Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Human Rights Watch lists Donald Trump as a threat to human rights.

Courtesy of The Independent:  

“Donald Trump’s election as US president after a campaign fomenting hatred and intolerance, and the rising influence of political parties in Europe that reject universal rights, have put the postwar human rights system at risk,” wrote Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth. 

“Trump and various politicians in Europe seek power through appeals to racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and nativism. They all claim that the public accepts violations of human rights as supposedly necessary to secure jobs, avoid cultural change, or prevent terrorist attacks.

He added: “In fact, disregard for human rights offers the likeliest route to tyranny.”

That's right folks, our last President won the Nobel Peace Prize and this one is identified as a threat to human rights.

I'm not sure if I should laugh or cry.

In other news it now appears that there are 35 Democratic lawmakers skipping Trump's inauguration.

Those are the REAL American heroes.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

President Obama surprises his press secretary with a tribute during his final briefing.

I watched this live this morning and was once again taken by President Obama's sheer humanity.

He is not only a great president, but he is also clearly a great boss, and a great friend.

Woman who accused Donald Trump of sexually harassing her is now suing him for defamation of character.

Courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter:

Just days before he's set to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump has been hit with a defamation lawsuit from a former Apprentice contestant who says he engaged in sexually inappropriate contact with her. 

Shortly before Election Day, Trump faced a barrage of sexual assault accusations from many women following the release of a bombshell video showing him boasting to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush about grabbing women's genitals. Summer Zervos, who appeared on season five of The Apprentice, was one of the accusers. At that time, Trump responded at a rally in Pennsylvania, "All of these liars will be sued after the election is over."

So today Zervos sat with her attorney Gloria Allred to announce that she is proceeding with a lawsuit against Trump.

The complaint zeroes in on Trump's initial statement upon Zervos' allegation that he "never met [Ms. Zervos] at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately," along with tweets how his accuser "made up events THAT NEVER HAPPENED." She also points to comments of "100% fabricated and made-up charges,' "totally false," and so forth, including, "Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign." 

"In doing so, he used his national and international bully pulpit to make false factual statements to denigrate and verbally attack Ms. Zervos and the other women who publicly reported his sexual assaults in October 2016," states the complaint. "Mr. Trump knew that his false, disparaging statements would be heard and read by people around the world, and that these women, including Summer Zervos, would be subjected to threats of violence, economic harm, and reputational damage. In his effort to win the Presidency and counter the damage to his election prospects caused by his own recorded words with Billy Bush, Mr. Trump knowingly, intentionally and maliciously threw each and every one of these women under the bus, with conscious disregard of the impact that repeatedly calling them liars would have upon their lives and reputations."

Hasn't released his tax returns, bragged about grabbing pussies in a video, intelligence agencies have proof that his campaign was helped by interference from Russia, and now he is being sued for potentially lying about sexually harassing a young woman. 

HOW in the HELL did this guy win the presidency?

Vladimir Putin rides to his Donald Trump's defense. Nope, nothing telling about this.

Courtesy of the AP: 

In a biting attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday accused the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake allegations and said those who are doing it are "worse than prostitutes."

Asked about an unsubstantiated dossier outlining unverified claims that Trump engaged in sexual activities with prostitutes at a Moscow hotel, Putin dismissed it as "fake" and "nonsense" and said it was part of efforts by Obama's administration to "undermine the legitimacy of the president-elect" despite his "convincing" victory.

"People who order such fakes against the U.S. president-elect, fabricate them and use them in political struggle are worse than prostitutes," Putin said. "They have no moral restrictions whatsoever, and it highlights a significant degree of degradation of political elites in the West, including in the United States."

Putin also mocked the scandalous dossier and pointed out that the visit to Moscow happened in 2013 before Trump was a politician.

"Do they think that our special services are hunting for every U.S. billionaire?"

Yeah actually. In fact we know you are.

Okay this is almost unbelievably tone deaf.

For Putin to launch such a passionate defense of the guy the American intelligence community is suggesting he helped to win the presidency, does nothing to help Trump, and gives critics even more reasons to suspect that Putin is his puppet master.

Outgoing CIA Director blasts Donald Trump for blaming intelligence agencies for "pee-gate" and accusing them of being Nazis.

Those tweets went out on Sunday night.

On Monday CIA Director John Brennan was interviewed by the Washington Post:

“Was I a leaker of this? No,” Mr. Brennan said Monday in an interview at CIA headquarters, days before he ends a career that has spanned more than three decades and that took him from entry-level recruit to head of the nation’s most storied spy service. 

