Maxine and the Demo’s get a failing grade


 

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Maxine Moore Waters is a political icon in California.  The fiery  Democrat  has represented Southern California for more than forty years.  The Congress woman’s resume is filled with accomplishments, including chairing the Congressional Black Caucus.

Today she is a social media star, riding a wave national popularity. Her tweets in response to President Trump has gone global.

In a hearing, last week in a meeting the Congresswoman asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin why he hadn’t responded to a letter she’d sent him in May requesting information about Trump’s financial ties to Russia.  Instead of responding to her question, the secretary complimented her for her service to California.  Avoiding her question, Ms Waters  responded, “Reclaiming my time.” She repeated the phrase — “Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time.”

Within hours, ” Reclaiming my time” went viral.  Tee shirts. songs, Reclaiming time.  The Congresswoman is hot commodity, sought by news and talk shows.

Last Friday on “The View”  Paula Faris brought up The Washington Post publishing transcripts of the president’s phone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday, asking the California congresswoman if she was “disturbed” by the leaks.

“No, not at all. I am so glad they’re telling us what’s going on,” Waters responded, despite Faris saying the leaks “threaten our national security.” “I need to hear these conversations,” “This is his problem. He is in a White House where he’s got people working for him that don’t like him, don’t believe in what he’s doing and they’re trying to tell the american public.”

Paula Faris continued her argument. “America loses here though, he can not have a candid conversation with the leader of another country,” she added, “countries are not going to want to get on the phone with the leader of the free world.”   The View’s Jedediah Bila said “If this leak can happen for this president, that means it can happen for any president and other countries will look at us and say the United States of America, as a whole, is not a secure place.

Maxine Waters: “Let me tell you, the leadership starts at the top and it is this president that his own people have no confidence in,” she responded. “They’re undermining him because they want to see him stopped, they want us to do something, not every president will be treated this way.” 

“This man has no values, he lies, they know it and he’s the danger and they want us to do something about it,” Waters added.   Bila: “I hear you but it’s a scary thing to try to undermine the president because you don’t like his policy or don’t trust him and risk undermining the entire country in the process,”

“He is undermining the country,” Waters said, before the show went to commercial.

Maxine Waters position is similar to many of her Democratic Colleagues .

Impeach Trump

While Donald Trump polls numbers are falling . There is no collective data that suggests overwhelming success for the Democratic party 2018  In a resent ABC/Washington Post poll the news isn’t very positive for the Democrats.

While the Obama administration was responsible for turning the economy around.  The current president will reap the benefits of  current numbers.   By a very small margin, most Americans approve how Trump is handling the economy.   Last month, more than 220 thousand new jobs were added. The National unemployment rate is 4.4%

 52% of Americans say the Democratic message is they’re against Trump,

Democrats aren’t stirred, while like many Americans they are overwhelmed by the daily  barrage of Trump shockers and like Americans Democrats many are slowly becoming numb by the daily news.  With each news report the Democrats attack the Trump administration.  However, they have not offered alternatives to the American public.

While Americans overwhelmingly support the Affordable Care Act , the GOP owns the messaging.   Is the Democrat’s silence by design?     If the GOP were successful in completely dismantling the ACA, the Democrats might be swept into office. might!  Meanwhile caught in the middle are the millions of Americans who depend on the coverage.

Maxine Waters and the Demo’s represent a party without new ideas and direction.

 August 2016, 47% of Americans polled had a negative view of the party.  Last month 48% have a negative view.

The polls indicate,Independents disapprove of Trump. While there are cracks within his base, Trump has a firm grip on his supporters.  That base, unlike the Democrats and Independents are likely to support any candidate he endorses. 

The infighting could result in a split in the party much like the Tea Party in 2010.

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 From The Washington Post

 On Sunday, The Democratic Socialist of America got a chance to break away from the Democratic Party.  A resolution laid out all of the reasons, from the reported 57 percent of voters who want a third party, to the rapid success of the 2016 presidential bid by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), to the laughable unelectability of the Democrats.

 

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said the Democratic Party has become a toxic brand and a failed party,” the resolution read. “The D next to a socialist or progressive’s name places them at a major disadvantage on Election Day. Why tie our strategy to a sinking ship?”

The resolution failed — easily so. While the judgment of 697 delegates to a socialist convention might not seen like a major Democratic Party development, it was telling of something that frequently gets lost. Democrats, for whom self-flagellation starts at birth and continues after death, have been moving as steadily left as Republicans moved right in 2009, when they last lost power.

