Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Trump Gives Address On The Expansion Of The Afghanistan War With No Specifics, No Troop Numbers And No Timeline But Plenty Of Teleprompters (VIDEO)

On Monday, desperate to get the stench of the Charlottesville nazis and klan off him, Donald Trump gave a speech addressing America's future concerning the war in Afghanistan.

Past Presidents who have given these types of announcements usually televise it from the Oval Office. Tonight however Trump needed a backdrop that including flags, soldiers and a podium with a presidential seal on it.

Trump's 100% teleprompter delivered speech from Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia was supposed to lay out a new strategy for the war but instead he delivered only promises of victory and vague details of the plan to achieve it.

But stunningly Trump started the speech about the plans for Afghanistan by renouncing bigotry...

"When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry and no tolerance for hate. The young men and women we send to fight our wars abroad deserve to return to a country that is not at war with itself at home."

 When damage control had been achieved Trump went on to give a boilerplate breakdown of what the goal in Afghanistan was...

Attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over the country and stopping mass terror attacks against Americans before they emerge.

But he then went on to say that the U.S. would no longer give public details about the war including the number of American troops deployed or a timeline for withdrawal...

I’ve said many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin or end military operations. We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities.

Trump then said he would expand authority for American armed forces to target the terrorist and criminal networks but did not elaborate on how he planned to broaden the already sweeping authority the U.S. military has to kill terrorist groups abroad.

When all is said and done it becomes apparent that the speech was solely a distraction from what had been the most devastating week in Trump's tenure in office. It was pure wag the dog tripe. He spoke in sweeping generalities using "strong" and "muscular" fighting words but gave no specifics whatsoever. And when was the last time you have ever seen a commander-in-chief start off an address on war strategy by having to renounce bigotry!

And if you have any doubts that this speech was anything but a distraction or a means to change the subject from his Charlottesville disaster there is the fact that that any plan for an expansion of the war in Afghanistan is 180 different from the rhetoric he spewed non-stop on the campaign trail and even years before.

Here is the full address if you want to watch someone speak for twenty-five minutes and say nothing...

The Secret Service Runs Out Of Money Due To Trump And His Families Nonstop Vacations

Thanks to Donald Trump and his adult children's nonstop vacationing the Secret Service can no longer afford to pay the hundreds of agents needed to carry out an expanded protective mission next month when 150 foreign heads of state converge on New York City for the United Nations General Assembly.

The shortage of funds stems from the inordinate amount of money needed to secure Trump who has traveled almost every weekend to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia. In addition the agents must protect his adult children as well who jet across the world on "business" trips and vacations.

FACT CHECK: As of the posting of this story Trump has spent one out of every three days of his term at one of his Trump branded properties.

Secret Service Director Randolph Alles, whom Trump appointed to his post back in April, said more than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were meant to last the entire year!

The agency has faced a perpetual workload since the height of the election season and the first seven months of Trump's administration.

Alles said the service is grappling with an unprecedented number of White House protectees...

"The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law. I can't change that. I have no flexibility.''

Under Trump, 42 people require Secret Service protection, a number that includes 18 members of his family as opposed to 31 during President Obama's administration.

The shortage in financial records has become so dire that the director has started negotiations with lawmakers to raise the combined salary and overtime cap for agents, from $160,000 per year to $187,000 for the duration of Trump's first term. Without congressional intervention to provide additional funding, Alles will not even be able to pay agents for the work they have already done.

But even if this drastic measure was approved, 130 veteran agents would still not be fully compensated for hundreds of hours the agents had already racked up chauffeuring Trump from the White House to his private golf clubs and hotels.

After it was revealed in 2014 that that agents and uniform officers working an unsustainable number of hours 800 agents and uniformed officers were hired to bolster the ranks. Yet even with these additional added agents Trump and his clan have worked the Secret Service into the ground with their constant jet-setting.

Officials had hoped that the agency's workload would normalize after the inauguration, but the president's frequent weekend trips, his family's business travel and the higher number of protectees has made that impossible.

Trump Looks Directly At The Sun During Solar Eclipse Despite Onlookers Shouting "Don't Look!"

Donald Trump took a little time off his very busy schedule since returning from his 17 day vacation this afternoon to observe the first total solar eclipse to pass over the United States since 1918.

Scientists throughout the week leading up to the phenomena have repeatedly warned that looking directly at the sun during the phenomenon could result in permanent eye damage.

But despite those advisories and additional shouted warnings from nearby onlookers Trump looked directly at the sun... Because of course he did.

Perhaps when staring at the massive orange ball of hot gas he may have become confused ant thought he was looking it his own reflection.

Keep looking Donny.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

White Supremacist Rally In Boston Shut Down By 45,000+ Peaceful Counter-Protesters (20 PICTURES)

Only one week after a white supremacist at a rally in Virginia killed Heather Heyer and injured more than a dozen others, thousands of counter-protesters in Boston turned out to oppose participants of a self-described white supremacist “free speech” rally!

