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13,506 MARINES APPLIED FOR THE WHITE HOUSE DETAIL

Posted in AMERICA'S UNHEALTHY OBSESSION WITH THE MILITARY, DONALD TRUMP, MACKENZIE DAVIS, THE SKY IS FALLING on 24/02/2017 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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The title of this post is unproven yet but my staff and I are working on it. Even members of the military former and current are having a bit of trouble with this one. I was in the military in Vietnam when I was alive and back then it didn’t matter who the President was if they wanted to keep you in the shit you didn’t like them. Things have changed significantly in the past fifty years or so and now ideological politics as a deeply held belief is a form of combat all its own. Take for example the meme that’s been traveling around the Internet terrestrially for the past 22 hours or so. This meme states, in an effort to show how much support he United States Marine Corps has for Donald Trump, a conservative view of a dislike for a former President Barack Obama. Like he cares at this point.

Once again to put this into context I’ll have to use a popular culture reference that many of you may be unfamiliar with. I was introduced, just yesterday, to an animated Netflix show called “Bojack Horseman”. The show tells the story of a down on his luck actor who happens to be half man and half horse. Bojack is the surly type of has been who soothes his pain at the prospect of his waning popularity with alcohol and casual sex. The real point of all of this is that Bojack is a touchstone for and a mirror upon modern American culture. In the last episode I watched Bojack goes to the grocery store and finds himself confronted with apple muffins sitting among produce and picks them up. A seal (yes the anthropomorphic kind) comes out of the store’s bathroom and says he has “dibs” on the muffins and just set them there to go relieve himself. Bojack takes offense and an argument ensues. Not really wanting the muffins in the forst place, Bojack simply does what many Americans would do in this situation– he defaults to being a dick.

It turns out that the seal is a naval office named Neal McBeal, a captain in the US Navy and an Afghanistan veteran just back home from deployment. Yes, dear readers it gets better from here. Appearing on MSNBSea ( get it?) with an anchor whale voiced by the guru of television hubric projection Keith Olbermann, Captain McBeal relates the story of the muffin stealing and Horseman’s blatant disregard for “dibs.” Bojack, against all advice he is given by his agent and the ghost writer of his tell all book, calls into the station and basically says that well all of the troops aren’t heroes some of them are jerks. A firestorm of epic media proportions ensues. Watch the scene below.

Now back to the meme giving the drug addled and the angry and the bigoted yet another meaningless warm fuzzy this warm morning here in Hell. There isn’t any way I can say this any better than Bojack did. I served in the US military and I know that every one who has served has sacrificed something if nothing but their time and freedom. But to simply bow at the feet of every member of the US military and grovel constantly about how much conservative “support” them means nothing at all. If these people really wanted to support their men and women past and present they would demand, as I did of President Obama, that the broken VA system be fixed and that every homeless veteran on the streets of the so-called greatest nation on Terra be washed, clothed, fed and sheltered at the expense of those bloated overpaid hooligans in the United States Congress.

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In Hindsight

Melania Trump as the First Lady might have inspired a few thousand Marines to prefer 8th & I over Camp Leatherneck but even if every Marine had applied to stand at attention when Marine 1 landed and salute the Donald it would be once again at the risk of over using the word meaningless. Just this past week a Marine colonel who was relieved of duty waived an Article 32 hearing having been accused of raping a minor girl. There is on example of not being a hero among many because “The Troops” come from “The People.” These are the same people who were misguided, stupid, high or drunk enough to vote for a man who has no political experience whatsoever. This flies in the face of the literal pounds of digital data vomited at Progressives that then Senator Barack Obama didn’t have enough experience to be commander-in-chief. By comparison with the blunder and bluster of Trump, the first month of Obama’s presidency seems like a calm afternoon on the beaches of San Junipero with Mackenzie Davis. I cannot stress enough that this White House, and the people that so desperately wanted a victory over a man who will never run for another elected office, is a cancer on the buttocks of freedom, justice and equality on the planet in which you live. It may not happen today, it may not happen tomorrow but in time a crisis will come and the Trump White House will fail to rise to the occasion and Human Beings will sadly pay with their lives.

Pax Terra!

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DOBRAF EXPLAINS IT ALL

Posted in ALT-RIGHT, DONALD TRUMP with tags on 23/02/2017 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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Richard Spencer gets booted out of CPAC today. Dan Schneider call the alt-right “left wing.” And this explanation of the current state of the conservative mind from a commenter to the Spencer red card moment at the WaPo:

“Ideology doesn’t matter to conservatives anymore. The movement has devolved into tribalism. In this broken style of thinking, anything you don’t like can be branded “liberal” or “left-wing.”

