Friday, September 30, 2016


The problem with too many gns

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First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
~Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Journalist Asks Trump Supporters: The F*ck Is Wrong With You? Have You Heard Him Speak?

Drew Magary “wants a word with anyone who's about to be on the wrong side of history.”

By Leslie Salzillo / DailyKos September 22, 2016

Deadspin columnist, author, and GQ correspondent Drew Magary “wants a word with anyone who's about to be on the wrong side of history.” In his opinion piece published Wednesday, Magary speaks the inner thoughts of many when it comes to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump—the guy who brings most to the brink of implosion. Magary personifies those thoughts in a powerful compilation of verbiage directed in anger and frustration at Trump supporters.

In the beginning of his piece Magary brings up the earlier news that came out this week by Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold who uncovered yet another Donald Trump scam. It seems the GOP POTUS nominee used over $250,000 in charitable donations to help pay off his legal bills. Magary, mighty in his words, lashes out at Trump’s steadfast refusal to pay people what he owes them, and what seems to irk Magary even more is that Trump brags about it. In frustration, the writer says he knows that, in the end, people are still going to vote for Trump, and though it may not be enough to get him elected, Malgary can’t seem to wrap his brain around the mindset of Trump supporters.

Nothing that Trump says, no damning piece of Trump reportage, and certainly no opinion piece like this one will stop his voters from pulling the lever. Nor will anything stop Trump from being the officious, braindead goon that he is. He will never answer for his crimes, and there’s a frighteningly large portion of the electorate that will always love him for that.

Magary then cuts to a direct censuring message to Trump supporters:

Because while Trump is a miserable bastard, YOU are the people who have handed him the bullhorn. YOU are the people willing to embarrass this nation and put it on the brink of economic ruin all because you wanna throw an electoral hissy fit. YOU are the people who want to revolutionize the way America does business by voting for its worst businessman, a disgusting neon pig who only makes money when he causes problems for other people instead of solving them. YOU are the thin-skinned yokels who clutch your bandoliers whenever someone hurls the mildest of slurs at you (“deplorables”), while cheering Trump on as he leaves a bonfire of truly hateful invective everywhere he goes. YOU are the people willing to overlook the fact that Trump is an unqualified, ignorant sociopath because DURRRR HILLARY IS BAD TOO DURRRR.

Alas, that was Magary was just warming up.

And so I’d just like to say to that portion of the electorate: Fuck you. No, seriously. Go fuck yourselves. I’m not gonna waste any more time trying to convince you that you’re about to do something you’ll regret forever. I’m not gonna show you old clips of Trump saying rotten things. I’m not gonna try to ANNIHILATE Trump by showing you records of his hypocrisy and greed. I’m not gonna link to a John Oliver clip and be like, “THIS. So much this.” Nothing’s gonna take down Trump at this point, so I’m not gonna bother. No no, this post is for ME. I am preaching to the sad little choir in my soul here.

Making another excellent point, Magary tells the deplorables, ”My reasons for hating Trump are better than your reasons for hating Hillary. Show me all the arguments against her you like. You guys don’t give a shit about facts and research when it comes to Trump...” Trump “human waste” says, Magary — and the “worst of America stuffed into a nacho cheese casing.” Margary adds Trump is emblematic of the kind of “arrogant, flag-waving, trashy, racist moron that the rest of us have to DRAG kicking and screaming into the 21st century: Cliven Bundy, Sean Hannity, Kim Davis, and on and on and on.” He tells Trump supporters if they vote for him, they are not making America great again—they are killing it and “handing the most important job on Earth to Napoleon from Animal Farm.” You can hear Magary cry out in his words that he can’t understand why Trump supporters can’t see this! Concluding Magary asks Trump supporters,

Haven’t you heard this asshole talk? THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?

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Trump scores $8.2 million in payments from Trump

By Mark Sumner  
Thursday Sep 22, 2016 · 3:03 PM EDT

A half million here, a half million there and eventually it all adds up.

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has paid his family's businesses more than $8.2 million, according to a POLITICO analysis of campaign finance filings, which reveals an integrated business and political operation without precedent in national politics.
Previous candidates have been reluctant to get involved in such self-love because of a few piddly problems.

Even the wealthiest of candidates have refrained from tapping their businesses’ resources to such an extensive degree … because they’re leery of the allegations of pocket-padding that inevitably arise when politicians use their campaigns or committees to pay their businesses or families.

