Saturday, October 21, 2017

Presidential pardon or not Sheriff Arpaio's record will not be scrubbed clean.

Courtesy of Politico:  

A federal judge has ruled that President Donald Trump's pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio ends his prosecution for criminal contempt of court, but does not wipe out the guilty verdict she returned or any other rulings in the case. 

In her order Thursday, Phoenix-based U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton rejected arguments from Arpaio's lawyers and Justice Department prosecutors that the longtime Maricopa County sheriff was entitled to have all rulings in the case vacated, including the guilty verdict the judge delivered in July after a five-day trial. 

“The power to pardon is an executive prerogative of mercy, not of judicial recordkeeping," Bolton wrote, quoting an appeals court ruling. "To vacate all rulings in this case would run afoul of this important distinction. The Court found Defendant guilty of criminal contempt. The President issued the pardon. Defendant accepted. The pardon undoubtedly spared Defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed. It did not, however, 'revise the historical facts' of this case."

Well good for his judge!

Arpaio is a racist POS and just because he has a fellow racist POS buddy in a high place does NOT mean he gets to pretend that he is not a criminal. 

When Donald Trump lied about contacting nearly every family member of soldiers killed in the line of duty, the White House did not even have the list of the soldier's names.

Courtesy of the Washington Roll Call: 

In the hours after President Donald Trump said on an Oct. 17 radio broadcast that he had contacted nearly every family that had lost a military servicemember this year, the White House was hustling to learn from the Pentagon the identities and contact information for those families, according to an internal Defense Department email. 

The email exchange, which has not been previously reported, shows that senior White House aides were aware on the day the president made the statement that it was not accurate — but that they should try to make it accurate as soon as possible, given the gathering controversy. 

Not only had the president not contacted virtually all the families of military personnel killed this year, the White House did not even have an up-to-date list of those who had been killed. 

The exchange between the White House and the Defense secretary’s office occurred about 5 p.m. on Oct. 17. The White House asked the Pentagon for information about surviving family members of all servicemembers killed after Trump’s inauguration so that the president could be sure to contact all of them. 

Capt. Hallock Mohler, the executive secretary to Defense Secretary James Mattis, provided the White House with information in the 5 p.m. email about how each servicemember had died and the identity of his or her survivors, including phone numbers. 

The email’s subject line was, “Condolence Letters Since 20 January 2017.”

Jesus Christ to you even believe this?

Well of course you do, because this is just another example of Donald Trump lying about shit to the media, and his staff scrambling to somehow try and make it seem true.

We have seen this over and over again, starting with the size of the crowds at his inauguration.

However it certainly appears that somebody on the White House staff is tired of covering for this orange tinted asshole.

42% of Americans think that Donald Trump will go down in history as one of the worst presidents ever.

Courtesy of the Marist Poll: 

Americans have low expectations for the administration of President Donald Trump. In fact, few U.S. residents think President Trump’s tenure will be remembered as a positive one. Nearly six in ten Americans, 58%, believe Mr. Trump will be remembered as either one of the worst presidents in the nation’s history, 42%, or a below average leader, 16%. About one in five, 19%, think he will be considered an average president. Just 18% say Trump will be thought of as either an above average president, 11%, or one of the best presidents in U.S. history, 7%. 

“Deep into his first year as president, Donald Trump’s less than stellar approval rating has lowered expectations about how history will judge him,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “For history to treat him kinder, he will have to up his game.” 

Not surprisingly, opinions fall along party lines. 88% of Democrats, including 70% who assert Trump will be remembered as one of the worst U.S. presidents, believe the president’s legacy will be tarnished. Even among the president’s own party, there is an overwhelming assertion that President Trump will not end up on the right side of history. Fewer than half of the GOP, 48%, say President Trump will be remembered as either one of the best, 22%, or as an above average, 26%, president. An additional 31% of Republicans think Trump’s legacy will be an average one. Among independents, 60% say President Trump will be recalled as either a below average leader, 18%, or one of the worst presidents to occupy the Oval Office, 42%.

