Saturday, August 27, 2016

What A Sociopath Says


In one tweet:

(Ed. note:  this is a corrected tweet;  in the original tweet, the sociopath managed to misspell Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade's name as "Dwayne.")

Making it all about neo- fascist narcissistic sociopath Donald "Rump" Trump, of course.  No condolences, no sympathy, no empathy, not even respectful silence.  Only how it might benefit him.  A personal tragedy reduced to a "VOTE TRUMP" punch line.

Let's see how others are reacting to this soulless, evil man:


As Josh references, this is the same POS that humble-brag tweeted this after the Orlando massacre:

Presidential!!!

Today's Cartoon Trifecta - Trump's Alt-Right Fan Club


Editorial cartoonists, if not their false- equivalence, Trump- normalizing "journalist" brethren, are taking on the symbiotic relationship between the white supremacist, anti- Semitic "alt- right" and neo- fascist spokesmodel Donald "Rump" Trump:

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(Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press)


(Darrin Bell, via gocomics.com)


(Stuart Carlson, via gocomics.com)

Rump's Anti-Semitic Campaign CEO



Court documents reveal that Steven "Bubble Boy" Bannon, the alt-right propagandist and campaign CEO for neo-fascist toddler Donald "Rump" Trump, was accused by his ex-wife of uttering anti-Semitic slurs when he resisted sending his daughters to the Archer School for Girls in California.  In her June 2007 statement to the court in their child custody battle, Bannon's ex-wife said:
"The biggest problem he had with Archer is the number of Jews that attend. He said that he doesn't like the way they raise their kids to be 'whiny brats' and that he didn't want the girls going to school with Jews."
Her statement went on to say that while looking at yet another school, Bannon asked the school's director why there were "so many Chanukah books in the library." This is the same court document where the ex recounted an episode of physical abuse by Bannon in 1996 at their home in Santa Monica, which we noted earlier.

Bannon's alt-right hate site Breitbart News has a history of anti-Semitism and draws to it's comment threads some of the ugliest neo-Nazi and white nationalist commenters. The integration of that sinister operation's leader into the Rump campaign -- and therefore into the Rethuglican Party -- is a "fire bell in the night" for us to realize the threat the alt-right poses not just to minorities, but to our democracy.

(photo: J. Liebman for Bloomberg Businessweek)

If It Doctors Like A Quack, It Must Be Trump's Quack, Er, Doctor


As we noted earlier in the week, the person who wrote up neo- fascist narcissist Donald "Rump" Trump's "medical report," gastro- enterologist Harold "Dr. Strange Glove" Bornstein has a rather eccentric =quack= way of offering his astute =quack= "medical analysis" of Rump's "extraordinary" physical and mental condition.  NBC News quacked, er, tracked Dr. Bornstein down and provided this short vid on the doctor's amazing 5- minutes- while- Trump's- limo- was- waiting "medical report" =quack= :

As with his tax returns*, we have to wonder what is Rump hiding?  (Also, is the doctor on meds?)

Just in case we've been too circumspect in our analysis of Dr. Bornstein, here's a more direct take:


Meanwhile, folks are having a field day on Twitter, noting in particular the doctor's vague resemblance to a certain Dude.

* Speaking of tax returns:

Friday, August 26, 2016

Zinger Of The Week


"A 12-year-old boy is actually running one of Trump’s campaign offices in Colorado. When asked how an inexperienced child could be running things, the boy said, 'Look, he’s the nominee and we’re stuck with him.'”  -  Jimmy Fallon, referring to 12-year-old Weston Imer, who was running the Jefferson County (CO) office of neo- fascist toddler Donald "Rump" Trump with his mommy.

Weekend Music


The Miles Davis Quintet -- Miles Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums) -- was an all- star cast of musicians that recorded the album Workin' With The Miles Davis Quintet in 1956 (it was released in 1959).  "It Never Entered My Mind" is a Richard Rodgers song that's been recorded by multiple artists (including at least twice by Davis), but this is a favorite version.  Hope you enjoy.

"The Media Normalized Trump" Quote of the Day


"But one of the very real responsibilities for this nightmare of a [Trump] campaign lies not with a candidate that normalized hate groups but with an elite political media that, by adhering to rules that did not apply, normalized that candidate. Donald Trump has hurled wild, vicious (and largely unsubstantiated) charges every since he first stood up behind a podium as a candidate. This is nothing new. So now, his wild, vicious (and largely unsubstantiated) charges are being hurled in a campaign context in which they have become the way people run for president, at least in 2016. And they're being hurled at a person for whom much of the elite political media has had a barely concealed grudge for 25 years. There now will follow some earnest chin-stroking about the tenor of the campaign. And nothing will change." (emphasis added) -- Charles P. Pierce, Esquire.com's great blogger, in a posting well worth reading.

