Wednesday, November 14, 2018

FOX NEWS AND TRUMP—A TEAM OF LIARS

If you watch or listen to Fox  Fox News and Fox News Personalities, most of what you learn about any topic is Mostly or Completely or Outrageously False according to Punditfact.  

Almost 60% off statements made on Fox and Fox guests are either Mostly False, False or so out of the realm of reality to get a “Pants on Fire” rating.   If you add in statements that are misleading or only half true,  Fox viewers are lied to or misled nearly 80% of the time.










Fox News is almost as bad at spreading misinformation as Trump.  According to Fact Checker, Trump averaged 5 lies or misleading claims per day during the first nine months of his presidency.  In the run up to the mid-term election, he increased his lies to a breathtaking 30 a day on average.  He topped a thousand lies in October alone. 

And you wonder how Trumpians can believe such weird stuff.  

Check out a list of the lies here:


Friday, November 9, 2018

Good Sign for 2020—States Key to Trump’s Win in 2016 Went Blue on Tuesday.

Yesterday in an article in The Nation, John Nichols made an excellent point about the significance of the 2018 Blue Wave to Democratic Party prospects in 2020.  Nichols notes in his article that Trump won in 2016 largely because he sneaked out extremely narrow victories in three traditionally Democratic states—Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.  His victories were narrow—0.7 points in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and just 0.2 points in Michigan.

Now fast forward to 2018.  There were six major races in the three key 2016 states Trump in 2018.  Democrats won ALL of these races.

“Three Democratic senators—Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow, and Pennsylvania’s Robert Casey—all won with ease. Three Democratic gubernatorial candidates—Tony Evers in Wisconsin, Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, and Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania—were also winners.

Additionally, progressive Democrats won the races for Attorney General in both Michigan and Wisconsin.

If Democrats have similar success in these three states in 2020, Trump is going to find it very hard to win a second term.



Thursday, November 8, 2018

Why Didn’t Trumpians Run on their Economic Record?

Why didn’t Trumpians run on their economic record under Trump?  They don’t have much of a record to run on.  

What about job creation?  True, jobs are being created and unemployment is down to pre-recession levels under Trump.  However, jobs were already being created a steady rate under Obama and unemployment had been on a steady decline since 2010.  The most the Trumpians could say about jobs and unemployment is that they didn’t mess up the Obama trend.  Take a look at these charts:












What about the tax cut?  Trumpians cut taxes.  That’s true.  However, the average America didn’t see much of an increase in their after-tax income, only a slight 1.3% increase in their take home pay.  Compare that to the 3.5% increase the richest 5% of taxpayers saw in their income and the 40% tax cut corporations enjoyed and there isn’t much for Trumpians to brag about when it came to helping the average American family.

What about the deficit and fiscal responsibility?  Understandably, Trumpians don’t want to talk about the deficit.  The Trumpian tax cut is a disaster when it comes to the deficit.  The U.S. government deficit reached $770 billion in 2018, a 17% increase over 2017 before the tax cut, the highest it has been in 6 years.  The exploding deficit is largely due to a $92 billion or 31% decline in corporate tax receipts between 2017 and 2018.  Additionally, the deficit is expected to reach $981 billion in 2019 and then top $1 trillion every year thereafter.  So much for the party that decried deficits and argued for fiscal responsibility.  So much for the Trickle Down Theory.  Once again there wasn’t much of a trickle, if any at all. 

Nope, the Trumpians didn’t run on their economic record for a simple reason.  Their fiscal record is pretty bad and their economic record is nothing to shout about.

READ MORE HERE:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Could Trump Try to Use Presidential Emergency Power to Prevent Democrats from Taking Control of the House?

The President of the United States has extraordinary Emergency Powers.   FDR used those powers to put Japanese Americans in internment camps during WWII.  Truman used those powers to seize private steel mills in 1952.  The Emergency Powers of the President are broad and vague.  

Trump has said that he considers House investigations some Democrats have proposed as “a waste of Taxpayer Money” and that he would retaliate.  Just today, he fired Jeff Sessions and installed a lackey to end or restrict the Mueller Russia probe.  

