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The Daily Kos And Trump’s Glaringly Bad Campaign

In David Nir, Donald Trump's campaign, Michelle Obama, Republican National Convention, The Daily Kos on July 19, 2016 at 3:53 PM

The Daily Kos…..

Why Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech should be fatal to Donald Trump’s campaign

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands on stage with his wife Melania Trump following her address to delegates on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio..The Republican Party opened its national convention, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as its presidential nominee.  / AFP / Robyn BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald and Melania Trump on stage at the Republican National Convention

Melania Trump’s stunning plagiarism at the Republican National Convention should by all rights be fatal to her husband’s campaign for president, not merely because she plagiarized but because of who she plagiarized from. Melania, who claimed beforehand that she wrote her speech “with as little help as possible,” stole from none other than Michelle Obama, whose family has been the target of the right’s most bitter hatred and ridicule for a decade now. 

Donald Trump has argued again and again that Barack Obama is an incompetent danger who is trying to drive the country aground, yet it’s the words of Obama’s own wife that the Trump family has seen fit to appropriate as its own. Those two things are impossible to square. If the Obamas are so odious and hazardous, how could their values be worth adopting? Or to reverse the equation, since the Obamas’ values are so evidently worthy of adoption, as Melania demonstrated through her theft, then the case against the Obamas falls apart. 

The particular passage that Melania chose to lift makes her transgression all the more devastating. Michelle Obama spoke eloquently about working hard and treating others with respect and dignity. “Your word is your bond,” she said—and so, in an extraordinary irony, did Melania repeat after her. If you copy without attribution a passage about hard work, dignity, and your word being your bond, then you lack all dignity yourself. 

Donald Trump did not speak these words himself, but he cannot disavow them. Hepersonally introduced Melania on stage before she spoke, and the very purpose of her address was to promote an image that her husband wants to see promoted. Indeed, in a statement, Trump’s campaign stood behind Melania’s speech and refused to acknowledge any plagiarism. 

So how can Trump go forward now, after admitting that the Obamas’ values are his values? He cannot—he simply has no argument left to make.

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Trump Delegates, Supporters And "Trump Is Trying"

In Bundy Ranch standoff,, Jen Hayden, Jerry DeLemus, Supporters And "Trump Is Trying", Susan DeLemus, The Daily GOP Ignominious, The Daily Kos, Trump Delegates on May 14, 2016 at 10:56 AM

Do you recall the following CNN group session of Trump supporters?  If you recall the weird moments, you cannot help but recall  Susan DeLemus: “he knows how I think,”

The Unhinged Mind (the perfect sycophant)

Ok, you sat through 30 seconds to the perfect example of an American sycophant.  How about visiting a Daily Kos piece about her husband? Yes, there are people walking around in our nation such as these, and they seem to love Donald Trump.  Susan Delemus spoke of Trump speaking her mind. Wonder how she feels about Trump now that he has backed down or moved away from most positions he used (as a charlatan) to reach into her mind and speak?

The Daily Kos

Man facing 9 federal charges for his role at the Bundy Ranch standoff is an alternate Trump delegate

Jerry DeLemus—”Commander of the base camp” at Cliven Bundy’s standoff

Donald Trump sure knows how to pick ‘em! Jerry DeLemus is a New Hampshire man who is facing charges of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, threatening a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice, attempting to impede or injure a federal law enforcement officer, as well as previous firearms charges. The charges stem from his role in the standoff with federal agents at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch in 2014. He was the self-described “commander of the base camp,” running operations with militia-types to fend off federal agents who were simply trying to do their job. described “commander of the base camp,” running operations with militia-types to fend off federal agents who were simply trying to do their job. 
Before DeLemus was picked up by the feds and sent to a Nevada prison to await trial, he was named as an alternate delegate for Trump. As Talking Points Memo found out, the Trump camp has yet to remove him:
While DeLemus was named as an alternate Trump delegate for New Hampshire weeks after his indictment. Asked whether the Trump campaign would keep DeLemus on its slate, a spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal in March that “it’s not up to me, I’m just the press secretary.”
Ross Berry, executive director of the New Hampshire GOP, told TPM he spoke with the Trump campaign as recently as Friday and staffers had not proposed any changes to the list. The campaigns “hand pick” their delegates in the state, and Berry said the list is not yet finalized.
The campaign did not respond Friday morning to TPM’s request for clarification on DeLemus’ status.
Yuge mistake. Donald Trump and his team sure know how to pick ‘em. 
If you think what you just read or heard was pathetic, take a moment of two longer to see and hear the full extent of Trump and his campaign team’s ineptitude.  While I use the word ineptitude, I am giving the benefit of the doubt the tea doesn’t know the full measure of disgust inherent in some of their delegate choices. On the other hand, and more realistically, I assert the Trump camp knows the full measure of disgust inherent in both the New Hampshire delegate and the California delegate.

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Published on May 10, 2016

Donald Trump has selected as one of his delegates in California a notorious white supremacist leader, according to a bombshell report. 
William Johnson, the leader of the American Freedom Party – a group that promotes white nationalism, was chosen as one of the presumptive GOP nominee’s Golden State delegates, according to a list of Republican delegates for the party’s upcoming primary obtained by Mother Jones magazine. 
Johnson had reportedly applied directly to the Trump campaign to be a delegate and was apparently accepted earlier this week.
Reince Priebus, RNC Chair, says, “Trump is trying” regarding his taco salad escapade, yet another example of  campaign team incompetence.  The RNC Chair also states..”Trump is trying to be presidential.” Well, how much of a leap is it to consider this.

If the ingredients are not available to make the cake, one cannot make the cake!

