Friday, August 18, 2017


Steve Bannon fired by Trump! Has Trump finally gotten the message that he is losing mainstream Republicans (with big $)? Does this mean a move toward sanity at the White House?  Or, will Trump blow it with his tweets.

Altright and Breitbart unhappy. Unfortunately, it may be too late stop the momentum he gave them earlier. At least there's one thing that might spark optimism about America's future.,


“A Missouri lawmaker is under mounting pressure to resign after she said on social media she hopes President Trump is assassinated, following his response to violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal went on her personal Facebook page Thursday morning to vent two days after the president blamed “both sides” for the brutality.

“I put up a statement saying, ‘I really hate Trump. He’s causing trauma and nightmares.’ That was my original post,” she told the Kansas City Star. The Facebook post received many responses, Chappelle-Nadal said, and to one she replied, “I hope Trump is assassinated!”

Chappelle-Nadal later explained that she didn't actually wish harm to come to Trump but wrote it out of frustration.”


Trump isn’t the only politician fanning the flames.  Politically-motivated violence has no place in a democracy where politically motivated speech receives great protection.  I believe we are headed into a dark period of increasing political violence.  It is wrong no matter which side is advocating the violence.  It is wrong no matter which side is committing the violence.  Some on both sides of the political spectrum are wrong  on both counts and are threatening peaceful political discourse. 

The primary difference is that neo-nazism and white supremacy are philosophies built on political and ideological violence.  Martin Luther King, Jr. and his followers opposed violence.  Trump is wrong when he says both sides are equally responsible.  Both side need to quit.  However, Only one side relies on a philosophy built on violence.  At the base of their philosophies, only one side is more culpable.



Thursday, August 17, 2017


The neo-Nazis mentioned below were part of a larger demonstration of alt-right groups that were protesting removal of a statue of Gen Robt. E. Lee.  Is there now a fusion of all these groups?   I am NOT  saying every statue-protestor is part of this, but there probably are some.  Are some closet-Nazis starting to come out of the closet?

Charlottesville’s Jewish community was forced to hire security after local police denied worshipers of synagogue protection from neo-Nazis during the violent weekend that claimed the life of a woman. [The main point of the protest was against removal of a statue of Robt. E. Lee]

Alan Zimmerman, president of Congregation Beth Israel, [in Charlottesville] described the fear he had when he saw three men armed with RIFLES outside the synagogue, he wrote in a blog post published Monday.

There were also “parades of Nazis” outside pointing at the temple and chanting “Seig Heil” while white supremacists carried “flags with swastikas and other Nazi symbols,” Zimmerman wrote.  [There was also prominent display of the Nazi phrase 'blood and soil"]

When morning services ended, Zimmerman advised worshipers to exit through the back door for safety.

“This is 2017 in the United States of America,” he continued.

He wrote that he learned that “Nazi websites” were calling for the burning of the synagogue — but nothing ever happened.

He also recalled when an elderly woman, whom he said was Catholic, approached him in front of the synagogue and asked: “Why do they hate you?”

“I had no answer to the question we’ve been asking ourselves for thousands of years,” Zimmerman wrote. . .

In recent months, the Jewish community has experienced bomb threats at Jewish centers in several states.  . .

Also, tombstones have been vandalized in Jewish cemeteries, and it’s unclear if any arrests have been made in those cases

The Anti-Defamation League says that anti-Semitic incidents have spiked 86% in the first quarter of 2017 with a total of 541 cases, compared to 291 cases recorded during the same time last year."



I’ve been going after the political right because the now dominate the White House and Congress. They’ve long dominated Texas politics.  Time to look at a problem emanating from the left.  There’s lots of violence by left-wingers at demonstrators. They are referrerd to as anit-fa and anarcho-punk.  However, it is a lame response and to the murder of a unarmed white female anti-racist by a neo-Nazi to raise the issue of violence by both sides.  Violence, murder, lynching, etc. have a long history in Nazism and white supremacy.  From pictures and videos it appears to me that the right-wingers are much more likely to show up at demonstrators with firearms, and masks.  Be that as it may, murder and violence are wrong no matter who does it.

Free speech is constantly under attack from both the left and right in this country. America’s largest universities are dominated by left-wing politically correct leaders and students.  See FIRE for a more complete picture of the attacks on free speech in higher education.

