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Counselor, economist and public servant.

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CNNS Ana Navarro Goes Ballistic Over Trump Tweet: Lunatic Man Baby Must Stop

Anna Navarro is a CNN Republican strategist. She really gets DOWN on the 'man baby' in the white house on this one.

Since I don't know how to put in a video URL from Huffing post, here's the link - video well worth watching for some laughs.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ana-navarro-trump-mika-brzezinski_us_59557791e4b0da2c7322487d?section=us_politics

Bannon: Trumps strategy is let the warfighters fight the war

Source: The Hill via CNN

Trump has increasingly empowered the Pentagon and military leaders to make tactical military decisions, breaking from the precedent of White House oversight carried out by both Republican and Democratic administrations in the past, CNN reported.

The move, administration officials say, is designed to reverse Obama administration Ė and, to a lesser extent, George W. Bush administration Ė practices that weigh down military campaigns and hamper commanders' abilities to make tactical decisions.

But that transfer of power from the White House to the Pentagon has also raised questions about whether Trump will be held to the same level of accountability as the military officials he has empowered.

"It's really important for the President to take responsibility for outcome and have a conversation with the American people that prepares people for both what we're trying to do and the sacrifices that will be required to do it," Kori Schake, George W. Bush's former National Security Council director for defense strategy, told CNN.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/339301-bannon-trumps-strategy-is-let-the-warfighters-fight-the-war



This is the REAL Bannon agenda. He wants that apocalyptic war between Christianity and Islam to prove which is stronger. He says it's 'existential,' you know.

So...Russia, the new GOP healthcare monstrosity, gutting the EPA, allowing financial regulators to ignore the Volcker Rule and now this.

What, do you think, our world will look like by November 2018???

But, hey, why do we HAVE nuclear bombs if we're not gonna USE them???

Silent thread in support of continued telephone calls, emails, letters to US Representatives and

Senators regarding the unfitness of Trump to carry on in office.

When Trump arrived home after his trip abroad, he declared victory. He used the word 'home run.'

The trouble is that it was not a 'home run' in any sense of that word for us, the American people. It was, however, a home run for Vladimir Putin.

Look at the facts: Trump goes to Europe. He elbows aside the prime minister of another nation. He calls Germany evil. He leaves NATO allies wondering if the USA will support that alliance.

I'm old enough to remember the Cold War, folks. I know that Russia is a hostile power. Putin wants to recreate the old Soviet empire, or perhaps become the new Tsar of a new Russian Empire.

To do this, he has fooled the Republican party and enlisted an American president - a president, for God's sake! - to do his will.

DON'T let this become normalized. It is NOT normal in any sense.

Therefore, I urge you to pick up those telephones again and again and again. Call at least once a week.

We are all Americans here, and we are being influenced by a hostile foreign power. Until that stops, everything else is moot.

Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: report

Source: Reuters is cited in this report on The Hill


Reuters reported that former national security adviser Michael Flynn, along with other advisers to Trump, had contact with Russians in at least 18 calls or emails during the last seven months of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Of the 18 undisclosed contacts, six were phone calls between Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and advisers to Trump, Reuters reported, citing current and former officials.

The calls and messages happened between April 2016 and November 2016, according to Reuters. The communications covered issues such as improving the U.S.-Russia economic relationship and fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Officials said Flynn talked with Kislyak ahead of the president's inauguration about creating a back channel for communication between Trump and Russia.



Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/334001-trump-camp-had-at-least-18-undisclosed-contacts-with-russians-report



I don't think this is anything particularly new, except that it's Reuters reporting it, which I think is significant.

It just ain't goin' away, folks!

Caricature by Niall O'Laughlin

A Trump-Friendly Media Company Is About To Get Even Bigger

Source: Huffington Post

In the wake of the 2016 election, Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Donald Trump and now a top White House adviser, reportedly told a gathering of business executives that Sinclair Broadcast Groupís local TV stations in Ohio reached more potential voters than CNN, the validation of a late-campaign strategy to turn to news anchors in swing states and sympathetic hosts on Fox News. ďItís math,Ē Kushner said.

The math is about to get a lot better for the Trump administration as Sinclair, a largely under-the-radar, conservative-leaning broadcasting company, plans to add 42 more stations through a $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media. Sinclair, which already owns 173 stations around the country, including local ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates, would now reach over 70 percent of American households.

While polls indicate increasing distrust in the media, the public has said it trusts local news more than national outlets. The Trump White House, perhaps seizing on elevated levels of trust in local news and amid its public fight with the national media, has increased outreach to major players in local news, such as Hearst, Nexstar and Sinclair.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sinclair-tribune-media-donald-trump_us_5910a93de4b0e7021e99cfec?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009



This is a really big deal because it makes corporate-sponsored right wing propaganda even more ubiquitous than it already is. 70% of US television viewers is A LOT and we cannot allow this merger to take place. It needs to be opposed and stopped by the Federal Trade Commission as an unlawful merger.

In addition, it is clearly an effort by the Trump administration and family to subvert the First Amendment.

I'm going to be calling my Senators and Representative once a day on this beginning tomorrow. This is as far reaching as attacks on net neutrality, and every bit as insidious.

