary would face. And while everyone is aware that she believes guns are needed in schools to protect against possible grizzly bear attacks, some may have missed her initial refusal to admit that the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act trumps state laws.

The current secretary of education since March 2016 is John King. He has spent his adult lifetime involved in education, including service as the commissioner of education for the state of New York prior to joining the federal Department of Education in 2011. Betsy DeVos has no experience in public education, nor have any of her children ever been exposed to it.

Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, has been proposed as secretary of the Department of Energy. That’s a department he claimed he wanted to eliminate during in his 2012 presidential bid—if he could ever remember its name. According to the New York Times report on his nomination:
If approved by the Senate, he will take over from a secretary, Ernest J. Moniz, who was chairman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology physics department and directed the linear accelerator at M.I.T.’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science. Before Mr. Moniz, the job belonged to Steven Chu, a physicist who won a Nobel Prize.
For Mr. Moniz, the future of nuclear science has been a lifelong obsession; he spent his early years working at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Mr. Perry studied animal husbandry and led cheers at Texas A&M University.
Mr. Moniz had such deep experience with nuclear weapons that in 2015, President Obama made him a co-negotiator, along with Secretary of State John Kerry, of the Iran nuclear deal.
Donald Trump wants Tom Price to run the Department of Health and Human Services. His apparent qualifications include the ability to shape legislation to benefit the stockholders (including himself) of corporations in the medical field. Unlike Perry or DeVos, he at least has a tangential connection to the field in which he is tagged to advise the president. Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York has asked the SEC to investigate.
The request to investigate Rep. Tom Price, a Georgia Republican, comes after The Wall Street Journal reported last month that he made trades worth more than $300,000 in stocks of biomedical, pharmaceutical and health insurers while serving on the health subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, sponsoring and advocating legislation that potentially could affect those companies’ stock.
In addition to suspected insider trading, he is unalterably opposed to contraception, according to Amanda Marcotte. This despite the fact that wide access to contraception has been credited with the largest drop in abortions since Roe v. Wade.
Price has been quite open about his hostility to contraception. As a member of Congress, he has voted to terminate Title X, a program that subsidizes contraception for low-income women. He voted against a law barring employers from firing women for using contraception. He hates Planned Parenthood and he really hates the federal regulation, under the Affordable Care Act, that requires insurance plans to cover contraception without a copay.
To justify his opposition to insurance coverage for contraception, Price sneeringly told ThinkProgress in 2012, “Bring me one woman who has been left behind” by plans that don’t cover contraception adequately.
Not that the Affordable Care Act is expected to survive the Republican government that was elected in November.

Current Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell has extensive experience in managing large complex organizations, most recently as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Before her most recent federal service, Burwell served as head of the Walmart Foundation, supervising the distribution of $1 billion to help end hunger and empower women around the world.
Before joining the Foundation in 2012, she was President of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, where she spent 10 years working on some of the world’s most pressing challenges, from vaccinations to children’s health to agricultural development. She also served as the Foundation’s first Chief Operating Officer.
Price, meanwhile, was a physician and a member of Congress.

I watched President Obama’s press conference last week with a great deal of regret, remembering how proud I was during his first one. There was not a single question to which he did not respond in complete sentences and organized paragraphs. His answers were clear and, while often complex, totally spontaneous.

Donald Trump, terrified of the press, is considering removing them from the White House and intends to continue communicating with the American people via social media.

As for being morally superior, I will proudly stand with men and women like the Rev. William Barber of North Carolina, who began the Moral Monday movement to fight back against the Republican agenda of voter suppression in North Carolina. Meanwhile, the Republicans offer us Franklin Graham, a purveyor of hate and intolerance under the flag of Christ.

Their version of morality calls for the wealthy to increase their wealth while millions of children in America go to bed hungry for food and for education. Their morality dictates corporate tax subsidies instead of decent housing, education, and medical care for all Americans. It sees women only as incubators and homemakers. It is a morality that invests in weapons systems rather than roads, bridges, airports, and schools. And it is this morality, this supposed Christian morality, that they want made mandatory.

Perhaps the reason that so many of us appear to think that we are morally and intellectually superior is that we are.

Rural America voted for Trump . . .he will repeal the Affordable Care Act and that will kill rural Americans

The health of rural America is failing, and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without adequate replacement could prove disastrous. A December, 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that for the first time in 20 years, life expectancy in the United States has declined, particularly in small cities and rural areas, where people are dying at much higher rates. This shocking trend is driven in part by increasing mortality rates for white, working-class Americans, many of whom live in rural America.

