Monday, July 3, 2017

The many lies of Ed Gillespie

If you’ve watched Ed Gillespie for any length of time, you know he lies like an old carpet – very comfortably. He also lies a LOT, as in just about every time his lips start moving. For instance, check out the video below, as Gillespie claims on the odious “Fox and Friends” that since Lt. Governor Ralph Northam “first got elected, we have shed 69,000 manufacturing jobs in Virginia.” That didn’t sound right to me either on the data itself or on the assessment of blame, so I checked the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to see what the actual, ya know, FACTS are. And the answer is…
  • In November 2013, when Ralph Northam was elected Lt. Governor of Virginia, there were 230,500 manufacturing jobs in the Commonwealth. As of May 2017, there were 234,100 manufacturing jobs in Virginia, a GAIN of 3,600 manufacturing jobs since Ralph Northam was elected Lt. Governor (note: of course, we should look at when Northam assumed office, which was in January 2014, but apparently Gillespie is too dumb to understand this).

  • So Ed Gillespie’s clearly a liar, and not a very bright one — that’s established. Still, just out of curiosity, I decided to go back further in the BLS numbers to see the bigger story. Not surprisingly, what happened was that Virginia – like pretty much every state – shed manufacturing jobs during the “Great Recession” that started in 2008 under President George W. Bush, for whom Ed Gillespie worked as Counselor.
  • In December 2007, when the “Great Recession” began (also when Bush was president and Gillespie was his Counselor), Virginia had 272,100 manufacturing jobs. By the time Terry McAuliffe became governor of Virginia in January 2014, after four years of Gov. Bob McDonnell (note that Gillespie was McDonnell’s campaign chair), we had only 231,300 manufacturing jobs, a decline of more than 40,000 manufacturing jobs under Bush/Gillespie/McDonnell. Great job, guys!
  • Also note that during Bob McDonnell’s administration (January 2010-December 2013), Virginia manufacturing jobs fell from 232,800 to 231,000, a decline of nearly 2,000 jobs.
  • And now, since January 2014, when Terry McAuliffe became governor and Ralph Northam became Lt. Governor, Virginia has gained nearly 3,000 manufacturing jobs. So, bottom line, Gillespie is wrong on all counts. Unless, of course, he’s trying to blame Northam for Virginia’s loss of manufacturing jobs since 2007, when Northam was first elected to the State Senate. If so, that’s completely crazy, unless Gillespie’s going to start blaming individual State Senators (including from his own party) or Delegates or whatever for the national economy, state economy, etc.
  • Of course, keep in mind that THIS is what Republicans do – screw things up badly, as Bush/Gillespie did with the U.S. economy, and then try to blame Democrats for Republican failings, even as Democrats worked diligently to clean up their mess! Amazing, but not surprising, as the GOP for years has been the party of “blame others, never take personal responsibility for anything.” And that, of course, describes corrupt slimeball “Enron Ed” Gillespie to a “t.”
  • P.S. Gillespie also apparently has ZERO understanding of data, economics or of the Virginia Lt. Governor job…completely brain dead if this is what he really thinks. By Gillespie’s “reasoning,” for instance, I guess it was Republican Lt. Governor Bill Bolling’s fault that Virginia hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs while he was in office. Uhhhh….no.


Kentucky judge who was Trump campaign official raped 17 women and girls

President Donald Trump’s former top campaign official in the state of Kentucky is behind bars facing a long list of sex abuse charges against women and minor girls, who he reportedly coerced into performing sex acts against their will by using “money, drugs, housing, threats to call the probation office, and violent acts.”

The Associated Press reported Sunday that former Judge Tim Nolan’s bond was set high at $750,000 by Judge Elizabeth Chandler, who looked at the extensive list of charges against Nolan and deemed him “a danger to the community.”

Prosecutors allege that Nolan forced himself on 17 women and girls over the course of seven years. He is currently in the Campbell County Jail awaiting trial.

Nolan’s fall from Republican power player in the state to alleged sexual predator has taken many by surprise. At 70, Nolan has spent decades cultivating relationships, wheeling and dealing among the Republican elite in Louisville and beyond. He is “a fixture at Tea Party rallies and local government meetings,” and ran Trump’s 2016 campaign in the state.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/ex-trump-campaign-official-called-danger-to-the-community-over-charges-he-raped-17-women-and-girls/

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ten lies that Trump Supporters Believe are True

Americans, divided and polarized as we are, live in two distinct worlds. In one world, the earth is not flat, climate change is real and Bill and Hillary aren’t pimping kids out in the basement of a pizza restaurant.
The other world is devoid of reason, evidence and pretty much any type of historical facts. Despite the fact that Trump voters have been fleeced by the biggest con man in the world, they continue to devour the lies he sells. When it comes to facts, Trump supporters aren’t head over heels in love with them. After all, Trump’s rise came as a result of playing to uninformed and angry people’s primal and worst sensibilities. They are right and the entire world is wrong, because that’s what their cult leader told them, and who needs Google anyway?
Here are 10 incredibly fake facts that Trump supporters believe are true.
1. Trump is a devoted Christian.
The thrice-married, pussy-grabbing Trump is actually quite the exemplary Christian, at least in the minds of his supporters. They are so convinced of this fake fact that they welcomed Trump at Jerry Fallwell’s Liberty University this past weekend, where the president was given an honorary doctorate.
 
2. The economy is improving because of Trump.
If there’s anything Trump does better than filing for Chapter 11, it’s taking credit for things other people have done. Part-time First Lady Melania Trump stole a speech from Michelle Obama, so it only seems fitting that the Donald do it as well. Now, even though he hasn’t signed a single piece of economic legislation and all economic data is just a continuation of President Obama’s efforts, Trump seems to have no issue taking credit for all of the positive economic news. And despite the fact that Trump had been in office for a whopping two weeks, Fox News gave Trump full credit for a positive jobs report in January -- and the practice continues.
3. ‘Millions voted illegally’ (without a single shred of proof).
Not too long ago, a poll found that 55 percent of Trump supporters believe his daft conspiracy theory that the only reason he lost the popular vote is because “millions voted illegally” for Hillary Clinton. Ignorance is bliss, right?
 
