On March 1, when NBC first raised the probability that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was soon going to get the boot from Pr*sident Trump, word from the White House was dismissive: National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton dismissed reports of McMaster’s departure, telling CNN, «I was just with President Trump and H.R. McMaster in the Oval Office. President Trump said that the NBC News story is 'fake news,' and told McMaster that he is doing a great job.» At the same time, many analysts predicted John Bolton would most likely be McMaster’s replacement. The hot-tempered anti-diplomat was for 16 months U.S. ambassador to the United Nations as a recess appointment under President George W. Bush. Regarding that body, Bolton said in 2005: “There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that's the United States, when it suits our interests and when we can get others to go along.” On February 28 this year, in an op-ed he wrote for The Wall Street Journal: This is how we should think today about the threat of nuclear warheads delivered by ballistic missiles. In 1837 Britain unleashed pre-emptive “fire and fury” against a wooden steamboat. It is perfectly legitimate for the United States to respond to the current “necessity” posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons by striking first. That is scarcely the first time he’s suggesting bombing another country. Iran is also high on his list for some “fire and fury.” At Vox, Zack Beauchamp has written a solid, lengthy piece on Bolton that includes this: Bolton has said the United States should declare war on both North Korea and Iran. He was credibly accused of manipulating US intelligence on weapons of mass destruction prior to the Iraq war and of abusive treatment of his subordinates. He once “joked” about knocking 10 stories off the UN building in New York. That means his new appointment to be the most important national security official in the White House has significant — and frightening — implications for Trump’s approach to the world. [...] Bolton’s elevation illustrates the degree to which the president is influenced by the conservative infotainment sphere, most notably Fox News — where he has long been an on-air fixture. Bolton was, prior to this appointment, a marginal figure in Washington foreign policy circles since his departure from the Bush administration. But he got himself one of the top jobs in the country because of his savvy work in the world of conservative media and advocacy groups. As a result, American foreign policy may be soon be shaped by someone who seems to truly believe that war is the answer to the world’s most pressing problems. It’s hard to believe Trump could pick someone worse than the worst people he’s already chosen for top slots. But on that score, he can never be underestimated. If you have a strong stomach, here’s more on Bolton in a 2005 Daily Kos post. TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “The [National Security Agency]’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. [If a dictator ever took over], the N.S.A. could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.” ~Senator Frank Church, chairman of the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, known informally as the Church Committee (1975) TWEET OF THE DAY xWhether it's «kids being pressured into surgery» or «men pretending to be women to abuse people» the public debate on trans rights is centred firmly on things that haven't happened & for which there is no evidence, whilst ignoring the real violence and prejudice trans people face— Paris Lees (@parislees) March 21, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2012—Troubled Waters: Two Americas, Revisited: On December 28, 2006, while standing in front of a boarded up home in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans and surrounded by huddled masses of Katrina survivors, John Edwards announced his presidential bid. He chose that locale, he said, because it best illustrated the «two Americas» he had spoken about since 2004. The message was simple and delivered with heartfelt and palpable anger: one America works hard but still struggles while another works little and lives a lavish lifestyle. This theme of «two Americas» and the twin idea of social injustice permeated almost every aspect of his campaign. Yet, back in 2006 and 2007, his message was met with skepticism in the traditional media. High-paid members of the chattering class shook their heads at his “angry” rhetoric and questioned whether the tone of his message was turning off voters. Indeed, for many Americans, while they agreed with the principle idea of a divided America, they did so only in abstract sense. While one could sympathize with the 47 million uninsured, the families living paycheck to paycheck, and the senior citizens choosing between food and medicine, many could not empathize with these situations. Poverty, or even the possibility of poverty, was not a daily worry for most Americans. Sure, in 2005, America was jostled into at least acknowledging the existence of this hidden America when Hurricane Katrina hit. The storm's waters glistened like a reflecting pool and showed Americans the one facet of our nation that was up until that point hidden in the shadows of national shame. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: The greatest thing since sliced ketchup! Greg Dworkin notes the tide may be turning, but real progress on guns still depends on elections. The Mercers: model scam artists. A series of wacky & treasonous coincidences for Kushner and the Saudish! x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
Trump made the announcement on Twitter; Bolton has a pinch-me moment on Fox News
The recent release of Disney’s big-budget adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time was a critical and box office disappointment. However, the film, along with Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, have been noted for possibly signaling a shift to more diverse choices among Hollywood decision makers and audiences in what they’ll accept with casting lead roles. The industry is still one where less than a quarter of films have a female lead, and still trying to adjust in a post-Weinstein new #MeToo environment. With A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle’s main theme centers on the triumph of accepting differences over the conformity of what someone, or something, believes life should be. And the main character of Meg does not fit in and accept the social roles expected of being a “girl.” So, with this in mind and the decision to have the character played by Storm Reid, much has been written about not only a movie with a female lead, but also a lead of color, since “black women’s anger is policed even more fiercely and more stringently than the anger of white women.” The novel has a place in my heart since it was the first work of literature I became aware of as literature, since my fourth grade teacher read from it for an hour a day every day. Little did 9-year-old me know the novel I was listening to had been rejected over two dozen times by publishers before finding a home. According to L’Engle, the general criticism of the story she heard was it was too complex, especially for children, and too uncertain as to what kind of story it is (e.g., science fiction or fantasy). But another aspect of the rejections was the concept of having a female lead character in fictional genres where those characters are expected to be male. Would an audience accept the hopes, dreams and ambitions of a girl? That was in the 1960s, but much of those biases still plague our society here in the 21st century. The recent concerns over Nancy Pelosi’s impact on Democratic congressional chances has been predicated on the former speaker of the House’s negative public image. But why does that image exist? It would be easy to write it off as just another example of negative Republican media messaging doing its damage, but is it more than just that? Some argue there might be something more ingrained and fundamentally sexist, where visible aspects of female ambition engender negative reactions in contrast to their male counterparts. If true, this not only has implications for women in politics and business, but also perceptions of women throughout society, and how they’re depicted (or wish to be depicted) in media. It also opens up a chicken or egg debate over whether these perceptions are fed by media, or if the media is reflection of those already ingrained biases.