White Supremacists, White Nationalist, Trump And "Your" GOP

In, Mediaite, The Daily Kos, Trump, Trump. The New York Daily News, White Nationalist, White Supremacists, Your GOP on February 28, 2016 at 9:32 PM

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 23:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a caucus night watch party at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on February 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The New York businessman won his third state victory in a ro

The Daily Kos: Polls show that around 40% of Trump supporters 


Courting the white supremacist vote has become an overt strategy for the leading GOP candidate for President. Last summer Donald Trump issued a perfunctory rebuttal to Duke’s support, but the Manhatten bloviator has grown (supportively) quiet regarding increasing support from white supremacists.

The New York Daily News recently published a piece which includes a chronology of Trump support from Americans over racists.

In August, Duke praised the likely Republican nominee during another wide-ranging tirade on his radio program, calling the businessman a “good salesman” and “the best of the lot” of the large group of 2016 Republican presidential candidates.
“I praise the fact that he’s come out on the immigration issue. I’m beginning to get the idea that he’s a good salesman. That he’s an entrepreneur and he has a good sense of what people want to hear, what they want to buy,” Duke said in August. “He has really said some incredibly great things recently. So whatever his motivation, I don’t give a damn. I really like the fact that he’s speaking out on this greatest immediate threat to the American people.”
Trump has attracted wide commendation from a slew of noted racists in recent months for his hateful rhetoric on everything from illegal immigrants from Mexico to American Muslims.
In December, Rocky Suhayda, the leader of the American Nazi Party, applauded the GOP presidential candidate’s plan to block Muslims from entering the U.S.
Also that month, Andrew Anglin, the 30-year-old publisher of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer wrote “Heil Donald Trump — THE ULTIMATE SAVIOR,” in support of the Republican front-runner’s anti-Muslim plan.
Read more linked above
Late this week, Trump spent eh better part of an interview with CNN’;s Jake Tapper in which he strategically avoided three straight-up opportunities to disavow US racism and the enactors of white supremacy. You will notice int eh video below, Trump was well prepared from the eventual set of questions. Well prepared, but ill-advised. Trump stated his denial of David Duke by indicating he did not know Duke. Last fall Trump passed word through a henchman that he did not welcome Dukes endorsement. Trump knows of Duke as well as he knows of other purveyors of white supremacy. 

David Duke, former Grand Dragon of the KKK, has publicly stated a vote against Trump is, in essence, a vote against the white race.  

CNN’s Jake Tapper and the gaming Trump!

Watch below (Via The Right Scoop)

Within the hour, Duke has broadcast a 17 minute  YouTube video addressing the CNN interview and exercising an opportunity to slam any presidential candidate who hasn’t gone anti-immigration. Of course, I did not waste 17 minutes of my life on Duke; the segment is posted here in an effort to provide a degree of balanced reporting.  

On another front, Trump is now the benefactor of white nationalist ROBO Calls.

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A Washington DC “neighborhood” blog recently published an intriguing subliminal message laced flyer allegedly tucked inside a local community newspaper.
Trump Flier

“A brighter future.” Oh, the double entendre and subliminal messaging are astounding and at the same time shameful.  Of course, you say, but Trump isn’t behind these racist items. Well, no Trump is too busy playing with his Twitter account. The man reminds of a teenager who can not be separated from his video games or his cell phone.

Trump may not personally deal in flyers, but he certainly has a habit (overt and intentional habit) of retweeting white supremacists.


Trump Retweets a White Supremacist… Again


This is not the first time we’ve reported this. This is not the second time we’ve reported this. This is not thethird time we’ve reported this. This is the fourth time we’ve told you that Donald Trump, GOP frontrunner and likely Republican nominee for the presidency, has retweeted an apparent white supremacist on

The tweet:

Donald J. Trump 

@NeilTurner_@realDonaldTrump There’s only one real candidate, and it’s you! Donors control the other candidates!” Thank you.
10:05 AM – 27 Feb 2016 

The investigation, launched by Twitter user Andrew Staroska, who is one of many using #NeverTrump:

Read details at Mediaite 

I doubt there is an Amercian who doesn’t know and understand the core values of the GOP. It is not a party that embraces diversity. It is not a party that embraces fairness for all under the US Constitution. It is, in fact, a party comprised of 92% white Americans, and a party that actively nurtures that reality. Yet the overt nurture of a party courting white nationalist and white supremacists at the national level is a bit of a surprise. For those who are thinking, the GOP is not guilty of courting as such….think again!

UPDATE:  Trumps number one media trumpeters, Mika Brezinski and Joe Scarborough, sat through a segment regarding Trump’s refusal to disavow David Duke’s white supremacy and public. Mediaite: Scarborough Rips Into Trump’s Refusal to Condemn KKK: ‘That’s Disqualifying’ 

Cliven Bundy: Tax Evasion, Anarchy, Philosopher On The African-American Experience

In Bundy arrested, Bundy legal entanglements, Cliven Bundy,, The Daily Kos on February 17, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Do you recall Cliven Bundy’s time of fame before hungry cameras and reporters charged with getting the nation’s number one tax dodger (that we know of) to speak publicly? despite Bundy’s document free loading and “public taking”, he went here about Mexicans and African-Americans. 

Yes, black people might have been better off under the oppressive life of slavery and picking cotton. Of course, Bundy’s racism isn’t what landed him in US custody. Let’s follow a Daily Kos piece with an update on Bundy’s legal battles, post his arrest.

The Daily Kos

34 page doc just slams Cliven Bundy in court; Bundy denied bail

I suppose these were peaceful campers, too.

Holy mole. I just got done reading this and all I can say is that Cliven is truly in some deep, deep poo.