The political media is straining desperately to conceal the fact that they should have been on the story that Hillary Clinton laid out yesterday in prosecutorial detail of the Alt-Right's control of neo-fascist Donald "Rump" Trump's campaign and the Rethuglican Party.  Of course, now that Clinton is pushing back on Rump's smears, the same media is aghast! at her tone. Here's Time Magazine's political reporter clutching his pearls:

Riiight, when Clinton quotes Rump and his campaign CEO, and cites Rump's past actions, that's "guilt by association," because "both sides" are guilty of unfair attacks. "Politics as usual," got it.

MSNBC's self-important spittle-sprayer and man who shouts in his sleep Chris "Tweety" Matthews got in on the act on his both sider "Hardball," when he badgered a guest (and former Rethug operative) when the guest supported the thrust of Clinton's speech yesterday. Crooks & Liars covered Tweety's head-scratching performance. It's as if the past 14 months of hate speech and cheers from the racist right for Rump never happened for Tweety, but it fits a disturbing pattern among his colleagues of normalizing Rump when clarity and honesty is needed about the danger he poses to the nation.

BONUS:  There has been some pushback to Miller's asinine Tweet:





Trump Manager Bannon: Domestic Abuser AND Vote Fraudster?



"Tell me with whom you walk, and I will tell you who you are," is the Spanish proverb quoted yesterday by Hillary Clinton in her takedown of neo- fascist useful idiot Donald "Rump" Trump's ties with white supremacist "alt- right" bigots.  Chief among Rump's, um, fellow travelers is Stephen "Bubble Boy" Bannon, former executive at alt - right platform Breitbart.com and current Rump shampaign CEO, whose offenses against society and common decency go beyond his hateful political and racial views:
Stephen K. Bannon, the new CEO of the Donald Trump campaign, was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness following an incident in early January 1996, though the case was ultimately dismissed, according to a police report and court documents. 
The Santa Monica, Calif., police report says that Bannon’s then-wife claimed he pulled at her neck and wrist during an altercation over their finances, and an officer reported witnessing red marks on her neck and wrist to bolster her account. Bannon also reportedly smashed the phone when she tried to call the police.
He seems nice.

But wait, that's not all!
For years, we’ve heard Republicans warn of the gigantic dangers posed by voter fraud, despite the fact that very few such cases have actually been documented. 
However, the Guardian has now discovered a potential case of voter fraud that might really live up to the hype — and it involves Donald Trump’s campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon. 
According to the Guardian, Bannon “has an active voter registration at the house in Miami-Dade County, Florida, which is vacant and due to be demolished to make way for a new development.” The publication notes that this is an apparent breach in Florida election laws, as it’s illegal to register yourself to vote at an address where you don’t actually live. 
“Wilfully submitting false information on a Florida voter registration – or helping someone to do so – is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison,” the Guardian notes.
Wow, so voter fraud isn't a concocted excuse for disenfranchising likely Democratic minority and young voters?!  It's actually being perpetrated by Democrats African Americans Hispanic Americans Republicans!

(Photo:  Bannon, the flower of White Supremacy.)

Today's Cartoon Trifecta


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(Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press)


(Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


(Gary Markstein, via gocomics.com)

On that last cartoon, the answer is definitely "not."

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Clinton Goes After Trump, "Alt-Right" (UPDATED)


Timed to coincide with Hillary Clinton's speech in Reno, NV, this afternoon, her campaign released their latest video on neo- fascist toddler Donald "Rump" Trump's ties with white supremacist "alt- right" hate groups:



In her speech, Clinton quoted an old Spanish proverb: “Tell me with whom you walk, and I will tell you who you are,"  then added,  "A few words on a teleprompter won’t change that.”  It appears, thanks to his narcissism and need for exposure, most Americans are well aware of Donald "Rump" Trump's ugly views, and they don't like him one bit.

BONUS:  Here's more on the connection with these bottom feeders from Crooks and Liars.

UPDATE:  Judd Legum notices the deafening silence of "establishment" Republicans who didn't come to Rump's defense.  Sad!

Yaayy! Uh, What?


Check out this woman's reaction last night in Jackson, MS when neo-fascist con artist Donald "Rump" Trump, in a case of extreme psychological projection, called Hillary Clinton a "bigot." Hilarious. Also, sad!

Video Clip Of The Day


This is a powerful and empowering 4 minutes (h/t Silver Spring Bureau Chief Brian).  Please take time to look at it:

Ann Coulter: "'In Trump We Trust'... Wait What?"


