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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Nancy Pelosi Finally Condemns Antifa

I'm shocked!!!
Thought she was going to say.

"God bless them, for their spontaneity. It's independent ... it's young, it's spontaneous, it's focused. And it's going to be effective."


House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi officially condemned violence from Antifa on Tuesday after months of attacks on Trump supporters and free speech protesters.

The statement from Pelosi was in response to the acts of violence over the weekend in Berkeley, which led to the arrests of 13 suspects connected to Antifa’s violence.

“Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts,” Pelosi wrote. “The violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.”

This marks the first-time Pelosi has condemned Antifa and is quite possibly the first time she has acknowledged the group’s existence. A keyword search of her website and her Twitter account revealed no other instances in which she used the word.

A spokesman for Pelosi told the Washington Times in an email late on Monday night that Pelosi “emphasizes” the importance of “peaceful” protests and demonstrations, while not mentioning Antifa and other leftist groups behind the violence.

Pelosi also reiterated the need for peaceful dissent and free speech in her press statement on Tuesday by saying hate must not be used to fight hate.

“In California, as across all of our great nation, we have deep reverence for the Constitutional right to peaceful dissent and free speech,” Pelosi continued. “Non-violence is fundamental to that right. Let us use this sad event to reaffirm that we must never fight hate with hate, and to remember the values of peace, openness, and justice that represent the best of America.”


Kathy Griffin is 'no longer sorry' for infamous Trump photo

Kathy Griffin:

“I’ve been talking to Australians who, for the first time, are saying ‘We’re afraid to go to America,'” she shared. “I never thought I would hear that in my lifetime.”

Imagine you woke up next to this in the morning.

Thank You.


Kathy Griffin would like a mulligan on her apology for her infamous photo with a bloody facsimile of Donald Trump’s head.

Back in May, the comedian was embroiled in a controversy that sparked a two-month federal investigation when images were released of her holding what very closely resembled the president’s head. Following the immediate backlash, she apologized, a move she now regrets.

“I am no longer sorry, the whole outrage was B.S., the whole thing got so blown out of proportion,” she shared on the Australian talk show Sunrise this week. “I lost everybody.

Things then turned a bit contentious when Griffin mentioned the criticism she faced from people like Chelsea Clinton and Debra Messing. Co-host Samantha Armytage pointed out that neither of those two are Trump supporters, prompting the question of whether Griffin could understand why they’d view the photo as “over-the-line.”

“You’re full of crap,” fired back Griffin. “Stop acting like my little picture is more important than talking about the actual atrocities that the president of the United States is committing.”

Griffin proceeded to rattle off some of the recent controversial decisions made by Trump, who she refused to refer to as the president, instead calling him “the fool.” Some of the “real things we have to deal with” she referenced are the recent transgender military ban and the presidential pardon given to former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“I’ve been talking to Australians who, for the first time, are saying ‘We’re afraid to go to America,'” she shared. “I never thought I would hear that in my lifetime.”


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"White Privilege"...or privileged to be saved by a white guy?

Been observing videos and photos of Hurricane Harvey. Hell of a lot of white guys (volunteers) with their own boats saving people regardless of skin color. Think they’ll get any recognition? 


Monday, August 28, 2017

L-O-V-E to see this happen

Fresh Off A Pardon From Trump, Arpaio Floats A Primary Challenge To Flake

(Flake...they named him right)

Just a few days after President Donald Trump issued a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff hinted that he could mount a primary challenge to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who’s up for re-election next year.

Arpaio, who was convicted of contempt of court for ignoring a court order to stop holding people solely on suspicion of being undocumented, told the Washington Examiner on Monday that he may run for office again.

“I could run for mayor, I could run for a legislator, I could run for Senate,” he said.

“I’m sure getting a lot of people around the state asking me” to run against Flake, he added. “All I’m saying is the door is open and we’ll see what happens. I’ve got support. I know what support I have.”

It’s not clear how serious Arpaio is about challenging Flake. He lost his bid for a seventh term as sheriff of Maricopa County last year and was later convicted of contempt of court. The sheriff was notorious for holding inmates in “tent city,” an open air jail he once referred to as a “concentration camp.”

