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The Myths Of The “Genius” Behind Trump’s Reelection Campaign

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 19:58

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On the evening of May 30, Brad Parscale, the campaign manager of Donald J. Trump for President Inc., gave a speech to a gathering of the faithful. Parscale is a striking figure: 6-foot-8, with a trademark Viking beard and a penchant for bombast. He was a phenom of the 2016 election, rising, in a matter of months, from an anonymous web designer in San Antonio to the Trump campaign’s reputed digital savior. Parscale has become a frequent warmup act at Trump rallies and a prized attraction in GOP fundraising circles.

On this occasion, he was speaking to the Miami Young Republicans. Parscale regaled the audience with his litany of Trump’s achievements, according to a recording of the speech (provided by Palm Beach Post reporter Christine Stapleton). He warned of the “crazy socialist Democrats” who want to “slaughter” babies in the third trimester; admit “all of South America” to the U.S. through open borders; and render jet-fueled planes illegal and “farming cows” extinct. “I don’t know about you guys,” Parscale told them. “I really like steak.”

Parscale then turned to his own rhetorical question: “How the heck did you get from East Topeka, Kansas, 43 years old, to become the right-hand man to the Trump family?” That’s a truly remarkable tale, although much, as it turns out, is not quite as Parscale describes it.

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Jerry Falwell, Jr's Corruption And Hypocrisy On Parade

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 19:58

Salon's Amanda Marcotte
gets to the heart of what's going on with the conservative evangelicals and Donald Trump in this piece about the latest brouhaha with Jerry Falwell Jr:

On Monday morning, Politico published a major exposé on Jerry Falwell Jr., the religious right's most influential supporter of Donald Trump and the president of Liberty University, an evangelical institution formed by his father, Southern Baptist minister Jerry Falwell. Writer Brandon Ambrosino paints a damning picture of the younger Falwell as a man unrestrained by his own religion's teachings on sexual morality or any other kind of Christian ethics.

The laundry list of malfeasance and inappropriate behavior is impressive, "from partying at nightclubs, to graphically discussing his sex life with employees, to electioneering" and "directing university resources into projects and real estate deals in which his friends and family have stood to make personal financial gains."

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club Remembers Daniel Johnston

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 18:00

Sad news out of Texas today. Daniel Johnston has passed away. According to an article posted in the Austin Chronicle, a heart attack was the cause.

Though his music may be an acquired taste by many, people such as Kurt Cobain and Tom Waits were big fans.

"True Love Will Find You In The End" is not one of Johnston's greatest songs, it is also one of the most beautiful songs in the world.

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Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost Must Resign Immediately

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 16:53

When Carla Provost was first appointed as acting Chief of the Border Patrol in April of 2017, I admit that a small part of me was happy to finally see a female as the head of my former agency. But I'm not naïve and assumed she would be like many past chiefs, willing to violate their sworn oath to follow the laws and the Constitution of the United States. That is what I knew of the Patrol as an agent, and it is what I know of it now. I wasn't wrong in that. She has proven to be one of Trump's biggest sycophants and a disgrace to what it means to be a federal law enforcement officer.

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FEMA Officials Tasked With Restoring PR's Power Charged With Fraud, Bribery

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 15:28

Via the Washington Post:

Two FEMA officials assigned to help manage restoration efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria have been charged with fraud and bribery for trying to enrich themselves by helping a company that received $1.8 billion in government contracts, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

One of the officials, whom the Justice Department identified as FEMA’s “primary leader” for restoring power on the island, pressured her colleagues and Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority officials to give government work to the company, Cobra Acquisitions LLC, authorities said.

In exchange, authorities said, the company’s then-president gave her a helicopter ride, hotel accommodations, first-class airfare, personal security services and use of a credit card. And, when a friend and colleague left FEMA, the executive helped her get a job at Cobra Energy LLC, authorities said.

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John Amato On The Leslie Marshall Podcast

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 14:06

Listen to "John Bolton Out as National Security Adviser; Trump's Intelligence Mishaps Led U.S. to Extract Top Spy from Russia" on Spreaker.