4. Immigration is off the rails and illegal immigrants are all violent criminals.
Trump played to the racist tendencies of working-class whites when he declared that Mexicans were criminals and rapists, except for some. He also took a page from Richard Nixon’s handbook and touted law and order for the silent majority. But here’s the thing for folks who reside in Realitytown, USA: net migration from Mexico is basically zero and stats show that undocumented immigrants are actually less likely to commit crimes than American citizens. But facts are not how you Make America Great Again!
5. Trump should have the power to overturn judicial rulings.
Utterly clueless when it comes to the U.S. Constitution (except for the Second Amendment), 51 percent of Trump supporters think the Executive Branch should have the power to overrule the Judicial Branch. This came after Trump was overruled in his efforts to impose a Muslim travel ban.
6. Trumpcare is great while Obamacare is awful.
Okay, this one is especially heinous. During Trump’s presidential campaign, he talked constantly about how easy it would be to gut Obamacare and impose a version of his own that would cover everyone. Here are the facts:
  • Around 24 million people will lose their health insurance—many of them his most vocal supporters
  • Premiums, especially for Americans 50 and older, will increase dramatically.
  • States can opt-out of protecting people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Coverage will get worse.
  • Medicaid will be gutted.
Trumpcare is stealing from the poor to give to the rich, but his supporters don’t mind being screwed by their dear leader.
7. Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
Ah yes, the birther question. The very thing that catapulted a washed-up reality TV host to political fame and fortune. Trump had been accusing President Obama of not being born in America for years, which seems to have resonated with his supporters: 59 percent of Trump supporters didn’t think Obama was born in the United States, while just a mere 23 percent said he was.
8. There’s a war on gun owners.
Despite the fact that gun ownership ballooned under President Obama and his sensible gun legislation failed miserably in the NRA-owned Republican Congress, Trump supporters believed there was a major “war” on guns. The biggest (and stupidest) conspiracy was the one involving Jade Helm, when right-wingers thought a military exercise was actually a secret ploy by Obama to declare martial law and seize all the guns.
9. All the investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia are bogus.
Despite the overwhelming amount of evidence that continues to pile up regarding Trump’s ties to Putin during the 2016 presidential campaign and beyond, his supporters will hear nothing of it. They love Russia and think CNN and every other major news outlet is fake news that hates America. Bear in mind, all of this seems to be leading up to impeachment. But yeah, nothing to see here.
10. Trump is honest and trustworthy.
This may be the greatest fake fact of fake facts: Trump is honest and trustworthy. Despite the fact that nearly everything that comes out of his mouth is a brazen lie that can be disproved in a New York minute, his supporters think he’s honest. That’s just a special kind of ignorance you can’t fix. While some of his supporters have since seen the light of day, a majority of them still trust him despite all the explanations of his lies the media makes.
In short, it may just take Trump throwing puppies into a firepit for a majority of his supporters to recognize him for the lying con man that he is. Let’s certainly hope not, as that may not be out of the realm of possibility.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Northern Neck Tea Parties are dead or dying

The 99th District Tea Party is dead, dead, dead.

This confirms it.  Check out the status of their certificate of incorporation on the Virginia state corporate filings website where you find this entry:

Due to the current status of this corporation an annual report is not allowed. 

 That notice is filed only on the pages of those corporations that are OUT OF BUSINESS and have notified the state of their demise.

Why did the 99th District Tea Party die?  And why is the Montross Tea Party dying?  Several reasons.

1.  They were not a true grass-roots organization.  Instead, they were formed and nurtured by big money rightwing Republicans.  Now that the Tea Party is no longer needed, the money dried up.

2.  Membership dwindled to near nothing as members either died, moved away, or moved into nursing homes.  After all, the average age of both 99th District and Montross Tea Parties was pushing 80.

3.  Their meetings became more and more bizarre, thereby frightening off the few of them who had good sense.  Don Johnson -- himself a raving loon -- led the 99DTP into virulent anti-Muslim, "prepare for the collapse of western civilization" crap.  Finally, the members waked up and dumped him.  But, by then, the damage was done.

4.  Don Johnson again.  In October 2015, he chaired a candidates' forum in Kilmarnock where he shouted down people he did not like, leading several people to leave the 99DTP.

5.  The Monrtoss Tea Party is in the same situation.  They are not meeting regularly.  Instead, they meet only when the Board of Directors thinks they need to meet.  Certified dingbat Roger Meredith is gaining more and more power in the group, a move that is driving away over half the members.

I don't know of anyone who is shedding any tears over the demise of both these freak shows.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Listen up you rightwing sonsofbitches

Read this:

A Democratic Texas congressman who called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump has been deluged with racist threats of murder and hanging, reported Fusion.com on Saturday. 

U.S. Rep. Al Green — who called for Trump to be removed from office last Monday — played recordings of voice mail messages he has received since he spoke out against the Trump presidency to a Friday night town hall meeting in his district.

“You can decide for yourself what we’re dealing with,” Green said before playing the recordings.
“You ain’t gonna impeach nobody, you f*cking ni**ger!” said the first caller. The subsequent messages were more of the same, including taunts of “We’re gonna hang all you ni**ers” and “you’ll be hanging from a tree.”

Hate crimes against nonwhites, LGBTQ people and immigrants have spiked since Trump’s election as racists emboldened by Trump’s white nationalist agenda act on their prejudices.

 Now -- understand this.  You rightwing sonsofbitches are not the only people in this country who own and use firearms.  The Second Amendment applies to us Democrats and to black folks.  There was a time when you could threaten people and get away with it.  KISS THAT SHIT GOODBYE.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

DAve Brat holds a town hall that is not a town hall

Question: When is a Congressman’s “Town Hall” not really a Town Hall?

Answer: When it is held in a house of worship on private property.

