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Rick Snyder Poisons Michigan’s Seventh-largest City: Your GOP

In ECO-WATCH,, Michigan's Governor, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow Show, Rick Snyder Poisons Michigan's Seventh-largest City, TRMS, Your GOP on January 16, 2016 at 1:28 PM

History repeats with Michigan voters failing to understand: ” Forgetting one’s past leads to reliving the past.”

A cost saving measures to draw residential water from the Flint River instead of the more costly water systems from Lake Heron, has reminded communities of GOP governance.

The majority of Americans who follow the news or current events know that Detroit, Michigan fell into a state of bankruptcy. While tragic enough, the failed economic state led to health risks that were prologue to a much deep health catastrophe as Michigan’s Republican governor followed ‘spending cuts’ practices endemic to all thing GOP.’ 

In 2014, Michigan’s Governor, Rick Snyder, appointed an unelected “emergency” manager to work towards bringing Detroit back to solvency, or to at least (hopefully) provide a level of governing stability during times of economic disaster.  Water and the supply of water in metro areas around the state have been integral to fail GOP leadership; at the peril of residence who had (or have) no power beyond an ability to turn-on and turn-off faucets. 

ECO-WATCH published a piece this week which lays GOP governance open to scrutiny. and, you thought the GOP only “leads from the gutter” At the federal level!
ECO-WATCH’S CNN Excerpt (Linked as “Flint”)

 On Tuesday, residents of Flint, Michigan were invited

January 13, 2016

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Flint, an economically depressed city of about 100,000 people, started getting its water from the Flint River about two years. It previously bought Lake Huron water through the city of Detroit. The state government made that change to cut costs.

Soon after the switch, the water started to look, smell and taste funny. People complained.

It was discovered the water had high levels of iron, from the Flint River, and contained lead from hange to cut costs.


What You Need to Know About the Flint Water Crisis

Codi Kozacek, Circle of Blue | January 13, 2016


Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is at the center of criticism over a public health crisis in Flint, where a state decision to switch the city’s water source ended with lead-contaminated water. Here, he speaks to the Michigan Municipal League in 2011. Photo credit: Michigan Municipal League / Flickr
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is at the center of criticism over a public health crisis in Flint, where a state decision to switch the city’s water source ended with lead-contaminated water. Here, he speaks to the Michigan Municipal League in 2011. Photo credit: Michigan Municipal League / Flickr

A series of public decisions, driven by misguided management practices and ideological principles that backfired, converged during the past 20 months to poison the city’s drinking water and cause one of the most severe public health threats in the U.S. The extent of the risk to Flint’s residents is not clear.

Flint’s crisis is the third time during the administration of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder that decisions about water supply and water quality at the most senior levels of state government have put state residents in harm’s way. In 2014, again as a result of the governor’s decision to appoint an emergency manager in Detroit, drinking water services were cut off for thousands of city residents said to be in arrears on their water bills. But water services for many of the city’s largest commercial water consumers, which owed the city water department millions of dollars in unpaid charges, were not halted.

The Snyder administration, according to business owners and residents in northern Michigan, has been slow to respond to the threat of a major Great Lakes oil spill from two 63-year-old pipelines that transport 540,000 barrels of oil a day across the Straits of Mackinac at the top of Lake Michigan. An environmental law group in Traverse City, For the Love of Water, has argued that other existing onshore pipelines are available to transport oil to Great Lakes refineries and that Gov. Snyder has the legal authority to shut down Line 5 and prevent what the group called an “imminent risk.”

Read more at ECO-WATCH

A key consideration: the poisoning of Flint is the reality of voter apathy and voter inclinations to forget, GOP politics is overwhelmingly that of constituent groups not of the middle class and lower income strata. The basic GOP political paradigm is governance for the nation’s Top 20%, with consequential tax cuts, budget cuts, and cut costs even in the reality of loss or damaged lives.  While the Michigan Governor was not in office as Detroit economically collapsed, his Republican inclination to enact inhumane budget-cuts has lead to catastrophe for Michigan’s seventh-largest city.

Let there be no mistake the poisoning of Flint is a gubernatorial indictment of Rick Snyder and GOP political policy and practice.  In December 2015, The Rachel Maddow Show ran a segment that should be viewed by anyone who feels there are responsibility for the poisoning beyond the elected GOP governor.  The segment is a bit long, but I remind of a critical credo: Information is not a 40 character-sound bite process; it takes time and contemplation. Republicans thrive of Americans who do not enact that process, and who simply walk away from soundbite rhetoric inseminated with GOP propaganda developed to enact votes.

