Monday, January 23, 2017

Sgns from the creative ladies from around the world as they march for equality, solidarity and human rights

<p>Demonstrators gather to protest against US President Donald Trump in front of the US Embassy on January 21, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. Simultaneous protests have been staged, mainly by women, in many different countries against Trump’s behavior to women. (Horacio Villalobos – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images) </p>
Nuff said speaks volumes

<p>A woman holds a cartoon depicting Donald Trump during the Women’s March rally in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. The march was held in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, advocating women’s rights and opposing Donald Trump’s presidency. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) </p>

<p>A woman holds a sign that reads in Spanish “Trump, respect migrants” during a march called by a local women’s movement against U.S. President Donald Trump in Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States Friday, Jan. 20 2017, amid apprehension in Mexico regarding his previous comments about Mexico and his promise to build a border wall to halt migration. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) </p>

<p>Madasun Coates, (cq) 12, MD., marched in support of women’s rights. Thousands of demonstrators gather in the Nation’s Capital for the Women’s March on Washington to protest the policies of President Donald Trump. January 21, 2017. (Photo: Mary F. Calvert for Yahoo News) </p>

<p>Protesters prepare to rally at the Women’s March Saturday Jan. 21, 2017 in Philadelphia. The march is being held in solidarity with similar events taking place in Washington and around the nation. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) </p>

<p>Thousands of demonstrators gather in the Nation’s Capital for the Women’s March on Washington to protest the policies of President Donald Trump. January 21, 2017. (Photo: Mary F. Calvert for Yahoo News) </p>

<p>A woman holds a sign during the women’s march rally in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. The march was held in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, advocating women’s rights and opposing Donald Trump’s presidency. (AP Photo/Agustin Marcarian) </p>

<p>Thousands of demonstrators gather in the Nation’s Capital for the Women’s March on Washington to protest the policies of President Donald Trump. January 21, 2017. (Photo: Mary F. Calvert for Yahoo News) </p>

<p>Some 200 activists of women’s organizations and women’s rights slogans walk from the office of Prime Minister to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in support of the Women’s March in Washington and protests around the globe saying they were concerned about the rhetoric that was raised in President Donald Trump’s campaign. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) </p>

<p>Demonstrators gather to protest against US President Donald Trump in front of the US Embassy on January 21, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. Simultaneous protests have been staged, mainly by women, in many different countries against Trump’s behavior to women. (Photo by Horacio Villalobos – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images) </p>

<p>People gather for the Women’s March in Washington U.S., January 21, 2017. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>

<p>Demonstrators protest against U.S. President Donald Trump next to the U.S. embassy during the Women’s March in Lisbon, Portugal January 21, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters) </p>

<p>A woman holds a sign that reads, “Girls just wanna have fundamental human rights,” during a rally at the Women’s March on Washington, Jan. 21, 2017. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) </p>

<p>Thousands of people gathered for the Womens March on London to march in celebration of womens rights, diversity and equality in London, United Kingdom, on 21 January 2017. This was mirrored in cities around the world. Thousands of people across the globe marched in solidarity. The march was also in protest to the inaugeration of Donald Trump as president of the USA. (Barry Lewis / In Pictures via Getty Images) </p>

<p>Protesters take part in the Women’s March in Paris, France, January 21, 2017. The march formed part of a worldwide day of action following the inauguration of Donald Trump to U.S. President. (Jacky Naegelen/Reuters) </p>

<p>Protesters carrying banners take part in the Women’s March on London, as they stand in Trafalgar Square, in central London, Britain January 21, 2017. The march formed part of a worldwide day of action following the election of Donald Trump to U.S. President. (Neil Hall/Reuters) </p>

<p>A protest placard lays by a lion at the foot of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square during the Women’s March on London, in central London, Britain January 21, 2017. The march formed part of a worldwide day of action following the election of Donald Trump to U.S. President. (Neil Hall/Reuters) </p>

