The other day, someone sent out a request that we “Resisters” send all of our Republican “friends” a nice holiday card with a black reindeer on a sleigh being pulled by a bunch of gay reindeer (although, I don’t know how you’d draw gay worker beasts in action, but I digress).
I thought, why not take it a step further. I think someone should send all Republican elected assholes a nice card with a black hand on it to let them all know what they need to keep their eyes open for.
BTW: This is a nod to the letters our Irish pals all got in Peaky Blinders.
A lot has been said about Colin Kaepernick and what he was doing / wasn’t doing as our national anthem was playing that day he took a knee.
The rabid racist right wing took the trump administration lead and claimed that Colin was doing it to disrespect our military. To disrespect our glorious flag and Francis Scott’s song we adopted as our national anthem. People have been herded into an angry corral of race-hate and bitterness.
Unfortunately, like so many things coming out of the trump administration and the republican right, these people are being mislead by people who simply want to con people and divide Americans against one another.
In reality, Colin Kaepernick was influenced in his decision to take a knee by his friend — a decorated Green Beret, Nate Boyer.
“Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect. When we’re on a patrol, you know, and we go into a security halt, we take a knee, and we pull security.”
There was no disrespect intended towards anyone. It was a moment of silence meant to draw attention to the systematic racism inherent in the near-genocidal deaths of innocent black men and boys at the hands of white police officers. Murders that not a single one was prosecuted. It was a peaceful, respectful call for a wholesale change in our culture towards peace and a newfound love for fellow man.
The following video is from an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher that explains what the whole thing was and wasn’t about, and why good folk shouldn’t be judgemental and full of hate toward Colin Kaepernick because of this innocent and respectful protest.
OK. This is a little essay about a journalist I’m torn about. So, I’m just going to lay it out and let the chips fall where they may. Maybe it will serve as a collection of unsolicited advice to him and make him a better writer for it. Who knows. In this day and age, it will probably be taken as an attack and I’ll end up absorbing blows and other forms of insult for it — from him and his supporters, alike.
Oh well. I have never been one to shy away from trouble, so here it is.
Bill Palmer and his hyper-popular resistance blog, the Palmer Report (LINK). You either love him, or you hate him. If you love him, it’s because he says all the right things about just the right person that you despise: Donald Trump.
If you hate him, it’s because you consider him a conspiracy theorist and a hack of a journalist.
I am both of these critics.
I’ll start by saying I love his writing. Technically and artistically, he’s sound as a pound. Sterling silver. I haven’t seen his C.V., but I must deduce from reading hundreds of pages of his copy that he has a degree in creative writing. I dig this in any writer. When you can tell they’ve been formally trained. Mentored at some point in their studies. So, point to Bill.
As a game theorist and investigative journalist, I adore his ability to connect dots. His knack for breaking wild, bucking theoretical broncos into a logical corral is gold-medal quality stuff. Say what you want about his theories, they always make a lot of logical sense.
But, that’s where it ends, for me. There’s a laundry list of issues he needs to improve upon before he gets my seal of approval.
I’ll kick it off with his presentation. Not many of the people who will be reading this know that I was once a website “information architect.” Not a website designer. Oh, my, no. That’s a whole other set of skills way out of my purview (regardless of my insistence on once playing the amateur web designer out of a cocksure insistence on rocking all things pixelated). The firm I was with in the mid 2000’s contracted that artistic specialty out to a crack team of the “Mexican” intellectual labor of Europe: the Polish (they work on the cheap like our Southern neighbors).
Back to the concept of info-architecture (and I swear it is relevant, here). It’s doubtful you even know what an info-architect is (I mean, why would you)? Quick primer: they dream up how a website will best be presented — aesthetically and functionally — then they send the plans to designers, who then make it work; and to the graphic designers, who pretty it up, proper.
Palmer doesn’t have the expertise to design blueprints for even the most basic website, and certainly has no design or artistic expertise. He doesn’t have the skills, and as you’ll see below, he doesn’t have the resources to farm it out, either. Because he has neither, his website looks little better than the old, painfully-ugly Angelfire websites of the 1990’s:
So, it’s ugly.
That’s one thing. But, layered into it is a SPAM garden of foul. You’ll notice in the screen-grab above, the bevy of spam advertisements throughout. Sickly ads that pay his bills while he writes. Unfortunately for Bill, he has no editorial control over who gets to advertise on his website, so he ends up with non-FDA approved Viagra substitutes and penis enlargement devices alongside Russian dating service ads.
It all just takes away from any credibility his content may have had.
Then there’s the journalistic credibility issues.
As good as the logical hypotheses he may make, his journalistic techniques and general ethics are sorely lacking. For example, when he does provide source links, they lead back to his former essays as if they are legitimate source for his claims. It is a rarity that he provides any outside links to back up his claims. As if the reader is supposed to take his word for the veracity of the dots he is connecting.
It doesn’t work like that, and even a first-year undergraduate in a journalism program knows this as rote. He / she was already well-versed in this set of rules by the time he / she graduated high school. So, shame on Bill Palmer for that.
