Tuesday, January 31, 2017

America Under Siege: An American President Fans The Fires Of Hate And Fear

Well, President _____ is continuing his Hate Tour, and this time has followed through on plans for a Muslim Ban that, in his words, isn’t about Muslims ... except it is.

This is what he’s done:
He has banned entry to the US for people born in seven majority Muslim countries—Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen—including those who already hold legal green cards and visas, for 90 days.
He has not banned entry into the US for people from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, or Turkey, even though Saudi Arabia was home to 15 of the 19 9/11 terrorists; in addition, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey all countries where Donald _____ has business dealings. Coincidence? I think not.
He has suspended the Syrian refugee plan indefinitely.
He has suspended the entire refugee plan for 120 days
He has banned entry to the US for dual-nationality passport holders, meaning citizens of the above countries who also hold, for example, a British passport, are also banned for 90 days.
He has not banned Christian refugees from any of these countries, so no matter what you hear it is a Muslim ban.
He has capped refugee total to 50,000 
Trump came up with his Muslim ban following the Orlando nightclub shooting, even though that attack was not committed not by refugees or migrants, but by a United States citizen who was born in New York. He came up with his ban even though, out of all the fatal terror attacks carried out on US soil since 9/11, none ... NONE ... have been committed by immigrants from the seven majority Muslim countries targeted by the ban.

Naturally, _____ and his band of white supremacists, lead by anti-Semite Steve Bannon, who may, or may not be, the actual President of the United States, have tried to paint this ban as the same kinds of actions taken by President Barack Obama in 2011 and President Jimmy Carter back in 1979; they are not and here’s how:

In 2011 Obama paused approvals of refugee applications from Iraq for a period of six months after two Iraqi al-Qaeda terrorists were discovered living as refugees in Kentucky.

He did not base his decision on religion; his order selected Iraqi nationals based on geography and a specific event, not religion, and it was done in response to a specific event. His decision allowed FBI agents enough time to gather fingerprints from captured roadside bombs, which they used to toughen their refugee screening process.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter placed sanctions on Iran after they held 52 American diplomats hostage for 444 days. The sanctions included a block on all future visas issued to Iranian citizens.

But, unlike ____, what he didn’t do was base it on religion; it was a block targeting Iranian nationals, not Muslims. Carter's sanctions were the culmination of a long-running escalation of tensions between the US and Iran.

See, these bans, or sanctions, are not at all the same; _____ targeted multitudes of people who share the same faith from seven different countries, though not those with whom he does business; Obama and Carter did not.

Don’t perpetuate the _____ lie.

And while speaking out about President _____ and his nationalist, white supremacist, agenda, keep in mind those in Congress who said nothing, and did nothing, because saying and doing nothing is the same as agreeing with what _____ is doing.

Out of the 292 Republicans in Congress, as of Monday afternoon, just thirty-five have publicly expressed some kind of opposition to _____’s refugee ban, and fifty-three have goose-stepped along with Hair Furor. But what about the 204 who have said nothing.

While almost ... almost ... every Democrat in Congress publicly opposed the order, the list of Republicans who opposed or critiqued the order is very short ... just 35 Republicans in Congress oppose, or are critical of, _____’s immigration order.

And they are:
—from Arizona: Sen. Jeff Flake; Sen. John McCain
—from California: Rep. Jeff Denham
—from Colorado: Rep. Scott Tipton; Rep. Mike Coffman
—from Florida: Rep. Carlos Curbelo; Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
—from Illinois: Rep. Adam Kinzinger
—from Indiana: Rep. Susan W. Brooks
—from Kansas: Rep. Kevin Yoder; Sen. Jerry Moran
—from Maine: Sen. Susan M. Collins
—from Michigan: Rep. Justin Amash
—from Minnesota: Rep. Erik Paulsen
—from Nebraska: Sen. Ben Sasse
—from Nevada: Sen. Dean Heller
—from New Jersey: Rep. Leonard Lance; Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen
—from New York: Rep. John J. Faso; Rep. Elise Stefanik; Rep. John Katko
—from Ohio: Rep. David P. Joyce; Rep. Steve Stivers; Sen. Rob Portman
—from Oklahoma: Sen. James Lankford
—from Pennsylvania: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick; Rep. Charles Dent
—from South Carolina: Sen. Lindsey Graham
—from Tennessee: Sen. Lamar Alexander; Sen. Bob Corker
—from Texas: Rep. Will Hurd; Rep. Pete Sessions
—from Utah: Rep. Jason Chaffetz; Sen. Orrin Hatch
—from Virginia: Rep. Barbara Comstock

