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Monday, February 20, 2017

City of Angels




Jaco Pastorius, bass;
Othello Molineaux, Leroy Williams, steel pans;
Toots Thielemans, harmonica;
Mike Gerber, piano;
Kenwood Dennard, drums;
Ted Leand, guitar;
Don Alias, Oscar Salas, percussion

Recorded in 1982. Never on any album that I know of.
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Vashkar


Paul Bley - Keyboards
Jaco Pastorius - Bass
Pat Metheney - Guitar
Bruce Ditmas - Drums

Early Jaco, way down in the mix.
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Trump Aid Sebastian Gorka On the BBC, Accuses Media of Peddling In Fake News



Damn, Sebastian Gorka is great at this.
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Bill Kristol Is An Idiot

This is My Badass, Revolutionary Face

From The Z Man:
The other day, Bill Kristol took to twitter to announce his support for a coup against President Trump. Kristol has become fond of this sort of thing, leading some to wonder if he has lost his marbles. Alternatively, it could just be a lonely old man looking for attention as no one seems to care about his opinions these days. It’s hard to know, but Kristol is still taken seriously by people in Washington, especially with the neocon cabal that still occupies a lot of space in the media and the GOP. 
Here’s the tweet: 

Regardless of his intentions, Kristol is a good example to keep in mind when wondering how to judge the opinions from the commentariat. Bill Kristol has been wrong about most everything for the last 25 years. He was a champion of Bush’s big government conservatism, which meant doing all the things the Left dreamed of doing, but calling it principled conservatism. He also championed the invade the world/invite the world polices that resulted in losing at least two wars of choice and flooding the nation with low-IQ hostiles from the third world. 
That’s a lot of wrong for one little man. 
There are two questions that arise when looking at the disastrous career of a guy like Kristol. One is how was he allowed to wreak so much havoc? People like Pat Buchanan warned about the lunacy of neo-conservatism from the onset, but Kristol and his cohorts in the movement not only outmaneuvered the paleocons, they had them banished to the void. That raises the other question. How is it that people so wrong could be so good at maneuvering their way to positions of authority? 
An answer to former question can and will fill up many books. The latter question is far simpler. The policy experts and political wizards of our age are men who possess no standing outside the very narrow field of politics. In the higher reaches, none of them have made a mark in a field outside of politics, like science or business. They prefer to restate, in slightly different terms, the views of a hundred predecessors, so they can invest all of their energies into currying favor with the powerful. 
It is often argued that the appeal of politics is that it allows people to gain power and wealth, without having to invent a better mousetrap or figure out a better way to build a mousetrap. The reality is that the main attraction for guys like Kristol is they see punditry and commentary as fields where there is no right answer. Science, math, business, these are fields with right answers and more important, wrong answers. In the productive world, wrong answers have consequences. 
Third rate men will always be drawn to endeavors where everyone can claim to be right, by simply saying that everyone else is wrong. That’s how a Bill Kristol can trade on the family name and his father’s accomplishments to lever himself into positions of authority within the Republican Party. He is good at the small strategies of parlor room politics, but entirely worthless at everything else. It is no wonder that he fell for every crackpot policy idea of the last 25 years. He had no basis from which to judge them.
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George Harrison
All Things Must Pass



1.What Is Life
2.My Sweet Lord
3. I'd Have You Anytime
4. Wah Wah
5. Isn't It a Pity(Version One)
6.If Not For You
7. Behind That Locked Door
8. Let It Down
9. Run of The Mill
10..Beware of Darkness
11. Apple Scruffs
12.Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
13. Awaiting On You All
14. All Things Must Pass
15. I Dig Love
16. Art Of Dying
17. Isn't It A Pity (Version Two)
18. Hear Me Lord

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Highway Star

Chickenfoot is

Sammy Hagar - Vocals
Joe Satriani - Guitar
Michael Anthony - Bass and Vocals
Chad Smith - Drums

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NYT: How Can We Get Rid Of Trump?


From the New York Times:
Maybe things will settle down. But what is striking about Trump is not just the dysfunction of his administration but also the — vigorously denied — allegations that Trump’s team may have cooperated with Vladimir Putin to steal the election. 
What’s also different is the broad concern that Trump is both: 
A) unfit for office, and 
B) dangerously unstable. 
One pro-American leader in a foreign country called me up the other day and skipped the preliminaries, starting with: “What the [expletive] is wrong with your country?” 
So let’s investigate: 
Is there any way out? 
Trump still has significant political support, so the obstacles are gargantuan. But the cleanest and quickest way to remove a president involves Section 4 of the 25th Amendment and has never been attempted. It provides that the cabinet can, by a simple majority vote, strip the president of his powers and immediately hand power to the vice president. 
The catch is that the ousted president can object, and in that case Congress must approve the ouster by a two-thirds vote in each chamber, or the president regains office.
Is the media the Enemy?
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Mystery: What was Comey’s secret briefing yesterday to the Senate Intelligence Committee about?


