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FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR IN CHIEF: COMFORT FOR AMERICAN PROGRESSIVES IN THEIR TIME OF NEED

Posted in Uncategorized on 22/11/2016 by Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J

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I am watching Carol Costello this morning and already Trump will have disappointed the less learned members of his political base. The Trump White House will not investigate Hillary Clinton. Curious. Whilst millions of Americans are still despondent about the election outcome I remain buoyed by the result. By Independence Day 2017, those most vehement in support of Donald Trump will have their own doubts that the man for which they voted cannot do the things he promised. There will be no wall on the southern border. There will be no mass deportation of Muslims. There will be no criminal trial of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

To my Progressive friends on Terra, wipe your eyes so that you may clearly read my words. This not the end it is a new beginning. A Clinton presidency, mired in its first two years by congressional stonewalling and threats of Impeachment, would have been a disaster and likely would have plunged the United States into violence. If you will you should see the Trump victory as a relief valve for the irrational fears and pent up anger of the tens of millions of white Americans who voted for him. As several of my reporters have written today now Trump has to govern. Many of them hold high confidence that the man can do the job well. While I hope this is the case for America’s sake, I must give my opinion clearly here. This new administration will be a disaster of biblical proportions and by New Year’s Day 2020 there will not be a single Soul to be found in rural America who will admit to voting for Trump.

By that date the Fifth Estate will be under constant criticism for having focused too much on Trump’s failings. I will take no joy in this disaster, however, but it will give Americans of all stripes an opportunity to expose and silence the alt-right over the next four years. That will be my mandate here at The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork; to keep Donald Trump’s actions in laser focus for good or ill. If the man does well we will report it. If he missteps we will hold him and those who voted for him to task. This is the definition of being a journalist. Our work to hold up a mirror to President elect Trump and those who support him begins today. Take heart American Progressives, meter your responses and do not goo too deep into the gutter of this matter for it may not be Our time now but in four years we will be celebrating. On my honor this I promise you.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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JOURNALISM 101: CHECKING THE FACTS AND HOW THE RIGHT WING PREFERS TO COVER A STORY

Posted in JOURNALISM on 25/06/2016 by Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J

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Journalism is a curious business. Getting the story out first on rare occasions is more important, to some than getting the facts straight. I would be remiss to say that I hadn’t blown stories in the past seeking to fill in the blanks with my own opinion of what I think happened rather than having three credible sources. Mercifully, my editor at the time was smarter than I.

In America in the modern era, and by that I mean in the era of the Barack Obama presidency, the savvy editor on the right wing side of journalism seems to be asleep at the switch. A story broke recently about a sexual assault in Twin Falls, Idaho involving a 5 year old girl and three boys aged 7, 10 and 14. Picking up on the story with little information the right wing blogosphere ran with what would be most damaging to the resettlement of Syrian refugees. They blazed headline on their sites that read, “Syrian Refugees Rape Little Girl at Knifepoint in Idaho.” That one in particular was run at the Drudge report and has since been removed.

They also ran detailed accounts of what happened. Resettled Syrian refugees had perpetrated this crime. There was a gang rape at knife point. The boys took turns and were instructed in what to do to the child. They urinated on her after the rape. The assailant’s families celebrated after being told what took place.

None of this was true. There was no gang rape. There was no knife. There was no humiliation by urinating on the child. The boys were not from Syria. There was no familial celebration of a rape. All of this was the fabrication of the right wing blogosphere doing the bidding of the bigots who need to feel special in a time of swift diversification in the demographics of the American population. This tectonic shift in what America looks like is scaring the well for lack of a better word– hell, out of white right wing Americans.

It appears that this falsehood began with a blog called Behind My Back and InfoWars, Drudge and then others picked it up without question. This is the essence of bad journalism but the right could care less about that until one of theirs is accused of something heinous.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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WHAT THE TRUMP CANDIDACY REALLY MEANS

Posted in 2016 ELECTIONS, DONALD TRUMP on 17/05/2016 by Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J

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Let us be done with the obvious in regard to the 2016 race for the White House. This election cycle has been different from any other since World War 2. The changes in both the Democratic and the Republican parties over the past twenty years are fully manifest in the fact that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the presumptive nominees of their respective parties. Finally, the insanity, unpredictability and mudslinging have just begun.

Those things said, I believe that it is important to understand just how the American political system, rooted in two polarized parties arrived at this place in 2016. The Donald Trump candidacy did not come about because of ObamaCare, or due to the Culture War victories won by Progressives. The true naissance of Trump’s resonance with the estimated 30 million who support him is the effective dismantling of the coalition of voters who called themselves four short years ago Conservatives.

