We will Not Stand For Trump …
We will Not Stand For Trump …
Trump’s failed boycott leads to most watched Sunday football in seven years
More Americans tuned into NFL football than usual after Donald Trump pushed for a boycott of the league, in another instance of the country rejecting him.
Donald Trump’s despotic declaration that the NFL should punish players who protest racial injustice, and that fans should boycott the league if the organization refuses, has backfired in spectacular fashion. NFL ratings for the weekend after Trump’s tirade are up, not down. Which means millions more than usual watched players — and even owners who donated to Trump — reject his racial demagoguery. ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell wrote, “Preliminary ratings for NFL games on CBS yesterday were UP 4% vs Week 3 of last year. Its pregame show had highest viewership in 7 YEARS.”
Trump has been a failure at convincing a majority of Americans to support him or his agenda. He could not sway a plurality of voters to back him in the election — nearly 3 million more people voted for Hillary Clinton.
Despite his past as the host of a reality TV show, Americans don’t trust him for their TV watching habits either. from ShareBlue
So, basically he did what he always does – FAIL.
Kinda like how he has ‘done business’ for the last 50 years. A lotta bloviating, blather, bluster and bullshit, followed by a giant FAIL! … too funny. what a loser #sad
Here’s a guide to some leaders who insisted that their own people should be punished for not standing for their national anthem …
that’s “some very fine people” yer’ hangin’ with there Donnie Bad Touch …
“He was a fattish but active man of paralyzing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms – one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the thought police, the stability of the Party depended.”
– George Orwell
kinda sums up the week so far huh?
an on point description of what just went down with ‘The Glorious Leader, Sum Dim Phuc’ – Leader of the Turd Reich …
Donald Trump is taking his toys and going home
Friday it was Colin Kaepernick and the football players who took a knee in silent, peaceful protest during the national anthem. Yesterday it was Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors who became the target for world’s most overgrown toddler – Donald Trump.
Like many athletes these days, Steph Curry found himself pondering what it would mean to shake hands with Donald Trump at the White House. As per usual custom, the Golden State Warriors were invited to Washington, D.C. to celebrate their NBA championship, and the question came up as to whether or not Steph (who is the defacto face of the franchise) would go. On the one hand, this is something most kids dream about, winning a championship, getting the ring and having your picture taken at the White House while the president holds his custom jersey. However, children of color do not dream about having to shake hands with a president who panders and legitimizes white supremacists and neo-nazis.
Going to the White House and shaking hands with Trump (who happens to be the current occupant of the Oval Office) could give the impression that you’re okay with his behavior and policies. For a person of color and a role model for millions of little kids, that is something that Steph Curry couldn’t take lightly. So when asked about it, he was honest in saying he just didn’t think he wanted to go.
Queue the temper tantrum tweet from Trump, withdrawing the invitation to the entire team. Instead of acting like an adult and seeing this as an opportunity to repair things, Trump did what Trump does – he lashed out. How dare anyone not want to come kneel before him and kiss his rings? The backlash from the sporting world over this and the “son of a bitch” tantrum directed at the NFL has been swift, but it falls on deaf ears. Trump’s life is designed to make sure he only sees the positive feedback, his need for constant ego stroking and reassurance growing exponentially every day.
Trump could have taken the high road, he could have responded saying he was disappointed that Curry felt that way and that some things should transcend politics, but he is incapable of such grace and dignity. Instead, Trump was the 6 year-old bully on the playground loudly telling everyone that he was taking his toys and going home – but only because no one wanted to play with him.
from the Palmer Report
Like I said, just ‘cuz …
Here’s another piece, by a writer I follow every day (so should you) who always has an honest and well thought out and researched take, that has excerpts of it making the social media rounds today, in it’s entirety so as to retain context
Real patriotism, Mr. Trump, isn’t how you treat a flag. It’s how you treat Americans
by Sarah Kendzior
As the United States coped with ceaseless natural disasters, North Korea announced its intent to annihilate the United States, and the Russian interference investigation ushered in more damning revelations, President Trump spoke out on what he seemingly felt was a great national crisis:
“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,” he tweeted on Saturday. “If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”
By now, we know the routine. When Mr. Trump is flailing, he creates a battle between himself and a celebrity – a tempest in a teapot to divert attention from, say, the literal tempest that nearly swallowed Puerto Rico, and his dereliction of duty in addressing it. In the past, Mr. Trump has attacked Mika Brzezinski, Meryl Streep and others to try to change the subject from catastrophes he either created or failed to remedy.