I feel like we should file this under "Duh Ralph!"

I think it is a given that Trump will redefine terrible when it comes to presidents.

I only wonder if it will also be one of the shortest presidencies in history?

I swear when I saw this yesterday I swore it had to be fake. But nope, it's not. Update!

Yeah, just look at her.

Who in their right mind would walk around wearing a ridiculous cowboy hat like that?

P.S. Just in case somebody teaches Clarke what irony is before this posts, here is a screenshot.

Update: And here comes the Twitler-in-Chief to pour more gasoline on this fire.
The only thing that is getting killed here is the credibility of this president and his White House.

Fox News features a fake Navy Seal in a story supporting Donald Trump.

Courtesy of WaPo: 

Fox News ran a story on Oct. 8 about a decorated Vietnam War Navy SEAL and glass artist who created an enormous presidential glass seal he hoped to give to President Trump. On Thursday, 11 days later, the network retracted the story after being told the Trump supporter never served in the SEALs or in Vietnam, much less earned commendations for his service. 

In the segment, John Garafalo said he served in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Navy SEAL team. Fox News reported that he also received two Purple Hearts and about two dozen other medals for his service. 

The man’s claimed record turned out to be a fabrication. It was first discovered by former Navy SEALs. Both these SEALs and family members of Garofalo contacted Fox News about the story, according to the Navy Times. 

Don Shipley, a retired SEAL, told the Navy Times that he contacted Fox on Oct. 9, the day after the story ran. 

But the story was still on the news outlet’s Facebook page on Oct. 19. By then it had amassed 1.5 million views.

Fox News eventually published a correction but of course was after a million people had been fooled by their story.

 What a crackerjack team of researchers they employee at Fox News.

Now this same thing could of course happen to other cable news outlets like MSNBC or CNN, after all they have to present 24 hours of news each day.

However Fox News has a particular problem with the folks they present as experts, intelligence officials, or even actual journalists.

You know it's almost as if they care less about a person's credentials and more about whether or not they are willing to support the station's ideology and spout their talking points.

Or an I just being cynical?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Uncle Gryphen knows just what you need, here is a little Barack Obama to soothe your troubled brow.

I swear after the last nine months the man's voice is like a soothing balm for the soul.

And the hopefulness in his voice.....I had almost forgotten how good that sounds.

Here is how GQ Magazine described it: 

Yesterday President Barack Obama re-emerged on the scene like Han Solo coming back at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope. Okay, maybe that's overstating it a little, but what can I say, we've been severely lacking in hope and here we have Mr. Hope himself back on the national political scene campaigning and reminding us what it was like to have an actual honest-to-God adult speaking to Americans. He campaigned for Democrats in both New Jersey and Virginia and in the process threw some political elbows at his successor and the depressing state of the American political landscape. You know how when you used to wake up and check Twitter, it was kind of fun, but now it just feels like someone spitting directly into your face first thing in the morning? Yeah, these speeches were the first things in a while that don't make me feel that way.


In the first part of this speech you can hear the crowd shouting "Four more years!"

And just for a minute did you not find yourself wishing that such a thing were possible?

Three men arrested after one of them opens fire at group protesting speech by white supremacist. Update!

Photo courtesy of Raw Story
Courtesy of ABC Ten News: 

A Texas man who fired a shot at a group of protesters after Thursday's Richard Spencer speech at the University of Florida and the two men who encouraged him to open fire have been charged with attempted homicide, Gainesville police said. 

Tyler Tenbrink, 28, fired the shot, after he and two brothers in a silver Jeep shouted obscenities, threats and chants about Hitler at the protesters, who were at a bust stop on SW Archer Road, police said. Tenbrink has also been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

According to the arrest report, William Fears, 30, and Colton Fears, 28, both of Pasadena, Texas, shouted "I'm going to f****** kill you," "kill them" and "shoot them," before Tenbrink fired the shot, which missed and hit a nearby building. 