And so that means that 204 Republicans in Congress have said nothing or stayed neutral
—from Alabama: Rep. Martha Roby; Rep. Mike Rogers; Rep. Mo Brooks; Rep. Gary J. Palmer; Sen. Jeff Sessions; Sen. Richard C. Shelby
—from Alaska: Sen. Lisa Murkowski; Sen. Dan Sullivan; Rep. Don Young
—from Arizona: Rep. Martha McSally; Rep. Paul Gosar; Rep. Andy Biggs; Rep. David Schweikert; Rep. Trent Franks
—from Arkansas: Rep. J. French Hill; Rep. Steve Womack; Rep. Bruce Westerman; Sen. John Boozman
—from California: Rep. Doug LaMalfa; Rep. Tom McClintock; Rep. Paul Cook; Rep. David Valadao; Rep. Kevin McCarthy; Rep. Stephen Knight; Rep. Edward R. Royce; Rep. Ken Calvert; Rep. Mimi Walters; Rep. Dana Rohrabacher; Rep. Darrell E. Issa; Rep. Duncan D. Hunter; Rep. Ken Buck
—from Colorado: Sen. Cory Gardner
—from Florida: Rep. Ted Yoho; Rep. John Rutherford; Rep. Ron DeSantis; Rep. Bill Posey; Rep. Daniel Webster; Rep. Gus Bilirakis; Rep. Thomas Rooney; Rep. Brian Mast; Rep. Francis Rooney; Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart; Sen. Marco Rubio
—from Georgia: Rep. Buddy Carter; Rep. Drew Ferguson; Rep. Tom Price; Rep. Rob Woodall; Rep. Austin Scott; Rep. Doug Collins; Rep. Jody B. Hice; Rep. Barry Loudermilk; Rep. Rick W. Allen; Rep. Tom Graves;  Sen. Johnny Isakson; Sen. David Perdue
—from Idaho: Rep. Raul Labrador; Rep. Michael Simpson; Sen. Mike Crapo; Sen. James Risch
—from Illinois: Rep. Peter Roskam; Rep. Mike Bost; Rep. Rodney Davis; Rep. Randy Hultgren; Rep. Darin LaHood
—from Indiana: Rep. Jim Banks; Rep. Todd Rokita; Rep. Luke Messer; Rep. Larry Bucshon; Rep. Trey Hollingsworth; Sen. Todd Young
—from Iowa: Rep. Rod Blum; Rep. David Young; Rep. Steve King; Sen. Joni Ernst; Sen. Chuck Grassley
—from Kansas: Rep. Roger Marshall; Rep. Lynn Jenkins; Sen. Pat Roberts
—from Kentucky: Rep. James Comer; Rep. Brett Guthrie; Rep. Thomas Massie; Rep. Harold Rogers; Rep. Andy Barr; Sen. Mitch McConnell; Sen. Rand Paul
—from Louisiana: Rep. Clay Higgins; Rep. Garret Graves; Sen. Bill Cassidy; Sen. John Kennedy
—from Maine: Rep. Bruce Poliquin
—from Maryland: Rep. Andy Harris
—from  Michigan: Rep. Jack Bergman; Rep. Bill Huizenga; Rep. John R. Moolenaar; Rep. Fred Upton; Rep. Tim Walberg; Rep. Mike Bishop; Rep. Paul Mitchell
—from Minnesota: Rep. Jason Lewis; Rep. Tom Emmer
—from Mississippi: Rep. Trent Kelly; Rep. Gregg Harper; Rep. Steven M. Palazzo; Sen. Thad Cochran; Sen. Roger F. Wicker
—from  Missouri: Rep. Ann Wagner; Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer; Rep. Vicky Hartzler; Rep. Sam Graves; Rep. Billy Long; Rep. Jason Smith
—from Montana: Rep. Ryan Zinke
—from Nebraska: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry; Rep. Don Bacon; Rep. Adrian Smith; Sen. Deb Fischer
—from Nevada: Rep. Mark Amodei
—from New Jersey: Rep. Thomas MacArthur; Rep. Christopher H. Smith
—from New Mexico: Rep. Stevan Pearce
—from New York: Rep. Dan Donovan; Rep. Chris Collins
—from  North Carolina: Rep. George Holding; Rep. Walter Jones; Rep. Virginia Foxx; Rep. Mark Walker; Rep. Robert Pittenger; Rep. Patrick McHenry; Rep. Mark Meadows; Sen. Richard Burr; Sen. Thom Tillis
—from Dakota: Rep. Kevin Cramer; Sen. John Hoeven
—from  Ohio: Rep. Steve Chabot; Rep. Jim Jordan; Rep. Robert Latta; Rep. Bob Gibbs; Rep. Michael Turner; Rep. Patrick Tiberi
—from Oklahoma: Rep. Jim Bridenstine; Rep. Markwayne Mullin; Rep. Frank Lucas; Rep. Tom Cole; Rep. Steve Russell; Sen. James Inhofe;
—from Oregon: Rep. Greg Walden
—from  Pennsylvania: Rep. Mike Kelly; Rep. Glenn Thompson; Rep. Patrick Meehan; Rep. Bill Shuster; Rep. Tom Marino; Rep. Lloyd Smucker
—from South Carolina: Rep. Mark Sanford; Rep. Joe Wilson; Rep. Trey Gowdy; Rep. Mick Mulvaney; Rep. Tom Rice; Sen. Tim Scott
—from South Dakota: Sen. Mike Rounds; Sen. John Thune
—from  Tennessee: Rep. David Roe; Rep. John Duncan Jr; Rep. Chuck Fleischmann; Rep. Scott DesJarlais; Rep. David Kustoff
—from Texas: Rep. Louie Gohmert; Rep. Ted Poe; Rep. Sam Johnson; Rep. Jeb Hensarling; Rep. John Culberson; Rep. Kevin Brady; Rep. Mike Conaway; Rep. Kay Granger; Rep. Mac Thornberry; Rep. Randy Weber; Rep. Jodey Arrington; Rep. Lamar Smith; Rep. Pete Olson; Rep. Kenny Marchant; Rep. Blake Farenthold; Rep. John Carter; Sen. John Cornyn; Sen. Ted Cruz
—from Utah: Rep. Rob Bishop; Rep. Chris Stewart; Rep. Mia Love
—from Virginia: Rep. Robert Wittman; Rep. Tom Garrett; Rep. Dave Brat; Rep. H. Morgan Griffith
—from Washington: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler; Rep. Dan Newhouse; Rep. David Reichert
—from West Virginia: Rep. David McKinley; Rep. Alexander Mooney; Rep. Evan Jenkins; Sen. Shelley Moore Capito
—from Wisconsin: Rep. Glenn Grothman; Rep. Sean Duffy; Rep. Mike Gallagher; Sen. Ron Johnson
—from Wyoming: Sen. John Barrasso; Rep. Liz Cheney; Sen. Michael B. Enzi