Many of my colleagues here would disagree with me, most notably with H L Mencken leading the pack, but the GOP will survive the 2016 election cycle. Conservatism, as a bulwark against Progressive technology and civil rights driven change, will not survive as a component of the GOP what rises out of this election whether they are victorious or defeated. Donald J Trump, billionaire real estate developer cum GOP nominee is by no means a conservative. He has said in town halls and interviews many things to appease the last vestiges of the Moral Majority on the Culture War issues of abortion and Christianity. Most of these comments and tweets have been taken with a grain of salt.

What Trump has done is find a commonality that goes beyond the Culture Wars and moves more toward what many Conservatives really desired and that is a strongman who will give them, in their limited remaining years on Terra a levee against the rising waters of Progressive Socialism which are sure to come by the middle of the 21st Century. Supporters of Trump do not want to feel better about the playing field being tilted away from white middle aged Christian men; they simply wish for the swift roller coaster of American society to slow down as they prepare to get off. Mencken to his credit said to me last night, “Trump’s campaign slogan could easily have been, ‘White men want to feel like they have all the Power! Again!'”

I agree with that fully. At no political time in American history in the last 80 years have middle class white Christian Americans suffered economically than they have over the last ten years. Their sons and daughters have been used as pawns in wars for oil in the Middle East brought forth from a GOP administration. They have lost their houses, cars, jobs and status at a dizzying rate [despite the fact that every recession in American history has deeply affected blacks, Latinos and women as white males were protected in their jobs.–F.S.]. As a demon journalist I would remiss in my duty if I did not acknowledge how difficult this past Great Recession was on those of a mindset to support Trump.

This brings me the cause of the Great Recession; that many of those white Christian Conservative males bought into the grand scheme to buy houses with no down payment and no collateral. Knowing this there is still the meme purported by Conservative media, bloggers and pundits, that poor blacks, Latinos and single mothers via the Community Reinvestment Act were the cause of the housing collapse. Clearly, this is not the case when you consider how many more private sector loans were bundled into derivatives which profited banks until the music stopped on 15 September 2008. One does need to remember that for Trump supporters facts matter less than the feeling that one is “winning”.

While they say they want America to be great again Trump supporters forget two important facts. One, that America is still a great nation, despite the GOP’s ill treatment of President Obama whom I feel will be seen as one of the greatest presidents in American history and its intractability on civil rights issues as it relates to the LGBTQ community. Second, if these 30 million angry people, most of them white male and over the age of 50 by the polling data, who support Trump want to relive the greatest economic prosperity of their lifetimes they would vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton and every Progressive they could in November. Alas, I know this not to be the case because they would rather have the near invincible feelings they had a teenagers in the post Vietnam era when being white Christian and male had a value that went beyond simply being a Human Being than to revisit the Clinton prosperity of the 1990s. And thus, you have the reality TV star businessman the de facto future leader of the GOP running against a Clinton in the last election that will have two parties in contention for the White House. Like it or not Reince Priebus, the third party which costs the GOP national power, and possibly a fourth party if the Clinton first term does not result in movement toward greater Progressive Socialism, is being birthed even as I write this article.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR IN CHIEF: AN HONEST DISCUSSION OF RACE AND POLITICS WITH A CONSERVATIVE

Posted in CAVALOR EPTHITH EDITORIALS on 05/01/2016 by Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J

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I make this response to this [below in bold] from Tim at Views From The Right Side posted under a picture of President Obama.

Thank You!

We no longer need Jesus! We have you to save us from ourselves!!!

Now onto other business. I hope to get my congress critter to sponsor some legislation.
With this legislation you need a license to exercise Free Speech. You need a license to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. You need a license to not self incriminate. You need a license to…..yada yada…yada

Tim I believe you are a smarter person than this. I hope one day before you die you will aspire to be a Human Being. But as a person today you are smarter than this. I want to tell you something important now and I would take heed because it is rare that the Living get advice from a demon. You are nothing special because of your race, your religion or your politics. You are something special because of your ability to be compassionate, to learn, to act rationally and to believe in something larger than your self. And that I can see this in you is what makes me a socialist and not a conservative.

To be a conservative means that your fear and your race and your gender should accord you a voice and that that voice must be louder than all voices of those that are not Christian, not male, not white and not conservative. None of those things matter more than intellect, compassion, hope and reason. Someone of my species can only hope to help you in this journey but alas that is difficult because this task is akin to teaching a baby how to drive and automobile. But I have hope that at some point you will see the futility in your fear and the irrationality in your anger at societal change.

