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Friday, July 5, 2024

PROJECT 2025 - NAZIFICATION OF AMERICA - IS THIS REAL OR IS THIS FOX NEWS

 

PROJECT 2025 - NAZIFICATION OF AMERICA

IS THIS REAL OR IS THIS FOX NEWS

Have you heard about the latest and greatest project to hit America? No, it's not a new theme park or a revolutionary technology. It's the MAGA Project 2025, also known as the "Nazification of America." Yes, you read that right. It seems that some folks out there are dead set on turning the good ol' US of A into a real-life version of 1940s Germany. And let me tell you, it's as ridiculous as it sounds.

So, what exactly is the MAGA Project 2025? Well, according to their website at project2025.org, it's a grand plan to make America great again by modeling our country after one of the darkest periods in human history. Sounds like a hoot, doesn't it? Let's take a look at some of the major points of this "brilliant" plan and explore the downside of each for American democracy.

Point 1: Mandatory mustaches for all government officials.

Oh, yes. You read that correctly. The MAGA Project 2025 wants to require all government officials to sport a stylish mustache, just like some of those iconic World War II leaders. I mean, who wouldn't want to see their local mayor or city council member rocking a Hitler-esque 'stache? The downside? Well, for one, it might be a bit distracting during important policy meetings. And let's not forget the potential for an increase in sales of mustache wax and grooming products. Talk about a hairy situation!

Point 2: National lederhosen day.

That's right, folks. Get ready to dust off your finest pair of lederhosen because the MAGA Project 2025 wants to designate a national day for everyone to sport this traditional German attire. I can already see the chaos at the local department stores as people scramble to find the perfect pair. And let's not even get started on the potential chafing issues. The downside? Well, aside from the fashion faux pas, there's also the risk of lederhosen-related injuries. Trust me, no one wants to see their neighbor hobbling around with a lederhosen-induced wedgie.

Point 3: Mandatory accordion lessons for all school children.

Ah, music to my ears. Or not. The MAGA Project 2025 believes that every child in America should be proficient in playing the accordion. Because nothing says "freedom and democracy" like a good old polka tune, right? The downside? Well, aside from the potential hearing loss for parents forced to endure endless accordion practice sessions, there's also the issue of limited career opportunities for accordion virtuosos. I mean, how many accordion-centric bands can the world handle?

Point 4: National sauerkraut appreciation day.

Move over, Thanksgiving. There's a new food-centric holiday in town. The MAGA Project 2025 wants to establish a national day dedicated to celebrating everyone's favorite fermented cabbage dish - sauerkraut. Get ready for parades featuring giant sauerkraut floats and sauerkraut-eating contests. The downside? Well, aside from the inevitable gastrointestinal distress for many participants, there's also the risk of a sauerkraut shortage. Can you imagine the horror of a sauerkraut apocalypse?

Point 5: Mandatory goose-stepping competitions.

Yes, you heard that right. The MAGA Project 2025 wants to bring back the classic military march known as the goose step and turn it into a national pastime. Just picture it - families gathering in the town square to watch their loved ones strut their stuff with military precision. The downside? Well, aside from the potential strain on chiropractors treating goose-stepping-related back injuries, there's also the risk of creating a nation of overly confident walkers. I mean, who needs humility when you've mastered the goose step?

Now, if you're reading this and thinking, "This has got to be a joke," then you're absolutely right. The MAGA Project 2025 is nothing more than a hilarious (and slightly terrifying) parody of extreme political movements. But it serves as a reminder that we should never take our democracy for granted. So, let's raise a glass of non-alcoholic beer (because prohibition might be next on the agenda) to the absurdity of it all and continue to cherish the freedom and diversity that make America truly great.

In conclusion, while the MAGA Project 2025 may be nothing more than a satirical jab at extreme ideologies, it's important to remember that democracy is not a joke. So let's continue to stand up for what's right, speak out against injustice, and never forget to laugh in the face of absurdity. And if you're ever feeling down about the state of our country, just remember - at least we're not all required to wear lederhosen...yet.