And the Democrats in Congress who have said nothing are:
—from Arizona: Rep. Tom O'Halleran
—from Florida: Rep. Al Lawson; Rep. Charlie Crist
—from Georgia: Rep. Sanford Bishop; Rep. David Scott
—from Illinois: Rep. Bobby Rush
—from Minnesota: Rep. Collin Peterson
—from Texas: Rep. Al Green; Rep. Vicente Gonzalez; Rep. Filemon Vela

But here are the Democrats in Congress who have released statements against the order:
—from Alabama: Rep. Terri Sewell
—from Arizona: Rep. Raul M. Grijalva; Rep. Ruben Gallego; Rep. Kyrsten Sinema
—from California: Rep. Jared Huffman; Rep. John Garamendi; Rep. Mike Thompson; Rep. Doris Matsui; Rep. Ami Bera; Rep. Jerry McNerney; Rep. Mark DeSaulnier; Rep. Nancy Pelosi; Rep. Barbara Lee; Rep. Jackie Speier; Rep. Eric Swalwell; Rep. Jim Costa; Rep. Ro Khanna; Rep. Anna G. Eshoo; Rep. Zoe Lofgren; Rep. Jimmy Panetta; Rep. Salud Carbajal; Rep. Julia Brownley; Rep. Judy Chu; Rep. Adam Schiff; Rep. Tony Cardenas; Rep. Brad Sherman; Rep. Pete Aguilar; Rep. Grace Napolitano; Rep. Ted Lieu; Rep. Norma Torres; Rep. Raul Ruiz; Rep. Karen Bass; Rep. Linda Sanchez; Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard; Rep. Mark Takano; Rep. Maxine Waters; Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan; Rep. J. Luis Correa; Rep. Alan Lowenthal;  Rep. Juan Vargas; Rep. Scott Peters; Rep. Susan Davis; Sen. Dianne Feinstein; Sen. Kamala D. Harris
—from Colorado: Rep. Diana DeGette; Rep. Jared Polis; Rep. Ed Perlmutter; Sen. Michael Bennet
—from Connecticut: Rep. John Larson; Rep. Joe Courtney; Rep. Rosa DeLauro; Rep. Jim Himes; Rep. Elizabeth Esty; Sen. Richard Blumenthal; Sen. Christopher Murphy
—from Delaware: Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester; Sen. Thomas R. Carper; Sen. Chris Coons
—from Florida: Rep. Stephanie N. Murphy; Rep. Darren Soto; Rep. Val Butler Demings; Rep. Kathy Castor; Rep. Alcee Hastings; Rep. Lois Frankel; Rep. Ted Deutch; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Rep. Frederica Wilson; Sen. Bill Nelson
—from Georgia: Rep. Hank Johnson; Rep. John Lewis
—from Hawaii: Rep. Colleen Hanabusa; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; Sen. Mazie Hirono; Sen. Brian Schatz
—from Illinois: Rep. Robin L. Kelly; Rep. Daniel Lipinski; Rep. Luis Gutierrez; Rep. Mike Quigley; Rep. Danny Davis; Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi; Rep. Jan Schakowsky; Rep. Brad Schneider; Rep. Bill Foster; Rep. Cheri Bustos; Sen. Tammy Duckworth; Sen. Richard Durbin
—from Indiana: Rep. Peter Visclosky; Rep. Andre Carson; Sen. Joe Donnelly
—from Iowa: Rep. David Loebsack
—from Kentucky: Rep. John Yarmuth
—from Louisiana: Rep. Cedric L. Richmond
—from Maine: Rep. Chellie Pingree; Sen. Angus King
—from Maryland: Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger; Rep. John P. Sarbanes; Rep. Anthony Brown; Rep. Steny Hoyer; Rep. John Delaney; Rep. Elijah Cummings; Rep. Jamie Raskin; Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin; Sen. Chris Van Hollen
—from Massachusetts: Rep. Richard Neal; Rep. James McGovern; Rep. Niki Tsongas; Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy; Rep. Katherine Clark; Rep. Seth Moulton; Rep. Michael Capuano; Rep. Stephen Lynch; Rep. William Keating; Sen. Edward Markey; Sen. Elizabeth Warren
