Out of My Mind | Well and Truly and Deeply F***ed

If you could vote the Nazis out of power, wouldn’t you? If you could, by the ballot, keep Hitler from taking power, wouldn’t you?

Exactly.


This got me thinking:

I am sick of white reporters telling white women how to feel about Trump’s appeal to black voters. I am done with talking heads taking Trump’s drop-ins to black churches at face value.
He’s not talking to black people, he’s making an example of black people to impress his white friends. Trump is walking around in political blackface, singing Porgy and Bess to kill it at the Rotary Club.
You don’t have to be a pundit of color to call a spade a spade when you catch it shoveling s**t. ENOUGH of this foolishness. Give Trump all the free white media you want, but stop ACTING like he’s saying anything of value to the black community. Instead, why don’t you bring on some more white women to comment on whether or not any of Trump’s bullcrap is actually working on them. White women are more than capable of telling you how much racism they’re willing to accept in their presidential candidate. We should hear from them directly, and stop playing this dog whistle game engineered by Kellyanne Conway to appeal to white women like her.

Much as we all complain about the corporate media’s failure to tear Trump down, which is to say, go deep on reporting past his decades of lies and worse, is there any benefit to doing so? Would it help?

Wouldn’t honest reporting actually further strengthen his support? Wouldn’t it essentially tell his supporters and likely supporters that they’re imbeciles for backing him, causing them to double down on their support? (Too, since the corporate media is so lacking in trust these days, the reportage could also be easily ignored.)

So. Maybe going chapter and verse on his lifetime of being a racist, a liar, a thief who gets rich at the expense of everyone else including taxpayers, up to this very minute, wouldn’t help.

That said, maybe if they just call out his proposed policies — substantive criticism — might accomplish something.

His economic policies of gratuitous taxcuts and fantasies are proven failures.

He’s really going to change failing foreign policies by surrounding himself with the architects of said policies?

And crap like his family leave plan: Available only to married CIS mothers, unavailable to anyone who doesn’t make enough to take itemized deductions on their taxes.

Trump the populist doesn’t even rise to the level of Marie Antoinette; his populism comes down to feeding the starving shit.

Really. That’s it.

Of course, if the corporate media has started calling him out at the debates instead of, you know, promoting him, maybe, then, it would have mattered. Too late now.

That said, there is no acceptable excuse for voting for him. Had I but time… but no, not a single excuse.

I’m not the only one:

* * What the left is really angry about is not that the media is failing to expose the outrages of the man-child Trump. It is that his coverage is not having the desired effect on voters. But Trump supporters like John Baldwin know who Trump is and they don’t care. They are not rejecting Trump for being a self-aggrandizing asshole. They embrace him because of it. * * Yet the left demands the press to do more of the same reporting to expose Trump, hoping for different results.

(Link.)

There are 2 options here — either the voters don’t *know* that Trump is staggeringly ignorant with absolutely no interest in critical things, or they don’t care. Frankly both answers sort of frighten me, and tear at my faith in the sustainability of our democratic institutions.

Now more than ever. He’s the one.


A real American hero:

Rhonda Covington is short on time.
As the only public defender for the 20th Judicial District of Louisiana, she could be investigating cases, calling witnesses, scouring through evidence, taking photos at crime scenes (with her own camera), meeting with her clients’ families, writing motions, typing up pleadings, making appointments, answering the phones, answering the door, getting the mail at the post office, filling in timesheets, filing monthly reports, doing the accounting, paying the rent and utilities, cleaning the bathroom, dusting the furniture, sweeping and mopping the floors, taking out the trash, trimming the bushes, unclogging the plumbing, buying the toilet paper, or meeting with everyone arrested in a thousand-square-mile area just north of Baton Rouge, within 72 hours of their arrest.
“There are days,” she says, “when I feel that I could literally scream to the top of my lungs for 10 minutes.”
Every Wednesday, she makes an all-day trip to the infamous Angola prison to meet with clients.

Read the rest.


Noted: Another day, another person of color gets killed by a cop for no good reason. (Wondering why all them pro-life conservatives are cool with cops’ pro-death mentality.)


The Republican platform, now and forever:

Bloomberg’s Joshua Green reports that Miller agreed to step down in the wake of her controversial remarks where she said that “if you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault,” while also claiming that “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected.”

(Link.)

They keep this us much longer, they’ll also rid America of the history of slavery. Never happened. See? Simple.


