...There’s a word for what Manafort’s doing there: gaslighting, as MTV News’ Jamil Smith pointed out on Twitter Tuesday morning. Gaslighting is a psychological tactic used by abusers, particularly but not only domestic abusers, to confuse, shame and manipulate others into believing that they cannot accurately interpret reality. Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson echoed Manafort later on Tuesday, flat-out denying that the speech was plagiarized. She too used the word “absurd.”
“Absurd” is no accident. It’s a short couple steps from “crazy,” and in the realm of “unreal,” “preposterous” and “bizarre.” The Trump campaign is using that word to call anyone who sees the blatant plagiarism in Melania Trump’s speech, basically, a nutzo-whackjob.
If you’ve been in an abusive relationship, you know this pattern. Thinking, day after day: Today will be the day I prove that I am not crazy, that I can do things right, that the way I see things is real...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The GOP is Gaslighting America — on National Television:
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
O'Reilly: Slaves Who Built White House Were "Well-Fed And Had Decent Lodgings Provided By The Government":
...Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802. However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well. Got it all? There will be a quiz.
This Is What Democracy Looks Like - The New York Times:
...The Republican convention in Cleveland left many Americans with an unsettling awareness that these conventions are, for once, deeply consequential. They are not just midsummer pageants, the rallies before the homecoming game, where control of the White House involves a periodic governing adjustment a few degrees to the left, right or center. The bleak extremism of the Trump campaign seems to have put the fate of some basic democratic values in play — a tolerance of dissenting views, a willingness to compromise, the eternal search for common ground.
“It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues,” Mr. Sanders said on Monday night. “That is what this campaign has been about. That is what democracy is about,” he roared, underlining the word in a way that made clear the nature of the stakes. Big, not small. High, not low.
George Will: Trump Won't Release Tax Returns 'Deeply Involved With Russian Oligarchs' | Crooks and Liars:
...During yesterday's Special Report With Bret Baier being hosted at the DNC convention, Fox News' George Will believes that Comrade Trump has ties to Russian oligarchs, which is one of the main reasons why he won't release his tax returns...
Monday, July 25, 2016
Trump Credits One Of 'Our Friends' In Russia, China With DNC Hack (VIDEO):
Donald Trump on Monday attributed the Democratic National Committee hack that led to the ouster of its chair to “one of our many, many ‘friends’” in Russia or China.Yes, he will go there.
At a campaign event with running mate and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in Roanoke, Virginia, Trump said although outgoing DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz worked “very, very hard to rig the system” in favor the of presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton “threw her under the bus” after emails between top DNC staffers were leaked online...
Democratic Convention 2016 | Uppity Woman: 1 Vote
William, on July 25, 2016 at 12:08 PM said:
William, on July 25, 2016 at 12:08 PM said:
If anyone somehow ever needed additional proof of how absolutely pathetic and dangerous our media is, this would presumably finally convince them. They act like a bunch of particularly immature 7th graders. They’re sitting on a story about Russian hacking of emails, deliberate dissemination of these emails at a crucial juncture; and the clear evidence that Trump is not only Putin’s candidate, but that he and Manafort have direct ties to Russian money and power.
And what does the beyond worthless media do with this? They gleefully read all the emaiils, snickering and pointing fingers. In essence, they do the work of Putin and Manafort and Trump for them. Now, media, which conclusion shall we draw about you? That you are also bought and paid for by the Russians, and are conspiring to get Trump elected? That you are so abysmally stupid, so much a disgrace to the principles of jounalism, that you can’t even figure out the story, but jump for the first red meat you see dangled in front of you? Or that for you, this entire campaign has only been your effort to fulfill a personal dislike of Hillary Clinton, and to distort or misdirect every story so as to have the most negative impact upon her? It has to be one of those three, so you tell us which explanation you prefer–not that we have to accept it, of course.
Sanders Team Wanted DNC To Pay For Private Plane For Fall - BuzzFeed News:
The Bernie Sanders campaign considered demanding a private plane staffed and funded by the Democratic National Committee as part of negotiations with Hillary Clinton heading into this week’s convention, according to a Sanders memo obtained by BuzzFeed News.
The plane was to be used “for a series of fall rallies in battleground states,” according to the “Bernie 2016” memo, which was drafted in the days before Sanders’ sound defeat in the June 7 California primary, the contest that effectively ended his insurgent bid...
PUMA to Bernie People | The Confluence:
...And it was perfectly OK with you that the woman who had won the popular vote in 2008 but through elected delegate reapportionment in Michigan for a candidate who wasn’t even on the effing ballot, lost the elected delegate count by a tiny, tiny amount, was abandoned by the superdelegates en masse and in vastly dispproportionate numbers to her delegate count. Those superdelegates, if they were following rules you insisted on this year, would have given her the win in 2008. One of those disloyal superdelegates broke the news to Hillary that they were leaving her. Do you know who that person was? Debbie Wasserman Shultz. But that’s OK because it’s just Hillary we are talking about.