Reporters who cover the Senate regularly and were there after the briefing ended found it unusual and potentially significant for a number of reasons. For one thing, the briefing was long — close to three hours by one account. It was also secretive even by traditional standards: Although Comey was photographed leaving the meeting, committee members wouldn’t admit that he’d been there. And it seemed as though the briefing was urgent, with senators delaying their departure during a weekend recess to hear what Comey had to say.

From Roll Call:
Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, along with ex-officio member and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, huddled for a total of more than two hours on Friday with Comey. 
The FBI director’s visit was not announced publicly, and it’s possible members of the Capitol Hill press corps only found out because he was spotted in the hallways and entered a secure room used for intelligence briefings. 
But leaving that secure room in the Capitol Visitor Center, senators declined to even confirm the presence of the FBI director, much less the substance of the meeting. 
Those who did talk generally only gave “no comments” or referred questions to Intelligence Chairman Richard M. Burr and ranking member Mark Warner.
Not even staff were told about the briefing. 

After the briefing, Rubio Tweeted thusly:
Here’s Reuters with a new story this afternoon claiming that Comey’s FBI is running no fewer than three separate investigations into Russian hacking during the campaign. 
“This counterintelligence inquiry includes but is not limited to examination of financial transactions by Russian individuals and companies who are believed to have links to Trump associates. The transactions under scrutiny involve investments by Russians in overseas entities that appear to have been undertaken through middlemen and front companies, two people briefed on the probe said.”

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Washington State Trooper Under Review For Notifying ICE Of An Illegal Alien


From the Washington Examiner:
A politician in Washington state wants to know why cooperating with federal immigration authorities landed a state trooper in hot water. 
Steve O’Ban, R, a state senator from Tacoma, Wa., sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, D, Friday expressing “serious concerns” over an administrative review the Washington State Patrol may be undertaking at the governor’s request. 
An unnamed state trooper is being grilled for telling Immigration and Customs Enforcement about one of their suspects last week, wanted on a felony warrant and found after a traffic accident on I-5. 
That man is Armando Chavez Corona, who ICE says was convicted on a felony drug charge and departed to Mexico four times from 1996 to 2000. 
The trooper did not detain Chavez Corona, who was not at fault in the accident, but ICE picked him up at the scene of the collision after the trooper contacted the agency. He currently awaits deportation. 
“The State Patrol is reviewing whether the trooper followed an internal policy that limits how much troopers can do to help federal immigration officials,” reported the Tacoma News Tribune Friday.
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BIG CHANGES COMING: Trump Administration Looking to Expand DOJ Immigration Court, Deport More Illegals, Cut Budgets, Eliminate Whole Government Bureaucracies?


From the Washington Post:
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has signed sweeping new guidelines that empower federal authorities to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants inside the United States and at the border. 
In a pair of memos, Kelly offered more detail on plans for the agency to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests. 
The new directives would supersede nearly all of those issued under previous administrations, Kelly said, including measures from President Barack Obama aimed at focusing deportations exclusively on hardened criminals and those with terrorist ties. 
A White House official said the memos were drafts and that they are under review by the White House Counsel’s Office, which is seeking some changes.
GO READ THE WHOLE THING.

From an Anonymous commenter:
A friend of mine who is a property leasing in Houston tells me this; downtown high rise building has the DOJ Immigration Court as one of their primary tenants…..they are now expanding their space in anticipation of more deportation proceedings……looking to at least double in size, ramping up for the new Trump directives……
AND THEN THERE'S THIS:

PBS, NEA, AmeriCorps on the chopping block in Trump’s first budget
Work on the first Trump administration budget has been delayed as the budget office awaited Senate confirmation of former Representative Mick Mulvaney, a spending hard-liner, as budget director. 
Now that he is in place, his office is ready to move ahead with a list of nine programs to eliminate, an opening salvo in the Trump administration’s effort to reorder the government and increase spending on defense and infrastructure… 
Other agencies on the budget office’s list of cuts include the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Corporation for National and Community Service, which finances programs run by AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps. The memo also proposed reducing funding for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, a nonprofit organization focused on urban development.
AND THIS:

Trump’s former head of the EPA transition, Myron Ebell, told media outlets that the administration is looking to cut the agency’s staff by two-thirds, dropping from 15,000 to 5,000 employees.
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Obama-linked activists have a ‘training manual’ for protesting Trump


From the New York Post:
Organizing for Action, a group founded by Obama and featured prominently on his new post-presidency website, is distributing a training manual to anti-Trump activists that advises them to bully GOP lawmakers into backing off support for repealing ObamaCare, curbing immigration from high-risk Islamic nations, and building a border wall. 
In a new Facebook post, OFA calls on activists to mobilize against Republicans from now until Feb. 26, when “representatives are going to be in their home districts.” 
The protesters disrupted town halls earlier this month, including one held in Utah by House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who was confronted by hundreds of angry demonstrators claiming to be his constituents. 
The manual, published with OFA partner “Indivisible,” advises protesters to go into halls quietly so as not to raise alarms, and “grab seats at the front of the room but do not all sit together.” 
Rather, spread out in pairs to make it seem like the whole room opposes the Republican host’s positions. 
“This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus.” It also urges them to ask “hostile” questions — while keeping “a firm hold on the mic” — and loudly boo the the GOP politician if he isn’t “giving you real answers.” 
“Express your concern [to the event’s hosts] they are giving a platform to pro-Trump authoritarianism, racism, and corruption,” it says. 
The goal is to make Republicans, even from safe districts, second-guess their support for the Trump agenda, and to prime “the ground for the 2018 midterms when Democrats retake power.” 
The goal is to make Republicans, even from safe districts, second-guess their support for the Trump agenda
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Trump And The Media

Received via email:
Lunch with the Pope

President-elect Trump invited the Pope for lunch on his mega yacht.
The Pope accepted and during lunch, a puff of wind blew the Pontiff's hat off, right into the water.

It floated off about 50 feet, then the wind died down and it just floated in place.

The crew and the secret service were scrambling to launch a boat to go get it, when Trump waved them off, saying, "Never mind, boys, I'll get it."

The Donald climbed over the side of the yacht, walked on the water to the hat, picked it up, walked back on the water, climbed into the yacht, and handed the Pope his hat.

The crew was speechless. The security team and the Pope's entourage were speechless.

No one knew what to say, not even the Pope.

But that afternoon, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN reported:

"TRUMP CAN'T SWIM!"

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In which I sadly admit, John McCain has FORFEITED my respect

While OUTSIDE the borders, I believe Mr. McCain allowed his (justifiable) personal hatred of Trump to get the better of both his judgement AND his patriotism and loyalty, ESPECIALLY as he has MOSTLY been loved by the press.
Mr. McCain who earned his status as hero the hardest of ways, and yet live, has simply gone as FAR over the line as you can go in calling the the acts of the President the acts of a dictator while in a foreign land.
He makes no distinction between the REAL and undoubted #FAKENEWS incidence of an overwhelmingly hostile press which has excused itself IN WRITING from objectivity, and which called the president UNAMERICAN, and a critical and sometimes adversarial press.
I have called Trump’s statement about the press waaaaaay over a line.
This is worse.
This was not some aside to CNN in the halls of Congress, or mentioned on a flight home with WaPo around. This was premeditated and purposeful.

IN GERMANY.

This is something you say one on one to the person you are concerned with, with a warning that if the process that brought the statement about does not end, public condemnation will occur.
McCain has good reason to despise Trump, and he is right, for those reasons to do so, but that has absolutely NOTHING to do with what he did yesterday in any means that count.
Worse still, there is no way back for McCain. He cannot unsay this. He cannot take away the damage. He cannot make it better.
He is now in another land, any way you look at it.
Sad, very sad, but that is #HOWITIS.
Sometimes this happens.
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Has Breitbart adopted a NEWS ONLY stream from the Pages of MEMRI?



This morning in Breitbart:

Malcolm Nance on Bill Maher: Trump Adviser Stephen Miller is ‘Baby Goebbels’

Straight report with sunlight on a disgusting comparison of a Jewish man to a prime Nazi? Why, thinks a reader, isn’t comparing Jews to Nazis what radical Islamist terrorists do?

NPR’s Hinojosa: ‘There Should Be An Attempt’ To Have No One Show Up to a Trump Presser

Well, thinks a reader, isn’t that the action of a decidedly hostile force?
But I bet those who didn’t show at a press conference will suffer worse at the PREDICTABLE counter punch (which may be to COMPLETELY ignore them, permanently, and send 3rd raters to Sunday shows only when asked). Besides, you know if that happens, THE FIVE will show up and Beckel will have questions.