Fascism? Nazism? Dylan Roof? ISIS? abortion clinic shooters? — all liberals. Meanwhile, Lincoln and Reagan are rolling over in their graves.”

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Ahhh now the Trump voters who read this blog are getting it. Now you’re the frog in the pot and it seems like a nice warm bath. In a few weeks it will simmer and you’ll be uncomfortable but heck your man is still in the White House making America white, uh, I mean great again. Then the simmer will turn to a boil when Americans die because Trump is too busy vacationing at Mar-a-Lago ogling Ivanka wearing a microkini or some such bull shit and then we’ll just put the lid on so you can’t hop out.

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In Hindsight

I can promise you that in the overall as Trump fails with no help from we here in Hell I will be delighted to finally see the “conservative” ideology put where it has belonged for at least 40 years. The good old days are gone. Trump will bring you some very, very bad new days before the end of this year. Trumpists take some advice from a Progressive in Hell don’t weigh down your Soul with punishments trying to blame Obama for the massive fuckups to come or rationalize the body counts with events that too place while Obama was President. It’s not gonna fly with this journalist.

Pax Terra!

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KEITH OLBERMANN EXPLAINS IT ALL

Posted in DONALD TRUMP, KEITH OLBERMANN on 31/01/2017 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

There’s no need for me to expound on this–just watch

Pax Terra!

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ELIOT COHEN ISSUES A WARNING THAT WILL ECHO THROUGH THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN HISTORY

Posted in DONALD TRUMP on 31/01/2017 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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In his article in the Atlantic Magazine Eliot Cohen, former counselor to the State Department under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, writes, “I am not surprised by President Donald Trump’s antics this week. Not by the big splashy pronouncements such as announcing a wall that he would force Mexico to pay for, even as the Mexican foreign minister held talks with American officials in Washington. Not by the quiet, but no less dangerous bureaucratic orders, such as kicking the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff out of meetings of the Principals’ Committee, the senior foreign-policy decision-making group below the president, while inserting his chief ideologist, Steve Bannon, into them. Many conservative foreign-policy and national-security experts saw the dangers last spring and summer, which is why we signed letters denouncing not Trump’s policies but his temperament; not his program but his character.

We were right. And friends who urged us to tone it down, to make our peace with him, to stop saying as loudly as we could “this is abnormal,” to accommodate him, to show loyalty to the Republican Party, to think that he and his advisers could be tamed, were wrong. In an epic week beginning with a dark and divisive inaugural speech, extraordinary attacks on a free press, a visit to the CIA that dishonored a monument to anonymous heroes who paid the ultimate price, and now an attempt to ban selected groups of Muslims (including interpreters who served with our forces in Iraq and those with green cards, though not those from countries with Trump hotels, or from really indispensable states like Saudi Arabia), he has lived down to expectations. Precisely because the problem is one of temperament and character, it will not get better. It will get worse, as power intoxicates Trump and those around him. It will probably end in calamity—substantial domestic protest and violence, a breakdown of international economic relationships, the collapse of major alliances, or perhaps one or more new wars (even with China) on top of the ones we already have. It will not be surprising in the slightest if his term ends not in four or in eight years, but sooner, with impeachment or removal under the 25th Amendment. The sooner Americans get used to these likelihoods, the better.”

It is quite rare that Cohen and I agree on anything, but in this case and about this subject the two of us are in lockstep. Trump has begun just as many observers here expected him to begin. He has used the power of the executive order to keep campaign promises to the very nationalist base that elected him. He has not ceased to be more interested in his image than the workings of government for all. And finally, Trump has, as Cohen so eloquently points out, a reckless disregard for those he has elevated to Cabinet posts in favor of listening to “the people” or ideologues who will keep him “popular” in the hearts and minds of less than a quarter of the American population.