—from Michigan: Rep. Daniel Kildee; Rep. Sander Levin; Rep. Debbie Dingell; Rep. John Conyers; Rep. Brenda Lawrence; Sen. Gary C. Peters; Sen. Debbie Stabenow
—from Minnesota: Rep. Timothy Walz; Rep. Betty McCollum; Rep. Keith Ellison; Rep. Rick Nolan; Sen. Al Franken; Sen. Amy Klobuchar
—from Mississippi: Rep. Bennie G. Thompson
—from Missouri: Rep. Lacy Clay; Rep. Emanuel Cleaver; Sen. Claire McCaskill
—from Montana: Sen. Jon Tester
—from Nevada: Rep. Jacky Rosen; Rep. Ruben Kihuen; Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto
—from New Hampshire: Rep. Carol Shea-Porter; Rep. Ann Kuster; Sen. Maggie Hassan; Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
—from New Jersey: Rep. Donald Norcross; Rep. Josh Gottheimer; Rep. Frank Pallone; Rep. Albio Sires; Rep. Bill Pascrell; Rep. Donald Payne; Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman; Sen. Cory Booker; Sen. Robert Menendez
—from New Mexico: Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham; Rep. Ben Ray Lujan; Sen. Martin Heinrich; Sen. Tom Udall
—from New York: Rep. Thomas Suozzi; Rep. Kathleen Rice; Rep. Gregory Meeks; Rep. Grace Meng; Rep. Nydia Velazquez; Rep. Hakeem Jeffries; Rep. Yvette Clarke; Rep. Jerrold Nadler; Rep. Carolyn Maloney; Rep. Adriano Espaillat; Rep. Joseph Crowley; Rep. Jose Serrano; Rep. Eliot Engel; Rep. Nita Lowey; Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney; Rep. Paul Tonko; Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter; Rep. Brian Higgins; Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand; Sen. Charles Schumer
—from North Carolina: Rep. G. K. Butterfield; Rep. David E. Price; Rep. Alma S. Adams
—from North Dakota: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
—from Ohio: Rep. Joyce Beatty; Rep. Marcy Kaptur; Rep. Marcia Fudge; Rep. Tim Ryan; Sen. Sherrod Brown
—from Oregon: Rep. Suzanne Bonamici; Rep. Earl Blumenauer; Rep. Peter A. DeFazio; Rep. Kurt Schrader; Sen. Jeff Merkley; Sen. Ron Wyden
—from Pennsylvania: Rep. Bob Brady; Rep. Dwight Evans; Rep. Brendan Boyle; Rep. Michael Doyle; Rep. Matt Cartwright; Sen. Bob Casey
—from Rhode Island: Rep. David Cicilline; Rep. James Langevin; Sen. Jack Reed; Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
—from South Carolina: Rep. James Clyburn
—from Tennessee: Rep. Jim Cooper; Rep. Steve Cohen
—from Texas: Rep. Beto O'Rourke; Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee; Rep. Joaquin Castro; Rep. Henry Cuellar; Rep. Gene Green; Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson; Rep. Marc Veasey; Rep. Lloyd Doggett
—from Vermont: Sen. Patrick Leahy; Sen. Bernie Sanders; Rep. Peter Welch
—from Virginia: Rep. Bobby Scott; Rep. A. Donald McEachin; Rep. Don Beyer; Rep. Gerald Connolly; Sen. Tim Kaine; Sen. Mark Warner
—from  Washington: Rep. Suzan DelBene; Rep. Rick Larsen; Rep. Derek Kilmer; Rep. Pramila Jayapal; Rep. Adam Smith; Rep. Denny Heck; Sen. Maria Cantwell; Sen. Patty Murray
—from West Virginia: Sen. Joe Manchin
—from Wisconsin: Rep. Mark Pocan; Rep. Ron Kind; Rep. Gwen Moore; Sen. Tammy Baldwin

