Chairman Stewart has difficulty with moral equivalence and manners

CNN.com:

GOP Virginia Senate candidate Corey Stewart defends President Trump’s comments blaming both sides of the protest in Charlottesville for violence.

Corey has humiliated Prince William County with his behavior.  His tough guy persona is simply rude, crude and socially unattractive.     His bad manners on TV are an embarrassment.  His convoluted logic has turned him into a mental midget rather than the chairman of the 2nd most populated county in the State of Virginia.

I am uncomfortable with any politician who is in such denial that even he or she cannot see their own lies.  Apparently Corey missed seeing that torch walk that went on for almost a mile.  Apparently he didn’t hear the aggression used by young men sporting swastika arm bands.  Apparently he didn’t hear the anti-semitic remarks being made and by-standers being called “faggots.” Apparently he didn’t see torch fuel being thrown on college students.  He must not have seen the students circling the statue of Mr. Jefferson being surrounded by Nazis and beaten with torches and clubs.

I saw these things.  Corey, educate yourself.  I will send you the information.  Look outside yourself and what you want to be true for your own political gain.

Corey has 2 fine young sons who are rapidly growing up.  I feel almost positive he would be horrified if his sons joined any white nationalist group.  I was horrified to see how young the boys/men were in the torch procession.

Yes, there are violent groups out there who are not White Nationalists, Nazis, or KKK.  There are militia groups and Antifa.  Here is the difference, Corey:  Redneck Revolt, Antifa and BLM have not killed millions of people, or even thousands.  The Nazis and KKK have.  That fact alone ends the discussion.

His behavior with Chris Cuamo was no better:

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Wrong Trump! Wrong Corey!

There is no Alt-Left movement. Alt-Right was self naming.

The rally was organized by Jason Kessler and called “Unite the Right.”  The deplorable were invited.

The antifa people showed up in response to a gathering of white supremacists.

NBCNews.com:

What is antifa?

Antifa is short for “anti-fascist.” It is a loosely organized coalition of protesters, left-wing activists, and self-described anarchists who vow to physically confront “fascists” — meaning anyone who espouses bigoted or totalitarian views.

Dana R. Fisher, a sociologist who has studied protest movements in the United States for decades, said she’s come to view Antifa protesters as a militant response to the rise in visibility of white nationalist organizations since Trump’s election.

“Violence begets violence,” she said. “One of these groups is coming out with this violent message of hate, and the other has responded with a violent, reactive message.”

President Trump and Corey Stewart both need to be honest about who was there and who started the violence.  I watched 45 minutes of the torch march on Friday night.  There is no doubt in my mind who started tings.  Antifa wasn’t even present Friday night–just a few college students who encircled Mr. Jefferson’s statue.  Some of them had the living hell beaten out of them.  One campus librarian had a stroke because of injuries he sustained.

Trump and Corey, you need to revamp your message and base it on truth.

Opportunistic school board chairman pushes to change name of Stonewall Jackson H.S.

Potomaclocal.com:

Ryan Sawyers, the county’s At-large School Board Chairman, a Democrat who is now seeking a seat in Congress, issued a rallying cry to supporters calling for the name changes after this past weekend’s violent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville where three people died.

“When we name a school after someone we honor and celebrate that person. These schools were named in a time when Brown v. Board of Education, integration, and the Civil Rights Act were being implemented across our country. Under the false rhetoric of ‘heritage,’ these schools were, in fact, named after a Confederate icon as a “thumb in the eye” to Federal actions ending their continued racial segregation of public schools,” Sawyers stated.

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was a Confederate general and is regarded by historians as one of the most gifted military commanders in U.S. history. Jackson fought at the 1st and 2nd battles of Manassas during the Civil War and later died at age 39 after a battle in Chancellorsville outside Fredericksburg.

Stonewall Middle School, located at 10100 Lomond Drive near Manassas opened in 1964 and is home to 1,140 students. Stonewall Jackson Senior High School, located at 8820 Rixlew Lane near Manassas, opened in 1973, is home to 2,400 students, and the county’s International Baccalaureate Program.

Sawyers has no clue why the school was named Stonewall Jackson High School.  He isn’t from around here.  My guess is that the school was named for Stonewall Jackson because Thomas Jonathan Jackson got his nickname, “Stonewall,”  2 miles away at Manassas Battlefield.  To suggest that the school was named to stick a “thumb in the eye”  of federal actions is incorrect and frankly, stupid.

