Trump Needs To Publically Fire Kellyanne Conway

Regular readers of this blog site know that I have little use for Donald Trump and even less use for Kellyanne Conway. But this has nothing to do with those feelings.

Kellyanne Conway took her concerns about the potential appointment of Mitt Romney as Secretary of State to the airwaves and the media. I understand her viewpoint…I understand her concern.

BUT she is in Mr. Trump’s inner circle and has his ear. She can make her concerns known privately and she says she has done that. But it makes it look like the transition team is totally out of control. And she claims she is doing it for party unity…

This is scary stuff because at some point party unity has to give way to national security. The president’s team can’t be running to the media if or when they disagree with the president. The president’s decision needs to be respected and supported. The world can’t see how the sausage gets made in the West Wing. They need to see a unified front in leadership.

If she pulls something like this after January 20th, she should be tried for treason.

(of course she may be doing this at the behest of Donald Trump…in which case this is even scarier…proving once again he is unqualified to be president)

Welcome to Donald Trump’s AmeriKKKa!

Welcome to Donald Trump’s America, where white supremacy groups are emboldened thanks to his hateful rhetoric.

One of the largest Ku Klux Klan groups in the country has announced a parade to celebrate President-elect Donald Trump’s win.
The Loyal White Knights of Pelham, N.C., says on its website that its parade will take place on Dec. 3.
“TRUMP = TRUMP’S RACE UNITED MY PEOPLE,” says the website’s front page.

No time or location for the event is listed, and a phone call to the number on its website was not returned.
The group has between 150 and 200 members and is “perhaps the most active Klan group in the United States today,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. Last year, it was part of a South Carolina protest against the Confederate flag’s removal from the state Capitol.

I suspect we’ll see more of these types of activities from hate groups who are now emboldened by Donald Trump’s hateful and divisive rhetoric, and no doubt hate speech and attacks from those who feel Donald Trump has given a powerful voice to what they’ve been feeling.

Random Post-Election Thoughts

I was working all day in Ward 65, in the City of Madison. When we finally finished remaking ballots and tallying votes, Hillary Clinton and Russ Feingold easily had more than 90% of the vote. We had one vote for Jill Stein, out of about 2700 cast.

Then the poll workers started checking their phones. Russ Feingold had already conceded, and by the time I drove home at 11:00 pm, NPR was projecting Iowa for Trump, giving him 244 electoral votes of the 270 needed for election. This was without Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, all too close to call.

So Trump will be President. That is very hard to take. Here are my other reactions.

1. Climate change, climate change, climate change. There won’t be a livable world left if the US doesn’t take the lead in reducing/eliminating carbon emissions. And we won’t do a damn thing under Trump and an enabling Republican congress.

2. Related to this: scientific research. Someone who rejects all the science on climate change just might not be interested in investments in scientific research. And that also clouds the future of the country.

3. What will happen to immigrants and children of immigrants? My son spent hours this morning on Facebook with his friends who are now feeling that this country never wanted them here. My son’s friends are in their early twenties and incredibly talented, educated, productive human beings: the very people this country needs to develop its future. A law professor friend, well-established in her field, is wondering whether she should return to the country her parents fled years ago, where she may find herself more welcome.

This country is founded on immigrants, renews itself with immigrants, gives succor to immigrants and refugees, and maintains ties with other countries through the families of immigrants. But a Trump presidency could change all that by removing all these wonderful people from this country, and removing their hope, their aspirations, and their vigor from this country.

4. The enabling of the white supremacists is frightening to the core. Trump claims he is not one of them, but he has done nothing to shut them down. The future of the movement is now,

5. The combination of immigration “initiatives” and white supremacy, I fear, will lead to renewed and reinvigorated suppression of minorities in this country. I want to know what was the impact of voter suppression on the results in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and other states? When those in power don’t respect the right to vote, many citizens may just give up, and that is suppression.

