Archive for the 'Politics' Category

“[N]othing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck”

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Los Angeles Times:

  1. Our Dishonest President

    “It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters. The Times called him unprepared and unsuited for the job he was seeking, and said his election would be a “catastrophe.””

  2. Why Trump Lies

    “Donald Trump did not invent the lie and is not even its master. Lies have oozed out of the White House for more than two centuries and out of politicians’ mouths — out of all people’s mouths — likely as long as there has been human speech.”

  3. Trump’s Authoritarian Vision

    “Standing before the cheering throngs at the Republican National Convention last summer, Donald Trump bemoaned how special interests had rigged the country’s politics and its economy, leaving Americans victimized by unfair trade deals, incompetent bureaucrats and spineless leaders.”

  4. Trump’s War on Journalism

    “In Donald Trump’s America, the mere act of reporting news unflattering to the president is held up as evidence of bias. Journalists are slandered as “enemies of the people.””

  5. Conspiracy Theorist in Chief

    “It was bad enough back in 2011 when Donald Trump began peddling the crackpot conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not a native-born American. But at least Trump was just a private citizen then.”

  6. California Fights Back

    “When Donald Trump threatened on the campaign trail to deport every single immigrant living in the country illegally, bring back offshore drilling and reverse the anti-pollution policies that help clear smoggy skies, Californians immediately understood that our state would be disproportionately affected — and disproportionately harmed — by the reckless policies he was hoping to enact.”

“Bernie Sanders splintered and ultimately sabotaged the Democratic party – not because he chose to run against Hillary Clinton, but because of how he ran against her.”

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

The Guardian: The destruction of Hillary Clinton: sexism, Sanders and the millennial feminists. “In this extract from her book, Susan Bordo asks how the most qualified candidate ever to run for president lost the seemingly unloseable election”.

“The Trump presidency is a corruption that flows from corruption. It is damned by its own damned lies.”

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

New York Times Opinion: Birth of the Biggest Lie. By Charles M. Blow.

“A few things are clear after the congressional testimony of James Comey, the F.B.I. director, this week:

First, Donald Trump owes Barack Obama and the American people an apology for his vituperative lie that Obama committed a felony by wiretapping Trump Tower. It was specious, libelous and reckless […].

Second, Donald Trump will never apologize. Trump’s strategy for dealing with being caught in a lie is often to tell a bigger lie. He seems constitutionally incapable of registering what others would: shame, embarrassment, contrition. Something is broken in the man — definitely morally and possibly psychologically.

Third, and to me this is the biggest, Comey confirmed that the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to the Russians who tampered with our election is not “fake news” manufactured by Democrats stewing over a bitter loss but a legitimate investigation that has been underway for months and has no end in sight.”

“Killing wolves and bears in this cruel, unsportsmanlike fashion is outrageous, especially in national wildlife refuges that belong to all Americans.”

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

NPR the two-way: Congress Rolls Back Obama-Era Rule On Hunting Bears And Wolves In Alaska.

“By a largely party-line vote Tuesday, the Senate approved a bill that repeals Obama-era hunting restrictions on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The House already voted last month to abolish those restrictions — which were instituted by the Fish and Wildlife Service in 2016 to protect predator species from hunters — and so the bill now heads to the desk of President Trump, who is widely expected to sign it.

The FWS rule facing repeal explicitly prohibited many kinds of “predator control” on the 16 federally owned refuges in Alaska. That prohibition included a ban on the aerial hunting, live trapping or baiting of predators such as bears and wolves — as well as killing those predators while near their dens or their cubs.”

Erdoğan-Auftritt in Deutschland

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Die Zeit: Erdoğan-Auftritt: Verbieten! Nein, aushalten! “Der türkische Präsident Erdoğan will in Deutschland für seine autokratische Verfassung werben. Sollen deutsche Behörden das verhindern – oder zulassen? Ein Pro & Contra von Till Schwarze und Ludwig Greven”. Erschienen am 24.02.2017.

“Bundesverfassungsgericht[:] “Es ist damit Sache des Bundes zu entscheiden, ob und unter welchen Rahmenbedingungen sich ausländische Staatsoberhäupter oder Regierungsmitglieder auf dem Gebiet der Bundesrepublik Deutschland im öffentlichen Raum durch amtliche Äußerungen politisch betätigen dürfen”, heißt es in dem Beschluss.

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Ein Verbot von Erdoğans Auftritt würde […] die Konflikte unter den hier lebenden Türken und Türkischstämmigen nur verschärfen. Es würde politisch vermutlich genau das Gegenteil erreichen: eine noch größere Zustimmung zum Referendum. Und Erdoğan könnte sich wieder einmal als Verfolgter darstellen.”

(Bin momentan mit dem Lesen der “Zeit” etwas hinterher…)