DNC Chair Race: Progressives’ Aggressive Tactics to Elect Keith Ellison Backfire

Huh? Aggressive? What’s this about?
In December, emeritus law professor at Harvard University, author and Orthodox Jew Alan Dershowitz, said if Ellison is elected as DNC chair he would resign from the Democratic Party
And so on….Just as Memri FOR YEARS has been putting sunlight ONLY on the exact words of Middle East leaders.

LEBANESE CLERIC SHEIKH BILAL DUQMAQ: ISIS IS NOT ALL BAD

HIZBULLAH SECRETARY-GENERAL NASRALLAH THREATENS MISSILE ATTACK ON ISRAELI AMMONIA FACILITIES AND DIMONA NUCLEAR PLANT

CHRISTIAN CONVERTS IN MOROCCO: WE WANT THE SAME RIGHTS AS THE JEWS


If Breitbart is doing this, it’s an interesting idea. And it removes the need to fact check anything they do. After all, who doubts MEMRI? They may make some folks bad (REALLY BAD) but every word is those folks’ doing it to themselves.
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I'll show you how to fundamentally transform America, Jack

Oh sure Uncle Barry said he was going to do it and what he did was nearly destroy it instead.

Now we have a guy who is punching back and taking names. Unafraid and unintimidated. Who seems to honestly give a shit about the people who put him there. Who remembers who he works for.

The media is scared of him or wouldn't be working so hard to destroy him.

The Uniparty is scared of him or wouldn't be working so hard to destroy him.

Loyalists from the previous administration and within the intelligence community have the long knives out for him.

And when was the last time you saw crowds like this for a new sitting U.S. President who wasn't stumping for anyone?

Taking it straight to We The People

Conservative Treehouse is reporting miles long line to get inside today's Melbourne Fl. event..




Thousands of peole listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the AeroMod International hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport


Opening for her husband, The First Lady, without treading anywhere near First Amendment issues, first had them bowing their heads then brought the house down.





His full speech today


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Cassandra Wilson
Belly Of The Sun



1.The Weight 6:05
2.Justice 5:25
3.Darkness On The Delta 3:47
4.Waters Of March 4:26
5.You Gotta Move 2:43
6.Only A Dream In Rio 4:31
7.Just Another Parade 6:05
8.Wichita Lineman 5:47
9.Shelter From The Storm 5:16
10.Drunk As Cooter Brown 4:56
11.Show Me A Love 3:49
12.Road So Clear 5:19
13.Hot Tamales

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Worm Food

Omar Abdel-Rahman.jpg
 
That is all

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pope Francis: “Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist”


According to the Religion of Peace website 2016 there were 2476 Islamic attacks in 59 countries, in which 21239 people were killed and 26677 injured.

From Breitbart:
In an impassioned address Friday, Pope Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.” 
“Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements. 
What he apparently meant is that not all Christians are terrorists and not all Muslims are terrorists—a fact evident to all—yet his words also seemed to suggest that no specifically Islamic form of terrorism exists in the world, an assertion that stands in stark contradiction to established fact. 
“No people is criminal or drug-trafficking or violent,” Francis said, while also suggesting—as he has on other occasions—that terrorism is primarily a result of economic inequalities rather than religious beliefs. 
“The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence yet, without equal opportunities, the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and will eventually explode.” 
The Pope also reiterated his conviction that all religions promote peace and that the danger of violent radicalization exists equally in all religions.
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MERKEL WELCOMES MORE REFUGEES: 'ISLAM NOT SOURCE OF TERROR'

"We Must Import Millions of Fucking-Age Muslim Men, 
Because I'm Horny As Hell"

The embattled leader says Europe has an obligation to take displaced people from Syria and Iraq. She also said Islam "is not the cause of terrorism" and that combatting extremism needs the cooperation of Muslim countries. In a wide-ranging speech at a Munich security conference, the German chief also vowed to work closely with Vladimir Putin's Russia in the fight with ISIS in the Middle East.
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I Believe We're At An Impasse: Trump Declares NYT, NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN Are ‘The Enemy of The American People!’


I hope Epa will forgive me, because in a sense this post is a repeat of a portion of his post from earlier today.

Epa says:
When I read the President's counter-punch tweet, I was aghast. My view was that the media had COMPLETELY lost my faith and my trust to REPORT reality, but enemy of the people was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over a line. 
Especially from the president. 
Like the moment Trump was so offensive towards McCain (who we can see in his comment OUTSIDE THE USA yesterday STILL takes it very personally) in what seems like archaeology, now. Over the line, right? 
Except.....Except.... Except...
Ok, so here are my thoughts:

1) The News Media is important. And, labeling the media "the enemy" really is the tactic of a Dictator who wants his followers to avoid information contrary to his agenda.