6. One of the saddest things about this election is that Trump claimed to be “taking back” the country for a specific group of people — the working class. He said “we” will take back country, inserting himself into that slice of the population. But the United States is not just the working class, or the middle class, nor is it one race or another. It is a unique melding of ALL races, ALL classes, ALL ethnic groups, immigrants AND people with family histories reaching to the Revolution, small town AND urban dwellers, educated AND uneducated — or at least that’s how I grew up thinking about this country.

The United States, and the people of the United States, are a sum of our parts. We have lost that sense of unity, and I don’t know if we can ever get it back.

They aren’t migrants!

For those of you who haven’t seen the news lately…or haven’t visited news sites that carry such news…the French government is tearing down a refugee camp in Calais and moving its residents to other facilities in France. Many of the residents are upset because they would like to reach Great Britain and feel that being moved from Calais will make that move more difficult. This despite the fact that the camp is described as a squalid jungle. So there has been some rioting and violence.

I don’t know what we can do about it directly but there is something about they way it is being reported in much of the America press the really bothers me. As we’ve seen in this campaign, words matter. And NPR and other outlets have repeatedly called the residents of these camps: migrants.

They aren’t migrants. Migrants follow the crops and harvest them. Migrants move from their home to a new home to find work. Migrants came to America to find a better life. Migrants settled the west and the plains by moving from the east. Migrants moved from the rural south to the north and Midwest to find factory jobs. Migrants abandoned the dust bowl and moved to California in the depression. Those are migrants.

The people in France are refugees. They have been violently driven from their homes by war. I think it is important that we don’t lose sight of that. They have left behind everything they knew for the unknown to literally keep from being killed.

This is an important distinction and I don’t know why the media is trying to soft pedal this by using the term migrant. As I said NPR has used the term migrant the past two days. Good Morning America got it right in a title: “France Begins Removing Thousands From Squalid ‘Jungle’ Refugee Camp“, but used migrant in the story a time or two. And the Associated Press uses migrants: “France moving more than 6,000 migrants, destroying huge camp” (an article reprinted in the October 26, 2016 print edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where the subheading read: “Thousands of migrants still await relocation”).

I won’t go on with other examples…but it is really important that we use refugees…it denotes their existence and their presence resulting from violence, an involuntary movement from their former homes. The label migrant makes it sound voluntary and implies less urgency for their situation.

Let’s call refugees…refugees.

An Open Letter To The Online Media

This is totally a non-political rant…but I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore…well maybe I am. [for now]

But to all of the online arms of the print and broadcast media: You are making your websites unusable.

Now I understand that you need ad revenues to keep publishing and broadcasting but you already have a third of your web page covered with ads…or worse those insidious click bait pieces of junk along the bottom row (you’d be wise to reconsider some of those as well). All of your new intrusive games are making your sites unreadable. What do I mean?

Well first, lets start with one of the more recent intrusions. I select an article from your site and while I am about half way through the first paragraph you insert a video ad just below the second graph and it resizes the page…and then when it stops…it closes and…resizes the page. It’s annoying to have to scroll up or down or re-scroll again as the ad opens/closes. Just insert the damn thing when the page loads and leave it there. I can deal with the black rectangle when it’s over…trust me on that.

And if I open an article and I scroll down past the video you have at the top because I would rather read the text…that doesn’t mean I want you to run the video anyway in that little two inch square window you opened at the bottom right hand corner of my browser. I don’t want to see the video, I don’t want to hear the audio, and I don’t enjoy you using up my bandwidth (and it makes your page slow and uneven in its response) while forcing it on me. And if I click on the ‘x’ to close it…that shouldn’t mean you take me back to the top of the page and continue to run the video.

And goodness no, I DON’T want to read ‘your circular’ before I can enter the website.

And a special note to USA Today and their captive subsidiaries (including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s JSOnline): Launching the article and then magically sliding it down off the browser screen so you can display a full page ad…sucks. It sucks big time.

