June 1, 2016
“Throughout Donald Trump’s campaign for president he has taken numerous positions on fundamental issues that directly contradict his prior statements on the same issues. For example, in years past he has said that he is pro-choice, that he supported a ban on assault weapons, and that he favored universal healthcare. Today he holds the exact opposite positions on each of those issues. It’s impossible to know precisely where Trump stands because either his opinions are so malleable they can shift with a stiff breeze, or he is outright lying to pander to voters.”
I think what we have here is a polite way of saying Drumpf lies, about everything.
In a Bloomberg article it was reported that, Concerning Social Security, Drumpf told the RNC,
“From a moral standpoint, I believe in it*,” Trump told Ryan. “But you also have to get elected. And there’s no way a Republican is going to beat a Democrat when the Republican is saying, ‘We’re going to cut your Social Security’ and the Democrat is saying, ‘We’re going to keep it and give you more.'”
*Meaning he really believes in cutting and/or privatizing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
Social Security is the most popular, and most successful, government program in the history of the United States. Drumpf, knows he has to lie about his stance on Social Security. Or, are you willing to take a chance that he’s lying to the RNC and telling us the truth?
June 1, 2016
It seems so, according to an article by By JOEL GEHRKE (@JOELMENTUM) in the Washington Examiner.
“Donald Trump’s campaign has alerted Senate Republicans that he won’t have much money to spend fending off attacks from Hillary Clinton over the next couple months.”
It seems Mr Drumpf is no longer willing to ‘self fund’ his campaign. Of course, considering the prominent ‘donate’ buttons on his campaign web page, he never was willing to self fund the campaign.
“The notice came when Paul Manafort, Trump’s senior advisor, met with a group of Senate Republican chiefs of staff for lunch last week, sources familiar with the meeting told the Washington Examiner. admission suggests that Trump will be far more dependent on the GOP brass for money than he has led voters to believe, but it’s consistent with his reliance on the Republican National Committee to provide a ground game in battleground states.”
What? Didn’t Drumpf claim he was going to be helping the RNC with money, not the other way around? If it looks like Mr. Drumpf is having a problem beating Hillary, the RNC will cut off the funds and use it to try to save down ticket candidates. So much for being the ‘great outsider’, but then Drumpf has always been the ultimate epitome of the insider.
October 17, 2015
On the news this morning an unarmed sixteen year old black male shot and killed by a police officer. Early in their interaction the young man asked the police officer for his badge number. The police officer refused to supply the requested information. In my opinion everything the officer did after that point should have been considered to be illegal. At least one night during the protests in Ferguson the police officers all put black tape over their badge number. Hiding their badge numbers, in my opinion, turned them into a gang of thugs, they were no longer a bona fide police force.
If an officer is being fired upon he certainly has the right to take whatever action is necessary to protect his life, but all citizens have that right. In my opinion refusing to supply your badge number should remove a person from the ranks of the police force until that information is supplied. A police officer has no right to anonymity while on duty, they must be willing, and required, to supply their badge number at the request of any citizen.
May 19, 2015
According Nestlé’s Chairman of the Board, Peter Brabeck, “The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.” Having a right to water is an ‘extreme solution’. That is equivalent to saying humans having a right to be alive is an ‘extreme solution’. Wasn’t a right to life the first of our Declaration of Independence’s ‘God given’ rights?
The Nestlé company seems to be trying to walk back their chairman’s heartfelt deceleration of human beings lack of basic rights. This might be more believable if they hadn’t, at the World Water Forum in 2000, successfully lobbied to stop water from being declared a universal right, declaring open hunting season on our local water resources by the multinational corporations looking to control them.
This is more than Nestlè’s continuing to pump, and profit from, California’s irreplaceable ground water during our worst draught in history, across the globe, Nestlé is pushing to privatize and control public water resources. Truly the ultimate expression of a Libertarian Utopia. The rich get water, everyone else dies.
May 13, 2015
The Progressive Agenda
1-Lift the Floor for Working People »
-Raise the federal minimum wage, so that it reaches $15/hour, while indexing it to inflation.
-Reform the National Labor Relations Act, to enhance workers’ right to organize and rebuild the middle class.
-Pass comprehensive immigration reform to grow the economy and protect against exploitation of low-wage workers.
-Oppose trade deals that hand more power to corporations at the expense of American jobs, workers’ rights, and the environment.
2-Support Working Families »
-Pass national paid sick leave.
-Pass national paid family leave.
-Make Pre-K, after-school programs and childcare universal.
-Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit.
-Allow students to refinance student loan debt to take advantage of lower interest rates.
3-Tax Fairness »
-Close the carried interest loophole.
-End tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.
-Implement the “Buffett Rule” so millionaires pay their fair share.
-Close the CEO tax loophole that allows corporations to take advantage of “performance pay” write-offs.
The Progressive Agenda
April 22, 2015
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who guards the guardians? or Who watches the watchers?
In a modern translation, who polices the police. It has become undeniably obvious that the police cannot or will not police themselves, and we cannot depend on civil authorities to bring the police under control. There is an answer. We, the people, police the law officers we pay for.
Each of us has a camera and video recorder in our possession and we are getting better at making videos whenever we see police officers using what seems to be excessive force on a citizen. We need to extend this surveillance. Take pictures of every on duty police officer or sheriff’s deputy you see during the day in or out of their patrol cars. Post the pictures using the hash tag #PolicingThePolice. Let them know that, since they will not take care of the problem themselves, law abiding citizens will be watching them. We will not allow violent officers to remain hidden by their fellow officers who refuse to control them or eliminate them from the force.
For several years I worked in a job that brought me into contact with police officers at crime scenes. While I have never had anything but friendly interactions with law officers of all varieties, and I firmly believe that the vast majority of law officers in this country are honestly trying to do the best job they are able for the community they serve, they have not been able to remove the overly violent officers they serve with.
November 2, 2014
We’ve seen the maps of the United States with areas colored red, or blue, depending on how the citizens vote. It’s always so overwhelmingly red. This map is adjusted for population. Notice it’s not so overwhelmingly read.