READ IT FOR YOURSELF: Project 2025 | Presidential Transition Project https://project2025.org

The People’s Guide to Project 2025 - Democracy Forward https://democracyforward.org/the-peoples-guide-to-project-2025/

  • Cut overtime protections for 4.3 million workers
  • Stop efforts to lower prescription drug prices
  • Limit access to food assistance, which an average of more than 40 million people in 21.6 million households rely on monthly
  • Eliminate the Head Start early education program, which serves over 1 million children annually
  • Cut American Rescue Plan (ARP) programs that have created or saved 220,000 jobs
  • Restrict access to medication abortion
  • Push more of the 33 million people enrolled in Medicare towards Medicare Advantage and other worse, private options
  • Expose the 368,000 children in foster care to risk of increased discrimination
  • Deny students in 25 states and Washington, D.C. access to student loans because their state provides in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants
  • Roll back civil rights protections across multiple fronts, including cutting diversity, equity, and inclusion-related (DEI) programs and LGBTQ+ rights in health care, education, and workplaces

Donald Trump Claims Republicans' Project 2025 has Nothing to Do With Him: ‘Abysmal' https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-claims-republicans-project-2025-has-nothing-to-do-with-him-abysmal 


Trump's Campaign Page Repeatedly Cites Group Responsible for Project 2025 - MeidasTouch News https://meidasnews.com/news/trumps-campaign-page-repeatedly-cites-group-responsible-for-project-2025 

Trump and Project 2025 are attacking the Department of Education. How might they reshape US schools? | US education | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/education/article/2024/jul/04/trump-project-2025-heritage-foundation-education-department 

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

TURN HIM LOOSE - PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GAFFE MACHINE

PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GAFFE MACHINE

Oh, Joe Biden, the man, the myth, the gaffe machine. If there’s one thing we can always count on, it’s Uncle Joe putting his foot in his mouth. But hey, compared to the constant lying, boasting, and desire to be a dictator on the first day that we saw from the previous administration, Biden is still our best bet.

I mean, come on, who doesn’t love a good old Biden blooper? Whether he’s forgetting what state he’s in, mixing up his wife and his sister, or just rambling on incoherently, you’ve got to hand it to the guy – he keeps us entertained. It’s like watching a real-life episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” except instead of cats falling off of pianos, it’s the leader of the free world stumbling over his words.

But let’s be real for a second. Sure, Biden may not be the smoothest talker out there, but at least he’s not actively trying to undermine democracy at every turn. I mean, can you imagine if Trump had been re-elected? We’d all be living in a reality TV show gone wrong, with the former president tweeting from his golden throne and declaring himself emperor for life.

With Biden, at least we get a little bit of comic relief with our politics. And let’s face it, we could all use a good laugh these days. Plus, it’s not like Biden’s gaffes are actually causing any harm. I’d take a slip of the tongue over a deliberate attack on the foundations of our democracy any day.

And let’s not forget about the other guy’s penchant for stretching the truth. I mean, I’ve heard some tall tales in my time, but Trump takes the cake. From claiming he had the biggest inauguration crowd in history to insisting that windmills cause cancer, the man was a walking, talking fib factory. At least with Biden, what you see is what you get – gaffes and all.

Sure, Biden may not be perfect. He’s got his fair share of skeletons in the closet, and his political record isn’t spotless. But compared to the alternative – a man who can’t go five minutes without patting himself on the back or threatening to sue someone – I’d say we’re better off with a little bit of bumbling.

And let’s not even get started on the whole dictator thing. I don’t know about you, but I’m not exactly keen on living in a country ruled by a wannabe despot. Say what you will about Biden, but at least he’s not out here trying to tear down the very institutions that make our country great.

So yeah, maybe Biden’s a bit of a gaffe machine. Maybe he’s not the most polished politician out there. But compared to the alternative – constant lying, boasting, and a desire to be a dictator on day one – I’d say we made the right choice. At least with Biden, we can all sit back, relax, and have a good chuckle every now and then. And in today’s political climate, that’s worth its weight in gold.

'I am a gaffe machine': a history of Joe Biden's biggest blunders | Joe Biden | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/25/joe-biden-2020-public-gaffes-mistakes-history  

Opinion | Joe Biden isn’t just a gaffe machine. He’s the Lamborghini of gaffes. - The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/joe-biden-isnt-just-a-gaffe-machine-hes-the-lamborghini-of-gaffes/2019/08/27/8ed2ce02-c900-11e9-a4f3-c081a126de70_story.html

Are Joe Biden’s gaffes related to a lifelong stuttering problem? – The Hill https://thehill.com/changing-america/respect/accessibility/471707-how-joe-bidens-gaffes-have-affected-his-campaign-and/  





Saturday, June 1, 2024

JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH - LET'S ALL CELEBRATE AND HAVE SOME FUN (HERE ARE SOME RESOURCES) #PrideMonth 🌈 #Pride2024🌈 #tbats

 




JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH

LETS ALL CELEBRATE AND HAVE SOME FUN

🌈HERE ARE SOME RESOURCES🌈

June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate and honor the LGBTQ+ community and their contributions to history, society and culture. Pride Month also raises awareness and advocates for LGBTQ+ rights and equality. Here are some of the ways you can join the celebration and show your support for the LGBTQ+ community.