Our own John Amato spoke with Leslie Marshall on Tuesday:

Leslie begins this episode with her 'Ripped from the Headlines' news segment, where she gives her own take on the freshest political news of the day.

For the remainder of the show, Leslie is joined by John Amato, Founder of, an award-winning site for progressive news and media criticism. Started in 2004, was the first website to feature audio and video online, revolutionizing how political news is consumed and distributed on the Internet.

Leslie and John discuss the significance of, and fallout from, President Trump ousting his third National Security Adviser, John Bolton (who says he was not fired, but resigned). Trump will become the first President to have 4 national security advisers in his first term, per CNBC's Kayla Tausche.

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North Carolina Democrats Cry Foul As GOP Hold Surprise Budget Vote

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:59

On Wednesday morning, Democratic members of the North Carolina General Assembly had been informed that there would be no votes today due to 9/11 memorials. Then Republicans held a surprise vote to override a veto of the State Budget.

The Democratic Governor had vetoed the budget because it contained no funding for Medicaid expansion.

Republican legislators in North Carolina have gone full Don Giovanni. They know they are going to Hell and they don't care, as long as they can hold on to earthly political power.

Kudos to Democratic Rep. Deb Butler, who shouted to the speaker that she and her colleagues would not yield, that the Republicans in her chamber would be held accountable by the people of North Carolina, and in her most withering comment, that it was "SO TYPICAL" of them to cheat the process in order to win.

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Seb Gorka Promotes Himself To Take John Bolton's Place As National Security Advisor

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:34

On his Tuesday Salem Radio Network's radio program, Seb Gorka propped himself up as a man cable of being Trump's national security advisor even though he was fired from his advisory role in the administration a long time ago.

The extreme right-wing Hungarian expat who loves Trump more than life, said he has support in Congress for the job.


Gorka said, "A certain congressman said I should be the next National Security Adviser. I'd love to see that congressman Tweet it out. That would be most amusing to watch the heads explode amongst the never-Trump and liberal elite."

Anyone who disagrees with Gorka or Trump are elites now? That's a new one. Anyway, he's an egotistical a-hole like many of Trump's most vociferous surrogates. Early in his broadcast, he poo-pooed the importance of cabinet members and high ranking officials in any presidential administration.

How could it be important if Seb Gorka never had the security clearance for even a staff position in the White House?

It's never about what is happening to America as a result of Trump's actions, but how those actions upset the Left.

That's how Trump and his minions like Gorka create policies. Not for the best interests of the nation, but to "own the libs."

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More Disgusting Lies From Trump At 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:14

This f*ckin guy.

Same basic lies, different iterations, but same basic lies.

This time, President PussyAss B*tch vomited his September 11 lies at the Pentagon memorial service, and they were doozies.

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Pat Robertson Sides With Bolton; Compares Trump To Neville Chamberlain

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:10

During the opening of this morning's 700 Club, Pat Robertson blasted Trump as being naïve to think he could pal around with dictators, trust them and come up with a deal.

Responding to the dismissal of John Bolton, CBN ran a package on the events leading up to Bolton's firing.

After it finished, Pat addressed his audience and said he was reminded of a British politician that allowed the rise of Adolf Hitler.

Robertson said, "I was reminded of Neville Chamberlain, the Prime Minister of England who traveled to Munich and met with a man named Adolf Hitler."

He recounted how Chamberlain kowtowed to Hitler's demands in Czechoslovakia which ultimately ushered in the rise of the Third Reich.

"It led to World War II," Robertson said. "Because that's what happens when you deal with dictators."

"The Taliban are terrible people. Maduro is a terrible person."

Robertson called the North Koreans that have ruled there a crime family.

"And somehow the president thinks that he can't get to be a buddy of Kim Jong-un. He can get to be a buddy with Taliban," Robertson said.

Pat emphatically stated that Bolton was absolutely right about not bringing the Taliban to Camp David.

