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At the U.N., Trump showed his total unfitness for U.S. presidency

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President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time on Sept. 19, 2017. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

President Trump’s speech to the United Nations again illustrates his arrogance, ignorance and disregard for what is really at stake on the world stage. (“In first U.N. speech, Trump derides Kim Jong Un as ‘Rocket Man’ and threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea,” Sept. 19)

His referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” is irresponsible. His continuous bullying tactics put the world at risk for another war. This man has clearly shown on many occasions that he does not have the ability to be an effective leader, and yet in the White House he stays.

The United States is much better than what the world sees and what we are allowing to continue.

Years from now the Trump administration will be seen for what it is: the buffoon presidency. His name will be synonymous with total incompetence.

But should Trump manage to use nuclear weapons, his very name would go down with Attila the Hun or Adolf Hitler. He would be known forever as a curse upon humanity.

If so, the only people who could have stopped him, the Republican Party, will be reduced to a footnote in history that cites the irony of having produced both the greatest American president and the worst.

President Trump’s list of false and misleading claims tops 1,000

President Trump’s list of false and misleading claims tops 1,000

President Trump has made more than 1,000 false or misleading statements
In early August, the president crossed a new benchmark — over 1,000 false or misleading claims. According to The Fact Checker’s calculation, he now averages 4.9 claims per day. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post)

We have been tracking President Trump’s false or misleading claims for more than seven months. Somewhere around Aug. 4 or Aug. 5, he broke 1,000 claims, and the tally now stands at 1,057. (full interactive graphic can be found here.)

That’s an impressive number by any standard. In fact, we are a little late with this update because we have simply been overwhelmed keeping track of the deluge of claims made by the president in the later part of July. Things slowed down during the president’s “working vacation,” so we have finally been able to catch up.

At the president’s current pace, he averages nearly five claims a day. Many are repeats of claims that have been previously debunked. We also include statements that are unacknowledged flip-flops from previously held positions, such as touting new highs in a stock market that he previously derided as being a “big, fat bubble.”

More than 30 of the president’s misleading statements have been repeated three or more times.

Trump’s most repeated claim, uttered 50 times, was some variation of the statement that the Affordable Care Act is dying and “essentially dead.” The Congressional Budget Office has said that the Obamacare exchanges, despite well-documented issues, are not imploding and are expected to remain stable for the foreseeable future. Moreover, Congress has been unable to pass a law that would repeal Obamacare, making the continuation of the law Trump’s problem.

Trump repeatedly takes credit for events or business decisions that happened before he took the oath of office — or had even been elected. Forty-two times, he has touted that he secured business investments and job announcements that had been previously announced and could easily be found with a Google search. And 19 times he has boasted that he achieved a reduction in the cost of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, even though the price cut had been in the works before he was elected.

But some of the president’s repeated claims have nothing to do with policy but instead rehash discredited campaign rhetoric, such as the false charge that Hillary Clinton gave 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply to Russia or that the deputy FBI director got $700,000 from Clinton. Both claims were deemed Four-Pinocchios false in 2016. Yet Trump brought them up 11 times.

Some of Trump’s favorite claims are simply odd. Eleven times, he has said that the United States has already spent $6 trillion on “Middle East wars,” money that could have been used instead on building roads in the United States. He often suggests this is a recently calculated figure, but it combines the cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (which is actually in South Asia) and then includes future obligations for veterans costs and interest on the debt through 2053.

At the six-month mark, the president was averaging 4.6 claims a day, but he has now increased his pace. At his current rate, the president won’t break 2,000 claims in his first year in office. But with five months to go, all bets are off.

Source: The Washington Post

Trump hails FAKE story of General Pershing executing 49 Muslims with bullets dipped in pig’s blood

In a speech to supporters in South Carolina, Donald Trump praised a ‘fake’ story about a US general executing 49 Muslims using bullets dripped in pigs blood.

 

Trump alleged General John Pershing ordered the shooting of Filipino Muslim resistance fighters in the “early 1900s”, MSNBC reports.

The Republican front runner said: “He took fifty bullets, and he dipped them in pig’s blood

 “And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the fifty people, and they shot 49 of those people.

“And the fiftieth person he said: ‘You go back to your people and you tell them what happened’. And for 25 years there wasn’t a problem, okay?”

General Pershing was an US military leader in the early 20th century who led US forces in the First World War.