🌈- Learn about the history and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall riots of June 1969, which sparked the gay rights movement. Since then, the LGBTQ+ community has made significant progress in achieving legal recognition and social acceptance, but also faced many challenges and struggles. You can learn more about the history, diversity, and issues of the LGBTQ+ community by reading books, watching documentaries, listening to podcasts, and following LGBTQ+ media outlets. You can also visit museums, monuments, or landmarks that honor LGBTQ+ history and culture. Some of the resources you can use to learn more about LGBTQ+ history and culture are:

🌈- Participate in pride events and activities. During Pride Month, many cities and towns host pride parades, festivals, rallies, and other events that showcase the diversity and pride of the LGBTQ+ community. You can join these events as a participant or a spectator, and enjoy the music, art, entertainment, and speeches. You can also attend workshops, webinars, or panels that discuss LGBTQ+ topics and perspectives. You can also organize your own pride events or activities with your friends, family, or colleagues. Some of the resources you can use to find or plan pride events and activities are:

🌈- LGBTQ+ youth are a vulnerable and resilient group that need support and affirmation from their families, peers, and communities. Some of the ways you can support LGBTQ+ youth are:

🌈- Listen to LGBTQ+ youth: Be open and respectful to their experiences, feelings, and needs. Don't judge, criticize, or invalidate them. Ask them how they want to be supported and what they are comfortable with. Let them know that you care about them and accept them for who they are⁴¹.
🌈- Educate yourself and others: Learn about the diversity, history, and issues of the LGBTQ+ community. Avoid making assumptions or stereotypes about LGBTQ+ people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Use inclusive and affirming language and pronouns for LGBTQ+ people. Challenge homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, and other forms of discrimination and prejudice when you encounter them. Share accurate and positive information about LGBTQ+ people with others⁴ .
🌈- Create a safe and supportive environment: Make your home, school, workplace, or community a welcoming and respectful place for LGBTQ+ people. Display signs, stickers, or flags that show your support for the LGBTQ+ community. Join or start a Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) club or network at your school or workplace. Participate in LGBTQ+ events, such as pride parades, festivals, or workshops. Advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and policies that protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination and violence⁴ .
🌈- Donate or volunteer for LGBTQ+ organizations: Support the work of LGBTQ+ organizations that provide services, resources, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ youth. You can donate money, time, skills, or items to these organizations. You can also volunteer as a mentor, counselor, educator, or activist for LGBTQ+ youth. Some of the organizations that support LGBTQ+ youth are The Trevor Project, GLSEN, SAGE, PFLAG, Advocates for Youth, and many more⁴ .
🌈- Seek help when needed: If you or someone you know is struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity, or facing bullying, harassment, or violence, don't hesitate to seek help. There are many resources and helplines available for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies. You can call, text, chat, or email with trained counselors who can offer support, guidance, and referrals. Some of the resources and helplines for LGBTQ+ youth are The Trevor Lifeline (1-866-488-7386), Q Chat Space, Trans Lifeline (1-877-565-8860), LGBT National Youth Talkline (1-800-246-7743), and many more³ .

🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈These are just some of the ways you can support LGBTQ+ youth. There are many more that you can explore and discover on your own. The most important thing is to be respectful, compassionate, and open-minded towards LGBTQ+ youth and their struggles⁴ .

🌈- Supporting LGBTQ+ youth has many benefits, both for the youth themselves and for the society at large. Some of the benefits are:

🌈-Improved mental health and well-being: LGBTQ+ youth who receive support and acceptance from their families, peers, and communities are more likely to have higher self-esteem, lower levels of depression and anxiety, lower risk of substance abuse and suicide, and greater life satisfaction than those who face rejection and discrimination .
🌈-Increased academic and career success: LGBTQ+ youth who feel safe and supported at school are more likely to have better attendance, grades, test scores, and graduation rates than those who experience bullying, harassment, or exclusion. They are also more likely to pursue higher education and careers that match their interests and abilities .
🌈-Enhanced social and civic engagement: LGBTQ+ youth who have positive role models and mentors in the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to develop a strong sense of identity, belonging, and pride. They are also more likely to participate in LGBTQ+ events, groups, or networks, and to contribute to the LGBTQ+ movement and other social causes .
🌈-Reduced stigma and discrimination: Supporting LGBTQ+ youth helps to create a more inclusive and respectful culture that values diversity and human rights. It also helps to challenge and change the negative attitudes and behaviors that fuel homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, and other forms of oppression. By supporting LGBTQ+ youth, we can foster a more tolerant and compassionate society for everyone .

