Thursday, March 19, 2020

Patriot Grocers!

Ever since audio of former New York City mayor and Democratic presidential candidate referencing farmers gained traction during his campaign, right wing media like Sean Hannity jumped on Bloomberg's comments and used it to highlight a new class of patriot Americans placed on a pedestal along with veterans and first responders. Hannity and company spent weeks talking to God-fearing Trump-loving farmers painting them as heroes of the soil despite the folks interviewed typically represented multimillion operations.

And when news of the Coronavirus pandemic started months ago those same media personalities dismissed the virus as a Democrat-concocted hoax. 

So what have the right moved onto?

Celebrating Donald Trump as a tremendously great "wartime president."

Since farmers seemed to lean conservative and Trump needs those voters in vital states for reelection, Republicans laid it on thick when they talked about them but some states are starting to recognize another set of workers that are on the front lines of this pandemic along with healthcare workers - grocers!

Minnesota and Vermont have designated grocery clerks as an emergency responder since they are out their risking their health tirelessly stocking shelves for people to purchase essential goods.

But since Hannity, Limbaugh, Dobbs, and folks of that sort have spent years vilifying these very same people as lazy people undeserving of a living wage, I am sure mention of these workers will be conveniently absent from their broadcasts.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Mike Pence Seeks Mask Handouts

It is sad when our federal government's Coronavirus task force head, Vice President Mike Pence, asked construction companies to donate their masks to hospitals.

You would think as head of the task force and second in command of the federal government Pence would have been able to secure a source of supply for these masks, or with all that winning President Trump has been bragging about regarding manufacturing, he would have had a factory set up by now.

If only the administration took this seriously from the start instead of blaming the Obama administration and crying about news coverage.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Trump Properties Exempt From Trump Coronavirus Travel Ban?

Here is a nifty map that details Trump properties around the globe:

And here is a map of countries not affected by the new travel ban due to the Coronavirus pandemic:

Is it a coincidence that Trump excluded the nation's that hold his resorts from his travel ban?

Remember that other coincidence when Trump placed a ban on Muslim-majority nation's that coincidentally had no business relationships with Trump?


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Manipulated Media on Facebook!

There has been recent news when President Trump retweeted a doctored video that was tweeted out by his own campaign (by Dan Scavino) that seemed to show presumptive Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden endorsing a reelection for Donald Trump.  Twitter was quick to utilize their new policy labeling the video "manipulated media" but Facebook had not seemed to follow suit, believing deceptively editing audio or video, such as rearranging the recording to alter the context, does not classify as "manipulated media" and thus a violation of their community standards.

But then there is something that seemed much more subversive on the social media platform - posts that seemed to promote the lie and that are linked to actual news articles that once you click the post leads to a completely different headline.

This article from Newsweek that seems to support the lie that Biden endorsed Trump appeared on Facebook:

But when the link was followed, it led to this article:

And in this article it included the full quote that was taken out of context by the Trump team.

Vice President Biden rightfully protested the deceptive tweet and in response Facebook had started labeling the doctored video "partly false."

Despite this update, it seems that somehow people have either found a workaround to to the social networks policies or are manipulating posts to give the appearance that more reputable news organizations support these doctored recordings.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Were the Kurds Used To Intimidate Ukraine?

If you haven't followed the news recently, the Trump impeachment story is plastered on every headline. Here is food for thought:

Trump got in trouble for having a conversation with the president of Ukraine, where he asked for a favor with his phrasing seemingly tying the favor to the military aid. The impeachment investigation had already revealed that just days prior to the call Trump had put a hold on the congressionally appropriated funds to Ukraine, establishing that the military aid mentioned during his phone call would be predicated on this favor - investigating his political opponent for a conspiracy theory cooked up by his personal lawyer and right-wing websites.

Trump has obviously denied any wrongdoing, instead confirming the details of the whistle-blower complaints, doubling down on his actions, and going on a media tirade against democrats, who had opened up an impeachment inquiry following the revelations of the complaint.