This recurring myth about Pershing’s tenure as military governor of the Moros region in the Philippines between 1909 and 1913 has been rebuffed by rumour busting website, Snopes.

According to Snopes, this story has been circulated widely in different forms on the internet since the 9/11 attacks.

To loud applause, Trump added: “We better start getting tough and we better start getting vigilant, and we better start using our heads or we’re not gonna have a country, folks.

 

Trump Just Exploited The London Bridge Attack For His Own Benefit

london bridgeAmid today’s shocking news of at least three suspected terror attacks hitting London, from stabbings to vehicles moving down pedestrians, Trump took to Twitter for a decidedly selfish reason.

 

Trump’s tweet comes on the heels of his request that the Supreme Court reconsider his travel ban, which has already been struck down twice as unconstitutional. In Trump’s latest unsuccessful appeal of the ban, the 4th Circuit Appeals Court said that the executive order “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”

The President’s comment also touches on international sore spot between the United States and the UK. British police were reportedly incensed after American leaks revealed the names of the suspects for the Manchester bombing before UK authorities intended to release them, potentially damaging their investigation.

Trump should be ashamed of exploiting London’s horrific tragedy to promote his own unconstitutional and staunchly un-American executive order. Now, even the international community will get a firsthand glimpse at our President’s transparent attempts to manipulate a disastrous situation for his own personal gain.

9 Right Wing Companies Every Progressive Should Boycott

In this current era of resistance against President Trump, many progressives are more eager than ever to fight the conservative agenda.

Those who want to resist President Trump and the Republican’s agenda with their wallets as well as their votes and activism would do well to avoid these 9 corporations who actively fight against progressive values.

1. Walmart

Walmart is well-known for crushing small businesses, coming into communities with prices that make it impossible for other stores to compete. Even when mom and pop stores attempt to lower their prices, Walmart simply matches or undercuts them. Recently, the retail behemoth closed 269 stores, leaving some small towns without grocery stores.

The company – which is currently the largest employer in America – has also frequently been sued for promoting less senior male workers over female workers. Women employees have even taken the corporation all the way to the Supreme Court for gender discrimination.

2. Exxon

As recently as last week, Exxon was forced to pay $20 million in fines for releasing 10 million pounds of air pollution into Texas.

Besides this sadly-typical disregard for environmental concerns that seem to be a prerequisite for running an oil company, Exxon has the dubious honor of being the first business to receive a negative score on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index.

The abysmal score largely stems from Exxon’s bitter fight against the gay community. For years, Exxon has fought all attempts to give non-discrimination protections and equal benefits coverage to its employees. Most damning, when Exxon acquired Mobil in 1999, the corporation quickly stripped pre-existing protections for gay employees.

Oh, and Exxon’s CEO Rex Tillerson is also now President Trump’s secretary of state. So. Ya know. There’s that.

3. Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr.’s most visible controversy is their borderline-pornographic advertising which consistently objectifies women.

What’s less well-known is the founder’s well-documented hatred of homosexuality. Carl Karcher went so far as to publicly support a 1978 proposition which would have permitted school boards to fire homosexual teachers or even teachers who spoke favorably of homosexuals.

Carl’s Jr. also donates huge sums of money to conservative Super PACs and the Republican party, especially extreme pro-life causes which aim to ban abortions even in the case of rape or incest.

4. Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby successfully managed to strip away a provision of Obamacare that required employers to provide birth control to women in their insurance policies, after winning one of the most controversial Supreme Court battles of the last decade. Ironically, the company is also staunchly against abortion, a procedure which tends to become more common without access to contraception.

5. Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay stance has been well-documented, with the company’s founder proudly saying in 2012 he is “guilty as charged” regarding his opposition to gay marriage

The company’s charity continues to donate millions to anti-LGBT causes and Christian programs which advocate “sexual purity” between heterosexual married couples.

6. Waffle House
Exactly 100% of Waffle House’s donations go towards right wing causes and candidates. CEO Jim Rogers Jr. even went so far as to join the finance team for Mitt Romney’s Super PAC in 2006. In 2012, the company also gave a whopping $100,000 to Karl Rove’s Super PAC to help influence the election for Republicans.


7. Angel Soft, Brawny, and Dixie

Angel Soft toilet paper, Brawny paper towels, and Dixie cups are subsidiaries of Koch Industries, owned by the Koch brothers, who donate millions of dollars every year to such conservative groups as The National Rifle Association and The National Right to Life Committee.