There is no better indicator of well-being than life expectancy, and reversals like this are unusual for wealthy nations where successive generations increase in longevity. This has remained true for vulnerable, minority populations in America, as blacks and Hispanics continue to make gains in life expectancy even while experiencing significant health disparities.

This drop in life expectancy in rural areas is linked to higher rates of chronic illness, obesity, drug overdose, alcoholism, mental illness and suicide. Death rates are most notable for rural white women, who are now much more likely than their grandmothers to suffer from obesity, smoking and alcoholism. Rising rates of opioid addiction have resulted in an increase in drug dependency in newborns born to rural mothers. Further, dwindling industry in these communities limits access to both employment and to health care.

Taken as a whole, Medicaid expansion through the ACA has resulted in critical gains toward improving rural population health by expanding insurance coverage and stabilizing rural hospitals.

It is no surprise that rural Americans experienced the highest rates of coverage gains through the ACA. They have been more likely to have had inadequate access to affordable health care for years. This dramatic increase in insurance is translating into improved health for these communities.

For example, in Arkansas and Kentucky, Medicaid expansion resulted in fewer people skipping medications due to cost, a decline in difficulty paying medical bills and an increase in regular doctor visits for chronic illnesses.

As the headline states:  When the Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act, rural Americans will be the hardest hit . . . the same people who voted for Republicans and for Trump.

News you will not from Fox or any other republican propaganda organ

what else is new?

No, Donald Trump, NBC's "Today" show is not doing "badly."
It is actually America's highest-rated morning show among 25- to 54-year-olds, the key demographic for advertisers, and it is just 100,000 viewers behind ABC's "Good Morning America" among all viewers.

The high-rated morning show attracted Trump's ire on Wednesday by broadcasting a report that cast doubt on his job-creating record.

The report -- part of a new franchise called "Today's Fact Check" -- called Trump's impact "very small or non-existent."

Trump called that assertion "fake news."

"Ask top CEO's of those companies for real facts," he wrote, insisting that packages of jobs "came back because of me!"

The facts are much more complicated. As NBC, CNN and other news outlets have reported, a number of big companies have announced previously-planned investments in the United States in ways that allow Trump to take credit. 

 American's weigh in on Trump and Obama

It's official:  2016 was the hottest year of record.  Ever.  Period.

In a powerful testament to the warming of the planet, two leading U.S. science agencies Wednesday jointly declared 2016 the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set just last year which, itself, had topped a record set in 2014.

Average surface temperatures in 2016, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, were 0.07 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than 2015, and featured eight successive months (January through August) that were individually the warmest since the agencys record began in 1880.

The average temperature across the worlds land and ocean surfaces was 58.69 Fahrenheit, or 1.69 degrees above the 20th century average of 57 degrees, NOAA declared. The agency also noted that the record for the global temperature has now successively been broken five times since the year 2000. The years 2005 and 2010 were also record warm years, according to the agencys dataset.

NASA concurred with NOAA, also declaring 2016 the warmest year on record in its own dataset that tracks the temperatures at the surface of the planets land and oceans, and expressing greater than 95 percent certainty in that conclusion. The agency noted that just since the year 2001 the planet has seen 16 of the 17 warmest years on record.

Reuters poll shows businesses believe Trump's protectionist policies are greatest threat to economy

Source: Reuters
Wed Jan 18, 2017 | 8:53am EST

By Anu Bararia and Sumanta Dey

The top risk to U.S. growth would come if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump keeps his protectionist promises, according to a Reuters poll that shows economists have not joined in the market exuberance since the shock November vote.

For most of his campaign and after the election, Trump vowed to make sweeping changes to U.S. trade and immigration policy, threatened to impose steep tariffs on Chinese imports and proposed hefty tax cuts.

While financial markets have retreated in the past week and hopes of a sudden spurt in inflation have faded, U.S. 10-year Treasury yields are still up more than 25 percent since Election Day, and stocks have hit record highs.

Still, more than two-thirds of the 70 respondents to the question in the Reuters survey taken over the past week said Trump's protectionist policies were the biggest threat to the world's largest economy this year.
Tom Price, Trump's HHS pick, lies a lot:  You will get to keep your health insurance, and, we won't touch Medicare and Social Security (not at first anyway)

By TIERNEY SNEED Published JANUARY 18, 2017, 11:12 AM EDT
President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), said Wednesday of the Trump administration's plans for repealing Obamacare that it was "absolutely imperative" that people "be able to keep health coverage."