It is no secret that Trump views the powers of the President as nearly unlimited.  For example, he has maintained the he can end Birthright Citizenship by executive order even though Birthright Citizenship is established by the 14th Amendment off the U.S. Constitution as affirmed by Supreme Court rulings. 

Might Trump attempt to use the Presidential Emergency Powers to stop or postpone Democrats from taking control of the House in January in order to prevent them from launching investigations that would be a “waste of Taxpayer money?” Might Trump argue that investigations by House Democrats would endanger the full and effective operation of the Executive branch at a time when the U.S. in under attack from convoys of criminals threatening to cross our southern border?  What would Trump’s good friend Putin advise?



Executive Powers of President:  https://legaldictionary.net/emergency-power/

Beginning of End to Mueller Russian Investigation?

Today, Trump asked for and received the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed Matthew Whitaker, an outspoken critic of the Mueller Russian investigation as Acting Attorney General.   Whitaker is expected to shut down or curtail the scope of the Mueller investigation since he has stated in the past that he believes: “It is time for Rosenstein, who is the acting attorney general for the purposes of this investigation, to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel." 

This is probably the beginning of a Constitutional crisis over the question of presidential power to cover up illegal and/or unethical acts involving himself and/or his closest aides.



Monday, November 5, 2018

Trump Administration Mobilizing Troops to Stop Second Alien Invasion

If it wasn’t bad enough that the Trump administration has to battle the equivalent of 0.002% of the U.S. population (mostly large, evil terrorists disguised as small children) INVADING the U.S. from Mexico, the administration now finds itself having to defend the country from hoards of winter-adverse Canadians in flip-flops loading up their mini-vans with decent beer and forming convoys determined to reach Florida before the first snow.  Loyal Americans are terrified that the invading hoards from the north will overrun swimming pools and switch sports bar TVs to hockey games rather than football.  Read this scary story here: 



Friday, November 2, 2018

Trump Says Immigrants are Criminals. HE LIES

Trump says immigrants, particular those entering the U.S. illegally, are criminals.  Are they?  Once again Trump is telling a total lie.  Here are the facts.

In 2015 the National Academy of Sciences released the results of a study on crime rates by immigrants.  It found that, ”Immigrants are in fact much less likely to commit crime than natives, and the presence of large numbers of immigrants seems to lower crime rates." The study added that, ”this disparity also holds for young men most likely to be undocumented immigrants: Mexican, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan men.”

The libertarian Cato Institute studied the issue.  It found that, ”Illegal immigrants are 44 percent less likely to be incarcerated than natives. Legal immigrants are 69 percent less likely to be incarcerated than natives. Legal and illegal immigrants are underrepresented in the incarcerated population while natives are overrepresented.”

The American Immigration Council found that while 1.6 immigrant males were incarcerated, 3.3 percent of native-born males were in prison.  The Council also found that, “incarceration rates of young, less educated Mexican, Salvadoran and Guatemalan men — which comprise the bulk of the unauthorized population — are "significantly lower" than incarceration rates of native-born young men without a high-school diploma.”  The Council said: “for Mexican men ages 18 to 39, the incarceration rate in 2010 was 2.8 percent, compared to 10.7 percent for native-born men in the same age group.”

Finally, Politifact looked at the period between 1990 and 2013.  It found that, “the foreign-born share of the U.S. population increased from 7.9 percent to 13.1 percent, and the number of unauthorized immigrants went up from 3.5 million to 11.2 million. At the same time, the violent crime rate (murder, rape and aggravated assault) decreased 48 percent and property crime rate fell 41 percent” according to FBI data.  More immigrants resulted in LESS crime, not more.

FACT:  Immigrants, legal or illegal, do not commit crimes any more often than native-born Americans.  In fact, an immigrant from Mexico, Salvador or Guatemala is, if anything, is LESS likely to commit a crime than a person born in the United States.  Trump is trying to fool you.