Freedom Caucus Member Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA-7) hosted his second Town Hall of 2017 on May 9, 2017 at the Clover Hill Assembly of God in Chesterfield County, Virginia, the home church of his co-host for the event, state Senator Amanda Chase. Well known to the national and international media for his January 2017 remarks, “the WOMEN are in my grill…to hold a Town Hall”, Brat’s only previous Town Hall in 2017 was held in a tiny restaurant in Blackstone, VA, a remote rural area of his district at which signs and posters were forbidden and questions had to be submitted on note cards, provided at the event, to a moderator who then selected which ones Brat would be asked. Brat followed up with two “pop up” town hall meetings: one at a small tire shop and the other at another small restaurant- “pop up” because he only gave 24 hours’ notice of the events and held them on weekdays in the middle of the week at times when most of his constituents would be at work.
Following the Blackstone event, the Virginia ACLU notified Brat in writing that forbidding signs and posters at his Town Hall events was a violation of his constituents’ Constitutional rights to free speech.
Immediately following the House of Representatives’ narrow passage of the AHCA bill on May 4, 2017, Brat announced by email that a Town Hall for his district which would be held during the ten-day House recess. The email laid out the rules:
1.) admission would be by ticket only. A limited number of free tickets would be available online. No person without a ticket would be permitted inside the Town Hall. The Town Hall would start at 7 PM with ticket holders admitted beginning at 6:30 PM. A wait list was available for those unable to confirm a ticket. Wait list individuals would be admitted at 6:55 PM if space was available.
2.) “In order to facilitate a meeting where everyone can have an unobstructed view, and where we do not leave litter behind in the facility; no signs, placards, banners, or flyers will be permitted in the meeting.”
No information was given as to the total number of tickets available, the number allocated in advance to Brat supporters, or the number allocated to Sen. Chase and her supporters.
Tickets were seized quickly once announced. Those trying to obtain one after 30 minutes, were told the event was sold out and they could sign up for the wait list. On the afternoon of the event, however, a second Brat email went out which said,” All tickets available for the event are accounted for at this time. We do not anticipate granting entrance to anyone who is not holding a ticket that is in their name (we will be checking photo ID at the door). And because it is private property and on-site parking is limited, no one will be admitted to the parking lot without a ticket.” The Virginia ACLU was notified and promptly sent another letter to Brat sternly reminding him that prohibiting signs, posters and banners at his public Town Hall event would be considered a First Amendment violation.
With two public schools available across the street and dozens more in his district, the decision to hold the event in a private property church was a strategic one on Brat’s part.
It allowed him to skirt the Virginia ACLU’s earlier warnings about free speech infringement. As private property owners, the church leadership would be free to set the rules regarding admission, denying admission and presence of signs, banners, flyers and posters on their property. Additionally, the church owners could, and did, have armed Chesterfield County police posted at the driveway entrance checking for tickets, at the church doors, and inside the church turning aside anyone with a sign, poster or banner, forcing them to go to a sidewalk across the country road.  
Ticket holders lined up at the church doors beginning at 5:45 PM and were individually checked to make sure their photo ID exactly matched the name on the ticket. No wait-listed individuals were admitted at 6:55PM. Instead these individuals were denied entrance and ordered to exit church grounds. The church doors were then closed and guarded by armed Chesterfield County police. Inside the church, estimates of the crowd were 400-500 people, but livestreaming video showed rows and rows of empty seats even 20 minutes after the meeting had begun.
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Hearing of the empty seats from their friends inside, some people from across the road approached the church doors asking to be admitted since seating was available. Police officers politely but firmly said no and escorted them back across the road.
Reporters from most local, national and international media covered the event. These journalists, whose first mission is to investigate and inform the public, duly noted the crowd size and tone. Click bait adjectives “rowdy”, “raucous”, “unruly”, “booing”, “jeering”, “interrupting” were widely used, Although the press is currently under attack by this administration and a journalist in West Virginia was arrested that same afternoon for asking a question of HHS Tom Price, the First Amendment, did not seem to be on any of the reporter’s radar.
No one from the media commented on the implications of holding a meeting as a civic voice for constituents in a house of worship, Christian worship at that, given that other venues were readily available.
The crowd of people across the street, numbering over 100 individuals, staged a Die In. One outraged would-be-participant made a video of the group of people gathered there, expressing their frustrations and clearly stating the First Amendment violations that were being perpetuated by Brat and Chase and being ignored by the media.
7th District Concerned Citizens Video
Wait-Listed Constituents Stage Die In
When the Town Hall began with a Christian prayer offered by the church pastor, members of the audience held up red pieces of paper to show their disapproval of this. Throughout the 90- minute meeting, which dealt primarily with attendees’ objections to the recently passed healthcare bill, Sen. Chase repeatedly scolded the crowd for their boisterousness, at one point standing up and shouting, “This is MY Town Hall now…so sit down.” and threatened to remove noisy people from the building. She ordered the armed police officers to the center aisle to implement this. The police didn’t remove anyone. Brat reminded the crowd, as he does multiple times in every meeting, that he is an economist and that he went to seminary. (Brat’s economic theory is based on his Calvinist beliefs.) He returned to his favorite themes of  the Judeo-Christian foundations of our country and health care as a predictable free market commodity. When a questioner said that health care is a human right, Brat countered the question with, “."I don't think y'all want the separation of church and state (...) In the west rights come from God". In a press interview immediately following the event, Brat was asked how excited he was about the bill, he replied, “I’m a Calvinist,” he said. “I’m the frozen chosen. I’m an economist. So, it’s like—excitement? Whatever.” He also added, “I don’t think people get that excited on policy in general,”
Chase added that it is the responsibility of the church, not the government to protect the poor, needy and vulnerable. “If a person needs help they should join a church.”
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Rep. Dave Brat and Virginia state senator Amanda Chase
Historically, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison (both of whom Brat quotes frequently when it suits his purpose) disagreed on several issues in their writings, but on one thing they were both clear: separation of church from government is essential and must be preserved. Madison wrote:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
They were so committed to this belief that they enshrined it as the First Amendment to the newly-written Constitution of the fledgling nation. All other rights which they listed in the following nine Amendments known as the Bill of Rights, come secondary to these First Amendment rights.
Choosing a church as venue for the Town Hall was a calculated move by Dave Brat to infringe upon the First Amendment rights of those who wished to attend.
It was the critical first decision from which all other decisions for the event could legally follow, like toppling dominos. Because of that first choice by Brat, the subsequent decisions by the church leaders could not be disputed. Hence, as private property owners, the church leaders were within their rights to restrict attendance and deny wait-listed individuals from entry to a public Town Hall event. They were also within their rights to prohibit signs, banners, flyers and posters on their property and require that the audience submit questions on note cards instead of verbally to Brat.
Why would a Congressman host a Town Hall meeting in a church when multiple other public venues were available? Was his intention really to listen to his constituents’ concerns as their elected representative and to respond to them? What happened that night, and in the emails from Brat's office leading up to it, was a clear and intentional assault upon the principle of separation of church and state on which our country is founded and the accompanying First Amendment rights to Free Speech and Free Assembly.
Dave Brat imposed his personal Christian beliefs on his constituents and allowed that belief system to control and exclude them, hoping no one would notice or call him on it.

Monday, May 1, 2017

MAY1, BUDGET BILL, HUGE DEFEAT FOR TRUMP!!!!!

Money for Planned Parenthood and sancutary cities, no money for border wall!!!

