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A Cabinet of Contemptibles

November 17, 2016 · Leave a Comment

OK, I’m pretty proud of my new tagline ™.

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Jeff Session (R-AL) – or… Beverley Leslie?

I’ve always known that Jeff Sessions was detestable. Yes, he’s gotten a Zero rating from HRC (do you know hard you have to work for a zero?) Perhaps all you really need to know is that he’s a Republican from Alabama, but surprisingly that might actually slander your run-of-the-mill racist homophobic Republican from Alabama. But I didn’t know how deep his racism ran.

Thanks to one of the few news organizations still run by journalists (and not entertainment executives – I’m talking to you Jeff Zucker @ CNN) – the New York Times, we can see why he was rejected as a Reagan appointee for federal district court judge in this informative piece.

Here are a few choice pieces of testimony:

An African-American prosecutor, Thomas H. Figures, testified that Mr. Sessions referred to him as “boy.” Once, after an argument with a secretary, “Mr. Sessions admonished me to ‘be careful what you say to white folks,’” Mr. Figures testified.

And then there’s this tidbit as well:

In 1981, a Justice Department prosecutor from Washington stopped by to see Jeff Sessions, the United States attorney in Mobile, Ala., at the time. The prosecutor, J. Gerald Hebert, said he had heard a shocking story: A federal judge had called a prominent white lawyer “a disgrace to his race” for representing black clients.

“Well,” Mr. Sessions replied, according to Mr. Hebert, “maybe he is.”

Disgraceful.  And being considered for the role of Attorney General?  Unbelievable if the Trump transition wasn’t such a travesty.  Lest you need reminding of the role of Attorney General:

As attorney general, Mr. Sessions would be responsible for upholding civil rights laws. As secretary of defense, he would oversee one of the most ethnically diverse institutions in the country; 25 percent of the military is African-American, Asian or Hispanic

Cabinet of Contemptibles ™?  We’ll have to wait and see since there have been no official announcements as the transition team deals with ousting Christie loyals, screwing up how to deal with foreign leaders and not calling the Pentagon.  But it’s certainly looking like it so far.

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Not Ready for Prime Time Players

November 14, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Trump’s first 5 days since losing the popular vote but winning the rural-skewed electoral college has definitely revealed what many people feared: Trump was not prepared to win, and is most likely temperamentally unfit to be President.

There was no transition plan.  Over the course of five days he jettisoned Chris Christie (he who put Jared Kushner’s father in jail, licked Trump’s feet early like an obese lap dog, disappeared for a while, tried to distance himself from his top found guilty of obstruction of justice in Bridgegate – including a soccer motrump-priebus-banonm) apparently at the urging of Pence, Kushner and others.

Trump reportedly asked how many days he’d be forced to live in that most horrible of places – lacking in marble columns and gold gilding, such as it is – the White House, and announced his intention to continue to live in Trump Tower.  If a red sports car for men is a well known *ahem* compensation, what is needing to have your name plastered on a high-rise building stretching strong to the sky?

Trump instilled at the top reaches of his administration two opposing forces with dramatically different philosophies and visions for America: Reince Priebus of the GOP establishment, and Steve Bannon, pied piper of the alt-right, anti-Semitic, racist, nationalist movement, whose incited passions were required to carry Trump to victory.  That will certainly end badly.  Interestingly, while Priebus got the more powerful position traditionally, there is nothing respectful of tradition in a Trump presidency.

Bannon’s role was placed first on the announcement.  Interesting.

Those who have worked with Trump speak of his lack of interest in reading, in details.  He goes with his gut.  He is easily influenced by the last person he speaks with (in other words he is unmoored by prinicple, philosophy, facts).  He doesn’t like to read and rarely does.  Could he be functionally illiterate?  Cleverly surrounding himself with people whom he can manipulate to hide the fact that he either does not have the patience and discipline to read, or simply can’t?

On the other hand, Trump has walked back nearly every one of his pledges, thrown during the campaign like so much chum to his rabid electors:

While all of this walking back comes as some not so small comfort to those who were appalled by the rhetoric of the campaign, it still reveals the deep and inherent risks of electing what is amounting to a blank slate as President of the country.

