Sunday, December 11, 2016

Perhaps one of the saddest things you will see all day, the Obama's last Christmas card as the first family.

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Courtesy of Yahoo: 

It’s safe to say we’re going to miss the Obamas a hell of a lot when they leave the White House. Seeing their 2016 White House Christmas card — their last one! — only made that sinking feeling come a lot sooner. They chose to include a picture from the Canada State Dinner that took place this past spring, featuring President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Sasha and Malia, smiling their contagious smiles and bringing us a whole lot of Christmas cheer.

I think this may be one of the saddest Christmases of my life.

And I actually had a dog die right before Christmas once.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

So it looks like Trump TV might still be a thing. Kinda.

Holy crap it looks like one of those open access shows they show on some obscure channel late at night.

Here is what Salon had to say about all of this: 

The conservative online media outlet Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN), dubbed “Trump TV” by the Washington Post, announced this week that it is expanding into a 24-hour operation that will “be in the White House … at the press briefings” during the Trump administration. 

Media Matters first reported the curious claim by Right Side Broadcasting Network host Joe Seales during the outlet’s online coverage of Trump’s “Thank You” rally in North Carolina on Tuesday night. 

The pro-Trump website has live-streamed nearly every Trump campaign event, produced debate analysis with Trump campaign aides that streamed on Trump’s official Facebook Page, and even set-up a camera to capture transition efforts from the lobby of Trump Tower for its nearly 250,000 YouTube subscribers. Seemingly with the blessing of the Trump campaign, RBSN has set itself up as the official destination of broadcast counter news programming for the pro-Trump crowd. 

“Anything that Trump does live we will be there,” Seales told his viewers Tuesday night. “We will be there at the inauguration, we will be in the White House, we will be at the press briefings. I promise you that. You can count on Right Side Broadcasting” he said.

There may however be a slight obstacle keeping "Right Side Broadcasting" from becoming the Trump administration's version of Pravda, the Standing Committee of Correspondents.

They are the ones who determine if an organization gets access to White House press briefings, and they only provide those to organizations that prove they are a publication whose “principal business is the daily dissemination of original news and opinion of interest to a broad segment of the public” and is “editorially independent of any institution, foundation or interest group that lobbies the federal government.”

You know that could prove challenging.

However then I remember when a certain former male prostitute named Jeff Gannon showed up regularly to Bush press conferences back in the day, and I think that may not prove such an insurmountable obstacle after all.

After all let's face it, Donald Trump is going to be doing everything he can think of to bypass the media which has proven to be so critical of him and find other ways to get his message out to his brainless supporters.

And a show that looks like it is being filmed in your parent's basement and hosted by a guy who looks like he was freshly plucked from a sport fishing reality show might just do the trick.

Russia also hacked the RNC, but unlike the DNC hack did not release any of the information. Things that make you go "Hmmm."

Courtesy of the New York Times:

American intelligence agencies have concluded with “high confidence” that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump, according to senior administration officials. 

They based that conclusion, in part, on another finding — which they say was also reached with high confidence — that the Russians hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems in addition to their attacks on Democratic organizations, but did not release whatever information they gleaned from the Republican networks.

For their part the Republicans claim they were NOT successfully hacked, however the intelligence agencies disagree: 

“We now have high confidence that they hacked the D.N.C. and the R.N.C., and conspicuously released no documents” from the Republican organization, one senior administration official said, referring to the Russians.

The Trump transition team had this to say about these allegations:
Actually the information that supposedly demonstrated that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction was cherry picked by the Bush Administration, and was NOT the consensus of the intelligence community as a whole.

I wonder how it feels for some of these older Republican lawmakers to realize that after decades of fighting the Russians, and working to keep them in check, that they have now become their little bitches?

It also makes me wonder just what dirt the Russians might have on the Republicans to keep them in line moving forward.

For instance currently the Russians are moving nuclear capable missiles into Eastern Europe. Let's see now long it takes for any of the Republican Senators are House members to make a fuss about it.

Donald Trump chooses the freaking CEO of Exxon Mobil to be his Secretary of State. Gee, no way we will get into a war over oil now, right?

Seriously? He picked me? Get out of here.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, according to NBC News. The report cited two sources close to the situation as saying Tillerson had been confirmed as Trump’s pick after earlier being floated as a top choice. It was also reportedly “very likely” that Tillerson, who has no experience in government, would be paired with former U.N. ambassador John Bolton as deputy secretary of state, NBC News reported. Tillerson has strong ties to Moscow, having secured a 2011 deal with the Kremlin to access Arctic resources in Russia. That deal was blocked, however, when U.S. sanctions against Russia came into effect for its occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. Tillerson was outspoken in his criticism of the sanctions for the “broad collateral damage” they resulted in.

Great a pro-Russian anti-environmentalist, sounds like the perfect guy to help completely screw up this country's future.  

And with freaking John "I hate the UN" Bolton as his deputy secretary it appears that Trump didn't even bother to try and leave any illusion that he was really ever interested in "draining the swamp."

