Saturday, February 6, 2016

What the Europeans think about Donald Trump - BONUS: A conservative talk show is disgusted when he finds out that a large part of his audience supports Donald Trump


By Patrick

Today, I have got three very good pieces for you, and it is still all about the man about continues to poison the hearts and minds of far too many Americans, Donald Trump.

Yes, this man is still relevant, because if he succeeds, which is still possible, then the USA will truly become a different country. Also, he is already changing the political landscape, as he proves that authoritarian politicians can have success in the USA, if they only push hard enough.

First, there is the German magazine "Der Spiegel." It is the most important news magazine in Germany, founded in 1947. The magazine has become famous in Germany for brutally honest reporting especially about politicians. Now Donald Trump receives the "Spiegel treatment", and the cover story from last week really was in finest journalistic tradition of this truly invaluable magazine.

Fortunately, the article has been translated into English, so it is my pleasure to present some excerpts here.

On the cover the Spiegel calls Trump "America's rabble rouser Donald Trump", and the article itself pulls no punches and is very informational at the same time - excerpts:

Former Obama campaign manager David Axelrod wrote recently that Trump's success is based on the same principle as the campaign victories of his former boss. In fact, he added, he had explained this recipe for success to Obama himself when he first ran for president: When a president leaves office after eight years, voters tend to prefer a candidate who is as different as possible from the incumbent, in terms of politics, character and habits.

By that logic, Obama the integrator, who fought against discrimination against blacks and gays, would be followed by a President Trump who stirs up hatred against minorities and claims that "political correctness" is the greatest threat to the United States. While Obama sought to explain complex problems, often sounding like an intellectual in the process, studies have shown that Trump speaks at a fourth-grade reading level. Problems, according to Trump, are "totally easy" to solve. And while Obama appealed to the common "we" in his campaign slogan "Yes, we can!" Trump's version reads "Yes, I can!" -- the solution of a strong leader.

Currently, America is running the risk of falling for a self-proclaimed leader with a low opinion of fundamental democratic values. Shortly before the Iowa Caucuses on Monday, all national polls showed Trump as the leading Republican candidate by a wide margin. He is also polling at the top of the Republican field in almost every state in the country. In Iowa itself, with its large religious population, the race could end up being a close contest between Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a Christian hardliner.

Trump announced his candidacy just over seven months ago. Since then, much has been written and said about his hairstyle. His plain and sometimes embarrassing statements, his muddled speeches and his incomprehensible narcissism have been a source of amusement. There are lists of the most outrageous statements Trump has made in the past, such as this one about women: "You know, it doesn't really matter what (the media) write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass."

But his candidacy ceased to be amusing long ago. Trump's demands are too extreme for that, and his view of the world and humanity too dangerous. And the chances are too great that he will be named as the Republican presidential candidate. Some polls show that Trump even stands a realistic chance of winning the White House in a possible face-off with Hillary Clinton. The combination of his views and the possibility that he could soon hold the planet's most powerful office make him the most dangerous man in the world at the moment.

For a long time, neither Republican Party officials nor the media recognized the true dimensions of the movement that Trump was forming. They continued to poke fun at him, even as he was creating a revolutionary mood on the right margin of society. Now it could be too late, and Trump could be the one getting the last laugh.

Like it or not, it is time to take Donald John Trump seriously. So what can be said about the character of this man who is determined to capture the White House? And what could America and the rest of the world expect if he truly became the 45th president of the United States?

It's no accident that Trump expresses great admiration for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, who seems to impress him far more than politicians seeking to champion the values of democracy with their painstaking and often vain search for compromises.

"He is a nicer person than I am," Trump said of the Russian president. "In terms of leadership, he's getting an A." The reason, according to Trump, is that Putin is "making mincemeat out of our president."

Putin returned the compliment in December, when he said: "He's a really brilliant and talented person, without any doubt. He is the absolute front-runner in the presidential race." Trump, who judges people purely by whether or not they praise him, promptly shot back: "When people call you brilliant, it's always good, especially when the person heads up Russia."

While politicians like Le Pen and Orbán inveigh against "Brussels," Trump rails against "Washington" as the symbol of a degenerate political system "that doesn't get things done anymore." Just like his European counterparts, Trump is calling for isolation in the form of protective tariffs, entry bans and border walls. He inflames tensions against ethnic minorities and offers anxious citizens the authoritarian vision of a strongman who will solve all problems on his own -- while ignoring democratic conventions. Trump is presumably only the shrillest and most prominent embodiment of a trend that is becoming pervasive throughout the Western world.

Packer sees the 2008 financial crisis, which caused parts of the US economy to unravel and deprived millions of Americans of their economic foundation, as the main reason many Americans are receptive to a man like Trump. The economy has been growing again since then, but in absurdly unfair ways, says Packer, as inequality becomes more and more glaring. According to Packer, many Americans feel they have been left alone with their concerns, and they feel disconnected and betrayed.