Do you know WHY we went PUMA in 2008? It wasn’t about Hillary. It was about how a bunch of arrogant, militant, temper tantrum throwing mostly male voters decided to substitute their judgement for the judgement of 18,000,000 voters who did not vote for the candidate of THEIR choosing. And the DNC approved that message. It was because rigging the primary was setting a bad precedent and as Ickes said, was a bad way to start down the road to party unity. In fact, I might argue that it was that very Rules Committee meeting back in 2008 that makes you think that if you just make enough noise, you can get any primary outcome overturned. Because it’s just Hillary...
The surprising truth about American manufacturing - CSMonitor.com:
...In reality, United States manufacturing output is at an all-time high, worth $2.2 trillion in 2015, up from $1.7 trillion in 2009. And while total employment has fallen by nearly a third since 1970, the jobs that remain are increasingly skilled.
Across the country, factory owners are now grappling with a new challenge: Instead of having too many workers, as they did during the Great Recession, they may end up with too few. Despite trade competition and outsourcing, American manufacturing still needs to replace tens of thousands of retiring boomers every year. Millennials may not be that interested in taking their place. Other industries are recruiting them with similar or better pay. And those industries don’t have the stigma of 40 years of recurring layoffs and downsizing...
Sunday, July 24, 2016
That's what Crooks & Liars said about this video and I agree with them. Fareed Zakaria: 'Golden Age' GOP Promises? Never Existed | Crooks and Liars
Bloomberg To Address DNC For Clinton - The Daily Beast:
Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City who considered a presidential run this year, will address the Democratic National Convention this week and formally endorse Hillary Clinton. He has not been a member of the Democratic Party since 2000 and was a previous Republican when he was elected. Bloomberg will reportedly speak as an independent and a business man to say why those respective groups should be voting for Clinton...Or are we Cruzing to a double cross? The paranoid are always working...
Covering the Trump-Pence Campaign Will Be a Nightmare - Rolling Stone:
...A piece of advice from Zach Osowski for national reporters getting ready to cover Pence's every move between now and November: Exclusive interviews mean bupkis with him.
"This is something I've heard from reporters who have been at the statehouse a lot longer than I have. From what I've heard, even if you get an exclusive, he still won't answer any of your direct questions," he says.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
The Rude Pundit: RNC Day Four: We Beheld What We May Become:
...And Trump went further than any of the fearmongers before him in portraying the United States as a nightmare, a lawless landscape of rampant crime (which is really down), cops being gunned down (fewer than ever), and undocumented immigrants murdering the fuck out of us (very rarely). The world itself is falling to pieces (despite it being one of the most peaceful periods in the planet's history). Every one of Trump's assertions is factually wrong. That's not just an opinion. Facts, actual numbers, something that Trump is very fond of mentioning, bear that out. But, no, the whole place is turning to shit, according to Trump. The only solution Trump offered is Trump. Trump will make it all better. All you gotta do is vote him in. Then America will be great again. He'll do it all by himself...
With Pick, Hillary Clinton Signals She’s Looking Past Inauguration Day - The New York Times:
...Among Democrats who know him well, Mr. Kaine is considered a self-effacing workhorse who shuns the spotlight and prefers digging into domestic policy and national security rather than showboating on Sunday news programs. Mrs. Clinton sees herself in much the same way. Unlike some of his rivals for the ticket, he is widely viewed by colleagues as fully capable of being president — Mrs. Clinton’s top criterion for a running mate...
Tim Kaine: A Self-Effacing Senator in a Sharp-Elbows Era - The New York Times:
...“I don’t want to say anything bad about him, because he’s a very nice guy, but I don’t want to say anything good about him because I’m a Republican,” said Speaker William J. Howell of the Virginia House of Delegates.
“The one thing I will say for him is, unlike some other governors we’ve had, he didn’t seem to waver or waffle,” Mr. Howell said. “He never stuck his finger in the air to see which way the wind was blowing...”
Friday, July 22, 2016
NEW: Watchdog Requests DOJ Investigation Into Donald Soliciting Illegal Contributions | BNR:
The Hill reports that campaign watchdog groups Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center have asked the Department of Justice to investigate reports that Donald is still asking for illegal donations from foreign individuals...
Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy - The Washington Post:
...The party’s failure of judgment leaves the nation’s future where it belongs, in the hands of voters. Many Americans do not like either candidate this year . We have criticized the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in the past and will do so again when warranted. But we do not believe that she (or the Libertarian and Green party candidates, for that matter) represents a threat to the Constitution. Mr. Trump is a unique and present danger.
Furious NC GOP Chairman Refuses To Give Ride Home From RNC To Cruz Supporters | Crooks and Liars:
Talk about a tantrum! During a conversation earlier this week, North Carolina Republican Chairman Robin Hayes asked fellow delegate Ted Hicks what he thought of Ted Cruz's speech. Hicks was honest and said "I thought it was a fine speech.”More Tarheel pride in evidence. Eh. Not so much.
