This may be the biggest joke of the day . . . or the dumbest comment

Here in Virginia, the radical rightwingnutcases all collect on a blog titled “The Bull Elephant” — which is lovingly known by the rest of us as “The Bullshitting Elephant.”

So — on Oct 30, one of the TBE infrequent contributors (infrequent for good reason — he’s dumb as a rock) Shak Hill spewed forth this nonsense:

And the polls have Corey surging to within 2 points. With the strong contrast of little Timmy’s liberal left and the revival of Trump’s Conservative right, all Virginian’s are embracing Corey and his message of hope and prosperity!

He is claiming that GOP Senatorial candidate Confederate Corey Stewart is within 2 points of incumbent Democratic Senator Tim Kaine.  IN FACT — polls show Kaine leading anywhere from 15 to 25 points.  I have no idea where Shak came up with his claim.

Of course, if you search for “Shak Hill” with Google, and read about him, you can get a pretty good idea of where ol’ Shak came up with his “within 2 points.”

Actually, I think Shak dropped a 0 and hoped no one would notice.

Remember when Trump told us he would eliminate the national debt in eight years?

March 31, 2016; Trump was interviewed by Bob Woodward.

Donald Trump: “We’ve got to get rid of the $19 trillion in debt.”

Bob Woodward: “How long would that take?”

Trump: “I think I could do it fairly quickly, because of the fact the numbers…”

Woodward: “What’s fairly quickly?”

Trump: “Well, I would say over a period of eight years. And I’ll tell you why.”

Woodward: “Would you ever be open to tax increases as part of that, to solve the problem?”

Trump: “I don’t think I’ll need to. The power is trade. Our deals are so bad.”

Woodward: “That would be $2 trillion a year.”

Trump: “No, but I’m renegotiating all of our deals, Bob. The big trade deals that we’re doing so badly on. With China, $505 billion this year in trade. We’re losing with everybody.”

Trump has been in office almost two years.  Thus, we should be 1/4 of the way toward paying off the national debt.

So — how is he doing?  As of the end of 2018, Trump has ADDED $1.3 TRILLION to our national debt.

Added — not paid off.

One week before election, Trump trotting out more lies and bullshit

President Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the United States to noncitizens, a move most legal experts say runs afoul of the Constitution and that was dismissed Tuesday by the top House Republican.

The action, which Trump previewed in a television clip broadcast Tuesday, would be the most aggressive by a president elected to office pledging to take a hard line on immigration, an issue he has revived in advance of next week’s midterm elections.

“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits,” Trump said during an interview with Axios scheduled to air as part of a new HBO series starting this weekend. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”

In fact, more than 30 countries, including Canada and Mexico, have similar policies.

Leading Democrats and immigrants-rights activists blasted Trump’s promise Tuesday. And House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) also dismissed the idea during a radio interview, saying it is not consistent with the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

“Well you obviously cannot do that,” Ryan said on WVLK in Kentucky:  “You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order.”

Here’s a little something to think about.  Let’s say Trump really can abolish a Constitutional amendment with an Executive Order.  So — how about the next President abolish the Second Amendment with an EO?  Sounds fair to me.

Trump plans to overturn 14th Amendment by Executive Order

President Donald Trump is planning to terminate birthright citizenship, according to a report by Axios.

Trump plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. soil, he said Monday in an exclusive interview for a documentary series called “Axios on HBO.”

“This would be the most dramatic move yet in Trump’s hardline immigration campaign, this time targeting ‘anchor babies’ and ‘chain migration’,” Axios said in its report, adding that the move would also likely lead to another stand-off between the U.S. president and the courts.

“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump reportedly said, declaring he can do it by using an executive order.
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Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/30/trump-plans-to-terminate-birthright-citizenship.html

Okay, let’s think about this.

First, two Republican Senators — Sununu and Rubio — will no longer be citizens.

Second, if the President can wipe out a part of the Constitution by Executive Order, then, the next President can wipe out the Second Amendment by Executive Order.  Fair enough.

 

If . . .

Trump: “If there was an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop him.”

And — if the 12 Disciples had AK47s, Jesus would be alive today.

Wittman remains silent about vandalism

The latest act of political vandalism in the 1st Congressional District occurred last night in Prince William County at the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Old Bridge Road where a 4’ x 8’ Vangie Williams sign, featuring Williams’ face, was slashed apart with a sharp object. Remnants of the sign remained attached to the post.

“This sign is on private property and merely expresses the support of the property owner for Vangie,” said Joel Leonard, Williams’ campaign manager. “This goes way, way beyond typical vandalism. This is a violation of the sign owner’s property rights and also constitutes trespassing. And the fact that Rob Wittman has yet to condemn this ongoing trend is shameful.”