LYRIC FROM 'FIVE MAN ELECTRICAL BAND' 1971 (slightly altered, in keeping with the situation)

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?
And the sign said anybody caught trespassing would be shot on sight
So I jumped the fence  wall and yelled at the house, "Hey! What gives you the right?"
"To put up a fence wall to keep me out or to keep mother fuckers in"
"If God was here he'd tell you to your face, Man, you're some kinda sinner"


Friday, January 20, 2017

Anti-Trump protester screams in agony as he is sworn in

An anti-Trump protester screams in agony as the new US President is sworn in.
The woman, sitting cross-legged on the ground close to Capitol Hill, was filmed yelling "no" at the top of her voice as Donald Trump took his oath.

Riots in Washington precursor to Women's march on Washington tomorrow

 On the up-side, Trump supporters were very happy about the whole inauguration thing.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Donald Trump's Inauguration Committee: Kanye West Isn’t Performing Because...

 January 19, 2017            By  Megan French
A spokesperson for president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration committee told CNN that Friend of Donald Kanye West was not invited to perform at the real estate mogul's inaugural because 'Ye's music wasn't right for the "typically and traditionally American event." Tom Barrack, chairman of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, told CNN's Erin Burnett that the inauguration wasn't a "fitting" venue for West, who famously met with Trump in December and posed for a stiff photo at Trump Tower afterwards and whose music is about to be the subject of a course at Washington University in St. Louis called "Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics."

"He's been great, he considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but it's not the venue." Kanye, who was born in Chicago and performs a style of music, hip-hop, that was invented in the United States on the streets of Trump's New York in the late 1970s, performed at MTV's Inaugural Youth Ball in honor of President Obama in 2009. "It's going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy, we just haven't asked him to perform. And we move on with our agenda," Barrack added.

Among the latest bookings for the "traditionally American event" is Irish river-dancer Michael Flatley, who will reportedly hoof it at Friday night's Liberty Ball.

Here's some fan footage of Kanye's previous inaugural gig, where he performed a snippet of his collabo with Estelle, "American Boy":

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Rep. Lewis: I would not invite Trump to Selma

NBC News           SALLY BRONSTON             January  15th 2017 

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), said he would not invite President-elect Donald Trump to visit Selma, Alabama, with him, though he also would not "do anything to prevent him from coming."

On Bloody Sunday in 1965, Lewis was badly beaten by Alabama state troopers on Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge during a march for voting rights.

Politicians and leaders from both parties - including Vice President-elect Mike Pence - have visited Selma with Lewis over the years. In 2015, Presidents Obama and Bush, went to Selma with Lewis and others to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

"By going to Selma," Lewis said of Trump, "maybe he would learn something." But, he added, "I would not invite him to come."

The civil rights leader's comments come in the same interview with NBC News' Chuck Todd where he also said Trump was not "a legitimate president."

Trump reacted to an early clip of that interview on Twitter, calling Lewis "all talk, talk, talk - no action or results," leading many leading Democrats - and a few Republicans - to publicly rush to Lewis' defense.

On the question of Trump's legitimacy, the Georgia congressman believes there was a "conspiracy" and that "the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton."

Lewis, agreeing with Sen. John McCain, called for a "special commission to get to the bottom of what happened."

In the meantime, Lewis said it would be "almost impossible" for him to work with the incoming president.

However, asked if some of the responsibility for Hillary Clinton's loss falls on the Democrats, Lewis conceded "maybe we didn't do everything that we could've done."

On the eve of Martin Luther King Day, Lewis said of race relations in the country, "we made a lot of progress...but we're not there yet. The scars and stains of racism are still deeply embedded in American society."

Lewis added, "It is difficult to see our country come to where it is today."
The congressman also made headlines earlier in the week when he testified against Trump's attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions.

When asked why he decided to testify, Lewis responded that Sessions doesn't "have a history of...being on the side of what is fair and what is just."