2) Much of the News Media has proven itself to be willing to bend the truth, and outright lie, to serve an agenda which serves the Left wing. For instance, I can not remember the last time a Republican Presidential candidate was not branded a "racist" by mainstream news media organizations. These same Mainstream news outlets hate Trump even more than any previous candidate, and they have clearly unleashed an anarchic ideological war against him, in which truth does not matter at all. They will look for the single little needle of irrationality in the haystack of truth claims in a Press Conference. And they will outright lie when it suits their campaign to delegitimize, and even unseat him.

So, here are my questions:

Is the media the Enemy?

Is it necessary to trust the media?

Has the media become an overpriced retailer of information, and should we just buy direct from the source?

UPDATE - When I say, "Buy direct from the source", I mean,

Should we just get our information directly from the Twitter feed of whatever politician is generating the story through his actions?

Oh, and by the way: 

Poll: More voters trust White House to tell the truth than trust the media to do so




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***The Counterpuncher*** Beijing, Moscow, Teheran, I **SINCERELY** hope you are watching

After the INCREDIBLE Press Conference we have the premier reporter for NBC News:
And then....  
Now I would never have said this, in EITHER case. After all, the 'press' is a business whose profit determines whether it exists or not.
If you notice Trump, every time he attacks, mentions the word FAILING, and he is going after the core - the advertising that makes the profits, and if the ads decrease the market WILL REACT.

So if the press is reformed or end up in Yekaterinburg, American Style, and Chuck Todd is replaced by a tag team of Lewis Black, Don Rickles, and Adam Sandler (balance, folks), a big SO WHAT? Besides, Rickles may be able to get more out anyone in the hot seat.

 But I digress ...

When I read the President's counter-punch tweet, I was aghast.

My view was that the media had COMPLETELY lost my faith and my trust to REPORT reality, but enemy of the people was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over a line.

Especially from the president.

Like the moment Trump was so offensive towards McCain (who we can see in his comment OUTSIDE THE USA yesterday STILL takes it very personally) in what seems like archaeology, now. Over the line, right?

 Except.....Except.... Except...
In the interval between Trump's tweet, and Todd's offer of peace (NO MAS?), conservative press glitterati like SE Cupp, and Steve Hayes all lined up in Defense of their profession (BUSINESS, people, business in the end - like selling SHOES) .

 So here is where I profess Trump has more of what it takes to WIN at any level than me.

 

 He doesn't care.
 You must be bloody on the floor and he doesn't care about onlookers.
 If you hit him back after he hits you back, he will hit back harder.

Meaner.
More viciously.
Until you feel in jeopardy.
It's for keeps.
So, Putin, Xi, Kim, Khameinei .... I hope you are all taking note.  

Trump doesn't care

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Scarlet Woman

Weather Report

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Bimoya

Zawinul

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Brown Street

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Congress Probes U.S. Funding for Radical Soros Groups, Questionable Left-Wing Causes In Europe: Democrat Mega Donor Now Has The Attention Of Congress


Hah:
Concerns about Soros’ involvement most recently were raised by the Hungarian prime minister, who last week lashed out at the Soros “empire” and accused it of deplying “tons of money and international heavy artillery.” 
Former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski says Soros has a “decisive influence” on his country’s politics. “If it were not for George Soros behind it with all the millions he pours into Macedonia, the entire network of NGOs, media, politicians, inside and out … the economy would be stronger, we would have had more new jobs,” he said in a recent interview with Macedonia’s Republika newspaper. 
Lee’s staff recently met with Macedonia lawmakers, who also passed on a white paper from a citizen’s initiative called “Stop Operation Soros” which alleges U.S. money has been funding hard-left causes in the country — including violent riots in the streets, as well as a Macedonian version of Saul Alinsky’s far-left handbook “Rules for Radicals.”
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As a grandpa myself I love this picture.

How about the rest of you grandpas out there?

trump-grandpa

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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Greatest Box Set Ever

Neil Young
2004 Greatest Hits


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The White House Leaker Is Up Shit Creek

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Boobs

Let's not mince words, or mince around like a Gender-Fluid Hipster.

WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE OF BOOBS!





It's gets even better after the break.


