Wednesday, December 7, 2016

AG to be Jeff Sessions Apparently Did Nothing for Civil Rights

But His Claim To Doesn't Matter - Lies Don't Matter Anymore

The nominee for Attorney General, the wanna be Grand Dragon Senator Jeff Sessions has tried to refute accusations of racism on his part by claiming a big role in fighting for civil rights and de-segreation when he was a U. S. Attorney in Alabama. Of course, that claim rings hollow by itself since Sessions was rejected by a Republican Senate for a judgeship because he was a racist.

Now the Atlantic has investigated the claim that despite the demonstrated racism of Mr. Sessions he was a civil rights fighter.  Guess what.  He wasn't.

Senator Sessions - Without the White Sheets

Sessions himself claims to have been a champion of desegregation. “I filed 20 or 30 civil-rights cases to desegregate schools and political organizations and county commissions when I was a United States attorney,” Sessions told National Reviewin 2009. . . .

The Atlantic could not find evidence Sessions filed any new school desegregation lawsuits. Searches of the legal databases Westlaw and PACER found no evidence that any new school-desegregation lawsuits were filed in Alabama’s Southern District by Sessions between 1981, when Sessions became U.S. attorney in Alabama, and 1995, when he became Alabama attorney general, though it is possible that the records exist but are not in those databases. The Atlantic could find no reference to the claim in the transcripts of his 1986 confirmation hearing.

Now in the world before Trump lies mattered, at least they mattered if you were caught in them.  No more, Trumpworld makes up its own rules, no truth allowed if it contradicts the Trump's fantasy universe.

Koch Not Only Wants to Destroy What Makes America Great

He Wants to Make a Profit Doing It

The Koch Brothers, you know, the ones that put on those rosy commercials extolling the virtues of Koch Industries are using their billions to make America terrible.  They want to end environmental regulations and allow their firms to pollute with no restraints.  They want to control state legislatures so that things like public education, help for low income and minorities and basic services are all either eliminated or privatized.  They want an America controlled by the wealthy.

And now Charles Koch wants to expand, and make a buck doing it.

Charles Koch

Charles Koch - Playing Scrooge at a Government Near You

WASHINGTON — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch is launching a new, for-profit communications agency to push his free-market agenda as his political empire gears up to shape policy in a Republican-controlled Washington and wage battles in state legislatures next month on issues from collective bargaining to occupational licensing.

Yep, the Koch Brothers, not only making hundeds of millions themselves, but using some that to keep anyone else from having a decent life.  And like a true man of wealth, a great opportunity to fire people.

David said Wednesday that 81 positions, out of 1,700 across the network, will be eliminated as a result of the consolidation.

And no workers, don't expect that call from the Trumper to save your jobs.

What to Do About the Brilliant and Foolish NYT Writer Thomas Friedman

Blind Optimism Makes Him a Crazy Person

There may be no other person as perceptive about world economic and social trends as Thomas Friedman who writes opinion columns for the Times.  But Friedman is an optimistic idiot.  His support of the Iraq war, in  which he repeatedly year after year wrote that 'the next six months are critical' spawned a term known as a Friedman.  The term stands for the idea that things are bad, have been bad but will get better in six months.  The six months is a rolling six months.

Now Friedman is writing positively on Al Gore's visit with Trump.

"I don’t expect Trump to abandon his effort to increase oil drilling or to ban coal. But I laud Gore for trying to work with him on this issue, because if Trump was to embrace the science of climate change, it would be game over for the fossilized climate deniers who remain in his own party. (Many Republican lawmakers would be relieved.) It’s also probably his single best peacetime possibility to unite Americans.
A fantasy? Maybe. But it is worth remembering how the last G.O.P. administration evolved. Texas oilman George W. Bush went from shocking the world by announcing a U.S. withdrawal from the Kyoto climate treaty to embracing “wind and solar” and calling for Americans “to address the serious challenge of climate change” in his 2007 State of the Union address."

Really, we mean really! How can this highly intelligent man keep getting fooled, keep getting played, keeping looking clueless?

Bob Dole - Once a Decent Man - Influence Peddler

Explaining How Dole Supported Trump

During the campaign one of the many mysteries was why former Senator and Presidential hopeful Bob Dole supported Donald Trump.  Now we know, he supported him for $140,00.

