So Trump is “Changed” by a Gas Attack…And It’s “Bombs Away”… Meanwhile….

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

So, the horrific images of a gas attack in Syria has moved Trump, touched his heart…

Pardon the cynic in me…

He’s escalated drone strikes and wants the policy regarding the sparing civilians to be gone…http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39914-amid-spike-in-civilian-deaths-from-us-strikes-trump-requests-lifting-policy-limiting-casualties   ….

The USA has killed 9 children in Yemen during a botched raid in Yemen, that was decided upon during a nice dinner, followed up with 200 civilians in Mosul…

We have thousands of children here in Flint, Michigan under threat of lead poisoning that may ruin their brains for the rest of their lives…

He’s keen on gutting healthcare, especially for the poor on Medicaid, which has a huge number of children on the rolls…

He’s willing to gut the EPA and have dangerous NEW chemicals approved that will affect the population…

Etc, etc. as the abuses pile up….

But SUDDENLY, Trump is so touched by the attack in Syria that he is “changed” ….

I guess dead refugee children washing up on the shores of the Mediterranean after escaping from Syria isn’t bad enough…and those freezing in camps and unable to travel onward are just…well, who cares?

Who thinks we are being played as the media pundits furrow their brows about how Russia will react?

Perhaps the Trump crowd consulted with the Russians…to fire a bunch of missiles on an airfield which was OK with Russia.  The Russians can supply more planes if they want to. No Russians got zapped.   A lot of tarmac got blown up….MAYBE some gas? But what really changes??  OH, WAIT…they DID NOT TEAR UP THE AIRSTRIP!!!  Maybe a few oil tanks, etc. but the airstrip is apparently ship-shape!!!

So Putin’s friend Trump gets a change of story from the Russian ties/interference story, gets a bump in the polls, and T. Rex  Tillerson goes over there as planned and talks oil deals?  Assad stays put and it’s business as usual?

And the GOP, who chickened out when Obama asked them to authorize action after he drew his red line, the same crew who bellowed about the need for ACTION after the 2013 gas attack, well….Little Marco Rubio is out there tonight looking very serious and in need of a shave pontificating about the role of Congress…you never know, McCain wants action, so heck, the GOP may do some authorizing now whereas Obama never got an ounce of cooperation on ANYTHING…

Do you really think Assad is going to go?  Do you really think that Trump is going to really do something to upset Russia over their ally Assad?

Do you????

Oh, he was eating dinner AGAIN tonight when the strike was launched…

And, when Trump reads from a script trying to look serious and Presidential? Frankly, he looks like a FAKE to me…

Update: Hillary is reported to have been in favor of bombing the airstrip…but, I bet she actually WOULD have wrecked the airstrip, not leave it intact for the Russian-Syrian allies to continue to have it available for future use…

“The Gilded Age”: Harry Reid Reminds Us, Ida Tarbell Muckraked It…

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

Seeing Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid today on the occasion of Senator Reid’s departure from the Senate was very moving.  In his final address to the Senate, he was pointed in his comments and along the way referred to “The Gilded Age.”

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/nation-world/article119671818.html

As President, Which Type of Rally Will Trump Go For on His “Thank You” Tour? “No Frills” or Nuremberg?

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

UPDATE:  November 30, 2016…I have changed the title of this post to reflect the new name for Trump’s current tour, formerly called the “Victory Tour,” now called the “Thank You” tour.

The New York Times is reporting that Trump is just aching to stay in touch with his peeps even though he is a “homebody.”  (Note: This is another of those stories we’re hearing that are aimed at “normalizing” Trump.)

Yes, while he needs adulation as his drug of choice,  the really important thing is to get out and meet his followers…yes, it is sweetly “old-fashioned.”  Normal Rockwell would be proud!

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/12/us/politics/trump-president.html

Donald Trump Prepares for White House Move, but His Tower May Still Beckon

By MAGGIE HABERMAN and ASHLEY PARKER

President-elect Donald J. Trump won the White House with an outsider’s populist promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington.

Now, as he prepares to assume the presidency, an open question remains about the capital he repeatedly spurned: Just how much is he willing to become a part of it?