Then, to top it off, Palmer ends every article with a cup in an outstretched hand, begging for spare change. Worse, he follows even that with a request for his users to visit another group of clickbait websites from which he will enrich himself a little more.
And, worse on top of worse, Palmer ends with a “gimme your email address” request under the guise of offering you his articles before he publishes. This, first of all, isn’t honest, as you receive the articles in your inbox simultaneously as they are published. And, secondly, your email ends up used to send other offers from 3rd party advertisers to further “go fund him.”
In a nutshell, as much as I love reading Bill Palmer’s content in his Palmer Report (LINK), I can never suggest it to any respectable reader. It’s not even worthy toilet reading, Sorry Bill. And, sorry loyal readers of his blog (I know a handful). There are better outlets to satiate your thirst for Trump takedown news.
Source in media — especially citizen media — is king. It is pretty apparent that Bill Palmer doesn’t get this concept. His technique gives his creative fancy and apparently his wallet their freedom to maintain their “independence.” But, they don’t do the pursuit of the journalistic art any justice. If you are in the market for good citizen journalism — reporting based on ethics the ethics of truth and sourcing to back it up, might I recommend Magnana Mouse (LINK)?
Magnana Mouse is a magazine that is easily as opinionated as a Bear Jew (shout out to Quintin Tarantino’s extreme Nazi-hunter saga’s hero, Donnie Donowitz, the “Bear Jew“). Thick in unforgiving opinion, but steeped in source uber alles. More PBS than even MSNBC, as, for better or worse, it’s strictly not-for-profit.
I am one of two writers at the blog, along with a writer who goes by Johnny S. Doe. John is a former analyst for a non-partisan think tank, and now manages a team of U.S. Congressional staff chiefs, coordinating them under the wing of the same firm he was once with. As interesting as his position is, he doesn’t ever write about the inner-workings of what he does (as much as I would like it if he would. Since taking the position he’s currently in, his writing consists of editing my essays and adding / removing content.
But, it’s good. And, I also get to use it as an outlet to keep my artistic, as well as my journalistic swords sharp. I do all of the design, too. Then, there’s the Facebook Page, Magnana Mouse Citizen Media sister page on Facebook. If you’re on that social media black hole, please follow us there, too (LINK). And, of course, there’s Twitter (LINK). If you tweet, please follow us there!
Republicans see that their party is walking rot. A living corpse. Without honor. Led by a Russian useful idiot godless rich POS. They have done nothing but obstruct progress and spread their darkness like a virus cancer for the last decade.
Their leader is destroying America as he destroys the very fabric of Western Civilization. They are utterly destroying our healthcare system. They are hastening the a thermonuclear war which will end our species on this planet long before the Global Climate Change they have welcomed on us does it in slo-mo.
Now, the Deplorables cry out that we UNITE and fix the problems THEY created. Well, I am for uniting. But, not with Republicans. Not with a damn one of them. They caused all of this shit, now they can lock themselves up in their rooms, stay high and quiet on Oxycodone until they die.
I do believe in uniting, though. Liberals of all ages who have RESISTED the slow-disgraceful de-evolution of the Republican cabal. Tonight in New York’s Central Park, We did just that . This is Stevie Wonder singing five or so decades of hits that shaped all of our lives.
He was supposed to hand the stage off to the Grasshopper, Pharrell to kind of hand off the baton to a musical disciple.
In the end, poor Pharrell was either too awed by being around Stevie or he got too high in the trailer to carry the baton (which would be hyper-ironic concerning Millennials being able to ever being able to host our planet, but I digress). People still dame together and danced and loved. The Global Citizen Festival was a GIANT success.
A while back, Jimmy Kimmel had a Senator Bill Cassidy on his show. Bill PROMISED Jimmy that he would write a bill that would make sure that Jimmy’s son would remain able to have health insurance. See, Jimmy’s newborn was born with a heart defect and is only able to live because the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — makes sure those with preexisting medical conditions are able to be insured.
Well, it turns out that Cassidy is a Republican and *surprise* Republicans are half-witted white supremacist LIARS. Cassidy is the Cassidy in the Graham-Cassidy Republican Healthcare poison pill.
Surprise, it wipes out coverage for people with preexisting conditions.
Jimmy had to endure some anti-science cretins who came out against *him* for calling Cassidy out for lying right to his face on national TV.
Of course, first came Cassidy himself. Then Lindsey Graham. Then Fox talking slime, Brian Kilmeade and was followed by some condescending tripe out of Chris Christie’s fat mouth (even though he, too, was even against this sick bill.
So, Jimmy sat down with his son who is alive because of Obamacare, and wrote a nice monologue response to Cassidy and Lindsey Graham.
As you’ll see in Jimmy Kimmel’s video from his show last night, below, Kimmel basically roasted to charcoal all involved in this sick, bigoted mess of a tax giveaway to the super-rich under the guise of “healthcare,” and also noted that:
The Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill would gut $243 BILLION from federal healthcare assistance.
States would be able to price you out of your of coverage under the Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill if you dare have a preexisting condition.