Crowds marched to gather at the historic Boston Common park and Malcolm X Boulevard chanting “make racists afraid again”, “who defends the Nazis? Trump defends the Nazis!”, "Whose streets? Our streets!" and "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!” They also held signs that read: "Resist," "Black Lives Matter," and "Get the hell off my lawn, you bigots.". Nice!

The rally remained peaceful, and the number of counterprotesters dwarfed the dozens or so of those who came in support of the event, organized by members of the so-called “alt-right.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh had asked organizers to postpone the rally and stated that hate groups aren’t wanted in Boston...

I didn’t want them to get a permit, quite honestly, but we also believe in free speech in our country,

By noon, Boston police said at least It is estimated 40,000 people total were out for the demonstrations were peacefully marching toward the park where the rally area was blocked off by a ring of metal barriers. Thousands more descended on the area over the next hour.

As expected there were minor skirmishes between the competing groups and several arrests made. At the first sign of that any protestors had been detained the white supremacist-in-chief took to Twitter to blame the counter-protesters...

Keep appeasing that base Donald.

Trump later called for unity and for the nation to "heel." Here is a scree shot someone captured of the now "fixed" tweet...

I don't know whether the misspelling was a coded message or just out of sheer stupidity

As for the white supremacist, nazi, kkk and alt-right "celebrities" that were scheduled to speak at the ironically titled "Free Speech Rally" decided they would take a powder instead.

Fitchburg State University senior film major and event co-organizer, John Medlar, decided it just wasn't in the cards for him today and RSVP'ed with a "no".

Someone named Augustus Invictus ― a known Holocaust denier and an organizer of Charlottesville’s white supremacist rally ― was invited to attend the Boston rally, but later pulled out.

Gavin McInnes, a member of “Proud Boys” an alt-right white separatist group known for "brawling" with antifascist protesters, ultimately canceled his appearance.

And Tim “Baked Alaska” Gionet, an admitted troll and prominent white supremacist, was also scheduled but flaked.

Kyle Chapman, known by the nickname Based Stickman or the Alt Knight, known in right-wing circles for arming himself with a stick and confronting anti-fascist demonstrators was a no-show.

Joe Biggs, a former contributor to Alex Jones' InfoWars, is chief operations officer at the online outlet Rogue Right Media was nowhere to be found.

The racist rally-goers, defeated, dispersed as the rally ended hours earlier than planned.

Meanwhile the counter-protesters suck around and celebrated.

Here are pictures from the failed white power rally and the overwhelmingly successful counter-protest...

BANNON OUT! The Alt-Right Darling Just Alt-Left The White House - Declares "Thermo-Nuclear War!" (*Sort Of)

Steve Bannon, a senior adviser and chief strategist to Donald Trump, has lost his job.

The White House press secretary said in a statement that Bannon and Chief of Staff John Kelly agreed that Friday would be his last day adding...

We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” 

Bannon’s departure comes during a tumultuous four weeks in which a slew of senior officials have announced their departures, including the former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, former press secretary Sean Spicer and former communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who was hired and fired within the space of 11 days.

While details of Bannon’s departure remain murky at best what is crystal clear is that upon his departure Bannon immediately returned to Breitbart News as it's executive chairman mere hours after getting the boot. This was borne out as the Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow of the much-maligned website posted the headline...

Bannon even helmed the alt-right news site's evening editorial meeting.

In Steve Bannon first interview the alt-right firebrand made clear that he had no intention of going quietly saying he was "jacked up" adding...

"Now I'm free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. I built a f***ing machine at Breitbart. And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.

One of Bannon’s friends told reporter Gabriel Sherman that in the wake of his ouster Bannon was...

 “ramping up for war against Trump. It’s now a Democrat White House.

This is likely a reference to Bannon’s long running battle with key advisers such as Jared Kushner, his wive Ivanka Trump and Gary Cohn all of whom are Jewish.

A source close to Breitbart News told Axios’ Jonathan Swan that the right wing news website plans to...

go ‘thermonuclear’ against ‘globalists’ that Bannon and his friends believe are ruining the Trump administration, and by extension, America.

As if to confirm the reports, Breitbart editor Joel Pollak simply posted a one word tweet in response to Bannon’s ouster...


Bannon did however add this caveat when he told Bloomberg News in his first public comments after his departure was announced....

If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents -- on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America,” 

So much like when he was in the White House the messages are completely ass-backwards as he departs as well.