Pat said, "Do not sit down with a dictator and think your gonna come out with anything good. We cannot sit at the table with the Taliban. They are a bunch of thugs, what are you ever going to get from them? You can't trust one word they say."

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Nancy Pelosi Loses It With Reporter: ‘Go Ask Mitch McConnell Why HE Hasn't Acted!’

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:56

A visibly annoyed Nancy Pelosi reacted to a reporter's inane question that the Democrats weren't doing enough on guns right now. The Speaker's blunt reaction was for the reporter to go ask Mitch McConnell if he has any regrets for all the people who die because of him was pitch-perfect.

Source: Newsweek

A visibly angry House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told reporters Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was to blame for people dying, because he was getting in the way of approving legislation to curb gun violence.

Following several recent mass shootings, Pelosi expressed her frustration at McConnell for not allowing a vote on a House-passed bill to expand background checks for gun purchases.

McConnell says he would not put any gun legislation to the Senate unless President Donald Trump would sign it into law.

Pelosi was asked by a reporter on Tuesday if she regretted not bringing back the House in August to keep momentum going on the legislation, which has become more salient in the light of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

Pelosi said: "We did our job. The Senate was supposed to come back, why don't you all get that straight? The Senate did not come back to pass the bill.I'm getting very angry about the silliness of these questions.

"Lives are at stake. Senator McConnell is standing in the way. We passed our bill in February.

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Netflix Comedian Does His Homework: Congress Paid Less For College

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:31

Netflix host of "Patriot Act" Hasan Manhaj testified before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday, and he brought receipts to the members of the committee.

Receipts for what THEY paid for their college educations. Market Watch:

He also pointed out that the committee had graduated from college about 33 years ago and paid an inflation-adjusted tuition of $11,690 a year on average. Yet currently, tuition at those same schools is almost $25,000 — a 110% increase on today’s students, while wages have only increased 16% during those three decades.

“People aren’t making more money, and college is objectively way more expensive,” said Minhaj. “And yet many borrowers are still treated like deadbeats because the government has put their financial futures in the hands of predatory for-profit loan servicing companies.”

Minhaj closed by asking Congress why it doesn’t treat student borrowers the way it treats U.S. banks. “Because 44 million Americans, that is too big to fail,” he said.

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Trump Thrilled Over NC-09 Outcome, But It's Not As Good As He Thinks

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 09:03

Mika Brzezinski said despite Democrat Dan McCready's loss last night in the NC-09 special election (a court-ordered election held, by the way, because of egregious Republican cheating), "his major gains in three suburban counties highlight the unpopularity of Trump's party among that demographic heading into 2020."

"Political analyst Larry Sabato tweeted that "Republicans should be happy because a win is a win and they keep the seat they've had since 1963. Democrats should be happy because they made a competitive district Romney and Trump won by 12% and their 2018 suburban gains continue."

Mika introduced Steve Kornacki to explain.

Kornacki spelled out why the Republican was ultimately able to prevail.

"One of the stories is right here in the suburbs, that circle might be too big, the densely populated suburbs of South Charlotte. About a third of this district is in Mecklenburg county. We talk about it all the time, higher-income, college-educated suburbs, a place that Trump won that portion of the district by three points in 2016. McCready tonight wins it by 13 points. So that's the kind of swing we've been seeing in metro areas, suburban areas across the country in the Trump era, away from the Republicans towards the Democrats," Kornacki said.

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CNBC's Jim Cramer On Elizabeth Warren: 'She's Got To Be Stopped'

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 08:56

Wall Street and the Big Banks are terrified of an Elizabeth Warren presidency, said CNBC host Jim Cramer. Good. They should be.

Elizabeth Warren later thanked CNBC and Cramer for supplying a campaign ad for her, gratis.

Source: Marketwatch

Outspoken TV personality Jim Cramer talked Tuesday with the CNBC crew about how banks are sweating the possibility of Elizabeth Warren as president.

“When you get off the desk and talk to executives, they’re more fearful of her winning,” he said, adding that he’s been hearing “she’s got to be stopped,” echoing around Wall Street these days.