Late on Sunday evening, details emerged about a new spending agreement that congressional leaders had reached to keep the federal government open past this week, when current funding runs out, and through the end of September. The deal is looking like a huge victory for Democrats—and a massive failure for Donald Trump and his Republican Party:
The bipartisan agreement includes $12.5 billion in new military spending and $1.5 billion more for border security, a major priority for Republican leaders in Congress.
The agreement follows weeks of tense negotiations between Democrats and GOP leaders after President Trump insisted that the deal include funding to begin building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump eventually dropped that demand, leaving Congress to resolve lingering issues over several unrelated policy measures.
The new border-security money comes with strict limitations that the Trump administration use it only for technology investments and repairs to existing fencing and infrastructure, the aides said.
In a way, that’s even more humiliating for Trump—and an even bigger betrayal of his supporters: There’s more money for border security but the government is forbidden from using it to pay for that insane wall. Maybe they’re still hoping Mexico will pony up?
The rest of the bill is also an amazing win for Democrats:
The agreement also includes several policy victories for Democrats, whose votes will be necessary to pass the measure in the Senate. Democrats fought to include $295 million to help Puerto Rico continue making payments to Medicaid, $100 million to combat opioid addiction, and increases in energy and science funding that Trump had proposed cutting. If passed, the legislation will ensure that Planned Parenthood continues to receive federal funding through September.
Hold on, there’s more:
The White House also backed away from language to take away grants from "sanctuary cities" that do not share information about people's immigration status with federal authorities.
Hot damn! It’s hard to believe that Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the presidency, isn’t it? Because this bill sure as hell looks like it was written by Democrats. It’s truly amazing that despite its huge majorities and rock-solid hold on Washington, the GOP simply cannot govern in any way, shape or form.
Of course, Congress has yet to pass this bill, and who knows what kind of fuss conservatives will try to kick up. But if far-right Republicans threaten not to support this package, then GOP leadership will have to troll for even more Democratic votes … which would require making the bill even more liberal. The alternative would be a government shutdown, which would fall squarely on Republican shoulders—again, see that bit about how they’re in charge of all the levers of power.

Friday, April 28, 2017

President Snowflake speaks


Whine, whine, whine!!!

Now we know: "Repeal and Replace" was nothing but GOP bullshit, they never intended to repeal or replace

The Republican Party has pledged for seven years now that it would repeal the Affordable Care Act — but now that it’s in a position to do so, it suddenly seems to have gotten cold feet.

Talking with the Washington Examiner’s Byron York, one anonymous Republican lawmaker acknowledged that many Republicans in Congress don’t actually have any desire to fully repeal Obamacare, despite the fact that it has been a staple of the party’s platform for multiple election cycles.

“A pure repeal would get less than 200 votes,” the lawmaker admitted, even as he fumed that he would like to see the law entirely repealed. “It really is one of the biggest political shams in history — many of these members would not have been elected without promising repeal, and now they are wilting.”
Why are so many Republicans queasy about doing something they vowed to do for years? According to York, they believe that doing so would badly hurt people in their districts — and thus kill their hopes of getting reelected.

“The reason is fear,” York explains. “When the lawmaker said colleagues don’t want repeal “because of their district,” that was another way of saying the members are all representatives, and the voters they represent don’t want repeal.”

Monday, April 24, 2017

Update on 99th District Tea Party

This is to inform everyone that the 99th District Tea Party is officially out of business.  The 99th DTP previously served Lancaster and Northumberland counties.  Formed in late 2008, the 99th DTP had 35 - 40 regular members and met monthly in Lively, Lancaster County.

Two events led to our demise.
1.  Our then-president, Don Johnson, scheduled a series of guest speakers all of whom were virulent anti-Muslims, one even claimed that President Obama was a "closet Muslim" and CIA Director John Brennan had "converted to Islam."  Johnson followed these meetings with a series of bizarre meetings in which he urged us to "be prepared" for an attempted "Muslim takeover" of the US.  These events led to many members leaving the group. A series of letters to the editor in local newspapers calling attention to these bizarre events did not help.

2.  In October 2015 we held a forum for local candidates (school board, supervisors, town council) to make presentations and answer questions from the audience.  Then-president Don Johnson openly berated some candidates and audience members and cut off candidates with whom he disagreed.

Since early 2016, our meetings attracted only 5-6 people.  Our website is now defunct; our Facebook page has had no postings since April 2015.

We attempted to form an alternative organization, the First District Freedom Coalition.  However, our then-VP and communications director Lyn Niera scheduled another wacky anti-Muslim speaker for our first meeting.  The first meeting was cancelled for lack of interest and the FDFC never got off the ground.

Our neighboring Tea Party in Montross, Westmoreland County, is faltering badly and likely will collapse in a few months.

Signed:  Edgar Doleman, past president, 99th District Tea Party

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Compare before you believe

Rachel Maddow:  Oxford PhD in Political Science.

Rush Limbaugh:  College drop-out

Sean Hannity:   College drop-out

Glenn Beck:   College drop-out

Any questions?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

CAT FIGHT!!! CAT FIGHT!!!!

Over on The Bull Elephant blog -- which proclaims itself to be the "premier conservative voice in Virginia, there's a huge cat fight in progress.  You know a cat fight -- lots of howling, shrieking, brandishing of claws, not much action.

Seems as though one of the resident dimwits posted an article attacking the House Freedom Caucus for their intransigence that led to the fall of Trumpcare.  Now, another of the dimbulbs who inhabits TBE has responded -- complete with name-calling, personal attacks, and the like --that, in fact, the House Freedom Caucus are the only true Americans in the Congress, or some such bullshit.

For your enjoyment -- crank up the volume:


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Keep your eyes on this . . .

As of Saturday afternoon, March 25, rumors are flying that General Mike Flynn has flipped under FBI interrogation and is ready to spill the beans on the Trump-Russia connection!!!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Trump's first legislative attempt


Are you Republicans bored with winning?

Remember back on the campaign trail when Trump told us we were going to win so much we would "get bored with winning?"

Trump's first legislative test -- Trumpcare -- BIG FAIL.

Trump is now officially a LOSER.

Republicans have been screaming "repeal and replace" for seven years -- and this is the best they can do?

Is anyone else tired of all this winning??

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Meanwhile, FBI Director James Comey was spotted entering the White House.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bait and switch





Conservative California radio host who accused Democrats of "voter fraud," is arrested for . . .

. . . you guessed it:  VOTER FRAUD.

Courtesy of WashingtonPost:

The 2016 election was just a month away when Steve Curtis, a conservative radio host and former Colorado Republican Party chairman, devoted an entire episode of his morning talk show to the heated topic of voter fraud. 

“It seems to me,” Curtis said in the 42-minute segment, “that virtually every case of voter fraud I can remember in my lifetime was committed by Democrats.” 

On Tuesday, Colorado prosecutors threw a wrench into that already dubious theory, accusing Curtis of voter fraud for allegedly filling out and mailing in his ex-wife’s 2016 ballot for president, Denver’s Fox affiliate reported. 

Curtis, 57, was charged in Weld County District Court with one count of misdemeanor voter fraud and one count of forgery, a Class 5 felony, according to local media. 

The case is the only voter fraud investigation related to the 2016 election that has resulted in criminal charges in the state, the Colorado secretary of state’s office told Denver’s ABC affiliate.

A good rule of thumb when dealing with conservatives is this:  Whatever terrible thing they are accusing liberals of doing, you can be assured they themselves are actually doing.

Monday, March 13, 2017

I shuld feel sympathy for these people. But I don't. Not even a little bit.

Now we learn that at least 24 million people will lose health insurance under TrumpCare.  That's after Trump himself promised a "beautiful plan that will take care of everyone."