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Flint toxic water tragedy points directly to Michigan Gov. Snyder

Rachel Maddow reports on the poisoning of Flint, Michigan residents when their water supply was switched, and shows explicitly how responsibility for the tragedy falls to Governor Rick Snyder and his radical, anti-democratic policies. 

Synder’s Poisoning of Flint

The recent GOP Debate included politicians, an entertainer, and a virtual nut case former doctor who if elected would make Snyder’s deadly cost-cutting measures seem pale in relation to their potential for nation killing.

On January 13, The Hill reported the Paul Ryan led House voted to over-rule President Obama’s “Water Rule.”  

When Media Decides Debate Participation The Nation Suffers

In CNN Manipulates Deabate Main state, GOP politics, Nevada newspaper sold, Rachel Maddow Show, Rand Paul on main stage why?, TRMS on December 15, 2015 at 10:43 AM

As I perused MSNBC last evening (between commercial breaks from Monday Night football), I ran across a segment on the Rachel Maddow show that demands attention.  The segment is a bit long, to be frank, but relevant in a climate where we are finding media’s guidance of the political process.

If you recall (without find details) The RNC leadership has previously admitted they sat a rule for media coverage of a primary debate after months of claiming hand-off the process for months. 

As we moved through the past three weeks published reports of Rand Paul falling below the threshold for the debate main stage was all the news.  Within the past 36 hours, CNN came forth with news that Paul made the threshold without explanation of what took place literally overnight.

Rachel Maddow’s production team didn’t miss the sudden *re-administration*of fluid rules.

Take a few minutes and watch CNN and the RNC at work. Also, notice towards the end of the Paul segment, another intriguing tidbit regarding the sale of Nevada’s most read newspaper (for $140 million). 

Your elections are being tweaked manipulated and not so much for the good of us voters.

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Trump "No Muslims To Enter The US"

In American conservatives, anti-Islam mania, Mediaite, Rachel Maddow Show, Richard Engel, The Daily GOP Ignominious, Trump on December 7, 2015 at 11:25 PM

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Tonight’s Rachel Maddow Show included two segments that any rational American should view, listen to contemplate. Maddow refers to the number one Amercian demagogue (who happens to claim the GOP) as Mr. Trump.  Her guest in the second segment also refers to Trump as “Mr. Trump.”  I await that day when media ceases to provide reverence for a person who is as dangerous to the United States as Adolf Hitler was for the world in the mid-1930s through his suicide in 1945.  The parallels are overwhelming to the point of viewing history with the prospect of reliving it.  

Media deifies and people pay attention.  I have yet to hear any media refer to Jeb Bush as “Mr. Bush”.  How about Mrs. Clinton or Mr. Sanders?   Celebrity and acquired wealth shouldn’t as a matter fo practice lead to auto-respect when the person via his acts incessantly lowers himself to the level of a bigot (to put it mildly). 

While almost all GOP Primary candidates have joined in the anti-Islam mania growing int he Right, Trump has evolved from a bigoted birther to a seething white nationalist.  It should be noted white nationalism is one step away from national killing racism.  “Isms” come in bundles, Trump offers bundled bigotry for all.

I digress. 

Let’s check-in on Mediaite’s piece on the Maddow segment followed by the MSNBC segment with Richard Engel.


Donald Trump‘s proposal to ban all foreign Muslims from entering the U.S. is so outlandish and so insane, Rachel Maddow is now seriously wondering if Trump is deliberately trying to kill his own campaign.

Maddow seriously threw out the theory tonight that Trump is so “spooked” by his own success, he is saying ever-more-provocative things to “blow up his presidential campaign.”

“Is he trying,” she asked, “to get himself effectively kicked out of the Republican party so there’s no longer a threat he might actually get nominated as that party’s nominee for president or, God forbid, that he might win the office?”

Does Trump want out of the GOP?

But not only is this a potential black mark on the GOP and Trump himself, Maddow found it more than a little troubling how Trump’s “radical to the point of obscenity” proposal might impact the country as a whole.

Watch above, via MSNBC.
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Let’s finish the Maddow segment with an MSNBC international journalist (Investigator) who has, in my opinion, complete credibility: Richard Engel.

