The real power behind Trump’s depraved “game of thrones”

Pastor Paula White delivers the benediction to Republicans

Trump’s personal spiritual adviser, wacky fringe televangelist Paula White, launched a prayer effort alongside other crazy evangelical Christian leaders last Tuesday, offering a prayer condemning the Trump’s critics, accusing them of being aligned with evil spirits and using sorcery.

The White House officially announced last week that White would spearhead the Trump’s “so-called” Faith and Opportunity Initiative. Trump and the wealthy televangelist have been friends for years, and she has been a key religious supporter, rallying her Christian base to back Trump.

Alongside her fellow Christian scam artists Cindy Jacobs, Dave Kabul, and Dutch Sheets, White has launched the highly partisan One Voice Prayer Movement, starting the initiative last Tuesday with a prayer for Trump. “Lord, we ask you to deliver (Trump) from any snare, any setup of the enemy, according to Ephesians 6:12. Any persons [or] entities that are aligned against (Trump) will be exposed and dealt with and overturned by the superior blood of Jesus,” she said during her prayer in a conference call with other Christian leaders.

“Whether it’s the spirit of Leviathan, a spirit of Jezebel, Abaddon, whether it’s the spirit of Belial, we come against the strongmen, especially Jezebel, that which would operate in sorcery and witchcraft, that which would operate in hidden things, veiled things, that which would operate in deception,” she continued. “We come against it according to your word.”

White’s prayer continued by saying that anyone who stands against Trump “would be exposed and dealt with and overturned in Jesus’ name.” She said that believers know that Trump and his Christian supporters “do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.”

White went on: “Stretch out your arm and deliver (Trump) and rid him of any bondage the enemy would try to bring against him.”

 

 

 

 

Goddess help us all

Recreational hate mongering or a fun Wednesday nite in Florida

Last night in Orlando Florida with the “proud boys in the house”, Tyrant Trump continued to throw gasoline into the fire of the bully crusade he leads. Once again attacking the free press and anyone who dare speak against him, he a screamed his denunciation of the news media, normal politics and what he called his “radical opponents”. He opened the next phase of his never-ending election campaign in front of a large crowd of raucous cult members by re-invoking the dark messaging and personal grievances that fueled his 2016 campaign.

Just about four years to the day since he announced his reality TV show run for public office from the basement of Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump again mocked and disparaged Democrats, calling them the leaders of an “angry, left-wing mob” and declaring falsely that the 2020 election will be a “verdict on the un-American conduct of those who tried to undermine our great democracy, undermine you.” When he knows very well that is a referendum on Trumpism.

He bragged about his so-called record— the growing economy (from Obama), the tax cuts and deregulation (which has basically screwed is core supporters) — but Trump did not offer any new policies or any kind of cohesive agenda for a second term that might expand his political appeal beyond his cult base. As he formally declared his intention to run again, he told his cult members that his new slogan would be “Keep America Great,” pledging to wage a relentless battle on behalf of his followers.

 “Our political opponents look down with hatred on our values and with utter disdain for the people whose lives they want to run,” Mr. Trump told a packed arena, later mocking Joseph R. Biden Jr., the former vice president and a Democratic rival for the presidency, as “Sleepy Joe.”

Trump avoided mentioning any of the nearly two dozen Democrats competing for the right to challenge him, mentioning only Biden who he clearly wants to run against.

Standing in front of a sea of cultist wearing his signature red “Make America Great Again” hats, Trump ramped up a torrent of attacks, falsehoods, exaggerations and resentments that were right out of his first campaign and have been on almost daily display during his time in the White House. His warning for his voters: The establishment (anybody who’s not MAGA) will stop at nothing to rob you of another four years.

To win re-election, Mr. Trump must convince his supporters that he has not forgotten them despite having failed to make good on most of his important campaign promises.

Playing the pitiful victim again he whined and exaggerated “They tried to take away your dignity and your destiny. But we will never let them do that, will we?” the president said, declaring victory over a political machine that opposed his election. “They tried to erase your vote, erase your legacy of the greatest campaign — probably the greatest election in the history of our country.”

Egged on by the enthusiastic crowd, poor poor pitiful Donald cited his familiar list of grievances during his speech. He railed against the so-called “witch hunt” conducted against him by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and the “18 very angry Democrats” who worked with Mr. Mueller. He insisted — falsely — that Mr. Mueller had cleared him of all wrongdoing in connection with Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and of obstructing the investigation that followed.
Trump has remained fixated on his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, and her “33,000 emails,” once again prompting worn out chants of “lock her up!” “lock her up!”

