Nov 282016
 

The Reich on the left, Robert Reich,  is always right, while the Reich on the right, the Republican Reich is wrong.  However, most Americans never get to learn that, because the Republican Reich controls the media though the vile tactics of Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten.

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Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs.

1. Berate the media.

Last week, Trump summoned two-dozen TV news anchors and executives to the twenty-fifth floor of Trump Tower to berate them for their reporting about him during the election. For twenty minutes he railed at what he called their “outrageous” and “dishonest” coverage. According to an attendee, “Trump kept saying, ‘we’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong,’” and he called CNN a “network of liars.” He accused NBC of using unflattering pictures of him, demanding to know why they didn’t use “nicer” pictures.

Another person who attended the meeting said Trump “truly doesn’t seem to understand the First Amendment. He thinks we are supposed to say what he says and that’s it.”

2. Blacklist critical media.

During the campaign, Trump blacklisted news outlets whose coverage he didn’t approve of. In June he pulled The Washington Post’s credentials. “Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post,” read a post on Trump’s Facebook page…

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I’ve shared two of the seven techniques listed.  Click through for the other five.

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Nov 242016
 

Wendy’s niece couldn’t make it, but Wendy came.  Last year, I lobbied my doctors for a week to talk them into allowing me to leave my unit and eat Thanksgiving dinner in the hospital cafeteria.  For at least ten years before that, I cooked a holiday meal and shared it with people less fortunate than I.  So it’s been a very long time since I had a holiday meal, home-cooked by someone else.  Wendy brought turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls, creamed corn, cranberry sauce, and fruit salad.   It was to die for.  I contributed cherry pie, raspberry pudding ring, and truffles.  Purrrr!!

Julie called this morning.  Her girlfriend is now her wife.  She and Killer Dawg send greetings to you all.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:14 (average 4:41).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From YouTube (Media Matters Channel): Journalism to be thankful for

 

May we get the journalism we need help us to RESIST!

From Daily Kos: Dan Rather is sounding the alarm and we would do well to listen and then take action:

Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.

HIstory will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.

When I see neo-Nazis raise their hands in terrifying solute, in public, in our nation’s capital, I shudder in horror. When I see that action mildly rebuked by a boilerplate statement from the President-elect whom these bigots have praised, the anger in me grows. And when I see some in a pliant press turn that mild statement into what they call a denunciation I cannot hold back any longer.

Our Declaration of Independence bequeaths us our cherished foundational principle: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

These truths may be self-evident but they are not self-replicating. Each generation has to renew these vows.

E Pluribus Unum! E Pluribus Unum!! E Pluribus Unum!!! RESIST!!!!

From The Rachel Maddow Show: Long reach to find precedent for 2016 popular vote gap in US past

Rachel Maddow looks back 140 years to Reconstruction era U.S. history to find a remotely comparable gap between the popular vote and the electoral vote winner, and warns against leaping to conclusions about the significance of the 2016 popular vote.

 

Fuhrer Drumphenfarten is NOT MY PRESIDENT! RESIST!!

From The Last Word: Scientists call for swing state recounts

A group of computer scientists are urging Hillary Clinton to ask for a recount, claiming voting irregularities surfaced in three swing states. Gabe Sherman joins MSNBC’s Ari Melber to share his reporting.

 

Jill Stein is raising money for a recount. Although nothing she can do will ever make up for the way she helped get Trump elected by parroting and drawing attention to Putin’s disinformation on RT, Russia’s propaganda network, I am glad that she is is helping in this effort.  Recount and RESIST!!

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Nov 232016
 

I’m hurrying this morning, because I’m hoping for time for a nap, before Wendy and her niece arrive for early Thanksgiving dinner.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:54 (average 5:01).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From Daily Kos: Oh, national "news" media. What the hell are you even for?

On November 19, The New York Times reported that Trump “still maintains the routine that sustained him during the campaign,” which includes “often seek[ing] out” advice from [MSNBC host Joe Scarborough]. CNN media reporter Brian Stelter referenced the Times report on the November 20 edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources, stating that Scarborough has been giving Trump advice.” Scarborough failed to address the allegations during the November 21 edition of Morning Joe.

Scarborough has repeatedly attacked those who claimed he was supporting Trump on-air. In November, Scarborough lashed out at the “really disgusting” people who suggested he favored Trump, adding that he doesn’t want viewers to believe “that anybody [on Morning Joe] is rooting for Donald Trump because we’re not.”

Outstanding. Just outstanding. So Joe Scarborough has been giving Trump regular advice, and the MSNBC appendage has nothing to say about this beyond his past attacks on people who would suggest such things.