🌈- Display the rainbow flag or other symbols of LGBTQ+ pride and solidarity. The rainbow flag is a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride and solidarity that was created by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. The flag consists of six colors: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for harmony, and purple for spirit. You can display the rainbow flag or other symbols of LGBTQ+ pride and solidarity on your clothing, accessories, home, car, or online profile. You can also use hashtags such as #PrideMonth or #Pride2023 to show your support on social media. Some of the resources you can use to display or create LGBTQ+ symbols are:

🌈- Support LGBTQ+ organizations and causes. There are many organizations and causes that provide services, resources, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ people and issues. You can support these organizations and causes by donating money, time, skills, or items. You can also volunteer as a mentor, counselor, educator, or activist for LGBTQ+ people and issues. Some of the organizations and causes that support LGBTQ+ people and issues are:

  •   - The Trevor Project: A national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ young people under 25. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
  •   - GLSEN: A national organization working to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in K-12 schools. https://www.glsen.org/
  •   - SAGE: A national organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ older adults. https://www.sageusa.org/
  •   - PFLAG: A national organization uniting LGBTQ+ people with their families, friends, and allies. https://pflag.org/
  •   - Advocates for Youth: A national organization working to ensure that young people have access to accurate information, education, and services related to sexual health and rights. https://advocatesforyouth.org/

🌈- Be a friend and ally to LGBTQ+ people in your life. One of the best ways to support the LGBTQ+ community is to be a friend and ally to LGBTQ+ people in your life. You can do this by being open and respectful to their experiences, feelings, and needs. You can also ask them how they want to be supported and what they are comfortable with. You can also let them know that you care about them and accept them for who they are. You can also celebrate their achievements and milestones and offer help when they face challenges. Some of the resources you can use to be a friend and ally to LGBTQ+ people are:

Pride Month is a time to celebrate and honor the LGBTQ+ community and their contributions to history, society and culture. It is also a time to raise awareness and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and equality. By joining the celebration and showing your support for the LGBTQ+ community, you can help create a more inclusive and respectful society for everyone. Happy Pride Month! 🌈

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🌈- LGBTQ+ culture wars refer to the ongoing conflicts and debates between the LGBTQ+ community and its allies, and the conservative and religious groups that oppose LGBTQ+ rights and equality. Some of the reasons for these culture wars are:

🌈- Differing views on morality and identity: Many conservative and religious groups view LGBTQ+ people as sinful, unnatural, or immoral, and believe that their sexual orientation or gender identity can be changed or cured. They also oppose LGBTQ+ people's right to marry, adopt children, serve in the military, or access health care and other services. On the other hand, the LGBTQ+ community and its allies view LGBTQ+ people as normal, diverse, and deserving of respect and dignity. They also advocate for LGBTQ+ people's right to love, express, and be themselves without discrimination or violence¹².
🌈- Differing views on the role of government and law: Many conservative and religious groups view the government and the law as instruments to uphold their values and beliefs, and to protect their freedom of religion and speech. They also oppose any legislation or policy that grants LGBTQ+ people equal rights or protection, such as anti-discrimination laws, hate crime laws, or marriage equality laws. They also support legislation or policy that restricts LGBTQ+ people's rights or access, such as bathroom bills, conversion therapy bans, or religious freedom laws. On the other hand, the LGBTQ+ community and its allies view the government and the law as instruments to ensure justice and equality for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. They also support any legislation or policy that promotes LGBTQ+ rights or protection, and oppose any legislation or policy that harms or excludes LGBTQ+ people¹².
🌈- Differing views on the role of media and culture: Many conservative and religious groups view the media and culture as sources of influence and indoctrination, and as threats to their values and beliefs. They also accuse the media and culture of being biased, agenda-driven, or corrupting towards LGBTQ+ issues. They also resist or boycott any media or cultural representation of LGBTQ+ people, such as books, movies, TV shows, or celebrities. On the other hand, the LGBTQ+ community and its allies view the media and culture as sources of information and education, and as opportunities to celebrate and empower LGBTQ+ people. They also praise the media and culture for being inclusive, diverse, or supportive of LGBTQ+ issues. They also seek or create more media or cultural representation of LGBTQ+ people¹².

🌈- These are just some of the reasons for the LGBTQ+ culture wars. There are many more that vary depending on the context, location, and situation. The LGBTQ+ culture wars are not only political or legal, but also personal and emotional. They affect the lives, rights, and well-being of LGBTQ+ people and their families, friends, and communities¹².

(1) Pride Month guide for brands—navigating LGBTQ+ marketing amid the culture wars. https://adage.com/article/marketing-news-strategy/pride-month-brands-navigating-lgbtq-marketing-amid-culture-wars/2497226.
(4) In The Fight For LGBTQ Rights, Lessons From The 1990s Culture Wars - NPR. https://www.npr.org/2021/05/21/999241572/in-the-fight-for-lgbtq-rights-lessons-from-the-1990s-culture-wars.
(5) Stonewall 50: LGBTQ Movement's Culture War With The Religious ... - NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/06/20/733537421/the-culture-wars-live-on-between-the-lgbtq-movement-and-the-religious-right.