ELECT PEOPLE WHO TELL THE TRUTH--VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS AND ONLY DEMOCRATS.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Research Evidence: We Should Welcome Asylum Seekers, Not Resist Them

A body of research on the impact of immigration on income levels suggests that instead of resisting immigrants and asylum seekers, we should welcome them with open arms and help them transition to full citizenship as soon as possible.  

Specifically, research suggests that “a 1 percentage point increase in the share of migrants in the adult population can raise GDP per capita by up to 2 percent in the long term.”  See:  

The increase in GDP comes from a combination of labor productivity increases and an increase in the ratio of working-age to total population.  Both high- and low-skilled immigrants raise labor productivity, the benefits of which are shared in average per-capita income growth for the bottom 90 percent and top 10 percent of wage earners.  An increase in high-skilled immigrants tends to benefit the top 10 percent more whereas an increase in lower-skilled immigrant workers benefits the top 10 and bottom 90 percent of wage earners equally.

The GDP benefit from an increase in the ratio of working-age population is most pronounced when the host economy is an advanced economy with an aging population and the immigrant population is working age or younger.

The research suggests that not only should we welcome immigrants and asylum seekers but that we should adopt programs and policies to help their transition/assimilation process by, for example, providing language training, helping immigrants access and upgrade their existing skills, and reducing barriers to entrepreneurship.  In short, we should help immigrants to become fully employed and integrated into U.S. society as quickly as possible.

Read more on this research here:



Good News for Democrats--Young, Black and Hispanic Turnout Up Sharply in Battleground States

Analysis of early voting in key battleground states indicate that early voting among key Democratic Party leaning groups is way up compared to 2014.   In Georgia, voting by 18 20 29 year-olds in up an amazing 429% and 571% among Hispanics.  African-American voting is up 165%.

We are seeing similar results in Texas
18-29. +503%
Hispanic +214%
African-American +208%

In both states, the increase in turnout vs 2014 is higher among Democrats and Independents than among Republicans;

Check out the charts below:















For information about turnout in other battleground states go to:

https://medium.com/@tombonier/early-vote-data-shows-young-and-non-white-voter-turnout-surge-a160dc7a9bb7

For additional information on early voting turnout go here:

https://targetearly.targetsmart.com/

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Donald Thinks He is KING and Can Ignore the Constitution


Donald has decided he isn’t bound by the Constitution or the Courts.  He can just issue an executive order to do whatever he wants.  This time he wants to be the one who decides who and who cannot be an American citizen.

The first clause of the 14th Amendment to our Constitution reads:

"All person born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Donald doesn’t like the part about “all persons born” in the U.S. automatically becoming citizens because sometimes it allows Hispanics to automatically become citizens if they are born on U.S. soil even though their parents might not be U.S. citizens themselves.

Donald’s problem is that the meaning of the citizenship clause in the 14th Amendment is established law and has been for over 120 years.  The Supreme Court decided the issue in 1898 in the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark.  (See the Supreme Court opinion here:  https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/169/649/). That ruling has never been overturned and forms the basis for our immigration and naturalization laws.

Most (no make that ALL) lawyers and Constitutional scholars agree that the 14th Amendment as interpreted by the Supreme Court is binding and that the only way the law can be changed is via an amendment to the Constitution.

Donald doesn’t like what our Constitution says.  And, he doesn’t think he should have to go through the tedious process of amending our Constitution.  In fact, he doesn’t even want to ask Congress about changing the law since some Democrats might disagree.  So, Donald has decided that he will just change the law by executive decree, the Constitution be damned.  After all, says Donald, I am the KING.

Nope Donald.  You are not our KING.  We had a KING once and got rid of him.  We don’t need another one, particular not YOU.

So, what can you do to stop Donald.  VOTE DEMOCRAT AND ONLY DEMOCRAT.

Donald needs to learn who is boss in the country—Us, the people.