That story can get lost in the more easily told narrative of Democrats in disarray. Last week provided plenty of material for that narrative, with the third major intraparty brawl of 2017 over abortion rights, and the decision of Gov. Jim Justice (R-W.Va.), who’d become a Democrat to seek his first-ever political office, literally embracing Donald Trump as he switched back to the GOP. A Quinnipiac poll, otherwise larded with good news for Democrats, found that just 40 percent of Democrats had heard of their freshly announced platform, called “The Better Deal.”

Click the Link Below for the Full Washington Post Story

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/08/07/daily-202-democrats-are-moving-left-and-that-won-t-necessarily-hurt-them-in-2018/5987ab1e30fb045fdaef114d/?utm_term=.d392220e1ae9

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 “The Millennials”  

While the Democrats had a slight edge with Millennials in the 2016 election.  Many voted by default.  The Millennials aren’t happy with either group.   A third party candidate could easily capture a large percentage of the vote which would benefit the GOP.

The fragmented Democratic party needs a message that resonates within the party. The current and limited message of Impeaching Trump is an indication of the fragmentation. You often have to be careful of what you ask for.   Its very possible in the next year or so, President Trump may be impeached or leave office.   Waiting in the wings is Mike Pence. The former Governor of Indiana has a very conservative agenda.  Unlike Trump, he has experience in government and is respected in his party.  The Democratic Party hasn’t found away to capitalize in the current disarray of Trumps administration.  However, President Pence does not have Trumps baggage.  He has the ability to push through legislation.

Reclaiming Their Power

Who is leading the party?  Nancy Pelosi like Maxine Waters are shouting Impeachment from the comfort of  their Leather Chairs.  Elizabeth Warren criticizes Trump as she hawks her newest book.   Bernie Sanders is an island and Hillary is bitter.

Waiting for an Impeachment is very short sided and premature.   Its time to move on from talks of Impeachment, and to shore up its base.  Both parties could benefit from a major renovation bringing in fresh (younger faces and ideas) that would appeal to a fading demographic and to an emerging one. Or maybe its time for Americans to jump ship to other political parties that have their interests.

 

 

 

 CityFella

 

 

 

 

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R. Kelly ‘Cult’ Member Joycelyn Savage Asks Dad to Back Off: ‘You’re Embarrassing Me’


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Joycelyn Savage, one of the young women whose parents allege that R. Kelly is holding in an “abusive cult” via an article published on BuzzFeed News and a press conference Monday, has issued a second video claiming that she is not being held against her will and asking her parents to leave her alone.

Possibly in response to media reaction to the first video — which was filmed indoors and in which she declined to say where she was or whether she was allowed to leave — the latest interview finds Savage outdoors, sitting on a park bench, and speaking in a slightly less stilted manner than the first.

“Dad, you know everything that’s going on with the media and the internet and what you have done is a complete disaster,” she said. “You need to stop, because right now I am fed up with everything you are doing. You’re embarrassing me and the  whole entire family.”

Click the Link Below for the Video and the rest of the story.

http://variety.com/2017/music/news/r-kelly-cult-joycelyn-savage-video-1202499166/

Magician: LOOK HERE! Not Here


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He got us!   A good Magician distracts the audience, he gets the audience to look right as he is working left.   Several major stories broke the day, he attacked Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on Twitter  The administration was aware of the stories. These stories would have normally dominated the news. Especially the additional 10 million Americans affected by proposed GOP health care law.   The other bombshell is possibly a first connection in the Russia investigation.    Good Job 45!

LOOK HERE:

Defiant Trump resumes attacks on ‘Morning Joe’ hosts, despite bipartisan criticism

Trump blasts states for refusing to hand over voter data

 

Not Here:

32 million people would lose coverage if Obamacare was repealed

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/30/news/economy/obamacare-repeal-trump/index.html

GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn

Peter W. Smith portrayed the former general as an ally in an effort, independent of the Trump campaign, to find personal emails deleted by Hillary Clinton

https://www.wsj.com/articles/gop-operative-sought-clinton-emails-from-hackers-implied-a-connection-to-flynn-1498770851

Trump move to repeal Obama water pollution rule draws praise, criticism

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/politics/local/story/2017/jul/02/trump-move-repeal-obamwater-pollutirule-draws/436334/

Long anticipated Trump-Putin meeting raises worries

Russia hawks and national security experts worry talk of friendship, unclear agenda might make Trump too eager to please.