The current primary race underscores how much this frustration has already changed the country. It has enabled Bernie Sanders, an extreme leftist by American standards, to become a serious threat to Hillary Clinton. And it is preparing the ground for Trump's campaign against all the elites, even though Trump himself has spent his entire life as a member of the country's economic elite.

Many Americans, especially whites and those with relatively little education, are now more receptive than ever to audacious promises and simplistic solutions. But they are also receptive to a form of politics that blames immigrants and minorities for their own fate, and for the race-baiting that has been part of every authoritarian movement to date. Trump offers all of these things, and he offers them more skillfully, professionally and self-confidently than all other candidates.

During an appearance two weeks at a Toyota dealership in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a young woman in the crowd said she had two questions for Trump. The first one was about the college financing system. Trump's reply contained the word "college," at any rate. This was her second question: "Can I take a selfie with you?" The owner of the dealership felt that the question was inappropriate and quickly said that perhaps she could do it later. But Trump was already saying "Of course! Of course!" and waved the woman onto the stage.

His biographer talks about the dark sides of Trump's self-absorption. "Trump lacks any self-irony, any form of critical self-perception." The entire family is like that, he explains. When he tried to joke with Trump's children about their father's penchant for gold and glitter in his buildings, none of them understood what he was getting at. "They don't notice when something is ridiculous," says D'Antonio. "This is the most telling characteristic of the entire Trump clan: the persistent denial of reflection."

But what worried him the most, says D'Antonio, is Trump's belief that he is genetically superior to most people in the world. In all of their conversations, he notes, Trump kept returning to the notion that by virtue of his birth, he is simply better than other people in many areas -- from playing golf to being a businessman. "I'm a big believer in natural ability," Trump said.

His son, Donald Trump Jr., shares his father's conviction. He said he was a firm believer in the concept of breeding, in "race-horse theory." Then he pointed at the ceiling with his finger, in the direction of his father's office. "He's an incredibly accomplished guy, my mother's incredibly accomplished, she's an Olympian, so I'd like to believe genetically I'm predisposed to (be) better than average."

Apparently this sort of belief also helps Trump portray himself to voters as a strong man, as the person who will save the country. It makes sense that Trump doesn't seem to care much about freedom of religion or other cornerstones of democracy. In his rhetoric, he could hardly be more contemptuous of the Congress in Washington. Freedom of the press also seems to annoy him. And before every event, he has his announcer point out that he respects free speech "almost as much" as the right to bear arms.

On some evenings, Trump even has potential audience members questioned about their views. Before his appearance in Burlington, Vermont, a security official dressed in black stood in the lobby and asked every visitor: "Are you a supporter of Mr. Trump?" Those who said no or were undecided were turned away, even if they had tickets to the event. In a democracy, an election campaign is supposed to be an opinion-forming process. But in Trump's case, people are either for him or they are thrown out.

Trump uses the term "the lying press," now famous in Germany, in many of his appearances. "The journalists are miserable people," he says to his supporters, pointing to the corner where the cameras are. At his events, journalists are herded together into a fenced area, under the watchful eyes of zealous guards. The biggest paradox of this campaign is that Trump, while sharply berating the media, is the one who benefits the most from the coverage it provides him. The major TV networks devote more airtime to him to Trump than to all his rivals combined. He is the only Republican candidate who provides the networks with the ratings they crave, and yet he is also the one who mocks them for that very mechanism.

His last-minute refusal to participate in a televised debate hosted by the right-wing Fox News network last week, because he felt unfairly treated by Megyn Kelly, one of the moderators, is not only a first in the history of American election campaigns. It is also the latest climax in the game Trump is playing with the media.

But many democrats aren't panicking yet. They're betting on Clinton's campaign coming around and gaining momentum once she secures the nomination. At the same time, they are anxious that this could become the dirtiest duel in the history of American presidential campaigns.

If it does, Roger Stone will be the man to blame. The unscrupulousness that has come to define Trump's campaign is largely Stone's doing. He learned the tricks of the trade from Richard Nixon in the 1970s, and later helped Ronald Reagan get into the White House. By the end of the 1980s, Stone was already trying to convince his friend Trump to run for president. Almost everything Trump knows about politics and power, he learned from Stone -- including the art of manipulation. Stone is considered a master of defamatory rumors.

Stone also helped Trump lay the foundations for his campaign last spring. Then in summer, he was abruptly fired. Trump's people cited a disagreement between the two, but observers now believe the split could have been staged, a trick.