As I have said, while MSNBC is the most balanced cable news network, it is anything but liberal. The Fuhrer’s goose-stepping shill, Joe Scarborough and Joe’s ersatz liberal punching bag, Mika Brzezinski, control the three hour breakfast time slot on the network, and get as much air time as Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell combined.

From YouTube (GQ Channel): The Surprisingly Easy Way to Get Rid of Donald Trump | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

As much as I love Keith, I disagree. The only difference between Trump and Pence is that Pence dog-whistles what Trump says.. Furthermore, Republicans are too foul for enough of them to take those actions.

From San Francisco Chronicle (Hat Tip JL A): Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch’s company fought for years to hold on to millions of dollars in profit from Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. That battle just paid off.

Koch Industries and dozens of other former Madoff customers are expected to keep as much as $2 billion they made from the con man’s bogus securities transactions after U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Stuart Bernstein in Manhattan ruled the cash is out of reach of a trustee recovering money for victims.

The ruling on Monday underscores that even eight years after the collapse of the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, the litigation stemming from the scam is still being defined by which Madoff customers profited at the expense of others. Many are still waiting for their principal.

Koch Industries and defendants in about 100 other suits argued the profit was beyond U.S. jurisdiction because it had been transferred — usually from offshore feeder funds to foreign banks — in the years before Madoff’s December 2008 arrest.

In short, thousands lost their homes, their pensions and their life savings, and they will recover nothing, because the Koch Brothers and other Vulture Capitalists hid their ill-gotten in secret offshore accounts, co the courts cant make them return it, the judge says.

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Nov 212016
 

I just returned from my Podiatrist.  Troy told me that, in the ten years that he has been seeing me, my foot is in the best condition ever.  I was gone four hours for the 20 minute appointment, and there was no wait at the Doctor’s office.  That’s about typical for the Lift bus.  I’m very tired, so this is my only article today.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:18 (average 5:20).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From Daily Kos: USA Today reporter got under Bernie Sanders’ skin when he asked the typical shallow questions we are all used to from our derelict media.

 

But gee! Bernie never did say who would be running in 2090. Seriously… Right-on!!

From NY Times: Now that he is president-elect, Donald Trump’s anti-corruption promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington lobbyists and powerful insiders seems to be rapidly dissolving in the swamp itself. An untold number of lobbyists and special interest players have been helping the Trump team’s transition to the White House, their path made easier, according to news reports, by vague and porous ethical standards.

The most mischievous of these is a rule by which applicants merely have to de-register as government lobbyists one day to be ready the next for transition and administration jobs. It’s not hard to imagine a lobbyist taking down his shingle on Monday and joining the Trump team on Tuesday, eager to rewrite government regulations that cover his former clients’ areas of interest… [emphasis added]

Employment as a lobbyist ought to disqualify one from government appointments for a minimum of ten years. As for the corruption of Fuhrer Drumphenfarten, the only people who this might surprise are the fools who voted for him.

From The Nation:

In the “Republican Wave” election of 2010, when brothers Charles and David Koch emerged as defining figures in American politics, the greatest beneficiary of Koch Industries largess was the newly elected Congressman Mike Pompeo. Since his election, Pompeo has been referred to as the “Koch Brothers’ Congressman” and “the congressman from Koch.”

Pompeo, who on Friday accepted President-elect Donald Trump’s invitation to take over as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is a foreign-policy hawk who has fiercely opposed the Iran nuclear deal, stoked fears of Muslims in the United States and abroad, opposed closing the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, and defended the National Security Agency’s unconstitutional surveillance programs as “good and important work.” He has even gone so far as to say that NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden “should be brought back from Russia and given due process, and I think the proper outcome would be that he would be given a death sentence.”

Pompeo’s open disregard for privacy rights in particular and civil liberties in general, as well as his penchant for extreme language and more extreme policies, mark him as a profoundly troublesome pick to serve as the head of a powerful intelligence agency. But he is also one of the most remarkably conflicted political figures in the conflicted city of Washington, thanks to his ties to the privately held and frequently secretive global business empire that has played a pivotal role in advancing his political career.

“Congressman Mike Pompeo was the single largest recipient of campaign funds from the Koch Brothers in 2010.”

Great! The entire foreign intelligence mission of the CIA will become Koch sucking.

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His crimes seem small compared to those of Reagan.  His seem small compared to those of GW Bush, and his do not even hold a candle to what’s coming in the Fifth Reich.