 

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/29/trump-putin-raises-worries-240124

CityFella

Just Another Woman Bullied by the President of the United States


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No surprises nothing new to see, its just another women under attack by the 45th President of the United States.  As a candidate he attacked women and made fun of a person with a disability.  As a citizen he often objectified women and made crude comments about women in public.

As bullies go, our President is your basic male chauvinistic bully.  Thinned skinned, insecure and paranoid. An individual who rarely directly attacks an equal.  Women are ornaments is his world, their role is to stand and look pretty.

A women below his standard of beauty would never enter his orbit.

He will never be challenged by a woman.  Our President would never choose to appear on a national talk show featuring a woman or women.  Losing debates to Hillary Clinton was devastating.  Winning the election was bittersweet as he will go to the grave before conceding he lost the popular vote to a woman.

Despite his words and criticism, our President regularly watches  MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough was a four term member of The House of Representatives  representing Florida’s first district.  Scarborough is well respected and watched by other politicians.

A Republican, he has been critical of his party and the President .  No more than other news pundits.  He has been more critical of the President than his co-host Mika Brzezinski

On their show, Scarborough said that he was concerned about the very personal attacks on Brzezinski. He noted that he will insult the president and call him a racist. “And for some reason, he always goes after Mika,” he said.

Scarborough elaborated during Morning Joe: “He attacks women because he fears women.”

“The president’s unhealthy obsession with our show has been in the public record for months, and we are seldom surprised by his posting nasty tweets about us,” Scarborough and Brzezinski wrote, adding that they “believe it would be better for America and the rest of the world if he would keep his 60-inch-plus flat-screen TV tuned to ‘Fox & Friends.'”

Americans should not  be shocked, by the actions of our president.  He long told us who he is.  Supporters say, she and other news people had it coming . He is human and should be allowed to hit back !

But isn’t that counter to what we teach our children?  Sticks and stones.   Criticism is often the price that comes with being a public person. Before Trump, there was Obama, Bush. Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy and 35 other President who were criticized.  At 71, the cement is cast.  Its unlikely that the President will change.

Bullies are neutralized by calling them out. Saying this is unacceptable. The impact is greater when its amongst your peers.  Yesterday, many GOP women came forward and denounced his actions, some male leader came forward. While the women were more direct in their criticism of the President, the men were less so.

           Paul Ryan: “Obviously I don’t see that as an appropriate comment.” “What we’re trying to do around here is improve the tone, the civility of the debate. And this obviously doesn’t help do that.”    Sen. Ben Sasse “Please just stop. This isn’t normal and it’s beneath the dignity of your office,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski “do you want to be remembered for your tweets or your accomplishments?” Sen. Lindsey Graham, “Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America.”Rep. Lynn Jenkins,”This is not okay. As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women.”  Sen. Orrin Hatch: “It’s incumbent on all of us, then — from the President to Congress on down — to be responsible for our speech.”Sen. Susan Collins “This has to stop — we all have a job — 3 branches of gov’t and media. We don’t have to get along, but we must show respect and civility.”

The male dominated members of his party must speak forcefully not just for the country, but for  their mothers, grandmother’s ,aunt’s, sisters and the daughter’s they love.   This form of bullying is not acceptable at anytime by anyone.

 

CityFella

 

 

 

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Policing: Its not just Black and White


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Tone

  1. a musical or vocal sound with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength. “the piano tone appears monochrome or lacking in warmth”

synonyms: timbre,sound,sound quality, voice, voice quality,color tonality “tone             of the tuba”

  1. the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation,etc. “trust            her to lower the tone of the conversation”

synonyms: mood, air,spirit, feel ,sound,flavor, note, attitude, character, nature,              manner, temper;

 

The Tale of Two Communities

A large backyard barbecue, the crowd overflowing into the garage and the front yard. The homeowners are in their late forties.  Alcohol fueled aggression and loud talking resulted into a complaint call by someone in the neighborhood.   Two Sacramento County Sheriff Cars Arrived with lights flashing, a few minutes later a third car arrived.

One man in the garage is agitated by the presence of the officers. The homeowner and a women attempt  to calm him.  As they were talking to him, others ,seeing the flashing lights came out of the backyard.    As one family was leaving, an officer yelled at them and told to stand near the fence.   The women said they were going home.  Another women in the crowd screamed at the officer, ” they ani’t doing nothing why cant they go home? Another officer calmly asked  them to wait.    This irritated some  of the people watching.  Some of them said, the first officer had an attitude and was unnecessarily aggressive.  Within a couple of minutes other Sheriff cars appeared.    While some members of the party were quietly leaving,others were angrily talking to the officers.  One young man, fueled by alcohol began shouting at the officers and two officers restrained him. They eventually released him.   After 30 minutes, it was all over.