Liberal academics turn out papers on ‘microagression’ and how harmful it is to minorities.  A recent paper said that being subject to hate speech creates physical harm to the body of the victim. Looks like they are setting up a challenge to existing First Amendment protection for hate.  They’d love to take away your Second Amendment rights too.  Shame on these left-wing authoritarian hypocrites.  

Here’s a great piece from the libertarian website

"No Free Speech for Fascists!" It's a motto you see on pre-printed signs at protests, including at yesterday's rallies in reaction to the violence and death in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend. Paired with a flood of invective against the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for the group's support of Unite the Right's right to stage a rally at the city's statue of Robert E. Lee in the first place, they make for a troubling trend. . .

But if fascists are to lose their free speech rights, someone must take them. And if you believe, as many of the counter-protesters do, that the white nationalists and their brethren were emboldened by the presence of a man in the White House who sees them as part of his coalition, then why on God's good green earth would you want to turn around and hand that very man the right to censor anyone whom he labels fascists? Because I can tell you right now, the list of folks that Trump and the restive-but-still-Republican Congress would like to silence sure won't look like the list those sign-wavers have in mind.

The people wielding "No Free Speech for Fascists" placards might as well be holding up signs saying "No Free Speech for Muslims." And in fact, many on the right have been making just that argument against the ACLU for years now, arguing that exceptions to our free speech principles should be made to curtail extreme speech by Muslim religious figures or activists in the name of security, or even (in the stupidest variant of the idea) that the ACLU is part of a radical Islamic conspiracy. But if the justification for restrictions on the speech of one man is violence committed by another, there can be no end to list of people who may be silenced in the name of order.

I have my beefs with ACLU too. I wish they'd see the importance of defending free speech even in situations where money is changing hands—to my way of thinking, the group has lately been on the wrong side of a few debates over freedom of conscience and association in the commercial realm. But the ACLU's work on speech in the public sphere is unbeatable. They did the right thing to let Unite the Right gather in Charlottesville. Sticking up for free speech for fascists doesn't mean you love fascists, it means you love free speech.”




In three tweets, the president said the history and culture of the country was being "ripped apart" and said efforts to remove statues of Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee could escalate to taking down monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
It's becoming  clearer every day which side of the racist v. anti-racist fight Trump is really on.  A woman was murdered. Trump fans the flames, encourages more aggressive action by the white supremacists.  The President should either keep his mouth shut or make some positive calls for peaceful resolutions.  That's what Presidents are supposed to do.  But then, we've never had a president quite like 'the Donald.'

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


"Trump's Other Big Business Council Disbands Amid Uproar Over Charlottesville

President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council of 16 big-name executives, formally called the Strategic and Policy Forum, reportedly disbanded on Wednesday in the biggest blowback against his response to the deadly attack by an accused white supremacist in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Meanwhile, seven executives have resigned this week from another presidential advisory group, the American Manufacturing Council."  [Trump sent out insulting messages to those who resigned, rather than thanking them for their service]

Source:  Huffington Post
Big Business, of course, has long been the main source of big $ for the Republican party.  Trump has alienated many Republican Senators over a number of issues (e.g. repeal and replace)  It appears that Trump seems to think that evangelicals, KKK, Neo-Nazis and the altright are enough base for him.  The Republican party is in serious disarray and it appears to be getting worse.  Any Republican out there want to challenge Trump for the Republican nomination on  2020.


One of the reasons Trump gave for firing FBI Directors James Comey was that he was doing a bad job at the FBI and personnel were unhappy.  This was a false pretext.  The real reason was the Comey refused to pledge loyalty and lay off investigation into the Michael Flynn scandal. 

"FBI agents gave former Director James Comey consistently high marks in an internal survey, according to records released Wednesday, counter to President Donald Trump’s claims that he fired Comey because agents no longer had confidence in him.
The FBI released the results of its so-called “climate survey” from 2013–17 in response to a public records request filed by the New York Times.
According to Comey’s 2017 survey results, employees gave him a 4.47 rating when asked if they had “trust and confidence” in Comey as a leader, and gave him a 4.48 rating when asked if they would choose to work for him again. The FBI noted in its records release that “scores between 3.81 and 5 indicates success in those areas.” . .
Comey’s scores fluctuated slightly over his three-year tenure as FBI director and were at their lowest in the 2017 survey, but never dropped below the bureau’s defined range of “success.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Police on Sunday identified the woman killed Saturday when a vehicle plowed into a group of counterprotesters here as 32-year-old  [white para-legal] Heather D. Heyer.