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Nov 192016
 

I did manage to get a little sleep yesterday, but I’m still behind the curve.  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb, but my Broncos are taking the day off.  To honor the LGBT community, they have a bi week.  May the Divine Orb shine it’s blessed light on your team.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:13 (average 6:42).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From Rachel Maddow Show: Trump makes extreme choice in Flynn for NSA

Congressman Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump naming Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security advisor and why he thinks Flynn is not well-suited for the job.

With want other politician does this extremist wing-nut share a love of Putin’s propaganda network, RT? Flynn reminds me of General Ripper in Doctor Strangelove.

From YouTube (Media Matters Channel): Trump’s Election And The Power Of Fear

 

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. (Hos. 8:7 KJV) That’s only half right. We have ALL reaped the Republican whirlwind.

From International Business Times: The election may be over and president-elect Donald Trump may be wavering on whether he wants a special prosecutor to investigate former rival Hillary Clinton, but that hasn’t cooled the ardor of congressional Republicans who want to investigate her private email server.

Five House and Senate panels may be planning to continue probing Clinton’s use of a private server during her tenure as secretary of state even though the FBI concluded her actions didn’t rise to the level of criminal conduct.

Why are Republicans so anxious to twist the knife, even though Hillary’s political career is effectively over? There are two reasons. Republicans politicians are hateful and vicious, and it detracts from the crimes they have never stopped committing regularly.

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Nov 162016
 

It’s not only a cold muggy day, but also very busy.  I’m waiting for a grocery delivery, and will have to put everything away, when it arrives.  Later Wendy is coming to scour the stinky TomCat, and do some light housework.  I’ll feed her chili dawgs.  Sleep is still slow in coming.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:47 (average 4:56).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From Media Matters: In the wake of the 2016 election, one thing has become increasingly clear: there is a huge problem with the news that tens of millions of Americans get from Facebook.

According to a recent Pew poll, 62% of Americans now get news on social media, with Facebook overwhelmingly being the most popular platform. And yet too often it was not news that Americans found on Facebook, but rather fake stories dressed up as the news.

Evidence shows that Facebook is riddled with lies. One report even found that teenagers in Macedonia were able to game Facebook and get their Trump propaganda posts shared into the news feeds of millions.

Earlier this year, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sat down with conservatives who complained that right-wing news was suppressed on Facebook. It was after that meeting that Facebook fired their human editors and replaced them all with algorithms. This decision further unleashed fake news on Facebook.

A new bombshell report revealed that Facebook knew about the fake news problem and had the ability to do something about it, but declined to fix the issue out of fear that the right-wing would complain.

If we have learned anything from the past two decades, it is that it is crucial not to cave to right-wing bullying and manipulations.

Despite overwhelming data and insider reporters, Mark Zuckerberg refuses to even acknowledge the problem publicly. (Which is odd given that he was willing to sit down with discredited right-wing misinformers over totally unsubstantiated cries of bias)

Join us in asking Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook to take two concrete steps:

  1. Acknowledge the problem of the proliferation of fake news on Facebook.
  2. Commit to taking action to fix the problem.

It’s high time that Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook fix their fake news problem and address the fever swamp/cesspool of misinformation that Facebook has become.

If that hurts liberals, so be it. If that hurts conservatives, so be it. If that hurts teenagers publishing fake news in Macedonia, so be it. Let the chips fall where they may.

It’s time for the truth to have its day. That’s all we’re asking for.

I am sharing the entire article, because Media Matters want'[s it shared.  Considering that Facebook, which I quit many years ago, is owned by a collection of Billionaires, Banksters, and Vulture Capitalists, is this any surprise? Please click through and sign the petition.

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That didn’t take long. Not even a week has passed, and the president elect’s team is already warning Trump critics to be "careful" about the way they criticize Trump.

[Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid] on Friday had said that "the election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America" and that "white nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear." […]

Then, she added: "He should be very careful about characterizing somebody in a legal sense. He thinks — he thinks he’s just being some kind of political pundit there, but I would say be very careful about the way you characterize it."

Donald Trump’s minions seem to be confused about this, so let’s fill them in on something they’re going to need to know going forward: The President of the United States has the least legal protection against criticism or libel of anyone in the country. As the ultimate public figure, courts are obliged to grant public citizens wide leeway. This is why, for example, elected public officials, private citizens, and the Fox News channel have been repeatedly able to peddle 100% false information about Barack Obama for a decade with absolutely no repercussions.

With the takeover of SCOTUS by SCROTUS (Republican Constitutional VD) virtually guaranteed, that is likely to change.

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Should We Give Donald Trump a Chance? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Amen!

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