The President’s attack on Colin Kaepernick – a black football player who refuses to stand for the national anthem as a show of protest against systemic racism and police brutality – is yet another attempt of Mr. Trump’s to distract the public from his failures, but this particular battle has more at stake. On the same day, the President tweeted that Steph Curry, who had already stated he wouldn’t be attending the White House – standard for NBA champions – would no longer be invited.
By attacking these athletes, Mr. Trump is launching a referendum on patriotism, race, and what it means to be a good American in a nation led by a man who praises dictators and refuses to outright denounce white supremacists.
America has wrestled with hypocrisy ever since it was birthed by slave-owning founders who wrote searing declarations of freedom. But never has the gulf between the hallowed position of the presidency and the hollowness of the person who inhabits it been as wide as it is today. And never has Mr. Trump faced a foe like Mr. Kaepernick, whose silent protests hit harder than any of the President’s tirades because they force Americans to contend not only with complicity, but complacency. If Mr. Kaepernick can live his values, destroying his popularity and football career in the process, why can’t we all? If we have freedom of speech, who will we speak up for?
Mr. Kaepernick kneels for the slain and for the suffering, and places that burden on the conscience of Americans in an era where the very notion of a conscience is spun as an alternative fact. While Mr. Trump brags of his wealth while stiffing charities and swindling the poor, Mr. Kaepernick has spent a year giving away one million dollars to help oppressed communities. While the President’s life has been spent desperately accumulating status markers and elite approval, Mr. Kaepernick is, at age 29, seemingly unemployable due to his controversial political views.
And what are those controversial views? That black men should not be shot on sight by white officers that get away with it. That black citizens should have the same rights, respect and access to resources as white citizens. That the U.S. flag is not worth saluting until there is liberty and justice for all.
That these views are considered controversial is a damning indictment of the inability of Americans to be reflective instead of defensive about our systemic failings. Traditionally, when an athlete takes a knee, he does so in acknowledgment of a wounded player. Colin Kaepernick takes the knee during the national anthem in acknowledgment of wounded citizens. He demands, rightly, that Americans do better.
I am writing this from St. Louis, a city where a white police officer was recently acquitted of first degree murder after proclaiming on video that he intended to kill a black man and then did so. My city is filled with masses of protesters and with police bearing military weapons, who now gloat that the streets are theirs. My city is full of mourners, because we’ve seen it all before, and because we know, under this administration, we will see state-sanctioned injustice again and again.
When Mr. Kaepernick takes a knee, when Mr. Curry refuses to visit the White House, I greet these actions with gratitude. When their fellow athletes – like Richard Sherman, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James – back them, risking similar condemnation, I feel relief that they too refuse to tolerate abuse of citizens by the state. The real measure of patriotism is not how you treat a flag but how you treat your countrymen.
Where a conscience should reside in our capital is instead a well of hate and bigotry. We will not find moral leadership in this White House, but we can find it among Americans – ordinary citizens and celebrities alike – who reject pageantry in favour of principle.
Sarah Kendzior is a St. Louis, Mo. based commentator who writes about politics, the economy and media. reprinted from The Globe and Mail
There is an excerpt of the following article making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook today, and it’s a great excerpt in that it perfectly describes the ‘situation’ we all find ourselves in thanks to the ‘attitude’ and comments of the president. I was just going to post that and share that, but after reading the article that it came from, I decided that part of the reason that America is so divided today is that we ALL live in our chosen bubbles and ‘excerpts’ have become the ammo for both sides, and ‘context’ has been lost far too often. So, here’s is the entire piece.
Mr. President: You Represent All of Us. Don’t Divide Us. Bring Us Together
Steve Kerr (As Told To Chris Ballard) Sunday September 24th, 2017
We knew it was coming.
After Steph spoke up at media day on Friday, we figured it was just a matter of time until the president responded. Then on Saturday morning my wife, Margot, woke me up. “Here it is,” she said, and showed me Trump’s tweet. Our invitation, he wrote, “has been withdrawn” because, “going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team” and, “Stephen Curry is hesitating.”
First off, I’m pretty sure Steph wasn’t “hesitating”. He made it clear he wouldn’t go. Second, as I joked to the media Saturday, it was like the president was trying to break up with us before we broke up with him.
Regardless, it’s a shame. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet President Reagan, both Bushes, Clinton, and Obama. I didn’t agree with all of them, but it was easy to set politics aside because each possessed an inherent respect for the office, as well as the humility that comes with being a public servant in an incredible position of power, representing 300 million people. And that’s the problem now. In his tweet to Steph, Trump talked about honoring the White House but, really, isn’t it you who must honor the White House, Mr. President? And the way to do that is through compassion and dignity and being above the fray. Not causing the fray.
