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Dutch TV’s Seering Trump Documentary

In The Progressive Influence on May 14, 2017 at 8:14 PM

While US broadcast media is running sprints to attract viewers with the constant droning of Trump and his cabal lying their way through the first months of his administration and lying 45 (Trump) into US History, Dutch TV broadcast Part 1 of a series about Trump’s possible connections to international racketeering. US Cable news networks busy their production teams and on-camera hosts (and book hawkers) with dozens of highly paid “contributors” sitting around spewing opinions like quacking hens with a Fox near the coup, while real journalism unfolded via the program: The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump. 

Alternet dot org

The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump, Part 1: The Russians. The first installment of the investigative reporting series, produced by Zembla.

The documentary’s YouTube description barely does justice to the film’s investigative reporting. While American journalists are following Trump’s tweets and tantrums, they followed the money into a world where the lines between outright profiteering and organized crime are blurred. What they found on a fact-based money trail reveals much about who the real Trump is and how he operates.

Read more here.
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We will follow the story while anxiously awaiting Part 2.

Closing Note: US Broadcast media is pathetic. All the glorious millionaire hosts spew their opinions, (in some cases based on research), host their over populated panels and construct stories like the plot of a TV series (tune-in next week for more). Even the former king of investigative TV news, 60 Minutes, has morphed into nothing more than a news four celebrity hosted segments of entertainment. Actually, I suspect the old adage of, “you know your day is ruined when 60 Minutes shows up at your door” no longer exist as a beacon of journalistic investigation. CNN has the broadcast market of offering panels which often view as something akin to a Jerry Springer production with liberals vs conservatives as marquee viewing attractions. Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the US Presidency has proven to be a gold mine for CNN and its cadre of on-air panel combatants. MSNBC, admittedly biased here, manages to offer the most investigative programming primarily via The Rachel Maddow Show. The network also has more book hawkers than its competitors, and that speaks to celebrity. 

All said we are what we mentally consume.  As a current events geek and committed hater of all things conservative, US broadcast media consumes virtually all of my TV viewing. It is truly sad the nation doesn’t have media which focus on old-school journalism with far fewer ratings hunting and show host book hawking. 

Did Putin Know Before Gas Attack? AP Says “Yes”

In The Progressive Influence on April 10, 2017 at 5:04 PM


After well over a half century of distant relations between the United States and (the Soviet Union) Russia, the following campaign rambling from a total NYC carnival barker caught the attention a nation.  Of course, we had no idea how deeply intertwined are the possibilities of Trump and Russia. Looking back the early signs were actually prophetic. 

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Since an uncomfortable number of matters regarding Russia have been discussed and many are still being investigated, let’s now skip forward to last week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria.
The AP is reporting Vladimir Putin was well informed of Assad’s intent to use Chemical weapons and he was informed well before the chemicals were released (via bomb).
The AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has concluded Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official said Monday.

The official said a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what American officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons.

The senior official said the U.S. has no proof of Russian involvement in the actual chemical attack in northern Syria.

But the official said the presence of the surveillance drone over the hospital couldn’t have been a coincidence, and that Russia must have known the chemical weapons attack was coming and that victims were seeking treatment. 

The official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on intelligence matters and demanded anonymity, didn’t give precise timing for when the drone was in the area, where more than 80 people were killed. The official also didn’t provide details for the military and intelligence information that form the basis of what the Pentagon now believes.

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An Ode For Times; Don’t Expect “Going High”

In The Progressive Influence on February 13, 2017 at 2:42 PM

Via An Unknown Author

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I listened as they called my President a Muslim.

I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.

I listened as they said he wasn’t born here.

watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.

I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.

I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.

I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.

I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.

I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.

I watched as they did just that.

I listened.

I watched.

I paid attention.

Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant.

To move forward.

To denounce protesters.

To “Get over it.”

To accept this…

I will not.

I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be.

I will do this as quickly as possible every chance I get.

I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country.

I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.

I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from a promise he made to them.

Them. The people who voted for him.

The ones who sold their souls and prayed for him to win.

I will do this so that they never forget.

And they will hear me.

They will see it in my eyes when I look at them.

They will hear it in my voice when I talk to them.

They will know that I know who they are.

They will know that I know what they are.

Do not call for my tolerance. I’ve tolerated all I can.

Now it’s their turn to tolerate ridicule.

Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in our country from this day

forward is now Trump’s fault just as much as they thought it was Obama’s.

I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were entirely unwilling to give.”

Author unknown.


Trump Quick Visit

In The Progressive Influence on December 4, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Time doesn’t permit reporting on all of Trump’s manifestations and Trump oozing from media. We offer a quick hit review of Trump’s as of last Wednesday., Yes, Thanksgiving weekend was far more important than following Trump around like a reality show groupie.

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As we move away from the November 8th, General Election results and Hillary Clinton’s late-night concession to Donald Trump, a few issues simply have to be addressed.