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Leaked Emails: Dem State Leaders Think Obama’s New Organizing Army is ‘Grade A Bullshit’


For anyone who thinks Paul Sperry's "OFA is Obama's Shadow Government" spiel is paranoid lunacy, well, here's how the DNC feels about OFA:
It is difficult to overstate just how enraged state Democratic activists and leaders are with Organizing for Action (OFA), the political and community-organizing army that grew out of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. 
The nonprofit, which functions as a sort of parallel-Democratic National Committee, was founded to mobilize Democratic voters and supporters in defense of President Obama’s, and the Democratic Party’s, agenda. 
Instead, the organization has drawn the intense ire, both public and private, of grassroots organizers and state parties that are convinced that OFA inadvertently helped decimate Democrats at the state and local level, while Republicans cemented historic levels of power and Donald J. Trump actually became leader of the free world. 
These intra-party tensions aren’t going away, especially now that OFA “relaunched” itself last week to protect the Affordable Care Act, boost turnout at congressional townhalls, and train grassroots organizers gearing up for the Trump era. 
“This is some GRADE A Bullshit right here,” Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, wrote in a private Democratic-listserv email obtained by The Daily Beast. Handwerk was reacting to news of OFA’s post-election retooling, which was shared “without comment” to the group of state-level Dems by Crystal Kay Perkins, executive director for Texas Democrats. 
“It also to me seems TONE DEAF—we have lost over 1,000 seats in the past 8 years… all because of this crap,” Handwerk continued. “Let’s get through the next two weeks—but then we gotta figure this out and keep the pressure on. WOW.” Others on the thread shared these sentiments. 
“Yes, it sure is,” Katie Mae Simpson, executive director for the Maine Democratic Party, replied. “OFA showed up in Maine, organized a press conference on saving [Obamacare], with one of our Dem legislative leaders speaking, all without ever mentioning that they were in state and organizing. They hired someone I know, which is somewhat helpful, but my god, they don’t have a very good alliance-building process.” 
Such grievances, though expressed privately, are nothing new among state Democratic Party leadership. “[With] all due respect to President Obama, OFA was created as a shadow party because Obama operatives had no faith in state parties,” Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb told Politico last week.
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TRUMP!!!

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Trump's Press Conference. Jarring!

Pod people are being created.  Hordes of them.


Last night and this morning, I watched some of CNN's and MSNBC's coverage of yesterday's press conference held by Trump.

CNN and MSNBC are bizarrely disconnected from what really transpired.

At one point on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Mika Brzezinski (and the daughter of Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski), the woman on the anchor desk, rolled her eyes to the heavens as she said the word "President." Following by a sigh, of course,

What alarms me is how many Americans will never actually watch the press conference. They'll just assume that Trump is unhinged because CNN and MSNBC have said so. These same Americans avoid Fox News like the plague. Not that some on Fox News aren't circling like sharks, too.

And you can bet that Trump is being excoriated this morning in classrooms all over the country — middle school through graduate level. And not only in social studies classes. English classes will also be infested with these "discussions."

President Trump is being presented as "unhinged" and unfit to be President. The same is coming from many supposedly on the Right: David Brooks and Michael Gerson, just to name two examples.

Watch your back.  At your workplace and at home.

THIS IS WAR!

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Trump's New Glasnost, Bypassing the Media and Taking The Information Directly To The People


From the Daily Times:
... while journalism must adhere to basic rules of asking *who *what *when *where *how and *why, there is another question which requires consideration. Who benefits? Who benefits from any chain of events, a level of misfortune, infamy or praise? When penning our thoughts... who benefits? 
Who benefits when a Presidential Twitter feed presents as the concierge of Glasnost? As virtual invitees into truncated versions of White House meetings we are given the raw material for news. It is offered to us shortly before or after it makes it into the spin cycle of mainstream media. We imagine ourselves the Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the New York Times. We are practically Thomas Friedman! These are heady days! At least that is the way it is affecting this journalist. 
But who benefits? Is it just me? Or is it the American people? If not the American people... whom? 
Our President is running an effective program of hand torch populism. We are being admitted to the White House. Selective views of important national meetings are up for grabs. Light in hand, the President is giving us a peek of his administration and how it works. We are offered small-batch news. News with a target in mind. And the target is both the logic and sentimentality of the American people. 
Social media platforms are working to give Donald J. Trump a competitive edge. This business model is a boomerang. The president wings the news right past the noses of dishonest media and then reclaims the product at home base. 
The giants of broadcast and print media have shown such vitriolic hatred for our political outsider president that it has become increasingly necessary to take the message directly to the electorate. 
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Trump’s Complaint – FAKE NEWS, 2 examples, BOTH Yesterday, both AFTER Playoff Level Presser

The root of this, AGAIN, goes back to the open HOSTILITY, and CONTEMPT much the press is PROUD to display with regard to Trump, and the reason for it.