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In another community,  Homeowners in the mid fifties.  A wedding party went later than planned.  Late night alcohol fueled aggression and excessive noise party resulted into a complaint call by one of the neighbors.

My friend said their were no flashing lights as the police car arrived. The officer asked to speak to the homeowner.     There was a lot of loud music in the backyard.  As the officer passed me, he said good evening.   He and the owner asked people to quiet down in the backyard,the music was turned off.    One man, who could barely stand, swore at the officer. Another attendee, started yelling at a young man who was siting at a table threatening him.    As I was watching this unfold,another officer arrived, he was very pleasant and stood silently in the backyard  as the other officer unsuccessfully attempted to calm the yelling man down.    He then spoke to the out of control man, he wasn’t loud or threatening but he was firm.  It seemed to work.

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There is a different approach, a different tone used by officers in  lower income areas. Some of the officers are aggressive and often disrespectful to members of the community.  As a result, members of that community are often hostile to the officers.

There are some officers who are intimidated by people of color. Some are predisposed to believe they will face hostility in these neighborhoods.  Its not uncommon to see police officers with the guns drawn in these neighborhoods, in front of women and children.

If your a resident of an upper middle income neighborhoods, you cant relate to citizens in lower middle class neighborhood.   You may even assume  those people are predisposed to violence and perhaps the police are justified in their actions.

If you live in a low or middle income community. If you haven’t experienced an negative interaction with law enforcement, there is a good chance you’ve heard or know someone who has.

 Adding fuel to the mistrust of police officers are the constant reports of unarmed black ,latino and poor whites being shot and killed by the police.

There some white officers who fear or mistrust people of color.   The tone and body language is aggressive.  In Sacramento, the makeup of the police and sheriff departments do not reflect the community they serve.

  Also missing is education, people often fear the things and people they don’t understand.  Members of nearly all police department across the country. Could benefit from education about various minority groups.  For example, many groups, cultures, talk loudly and aggressively. For some, outside the culture may find this intimidating.

One would think with multi million dollar payouts to citizens.  Cities leaders would be actively looking for a solution.  But this isn’t happening.    Most cities are reactive, putting out destructive wild fires.   Community meeting are short lived, fading within months.

Change is difficult, our world is changing, a compromised is needed.  But the tone has to change. It is in the best interest of the cities to encourage and support ongoing dialogue bridging not only in law enforcement and the people they serve but cities leadership. As there are some elected officials who are out of touch with segments of their community.

EVERY member of law enforcement (not just department heads) should be required to attend an community meeting twice a year to meet interested citizens.  Public Notices of these meetings should be in all forms of  media to encourage participation.

Yes, there is a cost to this.  The City of Sacramento and other cities across the country pay over a billion dollars a year settling claims and the amount are increasing each year.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the country are struggling.  Some cities are struggling to recruit officers. Others are struggling to retain officers.  Many officers and police unions believe they’re being asked too much and  feel they are under attack.

The solution is daunting.

CityFella

The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Reunion Pt 3 “All Roads Lead to Phaedra”


It took two long hours to get tonight and Damm it was Good!  GOOD!!!

Couples Update and Peter

It is very clear to me Bob Whitfield would rather be at a day care at a day care facility hand washing diapers ,than to be on the show last night.  He apologized to Sheree for his violent words when they were married. “I made myself the man and kept her behind me,” he said, “when I should have had her beside me.”  Neither he and Sheree have talked to their children about the violence in their relationship.    Cast members like him and was surprised to see that side of him.  Peter said, if he didn’t know Bob,he would have punched him.

Andy asked Todd, his impressions of Riley’s bio dad, Block.  Todd said, he initially thought Block was full of shit but Block is keeping his word and meeting with Riley.

I’ve always thought that Peter Thomas was closest to Nene when it comes to his no nonsense  attitude and his love for his wife Cynthia.   Last night, Peter was sad and angry.

When Andy asked Peter and Cynthia if they were dating.  Cynthia said she dated someone and quickly downplayed the dating.   Peter on the other hand was fronting big time.  He said there was someone he liked a lot.   If you looked close you saw man who’s heart was broken with tears in his eyes and despite his words he said he will ALWAYS love Cynthia.