Trump then started, ticking off a laundry list of his claimed so-called accomplishments on veterans’ health care, funding for the military, abandoning the Paris climate accords and defending gun rights. The frenzied crowd seemed to lose some of its passion during those moments. But Tyrant Trump whipped his cult up again by raising fears about immigrants, spending more time on the centerpiece of his bleak vision of a country under assault than on any other issue. As part of his usual schtick, he lashed out at the evil Democrats, saying they are to blame for the consequences of letting “aliens” into the country.

“The Democrat agenda of open borders is morally reprehensible,” demigod Trump said, accusing Democrats of the “ultimate act of moral cowardice” for failing to defend Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. He said the Democratic position on immigration was “the greatest betrayal of the American middle class and, frankly, American life.”

His decision to formally start his re-election bid in front of a frenzied crowd of die-hard cultists was a clear signal that he has no intention of backing away from his race bating on immigration and crazy ideas on trade. He made it clear that will escalate his personal attacks against his critics and the so-called establishment that have supercharged his most loyal cult members.

It’s clear that Tyrant Trump is betting that the 2020 campaign will be a kind of “Back to the Future” replay of 2016 one when a reality TV star and New York real estate scam artist campaigned as a disrupter with nothing to lose and shook the country to its core. This time, though, he will have the full support of “his” Republican Party.

Mr. Trump made no mention of his terrible poll numbers, preferring instead to display his trademark bravado. At the end of a speech that spoke almost exclusively to his cult base, Trump claimed to have the support of the whole nation behind him.

“We are going to keep on working,” Tyrant Trump vowed. “We are going to keep on fighting. And we are going to keep on winning, winning, winning.”

Doanld Trump Jr. was one of the warm-up acts and he did his best Barney Fife imitation. No, seriously you have hear it!

From NYT, Washington Post and TV coverage

The Trump Train is slowly going off the rails

A Phony Attorney General 

Matthew Whitaker’s days as the unqualified and illegitimate head Justice Department appeared to be numbered, as Trump denied even knowing the man he had just named as acting attorney general two days earlier.
Speaking to reporters Friday, Trump said: “I don’t know Matt Whitaker.” Which is classic Trumps when things aren’t going well. Trump, as usual, is lying in plain sight. Trump said on Fox News last month Whitaker’s “a great guy” and said, “I mean, I know Matt Whitaker.”

Whitaker’s shady past business ties and comments on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and other topics were drawing scrutiny across the country.

Republican senator, Susan Collins of Maine, said she was concerned by some of Whitaker’s past comments and called for legislation that would place limits on his ability to fire special counsel Mueller. That would include specifying that only a Senate-confirmed Justice Department official — which Whitaker is not — could dismiss Mueller.

Trump continues to attack our Free Press

Trump insulted some more reporters, threatened that others may have their White House credentials pulled like CNN’s Jim Acosta and tried to dispute reports that his press secretary blatantly spread a doctored video of Acosta’s encounter with a White House intern.

Trump said “nobody manipulated” a video, that was clearly altered and distributed by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders that showed Acosta resisting an intern’s attempt to take a microphone from him during a news conference on Friday. Video experts say that the video appeared doctored to speed up Acosta’s arm movement and make his gesture more threatening; the White House used that phony clip to justify pulling Acosta’s credentials.

Mueller probe into the Russian conspiracy

Trump’s advisers are expressing worries that the special counsel, who’s been out of the news for the past month, has been stealthily compiling information and could soon issue new indictments or a damning final report.

Trump is so worried he abruptly altered the chain of command above Mueller on Wednesday, putting his work under the supervision of a Republican loyalist who has been openly skeptical of the special counsel’s authority and has mused about ways to curtail his power. But Trump and his aides are freaking out about Mueller’s next move.

A flurry of activity during his quiet period, including weeks of grand jury testimony about Trump confidant Roger Stone and negotiations over an interview with the president, hinted at public developments ahead as investigators move closer to addressing key questions underpinning the special counsel inquiry: Did Trump illegally obstruct the investigation? And did his campaign have advance knowledge of illegally hacked Democratic emails?

Another big Keystone XL setback

In another setback for the Trump administration, a federal judge has blocked a permit for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada and ordered officials to conduct a new environmental review.

