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Do You Get It Yet

Posted: April 2, 2019 in News and politics
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image.pngTrump is a narcissistic megalomaniac, thief, and moral deviate! Everything that is associated with his family is the most beautiful, the grandest this and that. But since his facts and history only exist in his head, I guess he can embellish all he wants, or lie, which is what he does every single time he opens his mouth! Are any of you starting to get it yet!

Trump several times, whenever he is overseas and complains about NATO says his father was born in Germany, he was actually born in New York. Trump does have German roots through his grandfather. Grandad Trump tried to immigrate to Bavaria as his wife hated the Bronx, where they were living at the time. Gramps was forced out of Bavaria because he had formerly run away to avoid military service, which was required! Trump also claims his dad was a hero in the war and shot down 80 enemy aircraft if so he would be a national hero, but the fact is neither his father Fred Trump nor grandfather was ever in the military, the apple does not fall far from the tree, evidently!

In 1927 Fred Trump, Donald’s dad was arrested by New York police while marching in a Ku Klux Klan parade, Donald denies his father was ever arrested, I guess he was to busy shooting down those 80 aircraft in the war!

In 1954, Fred Trump was investigated by a U.S. Senate committee for profiteering from public contracts, including overstating his Beach Haven building charges by $3.7 million. Sound familiar, taught his son well!

Donald Trump joined Trump Management Company around 1968 and rose to become company president in 1971. Donald Trump claimed to receive a loan from his father in the mid-1970s of $1 million but actually documented as numerous loans exceeding $14 million!

Minority applicants turned away from renting apartments complained to the New York City Commission on Human Rights and the Urban League, leading the League and other groups to send test applicants to Trump-owned complexes in July 1972. They concluded that whites were offered apartments, while blacks were generally steered away. Both advocacy organizations then raised the issue with the Justice Department. In October 1973, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a civil rights suit against the Trump organization (Fred Trump, chair & Donald Trump, president) for “violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968.” Actually, they had to file against Donald Trump a second time, as he was still turning tenants of color away years later! Really a great man and role model sitting in the Oval Office, don’t you think!

There is a whole list of building projects that were not reported accurately on taxes, whole sets of apartments Fred sold to Donald way below market value as a tax dodge. Probably one of the reasons Donald Trump does not want anyone looking at his taxes, one of many reasons I am sure!

Again, I ask, are you starting to get it now?

Let’s start with a few facts. There are no true socialist countries in the world, never have been. There are countries that spout socialist ideas and like the Soviet Union, as it was called during the cold war era, mixed socialism and communism ideologies together, but was neither. It was a dictatorship or a monarchy take your pick! The communist party owned everything, controlled everything, and gave the populace enough to sustain the workforce, not much else!

So Trump wants you to believe, and why you would not just automatically assume anything he said was a lie with his record, that the Democratic Party wants us to become a socialist country! That liberals want to destroy capitalism using climate change as its driving force! That his wall and his rule are necessary to keep our country from being overrun and decimated by non-white criminals, and by any green initiatives, again an attack on capitalism, according to Trump! That he is a religious icon and that Christianity is under attack and the Christian Bible should rule our education and our government. In that vein, he states that the Constitution is too restrictive and the rules need to be rewritten! His words, not mine!

So now, let’s look at a few things from a world point of view. If climate change is not happening, and we are not accelerating it (humankind) then why is it that we are the only country, the only one, on the entire planet not to actively engage in the fight to combat it! Or why, on the world stage, are we the only industrial nation not to provide universal health care to its citizens, even though we spend way more than they do on healthcare, have less positive outcomes, a lower life expectancy than all to them! Again, the only one! When everyone else on the planet says one thing, and you are the lone holdout, does that not suggest you may be on the wrong side of a said issue? Especially since our own Pentagon has told us that climate change is the #1 most dangerous threat to our national security! That prestigious organizations across the globe like NASA and our own National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have said that climate change is real, it is caused in large part by our industry and lack of restraint. And that it will be devastating to our economy, safety, and quality of life. Yes even under the Trump admin they still say the same thing!

Now let us dwell on the title of this article for just a moment. Trump only cares about power, money, and adulation, as do a majority of his fellow Republicans, they just do not take it the edge of lunacy, but they protect their President because he is their scapegoat. Get it while you can and screw the rest mentality exists in our political representatives, and if you are honest, more prolific as a GOP trait. In that pursuit, they have given out corporate welfare by the trillions, including huge perks to the most wealthy among us. At the same time write-offs that policeman, firefighters, and teachers used to get were abolished, in favor of the rich being able to write off the maintenance and storage costs of their private jets! If you block any attempt to barter for the best prices for drugs, what possible moral road have you just gone down, or are we protecting oligarchs and their bottom line? Of course, we are! They never replaced the Affordable Care Act with the big beautiful and so much better plan Trump promised! They, Republicans, are not even trying to create one, they never intended to! The ACA messed with the oligarch’s profit margins and that could not be allowed to happen. And since money now has as much standing as our citizenry, it just stood up and bought what it wanted, or those that have it did, anyway!

I do not know if you are aware, but the countries that inhabit the planet earth do not consider us a capitalist country, but an oligarchy! They no longer trust us, and think we are a threat to the health of the planet and its safety! And no matter what Trump says, he is not respected, but rather he is feared among our allies for his ignorance, his innate fascination with dictators, any so-called strong man, and people who have absolute power over their respective populations. This is power he admires and wants! This is why countries that used to be our allies are looking elsewhere because we are now thought of as a bullying nation, not a bastion of peace or safety for the globe, not any longer!

So Trump, our Liar in Chief, has already started on his campaign of misinformation and outright lies to make the American people think that he is at war and that he is our savior! Just fact check the CPAC speech, there was no truth in anything he said! It was all misdirection, obfuscation, and prevarication! If you cannot bear to vote democratic, at least try and elect someone who has some integrity, some moral values! I am sure there must be a Republican candidate that has not been accused of sexual misconduct, is not under investigation, convicted, or confessed to multiple crimes out there somewhere, find he or she and get rid of the orange menace!

How much has border security been historically rooted in racism?       (John Love; read my note at the end before you run screaming back into your cave!)

Reece Jones: If you look at the history of immigration laws in the United States, it’s a history of racial exclusion. The U.S. didn’t have any national immigration laws at all until 1875 [the Page Act], then the first big immigration law is 1882, which is the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the entire purpose of that act was to prevent non-white people from being able to migrate to the United States. The first comprehensive national rules for immigration is the 1924 National Origins Act, which was justified at the time very much on racial terms about continuing to allow white northern, western Europeans to migrate to the U.S. while it completely bans Asian immigration and dramatically limits southern and eastern European migration. The border patrol was established two days after those National Origins quotas were put in place. The entire idea of patrolling the border and having restrictions on immigration in the United States is founded on racial exclusion.

Note by John Love; Trump has actually promoted the idea stated in the last sentence above, on camera. Basically saying that Northern Europeans are the kind of immigrants we need, and at another historic moment called certain nations “junk countries” we need to exclude from our shores.

Elisabeth Vallet: I think the government that began building the India-Bangladesh border said something like, “You know, a border fence is the best way of doing nothing while showing that you are doing something.” The wall is really addressing internal politics. It’s symbolic, political, electoral and populous, but it’s not what it says it is.

It’s interesting, in terms of public policy, that we’re using border policy to address an issue that lies, like, 500 kilometers away, south of the border. The real problem in that instance is in Central America. The public policy applied here — border policy — is not the right one. It should be a foreign policy. So the remedy is like if you were giving aspirin to a cancer patient. The patient thinks you’re curing him, but you’re not really curing the root problem.

Joseph Nevins: The wall will not last forever. That’s the one thing that we can be sure of. Walls always fall. When, how, and under what conditions? Those are totally different questions, but social orders built on violence and injustice, which are inherently unstable. They can last a long time, in terms of a human lifespan, but history is littered with examples of unjust societies that dissolve very quickly. This will too unless we can rectify it in the meantime. And that’s the challenge that we have.

With the Israel-Palestine border, there are differences and there are also real similarities. The underlying issues in Israel and Palestine are as palpable as ever. What the wall does, it allows people in Israel, especially, not to have to think about them. At the same time, it builds up pressure on the other side, that when it explodes, it explodes with unprecedented strength. In the case of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, a similar type of dynamic is unfolding. This is why we see the caravans and things of these sorts. The problems on the other side of the border, whether they’re in Honduras, Guatemala or Mexico are treated as if they belong there, as if they were created there, and as if they have nothing to do with us. These people are fleeing issues the U.S. has helped produce, and fleeing to the place that helped produce them. The wall helps us and prevents us from seeing that. At the same time, at least temporarily, the goal is to prevent the chickens coming home to roost.