Mr. Trump, a homebody who often flew several hours late at night during the campaign so he could wake up in his own bed in Trump Tower, is talking with his advisers about how many nights a week he will spend in the White House. He has told them he would like to do what he is used to, which is spending time in New York when he can.

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Returning home to Trump Tower from the White House may not be Mr. Trump’s only embrace of the familiar. His aides say he has also expressed interest in continuing to hold the large rallies that were a staple of his candidacy. He likes the instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide, and his aides are discussing how they might accommodate his demand.

“I think Trump has discovered that these rallies are tremendous opportunities for him to get his message out,” said Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media, a conservative website. “It’s actually sort of old-fashioned, that you want to actually meet people and press the flesh with him.”

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Now, apart from wondering if Trump is actually going to do any work himself or just past it all to his staff while he gets his “rally rush,” one has to wonder what these rallies will be like.

Will he go for the straight “Rant Rally,” in the classic style of Benito Mussolini?  After all, way back in February 2016, the BBC reported that Trump had re-tweeted a quote from Mussolini...http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35682844

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The glue that held the Fascist regime together was Mussolini’s cult of personality. Fascism never developed into a coherent doctrine, recognizing itself best by what it was against: Fascism meant antiliberalism, antisocialism, antifeminism, and, after 1938, anti-Semitism. For the general public, Fascism acquired real meaning in the larger-than-life figure of Il Duce. A vast propaganda machine directed by the Ministry of Popular Culture churned out newsreels, radio broadcasts, and newspaper stories glorifying Mussolini. The Fascist Party choreographed huge rallies at Mussolini’s Roman headquarters at Piazza Venezia, where Mussolini harangued the crowds with rousing speeches. A common propaganda axiom held that “Il Duce is always right,” and that youth should learn to “Believe, obey, fight.” Mussolini’s posturing lent itself to a kaleidoscope of propagandist images: Il Duce as family man, photographed with his five children; Renaissance talent playing the violin; hero of the peasants, harvesting grain bare-chested; brave commander in chief flying a fighter plane. Mussolini reached the peak of his personal popularity when he led Italy to victory over the Ethiopian empire in May 1936.

http://www.ineedchops.com/School/GOV/GOVUnit109Sem1/Benito_Mussolini.htm

Then there is the rally based not only on oratory, but also on true spectacle and staging, rallies not just composed of run-of-the-mill large crowds.  This type of rally would really ramp up Trump’s mainlining of adoration and  leave his supporters in awe.  Scrolling through pictures of the Nazi Party Congresses, it’s really very hard to choose which one would be most appropriate.

The Terrifying Spectacle of the Nuremberg Rallies in Germany

The Nazi Party relied on spectacle to impress German citizens and wow true believers. Beginning in 1933, once Adolf Hitler ruled the country, the annual rally in Nuremberg became a shining example of the power of German propaganda. Each year, the rallies grew larger and more impressive, and Hitler’s speeches became progressively more sinister. The rally in 1939, scheduled to begin on September 2, was cancelled at the last moment—Hitler and Germany had invaded Poland the day before.

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The ever-popular “Cathedral of Light” (introduced in 1934)  would certainly inspire all Trump fans, even those evangelicals who love Trump’s sincere religious beliefs…

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But the 1937 “Rally for Labor” style would really appeal to all his working-class followers because it celebration of the  “reduction of unemployment in Germany after the Nazi rise to power. It had fallen from 6 million at its peak to 1 million. Hitler did this by emphasizing manual labor, restricting companies from using labor-saving machinery, and keeping wages low.”  Yeah, that “keeping wages low” bit is right in keeping with Trump at one point telling his followers that Americans were getting paid too much.

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But who could forget the 1935 Nuremberg Rally? This was the rally at which  “Hitler introduced the Nuremberg Laws, which prohibited Jews from marrying Germans, and declared that only people with German blood (not Jewish) could be German citizens.”  Thousands of soldiers stood at attention during this homage to purity…and the racial “purists” these days are out in full force post-election going after black people, Muslims, and…oh, but we haven’t seen them pushing around any more cerebral palsy victims… yet…

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So, on Inauguration Day, what will happen? Why settle for this…http3a2f2fmashable-com2fwp-content2fuploads2f20132f012freagan-inauguration-1981

When we can have this?

