Thursday, September 20, 2018

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:

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.  

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.

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.

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:

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:

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:

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.

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.”

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.”

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.”

 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.


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
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.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Armed Teachers and Security Guards Aren't the Answer to School Murders Like Packland

Parkland Had an Armed Security Guard-He Couldn’t Stop the Massacre

The Republican solution to mass murder in our schools is to have more armed security guards and armed teachers in our schools.  The solution they propose to gun violence in schools is MORE GUNS IN SCHOOLS.  But, is that the solution?

How much time would armed security guards and/or armed teachers have to respond to an unexpected attack?  Here is what we learned at Parkland.

According to the Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Parkland High School had an armed security guard.  It did not help.   Kids still died.

 “He was on campus and he was armed,” Israel said. “At this point, the only thing I can tell you definitively is he never encountered Cruz.”

Here is the timeline of what happened at Parkland according to Time

2:21 p.m.

The shooter allegedly enters the school and takes his AR-15 out of a case. He begins shooting into three classrooms, returning to two of them, shot into another classroom, then shot into two more classrooms before dropping his rifle.

2:28 p.m.

The suspect is believed to have run outside, mixing in with students who were running away from the scene.

Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and wounded 14 in JUST 7 MINUTES.

According to Quora, the average owner of an AR15 uses a 30-round magazine.

“For an average shooter, you’re talking about a top speed of about two shots per second, which means you’re emptying a mag in 15 seconds. Reloading takes maybe four seconds, so it’s 19 seconds to empty a mag and recharge. So the effective rate is about 90 rounds per minute, not counting the time it takes to aim.”

Cruz easily could have fired 630 rounds (90 x 7 minutes) in the time he was in Parkland.  AND, the security guard at Parkland with a gun had no warning a mass murderer was about to enter the school. 

Bottom Line: No matter how many “good guys with guns” were in Parkland that day, the chances are they would not have had time to stop Cruz. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Republicans Are About to Turn Banks Free to Cause Another Great Recession

Hot on the heels of their 2.2 Trillion giveaway to the super rich and corporations, Republicans now are going to turn some of the biggest banks in the country lose to mismanage the economy right back into another 2008 recession.  Here it comes again.  Maybe I should say, here they go again.

You remember the Great Recession of 2008 don’t you.  Lax regulation made it possible for large banks to make a lot of money with risky loans.  When the bubble they created burst, American taxpayers were on the hook for well over $100 billion.  Worse, the unemployment rate rose from 5% to 10% in just over a year.  8 million Americans lost their jobs.  Housing prices fell 30% and stock prices fell 57%.  Many Americans ended upside down in their mortgages and lost their homes.  Others lost most, if not all, of their retirement savings. Working Americans lost $15 trillion in net worth or 22% of all they had struggled to create.  The Great Recession was the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

This misery was almost completely the result of the failure of U.S. and other governments to properly regulate large banks.  Given the freedom to gamble with other peoples money, the big banks did just that.  Bankers and hedge fund managers got super rich.  When their house of cards tumbled down, they got a bailout and working Americans paid the bill.

After 2008, Congress adopted banking rules and regulations designed to prevent or at least make a 2008 banking crisis less likely.

Republicans want to roll back those regulations and set 30 of the 38 largest U.S. banks free to engage in the same kind of speculative behavior that led to the 2008 crisis.  These banks hold $5.3 trillion in assets, 25% of banking sector assets in the U.S. These banks received $65 billion in a taxpayer-funded bailout the last time they screwed up.  They are confident American taxpayers will have no choice but to bail them out the next time.  There will be a next time if Republicans give them the freedom to gamble that they are seeking.

Republicans say these banks that are are bigly profitable and sitting on hoards of cash, need relief from the rules and regulations that require capital and stress tests to insure that their banking and lending practices are sound.  These banks argue they can make so much more money if they can just once again gamble with the assets of working Americans.

Read more at the links below.  Be sure to read the statement by Congresswoman Maxine Waters about the risk Republicans want to take with your money and why the so-called relief these big bankers want is not at all wise or necessary.


Here are some links where you can learn more about the risk Republicans want to take with YOUR MONEY: