Monday, July 25, 2016

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is booed off the stage in Philadelphia.

Courtesy of The Hill: 

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was repeatedly interrupted and booed Monday as she sought to speak to Florida's convention delegation. 

The Florida lawmaker, who will resign after the Democratic National Convention this week after leaked emails showed top members of the DNC working to boost Hillary Clinton's presidential primary bid, had to strain her voice to yell over the flurry of protestors who showed up to interrupt her speech.

Well that just seemed fucking unnecessary to me.

Apparently the Bernie supporters have been causing a ruckus since yesterday, and there is every indication that they intend to keep on doing so all through the convention.

I'm sure it did not help matters that after Wasserman Schultz agreed to step down as the DNC Chairperson, only to then end up with a job as the honorary chair of Clinton's 50 state strategy.

(I heard from at least one person that this might have been the deal that Clinton needed to strike with DWS to get her to agree to step down. That makes sense.)

However it is time for every real Democrat to stop being an asshole, and move toward unity.

Hell if the Republicans were able to do it after the shit that happened on the first day of THEIR convention I think that the Dems can do the same.

And if you cannot, then I would kindly like to suggest that you fuck off.

Because we have an election to win, and at this point you are simply in the way.

So the evidence that those DNC e-mail hacks were the work of the Russians seems to be insurmountable at this point.

If you still have any doubts about this take a look at this post from a technology site which goes into great deal concerning the evidence.

So taking all of that into consideration it now appears that Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook was right all along.

Which also means that those who are suggesting that Wikileaks is going the dirty work for Vladimir Putin and helping Donald Trump's campaign, are also likely on to something as well.

You know I looked through those leaked DNC e-mails and I have to say that I think the media and Sanders supporters are  really exaggerating what's contained in them.

The e-mails that are being used to smear the DNC and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz all happened in May, when most establishment Democrats knew the race was over and were looking for Sanders to drop out before he hurt Hillary's chances in the general. It is not at all surprising that they were becoming impatient with the fact that Bernie refused to read the writing on the wall.

Sure that whole pointing out that Sanders might be an Atheist thing was kind of ugly (Especially since they seem to have actually used it.) but in a political battlefield where you are worried that a primary challenger might hurt your party's eventual candidate in a general election, it is really not that hard to understand.

I would bet big money that if the Russians had hacked the RNC that there are plenty of e-mails going back and forth about how to stop Donald Trump.

So if these leaked e-mails DO actually end up hurting the Clinton campaign and the DNC, then I guess ole Vladimir Putin and his puppet Donald Trump will be thrilled with how easily the so-called Democrats are to manipulate.

The Duck Dynasty's Phil Roberson talks about marrying underage girls on Fox and Friends. And rather than throw his ass off of the stage they all laugh along with him.

Courtesy of Crooks and Liars:

Robertson began his homily by stating that this is the closest he's ever come to the political process. He spoke about how Orrin Hatch approached him and gave him some kind words. 

Robertson continued: "I said, 'Hatch,' I said, 'In Louisiana, we're kinda like the way you are out there in Utah, we don't wait until they get to be 20 years old before we marry them." [Earhart laughed]. "We move when they're about 15, 16." 

Robertson joked that he and Hatch "bonded." Cohost Brian Kilmeade interjected, "That was an interesting conversation." Robertson replied: "He was like, yeah, we don't wait till they get 20 either." 

All the Friends laughed loudly. 

Kilmeade joked, "Usually, people talk about the buffet and the weather."

Well that was super gross.

And remember this is happening while Roger Ailes is being fired for being a sexual deviant and charges of sexual harassment are flying all over Fox News.

You know one would think that having a dirty old pedophile on the air might be a bad thing for Fox News during a time like this, but then again who ever accused them of being cautious or sensitive to how they might be perceived by others?

The mother of Ambassador Chris Stephens would like the Republicans to stop using the name of her dead son for political gain. Seems fair.

Courtesy of CNN:

The mother of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who died during the 2012 Benghazi attacks, penned a short letter to the editor of The New York Times asking that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the GOP stop invoking her son's death. 

"I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection," Mary Commanday wrote in the letter, which was published Saturday. "I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign." 

The Benghazi attacks were frequently mentioned in speeches at this week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where speakers used it as a reason presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is unfit for the presidency.

I seriously doubt that the Republicans will stop.