Would we have gone? Probably not. The truth is we all struggled with the idea of spending time with a man who has offended us with his words and actions time and again. But I can tell you one thing: it wouldn’t have been for the traditional ceremony, to shake hands and smile for cameras. Internally, we’d discussed whether it’d be possible to just go and meet as private citizens and have a serious, poignant discussion about some of the issues we’re concerned about. But he’s made it hard for any of us to actually enter the White House, because what’s going on is not normal. It’s childish stuff: belittling people and calling them names. So to expect to go in and have a civil, serious discourse? Yeah, that’s probably not going to happen.
Look, I’m a basketball coach and what I do obviously pales in comparison to what the president does. But our jobs are similar in at least one respect: If you want to be an NBA coach, you need to be prepared to be criticized. You kind of know that going in. If I coach poorly and we lose the game, I hear about it. That’s okay. It’s really where we coaches earn our money, accepting and dealing with criticism and keeping the ship moving forward. There has to be an inherent understanding when you enter into any public position of power that this is what happens. People are going to take shots at you and it’s incumbent upon you to absorb those shots. Maybe you respond diplomatically, but you maintain a level of respect and dignity. What you can’t do is just angrily lash out. Can you imagine if I lashed out at all my critics every day and belittled them? I’d lose my players, I’d embarrass ownership, I’d embarrass myself. Pretty soon I’d be out of a job. It’s a basic adult thing that you learn as you grow up: People aren’t always going to agree with you. And that’s OK.
Instead, we get Trump’s comments over the weekend about NFL players, calling them ‘sons of bitches’ for kneeling during the anthem. Those just crushed me. Crushed me. Just think about what those players are protesting. They’re protesting excessive police violence and racial inequality. Those are really good things to fight against. And they’re doing it in a nonviolent way. Which is everything that Martin Luther King preached, right? A lot of American military members will tell you that the right to free speech is exactly what they fight for. And it’s just really, really upsetting that the leader of our country is calling for these players to be ‘fired.’The hard part is knowing what to do now. Margot and I talked for a long time Saturday morning about what to say publicly. I’ve probably been as critical of Trump as anybody but maybe it’s time to take a different course. There’s no need to get into a war of words. It’s about trying to hang on to the values that are important to us as an organization, a country, and, really, as human beings.
The fact is we live in an amazing country, but it’s a flawed one. I consider myself unbelievably lucky to live here, so please spare me the ‘If you don’t like it you can get out’ argument. I love living here. I love my country. I just think it’s important to recognize that we as a nation are far from perfect, and it’s our responsibility to try to make it better. And one of the ways to do that is to promote awareness and understanding and acceptance. Not just acceptance but embracing our diversity, which when you get down to it is not only who we are but truly what makes us great. And it’s not happening.
Remember, the president works for us, not vice versa. We elected him. He doesn’t just work for his constituents and his base. He works for every citizen. Once you take that office, you have to do what’s best for the entire country. Sure, you’re going to have policies that align with your party, but that’s not the point. Respectfully, Mr. Trump, the point is this: You’re the president. You represent all of us. Don’t divide us.
Bring us together.
from Sports Illustrated
Donald Trump at Alabama rally last night: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son of a bitch off the field now. Out. Out. He’s fired!”
Hey Donnie Bad Touch … it’s more S.O.B.’s …
… and each and every one of them is ten times the man you will ever be.
So ponder this, when a white supremacist runs a women over with his car, “there’s some very good people there”, but when a black man kneels during the anthem at a football game, he’s an S.O.B. THIS is Trump’s America.
Forget about the zombie apocalypse that will surely never come.
The real epidemic at hand is the douche-bag apocalypse that is already upon us.
It’s time for that always deserved, and rarely claimed award for the d-bag with the moistest.
and without a doubt we have all the scheming, lying politicians, incoherent, ass kissing, dog whistle blowing, incessantly blathering, windbag broadcasters, greedy, glamour glomming grifters and pointless, prevaricating and pontificating pricks we’ll ever need to choose from.
Even though this week’s douche-off was not without a copiously crammed cornucopia of conniving, classless, clueless, crass and cretinous challengers to that majestic mantle of mediocrity, mendacity, meandering mindlessness and missteps we like to call the “d-bag of the week”, we do have a distinct winner.
It’s time to answer the question that seemingly needs to be answered kids.
Just who took their act to the lowest of the low, the worst of the worst, the slimiest of the slimy?
Who was the king or queen of douchebaggery in the last seven days?
Well, this week it was a no brainer …
Easy peasy …
He has a Masters in doucherocketry, and a heart as dark and cold as Ann Coulter’s soul.
