Closing Thought–06Feb17

Pathetic toads!

As any American will tell you yesterday was the all powerful Super Bowl….personally I had better things to do that watch this spectacle….and every year the big stories are usually the ads that show during the game…this year was NO different but their was a bit of a twist……

Part of the ritual of the Super Bowl is the analysis of the adverts shown during the game, when US television networks use the large audience numbers to charge astronomical sums for commercial slots.

This year, during the first Super Bowl of Donald Trump’s presidency, the US brewery Anheuser-Busch used its slot to send a pro-immigration message to the nation.

The advert, Born the Hard Way, portrays a fictionalised version of the journey of Adolphus Busch to the US, where he would go on to help create Budweiser beer with fellow immigrant Eberhard Anheuser.

Trump supporters on social media were furious when the advert was launched before the game, vowing not to drink the beer again.

This stupidity goes under #BoycottBudweiser…..

This just illustrates the moronic air around Trump and his knuckle dragging followers…I wish I could find more polite way of putting my thoughts down….about the only one that fits is STUPIDITY.

Does not appear if any sanity will win the day for the next 4 years…..temper tantrums from our fearless leader and his throngs of demented toads…..keeps sanity at bay…..

I wish I could say this was the silliest incident but it hardly registers at all….

God only knows what it will be tomorrow.

My day is done…thanx to all for the visits and the follows…I shall return tomorrow with more….stuff.

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The Tale Of The Puppet Master

Every president in recent history has been controlled by outside forces most of them by industries and corporations….but from time to time there is a single person that works the prez like a sock puppet….Dick Cheney for GW Bush and today….Stephen Bannon working Trump.

Stephen K. Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, has been elevated to the Principals Committee of the National Security Council, the top tier of national-security policymakers.*  It is the first time a political affairs official has been made a regular participant in the NSC’s work.  The appointment is the most important piece in an extraordinary and dangerous bureaucratic reorganization that Bannon himself may have engineered.

Anyone who thinks bureaucracy doesn’t count should think twice after witnessing what amounts to a coup.  Bannon may attend any session of the NSC and the Principals Committee while the intelligence community, represented by the Director of National Intelligence (Mike Pompeo) and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, may not.**  Officially, Bannon is now on par with Michael Flynn, the special assistant for national security; but in terms of real access to the president, Bannon’s only peer is Jared Kushner.  “It is a startling elevation of a political adviser,” the New York Times says.

Source: Bannon’s Coup – LA Progressive

An alt-Right operative from Breibart is in control of the government…..

Bannon started off as a campaign adviser of sorts and after the election he was elevated to personal adviser status…..which would not need Senate approval but then Trump got cocky……promoted him to the National Security Council (NSC) and guess what?

When Donald Trump decided that fake-news publisher and alt-right nazi Steve Bannon would be his White House Chief Strategist, he presumably chose that role so that the overwhelmingly controversial Bannon wouldn’t have to go through Senate confirmation hearings, which would have been a firestorm for the ages. But now that Trump has subsequently also picked Bannon for the National Security Council, it turns out he’ll be unwittingly feeding Bannon to the Senate wolves after all.

According to section (a)(6) of federal statute 50 U.S. Code 3021, a civilian like Steve Bannon will in fact need to go through Senate confirmation and approval in order to serve on the National Security Council because he doesn’t fit into any of the five listed pre-approved categories. That obscure law, which has remained obscure because no president has ever tried to put a political hack on the NSC until now, was dug up by MSNBC analyst Jonathan Alter late on Monday night. This sets up a remarkable showdown if Trump goes ahead with the Bannon pick, because few in either party have shown any affinity or trust for the guy – and they’ll have limitless material for embarrassing him.

If Bannon goes through a Senate confirmation, it will give Senators the opportunity to grill him about his former role running fake-news white nationalist site Breitbart, and the chance to hammer him about the allegations that he beat his wife. And it will pull back the curtain on the mysterious Bannon, who is believed to be acting as de facto president in the Trump administration. If all 48 Democrats vote against him, it will require just three Republicans to do the same. Considering just how deeply Bannon is distrusted, along with the strong belief that he should not be taking the place of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the NSC, it’s likely that Bannon will be rejected by the Senate.