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(1) LGBTQ Resource List | GLAAD. https://www.glaad.org/resourcelist.

(2) Resource Center - The Trevor Project. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/.

(3) Homepage - PFLAG. https://pflag.org/.

(4) Resources | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month .... https://www.loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/resources/.

(5) Resources for Families of LGBTQ+ Youth - Child Welfare Information Gateway. https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/diverse-populations/lgbtq/lgbt-families/.

Source: Conversation with Bing, 6/1/2023

Monday, May 13, 2024

MICHAEL COHEN AND DONALD TRUMP - DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP

 


MICHAEL COHEN AND DONALD TRUMP

DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP

Dirty deeds and they're done dirt cheap
If you got a lady and you want her gone
But you ain't got the guts
She keeps naggin' at you night and day
Enough to drive you nuts
Pick up the phone, leave her alone
It's time you made a stand

Dirty deeds and they're done dirt cheap
Concrete shoes
Cyanide
TNT (Done dirt cheap)
Neck ties
Contracts
High voltage (Done dirt cheap)
Dirty deeds and they're done dirt cheap


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, gather 'round for a tale of political shenanigans, dirty deeds, and cheap tricks that will make your head spin faster than a record on a turntable. We're diving into the world of Michael Cohen and Donald Trump, where the catch and kill, planting false stories, and all sorts of underhanded maneuvers are as common as a politician's promise. Now, picture this: Michael Cohen, the ultimate fixer, strutting into a room with a briefcase full of secrets and a twinkle in his eye. He's got the swagger of a rockstar and the cunning of a fox, ready to do whatever it takes to protect his boss, Donald Trump. And what better soundtrack to accompany his escapades than AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"? First up on the playlist is the classic catch and kill. Cohen was the maestro of this little ditty, using hush money to silence anyone with a story that could tarnish Trump's image. Whether it was an affair or some other scandalous tidbit, Cohen was there to swoop in and make it disappear faster than a magician's rabbit. And just like in the song, these dirty deeds were done dirt cheap – well, at least for Trump, who had deep pockets and a penchant for keeping things under wraps. But wait, there's more! Cohen wasn't just content with sweeping scandals under the rug. Oh no, he took it a step further by planting false stories to distract and deceive. It was like a game of political whack-a-mole, with Cohen popping up here and there to spread misinformation and muddy the waters. And all the while, he had that AC/DC anthem playing in the background, because let's face it – nothing says "dirty deeds" quite like a killer guitar riff. Now, let's not forget about the man of the hour himself, Donald J. Trump. With Cohen as his right-hand man, Trump was the master of using cheap tricks to get ahead. From dodging taxes to bullying his opponents with Twitter tirades, he had a knack for bending the rules in his favor. And just like in the song, he always managed to get away with it – at least until the music stopped and the spotlight turned to him. As the chorus of "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" blared through the speakers, Cohen and Trump danced their way through the political landscape, leaving a trail of chaos and controversy in their wake. They were like a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, except instead of robbing banks, they were robbing the truth and leaving a mess of lies in their wake. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. The music eventually stopped for Cohen, who found himself on the wrong side of the law and facing the consequences of his dirty deeds. And as for Trump, well, let's just say that karma has a way of catching up with even the most cunning of tricksters.

So there you have it, folks – a recounting of political machinations paralleling the melody of AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap." It's a story of authority, falsehood, and a considerable dose of rock 'n' roll charisma. While the song may be enticing, let's hope that our leaders will strive to follow a different tune – one characterized by less deceit and significantly more transparency. Moreover, the inclusion of the ongoing Trump hush money trial has shed further light on these duplicitous actions.

Trump Trials: Michael Cohen didn’t sound like a ‘jerk,’ and other takeaways One the first day of his testimony in Donald Trump’s hush money trial, a kinder, gentler Cohen tried to deliver a coup de grace to his ex-boss https://wapo.st/4bbHuNw

Cohen Testifies Trump Told Him to Drag Out Hush-Money Talks: ‘Get Past the Election’ - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/us-news/michael-cohen-witness-testimony-trump-trial-79b66d8d

Trump trial: Trump 'approved' Stormy Daniels hush money repayment deal, Michael Cohen testifies - ABC News https://abcnews.go.com/US/live-updates/trump-hush-money-trial/?id=110153195 

Trump blasts ‘conflicted’ judge after first day of Michael Cohen testimony | Live Updates from Fox News Digital https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/may-13-trump-trial-michael-cohen-testimony


Saturday, May 4, 2024

THE BOY WHO CRIED 'FAKE NEWS!' AN ORWELLIAN TALE


THE BOY WHO CRIED 'FAKE NEWS!'