I am going to suggest that Sawyers is opportunistic and using tragedy to satisfy his own greedy political ambitions.  Leave the name alone.  Literally thousands of graduates demand that the name not be changed.

Trump craters his own damage control

Politico.com:

NEW YORK — It took President Donald Trump two days to explicitly call out the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who engaged in violent protests over the weekend that resulted in the death of a 32-year-old Charlottesville woman.

It took him less than 24 hours to undo the damage control that had been foisted upon him by teleprompter-wielding, crisis-managing aides.

Bridling at the term “alt-right,” Trump attempted to redirect blame for the violence at the rally onto the other side.

“What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?” he said at an unplanned news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower, referring to the “alt-right” protesters who gathered to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from a park.

Trump also said he has yet to speak to the family of the woman killed, Heather Heyer, but promised that he would be “reaching out” and applauded her mother’s “beautiful statement,” in which she praised Trump.

With no teleprompter to keep him on a message crafted for him by his top aides, like chief of staff John Kelly, Trump reverted to the “many sides” language he ad-libbed on Saturday — remarks that earned him criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike, and even pushback from his own top aides.

“You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other,” Trump explained Tuesday, “and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible, and it was a horrible thing to watch.”

He added: “I think there’s blame on both sides.”

What was he thinking?  Why can’t this man keep his mouth shut?    He simply cannot defend the KKK, the white supremacists, the neo-Nazis, and other anti-American groups.  These groups have long been on various hate-group lists.  He is President of the United States.  He cannot defend their ideals.  Period.

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Bone-chilling White supremacy

 

This video speaks for itself. Perhaps Elle should get an emmy for her bravery to associate with people who think and act like these folks do.

I am still in shock by the evil that has been displayed here.

Watch at your own peril. You won’t be able to un-hear or un-see the content.

Alt right, Nazis and white supremacists–go home!

Washingtonpost.com:

Chaos and violence turned to tragedy Saturday as hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members — planning to stage what they described as their largest rally in decades to “take America back” — clashed with counterprotesters in the streets and a car plowed into crowds, leaving one person dead and 19 others injured.

Hours later, two state police officers died when their helicopter crashed at the outskirts of town. Officials would not confirm their identities nor whether the crash was related to Saturday’s protests.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who had declared a state of emergency in the morning, said at an evening news conference that he had a message for “all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today: Go home. You are not wanted in this great commonwealth.”

Maurice Jones, Charlottesville’s African American city manager, looked stricken as he spoke: “Hate came to our town today in a way that we had feared but we had never really let ourselves imagine would.”

Charlottesville is my home town.  I was born there, raised there and I married there.  My parents met there.  My family has been there for 8 generations, at least.  This violence and chaos breaks my heart.

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Immigration debate raises its ugly head, again

Washingtonpost.com:

President Trump on Wednesday endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at slashing legal immigration levels in half over a decade, a potentially profound change to policies that have been in place for more than half a century.

Trump appeared with Republican Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.) at the White House to unveil a modified version of a billthe senators first introduced in February to create a “merit-based” immigration system that would put a greater emphasis on the job skills of foreigners over their ties to family in the United States.

The legislation seeks to reduce the annual distribution of green cards awarding permanent legal residence to just over 500,000 from more than 1 million. Trump promised on the campaign trail to take a harder line on immigration, arguing that the growth in new arrivals had harmed job opportunities for American workers.

“Among those who have been hit hardest in recent years are immigrants and minority workers competing for jobs against brand-new arrivals,” said Trump, flanked by the senators in the Roosevelt Room. “It has not been fair to our people, our citizens and our workers.”

 

I wish I had a nickel for every time I head people say they weren’t against immigration, just illegal immigration.  The recently proposed bill regarding immigration shows that simply is not true.

One of the most draconian aspects of the bill is that  it limits the number of legal immigrants.  If people cannot immigrate legally they will do so illegally.

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Republican female senator threatened by some men in their party

Washingtonpost.com:

Republican female senators whose disapproval of the GOP health-care effort has at times endangered its progress are facing an increasingly pointed backlash from men in their party, including a handful of comments that invoked physical retaliation.

In the past week, Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) has been challenged by a male lawmaker to a duel. She and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) were told that they and others deserve a physical reprimand for their decisions not to support Republican health-care proposals. Murkowski, who voted with Collins against starting the health-care debate this week, was specifically called out by President Trump on Twitter and told by a Cabinet official that Alaska could suffer for her choice, according to a colleague.