"I remain an unabashed Trump supporter and Trump enthusiast," Stone said when reached on the phone last autumn. "I just finally made a decision that I could have a greater impact on the outside. Trump is still a very close friend." As before, the two talk regularly and Stone obviously gives Trump important advice. And just like old times, Stone spends nearly every evening on TV touting Trump and his "movement."

Since he is no longer an official member of Trump's campaign team, Stone has the freedom to be even more ruthless in his derision of Trump's opponents, without the risk of the mud-slinging coming back to haunt the candidate. Trump biographer D'Antonio describes Stone as "pure evil." He is a "deeply disgusting person," someone who doesn't understand anything but "brute force."

Read much more the the link.

The second piece is from the UK, a documentary created by one of the main TV-stations in Britain, Channel 4, called "The Mad World of Donald Trump." It is truly excellent, and also provides deep insights into his "base", the confused and manipulated part of the US population.

Watch:




Bonus:

Finally, many thanks to our friend Nomad for finding this amazing, "must-listen" report about conservative, Christian talk show host Tony Beam who is thoroughly disgusted when he suddenly finds out the a large part of his listeners support Donald Trump.

I have hardly seen another report which hits so "close to home" - CLICK TO LISTEN.

When I said above that Donald Trump already changed the political landscape in the USA, this is exactly what I am talking about, and this talk show host finds it out the hard way.

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Have a nice weekend, everybody!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

It's the end: Sarah Palin's former fans denounce Sarah on her facebook page, in an epic display of mass rage and anger

The music still keeps on playing on the Trumptanic, 
and there will be no room for Sarah Palin on the last lifeboat

By Patrick

We have long waited for this post, but good things eventually come to those who wait!

Sarah Palin, Alaska's worst export ever, continues to support Donald Trump, New York's worst export ever.

Then, being the fanatic Trump Trooper she has become, Sarah starts slamming Ted Cruz and his campaign as liars.

In a new facebook post published today, Sarah goes after Ted Cruz - accusing him of "lies", "dirty tricks" and - worst insult ever in her book - she compares him to President Obama. Booooom!!! Sarah has spoken.

But this post as well has her support for Donald Trump has some unintended consequences, because booooom there also goes her support from the conservative base! In an epic display of mass rage and anger, about 80-90% of the comments on her own facebook post are negative towards her, and lots of of former fans voice her disappointment with the "sell-out" Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin is burning all her bridges with her support for Donald Trump, and her criticism of Ted Cruz. When Trump's campaign is over and the Trumptanic has inevitably hit the bottom of the sea, there will be nothing left for her. She might even be forced to take a real job again, LOL! No, not really, she is a multi-millionaire, and she will be fine financially. But the adulation of her fans will be a thing of the past, which definitely will hit Sarah hard, being a world-famous narcissist.

Here is Sarah's facebook post, and some random comments under the post. There are hundreds of similar comments, and I have never seen anything like this before. The usual 80-90% agreement with Sarah has turned into the complete opposite, and there is no doubt in my mind that the game is finally over for her.
















Monday, February 1, 2016

Donald Trump Gives $100K Check to Controversial, Shady Veteran’s “Service Dog” Organization, The Puppy Jake Foundation; Its Founder / Director Becky Beach is a Repeat Criminal Offender & More Money From Donald Trump Is Due To Follow

 Guest post by KatieAnnieOakley




You may have heard that last week, rather than participate in the #GOP Debate, Donald Trump took his toys and went home encouraged supporters to contribute to a charity website (paid for by his political organization? Hmm…) to support Veteran’s groups. Why didn’t he appear at the debate? Well, Donald Trump had a sad, and ended up doing a #DonaldDucks of the event. Can you imagine? The #ShortFingeredVulgarian’s fee-fee’s got hurt real bad when FOX News honchos (any of ‘em, all of ‘em) just wouldn’t make that bloody “coming out of her wherever” Megyn Kelly go away for the debate! Trump wanted her to sit down and shut up. What nerve of FOX News, to stand up to him!


Josh Schoenblatt (red T-shirt) on stage in Davenport, Iowa on January 30, 2016 with two unidentified persons and “Service Dogs” accepts ceremonial check from Donald Trump. 

 The $100K check was the first presented of the night and the first of an implied “more to come” from Donald Trump.  Or is it from the Donald J. Trump Foundation? Well, the check is from the Donald J. Trump Foundation. However, Donald Trump, the GOP Presidential candidate prompted those donations. Hmm… I can see 50 Shades Of An IRS Audit from my front porch. And why not, when the “Service Dog” organization’s Founder has seen the inside of Iowa’s Newton Prison Program? And no, Becky – you don’t get to call it “rehab” with all your associates – call it what it was: PRISON. 