After all they are really scraping the bottom of the barrel to find things with which to attack Hillary Clinton, and they only have respect for the dead when bringing up those deaths make THEM looke bad.

Besides they only respect the wishes of mothers whose children died in Benghazi when it furthers their political agenda.

This is the "failed" America from which Donald Trump wants to rescue us.

Courtesy of Fact Check.org:

Since President Barack Obama first took office: 

  • The U.S. trade deficit has shrunk by 24 percent; exports have grown faster than imports. 
  • The number of immigrants in the U.S. illegally has gone down — by 3.4 percent according to one independent estimate and by 9 percent according to another. 
  • The economy has added 9.7 million jobs. 
  • The unemployment rate has dropped below the historical norm. 
  • The buying power of the average worker’s weekly paycheck is up 4.2 percent. 
  • Corporate profits are running 144 percent higher and stock prices have soared. 
  • Federal debt has more than doubled, and annual deficits, after shrinking, are again on the rise. 
  • The number of people lacking health insurance has gone down by nearly 15 million. 

Those are just some of the findings in our latest installment of Obama’s Numbers.

You know one of the attacks the conservatives and the Trump campaign keep using against Hillary Clinton is that she represents four more years of the Obama administration.

Personally I think that if we could get Hillary to promise that in writing that more than enough Americans would vote for her  in November for her to win the election in a landslide.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Wikileaks threatens MSNBC that their lawyers will start watching their programs if they report on the ties between Russia, Donald Trump, and those leaked e-mails.

Courtesy of Mediaiate:

WikiLeaks, the site that dumped the DNC email leak a few days ago, warned MSNBC’s Joy Reid yesterday after she teased a discussion on her show about the “affinity” between Donald Trump, Russia, and WikiLeak. 

The emails were reportedly breached by hackers connected to the Russian government, which has led to talk that maybe Russia is doing this to help Donald Trump, who has said things that Putin might find attractive in an American president. (There’s also the fact that the only part of the GOP platform his team amended was the anti-Putin part.)

This led to Rachel Maddow tweeting this in response:
Personally I'm not sure how offering to increase MSNBC's viewership is supposed to intimidate them, as I am fairly sure that they want EVERYBODY to tune into their programs.

And to be fair to MSNBC they are certainly not the first ones to made the connection between Russia hacking the DNC and these leaked e-mails from Wikileaks.

Courtesy of CNN:

Hillary Clinton's campaign manager is alleging that Russian hackers are leaking Democratic National Committee emails critical of Bernie Sanders in an effort to help Donald Trump win the election in November. 

 It comes on the heels of "changes to the Republican platform to make it more pro-Russian," Robby Mook told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday. 

"I don't think it's coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention here, and I think that's disturbing," he said. 

The DNC has previously had its files hacked by an individual named "Guccifer 2.0" that may have had ties to the Russians. 

Hackers stole opposition research on Donald Trump from the DNC's servers in mid-June. Two separate Russian intelligence-linked cyberattack groups were both in the DNC's networks.

Got to admit, that is a pretty interesting coincidence.

And at least one news agency has essentially referred to Trump as a Russian operative running for President:

The Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, has chosen this week to unmask himself as a de facto agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a KGB-trained dictator who seeks to rebuild the Soviet empire by undermining the free nations of Europe, marginalizing NATO, and ending America’s reign as the world’s sole superpower.

While another claims that Trump is in bed with Vladimir Putin politically and owes the Russians millions of dollars:

Over the last year there has been a recurrent refrain about the seeming bromance between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. More seriously, but relatedly, many believe Trump is an admirer and would-be emulator of Putin's increasingly autocratic and illiberal rule. But there's quite a bit more to the story. At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matched to a conspicuous solicitousness to Russian foreign policy interests where they come into conflict with US policies which go back decades through administrations of both parties. There is also something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of evidence suggesting Putin-backed financial support for Trump or a non-tacit alliance between the two men.

You know what, I think I will join the lawyers for Wikileaks in watching Joy Reid's program.

Sounds like it might be very informative.

Now Donald Trump is trying to manipulate Bernie Sanders into attacking the DNC and Hillary Clinton.

Does he really think that people don't see through this crap?

So fucking pathetic.

You may remember that Trump attempted this same tactic with Elizabeth Warren yesterday and she schooled his ass.

The guy is just a giant troll.

As predicted more allegations are coming out about sexual harassment at Fox News, and they are NOT all about Roger Ailes.