Authorities said 19 other pedestrians suffered injuries ranging from serious to minor.

Heyer was among those gathered in Charlottesville to oppose the neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists making a show of force in Charlottesville.”

She may go down in history as the first fatality victim of the AltRight movement in America.  A female exercising her First Amendment rights. R.I.P. Heather.  My sincere condolences to her friends and family.

Ironically, the is just the type of person the race-obsessed alt-right needs to be a baby factory to help whites keep their majority status in the U.S.



James Fields Jr., the maniac driver who police say steered his beloved Dodge Challenger into a crowd of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Va., had been brandishing a shield emblazoned with a white supremacist emblem just hours before the deadly rampage Saturday.

The Daily News photographed Fields on the front lines of a volatile rally about 10:30 a.m. — flanked by other white men in polo shirts and tan slacks clutching the racially charged black-and-white insignia of the Vanguard America hate group.

working on spec

James Alex Fields Jr. (c.) brandished a shield from the Vanguard America group before the Charlottesville attack.

(Go Nakamura/New York Daily News)

The Anti-Defamation League depicted Vanguard American as one focused on white identity, but noted that its members have “increasingly demonstrated a neo-Nazi ideology.”

III.  Here’s Vanguard America’s Website.

Notice they use the Nazi slogan ‘blood and soil.”  Notice also that the racist protestors use a common Nazi fixture—carrying blazing torches.

“Blood and Soil (German: Blut und Boden) refers to a racist ideology that focuses on ethnicity based on two factors, descent blood (of a folk) and territory. It celebrates the relationship of a people to the land they occupy and cultivate, and it places a high value on the virtues of rural living.” . .

Nazi ideology[edit]

Richard Walther Darré addressing a meeting of the farming community in Goslar on 13 December 1937 standing in front of a Reichsadler and Swastika crossed with a sword and wheat sheaf labelled Blood and Soil (from the German Federal Archive)

The doctrine not only called for a "back to the land" approach and re-adoption of rural values; it held that German land was bound, perhaps mystically, to German blood.[8] Peasants were the Nazi cultural heroes, who held charge of German racial stock and German history—as when a memorial of a medieval peasant uprising was the occasion for a speech by Darré praising them as force and purifier of German history.[9] This would also lead them to understand the natural order better, and, in the end, only the man who worked the land really possessed it.[10] Urban culture was decried as a weakness, "asphalt culture", that only the Führer's will could eliminate — sometimes, as a code for Jewish influence.[11]

It contributed to the Nazi ideal of a woman: a sturdy peasant, who worked the land and bore strong children, contributing to praise for athletic women tanned by outdoor work.[12] That country women gave birth to more children than city ones, also was a factor in the support.[13]


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Anti-racism protestor deliberately killed at Charlottesville riot.

There was lots of violence to go around at the Charlottesville riot .    However, there’s big difference between demonstrators battling it out with non-deadly weapons and murder or manslaughter committed by a speeding car.  The greatest moral blame must lie with some in the pro-statue, pro-white supremacy camp.

The alt-right and its allies held a rally to protest removal of a statute of Robert E. Lee.  However, the most violent act was committed by a person who deliberately drove his car at high speed into a group of counter-protestors--peaceful demonstrators protesting the white supremacists. He crashed into other cars and then fled, speeding off in reverse in the damaged car.   It’s not hard to figure out who he supported.  Watch the videos.

“A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, hurting at least two dozen more and ratcheting up tension in an increasingly violent confrontation.   arrived to protest the racism.

Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said several hundred counter-protesters were marching when "suddenly there was just this tire screeching sound." A silver Dodge Challenger smashed into another car, then backed up, barreling through "a sea of people."The impact hurled people into the air. Those left standing scattered, screaming and running for safety in different directions.

The driver was later arrested, authorities said.”


VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe said that he had a message for “all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today: Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth”

It’s not hard to figure out who the VA. Governor, who declared a state of emergency blames.  Too bad Trump can't bring himself to a similar conclusion.  He continues to support the racist alt-right, by failing to speak out.


