Why is Donald Trump so easily fooled by Russian propaganda?

Why is Donald Trump so easily fooled by Russian propaganda?

It is appalling that Donald Trump, and his staff, are so easily fooled by Russian propaganda about the 2016 elections. There is no way that they did not at least try to affect our election by hacking. Russian hackers were everywhere, not just in the Trump camp, but also Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

We need to listen to people like this expert, instead of listening to talking heads and pundits.  But, as usual, people this country are brainwashed into thinking that talking heads are experts.  What fools we are!

And Donald Trump actually says he will “Make America Great Again” and protect us? What a sick joke!

I have never known of anyone like Donald Trump who ever tried to protect anyone other than Donald Trump. His colossal ego doesn’t allow him to wake up and smell the coffee. A better question might be, whether we Americans going to wake the hell up and smell the coffee?  As long as we keep electing people like him as president, or any other public office, we are doomed to fail.

As long as Donald Trump is in power, we all in danger of being trapped on a sinking ship. Unfortunately, the name of that sinking ship is the United States.

Separation of Church and State, Please?

Source: The unemployed ‘shall not eat’: Texas Republican uses Bible to justify cuts to SNAP benefits

Separation of Church and State, Please?

Representative Jodey Arrington(R-TX) used an obscure passage from the Bible to eight justify the proposed cuts to SNAP benefits.  Once again, the Bible is being used to justify further punishing the poor and underprivileged.  Whatever happened to the concept of separation of church and state?

Even though this concept is not in the U.S. Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence, it was advocated for by Thomas Jefferson and other members of the Founding Fathers.  It is strongly implied to be part of the First Amendment, even though it is not included.  I, for one, wish that these fundamentalist Christians would stop trying to shove their religion down my throat.  Worse yet, seeking to use religion as a weapon to be used to further vilify the poor and downtrodden citizens of the United States.

Poor people in the United States have been vilified for far too long, often because of some asshole, like Arrington, go so low as to use the Bible as some justification for punishing the poor.  No person chooses to be poor.  Poverty is something that can happen to anyone at any time.  Arrington should realize that fact because there is no guarantee that some adverse circumstance might not befall him, causing him to be forced to live in poverty.  He should understand that they bastard on that no matter how rich you are, or what position you have established, poverty can strike you at any time.  It has happened before to many people; many of whom have adopted the same level of arrogance as Arrington.

Arrington used an obscure passage from Thessalonians 3:10, which says, “those who shall not work shall not eat.”  He used this as some justification for advocating inflicting further misery on people who are already not doing w the right side cell.  I suggest that we would be better served if Arrington remembered another passage from the Bible (I forget which one) that says, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” As a poor person, I greatly resent politicians implying that I, and other poor people, are parasites not deserving of any consideration.

If he were truly a Christian, as he says, he would be advocating for an increase in SNAP benefits, not cuts.  He would also realize that he was a hypocrite because he was not practicing his faith, such as, emulating what Jesus would do.  This is what I always thought that a true Christian should do in their daily lives, not beat people up because they are the different life circumstances.  In this country had real separation of church and state, as was intended, we could forego many of these problems and the people who cause them like Arrington.

This age-old implication that poor people are lazy and unwilling to work is the most overused stereotype of poor people who exists.  I get so tired of seeing people like Arrington use their religion as a justification for imposing draconian cuts to social services every time they want to balance the budget.  I also get exhausted of the concept of separation of church and state, which I hold to be sacred, be continually ignored by these holier than thou politicos.

Separation of church and state, if used appropriately, would work very well in the United States to protect people from the same type of abuses.  Thomas Jefferson and many others understood that in Europe the church was often equal to the government, usually a King, and constructed laws that governed people’s lives.  Thomas Jefferson, realizing the potential abuses of this antiquated system, fought for separation of church and state. He was a very wise man, and we should listen to him.

 

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Splitting the Republican Party: A Sensible Idea

Dividing the Republican Party in half makes a lot of sense, especially when you consider the fact that presidential hopeful Donald Trump is already crying foul, and claiming that if he loses, it is because the election is rigged.

Steve Schmidt, a highly regarded Republican political operative has raised the interesting question of whether the Republican Party will split in half. One half of the remaining Republican Party would be a hard core, far right party, and the other half would be a center right party. Donald Trump could very well attempt to continue […]

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Splitting the Republican Party: A Sensible Idea

The Republican PartyDividing the Republican Party in half makes a lot of sense, especially when you consider the fact that presidential hopeful Donald Trump is already crying foul, and claiming that if he loses, it is because the election is rigged. Expecting him to lose gracefully and bow out with some class, something that he doesn’t have is asking a lot.