"One of the important things that we need to convey to the American people is that nobody is interested in pulling the rug out from under anybody," Price said at a hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. "We believe that it's absolutely imperative that individuals that have health coverage be able to keep health coverage and move hopefully to greater choices and opportunities for them to gain the kind of coverage they want for themselves and for their families."

Over the weekend, Trump told the Washington Post that he planned to unveil an Obamacare replacement plan after Price was confirmed that guaranteed "." That cut against the rhetoric that Republicans have used to explain their intentions, focusing on lower costs to ensure "access" to insurance, rather than universal coverage.

"I think there's been a lot of talk about individuals losing health coverage. That is not our goal nor is it our desire nor is it our plan," Price said at the hearing.


Read more:

Price: Trump Has Not Changed On Vows Not To Cut Medicare, Social Security

By TIERNEY SNEED Published JANUARY 18, 2017, 11:29 AM EDT
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that Trump had not changed his mind on the vows he made during the campaign not to cut Medicare or Social Security.

"I haven't had extensive discussions with him about the comments that he made, but I have no reason to believe that he's changed his position," Price told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) went through various statements Trump made during the campaign promising to protect the programs.

"So you are telling us to the best of your knowledge, Mr. Trump will not cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid," Sanders asked again.

"As I say, I have no reason to believe that that position has changed," Price said.


How do you know if a Republican is lying? His lips are moving.

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus claimed during a Sunday interview that Republicans never questioned the legitimacy of President Barack Obama's election victory, despite the fact that President-elect Donald Trump himself spent years pushing the so-called birther movement.

Either way, iot's a scam

When we talk about the Republican plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program, it is very important to not use the term vouchers and instead use the term coupons.
What's the difference? Think about the connotations of the two. With a voucher, you generally exchange it for the good or service and that's that. With a coupon, you get a discount on the good or service but are still paying the bulk of the price.

Why does this matter? When someone hears Medicare voucher, they'll assume that they can use it to pick a plan from a choice of different ones. To the unknowing, it would suggest that getting a choice is a good thing and that it isn't going to cost them anything more. It ignores the catch in the Republican plan: you're on the hook for any difference between the voucher value and the plan's price.

Calling it a coupon will flip that around. With a Medicare coupon, they'll instead think of the program as a discount--cents off an expensive product. Which is going to seem better? A plan that is always there that you can count on? Or getting a couple bucks off of a plan that turn out to not be the right one for you?

Second, it validates the Republican language. If you haven't seen the article in Salon on cognitive linguist George Lakoff's the importance of language and framing, do so right now.

Every day . . . .

Drip . . . drip . . . drip . . .
(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) 

A US counterintelligence task force was established by the CIA in 2016 to investigate possible Russian funding of President-elect Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the BBC reported on Friday.

The task force included the FBI, the Treasury and Justice Departments, the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the National Security Agency (NSA).

It was set up after the director of the CIA, John Brennan, received a recording of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into Trump's campaign coffers, the BBC's Paul Wood reported. The recording was apparently passed to the CIA by the intelligence agency of one of the Baltic States.

On October 15, the task force was granted a warrant by a judge in the FISA court — named after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act — to intercept the electronic records from two Russian banks that may have been implicated in the money transfer, a senior intelligence official told the BBC. Trump was not named in the warrant, but three of his associates were the subject of the inquiry.

I am so proud of America's "First Ladies"

Check out the history of America's "First Ladies"

Photos of selected First Ladies

Barbara Bush

Bess Truman 

Eleanor Roosevelt

Hillary Clinton

Jackie Kennedy

Laura Bush

Mamie Eisenhower

Michelle Obama

Nancy Reagan

Pat Nixon

Melania Trump

History has a way of evening things out

Jackie Robinson retired from baseball 50 years ago. Everyone in the country knows the name Jackie Robinson and many of us know the name Branch Rickey, the Dodger GM who hired him.
Robinson was attacked by his own teammates, by fans, and by opposing players who ran over him, beaned him, spiked him. Do you remember any of their names?

So -- I ask you -- 50 years from now, who will be remembered:
-- Donald Trump?
-- The Trump kids?
-- Melanoma Trump?
-- Mitch McConnell?
-- Paul Ryan?
-- Steve Bannon?
-- Kelleyanne Conway?
-- Barack Obama?
-- John Lewis?