"Mr. Dole, a lobbyist with the Washington law firm Alston & Bird, coordinated with Mr. Trump’s campaign and the transition team to set up a series of meetings between Mr. Trump’s advisers and officials in Taiwan, according to disclosure documents filed last week with the Justice Department. Mr. Dole also assisted in successful efforts by Taiwan to include language favorable to it in the Republican Party platform, according to the documents.
Mr. Dole’s firm received $140,000 from May to October for the work, the forms said."

Undermining American foreign policy, sad, just plain sad.

Hospital Groups Warn of Catastrophic Losses on Repeal of ACA

What Are the Republicans Thinking?

When the ACA was passed it represented a bargain with hospitals.  Hospitals would get lower reimbursement rates, but more than make up the difference because previously uninsured patients who were essentially treated for free would now have insurance.  The hospital industry's bad debt expense would plummet.

So facing repeal of ACA here is what is happening.

 "The nation’s hospital industry warned President-elect Trump and                               congressional leaders on Tuesday that repealing the Affordable Care Act                  could cost hospitals $165 billion by the middle of the next decade and                      trigger “an unprecedented public health crisis.”

But since there is humor in everything, there is also this.

  "Since Trump’s election last month, most health-industry sectors have                        quietly been trying to glean — and influence — the thinking within                              Congress’s GOP majority and the president-elect’s transition team."

THINKING?  What would possibly give anyone the idea that thinking is involved here.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Making Money From Foreclosing on People's Homes - For Blackstone It's The American Way

So What if Hundreds of Thousands Are Homeless - Greedy Fund Managers Making Money is What is Important.

When the financial crisis hit millions lost their homes to foreclosure.  And Blackstone found a way to exploit the misery, which of course if what peole like Blackstone, a Wall Street vulture did.

"Blackstone and others investors believed that the housing collapse presented a rare opportunity to acquire homes for less than it cost to build them. Millions of foreclosures created a market large enough to justify investing in large systems to manage and maintain sprawling portfolios of rental homes."

As for the people who lost their homes, well too bad.  They should have become wall street greed masters.

NC Gov. McCrory Wins Coveted Dual Title, Biggest Loser, Sorest Loser

Congrats Pat, You Are the Biggest Smuck of 2016

It was all going to be so simple.  Republicans in North Carolina would pass a law denying transgender rights, the Gov would sign it in the middle of the night before opposition got organized and the GOP would bash the Dems for letting men in women's bathrooms.  And it all went south.

So the day after the election Gov. Pat McCrory, Krapper Kop, found himself losing by a very small margin.  But he had a plan.  He would denigrate the vote to the point where he would call the legislature into special session to deal with 'flood damage' and then they would change the topic and declare him the winner.  All he needed was for the election to get closer.

But fate and decency prevailed, and as more votes were counted his losing margin became bigger.  Finally in one desperate attempt to steal an election, McCrory announced that Durham county votes were rigged and demanded a recount.  He got his recount.  The vote totals were unchanged.

So McCrory quit, conceded, walked away, slunk out of the capital with his pre-hensil tail between his legs.  Democracy won a rare victory, the candidate with the most votes was the winner.  But don't give up hope Putin lovers, McCrory just started the process of establishing a standard in which if Republicans win the election was fair; if Democrats win the election was fraudulent.  Donald Trump and his minions of oligarchy are waiting to carry the fight onward.

Hey Al Gore - Please Go Back to Whatever Obscure Hiding Place You Have Been

If You Cannot Help, Please Stop Harming

Al Gore probably thinks he should have been President, and while he did emerge post 2000 as an ardent environmentalist, for the most part he just took  his ball and went home.

Now Mr. Gore is doing irrepreable harm to his cause and the cause of environmentalists everywhere.  In what can only be described as a desperate attempt to be relevant, NY Times

       "President-elect Donald J. Trump, who has called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, met on Monday with the climate-activist extraordinaire Al Gore, offering environmental activists a glimmer of hope that the Trump administration’s policies will moderate from his campaign pledges to scrap all efforts to stem the warming of the planet."

But here is reality

     "But even as the president-elect was sitting down with the former vice president, his transition team continued to court ardent opponents of climate control policies to fill key posts in the government. Many transition officials question or deny the established science of human-caused climate change and have worked aggressively to undo President Obama’s climate change policies."

So no Al, you are harming everyone by giving a hint of respectability to a person dedicated to destroying you, your credibility and your cause.  So go, please just go.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Wonder Why a Clueless Exxon CEO is Being Considered for Sec. State?

