Posts Tagged ‘Donald Trump’

Willful Ignorance


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

Cartoonist Ruben Bolling describes the terrible difficulty that investigators are having finding a common link connecting all the terrorist acts we have seen recently. …

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Ruben Bolling: Terrorism detective


He’s Getting Worse


(Atlantic Ideas) – Jeffrey Goldberg:

Trump is turning the American presidency into a platform for the wholesale demonization of minorities. …

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Donald Trump at rally in Florida

This Land Is Your Land


(Patheos::Daylight Atheism) – Adam Lee:

This viral Facebook post by Aaron Semer delves into the background of the four congresswomen Trump denigrated, and further illustrates just how vile his remarks are.  …

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Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York

“Send Her Back”


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

In case you didn’t know, rallies are scripted – even Trump’s. Just like Hillary Clinton’s, and everybody else’s. The politicians use the same tricks that other professional performers use; they have confederates in the audience, security standing by to shut people up if they ask the wrong questions (“oops the mic died”) etc.

This “send her back” chant was constructed as part of a messaging campaign that was deliberately planned – it’s not just that Trump relaxed his sphincter a bit and some racist diarrhea squirted out into our national tighty-whiteys. …

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Crowds on demand

The Confused Old Geezer


(Independent::Voices) – Matthew Norman:

Raging against Donald Trump’s implicit definition of prejudice will not work. The path to beating him might be as simple as treating him like the confused old geezer he is. …

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The Apollo 11 Moon Landing


(Guardian Comments) – David Smith:

Michael Collins, 88, Apollo 11 command module pilot, made a striking point. From more than 200,000 miles away, Earth’s national borders don’t matter any more. They are artificial and arbitrary, a human construction. If presidents and prime ministers could enjoy such a view, the astronaut noted, they would probably struggle to identify their own countries.

It’s an argument reminiscent of astronomer Carl Sagan: “The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.”

There was political turmoil in the US and the Vietnam war was raging, but the moon landing drew more people together, watching on TV and listening on radios, than any previous event in human history. And when the three pioneers came home, they and their wives embarked on an exhausting goodwill tour to 24 countries and 27 cities in 45 days. …

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Earthrise, by Apollo 8 on 1968-12-24

Racism Is an Impeachable Offense


(The Intercept) – Shaun King:

Donald Trump has a rich, varied history of racism, bigotry, and discrimination going back to at least 1973, when the Justice Department filed a racial bias suit against him for mistreating Black applicants and tenants all over New York. At the time, it was one of the largest lawsuits of its kind. That was 46 years ago. Since then, the list of offenses has piled up. In a better time, his racist behavior would have prevented him from ever being elected, but here we are. He’s president and now he’s openly carrying that bigotry right into the Oval Office. Not only do I think he is violating his oath of office — I think his open, flagrant bigotry is an impeachable offense. …

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Donald Trump on 2019-07-16 with photo of Rep. Ilhan Omar

Trump to Go Back to Russia


(New Yorker::The Borowitz Report) – Andy Borowitz:

Four Democratic congresswomen issued a brief statement on Monday urging President Donald Trump to go back to Russia and improve the dire conditions of that country.

In the tersely worded statement, the four lawmakers – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York; Ayanna Pressley, of Massachusetts; Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota; and Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan – indicated that Russia was “broken and crime-infested” and required Trump’s immediate attention. …

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The Squad: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib

(R) stands for (RACIST)


(FTB Pharyngula) – PZ Myers:

If you are a Republican, you’re racist. If you vote Republican, you are a racist. If you live in a county that voted for Trump, you live in a racist county. Trump himself is an unabashed racist.

That isn’t name-calling. That’s simply an obvious fact at this point. Our incompetent bigot of a president is letting it all hang out. …

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Megan Rapinoe vs. Donald Trump


(Guardian Comments) – Emma Brockes:

A man with little talent squats in the White House, so it’s like balm to see a female sports star with real ability who’s unafraid to brag about it. …

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Megan Rapinoe