Reason Won in France

I WISH ALL IN AMERICA COULD READ THIS… but alas, we are still in the grip (stranglehold) of the Republican Party who will stop at nothing to reap power… and I mean NOTHING! (Even to allowing a proven enemy to interfere in our elections) thinkingblue

NOTES & ERRATA BY MARK MORFORD
It’s OK to admit it: France just gave the world hope
Excerpt: Everything Trump is not
And lo, the world did exhale. Just a little.
French media handled it all better. They did not bleat out endless fake news or tweet blatant misinformation – even merely to debunk it. They did not swarm all over the “scandalous” 9GB email dump that happened a hugely suspicious handful of hours before the election, the result of a coordinated (probably Russian) hack that targeted Emmanuel Macron.

They respected the traditional pre-election media blackout. They heeded the national rule not to publish false news. In short: The French media didn’t succumb to mania, the racist candidate didn’t encourage her followers to beat people up, the voters weren’t fazed, the polls proved accurate and the far better, more calmly intelligent candidate won.

And for a moment, all felt right in the world.

The best news of all? Despite months of icy dread, Marine Le Pen’s xenophobic, Trump-stabbed populism was crushed, quite overwhelmingly, by a 2-1 margin – though as many have pointed out, she can still claim that her party doubled its turnout percentage from when her father, another racist xenophobe, led the party. Translation: The far-right Nationalist Front is stronger than ever. So, you know, ne pas être complaisant.

There are other factors to consider. There is no Fox News equivalent in France. There are no extremist, fake-news tabloids of hate and fear, like Breitbart or Drudge, to bash lesser-educated voters into panicky compliance. There is no vicious gerrymandering of voting districts by the conservative party to give themselves easy wins, no attempts by the far-right to prevent minorities from getting to the polls or block the poor from voting.

More of this
Also, French elections are held on weekends, thus guaranteeing far stronger turnouts. In sum: France ain’t the U.S. More Here: http://blog.sfgate.com/morford/2017/05/08/its-ok-to-adm

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America Is the New ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq)

Thanks to Donald Trump’s Gorsuch pick for the SCOTUS. thinkingblue

Donald Trump’s kind of justice.
Neil Gorsuch’s very first decision on the Supreme Court was to let a man be killed

Thursday evening, Neil Gorsuch — who occupies a seat on the Supreme Court that Senate Republicans held open for a year until Donald Trump could fill it — cast his first public vote since his ascension to the high Court. Hours later, a man was killed because of Gorsuch’s vote.

The case underlying that vote, McGehee v. Hutchinson, involved eight inmates that Arkansas hopes to execute in eleven days. As Justice Stephen Breyer explains in a dissenting opinion, “the reason the State decided to proceed with these eight executions is that the ‘use by’ date of the State’s execution drug is about to expire.”

In recent years, state death chambers have struggled to obtain the drugs they use to execute inmates because many drug companies refuse to sell drugs for this purpose.

The Court handed down a series of orders denying relief to some or all of these inmates Thursday night, including a 5–4 decision in which Gorsuch cast the tie-breaking vote. Shortly after the Court handed down these orders, Arkansas executed Ledell Lee, its first execution since 2005.

Lee claimed that he is innocent, and also that his attorney was drunk during his trial.

Even setting aside this specific claim by Lee — or, for that matter, the awesome moral and legal questions that weigh upon any decision to kill a human being — there is an entirely bloodless and technical reason why the Court’s decision to allow Lee’s execution to move forward is improper.

In its 2015 decision in Glossip v. Gross, a 5–4 Court effectively held that there must always be a method of execution available to a state, even if that method inflicts great pain upon an inmate. Nevertheless, Glossip at least left open the possibility that an inmate could avoid a needlessly cruel method of execution if they can demonstrate that a different method would be less painful.

As Justice Sonia Sotomayor writes in her own dissenting opinion in McGehee, she harbors “significant doubts about the wisdom of imposing the perverse requirement that inmates offer alternative methods for their own executions.” More significantly, at least as a legal matter, lower appellate have split on how to apply this “perverse requirement” to individual cases.

Thus, Sotomayor writes, “given the life-or death consequences, the Court, having imposed this requirement, should provide clarification and guidance when the Circuits are divided as to its meaning.”

The Court typically agrees to hear cases when, in the words of its own rules, “a United States court of appeals has entered a decision in conflict with the decision of another United States court of appeals on the same important matter,” so it is unusual for them to take a pass on this case.

It also used to be a common practice for the Supreme Court to grant a stay of execution whenever it agrees to hear a death penalty case — although this practice has faded under Chief Justice John Roberts — to prevent the case from being declared moot because the inmate at the heart of the case is dead.

Under the Court’s ordinary procedures, in other words, the justices would have scheduled this case for a later hearing, requested full briefing, and stayed the executions. A majority of them chose instead to allow a man to be killed.

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Too Important Not to Share

What are the 4 and possibly 5 grounds for Trump’s impeachment? Why isn’t it happening now? Watch our new video to find out, and please share.

~Robert Reich~

https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/

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2018, is the time we can stop the Republicans from destroying our Democracy.
If progressives don’t win over one the branches of government then; We may not get another chance again.
We will all find out the unthinkable; What it would be like to live under an Authoritative Dictatorship.
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https://player.vimeo.com/video/211504887

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Will the Presidency Become Trump’s Final Chaotic Chapter?

Watch below…

Please watch the unbelievable (stomach-churning) documentary uncovering the real Trump… and now Trump the Narcissistic Sociopath IS PRESIDENT OF THE USA. Can’t wait to see the Trump finale chapter, which will expose, without a doubt, this foul human being for the spectacle he really is (he can no longer hide after a downfall and get back up on his feet like he did no wrong).

Trump, through the years has managed to slip below the radar gathering up whatever marbles left upon the ground (even when they don’t belong to him) and go after a new art of the deal, which always winds up disastrous for everyone (but fun for Trump) as he laughs All the Way to the Bottomless Pit (imaginary)Trump Piggy Bank…

Good lord, now that he’s president it’s too late to even consider, Duck and Cover. It’s Game Over, PERIOD; the only question is for whom, the world masses (you and me) or Donald J. Trump!  thinkingblue 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkUFUkvNYAQ

Please Watch This Unbelievable Video.

Published on Youtube’s NWBOXING 247 channel Oct 31, 2016

Excerpt: Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Has Many Skeletons in the Closet and it ain’t pretty.

Trump’s literally drowning in lies, misinformation and obfuscation, although he doesn’t seem to think there’s anything wrong with that. His campaign manager is a thug and Trump doesn’t seem to think there’s anything wrong with that either. After significant drama and dithering surrounding his foreign policy advisory team, Trump has released a list of people who (to put it mildly) do not inspire confidence. In short, Trump has run a highly unconventional and utterly disturbing campaign. Let’s not assume that he’s about to stop now — no matter how close he might be to locking up the GOP nomination. A recent New York Times piece by Alexander Burns ponders the current status of Donald Trump’s campaign. The article emphasizes that, given Trump’s profound and diverse mistakes thus far (and especially recently), it might no longer be possible for a divided Republican Party to coalesce behind him before the GOP convention this July. Sen. Al Franken returned to his comedy roots Monday, taking swipes at Donald Trump’s business record in a Democratic National Convention address. The Minnesota lawmaker and “Saturday Night Live” veteran said he knew Trump was a “right-wing megalomaniac” because he earned a doctorate in “megalomania studies” from Trump University, the program that has prompted fraud claims against Trump. Franken also joked that the school had a strong “bankruptcy program,” referencing the Republican presidential nominee’s use of the practices in the past. “Clearly, Donald Trump’s enormous, dare I say “huge,” success as a businessman qualifies him to be president. And if you believe that, I’ve got some delicious Trump Steaks I’d like to sell you,” Franken said to laughs and applause, referencing one of Trump’s past products. He took a more serious tone, though, in saying he has “never met anyone smarter, tougher, or more ready to lead us forward” than presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Dr. Barrett, a founding member of the Scientific Panel for the Investigation of 9/11 and founding member of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Thursday while commenting on Trump’s intensified rhetoric against Muslims in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. US President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned Trump, and rejected his demands that the president use the phrase “radical Islam” in reference to the Orlando massacre and other mass shootings. “Trump’s gone out of his mind! Well Trump probably has always been out of his mind,” Dr. Barrett said. He stated that “the political class in the US wants to pursue a strategy of tensions, but they don’t want to become another Nazi Germany.” “Trump on the other hand is just is a psychopath, and a narcissist, and a power-hungry maniac who essentially wants to essentially grab the presidency using this kind of inflammatory rhetoric to connect with people who feel disenfranchised, who lost their jobs, who lost their futures, who see a country in which increasingly all kinds of madness is taking over,” the American academic stated.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2016/06/17/470812/Trump-psychopath-narcissist-megalomaniac-

 

Also Read:

Trump Trauma vs No Drama Obama

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/19/1634166/-Trump-Trauma-vs-No-Drama-Obama

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Putin’s Wet Dream of a World Autocracy (with Putin at the helm) is Coming to a Country Near You

A Must Read. How Putin (and Trump et.al) is using the threat of terrorism and yesteryear’s status quo to stamp out Democracy. thinkingblue

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/03/its-putins-world/513848/

 

Excerpt: After the global financial crisis of 2008, populist uprisings had sprouted across Europe. Putin and his strategists sensed the beginnings of a larger uprising that could upend the Continent and make life uncomfortable for his geostrategic competitors. A 2013 paper from the Center for Strategic Communications, a pro-Kremlin think tank, observed that large patches of the West despised feminism and the gay-rights movement and, more generally, the progressive direction in which elites had pushed their societies. With the traditionalist masses ripe for revolt, the Russian president had an opportunity. He could become, as the paper’s title blared, “The New World Leader of Conservatism.”

Putin had never spoken glowingly of the West, but grim pronouncements about its fate grew central to his rhetoric. He hurled splenetic attacks against the culturally decadent, spiritually desiccated “Euro-Atlantic.” He warned against the fetishization of tolerance and diversity. He described the West as “infertile and genderless,” while Russian propaganda derided Europe as “Gayropa.” At the heart of Putin’s case was an accusation of moral relativism. “We can see how many of the Euro-Atlantic countries are actually rejecting their roots, including the Christian values that constitute the basis of Western civilization,” he said at a conference in 2013. “They are denying moral principles and all traditional identities: national, cultural, religious, and even sexual … They are implementing policies that equate large families with same-sex partnerships, belief in God with the belief in Satan.” By succumbing to secularism, he noted on another occasion, the West was trending toward “chaotic darkness” and a “return to a primitive state.”

 

(This from Putin? How can anyone not see through this monster?)

 

Excerpt 2: Few analysts grasped the potency such rhetoric would have beyond Russia. But right-wing leaders around the world—from Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines to Nigel Farage in Britain to Donald Trump in the U.S.—now speak of Putin in heroic terms. Their fawning is often discounted, ascribed to under-the-table payments or other stealthy Russian efforts. These explanations don’t wholly account for Putin’s outsize stature, however. He has achieved this prominence because he anticipated the global populist revolt and helped give it ideological shape. With his apocalyptic critique of the West—which also plays on anxieties about Christendom’s supposedly limp response to Islamist terrorism—Putin has become a mascot of traditionalist resistance.

At first, most Western observers assumed that Putin wouldn’t win fans outside the furthest fringes of the right. In France, Russia’s hopes initially focused on Marine Le Pen, the fierce critic of immigration and globalization, whose National Front party has harbored Holocaust deniers and Vichy nostalgists. In 2014, a Russian bank loaned Le Pen’s cash-strapped party 9 million euros. Le Pen, in turn, has amplified Putin’s talking points, declaring Russia “a natural ally of Europe.”
In 2013, the columnist Pat Buchanan championed Putin as an enemy of secularism: “He is seeking to redefine the ‘Us vs. Them’ world conflict of the future as one in which conservatives, traditionalists, and nationalists of all continents and countries stand up against the cultural and ideological imperialism of what he sees as a decadent west.” This type of homage became a trope among conservative thinkers—including Rod Dreher and Matt Drudge—and in turn influenced their followers. In mid-2014, 51 percent of American Republicans viewed Putin very unfavorably. Two years later, 14 percent did. By January, 75 percent of Republicans said Trump had the “right approach” toward Russia. (When asked about this change, Putin replied, “It’s because people share our traditional sensibilities.”

“WTF!” thinkingblue

(This is very chilling INDEED!)

Ending Paragraph Says It All

(There is little empirical basis for the charge of civilizational rot. It speaks to an emotional state, one we should do our best to understand and even empathize with. But we know from history that premonitions of imminent barbarism serve to justify extreme countermeasures. These are the anxieties from which dictators rise. Admiring strongmen from a distance is the window-shopping that can end in the purchase of authoritarianism.)

Read More Here: It’s Putin’s World

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Another Informative Read

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/03/containing-trump/513854/

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Ponzi Schemes’ Newest Victim

Public school teachers are now at risk of losing their jobs and low-income children will be locked out for good in the hope of attaining “The (only for the rich) American Dream”. So what else is new? The R’s have never believed the poor deserve a break, if they could someway figure out how to deport them out of America… they would. Oh but then again, that would cut deeply into their bottom line because where would they get their (almost) slave labor. CW thinkingblue

Excerpt: Given what we know about her—DeVos’s ties to the multibillion dollar Amway Corporation, for which she is heiress—people are well within reason to question and, even worse, fear how she might run the U.S. Department of Education. In this light, it is important to note that DeVos’s husband, Richard DeVos, Jr., inherited his billions from Amway, a company known for exploitative business practices, i.e., multilevel marketing—also known as pyramid schemes—to funnel precious resources from the thin pockets of the masses to the greedy bank accounts of the gluttonous few.

While her record on education appears to be lacking, what DeVos brings to the job of Secretary of Education is an unmatched charisma for fiscal alchemy—the ability to turn other public money into private profit. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the only real educational policy DeVos seems to have durable knowledge of is the Title I provision (the most lucrative provision) under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—better known as No Child Left Behind.

Under No Child Left Behind, in access of $14.5 billion of federal monies were set aside to address education funding inequities by financially bolstering school districts with large proportions of poor children. The stated purpose of the funding was to give poor children greater access to the same types of learning opportunities as wealthier children who reside in affluent districts with schools that benefit from higher property taxes, among other supports.

Further, we know that, as a result of choice policies such as the voucher programs that DeVos champions, 20 percent of all Title I monies earmarked for poor students—roughly $2.6 billion—end up in school districts with a higher proportion of wealthy families. This often overlooked detail could shed light on some of DeVos’s intentions as Secretary of Education, while giving us incredible insight into a department of education that, under a DeVos regime, could resemble a Ponzi scheme.

Read More Here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-e-kirkland/a-crusade-for-billions-ho_b_14635444.html

Not in Trump World

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Whispers of an Unthinkable Past, Haunting the Now Present

Not so long ago (before Nov. 8th, 2016—when the world still had hope for a better future.) no one would have ever believed what is happening today within the Whitehouse and our American government could become a reality.

USA as a participant in the Global Family, we are all responsible bystanders if Trump and Bannon get away with what they are out to repeat.

Hmmm, makes me wonder what will they call their regime of nightmares, they can’t use Nazi, it’s already been used. thinkingblue

Excerpt:

President Donald Trump offered to inflict political damage on lawmakers who try to limit civil asset forfeiture, making a joke about a practice that has come under serious criticism in recent years from Democrats and libertarian-minded Republicans.

During a meeting at the White House with county sheriffs, Trump said he would “destroy” the career of a Texas state legislator who had proposed restrictions on seizures of property belonging to suspected criminals.

More from Bloomberg.com:

“Do you want to give his name?” Trump asked Rockwall County, Texas, Sheriff Harold Eavenson after he complained about the legislator. “We’ll destroy his career.”

The comment prompted laughter from participants in the meeting.

Eavenson declined to name the lawmaker as reporters and camera crews recorded the exchange at a brief photo session during the meeting. The Dallas Morning news reported that Texas state senators Konni Burton , a Republican, and Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa , a Democrat, have offered legislation to require conviction of a crime to seize a suspect’s property.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress and in state legislatures have recently pushed legislation to rein in the long-standing practice of police seizing the cash and property of suspects who haven’t been convicted.

Read More Here:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-quips-d-destroy-career-193347486.html

Trump, Bannon Aryanisation isn’t new it has happened before!

Read More Here: http://alphahistory.com/holocaust/jewish-property-seizures/

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And it’s happening again.

Read More Here:

http://www.vox.com/2017/1/30/14431216/trump-holocaust-statement-6-million-jews

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Another Example of Nazi Reappearance:

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