Christian Author: Satan Is Directing Anti-Trump Protests

Source: Huffington Post

In a video clip posted online by Right Wing Watch, Richardson said:

ďIn my opinion, when you see the rage of Satan directed against something, thatís usually evidence that God is involved because Satan is enraged in that which God is doing in the Earth and yes, thereís a lot of rage and Donald Trump and Iíll be honest: I wrestled through a lot of issues during the early part of the campaign.

But, Iíve become solidly convinced in my spirit that the Lord is using this administration. Heís doing something quite powerful. And itís for that reason that the rage of Satan ― this irrational rage of Satan ― is so directed toward this man.Ē

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/satan-trump-protests_us_590979b1e4b0bb2d087326ab?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009



This is late breaking news in the sense that a) it was posted about three hours ago, and b) a substantial number of right wing 'christians' seem to think Trump is God's 'anointed.' To me, this is frightening because Trump is sending so many ships to the Korean peninsula that Kim Jung Un is threatening nuclear war. And what will these 'christians' say to that: Oh, well, it's the end times...

I posted this because we need to be alarmed about these religious fanatics.

An entire American generation

has been brainwashed with the very finest and most insidious propaganda techniques. How and by whom?

Begin with the memo future Supreme Court justice Powell wrote to the US Chamber of Commerce in 1971, which lays out a strategy for 'conservatives' to get the corporate message out through a broad array of coordinated efforts. This is when we began to see right-wing AM talk radio springing up.

Then, fast forward to 1981, when Ronald Reagan slithered into the White House and began busting unions. His systematic destruction of the Air Traffic Controller's union is considered one of the biggest blows to American labor in the twentieth century.

In 1987, the snake Reagan committed a further great crime against freedom; he vetoed the reauthorization of the Fairness Doctrine.

This had far reaching consequences in that it allowed big corporations and billionaires like the Koch Brothers, Rupert Murdoch, the Mercers, and more, to put their Ayn Randian ideas into a systematic propaganda organ and have those ideas echoed through the cars and work trucks of millions of American middle class workers.

Instead of truth, these people now were subjected to a steady bombardment of corporate propaganda designed to make them good, docile consumers, haters of government, and 'rugged individualists' who are ever watchful, and ever fearful, that our government might 'give' away something to people who 'didn't earn it,' because, dang-nab-it, we pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps here in 'Murika, and we're ignorant and proud of it!

In the meantime, beginning in the early 1950s big tobacco hired a PR firm called Hill & Knowlton to cast doubt on scientific findings showing smoking to be a causal factor in lung cancer. These firms, now known as Merchants of Doubt, are hired by industrial clients such as Conoco and Monsanto to put out pseudo-scientific 'studies' that 'refute' the findings of the actual scientific community.

The result of all this: George Carlin can tell you better than I....


If you want to know more, here are some very good book titles:
Howard Zinn - A People's History of the United States
Edward Herman & Noam Chomsky - Manufactured Consent
Naomi Klien - The Shock Doctrine AND This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate

Good luck to us all. It will take years of resistance to turn this around and dig ourselves out of the big capitalist shit-hole we've been buried in. Why do you think Trump won? BILLIONS of dollars were behind him along with decades of systematic and sophisticated corporate propaganda.

Believe these things, or you are NOT a good American:
Pull yourself up by your bootstraps!
Don't give anybody anything they didn't earn!
Helping the poor just promotes their dependency!
Climate change is a hoax!
The earth is 6,000 years old.
We need to teach creationism side by side with evolution.
Women should earn less and stay at home to bear and raise children...
Privatize! Deregulate! Gut social programs!
The private sector can ALWAYS do it better, faster and cheaper...

Sigh. And many, many others. How many of these corporate memes have touched you? How many have tempted you to believe? How many trolls on this site have been successful in driving a wedge between those who supported Bernie and those who supported Hillary?

I'm liking Tom Perez more every day.

The guy just gave a speech, and when he got to the point where he was talking about the Republican healthcare 'act' he said, "They don't give a shit about people."

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/4/2/1649532/-Tom-Perez-slams-Donald-Trump-Republicans-and-Trumpcare-They-don-t-give-a-shit-about-people

Now, the GOP is demanding an apology.

Me, I think there's only one answer to that, and it begins with F and ends with U.

Good for Perez.

The new Koch Brothers. On steroids and VERY scary.

http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/mercers/

These people are the extremists behind the 'slow coup' Bill Maher talked about.

Just what we need. A couple of eccentric (read crazier than hoot owls) billionaires working with Bannon, who is terrifying in his own right, to manipulate Trump.

Now, we are threatening military action against N. Korea...

Hilarious!! Texas Legislator Jessica Farrar (D - Houston) got TIRED of all her male colleagues

legislating women's bodies, so she decided to have a little fun and introduce a bill of her own.

This bill fines men for masturbating because that is a crime against an unborn child.

Isn't that FUN???

Here's the link: http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/3/13/1642899/-Texas-state-rep-introduces-bill-to-fine-men-for-masturbating-as-act-against-an-unborn-child
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