2017-01-28

AT (After Trump): Calexit?


6th largest economy in the world...

"He argued California is an economic powerhouse that subsidizes dozens of southern and midwestern states that don't share its values. He said the Golden State’s own crumbling highways, bridges, levees and schools should get that money instead."




 I don't think that even Trump could devolve my faith in America fast enough to make me sign something like that in the timeframe they need to get the signatures in. Despite the fact that the electoral college basically renders this state's much larger population's opinion ineffectual I think that more good can be done if California remains. For example even though Trump will likely loosen emission and efficiency standards in the automotive sector the CARB and their associated states will still be able to pressure the automakers to keep the targets set by the Obama administration. For me I think that it would take the moral unraveling (not in the stereotypical religious sense) of our country for me to put pen to paper. I'm not so worried about the fact that we financially support states that have less than us. If we as a country continue down the path of limiting speech, the press, indefinite detentions, religious persecution, racial discrimination, societal neglect then yes I could see a point where I would support California becoming an entity separate from the US. I think the one thing that definitely cause me to sign something like this in the immediate future would be if the powers that be try to drag us into another full scale war. I would sign that thing tomorrow if Trump said we were going to war with Iran, China, Canada, Mexico who knows who it could be

2017-01-26

Funny: Bad Lip Reading Does the Trump Inauguration


Can we do this for everything that happens involving Trump for the next four years.
"I like your nail polish but not too much."

From The Archives: 38 The Kissers, Hometown Sweethearts & MotoGP 2008


Much too much Trump going on here as of late.  Lets take it back to simpler times when Obama was running for president and the future looked brighter.


2008-06-07 The Kissers Farewell (For Now) Show



2008-08-19 Hometown Sweethearts at the Crystal Corner Bar


2008-09-12 through 2008-09-14 Red Bull Indianapolis GP

2017-01-24

AT (After Trump): #sendtheinterns to the White House Press Corps



I read some articles on The Washington Post today regarding the Trump Administration's first "Press Briefing" that transpired over the weekend, which basically devolved into a scolding and force-feeding of "alternate-facts" (read LIES) to share with the public.  These articles have led me to my next topic in my AT (After Trump) series.  This one continues to focus on the press and (now President) Trump's continuing contempt for them and what I think is the only way to handle this new administration.

Watch this TYT video below for a good summary:


The Washington Post articles showed something interesting (see the excerpts from three articles at the bottom of this post).  The press seems to have decided that enough is enough and that maybe, just maybe, they will not stand idly by and report the talking points given by the Trump Administration. If you are cut in to politics and especially if you are a progressive you have likely been infuriated by the way the press has sat in the White House briefing room figuratively begging for a scrap of well groomed, pre-screened, information to dole out to their readers/viewers.


Heaven forbid that they do take some of those millions of dollars in annual salaries paid to their top news-readers and do some investigative reporting.  But that leads me to what I think could be the next in the list of action items for people like myself in this time AT (After Trump): Lets make #sendtheinterns go viral on all social media platforms.

The hashtag was suggested by Jay Rosen on his Blog: PressThink in a similarly titled article:

Send the interns

When I say #sendtheinterns I mean it literally: take a bold decision to put your most junior people in the briefing room. Recognize that the real story is elsewhere, and most likely hidden. That’s why the experienced reporters need to be taken out of the White House, and put on other assignments.

Look: they can’t visit culture war upon you if they don’t know where you are. The press has to become less predictable. It has to stop functioning as a hate object. This means giving something up. The dream of the White House briefing room and the Presidential press conference is that accountability can be transacted in dramatic and televisable moments: the perfect question that puts the President or his designate on the spot, and lets the public see — as if in a flash — who they are led by. This was always an illusion. Crumbling for decades, it has become comically unsustainable under Trump.

Please note: I am not saying that as a beat the White House is unimportant, or that its pronouncements can be ignored. I’m not saying: devote less attention to Trump. Rather: change the terms of this relationship. Make yourself more elusive. In the theater of resentment where you play such a crucial part, relinquish that part.

The hard thing is not sending the interns, or tasking the experienced people with an outside-in beat into which they can dig. The hard thing is giving up on the dream of some exquisite confrontation that reveals all: accountability in a box.

~Jay Rosen


There are already signs they are not going to take this treatment lying down.



Share it with friends on FacebookTwitterInstagramTumblr whatever... tweet it at your favorite news source listed on the White House Press Corps (that I have conveniently compiled for you) let them know the will of their audience.  Maybe tag the entity with one of the awesome photos on this post or just tweet at them:

It doesn't have to be like this, call off the #whitehouse #presscorps , #sendtheinterns, #investigatetrump

That still leaves you 33 charachters for customization!

Television:

ABC News: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr
Bloomberg Television: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr
C-Span: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr
CBS News: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
CNN: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr
CTV News: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr
FOX News: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
MSNBC: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr
NBC News: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr

Print & Internet

Associated Press: Facebook, Twitter
The Chicago Tribune: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
The Daily Caller: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
The Huffington Post: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Politico: Facebook, Twitter, InstagramTumblr
Mother Jones: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr
The New York Times: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Newsmax Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr
The Wall Street Journal: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr
The Washington Times: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr
USA Today: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr
Yahoo News: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr

As I mentioned earlier, here are the links to The Washington Post articles that got me started down this path and some snippets that I liked.  Please consider acting, if we show the press that we back their new-found journalistic integrity we just may win back the free press!

Dear media: The Trump White House has total contempt for you. Time to react accordingly.


All White Houses spin and try to pressure the media into reporting stories their preferred way. But this looks like something considerably more: A concerted effort to erode the core idea that the news media is legitimately playing its role in informing the citizenry. If the media challenges or factually debunks the fabricated, Trump-aggrandizing narrative that is coming out of the Trump White House, it will respond by simply repeating relentlessly that the fabricated story-line is the truth. Needless to say, there cannot be any shared agreement on facts or reality, except on the ones that the Trump White House has validated. This is why the most important thing about Spicer’s statement is the word “period.” When the Trump White House declares what the truth is, the discussion is over.

This is not a conventional dispute over the facts. It is not about “relations” between the press and the White House. It is about truth and power. The message this is designed to send is that Trump has the power to declare what the truth is, and the news media does not. The Trump White House is maintaining this posture while telling enormous, demonstrable lies, but no matter — according to the new White House Ministry of Disinformation, the truth is what Donald Trump says it is. Bank on it: This will hold true even when Donald Trump contradicts Donald Trump.

~Greg Sargent

Kellyanne Conway says Donald Trump’s team has ‘alternative facts.’ Which pretty much says it all.

Chuck Todd asked Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president. “It's a small thing, but the first time he confronts the public, it's a falsehood?”

After some tense back and forth, Conway offered this:

Don't be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You're saying it's a falsehood, and they're giving — our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that. But the point really is —

At this point, a visibly exasperated Todd cut in. “Wait a minute. Alternative facts? Alternative facts? Four of the five facts he uttered . . . were just not true. Alternative facts are not facts; they're falsehoods.”

~Aaron Blake

The traditional way of reporting on a president is dead. And Trump’s press secretary killed it.

The presidency is not a reality show, but President Trump on his first full day in office made clear that he’s still obsessed with being what he once proudly called “a ratings machine.”

He cares enough about it to send his press secretary, Sean Spicer, out to brazenly lie to the media in his first official briefing.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said. And he added a scolding about widespread reports that differ from his evidence-free assessment: “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”

Crowd size experts estimate Trump’s audience at far fewer than the million or more that Trump is claiming, and at far less than the size of the following day’s women’s march, which the new president has said little about. And side-by-side photographs showed the contrast between the comparatively thin gathering for Trump’s inauguration and the record-setting one in 2009 for former president Barack Obama’s first...

Journalists shouldn’t rise to the bait and decide to treat Trump as an enemy. Recalling at all times that their mission is truth-telling and holding public officials accountable, they should dig in, paying far more attention to actions than to sensational tweets or briefing-room lies — while still being willing to call out falsehoods clearly when they happen.

They also should quickly acknowledge and correct their own inevitable errors, as Time’s Zeke Miller did — multiple times and with an apology — after erroneously reporting that a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office.

That didn’t keep the president from making Miller’s reporting error a major issue as he raged during his CIA visit: “This is how dishonest the media is.”