2-16-16 Doc 4 – U.S.A. v CLIVEN BUNDY – USA Detention Memorandum for Cliven Bundy

2016-02-16 4 0 Memorandum in Support of Motion by USA as to Cliven D. Bundy (Styled as Memorandum in Support of Motion for Pretrial Detention) (Gorder, Charles) (Entered: 02/16/2016) 2016-02-16 14:28:44

As you may know, Cliven is in court today regarding his potential for release (on bail). After reading the entire 34 pages, all I can say is dude, congratulations. You are so incredibly screwed.

Here are a few excerpts:

Bundy is lawless and violent. He does not recognize federal courts – claiming they are illegitimate – does not recognize federal law, refuses to obey federal court orders, has already used force and violence against federal law enforcement officers while they were enforcing federal court orders, nearly causing catastrophic loss of life or injury to others. He has pledged to do so again in the future to keep federal law enforcement officers from enforcing the law against him. As of the date of this hearing, he continues to violate federal court orders and continues to possess the proceeds of his illegal activities.

Bundy is currently charged with crimes of violence including using and brandishing firearms in connection with crimes of violence under Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c). As such, the Bail Reform Act presumes that there areno conditions or combination of conditions that will ensure the safety of the community. 18 U.S.C. § 3142(e)(3)(B). Here, no evidence has been adduced during the investigation of the instant charges that even remotely hints at a rebuttal to that presumption. In fact, all the evidence suggests that Bundy will continue to act lawlessly, will not abide by court orders, and will use violence to ensure that federal laws are not enforced as to him.

Lawless? Violent? Gee, ya think?

Bundy, 69, is a long-time resident of Bunkerville, Nevada, living on 160 acres of land in a very rural and sparsely-populated area of the state. …

Bundy Ranch is surrounded by hundreds of thousands of acres of federal public lands commonly referred to as the Gold Butte area (and includes an area formerly known as the Bunkerville Allotment). Bundy uses that entire range of land to graze his cattle unlawfully. (my emphasis)

Real cattlemen probably cringe when reading this:

While Bundy claims he is a cattle rancher, his ranching operation – to the extent it can be called that – is unconventional if not bizarre. Rather than manage and control his cattle, he lets them run wild on the public lands with little, if any, human interaction until such time when he traps them and hauls them off to be sold or slaughtered for his own consumption. He does not vaccinate or treat his cattle for disease; does not employ cowboys to control and herd them; does not manage or control breeding; has no knowledge of where all the cattle are located at any given time; rarely brands them before he captures them; and has to bait the minto traps in order to gather them.

At the time of the events giving rise to the charges, Bundy’s cattle numbered over 1,000 head, straying as far as 50 miles from his ranch and into the Lake Mead National Recreation Area (“LMNRA”), getting stuck in mud, wandering onto golf courses, straying onto the freeway (causing accidents on occasion) – foraging aimlessly and wildly, roaming in small groups over hundreds of thousands of acres of federal lands that exist for the use of the general public for many other types of commercial and recreational uses such as camping, hunting, and hiking.

As for Cliven’s belief that his Second Amendment rights protect his First Amendment rights:

As the Court knows, it is a violation of federal law to use a firearm to assault, interfere with or intimidate a federal law enforcement officer. And contrary to the fiction recited by Bundy and his Followers to others, including children, there is no First or Second Amendment right or other right recognized in the law anywhere that gives anyone the right to use or carry, let alone brandish, raise or point, a firearm in order to assault, intimidate, interfere with or prevent a federal law enforcement officer from performing his or her duties – whether one thinks the officer is acting constitutionally or not. While that should be obvious to any law abiding citizen, Bundy espouses to the contrary.


Really, this is the most revealing thing I have read to date, including instances of private people being stopped and questioned on public roads, etc. by his sons or his “crew”.

It paints a picture of a wild west that probably didn’t exist even back in the days of the wild west.

Um, not your sagebrush, buddy.

For those of us in the west who so badly wanted to see Cliven charged and the lands gathered back for public use, this will be the trial of the decade. And for the ten ranchers in Utah that recently agreed to tear up their BLM contracts, the single rancher in New Mexico that did likewise, and the very recent bunch in Idaho likewise, perhaps this may put that notion on pause. What Bundy has asked them to do is, basically, endanger their livelihoods and their family’s safety under guise of faux constitutionality and greed.

Yes, we waited a while for this, grew impatient and sometimes demanded. But now we will watch the fruit of that lapse of time in terms of not only what he did in April of 2014, but subsequent.

The American people own these lands and value them. We want them back. They have been so seriously overgrazed it will take decades for them to return to a good natural state, if they can even do that.

As soon as I hear the court decision I will update the story.

UPDATE: Cliven Bundy denied bail. I am looking for a good story. Hat tip to PJEvans.
UPDATE 2: Here is an OPB article on the court decision to hold Bundy over to trial.

UPDATE 3: Oregon Live also has a story up on this, here.

Conservative Media Channels Benghazi Committee Lies To Conservative Gen X and Boby Boomer Viewers

In Benghazi Committee, GOP-plain,, JEFFREY GOTTFRIED AND MICHAEL BARTHEL, Kevin McCarthy, Millennial, N Niche, The Daily Kos, Trey Gowdy on October 7, 2015 at 1:05 PM

Earlier today GOP Benghazi Committee Chair (and GOP congressional anti-Hillary) operative, Trey Gowdy, joined the crew of Morning Joe for a bit of “foot-in-mouth” clean-up. “Foot-in-Mouth?” Yes, Kevin McCarthy’s frank and uncensored remarks about GOP strategy against Democrat Party presidential Hillary Clinton.

As you can image Scarborough and Gowdy’s mission was another version of facilitation commonly deployed via Fox News.  In fact, McCarthy has also appeared on Fox News with a similar story. Let’s visit a moment with Scarborough and Gowdy’s “Mr. Clean” attempt to GOP-plain his party’s strategy.