FUCK YOU, DONALD TRUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In response to Congressman John Lewis' statement that Trump is an illegitimate President, Trump released a Twitter storm:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to......

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!

*******Keith Boykin ‏@keithboykin 10m10 minutes ago
By the way, John Lewis represents a majority-black district where 88% of adults have high school diplomas and 41% have college degrees.*******

This nation is headed into a very long, very dark tunnel with no light at the end

Meanwhile, in news from the stupid side of the Internet . . .

Sarah Palin will NOT have a TV reality show in which she plays a judge.

Courtesy of Radar Online: has exclusively learned that Sarah Palin’s hopes for a reality courtroom show have been dashed. 

“The show has been killed,” a syndication TV source told Radar. 

The former Alaska governor and vice-presidential nominee, 52, reportedly inked a deal last winter with Warm Springs, a production company based in Montana.

 So -- here we are, a few days before Rump is inaugurated and a little ray of sunshine bursts forth!!  Someone else recognizes just how stupid and irrelevant Sarah Palin really is.

How to tell if Trump is lying??? If his lips are moving, he's lying

President-elect Trump finally held a news conference, but as is typical, he often made claims that have been repeatedly debunked or discredited. Here’s a guide to 15 of his more notable statements, in the order in which he made them.
“It’s very familiar territory, news conferences, because we used to give them on an almost daily basis.”
Trump is exaggerating. During the primaries, he was a near-constant presence on television because he frequently called into interview shows. But he generally only held news conferences after primary contests were held. He last held a news conference on July 27.
“You saw yesterday Fiat Chrysler; big, big factory going to be built in this country as opposed to another country. Ford just announced that they stopped plans for a billion-dollar plant in Mexico and they’re going to be moving into Michigan and expanding, very substantially, an existing plant.”
Trump claims credit for these announcements, but that’s wrong.
Sergio Marchionne, the Fiat Chrysler chief executive, said the plan had been in the works for more than a year and had nothing to do with Trump; he credited instead talks with the United Auto Workers.
With regards to Ford, analysts say Ford’s decision expand in Michigan rather than in Mexico has more to do with the company’s long-term goal — particularly, its plans to invest in electric vehicles — than the Trump administration. It’s easier for companies to find highly skilled workers to build new products, such as electric cars, in the United States than in Mexico.
“When we lost 22 million names and everything else that was hacked recently, they didn’t make a big deal out of that. That was something that was extraordinary. That was probably China.”
Actually, the Chinese hack of 22 million accounts at the Office of Personnel Management was front page news.
The Russian hacking of the presidential election and the OPM hack are not directly comparable. The Russian campaign, as described by U.S. intelligence, involved more than just hacking, with the aim of disrupting and possibly influencing the political process. The Chinese hack had a more isolated goal — espionage. China appears to have wanted the material to engage in possible blackmail.
Obama administration officials say the China case is different because it was purely a case of spying — something the United States does as well. U.S. officials also say that China responded to U.S. pressure after the hack was discovered, and there are signs its espionage activities have been reduced. China may have been receptive to U.S. pressure at the time because President Xi Jinping was about to visit the United States, and he did not want the hack to mar the visit.
“The Democratic National Committee was totally open to be hacked. They did a very poor job. … And they tried to hack the Republican National Committee, and they were unable to break through.”
This is an example of attacking one of the victims, the Democratic National Committee. But FBI Director James B. Comey says there is evidence that older Republican National Committee domains were also targeted but none of the information that may have been obtained was leaked. Comey said that the Russians “got far deeper and wider into the [DNC] than the RNC,” adding that “similar techniques were used in both cases.”
But Trump’s remarks also ignore the broader implications of the unclassified intelligence report released on Jan. 5 — how the Russian government used Internet trolls and RT (Russia’s state-owned international news channel) to amplify negative reports on Clinton and U.S. democracy.
The Internet trolls started to advocate for Trump as early as December 2015, well before the WikiLeaks revelations began to be released on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.
Meanwhile, “RT’s coverage of Secretary Clinton throughout the presidential campaign was consistently negative and focused on her leaked emails and accused her of corruption, poor physical and mental health, and ties to Islamic extremism,” the report said. (It does not mention that these attack lines mirrored attacks made by the Trump campaign.)
“Look at the things that were hacked, look at what was learned from that hacking. That Hillary Clinton got the questions to the debate and didn’t report it? That’s a horrible thing.”
Trump overstates the disclosure about Clinton getting a debate question. During the Democratic primaries, a debate was held in Flint, Mich., to focus on the water crisis. Donna Brazile, then an analyst with CNN, sent an email to the Clinton campaign saying that a woman with a rash from lead poisoning was going to ask what Clinton as president could do the help the people of Flint.
There’s no indication Clinton was told this information, but in any case it’s a pretty obvious question for a debate being held in Flint. In her answer, Clinton committed to remove lead from water systems across the country within five years. Lee-Anne Waters, who asked the question, later said Clinton’s answer “made me vomit in my mouth” because that was too long to wait in Flint.
“This administration created ISIS by leaving at the wrong time. The void was created, ISIS was formed.”
Trump greatly simplifies a complex situation.
The Islamic State terror group arose in response to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, but it began to fade after the Bush administration surge in 2008. The civil war in Syria breathed new life into what had become a moribund organization. The conflict in Syria created a perfect vacuum in terms of governance, and so the civil war became an opportunity for the restoration of the organization.
ISIS then saw opportunity to rebound in Iraq. One factor was the withdrawal of U.S. troops order by President Obama. But there was also rampant mismanagement by the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, which greatly degraded the Iraqi military and exacerbated tensions between Sunnis and Shiites.
“I have no deals that could happen in Russia, because we’ve stayed away. And I have no loans with Russia.”
