Welcome to “News Anal.” where I analyze the week’s news.
Newspaper Anal.: Sunday Washington Post, 2/13/17
Democrats hope to Co-Opt Left Activism
The Washington Post this Sunday ran two stories about the energized left, labeling it the “liberal tea party”. Oh dear Lord. If we only had Koch Brothers’ money. But the rich don’t start astroturf campaigns for the purposes of getting the poor to vote IN FAVOR of their own interests. What kind of bonehead investment is that? You’d have to be nuttier than Crazy Eddie to offer a deal that insane. I’m still waiting for my check from George Soros, the evil lurking shadowy liberal who secretly funnels money to liberal groups so that he’ll have to pay more in taxes and raise his employees’ wages. A filthy sadist, that man. (email me George)
Well there has been a ton of angry, organized activity on the left “side of the aisle” hasn’t there? From raucous town hall meetings to the Women’s March, liberals are finally doing what they’ve needed to be doing for decades: massive organizing and raising hell. And we have Donald Trump to thank for that.
What? Do you think this would be going on under a Hillary Clinton administration? Other than the marginal-Left-and-rational-young-people contingent of Bernie supporters who would have opposed Clinton’s pro-corporate and pro-war stances, and those few who continued to be against war even when Obama was president, nothing like this tidal wave of opposition against the executive branch would be going on. Clinton could have signed all the executive orders she wanted, and “Bernie Bros” would have been labelled as sexist by establishment Democrats for bringing up any contrary points.
Quoted in the Post article “Democrats seek to convert activism into a movement”, Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado said Trump is “creating the largest opposition movement I’ve seen in my lifetime.” In the same article, Democratic Campaign Committee Chair Ben Ray Luján was quoted as saying, in the search for new blood willing to run for office as a Democrat, “President Trump is a better recruitment tool for us than he is the central campaign issue. We’ve talked to over 40 people already, many of whom are coming forward out of concern for him.”
This reminds me of a point Robert Anton Wilson brought up. He said Nixon was the anarchists’ president. Because of Nixon, so many people in mainstream America developed a distrust of government that anarchist groups were springing up over night. And, suggested Wilson, George W. Bush was the anti-war president. If it wasn’t for him and his brazenly bogus war based on obvious lies, there wouldn’t have been an anti-war movement.
“The only thing I can think that’s positive is that a new kind of anarchy is going to happen next.” – John Waters, quoted in the Guardian
Donald Trump is so sexist, stupid, fake, hateful and angry that he’s going to be the feminist president, the intelligence president, the authenticity president and the president of love and quiet contemplation. We’re a gut-reactionary population to be sure.
Yet, other articles in this Sunday’s Washington Post remind us that, while Trump might be the shot of cocaine liberals needed to get off their ass, Hillary certainly would have been a better president in terms of real life policy with real life consequences.
Hillary would not have….
- …issued a travel ban on all citizens from seven majority Muslim nations, which among the various chaotic effects, prevents scientists from the banned nations from working on projects with scientists in the United States. In “Scientists fervently tune in to soundtrack of the cosmos”, scientists at Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, La, the place that only last year discovered the theory of gravitational waves posited by Einstein was literally true, now have to cope with Trump’s stupid fucking travel ban, and the general anti-science, anti-facts, anti-reality position of his administration. They work with scientists and students in 15 different nations, some of whom now cannot travel to the US, because of made-up bullshit. And under a Democratic executive and legislative branch, funding for such projects would not be in jeopardy of being looted from serious scientific endeavors like LIGO and allocated to some religious kook who’s looking for Noah’s ark.
- …potentially caused trade wars by announcing tariffs on imports. Taxes on imports are going to screw up the economy and add to the debt, and this is George Will talking. Products are assembled by parts manufactured all over the world, and that’s just how it works now. Politics is now going to be realigned as importing companies will now oppose Trump and exporting companies will support him. I wish we had more manufacturing here in the US, but sweeping regulations aren’t going to change things. I’ll be out of a job if there’s a radical tax on imports, and so will a lot of other Americans, and EVERYBODY will be affected by prices at the grocery store. This is why you don’t elect shitheads who don’t know what they’re doing.
