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Friday, July 14, 2017

Everyday there is something new but that's OK #RussiaGate




Support Trump or else!
The most odious of those who are letting Trump drag America into the gutter include Vice President Mike Pence, the leaders in Congress and the pious shepherds of a white evangelical community that continues to give an awful man a pass for every awful thing he does.
When all else fails, blame it on the black guy/gal 

But President Trump is doing what he does best: blame someone else for all his self-inflicted problems. Trump’s usual scapegoats are Hillary Clinton, the media, and former President Obama. In fact, Trump blamed the Obama administration for letting a Russian lawyer who initiated the meeting, into the country. Trump claimed that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch permitted Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya to travel into the country, ultimately blaming her for the meeting. Trump exclaimed: “She was here because of Lynch.”
B-But You.  Built.  That.

RussiaGate: the Cliff Notes

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Remembers when republicans enabled by the white male dominated media accused candidate Obama of "palling around with terrorists"?

Let's recap

During the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, controversy[1] was manufactured regarding Barack Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers, a Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a former leader of the Weather Underground, a radical left organization in the 1970s.[2] Investigations by CNNThe New York Times and other news organizations concluded that Obama did not have a close relationship with Ayers.[3][4][5]
Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, hosted a gathering at their home in 1995,[6] where Alice Palmer introduced Obama as her chosen successor in the Illinois State Senate.[4][7] Obama and Ayers' nine years of service on the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago overlapped for three years from 1999 to 2002.[4][6][7]
The matter was first raised by the British and American press, then by conservative blogs and talk radio programs,[8][9][10]and then by moderator George Stephanopoulos during a debate between Hillary Clinton and Obama in April 2008. The Obama-Ayers connection was used as a major campaign issue by Republican presidential candidate John McCain and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential election campaign. Obama has condemned Ayers' past,[11][12] and stated that he does not have a close association with him
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Remember when republicans enabled by the white male dominated media forced candidate Obama to renounce reject and repudiate his longtime pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright for preaching truth to power? 
The Jeremiah Wright controversy gained national attention in the United States, in March 2008 when ABC News, after reviewing dozens of U.S. Presidentialcandidate Barack Obama's pastor Jeremiah Wright's sermons,[1] excerpted parts which were subject to intense media scrutiny.[2][3] Wright is a retired senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and former pastor of President Obama.[4] Obama denounced the statements in question, but critics continued to press the issue of his relationship with Wright. In response to this, he gave a speech titled "A More Perfect Union", in which he sought to place Wright's comments in a historical and sociological context. In the speech, Obama again denounced Wright's remarks, but did not disown him as a person. The controversy began to fade, but was renewed in late April when Wright made a series of media appearances, including an interview on Bill Moyers Journal, a speech at the NAACP, and a speech at the National Press Club.[5] After the last of these, Obama spoke more forcefully against his former pastor, saying that he was "outraged" and "saddened" by his behavior, and in May he resigned his membership in the church.[6]
Fast forward to today and the media's mass hysteria over collusion with Russia is out of control 
Anyway, Trump Jr. took the one-off meeting, and nothing happened. Is that not proof of non-collusion in and of itself? If you choose to believe otherwise, your disdain for President Trump is getting the best of you and you need help.
B-But the damn emails..... 

Monday, July 10, 2017

RedEye's #MondayMotivation BlogStoll





Education Blogger geekpavaler is back on the case and so is Larry Lee.  #HCS isn't the only school board fiddling while Rome burns, which explains why #SweetHomeAlabama is number 1 in college football and last in everything else.  

Surprise!  Surprise!  Surprise! Says, no one.   The Trump Administration is"Making America Great Again" by trampling on black and poor people. 

As the young people say, let's flip the script, what if Chelsa Clinton had met with a Russian Lawyer to get dirt on Donald Trump?  EYE am just saying.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Psst! Compassionate Christian Conservatives... How is that deal with the #Devil working out for you now?


Is America Great Again yet?  

How Can Any Christian Support Trump? Here are five reasons why Trump is the opposite of a Christian.  Special thanks to Cindi Brady.  Shared by Occupy Democrats,


Trump Can't Revese the Decline of White Chrisitan America

One of the most perplexing features of the 2016 election was the high level of support Donald Trump received from white evangelical Protestants. How did a group that once proudly identified itself as “values voters” come to support a candidate who had been married three times, cursed from the campaign stump, owned casinos, appeared on the cover of Playboy Magazine, and most remarkably, was caught on tape bragging in the most graphic terms about habitually grabbing women’s genitals without their permission?
EYE am just saying...there is more than a whiff of hypocrisy.  