Hellllloooo, Trumpistas in Appalachia! 

  • Bye bye black lung benefits, 
  • bye bye medicaid for 1/3rd of all West Virginians on it, 
  • bye bye opioid and other addiction treatment in your states that have the shortest life expectancy in the nation, 
  • bye bye getting free mammograms and other preventive care though Planned Parenthood,
  • no, there will not be a single new coal mining job,
  • etc., etc., etc. 
 You'll be stuck deeper in your hollers and single-wides, cooking up meth to get through the day.

Anyone with a heart will feel sorry for you -- but I don't -- you brought this disaster on yourselves.




Sunday, March 12, 2017

Where's the Republican outrage?



Today is Sunday, March 12, 2017.  Donald Trump has been in office for nine weeks.   This marks weekend #7 that he has taken off to play golf.

President Obama played his first round of golf almost six months into his presidency.  Remember how the Republicans lost their shit when Obama played golf?  Why are they not raving about Trump's constant golfing?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Northern Neck Tea Parties are now defunct

NOTIFICATION:

This is to notify everyone that the two remaining Tea Parties on the Northern Neck are officially defunct.

The 99th District Tea Party and the Montross Tea Party have folded our tents and gone away.  We disbursed the small amount of money left in our treasuries to local charities.

We left intact the big yellow signs we erected along major highways in Northumberland and Westmoreland counties because we could not find volunteers to remove the signs.

The Montross Tea Party Facebook page remains somewhat active, maintained by one diehard former member who will post information there from time to time.

Let's see what Americans REALLY think about the so-called president




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Voter fraud conviction in Colorado!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is pleased to announce a conviction has been secured in one of the outstanding voter fraud cases being investigated by the District Attorney’s Office. Toni Newbill pleaded guilty to voting twice under Colorado Revised Statute 1-13-710. The penalty for this crime includes probation, community service, a fine, and other court fees. Ms. Newbill attempted to cast Ralph Nanninga’s ballot in the 2016 Primary Election. Mr. Nanninga passed away in 2012.

“I’d like to thank our District Attorney Dan May and his staff for their great work on this case,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. “Our office takes voter fraud seriously and we’re committed to combating it in every form. We’ll continue to work with various agencies to prevent voter fraud, clean up registration lists, and prosecute those who try to abuse our democratic system.”

Read more: http://www.coloradopols.com/diary/92685/breaking-a-real-life-voter-fraud-conviction



But that's NOT the whole story! Toni Newbill is a registered Republican...

More bullshit from The Bull(shitting) Elephant

"The Bull Elephant" is a blog that touts itself as "Virginia's premier conservative voice."  If that's the case, Virginia conservatives are in deep shit because TBE content is a huge pile of steaming bullshit that comes:
  •  from radical rightwing propaganda outlets such as Fox, Breitbart, The WAshington (DC) Beacon, the Washington (DC) Times, and the like.
  • from "foundations" and "centers" that consist mainly of 2-3 people funded by the Koch brothers, the Heritage Foundation, and other parts of the rightwing noise machine
  • from articles written by such dimbulbs as
    •  Jeanine Martin -- a dowdy, frumpy upper-moiddle-aged lady from Lovettsville, VA, who believes every email written in ALL CAPS, FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW
    • Stephen Brody Tucker -- who presents himself as TBE's resident "intellectual" because he sips whiskey and smokes cigars
    • and an assortment of other authors that no one has heard of.
Well, now TBE is all a'twitter because of reports in two rightwing DC newspapers that 9,000 illegal aliens tried to vote in Loudon County.  They base this claim on an unverified report that, over 10 years or so, 9,000 people in Loudon County declined jury duty because they are not citizens.

According to TBE, prospective jurors come from voter registration rolls and DMV databases.  Thus, by their logic, there must be 9,000 people who are not citizens but who are registered to vote in Loudon County.

Nonsense.
  • How do people decline jury duty?  A mail-in return form?  How many checked the wrong box?
  • In Virginia, non-citizens can have a driver's license.  How do we know the people who declined jury duty did not come solely from the DMV list?
  • How many people were slated for jury duty more than once and declined each time -- if this is the case, the number is not 9,000 because of duplicates.
Finally, how do we know TBE is a steaming pile of bullshit?  We know because we read and fact-check their articles -- and in every case, they fail the fact-check.  This is another case where, when it's all investigated, TBE will have another pile of bullshit to their credit.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Why you should hate Donald Trump

Why does the author of this blog dislike Donald Trump?  

 The author of this blog does not dislike Donald Trump. 

 The author of this blog HATES Donald Trump.   

And it's not just him. It's everyone he's surrounded himself with, like Bannon, Sessions, Spicer, Gorka, that worm Miller. And that includes those buffoons who just seem sad or lost or pathetic,  like Ben Carson or Kellyanne Conway.

Why?

Look at what Trump and the Congress that doesn’t have the guts to stand up to him did ON JUST ONE DAY – March 7, 2017:

- Trump signed a new Muslim ban despite the fact that the Department of Homeland Security said it was useless.

- Trump continues to ask for an investigation of former President Obama based on a lie Trump spouted that Obama personally had him wiretapped. And members of Congress seem perfectly willing to go along with this lie even though they know it's just a lie.

- Republicans in the House finally released their "replacement" for the Affordable Care Act, one that provides less coverage and has far harsher penalties for people without health insurance while giving the wealthy a big tax break, with an extra-special bigger tax break for health care company CEOs.

- DHS Secretary John Kelly said that undocumented mothers might be separated from their children if caught at the border, ending some family detention and surely breaking up families.

- The Supreme Court decided not to hear the case of a transgender student who wanted to use the bathroom of his gender identity because the Trump administration changed the rule that the case was based on.

- This is not to mention a hundred other things, including the ongoing questions about Russia, Trump's business dealings, and more, and this isn’t even getting into whatever is occurring with Khizr Khan, the American father of an American Muslim soldier killed in Iraq.

This is one day. And it isn't over yet. I'm sure that while I'm writing this, some other insane thing will happen. None of these are minor annoyances. I haven't mentioned a single tweet from Trump. No, these are all things that have an effect on millions of people, if not the entire nation, if not the entire world. So, yeah, I hate this man. But I don't just hate him for what he's doing. I hate him for who he is and how he got here.

I hate Donald Trump because he knew that he was getting in over his head and he still thought he could just cruise through this job like he's cruised through his life. I hate him and his family and everyone around him because no one had the guts to say, "No, Donald, you flaming asshole, you dimwit, you dolt, you are not smart enough, wise enough, skilled enough, experienced enough to be president. Knock it off." I hate him because he's a pathetic deluded madman and a flailing criminal.