With Sessions is likely to be confirmed, however, Lewis said he will work with his Democratic colleagues "to try to get him to do the right thing."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rex Tillerson breaks with Trump, faces questions over Exxon-Russia dealings

Donald Trump's secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson testified before Congress on Wednesday that Russia "poses a danger" and must be held accountable for its actions regarding the 2016 presidential election.

Tillerson -- who sat as CEO of ExxonMobil for 10 years -- faced questions from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations regarding his views on foreign affairs, reportedly close relationship with Russia and whether his record of corporate management deems him fit to assume the role of secretary of state.

Sen. Marcio Rubio was quick to challenge Tillerson over the CEO's stance on Vladimir Putin, asking the nominee whether he believes the Russian leader is a "war criminal." Tillerson said he would not use that term -- to which the Florida senator responded with a laundry list of Russian offenses against Aleppo and Syria at large.

Tillerson stated he would need more information on Aleppo before naming Russian acts as war crimes, to which Rubio retorted, "None of this is classified Mr. Tillerson, these people are dead."
As the former CEO of the largest privately-owned oil company in the world, Tillerson's record of cutting global deals with authoritarian leaders also came into question on Wednesday, when he was asked whether he would take meetings with Exxon leadership as secretary of state. Tillerson was also pressed on whether his private-sector interests would carry over into his executive branch role.

When asked about imposed sanctions against Russia, Tillerson claimed he never lobbied against sanctions. His statement, however, contradicts lobby reports that show ExxonMobil lobbying against sanctions as recently as Q2 of 2016.

Sen. Rubio also pressed Tillerson on Russia's assumed hacking of the 2016 presidential election, asking whether Putin would have had to be aware of the nation's involvement in the election happenings. Tillerson responded to Rubio's question stating, "I think that's a fair assumption."

As was present at Tuesday's committee hearing on Trump's attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, protestors were escorted out of the room multiple times throughout the hearing. Most could be heard rebuking Tillerson on climate change related issues, from Hurricane Sandy to outdated pipelines in Texas.

One woman could be heard as she was escorted out of the hearing room, saying, "Senators, reject this man, protect the vulnerable."

Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, Tillerson grew up between Oklahoma and Texas. After an Eagle Scout youth, Tillerson attended University of Texas Austin, where he graduated in 1975 with a degree in engineering. Tillerson was then immediately hired by ExxonMobil as a production engineer. The Texas native climbed the ranks of the multinational oil and gas corporation until he was named chairman and chief executive officer in 2006.

As President-elect Trump's chief foreign affairs adviser, it would be Tillerson's duty to carry out the President's foreign policies through the State Department and the Foreign Service of the United States.

In regard to foreign policy in the Middle East, Tillerson asserted in his testimony that defeating ISIS must be the "foremost priority" and that other issues in the region must not deter the nation from that central focus.

The secretary of state nominee spoke to a global state of instability in his testimony, calling out Russia's "disregard" for American interests and Radical Islam as a "hateful, deadly, and an illegitimate expression of the Islamic faith."

In answering his own question of how America should respond to these international realities, Tillerson stated, "To achieve the stability that is foundational to peace and security in the 21st century, American leadership must not only be renewed, it must be asserted."

The Exxon official responded to a question on America's role in combatting climate change, to which he responded that the United States should "maintain a seat" at the table, and described the issue as one that cannot be resolved by one country and requires a "global response."

He later went on to state is personal position on climate change, saying, "The risk of climate change does exist," and "The consequences could be large enough that actions should be taken."