Friday, June 30, 2017

So how is that peaceful transfer of power thingy working out for you?

Former Vice President Joe Biden presiding over the Electoral College Certification
It's been a little over 4 months since that fateful day when the reigns of power were peacefully handed over to tRump and Company. To say things have gone to hell in a handbasket is an understatement.  From firing the director of the FBI after he refused to take the loyalty pledge to GOP attempts to repeal and replace ObamaCare with TrumpNoCare,  the miseducation secretary doing everything she can to undermine public education, cabinet members under investigation including the AG who is threatening to deny federal funds to Sanctuary Cities, not to mention the attack on women, the environment, the Muslim Ban and voter suppression.

There are calls for impeaching tRump but that would not free us from the dark specter of collusion, cronyism,  corruption, and betrayal that swept in when the Electoral College selected tRump and Pence.





So now the rattlesnakes are beginning to turn on each other.  But it's too late.  It.  Is.  Over.

Remember?  

EYE am going to let Raymond Nat Turner speak for me today #Resist

Department of War Poetry by BAR Poet in Residence Raymond Nat Turner
Look Away, Look Away
For us living in the US, our poet reminds us, imperial atrocities are at worst collateral damage, and most often invisible. Only when they come into sight need we look away.... look away...
Read on.  Read often. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

RedEye's #Resist Blog Round Up and Mini #Rant

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EYE won the field negro Saturday caption contest!

EYE don't know about you but EYE am sick and tired of the #FakeNews which enabled the #FakePresident and created a #FakeDemocracy.  #WeTriedToTellYa the facts didn't fit the narrative but did you listen?  Nope.  Now you want to whine and complain about the monster you created? You can #KickRocks, as far as EYE am concerned you are getting the #GangBanging you deserve.  Now on to the Roundup.


In Case You Missed It

The white male dominated media enabled high tech lynching of Oliver Robinson continues.

What looks like censorship on an ordinary day in Sweet Home Alabama.

This is what democracy looks like.

This is what happens when the candidate with the most votes loses.

Make America Great Again?  EYE don't think so.

Danger Will Robinson...republicans are masquerading as Democrats and winning!  

RedEye Out.  For now.

Monday, June 26, 2017

EYE want my democracy back! #Gerrymandering

Can you say rigged?
The 2016 presidential contest was awash with charges that the fix was in: Republican Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged against him, while Democrats have accused the Russians of stacking the odds in Trump’s favor.
Less attention was paid to manipulation that occurred not during the presidential race, but before it — in the drawing of lines for hundreds of U.S. and state legislative seats. The result, according to an Associated Press analysis: Republicans had a real advantage.
It's the #Stupid #Gerrymandering




Friday, June 23, 2017

Update: The double standard on environmental racism and justice in black and white in #SweetHomeAlabama

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Then State Representative Oliver Robinson also argued against the listing before the Alabama Environmental Management Commission. It was also opposed by the Jefferson County Commission. The site has not been not added to the National Priorities List.

Former Alabama state Rep. Oliver Robinson had it going on. He was a basketball star at UAB, and his political star had been rising in the Alabama Legislature where he served for 18 years until he suddenly resigned last year.
Robinson was a rarity in red-state Alabama politics - a Democrat with power. On the other hand, it turns out he was just another in a long line of crooked Alabama politicians.
 And therein lies the problem, Democrats, especially black Democrats are more likely to be prosecuted for conspiracy, bribery, and fraud than Republicans in Alabama.  But EYE digress.  Back to Oliver Robinson
Robinson pleaded guilty, it was announced on Thursday by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, to fraud, conspiracy, bribery and tax evasion charges. It was also announced that Robinson is actively working with the FBI, IRS and other agencies to build cases on other conspirators.
All of this stems from Robinson’s involvement, as a representative from Birmingham, in the North Birmingham Superfund Site (officially tabbed the 35thAvenue Superfund by the EPA).
That site, located in the area of Birmingham where steel mills operated for decades, is an environmental mess. Testing has found toxins in neighborhoods to be so high that the top layers of soil have been removed from hundreds of yards, businesses and school grounds. There’s pollution in the waterways and in the air, as well.
So all of a sudden the powers that be care about environmental racism?