One of the only fortunate things about Team Trump is that they are, thank goodness, reliably dumb. The Trump administration has been unsubtle in pushing for a new question to be added to the 2020 census asking each person whether they are a citizen; this question is not currently asked because it has been widely understood that non-citizens would be fearful of answering. Would their answer be reported to other authorities? Would simply answering a census question result in deportation? Asking the question is therefore an excellent way to ensure that undocumented immigrants (and, for that matter, many documented ones) hide themselves from the census. Since an official census of residents is how both congressional representation and some federal funding is apportioned, this has the net desired effect of undercounting cities with high numbers of immigrants, shrinking their representation. The not-so-innocent question is meant to punish immigrants as well as the places immigrants live. But is the push to include it intended to be a political ploy by Team Trump? The only way to determine that would be if they openly couched it as political ploy, and—Oh, will you look at that. The Commerce Department, which oversees the census, has until March 31 to decide whether to approve the question, but President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has just come out strongly in favor—and it’s already using the issue to raise money and score political points. “In another era, this would be COMMON SENSE,” the campaign said in an email on Monday, “but 19 attorneys general said they will fight the President if he dares to ask people if they are citizens.” Fundraising off a demand to require a citizenship question on the census would seem a fairly open assertion that the effort is a politically-motivated one, rather than a coincidental one. So there you go.
John Bolton was one of the worst elements of the George W. Bush administration. The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations continually pressed for war in Iraq and has been strongly pressing for war in both Iran and North Korea. Hell, he even pushed for the U.S. to go to war with Cuba! In May 2002, during a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Bolton said he believed Cuba was developing biological weapons and was capable of distributing them to Libya and Syria. The New York Times reported on the speech: «'The United States believes that Cuba has at least a limited offensive biological warfare research and development effort,' Mr. Bolton said, taking aim at the Communist government of Fidel Castro. Cuba, he added, has also 'provided dual-use biotechnology to other rogue states.'» The Times noted that it was the first time an American official openly accused Cuba of developing biological weapons. When the Times asked Bolton's office to substantiate this historic and potentially bellicose claim, they offered no evidence. Just like Iraq, the claims of weapons of mass destruction were later debunked. Good thing we held off on that invasion. Although Mike Pompeo eventually received the nomination, Donald Trump was rumored to be considering Bolton for secretary of state. Rumors persist that Trump is considering Bolton, a longtime unofficial adviser, for the position of national security adviser, replacing an as-of-yet-to-be-fired Lt. General H.R. McMaster. Aside from being dead wrong about damn near everything, several eye-popping connections between Trump, Russia, and Bolton keep surfacing. For starters, John Bolton has a Super PAC that spent a considerable amount of money with Cambridge Analytica. Funny that! From the Center for Public Integrity: Bolton’s super PAC has paid Cambridge Analytica more than $1.1 million since 2014 for “research” and “survey research,” a Center for Public Integrity analysis of campaign finance filings shows. So far during the 2018 election season, Bolton has announced his super PAC will spend $1 million boosting Republican Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson in Wisconsin. Nicholson is challenging incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat. Who is donating so much money to John Bolton and why? From NPR: Bolton, who visited President Donald Trump in the Oval Office earlier this month and has reportedly been considered as a replacement for national security adviser H.R. McMaster, is a curious pick for The Right to Bear Arms in its video effort to influence the Russian legislature. After all, Bolton is one of the most hawkish, anti-Russia figures in Republican Party foreign policy circles. And yet the video recorded by Bolton was used by this obscure Russian gun rights group with ties to the Kremlin. A source close to Bolton told NPR that he was originally asked to record the video by David Keene, who served as NRA president from 2011 to 2013, and that he was informed the recording was for the Russian legislature. The source also said the former ambassador had never heard of The Right to Bear Arms until recent news coverage of the group. David Keene seems to know all about this group called The Right to Bear Arms, and must have forgotten to mention it.
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With one fell swoop, President Trump just swapped out the “warrior scholar” for the warmonger. I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There […]
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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown isn’t seen as the most-athletic player at his position in the NFL. Over the course of an unassuming 15-year career, McCown has rushed for a grand total of 1,076 yards.But don’t let this distract us from the fact that the 38-year-old quarterback can flat out play basketball.You read that right. He’s a dominating figure on the hardwood. Dunks all day. Fade-away jumpers from out on the perimeter and a drive that remainds us so much of Kyrie Irving.We’re kidding, right? We have to be.Well, here’s video evidence of McCown absolutely tearing it up playing basketball. Sure this is from a charity basketball game back in 2014 when McCown was a member of the Buccaneers. But really, who cares? It’s so awesome that the video surfacing on Thursday was made possible by the actual Jets official Twitter account. pic.twitter.com/s67zFw9x33— New York Jets (@nyjets) March 22, 2018 Uncle Josh, indeed.Someone should tell the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets about these mad skills. It matters
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