Rachel Maddow and Richard Engel

Oh, Father Of Modern American Conservatism, "What Have We Done? We Have A Problem!"

In Father Of Modern American Conservatism, GOP, GOP 2016, GOP Frankenstein Monster,, Pat Buchanan, Rachel Maddow Show, racism, Trump on August 26, 2015 at 10:31 AM

A few days back MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explored Donald Trump’s inner psyche via the accommodating Chuck Todd’s Meet The Press. O’Donnell also aired a, but of expert opinion of Trumps deep and obvious narcissism.  

MSNBC (8/18/2015)

Lawrence is joined by Joe Burgo, a clinical psychologist, and Jeffrey Kluger, editor-at-large for TIME, to discuss the behavior and impact of Donald Trump and the idea that much of his behavior is fueled by narcissism.

Rachel Maddow recently broadcast a piece regarding the ongoing fight between Donald Trump and Fox News. A fight that is the tip of the iceberg of that in our society born of conservative politics, conservative media and star worshiping sycophants who will stand in line for hours for a peep at a reality show entertainer. Maddow’s production team uses a fabled Godzilla to illustrate the relationship between the nation’s GOP news outlet and the ego-manical Trump.  We very much prefer analogy to the also fabled Frankenstein Monster as we feel it better represents the embodiment of the GOP’s creation. It should be noted, Maddow late in the segment used our long stated and preferred analogy.

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And, the fight reignites with Trump sitting at a personal computing device and tweeting like a fiendish teenager. When a candidate for the US Presidency stoops a level of indecency via use of the word “bimbo: on social media the GOP has to know their monster is devouring any chance of winning in 2016; he is in effect killing his creator

As is always the case with monsters and the environment in which they exists, they attract the more unsavory among us.  

Trump’s clear message of white nationalism and anti-(illegal) immigrant rhetoric is resonating among the nation’s racists (white nationalist if you prefer). The  media re-cycling of Pat Buchanan is clear evidence of why someone at Trump’s oozfest last week yelled “White Power.” Buchanan on Meet the Press in late July. Did the noted racist almost say “Russia?”

If Trump’s and Buchanan’s “red herring” white nationalism isn’t proof positive of a GOP that has metastasized into an American social cancer, have a visit with more celebrated racist.

Trump campaign: White supremacists want to Make America Great Again,’ too!Posted by Talking Points Memo on Monday, August 24, 2015

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Sarah Palin Quips And Shows Her Intellect (AGAIN)

In "Paul Revere warning the British", GOP and RNC, Rachel Maddow Show, Sarah Palin, The CPAC Event and the Values Voter summit, The Daily GOP Ignominious on September 26, 2014 at 10:33 PM

If you follow US politics, you know the GOP and RNC sponsor two annual events focused on titillating the more zany and hardcore across their party: The CPAC Event and the Values Voter summit.

We generally avoid the two events like the plague. Here is the perfect example of why…..

So much for CPAC, let’s skip a few years ahead to another conservative idol. An idol with the intellect of a turtle and a communication style that is only open for exposure a few seconds. Sarah Palin and a typical Palin swipe at President Obama. You might have noticed Palin spends much time and energy speaking about race. She skirts (pun not intended) into the issue just enough to tip her hand as a closet bigot who sends veiled and subliminal messages to her ravishing throngs of “tin hats.” It is also important to occasionally remind the GOP is a party that sports 92% white members. If you know and understand data, you should know the percent represents a desired state and social reality. I offer an additional analogy for the stumbling half-governor of Alaska. Have you ever criticize a person during an Internet argument for a their keyboarding a typo?  We all have. Now, have you ever committed a typo in the very sentence aimed to deflate the battling opponent. How did you fell?  Pretty small, eh.  

Palin’s efforts to interject race to the predominate and receptive crowd was marred by a revelation unbecoming one who aspired to serve in the White House. 

But, Palin and race is not the impetus for this screed. It seems Plain has topped her “Paul Revere warning the British with a complete and unfathomable misplacement of the White House.

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I will admit I am a news and current events geek. I also learned many years ago how to prepare for a speech with requisite research and prepare for the speech via talking it out loud or via a select speech reviewer. Obviously, Palin hasn’t learned to augment her education deficiencies with assistance for others. And, in her case others who are far more worldly and learned. 

Palin will say she misspoke. Well, she clear read her comments and with very amateurish extended pause to facilitate reading her script. It appeared someone wrote out 1400 Pennsylvania avenue. Of course, Palin didn’t write the wrong address. It was her speech writer; of course.