“You and I both like Kevin very much, he’s a great guy,” host Joe Scarborough said. “I can’t imagine how angry I would be if I were in your position, working nonstop to bring credibility to what I consider to be a very important investigation, and then a guy who I consider a friend and ally undercut you this way.”

“Well, he is a friend, but my first reaction is, ‘Kevin, you’re wrong,’” Gowdy said. “When Speaker [John Boehner] called me, he never mentioned Secretary Clinton’s name. In fact, we’ve had three public hearings, Joe. I never mentioned her name.”

Wait a minute, is right-wing dogma so critical MSNBC facilitates Gowdy’s comments? Of course, Boehner would never mention Hillary’s name. Gowdy is a former prosecutor and a learned attorney, surely he knows educated readers can see through the early morning “plaining.”  Moreover, if Boehner had mentioned Clinton, are we to believe Gowdy would speak honestly on camera.  

Therein lies the problem with what six media conglomerates serve up as news. During the initial comment with Hannity, McCarthy mentioned “trust.” How much gall does it take to stand on camera with Fox News’s number three demagogue and spew comments that clearly denotes mistrust of the GOP. How much trust should we place in Scarborough’s mission in helping to “GOP-plains” McCarthy’s words? 

Scarborough’s mission message when coupled with a constant drum of similar McCarthy GOP-plaining reaches their intended audience: Gen X (ers) and Baby Boomers. Millennials exist with news viewing habits opposite that of the Boomer. Pew Research published a piece in June 2015, that delineated the media viewing habits of Millennials from the habits of Gen X (ers) and Baby Boomers.

Generational definitions (March 2014)
The Generations Defined

JUNE 1, 2015

How Millennials’ political news habits differ from those of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers

Here are five key takeaways from the report:

1. Millennials rely on Facebook for their news far more than any other source. About six-in-ten online Millennials (61%) report getting political news on Facebook in a given week. Baby Boomers’ political media habits, on the other hand, are strongly rooted in local TV: A majority of them (60%) say they turn there for political news. Millennials’ relatively low reliance on local TV (37% watch political news there in a given week) almost mirrors Baby Boomers’ low reliance on Facebook (39%). Gen Xers bridge the gap, with about equal portions of online adults in this generation getting political news from Facebook (51%) and local TV (46%).

Pews four additional points are linked below, but let’s take a look at graphics from the June piece. It is a critical read if you value the significance of how a population (millennials) that votes less in years past isn’t a target of our increasingly conservative news networks.  

News Sources, Millennials, Baby Boomers  Trust and Distrust of News Sources
Millennials, Awareness of News Sources 

Pew linked here
Conglomerate preferences for a conservative news slant drives short-term revenue gains while, ignoring growing changes in the significance of the Millennial vote.

The Gen X and Boomer vote is as reliable as the 24-hour clock.  Fox News delivers minds in the millions to Ruppert Murdoch’s socially regressive empire via energizing people who literally view supposed news as a matter of learned behavior and preference.  Millennials do not appear to share new viewing habits with Gen X (ers) through the Silent Generation.

N Niche illustrates our point. While Millenials are more apt to participate in the coming general election, they tend to grab what news they absorb via social media. 

Scarborough and other media broadcast of Gowdy’s efforts to “plain” Mcarthy’s words are delivered with an expectation of “trust” in the minds of network or show viewers.  An easy preach for a congregation of viewer sycophants. It doesn’t take much effort to find “trust” regarding McCarthy, Gowdy and the GOP et al is a convenient facade among those inclined to believe.  Gowdy’s record while chairing the Benghazi Committee is laden with mistrust and subterfuge. The Daily Kos has published a Fact Sheet authored by Democrats on the Benghazi Committee. The Fact sheet is a bit of a read, but as we consistently state, information wards-off the dangers of Republicanism.

Fiorina’s Video FOUND!

In Fiorina;s video, GOP debate,, The Daily Kos, The Old Redneck on September 29, 2015 at 6:54 PM

Do you recall this GOP Debate “dog whistle” from Carly Fiorina?  “…with regard to Planned Parenthood!” . A pre-planned comment obviously used as a debate zinger. 
If you are a newsy person, you know the stated video was not widely recognized by anyone, and became an object of Sunday Morning News show probing in addition social media fodder that continues today.  Abc’s Sunday rendition ran as such:
It appears the tape viewed by the failed HP CEO, exists! As should have been expected, it does not support Fiorina’s indictment of and public declaration against Planned Parenthood.

The Daily Kos

By now we all know GOP Presidential wannabee Carly Fiorina has been telling everyone that she saw a video of an aborted fetus “with arms and legs kicking while Planned Parenthood people dissected the baby looking for its brain.” 

Her story is bullshit of the highest order — HOWEVER — there is a tiny element of truth in the story.Turns out, what she saw was a video of an infant that had been born prematurely at 19 weeks and that did not survive. 

Here is the mom who gave birth to the premature baby. By the mother’s own description, the baby lived only a few minutes after birth. There was no dissection and no one was “harvesting the baby’s brain,” fetal tissue, or any organs. 

It is not clear if the mom is in on the scam that has been spreading. Her name is Lexi Oliver Fretz and she is a pro lifer. She has a Facebook page where she states  “they did not ask for permission to use the photo.”  Apparently she knows the photo is being used deceptively; she seems to be okay with this because as she puts it, “YES it is illegal (using the photo without her permission) NO I am not going to do anything about it.”

The level of deceit and manipulation from staunch pro-lifer’s, is overwhelming GOP politicians who seek out and promulgate such garbage speaks volumes about American conservatism.