Shortly after the impeachment investigation started, the administration has decided to stonewall Congressional democrats and claim the investigation unconstitional and claiming Trump did not engage in "quid pro quo" bribery to get dirt on his political opponent.

But here is what is suspicious - shortly after all this, the administration released the appropriated funds and the Ukrainian president announced there would be an investigation into the closed cases of the former fired prosecutor at the center of Trump's conspiracy theory.

What is even more suspicious is that shortly after Trump betrayed America's Kurdish allies by withdrawing troops allowing Turkish forces to attack, Ukraine, that is facing it's own domestic conflict with Russian-backed separatists, stated the call with Trump involved no bribery.

So a conversation that seemed to demonstrate "quid pro quo" and a subsequent completion of the bribe was followed by the other party pretty much parroting Trump a day after seeing what could happen should America abandon an ally.

Were the Kurds used to intimidate Ukraine, similar to a classic mob tactic?

Monday, May 27, 2019

Republicans Increasingly Flaunt Illegal Actions

With the administration revving up the offense, administration officials and allies are now openly flaunting their legal violations, whether using their position to campaign in direct conflict with the Hatch act or committing war crimes.

And this was in just one day... 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Trump Admits Losses In Huge Tax Leak

Donald Trump recently attacked a report by The New York Times regarding the leak of a decade worth of tax returns from the president from the mid-eighties to the mid-nineties. Trump went to his typical response calling to report "fake news" but in a not too surprising reversal, the president admitted to the reports findings by calling it "sport" and claiming everyone in real estate played these tax games.

Which is it?

Fake news or reality? 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Another Huckabee Hypocrisy

With Attorney General Barr ditching the House hearing on his role in the Mueller report and his subsequent 4-page summary, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckster Sanders defended his intentional absence by claiming the Democrats should resign for being unable to perform their jobs - a reference to the objections from Barr regarding the format of the hearing, in which Democrats were to use a staff lawyer to question Barr.

“I think what we’re seeing from Chairman Nadler is he’s incapable of holding power. If he and his committee aren’t capable of actually asking the attorney general questions themselves and need to staff that out it seems like a pretty pathetic moment for the chairman of that committee.”

This is hypocrisy at it's finest. 

If one would recall, Republicans hired outside lawyer Rachel Mitchell to question Christine Blade Ford during the Brett Kavanaugh supreme court confirmation hearings. 

Huckabee was silent in regards to Republicans not being able to ask their own questions. 

Barr Bad Lawyer, Defends Self With Heresay

Attorney General William Barr confronted the Senate over the investigation by Special Counsel River Mueller, where he was received by softball questions from Republicans and pointed and revealing ones from Democrats.

While we learned some from the hearing, like how the president and/or his administration have probably asked Barr to investigate Trump's political enemies, we also witnessed an episode of absurdity in Barr's defense of his summary report of Mueller's 400-page report.

Barr insisted we do not really know the truth because Mueller called him up on the phone to say Barr got it right and the big bad media and Democrats are misrepresenting the facts. Barr would not present the Senate with evidence of this heresay conversation, of course.

What makes this even crazier is that a letter from Mueller to Barr surfaced right before the hearing, in which Mueller commented that Barr was the one who got it all wrong and that he should have included more in his summary as to not misrepresent the facts of the investigation and abuse the public trust.

And now Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi have made the allegation  that Barr committed a crime by lying to Congress.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Ukranian Collusion Attack to Drag Biden, Clinton

With the Democratic field growing every day, Republicans are having a hard time keeping up with their attacks. While each candidate have various policy positions that could be criticized in one way or another, it seems that a few of the candidates have risen to the top drawing the attention of prominent Republicans, conservative publications, and even the president himself, one such front-runner being Joe Biden.

One interesting line of attack, if one would call it that, ropes Ukrainian operatives, Hillary Clinton and her campaign, the American embassy and sympathetic FBI agents, and even Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Here is one article from The Hill that details the allegations, the timing being very suspect being this has now started to come to light as Biden has been teasing a run for president these last few weeks (and eventually announcing in late April).

It is almost certain the attacks will only get worse when also taking into consideration the release of the Barr report of the Mueller report.