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Friday, July 20, 2018

Foreign Policy Magazine: Opinion- Jeremy Shapird: ‘Donald Trump Is Coming Off As Vladimir Putin’s Poodle, But That Actually Undermines Russia’s Ultimate Goal: Vladimir Took His Poodle Donald Out For a Walk

Source: Foreign Policy Magazine- Vladimir Putin, "I got my doggy Donald Trump, right where I want him." Or perhaps something else in Russian. 
Source: The New Democrat Plus

As much as Donald Trump likes to talk about “make America great again”, as if America is not already great which is an insult to a lot of Americans is not most Americans and an insult to America as a country and helpful to our adversaries around the world and to the Far-Left in America who doesn’t see America as a great country and see us as the real evil empire in the world and as much as his base who live in 1950s American emotionally and personally, even though physically they’re unfortunately living in modern America that the rest of us have to put up with, it’s not so such America that they love away, but there part and people in America that they love.

Source: Foreign Policy Magazine- President Donald Trump, meeting President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki 
 And as much as Trump voters want to chant USA at the Trump reality show political rallies, Donald Trump is not an American Patriot. A New England Patriot perhaps, because of his relationship between Bob Kraft and Tom Brady, but he’s not an American Patriot. He’s a Trump narcissist and money lover who would sell America down the Hudson River if he thought he, his company, and family would profit from it. And this staged press conference which was really just an ( pardon my American ) an ass kissing contest, where it was the only time where President Trump came out on top of President Putin, by kissing Putin’s ass more during the summit.  The so-called summit with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation on Monday, are just more examples of that.
Source: CNN- The Daily Mirror, on the Trump-Putin Summit 
We now have an American President, who at least publicly takes the word for a former Communist and now right-wing Nationalist ex-Russian KGB officer, over his own intelligence community which just happens to be the best most well-funded intelligence community in the world. Imagine if George McGovern, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, or any other major national Democrat especially Far-Left Democrat who ran for President, had said that about the American intelligence community. What would be the Republican reaction to that?

If Vlad tells Don, that he and his government didn’t interfere with the 2016 American elections and aren’t interfering now, than Don takes the word of his daddy Vlad, because Vlad promised Don that he would given him a treat after he takes him for a walk later if Don is a good boy. And in this case that means not accepting the word and intelligence of his own Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who is an American military veteran, who severed in Congress both House and Senate for 24 years including serving on the intelligence committees in Congress. As well as taking Vlad’s word over the rest of the American intelligence community that says Russia, interfered with the 2016 elections and are still interfering with our elections.

You can make the case that President Trump and his administration, have been tough on Russia with the new sanctions and kicking Russian diplomats and intelligence officers out of the country. There are a few problems with that. President Trump, was essentially forced to do those things by Congress when they passed their sanctions bill that didn’t include a waiver in it allowing the President to waive the sanctions unilaterally at any point. They just didn’t pass those sanctions, but passed them overwhelmingly in spite of what the Trump Administration wanted and didn’t work with them on the sanctions. Just told them they were going to pass this legislation that passed with over 400 votes in the House and 98 in the Senate. Had the President vetoed that bill, he would’ve looked like a bigger schmuck or dog for President Putin, than he already is, ( if that’s possible ) because Congress would’ve overwhelming overridden his veto with a bipartisan vote.

Again, I don’t like talking this way about the American President, but unlike those 65 million or so Trump voters, I’m not one of his puppies or puppets, or a member of the Trump Cult. Or work for Fox News, which means I have the freedom to speak for myself and actually look at evidence and facts. And all of the objective evidence and facts is that Vladimir Putin could have something horrible on Donald Trump, that Don doesn’t want to get out. Which would explain why President Trump who is supposed to the President of the United States, is so nice at least in public to President Putin and looks like a tool or Poodle for President Putin and the Russian Federation.
Source: CNN: CNN Tonight- Don Lemon: 'Donald Trump Went From Alpha Dog To Lap Dog'- CNN, once again nailing Donald Trump

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Blaze: Glenn Beck- 'Socialism is Diet Communism'

Source: The Blaze- U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic Socialist, Socialist Republic of Vermont-
Source: The New Democrat

Just on a personal not first and then I'll get into what Glenn Beck said about socialism, but doesn't Glenn Beck look like one of those Pac-12 college professors who who is always wearing a suede jacket or some other sport jacket carrying a coffee cup from his favorite coffee house and on his I-phone or staring at it, who probably lives just outside of San Francisco or Seattle if not in one of those big cities, with that cheesy goatee he's been wearing for about a month or so? As much as he puts down socialism and Socialists and tend to make fun of those people and I tend to agree with him on these issues, he kind of looks like one of those people with that goatee. I mean Tom Hayden move over, because Glenn Beck could probably take your place.

