Trumpian Greenwashing: Russian media racketeering and suppressing the 2020 vote

Russia’s useful idiots are also proxies. In a bid to repeat 2016, the swing states will have third-party efforts as well as support for non-Democratic efforts. In this case the self-proclaimed “environmentalist” declares that he supports the Green Party, but not really. Like greenwashing, it’s bait-and-switch. Crooked Hillary Clinton just called the respected environmentalist and Green…

Van Jones becomes part of the HRC-Tulsi beef because “payback hell”

This pIe-fightery is perhaps well-timed before, rather than during the actual primaries, so that intra-party beefing might dissipate early. x Van Jones says Hillary Clinton smeared Tulsi Gabbard “with no facts” & adds Tulsi is getting “payback hell” for quitting DNC & backing Bernie in 2016 pic.twitter.com/jzGdmLMJzL— Ibrahim (@ibrahimpols) October 19, 2019 CNN’s Erin Burnett opened a segment…

Elijah was the Boldest…

It is a shame we are not spared a moment from daily turmoil to respectfully mark the death of a legendary figure like the dearly departed Maryland Congressional Rep. Elijah Cummings. Mr. Cummings left us yesterday at age 68.  I hesitate to bring up the current occupant of the White House, but I am reminded…

CO-Sen: New Poll Has John Hickenlooper (D) Crushing Cory Gardner (R) 53-42

Here’s the latest news out of Colorado: New Colorado polling released Thursday shows that John Hickenlooper leads Sen. Cory Gardner in a theoretical Senate matchup next year by 11 percentage points and that a majority of Coloradans support the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The Keating Research-OnSight Public Affairs-Martin Campaigns (KOM) survey released Thursday afternoon…

Facebook might be a GOP media organ … surprise, surprise

New Popular Info article describes how completely the post-2016 use of Facebook for political purposes has been compromised beyond foreign ad buys and manipulation by malign actors. 2. "Decisions are made to benefit Republicans because they are paranoid about their reputation among conservative Republicans, particularly Trump," one former Facebook employee who worked in the DC…

Stop using GOP talking points re: healthcare – you already “pay for it”

Call private health insurance costs “taxes in everything but name.” Analysis: Americans already pay a "gigantic" hidden health-care tax, economists say. The question of who will foot the bill for Medicare-for-all is almost beside the point. https://t.co/12fott4Bqf — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 16, 2019 To some economists, the question is moot: Americans already pay a massive…

The MOAT (Mother of All Tweeters)

The last time the President told the press to ask my lawyer, Michael Cohen was subsequently fitted for a numbered orange jumpsuit.  Well, Rudy, I think your right profile is your best side and black and white stripes say GQ federal prison. You remember in 2018 aboard Airforce One when the President, with obvious guilt…

close general elections favor Republicans, unless the Electoral College is dissolved

Newsweek reports that a new study finds that inversion elections where a popular vote winner loses, favor the GOP. 2020’s hope for Individual-1 lies in a repeat of marginally close outcomes in swing/battleground states. GOP candidates for president can expect to be victorious in 65 percent of future presidential elections and University of Texas at Austin researchers…

The Death of Atatiana Jefferson

Let us assume all the worse; Atatiana Jefferson came to her window, peered out with a gun in hand, ready to shoot, refused to comply with an order from an unidentified man to drop her weapon, and he fired in fear for his life. Now let us deal in reality and common sense.  A neighbor…

Are Trump and Barr Extorting Facebook?

Natasha Bertrand and Daniel Lippmann have a piece up on Politico that suggests that drumpf may be using the Justice Department and the threat of breaking up Facebook to pressure Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg into allowing his campaign to publish bold face lies on the platform. Of course this would be highly illegal, and so right in step…

Trump faked an orgasm at campaign rally, because he's not an insult comic

Trump will make the nation go blue, if only because of his shtick, doing his insult-comic bit at the campaign rallies. The problem is that he truly believes that these rallies constitute his presidency, entertaining a cult following. Because he’s a star, the WH gig is a cover of some Sasha Baron Cohen performance. Each speech…

Fatal Distraction

There is a term used in Syria and Turkey about the Kurds, “Arabize.” Essentially the Kurds since the 1920s and 30s have been ostracized as rebellious heretics. Although the Kurds comprise nearly 25 percent of the Syrian and Turkish population, Bashar al-Assad the Syrian leader, and Recep Erdogan the Turkish president dream of genocide against…

Ignoring the Irony

I have got to hand it to Republicans, their ability to ignore the irony of their talking points is breathtaking.  In 1998 erstwhile Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich voted to impeach former President Clinton on obstruction of justice charges.  In June of 2017, when questioned about Donald Trump, Mr. Gingrich said, “Technically, the President…

I am My Brother’s Forgiver

People grieve loved ones to restore their sense of peace when it is disrupted by death. That disruption is more often a result of natural causes but when death is inexplicable and needless, grief serves two purposes.  First, it is a private acknowledgment that life has irrevocably changed. Secondarily, it gives us the courage to…

Facebook Has Changed Its Rules to Allow Trump to Outright Lie in 2020.

x 2. The new ad policy “prohibits ads that include claims debunked by third-party fact checkers” So you would think that would prohibit political ads that are debunked Nope. Facebook tells me POLITICIANS ARE EXEMPT FROM FACT CHECKING https://t.co/4aTevXJIwr— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 3, 2019 x 3. This came up when I noticed that Trump…

Trump's Ag Secretary Tells Dairy Farmers in Wisconsin to Get Big or Get Out.

Not sure this is the best message to be trying to sell to Wisconsin dairy farmers sixteen months before an election, but you go, Sonny. Minneapolis Star Tribune “President Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary said Tuesday during a stop in Wisconsin that he doesn’t know if the family dairy farm can survive as the industry moves…

Slow them down…?

We are in the 21st Century, not the fourteenth, nor is it the 1860s. Yet, we have a President who, in the span of one week, has reportedly threatened to use an alligator filled moat at the border, start a Civil War, execute a man or woman whom President Trump believes is a threat to…

New Voters Registering “In Droves” in Georgia.

Atlanta Journal Constitution Well, this is great news! “New voters have registered in droves in Georgia since last year’s midterms, expanding the electorate ahead of the 2020 presidential election year when the state is expected to be a key political battleground. More than 352,000 people signed up to vote in the past 11 months, the…

The Odd Coupling

The theatrical version of The Odd Couple movie starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.  The TV version featured fictional divorcees, Tony Randall, as the fastidious Felix Unger, and Jack Klugman as the hard-drinking, womanizer and gambler, Oscar Madison. As part of the hilarious love-hate relationship between the two men was Oscar’s open disdain for the idiosyncratic…