AN ORWELLIAN TALE

Introduction

Once upon a current era, in the towering shadows of opulence and power, dwelt Donald Trump, a figure shrouded more in controversy than in the luxury his empire boasted. Our fable, no mere child's tale of innocence and naivety, spirals into the depths where ambition and deceit intertwine, crafting an Orwellian nightmare that would indeed make Orwell himself shudder.

In this twisted narrative, Trump emerges not as a shepherd boy bored with routine but as a kingpin of manipulation, weaving fabrications so bold they challenge the very fabric of reality. Here, 'Fake News' transforms from a desperate claim into a weapon, wielded with such precision it blurs the lines between truth and lies, leaving the populace teetering on the edge of dystopian despair.

Our stage is set not amidst green pastures but in the heart of a digital battleground, where information is power, and the power is claimed by he who can distort it most convincingly. Let us step into the dim light of truth as we recount the tale of 'The Boy Who Cried Fake News' and tread the fine line between reality and deception that defines our modern discourse.

The Setting

This tale unfolds not under the golden gleam of success, but in the shadowy corridors of Trump's empire, where darkness lurks not in the corners but in the very heart of its ruler. Here, within these gilded walls, power is not earned but taken, through deception, manipulation, and the darkest arts of political maneuvering.

Trump, our central figure, casts a long shadow over this world, embodying not merely a businessman of questionable ethics but a mastermind of the big lie. Each step he takes is measured, each word calculated, to distort, suppress, and pervert the truth. In his arsenal, 'Fake News' is not a defense but an attack, a declaration of war against reality itself.

In this setting, every reflection is a potential deception, every truth a possible lie. Trump moves through his empire like a specter, leaving trails of falsehoods that weave a tapestry so intricate it ensnares even the most discerning minds. It is in this realm of shadows and lies that our modern fable of ambition and deceit begins.

The First Cry

In the darkened theater of Trump's ambition, the first act of deceit unfolds. It was not merely a lie but a grand spectacle of falsehood, claiming his adversaries had launched a monstrous campaign of disinformation against him. 'Unprecedented!' he cried, his voice echoing through the digital void, 'A conspiracy of fake news, aimed at undermining my unparalleled success!'

The world watched, captivated and confused, as media outlets, social networks, and public forums became battlegrounds. Trump's claim, devoid of evidence yet heavy with accusation, did not simply seek to deflect a critique but aimed to reshape reality itself.

Yet, as the fervor waned and the truth emerged untouched by his claims, the public began to see through the facade. But the damage was done; the first seeds of doubt were sown, not against Trump but within the very notion of truth itself. A masterstroke not of defense but of offence, blurring the lines between fact and fiction, leaving the audience questioning what was real and what was merely a shadow on the wall.

The Second Cry

Eager to deepen the quagmire of deception, Trump again leveraged his mastery over the narrative. With calculated precision, he launched a second falsehood into the heart of the public discourse. 'Treason within!' he proclaimed, painting a vivid picture of betrayal and espionage, with himself as the besieged hero, the lone sentinel against a tide of internal 'fake news'.

This narrative, more elaborate and sinister than the last, was met with a mixture of awe and skepticism. The machinery of media once more spun into overdrive, chasing shadows and whispers that Trump had conjured from the ether. But as the chase proved fruitless, the narrative began to fray.

Doubt seeped not just into the minds of the public, but into the fabric of society itself. The line between truth and lie, once clear, was now a murky abyss into which all certainty seemed to fall. With each claim of 'Fake News', Trump not only fortified his citadel of falsehoods but also eroded the very ground upon which public discourse stood.

The Real Crisis

Then, from the depths of this constructed labyrinth of lies, a true crisis emerged. It was a scandal so profound, so irrefutable, that it threatened to shatter the illusions Trump had cast. Yet, faced with undeniable reality, Trump doubled down, his cries of 'Fake News' morphing into a roar that sought to drown out truth with sheer volume.

'They fabricate, they lie, they seek to destroy!' he thundered, casting himself as the victim of a cabal so pervasive it seemed omnipresent. This was the big lie in its purest form, a denial so audacious that it challenged the collective grasp on reality. The more he was cornered by truth, the more extravagant his falsehoods became, in a desperate bid to maintain the illusion of infallibility.