As I viewed the Rachel Maddow Show tonight, I notice she and her producer devoted one minute to the Palin exhibition.  it is worth the minute, give it a run.

While Republican practice utter contempt for President Obama’s use of the teleprompter,  Palin should avoid writing out a speech with associated delivery via long absorption of  speech lines via the podium. If the speech had been placed on proper speech deliver tools, we might have missed a reminder of Palin’s intellect and delver of entertainment over substance. Someone with an iota of intellect would have caught the mistake.


Operation American Spring: DUD! People Just Do Not Like Sedition

In "Ilene Leftwing, "Take My Country Back, Al Sharpton's Politics Nation, Cliven Bundy, FreakOutNation, Occupy Wall Street, Operation American Spring, OSA, Rachel Maddow Show on May 16, 2014 at 10:45 PM

As we report on the newly formed and developing Operation American Spring (OSA) movement, our intent is not to ridicule. We are Americans and we can do what we wish as long as it doesn’t endanger others and is within the confines of the law. Our time spent on OSA, is equal to the effort expended on the 2009 Tea Party, so we are not beating-up on what has started as an oasis.  

Deep scrutiny of OAS should become a law enforcement operational mission.  No matter the icing, open sedition against the US government should be considered without regard for constitutional rights. Our government is up for grabs every four years with opportunity to affect changer in the US House every two years. People who espouse revolt against a duly elected government are dangerous people. They are not so dangerous in relation to their collective ideology. They are dangerous regarding the potential actions of even one movement zealot or sycophant. Such movements provide fertile growth potential for people who strive for and spending lavishly to move towards oligarchy. 

As I viewed the following march related items, I notice not one person of color among the protesters. If I am correct we didn’t see any people of color in the 2009 birth of the Tea Party. 

April 9th 2014, the birth of a movement.  Do you recall the 2009 Tea party Movement; the Koch brother brainchild born out of the election of Barack H, Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. 

The Kochs and their highly compensated operatives developed a movement that literally “shellacked’ the Democrats in 2010. A shellacking that handed the GOP an opportunity that will shape the nation for many years. In fact, the Tea Party House of Oz may retain a solid hold on the House of Representatives until 2021. After the next US Census and a Democratic win in the House, DEM party leaders may have opportunity to re-district representative districts currently proliferating for the GOP like a front yard full of Dandelions in early May.

The Tea Party has fizzled as a viable social movement. Yet, angry white Americans, older angry white Americans, Fox News hosts and Koch operatives delivered a US Congress that the nation this and not much more.

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In essence, millions followed the Kochs down a path to a lowered national credit rating, deep and severe cuts in public sector employment, partisan politics unparalleled in US History, denied payments to the unemployed, and deep cuts in food programs that also benefit the elderly and low ranking military families. 

The Tea Party fizzled. Far-right malcontent with the loss of the 2008 election has metastasized post-2012 to full-blown sedition. Circa 2012 and forward we have witnessed a major cable network with at least one host who espouses open sedition against the US government. A host who literally rallied behind tax evading/racist Cliven Bundy until Bundy revealed his inner core.   We find weekly exhibition of overt racism, often aimed directly to our president.  And we are seeing new anti-government efforts to stoke anti-US fervor, Fervor that as of this April saw the birth of a seditious movement that should draw attention from the same authorities that so effectively infiltrated Occupy Wall Street.

Operation American Spring (OAS) is upon us.  A quick peep at  OAS will clearly show the extent to which its organizers espouses sedition.

The goal, according to retired Col Harry Riley, is the removal of President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and California Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader.


If you want to see the extent to which Riley and his backers envision their movement to “Take My Country Back,” you may want to check the OAS website. Linked

The following image had to have been the ( future perfect progressivevision of the OAS. The language tense reference has nothing to do with progressive thought; you can rest assured of that fact. 

Look close!

Image via Ilene Leftwing
Today’s event apparently started with a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.….

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And the March proceeded…


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The Washington Times:    

Operation American Spring falls flat: ‘This is very disappointing,’ Texan say                          


“It’s a very dismal turnout,” said Jackie Milton, 61, a Jacksboro, Texas, resident and the head of Texans for Operation American Spring, to The Washington Times. He said hopes were high when he arrived in Alexandria, Va., a day or so ago and found motels and hotels were sold out for 30 miles around.But weather’s dampened turnout a bit, he said.
_____________________________________________“We were getting over two inches of rain in hour in parts of Virginia this morning,” Mr. Milton said. “Now it’s a nice sunny day. But this is a very poor turnout. It ain’t no millions. And it ain’t looking like there’s going to be millions. Hundreds is more like it.”