As for the black people in the inner cities they have been failed by a system that has thrown money at them and despite that money being a pittance to what they could have earned with hard work and education they are vilified for their anger by those who would not sit at the same bench with them and have a sandwich. The crimes of blacks on blacks in inner cities is a product of decades of cultural stupidity and fear from both a liberal and a conservative ruling class; both frightened of riots that would come from their mutual bigotry. But things are getting better young black women are getting degrees beyond high school at the highest rate in American history. So once again it will be the females of your species that will save you from yourselves. This is a timeless theme throughout human history and that ground has been trodden into a well traveled path. But the social experiment based on fear must end and to do this capitalism must become more multicultural and inclusive if this the greatest sin committed by Liberals can come to and end.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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CONSERVATIVES PRESIDENT OBAMA IS NOT COMING TO TAKE YOUR GUNS HE IS TRYING TO SAVE YOU FROM YOURSELVES

Posted in 2016 ELECTIONS, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVES ARE OLD AND DYING AND SCARED, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, GUN CONTROL, GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, GUNS AS RELIGION, NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, POLITICS, PRESIDENT OBAMA on 05/01/2016 by Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J

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In an emotional speech where he rolled out his executive actions on gun ownership in the United States, President Barack Obama made a clear statement that neither he nor any of his cabinet offices are in the business of confiscating legal firearms owned by American citizens. His tone was clear and emphatic when he discussed the 2nd amendment as a fundamental right. However, conservative writers here in the digital realm are already stoking more fear upon a subject based upon fear.

Writing at Breitbart.com, Awr Hawkins gives readers the idea that those collecting Social Security will have their guns confiscated. This is simply not true and even hawkins has to explain deeper into the column that the Social Security Administration will be brought on board to report to NICS any information regarding mental health and competence of persons declared disabled and unable to manage their payments based upon a mental health diagnosis. Even Congress is on board to assure that the mentally ill do not gain access to firearms and thereby reducing both the potential for mass shootings and the number of gun suicides in America.

There has been quite a bit of consternation regarding the constitutionality of these executive orders from the Right. Rick Ungar at Forbes magazine has an excellent take on and a breakdown of the twenty-three line items in these orders. Do take the time to read this.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR IN CHIEF: LESLIE SAVAN JOSHUA HOLLAND AND THE NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD

Posted in GUN CONTROL, GUN RAMPAGE, GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, GUNS AS RELIGION on 06/12/2015 by Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J

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Everyone who can process information knows now that the shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California last week perpetrated by Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik was an act of terrorism on a global scale. Like Leslie Savan of The Nation pointed out many in America were hoping that this the 355th mass shooting since 1 January 2015 was the act of someone who was “from the other team” meaning the other political or ideological team. Many conservatives expressed their glee that this event was perpetrated by Muslims all the while ignoring the common thread in all of these tragic event– the ease at which people can get weapons which can lead to mass casualty events. Joshua Holland, also writing at The Nation addresses the nature of the feelings Americans have regarding mass shooting events. Holland notes, “By all accounts, up until the very moment he opened fire, Syed Farook, one of the two alleged perpetrators of America’s latest gun-slaughter, was what the gun lobby lionizes as a “good guy with a gun.” Farook, along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, allegedly killed 14 people at his office’s holiday party in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday—the 355th mass shooting on the 336th day of 2015. But the couple had had no previous contacts with the law, according to San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan. Neighbors and co-workers described Farook as quiet and polite. He had held a stable, middle-class job as a food inspector for five years. Patrick Baccari, who shared a cubicle with Farook, told the Los Angeles Times that the Illinois native and his family appeared to be “living the American dream.”

For the first time since 1920, the New York Times editorial board ran the fruits of their collective thought on page 1 of the American newspaper of record. The headline of this editorial, “End the Gun Epidemic in America” is compelling on its own and more so in the light of the current knowledge that both Farook and Malik got their guns by legal rather than illegal means. The board continues calling the ease by which Americans can buy weapons designed only to kill people is “a moral outrage.” And that statement brings me to my point. For decades I have heard from and read the thoughts of conservatives on a number of social issues that were sure to “destroy America.” From interracial marriage in the 1960s, to abortion rights in the 1970s to teenage pregnancy in the 1980s, to homosexuality in the 1990s, to foreign terrorism in the 2000s, Americans have been treated with a steady buffet of social issues that could tear the fiber of freedom that binds America together. Here is 2015, many of those issues have, much to the chagrin of conservatives have been resolved. Interracial marriages, abortion, have all become common and codified into law with protections guaranteed by the Supreme Court. Teenage pregnancies are down because of organizations like Planned parenthood which provide contraception both to young women and young men. The gay rights movement gained strength in the late 90s and peaked with the Supreme Court upholding the right of same sex couples to marry just this year. Outside of 11 September 2001, the Fort Hood attack, the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013 and this week’s slaughter in San Bernardino , where a total of 2539 people perished there have been no lives lost to terror from outside America’s borders with a radical Muslim slant. Over those 5,199 days slightly less than half a human life has been lost to Muslim terrorism in the United States.

