Showing posts from May 2, 2017

Today's Trumpery

[A daily pastiche of Trumpisms and responses thereto. *RON*]

'Sociopath': Trump Cabinet Secretary Calls US Bombing of Syria 'After-Dinner Entertainment', Common Dreams [Dead babies and the face of evil]
Candidate Trump: ‘I Love Wikileaks.’ President Trump: ‘Arrest Assange!’, UNZ Review [He loved them when it was Hillary's ox being gored]
Many recusals for acting chief of DOJ environment section, E&E News [His cabinet can barely govern, the ethical conflicts are so thick on the ground]
Trump's statements about economic growth show that he could use a brief lesson in international economics, Business Insider [His ignorance is abysmal]
The Authoritarian President, Moyers & Company [Wanted by right-wing populists, not by The Swamp]
Larry Summers: This time, Trump’s treasury secretary undermined himself, Washington Post [puppet ideologues]

How a seven-second long encounter on the campaign trail has blown up on Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals

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[BC ELECTION 2017!!! Literally turning her back on voters. The thing Christy fears most: that we see the real her through the cracks in her facade. *RON*]
Mike Smyth, Postmedia News / National Post, 30 April 2017
It was a campaign-trail encounter that lasted all of seven seconds, but it blew-up into a social-media firestorm that backfired on Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals.

Now the woman at the centre of the storm is speaking out against Liberal charges that she was an “NDP plant” sent out to embarrass Clark in front of the TV cameras as part of a campaign “stunt.”

Linda Higgins, a retired social-worker assistant from the Sunshine Coast, said it was just “a fluke” that she bumped into Clark while the Liberal leader was meeting and greeting voters at a North Vancouver grocery store.

“I decided on the spur of the moment to go up and talk to her,” Higgins told me. “I’m not voting for her and I wanted to tell her why.”

After Clark shook her hand, Hi…

Armed neo-Nazis prepare for potential clash in small Kentucky town

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[The divide: on the "child molesting political pimps and whores of this corrupt and decadent two-party, Jew-party, queer party system!" Hate groups have come to tiny Pikeville in a bid for support, but locals fear a violent standoff between the neo-Nazis and anti-fascist protesters. Click here to view a video I could not incorporate into Blogger software: Neo-Nazi leader: ‘Trump is controlled by the Jewish lobby’. *RON*]

Lois Beckett, The Guardian, 1 May 2017

In a tent deep in the woods of rural Kentucky, an old neo-Nazi spoke bitterly of how he feels “betrayed” by Donald Trump.

“I’m sorry I voted for the son of a bitch, I really am,” said Art Jones, who the Anti-Defamation League identifies as a Holocaust denier who has been dressing in Nazi garb and celebrating Hitler since the 1970s.

“I’m sorry I spent $180 out of my own pocket to buy three big banners that said, ‘President Trump, build the wall’,” the blazer-clad Jones said, to a tent …

America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People

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["Two roads diverged" More on the divide: The U.S. is no longer one country, but dividing into two separate economic and political worlds. *RON*]

Lynn Parramore, Institute for New Economic Thinking / Evonomics, 29 April 2017

You’ve probably heard the news that the celebrated post-WW II beating heart of America known as the middle class has gone from “burdened,” to “squeezed” to “dying.” But you might have heard less about what exactly is emerging in its place.

In a new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, Peter Temin, Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, draws a portrait of the new reality in a way that is frighteningly, indelibly clear: America is not one country anymore. It is becoming two, each with vastly different resources, expectations, and fates.

Two roads diverged

In one of these countries live members of what Temin calls the “FTE sector” (named for finance, technology, and electronics, the…

The Know-Nothing Campus ‘Protest’ Movement

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["This is not pouting; it is fury and menace." In some ways this is an extension of the Airbrushing Shittown piece; on growing divide in US (Western world) ideology and politics as performance art. *RON*]
John McWhorter, The Daily Beast, 30 April 2017
So, Ann Coulter didn’t speak at UC-Berkeley last week when she could not be assured protection from potentially violent protesters. Whew! Catastrophe averted—thank God she didn’t get to… what?

Advocate “fascism”? No: Mussolini would recognize little to none of his ideology in Coulter’s opinions. Yet still, there was the issue of what Coulter would have “fostered,” right? But she “fosters” whatever she fosters 24/7 on top-rated television shows and in a weekly column. Speaking to a few hundred people one night on a college campus, though, would have led to some kind of phase shift in her influence?

Of course not—and so we suppose it’s the “principle of the thing.” But just which principle ju…

Airbrushing Shittown

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["Empathy will help you understand how people see themselves and tell their story. But it takes a little skepticism and a little fear to track when that story becomes self-serving bullshit." Quite a fascinating piece; a Yankee exploring the Deep South. It's no wonder the US has been and remains so deeply politically divided when there is such intense mutual incomprehension in many parts of the nation. *RON*]

Aaron Bady, Hazlitt, 1 May 2017

In 2012, an eccentric Alabamian named John B. McLemore approached Brian Reed and This American Life with two stories about his hometown. One was about a Sheriff’s deputy who routinely used his position to commit sexual assault. When this story turned out to be true—the deputy was tried and would eventually be convicted—it piqued Reed’s interest, and he began to investigate the other one: McLemore believed that a man had beaten another man to death and that he had used his family connections to avo…