The Wall Street Journal ran an excellent editorial piece yesterday, on liberal identity politics, and the related political correctness and its divisiveness.
(unlike many people I try to avoid the echo chamber and look at reliable news from all across the spectrum.  The WSJ is a conservative paper to which I subscribe. How many of you make an effort to avoid the chamber.  If you don't you are part of the problem of polarization in this country.)

For instance, it's ridiculous to say that only blacks are fit to write and make movies about blacks in America.  Instead of crowing only about how unfit Trump is, the left and all Trump critics (such as this blogger) need to speak up against this divisiveness--of which Trump is just a result and symptom). Minorities will some day be a majority in this country.  Until then, they need coalitions, not divisiveness. All of American needs this.

However, the history of identity politics has long been a stock-in-trade of the right in America.  For instance, after defeat in the civil war and rights for blacks, The Klan and other white supremacists used it effectively in the South and in the north. Lynchings of blacks were commonplace and celebrated by white mobs. White supremacy is alive and well in the U.S.  The current euphemism is 'alt-right.'  Neo-Nazis have been propagandizing for decades in the U.S. 

See generally,

Unscrupulous politicans and pastors on both the left and right manipulate their flocks.

One of the worst is Dallas Baptist Church pastor Robert Jeffress (see post below)
See  (scroll down to "politics")


Mein Kampf applauded the American South’s Jim Crow laws.  Today's Nazi's applaud white nationalism, alt-right and the Confederate flag.

The recent alliances among neo-Nazis, alt-right, KKK, and white Supremacist groups, is not surprising.  Confederate flags and the trappings of Nazism, (torch light parades, Heil salutes) are not surprising.  The alt-right leader Richard Spences organized the Charlottesville demonstration that erupted in violence today (Sat.)  They share the same supremacist approach.  Mixing of Confederate flags and Nazism is becoming SOP for the alt-right.  However, there is an even earlier historical connection long hidden.

[I] “Mein Kampf.  . . . He describes the United States as “the one state” that had made headway toward what he regarded as a healthy and utterly necessary racist regime. Historians have long sought to minimize the importance of that passage. But in recent years, archival research in Germany has shown that the Nazis were keenly focused on Jim Crow segregation laws, on statutes that criminalized interracial marriage and on other policies that created second-class citizenship in the United States.

The Yale legal scholar James Q. Whitman fleshes this out to eerie effect in his new book “Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law.” He illustrates how German propagandists sought to normalize the Nazi agenda domestically by putting forth the United States as a model. They assured the German people that Americans had “racist politics and policies,” just as Germany did, including “special laws directed against the Negroes, which limit their voting rights, freedom of movement, and career possibilities.” Embracing the necessity of lynching, one propagandist wrote: “What is lynch justice, if not the natural resistance of the Volk to an alien race that is attempting to gain the upper hand?”

“Hitler’s American Model” shows that homegrown American racism played a role in the notorious Nuremberg Laws of 1935, which deprived “non-Aryans” of citizenship and the right to marry “true” Germans. As Mr. Whitman writes, Nuremberg “signaled the full-scale creation of a racist state in a Germany on the road to the Holocaust.”


, archival research in Germany has shown that the Nazis were keenly focused on Jim Crow segregation laws, on statutes that criminalized interracial marriage and on other policies that created second-class citizenship in the United States.

The Yale legal scholar James Q. Whitman fleshes this out to eerie effect in his new book “Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law.” He illustrates how German propagandists sought to normalize the Nazi agenda domestically by putting forth the United States as a model. They assured the German people that Americans had “racist politics and policies,” just as Germany did, including “special laws directed against the Negroes, which limit their voting rights, freedom of movement, and career possibilities.” Embracing the necessity of lynching, one propagandist wrote: “What is lynch justice, if not the natural resistance of the Volk to an alien race that is attempting to gain the upper hand?”

“Hitler’s American Model” shows that homegrown American racism played a role in the notorious Nuremberg Laws of 1935, which deprived “non-Aryans” of citizenship and the right to marry “true” Germans. As Mr. Whitman writes, Nuremberg “signaled the full-scale creation of a racist state in a Germany on the road to the Holocaust.”
The mutual admiration lives on today.