Looking at data compiled by Mother Jones the demographics of those who have acted as mass shooters and the means by which they acquired their weapons is glaring. The vast majority of the shooters are white and male and the vast majority of those shooters got their weapons legally. So, a logical being would have to determine that while foreign born terrorism brought to American shores by way of radicalisation via social media and other information technology is a threat; the greater threat lies in the hands of the over 129,000 gun dealers in the United States as well as in the minds of the millions of white male disaffected and disgruntled within your borders. This clear determination will likely anger white conservatives to no end but as the New York Times Editorial Board noted so very eloquently yesterday, “Certain kinds of weapons, like the slightly modified combat rifles used in California, and certain kinds of ammunition, must be outlawed for civilian ownership. It is possible to define those guns in a clear and effective way and, yes, it would require Americans who own those kinds of weapons to give them up for the good of their fellow citizens. What better time than during a presidential election to show, at long last, that our nation has retained its sense of decency?”

Conservatives who would gladly have the President of the United States drop a nuclear weapon on Damascus, or Mecca even are not so quick to violence when that same logic would be applied within their own borders. Those on the Right who point to black violence in Chicago which is an intolerable blight on a great city as a sign of an entire race’s inability to coexist in a “civilised” society fail to apply the same standard to the number of murder suicides in rural mostly white America. Much of this is because conservatives hold that no conservative ever, and I cannot stress ever, enough, commit any heinous crimes. Dylan Roof a young man who committed one of the largest hate crime shootings in decades in a black church was in agreement on many issues that conservatives were supporting over the summer past most notably the flying of the Confederate flag. Suddenly, when his support for that symbol became known conservatives spun this fact that not all supporters of the Stars and Bars were “really” conservatives. So following this irrational line of thinking no conservative has ever raped, robbed, used drugs to excess, had sex outside of marriage or slaughtered their family with a gun.

As a demon journalist I know better. People live many lives in a lifetime and while maturing from childhood to young adulthood many if not all people learn compartmentalize their true self showing to only a handful of those closest to them. Equally, violence, especially with guns is not limited by race, religion or political bent. The same can be said for the seemingly ultimate taboo of the 21st Century mental illness. The real problem is at the nexus of the polarization of ideologies and races in America today, the anguish and suffering of a nearly crushed middle class and the proliferation of firearms in the United States of America. Sadly, I do not believe President Barack Obama has the time or the support of Congress to do anything about any of these hydra like problems in his remaining 13 months in office. The next President no matter if they are left, right or [is is possible?] centre, must take up all three of these issues and attack them with bold solutions just as Obama attacks the failing US economy in 2009. The logical solutions are the elimination of certain types of weapons as the New York Times Editorial Board has called for yesterday, a massive infrastructure spending bills which would create millions of good paying jobs as has been proposed by Hillary Clinton and a constitutional convention like reconciliation summit of the races with delegates chosen from each state equal to the United States Congress to solve the issues between black, brown and white in America. Until all of the cards are placed upon the table the wounds of racial animus from both sides will remain. The goal of such a convention would not be victory for one side or the other but peace and forward progressing unity, tolerance and mutual respect for culture. Short of that I will simply sit here in my office in Dis and wait for the next slaughter of innocents and pray that the perpetrator is “not on my team.”

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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THE EVENING EDITION; 33 2 LEVIATHAN 3 AS

Posted in BOBBY JINDAL, CHARLES SEVERENCE, CRIME BLOTTER, ERICA PARSONS, JEB BUSH, MATERNITY LEAVE, THE EVENING EDITION, VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL, WESTERN BANDIT on 02/11/2015 by Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J

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The main news this evening from Terra follows the ellipses . . .

Western Bandit suspect arrested in Los Angeles.

Jindal to 6% in Iowa Bush plummets to 5% per The Hill

Bones discovered at home of missing woman Erica Parsons in Salisbury, North Carolina are not human.

Charles Severence found guilty by corporeal jury on three counts of first degree murder in Virginia.

Porsche reports it though the 2015 Cayenne TDI was “fully compliant” with clean air laws.

Amazon offers 20 weeks of paid maternity leave to new mothers who have one year tenure with company.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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