Environmentalists and tribal groups cheered the ruling by a U.S. district judge in Montana, while President Donald Trump called it “a political decision” and “a disgrace.”

 This info from The Associated Press

 

This week’s WTF! moment: Mathew Owen turns on the Brady Bunch

Mathew Owen: “Beware the Great Train Robbery”

In his my word printed in today’s Times-Standard “Beware the Great Train Robbery” Mathew Owen finishes with this priceless and stark warning “Be very wary of any who support this train proposal promising you thousands of union jobs with benefits and tax revenues to cure all of Eureka’s social ills.”

Ironically at the top of this list coincidentally, is termed out Eureka Council member Marian Brady who is a candidate for the Harbor District.

Wait! We know you’re having a hard time catching your breath.

It’s a shocking turnaround from eight years ago when the Brady bunch was swept into power promisingthousands of union jobs with benefits and tax revenues to cure all of Eureka’s social ills.  By single-handedly building Rob Arkley’s controversial “big boxes by the bay” Marina Center on the balloon track, despite all the laws and regulations to the contrary.

In another amazing parallel Owen writes: “They’re claiming an obscure 1850s law that make railroads a federal transportation priority over state laws and that they don’t have to comply with the California Coastal Commission, Caltrans (they have to cross Highway 101 somewhere), the cities of Arcata and Blue Lake, the California Environmental Quality Act, and get the approvals of Humboldt, Trinity and Shasta counties. Then eminent domain (take) the majority lands from public and private entities.”

Funny, we remember Arkley saying he was exempt from all these laws as well.

It looks to us like Mathew and his lovely wife have picked a side in this battle. Looks like they’re sticking with their friend and ally Richard Marks. The current Harbor District Commissioner

At the risk of causing a rift in the time-space continuum, The Examiner has to agree with Mathew!

an Republican Representative graphically speaks his truth about Dear Leader Trump

“He’s just a fucking idiot”

Republican Congressman has let loose and expressed his true feelings about Donald Trump to Erick Erickson, a far right-wing pundit. Erickson is a former Fox News contributor and was the editor of Red State. He will not identify the GOP lawmaker who is from a “very Republican” district for obvious reasons, writing the Congressman “is happy to be quoted, so long as I don’t name him.”

“If we’re going to lose because of him, we might as well impeach the motherfucker,” the unnamed Republican Congressman we’ll call “Rep. X,” supposedly said to Erickson.

Erickson says Rep. X continued his rant, saying, “dammit he’s taking us all down with him. We are well and truly fucked in November. Kevin [McCarthy] is already circling like a green fly circling shit trying to take Paul’s [Ryan] job because nobody thinks he’s sticking around for Nancy [Pelosi]. She’s going to fuck up the cafeteria again too. God damn, at least I’ll probably lose too and won’t have to put up with that shit.”

(Speaker Ryan announced today he is retiring at the end of his term.)

“It’s like Forrest Gump won the presidency, but an evil, really fucking stupid Forrest Gump. He can’t help himself. He’s just a fucking idiot who thinks he’s winning when people are bitching about him. He really does see the world as ratings and attention. I hate Forrest Gump.”

The House Judiciary Committee “just might pull the trigger if the Trump fires Mueller,” Rep. X supposedly said. “The shit will hit the fan if that happens and I’d vote to impeach him myself. Most of us would, I think. Hell, all the Democrats would and you only need a majority in the House. If we’re going to lose because of him, we might as well impeach the motherfucker. Take him out with us and let Mike [Pence] take over. At least then we could sleep well at night.”

Rep. X calls Vice President Pence “competent.”

“I say a lot of shit on TV defending him, even over this,” Rep. X tells Erickson. Erickson describes the Congressman as someone who defends Trump on Fox News and in public but obviously has a different personal opinion. The media and Democrats on Capitol Hill often say many Republican lawmakers oppose Trump in private, but won’t in public. (There are several words for that.)

“But honestly, I wish the motherfucker would just go away. We’re going to lose the House, lose the Senate, and lose a bunch of states because of him. All his supporters will blame us for what we have or have not done, but he hasn’t led. He wakes up in the morning, shits all over Twitter, shits all over us, shits all over his staff, then hits golf balls. Fuck him. Of course, I can’t say that in public or I’d get run out of town.”

Of course.