Per the white male dominated media
His campaign implored residents in Inglenook and Tarrant not to allow the EPA to test their soil for poisons -- the same soil some of them use to garden in, the same dirt some of their children play in.
And as it turns out, Robinson wasn't pushing back against the EPA because he had strong feelings about federal encroachment or neighborhood property values. He did it because he was getting paid.
He was being paid to tell mostly poor residents, some of them in his own district, that their neighborhoods were safe places to live, when he should have had every reason to know that wasn't true.
 And why is Oliver Robinson the poster boy?
He is going to jail because be spent at least a quarter of a million dollars on personal items rather utilizing the money for the purposes for which it was solicited from corporations--to publish a magazine touting African-American businesses, organize a conference bringing African-American entrepreneurs together with business and political leaders, or produce an event celebrating black achievement.
He is going to jail because he spent campaign funds on personal items, like whatever he bought for whomever at Victoria's Secret for $400 in February 2014.
Really?  Or is he going to jail because he is a powerful African American Democrat?
Civil rights activist Angela Yvonne Davis will speak in Birmingham next week, but for some in Alabama, the Birmingham native might not be welcome.
Two weeks ago, the Alabama Legislature passed a feel-good resolution, sponsored by Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, honoring Davis. However, Gov. Robert Bentley refused to sign it.
Is this about environmental racism or about sending a message to powerful African American Democrats?
It's like Langford himself is pitching this thing. 
Free money! Free money! Refinance now and we can spend $65 million in "profits" on schools and mass transit and the zoo and all those things we haven't been able to spend it on because too many corrupt politicians made too many bad bond deals.
If we remember anything from those days, it's that there much (sic) be a catch.
 And there is. Because in the bill Robinson is expected to sponsor, there will be money left over. Left over, that is, for politicians to steer to their own pet projects or to bolster their own campaigns.
The bill would create a committee to oversee distribution of the cash, but legislators would pick the members and would still suggest how it is spent. It is pass-through pork. Period. And don't forget it. 
Just like former Jefferson County Commission Jeff Germany used. Before it sent him to prison. 
Just like Sen. EB McClain used. Before it sent him to prison. 
In 2004 the county, led by Langford, passed a 1 cent sales tax for a $1 billion bond issue to help schools. He was more interested in the bond deal and political points than the schools. But he rammed it through. Before he went to prison.
EYE suspect the later
Despite being a Democrat in a Republican-controlled Legislature, he held considerable power before he resigned. He had seats on the House Rules Committee, the House Financial Services Committee, and served as co-chair of the Jefferson County delegation.
The foundation later paid Robinson's daughter, Amanda, who actively sought to discourage poor north Birmingham and Tarrant residents from testing their property for pollutants.
Robinson's daughter has not been charged related to the federal investigation.
EYE report.  You decide.

A RedEye Twitter Rant about #tRumpCare





To go from ObamaCare to Trump Don't Care is deplorable

It just is.  

RedEye Rant Over.  For now.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Did the Russians Hack Black Voters Because Nobody Would Care?"


EYE turn this blog over to ENIGMA IN BLACK
“I suspect a bit of both is true because the people most heavily impacted by the voting problems whether caused by Russians or Republicans, were Black!”
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Photo: slate.com

On June 5th, a Top-Secret NSA report was leaked showing Russia had done much more than was commonly known in their attempts to influence the US Presidential Election in 2016. The Russians hacked a Florida-based software provider that helped manage voter registration programs in several states. The media duly reported the potential problems this could create including people showing up and finding they were removed from the voting rolls or processes could be slowed to create long lines in targeted areas. The narrative we were asked to focus on was that there is no evidence any votes were actually changed and there was nothing to see here.

EYE report what YOU decide.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What we have here is a #FakeDemocracy


Friday, May 26, 2017

EYE weep for our country redux





EYE had a feeling the black, EYE mean, backlash in response to America's first African American President was going to be fierce, but EYE had no idea how fierce.  Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine the depth of the hatred for people of color.  It's one of the reasons EYE didn't buy into the post racial America narrative.  There is a mean spirit on the loose that is just too big and too mean to fight.

Republicans bite off their noses to spite their faces.  
The Trump administration unveiled a budget for 2018 on Tuesday that seeks to overhaul many of the country’s safety-net programs for low-income and struggling Americans. Though these cuts are popular among Republican lawmakers, they affect programs that are actually more commonly used in Republican-leaning states than in Democratic ones, and that in many cases benefit white voters without college degrees — a demographic group that strongly supported President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
The programs experiencing the deepest cuts provide assistance for health care services to children, the poor and disabled, and that supplement food and housing for those with low incomes. Most of the programs were created decades ago by Democratic presidents.