Trump is being misleading when he says he has stayed away from Russia. Trump repeatedly sought deals in Russia. In 1987, he went to Moscow to find a site for luxury hotel; no deal emerged. In 1996, he sought to build a condominium complex in Russia; that also did not succeed. In 2005, Trump signed a one-year deal with a New York development company to explore a Trump Tower in Moscow, but the effort fizzled.
In a 2008 speech, Donald Trump Jr. made it clear that the Trumps want to do business in Russia, but were finding it difficult. “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son told a real estate conference in 2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a trade publication. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
Alan Garten, general counsel of the Trump Organization, told The Washington Post in May: “I have no doubt, as a company, I know we’ve looked at deals in Russia. And many of the former Russian Republics.”
“I have a no-conflict situation because I’m president.”
This is basically correct. The law doesn’t say the president can’t have a conflict of interest. But Congress, under Title 18 Section 208 of the U.S. code, did exempt the president and vice president from conflict-of-interest laws on the theory that the presidency has so much power that any possible executive action might pose a potential conflict.
“The only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters. … You learn very little to a tax return.”
Trump is wrong on both counts. A Pew Research Center poll conducted Jan. 4-9 found that 60 percent of Americans believed Trump has a responsibility to release his tax returns.
Meanwhile, tax experts say that tax returns provide insight about a person’s finances in several key areas.
First, the tax return reveals a person’s annual income. A person’s net worth is not disclosed, but voters would gain an understanding of a person’s cash flow. Second, voters would understand the sources of a person’s income, such as how much comes from certain businesses, speeches, dividends, capital gains and so forth.
Third, a tax return would disclose how much a person gives to charity. Mitt Romney gave almost $2.3 million to charity in 2011, while Bill and Hillary Clinton gave $3 million to charity in 2014. We know these figures because of information in their tax returns.
Trump claims he has given $102 million to charity in the past five years, but a Washington Post investigation found not a cent in actual cash — mostly just free rounds of golf, given away by his courses for charity auctions and raffles. Trump’s tax return would clear up exactly how much he has really given to charity — indeed, whether he has given anything at all.
Fourth, a tax return would reveal how aggressive Trump has been on his taxes. There is no black-and-white approach to taxes; there are many gray areas subject to interpretation, especially regarding deductions. Trump frequently suggests that he knows how to game the system, so voters would learn whether he takes the same approach to his taxes.
Finally, the tax returns would disclose what percentage of Trump’s income actually goes to taxes.
“We have hundreds of billions of dollars of losses on a yearly basis — hundreds of billions with China on trade and trade imbalance, with Japan, with Mexico, with just about everybody.”
A trade deficit simply means that people in one country are buying more goods from another country than people in the second country are buying from the first country.
Trump’s comment that there “billions of dollars of losses” in trade reflects a fundamental misunderstanding. Americans want to buy these products from overseas, either because of quality or price. If Trump sparked a trade war and tariffs were increased on Chinese or Mexican goods, then it would raise the cost of those products to Americans. Perhaps that would reduce the purchases of those goods, and thus reduce the trade deficit, but that would not mean the United States would “gain” money that had been lost.
“Some states have over a 100 percent [premium] increase.”
Trump exaggerates here, and appears to misunderstand a fundamental part of the Affordable Care Act. State-by-state weighted average increases range from just 1.3 percent in Rhode Island to as high as 71 percent in Oklahoma. But the most common plans in the marketplace will see an average increase of 9 percent, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. These plans have been used as the benchmark to calculate government subsidies.
The vast majority of marketplace enrollees (about eight in 10) receive government premium subsidies. They are protected from a premium increase (and may even see a decrease) if they stay with a low-cost plan. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “anecdotal examples of premium hikes or averages across insurers can provide a skewed picture of the increases marketplace enrollees will actually face.”
“I want to thank United Technologies which owns Carrier, but we saved close to a thousand jobs.”
Trump keeps counting jobs that were never going to go to Mexico in the first place.
Union officials say the number of jobs saved at Carrier shrank to 730, once the official paperwork was submitted. Meanwhile, 553 jobs, focused on making fan coils, will go to Mexico, as well as 700 jobs from a United Technologies Electronics Controls (UTEC) facility. Another 400 jobs in the two facilities, mostly administrative, were never going to leave.
In effect, Trump saved 37 percent of the jobs slated to depart. But Greg Hayes, chief executive of United Technologies, told CNN that even more jobs at Carrier eventually would be lost through automation.
“96 million really wanting a job and they can’t get. You know that story. The real number — that’s the real number.”
This is an absurd claim, based on a real number. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, relying on a monthly survey known as the Current Population Survey (CPS), shows that, as of December 2016, 95.1 million Americans 16 years and older were “not in labor force.”
How is this number developed? Well, there is a civilian noninstitutional population of 253.9 million people, and 159.5 million are in the labor force. The difference yields the 95.1 million figure.
But the unemployment rate is only 4.7 percent because just 7.5 million people actively are looking for a job and cannot find one. They are considered part of the overall labor force. In other words, you have to be seeking a job to be counted in the labor force.
Who are the 95 million not in the labor force? The BLS has data for the year 2015. It turns out that 93 percent do not want a job at all. The picture that emerges from a study of the data shows that the 95 million consists mostly of people who are retired, students, stay-at-home parents or disabled.
Trump is doing a real disservice by claiming 96 million really want a job that “they can’t get.”
“I think it’s a disgrace that information that was false and fake and never happened got released to the public.”
We cannot resist noting that Trump was the leading purveyor of false “birther” claims questions, based on no evidence, that President Obama was not born in the United States. He frequently claimed that Obama had spent $2 million to cover this up — a number he plucked out of World Net Daily, which promotes conservative-leaning conspiracy theories.