 So – it’s a fair question: Why did Trump select the Puppy Jake Foundation as the first organization to receive funds? In order to understand where I’m going, you have to know where I’m coming from, and you can read more about Becky Beach's criminal convictions here ( required reading). It helps to have lots of friends, connections, and acquaintances… and to be a former half-baked, 100% flake Alaskan half-term Governor’s BFF of 5 years. How could Trump have not done Due Diligence? Google is everyone’s friend. A simple background check would have shown that Becky, despite being a political mucky-muck, is no stranger to a prison cell.  Strangely, not many people know that. Find details here at that Politicalgates article.

OK, so now you’re sort of up to speed; you know that Becky Beach is well-known in Republican political circles, and a formidable fund-raiser. She can also get into your face (at 3:39) when questioned about anything to do with past fundraising events. She’s feisty, and she’s savvy. This makes her comment regarding Trump’s donation all the more curious; it’s pretty damn hard to separate Becky, dog handler & Becky of formidable political clout: 








organization and for a nonprofit that's a lot of money."








The Iowa website "Random Lengths News" explained in October 2014 in detail the fact that Beach has been a Republican political operative for decades… and that she has "very close ties" to Sarah Palin and #SarahPAC. Its very clear: while Beach holds no elected office, she enjoys tremendous political power within the Republican Party and has many decades-long partisan connections. Did Beach’s organization receive preferential treatment from Donald Trump because of what they do – or because of who she is? Given Beach’s background, could one reasonably believe political agreement with Donald Trump, and presume or imply quiet promotion of him to the reticent RNC - while her Foundation benefit$? $100K can adjust many people’s attitudes… and Trump is a master schmoozer, a deal-maker. He delivered a check – what can Beach deliver for Trump? Isn’t this exactly what campaign activity looks like? Will Beach put in a good word for Trump with Karl Rove and The Powers That Be?  Will the IRS wake up and notice?


These are reasonable questions, because obviously, Donald Trump doesn’t know all the facts. Or does he? Would he have made that donation to the Puppy Jake Foundation if he’d know the following…?

Did Donald Trump know that Becky Beach is for example, a repeat criminal offender? That’s she’s served prison time?


Did Donald Trump know that 5 year old “Jack O’ Lantern” Jack - the dog seen in nearly all promotional materials as “Puppy Jake” - and perpetually at Beach’s side was not initially owned by the organization known as Puppy Jake Foundation? He was owned by Paws & Effect, another local Service Dog training center. Jack / Jake lived with Beach, long before Beach started The Puppy Jake Foundation. Note in the photos below – Jake is wearing a Paws & Effect Service Dog Vest.









The dog now known as Puppy Jake was trained through and owned by the Iowa Service Dog training organization Paws & Effect. He was born and was raised in 2010 by Iron Hill Retrievers

Did Donald Trump know that “Jack O’Lantern” Jack, aka Puppy Jake was removed from the Paws & Effect training program following an incident in February 2012, when Jake bit General Timothy Orr of the Iowa Army National Guard? That Jake is essentially a pet, being used as a fundraising gimmick, and that as a dog with previous bite history he is unsuited to any type of service dog duty?


Did Donald Trump know that Becky Beach was released from the service of Paws & Effect under strained circumstances because Beach simply could not keep dog training and its fundraising efforts separate from her political fundraising – which could lead to the very real possibility of  losing IRS non-profit status for a 501(c)3 organization?  

Did Donald Trump know that Becky Beach and the Board President of the Puppy Jake Foundation , Republican operative Jeff Lamberti, came under intense media scrutiny following extremely dubious financial dealings with the "Pacific Battleship Center", another 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which is run by Becky Beach and Jeff Lamberti?

Did Donald Trump know that Assistance Dogs International is the “Gold Standard” for The Veterans Administration for accredited Veteran Service Dog organizations, and that The Puppy Jake Foundation is NOT ACCREDITED by the ADI? 


Did Donald Trump know that Becky Beach, Founder of The Puppy Jake Foundation in 2013, only last year began Dog Training Education Classes and was finally Certified as a Dog Trainer in early 2015? And that it happened only AFTER the Palin scandal broke in the media? (Trig Palin was photographed by Sarah Palin standing on his Puppy Jake Foundation “Service Dog’s” spine; a public outcry ensued, but Becky Beach never made a comment regarding the situation regarding Palin's dog).  Beach has been in business, claiming to be training service dogs and collecting money for it for several years with out a certificate. So – if Beach had no formal training - what Standards were used to train and evaluate her “Veteran’s Service Dogs” prior to that date?  






A few months after gaining her certificate and just 2 weeks after the arrest of one of the owners of Canine Craze, trainers of The Puppy Jake Foundation’s dogs, Becky Beach filed paperwork with the Iowa Secretary of State to open her very own dog training organization – It’s A Dog Thing.  Seems she’s going to do it all herself! 