Does anyone recall what Saturday Night Live’s cast was called at first?  The Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time-Players.  If we can take one thing away from all of this, it’s that despite Trump’s displeasure with how he was portrayed by SNL, it’s time to dust off that old phrase, because that is exactly what has been proposed so far for the Trump cabinet and presidency.

Fasten your seat belts.

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Bizarro Cabinet

November 12, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Watching the unfolding of last-minute OMG transition planning by the woefully unprepared Trump team is fascinating, scary and even a little funny.

Ben Carson for Health and Human Services – that guy who believes the earth is 6,000 years old?

Rudy Giulianroguesgalleryi or Chris Christie for Attorney General – we have to decide between bat-shit crazy and criminal to head up the Justice Department, really?

John Bolton for Secretary of State – you mean the guy who is hated around the world for his inelegant, undiplomatic handling of his time while at the UN?

Joe Arpaio for Homeland Security – the guy who has been criminally charged with contempt of court and just loss his campaign for county Sheriff, and who if justice is served could soon be spending six months in jail?

And of course our personal favorite, Sarah Palin as Interior Secretary.

What a joke.

This gallery of rogues isn’t fit to serve in a freak show, let alone the cabinet of the United States.  It would almost be funny if it wasn’t so depressing how these patently unqualified people could end up making life worse in this country for the next four years.

 

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Why we’re baaaaaack

November 11, 2016 · Leave a Comment

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This from Slate’s Phil Plait on Trump’s emerging cabinet choices:

But the two spots I want to point out in particular are so galling that —even given the utter depravity of the Trump campaign this past year— my brain almost leapt out of my skull when I saw them.

First, for Secretary of the Interior, some campaign aides have said that they are looking into Sarah Palin. Yes, that Sarah Palin, one of the most grossly unqualified politicians to ever enter the public eye, who understands nothing about science, and who has open contempt for nature and wildlife. The same Sarah Palin who couldn’t find her way out of a wet paper bag without an oil company drilling an opening for her. Or have you already forgotten about “Drill, baby, drill”?

 

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So much has changed – or has it?

November 11, 2016 · Leave a Comment

I’m breathing new life into hatepalin.com. Come with me on the journey!

A blog started when Sarah Palin was selected as the VP candidate for the Republican party, hatepalin.com was a fun way to vent, and in the early days I had a lot of visitors. Then they lost, she was recognized for the whack-job that she is, and I focused on things like building companies.thanksgiving

But now this. Donald Trump, or as I like to call him in a nod to the original German (much like many of his xenophobic and racist policies), Donald Drumpf.

There are rumors swirling that Palin is being considered for Secretary of the Interior. What a joke. Any calls to “give Trump a chance” are already suspect, with the gallery of rogues he’s put on his transition team and is apparently considering for his administration, the only response is RESIST and DISSENT.

So that’s what you can expect here. I hope you find some thought-provoking things on this site. So subscribe, enjoy – and if you’re as fired up as me, contribute via comments as well as articles.

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Palin’s tortured logic on Planned Parenthood and Kermit Gosnel

April 28, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Sarah Palin continue to set new lows in reasoned discourse. Most recently she has attempted to tie Planned Parenthood and President Obama to the atrocities committed by illegal abortion provider Kermit Gosnell.

Palin wrote on her Facebook page:

“Considering the role Planned Parenthood has played in looking the other way while the mass murdering abortion doctor Gosnell butchered babies born alive from his horrific infanticide procedures and abused his women patients, it’s perhaps not surprising that this same president sees nothing wrong with allowing his name to be so openly associated with this organization.”

Once again Palin gets it entirely wrong.  Gosnell operated a house of horrors, conducting illegal, unsanitary late term abortions.  When women who came to Planned Parenthood with tales of  Gosnell they encouraged them to file official complaints with the Department of Health.

Let’s be clear – Gosnell had a horrific and unsafe operation, and now rightly stands accused of first degree murder, among other things, and could face the death penalty.