But then, ethics is just another name for political correctness. Trump’s followers don’t have a problem with him stealing from a charity, why should they have any difficulty with him taking money away from the campaign. That baby that was crying at a Trump rally? Trump probably took its candy … didn’t cost him a vote.

Trump ... certainly doesn’t appear to feel any embarrassment about flouting political norms that typically compel candidates to distance themselves from their businesses during campaigns. […]

Trump, who in 2000 predicted “I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it,” declined to comment through a spokesman.?
The amount of money that Trump has paid himself during the campaign is already more than double all his donations to charity since 2001. So Donald Trump is generous … but only to Donald Trump.

Assad and Putin are bombing Syrian hospitals on purpose

Updated by Jennifer Williams  @jenn_ruth Sep 22, 2016, 3:00p

One of the most disturbing features of the war in Syria — and there are many, many disturbing features of the war in Syria — has been the repeated attacks on medical facilities and personnel by Russian and Syrian government forces. The nonprofit advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights has called it “the worst campaign against health care anywhere in the world in recent memory.”

The latest attack came Wednesday, when four medical workers were reportedly killed and a nurse critically injured in an airstrike on a medical clinic in a village near the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims the strike was carried out by either Syrian or Russian warplanes.

This attack follows on the heels of a massive bombing of a United Nations humanitarian aid convoy on Monday that killed one aid worker and approximately 20 civilians, and destroyed at least 18 of the 31 aid trucks. US intelligence officials believe Russian forces carried out that airstrike.

Those attacks have been the rule, not the exception. There have been 382 attacks on medical facilities in Syria between March 2011, when the Syrian civil war began, and June 2016, according to data collected by Physicians for Human Rights. Of those strikes, at least 344 — or 90 percent — were conducted by Syrian government forces or Russian forces fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. These forces have also killed over 700 medical personnel in Syria, according to the group’s statistics.

“When you kill a doctor you don’t just kill them,” Widney Brown, director of programs at Physicians for Human Rights, told Reuters’s Helen Coster. “You destroy the lives of people they could have saved.”

Had there been just a few medical facilities bombed here and there over the course of the five-year war, one could perhaps be persuaded to believe those were just tragic accidents. But when you get into the triple digits, that excuse just doesn’t fly.

Numbers that large mean the only explanations are that the medical facilities are being inadvertently hit by the Syrian and Russian warplanes carpet bombing much of the country — or that they’re being deliberately targeted.

And, in fact, the UN independent inquiry commission on Syria stated in a report earlier this month that “[t]he pattern of attacks [by the Syrian regime], and in particular the repeated bombardments, strongly suggests that there has been deliberate and systematic targeting of hospitals and other medical facilities during this reporting period.”

Targeting hospitals and medical facilities is prohibited under international humanitarian law. So why are these attacks still happening? The answer is twofold: The attacks are effective, and the Russian and Syrian governments know they can get away with them.

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John Lewis on possible punishment for gun safety sit-in: 'Bring it on'

By Joan McCarter
Thursday Sep 22, 2016 · 11:58 AM EDT

Speaker Paul Ryan has been under pressure from his own basket of deplorables to do something to punish the House Democrats for their dramatic sit-in for gun safety legislation on the House chamber floor last June. The leader of that effort, the conscience of the Congress, is daring Ryan to do it.

Rep. John Lewis said Wednesday night that he’s unafraid of any punishment after Democrats occupied the House of Representatives floor this summer to call for a vote on tougher gun control measures.
“My feeling is, I’ve been punished before. If they want to punish us, bring it on,” Lewis (D-Ga.) said. “If we violated the rules, the tradition of the House, the order of the House, punish us. We’re ready to be punished and then we’ll see what happens.”

Lewis, who was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, said at a POLITICO Playbook cocktail event that he’s received significant public support since leading Democrats in a sit-in on the House floor. He called on his colleagues not to fear the National Rifle Association and to put gun control legislation up for a vote.

With the National Museum of African-American History and Culture scheduled to open this weekend, Lewis recalled attending sit-ins in Nashville as a young man, where he said he had hot coffee poured on his head and lit cigarettes extinguished in his hair. He said touring the museum was like “walking through history. I did everything possible not to cry.”
So do your worst, Paul Ryan. You'll look like the petty tyrant you want to be in return.

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