5 Political Links Mon Dec 11 21 21:59:13 2017

Here’s a pocketful of links, stacked up for easy viewing.

Alabama Farmer Who Lost Gay Daughter To Suicide Protests Roy Moore’s Homophobia: Sometimes it takes a devastating loss for someone to see the impact of their hateful, homophobic and bigoted views. In this video, a heartbroken dad named Nathan Mathis is seen outside a Roy Moore rally in Wicksburg, Alabama. Mathis is seen holding a photo of his daughter, now deceased. – by Red Painter – Tags: feedly, ifttt, politics – https://crooksandliars.com/2017/12/alabama-farmer-who-lost-gay-daughter

Sen. Gillibrand calls on Trump to resign: Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that President Trump should resign amid numerous ‘heart-breaking’ sexual harassment allegations. – Tags: feedly, ifttt, politics – http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/12/11/gillibrand-trump-should-resign-sot.cnn

12-year-old interviews Roy Moore: The America First Project, a pro-Trump political action committee, sent a 12-year-old girl to interview Alabama’s GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore. – Tags: feedly, ifttt, politics – http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/12/12/moore-interview-with-12-year-old-america-first-project-sot-ebof.cnn

Children as Chattel–The Common Root of Religious Child Abuse and the Pro-Life Movement: On the surface, valuing embryonic life and abusing children are at odds, but with a biblical view of childhood, these positions can go hand in hand. – by Valerie Tarico – Tags: politics – https://valerietarico.com/2015/03/24/children-as-chattel-what-religious-child-abuse-and-the-pro-life-movement-have-in-common/

The Rollback of Pro-Worker Policies Since Trump Took Office Is Staggering: A few months ago, President Donald Trump devoted his weekly address to the beleaguered American employee. “For too long, American workers were forgotten by their government—and I mean totally forgotten,” he said. “My administration has offered a new vision. – by Helaine Olen – Tags: politics – https://www.thenation.com/article/the-rollback-of-pro-worker-policies-since-trump-took-office-is-staggering/

That’s it for this batch. Thanks for reading!

A Couple Of Wrong Uns 

Holy shit. Meanwhile, the gumflapper in the White House remains useless.

Kim Jong Un – wrong and bad
Donald J Trump – wrong, bad, and completely out of his depth. They’re both “wrong ‘uns.”

TOKYO — North Korea launched a ballistic missile Tuesday morning that flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, public broadcaster NHK reported. The government issued an alert for residents in some prefectures to take cover.

Source: North Korean missile flies over Japan, escalating tensions and prompting an angry response from Tokyo  – The Washington Post

Trump Org Was Negotiating For Moscow Tower During Candidacy – Sater

If this had gone through last summer, would it have been a deal breaker for the Trumpist base?

Probably not. Make Moscow Great Again!

Nevertheless, the details of the deal, which have not previously been disclosed, provide evidence that Trump’s business was actively pursuing significant commercial interests in Russia at the same time he was campaigning to be president — and in a position to determine U.S.-Russia relations. The new details from the emails, which are scheduled to be turned over to congressional investigators soon, also point to the likelihood of additional contacts between Russia-connected individuals and Trump associates during his presidential bid.

White House officials declined to comment for this report.

Source: Trump’s business sought deal on a Trump Tower in Moscow while he ran for president – The Washington Post

Trump asked Sessions about closing case against Arpaio

This is outrageous. The President of the United States does not simply “let a case go to trial” as if he (or she) has any say in the process.

As Joseph Arpaio’s federal case headed toward trial this past spring, President Trump wanted to act to help the former Arizona county sheriff who had become a campaign-trail companion and a partner in their crusade against illegal immigration.

The president asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions whether it would be possible for the government to drop the criminal case against Arpaio, but was advised that would be inappropriate, according to three people with knowledge of the conversation.

After talking with Sessions, Trump decided to let the case go to trial, and if Arpaio was convicted, he could grant clemency.

This is infuriating. Trump ignores the Constitution with every dollar he rakes in at one of his properties, and he treats the Judiciary as a nuisance. No wonder he was angry at Sessions recently, he was getting static over pardoning his birther buddy.

How far will Congress let this go? Pretty far. The Republicans are starting to get restless and so far only a few ex-members are willing to speak out (with the exception of Arizona’s senators, McCain and Flake).

Can we expect more pardons for much more serious crimes? Yes, especially if they’re closer to the President and bring him into focus in the ongoing Mueller investigations.

I am so disgusted with this… hairball.

Source: Trump asked Sessions about closing case against Arpaio, an ally since ‘birtherism’

4 Pocket Links Wed Aug 23 20 20:06:13 2017

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Here’s a pocketful of links, stacked up for easy viewing.

Flickr: Repository of Resistance Memes: A really useful collection of Resistance memes, many were used in a recent “tweetstorm Google doc created by Jhamel. – by Honey DemForce – Tags: politics, theresistance, trump – https://www.flickr.com/photos/151634815@N03/sets/72157685219931514

CaptainsLog2017 on Twitter – by Herr Trump in, CaptainsLog2017 ??, Scarlet Witch 2017 ? – Tags: trump – https://twitter.com/CaptainsLog2017/status/900220349593374720

CaptainsLog2017 on Twitter PHX pics: #PhoenixRally pics thread – by East Coast, Deb, Dani G, Vicki Ringer, Dracula’s Spatula, Eric DeBlackmere, Kenny J #Resist, Cynthia Pease, Mrir, C Barker Congdon, CaptainsLog2017 ??, Scarlet Witch 2017 ? – Tags: trump – https://twitter.com/CaptainsLog2017/status/900219373956341762

The strange story of a ‘Blacks for Trump’ guy standing behind the president at his Phoenix rally: At a number of political rallies over the last two years, a character calling himself “Michael the Black Man” has appeared in the crowd directly behind Donald Trump, impossible to miss and possibly planted. Almost always, he plugs his wild website, Gods2.com, across his chest. – Tags: trump – http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/The-strange-story-of-a-Blacks-for-Trump-guy-11952070.php

That’s it for this batch. Thanks for reading!