The TPI Morning Gazette: Trump, Jindal, Survivor, R.E.M. Huckabee

In "Eye of the Tiger", 13.1 million private sector jobs, Jindal, Medicare, R.E.N., Survivor, The Daily Kos, Trump on September 10, 2015 at 8:32 AM

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Bobby Jindal never ceases to amaze. His comments about a potential running mate for Donald Trump is beyond comprehension. Of course if you are a closer watcher of US politics, what you are about to read may include a breathe of fresh air. Maybe one of Rience Priebus’s clown show has groveled and accepted he will not win the GOP nomination.
So, do you still feel there is sanity in the GOP nomination process?

Let’s move to another “will not win the nomination” candidate. 

When a candidate is as a fringe prospect for the GOP nomination, the candidate must to great lengths to secure attention among 16 rivals. If one candidate is a consummate showman reality show WWE carnival barker, some of the 16 who also seek the nomination must go ballistic insane with attention garnering nonsense. Mike Huckabee has taken his brand of evangelicalism to new heights with the uncloaked on Kim Davis as an anti-same sex marriage bigot.

The following is a two-fold offering of Mika Brzezinski taking Huckabee’s bigotry apart.  If you prefer verbiage with the video, click the red link below.  If you, like me, do not need the verbiage, the video link and embed are posted below.

Conservative bigotry is so very superficial and dangerous to the greater society. 

The per general election admonishment from noted Rock Music bands when GOP candidates blast their songs as a campaign prop.  As far back as I can recall ad with each general election a GOP candidate has been warned to “cease and desist.” 

A few days ago as Mike Huckabee sauntered up on stage for a campaign boost via Kim Davis and her brand of religious bigotry the show was highlighted with a 1982 popular rock anthem: Survivor’s 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger.” The first 41 seconds of the spectacle here. The song’s co-writer and co-founder of the 80s band responded to Rolling Stone Magazine in this manner.

“I do not like mixing rock and roll with politics; they do not go hand in hand,” Sullivan says. “What upset me most was that, once again, my song was being used to further a political agenda – and no one even bothered to ask for permission.”

Sullivan also told Rolling Stone that Newt Gingrich’s 2012 campaign was sued for their unauthorized use of “Eye of the Tiger.” At last report, Sullivan indicated he hoped his request to stop with the prop would end the charade.  Band member Jim Peterik also adroitly avoided a CNN hosts attempt to corner him on whether or not he supported Davis’s position regarding same sex marriage.

“I have not authorized the use of Eye of the Tiger for use by Kim Davis and my publisher will issue a C&D (cease and desist order). This does not reflect my views,” Peterik wrote on Twitter.

Jim Peterik @jimpeterikI have not authorized the use of Eye of the Tiger for use by Kim Davis and my publisher will issue a C&D. This does not reflect my views.9:29 PM – 8 Sep 2015

Peterik told CNN that the use of the song caught him by surprise.

“I was gobsmacked,” he said. “We were not asked about this at all. The first time we saw it was on national TV.”

As the adage goes, “low and behold” within days another Republican campaign team reached into the annuals of Rock Music and absconded an R.E.M. tune: “It’s the End of the World.” Band Member Mike Mill quickly responded to Trump’s unauthorized use of the song: Mediaite.

R.E.M. to Donald J. Trump: “Cease and desist.”
Posted by Mediaite on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Michael Stipe, frontman for R.E.M was a bit more emphatic in his response to Trumps use of the song:

“Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you—you sad, attention grabbing, power hungry little men,” Stipe said via Twitter. “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.” 

One more…Trump apparently also grabbed “Rockin in the Free World.” (1989 Neil Young song). Well, Young doesn’t approve:  The National Memo.

Two questions about the tendency for regressive people grabbing progressive music as political anthems. First, why does the GOP feel a musical genre born of social unrest in the late 50s through today (with major formation during the mid to late 1960s) best suits their stage shows? Can the party simply accept it is not cool in the minds of million upon millions outside of its core constituency. Second, why not simply seek permission? One last point. I find it intriguing The Rolling Stones haven’t come forth with any level of chagrin regarding Donald Trump’s use of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” during his fly-over the Mobile Alabama stadium a few weeks back. Maybe, Trumps life style and over all aura suits the Stones.  

In fairness both Charlies Crist campaigns (One half a Democrat) and the Obama team were asked to refrain from use of their songs. However, according to The Daily Kos neither use of songs by Crist and Obama met resistance based in ideology differences. 

Trumpism! How about a bit of perspective that will not surprise some, will totally surprise others, and for most will make no difference in their reverence for the candidate. Trump may have lineage that is disturbing.

 “Used with permission from the TPM websites, a service of TPM Media LLC.”


Report: Trump’s Dad Was Arrested In 1927 Ku Klux Klan Brawl With Police



A newly surfaced report from a 1927 edition of the New York Times suggests Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s late father may have had a connection to the Ku Klux Klan.
A man named Fred Trump was among those arrested in a massive brawl between KKK members and police at a 1927 Memorial Day parade in New York City, according to a contemporaneous Times article surfaced Wednesday by the blog Boing Boing.

The Times article listed the arrestee’s address as 175-24 Devonshire Road in Jamaica Estates, Queens. Past local news reports noted that the Republican presidential frontrunner’s father (pictured above, third from the left) lived at that address. Donald Trump’s German immigrant grandfather, who anglicized his own name to Fred Trump, died nine years before the incident occurred.

While six other men arrested in the brawl faced charges, the Times report noted that Fred Trump was discharged. All seven of the men who were arrested were represented by the same team of two lawyers, according to the Times report.

The Times reported that police said the brawl broke out because the Klan reneged on an agreement not to wear any of their symbols to the parade. The Klan members, for their part, accused the police of exceeding their authority in trying to keep them out of the parade, according to the report.

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Jeb Bush Goes Mush Mouth On Asian Immigrants

In, Jeb Bush, not Hispanics, The Daily GOP Ignominious, The Daily Kos, white nationalism on August 25, 2015 at 7:44 PM

We are a day or so late on reporting this next item, but it is classic Jeb Bush, classic GOP, and sickening in its existential reality. The art of deflection never works well, when applied in matters of race and ethnicity avoiding one’s SNAFU via deflection is frankly vary non-presidential.