The Dismal Political Economist Explains All

To the surprise of many, particularly the groveling Mitt Romney the to be new Pres is considering the CEO of Exxon Mobil for the Secretary of State position.  Now this gentleman (what you were expecting a female?) meets the main criteria, that is, absolutely no diplotomatic or foreign policy experience.  But wait, there's more!

As Exxon’s chief executive, he has spoken against sanctions on Russia, where the company in 2012 signed a $3.2 billion deal that Mr. Putin said could eventually reach $500 billion in investments.
“We always encourage the people who are making those decisions to consider the very broad collateral damage of who are they really harming with sanctions,” Mr. Tillerson said at the company’s annual meeting in May 2014.

NC Republican Gov Pat McCrory Concedes He Lost - Complains of Unfair Rule That Allow Person with the Most Votes to Be the Winner

Expected to Take Chief Potty Patrol Position in Trump Administration

"Just the Man for the Nation's Bathrooms" Trump Tweets  (News That Didn't Happen)

News From Raleigh

"McCrory’s concession comes nearly a month after Election Day, following dozens of election complaints filed by Republicans with help from the governor’s campaign. The majority of them were dismissed by GOP-controlled county election boards."

Gosh, how disgusting is a candidate when even his own party won't cheat, lie and steal votes for him.  

Read more here:

Help Wanted - Senior Government Post - No Experience Necessary

Only Requirement - Kiss Donald Trumps A***

Apparently Plenty of Candidates Availabler

He's Not Stupid, He's My Brother

Carson:  God Called Me to Serve

God:  Did Not

The unconventional choice of the retired neurosurgeon underscores Donald Trump’s willingness to forgo traditional policy expertise in some Cabinet positions to surround himself with allies. Carson is the president-elect's first African American pick for a Cabinet-level post.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Chris Christie in Line to Be Doorman at Trump Tower

“Very Big Position” says Trump as He Announces This is Consideration Only

News That Didn’t Happen, But Will

Maro Largo Fl (API)  Dec. 3, 2106.  Donald Trump today announced that he is considering appointing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as Assistant to the Head Doorman at Trump Tower.  The so-called President Elect said Christie has the perfect temperament to be a NYC doorman, and although he cannot be considered for the top doorman position Trump feels that with enough experience in opening the door, calling a cab and groveling in general Christie could go far.

“I can see him at the White House serving tea” Trump tweeted.

Christie said he is honored to be considered for the “position, and said his only condition was not to serve in Jersey where, as he put it, “Sewer rats have a higher positive rating than I do, although to be fair most have lead better public service lives than I have.”  A spokesman for the Sewer Rats Coalition of New York and New Jersey declined comment other than to note that sewer rats are offended at being in the same category as Christie.

Mitt Romney is said to be disappointed, commenting to friends that he sucked up twice to Trump and thought he had the  inside track here.

The Pricess Bride Sicilian is Back

Is It Just Us

Or is this new cabinet member Wallace Shawn?


Trump to preside over the richest Cabinet in U.S. history

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Trump Goes Wacko on Defense Secretary

Interrupting a string of installing right wing hacks and wall street billionaires

The current Secretary of Defense is a highly educated, well respected thougtful policy maker.

The new one,

Mattis occasionally has come under scrutiny for impolitic remarks. Most notably, he said in 2005 during a panel discussion in San Diego that "it's fun to shoot some people"

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How to Turn a Modest Victory into A Huge Loss for Democrats

How Can We Miss Her When She Won't Leave

In a strategic move to appeal to young white working men and women Democrats today re-elected a rich, wealthy out of touch Californian to lead their irrelevant minority in the House


Forget the Ides of March – December 4th Is the Risky Date

Will Europe Take Another Step Towards Being Ungovernable?

This Sunday there are two critical elections in Europe.  In Austria a far right party has at least a 50-50 chance of winning the Presidency.

Austria home to, well you know, is likely to elect a neo Nazi

In Austria, the Freedom Party regularly leads opinion polls, with about one-third of the vote, easily surpassing the mainstream center-left and center-right parties and raising the once unthinkable possibility that the party will not only win the presidency, but soon head the government as well.

Its candidate for the Presidency espouses this.

Mr. Hofer, who has picked up on a previously little-noticed provision that could allow the president to dismiss a government or individual ministers, clearly aims to mold policy. He has visited neighboring Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary and the Czech Republic, and speaks of forging an alliance of Central and Eastern European nations under Austrian guidance.
In the interview, he repeatedly expressed hope that Mr. Trump’s victory will lead to relations’ being mended between the United States and Russia.
Sanctions against Moscow over its seizure of Crimea and meddling in Ukraine should be lifted, he said, “because they have not moved anything politically,” yet “have affected the economy and destroyed jobs.”
Vienna, a neutral meeting place for the Cold War superpowers, should once again host peace-seeking summits and foster economic cooperation with Russia, he said.
Yes, an Austria ultra right winger leading eastern Europe and having common calling with Russia.  Uh, been there, done that, didn’t turn out well.