The ideology of ‘TRUMP IS SO EXCEPTIONALLY (FASCIST, STALINIST, HATER, DICTATOR, RACIST, MISOGYNISTIC) dangerous we are excused from all conscience and perceived bad or even illegal actions’ in our noble purpose

Example 1:
Admiral Harward turns down the position of National Security Adviser to the president. Considering the names in history, and the influence ON American history some of the predecessors in this position have had, this had to be a surprise.
Here is the REPORTING:
“This job requires 24 hours a day, seven days a week focus and commitment to do it right,” Mr. Harward said in a statement. “I currently could not make that commitment.”
He added that since retiring from a 40-year military career, he now had “the opportunity to address financial and family issues that would have been challenging in this position.”
Two senior administration officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, confirmed that Mr. Harward cited family and financial considerations in turning down the post.

But his decision reflected the continuing upheaval in Mr. Trump’s White House, which was rocked this week by the resignation of Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, quickly followed by the abrupt withdrawal of Andrew Puzder, his nominee for secretary of labor. -NYT

Of course the former Seal seems to have had a clear priority after serving, and the NYT could easily have REPORTED the following for the last paragraph.
President Trump’s requirement that advisers at this level submit to a ban on lobbying the govt appears to have figured significantly in Admiral Harward’s decision, as it already has with General Jack Keane turning down the post of SecDef for the exact same kinds of reasons.
 This last has NO qualifications, and NEITHER criticism, or laudatory phrasing.
Both Flynn, whose hardheaded realism, and proper contact with Russia probably telling Ivan’s amb. ‘look we are going to review everything’ to FORESTALL any untoward Russian reaction to Obama’s (proper) sanctions was a SERVICE, and now Harward are a loss. But Flynn lost the trust of the VP (making his position untenable) and Harward simply wants to make his family as comfortable and happy as he possibly can, and would not commit to endless days and nights, and a lobbying ban, limiting earnings potential. This is no dishonor, after all Colin Powell would NOT run for President.
Theory: the ‘press’ has NEVER before faced open, unrelenting challenge from any Republican elected official to the CORE of their operating principles, and has no response to this criticism of them except to accelerate hostility.
Chuck Todd has stated BALDLY that Trump’s statements about the press are un-American, and other MAJOR news figures have accused Trump, in his direct critical thinking of their professional responsibilities, of an attack on the first amendment.
Dudes… the press is a business like any other. You can all be swept away by superiors or sales failure, and the void will be filled because reporting IS A MARKET VEHICLE FOR ADVERTISEMENT, and those who replace you with direct factual observation will benefit.
Example 2)
The ‘fact checker’ giving 4 Pinocchios to Trump’s claim about Hillary and uranium to Russia
April 23, 2015, NYT

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal

The headline on the website Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when its precursor served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”
The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.
But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one.
Factcheck.org
Trump wrongly said that Hillary Clinton “gave” Russia 20 percent of the uranium in the United States. Clinton was one of nine votes approving the deal. She alone couldn’t have stopped the deal, which involved 20 percent of U.S. production capacity, not stocks, and the uranium can’t go to Russia without export licenses.
Does anyone think if the SecSate stood on a chair and said ‘this stinks’ for all to hear, this would have proceeded, not to mention the moneys which went to the Clinton Foundation, OR the fact that owning the production, and getting it to a nation which we CAN ship to means we CAN’T USE IT, just as we are modernizing the entire nuclear arsenal
SHE APPROVED. STATE DEPT APPROVED.
WE SEE. WE HEAR. WE OBSERVE.
Also humorous are the quotes around “gave”.
Torturous ‘logic’ to nitpick into a 4 Pinocchio lie the word ‘gave’ instead of ‘sold’, ‘was bribed’, ‘sought reward for the transaction’ is PRECISELY what damages the press so badly, especially when it purports to be a fact check organization.

Trump may not always be ‘correct’ in his statements. He arrogantly, and annoyingly at this point, continues to strut the electoral college numbers, but just as he was about the electorate which gave him the victory and the reasons for it, when it comes to the BULK of the press, their attitude, their coverage, AND THEIR YELLOW JOURNALISTIC INTENT, he is correct, and that’s the sad truth. And every day, with reporting that goes on like this, the loss of faith by the public in media, the division within the republic, to a large extent GENERATED by the media, gets deeper and wider, and the only response so far is ACCELERATE to victory.
How’s that going?
The Republicans are now ONE STATEHOUSE CONTROL AWAY from being able to call of Convention of States.

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Infidel Blogger's Alliance Finally Fucking Friday


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Tom Waits
Nighthawks At The Diner



1. Opening Song 00:00
2. Emotional Weather Report 03:00
3. Intro 06:44
4. On a Foggy Night 09:01
5. Intro 12:51
6. Eggs and Sausage 14:44
7. Intro 19:03
8. Better Off Without a Wife 22:11
9. Nighthawks Postcard 26:05
10. Intro 37:36
11. Warm Beer and Cold Women 38:39
12. Intro 43:52
13. Putnam County 44:40
14. Spare Part I 52:16
15. Nobody 58:42
16. Intro 1:01:30
17. Big Joe & Phantom 309 1:02:14
18. Spare Part II 1:08:51

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Scarlett Johansson to Playboy: ‘I Don’t Think It’s Natural to Be Monogamous’


Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales 
Stare at the beautiful women 
"She's looking at you. Ah, no, no, she's looking at me."
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Scarlett Johansson to Playboy: ‘I Don’t Think It’s Natural to Be Monogamous’

Neither do I, baby. Neither do I.
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“Former Ohio U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich agreed with President Trump’s assessment yesterday that intelligence leaks to the media are more worrisome than the sudden resignation of now former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.”

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Trump’s Climate Plans Just Made the Media’s Heads Explode


From Breitbart:
I’ve just watched the London liberal media’s heads exploding like ripe watermelons. It was great – a bit like that No Pressure video that the enviro-loons made a few years ago, only better because this time the victims weren’t blameless schoolchildren but grisly, puffed-up, righteously eco, Trump-and-Brexit-hating TV and newspaper Environment Correspondents, all of whom hate my guts. (They hate yours too, so don’t get smug.) 
The occasion was a press conference hosted by the Global Warming Policy Foundation for Myron Ebell, head of the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency transition team. Satan’s Emissary, as liberals prefer to think of him. Ebell had come to tell them about Trump’s plans for the environment and energy, which I won’t repeat here because you know them already. (It’s going to be beautiful, that’s all you need to remember.) 
No, the reason I went wasn’t to hear what Ebell had to say but to watch how his audience reacted. You know that scene in The Omen when Damien’s parents try to take him into a church? It was a bit like that. Or maybe the one in The Exorcist, where Regan’s head does a 360 degree spin. They hated it. (Especially the bit where Ebell told them that Trump would definitely be pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate treaty) 
They couldn’t believe what they were hearing. They curled their lips. They laced their questions with the bitterest scorn. But they didn’t really tune into Ebell’s measured, silken, soft-spoken answers because, hell, they knew what he was saying just had to be wrong and they didn’t really understand what he meant anyway. 
The reporter who set the tone – and if nothing else, you’ve got to admire his honesty – was the one from Channel 4 News who told Ebell: “It will occur to you that this room is full of people like myself who consider that nothing you say has any basis in fact. So what you’ve been telling us is essentially meaningless.” 
Ebell replied with some painful home truths. “Elections are surprising things…” he began and went on to explain to the mystified audience why and how it was that Brexit happened and Trump happened. Basically, he argued – perhaps channelling Michael Gove – people have had enough of the “Expertariat”. And with good reason: “The expert class is full of arrogance and hubris.” 
I did debate with myself beforehand whether or not to a five hour round trip just to attend this one hour conference. (There was another Breitbart piece I’d been planning, which might have been cleverer or more interesting or got more traffic, I don’t know.) But, hell, it was worth it for a number of reasons. 
One was the joy of watching the feline Ebell goading the audience with his amused erudition, sweet politeness, and crushing one liners. He’s a cultured, fearsomely intelligent man: Cambridge-educated. (Bizarrely, he was a friend there of Oliver Wetwin, though I don’t think their politics much align these days.) 
When the press essentially accused Ebell of representing evil oil interests, he replied by noting the vast power and corruption of what he called the Climate Industrial Complex – from grant-grubbing scientists to regulation-hungry rent-seeking businesses – which feeds on the global warming scam. 
When someone invoked battery technology and Elon Musk, he quietly wondered how “the largest recipient of federal taxpayer subsidies in the history of the world” could be represented as any kind of role model. 
When asked about the Endangered Species Act he replied – to audible gasps of disgust and hatred – that he’d been trying to reform it for years (without much success) because it didn’t do much for endangered species but did an awful lot of damage to private property and land use rights.
GO READ THE WHOLE THING.
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