Just another 24 hours on Dear Leader’s crazy train

1/ The Senate Intelligence Committee recommended that states buy voting machines that produce paper ballots and that they secure voter databases ahead of November’s midterm elections. Senators, concerned about Russian meddling in the midterms, called on Congress to “urgently” make funds available for states to update their voting systems, institute vote audits, and hire staff focused on cybersecurity. (New York Times)

2/ Senators criticized the Trump administration for not doing enough to prepare for the 2018 midterms. “I hear no sense of urgency to really get on top of this issue,” Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, said. Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the committee, saying the 2018 midterms and future elections are “clearly potential targets for Russian hacking attempts.” (CNN)

3/ Trump ignored specific warnings from his national security advisers not to congratulate Putin on his recent election win. Instead, Trump called Putin and opened by congratulating him. A section in Trump’s briefing materials was titled “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” in all-capital letters. (Washington Post)

4/ Trump and John Kelly are reportedly furious over the leak that Trump congratulated Putin despite warnings from multiple national security advisers and briefing materials that said “DO NOT CONGRATULATE.” It’s still unclear if Trump read the guidance that was given to him by his advisers, but Trump defended his congratulatory call, tweeting that “Getting along with Russia… is a good thing,” and that his “energy and chemistry” with Putin will be constructive. He capped off his second tweet with an all-caps: “PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH!” (CNN / Axios)

A senior White House official who is not authorized to discuss the leak publicly commented that “leaking [president’s briefing papers] is a fireable offense and likely illegal.” A person in close contact with national security officials said John Kelly is “on a warpath” and “there’s going to be a scalp over this.” (Los Angeles Times)

5/ The former director of the CIA suggested that Russia may have compromising information on Trump “that they could always roll out and make his life more difficult.” John Brennan, the CIA director under Obama, said the fact that Trump “had this fawning attitude toward Mr. Putin, has not said anything negative about him, I think continues to say to me that he does have something to fear and something very serious to fear.” Brennan was the CIA director in 2016 when the dossier surfaced that claimed the Russians had compromising information on Trump. (CNN / New York Times)

poll/ 40% of voters view the NRA negatively, compared with 37% who view the organization positively. the first time since before 2000 that more people in the poll have viewed the NRA in a negative light than in a positive light. (NBC News)

poll/ 70% of millennial women now identify as Democrats, up from 54% in 2002. 23% of millennial women identify as Republicans, down from 36% in 2002. (Pew Research Center)

poll/ 67% of voters say Trump is not a good role model for children. And, 55% don’t think Trump has a good sense of decency. (Quinnipiac)

 

From: WTF Just Happened Today?  Day 426: No sense of urgency.

The bravest man in the world

Dear leader and fulltime blatant liar Trump on Monday delivered his most off the wall remarks to date on gun control. A few actual policy points where brought up in between ridiculous comments about how he would have run inside the Florida school during the Feb. 14 shooting there “even if I didn’t have a weapon” and how he wants to arm only teachers who have a “natural talent, like hitting a baseball or hitting a golf ball or putting,”

Let’s get this straight. Our five-time deferred president (aka Cadet Bone Spurs) has claimed that if he had been at the Florida school shooting he would have run inside even if he hadn’t had a gun. Based on his illustrious record, I’m betting that the only way he would have run inside is if the shooter were outside chasing him.

Donnie “bone spurs” comments about what he would have done had he been at the shooting in Florida: This human being has absolutely no shame. The whole country is embarrassed.

His statement that he would have jumped in there with or without a gun is mighty bold talk for a five-time draft-dodger.

Where was “Macho Donny” he during the Vietnam War when his country called? Talk is cheap. Action talks and bullshit bravado walks. He simply is exploiting a tragic event to boost his own self-image.

Too much emphasis has been placed on the campus sheriff school resource officer and the four sheriffs deputies called to the scene. Some people think they all should have gone after the shooter, but wouldn’t you hesitate if you heard an assault weapon blistering away and only had a handgun and no armor? There needs to be proper training and outfitting to make that a plausible solution.

The odds that those officers could have done something to stop the shooter are slim and none. Statistics show that a trained shooter should make 85 percent-plus on target hits but, in an active shooter scene, the percentage of target hits is only 17%. Certainly, you have to agree, that those odds would be much worse against an assault rifle.

The bottom line is that assault weapon ownership needs to be carefully regulated. They are a weapon of war. Also, we need more train and properly outfitted law enforcement present on campuses.

We just can’t wait until this delusional dotard and his cadre of sycophants are out of power, and most of them in jail.

Submitted by commenter  – re:pete