“No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” the counterprotesters [anti-fascist] chanted.“
Too late, f-----s!” a man [alt-right protestor] yelled back at them.

A “Unite The Right” rally organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer descended into chaos and violence Saturday in Charlottesville, as thousands of “alt right” activists, Nazis, KKK members, other assorted white supremacists, and armed militia groups fought with anti-fascist groups and other counter-protesters. 

Two fences and a line of cops helped to separate the supremacists and counter-protestors. The alt-right side, with their plethora of Confederate flags and Nazi memorabilia on full display, began chanting: “Fuck you faggots.”  [The counter-marchers had equally provocative displays]

The opposing fringe groups sprayed mace into the air, tossed canisters of what appeared to be — and felt like — tear gas, and beat each other with flagpoles and bats in Emancipation Park, formerly called Lee Park. The violence raged for hours. The Charlottesville Police Department declared a local state of emergency. Then, around noon, as riot cops finally intervened and expelled protesters from the park, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) formally declared a state of emergency. 


Unidentified militia members brandishing guns also showed up at the scene. As more fights began breaking out, police could be seen putting on riot gear. 


Shortly before 2 p.m., a car plowed into a crowd of people near the city’s Downtown Mall, injuring multiple people before the vehicle stopped. An emergency alert said many of the injured had broken legs, local newspaper The Daily Progress reported. “ [Details have not been released at this time]


Both sides are to blame. Polarization moves into the next stage (mass violence) Are we headed into a period of both domestic and international (N. Korea) crises?
Pray for America!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017


From a conservative magazine.

Robert Jeffress, President Trump’s court pastor, hits bottom, digs.
“When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un. I’m heartened to see that our president — contrary to what we’ve seen with past administrations who have taken, at best, a sheepish stance toward dictators and oppressors — will not tolerate any threat against the American people. When President Trump draws a red line, he will not erase it, move it, or back away from it. Thank God for a President who is serious about protecting our country.”
This is obsceneGod forbid that we should have to go to war at all, much less a nuclear war, which would be a catastrophe for humanity. But Jeffress ought to be praying against such a thing, not goading it on. What is wrong with him?!"

Trump has attained Biblical prophetic status among evangelicals.  Full speed ahead.
Damn the rule of law, Damn the consequences, Damn the harm to humanity and the planet.  It is worse than obscene, it is sick!


Trump’s 'make America great’ means turn back the clock against all the civil rights victories since the Civil War, and restore white, Christian, heterosexual males to their well-deserved, if not God-given, supremacy.  Their's are the only decent values, perhaps the only one’s sanctioned by God.  Trump won the evangelical vote by a landslide.

As in physics, every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  Blacks, Muslims and Hispancics were courted by the Left.  Black and Hispanic political, social and economic gains were seen as threats to many.  The election of a black President was the  final insult that released the flood, much of which is white, male, Christian, hetersosexual supremacy.  (See ,e.g., the book "White Rage") The philosophical base for the flood has been there for centuries.  It is or was supported by fundamentalist Christian thought and self-interest.  Check out the alt-right and its values and support for Trump.  Check out the burgeoning websites supporting such supremacy and their support for Trump. 

Look at the policies supported by Trump and his supporters, anti-LGBT, bathroom bills, anti-abortion, anti-same-sex marriage, anti-Muslim, anti-immigration, 'traditional'/fundamentalist Christian values,  diluting the votes of blacks and minorities, illegal immigrant (Hispanic)  rapists and murdererss, etc. 
Connect the dots.
Although  I tried to explain this theory in prior posts, this writer does a much better job!

“It is my opinion that the election uncovered an overarching pendulum reaction to half century of movement towards civil and social justice. Trump directly spoke to and captured the racial, religious, and masculine insecurities that have challenged the pillars of straight white Christian male privilege, especially during the Obama presidency:  an African-American president, Gay marriage, the portent of Muslim immigration and the prospect of a woman president. In choosing Trump over Secretary Clinton, a majority of White women chose their racial privilege over their gender advances during the last two generations, and Evangelicals chose Christian white superiority over moral judgment of Trump’s character.