Arpaio, who is now 85 years old, told the Washington Examiner that despite his age, he does not plan to fully retire yet.

“I’m proud to be my age. I work 14 hours a day. If anyone thinks my age is going to hold me back, I’ve got news for them,” he said. “The bottom line is there’s no way I’m going to go fishing. I have no hobbies.”


Clinton on "tell all" nationwide tour about her run up to the election with tickets selling for up to $1,200

I'm sending my check right away. I can't wait to hear what was actually in those 31,000 emails she deleted, what Bill really said to Lynch on the tarmac, and how money flowed in from foreign donors for favors into the slush fund she calls The Clinton Foundation.


Hillary Clinton will be back in the spotlight this fall for an unprecedented, big-ticket book tour for her new book What Happened, with tickets priced as high as $1,200. 

On Monday, the ex-Democratic nominee announced 'Hillary Clinton Live,' a 15-city tour, which includes stops in a handful of states she lost in the election last year. 

Promotional materials for her first stop, at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., promises Clinton plans to 'let loose' and tell her audience a 'personal, raw, detailed and surprisingly funny story' of her election loss and recovery.

Former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is going on a 15-city book tour this fall, where she'll promote her new book What Happened 

The website promoting the tour, which is being called 'Hillary Clinton Live,' features a quote from the ex-presidential candidate, where she promises to let her guard down 

The website promoting the tour,, features a quote from Clinton too. 

'In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net,' she said. 'Now I'm letting my guard down,' she pledged. 

Hillary Clinton's newest book will hit bookshelves on September 12 

The tour kicks off on September 18 in D.C. and continues on all through fall. 


Republicans Completely Own Trump’s Arpaio Pardon

If they don't hold the president accountable for this abuse of power, where will the pardons end?

Are you kidding me "Abuse of Power"? What president has not pardoned someone? 
Check it out: 

Arpaio was doing his job which through the eyes of a liberal is racism.

Want to talk egregious?

Where was the outrage when Barry released thousands, that's thousands with a T, of crackheads and drug dealers (composed mostly of his own race) from prison. Remember Gitmo mass release program, the Taliban 5, Oscar Lopez Rivera the KSM of the Hispanic community?  Then attempted to declare amnesty for million of illegals.

And what about this sweetheart?

And to top that off:

The Army provided Manning with weekly psychotherapy, including psychotherapy specific to gender dysphoria; cross-sex hormone therapy; female undergarments; the ability to wear prescribed cosmetics in her daily life at the USDB; and speech therapy.

I was waiting for... [shortly thereafter he got his period and they gave him a pack of Kotex]


Brian BeutlerAugust 28, 2017

This article reeks of more bias than rain from Harvey leaving no doubt who he voted for in the last election.

Oh... and can't wait to see challenges to the Republican hierarchy in 2018.


If news reports are to be believed, President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, the racist, inhumane former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, not for any strategic purpose, but out of some deeply personal desire to help an immigrant-hating friend in need. 

According to the Washington Post, Trump—in what was by then his umpteenth attempt to obstruct justice—approached Attorney General Jeff Sessions this past spring about dropping the federal criminal case against his partner in birtherism, only to be brushed off, leaving clemency as his only option.

But whether he intended it or not, Trump’s decision to grant the pardon on Friday night—an unconscionable abuse of power, delivered under the cover of a biblical hurricane—creates a three-pronged moral hazard. 

First, it gives fresh hopes to abusive law-enforcement officers across the country, teaching them that they can proceed with impunity. 

Second, it further boosts the morale of white supremacists, who are already over the moon for their advocate in the White House. 

Third, it stretches the muscles that Trump will have to use if he decides to pardon his aides and family members for crimes uncovered in the course of the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, all while reaffirming his sense that Republicans in Congress will let him get away with it.

Personally, I am convinced that the Arpaio pardon is one of many reasonable grounds on which Congress could initiate the impeachment process, and that even in the absence of high crimes and misdemeanors, Trump should be removed from office because he is unfit to serve. Republicans, by contrast, want you to think that while they strongly oppose Trump’s behavior, they are powerless to do anything about it. But they are not powerless, and now they must confront the questions raised by their own post-hoc objections to something Trump all but announced he would do several days in advance. If Republicans in Congress are not going to do anything to stop Trump, what will they do to contain the damage?