An interesting factoid, Tillerson has NEVER worked anywhere except Exxon, where he was first hired in 1975.

So you can see that he is simply brimming over with a lack of experience.

I can't believe I am saying this out loud, but I actually cannot imagine that giving Sarah Palin this position could have really been any worse.

Either way you are getting a tragically unqualified person, who hates the planet earth, and thinks constantly raping it is a sign of affection. 

Sarah Palin promotes fake news story while slamming young people for getting an education. (The Palins don't cotton to no "edjumication.")

This of course links once again to that "Young Conservative" page which I think we all know is probably run by a bunch of middle aged white dudes.

On the site it misrepresents one of the Podesta e-mails that Russia so kindly hacked so that it could be used to defeat Hillary and undermine our democracy.

The e-mail references a Clinton Global initiative staff member bragging that they "had" Colbert do a show interviewing Bill Clinton.

The tag line after the e-mail on the YC page says, "So, kids thought they were smart because they’re informed by a comedian, yet said comedian was just doing Hillary’s bidding the whole time."

Essentially the conservatives seem to think that millennials seeing a person being interviewed  by a comedian will trick them into becoming liberals.

What makes this even more ridiculous is that Stephen Colbert already addressed this Wikileaks leak, and mocked its conclusions, two days ago. (Fun starts at the 4:30 mark.)

You know perhaps somebody ought to explain to Palin that since she is now pushing a story promoted by Wikileaks, which is based on hacked data from the Russian government, that she is now doing the bidding of Vladimir Putin.

That is quite a change for the woman who once claimed that she single handedly kept Putin out of Alaska during her time as Governor.

Don'tcha think?

Donald Trump is already taking away the First Amendment rights of Americans by blocking protesters during his inauguration.

Courtesy of The Guardian: 

For the thousands hoping to echo the civil rights and anti-Vietnam rallies at Lincoln Memorial by joining the women’s march on Washington the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration: time to readjust your expectations. 

The Women’s March won’t be held at the Lincoln Memorial. 

That’s because the National Park Service, on behalf of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, filed documents securing large swaths of the national mall and Pennsylvania Avenue, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial for the inauguration festivities. None of these spots will be open for protesters. 

The NPS filed a “massive omnibus blocking permit” for many of Washington DC’s most famous political locations for days and weeks before and after the inauguration on 20 January, said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, a constitutional rights litigator and the executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund.

Aww, is the Cheeto Fuhrer afraid of a couple of women protesters?

Of course this is just the start, before too long the tangerine pansy ass will be trying to shut down any critical media and attempting to criminalize any and all protests against him.

Hell what am I saying, that has already started.
Well so much for saying that Trump can't read.

Clearly he has learned much from those Hitler speeches he keeps on his nightstand. 

The Russian government not only hacks computers to get information, they also plant false information to attack their foes.

What? Child porn was found on your computer? That is a shame.
Courtesy of The New York Times:  

Hacking is not only a good way to get real information, like the emails of the D.N.C., but a relatively easy and usually untraceable way to plant fake information. For example, when unidentified hackers last year broke into the computers of a government research center in Lithuania, they stole nothing, but planted bogus reports on its website that the country’s stoutly pro-American president had worked as an escort and K.G.B. informer while a student in Leningrad during the Soviet era. 

A similar break-in affecting the Lithuanian military’s website replaced a bland announcement about a coming NATO exercise with a fake statement that presented the exercise as part of a plan to annex Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea, and join it with Lithuania, a member of NATO. 

The supposed NATO plan outlined in the phony text closely mimicked methods used by Moscow in 2014 to annex Crimea and stir up unrest in eastern Ukraine, including the seizure of military posts and police stations and calls for the establishment of the Kaliningrad People’s Republic. 

Written in faulty Lithuanian, the statement was “immediately obvious as a fake,” said Rimtautas Cerniauskas, the director of Lithuania’s National Cyber Security Center, which was set up last year in response to increased alarm over Russian aggression. 

But, he added, the stunt nonetheless succeeded in distracting cyberdefense staff members from their normal work for days and in spreading a lie that, though immediately exposed, polluted discussion about NATO.

But that is not the extent of it:

This blurring of all boundaries between truth and falsehood in the service of operational needs has created a climate in Russia in which even the most serious and grotesque accusations, like those involving pedophilia, are simply a currency for settling scores.

Much of this article talks about the Russians hacking computers to place child pornography on its hard drive and even send those photos and videos to other sites that then will lead back to their victim's computer.

This should send a chill right up the spine of journalists and opponents of Putin's puppet president here in the US as to the kinds of tactics that might be directed their way if they make life too hard for Comrade Trump.

It also might explain just how Donald Trump became a puppet of Vladimir Putin.

Just something to think about.

A little perspective.

Actually I think when all was said and done it was only a little over 700 jobs and he spent millions ins tax breaks and incentives to "save" them.