Never before in US history has a serial philanderer, twice-divorced habitual sexual predator passed muster to reach the highest position in the land. A mass counter-offensive and betrayal of the movement towards greater inclusion and democratization of the American society rallied to the banner of returning America to a time of straight Christian white male domination (making America great again!). I believe that it was fear against the lost privilege and entitlement that coalesced into Trump’s support across all socioeconomic strata, in order to maintain the real and supremacist promise of white Christian male power and dominance in access to resources.

1.      I believe that privilege in gender (male), sexual (straight), racial (white), and religious (Christian)  identities lead to blindness of the sexism and heterosexism in Trump’s campaign, rendering his misogyny normative, downplayed, or invisible to many of his female and male voters. To protect their “interests”, including anti-abortion, they chose white-Christian entitlement over gender and racial justice. They chose power, through the acquisition of political power. They chose to advance their white-Christian Patriarchal status by aligning with the white-Christian supremacy movement.

I do not believe, as some have opined, that this electoral success was based in mass ignorance. We live in the most informed era in human history, and yet, also the most vulnerable era to false news, biased news, propaganda and racial incitement, that can reach the multitudes. The Trump candidacy was a strategic movement to rally the racial and male bias long held in check by “political correctness” and peer pressure, especially in the rust belt and rural centers of the country. Trump’s campaign strategy gave justification and legitimacy for racial bigotry and discrimination, and a voice as a reactionary movement against the diversification of American society.  The Obama administration gave the Trump campaign the symbol it needed to conjure the illusion of systemic loss of white supremacy and privilege.

Even in the face of minimal experience, judgment, or values to carry out the job of president, Trump was chosen by the winning portion of the American voting population (27.1% of Americans eligible to vote as of December, 2016), as a white male demagogue who would fend off the threats to Christian white male supremacy that his propaganda machine and eventually, his political party, the GOP, were able to sell en masse.”



Tuesday, August 08, 2017


"President Trump on Monday launched a renewed attack on Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), calling him “a phony Vietnam con artist” on Twitter after the senator appeared on television.
Trump’s tweets came after Blumenthal voiced support on CNN for continuing the investigation into Russian meddling in last year's election and expressed concern about the Justice Department’s increased focus on rooting out administration officials who leak information damaging to Trump."

Trump's ability to work with the Senate diminishes daily.  Can't the Chief of  Staff, a Marine General, get through Trump's thick head?  I can never recall a Pres. every publicly attacking a U.S. Senator so offensively in a public.  When are Trump supporters going to realize this man is not fit to be President?  I doubt Hillary Cliniton, despite all her faults would pull such self-defeating, impulsive, narcissistic stunts.


"The one thing President Trump has had, through thick and thin, is his base. And amid signs that it was beginning to waver, Trump assured us Monday that it was “stronger than ever.”
Then came more polls that drive home how untrue that is.
A CNN poll and an Investor's Business Daily poll, both released late Monday, show somewhat different pictures of Trump's overall approval. The CNN poll pegs it at 38 percent — around where it has been in other polling for a while — while the IBD poll shows it at a painfully low 32 percent. That's the lowest of any high-quality poll in Trump's entire presidency.
But both polls actually reinforce the idea that Trump's support among the base is in decline.
The IBD poll shows Trump's decline even more acutely, with 71 percent of Republicans approving of him. That's down from 83 percent just a month ago.

The CNN poll shows it in a more nuanced way. While 83 percent of Republicans in that poll still approve of Trump, the number who strongly approve of him has declined from 73 percent in February to 59 percent today."

More details and source at


"A design studio that tried to “reclaim” the swastika by selling shirts emblazoned with rainbow versions of the Nazi symbol has pulled its products after weeks of backlash, including from a national anti-Semitism group.

KA Design first pushed out its idea for “The New Swastika” in a July 12 Facebook video that reviewed the swastika’s long history.

For thousands of years, the video noted, the swastika had been used in numerous cultures to symbolize peace, love, luck, infinity and life.

“but one day Nazism,” text in the video noted, in one of the clip’s many capitalization-challenged semi-non sequiturs. “they stigmatized the Swastika forever. they won / they limited our freedom / or maybe not? the Swastika is coming back. … introducing the new Swastika.”

The video then showed an array of swastikas set against a rainbow background and the words “PEACE,” “LOVE” and “ZEN.” [lame attempt to disguise the real motive.  Does anyone seriously think any Jew or WWII veteran or patriotic American would not find it offensive despite the 'peace' etc.  wording.  The symbol is just the opposite of the 3 words.]