As we note below, neo- fascist existential danger Donald "Rump" Trump is in the process of another unsuccessful, cosmetic "pivot," attempting to convince the "mainstream media," squishy Republicans and right- leaners that it's safe to vote for him ("Despite everything you've seen with your lying eyes, I'm not a bigot, believe me!").  They say timing is everything and, sadly, one of his truest believers, raging racist loon (M)Ann Coulter (she of the inexplicable Adam's apple), got clocked in the process. That's because last night Coulter was launching her new crackpot  book screed entitled "In Trump We Trust" (replacing "God" with "Trump" you've noticed) just as Rump decided to start tinkering with the one life- or- death issue nearest to Coulter's heart (?):  kicking those brown- skinned people out of her U. S. of A.!  Fast track to the remainder bin!

Huff Po has collected some of the schadenfreude- oozing Tweets:





And,

BONUS:  Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog says she'll stick with Rump -- she still has a book to sell, dammit!

(Photo:  "My Trump, why hath thou forsaken me?")

Today's Cartoon Twofer - Trump's Sad! Outreach


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(Tom Toles, once great Washington Post Bezos Bugle)



(Darrin Bell, via gocomics.com)

For Stormtrumpers hitherto willing to overlook neo- fascist con artist Donald "Rump" Trump "shooting someone in the middle of 5th Avenue," his sudden concern for African Americans and especially the behind- in- the- polls "softening" of his racist, xenophobic immigration stand may cause some of the most  fervent  nutty alt- righters to start bailing on his scampaign, like this attention ho' (more on her later).  For other suckers, his continuing promise to "build the wall" will be just enough for most of them to stay aboard the garbage scow S.S. Trump, mostly because they've become invested in his schtick.  In a sense, you could say they're all participants in Trump University Extension.  As we and others have noted, all of this is not so much to gain minority support as it is to provide a veil of decency for wavering Republicans to vote for a bigot.

BONUS:  Here's Univision/ Fusion's Jorge Ramos calling out the media on Rump:
It doesn’t matter who you are—a journalist, a politician or a voter—we’ll all be judged by how we responded to Donald Trump. Like it or not, this election is a plebiscite on the most divisive, polarizing and disrupting figure in American politics in decades. And neutrality is not an option.
Looks like he's not buying what Rump is selling.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Good Reads On "Clinton Rules" Reporting: Clinton Foundation Edition (UPDATED)


The "feed- the- preferred- narrative" journalists amoralists at the Associated Press had a hit piece on the Clinton Foundation and so- called "pay for play" considerations by then- Secretary of State Clinton.  The piece is an example of elite "journalists" cherry- picking and rearranging information, and as such was dutifully and happily picked up by such luminaries in the field as the once great Washington Post Bezos Bugle. It's a perfect example of "Clinton Rules" reporting. Here's a sample of what you need to know about this piece of ratf*cking by our esteemed press.

Vox:
Tuesday afternoon, Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan of the Associated Press released the results of a review of State Department appointment data that they used to make some striking claims about Hillary Clinton’s schedule as secretary of state.
According to their reporting, Clinton spent a remarkably large share of her time as America’s chief diplomat talking to people who had donated money to the Clinton Foundation. She went out of her way to help these Clinton Foundation donors, and her decision to do so raises important concerns about the ethics of her conduct as secretary and potentially as president. It’s a striking piece of reporting that made immediate waves in my social media feed, as political journalists of all stripes retweeted the story’s headline conclusions. 
Except it turns out not to be true. The nut fact that the AP uses to lead its coverage is wrong, and Braun and Sullivan’s reporting reveals absolutely no unethical conduct. In fact, they found so little unethical conduct that an enormous amount of space is taken up by a detailed recounting of the time Clinton tried to help a former Nobel Peace Prize winner who’s also the recipient of a Congressional Gold Medal and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Charles P. Pierce:
The topic is The Clinton Foundation, and the new e-mails released by the ratfcking legal operation known as Judicial Watch, which got the AP all a'quiver. Here is the simple answer to that: no quid pro quo, no pay-for-play, no matter how many respected people want to believe it's there.
Nancy LeTourneau:
In other words, what it comes down to is “it just plain looks bad.” That is basically what most every drummed up “scandal” against Hillary Clinton comes down to: from the perspective of the people judging her – it looks bad. Welcome to the world of optics as scandal. 
One way to look at this is that the AP spun the story they wanted to tell about this information. That happens almost all the time and we often don’t notice. To clarify how that happened here, note first of all the AP headline: “Many Donors to Clinton Foundation Met With Her at State.” As Adam Khan points out – that’s actually not true. 




If in the catastrophic event neo- fascist genital wart Donald "Rump" Trump is elected President, you can thank "Clintons are shady" narrative- boosters like this, and those bullshit catapulters who wrote them.

UPDATE: Mother Jones' David Corn looks at the story the broken media won't cover: the work of the Clinton Foundation.

UPDATE II:  Two days later, with time to correct, the assholes are still sticking to their story.

UPDATE III:  And, finally,