Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Rude Pundit

The Rude Pundit

It's like we're living in the middle of a two-part cosmic fucking joke with this story that Russia may very well have hacked the Democratic National Committee and stole and then leaked emails through Wikileaks in order to help Donald Trump win the presidency of the United States because Vladimir Putin likes the cut of Trump's jib or knows that he would gladly be Putin's bottom with an asshole throbbing with yearning.

The first part of the joke belongs to those of us old enough to remember the Evil Empire and those even older remembering how lives were ruined in backwards ass paranoia that the Soviet Union was going to take over America, that Russkie spies were everywhere and had to be rooted out and the worst thing you could be called was a commie or a Moscow sympathizer. For a long time the joke was that the whole thing was a fucking dumb show. Even as we were told to be terrified, the Soviet Union was imploding, and Mother Russia was teetering on the verge of economic and regional chaos. We were more likely to be killed by mistakes due to incompetence and corruption than from an intentional missile attack.

  

I Was One of the Most Ardent Hillary Haters on the Planet...Until I Read Her Emails | BNR

I Was One of the Most Ardent Hillary Haters on the Planet...Until I Read Her Emails | BNR

have a confession to make: In 2008, I was one of the most ardent Hillary Clinton haters on the planet. I was ferocious about how much I didn’t want her to win the primaries, and I rejoiced the day she gave her concession speech.

I believed with all of my heart in Barack Obama in 2008, and saw Hillary Clinton as the one single impediment to his election and a soaring presidency. I believed in the “fierce urgency of now.”

I was impressed but unmoved by Hillary’s concession speech, still not ready to forgive the anger and harsh rhetoric which became so much of the 2008 primary campaign.

It was not until President Obama nominated Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State that my attitude began to soften, and it’s here I want to begin.

She was a great Secretary of State. Secretary John Kerry may be basking in the credit for closing the deals, but he walked through the doors Secretary Clinton opened for him.

Her tenure as Secretary of State, of course, led to the bogus email scandal, which in turn led to the slow-drip release of the emails on her home server. I decided I was going to read them.

In those emails, I discovered a Hillary Clinton I didn’t even know existed.

  

Paul Manafort’s Wild and Lucrative Philippine Adventure - POLITICO Magazine

Paul Manafort’s Wild and Lucrative Philippine Adventure - POLITICO Magazine

Marcos, then in his third decade as leader of the Philippines, had developed a reputation in Washington as a stalwart ally in the fight against communism. But he was facing rising concerns about rampant corruption, plundering of public resources and human rights violations under his increasingly despotic leadership, during which Amnesty International now estimates 34,000 people were tortured and 3,240 killed. Meanwhile, Marcos amassed a fortune estimated at $10 billion, spending big on paintings by Pissarro and Manet, a fleet of private planes and helicopters and Mercedes-Benzes.
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Manafort, then in his 30s, was a hotshot Republican operative who had made his name helping Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, and was pioneering a new form of international political consulting. The model, which allowed him to indulge his taste for the high-life, parlayed his clout with the emergent conservative ruling class into lucrative gigs representing foreign leaders looking to buff their reputations in Washington.
A Marcos front group would eventually hire Manafort to try to help him retain his grip on power, agreeing to pay Manafort’s firm $950,000 a year — one of the first big foreign gigs landed by the firm. But back then, during the Wild West days of the international political industry, there was more buzz in Washington and Manila about Manafort’s proximity to Marcos during a period of epic spending to support a lavish lifestyle and to curry favor with influential Americans.


The complete Politico article here

  

Texas Relents on Birth Certificates for Kids of Undocumented Immigrants

Texas Relents on Birth Certificates for Kids of Undocumented Immigrants

Undocumented parents of U.S.-born children will now have an easier time obtaining birth certificates for their kids, thanks to a settlement between the state of Texas and immigrant families who took the state’s vital statistics unit to federal court over access to their kids’ records.

The state of Texas has agreed to agreed in writing to accept Mexican voter identification cards, recently made available at Mexican consulates in the United States, along with a host of newly specified supporting documents available to undocumented Texans. The state will also conduct an outreach campaign and training with employees concerning acceptable forms of identification.

  

Who's at the wheel?


Michelle Obama's convention speech


Monday, July 25, 2016

The Dangerous Acceptance of Donald Trump - The New Yorker

The Dangerous Acceptance of Donald Trump - The New Yorker

No, you can’t. One can argue about whether to call him a fascist or an authoritarian populist or a grotesque joke made in a nightmare shared between Philip K. Dick and Tom Wolfe, but under any label Trump is a declared enemy of the liberal constitutional order of the United States—the order that has made it, in fact, the great and plural country that it already is. He announces his enmity to America by word and action every day. It is articulated in his insistence on the rightness of torture and the acceptable murder of noncombatants. It is self-evident in the threats he makes daily to destroy his political enemies, made only worse by the frivolity and transience of the tone of those threats. He makes his enmity to American values clear when he suggests that the Presidency holds absolute power, through which he will be able to end opposition—whether by questioning the ownership of newspapers or talking about changing libel laws or threatening to take away F.C.C. licenses. To say “Well, he would not really have the power to accomplish that” is to misunderstand the nature of thin-skinned authoritarians in power. They do not arrive in office and discover, as constitutionalists do, that their capabilities are more limited than they imagined. They arrive, and then make their power as large as they can.

  

Ivanka Trump's best-selling fashion line is manufactured in China and Vietnam | People | News | The Independent

Ivanka Trump's best-selling fashion line is manufactured in China and Vietnam | People | News | The Independent

One of the people at the Republican National Convention who received praise from all corners was Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

People liked her sharp comments, and admired her stylish line of clothes, which she highlighted during her performances. When she tweeted a link the morning after delivering a speech about how her father would fight for America, the $139 (£106) pink dress she had worn sold out online.

Yet many will be surprised to learn that the vast majority of Ms Trump’s clothes are not manufactured in US, but in China and Vietnam, two countries under the spotlight for human rights abuses and poor labour conditions. Some of the items are labelled simply as “imported”.

  

Why Have We Forgotten The FBI's Warning That White Supremacy Had Infiltrated Law Enforcement? | Urban Intellectuals

Why Have We Forgotten The FBI's Warning That White Supremacy Had Infiltrated Law Enforcement? | Urban Intellectuals

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In October 2006 the FBI pt out a very strong warning with significant proof. It should have immediately forced a restructuring of our law enforcement system as they showed significant proof of “White supremacist infiltration of law enforcement” throughout the United States. This was represented as a serious national threat.

It seems that the deaths of non-whites at the hands of police is on the rise and very few analysis of the situation is directly linking back to the FBI’s direct warning. Why on earth has this been forgotten?


  

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The poor and working poor have no control over your economic destiny. Scolding and kicking them when they're down while kissing up to the economic bullies and their allies in Congress only reserves your place at the bottom.