Arpaio was a public figure in good standing on the right for two decades, not in spite of the fact that he made life hell for prisoners and immigrants living in his jurisdiction, but because of it. Republicans stood by as Arpaio built his infamous “tent jails,” where temperatures sometimes exceeded 115 degrees. They stood by as he made a woman give birth while shackled to a bed. As the country’s demographics shifted over the years, some Republicans started treating Arpaio less like a celebrated hero and more like an embarrassing racist uncle, but by then, their lots had been cast. 

Trump’s decision to pardon Arpaio, like Trump’s success in the Republican primary, is an outgrowth and an emblem of the GOP’s decision to foster the intellectual and cultural climates of Fox News across the country—concentrated in heavily gerrymandered congressional districts—to help them win elections. On its own terms, that project has been an incomparable success, but it has also been a moral abomination, forcing one of America’s two major political parties into complicity with the worst actors in the country. Conservatives finally discovered a vocal distaste for Arpaio after Trump pardoned him, but for decades they have done nothing to kick Arpaioites out of the coalition. Some Republicans may be genuinely uncomfortable with this arrangement, but nearly all of them represent parts of the country that are walled off from dissent. 

Thus, the best Arizona’s self-styled rebel senator Jeff Flake could muster on Friday was a tweet saying he “would have preferred” for Trump to withhold the pardon. 

House Speaker Paul Ryan delegated his response to a spokesman, who raised a valid concern: “Law-enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon.”

The obvious problem is that if Trump faces no consequences for pardoning Arpaio, then Arpaio wannabes everywhere will know, with more certainty than ever before, that they have the official blessing of the president and his party to abuse prisoners and terrorize immigrants. 

Ryan has famously little appetite for contravening Trump in any meaningful way, but as long as that’s the case, he is just as responsible for the consequences of Trump’s depravities as Trump himself. The pardon power is unqualified and vested solely in the president, which creates a real challenge for lawmakers confronting a president intent on abusing it. Unlike other kinds of corruption, which can be countermanded with new laws, subpoenas, and other legislative tools, there is no direct way for Congress to stop Trump from pardoning anyone and everyone. But the fate of the rule of law is not in Trump’s hands alone. Just because Ryan likes to pretend his hands are completely tied doesn’t make it so.

The ethical questions Trump is raising aren’t new, because questionable pardons aren’t new. What is new is that Republicans, by watching dazed and glassy-eyed as a president abuses the pardon so early in his term, are empowering him to make a habit of forgiving and incenting the kind of lawbreaking that he hopes will shore up his power. In 1925, Chief Justice William Howard Taft—a former president himself—opined on behalf of the Supreme Court that the proper remedy for a hypothetical president using the pardon power to serially undermine legal proceedings wouldn’t be for the Supreme Court to crimp the pardon power, but for Congress to remove that president.

“If it be said that the President, by successive pardons of constantly recurring contempts in particular litigation, might deprive a court of power to enforce its orders in a recalcitrant neighborhood, it is enough to observe that such a course is so improbable as to furnish but little basis for argument,” Taft wrote. “Exceptional cases like this, if to be imagined at all, would suggest a resort to impeachment, rather than to a narrow and strained construction of the general powers of the President.” 

Ryan and other Republicans will for all these reasons face difficult questions. What do they intend to do if Trump extends pardons to people who broke laws in the course of getting him elected president or of impeding the investigation of his campaign? If they pretend, as Ryan does, to care about equal protection of law, will they investigate the events leading up to the Arpaio pardon, and will they pass any laws that will make life harder for those who see Arpaio as a role model?

I am certain we’ll be disappointed by the answers.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

McCain, Democrats blast Trump's transgender ban

The title of this article implies there's a distinct difference. The "maverick" is nothing but a traitor in sheep's clothing doing for Trump what Benedict Arnold did for Washington.

Imagine you're in the military under fire in Afghanistan:

The paradox for me is Trump won AZ... the same state that has been re-electing asshole McCain since 1987!