Hatred is a powerful motivator 
If a Republican-controlled Congress has its way, the results would be "apocalyptic":

Hundreds of thousands would lose health insurance; medical debt and untreated conditions would surge; and there would be an explosion in extreme poverty, including a lot of outright hunger.
Don't think.  Support Trump. 
You may recall Trump’s remark during the campaign that “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Well, he hasn’t done that, at least so far. He is, however, betting that he can break every promise he made to the working-class voters who put him over the top, and still keep their support. Can he win that bet?
You Betcha 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

To Blog or not to Blog.... that is the question

Say, have you seen my democracy?  You know the land of the free and the home of the brave with liberty and justice for all?  It seems like every day there is a new assault on every right we have except the right to bear arms, and even that right doesn't apply to all.  EYE am scared to Blog but EYE am more scared not to Blog so here goes.  


From the Files of Freedom isn't Free

This Colbert joke was the bridge too far for Trumpers. Sure, they were on board when during the campaign Trump mocked a disabled reporter. And when Trump demonized Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and stoked hate versus Muslims by saying “Islam hates us.” Many of them defended Trump’s bragging about grabbing women by the genitals as “locker room talk.” And Trumpers literally cheered at his campaign rally in October when he called the courageous women who came forward to report that Trump had sexually assaulted them “horrible liars”.
So they call on the government to take care of it for them 
Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert’s controversial joke about President Trump drew the attention of the Federal Communications Commission. The agency received “a number” of complaints about Colbert’s commentary earlier in the week, according to the FCC’s chief.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai promised to “take the appropriate action” following a comprehensive investigation of Colbert’s remarks.
The FCC's response will depend on w
hether Colbert’s remarks are considered “obscene.”
In Case You Missed It

The Trump administration is making Fox News into official State TV
The televisions in public areas at the Health and Human Services Department headquarters in Washington have been switched to Fox News. Now the same change appears to have applied to other HHS buildings, including Food and Drug Administration buildings in Maryland.
According to two people who work at the agency, the televisions at the Hubert Humphrey building had previously rotated among the three main cable channels every three days or so. But since shortly after the Trump administration took over, the televisions have been on Fox News.
One of the sources suggested that the information came from "high up" in the agency. (Our colleague Dan Diamond first pointed out in January that the televisions were tuned to Fox.) Now, a new internal email that appears to be from the agency's White Oak campus in Silver Spring, posted to Twitter by several reporters, says current administration officials ordered the change.
They hate us for our freedom 

To be black in America means to live in a state of constant vulnerability. 
So far in 2017, black people have constituted 25 percent of the police shooting victims, according to the Washington Post.
Out of the 339 people shot and killed by police this year, 85 of them are black—and it’s only May.
And we dare not protest 
We are in an era where the White House considers Black Lives Matter to be a terrorist organization. Deliberate attacks against black people who are fighting for justice—whether the Rev. Clementa Pinckney of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., or half a dozen other activists killed by white nationalists in the last decade—are not far-fetched.
If you are scared then say you are scared 

As far back as 2006, Lakoff saw the writing on the wall. “A dark cloud of authoritarianism looms over the nation,” he wrote in his book Thinking Points, A Progressive’s Handbook. ”Radical conservatives have taken over the reins of government and have been controlling the terms of the political debate for many years.” The progressives couldn’t hear him, either.
Am I just paranoid—or perhaps merely still sufficiently medicated—to wonder if these giddy omadhauns who went to the White House kegger on Thursday afternoon did so because they have faith unbroken in voter suppression, gerrymandering, and other activities within the margin of chicanery that has come to mark close elections in this country?
RedEye tiptoeing away from the computer to go pray....

Friday, May 5, 2017

The #Deplorables "Win" Again #Despicable




EYE don't know why republicans think repealing ObamaCare and replacing it with Trump Don't Care is a good look for them.  They ought to be ashamed of themselves.  But of course, they are not thanks to their white male dominated media enablers.  EYE would be ashamed to admit I was a member of a party that put greed over people.  But this is what happens when the pigs are turned into farmers and the farmers are turned into pigs.  

Democrats are the party of the people for the people. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

"OBAMACARE'S EVISCERATION STARTS TODAY BECAUSE THE TYPICAL GOP VOTER IS JUST LIKE MO BROOKS"

So today is the day republicans enabled by the white male dominated media who have access to quality affordable health care vote to take access to quality affordable healthcare away from 24 million Americans because they hate former President Obama more than they love their country, their constituents or themselves.


EYE turn the floor over to No More Mister Nice Blog

But why wouldn't the voters GOP House and Senate members rely on be upset if this bill becomes law? Because Republican voters generally think like Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.):
“It [The GOP health care bill] will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy,” explained Brooks. “And right now, those are the people who have done things the right way that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.”