This isn't a violent hatred, though. I don't want Trump harmed. But I want him to have to watch it all crumble, his fake empire, his precarious fortune, everything. I want him to have to watch as he becomes bereft of all the weak barricades that prevent him from realizing how loathed he is, and I want to watch his face when it hits him that the love and approval he so desperately craves has turned him into the punchline at the end of his life.

Trump's Lie of the Day

Here's Trump's lie of the day.  Or, to be exact, here's the lie with which he started the day . . . no doubt, many more will follow before today is over.
Donald J. Trump‏
122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!


He took the 122 number from a Fox News broadcast, but he assumed the prisoners were released by the Obama admin, when in fact it was the Bush admin.

As of July, 122 former Guantanamo detainees were confirmed to be re-engaging in terrorism, while another 86 were suspected to be, according to the most recent Office of the Director of National Intelligence report on former Guantanamo detainees released in September.

Of those confirmed, 113 were released by former President George W. Bush and nine were released by Obama.

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/322541-former-guantanamo-detainee-killed-in-yemen-airstrike


The disturbing thing is that Trump lying in these tweets doesn't really seem to matter to his fans.

Now there's at least one entire website dedicated to Trump's bullshit:
http://www.donaldtrumpbullshit.com/

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Trump-Russia connections in detail

Here it is folks -- a compilation of documents that report and analyze the extensive connections that tie the Trump campaign, Trump family, and Trump associates to Russia and the Russian mob.

https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1gg6SdgftOynibeZjThGfa6eN8myZFYgtv7ztdJgeJSU/mobilebasic

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Forget the first 100 days -- let's check out Trump's First 100 Lies

Here's a link to a list of Trump's First 100 Lies.

And here's a sample.


3. As Trump fondly recalled his Inauguration Day, he said it stopped raining “immediately” when he began his speech. A light rain continued to fall throughout the address. (Jan. 21)
8. Spicer said during his first press briefing that there has been a “dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.” This is false. (Jan. 23)
15. Spicer said in a press briefing that Trump received more electoral votes than any Republican since Ronald Reagan. George H.W. Bush won 426 electoral votes in 1988, more than Trump’s 304. (Jan. 24)
22. At the GOP retreat in Philadelphia, Trump said the national homicide rate was “horribly increasing.” It is down significantly. (Jan. 26)
25. Trump said he predicted the so-called “Brexit” when he was in Scotland the day before the vote. He was actually there the day after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. (Jan. 27)
29. Trump defended the swiftness of his immigration order on the grounds that terrorists would have rushed into the country if he had given the world a week’s notice. Even if terrorists wanted to infiltrate the refugee program or the visa program, they would have had to wait months or even years while being vetted to get into the country. (Jan. 30)
32. Spicer said that “by and large,” Trump has been “praised” for his statement commemorating the Holocaust. Every major Jewish organization, including the Republican Jewish Coalition, criticized it for omitting any specific references to the Jewish people or anti-Semitism. (Jan. 30)
40. In defending the GOP’s blockade of Merrick Garland, Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Spicer said no president had ever nominated a justice “so late” in his term. It previously happened three times. (Jan. 31)
47. Spicer called a U.S. raid in Yemen “very, very well thought out and executed effort” and described it as a “successful operation by all standards.” U.S. military officials told Reuters the operation was approved “without sufficient intelligence, ground support, or adequate backup preparations.” (Feb. 2)
50. Conway cited the “Bowling Green massacre” to defend Trump’s travel ban. It never happened. (Feb. 3)


LOCK HIM UP!!!!!!

Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, at times discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues.

Emails released to IndyStar in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging from security gates at the governors residence to the states response to terror attacks across the globe. In one email, Pences top state homeland security adviser relayed an update from the FBI regarding the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges.

Cybersecurity experts say the emails raise concerns about whether such sensitive information was adequately protected from hackers, given that personal accounts like Pence's are typically less secure than government email accounts. In fact, Pence's personal account was hacked last summer.

Furthermore, advocates for open government expressed concerns about transparency because personal emails aren't immediately captured on state servers that are searched in response to public records requests.



Read more: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/02/pence-used-personal-email-state-business----and-hacked/98604904/

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Where's the plan???

What started as House Speaker Paul Ryan trying to strong-arm a top-secret Obamacare replacement plan through Congress in the next three weeks has turned into a total and complete clusterfuck. 

This is just indescribably ridiculous. 

If you remember, the secret draft plan was supposed to be locked in a secret room where only House Republicans on the health subcommittee were allowed to see it. It was being treated like the most sensitive national security intelligence document ever.

Until Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee found the room, which was being guarded—I am not kidding—by Capitol Hill Police. That galvanized Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who had been on a lengthy tweeting tirade against Ryan's tactic, into action -- he went to the room!!!

When he got there, the drama intensified—he was denied entry! Paul holds an impromptu press conference because of course the press flocked to the secret room to see the action. But wait! The bill isn't there! Even Republicans who are allowed into the room aren't able to find it.

As of press time, the Republican plan is on the lam and no one knows exactly what’s in it, or why it has to be classified.

But some of us suspect it might be their elusive plan from 2009.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Trump's Secretary of Commerce is laundering Russian money to Trump

Donald Trump cabinet member and business associate co-owned bank that is laundering Russian money
Deutsche Bank has mysteriously loaned more than a billion dollars to Donald Trump and his business partners over the past few years, at a time when most other banks viewed him as too big a risk. We’ve also reported that Deutsche Bank was busted for laundering Russian money for clients in places like New York, where Trump lives, raising the question of whether its willingness to float loans to Trump was really just a cover for Russia to funnel money to him.

But as it turns out, Deutsche Bank was laundering the money through Bank of Cyprus.
The two most prominent owners of Bank of Cyprus?
One is Donald Trump’s associate Dmitry Rybolovlev.
The other is Donald Trump’s new Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross
That’s the missing link -- suddenly, you realize this is all one larger scandal.

Russia was laundering money into Deutsche Bank, through another bank owned by two Donald Trump associates, at the same time it just happened to be inexplicably loaning large sums of money to Trump even though he was a poor investment risk. 


Trump then rewarded one of the go-between bank’s owners by making him the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. 


And the other owner of the bank just happens to be the guy who does real estate business with Trump and keeps flying into whatever town Trump visits whenever he’s away from the White House. 


http://www.palmerreport.com/news/russian-money-laundering-donald-trump-bank/1690/

I hope you Republican sonsofbitches are happy with the so-called president

President Donald Trump was asked by the crew on Fox & Friends about the failed raid in Yemen that took the life of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, and the president was quick to deflect blame onto others.

When asked about criticism from Owens’s father about the failed raid, Trump pointed out that planning for the mission actually started under former President Obama.

“This was a mission that was started before I got here,” Trump said. “This was something that was, uh, you know, they wanted to do. They came to see me, they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected. My generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan.”