That Was No Single Voice

The delusion is strong with this one. There were several hundred voices heard OUTSIDE. Maybe a lot more than that.

A few hundred people (or more) protested in 105-degree heat in Phoenix

“Don’t bother,” Trump said, as the crowd booed. “It’s only a single voice. And not a very powerful voice.”

Source: As Trump ranted and rambled in Phoenix, his crowd slowly thinned

For some time now, since the awful night of the US Presidential election, I’ve been spending far too much time om Twitter, trying to process what happened, and trying to resist in some way. In December, Star Wars and Star Trek themed “memes” started going around, and they really resonated with me. As a lifelong science fiction/fantasy aficionada, stuff like this really spoke to me:

And late in December, Carrie Fisher died, and that really hit me hard. 

Somehow I fell in with a bunch of people running “resistance” Twitter accounts based on Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Dr Who, and many other fictional universes. I choose to be a lone wolfess-type character from ST: Next Generation called “Ro Laren.” She’s obscure she goes her own way, but she does her best to resist tyranny.

They were somewhat loosely coordinated by this guy, “Captain’s Log,” and today he’s recovering from a huge protest rally and march in Phoenix.

He even got called out by Ezra Levin of the Indivisibile Guide for helping to organize and motivate turnout.

So Trump and his Trumpettes can crow and strut and boast all they want, hundreds of people were out there in the heat shouting, chanting, and resisting. It was not a single voice, it was a chorus of many hundred voices.

Much of this was coordinated through Facebook, Twitter, and various Indivisible local groups in Arizona. The wall is going up, but it’s built with people power, and resists the intolerance that Trump is trying so hard to dismiss and normalize.

We are the Wall. We are a chorus of many voices.

And in the case of the recent protests in Boston, we are many thousands, and we have tubas, sousaphones, and trombones.

4 Pocket Links Mon Aug 21 21 21:56:18 2017

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Here’s a pocketful of links, stacked up for easy viewing.

GOP senator unsure if Trump will be 2020 nominee: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told MSNBC that she was unsure whether President Donald Trump would be the party’s presidential nominee in 2020. – Tags: politics – http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/08/21/susan-collins-unsure-trump-2020-msnbc-sot-erin.cnn

Jeh Johnson: Confederate Statues Are ‘Neo-Nazi Rallying Points’: Martha Raddatz filled in on ABC’s “This Week” charged with the arduous task of eliciting some semblance of logic from Jerry Falwell Junior’s rationalizing of Trump’s deplorable defense of White Nationalists, KKK members and Neo-Nazis. – by Leftofcenter – Tags: politics – http://crooksandliars.com/2017/08/jeh-johnson-confederate-statues-are-neo

Angry Trump Grilled His Generals About Troop Increase, Then Gave In: WASHINGTON — President Trump’s skepticism about America’s involvement in Afghanistan was no secret to his staff. But his top national security officials were still taken aback at a meeting in the Situation Room on July 19, when an angry Mr. – by Maggie Haberman, MARK LANDLER – Tags: politics – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/21/world/asia/trump-afghanistan.html

Michael Snyder Wants To Take Over The GOP And Fill Congress With ‘InfoWars Candidates’: Michael Snyder, a radical Religious Right prepper pundit who is among the Republicans candidates running for Congress in Idaho for the seat being vacated by Rep. Raul Labrador, is a kindred spirit of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and a regular guest on his radio program. – by Kyle Mantyla – Tags: politics – http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/michael-snyder-wants-to-take-over-the-gop-and-fill-congress-with-infowars-candidates/

That’s it for this batch. Thanks for reading!

Optics: Stern And Tough Cabinet, or Reality Show Cast Photo?

This photo requires some context: Bannon is out, this is the currently constituted Cabinet as it was during the weekend meeting on Afghanistan, and Trump has just signed some bill that’s more of a symbolic resolution.

Let’s break down the looks — and messages sent via those looks — for each white man of the 13 white men and 1 woman in the photo. Side note: I have to believe the attendees were told not to smile due to the seriousness of the topic discussed. Otherwise, the sheer spontaneous seriousness is truly beyond belief. (Huge thanks to CNN’s Jim Acosta for helping ID everyone.)

Source: Everything is going great! in 1 amazing Trump photo – CNNPolitics

They look so angry, grim, and determined. And it looks more like the beginning of Season 2 of “President Apprentice.”

This looks more like the kind of photo that gets updated as cast members are eliminated.

One Term Wonder Joe Walsh: Who’s The Ass Again?

So glad this guy got booted out after just one term, and now the IL-08 district is reliably blue.

Why is it that when Dems leave office, they disappear? When Republicans get bounced, they go on talk shows or create their own.

Joe Walsh, a radical Tea Party congressman who was voted out of office after one term amid a variety of financial problems and has since become a right-wing radio host, is none too pleased about Presi

Source: Former Rep. Joe Walsh: Obama Is An ‘Arrogant, Immature, Anti-American Ass!’