No big deal. He was honest. He didn't pick a side or get angry, express frustration at Cruz's lack of endorsement or complain about Trump getting the nomination. Seems fairly middle of the road, right? Well not to Hayes. He blew a gasket.
Hayes responded, “I think you need to ride the bus home...”
‘The party died in this room tonight’: Nicole Wallace grief-stricken as Trump’s RNC speech ends
Public opinion is shaped by the industry that delivers information to the public. If that industry is determined to make Americans believe ideas that are false and destructive, then Americans will elect people that represent false and destructive ideas.
Thanks a lot, Fox News. Thanks, CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS. Thanks, you dozen Christian hate-mongering cable channels. Thanks, right wing corporate newspaper industry. Thanks, right wing radio.
Most especially, thanks to Rupert Murdoch and his sexual pervert henchman Roger Ailes, who turned a sick American media into a nationwide pornographic terrorism network. None of this would be happening if America's information resources were honest.
It has become such a cliche, and I've always hated it, but this is a classic example of doubling down. "I see your inflammatory and raise you stupid." Trump Adviser Defends Comments On Shooting Clinton: Trump Knows I'm Right - BuzzFeed News:
The Donald Trump veterans adviser who yesterday said Hillary Clinton should be shot for treason defended his comments on Thursday, saying Trump likely knows he is right...
Michael Gerson: Trump is hardly a good deal - Times Union:
In the category of credit where credit is due, Donald Trump has been exactly right in one important respect. He attacked the Republican establishment as low-energy, cowering weaklings. Now Republican leaders are lining up to surrender to him — like low-energy, cowering weaklings. The capitulation has justified the accusation...
Jennifer Rubin: How Hillary Clinton can win over horrified Republicans | The Salt Lake Tribune:
... Clinton will no doubt do some small things well. She'll have a long list of Republican supporters. She'll run a real campaign in 50 states, refusing to write off states Democrats haven't won recently (as she hopes Trump wastes time and money in New York and California). But what she really needs to do is demonstrate a largeness of spirit, something Trump is incapable of doing
Op-ed: Trump has chased me from the GOP, and you should leave, too | The Salt Lake Tribune:
...The Republican Party was founded on the conservative sense of justice, lost its way mid-20th century and regained its identity during the Reagan years. With Trump, it is now gone. The national Republican Party is no longer conservative. No longer is there any bulwark standing between sanity and insanity. We're now simply trading between political correctness and fear and anger. We're trading with our worst selves...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Ted Cruz's Campaign Manager Says Christie 'Turned Over His Political Testicles':
Talk about a below-the-belt shot!Which ain't exactly news, but I'm glad some people are actually gutting the Whale.
The head of Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign said that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “turned over his political testicles long ago...”
Ailes, Trump, And The Republican Reckoning:
Ailes, Trump, And The Republican Reckoning:
Who could have scripted a doomsday scenario for the Republican Party that would feature Fox News' Roger Ailes reportedly being ousted as chief of Rupert Murdoch’s right-wing outlet amidst mounting allegations of sexual harassment, the same week political novice Donald Trump secures the GOP’s nomination?One can only hope.
Last summer, both seismic conservative events were seen as impossibilities by many observers. Yet they’re now unfolding in plain view and both threatening to do grave and lasting damage to the GOP.
Ailes and Trump are inexorably linked, and together they’ve become like a two-man wrecking crew, wreaking havoc on the GOP...
Gov. Mike Pence Lies About Hillary Clinton's Statement On Benghazi In RNC Speech | Crooks and Liars:
...Hillary Clinton clearly was saying that it didn't matter if Susan Rice's talking points about the cause of the attack were wrong because they wouldn't have changed the fact that four Americans were killed and we must make sure that never happens again. Clearly her remarks were the opposite of what Gov. Pence told the RNC crowd last night.
It's similar to Republicans saying President Obama is aiding an abetting ISIS because he won't use their pet phrase to describe them.
It's dishonest and despicable.
Making Sense of the Conflagration:
...Trump brings together aggression and narcissism with a kind of militant ignorance which can be harmless or even amusing in the make believe world of reality TV or New York real estate but becomes positively dangerous on a national and global stage, thrashing about like a hose spewing fire. As Will Saletan memorably put it, the GOP is a failed state and Trump is its warlord. On his own Trump is simply a bracing case study in abnormal psychology. But he didn't shoot to within reach of the most powerful office in the world by happenstance. He is the product of a political and cultural breakdown on the American right, a swaggering reductio ad absurdum of every breach and breakdown and violation of extra-statutory norms we've seen over the last two or three decades...
The 3 Most Dangerous Things Trump Said In Bonkers NYT Foreign Policy Interview:
Donald Trump gave several objectionable responses when pressed about how he would approach foreign policy in the Oval Office in a The New York Times interview published late Wednesday...The dolt gets doltier.
RNC Erupts As Ted Cruz Refuses To Endorse Trump In Convention Speech - BuzzFeed News:
Ted Cruz did not endorse Donald Trump in his much-anticipated speech to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, instead urging Republicans to vote their conscience — to anguished reactions from Trump supporters in the room...