 

Speaking of "good people"  a 61-year-old white grandmother was convicted and faces a year in jail for laughing at Jeff Sessions.  EYE kid you not. 
Three women - including one who said her only crime was laughing - were convicted Wednesday on charges of disrupting the confirmation hearing of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The women were part of activist group Code Pink and were protesting Sessions' Jan. 10 Senate confirmation hearing. Two of the women, Tighe Barry and Lenny Bianchi, appeared at the Washington, D.C. hearing dressed as Ku Klux Klan members. They were acquitted on a count of disorderly conduct but convicted on two separate charges of parading or demonstrating, the New York Times reported.
A third woman, Desiree Fairooz of Virginia, was found guilty of disorderly conduct and parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds.




"There is nothing more dangerous than ignorance in action."

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#100Days of media enabled deplorable, shock, awe, horror, and shame

Watch:   The white male dominated media is trying desperately to legitimize the deplorable disaster they enabled.  
We traveled to the reddest states that stood firmly behind Trump; to the states that swung from Obama to Trump and helped him win, and to blue states that stayed Democrat.
We traveled to listen, to hear how the first days of Trump's presidency have affected people's lives, thoughts and dreams. Here's what we found: hopes, fears and surprises.
Translation:  We traveled to the reddest states a found people to say what we wanted them to say to promote a media driven false narrative.  
Some people are surprised to learn who taxi driver Quinton Posey voted for. Finding a Trump voter in Alabama, even Birmingham, Alabama, is not hard. But Posey is gay. And black. Only 9% of African-Americans in the South voted for Trump. But Posey says Trump's promise of change resonated.
 he says, saying recent policies have created a "welfare state" where everyone expects a handout. Instead, he's hoping Republican values of personal responsibility can have an impact on urban communities changing themselves.
Hillary Clinton was never going to win his vote, he admits, as he blames her and former President Bill Clinton for mass incarceration of black Americans.
As for Trump? "I didn't consider anyone else," Posey says. "I thought, 'That's my guy.' 
EYE wonder how "hard" it was for the most distrusted name in news to find the one black, gay male who claimed they voted for Trump?   Did they advertise or was he referred by someone?  EYE am betting on the latter.  

It's funny what some people will say or do for 15 minutes of infamy.  Someone should tell Quinten Posey former President Bill Clinton is not solely responsible for the mass incarceration of black Americans.  He had lots of help, including the present pResident and #fake Attorney General who wants to bring back the good old days of mass incarceration of black Americans.  
While still short on specific policy changes, Sessions has made it clear that he plans to crack down on drugs and immigration while resuscitating the harsh sentencing laws that have given the United States the world’s highest incarceration rate.
Psst Quintin Posey!  You are black and gay, Trump is NOT your guy. 
At the Department of Justice, where former Attorney General Loretta Lynch last year delivered an impassioned speech telling transgender Americans, “We see you; we stand with you,” her successor, Jeff Sessions, wasted no time reversing course. The Justice Department in February withdrew guidance issued to schools on the treatment of transgender students, signaling that it would no longer consider their rights to be protected under a 1972 civil rights law."
 "I mean, what do we have to lose? Why not try something different?"  Um, THIS is what we have lost Quinton Posey, THIS is what trying something different gets us thanks to the mainstream media for misinforming voters like Y-O-U. 

Good luck with that. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Support Trump or Else! #100DaysOfHorror

EYE guess it depends on what the definition of allegedly IS: 
The leader of an alt-right group attending California State University, Stanislaus, was caught on video Saturday punching a woman in the face at a protest in Berkeley.
Nathan Damigo was seen in a YouTube video posted by WeAreChange.org on Saturday striking a woman, who immediately fell to the ground. The shot of Damigo, in a blue buttoned-down shirt with rolled up sleeves, was 31 seconds into a more than four-minute video taken from the streets of downtown Berkeley.



The clock is being turned back. Vulnerable populations are under relentless attack by this administration. This is a war, and that is not hyperbole or exaggeration. While folks are hoping that some Russia-related revelation will emerge from the darkness to bring this administration to a calamitous conclusion, the administration is busy rebuilding and reinforcing the architecture of oppression in plain sight.

Meanwhile, Trump claims protestors were allegedly paid to march in rallies all over the country demanding to see his tax returns.


Terror Threat Level Bright Orange


#WeAreNotSafe


RedEye tiptoeing away from the computer to go pray...

Saturday, April 15, 2017

"Tax Marchers Shout Lock Him Up As They Demand The Release Of Trump's Tax Returns #TaxMarch"





You won't see this on TeeVee because it's not a bunch of TeaBaggers screaming about former President Obama's long form birth certificate or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails but on this #TaxDay people are marching all over the country demanding #TheTrumpster release his tax returns.





"We cannot have a president who can be blackmailed, who can be compromised..."