Peter had nothing but rage toward Porsha and Phaedra.  Porsha has long accused Peter of having affairs. A one point Peter, talked over Andy Cohen, and asked why was Todd not there and insisted he be there ! Then he went after Phaedra.  Do you have the whole package? A husband and a family?  No, Phaedra replied.  Life is full of disappointments baby!    Peter abruptly left the stage as he exited he said “Phaedra and Porsha are full of shit”

Bones and the Bone Carrier

Sheree has clearly earned her peach back and relishes her role as the bone carrier.    Sheree keeps the ladies real, at the end of the day, their gonna see/hear what happens.  The ladies rarely question Sheree.

 The Heat!

Ladies and Gentleman, introducing Shamea Morton to the reunion sofa

Shamea Morton has Phaedra to thank for her appearance as she suggested that Shamea  Kandi and Todd was having an affair.   Shamea was Porsha’s best friend and Kandi’s friend however that relationship slowed when Porsha became friends with Phaedra.

Shamea went hard on Phaedra.  She called Phaedra a Southern belle today and hooker tomorrow,” and told Porsha dont leave your credit card and Id because is into fraudulent activity (the crime Phaedra’s ex in prison for) and to stop using Groupon for her plastic surgery’

The big question is why did Phaedra let her good friend Porsha take the fall for her mess?

 They brought Todd back to confirm Porsha’s coming on to Kandi.   There were two kisses between Kandi and Porsha asked if they would go back to her hotel.  Todd said Kandi (who was sober) declined and said it wasn’t a good idea.

Needing clarity, Andy wanted to know why Phaedra said Kandi and Shamea was sleeping together.   Phaedra said, because they were close.   When asked if she and Porsha were sleeping together or if she and Kandi were sleeping together because they were once were close, Phaedra said no.     In a sad desperate attempt. Phaedra asked all the ladies if they heard the rumors, they all including Porsha said no.

Porsha’s Memory Lapse

At one point Andy addresses an open letter written to him from the Huffington Post about  the homophobic way this show deals with these women accusing each other of being lesbians all the time.  Porsha says she is not homophobic, she supports Gays etc, etc, etc,  Someone reminds her of an anti gay statement she made a few years ago

The Bomb! 

Andy asked, why would Porsha say Kandi and Todd tried to drug her?

Porsha gave us one when she said she is in the world of Journalism.

BECAUSE!

She reports on the news and they like to make sure it’s accurate.”

Porsha joins the ranks of Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.

Why did she say that about Kandi?

“I was served a Cease and Desist by Kandi,” she Porsha said,  “What I want to do is have Phaedra speak, because she’s the one who told me Kandi said that.”

“Boom”

Phaedra is the source of the rumor.   She is the one who said, Kandi and Todd drugged Porsha. 

WHERE WILL YOU BE NEXT WEEK?

CityFella

45 Supporters Choose Berzerkely For Peaceful Protest?


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Sure why not!  The Klan should choose downtown Detroit!

Lights, News Cameras, Action!  Let’s Rumble.

Is the only semi-coherent reason any Trump supporter would choose ultra liberal Berkeley to hold a protests.   There are a few tiny bubbles of conservatives in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Eastern Contra Costa County, Alameda County and San Mateo County.

 Berkeley has many nick names “The People Republic of Berkeley “and” Berzerkley” are two that stand out.  The East Bay cities of Berkeley and Oakland is arguably the home of the best dressed black bloc( BART) Anarchists in the county.  Anarchist who take public transit and drive their earth friendly electric cars and Toyota Prius’s to Berkeley or Oakland, to rumble.  Then there are others ,not in costume who hate 45 or any Republican.   San Francisco and Stanford  across the bay doesn’t have the volatile history of the East Bay.  Perhaps that’s why Oakland Raider fans are more intimidating than San Francisco 49er fans.

I know these streets well, any time Richard Nixon or a spokes person would speak to the press.  The University of California students, would take to the street.  For years, businesses on Telegraph Ave would never have direct sunlight as they left plywood on the windows for years.   My buds and I would cut class to run with the students, avoiding motorcycle police and  the tear gas, it was the ultimate rush.

The children of the baby boomers who live in the well heeled suburbs dress up in their finest Black Banana Republic chaos gear to participate in protest in Berkeley and Oakland, perhaps hearing stories of the golden days for the same rush.  The difference is, as high school students,  we didn’t break windows or set fires.Image result for berkeley trump protest

This is America, any one can protest anywhere.  With a sharp left eyebrow up, I question the motive’s of 45’s supporters.

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CityFella