Before embarking on the issues we feel are worth exploring, we will unabashedly admit to extreme bias in our reporting. There is no room for acceptance of Donald Trump as the 45th US President. We cannot find any rational reason for a world leading government headed by a literally ego-maniacal self-centered money grabber. We cannot find rational acceptance of a supposed president-elect who so forthright courted white nationalism while practicing overt discrimination against people of color, the disabled, and while openly lying to people who he viewed as pawns. Politifact and other fact-checkers warned that Trump spoke various forms of “lies” throughout his campaign with a heavy skewering towards “False” levels lies.

As we have seen over the past two weeks, Trump’s lies have been addressed almost to the letter. He has retracted, backtracked, dropped and modified just about each of his major campaign lies.  The Southern border will not see a wall increasing in height with each fit of anger from the bloviating carnival barker; it will, as of the latest report, include  fencing. His late campaign claims of prosecuting Hillary Clinton was engulfed by millions comparable to minions sitting engulfing “The Apprentice.” His rally mantra and battle cry of hatred of the media is playing out in closed meetings with representatives of the media while reported administering  of browbeatings (to keep it clean). 

But, there are more pressing issues.  Would you believe lingering district votes have Hillary Clinton hard of Trump by almost two million votes?  Check out the latest tally from the Cook Political Report.

David Wasserman, Cook Political Report’s ongoing vote tally.

Clinton’s vote total is 64,223,986 (48.1% of the vote), 

Trump’s  vote total is 62,206,395 (46.6% of the vote) – a difference of 2,017,591 

NBC has also reported on the growing Clinton vote.

The New York Times also ran a piece last week about facts related to post-election Trumpism (and the vote).

Word has it white working-class and Latino voters felt an affinity for the homeliness of Trump and family. Seriously?

Along the path of Trumpism  and a very very sick nation.

US Jobs (Revisited): November 2016 (Trumpugs)

In The Progressive Influence on December 4, 2016 at 12:21 PM

A day after so-called president-elect Trump spoke with the Taiwanese leader while simultaneous setting the leadership of China ablaze, US job numbers and unemployment rate reports show continued success in Democratic job creation.

Eighty-One (81) consecutive months of job creation under Democratic Party leadership.  The US unemployment rate also dipped to pre-Bush Great Recession levels.  Oh, the world without trickle-down supply-side economics. 

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Private-Sector Payroll Employment

A few additional items from the Comeback Decade web page. And, to think the GOP wants to repeal Obamacare.  

Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, jobs up (+15M), deficit down (-2/3rds), middle-class incomes up (+$2,800).

Your Trump “security” and social vote means we have a rough economic road to trod over the next few years. 

I introduce the archetypal Trump supporters. From the totally whacked out New England trump official with the curly hair to the lady in gold who CNN should have told no bare skin allowed o camera.  These people are truly frightening, and to think we have handed our nation over to their likeness.  Yes, “deplorables” is a correct characterization.

Trump’s lies do not even matter!

It is important to note CNN has provided air-time to the most zany of Trump supporters throughout the course of the 2016 campaign.  Paula Johnson…in 2015:

You might ask, what does segments of whacked-out trump supporters ahve to do the what US economy. If you are wondering in that realm, you might want to keep it to yourself; your intellect is showing.

The Daily GOP Ignominious” Trumpism Spreads (POPULAR VOTE?)

In The Progressive Influence on November 14, 2016 at 3:05 PM

What you are about to see, should you decide to follow the links in the posted paragraph, is a startling indictment of a Constitutional electoral process that is outdated and undemocratic.

Update on the 2016 popular vote (November 14):

President of the United States

The latest national vote totals have Clinton at 61,350,758 votes – or 48 percent – compared to Trump’s 60,583,838 or 47 percent. Those totals – a 0.4 percent drop in voter turnout from 2012 – gives the advantage to Clinton by 766,920 even vote counting continues. Clinton’s margin is expected to grow as votes come in from heavily Democratic states, making her the fifth candidate to win the popular vote but lose the election, joining Al Gore in 2000; Andrew Jackson in 1824; Samuel Tilden in 1876; and Grover Cleveland in 1888.


Just so there are no surprises as Trump unfolds his vision of America.

If you voted for Trump, you cannot avoid the soil that comes with your vote. 


White House and cabinet picks speak volumes.

Think Progress 


In his role at Breitbart, he promoted and legitimized the modern white supremacist movement, sometimes euphemistically referred to as the “alt-right.” 

Ben Shapiro, who worked alongside Bannon for four years as Breitbart’s Editor-at-Large, wrote that Bannon “openly embraced the white supremacist alt-right.” According to Shapiro, “Breitbart has become the alt-right go-to website… pushing white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate response to political correctness, and the comment section turning into a cesspool for white supremacist mememakers.” 

Shapiro describes Bannon as “a vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally abusing supposed friends and threatening enemies.” 

Bannon gave a platform to Milo Yiannopoulos, a prominent white nationalist figure who was banned from Twitter for indicting racist abuse and harassment

In March, Yiannapoulos wrote a lengthy article promoting the white nationalist alt-right on Breitbart that made an explicit argument for racial and ethnic segregation: 

The New York Times notes that Breitbart “regularly traffics in racially charged accusations about President Obama, provocative comparisons between abortion providers and Holocaust killers, and contempt for feminism.”