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OR THIS??

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What’s Up with Trump’s Breathing?? Can He Handle STRESS??

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

I was listening to  Trump on Saturday, July 16, with Mike Pence during the VP announcement  and, at least a few times, it sounded like he was really huffing and puffing.

This was not the first time I’ve noted this.  At times, he will gasp for breath.

Back in December 2015, Trump provided us with what was supposed to be a “medical report.”  According a piece in The Daily Beast, the letter written by his doctor was greeted with…er,  puzzlement.

DR. STRANGE

12.14.15 4:00 PM ET

Trump’s Medical Report Is More Insane Than His Campaign Somehow

Donald Trump’s doctor released a medical report so silly that when we asked the American Medical Association about its language, their spokesman started to laugh.

Donald Trump’s doctor appears to be just as bombastic as he is.

It’s the only conclusion to be drawn from a hilariously bizarre letter that the mogul’s doctor—Harold Bornstein—wrote about his yuuuugely terrific health. And the letter raises as many questions as it answers.

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“If elected,” Bornstein writes, “Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

This is, of course, hooey. It’s embarrassing that a doctor even wrote it—unless, of course, Bornstein time-traveled to the 19th century to check on Millard Fillmore and William Henry Harrison. Reached for comment regarding this, a spokesperson at the American Medical Association just giggled.

They weren’t the only ones who found the comment perplexing.

“I don’t want to question Dr. Bornstein,” said Jeffrey Singer, a practicing general surgeon and adjunct scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute. “But doctors don’t usually say that kind of thing.”

“I could understand Donald Trump saying that, because that’s the kind of thing he says—just like he’s the smartest guy and the richest guy and all that,” Singer continued. “But doctors don’t usually make those kind of superlative comments.”

Unless, of course, you’re Donald Trump’s doctor.

This commentary should be read in full for the fun of it and the link is provided for the actual “bizarre letter.”

So, once again on Saturday, even my aging ears, which often miss what people are saying, picked up Trump’s labored breathing…does anybody else notice?

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the media isn’t picking up on this. I guess half of the media has been banned from covering Trump, of course, But it is OBVIOUS to me that he seems to be short of breath sometimes.

Wondering if it’s health related (heart? he takes low-dose aspiring and a statin… lungs?) or is it a sign of ANXIETY/STRESS??? This all started as a lark, remember, and now he’s the nominee!

For all his bluster, his red face, and racing speech, it’s the real shortness of breath that I am now listening for every chance I get.  He may have cardiac issues that are under control, he may have allergies…but gasping for breath/hyperventilating may also be a symptom of STRESS.

Which begs the question:  Can Trump actually handle real stress, when things are not quite fully in total control?

I have to wonder if he gets the nomination and at some point, suddenly drops out, citing health issues…even if not severe, it would be a perfect way to avoid being
President and giving up his freedom to do whatever he wants to do at any given moment.

Heck, there are so many bad deals to make, so many taxes to avoid, so many people to not pay, and that great plane with the gold fixtures that is waiting to whisk him over to one of his golf courses.

Why the hell would Trump want to be President?

As things get real after the formal nomination at the GOP Convention, let’s see how he breathes during his acceptance riff.

I will be watching with “bated breath” to see if he gasps at any point.  And I will be looking as the campaign unfolds how his respiratory system reacts…at some point, maybe he will asphyxiate himself as he smothers in his torrent of toxic words…

 

 

Hillary Clinton: Not “Progressive” Enough?… History Shows How She Nailed China on Abuse of Women, Worked on Microcredit for the Poor

by Insightanalytical

No candidate is perfect. Grownups realize this. So, to those who are not going to vote for Hillary because she isn’t “pure enough” in their progressive eyes….she’s been around this fight from the beginning!  Here are a couple of examples of her “progressive pedigree.”