So my take here, (John Love) and one I hope you are starting to glean despite being lied to, is that the wall approach is not the “fix all” Trump wants you to believe that it is. You can look at all kinds of facts about how most immigrants get here, how most drugs get here, how terrorists get here. It is not prevented by a wall, and never has been! I do think barriers are necessary for many reasons though! Immigrants need to come here in an orderly legal fashion. But spending billions on steel or cement is not the answer. Tone that down some and spend the money on electronic surveillance. Hell, for the price of the wall as Trump wants it, we could have satellite surveillance that can read a newspaper over your shoulder and readily pin-point activity such as a person or persons tramping toward an unauthorized entrance into our country or the digging of a tunnel and immediately alert border personnel to the location!

Excerps from an article I found in Rolling Stone Magazine>

(Do not roll your eyes; I have fact-checked this periodical many times!)

 

 

 

 

Trump inherited a booming economy with low unemployment and steady job growth — an easy win on day one — and he quickly claimed credit. Early in his presidency, Trump boasted about job gains starting from his election onward, crediting Obama’s final months as his own. Fact not fiction, and anyone who is honest will find this to be absolutely true!

The U.S. is now its 10th year of economic growth, and in its longest period of growth with 95 straight months of job creation. The bulk of that decade of growth was under Obama’s presidency, and can fairly be credited to him.

While the tax cuts probably helped inject some cash into the economy — particularly the stock market — the country has largely maintained the growth it saw under Obama.

Here is a small but effective way to tell if Trump is lying. If Trump calls someone or some organization, like the news in general, a liar about some topic, you can bet a fact check will show it to be absolutely true. Now, this, of course, is not 100% effective, but my testing of this scenario has been that it works 98% of the time with 100% accuracy. Or 2% of the time with 95% accuracy! Of course, a Trump pundit would go for the 2%, leave out the accuracy equation altogether, and forget the 98% part of the equation ever existed! Hannity for example!

So now Trump wants to declare a national emergency over his border wall! So far the federal funds he wants to divert are for California wildfire damage and flood control and includes disaster relief fund diversion from, guess who, Puerto Rico! I guess we Californians did not sweep our forests properly and Puerto Rico, as you know, is in a really big ocean and very hard to access. Evidently, he forgot about the Wright Brothers and other aviation enthusiast’s contributions to delivering things through the air! Or do both these areas of the globe contain too many brown people and are too (earthy) hard to find?

Plus just a few weeks ago he claimed that nothing has gotten through or over the border under his watch. If so, where is the emergency, and who needs a wall? His own intelligence agencies say there are no terrorists at the border. If you believe his latest that you can just drive down the fence line a couple of miles, find a huge hole then turn left in your van full of tied up and gagged women and cruise right on into the U.S. then you sir or madam, are idiots! This is the logic of a disturbed individual!

The wall is part of an ego trip. He is not even looking into the scientific ways to monitor and stop traffic across the southern border. He is not even considering the fact that almost all illegals came here on a commercial flight and then overstayed their visa. That almost all drugs come into our ports in cargo vessels, not across the border! That illegal crossings of the border are at an all-time low, not increasing, and the so-called caravans are caused by massive human rights violations! He is ignoring that for the first time we are being sanctioned by the United Nations as human rights violators ourselves! Who would have thought that possible just a short few years ago?

You need to wise up people, look at the world with open eyes. Almost every NATO country sees us as a threat right now! Trump is hated by most countries, and is not respected by our allies and their leaders! All you have to do is look, not hard to find these things out when you take your blinders off and actually look for actual facts, not what you want the facts to be!

 

 

 

 

Climate Change Critics

(The Real Facts)

The Trump administration released its first major climate report, the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) on November 23, 2018. The two-part report by the United States Global Change Research Program(USGCRP) was the result of two years of work by a team from 13 federal agencies with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as the lead administrator. The first volume released in October 2017, [39]

A 2018 CRS cited

The first volume, entitled “Climate Science Special Report” (CSSR) released on October 2017 said that, “Detection and attribution studies, climate models, observations, paleoclimate data, and physical understanding lead to high confidence (extremely likely) that more than half of the observed global mean warming since 1951 was caused by humans!