Trump’s wall already exists:

It is a political moment that compels me to relate this history. There is currently a candidate for president — an unserious person, but a serious contender — whose opening campaign gesture, and most common applause line, is a broadside against Mexico and Mexicans that ends with a vision of a border wall. Donald Trump promises he will build an enormous border fence, spanning the entirety of the 2,000-mile boundary-line between the United States and Mexico. And he asserts that Mexico will pay for it.
As Trump regales his followers with this dream, he does not appear to recognize how much wall already exists. He seems not to know, or not to care, that in San Diego a border wall already extends beyond where the land ends, hundreds of feet into the Pacific Ocean. In many of the most populous cities along the border, there are in fact two walls, patrolled day and night, with a no-man’s-land in between. There are concrete-filled steel beams a dozen or more feet high. There are deceptively stubby panels of rusty siding that belie the electronic eyes all around and the Border Patrol vehicles perched on nearby hillsides.

Prison reforms may actually be coming to Rikers Island.

Not a joke; Trump, Jr. posted this. His source for the post are neo-Nazis or some such shit. Who’d’a believed? On the other hand, apple/tree.

Speaking of which, here’s a clue for those supporting Trump, the populist. This is how he’ll make their lives better after decades of Republican gutting of the economy to benefit their special interests:

Ryan’s agenda includes the normal conservative priorities: deregulation of the financial industry and fossil fuels, repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s cost reforms and coverage expansions, increased military budgets, and deep cuts in spending for poor people. As always, the plan’s centerpiece is a massive, debt-financed tax cut that disproportionately accrues to the very rich. What’s new and different is just how disproportionate it is.

(Link.)

Not like Daddy isn’t shameless either.


Presidential:

The Post story suggests that Trump misappropriated funds from a charity to pay off his own legal debts. If true, that’s fraudulent, unethical, and immoral.

That is,

Washington Post reporter David A. Fahrenthold has been digging into purported billionaire Donald Trump’s purported charity and unearths a heck of a story: Trump used $258,000 from his ‘charitable’ non-profit organization to settle legal problems involving his for-profit businesses.

Have I said yet that there is no acceptable excuse for voting for this piece of garbage, this failed, awful human being?

Presidential:

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gave at least $45,000 to the campaign of Alan Hevesi, a New York state comptroller who later went to prison for his role in a pay-to-play bribery scandal, according to a Huffington Post review of campaign finance records.

[snip]

The city reduced the tax assessment for Trump’s newest building by 17 percent and awarded the building a special tax abatement. In exchange, Trump agreed to subsidize 200 units of affordable housing in the Bronx. The settlement saved Trump $97 million in taxes he didn’t have to pay, he later wrote in Trump: How To Get Rich.

(Link.)

Presidential:

Donald Trump’s foundation has one real beneficiary: Trump. He uses the foundation to pull in cash and spend it as he likes, and the small amount that actually reaches genuine charities is often used to lure events to Trump venues or earn cheap publicity for Trump.

And by using Trump venues, he charges back more than he contributes.

Presidential:

He’s only in it for the money. Really.

Or maybe just to avoid arrest and trial. Seriously.

Presidential:

He earns very little money or uses loopholes and tax shelters and, as a result, pays little or no tax. Many voters were shocked when Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, disclosed that he paid an average of just 14 percent of his income in taxes. Mr. Trump might pay even less, perhaps even zero. Real estate developers like Mr. Trump can take advantage of numerous deductions, credits and other tax loopholes that allow them to minimize how much tax they owe. In fact, Mr. Trump has boasted about avoiding taxes, telling George Stephanopoulos of ABC in May, “I fight very hard to pay as little tax as possible.”
Tax records from New York City also show that Mr. Trump has, as recently as this year, received a property tax credit that is available only to families earning less than $500,000 a year. His campaign has said that the credit was issued in error. But he has received the same credit in the past. It also appears that Mr. Trump paid little or no personal income taxes in some years in the early 1990s and late 1970s, according to news accounts based on documents from gambling regulators in New Jersey. […]
His tax returns could shed light on whom he does business with. The detailed schedules in his tax return could reveal the source of his earnings and debt. This would provide information about his ties to Russian oligarchs, Middle Eastern billionaires and other figures closely linked to foreign governments that might be trying to influence or thwart American policy. A recent Newsweek story revealed that Mr. Trump has done business with politically connected businessmen in Azerbaijan, Dubai, India, Turkey and elsewhere. And a few years ago, his son Donald Trump Jr. said that many Russian investors had put their money into the family’s business.

(Link.)

Presidential:

The most prominent African-American whose support Deplorable Donald can find for some sort of racial rally for a group of caucasians is a murderous thief and liar.

No decent person does business with Trump.