Police said that as the Jeep sped off, one of the protesters was able to get the license plate and reported it to investigators, who relayed it to law enforcement in the area. An off-duty deputy with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office spotted the Jeep with the matching Texas tag around 9 p.m. on I-75 about 20 miles north of Gainesville.

Well good for that guy for having the presence of mind to get the license plate number after being forced to dodge bullets. 

According to police, just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the men in the Jeep stopped to argue with the group of protesters on Southwest Archer Road and one of the passengers yelled "Hail Hitler" and other chants. 

The protesters argued back and one of them hit the rear window of the Jeep with a baton, according to the arrest report. 

The Jeep then pulled about 10 feet away, stopped again and Tenbrink got out and pulled a handgun on the protesters as the Fears brothers egged him on, police said. 

At least two of the three have shown connections to extremist groups, according to Gainesville police.

Two of the men are being held on a million dollar bond, while the shooter is held on a 3 million dollar bond.

Hey, maybe Donald Trump will post their bond? After all he is the one who helped bring these cockroaches out into the light. 

Just another reminder that racists, and apparently wannabe Nazis, are no longer bothering to hide in shame, and are instead taking to the streets to fight for their right to be complete assholes.

Just like their hero.

This is the country we live in now, whether we like it or not.

Update: Apparently this Colton Fear fellow was interviewed by CNN:

Colt Fears, a 28-year-old wearing a pin he described as "an S.S. thing," came to Gainesville from Houston to support Spencer. He said he agrees with about 75% of what Spencer says, but said he thinks Spencer sometimes "beats around the bush." 

"He won't address that our entire Hollywood media is run by the Zionist media. He won't address that. There's certain things he won't talk about that people in our movement want him to talk about," Fears said.

Oh yeah, he seems like a sweetheart.

(Thanks to the constant reader who sent me that CNN link. Can't do this without you guys. )

Vladimir Putin steps in to defend his puppet. Oh THAT should help.

Courtesy of Newsweek: 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on U.S. citizens to stop disrespecting President Donald Trump, a trend that the Russian leader called a symptom of a poor political system in the U.S. 

Putin, who U.S. officials have accused of swaying the 2016 U.S. presidential race in Trump's favor, broke a streak of hostile diplomatic exchanges between the two leading powers during a speech Thursday in order to defend his former political ally from what he considers unfair criticism at home. Speaking at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, Putin again denied any claims of Russian interference in last year's U.S. elections, asserting that Trump "won honestly" and that he and his supporters have behaved legitimately in response to the current U.S. political climate.

"Inside the country, disrespect is shown for him. This is a regrettable negative component of the U.S. political system," Putin said, according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency. 

"One can argue but one can’t show disrespect, even not for him personally but for those people who voted for him," he added. 

Putin also defended Trump's nontraditional, sometimes controversial approach to leading the country, calling the Republican's unpredictable decisions a "reasonable response" to "great domestic resistance" that prevents Trump from delivering on electoral promises. Trump has made similar arguments, mostly blaming the media for what he considers to be an overtly negative portrayal of his administration. 

Putin said he believes "the president of the United States does not need any advice because one has to possess certain talent and go through this trial to be elected, even without having the experience of such big administrative work."

Okay at this point I have to believe that Putin is screwing with Trump, because even he cannot believe that this helps his lapdog one little bit.

Or perhaps I'm wrong and Putin really is so arrogant that he actually thinks his words will diffuse any criticisms directed at his Manchurian candidate.

Donald Trump doubles down on attack of "wacky" Congresswoman who called him out over insensitive call to Gold Star family even though his Chief of Staff confirmed she was telling the truth.