- …reversed course on the transgender bathrooms in schools issue. Who cares where kids piss? The kids don’t. Stop pretending to freak out over nothing as an excuse to hate people different from you, and go be sexually repressed in church where it belongs.
The Alex P Keaton of the Trump Team
This weird, script-reading child freak went on “Meet the Press” with not-Tim Russert and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”, where, usually what happens is, people who know what they’re talking about get to speak. This little fuck knob got to read from a script. And Not-Tim Russert and George Stephanopoulos, not equipped to deal with this shit BY SIMPLY BEING REAL AND CALLING HIM OUT FOR READING A SCRIPT, created a Western kabuki theater with a creepy circus music soundtrack.
Here he is with not-Tim Russert:
Here he is with George Stephanopoulos. If you really want to know what’s going on with this whole Trump fraud you’ll watch this very closely:
A piece in this Sunday’s Post profiles the 31 year old Stephen Miller, a Goebbels-faced Jew, a goofy hack who has no business being employed in our White House or going on TV for any reason. An Alex P. Keaton-like figure who rebelled against his liberal parents and liberal high school in Santa Monica, CA by being a conservative. His life experience includes calling into nationally syndicated conservative talk radio, and campaigning to have Santa Monica High School abide by the law and say the Pledge of Allegiance every day.
The thing is, he was right. There was a law in California that students have to say the pledge every day, and his high school was not abiding by that law. Liberals often throw conservatives raw meat with stuff like this. A tiny crack in the door that makes it easier for right wingers to ram through their agenda. Because liberals, whether they like to admit it or not, like conservatives, sometimes act on raw emotion and feelings about what they think is morally just without rationally examining the issue.
Miller attended Duke University where he rose to fame by defending the Duke Lacrosse players, who were accused of raping a black woman. Miller, again in this instance, was right, and liberals were wrong. It turned out the players were falsely accused.
Miller is now the senior policy adviser and speechwriter in the Trump administration. One of the major tactics of Trump’s campaign was to feed on negative liberal reaction to stay in the media cycle, practically 24/7. Guys like Stephen Miller knew how liberals would react to certain language, and liberals, unable to control their anger, kept commenting away on Trump stories on social media, kept tuning into news stories about Trump. The negative reaction helped to propel Trump to the Republican nomination, it helped energize supporters at rallies. The tiny crack in the door grew wider and wider and they plowed through, like a Cheeto being crammed centimeters deep into Melania Trump’s unwilling mouth.
Which one said it? “The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.” If you guessed Stephen Miller, you win citizenship in an authoritarian bizzarro USA!
Social Media Anal.: Top 5 Things Going on in My Facebook and Twitter Feeds Today
5. Everybody thinks Stephen Miller is an asshole
Pretty much. He’s a sleepy eyed rich kid who comes off as a putter-mouthed whiner in media, where he reads Trump White House script with all the acting skills of a porn star on morphine.
According to a report by Univision, this little cunt made made fun of Asian and Hispanic kids when he was in school, etc. However he is a Jew who was a big fan of black conservative radio host Larry Elder, so there’s nuance. But it’s pretty clear he hates Muslims and Hispanics. A former aide to Jeff Sessions in Alabama when Sessions helped destroy a plan to provide immigrants a path to citizenship, Miller was also central in crafting Trump’s unconstitutional travel ban.
(And aside on immigration: Most people don’t know that many illegal immigrants have been trying to become legit for years and years, but since our immigration system is outdated, they don’t have the opportunity. As long as fear peddlers like Sessions, Miller, and Trump control the government, they’ll never get that chance).
4. People advocating for a Kellyanne Conway media blackout
I keep seeing people wanting the media to ignore White House Spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway, who has that ugly/confident thing going that you only see in amateur swinger videos (unlike Kate McKinnon’s impersonation of Kellyanne Conway… that hot/bad hair thing you only see in amateur swinger videos). And maybe the media should just not have Stephen Miller on. Ignore the little prick. But if you blackout these figures, Fox News certainly will continue to have them on, and continue to throw them softball questions to frame issues to suit their corporate fascist agendas.
But screw it all. The corporate media isn’t equipped to combat these people anyway. Amy Goodman should run MSNBC.
