Me Too–The New McCarthyism

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/two-more-women-accuse-sen-al-franken-of-inappropriate-touching/ar-BBFvYfm?li=BBnb7Kz

If your goal is to drive a Democratic senator from office, you don’t get to be anonymous. What a coincidence that there are two of you and somehow you both decide to contact HuffPo on your own at the same time while insisting you remain anonymous.

The first accuser claims to be “a liberal person…I voted for him after this happened.” This sounds more like a government-ordered propaganda whispering campaign of the type used in Nazi Germany or the USSR than a “liberal person”.

This isn’t freedom of speech, this is libel when written, slander when spoken. When this country gets to the point where anonymous sources contacting an online newspaper can make accusations with absolutely no shred of evidence, then Trump has indeed won.

“In a statement to HuffPost, Franken said, “It’s difficult to respond to anonymous accusers and I don’t remember those campaign events.”

Damn right, Al. You don’t respond to anonymous accusers. Let them step forward and identify themselves and exactly which campaign events those alleged events occurred. There’s a thing called the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution and it covers anyone accused of sexual misconduct–or worse–so that their lives are not destroyed by unfounded accusations or innuendos. It gives every single person in this country the right to face their accusers in a court of law, to have all evidence presented, and to have their case decided by a jury of their peers. This whole Me Too thing has turned into a lynch mob with the media supplying the rope and torches. There are men who appear to be legitimately guilty of some accusation and some of them have admitted their guilt. Some of voluntarily quit their careers while others have had theirs ended by a unilateral decision by their employers based entirely by accusations totally unsupported by evidence, other than those men who have in part admitted their guilt.

This is the new McCarthyism and it has to stop. This has to stop now. Our country is being run by men who have complete disregard for the rule of law, for our Constitution. We cannot afford to allow ourselves to follow suit or the last shred of democracy that still faintly breathes on life support will die. And to be brain dead would make us all like the orange-headed moron in the White House.

So ladies, if you set out to ruin a man’s career and life, you better have the guts to step up and identify yourself and provide proof. Otherwise, you have the credibility of that orange-headed moron in the White House.

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With Sincere Apologies From The Butt-Grabber/Groper-In-Chief

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So, 41’s press spokesman, Jim McGrath, is once again issuing the statement that was created in response to the accusation from the first teenage groping victim: ““George Bush simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone harm or distress, and he again apologizes to anyone he may have offended during a photo op.” Well so far we’ve got six women (not all were teenagers when he groped them) who’ve come forward, and Bush’s blanket apology is supposed to do for all of them.

The now-beleagured press guy has tried to explain it all away on Bush Sr’s. attempt to make women standing next to him during a photo op feel more at ease (while he was feeling their tookus) “At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures. To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.” Hmm, then I suppose Bush thought that by telling each young groping victim that his favorite book was “David Cop-a-Feel” it would make him look like harmless, silly ol’ Grandpa to them. “Oh don’t mind him. You know how Grandpa is.”

None of that worked either so they bring on talk show surrogate Ben Shapiro who tries to sweep it all under the rug by floating the image of Bush as helpless, harmless ol’ Grandpa, so feeble that he’s confined to his wheelchair and and can no longer control where his arms fall. Look at most of the photos the corporate media are posting when they post these stories. There’s George H.W. looking old and feeble, and looking somewhat Parkinson’s-like in his facial expression…in a wheelchair. Yes, Bush has an actual debilitating disease, and his people are playing it for all its photo-op, explanatory worth.

However, look at the photo that is being posted by some media news organizations–God love the British–of Bush’s physical condition when this latest alleged teenage girl butt groping occurred. This was back in 2003. There’s George H.W. at 79, looking full of vigor, in full control of his arms, standing tall and erect. And at the exact moment this photo was taken, grabbing a 16 year old girl’s buttocks.

And now Laura Bush to daddy-in-law’s rescue yet walking it back at the end: “I’m just sad that we’ve come to this. That was something that was very, very innocent that he’s been accused of. But I know he would feel terrible.”

Yes, Laura, Bush feels terrible. Feels terrible at being caught. Too bad you can’t know how terrible his sixteen victims (and most likely counting) feel.

Your Average White Supremacist – A Rebel Without A Thought

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/30/560767446/in-shelbyville-tenn-proud-to-be-white-and-hate-is-not-the-solution

This is the kind of mind with its limited thinking we’re up against in our battle against white supremacists. Not only listen to what the woman attending the white supremacist rally has to say but also the WAY she says it. She’s fairly inarticulate in expressing exactly what her ideology is, falling back on right wing hate speech talking points. But listen to her nervous laughter as she speaks them. She sounds embarrassed to speak her mind. Is she not so sure her point of view is right? Does she fear she’s coming across as a typical white supremacist instead of someone instilled with pride of the South?