Trump is a cross between a carnival barker and a trained seal.  Has he ever taken responsibility for anything?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Chinese give Trump $15 million bribe

In one of the first major business deals concluded since Donald Trump became president, a Chinese businesswoman just closed on the purchase of $15.8 million condo owned by Trump’s real estate business.

According to Mother Jones, businesswoman and consultant Xiao Yan Chen bought a four-bedroom, six-bathroom condo in Trump’s Park Avenue high-rise on February 21. The property was purchased from Trump Park Avenue LLC, where Trump was on the board of directors before resigning just before being sworn in as president.

Chen is the founder and managing director of a business consulting firm called Global Alliance Associates which sells itself as a go-between, connecting wealthy business people with Chinese interests to develop new business ventures in her home country.

The company’s website states they specialize in, “Establishing a network of credible and proprietary relationships, known by the Chinese as ‘ghanxi,’ is the single most important aspect of initiating and sustaining a successful business venture in China.”

Mother Jones reports that, as of last week, the luxury condo Chen purchased was listed on real estate website Zillow for $14 million, or about $2 million less than the business consultant paid.

NOTE:  The Chinese word is not "ghanxi,"  It's "gwanxi," pronounced "gwan-she" -- it means relationship.  And, yes, that's how business is done in China, all based on personal relationships usually greased with $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ -- as in BRIBE.

Fox interviews "Swedish military expert;" Swedes say "Never heard of him."

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2017/02/24/bill-o-reilly-hosted-fake-swedish-defense-advisor-fearmonger-about-refugees/215463

On the February 23 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly brought on a guest named Nils Bildt, who was introduced as “a Swedish defense and national security advisor,” to discuss Sweden’s refugee policies.

...

According to a translation of an article in the Swedish outlet Göteborgs-Posten, the press secretary of the Swedish Armed Forces has said that they “do not know who Bildt is,” and that he is “definitely not a spokesman for the Armed Forces.” The translated Göteborgs-Posten article reported that Bildt currently lives in Japan.

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First they book a prankster who claimed to organize anti-Trump-protests for money.

Then they book somebody who claims to be an organizer for women's rights protests, but is actually just the friend of a friend of an organizer.

Then they book a Swedish military expert who is NOT Swedish, NOT military, and NOT an expert in anything.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

This is the Republican definition of fiscal responsibility

Right-wing radio host and author Laura Ingraham is facing a lawsuit filed by the Associated Press after she bounced a check to the wire service for unpaid fees and lost revenue on her website LifeZette.com.

Mediaite.com reported on Saturday that the AP is suing Ingraham and LifeZette for $50,000 in a suit filed Friday in Washington, D.C. Superior Court.

In July of 2015, LifeZette reportedly signed an agreement with the AP to pay $4,200 per month for the rights to run AP content on its homepage. In February, 2016, the AP canceled the deal due to non-payment.

Ingraham’s company, Ingraham Media Group Inc., sent the AP a $42,611 check last month, but it was returned by the bank over insufficient funds. It was then, Mediaite said, that the wire service chose to take legal action.

“Per the filing, the AP is looking for a total of $49,267. That amount includes $24,937.21 for unpaid fees and $17,674.50 for the revenue AP claims it lost after it was forced to suspend LifeZette’s account. (These two totals equal the amount of the bounced check.) AP is also seeking additional funds in interest and attorney fees,” wrote Mediaite’s Justin Baragona.

Ingraham launched LifeZette in late March of 2015 with the goal of providing conservative readers a one-stop news source in a field already crowded by other outlets like the Daily Caller, the Washington Free Beacon and Breitbart.com.

The website came under fire last year for its perpetuation of “fake news” conspiracy theory stories about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

In spite of its credibility issues, LifeZette was one of the first media organizations called on by Press Secretary Sean Spicer in early press conferences in the White House briefing room, which raised hackles among professional journalists.

Ingraham herself said in late 2016 that she was briefly considered for the position of White House press secretary before the job when to Spicer, formerly a high-ranking official in the Republican National Coalition (RNC).

Talk show host Stephen Colbert accused Ingraham of racism over controversial passages in her book The Obama Diaries, which came out in 2010 and featured racially-charged digs at President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

In addition to being abominably written, Colbert told Ingraham that the book relies on “hideous, hackneyed racial stereotypes.”

Colbert asked Ingraham during a notoriously uncomfortable interview, “What are the odds that Barack Obama’s private musings would completely and perfectly match up with the narrative that the right is trying to push about him?”

The book portrayed Michelle Obama as a glutton who ate barbecued ribs at every meal and Obama himself as a selfish egomaniac with a grudge against white Americans.

Back in January, Virginia Republicans were peeing in their pants in anticipation because Ingraham indicated she would run for the Senate against incumbent Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D).

Looks as though that silly idea is dead.

Can anyone in the Tea Party spell "DEFUNCT?"

This is funny.  It's also encouraging.

The players in this drama are the "Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation" and local Virginia Tea Parties, specifically the 99th District Tea Party and the Montross Tea Party.

According to its website, the "Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation (VTPPF) is a statewide tea party organization comprised of local, non-partisan groups established to advance and strengthen the Founding principles and God-given rights predicated in the U.S. and Virginia Constitutions."

The VTPPF held its 2017 "kick-off meeting" this weekend -- February 25, 2017 -- to lay the groundwork for electing Tea Party candidates in the November 2017 Virginia general election.

One of our local Northern Neck Tea Parties -- the Montross Tea Party -- made a big deal of the "first summit meeting of 2017" on their Twitter and Facebook pages.

Now, thanks to "The Bull Elephant" blog (TBE) -- which claims to be the per-eminent conservative blog in Virginia -- we learn that the VTPPF summit meeting was a HUGE BUST.  How do we know this?  Well,. according to TBE, here are the results of the summit meeting straw poll for the Tea Party's choice for Virginia governor.

Denver Riggleman 19
Ed Gillespie 13
Undecided 11
Corey Stewart 7
Frank Wagner 0
 First, let me explain.  Virginia elects governor, lt. governor, and attorney general in odd-numbered years -- 2013, 2017 . . .   Governors serve one four-year term while the Lt Gov and AG can run for re-election.  Virginia Republicans are constantly arguing about the best way to select candidates for these offices.  Rightwing dingbats want a state convention of about 2,000 people from around the state.  Real Republicans want a nominating primary that allows tens of thousands of Republicans from around the state to vote on their candidates.  The rightwingers want a convention because they can pack the convention with "activists" and true believers who tend to nominate people as crazy as they are.  For example, in 2013, the Republican party of Virginia convention -- dominated by hardcore rightwingnutjobs -- nominated a slate of loons:  Ken Cuccinelli, "Bishop" E. W. Jackson, and Mark Obenshian.  The Democratic slate killed them.  This gave a boost to Republicans who wanted a statewide primary election that likely would have nominated a very strong slate of candidates, not the gaggle of nutcases who appealed only to the looniest of the loony.