  

It's obvious that Mr. Trump didn't do his due diligence regarding the Puppy Jake Foundation, or he would never have picked it as a recipient. It would seem that his donation has more to do with the world of politics than veterans. That he is more interested in raising his profile through giving lip service to veteran causes rather than seeing that the money collected goes to genuine veteran organisations.

So why Mr. Trump, is Beach still accepting donations for The Puppy Jake Foundation? And why are you going to give her more, when its clear – she’s a utter fraud?


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sarah PAC - The Death Spiral Continues


By VinnieF


reported in July that Sarah PAC appears to be on the road to turning off the lights as the donations were not what they once were. This is confirmed by the PAC financials that just came out for the second half of the year.

The Overall Numbers

Three cash on hand amounts clearly show the PAC's trajectory:
January 1, 2015$ 825,556
July 1, 2015$ 565,830
January 1, 2016$ 380,963
Obviously, the drop between any two periods is the amount of spending more than you take in.

I'm again surprised at the amount she took in for the second half of the year - $457,459. This is only about $33,000 less than she did in the first half of the year.

She's doing a little better about spending in the second half of the year spending $642,326. It was over $750,000 in the first half.

NOTHING for Candidates or Organizations

We've laughed about Sarah PAC spending only 4 or 5 percent of their money doing something besides shuttling Sarah around the country. Well, this time there are NO donations to any candidates or organizations. Actually, it's worse than that. She received $1,500 from two candidates who never decided to cash the checks she gave them. (Why would a politician not cash a $1,000 check?) I could imagine Stephen Colbert doing a piece where he madly tries to figure out what percent of this organization's donation went to the cause when the number is negative.

Given that we're in a politically dormant season, giving nothing to candidates is not surprising. However, since it's a dormant season you should also cut back your spending since you're not doing anything. Instead, Sarah PAC spent over $640,000 to do nothing but keep the lights on!

Consulting Feeding at the Sarah PAC Trough.

This is the fourth time I've written about Sarah PAC's consultants spending like drunken sailors while having very little to show for it. This time I think the percentage spent on consultants is higher than it's ever been. Over $400,000 of the $672,000 total spent was on consultants! This includes a photographer, videographer and legal fees.

RAM (Rebecca Mansour, "Aries Petra") is out! She was paid her regular $6,000 a month through August but nothing after that. Maybe after her speech endorsing Donald she realizes that hiring a speechwriter wouldn't be such a bad thing.

The rest of the regulars keep pulling their monthly salaries and expenses. The figures below are their semi-annual take:
  • Tim Crawford - $78,260
  • Grey Strategies - $66,722
  • Northstar Strategies - $56,610
  • Andrew Davis - $33,750
  • Two Wasilla ‘clerical' workers - $15,000 each
I usually don't comment on the money spent on fundraising and postage because fundraising is a significant part of any similar organization. But things are getting a little ridiculous. They spent $205,179 on postage and fees, $78,260 on Crawford, their treasurer, and $20,000 on Kingston, a fundraising consultant. That's over $300,000 spent to raise only $457,000!

Then there are the books. We all know Sarah's latest book is horrible and its sales were as well. The PAC buys $18,500 worth of books and Sarah must get a cut on the books that are 'sold' to people willing to give her $75. I'm assuming that even if all of these books aren't given as gifts for a donation, Sarah still gets to consider the books as 'sold'. What a scam!

The Website that Wasn't

I've always been shocked not just at the amount spent on consultants but at how little work the PAC actually does. The www.sarahpac.com website is a perfect example of this. I have to quote from my previous Sarah PAC article from July of this year.
The level of lethargy with regard to the Sarah PAC site is unreal. When the redesign was done early in the year they didn't have any new content. They took three articles from November of 2014 and simply changed the dates to 2015. Right now, if you go to "All Posts" the third most recent one listed is entitled "Victory" and dated January 28, 2015. It starts out saying "Last night was huge." The night they're referring to was the election night last November!
For that they paid $43,000. Harris Media continued to charge $6-7,000 a month for a total of $33,868 this reporting period. The lethargy continues. She finally posted two items recently after a lapse of three months. One was her FB post dated today (Jan. 28) on how dramatic her endorsement was. The other is dated January 16 but was definitely not there last night (Jan. 27). It's links to a bunch of her old videos. But those are from this year so they really don't count.