(Palmer Report)

Trump’s liberal use of the EO illustrates that Bannon’s ideas is front and center in the Trump White House…..even the “darker” ones……

Steve Bannon, a self-described Leninist who wants to “destroy the state” and “bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today’s establishment,” has risen to become one of the most powerful men in Washington.

Now the former director of extreme right-wing documentaries is currently writing and directing his biggest film yet: Trump’s America.

It’s unbelievable to think but Bannon, a man who thinks “darkness is good,” and cites Dick Cheney, Darth Vader and Satan as evidence, is now sitting on the National Security Council, in place of the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Source: Steve Bannon’s plan to bring down US democracy has started. Be very afraid | Middle East Eye

This will be an interesting turn of events to see how Bannon’s promotion plays with the Senate.  Will they roll over or will they put the best interests of the country in the forefront?

Thoughts?

Black History Month–W.E.B. DuBois

February is here and it is Black History Month….shame that we have to designate such for them to get recognition….I usually try to give my readers personalities that they may not be that all aware of in their everyday lives…..

Name one founder of the NAACP—-(pause here for the dash to the Google button)……

William Edward Burghardt DuBois

Scholar and political activist W.E.B. Du Bois helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). DuBois attended Harvard University and in 1895 became the first African-American to receive a doctorate from the school. He became a university professor, a prolific writer and a pioneering social scientist on the topic of black culture.

W.E.B. DuBois particularly disagreed with black leaders such as Booker T. Washington who urged integration into white society; Du Bois championed global African unity and (especially in later years) separatism. He distilled his views in his famous 1903 book The Souls of Black Folk. In 1909 he was a founding member of the NAACP, an organization promoting progress and social equality for blacks. Du Bois continued for decades as a strong public voice on behalf of African-Americans.

In the 1950s, DuBois clashed with the federal government over his support for labor, his public appreciations of the Soviet Union, and his demands that nuclear weapons be outlawed. He emigrated to Ghana in 1961 and became a citizen of that country shortly before his death in 1963. The Autobiography of W.E.B. DuBois was published posthumously in 1968.

This man should be studied in our classrooms not just during Black History Month….

Why Not Go To War?

I recently did a piece where I gave some props to McCain and his ally Graham…..they were showing their grit by standing up to the emperor on some issues…..and then when I was starting to like these guys a bit, after years if bad mouthing them, they just could not let some things go….

It appears the McCain and his crony Graham recently made a “fact finding” mission to the Ukraine and while there had to thump their chest like crazed primates….

The United States has never been particularly supportive of efforts by European nations to negotiate a ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine. Perennial hawks Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – SC) and John McCain (R – AZ) took things a step further, however, visiting Ukrainian troops on the frontlines and openly urging new military offensives against the ethnic Russian rebels.

Addressing the troops alongside Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Graham declared 2017 to be “the year of offensive” against Russia, insisting Ukraine’s fight was America’s fight, and that he was determined to make the Russian “pay a heavier price.”

Sen. McCain concurred, insisting that the US could not allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to “succeed” in Ukraine, because if he does he’s liable to also “succeed” in other countries around the world.  (Domino Theory again?)

Graham is also said to be pushing a draft resolution aiming to impose a new round of sanctions against Russia for “trying to interfere with our election.” He insisted he would “never be satisfied” until the US punishes the Russian government.

(antiwar.com)

Appears the Pres. Trump and McCain/Graham are not on the same page when it comes to Ukraine…..

White House officials say President Trump had a “very good call” with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko over the weekend, during which hew promised to work to restore peace along Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia, an area which has faced years of civil war.

According to a read-out of the call, Trump promised to work with Ukraine, Russia, and all other parties on the issue, with an eye toward restoring peace along the border. Trump and Poroshenko also discussed the possibility of meeting in the near future.