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In Hindsight

This is a path to destruction and if a neoconservative historian of the class and character of Eliot Cohen can see it, then I have to acknowledge it. It has been said many times that history is written by the victors. I was terribly wrong about the 2016 election, however my guts tell me that these first twelve days of irrational missteps will lead to a critical mass of failure that as Cohen predicts will bring a Trump presidency and quite possibly the GOP to a final flaming ruin.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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THE MONDAY NIGHT MASSACRE: ACTING AG SALLY YATES FIRED BY WHITE HOUSE

Posted in 2017 MUSLIM IMMIGRATION BAN, DONALD TRUMP, MONDAY NIGHT MASSACRE, SALLY QUILLIAN YATES on 31/01/2017 by Majordomo Pain

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Last night Donald J. Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates because of her refusal to defend the travel ban on Muslim refugees from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. Dana Boente, also an Obama appointee, has assumed the post. All this Nixonian drama comes in the wake of the travel ban issued by executive order by Trump last week that has placed the travel plans and many U.S. airports in chaos.

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This is not like the 2011 Obama very narrow moratorium on travel from Iraq by Iraqi citizens seeking Special Immigrant Visas; this is a step toward a religious test of convenience for a nationalist president as he promised to his his most bigoted supporters during the 2016 election campaign. Yates, to her credit is the first hero to stand up to Donald Trump and his efforts to tear down the fabric of the United States as a diverse democracy. In her memo to the wider Justice Department she wrote, “My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts. In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right. At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful. Consequently, for as long as I am the Acting Attorney General, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the Executive Order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so.”

The Collective must point out that the words used to vilify Ms Yates by the White House were not only out of character for the office, but also toned to send a message of clear misogyny to women in positions of power throughout the American government.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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CAN TRUMP REALLY DESTROY AMERICA?

Posted in DONALD TRUMP on 28/01/2017 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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Before I dive into this meaty subject on such a fine Saturday morning here in Hell, I have to spend a little time defining what “destroy” means. First of all I don’t mean everybody dead and everything burnt to the ground. That would be silly and is a worse case scenario that, if by some weird quirk of The Fates takes place, I will address as it happens.

With that little caveat in place there are many interpretations of destroy out there. To Progressives like me living on Terra within the borders of the United States, we are concerned with civil rights both of those with citizenship and those without. While Donald Trump has said many times that he will be the LGBTQ friendly president, there is, and will remain constant pressure from the alt-right to turn back the clock on those rights and rights for other ethnic and religious minorities in the United States.

For those in the international law and public policy arena the term destroy would mean actions taken by this administration that would lead to active military conflicts across the globe and a decrease in respect even America’s allies have for the U.S. Curiously, moderates and GOP establishment types have something in common on the third interpretation of destroy and that is a weakening of the Oval Office by means of executive abuses of power or violations of the Constitution. This is the issue that keeps Republicans in Washington awake at night.

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In Hindsight
So to answer the question in full, depending on how you define destroy, yes this administration can make life a living hell for you. As a Progressive I was concerned in the first few weeks of the Obama administration that it could turn into amateur hour in a time of crisis, but quickly the President and his team showed they had the bull by the horns and were working on some serious solutions to grave problems on numerous fronts. Trump’s first week began with nasty tweets and “alternative facts” that don’t give this journalist any indication that Trump as a president will create anything other than a disaster.

Pax Terra!

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POLITICS IN THE BUFF: TRUMP’S FIRST WEEK AS COMPARED TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FIRST WEEK

Posted in DONALD TRUMP on 28/01/2017 by sarahbloch

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Donald J. Trump’s first week in office as the 45th President of the United States began as many progressive observers expected– with a thud. Nearly from the very first moment there was controversy, with Trump going full blown Nixonian and forcing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer out before the assembled press to lie about the size of the crowd at his inauguration. That gaffe was followed by Kellyanne Conway speaking with Meet The Press’ Chuck Todd and explaining that Spicer used “alternative facts.” Welcome to TrumpWorld ladies and gentlemen.

Trump did sign six executive orders this week, one more than President Obama signed in 2009 during his first week in office. By signing those orders , Trump kept several major campaign promises to the bigots that voted for him. Chief among these were the order to build a southern border wall and the banning of refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 120 days. Challenges have already been made to the detaining of Muslim travelers at U.S. airports and many prominent observers have said that even if the border wall is built Trump will fail in his promise to have Mexico pay for it.

In 2009, President Obama was dealing with an economy that was near failing and unemployment racing toward 10%. In his first week in office he dealt with the issue of Guantanamo Bay’s detainees and the ban on gifts to lobbyists among his five executive orders. While President Obama began the heavy lifting of fixing the American economy facing its worst threat since the Great Depression, Trump, in contrast, has tripled down on what he promised during his campaign to the white nationalist elements in his base.

That’s one week down and 207 more to go.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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