Source: The Blaze- Glenn Beck vs. the Democratic Socialists 
As far as socialism versus communism and I'm talking about democratic socialism versus communism. So let's say Britain before the Jeremy Corbyn Socialists take over that country, versus the Communist Republic of Korea, ( otherwise known as North Korea ) this blog has covered this issue a lot and there not the same things. Social democracies/democratic states like a Britain or Sweden, are very democratic as far as how they operate and there is a good deal of private sector and individualist activity and freedom in the country, unlike like North Korea which is essentially under complete lockdown and run like a prison. And then you have countries like Venezuela, that on paper are supposed to be social democracies, but in actuality are moving to become a total socialist state where even the media will completely be under state control, if the Maduro Regime is successful there.

Source: Religio Political Talk- This sign should say instead, "stay out of Venezuela, because the Socialists have ruined it."
Democratic socialism is real as far as a real alternative to both liberal capitalism which is what we see in America with a very large private sector and a very liberalize economy and society, all sorts of individual rights and protections, including property rights, privacy rights, civil liberties and communism on the Far-Left where agains the state is in complete control on the country with the responsibility in seeing that everyones needs are met and taken care with people giving up all forms of individual freedom in exchange for the state being responsible for their welfare, with strict punishments for people who get out of line and protest the communist state.

Where I think I agree with Glenn Beck is that democratic socialism is a step away from let's say just socialism where you have both democratic and authoritarian aspects combined into one governing philosophy like in Venezuela and communism way over on the Far-Left which is the most authoritarian philosophy anywhere on the Left and perhaps anywhere on the political spectrum everywhere.

And what we're seeing in the Democratic Party right now especially with young Democrats, is people who call themselves and even capital D Democrats embracing both forms of socialism. Democratic and communism and saying that the horrible news and situation in Venezuela is really overblown and North Korea is not really as bad as the U.S. Government especially our intelligence community claims. That what we see in Europe especially in Scandinavia is what America should look like or what we should try here, which is what Bernie Sanders wing of the Socialist-Left argues for in America.

Because of the Nationalist Far-Right taking over the Republican Party and the ANTIFA/Democratic Socialist Far-Left taking over the Democratic Party, were seeing both of our once two great political parties collapsing or at least being reinvented. Where Conservatives and Conservative-Libertarians, are now being looked down upon in the Nationalist Republican Party and being viewed as political dinosaurs and we're seeing Conservatives actually leaving the Republican Party now. People like Max Boot, Joe Scarborough, Jonah Goldberg, and others people and being replaced by people who think Russia is an ally and Vladimir Putin is a good man and people who embrace other authoritarians around the world.

And in the Democratic Party, we're seeing Socialists finally coming out of the political closet and not just embracing socialism in all forms, but embracing the socialist labels and no longer hiding behind progressive or liberal, because those labels not only no longer fit their politics and perhaps never have , because they're not people who believe in liberal democracy and don't think Franklin Roosevelt and other Progressives are progressive enough for them. And now and into the near future at least I believe we're looking at socialist Democratic Party at least as far as their voters and membership, at least outside of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, the South in America.

Back in the day, Republicans hated authoritarians and authoritarianism even the Christian-Right and their policies even if they tried to embrace those voters to hold onto and gain power. And so did Democrats who led us through World War II and tried to eliminate the Communists State in North Vietnam in the 1960s and the Communist State in Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Now, instead of having a conservative center-right Republican Party and a liberal/progressive center-left Democratic Party, that both were anti-authoritarian cold warrior parties, the two major political parties at least their membership and bases are saying authoritarianism might be okay and worth looking at. As long as it's their form of authoritarianism. We're seeing the collapse of the centers in the two major political parties, which is very bad for American liberal democracy going forward if the two major political parties don't believe in it.
The Blaze: Glenn Beck- 'Democratic Socialism is Diet Communism'

Friday, July 6, 2018

Contra Corner: David Stockman- 'Today's Pathetic GOP: Talks Like Barry Goldwater, Spends Like LBJ'

Source: The Boston Globe- Mr. Conservative U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater R, Arizona. Would he be a Republican today?
Source: The New Democrat

David Stockman's line about today's GOP talking like Barry Goldwater, but spending like Lyndon Johnson, reminds me of Max Boot's line from his column in The Washington Post yesterday, where he said the Republican Party use to be a conservative party with a nationalist fringe and now they're a nationalist party with a conservative fringe. Max Boot is a conservative himself and use to be a Republican as well and he made that comment about the modern Republican Party. Well, today Barry Goldwater ( assuming he would be a Republican today ) would be part of that conservative fringe in the Republican Party that is dominated by Caucasian Nationalists, primarily Anglo-Saxon Caucasian Nationalists whose families have been in America since the 1700s for the most part.