A real regressive regent of the repugnant, reprehensible, repulsive and revolting, ranting and railing right.
Our d-bag of the week is …
Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry
For just being himself it appears.
Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry said out loud what most Republican only say in private. He wants to end Social Security and Medicare. He told Charlotte Observer political reporter Jim Morrill, “I would rather have complete control of the social safety net given to the states.” “That would end Social Security and Medicare. Most Republicans would probably agree. And that’s the difference between Democrats and Republicans.”
Patrick McHenry, you ARE our D-Bag of the week!
Grats asshole and …
Fuck you sir.
Fuck you like a Trump fucks a contractor.
P.S. If you’d like to contact our boy Patrick, here’s his info …
2334 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
1990 Main Avenue, SE
P.O. Box 1830
Hickory, NC 28603
Toll-Free in North Carolina: 800.477.2576
Please be polite, don’t stoop to these guy’s level …
I bet he’d love to hear from y’all.
As bad as the video was of this, read it, and it gets even worse.
This man is a lowlife scumbag. The largest scumbag ever. Any where, any time. There’s never been a scumbag like this. Period. Believe me. Many people are saying that. Believe me.
and now, a few words from the Ferret …
Hey there Resisters! I know it’s Friday night, but I’m postin’ anyway!
Find me at: showercapblog.com
Whelp, in the last couple of days our dipshit President has been called a blustering chimpanzee by Jane Goodall, and a “dotard” by that one chubby, belligerent North Korean fellow. Accuracy notwithstanding, it makes one sad that William Shakespeare won’t get a crack at our artificially-tanned, inadequately-fingered, chief executive.
In other words, friends…shit be cray.
Anyhow, the Dotard Chimpanzee wants everybody to know that the whole Russia thing is a hoax, despite all the investigations and no-knock Manafort raids and whatnot.
Weirdly, this particular tweet came on the day when Homeland Security informed 21 states that “Russian government cyber actors” attempted to hack their election systems ahead of November 2016.
Anyway, we’re assured they weren’t at all successful, even though they targeted a bunch of swing states and the election was ultimately swung by about a football-stadium’s-worth of votes.
Sleep tight, is all I’m sayin’.
So, this Republican state representative in South Dakota figured that everyone would be all giggly and delighted by a little meme she shared about running cars into crowds full of protesters, because that’s what that Nazi terrorist did in Charlottesville, and if comedy has one golden rule, it’s that things Nazis do to murder people are universally regarded as hilarious.
It’s ok though. She issued roughly 38% of an apology. Consequences are for CUCKS.
Meanwhile Rambunctious Robert Mueller is apparently after ALL THE RECORDS these days, on the Comey firing, the Flynn firing, probably on the various crimes SCROTUS has committed against god-knows-how-many perfectly decent steaks.
In totally, completely, 100% non-related news, it turns out our ol’ pal Sean Spicer kept ridiculously detailed notebooks while serving as Press Secretary. Don’t worry Donnie, I’m sure it’s mostly a slam book about Scaramucci.
And Dorito Mussolini keeps talking about his cool new autocrat friend, Tayyip Erdogan, whose goons beat up some American protesters…again. Yeah, you’d generally expect the President of the United States to take sides with his own people against the foreign nationals pounding the crap out of them, but we live in…unconventional times.
Betsy DeVos officially implemented her long-anticipated Affirmative Action for Rapists Initiative. “We like our campus sexual assaults like we like our tax returns,” DeVos said, “Drastically underreported in service of maintaining established power dynamics!” Betsy’s just one short leap away from setting up free rohypnol dispensers at frat houses.
From Politico, we learned that Tangerine Idi Amin is stocking the Agriculture Department with random, comically under-qualified campaign holdovers. Once the wheels really start coming off this wagon, and the resignations start piling up, we’re gonna wind up with pizza delivery boys as Joint Chiefs, mark my words.
The Mooch went on the View to take The Dump on The Staff. Apparently he finds Reince Priebus dislikable, he thinks Sean Spicer was a liar (HOT TAKE THERE, MOOOCH), and says Steve Bannon has white supremacist “tendencies,” which makes it sound like he just occasionally burns a small cross in somebody’s lawn when he’s had one too many Zimas.
Well, it looks like the latest attempt to repeal the ACA and replace it with a Mile High Pile of Murder has run off the rails. Susan Collins is leaning no, John McCain gave Lindsey Graham the NEW JACK CITY Am-I-My-Brother’s-Keeper routine, and Rand Paul won’t support it unless it sends the poor to Dickensian workhouses or something.