If you can, take a minute to email, Facebook, or Tweet those in Congress who support discrimination, those who stand by and do nothing—which, I think, just might be worse—and then take another minute to notify your representatives in Congress who have taken a stand against discrimination of any kind, especially this discrimination based on fear and fear of a particular religion.

Resist.

On a side note ... this past week French-Canadian Alexandre Bissonnette killed six and wounded eight at a Quebec mosque.

This man is a white man—though both the White House and FoxNews called him a Moroccan man because, you know, brown-skin, from over there—and this murderer is a _____ fan; he has the same views on immigration as our current president, so are we surprised that mere days after _____ banned all Muslims—and, again, let’s be clear, it’s a Muslim ban—that a white supremacist murdered a group of Muslims while they were at prayer?

I don’t think so. The blood of those killed in Quebec is on the hands of President _____ and his white nationalist cohorts.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released this statement in the wake of the attack:
“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge.
On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of all those who have died, and we wish a speedy recovery to those who have been injured.
While authorities are still investigating and details continue to be confirmed, it is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence. Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear.
Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country. Canadian law enforcement agencies will protect the rights of all Canadians, and will make every effort to apprehend the perpetrators of this act and all acts of intolerance.
Tonight, we grieve with the people of Ste-Foy and all Canadians.”
We grieve in America, too, because it’s the rhetoric of our FakePresident that might have had something to do with this crime.


Monday, January 30, 2017

America Under Siege: President _____ Remembers The Holocaust ... Forgets The Jews

Holocaust Remembrance Day was last Friday and, as is custom, the White House issued a statement ... a statement that failed to mention Jews or anti-Semitism.

The Holocaust was remembered, and the Jews were forgotten.

One of President _____’s spokesmorons, this one is called Hope Hicks, says the reason for omitting the Jews was that, "despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered."

Okay, let’s look at all those who suffered:

Six million Jews—and that number is kind of a guess because no one really knows—were murdered by the Nazis. There were some 4.5 million Soviet civilians, and 3 million Soviet prisoners of war, the number of non-Jewish Polish civilians murdered is about 1.6 while 312,000 Serbian civilians were also murdered; 250,000 people with disabilities living in institutions were killed, along with 200,000 Gypsies and 1,900 Jehovah's Witnesses; 70,000 repeat criminal offenders and so-called asocials—many of whom were homosexualand an undetermined number of German political opponents and resistance activists.

All told, a rough estimate would be over 16 million people murdered, with nearly a third being Jewish and the White House cannot mention that. Is it because Steve Bannon, an anti-Semite, formerly of Breitbart, has the president’s ear?

I wonder ... Hicks then told CNN that while 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis, 5 million others were also slaughtered during Adolf Hitler's genocide, including "priests, gypsies, people with mental or physical disabilities, communists, trade unionists, Jehovah's Witnesses, anarchists, Poles and other Slavic peoples, and resistance fighters."

Oops, she forgot The Gays there, as well.

And so, as one might expect, Hicks was asked if the _____ White House didn't mention Jews as victims of the Holocaust because the president didn't want to offend the other people the Nazis targeted and killed, and she muttered that "it was our honor to issue a statement in remembrance of this important day."

The reason for the remembrance is the fact that Hitler ordered the extermination of Jews; he sought to wipe out an entire group of people; his enemies, some gypsies, some gays and others, were most likely just an added benefit because, let’s be really clear here, the Jews were the target.