“We just want to be left alone. That’s it.” She’s asked who isn’t leaving her alone and she can’t articulate a coherent answer that isn’t a talking point. These aren’t her own ideas; they were given to her. She really has no identity or ideology of her own. I would imagine she isn’t well-read or up on any issues of any kind other than keeping immigrants away from her and demanding no federal controls over the guns she chooses to own. And that she should be free to discriminate against whoever she chooses. All she knows is that she wants the federal government to leave her alone, without thinking of the implications and repercussions of what would happen if the feds left her alone and withdrew every single bit of federal money that keeps the meager economy of where she lives alive. In my opinion, people like her just fail to think things through. It’s much easier to be told what to think if it sounds right (in other words, simple and easy to understand) to them.

“We just want to be left alone”. Keep in mind, she wants to be left alone yet she DROVE ALL THE WAY FROM HER UNSPECIFIED TOWN IN SOUTHERN VIRGINIA TO SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE to tell NPR and anyone else who might listen that she just wanted to be left alone. If she did just want to be left alone, she should’ve stayed home. No one was bothering her there, right?

“Well, today you have people who, you know, I’m a Christian, you know, Christian background, so I have virtues and values. And things that they are promoting out, you know, like on commercials and stuff like that, you know, that stuff’s not right to me. I mean, I’m not…

NPR: Like what? Like, what’s something that really bothers you?

“You know, the LBGT stuff. I don’t agree with that stuff. I mean, I don’t hate those people, but if they want to be that, that’s fine, but don’t shove it down my throat, you know? And as far as multiculturalism – you know, every commercial you see on TV, it shows that multiculturalism. Why? Why is that? What – are they trying to paint a picture (laughter)?”

Didn’t Jesus preach that we should accept and love everyone? Doesn’t this form the basis of the Christian religion? So exactly what virtues and values does she have? She never says. She expands only on what she doesn’t like. And she says in another paragraph “I’m proud of what my ancestors made me and I’m proud of what my ancestors did because they fought for my state, my homeland…”

What she’s saying is that she’s proud her ancestors made her white and that they fought to preserve slavery. Don’t know about you but when anyone talks about their homeland, visions of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis come to mind. And what a coincidence that the NPR reporter states that at that white supremacist rally “There were chants that conjured Nazi ideology.” It is not only the “liberals” making the connection between white supremacist ideology and Nazism.

What About Bill Cosby?

Concerning Netflix’s cancellation of “House of Cards”: think of the millions and millions Netflix will be paying out to cast and crew on that show either just starting or in the middle of their contracts. Netflix knew it will be taking a financial bath over this decision. But, they saw public reaction to Harvey Weinstein, Mark Halperin, James Toback, Bill O’Reilly and others take down their careers so Netflix followed suit.

But this brings a thought to mind: why wasn’t this same firestorm of public and media vehement outrage brought to bear on Bill Cosby? Most of the women who have come out with their accusations of being drugged and on some occasions raped have been met mostly with suspicion; their word against hiss. True, Cosby’s career has also been destroyed, but look how many years it took, and he’s still fighting lawsuits. And he still has his reputation and fan base in some regions of this country. Why does he get a pass? Every one of the men I mention has been quickly convicted for their alleged acts of sexual harassment and rapes.

 

With Cosby, for the most part the jury is still out. Why? If all the allegations are true, he is as much or more of a monster than any of those men because he drugged those women to have his way with their unconscious bodies. And like Weinstein and O’Reilly, he has paid out millions of dollars in civil lawsuit settlements with non-disclosure clauses. It’s time to throw him on top the garbage heap, too.

Trump Is A Sideshow Distraction, The Kochs And Their Ilk Are The Real Danger To Our Democracy

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http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/kochs-want-to-kill-this-senate-rule-heres-why/ar-BBDKsge?li=BBnb7Kz

I’ve been saying this for months now. The Republicans already control Congress, the White House, SCOTUS, and have gained virtual control of the election process nationally and in most states.

Now their bosses, the Koch Brothers and others like them, having targeted the federal judiciary system. If they are successful, the Democrats will never, ever win back anything again and no “liberal” laws will ever be enacted. Those in effect now that the Kochs oppose will be struck down in the lower courts or be declared unconstitutional by the Koch employees on SCOTUS.