For all of 2015 there are only 17 posts. However, five of these are actually from 2014 with the date changed to 2015. Sometimes these have such deep thought as:
Happy 225th Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard! Thank you for serving our great nation!
Yes, that and the Coast Guard's logo is the whole post. The five posts where they changed the dates are still there and it's still obvious from these that they fudged the dates. I just noticed that there's one about Joni Ernst that is doubly bad. It's dated January 28, 2015 and begins:
Hello, Iowa! It's time to get out the vote for conservative Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate tomorrow, June 3rd. ...
Wrong election Sarah! Oh, and every single post going back to June 3, 2014 is 'Posted in New'.
If the nerd in me may comment, the web designer was so bad that they didn't set the post content to be below the header. See below. It's scrolled all the way up. Note the headline is covered up. Amateurish! Sarah should ask for her $33,000 back.

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It's like they know no one visits the site so they're not even bothering.

A Vacation from Travelling?

One thing that she's spent less on, other than something useful, is travel. While she spent over $37,000 on travel this is far less than the $85,000 spent in the first half.
But as we know, Sarah has big plans to travel again. From one of her latest emails:
In order to get Sarah to political events to support endorsed candidates we need your help to fundraise for her travel
Will you do so by contributing what you can here?
This is rich! (Pun intended.) A multi-millionaire is asking working people to give her money so that she can travel on chartered planes and stay in plush hotels so that she can help get a billionaire elected. A billionaire that is with a tax plan that"Is A Big Giveaway To The Wealthiest" according to Think Progress.

If you're not yet convinced that Sarah is one of the most selfish person that exists, let's put her question back on her:
Will you do so by contributing what you can here?
Sarah's answer is a resounding NO. I looked through a number of campaign statements and found that Sarah herself does not donate to candidates. Only the PAC does. We've also seen that almost every trip she takes is funded by the PAC.

Her latest grift of endorsing Trump is also a lesson in self-centeredness. Her only interest in Trump is to grab some of his celebrity status for herself.


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BONUS:

Many, many thanks again to our wonderful reader VinnieF for writing yet another of his excellent "SarahPAC reports"...!

The "Center for Public Integrity" also published a very detailed report about the latest SarahPAC filings, and published a very interesting chart as well.  This chart is particularly fascinating, because it shows the "death spiral" of SarahPAC very clearly. The raised money as well as the cash on hand dropped sharply, but the spending increased a lot since 2013.

You could call it the SarahPAC closing sale! Everything has to go!

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FINALLY:

I also find it very amusing that Sarah Palin uses the photo of one politician in particular on the SarahPAC website to raise money for her flights, consultants and whatever her needs are: Ted Cruz!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Republican Clown Party, tonight, without Donald Trump: We won't miss him! UPDATE - Puppy Jake Foundation will be one of the organisations to benefit from Trump's Vet fundraiser


By Patrick

Just a quick one: The Republican Clown Party might be a little bit less crazy tonight without Donald Trump. MAYBE! Nobody knows for sure right now. We will see! Please leave your thoughts in the comments.

However, one thing is obvious: Nobody will miss America's biggest baby.

The debate starts at 7.00 p.m. ET and can be watched for everybody online (no restrictions) here.

"The View" had a great discussion about Donald the coward:


Therefore, not tonight - thankfully:



UPDATE:


A representative from the Puppy Jake Foundation, a local Iowa non profit supporting vets,named Josh, has announced that the Puppy Jake Foundation will benefit from Trump's fundraising event for veterans this evening. Josh says that the Puppy Jake Foundation is a non partisan organisation which only cares about veterans and that it doesn't care what political views supporters have.


Readers here will recall that the Puppy Jake Foundation trained and supplied Sarah Palin with a dog. The dog named Jill was at the center of a huge controversy after Palin posted photos of Trig Palin using the dog as a stepping stool.




Palin recently endorsed Trump and she has appeared at several events in Iowa on his behalf. Trump has declared that Palin is "Vice Presidential material". Palin has also promoted the Puppy Jake Foundation on Facebook.

Nicole Shumate of Paws & Effect, which is also a local Iowa non profit which has successfully trained and supplied dogs to support returning veterans suffering from various disabilities, made the following statement.


"Paws & Effect believes that veterans deserve the utmost dignity and respect. Veterans should seek care from organizations that hold themselves in the highest regard, free from criminal conduct, free from corruption and free from practices that risk their nonprofit status."

Will update again tomorrow. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump - Comedy edition - Also, who ARE they anyway?


By Patrick

Yes, it's like the old days. Sarah Palin everywhere in the media, on twitter, just everywhere. Only much, much crazier. We always knew that she would not just go away, despite the fact that many people were convinced that she would just quietly fade into obscurity. But she won't. You have to deal with it, America, or "dill" with it, as Sarah Palin would say in her very own way of pronouncing the "American language."