Which of these two is lying?

Trump supporters at work

A girls basketball team in New Jersey found a black dummy hanging by its neck in a classroom when they arrived for a game at another school.

The Plainfield High School team, which comes from a community that’s 50 percent African-American, was visiting Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, where less than 1 percent of the population is black, reported My Central Jersey.

The girls were given a classroom to change into their uniforms for a game Saturday morning, and they found the dummy hanging by its neck from a string tied to a post with a basketball attached.
The dummy’s eyes were bulging from its head and its mouth was gaped open, the website reported.
Plainfield’s coach confirmed the incident, and he said the team quickly left the school after losing 64-20.

Someone on the team photographed the dummy and posted the image on Facebook.

The superintendent of Clark Public Schools said the incident was under investigation.

Who should you believe?

Trump says he never mocked a disabled reporter.  

Who do you believe:
-- A lying sixth-grade bully, or,
-- Your own eyes?

Anyone who supports Trump is as big a piece of shit as he is.

Pay attention . . .

This explains the Trump-Russian connection

If you want to know why, here goes

1) Trump owes Blackstone/ Bayrock group $560 million dollars (one of his largest debtors and the primary reason he won't reveal his tax returns)

2) Blackstone is owned wholly by Russian billionaires, who owe their position to Putin and have made billions from their work with the Russian government.

3) Other companies that have borrowed from Blackstone have claimed that owing money to them is like owing to the Russian mob and while you owe them, they own you for many favors.

