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Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0600Trump's emphasis on violence and retaliation, especially outside the confines of the law, is unique among modern nominees and is rooted in a set of guiding principles. In his eyes, the world is an unforgiving place where cities are "war zones," where "rapists" are streaming across the border and where jealous rivals are hatching plots to humiliate America and Trump personally. To prevail in such an environment, he suggests, the response to any slight must be swift and overwhelming. Dwelling on limits imposed by law or tradition is usually a secondary concern. Trump has made this willingness to out-brutalize opponents a central point of his political message. It was an effective strategy during the Republican primary campaign, when his rivals were largely uncomfortable straying from constitutional limits or traditional assumptions of human decency.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0600We know that at least 30 million american adults cannot read. But the current presidential election may yet prove that an even bigger part of the citizenry is politically illiterate and functional. Which is to say, they will vote despite being unable to accept basic facts needed to process this American life. Most Americans, those born here, those about to make the most momentous decision in civic life this November, cannot name the three branches of government. And most cannot pass the simple test aced by 90 percent of new citizens. The dumbing down of this democracy has been gradual, and then this year all at once. The Princeton Review found that the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 were engaged at roughly a high school senior level. A century later, the presidential debate of 1960 was a notch below, at a 10th grade level. By the year 2000, the two contenders were speaking like sixth graders. And in the upcoming debates "Crooked Hillary" against "Don the Con" we'll be lucky to get beyond preschool potty talk.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0600ICE Is a Rogue Agency: Obama will go down in history as the US president under whom the highest number of deportations has occurred -- more than under all of the presidents in the century before him, combined. Despite the emotional speeches at this year's Democratic National Convention, specifics [on immigration reform] were hard to come by. And with all the Democrats' posturing as the "pro-immigrant" party, the casual viewer could be forgiven for not realizing that under Obama's watch, immigration policy has only grown harsher and harsher. Early on in his presidency, Obama tried to convince Republicans that immigration reform would not mean complete amnesty. To do so, he began ramping up immigration enforcement, particularly through so-called "silent raids." Unlike raids under the Bush administration, during which ICE showed up at workplaces with guns blazing, the silent raids involved behind-the-scenes threats to employers that ICE would check Social Security Numbers of employees, prompting them to fire undocumented workers en masse. In terms of public relations, the raids were a success for Obama. But in terms of strategy, not so much. Partially as a result of the rise of the anti-immigrant Tea Party movement, Republicans sympathetic to reform were unable to convince their party to meet Obama halfway. As a result, ramped-up enforcement by the administration failed to yield any dividends. Around 5 million children in the United States today are estimated to have a parent cu
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0600Donald Trump's Campaign Goes All In On Jailing Hillary Clinton: The idea is more commonly associated with dictators, but that didn't stop team Trump from cheering it on after the debate. Former Attorney General Eric Holder, however, blasted Trump on Twitter. He noted that President Richard Nixon's attorney general resigned after being asked to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0600On August 25, after a short trip to Baton Rouge to assess flooding in Louisiana and before what will likely be his last visit to China on Air Force One, Barack Obama sat down at the White House to reflect on the past eight years. He led America through a period of dramatic, convulsive change an era that New York Magazine explores this week in its cover story. Before his conversation with Jonathan Chait, he chose five moments that, he believes, will have outsized historical impact. Here is their conversation in full.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0600I dread the next four years: I hereby find and pronounce that Democracy in the United States has died. Call it a Republic if you want. I want to warn you. We all of us are headed for the most divisive coming four years since the American Civil War and the best way to describe what it will be like, a combination of the Joe McCarthy (Red Scare) era and the Vietnam War, both of which tore America apart. For those too young to remember and those older who didn't learn anything from it, the McCarthy Red Scare days of 1952 branded people communists. There were in fact some communists in the government, but hundreds more who were not communist had their lives and careers destroyed by innuendo and denunciation.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0600It is expected Trump will extend his controversial statements that black Americans should vote for him because they have nothing to lose because they are losers anyway, no decent jobs, housing and high crime, to all of Africa too. Even though people in African countries can't vote in the General Election. This would be in keeping with Trump's proclivity toward megalomania, "Today the State of Georgia, tomorrow all of Nigeria and Chad."
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0600The process to this proclamation began at the dawn of the 11 year cycle of the Sun, in the fourth month, of the fourth year after the turn of the century when the spirit of the Lord came upon me, and he gave me light to call upon all nations. (Isaiah: 41:4) Since faith was originated in the Luo language, and used in writing the Holy Bible, it is therefore the language of decoding the Holy Bible. As the language of the Messiah, Luo is Hebrew, the key to the resurrection. It arose from Hiburu, the first spiritual word ever spoken, and also roots the phrase Nibiru. All three infer the resurrection, and individually translate to 'you will resurrect', a prayer now fulfilled.
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0600Over the years Jules has managed to gain sufficient business experience and create jobs. This experience will help him manage the sheriff's office with efficiency and in a transparent manner.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0600Last Year, I Predicted The GOP Would Nominate Trump Here is What Will Happen Next: Trump lacks the infrastructure and resources to run a proper presidential campaign. Trump is also extremely unpopular among huge swaths of the American public. After Trump's defeated, his base will face an energized electorate of diverse Americans who rallied to defeat him. The Republican Party is the United States' largest white identity organization; Conservatism and racism are now fully one and the same thing in the post civil rights era; an individual's level of "old fashioned racism" now determines political party preference; the racist "Southern Strategy' has guided the GOP for at least 40 years; the election of Barack Obama, twice, drove conservatives into a national fit of bigotry and overt racism. White America is facing a symbolic "death" because of changing cultural norms and racial demographics. Simultaneously, the "deaths of despair" (drug and alcohol abuse, suicides) as well as illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease have dramatically increased the literal death rates of uneducated middle-aged white Americans. Donald Trump, with his supposed billions of dollars in wealth, bragging about being "high energy," and promise to "Make American Great Again" is a figurehead who soothes the death anxieties of angry, anxious, and easily frightened white conservatives and Right-leaning independents.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0600This is the first time I ever felt sorry for Ted Cruz and it has nothing to do with his earlier promise to endorse the winning candidate and then going back on his promise because the winning candidate cowardly smeared his wife and his father (whether or not any of it is true most of it of course is not because this American sociopath lies consistently as a matter of procedure, according to fact checkers double the rest of the candidates). Republicans want---a liar. The bigger the better, and believe you me, they've got the best. They' got the Picasso of lying, the absolute master of deceit, to whom lying is not only acceptable; he views it as a political strategy. No Ted, you've never been one of them, and you only found it out this week when you tried to explain your side of the matter. Take a good look at the angry faces howling at you. Ted these people want to make you suffer because they enjoy it. You were never white enough Ted although even if you were as white as Newt they would still boo.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0600Ailes and Trump are inexorably linked, and together they've become like a two-man wrecking crew, wreaking havoc on the GOP. The Trump nomination has split the GOP like no election in the last half-century. And Republicans owe it, in part, to Ailes. Fox News for years laid the groundwork for Trump's radical and improbable run. The hate and paranoia that has permeated Fox programming, especially during the Barack Obama years, reflects Ailes' bigoted view of America and its supposed pending doom under Democratic leadership. Like his longtime friend Rush Limbaugh, Ailes has been a cancer on American politics for decades. He's built a career that thrives on fabrications and falsehoods and character assassination. Trump is the Fox News id. The ugly, unvarnished, and unapologetic id of an aging white America that's determined to "take its country back." Trump's a bigoted nativist who markets xenophobia and thrives on dividing Americans.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0600Today, America has a president(Obama) who understands the urgent need to address the problems of institutional racism that have been broadcast to the entire world through smartphones and exposes of a racialized criminal-justice system. But this conflict is taking shape right in the middle of a heated election seasonone that includes a candidate(Trump) who has made draconian proposals for national security and who appeals to the "Silent Majority." Following the events in Dallas, Donald Trump released a statement that read: "We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street." This is not the first time this has happened. When questions over race and policing were front and center in a national debate in 1968, the federal government failed to take the steps necessary to make any changes. The government understood how institutional racism was playing out in the cities and how they exploded into violence, but the electorate instead was seduced by Richard Nixon's calls for law and order, as well as an urban crackdown, leaving the problems of institutional racism untouched. Rather than deal with the way that racism was inscribed into American institutions, including the criminal-justice system, the government focused on building a massive carceral state, militarizing police forces, criminalizing small offenses, and living through repeated moments of racial conflict exploding into violence. The 1968 The