While bank execs might have reason to be scared of what Warren could mean for their company and their shareholders, Adam Best of “The Left” podcast, doesn’t really see that as a negative for prospective voters.

“This is the greatest Warren campaign ad possible,” he says in this tweet:

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Stephen Colbert: A Stupid President Saves Us From A Smart Warmonger

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 08:01

A gleeful Stephen Colbert didn't mince words about John Bolton's firing last night:

“I have never been more grateful for the president’s pettiness and stupidity because today he was stupidly petty enough to save us from a very smart warmonger,” he said.

“Trump goes through staffers like a high 17-year-old goes through Little Debbie Swiss Rolls.”

Colbert said we knew this would happen eventually, ”because while Trump was “very down on our Middle Eastern wars,” Bolton “had never seen a patch of sand he didn’t want to make glow.”

He also mentioned that the New York Times reported that one senior official recalled the president joking, “If it was up to John, we’d be in four wars now.”

Imitating Trump, Colbert said, “And I can’t have that, I’m already in so many wars. I got trade war, cupcake war, I’m in a flame war with Chrissy Teigen, and ‘World War II, what if the Nazis had won?’”

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 08:01

Phil Ebersole: Trump's arrogant policies are driving other countries into economic cooperation against the US.

Chris Kratzer: Do right-wing Christians understand what they've become?

Darwinfish 2: Trump's abuse of NOAA is another step toward the world of 1984.

The New York Crank: Trump's endless malignancies are driving us all crazy. Next year, vote!

Blog round-up by Infidel753. To recommend a post, send link to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com -- I do check it!

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Fox News ‘The Five’ Ignores Bolton Firing, Attacks CNN Instead

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 07:59

Fox News' The Five opened up their program like every other cable news program did after the news broke that John Bolton was fired (or if you believe him, he resigned) hit the wires.

The news sent shock-waves throughout the country and the world because Bolton is now the fourth national security advisor Trump has dumped in under three years.

Bolton was a favorite of Trump because of his combative Fox TV persona and hawkish views on Iran, North Korea and Venezuela.

However, unlike every other cable news program, Fox News didn't consider it the top news of the day and instead attacked CNN, their cable rivals over their bombshell report where the CIA relocated a U.S. spy from Russia because the CIA was afraid Trump would out the spy.

I was dumbfounded.

Jesse Watters, a man trying very hard to be the #1 presidential fluffer on Fox News, opened up the program like this:

Breaking news out of the White House, John Bolton is out as national security advisor. We will have a lot more on that coming up, but first a new embarrassment for CNN after yet another Russia bombshell completely implodes.

Pete Hegseth is the bar all Trump suck-ups try to live up to, but whenever The Five opens up their program and Watters is the lead host it is usually because Trump is having another really bad day again. And his job is to massage all his cares away.

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Tucker Carlson Hilariously Declares John Bolton 'A Man Of The Left'

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 07:59

"Man of the people" and frozen dinner heir Tucker Carlson was beside himself with joy Tuesday night as he put his focus on John Bolton's termination.

"Great news for America!," Carlson proclaimed, as he began to mock Senators and other elected officials on both sides of the aisle for having concerns about the nation's security apparatus.

Here are a couple of the statements he mocked. Note: Mitt Romney is Susan Collins in pants, and deserves to be mocked.

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On This 9-11 Anniversary, Serious Non-Military Threats Loom Large

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 07:59
Storm clouds are gathering. Olaf Speier/

Richard Forno, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Almost two decades after thousands died in the attacks of 9/11, there remain many active efforts underway to protect America from international terrorism.

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Pleather

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 23:01

In late April, I made a post about the punk rock band Judy and the Jerks. The question I raised at the time was something to the extent "punk rock from a small town in Mississippi."

Tonight, we're gonna listen to another band from that same town of Hattiesburg. Pleather sound quite bubbly on the surface. As I said in a recent post of them on my blog though there's something agitated and skittish bubbling up from outta the dirt.

What are you listening to tonight?

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