Source: VOX News- President Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th POTUS.  No longer the spender in-chief, thanks to President Donald J. Trump.
The Republican Party, has become a fringe party but not a fringe conservative party. We're not talking about a party that wants to eliminate the safety net and blow up the New Deal and Great Society. The average Republican voter wants their Social Security, Medicare, and every other government social program and tax credit that they're entitled to including farm subsidies and other corporate welfare. They just don't want people who don't look like them whose families haven't been in America as long as in some cases are first generation Americans or immigrants themselves, who don't come from Britain, to collect from those programs that Trump voters collect from.

As much as today's Tea Party Trumpian Nationalist Republican Party, bashes Food Assistance and other Welfare programs, the overwhelming majority of Americans who collect from those Welfare programs come from Trump states. The Bible Belt, Great Plains, states like Kentucky, West Virginia, all states with high levels of poverty and populations who are eligible for government Welfare in order to help them survive. So when these voters bash these Welfare programs, they're not so much bashing the programs them self, but people who don't look like them who also collect from those programs. People from inner cities and places with high levels of poverty in urban America.

In other words, the modern Republican Party, is not a conservative party. They're Donald Trump's reality TV nationalist tribalist fascist party, that looks down at anyone who doesn't look at America the way they do and share their religious and cultural values as Un-American not deserving of the same constitutional rights and privileges as people who voted for Donald Trump and still support him, who'll defend President Trump at any cost short of going to prison .( Like in Michael Cohen's case )

Instead of believing in fiscal responsibility and that deficits not only matter but that government is too big, the Republican Party now lives with deficits and are comfortable with size and spending of the U.S. Government, because they don't want to cut programs that benefit Trump voters. Instead of being tough on dictators and authoritarians, President Trump and his supporters embrace them and embrace the Vladimir Putin's of the world, because they like authoritarians and authoritarianism and are not fans of democracy. The conservative wing of the Republican Party, is not dead, but they're on political life support and have now become the fringe wing of a national fascist Republican Party.
Source: Newsy Politics: How Donald Trump is And Isn't Like Barry Goldwater - Donald Trump, is no Barry Goldwater 

Friday, June 29, 2018

A&E: Shipping Wars- Jennifer Brennan: Barber Chair

Source: A&E- Jennifer Brennan, buying a barber chair-
Source: Action

I'm not a regular viewer of Shipping Wars and tend not to watch reality TV at all for all sorts of reasons which could be enough for an entire blog post and a very long one at that. But when you're flipping around the TV at night and perhaps you just got home from something or just off work and you're hungry and tired, but not ready to go to bed yet, you tend to see all sorts of things on TV that you normally wouldn't watch simply because you don't tend to watch that type of programming. And Shipping Wars, is an example of that for me.

Source: Jennifer Brennan- Cowgirl Jennifer Brennan 
So,  I end up seeing a few episodes of A&E's Shipping Wars 5-6 years ago during the summers of those years and come across Jennifer Brennan. Who seems to have the energy of an entire kindergarten class that's been eating nothing but cookies and candy all day and drinking nothing but cola, who is also as adorable as a lot of those kids both personally and physically and start watching this show a little bit to check her out on it. She's beautiful, baby-face adorable, tight sexy body who wears boots and jeans everywhere like most cowgirls, funny, and is just very entertaining to watch.
A&E: Shipping Wars- Jennifer Brennan: Barber Chair

Friday, June 22, 2018

Marcia Clark Investigates: The First 48- The Billionaire Boys Club

Source: Underground LA- Sue Horton's Billionaire Boys Club-
Source: The New Democrat

I don't want to compare the Billionaire Boys Club to the Hollywood Rat Pack or even the Hollywood Brat Pack, because the two Hollywood entertainment groups were actually talented and have real accomplishments on their resumes. Also, neither of them are currently in jail or are doing a life sentence in prison for anything. But the BBC does have few things in common with The Rat Pack at least.