Rudi Bakhtiar
Courtesy of Raw Story: 

On Saturday, the New York Times reported that it had spoken to a dozen women currently or formerly employed by the news network, all of whom say that they personally experienced sexual harassment or intimidation at work. 

Former Fox personality Rudi Bakhtiar told the Times about a run-in she had with her then-supervisor Fox News Washington Bureau Chief Brian Wilson. In 2007, Wilson dangled the possibility of a promotion in front of Bakhtiar and when she said she’d be excited to take the job, he reportedly told her, “I’d like to see the inside of your hotel room.” He said that he wanted them to have a “friends with benefits” relationship. 

Bakhtiar declined and says that immediately her career at the company went into free-fall. Her appearances were canceled and when she attempted to address the issue with other executives, they told her to go to Human Resources. 

Within weeks she was fired. Ailes told her that it was for performance-related reasons. 

“In a short time, she went from thinking she was in line to land the job she coveted to unemployment,” wrote the Times‘ Jim Rutenberg and Emily Steel. “After a mediation process, she reached a settlement in which Fox News paid her an undisclosed amount.” 

Bakhtiar said that part of the agreement was that she must never speak publicly about the harassment, but she felt emboldened by Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit against Ailes, who stepped down on Thursday.

Several of the women interviewed by the New York Times claimed that they were set up on "dates" with superiors by their supervisors.

One former staffer even claimed to have walked into a dark office in 2009 to find a senior manager receiving oral sex from a junior staffer.

Interestingly enough Gawker did a piece in 2011, that discussed something called the "leg cam" used to allow the audience to ogle the legs of the female presenters. 


Did you ever wonder why Megyn Kelly is the only prime time Fox host whose desk is see through?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was asked about these allegations directed at Roger Ailes and his response was as predictable as it was disgusting: 

Meet the Press host Chuck Dodd asked Trump about the allegations against Ailes, and the candidate replied, “Well I don’t want to comment. But he’s been a friend of mine for a really long time. And I can tell you that some of the women who are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them. And even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him.”

 He went on, “And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible things about him. It’s very sad. Because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person. Any by the way a very, very talented person. Look what he’s done. So I feel very badly. But a lot of people are thinking he’s going to run my campaign.”

There you go Republicans THAT is your presidential candidate for 2016. 

And Fox News is your preferred source for "news."

Aren't you proud?

Sarah Palin defends the conservative "work ethic" by using her own hard working children as an example. NO I am not kidding.

Courtesy of Granny Grifter's Facebook page:  

Who HASN'T Worked Jobs the Left Feels is Beneath Them? Greatest Life Lessons Are Learned Through Actual WORK! 

Absolutely amazes me that the Liberal mindset allows mocking the American work ethic. Belittling an entrepreneurial spirit got us into the mess we're in with dependency on a failed, bankrupt government. Big Government Libs LOVE the cycle of dependency because with it comes CONTROL of those who are dependent. 

Good for those who do what it takes to independently make a living. Leftists condemning women entrepreneurs owning their own businesses and parents holding down more than one job to provide for family? It's shameful, Democrats. 

I'm so thankful all my kids work AT LEAST one job (most work two or more jobs at a time!), along with furthering their education... they've always worked this way. And I'm proud my four big kids are setting that great work ethic example for their little brother, Trig, who'll also be expected to work because every able-bodied human being is created with unique ability to work. America - we're blessed when those abilities are put to good use; we're lost when choosing not to. 

Tell me about the jobs YOU'VE held in order to pay the bills and be productive! 

- Sarah Palin

Okay clearly Palin is now just trolling liberals.

What has Palin all fired up about "liberals" supposedly condemning female entrepreneurs was this article from Jezebel, poking a little fun at Mike Pence's wife's fledgling business of selling little charms you put on your towel so that you don't get it mixed up with some other person's towel.

Wait, what?

Karen Pence, wife of GOP VP pick Gov. Mike Pence and soon-to-be Second (or First) Lady of Trump Republic, Inc., is the proud founder of “That’s My Towel!” Charm, Inc. What are towel charms? I’m so glad you asked. 

Imagine a set of wine charms. Then imagine if those wine charms were designed for something even less important. That is a Towel Charm.

 Okay for one thing how do you NOT mock this?

And for another thing Karen Pence is the wife of a Governor, is a former teacher, and sells paintings of houses for money, so there is no way that she is using this business to "provide for her family."