WASHINGTON — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain on Friday sharply criticized President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, saying it could hurt the military.

“It would be a step in the wrong direction to force currently serving transgender individuals to leave the military solely on the basis of their gender identity rather than medical and readiness standards that should always be at the heart of Department of Defense personnel policy,” the Republican Arizona senator said in a statement released just before midnight.

“The Pentagon’s ongoing study on this issue should be completed before any decisions are made with regard to accession.”

Earlier in the evening, White House officials announced details of the military’s new transgender policy, broadly outlined by Trump in a series of tweets earlier this month.

A presidential memo sent to the Pentagon on Friday reverses the previous policy of allowing transgender individuals to serve openly and receive medical care for treatment of gender dysphoria or related issues.

Instead, Trump’s order directs that the Pentagon (and the Department of Homeland Security, in the case of Coast Guard personnel) halt the use of any funds for sex reassignment surgery, and bars entry of any transgender recruits into the services.

It also directs Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to determine whether currently service transgender personnel should be allowed to stay in the ranks, using “military effectiveness and lethality, budgetary constraints and applicable law” as standards for dismissal.

House Armed Services Committee ranking member Adam Smith, D-Wash., called the move “a cravenly opportunistic act of discrimination against men and women who volunteer to defend the United States.” Iraq War veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said the move will be “disruptive to our military” and harm unit readiness.

But as the senior Republican voice on military matters in Congress, McCain’s criticism carried more weight. The former Navy pilot and 30-year senator has sparred with Trump increasingly in recent weeks, including casting one of the deciding votes to shelve plans for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

McCain in his statement of opposition said the armed services committee will conduct oversight on the issue in weeks to come. Congress returns to Capitol Hill from a summer legislative recess in early September.


Jumping out in front of what is sure to come

Mandatory prison or jail time for those looting, stealing and burglarizing during Hurricane Harvey

Nueces County District Attorney Mark A. Gonzalez today announced that his office will seek prison or jail time in each and every forthcoming case where the defendant stands charged with theft (looting), burglary, robbery, or any similar crime committed during Hurricane Harvey, vowing to " everything in my power to hold [them] accountable." Probation will neither be offered nor agreed to by Mr. Gonzalez's office in any of these cases.

As Hurricane Harvey rages on, the safety and peace of mind of Nueces County's fine citizens is of paramount importance. Taking advantage of citizens' perceived vulnerability at this time is particularly heinous and inexcusable, and will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Mr. Gonzalez and the entire District Attorney's Office staff implore citizens to continue heeding the counsel of the local, state, and federal authorities; to continue housing, feeding, and otherwise supporting each other throughout the continuation of the inclement weather; and to continue encouraging, supporting, and appreciating law enforcement and the brave first responders working around the clock to ensure our safety and security.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Insanity has now become the apocalypse

(Not much different than OWS)

First, there was this:

ESPN removes Robert Lee from calling Virginia game in Charlottesville due to his name 

Yes, Loretta, they're virtually indistinguishable. 

How far are they going to go? How about setting fire to the currency.

 One side depicts a racist.
The other uses the word "God" which is bound to offend somebody.
They despise Washington...but if you offered to take the bills off their hands you wouldn't get a one.

It gets worse:

Protesters now rally to REMOVE statue of Christopher Columbus from Manhattan after NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was under review as a 'symbol of hate'

Memphis theater pulls Gone with the Wind after complaints that the Civil War classic is 'racially insensitive'

Our salvation... they sign up @ and discover their great-great-great-grandfather fought for the South and are now forced to repudiate their own existence or like lemmings commit mass suicide. 
I prefer the latter. 


In the wake of Harvey...


Leave it to RINO McCain

McCain critical of president's pardon of Arpaio

President Donald Trump has tweeted about his pardon of the former sheriff of the Phoenix metro area, who was convicted of a misdemeanor contempt-of-court charge for defying a judge's orders that he stop conducting immigration patrols.

Ex-sheriff Joe Arapio was facing the prospect of jail time at his sentencing in October.

Trump tweeted that he was "pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85-year-old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!"