When asked whether he believes "humans" are responsible for climate change, Tillerson pivoted and called out increases in greenhouse gas emissions as "having an effect." He then noted he believes the ability to predict said effect is "very limited."
Witchy sez : 

Hey Conservatives, you don't know anything about this guy so before you back him 100% check out the facts AND
Liberals, you don't know anything about this guy so before you knock him 100% check out the facts. Lets unite Americans to make our government reflect all of us and all of our needs.
Like Trump, he will say anything, and then deny he said it, or just ignore it.  All of this new administration are simply pathological liars, and have no respect for the truth.
I always found it suspicious that ever since Putin came into power, journalists have mysteriously died when it was revealed that they had something on him.
This guy is essentially an oil lobbyist, the exact kind of person Trump said wouldn't be in his administration.  All Trump does is lie, lie, lie, and his suppporters ignorantly eat it up.  Trump also asked the appropriations committee for money to build the wall, which means American taxpayers will foot the bill.   And whatever happened to "lock her up?"  What will it take for you people to see Trump for what he is?
Nuff said ,  but hey , that's just me and the way I roll .

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

US attorney general nominee, denies KKK sympathies - Jeff Sessions,

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President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be the new attorney general has denied sympathizing with the Ku Klux Klan, in a tough Senate confirmation hearing.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, 69, also pledged to recuse himself from any investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
A Democratic senator expressed "deep concern" about the Alabama Republican's nomination. But Democrats do not have the power in the chamber to block his confirmation.
The attorney general, America's top prosecutor, leads the US justice department and acts as the main adviser to the president on legal issues.
Beginning two days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr Sessions, 69, testified that allegations he had once supported the KKK were "damnably false".

Protesters from the Code Pink activist group sit in on the confirmation hearing for Senator Jeff Sessions.
Members of the women's rights activist group Code Pink sit in on Mr Sessions' hearing

"I abhor the Klan and what it represents and its hateful ideology," he added.
Mr Sessions also acknowledged "the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters".
Protesters repeatedly disrupted Tuesday's hearing, including a couple dressed in KKK white robes who chanted: "No Trump, No KKK, No Racist USA."
"Stop this racist pig from getting into power," shouted an African-American demonstrator as she was led out of the hearing by police.
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein voiced her concern over "fear in this country, particularly among the African-American community".
She noted Mr Sessions had voted against an amendment affirming that the US would not bar people entering the US on the basis of their religion.

A protester is escorted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general.
Protesters dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes were escorted from the hearing

But Mr Sessions said he did not support the "idea that Muslims as a religious group should be denied admission to the United States. We have great Muslim citizens."
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley described the nominee as a "man of honour and integrity".
Mr Sessions also promised to remove himself from any investigation into Mrs Clinton, as well as her family's charitable foundation.
He said his past criticism of her private emails and the Clinton Foundation "could place my objectivity in question".
"We can never have a political dispute turn into a criminal dispute," Mr Sessions told the committee.
When asked whether he ever chanted the anti-Clinton slogan "lock her up", the senator said: "No I did not... I don't think."
Mr Trump had pledged on the campaign trail to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Mrs Clinton, but he has since retracted that threat.
In other testimony:
  • Mr Sessions recognized that same-sex marriage and the legal right to abortion were the law of the land
  • He accepted the law "absolutely" prohibits waterboarding, but said Guantanamo Bay fits the purpose of keeping prisoners "marvellously well"
  • Mr Sessions reaffirmed his staunch opposition to amnesty, the granting of legal status to people who have entered the US illegally
  • He said he "has no reason to doubt" US intelligence findings that linked Vladimir Putin to the hacking of Democratic party emails
With 20 years under his belt in the Senate, Mr Sessions is known as one of the most conservative members of the upper chamber.
He was denied a federal judgeship in 1986 after the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony that he made racist remarks.
Mr Sessions was also accused of calling a black assistant US attorney "boy" and telling him to be careful about how he spoke to "white folks". He denied saying it.
But Republicans who have known him a long time deny Mr Sessions is a racist.
Some have pointed out he supported the award of a Congressional Gold Medal to civil rights heroine Rosa Parks.
Testimonies from  the many witnesses to his racist remarks are pretty hard to deny, but Geez Louise, he has denied them all. A pretty smooth liar like his boss.