Friday, December 23, 2016

The Trump transition team wants a list of State Department employees who worked on gender equality and ending violence against women. Gee, I wonder why?

Courtesy of NPR: 

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has asked the State Department to list its workers who focus on gender equality and ending violence against women, in what's being seen as an echo of an earlier request for the Energy Department to list employees who work on climate change. 

In a brief email that was sent Wednesday morning, the Trump team asked the State Department's bureaus and offices to list any programs or activities that "promote gender equality, such as ending gender-based violence, promoting women's participation in economic and political spheres, entrepreneurship, etc." 

The email was acquired and published by The New York Times, which reports: 

"Although the wording of the memo is neutral and does not hint at any policy change, it rattled State Department employees, even those at senior levels. Some officials said they feared that the incoming Trump administration was trying to determine what programs were focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, though the memo did not refer to them." 

The team also asked the department offices to "note positions whose primary functions are to promote such issues" and to highlight any funds for the current financial year that are "already allocated to such programs and activities." 

Is it just me, or is every single new thing we learn about this administration more upsetting than the thing before?

I actually tried to imagine what possible reason the team could have for requesting this list if were NOT to do away with any work protecting women against violence or protecting them from gender bias, and I came up with nothing.

Targeting Energy Department employees for attempting to protect the planet, and now targeting State Department employees for attempting to protect women. All while talking about reentering a nuclear arms war.

Can it really get any worse than this?

Wait, don't answer that. I am afraid I already know the answer.

52 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:37 AM

    He's having his buddy Peter Thiel work on a Muslim list. Thiel is too fucking stupid to not realize his own work could someday be used against him.

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    1. Anonymous12:14 PM

      I've chosen to boycott Pay Pal, Thiel's company. It's something to consider....

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    2. Anonymous12:39 PM

      Yeah, I've stopped using PayPal, too.

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    3. Anonymous1:25 PM

      Me too

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    4. Anonymous1:46 PM

      I did not know re Thiel/PayPal. Thx for the info. Never again for me, too.

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    5. Anonymous2:28 PM

      Same here.

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    6. Anonymous2:31 PM

      I think, we should all boycott all those companies where the JAM (that will be his name for me - he is NOTMYPRESIDENT!!!) has appointed the scum of the scum from the drained pond.
      I congratulate all the performers who refuse to appear on the JAM's coronation!

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    7. Anonymous2:49 PM

      Peter Thiel, Asshole that he is, is no longer part of PayPal. Boycotting them will not make a difference to him.

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  2. State should tell the trump takeover (not transition) team to do their own damn research after the coup is certified and to fuck off until then.

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    1. Anonymous12:26 PM

      I agree with you, Nefer. I only hope that some Republicans are as frightened of the Trump nightmare to come as the rest of us are. My fear is that they are not; either they applaud these totalitarian steps or they are ignoring them.

      Despite it all, Nefer, I wish you a happy holiday with family and friends.
      Beaglemom

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    2. Anonymous12:36 PM

      Yeah, especially given how Trump has just gone ahead and played at being pres all week and not consulted Obama.

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    3. Anonymous12:45 PM

      Happy Holidays to both of you, Nefer and Beaglemom! Both of you are very wise.

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    4. God Jul! Nefer. That's all I have in my contemplation to Scandinavia.

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    5. Happy holidays to you too, Beaglemom, from the beautiful Keweenaw! And to you, Anonymous 12:45!

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    6. abbafan3:45 PM

      Nefer and Beaglemom - all the best of the season to you both! I have always admired your witty prose. Here in Canada, the orange shit-gibbon's impending disastrous policies spell big trouble for our economy, mainly our resource and manufacturing sector.

      A report published yesterday said that the Canadian dollar may tank as low as $0.65 U.S. for most of 2017. trump's protectionist measures may induce a recession here. My heart goes out to my American neighbours (the rational ones) who must endure the destruction of guaranteed supplements that those bastard republicans and their rich cronies will siphon from the Treasury.

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    7. Anonymous7:50 PM

      For Nefer, Beaglemom, G and daughter.
      Happy Saturnalia

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  3. Anonymous11:45 AM


    The Hill:
    Flynn worked with company run by man convicted of KGB ties: report

    President-elect Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn partnered this year with a company that is run in part by a man who was convicted of trying to sell stolen biotech material to the KGB, Bloomberg News reported Friday.

    Subu Kota pleaded guilty in 1996 to selling the contraband to an undercover FBI agent posing as a KGB spy. Kota was also alleged to have been affiliated with someone who was later convicted of being a KGB agent.

    Read more at:
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/311630-report-flynn-partnered-with-company-run-by-man-convicted-of

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  4. Anonymous12:00 PM

    They're looking to bring them over to ease the transition and make things easier for them.

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  5. Anonymous12:09 PM

    Yes, you're right, it CAN get worse. Trump could stop talking about using nuclear weapons, and go right to actually using them.

    Universe help us, please.......

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    1. Anonymous12:23 PM

      I hope China counters with a bomb that blows Trump to smithereens! He should be their first target!

