Friday, February 17, 2017

Trump's Cuckoo Press Conference

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President Trump held a truly bizarre, impromptu press conference yesterday that took his insanity to new heights (or lows). I mean, it's hard to describe it without using Alice in Wonderland - Mad Hatter - Down the Rabbit Hole analogies.

From CNN
Trump held court during a news conference that lasted an hour and fifteen minutes, carving out a stunning moment in modern American political history. He displayed a sense of anger and grievance rarely vented by a President in public -- let alone one who has been in office for just four weeks.
"I have never seen more dishonest media, frankly than the political media," Trump said, later slamming leaks to the press from the intelligence community -- some of which led to the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn.
"The leaks are real. The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake," Trump said.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mitch McConnell "Silences" Elizabeth Warren

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Senator Mitch McConnell decided to make an example of Elizabeth Warren. During the debate over appointing Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as Trump's Attorney General, Warren started reading from a letter written by Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King. In that letter, Coretta King states that Jeff Sessions is a racist and not fit to be a Federal Judge.

McConnell then made what could be the biggest blunder of his political career. Using an obscure parliamentary rule, he "silenced" Warren, then made a statement for the record that may go down in history as one of the greatest rallying cries for women:

From Slate
“She was warned,” McConnell said on the Senate floor after the confrontation. “She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
It’s hard to imagine a pithier encapsulation of nearly every struggle for justice in the history of humanity. Without even trying, McConnell wrote the future epitaph of hundreds of people who have the phrase “nasty woman” in their Twitter bios.

It's the quote that launched a thousand Twitter and Facebook memes, and McConnell probably regretted saying it right away.

Of course, Warren fought back, continuing to read the letter in the hallway outside the Senate, then discussing it with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, who also read the letter on the air. Then she started tweeting back in defiance:

Then after he was confirmed by the GOP:


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Trump Spokesman Sean Spicer on SNL

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Trump has the worst spokespeople in the known world, but especially Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who is a nervous wreck who raises his voice and can't seem to tell the truth. But last weekend Saturday Night Live took care of him. In a skit for the ages, Melissa McCarthy lampooned the dimwit shrieking at reporters and even attacking them with his podium.

Spicer accused SNL of being "mean" to him, while Trump was appalled that a woman played one of his cronies. The truth is, Spicer deserves every joke told about him. When you watch his actual press conferences and interviews, SNL hardly had to exaggerate reality to make him look ridiculous. Now there is talk of Rosie O'Donnell playing Steve Bannon and we can't wait to see it!

What the Real Spicer is Like - Can You Tell the Difference?

Kellyanne Conway Invents Fake Bowling Green Massacre

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In order to justify the Muslim Ban, Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway invented a hoax terrorist attack and talked about it on national TV. "The Bowling Green Massacre" took over both the airwaves and social media as people tried to fathom why we need fake attacks when there have been plenty of home-grown attacks.

But oh well - nothing has to make sense anymore, right?

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Trump Vs. Our National Parks

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The Trumpies are wasting no time in trying to sell-off our National Park System to the highest bidder. It seems very similar to the "Sovereign Citizen" movement that led to the Oregon Standoff at Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Trump and several yokels in Congress who are like kissing cousins to the Bundy clan think they get to decide what happens to protected land that belongs to the American taxpayers.

John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt are turning over in their graves.

Last week, Trump showed his dictatorial attitude when he made a priority of shutting down discussions of climate change within various government agencies.

From Fortune
Employees at several federal agencies including the Department of Agriculture have been barred by the Trump administration from making any statements, or providing any documents to the public or journalists, according to published reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services are also impacted by the orders, which were reportedly handed down this week, and include a prohibition against some of the agencies posting on social media.
...A memo sent to EPA staff said that there should be no press releases sent to "external audiences" and that "no social media will be going out," according to a report by The Hill. The memo also says that a digital strategist will be coming in to oversee the agency's social-media policies, and that "existing, individually controlled social-media accounts may become more centrally controlled."

Trump particularly targeted the National Park System Twitter accounts. Why? Because Trump was furious that the Park Service retweeted an article in the New York Times about his small inaugural crowd compared with Obama's in 2009.

From CNN
After the retweet began to get attention, a career staffer at the Interior Department instructed employees that the "new administration has said that the department and all bureau are not supposed to tweet this weekend and wait for guidance until Monday."
The message continued, "Please make sure that any scheduled tweets are no longer scheduled," and referred all questions to another career staffer at the department.
On Saturday, the National Park Service called Friday's retweets "mistaken."

But the folks at Badlands National Monument went rogue and caused a stir:

From Vanity Fair
On Tuesday, the Twitter account for South Dakota’s Badlands National Park—a subsidiary of the National Park Service—began tweeting out climate change facts, in apparent defiance of the gag order. Someone working for the national park’s social media team went rogue and started posting climate change facts from the National Wildlife Federation’s Web site in 140-character bursts. (Trump, who can generously be described as a climate change skeptic, has previously called called climate change a “hoax” engineered by the Chinese.)
The National Park’s tweets were retweeted thousands of times before they were suddenly deleted later Tuesday afternoon.