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600We are now approaching the last months of the Obama era. He will be remembered as a great, but flawed, president, and many of those flaws have to do with how he has addressed race or avoided doing so. In his first two years in office, President Obama performed herculean deeds in rescuing the banks, restoring the economy, bailing out the automobile industry and getting his signature health care legislation passed. It was an astonishing record of success despite bitter right-wing resistance to his presidency and the alarming racist reaction to a black man being in charge. There is good reason to celebrate Mr. Obama's importance to black America. It is hard to overstate the symbolic significance and positive effects of a black man commanding the most celebrated seat of power. His black brain and tongue have changed America forever. But gales of black pride have swept aside awareness of his flaws, and when those flaws are conceded, gusts of black defiance play down their meaning and significance. Mr. Obama's most ardent black fans ignore how he often failed to speak about race or use his powers to convene commissions or issue executive orders to lessen black suffering; his nastiest black critics lambast him as an ineffectual leader who has done little to protect blacks from racial assault or lift them from economic misery. Neither the haters nor the hagiographers do the Obama legacy justice. It is unsurprising that the man who led the "birther" movement disputing Mr. Obama's Am
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600What is Trump's biggest failure? He lacks any real strategy. Trump appears to totally miss the fundamental fact that the general-election electorate is much larger and demographically very different from the small electorate he captured in the Republican primaries. Here is a fact Mr. Trump would be well advised to consider: The total number of Republican primary voters this year, more than half of whom voted for somebody other than Trump, is significantly smaller than the number of minority voters that will vote this November. Put another way, Trump is likely to lose minority voters alone by roughly twice the total number of people who voted for him in the GOP primaries.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600What we really seek in marriage is familiarity which may well complicate any plans we might have had for happiness. We are looking to recreate, within our adult relationships, the feelings we knew so well in childhood. The love most of us will have tasted early on was often confused with other, more destructive dynamics: feelings of wanting to help an adult who was out of control, of being deprived of a parent's warmth or scared of his anger, of not feeling secure enough to communicate our wishes. How logical, then, that we should as grown-ups find ourselves rejecting certain candidates for marriage not because they are wrong but because they are too right too balanced, mature, understanding and reliable given that in our hearts, such rightness feels foreign. We marry the wrong people because we don't associate being loved with feeling happy. The person who is best suited to us is not the person who shares our every taste (he or she doesn't exist), but the person who can negotiate differences in taste intelligently the person who is good at disagreement. Rather than some notional idea of perfect complementarity, it is the capacity to tolerate differences with generosity that is the true marker of the "not overly wrong" person. Compatibility is an achievement of love; it must not be its precondition.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign raised just $3.1 million in May, while Democratic rival Hillary Clinton brought in $27 million. For the presumptive nominee of a major party to have only $1.3 million in the bank isn't just unusual, it's positively stunning. That figure is what you expect from someone running for a House seat, not someone faced with mounting a national campaign whose costs could approach a billion dollars. And this is a story about much more than money. Trump spent decades working to build a brand that would be synonymous with success (which just happens to be the name of his cologne, and that's what his supporters so often cite as one of the main reasons they're attracted to him: He made all that money, he's such a terrific businessman, so surely he can clean up Washington and do a great job on the economy. But now that he has come under more scrutiny than he ever faced before, the picture of Trump as a high-class magnate is being replaced with a different picture, one of a grifter always dancing one step ahead of bankruptcy court and concocting one failed scheme after another to separate people from their money. Trump is still counting on the media to save him. He doesn't need as much money as a traditional candidate would, he believes, because of his unmatched ability to seize the attention of the media, leaving the Trump name on the lips of every TV watcher, radio listener and newspaper reader. One should never assume that the ....
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600The GOP nominee has made no secret of his views about minorities. So, what took so long for Republicans to make their 'discovery'? And how have journalists done in noting Trump's pattern of falsehoods and abuses directed at millions of people?
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600He's been shown to lie more than 70 times in a single event. How can we discuss the economy when Trump suggests that the unemployment rate, just under 5 percent, is actually 42 percent? Or debate the Paris climate accord, when Trump falsely claims it "gives foreign bureaucrats control over how much energy we use on our land"? Or deal with terrorism, after Trump said he knows "more about ISIS than the generals."
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600An inside look at Trump's brain. In fairness, there's perhaps a little bit of Trump in all of us. All of us seek validation. But when a person is unable to express human forbearance, when "attack attack attack," and when "bombast, bombast, bombast," pathologically repeated, the same behavior and sayings and insults over and over----this in the public arena is cause for concern.