Trump wants a flat-out war with the nation’s media for one well-calculated reason: Because he believes it will continue to serve his political purposes, as it has for months.

Journalists should respond by doing their jobs responsibly, fairly and fearlessly, in service of the public good.

Somebody has to be the grown-up in the room. We’ve just been reminded of who it won’t be.

2017-01-21

Music: Pink Floyd's "Animals" Turns 40


Released 40 years ago today, still relevant:

"Pigs (Three Different Ones)"

Big man, pig man
Ha, ha, charade you are
You well heeled big wheel
Ha, ha, charade you are
And when your hand is on your heart
You're nearly a good laugh
Almost a joker
With your head down in the pig bin
Saying 'Keep on digging'
Pig stain on your fat chin
What do you hope to find
Down in the pig mine?
You're nearly a laugh
You're nearly a laugh
But you're really a cry

Bus stop rat bag
Ha, ha, charade you are
You fucked up old hag
Ha, ha, charade you are
You radiate cold shafts of broken glass
You're nearly a good laugh
Almost worth a quick grin
You like the feel of steel
You're hot stuff with a hatpin
And good fun with a hand gun
You're nearly a laugh
You're nearly a laugh
But you're really a cry

Hey you, White House
Ha, ha, charade you are
You house proud town mouse
Ha, ha, charade you are
You're trying to keep our feelings off the street
You're nearly a real treat
All tight lips and cold feet
And do you feel abused?
You got to stem the evil tide
And keep it all on the inside

2017-01-07

AT (After Trump): TODAY AND TOMORROW Influence the California DNC's Direction



Did you know that there is a vote going on today and tomorrow?  Me neither?  Apparently the vote for the democratically elected 1/3 of the "California DNC Delegates to the Democratic State Central Committee" are being held today and tomorrow.  If you are like me and you are in Yolo County your vote is tomorrow:

Date: Sunday, January 8
Candidate Speeches Begin: 1:00pm
Registration & Voting Begin: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Counting of Ballots Begin: 3:30pm

Location:

Mary Stephens Library (Davis)
315 E 14th Street
Davis, CA 95618

Cross streets: B Street

*

*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.

If you are somewhere else you need to go HERE to find out of you are voting today or tomorrow.

Learn more about the vote in this video below:



You can find out more about the progressive candidates HERE Here is the flyer I was handed this morning at the Davis Farmers Market that informed me about the vote.




2017-01-02

AT (After Trump): Be the Dove

Image Source: Neoformix

Back in mid-June I shared a post (We're Gonna Get the Leaders In This Life That We Deserve) with an Ethan Hawke Big Think piece that was spurred on by then Presidential candidate Trump calling Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" meant as derogatory label. I have been thinking about that since tyhe election took place and another part of that piece has become one of my New Years resolutions:

I got to interview the great Kris Kristofferson the great poet, songwriter, actor and I was asking him what happened to the tough guy liberal?  Why are all liberals now kind of seen as, lesser men than like kind of the hardcore conservatives?  Why is that somehow equated with masculinity?  Where in his generation, he, Johnny Cash, my grandfather, LBJ...  There was a great, Southern Progressive; the person who really walked the walk and talked the talk of the unwavering equality of mankind.  Where did that guy go?  And Kris talked about something that really bothered him that Johnny Cash used to say.  People ask me if I'm a dove or a hawk, I say I'm a dove with claws.  And Kris used to say to Johnny.  You know nobody thinks you're a pussy, you can just say you're a dove.  A dove doesn't have claws and its okay to say, I'll fight to the death for the right, for people to be free, for people to speak their mind, for people to treat each other with mutual respect, to save this planet.  I'll stand for something.  You don't have to be a dove with claws.

The resolution is to restore the mantle of strength to liberalism, to no longer be apologetic, to no longer cater to the conservative belief that these topics are up for debate:

-Free Speech
-Free Press
-Free Elections
-Privacy
-High Quality Public Education
-Civil Rights
-Reproductive Rights
-LGBTQ Rights
-A Living Wage
-No Torture/Indefinite Detentions
-No Illegal Wars
-Global Warming (Climate Change)

There are things that can be negotiated and discussed but these are not up for negotiation.