The Daily Kos
OMFG Jeb! speaking with reporters earlier today in McAllen, Texas:
Partial transcript:
REPORTER: Do you worry that using the term “anchor babies” could affect your ability to win the Hispanic vote?
BUSH: No. Look, as I said in Spanish, my background, my life, uhh, the fact that I’m immersed in the immigrant experience…this is, this is ludicrous for the Clinton Campaign and others to suggest that somehow I’m using a derogatory term. What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed, where there’s organized efforts, and frankly, it’s more related to Asian people coming into our country, having children in that organized efforts, taking advantage of a noble concept with birthright citizenship. I support the fourteenth amendment. Nothing about what I’ve said should be viewed as derogatory towards immigrants at all. This is all how politics plays, and by the way, I think we need to take a step back and chill out a little bit as it relates to the political correctness…
Good save, Jeb! Whew. LoL

END The Daily Kos……

While the insertion of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race has proven the extent of white nationalism inherent in the GOP (on the downside), it has revealed a virtual universal abyss among GOP candidates regarding issues outside the scope of conferred white privilege.


Breitbart Again Explodes A Landmine In Its Own Face

In Black Lives Matters, Breitbart, Don Lemon,, Shaun King, The Daily Kos on August 21, 2015 at 5:45 PM follows a conservative blogger down a path comparable to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney charging off into Iraq.  The analogy can be taken a step further as the motive for both incursions were (or is) perplexing and both were based on false information. In the case of Bush/Cheney the information was clearly manufactured. The Breitbart case is yet another case of misguided focus maybe even laced with a bit of subterfuge. Breitbart seems to have followed a path that has ended like the effect of a Viet Nam Era Claymore mine (Destruction projected-out from the ordinance was effective for booby-trapping trails and paths.) The ordinance may have backfired.

Breitbart was travelling down the path and triggered their own Claymore. The right-wing site (as it did with ACORN) went on the attack against a Agfai figure : Shaun King. In effect, Breitbart installed the blogger based Claymore mine (story) to snare Shaun King. Did King’s skin color and his activism lead to the efforts to take King down? 
shaun king
Do recall this recent episode of personal cloaking one’s ethnicity for personal gain?  

Black Lives Matters activist should have expected concerted efforts to seek-out and destroy their effectiveness, just as Occupy Wall Street and other social change organization have been taken apart via attacks from the Right. Shaun King was accused of being a white American and using his ethnicity to abscond notoriety and income.  

Do you recall this recent episode of Rachel Dolezal cloaking her racial identity for what some called personal gain.

Ms. Dolezal resigned her local leadership of a chapter of the NAACP, and has slipped into obscurity along with interviews such as her air-time with Matt Lauer (presented with the somewhat inane dialog by CNN). 

King is not Ms. Dolezal and the Breitbart’s Claymore may have been tripped up by an existential reality in our multiracial society.  King is a bi-racial American who may have lived his life to date with a birth certificate named and posted father who may not be his actual father.
Tubman, Harriet
American abolitionist Harriet Tubman (left) photographed with a group of slaves she helped to escape during the Civil War. (c) Library of Congress 
Slave Children
All isn’t as it often seems. It is an existential reality: birth certificates completed by mothers shortly after delivering the child, who may have chosen to post birth certificate racial declarations to facilitate the requirements of life. It is possible moderate numbers of birth certificates have fathers named on the document who were or are factually not the source of the semen that induced inception of the child. We will leave the rest to your imagination. 

We should also state and validate the prospect few families in America are completely void of DNA that entered the family DNA pool via sex across racial lines (for lack of a more expedient word). Recall this?

Nonetheless, social miscegenation or amalgamation was not the focus of the Breitbart piece.  Despite the reality of cop abuse in black communities and an (over) abundance of  non-proportional black males in US prisons, Black Lives should matter. We assert Breitbart and the right-wing blogger were perpetrating character assassination to appeal to their readers and to do damage to the movement.  A veritable ACORN re-run.

The Breitbart piece in its disgusting racist splendor. 

The story blew like an activated Claymore mine. Let’s explore the direction of the ordinance and subsequent casualty.
Of course, you knew CNN would have its number one ‘Enquirer’ Magazine-like reporter Johnny on the case. Don Lemon apparently contacted King, and went about ensuring a segment host seats across CNN sets for days. His role,a according to Lemon, also took on the role of sociologist and psychologist (unqualified) counseling. 

Don Lemon and “Shaun King” Investigation (replete with Lemon’s references to “high-yellow” and other self serving and irrelevant nonsense). He mentions not telling King what to do and not divulging anything about King’s ethnic background, and then he proceeded to do just that. It is little wonder Don Lemon seems to have a carnival liking of Donald Trump.
Recall the accusation was that King benefited from the perception of being black, while he was actually yet another Rachel Dolezal imposter.

MSNBC has joined in the entertainment (and defense of King) with a Thursday afternoon segment regarding the matter. (Joy Ann Reid)

Mediaite provided a shortened version of the segment (I suppose for expedience and hope not for effect). 

Can you imagine why King’s mother would accomplish a birth certificate declaration that misnamed the fathers (thus race)? Yes you can imagine such.

Now exploration of the matter is complete without King’s input. The activist’s Daily Kos letter (essay) follows, I agree with other writers and opinion speakers in positing; King should never have been forced to deal with such a topic.  It is yet another shame on American that emanates from the Right.

The Daily Kos
Shaun King as a 14 year old sophomore in high school in August of 1994

Me. 14 years old. Sophomore 
in high school

Over the past 72 hours I have been attacked with lies by the conservative media, lies that have been picked up by the traditional media and spread further. I have kept silent at the advice of friends and mentors, but I will do so no longer. 