“Wear the freedom,” the video declared, closing with the design studio’s motto: “Questioning Boundaries.”" 
 Source and picture of a shirt at
Trying to lure in the alt-right and neo-Nazi groups for $.  This could only happen when Trump is the President.

Sunday, August 06, 2017


"Has President Trump told you about the time the head of the Boy Scouts called to say his was the best speech ever delivered to the more than century-old organization? What about when the president of Mexico picked up the telephone to let him know that his tough enforcement efforts at the border were paying off handsomely?
The anecdotes, both of which Mr. Trump told over the last week, were similar in that they appeared to be efforts to showcase broad support for the president when his White House has been mired in turmoil. But they also had another thing in common, the White House conceded on Wednesday: Neither was true.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, confirmed at her daily briefing what the Boy Scouts and the Mexican government had already asserted publicly, which is that neither phone call that Mr. Trump referred to had occurred.

  II.  According to the usually accurate non-partisan site [they often point out false statements about the White House,, two phone calls Trump said he got never happened.

"The call from the Boy Scouts
TRUMP: “I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful.” — Interview with The Wall Street Journal. Politico published the transcript.  [Trump received calls from persons he identified as 'boy scout leadership', but the President of the Boy Scouts denied making such a call.  In fact he apologize to the organization for Trump's partisan speech]
THE FACTS: He got no such call. His provocative and political speech to the boys at their national jamboree later prompted Boy Scouts President Randall Stephenson and Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh to apologize to members of the scouting community who were offended by Trump’s rhetoric.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the praise Trump described was conveyed in person, not on the phone.
The fake call from Mexico’s president
TRUMP: “Even the president of Mexico called me. They said their southern border, very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment.” — statement on Monday.
THE FACTS: Again, no call. Again, Sanders said this was from a face-to-face conversation. Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said Pena Nieto remarked to Trump during a meeting at the Group of 20 summit in Germany that deportations of Mexicans from the United States had fallen 31 percent between January and June, compared with 2016. Pena Nieto also said 47 percent fewer Central American migrants had entered Mexico in that period."

And Trump complains that the media spreads 'fake news.'

Saturday, August 05, 2017


"Evangelical" appears to be the new term for the political movement that used to be called the 'religious right.'   This group overwhelmingly voted for Trump in 2016 and its among his most enthusiastic supporters. In this column a Professor of the Old Testament from a conservative Christian University in Texas expresses his views on the politics.  His article and my posting is NOT a critique of their theology religion in general.  Theology and faith are not the same a political views, or support for candidates and laws. The problem is when one group attempts to enforce it's religious views on others who do not agree.  This is a violation of the establishment clause of the Constitution.  Religion does not excuse authoritarianism.


Although I am a cautious libertarian and frequent critic of politicians of all parties, I also consider myself 'patriotic,' but no in the aggressive military sense.  This is my country, I want to live here and be proud of it.  Although we have had egregious periods in our history (slavery, Jim Crow, etc.) and numerous current problems, I still think we are, overall, the best country in the world.

I don't know how anyone who calls themselves and patriotic American cannot be embarrassed by  the President's negative remarks to foreign leaders about his own people (e.g. "New Hampshire is a den of dopers") and ask (plead/recommend/demand?) the Pres. of Mexico to tone it down on the wall as it is hurting Trump's popularity in the U.S.  The President is the one person who we expect to symbolize America and its sovereignty, competency, dignity  and pride.

One of Trump's biggest campaign promises was to build a wall along the Mexican border and have the Mexicans pay for it.  At rallies, he asked 'and who is going to pay for it?  His supporters responded loudly "Mexico."  There is no plan to get Mexico to pay for it and there never will be.  The whole idea of Mexico paying is a delusion. [parens and emphasis by blogger]

"But once Trump got on the phone with Peña Nieto, he neither made demands nor offered an ingenious deal that the Mexican president couldn't refuse. Instead, he wheedled for help in getting better press coverage, . . .
"I am willing to say that we will work it out, but that means it will come out in the wash and that is OK. But you cannot say anymore that the United States is going to pay for the wall," Trump tells Peña Nieto.
As the conversation proceeds, though, Peña Nieto is unyielding: "[M]y position has been and will continue to be very firm saying that Mexico cannot pay for that wall."
Trump doesn't try to convince him otherwise. He simply says, "But you cannot say that to the press. The press is going to go with that and I cannot live with that."