The U.S. Global Change Research Program reported in June 2009[41] that:

Observations show that warming of the climate is unequivocal. The global warming observed over the past 50 years is due primarily to human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases. These emissions come mainly from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas), with important contributions from the clearing of forests, agricultural practices, and other activities.

Arctic Climate Impact Assessment[edit]

In 2004, the intergovernmental Arctic Council and the non-governmental International Arctic Science Committee released the synthesis report of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment:[42]

Climate conditions in the past provide evidence that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are associated with rising global temperatures. Human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas), and secondarily the clearing of land, have increased the concentration of carbon dioxide, methane, and other heat-trapping (“greenhouse”) gases in the atmosphere…There is an international scientific consensus that most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities.[43]

Academies of science (general science)[edit]

Since 2001, 34 national science academies, three regional academies, and both the international InterAcademy Council and International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences have made formal declarations confirming human-induced global warming and urging nations to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The 34 national science academy statements include 33 who have signed joint science academy statements and one individual declaration by the Polish Academy of Sciences in 2007.

A consensus, based on current evidence, now exists within the global scientific community that human activities are the main source of climate change and that the burning of fossil fuels is largely responsible for driving this change. The IPCC should be congratulated for the contribution it has made to public understanding of the nexus that exists between energy, climate, and sustainability.

American Geophysical Union states that human activities are changing Earth’s climate. At the global level, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases have increased sharply since the Industrial Revolution. Fossil fuel burning dominates this increase. Human-caused increases in greenhouse gases are responsible for most of the observed global average surface warming of roughly 0.8 °C (1.5 °F) over the past 140 years.Because natural processes cannot quickly remove some of these gases (notably carbon dioxide) from the atmosphere, our past, present, and future emissions will influence the climate system for millennia.

European Federation of Geologists

The EFG recognizes the work of the IPCC and other organizations, and subscribes to the major findings that climate change is happening, is predominantly caused by anthropogenic emissions of CO2, and poses a significant threat to human civilization.

European Geosciences Union

Asserts that the IPCC represents the state-of-the-art of climate science supported by the major science academies around the world and by the vast majority of science researchers and investigators as documented by the peer-reviewed scientific literature.[83]

National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Adopted a position statement on climate change in which they assert that “Earth’s climate is changing [and] “that present warming trends are largely the result of human activities“:

The American Meteorological Society

There is unequivocal evidence that Earth’s lower atmosphere, ocean, and land surface are warming; sea level is rising; and snow cover, mountain glaciers, and Arctic sea ice are shrinking. The dominant cause of warming since the 1950s is human activities. This scientific finding is based on a large and persuasive body of research.

The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

Global climate change and global warming are real and observable … It is highly likely that those human activities that have increased the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have been largely responsible for the observed warming since 1950. 

World Meteorological Organization

The WMO concurs that “scientific assessments have increasingly reaffirmed that human activities are indeed changing the composition of the atmosphere, in particular through the burning of fossil fuels for energy production and transportation.” The WMO concurs that “the present atmospheric concentration of CO2 was never exceeded over the past 420,000 years;” and that the IPCC “assessments provide the most authoritative, up-to-date scientific advice.” 

I could go on for pages and pages, one scientific organization after another worldwide that support that climate change is here and that human activity is responsible for most of it! I am just pointing out to all you climate change deniers that finding one or two individuals that do not support climate change and our role in it is just that, one or two individuals. The real scientific communities around the globe agree that it is real, that we, the human equation along with our love of fossil fuels is responsible!

You can find links to all of these organizations and more by just accessing Wikipedia and Climate Change. You do not have to take any Wikipedia author’s claim, as I said, the links to every one of my examples are there, and you can check them all out yourself. Every time one of you anti-science idiots decides to go out and find someone pissed off they are not getting enough attention as proof there is no climate change, or that it is not human interaction accelerating it, I am going to clobber you with this blog! The evidence is glaring, the facts easily available. Quit letting an oligarch, bent on selling you his fossil fuel wares convince you atmospheric contamination is false and there is no climate change, as a result, be your example!

 

 

The Trump administration has ordered 5,200 additional troops — more than double the deployment in Syria — to the Southwest border in response to a caravan of Central American migrants who may seek to enter the U.S. through Mexico. Though the group is about 900 miles away and dwindling!