As far as the firing it had been reported that Trump was upset over a new book highlighting the importance of Bannon’s role in Trump’s presidential campaign. Add that to the bizarre interview that Bannon gave to the American Prospect in which he contradicted Trump’s military threats to North Korea and seemed to take credit for Donald Trump's 2016 election win the reason for the firing becomes a little more contextualized and understandable.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Magazines Are Calling Out Trump's Appeasement Of White Supremacists, Nazis And The KKK (COVERS)

As magazines hit newsstands a week after a rally by white supremacists, nazis and the KKK in Charlottesville, Virginia exploded into violence and murder, many are referencing Donald Trump's reaction -- which was effectively to pander to the white supremacists.

The Economist opted for a cover illustration by John Berkely that shows Trump talking into a megaphone that resembles a KKK hood...

The New Yorker's David Plunkert, the artist behind this cover, said it was in response to "Trump’s weak pushback to hate groups"...

Time Magazine turned to artist Edel Rodriguez who chose not to use Trump for his front cover illustration but instead showed a person in black boots, draped in a United States flag giving the Nazi salute...

It was quickly given an update upon it's reveal...

I don't think any of these will adorn any of Trump's private golf course walls.

PIGS BLOOD & BULLETS: Trump Rehashes Debunked Anti-Islam Trope After Barcalona Attack (TWEETS)

After the terror attack in Barcelona, Spaint today that killed 13 and injured another 100 Donald Trump sent out an appropriately toned tweet...

FACT CHECK: It only took Trump 2 hours to condemn this attack whereas it took him two days to condemn the white supremacists violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This attempt at dignity and kindness was all apparently too much for Trump to handle. So with an additional tweet, posted only 45 minutes later, Trump washed away any semblance of self-respect by reviving a hateful and apocryphal anti-Islam myth...

The long debunked myth of General Pershing has been floating around for almost a century and is often employed by those who hate the Islamic religion to show their disdain Muslims by mocking their dietary habits.

The story goes that Pershing, apparently after an attack by Muslims, dipped bullets in pig's blood. He then rounded up 50 Muslims and shot 49 of them telling the lone survivor to go back to his people and tell them what happened which apparently stopped all "radical Islamic terrorism" for the next thirty-five years.

The real story is in fact the exact opposite as General Pershing knew the risks of inciting his opposition by such an inflammatory and disgusting tactic instead chose to wait out his opposition until they surrendered taking as few casualties and killing as few combatants as possible.

In fact General Pershing never executed a single Muslim.

This however did not stop Trump from telling his pig blood dipped bullet story on the campaign trail to jin up his racist and bigoted base.

Here is a video of him whipping up his Islamophobic supporters into a frenzy with the story...

Apparently after siding with white supremacist, nazis, the KKK whom committed vicious attacks and murder in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend Trump is still determined to prove his racist bona fides to them.

TERROR ATTACK: 13 People Dead And 100's Injured After Van Plows Into Pedestrians In Barcelona, Spain (PICTURES)

Terrorists attacked a popular tourist thoroughfare in Barcelona, Spain,when a van plowed into pedestrians, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 100.

The attack left dozens of broken bodies littering the streets as terrified onlookers ran from the area in fear.

ISIS have claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack via its Amaq news agency.

While Police said the incident was a terror attack, but later tweeted they could not confirm the driver’s motive.

Catalonia President Carles Puigdemont said two suspects were arrested but the driver of the van remains still at large as of 11 p.m. local time, according to a tweet from police.

Police Chief Josep Lluis Trapero said the suspects were apprehended in Ripoll and Alcanar, towns in Catalonia. One is Moroccan and the other is a Spanish national from Melilla, a Spanish city on Africa’s north coast that neighbors Morocco.

The attack was the deadliest in Spain since 2004, when al Qaeda-inspired militants detonated bombs on Madrid’s subway system, killing 191 and injuring more than 1,800.

Here are the horrifying images from today's attack...

HEATHER HEYER MEMORIAL: Hundreds Gather To Pay Tribute To Woman Killed By A White Supremacist Terrorist In Charlottesville Va. (FULL MEMORIAL & PICTURES)

Heather Heyer, a 32 year old legal assistant, joined her friends last weekend to protest the "Unite The Right" white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va last Saturday.

While protesting the hate groups who had amassed in her hometown Heyer was murdered when a white supremacist terrorist plowed his car into the group of anti-racist counter-protesters she and her friends were with.

On Wednesday Heyer's family, friends, supporters gathered to say goodbye to the brave woman who has become a symbol and a rallying point against the hateful ideology espoused by the very people who took her life.

At the service Susan Bro, her mother, quoted one of her daughter's Facebook posts...

My child’s famous Facebook post was, ‘If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. She paid attention. She made a lot of us pay attention.
Bro went on to poignantly state...

"They tried to kill my daughter to shut her up. Well, guess what. You just magnified her."

Here is a video of the full vigil for Heater Heyer...

Here are pictures from the memorial...

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and US Sen. Tim Kaine attended the service.

Donald Trump did not attend but did tweet about it.