The reports about my race, about my past, and about the pain I’ve endured are all lies. My mother is a senior citizen. I refuse to speak in detail about the nature of my mother’s past, or her sexual partners, and I am gravely embarrassed to even be saying this now, but I have been told for most of my life that the white man on my birth certificate is not my biological father and that my actual biological father is a light-skinned black man. My mother and I have discussed her affair. She was a young woman in a bad relationship and I have no judgment. This has been my lived reality for nearly 30 of my 35 years on earth. I am not ashamed of it, or of who I am—never that—but I was advised by my pastor nearly 20 years ago that this was not a mess of my doing and it was not my responsibility to fix it. All of my siblings and I have different parents. I’m actually not even sure how many siblings I have. It is horrifying to me that my most personal information, for the most nefarious reasons, has been forced out into the open and that my private past and pain have been used as jokes and fodder to discredit me and the greater movement for justice in America. I resent that lies have been reported as truth and that the obviously racist intentions of these attacks have been consistently downplayed at my expense and that of my family. 

For my entire life, I have held the cards of my complicated family history very close to my chest. I preferred to keep it that way and deeply resent that I have been forced to authenticate so many intimate details of my life to prove who I really am. This, in and of itself, is a form of violence. The same sources who falsely reported my family history—including Breitbart, the Daily Caller, and The Blaze—have also falsely reported that my wife and I were never in a brutal car accident, that I lied about how many kids we have (we have 5 now, but have had more/less because we’ve fostered, adopted, housed many of our nieces and nephews), that I lied about my race to get a scholarship from Oprah, that I lied about how many back surgeries I’ve had, and more. All of those things were completely and totally false, but have simply been ignored at my expense. I don’t know why this shocks me, but it does. 

Let me share some of my peculiar American story about race, my unwavering love for my mother, and my gratitude for an entire community of people who’ve walked with me through this for my entire life. 

When I was 8 years old and in the second grade, black children first began asking me if I was “mixed.” In our house, my white mother, the sweetest woman ever and one of the best friends I’ve ever had, didn’t talk much about race. Most white families don’t. It’s part of the privilege. I didn’t even know what “mixed” was. This isn’t a secret. I’ve told this story publicly in front of thousands of people. 

After that day when I was first asked if I was mixed, while I was still a very young child, kids and their well-intentioned parents began telling me they knew who my black father was, that I was so and so’s cousin, etc. This was in small-town Versailles, Kentucky, in the 1980s. It happened regularly for years on end. While I didn’t have an understanding of the national dialogue on interracial children, I knew even as a young child that what people were telling meant something very peculiar and unflattering about my mother. I was aware at how different I looked than my siblings, but didn’t understand DNA or genealogy. They were my family and I loved them. 

I adored my mother so much then, that I just didn’t have the nerve to ever bring these things up to her. I was a child and loved our care-free relationship. She had been married and divorced several times and by the time I was in second grade she was raising my brother and me as a single mom. By the time I reached middle school, I fully identified myself not even as biracial, but just as black. Of course, that was an oversimplification of my story, but that was what made sense at that time. Adults who loved and knew me, on many occasions sat me down and told me that I was black. As you could imagine, this had a profound impact on me and soon became my truth. 

Every friend I had was black, my girlfriends were black, I was seen as black, treated as black, and endured constant overt racism as a young black teenager. Never have I once identified myself as white. Not on forms, not for convenience or privilege, and not for fun and games, have I ever identified myself as white. I was never a white guy pretending to be black. Not once, ever, did it occur to me that I was being phony or fraudulent or fake. Quite the opposite—I always believed I was living the truest form of my self. 

My freshman year in high school, another student and I got into a huge fight at a football game. The fight ended up setting off a powder keg of racial tensions at our school. The school paper back then referred to me as black and him as white. We were suspended for three days and while we were out, racial tensions boiled over so much that hundreds of white students staged a walkout because they had just been banned from wearing Confederate flags. 

When I returned to school from that suspension, the collective anger of the racist white students was focused on me daily. Dozens of my close friends experienced this racist hate alongside me and it broke us down in the worst ways. I was consistently called nigger, spat on, had a jar of tobacco spit thrown in my face, forced into fights, and on two different occasions chased by pickup trucks attempting to maul us. In 2007, one of the students in one of those trucks wrote me a beautiful, moving apology for calling me a nigger and more on that scary dark night. I published it back then. 

In March of 1995, it all boiled over and a racist mob of nearly a dozen students beat me severely, first punching me from all sides, then, when I cradled into a fetal position on the ground they stomped me mercilessly, some with steel-toed boots, for about 20 seconds.  That day changed the entire trajectory of my life. Thankfully, multiple credible, unbiased eyewitnesses to this traumatic day have come out publicly and spoken on my behalf in the past 48 hours. A few days after I was assaulted, I was at home recovering when a group of rednecks literally pulled up in my driveway at night, but were chased off by a neighbor with a big flashlight. That neighbor just posted his memory of it. 

I had fractures in my face and ribs, but most badly damaged was my spine. I ended uphaving three spinal surgeries and missed 20 months of school over it. My entire family endured this deeply painful time in my life ranging from the surgeries, the brutal recovery, physical therapy, and professional counseling. It was rougher than my words will ever do justice. Many people have said that in the police report it listed me as white—as if I checked the box and that was some deep admission. Today, that officer admitted to the New York Times that I never said I was white, but that he assumed so when he saw my mother. He and the school badly mishandled my case. We sued the school system for years because of their mishandling of it. They fought it tooth and nail and my mother and I eventually just gave up on it. 