The alt-right’s intellectuals would also argue that culture is inseparable from race. The alt-right believe that some degree of separation between peoples is necessary for a culture to be preserved. A Mosque next to an English street full of houses bearing the flag of St. George, according to alt-righters, is neither an English street nor a Muslim street — separation is necessary for distinctiveness.

Since US elections set the stage for the greater society, the rational person has to think: “We have seen this before.”

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Trump “Grabs” And More Trump Lewdness Comes Forth

In The Progressive Influence on October 10, 2016 at 6:04 PM


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As our weekend ended with Hurricane Matthew scooting east of 3/4s of the State of Florida’s shoreline and traversing towards an eventual major landfall in Daytona Beach with another landfall in Charleston, South Carolina, another story pushed Matthew well into “also ran news.” The Donald Trump reality show kicked up another level from daily inane and silly tweets, a horrible first debate performance and increasing hacking of Democratic Party computers systems to a raw and disgusting video of Trump at his most filthy.

Absolutely vulgar wouldn’t you say?

As Trump and the GP/RNC reel from Trumps 2005 “grabbing video, you and I knew there would be more. It seems over a period of 17 years ,Trump was a frequent quest (in sleaze) of one of the nation’s most vulgar and sleazy satellite radio shows: Howard Stern’s garbage hours.

CNN has just published a story developed by Andrew Kaczynski, Chris Massie, and Nate McDermott with fine and revealing details of a Trump, who should be allowed nowhere near the US Presidency.  The man is pure vulgar and rich-man elitist disgusting. Yet, his acts of abuse associated with “grabbing a pussy” pale as the 2005 story fold into the following linked piece via CNN. Read and listen here.
As the old adage goes:  “When you wallow with a pig the pig loves you You have wallowed at his level in his pig pen ,and now YOU STINK. The GOP/RNC along with millions who support Trump now “stink.”
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An Ad For All To See And Hear

In The Progressive Influence on August 11, 2016 at 4:29 PM

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TPI Gazette: Roger Ailes, Donald Trump And Conservative Hatred

In "Didn't Do Roger", Conservative Hatred, Roger Ailes, The Progressive Influence, TPI Gazette on July 21, 2016 at 3:58 PM

The is so much “ugly” going-on in conservative American, we simply must post-up a gazette. You choose your mustard from an increasingly sour part of American.

Roger Ailes out at Fox. Didn’t you ever wonder why so many women on the network employee liberal leg and thigh policies? One has to wonder if Ailes will ever (out of spite) reveal which of his leggy displays “played the game.”  I suspect he wouldn’t go there until the woman (or women) start to adorn “I didn’t do it” or “Didn’t Do Roger” buttons on live TV.

Trump Quick Hits!

Ninety-one percent lies….That is pathological to say the very least.

Tuesday night’s Republican ‘hatred and oozfest was supposed to be about jobs.  Well……

A man of little class.

More Trump uber wealthy servant loving lack of class and insensitivity.

If You Only News

But while the unctuous evil spawn was pretending to give a flying f*ck about ordinary working class people, his true colors came out in a tweet that has since gone viral.

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Now there’s the entitled, spoiled brat we all knew Trump Jr. to be. The mask has come off and boy is he ugly on the inside. 

Like his father, Trump Jr. seems to have very little interest in helping anyone else but himself. He found out his gardener missed his own sister’s wedding to work on his property and he couldn’t help but be smug about it. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Now the Trump family is trying to convince America that their history of self-serving behavior will be good for America? Don’t count on it. 

The Party of Hate via the New York Times

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Trump and The New York Times (world affairs as The Apprentice)

Now this is big!  Could Trump’s phantom speech writer have committed an illegal campaign act?

As is frequently the case, we end the Gazette with a touch of icing.  If you fail to see a changing conservative America, book a time capsule and visit Munich Germany 1929.

Americana (GOP Style)

In Interns, Paul Ryan's Blindly white interns, The Progressive Influence, Who hires House Interns?, Your GOP on July 18, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Take a moment and live the life of Paul Ryan’s and his Republican America. You only have a moment as we will yank you back to the reality of our nation rather quickly.

You’ll Be Blinded by the White in Paul Ryan’s Capitol Hill Intern Selfie

Speaker Ryan is taking heat for the lack of intern diversity.

I think this sets a record for the most number of #CapitolHill interns in a single selfie. #SpeakerSelfie.
Oh, look just a bit closer! “Oh Look my African-American!” (as per Donald Trump). Vindication

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I FOUND HER! Man, @SpeakerRyan, this  game was totally fun!

Let’s contrast the reality of the GOP and its American paradigm with that of the DNC.

Meet the DNCC 2016 Interns

Is it necessary to add verbiage to the images?  If you really need a bit of help, recognize the seriousness and lack of reality imbued in Ryan’s selfie.  If your world is as that he so proudly displays, you are an existential part of the Great American social divide.
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