We need three GOP “no” votes, and we’ve only officially got two at this moment, so it’s kinda fun to imagine the epic bribes Mitch McConnell must be offering Lisa Murkowski today. “We’ll make you Duchess of Kentucky, Lisa! We’ll make Marco Rubio dress up like a showgirl and dance for your amusement!”
Under most circumstances, repeating the same storyline over and over leads to diminished audience interest, BUT, speaking only for myself, I have a virtually limitless appetite for The Mitch McConnell Bets Big on Obamacare Repeal Only to Faceplant and Walk Away With a Giant Plate Full of Failure Show.
Not that this administration will do anything silly like embracing Obamacare or helping their constituents, or anything. Having significantly shortened the enrollment period and decimated the outreach budget, today we learned that they’ll be shutting down the enrollment website for twelve hours almost every Sunday of the already-abbreviated sign-up window.
It’s downright fuckin’ WACKY having a government that works so hard to keep its citizens away from the potentially life-saving health care they’re legally entitled to.
The (Failing?) L.A. Times informs us that the Marmalade Shartcannon went rogue during his bath-salts-and-adderall-fueled U.N. Speech, against advisor’s advice, which explains John Kelly’s Patrick Stewart impersonation.
Of course, there’s no real reason to antagonize Kim Jong-un. It puts hundreds of thousands of lives at risk and accomplishes precisely Jack Shit. Sadly, our current head of state prioritizes “A bunch of strangers’ lives” significantly below “Showing off the clever nickname I just thought up.”
In other news, “Rocket Man,” is what passes for “clever” to the most powerful human being alive. Sssssssssigh.
Meanwhile, Princess Ivanka is trying to weasel her way out of a shoe-design-theft lawsuit by claiming she’s a fancy, important, government official, which is weird, because it was just the other day when she was saying how unreasonable it was for people to expect her to influence the President from her post as a Presidential advisor.
Tom Price keeps trying to explain his way around the 300-grand-and-counting private jet bill he’s dropped in the taxpayer’s lap (we can’t afford Meals on Wheels, but we have plenty of spare $$$$ to make sure Tommy Boy doesn’t have to get Poor on him when he feels like getting away from the office for the day.) Something about his demanding schedule, or the hurricanes, or, most insultingly/hilariously to “connect” with “real Americans.”
Speaking of cartoonishly corrupt fuckheads, WaPo informs us that EPA Chief Scott Pruitt has basically been on a not-so-secret-Santa tour lately, meeting with “corporate executives from the automobile, mining and fossil fuel industries” before eagerly doing their bidding.
I tell you folks, I’m practically CHOKING on the populism, there’s so much populism.
Anyhow, the guy who was allegedly so fabulously rich that he wouldn’t be beholden to wealthy special interest donors is getting his ever-ballooning legal fees paid for by…wealthy special interest donors! Boy howdy, if buying access to government officials happens to be your thang, you couldn’t hope to do any better than a septuagenarian grifter frantically scrambling to fend off a lifetime’s worth of comeuppance.
And if I told you one of these donors has a bunch of connections to Russian oligarchs, up to and including Uncle Vlad’s bud Viktor Vekselberg, you’d accuse me of really pushing the envelope with this whole collusion thing, right? “C’mon,” you’d say, “Shartboy paying his legal fees with Russian oil money? Is that really BELIEVABLE?”
Oh hey, a lion mauled a Nazi. That’s somethin’.
In other good news, it looks like Milopalooza at Berkeley has more or less collapsed. Weird that nobody wants to hang out with the “Pedophiles Are Actually Rad” guy.
Well anyway, because Lil’ Donnie Two-Scoops was a very good boy and hasn’t praised any Nazis for almost week, John Kelly let him go down to Alabama for a rally. Allegedly, it was a rally for Senator Luther Strange ahead of Tuesday’s primary runoff, but Donnie made sure to let everybody know that he “might’ve made a mistake,” and would campaign for his opponent (Deranged Bull Connor cosplayer Roy Moore) if he lost, because LOYALTY. He played all the hits, from the classic “Lock Her Up” to the new, Rick Rubin*-produced “Rocket Man.” He was very high on Strange’s tallness.
He went after Colin Kaepernick, too. He’s probably just jealous, since Colin actually makes the charitable donations he pledges. Anyway, it’s really neat to have a President who thinks people should be fired for exercising their first amendment rights, innit?**
I dunno. My working hypothesis is that I live in the alternate reality where all the Star Trek characters have sinister mustaches and shit. I’m trying real hard to get back home to a place where things make some semblance of since, but until then…
…shit be cray. Vote in the Goddamn Midterms.
*I don’t mean to disparage Rick Rubin.
** It is not actually “neat.” I say this because some folks on the internet have a little trouble with sarcasm.