– This means that if you have a preexisting condition like MS, a heart defect, cancer
in remission, diabetes, etc., that you may be granted healthcare, but it would be
allowed to be so expensive as to price you out and then not even cover your
preexisting condition anyway.
Federal funding disappears completely after 2026 under the Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill.
The Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill would no longer make insurance companies pay for essential care like maternity care; cancer screenings; or pediatric visits.
The American Medical Association (AMA); the Muscular Dystrophy Association; the the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Blue Cross / Blue Shield; the ALS Association; America’s Health Insurance Plans; the Cistic fibrosis foundation; the American Medical Association (AMA); the American Hospital Association; the Association of American Retired Persons (AARP); the National Council for Behavioral Health (represents more than 2,000 mental health and addiction treatment groups); the American Academy of Pediatrics; the American Cancer Society; the Cancer Action Network; the American Diabetes Association; the American Heart Association; the American Lung Association; the Arthritis Foundation; the National Health Council; and the March of Dimes all spit on this vile bill.
Kimmel shows he very much gets it. It’s Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, along with Trump and all of the rest of the Deplorable anti-science, pro-rich daddy tax break Senators who actually back it who don’t.
Even with as much of a BAD joke as this bill is and with as ZERO support as it has, don’t assume it is going to crash and burn. It is still up to YOU to activate and make it DIE. Until we depose this criminally illegitimate poseur of a President and right the good ship America, we are going to have to FIGHT for every breath. Nazis never let up. These Nazis have an ex-KGB spy for their leader.
Flood the lines of these “swing voters” with phone calls and tell them mitts off ACA.
California governor Jerry Brown has had to take the reins to right California’s ecological wagon as Trump spooked the horses and left it careening toward a mountain bend. Old West movie stylz. In a nut-shot to Trump, Brown has announced plans to have California host a Global Climate Summit this summer. Not to mention the fact that he has already announced that California — the 5th largest economy in the world — will abide by, and exceed the goals set by the 2016 Paris Climate Accord.
Donald Trump has completely dropped the ball for America where US climate maintenance is concerned.
He’s hired a director of the Environmental Protection Agency who vowed years before to destroy the agency, and has sued it to do just that.
“For too long, the Environmental Protection Agency has spent taxpayer dollars on an out-of-control anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of jobs, while also undermining our incredible farmers and many other businesses and industries at every turn.
Below, a TV interview Brown gave to a hostile reporter. He handled himself with, dare I say, Presidential demeanor? And, no, I don’t think Jerry will or WOULD run for President in 2020. The right will just have to continue looking for the Donkey to pin the target on for now. Jerry will retire to legend and mountains of gratitude from his constituents when his next term runs out.
Since our Executive and Legislative branches of government have completely let us down, it is up to Democratic Governors of the states with more than 4 million more voters than the Right Wing Red State Confederacy to save all out butts.
Alex Jones sends creepy teenage pedo-bears out into the heart of RESISTANCE profiles to accost children. Fortunately, these childrens’ parents teach them to look out for creepy stalker-men working for Nazi front-groups.
Enjoy watching one of them nut-punch one of the InfoWars minions:
You know things are going South for Trump and the Republican Party when Alex Jones spends an entire webisode of his InfoWars show railing on the Ruling Bossman White Supremacist set. He was even — next to Bannon — perhaps Trump’s most ardent supporter in media (my how FOX has fallen). But, Jones even dumps a truckload of horse crap on Trump’s shine.
What to do? Should all Republicans jump ship and sail into the sunset with David Duke? It’s such a confusing time.
By 20 points, he should resign (at minimum). But, a third of Americans think he is above American jurisprudence? You can’t fix *that*
A pretty clear majority already “believe” he dunnit. That number only goes up. I don’t want to be held to it, but, by the time the fan is flingin’ crap, It goes 77-15-8.
Data follows the former results, for the most part. When Mueller releases the grand jury wolves, it won’t deviate as dramatically as the previous question, IMHO. A significant amount of people will use “FAKE NEWS” as a reason to justify their own credibility lapse.
Remember how Trump put out a cattle call yesterday to get him some good black for background at his big, breaking, 2020 campaign inauguration crazy-rally?
Well, Craigslist came through again. It looks like the race war is over.
Trump has averted disaster yet again. A black man was found. Chosen from a pool of millions. Ben Carson is said to have been brought in to screen the hoard. And, the perfect one was chosen. He should have read the fine print. Unfortunately, the man is now only “free” in the rebel “blue” states, so it looks like Halloween is actually going to be scary this year.
As far as the rally itself, not a thing new was said. Just salacious BS and endless whining about the press to discredit them for when they report on the inevitable arrest and prosecution of this pathetic, obese, compulsive lying Russian useful idiot agent steaming pile of rancid dog crap on my shoe.
One thing of note: He has devolved to lying about lying. He is now telling lies about lies, and risks running full circle back around to the truth. At which point Stephen Bannon will have to kill him. As is now, only Sheriff Joe might kill him for going back on his promise to pardon his crimes.