3. Naomi Klein joins the Intercept!
Every fucking time I see a new article or post or book or anything by Naomi Klein this song plays in my head:
Naomi Klein is a Canadian bad ass. You didn’t read The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism yet? What about This Changes Everything? You are not even cool.
Naomi Klein joins Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill at the Intercept to form a three musketeers of bad ass hard working raw journalism.
In her own words: “I will be covering the shock of the Trump victory and the crisis it has created, and the many ways this is already being exploited for profit at the expense of both people and the planet.”
Speaking of kicking out the jams. Valiant Himself of Valiant Thorr is raising money to buy supplies and drive them to the #DAPL protesters in North Dakota, the central battle in the universe right now, where the forces of community and family and survival are literally battling the forces of greed and empire and destruction.
In December when the outrage over the oil pipeline being built through the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s land was heating up, Valient Thorr was on tour in Europe. I said that if I was at home, I’d gather supplies and drive them up there myself. Then a wonderful thing happened: on December 4th, the Army Corp of Engineers denied the permit to build a key section releasing tension that had built up over months of protest. However, we knew it wouldn’t be long until it started up again.
Tired of just reposting articles, I’ve decided now that I’m back in the states to gather supplies and/or money to buy those needed supplies and drive them to the Water Protectors in North Dakota. I have no idea how long it will take to raise this money, or who will be willing to help in this endeavor, so I’m putting a month on here to try to make this goal happen. If I hit the goal faster, then I will act faster.
My plan is to raise this money, use approximately $1415 of it ($1,103 for the truck rental, $312 for gas) to get the supplies up there and use the rest to buy supplies. I will fund my own ticket/transportation back. The supplies needed are: Coveralls, tarps, heavy duty gloves, insulated waterproof arctic boots, fire logs, firebricks, fire wood, snow shovels, batteries, propane, pellet stoves, pellets, heating elements, renewable batteries, solar chargers, flashlights, lanterns, solar LED lights, cell signal boosters, ice chests, horse feed, headlamps, phone cards, gas cards, basalt, etc.
Besides raising money, I am also taking donations of any of the supplies on this list above. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know of an organization (scouting, church, radio station) or business that might want to get involved, please contact or have them contact me.
Finally, I do this in hopes that it might inspire others to do the same in their community. There are a multitude of people/causes being oppressed here in the United States right now, and more NOW happening every day. I’m choosing to help the Sioux tribe now, and if I succeed then it will show you all how easy it is to put something together like this in your community and help out.
1. Children Sue the US Government Over Climate Change!
As continued from the above story in the battle for a human-sustaining planet, Our Children’s Trust is the baddest ass superhero organization in America right now. For decades, our government has known about the fact of climate change and has refused to do anything about it.
As the #NoDAPL movement takes on the forces of climate destruction on the ground, Our Children’s Trust takes them on in the courts. From the Atlantic article on Avery McRae:
She’s the second-youngest of 21 plaintiffs, ages 9 to 20, in Juliana v. United States, a case filed in Eugene in 2015 on the grounds that the federal government has knowingly endangered them by promoting the burning of fossil fuels. If climate change threatens their future, they reason, the government has violated their constitutional right to due process. There are roughly the same number of defendants as plaintiffs in the case, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of the President and the president himself. Until January 20, that was Barack Obama. Now it’s Donald Trump.
From their Facebook page:
We are helping youth coordinate an international mobilization of scientists, attorneys, activists and communication experts for groundbreaking action on the climate crisis. Action that will succeed. It has to.
The US Government has known about climate change for decades, and has deliberately failed to act to protect its citizens. Legal action is often a catalyst for political change, as is obvious if you’ve ever read history. An article in the Christian Science Monitor quotes Judge Ann Aiken who ruled this case will go to trial, with Donald Trump as one of the main plaintiffs:
“Where a complaint alleges governmental action is affirmatively and substantially damaging the climate system in a way that will cause human deaths, shorten human lifespans, result in widespread damage to property, threaten human food sources, and dramatically alter the planet’s ecosystem, it states a claim for a due process violation.”
GOTTA KICK EM OUT!