The Jews were the target and this past week the United States of America just ignored them.

Anti-Defamation League Director Jonathan Greenblatt told CNN that the United Nations established International Holocaust Remembrance Day not only because of Holocaust denial but also because so many countries—Iran, Russia, Poland, and Hungary, for example—refuse to acknowledge Hitler's attempt to exterminate Jews and focus, and President _____ did last week, on “generic suffering rather than recognizing this catastrophic incident for what is was: the intended genocide of the Jewish people."

After being asked about the ADL criticism and the omission of the Jews or even of anti-Semitism, Hicks provided a statement from Ronald Lauder of the World Jewish Congress:
"It does no honor to the millions of Jews murdered in the Holocaust to play politics with their memory. Any fair reading of the White House statement today on the International Holocaust Memorial Day will see it appropriately commemorates the suffering and the heroism that mark that dark chapter in modern history."
We aren't playing politics with the memory of those Jews murdered in the Holocaust; we are simply remembering them , and by failing to mention them at all, _____ and his band of racists and anti-Semites and homophobes are trying to, in their own way, deny it ever happened.

Enter White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who, on Sunday, actually defended the statement saying, the Holocaust was "horrible event" and a "miserable time in history that we remember here at the White House."

Except, again, for the Jews. Priebus continued:
 "And certainly we'll never forget the Jewish people that suffered in World War II and obviously still incredible wounds that remain in a time in history that was of great incredible horrific magnitude."
And when he was asked why he would “whitewash” the Jews, Priebus simply denied that was the case.

Except that’s what they did; imagine, if you will, if we hold a memorial next year for the victims of the Impulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and just don’t mention that the majority were gay—because some straight people were killed, to; or what if we fail to acknowledged that most were Hispanic because some white folks were in the club as well.

And that leads me to wonder how _____’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is Jewish feels about the snub; how does Ivanka feel since she converted to Judaism and is raising the couple’s children in the Jewish faith.

Priebus said:
"It's a terrible time in history and obviously, you know that President Trump has dear family members that are Jewish and there was no harm or ill will or offense intended by any of that."
But then Priebus again maintained that the _____ White House does not regret the omission.

They are not sorry.

Six million Jews did in the Holocaust and Donald _____ cannot bring himself to say it.

How sick is that?

America Under Siege: _____ Wants To Abolish These Fiften Agencies

In order to pay for that wall and for his Muslim ban, among his other hate-filled agenda items, President _____ has to cut spending elsewhere. He says he plans to cut $10.5 trillion from the federal budget, but he’s set his sights on gutting 15 important agencies that don’t actually make a dent in the budget.

These programs cost about $7.134 billion per year—about $51.99 per taxpayer, or a little less than six days of military spending—so why is he doing it? Well, these groups are pet projects of liberals; these agencies help people, other than the wealthy, and what does President _____ care about anyone other than the wealthy and his racist base?

So, he plans to gut these 15 agencies and programs:

1. OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY [OEERE]
The OEERE costs taxpayers $21.16 a year, and exists to “create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy.” In fact, the OEERE helped a BMW plant here in South Carolina power forklifts with biomass energy generated from a local dump. At a time when fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal are proving to be more harmful to the environment, agencies like the OEERE are trying to find new ways to generate electricity, but _____ doesn’t believe in climate change so ... off with their heads!
2. OFFICE OF FOSSIL ENERGY [OFE]
The OFE costs taxpayers just $6.40 annually, and works to make fossil fuels, such as coal, as clean as possible as we transition away from them. In Thompsons, Texas, the OFE’s Petra Nova Project is capable of preventing 1.6 million tons of carbon dioxide each year from going into the atmosphere.
But, again, climate change isn’t real so .... Buh-bye.
3. INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION [ITA]
The ITA—cost: $3.80 per taxpayer—helps small business owners expand to global markets, making those businesses more profitable and enabling them to create more jobs here in America.
So, why is the “America First” president gutting this agency? Funny than that the “businessman” president doesn’t seem to want to help small businesses ...
4. LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION [LSC]
The LSC—$3.67 annually per taxpayer—funds city and state-based organizations that serve low-income families in need of legal services. In Atlanta, for instance, the LSC provided a $3.8 million grant to the Atlanta Legal Aid Society in 2016, which provided legal help to 33,000 people, including 15,000 children, a majority of whom were African American.
Well, if it works for poor people, and poor African America people, then who really needs it, says the white billionaire.
5. OFFICE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN [OVW]
After the passage of the Violence Against Women act in 1994, the OVW—costing a mere $3.50 each year—was launched to help municipalities fight domestic violence and dating violence. The agency offers 25 grant programs that are used to fund local police departments with additional domestic violence training.
But, again, women? The GOP doesn’t care about women, unless it’s regulating their healthcare options.
6. CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING [CPB]
The CPB—annual cost is $3.24 per taxpayer—isn’t just the primary funder of National Public Radio [NPR] and the Public Broadcasting Service [PBS], it also funds important educational programming that celebrates America, its people, and its history, such as a documentary series commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, where he gave his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech.
But education, history, America; not things the president finds worthwhile.
7. OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES [COPS]
The Department of Justice’s COPS agency—costing a hair over two bucks per taxpayer—has invested over $14 billion to advance community policing including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 129,000 officers since 1995. Last year, the COPS office provided funding for Dallas, Texas to hire 25 new community police officers following the death of five Dallas police officers killed by a lone gunman.
Funny, then, and not actually funny really, that _____ wants to cut the funding for COPS.
8. OFFICE OF ELECTRICITY DELIVERABILITY AND ENERGY RELIABILITY [OEDER]
The OEDER—$1.91 per taxpayer—was created by the Bush administration in the wake of a devastating 2003 blackout that affected 50 million people in the U.S. and Canada, and is tasked with helping to maintain and optimize America’s electricity grid to prevent a similar blackout from happening again.
Who needs electricity?
9. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION [EDA]
The EDA—annual cost just $1.56 per taxpayer—helps communities in need of new economic drivers with the infrastructure necessary to attract economic opportunity and provide distressed communities with new jobs.
Again, this one will get the axe because it’s a pet project of Democrats.
10. CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE [CRD]
This agency—funded by taxpayers to the tune of $1.13 per year—recently investigated the Chicago Police Department, and found that its officers routinely violated the civil rights of members of the community as a matter of course. The CRD put together a comprehensive report recommending new training procedures for the City of Chicago to use for its officers moving forward.
President _____ recently said he’d “send the feds” to Chicago if they couldn’t clean up their mess, but why would he defund this group that seems intent on attacking the problem as well?
11. NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS [NEA]
The NEA—it costs less than one bottle of water per taxpayer per year ... $1.09—has been around for over 50 years, providing grants to local creative endeavors that enrich communities, and celebrate the rich culture of America. Some of the more famous recipients of NEA grants include Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Who needs art ... it doesn’t make billionaires rich.
12. NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES [NEH]
With funding from the NEH—funded also for $1.09 per year per taxpayer—many educational and historical projects have received grants used to help scholars advance their research and provide a wealth of knowledge to the public. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns produced his Civil War series with the help of an NEH grant.
Art and education; gone.
13. MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP [MEP]
Small and mid-size manufacturers are able to expand their businesses and build more efficient operations thanks to MEP—funded by just $1.03 per taxpayer.
Again, the businessman doesn’t seem to care about businesses other than his own.
14. MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY [MBDA]
The MBDA—this one sets taxpayers back $0.26 each year—was created by Richard Nixon to help minority-owned businesses secure the capital and provide any assistance needed to grow jobs and meet community demand. In 2005, the MBDA helped an Arizona-based construction company secure funding to expand its building capabilities and by 2013, that company had over 120 employees and an annual revenue exceeding $23 million.
But again, the GOP, President ______ and minorities?
15.  UNITED NATIONS INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE [IPCC]
For just $0.07 per year, climate scientists depend on the IPCC to distribute their findings to the public to warn us of the effects of climate change on populations and economies, and what we can do to slow its advance. A lack of funding from the U.S. will hinder the ability of climate scientists to have their research published for all those who need to see it and understand the impact of climate change.
Silence; President ____ seeks to stop the flow of information because he and his billionaire oil cronies don’t want you to know about climate change.
So, President _____ wants to cut trillions from the budget but has set his sights on these agencies whose budgets are just a wee drop in a very large barrel, so why ....

Well, these agencies are favored by the left, by those who believe in climate change, in art, in education, in women’s rights, in equality, in creating a more effective police force ....
These are not the ideals of people like _____, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will likely greenlight all of these cuts.

So, contact your representatives in Congress and ask them why the GOP is targeting these agencies, and if they cannot tell you why, or if they seem to agree with Hair Furor, then remind them that they work for you and you’ll be more than happy to fire them if they don’t perform accordingly.

We The People have the power; never forget that.

Resist.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

It's Snarkurday!