The language of retribution increasingly adopted by Republican men reflects Trump’s influence and underscores the challenges GOP women can face when opposing the consensus of their party, which remains dominated by men, outside experts said. A videotape of Trump surfaced during the campaign revealing him bragging in vulgar terms about groping women, and some believed that opened the gates for further insults and degrading behavior toward women.

This is the year 2017.   This crap will not stand.  Men who threaten women will lose their jobs.  They might not lose their jobs instantly but those who threaten will absolutely not be able to outrun their errors.  The good old boy network is no longer cool and it will no longer exclude others.

It’s just time for  many folks to clean up their acts.  Let’s start with new kid on the block  Anthony Scaramucci.  Scaramucci threatened Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon in the foulest and most vulgar terms.  In the first place, this thug isn’t even on the payroll yet.  However, that hasn’t stopped him from threatening those two and others in the White House with firing.  I don’t care how people talk in private.  I have been known to have a few salty sailor-like traits myself…however, Scaramucci is a public figure.  He represents the office of the President of the United States.  He needs to use civil language.  It’s one thing to slip.  It’s another thing to speak of others like he did.  This was no “hot mike.”  It was just being an intimidating pig.  .

Trump should fire him.  But he won’t.  Trump has no judgement and is probably enjoying the commotion.  It takes the laser beam off Trump’s illegal and traitorous behavior.

Meanwhile, the female senators need to stand their ground and not give way to the class jerks in the room.  They need to identify anyone who threatens them so that we can track those men and put them out of office.

Moon-Howler censored by SoN?

Most people who know me know that I will rise up on my haunches over people I feel have been wronged or who have been mischaracterized.  Such was the case with Betty Dean, upcoming president of the local Chamber of Commerce.  The ad hominem attack on her on the Sheriff of Nottingham in Prince William County needed to be answered, so up on my haunches I stood.

This morning I attempted to make a comment regarding Betty Dean over some strong character assassinations by the folks over at the Sheriff of Nottingham in Prince William County.  Oddly enough, my comment was not posted, (as of 4 pm) even though other comments have been posted since.   Perhaps it’s because unlike most of the contributors there, I signed it “Moon-Howler.”  I would have signed it Betsie but no one would have known who made the comment.  Perhaps if I had hidden behind “Anonymous” it would have been posted.

I have no choice but to surmise my comment was not welcome there.  I think it was an important comment so I will post it here.  I consider Ms. Dean a friend and friends don’t let others talk smack about their friends.   Here was what I attempted to post:

I believe the Sheriff takes quite a bit on himself assuming he knows how Ms. Dean feels about the litany of groups you have attached to her name.

Did you contact Ms. Dean and interview her for this “article” or did you just ASS.u.me?

I consider Betty Dean a personal friend. I have never heard her mention most of the organizations you say she is an ardent supporter of. Hell, I only support 2 of them–Planned Parenthood and Emily’s list. I would say that Ms. Dean probably leans more towards local organizations that help other people or at least that has been my experience with her.

If I were going to censor someone, it wouldn’t be someone who buys “ink” by the barrel.

UPDATE:  I was notified that the Sheriff has now included  this entire post on his blog.   I thanked him.

Little green men, Russians, and Congressmen

Manassaspatch.com:

WASHINGTON, DC — A GOP congressman raised some eyebrows at a recent hearing on Capitol Hill when he asked NASA officials about the possibility of an intelligent alien civilization on Mars just a few thousand years ago.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California who has been in the news recently for his ties to the Russian government and some inflammatory comments, asked a panel of NASA experts testifying before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology about the possibility of intelligent Martians living not long ago on the Red Planet. The video of the exchange is embedded below.

“You have indicated that Mars had, was totally different thousands of years ago. Is it possible that there was a civilization on Mars thousands of years ago?” Rohrabacher asked.

Kenneth Farley, who is a project scientist with the NASA Mars Rover 2020 mission, replied that in fact Mars would have been significantly different billions, not thousands, of years ago, and that there is absolutely no evidence that any intelligent life ever existed there.

Rohrabacher pressed Farley, asking him if he would rule it out.

“I would say that is extremely unlikely,” Farley responded.

While scientists are vigorously studying Mars for signs of ancient life, they are looking for very basic microbial life, not for human-like aliens.

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Embarrassment: A failed promise

Washingtonpost.com:

By any measure, the collapse of the Senate health-care bill represents an epic failure for the Republican Party and a major embarrassment for President Trump. The crusade that animated — and bound — conservatives for seven years proved to be a mirage, an objective without a solution. Power comes with consequences.