Courtesy of Raw Story: 

Both the family and Wilson released statements that refute Trump’s take on the call. Wilson is a close friend of the Johnson family and had the late Sgt. La David Johnson in a leadership class as a child. She’s known him for more than 15 years. The Master Sergeant with the family riding to the airport to retrieve the body was the one who received the call. He put it on speakerphone so that the all in the car could hear the call. 

The soldier’s mother confirmed the Congresswoman’s account of the situation. Rather than attack the family of a fallen soldier, however, Trump has chosen to attack a Democratic Congresswoman, calling her “wacky” in his Thursday tweet.

What's even stranger about this is that yesterday Trump's Chief of Staff, John Kelly, admitted that HE was the one who suggested the phrase "He knew what he signed up for" which essentially confirmed that Trump had said it.

And of course the family also backed up Wilson's version of events.

So WHO is the liar here?

George W. Bush: "The Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other."

You know only Donald Trump could actually make me wish for a return to the Bush presidency.

At least W wasn't fucking insane.

(You can watch the entire speech here. And you can find an annotated transcript here.)

While I appreciate Bush and Obama carefully criticizing the Trump administration without actually going after him by name, I really think that they need to amp it up.

IF Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and George H. Bush all came out and stated emphatically that Donald Trump is destroying this country and needs to be removed from office that might really move that process forward.

I know that former presidents are supposed to treat their successors with deference, but let's face it this is an entirely different situation.

It is time to stop playing it safe, and to REALLY start playing hardball for the sake of this country's future.

John McCain first Republican to sign onto Democratic bill to make Facebook ads more transparent.

Courtesy of Politico:

Sen. John McCain has become the first Republican to sign on to a draft bill from Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner that would increase the transparency of political advertisements on social media platforms like Facebook. 

The move, announced Wednesday, marks a win for the bill's Democratic authors, who have been working for weeks to secure GOP support. 

The proposed legislation, the Honest Ads Act, is an offshoot of the investigations into Russia's use of Facebook, Twitter and Google to influence the 2016 election. It would create federal disclosure requirements for political ads sold online — including who paid for them — so they are "covered by the same rules as ads sold on TV, radio, and satellite," according to a news release. 

"This is the first substantive bipartisan piece of legislation that’s trying to — with a very light touch, because we don’t want to slow down innovation, or restrict free speech or people’s access to the internet — to deal with the problem that we saw in 2016 in terms of foreign interference in our electoral process," Warner told reporters. 

McCain said he backed the bill “for the same reason I have been for transparency in campaign finance reform for the last 25 years." He said he didn't know if other Republicans would get on board or if GOP leadership supports the proposal.

There have been some reports that John McCain wants his final act on earth to be to sabotage Donald Trump's presidency as much as possible. 

That may well be, and it would be completely understandable given how Trump has treated McCain in the past, however it could also simply be that McCain is getting back in touch with his long dormant patriotism and wants to protect his country from future manipulations by adversarial nations determined to undermine our democracy.

Florida brewery has the perfect response to a white nationalist showing up in their community to inspire hatred and instigate violence.

Here is more about the event: 

A state of emergency has been declared in Florida ahead of a controversial college event featuring Richard Spencer, the infamous white nationalist who helped organize the deadly rallies in Charlottesville. 

Gov. Rick Scott made the move Monday, issuing an executive order as officials prepared to deal with the fallout from Spencer’s speaking engagement. 

“I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent and hereby declare a state of emergency in Alachua County,” Scott wrote in the order. 

Spencer, 39, is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida on Thursday. He will also be addressing issues during a question-and-answer session, according to the Orlando Sentinel. 

Floridians reportedly are furious about the event, with protests already taking place in Gainesville.

You know a racist has stepped over a line when even Florida does not want him around.

As it turned out there were far more protesters than supporters.
During the speech Spencer was heckled and shouted down, which ultimately forced him to just give up.
Courtesy of The Hill: 

He was eventually forced to beat an early retreat as protesters drowned him out with chants of "go home Spencer."

Well it looks like the score is 1 for the ale brewery and 0 for the white supremacist.