But putting all of that aside, how in the hell does Palin use HER family as examples of hard working Americans.

As far as I know Todd does nothing but lie around the house, stopping only to accompany her to some public venue as laid out in his contract, work on his snowmachine, and occasionally do a little fishing or hunting.

Sarah herself, well we all see what she does to bring in money. She pimps herself out.

As for the rest of the family literally the only one that I know who at least had a steady job was Willow, and to be honest I am not sure any more exactly how much she works these days.

Bristol claims to work occasionally at that dermatologist office, though most of the time it seems her job is to post pictures on Instagram of the MOH husband she trapped, and the child that she claims to not want exploited.

Piper babysits.

Trig is the prop from which sprang almost all of this good fortune for the Palin family, so he's done more than his part.

And Track, well Track seems to have set a career path designed to ultimately destroy his family's credibility.

Of all of them, I would say that he is the most successful.

Now going back to that Karen Pence thing, look stupid people will buy stupid unnecessary things.

However I would bet money that she does not want one of those useless unnecessary things defending her on Facebook.

The Liberal Redneck weighs in on Black Live Matter.

Haven't posted a video from old Trae Crowder for awhile, and I kind of missed this one.

Crowder has a unique way of taking liberal positions and making them seem more than reasonable for rednecks to embrace.

I actually don't think that many of them will, but if any of them do I would not be surprised to learn that the reason is because they happened to watch a Liberal Redneck video.

So a third woman has come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexual harassment. I think we need to start paying attention to this.

Courtesy of Raw Story:

On Wednesday, in the midst of the Republican National Convention, new allegations emerged of sexual assault committed by Donald Trump. This is the third woman who has accused the GOP presidential nominee of sexual assault. 

The latest allegations of unwanted sexual contact by Trump come from Jill Harth, a makeup artist and business associate of the billionaire in the early 1990s. According to Harth, Trump sexually harassed her on numerous occasions, including cornering her in his daughter Ivanka’s bedroom and attempting to have sex with her. In 1997, Harth filed a lawsuit detailing Trump’s alleged repeated efforts to force her to have sex with him, as well as a number of other outrageous and inappropriate behaviors. 

Harth, who gave an interview to the Guardian earlier this week, says she first met Trump back in 1992, when she and her business partner and then boyfriend George Houraney were trying to recruit Trump as a partner in their beauty pageant event. The New York Times cites a 1996 deposition in which Harth describes their first meeting with Trump, when Houraney gave a business presentation to woo Trump into becoming a financial backer of the project. According to Harth, that marked the first of Trump’s many unwanted sexual advances. 

'Donald Trump stared at me throughout that meeting. He stared at me even while George was giving his presentation…In the middle of it he says to George, “Are you sleeping with her?” Meaning me. And George looked a little shocked and he said, “Well, yeah.” And he goes, “Well, for the weekend or what?”'

In Harth’s complaint, she says that at a dinner meeting at the Plaza Hotel the following night, Trump groped her under the table repeatedly, violating her “‘physical and mental integrity’ by attempting to touch [her] private parts.” The suit goes on to state that Trump introduced Harth to Plaza Hotel staff as his “new girlfriend” and, after a series of lewd comments about women, blurted out to Houraney, “You know, there’s going to be a problem. I’m very attracted to your girlfriend.”

According to this woman, Jill Harth, Trump refused to take "go to hell" for an answer and kept right on  sexually harassing her, including one incident inside of Ivanka's bedroom.

Eeeew!

The Raw Story article goes on to point out that Trump is already being accused of raping a 13 year old girl, and then of course there is that story about Ivana.

Look, as I have said before, often times powerful people are unjustly accused of doing terrible things, for all kinds of reasons, mostly money.

However there is a pattern here concerning how Trump treats women which certainly suggests that he thinks they are only good for a couple of things, and being equal to men is certainly not one of them.

In that light the idea that the thinks he can have his way with them, despite their protestations to the contrary does not seem that far fetched.

After all remember this from the convention?
Yeah, like I said I think we all need to start paying attention to these stories.

Just a reminder that Nazism and Christianity were not polar opposites.

Source
I hate it when people blame Atheists for the Nazi movement.

Everybody knows that for a movement of any real and lasting harm it needs to marry itself to a religion. And that religious folks are drawn to dictators like flies to shit.

That's why the Fundamentalists are jumping on the Trump train by the thousands.