Stop focusing exclusively on the idiocy of Trump. It’s now clear he was intentionally put into office not only to do their bidding but mainly as a sideshow distraction.

The Kochs and their ilk have been pursuing this complete takeover for the past 45 years. They’ve been unwittingly aided and abetted by the neoliberals who seized control of the Democratic Party: the Carters, the Clintons, the Obamas, the Nacy Pelosis, the Debbie Wasserman Schulltzes, the Chuck Shumers, the Harry Reids, the Heidi Heitcamps, the John Warners, the Joe Manchins, the Jon Testers, the Chris Dodds, the Barney Franks, the congressional Black Caucus who backed Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, etc.are all responsible for this. All the center of right gutless wonders who converted the Democratic Party into the Republican Lite Party.

We’re now paying for the fixation on building their own financial success as they pursued business-friendly legislation and warmongering at the expense of working to help make this country and the lives of the people who voted them into office better. If the Republicans are successful in further marginalizing and castrating the Democratic Party into total governmental impotence, then it will be our children and the ensuing generations to come who will continue to pay the price as well. I place full blame for the current state of this country, not on the Republicans but on the Democratic Party who enabled this to happen.

 

The Democrats Get Trumped Again By A Billionaire Bully

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http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/republican-wins-montana-election-one-night-after-being-charged-with-assault/ar-BBBxsYr

Yes, I knew Greg Gianforte would win his special election race for Montana’s sole House seat. We’ve long ago reached the point in this country where right wing Republican voters exalt in their elected representatives being violent thugs, especially when the violent attack is perpetrated against a news reporter, and a foreign one at that. You know how some them wingers hate them Brits.

But, once again, it was the Democrats that gave this victory to the Republicans by running Rob Quist, a folk singer against a billionaire, a billionaire who styled himself as a Trump clone because that’s what gets you elected in right wing congressional districts now. These voters are so fed up with Washington that they elected billionaire bullies to fight the crooks for them, never realizing that those billionaire bullies will feel right at home within the congressional political system, fighting against the interests of their constituents who elected them. For example, Donald Trump, the Bully-in-Chief, is making a mess of this country yet his Evangelical voter base still loves him.

The Democratic Party is still regarded as the party of whiney wimp liberals by the Right, and as the party of Republican Lite feckless incompetents by the Left. But the significant difference is that Democratic voters sit out the elections in protest while Republican voters come out in large enough numbers to elect their candidates.

As I see it now, the poll numbers showing Trump’s falling popularity are meaningless. Gianforte was elected in his district despite highly negative poll numbers. This just goes to show that in the absence of Democrats running a hero, voters will elect the Republican billionaire bully. Yes, this was just one right wing Republican district voting as predicted. But I worry that this could also be a harbinger of 2018 and 2020.

David Nir, political director of Daily Kos and was a fundraiser for Quist, is quoted as saying, “Republicans might be breathing a sigh of relief that their morally reprehensible candidate won on Thursday night, but they should still be very worried about 2018.”

To use the words of the great Vin Scully, Nir is viewing the political landscape with his heart and not with his eyes. I’m not feeling nearly as confident at this point.

 

The GOP Interstate Crosscheck Program Blacklist That Fixes Elections By Illegally Purging Millions Of Black And Democratic-Leaning State Residents From The Registered Voter Rolls

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http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/trump-picks-al-capone-vote-rigging-investigate-federal-voter-fraud

 

If there was truly any journalistic justice in the U.S., Greg Palast would be a multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for his investigative reporting, something not seen to much these days since the corporate media, owned primarily by huge, media communications corporations like Disney, Comcast, and Fox, control virtually everything we see, hear, and read. Palast had the documented goods on the 2000 election stolen by the Bush campaign and certified by the GOP employees appointed to the US Supreme Court for that very reason. Palast has been forced to pursue his investigations into the US political system from London, England, working as a freelance reporter for both the BBC and the Guardian, as well as writing a series of the best exposé books on who actually controls and runs the U.S. political system and the global economy.

 

This article is Palast warning us of what is to come because it’s been happening all along, unbeknownst to the majority of American voters who don’t read Greg Palast. I think 2018 is our final chance to stem this GOP tide of voter suppression which is election-after-election moving us further down the short road towards becoming a fascist dictatorship. The Trump admin is already laying the foundation and doing the framing as I write this.

 

Democrats must set aside all the fingerpointing between the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton factions. We’re all in this together because, if the Trumps and the actual sources of power behind them have their way, we’ll all be imprisoned together and all elections will cease for everyone else.