Is that our only answer to any situation….GO TO WAR?  Or is there a possibility for some sort of diplomacy? (that would be a pipe dream)……

Oh Canada!

Canadian Mosque Attack

I waited almost a week to see if there would be any correction from the idiotic Right about this latest terrorist attack in Quebec…..nothing that I saw….But I did not expect these toads to do the right thing….that is not how bigotry works.

I guess maybe I should fill in the blanks about here…I would not want those confused to oft themselves for lack of understanding…..

In what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “a terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge,” six people were killed and at least eight others injured in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City on Sunday night. Police initially arrested two men—Alexandre Bissonnette and Mohamed el Khadir, according to a Quebec City court clerk—but later said just one remains a suspect, without naming him. One was arrested at the scene and another nearby, in his car on a bridge near d’Orleans where he called 911 to say he wanted to cooperate with police. Police said they did not believe there were other suspects but were investigating. A witness tells the CBC that two masked men with local accents started shooting after entering the men’s section of the mosque at around 8pm.

“They started to fire, and as they shot they yelled, ‘Allahu akbar!’ The bullets hit people that were praying. People who were praying lost their lives.” “Tonight, Canadians grieve for those killed in a cowardly attack on a mosque in Quebec City,” Trudeau tweeted. “My thoughts are with victims & their families.” Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard also called the “barbaric violence” an act of terrorism and said flags would be lowered to half-staff. The Montreal Gazette reports that the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center is one of six mosques in the region and had a pig’s head dumped on its doorstep with a card reading “bonne appétit” last June. In a statement, the mosque urged “the Muslim community to remain calm and united and to know that the Canadian people stand with us in solidarity.”

This where the morons on the Right picked up with the story…..it all is so much “fake news”….it was those damn Muslims….why?  The report is that they were yelling…”allahu akbar” as they were shooting…..and the idiots bite on this just so they could spread their vile and their hate……

The authorities arrested a Moroccan man for the shooting……

The man mistakenly arrested during Sunday night’s attack on a Quebec City mosque says he was trying to save a friend’s life—but he understands why he ended up spending a night in jail. Mohamed Belkhadir, a 29-year-old engineering student of Moroccan origin, says he was clearing snow outside the mosque when gunfire erupted, the Toronto Star reports. He says he ran inside, called 911, and was helping an injured friend when an armed man appeared. Belkhadir says he fled, not realizing the man was a police officer, and was arrested as a suspect. “I understand,” he said after being cleared of suspicion Monday, per the Huffington Post. “I respect that they caught me. They saw me flee, they thought I was suspicious.”

He was not the shooter…..the real shooter has been identified and arrested…..

Authorities in Canada think Sunday night’s mosque shooting that left six people dead is a “lone wolf situation,” reports Reuters, and they think they’ve got their shooter: Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, appeared in court Monday and was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder, reports CBC News. So far, he does not face any terrorism-related charges. Bissonnette attended Laval University, near the Quebec City mosque, and studied political science and anthropology. The AP reports that he was known to espouse “far-right nationalist views” online, and the Toronto Globe and Mail reports that this didn’t begin until March when nationalist leader Marine Le Pen visited Quebec City.

“I wrote him off as a xenophobe,” says a fellow Laval student. “He was enthralled by a borderline racist nationalist movement.” A member of a refugee advocacy group says Bissonnette had become a familiar name to those who monitor extremist groups. He was “unfortunately known to many activists in Quebec for taking nationalist, pro-Le Pen and anti-feminist positions at Laval University and on social media,

Do you think that those that were quick to blame a Muslim man would correct their lie?

Of course they won’t and in some cases will make excuses but never admit that they LIED!

These douche bags take every opportunity to spread hate and lies….someone needs to call them out….why not me?

Just FYI…..terrorism is a real threat and yet here in the US our chances of being killed by a foreign born attacker is…….0.00003%…..

I cannot wait to here the excuse the fear mongers will have with this info….