Don’t know what a lie is? The Times is on it!

■ It is not used for matters of opinion, but only when the facts are demonstrably clear.
■ Intentionality is important — in the case of Trump and birtherism, he repeated the lie for years, in the face of overwhelming facts that disproved it, suggesting this was a deliberate attempt by Trump to deceive.
■ It is not used to police more frivolous disputes among political candidates or political factions.

But credit where it’s (maybe) due:

In at least five articles in the New York Times on Sept. 17, including the lead story in the print edition, the words “lie,” “false,” “falsely claimed” and “untrue” appeared in headlines, lead paragraphs, and top sections of the paper’s Trump coverage.


On Wednesday, Donald Trump participated in a town-hall discussion on the issues facing the African-American community. Like most of the birther king’s pantomimes of black outreach, this one was unconvincing from the start: What kind of forum on the state of black America is hosted by Sean Hannity — and attended almost exclusively by white people?
[snip]
Answer: the kind that a racist demagogue assembles to assure white, suburban Republicans that it isn’t racist to vote for him.
The town hall was set to air on Wednesday night, but was pushed to Thursday due to the violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina. Early dispatches from its taping lend credence to such an assessment: Asked what he would do to combat “black-on-black” gun crime, Trump suggested that he would force all police departments to stop-and-frisk young men in African-American neighborhoods.

(Link.)



Actually, given all the pressure on working in a prison — low pay for guards, worse for those in private prisons — and everything awful about the job, there’s a huge limit to how much reform is possible, by which I mean significant reform is essentially impossible.


Given the state of Second Amendment NRA-sponsored jurisprudence, I have to agree with this:

The Sixth Circuit, sitting en banc (and rather splintered), rules that the mental-health ban on gun ownership could violate the Second Amendment.

If you haven’t paid attention, there are essentially no nationwide ban on who can buy guns.



The superiority of our betters:

Hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman has been angry about a lot of stuff over the past few years: jerk investors who want better returns and lower fees; Hillary Clinton’s supposed “crapping” on what he does for a living; and a certain sitting president, for failing to write his 14 year-old granddaughter a handwritten thank you note for her (self-published) book of poems. Now, the subject of his ire is most likely a corporate suit who didn’t say “Sure, Leon, no problem,” when the money manager made the small request of flat out lying to the SEC to cover up his (alleged) insider trading activity.

He is our better in what way(s)?

Ditto:

DONALD TRUMP JR.’S tweet comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles has deep roots. The concept dates back at least to 1938 and a children’s book called Der Giftpilz, or The Toadstool, in which a mother explains to her son that it only takes one Jew to destroy an entire people.

(Link.)


Headline of the day and a great moment in corporate reportage:

CNN Asks Whether Terror Suspect, A U.S. Citizen, ‘Deserves’ Due Process


The GOP’s love for democracy and respect for the law is fucking awesome:

Back in July, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that Texas’ draconian new voter ID requirements are illegal under the federal Voting Rights Act because they discriminate against minorities. In accordance with that decision, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos forbade the state from enforcing the blocked law or disenfranchising voters who lack ID.
But Texas quickly violated this court order by actively misleading voters about ID requirements in statements to the press and official voting materials. While Ramos ruled that voters could legally sign an affidavit swearing they could not reasonably obtain ID, Texas officials implied that they would criminally investigate “everyone who signs that form.” Ramos also ordered Texas to educate voters about their ability to vote without an ID if they cannot “reasonably obtain it.” Yet the state recast Ramos’ language, declaring in its educational materials that only voters who cannot obtain ID at all may sign the affidavit. As the Justice Department noted in a complaint, this “inaccurate” and “misleading information” suggests that voters who would face a heavy burden in obtaining an approved ID — but could still theoretically get one — must still present an ID to vote.
And then there are the outright lies. As voting rights expert Ari Berman has documented, some Texas election officials are simply deceiving voters and poll workers, informing them that photo ID is still required to cast a ballot[.]
In response, Ramos took the remarkable step on Tuesday of putting Texas under court supervision. The state is now required to “re-issue its press releases” and edit its educational materials to correctly reflect the court’s ruling, using language issued by the court itself. Ramos also required officials to provide the Justice Department and voting rights plaintiffs with “scripts and copy for documents and advertisements that have not yet been published for review and objection prior to publication.”



Now you know:

What is #Allo? A Google app that records every message you ever send and makes it available to police upon request.

— Edward Snowden.

Thinking about #Allo? Last year, our secret court approved 100% of requests for surveillance. They would cover Allo.

Snowden again.