8. Cracker Barrel

A 2004 Justice Dept. investigation found that 50 Cracker Barrel locations segregated customers, permitted their white waiters to refuse to serve black customers, and seated white customers before black customers. The company also once fired 11 employees for not exhibiting “normal heterosexual values.”

9. Urban Outfitters

Some of Urban Outfitters’ charming fashion designs over the years include a V-neck T-shirt sporting the words “Eat less,” a shirt with the words “Everybody Loves a Jewish girl” with dollar signs and shopping bags surrounding it, and a shirt with a six pointed star badge reminiscent of the Star of David badges that the Nazis forced the Jews to wear.

And don’t worry, the company hasn’t neglected the African-American community, once offering a shirt in two color combinations: “White/Charcoal” and “Obama/Black.” They also made a Monopoly knockoff called Ghettopoly, where players can buy such properties as “Cheap Trick Avenue” and “Smitty’s XXX Peep Show.” Players could also draw “Hustle” bonus cards which feature such cards as “You got yo whole neighborhood addicted to crack. Collect $50.”

Oh, and there was the shirt which featured a 15 year old girl in short leather shorts with her legs spread on the back of a motorcycle, a picture which the company used without the girl’s permission.

And who can forget this lovely Kent State shirt spattered in blood?

The company also is known for being anti-women and anti-LGBT, with the company’s founder endorsing the famously homophobic Rick Santorum for president in 2008.

Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. His less-political Youtube channel can be found here. Follow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW

Ignorance is SO dangerous!

A new low I just discovered from trump supporters trying to give me a lesson of history. They think that Nazis are far lefties because they are “National socialists”, they have no clue that national socialism is a far-right ideology and democratic socialism is left… Also, Socialism is NOT far-left. Communism IS. the perfect evidence of how dangerous ignorance can be!!! Educate the trumpsters!! And trump is cutting the education budget!!! Of course, more ignorant you are, more you like him. Sad! (Also They starting to tell me not to believe the history books as it is just reflecting the opinion of a man or a woman. This is just unacceptable )political spectrum

 

Yes, NAZI German Party was a FAR-RIGHT Party!

Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist or the Nazi party represented extreme Right wing politics. One has to look no further than the fact that some of the first actions Hitler took were to get rid of the Leftist Socialists & Trade Unions, to the modern day Right Wing Neo-Nazis.

Why?:

1). They were violently hostile to all center-left and far-left political parties for their entire existence as a party.

2). They formed coalitions with the traditional right in both electoral politics (the colation government that made Hitler Chancellor) and in bureaucratic politics (their uneasy detente with the German army, which becomes more of a co-option of the army as time goes on.

3). They were violently nationalist, and anti-internationalist , compared to the internationalism of the contemporary left.

4) As the 30’s wear on, they form alliances with other far right governments.

5) They oppose class struggle, a central tenet of Marxists, Democratic and Bolshevik alike.History Ignorance

Basically, they are right wing because they define themselves in opposition to the left, even if they differ with traditionalist conservatives.

Note: note that I define their position in the spectrum based on contemporary politics, not ideology.

Source: Hitler: Hubris&Nemesis (2 volumes) Ian Kershaw

 

Learn about the far-right: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far-right_politics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Moore launches ‘Resistance Calendar’ to track anti-Trump events

Michael Moore, the liberal filmmaker and vocal opponent of President Trump, has launched an online calendar to track anti-Trump events around the world.

The “Resistance Calendar” allows anyone to add an event happening at any location to the calendar.

In a post on Facebook announcing the new calendar on Monday, Moore said he intends it to serve as a “one-stop site” and “clearinghouse of all actions” for anti-Trump events around the country.

“Our goal is his removal from office — and the defeat of any politician who isn’t with us,” Moore said in his post. “WE ARE THE MAJORITY.”

Items already listed on the calendar include the “Not My Presidents Day” rallies being held across the country on Monday. Moore said he’d like the space to also hold information on rallies in smaller cities across the U.S. as well.

Moore called the online calendar “a 24/7 clearinghouse of the already MASSIVE resistance to Trump, to the Republican Congress, and, yes, to many of the spineless Democratic politicians out there.”

Moore is a frequent critic of Trump and his administration. The night before Trump’s inauguration, Moore hosted a protest outside of Trump Tower in New York City with Alec Baldwin, who frequently impersonates Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”

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