President Trump has seized on the immigration issue ahead of the midterm election, but illegal immigration this year is on pace to be lower than in all but four of the previous 45 years.

Among other roles, Black Hawk helicopters equipped with night sensors will be available to ferry Border Patrol personnel “exactly where they need to be” to “spot groups” and “to fast-rope down” to intercept migrants trying to cross the border. Military aircraft will conduct surveillance. The Pentagon is also sending engineers who could build vehicle barriers, walls and razor-wire fencing around the entry points. Soldiers arriving at the border were bringing 22 miles of concertina wire and would have another 150 miles available!

In addition, the Pentagon is sending four larger transport planes, including three C-130s and a C-17 to ferry the agency personnel to spots along the border where migrants may seek to cross illegally. The Pentagon is also sending riot gear, ready-to-eat meals and tents to equip, feed and house additional Border Patrol agents sent to the border.

So we are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to repel a bunch of men, women, children, farmers, and the working poor who our own intelligence agencies have already said have no ISIS operatives or terrorist cells in them, just terrified victims! Just another Trump fear tactic to enrage his base!

And a note to end on, Trump now says he wants to cancel the 14thamendment so that people born in the United States will no longer automatically be citizens! So this has been a law for 150 years. All of this is to get your mind off his sophistry, rhetoric if you will, and his responsibility for acts of violence because of it!

Most of this was gleaned from an article supplied to me by email from the L.A. Times. Some, of course, is from me! I did fact check this as best I could before publishing, as always! Anything I could not find, I did not include! Do you get it now!

 

 

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So, what do the Clintons, the Obamas, Eric Holder, Maxine Waters, George Soros, John Brennan, CNN, and Debbie Wasserman all have in common? They are all on Trump’s hit list! He attacks people, calls them names, says they are the enemy of America, that they have a low IQ, and congratulates attacks on reporters! He cheerleads his followers in chants against all these people and reporters, especially CNN! Trump is at the center of this current threat to people’s lives and the bombs sent to intimate, harm, and possibly kill people!

Reporters across the globe are being threatened, and yes killed. The people on Trump’s hit list have been receiving an increasing amount of threats since Trump has taken upon himself to foment hate in a public forum. He is the President of the United States, he is heard by millions at his many, many, pep rallies. Now figure out how many crazy unstable people per million are out there, this current threat was a foregone conclusion.

So if you are a Republican, a conservative, you may dislike, maybe even hate the people that appear in the first paragraph, Trump’s hit list, but do you honestly believe they should live under threat and get bombs delivered to them? Do you believe a President should cheerlead millions of people in hateful rhetoric, or should he instead be asking everyone to act with moderation?  The latter of course, but is that what Trump has done, you and I both know that he did not. He has preached fear, played a blame game, and has been a cheerleader for violence every chance he gets. Praised a body slamming GOP candidate, offered to pay any court costs if people beat up people who disagree, and named names when he called them low IQ, horrible dangerous people, fake and dangerous enemies of the U.S.

This is a guy [Trump] who has tried to tell you that we will lose 40,000 jobs if we lose an arms deal with Saudi Arabia, then the next day it was 100,000, then 500,000 a few days later, and finally he upped it to a million! He has tried to get you to believe that immigrants fleeing for their lives, or at least from starvation and threat are somehow mostly Democrats coming here to vote illegally and be given new luxury cars by the liberals. Oh yeah, they have whole phalanxes of ISIS operatives amongst them. He has no way of knowing this, as the FBI or even CIA are not allowed to investigate without permission of the foreign countries involved. Plus these claims are ludicrous to anyone with any common sense or knowledge of why these people left their homelands in the first place. The same is true of Trump’s claim that he has investigators on the ground solving the Khashoggi assassination in Turkey. The FBI has already said they have not gotten any such authorization! These are just more daily lies that Trump tells every day!

A President, by the way, who at this point in time has not reached out to either former Presidents of these United States about this latest threat on their lives! He might later because he has been told he needs to, but I guaranty he will not think to do so on his own. He never even mentioned the people threatened in his statement earlier today, and it was plain he was just reading a statement that had been prepared for him!

A united front from both sides of the aisle in Congress should at least censure the President for the hateful rhetoric he spews at every opportunity because he is the point of the spear, he is directly responsible!