Speaking out on Trump, populism, and complacency toward war crimes

❝ Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein…recently stepped down from four years as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights…A Jordanian prince whose father is Arab and mother European, a Muslim who has visited Auschwitz and bicycled around Israel, he is a fervent believer in “the human rights of each individual, everywhere.” A soft-spoken man who talks with hard-edged eloquence, he took on an impossible job, challenging violators on all sides, whether American, Russian, Chinese, African, Arab, Israeli, or other. And doing it publicly.

❝ He is reflecting on those difficult years as a Distinguished Global Leader-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, where he shared some of his thoughts.

We invite you to read his thoughts on the responsibilities of that post. On what has been accomplished…what still needs to be done.

Nielsen resigns as Homeland Security head – NO LOSS, just a symptom of White House incompetence


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❝ Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary who has been the public face of some of the Trump administration’s most contentious policies, has resigned…

According to CBS News, which first reported the news of Nielsen’s impending resignation, her departure is yet another victory for Stephen Miller, the far-right senior adviser in the White House who has consistently steered the president in a hardline direction on immigration…

❝ Nielsen had a very rough ride as the fall guy for Trump’s hardline immigration policy. But given the controversial policies that she consistently championed, there were few expressions of sorrow for her on Sunday night.

A former DHS senior official, Juliette Kayyem, tweeted: “Nielsen is without an agency, and Administration – and public sympathy.”

One of the primary creeps who designed family separations as part of Border Patrol procedure Nielsen deserves little more than contempt. Her only beef with our fake president is that she feels his inhumane and bigoted policies can be made “legal” and that’s what she preferred to cover her participation.

While the body count rises, Trump disbands domestic terror unit

❝ The Department of Homeland Security has disbanded a group of intelligence analysts who focused on domestic terrorism, The Daily Beast has learned. Numerous current and former DHS officials say they find the development concerning, as the threat of homegrown terrorism—including white supremacist terrorism—is growing.

❝ In the wake of this move, officials said the number of analytic reports produced by DHS about domestic terrorism, including the threat from white supremacists, has dropped significantly. People in and close to the department said this has generated significant concern at headquarters…

❝ The group in question was a branch of analysts in DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). They focused on the threat from homegrown violent extremists and domestic terrorists. The analysts there shared information with state and local law enforcement to help them protect their communities from these threats.

The Fake President doesn’t care a jot about white supremacists murdering Americans or anyone else in their demented career to end democracy.

Trump’s space suits – posted by Roger Stone


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“On Monday, Stone shared the now-deleted image, but, luckily, screenshots never die! The image featured the words “Space Force ― in space no one can hear you lie” with the accompanying caption: “I love this – proud to be in this crew – but the only lies being told are by liberal scumbags.”

Keep on rocking with the Huffington Post!

Who Joins the Alt-Right? No Surprises Here?

❝ A new University of Virginia study found that white nationalists are likely to be low-income, divorced, uneducated and unemployed.

❝ One year after the Unite the Right marches in Charlottesville, Virginia that led to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and dozens of serious injuries, scholars at the nearby university analyzed the demographics of potential alt-right members in hopes of discovering what makes certain Americans susceptible to joining white nationalist movements.

❝ Researchers at UVA’s Institute for Family Studies studied responses to 2016 American National Election Survey, and singled out respondents who had a strong sense of white identity, a belief in the importance of white solidarity and a sense of white victimization. The group found that unemployed white Americans without a college degree and with an annual income between $0 and $29,000 were more likely to agree with the principles of the white nationalist movement. These respondents were also much more likely to be divorced than married or never married.

Anyplace I ever worked – where I was just looking for a short-term, less skilled [or no skilled] job, a quick buck for mediocre pay – a significant minority of my fellow-workers fit this description. Not that they migrated towards each other like untrained rodents. These were the leftover jobs after occupations requiring education and somewhat demanding skill-sets were already taken.

I’m not certain of the cause-and-effect relationships; but, I have to wonder if better education was required and available could better pay have been justified? Might their understanding of a better life for all of us have been possible?

Kingdom of Fear

We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world, a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us. No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we’ll kill you.

Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine?”

Hunter S. Thompson in 2004, “Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century”

At the narrowest analysis, these voters are ignorant – or bigoted – or both. I’m not certain what is to be accomplished by wider examination.

The mass of American eligible voters is better than this. And the fight is to protect their rights and access to voting. We already know who is trying to prevent universal suffrage.