U.S. Sen. John McCain the RINO of Arizona is voicing his displeasure at President Donald Trump’s pardon of the former Phoenix metro area sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of a misdemeanor contempt-of-court charge for defying a judge’s orders that he stop conducting immigration (rounding up illegals) patrols.

What I don't understand is this. If the assholes in AZ wanted a Republican to represent them... why did they keep sending McCain to DC?

Arapio was facing the prospect of jail time at his sentencing in October.

McCain says in a statement that "no one is above the law" and "sworn law officers should always seek to be beyond reproach in their commitment to fairly enforcing the laws they swore to uphold."

By pardoning Arpaio, McCain says it undermines Trump's claim for the respect of rule of law.

He also says Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs are supporting the presidential pardon of former metro Phoenix sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Ducey says Arpaio "deserves credit for helping to reduce crime in Maricopa County over his long career in law enforcement and public office."

He says Trump's pardon "has brought finality to this chapter in Arizona's history."

Ducey adds that Arpaio is his friend and now the 85-year-old ex-lawman can move on and enjoy his retirement with his wife and family.

Biggs says he applauds Trump for pardoning Arpaio and adds that "America owes Sheriff Arpaio a debt of gratitude and not the injustice of a political witch hunt."


Friday, August 25, 2017

RFK's son Max Kennedy and his daughter are arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct

Keeping the Kennedy tradition alive and well.


According to Barnstable Police Officer Armando Feliciano, who arrived at the scene just after 1am, the father-daughter duo ' angry mob' among members of the party. 

Caroline, 23, reportedly refused to give police her information and admitted to being drunk while she was booked.

Her father, 52, was described to be 'sweating profusely' and had 'noticeably' blood-shot eyes. 

They were charged with disturbing the peace and violating a noise ordinance. Both of the Kennedys were bailed out that same night.

Details of their arrests emerged a day after the father-daughter duo's mug shots were revealed.

Max Kennedy, 52, and his daughter, Caroline Kennedy, 22, were arrested early Sunday morning.

Max Kennedy, 52, and his daughter, Caroline Kennedy, 22, were arrested early Sunday morning.

Later at the arraignment:


Nancy Pelosi's father helped dedicate Confederate monument

Time to remove the headstone from Pelosi's father's grave.


By Brooke Singman Published August 24, 2017

At left, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; at right, the Lee-Jackson monument in Baltimore, Md. (Reuters)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has ramped up calls to remove "reprehensible" Confederate statues from the halls of Congress -- but left unsaid in her public denunciations is that her father helped dedicate such a statue decades ago while mayor of Baltimore. 

It was May 2, 1948, when, according to a Baltimore Sun article from that day, “3,000” looked on as then-Governor William Preston Lane Jr. and Pelosi’s father, the late Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., spoke at the dedication of a monument to honor Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. 

The article said Lane delivered a speech, and Mayor D’Alesandro “accepted” the memorial.

“Today, with our nation beset by subversive groups and propaganda which seeks to destroy our national unity, we can look for inspiration to the lives of Lee and Jackson to remind us to be resolute and determined in preserving our sacred institutions,” D’Alesandro said in his dedication. “We must remain steadfast in our determination to preserve freedom, not only for ourselves but for the other liberty-loving nations who are striving to preserve their national unity as free nations.”

He added: “In these days of uncertainty and turmoil, Americans must emulate Jackson’s example and stand like a stone wall against aggression in any form that would seek to destroy the liberty of the world.” 

[A 180 from her old man. Now you know why she refused to comment]

With President Trump cautioning that the drive to purge Confederate statues could represent a slippery slope, the White House has flagged Pelosi's family history as she fuels the statue opposition. 

Counselor Kellyanne Conway tweeted an earlier article from RedAlertPolitics noting Pelosi's father's role. 

"That's rich," she wrote. 

Last week, more than a half century after Pelosi’s father honored the Lee-Jackson monument, it was removed from its post along with three other Confederate statues in Baltimore, according to the Baltimore Sun. The removal came as numerous monuments were removed, vandalized or otherwise being debated in the wake of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where a counter-protester was killed. 

Pelosi’s office did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on her father’s involvement with one of the Baltimore monuments.