But the world had grown weary. The cries that once summoned legions of supporters now echoed hollow in the vast chambers of disbelief. The truth, long obscured by smoke and mirrors, began to pierce the veil of lies. And in this moment of reckoning, the figure of Trump stood not as a titan of industry, but as the architect of his own undoing, a cautionary tale of the power and peril of believing in one's own deceptions.

Trump fatigue is real, but now is not the time to look away https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2024/5/2/2238539/-Trump-fatigue-is-real-but-now-is-not-the-time-to-look-away 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE...WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED...

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE...

WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED...

Ah, the delightful dance of civil disobedience. It's like a rebellious tango, a defiant waltz, and a sassy salsa all rolled into one. As campuses across the nation light up with the fiery fervor of protest, it's time to take a closer look at why civil disobedience is used and why it's definitely not terrorism.

First and foremost, let's clear the air: civil disobedience is not terrorism. It's not even in the same galaxy as terrorism. It's more like the rebellious teenager of the political world - a little bit unruly, a lot of attitude, but ultimately harmless.

So why do people engage in civil disobedience? Well, my dear reader, it's quite simple. When the powers that be are being, well, a bit power-hungry and oppressive, sometimes a little civil disobedience is just what the doctor ordered. It's like a political wake-up call, a slap in the face to the status quo, and a reminder that the people will not be silenced.

But here's the kicker - civil disobedience is all about breaking the rules in a non-violent, peaceful way. It's like sticking it to the man with a smile on your face and a flower in your hair. It's about disrupting the system without causing harm, making a statement without resorting to violence, and shaking things up without tearing them down.

And let's not forget the power of symbolism. Civil disobedience is like a political performance art piece - it's all about sending a message, making a statement, and creating a visual spectacle that can't be ignored. Whether it's a sit-in, a march, or a good old-fashioned protest, civil disobedience is all about making some noise and demanding to be heard.

Now, some naysayers might argue that civil disobedience is just a bunch of troublemakers causing chaos for the sake of it. But here's the thing - sometimes a little chaos is exactly what the doctor ordered. It's like shaking up a snow globe - sure, things might get a little messy for a while, but in the end, you're left with a beautiful, sparkly new landscape.

And let's not forget the historical significance of civil disobedience. From the suffragettes fighting for women's right to vote to the civil rights movement demanding an end to segregation, civil disobedience has been at the forefront of some of the most important social and political movements in history. It's like the secret sauce of social change - a little bit spicy, a little bit bold, and absolutely essential.

But here's the million-dollar question - why is civil disobedience not terrorism? Well, my dear reader, it's quite simple. Terrorism is all about causing harm, instilling fear, and spreading chaos for destructive purposes. Civil disobedience, on the other hand, is all about causing a ruckus for constructive purposes. It's like the difference between a toddler throwing a temper tantrum and an artist creating a masterpiece - one is all about destruction, while the other is all about creation.

So the next time you hear someone equating civil disobedience with terrorism, just give them a little wink and a nod and set them straight. Civil disobedience is like the rebellious little sibling of democracy - it might cause a little trouble now and then, but ultimately, it's all in the name of progress.

In conclusion, my dear reader, civil disobedience is like that sassy friend who's always ready to stir things up and shake things up. It's about making some noise, demanding to be heard, and refusing to be silenced. So let's raise our metaphorical protest signs high and embrace the power of civil disobedience - because sometimes, a little rebellion is exactly what the doctor ordered.



THE HARM A SECOND TRUMP TERM WOULD DO TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

 


THE HARM A SECOND TRUMP TERM WOULD DO TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

Ah, the prospect of a second term for President Donald J. Trump. It’s a thought that sends shivers down the spines of many Americans, and for good reason. The harm that a second Trump term would do to American democracy is enough to make even the most apolitical among us break out in a cold sweat.

Let’s start with the man himself. President Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the press, the judiciary, and anyone else who dares to question his authority. In a second term, we can only imagine that his attacks on the pillars of our democracy would intensify. The very notion of a free press, a fair and independent judiciary, and a system of checks and balances would be under constant assault.

Then there’s the matter of foreign interference. We’ve already seen how Russia meddled in the 2016 election, and there’s no reason to believe they wouldn’t try to do so again. And with Trump at the helm, it’s not hard to imagine him turning a blind eye to such interference, or even actively encouraging it if he believed it would benefit him politically.

But perhaps the most insidious harm a second Trump term would do to American democracy is the damage it would inflict on our social fabric. Trump has shown time and again that he has no qualms about using race, religion, and other divisive issues to sow discord and rally his base. In a second term, we can only imagine that this kind of toxic rhetoric would reach new heights, further dividing an already fractured nation.

And let’s not forget about the damage that a second term would do to our standing in the world. Trump’s “America First” approach has already alienated many of our closest allies, and a second term would only deepen those rifts. The United States would become an increasingly isolated and distrusted actor on the global stage, with far-reaching implications for our national security and economic well-being.