The Williams campaign recently listed five localities in which vandalism of campaign signs has been an ongoing issue.

“I am calling on Rob Wittman to immediately denounce this kind of behavior and join me in calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice,” said Vangie Williams.

“I don’t want the vote of anyone who destroys a Wittman for Congress sign thinking that it helps my campaign. It does exactly the opposite – it demeans our democracy. I would hope that Rob Wittman would feel the same way, but he’s remained oddly silent as if he approves of this kind of behavior.

“The congressman’s silence only proves what I have been saying throughout the campaign – we deserve better.”

Sorry, Vangie . . . don’t expect Rob Wittman to do the honorable thing.

Isn’t this a bit unusual?

Weird how you never hear of “defective” voting machines switching Republican votes to Democratic.   It’s almost as if there were some darker issue going on here — but– I can’t quite put my finger on it.

What do you think?

Our representative democratic republic was good while it lasted . . . and now, it’s gone

To put it very simply, there were five basic, highly effective moves that allowed Hitler’s rise:

First, the Nazi party allowed a coarse, uneducated leader to rise to prominence on a white privilege, nationalist wave.

Second, the conservative establishment party foolishly thought it could appease him by sharing power.
Third, that same Nazi party destroyed media credibility to silence critics.
Fourth, the Nazis literally burned the establishment congress to the ground.

Fifth, it seized authoritarian power by using unchallenged propaganda to precipitate an existential threat allegedly emanating from those outside the white Aryan race and outside the nation’s borders.

In three different studies of Trump supporters , love for authoritarian behaviors, is the top trait of his base. In order to win and advance their agenda, they have come to disavow Democracy.

Do people get that if the media is controlled by the state and people are loyal to one man and his regime, it’s easier to take other freedoms? If the government violates religious freedom, freedom of speech, takes away voting rights for many or were to begin to subvert due process, who alerts the public to this ? The free and independent press. If we lose that freedom, it will merely be the first to go.

Don’t think this can happen here ? In a recent poll, 43 per cent of Republicans believe a President should be able to shut down any press outlet he wants. A higher number of Republicans, about 48 per cent, no longer believe protest should be legal.

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From a German friend of mine:
Do people really believe that fascism and the holocaust happened on day one of Hitler’s tenure? In 1933 when he first came into power, the Nazis were in control of 3 per cent of the press. The press was very critical, very watchful. Their constant presence prevented the Nazis from operating openly as a fascist regime. Goebbels and Hitler set upon a plan to brainwash and turn the people against the press. The specifically called them, the enemy of the people. They did this, so that when they seized control of the press , the German people would see it as a patriotic duty of their leaders. It worked like a charm. By 1935 Hitler’s base , who hated who he hated and others who would accept any conduct for a decent economy, were on board with the gradual takeover of the press. By 1939, those not sold on Hitler, turned their heads, looked away and were, what my father called, the good little, obedient Germans.

Lawsuit exposes Trump Family as a fraudulent enterprise. Tell me something I didn’t already know.

A massive 160-page complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan this week alleges that the entire Trump family has for years engaged in fraud intended to rip off unsophisticated investors.

The New York Times reports that the complaint “alleges that Mr. Trump and his family received secret payments from three business entities in exchange for promoting them as legitimate opportunities, when in reality they were get-rich-quick schemes that harmed investors, many of whom were unsophisticated and struggling financially.”

Additionally, reports the Times, the complaint depicts the Trump Organization as “a racketeering enterprise that defrauded thousands of people.”

At the center of the lawsuit are three separate business entities: ACN, a telecommunications firm that gave Trump money in exchange for endorsing its products; the Trump Network, which was responsible for the ill-fated Trump Vitamins nutritional regimen; and the Trump Institute, a Trump University-like entity that the lawsuit claims offered “extravagantly priced multiday training seminars” that purportedly gave attendees access to Trump’s “secrets” to selling real estate.

Attorneys Roberta Kaplan and Andrew Celli Jr., who are representing plaintiffs in the lawsuit, tell the New York Times that their case “connects the dots at the Trump Organization and involves systematic fraud that spanned more than a decade, involved multiple Trump businesses and caused tremendous harm to thousands of hardworking Americans.”

Among other things, the suit alleges that a hospice worker identified as “Jane Doe” was tricked into investing in ACN in 2014 after watching Trump personally endorse the company in a promotional video. The complaint alleges that Doe spent thousands of dollars to attend ACN seminars in multiple cities across the United States — and only earned $38 from all the training she’d received in selling its products.

Read the whole complaint at this link.

 

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