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    2. Anonymous1:33 PM

      12:23. nukes take out far more than just one person. The Obamas will be living in DC after retirement... :(

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  6. Anonymous12:11 PM

    Is it just me, or is every single new thing we learn about this administration more upsetting than the thing before?
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    I hope someone is keeping track and writing it all down. If there are any future generations they will want to know what happened. Someone has to do The Tellin'.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23SVHUPrUJ4

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    1. Anonymous1:43 PM

      O/T Have anyone heard the reason why Melania will be staying at trump tower and not move into the White House, is because she doesn't have the Clearance to live at the White House?

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  7. Anonymous12:17 PM

    Bit by bit tearing it all away. "Making America Great Again" for whom, exactly? There's going to be a lot of people on this country sorry that they voted for him. You can take that one to the bank. IDIOTS.

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    1. That is the question the Deplorables should have been asking. Who is he making America great for? Because if they had been paying attention to the FACTS rather than the lies and fake news, they would have known (like the rest of us) that it wasn't for us. It was for HIM. Unless you're a billionaire, America is not going to be great for you.

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  8. Anonymous12:20 PM

    I hope President Obama tells them not to give Trump's team a fucking thing!

    I don't trust Trump as far as I could throw him and we all know that wouldn't be 1/16th of an inch due to his blubber!

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    1. Anonymous1:44 PM

      What they should give him is the name of every single person in the Department, after much delay. Ditto for all such requests.

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    2. Anonymous2:49 PM

      I know I wouldn't want my name given to the Trump team just because I was working in a department they didn't like! It doesn't seem legal to me!

      I'd be screaming and hollering and contacting President Obama and his Administration!

      Trump's approach is like Hitler! He needs to be stopped in his tracks before he takes office on January 20, 2017.

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    3. 1/16th due to his blubber.
      Er. Bladder.

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  9. Anonymous12:23 PM

    “The transition team should clarify their intent,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, in a statement. “I can promise that if the next administration intends to roll back programs designed to lift women up, it will very quickly meet stiff opposition in the Senate.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/12/22/us/politics/document-trump-transition-state-dept-gender-related-staffing.html

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/22/us/politics/state-department-gender-equality-trump-transition.html

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    1. So they can tell another lie?

      We *know* what their intent is.

      Kellyfuckinganne is going to say so they can formulate and institute programs. She just won't mention in whether these programs will be good or bad for those at which they are directed.

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  10. Anonymous12:27 PM

    Don’t Forget The Progressive Victories That Came Out Of An Otherwise Crappy Year

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/2016-best-progressive-moments_us_585d4a40e4b0de3a08f50a5e

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  11. Anonymous12:38 PM

    Just read that Trump's NY co-chair, Carl Paladino, said that Michelle Obama is a man and should be living in Africa. This is a guy who cheated on his wife and told her about his love child with the mistress the week the wife's son was killed in an accident. Trump's band of brothers is just so fucking ugly.

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    1. Anonymous1:42 PM

      . . . as in "ha ha YOUR son is dead but MINE is not?"

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    2. Anonymous1:50 PM

      I would love to see guys him like him shot at sunrise tomorrow! Paladino is the most racist Republican in our country when it comes to things he has said about the Obamas!

      Thank God, President and First Lady Obama have the majority of the country behind them - their approval ratings are outstanding and they are loved and respected by many!

      Paladino is disliked in his own state of AZ - as well as countrywide! Fuck him!

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    3. There was a very old joke in the anti 'Nam era. It went as the guy being at the door bringing a singing telegram'

      "Hello, Maam.
      "I have a message for you."
      "Tra la la la... your son id dead."

      Nice. Expect it.

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  12. Anonymous12:45 PM

    CNN Host Demands Answers: Kellyanne Conway, ‘You’re Not Answering’

    After news broke of an inauguration day pay-to-play scheme involving access to Trump, Donald's new senior advisor, Kellyanne Conway couldn't come up with any better defense of Trump's son's possible involvement other than to attack Bill Clinton and praise Eric Trump's past charitable work.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2016/12/cnn-host-demands-answers-kellyanne-conway

    She is as slippery as Drump is.

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  13. Anonymous12:46 PM

    Rachel Maddow was on with Seth Meyers last night, and used Donald Trump's irrational fear of windmills to make it easy for average Americans to understand conflict of interest.

    Yes, Donald Trump hates windmills.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2016/12/rachel-maddow-late-night-trump-terrified

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    1. Anonymous2:04 PM

      Trump hates offshore windmills that spoil the pristine ocean view from his golf course in Scotland, which he built on formerly pristine sand dunes that should have been a protected site but are now turfed over and with tacky buildings selling cocktails to rich golfers. This is the place where he cut off the water of a v old woman living on his perimeter, who now must fetch all her water with a wheelbarrow each day.

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    2. Anonymous2:41 PM

      I love how the head of Scotland stood up to Trump and put the windmills in anyway across from his golf course.

      I so hope more and more folks stand up AGAINST the fat slob and evil doer! He needs to be brought down a few pegs and his ego cracked in multiple places!