In Italy a vote will be taken an amending the Constitution to make the country a little more governable.  Failure will likely cause the fall of the government, and a major banking crisis looms that could easily doom the EU to another financial disastere.

Fun times are here again.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Today’s Winner of the Mitt Romney Craven Coward Award

IBM – a Tech Giant Aspires to Grovel Like Mitt

In American for most citizens love of money trumps patriotism, idealism or principle.  And now that Donald Trump is about to be President all those citizens are flocking to embrace him.  Of course none will have the magic hypocrisy of Mitt Romney, a man willing to sell his very soul to be Secretary of State.  But many will try.

So today we  have the IBM Corporation looking to cement its greedy carcass into the bowel of the Trump Presidency.  IBM Head Ginni Rommety wrote Trump

In Rometty's letter to Trump, she had offered ways for IBM to work with the new administration, saying "I know that you are committed to help America’s economy grow in ways that are good for all its people." She spoke about scaling up vocational "new collar" IT jobs, working on infrastructure projects that incorporate technology and artificial intelligence, as well as healthcare, tax reform, and the use of IBM technology to improve care for veterans. "As you prepare to take office as our new president, I hope the ideas I have offered in this letter represent ways that we can work together to achieve prosperity that is broadly shared in our society,"

But there is a silver lining in this story.  One principled IBM employee quit because of this, and told her boss in no uncertain terms why.

Elizabeth Wood, until recently a senior content strategist at IBM, published an “open letter to my boss, IBM CEO Ms. Ginni Rometty” last week in which she said she resigned because she felt the letter, dated Nov. 14, "offered the backing of IBM’s global workforce in support of his agenda." Wood, 31, wrote that the tech giant's recruitment materials suggest "the future of the company hinges on realizing an inclusive and welcoming culture, though you do not communicate this vision" within the letter Rometty wrote to Trump. Wood wrote to Rometty that "the president-elect has demonstrated contempt for immigrants, veterans, people with disabilities, Black, Latinx, Jewish,
Muslim and LGBTQ communities. These groups comprise a growing portion of the company you lead."

Ms. Wood,  you are an American hero.  And Ms. Ginni Rommetty, you are the epitomy of a Mitt Romney craven coward.  Enjoy Ginni!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tragically, He's Right

Quote of the Day

“My knowledge of foreign policy is as good, or better, than anybody they’re talking to.”
— Rudy Giuliani, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, making the case for why he should be Secretary of State.

Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law was associated with a sharp increase in killings in the state, according to a new study

Gosh, who could have seen that coming?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Donald Trump to Take Presidency Public with IPO

Amazing Just How Much Money Can Be Made From Public Office He Says

News That Hasn’t Happened, But Could

Nov. 25, 2016 Maro Largo (Rewters)   President elect Donald Trump said today that he would be engaging several investment firms to make a public offering of the Presidency so that, in his words “High net work people that love me can make the same millions I am going to make from being President”.  Although open to the public, the initial cost for shares in the Presidency would probably be about $10 million, making them accessible to only billionaires.  And would be investors would have to submit a signed affidavit stating that they thought Mr. Trump was a really good guy.

Trump said he got the idea after he realized that there were no ethics laws governing the Presidency and that there were tremendous opportunities.  Trump plans to refit his private aircraft to Air Force One standards and rent it to the government for $5 million a day.  He also said he would set up a reservations service in the White House so that foreign dignitaries could reserve rooms at a Trump hotel by paying a $1 million reservation fee, which he said was much cheaper for them.  By having the funds go to his foundation Mr. Trump will avoid income taxes on the fees.

Another inspiration for Trump was that he noticed how much money ex-Presidents (except for Harry Truman) made and mocked them on Twitter for waiting until after they left office to capitalize on their positions.  “Don’t they know the real value is when you are President” he told his son-in-law and soon to be Chief Bagman.  Trump referenced the empty rooms at the White House and noted that they could easily fetch $500,000 a night for insurance company lobbyists who would soon have a lot of money when Medicare became the property of the health insurance industry.

The Republican Party issued a statement saying this is just the sort of thing Democrats condemn because they are anti-business.