_____________________________________________“This is very disappointing,” Mr. Milton said, speaking of the numbers who showed so far, while marching to the White House. “I’ve been taking to everybody for six months, telling them to come and telling them if it’s not realistic to get to D.C., … well then, go to your county courthouse [and protest].”

US Stream TV captured and posted a thirty minutes clip of the event. The video isn’t HD quality, and it appears to be of hand-held cell phone quality.

Twenty two minutes (If you are curious about the proceedings and the characters who attended the event).
A 1:36 minute clip with wonderment of why more didn’t show.

So much for the Operation American Spring TPI (The Progressive Influence) event gallery.   


Operation American Spring: Tens of protesters showed up to take Obama out of office (Images)

May 16, 2014


Operation America Spring is underway and the only thing missing are the 30 million protesters the organizers promised us. Every livefeed was a dud and only lasted for a few minutes, but we did get a few screenshots. I only expected about 10 old dudes to make an appearance at this revolution, shaking their canes at the White House, insisting Obummer come out with his Kenyan hands up, but much to my surprise, I spotted tens of protesters.
This guy showed up wrapped in the flag, of course.

Our admin @ComgenKDT has been grabbing screen shots and looking at street cams out of concern for the millions of missing ‘patriots.’
View image on Twitter

@knittingknots @FreakOutNation singing star spangled banner again and getting ready to march–after snack break/nap
Traffic shots:

All clear:   

Some of my twitter pals have been trying to help me locate these missing angry white people after I asked for assistance.

Missing!: 30 million ‘patriots’ who were supposed to descend on Washington D.C.
@HillaryGuess Right after lunch and a nice nap. @Anomaly100 @devbost @PeskyJski

Wow, a president who “couldn’t stand up to Putin” swept in & hauled 30 million off the mall without leaving a trace

“background-color: transparent; color: #cococo

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Al Sharpton’s Politics Nation, 5.16.2014: Linked
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I hope progressives will understand my choices going forward. You may have also noticed a bit of a close remembrance among the event protests as you view the images above. There is something strikingly zany about the protesters.

Did even see one protester you would love to have as a neighbor. Look up again. Of course, those who wish to be more visible generally find was to model for images, I wager the collective protesters have a lot in common. Do you recall the Washington DC Truckers Protest and the more recent “White Maps March?”  How about the 50th anniversary March On Washington DC in commemoration of the 1960;s march and Martin Luther King’s historic address.  If you are old enough you may even remember the mid-1960s march.  

Protest all, correct?

Not one of the three marches formed with open and braggadocios mission to overthrow and remove key federal government office holders.

And then I think of the following image a Facebook friend’s page.

Wow, look at the crowd from #OperationAmericanSpring! Oooops, that is a pic from @BarackObama's 2nd inauguration.
Wow, look at the crowd from #‎OperationAmericanSpring‬! Oooops, that is a pic from @BarackObama’s 2nd inauguration.

Maddow And Research Team Exposes The Framework Of Possible Christe Corruption

In Chris Christe, Rachel Maddow Show, Raw Story on January 25, 2014 at 6:47 PM

The following Raw Story post from the Rachel Maddow Show of last night is a reminder of reporting we once viewed from 60 Minutes, Nightline and similar investigatory news shows. Those days are as long gone as cathode ray televisions sets or 8-track players. Quest for ratings has converted network journalism into chasing the “hot” stories, natural disaster reporting and extended expositions about celebrities and highly paid athletes. 

Steven Kornacki and Rachel Maddow have been ‘point-on” in reporting on “Bridgegate” and related political corruption, one has to wonder if there isn’t a Watergate-like Deep Throat lurking in the Shadows. 

Friday January 23, 2914, The Rachel Maddow Show….

Rachel Maddow: The ‘mammoth slush fund’ where Chris Christie’s friends found jobs (via Raw Story )

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow broke down the curious reversal of fortune for New Jersey Port Authority chair David Samson since the man who installed him in the position, Gov. Chris Christie (R), took office in 2010, and the intersection of his possible…

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