The White House has not denied the accuracy of the telephone transcripts

As President of a sovereign nation with an often-troubled relationship with it's larger neighbor, anyone with a lick of sense knows that Pena-Nieto cannot and will not give in.   He tries to tell Pena-Nieto to stop telling Mexicans that they will not pay for the U.S. wall. He offers no definite  carrot or stick with his offer.  I suspect Pena-Nieto now view Trump as a complete jerk, unfit to conduct international relations.  How many other national leaders now have the same opinion?  How can this Pres. negotiate for his national when he constantly changes his plans, tweets foreign policy changes, worries about how he will be viewed at home, etc.
The full transcripts are available and more details, including

"So what I would like to recommend is – if we are going to have continued dialogue – we will work out the wall. They are going to say, “who is going to pay for the wall, Mr. President?” to both of us, and we should both say, “we will work it out.” [There is no way in Hades that Mexico will contribute anything to paying for the wall]It will work out in the formula somehow. As opposed to you saying, “we will not pay” and me saying, “we will not pay.”

Because you and I are both at a point now where we are both saying we are not to pay for the wall. From a political standpoint, that is what we will say. We cannot say that anymore because if you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that. I am willing to say that we will work it out, but that means it will come out in the wash and that is okay. But you cannot say anymore that the United States is going to pay for the wall. I am just going to say that we are working it out. Believe it or not, this is the least important thing that we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important talk about. But in terms of dollars – or pesos – it is the least important thing. I know how to build very inexpensively, so it will be much lower than these numbers I am being presented with, and it will be a better wall and it will look nice. And it will do the job."


President Trump in a telephone call to the Mexican President:
""Up in New Hampshire -- I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den -- is coming from the southern border."

Source and more embarrassing quotes at

This is spoken to the President of Mexico about a state in the U.S.  The White House has had the chance to deny the accuracy of the transcript, but has not done so.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017


1.  Is Rand Paul  a consistent libertarian, Republican-libertarian, conservative-lilbertarian-ish or just someone pretending to be a conservative Republican so he can build a base for a run as a libertarian candidate.  Is he a gradualists who is a consistent supporter  of libertarian values?  Is he a poseur libertarian who wants libertarian votes?

2.“I know a lot of libertarians declaring that although they supported Representative Ron Paul’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, they can’t back his son in his more plausible 2016 campaign.

They say Rand isn’t really a libertarian. Sometimes they point out that he has never described himself as a libertarian. He told a Harvard audience that he’s “libertarian-ish” and wants “a libertarian influence in the Republican Party.” He told Sean Hannity on Fox that he’s happy to be called “either libertarian conservative or constitutional conservative.”

3.  “Libertarians, in general, are fiscally conservative but socially liberal, with a non-interventionist approach to foreign policy. His father, Ron Paul is a “libertarian cult figure” who had tremendous appeal to young Republicans. Rand Paul is clearly marketing himself as the heir apparent to those supporters — the one candidate with a chance of expanding the Republican base.
But is Rand Paul a libertarian? He certainly likes to talk like a libertarian. Let’s take a look at where he stands on the issues
Rand Paul Opposes Abortion Rights, Sponsored Legislation That Would Make All Abortions Illegal
Rand Paul Opposes Same-Sex Marriage, Finds It ‘Offensive’
Paul received a 100 percent rating from the Family Research Council, one of the nation’s most prominent social conservative organizations.
Rand Paul Supports A Massive Increase In Defense Spending . .  Paul abruptly reversed positions and proposed “a nearly $190 billion infusion to the defense budget over the next two years — a roughly 16 percent increase.” TIME called Paul’s switch a “stunning reversal.”
Rand Paul Supports Extensive Use Of Drones At Home And Abroad

Rand Paul Opposes The Legalization Of Marijuana

Rand Paul Suggested Putting People In Prison For Listening To ‘Radical Political Speeches’
So is Rand Paul, as one supporter told the New York Times, “to the libertarian movement what Pearl Jam is to rock”?
For more details and examples, see the source