Actually, the Washington Post observed today that the US media actually has no clue any more how to deal with Sarah Palin, how to think of her, how to interpret her actions:


Quote:
What is the central Palin storyline right now? Let’s just say the nominees are more diverse than those for the Oscars. Some are downright contradictory. Others simply reveal a Palin-esque lack of focus by the media. In no particular order:


  • She’s backing Trump
  • This is a big deal
  • Meh, don’t be so sure
  • Her endorsement speech was nonsensical, “post-apocalyptic poetry”
  • Her endorsement speech was full of “substantive, logical reasons”
  • Hey, her son just got arrested on domestic violence charges
  • She blamed the arrest on her son’s military service
  • No, wait, she blamed it on President Obama
  • Her support for Trump legitimizes him as a conservative
  • Her support for Trump delegitimizes her own conservatism
  • She could be Trump’s running mate
  • No, no, she’ll get a different position in his administration
  • What was up with that sparkly sweater, anyway?

This is the thing with Sarah Palin: She is confusing absolutely everybody, because she is just an "image" of your imagination. From years of experience, we all know very well that only very few people recognized Palin for what she really is: The big fraudster from Alaska, the crazy woman who constantly gets away with outrageous actions. and who is also very successful in completely messing up her family. But for all others, she is just whatever they want to believe. This can go from "saviour of the nation" to "insane, unhinged, dangerous woman."




Anyway, I am starting to get a bit of the good old "Palin fatigue" after reading so much about her during the last few days, so let's focus on the one thing that really saves us when it comes to Sarah Palin: COMEDY!

There are cartoons, but there is more: "Salon" created an excellent "Rap-Remix" of Sarah's already infamous endorsement speech, it is more than obvious that her speech really should have been a "rap" in the first place.

Watch:




Here is another nice cartoon:



Andy Borowitz at the "New Yorker" proved again that he is one of the nation's most gifted satirists:


Quote:

Palin said that Obama insured her defeat in 2008 “just like he has defeated so many other great Americans,” and that her family had paid the price.

“I can’t help thinking that, if I had been elected Vice-President, Bristol and Willow wouldn’t have gotten into that drunken brawl and Track wouldn’t have threatened his girlfriend and whatnot,” she said. “Thanks, Obama.”

OK, let's get serious for a moment again. "Salon" again did an excellent job in calling out conservatives in their latest article. The right-wingers are just as confused as everyone else. Is Trump a liberal or a fascist? Both, actually, according to "anti-Trump" conservatives:




Quote:
It’s no mystery why the National Review and their supporters hate Trump. He’s vulgar and embarrassing and he does an even better job of exploiting the right-wing rubes and their racism and their provincialism and their ridiculous sense of oppression than they do. They are, in other words, haters. And Trump dismissed them as the haters they are with ease during his press conference Thursday night where he called the National Review a “dead paper” that almost no one reads anymore.

This impression is driven home by actually reading the issue. The editors can’t quite seem to decide what their exact objections to Trump are. Is it that he’s driving the right too far in the direction of fascism or that he’s a secret liberal in disguise? Both! Whatever you need to hear! The strategy is argument through overwhelming. They’ll throw everything they’ve got, even contradictory stuff, at the reader and hope the sheer volume of words impresses them enough to vote for Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush.

The everything-and-the-kitchen-sink strategy produces some hilarious contradictions. The main anti-Trump editorial, written by the editors, darkly warns that Trump isn’t the racist that his followers think he is. “Trump says he will put a big door in his beautiful wall, an implicit endorsement of the dismayingly conventional view that current levels of legal immigration are fine,” they write, even trying to get the reader to believe that Trump’s mass deportation plan is “poorly disguised amnesty”.

But then, in the writer round-up, we’re hearing a different story. “Not since George Wallace has there been a presidential candidate who made racial and religious scapegoating so central to his campaign,” David Boaz sniffs, adding that America “aspired to rise above such prejudices and guarantee life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to everyone.”

So which is it, guys? Is Trump offensive because he’s too nativist or because he’s not devoted enough to keeping the foreigners out? Whatever will make you not vote for him, I guess.

Well, yes, what is it?

Nobody knows. We need many more Trump-speeches and Palin-speeches to find out. Live on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and C-SPAN. The world depends on it!





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BONUS CARTOON:




ONE MORE, FOR GOD AND AMERICA:


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EVEN MORE COMEDY:

This is very, very funny:



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NEW CARTOON:



EVEN MORE CARTOONS ABOUT SARAH PALIN'S SPEECH CAN BE FOUND HERE - LOOK AT THE SLIDESHOW.



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ULTIMATE BONUS:

Yes, it's SNL, yes, it's Tina Fey!


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

In her speech at Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa today, Sarah Palin blamed the troubles of her son Track, following his arrest for domestic violence charges, on PTSD and on President Obama - However, Track's military discharge form gives no indication that he has ever seen combat

Track Palin: The troubled son (picture from Jordan Loewe's instagram page)

By Patrick

Sarah Palin spoke at the beginning of the Trump-rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, today. Several readers, myself included, were unfortunate enough to listen to her screetch. Instead of being home with her suicidal son Track, who assaulted his girlfriend Jordan Loewe two days ago and was arrested, Sarah Palin did something even more ugly: During her speech, she blamed PTSD and President Obama for the troubles of her son Track.