Who went to China as First Lady and detailed the abuse of women?? What politician today would have the guts to do that?
http://www.nytimes.com/1995/09/06/world/hillary-clinton-in-china-details-abuse-of-women.html

HILLARY CLINTON, IN CHINA, DETAILS ABUSE OF WOMEN

Published: September 6, 1995

BEIJING, Sept. 5— Speaking more forcefully on human rights than any American dignitary has on Chinese soil, Hillary Rodham Clinton catalogued a devastating litany of abuse that has afflicted women around the world today and criticized China for seeking to limit free and open discussion of women’s issues here.

“It is time for us to say here in Beijing, and the world to hear, that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as separate from human rights,” Mrs. Clinton told the Fourth World Conference on Women assembled here.

“It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls,” Mrs. Clinton said, or “when women and girls are sold into slavery or prostitution for human greed.

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Mrs. Clinton’s gravity and directness seemed to please both Democratic and Republican members of the United States delegation here, and thus the speech may trump the political disputes that have plagued both Mrs. Clinton’s decision to travel here and the Administration’s approach to China.

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Continuing with references to domestic violence, genital mutilation, coercive abortions and sterilizations, Mrs. Clinton told the delegates from more than 180 countries, “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”

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In the section of her speech aimed most directly at China, Mrs. Clinton seemed to betray frustration over China’s intolerance for dissenting views.

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Back in the day, when the GOP was not insane, even arch right-winger Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), praised the speech (although he thought she could be more “specific.”…can’t ever win with these jerks!)

OK, and then there’s this:    Who was deeply involved micro-banks in underdeveloped countries?

http://www.shareintl.org/archives/economics/ec_mlmicrocredit.htm

Microcredit Summit seeks to help world’s poorest  (1997)
by Monte Leach

Excerpt:

The impressive roster of participants at the Microcredit Summit, and their enthusiasm for microcredit programs, was a tribute not only to Yunus, but also to the power of his idea that the poor can help themselves out of poverty if given half a chance.

Among the more than 2,000 participants from 100 countries were three presidents and two prime ministers; Queen Sofia of Spain; the President of the World Bank, and the presidents of major regional development banks; the heads of UN agencies; members of parliament; heads of commercial banks and private corporations; heads of major foundations and philanthropists from around the world; representatives of nongovernmental organizations; practitioners — those who implement microcredit programs across the globe; as well as borrowers like Francisca Rojas who have received the benefits of microcredit.

The presence of the world’s movers and shakers, from every part of the political spectrum, appeared to mean more than simply efforts at photo opportunities with the gathered media. US First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, a co-chair of the summit, who, along with the US Secretary of the Treasury, spoke at the conference, said that she and the President, Bill Clinton, first met Mohammed Yunus in 1986, and have been deeply committed to microcredit since then.

Hillary Clinton showed photos of her visits to microcredit programs in Bangladesh, Chile, India, Nicaragua, and the US itself. The First Lady talked about a woman she met in Chile who had received a loan for a new sewing machine. “She said that when she got that new sewing machine she felt like a caged bird set free. And that is a good way to describe how many of the people I have met seem to feel when given the opportunity.”

Mrs. Clinton went on to describe the opportunity presented at this moment in history: “As we move toward this 21st century, we have an opportunity that has seldom come, if ever, in the history of humankind. We have a world that can, with technology, democracy, and free enterprise extend the benefits of prosperity and peace to countless millions whose lives can be lifted up.”

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Yeah, Hillary is an elitist who doesn’t understand those “below” her…

I consider myself a progressive. And that means not having another Republican get into that White House and crucify blacks, women, and gays.
Having marched on D.C. for women’s rights and to seem them crippled is really pissing me off…we are in dire need of a woman to restore the dialogue about issues that affect women and their families…and that includes men, too!

Hillary has been a crapped-on wife, a mother, a brilliant lawyer, an activist, First Lady, a Senator, and Sec. of State. She has seen the world, the villages, not just the presidential palaces. WHO CAN MATCH THAT EXPERIENCE???   She has a daughter and now a grand-daughter. Don’t you think she wants a better world for them and for all children??

People better grow up and realize that to put a Republican in the WH and with a GOP Congress will screw us for decades, esp. with regard to the Supreme FART!