Sixty-one year old Mel Gibson, devout Catholic that he is, has become a father for the ninth time when his twenty-six year old girlfriend, Rosalind Ross, gave birth to their son, Lars Gerard Gibson.

Devout Catholic. Alcoholic. Anti-Semite. Ninth child by three different women, two of whom he never married.

That’s all.
So, Charlie Sheen’s ex, and serial rehabber—she’s gone to rehab fourteen times now—Brooke Mueller is once again out of treatment and ready to take on the world.

After getting trashed in a bar with her children by her side—to be fair, a nanny was there , too, though was the nanny for Brooke or for the boys—Mueller was seen wandering barefoot around Salt Lake City and, according to one witness, beating her sons at a car wash.

Brooke had just completed a rehab stay in Utah and decided to live there with her and Sheen’s twin sons when she went off the rails again. Bob and Max, her two sons, were placed with Brooke’s family, who just confirmed that she’s out of rehab. Brooke’s mother, Moira, Fiore says:
“I’m really proud of how well Brooke is doing after her treatment plan and being a full-time mom again. She’s very committed to being the best mom and staying healthy.”
Again. This was at least her fourteenth stay in rehab after getting drunk in a bar where she’d gone with her children and then, ALLEGEDLY, assaulting them.

How is that she gets custody ... ?

Oh, yeah, Charlie Sheen.
Ewan McGregor has a new movie, T2: Trainspotting, coming out soon, and so he’s been making the rounds of British chat-shows to promote it.

He was set to appear on Good Morning Britain, but decided that he didn’t want to do the show after learning that one of the hosts is gasbag Piers Morgan. Ewan took to Twitter—as celebs do—to break the news:
“Was going on Good Morning Britain, didn't realise @piersmorgan was host. Won't go on with him after his comments about #WomensMarch”
The comments Ewan are referring to come from a piece Piers wrote for The Daily Mail about the Women’s March, saying it was dumb because, well, Madonna was there. And so, of course, Piers Morgan who makes his reputation being a dick and arguing with anybody and everybody because how else would we even know his name, also took to The Twitter:
“Sorry to hear that @mcgregor_ewan - you should be big enough to allow people different political opinions. You're just an actor after all.”
Followed by:
“A real man would have come on and debated it with me, not run away like a coward.
Ewan hasn’t responded, probably because he’s thinking, “Gosh, debating Piers Morgan would be like shooting dumbass fish in a barrel.”
So, Drake and JLo have been teasing the media about how hot and heavy they are but then, wait, what, is that Drake having dinner in Amsterdam with porn star Rosee Divine.

Yup. JLo sure can pick ‘em, but maybe this is her type .... younger guys who take her out and pose pretty with her but then hook up with porn stars—a la Drake—or transexuals—a la Casper Smart—or just leave her for any number of other women—a la Marc Anthony and Ben Affleck.

JLo should seriously stop dating until her shrink can help her through this.
Speaking of rocky couples ... Flip or Flop exes Christina and Tarek El Moussa.

On camera the recently separated "Flip or Flop" stars seem to be getting along, but off-screen it’s fugly with the two working on camera together but not even speaking once filming stops.

According to sources—and it might be Christina looking for coins—says Tarek purposefully does things, like "bragging loudly about sleeping with girls", to upset Christina and so she—who’s hooked up with a family friend, Gary Anderson—thinks he’s a “pig.”

Um, you picked him, married him, created a fake show with him, and then dumped him while still pretending to be a happily married couple so yeah, I don’t care.
So, Charlie Sheen who used drugs and booze and porn stars and insanity to lose his lucrative gig on Two-and-a-Half Men recently apologized for the nasty things he said about Ashton Kutcher, after Kutcher was hired to replace him on the show. But he also did a radio interview where he continued to bash, and bad-mouth, others from the show, notably creator and producer, Chuck Lorre and the studio Warner Brothers:
“I made four billion for that studio, and I got fired.”
Again, fired for crazy drunken porn star drug wars. And then Sheen, who really doesn’t have much going on except alimony and child support, honed in on Lorre:
“The most ridiculous impostor, Chuck Lorre, I hope you’re listening. Hey Chuck: Suck my f–king butt.”
Then he let loose a slew of F-bombs because, well, when idiots speak it boils down to F-bombs.

Sheen also told the story of how, before his “Two-and-A-Half-Men” contract was terminated, the studio offered him use of a company jet to fly to rehab:
“I said, ‘The f–k you are. You’re not flying anyone anywhere.’ I said, ‘I have other plans. See that blonde behind the door? Yeah’.”
Yeah, and it’s everyone else’s fault he’s where he is and who he is.

Siddown Charlie, you’re over.