Source: Sue Horton- The Billionaire Boys Club 
Both groups were based in Los Angeles. Both groups lived the high life by having great times and spending a lot of money on their social lives. The difference being The Rat Pack could afford to live the way they did because they brought in a lot of money for themselves and the people they worked for. TRP included both Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, as well as several other great people like Sammy Davis and Peter Lawford. Money was never an issue with these guys.

Source: Picmog- Murder made Joe Hunt famous 
Where the BBC separates with TRP and successful social clubs in Los Angeles and I'm sure several other places, is for one the other social groups were legitimate businesses. And because of that and that they were successful they brought in a lot of money again for themselves, but the people they worked for which just meant that money was always coming in for them. They lived the high life, but they also invested their money wisely and didn't spend everything plus more than they were taking in. And that is where I mercifully drop the Billionaire Boys Club-Rat Pack comparison.

Now, who were the Billionaire Boys Club? Think about Bernie Madoff and Ponzi schemes, but then add murder to that and then go back 25 years. The Madoff scans were going on during the late 2000s ( 2007-09 ) in that time period during the start of the global financial crisis and at the start of the Great Recession. The BBC were operating during the early and mid 1980s and by late 1983 the American economy was booming again and the BBC wanted that action ( to use a catch phrase ) and be part of that, but not do the work and come up with a business where their clients would benefit from it. They saw their business as a zero sum gain where they would get everything, instead of seeing their investments as exactly that as investments and transactions where both sided would invest and then benefit from those investments mutually.

The crime that put Joe Hunt ( the leader and founder of the BBC ) in life for prison without the possibility of parole, has to do with their murder of Ron Levin. Who was just a much better, more experienced, more accomplished scam artist than Joe Hunt could ever be in his best drunken fantasy. There are a few expressions that seem very app here intaking about the BBC. You don't exchange verbal jabs with a wiseass, unless you're also a wiseass. You don't get into a fist fight with the world heavyweight champion, unless you're also an accomplished pro heavyweight boxer. And you don't try to con a con artist or even work with one, unless you're an accomplished con artist yourself. And can tell when that person is being real with you, or just scamming.

Joe Hunt and his partners murdered Ron Levin, because he was scamming them and they couldn't get their money back from Levin and needed that money back. The BBC were at best a talented but lazy group of high school seniors headed to some preppy Ivy League school, or another great school in the Northeast or Pac 12, who wanted everything now and didn't have the patience to wait or do the work themselves and pay the price needed to be successful investors. Like getting a degree in business management, to use as an example and then getting a job on Wall Street or working for some other investment firm and learning the tricks of their trade. And then commit their last amateurish act by murdering a fellow scam artist, because that person scammed them.
Source: Marcia Clark Investigates: The First 48- The Billionaire Boys Club - Former LA prosecutor Marcia Clark 

Friday, June 15, 2018

A&E: Longmire- Katee Sackhoff's Striptease

Source: A&E- Vic Moretti ( played by Katee Sackhoff )
Source: Action

I guess I got into Longmire accidentally. I'm sure I saw advertising for it before I decided to start watching it every Sunday night for the first three seasons, but didn't think much of it at first. Until I was flipping around one late night and caught this show again accidentally which can happen when you're up late and not sleepy and kind of bored with nothing else to do. And I ran into Longmire and saw a scene with Deputy Vic Moretti ( played by Katee Sackhoff ) going through hotel rooms looking for either a suspect for evidence. This was the first season back in 2012 and I was thinking this is a beautiful, sexy cop, in a tight western cop outfit, kicking ass. This show might be worth watching.

Source: TV Fanatic- Deputy Sheriff Vic Moretti ( played by Katee Sackhoff 
Longmire is a lot more than just one gorgeous, sexy cop, who wears a tight blouse, skin-tight western denim jeans, that look like they're as tight as steel, with western boots. With a beautiful body, who also happens to be adorable with a very sweet voice and smile. Longmire really is a great cop show. But let's just say the show was either mediocre or cheesy, but with a great lead actress who is also very sexy who is always wearing the outfit I just described and always on the move or kicking ass in that sheriff's outfit, I would still watch it loyally, just as long as Katee Sackhoff or whoever that actress is for that show is a major player on it. Just to check her out, unless my girlfriend or wife knew why I was watching Longmire and was with me at the time. Then I would just check out my romance partner instead.