“First of all, this is not intelligence community information,” Mr. Brennan said. He noted that the dossier had been circulating “many months” and that he first heard about it from inquiring reporters last fall. To date, he hasn’t read the document and gave it no particular credence, he said. 

“I would have no interest in trying to give that dossier any additional airtime,” Mr. Brennan said. 

Later in the interview Brennan added this:

“I think it’s the right and indeed the responsibility of the president of the United States to challenge the conclusions of the intelligence community,” Mr. Brennan said. “We don’t expect our information and our assessments to be swallowed whole. 

“It’s when there are allegations made about leaking or about dishonesty or a lack of integrity, that’s where I think the line is crossed,” he continued, taking particular umbrage at Mr. Trump’s comments last week that leaking intelligence on political figures was something that Nazi Germany “would have done and did do.” 

“Tell the families of those 117 CIA officers who are forever memorialized on our wall of honor that their loved ones who gave their lives were akin to Nazis,” Mr. Brennan said. “Tell the CIA officers who are serving in harm’s way right now and their families who are worried about them that they are akin to Nazi Germany. I found that to be very repugnant, and I will forever stand up for the integrity and patriotism of my officers who have done much over the years to sacrifice for their fellow citizens.” 
That last bit was in response to this tweet from Trump:
Never, and I mean NEVER, has an incoming president been at war with his own intelligence community.

It does not only threaten to leave Trump dangerously ill informed but it also has the potential of putting Americans at risk in this country.

The intelligence agencies are who we rely on to identify and locate potential terrorists.

What happens when the President, or his staff, refuse to read or understand the information they are being given?

Oh wait, we know what happens.

Congratulations Trump voters, you have now put the entire country at risk due to your ignorance.

There are almost 400 protest marches planned for the day after Trump's inauguration, with almost 200,000 participants.

Courtesy of HuffPo: 

Some 194,000 people have indicated on Facebook they plan to attend the Women’s March on Washington, scheduled for Saturday, the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. And 1,200 tour buses have applied for permits to park at RFK stadium that day ― six times the number that have applied for spots on the day of Trump’s swearing in. 

But march spokespeople say it would be a mistake to overlook the 370 smaller “sister marches” that have been planned in every state and on six continents that weekend ― and that are expected at last count to draw nearly 700,000 people. 

“This is a global movement,” national sister march spokeswoman Yordanos Eyoel told The Huffington Post. 

“This is something that was catalyzed by the organizers of the March on Washington, but it is a call to action to people across this country and around the world who believe in the same mission and principles,” she said.

There is a website that keeps track of where the marches are, when they start, and the number of participants.

In Alaska for instance there are marches planned in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Homer, Palmer, Bethel, Kodiak, Juneau, Ketchikan, Haines, Valdez, Kodiak, etc.

There are also marches planned in Canada, Belgium, Australia, Austria, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, German, etc..

Well you have to admit one thin, Donald Trump has certainly brought people from all over the world together.

Mostly women it seems, and definitely against him.

Springsteen cover band pulls out of inauguration, citing concern over disrespecting The Boss.

Courtesy of Rolling Stone: 

If the B-Street Band pledge allegiance to anyone, it's Springsteen, who has repeatedly voiced his anger and disgust at the president-elect. (Forte half-jokingly said of the B-Street Band last week, "I don't even know if they have any politics.") Out of respect for their musical inspiration, they've decided to pull out of this week's event.

"We felt that we had to make it known that we didn't want to seem disrespectful, in any way, shape or form, to Bruce and his music and his band," Forte says. "I don't want to upset them. We owe everything to him and our gratitude and respect to the band is imperative above all else. It became clear to us that this wasn't working and we just had to do what we thought was the right thing to do and that was to pull out." 

The group had played the gala twice before to little controversy for President Obama and signed a contract for this year's gig in 2013, long before the presidential nominees were decided. But this year was different. 

"As time went by, the complexity of the situation became real immense and intense," Forte tells Rolling Stone. "The band was caught in a hurricane. We didn't see this coming, of course."

Well hey all is not yet lost, they still have Lee Greenwood, Toby Keith, a Rockette or two, Jon Voight, 3 Doors Down, and that America's Got Talent runner up.

Sounds kind of like the lineup for a county fair in the middle of fucking nowhere.

Of course it really doesn't make any difference, nobody is going to be watching anyhow.

Scotland gets it.

You know I can't say I have ever been frightened by an episode of The Twilight Zone.

That is until it broke through the fourth wall and became real.

Now it scares the piss out of me.