4) The Russian economy is badly faltering under the weight of its over-dependence on raw materials which as you know have plummeted in the last 2 years leaving the Russian economy scrambling to pay its debts.

5) Russia has an impetus to influence our election to ensure the per barrel oil prices are above $65      ( they are currently hovering around $50)

6) Russia can't affordably get at 80% of its oil reserves and reduce its per barrel cost to compete with America at $45 or Saudi Arabia at $39. With Iranian sanctions being lifted Russia will find another inexpensive competitor increasing production and pushing Russia further down the list of suppliers.
As for Iranian sanctions, the 6 countries lifting them allowing Iran to collect on the billions it is owed for pumping oil but not being paid for it. These billions Iran can only get if the Iranian nuclear deal is signed. Trump spoke of ending the deals which would cause oil sales sanctions to be reimposed, which would make Russian oil more competitive.

7) Rex Tillerson (Trump's pick for Secretary of State) is the head of ExxonMobil, which is in possession of patented technology that could help Putin extract 45% more oil at a significant cost savings to Russia, helping Putin put money in the Russian coffers to help reconstitute its military and finally afford to mass produce the new and improved systems that it had invented before the Russian economy had slowed so much.

8) Putin cannot get access to these new cost saving technologies OR outside oil field development money, due to US sanctions on Russia, because of its involvement in Ukrainian civil war.

9) Look for Trump to end sanctions on Russia and to back out of the Iranian nuclear deal, to help Russia rebuild its economy, strengthen Putin and make Tillerson and Trump even richer, thus allowing Trump to satisfy his creditors at Blackstone.

10) With Trump's fabricated hatred of NATO and the U.N., the Russian military reconstituted, the threat to the Baltic states is real. Russia retaking their access to the Baltic Sea from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and threatening the shipping of millions of cubic feet of natural gas to lower Europe from Scandinavia, would allow Russia to make a good case for its oil and gas being piped into eastern Europe.

Sources: Time Magazine, NY Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian UK.

A picture is worth 10,000 words

Jeff Sessions lies . . . a lot

Jeff Sessions is trying to overcome his well-documented racist history by repackaging himself as some kind of civil rights hero. It might work with a Republican Senate that’s just looking for a fig leaf worth of cover for making Sessions the attorney general, but there are plenty of people out there who know the reality and are ready to speak out about it. Three former Justice Department civil rights lawyers have written an op-ed in the Washington Post exploding some of Sessions’ BS:
In the questionnaire he filed recently with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions (R-Ala.) listed four civil rights cases among the 10 most significant that he litigated “personally” as the U.S. attorney for Alabama during the 1980s. Three involved voting rights, while the fourth was a school desegregation case. Following criticism for exaggerating his role, he then claimed that he provided “assistance and guidance” on these cases.
We worked in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, which brought those lawsuits; we handled three of the four ourselves. We can state categorically that Sessions had no substantive involvement in any of them. He did what any U.S. attorney would have had to do: He signed his name on the complaint, and we added his name on any motions or briefs. That’s it.
Sessions not only didn’t have anything substantive to do with the cases, he also didn’t think they were important at the time. When he was nominated to be a federal judge back in 1986—a nomination he left off that Judiciary Committee questionnaire—and ultimately rejected for being too damn racist, he didn’t mention these civil rights cases he’s now claiming to have been intimately involved in. No,
In both the 1986 questionnaire and his confirmation hearings (at which one of us, J. Gerald Hebert, testified), Sessions indicated that he discussed civil rights cases with department attorneys only when they came to Mobile, Ala., to get him to sign complaints. He also said he did not try any civil cases himself while U.S. attorney, focusing instead on criminal prosecutions. Indeed, he said it was Tom Figures — the same African American assistant whom Sessions allegedly called “boy” — who handled all of the office’s civil rights cases. It therefore makes sense that his 1986 questionnaire included so many criminal cases and no civil rights matters. That renders even more suspect his recent efforts to claim his colleagues’ civil rights experience as his own.
If Sessions really, sincerely wanted to show that concerns that he’s too much of a racist to be put in charge of the nation’s civil rights enforcement were misplaced, the way to do that would be to show that he’s changed since 1986. He’d have real accomplishments since then to point to—and joining a unanimous vote to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act does not count. But instead, he’s trying to rewrite the past, telling the Senate Judiciary Committee very different things about his record in the 1980s than he told the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time. It’s almost unbelievably obvious and cynical … but it’s good enough for today’s Republicans.