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600The Mayo Clinic describes a "narcissistic personality disorder" -- as "a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others." This is bad enough in selecting a spouse or a friend. But when applied to a prospective president, the symptoms are disqualifying. With Trump ever in mind, try these: An exaggerated sense of self-importance. An unwarranted belief in your own superiority. A preoccupation with fantasies of your own success, power and brilliance. A craving for constant admiration. A consuming sense of entitlement. An expectation of special favors and unquestioning compliance. A penchant for exploiting or disparaging others. A total inability to recognize the needs of anyone else. An incapacity to see those you meet as separate human beings. An unreasoning fury at people you perceive as thwarting your wishes or desires. A tendency to act on impulse. A superficial charm deployed to disguise a gift for manipulation. A need to always be right. A refusal to acknowledge error. An inability to tolerate criticism or critics. A compulsion to conform your ever - shifting sense of "reality" to satisfy your inner requirements. A tendency to lie so frequently and routinely that objective truth loses all meaning. A belief that you are above the rules. An array of inconsistent statements and behaviors driven by your needs in the moment. An inability to assess the consequences of your actions in new or complex situations. In sum, a total incapacity to separate the world from your own psychodrama. Recognize anyone? With Trump -- The Republican Party is beyond redemption. The media have five months left. Let them use it well.
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600Imagine if Black Lives Mattered as Much as One Gorilla's. Harambe's death is a tragedyas are the deaths of Black people killed by (white) police. They deserve your outrage too. At the moment, the general public is demonstrating more compassion toward a gorilla than toward Black people who were (are!) gunned down by police at an alarming rate in this country. Harambe is mourned more (com)passionately than the Black humans with whom gorillas have historically and degradingly been compared. Harambe's death by shootingan isolated, logical decisionis, apparently, less acceptable than the systemized, institutionally-protected and -reinforced deaths of Samuel DuBose and Paul Gaston by bullets, just the same. When Black people are killed by cops, whether in Cincinnati or anywhere else in the U.S., it is "what's supposed to happen," and so: no outrage. When a gorilla, due to a random, unforeseen event, is killed by zookeepers, hearts bleed. How can we be so misguidedly selective about the bodies we invest compassion in?
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Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 -0600Donald Trump's top presidential campaign advisor is a world-class thug. Manafort's firm represented Angolan guerilla leader Jonas Savimbi, making over $600,000 in 1985 alone. Savimbi and his UNITA army engaged in a decades-long civil war that terrorized and murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, with UNITA engaging in bodily mutilations, sexual slavery, child kidnapping, and witch burning. Savimbi funded his role in the gruesome civil war with proceeds of smuggled diamonds, aid from apartheid South Africa, and aid from the United States. Zaire dictator Mobutu Sese Seko retained Manafort's firm in 1989 for $1 million annually to help address his PR issues: at the time, he was one of Africa's most corrupt leaders, he had one of the worst human rights records, and his regime regularly engaged in torture, detainment, and rape.
Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 -0600Trump's election is a terrifying prospect, but more terrifying is the neo-fascist movement he has helped create. Sanders is a democratic socialist, Trump is a right-wing nationalist (although some mainstream commentators have simply gone with "fascist"). The one thing that they do have in common, however, is that they are both leading revolts against the neoliberal status quo, which has prevailed for the past several decades. Sanders has advocated Social democratic policies that are reminiscent of the New Deal. While many people today believe Sanders is something of a radical, his policies are closer to those of Keynes or FDR than they are to Vladimir Lenin and, as the reader may recall, Keynes (and FDR) wanted to save market capitalism. On the other hand, Donald Trump has ridden a wave of right-wing populism that is reminiscent of another popular movement of Keynes' time: Fascism. Trump's strongman appeal is frighteningly similar to the appeal of 20th century fascist leaders. His incoherent and contradictory utterances have one thing in common: They provoke and play on feelings of resentment and disdain, intermingled with bits of fear, hatred and anger. His public discourse consists of attacking or ridiculing a wide range of "others" Muslims, Hispanics, women, Chinese, Mexicans, Europeans, Arabs, immigrants, refugees whom he depicts either as threats or as objects of derision Trump himself is simply and quite literally an egomaniac -- and so was Hitler and Italy's Mussolini. Like Marxism, Neoliberalism has failed, and is now facing widespread revolt.