Source: GFY Cat- She has my attention 
As I said before, Longmire is a great show. It's not just Katee Sackhoff kicking ass in skin-tight jeans and boots or doing other sexy activities, like I don't know performing at the local bar and doing something like a striptease in her sheriff's outfit. Robert Taylor does a great job as Sheriff Longmire. Lou Diamond Phillips ( as Longmire's informant and occasional partner ) is also great on the show. Katee is more than just sexy eye candy on the show and does a great job as well. The writing is good and at times even very funny. The plots are good and gives people the impression that even though the show takes place in the middle of nowhere American-Indian country in Wyoming where there's more cattle than humans in the town and county, there's actual real crime that happens there with real criminals, that you need a real credible and qualified police department to deal with it successfully.

Source: GFY Cat- Poetry in motion 
But what got my attention initially with Longmire, was Katee Sackhoff who I never heard of before Longmire, I guess I'm just not that much of a sci-fi fan and never watched Battlestar Galactica. But again I first saw Longmire because I was flipping around one late might and ran into it and noticed Katee Sackhoff who I didn't know of previous and never even heard the name before. The name alone got to me about her because it's so interesting and very ethnic. Perhaps Germanic or Northern Slavic and looking at her face I could believe either. And then I watch her on that show and started researching it to see what's it about and when the show will be on again, etc so I can watch it again.

Source: When Acting is Not Enough- Vic Moretti's striptease
Longmire to me represents what great shows look like that you don't just have to go for substance and just make your show about great acting, writing, storytelling, but with very plain looking people on it who at least dress very plainly or perhaps aren't very sexy at all physically. Similar to shows like Law & Order SVU, Chicago PD, CSI Las Vegas, and other shows like that you can have great shows that have a lot of substance in it, but that also bring men and women's attention to it because they want to check out the beautiful sexy people on it, while they're also looking at the great show and hearing the great writing and delivery on it. Which is why Longmire is a great show, because it has great substance and style.
A&E: Longmire- Katee Sackhoff's Striptease

Friday, June 8, 2018

Vanity Fair: Julie Miller- Is Reality TV To Blame For President Donald Trump? Yes!

Source: Vanity Fair- 1600 Pennsylvania at The White House Reality TV show-
Source: The New Democrat

You can't blame reality TV for everything that is wrong with America, ( trust me, I've tried ) but without this facts don't matter, everything is relative, what you can get away with to accomplish whatever your goals are celebrity culture that we're living in, Donald Trump is the king of that. No one uses that lifestyle and culture to his advantage better than The Donald Trump.

Source: Vanity Fair- The Donald Trump 
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at The White House, is the biggest reality TV show in the history of universe. It's on 24 hours a day even when most people in country ( except for your addicted insomniacs are asleep ) and it's like one of those TV's that don't have an off button and even a mute button and to get away from it you have to be in a different room on a different floor. You can't turn it off, but simply try to get away with it. Like turning your i-phone off while in search for a life outside of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at The White House.

Source: Vanity Fair- The Donald Trump 
It's not that we live in a reality TV universe, but that we live in Donald Trump's reality TV universe. Where he's the king of it and where they're no rules at least that govern him. Where he never has to ever worry about being kicked off his own show ( unless Congressional Republicans grow a set off balls, or Democrats win back Congress ) because it is his own show. Unlike a reality TV show when the ratings start to slip and they believe that has to do with one character or several characters, those people are simply fired.

Firing the President of the United States, is about as easy as landing a 747 plane blindfolded without landing wheels, or pushing an elephant up the hill with just your arms and legs. Those things can only happen in extreme cases. And knowing this and the fact that The Donald has so little knowledge or respect for how American government works ( perhaps his father arranged for his son to not have to take social studies or American history in order to graduate ) The Donald views himself as a king or dictator even who can pretty much do whatever the hell he wants to without any real consequences.

Why not? He's got a 90% approval rating inside of the so-called Republican Party and a Republican Congress that by enlarge doesn't have the balls to hold him accountable for the most part, with a handful of Republicans Senators ( the last few Republicans who are actually still alive being the exception to this rule. Even though privately Congressional Republicans will tell you off the record that they know how irresponsible President Trump and his behavior is.

You can't blame reality TV for anything and again I know because I've tried, but reality TV does has a lot to do with what's wrong with America which is a subject for a future blog post. Personal responsibility with people taking the time to figure out the differences between what's not reality TV but celebrity life TV where perception is more important than actual reality, has to be imaged here by every American especially the fans of celebrity life TV. But that's the life that Donald Trump lives in and uses it to the max to advance his career goals like becoming President of the United States and being President. With 60 plus million Americans voting for him with about 90% of those voters still with him even with his low approval rating for a first term president.
Source: The Film Theorists: How Donald Trump is Winning With Reality TV- Donald Trump meet Uncle Sam