Wake up people…I donated without hesitation last night and will be working on the campaign…at 64, this is a bookend in my life…I started
seeing progress in the 60-70’s, have seen it snatched away…and it’s time to take progress back!

I thought I wasn’t going to be energized, but…I AM!

“I LIKE IKE!”…But the GOP Doesn’t Seem To…

~~By InsightAnalytical

As yet another disgusting election season nears its end,  I find that Dwight D. Eisenhower has been on my mind lately.

Eisenhower was the first President I knew.  I was born in 1951 and he became President in 1953.

I remember like it was yesterday standing at the corner of Pierrepont and Lincoln Avenues in front of my grade school (Pierrepont Elementary) as I debated with a long-forgotten classmate about Kennedy vs. Nixon. I was in 6th grade and Eisenhower would be out of office by January 1961.

He passed away in 1969.

Since I was so young when Eisenhower was President, I don’t remember much of what went on…but I do remember the Interstate Highway system being built.  Reading about his time in office is fascinating as I try to recall how my childhood fit into the times.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_D._Eisenhower

I can’t recall exactly when the name “Eisenhower” was purged from the GOP’s history.  I recall David Eisenhower and wife Julie showing up at some conventions, and perhaps they still do, but the Eisenhower name hasn’t been uttered in years as far as I can tell.

The plain truth is that Eisenhower was not nuts.  The current GOP IS nuts.  And Eisenhower is just not crazy enough for them to give him much thought.

There are plenty of sites which have some of Eisenhower’s best quotations.

I’ve selected a few that make me feel nostalgic for Ike. Maybe I’m just wandering back to my childhood, but I don’t think that’s the main reason I’ve been thinking about Eisenhower.

I think I’m just trying to remember what  a more sane GOP might sound like…

So, here are some of my favorite quotations from Ike:

“Unless we progress, we regress.”– State of the Union Address  January 9, 1959

“Only Americans can hurt America.”

“There are a number of things wrong with Washington. One of them is that everyone is too far from home.”

“May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”

“If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.”

“Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”

And,  I offer this excerpt from Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, January 17, 1961:  http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Dwight_D._Eisenhower#Farewell_address_.281961.29

  • Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Eisenhower  knew that American needs “an alert and knowledgeable citizenry” and that  “The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”

So, as we come to this Election Day, with the process marred by Citizens United and Koch brother money, voter suppression, extreme hostility to President Barack Obama, most likely fueled by racism, attacks on women’s rights, and the general ignorance of the public,  what would Eisenhower be thinking today??

How would he be viewing the “future of this republic”?

 
 

July 4th, 2014… WHAT FREEDOM MEANS in the Era of Republican Repression…Nelson Mandela Had It Right

By Insightanalytical-GRL

It’s been awhile…aging parent do take a lot of time to care for.

But, that doesn’t mean I’ve checked out of the world.  Believe me, the current political situation in this country only adds to the stress of family issues as one gets swamped by negative, cruel messages from the Republican Party.

In light of the recent Supreme Fart rulings (Hobby Lobby contraception, etc), the general onslaught of religious crap in this country and the  anti- EVERYBODY who is not one of THEM attitude, this sort of captured the moment for me….

This wonderful quote goes to what is being crushed in this country by right wing forces…a sense of what should be normalcy being trashed by a rotten GOP, a cruel version of “Christianity” which borders on insanity and Taliban-like qualities, intolerance, racism/voter suppression, hostility toward women, anti-healthcare expansion,anti-food assistance, holding immigration reform hostage,  etc….it’s all out there now,  courtesy of a rabid bunch who have taken over the GOP.

The Republican Party, its Tea Party wing (which is a deviant of the original Tea Party which was all about economic concerns, not social issues), what I call COCKROACH CHRISTIANS (insidious, crawling out of their very dark places everywhere and not being really Christian at all,  in shorthand CRAP “Christians”)….these UN-PATRIOTIC idiots who want to destroy the country…

These  people show NO RESPECT FOR ANYTHING….They are seriously toxic people….

It’s time for the rest of us to RISE UP and re-ignite OUR REVOLUTION!