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  14. Anonymous12:47 PM

    Bill O'Reilly Joins Dangerous Witch Hunt Against Professor Already In Hiding

    http://crooksandliars.com/2016/12/bill-oreilly-joins-dangerous-witch-hunt

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  15. Anonymous12:53 PM

    The Eric Trump Charity Paid the Trump Organization Big Bucks

    Lavish parties held on Trump golf courses were funded by donors.

    http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/eric-trump-charity-paid-trump-organization-big-bucks

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    1. Anonymous1:46 PM

      Trump and his elite family need to be investigated every day as to their financial doings once Trump takes the oath (1/20/17) which he'll never legally follow!

      They are not to be trusted - already proven - fuck them!

      I especially hate the fact taxpayers have to pay for their protection. They should pay for their own - the Trump Tower location, etc. - none of them should be protected by our government as Trump will not work for the people or represent the majority of us! I could care less if any of them meeet their demise!

      They are evil, rancid, rich people and Trump will never be my potus!

      Plus, stop calling him "Mr." Trump which is how he wants to be referred! Most/majority have no respect for the man and he deserves 'no' reverence whatsoever!

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  16. Anonymous12:54 PM

    Robert Reich Lays Bare Trump's Four Techniques for Manipulating the Media
    This is how a tweeting wannabe tyrant plays.

    Historically, tyrants have tried to control the press using 4 techniques that, worryingly, Donald Trump is already using.

    http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/robert-reich-lays-bare-trumps-four-techniques-manipulating-media

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  17. Anonymous1:30 PM

    Somebody should remind pooty that his crime was not against or about Hillary or Democrats. It was a crime against America, and she aint happy about it. and she will kick up more dirt than a whore in church.

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  18. Anonymous1:40 PM

    Is it just me, or is every single new thing we learn about this administration more upsetting than the thing before?

    Hard to decide which is worse: the statement this AM about nuclear proliferation? Or this?

    I say we do like the King of Denmark, or Belgium, or one of those v civilized countries, when Hitler demanded each Jew wear a yellow star. The king and his family were to first to appear on the street with them. And many many others, Jewish or not, did the same. Yes, we are about to be in those times again.

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  19. Anonymous2:08 PM

    Well dickhead donald, I'd like to know how many abortions you have paid for.

    How high is that wall today?

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  20. Anonymous2:26 PM

    Unfortunately, the Energy Department has already complied and given the requested information.

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  21. Anonymous3:18 PM

    It's amazing how much she looks like Melania! The Mummy, that is.

    http://www.traileraddict.com/the-mummy-2017/trailer

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  22. Anonymous10:16 PM

    I am so scared for our country right now. We have never before seen anything like this.

    We may not live to see the next four years. I don't know what to do??? We are powerless, I think.

    Help, anyone know what to do??

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  23. Pence plays a big role here. Former Catholic, Evangelical convert, he takes the worst possible misconstruction of the tenets of faith and uses them to shore up his perceived superior standing, while relegating lesser beings--like women, children, the poor, and anyone with rich meĺanin--to subhuman status.

    In his own way, Pence is more evil than Trump, while passing for a good Christian. Francis of Assist must be writhing in his tomb.

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  24. He's looking for all of the money that can be diverted to the rich. The more he can cut, the bigger the tax cuts to the wealthy can be.

    He's going to eliminate programs and fired employees to pay for it. Anything that isn't on his agenda (like gender equality) or is against it (like climate change) is on the chopping block.

    This is why the Democrats need to OBSTRUCT at every corner. Everything. Not just pick and choose. Every damned thing. Exactly what the Republicans did and maybe even more. Even if they shut the government down. Time to GROW A PAIR.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/center-for-community-change-action/senate-republicans-were-w_b_13745176.html?section=us_politics

    "McConnell’s eight years of obstruction was wrong. It was craven politics that reflected nothing more than partisan warfare, and Democrats were right to rail against him.

    Now, in the era of Donald Trump, Democrats are wondering: Should we draw from McConnell’s playbook and use every effort to block Trump’s extreme platform?

    The answer is yes: gumming up the works in Congress will not only be the most effective strategy, but it is also morally justifiable. Here’s why."

    "In short, the threats from the incoming Trump administration are qualitatively greater than those of any recent major party nominee. And there is a moral imperative to stop this reckless agenda: Democrats must stand with the most vulnerable people in our society when they are under attack.

    If Democrats cave on anything — for instance, a deeply-flawed infrastructure bill that they fear will appeal to the white working-class — they will be handing legitimacy to a Trump administration that will use that political capital to double-down on attacking immigrants, Muslims, and people of color. After all, Trump’s winning formula thus far has been precisely that: a combination of misguided economic populism with white nationalist appeals. There is no responsible way to negotiate with such an administration."

    "Only once Democrats in Congress have passed this moral and strategic test should they reconsider their strategy. After the grave threat to American communities has subsided, the two parties in Washington can engage again in the discussion of how to fix our broken political system."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mitch-mcconnell-machiavelli-2016_us_58519c78e4b0e411bfd50d1a

    "Manley said there’s at least one difference between McConnell and the enduring 15th century stereotype of a political villain.

    “I think Machiavelli had at least a little bit of heart,” he said. “I don’t think McConnell does.” "

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