Rev. Willis Polk, a local pastor, and my best friend’s father, visited and prayed with me often during those surgeries. I became a Christian during my recovery. I was baptized and preached my first sermons as a high school teenage minister in the black church. Rev. Polk, his son Willis, and I toured HBCU’s together in 1996 and we knew that Morehouse College in Atlanta was the only place for us. We loved it. 

Again, this wasn’t me sneaking into Morehouse as an undercover white man. I was 17 and my racial identity was fully formed. I knew who I was. I wasn’t appropriating or faking, but living out my life. During this entire time, my mother and I had an unspoken understanding about my race. Her past, in a sense, was taboo for me, and I had honestly moved on from even wanting to know the details of who she slept with in January of 1979. I sincerely didn’t care and had compartmentalized it deep in my mind and moved on the best I could. 

To be clear, I received a full academic and leadership scholarship to attend Morehouse College based on my grades and my leadership skills. I love Morehouse. It helped me heal from the brokenness of my past and my very best friendships and bonds were formed there. When I was forced to leave Morehouse to have yet another spinal surgery, I lost that scholarship and was then offered a scholarship from Oprah Winfrey when I returned to complete my studies. She wanted it to be for “diamonds in the rough” and that was pretty much who I was at that point. I didn’t apply for it. Nobody does. The college selects brothers who need it and I was, very gratefully, chosen for it. 

Since finishing Morehouse nearly 15 years ago, I have consistently and publicly shared my complicated story as an interracial child, facing the pressures of racism in an environment that lacked little intelligence or compassion about it. A part of this story has always been that I never chose to be black/interracial. Not only was it chosen for me by birth, but white students and staff fundamentally rejected me. Furthermore, the black community, my peers, their parents, and local black leaders, seeing that I was, in essence, a kid without a community, embraced me in the deepest, most soul-soothing ways. My wife, who has been with me since we were both in high school, has walked with me through this every step of the way and shared her story here earlier today. 

Outside of my mother’s home, as a kid I lived a deeply black experience. Black families invited me to attend vacation Bible school. I attended black family reunions where old people would come up and pinch my cheeks and tell me who I looked like in their family. I went to black skate parties, black block parties/festivals, and did so not as a white intruder, but as a Karl Kani wearing, widely welcomed, light-skinned black kid. I soaked up every moment I had as I was fully, unabashedly loved, even doted upon, by black families throughout central Kentucky. It was a refuge for me and also a rite of passage of sorts. In high school I joined exclusively black achievers groups. With scholars I love and respect to this day at the University of Kentucky, I attended and helped plan King Day events, and just lived my life. 

Until this past week, never has anyone asked me who my father was during these 35 years of mine. It occurs to me now that I’ve never asked anyone that question either. It’s an odd question, and, in my case, has a complicated, deeply personal answer, but one that I have actually seen lived out many other times. I have walked other people very close to my wife and I through what it is like to find out that the person you believed was your father actually isn’t. This is a pretty common thing. 

I now see pictures of all of our young children, distant relatives, and even people who I am not actually related to spread across the internet in an attempt to shame us somehow. This is disgusting. I want to be clear. I love my family. I have never, not once, hidden or been ashamed of my family. They are my biggest supporters and defenders and always have been. Most of the pictures people have shared to prove that I am white actually came from my own social media accounts that I have shared to hundreds of thousands of people. It’s all a farce. 

Not one person behind these reports has remotely good intentions—quite the opposite, in fact. Since these articles have been released, my family and I have received constant death threats and nonstop racist harassment. Multiple members of my family have been harassed and we now have been forced to take extra security measures for our safety.This was the goal… divide and conquer. But I will not allow it to define or distract me for one more day and hope that all of you reading this will move on with me. I have promised my wife, kids, extended family, and friends that this will be the last time I talk about this publicly for a long time. My work has never been about me and I’ve never made a big deal about my race. I’ve actually tried hard to avoid ever making a big deal out of it and have, instead, simply tried to do good work that matters. I’m eager to get back to the cause that concerns me most.  

My focus will continue to be ending police brutality. I believe it is the pre-eminent civil rights issue of modern America and that, together, we can fight against it effectively.



Gawker ran a series of King Twitter posts that adds an even more human side to this story. The video in the Gawker embed is the same video posted above, our primary reason for posting posting is the Twitter posts. 
As Gawker indicates, Breitbart’s Claymore mine exploded squarely in the face of the right-wing blogger and the right-wing yellow journalism website. We wonder if King’s mother shouldn’t enact a civil law suit with defamation of as a central point of litigation.

Update: Salon ..why did CNN take Breitbart’s bait?  I know the answer, you know the answer, but the read is a great one.

Threatens To Kill Police, Knocks One Out, Sends Two To The Hospital, Injures 7 Officers; Death By Cop? "No!"

In Death by Cop,, Joseph Parker, Shaunking, The Daily Kos, White man threatens to kill police on August 15, 2015 at 8:54 PM

A little something from The Daily Kos for all who find “Black Lives Matter” contemptible and an inconvenience. 

“The defendant rolled down the window and said ‘I know why you stopped me.’ The defendant then made reference to the events in Ferguson, Missouri,” according to the criminal complaint.

Joseph Parker, 34, in a wild rant, threatened to kill police, then pounced, police said. He punched 57-year-old Lt. Jeremian Goodwin, knocking him out.

From the overnight scene to lockup, Parker allegedly injured seven officers. The police chief says the man battled, nearly breaking the metal detector.

In the meantime, be black and:
Sell cigarettes, get killed
Play at a park, get killed
Shop at Walmart, get killed
Walk with friends, get killed
Go down the stairs, get killed
In all of those cases, and in hundreds more like them, unarmed African Americans who posed no physical threat to police were killed by law enforcement.


Yet this man, Joseph Parker, injured seven police officers and sent two to the hospital?
This, ladies and gentlemen, is your America.
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