TIME Magazine reports;

Track Palin was arrested Tuesday and charged with assault, interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime and possessing a weapon while intoxicated. At the Trump campaign rally, Sarah Palin blamed the Obama administration’s policies towards veterans for abandoning her son. (Track spent a year deployed with the Army in Iraq.)

“I can talk personally about this, I guess it’s kind of the elephant in the room,” Palin said. “My son like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened, they come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country. And that starts from the top. It’s a shame that our military personnel even have to wonder, if they have to question, if they’re respected anymore. It starts from the top. The question though that comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder, do you know what we go through? Do you know what we’re trying to do to secure America and to secure the freedoms that have been bequeathed us?”

“I can certainly relate with other familes who kind of feel these ramifications of some PTSD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with,” Palin continued. “And it makes me realize more than ever it is now or never for the sake of Americas finest that we have that commander in chief that will respect them and honor them.”

In addition, the "Washington Post" reports:


Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin on Wednesday addressed her son's recent arrest — which she called “the elephant in the room” — while stumping here for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and accused President Obama of neglecting veterans and tied that to her son’s recent domestic violence charges.

What has been Sarah Palin's "standard procedure" since she entered the national spotlight many years ago has been put into action again: She is a VICTIM, her family are VICTIMS, whatever happens, whoever is responsible, it is NOT HER, it is somebody else, usually Barack Obama. Actually, it is virtually always Barack Obama.

So Sarah Palin claims that Track has PTSD. But is this really true?

A thorough examination shows that his is very unlikely.

Track Palin' discharge form, the DD Form 214 provides no indication that Track was ever in combat.

Here is a copy of the form (click to enlarge):


The form was issued (signed) 01/29/2010 - it indicates his RESERVE OBLIGATION ended 9/10//2015. He was DISCHARGED from ACTIVE DUTY on 1/29/2010.

By far not every soldier who served abroad is in fact a "combat veteran."

The "Veteran Disability Blog" explains:

That was the case today when speaking with a Veteran about combat. His question was: "What exactly makes anyone a combat Veteran?" Some may be quick to say that serving in combat makes you a combat Veteran, but there is more to it than that.

The VA lists several different ways in which a Veteran can prove he or she was in combat.

· If you received a combat service medal, then you are considered a combat Veteran

· If you received hostile fire pay, imminent danger pay or tax benefits

· If you received military service documentation that documents combat theater

So, does serving in a foreign country automatically qualify me as combat Veteran? Not necessarily. Even if you served in Iraq or Afghanistan during the past ten years, it does not guarantee that you are a combat Veteran.

How can you find out? Well, your DD-214 is a great place to start. Your Discharge won’t automatically say that you were a combat Veteran though…that would be too easy. Box 13 on more modern DD-214’s is where they list medals, awards and ribbons. The VA does recognize certain medals etc. as a qualifier for combat service. (That list will appear in an upcoming blog.)

Also listed on your DD-214 is the type of pay you received. Box 18 would be the place to find out if you received Hostile Fire Pay, or the Imminent Danger Pay. It is important to note that this can appear in box 13, though it is rare for it to appear there.

An examination of Track's discharge form shows that he neither received a combat medal (in his case, this would have been the "Combat Infantryman Badge") nor received "hostile fire pay."

Information about the types of combat medals can be found here:



Therefore, Tracks's only chance to prove would be something that documents "combat theater", but the pure fact that he was stationed in Iraq seems to be a very weak claim for making him a combat veteran.

A report about Track's military service from October 2008 also does not mention combat.

I cannot find any reports that substantiate that Track has ever been in combat.

Therefore we rate Sarah Palin's "PTSD claim" as "Quittypants on fire" and also give her the "Bad Loser Medal" for still not coping with the fact that she lost the election to Barack Obama, and we think that she should care for her suicidal son instead of giving crazy speeches and also remove all the weapons from this home.

Over and out!

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FINALLY, A SAD BONUS:


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UPDATE:

A dear friend found this comment at USA Today, which is really spot-on. I would just like to say in addition that asking for joint custody is actually no "offense" at all, and that Dakota Meyer has done nothing wrong at this point.


Note: It was not Sarah who remarked that a "real American hero doesn't ask for child support", but "Bristol Palin's representative" David Martin.

It should also be noted that Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer did in fact not ask for child support. This was false media reporting.

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UPDATE 2:

This performance by Stephen Colbert, celebrating the return of Sarah Palin, is already historic, which is strange, because it aired only yesterday: