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The dismal Trump inauguration has been eclipsed by today’s demonstrations against Trump. The crowd was estimated at 500,000 in Washington DC, while a total of 5 million came out in hundreds of marches in cities in all 50 states and around the world on all continents, including Antarctica. A record-setting example of People Power. Chelsea Handler led a march with 8,000 people in Park City.
I am encouraged because the spirit of the demonstrations has been festive and optimistic. Our Democracy isn’t finished yet! What a contrast to Trump’s dark and menacing “American carnage” speech yesterday.
As Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) said at the Atlanta rally, “Never give up! Never lose hope!”
— sunday herald (@newsundayherald) January 15, 2017
Via Raw Story:
Scotland’s The Sunday Herald struck a chord this week with a hilarious and chilling preview of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.
In its Sunday TV guide section, the paper characterizes Trump’s swearing in as a return of The Twilight Zone…
The Daily Beast explains how Hillary lost the swing states. They ignored the advice they received from veteran Bernie Sanders campaign staffers.
“We were saying we are offering our help—nobody wanted [President] Donald Trump,” [Bernie surrogate Nomiki] Konst continued, noting that the “Bernie world” side was offering Clinton’s team their plans—strategy memos, lists of hardened state organizers, timelines, data, the works—to win over certain voters in areas she ultimately lost but where Sanders had won during the primary.
“We were painting them a dire picture, and I couldn’t help but think they literally looked like they had no idea what was going on here,” she continued. “I remember their faces, it was like they had never fucking heard this stuff before. It’s what we had been screaming for the past 9 months… It’s like [they] forgot the basics of Politics 101.”
As the days and weeks flew by, the Bernie delegation kept underscoring TPP, jobs, union allies, the youth vote, and the environment, and pitched multiple rallies with Sanders in states such as Pennsylvania and Michigan (a state where Sanders unexpectedly beat Clinton in the Democratic primary, and a state that Clinton actively neglected during the general).
“The math that they lost on, is the math we won on,” Konst said. “So we wrote out a plan, and sent it to them, telling them to stop thinking you’re going to get this ‘Obama coalition,’ it’s not going to happen.”
Assurances were then made with various Clinton senior staffers that they would follow through with subsequent meetings and phone calls to address these gaps and warnings. Instead, meetings were canceled and “rescheduled” into oblivion.
“We not only screamed about this, we wrote memos, we begged,” Jane Kleeb, Nebraska Democratic Party chair and another Sanders booster who was at the DNC meeting, said. “I spent a good chunk of time writing memos about how [Bernie’s surrogates] could be utilized on the campaign trail, about ‘issue voters,’ about the environment, Black Lives Matter, Dakota Access Pipeline, rogue cops, you name it… I was [also] talking specifically about rural communities, and how [Hillary] completely ignored and abandoned anything that we cared about.”
…“To them, we were a leftist nuisance, nothing else,” a former senior Sanders campaign aide said.
Glenn Greenwald: ‘Fake News is being aggressively spread by the very people most loudly complaining about it’
Craig Melvin wags his finger at purveyors of fake news, as if MSNBC wasn’t guilty too
Glenn Greenwald lands a solid punch on his website The Intercept.
“Fake News is being aggressively spread by the very people most loudly complaining about it.”
After WikiLeaks published the Podesta e-mails the first week of October, regular viewers of MSNBC heard a constant refrain that the damaging revelations (including excerpts of paid Wall Street speeches that Hillary Clinton refused to make public) were somehow fabricated. When the e-mails were released, MSNBC analyst and intelligence expert Malcolm Nance instantly declared that they were “riddled with obvious forgeries.” This claim was repeated on air ad nauseam.
I noticed at the time that neither John Podesta nor any other author of the released e-mails denied that the information was genuine. To this day, they have neither confirmed nor refuted the authenticity of the e-mails despite being asked. It reminded me of the classic Sherlock Holmes story where the most important clue was the dog that didn’t bark. All that Hillary had to do to prove the contention that the e-mail documents were doctored would have been to release the full speech transcripts, that remain shrouded in secrecy.
Greenwald has the rest of the story:
That the emails in the Wikileaks archive were doctored or faked – and thus should be disregarded – was classic Fake News, spread not by Macedonian teenagers or Kremlin operatives but by established news outlets such as MSNBC, the Atlantic and Newsweek. And, by design, this Fake News spread like wildfire all over the internet, hungrily clicked and shared by tens of thousands of people eager to believe it was true. As a result of this deliberate disinformation campaign, anyone reporting on the contents of the emails was instantly met with claims that the documents in the archive had been proven fake.
It turns out that Malcolm Nance got the idea that the e-mails were “riddled with obvious forgeries” not from his sources in U.S. intelligence or even from the Hillary campaign, but from a tweet(!) sent by fake news author Marco Chacon.
In his Daily Beast article, published on November 21, Chacon describes how he manufactured the forged Goldman Sachs speech transcript. He says he did it prior to learning that the WikiLeaks releases of Podesta emails contained actual Clinton speech excerpts to Wall Street banks. But once he realized WikiLeaks had published actual Clinton transcripts, Chacon began trying to lure people he disliked – Clinton critics – into believing that his forged speeches were real, so that he could prove they were gullible and dumb.
Sadly for Chacon, however, the people who ended up getting fooled by his Fake News items were the nation’s most prominent Clinton supporters, including supposed experts and journalists from MSNBC who used his obvious fakes to try to convince the world that the WikiLeaks archive had been compromised and thus should be ignored.
Has anyone at MSNBC issued a correction/apology for spreading fake news? No. Have they at least stopped doing it? Well, in between frequent segments deploring the prevalence of fake news all over the place, MSNBC is telling us all day every day that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency. This story is supposedly based on anonymous sources at the CIA. Point of information: the CIA is an organization made up of professional liars. Anybody who says “the CIA has released a report” is lying. None of the other 16 U.S. intelligence agencies have weighed in, as far as we know.
Glenn Greenwald reports: Anonymous Leaks to the WashPost About the CIA’s Russia Beliefs Are No Substitute for Evidence.
Yes, I predicted the Evil Russkie theory would go away after the election because along with everybody except Michael Moore I believed Hillary would win. But I also said that if Hillary lost that this talking point would be used an an excuse. Remember that a key part of Hillary’s agenda was to re-start the Cold War for the neocons and the defense contractors.
Malcolm Nance is now on MSNBC peddling his latest book…
This was published two months ago, when Malcolm thought Hillary would win. But what the hell, Russkie bashing is still a thing.
Judge rules that the recount can proceed, after attempts to halt it failed by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Trump supporter who also chaired Jeb Bush’s campaign for president.
That was some powerful news for Jill Stein to include in today’s announcement in front of Trump Towers, that she would be filing a federal lawsuit in Pennsylvania, due to Trump’s strategy to make that count too costly to complete.
That same strategy has been used by Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin to jack up prices for a recount from $18,000 to $4,000,000 in recent legislation. Another tactic in Wisconsin has been to greatly hinder hand counts in that state by letting individual counties ban them, which they have, against pleading from renowned computer scientists and a Wisconsin judge.
Nobody except Trump – and myself 🙂 – has flatly said that fraud is happening, but whatever the outcome, it will be plainly obvious that officials in all three states Stein is attempting to verify votes in, DO NOT want you to know what’s on those ballots or computer chips.
Personally, I agree with Greg Palast that the election was stolen before one vote was cast.
When we can actually vote the bastards out again, will truly be one of the best days of my life. I’m tired of watching the pundits trying to figure out why Americans are so damn stupid, and keep “voting” against themselves, in favor of those who have just about every dime of our money.
Speaking of money; Stein needs more now. Don’t believe the prolific lies that she is getting rich! DONATE!
During the presidential campaign that ended a little over two weeks ago, Donald Trump promised again and again to defend Medicare.
During the primaries Trump said, “Every Republican wants to do a big number on Social Security, they want to do it on Medicare, they want to do it on Medicaid. And we can’t do that. And it’s not fair to the people that have been paying in for years.”
His campaign even accused Hillary Clinton of “destroying Medicare.”
Now that Election Day is behind us, the unified Tea-GOP regime has revealed new plans to phase out Medicare next year. Speaker Paul Ryan wants to get rid of the defined-benefit program and replace it with defined-contribution coupons for for-profit private insurance that won’t cover health care costs for seniors.
Trump now says he wants to “modernize Medicare,” which of course is code for phasing out the program and replacing it with CouponCare.
Minority leader-elect Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) predicted the push for CouponCare will fail, but didn’t say how Dems can stop it.
Get out your magnifying glasses and try to look exhausted. Call in the Brooks Brothers to put on a fake riot. Find out if James Baker is still alive. This is going to be a lot of fun!
Jill Stein gives interview to – where else – The BradBlog: America’s voting integrity place to go, when all the other corporate “news” outlets let you down.
They’re going to need about 6 million dollars to get this done, and we shouldn’t take a chance that George Soros is too chintzy. It’s going up by about $200,000 dollars an hour, but I donated, and so should you.
Hillary is going to owe us BIG!
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Sherrie Swensen may still be counting, because she is an exemplary election official and makes sure every single vote gets counted correctly. That’s why Salt Lake County was shown as electing John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008.
Thanks Sherrie. I can walk around town with less fear now.
Election night, 2:05 am: John Podesta walks offstage after telling Hillary supporters to go home
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 9, 2016
The Podesta e-mails confirm what many suspected. The Hillary campaign encouraged the media to promote Trump, thinking he would be easy to beat and that running against a Tea-GOP extremist would make the Dems’ own right-wing candidate seem more acceptable.