From a political standpoint, it makes a lot of sense to divide the Republican Party into a half. Half the “crazies” going one way, and the moderate and sensible Republicans (considering there are any) going the other way. Dividing the Republican Party into two parts makes a lot of sense from a political standpoint. It would be the politically expedient thing to do if they have any hope of surviving the upcoming debacle.

If the Republican Party doesn’t wake up and smell the coffee, it may be too late to save itself. Either that, or publicly admit that they made a huge mistake supporting Trump, and divorced themselves from him and his “followers.”  If the Republican Party put some distance between themselves and Trump, they would look better in the public eye, especially considering that some of the top racist groups in this country are among his supporters.

The Republican Party cannot think that it can lie down with a pig, and come out smelling like roses. They should be smart enough to realize that fact. They would also look better in the public eye admit that they made a mistake, apologize for it, and attempt to move on.

As it stands, they are in a lot of danger of losing control of both the House and Senate; something that I am closely hoping for, primarily because they have grossly abused power all the way through the eight years of President Obama. If they keep control of both houses of Congress, I can easily see them obstructing Hillary Clinton the same way they did Barack Obama.

 

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John Kasich’s dire warning for the Republican Party: EVOLVE OR DIE

2 days ago Kasich discusses TPP and the Wells Fargo scandal, and gives a warning to the Republican Party.

 

 

Martin Shkreli Makes a Mockery Out Of the House Oversight Committee

Martin Shkreli Makes a Mockery Out Of the House Oversight Committee

Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals makes a mockery out of the House Oversight Committee, which he was called before to give testimony about abuses in the pharmaceutical industry.

Shkreli, as you may remember, is the former CEO of Touring Pharmaceuticals who raised the price of Daraprim, a medication used to treat people with HIV by a whopping 5000%. As you can imagine, this outrageous action by Martin Shkreli earned him the title of the “bad boy” of the pharmaceutical industry.

Recently, Martin Shkreli, was arrested on unrelated charges for borrowing from one hedge fund that he managed to pay off the debts of another hedge fund he operated. What he was doing was basically running a “Ponzi scheme” in which the investors of his hedge fund were being extorted.

As you can see from this video, Martin Shkreli seems to think the House Oversight Committee is a joke because he disrespects the committee members by smiling and smirking throughout his entire testimony, if you can call it that. Martin Shkreli really get answer any of the committee’s questions, instead pleading the fifth amendment as a smokescreen to be held accountable for his illegal actions.

I really wonder how much Martin Shkreli will be smirking and smiling when he is dressed out in an orange jumpsuit in prison, which is where he belongs?

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Social Security: Attempt to Starve America’s Disabled and Seniors Thwarted

Source: GOP Plan To Slash Social Security Thwarted – Working In These Times

Social Security: Attempt to Starve America’s Disabled and Seniors Thwarted

For the life of me, I can’t figure out how these GOP bastards think those of us who live on Social Security are living so high on the hog. Personally, last year I received $11,644 in Social Security benefits, well below the poverty line.  How do they think we are supposed to survive?  Oh, I forgot!  They don’t give a damn about anybody other than their rich friends.

Another thing I can’t figure out is how this proposal to cut Social Security benefits to seniors and disabled was attached to The Highway Bill.  How are they even remotely related to one another as issues?  The fact that legislative bodies always seem to do that is just part of the “divide and conquer” strategy, they always use whenever they are trying to alienate one group of citizens from another.  And for some reason, most Americans buy into it.

The reasoning these evil sons of bitches use is actually quite simple.  They figure that if they attach something totally unrelated, in this case Social Security cuts, to something as important as The Highway Bill, they can alienate people who are tired of potholes and dilapidated highways (most of us) from those of us who attempt to survive on Social Security.  Why can’t people see this?  It’s not that hard!

They think their dastardly attempts to alienate people who drive cars, who outnumber Social Security recipients, will result in motorists blaming us for the fact that this nation highways are not being maintained properly.  Unfortunately, there seems to be enough people buying into this divide and conquer strategy, that our politicians keep successfully using it every time they want to divide citizens from each other, for the purpose of causing harm to one group, in this case Social Security recipients.

Lawmakers should put into place some type of rule against tying unrelated items together on one piece of legislation.  It only allows politicians, who have some type of harmful motive, to hijack the legislative process for the sole purpose of causing harm and division among the citizens.

The thing that really gets me about this entire Social Security issue, or I should say non-issue is that the Social Security Trust Fund is actually okay, despite the untruthful claims to the otherwise.  If they would just stop dipping into the Social Security Trust Fund every time they came up short of cash, things would be okay.  If they stop using the Social Security Trust Fund as a slush fund, the entire Social Security system could actually be expanded rather than cut.

There is absolutely no justification for any legislator to pick on the nations poorest people.  They only do so because they consider us to be disposable.

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Doug Hughes: An Unrecognized Hero

Doug Hughes: An Unrecognized Hero

 

“I’m delivering the message right to them—not for their sake, but for the impact that it will have,” he said in a video. “I’m trying to galvanize millions and millions of people to do a relatively simple thing: change the government to build a wall of separation between the government and big money so that government will represent the people. There are these problems, and these problems, and these problems, that are much more important than campaign finance reform; but those won’t get addressed until we fix campaign finance reform.”

The Worst of Our Corrupt Congress Was on Display This Past Week In Washington | Alternet.

 

doug hughesDoug Hughes, the postman from Florida who landed his ultralight helicopter on the lawn of the US Capitol had a lot of balls, and I applaud him.  It’s very nice to see a citizen exercising his right to protest against government policies he sees for what they are; correct and unjust.

It really says a lot about our system, when a person is forced to resort to these type of measures to make themselves heard and deliver a very important message. From the time of Henry David Thoreau protesting what he thought was an illegal poll tax that was being used to fund what Mr. Thoreau felt was the unjust war with Mexico, until the time of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and civil rights movement, civil disobedience has been one of the cornerstones of our democracy. What Doug Hughes did, even though he acted alone, was a case of civil disobedience at its finest.  He knew where he was doing was illegal, but he chose to do it anyway as a form of protest against an unresponsive system that chooses to ignore the average citizen.

If our so-called “leaders” in Washington DC would start actually paying attention to their constituency instead of pandering to corporate lobbyists, we would all be so much better off.  Our “leaders” really need to start listening to what the average American has to say.

Doug Hughes is one of those average Americans whom our government and its “leaders” chooses to ignore, but apparently he got tired of waiting for politicians to be responsive and decided to take action, no matter how drastic or even dangerous.  The Capitol police might have gotten trigger-happy, as so many police officers in this country seem to have become, and opened fire on Mr. Hughes and his ultralight aircraft.  Doug Hughes could have easily been killed for no other reason than trying to get some attention of 535 members of Congress.

Unfortunately, the protest by Doug Hughes wasn’t very effective, mostly because the mainstream media ignore his protest.  Some of the media even made fun of Doug Hughes and wrongfully depict him as some type of nutcase.  He deserves our respect, not the derision that is being heaped upon him. In reality, he is a hero.

I’m sure it’s much easier for the members of the media to sit on their asses, watching the news feed for more important stories like Kim Kardashian and her latest escapade, or show pictures of Justin Timberlake’s and Jessica Biel’s new baby, but this is hardly what they should be doing.  Frankly, the public expects more from the media, but they are just dropping the ball.  It makes me sick and it also makes me long for the “good old days” of Watergate, when our media still had enough balls to actually report on something important.

The fact that they chose not to give Mr. Hughes the proper amount of press coverage that he deserves is just further testimony that there is no longer a free press left in the United States.

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The TPP: America’s Next Job Killer

The TPP: America’s Next Job Killer

Stop TPP fast-trackThe TransPacific Partnership Agreement, more commonly known as the TPP, is being put on the fast track, if some legislators in Washington have their way.  Opponents of the TPP are very hard to stop the Transpacific Partnership

Not only is putting the TPP on the fast track a bad idea that needs to be stopped, but makes a joke out of the entire legislative process.  In order to understand the joke, you have to understand what “fast tracking” a bill means.

Basically, what fast tracking a bill means is just throwing a bill onto the onto the floor of the Senate and House of Representatives without the bill going through the usual process of various committee hearings where legislators have a chance to pick apart a bill, study it, ask questions and generally learn what a bill does or what the bill is intended for.  In other words, a legislator is put in the unenviable position of being forced to vote on a bill without having the chance to read it through thoroughly or study it.  How is any legislator supposed to vote correctly on any piece of legislation, if they aren’t allowed to even read it through thoroughly?  But after all, isn’t that all part of the plan?

If senators and representatives were allowed to take the TPP through the usual process of holding hearings where they would hear testimony from experts, they would easily see how dangerous the TPP is, and why the opposition is opposed to it.  The TPP is nothing less than a job killer.

The reason I say this is because it will allow businesses and industries in the United States outsource even more jobs than they already have.  No wonder they are calling the TPP “NAFTA on steroids.”  Like NAFTA, the TPP puts American workers in competition with workers in Third World nations who make a much smaller wage than Americans.  Looking at the TPP from the perspective of corporate interests, who are the primary proponents of this horrible piece of legislation, why wouldn’t they want it so badly that they are willing to subvert the legislative process by pushing for this bill to be fast tracked?

The Transpacific Partnership, or as it’s more commonly known, the TPP is something that must be stopped.

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