No I know advertising pays the bills. But you are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs here. Stop letting the advertising department run the website…hire a bona fide user interface designer!

It is getting to the point where I am starting to avoid certain sites over others as the annoyance level continues to grow.

Donald Trump shows yet again that he has zero class (VIDEO)

On Thursday night Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump each gave speeches roasting the other at the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner to benefit charity, as has been an election year tradition for a number of years.

However, Donald Trump’s remarks about Hillary Clinton were notable in that they seemed to cross the line from roasting to attacking, drawing boos from the crowd in attendance.

Donald Trump was booed Thursday night at the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner after delivering a series of jabs at his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, including trying to riff on a controversial remark he made at the latest presidential debate about her being a “nasty woman.” Clinton also didn’t play nice, however her jokes appeared to be more well-received by the crowd.

The dinner in New York, to benefit charity, is supposed to be a light-hearted roast where the presidential candidates take jabs at themselves and each other, but the event came just a day after the particularly nasty third presidential debate.

During the debate, the candidates didn’t shake hands or acknowledge each other before or after the forum.

Trump, who spoke first, tried at first to keep things light-hearted, but quickly turned to harsh criticism about Clinton, who he described as “corrupt.” His remarks drew boos from the crowd, unprecedented for the event in the memories of observers.

If you’d like to watch for yourselves, here’s full video of Donald Trump’s speech at the Alfred E. Smith dinner, with Trump’s remarks crossing from roast to attack at about the 10:41 mark.

And here’s video of Hillary Clinton’s roast of Donald Trump.

I know it goes without saying, but after watching and re-watching Donald Trump’s speech, it’s clear to me that he’s completely and utterly incapable of being anything other than a small, petty, spiteful man.

Remember that time George W. Bush’s White House lost 22 million emails?

For all the caterwauling by conservatives about the deletion of 33,000 emails off the private server of former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, I don’t remember those same conservatives voicing the same level of outrage about the fact that the administration of Republican president George W. Bush “lost” 22 million emails.

For 18 months, Republican strategists, political pundits, reporters and Americans who follow them have been pursuing Hillary Clinton’s personal email habits, and no evidence of a crime has been found. But now they at least have the skills and interest to focus on a much larger and deeper email conspiracy, one involving war, lies, a private server run by the Republican Party and contempt of Congress citations—all of it still unsolved and unpunished.

Clinton’s email habits look positively transparent when compared with the subpoena-dodging, email-hiding, private-server-using George W. Bush administration. Between 2003 and 2009, the Bush White House “lost” 22 million emails. This correspondence included millions of emails written during the darkest period in America’s recent history, when the Bush administration was ginning up support for what turned out to be a disastrous war in Iraq with false claims that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and, later, when it was firing U.S. attorneys for political reasons.

Report: three women accuse Donald Trump of touching them inappropriately

Another day, another account of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior.

Donald Trump is facing a blizzard of fresh allegations of boorish physical behavior, days after denying during Sunday’s presidential debate that he had ever groped women.

At least three women came forward in stories published Wednesday to say — on the record — that the Republican nominee had touched them inappropriately.

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In an explosive new report by The New York Times, two woman said that Trump made unwanted sexual advances during incidents decades apart. His campaign is denying the story as “fiction.”

A third woman, 36-year-old Mandy McGillivray, accused Trump, in an interview with the Palm Beach Post, of grabbing her posterior 13 years ago. The Trump campaign has not commented on that allegation.

Also Wednesday, CBS News unearthed footage from a 1992 “Entertainment Tonight” Christmas special that shows Trump talking to a young girl on an escalator at Trump Tower, then turning to the camera to say, “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”

Earlier, BuzzFeed reported that four women who participated in Trump’s Teen USA beauty pageants said he would frequently barge into their dressing areas as they were changing.

C’mon conservative supporters of Donald Trump – defend this behavior. Defend your nominee!