There is no way to spin to those who were promised that the Affordable Care Act would be repealed and replaced once Republicans held full power in Washington that what has happened is the fault of forces outside the party. This has been a GOP undertaking from start to finish. It is as though Republicans unknowingly set a trap and then walked into it without having prepared escape routes.

What price, if any, Republicans will pay for this setback will be revealed over the coming months. Perhaps they will be able to move quickly on other priorities — a tax bill being the most appealing now, although not necessarily a slam dunk — and wash away the bitter taste of the health-care debate. That might be the best they can hope for, but there are no guarantees.

The failed promise to repeal and replace Obamacare surely will affect the mood and enthusiasm of the Republican base heading toward 2018. When the Gallup organization asked Americans about the future of the Affordable Care Act recently, 30 percent overall said they favored “repeal and replace,” but 70 percent of Republicans supported that option. GOP lawmakers will have left them empty-handed, perhaps disillusioned. That will energize Democrats even more in their quest to take control of the House in 2018.

The health care bill was doomed from the start.  Replacing a flawed plan with an even worse one just isn’t going to please anyone. That new bill that just went died an embarrassingly painful death sounded awful to almost everyone. The really stupid part is that it hurt the Trump base the most.

What does it tell us when the Republicans own the White House and both the House and the Senate and they still can’t get a bill passed?  Trump wants to blame the Democrats.  Well, math must not be his forte.  Maybe the problem lies with the quality of health care the Republicans were proposing.

Here’s a novel idea–keep what’s good about Obamacare and fix the bad parts.  Maybe the idea of repealing the whole thing was repugnant to too many Americans.  Maybe Democrats and Republicans have to work together and push politics aside.

Corey Stewart announces the “most vicious, ruthless campaign” against Tim Kaine for the Senate

Bristowbeat.com:

Corey Stewart announced his run for senate, July 13, at his Prince William home, saying “I’m going to run the most vicious, ruthless campaign against Tim Kaine.”

Corey Stewart, Chairman At-large for the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, who just recently completed a fairly successful run to be the Republican candidate for Virginia Governor, used fighting words to announce his run for the U.S. Senate, challenging Democrat Tim Kaine.

Stewart proposed he would not be “holding back any punches” and said he was “disgusted” when George H. W. Bush had promised “a kinder, gentler nation.”

Corey does not disappoint.   Emboldened by a near-successful primary bid for the governorship, Corey will continue with his mini-me Trump-like behavior as the Trump administration circles the drain daily.  As more and more is uncovered in the various Russia-gate capers,  the Trump administration appears to be headed for a crash-and-burn scenario that will ultimately end in impeachment and removal from office.

Stewart is a seasoned local politician who could overcome the set-backs, on a local level, that a politically naive Trump will have trouble extricating himself from.  Unfortunately for Stewart, he now plans on swimming in shark-infested political waters that might just be a little more than he bargained for.

I can’t see Corey driving “old Dixie down” this go-round.  The primary is over.  Corey won’t be running for governor.  Corey will run for the Senate.

Will Corey seriously run on keeping Robert E. Lee while waving the Battle Flag of Northern Virginia?   On a national level, that stuff just won’t fly.  There has to be substance about issues most Virginians care about like jobs, health care, threats from foreign invaders. etc.    Those who turn out for a primary simply aren’t the same folks who turn out for a general election. v

Nicolle Wallace condemns Trump tweets


Washingtonpost.com:

Hours after President Trump posted a pair of ugly tweets attacking cable TV hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, cable news talk shows across the political spectrum featured lengthy, often angry monologues accusing him of demeaning his office as well as women.

Conservatives Charles Krauthammer and Tucker Carlson criticized the tweets on Fox News, with Krauthammer saying, “Presidents don’t talk like this.”

On CNN, Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper dedicated their opening remarks to what Lemon called Trump’s “flat-out gross and disgusting” tweets.

And on a CNN panel Thursday night, USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers got into a lively debate over the definitions of “feminism” and “misogyny” with Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord.

But even Lord, who usually defends anything and everything Trump does, said, “I don’t think he should have done it.”

Perhaps the strongest repudiation yet comes from Nicolle Wallace.  Wallace served as George W. Bush’s communication chief.  Nicolle Wallace, as a Republican woman sums up pretty much what the rest of us think.

To those who try to excuse Trump or make excuses for him–this is 2017.  This kind of garbage issued in a tweet is unacceptable and beneath the Office of the president of the United States.  The se is sim ycophants need to start telling Trump he is simply rude, crude and socially unacceptable.