Read more about Donald’s latest scheme here:


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

GA Voting Machines make “mistakes” in Recording Votes

During early voting in Georgia, some voting machines have “mistakenly” recorded votes cast for Democratic Party candidate Tracy Abrams as votes for Republican Party candidate and Secretary of State Brian Kemp who also is in charge of voting.  We are confident that the voting machines that made these errors will apologize for these all too human errors.  Many of these machines are apparently old and, as we all know, as we age we are prone to more errors—“Oh, you said Abrams, I thought you said Kemp.”  This problem with mis-recorded votes seems to occur only when the Democratic candidate is selected.  Voters wishing to cast their ballot for the Republican candidate, Kemp, have not experienced this problem and can rest easy that their vote will be recorded as at least one vote for the Republican candidates, if not more.

Check out this article from USA TODAY:

Georgia NAACP files complaints alleging voting machines incorrectly registered votes


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Kavanaugh Affair-The Fourth and Correct Point of View For Our Country

When it comes to the Kavanaugh affair there are at least four points of view one can take.

Let’s dispose of the first one right away since it is the most despicable.  

POV #1: Boys Will Be Boys

One can take the point of view that when it comes to sexual assault and sexual harassment, the acts don’t really matter.  This is pretty much the “Boys Will Be Boys” view point.  Males, particularly of a certain age-say up 90, just can’t control themselves when it comes to sex and women.  Women just have to learn to put up with it and get on with their lives.  Don’t complain.  Sexual harassment, assault and even rape are just to be expected in America and there is nothing anyone can or should do about it.  For obvious reasons, most but not all people who hold this point of view will not openly admit they think this way.  However, some do.  Fortunately, the number of people who really hold the “Boys Will Be Boys” point of view is very, very small.  If I am wrong about that, we are really in trouble as a nation.

POV #2: The Left-Wing Conspiracy

This is the point of view held by most Republicans I think, particular those who love Trump and watch Fox News.  According to this point of view, these accusations against Judge Kavanaugh are nothing more than a conspiracy on the part of the Democrats and Radical Left to deny Kavanaugh a seat on the court because they hate his stand on issues likely to come before the court and, anyway, they hate Trump.  The Democrats/Left have recruited left-leaning women to come forward and perjure themselves in support of “the Cause.”  Or, the Democrats/Left have found vulnerable women and have convinced them that they were abused and that the abuser was Kavanaugh. In reality, there is no truth whatsoever to the allegations against Kavanaugh because the women are either lying or delusional.  These charges should be put aside as soon as possible and Kavanaugh should be confirmed.

POV #3: The Republicans Must Be Prevented from Packing the Court with Conservatives

This point of view is held by most Democrats.  According to this point of view, Kavanaugh would be a disaster for the court and the country, not just because he would provide the court with a conservative majority that could overturn Roe vs Wade but a court majority that would do great harm to women’s rights in general, LBGT rights, the environment, consumer protection, voting rights and a host of other hard-won rights and privileges. Kavanaugh is the key to turning back the clock.  Accordingly, his confirmation must be stopped completely or, at least, delayed until after the mid-term elections where Democrats have a shot at gaining control of the Senate and the ability to prevent Conservatives from gaining control of the Supreme Court.  The recent allegations are a surprise, but a welcome surprise and offer the best chance the Democrats have to delay and perhaps prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation.  All progress toward confirming Kavanaugh should cease so the FBI can conduct a full investigation and determine the facts.

POV#4:  We Must Change How We Respond to Charges of Sexual Abuse and Harassment

This is a point of view that is held by most Democrats and, I think, a great many Republicans. It is non-ideological and non-partisan.  According to this point of view, America must change the way it responds to accusations of sexual harassment and abuse.  For too long, American women, particularly young women, have been reluctant to come forward and report male sexual misconduct because they justifiably feel they will not be believed and may even be accused of wrong doing themselves. Their complaint will be either dismissed out of hand and/or they will be charged with “trying to ruin a good man’s life” out of spite or for some other reason.  Even if their accusation is accepted as possibly true, the women making the accusation will be accused of “tempting the man” or engaging in some other behavior that provoked the attacked.  Blame is equally shared.  The man did wrong but so did the woman.  A message is sent to men, young men in particular, that their behavior toward women, treating women as sexual objects, will be ignored or, at least, not punished. They can do as they please without worrying very much about the consequences of their actions in the immediate or even distant future.