But if anyone other than Gosnell himself bears responsibility for that house of horrors, it is the very movement that has attempted to restrict access to safe, early, low cost abortions – not Planned Parenthood.  It was desperate, poor women who sought out Gosnell.  But I guess Sarah Palin would rather try to score political points in the face of a crime, and smear those with whom she disagrees by innuendo for horrific acts they had nothing to do with.

Wouldn’t we all be better off if Sarah took her ignorance back to small town Alaska and, oh, I don’t know, tried actually educating her mind rather than desperately trying to remain relevant and spewing her own brew of venom, misinformation and tortured logic long after her time on the world stage has come and gone?

 

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Bachmann update

January 30, 2011 · Leave a Comment

The jury is in.  SNL did a Bachmann spoof.  Bachmann is the new Sarah Palin.

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Is Michele Bachmann the New Sarah Palin?

January 29, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Based on the simplicity of thought, the profound ignorance and intellectual void, one would have to say that Michele Bachmann is indeed the new Sarah Palin.  But she has other similarities, like her ability to get signficant media coverage – either in horror (MSNBC), flattering (Fox “News”), or most recently CNN showing her entire Tea Party rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union address that came immediately on the heels of the official Republican Party rebuttal that was delivered by Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Bachmann’s Tea Party stunt reveals that a lot of the Republican Party is both embarrassed and scared by the Tea Party in general, and Palin and Bachmann specifcially.

Consider that prominent elected Republican officials reacted to Bachmann’s appointment to the House Intelligence Committee by calling it like “Jumbo Shrimp.  Oxymoron.”  Or another “Is that a punchline?”  But neither would go on record.

When Jason Chaffetz was ballsy enough to criticize Bachmann for grandstanding with a Tea Party rebuttal in competition with a Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union address, he quickly had to take back his criticism with a press release that came out – get this – from Bachmann’s office.

Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois (a Tea Party favorite) did not back down on his criticism of Bachmann:

“She was out of line. She had no business stepping on the official Republican response to the State of the Union. I can say that to you saying I’m a fan of Michele Bachmann’s. She and I think the same on virtually probably every darn issue.”

The other things Bachmann has in common with Sarah Palin is the ability to rile up the religious right base, and to raise lots of money.  She raised $13 million in her last election to her oponent’s $4.3 million (which would have been considered enormous in other times).

Why do we seem to celebrate ignorance, vapidity and viciousness in this country?  Whether it’s Jersey Shore or Palin or Bachmann, it’s all a part of the coarsening and dumbing down of America.

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Palin Snarks at Obama’s State of Union Address

January 28, 2011 · Leave a Comment

In Palin’s Facebook response to Obama’s State of the Union Address, it seems clear that she is positioning herself for a run at the Presidency.  Given her increasing negatives, this must be a welcome scenario for the Democratic party – the possibility of a well-funded divisive Republican primary.  To date officially non-candidate candidate Romney has raised over $9 million and Palin $5.5 million.

Unfortunately for the gravitas-challenged Palin, she chose to act in her typical churlish and IQ-challenged manner, saying that his “Winning The Future” speech could be best characterized by the acronym formed by the first letters.  Sarah Palin you are ridiculous.  Keep it up!  Seriously, keep it up!  We love it.

Read about it in the LA Times.

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Palin a Distant 4th to Front-Runner Romney

January 23, 2011 · Leave a Comment

In the latest sign of Palin’s eroding popularity, Mitt Romney received 5 times the support of Sarah Palin in a New Hampshire straw poll.  ABC News polled 273 of the 400 delegates in attendance at the New Hampshire Republican meeting (where a tea party activist defeated a more traditional Republican for leadership of the State party).  Certainly Romney, who was Governor of next-door Massachussetts, has a bit of a home court advantage in New England, but the poor showing by Palin is still remarkable.

Results:

Mitt Romney          35%
Ron Paul                   11%
Tim Pawlenty          8%
Sarah Palin               7%
Newt Gingrich         3%
Mike Huckabee        3%

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