So -- this brings us to the VTPPF "summit meeting" yesterday and its straw poll.  First, note the number of votes:  19, 13, 11, 7, 0 -- total of 50 votes.  That's it. This is the statewide Tea Party Patriot Foundation summit meeting and all they could muster was 50 people??????

The candidates tell us a lot, too.  Riggleman owns a distillery, has no political experience, and basically is a raving Tea Bagger.  Ed Gillespie is the establishment candidate -- former chairman of the Republican National Committee, no connection to Virginia except that he lives in the state.  Corey Stewart is the hero of the far right who made his mark by arresting innocent "immigrants" in Prince William County -- and who was fired by Donald Trump from his position as Trump's Virginia campaign manager.

What's really telling is the tiny number of people who attended the VTPPF summit meeting -- their first meeting of 2017 is supposed to set the tone for Tea Party politics in Virginia for 2017.  At a similar meeting in 2013, over 200 participated.  Today, fewer than one-fourth that many showed up.

The demise of the VTPPF reflects the fate of our two local Tea Parties here on the Northern Neck.

99th District Tea Party

Named after the 99th Virginia House of Delegates district, this Tea Party emerged in 2008 and at its height managed to almost elect an absolute flake and nutcase, Catherine Crabill, to the state General Assembly.

The 99DTP collapse was evident as early as late 2015 when they held a candidates' forum for local school board and supervisor candidates in Lancaster County at which 99DTP President Don Johnson shouted down questioners, would not allow questions critical of Tea Party favorites, and generally made a fool of himself.  Johnson soon disappeared from the 99DTP and is now content to fire off Twitter comments that make him look dumber than Donald Trump

The avuncular 99DTP past president, Edgar Doleman, disappeared from view as did "Director of Communications" Lyn Niera.

The 99DTP attempted to reinvent itself in mid-2016 as the First District Freedom Coalition, but that attempt sputtered out when they couldn't even hold an inaugural meeting.

Now, the 99DTP website is empty and their Facebook page has not been updated since April 2015.  They no longer announce their meetings in the local newspapers.

Montross Tea Party

Just as the 99DTP emerged in the aftermath of Obama's election, so did the Montross Tea Party pop up.  Both groups presented themselves as "grassroots" organizations when, in fact, they were nothing but "astroturf" -- supported and formed by the Koch-funded National Tea Party Federation.

The MTP is failing fast.  As of late 2016:  (1) only 7 - 9 people at each meeting; (2) canceled about as many meetings as they held; (3) their "patriotic events" in the town of Montross draw only a tiny handful of people; and,(4) in spite of their plea, no one from the MTP attended the VTPPF summit meeting, Feb 25, 2017.


Frankly, it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people.  I know several of these people personally.  They are nice people who live in the past.  They long for the 1950's -- when father knew best, when women stayed in the kitchen and when black people rode in the back of the bus.  They are confused by global and national trends and they make no attempt to understand things, preferring instead to support candidates who want to repeal the 20th Century.

I'm glad to see them fail.  Their influence will be with us for a couple of more election cycles after which we in Virginia will put Democrats back in control of the General Assembly and get on about the business of moving Virginia forward.


UPDATE:  The Bull Elephant apparently is embarrassed by the fact that the Virginia Tea Party Patriot's Federation can muster only 50 people at their February 25 meeting.  The article that I cited above with the actual vote count has been followed by an article that talks about the percentage of votes received, not the number of voters.  Very misleading.  Feb 26, 10:30 PM EST.

UPDATE:  Here's a photo of the "crowd" at the VTPPF meeting, Feb 25.  I count about 40 people.



Why do Republicans accept fake news and anti-science? Protestant religious fundamentalism is the culprit.

Courtesy of Religion Dispatches:  

What is it about Republicans that seems to make them more credulous to fake news than Democrats? 

The answer to this question might have to do with the religious roots of today’s Republican Party in the Christian Right. Beginning with the Moral Majority, founded in 1979 by Jerry Falwell and Tim LaHaye, and continuing through church organizations such as Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition and James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, conservative Christians have helped reshape the Republican Party and its policies. Its “family values” positions on abortion, the sexual revolution, gender roles, pornography, and homosexuality have been heavily influenced by its conservative Christian theology. 

Voters have continued to “sort” themselves over the last few decades, as political liberals became less religious and political conservatives more religious. Sociologists call this the “God gap” in partisan religiosity. Conservative white evangelicals have formed a hugely important and highly motivated core group of the Republican electorate for several cycles. In 2016, Donald Trump garnered 81 percent of the white evangelical vote, higher than Mitt Romney, John McCain, and even the born-again George W. Bush.

.........

Christian fundamentalist Bible colleges and universities, publishers and bookstores, newspapers and magazines, radio and then television shows, museums and campus ministries, together formed a set of institutions that resisted elite, secular expert knowledge. Recognizing the power of expertise’s infrastructure, Christian fundamentalists created this counter-infrastructure to cultivate and curate its alternative forms of knowledge. 

This alternative knowledge—the forerunner of today’s alternative facts— took the form of creationism and an alternative Bible scholarship demonstrating the Bible’s inerrancy and traditional authorship. This alternative educational and media ecosystem of knowledge was galvanized and mobilized when the Christian Right emerged in the late 1970s to influence the Republican Party. There were two long-term consequences for our fake news world. First, theologically and politically conservative Christians learned to distrust the proclamations of the supposedly neutral media establishment, just as they had grown to suspect the methods and conclusions of elite experts like scientists or historians. And second, they learned to seek the truth from alternative sources—whether a church sermon, Christian media (newspapers, books, radio or television shows), or a classroom in a Christian college. 

The consequence is that theologically fundamentalist Christians have for years explained to themselves that what seems to be worldly wisdom and conclusions are really the results of conspiracies, biases, and misplaced human pride in academic, scientific, and journalist communities. This cognitive training to reject expert knowledge and to seek alternative, more amenable explanations has helped disarm the capacity for critical thinking and analysis.

This is what I've been saying since I left the Baptist church 50 years ago and never looked back.

The acceptance of supernatural explanations for the world around us makes us more susceptible to every kind of bullshit that gets presented to us throughout our lives.

Astrology, phrenology, numerology, past lives regression, palm readings, fear of contrails, seances, "reality" TV shows about chasing freaking Bigfoot, all of it relies on the suppression of the critical thinking skills that we need to safely navigate through our lives,

And without the ability to sniff out bullshit we find ourselves living in a country led by a cross between PT Barnum and an Oompa Loompa.

  I cannot help but feel that if more of us rejected it we would be living in a much better world, with a much brighter tomorrow ahead of us.