Of course, none of this is to say that a second term for President Trump is a foregone conclusion. Far from it. There are countless Americans who are working tirelessly to ensure that our democracy remains strong and vibrant, regardless of who occupies the Oval Office. But make no mistake: the harm that a second Trump term would do to American democracy is real, and it’s something that we ignore at our own peril.

So as we hurtle toward the next election, let’s keep our eyes wide open and our wits about us. Let’s remember that democracy is not a spectator sport, and that it requires constant vigilance and engagement from all of us. And let’s do everything in our power to ensure that the harm of a second Trump term remains nothing more than a nightmarish hypothetical.

Donald Trump on What His Second Term Would Look Like | TIME https://time.com/6972021/donald-trump-2024-election-interview/

Project 2025: The Far-Right Playbook for American Authoritarianism - Global Project Against Hate and Extremism https://globalextremism.org/project-2025-the-far-right-playbook-for-american-authoritarianism/

Project 2025 | The Heritage Foundation https://www.heritage.org/conservatism/commentary/project-2025 


Friday, April 26, 2024

CAMPUS PROTEST DEJA VU NOW WITH AVOCADO TOAST

CAMPUS PROTEST DEJA VU NOW WITH AVOCADO TOAST


Ah, the Gaza war protests of today. It's like dΓ©jΓ  vu all over again, isn't it? I mean, it's like we're stuck in a time warp, with the same old protests, the same old chants, and the same old clashes with the authorities. It's like the 60's and 70's all over again, only with better Wi-Fi and more avocado toast.

Back in the day, protesting was an art form. People didn't just march and hold signs – they got creative. They staged sit-ins, love-ins, and be-ins. They wore tie-dye and bell-bottoms, and they let their freak flags fly. They didn't just want change – they wanted a revolution, man.

And now, here we are in the 21st century, and it's like we're living in a remix of the past. The Gaza war protests have the same energy, the same passion, and the same sense of righteous anger. It's like the 60's and 70's are back, only this time we have TikTok and vegan cheeseburgers.

But let's not forget the differences. Back in the day, protesters had to rely on word of mouth and underground newspapers to spread the word. Now, we have social media, where a single tweet can spark a movement. It's like the revolution will be live-streamed.

And then there's the music. In the 60's and 70's, protest music was everywhere – Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Marvin Gaye were the soundtrack of the resistance. Today, we have BeyoncΓ©, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino speaking truth to power. The beat goes on.

Of course, there are some things that never change. The authorities still don't know how to handle a protest. Back in the day, they used tear gas and water cannons. Today, they use pepper spray and rubber bullets. It's like they're stuck in their own time warp, unable to learn from history.

But let's not forget the fashion. In the 60's and 70's, protesters dressed like they were going to Woodstock. Today, they dress like they're going to Coachella. It's all about flower crowns and vintage band t-shirts. The revolution will be Instagrammed.

And then there's the slogans. In the 60's and 70's, it was "Make love, not war" and "Power to the people." Today, it's "Black lives matter" and "No justice, no peace." The words may change, but the sentiment remains the same.

So here we are, stuck in this weird time loop where the past keeps repeating itself. The Gaza war protests of today are like a throwback to a bygone era, only with better technology and more inclusive language. It's like history is trying to tell us something, but we're too busy taking selfies at the barricades to listen.

But maybe that's the point. Maybe the Gaza war protests are a reminder that some things never change – that the fight for justice and equality is a timeless struggle. Maybe it's a wake-up call to remember that the spirit of the 60's and 70's is alive and well, and that we can still change the world if we just keep on keepin' on.

So let's raise our peace signs high and our voices even higher. Let's keep on marching, keep on singing, and keep on fighting for a better tomorrow. Because as long as there are wars to protest and injustices to right, we'll always have a little bit of the 60's and 70's in us. And that's something worth celebrating – with or without avocado toast.

Secret meetings, social chatter: How Columbia students sparked a nationwide revolt https://wapo.st/4diioxR

Opinion | I’m a Columbia Professor. The Protests on My Campus Are Not Justice. - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/23/opinion/columbia-protests-israel.html

Columbia protesters say they’re at an impasse with administrators | AP News https://apnews.com/article/israel-palestine-war-campus-protests-e8a2e657e2614f94373beae602e9ba9d

Pro-Palestinian protests across US bring legal battles, maneuvers https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2024/04/26/pro-palestinian-protests-college-columbia-usc-ut-austin/73465781007/

Student protesters demand schools cease US funding of Israeli military https://youtu.be/tTEpb1nsrVs?si=47YQO9m0GproQCLH via @YouTube