According to this point of view, the response to accusations of sexual harassment and abuse that I just described, and which has historically been the response to charges of sexual harassment and sexual assault in this country, must change.  If women are going to feel free to come forward and report sexual harassment and assault, then they must feel confident that the allegations they make will be taken seriously, regardless of whether they are initially believed or even believable.  Women must be confident that any charge of sexual wrong doing, no matter by whom or when or under what circumstances it occurred will be fully investigated and that their motives for making the accusations will not be pre-judged. In short, there will be an honest search for the truth.

Thanks to the Me Too Movement, some progress is being made on changing how we respond to sexual harassment and assault charges.  According to this view, a lot more needs to be done and the Kavanaugh charges are a place to start.  In fact, to ignore the Kavanaugh charges when the man charged is being considered for the highest court in the land, would send a message to women that in spite of the Me Too Movement, nothing has or will change.  A thorough investigation of the Kavanaugh charges will send a powerful message to American women that they are and will be heard.  If Kavanaugh is innocent of the charges that have been made, then a thorough investigation is the best way to clear his name.  Free of these charges, he can proceed with his life, even to service on the Supreme Court if that is what the Senate decides. The accusers can take some comfort that they go a fair hearing.  If the charges are found to be true, then Kavanaugh’s accusers will be vindicated. The wrong done to them will not be undone but, at least, they and others like them will be able to take some comfort in the knowledge that things may finally be changing.  

According to this view, a thorough investigation of the charges against Kavanaugh is not just the right thing to do but the ONLY accepted response or point of view that makes sense for our country.

Let me know your point of view.  I hope for the future of women and our country, that you pick POV #4.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Satan is Behind Attack on Kavanaugh

It’s not the Democrats or hated Liberals that have ganged up on poor Judge Kavanaugh, the truth can now be told.  These accusations of sexual misconduct are coming from none other than old Beelzebub himself—Satan.  We have that from one of the world’s foremost demon detectors, Bryan Fischer or the American Family Association.  Fischer says the fight to save Kavanaugh’s confirmation is “the biggest conflict between good and evil that we have seen in the last year.”  Apparently, there have been many good vs evil conflicts that Fischer has witnessed but this is the biglyist.  We reached out to Fischer for last year’s biglyist good/evil struggle but don’t have his answer yet.  Of course, everyone knows the biglyist good vs evil struggle in 2016 was between God’s candidate Donald Trump and Satan’s favorite Hilary Clinton.

According to Fischer what we are witnessing today is nothing less than “big league spiritual warfare” where one man who remained a virgin most of his life and never had even a beer unless it was root, stands alone, with a few billion dollars from the Koch Brothers and the help of God’s warriors Trump, Saint Mitch and Arch Angel Grassely against Satan and the Democrats and female demons of hell. That’s right, the “the forces of hell” are out to get this good man, this saint, this..well..really goodly conservative guy who will save the unborn babies.  Fischer isn’t having any of this.  The forces of goodlyness are aligned.  The soldiers of Heaven will have no more of these accusations.  Fischer has issued the call to arms.  “We say to Satan, ‘Satan, if you’re going to get to Brett Kavanaugh, you are going to have to go through us, because we are standing firm in the strength and the power of the Lord,'”

I don’t make this stuff up folks.

Read more:
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/bryan-fischer-wages-major-league-spiritual-warfare-against-the-demons-of-hell-attacking-kavanaugh/

Monday, September 24, 2018

Third Kavanaugh Accuser Expected to Go Public Wednesday-Republicans Don’t Care

A third woman (or man) is expected to go public Wednesday with an accusation of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh according to the victim’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti.

Republicans are already preparing to employ their Trump-taught “Deny and Attack the Accuser” strategy to attempt to bully the new accuser into submission as they have attempted with the first two.  

Mitch McConnell has announced that Kavanaugh will be confirmed at the earliest opportunity regardless of the charges against him and/or the will of American voters.  Republicans are confident that women of America will forget their rush to put an accused attempted rapist and sexual predator on the Supreme Court without an real investigation of the charges against him.  Republicans appear confident that they have little to fear from a backlash from American women and the Republican stable of old white male conservatives will be returned to power in November.

 VOTE DEMOCRAT AND ONLY DEMOCRAT THIS NOV.



Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Question About the Kavanaugh Affair that Republicans Refuse to Answer



I reached out to a number of Republican Senators with a very simple question:

If you found credible evidence that Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape a 15 year old when he was 17, would you still vote to place him on the U.S. Supreme Court?

None answered the question.

Of course, while Kavanaugh accuser and the Democrats have called for a full investigation of the charges by the FBI, the Republicans, who would have to call for an investigation, have refused to do so.  Could it be they don't want to know the truth?  Could it be they think the FBI might find credible evidence of Kavanaugh's guilt?  And if it did, then Republicans would have to answer may question in word and deed.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Wake Up Women of America. Your Legal Rights Are On the Line.

It is no secret that Donald Trump and Trump Republicans have been conducting a war on women’s rights in the name of “Make America Great Again.”  If these right-wing, women -hating zealots get their way, the clock on women’s legal rights will be rolled back, way back.  

Most women in this country today, I think, understand that Republicans are not their friends when it comes to their legal rights.  However, I am concerned that many young women take for granted rights that they enjoy today that ARE NOT secured by the U.S. Constitution.  With one exception, ALL of the rights in the timeline below that women in the United States enjoy today can be taken away by a right-wing Republican controlled Congress and/or right-wing Supreme Court such as we will get when accused attempted rapist, Brett Kavanaugh, is confirmed.  

I want every young woman, indeed every woman, to imagine what it would be like to find themselves living in an America like it was prior to 1900 or 1920 or 1960 and so on.  Don’t think it couldn’t happen.  It can and it will happen if Donald Trump and his supporters get their way.  

Let’s go back to what Trump Republicans think were the “good old days” when they say “America was great.” Consider this American history. Note: It is only a partial list of the legal rights that are on the line for women.

Before 1900 in the U.S:
  • Women were generally considered to be inferior to men both physically and intellectually just because they were women.  
  • Women could not study or work outside the home.  
  • Married women had no legal identity separate from their husbands.  
  • The main and only job for most women was to give birth and care for children.  Women had no other value to society.  
  • Married women were generally not allowed to go outside their homes for any reason without the approval and permission of their husbands.


Before 1920:
  • Women did not have the right to vote in all states.  At least that is now protected by 19thAmendment.


Before 1965
  • Married women could not legally purchase contraception in all states. 

Before 1970:
  • Women could be fired from their job if they got pregnant.
  • Courts did not recognize sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • A woman could not apply for or obtain a credit card on her own.
  • A married woman could not refuse to have sex with her husband.  Legally there was no such thing as marital rape.
  • A woman could not get a divorce without showing a reason such as adultery.  There was no such thing as a No Fault Divorce.


Before 1972:
  • Non-married women could not legally purchase contraceptives in all states.


Before 1973:
  • In most states, a woman could not get a legal abortion for any reason


Before 1974:
  • Non-married minors could not legally purchase contraceptives in all states


Those are just a partial list of rights women can lose.  Trump Republicans already have control of Congress and the Presidency.  They are poised to take control over the Supreme Court. When that happens, Trump Republicans will be free to start implementing their long-term plan to return women to their status in pre-1900 America.  

Trump Republicans CAN BE STOPPED but only if Democrats win in the November elections.  Republicans seem determined to place an accused attempted rapist on the Supreme Court. That means Democratic control of the House and Senate is vital.  

I call on all American women to VOTE DEMOCRAT and ONLY DEMOCRAT this November.  This may be your last chance to preserve more than 120 years of progress toward equal treatment for women under the law.


Attempted Rape is Just a “Hiccup”? That’s What Republicans Think

Republican Senator Dean Heller (Nev) has finally said what most Republicans believe.  The attempted rape charges against Kavanaugh are just a “hiccup” on his way to confirmation a justice on the Supreme Court.  Republicans plan to move ahead to put Kavanaugh on the court after a pretend-investigation of charges that, in truth, they don’t really see as that serious or disqualifying even if proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to be true.  You see, in the hearts and minds or the white male Republicans attempted rape is excusable in “boys will be boys” terms.  It is just a "hiccup." See: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/09/20/dean-heller-brett-kavanaugh-hiccup/1366860002/

What about it women voters of America?  Is it okay to treat attempted rape as “just a hiccup”?  I don’t think so.  Heller and the rest of them needed to be hiccuped out of office.

Send Republicans that message this November.  
VOTE DEMOCRAT and ONLY DEMOCRAT

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Republicans Don’t Want to Hear the Truth About Kavanaugh. Here is Why?

We have further proof today that Kavanaugh may be an attempted rapist and unfit to serve on the Supreme Court.

A classmate of Christine Basey Ford confirms that attempted rape incident DID HAPPEN and that many students at her school heard about it at the time.  She recalls drunken parties like Ford described.  She says at the time “the drinking ensconced in the puritanism and hypocrisy of that elite, privileged, mostly white, Catholic, Washington Society, was completely out of control.”

In spite of this confirmation, Republicans refuse to ask the FBI to investigate the charges and/or have the Senate Judiciary Committee interview anyone other than Christine Ford and Kavanaugh. https://www.npr.org/2018/09/18/649209595/hearing-with-kavanaugh-and-accuser-alleging-sexual-assault-in-turmoil

Greg Sargent in the Washington Post explains why Republicans are so reluctant to conduct any investigation of Christine Basey Ford’s allegations.  It is not because they doubt that Ford is telling the truth. Just the opposite.  A real investigation, even if it proved that what Ford says happened never happened, would delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation, possibly until after the mid-terms and that might be fatal to putting him on the Court.  The Democrats have a shot at winning control of the Senate, not a great shot but a possibility.  If they do win control, the only way Republicans can get Kavanaugh on the Court (and the ultra-right, Pro-Life, anti-abortion Republican base demands Kavanaugh’s appointment as the best way to overturn Roe vs Wade)  is to confirm him during the lame-duck period before the newly elected Democrats take over.  That would such a blatant disregard of the will of the voters as to further endanger Republican chances in 2020.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/09/19/these-quotes-from-republicans-give-away-their-game-on-kavanaugh/?utm_term=.ebb8fb71e13a

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Five Reasons to Believe Christine Blasey Ford

Christine Blasey Ford has finally come forward to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape.  Why should she be believed over him.

1. If Ford was making up this story, why would she say a third party who was a friend on Kavanaugh was in the room at the time?  This is a person who could say he was there and nothing happened.  He has refused to do so, merely saying that he "doesn't remember" and doesn't want to get involved. See: https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/mark-judge-possible-witness-alleged-brett-kavanaugh-sexual-assault-not-want-testify

2. If Ford was making up the story, why would she make it up as part of a therapy session six years ago as she did?  There was no political purpose for doing that.

3. If Ford was making up the story, why would she have resisted going public with he story for so long?  And, why even now is she resisting public testimony?  (See number 5 for why)

4. If Ford was making up the story, why would she risk taking a lie detector test that might show she was lying?  She took the test and passed?

5.  Why would Ford make up such a story knowing that she would come under vicious attacks from Republicans and Trump supporters when she has nothing to gain professionally or personally from being caught telling a lie and a great deal to lose?  Ford knows what happened to Anita Hill.  Every woman of her age knows what Republicans did to Hill and that Democrats at the time failed to protect her.

Balance this against the record of Brett Kavanaugh.

1.  Kavanaugh has a lot to gain (a lifetime appointment to. the Supreme Court) from denying Ford's story.

2.  Kavanaugh is known to have lied before to Congress and under oath.  See:  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-russ-feingold-kavanaugh-lies_us_5ba020f6e4b013b0977defff.

3. As Former Senator Russ Feingold has written, "Kavanaugh himself has a casual relationship with the truth ― and in that, he fits right in with the way President Donald Trump and his party behave. " Trump and the Republicans are the last people who would criticize Kavanaugh or anyone else who supported their agenda for lying to the American people.  They do it all the time. For Trump it is SOP, particularly when it comes to charges of improper sexual behavior toward women.   See: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-russ-feingold-kavanaugh-lies_us_5ba020f6e4b013b0977defff.






Monday, September 17, 2018

Republicans Find Kavanaugh Rape Accusation Funny and Defensible

Donald Trump Jr. apparently thinks that attempted rape is funny or at most just innocent child’s play.  Check out his post.   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-jr-posts-meme-mocking-woman-accusing-brett-kavanaugh-of-sexual-assault_us_5b9f996ee4b013b0977cc464




Ed Rollins, co-chairman of the pro-Trump Great America PAC thinks that if only men who have never tried to rape women are qualified then “no one will ever want or be able to serve in government or on the judiciary.”  https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-believes-there-is-a-conspiracy-to-submarine-the-kavanaugh-nomination

A lawyer “close to the White House” agrees.  He apparently thinks just about every man has tried to rape a woman at some time and therefore that having an instance of attempted rape in one’s background  is pretty normal.  He said, “If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried. We can all be accused of something.”  https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/16/kavanaugh-allegation-anonymous-republicans-825855

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) and a top Trump supporter thinks that a nominee’s “less than perfect behavior in high school” shouldn’t be held against them.  He says ““Let’s all step back and think about our own perfect behavior when we were in high school….I think there have been enough people from both parties, although far more liberals than conservatives, who have received such allegations… Not many, however, have been accused of things that they may have done in high school—but something that was bottled up until now.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-believes-there-is-a-conspiracy-to-submarine-the-kavanaugh-nomination

 Women of America and men who respect women are you watching and listening?  Send a wakeup call to Republicans in November that attempted rape isn't funny and accusations of rape should be taken seriously regardless of time or age of he victim and aggressor.

VOTE DEMOCRAT and ONLY DEMOCRAT.  MAKE AMERICA DECENT AGAIN.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Where is the Wage Growth Under Trump? Doesn’t Exist

Trump said his tax cuts would be a wage boom to workers.  We were all going to get rich or, at least richer, thanks to all of the economic gains that would trickle down to us from the tax savings he and the Republican Congress gave the rich.  White House economist Kevin Hassett has even bragged that “wages have gone up faster than we (Trump Republicans) thought.”  The tax cut worked so well say the Trump Repubs that they just might do another.

Well, the numbers are in and the average America is not seeing a lot more cash in his/her wallet from the Trump tax cuts. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the true facts are mostly bad news which will come as little surprise to the average American:

Real average hourly earnings for all employees on private, nonfarm payrolls haven’t changed at all over the last year under Trump.

Real average hourly wages for the 80% of American workers who are “production and nonsupervisory employees” actually DECREASED.

Note:  Real wage growth grew 4.7% during Obama’s first year and were 2.4% and 1.8% the last two years he was in office.  They have declined every year since Trump took office. And, as noted, were NEGATIVE Trumps second year.

Read the analysis here:

Read the numbers here:

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

EPA Tells Employees to Lie About Climate Change

Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memo to its employees instructing them on how to talk about Climate Change.  When asked about human activity as a possible cause of Climate Change, EPA employees are being told to say:

Human activity impacts our changing climate in some manner. The ability to measure with precision the degree and extent of that impact, and what to do about it, are subject to continuing debate and dialogue.

While there has been extensive research and a host of published reports on climate change, clear gaps remain including our understanding of the role of human activity and what we can do about it.
Read the EPA Talking Points email in full here:

THE TRUTH—These EPA Talking Points are a LIE

All of the following American Scientific Societies have issued statements that directly contradict the  the EPA memo:

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Chemical Society
American Geophysical Union
American Medical Association
American Meteorological Society
American Physical Society
The Geological Society of America
U.S. National Academy of Sciences
U.S. Global Change Research Program
NASA
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Additionally, nearly 200 scientific organizations worldwide have issued statements agreeing with their American counterparts that climate change is real and that it is primarily caused by human action.

97% of all scientist who have published research on Climate Change agree that Climate Change is real and extremely likely due to human activity.